Excerpt Tuesday– Erynn Newman

Excerpt Tuesday–Sarina Rose

This week on Excerpt Tuesday, ERYNN NEWMAN is here sharing about her newest release, Out of Darkness.

Elisabeth’s dad pulled to a stop in front of her little bungalow.

Theirs. Hers and Drew’s.

Her dad helped her out of the car and kept his arm around her as they walked up the steps to the porch. Mom followed behind carrying her train in the world’s saddest processional.

She tried to unlock the door with shaking hands. The keys clattered onto the porch, and her dad scooped them up. His hands were steady and sure, sliding the key into the lock. The door swung open, but Elisabeth’s feet refused to cross the threshold—the threshold Drew was supposed to carry her over.

Her breathing hitched, and she clutched her dad’s hand at her waist. “Daddy, I can’t.”

He wrapped both arms around her, and she buried her face in his collar.

“It’s okay, baby. I’ve got you.” He somehow managed to get them inside and over to the couch.

She sat wrapped up in his arms as he whispered a prayer against her hair. She tried to close her eyes, but she couldn’t stop picturing the explosion. Instead, she focused on a blank spot on the opposite wall—the spot she and Drew had saved for their wedding portrait.

Mom and Dad bookended her on the couch, rubbing her back but not speaking. They knew. There was nothing they could say.

The sun began to set, and her mom broke their silent vigil. “Should I light some lamps? It’s getting dark in here.”

“No, dark is good.” She stood on wobbly legs. “You’ve done enough. Why don’t you go home? I’ll call if—”

“Don’t you want us to stay?” Her mother looked stricken. “I don’t want to leave you like this. I can sleep on the couch, or…”

“No, Mom. I just want to be alone.”

“At least let me help you get out of your dress.” She swiped at a stain on the bodice. “You’re soaked.”

“No!” Elisabeth shrank back, wrapping her arms around herself. “I can’t take it off—not yet.” That would mean… “I can’t.”

Her mom started to argue, but Daddy intervened. “It’s okay, baby. Whatever you need.” He turned to her mom. “Come on, Patricia. Let’s give her some space.” His hand covered the small of her back as he led her to the door.

Drew always did that—leading me, making me feel safe.

Her dad stopped and turned around. Grasping Elisabeth’s face in his hands, he kissed her forehead. His eyes shone in the waning light, his shaggy brown hair grayer than before.

Mom stepped in and wrapped her in a tight hug, leaving her cheek wet.

And then they were gone.

She locked the door behind them—something Drew always insisted on when she lived by herself. She wasn’t supposed to be alone anymore. Not ever again.

She grabbed his scarf from the peg by the door and wrapped it around her neck—inhaling him. She needed to feel close to him. Groping her way over to the phone, she entered the voicemail code. Drew’s voice cut through the too-quiet house. “Goodnight, beautiful. I can’t wait to make you Mrs. Marek tomorrow. I love you. For always.”

Then the automated voice broke in. “To delete this message, press three. To save it and go on, press four. To repeat your messages, press five.”

She pressed five as she fumbled down the hall to the bedroom. She didn’t bother to pull back the covers, just curled up against the pillows with the phone tucked under her ear.

She pressed five again.

 

Out Of Darkness Blurb

 

A bride and a widow in the same day, Elisabeth’s prayers are about to be answered . . . if the CIA, international arms dealers, and her best friend don’t stand in the way.

Elisabeth Allen gave her heart to Jesus as a little girl and to Drew Marek as a teenager. When their wedding day finally arrives, it’s the happiest day of her life–until a car bomb transforms her dream come true into a living nightmare.

As Best Man at the wedding, Gabriel Di Salvo promises Drew–his best friend and CIA partner–he’ll look after Elisabeth, but he never dreams it will become necessary so soon. As Elisabeth struggles to put the pieces of her life back together without Drew, Gabe becomes her rock, and as they share their grief and begin to heal, their friendship gradually deepens into something more.

Three years later, Gabe and Elisabeth are planning a future together when he receives a shocking call from the one man who can upend his happiness: Drew. Suspecting someone at the CIA is behind his abduction, Drew refuses to come home. Instead, he asks Gabe to bring Elisabeth to him. Now Gabe just has to figure out how to let her go.

Drew and Elisabeth race across Europe, dodging international arms dealers and attempting to reclaim what was stolen from them. But years of captivity and torture have left their mark on Drew. He is no longer the same boy Elisabeth fell in love with, but he is still her husband, and she’s determined to build something new and leave her relationship with Gabe in the past if her heart will get the memo.

When their enemies close in and the threat of a terrorist attack escalates, Gabe may be the only person they can trust. Drew, Elisabeth, and Gabe are thrown into a fight for their lives–one that will test their loyalties to God, country . . . and each other.

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Biography:

ERYNN NEWMAN is a pastor’s kid, raised in churches all over the Eastern Seaboard. She writes heart-gripping romance with a dash of seat-gripping suspense. As a little girl, she created rich fantasy worlds and imaginary friends that followed her into adulthood, when she realized that meant she was either a crazy person or a writer—or maybe both. Out of Darkness was born as she wandered the cobblestone streets of Europe during a semester abroad.

Since earning her degree in Christian Studies, she has traveled the world and served as a missionary, a counselor, an ESL teacher, and a nanny. Though she has never worked with the CIA, her DVR contains a veritable Who’s Who of international spies.

She is passionate about God’s glory and storytelling, and is blessed to be able to use one to accomplish the other. She is a Carolina girl, a wife, and Mama to a very busy little boy, two cats, and a gaggle of characters that live inside her head.

She can be reached at her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Excerpt Tuesday–Sarina Rose

Excerpt Tuesday–Sarina Rose

This week on Excerpt Tuesday, Sarina Rose is here sharing about her newest release, The Relentless American.

Part I – Daniel

Chapter 1

“No more blood!” the crowd chanted. It was June 1970. The television news cameras focused on unnamed faces. I held my peace sign poster high as I led a long line of war protestors east on New York City’s Central Park South. I glanced at the New York City Police Department keeping the peace, keeping us away from the two senators about to arrive for dinner at the landmark Plaza Hotel. We were sure their agenda focused on Vietnam, and we wanted to influence them to stop the bombings. We wanted them to influence Congress, the president, and Henry Kissinger who was at the peace talks in Paris.

“Will we make a difference today?” I asked my friend, Daniel MacIntyre, who had appeared at my side, but I was looking at Officer Sal Mendoza. He caught my eye.      He was one good-looking cop.

“Do you know Officer Mendoza?” I asked Daniel.

“I spoke to him at the last protest. Be careful with your attention, Hannah. He’s married.”

“Right. Thanks for the heads-up.”

Vietnam’s civil war had splintered the United States. The war divided families, friends, and classmates on its own tiny peninsula in Southeast Asia as well as in North America. It affected the military men and women as well as their civilian families. It took a heavy toll. The Vietnam War was a mammoth, frightening ogre who roared and raged over the United States. It had engaged most Americans, be they in favor or opposed. The ogre didn’t threaten the U.S. mainland or any of its territories, while it continued to endanger U.S. lives.The president continued to send troops to battle the communists.

Things were going smoothly at the protest until someone bumped me and I fell to my knees. I looked up. Officer Mendoza glanced at me. When Daniel reached down to help me, a woman tripped over him and smashed a bottle of thick red liquid on the pavement. She shouted, “No more U.S. blood!” Other voices joined hers. Soon, the chant reverberated throughout the circular drive in front of The Plaza. “No more blood! No more blood!”

A scuffle broke out as the police arrested the woman. One man tried to pull her away from an officer. Another officer grabbed the man’s arm, and both slipped on the slimy pavement. I tried to help, but someone stopped me. I turned and looked into the black opal eyes of Officer Mendoza. He marched me to the police van parked on the other side of the barricade. Another officer brought Daniel.

“They think I planned this, Daniel. Say something,” I called to him.

“You want me to say something? How about you? Go on. Speak up for yourself.”

“You’re the guy who has connections at the precinct.”

“And you’re the girl who wants to be an independent woman.”

“Later,” Mendoza snapped as he looked at me and led me van.

Daniel sat next to me. His knee leaned against mine. His shoulder followed. I knew Daniel. I knew his political and personal views on everything from high school curricula to marriage and raising children.

 

   Blurb: Hannah loses Daniel to Vietnam, maybe. Does she get a second chance at love? Sal Mendoza thinks he knows the answer.

Excerpt Tuesday–Sarina RoseMarie Gentile is a young widow working in her brother’s law office investigating divorce cases. She longs for adventure and the chance to work on criminal cases. She is lucky to have a job after the economic depression of the 1930’s. As she sits in a diner waiting for a friend, a handsome man comes through the door and attracts her attention.Charles Stanhope is a handsome strong British secret agent who in his words is married to ending Hitler’s war. He is in the United States to recruit Marie to assist him in preparing propaganda to be dropped over Italy to thwart the German Occupation and the rule of Mussolini. He succeeds and the two spend evenings working together. It is love at first sight for him. He wants her with him. He has to arrange that.

  • The Relentless Italian http://amzn.to/2qG59D9This man excites me. He instigates sensual feelings deep inside me I do not often experience. The pit of my insides ignites into a fire, not even an ocean can quench. His persistence is uncanny. However, his living on two continents is risky for a relationship. Business in Italy? What kind of business could it possibly be? He’s a college senior.

Excerpt Tuesday–Sarina Rose

 

Biography:

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Sarina Rose was born to first generation Italian-American parents in New Jersey. Her childhood memories of living in the four-family apartment house with extended family decorate her books. Two cousins living in the house and two uncles on her mother’s side were drafted and served in Europe and Japan. One was killed in France. Her father’s family occupied the four apartments throughout her childhood into her late teens. The families took their meals together, and she wandered through the apartments at will.

She attended local public schools and learned to use the public library as a youngster. She graduated from the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ with a B.A. and a certificate to teach Spanish grades K-12. Sarina taught seventeen years in several New Jersey school districts spaced with raising four children and working as a tutor and insurance service representative.

Sarina continued studies at Kean University graduate school accruing credits in computer usage, reading, liberal studies, science, art history, music history, and cooperative education courses. Along the way, I enrolled in an on-line creative writing class and began what I love to do now which is writing stories full time.”

Sarina says she is lucky enough now to live near the beach on the Space Coast in Florida with her husband and their two lovable dogs, Andy, a Labradoodle, and Cici, a Shih Tzu.

Sarina Rose is a member of Space Coast Authors of Romance and Romance writers of America. She is also a member of the Melbourne Women’s Club. “I enjoy the Women’s club where I am the Arts Chairperson and contribute to the monthly newsletter. She quilts children’s blankets for local hospitals and wheelchair bags for nursing homes. Sarina is a docent at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at the Florida Institute of Technology and leads a lively discussion of publishing at S.A.I.L. (Senior Adventures in Learning).Excerpt Tuesday–Sarina Rose

Excerpt Tuesday–Robert Goins

Excerpt Tuesday–James Miller

This week on Excerpt Tuesday, Robert Goins is here sharing about his newest release, Doors Of The Church Are Open.

 

Excerpt

“Hello. Did you talk to my husband tonight?”

“No.”

“Well, he has some surprising news to announce at church Sunday, and I want to know what it is.”

“Well, I don’t know anything about it, and we can’t have him pulling any stunts right now.”

“Do you know who it was that he had a meeting with tonight?” she pushed further.

“No, but I will find out and let you know.”

“Ok. Before Sunday?”

“Yes, before,” said the voice and hung up.

She hung up the phone and now had more questions than answers. She couldn’t help but wonder what her husband was up too.

What is the big surprise?  Maybe it has something to do with the church anniversary. Maybe he has a big announcement about renewing our vows. Oh, how I hate surprises!

He had never kept things from her before; she knew his every step.

Ugh, George! You are running my blood pressure up!

The thought had crossed her mind to check into putting a navigation system on his vehicle to track him, but she dismissed it. There was no need. He had always told her everything.

As the shower stopped, she turned over and closed her eyes. Minutes later, she heard George call her name.

“Katrina?” he said.

She had heard him the first time and now heard the bathroom door open, but she didn’t respond.

“Katrina?” he called out again.

No response.

 

 

 Blurb

 

A worn and weary pastor has looked the other way while sin and unrighteousness ran rampant through his church. Even his wife is caught up in multiple adulterous relationships. When Pastor Williams finally comes to the realization he needs help, Jacob and Dee Jones step in to lead and help restore the church to a place of righteousness. This young couple has sold out to God and dedicated their lives to ministry while holding fast to faith and belief that God will give them the desires of their hearts as well. As they lead the small-town church back to a path of righteousness, they encounter protests, racism, marital issues and more. Join them as they help others to find restoration and spiritual maturity while seeking God for their own answers to life’s problems.

 

 

 

You can buy from his website and also from Amazon.

Find out more about Robert Goins at these places.

Website

https://rgoinsbooks.wixsite.com/author

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Excerpt Tuesday–James Miller

Excerpt Tuesday–James Miller

This week on Excerpt Tuesday, James Miller is here sharing about his newest release, No Pit So Deep.

 

Excerpt

Cody put the bags in the trunk. He looked around the parking lot nervously before he dropped into the driver’s seat and started the engine. He dug into the glove compartment, pulled out Brandi’s handgun and hid it in the front pocket of his jeans. Hopefully, he wouldn’t need it. Brandi wouldn’t even know he had taken it.

He slipped the Mustang into reverse and backed the car around to pick up Brandi and Knoxi. They said their goodbyes to the McNairs and were on their way.

Knoxi was hungry and fussy, but the couple was silent while the Mustang made its way through the lot and toward the exit. Cody breathed a sigh of relief as they eased past the guarded gate and turned onto the road.

“I know you have it in your pocket.” She looked straight ahead. “Thank you for not telling me. Tenth Inning Grill is on the next street. Turn right at the intersection.”

Cody offered no response. She put her hand on his knee. “Are you trying to choke my steering wheel to death?”

He eased his grip. “Sorry.”

She exhaled a long breath. “Are we gonna be okay?”

“I dunno what to say. There is something else I didn’t tell you. I couldn’t bring myself — I figured I’d said enough, figured you’d heard enough. The head guy, the one in charge in that village, the terrorist I was credited with apprehending — I shot him.”

Brandi’s mouth flew open. She held her breath.

“I couldn’t hear anything after the battle. I don’t even remember pickin’ up my Beretta and wanderin’ off. No one even noticed. Mass confusion. They say I used a piece of debris for a crutch and slipped past everybody to the place where five Marines were holding Al Adami. The only part I remember is pointing the gun and shooting him point-blank. After that, I collapsed.”

“So he’s dead?”

“He’s at Guantanamo. I only nicked him in the arm. If I had been in my right mind, I’d have killed him.”

“Cody, if you had been in your right mind, you would not have shot him. Did you think of that?”

“If I’d been in my right mind?” He brought the vehicle to a halt at the intersection. “What scares me is what I might do if my mind keeps playin’ tricks.” He had a vise grip on the wheel again.

Brandi looked away. “You can go right on red here, you know.”

He turned the corner. “Just like the kids I saw in heaven. All this time, I figured it was just another hallucination or dream.”

No! That’s the most real thing that’s happened. Without that, you would not have played baseball, and we would never have met. I would have suffered a horrible death last weekend, Knoxi wouldn’t have a mother, and you’d be living in a VA hospital with a wheelchair and nightmares.”

“You have a way with words. I’ll say that much.”

“Listen to me, Cody. If God healed your leg, and He let you see those kids in heaven, don’t you think He can heal your mind?”

“Is that the place? Tenth-Inning Grill? Half a block up on the right?”

She nodded.

“They ruled it was accidental — the shooting. The general made sure. The official report claims that Al Adami was nicked in the arm by a stray bullet from some place. My Beretta was supposedly never found. General Plasket died last year.”

“I believe he’s proud of the decision he made, Cody. Did you hear what I said about God healing your mind?”

“Did you hear what I said?” Cody asked. “I shot an unarmed man. I went through psych counseling for a year while I rehabbed my leg — was told I was okay. I mean, aren’t you scared I’ll do something crazy?”

Cody parked the Mustang in front of Tenth Inning Grill and turned off the engine. Brandi looked behind into the back seat. Knoxi’s head was drooped, her eyes nearly closed.

Brandi turned toward Cody and softened her voice. “You were God’s gift to me at the theater, you know. And the way Knoxi looks at you —”

Stop. I don’t need that kind of pressure right now.”

 

Excerpt Tuesday–James MillerNo Pitt So Deep Blurb

2016 ATAI BOOK AWARD FINALIST

“Readers, buckle up! Fast and furious! I could feel it all!”- Author Alicia Wright

A romantic adventure with more twists than a Kansas tornado. A suspense thriller with love and faith you can feel. The chemistry between Brandi and Cody is sweeter than cake and ice cream with some spicy humor in the mix. Historical fiction containing real events. No sexually explicit scenes.

Cody Musket, a decorated US Marine, has blocked all emotion. Haunted by his dark military past, he feels nothing — no love, no hate. His big-league baseball career is the only thing that makes him feel alive. But when he witnesses a brutal assault upon a beautiful young woman, his trapped emotions explode, releasing the hidden rage in his soul.

Brandi Barnes, a gutsy investigative journalist and single mom, has exposed a child-trafficking ring and has become their target. When Brandi is attacked right before Cody’s eyes, he swiftly subdues her three attackers, but the incident unlocks the malignant demons of his past.

Brandi makes it her mission to save Cody from himself. What happened to him after his F/A-18D went down in the Afghan desert? What events are the generals and politicians hiding? She must uncover the truth or lose Cody forever.

You will fall in love again when Brandi risks her life for the only man she has ever loved, and your heart will break in a good way when Brandi’s two-year-old daughter melts Cody’s heart of stone.

From a forgotten Afghan battlefield half the world away to a beautiful marriage proposal in a Houston baseball stadium, No Pit So Deep is the ultimate feel-good story. A tale of honor, courageous love, and finding faith.

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“Deep, personal, I found myself highlighting so I could re-read and savor the depth of emotion evoked by this amazing story!” — Lynda M. Filler, BGS, Puerto Vallarta

“The characters deep and well thought out . . . I knew them by the end. All of them, including the smaller ones, had a big impact.” — Online Book Club

“One of the best-written novels I have read . . . crisp, on-point, tantalizing, and very, very entertaining.” – Rabia Tanveer, Readers Favorite

 

You can find out more about No Pit So Deep by clicking here.

Cheater’s Regret by Rachel Van Dyken: Release Blitz

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Cheater’s Regret, an all-new sexy standalone from #1 New York Times Bestseller Rachel Van Dyken is now Live on Amazon & Free in Kindle Unlimited!!

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Cheater’s Regret by Rachel Van Dyken
Release Date: May 23rd

Genre: Contemporary Romance

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken returns with a smoking-hot story about the satisfaction of plotting revenge on your ex—until he turns your world upside down again.

Austin Rogers’s dreams of domestic bliss involved watching Netflix and eating hot dogs with the love of her life. But then he cheated on her. And dumped her—as if the whole thing was her fault. To maintain her pride and restore her sanity, she decides to get revenge. It feels immensely satisfying to plot her ex’s downfall—but so does kissing him.

Thatch Holloway, a plastic surgeon straight out of residency, knows he ruined the best thing that ever happened to him. But not all cheaters are created equal. He got himself into this messed-up situation—true—but he has his reasons for what happened, and he’d do it all again to protect Austin.

He’s not over her. And she’s not over him.

Austin wants closure, but since Thatch refuses to give it to her, she takes matters into her own hands. She needs to write a human-interest piece for her MBA, so she demands the full plastic-surgery experience. Sparks fly as they’re forced to work together. But Thatch isn’t afraid to play dirty in return. And he’s still hiding something—something that has the power to destroy not only Austin but their second chance at finding forever…

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Now Available on Amazon & Free in Kindle Unlimited!

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Meet the Author:

Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!

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Excerpt Tuesday–Demettress A Burnett

Excerpt Tuesday–Demettress A Burnett

This week on Excerpt Tuesday, Demettress A Burnett is here sharing about her newest release, I Am My Parent’s  Keeper.

 

Excerpt

One nurse, in particular, said she felt it wasn’t fair to the other patients and their families that I requested more visitation time with my dad. My statement to her was, “I’m only concerned about my Father at this time. I have taken care of everyone else’s parents like they were my own and I’m going to take care of my father whether they liked it or not”, I told her. I knew for certain that the limited amount of time families had to visit (30 minutes three times per day) left more than enough time for the nurses to do what they needed to do. I was very verbal about that and I didn’t back down until my request was honored. I obtained the right to visit as much as I liked.  This is disturbing that most people don’t know where to go for such requests when faced with such nonsense. Thank God that now most hospitals have visiting hours 24hours per day regardless of what unit the patient is on. Psychiatry may be an exception to this in many hospitals.

 

     Let me take this moment to say to those who are struggling with medical staff issues, do not hesitate to contact patient representatives or the ethics departments to help you navigate through the system. They are located in every hospital. Many are shocked to find a lack of compassion and professionalism of medical personnel. I was and I still am. This should not be. Patients have rights and if they cannot understand or advocate for themselves, you have to do it for them. It is the right of every person to have appropriate care and to be given the correct information when asked about their loved ones care if they are designated as the contact person. I have witnessed lies being told, procedures not being performed as required, and neglect of patients during my nursing career and even more during my father’s illness. If you are having problems and don’t know where to turn, consult these departments. They will be able to assure you or your family member are receiving adequate care and that the information needed is provided to allow you to make an informed decision about your care.

 

I am My Parent’s Keeper

 

Excerpt Tuesday–Demettress A Burnett

 

This book is about advocating for loved ones in the health cares system. Tells of the eye opening experience of a nurse who saw the other side of healthcare when her own parents became terminally ill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The book can be purchased on Kindle for $9.99. I sell hard copies through PayPal. They are $13.00 with a shipping and handling charge $2.50. She can be reached for speaking engagements listed on the card. My email is demettressb@gmail.com

Excerpt Tuesday–Demettress A Burnett

#8Sunday–A Pendant’s Confession

This week for #8Sunday I’m picking back up where we left off with Rick and Serena kissing. Things are getting heated! Will she say stop or not? Let’s see.

She arched her back, trying to lean into him, but he wouldn’t let her. Rick pushed her arms above her head, placing them in one of his hands. He skimmed a fingertip down over her breast and shivers assaulted her skin from the sensations he forced to the surface. He shouldn’t be able to make her body hum with just a kiss. A flipping kiss and she wanted to jump into his arms and wrap her legs around him, and she wanted him to fuck her until she couldn’t see anything. The word “stop” ran through her mind, but the ache between her legs took over and she couldn’t say it to him. A moan slipped from her lips as he continued his descent down her body. Rick pulled back, pinning her with a heated stare that only revved her up more than before.

 

Blurb

For witch Serena Evans, a simple night out with her girlfriends turns complicated when sexy, blast-from-the-past Rick Meyers shows up. She’s game for another night of passion, but she won’t give up the pendant she stole from him. She needs it to obtain full strength to her powers. Then mayhem ensues–Rick wants the pendant and so do the men his uncle sent after them. Serena has a choice to make, trust Rick or end up dead.

But can Serena open up to Rick before she loses her heart as well as her chance to be whole again?

 

 

 

 

You can get a copy from these places. Amazon, The Wild Rose Press, Barnes & Noble, Bookstrand

If you’d like to join in with Weekend Warrior Writers and #8Sunday go here.

Sunday Snippet-A Pendant’s Confession


I’ve not posted in a long, long time. I must stop that. This week I’m posting from my new release, A Pendant’s Confession. 

Serena froze when his mouth closed over hers. He coaxed her lips apart with his tongue. The second she opened he dived in, taking control of her mouth. He gave just as much as he took from her. She could taste the hard liquor he’d been drinking as his tongue slid across hers again. Spicy. Hard. What am I doing?

Blurb

For witch Serena Evans, a simple night out with her girlfriends turns complicated when sexy, blast-from-the-past Rick Meyers shows up. She’s game for another night of passion, but she won’t give up the pendant she stole from him. She needs it to obtain full strength to her powers. Then mayhem ensues–Rick wants the pendant and so do the men his uncle sent after them. Serena has a choice to make, trust Rick or end up dead.

But can Serena open up to Rick before she loses her heart as well as her chance to be whole again?

You can get a copy from these places. Amazon, The Wild Rose Press, Barnes & Noble, Bookstrand

If you’d like to join in with Weekend Warrior Writers and #8Sunday go here

Cheater’s Regret Teaser


Cheater’s Regret, an all-new sexy standalone from #1 New York Times Bestseller Rachel Van Dyken is coming May 23rd!!

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken returns with a smoking-hot story about the satisfaction of plotting revenge on your ex—until he turns your world upside down again.

Austin Rogers’s dreams of domestic bliss involved watching Netflix and eating hot dogs with the love of her life. But then he cheated on her. And dumped her—as if the whole thing was her fault. To maintain her pride and restore her sanity, she decides to get revenge. It feels immensely satisfying to plot her ex’s downfall—but so does kissing him.

Thatch Holloway, a plastic surgeon straight out of residency, knows he ruined the best thing that ever happened to him. But not all cheaters are created equal. He got himself into this messed-up situation—true—but he has his reasons for what happened, and he’d do it all again to protect Austin.

He’s not over her. And she’s not over him.

Austin wants closure, but since Thatch refuses to give it to her, she takes matters into her own hands. She needs to write a human-interest piece for her MBA, so she demands the full plastic-surgery experience. Sparks fly as they’re forced to work together. But Thatch isn’t afraid to play dirty in return. And he’s still hiding something—something that has the power to destroy not only Austin but their second chance at finding forever…
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Excerpt Tuesday with Parker J Cole

Excerpt Tuesday with Parker J Cole
Excerpt Tuesday with Parker J Cole

 

This week on Excerpt Tuesday, Parker J Cole is here sharing about her newest release.

 

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“Ms. Woods?”

The professional, neutral tone of the doctor caught her attention. She stood and raced over to the woman, Tisha and Connie trailing behind her.

“Yes, Dr. Yamaguchi? How is she? Is she going to be all right?”

The doctor’s kind brown eyes landed on her. “So far, her condition is stable.  She’s still sleeping right now.  But we’re not out of the woods yet.”  She extended a hand to a nearby waiting room seat. “I don’t want to unnecessarily upset you but you need to know exactly what we’re dealing with. Do you want to sit down?”

“No, please just tell me what’s going on. Can I see her?”

Dr. Yamaguchi nodded. “You can see her, but only for a few minutes. We’ll be observing her for the next thirty-six hours.”

Savannah’s legs threatened to buckle. “What do you mean?”

As the doctor detailed the extent of the damage done to Liliana’s body from the fire, she thought she might collapse.  It was almost too much to bear.

God, give me strength.

When the doctor finished, Savannah asked quietly, “Can I see her now?”

“Of course.” The doctor grabbed her limp hand. “Don’t let what you see in there discourage you. Liliana’s a fighter. And you need to fight with her, too.” The woman squeezed her hand as if trying to infuse her with strength.

Leaving her friends behind, Savannah walked the path alone to Liliana’s room, trepidation tap dancing along her spine. The pristine white floors and colorful walls made the journey there seem like a psychedelic trip.  Uniformed hospital staff passed her by, the figures fuzzy and nondescript to her unseeing eyes.

When she arrived at the room, the sight of her niece made Savannah almost fall to her knees. This couldn’t be her beautiful, fun-loving Snuffy. It couldn’t be.

Machines hummed next to the tiny frail body lying in the hospital bed. Snake-like plastic tubes were taped to her nose and mouth. Bandages covered a good portion of her body from her shoulder to legs.  The little girl’s chest moved shallowly.

“Snuffy,” Savannah moaned, her legs so weak she barely made it to the side of the bed before crumpling in the chair the nearby nurse had pushed toward her.  She wanted to reach out and touch the girl, but the doctor had warned against any contact for the next few days.  She could only stare.

“Oh, dear God,” she cried out. This time, nothing held back her tears. A dam had cracked inside of her and she submitted to its torrential power.  The nurse thrust a box of tissues into her hand. She spent the next while crying and sniffling, wishing this was all a dream she could wake up from.

When the outburst had run itself dry, Savannah wiped her eyes and nose for the last time and stuffed the used tissues in the garbage can by the bed.

At least she wasn’t alone. Everyone who loved Liliana would work together to help her niece get through this.

Except for one person.

Savannah jolted. Why now? Why would she suddenly start thinking about him?

Fiona and Bart would want him to know.

A strange calm came over her. Savannah couldn’t deny the truth of those words. She’d avoided a name she hadn’t uttered in voice or thought for three years. If she could have, she would have gone for the rest of her life without having to speak his name ever again.

But circumstances had gone beyond her pride. It had come to this. Just as he had predicted.

Micah Reddington.

A bevy of memories tried to break through the mental brick wall she had placed around them.  She closed her eyes to suppress those tattered recollections of days gone by. Yet, snatches of them still made their way through, glowing like spots of light through the cracks. His long blonde hair often turned to gold when the sunlight cascaded over it.  She recalled the flash of his smile, his teeth white and even above the cleft in his chin.  Those freckles splattered across the bridge of his nose gave him a boyish look that always disarmed her in the past.

No, she didn’t want to go there. Yet, she had no choice.

Savannah pulled her phone from her pocket. She’d erased his name from her contact list but his number was embedded in her head right next to the alphabet.  She typed it in, added her message, and sent it. A life-altering event, and it took less than ten seconds to execute.

She leaned her head back along the rim of the chair and accepted the inevitable. She needed the man who hated her most in the world.

***

I need you.

Micah’s chest swelled in unholy but righteous satisfaction. The latest superhero movie receded into the background. His whole world centered on his phone.

It didn’t matter there wasn’t a name associated with the number the message had come from.  Those three words were distinctive as a superhero’s calling card blazoned across the sky. He knew the identity of the sender just as she’d known he would.

I need you.

He mouthed the words unnecessarily in the darkness of the theater.  The taste of them reminded him of cotton candy. The moment he took a bite of the sugary sweet, it seemingly disappeared…until the granules hardened on his tongue, enriching the experience.

The screen blacked out and he hurriedly tapped the surface of it so he could feast his eyes on the message.  He’d always known it would come to this – where she’d be the one crawling back to him. How he wanted that – wanted her begging and pleading for his help.  Hadn’t he told her that when they parted three years ago?  Micah was rarely wrong – not when it came to Savannah. He knew her so well.

On the tail end of that thought came another, and he grimaced at the irony.  She knew him, too.  She knew he’d come to her. In the past, all  she had to do  was crook her finger and he’d be there, no questions asked.  He’d been a slave to her every desire. His lip curled in disgust at his overblown infatuation. What a sorry sap he’d been then.

Micah toyed with the idea of delaying a response to her but decided against it. After all, she must be desperate in order to reach out to him like this.

He pressed the reply button and texted back. Where are you?

Did she still strut down the runway in the season’s latest trends? He’d avoided perusing any of the fashion magazines or TV shows for the past three years. He didn’t need to see her going on with her life.

Saginaw.

The word stopped him. What was she doing back in Michigan? He sifted through the reasons, trying to figure it out, but no plausible scenarios came to mind. Thoroughly mystified, he nonetheless replied back.

Address?

A split second later, an address came over from her. He punched in the search for the map and saw that it was a hospital. Micah’s eyebrow arched. What was she doing in a hospital? Had she been injured? Sick?

Fledgling concern wiggled its way through the resentment and antagonism choking his thoughts. He fought to keep it tampered down, but he knew once it reared its head, there was no going back.

No matter how much he hated her, he sincerely wouldn’t wish anything awful to happen to her. He wanted her alive and well…if only to gloat over the fact that she was coming to him for his help.

I’ll be there.

Excerpt Tuesday with Parker J Cole
Excerpt Tuesday with Parker J Cole

The Cure Blurb

Savannah Woods vows to never again have anything to do with Micah Reddington after he ruins her best friend’s career. Yet, when Savannah’s niece is injured in a serious accident, the one man she can’t trust is the one she needs.

Micah can barely contain his satisfaction when he sees Savannah’s message pleading for him to come to her side. Her disloyalty nearly cost his career and he’ll never forgive her for leaving him at the lowest point in his life.

Despite her efforts to remain aloof, Savannah keeps seeing glimpses of the Micah she once loved behind his cool exterior. Micah fights an ongoing battle to not succumb to the sweetness of the woman he once cared for beyond anything else. But Savannah and Micah’s hearts remain sick with the pangs of betrayal. What, if anything, is the cure?

“Heartbreak and hope wrapped up in a powerful story of regret and forgiveness. The Cure will have you cheering for love.” —NYT bestselling author Tosca Lee

 

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