Wednesday, January 16, 2013

MK McClintock's Top 10 List!!!

I am so happy to be hosting not only one of my favorite authors today but also one of my dearest author friends, MK McClintock! MK is joining us today to promote the first book in her British Agent series, Alaina Claiborne. But before we get to the book, MK is going to share with us her Top 10 Deserted Island lists. Enjoy!

10 People You’d Want With You on a Deserted Island

Gerard Butler
I see no reason for anyone else.

10 Books You’d Want With You on a Deserted Island

101 Ways to Get off a Deserted Island

And since I hid that book from Gerard Butler, I’d want . . .

Ashes in the Wind by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss
Any historical western romance by Johanna Lindsey
Braveheart by Randall Wallace (Read by Gerry)
The collected works of Jane Austen
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand by Carla Kelly
First Aid Manual by the U.S. Army
The Total Outdoorsman Manual from Field and Stream (for Gerry)
Gallagher’s Pride and Gallagher’s Hope by yours truly

Okay, so I'm totally going to agree with being alone on a deserted island with Gerard Butler! Love him! Love the books chosen too! And speaking of books, let's talk about MK's new release, Alaina Claiborne!

How far would you go to avenge your family and save the one you love?

In nineteenth-century England, Alaina Claiborne had a loving family, a cherished friend, and devoted servants. She spent her days riding across the grassy hills of the English countryside, joyful and at peace.

Then tragedy strikes and her world is forever changed. Searching for those responsible is her only focus . . . until she meets Tristan.

Tristan Sheffield, a man of many talents, searches out those who don’t want to be found. His past is filled with secrets and deeds he would rather leave deeply buried. However, when his life unexpectedly entwines with Alaina's, he soon discovers they share more than a mutual desire to catch a murderer.

On their hunt for a man driven by greed, Tristan and Alaina find that love is the greatest weapon against evil, and they'll stop at nothing to survive.

Available now at Amazon  

Enjoy Excerpts from Alaina Claiborne
(Excerpts may or may not be in the order in which they appear, and may differ slightly from the final book.)
Excerpt One: 

The moon shone brightly through the clouds of the dark night, and fatigue soon encouraged she lay her head down on his shoulder, falling into a deep slumber. She felt safe in his embrace and nothing seemed to disturb her. Her senses became aware of his strong arms wrapping a little tighter around her. She felt the carriage bounce as they hit a rut in the road, but she enjoyed his comforting warmth too much to let it disturb her. Then she became cold and her eyes opened, watching as her body rolled down a hill, but no sound escaped her though she frantically sought a way to breathe. She felt those strong arms push her toward the broken door as the carriage continued to roll. Somehow she landed on earth, coldness seeping through her clothes. Her head ached, but the source of the other pain remained elusive.
A bush. She had landed in a bush and the branches hurt, but not as much as the pain inside of her. What’s happening? She fought her way to the ground and then stopped moving. Silence shrouded the night. 
Excerpt Two: 

Across the acres, darkness enveloped another, her surroundings illuminated by the flickering flame of a lamp. Alaina moved around in the attic, searching through trunks of the items that had come from her mother’s cottage in Ireland. It was difficult to see so many memories that reminded her of her parents, but she also found it calmed her. She had avoided these things since they had been delivered years ago, but now her fears became secondary. She hoped that something from her parents’ past would shed light on what was happening in the present.           
      Alaina rummaged through a trunk of some of her mother’s clothes, pulling them out and smelling them, hoping for a faint whiff of the soft rose scent her mother used to wear. There was something lingering around the old clothes, and it took Alaina back to a time when she was a little girl. Nevertheless, the memory ended there. She paused for a moment, as if the scent reminded her of something else besides her mother. She subsequently released the memory when she saw the bottom of the trunk was not as deep as it should have been. She pulled out the remaining dress and ran her fingers along the bottom and edges. She next looked on the outside of the trunk. Nearly six inches of extra space remained near the bottom on the inside.
Alaina felt along the inside edges and became excited when she found a gap. Slowly reaching her fingers into the hole, she simultaneously pushed down on the other edge for leverage and surprised herself when the bottom tilted to reveal the extra space beneath. Removing the thin board, she set it aside and gasped when she turned back to the trunk.
“Oh, Mother. What did you do?”

Book Information
Release Date: January 7th, 2013
Genre: Historical Romance
Formats: Paperback and Kindle
Publisher: Trappers Peak Publishing

The Author
MK McClintock is an over-worked entrepreneur, baker of decadent desserts and all things chocolate, photographer of beautiful places, and most importantly, a writer.

She dreams of a time when life was simpler, the land rougher, and the journey more rewarding. With her heart deeply rooted in the past and her mind always on adventure, McClintock calls Montana home.

McClintock is a member of Romance Writers of America, Montana Romance Writers, Hearts Through History Romance Writers, and Women Writing the West.

  Tour Giveaway
Three Winners!
1-$25 Amazon Gift Card
2 Autographed copies of "Alaina Claiborne"  

MK will also be giving away a FREE Kindle copy of Alaina Claiborne to one lucky person who leaves a comment on this post! Good luck and happy reading!

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Krista Kedrick said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Gerry!! Who wouldn't?
Also Love this book! Congrats on the new release!!
Nice book choices :) Something to wile away the hours while Gerry fishes for dinner with his shirt off.

MK said...

You've read my mind Krista!

Kimberly--thank you so much for hosting Alaina and I today. It's always fun to be at your blog.

Joanne said...

Who wouldn't want to be stranded on a deserted island with Gerard Butler? I agree, there's no reason for anyone else. Great list of books. I've got to check a couple of them out. Thanks for the excerpts.


Lorraine Fico-White said...

I see I have something else in common with MK and Krista besides great books - Gerard Butler!

Seriously, though, how much reading would get done if Gerard Butler was your only companion? Just saying! :)

MK said...

Good point Lorraine! I'd be willing to risk it. :)

Krista Kedrick said...

That is a good point. Maybe if he were reading to me, I could do that for quite awhile. You know... like 10 minutes or so.

Kimberly Lewis said...

It's always a pleasure having you as a guest on my blog, MK!

And I like the idea of having Gerard read to me instead of reading all by myself:-) That accent of his is just...sigh.