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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Thoughts for a Wednesday!


        Hello, gentle readers! It’s my day to contribute to the Happily Ever After Thoughts blog and as it seems to be the case for me lately, I once again have no topic (I know, how does that happen? The brain is firing on all pistons…I think!).
I could tell you about my current work in progress. Yeah, that’s what I’ll do.
A Kiss in the Sunlight is going swimmingly….hmmmm, maybe that’s not the right phrase….it’s going well….okay, that’s not right either….it’s giving me heart palpitations! Yes, that’s it! There are days when the words just flow and I’m laughing and having a good time with this story (I love my heroine, Ryleigh. She’s such a klutz! She has a kind heart, though, and that makes up for it). And then there are days when the words are just kinda…stuck in my head and don’t want to come out! The blinking cursor on the blank page is not my enemy (I keep reminding myself of that but sometimes, it’s hard to remember. It’s so demanding! Blink. Blink. Blink.). I will persevere because that’s what I do…I really don’t know any other way.
Other than that, life is going along. The job search continues, but I have to admit, I am enjoying being home (my dog likes it, too…..and I think the DH does as well but I can’t be too sure….I think I may be driving him nuts!). I have more time to write (when the words come) which is so awesome! And I have more time to read (before the eyes get tired and my vision gets blurry). Really enjoying that!
What about you, gentle readers? Anything wonderful happening in your lives you’d like to share?

As always, happy reading!
Marie

Sunday, September 17, 2017

BLOOD FLAME and AMETHYST FLAME by Caris Roane only 99¢ each Plus a $25 Giveaway!

 
Caris Roane's September $.99 Flame Series BLOOD FLAME and AMETHYST FLAME The Flame Series, Books #1 and #2 

Caris is giving away A Red Wire-Wrapped PNR Bracelet (International Winner Receives Gift Card) and A $25 Amazon Gift Card to randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour. Please use the RaffleCopter below to enter. Remember you may increase your chances of winning by visiting the other tour stops. You may find those locations here.
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The “Wow” Prize:
Just leave a comment for a chance to win!
Caris Roane here and I'm so glad you're touring with me. As a bonus, I’m giving away a Reader Care Package to one lucky winner just for leaving a comment on any or all of the blogs on my tour. What’s in the Reader Care Package: Truffles, Ghiradelli Chocolate, print copy of GATES OF RAPTURE, scented lotion and soap, a journal and other goodies! Be sure to visit as many blogs on my tour as you can. The more blogs you comment on, the greater your chances of winning. The Reader Care Package is US only, but an international winner will receive a gift card. How I choose the winner: I will choose the winning blog then choose the winning comment sometime after midnight, October 5th, Arizona time. I will use Random dot org to make the selection. Good luck!
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About the Books:
BLOOD FLAME, Book #1 of the Flame Series:
Vampire Officer Connor of the Crescent Border Patrol tries to suppress his desire for the powerful witch, Iris Meldeere. Because the woman possesses the ability to kill him with the tips of her fingers, how can he possibly fall in love with her? When a double homicide throws them together, he soon finds his deepest fantasies fulfilled as Iris succumbs to his seductions. But as they battle together to stay alive, and love begins to consume them both, will the witch be able to forgive the dark secrets of his past …
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AMETHYST FLAME, Book #2 of the Flame Series
Hunky Nathan Vaughn, six-six, and one muscled vampire warrior, has had a lot of trouble in his life and needs a good woman to help even things out. Vaughn and Emma met once in the past, the night they rescued three teenage girls from a kidnapping ring. But a vampire and a witch can’t have a relationship in Five Bridges. So, they parted, determined never to see each other again. Emma was desolate, then the phone rang. Vaughn called and kept calling and she kept answering. But the rescue they shared turned out to piss off one very bad wizard who decided they both needed to die. Now they’re in it, fighting to stay alive and working oh-so-hard NOT to fall in love. Will they survive when so much is against them?
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Books in the Flame Series:
Book 1: Blood Flame
Book 3: Dark Flame
Book 4: Amber Flame
Holiday Novella: Christmas Flame
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From Chapter One, the opening…
“We didn’t save them after all.”
Vaughn heard the break in Emma Delacey’s voice. His own chest was damn tight and his throat hurt.
He stood beside her at the top of a deep ditch in the middle of the area of Five Bridges known as the Graveyard. Bodies were dumped here every night to be cleaned up by a designated Tribunal squad in the early morning hours.
Tonight was no exception.
He moved closer to her, blood pounding in his head. He stared down at the bodies of three familiar teenage girls, triplets in fact. Two months ago, he and Emma had rescued the girls from a despicable human trafficking organization. Now they were here, naked, beat-up, and laid out like discarded mannequins. Their arms and legs were at odd angles, bones fractured.
The bastard who’d abducted them hadn’t just killed them, he’d tortured each one.
“Jesus. They’ve been savaged.” Vaughn found it hard to breathe, but he wasn’t sure if it was grief or blind rage. He couldn’t believe the girls had been kidnapped a second time.
Emma moaned softly like a wounded animal. She’d become a good friend in recent weeks, despite the fact she was an alter witch and his natural enemy. He slid an arm around her shoulders.
She didn’t pull away, either. “How did Wizard Loghry find them again? I thought they were safe. Their parents said they’d take them out of state.”
“Maybe they did. But you know what Loghry is. He has massive connections throughout the Southwest. He could have hired dozens of people to hunt them down and bring them back.”
“He must have done this for revenge.”
“I have no doubt about that.”
Emma shook her head slowly, her fingers on her lips. “Maybe if we’d left them alone, they’d still be alive.”
“You don’t know that, Em. Girls like these are trapped inside Loghry’s sex clubs with no way to escape. They get used up and after a time no one sees them again.”
She took a shuddering breath. “I’ve never felt so sick about being in Five Bridges.”
He got where Emma was coming from. Having saved the girls the first time, she’d believed they’d done some good. To have these beautiful girls abducted again added to his hatred of the world they’d each gotten stuck in.
But there was another issue they had to deal with, a critical one, as in why he and Emma had been summoned to the scene. He patrolled almost exclusively in Crescent and he knew Emma rarely worked this part of Five Bridges. It felt like a set-up…
I hope you found yourself caught up in this excerpt from Chapter One of AMETHYST FLAME. To Read More and For Buy Links…
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About Caris:
Caris Roane is the NY Times Bestselling author of Paranormal Romance. She began her career with Kensington Publishing and for eighteen years wrote Regency Romance as Valerie King. In 2005, Romantic Times Magazine honored her with a career achievement award for her Regency Romance work. To-date, she has published eighty-nine books. Thirty-nine of those are paranormal romances. Most of her paranormal stories are self-published while several in the early days were penned for St. Martin's Press.
Though her stories conjure up hunky PNR warriors, like vampires and wolf-shifters, the romance is everything, including a satisfying Happily Ever After. Her hope is that the reader will come away engrossed in the lives of her tortured heroes and her worthy women as they wage war, as they make love, and as they face the tough issues of life and relationships!  Caris lives in the Phoenix area, in a growing town called Buckeye. When not writing, she’s a real homebody. She loves gardening, sewing, and cooking. She also enjoys creating jewelry and offers her handcrafted, PNR bracelet giveaways to her newsletter and blog subscribers. Her motto? Live the fang! If you want to know more about Caris, or want to get in touch, you can find her at the following places:
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Lord of Chance (Rogues to Riches #1) by Erica Ridley




You can disguise anything but love.

Charlotte Devon leaves behind London and the misguided thoughts of the citizens that she’s just like mom.  She loves her mom terribly, but her mother’s profession puts Charlotte on a rough place.  Scotland knows nothing about her and Charlotte can reform her reputation.

Anthony Fairfax lives on either end of the wallet.  He’s a gamer and sometimes he’s successful and others not so much.  He has an unimaginable debt that’s being called in.  Erica Ridley, Lord of Chance: Rogues to Riches, Book 1 (Unabridged)       Erica Ridley, Lord of Chance: Rogues to Riches, Book 1 (Unabridged)     Erica Ridley, Lord of Chance: Rogues to Riches, Book 1 (Unabridged)

Anthony and Charlotte, he mistakes her for a lady and she assumes he’s a Lord, play the cards.  Amazing what happens when the whole pot, and all of Anthony’s hope, are turned over to a beautiful female stranger. 

Intriguing and maddingly urgent for Anthony and Charlotte to work together to outrun the collectors right back to Charlotte’s least favorite place.  London.  She swore she’d not go back, yet an unfavorable legal “knot” snuck up on the them. 

For better or worse, they were in this mess together.  Fortunately, they began to like one another, even a bit more than anticipated. 

A fun read on the run and into love!

 

Happy Reading,

Dawn

Sunday, September 10, 2017

STAR HERO by Susan Grant only 99¢!


Star Hero by Susan Grant
New York Times/USA Today bestselling, RITA® winning author

In the galactic frontier, a rugged Space Marine is determined to win back the woman he loves. 

Space Marine Lieutenant Lukas Frank has a lot in common with a street dog named Bang-Bang; they both started off as scrappy orphans fighting to survive—and beat the odds. Things change when Bang-Bang leads Lukas to starpilot Captain Carlynn Riga. The tough war hero learns what it means to surrender—his heart. Lukas’s struggles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, threaten to tear the three of them apart, but nothing tests them more than when Carlynn goes missing on a mission. Now the rugged, emotionally scarred Marine and his K-9 partner must find Carlynn and bring her home, or risk losing everything he has finally found worth fighting for.

Don't miss this sexy, fast-paced sci-fi romance—get your copy of Star Hero today! 

(a stand-alone novella in the Star Series, expanded from the novella Stray, originally published in the Pets in Space 1 Anthology) 

“Hot Space Marines and cute Puppies, what’s not to like?” — Amazon reviewer 
“Susan Grant’s books are fantastic. I finished it in in one sitting.” —Amazon reviewer 
“Sexy, funny, and gut wrenching all at the same time. I loved this book.” —Amazon reviewer 
Only 99¢ Buy links:

Friday, September 8, 2017

Chasing The Eclipse--Wyoming Style.

Hey guys, see me waving?!  Sorry I’ve been away, but you know me…I get tunnel vision, and then I can only do one thing at a time.  This time it was vacationing…and I was VERY focused on having fun.  LOL  I was visiting my buds, Jim and Paulette Moss, along with a couple hundred of their closest friends, at the Jim Moss Arena in Riverton, WY.  They had the most fun barrel racing event ever—Chasing The Eclipse.  We had an absolute ball, and I met a TON of wonderful people—folks I think will become lifelong friends.

So, since you asked...here are my vacation pictures. (My story...I get to tell it my way.) LOL

Here is a picture from the event, showing Abigail, Carla, and Zack peering through their very stylish eclipse glasses.  :)  I brought my glasses home as a keepsake.  Ya just never know when you might need a pair of good ISO-certified eclipse glasses, right?  Abigail, Carla, Zack--love you guys!




This next picture shows Deryl and Kathy, from Wittmann, AZ, showing off their new Kayce Lassiter shot glasses.  And yes, you read that right…we had to go all the way to Wyoming to meet our new BFF’s from Arizona.  LOL  Deryl and Kathy, you rock!  Can’t wait to see ya’all again.




And I love this next picture because it shows everything that was going on all at the same time.  You have everything for the makings of a great country story here.  You’ve got Olie (far left) looking through his thingy—not sure if it was a telescope or a camera, but it gave us fabulous views of the eclipse.  You have campers, and coffee, and cowboy hats.  There’s Zack, Carla, and Deryl looking at the eclipse through their stylish eclipse glasses.  Our host, Jim Moss (standing), and Doug (far right) are trying to see who can tell the best story.  Kathy (blonde seated) is patiently listening to them, pretending to care, and then there’s Marian (sitting in the low chair)…who has given up any pretense of listening, as she proudly sips her Butterscotch Martini Shot.  God love ya, Marian, you are a woman after my own heart!




Any blog about what I did on my summer vacation would not be complete without a picture of one of my new BFF's in Georgia.  My lovely new friend, Claudia, was taking the picture, and I'm disappointed I didn't get a pic with her...next time, Claudia!  So, here is her handsome hubby, Dennis, cutting up with yours truly and our hostess, Paulette Moss.


As you can tell, we are having a ball.  But lest you think it was all fun and games, here's me actually working...


Yep, I've got the best job in the whole entire freaking world!!!


Now, this next picture is two of the prettiest girls at the event—Carla and Cara.  If you look closely, you will see Cara (on the right) is Miss Wrangler Classic Queen, and Carla (on the left) is Miss Treated.  Give it a minute…it made more sense when she had a cast on her arm, but it’s still funny as hell.  LOL




Justin, I’m telling you, buddy…you missed out on all the prettiest girls!


And speaking of pretty girls, here is what is probably my favorite picture of the event.  We have Cara (Miss Wrangler Classic) on the right and our hostess, Paulette Moss (Miss Fremont County Fair and Rodeo-1981) on the left.  What worries me a bit is that Paulette is standing in front of a sign that reads “FREE”, holding a roll of raffle tickets in her hand.  What exactly are you raffling off, Paulette?



You know I love you, girlie!


Well, those are some of my bestest vacation pictures, and all of my newest BFF’s.  Next time we’re gonna have to rent a bus to go because you’re all gonna want to go with us.  J  Come on along, us country folks really know how to throw a party!  You don’t have to be country—just fun.

And to all of those wonderful and brave souls who drank Butterscotch Martini Shots with me around the campfire Sunday night—I loved each and every last one of you!  Don’t ever think I was too drunk to remember…that just doesn’t happen.

Hugs, people, and stay in touch!

And for those of you who want to see more, here are some links…

More of Olie Moss’s fabulous pictures…he’s a master!  Be sure you click on 2017 Eclipse at JMA for some outstanding pictures from the eclipse event.
OLIE'S IMAGES

More about Cara Carper – Miss Wrangler Classic…what an incredible young woman, who is going to school to pursue a career in Ag Communication. 

(I’m tellin’ you, Justin, you really blew it this time.  J)

For more pictures from the 2017 Chasing the Eclipse event, including some amazing photos from the event, as well as some pics of four very talented men building a teepee:
CHASING THE ECLIPSE AT THE JMA-2017

That’s my story, epic and ecliptic, and I’m stickin’ to it.  Hang on tight now, ‘cuz we’re gonna go real, real fast!




Love ya,


Kayce

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Furry Friends


         Hello, gentle readers!
         Well, I’ve done it again. Procrastinated. Isn’t it amazing that when you have time (or think you do), things that you normally do by a certain day just simply goes by the way side? For instance, today is Monday, Labor Day, and I usually write my blog on Sunday afternoon so it’s posted and ready for Wednesday. Didn’t quite happen this week as I thought (mistakenly) that I had time and Sunday just kinda flew by without me noticing.
Schatzie's Favorite Place. That's a partially chewed
bone behind her.
         Even worse, I do not have a topic to talk about! But….as I sit in front of my computer, I can hear my dog. She is sitting in the living room, watching me watching her. She’s also got one of her toys in her mouth and she’s making little noises so that I will “notice” her. She wants to play. This is not unusual. She always wants to play. And I, being the good fur-baby mommy, will play. She’s just waiting for me to give her the signal.
         Is she spoiled? Well, I’d have to say yes. And that’s completely my fault. I know this and I accept it. She is, after all, my girl. She has toys galore (a favorite right now is her Fuzzy Man….yes, it has squeakers….what was I thinking?) and bones and oh, cookies! Lots and lots of cookies (do you know they make dog treats that look like Oreos? They do and she loves them!)
         She also has her favorite place to relax. It’s the corner of the love seat where she can catch the breeze from the air conditioner as well as the floor fan and woe be to anyone who dares to sit there when she wants to. She’ll give you the evil eye until you move.
Like I said, spoiled.
         But it’s okay. She deserves it. She’s a faithful companion and everyone needs one of those. Some of the characters in my books have had a furry friend (remember Sarge from A Good Man for Katie? Or what about Smudge the cat from A Treasure Worth Keeping?). Of course, we can’t forget the menagerie from A Kiss in the Morning Mist. Not only did Theo have a dog and two cats, she had a duck named Mallory, too! My current hero, Teague, has a dog. His name is Shotgun. These furry friends become characters in their own right and I love that!
         What about you? Have any four-legged (or two-legged) friends? Care to share a picture?

As always, happy reading!
Marie