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Win a copy of Cassie’s Hope

I wonder if other authors have a favorite character or a story that feels real to them, as though it actually happened – as though if they turn the next corner, the character will be there to greet them. My husband and I, who write together as Adriana Kraft, have such a character: Cassie O’Hanlon has been with us a very long time – in fact, hers was the first story we ever drafted.

That early work never saw the light of day, and with good reason – she wasn’t fully developed, and her plot definitely needed work. But even then she had the elements that compelled us back to her story after we’d become published authors—elements that drove us, in fact, to craft an entire series around her and her circle of friends.

Those elements? The list is a long one. Hope-filled characters with abiding integrity in spite of their flaws. A sense of being grounded and a deep love of the land. Horses—a love my husband and I shared long before we ever met. And of course, suspense, romance, and a happy ending, with just the right dash of eroticism.

Cassie’s Hope is set in my husband’s ancestral turf, the north central Illinois farming region where his British ancestors settled in the 1840s. Her story was birthed while we were cruising that region looking at cemeteries, visiting county archives and gathering family history. We think maybe she’s a distant relative—certainly she has lived out some dreams that were cherished by both of us.

And now we hope those dreams will grab some of you. Her four-book series, Riders Up, was published in 2013 and 2014. We’re about to release our sixtieth romance, coming from Extasy Books early next spring. To celebrate, we’ll be giving away autographed print copies of several of our earlier releases, one a month, and we’re starting with Cassie’s series.

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High stakes, a fiery Irish redhead, her stunning racehorse, and a fiercely loyal rancher

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?

Review:

Five Stars at 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, Goodreads

 

A thirty-plus heroine and her real-life connections #MFRWAuthor #Giveaway

Caitlin Shanahan is a heroine in Seducing Cat (Meghan’s Playhouse Book One). She’s thirty-four. Our plot hinges on the fact that she’s finally given up on finding a man and has decided to purchase the house of her dreams—alone.

When this book was first released, more than one reader commented that thirty-four was way too young for any woman who wanted a partner to conclude it’s too late. Maybe that’s true – certainly the age of first marriage has risen in our culture, and lots of women choose to pursue careers into their mid-thirties or beyond before committing to a romantic partner.

Choosing to wait, though, is different from giving up hope, and this is where Cat finds herself. Is that realistic? Where does it come from? The book is a novella, so we didn’t fill much space with her backstory, other than to convey that her efforts to form relationships have been unsuccessful and painful. But one of us knows those experiences at a personal level – I was in my early thirties when my first husband announced he wanted a divorce.

Though I probably never ceased hoping for love at some level, I spent the next couple years believing it would never happen for me. It wasn’t a matter of wanting to avoid pain – I had simply come to the understanding that romantic love wasn’t in my future. I had started to explore buying a condo for myself when I met Mr. Kraft at the university where we were both teaching.

For now, I’ll spare you the details of the one-year-minus-one-day that transpired between our first date and our wedding, though snippets have turned up here and there in our stories. Finding love again later in life is a trope we love to re-visit in our fiction, and so far we haven’t set an upper age limit on who we might write. We have main characters in their sixties, and even secondary characters as old as their early seventies. Love – and hot sex, since we write erotic romance – are possible as long as we live and breathe. And huzzah for that!

BOOK TOUR AND GIVEAWAY

You can win a copy of Seducing Cat by visiting the tour stops for book four in the series, Vegas Gambler, and entering the Rafflecopter.

Vegas Gambler Tour

 

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What could college English Professor Caitlin Shanahan ever have in common with the brash carpenter Kurt Davis?  The sexy sprite Meghan Keenan, that’s what. 

Level headed English Professor Caitlin Shanahan has finally earned tenure and purchased the century-old two-story house of her dreams in the college town of Burntside, Wisconsin—at thirty-four, she’d better face facts: her future is teaching college and writing plays, not falling in love.  So why is she so drawn to foxy little hometown actress Meghan Keenan, who’s rented her upstairs apartment, or worse, to the girl’s gorgeous hunk of a lover Kurt Davis, a carpenter who’s never even been to college?

Twenty-year-old Meg has a plan. First she’ll seduce the reluctant professor, then she’ll share her sexual delights with both Cat and her brawny carpenter, and when she’s successfully brought them together, she can make her escape and explore what’s beyond the only town she’s ever lived in.

Kurt can’t stand the up-tight professor who’s hired him to build a gazebo and refurbish her old house—the house he wanted for himself. Even if Meg’s scheme succeeds, he knows Caitlin would never look at him twice.  No need to go there in his fantasies…

 

Out Now! Meg’s newest #ménage adventure, April Swings #MFRWAuthor #eXbdd #Contest

Friday the thirteenth is a good luck day—our latest installment of Meg Keenan’s ménage adventures releases today at Extasy Books! To celebrate, we’re giving away a free copy of Book One, Seducing Cat – scroll down for how to enter.

Booked as cruise ship entertainers, Meg Keenan and her latest squeeze, Clark Hendricks, spice up the Caribbean action with April and Derek Day.

 

Published By: Extasy Books

ISBN: 978-1-4874-1327-9

Word Count: 27441

Series:

Meghan’s Playhouse #3

Heat Level: Four Flames: Explicit sex: M/F, F/F; Ménage: F/F/M, F/M/F, FMFM; anal sex; sex toys

Categories: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, GLBT, Ménage

 

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April Day deeply loves her husband, Derek, but something’s missing. To heat things up, she books them on a Caribbean cruise for their seventh anniversary. She’s not sure what she’s looking for, but she knows she’s found it as soon as she spots the delectable sprite of an actress who stars in the ship’s daily shows.

Meghan Keenan’s having a blast with her latest squeeze, Clark Hendricks, who writes and directs the shipboard main shows. Should she turn down April’s request to heat up her marriage? And if she accepts, where will Clark fit in?

Derek is stunned by his wife’s brash pursuit of the hot young actress. Must he match her boldness to keep her from leaving him?

 

EXCERPT

Derek reached for his coffee cup and hesitated. “And I’m supposed to believe this seven-year itch thing will be worked through on this cruise. No roving eyes when we get back to Chicago?”

April shook her head. “Hopefully I’ll have a re-energized husband by then.”

“I’m not the energizer bunny,” Derek said, looking glum and resigned.

“I’ve noticed. Come on, this is about both of us. Let’s enjoy our cruise. There was a time when you couldn’t get enough of me. Wouldn’t you like to have those days back?”

Looking trapped, Derek nodded. “Yeah, you’re right. I would, but this doesn’t seem like the way to do that.”

“I think it is.” April swallowed. “This isn’t just about you, Derek. I have to find my spark again. We’ve both allowed the sex part of our marriage to fizzle. I no longer believe you and I can find it on our own. I think another woman can help us both—at least, the right woman.”

“And you think Meg the actress is that woman?”

“She’s worth a shot. You know I’m not threatening divorce. But I’m not willing to give up on our sex lives just because I’m about to turn thirty, either. I don’t expect to ever have to give up on sex, but that means we have to do some things to give it some new life.”

“You read too many romance novels.”

“Maybe.” She dragged a fingernail along his wrist. “But I’m not ready to give up on us. Now I’m going over there and introducing myself.”

His eyebrows shot up.

“You can watch, if that suits you better.”

CONTEST

To enter for a free download of Meghan’s Playhouse: Book One, click HERE to head over to the Extasy Books Facebook Reader Group, The Book Carousel, and leave a comment on my contest post.

I’ll check comments noon Pacific time on Monday, October 16, and choose a winner!

Seducing Cat received 5 stars from Amy at The TBR Pile: “Hot in all the right places…A must read!”

 
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