New Release! The Crossroads by Pamela Cook

Happy new release to author Pamela Cook! The Crossroads is available now.

A charming read full of likeable characters depicted against a backdrop of sweeping, arid landscape that is both beautiful and harsh. The story held a couple of surprises with a finish that wrapt up each of the character’s challenges in the story.
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About The Crossroads by Pamela Cook

One family. Three women. Will the lies they tell and the secrets they hide lead to more heartache, or will fate bring them together before it’s too late?

thecrossroads_pamelacook_hachettebooksRosie O’Shea dreams of seeing the world. But right now, the outback hotel she inherited from her husband is falling down around her ears, her bank account is empty and family duty means she’s staying put.

The only thing keeping Stephanie Bailey sane are the rides she takes on their sprawling property, even if the earth is red and barren as far as her eye can see. Drought has forced the sale of almost all their cattle and her husband is getting more and more distant. The last thing she needs is the complications her brother-in-law brings.

Sydney girl Faith Montgomery is single, out of work and at the age of 31 has just discovered she is adopted.

Furious at being lied to for her entire life, she lands a job at the Crossroads Hotel so she can track down her biological mother without revealing who she is. When Cameron Bailey walks into the bar his curious blend of country charm and city savvy has her falling hard.

One family. Three women. Will the lies they tell and the secrets they hide lead to more heartache or will fate bring them together before it’s too late?

A story of deceit, betrayal and love that proves that in the end you can choose your family.

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Blog Tour Excerpt Post – The Fixer by HelenKay Dimon

Today’s excerpt feature post is part of the blog tour for The Fixer by HelenKay Dimon. The Fixer is available now!

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Excerpt – The Fixer by HelenKay Dimon

“We need to make a deal,” he said.

“That sounds like a terrible thing for me to do.”

“You don’t even know the terms.” That mouth and those full lips. Jesus, he couldn’t see anything else.

His usual self-control abandoned him. She sat about a foot away from him now, maybe less, and he’d gone into an uncharacteristic tailspin. Instead of following along and holding his ground, his mind wandered. Something about her threw off his concentration. He didn’t like the strange power she seemed to have over him, especially after such a short time.

Without thinking he took a sip of the coffee. The bitter liquid hit the back of his throat, reviving him.

This is why he loved caffeine.

He tried to regain the upper hand, to the extent he ever possessed it. “I will track down the answer as to why my name was in the file and provide proof that I was not in the area when—”

“Proof I can corroborate. I’m not taking your word for it.”

He had never met a woman who made his eye twitch and had him thinking about kissing at the same time. “Speaking of charming.”

“Would you just believe anything I said?”

“Maybe.” He hated to admit that answer wasn’t a lie.

She clearly didn’t agree because she snorted. “Oh, please.”

A strange haze fell over him. It blocked the noise of the café and the constant shuffling of people around them. “In return for the intel, plus the corroboration, you will stop asking around about me.

That’s a dangerous game.”

“You mean for you.”

“No, Emery, for you. You are not the only person who wants to know more about me. If you give any indication that you actually do, you could walk into trouble.”

She made a face. “This secrecy thing is a tad overdramatic, don’t you think?”

That sobered him. He had the bodyguards to prove it. “No.”

“It is when you combine it with the black suit . . .” She studied his jacket. “Do you own, like, twenty of them?”

He fought the urge to follow her gaze and look down. “We’re discussing my fashion choices?”

She shrugged. “Just making an observation, but yes. Fine. I’ll agree to your deal, but I won’t stop investigating you until I’m satisfied you’re telling the truth and not involved.”

It didn’t take a master negotiator to see the trap. This is what he did for a living. He knew how to bait and what to give up. He didn’t see that she was budging on much at all. “How are those good terms for me? I don’t win anything.”

“You poor thing.”

Her sarcasm nearly knocked him over. “You clearly don’t belong to the ‘a male ego is a fragile thing’ way of thinking.”

“I don’t care if it is or not. You’ll have to get someone else to stroke yours.”

The word vibrated through him. “Interesting.”

 

About The Fixer by HelenKay Dimon

He’s known only as Wren. A wealthy, dangerously secretive man, he specializes in thefixer_helenkaydimon_inkslingerprbannermaking problems disappear. A professional fixer, Wren hides a dark past, but his privacy is shattered when Emery Finn seeks him out—and what she wants from him is very personal.

Some people disappear against their will. Emery’s job is to find them and bring closure. Wren is the only person who can help solve Emery’s own personal mystery: the long-ago disappearance of her cousin. Just tracking down the sexy, brooding Wren is difficult enough. Resisting her body’s response to him will prove completely impossible.

Anonymity is essential to Wren’s success, yet drawn by Emery’s loyalty and sensuality, he’s pulled out of the shadows. But her digging is getting noticed by the wrong people. And as the clues start to point to someone terrifyingly close, Wren will have to put his haunted past aside to protect the woman he loves.

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HelenKay Dimon spent the years before becoming a romance author as a…divorce attorney. Not the usual transition, she knows. Good news is she now writes full time and is much happier. She has sold over forty novels and novellas to numerous publishers, including HarperCollins, Kensington, Harlequin, Penguin Random House, Riptide and Carina Press. Her nationally bestselling and award-winning books have been showcased in numerous venues and her books have twice been named “Red-Hot Reads” and excerpted in Cosmopolitan magazine. She is on the Board of Directors of the Romance Writers of America and teaches fiction writing at UC San Diego and MiraCosta College. You can learn more at her website: www.HelenKaydimon.com

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New Release! Third Time Lucky by Karly Lane

Happy new release to author Karly Lane! Third Time Lucky is available now!

I liked the small town setting in the story – the synopsis was a big drawcard to the read. The animosity and venom from the characters was plentiful which was a challenge to read. Seth’s character had many likeable moments, December’s was a bit topsy turvy but in the end, the finale made for a satisfying happy ever after within the story.
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About Third Time Lucky by Karly Lane

When her marriage ends, December Doyle returns home to Christmas Creek. Will she thirdtimelucky_karlylane_allenandunwinausconquer her fear of heartbreak? A heart-warming novel about betrayal, ambition and the power of love.

After a disastrous marriage, December Doyle has returned to her home town to try to pick up the pieces of her life and start again. She’s also intent on helping breathe new life into the Christmas Creek township, so the last thing she needs is trouble.

Bad boy Seth Hunter has also returned to Christmas Creek, and trouble is his middle name. Wrongly convicted of a serious crime in his youth, Seth is now a successful businessman, but he’s intent on settling some old scores.

As teenagers, December and Seth were madly in love, and seeing each other again reawakens past feelings. But will Seth be able to overcome his destructive anger about the past, and can December conquer her fear of heartbreak to make their relationship third time lucky?

By the bestselling author of Second Chance Town, this compelling novel is about betrayal, ambition and the power of forgiveness – and love.

Third Time Lucky by Karly Lane is published by Allen & Unwin, RRP $29.99, available now.

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Excerpt Spotlight! Wrong Brother, Right Match by Jennifer Shirk

Today’s feature post is the blog tour excerpt post for Jennifer Shirk’s newest novel Wrong Brother, Right Match, available now!

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Kennedy grew silent again. She began chewing her bottom lip. His eyes automatically dropped to her mouth, and for the forty-eighth time since being trapped together, he thought about kissing some sense into that anxious brain of hers.
“You’re right.” Her words were so soft, he wasn’t sure she’d spoken them. “He’s wonderful.
Really awesome. But honestly…” She gave him a sharp if slightly tipsy look. “I’ve never said this to anyone, so you can’t tell a soul.”
He gave her a droll look. “Who am I going to tell?”
She stared him down for several seconds as if judging his sincerity. “Cross your heart?”
“Cross my heart,” he repeated, making the motion against his chest.“Okay.” She bit her lip. “It’s just that…sometimes I doubt we’re meant for each other.”
“Really?”
“Yes. I know it’s crazy,” she murmured. “Especially since I can’t afford for my software to be wrong.”
Before he could respond, the lights overhead flickered. Her head whipped up toward the ceiling. “Thank God!” The elated expression on her face reminded him of a child watching fireworks go off. “We’re finally going to get out of here,” she squealed.
“Yeah…awesome.” Matt swallowed hard. He should be happy, too. Why the hell wasn’t he happy? He’d finally be out of this cramped elevator and away from this anxiety-ridden woman with her boyfriend issues. But instead, all he could do was bank down a strange sense of disappointment at the thought of her walking through those elevator doors and him never seeing her again.

He stood first then held out his hand to help her up. Her palm met his, and he tugged just as the elevator began to move again, causing them to lose their balance. His back slammed against the wall, and she fell into his arms.

“Nice catch,” she said with a laugh, obviously still feeling the effects of the champagne.
Matt held on to her, his heart beating wildly. Having her in his arms ignited all kinds of thoughts, all kinds of feelings. Naughty thoughts. Good feelings. His gaze captured hers for a long moment until eventually her smiling face grew serious, too. Then his conscience tapped him on the shoulder.
What the hell do you think you’re doing? it said. You’ve both been drinking. And she has a boyfriend.He’d always hated his conscience.
“Matt?”
Matt didn’t move. The elevator was going to open soon. They would be free to leave separately or leave together. There was still a choice. Growing up, he had always been the one to toe the line. Do what was right for everyone else in his life. But so help him, he didn’t want to do that this time. Maybe it was the alcohol, but he wanted her. True, the woman had a boyfriend—a neglectful boyfriend—but still, there were rules for that sort of thing, weren’t there? Like what if… Screw it.
He kissed her.

About Wrong Brother, Right Match

Matchmaking guru Kennedy Pepperdine’s life is perfect. Perfect job. Perfect friends. wrongbrotherrightmatch_jennifershirk_tastybooksPerfect boyfriend. Except…when she gets trapped in an elevator with a handsome stranger, she accidentally confesses a secret: maybe her perfect boyfriend, Justin, isn’t so perfect for her after all. But a matchmaker should be able to successfully match herself, right? Thankfully, she’ll never see the handsome stranger again. Until she heads home with Justin for the holidays and learns that the sexy stranger is none other than Justin’s older brother, Matt.

Matt Ellis is trying to be on his best behavior for his mother—it is Christmas, after all. But when he recognizes the beautiful woman from the elevator—the one he hasn’t been able to stop thinking about for months—his best behavior is being held by a thread. Matt’s always sacrificed for his family, and nothing is more important than their happiness, but the more time he spends around Kennedy, the more he wonders if her supposed “right match” might just be the wrong brother.

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Jennifer Shirk has a bachelor degree in pharmacy-which has in NO WAY at all helped her with her writing career. But she likes to point it out, since it shows romantic-at-hearts come in all shapes, sizes, and mind-numbing educations.

She writes sweet (and sometimes even funny) romances for Samhain Publishing, Avalon Books/Montlake Romance and now Entangled Publishing. She won third place in the RWA 2006 NYC’s Kathryn Hayes Love and Laughter Contest with her first book, THE ROLE OF A LIFETIME. Recently, her novel SUNNY DAYS FOR SAM won the 2013 Golden Quill Published Authors Contest for Best Traditional Romance.

Lately she’s been on a serious exercise kick. But don’t hold that against her.

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Excerpt Spotlight – Drakon’s Promise by N.J. Walters

Today’s feature post is part of the virtual blog tour for N.J. Walters newest release Drakon’s Promise, featuring an excerpt spotlight and a blog tour giveaway!

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Excerpt – Drakon’s Promise by N.J. Walters

“Sarah, it’s vitally important I get that book. I need you to think about the security at work. Cameras, guards, alarms, everything.” He’d need to get schematics of the building and more. But he’d start here, with his best inside source. Of course, if she was working with the Knights, this might be nothing more than an elaborate plot to capture him.

It was a risk he had to take. “You don’t need to know that,” she began. Darius caught her face in his hands and cradled her cheeks in his palms. “I do, Sarah, I really do. I’m not worried about my life, but those of people close to me.” That was the most he could give her.

“No, you don’t.”

Disappointment seeped into him, and he released her and straightened to his full height. “How much?”

“What?” She sounded bewildered, but he wasn’t buying it. If she wasn’t willing to give him the information he needed, it was because she wanted something. In his vast experience with humans, that meant money in one form or another. It used to be gold and jewels. Nowadays, it was more likely to be a simple bank transfer.

He put his hands on his hips and simply stared at her, trying not to get lost in her chocolate-brown eyes. They appeared so innocent. “How much for the information?”

She jumped to her feet and glared at him. “You son of a bitch. I’m risking a lot to warn you about the book and everything else.”

“That doesn’t answer my question.” No way could he let her go until he had the information he needed. “The quicker you give it to me, the faster I can pay you. Then you can leave.”

She fisted her hands at her sides. “I ought to let you pay for it.” Then she fumbled with her knapsack and yanked open the zipper. He wondered if she had a weapon of some kind, and cursed himself for not searching her earlier. Not that it would do her much good. Most conventional weapons, at least any that could fit in her bag, wouldn’t do much damage to him.

But it would piss him off.

She reached inside the bag and, instead of a weapon, pulled out an old, leather-bound book. She thrust it against his stomach, and he caught it before it dropped to the floor.

“Here’s your damn book. I smuggled it out of work at great personal risk. You’re welcome.” She stepped around him and strode to the elevator. Sarah slapped her palm against the panel, but nothing happened. Only he could make it work.

Darius stared at the book and then back at the very angry woman waiting for an elevator that would never come.

An unusual sensation enveloped him, one he’d rarely felt in the thousands of years he’d been alive. It was shame with a hint of bewilderment.

He might have just made the biggest mistake of his life.

 

About Drakon’s Promise

Darius Varkas is a drakon. He’s neither human nor dragon.

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He’s also the target of an ancient order who want to capture all drakons for their blood. When fresh, a drakon’s blood can cure any illness and prolong a human’s life, and the Knights will stop at nothing to get it.

When librarian Sarah Anderson stumbles across a rare book belonging to the Knights of the Dragon, she’s quickly thrust into a dangerous world of secrets and shifters and things she never would have believed possible. When the Knights realize Sarah has a secret of her own, she becomes just as much a target as Darius. Her scary dragon shifter just might be her best chance at survival.

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N.J. Walters is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.

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