Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Ever After Launch Day {+ Giveaway}

Ever After by Rachel Lacey - Thoughts in ProgressIt’s a delight for Thoughts in Progress to be participating in the Launch Day Blitz for author Rachel Lacey’s EVER AFTER, the third installment in her Love to the Rescue series.

As part of the Launch Day Blitz, Rachel is sharing an excerpt from her new release. In addition, she’s giving away 3 series sets (one winner gets all three books in the series) during her special event. Be sure to check at the end of this post to see how you can enter to win.

First here’s a brief synopsis of EVER AFTER (August 25, 2015; Forever Mass Market; Love to the Rescue #3):

        Olivia Bennett is not having a happy birthday. Instead of blowing out her twenty-nine candles, she's stuck in jail, caught red-handed in a graffiti incident that (perhaps) involved one too many strawberry margaritas. Worst idea ever. The only bright side is that she ended up in the strong arms of the most gorgeous lawman she's ever seen. 
        Pete Sampson (aka Deputy Hot Stuff) faces intense pressure from the sheriff to find out who's behind a string of vandalisms. And after her spray-painting spree, Olivia is suspect number one. Still, Pete can't stop thinking about her. Wanting her. Now he's torn between his duty and his overpowering desire for the vivacious waitress. But he may have to bend the rules because true love is more important than the letter of the law . . .

EVER AFTER is available at the following sites: Amazon, B&N, iBooks, GooglePlay, Kobo, and BAM.

Here’s a quick look at the other two books in the series.

FOR KEEPS (January 27, 2015; Forever Mass Market; Love to the Rescue #2):

A SUMMER FLING . . . OR SOMETHING MORE?                 Merry Atwater would do just about anything to save her dog rescue - even if it means working with the most stubborn man on the planet. It's hard to avoid the sparks that fly with TJ Jameson, the ruggedly sexy cowboy in charge of the children's camp where she's just taken an animal therapy job. But commitment is not Merry's style, and TJ clearly wants more than just a roll in the hay.
        TJ Jameson isn't looking for anything complicated-just a peaceful life on his family's ranch with a wife and kids. "No-strings" Merry Atwater doesn't fit that bill, no matter how irresistible she is. But when he sees how Merry gets through to his autistic nephew and the other kids at Camp Blue Sky, TJ's a goner. If he doesn't give in to the now, he might just lose his shot at forever . . .

FOR KEEPS is available at these sites: Amazon, B&N, iBooks, GooglePlay, Kobo, and BAM.

UNLEASHED (October 28, 2014; Forever Mass Market; Love to the Rescue #1):

What happens when you find the right one at the wrong time?
        Cara Medlen has a serious case of animal attraction. And it's not because of all the foster dogs she's rescued. She's got it bad for her incredibly sexy neighbor. Her one rule: Don't get attached. It's served her well with the dogs she's given to good homes and the children she's nannied. Yet the temptation of Matt's sexy smile might just convince her that some rules are made to be broken.
        Matt Dumont doesn't need his skills as a private investigator to detect disaster on the horizon. Cara is everything he thought he'd never find-gorgeous, funny, and caring. But there's no way he can start a relationship just as he's about to move to another state. Talk about bad timing. As their attraction sizzles too hot to deny, they'll have to make a decision: forget the consequences and let loose, or forget each other and let go...

UNLEASHED is available at these sites: Amazon, B&N, iBooks, GooglePlay, Kobo, and BAM.

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Now for the excerpt from EVER AFTER ………..

      “Hurry up, Liv,” Kristi called from below her.
      Olivia raised the canister and let loose another blast of red paint. She’d just started “I” when the sound of an approaching vehicle reached her. Her finger slipped, and a fresh coat of paint soaked her hands.
      Kristi and Terence must have heard it too, because the flashlight shut off, leaving her at the top of the ladder in pitch darkness, afraid to move. Headlights slashed through the night from Garrett Road, some two hundred feet to her left. They slowed, then tires crunched over gravel as the car turned into the factory parking lot.
      Christ on a cracker.
      “Get the hell down, Liv. We’ve got to get out of here!” Terence whispered.
      A swirl of blue lights turned the night into a kaleidoscope of oh, shit. She pressed against the side of the building, stymied by paint-slickened fingers as she fumbled for the top of the ladder.
      She was so not getting arrested on her birthday.
      Except that she so was. A spotlight shone from the cruiser, illuminating her in a blaze of light so bright she could do nothing but press a hand over her eyes and count how many ways spray-painting Halverson Foods’ chicken-processing plant had been a bad idea.
      The ladder shifted beneath her, and she groped for the top rung. The combination of the spinning blue lights with the piercing glare of the spotlight was seriously disorienting.
      “Hands where I can see them,” a male voice boomed.
      She shoved her hands into the air, managing to smack herself in the face with the can of spray paint in the process. It fell to the ground with a muffled thump. Oh, this sucked.
      “Come down from the ladder, nice and slow, and keep those hands up,” the cop instructed. He sounded nice-ish. Maybe he’d go easy on her. Maybe . . .
      Awkwardly, she fumbled with her right foot for the next rung of the ladder. It swayed dangerously to the side.
      “Terence!” she hissed, her fingernails scoring metal as she tried to steady herself.
      Silence. She looked down, but the spotlight’s glare blinded her, preventing her from seeing past her own paint-spattered boots. “Terence? Kristi?”
      She managed to get her foot settled onto the rung and took a step down. No answer came from her friends. What the hell?
      She lifted her left foot to take the next step, and the ladder just dropped out from beneath her. One second it was there, the next she was plummeting through space.
      “Oomph,” came a masculine grunt, as she slammed into someone’s chest and big, strong arms closed around her.
      “Terence?” Her voice was a squeak, because Terence was nowhere near this strong, and he didn’t smell as good either. This man smelled faintly of cinnamon, his arms solid as steel behind her thighs, and based on the hard bulge stabbing into her kidney, he was also armed.
      Oh, crap. Crap. Crap!
      “Sorry,” he answered her question, setting her roughly on the ground. “Not Terence.”
      “Oh.” She staggered, still blinded by the spotlight aimed at her. Disoriented, she turned her back and blinked at her shadow on the factory’s gray wall. Terence and Kristi had deserted her. Bastards.
      “Keep those hands where I can see them,” Invisible Cop said.
      With a sigh, she placed them on the wall before her. Her hands glistened blood-red in the harsh light. She had been caught red-handed. Dammit. She’d always hated being a cliché.

Rachel Lacey lives in North Carolina, with her husband, son, and their own rescued pup. She volunteers her spare time with Carolina Boxer Rescue and truly has a passion for helping our furry friends. 

She is a member of the Romance Writers of America as well as her local Heart of Carolina RWA chapter.

For more information on Rachel and her writing, visit her website and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.


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Three winners throughout the blitz tour will each receive a complete Love to the Rescue series set (EVER AFTER, FOR KEEPS and UNLEASHED). To enter, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient.

Thanks for stopping by during Rachel’s Launch Day Blitz. Do you enjoy books that have positive factors to them such as the rescue element in Rachel’s stories? Do you enjoy stories that include animals as part of the storyline?

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  1. More bookie temptation. Congratulations to Rachel, and I hope her book does really, really well.
    I do like positive books, and those that feature animals, but then I am a bookaholic. There aren't many books or genres I would at least test drive.

  2. what a gorgeous, gorgeous cover!

  3. I never had wild birthdays like that.
    And dogs ten, cats five. Yes, I am still counting.

  4. Definitely not the way I'd want to be spending my birthday - arrested for graffiti! Thanks for sharing, Mason.

  5. The cover art for this series should attract a lot of readers looking for a happy story....and including animals in the mix is excellent. Congratulations to Rachel for the new release.


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