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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

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Celebrate the #Breeders Cup! #Freebook #RomanticSuspense

The Breeder’s Cup Races are here! Today and tomorrow, Nov. 2-3, 2018, at Churchill Downs. Apart from the Triple Crown, this weekend is probably American Horse Racing’s most prestigious and exciting weekend! Two days of the best of the best, competing in over a dozen races.

We love horse racing and used it as the setting for our romantic suspense series Riders Up. To celebrate this year’s Breeder’s Cup, Book Four: Detour Ahead will be free at Amazon Friday and Saturday, November 2-3. Each book in this series can be read as a standalone.

FREE BOOK LINK http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RPT6YJA/

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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?

 

You handled that real well… #WeWriWa #Free #KU #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.

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Welcome to the world of horse racing! For the next few weeks we’ll be featuring excerpts from Detour Ahead, Book Four in our Rider’s Up Series. Each book can be read as a stand-alone, and all four books are always available FREE at KU.

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

Time to hear something from the new “detour” in Traci’s future.

EXCERPT

“You handled that real well, McCord—real smooth. The woman must think you’re a Neanderthal idiot.” Scott McCord berated himself as he broke a bale of hay apart to divide among his horses. No doubt the woman was Traci Steele. She fit Cassie Travers’s description, hair as black as night falling below her shoulders, and tall.

She might only be a few inches shorter than him, and he was six-one even. And there weren’t a lot of single women in and out of Live Oak. It was a nice enough resort, but it wasn’t Club Med.

The Chicagoan was a looker, all right, very nicely proportioned. Yep, Traci Steele looked as attractive as Cassie had bragged her up to be.

BUY LINK

Always FREE to read at Kindle Unlimited
Available in print and e-book
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00RPT6YJA/

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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?

REVIEWS

Night Owl Reviews Top Pick This is a story about letting go of your past so you can move on to your future…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…a sensational job of combining just the right amount of suspense with a sauciness that leaves you longing for more. Val

Amazon Riveting mystery and love story in one great book Donna H. A Great story that shows that love can heal anything!” Amy B.

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Be sure to stop by the rest of the Weekend Writing Warriors for some great excerpts!

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