JustRomance Me Sizzling Summer Nights – Winner

Welcome Sizzling Summer Nights Hoppers!

Juana Esparza is the winner of a $10 Amazon Gift Card

 

 

Don’t forget to pick up a copy of my swashbuckling fantasy romance,

The Pirate Princess, the second book in The Reign of Light Series!

 

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To gain her freedom, Charlee must seduce the prince. To save the pirate, Prince Petra must win her heart.

   

BY HONOR ALONE

A handsome war hero, Prince Petra can have his pick of any lady in the kingdom. A man of virtue, he’s saved himself for just the right one. But when the corrupt emperor of Isa Vis kidnaps a duke’s daughter to force her into an alliance, Petra sacrifices himself—and his dreams of love—to save her. Betrothing himself to the distant captive, he leads a daring rescue across the stormy South Sea.

But The Light has other plans. On the voyage, Petra runs afoul of Charlee. Once a prisoner, now a pirate captain, the sultry siren holds him captive with more than just her sword. And when she offers a seductive wager—if he takes her body before they reach the City of Light, she wins absolution for her crimes—it is all he can do to hold firm. While he has every reason to bring Charlee to justice, he’s also finally found a woman he wants more than honor. And he can no more trust her than he can trust himself.

 

Excerpt:

 “Your room is here.” She stopped abruptly, and Petra turned to face her. Close enough to touch him, she placed a hot hand on his chests, searing his flesh. “These are fine accommodations.” She gazed into his eyes and traced her bottom lip with her tongue. “But how would you like to spend the night in my cabin, Prince?”

The challenge of their earlier conversation hung in the air, and he was not about to prove himself the sum total of his desire—regardless of how much he longed to. Petra had learned enough of strategy to know this was her power move. He could perhaps make a few bold moves of his own. “Captain, my body wishes for nothing more, but I must decline, for I’m not a man given idly to passion.”

She narrowed her eyes. “Is that right?”

Maintaining her gaze, he nodded. “I have requirements before I could allow myself to…delight in an offer such as yours.”

“I don’t barter for pleasure, Prince. I don’t need to.”

“Nor was I suggesting you should.”

“What are you suggesting then?”

“I suggest nothing. I’m merely stating that if I were to make love to you—or any woman—I would require one thing.”

A smile grazed her lips as if she’d already won a hard-fought battle. “What, then, is your requirement?”

Petra softly captured her face with his hands and peered down into it, unblinking. “Your heart. Your whole heart.”

Her eyes widened; she trembled beneath his fingers even as her face paled. The loud clack of the sword falling to the floor couldn’t distract him. She pulled from his grasp. Turning her back, her voice faltered. “Why would you want that?”

“Because it’s what I would offer in return.” He spun Charlee to face him and pinned her against a cabin door, hands on either side of the wood as he leaned in toward her. The closeness of her presence filled him as if she were a fine, spiced wine. In this moment, he could overpower her, but some heightened sense held him back. He searched the depths of those sparkling emerald eyes for answers that she defied him to find.

Her chest heaved, and her sweet breath touched his face. “That, my sweet prince, is something you will never get.

 

 

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JustRomance Me Sizzling Summer Nights – The Pirate Princess

Welcome Sizzling Summer Nights Hoppers!

I’m talking about my latest release and giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card

 

 

 

Here’s a glimpse at my swashbuckling fantasy romance,

The Pirate Princess, the second book in The Reign of Light Series!

Read on for a chance to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card

 

Pirate Princess_cover

To gain her freedom, Charlee must seduce the prince. To save the pirate, Prince Petra must win her heart.

   

BY HONOR ALONE

A handsome war hero, Prince Petra can have his pick of any lady in the kingdom. A man of virtue, he’s saved himself for just the right one. But when the corrupt emperor of Isa Vis kidnaps a duke’s daughter to force her into an alliance, Petra sacrifices himself—and his dreams of love—to save her. Betrothing himself to the distant captive, he leads a daring rescue across the stormy South Sea.

But The Light has other plans. On the voyage, Petra runs afoul of Charlee. Once a prisoner, now a pirate captain, the sultry siren holds him captive with more than just her sword. And when she offers a seductive wager—if he takes her body before they reach the City of Light, she wins absolution for her crimes—it is all he can do to hold firm. While he has every reason to bring Charlee to justice, he’s also finally found a woman he wants more than honor. And he can no more trust her than he can trust himself.

 

Excerpt:

 “Your room is here.” She stopped abruptly, and Petra turned to face her. Close enough to touch him, she placed a hot hand on his chests, searing his flesh. “These are fine accommodations.” She gazed into his eyes and traced her bottom lip with her tongue. “But how would you like to spend the night in my cabin, Prince?”

The challenge of their earlier conversation hung in the air, and he was not about to prove himself the sum total of his desire—regardless of how much he longed to. Petra had learned enough of strategy to know this was her power move. He could perhaps make a few bold moves of his own. “Captain, my body wishes for nothing more, but I must decline, for I’m not a man given idly to passion.”

She narrowed her eyes. “Is that right?”

Maintaining her gaze, he nodded. “I have requirements before I could allow myself to…delight in an offer such as yours.”

“I don’t barter for pleasure, Prince. I don’t need to.”

“Nor was I suggesting you should.”

“What are you suggesting then?”

“I suggest nothing. I’m merely stating that if I were to make love to you—or any woman—I would require one thing.”

A smile grazed her lips as if she’d already won a hard-fought battle. “What, then, is your requirement?”

Petra softly captured her face with his hands and peered down into it, unblinking. “Your heart. Your whole heart.”

Her eyes widened; she trembled beneath his fingers even as her face paled. The loud clack of the sword falling to the floor couldn’t distract him. She pulled from his grasp. Turning her back, her voice faltered. “Why would you want that?”

“Because it’s what I would offer in return.” He spun Charlee to face him and pinned her against a cabin door, hands on either side of the wood as he leaned in toward her. The closeness of her presence filled him as if she were a fine, spiced wine. In this moment, he could overpower her, but some heightened sense held him back. He searched the depths of those sparkling emerald eyes for answers that she defied him to find.

Her chest heaved, and her sweet breath touched his face. “That, my sweet prince, is something you will never get.

 

 

Buy Links:

All Romance Ebooks / Amazon / Barnes and Noble

 

 

 

For a chance to win a $10 Gift Card to Amazon, answer the following question in the comments section.

 

QUESTION: Based on the excerpt above, what does Petra require from Charlee to make love to her?

Character Interview with Zan from Blood of a Mermaid

Today we have with us an interesting and dark character from Katie O’Sullivan’s new release, Blood of a Mermaid. Please welcome Zan.

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Who are you? Give your full name and title/race. Do you have special abilities?

My full name is Alexander, but most know me as Zan, of the Adluo clan. Some call me an evil sorcerer, a wielder of dark magick, but I disagree. I mean, I learned how to harness my powers at the University of Atlantis, so it’s not the magick that’s dark. Magick is pure power, to be harnessed and used like any other tool. Some of us just have better access to their inner magick.

 

What are your goals?

Originally, I was excited to help Prince Demyan overthrow the royal family in the Atlantic. Why should they enjoy all the bounties of that larger ocean while our people starve? Demyan always said the strong should take what they deserve. But after the debacle at the Summer Solstice, my new goal became staying alive and out of prison.

Then I met Kae.

I know I was only supposed to kidnap her, but then I got to know her. She’s like all sweetness and light and whatnot, and you’d think it would be too much but no. She’s, like, perfect. Yeah, I know she’s someone else’s girlfriend. But things change all the time, right? My only goal now is to make sure nothing bad happens to her. My life isn’t worth living if she’s not going to be around, so I’m not going to let anyone hurt her.

 

What were your conflicts and the obstacles in your story?

Can my obstacle be a who? Because the biggest “obstacle” in my life is Prince Demyan, the Adluo usurper. I know he saved me when I was young, but he keeps collecting on that same debt. It’s like I have no free will at all. He controls me – and in turn controls the magick.

At first, I was grateful he saw potential in me and my abilities, taking me under his fin. I don’t think I ever made the mistake of thinking he was truly my friend. Come to think of it, I’d never actually had a friend, until I met Kae.

Umm, and did I mention that she already has a boyfriend? He’s an obstacle for sure, that stupid half-drylander kid, Shea MacNamara. You know, the heir apparent to the King of the Atlantic. Son of the mermaid princess. Saved the King from the death Demyan and I had planned for him. That guy. How do I compete with that?

 

What did you think of Shea when you first met him?

Everyone knew the rumors. The stories of the drylander boy who would save the oceans? I never dreamed they were actually true, let alone that Shea would be the boy from the prophesy.

I never even met Shea the first time I was at the Atlantic King’s palace. But after everything started going to hell and I swam out of Nantucket Sound, I started hearing tales. How he stood up to Demyan, how he cured the king from certain death…. Yada yada yada. To hear Kae tell it, he was like a god reborn. When I finally met him, I wasn’t impressed. He didn’t live up to the hype. He’s just a guy, not a god.

 

What is your greatest strength? Greatest weakness? How have they influenced you?

My greatest strength is my magick, but it’s also my greatest weakness. Sometimes the magick has a mind of its own. The professors in Atlantis told me I was the strongest magick user in a thousand years. They taught me how to focus my abilities, so I control the magick and not the other way around. But it’s tricky. The magick seems tied to my emotions, and when I get angry I sometimes lose control. So I stay focused. I don’t get emotionally involved in much of anything or anyone. Well, until I met Kae. Maybe she’s my greatest weakness.

 

In your story, what moment was the most memorable, the most meaningful to you? Why?

Demyan has always used me and used my magick to gain power and defeat his enemies. There’s a point in this story where I discover that my magick can also be used for good – to heal instead of harm. It was a revelation for me. Life changing. Everything could’ve been so different, given different guidance from the beginning.

But maybe that’s true for everyone. It’s the choices we make, and the voices we listen to that shape us into who we are.

 

And finally, is there anything you would like to share?

Do I have regrets? Of course – who can live seventeen years and have no regrets, right? Especially when you work for a merman like Prince Demyan. There are definitely going to be regrets, and they’re going to be bloody ones at that.

But maybe I didn’t realize just what I was missing, you know? Meeting Kae changed me somehow. In her eyes, I can almost see the merman I could’ve been. Should be. Do I want to be that guy? I guess I haven’t decided yet.

 

Well, Alexander, it’s never too late to change and you are only seventeen. It sounds like you have been given a great gift and I for one can’t wait to see what you will ultimately do with it.

 

Blood of a Mermaid is on sale now -


 

Mermaid blood.

When Shea MacNamara fell into the ocean for the first time, he found he could breathe underwater. The son of a mermaid, the sea is in his blood. Literally. The best part of Shea’s new life? His girlfriend Kae, who also happens to be a beautiful mermaid.

But darkness lurks under the sea. When evil mermen kidnap Kae, the king reminds Shea that having royal blood means making tough choices.

An Arctic dungeon, a fiery plane crash, the legendary halls of Atlantis…and narwhals?

Having mermaid blood just got a lot more complicated.

 

Book One in the series, Son of a Mermaid is now only $2.99


a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

About the Author:

 

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Katie O’Sullivan lives with her family and big dogs next to the ocean on Cape Cod, drinking way too much coffee and inventing new excuses not to dust. A recovering English major, she earned her degree at Colgate University and writes romance for young adults and the young at heart. Her editing column, “The Write Way,” appears in the Literary Women section of CapeWomenOnline magazine.

 

Living next to the Atlantic influences everything she writes. Her YA mermaid series begins in Nantucket Sound with SON OF A MERMAID, and continues the undersea adventures with BLOOD OF A MERMAID, coming from Crescent Moon Press in May 2014. Her latest contemporary romance from The Wild Rose Press is MY KIND OF CRAZY, a Cape Cod story of second chances and starting over.

 

Website: www.katie-osullivan.com

Blog: http://katieosullivan.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKatieOSullivan

Twitter: https://twitter.com/OkatieO

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3326303.Katie_O_Sullivan

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/katieosullivan

 

The Romance Reviews Sizzling Summer Reads Party – The Pirate Princess

Welcome Sizzling Summer Reads Partiers!

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Here’s a glimpse at my swashbuckling fantasy romance,

The Pirate Princess, the second book in The Reign of Light Series!

Read the blurb below for the answer to the multiple choice question! And don’t forget to check back on The Romance Reviews Website each day for a new chance to win!

 

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To gain her freedom, Charlee must seduce the prince. To save the pirate, Prince Petra must win her heart.

   

BY HONOR ALONE

A handsome war hero, Prince Petra can have his pick of any lady in the kingdom. A man of virtue, he’s saved himself for just the right one. But when the corrupt emperor of Isa Vis kidnaps a duke’s daughter to force her into an alliance, Petra sacrifices himself—and his dreams of love—to save her. Betrothing himself to the distant captive, he leads a daring rescue across the stormy South Sea.

But The Light has other plans. On the voyage, Petra runs afoul of Charlee. Once a prisoner, now a pirate captain, the sultry siren holds him captive with more than just her sword. And when she offers a seductive wager—if he takes her body before they reach the City of Light, she wins absolution for her crimes—it is all he can do to hold firm. While he has every reason to bring Charlee to justice, he’s also finally found a woman he wants more than honor. And he can no more trust her than he can trust himself.

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Blog Tour Schedule

June 2

A Writer’s Mind

www.skypuringtonwrites.blogspot.com

June 3

Writing from Corsets to Bustiers

http://www.christinamcknight.com/

June 4

The Writer’s Nook

http://AngieSkelhorn.com/the-writers-nook—blog

June 5

Nicky Peacock Author

http://nickypeacockauthor.wordpress.com/

June 6

Roxanne’s Realm

www.roxannerhoads.com

June 9

Fang-tastic Books

www.fang-tasticbooks.blogspot.com

June 9

Author  Karen Swart

http://authorkarenswart.blogsopt.com/

June 10

The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom

www.creativelygreen.blogspot.com

June 10

Deal Sharing Aunt

www.dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com

June 11

Mythical Books

http://www.mythicalbooks.blogspot.ro/

GP – Pirates – Myth vs Reality in Literature (about the romantic images of – women- pirates in the literature)

June 11

Books and Tales

http://booksandtales.blogspot.co.uk/

June 11

Share My Destiny

http://sharemydestiny.blogspot.com

June 12

Pembroke Sinclair.

www.pembrokesinclair.blogspot.com

June 12

The Insane Ramblings of a Crazed Writer, www.jessekimmelfreeman.com/blog.html

June 13

What’s Beyond Forks?

http://www.whatsbeyondforks.com

June 13

Kawehi’s Book Blog

www.kawehisbookblog.blogspot.com

June 13

Jodie Pierce

http://jodiepierceauthor.blogspot.com/

June 16

Cloey’s Book Reviews and Other Stuff

cloeyk.blogspot.com

June 16

Romance That’s ‘Out Of This World’

www.hywelalyn.blogspot.com

June 16

Houston Havens

http://houstonhavens.wordpress.com

June 17

Lisa’s World of Books

www.lisasworldofbooks.net

June 18

Anya Breton Author’s Blog

http://blog.anyabreton.com

June 19

Eclipse Reviews

http://totaleclipsereviews.blogspot.com/

June 20

3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!

http://3partnersinshopping.blogspot.com/

June 26

Mila Ramos

www.jademystique.blogspot.com

June 27

Always a Booklover

http://alwaysabooklover.blogspot.com

June 30 Top Ten List

Darkest Cravings

www.darkestcravings.blogspot.com

Tour giveaway

A ten-book subscription to Boroughs Publishing’s Lunchbox Romance line sponsored by the publisher

1 Prize Pack US Only:

A Sword Pendant Necklace

Signed Copy of

  “Queen of Jastain”

1  $25 Gift Card to either Amazon or B&N Gift Card (Winner’s Choice open Internationally)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Son of Dragons – A Review

 

 Son of Dragons by Andrea R. Cooper

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In a time of false peace, the dead rise as soldiers for the Warloc’s scheme. For thousands of years he has stood ready for the final battle. Though the witch and her cursed Elvin have destroyed his physical body, now with his protégé, he has honed a new way to wage war.

Shunned by her own people and weary-hearted from centuries of lost loves, Elvin warrior Mirhana scours the land to silence the undead. Her heart has turned as cold as the sword she wields, until a prince seeks her aid.

Never has Prince Landon met a woman like Mirhana. Both beautiful and deadly, she haunts his dreams. The battle at hand becomes more enchanting than fighting to remain true to his unseen betrothed.

When a traitor emerges, new alliances are tested and the only remaining hope is to follow the prophecy and find the … Son of Dragons.

 

 

Son of Dragons is a superbly written, fast-paced fantasy adventure with lots of twists and turns. The plot kept me guessing to the end and not everyone is as they seem—in fact, almost no one is.

Mirhana is a twin-born elf raised by witches due to a long held tradition that the one of any twins born are given to the witches as a sacrifice. But far from sacrificed, Mirhana is raised well and taught to use her magic to its maximum potential. Because she looks more human than elf, her powers tend to be underestimated by her enemies. And as a result of living centuries among the short-lived and physically vulnerable humans, she has learned not to get attached.

Prince Landon is heir to a large kingdom and betrothed to woman he’s never met for the benefit and protection of his people. While he is sought by an evil sorceress for reasons not quite clear early in the story, his heart is enraptured by the bold and brave Mirhana.

He and his companion join forces with Mirhana and her recently discovered twin to battle the mounting evil in their lands. The group of gifted warriors bands together on a quest to confront the unknown evil threatening their freedom and their lives.

In the process, Mirhana and Landon clash wits and wills and battle an obvious attraction that can never be—because Landon is betrothed and Mirhana has closed off herself to love.

But all is fair in love and magic and the two continually find themselves together and unable to deny the chemistry between them.

Son of Dragons is a harrowing adventure of epic proportions set in a world full of magic and mayhem. I barely had time to catch my breath before a new crisis arrived. For fans of Tolkein and romance, Son of Dragons will not disappoint. The world is rich and vibrant, but so fast-paced you better hold onto your butts.

I highly recommend this wonderful fantasy adventure romance.

The Pirate Princess – Release Day and Blog Tour Schedule

Yay!

It’s release day for my swashbuckling fantasy romance,

The Pirate Princess!

The second book in The Reign of Light Series and a book of my heart.

 

Pirate Princess_cover

To gain her freedom, Charlee must seduce the prince. To save the pirate, Prince Petra must win her heart.

   

BY HONOR ALONE

A handsome war hero, Prince Petra can have his pick of any lady in the kingdom. A man of virtue, he’s saved himself for just the right one. But when the corrupt emperor of Isa Vis kidnaps a duke’s daughter to force her into an alliance, Petra sacrifices himself—and his dreams of love—to save her. Betrothing himself to the distant captive, he leads a daring rescue across the stormy South Sea.

But The Light has other plans. On the voyage, Petra runs afoul of Charlee. Once a prisoner, now a pirate captain, the sultry siren holds him captive with more than just her sword. And when she offers a seductive wager—if he takes her body before they reach the City of Light, she wins absolution for her crimes—it is all he can do to hold firm. While he has every reason to bring Charlee to justice, he’s also finally found a woman he wants more than honor. And he can no more trust her than he can trust himself.

The Pirate Princess Banner 450 x 169

Blog Tour Schedule

June 2

A Writer’s Mind

www.skypuringtonwrites.blogspot.com

June 3

Writing from Corsets to Bustiers

http://www.christinamcknight.com/

June 4

The Writer’s Nook

http://AngieSkelhorn.com/the-writers-nook—blog

June 5

Nicky Peacock Author

http://nickypeacockauthor.wordpress.com/

June 6

Roxanne’s Realm

www.roxannerhoads.com

June 9

Fang-tastic Books

www.fang-tasticbooks.blogspot.com

June 9

Author  Karen Swart

http://authorkarenswart.blogsopt.com/

June 10

The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom

www.creativelygreen.blogspot.com

June 10

Deal Sharing Aunt

www.dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com

June 11

Mythical Books

http://www.mythicalbooks.blogspot.ro/

GP – Pirates – Myth vs Reality in Literature (about the romantic images of – women- pirates in the literature)

June 11

Books and Tales

http://booksandtales.blogspot.co.uk/

June 11

Share My Destiny

http://sharemydestiny.blogspot.com

June 12

Pembroke Sinclair.

www.pembrokesinclair.blogspot.com

June 12

The Insane Ramblings of a Crazed Writer, www.jessekimmelfreeman.com/blog.html

June 13

What’s Beyond Forks?

http://www.whatsbeyondforks.com

June 13

Kawehi’s Book Blog

www.kawehisbookblog.blogspot.com

June 13

Jodie Pierce

http://jodiepierceauthor.blogspot.com/

June 16

Cloey’s Book Reviews and Other Stuff

cloeyk.blogspot.com

June 16

Romance That’s ‘Out Of This World’

www.hywelalyn.blogspot.com

June 16

Houston Havens

http://houstonhavens.wordpress.com

June 17

Lisa’s World of Books

www.lisasworldofbooks.net

June 18

Anya Breton Author’s Blog

http://blog.anyabreton.com

June 19

Eclipse Reviews

http://totaleclipsereviews.blogspot.com/

June 20

3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!

http://3partnersinshopping.blogspot.com/

June 26

Mila Ramos

www.jademystique.blogspot.com

June 27

Always a Booklover

http://alwaysabooklover.blogspot.com

June 30 Top Ten List

Darkest Cravings

www.darkestcravings.blogspot.com

Tour giveaway

A ten-book subscription to Boroughs Publishing’s Lunchbox Romance line sponsored by the publisher

1 Prize Pack US Only:

A Sword Pendant Necklace

Signed Copy of

  “Queen of Jastain”

1  $25 Gift Card to either Amazon or B&N Gift Card (Winner’s Choice open Internationally)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Cover Reveal: The Pirate Princess

I’m so excited to reveal the cover of my upcoming release, The Pirate Princess!

This is the second book in The Reign of Light Series and a book of my heart. The Pirate Princess releases May 27th.

 

Pirate Princess_cover

To gain her freedom, Charlee must seduce the prince. To save the pirate, Prince Petra must win her heart.

   

BY HONOR ALONE

A handsome war hero, Prince Petra can have his pick of any lady in the kingdom. A man of virtue, he’s saved himself for just the right one. But when the corrupt emperor of Isa Vis kidnaps a duke’s daughter to force her into an alliance, Petra sacrifices himself—and his dreams of love—to save her. Betrothing himself to the distant captive, he leads a daring rescue across the stormy South Sea.

But The Light has other plans. On the voyage, Petra runs afoul of Charlee. Once a prisoner, now a pirate captain, the sultry siren holds him captive with more than just her sword. And when she offers a seductive wager—if he takes her body before they reach the City of Light, she wins absolution for her crimes—it is all he can do to hold firm. While he has every reason to bring Charlee to justice, he’s also finally found a woman he wants more than honor. And he can no more trust her than he can trust himself.

 

Music As Inspiration: A Scene from A Taylor-Made Life

I find inspiration for my stories in everything from personal experience to candy. But my main source of inspiration for my life and the lives of my characters has always been music. Sometimes it’s just the emotion of the melody or it’s the story in the lyrics.

There is a scene in A Taylor-Made Life that is the direct inspiration of a song by Diamond Rio. I’ve always loved the song because it reminds me of my Granny who passed away over 30 years ago. I even used the song during my wedding reception during the Mother/Groom Father/Bride dance.

Here is the scene between Taylor and Gavin. Some have called it indulgent–it is. And cheesy–it’s probably that too, but it’s also the sweetest expression of Gavin’s heart and it’s every girls dream to be loved so much. I hope you enjoy the peek.

 banner new sizeGavin whispered, “You know, I had a dream about heaven this morning.”

Taylor’s body tensed, and he trailed his fingers up and down her arm, tracing the bruises that appeared so easily because of the leukemia.

“I stood in a white fog. A voice I couldn’t place told me I could have whatever I wanted. A wish for anything.”

Taylor rested her chin on his chest and watched intently. “What did you wish for? Obviously not money. Health?”

He shook his head. “I wished for one more day with you. Because that seemed most like heaven to me.”

Her eyes sparkled with tears that never spilled.

He sighed wistfully. “I thought that was the best thing I could ask for. And now, today, I feel like I got my wish. But you know what I realize?”

“No.” It was a whisper, a plea.

“It’s not enough.” He cupped her cheek. “Because even an endless number would leave me wanting one more.”

She smiled. A tiny tear slipped from the corner of her eye down her cheek before he caught it with his finger and wiped it away. Then she kissed him.

Here is the song that provided the inspiration. I hope you enjoy.

Chasing Miracles, Book One Broken Tenneessee Series Placed 3rd in the CRWA Finish The Damn Book Contest!!!

chasing-miracles-web-copyChasing Miracles placed 3rd in the CRWA Finish The Damn Book Contest!

Zac EfronChase is an irresistible combination of boyish charm and buff body. And is represented well by the bright smile and engaging blue eyes of an older Zac Effron.

 

 

 

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Hope has strong moral standards and convictions, but she’s also coming to terms with a darker, more seductive side of herself, a side she never even imagined she had until tragedy struck her life. She is embodied in the person sweet but sensuous Katie Cassidy.

 

 

 

 

Chasing Miracles

Some miracles just happen; others you have to chase.

On the eve of her boyfriend’s deployment, Hope Blackwell receives an engagement ring and an invitation to make love. She accepts the ring but refuses the sex, reminding Landon of their mutual promise to remain virgins until their marriage. When he’s killed in action, Hope spirals into depression.

After months of grieving and a haunting dream in which Landon returns to make love to her, Hope finally feels she has closure and can go on with her life. When she discovers she’s pregnant, she believes the baby is Landon’s, the result of a miracle. To avoid her conservative family’s skepticism, she recruits Chase Evans, an Army buddy of her dead fiancé, to play the baby’s father. Chase, who has been romantically pursuing Hope and already half in love with her, agrees to play along.

Even after a fairytale wedding and the birth of a healthy baby, new evidence sheds doubt on who fathered her son, and Hope secretly looks for answers. When her search threatens her faith and her marriage, Hope must decide where her love and loyalty truly lies.

You can find the first three chapters of Chasing Miracles on Wattpad.

 

Merry Christmas and the Mistletoe Madness Blog Hop Winner!

Merry Christmas!

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My favorite Christian author, speaker, and poet is Michael Card. His ministry has spanned three decades of my walk with Christ. His words resonate with me.

Today I give you an excerpt from his book, Immanuel: Reflections on the Life of Christ.

The name Immanuel literally means God with Us, and I pray that today you have Immanuel!

  Christmas is a struggle for my wife and me. Our ongoing war with the world seems to intensify as the decorations go up all over town. There is His name in every window. Sometimes there is even a statue of His sweet infant body, lying in some straw with shepherds and wise men standing around with blank porcelain expressions (I’ve always thought their faces convey the attitude of the world toward Christmas; blank, dazed and bewildered.) If people today would just look and the birth of Jesus “straight on,” they would be puzzled that we should celebrate such a horrific birth of a baby who was born to die. The contradictions should be more than the world can take. If Christianity could just be seen for what it is–a paradox and a mystery. The beginning in that dirty stable is one of the greatest mysteries: the plainness and greatness of Jesus, the grime and the glory. Wise men with gold in their hands and shepherds with sheep dung on their shoes. A smelly stable below and a shining star above. The birth of a gentle Lamb who was the fiercest Lion.

I hope you consider the paradox, delve into the “why,” and find an answer. May the Christmas Spirit truly reveal Himself to you and in you this season, and may you walk in blessings this new year!

You can find Michael’s books and music at Amazon and information about him on his website.

http://www.amazon.com/Michael-Card/e/B001IXRQXW/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1387893092&sr=1-2-ent

About A Taylor-Made Life
Five years ago while I was pregnant with my youngest child, my husband was diagnosed with Stage IV melanoma cancer. It was a difficult and emotional time in our lives. He’s now well and cancer free, but last year when a friend’s daughter was diagnosed with cancer, all those emotions came flooding back. A Taylor-Made Life is the result of those emotions. It’s a special story looking for a home in the hearts of readers. I pray you give the characters an opportunity to touch you.

 What reviewers are saying:

“A Taylor-Made Life is one of the best books I’ve read this year and it’s not one I’ll soon forget… Taylor and Gavin stole my heart and my breath, and I wasn’t ready to let them go.” – Nikki Barrett, Storm Goddess Book Reviews

“Beautifully written, and I would dare anyone not to cry….. Gavin and Taylor have such depth and emotion, it’s hard not to fall in love with them. These two characters will remain in my memory forever.” – Melissa Limoges, Insert Clever Quip Here Book Reviews

“Kary Rader is a wonderful new voice in New Adult fiction. Taylor-Made is a must-read.”– Jill Limber, author and editor, Boroughs Publishing Group

“Live the life you’re given; love the life you make. Get out your tissue box; A TAYLOR MADE LIFE by Kary Rader will make you laugh, cry, and contemplate your own life and mortality. With a bold female protagonist and a hardened hero, this novel confronts the difficulties of living and dying with cancer.” –The Romance Reviews

 

They lived the life they were given; they loved the life they made.

taylor-web-copyCheerleader Taylor Smith doesn’t want to die a virgin. Unfortunately, if the terminally-ill leukemia patient doesn’t find a lover or a stem-cell match within months, her fear will become reality. When her cancer mentor is revealed to be a hottie entrepreneur from California, it seems fate might finally be on her side.

Tech-geek Gavin Taylor has everything he ever wanted, except someone to grieve for him when he’s gone. With his melanoma cancer beyond the help of his riches, he agrees to participate in a cancer patient mentoring program where he’s matched with a dying teen from Texas. Despite his immediate attraction, the Silicon Valley whiz intends only to provide friendship and happy memories to the beautiful, young woman who is determined to win his love.

When it’s discovered that his frozen sperm and her harvested eggs could lead to a cure, Taylor’s mother offers to be a surrogate. And Gavin must decide if he can risk the heart he has never given and a child he’ll never know to a girl he just met.

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