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I have a confession to make. I am a car junkie.
It’s true. I can talk horsepower, 0 to 60 times and torque with the best of them.
Well, perhaps not the best of them, but I can actively participate in a conversations about cars that make most women’s, and a lot of men actually, eyes glaze over. I credit my uber-talented, mechanic husband with this. However, my love of driving too fast and want of something sexy & classic to do it in is why I’ve paid attention to his ‘car speak’ for all the years we’ve been together.
I know the difference between a carburetor and fuel injection, a turbo charger and super charger, and I know the effect of cold weather start-ups on fuel mileage. I can do my own oil change, a tune up and change my own fuel filter. And yes, I’m the one that gets irked when I read something totally wrong in a book – like the NYT bestseller who had her heroine remove the valve stem caps from the FBI agent’s car and the tires went flat. No, that’s not how it works.
Yup, I’m a bit of a geek.
My love of cars can be seen in my writing. I can’t help myself, I usually slip a great car in the book. Take Not Without Risk, for instance – in RISK, the hero drives a 1969 Pontiac GTO, and the heroine a 1959 Cadillac El Dorado.
I skipped giving either character in After Midnight (Black Phoenix #1) something fancy. Well, I knew Noah had a wonderful car, I just don’t point out what it is until Midnight Heat (Black Phoenix #2):
Aston Martin Vanquish Volante
Beautiful, isn’t she? (yes, I mean the car, LOL)
I typically choose American Muscle as the cars to feature in my books, since that is where my passion lies. But, Noah Clark is a British Rock Legend, so this gorgeous piece of British art was the only choice for him. And for Dominic Price—hero of Midnight Heat, who has a serious passion for this car.
A knock sounded directly opposite her head. Rebecca startled. “Go away, Nathan,” she said without opening the door.
Dom. The surge of excitement coursing through her cemented the fact that she was in trouble. Big trouble. She opened the door with a smile on her face. “It must be my night for visitors.”
“It’s a beautiful one. I wanted some air. Thought I would see what you were up to.”
“You have a habit of doing that.” Not that she minded all that much.
He shrugged, a move that pulled his black tee even tighter across his shoulders and afforded her a glimpse of abs she knew were flat and ridged. The dark sunglasses were nowhere to be seen. “You’re not going to tell me to sod off, as you obviously did with this Nathan bloke, are you?”
She glanced at her driveway, where the motion light on her garage illuminated a sleek black convertible, top down. “Rolling down the windows just isn’t the same, huh?”
“Not really, no.”
“So, it didn’t have anything to do with feeling emasculated driving a minivan?” He cursed beneath his breath. Her smile grew. “What is that thing? Is that Noah’s infamous convertible?” The one Dom had mentioned after his accident.
“First, it’s not a thing, it’s an Aston Martin. And yes, it’s Noah’s.” By his tone, Rebecca guessed she was supposed to be impressed by the brand. His eyebrows slashed downward. “Tell me you know what an Aston Martin is.”
“Worth every pound. She’s performance and elegance in one damn fine automobile. Look at her lines. She’s got style and grace combined with raw horse power.”
He was pretty passionate about the car wasn’t he? “Do you two need a moment alone?”
She laughed, which had the unfortunate side effect of a brief coughing spell. Dominic’s gaze turned cold as steel.
He stepped across the threshold. Close enough she could feel the soft caress of his breath on her cheek. He lifted a hand and gently brushed his knuckles along her neck. “What happened?”
“An incident at work. It’s…” her explanation trailed off as he cradled her face in his hand. He brushed his thumb over her cheek, her chin, then finally her bruise as he lowered his hand to her neck. His touch was feather light. Still, she couldn’t stop the tremble that worked down her legs or the tears that burned her eyes.
It was the genuine concern in his voice that pushed her over the edge. Unable to say anything, she shook her head and stepped into his body. He wrapped his arm around her back. The other shifted to cradle her head. Rebecca pressed her face against his chest as tears wet her cheeks.
“I’ve got you,” he said softly.
Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00NU8M0QQ
Midnight Heat (Black Phoenix #2) has hit the eWorld! You remember hot & sexy bassist Dominic Price, right? Well he's finally getting his happily-ever-after.
You can get your hands on a copy for $2.99 (some places it's still $0.99 at time of this post) wherever digital books are sold. Here are some links:
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Title: Midnight Heat (Black Phoenix #2)
Author: Sarah Grimm
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: December 2, 2014
~ Synopsis ~She was the only woman ever to rock his world. But this time he'll have to prove he's offering more than just Midnight Heat. The unconscious man wheeled into Dr. Rebecca Dahlman’s ER is sexy—devilishly sexy—and injured. This isn’t just any patient in need of medical help. He is the only man she’s ever loved—the one who still haunts her dreams. Black Phoenix bassist Dominic Price made a mistake three years ago when he walked out on Rebecca. A mistake he plans to rectify. But first he has to convince her to open her heart to him again. One touch of his calloused hands reignites their passion. Can they rekindle their trust as easily, or will her fears cause her to lose him again…this time to a man bent on revenge?
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Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: October 31, 2014
Key Words: Romance, Short Stories, Halloween, Paranormal
Garden of Souls by Michelle Ziegler
Blurb: Something, or someone, pulled Miranda to purchase the old carriage house. It was a great deal, most likely because of the cemetery or the unexpected resident, Thomas. The ghost she finds within the sanctuary of her new home should have scared her. Instead she finds herself falling in love with him.
Now, a few days from Halloween, Thomas continues to push her to live her life. He wants one night though; the one night of magic for the dead. Torn by her love for Thomas and her need for reality and human contact, Miranda takes a chance with Sean. Someone who’s alive. The guilt is eating away at her. Sean’s nice and he hasn’t run off yet, pushed away by her craziness. Miranda knows she can’t split her herself.
Choosing her heart’s desire doesn’t seem possible, but living and loving another seems like a life riddled with pain.
“I’m tired of not being with you like he is. Like any man could be.” His shoulders sagged and his face fell. He reached out and traced her lips with a finger.
The soft touch tickled. Giddy anticipation pushed out any thought of insanity.
“Halloween is in two days. Please don’t make any decisions until after that.” His words were a plea, gentle and quiet.
Miranda pressed her cheek into his palm, elated to feel a small opposing force. “What choices will I be making?” She closed her eyes and tried to imagine what it would be like for him to really touch her, hold her. Her body relaxed. “I can feel you, how is it I can feel you?” She caressed his forearm.
His warm palm rested atop her fingers. “I’m asking you not to tell me to go away until after Halloween.”
Her eyes flew open. “Why would I tell you to go away? I could never. I won’t ever ask you to leave me.”
His gaze bore into hers, the light of the moon allowing him an almost human look. “Yes. But, I couldn’t stay and watch someone else be there for you when I couldn’t, either. I hope you wouldn’t ask me to.”
Tears sprung to her eyes. “No one can take your place. You know that.”
He reached up to wipe a tear from her cheek, and a small trail of lingering tickles traced her skin.
She finished the job for him and sniffed.
He nodded. “Someone warm can, and should, take my place.”
Miranda shook her head.
“I said should. I never said I’d give up without a fight.”
Michelle’s imagination started spilling out onto paper the second she could scribble. Her drawing never improved, but her love affair with words continued and evolved as she became infatuated with one story after another. If life could be written, Michelle would write everyone’s ending as a happily ever after.
Michelle grew up in Chicago and later moved to Colorado. Her husband still makes fun of her Midwest accent. By day, she is an engineer, wife, and mother to two kids and two dogs. Her sanity survives on the pages she writes, even if her toddler is trying to drive her to the edge one temper tantrum at a time.
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THE GOLDEN KEY LEGACY
a fantasy romance serial novel from HarperImpulse
The Golden Key Legacy, Book I: A Furious Muse
~Available November 27, 2014~
Since the day of her birth, Princess Faedrah Austiere has been defined by he place within the kingdom. As the single heir to the half-blood gypsy king and his prophesied white queen, she is fiercely protected, shuttered inside an ivory castle and well-trained in the art of war. Yet neither her obligations as future queen nor the black infestation threatening her kingdom fail to hinder the mysterious pull of the antique armoire hidden in her parents' bedchamber. And stealing the golden key for a leap through time is the only way to confront the dark lord haunting her dreams.
One face. The image of one defiant, relentless woman has been stuck in Rhys McEleodâs head ever since he was old enough to paint her luscious curves on the canvas. But the day she walks into his life off the streetâsexier than hell and itching for a fightâheâs not convinced sheâs the same women heâs envisioned since childhood. That is, not until he spots the golden key around her neckâan object heâd never fully shown in any of his paintings.
Now if he could just persuade his lovely muse heâs not the enemy. Unless the elusive Faedrah Austiere learns to trust him, heâll never have her in his bedâthe one place heâs convinced she belongs.
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The Golden Key Legacy, Book II: The Sacrifice
~Available December 18, 2014~
The second Faedrah Austiere walked into his life off the canvas, everything in Rhys McEleodâs world stopped making sense. Not only does her story sound like a Grimmâs fairy tale, evidently heâs been cast as the villain. If that isnât enough, the mirror inside that old, beat up armoire at her uncleâs condo is supposedly a doorway to another world. Ever since the pathway opened, something inside him has seemedâ¦off. If what his muse says is true, they are headed for an epic showdown, but he isnât about to let her go. Nothing is more important than Faedrahâs protection, even if her parents refuse to accept him.
Though certain their fates are bound by more than the golden key Princess Faedrah wears around her neck, it is paramount Rhysâ true identity be kept secret. Should news of his bloodline ever reach her kingdom, their entire quest to save her people could be lost. Their only hope to prove his loyalty is to steal the map to the dark lordâs Crystal Crypt. Yet her a plan endangers her beloved more than the accusations he faces in her kingdom and, to escape evilâs grasp, she and Rhys must take a leap of faith beyond her wildest imagination.
The Golden Key Legacy, Book III: A Wizard Rises
~Available January 29, 2015~
The homecoming celebration held in honor of Princess Faedrah is fraught with perilous frustration. Her nightmares have returned thricefold and, to her horror, a horrendous blight has spread like a plague throughout the kingdom. Compounding her worries, Rhysâ arrival in her world has been welcomed with the exact horror-filled reaction she expected. Her beloved has been cast into the dungeons, and no amount of arguing with the king and queen will prove heâs her fated love.
Magical powers were supposed to be a gift, or so Rhys McEleod had always believed. Too bad the second he landed in Faedrahâs world the legacy he inherited slammed into his body like a weight. Heâs got zero control and his constant visions of Faedrah fighting an evil entity arenât helping. At least her parents made the right decision and stuck him away someplace safe. Until he can figure out his next move, prove himself an ally and uncover the clues to stopping Faedrahâs nightmares, heâs got no choice but to waitâ¦and learn exactly what heâs become.
The Golden Key Legacy, Book IV: A Time of Reckoning
~Available February 26, 2015~
Rhys had one job to do. One measly errand that shouldnât have been a problem, given the nature of his powers. But when an old enemy reappears, detailing the result of his actions, Rhys is forced to make a choice between a future with Faedrah or dying before his time. Frustrated and out of options, he agrees to her suggestion they to leap forward in time to the futureâ¦even though a good chance exists his powers will be nothing but a memory in his world. Flying blind on a wing and a prayer, they prepare to fight for everything they love against a wizard of insurmountable power.
Faedrah does her best to gather their closest allies. The sides are squared in a war to control the future of both worlds. With the stakes so high, only one advantage has been cast in their favor. The sigil of utmost protection inherent in Rhysâ signature. If not enough to thwart the evil awaiting at the Austiere gates, she could find herself imprisoned in the future, while her kingdom and all those she has sworn to protect are lost to the mists of time.
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Title: The Shucker's Booktique
Series Name: Lobster Cove
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Editor: Lara Parker
SubGenre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
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After her fiance dumps her and her beloved Aunt Jenny goes missing, Willa Eklund travels to Lobster Cove with a broken heart to search for Jenny while running her bookstore. When a mysterious man visits the Shucker's Booktique on a stormy night drenched in rain and covered in mud, Willa's heart melts under his stormy gaze. She wants Lon and the answers he may have, but he also has a secret. Can Willa trust him?
Lon Devlin is a Tempest, a water sprite who can only take a human form during stormy nights. He rides the waves, lives by the tides, and nothing can hold him down, not even a beautiful woman. When he visits his mortal friend, he discovers she's missing and her intriguing niece has taken her place. He wants Willa, but he also wants answers. What happened to Jenny?
Thump! Thump! Thump!
No! She gasped. It couldn't be. The banging on the front door of the booktique had to be a figment of her imagination. She couldn't will Lon into existence. Why would he come back? Especially if he was involved. Unless...ice cold prickled up her spine...unless he needed to eliminate her to take care of loose ends.
No. Crazy thoughts, Willa. He could've taken care of her the night before. No, her heart hammered against her chest for a different reason. But it didn't matter. The knocking on the door wouldn't, couldn't be him.
Thump! Thump! Thump!
Could it? She clutched her hot mug in both hands and turned toward the doorway leading to the bookstore. From the kitchen in the back room, she had a clear view through the store to the front door, but not who stood on the other side.
"Willa!" Lon growled. "Wake up and let me in!"
Willa gasped and almost dropped her cup. The tea sloshed around and some spilled over her hands. It burned, but she didn't move. She couldn't breathe. Somehow the air got trapped inside her throat. Why was he here? What did he want?
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Hey everyone, it's time to announce a winner! My last newsletter I ran a contest where readers had to email me the word I placed in the box. Up for grabs was a beautiful Black Phoenix coffee mug. Well, the entries are in and Random.org has chosen a winner....
So excited to announce my next release, MIDNIGHT HEAT (Black Phoenix 2), is available for pre-order! It's only available on Amazon right now but will be added to other venues soon.
Release Date: December 2