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Friends ~ In the Pages of a Good Book #MFRWAuthor

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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.

Willow-Smoke-eBook-webWillow Smoke
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?


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.


“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.


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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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.


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


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!


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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Get Hooked ~ Luci’s diary is turning up the heat! #MFRWHooks

Welcome to Book Hooks, a Wednesday offering by members of Marketing For Romance Writers to share a little taste of our work and entice you into wanting more! Click on the graphic at the end to travel to other Book Hook posts, and enjoy!

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I do love his cock. It is so sensitive. It weaves about whenever my fingers or lips approach. I love to take him in my mouth. He must be halfway down my throat by the time I fit all of him in.   The first time I went down on him, G.C. was quite angry because I dropped him from my mouth when he started to come. Since then, I’ve learned to swallow his come.

Actually, I’ve become quite greedy. I doubt I could ever get too much of that. Some days I think I like blowing G.C. better than anything else we do. Of course, he wouldn’t be satisfied with only that. He claims that variety really is the spice of life, particularly when it comes to sex.


“I just bet he does,” Kate muttered. It might have been her sister’s plan to trap the professor in her web, but it sure looked like it didn’t take long for the good professor to gain control of the relationship.

Kate peeled back several more pages. She could always go back and read the diary from cover to cover, but she had a bad niggling feeling. She feared for her sister. Would the professor hurt her, or would he dump her onto his trash heap of used co-eds?

Kate was developing a healthy distrust and dislike for G.C.




Joyfully Reviewed: Recommended Read “The Diary was a fan-frickin’-tastic read! I didn’t want to put it down to do anything else, and when I did, I was just chomping at the bit to pick it back up again. The growth and development of Grayson and Kate was well-written and very realistic. And the sex scenes? Oh, man, talk about hot!”~ Tera

CoffeeTime Romance: Ms. Kraft takes you to a world where anything and everything can and will happen. Be open minded and dive into this erotically charged, passionate story. All your preconceived notions will disappear into thin air. The intimacy is genuine and breathtaking.” ~ Krista

Romance Junkies: Four Blue Ribbons “THE DIARY is positively a work of art; sweet, funny, sexy and irresistible. Readers won’t be able to put this story down” ~ Amanda


Lust, revenge, dark sexual escapades and the mysterious disappearance of her younger half sister, Luci, will take art curator Kate Noble on a whirlwind transcontinental journey. The diary Luci’s left behind paints vivid images of shameless erotic exploits with a rake named only as G.C.

Can Kate learn enough under the delightful hands of her bisexual best friend, Gina, to ensnare the sensual and elusive Professor Grayson Cosgrove into a marriage proposal of her making? Can she find Luci before it’s too late? If only she could read between the lines.

The Diary ~ never have the secrets of another been so electrifying!

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