Friday, May 6, 2016

Gone with The Witch {+ Giveaway}


When it comes to making magical and mysterious seem real and plausible, author Heather Blake has a natural talent for creating the right elements.

In GONE WITH THE WITCH, the sixth installment in Blake’s Wishcraft Mystery series, the combination of magic, murder, romance, mystery, and family comes together for an enchanting story. The smooth blend of these elements and more will hold you spellbound until the very end.

Darcy Merriweather, owner of As You Wish, has been hired to oversee the annual Pawsitively Enchanted Pet contest in the Enchanted Village. The show’s organizer fears someone is trying to sabotage the even with ‘accidents.’ But when the lead suspect in the accidents winds up dead, Darcy has her hands full searching for a new suspect. To make matters worse, someone is snatching up prize winning pets. Darcy has to pull out all the stops to save the event’s reputation and possibly the village’s livelihood.

Blake has created a spunky protagonist and a cast of quirky characters readers will be drawn to. The magical setting of the Enchanted Village comes to life through the author’s rich descriptions. The close-knit atmosphere of the community makes it a place readers will want to return to time and time again.

The easy flow of dialogue moves the story at a steady pace, while the twists and turns keep you guessing. GONE WITH THE WITCH is an entertaining read that will delight you senses, make you smile (despite murder) and have you believing in wishes.

This is a standalone book and can be read on its own. However, don’t be surprised if you feel compelled to check out the other books in the series as well. Readers get an added bonus in this book with a sneak preview of the next installment in the series, THE WITCH AND THE DEAD, coming in October.

Get ready to be mesmerized with magical powers and feel-good sensations from this bewitching tale Blake has created.

Gone with The Witch by Heather Blake, A Wishcraft Mystery (Book #6), Obsidian, @2016, ISBN: 978-1101990117, Mass Market Paperback, 336 Pages 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

Thanks to the wonderful folks at Penguin/Random House, I have a print copy of GONE WITH THE WITCH by Heather Blake to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Sunday, May 15.

To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. A winner will be selected by the Rafflecopter widget and I’ll send an email with the subject line “Thoughts in Progress Giveaway.” The winner will have 72 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be selected. PLEASE be sure to check your spam folder from time to time after the giveaway ends to make sure the notification email doesn’t end up there. If you win and you’ve already won the book somewhere else or you just decided for whatever reason you don’t want to win (which is fine), once again PLEASE let me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Hope I've enticed you to check out this delightful cozy murder mystery. Do you believe in wishes coming true? Have you ever entered you pet in a pet show?

Thursday, May 5, 2016

One Night With The CEO by Mia Sosa


I’m always glad when I can tell you about new books coming out such as author Mia Sosa’s ONE NIGHT WITH THE CEO, the next installment in her Suits Undone series.

ONE NIGHT WITH THE CEO (Forever Yours Digital Original; $3.99; 9781455568444) released yesterday (May 3rd).

Here’s a brief synopsis:

          After some disappointing dates, Karen Ramirez has concluded that great sex is for other people. Especially since medical school won't leave her much time for romance anyway. Then she runs into tall, dark, charming, and ridiculously wealthy Mark Lansing--and quickly reconsiders celibacy. Adding to temptation? Mark will be the best man at her sister's wedding and the nuptial destination is sultry Puerto Rico. Now this trip might just be sensory overload--or the perfect chance for Karen to find the groove she's never had.
          For CEO Mark Lansing, his perfect match would be smart, sweet, and funny, with long legs and silky hair the color of dark chocolate. In short, someone a lot like Karen. But Mark's looking to settle down, while a relationship is the last thing on Karen's mind. So Mark proposes a plan: he and Karen will use their weekend in paradise to sizzling advantage--before downshifting to friendship. The only problem? Karen is all Mark can think of when he gets home. Now his most challenging negotiation will be for the one thing money can't buy….


ONE NIGHT WITH THE CEO is available at the following sites: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iBooks, and Google Play.

Here’s an excerpt from the book for your reading pleasure.

EXCERPT  .....

      
      “Tell me what you like,” he said. 
      Karen forced herself not to stutter. “Like?” 
      He continued to massage her toes. “Sexually.” 
      She opened her mouth to answer him, but her brain had abandoned her. 
      “Relax. We’re just talking. Titillating discussion without having to do the walk of shame in the morning. You liked that idea, remember?” 
      Yes, she liked the idea, but what could she say? Hell if she knew what she liked. No one had ever bothered to worry about her pleasure, and she’d been too chicken shit to tell them what turned her on. “Honestly? I’m not sure.” 
      His face blanched, and his hands stopped moving. “You’ve had sex before, right?” 
      Pfft. Of course she had. But the experiences hadn’t been enough to shut off her brain and stop her from blurting out ill-conceived observations. “Yes, I have.” 
      “Tell me. I know there’s something you want to say.” 
      “How can you tell?” 
      “You dip your head to one side and rest your chin on your shoulder, like you want to bury your head in your own neck. You did it before.” 
      Would it be so bad to share her tics with a complete stranger? One she’d never see again? She didn’t see any harm in it. “Well, the thing is, I tend to lose my concentration during sex, too.” She shook her head, knowing she wasn’t explaining herself well. “No. It’s more like I tend to think about the wrong things. Or a million things other than sex.” 
      He ran his fingers down her shins and squeezed her ankles. “Give me an example.” 
      Karen shifted her torso away from him and covered her face with her hands. “It’s too embarrassing.” She peeked through her fingers. “Wait. Are you a therapist or something?” 
      He lifted a dark brow and shook his head no. “Hardly. We’re just talking. And then you’ll go off to your life, and I’ll go off to mine.” 
      Right. Exactly. “Okay, here’s an example. The guy says, ‘You’re so wet,’ because, you know, they all say that, and then my brain takes over. And I ask myself, ‘Am I? Am I really? Or are you too small? Because I have to say, you’re starting to feel like a tampon.’” 
      He laughed. A deep, rich laugh that made her want to lean over and surprise him with a kiss. He wasn’t broody at all. A man who laughed like that, his neck stretched to reveal his Adam’s apple and his eyes gleaming in appreciation, could never be broody. Thoughtful? Yes. Broody? No. 
      “Oh, and I’ll never forget the first time a guy went down on me. He lapped at me like a poodle drinking from a water bowl, and I felt nothing. ” 
      Mark’s shoulders shook after she shared that tidbit. 
      “I ended up trying to memorize physics formulas until he was done. But that’s not all,” she continued. “Sometimes I forget that I’m not supposed to articulate my thoughts, or I zone out, and before I know what’s happening, the guy, who is rightfully pissed or hurt, scrambles for the door.” She removed her feet from his grasp and set them on the floor. Staring at her toes helped her avoid his gaze. “I feel awful. No one should feel inadequate like that, but I can’t seem to help myself. And I’m starting to wonder if it’s me. You know what I’d love? I’d love to be able to lose myself in the moment, but it’s never happened.” She shrugged her shoulders. “Someday maybe.” 
      She didn’t know what reaction she’d get. Sympathy? Ridicule? Whatever she got, it wouldn’t matter. This was about her, not him, because that was the point of catharsis, after all. But when she dared to peek at his face, she nearly fell back against the chair. Lust. There it was. It seeped out of his pores. Darkened his brown eyes to black. Made his big body move with each breath he took. Caused his jaw to go slack. 
      “Mark?” 
      When he finally spoke, his voice carried a touch of gravel, a rough sound that she figured only hinted at what he really wanted to say. “What you said just then. Wanting passion that would make you lose all thought and admitting you’ve never experienced it? That’s like waving a flag at a bull. God, there’s not much I wouldn’t do to get you under me if that’s what you wanted. To get you to the point where all you could think about was me. Us. How we fit together. How we moved together.” 
      His words worked their way into her body, filling empty spaces she didn’t know she had. What he’d just described? She wanted that, too. She hadn’t realized how much until his words had mirrored her thoughts. She burned with the need, in fact. And she squirmed in a feeble attempt to disguise the heat that suffused her. But this was crazy. They’d just met. Her gaze darted around the alcove, the flashy surroundings reminding her that the feelings he’d provoked in her weren’t real. It had to be the whiskey. The craziness of the night.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Author Mia Sosa
Mia Sosa was born and raised in New York. She attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Communications and met her own romantic hero, her husband. Mia once dreamed of being a professional singer, but practical considerations (read: the need to pay bills) led her to take the law school admissions test instead.

A graduate of Yale Law School, Mia practiced First Amendment and media law in the nation's capital for ten years before returning to her creative roots. Now, she spends most of her days writing contemporary romances about smart women and the complicated men who love them.

Mia lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters and will forever be on the hunt for the perfect karaoke bar.

For more on Mia and her writing, visit her website and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope this feature has enticed you to check out Mia’s latest book, as well as the entire Suits Undone series. What is your favorite thing about romance books – the characters, their conflict, the setting, etc.?

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Of Brine and Blood {+ Giveaway}



I'm excited today to be a part of author B. Longino Smith's Xpresso Book Tour for her new release, OF BRINE AND BLOOD.

As part of the tour, an excerpt from the book has been shared and an awesome tour-wide giveaway is offered. Please see the end of the post for more details.

OF BRINE & BLOOD
B. Longino Smith
(Brine Series, #1)
Publication date: May 1st 2016
Genres: Adventure, Romance, Young Adult


      In 1700 century England, a women’s purpose is only served in a home. But Kitrina Harvey has no home and the only place she feels will keep the memory of her father alive, is at sea. However, when she inexplicably finds herself on the ship of the infamous female pirate captain, Charlotte de Berry, she may have counted her good fortune too soon.
      While Kit may have found a family among the motley crew of outlaws, and perhaps even a special interest in a particular pirate named Gage, is she ready to be a pirate herself?
      Kit must ask herself what she is willing to do to please the pirate captain, made even more complicated when she finds out that her life is much more entangled in Charlotte’s than she originally believed.
      Can she kill even when she discovers that she and Charlotte share a common enemy?
      Set atop the planks of the great Athena, Of Brine & Blood is a fictionalized retailing of one of history’s infamous female pirates, through the eyes of a girl coming of age among the contrasting themes of love, revenge and power. Liberally sensationalized, Of Blood and Brine, follows the twisting trail of Kitrina Harvey’s life, as she recounts Captain Charlotte de Berry’s own story of love, loss and murder.


EXCERPT:

      Thomas adjusted his spectacles again and lowered the parchment to look at me. I nodded letting him know that I had understood and agreed to the articles. With that, he produced a quill from his breast pocket and handed it to me. He then laid the parchment on the railing of the deck and held it open so the wind would not catch it. I quickly scripted my signature and then held out my hand to return the pen. Thomas received it with his right hand but then made to grab my still extended arm with his left. He continued to hold my wrist as he replaced the quill in his pocket.
      Holding my palm close to his face, he reached to his belt with his unoccupied hand, unsheathing a small blade. I automatically took a step back, tugging my hand as I went. But Thomas pulled me abruptly back to him, and in one fluid swipe, he pricked the flesh on my thumb.
      As he let go of my wrist and went to replace his dagger, I stared in astonishment at the small drop of blood beginning to pool on the pad of my finger. Now, Thomas held the parchment out for me again, but this time I was confused. Reading my misunderstanding, he again took my hand and directed my thumb to the scroll pressing it next to my name. When he let go, I retracted my hand, but left behind was the red, wet smudge of my thumbprint in blood.
      I looked up at Thomas with wide eyes. He seemed amused by my expression and continued to look smugly at me for a moment more before he turned to the captain. She had been watching us and her dimpled smile had returned.
      “Do you have any questions, Kitrina?” she asked. I shook my head more in habit than in directly answering her question, feeling the accelerated beat of my heart in the flat of my thumb. “Alright then, Mr. Hamilton, please show Kitrina to a bucket and brush to swab the main deck,” she directed.
      Thomas made for the stairs, and I followed, but soon spun back towards her. “Aye, yes, I do have a question, Captain,” I stammered trying to get out my question, as it formed in my mind.
      She looked down at me, her dark eyes appearing to peer intrudingly deep into mine, waiting for me to go on.
      Sheepishly I asked her, “What is our trade, Captain? Where is this ship destined?” I was suddenly, and embarrassingly, aware that I did not know the nature of our voyage.
      At this, she threw her head back laughing. She lifted her grip on the helm, and it began to spin, slowly at first, but gradually it picked up speed sending the boat in a wide turn. Her laugh, growing from a small chuckle in correlation with the speed of the helm, echoed into a maniacal cackle.
      Sails shifted, and men upon the deck rushed to account for the change of direction, pulling lines and adjusting the riggings. Smaller objects tumbled from portside to starboard and crashed into the rails. Thomas and I both made a grab for the deck railing to steady ourselves.
      When she finally angled her chin back down at me to speak, her eyes were dancing. “Why, where ever the wind may take us!” she howled. She grabbed the helm again, at last pulling the ship out of its turn, but threw her head back and continued to snicker. The sound was ominous.
      As Thomas pulled me towards the steps, I could feel that shock had frozen my face into a mixture of bewilderment and terror. I hurried to rearrange my features but leaned into Thomas as we walked to retrieve a pail and brush.
      “Is she mad?” I whispered, unable to hold in my inquiry, seeing the wild look in her eyes again, though my back was now to her. He turned his head sharply, and I immediately regretted asking it, for I was sure to be punished for speaking ill of the captain. When he spoke, his expression settled into something less severe but still stern.
      “I have been sailing with Charlie for five years and have been at sea for twelve before that. I have never seen her equal at sea. She hears the call of the ocean as if it speaks directly to her. She has an unparalleled intuition and knows what ships to run towards and which ones to run from. She is fair with her men and I hold her at the highest respect,” he said before pausing and setting me with a firm look again to convey that I should understand he meant every word.
      Then he continued, “But mad you ask? Yes, in that regard too, I have never met her equal.”
Author B. Longino Smith

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:            Brittany lives with her husband and daughter just two miles away from the beach on Mississippi's Gulf Coast. The backdrop serves as a constant reminder, and motivator, in her nautical historical fiction projects.
     Her current series in progress, the Brine Series, has been a story that she has 'picked at' for over five years. In the beginning, Brittany only had the undeniable compulsion to bring the vivid characters in her mind, to life, by recording their story on paper. However, only more recently have her characters become increasingly disgruntled by not having their story shared with others. Brittany's husband sided with her characters.
      In the winter of 2015, after the first installment of the Brine Series, Of Brine and Blood, was complete; the second book, Of Bitter and Brine, was written and being revised; and the third installment, Brine: The Beginning, was outlined, Brittany's husband had had enough of talking about characters that were only real in the Smith household. As a Christmas present, Steven sent Of Brine and Blood off to a (fabulous) editor, unbeknownst to Brittany until Christmas morning.
      With the overwhelming encouragement from Victoria (fabulous editor extraordinare), and the unwavering support from her husband, Brittany began her publishing journey. She is indescribably excited to be sharing her characters and their adventure with others.
      Brittany also feels as though this brief bio does not adequately include the recognition of her daughter, mother, father, sister and all others who have been invaluable sources of motivation, inspiration, and support.
      To get updates on new releases in the Brine Series please visit: www.blsbooks.com

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Book Clubs and The Quarters {+ Giveaway}


I’m delighted today to welcome southern author Mari Bell to Thoughts in Progress to talk about her recently release, THE QUARTERS, and book clubs.

As part of the celebration, I have a print copy of THE QUARTERS to giveaway. Please see the end of the post for more details.

THE QUARTERS includes some great southern fiction set in Georgia with a collage of hysterical family drama. Mari even created a cast of characters and fun book trailer to really capture the tone of her story. Be sure to check that out near the end of the post too. 

Here’s a brief synopsis:

Set in the 1940s, The Quarters features quite the cast of characters and is a funny, quick read with themes of murder, family, race, church, community, passing and a con artist. 
Set partially in the small rural town of Preston, Georgia where Louise and Betty Jean (a.k.a. "Honey") were raised by their loving father and not so loving step-mother.  After the third-body that Louise has had to help Honey dispose of, Honey decides to get the heck out of dodge before someone starts missing those boys.
When she takes up residence in a quirky, yet humorous community called The Quarters, life is peaceful and as comfortable as can be in the humid south until a handsome stranger rolls into town, talking sweet and looking nice.  Simee brings news of money that could come to the local church, but like any overly-confidence con artist, Simee is up to no good and soon the church's leadership is knee deep in a scam that could result in the loss of valuable land.
Unfortunately... he's not been made privy of the "accidents" Honey has been prone to and how men tend to end up dead all around her...

Please join me in giving a warm welcome Mari as she talks about book clubs. Welcome, Mari.

Book clubs, book clubs, and more book clubs.

As a self-published author, navigating through the world of book clubs has been interesting to say the least. Building my brand, creating my path in a very crowded market space at times can be daunting especially when book clubs have such an array of selections to choose from. However, the excitement of being selected has undoubtedly been one of my greatest moments and also one of the most frightening. 

As I often say, book clubs aren’t easy nuts to crack especially if you are a self-published author. So, just to be selected is a feat in itself. However, if you are so fortunate to be selected, get ready, your reception will range from “Oh my goodness, I love your book and I think you’re awesome to are you kidding me, that book was horrible and those shoes you’re wearing “ain’t” working either.”

The stares, the smiles, the frowns, and the glances, and of course, the grimaces of the book club members are all over the place. After several failed attempts at mind reading, I finally concluded that the best thing for me to do was to dismiss the dead man walking clip playing in my head and just go with it. They’ll always be someone who feels you could have done a much better job. There’s also several that’ll take you and your work just as you are. 

So, to all my fellow authors hang tight, you can do it. You’re not alone. And to all the thousands of book clubs I’ve yet to crack, pick me, pick me.

Mari, thanks for joining us today. I had never given much thought as to how an author would feel being invited to a book club. Good food for thought.

Now for those of you who are unfamiliar with Mari, here’s some background on her in her own words.

Author Mari Bell
I’m Marichele Bell. I know, you’re thinking Marichele Bell? Yep, that’s a real name and it belongs to me. Prior to getting married, I was Marichele Scrutchins. But you can call me Mari, everyone else does. I’m a sales manager by day and a writer by night. If you consider funeral announcements, editing friends and family’s writing assignments, and cleaning up resumes writing, then I’m your girl.

Seriously, from the age of maybe 11, I can remember being told by someone “you can write.” The complements came from a variety of reputable sources, starting with my Mom. Who’s more reputable than her. That’s a rhetorical question. Over time, others, i.e. professors, employers, friends, and more family would on occasion make the same comment.

One of my first memories is from my fifth grade teacher Mrs. Moey. I remember her quite well. She was tall, wore cat glasses, had black girl hips (like me), and very tall stiff blond hair, straight up and down. The kind of hair that dared not to move or it just might have toppled her over. I do believe she kept cans of Aqua Net on standby. Any hoo, one of our class assignments was to write a short story. I chose purple bubble gum as my subject. I can’t remember whether it was Bubble Yum, Bubblicious, or Double Bubble, but it was bubble gum and it was purple. That simple short story drew laughs from her and my fellow 11-year-old comrades. I remember being surprised by their reaction and laughter. It was only a few paragraphs, but hey, who am I to dismiss my super hero comical talents. From there, I received more compliments by others; I just never took them that seriously. 

Flash forward years later, I sat down with my Mom and my Aunt and listened while they shared memories of their childhood. I couldn’t believe some, well, most of the stuff I was hearing. The community they grew up in held secrets, shame, and humor, so much humor. I was captivated. They were beyond entertaining. I couldn’t stop asking questions, but more importantly, I couldn’t stop laughing. Thankfully, those two planted the seed for THE QUARTERS. 

Here it is over 20 years later and finally I was compelled to write this book. It’s in memory of my Grandmomma, Mrs. Louise Scott who was one of the funniest ladies I’ve ever known. It is also a tribute to my Mom, Pearline Scrutchins. She is not only hilarious in her own right, but smart, loving, and just a wonderful mother. I surely can’t leave out my aunts and uncles. Some of the funnies in THE QUARTERS, came directly from them. And finally the real people of the Quarters. Most of them have passed away now, but they left such a rich impression on me. My hopes are that this book will carry their humor, kindness, and love for generations.

For more on Mari and her writing, visit her website and connect with her on Facebook, Goodreads, Amazon, and her VirtualTour Page.

Here’s a look at the trailer for THE QUARTERS for your viewing pleasure.


GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

Thanks to the wonderful folks at Roger Charlie, I have a print copy of THE QUARTERS by Mari Bell to giveaway. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, May 11.

To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. A winner will be selected by the Rafflecopter widget and I’ll send an email with the subject line “Thoughts in Progress Giveaway.” The winner will have 72 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be selected. PLEASE be sure to check your spam folder from time to time after the giveaway ends to make sure the notification email doesn’t end up there. If you win and you’ve already won the book somewhere else or you just decided for whatever reason you don’t want to win (which is fine), once again PLEASE let me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by today during Mari’s visit. Are you a member of a book club? If you’re an author, what are your thoughts on book clubs?


Monday, May 2, 2016

Alpha Wolf Need Not Apply {+ Giveaway}


I’m excited to remind you that tomorrow (May 3rd) is the release date for USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear’s ALPHA WOLF NEED NOT APPLY, the sixth installment in her Silver Town Wolf series.

Thanks to Terry and the wonderful folks at Sourcebooks, I have a print copy of ALPHA WOLF NEED NOT APPLY to giveaway. Please see the end of the post for more giveaway details.

Here’s a brief synopsis of the book:

An alpha werewolf meets his match in this sizzling paranormal romance from USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear

THERE’S A NEW WOLF PACK IN SILVER TERRITORY
Wolf shifter and park ranger Eric Silver is committed to his job policing spectacular San Isabel National Forest, and he’s hot on the scent of some mysterious wolves who are up to no good. When Eric’s investigation leads him to cross paths with forester Pepper Grayling, he’s fascinated to learn this she-wolf is her pack’s leader—strong, independent, and definitely not looking for a mate.

AND THIS TIME THE LEADER’S A SHE…
With unknown dangers on the prowl, Pepper is tempted to give in to her attraction to Eric and align her pack with his. But Pepper’s been pursued by many an alpha male out to take over her pack and gain her hard-won territory—and Eric is a born leader. How does Eric earn the trust of a she-wolf who’s been betrayed so often in the past?

ALPHA WOLF NEED NOT APPLY is available at the following sites: Amazon, Apple, BAM, Barnes and Noble, Chapters, Indiebound, and Kobo.

You may recall that Terry joined us on Monday, April 18th, to talk about the various wolf reserves she visited while writing this book. Today, I have another excerpt from the book to share with you.

An Excerpt from Alpha Wolf Need Not Apply

      “Hi, Pepper,” the blond man said and closed his truck door.
      Was it Waldron? Son of a gun.
      He was rugged looking, like he lived half the time in the mountains cutting trees by handsaw, muscled, stubble covering his jawline, his amber eyes appealing to her to give him a chance. His mouth remained serious though, as if it was too difficult to even approach offering her a smile. Which made Eric think the man was truly irritated with her for all that she’d done with the Silver Pack.
      Pepper stopped and crossed her arms. “I want you to pay damages for the buildings you had burned in Silver Town, Waldron.”
      “We didn’t have anything to do with that. Sorry for the trouble they’ve had. I offered to send some of my carpenters to help out though, just as a way to assist another pack in the vicinity.”
      “But you knew about it and had motive, so I don’t believe you when you say you had nothing to do with it. Worse, you went after places that all had to do with the Fairhaven boys being taken in—the jailhouse, the tow truck place, and Eric’s house—because you have some notion he’s interested in courting me.”
      “Hell, he is.”
      “All right, and so what if he is? That’s my business, not yours.”
      “If he is, he’d better watch his back.”
      “And you think this is supposed to intimidate me? Make me give him up? I don’t understand how you think this will make me change my mind about you. You have nothing to offer me.”
      “Protection from other alpha wolves wanting what you have. Not only that, but all wolves want offspring. And since you don’t have any of your own…” He raised a brow. “I can give them to you.”
      Halfway to the building, Eric stopped walking and stood next to an SUV, listening to the conversation. As long as Pepper was handling this to her satisfaction, Eric didn’t want to butt in. Surefire way to make her feel he was trying to take over. Although it was killing him not to have his say over the burning of the buildings in Silver Town. He figured that after she left, he’d have a private word with Waldron.
      “If you harm anyone, set any more fires, anything else like that—”
      “What? Are you going to make me pay?” Waldron gave her a smart-ass smirk, reminiscent of Jonathan’s action, and Eric guessed the kid was copying the pack leader.
      Eric bristled. He’d make him pay for it.
      “Oh, and by the way, the Fairhaven boys? They’ve been nothing but trouble since they grew old enough to be trouble. Their parents are well rid of them. If the Silvers want to charge the boys for the arsons, they have my blessing.”
      “So your pack members did do the damage. Thanks. I’ll let Darien know.”
      “No. I’m just saying if anyone has a real gripe with the town, it would be the teens. The tow-truck business, jailhouse—”
      “And Eric? How does he figure into all this as far as the boys are concerned? He wasn’t involved in their arrest.”
      “He lectured them at the park when he had no right to.”
      “He’s a law-enforcement park ranger working in that park, and the teens were stalking us. So yeah, he had every right and the badge to go along with it.”
      Eric wondered how the boys would view their pack leader now that he was laying the blame on them, especially since Waldron had to have put them up to it. If he left them to deal with the repercussions, the boys might even reveal the truth this time and not take the bum rap.
      “I’ve got business to take care of,” Pepper said and turned to leave.
      “You wanted the Fairhaven twins, and I’m giving them to you without any fuss. So what do I get in return?” Waldron asked, smiling.
      She faced him again, her expression composed. “Peace of mind now that the teens who are nothing but trouble are no longer giving you grief in the pack? You owe me for taking them off your hands.” She turned then and stalked off to her vehicle.
      Eric smiled. Pepper handled that like a she-wolf with real class.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Author Terry Spear
USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear has written over fifty paranormal and medieval Highland historical romances. In 2008 Heart of the Wolf was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year.

A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry also creates award-winning teddy bears that have found homes all over the world and is raising two Havanese puppies. She lives in Crawford, Texas.

For further information on Terry and her writing, visit her website for more sizzling werewolf romance!

GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

This giveaway is for one print copy of ALPHA WOLF NEED NOT APPLY by Terry Spear. The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Tuesday, May 10.

To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. A winner will be selected by the Rafflecopter widget and I’ll send an email with the subject line “Thoughts in Progress Giveaway.” The winner will have 72 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be selected. PLEASE be sure to check your spam folder from time to time after the giveaway ends to make sure the notification email doesn’t end up there. If you win and you’ve already won the book somewhere else or you just decided for whatever reason you don’t want to win (which is fine), once again PLEASE let me know.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Are you a fan of stories with a paranormal touch?

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sign of the Green Dragon ..… Revealed


I’d excited and thrilled to be a part of author C. Lee McKenzie’s cover reveal for her upcoming release, SIGN OF THE GREEN DRAGON.

Doesn’t the cover just grab you and transport you to a magical place where you want to learn more? Here’s a synopsis of this fascinating new middle grade novel.

This hasn’t been the best year for Sam, and it just got worse. Right when he thought he’d found a permanent home, his finicky guardian tells him he’s shipping Sam off to private school. This means Sam won’t bat for his team, and if he doesn’t, Haggarty Elementary won’t win the baseball championship again this year. His two teammates, Joey and Roger, are determined to stash him in their secret cave—at least until he brings in the winning run.
While the boys explore the hideout, an earthquake crumbles a wall, revealing a hidden room—and it’s not empty. A dragon-carved chest opens to reveal a human skeleton, its hand-bones clutching a note with a crudely drawn map. At the top of the map is scribbled, 1859.
Sam, Joey and Roger learn about a treasure lying in wait, if only they can locate something called the Dragon Twin, reveal the truth about an old murder, and return a person named Mei Ling to her ancestors in China.
The boys are up for the challenge. But how? They only have the map showing the way to an old mining town, and some strange symbols they can’t understand. None of them can make sense of the note. Who’s Mei Ling? And what the heck is a Dragon Twin?
With time running out before he’s sent packing, Sam and his friends set out on an adventure that has much higher stakes than any baseball championship—one that gets them into trouble with a modern crime, pits them against ancient Chinese dragons, and reveals the true meaning of treasure for each of them.

SIGN OF THE GREEN DRAGON doesn’t release until August, but you can mark it ‘Want to Read’ at Goodreads and pre-order it now at Smashwords, Barnesand Noble, and Kobo. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Author C. Lee McKenzie
C. Lee McKenzie is a 4 and 5 star reviewed author. Her greatest passion is writing for young readers. Sign of the Green Dragon is her third Middle Grade novel. Alligators Overhead and the sequel, The Great Time Lock Disaster were her first two. She has traditionally published four young adult novels: Sliding on the Edge, The Princess of Las Pulgas, Double Negative and Sudden Secrets.

For more on the author and her writing, visit her website and connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. You’ll be seeing Lee’s upcoming release all over blogdom this month. Be sure to check it out and place your pre-order early. Are you a fan of dragons? Have you ever or would you like to participate in a treasure hunt?