Sweet Saturday Sample

Welcome. Today I’m giving you a tiny snippet from my July release from Secret Cravings Publisher, Spy Catcher. This is a sweet regency romantic suspense. In this scene the hero lays eyes on the heroine for the first time.

 

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“This couldn’t possibly be the companion Thomas was talking about. She’s much too young and pretty.”

From the angle he was watching them greeted by Whitchurch’s offspring, it would appear the other woman was known to them as well.

With the skill of an artist he studied her. Slim but not too as the traveling gown gracing her hugged her curves suggested. From under her fashionable bonnet he observed wisps of blonde hair tossed about by the gentle breeze.

He wondered what colour her eyes were; blue, green, hazel or brown. With her lips, so pleasingly full and turned up slightly at the corners, he wagered passion would fill her beautiful orbs when kissed. Something he wagered he’d be doing before weeks end.

He watched as she glanced around her surroundings and when he saw her raise her head to take in the front of the mansion he ducked behind the heavy dark blue curtain. Once done he felt foolish for hiding from a woman, something he’d never done.

Thus, he knew the effect, even from a distance, this goddess had on him.

And don’t forget to swing by Secret Cravings Publishing and check out my newest release, IceQueen_SMIce Queen, the first in A Jessica Sales Novel series.

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Who says Reality TV and a Novel don’t mix?

Today I’ve got Tara Chevrestt visiting and showing you how well reality TV can become a novel. Of course, if you’ve ever seen some of the reality shows you’d think they were better off as fiction.

Plotting to Win

Blurb:

Plotting To Win_1400In New York City, seven writers compete for a hundred thousand dollars, a publishing contract with Bright House, and the title of the next bestseller. One is Felicity James. One is Victor Guzman.

Drama, plagiarism, and trash talk play out to enthralled audiences across the country as all seven contestants compete against each other in a range of heated challenges, with tensions reaching breaking point. As Felicity and Victor start up a show‐mance, their relationship burns up the ratings.

Will this sizzling fling escalate into a vicious battle for money and fame, or will these two authors manage to write their own happy ending?

Excerpt:

“A head-hop is a sudden point of view switch.”

“What?” Felicity glanced up from the book she was reading — one of Nicole Roberts’s. She’d actually packed it, having no foresight whatsoever that the woman she’d long admired was going to be judging her.

Victor sat on the edge of her bed, turning his body just enough to face her where she was propped against the headboard. “Like, if you are in Mookie’s point of view and you’re telling us how Mookie feels … that Mookie desires Dookie with a fierce passion he’s never felt before and then you suddenly switch over and tell us what Dookie is feeling … you’re switching POV. It can be jarring to a reader. Some publishers allow it. Some don’t. It’s something to watch for in your genre of writing.” He watched her intently as though waiting for her response.

Her book discarded in her lap, Felicity didn’t know what to say. She was unnerved by his sudden kindness and also by the fact he was on her bed, next to her, and he looked good enough to … no, no.

He blinked at her and apparently assumed she didn’t comprehend, because he continued, “Mookie and Dookie are … are eating sandwiches. Mookie is thinking his salami tastes too peppery and doesn’t Dookie look funny with her hair all messed up? And then suddenly Dookie is thinking Mookie looks like he’s tasted something bad. Basically, you have to choose one point of view, Mookie’s or Dookie’s, and stick with it. Say you choose Mookie. If Mookie can’t see it, hear it, taste it, feel it, touch it, he can’t tell us about it.”

Throughout his explanation, his hands moved animatedly, pantomiming different things: eating a sandwich, having messy hair, the act of hearing, but Felicity couldn’t get past one thing.

“Where the hell do you come up with your character names?” She chortled with laughter. Her insides hurt she laughed so hard, and her spirits lifted. Tears ran down her face. He looked bewildered momentarily and soon joined in, his dimples flashing.

“I mean, those names are sooo unromantic. I have no words,” she finally gasped out when she got control of her wits.

“Well, I don’t know. I’m a guy.” He spread his hands out, palms up.

Felicity turned serious, thinking about what he’d said. “So, the five senses? Like, if I’m narrating a scene and you don’t convey something, I can’t know what you’re thinking, unless you say it aloud or something in your body language tells me. I have to hear it or see it myself to tell the reader about it.”

“Exactly.” And suddenly, before she could react, he reached out and tenderly touched her cheek, brushing away an escaped tear.

Felicity held her breath. His touched burned a trail on her face. She fought the urge to close her eyes and just savor it, this second of … of … whatever was between her and this guy. If she could capture the moment and bottle it, she would. She’d dab the feeling all over her body every day.

She cleared her throat as his finger left her face. “Why are you helping me?”

“I don’t know.” His voice was strained, tired. His expression was one of bewilderment. What was going on behind the brown depths of his gaze? “But I’m not in cahoots with Tiffani. I want to just get that out of your pretty head right now.”

He thinks I’m pretty? Aloud, she said, “Then what was that about? Yesterday? What Tiffani said?” She crossed her arms over her chest, the only barrier she had at the moment, but what was she protecting? Her pride? Her heart?

He sighed and stared at the floor next to her bed. “I was a fool and ended up hurting myself more than you. The extent of our corroboration is switching beds. I thought my nearness — yes, arrogant ass, I know — would throw you off your game, ’cause, frankly, I see you as the biggest threat.”

“Um…” He’d managed to insult her and compliment her at the same time. Felicity couldn’t stop the wrinkle marring her brow. “Okay, well, ‘thank you’ and ‘what the fuck’ both come to mind.” She released an uncomfortable laugh and fingered the pages of her novel. They’d all be dog-eared by the time she was done. Hopefully, Ms. Roberts wouldn’t see it.

He offered a sheepish grin.

“So you thought my game could be thrown off as easily as that? I’m not some high school girl. I’m a grown-ass thirty-year-old woman, and I’m not easily sidetracked.” Well … she bit her lips to stop the smile that threatened to emerge.

His t-shirt pulled against taut muscles as he pushed himself off the bed. The urge to reach out and grab him, to pull him down until his long body covered hers almost overwhelmed her. Hot fire built in her lower belly, and she was grateful for her dark skin. If she’d been a pale woman, the heat and desire within her would be evident as it burned through her flesh.

“I realize that now.” His voice was low and husky. He had his hands in his pockets as he turned away from her bed.

“Wait,” she called after him. “How did you end up hurting yourself?”

“You snore,” he said over his shoulder. “I can’t sleep a wink with all that racket.”

“What?” Felicity gaped at his retreating back and before he got too far away, she hefted her pillow and threw it in his direction. It landed on the floor next to him, and he laughed all the way out of the room, great, shoulder-moving gusts of laughter.

 

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Tara Chevrestt is a deaf woman, former aviation mechanic, dog mom, writer, and editor. You’ll never see her without her Kindle or a book within reach. As a child, she would often take a flashlight under the covers to finish the recent Nancy Drew novel when she was supposed to be sleeping.

Tara is addicted to Law & Order: SVU, has a crush on Cary Grant, laughs at her own jokes, and is constantly modifying recipes and experimenting in the kitchen. Her theme is Strong is Sexy. She writes about strong women facing obstacles—in the military, with their handicaps, or just learning to accept themselves. Her heroines can stand alone and take care of themselves, but they often find love in the process.

You can connect with her on Facebook or follow her blog.

 

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Author Promoting Authors

A Jessica Sales Novel

Good Saturday everyone. Boy have I got a surprise for you today. Instead of promoting my books I’m stepping out and promoting three authors from Secret Cravings Publishing (SCP).

Today and today only I’m featuring Kathleen Ball with her hot, hunky contemporary Texas cowboys. Jean Joachim is giving us sexy, suave Hollywood actors while Dawne Prochilo is thrilling us with rough and tumble historical Colorado cowboys.

So, we’ve got something for just about everyone.

Now, you are asking what’s in it for me, the reader.

In the comment section tell us which author and book you’d like to win. Then on Sunday, using Random Number Generator, I’ll select one winner of the book in your choice of format-Kindle, Nook or PDF.

Oh, and you can enter more than once but remember only one winner and one book will be awarded.

Texas Haven

Everything in Annie Douglas’ life has taught her…

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Author Promoting Authors

A Jessica Sales Novel

Good Saturday everyone. Boy have I got a surprise for you today. Instead of promoting my books I’m stepping out and promoting three authors from Secret Cravings Publishing (SCP).

Today and today only I’m featuring Kathleen Ball with her hot, hunky contemporary Texas cowboys. Jean Joachim is giving us sexy, suave Hollywood actors while Dawne Prochilo is thrilling us with rough and tumble historical Colorado cowboys.

So, we’ve got something for just about everyone.

Now, you are asking what’s in it for me, the reader.

In the comment section tell us which author and book you’d like to win. Then on Sunday, using Random Number Generator, I’ll select one winner of the book in your choice of format-Kindle, Nook or PDF.

Oh, and you can enter more than once but remember only one winner and one book will be awarded.

Texas Haven

Everything in Annie Douglas’ life has taught her…

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Tuesday Tales

A Jessica Sales Novel

First of all, welcome to another Tuesday Tales where this week the word prompt is library. However, I was given the okay to use a variation on the word, librarium. This scene is from my romantic fantasy Return of Queen Sala.

Now, for some fun. A few weeks ago we did a 300 word story based on a picture prompt, seen here to refresh your mind-Small Texas town

What I did was take the story and expand it into a 3,ooo+ word short story, which I’m giving away for free. If you’d like a copy leave your email address in the comment section below and I’ll send you a PDF copy.

Now on to this weeks scene. Enjoy, oh and don’t forget to check out the others by clicking on the link below.

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Tuesday Tales

A Jessica Sales Novel

First of all, welcome to another Tuesday Tales where this week the word prompt is library. However, I was given the okay to use a variation on the word, librarium. This scene is from my romantic fantasy Return of Queen Sala.

Now, for some fun. A few weeks ago we did a 300 word story based on a picture prompt, seen here to refresh your mind-Small Texas town

What I did was take the story and expand it into a 3,ooo+ word short story, which I’m giving away for free. If you’d like a copy leave your email address in the comment section below and I’ll send you a PDF copy.

Now on to this weeks scene. Enjoy, oh and don’t forget to check out the others by clicking on the link below.

“This is delicious, considering it’s my first meal of the day ever. Aravan, you are a wonderful preparer of…

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Lisa Orchard and upcoming Summer Vacation

I’ve got my friend Lisa talking about how to keep the kids entertained during the upcoming summer vacation. It involves something they will enjoy and can take with them-books. In particular books geared for and to them.

Hello Everyone! I hope all is well with you. I’m here today as a guest of Lindsay’s and I’d like to thank him for allowing me to be here today. Thanks Lindsay.

Today, I’d like to chat about vacations. They are important for our physical and emotional health. And they’re fun too!

Not only are they good for our health but they’re a great way to reconnect with your spouse and children. I love taking a vacation with my kids, I get to experience things through their eyes and that makes the experiences all brand new. This year we’re planning on taking the kids to Shedds Aquarium in Chicago. I can’t wait to go!

This will be the first time the kids have ridden on a train and it’s going to be an adventure; my oldest loved trains as a toddler so this will be an exciting experience for him. Usually, we vacation up north. We’re Michiganders, so to us, up north means Traverse City. We usually stay in a cottage on one of the lakes in that area. It’s a great time of fun in the sun and the kids love it.

However, there are some pitfalls to vacationing with your kids. One of them is that they get bored doing adults things. We took one day and decided we were going to do something for us adults. We strategically planned the event during their nap time. On most days, our kids would fall asleep in the car and we’d be able to go for rides up the Peninsula and check out one of the many lighthouses that Michigan has.

But this time we decided to try our hand at wine tasting. You can probably guess what happened, the kids didn’t fall asleep and whined about not going to the beach. Then when we got the beach, they were too cranky from not having their nap that they didn’t enjoy it. Sigh.

We also have pets, two cats. And when we go on vacation they come with us (although they won’t be going to Chicago with us). They stay at the cottage while we go on our daily excursions. One day, we had just gotten back from a day at the beach and parked our car in the garage. The kids played in the vehicle as we unloaded the lawn chairs and coolers. My hubby and I, exhausted after a day in the sun, sat on the back porch, relaxing. We both had a margarita and put our feet up while the kids played “going to the store” in the car. The wind blew off the lake, cooling our sun drenched bodies. We ate a late dinner and then got the kids ready for bed. We slept well that night after a long day of sun soaking and playing in the water. When we woke the next morning, we couldn’t find one of our cats. We searched high and low. We grew concerned; it wasn’t like this particular cat to be gone so long.

Finally, one of the kids found him in the car. He had been locked in there all night. Apparently, it wasn’t just the kids playing “going to the store.”  Poor kitty. Of course, we didn’t have a litter box in the car for him. Sigh. I’m sure you can imagine it wasn’t a pretty sight or smell. And even today after all the scrubbing and cleaning…on a hot day…well let’s just say the memory of that time comes floating back.

Even though there are pitfalls we love vacationing with our kids. We hope we are creating lasting memories for them. We video tape them each year, and then we watch the tapes during the winter when we can’t get outside. It’s amazing to see how much they’ve grown and changed. The kids love to watch these tapes too.

Vacations now are a little less chaotic. The kids don’t take naps and they’re much more active. They’re more independent, so sometimes I even get to relax and read a book. That’s only sometimes, though. So, I’d love to hear about your trials and tribulations while vacationing with your kids. Leave a comment; I’d love to hear from you! And if you’re vacationing with tweens/teens and need something for them to take to the beach; try my Super Spies series. The covers, blurbs, and links are below. They’re great reads!

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This book opens in a small town in Michigan where fifteen-year-old Sarah Cole is stuck spending the summer at her Aunt and Uncle’s with her sister, Lacey. She’s not happy with the situation until she befriends a girl named Jackie. The three girls stumble upon the ruthless murder of a reclusive neighborhood woman. One of the officers investigating the crime believes the girls are responsible for her death. Fearing that this officer will frame them for the murder, the girls organize their own detective squad. They become the Super Spies and start their own fact-finding mission.  The Super Spies can’t understand why anyone would want to murder the “Cat Lady” until they start digging into her past and discover a horrible crime that happened thirty years ago. They uncover a connection between the two crimes and attempt to bring this information to the police, only to be reprimanded for meddling in the inquest. Not only are the girls upset by the admonition, but they also struggle with the fact that their exuberant investigating could provide a legal loophole allowing the killer to go free. To make matters worse, the police don’t even believe them. Frustrated by this turn of events, the Super Spies realize it’s up to them to snare the Cat Lady killer, or die trying…

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This book opens in a small town in Michigan where Sarah and her sister Lacey are now living with their Aunt and Uncle. Still reeling from the fact her parents have disappeared, Sarah starts the school year with her new friend Jackie Jenkins. When Sarah learns the school has been bombed, she’s filled with dread. Uncle Walt is a teacher, and he was in the school when the bomb exploded. Taking matters into her own hands, Sarah decides to search for him. The rest of the Super Spies are right behind her. When a fireman chases them away from the school, Sarah becomes suspicious. She decides to investigate. The FBI arrives on the scene. Sarah realizes this bombing could have even bigger implications. Searching for the bombers, Sarah is introduced to the world of terrorism. She fears that the bombing and her parents’ disappearance are connected and terrorists are involved. To make matters worse, the bombers are determined to finish the job. Can the Super Spies find the bombers before it’s too late?

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Lisa Orchard grew up loving books. She was hooked on mysteries by the fifth grade and even wrote a few of her own. She knew she wanted to be a writer even then.  “The Super Spies and the High School Bomber” is the second book in the “Super Spies” series. Her first book was published in March of 2012 and it has received rave reviews.

After graduating from Central Michigan University with a Marketing Degree she spent many years in the insurance industry, pining to express her creative side.  The decision to stay home with her children gave her the opportunity to follow her dream and become a writer. She currently resides in Rockford Michigan with her husband, Steve, and two wonderful boys. Currently, she’s working on the third novel that stars the same quirky teens. When she’s not writing she enjoys spending time with her family, running, hiking, and reading.

Both books, including her soon to be released third in the series, are available at:

Astraea Press

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