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Friends ~ In the Pages of a Good Book #MFRWAuthor

We’re thrilled to be helping Beckey White and In the Pages of a Good Book celebrate their one year anniversary – congratulations, job well done! This Blog Hop runs today through Sunday, August 31. Enter my contest in the Rafflecopter link at the end, enter the hop contests, then click on the Linky List to travel to other authors and enter for their prizes.

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FRIENDS

My husband is my best friend – how lucky is that? We were friends before we fell in love, so it’s probably no surprise that’s the kind of story we like to write, too.

Daisy Matthews and Nick Underwood start out being friends of a somewhat different nature. He’s just launching into the world of Thoroughbred Racing, so he needs a mentor, and she fills the bill just fine.

What’s she looking for? Someone experienced, gentle, and “safe,” to keep her from still being a virgin when she turns twenty one in less than a month. Her own special variety of “friends with benefits,” you might say.

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Riders Up, Book Three
September 1, 2014
B&B Publishing
Romantic Suspense,
Heat rating: three flames (explicit sex, m/f)

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When the chips are down, there’s nobody there. Willowy blond Daisy Matthews has survived the Chicago streets with this mantra but is unprepared for the much older Nick Underwood’s urgent pursuit. The wealthy businessman receives a thoroughbred in payment for a bad debt and is thrust into Daisy’s world. She teaches him about horse racing; he teaches her about love. When Daisy’s seamy brother-in-law threatens Nick’s safety, she doggedly tries to stop him by herself, but flees to the familiar streets when he attacks. Can Nick find her in time – and if he does, will she still want him?

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Five stars at Goodreads: “…dreams can become reality, love can transcend age… Exciting, engaging and very entertaining story. The character interplay is spot on and the story is extremely well written.” Donna H.

EXCERPT

“So tell me,” Nick said, “where can I find a horse named RainbowBlaze?”

“RainbowBlaze!” Daisy gasped and glared at him again. “Why? What do you want with her?”

“Damn, you’ve got to be the most protective woman I’ve ever encountered. If you must know, she’s my horse.”

Daisy opened her mouth as if to speak. She glanced quickly at the chestnut mare.“There must be a mistake,” she stammered. “RainbowBlaze belongs to Michael Barnes.”

Nick crossed his legs and leaned against the stable wall, giving Daisy Matthews a slow satisfied smile. He’d found his horse. And he had a new employee. This could be more interesting than he’d imagined.

Furthermore, being his employee made Matthews safe to be around. He had a firm rule against personal involvements with employees. He flashed a look at the slender woman’s nipples that showed faintly through an orange tank top. Didn’t she know what she looked like?

Too young. He closed his eyes. He might be old enough to be her father. His eyes sprang open and he appraised her again. Maybe, maybe not.

GIVEAWAY

I’m giving away one free download of Cassie’s Hope (Riders Up, Book One) – Click on the Rafflecopter link to enter!

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Here are the Rafflcopter links for the main Hop Prizes:

One for the Kindle a Rafflecopter giveaway

One is for Just Authors

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One is for an assortment of other goodies from gift cards to ebooks…

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Hot Days and Hotter Nights #Hop #MFRWauthor

Welcome to the Red Hot Authors Cafe Hot Days and Hotter Nights Blog Hop! We’re excited to have a great set of prizes for you, plus some truly hot authors you won’t want to miss. You can click on the list at the end to travel to other stops, and you can enter for the Hop prizes and my author prize on the Rafflecopter Links. Have fun with some sizzling reads – you might need to turn on the fan. Just saying :)

Criminal Minds

Do you like crime scenes? Do you like knowing what’s going on in the criminal’s mind as the crime unfolds? That’s the experience we offer readers in our latest release, The Heist. Our fictional characters Steven and Hazel Lawton are professional art thieves who’ve honed their talents arranging special order heists for private clients, and they have their sights set on a trio of nearly priceless impressionist paintings coming to a small Nebraska art museum on a traveling exhibit.

Take my word for it, they’re pretty creepy characters. We don’t want to say what crimes they may or may not have committed in the past, but it’s clear they’ll stop at nothing to achieve their goals, and they’re very clever.

In the end, of course, they’re no match for our feisty heroine, Kara Daniels, and the hot detective sent by the Arts Council, Ted Springs. But as the investigation heats up, Ted has to find out just what Kara’s willing to do to get the paintings back. Her answer may surprise you.

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A heist? A murder? It’s villain’s choice.

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From a phone conversation:

“Why would Steven lie to me?”

Ted laughed. “Your naïveté sometimes amazes me. Steven Lawton would tell you anything to convince you to have sex with him.” Ted cleared his throat. “And I can’t actually blame him.”

“Like I said,” Kara said coolly, “I don’t intend on having sex with Steven Lawton.”

“You don’t have to have sex with him, but you don’t have to be overly abrupt with him, either. He doesn’t completely turn you off, right?”

“I suppose. He was quite polite today. He looked more distinguished and gracious,” she chuckled, “even holding soiled rags. I can see why some women might be attracted to him.”

“Umm. Remember your rule about married guys. Anyway, he may not be involved with the theft at all. But he has the knowledge required to compromise the security system. He’s only been in town for three years or so. Other than that, I don’t have anything to suggest he’s involved. But he does want to get close to you. Maybe for more than sex. Had you thought about that?”

“No. I’m not as suspicious as you are.”

“Well, maybe that’s why I do what I do. One more thing. If it meant getting the Maids back, would you have sex with Steven Lawton?” There was a long silence. He hated himself for asking, but he had to know her answer.

“Why are you doing this to me?”

He didn’t respond.

“If their return was guaranteed, yes, I’d have sex with him. Gladly. Ted, I don’t know what you’re up to, but I’d do most anything short of murder to get those paintings back. It would only be sex.”

He laughed softly. “I thought so. We all have a price we’re willing to pay if we want something badly enough.”

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Of course, I’m not going to tell you if she does or she doesn’t – you’ll have to read the book to find out!

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A special-order art theft? Tedious, but seamless – until small town museum director Kara Daniels calls in the experts. Furious her favorite trio of priceless impressionist paintings has been stolen from its traveling exhibit on her watch, Kara is determined to save not only the paintings, but her future in the art world. She’ll stop at nothing to entrap the thief.

Ted Springs knows the underbelly of the criminal world a little closer than he might like—but he’s turned it to good advantage, first as a police officer, and now as detective for the Upper Midwest Arts Council. His job? To guarantee the security of the valuable paintings in the Council’s traveling exhibits.

Heat sizzles when Ted and Kara collide—can they work together, before it’s too late?

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Enter for the Hop Grand prizes a Rafflecopter giveaway I’m giving away a $10 gift certificate (ARE or Amazon, winner’s choice) and one download, winner’s choice of any single title book on my Books Page     a Rafflecopter giveaway  Be sure to visit the other posts on the hop, where you can check out their great excerpts, enter for their giveaways, and earn more entries for the HOP prizes!

 

#MySexySaturday The Heist ~ We’ll meet at my hotel #MFRWauthor #Giveaway

Welcome to another round of My Sexy Saturday, where authors offer seven words, sentences, or paragraphs from their work for your entertainment. Be sure to click on the graphic at the bottom of the page and visit the other participants, and don’t forget to scroll down and enter my giveaway!

EXCERPT

TheHeist_MED“You are perceptive.” She traced his jaw line with a finger.

He grabbed her wrist. “Careful, woman. I’m not sure I can be patient again.”

She giggled softly. “What if I were to tell you I’m coming to Chicago in two weeks to attend a museum conference? Will you be in the city?”

It was his turn to gulp. “You’d be traveling?”

She nodded, giving him what he was learning was her daring glare. “And apparently we both know how horny I get when I travel away from Elk Grove. Perhaps you’ll be willing to help me take care of that problem now that you’ve had a little sample of what I have to offer.”

Ted leaned over with his hands on his knees and took three deep breaths. He straightened. “Damn, you are something else. You want to stay at my place?”

She shook her head. “No. That would be far too domestic. We’ll meet at my hotel.” She gave him a sharp look. “You must know I don’t reconnect with any of the guys I invite to my room.”

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A heist? A murder? It’s villain’s choice.

A special-order art theft? Tedious, but seamless – until small town museum director Kara Daniels calls in the experts. Furious her favorite trio of priceless impressionist paintings has been stolen from its traveling exhibit on her watch, Kara is determined to save not only the paintings, but her future in the art world. She’ll stop at nothing to entrap the thief.

Ted Springs knows the underbelly of the criminal world a little closer than he might like—but he’s turned it to good advantage, first as a police officer, and now as detective for the Upper Midwest Arts Council. His job? To guarantee the security of the valuable paintings in the Council’s traveling exhibits.

Heat sizzles when Ted and Kara collide—can they work together, before it’s too late?

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Comment to enter for a $10 gift certificate, a download of Cassie’s Hope, and a cover flat of The Heist signed by myself and cover model Scott Nova! Ten second prizes of signed cover flats. Tweet the giveaway and like my FB page for more entries.

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