Sunday, June 28, 2015

1st Page: My Hunted Highlander by Nancy Lee Badger

 

CHAPTER 1

1603 Scotland
The North Sea

Niall Sinclair blinked, trying to open his eyes, but pain shot across his left brow and cheek. His vision was nothing more than a wavering fog, with pinpricks of bright light sending stabbing twinges shooting through his skull.
Disoriented, he struggled to clear his head and regain his sight. However, when he attempted to raise his right hand to feel the aching left side of his face, his arm would not obey his command. His hands were bound behind him. When he shook his head to clear the cobwebs, a searing pain tore through his temples. He stopped. In all his thirty years, even when the tip of a broadsword wounded him during battle and left its mark across his chest, he had never endured such pain.
A sudden wave of nausea had him swallowing bile. Pain erupted once more from his wrists to his neck. While he contemplated whether he had broken bones or dislocated a shoulder, a movement to his right made him as rigid as a Scottish standing stone. Until he knew if the movement was either friend or foe, his best option was to appear docile and unconscious.
“He be awake. Better fetch the capt’n.”
Too late.
The voice rumbled low and craggy, like an old hound coughing up a bone. Its owner came no closer. Niall threw his head back in an unwise attempt to see the owner, and slammed against something hard and unyielding. They had bound his hands around whatever stood behind him. From its circular shape, his first thought was a tree. However, the wood was smooth against his naked back and buttocks, and the gentle rolling of the hard surface beneath his feet suggested the mast of a ship. The stranger’s use of the word captain added to his conclusion, yet how could he have ended up on a ship?
Several other voices, along with the heavy stomping of boots, drew closer. A breath of cool air swept his damp hair across his face, and he could see little of his surroundings. When the same breeze made certain body parts shrink, he realized he was soaking wet, and naked.
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Friday, June 26, 2015

Nancy Lee Badger Interviews Author Diana Cosby

Diana Cosby stopped by to answer a few intimate questions and to share her latest book. An Oath Broken is a Scottish medieval romantic suspense and will be released on June 22ndPlease tell my readers a little bit about your book.  

Diana- An Oath Broken is the 2nd book in The Oath Trilogy and is set on the border of England and Scotland. Wolfhaven Castle is damaged after a series of attacks. With peace falling upon the lands, Giric Armstrong, Earl of Terrick, is determined to rebuild his home — but he’s penniless. A proud man, to raise coin, he pretends to be a knight and accepts the task of escorting the English noble, Lady Sarra, to her betrothed. Except, the simple journey turns dangerous as Lady Sarra isn’t the only one determined to see her engagement fail, men with darker motives want to stop the wedding—even if they must kill the bride.

Nancy- Describe the genre of this particular title?  

Diana- An Oath Broken is a medieval romantic suspense. I enjoy writing romances, but I love writing action and adventure as well. So, I combined the two to create fast-paced stories that I hope my readers enjoy.

Nancy- Are you a plotter or a pantzer (Write by the seat of your pants)?

Diana- I’m a major plotter, and I’m fascinated by the challenge of weaving together the hero and heroine’s journey with plot, historical facts, and suspense.

Nancy- What is your writing routine like?

Diana- I work on some aspect of writing seven days a week. Monday through Friday, after my morning posts and e-mails are finished, I write. When I’m working on a rough draft, my goal is five new pages a day. On weekends, I take care of the business side of writing.

Nancy- What is one fact that you find amazing when you’re writing new pages?

Diana- I think the most incredible thing to me when I’m writing new pages is how out of the blue the character takes over. It’s amazing! I remember writing a scene in His Seduction where Griffin-the hero and the villain, who were at odds with each other from the start of the book, were travelling on horseback with the heroine. Griffin gets fed up with the villain, tells him to dismount because they’re having it out right there. What’s funny about this scene is that this wasn’t supposed to happen. I tried to rewrite it three times as Griffin and the villain couldn’t fight yet. Except, Griffin was angry at the bad guy and refused to cooperate. So, I ate dinner and wrote out the scene out by hand to see what happened. And, the brawl ended up increasing the tension between them, which for the story worked out great!
  
Nancy- Will you share some encouraging words for authors still struggling for that first contract? 

Diana- For those of you struggling to sell your first book, my advice is to believe in yourself and dare to go after your dreams. Only YOU can tell your story!  Each book teaches you how to write better. And that day that you sell and your editor asks, “What else do you have?” If you’ve written several books prior, you have a backlist to choose from. 

Please Share four fun facts about you that most people don’t know.


1)  For my final tour in the Navy, I re-enlisted on the back of a camel in Tangier, Morocco,
2)  When I lived in Alaska, I volunteered at a riding stable.
3)  In Hawaii, I participated on an outrigger team.
4)  I’m an amateur photographer, and I post photos on my Facebook author page






Goal – raise $55,000.  Total as of 1 June 2015:  $6,160!

Note: All donations, Paypal or via mail, go directly to the Grayson County, TX. Habitat For Humanity.  http://graysonhabitat.org/  

What’s next for you?

My next book will be An Oath Sworn, book #3 in The Oath Trilogy, which will be released on the 23rd of December.

BOOK BLURB
Giric Armstrong, Earl of Terrick, takes no pleasure in escorting a feisty English lass to her betrothed. But he needs the coin to rebuild his castle, and his tenants need to eat. Yet the trip will not be the simple matter he imagined. For
Lady Sarra isn’t the only one determined to see her engagement fail. Men with darker motives want to stop the wedding—even if they must kill the bride in the process.

Excerpt Link for An Oath Broken   

How can my readers buy your book?
Readers can go to An Oath Broken’s page at:  http://www.dianacosby.com/anoathbroken.html#buy

MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A retired Navy Chief, Diana Cosby is an international bestselling author of Scottish medieval romantic suspense.  Books in her award-winning MacGruder Brothers series are translated in five languages.  Diana has spoken at the Library of Congress, Lady Jane’s Salon in NYC, and appeared in Woman’s Day, on USA Today’s romance blog, “Happy Ever After,” MSN.com, Atlantic County Women Magazine, and Texoma Living Magazine.

After her career in the Navy, Diana dove into her passion – writing romance novels. With 34 moves behind her, she was anxious to create characters who reflected the amazing cultures and people she’s met throughout the world.   With the release of her 1st book in her new Scottish medieval The Oath Trilogy, An Oath Taken, which hit bestseller lists in Canada and the United Kingdom, as well as the release of the e Box Set of the MacGruder Brothers series, she’s now preparing for the release of  the last two books in The Oath trilogy, An Oath Broken – 22 June, and, An Oath Sworn – 23 December, 2015!

You can find more information 
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

RELEASE DAY!

My Hunted Highlander
Book #3 and the final book in my 
Scottish time travel romance, is out!





Currently available in ebook form at

Coming soon in print

Friday, June 12, 2015

Cover reveal: MY HUNTED HIGHLANDER

The third and final installment in my 
Kilted Athletes Through Time 
series
will be released later this month



Pirates, the long bow, and a quiver? You'll have to read the book to find out why I included them on my cover... *

Book Blurb

Plucked naked from the North Sea, bruised and nearly drowned, Niall Sinclair wakes bound to the mast of the pirate ship, The Black Thistle. Hiding his identity, and brutalized by the first mate and other seamen, their captain comes to his aid. Her identity, and gender, are a surprise, and his physical reaction to her makes him nearly forget his need to escape, and return to his clan.

When kidnapped from her shipbuilding business in modern day Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the last place Blair MacIan figured to end up, was at the helm of a pirate ship in 1603 Scotland. With her abusive husband dead, and the ship, the crew, and their people under her care, the last thing she needed was to fish a naked man from the sea. His ravaged face and ragged sandy hair could not detract from his magnificence, and she sensed in him, a means for her own escape.



Nancy Lee Badger
*author & cover artist

Friday, June 5, 2015

Nancy Lee Badger Interviews Author Theda Hudson


Theda Hudson stopped by to share a few intimate details of her life as well as her book, Dirty Little Dare. This *Spicy Romance* was released April 24, 2015. Please tell my readers a little bit about this book.

Theda- This book is the second of three novellas about a rule-bound woman and the sensual man sees her potential and wants to create the perfect lover by releasing her from her rules. In the first book he shows her how she can set aside the rules and enjoy her sexuality by putting on a mask. In the second book she has discovered that she does have interests she would like to explore from behind that mask and gets more than she bargained for. In the third book, the mask has taken over the relationship and everything is at risk unless they can find a way to step out into the light of their love and explore their desires openly.

Nancy- Describe the genre of this particular title, and is it the only genre you write in?  

Theda- It is spicy romance, soft erotica, very sensual.
   
Nancy- Do you have any rejection stories to share?

Theda- My favorite rejection was for a story I submitted for an anthology.  She kept it for a long time.  When she sent the email, she said, "I held it out to the very end.  Then I bought the other one."  I didn't understand what it meant until I went to a workshop where the editor mentioned that the longer they hold it, the more they want it and sometimes it is a heart breaking decision between two stories.  I am sorry I didn't get in, but I am happy my work caused her so much angst.
  
Nancy- Are you a member of any writing organizations and, if so, have they helped?

Theda- I belong to Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. This organization has helped me grow as a writer through mentoring, relationships, and workshops. I highly recommend their conference, Colorado Gold, held in September,  for any level writer.

Nancy- Will you share some encouraging words for authors still struggling for that first contract?
 
Theda- Know what you are looking at. If you don't understand what you are reading, get help.  Really.  It is the difference between success and sometimes a horrible financial quagmire.

Nancy- Please Share three fun facts about you that most people don’t know. 

1)  I love to camp in our cute 1955 renovated trailer, but getting there terrifies me with all the crazy people on the road. 
2) I love to make recycled/repurposed art and I save everything so I can create art.
3)  I would love to nap the way my boyfriend does.  Just sit down and close your eyes, snuggled under a soft blanket and doze off.  But it doesn't work that way for me.

Nancy- What’s next for you?

Theda- I have two novels that are the beginning of series.  One is Paranormal Hetero Erotica, the other is Urban Paranormal Lesbian Erotica.  Gotta get moving on the next books!

BOOK BLURB  of Dirty Little Dare
A beautiful mask
A coil of rope
A daring man
A woman intent on exploring her desires, one twist, one knot, one braid of the rope, all the way to ecstasy.

Tasha's boyfriend proved to her that his "Love to Make You Come as Many Ways as I Can" book makes more sense and more pleasure for both of them than her book of rules.

And as long as she wears the mask he's given her, she finds that his way has definite delights she's willing to explore.

By the time Halloween rolls around, she's made some deliciously naughty discoveries of her own, including Japanese Bondage. She takes him to the local sex club's kinky Halloween party with a plan for a bondage scene.

Excerpt of Dirty Little Dare

     My life is comfortable and very pleasant. Everything is just the way I like it. A great job as a project manager that allows me complete control and makes me good money, a nice house that I spend a lot of time decorating and organizing just so, a boyfriend who is handsome, successful, and reasonably interesting. And he’s lasted for more than six months, which is some kind of record for me.
     Except that Luiz Silva isn’t what I thought he was. I mean, he’s still handsome. Not like a model, and not so self-conscious about it. No, he’s Latin, with nutmeg-brown skin and flashing dark eyes that sparkle with humor. He isn’t touchie-feelie either, which I like, because I hate public displays of affection. They’re just crass and embarrassing, with everyone making assumptions about you.
     He’s successful, savvy about money. He’s given me several investment tips that proved to be quite lucrative.
     But he is far more interesting than I ever thought. And determined to break all my rules.
     Oh, I know I have a lot of them. Rules are what protect me from mistakes; they give me security, and provide boundaries and order in my life.
     I also know that a lot of guys won’t play by my rules. I’ve gotten fairly good at figuring out who will work out and who won’t. It makes for a lonely life, but I have my work and my house. And my rules remain intact. I am calm and steady, which is comfortable.
     When I met Luiz at a client appreciation cocktail party, he was polite, very well-educated, driven at his work as a junior portfolio manager for a private equity firm. Even though he was a little disappointed that my rules followed me into bed, he seemed to accept it after he discovered he couldn’t budge me. Missionary was good enough for me and, with the lights out, I didn’t have to worry about all the squishy details.
     Wine tasting was about as cultured as he got, but if you wanted to ride bikes or ski, he was your man. But theater and the symphony…he said I could just shoot him then and there to save him the torture.
     So, I knew how important it was when he bought the dress and the four–inch–high heels that now sit on the shelf above the dress, and offered to go to the symphony with me if I would wear them to go out with him. He wanted to slum, he said.
     I thought he meant, oh, I don’t know, going out to a sleazy bar and shooting pool. Except for the black satin dress. It was beautiful, pencil thin, with a mandarin collar and an ornate soutache across the chest, the hem falling just below my knees with a kick pleat at the back.
     I could have gone for an evening in a sleazy bar, I suppose. Luiz is sexy and tender in bed, always polite and willing to let me have my way. I had just about decided that he was nice—a little boring, but nice, which is the same as safe in my book.
     Then he said he wanted to offer a deal. If I’d wear the dress and go on an adventure with him, go along completely and wholeheartedly, he would go to the symphony and make a donation to the fundraiser.
     I hardly got to think that through when he said he loved me.
     Me. 
     The woman with all the rules.
     I just kept staring at him, in part because he was wearing those black jeans that somehow made his crotch bulge in a most attractive and embarrassingly stimulating way. Of course, now I realize he was aroused, thinking about what he had planned.
     Then he said I could duck out anytime, but he wouldn’t see me anymore if I did. I thought he was being a real jerk, but now I know he believed he couldn’t be the straight man for me any longer. And he couldn’t allow me to be a straightlaced woman anymore, even if it meant he had to learn now to be the man who could force me to confront rules and prove them wrong.
     In that moment, I realized I couldn’t see my life without him in it.
     So I plucked up my courage, and put on the dress and the shoes. He has a good eye. The dress fit me as if it had been made for me. The satin slipped over my body, and together it and the black hose whispered to each other every time I moved, sensually hinting at more than lazy eyes, soft caresses, and sly winks.


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MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Theda Hudson's deliciously wicked short fiction has appeared in Best Lesbian Erotica 2011 and 2015, Best Lesbian Romance 2011 and 2012, Best Women's Erotica 2007, Sex in San Francisco, Pirate Booty, and Best S/M III.  Her novels include Dyke Valiant, an erotic lesbian urban paranormal, and The Pearl Witch and Lord of the Broken Tower, both hetero erotic science fiction. She lives in Colorado with four rescued cats, 1000 books, and an understanding partner.  She likes to use her writing to share things women don’t usually get to talk about. You can find more about her at www.thedahudson.com

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Nancy Lee Badger Interviews Author Lorraine Heath

It is Memorial Day weekend, here in the states, when we take a moment to remember friends or relatives who gave the ultimate sacrifice during times of war.

Lorraine Heath has taken a moment out of her busy life to answer intimate questions and tell us about her latest book. The Duke and the Lady in Red is an historical romance and was released on April 28. Please tell my readers a little bit about your book.  

Lorraine- My heroine, Rose, is a con artist, looking for one last swindle with a big pay off. Enter the Duke of Avendale, wealthy beyond measure and interested only in pleasure. Unfortunately for Rose, he figures her out and makes her a proposition: she can have all the money she needs for one week in his bed. There is a lot of sexual chemistry between these two, and Rose knows being with him will be no hardship—the hard part will be preventing herself from falling in love with a man who could never marry her.

But then Avendale discovers why Rose survives by swindling others, learns about her past and the family she has hobbled together, and the story takes an unexpected turn. I won’t give away any spoilers.

Nancy- Describe the genre of this particular title, and is it the only genre you write in?

Lorraine- I write Victorian-set romances. When I need a darker setting, I go to an earlier Victorian period (1850’s) and when I’m looking for something a little more modern, I’ll go to the later Victorian period (1880’s). This era lasted from 1837-1901 and heralded in the industrial age so there was so much change during these years that I can always find a year that will provide me with what I need for my story.

I also write young adult contemporary and paranormal as Rachel Hawthorne, and I wrote a vampire dystopian series with my son under the name J. A. London.

Nancy- When did you start writing toward publication?

Lorraine- I started writing seriously in 1990, after I read a romance novel—Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer. I fell in love with the genre. I’d always wanted to write and I felt as though I’d finally found a home for all the stories that circled around in my head. I sold my first book in 1993. Sweet Lullaby came out in 1994.

Nancy- Why have you become a published author?

Lorraine- I’ve always been a writer. Growing up I wrote long letters to any relative who gave me an address, kept a journal, and started stories I never finished. But I loved the writing process. I think part of my motivation to write was inspired by all the stories I heard growing up. My mother was British. She met my American father when she attended a USO dance. Their meeting always sounded so romantic. Although I grew up in Texas, I was always very much aware of World War II history. My mother was a young girl who grew up rushing to bomb shelters in the middle of the night. She made certain that we were always cognizant of sacrifices made by so many in wartime. She had so many stories, first-hand accounts that I now wish I had documented. I remember when we watched A Bridge Too Far, at one point during a scene with Anthony Hopkins on
Memorial Day memories
one of the bridges, she said, “Uncle Pete’s brother died on that bridge.” It changed the whole tone of watching the movie. It made it real. My dad survived WWII (he was a bit older than my mom) but his name is on a Panola County Texas memorial that was erected a few years back honoring all those from Panola County who served during the war. Memorial Day always makes me reflect on the many sacrifices made by so many in so many wars and the freedoms I enjoy because of those willing to give all.

Nancy- Shivers! I got the same feeling seeing my great-great+ Uncle's name on the New York monument at Gettysburg. He survived that battle, but not the war. Do you have any rejection stories to share?

Lorraine- When I was searching for an agent, I received a rejection from an agent who wrote: “You’re writing lacks a vivid touch.”

Another agent loved the same manuscript, took me on as a client, and sold it to the first editor she sent it to. It was a RITA finalist in the short historical category.

Nancy- Having achieved your goal to be a published author, what is the most rewarding thing?    

Lorraine- Hearing from readers. They serve as my inspiration. It brings me such joy when my characters touch them in some way. I love sitting around with readers and talking books, not my books necessarily, but books in general, other authors’ books. Romance readers, especially, are so passionate about books, about reading. It’s infectious.

Nancy- I host authors, here, to help inspiring writers. Will you share some encouraging words for authors still struggling for that first contract?

Lorraine- Keep in mind that this is an extremely subjective business. (See my rejection story above.) If your story doesn’t appeal to one editor, it might appeal to another. Sometimes a publisher has just bought a story similar to ours. Sometimes they’ve just offered a contract to an author with a voice similar to ours. I believe getting any contract is a matter of having the right story on the right editor’s desk at the right time. If you don’t keep writing, you’ll never have the right story. If you don’t keep sending out, you’ll never hit the right editor at the right time.
 
Please Share three fun facts about you that most people don’t know.
1) I love carousels. Never pass up a chance to ride one.
2) I have dual citizenship (British/American).
3) My dad was a sergeant in the air force.

Nancy- We appreciate your Dad's service. My husband and I have ancestors that have fought in every war on American soil since the French & Indian war. Our son, Eric, served in Iraq. Getting back to books, What’s next for you?

Lorraine- Falling Into Bed With a Duke will be out in November. It’s the first book in the Hellions of Havisham series.

BOOK BLURB of The Duke and the Lady in Red
Book 3 in the Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James Series

When Rosalind Sharpe gains the attention of the deliciously wicked Duke of Avendale, she’s torn between her distracting attraction to the notorious rogue and the knowledge that he—rich as Croesus—is the perfect target for a deception that will put her swindling days behind her.

However Avendale is no fool. After he discovers the tantalizing lady packing up to leave London with his coins in tow, he confronts her with a scandalous proposition: she can have all the money she requires…for a week in his bed.

Desperate for the funds, Rose agrees, but on one condition: he must never question her motives. Avendale quickly sees beneath her mask and discovers she is more than passion and pleasure—she is everything he has ever desired. But claiming her requires he unveil her secrets and lose her forever. Unless he can put his own dark past aside and risk everything for a chance at love.

Excerpt Link HERE  

How can my readers buy your book?
Readers can go to the publisher’s home page HERE  

MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
When Lorraine Heath received her BA degree in psychology from the University of Texas, she had no idea she had gained a foundation that would help her to create believable characters—characters that are often described as “real people.” She began her career writing training manuals and computer code for the IRS, but something was always missing. When she read a romance novel, she became not only hooked on the genre, but quickly realized what her writing lacked: rebels, scoundrels, and rogues. She's been writing about them ever since. Her work has been recognized with numerous industry awards including RWA's RITA®. Her novels have appeared on bestseller lists, including USA Today and the New York Times

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Nancy Lee Badger Interviews Author Laura Browning

Laura Browning stopped by to share a few intimate details of her life, as well as her latest release. Her book, Special Delivery is a small town contemporary romance from Kensington’s Lyrical imprint and was released on May12, 2015. Please tell my readers a little bit about your book. 

Laura- Special Delivery is the beginning of a series called Mountain Meadow Homecomings. The story is really two romances in one. The primary story is about Holly Morgan, an expectant mom fleeing from an abusive fiancé. She and her younger brother end up in the town of Mountain Meadow in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. From past experience she is mistrustful of police, yet it is one of the town’s cops who ends up coming to her rescue when she goes into labor in the midst of a winter ice storm. The other romance deals with the town’s prosecuting attorney and the local doctor. They are high school sweethearts who were torn apart by their parents. While both couples are trying to figure things out, Holly’s ex-fiancé takes off with her baby.

NancyDescribe the genre of this particular title, and is it the only genre you write in? 

Laura- A small town contemporary romance usually incorporates settings that function almost as characters. In this case, Mountain Meadow has a few characters to give it life, like gossipy church ladies and some mysterious thieves taking off with nativity scene pieces from the town’s two rival churches. I do write primarily contemporary stories, though my first two books were paranormals.  

NancyWhen did you start writing toward publication? 

Laura- My first book, The Silkie’s Call, came out in 2010. I had been seriously writing for about five years, but without the nerve to send anything out. My husband challenged me to take a chance. I did, and it’s worked out well.

NancyDo you have any rejection stories to share? 

Laura- I suppose the most important rejection story I should share is the one that stopped me writing fiction for more than a decade. I’m sure the editor, who looked at my manuscript as a favor because his mother knew my mother was probably just trying to be helpful—at least I hope that was the motivation—but he overwhelmed me with what was wrong with my manuscript, so I said “screw it” and returned solely to the journalistic writing that was my primary career. By the time I began writing fiction again, I had grown a thicker skin along with more confidence in my abilities. I had numerous awards, including a regional EMMY that backed up that confidence. While I had several completed manuscripts already, The Silkie’s Call was the first one I submitted. The Wild Rose Press picked it up.

Nancy- I happen to know you are a member of writing organizations. Do you feel they have helped? 

Laura- Like you, I am a member of Romance Writers of America and the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, a chapter of RWA.  Both have been a tremendous help to me. I am a loner at heart, so HCRW has really given me the opportunity to meet and network with other writers. Writing is such a solitary endeavor, I think the opportunity to socialize with other people who share your craft is essential.

Nancy- We sat next to each other during the last HCRW meeting, and listened to Virginia Kantra's presentation. We are multi-published authors, but are always open to learning more! Will you share some encouraging words for authors still struggling for that first contract? 

Laura- In the words of Winston Churchill, “Never, never, never give up.” If you have stories you want to tell, keep working at your craft; keep trying to get better. I teach students how to write these days, and one of the things I stress to them is that writing is not something you learn and master. All writers continue learning, changing, and evolving. So even if you’re not ready to be published right now, it doesn’t mean you might not be next month or next year.

Please Share three fun facts about you that most people don’t know. 
1) I have a pet lizard.
2) I can shoot golf balls with my rifle at 100 yards.
3) I make a carrot cake from scratch that’s so good, it’s now the only birthday cake my husband and son ever want.

Nancy- What’s next for you? 

Laura- I’m really excited to be able to say that Kensington has contracted for books two and three in my series. They’re tentatively scheduled to come out next year.

BOOK BLURB   All Holly Morgan wants is a safe place to have her baby. Nestled deep within the Blue Ridge Mountains, miles away from her abusive ex-fiancé, Spence, Mountain Meadow seems perfect. Holly can manage a few meddling church matrons if it means Spence can’t find her. Harder to handle is Jake Allred. He may be a dark-haired hunk, but he’s also someone Holly can’t trust: a cop.

Since his time in the military, Lieutenant Jake Allred has lived to protect and serve. And if anyone needs protection, it’s Holly. Having been let down by the law before, she’s wary of letting Jake into her life. But when an unexpected snow storm strands them together, their attraction is hot enough to melt the mounting ice. Just when Jake thinks he’s finally warmed Holly’s heart, Spence strikes. Now it’s up to Jake to save Holly’s baby and bring their fledgling family back together.

Excerpt link HERE  

Nancy- How can my readers buy your book? 

Laura- My book is available in digital and print on demand formats right now through all the usual places. This link will send you to all of them: http://www.laurabrowningbooks.com/my-books.html

MORE ABOUT THE AUTHOR After graduating from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Laura worked for more than two decades in television news, both on camera and behind the scenes. It's a fascinating, exciting business. However, she has always loved making up her own stories rather than reporting the stories of others. So, she changed gears and began teaching English. The altered pace allowed her to ramp up her love of writing fiction. In addition to holding a Bachelor of Journalism degree, Laura has a Master of Education degree as a reading specialist.
When she’s not writing or teaching, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son, baking, photography, and the menagerie of animals that help make North Carolina home.

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