Monthly Archives: February 2014

Books: Natalie J Damschroder

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An Excerpt from a new romantic adventure by Natalie J. Damschroder, Hearts Under Siege, only 99 cents for a limited time!

HeartsUnderSiege500Molly murmured, “Fitz, come here.”

The curtain bunched, and Molly’s heart seized as if Brady’s fist clutched it rather than the padded polyester fabric. She circled the beds and squeezed up next to him, prying his fingers off the drapery. “It’s okay,” she whispered. “We’re safe here. You can let go.”

At first, she thought he would. His face went from stoic to tortured, crumpling like a tin can, and a sharp noise forced itself out of his throat. She leaned into him, offering herself as support, and he clutched her against his chest, burying his face in her neck.

His entire body tightened, harder, harder, and Molly held her breath, waiting for the explosion. And also because his arms were banded so tightly across her back she had no room to draw in air.

The explosion didn’t come. Instead his muscles slowly loosened, a deliberate progression as he held tightly to his control. He couldn’t go on like that, she knew. Mustn’t. He had to give in now, while they were safe, so he didn’t cave at the worst moment, later.

“Brady, love,” she murmured, raising her head and cupping his face in her hands. “It’s okay. Let go.”

I can’t.

Brady couldn’t form the words. Couldn’t explain to Molly that he was afraid if he released the rage and hatred and bone deep sorrow caged within him, he would never be able to regain control. If he was uncontrolled, he couldn’t protect her, or the data he was trying to get home. He stood still, his hands resting on her waist because he couldn’t seem to let her go, and she stroked his hair back from his face, murmured to him, comforted him. He wanted to accept it, to sink into her and let her absorb his pain, and he knew she’d let him. But she had her own grief, her own burdens. She didn’t need his, too.

Somehow, her body had curved closer, and suddenly, his awareness of her shifted. It wasn’t comfort he craved anymore, and his brain clicked off just as a sharp warning flashed across it. He closed his eyes, dropped his head, and for the first time in their three-decade friendship, he kissed his best friend.
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Brady Fitzpatrick has spent a decade burying the pain of a broken heart while working for SIEGE, an information-gathering spy agency. That it kept him away from his family as well as his best friend Molly has been an unfortunate side effect. But when his brother, also an agent, is killed during a foreign op, Brady is drawn into a web of intrigue that threatens the lives of everyone he loves…

Molly Byrnes has loved Brady forever. As his best friend and a de facto member of the Fitzpatrick family, she holds them together in their crushing grief. But as a member SIEGE’s ground team, she doesn’t buy the official line about Brady’s brother’s “accidental” death and launches her own investigation—only to uncover a shocking secret that she and Brady must get to the bottom of before their target finds them.

Tangled emotions land them in bed together, opening Brady’s eyes to the incredible, fearless woman who’s been there for him all his life. But after a lifetime of disappointment, how can Molly trust the possibility of a future with him…or if they can count on any future at all?

Hearts Under Siege
by Natalie J. Damschroder
Romantic Adventure/Romantic Suspense
Entangled Ignite, 2014
ISBN 13: 9781622664948

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New Release: Victoria Smith!

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Sheltered-highresIzzy Burnett would rather hang out with animals than humans any day. Animals never judge you because of a few extra pounds, or because you refuse the lifestyle your mother believes you should live.
Drugged and lost after escaping a deranged kidnapper, Dane Masters is stuck as his alternate self—a Great Dane. When Izzy rescues and cares for his bedraggled dog body, he finds comfort in her arms and realizes she’s his predestined mate. All he has to do is convince Izzy—but first he has to save her.
Victoria Smith Photo

Super Release Day!

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Hi there! I’m very excited that this book is being released again. I think Ivy Morris is one of my favorite characters I’ve ever written and this launches the series again. I am so happy The Wild Rose Press decided to take a chance on her! Once book five is out then it will be all new material. Very excited to share what Ivy is doing these days!

For now, though I give you, Poison Ivy – An Ivy Morris Mystery, available through Amazon Kindle for the next three months and I believe in paperback soon.

PoisonIvy_w8558_300Ivy Morris may be an adult, but she still lives at home with her widowed father long after her sisters have all left — until she gets a letter with the words “your inheritance” offering her a home and a business of her own 3000 miles away.
When she arrives to assume her new life as homeowner and proprietress of a popular costume shop, she is bombarded by a slew of people looking for the perfect outfit for the upcoming Harvest Ball. Between overpowering biddies and stolen lingerie from the worst-kept-secret side of the business, things get even more complicated when a woman is murdered at the ball–a woman wearing the same costume as Ivy.
With the help of her new friends, including a cute guy trying to rev up his journalism career to private eye status with this mystery–and revving up her heart in the process–she must solve the murder before someone succeeds in the quest to poison Ivy.

Available at Amazon

 

Make Valentine’s Day Last Longer…..

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With this great Anthology! I love sweet romances and will definitely be giving this one a try. Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!

Valentine Romance anthologyTitle: Valentine’s Romance

Authors: Pat White, Jennifer Conner, Cary Morgan-Frates, Julie Kavanagh
Publisher: Books to Go Now
Genre: Contemporary Valentine Christmas Romance
Release Date: 1.9.2014
Length: 133 pages
Heat Rating: Sweet

Book Blurb:
Four sweet holiday romances to warm your heart. A collection of our choice for best short Valentine romances from your favorite best-selling authors.

The Wife Project: Enigmatic software genius A.J. Remington needs a wife to seem more accessible to potential clinets, but love cannot be a part of the equation. Having been burned, he knows that love is complicated and painful. A.J. is resigned to a live without love. Friend and personal chef Katy Walsh has also tasted her share of heartbreak thanks to a failed marriage and she’s determined to avoid that kind of pain, thank-you-very-much. But when Katy agrees to help Alex to choose a suitable woman for the role of wife, an unlikely recipe for romance consumes them both. Can it be that the perfect woman is standing in his kitchen? And will either of them be willing to risk falling in love as they work on… The Wife Project?

Love Comes for Valentine’s Day: At Christmas, Kara Hayward makes a pact with her girlfriends. She’s going to wear a headband of mistletoe until a man kisses her. The problem is it’s now Valentine’s Day. Will Kara be stuck wearing the headband of shame the rest of the year, or will she find Mr. Right in a place she never expects?

Red Soles in the Morning, Valentine’s Soaring (Story 2 in the Red Soles Series): In book one of the series, Red Soles at Night, Christmas Delight, Audrey Wells and Mack Hargrave meet on Christmas under inauspicious circumstances, when his dog, Winston, knocks her very expensive shoes into Lake Washington. Disaster quickly turns to attraction and love, but Mack must return home to Texas.
As book two opens, Audrey’s shoes have survived their dunking, but her heart may not survive Mack’s departure. Very much in love, the two are determined to pursue what they have started, but the very high-powered careers that force them to live in different states, keep thwarting their plans to reunite. Finally, in a fit of desperation, and with some prompting by her girlfriends, Audrey decides a surprise trip to Texas will be just what they need.Will it be everything she hopes it will be…or are the cards of separation and mischance still dealt against them?

Jessica’s Valentine Diary: Tom is handed a lost diary and, against his better judgement, he begins to read it. The deeper he reads, the more he starts to fall in love with the owner, Jessica and he sets out to find the unknown girl who has stolen his heart with her words.
If Tom finds Jessica can he convince her of his love? How will she react to the stranger who has read her deepest secrets? Is there a happy ever after to this story?
Excerpt:

Kara took his hand. “This guy I know said not to play the what-if game. You seem to be a person who always makes sure others are safe, that’s why you left Ada at Make-Me-a-Bear. It’s usually safe. I think it’s more than your profession, it’s who you are or you wouldn’t be here and I would still be standing waiting for the bus.”

He nodded, not sure what to say. Kara said what he needed to hear, and hopefully earlier he’d done the same for her. It had been a long time since there was a woman he felt he could open up to.

They sat and listened to the rain patter on the windows. In a few minutes Kara’s head slumped down to rest on her arm. She’d fallen asleep. Jack drew her onto his shoulder. He didn’t want her to be cold.

As she slept, Jack tucked a strand of hair behind her ear. She mumbled something and frowned. He wanted to wipe the frown from her face. It was a good thing he hadn’t been at the store earlier. He would have broken those numb-nuts’ heads for scaring her and the kids

This woman had no police training to handle situations like she’d been thrown into, but Kara did everything he would have. She put the kid’s safety before hers.

Kara was someone he didn’t see every day. Brave. Different. Special.

He’d just stay awhile longer until she woke up, he didn’t want to disturb her sleep.

 

Buy Links:
Amazon
Ebook $2.99 : http://www.amazon.com/Valentines-Romance-Short-Valentine-Romances-ebook/dp/B00HQUJ6SY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391287378&sr=8-1&keywords=valentine%27s+romance+conner

Paperback $6.29: http://www.amazon.com/Valentine-Romance-Best-Short-Romances/dp/1494951851/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1391287378&sr=8-2&keywords=valentine%27s+romance+conner

Books: Anson Barber!

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RATThe Power of a Super Power

By Anson Barber

In many of my books, one or both of the main characters have an ability outside the scope of a normal human being.

A lot of times the super power will take on a character of its own.  They will be the person as they are normally, and then the person as they are when they shift into the role of hero, wielding their powers for good.  Generally, the power always goes beyond the surface of the human, changing the way they look at everything.

They are no longer ho-hum John Doe, they now have a responsibility to help people.  Or if they’re a villain, they spend all their time plotting a futile yet elaborate attempt to take over the world.  Regardless of their goal, the need for secrecy is always a necessity.  After all, it’s quite difficult to save the planet when you have the paparazzi following you everywhere.

Most super heroes enjoy the exploration and initial excitement of their gift, but soon grow weary of the stress it adds to their life.  Eventually they find

balance.  A way to cope and maintain a fairly normal existence, at least when they’re not fighting crime or fending off attempts at global domination.

We never like to see our heroes burdened down with more than they can handle, but we love to cheer them on when they overcome evil and save the day.  The superpower isn’t the only thing that makes them special, it’s how they deal with obstacles that win our hearts.

What makes a person with superhuman powers want to use them to help others?  It’s most likely the inherent goodness that’s found in everyday heroes who don’t possess any other power but the willingness to lend a hand when one is needed.  The world would certainly be a darker place without them.

Many people wish they had a skill of some kind.  Whether it be the ability to fly or, as for me, just being able to whistle, we all want to feel special in some way.

Growing up as a comic book girl, I always fantasized about how a spider bite could possibly turn into a good thing, and anxiously waited for some life-altering event to happen to me.

It never did.

Unless you would call the ability to make up characters and worlds with nothing other than my own imagination an ability.  I guess in its own way, writing is a super power.  One that, fortunately, doesn’t require a Spandex suit or a meddlesome cape.

If given the choice, what super power would you want to have?

Anson’s newest book can be found at Amazon

You can also visit her at http://ansonbarber.wordpress.com/

Making Room at the Inn – Misty Simon

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Hi everyone!

I can’t seem to find the post where I outed this book, so here you go!

MakingRoomattheInn_w8086_750Making Room at the Inn is the follow up to What’s Life Without the Sprinkles?

Blurb:

Single mom Chelsea Moore may not have had a happy marriage herself, but she’s bound and determined to pull off the wedding of the year for her sister. It should be a piece of cake as long as she can keep her mother from trying to hook her up with every eligible guy in the county.

Jack Barton has no qualms about hosting his sister’s best friend for the final week before the wedding, along with said best friend’s adorable daughter. But when Chelsea asks him to be a shield against the impending bachelor parade, he doesn’t think it through before agreeing. That’s when he finds out how little it feels like pretend and how much he wants to make room for these two wonderful females in his life and at his inn.

You can find it on:

The Wild Rose Press 

Amazon