Friday, February 28, 2014

#firstkiss A kiss to mend a broken heart.. The Widow's Heart by @LBroday @KMNbooks #giveaway

KAREN: Will Cade's kiss sway Skye to give them a second chance at love? You be the judge! Enjoy a snippet from The Widow's Heart by Linda Broday!

***Giveaway: Linda is giving away two eBook copies of Hearts and Spurs to two lucky winners! Read on and find out how you can win this wonderful prize!

First Kiss from the Hearts and Spurs Anthology
“The Widow’s Heart”
By Linda Broday

He’d lost it. His most cherished possession.  Maybe it fell out.  Hurrying into the house, Cade stooped down to look under the table and around the room. Movement drew him up short.

Skye stood with arms folded. “Looking for something?”

“You might say that I am. Something I greatly treasure. Must’ve fallen out of my pocket.”

“Would this be it, by chance?” A gold locket dangled from her hand.

Cade Coltrain swallowed hard, waiting for what was to come. “You found it.”

The lines of her face softened. “Why did you keep it?”

“It reminded me of the price I paid for my own stupidity.” He covered the space between them and took it. “And I never get tired of looking at your picture. Remembering. Dreaming.”

“I didn’t know you cared; that you gave me another thought after that day.”

He forced out the words he’d locked in a far corner of his heart. “I cared. Always.”

Slowly, Cade moved closer until only a whisper of distance remained between them. He caressed her cheek with the back of his fingers. “You don’t know what you do to a man. You’re impossible to forget.”

Skye leaned into him. “What did we do, Cade? I loved you, you know.”

“But Matthew—”
           
“Matthew wasn’t you. He was a good husband, but I never loved him. I only gave my heart away once…and you gave it back.”
           
“I was a fool.” His ragged breath was loud in his ears. Heat pooled low in his belly. Without stopping to think, he bent his head and kissed her.
           
Skye closed her eyes. Like the brush of fine silk, the sweep of his mouth across hers stole her breath, her thoughts, any desire to resist.

An overpowering need rose up.

But what would happen when he rode off again without looking back? Could she keep it from destroying her?
Pushing away from his broad chest, she stumbled outside. The old dugout, the place she always sought when life pressed around crushing her, drew her. She sank down into the chair she’d put there long ago and buried her face in her hands.

The lines had blurred and she didn’t know how that happened. Cade Coltrain was no longer her husband’s brother. He was her love. And God knew if he kissed her again, she’d lose all ability to resist.

Even if he made no promise to stay.



Hearts and Spurs anthology:

How do you capture a cowboy's heart? Love never comes easy, but these women raise the stakes, get out the lassos, and set to work to get their man to the altar. Second chances and rekindled passions prove nothing is impossible where Cupid is concerned.

Hearts and Spurs is a collection of nine stories by some of western romance's best—just in time for Valentine's Day!

 

About Linda Broday's tale, THE WIDOW'S HEART

Desperate and alone, Skye O’Rourke finds courage and a love she thought she’d lost when a man from her past emerges from the shimmering desert heat.
Skye O’Rourke thinks her imagination is playing tricks on her when a man emerges from the shimmering desert heat. No one would willingly take a stroll under the scorching sun with a saddle slung on his back. She’s shocked to discover it’s Cade Coltrain, a man she once gave her heart to only to have him give it back.

Can she trust him not to abandon her this time? Yet, trusting each other is the only way they can survive. And love might just save them if they believe….

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***Giveaway: Tanya is giving away two eBook copies of Hearts and Spurs to two lucky winners! All you have to do is answer this question or leave a comment.

Question: Do you think Skye should give Cade another chance? 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Linda Broday is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of three full-length western romance novels and seven short stories. She feels a deep obligation to preserve the history and spirits of the men and women who followed their dreams and came to settle the west. Through her characters, she shows their courage and deep determination to survive despite the odds.

She lives in the Texas Panhandle on the Llano Estacado, land the American Indians and comancheros once roamed. She’s a grandmother, avid rock collector, and member of the Panhandle Professional Writers’ Association, Romance Writers of America and Women Writing the West. When she’s not writing, she’s scouring the Internet for little-known tidbits about the frontier to add to her stories. Writing and research are her passions.

Watch for an upcoming western romance series that will release with Sourcebooks Publishing in 2015.

She blogs once a month at Petticoats and Pistols a website devoted to promoting everything related to western romance. And at Prairie Rose Publications Blogspot .

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

#firstkiss Oh the joys of a sweet, wordless song of a first kiss! Claiming His Heart by @TanyaHanson @KMNbooks

KAREN: A forced marriage brings Charmlee and Tulsa together, but that wordless "sweet song of a kiss" ignites a passion that neither one will soon be able to ignore.  Enjoy a snippet from CLAIMING HIS HEART by Tanya Hanson!

****Giveaway: Tanya is giving away a print copy of CLAIMING HIS HEART. Read on and find out how you can win this fabulous prize!

   FIRST KISS from Claiming His Heart 
by Tanya Hanson

A full-length, western historical inspirational romance





Set up for the scene: Charmlee and Tulsa are forced into a marriage neither of them wants. Now. But of course, it won’t be long before they do.  



     Merciful goodness, her whole life was about to change. Likely for worse, not better. Tull leaned down to her, and the handful of female wedding guests cooed as if expecting him to steal a kiss. Charmlee held her breath.

     But he whispered, harsh, “You better not change your mind on me.” Then his lips nuzzled her ear as the crowd expected.

     Charmlee gasped.

     A devout man, Judge Fields opened with Scripture and led the civil rite prayerfully. But at the “I do”, a darkness both deep and green began to settle on Charmlee and her knees buckled. Tull’s left arm grabbed her back and she nestled against him in support and mumbled the words.

     “…with this ring,” the judge continued. Determined, Charmlee held out her hand. With a pang, she watched Tull place Daddy’s own signet ring on her finger, turning the initial into her palm. Clever. It looked as real as any wedding band.

     Then came words she’d never imagined this day would bring.

     “I now pronounce you man and wife.”

     And Tull bent his face down to hers. The scent of him and the sudden gentleness of his hands landed on her like starlight.  With a flight of their own, her hands rose to his neck, and she used his strength to support the overwhelming feelings. His nearness stunned her, and the warm sweetness of his mouth had her own lips ready to drink in more.

     For a moment that went on forever, their mouths joined in a sweet, wordless song. Her toes tingled, and the crowd chuckled.  Then the deep green darkness began to settle again. Charmlee’s knees weakened, from both the death of her dreams and the all-too-real mess another handsome man was bringing into her life.

     For a flash, Tull’s arms tightened around her.

     “You all right?” he whispered.

     Lest he think she was swooning for him, she pulled away. “Certainly. The dress doesn’t fit loose enough.”

     “It fits you just fine.” He chuckled deep in her ear.




ABOUT THE BOOK: CLAIMING HIS HEART


Caught between a noose and a cave-in, Tulsa Sanderson must do anything possible to prove his brother’s innocence...even if it means marrying a gold miner’s daughter he just met. He needs every nugget and flake he can pull from her worn-out claim, but he sure doesn’t need a wife. Save his brother from the hangman and he’ll be back on the Texas cattle trails.



Charlotte Amalie lost her heart, her virtue, and her money to the last mysterious outsider in the valley. Faith? That’s wavered, too, after too many family tragedies. But she has no choice but to wed the handsome Tull. He bears terrible family secrets that need to be kept behind closed doors. Although she’s eager to leave the valley to find a new life for herself and medical treatments for her wounded brother, her unwanted marriage douses her plans. Yet stirs up hope and love for Tull.



Can the two of them find a future--and faith--together even with their haunted pasts? 



Amazon Buy link:

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****Giveaway: Tanya is giving away a print copy of CLAIMING HIS HEART. All you have to do is leave a comment and your email so Tanya can contact you if you should win. Good Luck!!





ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

When she’s not writing or spoiling her two little grandsons, Tanya Hanson and her personal hero/firefighter hubby love to travel. Recent trips through the spectacular Canadian Rockies and breathlessly-beautiful Colorado have her head exploding with ideas and settings for future story-telling.



A native Californian, Tanya lives on the central coast and volunteers at the local horse rescue in her spare time. She writes Westerns of all sorts--contemporary inspirational, sensual historical, full-length, novella, short story, and is trying her hand at a YA set paranormally in the present and ...the Donner Party.

YOU CAN FIND THE AUTHOR ON THE WEB AT:
 


          
Sweethearts of the West

Twitter: @TanyaHanson                    






Wednesday, February 26, 2014

First Kiss: Longing for a Sweet Kiss Guarding Her Heart @LiviaJWashburn @KMNbooks #firstkiss #giveaway

The CONTEST has ended. And the winner is... Debra St John! Congratulations!!
 
KAREN: In the excerpt of Guarding Her Heart, Livia J. Washburn teases us with Grant's longing for a kiss from the charming Miss Julia Courtland. And tease she does... Enjoy!


***GIVEAWAY: Livia J. Washburn will be giving away one signed PRINT copy of HEARTS AND SPURS to one lucky commenter! Be sure to leave your contact information in your comment, and good luck!
 

 TEASE OF A FIRST KISS:  

GUARDING HER HEART 
by Livia J. Washburn

Sometimes, the longing for one sweet kiss is an unbearably sweet dream that can never be...but that doesn't stop a man from imagining what it could be like!

By morning, Grant's stomach was pure-dee certain his throat had been cut. That wasn't the thing bothering him the most, however.
No, that prize went to the way he'd felt during the long hours of the night, after she woke him as promised, while he watched Julia Courtland sleep.
She'd been restless, since the floor of a cave wasn't very well suited to restful slumber. She shifted around and rolled over and tried to wedge her shoulders and hips into more comfortable positions, evidently without much success. But after a while, she had dozed off and peacefulness settled over her face. Strands of that rich, dark brown hair caressed her smooth cheek. Grant thought about how her hair had looked spread over her bare shoulders and back, and he couldn't help but visualize it spread over a pillow, in a real bed shared by the both of them, as she looked up at him and smiled and drew him down so that he could feast on her soft, warm lips…
Torment, that's what it was. Plain and simple torment.
Oddly enough, mixed in with the more elemental reaction, he'd had moments when he longed to reach over to her and stroke his fingertips lightly along her cheek. To bend down and bury his face in her hair and drink deeply of its scent. To brush his lips over her forehead as she slept and have her sigh in contentment without really waking, knowing that she was safe and secure with him.
Loco, he told himself.
Almost as loco as the idea of her marrying a man she didn't even know.
Along toward morning he built the fire up again, and knowing it would last until the sun came up, he stretched out again to catch a few more winks, this time on the same side of the fire as her. He wanted to be close to her.
When he woke up, they were closer than he'd intended. Either she'd scooted over to him or he had moved nearer to her, because they were spooning again, the way they had the day before. Except they were both fully clothed now, of course…drat the luck.
Grant's arm was around her waist. He started to lift it carefully, so as not to disturb her, but she put her arm over his and held it in place.
"You're awake?" he whispered.
"I am."
"I'm sorry about—"
"Don't be. This feels…good. It feels—"
"Right," Grant said. "It feels right."
Her reply was so quiet he could barely hear it. "Yes. It does."
He was hungry, but he would have been happy to lie there with her as long as she was willing.
There was no telling what might have happened if somebody outside the cave hadn't shouted, "Hello! Miss Courtland! Are you anywhere around here? Miss Courtland!"

***DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE GIVEAWAY: Livia will be giving away one signed print copy of HEARTS AND SPURS to one lucky commenter! Be sure to leave your contact information in your comment, and good luck!


GUARDING HER HEART by Livia J. Washburn (One of the stories from Hearts and Spurs)
Logline: Outlaws threaten a Valentine's Day wedding!
Julia Courtland was on her way west to marry a man she had never met. Henry Everett, the marshal of Flat Rock, Texas, was the grandson of her uncle's best friend. It seemed like a good match for both of them, and the wedding was scheduled to take place on Valentine's Day.
Grant Stafford thought the young woman who got on the stagecoach at Buffalo Springs was the prettiest thing he had seen in a long time. She wasn't too friendly, mind you, but she was sure easy on the eyes. Not that Grant had time to worry much about such things. He was the shotgun guard on this run, but more than that, he was an undercover Texas Ranger on the trail of the vicious outlaw gang responsible for a string of stagecoach robberies.

Fate threw Julia Courtland and Grant Stafford together on a cold February day in West Texas, but it also threw deadly obstacles in their path. A runaway team, a terrible crash, and bullets flying through the air threaten to steal not only their lives but also any chance they have for happiness. If they're going to survive, they will have to learn to trust each other . . . and maybe steal their hearts back from fate.

PROMO FOR HEARTS AND SPURS:

How do you capture a cowboy's heart? HEARTS AND SPURS is a collection of nine stories by some of western romance’s best—just in time for Valentine's Day! Following up their Christmas collection WISHING FOR A COWBOY, these ladies have done it again with new stories of handsome cowboys and the women who captivate them in HEARTS AND SPURS.
"HEARTS AND SPURS features nine sensual Valentine's Day love stories of the old west that will leave no doubt--Cupid is a cowboy, and he's playing for keeps!" 
Purchase a copy at:
 
About the Author

Under the names Livia J. Washburn and L.J. Washburn, Livia Reasoner has been writing award-winning, critically acclaimed mystery, western, romance, and historical novels for thirty years. She began to write in collaboration with her husband, author James Reasoner, and soon branched out into telling her own stories. 
Livia and James have had a long career working together, tweaking and editing each others stories. In recent years she's become involved in the publishing end of the business, producing ebooks and trade paperbacks for Western Fictioneers, and now for Prairie Rose Publications. A good day for her includes having time to create something new in the kitchen, on a story, and designing a great cover. Livia lives in the Texas countryside with her husband, and her dogs. Her website can be found at http://www.liviawashburn.com/, and she blogs when she can find the time at http://www.liviajwashburn.blogspot.com/.


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

#firstkiss Cassia and Ulric share a tantalizing kiss that can't be denied in LYCAN GLADIATOR by @evagordon @KMNbooks

KAREN: Cassia and Ulric share a tantalizing kiss that can't be denied, but secrets loom and may very well seal their fate... Enjoy a snippet from Lycan Gladiator by Eva Gordon!

****Giveaway:  A PDF download of Lycan Gladiator! Read on and find out how you can win this fantastic giveaway!


First Kiss from Lycan Gladiator
By Eva Gordon


A lycan gladiator in Rome's brutal arena vows to claim his forbidden mate … but her secrets may seal their doom.

Ulric drew her into his mouth with the hunger of a wolf. His tongue probing. Possessing. His satisfactory growls of pleasure sent a tingle throughout her core. Cassia tried to pull away from the ravishing kiss but could not, would not. Dear Feronia, I want him. The heat of her wolf mark burned her flesh. Moisture gathered from the cleft between her legs. For the first time, her need to fulfill her own desires awakened. She fingered the slabs of muscles on his arms, an alpha worthy of her. Forced to be a gladiator. How he must have suffered at the hands of the Caninus pack. No. This could not happen. She had to push him away. If he suspected she was a wolf maiden, his primal instincts would overtake him. Claim her. Cassia’s tongue danced and curled in his mouth. Oh, but she wanted to be claimed. But not by a slave, owned by Macula. Reason won. She broke away from his kiss. It didn’t stop his fervor. He moved his mouth down the hollow of her throat. His fangs brushed against her exposed pulse.

She turned shyly. “Please, Ulric do not…”

Ferox walked in. “My lady! The boy is awake.”

Ulric turned and growled. She licked her lips and ran to tend to the boy.




About the Author

Eva Gordon an award winning author writes genre bending paranormal/fantasy/steampunk and historical novels with a strong romantic element. She loves to create stories that combine her passion for mythology, steamy romance, and action/suspense. Her imagination takes her from one universe to the next. Thus far, she has several series lined up as well as single titles waiting in line for production.

Eva has a BS in Zoology and graduate studies in Biology. She once taught high school Biology, Environmental Science and Anatomy/Physiology. Eva is also an animal lore expert and she will be doing a workshop on European Wolf Lore for The Romance Writer’s Convention in July, 2014.

When not in her den writing, she can be found at steampunk conventions, at work at the raptor rehabilitation center, wolf sanctuaries, or to satisfy her inner Hemingway on some global eco adventure.

Learn more about Eva Gordon

****Giveaway: Leave a comment to be in the draw for a PDF download of Lycan Gladiator. Don't forget to leave your email so Eva can contact you if you should win!



ABOUT THE BOOK:  Lycan Gladiator
 During a time of bloody gladiator games and treacherous schemes, a secret society of lycans, live amongst the Romans.

When Ulric, a lycan gladiator, meets a mysterious human woman with green eyes, he’s drawn to her fiery beauty, enraptured by her alluring aroma. Unfortunately, Ulric and the beauty are slaves. To make matters worse, he can mate only with someone marked with the sign of the wolf.

Cassia’s hidden wolf mark burns in the presence of the handsome gladiator. While her heart yearns to be near Ulric, logic warns her against it—having a slave as a mate is against the lycan society’s plans for her.

In spite of the lycan society’s rules and the emperor’s brutal plots, their love grows … but their passion just may cost them their lives.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

First Kiss: In A Flare of the Heart, a spur of the moment kiss ignites hope for more. @JacquieRogers @KMNbooks #firstkiss

KAREN: In Jacquie Rogers tale, A Flare of the Heart, fear and hope motivates this spur of the moment kiss, making Celia and Ross determined to have a future! You're going to love this scene and beg for more. Enjoy! 

***Giveaway: Jacquie is giving away one of the Hearts of Owyhee titles (reader’s choice) to one lucky blog commenter. 

 ****More partying on Facebook and more chances to win. Jacquie is offering the same prize as above plus a package of Idaho Spud bars to the party! So hop on over and say hi! https://www.facebook.com/events/1436219633278972/


FIRST KISS from A Flare of the Heart, a short story in  
Hearts and Spurs by Jacquie Rogers 

Setup: Celia Yancey heads west to marry a preacher her father picked for her. Bounty hunter Ross Flaherty has traded his guns for a pitchfork and is content to be a farmer, but Celia brings his nemesis right to his door.  In this scene, Ross tells Celia his plan:
 
“I’ll be making my way around the pasture to the field next to the house.  There’s some alfalfa growing and it’s pretty tall.  I can belly-crawl through it without them noticing so long as you keep ’em busy.”
“Then what?”
“Then you keep pulling the trigger until you’re down to the last five rounds and leave the rest to me.  If things don’t go my way, head back to the creek and follow it to town.”
He turned to leave, but she grasped his shoulder to give him a peck on the cheek for luck.  Instead, he faced her and she kissed him right square on the lips.  She was stunned.
He must have been stunned, too, because he stared at her for the longest moment.
“For luck,” she whispered. 
*     *     *
Not a whole lot rattled Ross, but that one sweet kiss shook him right down to his boots, and everything in between.
“Your luck, or mine?” he asked.
“Ours.”
He wrapped his arms around her and gave her a kiss she’d remember.  Hellfire, he’d remember it, too.  Her lips were soft and responsive, her kiss unschooled but passionate.  Another couple of shots shattered the moment.  He pushed himself away from her.
“I have a feeling this is my lucky day.”  He caressed her cheek.  “Remember, keep firing and aim low.  And stay down.”

 
About the Author:
 
I’m a former software designer, campaign manager, deli clerk, and cow milker, but have always been a bookworm. Reading is my passion—westerns, fantasies, historicals of any era, and especially with a dash of romance and humor.  I grew up on a dairy farm outside of Homedale , Idaho , in Owyhee County and rode horseback all over the hills where her Hearts of Owyhee series is set, encountering adventures both real and imagined.
 
I currently live in suburbia with my IT Guy (also have a license to sleep with him), daughter, and four grandsons.  Our home is ruled by The Cat Annie, a feral rescue, who enjoys tromping on the keyboard in the midst of action or love scenes.  I’m a member of Romance Writers of America and Western Fictioneers, teaches classes in both writing craft and research topics.
 
 
ABOUT HEARTS AND SPURS

How do you capture a cowboy's heart? HEARTS AND SPURS is a collection of nine stories by some of western romance’s best—just in time for Valentine's Day! Following up their Christmas collection WISHING FOR A COWBOY, these ladies have done it again with new stories of handsome cowboys and the women who captivate them in HEARTS AND SPURS. 

HEARTS AND SPURS features nine sensual Valentine's Day love stories of the old west that will leave no doubt--Cupid is a cowboy, and he's playing for keeps! 

THE WIDOW’S HEART by Linda Broday 
Desperate and alone, Skye O’Rourke finds courage and a love she thought she’d lost when a man from her past emerges from the shimmering desert heat. 

GUARDING HER HEART by Livia J. Washburn 
Outlaws threaten a Valentine's Day wedding! 

FOUND HEARTS by Cheryl Pierson 
An enemy from the past threatens Alex Cameron’s future on the day he’s set to wed mail-order bride Evie Fremont. Can they survive their wedding day? 

OPEN HEARTS by Tanya Hanson 
A woman living as a man to practice the law she loves must guard her identity--and her heart--from a handsome sheriff, who discovers her secret and must decide whether to turn her in or fall in love. 

HOLLOW HEART by Sarah J. McNeal 
Lost love and the hope for possibilities… 

A FLARE OF THE HEART by Jacquie Rogers 
Celia Yancey heads west to marry a preacher her father picked for her. Bounty hunter Ross Flaherty has traded his guns for a pitchfork and is content to be a farmer, but Celia brings his nemesis right to his door. Can Celia and Ross shed the past and forge a new beginning? 

COMING HOME by Tracy Garrett 
Sometimes it takes two to make dreams come true. When a man who believes he’ll never have a home and family finds a woman who has lost everything…It takes a lot of forgiveness and a few fireworks to realize that together, their dreams can come true. 

TUMBLEWEEDS AND VALENTINES by Phyliss Miranda 
The wildness of a tumbleweed and the sweetness of chocolate bring Amanda Love the love of a lifetime. 

THE SECOND-BEST RANGER IN TEXAS by Kat hleen Rice Adams 
A washed-up Texas Ranger. A failed nun with a violent past. A love that will redeem them both.

PURCHASE YOUR COPY HERE:
Hearts and Spurs (Prairie Rose Publications anthology)
 
***Giveaway: Jacquie is giving away one of the Hearts of Owyhee titles (reader’s choice) to one lucky blog commenter. All you need to do is comment and choose the story you would like. Good Luck!!
   
****More partying on Facebook. Jacquie is offering the same prize as above plus a package of Idaho Spud bars to the party! So hop on over and say hi! https://www.facebook.com/events/1436219633278972/