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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Cover Reveal: Kisses Sweeter Than Wine by Heather Heyford


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Title: Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
Author: Heather Heyford
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: Ecopy 

In the third book of Heather Heyford’s series, set in Oregon’s wine country, a returning war hero and his “friend with benefits” discover that some vintages only improve with time . . .

Uncorking the Truth

When the town of Clarkston, Oregon, welcomes Captain Sam Owens home from the service, Sophia “Red” McDonald is first in line. The sassy psychotherapist has known Sam since they were kids, and the grown-up Sam is darned near irresistible. With his abs of steel and those gorgeous hazel eyes, he could have any woman he wanted. Naturally, Red is thrilled when he takes her hand . . .

She’s a modern woman, happy to canoodle with the sexy soldier, no strings attached—until her heart changes the rules. Suddenly, after months of casual hookups, Red finds she wants more. She longs to possess Sam body and soul. But his warrior's heart was wounded long before he joined the service. As a therapist, Red has ways of making him talk. Only if Sam opens up and spills his secrets can they finally have everything their hearts desire . . .



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MEET THE AUTHOR




Heather Heyford writes contemporary romance novels set in the wine country.

Born in the Northeast, Heather learned to walk and talk in Texas, and then moved to England.
“Ya’ll want some scones?” While in Europe, Heather was forced by her cruel parents to spend Saturdays in the leopard vinyl back seat of their Peugeot, motoring from one medieval pile to the next for the lame purpose of ‘learning something.’ What she soon learned was how to allay the boredom by stashing a Cosmo under the seat.

Heather is represented by the Nancy Yost Literary Agency (@nyliterary) in New York City.

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Book Feature: Brette: Intentions Gone Astray by Collette Cameron


Title: Brette: Intentions Gone Astray
Author: Collette Cameron
Release Date: January 9, 2017
Publisher: Windtree Press
Genre: Historical Romance

He thought his adventures were over...

A rogue reluctantly turned rector, Alexander Hawksworth, prefers soirées to sermons and parties to prayers. Though impoverished, he seizes every opportunity to escape parish duties, preferring to hob nob with London’s finest–especially after the precocious and petite Brette Culpepper arrives in Town. Alex secretly fantasizing about claiming the breathtaking beauty as his very own, and when he unexpectedly inherits an earldom, he’s determined to make her his countess... Until he’s accused of murdering the previous earl.

Then she burst headlong into his life...

New to Society, Brette adores the whirlwind social scene, the stream of invitations... the slightly-sensual verbal sparring with the devilishly attractive, much too witty, and oh so unsuitable Mr. Hawksworth. But her fairytale existence crashes to a halt when rumors circulate she’s a peer’s illegitimate granddaughter. Even though he’s left her a tidy inheritance, formerly hospitable doors slam in her face as a newly appointed guardian emerges, intent on stealing her wealth and forcing her to wed an elderly despot. Time is against them as Alex struggles to clear his name and deliver the woman he loves from an unthinkable fate.

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ABOUT COLLETTE:




 An escapee from the Pacific Northwest’s rainy, gray coast, COLLETTE CAMERON believed teaching her destiny until she dared to tap out her first novel.

She’s been enthralled with writing ever since. Blessed with three spectacular children, fantastic fans, and a compulsive, over-active, and witty Muse who won’t stop whispering new romantic romps in her ear, she still lives in Oregon with her mini-dachshunds, though she dreams of living in Scotland part-time.

A bestselling, award-winning author, Collette pens Scottish and Regency historicals featuring rogues, rapscallions, rakes, and the intelligent, intrepid damsels who reform them. You’ll always find dogs, birds, occasionally naughty humor, and a dash of inspiration in her sweet-to-spicy timeless romances.

A member of Novelist Inc., Romance Writers of America, as well as several RWA chapters including The Beau Monde, Hearts Through History, Celtic Hearts, Rose City Romance Writers, and the Greater Seattle Romance Writers, Collette admits to a quirky sense of humor, enjoys trivia and inspiring quotes, adores castles and anything cobalt blue, and is a self-confessed Cadbury chocoholic.

Her motto for life? You can’t have too much chocolate, too many hugs, too many flowers, or too many books. She’s thinking about adding shoes to that list.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Cover Reveal: RELOAD by David McCaleb


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Title: RELOAD
Author: David McCaleb
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Thriller
Format: Ecopy 

To save his family—and the free world—Red Harmon is back in the line of fire . . .

A sinister enemy is stalking elite military operator Red Harmon and his loved ones. Turning the hunter into his prey, Red uncovers a plot that spans nations and draws him into the remote snow-covered ravines of North Korea. His team's objective: penetrate the darkest prisons of this mysterious nation to restore national security—and save all he holds dear.

Caught in the danger . . .

Red’s not the only one who lives with secrets. His wife Lori is a lot more than the suburban soccer mom she appears to be, and she’s stumbled into a massive conspiracy. The future of world peace depends on them—and on a North Korean soldier with a powerful personal agenda. If Red and his team fail, the balance of superpowers may never recover . . .

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MEET THE AUTHOR



David McCaleb is a thriller author, entrepreneur, business owner, veteran, USAFA grad, proud husband, and father. His experiences include a stint in bullet manufacturing, patenting an environmentally safe oil-changing system for cars, Air Force officer, and insurance agent. He started, built, and sold businesses. Though he enjoys drawing, painting, and the work of hands, his chosen tool is the pen.

He was born on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Growing up on a farm, he studied the teachings of nature, enjoying hunting and fishing, intermingled with hard labor. One of the last green belts on the east coast, the Eastern Shore is steeped in creative culture, with which he credits much of his inspiration.

David started writing in 2009 and intensely studies his craft. RECALL, the first novel in the RED OPS series, was launched in August, 2016 and spent two months as a top 10 Amazon bestseller in Military Thrillers. RELOAD hits shelves on August, 2017.  RECON, the third book in this exciting series, is available August, 2018.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Cover Reveal: Dead on the Bayou by June Shaw

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Title: Dead on the Bayou
Author: June Shaw
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Format: Ecopy 

It may be easier to patch up an old home than a broken heart. But along the Louisiana bayou, where beauty and danger mingle all too seamlessly, thoughts of romance may have to simmer on the back burner . . . 

Twin sisters and fellow divorcees Sunny Taylor and Eve Vaughn have established their home repair and remodeling business with an eye toward quality and personal attention. So when they’re approached by hunky Dave Price to fix up his bayou fishing camp, they’re more than happy to take the job—especially since they both secretly think he may prove to be more than just another satisfied customer . . .

The ramshackle campsite could certainly use a woman’s touch. What it does not need is a dead body—but that’s what the trio stumble across. Clearly, the poor soul was murdered—and once the town tongue-waggers get going, Sunny, Eve, and Dave come under suspicion of the police, not to mention potential clients . . .


Now, with their futures on the line, their brewing love triangle will have to wait. Helped—and harried—by the twins’ mother and her retirement home’s cadre of amateur sleuths, the trio starts snooping on their own. But when another dead body turns up, they’ll have to get their hands dirtier than a swamp-bottom snake if they hope to clear their names . . .


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MEET THE AUTHOR


June Shaw lives along a lazy bayou in south Louisiana. She became a young widow with five children, completed a college degree, and started teaching junior high students. Then her deferred dream of becoming a writer took hold.

Between grading papers and being involved in her growing children’s activities, she sold stories and learned to write plays. She won a playwriting contest in Boston, and two of her short plays were produced Off-Off Broadway. A short screenplay she wrote aired on a channel for the arts in New Orleans.

She eventually worked on novels, became a grandmother, and then sold RELATIVE DANGER, which received excellent reviews. Deadly Ink nominated it for their new David award for Best Mystery of the Year. Harlequin reprinted it, and Books in Motion bought audio rights.

KILLER COUSINS was June’s second book in the series that features Cealie Gunther, a spunky young grandma with attitude, and her hunky sometimes-ex lover that she tries to avoid so she can rediscover herself. But he opens Cajun restaurants in all the places she travels, and she is so bad at avoiding tempting dishes and men.

DEADLY REUNION, the third book in her series, takes you aboard a cruise ship in Alaska for a class reunion you won’t want to miss!

June has represented Louisiana on the board of Mystery Writers of America's southwest chapter for many years. She has also served a number of terms as the Published Author Liason for the southern Louisiana chapter of Romance Writers of America. 

When June is not writing, she enjoys reading, swimming, fishing, dancing, traveling, meeting new people, and being with her friends and large family.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Cover Reveal: Don't Call Me Sweetheart by Codi Gary


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Title: Don't Call Me Sweetheart
Author: Codi Gary
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Format: Ecopy 


Weddings are big business in picturesque Sweetheart, California, and Something Borrowed’s rent-a-bridesmaid service is thriving among the Hollywood elite. For the women who work there, a walk down the aisle is just a paycheck—until the right guy makes it priceless . . .

RULE #1: GROOMSMEN ARE STRICTLY OFF LIMITS

Marley Stevenson never imagined her stint as a rented Maid of Honor would practically become a career. Then again, nothing in her life has gone according to plan. At least the money’s good—and she needs it to pay off student loans and help out her mom. But the job has rules, which have never been an issue . . . until one encounter with a gorgeous best man—and his swoon-worthy Southern accent—sends Marley reeling.


Determined to get through the weekend with her professional reputation intact, Marley grits her teeth and sends out her best “unavailable” vibes, but Luke Jessup doesn’t give up that easy. A former Marine and a current SWAT team officer, his focus is legendary—and it’s on Marley. Jeopardizing her job is bad enough, and starting a relationship based on half-truths is worse—yet Marley is beginning to wonder if certain risks are worth taking, especially in the name of true love . . .



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MEET THE AUTHOR

Codi Gary grew up in a small town in Northern California that no one has ever heard of. In 2011, Codi and her husband uprooted their two children and moved two states over to Southern Idaho. They only had one car and during their first Idaho winter, Codi read all the books on her shelf (TWICE) and played a lot of peek-a-boo. But one day, while her children were napping and her husband was at work, she sat down at her lap top and made a list of things she wanted to accomplish before she was thirty. 

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5 Quirky Things You Should Know From the Life of Mike Hartner




5 Quirky Things You Should Know From the Life of Mike Hartner

My Name is Mike Hartner, and I write The Eternity Series.

1.  I like historical fiction, with a bit of a twist. Alexandre Dumas wrote the story of D’Artagnan, starting with The Three Musketeers.    But, there were definitely Four of them.  (Athos, Porthos, Aramis, and D’Artagnan).  That series contained seven books.  Or his other book,  the world’s greatest Revenge story, The Count of Monte Cristo.  The political and social comment on  France during those times was amazing.  And the same for Victor Hugo and his comments  in Les Miserables.   \
But my all-time favorite was Geoffrey Chaucer and The Canterbury Tales.  He and other authors challenged each other to tell the tales of the lives of the people that were traveling with them.  So, he told the stories of the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker.  Of the knight-errant the innkeeper, and the mead maker.   Each of these was stories as common as you or I, and reading about them, though baudy at times, was also humorous and fun.

2.  I am a modern court jester.  I am the fool, the jack of all trades, and master of very few.  In my life so far, I’ve been: A computer technician, a network analyst and administrator; a tutor and teacher of mathematics; and of history; a part-time genealogist; a short order cook, and a bartender.  But mostly, for me, it’s not about the job.  It’s about the people around me.

3. I am a husband and father.  And those are the two careers I take the most seriously, and the ones of which I am most proud.  My son is an excellent student and a wonderful athlete, and gets along well with his peers, which is a great thing.  And in a couple of years, he will graduate high school.  Regardless of his memories of the school, I hope that one of them will include knowing that I was always his #1 supporter.

4. My son’s social life in school is 1000 times better than I ever achieved.   He currently has a handful of people he’s been friends with since K.  That’s eleven years, so far.  I can count on one hand, with fingers left over the number of people who were friends with me when I graduated high school.  And only one of them is still speaking tome.   And MOST of my problem was …

5.  I spent the first twenty-six years of my life very epileptic.  My seizures were due to a lot of things, including salt, sugar, stress, strobe lights, exhaustion, and many other causes. But, I’m free of that now, and Good Lord Willing, it will never come back.

BONUS:

6.  My quirkiest talent is my old-fashioned (mostly southern) sayings.  I use y’all and you’se. I commonly am busier than a ‘long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs,’ or a ‘one armed paper hanger.’ And every lady is a ‘young lady’ even if they’re ‘older than dirt, and look it, too.’  Some people I know “Look like a million bucks:  ALL green and wrinkled.’  And I laugh at nearly all the jokes that have been told to me.  THAT started when I was a kid… y’see I was the oldest of four boys, and it was MY responsibility to laugh at all dad’s non-PC jokes so that my kid brothers would learn the same. All of the leper colony jokes, or the blond jokes, or the Polish jokes, the German jokes, the Jewish jokes, the Asian jokes, and yes, even the lawyer jokes.  PC or not folks, and I’m NOT PC, laughter is, as Readers’ Digest has said for many years, the best medicine.

FAVORITE LAWYER JOKE:    This joke came from a former candidate for civic office.  He was a lawyer, and being interviewed by a reporter who as the last question asked him: What’s your favorite lawyer joke? Three days later, the paper’s Letters to the Editor column was filled with lawyers chastising him for making fun of them. 
Q:  What do lawyers have in common with sperm?
A Both have a one in a billion chance of being human.

FAVORITE BLONDE JOKE: 
Years and years ago, a blonde friend of mine told me that this had happened to her over a weekend, and she was still not sure how to react.   Her home’s back porch screen door, like those in all four of the block’s surrounding her, opened to a city park and playground for the kids.  One weekend , the six-year-old son comes into the house yelling, “Mommy, Mommy… What does a blonde have in common with a patio door?”
“The more you bang it, the looser it gets.” This coming to a blonde mother from her six year old son.  She wasn’t sure whether to beat the kid within an inch of his life or to laugh out loud.  And she was blonde.

About the Author

Mike Hartner was born in Miami in 1965. He’s traveled much of the continental United States. He has several years post secondary education, and experience teaching and tutoring young adults. Hartner has owned and run a computer firm for more than twenty-five years. He now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with his wife and child. They share the neighborhood and their son with his maternal grandparents.
Mike’s latest book is I, Angus (The Eternity Series Book 4).
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About the Book:

Title: I, Angus
Author: Mike Hartner
Publisher: Eternity 4 Popsicle Publishing
Pages: 260
Genre: Historical Fiction

During a time of civil strife and purging the North has lost more men to Wars then it ever did to Nature.

Angus has grown up learning that his life is better off with only him and a family. But is that really in the Grand Plan.

The North needs someone to build community.

But first, Angus needs to be forged... beaten, shaped, bolded and trained.

Watch as Angus hits both lows and highs across the lands of England, Scotland and France, before meeting a challenge of new land.

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Title: Sealed Up
Author: Steve Dunn Hanson
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 402
Genre: Action/Adventure/Suspense 

The Da Vinci Code unsettles. SEALED UP shakes to the core!

UCLA anthropologist Nathan Hill, in a funk since his young wife’s death, learns of staggering millennia-old chronicles sealed up somewhere in a Mesoamerica cliff. This bombshell rocks him out of his gloom, and he leads a clandestine expedition to uncover them. What are they? Who put them there? No one knows. But, self-absorbed televangelist Brother Luke, who funds the expedition, thinks he does. If he’s right, his power-hunger will have off-the-charts gratification.

Striking Audra Chang joins Nathan in his pursuit and brings her own shocking secret. As they struggle through a literal jungle of puzzles and dead ends, she finds herself falling in love with Nathan. Her secret, though, may make that a non-starter.

When a shaman with a thirst for human sacrifice, and a murderous Mexican drug lord with a mysterious connection to Brother Luke emerge, the expedition appears doomed. Yet Nathan is convinced that fate—or something—demands these inscrutable chronicles be unearthed.
And if they are . . . what shattering disruption will they unleash?

Intricately layered and remarkably researched, this enthralling suspense-driven and thought provoking tour de force begs a startling question: Could it happen?

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Book Excerpt:

“How much farther?” Paul’s shirt was soaked from sweat.
Itzel looked at him and laughed. “Just like Torrance, huh?” Paul rolled his eyes.
“The cenote.” Ichika pointed to a three-foot-wide path that was recently cut through the brush. They followed it as it turned to the left then sharply to the right. The sinkhole loomed in front of them. The water, a huge blue sapphire, sparkled 15 feet below. Thick emerald-green growth reached down the sinkhole’s sides, but where they were standing, the vegetation had been cleared all the way to the water’s surface.
Paul stood at the cenote’s edge and stared down into the bowl. “You slipped here, you’d go all the way in.”
Itzel shuddered and pulled back; thoughts of her father overwhelming her. Was this what it was like where he fell? She trembled and turned away from the cenote. “Let’s leave.”
Paul looked at her and understood. He almost said something about his stupidity, but decided one foot in his mouth was enough. He motioned for Ichika to take them back the way they came. He put his arm around Itzel, and she leaned her head against him.
“Where are the ruins?” Paul asked. Ichika didn’t say anything, just pointed ahead. The brush and ferns that surrounded them were head high and prevented their seeing anything except along the trail. As they turned to go to where they first entered the path, Kish’s men stood waiting. Ikan, Muluc, and Yochi had machetes, and Gukumatz held a tranquilizer gun.
Paul and Itzel stopped. Ichika, her eyes fastened on the ground, kept going until she stood on the other side of the men. She turned back toward Itzel but wouldn’t look at her. “What’s going on?” Paul demanded in Spanish as he stepped in front of Itzel. Gukumatz raised his gun and shot a dart into Paul’s stomach. Paul flinched at the pain and looked down at his stomach. “What the ....” Paul yanked the dart out and threw it on the ground. A small circle of blood soaked through his shirt. He lunged at Gukumatz and swung his forearm around catching him on the bridge of his nose. Blood spurted from Gukumatz’s nostrils as he fell to the ground; a gash flaring open on top of his nose. Ikan and Yochi dropped their machetes and jumped Paul.
“What are you doing?” Itzel yelled in Lacandón. “Where is Kish?” Muluc grabbed her and threw his arm around her neck, holding her from behind.
“Don’t you hurt her!” Ichika screamed, as she advanced on him. Gukumatz stood up and wiped his nose with his sleeve; blood soaking through his shirt to his skin. His stare at Paul was chilling, and he swore at him in Spanish. Paul tried to get up to come at him. It was all the two men could do to keep him down even though his strength was ebbing. Gukumatz turned away from Paul and pulled a cartridge and a dart from the bag on his shoulder and loaded them into his gun. He walked to Itzel and shoved Ichika aside. He lowered the gun and shot the dart into Itzel’s stomach. She flinched at the pain and stared at Gukumatz. “You pig!” she spat.
Within a few minutes Paul and Itzel were unconscious. Gukumatz pulled the GPS trackers from their belts, turned them off, and slammed them against a rock. He grunted as he picked up Itzel and slung her across his shoulder. The other three men lifted Paul. They headed to the platform ruins.
The place of sacrifice.

About the Author


I've lived in places that grew me . . . from a small Idaho farm town, a run-down neighborhood in St. Louis, and a middle-class southern California community, to Sydney, Australia, and Bucharest, Romania. My experiences are as varied as the places I've lived. I have a hopper full of "reality" including being a volunteer jail chaplain and flying with a U.S. presidential candidate in his small plane when an engine conked out. And all of this is fodder for my writing.
My latest book is the action/adventure/suspense novel, Sealed Up.

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