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Continuing in the world of horse racing, our FREE book this weekend is Heat Wave (Riders Up, Book Two).

EXCERPT

Maggie stared thoughtfully at the curious man while her daughter climbed the stairs to her room. Her stomach muscles tightened. She needed his help desperately. But she hadn’t counted on her body acting like that of some giddy teenager.

Ed Harrington was still thin, but there was a blurring of pain and challenge and mystery in his face that pulled and scared her at the same time. His hair was still shaggy, but it had been washed. His face, with its distinctive roman nose, reminded her of a shattered mirror. Was haggard handsome a decent way to describe a man?

Riders Up
Romantic Suspense Series

Danger, suspense, stunning race horses,
courageous heroines, and the
complicated men who love them!

These four books are the first my husband and I ever wrote when we took up the challenge of writing romance together. Each of us has loved horses since we were very young, and we’ve followed the triple crown races, attended three of them, and even (briefly) owned thoroughbreds—none of whom, of course, were triple crown contenders. But we learned a lot about the horse racing world at the level of the everyday average owner, and we poured that knowledge and our love for horses into those manuscripts.

It goes without saying that when we dusted them off years later, they required a LOT of editing, polishing, and even some plot changes. Still, it was a labor of love. This year, to celebrate the upcoming Kentucky Derby on May 5, we’re offering each of the books in Riders Up free, one each weekend.

This week it’s Heat Wave, Book Two, FREE at Amazon now through Tuesday April 24.

BLURB

Hang onto the land – but at what cost?

Feisty widow hires ace racehorse trainer to salvage her family’s heritage. Can they survive escalating threats to life and limb?

During an oppressive Iowa summer of drought and farm foreclosures, widowed Maggie Anderson makes a bold decision: She’ll merge her love of horses and her family’s three hundred and twenty acres into a horse farm and try her hand at nearby Prairie Meadows Race Track, where racing purses have just been augmented by the recently added casino gambling.

Down on his luck after being falsely accused in a racing scandal and banned from training, former Arlington Race Track trainer Ed Harrington has skulked home to Des Moines to drown his sorrows and wait for the dust to clear. He’s unprepared for the piercing robin’s-egg-blue eyes of pint-sized Maggie Anderson, who finds him at a flophouse and offers him a job. Can he pull himself together and meet the challenge?

As the two forge a tumultuous working partnership, they soon discover someone is out to get Maggie’s farm and will stop at almost nothing to force her off the land. Can they find and stop the culprit before someone is killed? Can they survive the far greater danger unleashed by the raw passion simmering just beneath the surface of their relationship?

Book Information

Heat Wave
Riders Up, Book Two
April 2014, B&B Publishing
Romantic Suspense, 93,000 words
Heat rating: Four flames (explicit sex, M/F)

REVIEWS

Five stars at Amazon: Heartfelt with mystery and hope…made me cry. Spot on interplay between the main characters…well written and extremely enjoyable to read. Donna H.

I felt like I was on a roller coaster reading this story! Laughing one second, then felt like crying the next, always on the edge wanting to know what is going to happen next. Amy B.

FREE today through Tuesday April 24 at Amazon

Always FREE at Kindle Unlimited

 

 

#FreeDownload Heat Wave (Riders Up Book 2) Danger, suspense, stunning race horses, courageous heroines #MFRWAuthor

Have you ever lived through a blistering hot summer drought in the Midwest? We have. We’ve also watched family farms go bankrupt and be forced to sell out to corporations.

That’s what inspired our story line in Heat Wave, Book Two in our Riders Up series set in the horse racing industry. In 2000, recently widowed Maggie Anderson is sitting pretty with her family’s Iowa farm and a substantial life insurance payout. But she’s watching her neighbors fall behind and yield to the auctioneer’s gavel. Then she reads a newspaper article about nearby Prairie Meadows racetrack, where the recently added casino gambling has increased the purses for winning horses. She grew up with horses. Maybe it’s a pipedream, but Maggie decides to take a gamble with a portion of her savings and start a racing stable.

She needs a trainer, and we just happened to have one handy. Ed Harrington was a burr in Cassie’s side in Cassie’s Hope (Book One), always needling, sometimes flirting, often causing trouble with her new flame, Clint Travers. Since then Ed has fallen on hard times, but he’s a good man. Maggie’s insurance agent recommends him, and our plot thickens.

To celebrate the upcoming Kentucky Derby, Heat Wave will be free at Amazon this weekend, starting Friday, April 20.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JZ6GW6G

Of course, it’s always free to read at Kindle Unlimited.

BLURB

Hang onto the land – but at what cost? Feisty widow hires ace racehorse trainer to salvage her family’s heritage. Can they survive escalating threats to life and limb?

During an oppressive Iowa summer of drought and farm foreclosures, widowed Maggie Anderson makes a bold decision: She’ll merge her love of horses and her family’s three hundred and twenty acres into a horse farm and try her hand at nearby Prairie Meadows Race Track, where racing purses have just been augmented by the recently added casino gambling.

Down on his luck after being falsely accused in a racing scandal and banned from training, former Arlington Race Track trainer Ed Harrington has skulked home to Des Moines to drown his sorrows and wait for the dust to clear. He’s unprepared for the piercing robin’s-egg-blue eyes of pint-sized Maggie Anderson, who finds him at a flophouse and offers him a job. Can he pull himself together and meet the challenge?

As the two forge a tumultuous working partnership, they soon discover someone is out to get Maggie’s farm and will stop at almost nothing to force her off the land. Can they find and stop the culprit before someone is killed? Can they survive the far greater danger unleashed by the raw passion simmering just beneath the surface of their relationship?

 

Danger, suspense, stunning race horses, #RomanticSuspense #FreeDownload #MFRWAuthor

Danger, suspense, stunning race horses, courageous heroines, and the complicated men who love them!

Growing up, I was a horse-crazy little girl who devoured every book I could find about riding, grooming, caring for a horse, horse breeds, horse fiction… I could never understand why my parents refused to buy me a horse. But on my ninth birthday, they gave me a huge surprise. Ahead of time, they mowed a path among the blackberry bushes in our back field, and in the middle of the birthday party, a van and trailer from the local pony ring showed up with my favorite pony and pony rides for everyone present. I was in heaven!

For me, “horse-crazy” and “romantic” have always gone hand in hand. Luckily, as an adult, I met and married Mr. Kraft, who shares both attributes. We’d been married over a decade when a colleague at work, who was a small-time horse trainer on the side, offered us a deal we couldn’t refuse. We bought in, he and Mr. Kraft made the trek to Barrett’s sale in California, and we became co-owners of two thoroughbred race horses.

In real life, that’s not a money-making business for most folks. We’d no sooner stabled them with our friend than one of them (the more expensive one, of course), bowed a tendon. That ended her racing career before it even started, but she still proved valuable as a brood mare down the line.

So perhaps it’s no surprise that when we started writing romance together, we set our first stories in the world of horse racing, where we could give our plucky heroines far more success in the racing world than we’d had. Riders Up, our four book romantic suspense series, is the result.

FREE DOWNLOADS EVERY WEEKEND ALL MONTH

Every spring, we follow the prep races for the Kentucky Derby and make sure by Derby Day we’re somewhere that we can watch it. We’ve seen it live twice—and yes, I have a hat! This year we’re celebrating the Kentucky Derby by sharing FREE books with our readers. Starting this Friday, April 13, one book in the series will be free at Amazon each weekend, leading up to the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 5.

For reminders about the free books, you can follow our Author Page at Amazon, our Facebook Page, or the RLF Blog each Friday for the Free on Friday listings.  Or if you don’t want to wait, all four books are always free on Kindle Unlimited.

Series Information:

Riders Up Series
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Three Flames: Explicit sex, M/F
Danger, suspense, stunning race horses, courageous heroines, and the complicated men who love them.

 

Cassie’s Hope (Book One)

High stakes, a fiery Irish redhead, her stunning racehorse, and a fiercely loyal half-blood rancher. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GDWTUGY

Free April 13-15

 

 

 

 

 

Heat Wave (Book Two)

Hang onto the land – but at what cost? Feisty widow hires ace racehorse trainer to salvage her family’s heritage. Can they survive escalating threats to life and limb? http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JZ6GW6G

Free April 20-22

 

 

 

 

 

Willow Smoke (Book Three)

When the chips are down, there’s nobody there. Apprentice racehorse trainer Daisy Matthews has survived the Chicago streets with this mantra but is unprepared for the much older Nick Underwood’s urgent pursuit. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N0DH13I

Free April 27-29

 

 

 

 

 

Detour Ahead (Book Four)

Threatened race horses, city slicker attorney, sexy California wrangler—what can possibly go wrong?  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RPT6YJA/

Free May 4-6

 
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