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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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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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Get Hooked on Cassie’s Hope #MFRWhooks

Love cowboys? Love horses? Love a little mystery and some sizzling romance? Readers are loving Cassie’s Hope, Book One in our Riders Up series set in the horse racing industry, and hubs and I love our new cover, designed by Rebecca Poole of Dreams2Media.com.

Click on the graphic at the bottom to travel to the rest of today’s fabulous Book Hooks – you’ll be glad you did!

REVIEWS

Here’s what readers are saying – five stars at Amazon and Goodreads!

“I took their journey with them. I felt their pain, their sadness, their struggles, and most of all their love. And that is the mark of a truly good book.” Faith H.

“Extremely well written and very entertaining to read. Real life hopes and dreams becoming a reality. This story really moved me.” Donna H.

“I loved Cassie and Clint. These two stubborn, prideful people remind me of Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett…Cassie’s Hope is the first book of a series. I cannot wait to read the rest of the books” Sheila G.

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BLURB

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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Here’s the moment Cassie first meets Clint, at Wyoming Downs:

EXCERPT

Shaking her head, Cassie grabbed a hoof pick from her back pocket, lifted one of Hope’s front hooves, and began extracting dirt and pebbles.

“Nice lookin’ filly.”

Cassie groaned at the strange deep voice and the too-familiar line. Couldn’t men anywhere be a little more original?

Dropping the hoof, Cassie glanced across Hope’s back and gasped. The deeply tanned hunk behind the voice had shoulders that stretched taut a pale yellow polo shirt covered, in part, with a thin buckskin vest. The wide cowboy buckle appeared unnecessary to hold up well contoured Levi’s. A sweat-stained brown Stetson, tipped low, cast a light shadow across his facial features. His worn boots were those of a working man. This was no drugstore cowboy.

He stepped closer. She could make out a scowl. Dark eyes snapped a foreboding anger. Raven black hair framed chiseled features, searing them into Cassie’s brain. Her toes curled involuntarily. She rubbed Hope’s coat vigorously. Who the hell was he? And to top it off, he didn’t even seem to notice her. His eyes appraised only the horse.

“Thanks,” she mumbled, ducking down by Hope’s flank.

The handsome stranger walked around the horse. “Very nice,” he drawled at last.

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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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