Author Spotlight: Tera Shanley

Hi All!

I’m so glad to be spotlighting author, Tera Shanley, this week. If you all haven’t read any of her works, you are surely missing out as she is a wonderful writer. Her most recent release is book 1 in the Silver Wolf Clan series. Check it out!

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Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Lyrical Press/Kensington Publishing Corp.

Book 1 in the Silver Wolf Clan saga

Blurb:

What happens when monsters turn out to be real? One summer night while camping in the woods, Morgan Carter finds out in a big way. A tall mysterious stranger, Greyson Crawford, risks his life to try and save her sister from the vicious wolf attacking their camp. When he’s bitten and disappears into the night, Morgan can only assume the worst.

Greyson shows up a year later, and he’s a different animal altogether. His eye color shifts constantly and the rumble in his throat sounds more animal than human. She hasn’t any idea where he’s been all this time, but a good guess as to what he’s become.
Grey is determined not to let the darkness of his new existence affect Morgan and the little girl in her care. He hasn’t been able to stop thinking about Morgan but knows he should stay away and let her live a normal life. That’s easier said than done, though. A new danger pulls him from the shadows to keep her safe, and he’s no wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Can she accept what lurks just below his surface? More importantly, can she survive him?

 

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Silver-Wolf-Clan-Tera-Shanley-ebook/dp/B00KYUNENG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403281510&sr=8-1&keywords=Silver+Wolf+Clan

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/silver-wolf-clan-tera-shanley/1119847720?ean=9781616505424

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/silver-wolf-clan

Kensington Books: http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/book.aspx/30513

 

And here is a bit about Tera…

Tera Shanley writes in sub-genres that stretch from Paranormal Romance, to Historic Westernblog tour author pic Romance, to Apocalyptic (zombie) Romance. The common theme? She loves love. A self-proclaimed bookworm, she was raised in small town Texas and could often be found decorating a table at the local library. She currently lives in Dallas with her husband and two young children and when she isn’t busy running around after her family, she’s writing a new story or devouring a good book. Any spare time is dedicated to chocolate licking, rifle slinging, friend hugging, and the great outdoors. For more information about Tera and her work, visit http://www.terashanley.com.

Author Links

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/terashanley.author

Blog: http://www.terashanley.blogspot.com/

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/terashanley

Website: http://terashanley.wordpress.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7212904.Tera_Shanley

Book Trailer Link:

 And now for a wonderful…

Excerpt:

Greyson’s muscles quivered under Morgan’s hand but it likely had nothing to do with the cool rain. He opened his eyes slowly and the brilliance of the golden color pooled there was almost too dazzling to look directly at. Like staring at the sun. No one would mistake those for human eyes.

If she’d had any doubt before about the brand of monster he’d become, those liquid amber eyes put them to rest. He pulled his hood back and the chin-length dark blond hair from her memory fell forward into his face. She moved a strand to the side. He’d lost weight in the past year. He hadn’t had an ounce to lose in the first place, but it looked as if he’d struggled to stay healthy. His eyebrows, just a shade darker than his hair, were furrowed but he let her drink him in. He was playing fair. For all she knew, he’d been watching her the entire year. It was her turn now.

His nose was straight and his jaw line masculine. From the brief moments she’d known him out in those woods, she’d seen how intoxicating he was. He’d been a fearless warrior bent on that murdering wolf’s destruction, no matter the cost. Here, in the dirty alley under the relentless clouds, with those glorious feral eyes and a snarl in his chest, Greyson Crawford was utterly consuming.

Softly, she said, “You’re beautiful.”

His shaky whisper tore at her. “I’m a monster.”

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The Troublesome Apprentice: Blog Tour

 
 
 
 
Today, I have a Victor Hamilton from Liza O’Connor’s new humorous Late Victorian mystery series: The Troublesome Apprentice.
Vic Hamilton
Vic: Thanks, call me Vic. Just so you know, I do NOT tie my neck-wear like my picture shows. I think Liza was drunk when she painted it.
Toni: Wouldn’t surprise me in the least. So let’s start the  questions with: Who is the Apprentice and why is he troublesome?
Vic: That would be me. Technically, Xavier Thorn hired me to be his secretary, but he’s teaching me the ropes, which makes me an apprentice. I’m most fortunate, since Xavier’s the finest sleuth in all of England.
Toni: Hold on. Isn’t Sherlock Holmes supposed to be the greatest?
Vic: Holmes is a fictional character of Conan Doyle’s.  And word for the wise: NEVER call Xavier Mr. Holmes. Clients are always doing that and it infuriates him to no end.
Toni: You do realize that Xavier Thorn is as fictional as Sherlock Holmes.
Vic: Not at all! In Liza’s universe, Xavier is as real as I am.  However, Sherlock is a fictional character and has no resemblance to the living, breathing, and dare I say handsome Xavier Thorn.  *Vic laughs* But it is funny when people persist upon calling him Mr. Holmes. They often receive a scorching lecture on the difference between real and fictional people for their mistake.
Toni: I’ll keep that in mind if we ever meet. Now why are you called the Troublesome Apprentice?
Vic: I think it’s because I wish to eat three times a day. Xavier has trained himself only to eat one meal, but my  stomach requires three.
Toni: Sounds reasonable. So how have you been getting along other than that issue.
Vic:  He let’s me perform first interviews of clients, because he clients annoy him. They seem to think he can solve their problem even if they lie to him about important facts. So he has me serve them tea, while he tells them I will do the interview, and if they lie to me, I will be fired.
Toni: That’s hardly fair.
Vic:I’m certain it is a ploy to make them tell me the truth, and it seems to be working, so I can’t complain. Instead of having to ferret out the true facts the clients failed to mention, Xavier has time to teach me the skills of an investigator.
Toni: So you are enjoying your new career?
Vic:I love everything about it. Xavier says I have the best intuitive skills he’s ever seen. Everyone one acts like I pull the truth out of mid-air, but as a reader, you’ll see I get there quite logically. However, Chief Inspector Stone of Scotland Yard wants tangible evidence so even after I’ve figured out who needs to be arrested, getting the evidence can be devilishly difficult. That was the case in nearly all the mysteries I worked on in book 1.
Toni: So you solve more than one case?
Vic: Oh yes, in book 1 we solve five mysteries, and Xavier and I fall in love, although I must admit I resisted on the later point.
Toni: That’s right, you’re actually a young woman who was raised as a boy. Why didn’t you wish to be a woman?
Vic:I know you are from the future, but have you read about all the things women aren’t allowed to do in the Victorian age? Who wouldn’t choose to be a young man if they had an obliging aunt who’d allow it? I wanted to live an exciting life, not bathe twice a day and change my clothes every two hours! Honestly, how a woman gets anything done is beyond me.
Toni: So you are happy with your life as a young man?
Vic:Being a man, yes. I could never be anything else now. However, I was greatly distressed when my aunt was murdered and I was determined to find the cretin  responsible. Once Xavier took me on and promised to pay me an astronomical salary of a 100 pounds a month, we not only solved my aunt’s death, but several more crimes.  Which reminds me, I have to get back to work now. I have to convince a beautiful young woman to leave England before Xavier can meet her. All men fall in love with her on sight, so I want her gone…for her safety of course.
Toni: Well, I wish you luck. Thank you for stopping by.
Vic: My pleasure. Liza told me to give you this additional information about the book.
 
The
Adventures of
Xavier & Vic
Book
1
The Troublesome Apprentice
By Liza O’Connor
 
Cases
Solved:
The Key to Aunt Maddy’s Death
The Missing Husband of Mrs. Wimple
The Disappearing Scarlet Nun
The Clever Butcher’s Wife
The Rescue of Lady Anne
 
 
While investigating the death of a friend and client, Maddy Hamilton, Xavier Thorn (reputed to be the greatest sleuth in England) is greatly impressed with Maddy’s nephew, Victor, and offers him a job as his secretary. Aware of Xavier’s history of firing secretaries, Victor garners a promise that for three months he cannot be fired. Vic then proceeds, in Xavier’s view, to be cheeky and impertinent at every turn. Xavier endures the impudent pup because Victor is most skilled in extracting the truth from clients and intuiting facts with little evidence to assist. As they solve a string of cases, Xavier discovers a few more important details about his troublesome apprentice, such as her true gender, and the realization that she has awakened his long dormant heart.
 
Vic knelt down to reduce her height and reached to the sill of the fireplace. “What if he knocked over the vase when searching the sill, then feared the item might have been in the vase and had fallen into the embers?”
“A reasonable possibility. Do you think he recovered what he sought in the ashes?”
“No, for he continues his search. You can see soot on the coffee table and side table drawers.” Vic pulled them open to study the contents. Dark smudges marred the napkins and doilies in the top one. The other, however, was completely empty. “How odd.”
“What did the bottom one have in it?”
“Buttons.”
“As in buttons for dresses?”
“Rather too bold for a dress, although some had been snipped from coats. Aunt Maddy collected fanciful buttons.” Vic stared at Xavier’s suit. “The ones on your vest would have caught her eye. I used to tease her she was part crow, for they are reputed to have a weakness for gewgaws.”
Pain filled her heart. She’d never tease Aunt Maddy about anything ever again. She paused and choked back the tears threatening to fall.
“Were they valuable?” Xavier’s voice lost its bark.
“Some had jewels embedded, but nothing one would kill for.” Vic shook her head. “I don’t think he came for Maddy’s collection, I think he simply couldn’t resist it once discovered.”
“I agree. How did you reach your conclusion?”
“Because he now searches the desk. If he had come for the buttons, he would have left directly.”
“And how did you determine he searched the desk last?”
“The footprints show he went first to the fireplace, and from there we can follow a trail of soot until we reach the small side table. It is here the soot stops. Perhaps he took out his handkerchief, wiped his hands, before bundling the buttons in the cloth. With his hands now clean, he ran them through his hair, either because he has a nervous tick or perhaps a stray lock had fallen into his eyes. Intending to search elsewhere, he walked to the door and tried to open it. In doing so, he left an oily residue from his hand. Finding the library door locked, he returned to the desk and, using the letter opener, pried free the center drawer.” Vic opened the desk drawer and frowned at the chaos. “He certainly searched in here. Aunt Maddy kept a very tidy desk.”
“Can you tell if anything is missing?”
“Not in this state. I would have to put everything back in place first.”
“Do it,” Xavier said. “So far all we know about the object the man sought is it isn’t paper. Had it been, he would have gone to the desk first.”
“Nor is it something he expected Aunt Maddy to value greatly, or why would she leave it on the fire sill or in a table drawer?”
Xavier stared at her.
“What?”
“Nothing. Continue on with your work.”
As Vic put all the objects of the drawer back into their proper places, she discovered one thing: Xavier Thorn had absolutely no patience.
“How long could this possibly take?”
“There are hundreds of items,” Vic explained.
Xavier exhaled in frustration. “It is good I sent home my driver. He would have died from pneumonia by now. By the way, your butler has obligated you to provide me with a carriage home.”
 Vic smiled at his declaration.
“I trust your smile is one of compliance. Are you not done yet?”
“I will tell you when I’m done,” Vic snapped. “And why are you suddenly so impatient?”
“Beyond the drawer, we are done here. I wish to proceed with the investigation!”
Vic stopped. “Mr. Thorn, I do not expect you to do more than what you have so ably done today.”
“Are you firing me?” Xavier asked in outrage.
“I have not actually hired you. I only wished for your advice, but it was wrong of me to think you would do this without expecting compensation. Send me your bill and I will see it is paid.” Vic had no idea how she would do so, given she had no money.
“Bloody hell! I will not be brought in and then tossed aside at your whim. Maddy Hamilton was not just a client, but a friend, and I had every intention of finding her killer before you invited me here to use me and cast me off like a dock whore.”
Vic stopped working on the drawer. Clearly, she had insulted Mr. Thorn, but what caught her attention was a particular part of his ranting. “You knew she was killed before we even spoke?”
“Yes. It is why I wished to speak to you. If you recall, that is what I said when I introduced myself.”
“How did you know she’d been murdered?”
Xavier paused, as if debating whether to answer.
“I am sorry I insulted you,” Vic offered in hopes of soothing his temper. “It was not intentional. Please understand, I loved my aunt dearly, and I can either fall apart over her death or focus on finding her killer. I believe the latter is more productive. Moreover, I would greatly appreciate your help, but it appears Aunt Maddy had little money left when she died and, until I find a job, I cannot afford your services.”
She paused and met his unnerving glare. “I should have explained my situation from the first. But before you leave, could you please tell me how you knew she’d been murdered?”
 
 
The
Troublesome Apprentice
Is Coming August 1, 2014
 
 
 
I’m tired of telling my proper bio. So you get the improper bio.
 
Liza O’Connor was raised by feral cats, which explains a great deal, such as why she has no manners, is always getting in trouble, and doesn’t behave like a proper author and give you a proper bio.
 
She is highly unpredictable, both in real life and her stories, and presently writes humorous romances. Please buy these books, because otherwise, she’ll become grumpy and write troubled novels instead. They will likely traumatize you.
 
 
Mostly humorous books by Liza:
Saving Casey – Old woman
reincarnates into troubled teen’s body. (Half funny/half traumatizing)
Ghost LoverTwo British brothers fall in love with the same young woman. Ancestral ghost is called in to fix the situation. There’s a ghost cat too.
(Humorous Contemporary Romance)
 
A Long Road to Love Series: (Humorous  Contemporary odd Romance)
Worst Week Ever
— Laugh out loud week of disasters of Epic proportions.
Oh Stupid Heart
— The heart wants what it wants, even if it’s impossible.
Coming to Reason
— There is a breaking point when even a saint comes to reason.
Climbing out of Hell
— The reconstruction of a terrible man into a great one.
 
Don’t Forget
to enter to win one of the two $25 Amazon Gift Cards.
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A Review: Love and Vengeance

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All right, something a bit different this week. I know I usually feature authors but this week, I decided to feature a book I recently read and reviewed. Enjoy!

Okay, I have to say that from the start I was fascinated by the plot of this book. I know the movie is a few years old, but I’ll never forget Gladiator and how entranced I was by Russell Crowe’s character. Not to mention there is the recent gladiator movie Pompeii that was fairly interesting as well. But back to this story which first hooked me just because you don’t see many gladiator story lines out there.

From page one, you get insight into this very different world of Ancient Rome and our very appealing, tortured hero, Marcus. Marcus is a noble turned to a barbarian through awful secrets and betrayals. His story is one you can’t help sympathize with because it is so unfair. Though lowly, he is no doubt a champion inside the gladiator ring and outside of it, most especially when it comes to Gustina. Admittedly, I was completely into Marcus from the start. I’m a sucker for those darker, tortured yet strong males and he completely lived up to expectations.

Gustina was amazing as a strong heroine and Ms. Danna does a great job of emerging us into this ancient world. As awful as Gustina is treated and as awful as the realities of her life as a slave are, we as the readers have to face the fact that life for slaves in Ancient Rome was simply that, difficult and at times truly horrible. Gustina’s strength only makes you gasp in wonder at how she survives it all.

Gustina and Marcus’ relationship is one of passion and fire and I was engrossed throughout this entire book. I hated what they suffered through and their emotional roller coaster kept me flying through the pages. This is my first novel I’ve read of Ms. Danna’s and I was certainly not disappointed. In fact, I will definitely be reading quite a bit more of her work. And soon!

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Featured Author Thursday: Aleah Barley

Welcome All!

Please join me today as I share another great author with you all. This week, I’ll be sharing Aleah Barley and her latest work, Tempting the Ringmaster. We’ll start with this great new release:

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Welcome to Buck Falls, Michigan, where the gossip is fresh, the people are feisty, and the circus has pulled in for a limited engagement.

The last thing police chief Graham Tyler needs is a ragtag bunch of circus freaks rolling into town.

Then he meets sassy, spirited, ringmaster Belle-Anne Black.

Belle-Anne’s got a rule against dating townies, and she’s not about to break it… even for the spicy hot lawman who makes her insides sizzle. Then Graham makes her an offer she can’t refuse: one night only, no repeat performances.

Of course, in the circus nothing ever goes exactly to plan.

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L4Q5QGC

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tempting-the-ringmaster-aleah-barley/1119856528?ean=2940149752041

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00L4Q5QGC?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

 

And now for a little bit about Aleah…

Aleah Barley writes smart, sexy, funny (she hopes) books while living in Detroit, Michigan. She’ll do anything for a piece of chocolate or a good review… really, try her. Her first two books are Too Hot to Handle and Leaving Las Vegas. Her fondest hope is that her cat and her dog will start getting along. Barring that, she’d like world peace and an end to global warming.

You can find out more about her (or just say hi) on social media

Website: http://aleahbarley.blogspot.com/

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AleahBarley

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5841402.Aleah_Barley

 

Or, drop her a line! aleahbarley@gmail.com

 

 

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Featured Author Thursday: Jennifer Lowery

Hi All!

I’m so excited to share this author with you all as I’ve read a few of her books and loved all of them! Please welcome Jennifer Lowery and her latest work, The Maze!

Hi Just a Reader’s Ramblings and all you fabulous readers out there *waves* Jennifer Lowery Author picThank you so much for having me today! My romantic suspense, The Maze, 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!!

I love music almost as much as I love writing. Probably because my hubby played in a band when I met him and my son has his own band now. Yeah, practice in my basement every weekend, lol. For most of my stories I have playlists. Songs that fit my story and my characters, the mood of the story, the theme. For The Maze I had a pretty short playlist, but it was intense and fit my story perfectly. Want to see it? Maybe you’ll recognize some of the bands. Or maybe it’ll show my age, lol.

There is one song in particular that I just know was written for The Maze. The lyrics, the riffs, and, oh, James Hetfield singing-yep, meant to be! I wrote most of my ms to this song. See if you know it: Metallica-Until It Sleeps. It captured my heroine, Attie, and all she suffered so perfectly. Then Noah, her rock.

And now, for the rest of my playlist:

Metallica-Load and Reload

Audioslave-Audioslave

See, told you it was short, lol. But, these awesome artists got me through the writing of The Maze and I thank them for it! To this day whenever I hear any song off any of these albums I am taken back to the scenes I was writing when I heard them and the emotions I felt as I wrote them. I fall in love with Noah and Attie and this story all over again J

***BONUS***

For everyone who signs up for my NEWSLETTER you will receive an e-book copy of my short story, Taking Chances ($.99 value) for FREE!

Thank you for having me today!! 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

And now a bit about The MazeCheck out this super sexy cover:

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The Maze/Romantic Suspense

Blurb:

TAG:A game of survival tests their will and their love.

A mission she can’t forget…

The first female operative for the counterterrorism unit known as ATCOM, Atalanta Devayne is haunted by a former mission gone wrong. That mission led to her imprisonment, torture, and ultimate retirement, along with her loss of faith in the man she’d trusted with her life.

Brings his vengeance…

Former Navy SEAL, Noah Kincaid, bears the responsibility of Attie’s imprisonment and blames himself for not protecting her from drug lord Carlos Santiago. This time he won’t fail her.

In a deadly game of survival.

Santiago has resurfaced and set up an elaborate plan to exact his revenge on Attie by taking her brother hostage. The only way to save him is by revisiting the darkness of her past and relying on a man she can’t trust. In a battle of life or death, Noah and Attie are put to the test. They must face challenges to overcome the past and accept their feelings for each other before the danger that tore them apart separates them forever.

Content Warning: Sexual content

 

Excerpt:

Copyright ©2014, Jennifer Lowery

He lunged, and she sidestepped, but he anticipated her move and caught her with a blow to her midsection that knocked the breath out of her. She doubled over, gasping for air. Carlos took advantage and moved in. He knocked her to her knees and brought a hand down on her shoulder.

She cried out when pain erupted behind her stitches. She felt them pull free as Carlos dug his fingers into her flesh through the bandage. Nausea rolled over her in waves as her vision blurred. Carlos didn’t play fair and he hated to lose. He saw her weakness and went after it. She was helpless to stop him. Pain paralyzed her

“Do you surrender, mi amor?” Carlos asked, his fingers digging deeper until she cried out.

“No,” she managed to choke out. “Never, and I will sleep with Noah again if I decide to, you bas—”

She was cut off by the shouts of men outside the ring and lifted her eyes to see a former Navy SEAL taking on six armed men with deadly intentions. Bodies flew in all directions as Noah moved steadily through them to get to her. He had a look she had seen many times in the past. He was a machine and would kill anyone that got in his way.

Attie used the distraction and took advantage. She chopped Carlos in the shin with the flat of her hand. It was enough to catch him unaware and when the pressure eased on her shoulder she dropped and rolled away. She saw Noah reach for the ropes as he prepared to swing into the ring at the same time one of the thugs he’d felled raised his weapon.

She knew what was going to happen and she couldn’t allow it. She would never make it through this without Noah at her side. He was her rock. Despite the past, she needed and wanted him here with her. They could sort through the rest later. For now, she wanted him by her side.

“No, I surrender,” she shouted to Carlos, hating how the words tasted like poison on her tongue, but for Noah, she would do it.

A slow, feral smile spread across his face as Carlos held up a hand for a cease-fire. Noah was inside the ring before the shot rang out. He grabbed Attie by the elbow and pulled her to her feet before shoving her behind his back, serving as a barrier between her and Carlos. This time Attie didn’t argue.

“Atalanta surrendered to me to save your life, Noah. Quite an honor. She doesn’t like to lose.”

“She didn’t lose.”

“By default she did and now she’ll pay the consequences.”

“I’m not finished with you. What do you say I give you someone more your size to play with?”

“You don’t approve of my sparring with Atalanta?” Carlos sounded genuinely surprised.

“Give me one minute.”

“You think you can take me in one minute?”

Attie knew Carlos wouldn’t back down from a challenge. It was a rare treat for him to find a sparring partner with equally matched skill.

“Try me.”

Warm blood seeped down her back and she hurt all over, but she wasn’t going to let Noah do this. If he killed Santiago now, then they may never find Brendan or get out of here. She stepped around him and positioned herself between the two men, struggling to stay focused.

“Do what you’re going to do to me, Carlos. Leave him out of it.”

The blow came hard and fast to her cheek. The force of it twisted her head to the side as pain exploded behind her eyes. She staggered, her face bumping into Noah’s chest. She would have fallen if he hadn’t caught her. He carried her to the corner and set gently down so that her back was against the ropes.

She looked up when Noah cupped her cheek. In his eyes was tender concern mixed with a look of censure that lacked anger. He was upset with her for going along with this in the first place.

“Will you stay here for one damn minute?”

“You don’t need to do this.” Not for me.

“Yes, I do,” he said and with one last, intense look, rose to his feet and turned to face Carlos.

What she saw then chilled her to the bone and she knew she would never see anything like it again.

The man she was afraid to love fought for her.

 

Author Bio:

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.

 

Find Jennifer:

Author Website   Facebook   Twitter   Romance Recipes

 

Buy The Maze:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

iTunes

 

Other Books by Jennifer Lowery:

A SEAL’s Song (Book #1, SEAL Team Alpha)

Hard To Handle (Book #1, Sawyer Sisters Trilogy)

Hard Core (Book #1, Onyx Group)

Murphy’s Law

Taking Chances (short story)

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Featured Author Thursday: Neva Brown

Hi All!

It’s Thursday and time to share another great author with you all. This week, I’ll be sharing Neva Brown and her work, Casey’s Courage. Enjoy!

Neva Brown, a retired secondary teacher/administrator, now enjoys the challenge of NevaAuthorPicwriting romance novels and doing editing for other romance writers. She has even ventured into the social media world of Facebook, Twitter and Google+ as well as having a website: nevabrown-author@weebly.com . Her family accepts her eccentricities with equanimity. Neva spent most of her life on West Texas ranches and uses that culture and environment in many of her stories. She and her husband now live at Rio Concho West in San Angelo, Texas. They enjoy visits from their two sons and their families, are always delighted to hear from old friends, and are amazed at how well they have adjusted to ‘city’ living. Neva loves to hear from her readers. She can be reached at joneva@suddenlink.net .

And now a bit about Casey’s Courage! What a sexy cover:

 

CaseysCourageBlurb:

Love hunkers down and hides but abides until Casey and Tres realize life without love is just existing, not really living.

Just as accomplished horse trainer Casey Mason, PhD feels she’s earned her independence, disaster strikes and her life is forever changed. She must put her life back together bit by piece. The obstacles and her old beliefs seem insurmountable; making her wonder if love can conquer all.

Jordan Spencer III (Tres) inherits Spencer Ranch where Casey, the riding buddy of his youth, still lives. Casey, a beautiful, complex woman, slips into his mind and heart. Bitter experiences make him shy away from a serious relationship with a woman; yet he and Casey have a special connection. As she struggles with her rehabilitation, he micromanages her life with quiet efficiency until he pushes her past some invisible line. When Casey disappears from his life, he learns more about himself than makes him comfortable. Coming to terms with the past so he can move on to a future with Casey is a challenge that tests his mettle. .

Buy Link:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Casey%27s+Courage

 

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Sunday Snippet: May I Have This Dance

Hi All, seeing as it is Father’s day, I thought I’d share a snippet from May I Have This Dance between Sebastian and his father. Warning this shows a bit of the tension between them, you’ll have to read more just to find out how their relationship turns out.  As for all those fathers out there, have a great one today!

Freshly showered and dressed in clean clothes, Sebastian entered his father’s office. The scent of cigars and books permeated the air.

Behind his huge antique desk, Armando Reyes sat in a leather swivel chair, staring at the estate’s expansive gardens, back to him. “You kept me waiting,” he said.

“I needed a shower.” More to collect his thoughts than get clean, but his father didn’t need an explanation. Sebastian sat in a burgundy, plush chair in front of the desk. “So what is it you wanted to talk to me about?”

“What do you think?” His father faced him. “I leave the party I am hosting and find my thirty-year-old son fighting with a bunch of riff-raff instead of toasting history-making legislation. I’ve sat here for half an hour, trying to figure out what to do. What is it you want, Sebastian?”

“Why bother asking, Father? You don’t care.”

“Try me.”

He ached to tell him the truth about the dance studio, but Father wouldn’t understand. Perhaps he could remind him. “Do you remember Saturdays when Mom was alive, before she got sick?”

Father’s brow creased. “Movie Saturdays?”

“Yeah. We’d go to a matinee, have dinner somewhere nice and then the three of us would come back and dance to jazz. Mom knew all the greats, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, Miles Davis—”

“Where are you going with this?”

Sebastian sighed. A framed picture of his father, mother and him, sat on a bookshelf across the room. “We were happy.”

“Nothing lasts forever.”

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Featured Author Thursday: D’Ann Lindun

Hi All!

It’s that time again! I get to share another great author with you all. This week, I’ll be my author picsharing D’Ann Lindun and her latest work, Ride a Falling Star. Enjoy!

Falling in love with romance novels the summer before sixth grade, D’Ann Lindun never thought about writing one until many years later when she took a how-to class at her local college. She was hooked! She began writing and never looked back. Romance appeals to her because there’s just something so satisfying about writing a book guaranteed to have a happy ending. D’Ann’s particular favorites usually feature cowboys and the women who love them. This is probably because she draws inspiration from the area where she lives, Western Colorado, her husband of twenty-nine years and their daughter. Composites of their small farm, herd of horses, five Australian shepherds, a Queensland heeler, two ducks and cats of every shape and color often show up in her stories!
And now for an awesome blurb and excerpt from Ride a Falling Star:

Blurb:

A stubborn Cowboy. A feisty Showgirl. One mobster determined to kill them both.Ride a Falling Star

When showgirl Ava Demassi witnesses a mob hit, she has only one thought—get away. She runs for her life, straight into the pickup of saddle-bronc champ, Levi Callahan.

The last thing Levi expects is another rodeo devotee to jump into his truck, let alone one so desperate. But when a killer gives chase, he realizes she isn’t his run of the mill fan. Unable to save his fiancé from being murdered years ago, he won’t make the same mistake twice.

Even when the odds seem stacked against them, will Ava and Levi find the one thing in life they’ve been missing, or will a hired killer cost them everything?

 

 

Excerpt:

“This is like a bad movie,” the cowboy said. “Go out for a few drinks with friends, and what do you know…a pretty girl hops in your truck…then you’re on the run…hellfire.”

“I’m sorry I got you involved.” Ava wanted to crawl under the seat and stay there. This guy didn’t deserve any of this. “Let’s find a police station and you can go about your business.”

“It won’t be that simple,” he said. “He shot at you, hit my truck. That makes me a witness. Besides, I can’t just throw you out at the front door and leave you there.”

“I’m sorry,” Ava repeated.

“Yeah, me too. My backers aren’t going to like this one bit.”

“You’re an athlete?” She glanced at him again. A cowboy hat. Jeans. Boots. The arm of his right sleeve covered with sponsor patches. A big belt buckle shining under the street lights. It dawned on her he’d probably been in town with the National Finals Rodeo. “A rodeo cowboy?”

“I ride saddle broncs.”

“Wow.” She was suitably impressed. Rodeo cowboys came into the Blue Valentine every December during the two weeks of the National Finals Rodeo. Some of the girls talked about how sexy some of the bull riders were, but Ava had never dated a cowboy.

“You see that guy?” The cowboy’s terse question brought her back to the present.

A quick glance over her shoulder showed nothing. “No. Look, I’m close to my house. Why don’t you take me there? I’ll call the police from home.”

“Better idea. Dial 911 and have them meet us there.”

She’d been so rattled, the thought of dialing 911 hadn’t even occurred to her. “Super plan.”

His sardonic grin flashed in the dark. “I have them from time to time.”

In spite of her fear, she smiled tremulously. “Good to know.”

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Ride-Falling-Star-Callahans-Lindun-ebook/dp/B00KC4R7YG/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1401161246&sr=1-1&keywords=ride+a+falling+star

Thanks for visiting today, for those of you not quite ready to part, D’Ann loves to hear from readers! Please contact her at:

dldauthor@frontier.net

http://dlindunauthor.blogspot.com/

http://www.facebook.com/DLindunAuthor

http://www.amazon.com/DAnn-Lindun/e/B008DKL9TU

 

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Monday Mini Excerpt

 

Hi All,

Thought I’d share a short excerpt from Blood Eternal, probably one of my most favorite scenes to imagine in this book. I feel it very sad, yet revealing of what exist between Luke and Savannah:

“Could you promise me you would never kill again?” Savannah’s voice broke on the last two

words, as if it cost everything to say them.

“No.” Luke would never make a promise he could not keep. Even now he made plans to

save her. If those plans involved killing Lorenzo, he would do so without a second thought.

“Why not?”

“Death is a part of me. You stated you could not change for anyone ever again. I cannot

change who I am, either. As much as I want to.” He brushed her chin with his fingers. “I could

not live with myself if anything were to happen to you, understand?”

“I wish I could,” she said.

His chest seized at her words. The road curved ahead, slithering like a snake through

verdant landscape. A heavy mist glowed silver beneath the moon’s light, its arms stretched and

wafting across the hills. The lonely scene spoke to him. Its rhythm would have matched his

heart’s beat, had he possessed one.

 

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Featured Author Thursday: Karen Lopp

Hi All!

I’m here to share another wonderful author with you all. This week, I’ll be sharing Karen Lopp and her work, Splintered Lies.IMG_0712 Take it away, Karen!

Stories have always been a part of my life, from books to tales passed down from my ancestors that brought history to life. Danger, struggles and the will power to overcome are all found in the rich legacy of my family tree. Inspiration from their lives inspired me to write what I love. Branching out to contemporary suspense has been another dream come true. I hope my stories bring you entertainment and inspiration.

I live in the heart of the southwest.

I love history of all times and places. And my second but equal love of suspense fills my books.

 

And now for her awesome cover of Splintered Lies:

 

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BLURB:

Detective Rissa Marten sacrificed her only chance for a normal life to put a drug lord behind bars. Now, her life in the shadows has to be brought to life to save the man she has secretly loved for years. With a price on her head can she risk letting him know?

Detective Jerah Qassem has built his career as an undercover agent in the dangerous world of drug cartels. But when a ghost from his past is resurrected can he overcome his bitterness in time to save her life?

EXCERPT:

Jerah Qassem had never been more grateful for his years of undercover training than at this moment. Fingers tight around the tumbler to stop the tremors, he watched the apparition glide up to the bar, and wondered if someone had laced his drink with a hallucinogen. Mary was dead. He had nightmares or wet dreams about her most nights for the last eight years.

It wasn’t only the woman’s face that had his insides swirling like a hurricane. It was the way she moved. Long, smooth strides, shoulders straight and eyes darting around like a caged cat. Mary had always been casting looks over her shoulder as if she expected someone to jump out and chase her. But those legs were just as toned and shapely as Mary’s had been. She had been athletic and grabbed every chance she could to romp around the beach. Even the hair was the exact same color of ripened wheat and bounced just below her shoulders. Just like Mary had worn it.

Chills erupted all over his body and cold fingers caressed the nape of his neck. Unable to blink, Jerah stared at the ghost of Mary. The girl he had sent to her death in a fit of anger. The girl he had fallen in love with, yet had been too proud and ambitious to acknowledge until she was gone. Forever.

Jerah closed his eyes against the jarring memory of two firemen holding him back from the charred remains of the building he had sent Mary into as three body bags were carried out. A shudder rattled down his spine. He had relived that day too often. When he glanced back at the bar, the woman had taken a seat and smiled at the bartender. Jerah knew that smile. The same smile that once had almost melted his resolve to not get involved. He had had a career to build. Mary had stirred up thoughts of forever and love, things he hadn’t been ready for. The temptation had been great. But somehow, he persevered and tossed away the best thing that had ever happened to him.

Air exploded from his chest and Jerah shook his head. He did not believe in ghosts. Prickles sprang up his legs as if his blood had decided to flow again. He tugged his leaden body from the chair and stalked to the bar. “Give me a shot of Wild Turkey.” Needing the fortification, he gulped down the amber liquid. Fire burned down his throat. Nope, he wasn’t dreaming. Hands braced on the edge of the bar, he turned to the woman at his side.

 

If you like what you’ve read, you can purchase this book using the following link: http://tinyurl.com/SplinteredLies

 

You can find more about Karen and contact her via:

http://karenlopp.com

https://twitter.com/karen_lopp

https://www.facebook.com/authorkarenlopp

http://www.pinterest.com/karenlopp

 

 

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