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MICHELLE IRWIN
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“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” ~ John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

I love this quote. For me, it’s a great description for the way most of us do fall in love. It’s rarely love at first sight. Although there are people who will say this exists, I wonder whether it more lust and first sight and attraction that follows after a few deep breaths in the relationship. Maybe they are the same thing. Maybe they are not. One thing which gets talked about a lot when you’re talking about romance novels is insta-love.

What is insta-love? Where the main characters are truly, madly, deeply in love with each other just hours after meeting each other for the first time. Some people like it, but most people I know are driven slightly insane by it. I prefer to read, and write, the type of love typified in the comment above. The sort where realization is slow to dawn but when it does it hits hard that the love is undeniably there. That’s not to say there isn’t instant attraction. In fiction, just like in life, there needs to be that initial spark that draws two people together.

I think this sort of love is even better when the characters don’t realize it until they are too far gone to fight it. That adds a layer of conflict, especially in a romantic comedy style story.

 HAPPILY EVAN AFTER
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Synopsis:
Evan is a reluctant cupid. Facing an unknown term of servitude to repay his debt to the world, it is his responsibility to guide couples together. Despite initial hesitancy, he has learned to handle every case with care and he now basks in the afterglow of new-found love and relishes in the energy it provides him. But his end goal is still the promise of paradise in return for his penance.
It’s all going according to plan until he receives an assignment that is inconceivable to him. He has to find a mate for Becca, within whom lives the reincarnated soul of his one true love. Bound by his duty to find her a match, he must resist her charm and suppress his own desires. It is his job and he cannot fail, even if his own paradise now seems lost.
For a cupid, falling in love is against the rules.
Isn’t it?
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Author Bio:
Michelle Irwin has been many things in her life: a hobbit taking a precious item to a fiery mountain; a young child stepping through the back of a wardrobe into another land; the last human stranded not-quite-alone in space three million years in the future; a young girl willing to fight for the love of a vampire; and a time-travelling madman in a box. She achieved all of these feats and many more through her voracious reading habit. Eventually, so much reading had to have an effect and the cast of characters inside her mind took over and spilled out onto the page. 
Michelle lives in sunny Queensland in the land down under with her surprisingly patient husband and ever-intriguing daughter, carving out precious moments of writing and reading time around her accounts-based day job. A lover of love and overcoming the odds, she primarily writes paranormal and fantasy romance.
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I was privileged to receive an ARC of this book and this is my 5 star review:

“This is a story about a lonely girl, Becca, with only work and her hobby of photography as her regular companions.
Evan died in an unacceptable manner and as payment for his wrong doing he must act as a Cupid.
Becca is his latest assignment.
Their relationship is warm, funny and at times, tumultuous.
Can a non human being fall in love with a human and vice versa? Or, will he be called to Heaven by his superiors?
Read the story and you will find out!
I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review, it is exactly what I have written. I have not read this author before and I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more of her books.”

The Crypt Keeper

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K.A. Young is an award nominated   paranormal/fantasy romance author who lives with her family in the South. She is a coffee addict and book lover that began writing because her mind was swimming with incredible stories that were begging to be told. Her love for reading began as a small child when she realized that a good book was an instant escape to a mystical land that could be reached anytime and from anyplace.

 

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                                 ANNOUNCING A BRAND NEW RELEASE!                                                                 

I’ve never been your average girl, seeing the dead has always been a way of life for me. I’d made peace with it, for the most part anyway and tried to lead a normal life as possible. I went away to school, with intentions to make a difference in the world. All that changed one day when my dad died and I got dragged into a world of deadly Cryptcreatures and ancient legends….

Molly Maddison soon finds out that nothing and no one is what they seem and it is serious grow up time. In her fight to stay alive and make things right, Molly must find the spear of legends—a weapon spelled into hiding centuries ago by a Crypt Keeper, the only weapon that will send the inhabitants of hell to a final death. Molly is torn between two deadly immortals: Levi, an entity as irresistible as he is dangerous, and Damon Night, her Guardian and sworn protector.

For centuries the Crypt Keepers of the living dimension have kept the gates of hell sealed. Now that the creatures are leaking through the cracks, Molly is the only one that stands a chance of saving the universe from utter destruction.

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2Molly Maddison grew up in a funeral home that unfortunately backed up to the largest Insane Asylum in the state. Very few understand what happens after death, Molly does. While other children were playing in the park with their living friends, Molly was in the cemetery playing with the dead. To say she is troubled is an understatement.

Now Molly has a new plan, to attempt to lead a normal life, and ban the contact with any of the dead. Realizing that she is madly in love with one of them was never part of that plan. However neither life or death ever go as planned and Molly is called upon to perform her role as the family Crypt Keeper…

Is she up for the task? Only time will tell.

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Heavenly Romance

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91+gDAFzQBL._SL1500_This is a story about a lonely girl, Becca, with only work and her hobby of photography as her regular companions.

Evan died in an unacceptable manner and as payment for his wrong doing he must act as a Cupid.
Becca is his latest assignment.
Their relationship is warm, funny and at times, tumultuous.
Can a non human being fall in love with a human and vice versa? Or, will he be called to Heaven by his superiors?
Read the story and you will find out!
I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review, it is exactly what I have written. I have not read this author before and I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more of her books.

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A Worthy Cause

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I was fortunate enough to have an advanced copy of this book and I highly recommend it. You will be helping a worthy cause while you enjoy an excellent read.

His for the Holidays eBook coverHolly Lambert has never forgotten her first love….

When Riley Anderson left her broken hearted, she swore she would never allow a man to hurt her again.
Eight years later she returns home for Christmas, and is forced to face him once more…. But Riley swears he’s changed, and begs her for the chance to prove it.
Holly is wary, but the feelings she’d buried long ago begin to surface, making it impossible for her to say no.
How can Holly remain distant, when Riley threatens to tear down the walls she built around her heart?

Countdown time It’s now only 15 days till the release of Author Cherry Shephard novella His For the holidays is released that’s right the 1st December hot hot hot Make Sure You Click On The Link Below To Preorder Your Copy and add His For the holidays to your TBR LIST ON Goodreads and go like her Facebook page links are below and also when you order your copy by the 18th November you will receive a copy of Stranded make sure you like my post when you have Preordered so you get your copy And cherry Shephard is also donating 50% of all royalties to the Menkes Foundation.

Blog Tour – Mimi Barbour

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Mimi Barbour

Author, Mimi Barbour, has five romance series at this time. The Vicarage Bench, a Spirit-travel, Time-travel Series / Angels with Attitude Series – Angels Love Romance / The Vegas Series—fast-paced, thrilling and loved by readers / Elvis Series—make an Elvis Song a book, and her latest suspense series with gritty characters, constant conflicts and emotional highs and lows sharing humor on every page, The Undercover FBI series.

“Mimi says – I’ve taken early retirement on Vancouver Island to spend my days and many nights, hovering over my computer and spinning the stories that have been vying for my attention over the years.

My husband is supportive, drags me out to feed me and plans occasional forays into the outside world. I have a son who makes me happy I was born a woman so I could be his mom, and a niece whose family adds to my full cup of happiness.

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My favorite top 5 women of mystery, murder and mayhem.

It’s a very difficult choice so I’ve decided to stick with my favorite authors who write suspense, thrillers and mystery. I would have to say that the one I love the most is Sandra Brown. She’s gritty, real and has the talent of a fabulous story-teller. My favorite book by Sandra Brown is called Mirror Image. Loved the whole concept.

Now being that I tend to add humor in my own books, Nora Roberts can spin a really good suspense and make me crack up at the same time. Her characters are so well done and her storylines always grab me and reel me in. My favorite suspense book by Nora Roberts would have to be Blue Smoke. Couldn’t put it down.

Another famous author that gets a laugh out of me is Linda Howard.Her southern ways add richness to her stories and I love her voice. I met her at an RWA conference one year and she’s as humorous as her books. Linda Howard caught me with Open Season.

Of course, there’s Lisa Jackson who always delivers your money’s worth and more. Many times she keeps me wondering until the end. I like that. I recently read Lisa’s book called Left to Die. Oh yeah! It was good!!

And last but not least is Rebecca York. Her romantic suspense books are a wonderful read. She’s the ultimate storyteller with over a hundred books to her credit. Her Rockfort Security Series is fabulous!!

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Special Agent Francesca

by Mimi Barbour

An introvert, Special Agent Francesca moves to Las Vegas to escape her powerful, domineering mother. On arrival, multiple obstacles challenge her. She needs to approach a father she’s never met, a man who doesn’t even know she exists. Then she must play the role of a loving fiancée with a stranger. One who makes her question every unexpected emotion he provokes. Craving the chance for real undercover work, she grabs the opportunity to be involved in cleaning up gang corruption in a nasty neighborhood. When she poses as the new owner of a hotel, the deadly-dangerous situation ramps up and she’s forced to fight her way from one conflict to the next.

Sean Collins, Psychiatrist and LVPD Profiler, has never known anyone like Francesca Donovan. From first sight, he believes her to be a screwball but her beauty and maddening personality attracts him. Despite her prickly disposition, which gets them into a load of trouble, her rotten driving skills and her constant battles, he’s hooked. Once he’s roped into a mock engagement with her, his desire to make it real takes precedence over everything else in his world.

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by Mimi Barbour

When Special Agent Finnegan O’Reilly gets shot, and the news brings on his father’s heart attack, he decides to take leave from further undercover assignments. The O’Reilly has suffered enough and Finn can’t be the cause of more distress for this beloved old rascal. Then his boss forces one more case on him – to take place in their own pub. Acting as the target to expose serial, suicide killers rampaging through New York City, Finn must play the part of a wife-beater, a cheating husband and an all-time jerk. No problem, until he meets his make-believe wife.

Renée Knight enjoys her job as a New York City cop. Her disguises have become a permanent fixture in her life, and no one knows what she really looks like. Except for the father she loves fiercely… the man, whose suicide makes no sense. If it means going undercover in an Irish pub where the culprits hang out, she’s their girl. Playing the wife of the bar owner to catch the killers—easy. But they never intend for her to fall for this guy, she does this all on her own. Now she has to hire the assassins to arrange his suicide. Can she catch them, before they complete the mission?

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Blog Tour – JERRI HINES

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Colleen Connally is a pen name of Jerri Hines. Under Colleen Connally, she has written a historical romance series, Secret Lives, which is riddled with romantic suspense. The Secret Lives consists of Seductive Secrets, Broken Legacy and Seductive Lies. Fragmented, Book One of Boston’s Crime of Passion, marks Ms Connally’s first contemporary suspense thriller.   One can find other historical series under Jerri Hines, including Winds of Betrayal and Tides of Charleston. Coming soon, she will release a Civil War saga, Southern Legacy, beginning with Belle of Charleston. She is also a supporter of The One Fund, a charity supporting the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing, and Alzheimer’s Association.

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Into the Mind of a Woman of Murder and Mayhem

My inspiration for writing murder and mayhem is real life. I’m an avid reader and love a good mystery. But my writing comes from real life scenarios. I’m a huge fan of the books of Ann Rule, the Queen of True Crime. Growing up, I was fascinated with my grandmother’s Reader Digest.  I expanded my interest to present day true crimes, especially of writers such as Ann Rule, the Queen of True Crime.

I hold a fascination with the psychology of a murderer. To write a convincing murder/mystery, you need to understand the motivation of the killer. Ann Rule has tackled some of the most horrific crime stories including Ted Bundy and Diana Downs. But what she has done is given insight into their lives which helps when someone like myself dives into creating a fictional story.

I write romantic suspense. I have tried to write a sweet romance, but the story always turns with the heroine finding herself in mortal danger. Real life has inspired many of my stories. Irene Sandler inspired Broken Legacy. Although Broken Legacy is set during the French Revolution and Irene Sandler lived during WWII, she was a shining example of bravery in the face of untold odds. Irene Sandler saved hundreds of children by working with the Polish underground against the Nazi. Her life showed me the courage of a woman and the extremes they will go to when saving innocents.

To me, a mystery is a puzzle needing for the puzzle pieces to fit together to show the whole picture. When I write, I want the reader to feel as if they are there. I want to make it feel real…

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by Collen Connally

The first in the Boston’s Crimes of Passion Series! A pulse-pounding thriller! Ms Connally’s first murder mystery delivers! Suspenseful…shocking…a psychological thriller— leaving readers on the edge of their seat. Cameron Quinn is caught in a web of deceit. Protecting her brother from being framed for a murder places Cameron in untold danger. When the real killer diverts his attention to her, she has nowhere to turn, especially not to the man she shared one unforgettable night… who now is trying to put her brother in prison. A “must read” for any suspense lover!

She would do anything to protect her family…

Cameron Quinn watched her father fall into a world of despair after being falsely accused of causing her mother’s death. Now, her brother is a suspect in a crime she knows he’s not capable of committing. She’ll risk everything to save her brother from the same fate as her father, even destroying evidence that implicates him in a series of murders.

He would do anything to win a case…

ADA Darren Kennedy is known as ‘the bulldog.’ He doesn’t lose. When a killer emerges on the streets of Boston, he’s dead-set on putting that killer behind bars…along with anyone that stands in his way.

A killer would do anything to get his heart’s desire…Cameron soon discovers that the police aren’t the only ones who suspect her of covering for her brother. The murderer is still out there and he isn’t happy his plans have been disrupted. Now, the twisted psychopath has turned his attention towards Cameron and will stop at nothing until he has her in his control.

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The Heavens Shall Fall

by Jerri Hines

Be swept up within the Winds of Betrayal saga! Captivating!

Spies and Traitors; Love and Betrayal!

The world of spies and traitors-love and betrayal converge on the path to the ultimate betrayal–the treachery of the American’s most infamous turncoat, General Benedict Arnold!

The cry for Freedom is at its darkest hour! 

After the devastating loss at Saratoga, the British respond with a vengeance, aiming at taking a strategic hold on the South. In New York, the American spy network is in turmoil, leaving Rupert Arnett to pick up the pieces. Never has it been more dangerous, but never has the stakes been higher.

Under siege by the RedCoats, Charles Town collapses, giving the Americans their most humiliating and worse defeat of the war. When Dr. Jonathan Corbett is taken prisoner, Rebekah faces her greatest personal challenge…for the only way to save her husband’s life is to betray his trust. She turns to the one man Jonathan despises the most, General Marcus Durham.

On the return of Major John Andre to New York, Rupert recognizes something is amiss. The British intelligence seems to know Washington’s every move. Pressure mounts on him to discover what the British have planned. Amid untold dangers, Rupert turns to his one operative that can uncover the truth.

Now, time is of the essence. The crucial hour of the revolution is upon the Americans. There is a traitor in their midst. Can the network determine who the traitor is before all is lost? At what cost? Who one will pay the ultimate price for the cry of freedom?

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Passion and Ambition

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A Dangerous Passion by E.E. Burke

Part of the series Steam! Romance and Rails 

Can love survive when passion and ambition collide? 

Henry Stevens has sacrificed everything, including his honor, to build a railroad empire. At the worst possible time a rival shows up who could destroy him—unless he can come up with a plan.

Life in a small village is too quiet, too ordinary for a free spirit like Lucy Forbes. When her father lands a job out West, she packs her books and her dreams and eagerly sets off to pursue romantic adventures she’s only read about. The moment she sets foot in Kansas, she is thrust into the gritty reality of an untamed frontier and into the arms of the enemy.

The ruthless railroad chief her father has been sent to investigate is as passionate as he is ambitious. Brave and charming, as well as cunning and controlling. But his opponents are vanishing and strangers and trying to kill him. Fearing for her father’s life, Lucy resolves to unmask the secretive Mr. Stevens and expose a villain. What she doesn’t expect to find is a hero.

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The shouted order startled Lucy out of her frozen shock. She jerked her attention to the conductor, who clung to the rail, his mouth twisted in a grimace of pain. Had someone shot him? Her heart raced, as her mind tried to make sense of what seemed incredible. Horrible.

Another loud crack resounded. She instinctively ducked.

“Get back inside the train!” The repeated command came from a bearded man in a bowler hat. He crouched by the depot door, aimed his gun at the dark interior and fired.

Behind Lucy, a woman screamed and dragged her children back into the rail car. Other passengers crowding the exit panicked. They crawled over each other in their haste to retreat

“Lucy, where are you?” Her father’s cries came from behind the frenzied crowd.

“I’m all right, Father.” She craned her neck trying to see him. He’d be frantic with worry. In her eagerness to start her new life, she’d rushed to be the first off the train—which meant she’d be the last to reach safety.

With a groan, the conductor collapsed onto the platform.

Lucy agonized for a moment. No, she couldn’t leave anyone in harm’s way. Dropping her satchel, she leapt down to aid the wounded man.

His face, florid before, was now pasty white. “Miss,” he gasped. “Go…”

“Sir, we have to get back onto the train.” She grasped beneath his arms and tried to help him stand, but he was apparently too weak to get up and too heavy for her to lift.

“What the hell are you doing?” The man who’d barked the order to retreat had backed up. He positioned himself between her and the depot door, hovering like a guardian angel.

“Jump down and crawl underneath to the other side.” He motioned to the space between the platform and the train.

Squelching a fierce desire to flee, she shook her head. “This man needs our assistance.”

Her guardian angel swore an oath. Yet, his glare seemed more anxious than angry. “I’ll help him. You get away.”

He hoisted the conductor’s arm over his shoulder. The wounded man’s knees sagged, his considerable weight pulling the taller man down. He might not be able to move them out of danger quick enough.

“You need my help.” Lucy wrapped her arm around the conductor’s waist. Her fingers encountered wet, sticky warmth. She pulled her hand back, stared at it. Blood. Her stomach did a slow flip. Aware of the imminent danger, she swallowed her fear and met the gaze of the man who’d come to their rescue. His expression was one of determination, perhaps the slightest bit of fear. She covered the conductor’s wound with her palm and pressed hard.

“I can do this,” she whispered. She didn’t want to. She had to.

Another shot rang out. The frightened faces of passengers disappeared from the windows of the train. The moment felt surrealistic, like stepping into a Ned Buntline tale. All that was missing were the bloodthirsty Indians.

“Hurry,” the tall man urged. “Over there, behind that rain barrel, and keep your head down.”

Together, they dragged the conductor across the platform. The toes of the wounded man’s shoes made a scraping noise that sent shivers racing across her skin. Her rescuer didn’t have on boots like those images of Western luminaries featured on the covers of dime novels. He wore the Congress style shoes popular with businessmen back home. What an odd detail to notice, much less care about in midst of a life-threatening situation.

Light shifted as they carried the wounded man from beneath the bright lamps into the shadows. Groaning, the conductor fell to his knees. He curled up against the clapboard wall. She dropped down beside him and put her hand on his shoulder to let him know he wasn’t alone.

“Stay here.” The bearded man’s voice rang with authority. He punctuated the order with his forefinger. Maybe he thought she was slow, like that little neighbor boy back home, the one who had a bad habit of wandering into the street in front of carriages.

Her rescuer flattened his back against the side of the building and inched towards the depot door. From inside came the heart-stopping crack of a gun.

Lucy bit down on her lip to stifle a cry. Screaming wouldn’t help. If she had a weapon…but shooting at cans wasn’t like shooting at people. She didn’t think she could kill someone even if she had a gun.

Keeping her fear in check, she dragged her attention to the conductor. “Let me see how badly you’re hurt.” Her hands trembled as she undid the buttons on his vest. The side of his shirt was blood-soaked and stuck to his skin.

Her head grew light. She took a deep breath to clear it. During the war, she’d volunteered at the Union hospital in Boston. The soldiers had already been patched up and she’d read to them. This man was bleeding. He didn’t need to hear a story.

She did the only thing she could think of to do. Took a clean handkerchief from inside her sleeve, folded it and pressed it against the wound in his side.

He grimaced. So did she. Hated hurting him. “I’m sorry.”

“Thank you,” he murmured, covering the makeshift bandage with his hand. His lips thinned in the semblance of a smile. “Not sure what you was thinking to come after me, miss…”

Reality struck with a sickening punch. She hadn’t been thinking. Only reacting. What if she’d been shot, or that brave man? He might’ve been killed when he shielded her with his body.

Lucy eased over and peeked around the barrel to see if she could locate him. He was still by the depot door, single-handedly holding off whoever was firing on them. She couldn’t see his face, yet she was sure he must be scared. Only a crazy person wouldn’t be.

Her brother had written to her after he’d seen the elephant in his first battle. Courage wasn’t the absence of fear he’d told her, it was doing what one had to do in spite of fear. Like that brave man over there. He was behaving with remarkable valor in a frightful situation. She would write a story about him—if she lived long enough.

Three burly men in railroad denims dashed past where she was hiding. Hoisting rifles in their hands, they crouched next to the bearded man. His hat was still visible above their heads. He was tall, even squatted down. He dared a look inside the depot and then yelled, “They went out the other door.”

All four men dashed to the end of the platform and trampled down a set of stairs. Lucy couldn’t see past the corner of the building. In fact, she couldn’t see much of anything beyond where the light shone. But she could hear shouting.

The gunfire stopped. After a moment, so did the loud voices.

Her shaking legs gave out. She sank into a clump of skirts, rested her head against the side of the barrel and exhaled the breath she’d been holding. The conductor remained curled around his wounded side, but his chest moved with comforting regularity.

“I believe the shooting is over.” Her voice sounded calm, surprising given her uncontrollable trembling. “That gentleman who came to our rescue told us to wait here.”

For once, she was content to obey.

Had it been just an hour ago she’d been sitting in a stalled train, impatient to reach her destination? How eagerly she’d looked forward to seeing their new home, Parsons, Kansas, dubbed by newspapers as “The Infant Wonder of the West. For weeks, she’d anticipated a great adventure. The kind of spine-tingling excitement found in her favorite books. Reality was grittier, bloodier, and utterly more terrifying.

At last, help arrived in the form of an engineer and a soot-stained fireman. They carted the wounded conductor away on a door. Another man in a railroad uniform ushered her into the cramped depot, where she was reunited with her father and instructed to wait with the other passengers. Her newfound hero hadn’t come back. She tried not to be disappointed.

In the small, cold room, men spoke in comforting tones to their wives. Mothers shushed fretful children. Soon, more railroad workers arrived, handing out blankets and shoveling coal into a pot-bellied stove. Lucy watched the proceedings, feeling distant even though she was sitting on a crowded bench.

Her father laid a comforting hand on her shoulder. Thus far, he hadn’t fussed at her about ignoring the command to get back on the train. No doubt he would, at a more opportune moment.

“If you’re recovered,” he said in a low voice, “I’ll go ask where we can find Mr. Stevens.”

Henry Stevens. She’d forgotten all about the man her father had been sent to investigate. Irritation flicked at her raw nerves. “Find him?” Why isn’t he here already? He was supposed to meet us.”

If the Eastern newspapers were to be believed, the Katy’s general manager was an unprincipled scoundrel. Was he also a coward who’d run at the first sign of danger? No wonder the board wanted him replaced.

Shivering, she hunched over and hugged her cloak tighter. Normally, the cold didn’t bother her. With family roots in New England, she came from hearty stock. The shakes were no doubt from the aftermath of fear. She clamped her jaw shut to keep her teeth from rattling and stared at the ground. Capitola, the heroine in her favorite book The Hidden Hand, never fell apart.

A pair of shoes appeared in Lucy’s line of vision. The polished leather uppers were partially covered by the dirtied hems of gray trousers and the edges were caked with mud.

“Miss? Are you all right?” The stranger’s deep voice matched his shoes, cultured…and familiar. She raised her eyes and a thrill shot through her. Her rescuer. He’d returned.

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E.E. Burke writes romance from the heart, woven with history the way it really happened in the wild American West. Her work has received accolades in numerous contests, including the RWA’s prestigious Golden Heart®.

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Praise for E.E. Burke’s historical romances:

“I thoroughly enjoy E. E. Burke’s historical romances. Her portrayal of strong, realistic, well-defined characters and meticulous research transports readers back to the American West of old.”
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Jill Marie Landis, New York Times bestselling author

 “E.E. Burke understands the heart of romance and delivers it! The undeniable pull between Amy and Buck, two people who have every reason to hate each other, the sizzle of a passion that can’t be denied, those moments that put a knot in your chest…This is romance, my friends.”

~ Maggie Shayne, New York Times bestselling author

A Dangerous Passion is the latest in my series Steam! Romance and Rails. As with the other books in this series, this one takes place in real locations and features historic characters and events.

For example, I drew inspiration for the main character Henry Stevens from the life of Colonel Robert S. Stevens, the actual general manager of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway (affectionately dubbed the Katy). Colonel Stevens’ cleverness, ambition and fierce zeal to build the railroad in spite of impossible odds made him a fascinating study. A number of the exploits featured in my book are taken from stories written about him.

 

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The setting where most of the action takes place, Parsons, Kansas, is located in the southeastern corner of Kansas close to the Oklahoma border, which at that time was Indian Territory. It was a wild frontier, as my adventurous heroine, Lucy Forbes, soon finds out. (Yes, those are covered wagons in the middle of town–a frequent sight in those days.)

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This busy town was headquarters for the Katy Railroad. Unlike many hamlets along the rail line—which sprung up as a collection of saloons and brothels before morphing into civilized communities—Parsons was selected and carefully designed by the railroad’s general manager. Wisely, he named the town after his boss, the Katy’s president, Levi Parsons.

Parsons is also close to a site where the Bender family, who ran a wayside inn, murdered more than a dozen travelers over a period stretching from 1871 through early 1873. The legends surrounding this family of serial killers served as great fodder for some of the mystery elements in my story. Pictured are the inn (really, just a cabin on the prairie), murderess Kate Bender and an advertisement for her special services.

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Unwary visitors were lured in, fed dinner, then bashed in the back of the head and had their throats slit. Afterwards, they were stripped of their clothes and valuables, and dumped in a cellar until their bodies could be disposed of—most of them being buried in the field behind the inn. This went on for two years before authorities figured it out. Some residents reported seeing the old man plowing at midnight, but attributed it to his eccentricities.

Chilling, isn’t it?

For more information about my new book check out my website (www.eeburke.com) or take a look at my Pinterest page (www.pinterest.com/authoreeburke) for more images and ideas that have inspired me.

Other books in the series, Steam! Romance and Rails

 

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Passion’s Prize by E.E. Burke, Jennifer Jakes and Jacqui Nelson

In a race for riches, anything can happen.

Outlaws, soldiers and spies bedevil the Katy Railroad as crews rush to reach Indian Territory border before their rival. The stakes are just as high for three women whose lives hinge on the outcome.

A spy pursuing an old enemy must choose to live for revenge or die for love. A woman with a soiled past must trust the one man who could ruin her future. And a railroad heiress abducted by outlaws must escape before her Cherokee captor steals more than her fortune.

Passion’s Prize, a novel in three parts written by award-winning authors E.E. Burke, Jacqui Nelson and Jennifer Jakes, is first in the series, Steam! Romance and Rails.

Available from Amazon, B&N, iBookstore, Kobo and Smashwords

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Her Bodyguard by E.E. Burke

The most dangerous man may be the one she hires

Passion and ambition collide when a woman embroiled in a bitter war between a powerful railroad and rioting settlers hires a bodyguard to protect her from a killer.

For America “Amy” Langford, investing in the Border Tier Railroad isn’t about chasing riches. The savvy businesswoman is after bigger stakes: influence, respect, success her father didn’t live to see.

Rioting settlers and underhanded competitors can’t stop her, but a killer might. When a stranger comes to her rescue, she trusts her instincts and hires him as her bodyguard.

Buck O’Connor has put his violent past behind him, but being a wanted man dictates a life of deceit. So what’s one more lie? He becomes Amy’s protector so he can secretly thwart her railroad’s progress to help his cousin avoid financial ruin. A great scheme—until he falls in love.

While Buck hides his true purpose, Amy lies to herself about her growing feelings for her bodyguard. But the price for deceit is steep, and secrets from the past could destroy their future—if they live long enough.

Available from Amazon, B&N, iBookstore, Kobo and Smashwords

For the icing on the cake E.E. Burke is running a Historical Hotties giveaway and there are five autographed copies of A Dangerous Passion up for grabs.

Here’s the link: http://bit.ly/15pxcl3

 

Western Angels

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Western AngelsThree western romance short stories.

Verity’s Saviour:
Verity is saved from a man who left her for dead when she stumbles onto a ranch. An arrow protrudes from the young maidens back. Wyatt is puzzled by who would want to see such a beautiful girl killed.

Mountain Maiden:
Jonah’s heart is captured by Lily. A maiden who loves the mountains as much as he does and wants nothing but love for herself.

Petticoat Patrol:
When a man has no sons, responsibility falls onto the shoulders of his daughter.

Buy Links:

Amazon US: http://amzn.com/B00PFBQQ3E

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00PFBQQ3E

Amazon CA: http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00PFBQQ3E

Amazon AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B00PFBQQ3E

Cowboys & Christmas

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Blog TourWelcome to the

Cowboys & Christmas

Blog Tour!

A kickoff of new holiday romances by Shanna Hatfield

and a fundraiser for the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund

An Interview with the Men of Hardman Holidays 

Three characters from Shanna Hatfield’s historical holiday series, Hardman Holidays join us today. Set in the western town of Hardman, Oregon, this series of sweet romances highlights determined women and the men who fall for them. Luke Granger, Blake Stratton, and Arlan Guthry talk about life in Hardman in the 1890s.

 A warm welcome to you all. Tell us a little about how you met.

Luke: We all grew up in Hardman. Blake moved here with his parents from England just after my family arrived from New York when we were quite small. Arlan, your parents moved here before you were born, didn’t they? I was young enough I don’t remember.

Arlan: Yes, they did. My brother, Adam, was just a year old when they moved to Hardman. I was born two years later. Blake’s mother was a friend of my mother’s.

Blake: That’s right. When Mum and Dad returned to England, she mentioned how much she missed visiting with your mother, although she didn’t say the same about Luke’s.

Luke: (Grins) Dora Granger just takes a little getting used to. Besides, she’s completely changed for the better since I married Filly.

Blake: Rather like you, ol’ chum.

What type of work do you do?

Luke: I own the Hardman Bank and manage it with Arlan’s capable assistance. I also raise cattle, hold an interest in a lumber mill, and a partnership in a mine.

Blake: He doesn’t want to get bored. (Blake and Arlan chuckle). While Luke is running hither and yon to meetings and the like, I stay home and carve furniture or work with my horses.

Luke: The Viscount should mention his furniture is in high demand both in England and America under the Roxbury House name. He also breeds and trains some of the best horses in this part of the country.

Arlan: His stallion, Romeo, is quite an impressive beast.

Blake: Romeo’s feelings would be hurt to hear you refer to him as a beast.

Arlan: If the name fits… As Luke mentioned, I work at the bank as his assistant. When I’m not there, I play the trumpet in the community band, and participate in activities around town.

Luke: And I thought he just had a thing for the phantasmagorical wonders of the new magician who rolled into town.

(Arlan frowns at Luke while Blake laughs)

Arlan: You just like to say the word “phantasmagorical” and work it into nearly every conversation since Alex came to town. She is a very talented magician.

Blake: And very beautiful.

Luke: And single. Don’t forget she is as free and unfettered as they come, should anyone be interested in courting her.

(Arlan glares at Blake and Luke)

Use  five words to describe the most wonderful thing in your life 

Luke: Filly – my wife, my love.

Blake: Beautiful Ginny – wife, friend, lover.

Arlan: That’s a tough one. Maybe you can come back to me on that.

Luke: (Slaps Arlan on the back) It’s just us. Go on, Arlan, fess up.

Arlan: (Frowning at Luke while fidgeting with his pocket watch.) Look at the time, we really must be going.

Before you leave, tell us what’s the best part of Christmas in Hardman?

Arlan: The sounds of carols, the crunch of snow beneath my boots, and the decorations. There is a feeling of kinship and welcome all around town.

Blake: (Snorts and shakes his head) Don’t forget the food, Arlan. You’re about to neglect a very important part of the holidays.

Luke: Like Filly’s cakes, tarts, and candies. There are the sweet breads and rolls, jams and pies, and the best cookies.

Blake: (Glances at Luke) Did she make those chocolate meringue things again?

Arlan: I had the rash idea Filly and Ginny were the best part of the holiday season for you two. It will be my pleasure to let them know you much prefer cookies and bread to their love and devotion. (Smirks at his friends)

Thank you for joining us. Any parting words for our readers?

Luke: Thank you for hosting us today. If you enjoy sweet holiday romances set in the past, I hope you’ll consider reading our stories in The Christmas Bargain, The Christmas Token, and The Christmas Calamity.

Where to Find The Books

Travel back to a different time with the historic Hardman Holiday Series, beginning with:

The Christmas Bargain

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  The Christmas Token

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The Christmas Calamity

Christmas-Calamity

 

You’re Invited to PARTY!

You’re invited to join in the online Cowboys & Christmas Facebook Party Thursday, Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (PST). Drop in anytime during those four hours to enter to win great prizes, chat with guest authors, and more! Here’s the link to the party: http://tinyurl.com/cowboychristmasparty

The third book in the Hardman Holidays sweet Victorian romance series releases that day! The Christmas Calamity takes readers back to Hardman just in time for the holiday season. Preorders are available now for just $1.99 on Kindle. You can reserve your copy here: http://amzn.com/B00OGOO994

In addition, the first book in the Hardman Holidays series, The Christmas Bargain, will be available free that day, as well!

 

Prize Basket

Enter to Win Prizes!

To enter the drawing for an Amazon gift card, autographed books, chocolates, original western artwork, and more fun goodies, fill out this form.

http://tinyurl.com/cowboychristmasprizes

Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund®

Now through Dec. 24, Shanna will donate 10 percent of the net proceeds from all her book sales to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund.

The JCCF is a non-profit organization that assists rodeo athletes who’ve sustained catastrophic injuries and are unable to work for an extended period.

About Shanna Hatfield

Shanna Hatfield 5x7A hopeless romantic with a bit of sarcasm thrown in for good measure, Shanna Hatfield is a bestselling author of sweet romantic fiction written with a healthy dose of humor. In addition to blogging and eating too much chocolate, she is completely smitten with her husband, lovingly known as Captain Cavedweller.

Shanna creates character-driven romances with realistic heroes and heroines. Her historical westerns have been described as “reminiscent of the era captured by Bonanza and The Virginian” while her contemporary works have been called “laugh-out-loud funny, and a little heart-pumping sexy without being explicit in any way.”

She is a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, and Romance Writers of America.

Find Shanna’s books at:

Amazon | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | Apple

Shanna loves to hear from readers! Follow her online:

ShannaHatfield | Facebook | Pinterest | Goodreads | You Tube | Twitter

 

On Sale!

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On Sale this weekend only –  now only $1.99!

91wGy7M-rQL._SL1500_Aloha! Sweet romance, lovable angel, and a prickly little boy’s Christmas wish.
Christmas in Hawaii! How lucky can a girl get? Except Leilani is bringing her mother’s ashes home to Waikiki and has an urgent plea of help from an aunt she’s never even met. After winning two free nights in prestigious Hotel Jordan, things take a turn she never expected. First, she is stuck in an elevator with the prickly, but luscious Mr. Jordan. Secondly, her aunt is a sick woman and only held on for one reason. She wants to pass on her most precious possession… her five-year-old grandchild. The same prickly little fellow that takes one look at Leilani, slaps his fist on his hips and yells, “Go away!”
Kale is the owner of the Jordan Hotel Chain and he can’t believe his rotten luck. He broke up with a spoilt brat of a girlfriend and now he’s stuck in an elevator with a big-eyed, effusive tourist. How in the world can a guy who’s so worldly be hooked on a lively beauty with more dilemmas than anyone he’s ever met?

AMAZON:

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APPLE:

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B&N (Nook):

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DRAFT 2DIGITAL:

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KOBO:

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SMASHWORDS:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/454059

 

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