Tuesday, October 6, 2015

New Release: A Cowboy Firefighter for Christmas by Kim Redford

It's release day for A Cowboy Firefighter for Christmas, the first in Kim Redford's new Smokin' Hot Cowboys series! To celebrate, we've got an exclusive excerpt to share:

“You’re a deputized firefighter now,” he said.

“That can’t be legal.” She attacked the grass with renewed energy. They were actually making good headway now.

“If there’s trouble, everybody pitches in.”

“Police? 9-1-1?”

“We’re the first responders.” He struck hard at the ground with his towels.

“There must be a county sheriff. Highway patrol.”

“And the Wildcat Bluff Police Department.” He stomped at the blackened grass. “How long do you think it’d take help to get here?”

“Good point.”

“We all depend on the Wildcat Bluff County Volunteer Fire-Rescue.”

“That’s why you deputized me? I’m a total stranger! I could have been—well, big trouble. I actually thought you were, at first.”

“But you aren’t,” he said with another charming grin.

She couldn’t resist cracking a smile back, even despite the circumstances. She shrugged, beginning to understand that life out here was different than in the city.

Sweat trickled down her body. Soot tasted bitter in her mouth. Sunlight beat down on her head. If she came out of this with nothing more than sunburn, she’d be lucky. Yet, that didn’t matter. She was helping stop a fire. She was saving lives and property. She was taking a step toward recovery.

As the flames dwindled in size and scope, she edged toward him. Soon they worked side by side, putting out the remaining hot spots. He loomed well over six feet and made her feel diminutive, even at her perfectly respectable five seven.

Finally, he stopped and stretched his back.

“Fire’s out?” She wanted him to confirm what she saw with her own eyes.

“Yep. Looks good.” He scuffed his boots across the crusty grass. “Can’t thank you enough. If you hadn’t come along when you did—”

“You’d have thought of something.” She interrupted to keep him from saying another word. His melodic voice with the deep Texas drawl couldn’t help but put her in mind of hot, sweaty bodies sliding across cool satin sheets.

“I needed a miracle and prayed for one the minute I saw the fire.” He walked over to her. “I heard my answer in your car coming down the highway. I headed back to the road, running flat out. And there you were in your pure white SUV, looking so cool and unafraid of the wild man pounding on your window. You had a miracle in your car. Towels. Not many people would have had them just waiting on a backseat.”

She didn’t feel so cool and unafraid. Who had this guy been looking at? Still, his words made her swell with an unusual type of pride. “Like I said, I always do. Just in case.”

He clasped both towels in one hand, and held out the other. “Thank you. You’re my Christmas angel.”

“Just plain Misty Reynolds.” She shook his hand, feeling his strength, his heat, his calluses.

“Pleased to meet you.” He rubbed the back of her hand with his rough thumb, and then slowly released her. “Like I said, I’m Trey…Trey Duval.”

For a moment, she couldn’t remember the polite response required of her. She was caught in the magic of his touch, the mesmerizing sound of his voice, and the unusual color of his eyes, circles of gold, green, and brown. She glanced away to release his spell. “Good to meet you, too.”

Title: Cowboy Firefighter for Christmas
Author: Kim Redford
Series: Smokin’ Hot Cowboys, #1
Pubdate: October 6th, 2015
ISBN: 9781492621478

Warm up this Christmas with a sexy cowboy firefighter who knows how to ignite flames as well as put them out…

Trey Duval is a rancher, proud as can be of his Wildcat Ranch. He’s also the top volunteer firefighter of Wildcat Bluff, Texas, the town that pulls out all the stops for its Christmas festivities.

City girl Misty Reynolds comes to Wildcat Bluff just in time to help Trey put out a suspicious fire, leading him to dub her his “Christmas angel.” Unfortunately, Misty’s past has left her with terrible memories of fire, and of Christmastime.

As the two are thrown together again and again, Trey finds himself wanting Misty more and more, and Misty feels stronger and braver when Trey is around. Though their trust grows slowly, their passion for each other is burning hot…

Kim Redford draws her inspiration from a Texas lifestyle of cowboys, cowgirls, horses, cattle, rodeos and small towns to create her bestselling novels. When she’s not writing steamy romances, she’s a rescue cat wrangler and a horseback rider. She divides her time between Texas and Oklahoma. A Cowboy Firefighter for Christmas is first in her Smokin’ Hot Cowboys series with Blazing Hot Texas Cowboy coming soon. Visit her at www.kimredford.com.

Buy Links:
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Monday, October 5, 2015

Who Doesn't Like a Bargain?

Nobody! So keep your eyes open tomorrow for the release of my first twofer. My novels First Season and Bride to Be are being reissued in a single volume. That’s a lot of story in one place – more than 500 pages. Inside, you’ll find an errant cat, eccentric highborn artists, an infuriating little sister, intrigue, and of course, happy endings for two pairs of lovers.
RT Book Reviews called Bride to Be...“a fast-paced story and Ms. Ashford is adept at adding humor and madcap characters to the story of a man searching for the true meaning of his life.” Regency Retro Reads found First Season…“an extremely well written book -- all the characters are distinct individuals, even the kids and the cat -- yet it's done with a marvelous economy of words. There is a gentle wry undertone throughout; the comedy scenes aren't overdone and the serious ones are thoughtful, not heavy-handed. She does a great deal with just a few words.”
Two stories in two different moods. Great idea!

Print and electronic versions can be found around the web:

Saturday, October 3, 2015

What to Wear for Halloween

by Amanda Forester

The beginning of October brings the all-important question – what are you going to be for Halloween? In thinking about my costume this year, I have put costumes into a few different categories.

Halloween:  These are all time Halloween favorites, the witch, skeleton, ghost, vampire, pumpkin, Frankenstein, or zombie. Any one of these can be made to be scary or friendly, depending on how you work it.

Vocations: Want to dress up like an astronaut? A police officer? An army ranger? This category has a vast array of various occupations from football player to the president of the United States.

Fantasy:  An ever-popular category for everyone who ever wanted to be a princess or a superhero. Or a superhero princess. With the popularity of the Marvel films, there will be no shortage of comic book inspired heroes and villains this year.

Naughty: Have you noticed that most of the costumes for women available at large chain Halloween stores look a bit risqué?  You have the naughty nurse, the naughty nun, naughty cop, and of course the naughty French maid. Of course it doesn’t end there, how about the naughty cave woman, the naughty pirate, the naughty witch, the naughty princess, the naughty fairy, and the naughty school girl. But wait, there’s more – don’t forget the naughty panda bear, the naughty mime, the naughty ninja, the naughty raccoon (I swear I’m not making this up!) and the naughty magical unicorn.  By the time I got to the naughty monarch butterfly, I knew I’d seen too much!

You may think this is a sad commentary on the objectification of women in our country (and you’d be right!) but I’m pretty sure it’s also a conspiracy by the costume industry to save money on yardage by making every skirt no longer than 6 inches.  Well played costume industry.

Historical:  Since I am a historical romance author, you would be right to guess this is the category I love the best.  I would love to dress up in an exquisite regency dress, or a velvet medieval gown. Simply gorgeous.  Other historical favorites are Elizabethan (yo Shakespeare!) Roman gladiator, Egyptian (Cleopatra is always a favorite), ancient Greece (toga!), Victorian, 1920’s flapper, or the classic look of WWII.

Miscellaneous: There are endless costumes for the creatively minded person.  Want to go as a TV dinner, a playing card, or a lamp post? Good for you!  My son once dressed up as chicken pox.  This category is only limited by your imagination!

Cosplay and LARP: for the serious costumers who have meticulously crafted costumes bringing anime characters, comic book characters, steam punk, Lord of the Rings, and fantasy medieval characters among others to life.  These costumes are for folks who don’t want to only wear their fabulous creations once a year, but will get together for live action role plays (LARP) or conventions to really embrace their characters.  Only at Comicon can you see a vast array of costumes from super heroes to Sailor Moon to Darth Vader holding a baby Princess Leia. Too fun!

So what am I going to be for Halloween?  The scariest thing of all—the frazzled mom!  My kids made me into a “Mother” Pokémon card and gave me the power to make my opponent “do their homework before they can continue battling.” Love it!

So get on the internet or head down to your local costume shop or Goodwill and get to creating your costume. What are you going to be for Halloween? 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Christmas in October

Any couple who spends the night in the Christmas cottage shall have love everlasting... 

Back in November 2012, I had a plan.  I had already self-published one book but it wasn't moving much on Amazon and I wanted a way to keep my name out there until I could write my next novel.  My plan?  I was going to put a Christmas novella out there for free.  So I was already participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and ended up writing "The Christmas Cottage" in eleven days.  I went on to quickly edit it, designed my cover using free online programs and was ready to put it out there for the masses except...Amazon would not let me do it for free.  So I rolled with the punches and put a price on it and hit publish.

It was a holiday bestseller.  

I was feeling pretty proud of myself and went on to write the continuation of the book, "Ever After".  It never did quite as well as "The Christmas Cottage" did, but I learned a lot during the process - how to market and promote and the importance of cover design - and "Ever After" was the book that really convinced me that I could be a writer, an author. Although I also learned that you have to have a pretty thick skin to be a writer because reviewers aren't always kind and if they don't like something about your book, they are going to tell you!

Basically, the story is about a family folklore about a cottage and how any couple who spends the night in it will have love everlasting.  "The Christmas Cottage" opens with that line and Lacey Quinn is listening to her best friend Ava talk about all of the wonders of the cottage and how important it is for her to spend her wedding night there.   Ava is...well...she's a bridezilla on steroids.  She's obsessed with planning her wedding, but she's not so thrilled on who she's marrying.  Lacey's job is to be the supportive best friend and to get the cottage ready for Ava's wedding night.  But she's not doing it alone - oh no...- she is going to be assisted by Ean Callahan - Ava's brother and Lacey's long-time secret crush. 

I won't give the story away but I will say that there is a snow storm and a couple DOES spend the night in the infamous cottage.  But which one?  Let's just say there are quite a few misunderstandings and confessions and in the end, there is definitely a happily ever after.  You'll have to read it for yourself to find out exactly who gets it!

The following Christmas I re-did the cover for "The Christmas Cottage" just because people told me the original was lame and I have to admit, I loved the new look. 

"Ever After" is really Ava's story and basically picks up about eight months after "The Christmas Cottage" ends.  You'll get to catch up on Lacey and Ean's story but this time, our bridezilla is the heroine.

On October 6th, the two books are being re-released as a 2-in-1 duo in paperback and ebook.  You can still get the books separately in ebook version as well, but I'm excited for readers who maybe haven't read either of the stories to be able to have them together in one book so the story can continue with ease.

Here's an excerpt from "The Christmas Cottage":

Curiosity got the better of him and he picked it up on his way to the table. “What’s this?”
Lacey let out a small laugh. “That,” she began, “is your sister’s dream of what this cottage should look like for her wedding night.”
Ean opened it and looked at the labeled tabs. “Food…flowers…lighting…” He looked at Lacey. “How many categories are there?”
His eyes bugged out a little on that one. “Are you supposed to completely remodel this place? Does this say furniture placement?” he asked incredulously. “How does she expect you to do all of this alone?”
“Oh, you mean you didn’t get the memo?” Lacey asked, ready to witness on Ean the same exact expression she’d had when Ava told her the news.
“What memo?” he asked slowly, not liking the look of mischief on her face.
“As best man and maid of honor, it is our job to get this place ready for the newlyweds.”
“You heard me; you and I get the great honor of setting the scene for your sister’s wedding night sex.”
Ean dropped the binder to the floor as if it had burned him and glared at Lacey as she laughed. Her face was full of merriment and innocence and she was the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen. Lacey had been a pretty girl, and even in the awkward teen years it was possible to see the woman she would become, yet none of that prepared him for the woman sitting across from him. She simply took his breath away, and right now, when she finally let her guard down, he felt like he was looking at the sun.
“I am not facilitating my sister’s sex life,” he began.
“Oh, lighten up. She’ll be married and she wants the cottage and her wedding night to be perfect. There are diagrams…”
“Please tell me they’re of the floor plan and not anything…else.” His appetite was slowly fading at that disturbing thought, but then Lacey laughed again.
 “The floor plan, color schemes, foods…she’s clipped things out of magazines, she’s very organized. Part of me loves her for it and another part of me wants to beat her with the binder. She’s fixated on this place.” 

Here are the links:

Christmas Cottage/Ever After duo:   http://amzn.to/1FxtFsv
Christmas Cottage ebook: http://amzn.to/1KGeRGL 
Ever After ebook: http://amzn.to/1QJ5Myy

Barnes & Noble
Christmas Cottage ebook:  http://bit.ly/1Rc43CG
Ever After ebook:http://bit.ly/1JyTYte
Christmas Cottage/Ever After duo:  http://bit.ly/1MVlQzg

Christmas Cottage/Ever After duo:  http://apple.co/1P2bfSz 

Happy Reading!!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Magic of Scotland and Rainbows and A Silver Wolf Christmas Release in Just a Few Days!

Magical Rainbow, mist and reflection of Eilean Donan Castle in loch
Magical Rainbow, mist and reflection of Eilean Donan Castle in loch
I thought how pretty the mist was the morning we left and was happily taking pictures when I realized a misty rainbow arched over the castle. Funny thing was the day before, I’d said how it would be fun to capture a rainbow over a castle.  And we’d never seen Eilean Donan in the mist either, so I thought that was just so pretty, mystical, and fairy-like.
Rainbow over mountains
Rainbow over mountains
We saw another rainbow while we were on a bus, but not sure mine came out. Couldn’t find it. It was amazing that with all the clouds, mist, and sun, we didn’t see more. But I was glad we saw a few.

Found it on my phone. We saw this one from the bus in Edinburgh.
rainbow over Scotland off bus window
A rainbow makes everyday a little more magical.
And a Goodreads Book Giveaway! A Silver Wolf Christmas release is coming soon!!
Goodreads Book Giveaway
A Silver Wolf Christmas by Terry Spear
A Silver Wolf Christmas
by Terry Spear
Giveaway ends October 05, 2015.
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Title:  A Silver Wolf Christmas
Series:  Heart of the Wolf #17
Author:  Terry Spear
Publication Date:  October 6/15 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Length:  384pgs
Genre:  paranormal romance
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★
Back Cover Blurb:
Fans of shapeshifter romance will be thrilled to spend Christmas with the Silver Town werewolf pack…
– See more at: http://purejonel.blogspot.ca/2015/09/aSWC.html#sthash.wUfwawiQ.0sErvscS.dpuf
Welcome to Christmas wolf shifter style! Spear creates an exciting and fun story that kept me on my toes while taking me deep into the world of her unforgettable characters. The underlying current of mystery had me trying to puzzle it out while also enjoying my foray into this wolfy world. She uses descriptions to advantage, developing characters you can picture & feel as if you know, and settings that come to life, but leaving room for your imagination to run wild in this fantastic world. Spear develops her concept of wolf shifters well. She really lets readers know what it means to be one, how the pack works, and other cultural details. – See more at: http://purejonel.blogspot.ca/2015/09/aSWC.html

A Silver Wolf Christmas by Terry Spear

A Silver Wolf Christmas by Terry Spear
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Mystery/Suspense
Length: Full Length (311 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum
For the most part, this is a character driven story with Laurel and CJ’s budding romance on center stage. The author goes into a little bit of history as to why the heroine and her sisters are in town, and it also touches on the fact that CJ and his brothers are newly re-established in the town and are finally fitting back in. There is a strong sense of community which is accomplished through the varied secondary characters that populate the town. Ms. Spear took the time to describe the town, some of its traditions and some of its challenges. Like a lot of small hamlets, they struggle to stay afloat financially and have to come up with unique events to liven things up. Nothing makes a celebration easier than a holiday and Christmas is the perfect backdrop for some magic and romance. I adored the snowman making contest.
I enjoyed how Laurel and CJ ended up taking turns pursuing each other. The novel is told through both their points of view so I could get a sense as to what motivated them in their quest to connect. It’s hesitant at first but soon sparks fly, libidos are inflamed and readers get to see how good CJ and Laurel are together.
The mystery comes with a twist. It’s not as clear cut as I originally thought. In addition, the bad guys end up being a huge surprise and the revelation stunned me. I really like that Ms. Spear could pull the wool over my eyes so efficiently. http://www.longandshortreviews.com/book-reviews/a-silver-wolf-christmas-by-terry-spear/
A Silver Wolf Christmas a howling good time and a recommended read.

 Are you ready for some more fun-loving Silver wolves???

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male where fantasy is reality.”
Connect with Terry Spear:
Website: http://www.terryspear.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/421434.Terry_Spear
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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

I'd Rather be Writing...

I was invited to participate in a cookbook with 84 other authors. I heard the title and thought, I'm SO not alone. The funny thing is, I am a pretty terrible cook. Fortunately my husband has no sense of smell or taste. (We ARE meant for each other!) But I only needed to provide one yummy recipe that can be made quickly. Not a problem. I have a couple of those that I whip up for company. I'm going to buy this cookbook for sure. I can't wait to add more of these quick recipes so I can have people over more than twice. LOL 

So, what else would I rather be writing than doing? Just about everything! When I'm on a roll, and the book is flowing--like the one I'm working on now--I really hate interruptions. I just wrote the first 3 chapters last week and now I have a new release to pimp, 3 blogs to write, contests to hold... *sigh*

Oh well, promotion is the nature of the beast. So, without further delay, here's the promo portion of this post:
Tug of Attraction! Book 2 in the Love Spells Gone Wrong series! It's one of my faves and The Endometriosis Foundation will receive part of my royalties. My heroine Brigit has endo, so this isn't your typical romance! Check it out (please.)

Barnes And Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tug-of-attraction-ashlyn-chase/1120037784?ean=9781927555675
Kobo:  https://store.kobobooks.com/en-ca/ebook/tug-of-attraction-book-2-love-spells-gone-wrong-series
or Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Attraction-Book-Love-Spells-Wrong-ebook/dp/B014YVJ2WM/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

And while I'm at it, I'd like to talk up the first ever New England Romance Reader/Author conference!
It's a year away...Oct 2016, so why am I telling you about this now? Because there's an awesome early bird discount for readers! Read all about it. Fall in Love with New England
We're planning so many fun things I can hardly wait!

What would you rather be writing than doing?