Friday, October 23, 2020

THE DOCTOR'S BROKEN PROMISE! ALSO A FACEBOOK PARTY!

 By Laura Walker


 

            Hi! I’m Laura L. Walker, and I am the author of over twenty romance stories, some written under my own name and others written under a pen name. Growing up in a small town in southern Arizona, I always dreamed of writing. I was forever drawing people on paper and pretending they talked to each other. I imagined them living lives like my own, but also in a glamorized way, hanging out with friends, etc. It was fun to imagine what life would be like if they did this or went here and did that. This is one of my earliest recollections of my childhood.

            I am the sixth of seven children, and the youngest girl in my family. My two sisters were much older than me, so I think this was my way of entertaining myself when my siblings were involved in other sporting or high school activities. Coming after three boys in the family lineup, and then having another one follow right after me, I had to learn to be tough. I learned to speak up and let my voice be heard. I remember one time when my parents were gone, and I was afraid to say something to my older brother because I knew it would make him mad. But I also felt that I really needed to say it. So I positioned myself strategically so that as soon as I said it, I could run to my bedroom. It worked! He came chasing after me and I barely made it to my room in time and quickly slammed the door shut. Whew! Now we both live in the same town and he is one of the kindest people I know. My older sister loved to practice her beauty parlor skills on me. I had a built-in hairdresser, makeup artist, and nail tech living in my own home! As my mom tells it, my sister didn’t like being the only left-handed person in the family, so she taught me to write with my left hand as well. While I don’t remember that particular bit of tutoring, I concede the fact that I am quite ambidextrous, yet my writing hand is my left.

My dad was a school teacher. Every summer, he was home and wanted to relax (can you blame him?) so he would send us kids down to the local public pool, and we would swim/play in the water for hours. My friend and I liked to dive for pennies. To this day, I love going to the pool, especially when it’s so hot, you feel like you’re going to melt. Another favorite hobby of mine is reading, of course, and sometimes sewing or doing a puzzle. These activities help me to relax and let my mind wander. (I haven’t sewn my own finger yet, so that’s good.) These past two years, I’ve been so busy writing that I haven’t had time to do much of these other activities. I’m actually planning fewer writing projects for 2021 and more time to do these other things again. I miss them.

When I do write, I like to have the room quiet—and that’s hard to do with five children still at home. (Our oldest lives out of state and has been on his own for a year now.) Many times, when I am on a tight deadline and the kids are either out of school for summer vacation, or in the case of the schools being shut down this past year because of the virus, I’ve had to take my laptop and write in the car, usually in a church parking lot. As you can imagine, this isn’t very comfortable, so another time that I try to utilize for writing is when the entire family is asleep. This gets a little tricky since I have a few children with overactive brains who take longer to fall asleep at night than the others and my hubby wakes up around 3 a.m. to get ready for work. However, I’m also an insomniac, so it works out one way or the other. My kids are old enough now to realize that if Mom is taking a nap in the middle of the day, it’s best to not disturb her. I write every day except Sundays. I feel that is my day to rest. But by Monday morning, I am ready to go at it again!

There have been many people in my writing career who have helped me along. When I signed my first writing contract, I didn’t know anything about publishing. And then I met Author Jennifer Griffith. She taught me the ins and outs of working with a small press and introduced me to writing groups on Facebook where I met countless other authors who helped me to shape my dream into tangible goals. Another influential person I met was Author Christine Sterling. At a time when I was at a crossroads in my writing career, she was heading up a multi-author project and accepted me into the Pinkerton Matchmaker series, for which I wrote six books under my pen name, Julia Ridgmont. This great group of authors I was privileged to work with is also where I met Author Caroline Clemmons. Since then, we’ve become great friends. Another writerly friend I adore is Author Lisa M. Prysock, who has invited me to contribute to two of her contemporary series. We worked together in a historical series called The Belles of Wyoming, and it was fun to collaborate with her on a few of the town’s characters. I’ve learned so much from these wonderful ladies and so many others that I can’t name. The writing community really is an awesome place!

As I write stories about faith and love, whether contemporary or historical, I always want to share the light of Christ with others. I want my readers to feel that no matter what their circumstances are, there is always hope. I have experienced this very thing in my own life. A family member lost her life at a premature age. It was a devastating time for our family, and it still affects us today. But we know through our faith that we will see her again. We feel a real sense of hope and look forward to that day. I have experienced other losses as well, including loss of good health (through genetics), and I know that miracles do happen! And I want to share that message with my readers and let them feel hope in whatever hard things they are experiencing.

 Most of the stories I’ve written this year have been historical western romance novels or novellas. My last two stories for 2020, however, are contemporary. I just published The Doctor’s Broken Promise, book 3 in my Love Confessions series, which mostly takes place in the small fictional town of Woodland Crossings, Arizona among the pine trees. And the last one that is due to come out on November 20, 2020, is called A Heart that Yearns, book 8 in the Georgia Peaches series. These stories take place in Georgia. Since I’m only a few pages into that story at the time of this blog post, I will share an excerpt from The Doctor’s Broken Promise, which is about a guy who just finished his residency and is back home in Woodland Crossings as the town’s newest and youngest doctor. He’s trying to help his sister and brother-in-law get through a rough patch in their marriage, and he figures that heading up a fun project for the fall season will help them to communicate better. But he needs his ex-girlfriend’s help to pull it off. Meanwhile, Tiffany Dover is trying to help an older woman in the community, affectionately known as The Cookie Jar Lady, to restore her property to a thing of beauty. So the plan Reid and Tiffany hatch up together turns out better than either of them imagined in the beginning.

Here is a short excerpt that begins with a flashback of when they both lived in New York. He was completing his residency and she was working as a nanny for a wealthy couple. They dated long enough that Reid was contemplating proposing to Tiffany, and then an unfortunate event happened that sent Tiffany home to Arizona, and left Reid reeling.



 


Excerpt 

Staring at Tiffany and taking in her loveliness, Reid was reminded of the time they had visited the Statue of Liberty together. It was a four-hour drive into New York City from where Reid was going to school, and where Tiffany was working for the Henegers. She had just gotten back from a trip to Switzerland, and Reid had missed her. They had made it a special outing and had taken a boat out of Battery Park to where Lady Liberty stood and climbed as high as they could go. Looking out over the water and the magnificent skyline beyond, Reid had said to Tiffany, “I miss you every time you go away. I wish you didn’t have to go so far.”

            “It’s my job,” she’d said lightly before turning serious. “But I miss you, too. Every time I go away.”

            They had watched the water rippling in the distance and the light shifting as people moved about in the crowded chamber in silence, taking it all in, when Tiffany had spoken again. “Reid?”

            “Hmm?”

            “What would happen if the next time I went out of the country with the Henegers, I somehow couldn’t get back? Like, with my visa being confiscated or . . . or something.”

            He had looked directly into her curious eyes and taken her chin in his hand. “Then I would come after you.”

            “You would be my knight in shining armor?” she teased.

            But it hadn’t felt like a joke to Reid. In all earnestness, he had said, “Of course.”

            She had smiled almost shyly and let him kiss her. The whole time they made their way back down to the pedestal, Reid had fingered the small jewelry box which contained the ring he’d purchased on a whim, thinking he might propose to her soon. Hopefully in the next days, if he could figure out how to do it in a romantic way. But that was not to be. Before he knew what was happening, Tiffany was on a plane to Arizona, and he was left reeling over what had happened. Not only that, but he realized much later that he hadn’t kept his promise to his girlfriend to come after her and bring her home. And by the time he passed his state boards and accepted a position in Woodland Crossings, it was too late. She wouldn’t give him the time of day. He would always regret how things went down. He vowed that if he was ever given a second—or third—chance, he would do the right thing.

            Bring Tiffany home.

 Here is where you can find the book online: https://amzn.to/3kjlIx9

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I would love to see you there!

          

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

KEEPING CONTROL - BIGELOW BAY SERIES

 


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Keeping Control

Bigelow Bay Book 3
by 
Jakki Frances
Genre: Contemporary Romance 

MICHAEL - He's the king and Bigelow Bay hospital is his domain.  A lifetime of single minded focus and self discipline has ensured his life is exactly the way he always wanted...  Until tragedy threatens
to disrupt his well ordered life.
SONNIE -  Her life is out of control, one moment changed everything. A new home, new school, new life with new challenges.  When your life is chaos you hang onto even a small shred of control all the harder.
MEL:  Offering guidance to those who need it most while battling the darkness that still lives inside her - it's a delicate balance between controlling her past of allowing her past to control her.
AS three lives collide, sometimes the only thing you can hope for is some order in the chaos, but sometimes the best outcome doesn't come from KEEPING CONTROL.


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Hey, can I ask you something without it coming across completely inappropriate and creepy?

Umm, I don’t know… If you have to ask, then it might actually be creepy. But consider me forewarned. 

Ahh, ok. So this is in no way a precursor to anything but I need to know… Is it normal for kids to know about sexting? 

Mel dropped her phone and gasped. Running through the dealings with the students at school she almost cried trying to hold back her giggle. Oh if only you knew. I bet they could teach you a thing or two Doc.


It's Complicated
Bigelow Bay Book 2 

Welcome to Bigelow Bay, where everyone has a story and gets their own, special, happy ending.
After years of being moved from place to place Greg has finally put down some roots and he likes his life just as it is. He works hard in his job and equally hard to avoid complications in life; especially the female kind.
Until he literally stumbles across Helene, a fun-loving free spirit without a home or a past who crashes into his life and complicates everything.




It's Safer
Bigelow Bay Book 1 

Frank leads a quiet life and is dedicated to his job, but there is a redhead who keeps distracting him. He's seen her around town and at work and the more he sees the more curious he gets.
Kasey keeps to herself, hiding from the world. She loves her job and does it well, but after work hours she's alone in her home with a cat and books for company. It's a lonely existence but at least it's safe.
Until a stormy night changes everything and life no longer seems safe. Now it might become something more. Can Frank break through the walls around Kasey without breaking her completely? And is Kasey strong enough to let him in?




Can you, for those who don't know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author? 
Hiya all, I’m Jakki Frances, Australian author, book dork, breakfast enthusiast… oh and in my everyday life – ER nurse and single mum of a fully grown and almost functional adult daughter. I’m relatively new to this whole author thing. It still blows my mind that people out there in the world are reading my words. I’ve always been a book dork. I grew up in a family of readers but I took it to the extreme at a young age – I won the school prize for reading the most amount of books at 12 beating out everyone even the 18 year olds. I’ve also always written short stories and poems for my eyes only. A few years ago, I started blogging reviews on books I enjoyed and events I went to. This gave me the confidence (together with some wonderful author mentors) to put my words out there for everyone else to read and in April 2019 I published my first book… And thus, Jakki Frances was born. 

Describe your writing style. I’m a total pantster… I know where the story starts and where it ends, how it gets there is a surprise until it hits the pages. I’m never sure what my characters are going to get up to until it happens. 

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal? 
This is such a well timed question since I’ve just finished tweaking my author profile and branding. I’m not a spirit animal, etc. kind of girl but my logo of a book dandelion really speaks to my heart. You blow on the dandelion and instead of seeds/‘fairies’ – a million book dreams are set flight into the universe. 

Tell us something really interesting that's happened to you! 
I’m a traveller (well pre-covid I was) and you never know what’s going to happen when you travel… I’ve been lost in the jungles of Borneo, mugged by a taxi driver in Beunas Airies, hiked in the Andes, celebrated NYE under the norther lights in Iceland, been bitten by an venimous catterpiller, watched the sun rise in the Antarctic… oh and when I was 16 I won a speech competition with a speech translating 90’s teenage language. 

When did you first consider yourself a writer? 
I guess I first started actually calling myself a writer when people started reading my books… I still struggle with calling myself an author – I feel like the toddler wearing mums high heels for dress up. The first few books I signed for readers – I forgot I don’t write under my ‘real’ name… So one day when I’m JK Rolling big those books signed by the everyday me and not the author Jakki Frances, will be collector items worth $$$$$ LOL 

What can we expect from you in the future? 
One thing I can guarantee is you’ll never know what you’re going to get from me next… I write whatever crazy is most insistent in my head. I’m working on a stand alone book now that’s something that I have no idea where the idea came from but it’s talking loud and clear. 

What inspired you to write this series? 
Bigelow Bay began life with Kasey and Frank (IT’S SAFER) and the crew at Bigelow Bay hospital. They’re a combination of my own workmates and the hospital in my mind is the one I spend my days in. Once K & F had their happy ending, other friends I’d met in the story started telling me their stories too. Thus Greg & Nadine (IT’S COMPLICATED) and now Sonnie, Michael & Melissa (KEEPING CONTROL). Each book inspires a new story – I have plans for at least 2 more at this stage. 

What is your writing Kryptonite? 
SEX! What can I say, my first book Destroying Laura was full of sex and that’s how I realised I don’t write good sex. My friends say it’s because you need to write what you know… So my stories are more love and relationship rather than sweating and pussy pounding. And apostrophies - I hate those suckers. I’m never sure where they go. Thank god for my editor. 

When/where do you write? 
I do my best writing at night and for some reason can’t get any words out in the morning at all. I need noise to write – when I’m at home I’m in my library with my earpods and my fave playlist, but a good 50% of my writing is done between patient care at work on nightshift, usually between 2 & 5am with the bustle of the ER around me. 

Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time? 
I only ‘write’ one at a time, but I’m always jotting down ideas, conversations, entire paragraphs in my notebooks for future books. But the actual ‘writing ‘book process is one at a time. 

Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination? They all come from my imagination of course, but everyone in my books is based on someone in my life – some in physical look and others in character. Some characters are mash-ups of a few people and I am in each and every story I’ve written. 

Anything specific you want to tell your readers? My new release KEEPING CONTROL is a very personal story for me. I cried writing it, I cried editing it, I cried as I read and formatted it. The feels are very real to me – here’s hoping they are for readers too. 

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in KEEPING CONTROL? 
Michael is my perfect man – the one I wish was walking the halls of my hospital. He’s alpha and confident and hot and over 40… but at the same time he’s flawed and unsure of himself and feeling in over his head. He’s just lovely. Sonnie breaks my heart. She’s a teenager who’s lost everything and is just trying to find her place in the world. Plus she’s attempting to teach her Uncle how to parent her. Melissa is me. What can I say, she’s me through and through. Most days she’s a fully functional adult but every now and then life overwhelms her. It really is hard to shut out the voices inside you and just eat in public. 

If KEEPING CONTROL was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead? 
Amy Schumer would be the perfect Melissa in my mind. Physically and character wise – I don’t see it being a ‘stretch’ for her. As for Michael and Sonnie? No idea really. Maybe Wentworth Miller for Michael – simply because I have a big crush on him. Sonnie – no idea, I don’t actually know any child actors. Are there any more Fanning sisters out there? I will say I already know the main soundtrack/theme song. I don’t have playlists to go with books but this book from the first moment it started growing in my mind had one song that matched it perfectly. So the theme song for KEEPING CONTROL is absolutely The Chainsmokers & Coldplay - Something Just Like This. 

What literary pilgrimages have you gone on? 
4 years ago I visited Anne Frank house in Amsterdam and one of my prized possessions is the copy of her diary I purchased there. Margaret Mitchell (Gone With the Wind) is my all time favourite author and last year when I was in the USA I visited Atlanta specifically to go to Margaret Mitchell house – and I was able to replace my old battered GWTW while there, another prized possession. And covid travel willing in 2021 I’ll be visiting Concord, Massachusetts to visit Louisa May Alcott’s house (Little Women – the first book I fell in love with as a child), and the graveyard where Louisa is buried along with Nathanial Hawthorne and Edgar Allen Poe. What can I say, total book dork here. 

What do you do to unwind and relax? 
I read of course. I read on average 5+ hours at day. If it’s a day off I could read for 12+. It’s my relaxation and recharge activity. I also love my gym… I miss my gym! We’re banned from gyms here due to covid and I miss my daily workout. I get the best book ideas when I’m zoned out on the treadmill. 

What is something unique/quirky about you? I really hate to wear socks and shoes. Socks are for work only and shoes are only when necessary. I’d live barefoot if the hospital floor wasn’t so disgusting. I’d rather eat breakfast than anything else and when my daughter moves out (hopefully within the next month) I’ll be giving up cooking and surviving on breakfast day round. When I travel I only eat 1-2 meals a day and they always include dessert. Travelling I workout extra just so I can eat pancakes and cheesecake for brunch. 

Do you see writing as a career? 
WOW that would be living the ultimate dream!!! I started writing for just myself, I started publishing happy that if only one person ever read my first book then that was ok by me. Now 7 books later I have a small but dedicated reader following and people who have been know to bug me as to when the next book is coming. After my first book I worked out how many per year I’d have to sell to quit nursing… suffice to say I doubt I’ll ever be a full time author but that’s ok. I write because I love it and I have stories to share. Of course if someone wants to buy 35,000 copies of my books that’s ok by me too. LOL




A life long book dork, voracious reader, book blogger, regular dreamer and slightly crazy cat lady, living in small town southern Australia. Cheat days are the best days because they involve pancakes and tacos.

A lifesaving superhero by day and putting whatever crazy is running through her head into words by night. Dreaming of love and creating different versions of the perfect book boyfriend... all with a little Aussie spin.

Everyday life is weaved through each story, a roadtrip I took, a person I once knew, a friends quirks - every character you read you are meeting someone in my life... see if you can find yourself. I write whatever crazy happens to be in my head at any given moment. Whether a friends to lovers, a fairy tale, a fun escapade, a filthy good girl gone wrong or a sweet shifter love, you never know what you're going to get. Why limit yourself to a single genre right? The only guarantee is that love wins in the end; I don't promise happily ever after but I do promise the perfect love for the story.




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Monday, October 19, 2020

ORANGE BLOSSOMS, LOVE BLOSSOMS

 

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ORANGE BLOSSOMS

LOVE BLOSSOMS

by

Dalia Dupris


Book 1 of California Hearts

Contemporary Romance

Date Published: October  19, 2020

Publisher: The Wild Rose


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Strong-willed Elaine Hart is determined to save Hartland Orchards, her family’s’ California orange groves from being taken over by the bank. After the recent ending of a turbulent relationship, she vows to keep her professional and personal life separate, even though she’s attracted to David Cole, the one man who holds her family’s fate in the palm of his hands.


Serious-minded banker, David Cole, recovering from recent love and work fiascos has one goal and that’s ensuring that the delinquent Hartland Ranch account is brought up to date and not becoming personally involved with the unpredictable and beautiful Elaine Cole.


When a series of circumstances brings Elaine and David together, they must decide if they will continue to suppress their emotions or succumb to passion and take a chance on a forever love.




About the Author,
Dalia Dupris

 

I’ve always enjoyed reading and writing and grew up surrounded by a wide variety of books, from westerns to romance novels. I love stories—watching them, listening to them, reading them, and writing them. My contemporary novels include complex and diverse characters that grapple with family legacy, love, loss, and laughter as they face the challenges of life. When I’m not working on my next manuscript, you can find me bike riding along the beach with my husband or exploring the mysteries of the universe with my daughter.


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Friday, October 16, 2020

MISTLETOE, MOBSTERS, AND MOZZARELLA!



This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Peggy Jaeger will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.


 

Finding a body in the freezer of the family deli isn’t the way Madonna San Valentino planned to start her day.

Adding insult to injury, the investigating detective is the one guy she’s never been able to forget. After seven minutes of heaven in the back seat of his car when they were teenagers, Tony Roma skipped town without so much as a thanks for the memory.

Just when Madonna thinks the present situation can’t get any worse, Tony is ordered to go undercover at the deli to ferret out a killer. Forced to work together, she vows to keep their relationship cool and professional. But with the sexy, longing looks he tosses her at every turn, Madonna’s resolve is weakening.

With Christmas drawing closer and Tony’s investigation taking an unexpected turn, Madonna is at her wit’s end. Can she really be falling for him again? And will he wind up leaving her broken hearted and alone like the last time?



One look in the den and I felt like history was repeating itself because Giacomo’s twins were face down on the carpet, lying on top of one another, their limbs all twined together, grunting baby noises coming from deep down in their little bodies. Rocco, or maybe Carlo, was on top, unintentionally smothering his brother whose face he was sitting on, smashed flat into the carpet and making breathing impossible.

My brothers, engrossed in the game playing on television, were clueless to the potential disaster right in front of them.

I’d learned long ago yelling at them served no purpose. They were all masters at the art of ignoring me.

I made my way to the babies and, silently, lifted Rocco – or maybe Carlo – off his brother with one hand, the other flipping Carlo – or maybe Rocco – so he was supine. His little face was pale, his lips ringed with blue, but he took a huge breath, startled once, and then let out a bloodcurdling screech sounding remarkably like the wail his father had made back in his own baby days.

All five pair of male eyes turned to me at the sound. Not one of them moved from their comfy positions.

“Hey, Donna,” Giacomo said. “Everything okay?”

“Marvy,” I mumbled, hoisting a boy onto each hip, one of them silent, the other screaming like he was spewing out a lung or being dismembered. “I’m bringing the boys to their mother,” I said, wincing from the earsplitting shrieking. I wouldn’t be surprised if my left ear went deaf before the night ended.

Giacomo toasted me with his beer and said, “Thanks, sis,” his attention already focused back on the game.

In the kitchen I handed the screaming baby over to his mother and told her how I’d found her sons. It wasn’t my job any longer to discipline or try to guide my brothers. They had wives for that now. And from the look of abject fury on Margaret Rose’s face I knew Giacomo would be getting his comeuppance later on when they were home.

I didn’t feel an iota of pity for him.

With the fratricidal wannabe glued to my hip, I went back to the dining room and finally opened the wine bottle single handedly.



Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance writer who writes Romantic Comedies about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them. If she can make you cry on one page and bring you out of tears rolling with laughter the next, she’s done her job as a writer!

Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal…or two…or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, she brings all topics of daily life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she’s created the families she wanted as that lonely child.

When she’s not writing Peggy is usually painting, crafting, scrapbooking or decoupaging old steamer trunks she finds at rummage stores and garage sales.

A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer, Peggy is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.

As a lifelong diarist, she caught the blogging bug early on, and you can visit her at http://peggyjaeger.com where she blogs daily about life, writing, and stuff that makes her go "What??!"

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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

A FAMILY FOR CHRISTMAS



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He never thought he’d have a real family Christmas…

For the past eight years, Bill Smith has been unable to set down roots. But he never forgot the magical night he spent with an auburn-haired beauty in Last Stand, Texas. When she finally tracked him down, he was more than happy to donate a kidney to AJ, the son he never knew he had. But now that AJ is better, Bill wants more time with him and his mother. He wants a family.

Annie Burleson can’t help but be grateful to this almost-stranger for saving AJ’s life. Still, she’s a little wary. AJ has already been through so much—what if Bill leaves again? And with Christmas in full swing, it’s difficult to discern which emotions are festive and which are forever.

As Annie and Bill’s lives collide, their mutual love for AJ makes this more than a marriage of convenience. But is it enough to give them the family Christmas they all deserve?

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Her door stood ajar, and he kneed it open. Inside, her bedroom was lit by candles that glowed softly from several locations. On either side of her bed, pink lightbulbs in the delicate glass lamps shed rose-colored light on turned-down bedclothes. She had prepared the room just for this moment. An invitation meant only for him.

“I see what you’ve had up your sleeve here, Mrs. Smith.” He laid her on the bed. Her still-damp hair rippled out in an auburn fan on the white pillowcase.

“Don’t you like it?”

“I love it. What I love most is knowing you’ve been thinking about the two of us being here, about us making love.”

She gave him a sly smile. “I figured we’d end up here eventually.”

He ran his finger along the opening of her robe, from her breastbone to her waist. She gave a tiny gasp. “Can I unwrap you now?”

About the Author

I remember as a small girl being fascinated with the idea that people could make up stories and the stories became books. I began writing my own stories before I even started school, and won my first writing contest at the age of nine. It’s always been my dream to be a published author. The road was a long and twisting one, but I finally made it. I’m proud to be a two-time Golden Heart finalist, and several of my stories have been Amazon best sellers.

For a while I penned erotic fiction under a pseudonym. Although it was fun to explore my “darker side”, I am now answering the true call of my heart: to write bigger stories that focus on emotion, loss, spirit, and true love, stories I hope my readers will relate to and want to read more than once. Small town America is my favorite fictional setting. I’m particularly enjoying my recent foray into writing Cowboy romance.

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Monday, October 12, 2020

RETURN OF THE WOLFE

He left her when she needed him most.

How can she trust him with her broken heart?





 



Ever since she was a teenager, Sarah Tremayne wanted one thing and one thing only--to be park ranger at Big Bear National Park in Bear Lake, Wisconsin. Her dream was always to work alongside her ranger brother, Brent, and be the first brother-sister team in department history.

Matthew Wolfe is also a ranger and Brent’s best friend. He tolerated Sarah when she was a gangly teen following him around the park like a lost puppy. However, as Sarah blossomed so did his desire.

Just as they’re exploring their mutual attraction, a tragic accident pulls them apart.

Four years have passed and Matthew is returning to Big Bear as the man in charge. Will he and Sarah be able to mend their ragged fences and rediscover what they once had? Or, will Sarah’s pain and anger force her away from Big Bear, and Matt, forever?


 


The wolf was back!

The very thought nearly drove Sarah Tremayne to her knees. Although she'd known for some time this day was inevitable, still she couldn't help but wish she were anywhere else in the world other than Big Bear Park, Bear Lake, Wisconsin.

She stood off to the side, watching quietly as the rest of the staff assembled for morning report. Ann Marie waved and Sarah returned the friendly gesture half-heartedly. Dave offered a tentative smile and she recognized it as the moral support he meant it to be. At five minutes to eight they took their seats.

Cal Spencer came in first. Taking his place at the front of the office, he surveyed the group. The door opened again, and Sarah's gaze lifted.

Bob. She breathed a sigh of relief, grateful for even the smallest moment's reprieve.

“As you are all aware," Cal began, his deep voice echoing through the silent room, "today is the beginning of my last month as Head Ranger here at Big Bear. My main duties from this point on will be to advise and support my replacement. The Department of Parks has hand-picked Big Bear's new Head Ranger and, though I know it might be difficult for some, I expect each and every one of you to show him the same loyalty you've always shown me."

Cal's gaze met hers and he smiled knowingly. "I realize there are some of you who don't agree with the Department's choice but the decision has been made. Like it or not, we must all abide by it. As always, you are free to apply for a posting elsewhere. I suggest, if you have any reservations at all about working with the man, you seriously consider that option."

The door opened again and Sarah closed her eyes. There was no need to open them. She could feel his presence in the small, people-packed room. Her senses tingled and her heart beat a wild staccato rhythm inside her chest. The shuffling of feet told her Cal had relinquished his spot of authority to the man who would be his replacement.

"Good morning, ladies and gentlemen." He sounded the same. Strong. Commanding.

Unable to deny the lure of his deep, masculine voice, Sarah opened her eyes.

 


 

NANCY FRASERJumping Across Romance Genres with Gleeful Abandon—is an Amazon Top 100 and Award-Winning author who can’t seem to decide which romance genre suits her best. So, she writes them all.

Like most authors, Nancy began writing at an early age, usually on the walls and with crayons or, heaven forbid, permanent markers. Her love of writing often made her the English teacher’s pet which, of course, resulted in a whole lot of teasing. Still, it was worth it.

Published in multiple genres, Nancy currently writes for two publishers, and has recently thrown her hat into the self-publishing ring. She has published over thirty-five books in full-length, novella, and short format.

When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five wonderful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.

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