Monday, January 15, 2018

For Love or Money by Margo Hornstra--Five Stars

For Money or LoveFor Money or Love by Margo Hoornstra
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dan Montgomery’s rocky, poverty stricken childhood propelled him to over achievement and success. Generous to family, friends, and employees, the one thing he was reluctant to share was his heart. His business came first.

Smart as a whip Lindsey Carr is Dan’s gal Friday computer genius. She has lots of other attributes, including beauty and a desire to do more than just spend her days glued to a monitor. Now she’s questioning her sanity and regretting spending heated hours on and off the clock with her on again, off again boss.

Can Dan get past his inability to delegate control of his company to rekindle a sizzling relationship with a woman he calls irreplaceable? Or will he let his arrogance get in the way of having a real life? Don’t expect a quick resolution to this question, the author will keep you guessing right up to the very end!

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Stanalei Fletcher's January Blowout Sale Blog Tour

 
Stanalei Fletcher's January Blowout Sale Blog Tour
All 5 Northstar Security Series books are on sale for only 
$.99 during the tour only!
GiveAway: Stanalei is offering some fabulous prizes during this tour. One Lucky winner will have the chance to choose an ebook from her backlist, another lucky winner will receive a $50 Amazon Gift Certificate, and one lucky winner will have the chance to choose a print book from Stanalei's backlist. Please use the Rafflecopter below to enter. Remember to follow along with the tour to increase your chances of winning. You may find the other tour locations here ~*~*~*~*~*~*~ Series Blurb: 
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
About the Book: 
A screw-up, a wild fire, and a bio-terrorist. What could go wrong? Proving Ground introduces the high stakes world of The Northstar Security Firm. Caitlin Malone’s only hope of saving her town, maybe even the entire country, is pinned on the one man who broke her heart. Screw-ups don’t get second chances. That’s what Caitlin Malone believes when she returns to Oregon after failing her first Northstar Security assignment. When she inadvertently stumbles across a plot to steal deadly pathogens from the bio-lab near her hometown, she sees a chance at redemption. USDA Forest Ranger, John ‘Mac’ MacAlistair, doesn’t want to babysit the motorcycle club holding their annual rally in his national forest. To make matters worse, Caitlin is attending the rally with Mac’s estranged uncle. Having her home again brings up feelings that are better left buried. It’s early September. Any spark will send the dry timber into a raging fire. The terrorists are counting on that distraction to work in their favor. When Caitlin is trapped by the wildfire, her only hope of rescue is pinned on Mac, the man she's tried two years to forget. Before they can share their feelings, Mac and Caitlin must first escape the burning forest and stop the terrorists from releasing the deadly pathogens. Buy Links: Amazon | The Wild Rose Press Excerpt: …he couldn’t reach the knife. Although handy in most situations, it would be useless against a gun. His only chance of coming out unscathed in this encounter would be quick reflexes and luck. Mostly luck. Breathing slowly, he cleared his mind, took a cautious step forward—and froze when he heard the click of the gun’s safety release. The time it took to consider alternatives should’ve been spent backing out the door. However, in his nearly thirty years, he’d only run away from one situation, which, although dangerous to his emotional well-being, hadn’t been life threatening. He wasn’t backing down now. The gun didn’t waver. The person behind it remained shadowed, but steady hands indicated someone other than a fly-by-night burglar. Had one of Sean’s old nemeses come after him for some long overdue retribution? “I don’t know who you are.” Mac kept his voice calm, soothing. “But I’m pretty sure I’m not the person you want to shoot.” The snick of a switch and a blaze of overhead light prevented more talk. Blinded by the sudden brightness, Mac stood rooted to the floor, hands in the air, not daring to make any sudden moves. “Damn it, Mac, I could’ve killed you!” Caitlin Malone. Mac’s heart stirred to life. Blood surged through his veins as his breath released on a whoosh. He lowered his hands, but his body refused to budge. His reaction had nothing to do with the fact Caitlin had greeted him with a shotgun, and everything to do with the woman herself.
Dead Reckoning
Northstar Security Series Book #2
About the Book: 
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. Buy Links: Amazon | The Wild Rose Press 
Beyond Duty
Northstar Security Series Book #3
About the Book:  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. Buy Links:  Amazon | The Wild Rose Press
Breaking the Honor Code Northstar Security Series Book #4
About the Book: 
Cyber-terrorism brings even the most powerful companies to their knees. When Northstar Security Firm discovers a breach inside their computer firewall, agent Sloan Cartland will do anything to help the firm's brilliant computer tech, Allison Richards, find the culprit—even after he learns that all evidence of the hack points back to Allison.
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Tell It Like It Is Northstar Security Series Book #5
About the Book: 
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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About the Author:
Stanalei’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. You may visit Stanalei at: 
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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Five Stars for Risky Redemption by Marissa Garner

Risky Redemption (Rogue Security #1)Risky Redemption by Marissa Garner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Risky Redemption by Marissa Garner is a seat of your pants romantic thriller that grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go until the last page.

Jake Stone is a woman’s fantasy come to life—tall, dark, handsome, considerate lover—with one teeny weeny flaw. He’s a killer—to be specific, a former SEAL, CIA, contract killer. But he’s done, out of the business and into security, until he gets a call that launches him down twisted, dark alleys and the minds of equally warped Evil people.

Angela Reardon is a woman with a mysterious past. Self-made and successful, the interior designer is as tough as she is resilient. Titanium mixed with bamboo, she springs back stronger with each obstacle in all aspects of her life—except sex. That area is walled off like Fort Knox.

Will Jake follow through on his last contract? Will Angela allow the man of her dreams into her heart and bed? No spoilers! You must read this 5 star breathtaking book to find out for yourself!

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Five Cooking Spoons for Boiling Point by Alison Henderson

Boiling Point (Phoenix, Ltd. #2)Boiling Point by Alison Henderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Zoe Hargrove, a former military MP, has joined a unique firm of female undercover bodyguards. While her boss is on vacation, a call comes in requesting a chef/bodyguard. Zoe isn’t the best cook in the world—nor is she the worst.

She takes the assignment and meets her new clients, an eccentric inventor and his very pregnant wife who has a broken arm. She also meets their chauffeur, a ruggedly handsome, unsettling man named Nick Rosetti.

What the two don’t know at first meeting—aside from the electric attraction pulling them together—is that each of them have been hired to be bodyguards, and both of them are not supposed to tell the person they are guarding.

I loved the premise of the book: a tough chef who can’t cook, an equally tough chauffeur who isn’t a driver, an absent-minded professor, and a fragile beauty—or is she?

The book has villains (no, I won’t reveal who is the real one), action, adventure, romance, and takes place in a suburb of Chicago near where I lived for ten years, so I felt right at home.

Go for the action, stay for the romance! I give 5 cooking spoons to this fast, fun read.

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Five Iron Salute for Bad Lies by Rolynn Anderson

BAD LIESBAD LIES by Rolynn Anderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you like golf and puns mixed with a dash of danger, this is the book for you. Heck, you don’t even need to like golf! This fast, fun read takes you on a whirlwind tour of Italy and the geology of the region—minus the jet lag.

Sophie Maxwell is a late-bloomer golfer with a past, one she wants firmly in her rear view mirror. Jack Walker is a geologist with a shadowy occupation and secrets that must be kept away from prying eyes.

When Jack’s father is hospitalized for life-threatening surgery, he reaches out to his estranged son for help. Sophie needs a caddie for an upcoming tournament in Italy—but more importantly, this talented yet scattered woman needs a coach. Reluctantly, Jack agrees to go and pulls out his mothballed golfer persona for this one request.

Sophie is immediately attracted to Jack—but tells herself he’s doing this out of obligation to his father, not her. She’s a professional—and so is he.
Will Sophie win the tournament, but lose her heart? Will Jack uncover a secret, only to be buried himself?

No spoilers! You must read this edge of your seat story and meet the ensemble cast for yourself to find out. I give this book a 5 shiny five iron salute and urge you to tee this up as your next read!

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Interview with Leslie Scott, Author of The Finish Line.

What made you decide to be an author? I've always been a writer, for as long as I can remember. In third grade, I won my first writing award. From that point on i've scribbled notebooks
full of stories. Several years ago one of my Beta readers (and a very dear friend) told me that she wasn't going to read another thing I wrote until I finished a novel. That kicked me into gear
and I've finished quite a few since then. lol

What do you like best about being a writer? What do you like the least? Least... nothing. I cannot think of a single thing I don't love of about crafting stories. Story telling is an extension of me, as second nature as breathing. I love the release of finally telling a character's story and
giving them their happily ever after. But the very best thing, is when someone else gets as much enjoyment from reading something I wrote as I did writing it. That sort of bond is unbreakable.

How do you think your life experiences have prepared you for writing? I'm a reader as much as a writer. Since I was a little girl, I would read anything. So, when writing assigments flowed in at school, I would immitate the writer's I was reading. I picked up a lot of style and grammar tricks that way. Over the years I continue to do it. Though not necessarily a "life experience' in terms of what most people would think, but this was probably the one thing that prepared me the most. Reading.

Have you ever felt as if you were being dictated to while you wrote a book--as if the words came of their own accord? If yes, which book did that happen with? All of them! The second I climb into a character's brain, they tell their own story. I just make sure it has all the vital elements and they react, the words coming.
from there.

You’ve written three novels and are working on a fourth novel. What’s your favorite time management tip? Right now? I don't have a time management tip. I wish I had some that I would follow. With the first novel about to release and two stories in with editors at The Wild Rose Press and the fourth being written now, I'm struggling to get all the things done I want done. I try to remember what Nora Roberts said in Love Between the Covers: Ass to seat, fingers to keyboard. That's the only way things ever get done.

Are you a plotter or a pantser, i.e., do you outline your books ahead of time or are you an “organic” writer? I try to be a plotter. I really, really do. And mostly I come up with a skeleton outline of things that have to happen. But, as I said above, the characters tend to take over. Once they do, I'm flying by the seat of my pants!

If you had one take away piece of advice for authors, what would it be? Don't stop writing. Writers block truly doesn't exist. If you get stuck with a story, don't be afraid to move on to something else, writing stimulates your creativity and will eventually, blow right through whatever was holding you up.

Tell me more about The Finish Line. The Finish Line was my way to combine my husband's passion with mine. I love to write and to write romance, he loves racing. At some point, I wondered how easy it would be to write a saga of a small town, filled with street and drag races, and the lives they lead. Next thing I know, I have the Fast and the Furious of the romance genre! This novel is action and emotion packed. The best of both worlds.
Blurb 
Another night at the races is more than burnt rubber with a hit of nitrous.

For one young woman, it's navigating trauma, love, and loss in the stifling Texas heat under the watchful gaze of her brother’s best friend and reigning King of the Streets, Jordan Slater. Home in Arkadia again, Raelynn Casey starts to heal from a terrible incident at college.

She finds love in Jordan, a member of her brother’s circle of racing buddies. When another in the racing circle, the guy who took her to her high school prom, exposes his feelings for Raelynn, tragedy erupts like a tank of race fuel.

Guilt, remorse, and pain must be overcome before Raelynn and Jordan can race to The Finish Line.

How about an excerpt from The Finish Line?
He turned away from me and watched the approaching truck stop several hundred feet from our
hiding spot. The silence seemed to stretch on forever. Again, he said a lot without saying a thing and it made me nervous as hell. I couldn’t handle that sort of silence.
“I’m not going to pretend like it didn’t happen, Jordan.” Because it had happened. It had happened and I’d been left reeling from it. When he’d followed up kissing me stupid in his driveway after my graduation with verbally shooting me down hard, I’d been left with all sorts of unsettled emotions. “For a while, I thought you’d broken my heart.”
“I never meant to.” I barely heard his words over the roar of the small truck Hunter raced as he fired it up.
As much as I’d wanted to hurt him after that, as many nights as I’d spent awake in my dorm room wishing I could make him feel what I felt, I never could have. Not then and not now. I loved him too much for that. I always would.
“You didn’t,” I assured him quietly. The smell of melted rubber from Hunter’s burnout assaulted us. “I had to learn what being broken really felt like to know it.”
He turned toward me, his face and eyes softening in a way very few people had seen or would ever see. My knees went weak.
“Rae—”
I held a hand out to stop him. This line of conversation wasn’t what I wanted out of us right then. I wanted us back to an ease I could navigate with far more clarity. “Life is about learning. Besides, Hunter East taught me more than you ever could have.”
The concern vanished from his face and was replaced with a contorted expression of annoyance.
“Jesus, Rae.”
The smug smile on my face was as genuine as they came. I was proud, in a pesky girl sort of way.
“There are things I could have taught you, Hunter East never would have dreamed of,” he growled.

Where can readers find more about your stories, books and you on the Internet?
Website: http://lesliescottromance.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/lesliescottwrites
Twitter: @leslieSwrites

Buy Links:
Paperback: http://bit.ly/2isnD4u
Nook: http://bit.ly/2A88mjH
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2A875ZX

Leslie Scott, thank you so much for being with us here today. I know my readers will enjoy your work and your interview. 
Thank you so much, for having me!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Heroes of Westhorpe Ridge Holiday Series Boxed Set By Kryssie Fortune

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. Buy Links: 

Excerpt from Marriage, Mobsters, and the Marine
Abigail gazed Jared’s his face, her eyes still awash with tears. “Okay, but I expect you to tell me what’s going on. Who were those men? And why did they destroy your truck?”
He slid out from under her, brought a sponge, and gently wiped her face. Once he’d dried her cheeks, he pulled her back onto his knee. “I need to tell you about those personal reasons I mentioned when I accepted your proposal.”
Abigail didn’t speak, just rested her head on his shoulder and snuggled closer. He liked the way seemed ready to move forward. “My cousin’s life is a mess. A few years ago she married a small-time crook with a bad gambling habit, but she didn’t deserve to watch the mob murder him over his debts. She’s agreed to testify against them and go into the witness-protection program. The mob still wants their money, and they threatened to go after her mom and dad, always assuming they could find them. My aunt and uncle are off exploring the Amazon basin or something.”
Abigail listened intently. When he paused for breath, she shook her head. “The mob? The Amazon basin? It sounds like B-movie plot to me. Just throw in a few killer tomatoes.”
Jared held her tight against his chest. “The phone call earlier was from my cousin. Since the mob can’t find her parents, they’ve decided to come after me. Destroying my truck was a warning. Here’s the thing… You know I married you because I needed money. I wanted pay them off and keep my unsuspecting family safe, but I’ll be damned if I’ll pay protection money to keep them away from me. They’re parasites who won’t leave until they’ve taken everything I hold dear. I’m only sorry I sucked you into my mess.”
She hiccupped against his shoulder. “So what happens now?”
He almost stroked her wire-wool hair but thought better of it. “I don’t suppose you’d take a month’s holiday somewhere?”
She sat up, her eyes gleaming with anger. “No way will I abandon my class. We’ve got Christmas projects to finish and the nativity to rehearse. I try to make everything special for them, with it being their last year before they move on to junior high. I’ve already bought them all individual Christmas presents. In between that, we’ll be measuring daylight hours and checking the shadows at midday. Hopefully our solstice project will help them get their heads around shortening days.”

He felt ready to argue but said nothing.

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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