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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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.

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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.

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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!

 

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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.

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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:

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On Sale!

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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?

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Staying Healthy in Mind, Body and Spirit

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I met Doris online and found she had a wealth of information to help all of us live and enjoy a more balanced life.

61UqwiRkd2L._SY600_Doris Richardson-Edsell is a retired Registered Nurse, yoga instructor, mother and grandmother.

Working as a counselor and group therapist at the Buffalo Psychiatric Center for more than 25 years, her passion has always been to help others stay healthy in mind, body and soul.

She has contributed to the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, authored a series of mental health cartoon books and shared over 800 posts on her blog www.body-mindhealth.com. By providing daily health and wellness tips, Doris hopes to bring balance and harmony to as many people as possible.

She has numerous booklets available and the following are just some of what she offers.

“Take time today to discover yourself; you, the person in the mirror who is trying to come out and tell the stories of life and living it well.”  80_Pages_of_Hope_Cover_for_Kindle (1)
80 Pages of Hope
Cured versus Living Well
Surviving something does not mean that you are cured. And being cured is not always a good goal because something will come along to make your life shorter or longer with or without a cure and with or without your permission. Your life path is playing out in a musical way, slow beats of drums or high pitched flutes singing your tune. Some of your life path is in your control and some is not. We are all slowly moving toward our final resting place and cannot stop this from happening, and some of us will reach the destiny of heaven sooner than others. You will never know that the end of life is very close to you until that day and perhaps not until that particular moment when you stop. So until that time, live your life as well as you can; putting together your puzzle in life so that you feel secure and complete; finding those people that you keep putting off and making peace with yourself and others.
Take note every day of why you are here and where you are going. Write a note to yourself; a reminder of how beautiful the world is, how abundant your life is and how grateful you are to be able to take your next breath. Begin each day knowing that everything that happens is special. Be as loving a person as you can be. Find someone to help so that you can feel the pleasure of paying it forward to others. That someone may be a person who needs to learn how to live, love and die well.
Look closely and you will see a white circle of energy; a spirit looking on at the beauty of fall.
Days of Hope
When the doctor told Gloria that she had about 6 months to live she quickly figured it out to be 180 days and said, “I want to go well beyond that 6 months but I am glad you are giving me a timeline because now I will buy a calendar and live a little better.” Gloria was 50 years old when she was told the bad news.
Gloria did not pass away until she was 80 years old and with that said, you really do not know how long your will be here on earth in your physical body, and then when you are off to your spiritual body you will still be here, just in a different way. And many people who talk about passing through into spirit are amazed by the bliss and wonder. Gloria did buy that calendar and she started making plans. She said, “I want to do something that is special to me in these last 200 days, not just 180!” Gloria had a good sense of humor and quickly filled up her calendar with those moments she thought she would miss. And on her next visit to the doctor she told him that she would never die; especially within those confines of 6 months.
As the years went by Gloria had her bouts of illnesses in mind, body and soul but she lived well past her 200 days. Healthy days were short lived in Gloria’s life, but she was still there for her family, always available to listen to whatever heartache you wanted to tell her about. And Gloria never gave her opinion just nodded and listened to the problems of many. She was like a great sounding board to help others figure out the right way in life.
And in her last days I would see her weekly at the nursing home, and she would ask me if I was still writing because she wanted me to write her story from my point of view, and that is why I am here to tell you that she was the kindest, loving person that I ever met in my life with a story that needs to be told so that others can understand her beauty as a person.
Gloria came from a very poor family who never knew where their next meal would come from, but their love for each other was so strong that nothing mattered except staying together. There were hard times but also good ones with the birth of many children and grandchildren. What held them together as a family was hope and love. They gave it to each other in kind words, a meal if you did not have one, a place to stay if you needed it and hopeful words that helped.
Being poor is not a misfortune like some people believe; it can be a blessing because your family becomes so very strong that nothing matters except keeping things together and helping each other.
And that is why Gloria was so strong in mind and spirit; passing this positive energy to her children and grandchildren. If you are ever told that you only have a few months to live, you better start living from that moment on. It is sort of a wake-up call from above, telling you that life is precious and it needs to be lived well. Even though Gloria never quite felt well, she still did the things she needed to do in order to be a good mother. Her children were well taken care of and her closest sister Pricilla was by her side, guiding her in difficult times. When Gloria’s marriage was going through some bad times, she went to Pricilla’s house for guidance and love. And her 3 girls were close to Pricilla’s 2 girls, making the stay at Aunt Pricilla’s a good time.
“Things will get better and you and your husband will mend your ways,” Pricilla would always say.
And as the years went by, Gloria stayed strong in her marriage; holding it together for her children. In the past people stayed together no matter what happened. There really was, “Until death do we part.”
Marriages today unwind after brief struggles with life and many people part their ways before they should have. Gloria was always starting over; she forgave, loved much and gave all she had.
Starting over
I believe in new beginnings, re-inventing yourself and saving your marriage. Many people give up on all 3 things in a very short time because they say they are not happy with their situations. But you are the control button over your happiness; turning it on and off at any given moment in time. No one else can make you unhappy; you do it to yourself. Sometimes in marriages or any relationship with siblings or friends, things can get fired up and bad but it does not have to stay that way if you do not want it to; excluding physical, emotional or spiritual abuse. In those destructive relationships you have to get out.
Things worth saving
If you are in a dead relationship that needs some pick me up, you can begin to salvage the rusty parts. You just have to try and fix it, and that means beginning with you because you can change yourself, but you cannot change other people. So get on the bandwagon of making those needed changes you have in mind. You may have to begin with leaving the past behind, forgetting about what the future may bring, and living in the here and now of life.
Believing
When you become a believer, even if it is pretending at first; life will change for you. Having a strong belief in a positive outcome in your life is the first step toward wellness in mind, body and spirit. Even if you are sick right now, your mindset is important to your prognosis. Whether it is a physical, mental or spiritual illness, it can be worked on internally. That spiritual component deep inside of you is the strongest self you have. It directs you throughout your life, pointing you in the right direction. Spirit is your internal being that is there for you no matter what the consequences of your difficult times in life. Spirit is also there for your good times; allowing you to love, live well and be thankful of everything that you have in life.
Extending your life
When pretending to be well is practiced you may find that this hopeful and optimistic way you have developed for yourself extends your life and even if it does not make you well again, you will be a happier person.
80 Days Of Hope: http://amzn.com/B00O9ZPT0S
71RBORV7g3L._SL1500_Breathing in and Breathing Out focuses on the many benefits of meditation and its powerful effects on your health and wellness.
Meditation and breathing techniques can help you to find your authentic self; digging deep down into your spirit. And when you feel well, your relationships with others become more meaningful and harmonious.
And when you feel well, you can begin that journey toward helping others in your life to heal and feel well in mind, body and spirit.
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Maintaining Your Weight Today there are many new diet and exercise plans but good sound nutrition tips have be around for many years. Maintaining your weight is a helpful guide to learning about setting weight goals that help a person to choose, get and keep their healthy living goal. The author also includes an appendix on Vitamins and Minerals and their importance to a healthy lifestyle plan.
81VyfUKNITL._SL1500_Healing Angels for Children is dedicated to all children who ask difficult questions about life, expecting answers that will help them to grow in mind, body and spirit.
As a child I wanted to know everything about life; the good and bad. And sometimes no one would tell me the truth about certain topics so I found out what I needed to know my own way.
Healing Angels for Children is a helpful guide for parents to read to their children when there is a need for a soft way to talk about difficult topics.
Slow-Mo Yoga Anyone can learn yoga, especially in slow motion. You do not have to be81pbl1EVCGL._SL1500_ extremely flexible because you are wherever you are in your yoga practice; there is no competition, and you will improve your flexibility with practice.
I believe that if you take it slow and easy, yoga becomes a part of you, full of wonder and growth. Grow strong in your yoga asanas by practicing in silence with stillness not only in your body but your mind and soul. Begin your yoga practice in slow motion and everything in your body will gradually come back to where it is supposed to be. And the added advantage is that you will feel strong in your unique asanas because you come into them slow and deeper; in a meditative way that helps you with your breath.
There are so many other booklets available so please visit Doris’ Page at www.amazon.com/author/dorisrichardsonedsell for the complete collection.

New From Keta Diablo – Chasing The Dead

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Title – Chasing the Dead, Book 1
Series – Bannister Brothers
Author – Keta Diablo
Genre – Western Romance (Paranormal)
Publication Date – October 17, 2014
Word Count 45,000
Publisher – Keta Diablo
Cover Artist – Willsin Rowe
About the Book:
The Apache kidnapped me to dispel an evil ghost from their village. If I tell them I don’t possess the same skills my madre did, they’ll cut my throat and feed me to the dogs. Celesta was the best spirit chaser in all of New Mexico before she died.
 
The most I can hope for is that Emmett, my fiancé, will rescue me. Is he capable of such a thing? Poppy must not have thought so because he sent Deacon Bannister to save me. Deacon…the man who walked away days before our wedding a year ago. The man who still melts my bones after one look.
 
We’re running for our lives from Uday, the vaporous ghoul tracking us. He wants Sacheen, the beautiful maiden banished from the Apache village who travels with us. The warrior killed her father when Sacheen refused to marry him, and then Sacheen’s brother killed Uday.
 
The ghost’s powers grow stronger every minute on our journey back to El Vaquero…and so does my love for Deacon.
Madrid Arrende
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Excerpt
A shadow hovered near the fires, ducking in between stalks of cacti and other scrub brush. Maddie drew a deep breath and ambled forward with Elan beside her. Amid the dissonant chants and prayers, warriors brandishing spears and shields hollered into the gray mist. Maddie squinted, hoping to catch sight of the ghoul the others couldn’t see. Only powerful shamans and spirit chasers had trained themselves to look upon the face of a dead spirit. A ripple of fear spread through her limbs and shivered down her spine when la fantasma appeared before her.
A mass of black patterns and swirls marred his enraged face. His eyes were hollow and black until a den of serpents slithered from the sockets–a deception the spirit had learned in his brief time in the underworld.
Maddie swallowed hard and sneaked a glance at Elan. Standing tall and looking formidable, she had to admire the man’s courage. “It is you he seeks to destroy, Elan, to forge a path to Sacheen. I will go forth on my own now.”
Elan shook his head, his expression one of disbelief. “Why would you put yourself in such danger? We wait and see what the dead man will do.”
“No. It is what he wants, for all in the village to fear him. Only then does his true power unfold. I will meet his challenge; let him know I am here to banish him back to the dead.” “Although I cannot”, she whispered under her breath.
The ghost twisted and turned, retreating back from the fire, only to appear seconds later at another location in camp. He screamed and howled, the otherworldly sounds rumbling through the village like a murderous dust storm.
 Maddie shrugged aside Elan’s grip on her elbow and walked forward. “Madre, be with me,” she said to the ground. The moon had not shown its face this night but a smattering of a million stars gave enough light for Maddie to focus on the grim outline of the wretch. “Lift up your eyes dead spirit and hear my words.”
An inhuman screech sent a blast of wind in her direction. It lashed her face and whipped her long hair into a frenzy.
“You are small and weak. I do not fear you!” she screamed, bewildered by the words spewing from her mouth. “The wolf has sung your passing and the bear has grumbled low. Sing your death song and return to the underworld.”
The wailing chants of the shamans echoed behind her.
Ignoring her warning, Elan suddenly appeared beside her, only to be struck to the ground when the ghoul unleashed a stream of lightning spikes from the sky. Elan moaned, clutched his broken arm and attempted to rise.
“Stay down!” Maddie ground out between clenched teeth.
Her mother’s voice rode the crest of her fear. Be strong, Madrid, try again.
Her knees shook and her spine curled, but she took another step forward. “Your breath has moved to another world. You must remain with it. Do you hear me, dead spirit? You are no longer welcome here. Your relatives have said farewell and so must you, never to return.”
A refrain from the Apache against her back bolstered her courage—a roar of cheers and the synchronized trampling of moccasins beating the ground.
 Torrents of rain fell from the sky, pounding Maddie into the earth beneath her feet. Wet dirt spiraled up her nose and debilitating pain wracked her body. A hand clamped over her arm. When Maddie realized it belonged to Elan, a sigh of relief mingled with the cold blast of air surrounding them. Sacheen’s brother pulled her against his wet body and crawled toward camp, dragging her with him.
A triumphant scream from the ghost rent the air, pitching the warriors into a cowering retreat. The cold, gray dawn swept over camp. Shivering with despair, Maddie turned to Elan. “His power is great.”
Out of breath and still clutching his arm, he nodded.
“Maddie raised a fist to the sky. “We have failed this night, dead spirit, but we will not the next time we meet.”
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