Friday, March 24, 2017

NEW RELEASE -- BRIDE'S ADVENTURE!

Announcing a new release is such fun! This one is in the Montana Sky Series and is titled BRIDE’S ADVENTURE. I promise you that writing this book was difficult. My personal life while I was writing this book was proof of Murphy’s Law—“Anything that can go wrong, will”. Everything is getting all sorted now, thank goodness. I'll give away an e-copy of BRIDE'S ADVENTURE to two people who comment on this blog post.

I do hope you enjoy reading BRIDE’S ADVENTURE! Fans of Debra Holland’s books will meet numerous characters you recognize. If you've read my previous Montana Sky release, MURDOCH’S BRIDE, you’ll see my characters re-appear in this book. This story genuinely is an adventure for heroine Amelia Douglas as well as a romance. The main characters for BRIDE'S ADVENTURE, Amelia Douglas and her hero Sean Murdoch, were introduced in MURDOCH'S BRIDE. I enjoy series where you read about characters you met in another book and I hope you do, too.

WHAT IS A KINDLE WORLD?

Several people have asked what a “Kindle World” is. Amazon has numerous “Kindle Worlds” but the one in which I write is Debra Holland’s. This means that Debra Holland does not write in this world, but chose authors to take characters from her popular Montana Sky series and write a book in which Debra's characters are secondary "supporting cast" and use her locale. In this instance, I’ve set BRIDE'S ADVENTURE in Sweetwater Springs, Montana Territory in 1887.

TRUE FACTS ABOUT THE SETTING

This part of the United States suffered a tragic summer of 1886 and winter of 1886-87. A terrible drought struck in 1886 that started in Texas and moved upward toward Canada. Some farming and ranching areas received only 2 inches of rain that summer. Crops, gardens, and animals as well as people suffered. Following this was the coldest winter on record. In Montana Territory, temperatures reached minus 40 degrees in some places. Animals and people froze. Even many ranchers who survived went bankrupt and were forced to move on. 

THE FUN OF FICTION

The heroic ranchers in my stories were forward thinking men who planned ahead and were able to survive. That's fortunate for them and for the heroines. ☺  

WHY NOT READ ALL OF MY KINDLE WORLD BOOKS?

This is my fourth Kindle World book in this series. The first two are AMANDA’S RANCHER and THE RANCHER AND THE SHEPHERDESS, each of which was set mostly in Morgan's Crossing. The third is MURDOCH’S BRIDE, set in Sweetwater Springs. 

Skhye Moncrief designed the covers for these books.



Here’s the blurb for BRIDE’S ADVENTURE:

After a distressing visit to her brother in Oregon, Amelia Douglas returns to her friends in Sweetwater Springs, Montana Territory. The millinery shop she establishes is popular with area women—except for two troublemakers. When she believes her life is near perfect, trouble arrives and requires her quick thinking.

Sean Murdoch has made up his mind that Amelia is the one for him. He tries to bide his time until she’s had time to get her business flourishing but he’s finding waiting harder and harder. When a problem arises, he lends support to her surprising decision. 


Here’s an excerpt from BRIDE’S ADVENTURE:
Amelia smoothed the front of her gray traveling suit before she gathered her valise. Thank goodness the rails had been cleared of the accident and she could take the train all the way to Sweetwater Springs. Would the Murdoch family be there to meet her or would Charity or Sean come alone?
Steam hissed as the train screeched to a halt. Passengers stood and gathered their belongings. How different this arrival was than the one in February when there had been a locomotive accident in the snow followed by passenger cars burning. Remembering that time sent shivers through her body.
When Amelia stepped off the rail car, Charity hurried forward to embrace her. “You’re finally here. We were so worried when you asked me not to write you at your brother’s address. You have to explain when we get to the ranch.”
Charity held Amelia’s shoulders as she stepped back to assess her. “Amelia! I’m so happy to see you in something besides black.”
“John liked me in pastels and I decided I do too. Strange as it sounds, I feel as if I’ve come home.” She hugged Edwina Murdoch, Charity’s aunt and wife of Kevin. What confusing family relationships.
Kevin, father of the Murdoch clan, hugged her and planted a kiss on her cheek. “About time you got back here.”
Charity’s husband, Logan, dutifully pecked her cheek. “Good to have you back. Give me the claim check and I’ll fetch your trunk.”
She held her breath when Sean Murdoch grinned and kissed her cheek. “Our adventurer returns. We’ve been curious as all get out about the goings on in Salem.” He held her a bit longer than necessary or proper.
“The story is long so I’ll wait until we’re at your home to relate my tale. You’re correct, though, I’ve had an adventure—far more than I expected.”


Many thanks to those of you who made MURDOCH’S BRIDE another Amazon Kindle World bestseller! You boosted my morale and my career. I appreciate your help more than I can express.




Wednesday, March 22, 2017

THE BRIDE TRAIN ARRIVES WITH A NEW INSTALLMENT!

E. E. Burke, Author

Warm, witty…a little wild. That’s what you’ll find when you pick up a book by bestselling author E.E. Burke. Her chosen setting is the American West, and her latest series, The Bride Train, features a cast of unusual characters thrown together through a misguided bride lottery. Maybe Baby, part of the multi-author Magnolias and Moonshine series, is her first Contemporary Romance.

Other series include Steam! Romance and Rails, which follows the lives of dangerous men and daring women caught up in a cutthroat competition as the railroads advance across the frontier. Her novella, Victoria, Bride of Kansas, part of the unprecedented American Mail-Order Brides series, is a Kindle Top 100 Bestseller and a semifinalist in the 2016 Kindle Best Book Awards.

E.E., also known as Elisabeth, has earned accolades in regional and national contests, including the RWA's prestigious Golden Heart®. Over the years, she’s been a disc jockey, a journalist and an advertising executive, before finally getting around to living the dream--writing stories readers can get lost in.




Tell us a little about your new release.

I’ve just released the fourth book in my Bride Train series, Seducing Susannah. My readers have been anticipating this story over the past three books, the romance between the unpopular railroad agent and a feisty widow who has been his adversary since Book 1. It’s so much fun to develop secondary characters throughout a series and then give them their own story.

The series is different from most mail-order bride scenarios because the matchmaker in this case is the railroad. The concept was inspired by true events and features a cast of unusual characters taken from the pages of history. 

You can meet the first four couples in  this video:



For this month only, the second book in the series, Patrick’s Charm, is on sale for only 99 cents. You can read more about the series on my website.

-What story are you working on next, and what inspired it?

My first contemporary romance will be released April 26 as part of a multi-author project called Magnolias & Moonshine.  This book will also give readers a taste of a new Contemporary Western series that will come out later this year, Texas Hardts.

Maybe Baby features one of the descendants of my historical character Ross Hardt (the railroad agent in Seducing Susannah). Here’s a blurb and short excerpt:

Could a contract between them lead to more than a baby? Maybe.

High-powered executive Jen Chandler can’t ignore the urgent ticking of her biological clock. The nesting instinct has kicked in big-time, and she wants a baby. Only, she isn’t interested in acquiring a husband first. Taking control of her future, she sets out in search of a donor.

Logan Hardt, a laid-back cowboy who shows up at her Atlanta home one day, turns out to have the right genes, as well as a pressing need for cash. He’s seduced by more than Jen’s generous offer, and the closer the time comes to say goodbye, the less willing he is to honor a contract that would require him to walk away and never look back.



MAYBE BABY Excerpt

“She wants me to donate my sperm!” Logan whisper-shouted into the cell phone. He didn’t want to wake Troy and Celeste, who were in the bedroom next door.
His brother howled.
“It’s not that funny.” Logan started across the guest room, which was twice the size of his bedroom at home with twice the furniture. He caught his shin on the corner of the bed frame, swore at the sharp pain, and hopped around the bench pushed up to the end of the bed. He then dodged an armchair and limped to the paned window.
He could see over the bushes he’d trimmed to the house next door—Jen’s ivy-covered castle. Did she plan on filling it with children? She didn’t seem the Mother Hubbard type. In some ways, she fit the image that Troy had painted—cool, poised, aloof. She worked hard at hiding her vulnerability, but it was there, lurking in those big brown eyes.
“Tell me about the date,” Huston urged.
“Not much to tell. We went to a barbeque joint. Ate. Talked.” Logan scratched his head. He couldn’t figure her out. The way she looked at him, like she was hungry for something. Not sex, exactly. He’d seen that look many times and could recognize lust. No. Jen’s need went deeper. So why wouldn’t she be looking for a relationship before having a baby?
“How did she lead up to the big question?”
“She told me about her ovulation app.”
“Her what?”
“She tracks her ovulation on a smart watch.”
Static noise came from the other end of the line—or was it snickering?  “Sounds like an interesting conversation.”
With a sigh, Logan leaned his arm up against the window frame. “It was.”
Light spilled from the back of Jen’s house onto the brick patio and her dog darted outside. Not long after, Jen came into view as she crossed the patio and ran into the yard, wearing what looked like a baggy sweatshirt and sweatpants. She had her hair pulled back in a ponytail and still looked cute as a doodlebug.
The dog jumped as she lifted something in air. They played tug-of-war with what looked like a carcass, but was probably just a stuffed toy. Her gleeful laughter drifted upward and made him long to go down there and join her.
Logan turned away from the window. She wouldn’t appreciate him butting in on her private time, and she’d think he was a weirdo if she caught him spying on her. “She asked a bunch of questions. I thought she was interested.”
“She is interested—in your sperm.” His brother snort-laughed.
“Honest to God, I’m hangin’ up if you don’t stop,” Logan threatened. He ought to know better than to call Huston to talk about this. His brother couldn’t have a serious conversation with an undertaker.
Who else would he call though? Huston was his closest sibling, more than that, his best friend. Only thirteen months apart, they’d been inseparable all the way through high school. The two of them, together, had taken all the shit their older brothers could dish out, or anybody else for that matter. Usually, though, he was the one listening to Huston brag about his latest conquest or moan about getting rejected by a girl he had his eye on. Not that Logan was bragging, and Jen’s request defied categorization.
Women had chased him.
Women had used him.
Women had sworn to love him forever, then betrayed him.
But until now, no woman had asked him to give her the means to make a baby—without any involvement beyond jerking off. Jen hadn’t offered a different option. The way she phrased it made it sound like she expected him to deliver his contribution in a mason jar, like ranchers did with bull semen.
“What’s the big deal, Logan? Guys donate to sperm banks all the time.”
“She’s not a bank.”
“Didn’t you say she offered you twenty grand? Sounds like a bank to me. And she’s offering you a better rate.”


 -Do you consider your books plot-driven or character-driven? Is that how you naturally write, or is there a purpose for what you chose?

My books, even the ones with complex plots, are character-driven because they are romances, and romances are about relationships. What’s interesting is that my stories always start with characters. They might be inspired by history, but they are unique “people” who appear in my imagination and talk to me. My difficulty was in taking those fascinating characters out of my head and putting them “on the page.” Through books, conferences, critique and mentoring, I learned the skills I needed to do this…and I’m still learning. If romance is what you want to write, seek out the best romances with the most memorable characters. Learn from the masters.

 -What do you think about when you are alone in your car?

I should be paying attention to the road! Ha! When I’m on a road trip, I usually mull over my current work-in-progress, figure out how to fix a problem, think of new ideas for books, sometimes I write whole scenes in my head, including dialog, and I talk to my characters. Good thing I’m alone, eh? Nut case!

-What appeals to you most about your chosen genre?

At heart, I’m a hopeful person, and I truly believe that love is powerful enough to change people. Even change the future.

-How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

I’ve always been a storyteller. Even as a child, I made up stories and I loved to tell them to people. I wrote a few (terrible) plays and penned (bad) song lyrics, drew comics and illustrations. I started out as more of a visual artist, and kind of evolved into a writer in college and ended up in Journalism. Reading romances in the late 80s sparked a desire to write them, but by then I’d gravitated into a marketing job. Frankly, fear held me back. I did a lot of creative thinking and even writing while I was in advertising, but I didn’t start crafting novels until I was 50. What feeds my creative well? History, art, reading, movies, television shows, plays, music, symphonies, ballet, parties, school, church, family dinners, walks around the block. Everything. I see every part of my life as potential seasoning and food for creativity.

There’s some debate about whether you can “teach” creativity. I don’t think it’s something that’s taught as much as something you release and then learn to direct. That takes skills, so I’d say over the past ten years, I’ve evolved creatively as a writer and a storyteller through all those things I mentioned earlier, as well as seeking out learning opportunities and trying new things.


-What is the hardest thing about writing?

Digging deep to discover the gems, bringing them to the surface and polishing until it shines.


-What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book?

Embarking on the challenge of writing my first Contemporary romance. I’ve only written Historical Romance up until this year. Talk about fear! I was scared spitless that I wouldn’t have the right “voice” for Contemporary. But I’d committed to a project and the book had to be Contemporary, so I was forced to spread my wings and leave my comfortable nest. I’m glad I did. I’ve learned that I really like writing contemporary as well as historical, and based on early feedback, I’ve made a good start.


-What is the easiest thing about writing?

Coming up with ideas and getting “lost” in the story. I love the first draft stage when you just write and write and you think you’ve written the most amazing words ever penned. This happy delusion lasts until the editing process.


Don’t forget: this week Patrick’s Charm is only 99 cents:  https://eeburke.com/books/patricks-charm/


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Monday, March 20, 2017

DEEP BLUE IS NOW IN AUDIOBOOK



GIVEAWAY

Kathleen Duhamel will be awarding a $30 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


GENRE: Contemporary Romance


DEEP BLUE Blurb:

“Barely-not-starving” Denver artist and cancer survivor Claire Martin has almost given up finding an older man with a youthful spirit when she meets charismatic New York soul singer Robert Silver of the legendary band Deep Blue. She soon learns that hero worship can be dangerous, especially when the object of her desire comes with a disturbing past.

Robert is smart and sexy with a self-deprecating sense of humor, but he’s also a man who has suffered from panic attacks, drug abuse, a well-publicized stint in rehab and the death of his wife, screenwriter Elaine Jordan. When his demons resurface on tour, jeopardizing his voice and the band’s future, Claire must decide if she’s willing to take the biggest risk of her life—betting her future on a troubled man.



DEEP BLUE Audio book sample: https://soundcloud.com/apparatuspress/deep-blue



Kathleen Duhamel, Author

Kathleen Duhamel is the author of Deep Blue and Deeper. She wrote and illustrated her first short story at the age of eight, and has been a writer for most of her life.. Her love of the written word continued throughout her varied career as a newspaper journalist and editor, public relations executive, freelance travel writer and owner/operator of two small businesses. A native of Texas, she spent most of her adult life in Colorado before relocating to Virginia in 2014, where she lives with her husband, a standard poodle and geriatric cat. She is a lifelong devotee of rock and soul music, contemporary art and pop culture.

Audio book sample: https://soundcloud.com/apparatuspress/deep-blue

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DEEP BLUE Amazon audio link:

https://www.amazon.com/Deep-Blue-Trilogy-Book/dp/B01NAXE6XG


GIVEAWAY

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Friday, March 17, 2017

HAPPY SAINT PATRICK'S DAY! COME CELEBRATE!

Whether you’re from Outer Mongolia or the Shores of Tripoli or San Antonio, we’re all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!


To celebrate, The Romance Studio is having a Pot O’ Gold Party and giving away a $100 cash and lots of books and other prizes.
My book for this party is OUT OF THE BLUE, a time travel in which an Irish lass travels from 1845 to today and helps a handsome detective solve murders and prevents his demise. I enjoyed writing this book. For one thing, I adore Ireland and things Irish.


Having a heroine come forward in time and learn about the amazing changes was fun for me. For instance, the hero’s mom has a kitchen sink disposal and doesn’t need to keep a pig. To someone from 1845, that has to be fascinating.



Here’s the OUT OF THE BLUE Blurb:

Deirdre Dougherty never cursed at anyone, much less put a curse on the potato crop of her remote Irish village. She’d rather take her chances with the Atlantic lapping at the bottom of the cliff than the mob intent on burning her as they have her cottage. Deirdre leaps . . . and plops down over 170 years later in a Texas lake. She doesn’t understand how she’s ended up with the man from her recent visions or why he has the same name as the saint to whom she prayed. She’s in danger of falling for the handsome policeman who rescued her, in spite of the fact that he thinks she’s lying to him. How can she convince him her story is true when she’s finding it difficult to believe the tale herself?

Police Detective Brendan Hunter wants answers. Who shot him and killed his partner? Why? And why does Deirdre know details of the event? Her story has to be a colossal fabrication or else she’s a beautiful psycho. Either way, he wants her gone before he becomes even more fascinated with her. But he can’t let her out of his sight until she confesses to how she learned details no one but he and his late partner knew.



OUT OF THE BLUE Excerpt:
          A huge black car apparently had been parked at the back of the lot by the Dumpster and pulled alongside her. Deirdre saw the dented fender before the door opened. Then she realized the two scary guys from the bar were inside, partially obscured from view by the tinted windows. The blond stepped out and reached for her.
          She understood his intent so she screamed for help and ran away from him. People came to the store window.
          Polly rushed to the door. “Blossom’s calling the police. Hold on, Deirdre, we’re coming.”
          But no one rushed to her aid. What could a few ladies do against these two frightening men? She’d have to save herself, so she screamed again.
          The blond caught up with her and grabbed her arm. “No use screaming, lady. You’re coming with us.” He dragged her toward the car.
          She kicked him and screamed again, clawing at him with her free hand. She drew blood along his arm and scratched his face.
          He jerked her and grabbed both her hands. “You’re gonna be sorry you made me mad. I have lots of ways to get even.” He told her what he planned as he yanked her toward the car’s back seat.
          Strong as an ox, the man held her in an iron grasp so her feet barely touched the ground. He heaved her toward the open door. Suspended above the ground, she braced a foot against the car’s body. With her other, she kicked him between the legs, just as Ma had taught her.
          He turned red and released her as he doubled over and dropped to his knees. Without him supporting her, she hit the pavement hard. Her back took the force of her fall and the air whooshed from her. She couldn’t stand but she rolled away.
          The driver pointed a gun at her. “Get in or you die right here, right now.”
          What had Brendan said about this situation when they watched television? “Never get in the car with anyone.” But how could she resist without him shooting her? She recalled the blonde’s threats. If she had to die, she’d rather it be here quickly than at the hands of these two later. She made the sign of the cross and prepared herself for death.
          A horn honked and tires squealed. Brendan yelled. “Deirdre, I’m coming.”
          Blossom and Polly hurried toward her, each carrying a broom and wielding it as if they intended to beat on the blond man. Several associates came with them and lobbed jars of something at the car. In the heat, the jars exploded like small bombs. After one loud crack, red oozed along the spider-webbed glass windshield.
          “What the hell?” The scary man in black turned back toward the steering wheel. “Damn it, Rod, with or without her, get the hell in here.”
          She struggled to her knees then stood, backing away.
          Apparently unable to straighten, the guy she’d kicked hoisted himself back into the car. He yelled, “I’ll get you for this, bitch. When I do, you’re gonna beg me to kill you before I’m through.”
          The black car took off with a squeal from smoking tires, dripping red salsa and leaving glass shards in its wake. The driver had his head stuck halfway out the side window, his front windshield obviously too damaged and dirty for the wipers to clear. Aromas from the salsa’s spicy contents filled the air—cilantro, tomatoes, chili peppers. Deirdre fell in love with those scents.

 
You can find OUT OF THE BLUE at


If you love Irish heroines as much as I do, download THE TEXAN’S IRISH BRIDE, the first of the McClintock Series for FREE! That’s my favorite price!

In the meantime, Happy St. Patrick's Day!


I hope you find a four-leaf clover and it brings you luck!



Here are some Irish blessings to brighten your day:

1. May you always have these blessings--
A soft breeze when the summer comes
A warm fireside in winter
And always--the warm soft smile of a friend.

2. May the good saints protect you,
and bless you each day,
and may trouble ignore you
each step of the way.

3.Those things I warmly wish for you
Someone to love
Some work to do
A bit o' sun
a bit o' cheer
and a guardian angel always near. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

WELCOME CALLIE HUTTON!



Welcome Callie Hutton!

In my new book, For the Love of the Viscount, my hero and heroine pretend to be courting to avoid her father betrothing her to another man. When I first outlined the story, I had her father as a strict, mean, domineering man. But, when I began to write the book, he came across as loving, funny, and in some ways quirky. I love quirky characters in my books.

Consequently, Lord Pomeroy will now have his own story as the final book in my new series, The Noble Hearts. His book will be For the Love of the Lady. But, there are two other books besides For the Love of the Viscount before his.

As I said, I love quirky characters, and I’ve written several of them. In The Duke’s Quandary, my heroine, Penelope, is a sweet, socially inept botanist—a very rare occupation for a woman in the Regency era. Many readers have told me of all my characters in the Marriage Mart Mayhem series, she is their favorite.

In The Baron’s Betrayal, the hero is blind, which does not make him quirky, but his valet brought quite a bit of humor to the story. He was the quirky one in that tale. His well-timed, spot-on remarks kept his blind master from succumbing to melancholy.

I’ve written a Highlander Laird, a genius, a lawyer, a pharmacist, a high school principal in the early 1900s, Civil War soldier brothers, and a modern female bounty hunter transported to the late 1800s.
But mostly I try to inject humor into my stories because humor is what keeps us balanced and helps to get through difficult days.

Now for my drawing. I will draw the name of one commenter to receive either one of my ebooks, or one of my audio books (The Elusive Wife, the Duke’s Quandary, A Run for Love, A Prescription for Love, A Chance to Love again, and A Wife by Christmas).

The question is, does one character from a book stand out for you? Someone who either made you laugh on a difficult day, or inspired you, or made a change in your life? I will draw the winner Thursday evening. IHis His




A pretend courtship can only if work if you don’t fall in love . . .

Bluestocking Lady Elise Smith is a very content spinster. She holds intellectual gatherings and attends poetry readings, mind-improving lectures, and art shows. She runs her father’s household with quiet and determine efficiency, which is why she is absolutely stunned when Papa informs his three daughters that until Lady Elise is happily settled with—gasp—a husband, he will not consider offers for his two younger daughters.

Lord Simon St. George has happily watched one friend after another become leg-shackled, taking pride in the fact that his title is secured by a brother and nephew, so there is no reason to seek a wife for himself. When he sees a woman previously unknown to him at a ball, who seems to be hiding from the rest of the attendees, he is intrigued enough to introduce himself.

Simon sees a lovely, intelligent woman to pass the time with, Elise sees a man who can help her thwart her father by pretending they are courting. But even the best plans can go awry . . . .

 
Callie Hutton, Author
Callie Hutton, the USA Today bestselling author of The Elusive Wife writes both Regency and western historical romance, with “historic elements and sensory details” (The Romance Reviews). Callie lives in Oklahoma with several rescue dogs and her top cheerleader husband of many years. Her family also includes her daughter, son, and daughter-in-law. And twin grandsons “The Twinadoes.” 

Callie loves to hear from readers. Contact her directly at calliehutton11@gmail.com or find her online at www.calliehutton.comSign up for her newsletter to receive information on new releases, appearances, contests and exclusive subscriber content. Visit her on FacebookTwitter and Goodreads

Callie Hutton has written over twenty-five books, both western historical and Regency. See a complete list of her books: www.calliehutton.com   



Tuesday, March 14, 2017

THE GOOD SPY DIES TWICE -- A NEW THRILLER FROM MARK HOSACK




The Good Spy Dies Twice
by Mark Hosack

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GENRE: Thriller

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THE GOOD SPY DIES TWICE Blurb:

"The Good Spy Dies Twice," the cryptic final words from a condemned death row inmate draw Jake Boxer, the one-time king of cable news, out of retirement, setting him on a collision course with a deadly global conspiracy involving his secretive wife, a depraved New World Order, and the "guests" at a posh Alaskan ski resort. Everyone is a suspect. Part spy thriller, part whodunit, "The Good Spy Dies Twice" is the first book in Mark Hosack's explosive new thriller series, Bullseye. Called "an undeniably spry and rousing espionage tale" by Kirkus Reviews.



THE GOOD SPY DIES TWICE Excerpt:

Panting (he was an audio guy, not an athlete), Brody reached the fence. He put a hand on it and felt his arm spasm uncontrollably in one long, sustained, hot pulse.

The same type of electric shock that had knocked him off the second fence was once again rushing through his fingers and into his arm. He crumpled to the ground with a new, yet familiar, scream on his lips. Luckily, he fell backward, and the weight of his body jerked his hand away from the fence, breaking the electrical current.

Lying in the snow, his arm shook violently for several seconds, and Jesus, his heart—it was skipping beats like a rock skimming a lake. He looked back at the fence. It was just fifteen feet high, and slouching in parts where the support poles were bent, or in some cases missing. It was old, a relic of a bygone era. Totally unassuming.

Or so he’d thought.

Somehow, there was now electricity coursing through it, electricity that hadn’t been there when he’d first scaled it, just minutes earlier.

Someone had turned on the juice, and that meant someone was watching him.

When he first parked his car, he’d counted two fences from the road.

Two fences between him and the rumored Soviet installation.

No problem, he’d thought. The fences were falling apart—he could easily climb them. But now here he was, stuck in between them. Like a rat in a cage.

With his stomach in his throat, Brody cradled the audio recorder.

Okay, so he’d recorded a sound that just might change the world, but as several headlights appeared in the road just beyond the now-electrified fence, as dark silhouettes of bulky Russian men poured out of the cars and hurried through the snow toward him, he found himself asking a much more personal question:

Was it also a sound worth dying for?



Mark Hosack, Author

Mark Hosack is the author of THE GOOD SPY DIES TWICE (Book 1: The Bullseye Series), and IDENTITY (Simon and Schuster). He also wrote on the web series SEQUESTERED for Sony Crackle, the screenplay for GIVE 'EM HELL, MALONE (Thomas Jane, Ving Rhames), and he both wrote and directed the award winning independent film PALE BLUE MOON. Mark lives in Los Angeles with his wife and a brood of gremlins that insist on calling him Dad.

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Mark will be awarding a $30 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


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Monday, March 13, 2017

DOUBLE POST--A STONE'S THROW AND DEAD STORAGE!




A
Stone's Throw
Cobble
Cove Mysteries Book 1
by
Debbie De Louise
Genre:
Cozy Mystery, Romantic Suspense
Widowed
librarian Alicia Fairmont needs answers…
After
her husband is killed in a hit and run accident, Alicia travels
upstate to his hometown of Cobble Cove, New York, hoping to locate
his estranged family and shed light on his mysterious past.
Anticipating staying only a weekend, her visit is extended when she
accepts a job at the town’s library.
Secrets
stretch decades into the past… Assisted by handsome newspaper
publisher and aspiring novelist, John McKinney, Alicia discovers a
connection between her absent in-laws and a secret John’s father
has kept for over sixty years. But her investigation is interrupted
when she receives word her house has burned and arson is suspected,
sending her rushing back to Long Island, accompanied by John.
Back
in Cobble Cove, cryptic clues are uncovered…
When
Alicia returns, she finds a strange diary, confiscated letters, and a
digital audio device containing a recording made the day her husband
was killed. Anonymous notes warn Alicia to leave town, but she can’t
turn her back on the mystery—or her attraction to John. As the
pieces begin to fall into place, evidence points to John’s
involvement in her husband’s accident.
The
past and present threaten to collide, and Alicia confronts her fears…
Has she fallen in love with her husband’s killer?



Between
A Rock and a Hard Place
Cobble
Cove Mysteries Book 2
Librarian Alicia McKinney has put the past behind her…
Two
years ago, Alicia discovered both a terrible truth and lasting love
with John McKinney in the small town of Cobble Cove, New York. Now a
busy mother of twin babies and co-author of a mystery series, Alicia
couldn’t be happier.


Alicia’s
contentment and safety are challenged…


Walking
home alone from the library, Alicia senses someone following her, and
on more than one occasion, she believes she is being watched. Does
she have a stalker? When the local gift shop is burglarized, the
troubling event causes unrest among Alicia and the residents of the
quiet town.


John and Alicia receive an offer they can’t refuse…

When
John’s sister offers to babysit while she and John take a
much-needed vacation in New York City, Alicia is reluctant to leave
her children because of the disturbances in Cobble Cove. John assures
her the town is safe in the hands of Sheriff-elect Ramsay. Although
Alicia’s experience with and dislike of the former Long Island
detective don’t alleviate her concern, she and John take their
trip.

Alicia
faces her worst nightmare…

The
McKinneys’ vacation is cut short when they learn their babies have
been kidnapped and John’s sister shot. Alicia and John’s
situation puts them between a rock and a hard place when the main
suspect is found dead before the ransom is paid. In order to save
their children, the McKinneys race against the clock to solve a
mystery more puzzling than those found in their own books. Can they
do it before time runs out?




Coming
Soon!
Written
In Stone
Cobble
Cove Mysteries Book 3
Alicia McKinney is confused . . . . 

Was the strange email her husband received from the fictional
detective in their mystery series a threat? Did the killer mistake
the woman shot in the library for Alicia or the victim's twin
sister?  

Cat vs. Dog . . . 

After Sneaky goes missing from the library, will he turn up before a
young girl becomes ill with worry over his disappearance? And will
he return in time to outsmart Fido by being first to find the
perpetrator's smoking gun? 

Alicia is worried . . . 

While waiting for the killer's next move, Alicia has other concerns.
An old flame of John's is in town and her friend, Gilly, has adopted
the role of Miss Marple to aid her sheriff boyfriend in his
investigation. 

When all clues point to one of her co-workers, Alicia joins Gilly in
searching for the answers to the mystery. 

 Will they survive . . . . 
or is their ending written in stone?

Debbie
De Louise is an award-winning author and a reference librarian at a
public library on Long Island. She is a member of Sisters-in-Crime,
International Thriller Writers, and the Cat Writer’s Association.
She has a BA in English and an MLS in Library Science from Long
Island University. Her three published novels include Cloudy Rainbow,
A Stone's Throw, and Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Solstice
Publishing, 2016) that has been on the Amazon bestseller list for
cozy mysteries. Debbie has also written articles and short stories
for several anthologies of various genres. Her third Cobble Cove
mystery, Written in Stone, will be published Spring, 2017. She lives
on Long Island with her husband, daughter, and two cats.


A SECOND GIVEAWAY!!



DEAD STORAGE 
by Mary Feliz

Genre:
Cozy Mystery 
Pub Date: 7/18/2017



As a professional organizer, Maggie
McDonald brings order to messy situations. But when a good friend
becomes a murder suspect, surviving the chaos is one tall task . . .
Despite a looming deadline, Maggie
thinks she has what it takes to help friends Jason and Stephen
unclutter their large Victorian in time for its scheduled renovation.
But before she can fill a single bin with unused junk, Jason leaves
for Texas on an emergency business trip, Stephen’s injured mastiff
limps home—and Stephen himself lands in jail for murder. Someone
killed the owner of a local Chinese restaurant and stuffed him in the
freezer. Stephen, caught at the crime scene covered in blood, is the
number one suspect. Now Maggie must devise a strategy to sort through
secrets and set him free—before she’s tossed into permanent
storage next . . .



Mary Feliz, author of the Maggie
McDonald Mystery series, has lived in five states and two countries.
Traveling to other locations, she’s discovered that what seems
normal in the high-tech heartland can seem decidedly odd to the rest
of the country. A big fan of irony, serendipity, diversity, and
quirky intelligence tempered with gentle humor, Mary strives to bring
these elements into her writing, although her characters tend to take
these elements to a whole new level. She’s a member of Sisters in
Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and National Association of
Professional Organizers. Mary is a Smith College graduate with a
degree in Sociology. She lives in Northern California with her
husband, near the homes of their two adult offspring.