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Sneak Peek Sunday ~ The Unmasking #FREE

Welcome to Sneak Peak Sunday, where authors offer six paragraphs from their work to entice and entertain! Click on the graphic to travel to other participating authors for their snippets.

Today I’m featuring The Unmasking, which is #FREE through midnight tonight, June 22. Reviews at Amazon average 4.7, with comments like  One of the best stories ever written by Adriana Kraft…a truly great read, and could not put it down until I finished it,and full of unexpected twists, the mystery and suspense intensifies as does the need to keep turning the pages.

Here’s cover, blurb, and a fresh excerpt for you.

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Whose mask will crumble first—
the enigmatic professor of Celtic Studies,
the undercover cop masquerading as a co-ed,
or the campus stalker,
biding his time to strike again?

Is anthropology professor Matt Bayfield the Blackthorn College rapist, or a potential ally? Aloof and unapproachable, Matt has academic ambitions. He can’t escape Blackthorn College soon enough, and he doesn’t want any entanglements to slow down his exit.

Nancy Appleby would like nothing more than to solve the string of campus rape cases before Thanksgiving so she can go home. The last thing she wants is a relationship to complicate her life—but she’ll settle for a fling, especially when the sex sizzles.

The stalker has his own carefully crafted timetable, with a special date just for Nancy. Can Matt and Nancy force him out of his hidey-hole before it’s too late?

BUY LINKS

#FREE through midnight June 22 at Amazon

EXCERPT

Set up: Nancy and Matt are spending Christmas at a remote cabin in Wisconsin’s North Woods, where they’ve just tramped out a new cross-country ski trail on their snowshoes. They’ve paused to rest in a spruce grove.

“I still like to dream little girl dreams when I sit under these boughs—of a knight on a great steed coming to rescue me,” Nancy said

“You do have a vivid imagination.” Matt wondered what she had in mind.

“This is my favorite tree.” Nancy crawled under a huge spruce that had to be very old and stretched out on spruce boughs that shifted with her weight. Had the boughs fallen that way, or had she arranged them? She held out her hand inviting him to join her. Without breaking the silence, he stretched out beside her. The bed of boughs flexed accommodating his weight.

They lay there with their heads tucked up against the tree trunk. Without saying a word, Nancy pointed above them. It was uncanny, but through the boughs he saw a patch of blue sky. Was that the canopy of heaven so many of the ancients had talked about?

This was a charmed place, almost surreal. There was no wind. The layer of snow on the boughs added to the illusion of having a blanket of warmth. Maybe he’d crossed into the non-ordinary reality of the shaman. He caught a glimpse of Nancy out of the corner of his eye. There was nothing ordinary about that woman either.

“So,” Nancy said, “has my knight recovered enough from snowshoeing to make love to his damsel?”

~ I hope you enjoyed that – just the right amount of winter chill to take the edge off this summer’s heat wave, and then a chance to heat things up with a little action. When hubs and I lived in Minnesota’s North Woods, we created our own cross country ski trails using snowshoes, just like Nancy and Matt. Not gonna confess whether we ever took that next step in the frozen tundra, though…

 

Celebrate Summer ~ Bloghop and #Free book

Welcome to the Summer Lovin’ Blog Hop! Click on the graphic to travel to the rest of the participating blogs, and be sure to scroll down and enter for my giveaway and free book information.

Celebrate Summer!

The two halves of Adriana Kraft got married on the summer solstice thirty-four years ago, so you can bet we’re always up for some Summer Lovin!  With our Welsh and Scottish roots, we’re quite partial to the Celtic calendar, so it was especially meaningful to us to select that date for our wedding.

It should come as no surprise that we reach back to those roots in our fiction. We had a lot of fun crafting our romantic suspense The Unmasking, weaving in Celtic lore as our undercover cop heroine puzzles out the clues to the campus stalker’s warped timetable. The Unmasking will be #FREE at Amazon the last two days of the hop, June 21 and 22, to celebrate the solstice.

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Whose mask will crumble first—
the enigmatic professor of Celtic Studies,
the undercover cop masquerading as a co-ed,
or the campus stalker, biding his time to strike again?

BLURB

Is anthropology professor Matt Bayfield the Blackthorn College rapist, or a potential ally? Aloof and unapproachable, Matt has academic ambitions. He can’t escape Blackthorn College soon enough, and he doesn’t want any entanglements to slow down his exit.

Nancy Appleby would like nothing more than to solve the string of campus rape cases before Thanksgiving so she can go home. The last thing she wants is a relationship to complicate her life—but she’ll settle for a fling, especially when the sex sizzles.

The stalker has his own carefully crafted timetable, with a special date just for Nancy. Can Matt and Nancy force him out of his hidey-hole before it’s too late?

REVIEWS

Five Stars at Amazon: One of the best stories ever written by Adriana Kraft…a truly great read. Could not put it down until I finished it. Amy B. Full of unexpected twists, the mystery and suspense intensifies. Wendy C.

Five Stars at Goodreads: The suspense is so well done you don’t know who the bad guy is until it’s revealed in the book. The action is fast paced and kept my interest to the very end. Could not put the book down. Donna H.

BUY LINK

Amazon  #FREE June 21-22

EXCERPT

Chapter One

Who will be the next victim?

Nancy Appleby scanned the co-eds in the small lecture hall. Each could be his next prey. Each looked much younger than she remembered being as a full-time student. Each woman hung on Professor Bayfield’s well crafted words.

Was it the topic, Celtic Myths and Rituals, or was it the aloofness of the tall, dark-haired lecturer with the strong protruding chin that mesmerized? He did command attention. Although his tone was mild, Bayfield played with his audience like a polished actor. Clearly he was in control. Though he gestured but rarely, he moved like an athlete, comfortable in his body.

Nancy jotted notes on a yellow pad pretending to be no different than anyone else in the room. She glanced up at Bayfield, whose eyes had settled on her; they were piercing and inquisitive. Then he shifted his gaze, but he’d noticed her, was thinking about her. Why? She’d done everything she could to blend in. He hadn’t seemed particularly troubled by her presence, just curious.

Nancy redirected her attention to the individuals sitting in front of her. She’d arrived early to claim an aisle seat in the back row. The raised auditorium layout provided an advantageous observation post. About sixty women and twenty men were in attendance, no doubt a decent turnout. Blackthorn College had a student body of less than two thousand.

Nancy scribbled more notes and then focused on the men in the room.

Was he in the lecture hall? Would he strike again, tonight? Or would the rapist stay in his hole, biding his time?

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Tabitha Rayne On Tour

Today we’re thrilled to welcome back the lovely and talented Tabitha Rayne, here to tell us about the eagerly awaited final book in her trilogy. Don’t forget to comment to enter in her giveaway for Book Two, Taking Flight!

The Meeting Point Tour

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Hello! Hello Adriana Kraft :D

It’s so lovely to be here again – I visited 2 years ago when the first book in my trilogy came out – read here – how can 2 years fly past so quickly? I’m amazed. Today I’m here to chat about the final book, The Meeting Point, but first…

I’ve always fancied myself as a bit of a survival expert – like a lady version of Bear Grylls but with high heels and a vintage bra. I’m sure I would be fabulous at making pretty little snares from leather thongs or stripped willow bark. I’m sure I would be wearing lovely furs from the prey of said snares and my hammock of bracken and vines would be more cosy and comforting than the softest bed. What do you think? Sounds so easy doesn’t it? The flint and steel would ignite the bone dry tinder on the very first strike and my little Swiss Army Knife would never get blunt. I think I must mention to you now that my books are erotic romances – the romance extending beyond the relationships – you may have gathered this already ;)

Seriously though – my characters are forced out into the wilderness with dwindling natural resources impeding their survival – but of course they are all driven on by one thing – love. Well, two things: love and sex. I think that gives them a pretty good reason to survive and thrive, don’t you?

I hope you fancy a read!

I thought that to entice you to follow my tour, I’d put consecutive excerpts every day. Here is no 4 of 10 ;)

It may be rather saucy in places, so please use discretion if you are prone to blush :D

To see where else I’ve been or am going – click here

themeetingpointThe Meeting Point – The final book in The Clockwork Butterfly trilogy

EXCERPT

The farm was another rather austere building and Deborah’s eyes craved the characterful little cottages from her life before. There must still be some, she just hadn’t seen one for so long. Just as she was about to reach the entry gate, she caught a glimpse of herself in a window. Disheveled and shabby. She’d never be allowed in—especially smelling of horse and lust. A pang of irrational guilt tugged at her chest. She didn’t want the first thing Marcus smelled from her to be another woman’s sex, lust, and horse sweat. As she sneaked into one of the stables to wash herself as best she could in the trough tap, she mused that he would probably be smelling of the exact same thing—minus the horse sweat.

She would have to do. Fear and excitement bubbled in her chest as she peered out of the stable, stalling as much as she could. What if he didn’t recognize her? What if she didn’t recognize him? Worry circled in her mind as she put one foot in front of the other and finally arrived at the entrance.

Two uniformed women barely registered Deborah as they swept open the surprisingly lavish doors and ushered her inside.

There were women everywhere. The place vibrated with the excitement emanating from every single one of them, including Deborah, who was almost nauseous with the thought that somewhere in this very building, her lover breathed and lived. It had been a long eight years, and emotion welled in the pit of her solar plexus as she remembered the nights of longing and loneliness. The trips into ultimate unity to find her lover on that perfect spiritual plane of orgasm where their souls had collided on occasion. It had never been enough, and Deborah’s knees began to give way as the enormity of what was about to happen overwhelmed her. Blackness oozed into her peripheral vision and she felt her physical self ebb away. She was used to leaving her body—ultimate unity had made sure of that—but this time she didn’t want to surrender into the oblivion. This time she needed to feel the reality of the physical. She tried to fight as her eyelids fluttered and closed, but it was no good, the sensation of falling took over…

Blurb – The Meeting Point

A story of love, freedom, and the future of mankind. Deborah Regan has broken free from the prison where she’s been unjustly held for the past eight years. The scale of the devastation to the land outside is overwhelming. Toxins have taken hold, and the planet is dying. Deborah vows to find her lover Marcus and flee to the safety of the hills where their story first began.

Marcus is one of the few remaining men left on earth, and Deborah finds him held captive at a pleasure farm where he is kept to service rich and powerful women. Escape for him is complex and dangerous. They can only hope that the trio who helped Deborah before will come to their aid. Marcus has heard from his clients over the years of a mythical place with its own microclimate that toxin clouds seem to miss. He is sure they can find it and will be able to build a future together.

Mae, Lena, and Angelo feel compelled to find Deborah and Marcus who they know have a special connection that might prove essential to their survival. They make haste to track the couple and realize the plan they have chosen is fraught with danger and conflict.

Will they make it to the utopia Marcus dreams of?

Content Warning: contains graphic sex scenes with multiple partners, including m/f and f/f sexual interaction, strong language, and end of the world shenanigans

*The explosive climax to Taking Flight and A Clockwork Butterfly.

BUY LINKS

Book 3: The Meeting Point – out now! And what this post’s been all about:

Beachwalk Press   Amazon UK   Amazon.com

Other books in the series:

Book 1: A Clockwork Butterfly Now Available for only 99c!

Beachwalk Press   Amzon Com   Amzon UK

Book 2: Taking Flight – now available – comment on any of my tour posts and I’ll pop you in a draw for a copy of this one – if you can’t wait, here’s the buy links:

Beachwalk Press Amazon.com Amazon UK

Bio

TabithaTabitha Rayne has been told she is quirky, lovely and kinky – not necessarily in that order or by the same person. She writes erotic romance and as long as there’s a love scene – she’ll explore any genre.

Her short stories are included in anthologies from Cleis Press, Ravenous Romance, HarperCollins Mischief, Xcite, Oysters & Chocolate, Burning Books Press and House of Erotica. Her novella, Mia’s Books won a Reader’s Choice Award with TwoLips reviews. The Meeting Point is the third book in The Clockwork Butterfly trilogy from Beachwalk Press.

Tabitha also has a passion for art and takes great pleasure in painting nude ladies.

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Thank you for reading – I hope you all thrive – heels or no heels! X x

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