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Win a copy of Heat Wave! #WeWriWa #8Sunday #SundaySnippet #MFRWAuthor

…and welcome to December! Our autographed print giveaway this month is Book Two in our Riders Up series. Heat Wave offers a second chance to the hot-shot Arlington Park horse trainer who came under suspicion in Cassie’s Hope. Since then, Ed Harrington has seen some hard times, tucked his tail between his legs, and headed home to rural Iowa.

Be sure to visit Weekend Writing Warriors to check out the rest of today’s exciting excerpts!

Contest details after our Sunday Snippet:

EXCERPT

“Mom. Mom!” shouted the smallish tow-headed boy dashing up the porch steps.

“What is it, Johnny—you’d think the devil was chasing you.” She’d never understand why boys always rushed around so.

Skidding to a halt before her while the screen door banged loudly behind him, Johnny said, “Somebody’s coming, Mom.”

“Who?”

“Don’t know. The truck ain’t familiar,” he drawled.

“Isn’t,” both mother and sister corrected.

Johnny rolled his eyes. “There he comes now.”

Everyone on the porch looked toward the driveway as an old faded green pick-up lumbered toward the gravel patch where Maggie’s car and truck were parked.

She didn’t recognize the man getting out of the truck, who stood tall in western boots, clean Levis, and a white dress shirt with an ancient feed mill cap dipped low over his eyes. Unable to make out his features clearly, Maggie rose to welcome the stranger.

As he rapped on the screen door, he said dryly, “Afternoon, Mrs. Anderson. It took a while for me and Mabel to figure out your directions.”

With those few words, Ed Harrington doffed his cap. A hint of a smile tugged at his mouth. His gray eyes remained cool and guarded.

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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 Park 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?

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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.

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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

 

 

#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?

 
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