Monday, October 25, 2021

Tempted by Sharon C. Cooper

 

 


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Tempted

Atlanta's Finest Book 7

by Sharon C. Cooper

Genre: Romantic Suspense 



Temptation has a way of complicating things…

Detective Ashton Chambers is ready to quit the police force, but he won’t until he puts the man responsible for his sister’s murder behind bars. No easy task. In fact, the mission is proving to be almost impossible. Though his day job stresses him out, his social life has taken a turn for the better, thanks to a sassy bar owner, Dani Eubanks.

After two broken engagements, Dani is not looking for a happily-ever-after. She tried. Twice. Failed. Twice. Won’t try again. She can’t rely on her judgment, and no way will she allow her heart to get crushed a third time. But Ashton is irresistible, and when a dangerous turn of events puts her in the crosshairs of an international gun trafficker, he’s the only one she trusts with her life…and her heart.

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Excerpt: 


Dani almost moaned at the sudden neediness that swept through her, and she leaned into his touch. The moment was so intimate but felt so natural as if this was normal for them. That only proved that the immediate familiarity that she had experienced with him when they first met had been real. And at right now, there was no other place she’d rather be than there with him. He always had a way of making her feel special…feel seen. 

WaitWhat the heck are we doing? Dani wanted to ask but didn’t. She shamelessly liked this dominating edginess that he had going on tonight. More than that, she loved being near him. Her body was so aware of him it practically vibrated with need at his nearness. 

And had he moved closer? Or was that just her imagination? Or maybe she’d been the one to move… 

Either way, the distance between them shrank, and now she could feel his warm breath against her face. They were close enough to kiss, and it was as if her feet were cemented to the floor. 

She should take a giant step back. She couldn’t. No part of her wanted to break this connection, except for maybe her brain. 

Was he going to kiss her? Would she let him? One question after another raced through her mind as she watched him watch her. 

His hand slid from her cheek, and Ashton lifted her chin with the slightest touch of his fingertip. The smoldering flame she witnessed in his eyes as his gaze zoned in on her mouth was undeniable. It was as if he was silently asking for permission to kiss her. 

Dani’s heart pounded like a gong drum, loud enough to be heard down the street. She wanted this, but she didn’t. If they crossed this line, their friendship, or what she considered a friendship, would change. 

More than that, it would be even harder to resist him going forward. 

But suddenly, the decision was taken from her. Dani wasn’t sure who moved first, but before she knew it, their lips were touching. The kiss started like a whisper against her mouth until Ashton slid a hand behind her neck, and his other went around her waist. He pulled her against his hard, muscular body, and Dani released a moan that pierced the quietness of the room. She fisted the front of his jacket and held on as his tongue slipped between her lips, and he deepened their connection. 

Her brain short-circuited as sensations she hadn’t felt in like forever swirled inside of her. Add in his enticing woodsy fragrance and the heat from his hand that rested just above her butt, and she was a goner. Dani could barely think as she savored each lap of his tongue. 

For months, they’d been skirting around their attraction, but she wanted this. She wanted him. Ashton had already intrigued her, but now she wanted to experience so much more with him and reveled in how perfectly they fit together. How perfectly they… 

Bam! Bam! Bam! 

Dani froze…then gasped and jumped back as if she’d been burned. Her eyes widened as she stared at Ashton. She felt like a middle-school kid receiving her first kiss and getting caught by the teacher. 

Holy crap. We just kissed. 



Award-winning and USA Today bestselling author Sharon C. Cooper loves anything that involves romance with a happily-ever-after, whether in books, movies, or real life. Sharon writes contemporary romance, as well as romantic suspense and enjoys rainy days, carpet picnics, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. She’s been nominated for numerous awards and is the recipient of Romance Slam Jam Emma Awards for Author of the Year 2019, Favorite Hero 2019 (INDEBTED), Romantic Suspense of the Year 2015 (TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES), Interracial Romance of the Year 2015 (ALL YOU’LL EVER NEED), and BRAB (Building Relationships Around Books) Award -Breakout Author of the Year 2014. When Sharon isn’t writing, she’s hanging out with her amazing husband, doing volunteer work or reading a good book (a romance of course). To read more about Sharon and her novels, visit www.sharoncooper.net


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Sunday, October 24, 2021

Holiday Hearts by Caroline Clemmons

 


Holiday Hearts by Caroline Clemmons

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Laura Jordan plans a quiet holiday at home except for the time she might decide to spend serving dinner at the homeless shelter on Christmas Day. She loves her job at Callahan Group advertising agency and admires her boss. She’s careful not to show her attraction because she doesn’t want anything to jeopardize her position there. She’s aware of how quickly office gossip could ruin her reputation and career. 

Ward Callahan is a wunderkind who started earning money online trading when he was in high school. At thirty-two, he owns a successful ad agency and is gaining industry recognition. He hasn’t had time for a serious relationship. When Laura starts working for him, he can’t get her off his mind. 

When vicious remarks cause Laura to threaten a halt to their budding relationship, Ward is determined to set things right. 



Friday, October 22, 2021

HOW WELL CAN YOU PRETEND?

Remember the movie “Catch Me If You Can”, about the man who successfully pretended to be a variety of professions—from co-pilot to physician? Imagine the organized (and frightening) mind it took to pull off those feats. Posing as someone you aren’t must be nerve wracking even for a sociopath. I suppose con men and swindlers may live an extended charade as a way of life. Do you wonder if they ever start to believe they’re who they pretend to be?

In the upcoming Christmas story MAIL ORDER GLORIA: IMPOSTOR FOR CHRISTMAS, book 7, now available for preorder, Gloria is given an amazing opportunity. She’s yearned for a different life, something she’d dreamed of but hasn’t been able to manage on her own. Although she’d been desperate to get away from her life in Georgia, she is both relieved and scared by her opportunity. There’s a catch—isn’t there always? For at least a short while, Gloria must pretend to be her friend, Juliet. Gloria’s friend extracts a promise that she won’t reveal her true identity until Juliet sends word.

Here’s the description of MAIL ORDER GLORIA.

A desperate woman…

A distrustful rancher with a secret…

And a boy in need of a family.

Orphaned at an early age and sent to live with her relatives, Gloria Tabor is unhappy with her treatment from her snobby aunt and spiteful cousin. In desperation, Gloria leaves her only relatives’ home. No matter what happens, she vows she will be more forceful and stronger in the future. No more timid and shy wallflower. But with her tiny savings, where is she to go? The question is sobering, but she is determined she will not return to her kin’s home.

While deliberating her lack of choice, she overhears a young man comforting a sobbing woman that she recognizes as a friend from school. After a few minutes of conversation with them, the young woman offers Gloria the chance to escape to a ranch in Texas as a mail order bride. In exchange, Gloria must promise not to divulge her real identity until the couple has successfully eloped and managed reconciliation with the friend’s father. Though hating the idea of lying, Gloria is too relieved at the opportunity to say no.

When she changes trains on the way to her prospective groom, Gloria rescues a ten-year-old boy from a policeman threatening to take the boy to the local orphanage. Heart filled with sympathy for the homeless child, she intercedes. Later, she wonders how her prospective groom will react to her bringing a child with her, especially after she learns his propensity for “finding” money.

Texas rancher Dwight Price is a stickler for honesty. Once someone has lost his confidence, he won’t trust the person again. He strives to live up to his beliefs. On the one hand, he isn’t certain he wants to wed the daughter of his father’s oldest friend. On the other hand, he looks forward to a life of quiet harmony with his mail order bride.

Near Christmas, Gloria gets a telegram releasing her from her promise. Dwight wants to know who sent the wire and why. Her explanation destroys the faith he had in her—and then his own secret crops up.

Can these two overcome the damage to their relationship or will each be alone again?

 

If you like sweet western historical romance, you’ll enjoy MAIL ORDER GLORIA. This is a stand-alone, complete sweet western historical romance novella set in 1880.

 

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https://www.amazon.com/Mail-Order-Gloria-Impostor-Christmas-ebook/dp/B09GQLXMVL

 


 

Enjoy an excerpt of when Gloria and Dwight’s first meet:

The stage slowed and came to a stop in a cloud of dust. Gloria sat paralyzed by a myriad of thoughts. What if her groom didn’t accept her? What if he was angry she’d brought Mike? What if he was mean or a drunk? His letters had sounded nice, but he could have lied.

Mike stared at her. “You’re awful pale. You gonna be sick or something?”

She sighed and relaxed her grip on the seat. “I’ll be fine, but thank you for asking.”

Mr. Kelly reached for the door. “If you’ll excuse me, I’ll get out and then help you, Miss Forest.” He climbed to the ground and then turned to extend his hand to her.

“Thank you, Mr. Kelly. You’ve been very kind.”

Mike followed her and jumped to the ground. He looked around. “Not a big town, is it?”

The man smiled at Mike. “Big for these parts. Hasn’t been long since they had to fight Indians and renegades hereabouts. Well, I’ll bid you good day and good luck.” He tipped his hat and reached for his suitcase.

She became aware of a group of people waiting on the board sidewalk. The younger of the two men caught her eye. He was tall and wore a black suit with a white shirt and an odd black tie that tied in front. Goodness, but if he’d smile he’d be handsome.

The couple with him must be his parents and the boy his son, Tommy. The smiling man she supposed to be Dwight Price’s father looked like an older version of him, though not as robust. The woman smiled and her face displayed the lines to prove she smiled often. Tommy was tall for his age.

The man she thought to be Dwight stepped forward. “Juliet?...Miss Forest?”

She avoided lying by not answering the question. “You must be Dwight Price. I’m pleased to finally be here.” She put an arm around Mike’s shoulders. “This is my newly adopted son, Mike.”

Dwight’s face clouded. “Son? I had no idea.”

Mike tried to scoot behind her, but she held on to his shoulders.

“He and I met in Chattanooga and he agreed to become my son. Since you have a son near the same age, I thought you wouldn’t mind.”

Mike swallowed hard. “Sh-She s-sa-saved me from the orphanage. She said I can call her Mama.”

After what seemed like a long time, but probably was only a couple of seconds, Dwight offered her his arm. “Come and meet the family. You, too, Mike.”

She pulled Mike forward as they stepped onto the boardwalk.

“This is my mother, Orinda Mae.”

The woman pulled Gloria into a big hug. “I’m so glad you’re here. You just call me mama.” She released her and grabbed Mike’s upper arms. “You call me Grandma.”

Mike swallowed hard again. “R-Really? I can call you Grandma?”

“You sure can. I’m pleased Juliet brought you. I hear orphanages are awful places, though they are necessary.”

Dwight guided her to his father. “Juliet, you may remember my father, Jeff.”

She smiled at the man. “I was a different person then.” Not a lie but it felt like one.

Misrepresenting herself to these nice people knotted her stomach. This appeared to be the kind of family she’d always hoped would include her. She’d enjoy this life as long as she could. No matter what happened, she’d have good memories. Even if they sent her away when they learned the truth, perhaps they’d let Mike stay on the ranch.

Papa Price beamed at her. “It’s been a long time, but you were pretty then and you are now. I remember you as being a real sweet girl.”

“Thank you for saying so. I’ll try not to disappoint you.” She’d do everything she could to make herself fit into the family.

“You call me Papa or Jeff—whichever makes you comfortable.”

Tears pricked her eyelids. How she’d missed her own father. “I’d like to call you Papa if you’re sure.”

He leaned forward and kissed her cheek. “That’d please me.”

Papa extended his hand to Mike. “Glad to have you. Call me Grandpa.”

“Thank you, sir.” Mike grinned. “I mean Grandpa.”

Dwight beamed at the young boy who was next in the line of people waiting. “This is my son, Tommy. He and Mike should get along well since they’re about the same age.”

Tommy smiled at her. “I’m eight now. Can I call you Mama?”

“Of course you may. Can I call you Tommy?”

Tommy giggled.

Mike shrugged. “I’m ten.” In a stage whisper, he added, “She says a lot of funny things.”



I love this story and hope readers will share my enjoyment. Preorder now for a December 3rd release. You remember the magic of preorder—select the book now and poof! It will appear in your e-reader like magic on release day. That seems miraculous to me.

In the meantime, stay safe and keep reading! 

P. S. Don't forget this is a delightful new series to be released starting November 12th. Check out the series page:

https://www.amazon.com/Impostor-Christmas-9-Book/dp/B09H7NN9XK/  At that site, you’ll find nine books listed.


Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Sugar Plum Kisses A Sweet Christmas Romance Collection

 

 


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Sugar Plum Kisses

A Sweet Christmas Romance Collection


Do you hear the sleigh bells ringing?

Join over a dozen bestselling authors as they bring you an exclusive collection of Christmas-themed holiday romances. From small town coffee shops to cozy cottages, this set has everything you need to curl up in front of the fire with some hot chocolate or a pumpkin spice latte.

If you're looking to be swept up in the magic and romance of the holiday season, look no further. We are here to make this and every Christmas merry and bright.

So sit back, relax, and one-click this cozy Christmas collection, because baby, it's cold outside.

Featuring works from the following authors:
Samantha Calcott (aka USA Today bestselling author Lily Luchesi)
Monique Brasher
Katherine Moore
USA Today bestselling author H.M. Shander
Gill Fernley
USA Today bestselling author C.A. King
USA Today bestselling author Laura Ashwood
Melodie March
Donna Wright
Kristin MacQueen
Laurie Treacy
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To Dunk Or Not To Dunk

by C.A. King


He’s a photographer, hell bent on showing reality through his work.

She’s an award-winning baker, continuing on the family business with the desire to leave her own mark on the world.

Both have childhood memories they want to forget.

Both have sacred family traditions which silence the past.

When their paths cross, will they be able to put aside their differences and answer the age old question... To Dunk Or Not To Dunk?

It might just take an old-fashioned Christmas bake-off to help them decide!



I was diagnosed with clinical depression after the loss of my mother, father and husband within three years of each other; all to cancer. 24/7 in-home care, coupled with the loss I felt, left its mark on my psyche.

Depression takes up a lot of my life. Reading and writing are the only things I have found that help (in connection with regular medication), even if only for a short time. To escape to a different world can make a big difference in my mood in real time.

To put things in perspective, when I was at my lowest point, I couldn't open mail, talk on the phone, or even drive to the store. Walls of sadness surrounded me. As they closed in, tears would fall. There didn't need to be a reason or trigger.

People ask me why I started writing. My answer is simple: I wanted to create a world into which other people with similar problems could escape. I wanted to share the one place that had helped me for many years.

I have always said that as long as one person finds a little bit of happiness out of my books, I am, in my opinion, an accomplished author. The same is true for every writer out there. Please don't ever let anyone tell you different.

I read books as well as write them and have visited the worlds many different authors have created. Those worlds not only make me feel better, but give me the strength to face real life again. I want to thank everyone who writes—I want them to know they are making a difference.

Fast forward to today...

C.A. King, USA Today Bestselling Author has over 60 books available across multiple fantasy sub-genres.

Awards include:

Hamilton Spectator Readers' Choice Award in the Best Local Author category 2017 & 2018 & 2019

Brant News Readers' Choice Award: Best Local Author 2017 

Readers' Favorite International Book Awards: Best Novella/Short Story 2017 Silver medal

2017 SIBA Awards - Best Novella

2017 SIBA Awards - Best New Adult

2018 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards: Gold Medal in the Fiction - Supernatural genre

2018 Readers' Favorite International Book Awards: Bronze Medal in the Fiction - New Adult genre

2019 Readers' Favorite Gold Medal Winner in the Fiction - Supernatural genre

2019 Readers' Favorite Gold Medal Winner in the Young Adult - Fantasy - Urban genre

City of Brantford Featured Artist February 2020

Burlington Post Readers' Choice Award in the Best Local Author Category 2020

Toronto Star Readers' Choice Award in the Best Local Author Category 2020

Cambridge Times Readers' Choice Award in the Best Local Author Category 2020

Burlington Post Readers' Choice Award in the Best Local Author Category 2021


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Monday, October 18, 2021

Rescue Road by Gayle M. Irwin


 



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Rescue Road

Pet Rescue Romance Book 1

by Gayle M. Irwin

Genre: Sweet Contemporary Romance


Freelance writer Rhiann Kelly shelved romance for years. Her dream of starting an animal sanctuary takes deep roots after finding the perfect location in southwestern Montana and purchasing the property for back taxes.

Emergency medical technician Levi Butler knows his elderly friend left the ranch to him in his will. Levi anxiously awaits the probate to be complete so he can plan his retirement and begin his dream of raising and selling horses.

When Rhiann and Levi find each other at the ranch simultaneously, sparks fly - and not the romantic kind. Yet their mutual attraction deepens, especially after Levi finds Rhiann injured in an accident.

Meantime, land developer Dallas Patterson sets his sights on charming Rhiann to obtain the land.

Can Rhiann and Levi work together to detour Patterson and find a solution in which neither needs to give up their dream, or will the fence line of their hearts – and the property - separate them forever?

Can their broken paths weave their hearts together as they travel the rescue road?


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Rhiann stood on the porch of the mid-century ranch house. Cup of coffee in hand, she watched the blazing orange sunrise. Streamers of light cascaded on the mountains west of the property, casting a rosy glow on the rocks and patches of snow upon the higher elevation. October’s morning danced with the browning grasses of the nearby pastures as touches of frost shimmered upon tan sprigs surrounding the house. Overhead, a flock of Canada geese in traditional V formation honked as they winged their way south.  

Rhiann observed them and whispered, “We have something in common. We’re starting over.”  

Her body shivered, from autumn’s chill coupled with a wave of nervousness. She sighed as her gaze returned to her surroundings. 

            “Sure wish you were here, Grams,” she said, her voice still low. “This was our dream, to come here together and to make the sanctuary a reality. Now, it’s just me, starting over again.” 

            Yips and whines from two dogs sitting at her feet caused her to smile. She reached down and petted an elderly tri-colored female beagle and a middle-aged male black and white Shih Tzu. 

            “I know, guys, I know. I have both of you.” 

             Rhiann glanced through a bay window that protruded from the kitchen. She saw her two adoption-bound dogs, Max and Molly, resting on dog beds near the living room’s stone hearth. Her gaze flickered back to her canine charges on the porch, and she scratched their heads. 

            “You both are always so good with the animals waiting to be adopted, and our new home here in Montana hasn’t changed your sweet dispositions.” 

           Taking a sip of coffee from her mug and observing the mountains to the west, Rhiann’s mind wandered to the previous day. The face of the smiling EMT with his chiseled features and cleft chin caused her heart to skip. Even though his appearance from the wooded trail had startled her, the tingle she’d experienced from the touch of his fingers upon her hand seared her skin like a brand. She stroked her wrist and hand at the memory. She hadn’t let herself experience such a feeling in years. Her former boyfriend’s rejection had also branded her, causing her to forego love and romance. Yesterday, however, a spark ignited. She pondered where Levi lived; he had mentioned they might be neighbors.  

She shook her head, disengaging the image and thoughts of the EMT and refocusing on tasks that needed completion.  

            “I’m here for a purpose, not a relationship,” she reminded herself. “There’s work to be done, especially with the moving van arriving soon.” 

She picked up the Shih Tzu. “Spa day for you, Jax. Can’t start off our new journey looking bedraggled.” 

 The little dog licked her cheek, and Rhiann laughed as she hugged him. “Yes, Jax, we can do this. If you could survive four years in a puppy mill, I can make this our new home, no matter how much work lies ahead.” 


Gayle M. Irwin is an author and freelance writer with a passion for pet rescue and adoption. She creates engaging books and enlightening short stories and articles. She is a member of Wyoming Writers Inc., which has presented her with several awards during the past 10 years, and Northern Colorado Writers. She has also won three Wyoming Press Association awards for her magazine article writing. A former editor and reporter for the West Yellowstone News in West Yellowstone, Montana, Gayle enjoys sharing stories about nature, people, and life. She is an avid advocate for pet rescue and adoption, and she donates a percentage of her writing income, including book sales, to animal rescue and adoption organizations. She has worked for two different humane societies and continues helping animal rescue organizations as a volunteer transporter.

She considers herself a human and pet life advocate, sharing stories about people and animals through articles for Pregnancy Help NewsWREN Magazine, the Casper Star Tribune (including children’s stories in the kids’ My Trib section), Creation Illustrated, and other publications. Seven of her short stories appear in seven different Chicken Soup for the Soul books, such as I Can’t Believe My Dog Did That, Finding My Faith, and The Spirit of America. She enjoys traveling, nature photography, reading, spending time at her mountain cabin and a friend’s ranch, and helping non-profit organizations in various ways.


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