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RELEASE DAY Detour Ahead! @MFRWAuthor

For an author, there’s something magical about the day a book is officially published—and even after more than thirty novels and novellas, it still doesn’t get old. We are excited to announce the release of the fourth and final book in our Riders Up romantic suspense series set in the horse racing industry, Detour Ahead.

For those who’ve been following the series, you’ll remember Traci as the svelte, cool and collected lawyer who is Cassie’s best friend. In Book One, Traci took Cassie sailing for a day to help her heal from what looked like the end of her relationship with Clint.

It turns out cool and collected was a mask Traci hid behind, even from Cassie. Now in her early thirties, Traci works tirelessly as a prosecuting attorney. Her goal? Keeping rapists off the street. It’s Cassie’s turn to help Traci heal, though Traci isn’t sure she likes her friend’s M.O.

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Threatened race horses, city slicker attorney, sexy California wrangler—what can possibly go wrong?

Hot-shot Chicago prosecuting attorney Traci Steele works tirelessly keeping rapists off the street to prevent other women from suffering the hell she’s endured, so she resists her friends’ insistence that she take a two month R&R in their California Live Oak condo—until they persuade her to help their rancher friend as a private investigator.

Though he runs the stables at Live Oak, well-muscled mustached wrangler Scott McCord much prefers working with the race horses he trains at his ranch, and he can’t believe his old friends have sent a greenhorn female to help him with horse troubles.

The improbable dance between this mismatched pair barely fits in around the escalating suspense of whoever’s after Scott’s horses. Traci is as tenacious in her sleuthing as she is terrified about her inability to ever love a man. Can Scott succeed in gentling her – like he does his horses – before she flees in panic?

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Night Owl Reviews Top Pick This is a story about letting go of your past so you can move on to your future. It is a story about letting go of being the victim and becoming a survivor…Add into this touching story of recovery a mystery that will keep you guessing to the very end, and you’ve got a story you won’t be able to put down. Angi

You Gotta Read Reviews Rich in romance and suspense, this book had me mesmerized from the first page. I was definitely drawn toward the main character, Traci, and all of the emotional barriers that she faced… a sensational job of combining just the right amount of suspense with a sauciness that leaves you longing for more. Run, don’t walk to your nearest book store for this sensational book. Val

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Scott McCord stood at Traci’s emergency room bedside. He must look a mess. A nurse had already asked if he wanted a sedative. Hell, no. He wasn’t going to soften his guilt with drugs.

God damn, how had it happened? He replayed the scene over and over again. He still couldn’t understand it. One minute Traci and the horse had been working together as a team, and the next she was tossing about like a child’s rag doll.

Until she landed in the dirt. He hadn’t been able to move fast enough. Her words and the magnitude of her distress had temporarily paralyzed him. Without a doubt, this accident involved more than a woman learning how to ride a horse. But she was his responsibility, and he’d let her down.

So there Traci Steele lay, ashen, but breathing steadily. The doctor said nothing was broken. There were no apparent internal injuries. She’d be bruised some. And they’d want to keep her overnight to check her for a concussion.

He followed behind the gurney when they moved her from emergency to the second floor. No one seriously challenged his presence. Since he didn’t know about her insurance carrier, he’d signed to cover financial responsibility. Looking at the pale woman, who was becoming a bigger mystery every day, he knew she wouldn’t be pleased he’d taken over. But they could straighten things out later.

During the night, Traci came to enough to complain to a nurse about the IV, but he could tell she still had little understanding of where she was or what had happened.

Scott dozed off and on until sunshine bounced off his closed eyelids. Sputtering, cussing himself for having fallen asleep, he pushed himself up in his chair and looked at his patient. She stared back at him with a wan smile on her lips.

Leaping to his feet, Scott fumbled for words. She held out her hand to him; he clasped it between his own.

“Hi,” Traci said, softly. “You don’t look so good.”

“Maybe.” Scott ducked his head so she wouldn’t see the moisture forming in his eyes. “You don’t look quite ready to walk down a fashion show runway, either.”

“I’m sore and maybe a little weak, but otherwise I’m fine,” Traci offered. “So where am I?”

“You’re in the regional hospital. The doc wanted to keep you overnight for observation. They couldn’t find anything wrong other than being knocked out. Do you remember what happened?”

He watched the competent lawyer withdraw behind shuttered eyelids. Her body quivered and then gradually calmed. She stared at him with renewed energy. “Yes, I remember. It wasn’t Cory’s fault.”

“No, I should have–”

“It wasn’t your fault, either. It’s hard to explain. I lost control of Cory. And then I got into a terrible place, and I lost control of myself.” She smiled weakly. “But I’m alive. I’ve survived worse.” Traci squeezed his hand. “Please don’t blame yourself. You didn’t do anything wrong.”

“So are you going to tell me about it? Somebody hurt you badly.” His fingers curled into a fist.

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Evie’s Sexy Morning #MySexySaturday

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.

This week’s theme is My Sexy Morning. We’re thrilled to announce the re-release of our erotic romance holiday romp, A Gift for Adam, coming to Extasy Books Monday, December 15, so we thought we’d give you a taste of what Evie wakes up to:a gift for adam 

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Evie caught her breath as she studied Adam. He seemed so male. Yet he’d shown her a gentler side that had simply amazed her. Would she ever be able to walk through automotive and see him waiting on a customer without remembering how he’d taken her to erotic plateaus she’d thought were only somebody else’s fantasies? Would she ever be able to cleanse his male scent from her nostrils? Did she even want to? How could she slink back into her existence as merely the assistant manager of home and garden? For nearly three days she’d been treated as something incredibly special—pampered, praised and loved. Spelled with a small “l,” she quickly added.

She exhaled sharply. Damn, she hated feeling like Cinderella.

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Home and Garden assistant manager Evie Strand has painstakingly embroidered a set of seven thongs as a gag gift for her best friend—only she brought the wrong box to the store Christmas party, and now Adam Grant from Automotive is holding them up for everyone to see: Kiss my…, Tight Fit—could things get any worse? Adam may seem like a total rake, but he can tell Evie’s deeply embarrassed and he resolves to make it up to her. Who knew where a simple dinner date would lead?

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#MySexySaturday Heat Wave

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.

This week’s them is Sexy Little Words – all the things lovers say to each other while making love. Maggie and Ed are nowhere near that stage – he works for her, so she’s definitely off limits. But bodies have a way of betraying the best of intentions. Here is their first kiss:

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“Damn, woman, you have the most kissable lips I’ve ever seen,” Ed mumbled, keeping his hands stuffed deep in his pockets.

A brief smile tugged at the corners of Maggie’s mouth. “Looks may be deceiving. Maybe you should find out for yourself.”

Standing on tiptoes, Maggie leaned into him, offering her parted lips.

“Oh, shit.” Ed’s hands leaped out of hiding to pull her against his body. He settled his mouth atop hers.

Behind closed eyelids, Maggie luxuriated in their delicious kiss. She traced his lips and invaded his mouth. She warmed to the sensations of his hands roaming her back and buttocks. Clasping his taut shoulder muscles, she marveled at his firmness. She could feel his arousal pressed against her pelvis. Even her fantasies were not this good. Her brain turned to soup. Her body tingled all over. His tongue played with hers. They shared an intimate game of oral tag.

And then he pulled away abruptly. Ed glared at his hands as if they had betrayed him.

“I’m sorry,” he stammered. “I shouldn’t have done that. It’ll never happen again. You can count on that.”

Maggie gasped at the terror in his eyes. She started to sputter a response, “But…”

Ed spun on his heel and moved rapidly toward the barn. Only the horses heard her protest.

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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 320 acres into a horse farm and try her hand at nearby Prairie Meadows Race Track.

Banned from training after being falsely accused in a racing scandal, former Arlington Park trainer Ed Harrington has skulked home to Des Moines. 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?

The two forge a tumultuous working partnership, but someone’s out to get Maggie’s farm and will stop at almost nothing. 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?

REVIEWS

Adriana Kraft made me a believer in this beautiful tale… showing us how much love, faith and hope can change a person’s belief in everything. Loved it. Melana’s Reviews

…more than a delightfully well-written and entertaining romantic suspense. It’s also a heartwarming story of hope and second chances. Jada, Amazon reader

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. Amy, Amazon reader

Heartfelt with mystery and hope…Well written and extremely enjoyable to read. Donna, Goodreads reviewer

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