Sunday, February 07, 2016

7 Fantastic Happily-Ever-Afters That Will Save You Money

Looking for you next fantastic read but not sure you want to invest in a new author, or get hooked into a new series? Dollars still short after the holidays? We've all been there. (hey, I'm there right now!) But if you are looking to get your romantic, HEA fix for free or cheap, here are 7 stories of mine that fill that bill!

Perfectly Matched (FREE series starter)

A Legend's Landing Bed & Breakfast Story: The Matchmaking Chef 

In this first installment of The Matchmaking Chef series, we find Suzie Matthews hard at work on her new cookbook, Perfectly Matched. After finding her own perfect match with her husband, Brad, in Bed, Breakfast & You, and then working a little magic reuniting her sister with her high school boyfriend, Matt, in Home for the Holidays, Suzie feels confident in her new-found matchmaking skills. So, she asks the local “wallflower” Mary Lou, to help her with a project-Mary Lou not realizing that "project" is herself.

Mary Lou Picketts dreams of falling in love with country music star, Nash Rhodes, but is ready to settle for Thurman Phillips down the street, if she has to. But she doesn’t want to. Not really. When Nash comes to Legend for a music benefit and stays at the lodge, Suzie sets out to perfectly match this miss-matched couple.

Once in a Blue Moon (FREE series starter)

This is Part One of a serialized novel. The entire novel, titled Entranced, is also available for sale.

Can souls touch through time and hold on when all odds are against them?

In Part One of Entranced, titled Once Upon a Blue Moon, Claire Winslow vacations on an East Coast barrier island, content with her life and her potential future—until the illusion of a man walking the misty shore haunts her. Then one kiss—a beautiful, soulful, stolen kiss in the night—and her life changes forever.

Nearly 300 years past, Jack Porter is in hot pursuit of his kidnapped wife. Not an easy feat considering the year is 1718 and the kidnapper is the notorious pirate Blackbeard aka Edward Teach. Determined to rescue his wife and take the pirate’s head in the process, Jack steals aboard the pirate’s ship to save her.

Jack and Claire set out on a wild search through time, not only for the resolution to a powerful attraction between them, but also for a historical artifact that holds the key to their future happiness—the coveted silver-plated chalice made from Blackbeard’s skull.

The Montana McKennas Prequel (FREE series starter)

Welcome to McKenna Ranch! 

Meet Brody, Callie, Mercer and Parker--the four siblings in the clan of James McKenna, a Montana rancher. Growing up on the ranch was a great life, until Callie and Parker's mother passed away, leaving James a widower. It wasn't long, however, before he remarried, bringing stepmother Liz into their lives, along with her son, Brody. Soon, James and Liz added a new McKenna to the family, when daughter Mercer was born.

Brothers and sisters are prone to disagreements and this Brady Bunch family of step, half, and full siblings is no exception. As they grew up on the ranch, they learned values that stuck with them throughout their lives--even though they may live apart as adults. But there is one thing that will bring them all back together. Their father's only wish.

Beginning with a short prequel novella that tells the story of James McKenna and Liz Caldera, and how they came to blend their families, these stories put you on the McKenna Ranch near Yellowstone National Park. This series leads off with Jan Scarbrough's Brody, with Maddie James' Callie to follow, while the siblings begin the long road home. These sweet to sexy stories give you a glimpse into Montana rodeo and ranch life, and of course, provide lots of contemporary cowboy love and romance.

Tempt Me (FREE Part 1 at iBooks only)

Detective Jordan Cross has one thing on her mind—get the bastard killing kids in her small southern city; the person she thinks is also responsible for her niece’s disappearance. Journalist Tate Walker has a similar goal—keep the people of his city informed about the serial killer, and perhaps write a Pulitzer-worthy story in the process.

When Jordan and Tate’s lives careen together around the case, they pick up the battles of their pasts and carry them forward—battles of trust and mistrust, lust and love, truths and misunderstandings. Determined to keep her focus on the case, Jordan finds it difficult to resist Tate’s sexual temptations. Tate uses every advantage to tempt her back into his bed.

Then, thrust into a dangerous situation, those battles suddenly fall away—and the only battle left to fight is for their lives, and their love.

Get Part I at iBOOKS. (the full novel is available at all other major retailers)

The Soul Mates Trilogy (Three full-length, complete novels in one ebook volume for 99cents--February only!)

The complete trilogy of the Soul Mates time travel series.
Book One: Entranced

Claire Winslow vacations on an East Coast barrier island, content with her life and her potential future--until the illusion of a man walking the misty shore haunts her. Then one kiss--a beautiful, soulful, stolen kiss in the night--and her life changes forever.

Nearly 300 years past, Jack Porter is in hot pursuit of his kidnapped wife. Not an easy feat considering the year is 1718 and the kidnapper is the notorious pirate Blackbeard aka Edward Teach. Determined to rescue his wife and take the pirate's head in the process, Jack steals aboard the pirate's ship to save her.

Entranced sends Jack and Claire on a wild search through time, not only for the resolution to a powerful attraction between them, but also for a historical artifact that holds the key to their future happiness--the coveted silver-plated chalice made from Blackbeard's skull.

Book Two: Brazen

Pitched from a ship during a violent storm in the year 1746, Victoria Porter washes ashore, soon to be rescued by a man on a strange mechanical beast who whisks her away into a world beyond anything she could have imagined.

In 2014, Colton MacKenzie fears he has written his last bestselling horror novel until he discovers two things--The Cult of Teach and a tantalizing nymph wandering an Ocracoke Island beach. Fascinated by the history that surrounds the Legend of Blackbeard's Chalice, he seeks to learn more about these modern-day pirates and hopefully write a bestseller using the premise. He'd planned on riding this ride solo until the strange waif on the back of his Harley touches him in ways his demons hadn't let anyone touch in a long, long time....

Book Three: Entangled

Jackson Porter seeks to fulfill his mother, Claire Porter's, dying request, and find answers about the imaginary lover who haunts his nights. His future, he learns, is in a place called Ohio, miles and centuries away from his barrier island home in 1745. The land, his dying mother tells him, is his legacy. She urges him to claim it.

In the year 2038, Kari Upton is driven to fight federal sanctions to save her land and her valuable poppy crops. Her upcoming marriage is one of convenience. Marrying Tye Gentry will save her Ohio farmland. There is no other way to gain power than to marry him and ride on his father's political coattails to the state legislature. And all would be perfect if it weren't for those erotic dreams of a man with long dark hair who haunts her day and night....

Friday, February 05, 2016

Today's #FridayFeature with JC Wardon's ZEUS!

If you've not picked up a book by JC Wardon yet, and if you love paranormal romance with a kick of erotic, then pick up one of her latest. Zeus: Unbound is book 9 in her Cavanaugh series--a series that will keep you on the edge of your seat with suspense, romance, mystical beings and paranormal elements--all tied up in the name of family.

And speaking of all tied up, Zeus is one of the spicier books in the series, so if you like 'em hot, here you go. I highly recommend this book!

The Cavanaugh Series, Book 9

Is he doomed to loneliness after growing as dark as the demons he hunts in the BDSM clubs around the globe? Or will submissive acceptance from the strongest woman he has ever met be enough to save him from a solitary life forever condemned?

Zeus Cavanaugh Whitehawk can’t afford to relinquish control. Publicly or personally. His body holds powers that can kill, and after years of hunting demons, he feels tainted with the growing darkness in his soul.

Sabia Ilie lost her promised mate and her Lycanthrope pack to the mystical Cavanaugh clan several months earlier, and now the oldest of their sons has taken over her life. He’s a bossy brute, a dark and dangerous demon hunter, but beneath the hard surface, she’s sure there is just a man who struggles to remember his humanity.

The question is… Just how much of her life is she willing to risk losing, to save his?

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Thursday, February 04, 2016

Today's #ThrowbackThursday with Jan Scarbrough

#ThrowbackThursday—A long journey for Tangled Memories

1999 - First Digital Edition published by Starlight Writer Publications
2001 - First Print Edition published by ImaJinn Books
2008 - Second eBook Edition published by The Wild Rose Press
2011 - Turquoise Morning Press electronic and print release
2016 - Saddle Horse Press electronic release

When I was thirty-eight, I almost died. I was in the intensive care unit for four days. After I recovered, I decided it was time to make my dream of becoming a novelist come true.

After my life-threatening illness, I wondered “what if” we were all given second chances. What would we do? And especially, what would happen to a heroine if she were given another chance to find her true love? In Tangled Memories, there’s a supernatural element that makes for a happy ending.

I wrote Tangled Memories, then called Window of My Heart, and entered it in the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart contest. It failed miserably. Then one of my fellow Kentucky Romance Writers graciously gave me a lesson on plotting. I rewrote the book and entered Window of My Heart again. It was a finalist! That was in 1994.

When the book didn’t sell, I contracted with a new “ebook” company called Starlight Writer Publications. This was before ebook readers. Needless-to-say, I didn’t have much success with the book, now called Tangled Memories.

Then a new small publisher started with an emphasis on paranormal romance. I submitted my manuscript, and ImaJinn Books accepted. I was so excited to have a paperback book in my hands!

When I received my rights back, I submitted Tangled Memories to
another ebook publisher called Wild Rose Press. It didn’t get much attention there. I eventually pulled it, and Turquoise Morning Press released it in print and ebook.

Move on to January 2016. With my rights back once more, I self-published Tangled Memories under my Saddle Horse Press name. Before releasing it, I gave the manuscript a polish, a thorough edit, and a new cover. The story is the same, but the writing is sharper, cleaner. I’ve grown as a writer, and I’m proud of the book.

Thanks to technology, Tangled Memories is still available to readers twenty-three years after I first wrote it.
After losing his wife, Dr. Alexander Dominican is determined his infant daughter will not grow up motherless as he did. Offering sensible, kind kindergarten teacher Mary Adams a marriage of convenience seems like the perfect solution. The widow’s husband left her with a mountain of debt. For Alex, paying it off is a small price to pay for his daughter’s happiness. Until his sensible new wife begins to lose her mind.

On the day of their marriage, Mary starts having frightening hallucinations of medieval England—visions that feel more like the memories of woman who lived centuries before. More terrifying, someone—or some thing—is stalking the new mistress of Marchbrook Manor. Could it be one of the sinister servants? Or Alex himself? Alex is reawakening hidden desires and longings in Mary, but until she can untangle the web of nightmares and secrets, she can trust no one. Not even Alex.

Alex has no idea he’s unleashing a destiny that’s taken him seven hundred years to fulfill.

If Alex and Mary are to salvage their future, they must first unravel centuries of…Tangled Memories.

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