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Friday, February 12, 2016

Chocolate Affaire & Other things


         I am having one of those “I want to play hooky” days. Last weekend wasn’t nearly long enough and I’m still recuperating a week later (I think I may have mentioned that I’m not nearly as young as I used to be). Perhaps I did too much. Or maybe not enough.
         What I did do was attend a fantastic annual event around here. The Glendale Chocolate Affaire. I’ve been participating for quite a few years now and I look forward it. What is the Glendale Chocolate Affaire? Oh my! Well, as the name indicates, it has to do with chocolate….lots and lots of chocolate. Chocolate covered cheesecake, chocolate covered bananas, killer fudge (I’m especially fond of the Maple Walnut flavor). They even have a booth where you can make your own chocolate pizza! It’s not just chocolate though. There’s kettle corn and fry bread…oh my gosh, my mouth is watering…gotta stop thinking about all those food booths lined up on the street. There’s face-painting and rides for the kids and live music, too. I’ve heard some really good bands play during this event (and yes, there is dancing in the street).
         The other great thing about the Chocolate Affaire? Books! And the authors who write them (yes, that includes me). I love this! There’s nothing better than hanging out with other authors except maybe getting to introduce yourself (and your writing) to someone who hasn’t read you before.
         And let’s not forget the workshops. These are fabulous presentations given by the authors (before I began participating in the Glendale Chocolate Affaire as an author, I attended the workshops. I can’t tell you how much I learned from these fabulous people!), they’re open to the public and they’re free.
         And that’s why I want to play hooky. Did I have too much fun over this past weekend? Oh, you bet! But what’s that old ditty? I owe, I owe so it’s off to work I go? Yeah, that’s me.

 As always, happy reading!
Marie

Thursday, February 11, 2016

TRACE'S TROUBLE by Lexi Post and Giveaway Gift Card

Trace's Trouble
by Lexi Post

Cowboy Trace Williams thought he had trouble when his wife served him with divorce papers, forcing him to move to his cousin’s horse rescue ranch. But that was nothing compared to handling the female squatter he’s supposed to evict from Last Chance Ranch. Though she’s a crack shot and has no use for politeness or subtlety, her ability to communicate with animals has him seeking her out on behalf of the ranch…and himself. 

Whisper Adams lives off the grid. She cares for her invalid uncle and watches over the wildlife that finds her. The animals are more trustworthy than the people she’s encountered. So when a hard-bodied, easy going cowboy arrives at her trailer and causes her heart to race, she’s anxious for him to leave, until he asks for her help at the ranch. 

Since they end up together more often than she prefers, Whisper doesn’t deny her attraction to Trace, who introduces her to new experiences, from riding horses to an erotic night in bed. But mixing with people, any people, opens her to new threats. This relationship might cost Trace his heart, but it could very well cost Whisper her life.

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 Trace's Trouble Excerpt:
   When the cowboy closed the door, she turned on him, a smirk curling her lip. “So, did you find out everything you came up here for?”
   The man studied her, his eyes hidden by the shadow of his hat. “Yes I did, thank you.”
   Huh? “Good. Now you can go.”
   He cocked his head. “I would think with no one around for miles you wouldn’t mind a little company for a change.”
   “Nope.” At least not his. He had her stomach in knots and she didn’t like it. “Not real partial to people. Animals are much better company.”
   Trace laughed at her statement, sending a pleasant sensation over her body, like the sprinkle of a light rain.
   “I have to admit to having that thought a time or two, especially in the ranch house. But the barn can be peaceful, even soothing. I like listening to the sound of a horse munching on dinner while another chuffs and moves around in the shavings.” He looked off in the distance as if seeing every detail. “As dusk comes on, you can hear the crickets, and the desert mice scampering back into their nests.” His gaze locked with hers. “Nature is more straightforward than man.”
   Feeling a sense of kinship with him at his description, it took her a moment to catch the undertone of bitterness in his final statement. Her mind eased as she sensed he might understand. “Yeah, I get that. A horse lets you know exactly how she feels. You also know how a coyote or mountain lion feels the second you find yourself in their company.”
    He grinned. “You in the company of those animals often up here?”
   She shrugged. “Faust comes by when he’s hungry and—” At his intent stare, she halted. “Anyway, you were leaving, right?”

About Lexi:
Lexi Post is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of erotic romance. She spent War and Peace, she's read, studied, and taught wonderful classics.
years in higher education taking and teaching courses about the classical literature she loved. From Edgar Allan Poe's short story “The Masque of the Red Death” to Tolstoy’s
But Lexi's first love is romance novels. In an effort to marry her two first loves, she started writing erotic romance inspired by the classics and found she loved it. Lexi believes there is no end to the romantic inspiration she can find in great literature. Her books are known as "erotic romance with a whole lot of story."
Lexi is living her own happily ever after with her husband and her cat in Florida. She makes her own ice cream every weekend, loves bright colors, and you will never see her without a hat.
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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Killer Shades by H. D. Thomson Release and Giveaway!



 Killer Shades
by H. D. Thomson
Blurb:
Jenna Barnes slips on a pair of simple sunglasses, but they’re not so simple. Jenna soon realizes they’re dangerous when people start dying, including her soon to be ex-husband. His unnatural death has her on the police radar as a prime suspect. After all, she had the most to gain. But one of those police officers is none other than Kyle Newman, a man she’d loved and dumped five years ago.

Kyle Newman doesn’t believe Jenna killed her husband, and he sets out to protect her, only to become a suspect himself in her husband’s death. The killer is still out there. If Jenna doesn’t stop asking questions, he knows she could be next. He needs to guarantee that doesn’t happen. But is he willing to lose his career, even his life to save her? Because a pair of sunglasses can kill, and he’s soon going to find out the death of Jenna’s husband is just the beginning.
Excerpt:
    He had to be dead. No one could live through that head wound. What the hell. Alarm exploded inside his chest as he looked around at the people on the street and the vicinity. Then he saw her, and the air left his lungs in one, big whoosh. But he didn’t relax. Quite the opposite.
    Jenna.
    His chest tightened almost painfully.
    Their gazes meshed across a good thirty yards that separated them. Even from this distance, he noticed the color had leached from her face and accented her lips and the dark wings of her brows. Still, she was as beautiful as ever. The mahogany mane of hair, thick and luscious, flowed around her shoulders. Her eyes, such an incredible blue, always seemed to pierce through him to that deep, dark area of his soul he never wanted anyone to delve into. But she had. She’d wanted to know everything about him, only to promptly leave him when she’d learned exactly who he was.
    Enough. Forget the bitterness, forget the hurt. He only had seconds to get over being blindsided.

Twitter: @hdthomson

About H. D.:
H.D. Thomson moved from Ontario, Canada as a teenager to the heat of Arizona where she graduated
from the University of Arizona with a B.S. in Business Administration with a major in accounting. After working in the corporate world as an accountant, H.D. changed her focus to one of her passions-books. She owned and operated an online bookstore for several years and then started the company, Bella Media Management. The company specializes in web sites, video trailers, ebook conversion and promotional resources for authors and small businesses. When she is not heading her company, she is following her first love-writing.

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