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I’m Emerson, and my “to do” list is longer than I’d like. You might wonder what kind of woman comes up with a sex bucket list? Answer — the kind who’s been in a sex drought, has two crazy girlfriends encouraging her, and one too many bottles of wine.

This kind of list requires special skill. And I have just the man in mind to help me. He’s younger. So that checks one thing off my list. And he’s the kind of man every woman should sleep with at least once in her life. The kind of man who knows his way around a woman’s body. And God, I’d like him to know mine.

Armed with new lingerie and a fancy high-tech vibrator, I’m taking charge. Of love, of life, and my libido. How hard can that be? Well, judging by the rate of pole dancing injuries, I might be in trouble.

But how much trouble can one woman get in? Giving your panties to a stranger isn’t illegal in Georgia, is it?

Grab a pen and make your own Sex Bucket List!

 

Okay, I’ve been hooked on Mountain Men! Anyone else enjoy them? I was a bit tired of my shifters (gasp!) and hunted for something new.

My eye was caught by Timber The Mountain Man’s Babies by Frankie Love.

Jax

I’ve been called wild. Dirty. Untamed.
I moved to the woods to get away from the bullsh*t of the city. People there don’t understand a man like me.
I work hard, and my hands are as calloused as my heart.
And nothing’s gonna change that.
But now I’ve met Harper.
And my whole f*cking world has changed.
But this girl keeps running.
I need to make her stay because she’s having my baby.
I’m gonna make sure my c*ck is the only one she ever needs again.

Harper

I never expected my fiancé to break things off.
I’d saved myself for my wedding night, and now I’m left wondering why.
Needing to get away, I ran to my uncle’s cabin in the woods.
But a storm has left me stranded on Jax’s doorstep, and soon enough he takes me in his arms.
And on the floor. And on the table. And in the great outdoors.
Our time together has left me with a big problem … a problem a wild man like him can’t fix.
A problem that makes me run … because I need a man who believes in true love and commitment.
I need a man who is ready to be a father.

I quickly read the rest of the five part series!

Bucked, Wilder, Honored, Cherished.

Hot Hot Hot! I really enjoyed them and then read the rest of Frankie Love’s Mountain Men. They are entertaining and just what you want men to be! The whole series left a smile on my face!

Stealing Hope

Stealing Hope CoverThe apocalypse has come and gone.
Those who survived learned to adapt.
Dragons awaken to once again reign over the skies.

Upon eruption of a volcano, Ari awakens to a changed world, and a knowing that his dragon’s mate is near. He saves her twice—once as a dragon, and again as a man—and wins her confidence.

Hope cried out, moaning, “just change me with pleasure?”

Hope is restless and unfulfilled until she meets Ari, the man of her fantasies. The sensual tension between them heightens with every touch. When their passion explodes, Hope gets pulled into the dragon’s mating ritual…and into a world of erotic sensation she never dreamed existed but now cannot live without. The dragon binds his mate to him with a ritual that shows Hope her true nature in this humorous erotic romance.

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Have you been following the serial of Rise of the Dragons? It has two more sessions to run before it’s done. Don’t miss Rise of the Dragons, prequel to Stealing Hope!

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Secrets of the Moon Saga ~ Kristy Centeno

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Secrets of the Moon – Secrets of the Moon Saga # 1
by Kristy Centeno
 
Audience: Young adult/New Adult – Genre: Paranormal – Format: E-book – Publisher: Inkspell Publishing – Cover by: Najla Qamber – Pages: 418 – ASIN: B00DSGY4I2 – Date Published: July 4, 2013
 
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Teenager Marjorie Emery eluded death. As she struggles to get her life back on track, she believes her efforts are paying off. Yet, when a black dressing, unfriendly, and incredibly handsome hottie walks into her classroom, she’s forced into a tailspin. Marjorie has no idea how much his presence is going to shatter what little tranquility she’s achieved.



Kyran Rousseau’s gloomy nature has a name, one that is potentially fatal under the right circumstances. His family harbors secrets and does everything to protect Kyran. While, he does’t want to ruin Marjorie’s normal life, love has a way of changing his plans.



Falling for Kyran is the least of Marjorie’s worries. With a faceless threat hunting her and a boyfriend who’s as dangerous as he is good looking—how can Marjorie and Kyran keep all hell from breaking loose before it’s too late?


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After several numbers, Kyran led me back to our table and offered to bring me a bottle of water. As he walked away, I couldn’t help but stare at his tall form. Kyran was stunning. I never got tired of complimenting him, even if I never actually said it aloud. As he made his way toward the

counter, women turned to ogle him. Women with dates still stopped to stare at him, much to the disapproval of the men standing beside them. For a fleeting moment, I couldn’t help but feel pleased having him as my date. He was quite possibly the most handsome guy in the entire café.

As I continued to wait for Kyran to return, I fanned my face with one hand, trying to cool myself down. It was incredibly hot inside the crowded room and I was beginning to sweat. I’d danced so much I had become tired and my feet started hurting. Oddly enough, Kyran hadn’t so much as broken a sweat.

The band began to play their last song for the night when I felt Kyran lightly touch my arm. I looked up to see him offering me an ice-cold bottle of water. Relieved, I took the bottle and opened it. The water felt good as it traveled down my throat, and I nearly swallowed half the bottle in one gulp. Embarrassed, I glanced over at Kyran. He didn’t appear to notice, since he was watching the band. He sat so close I could feel the warmth emanating from his body.

Wasn’t he hot? He was wearing a jacket and I wasn’t. I was hot and sweaty, but he wasn’t. Not only were Kyran’s mood swings completely unpredictable but so, apparently, were the sudden changes in his body temperature. It all seemed so strange to me, but I kept all comments and questions to myself.

Kyran’s gaze turned from the band back to me and I smiled as he glanced my way. My heart leapt inside my chest when he removed a stray lock of hair from my face and tucked it behind my ear. His hand caressed my cheek, leaving an imprint wherever it touched. I leaned against his hand as it moved up and down my face, drowning in the feel of it. The music was still going, the room was still dark, but none of that mattered as Kyran and I felt like the only two people in the otherwise filled café. When Kyran leaned forward and pressed his lips to mine, I felt a sudden bolt of energy run right through me. It was the most unbelievably pleasant experience I’d ever had by far. His lips sought mine and I returned the caress. My ears became deaf to anything but the loud pounding of my heart.

Kyran’s hand shifted from my cheek to the back of my head, bringing my face closer to his, and therefore having a better angle to kiss me. I didn’t resist; if anything I returned his kiss with as much hunger as he was kissing me. I found myself bunching my fists in his shirt and bringing him down toward me. It was a sweet and passionate kiss, far better than I had imagined. My body buzzed all over and my hands itched to touch and explore him. The kiss ended abruptly when we heard the music die down and many people started to cheer for the amazing band. Embarrassingly, up to that point I hadn’t even bothered to ask what the band’s name was. Self-consciously, we glanced around to see if anyone had noticed our brief lapse, but apparently no one had. Not a single person was paying any attention to us.




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Bound to the Moon – Secrets of the Moon Saga # 2
 
Pages: 107 pages – ASIN: B00TNO3F9W – Date Published: February 14, 2015
 
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For me…

….immortality is a curse….release is an impossibility…and love is the one thing I cannot have.

Forbidden or not, I am determined to save my only ray of hope, regardless of what it’ll cost me.



The moment I met Marjorie I knew she was the one thing I couldn’t have, but that didn’t stop us from bonding. The problem is I’m as much of a threat to her as the alpha hunting her down.



Now that I’m fighting against the clock to save her from an invading pack, I realize the only way to protect her from danger—including myself—is by letting her go. But will my sacrifice be in vain? Can I let her go knowing she’s the only one that can save me?

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I inch closer to her until our shoulders touch, wishing that my proximity will calm her nerves somewhat. I’m in need of closeness between us too and I secretly hope she feels the same way. Our faces come within inches of each other’s and I’m suddenly tempted to move in and kiss her. I know I shouldn’t. Not after showing symptoms of yet another relapse, but I’ve never been able to resist Marjorie.

She has been my one true weakness since day one. I tried to stay away. I tried to fight off the attraction, but that didn’t work out so well. I don’t want to anymore anyway.

In some cases, giving in is so much easier than fighting back.

“Marquis called a few family members and longtime friends. Lone wolves mostly,” I explain, but I’m not even a hundred percent sure I’m making any sense. My eyes have zeroed in on Marjorie’s lips and I think I might just kiss her. I want to. And I know she wants it too.

I can hear the blood rushing through her body. I can see the rapid pulse of the vein in her neck, which indicates a physical response to whatever is going through her head.

“You know…we rarely have these moments alone. We should really take advantage of them when they do present themselves.”

I smile. Her logic is irrefutable and hard to argue with, but she doesn’t know what happened a little while ago. She has no idea how severe this relapse was. Even I don’t know if I’ll take a one eighty turn any second now.

“We’re not really alone.” I should move away, but I don’t because she’s right. We don’t have that many moments to be together without a third party keeping watch. And in the next few days, we may not have any alone moments at all.

With this in mind, I move closer until a space of about an inch keeps our lips from making contact. “Gage is outside in the hall,” I inform her.

Marjorie’s hand releases mine and moves up my arm to my shoulder before moving up to the side of my face where it rests on my cheek. She’s smiling, and her smile is sweet and at the same time, timid.

“I figured that, but he’s not in the room with us.” She wiggles her eyebrows suggestively.

I lose all sense of self-control when her smile turns wicked. She wants to be kissed and I aim to oblige.




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Full Moon – Secrets of the Moon Saga # 3
 
Pages: 113 pages – ASIN: B00VGLSTVY – Date Published: April 1, 2015
 
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Hidden lies…hidden demons…hidden battles…All leading to the ultimate sacrifice….

She knows what really brought me here.

She knows the ulterior motives that lead to our friendship.

She doubts what’s in my heart.

What she doesn’t know…all I’m willing to sacrifice in order to ensure eternity for her.

On the brink of putting a face to our enemy, I may have screwed up myself even more. As it turns out, now I’m battling not only an alpha with an uncanny ability to hide where no one can find him, but my own inner demons as well. Physically challenged, my only chance is to rely on two things: my brother and my love for her.

In the end, will Marjorie comprehend the depth of my sacrifice? Or will her pride get in the way of understanding…and her life?


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She stands and takes a hasty step away from the table. “You lied to me.”

“Let me explain.” I stand after her. She looks like she’s about to bolt and I intend to stop her. The last thing I want is to keep her here against her will but I can’t risk her being out there less protected and more vulnerable. “There’s more to it than that.”

“No. There’s not. You lied to me. You all did.” In a fraction of a second, she turns and glowers at Alexis. “How could you? Why didn’t you think I could handle all this? What kind of inept person do you people think I am?”

Alexis scampers to his feet. “Marjorie our motives were purely—”

“Don’t. I suspected from the beginning you were all hiding…I just can’t fathom. I should have kept my distance when I suspected you of lying, but I stupidly thought you didn’t want to hurt me.” Marjorie struggles to hold back tears. “I was wrong all along.”

She retreats without another word, limping out of the

kitchen and to the sunroom. I have no clue where she intends to go since she can’t drive and

her house is at least a ten minute drive from ours, but I am compelled to follow her anyway.

Grabbing her arm, I whirl her around to face me as I pin her to the opposite wall—out of view of my family in the next room.

“Marjorie, you can’t leave.” I inch closer until our lips are a scarcely a couple of inches apart. “We don’t want to hold you against your will, but we are trying to protect you.”

“You can’t keep me here.” Her voice clearly conveys her level of anger.

I don’t want to be in this position but I have no choice. For her own safety, I can’t let her leave. She’s more at risk out there than she is in here.

“I will if I have to.”


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Kristy Centeno is an author of paranormal romance, young adult, new adult, horror, and contemporary romance.

She has always had a passion for books and after years of being an avid reader, she decided to transform her desire to write into a reality and thus, her first novel was born. In her journey to create memorable reads, she has delved into several genres, creating fictional characters meant to entice readers and captivate the mind.

She is currently working on finishing off the Keeper Witches series among other projects, which include sequels to her published work. When she’s not busy taking care of her five children or holding down the fort, she finds time to sit and do what she loves the most: writing.


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Cover Reveal ~ Triple D Dude Ranch

Triple D Dude Ranch

Coming October 4 to Secret Cravings Publishing

One look ignites a smolder between Dan and Blaire, one touch sparks a wildfire that burns out of control, hotter than the Texas sun.

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Blaire had gotten a freelance assignment, sending her from Chicago back home to Texas. She was taking pictures of a dude ranch for the Tribune, an up and coming vacation spot for the city slicker. Blaire couldn’t help the wildfire of desire that ran through her at the uninhibited cowboy she finds in the lens of her camera.

Dan remade his ranch, making it a go to vacation spot being featured in the vacation section in a Chicago newspaper. Expecting a freelance photographer, Dan couldn’t believe the hot and sexy urban cowgirl that arrived, camera in hand.

Texas summer is hot as hell. Not even the heat can stop the fire that blazes instantly between Blaire and Dan. Just one look, one touch, Blaire was the spark and Dan was the tinder that fed the flames, sparking a conflagration that nothing can stop.

Let Love Live ~ Melissa Collins ~ #NewRelease

Let Love Live by Melissa Collins is now available!  
**It has a special introductory price of $2.99. It will return to regular price of $3.99 on 7/13.**Although this is part of a series, it can be read as a STANDALONE.

Who would you become if you lost the only person who ever mattered?
For twenty-six year old Dylan Hopkins, the answer is easy. He’s become no one. Memories of the happier times are all he has left as he finds himself meandering numbly through his now dull life. Though he cares about his work and family dearly, he’s yet to let himself find love again. Afraid of letting go of what he once had, Dylan chooses to keep his heart buried, where it belongs, having died a long time ago.
Conner Michelson is about to change everything Dylan knows. He’s every bit the bad boy persona – tatted up, ex-MMA fighter, but after an injury leaves him unable to fight, he has to rethink his goals. Having just opened his own gym, Conner can cross his first major life accomplishment off his very short list. Next up: find a man he can settle down with and build a family. Seems simple enough – a dream most people have, but when he meets Dylan, his carefree, easy-going life is thrown into a tailspin.
Determined to keep Dylan in his life, Conner vows to resurrect Dylan’s long ago buried heart and let love live once more.
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Let Love In (The Love Series #1) Currently FREE!! 

 

What would happen if you lost everything? If the people who were
supposed to love you unconditionally were no longer there for you, how
would your world change?

That’s exactly what happened to Madeleine Becker when her parents
died when she was ten years old. Ripped from her home and everything
that she has ever loved, she is forced to start all over again. The
only way for her to move on is to build walls around her heart and keep
everyone at a safe distance. Her logic: she can’t get hurt if she
doesn’t fall in love.

That theory is blown to pieces when she meets Reid Connely during
her freshman year at college. He is gorgeous and darkly mysterious. He
understands Maddy’s pain all too well, but sharing his pain would mean
breaking down the walls he put up around his own heart. Conflicted
between loving Maddy and hiding his dark past, Reid starts to reevaluate
his world. Maddy’s inner strength, snarky personality and breath
taking beauty help Reid to make peace with his past.

Together they find out what happens when they Let Love In.

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Let Love Stay (The Love Series #2)
If you’re lucky, you’ll fall in love – truly, madly and deeply in love.
But what happens when that honest and pure love isn’t enough to erase
your fears? What happens when your past rears its ugly head and
threatens your future?

Maddy and Reid had that kind of love – the all-encompassing, Earth
shattering, once in a lifetime kind of love. Then life happened. Old
wounds that were thought to be long healed and scabbed over are ripped
opened and they are forced to face the possibility that, maybe, they are
not strong enough to fight their demons and embrace the light.

Together, they found out what love is, but now they will each need
to heal on their own before they can ever be together again. They must
face their fears and beat down their pasts in order to find their way
through this crazy uphill battle called love.

They’ve let love in, but now, they need to find out how to Let Love Stay.

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Let Love Heal (The Love Series #3)
**Let Love Heal can be read as part of the series or as a standalone**

 

 Perfection. We all strive for it, but what happens when the desire to
be perfect consumes you? What happens when the need to bury your
mistakes blinds you?

Melanie Crane has always been the perfect daughter, friend, student –
she’s been perfect at everything, in fact. But when she lets her
insecurities, the ones that she keeps hidden from everyone, get the best
of her, she falters in her pursuit of perfection. Melanie crumples
under the pressure and buries her pain. Numbed by sadness and guilt,
she is determined never to let anyone find out how broken she really is.

Bryan Mahoney may appear to have everything in order. He’s
charming, witty and completely swoon-worthy. In short, Bryan has life
all figured out, but appearances can be deceiving. When the landscape
of Bryan’s family changes in an instant, he’s left to pick up the
pieces.

Not all bruises leave a mark. Now, weary and afraid, Melanie and
Bryan must find a way to let love heal their broken and jaded hearts.

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Let Love Shine (Companion Novella)
**This is a 26K word novella (about 100 pages) with approximately
11k words in bonus materials from Let Love In and Let Love Stay. This
is NOT a standalone and should not be read if you have not read Let Love
In and Let Love Stay.** 

 
 Maddy and Reid have seen their fair share of trials and tribulations, of
love and loss. Facing down the biggest challenges of their young
lives, they managed to survive and endure. With the future stretching
out before them, they must learn to navigate new and unfamiliar paths.

Being new parents, starting new jobs, and continuing college is
enough to overwhelm any couple. New challenges come up daily, as do
small victories. Watch Maddy and Reid grow stronger together in this
“one year later” tale of the everyday stuff that happens in real life.

With a solid foundation of love under their inexperienced feet – and
with the help of their family and friends – Maddy and Reid learn how to
let love shine, lighting the way for a beautiful future to come.

 
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Let Love Be (The Love Series #4)
***Though this is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone.
Unlike the previous books in the series, this is NOT a New Adult &
College Romance; this is a contemporary romance featuring characters who
are more mature / not in their twenties. It is a full length novel of
about 90K words / approx. 350 pages.***  
 

What would bring you happiness in a world that was suddenly empty?

For Lucy Crane, the answer is simple: her daughter. When her husband
is killed in a tragic accident, Lucy loses her desire to live, but only
one thing keeps her going – her unborn daughter. Focusing on being a
mother helps Lucy cope with her loss, but kids grow up and they leave
home, eventually. Eighteen years after losing her first and only love,
Lucy is faced with the opportunity to find the happiness for which she’s
always longed. Her own fears become her worst enemies as she learns how
to embrace love once again.

Evan Donovan is also facing his own struggles. Forced to retire from
the FDNY because of lung damage caused by 9/11, Evan moves to upstate
New York where he hopes to find a little peace and quiet. Old habits die
hard, and Evan’s hero complex and survivor’s guilt constantly remind
him of how difficult it is to be vulnerable. But for the first time in
his life, he’s tired of being alone.

Drawing strength from one another, Lucy and Evan discover how beautiful it is to let love be a part of their lives.

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Melissa Collins has always been a book worm. Studying Literature in college ensured that her nose was always stuck in a book. She followed her passion for reading to the most logical career choice: English teacher. Her hope was to share her passion for reading and the escapism of books to her students. Having spent more than a decade in front of a classroom, she can easily say that it’s been a dream.
Her passion for writing didn’t start until more recently. When she was home on maternity leave in early 2012, she read her first romance novel and her head filled with the passion, angst and laughter of the characters who she read about it. It wasn’t long before characters of her own took shape in her mind. Their lives took over Melissa’s brain and The Love Series was born.

 

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WIcked Wild Wednesday with Dani Wade- giveaway

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Any Wicked Wild Wednesday would be the perfect place for my Backstage Pass heroes. After all, they’re Rock Stars! Can’t get any wilder!

The very idea of rock stars conjures up the image of hard living, fast moving, love ‘em and leave ‘em men who can never conform to the hearth and home version of HEA most people have.

They’re right.

The very nature of rock stars’ lives and schedules are outside the norm—but that doesn’t mean they can never be tamed! The heroines in my Backstage Pass series are living the fantasy of being loved (and mastered) by these bad, bad boys.

They are ordinary women living extraordinary dreams! Their heroes play hard and love even harder. They may not work a 9 to 5, but these men understand what their women need—and are more than happy to give it to them. Each heroine has her own unique fear, and her hero is the perfect man to set her free. Though she doesn’t always agree with that—at first.

This fascinating dichotomy between who we think rock stars are, and what they can truly be if we see them as real men with needs, pain, and secrets like everyone else drew me into this series with a vengeance. I had to write these heroes! And find them the perfect woman for their happily ever after. The men of the Solar Uprising rock band will surprise you…I promise.

I’d love to introduce y’all to the wild, wicked men of the Backstage Pass series, so I’ll be giving away 2 e-copies of Book 1—Finding Her Rhythm. Just comment for a chance to win and tell us—who would be your real life rock star hero of choice?

Here’s a glimpse of my newest release in this series, Settling the Score (Book 2):

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“You’re far too concerned about things outside of yourself—you can’t turn your brain off and simply focus on the pleasure.” Pleasure he desperately wanted to give her.
Tears welling into her eyes told him he was on track, even if her mouth wouldn’t admit it. He held up the blindfold once more.
“Which is why I need to teach you to shut all that shit out. To concentrate on how good you feel, not what I want from you. Not how you look.”
She started, obviously surprised by his insight. Oh yeah, he’d known about her obsession with her looks for years. He wasn’t going to let that get in his way either. He brushed the length of material along her jawline.
“Let me do this, Becca. For you.” For me.
Those oh too vulnerable eyes closed once more, her chin tilting up in surrender. This close he could see her hard swallow as she awaited his next move, the pulse at the base of her neck picking up speed. The beauty of her in that position took his breath away. If he could get his hands on Rockin’ Reno, he’d break every bone in his sleazy little body.
Way past time for Becca to find out what it was like to be with a man who put her needs before his own.

Daniel Korvello isn’t your average Joe with a case of unrequited lust. He’s a hard rock front man who wonders if his publicist will ever see him as anything other than a job. Then they team up to hunt down a threat to Daniel’s family…and he seizes the chance to show her he’s up for more than just a one night stand.
Becca Buchanan already lived through one rock-star scandal with her reputation barely intact. She’s determined never to put herself, or her family, through that again. Only she can’t deny the desire she feels for Daniel. When he exposes the molten heat beneath her Ice Maiden exterior, she may never be able to freeze him out again.
Then their amateur investigation takes a dangerous turn that threatens the lives of those they both love. Can their newfound trust extend past the bedroom? Can Daniel let go of his guilt enough to embrace a future with Becca?
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Release Day ~ Heat Wave ~ Adriana Kraft

Heat WaveHeat Wave, by Adriana Kraft

Riders Up: Book Two

 

April 30, 2014

B&B Publishing

ISBN (ebook) 978-0-9894693-9-5

ASIN B00JZ6GW6G

Romantic Suspense, 93,000 words

Heat rating: Four flames

 

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During an oppressive Iowa summer of drought and farm foreclosures, widowed Maggie Anderson makes a bold decision: She’ll merge her love of horses and her family’s three hundred and twenty acres into a horse farm and try her hand at nearby Prairie Meadows Race Track, where racing purses have just been augmented by the recently added casino gambling.

 

Down on his luck after being falsely accused in a racing scandal and banned from training, former Arlington Race Track trainer Ed Harrington has skulked home to Des Moines to drown his sorrows and wait for the dust to clear. He’s unprepared for the piercing robin’s-egg-blue eyes of pint-sized Maggie Anderson, who finds him at a flophouse and offers him a job. Can he pull himself together and meet the challenge?

 

As the two forge a tumultuous working partnership, they soon discover someone is out to get Maggie’s farm and will stop at almost nothing to force her off the land. Can they find and stop the culprit before someone is killed? Can they survive the far greater danger unleashed by the raw passion simmering just beneath the surface of their relationship?

REVIEW:

Five stars at Amazon: Heartfelt with mystery and hope…made me cry. Spot on interplay between the main characters…well written and extremely enjoyable to read. Donna H.

 

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EXCERPT

“Mr. Harrington, have you decided to take the job?”

“Well, it’s not like I have a lot of other offers.” He grinned faintly, like a child returning from a runaway attempt.

That smile tore at Maggie’s heart. Had he really said she was pretty?

“You may be getting in way over your head,” he cautioned. “Hell, maybe me, too. But I’m willing to try. Of course, I don’t have much to lose. If you’re going to be in this business, it’s important to know something about all elements of the game. In the long run, you may not want to take on the track responsibilities of a trainer. There are a lot ways to play the game.

“We do need to clear up one matter.” Harrington sighed and dropped his gaze. “You know I can’t take your horses to the track. Can’t help you out there.”

Maggie nodded. “I know about the ban, Ed. That doesn’t have anything to do with me. You’ve been vouched for. That’s enough. There are likely a lot of bridges yet to cross. Let’s take them one at a time.”

“I’m all for that, Maggie.” Harrington lifted his cup in salute.

That was the first time he’d called her Maggie. It sounded too familiar, yet they had to be on a first name basis if they were going to work together as a team. She took a short breath, excited about actually beginning to put in place her plan to save the farm. Her nerves tingled at the prospect.

Or, perhaps they were responding to the man who pronounced Maggie in a gravelly voice that oozed intimacy.

 

ABOUT ADRIANA KRAFT

Adriana Kraft is the pen name for a husband/wife team writing sizzling romantic suspense and erotic romance. The award-winning pair has published over thirty erotic romance novels and novellas to outstanding reviews. Romantic pairings include straight m/f, lesbian, bisexual, ménage and polyamory, in both contemporary and paranormal settings.

 

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It’s Research, You Know

We’re celebrating the release of Heat Wave, Book Two in our romantic suspense series set in the horseracing industry, Riders Up.

We thought we’d share a little about researching for this series. Naturally, events in authors’ lives often serve as inspiration for the stories they write. With this series, we really can’t tell the difference between “research” and just living our lives.

Both of us have always loved horses and always hoped someday we’d have time, space and resources to own at least one, never dreaming it might actually happen. Some years back, my husband came into a small inheritance, and all the right ingredients coalesced. We lived out west at the time and had a friend who trained and raced horses at nearby Wyoming Downs. It wasn’t long before we’d worked out an arrangement with him, and he and my husband were able to attend the Barretts sale in California, where they came home with two thoroughbred fillies.

One of them did quite well for a brief time, even winning an allowance race at Los Alamitos. The other one sustained an early injury, but went on to become an excellent broodmare. We traded our interest in her to our friend for a promising quarter horse, who ran for a while at Wyoming Downs, but never took to racing. We then brought him off the track, stabled him closer to home, and my husband did his transitional ground training. We ultimately sold him to a rancher who trained him as a cutting horse.

So when we write the details of managing horses, watching pre-dawn workouts, hanging out on shedrow, checking for hot or swollen joints, cooling a horse on a hot-walker, picking hooves, mucking stalls – all of the above, we’re writing things we know and love. We hope you do, too!