Friday, August 31, 2012

Today's the last day!

If you haven't got your FREE copy of my first novel, When the Heart Falls, today is your last chance! And don't forget that when you download the book you'll also be getting a sneak peak at first 3 chapters of two other western romances: Gallagher's Pride by MK McClintock and Under a Prairie Moon by Krista Kedrick! Happy Reading!

Country Music Friday - "Pontoon" by Little Big Town

I cannot believe that it's the end of August already! I know it's technically not the end of summer just yet, but I always consider September to be the beginning of Fall. So to celebrate summer coming to an end I thought I'd share a good summer song with you. Here's Little Big Town's "Pontoon" and just below that one is a collaboration of a bunch of other country artists having their own fun with the song. Happy Friday everyone!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

"Zane" Tour Stop #6!

Today I'm doing a fun guest post over at Books, Books, the Magical Fruit! It's my first ever character guest post written from Andi's point of view. I hope you all stop by and check it out:-) Don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a free ebook of Zane!

http://booksbooksthemagicalfruit.blogspot.com/2012/08/guest-post-things-i-learned-when-i.html?m=1

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

"Zane" Tour Stop #5

Today I'm doing a guest post on Coffee Addicted Writers blog. Stop by and find out how my newest novel could've been if it wasn't a western romance:-) Don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a free ebook copy of "Zane".

http://www.coffeeaddictedwriter.com/2012/08/behind-story-by-kimberly-lewis.html?m=1

Winner of the Name a Cowboy Contest!

First I'd like to thank everyone who participated and helped me choose a name for Norah's cowboy. I'm pretty sure you all are wondering which name won. Well, without keeping you all waiting any longer, the name of Norah's cowboy will be.............

Chase O'Donnell!

I hope you all are looking forward to reading Norah and Chase's story:-) And now for the winner of the $10 giftcard. Congratulations..........

Carole Sullivan!

Carole please shoot me an e-mail at kimberlylewisnovels@gmail.com and let me know whether you prefer an Amazon card or a Barnes and Noble card.

Thanks again everyone!

Monday, August 27, 2012

"Tame a Wild Bride" by Cynthia Woolf Book Tour!



The Book 
Rosie Stanton climbed on a west-bound train to answer his ad for a wife and mother, everything she wants to be.  But Tom Harris lied.  He doesn’t want a wife, merely a mother for his two abandoned children and a cook and cleaner for his ranch. 

Betrayed once, he’s vowed never to let another woman into his heart.  Sexy Rosie upsets all his plans and threatens to invade his scarred heart.  How will he maintain his vow to keep his hands off her as she charms his children, his cow hands, his life?

An Excerpt
Rosemary Stanton stood on the train platform sweating and waiting.  Sweating because it was an especially hot day in late June.  Waiting for her husband.  A husband she wouldn’t recognize if he were standing right next to her. 

She’d been desperate when she answered the advertisement for a mail order bride.  Wanted: Single woman to cook, clean, and care for children on a cattle ranch in southwestern Colorado.  Will marry upon arrival.

Well, she was twenty-six with no prospects.  Her brother just got married and his new wife, Beatrice, didn’t want Rosie around.  She could answer this advertisement or become a governess.  Help someone else’s children grow up into adults.  Live in someone else’s house.  For the rest of her life, she’d have nothing she could call her own.

Rosie wanted a home.  She wanted a husband and children.  All the things she’d never have if she stayed in Philadelphia.  When she’d seen the ad in the morning paper, she’d nearly shouted with glee.  However, she managed to restrain herself until she got to her room before she yelled with joy.  The advertisement was tailor-made for her needs.  It got her away from Beatrice and got her her own home all in one fell swoop.

Her brother, Robert, though was not happy with the idea of his baby sister traveling across the country to marry a stranger.  He grudgingly agreed to give her her dowry to take with her.  Five thousand dollars.  She’d take the draft to the bank as soon as she arrived in Creede, Colorado, and married Mr. Thomas Harris.  Cattle rancher.  It was her “in case it doesn’t work out” money.  Though she supposed it would belong to her husband once she married.  Perhaps she just wouldn’t tell him about it.  Her conscience spoke up.  That’s no way to start a marriage.  With lies and secrets. Oh, all right.  She’d tell him and have him take her to the bank.  But not until after she’d taken his measure.  If he was a cruel man, she would leave and she sure as heck wouldn’t tell him about her money.

Even with the dowry, there’d been few prospects for Rosie back in Philadelphia.  She wasn’t pretty in the conventional sense.  She thought her face with its big brown eyes and full lips was pleasing enough, but men apparently hadn’t.  Her one beau had said her eyes were the color of warm brandy.  That was before he left her to marry another more suitable woman.  More suitable, hah!  Richer was more like it.

Paul had expensive tastes and married a rabbit-faced girl, heir to a substantial fortune to which he’d have access.  Well, good luck and good riddance.

Rosie did have one feature she’d been told was extraordinary.  Her hair.  It was waist length, wavy and a clear, golden blonde.  Right now, standing on the train platform in Creede it was bound up in a loose bun on top of her head under her hat.  It, like the rest of her, was covered in dust and soot from the train.  She’d discovered on the second day that she could minimize the grime by sitting in the front of the car with the window closed.  But sooner or later the heat and mugginess of the car would force her to open the window.  The air came rushing in, cooling her, but bringing with it the dirt and ash from the train’s boilers.

On the long trip, she’d told herself again and again she’d made the right decision.  This was her future.


The Author
Cynthia Woolf was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in the mountains west of Golden.  She spent her early years running wild around the mountain side with her friends.

She worked her way through college and went to work full time straight after graduation and there was little time to write.  Then in 1990 she and two friends started a round robin writing a story about pirates.  She found that she missed the writing and kept on with other stories.  In 1992 she joined Colorado Romance Writers and Romance Writers of America.  

Unfortunately, the loss of her job demanded the she not renew her memberships and her writing stagnated for many years. In 2001, she saw an ad in the paper for a writers conference being put on by CRW and decided she'd attend.  One of her favorite authors, Catherine Coulter, was the keynote speaker.  Cynthia was lucky enough to have a seat at Ms. Coulter's table at the luncheon and after talking with her, decided she needed to get back to her writing.  She rejoined both CRW and RWA that day and hasn't looked back.




Sunday, August 26, 2012

5 DAYS FREE!!!!!!!!!


"Zane" Tour Stop #4!

Today I'm doing a live talk show with Krista Kedrick over at A Novel Idea Live! The show starts at 1pm MST and we'll be chatting about my newest release, westerns, romance and anything else we can come up with! There will also be an option for viewers to join in and comment or ask questions. I hope to see you all there!

Friday, August 24, 2012

"Zane" Tour Stop #3

I"m visiting Caroline Clemmon's blog today for an interview! I'll admit that this was probably one of the most fun interviews I've done and I hope you all stop by and check it out:) Happy Friday!

http://carolineclemmons.blogspot.com/2012/08/kimberly-lewis-writes-western-series.html

Thursday, August 23, 2012

"Zane" Tour Stop #2!

Today is the second day of my tour for "Zane"! I'm visiting Cait Lavender's blog, so stop by and check out her review of my book:-) Don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a free ebook!

http://www.caitlavender.com/2012/08/review-zane-mckades-of-texas.html?m=1

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

"The Five Dangers of Wrangling Ladies" A Guest Post by MK McClintock


The Five Dangers of Wrangling Ladies 
By Gabriel Gallagher

I happen to know from experience that wrangling ladies takes finesse and truth be told it’s darn near impossible. I’d just a soon wrangle cattle or step in front of a stampeding herd of mustangs. I’m here to share with you what I’ve learned the hard way, so fellas beware and ladies…don’t worry because we still haven’t figured you out.

1. They wrangle back. Push them in the direction you want them to go and you’ll end up right where they want you.
2. They’re too darn smart for us. We’re ready to ride and they just won’t budge. When they’re ready to ride, we hop on the saddle and hold on for dear life.
3. As a group, they’re a mite easier to maneuver, but you cut one out of the herd and you’d better be ready to be outrun, outsmarted and face first in a mud hole.
4. With wrangling comes branding. You try and brand a sweet little filly and you’ll end up with a hot poker in the eye. 
5. The biggest danger of all is thinking you could ever wrangle a lady. 



The One Danger of Writing a Post Like This 
By MK McClintock

1. People might for a moment stop and think you’re serious.




Gallagher’s Hope Synopsis

She sought a new beginning.
He sought what he didn’t know was missing.
Together they would discover hope in unlikely places. places.

Isabelle Rousseu must escape New Orleans and the memory of her family’s tragic loss. With her younger brother in tow, she accepts a position as the new schoolteacher in Briarwood, Montana. Desperate to keep what’s left of her family together, Isabelle joins her life with a stranger only to discover that trust and hope go hand in hand.

Gabriel Gallagher lived each day as it came believing he had everything he could possibly want...until a determined woman and her brother arrive with a little luggage and a lot of secrets.

It will take a drastic choice to protect her and give them both, hope for the future.



Formats: Paperback and Kindle
Publisher: Trappers Peak Publishing
ISBN-13: 978-0615638799
ISBN-10: 0615638791
Release Date: August 1, 2012
Series: The Montana Gallaghers
About the Gallaghers: http://www.mkmcclintock.com/#!MEET%20THE%20GALLAGHERS/c1d2d


Please enjoy this excerpt from "Gallagher's Hope":


“You promised Gabriel, you promised!”
Gabriel wasn’t a light sleeper. In fact it often took a great deal to wake him from a pleasant slumber and last night had been one heck of a night’s sleep. He enjoyed waking with Isabelle in the room. What he didn’t enjoy was being yelled at and falsely accused before he’d even had his first cup of coffee. Her words though, did enough to bring him about.
“Good grief, Isabelle it’s too early for yelling and I didn’t break my promise.” Gabriel moved around the side of the bed until he located his boots and slipped them on. His happy memories of holding her in his arms the night before were quickly replaced by anger and irritation.
“What do you call waking up next to me then Gabriel?”
“If you’ll take a good look at yourself, and me for that matter, you’ll see we’re both fully dressed. More’s the pity.”


   
July 31st - Aug 30th




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Official Blog: http://mkmcclintock.blogspot.com
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Giveaway!
Three signed paperbacks and a gift card using the same Rafflecopter widget (below) for each tour stop. Drawing takes place end of tour. (If a winner is not in the US, an ebook will be given instead of print).


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"Zane" Virtual Book Tour Kick-off!


Today's the day! It's the kick-off of my virtual book tour for Zane! I'm over at the Black Lion Tour Blog today for the introduction to my book. I've posted the rest of the stops below and will make sure I post a link to those particular blogs on the day I visit them:) I hope you all follow the tour and make sure you leave a comment if you stop by! I'll be giving away a FREE ebook to one lucky commentor during the tour! Hope to see you all there!


Aug 23 - Cait Lavender, Cowgirl Writer/review
Aug 24 - Caroline Clemmons Blog/interview
Aug 26 - A Novel Idea/live interview (airs 1:00 PM MST)
Aug 28 - Coffee Addicted Writer/guest post
Aug 30 - Books, Books, the Magical Fruit/guest post
Sept 7 - MK McClintock Blog/review and spotlight
Sept 10 - Nothing Better than a Book/review
Sept 11 - The Book Nook/review
Sept 13 - Reviews by Molly/review
Sept 14 - Black Lion Tour Blog/wrap-up

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Exciting day tomorrow!

Tomorrow is the first day of my virtual book tour for "Zane"! So excited! I'll be visiting with the wonderful MK McClintock, so make sure you stop by her blog and check it out (I'll post the link tomorrow when it's available). I'll also be giving away a free ebook copy of "Zane" to one lucky commentor during the tour! So if you happen to stop by leave a comment on any of the hosting blogs for your chance to win. I hope to see you all there:-)

And don't forget about my "Name a Cowboy" contest! All you need to do is pick a name from the list on the post below and if you would like a chance to win a $10 giftcard to Amazon OR Barnes & Noble then you can add your name and email. I'm really excited to see which of these names will win:-)

Have a great day!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Name a Cowboy Contest!


Now that the first book in my “McKades of Texas” series is available I decided it was time to pick up where I left off with the second book in the series, which is Norah’s story. I had a name all picked out for the cowboy who steals her heart, but I’m starting to second guess whether I should name him this particular name or not.

So that’s where you all come in! I’m enlisting in your much needed help in choosing a name for my cowboy.

Now I know you’re probably saying, “But Kimberly, how can we pick a name if we don’t know what this cowboy looks like?” Well I’m so happy you asked:) This particular cowboy has thick, dark hair, a strong, masculine jaw, and killer green eyes. In all honesty, I sort of imagine him to look like the actor Henry Cavill. If you have no idea who he is then shame on you! LOL, just kidding, but seriously you’ve been missing out. If you’d like to get a visual then click here (I’d love to just post a picture of him on my blog but I keep hearing to many stories of bloggers getting sued for that kind of stuff...so I’m not taking any chances).

Now, back to the contest. The contest itself will run from August 20th through August 26th. Not only will you have a chance of your cowboy name being chosen for my next book but you may just win a $10 gift card to Amazon OR Barnes & Noble as well! Good luck and thanks in advance for your help!


Friday, August 17, 2012

Country Music Friday "Walkaway Joe" by Trisha Yearwood ft Don Henley

This is one of my favorite Trisha Yearwood songs. And if you're wondering who that handsome devil is that plays "Walkaway Joe" you'd be correct in guessing Matthew McConaughey:)




Thursday, August 16, 2012

My "Gallagher's Hope" by MK McClinktock Review


Isabelle Rousseu must escape New Orleans and the memory of her family’s tragic loss. With her younger brother in tow, she accepts a position as the new schoolteacher in Briarwood, Montana. Desperate to keep what’s left of her family together, Isabelle joins her life with a stranger only to discover that trust and hope go hand in hand.

Gabriel Gallagher lived each day as it came believing he had everything he could possibly want...until a determined woman and her brother arrive with a little luggage and a lot of secrets.

It will take a drastic choice to protect her and give them both, hope for the future.


My Review:
When I first read "Gallagher's Pride" (the first novel in this series) I must admit that Gabriel was one of my favorite characters. So I was thrilled when I learned that the second novel in the series was going to be his story and I couldn't wait for it to come out. I tend to get nervous sometimes about being too excited for novels because, what if they don't live up to my expectations? What if they lose my interest and I don't really want to read the next installment? Well, I am happy to announce that this book did not fail me in those categories:) 
Gabriel is such a likable guy--kind-hearted, gentleman, and easy on the eyes. I enjoyed getting to know his character better in this novel as well as visit with the rest of the Gallagher clan (Ethan, Brenna, Eliza, and Mabel) and also meet some new characters (Isabelle and Andrew). The story begins when Isabelle moves away from New Orleans with her younger brother after a family tragedy that left them with both of their parents deceased. She takes a teaching job in Montana where she is greeted with open arms by the community and one Gabriel Gallagher. He provides housing for her and helps her settles in, as he is instantly attracted to her. Isabelle keeps her guard up, not wanting to get to attached to anyone, but can't help feeling an attraction to him as well. When Isabelle is hit with a bombshell that threatens to tear her apart from the only family member she has left, Gabriel steps up to the plate and offers her his hand in marriage to keep her and her brother together. It was sweet watching these two grow from a marriage of convenience to a marriage of lasting love. And this book contains one of the most simple, sweetest, romantic lines I have ever read in a novel. Maybe it's just me but I absolutely LOVED the part where Isabelle and Gabriel are alone in his room and he wraps his arms around her from behind, cradling her to his chest and asks, "Isabelle, will you keep me?" I literally "Awed" out loud when I read that. It was just so sweet and it made me fall in love with Gabriel even more.
Now for those of you who have read "Gallagher's Pride" you know that Ms. McClintock left us with a bit of a cliff hanger with Brenna and her search for her brother. We learn more about that in "Gallagher's Hope" as well as deal with more trouble from the Gallagher's evil rancher neighbor (and Brenna's grandfather) Nathan Hunter. I swear, what he does in this novel makes me hate him even more than I did in the first book and I can't wait until the third book in this series comes out so I can find out if he gets what's coming to him. 
All in all this was a really great read and I enjoyed it so much that I had a hard time putting it down--a.k.a. I read it in one day:) If you enjoy historical westerns with a little bit of romance, a little bit of mystery and suspense and a whole lot of twists and turns than you are sure to enjoy this book.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Book Content: Contains very mild language that is used sparingly throughout the novel, very mild violence and all sexual situations happen behind closed doors.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

"Gallgher's Hope" by MK McClintock Tour!

Today it is my pleasure to host author MK McClintock during her book tour for "Gallagher's Hope". I have been anxiously awaiting for this second book of the Gallagher Series to come out after I read "Gallagher's Pride". Stay tuned tomorrow for my review:)


Gallagher’s Hope Synopsis

She sought a new beginning.
He sought what he didn’t know was missing.
Together they would discover hope in unlikely places. places.

Isabelle Rousseu must escape New Orleans and the memory of her family’s tragic loss. With her younger brother in tow, she accepts a position as the new schoolteacher in Briarwood, Montana. Desperate to keep what’s left of her family together, Isabelle joins her life with a stranger only to discover that trust and hope go hand in hand.

Gabriel Gallagher lived each day as it came believing he had everything he could possibly want...until a determined woman and her brother arrive with a little luggage and a lot of secrets.

It will take a drastic choice to protect her and give them both, hope for the future.

Teasers
(please note that the excerpts below may vary slightly in the final book)


Excerpt One: 
There was nothing left of the life she had known.
Her slender arm wrapped around the little boy’s shoulder and pulled him closer to his side. She could feel his slight trembling and wished more than anything that she could take   his sadness. They were alone in the world. They had each other and she prayed that would be enough for them both.
They stood and listened as the priest gave the final blessing and the caskets were lowered into the ground. It wasn’t something anyone should witness, but she needed the closure. She needed to know that it was over. ‘A very sad affair’ everyone called it for it wasn’t every day that a man murdered his wife and then shot himself. It wasn’t healthy to think on the possible reasons why, but she couldn’t seem to help herself. She had truly believed that they had been a happy family. One of the wealthiest in New Orleans and one of the most respected and sought out for social gatherings. The truth however, was revealed with her father’s death. No one would speak of it to them of course, but the lawyer had made it quite clear.
They were penniless.

Excerpt Two: 
“You promised Gabriel, you promised!”
Gabriel wasn’t a light sleeper. In fact it often took a great deal to wake him from a pleasant slumber and last night had been one heck of a night’s sleep. He enjoyed waking with Isabelle in the room. What he didn’t enjoy was being yelled at and falsely accused before he’d even had his first cup of coffee. Her words though, did enough to bring him about.
“Criminy, Isabelle it’s too early for yelling and I didn’t break my promise.” Gabriel moved around the side of the bed until he located his boots and slipped them on. His happy memories of holding her in his arms the night before were quickly replaced by anger and irritation.
“What do you call waking up next to me then Gabriel?”
“If you’ll take a good look at yourself, and me for that matter, you’ll see we’re both fully dressed. More’s the pity.”


   
Gallagher's Hope August Book Tours 

July 31st - Aug 30th
Aug 1st - 3rd is the Book Bonanza Kick-Off

Aug 13 - Aug 31st 





Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Writing Quote of the Day

"A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading." - William Styron

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Author Spotlight! "Family Ties" by Krista Kedrick


She’s all country…
He’s all city…

Grace Tucker thought she had her life put back together - with the help of her over-protective brothers.  She had a quiet, predictable life operating the family hardware store in her hometown and spending her free time with her friends, the Caldwell family.  That was… until a tragic accident took her two best friends and left their daughters orphaned.  If that wasn’t devastating enough - Dirk Caldwell, the egocentric, completely handsome brother no one’s met, blows into town.

Dirk Caldwell realized he wasn’t in California anymore when he stepped from the redneck, rattletrap airplane and was smacked in the face with a cold breeze laced with manure.  It was exactly what he’d expected from the backwater town his brother called home.  But going head to head with Grace Tucker was not.  The hot-headed, leggy cowgirl was almost more than he could handle.  But, oh how he’d like to give it a try.

When two worlds collide can they realize love, tame passion and form a bond strong enough to tie a family together?

So what's the book about?
Dirk Caldwell is a successful PR manager with a large firm in Los Angeles he lives the life others only dream about until a phone call changes his life forever.  Now he must fly to a little town in Nebraska to attend to his brother and sister-in-law’s estate and care for his nieces.  He didn’t realize how difficult it was going to be just to get an airplane that flies to the boondocks, let alone find the location of his brother’s ranch.  He also didn’t realize how tight knit and intrusive small town people are.

He gets an education very fast on how these people operate and he’s not used to being treated as one of the “family”.   When he meets Grace Tucker for the first time he was under the impression she was a man from her nickname “Sunny” and the fact that she is halfway under the kitchen sink repairing a leak and cussing.  Imagine his surprise when a long-legged, beautiful blonde emerges with hands streaked in grime and a lecture about his manners.

Imagine Grace Tucker’s surprise when she discovers a handsome, sarcastic man in her best friend’s kitchen demanding he turn over what is clearly just a simple repair job that she could handle any day of the week.  

The two of them spend time squaring off on what’s best for the ranch, the two little girls, Maci and Sasha, and while fighting a strong attraction to each other.  Grace believes she is best suited to care for her God-daughters and manage a ranch.  She thinks it is best to keep the girls in the place they love and the only home they have ever known to keep them bonded to their parents.  Dirk announces that since his brother left everything to him then he is going to do what he thinks is best.  And that’s selling the ranch and moving his nieces to California with him.  It is the only place he can make a living and a life for them.

Through the funeral, a fire, an overwhelming attraction with an unforgettable afternoon, two overprotective brothers, a good old-fashioned branding and a welcoming community Dirk discovers there is more to life than fast paced living, wealth and fame.  He understands the value of community and lasting love.  He discovers what his brother loved so much about Wolf Creek, Nebraska and that he too has found his place in the world.

Grace finds that she isn’t the expert on herself she had thought she was and that having a man with insight and the ability to call her on her obstinacy and shortsightedness while helping her overcome deep seeded fears and scars obtained from a tragic event in her family.  She learns to trust and to love a man from a world she didn’t understand.

Together they find a way through the pain and misunderstandings, the stubbornness and misconceptions to realize a bond and a love neither could imagine possible.  They form a family with Maci and Sasha and a life living and working side by side.

Please enjoy this excerpt from Family Ties:
“Push that tape down so it don’t stick to your butt.”
Twelve hours ago Dirk Caldwell would’ve never imagined another man making reference to his butt.  Ever.  It just wasn’t done.  Then again, twelve hours ago he wouldn’t have pictured himself struggling to get inside a tiny, run-down, four-seater plane carrying his own luggage.  
He would never have been anywhere near a man who’s idea of style was Wrangler jeans paired with scuffed cowboy boots, Nebraska Huskers t-shirt and a dusty camouflage baseball cap with the phrase “That’s Mr. Redneck to You” emblazoned on it.  He hadn’t realized people like that existed let alone were allowed to hold a pilot’s license.  Yet here he was bumping elbows, knees and any manner of body parts with him while juggling his way around the cockpit.
“Just toss yer’ bag back over there.”
Dirk looked in the direction the work-worn hand pointed and balked.  He was supposed to put his $4,000 Bottega Veneta on top of a pile of dirty rags, maintenance manuals and something that looked like it came straight out of the engine of this nineteen-seventy something Cessna?  Yeah right.
He surveyed the tiny plane, finally resigning to set his bag on the floor beneath the mess.  The distinct sound of tape being pulled from its roll drew his attention back to the pilot in time to see him tear a strip free with his teeth.  At least they were clean and in the vicinity of white.
The weathered hand held out the wide silver tape motioning towards the co-pilots seat populated by other such strips.  With a sneer, Dirk took it and laid it across the most obvious spot.
“Good as new.”  The pilot smiled and tucked the roll back under his seat.
Oh Christ!  They were going to end up dead in a fiery inferno in the middle of some cornfield.  Well, then he wouldn’t be any worse off than his brother.  His chest constricted the instant he thought that.  Danny.  Tears stung his eyes, he swallowed hard and they disappeared.
Dirk loosened his tie.  Not his favorite.  He normally went for a flashier style, but it was a Christmas present from his brother and it just felt right to wear it for the occasion.  The tears threatened again, he blinked rapidly, but they welled further.  Thank God for his Ray-Bans.  He quickly swiped a finger beneath them while pretending to check his pockets with the other hand.
“If you’ll get buckled up, the tower said we’re next for take-off.”
Dirk was grateful for the distraction.  He wondered if the seat belt was also secured with Duct Tape.  He wouldn’t be surprised.  It was amazing this rattle-trap passed inspections, but then he wasn’t sure if privately chartered planes to nowhere had to go through inspections.  Probably not.
The seatbelt seemed secure enough.  At least he would be strapped in when they crashed.  The pilot adjusted his headset and communicated with the tower.  Dirk was surprised he actually used professional pilot jargon.   Instead of “Gee, y’all we’re ready to git the heck outta here now”.
His estimation of a safe arrival notched up a fraction.  Even though, his full attention was on the runway and horizon until they were safely up and cruising.
Dirk pulled his phone from his pocket with the intention of getting some work done, except it wasn’t working.  He poked at the screen anyway.  They hadn’t even left the state of Colorado and already he felt the constricting weakness of being disconnected from civilization.  It was like being naked in the wilderness.  He unbuttoned his top shirt button.
“Sorry you won’t be able to use that for a while, probably not til you get home.”
Dirk twisted his head to the pilot.  “I’m sorry….”  He honestly couldn’t remember the guy’s name.
“Clive.”  The pilot nodded.  “Name’s Clive.”  He returned attention to the sky.
Of course it is.  “Clive.  I can’t go two hours without contacting my clients, let alone two days.”  
 Dirk didn’t like the assessing once-over he got from Clive.  What did he know anyway?  He probably communicated by smoke signal.  Dirk adjusted his cuff links glancing at his watch.
“I’ll getcha there on time.”
Dirk looked sideways at Clive, whose concentration was still on the horizon and his gauges.  If it weren’t for the sympathetic half smile on his face, Dirk wouldn’t have known the man said anything.  He was really tired of those smiles; he had seen them on his girlfriend’s face for twelve straight hours.  At least it looked genuine on Clive’s.
“Did you know Danny?”
“Of course.”  Clive smiled warmly, as if remembering better times.  “He was a good man.”
Dirk waited for him to say more, wanted him to say more, but Clive fell silent again.  He seemed to be a man of few words, not something Dirk was used to.  In his line of work people never shut up.  They jabbered just to hear their own voice, thinking if they stopped they might disappear from the spotlight.
It was that very thing that kept him busy twenty-four hours a day covering media, defusing situations and bailing clients out of trouble or jail.  So busy, in fact, he hadn’t seen his brother in more than a year.  He hadn’t even met his youngest niece and she was nearly five.  Not that Danny hadn’t asked him to visit; there just was never a right time.  Public relations never slept.
When Dirk’s phone had rung two nights ago he thought that’s what Danny was calling about.  Another trip.  A vacation to Nebraska.  Nebraska.  Not exactly the ultimate dream destination.  Corn fields and feed lots.  Seemed like a place of misery to Dirk.
He had ignored the first call.  He would listen to Danny’s lighthearted message and subtle plea later.  He was making progress with a smoking hot redhead at the club and didn’t need any distractions.  Of course in L.A. you never could tell what was fake and what was real, so smoking hot was all relative, but that was part of the fun.
Dirk loved his life.  He was successful; at least it appeared that way.  His bank account wasn’t too awful to look at.  He worked and played with the rich and famous.  They liked having him around and it was nice to be needed by them.  He had been gifted with the amazing talent to twist anything into an advantage.  He was the ultimate bull-shit slinger and the people loved him for it.




Wednesday, August 8, 2012

More Technical Difficulties--Ugh!

Okay, so my home page appears to be a little messed up on the blog. I have no idea what happened. I'm hoping to get it fixed ASAP. Technology is not my friend this week, lol:D

Giveaway Winners for "Zane: The McKades of Texas"!!!

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"Zane: The McKades of Texas" Release Day - Take Two!

Okay folks, the formatting issues have been resolved and "Zane: The McKades of Texas" is now for sale on amazon! I want to thank everyone for their support and understanding while we worked the kinks out:) I've attached the direct link to the book below. I hope y'all enjoy reading it!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008TYZK6I?ie=UTF8&force-full-site=1&ref_=aw_bottom_links

I have also submitted the book to Barnes & Noble and am just waiting for a confirmation email that it is up on their site. Once I receive that I will send you an update with a direct link to that as well:) Paperback copies are in the works too!

Have a great day! And happy reading!

*UPDATE*
It's now available for the Nook! I do realize that there are some wacky things going on with the file (there are a couple of page breaks that I can't seem to fix and the paragraph indents look a little off to me--at least that's how it looks on my phone). I'm going to see if I can get it sorted out, but in the mean time I'm going to leave it up on B&N's site because it's just a simple formatting problem (not like with amazon where complete parts of the book were missing--yikes!). Here's the link for B&N and I really hope you all enjoy it! It's already received its first review on amazon--a 4 star:) Yay!

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1112416445?ean=2940014827584

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

"The Order" by Marsha Megan Stokes Book Tour!

Today I am pleased to have author Marsha Megan Stokes stopping by for a guest post:) Please join me in welcoming her and wishing her the best of luck with her new novel!

Guest Post by Marsha Megan Stokes

Dear Diary,
What a crazy ride this has turned out to be! The last few weeks have really tipped my world upside-down. Although, it’s not like my life was exactly normal before. You see, I’m a Locator. Now, what is a Locator, you might ask? Well, it’s exactly what it sounds like. I am a finder. More specifically, I find people with the Gift—the ability to harness and control the natural energies that surround them. It is sort of a family thing. My father is a Locator too.
I discovered my abilities my senior year of high school. Once I understood what was happening to me, I accepted the fact that my life was going to be a little bizarre. I had never known before that there were people out there who could control water, air, electricity, sound… Now, I can’t do anything like that. My Gift is a little different. I can see auras around the Gifted and I am drawn to them. It’s sort of an uncontrollable attraction that helps me find them.
There is also a great deal of responsibility involved in being a Locator. Initially, people who begin to develop their Gifts don’t realize what is happening to them. Sure, it’s great that they become more aware of the good that surrounds them. When they are safe, they feel safer. When they are happy, they feel happier. They start to become better judges of character and instinctively know who to trust.
But they are also more aware of the bad—the Evil. It starts out as a nagging feeling accompanied by severe headaches. As their Gift progresses and their pull to the good increases, so does the power that the Evil has over them. That pull becomes so strong that the headaches become unbearable and the Evil begins to speak to them, whispering things deep inside their minds.
That’s why I have to find them! Only with the help of a complete circle of Gifted, can we Cleanse the Evil and save that person from insanity and death.
But no pressure, right?
So, stress was always a part of the game. People’s lives depend on me and my singular talent. At first, I was pretty flattered and humbled to have such a wonderful Gift. I was all gung-ho to get out there and find everyone I could. I wanted to save lives! I wanted to be important.
Sure, I knew there was going to be some strange things involved. Like this one time my dad told me about, when a guy in Montana first started to discover his Gift with water… when my dad found him, he had completely flooded his apartment and was hiding in the closet scared to death of the Voice in his head. The Voice was telling him that he would die in the water, and he believed It.
Yeah. So strange I was prepared for. But Beth and Rachel, on the other hand, I was completely unprepared for. The way I Located both women, the immediate and complete change they each caused in my life, the danger, the horror, and the way my life—and heart—would never be the same again… I had no idea what this year at Grayson College was going to bring to me. I just hope I can survive.
Helplessly,
Peter




Peter's job as a Locator is to find extraordinary people—those with the Gift. The Gifted can sense and harness different kinds of energy and manipulate it in incredible ways. They have a heightened sense of the good that surrounds them, but they also more easily fall prey to the bad as well—to the Evil. As a new year at Grayson College begins, Peter is thrown into a whirlwind of terror, danger, and love. Will he be able to save a newly found Gifted One from the seductive influence of the Evil? Will he be too late? Or will he also fall victim to the darkness?

Please enjoy this excerpt from "The Order":
Peter anxiously paced his room. Donavon and Rachel had been gone for a couple of hours and he felt empty without her around. He wanted to take Rachel to see Robert, but Donavon’s cool logic had put an abrupt end to that.
Donavon is stronger, so he needs to be the one to help Robert make the link to the Life Box. Blah, blah, blah…
Peter’s thoughts seethed with jealousy. His entire life, Peter sat by and watched as females swooned over Donavon and then would turn a sisterly kind of affection onto Peter. This time was going to be different though. He had never felt this way about anyone before Rachel, and he was not going to let Donavon mess it up—not without a fight at least.
He already has Beth worked up into knots! What more does he need?
Peter thought back to the passionate kiss he saw between Donavon and Beth. People don’t just sit next to someone else and suddenly trip and find themselves in a lip lock. If Donavon wanted to play games with women, that was his business. But Peter was going to protect Rachel from him if it was the last thing he did.
He and Rachel obviously shared a connection. Peter remembered her words right before she left to see Robert, “Don’t fight with Donavon. You mean too much to me. I don’t like to see you hurting.”
Peter smiled at the memory.
You mean everything to me, too.
She didn’t want him to fight with Donavon, so Peter was determined to try and keep his cool when they got home. Sure, he and Donavon had fought before. They’d been friends for a long time, so a few fights were inevitable. However, this time things just seemed to annoy Peter worse than they ever had. Donavon just seemed so cocky—so overprotective.
And possessive! What gives him the right? You would think that when she woke up that first time that she’d said his name instead of mine!
Peter paced over to one of his sneakers and kicked it against the wall. He couldn’t imagine what was taking so long. They should have been able to drive up to the cabin, link Rachel to her box, and then drive home by now. Donavon was probably trying to put the moves on her. He should never have let her go with him.
Calm down, man. Calm down.
But then there was the way Donavon tried to blame Peter for Rachel’s most recent attack. Peter still didn’t understand how he had been able to stand right next to her on the porch and not realize what was happening sooner. The guilt was eating him up inside and he already felt awful. He didn’t need Donavon’s righteous indignation on top of everything else. He would have given anything to help Rachel—anything.
The more Peter thought about it, the more upset he got. He almost couldn’t breathe quite right when Rachel was gone. His skin felt like it was crawling and he had so much nervous energy he thought he might burst. Amy, with her Gift, often appeared that way. She had so much energy at times that Peter was sure she was going to blow some kind of gasket.
Maybe he just needed some time alone. A good brisk walk in the crisp autumn air seemed to be a good idea. He wouldn’t go too far, because they could return any minute.
Peter bounded down the stairs and grabbed his jacket off the hook near the door. He slung it over his shoulder and headed out.
The sky was overcast and the leaves almost glowed in beautiful fall colors. Peter didn’t quite need his jacket yet, but it could get cold if the wind picked up. The leaves under his feet gave satisfying little crunches as he pounded his way up the street. He even succumbed to the urge to kick a big pile, sending them scattering in a shower of colors. It was soothing. It reminded him of walking through the woods behind his house back home—of going to the abandoned car… with Donavon.
Peter halted in his tracks. The fresh air was doing him good. He felt like his brain was clearing and he could think more rationally than he had for some time.
Donavon was his best friend. They had seen each other through so many hard times that it was impossible to count. He was being too hard on the guy. That kiss with Beth was hard to explain, but maybe he wasn’t being as possessive of Rachel as Peter thought. At any rate, he hadn’t seen Rachel responding to Donavon.
Peter just needed to up the charm a bit. She had already said some encouraging things to him; he just needed to be patient.
Peter sighed and turned around to head back to the house. His brain felt tired and he didn’t want to think about things anymore. He just wanted to get back to Rachel and make sure everything was still okay.
He’d never been able to stay mad at Donavon for very long anyway.
As Peter entered the house, he could tell immediately that Rachel was back. Her aura was clear and obvious to him as a Locator. He could have closed his eyes and walked right up to her with no difficulty.
How did I wander around for weeks and not know she was here? How did I not feel this sooner?

Book Information

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: The Order Saga
Formats: Hardcover/Paperback/Kindle/iBook
Publisher: Self-Published (CreateSpace)
Release Date: May 13, 2012
Pages in Print Edition: 236
ISBN-10: 1477467939
ISBN-13: 978-1477467930
ASIN: B0083WVJ1G

Author Bio

Marsha was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and currently resides in Tremonton, Utah. Mother of two and wife to the most wonderful man in the world, Marsha spends most of her time taking care of the boys, blogging, writing, and playing the flute. She is also an avid recipe collector and loves to cook.

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