Thursday, February 22, 2018

Focus on The Accidental Elopement


The Accidental Elopement
Scandalous Miss Brightwell Series (Book 4)
By Beverley Oakley

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A seven-year secret. A tragic misunderstanding. Can love outwit fate in this twisted tale of misadventure and thwarted dreams?

Earl Quamby’s niece, Katherine, and Jack, a foundling home lad adopted by a local family, have been loyal friends for as long as they can remember.

As Jack is about to leave England to make his fortune and Katherine is being courted by two eligible suitors, they unexpectedly realize their friendship has blossomed into passionate love. A love, they are warned, that has no future.

Despite a brave attempt to defy the forces keeping them apart, tragedy results and the pair is separated. When chance throws them together seven years later, Katherine, newly widowed, is being pressured into a marriage not of her choosing to avoid scandal and Jack feels he must honour his pledge to the worthy Odette whom he met in India and whose father is dying.

Katherine knows that revealing a long-held secret may win Jack to her but she also knows conflicting obligations from past and present may tear him apart. Can master matchmakers, Fanny, Antoinette and Bertram Brightwell, outwit fate in its latest attempt to keep these star-crossed lovers apart and deliver them the happiness they deserve?




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Excerpt:

No one had thought to light a candle sconce and this second corridor turning she’d taken was as black as a dungeon. Katherine couldn’t even see her hand but she wasn’t frightened of the dark. No, Katherine was not fainthearted.
Yet she did squeal when, taking another step, her progress was impeded by a very large object and, with no warning at all, she found herself flying through the air, landing with a painful jarring of her wrists upon the cold, hard flagstones.
Good Lord!” came a disembodied young male voice in the dark before a groping hand located a piece of Katherine – namely a hank of hair – which caused her to shriek even louder when it was quite unnecessarily tugged. Whether this was to establish who or what she was, she had no idea – and perhaps neither did the tugger for immediately a profound apology was issued before the groping hand was operating with complete abandon in the dark.
This time it found Katherine’s breast just as the voice said in tones of utter
mortification, “Forgive me! Are you hurt? Here, let me help you. That’s what I was trying to do, I promise. I didn’t realize you were on the ground? Take my hand. Really, I can’t apologize enough.”
Katherine had made one unsuccessful attempt to stand but it was a struggle in her flounced skirt and multiple corded petticoats. She swatted away the supposedly helping hand and hissed something unintelligible – somehow unladylike language seemed less of an offence when she couldn’t see to whom she was speaking.
But when the disembodied groping hand entered her orbit once more – in fact, brushing the bare flash above her garter and getting in a good squeeze of her thigh flesh, her temper which had never been one of her strong points, snapped and she lashed out with a sharp slice through the inky air.
A loud yelp made her realize she’d perhaps been a little peremptory and certainly too violent in this unladylike action and even though she felt disinclined to apologise she did say, ungraciously, “I’m sorry I hit you but a lady can only take so much of all this groping in the dark. I mean…what were you doing?”
I could ask you the same thing,” came the response, now at ear level. In fact, she could feel the soft whisper of breath against her cheek which made her step back, saying, “I asked first.”

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About the Author:

Beverley Oakley was seventeen when she bundled up her first her 500+ page romance and sent it to a publisher. Unfortunately drowning her heroine on the last page was apparently not in line with the expectations of romance readers so Beverley became a journalist.

Twenty-six years later Beverley was delighted to receive her first publishing contract from Robert Hale (UK) for a romance in which she ensured her heroine was saved from drowning in the icy North Sea.

Since 2009 Beverley has written more than thirteen historical romances, mostly set in England during the early nineteenth century. Mystery, intrigue and adventure spill from their pages and if she can pull off a thrilling race to save someone’s honour – or a worthy damsel from the noose – it’s time to celebrate with a good single malt Scotch.

Beverley lives with her husband, two daughters and a Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy the size of a pony opposite a picturesque nineteenth-century lunatic asylum. She also writes Africa-set adventure-filled romances tarring handsome bush pilot heroes, and historical romances with less steam and more sexual tension, as Beverley Eikli.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Focus on: Mary Martinez and Abandonned


Wild Women Authors focus on:
Abandoned
By Mary Martinez

About the Book:
     Glenna Beckett loves her family dearly, but being the youngest of six can be overwhelming. Moving across country helped her learn who she was outside the family. She’s built a successful business in the form of a quaint shop on Main Street of Calistoga, that sells a bit of everything vintage, the new age term for antique. What more does she need?

     Then he walked into her shop. International playboy, Lance Gordon. After a whirlwind courtship he asks her to marry him. Burying a niggle of doubt in the pit of her tummy, she says yes. He’s even agreed to have the wedding in Brooklyn so her family can attend. But he never arrives.

     Glenna refused to believe she’d been abandoned at the altar and asks her brother, Tyler, to contact an agent friend on the West Coast to search for Lance.

     Patrick McGinnis can’t believe he’s walking into a prissy shop in the high end of the Napa Valley searching for a missing groom. The bride, Glenna Beckett, is everything he feared, drop dead gorgeous, and a spoiled brat. Not that he’d ever tell her brother that. He hates wild goose chases, and this mission is exactly that. Patrick’s certain the playboy fiancé is off wooing some other delectable creature.

     Unfortunately, once Patrick started to dig, he finds there’s more to the tale and it will take all his skills as an agent to keep Glenna safe. Especially when the case takes a turn and threatens the safety of his son, Finn.

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Abandoned (Book V The Beckett Series)


Patrick McGinnis thumbed his phone off and dropped the thing on the table with a thud. What had he just agreed to? He held in a groan, barely.
What’s up, Dad? You look like you just ate a sour grape.”
Finnegan, his sixteen-year old son, and the joy of his life, walked to the cupboard and pulled out a bowl. He filled it with cereal and added milk and then joined Patrick at the table. He dipped his spoon for a large scoop, and as he brought it to his mouth, Finn gave him the I’m waiting look.
I just received a call from an old friend,” he said in way of explanation, he really didn’t like talking work with his son.
It must not have been a good conversation.”
It was good to catch up. He was with me at Quantico.” Best to focus on the old acquaintance part.
Dad, I’m in high school. You can stop sheltering me now. He must have called for a reason. One you’re not too thrilled about. What’s up?” He repeated his earlier question.
Damn, Finn was growing up to fast. And the kid was right. He had a tendency to shield him from his work. Something he’d always tried to do, but more since Finn was three and the worst thing that could ever happened to a child had happened.
Tyler is an agent in New York, however, he has a sister in Calistoga.”
His son let out a hoot of laughter. “Match-making from the east coast.”
Ha, ha. No, his sister seems to have lost her fiancé and her assistant.”
What they elope and left her behind? Why’d he call you?”
The fiancé never arrived at the wedding. And then when his sister went to open her shop she found the assistant had been shot.”
Oh.” Finn ate for a few minutes in silence. “Does the lost fiancé and the dead assistant have something to do with each other?”
That’s one of the things Ty wants me to find out.”
Finn suspended his spoon half way to his mouth. “What is the other?”
He wants me to find the missing fiancé for his sister.” He pulled his fingers through his hair. “It’s a wild goose chase if you ask me. If the guy had wanted to get married he’d have been at the wedding.”
You’d think, unless he couldn’t.”
Patrick contemplated his son. He would make a good detective. He’d already helped solve a few of his cases, by just listening and making comments that brought other solutions to mind. Patrick wasn’t sure he wanted that for his son. He loved being a federal agent. For a while, after the incident with his son, he’d tried something else. However, his true passion was law enforcement and he’d been placed back on duty within the year.
You couldn’t help where your heart led you. No matter the consequences.
That is what I need to find out.” He stood and poured more coffee into his cup to warm up the cooling liquid. He leaned a hip on the counter while he sipped. “What’s going on at school today?”
Finn finished his cereal and stood to wash his bowl out. He appeared to be thinking as he put his dishes in the dishwasher. “I have an algebra test. Just a fair warning, Dad, it’s kicking my ass.”
Language son.” But he smiled, he’d heard a lot worse. “I have a few minutes do you need my help?”
His son gave him a skeptical look, which was well warranted. Algebra had thoroughly kicked his ass in high school, too, to the point he’d needed Saturday morning classes to pass the damn class.
After a moment he answered. “No, Mrs. Stewart said she’d meet me before school.”
Old Mrs. Stewart is still there? I had her for Algebra.” He smiled and resisted the urge to ruffle his son’s hair. Since the boy was almost as tall as he was, it’d be a little awkward anyway. “You’re in good hands then. Do you want me to drop you on my way to Calistoga?”

Author Bio:

Mary lives in Magna, a little town west of Salt Lake City, Utah. Together with her husband, she has six grown children, and six wonderful grandsons and five beautiful granddaughters. She loves to spend time with family and friends--she includes good books as friends!
Mary and her husband love to travel, especially to the Caribbean for relaxing, and Italy for the wine. And most recently she discovered she was Irish and Scottish, of course they had to visit Ireland and Scotland. Mary fell in love with both, but the green hills of Ireland felt like home. With the experience from the exotic places she has visited, she is able to fill her books with colorful descriptions of cities, painting a colorful backdrop for her characters. One of her favorite US destinations is New York/Brooklyn, where her beloved Beckett's live. When she visits, she can wander their neighborhoods, favorite parks, and visit their favorite pub, Putnum's.

They are avid concert ‘Ho’s’! Yes, they pretty much want to do them all. They love outdoor amphitheaters the best and attend as many during the warmer months as possible.

Mary writes mostly romantic suspense, romance, women's fiction, and she has just begun to dabble in young adult mystery. She is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA). During her writing career she has been a conference coordinator, workshop presenter, and chapter president for the Utah Chapter of RWA. In 2007 she was presented with the Utah RWA service award in acknowledgment and appreciation for outstanding service. Mary has also participated in numerous library panels on writing and co-presented a workshop on writing a series at the League of Utah Writers conference.

Mary and her husband are also enthusiastic college football fans. They have season tickets to the UTES, University of Utah Football and they tailgate every game. They love tailgating so much, that they were married at a tailgating in 1999.
GO UTES!

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Monday, February 5, 2018

One Night in Havana

One Night in Havana
#34 in the City Nights Series from Tirgearr Publishing
by Kathleen Rowland

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About One Night in Havana, an erotic romance with mystery:
A desperate competition and sizzling attraction leads to dangerous desire.
     . . . . New York Marine biologist Veronica “Roni” Keane is attending the Havana Bay Conference in Cuba. Tomorrow only one grant will be awarded which will provide the winner with professional recognition, resources for a project, and living expenses for two years. She hopes to continue her deceased father’s work, but smooth operator, Carlos Montoya, has won many grants in the past.
     . . . . Carlos, a freelancer for the Havana Port Authority, works to help protect Havana’s reputation as a bastion of safety. As international travelers flock to the island, attracted by its 1950’s time-warp and colonial architecture, the drug business is running rampant, particularly on Roni’s cruise ship. Something’s not right, and when her scuba tanks are tampered with, Carlos brings in the military police to investigate. For her safety, he keeps her close, but he craves her body.
     . . . . .Their attraction leads to a fun night with a bit of kink. But Roni finds herself in more trouble than she bargained for when the criminals blame her for alerting the military police and come looking for her. Can Roni trust Carlos to protect her? Will she stay in Havana if Carlos wins the coveted grant, or kiss her lover goodbye?



Why, Veronica Keane.” A voice heavy with a Spanish accent drawled from behind her. “A dive bar?” A taunting tsk. “What do we have? A slumming New Yorker?”
She stiffened and closed her eyes. She knew that voice and its owner, Dr. Carlos Montoya, a finalist like her, competing for the same damn grant at the biggest Cephalopoda conference of the decade. Her heart pitter-pattered against her ribs. To turn toward him would intimate distress, or worse yet, weakness. She wouldn’t fail to win this grant, not when she was a final contender. “I like this funky little place.” Sia Macario Café, smack in the center of Havana, allowed her to observe locals and their daily lives.
You need to eat with all the mojitos you’ve downed.”
The big tease wasn’t counting. This was her first drink, but his rumbling, sexy timbre hinted at all kinds of dark, hot promises. She’d rubbed shoulders with the Cuban scientist all week. This splendid specimen of Latin male brought on a physical ache that punched low.
A flare-up stirred fear. For her own good, she needed to resist. “I ordered camarones enchiladas.” By now she knew the menu on the chalkboard by heart. She tipped her head back to whiff grilled shrimp soon to arrive in sofrito sauce with fried sweet plantains.
The flan is good. Just like my abuela makes.”
I bet. Your grandmother would be happy to hear that,” she said, knowing he brought out the best in most people. Two days ago he'd invited her and a handful of others scuba diving. The chance to ogle him had been one of the perks. He’d worn nothing but swim trunks, his bare chest on display. Every glistening muscle was finely etched. Not a drop of fat on him. Since he’d not given her the time of day, she’d checked him out without him noticing.

About the Author:

     Kathleen Rowland, a Book Buyers Best finalist, is devoted to giving her readers fast-paced, high-stakes suspense with an erotic love story sure to melt their hearts. Her latest release is One Night in Havana, #34 in the City Nights series.
     Kathleen also has a steamy romantic suspense series with Tirgearr Publishing, Deadly Alliance is followed by Unholy Alliance. Keep an icy drink handy while reading these sizzling stories.
     Kathleen used to write computer programs but now writes novels. She grew up in Iowa where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and raced her sailboat on Lake Okoboji. Now she wears flip-flops and sails with her husband, Gerry, on Newport Harbor but wishes there were lightning bugs in California.
     Kathleen exists happily with her witty CPA husband, Gerry, in their 70’s poolside retreat in Southern California where she adores time spent with visiting grandchildren, dogs, one bunny, and noisy neighbors. While proud of their five children who’ve flown the coop, she appreciates the luxury of time to write.

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

She's Baaaaccckkk!

      A demon attack…
     Reeling from a personal tragedy and abandoned by all she loves, the world's newest demon huntress, Gin Crawford, sinks into a deep despair. She’s forced back to reality by news of a large number of people committing suicide, all on the same night. Suspecting demon involvement, Gin must work with her sexy but estranged mentor Aidan Smythe to track who, or what, is behind the deaths.
     Leads to a new discovery…
     As they come closer to finding the culprit, they realize their employer, the Agency, is hiding its own secret, one which threatens Gin's very existence. New discoveries reveal that even those dedicated to eradicating evil can be bought. Can Gin and Smythe forgive each other and work together or will they fall under the demon's thrall?

What better to bring an end to a frigid January [with worse to come in February] than spend a few days with our favorite nurse turned demon huntress, Gin Crawford, who is back in Devil Take Me and her creator, author Karilyn Bentley. Gin's up first.
Where are you from? A suburb of Dallas, Texas.
Tell us a bit about Devil Take Me. This is the fourth book of my adventures as the world's newest demon huntress. This time I'm up against a demon who appeared in my mind trying to get me to come to him. Yeah, right, like that's going to happen. I need my guardian mage, Aidan Smythe, to hunt this demon, but we're on the rocks and he's not returning my calls. Don't worry, I'll make him help me one way or another. We have to stop this demon before it kills again.
What did you think the first time you saw Aidan Smythe? I thought he was a big, scary cop. Come to find out he was a scary mage and my new boss. Frankly he scared me, all big and bad and totally hot. But the longer I worked with him, the more he grew on me.  
Sounds perfectly yummy, Gin.What was your second thought? He's hot. We had an instant attraction but it took us a while, actually several books to get together.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? Nope, not at all!
What do you like most about Smythe? He's loyal and honest to a fault. And he makes a mean breakfast.
Our favorite meal. How would you describe him? Very loyal. Focused on his job. Serious, but at the same time there's a thread of humor running through him. You just have to dig to find it.
How would he describe you? A pain in his butt. He actually believes I don't think before I hop into things. And he's unsure if I can be trusted.
What made you choose nursing as a career? I'm an empath, which means I can touch people and see their emotions or sometimes read their thoughts. I like nursing because I can use my abilities to help others.
What is your biggest fear? Someone learning my deepest, darkest secret.
How do you relax? With a beer in front of the TV. Or reading.
Who is your favorite fictional character? Aargh! I'm not good with this! It's not a particular character, but I do love the Star Wars movies.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Only you have the power to make things happen.
Nice to have you back with us, Gin. Hope things are well in the pill-pushing, suppository inserting game. Now it's time to chat with Kerilyn.
What movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer? Like Gin, I love Star Wars and the story the movies tell. I also LOVE Game of Thrones, the books and the movies, as well as the Outlander series. There are so many books that have impacted me in one way or another. Just reading and seeing how different authors string their stories together is fascinating to me. If I was to narrow it down to only one author, it would be Sherrilyn Kenyon. I never read romance until I picked up one of her books thinking it was fantasy. I was hooked! Then I thought I should write, too. And the rest is history.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? I wouldn't call this an event in my private life, but I do like stories where the character overcomes odds to learn something different about themselves and to grow from that experience.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? My publisher is The Wild Rose Press. Years ago they had a contest, submit a short story for inclusion in an anthology. I was one of the six winners and had my short story in the Got Wolf anthology. Since I was published, I thought I was a hot shot, so I submitted a romance novel to my editor. She hated it but let me resubmit (three times with extensive rewrites) before she accepted it. I've been writing ever since!
What book[s] currently rest on your TBR pile? Wow! A BUNCH of books are on my Kindle. Next up is the Dark Fae FBI books by CN Crawford and Alex Rivers. Then there are so many more. I need to sit in a quiet corner for the next couple of months to finish them all!
Lastly, what's up next and when can we expect to see it on the shelves? The fifth and final book of the Demon Huntress series should be out late this year. It needs a title and some more edits before I can send it to my editor. Hopefully that will be done by the end of March.

Karilyn brought along an excerpt from Devil Take Me:

     A vision of an auburn-haired man dressed in dark trousers and a gray button-down, appears in my head. He sits on my closed toilet lid, watching me sleep in the full tub, watching as my head slides closer to the waterline.
     It must be a dream. How else can I be asleep and still see the bathroom, my sleeping self and the man? A dream. Only a dream. His voice is nothing more than my imaginings.
And yet I feel the need to answer. To deny his words.
     I’m not listening to you. I make an effort to rebuke the voice, refusing to take what it offers, refusing to admit its enticing pull.
     Oh, but you are. He leans forward, resting his elbows on his knees, his gaze firmly affixed to my face. You contemplate my words. You seek the rest only I can give.
     Yeah, right. Not buying it, buster. Although I’m starting to want what he offers. I’ll never admit it to Mystery Man. What can a figment of my imagination really do?
     I am not a figment. He smiles, his lips pulling away from straight, white teeth.
    Despite the warm water, a chill runs down my spine. He holds out his hand.
Come. Take my hand. Rest. Leave your problems behind.

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Time Travel Back to the Swing Era

Wild Women Authors welcomes Madison Michael and Matthew Harrington from Madison's latest release Our Love is Here to Stay. First up is Matthew.
Where are you from? San Francisco, CA – one of the most vibrant and beautiful cities in the world.
Tell us a bit about Our Love is Here to Stay. This is not your typical romance. For one thing, the story spans more than fifty years and time has a certain fluidity throughout the story. I am a software security consultant who is sick of living out of a suitcase. I have befriended the hotel concierge and I assume he is scraping the bottom of the barrel of things to do in Chicago when he sends me to The Green Mill for Swing Night. I couldn't be more wrong. The place is jumping, the music is hot, authentic jazz and I meet the woman destined to be the love of my life, Patty Dennisen.
What did you think the first time you saw Patty? This woman was unlike anyone I knew, fresh faced, wholesome and sexy as hell all at the same time. She was dressed in 1950's garb, complete with a ponytail bouncing when she moved. She was not typical of the women I worked with or dated. Patty was softer, more open and trusting. She drew me in.
What was your second thought? My second thought was horrifying. If I wanted to spend time with Patty, I had to dance with her. Swing dance. I don't know how to swing, but I there I was making a fool of myself on the dance floor. I was definitely in over my head.
Did you feel it was love at first sight? I can't say for sure that it was love at first sight, but it was certainly intriguing at first sight. I wanted to know this woman better – all of her. I wanted to know what she did, what she liked, who she spent time with. I wanted to understand what made her happy. Hell, I wanted to make her happy.
That is so sweet! What do you like most about Patty? Her eyes. I finally understand the expression that "eyes are the windows to the soul". When I looked into Patty's eyes. they were a pale, silvery blue that captured my attention and never let it go. They were so expressive and full of laughter.
How would you describe her? Patty is full of life and excitement, and curiosity about the world around her. When we met, she wanted to know all about California and my work and my life. Patty grew up sheltered but I could tell she wanted more. She grabs life with both hands and I love that about her. It doesn't hurt that she's smart, sexy and beautiful too.
How would she describe you? Patty thinks I am the most exotic man she has ever seen, taller than most, more handsome than most. I love how she sees me. She believes in everything I do. She supports my dreams and so she makes me dream big. Patty thinks I talk California slang and live a very exciting life traveling the world.
What made you choose security consulting as a career? I was always interested in computers so I knew that I would choose something in the tech field. It was the articles about computer hacking that drove me to computer security and the idea of traveling the world that led me to consulting. It didn't hurt that I was good at it. 
What is your biggest fear? I would say I most fear being made to look like a fool. I deal with clients every day who expect me to solve their problems. I hate when I fail, but understand I can't always get everything right the first time. However, when I fail and look like an idiot, I hate it.
How do you relax? I listen to music, any music, but especially jazz and blues. The smooth sounds wrap around the problems in my life and just carry them away.
Who is your favorite fictional character? Iron Man. He is flawed but I relate to his arrogance and his ability to solve all problems using technology. Besides that, he has a really cool house and some great cars.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Believe. Patty always said I needed to believe and now I do.
Thanks for spending time with us, Matthew. We’d like to chat with Madison and ask her what movies or books have had an impact on your career as a writer? Pride and Prejudice in every form was an early influence on me. So was the movie My Fair Lady and the book Pygmalion. I was raised on a constant diet of Barbara Cartland books, and I aspire to write historical fiction some day. I love the costumes, the settings, the history and the manners. I am heavily influenced by the rules of etiquette and manner.
What event in your private life were you able to bring to this story and how do you feel it impacted the novel? I gave Matthew the reaction to The Green Mill that I had when I went there for swing night. I was transported to another era, and so is Matthew. Like for me, when Matthew leaves the club, reality returns.
Tell us a bit about your publisher: how did you hear about them and what influenced your decision to submit to them? I am my own publisher. I have never attempted to submit my books to a traditional publisher because I have heard stories that turned me off to the idea and because I don't like the idea of complying with their submission guidelines. Fellow authors have recommended certain publishers and perhaps I will look at them more closely down the road.
What books currently rests on your TBR pile? The third book in The Walsh Series by Kate Canterbary, Necessary Restorations. The books in this series push all my buttons, and I cannot put them down once I start them. I can only read these novels when I have 3-4 uninterrupted hours. The Boston settings remind me of my very happy days living in the South End. I love the architecture references, clearly well researched. Most of all I adore these flawed characters and their family interactions and of course, the romance, which is way beyond steamy. Also on the pile is A Marriage of Opposites, by Alice Hoffman. I love everything she writes. Period.
Sadly, I also have a huge stack of ebooks and paperbacks devoted to my craft topped by Authorprenuer by Jesse Keiger and Create by Meera Kothand. Expertise from books like these is my salvation.
Lastly, what's up next and when can we expect to see it on the shelves? Next up is the final book in my Beguiling Bachelor series. I wrote about fifty percent of the book but then I decided to put it down. I want to take it in a slightly different direction, so I took a break from it. Now, my wonderful fans have been asking for this last installment in the saga of four best friends, sexy and successful men born with silver spoons in the mouths. The Beguiling Bachelors come up against something they cannot buy – sassy, smart women who must be wooed and won. I have dropped hints about the last book, Besotted, throughout the three earlier books, Bedazzled, Beholden and Bedeviled, and now it's time to bring it home. Readers can expect Besotted this spring, followed by my new B&B Billionaire Series later this year.

Our Love is Here to Stay, is available now at books2read.com/u/bpWAkW or Amazon

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Focus on: Northstar Security Series

YIKES!!!
We just looked at the date of our last posting and see it's been way too long since we were active. Time does fly . . . and all that stuff.
We are back and as good--we hope--before as we focus on 

Stanalei Fletcher's January Blowout Sale Blog Tour
All 5 Northstar Security Series books are on sale for only
$.99 during the tour only!

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Northstar Security Firm is an elite private security agency whose mission statement: GUIDED BY THE TRUTH, is the guiding principle to provide justice for those who have been wronged. Founded by former CIA agents Byron O’Neal, Katherine O’Neal, and Sean Malone, Northstar Security has a ninety-nine percent success rate. That one percent is a still open case involving Katherine’s murder and Sean Malone’s career-ending gunshot wound. Nothing is a hundred percent guaranteed, and angst over one unsolved case doesn’t stop good men and women from fulfilling their duty.

Proving Ground
Northstar Security Series Book #1

Caitlin Malone believes screw-ups don’t get second chances. When she returns to Oregon after failing her first Northstar Security assignment and stumbles across a plot to steal deadly pathogens, she sees a chance at redemption.
For USDA Forest Ranger, John ‘Mac’ MacAlistair, having Caitlin home again brings up feelings that are better left buried.
When Caitlin is trapped by the wildfire, started by the terrorists, her only hope of rescue is pinned on Mac, the man she's tried two years to forget.
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Northstar Security Series Book #2

Byron O’Neal, Northstar Security Firm’s director didn’t always run an elite private investigation firm. His early CIA years were spent chasing Soviet spies. Now his past is catching up, and Kellee, Bryon’s daughter is caught in the middle of a game of Russian Roulette. Northstar agent and former Navy SEAL, Egan Maddox, is tasked to save Kellee from the Russian mafia before it’s too late, a task that puts not only his life, but his heart on the line.

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Northstar Security Series Book #3

When Northstar Security Firm investigates the blackmail of a U.S. Senator, agents Riley O'Neal and Mary "Chip" Anderson don the unwelcome cover of newlyweds to find two kidnapped women and stop the blackmail - and posing as newlyweds to avert a national security crisis is a lot harder than it seems.
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Northstar Security Series Book #4

Reformed playboy Sloan Cartland doesn’t work that hard to live down his reputation, especially when it gives him an advantage as Northstar’s profiler. But when the company’s network is hacked, he puts on his game face and joins forces with the firm’s cyber queen, Allison Richards, to track down the cyberterrorist.

Sparks fly between the total opposites as Sloan moves past Allison’s geeky-persona. The passion is unexpected but pleasurable, until Sloan receives evidence that implicates Allison as the hacker, compelling him to question her loyalty and his feelings.
Allison must choose between her heart and honor and find a way to use her formidable skills to turn the tables on her enemies before Sloan decides she’s a traitor.
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Tell It Like It Is
Northstar Security Series Book #5

FBI agent, Nelson Kane's Aunt Rosalee has a story to tell. Someone wants her stopped. When Northstar Security's unconventional bodyguard, Justine Shelby, is assigned as Aunt Rosalee's protection, Shelby learns she's as welcome as a wiretap at the annual J. Edgar Hoover Christmas party. Ornaments start to fly when Shelby informs by-the-book, Agent Kane to stay out of the way while she helps his aunt complete her tell-all memoirs.

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Stanalei’s Fletcher's love of writing romance stems from reading favorites such as Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Barbara Cartland, and Alistair MacLean. She has over twenty years of training in the martial arts and holds the rank of Sandan, a third-degree black belt, in Aikido.

After a taste of life on both U.S. coasts, she now resides near the beautiful Wasatch Mountain Range with her hero, who just happens to be her best friend and husband. Together they enjoy backcountry dirt trails on a RZR, visiting our National Parks, or exploring museums and ghost towns. 

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Meet the Heroes of Westthorpe Ridge

Heroes of Westhorpe Ridge
Holiday Series Boxed Set
By Kryssie Fortune

Kryssie is giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Certificate and 3 ebooks of Submission, Secrets, and the Soldier to lucky winners during the tour. Please use the Rafflecopter below to enter. Remember there is a chance to enter every day, so please follow us along on the tour. You may find the tour locations here.


About the Boxed Set:

Kryssie Fortune's holiday series, Heroes of Westhorpe Ridge, is now available in a convenient e-boxed set!

Marriage, Mobsters, and the Marine:
     Abigail Montgomery, a small town schoolteacher with zero self-confidence, dreams of the Dickensian Christmas her family never enjoyed. Each month she attends a masked BDSM club, but her next visit will be her last. If she doesn’t marry within the next year, her brother won’t inherit Montgomery Hall. Desperate, she advertises for a husband.
     Jared Armstrong, a former Marine sharpshooter and occasional Dom needs $125,000 to get his family out of a hole. His solution--to marry Abigail Montgomery for her money. His only regret is his wife won’t accept his spanking lifestyle.
     Gradually, Abigail comes to dream of making their marriage real, but she promised Jared a divorce two years after their wedding. Can they share some Christmas magic as their relationship faces extortion threats, a kidnapping, and an attempted murder? Or will Jared break her heart when he walks away?
Sex, Scandal, and the Sheriff:
        Jasmine Stewart (Jazz to her friends) falls for the blond stranger when he spanks and seduces her at a Washington soiree. Later, when she discovers her flatmate is trying to draw her into a spy ring, she goes to the authorities. The ensuing publicity costs her her job, her security, and her future. Starting over in Westhorpe Ridge is her only option.
     Sean Mathews, former SEAL and Westhorpe Ridge’s sheriff, can’t forget the woman he spanked when he visited Washington, but he thinks she’s a spy. When she turns up in Westhorpe Ridge, he tries everything to make her leave town. Despite their misunderstandings, though, they can’t keep their hands off each other.
     As Year’s Eve looms, the spy ring resurfaces. Jazz will need all of Sean’s SEAL prowess to survive. But because his wounded leg cost him his speed in the water, will it be enough?
Desire, Deceit, and the Doctor:
     Twelve years ago, Mandy Devlin moved away from her friends and family--under threat. If she returned in the next ten years or told anyone who fathered her baby, her boyfriend’s great-aunt would bankrupt her family. She’s a single mom who dreams of her lost love and a good spanking. When she’s finally free to return to Westhorpe Ridge, the last person she expects to see is Adam--the man she loved and lost so long ago.
     Dr. Adam Montgomery doesn’t know he has a son. Thanks to his great-aunt’s will, he has nine months to find a bride or he loses Montgomery Hall and the fifteen million dollars she left him. Although he seduces Mandy on his first night home, he still believes she betrayed him twelve years ago. No way would he marry a woman like her.
     As Valentine’s Day looms, someone tries to kill Mandy. Is Adam trying to get rid of her? Or can Mandy trust him to protect them?
Note: All of the books in this set were previously released as single titles.
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Excerpt from Desire, Deceit and the Doctor:
Ben pointed at the man the medics were checking. “He ran down the beach, dived in, and hauled me back to shore. Then he picked me up and shouted at me. He wouldn’t put me down. I couldn’t get away no matter how hard I tried. Duffy kept barking and jumping up at him, but he yelled, ‘Sit,’ and Duffy did.”
Mandy glanced around, wondering where the dog had got to, but her concern for Ben overrode everything.
Her son hiccupped in a great lungful of air. “Once we got off the beach, he opened the back door of his black SUV. Duffy jumped in and sat there like he owned it. I thought that man meant to shove me in his car and drive off, especially since he wouldn’t put me down. I tried to squirm free and yelled for Mom. I—”
The rest of his words were lost as he buried his head against her chest and wept harder. Mandy stared at the black SUV, the same make and model every tourist rented. It would have faded into traffic and vanished if the guy she’d decked had managed to force Ben inside it. Only, according to Ben, the man at her feet was a hero not a kidnapper.
Now she’d heard the truth, she wanted to shake Ben too. Not that she ever would, but her temper still burned inside her. The guy she’d brained with the bottle had risked his life to rescue her son. She felt bad that she’d assaulted her son’s savior, but nothing gave him the right to manhandle Ben. Torn between tending the stranger or kicking him for upsetting her son, she swallowed hard. “Is he dead? Please tell me I didn’t kill him.”
As she spoke, Ben’s rescuer groaned and tried to sit up. “What the hell?”
Gods, she knew that voice. It might be deeper, smoother, and sexier, but she’d never forget the three years she’d spent dating its owner or the dreadful way things had ended between them.
One of the paramedics eased the injured man’s arm out of his shirt and gently held him in place. “Lay still. You’ve had a blow on the head, and you’ve reopened the wound in your shoulder.”
Sean’s jaw dropped. “Adam? You weren’t due home until Easter. What happened? And what’s with that wound in your shoulder?”
Mandy’s pulse raced, and she shivered with shock. Adam’s voice sounded as mellow as Scotch whisky and just as tempting, making her ache for what might have been. Her hands trembled, and her heart pounded so hard it felt like a hammer trying to break out of her chest.
            Even now, she couldn’t understand how she’d loved and lost, or why Adam had left her after the one time they’d had sex. Despite the way he’d hurt her, she forced a small smile. One night of sex in thirty years wasn’t a great average, especially when the sex had been so bad she’d cried afterward.
At least Adam had moved on and made a life as an army medic, or so she’d thought when she mortgaged her life to buy the hotel. After she’d signed on the dotted line, she discovered Adam would be home soon. “Easter,” his little sister, Abigail, had said. Mandy had hoped to get Devlin’s Hotel’s Valentine’s Ball out of the way before she considered what to say to Adam, especially since he didn’t know about Ben. Now Adam had turned up almost seven weeks early.
           She’d always known seeing him again would hurt, but she hadn’t expected his presence to make her short of breath or for her body to tremble for his touch. She’d imagined so many ways to greet him once he came home, but none had included laying him out with a beer bottle.
She took a deep breath and satisfied herself that Ben hadn’t suffered more than a bad fright. Standing here staring at Adam, she felt scared, excited, and exhilarated, like a human cannonball who’d missed the net. Her gaze felt glued to the only man she’d ever loved. The man who’d hurt her so deeply she’d never dated again.
The intervening twelve years had made his shoulders broader, and when he rose to his feet, he stood taller than when she last saw him. Even damp with seawater, his close-cropped hair shone like a raven’s wing. His broad lips still looked they’d been made to be kissed, but he had more muscle than she remembered. At eighteen, he’d been good looking. At thirty, even soaking wet and furious, he was drop-dead gorgeous. Everything about him seemed…more.


About the Author:
     Kryssie Fortune writes the sort of hot sexy books she loves to read. If she can sneak a dragon into her paranormal books she will. Her paranormal heroes are muscular werewolves, arrogant Fae, or BDSM loving dragons.
     Kryssie likes her contemporary heroes ex-military and dominant. Her heroines are kick ass females who can hold their own against whatever life - or Kryssie - throws at them.
     Kryssie's pet hates are unhappy endings, and a series that end on a cliff hanger.
     Her books are all stand alone even when part of series. Plot always comes before sex, but when her heroines and heroes get together, the sex is explosive and explicit. One review called it downright sensual.

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