THE HUNTED, by Shannan Albright

 

A druid sworn to protect and nurture.

Leigh Simon, a druidic healer, lives a peaceful existence among her nomadic tribe. She practices the healing arts and communes with the earth—until her estranged mother’s death turns Leigh’s life upside down. Leigh is now heir to her mother’s worldly possessions, including one dark, brooding demon.

A demon sworn to revenge.

Taren’s rage against witches is all that keeps him going. Forced into the beholden vow, magically binding him to the witches’ Guild of Assassins, he bides his time until he can find a way to break the vow. The key to his freedom comes in the form of one curvaceous female who knows nothing about the violence, hatred, and fear his kind has lived through.

A hunt to the death.

Leigh’s shocked at the brutality Taren endures at the hand of the Isis Guild of Assassins. The only way to right the wrong is to enter an antiquated, lethal challenge called The Hunt. If they can evade a deadly squad of assassins for twenty-four hours, they’re home free—something no one has done for hundreds of years—and falling in love only makes the need to survive steeper. Now, they’re not just fighting for Taren’s freedom, they’re fighting for love.

 

 

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DEADLY ALLIANCE, by Kathleen Rowlands

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Would you like to know Kathleen Rowland’s summertime  to win any guy over?  While cooking his favorite dinner, lighten up, get silly and playful!  Do a sexy dance with a frying pan, move in for a hug and kiss.  Serve dinner outside with candles under the moonlight.

Blurb for Deadly Alliance, romantic suspense

Finbar Donahue, former Army Ranger, walked on the wild side in Iraq, but now he lives in the shadows. After his evasive partner, Les, was shot in a random drive-by, Finn discovers cash is siphoned monthly. He fights to keep his investment company afloat. When the late partner’s girlfriend, Amy Kintyre, applies for his bookkeeping job, Finn suspects she knows about his company drain and hires her.

Amy needs a nine-to-five with free evenings and weekends to get her fashion design business back on track. She unearths Les’ s secret bank account and alerts Finn. Freezing of the money laundering account sets off havoc within an Irish gang. Amy witnesses a gang fight between a brutal ISIS fundraising organization and the Irish. Desperate to escape a stalker’s crosshairs, she seeks refuge with Finn. As danger heats up, sparks fly hotter.

Interview—Finn and Amy

Let’s interview the hero of Deadly Alliance,  Finbar Donahue.

  1. Nickname:  Finn. My full name is Finbar Michael Donahue.
  2. Job: I own my own investment company, but who’s the chickenshit stealing money from me?  My goal is to find the thief.
  3. Level of schooling:  B.A. in finance, former Army Ranger. That was when I targeted a known enemy.  Believe me, it’s harder now.

I’ve got a few questions for the heroine, Amy Kintyre.

  1. What’s your dream job? I want to get my sportswear design business back on track.  A few days ago a buyer phoned me and gave me an opportunity to present my line.  I need a nine-to-five with evenings and weekends off to sew mockups.
  2. Is that why you applied for Finbar Donahue’s bookkeeping job?  Yes, but I have a huge problem.   Last night I found a sketchy bank account belonging to my late boyfriend, Les.  He and Finn were partners.
  3. Would you enjoy working for Finn?  No, but there aren’t many job openings in Lake Arrowhead.

 

Short excerpt– Amy’s first day working for Finn

Hours later, Finn straightened his spine as he listened to his new bookkeeper order Rosenberg around with the authority of an Army lieutenant. She spoke with confidence from her chair and waited for answers with intensity. Somehow she came across larger than her delicate self.

“Brad,” his pretty war buddy said, “I’ll need your password to access activity-to-date.” Her attitude wasn’t for show. Her curiosity propelled her to the depths of the drain. Heaven help those who lurked there.

“Sure thing.” Brad blew out a breath and scribbled his password on a sticky note. Handing it to her, he bent to her level.

She said, “I apologize for causing chaos.”

“No apology necessary.” Brad asked, “What are you working on?”

Jumping in, Finn said, “Comparisons, Rosenberg, that’s what she’s working on.” Unholy as she’d undoubtedly turn out to be, at the moment they were forged in combat. “Give her your full support.”

“Absolutely. Consider me your scaffold,” Rosenberg said, accepting his fate. “Excuse me, won’t you? I’m running payroll.”

Finn liked his head accountant. He was solid. Dependable. Not creative, but his easy-going manner was soothing. “Payroll. You’re a masochist.”

Amy smiled, and her crystal-green gaze sought his. She found his comment amusing. Her professional attire included a gray satin blouse tucked into a herringbone skirt. When she moved, her layered, dark-blonde hair settled into a sleek flip over her shoulders.

Amy’s bending and reaching, as she took control of her four-by-four cubicle, was damn compelling. She found a rhythm with a handy notepad beside her computer. Using Brad’s password, she turned sideways to open files. Attractive summed up her symmetrical profile and creamy complexion.

For a long while, getting hot and heavy had not been on his mind. Her envelope gave him concrete evidence to bring to the sheriff and eased his tension. As she brushed tresses off her face, he wanted to nibble on her ear.

Amy packed her lithe frame with succulent curves. He enjoyed observing her ample bust which required high-performance support. He’d like to see those globes running free. He’d never considered her as dating material. Timing was off. When she started dating Les, he was hooking up with Miss California. Now it was too late. She worked for him. Hands off. Finn liked women—lots of women, all women, in all shapes and sizes and ethnicities as long as they met the enthusiasm requirement. He hadn’t tested this, but she was off-limits for another reason. He didn’t intend to put her through another relationship leading to nowhere.

Finn kept things loose. A woman in his bed but not in his life was what he often said. There hadn’t been that either.  Why was she looking at him like that?

 

Purchase links for Deadly Alliance:

Amazon UK

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Deadly-Alliance-Kathleen-Rowland-ebook/dp/B019EE5OP8/

Nook:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/deadly-alliance-kathleen-rowland/1123141145?ean=2940152523393

Amazon US

http://www.amazon.com/Deadly-Alliance-Kathleen-Rowland-ebook/dp/B019EE5OP8/

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28225810-deadly-alliance?from_search=true&search_version=service

 

Bio and author links:

Bio and Links—Kathleen Rowland

Book Buyers Best finalist Kathleen Rowland is devoted to giving her readers fast-paced, high-stakes suspense with a sizzling love story sure to melt their hearts.  Kathleen used to write computer programs but now writes novels.   She grew up in Iowa where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and raced her sailboat on Lake Okoboji.  Now she wears flip-flops and sails with her husband, Gerry, on Newport Harbor but wishes there were lightning bugs in California.

Kathleen exists happily with her witty CPA husband, Gerry, in their 70’s poolside retreat in Southern California where she adores time spent with visiting grandchildren, dogs, one bunny, and noisy neighbors.  While proud of their five children who’ve flown the coop, she appreciates the luxury of time to write while listening to demanding character voices in her head.

http://www.kathleenrowland.com/

https://twitter.com/rowlandkathleen

https://kathleenrowland.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/kathleen.rowland.50

http://www.amazon.com/Kathleen-Rowland/e/B007RYMF7S/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1462406582&sr=1-2-ent

 

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NEWEST MEMBER OF OUR FAMILY

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“We’re not buying a dog,” my husband insisted. “We’re just looking.”

“Of course not,” I agreed.

The SPCA website showed a multitude of animals to rescue on my home computer and I wrote down the names of the ones I thought I’d like to see. Tom and I drove out to the Dewey Animal Shelter in Las Vegas to LOOK.

Unlike the old days when you could peruse all of the animals, the shelter now provided a video display of the dogs, cats, rabbits, and gerbils available for adoption.

From my original list, number one was gone. We were told numbers two and three had been abused and snapped at strangers. Number four had health problems. I took another look at the video and saw a dog they tagged as El Paso. (The shelter gives the dogs strange names.) El Paso was put on display that very day, so I asked to see him.

“Abused,” the attendant warned. “I’m not sure how he will react.” He brought him out attached to a lasso-type leash and told me to sit on the bench and let him get used to me. Imagine my surprise when the six pound, long-haired Chihuahua leaped up onto my lap. He then hopped over to Tom and licked his cheek. We were smitten.

Tom took the leash and led the four-year old puppy out to their patio to see how he would behave. El Paso obeyed the Sit, Stay, Come commands. After filling in the paperwork, paying the adoption fee, and listened as the shelter attendant gave us instructions, we were the proud owners of the dog we renamed Pepe. I chose the name Pepe because Tom insisted on calling him Puppy.  Now (Pepe/Puppy) comes by either name.

Once home, we set up boundaries in order to begin the house-training process. After taking him for the initial walk, we watched and waited. Four hours later, the dog leaned against the door, and jumped up and down when we attached the leash.

“He’s housebroken!”

We are so fortunate that this little doggie found us. I highly recommend the SPCA if you’re looking to adopt a pet. There are so many abandoned animals out there, and we got the prize.  

 

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The Importance of Writerly Friends

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TEGON MAUS

Tirgearr Publishing author, Tegon Maus has sent me his bio and information regarding his latest book. I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading about this man’s adventure into writing.

uthor Bio:

I was raised pretty much the same as everyone else… devoted mother, strict father and all the imaginary friends I could conjure. Not that I wasn’t friendly, I just wasn’t “people orientated”. Maybe I lived in my head way more than I should have, maybe not. I liked machines more than people, at least I did until I met my wife.          The first thing I can remember writing was for her. For the life of me I can’t remember what it was about… something about dust bunnies under the bed and monsters in my closet. It must have been pretty good because she married me shortly after that. I spent a good number of years after inventing games and prototypes for a variety of ideas before I got back to writing.          It wasn’t a deliberate conscious thought it was more of a stepping stone. My wife and I had joined a dream interpret group and we were encouraged to write down our dreams as they occurred. “Be as detailed as you can,” we were told.          I was thrilled. If there is one thing I enjoy it’s making people believe me and I like to exaggerate. Not a big exaggeration or an outright lie mine you, just a little step out of sync, just enough so you couldn’t be sure if it were true or not.  When I write, I always write with the effort of “it could happen” very much in mind and nothing, I guarantee you, nothing, makes me happier.

http://www.tirpub.com/tmaus

 

Amazon

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SECOND CHANCE

This is the second chance to download VICTORIA and THE HIDDEN JOURNAL by Joyce Brennan from amazon.com @$.99. This offer is good Feb 26 thru Feb 29. Pick up these eBooks for a fantastic read at a price you can’t afford to miss. Read the first chapters on Amazon. Buy the books.

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VICTORIA

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Victoria, by Joyce Brennan has a little of everything; suspense, romance, mystery and a bit of ESP. Follow Victoria as she loses everything only to discover her ‘new self.’ She evolves from a selfish, self-centered rich deb to being homeless. A half sister she didn’t know she had, takes her in and the adjustment is painful.

VICTORIA is available on amazon.com  http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Victoria+by+Joyce+brennan

VICTORIA is part of the Rexford series. VICTORIA, OLIVIA  and soon to be released, JADE  all take place in the fictional town of Rexford, Ohio. Although the books have some of the same characters, they are all stand alone. I know you’ll enjoy reading small town romantic suspense and I hope you follow the women of Rexford.

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DON’T SELL YOURSELF SHORT

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It’s not productive to dwell on what you can’t do. As a writer, you can create any scenario you choose.
If dialogue is your weak suit, study your favorite author’S novels and see how they handle it. Activate text to talk on your computer and have your dialogue read back to you.
Does your dialogue sound stilted, or is it how you want your characters to speak? Don’t get carried away with dialogue tags. I cringe when I read: He said nervously or she said nastily. You just told the reader the emotion you want to relay. Instead, show them.
How was your male character nervous? Did he tap his fingers when he spoke? Did he tug at his necktie or shirt collar? Raise up on his toes? How about your nasty female character? Did she glare? Cut off the speaker in mid-sentence? Raise her chin? You’re reader will get…

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DON’T SELL YOURSELF SHORT

It’s not productive to dwell on what you can’t do. As a writer, you can create any scenario you choose.
If dialogue is your weak suit, study your favorite author’S novels and see how they handle it. Activate text to talk on your computer and have your dialogue read back to you.
Does your dialogue sound stilted, or is it how you want your characters to speak? Don’t get carried away with dialogue tags. I cringe when I read: He said nervously or she said nastily. You just told the reader the emotion you want to relay. Instead, show them.
How was your male character nervous? Did he tap his fingers when he spoke? Did he tug at his necktie or shirt collar? Raise up on his toes? How about your nasty female character? Did she glare? Cut off the speaker in mid-sentence? Raise her chin? You’re reader will get the message by showing instead of telling.
Break up you narrative with dialogue and break up you dialogue with narrative. Sounds simple, doesn’t it.
Fiction readers like to see white space, otherwise it’s like reading a manual.
Keep your story moving. Cut out the scenes that slow down the plot. Sprinkle backstory throughout your novel, don’t subject your reader to pages of past history.
I hope this proves helpful.

My latest ebooks, THE HIDDEN JOURNAL, and MISPLACED, by Joyce Brennan are available on Amazon.com
For more of my writing hints, visit http://www.joycebrennan.blogspot.com
Meanwhile, keep writing.

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MY FIRST BLOG – A Tribute to Andy Rooney and Paul Harvey

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     As I embark upon this new life as an author, and find myself with two books launched out into the public domain, I’ve been told that I need a blog. Two successful authors have recently shared this little secret with me. They both said that it would help to sell books. Needless to say, that got my attention.

    So, first I set out to try to find out just what exactly is this thing they call a blog. It’s a character flaw that I have that encourages me to figure things out for myself. So, immediately I tried to come up with my own definition for this word, blog. If I were Webster and had the power and prestige to decide what each and every word means, I think I would define a blog as the little wedge shaped piece of wood or rubber that…

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