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Cassie’s Hope ~ Spring Fever Blog Hop

Welcome to the MFRW Spring Fever Hop! Click on the graphic to travel, and be sure to scroll to the bottom to enter for my prize, a free download of Cassie’s Hope with its brand new cover by Rebecca Poole of Dreams2Media.com.

Do you have Spring Fever yet? Hubs and I live, write and travel full time in our  motorhome, so home is where we park it, and that never includes snow! Right now we’re in Las Vegas, soaking up sunshine, catching the occasional show, and visiting with friends (and writing and editing and marketing, of course).

We may have stayed warm all winter, but we’ve had our eye on the upper midwest, where we used to live, and it’s been brutal for months on end. I know everyone there is ready for spring, yet I keep getting reports of snow and more snow. Here are some pics of spring in the Arizona desert to keep you warm until it’s really spring :).

  

  

I always experience spring as a time of hope and renewal – not so true for our heroine, Cassie O’Hanlon, not long after the story opens. Here’s our new cover, the blurb, and an excerpt.

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What happens when a fiercely loyal widowed half-Ute cowboy meets a fiery redhead with an Irish temper to match? Cassidy O’Hanlon – Cassie, to her friends – has set aside her Chicago career for six months to train racehorses for her dad after his stroke.

Furious the interloper has shipped in a ringer from the Chicago circuit to his Wyoming turf, Rancher/trainer Clint Travers sets out to put her in her place. Sparks fly immediately, but after their rocky start, the two quickly forge a passionate relationship, and he follows her to Chicago.

When it becomes clear someone is drugging Cassie’s horse, Clint sets out to solve the mystery, but storms off in a cloud of wounded pride when suspicions turn to him.

Can love trump pride?

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E-Book http://www.amazon.com/Cassies-Hope-Riders-Adriana-Kraft-ebook/dp/B00GDWTUGY

EXCERPT

Six weeks later a cacophony of April sounds greeted the first rays of dawn on the O’Hanlon farm. Cardinals, robins and mourning doves sang to each other. Young foals whinnied, seeking attention from their mothers. A light, bright mood greeted the rising sun, except for the storm brewing on the front porch.

“I can’t do it. I proved that already.” Cassie kicked at a corner porch post.

She’d been so hopeful. She’d allowed herself to be bitten by that same damnable bug that had infested her father for years. That bug carrying the dream of the big horse disease.

Hope had responded well to the training regimen. She’d worked hard. Nothing seemed to bother her until the day of the race. Then things just fell apart. One race might’ve been excused, but two races back-to-back?

And Cassie had no answer—not true. The answer was to fess up to being a social worker, not some damn magician with horses.

She stopped her pacing and stood before her father. Quietly, with hands clenched tightly behind her back she announced, “I quit. I’m sorry, Dad. But I’m not good enough.”

“Sorry?” her dad spat out. “Not good enough? Quit? Hah, I never thought I’d see the day when the daughter of Tug O’Hanlon quit anything…just rolled over and played dead.”

Cassie recoiled. Tears filled her eyes. She knelt and rested her head on his knees. He held her. She sobbed.

Her mind whirled. She never cried, especially in front of her dad. Why couldn’t she stop crying?

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Is it Spring Yet? #HopswithHeart

It’s time to celebrate Spring!

Grand Prizes

One Kindle Fire–Donated by Blushing Books!
One $75 Gift Card to Amazon (or B&N)–Donated by Jane!
One $25 Starbucks Gift Card–Donated by Sue Lyndon!
One $25 Gift Card to Blushing Books–Donated by Patty Devlin!
One $25 Gift Card to Loose Id–Donated by Cara Bristol!

Is it spring yet? For ourselves, we’re enjoying the warm environs of Southern Arizona, but we’ve been watching the misery all this long brutal winter as our friends up north have suffered through blizzards, record snowfalls, ice storms, power outages, below zero temps that dragged on and on, and everything else that winter’s known for. Even at this distance, we’re ready to hear about daffodils, crocus, bird songs and warm spring breezes. Here’s hoping!

For our heroine, Nancy Appleby, spring is going to have a very different flavor. Here’s the blurb:

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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?

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We don’t want to give away too much – lets just say our very creepy villain definitely plans to mess up Nancy’s spring, with a ritual to end all rituals…

CONTESTS

We’re giving away an autographed print copy of The Unmasking (North American winner) OR an E-book download (elsewhere). One comment enters you for our prize plus all the grand prizes – sign into both rafflecopter screens to enter and tell us what you’re most looking forward to this spring!

Be sure to click HERE or on the graphic at the top to travel to the rest of the fabulous authors in the Spring Fling Hop!

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Valentine’s Day Gift Hop

Welcome to the Valentine’s Day Gift Hop!

The grand prize is a Kindle Paperwhite – lots of other prizes, too! Click on the graphic to travel – and be sure to scroll to the bottom and enter for one free EBook and a $10 gift certificate.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Do you love or hate Valentine’s Day? For me, that usually depended on whether I was in a relationship or not – well, and whether I was happy in the relationship. Curiously, a Valentine’s day that stands out for me was one when I was without a partner. I had just turned thirty (truly old, in my mind at the time), my first marriage had ended, I was solo, and I was definitely feeling alone, bereft, not very hopeful, and sorry for myself.

You can imagine how shocked I was to answer the doorbell and see a delivery man standing there with a dozen red roses in his hands, for me. Somehow my parents – not known for being overly expressive – had chosen that moment to reach out to me and make me feel loved and cared for. It worked, and I’m grateful.

I learned a lot during the four years between that moment and meeting the amazing man I’m now married to and with whom I co-write romantic fiction. The most important lesson was that life can be rich and full with or without a partner. Love abounds in many places.

Why am I talking about this on Valentine’s Day? Whether I’m blogging or writing fiction, I’m always writing for romance readers – for you. I have no idea whether you’re partnered or not, happy in your relationship or not, but my wish for you this Valentine’s Day is that you celebrate the love in your live, wherever you find it. Life is rich and full.

The Unmasking

Well, of course it wouldn’t be an author/reader Hop if I didn’t tell you about a book! Hubs and I are excited to announce our next release, coming to Amazon on February 15.

Of course, the cover doesn’t look much like Valentine’s Day – after all, our hero and heroine have a crime to solve before they can think about falling in love. We think cover artist Dawné Dominique perfectly captured the sinister mood of our creepy villain. Rest assured, it’s a love story, with lots of scintillating sex, Here’s the blurb:

 

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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?

Watch for The Unmasking on Amazon.com February 15!

Be sure to stop by the rest of the hop participants at this LINK!

Use the rafflecopter link below to nter my giveaway for a $10 gift certificate plus winner’s choice of one free EBook from my backlist:

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