Thursday, December 31, 2015

My Top Favorite Luke Moments from Previous Books

With the year coming to an end, I feel extremely disappointed that I was unable to complete Luke’s book for you guys. Trust me when I say I’m working on it. I may not be working as fast as I’d like, but mommy duties come before books and I hope you guys can understand that J With that said, I’ve been thinking a lot about Mr. Sexy Pants Luke McKade lately and remembering some of my favorite scenes with him from my other books. I’d like to share those with you today, and if you stick around to the end I maybe just might have a little snippet from his book for you guys J

Let’s get this party started…

This scene when he was a cocky son of a…you know what ;) :
Luke walked in step next to Zane as they made their way towards the bar. “I was just giving myself a final once over before we headed in.”
Zane chuckled softly and rolled his eyes. “You are so vain.”
Luke smiled crookedly and arrogantly. “I can’t help it. When you look as good as I do it’s hard not to stare at yourself.”

And this one when he attempted to save a damsel in distress:
They were momentarily distracted by a set of footsteps running down the hall, and then Luke came bursting into the kitchen wielding a hand gun. Andi let out another startled scream at the sight of the gun, and when Luke realized there was no danger he quickly dropped it to his side. He smiled when he caught site of Andi and lifted his empty hand to comb his hair back.
“What’d you bring a gun for?” Zane asked with a raised eyebrow to Luke.
Luke diverted his eyes from Andi and turned his attention to Zane. “I heard a woman scream,” he explained and shrugged. “What’d you expect me to do?”

The time when all he wanted was a good luck kiss:
With his reins in his hands, Luke walked up to Andi and tipped his hat off from his forehead, closed his eyes and leaned towards her puckering his lips.
 “What are you doing?” she asked leaning away from him and giving him a suspicious look.
 “I’m waiting for my good luck kiss too,” he replied with his lips still puckered.
 “Luke, come on stop messing around. You’re going to make us late,” Zane chided.
Luke didn’t budge.
Andi rolled her eyes and sighed. She grabbed Luke’s face, pinching his cheeks in as she turned his face to the side and gave him a small peck on the cheek. “There now go,” she said with a laugh and pointed in Zane’s direction.

And the time when all he wanted was a piece of pie:
Luke came bounding through the back door and hung his hat on the wall. “Where is it? You better not have eaten it all.”
 “Calm down, look I already cut you a piece,” Zane said pointing to his burnt piece of pie sitting on the table.
 “Wow, thanks, Zane. You know you’re not half bad sometimes.” Luke sat down and stared at the piece of pie. “Mom made this?” he asked, turning to Zane with a raised eyebrow.
Zane simply nodded and tried his best to hold back the smile that threatened to escape.
Luke shrugged and scooped a forkful in his mouth. His eyes popped wide open and he grabbed a napkin from the table and proceeded to quickly spit the piece of pie in it. “Whoa. Mom is losing her touch.” He coughed.

This one is probably my favorite…when he had the worst timing:
“Forgot my cell phone,” Luke said as he jogged past them to the counter and grabbed it.
When Luke turned around to Norah and Chase, she could see it on his face that he knew exactly what had been happening between them right before he barged in.
Crap.
“What’s going on here?” Luke asked, waving a finger between Norah and Chase.
“We’re doing the dishes,” Norah answered him.
Luke stared her down. It was the oldest trick in the book, the one that he and Zane always used against her when they wanted to get information out of her. And she hated it.
“What are you looking at?” Norah asked him with a miffed tone.
Luke lifted his hands in a silent defeat. “Nothing,” he told her and attempted to hide an amused grin in the process. He pocketed his phone then grabbed up the dish towel Norah had dropped on the counter. “Don’t let me keep you from washing the dishes,” Luke said and handed her the towel.
As Luke walked away and towards the back door, Norah let out a soft sigh of relief and shot Chase a smile.
“Oh, hey,” Luke said. He stopped in the open doorway and turned to look at them.
Oh God. What now?
Norah turned her attention to her brother.
“You might wanna use that towel to wipe away those soap bubbles from your butt.”
Her mouth dropped in shock as she turned awkwardly to check the back of her jeans. Sure enough there were soap bubbles hanging from her back pockets along with a wet handprint on her shirt right beneath her breast.
Luke grinned and tipped his hat. “Night, y’all.”

When he went into over-protective big brother mode:
“I know how it looks,” Chase told Luke. “But your sister and I are just friends. That’s it.”
“Okay,” Luke said and seemed to loosen up just a little. “It’s really none of my business but at the same time it kind of is my business, you know? Because Norah is my baby sister.”
“Yep,” Chase said. “I’ve got a sister of my own, so I know how that is.”
Luke’s lips curved into a crooked grin. “Good. You seem like a stand-up guy, Chase, and I’ve got no quarrels with you,” he said and slapped a hand down on Chase’s shoulder. “But if you hurt her, I’ll break your jaw. I don’t care what kind of relationship you have with her.”

When he got a little too big for his britches:
“Norah,” Zane said just as Luke said, “You get back here, young lady, and tell us what the hell is going on with you.”
Young lady? Oh hell no.

And when he showed his soft side:
“Good plan,” Luke said and gave her a meaningful smile. “I’ll head out so you can do what you’ve gotta do.” He tugged her close, pecked a kiss on top of her hair and gave her a brotherly hug before he stepped away from her. He almost made it from the kitchen when he stopped and turned back to her. “Hey, Nor?”
“Yeah?”
“About Chase…”
Oh God.
“I don’t want to say ‘I told you so,’ so I’m not,” Luke said. “But I will say this…”
And here comes the lecture.
“He’s an idiot for messin’ things up with you. I know this hurts right now, but it’ll get better in time.”
Norah just stared dumbfounded at her brother. That was it? No you-should’ve-known-better-than-to-get-mixed-up-with-that-guy talk?
“I’ll see you later, sis.” He tipped the brim of his hat and then he was gone.

And now for the grand finale! This new little snippet of one of my favorite scenes from Luke’s book. I’m gonna say no introduction is needed for this one J
What was he doing? Here he’d been fantasizing about all the dirty little things he’d like to do with Karlie, and for what? It wasn’t going to happen. It couldn’t happen. She was his mother’s best friend’s daughter, for Christ’s sake—practically born with the words Luke, Do Not Touch stamped on her body.
And, boy, did that make him want her even more.


And there you have it! All of my favorite old scenes and a new favorite scene J I’m so excited to be writing his story and I can’t wait to finish it for you guys. I promise to share more on his story’s progress, and even share some new material when I can. I hope 2015 has treated you well, and I’m so happy to have all of you following me on this writing journey. Thank you for being the awesome people that you are! Here’s to many new and exciting things coming in 2016!

Happy New Year!
XOXO,
Kim

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Release Blast! TILL DEATH US DO PART by Cristina Slough


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TILL DEATH US DO PART
Cristina Slough
Releasing Dec 29th, 2015
Limitless Publishing


The fateful day Mimi Marcus has dreaded begins with a phone call...

The wife of a U.S. Marine, Mimi spent countless nights worried that her husband Joel would fall in the line of duty. He had fought valiantly and served his country with honor. That’s exactly what they tell her when they deliver the news—Joel was taken by the enemy in Afghanistan. Her husband is dead.

In desperate need of closure, Mimi travels to the one place Joel still has ties—The Marcus Ranch in Texas, inherited by his handsome younger brother Austin.

New beginnings are only an illusion...

The closer Mimi grows to the Marcus family, the more she considers it home. But when suspicions of Joel’s past surface, Austin refuses to disclose family secrets—even to his brother’s widow. It’s only by accident she uncovers evidence of Joel’s tainted past. Devastated by his lies and betrayal, she slowly opens up to Austin, and together they unfold layers of pain and grief.

Mimi is sure she’ll never love again, but is Austin the man to prove her wrong? Then the unthinkable happens…

Just as Mimi finds new hope in a future with Austin, Joel returns home from war. Enraged, traumatized, and teetering on the edge of insanity, Joel confesses to a history of deception, revealing yet another secret—this one too terrible to forgive.

In an awful twist of fate, Joel proves marriage vows are made to be honored.

No matter what.

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Novelist, movie addict, and animal lover, Cristina Slough is the author of Till Death Us Do Part, her debut novel.

Cristina has always been a bookworm, rarely seen without a pen and paper in her hand, she loves delving into a literacy fictional world of her own.

At the age of 11, her junior school teacher told her mother that she would be wasting her life if she didn’t become an author. Throughout her teenage years and beyond, her parents spurred her on to keep writing. She later began a career in commercial real estate, working in London’s West End, a corporate bubble where she was unable to fuel her passion to write.

It was on her Californian honeymoon in 2012 that the bug to write was becoming increasingly difficult to ignore. After visiting Yosemite National Park she was inspired by the natural beauty of the land that surrounded her. Holding a special place in her heart, Yosemite would later be written into her debut novel.

She finally gave up the ‘big smoke’ when her son, Lucas, was born in October 2013.

When Lucas was a newborn, Cristina was told to sleep when the baby sleeps. She never could. There was a calling inside her to write. After getting to grips with her new role as a mother, she began working a psychological thriller, but she couldn’t fully connect to the characters she created. She ditched the manuscript and started Till Death Us Do Part (Limitless Publishing, 2015).

Cristina is married to Adam, who runs a successful business; together they share their Bedfordshire home with their son, crazy white German Shepherd and three spoiled cats. They can be found trekking through woodlands, or around the many shops Cristina loves to explore. As a family, they love to travel frequently, the United States being a firm favorite.


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Release Blast! HARVEST MOON by Sharon Struth


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HARVEST MOON
A Blue Moon Lake Romance #2
Sharon Struth
Releasing Dec 22nd, 2015
Lyrical Shine


Getting past the librarian’s guard…

Trent Jamieson isn’t one for virtual romance, but there’s something about the intriguing woman he meets on the Internet he can’t resist. Then the small town bachelor discovers the mystery woman who shares her secrets with him online is the laced-up librarian in his self-defense class! Veronica Sussingham may just be his toughest student yet. Because how can he show the vulnerable beauty that some men areworth letting your guard down for?

Veronica returned to her hometown seeking shelter for her shattered spirit. The last thing she needs is a blue-eyed charmer who wants to show her how to live—and love—again. Then she discovers Trent is not just another admirer, but a man who knows her deepest secrets. Now Veronica must choose between running from her past—or finding future happiness with the kind of man she swore she’d never fall for….

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"Heart-tugging small town romance with real emotion. Struth is an author to watch!" —Laura Drake, author of RITA-award winning The Sweet Spot
Sharon Struth is an award-winning author who believes it’s never too late for a second chance in love or life. When she’s not writing, she and her husband happily sip their way through the scenic towns of the Connecticut Wine Trail. Sharon writes from the small town of Bethel, Connecticut, the friendliest place she’s ever lived. For more information, including where to find her other novels and published essays, please visit her website.


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Release Blast! PERSUASION by Violette Rand


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PERSUASION
Sons of Odin MC #1
Violetta Rand
Releasing December 8th, 2015
Loveswept


If you love the motorcycle romances of Joanna Wylde and Julie Ann Walker, don’t miss Violetta Rand’s irresistible novel about a sexy-as-sin biker who tempts a good girl to go bad.

Lang Anderson may be the new leader of the Sons of Odin motorcycle club, but his personal life is in shreds. He’s struggling to take care of his three young sisters in the wake of tragedy, while rumors of drug dealing within his ranks jeopardize everything he’s built. The last thing he needs is another distraction—like a bar brawl over a woman—but Lang is a sucker for a damsel in distress. And this one gets him roaring like a finely tuned engine.

High school guidance counselor Lily Gallo is no fender bunny. So why can’t she get Lang off her mind? Lily’s head says the rugged, rough-and-tumble biker who came to her aid is bad news. Her body begs to differ. But when Lang’s troubled kid sister walks into her office, Lily’s determined to help, even if it puts her in the crossfire of a gang war. On a crash course with danger and desire, Lily partners up with Lang to fight for his family—and for love.

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An environmental scientist by day, Violetta Rand has been in love with writing since childhood. Struck with an entrepreneurial spirit at a young age, she wrote short stories illustrated by her best friend and sold them in her neighborhood. Rand enjoys outdoor activities, music, reading, and losing herself in the world she brings to life in the pages of her stories. The only thing she loves more than writing is her wonderful relationship with her husband.


Monday, December 7, 2015

Release Blast! FOOLING AROUND WITH CINDERELLA by Stacy Juba


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FOOLING AROUND WITH CINDERELLA
Storybook Valley #1
Stacy Juba
Released November 9th, 2015
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What happens when the glass slippers pinch Cinderella's toes?

When Jaine Andersen proposes a new marketing role to the local amusement park, general manager Dylan Callahan charms her into filling Cinderella’s glass slippers for the summer. Her reign transforms Jaine’s ordinary life into chaos that would bewilder a fairy godmother. Secretly dating her bad boy boss, running wedding errands for her ungrateful sisters, and defending herself from the park’s resident villain means Jaine needs lots more than a comfy pair of shoes to restore order in her kingdom.

First in the Storybook Valley series, a blend of sweet romance, chick lit, and fairy tale fun.

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Stacy Juba got engaged at Epcot Theme Park and spent part of her honeymoon at Disneyland Paris, where she ate a burger, went on fast rides, and threw up on the train ride to the hotel. In addition to working on her new Storybook Valley chick lit/sweet romance series, Stacy has written books about ice hockey, teen psychics, U.S. flag etiquette for kids, and determined women sleuths. She has had a novel ranked as #5 in the Nook Store and #30 on the Amazon Kindle Paid List. 

When she’s not visiting theme parks with her family, (avoiding rides that spin and exotic hamburgers), or writing about them, Stacy helps authors to strengthen their manuscripts through her Crossroads Editing Service. She is currently writing the next book in the Storybook Valley Series, Prancing Around with Sleeping Beauty.



Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Cover Reveal! SECOND FIRST CHANCES by Elliot Saint James



SECOND FIRST CHANCES
Elliott Saint James
Releasing January 8th, 2015
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A heart warming story about love, loss and second first chances.
Moving to New York City might have been the biggest mistake Emerson Richards ever made, but she's determined to show everyone - namely, her parents - that it's the best one too. Emmy isn't giving up, and if that means she has to bus tables to make ends meet, or deal with rude New Yorkers, then so be it. 
Then Emmy lands an office job at one of New York's top engineering firms. Everything seems to be going according to plan - until she's forced to work with Ryan West, an architectural genius. And the man she's been literally running into all over the city.
Gorgeous, quiet and arrogant are three words Emmy could use to sum up the mysterious Mr West. Yet as their strange relationship begins to turn into something more than she can handle, Emmy is forced to take a hard look at her life and figure out who she is.


 

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Elliot Saint James is a twenty something Australian moonlighting as a university student. She has a penchant for Nora Ephron films and sexy romances. When she's not writing, she's usually reading or abusing her Netflix privileges.
Her debut novel, Second First Chances, will be publishing in January 2016.


Monday, November 9, 2015

Release Blast! HOW TO LOSE A BACHELOR by Anna Banks


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HOW TO LOSE A BACHELOR
Anna Banks
Releasing Nov 9th, 2015
Entangled: Bliss


When Rochelle Ransom auditioned for the dating show Luring Love, she had big plans for winning the prize money to help her favorite charity–and if she won the hot bachelor's heart, even better. But at the last minute she finds out the hot bachelor is her ex-boyfriend, Grant Drake. Desperate to keep her distance from him, she'll do anything–and everything–to get voted off.

Years ago, Rochelle broke Grant’s heart, and he's out for revenge. There's no way he'll vote her off.  After all, vengeance is a dish best served red-hot...and on live television.

When her hilarious antics to get kicked off the show escalate, Grant’s reminded why he fell in love with her the first time. Now he isn't sure which might be more fun... Seeing how far Rochelle is willing to go to get away or how far he will to keep her forever.

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NYT Bestselling YA author of The Syrena Legacy series: OF POSEIDON (2012) OF TRITON (2013) OF NEPTUNE (2014). Repped by rockstar Lucy Carson of the Friedrich Agency. I live with my husband and daughter in the Florida Panhandle. I have a southern accent compared to New Yorkers, and I enjoy food cooked with real fat. I can't walk in high heels, but I'm very good at holding still in them. If you put chocolate in front of me, you must not have wanted it in the first place.


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Release Blast! NOWHERE TO HIDE by Lindsay McKenna


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NOWHERE TO HIDE
DELOS #1
Lindsay McKenna
Releasing Oct 13th, 2015
Blue Turtle Publishing


Lia Cassidy left the Army scarred physically and emotionally after a vicious attack by two fellow soldiers. She turns to helping others, working at a Delos Home School Charity in Costa Rica that provides schooling for children. But when the deadly drug lord, La Arana, attacks the school, Lia finds herself on the run for her life. The only person she can trust is the ex-SEAL sent to protect her.

Cav Jordan is strong, honorable and gorgeous…and intrigued by Lia. He knows she has suffered pain in her past, and he is determined to break through her barriers and earn her trust. But as Cav slowly chips away at the walls Lia has built, ghosts from her past threaten to destroy their fragile relationship.

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Lindsay McKenna lives her life as a risk taker, and it shines through the books she loves to write: romance, adventure and suspense. She started writing at age thirteen and continues to hone her writing skills to this day. She sold her first romance novel in 1981. The rest is history.
Because she went into the military, this experience became the backbone of her writing—she is credited with writing the first military romance novel (Captive of Fate, 1983, Silhouette Special Edition) and has created a thriving sub-genre within the romance field! As a New York Times Best Selling author, she has sold 23 million books and in 32 foreign languages in her career thus far. Her many experiences in the U.S. Navy are backdrop for her understanding of the military in general, and also her very successful Morgan’s Mercenaries, which is an ongoing series in Silhouette to this day! Forty-five books strong!
Lindsay has gone Indie in 2015 and has created a new family saga on par with Morgan’s Mercenaries It is known as the DELOS SERIES. There will be paperback and eBooks created under Blue Turtle Publishing, her company for her fans. Readers who love Morgan and his family are bound to fall in love with the Culver family. Delos is romantic suspense, which Lindsay is well known for. It took her five years to create and bring DELOS to her readers. It was worth the wait, but we’ll let you decide that.

Lindsay loves to hear from her readers and loves to know what they’d like to see her write next. Stay up with the latest on the Delos Series here. Please visit her Web site at www.lindsaymckenna.com. And be sure to sign up for her free quarterly newsletter. It contains exclusive content found nowhere else on the Net. Plus, giveaways and other surprises, to her loyal and faithful subscribers!


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