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Detour Ahead #FreeDownload Limited Time #Romance #MFRWAuthor

FREE today through Monday at Amazon!

Traci Steele may be the most damaged of the heroines in our four-book horse racing suspense series, Riders Up. If she was a real person, she could say “Me, too” – except she’s never told anyone, not even her best friend, Cassie.

To celebrate this weekend’s 144th running of the Kentucky Derby, Detour Ahead will be FREE at Amazon today through Monday, May 7!

LINK: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RPT6YJA/
Of course it’s always free to read at Kindle Unlimited

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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?

 

Riders Up Series:

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

Each book in this series can be read as a stand-alone.
All four books are always available FREE at Kindle Unlimited:

Cassie’s Hope http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GDWTUGY
Heat Wave http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JZ6GW6G
Willow Smoke http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N0DH13I
Detour Ahead http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RPT6YJA/

 

Willow Smoke #FreeDownload Limited Time #Romance #MFRWAuthor

FREE this weekend at Amazon!

Willow Smoke (Riders Up, Book Three)

Sometimes you can’t help pouring what you love into the fiction you write. “Willow Smoke” might not seem to be much of a name for a romantic suspense book, but it carries great meaning, for us and for its characters. We loved the diamond willows that grew in our spruce-tamarack marsh when we lived in the north woods, and Mr. Kraft’s writing space still sports a small piece he carved.

We had no idea when we began this book what its name would be. We’d already “met” its heroine – Daisy is the street waif Cassie rescues in Book One, Cassie’s Hope, now grown and working as an apprentice horse trainer. As we delved into our forty-ish hero’s reaction on first meeting her, we found Nick thunderstruck by her lanky, graceful willowy frame. He nicknames her “Willow.” Her smoky eyes gave us the rest of the title.

Having struck it huge in the stock market, Nick spends his time doing what he loves – working with wood, crafting hand-built canoes. He grew up canoeing Minnesota’s north woods lakes, so it was only natural for him to take Daisy there and share the things he loves – we love – about it. If I say too much more about the diamond willow walking stick he teaches Daisy to carve, I’d be giving away the plot – but the role of “willow” in this book comes full circle. You never know when you start writing how pivotal a tiny detail will turn out to be!

To celebrate the upcoming Kentucky Derby, Willow Smoke will be free at Amazon this weekend, starting Friday April 27!

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N0DH13I

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

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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?

REVIEW

Five stars at Goodreads: “Suspenseful, intriguing and truly romantic! What a fabulous story of the blending of two worlds” Risha C, Goodreads Reviewer

Riders Up Series:

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

Each book in this series can be read as a stand-alone.
All four books are always available FREE at Kindle Unlimited:

Cassie’s Hope http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GDWTUGY
Heat Wave http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JZ6GW6G
Willow Smoke http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N0DH13I
Detour Ahead http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RPT6YJA/

 

She needed his help desperately… #WeWriWa #FreeDownload #MFRWAuthor

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, where writers share an 8 to 10 sentence snippet of their writing on Sunday.  Be sure to visit other participants at http://www.wewriwa.com/  and read and comment on their #8sunday posts.

Spread the word: Twitter hashtag #8sunday

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.

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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

 

 
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