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BOOK BLAST ~ Texas Twist by Cynthia D’Alba ~ Giveaway

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Blurb

 

Real bad boys can grow up to be real good men.

Hit hard by the death of her parents, Paige Ryan needs to figure out what to do with her life. She moves to Whispering Springs, Texas, to be near her step-brother. But just as she starts to get her life on track, the last man she ever wanted to see again sends it right back off the rails.

Cash Montgomery was on the cusp of having it all. Three bull riding titles, fame, fortune and respect from his family. Until a bad bull leaves him injured, angry and searching for comfort at the bottom of a bottle. With nowhere to go, he moves into his sister-in-law’s old ranch house in Whispering Springs—which he’s surprised to find already occupied.

As Cash rebuilds the dilapidated home and Paige starts out on her medical career, their old friendship begins to reemerge and sparks are ignited. Paige knows that Cash is nothing but a heartache waiting to happen. But maybe this bad boy has grown up to be a real good man?

Warning: Watch out for falling lumber, falling in holes, and falling for the wrong guy…again. You can leave your hard hat on.

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 TEASER

“Here’s the deal, slick,” she said with a lift of an eyebrow. “I’m still attracted to you and, if I’m reading your kisses accurately, the feeling is mutual.” She sat back on her heels with a sigh. “I want to finish what we started seven years ago. Don’t freak out,” she added quickly when he opened his mouth to speak. “I’m not looking for long-term or asking for a commitment. Come fall, school’s going to be time consuming and tough. I won’t have the time or the energy for a relationship.” She shrugged. “So for as long as it lasts, I propose roommates with benefits. What do you say?”

 

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Buy Links

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Author Info

Award winning author Cynthia D’Alba was born and raised in Arkansas. After being gone for seventeen years, she’s thrilled to be back home living on the banks of an eight-thousand acre lake. When she’s not reading, writing or plotting, she’s doorman for her two dogs, cook, housekeeper and chief bottle washer for her husband and slave to a noisy, messy parrot. She loves to chat online with friends and fans.

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Author Links

Website: http://cynthiadalba.com/
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/cynthia.dalba
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/CynthiaDAlba
Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5326924.Cynthia_D_Alba

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Posted by on September 1, 2014 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT ~ Jennifer Lowery author of Maximum Risk ~ Giveaway

Hi Christine and all you fabulous readers out there *waves* Thank you so much for having me today! My romantic suspense, Maximum Risk (Book #1, Wolff Securities), released this month so I’m very excited to be here! Thank you so much for sharing it with me!! 

In honor of my release I am giving away an e-book copy of any one of my books (go to my WEBSITE to choose) to one lucky commenter so please leave me a comment with your EMAIL so I can contact you if you win!!

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Blurb:

It should have been a simple rescue mission…

Retired Pararescueman, Quinn Wolff, wrote the book on how to stay alive during a mission when he founded Wolff Securities, an elite private sector security firm. When he fast-ropes down to save missing humanitarian aid worker, Avery Marks, in the remote mountains of Azbakastan he isn’t prepared for the brave, stubborn woman who challenges the rules he wrote in order to protect her.

But when it comes to matters of the heart nothing is simple…

Avery Marks learned a long time ago to take care of herself, but when her convoy is attacked, her friends and coworkers murdered, she has to rely on the aid of intensely capable and handsome, Quinn Wolff to get her safely out of the country. His skills keep her alive, but his kisses put her in danger. In danger of losing her heart. That’s a risk she can’t take ever again.

Content Warning: Sexual content

Excerpt:

Gut-wrenching sobs choked her as she brought the truck to a skidding stop in front of Quinn’s house. She fumbled with the door handle and nearly fell on her face when it opened. Leaving the door wide open, she ran into the house and straight to her bedroom where she slammed the door. Quinn’s borrowed bloody shirt lay on the floor, tainted with Ryan’s blood. Her own blood.

Memories of what they’d done to her flooded in. The pain. Her screams. The times she couldn’t scream. The missile hitting the Land Cruiser. Scott taking a bullet.

Oh God.

Unable to process, Avery pummeled the fabric with her fists. Over and over she swung until the pain in her arms overshadowed the pain in her heart.

A pair of arms wrapped around her from behind, picked her up off the ground and swung her away from the bed. Still aching inside, she kicked and fought to be free. The arms held tight, body taut.

“Let me go.” Her heel landed a blow and sent a jolt of pain up her leg, which only frustrated her more.

“Avery, stop.”

Quinn’s gruff command penetrated the emotions pounding inside her. Avery deflated like a balloon and slumped in his arms, chest heaving. Quinn’s chin touched the top of her head, his chest rising and falling in sequence with hers. He still hadn’t put her down; her feet dangled off the ground. The way he held her, tucked against him, made her heart ache even more. Almost as if he couldn’t let her go.

For just a moment she allowed herself to lean on him, letting him hold her close until it felt like they were fused. She didn’t analyze why she did it, or why he let her. Simply let it happen.

Quinn tucked his head into her neck, voice gravelly, his breath hot on her skin. “Goddammit, Avery.”

Mouth dry, she nodded her head in understanding. She didn’t need the words. What was done was done. She couldn’t take it back.

Gently he set her feet on the floor and she winced. They stung like she stood on a bed of glass. Before she could guess his intention, Quinn swung her into his arms and carried her out of the room. She wrapped her arms around his neck, too worn out to fight. Her gaze followed his tanned neck to the strong line of his jaw. His profile was rigid, lines of fatigue bracketing his eyes. So much strength and so much pain. He wore his emotions inside like a warrior. She admired that after the spectacle she made of herself.

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Meet Jennifer:

NY Times & USA Today bestselling author, Jennifer Lowery grew up reading romance novels in the back of her math book and on the bus to school, and never wanted to be anything but a writer. Her summers were spent sitting at the kitchen table with her sisters spinning tales of romance and intrigue and always with a tall glass of ice tea at their side.

Today, Jennifer is living that dream and she couldn’t be happier to share her passion with her readers. She loves everything there is about romance. Her stories feature alpha heroes who meet their match with strong, independent heroines. She believes that happily ever after is only the beginning of her stories. And the road to that happy ending is paved with action, adventure, and romance. As her characters find out when they face danger, overcome fears, and are forced to look deep within themselves to discover love.

Jennifer lives in Michigan with her husband and two children. When she isn’t writing she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

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Thank you for having me today, Christine!! I just want to send out a big THANK YOU to all my readers out there! Without you I wouldn’t be here. My wish is to one day meet each and every one of you so I can personally thank you for your generosity and support! 
All my best, 
Jennifer

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2014 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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BOOK BLAST ~ Not Quite A Wife by Mary Jo Putney ~ Giveaway

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Blurb

 

Marry in haste, repent at leisure.

James, Lord Kirkland, owns a shipping fleet, half a London gaming house, and is a ruthlessly effective spymaster. He is seldom self-indulgent…except when it comes to the gentle, indomitable beauty who was once his wife.

Laurel Herbert gave James her heart as an innocent young girl—until she saw him perform an act of shocking violence before her very eyes. That night she left her husband, and he let her go without a word of protest.

Now, ten years later, a chance encounter turns passionate, with consequences that cannot be ignored. But as they try to rebuild what was broken, they must face common enemies and a very uncommon love….
Not Quite A Wife

EXCERPT

Laurel’s remembering ended when Kirkland moved restlessly, his face shiny with perspiration. She frowned and poured another cup of the fever tea. He needed both the remedy and the fluids. She’d treated enough patients with fever to know how unpredictable the course could be, alternating between chills and fever and at its worst, delirium.

She propped him up on the pillows and slowly coaxed him into drinking more tea. His dark hair was matted with perspiration and needed a cut. He always wore it a little longer than fashion decreed. Though she could see fine lines of strain around his eyes, she was struck by how little his appearance had changed.

He was, what thirty-two now? A man in the prime of life. When they’d met, he’d been twenty-one. Young. He was only recently down from Oxford, and had been in possession of his full inheritance for less than a year.

To her, he’d seemed like a mature man of the world, but looking back, she realized that they were barely more than children. If only they’d had sense to wait! But with passion blazing through their veins, waiting was intolerable, and there were no barriers to prevent them from marrying.

“Damn you, you’ll not get away with that!” Kirkland cried out, his voice harsh. He swung his arm, striking Laurel across her cheek and almost knocking her to the floor.

He began thrashing as if in a fight for his life. Fearing he’d fall from the examination table, she caught his shoulder. “James, stop struggling!” she said briskly. “You’re safe now. I’m with you and you’re safe.”

He stopped trashing and raised his head to stare at her with mad, unfocused eyes. “Laurel? Is that really you?”

She stroked his damp hair back and said soothingly. “Indeed it is, James. You’re having one of your fever attacks, but you’re safe here. You’ll be all right.”

“Oh, God, Laurel!” He caught her around the waist and puller her onto the table beside him in a crushing embrace. “I had the most ghastly dreams that I’d lost you. I looked everywhere and couldn’t find you.” His grip tightened as he said in a hoarse whisper, “You were gone and I was so afraid. So afraid…”

She gasped, shocked by being held full length against his barely clothed body. She knew she should break free, but the sheer physical rightness of being in his arms paralyzed her.

Even more shocking was the raw emotion and need in his voice. When she’d left him, he’d seemed cool and uncaring, as if relieved that she’d no longer require time and attention. He’d shown no signs of pain.

Trying to control her trembling, she said, “I’m not lost, I’m right here. You need to rest and drink more Jesuit’s bark tea. By morning you should be fine.”

“Now that I’ve found you again” – he rolled over so that he was braced above her – “I’ll never let you go.

 

Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/06/not-quite-wife-by-mary-jo-putney-lost.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18048060-not-quite-a-wife?from_search=true

 

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Not-Quite-Wife-Lost-Lords/dp/1420127160/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1406678719&sr=8-1&keywords=9781420127164

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iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/not-quite-a-wife/id836627729?mt=11#

 

Author Info

Mary Jo Putney is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has written over 60 novels and novellas. A ten-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA, she has won the honor twice and is on the RWA Honor Roll for bestselling authors. In 2013 she was awarded the RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. Though most of her books have been historical romance, she has also published contemporary romances, historical fantasy, and young adult paranormal historicals. She lives in Maryland with her nearest and dearest, both two and four footed.

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Author Links

Website: http://www.maryjoputney.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MaryJoPutneyAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MJPutneyNews

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/33876.Mary_Jo_Putney

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Posted by on August 29, 2014 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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#2 What to Read Wednesday with Lauren Layne ~ Giveaway

Thank you for joining me on What to Read Wednesday. Today I’m lucky enough to have 2 authors to share with you. So please don’t forget to check out the other author Lena Diaz whose guest post went up earlier this morning. BUT for now please help me welcome author Lauren Layne. She’s sharing her feelings about series romance and how opinions can easily change. Then keep reading to check out the blurb for her latest book BROKEN.

AND, don’t forget to check out Lauren’s giveaway at the end of the post :)

Take it away Lauren…

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The Unintended Series

For a long time, I couldn’t stand reading romance series. Back when I first started reading romance, series were so not the thing. Sure, there might be overlapping characters here and there, but there was none of this “book 1, book 2 of ___ series” stuff that is so prevalent today.

I’m not sure what changed. Nora Roberts, maybe? Seems to me like she was writing trilogies in which the trilogy had an actual name before everyone else. And while I love Nora’s trilogies (I love anything that woman writes!), for a long time I tried to avoid books that were part of a series.

I wanted to pick up a book, be completely absorbed in that world, and then bid that world adieu and enter a new one.

When I wrote my first book, I very deliberately wrote it as a stand alone. My agent told me she loved it, right before she broke the news: we’ll have a better time selling this if it’s part of a series.

Series have taken over.

I thought about resisting, by this time, I’d started to come around on the good side of series. You got to revisit characters that felt like old friends. You got to revisit towns that felt like home. And sometimes, by the time you got to the last book in a series there’d been some pretty delicious build up.

Plus, my favorite authors were all writing series by this point. Contemporary authors (Julie James, Kristan Higgins, Jill Shalvis) write primarily in series. So do my favorite historical authors (Sarah Maclean, Tessa Dare).

And then I discovered something wonderful: not only are series easier to sell, they’re easier to write! Your research/notes for book 1 overlaps with later books, which means books 2 and 3 come together so much more quickly than if you were starting from scratch each time.

But despite my change of heart on series, I never gave up on the idea of a stand-alone. So I wrote one:

Isn’t She Lovely.

It came out in October 2013, with no cliffhanger, no hint at a follow-up story, no set-up for another romance.

It stood alone.

Except

There was this girl named Olivia. She was my hero’s ex who totally ripped his heart out. I fully intended to write her as a villain, but she wouldn’t cooperate. At the end of the day, Olivia Middleton was a good person who made a bad choice.

And Olivia wanted her own story.

A series was born after all.

It should be noted that Isn’t She Lovely is a prequel to my Redemption series; it’s a bit different in tone and theme, but at the end of the day, this is a series about three former best friend’s whose lives implode in their last years of college and they have to learn to grow up without each other.

Because sometimes a series isn’t about what’s easy to write. It’s not about what sells.

It’s about telling the story that needs to be told.

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Blurb

Lauren Layne’s New Adult novel tells the story of a girl with secrets, a guy with scars, and a love that could save them both… or destroy them.

When Olivia Middleton abandons the glamour of Park Avenue for a remote, coastal town in Maine, everyone assumes she’s being the kind do-gooder she’s always been. But Olivia has a secret: helping an injured war veteran reenter society isn’t about charity—it’s about penance. Only, Olivia’s client isn’t the grateful elderly man she’s expecting. Instead, he’s a brooding twenty-four-year-old who has no intention of being Olivia’s path to redemption . . . and whose smoldering gaze and forbidden touch might be her undoing.

Paul Langdon doesn’t need a mirror to show him he’s no longer the hotshot quarterback he was before the war. He knows he’s ugly—inside and out. He’ll do anything to stay in self-imposed exile, even accept his father’s ultimatum that Paul tolerate the newest caretaker for three months or lose his inheritance. But Paul doesn’t count on the beautiful twenty-two-year-old who makes him long for things that he can never have. And the more she slips past his defenses, the more keeping his distance is impossible.

Now Paul and Olivia have to decide: Will they help each other heal? Or are they forever broken?

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21408690-broken?from_search=true

 

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Broken-Redemption-Novel-Lauren-Layne-ebook/dp/B00IWTSKBW/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1406675026&sr=1-1&keywords=Broken+%28A+Redemption+Novel%29

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iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/broken/id837549570?mt=11#

 

 

Author Info

Lauren Layne graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in political science that she has yet to put to good use. After dabbling in an e-commerce career in Seattle and Southern California, Layne moved to New York City, where she now writes full-time. She lives with her husband and their plus-size pomeranian in a tiny Manhattan studio.

Connect with Lauren: Facebook | Twitter | Website

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Author links

http://laurenlayne.com/

https://www.facebook.com/LaurenLayneAuthor

https://twitter.com/_LaurenLayne

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Posted by on August 27, 2014 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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#1 What to Read Wednesday with Lena Diaz ~ Giveaway

Thank you for joining me on What to Read Wednesday. Today I’m lucky enough to have 2 authors to share with you. So please don’t forget to check out the other author Laura Layne whose guest post will go up later this morning. BUT for now please help me welcome author Lena Diaz. She’s telling us her call story about becoming published. No matter how many call stories I hear from various authors I always love them. I hope you enjoy her post and the blurb for her latest book TAKE THE KEY AND LOCK HER UP.

AND, don’t forget to check out Avon Romance and Lena’s wonderful giveaway at the end of the post :)

Take it away Lena…

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A Call Story, or Two

Thank you for hosting me today. It gives me the opportunity to answer a frequent question that readers and aspiring writers often ask me–how did you get published?

I began writing with the goal of becoming published in mid-2005. I joined RWA–Romance Writers of America–and began a long journey of workshops, conferences, and networking to learn my craft and learn the business of how to become a romance novelist.

Five years later, in 2010, I was fortunate enough to become a Golden Heart Finalist®. In the world of romance novel writing, that’s like the Academy Awards for unpublished authors, an annual contest sponsored by RWA. It was like living a dream, and I hoped it would be the springboard that I needed to finally get the attention of that elusive key to getting published with most traditional New York publishing houses–a literary agent.

It was.

Putting Golden Heart Finalist on my query letters was magic. I signed with a literary agent and it wasn’t long after that when I was sitting with some writer friends and received, not a call, but an email, from my agent. So I guess this is an email story instead of a call story. :)

The email told me that an editor at Avon Impulse, a digital-first line within HarperCollins, was interested in my manuscript, He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not, but only if I agreed to make some revisions. My response? Even though the story was a contemporary romantic suspense I would put aliens from Mars in it if that’s what the editor wanted me to do. In other words, YES!

Not long after that, I really did get “the call”. My agent had a second manuscript of mine on submission for months to Harlequin for their Intrigue line of romantic suspense. I’d pretty much given up on it selling since we hadn’t heard anything. So when my agent called me to chat, as she often did to strategize about my career, I didn’t expect to hear any news. She started the call in a kind of snarky, irritated voice saying, “Let me tell you what I think about Allison Lyons at Harlequin.” My heart sank a little bit and I sighed. I knew this was going to be a rejection. I sat down and said, in a resigned voice, “Okay, what do you think about Allison Lyons?” My agent then practically screamed in my ear, “I think she’s going to be your next editor!!

SQUEE! Can I just say, getting that kind of news on the phone in a real call is so much more fun than an email? I was crying and running around the house and so happy. It’s just a wonderful feeling, like you’ve been working for something so hard and for so long and you’re certain it will never happen, and then it does. It’s just amazing.

I’m very blessed to be writing for two publishers now, although it’s definitely a challenge making deadlines for both of them. But no matter what happens in my career going forward, I’ll always have the memories of my “email” and my “call” when I sold to both of them. It’s something I’ll cherish forever.

So, now you know my call stories. Is there a special moment in your life that you’d like to share? A call story or something totally unrelated to writing? I’d love to hear it!

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Blurb

Lena Diaz returns with another sexy, thrilling Deadly Games novel and the darkest question of all: What do you do when your freedom could cost you your life?

Detective Emily O’Malley just stumbled upon a killer’s lair—and the remains of a woman he kept locked away for years. But this killer isn’t done yet. More women are missing, and all clues point to Devlin Buchanan—the man who seems to know just a little too much. Emily’s instincts are rarely wrong, and now they’re telling her this sexy, mysterious man is hiding something big …
As a trained assassin for EXIT Inc—a top-secret mercenary group posing as an international tour company—Devlin “Devil” Buchanan isn’t afraid to take justice into his own hands. But when the hot new detective on his trail gets too close to the organization and a contract is placed on her life, Devlin does the only thing he can: he turns rogue agent and kidnaps her to save her life.

With EXIT Inc closing in and passions running hot between them, Emily and Devlin must work together to find the missing women and clear both their names before time runs out … and the key to freedom is thrown away.

Link to Follow Tour: http://tastybooktours.blogspot.com/2014/06/now-booking-tasty-virtual-tour-for-take.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22608022-take-the-key-and-lock-her-up?from_search=true

 

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Take-Key-Lock-Her-Thrillers-ebook/dp/B00G97TB0S/ref=la_B005FAKNPC_1_12?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1401829646&sr=1-12

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/take-the-key-and-lock-her-up-lena-diaz/1119645601?ean=9780062280916

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/take-the-key-and-lock-her-up/id734811419?mt=11

 

Author Info

Originally from Kentucky, romantic suspense author Lena Diaz also lived in California and Louisiana before settling in Northeast Florida with her husband, two children, and a Shetland Sheepdog named Sparky. A Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® finalist, she’s won the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense and has been a finalist for the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award. She loves to watch action movies, garden, and hike in the beautiful Tennessee Smoky Mountains.

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Author Links

http://www.lenadiaz.com/

https://twitter.com/LenaDiaz

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https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5026871.Lena_Diaz?from_search=true

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Posted by on August 27, 2014 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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Special Guest ~ Gwen Jones author of Kiss Me, Captain ~ Giveaway

Thank you for joining me on the blog today! We have Avon Impulse author Gwen Jones visiting with a deleted scene from her latest romance Kiss Me, Captain – Book 2 in the French Kiss series. Don’t you just love her cover? I admit it, I’m a cover junkie and this one ticks all the boxes :)

Don’t forget to click on the link at the end of the post to enter Gwen’s giveaway :)

Take it away Gwen…

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Deleted Scene from Kiss Me, Captain

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Gwen Jones

“Marcel Makes His Move”

            As Marcel Mercier barreled though Philadelphia International Airport, he swore he would’ve sold his mother for a decent cup of coffee. Just his luck les Américains didn’t have a clue about making café, and that selling Viviane wouldn’t have been much of a sacrifice. But that was another issue for another time. Right now he had an obstinate redhead to make an example of, before chaining yourself to the mast became a new standard in Mercier labor relations. He pushed though the door to the street, hopping into the first taxi in a line of them idling in that quiet predawn hour.

“Where to?” the cabbie said over his shoulder.

Marcel checked the notepad on his phone. “Penn’s Landing, I believe it is. I’m looking for a ship there—the Esther Reed.”

“Ha!” The driver laughed, swinging the cab out into the lane. “You mean the ship that crazy chick chained herself to?” He shook his head, still laughing. “Protesters, TV cameras, all kinds of nuts been out there the last three days. I’ll take you to it, but I don’t know if you could get on it. Lots of police out there, and they ain’t happy.”

“I’ll get on it,” Marcel said, his anger reigniting. “And I’ll get her off it, too.”

The cabbie shook his head. “Now how you gonna…” His gaze shot to the rearview mirror. “Hey, you’re that French boss she’s been yammering about, ain’t you?”

C’est moi,” Marcel said, laughing softly. “But I’m not really the bastard she’s made me out to be. You’d think I’d be here if I were?”

The driver eyed him a moment before his wariness dissipated. “No, I guess not. I suppose you just could’ve fired her.”

“Exactly. But I believe in the power of negotiation.”

“And you’re gonna negotiate her right off that ship, right?”

“Something like that. But one thing’s for certain.” Because it still irritated him to think about it. “I’m going to prove her wrong. I don’t hate women. I love women. And she needs to know that.”

“And you’re gonna show her.” The cabbie choked back a laugh, eyebrow raised. “Uh-huh.”

They both had a good laugh over that one.

“Tell you what,” the cabbie said, exiting I-95. “I know a back way into Penn’s Landing that’ll sneak you past the cops. Just got to walk a bit. That okay?”

“That’s excellent, mon ami,” Marcel said.

After he tipped the cabbie a hundred dollars, he was soon trotting toward the Esther Reed, her two masts, their sails tightly furled, starkly naked against the moonlit sky. From what he could tell the ship looked in excellent shape for all her being hijacked, her lines taut and her gear stowed, though several people were sacked out in bedrolls at the bow of the ship. He crept up the gangplank and down to the deck, turning away from them and toward the stern.

That’s when he saw her. In the flesh this time. And he damn near lost his breath.

There in the moonlight, she was the most exquisite thing he’d ever seen. Her fair skin and red hair like porcelain and fire, her chin firmed with determination, even in sleep. But it was her taut body that held his attention at the moment, all plumpness and sensuous curves, her arms flung above her head, the lock joining the chains at her waist, securely in place.

His mouth crooked. That wasn’t the only thing he’d like to unlock. But for the moment, he settled for just looking a bit longer. At those long lashes, the curve of her cheek, those luscious lips, barely opened in slumber.

He wondered what her eyes looked like. He bent into her, bushing the back of his fingers across her hair. “Wake up, chère. C’mon.”

Dani flinched, waving her arm. “Stop…” She groaned, punching the blanket under her head. “Go away.”

  1. He liked that. He tapped her foot with his. “Non. You go away. Now get up.”

She blinked through the darkness, opening her eyes to him. Green, just as he suspected.

And they were gorgeous. As she was. A gorgeous, green-eyed, red-haired Jonah. “Ah, there she is. Sleeping Beauty.” He grasped her hands.

“Hey!” She yanked back. “Who are you?”

Oh, ma chère, won’t you soon find out. “Your mack daddy,” he said, pulling her to her feet. “Now get off my boat.”

 

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Blurb

French billionaire Marcel Mercier loves women. And there’s a string of broken hearts across two continents to prove it. But as CEO of Mercier Shipping, he’s got more important things to worry about . . . like why the charter company he just purchased in the United States is suddenly the center of an international media firestorm.

Now that big, bad Mercier Shipping owns Captain Dani Lloyd’s ship, she’s sure her job is at stake. But she won’t go down without a fight—even if it means chaining herself to the mast of the Esther Reed and refusing to set foot on shore.

The delectable captain and her newsworthy dramatics are a PR nightmare, but Marcel is happy to let Dani prove her skills on a weeklong sail to Boston. He knows no woman can resist him for that long . . . in fact, he’s counting on it.

But Marcel’s plan to seduce Dani backfires as sparks fly between the billionaire playboy and the passionate captain. Which leaves Marcel realizing that winning her heart is a challenge he can’t afford to lose.

 

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Author Info

Gwen Jones has an MFA in Creative Writing from Western Connecticut State University and is an adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Mercer County Community College. Gwen is a fabulously talented and creative writer who mirrors the style of Nora Roberts with depth of character, intelligence and humor. She is currently working on another brilliant romance, with an expected completion in the Summer of 2013. She is a member of Liberty States Fiction Writers, The Romance Writers of America, and blogs at http://gwenjoneswrites.com.

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Posted by on August 25, 2014 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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So…I read this book

Happy Saturday!

Like so many others, I’m trying to balance many things in my life. I’ve found over the last few years, especially since I’ve started to write, that I’ve allowed certain indulgences of mine to fall to the side. My “me” time is even more limited :) I’m not complaining at all, but I’ve decided it’s time for me to at least enjoy my love of reading again. Even if it takes me a week to read a book instead of a day or a few hours like it used to, I’m going to go for it. lol

So, every once in awhile, if I read a book that I particularly enjoyed I’m going to post my review and the book information so if any of my blog readers are interested they can check it out too.

I’m not a professional reviewer or anything like that. I’m choosing to share some of the books I’ve enjoyed on my site. I enjoy just about every genre, so I’ll be all over the board :)

Today, I’d like to share Playing Doctor by Jan Meredith.

MY REVIEW:

This little novella is a fun, hot read.

I liked the fact that the heroine Beth had an older son and that her and the hero were older as well….33 and 36. Beth also had an interesting background that lent a lot of reality to her reasoning in not thawing her heart in the interest of love…

Until…

Dr. Gabe North. I can sum him up in one word. YUM!

This guy is sex on legs. Smexy dialogue, smexy ponytail, smexy humor.

Just.

Sexy.

He has a few issues from his past as well that bar him from moving on with his future. But both of them work together to overcome their issues.

I enjoyed the dialogue and between Gabe and Beth. Sometimes fun and humorous, and sometimes reflective and serious. A nice range to get the feel for each of them and how their pasts have molded their present. I also liked their attraction…very natural and believable.

Even though this was a novella, it wasn’t lacking in character development or plot.

I enjoyed my little break from reality with this fast paced read, the delicious love scenes, and the book overall.

BLURB:

One night with a sexy stranger is just what the doctor ordered…

When a fellow RN predicts Beth Roberts will meet a tall, ripped, and totally lick-o-licious stranger who will fulfill her deepest desires, she laughs it off. Given her tragic love life, Beth has no desire to become involved again. But who could have predicted the doctor with the mischievous smile she meets at a wedding, or the chemistry sparking between them that threatens to break through her defenses?

Dr. Gabriel North spent two years blaming himself for his wife’s death. Having finally battled through the guilt and overcome his demons, he’s ready to move on. When he meets a sexy nurse at his friend’s wedding, the attraction is swift and strong, and he wastes no time in pressing his advantage. One night with the woman who makes him feel alive again isn’t enough, but gaining Beth’s trust is going to take more than seduction…

Information:

Title: Playing Doctor
Author: Jan Meredith
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 123 pages
Release Date: November 2013
ISBN: 978-1-62266-407-8
Imprint: Brazen

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2014 in So...I read this book

 

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