Friday, April 22, 2011

Spend Earth Day with Victory Tales Press, Rebecca J. Vickery Publishing and Western Trail Blazers!

This is a weekend event!!

The question to be entered in the drawing today, Sat. April 23 is:

What e-book interests you and why?

Eli: Warriors for the Light
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/18441

A Mystery/Suspense Collection:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/44472

A Spring/Easter Collection: Sweet
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/48682

A Buzzard's View -
The Adventures of Burton & Bernice (Satire)
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/41264

Bad Wind Blowing (Stimulating)
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/33855

Capture the Lightning
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/41266

The Trials of Lawyer Pratt
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/27213

Looking Through the Mist
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/4283











Join us for Earth Day. Throughout the day, there will be drawings to win e-books. While you're there, feel free to read the blurbs and excerpts the authors are posting. There will be romances to warm the heart, western adventures and short stories with happily-ever-after endings. Something for everyone.
****All you have to do to be entered in the drawing to win one free e-book is answer the question: What is your favorite genre and why?
Don't forget to leave your email so we may contact you if your name is drawn.
That's not all. For everyone who stopped by, we're offering 50% off coupons, too. Enjoy!! The offer's good until May 14th!

Victory Tales Press
A Summer Collection
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/14519Coupon Code: WW25D

A Halloween Collection: Sweethttps://www.smashwords.com/books/view/25098Coupon Code: VV78T

A Halloween Collection: Stimulatinghttps://www.smashwords.com/books/view/25102Coupon Code: XW57E

A Christmas Collection: Sweethttp://www.smashwords.com/books/view/29146Coupon Code: SM68V

A Christmas Collection: Sensualhttp://www.smashwords.com/books/view/29147Coupon Code: ZJ33R

A Christmas Collection: Stimulatinghttp://www.smashwords.com/books/view/29148Coupon Code: WX58J

A Christmas Collection: Spicyhttp://www.smashwords.com/books/view/29150Coupon Code: SP33J

Western Trail Blazer
Passion's Promise
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/30100Coupon Code: XA82L

Bound for Texashttp://www.smashwords.com/books/view/26642Coupon Code: CE24M

Brothers in Armshttp://www.smashwords.com/books/view/28920Coupon Code: FE92Y

Vulture Goldhttp://www.smashwords.com/books/view/39423Coupon Code: WC72D

Publishing by Rebecca J. VickeryNo Greater Love
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/18418Coupon Code: AU32R

Your Place or Mine (Sensual)https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/18253Coupon Code: TE82D

A Court Lady (Spicy)https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/39844Coupon Code: VA62T

Familiar Shadowshttps://www.smashwords.com/books/view/39125Coupon Code: MY68L

Surviving With Love
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/4865Coupon Code: FA73G


119 comments:

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Happy Earth Day!!
Thank you all for joining us today. Below is a blurb of Eli:Warriors for the the Light. One lucky reader will receive a FREE e-book copy of my Fallen Angel tale. Don't forget to leave your email address. There will be more prizes, too throughout the day. So stay tune!

Blurb:
At a very young age the Rules of Conduct for the Fallen Angels were drummed into Eli Grigori’s head.

Rule number one: Do not befriend a human. Rule number two: Do not interfere in their lives. Rule number three: Do not have relations with a human. Rule number four: Under no circumstances will you ever reveal your true self. He managed to break all of the above.

Ol’ Hallow’s Eve is the day the veil between worlds are thin. It’s the only day out of the year the preternatural beings are allowed to walk among the humans as their true selves. With Eli’s wings bound and his glamour stripped, the Elders send him back in time before Ryden O’Sullivan knew the truth about him. If she is truly his soul mate, then her heart should recognize him.

There are those among the Watchers who are afraid Eli might succeed in his quest for love. If he does, everything will change within the brethren. Hashasheen demons, assassins for hire are sent to take out Eli and Ryden. Eli is a warrior and will fight to keep Ryden safe, but time may be his biggest enemy.

The Elders gave him until the end of Ol’ Hallow’s Eve. Ryden must fall in love with him by then or his life will be forfeited.

JoAnna said... Best Blogger Tips

Happy Earth Day! And Happy early Easter!

Thanks for the blurb it sounds great!

My favorite genre is paranormal romance!

I will be checking out all the coupons! Thanks so much!

beckerjo at verizon dot net

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Hey Karen!
Very cool! Earth Day--so glad to be here. Here is my blurb for my story JASON'S ANGEL that will be included in A HISTORICAL COLLECTION, an anthology of historical stories (as you well know)LOL that will be available May 1 from Victory Tales Press.

Jason 's Angel by Cheryl Pierson
Two wounded Union soldiers will die without proper treatment. Sabrina Patrick realizes they won't get it at the Confederate army hospital where she helps nurse wounded men. She does the unthinkable and takes them to her home.

Jason McCain’s pain is eased by the feel of clean sheets, a soft bed, and a touch that surely must belong to an angel. But what reason could an angel have for bringing him and his brother here?

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Here's the blurb for my short story, TO MAKE THE MAGIC LAST, that appears in the Victory Tales Press anthology A SUMMER COLLECTION, or also can now be bought as a stand alone short story for only .99!

To Make the Magic Last
by Cheryl Pierson

Police officer, Steve Cooper, heads out for work one morning just as the city’s tornado sirens blast a warning. In the stairwell he runs into a different situation—a gang war in his apartment building. Shots ring out and Steve catches a bullet. Seriously injured, he pushes the beautiful woman who has come through the door behind him back toward safety.

Christy Reed, his enchanting new neighbor, pulls him into her apartment and attempts to stop the bleeding. Recently arrived from Mississippi, Christy has no idea what the sirens and gunfire mean, but she knows enough to be terrified.

The phone lines aren’t working and the storm is bearing down. They take refuge in the bathroom as the sound of a freight train roars over the building. Through the pain, Steve finds himself drawn to Christy. There’s some sort of magic about her. Christy feels the same about Steve. He’s the man she’s always dreamed of meeting.

When the building collapses around them and they meet the gunmen once more, will Steve and Christy have what it takes to help each other through this? Can they make the magic last?

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Here's a short excerpt from TO MAKE THE MAGIC LAST. Enjoy!

A long moment of silence hung between them, the only sound the worsening storm outside. “Christy.” He touched her arm again, and she glanced up. “Thanks for trying to . . . help me.”

“I didn’t do anything.”

Her voice sounded muffled, he thought. Like she was crying, and trying to hide it. “Sure you did.” The comforter was soft. The bleeding was stopped. And, Steve decided, he loved the feel of Christy Reed’s body on his, warm and curvy, and more comforting than that damn piece of down-filled material ever could be.

Her fingers slowly curled into the folds of his once-starched uniform, then settled against the soft cotton tee shirt.

“You’re doing it . . . even now, sweetheart.”

Slowly, she lifted her head and met his eyes in the dark haven they’d made. “Steve—” she broke off, raking her teeth over her bottom lip quickly, nervously.

He smiled at that habit of hers, thinking how he’d like to kiss her; how he wished he knew her better; how it would seem to her if he even . . .

Hell with it. He pulled her to him slowly, her lips coming across his, warm and sweet and soft as the brush of butterfly wings. Uncertainly, she tasted his mouth, and he opened for her, letting her explore him. Her right hand moved to his jawline, her thumb skimming his cheekbone before her fingers found their way to thread through his hair.

“What’s happening to us?” she murmured, drawing back slowly to look at him.

Sarah J. McNeal said... Best Blogger Tips

I am happy to celebrate Earth Day with all of you at Victory Tales Press and Western Trail Blazers. I have a new release out with Western Trail Blazers, Hamonica Joe's Reluctant Bride (Time Travel Western) and I just got a wonderful review this morning at You Gotta Read Reviews. To read the full review, follow this tag:
http://yougottareadreviews.blogspot.com/2011/04/review-harmonica-joes-reluctant-bride.html

Tagline: A haunted house, a trunk and a date with destiny.
Blurb:
Joseph Wilding left his prosperous Virginia ranch and his grieving father to live in obscurity and guilt over his brother’s death until he marries Lola instead of Callie McGraw, the woman he abhors but whose life he was attempting to save.
Lola discovers a warp in time in an old trunk when she falls into 1910. She finds herself married to Joe, a stranger shadowed by secrets. Mistaken for Callie McGraw, a thief and a woman of ill repute, Lola finds her life is threatened by a scoundrel who believes she stole his money and only Joe stands between her and death.
With danger threatening all around and secrets keeping them apart, can Joe and Lola find their destiny together or will time and circumstance forever divide them?

Cathy said... Best Blogger Tips

My favorite genre is historical romances and western romances, too.

Thanks so much for a chance to win.

cnickol at verizon dot net

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

My favorite genre is paranormal romances. I like the westerns, too.

The stories sound really good!

kitkatwithnuts at yahoo dot com

Sarah J. McNeal said... Best Blogger Tips

Harmonica Joe's Reluctant Bride
Western Trail Blazers
PG Excerpt:
Terrible thoughts crossed her mind that she might be dying. The unbearable noise pierced her eardrums. She couldn’t catch her breath, her heart pounded against her ribs and her nerves shrieked against the unknown. She felt herself falling and falling into the great dark void, certain that she would lose consciousness, and wishing she could. Then, just as suddenly as it started, it all stopped.
She heard bursts of laughter and the clank of glasses bumping together as she tried to open her eyes. Someone played a piano in discord and feet stomped in time to the music. The smell of stale beer, old wood and body odor assailed her senses. Lightheaded and disoriented, it took a moment before her blurred vision focused. She straightened from her crouched position and stood on a wooden plank floor covered in sawdust, peanut shells and bits of refuse. The card that had dropped from her grasp lay on the floor at her feet. She reached down and clutched it in her hand as she heard a man speak in a ceremonious voice. “I now pronounce you man and wife. Harmonica Joe, you may kiss your bride.” Laughter resonated and cheers went up around the room.
Lola clasped the card tight in her fist and glanced up just in time to see an angular face with mesmerizing coffee brown eyes framed in sandy hair move toward her. A day’s growth of beard graced his jaw but it only enhanced his handsome features. She backed away a step only to have someone push her forward. She collided with the solid body of this imposing stranger. The stranger’s arm wrapped around her waist and pulled her close as his head dipped down, his mouth capturing hers. The bristles of his chin scraped her tender flesh that caused a thrill to scamper down her spine.
Sarah McNeal

Obe said... Best Blogger Tips

Happy Earth Day to all those out there. May you have a great day of sales!

hotcha12 said... Best Blogger Tips

HMMMMMMMMMMMMMM, I CAN'T DECIDE BETWEEN PARANORMAL OR CONTEMPTS!

linda_bass@sbcglobal.net

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Coming soon!!
Here's a sneak peek at my historical romance, Devil's Wolf.
The Devil's Wolf (Historical romance set in 15 century Scotland)

When Archie Maxwell is accused falsely of killing a Johnstone, his brother, Waylon, known as the Devil's Wolf, sets out to save him. His bargaining tool is the Johnstone's daughter, Catrione. He plans to ransom her for his brother's release, but once he lays eyes on her, his plans take another turn.

Lady Catrione Johnstone knows of the Devil’s Wolf and his ruthless exploits. Catrione vows she will fight him to the end. However, the myth is nothing like the man. In his arms, she forgets he is her enemy.

Will the magic of love finally bring peace to these two feuding clans or will it only inflamed the hostility to a bloody end?

The other participating authors are:
Kate Kindle - The Tale from the Red Chest
Miriam Newman - Deirdre
Cheryl Pierson - Jason's Angel

Teresa K. said... Best Blogger Tips

Happy Earth Day everyone!!!

Wow there are so many wonderful blurbs and excerpts of wonderful books here.

How does one decide. Well thanks to some of my friends, I now have several genre's.
My first love is paranormal/urban fantasy. Who doesn't love a sexy,broody, snarky vamp or were. My next is wonderful contemporary, western's and hot historicals. Oh who am I kidding I just love anything that is great erotic. So it can be any genre.

Teresa K.
tcwgrlup41@yahoo.com

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Happy Earth Day to all of you, too!
And thanks for this wonderful chance to share our work. Hope all of you find something new to read and you will take advantage of the half off coupons.

Here are a few of the blurbs for some of the books that are half off:

A Summer Collection - 5 stories
The Far Side of Lonesome by Rita Hestand
Widowed by her white husband, captured by the Indians and rescued by two black men, Sarah's fate was more unsettled than ever. Would her white family accept her back into their lives? Or would she remain on the far side of lonesome forever?

Over the Coals by Laurean Brooks
A summer cookout makes Jill Landers question her initial assessment of the boisterous Rob Canter. Is the cocky womanizer the true Rob? Or is this man masking a dark secret? Will Jill be prepared for what she uncovers?

To Make the Magic Last by Cheryl Pierson
Steve and Christy meet amid gunfire and tornado sirens in an apartment building in Oklahoma. He's injured and she's terrified. A magical attraction draws them close even as the building collapses around them and the gunmen find them. Will Steve and Christy have what it takes to help each other through this? Can they make the magic last?

Chances Are by Laura Shinn
Katie and her son, Byron, are weeks away from moving on to the next destination while running away. Sheriff Trent Stiller is instantly taken with the beautiful and intelligent waitress in Little, Texas, and convinces her to give them a chance. Will he still feel the same way when he discovers what she did to her ex-husband and why she and Byron are on the run?

The Trouble with Fishing by Rebecca J. Vickery
Surprised with a free trip, Lena would usually enjoy spending time with her boyfriend. But hiking and fishing? Not for this city girl. Then Walker, the fishing guide, takes one look at Lena and knows he’s in deep trouble. Does she feel the same spark and what about the man she came with?

A Halloween Collection: Sweet
5 stories -
Go On Without Me by Markee Anderson
A lonely woman and her brother's partner go for a drive on Halloween, and then end up facing a ghost from her past.

Honor Cafe by Charlotte Raby
Adrianne runs a cafe for the homeless and believes her life is complete, until she falls for a debonair stranger who wants his meals after hours and in the dark.

Halloween Witness by Rita Hestand
A town drunk for a witness, a skeptical Sheriff, dark secrets, and a new grave provide a disturbing Halloween evening in Haleyville, Texas.

The Memory Charmer and the Boy Next Door by Christine E. Schulze
Elissa desperately needs to escape the clutches of an incubus and her only hope is the boy who moves in next door who knows secrets from the heavens.

I Love Pie! by Kate Kindle
An unexpected trip to the country leads Tony to see an ethereal woman by the roadside and into an adventure he never thought possible.

A Halloween Collection: Stimulating – 4 stories

The Curse of Tempest Gate by Karen Michelle Nutt
A reporter for a paranormal magazine discovers two entities which need her for their own personal reasons, but only one will demand her heart.

Always and Forever by Cheryl Pierson
After a Halloween fortuneteller predicts a new love for both Cindy and Gage, can the star-crossed pair put their faith in the love that was foretold?

Conceived in Darkness by Laura Shinn
An alien prince has to find a mate while Kathryn must trust her instincts to make the most important decision of her life, even if it means loving a stranger.

A Haunting Love by Rebecca J. Vickery
A haunted house brings an unusual young woman and a police officer together when a ghost takes over on All Hallow's Eve.

More blurbs next post...

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I, Rebecca J. Vickery, am the anonymous who just posted the blurbs. For some reason Google will not let me use my usual sign-in.

Delaney Diamond said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice of you to host this event, Karen.

Contemporary romance is my favorite genre read to read because I can identify with the characters and circumstances.

Happy Earth Day, everyone!

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

More Blurbs from Victory Tales Press:

A Christmas Collection: Sweet

Christmas with Hope by Anne Patrick - Hope Erickson, a Blackhawk pilot, and Nick Cunningham, an army ranger, renew their acquaintance on the battlefields of Iraq. Will they risk their hearts to one another or does fate have other plans in store for them?

A Christmas Full of Memories by Markee Anderson - Piper Sage knows the man who enters her travel agency franchise is trouble from the moment he tells her he's the owner's son. He demands an old-fashioned Christmas, with a ready-made family…and Piper has to deliver.

Severed Hearts by Laurean Brooks
Julie Blanton's dream is realized when shy Johnny Michaels all but professes his undying love. When he enlists two days later without so much as a goodbye, her world crashes. Will these severed hearts survive?

An Unexpected Holidate by Evie Alexis - Audrey Christensen, legal secretary, is in no mood for Christmas cheer. Defense attorney, Tom Finster, generally hates the holidays. Will the duo move past all that and make a little Christmas magic of their own?

Homecoming by Cheryl Pierson
A holiday skirmish sends Union officer, Jack Durham, on an unlikely mission for a dying Confederate soldier—his enemy. Will the miracle of Christmas be able to heal his heart in the face of what awaits him?


A Christmas Collection: Sensual

Scarlet Ribbons by Cheryl Pierson -
Miguel Rivera is known as El Diablo. Men avoid meeting his eyes in fear of his gun. Persuaded by a street vendor, he makes a foolish holiday purchase—two scarlet ribbons. Can a mysterious priest and the miracle of the Scarlet Ribbons set Miguel on a new path?

The Proposal by Diane Craver -
Jacqueline Andrews hopes her boyfriend is giving her an engagement ring for her birthday. Her best friend, Tyler Jordan, wants Jacqueline to be happy, but not with Brad. Will Tyler's hot kisses sway her? Or is she going to marry Brad?

My Life and Times with Nickolopolus Christog Cringelenstien Clausener by Charlotte Raby - Miranda Jane, a milk bar waitress at the North Pole, looks forward to the end of her shift, but one last customer turns an ordinary work night into something magical. MJ's letter to the world answers how she became Mrs. Claus and what it's like being married to a famous elf!

Angel and the Cowboy by Celia Yeary - U.S. Marshal Max Garrison meets lovely Daniella Sommers and his life changes. Daniella has been different her entire life, with dusky skin and black hair. When Max Garrison enters her lonely world, will she learn love is all that matters?

These are on the 50% off list.

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

More blurbs from our Anthologies:
A Christmas Collection Anthology: Stimulating

Christmas in Bayeaux by Stephanie Burkhart - The ravages of war have taken their toll on Aiden and he travels to Bayeaux, France, on a pilgrimage of sorts. Noel provides a place for him to stay and acts as his guide. Will Noel be able to help him feel again and can Aiden find what he is searching for?

Mars Needs Men by Gerald Costlow - Carla, a communication specialist, tries to help an astronaut who will be in space for another year not have an unhappy Christmas. Now she is the one with a problem. Next Christmas the astronauts will return and her secret will be revealed. She needs a Christmas miracle.

Fast Forward Love by Rita Hestand
Connie and Ed are both widowed and everyone thinks they would make a great couple. Connie is interested, but Ed seems to have an on-again, off-again attitude that rocks her self confidence and adds to her loneliness. What is wrong with her? Or is it him?

Wanted by Karen Michelle Nutt - Emma Kelly is convinced her Christmas wish has come true when outlaw JoBeth Riley is brought into town. Sheriff Jace Kelly must keep JoBeth from being broken out by the outlaw gang. JoBeth finds the Kellys a strange lot when forced to spend Christmas with them.


A Christmas Collection Anthology: Spicy

Feliz Navidad by Kit Prate
Gabriel Hawkins wants vengeance for a boy's death. The son of a powerful man is to blame, but Hawkins won't let that stop him. Will his reputation as El Angel de la Muerte (The Angel of Death) mean his own death as Christmas draws near?

Underneath the Mistletoe by C. A. Paris - Scott Helling allows his best friend, Tiffany Ashby, to talk him into playing Santa for a group of children. Tiffany has waited ages for Scott to see her in a romantic light. When circumstances force a passionate kiss underneath the mistletoe, will their relationship finally change?

White Christmas by Cheryl Pierson
Since her divorce, ER nurse, Carlie Thomas, works on Christmas. This year she’s taking a break. What she gets instead is an unexpected houseguest who needs special care after being injured in a fire. Could this Christmas spark a new, beautiful friendship…or something more?

The Hands of Time by Laura Shinn
Lady Graciela Scott is imprisoned in a snow globe after seeing Lord Kennith Whittingham die. Centuries later, she is released when Ken Montgomery finds the globe. They must find a solution to reverse the spell or she will return to the snow globe forever.

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

Passion's Promise by Madeline Baker - Injured and captured, Riley Culhane faces death at the hands of the Cheyenne. Winter Star is put in charge of caring for the white captive until his fate is decided. As she tends him, she is drawn to learn more of him. Culhane is also attracted to the Cheyenne maiden with the tender hands and heart. Will she watch him die at the hands of her people or does fate have other plans?
Also 50% off coupon

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

Bound for Texas by Kit Prate - Trace Belden faces a long cattle-drive back to the ranch with his prime Hereford breeding stock. His son wants nothing to do with him and the boy's step-father wants to kill him. To add to his troubles, Belden must ride herd on his kid brother who is getting way out of hand, and then a stray kid shows up on the drive. Can things get any worse?

If you like John Wayne movies and gritty western action this is a great read.

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

Brothers in Arms by Troy D. Smith and from Western Trail Blazer -
The larger war over—the family war has only begun. Fate draws three brothers together again. A daring robbery, a bloody shootout, and a desperate trek through Indian Territory are just the beginning: Wade Qualls comes home—death and hell riding his coattails. Sam prepares to make his stand, his eye on a higher duty. Which brother will have the younger brother, Tim's loyalty, and Violet's love?

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

Vulture Gold by Chuck Tyrell -
Garet Havelock, Vulture City's marshal, attempts to stop the theft of $100,000 in bullion from the Vulture Mine headquarters. An old nemesis, Barnabas Donovan, is responsible and leaves a trail of dead behind him. Now, Havelock must survive the Apache “run of death,” and face Donovan's gunslingers to get back the gold.

Nightingale said... Best Blogger Tips

I'd LOVE to win a copy of Eli: Warriors of the Light! Sounds like just my kind of read. I very much enjoyed the other excerpts too.

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi y'all,
Here is a short excerpt from my story SCARLET RIBBONS, a western historical tale available in the sensual edition of A CHRISTMAS COLLECTION.

Miguel has just come face to face with Lina, the young woman he loved and left five years earlier. Here's what happens:



“Lo siento, querida,” he whispered. “I’m sorry.” How could he have hurt someone who loved him so much? Why hadn’t he realized before that Lina did love him? The answer wasn’t hard to find, and surprisingly, he voiced it without thinking. “I never deserved you, Catalina.”

She shook her head, and he knew what she was thinking; that he was lying, trying to keep her feelings intact. He reached out and cupped the softness of her cheek, and just for a moment, she turned into his touch, her lips resting against his palm.

“I never meant to hurt you.”

A tear escaped as she tried to keep them in, squeezing her eyes shut, her chin quivering. “I know,” she whispered, her forgiveness thawing out the calm coldness in his gut, leaving an unfamiliar emptiness in its place.

He swore harshly. He could bear anything but that. Forgiveness was foreign to him—something he neither gave nor asked for. Except for this time. This one time. He had to know she forgave him. It was ridiculous, he told himself, trying to dredge up the anger he was so accustomed to. It wouldn’t come.

In the next moment, somehow, she was in his arms, and nothing had ever felt more right. She didn’t turn her face up to be kissed. She pressed close to him, her tears soaking his own shirt. He laid his cheek next to her hair, breathing in the tangy smell of the citrus-scented soap she’d used. He felt her eyelashes, like butterflies’ wings, against his throat, and realized all over again what a fool he’d been to ride away from Rio Verde and Catalina de la Vega five years earlier.

“Why did you go, Miguel?”

Ah. At last, the question he’d tormented himself with. And why had he never returned before now? He gave a short laugh, pulling back to look down at her. “What could I offer you, Catalina?”

“Everything,” she answered with no hesitation. “You were everything to me, Miguel.”

Irritation and denial surged through him. “I’m nothing!” He let go of her, stepping back. He raked a hand through his dark hair. “I am…a gunfighter. A hired killer.”

She shook her head. “You pick and choose what battles you fight. I know that much about you!” She took his hand, her thumb tracing the sides of his fingers. “You are a good man, Miguel. You are the only one who doesn’t know it.”

He had to laugh. “And you are the only person in the world who’d say that, Lina. “

“Then I am the only one who matters.”

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Hey everyone,

Here's an excerpt from JASON'S ANGEL, my story that will be in A HISTORICAL COLLECTION--coming soon from VTP. This story takes place at the end of the War Between the States.

Jason’s fingers curled into the sheets as they shifted him, and he tasted blood. “Eli…” He whispered. His brother was hurt. Jason had never felt so helpless in his life. He’d always protected him and he wasn’t about to stop now.

“Shhh.” Cool fingers touched his dry lips. The angel bent close to him—so close that the slight movement sent a whiff of lemon verbena across his nostrils.
He tried to open his eyes and found he could only manage to get them apart in a narrow slit. The beautiful woman’s lips curved upward slightly in a reassuring smile, her blue eyes warmed by kindness and genuine care.

“Please don’t talk. Your friend is safe, here with you. We’ve got to see to your wounds.”

All he could do was nod in response. His eyes were tired, and he couldn’t keep them open a second longer.

He felt the cold tracing of metal shears against his fever-hot skin as his ragged clothing was cut away from his body.

“Nothing worth saving anyhow,” another woman’s voice said from the shadows.

At first, Jason thought the woman meant him and Eli. Then, it settled into his consciousness that she was talking about his clothing. She was right. It was filthy. And bloody, now. But, it was all he had, since he’d been taken prisoner. He’d lost everything—maybe even his leg, from the worried whispers around him.

A sharp gasp sounded, and he knew it was the angel. She wouldn’t be used to seeing such gore. She had found him at the hospital, so she wasn’t completely unfamiliar with wounds such as his. But that harsh intake of breath that she’d given spoke of a deep concern, or shock at the sight of such a grievous wound—or both. Though it hardly fit that she should be overly worried about him—someone she didn’t even know. Disgust washed over him. She shouldn’t have to see him like this. Still…she had brought him and Eli home with her. Why?

All thoughts deserted him as an ominous silence descended momentarily, then strong hands gripped his shoulders and ankles. A restraining knee came across his uninjured leg, and a firm grip fell upon either side of the wounded flesh of his thigh.

He smelled the heat, felt the reluctant anticipation of the men who held him, and he knew what was coming. In the next instant, hot steel slid into the wound, purging it.

An animalistic cry ripped from somewhere deep inside him.

Anne Patrick said... Best Blogger Tips

Happy Earth Day everyone! Here is a sneek peek at my upcoming release A Familiar Evil.

Jordan Russell had the perfect life until the brutal monster from her childhood resurfaced, opening up scars she thought were healed. With the hope of finally finding closure Jordan leaves her cheating husband, and her career in the FBI, and returns to where her nightmare began. But what awaits her in Thorny Creek will push her to the very edge of sanity and bring her face to face with her abductor.

Excerpt:

“Excuse me. I’m looking for Chief Russell.”

Jordan’s stomach did a nosedive at the familiar voice of her soon-to-be-ex-husband.

“You found her,” Frank answered.

Jordan looked up just as Sam smiled. “Indeed I have.” He started toward her desk.

Colleen barged through the opened door. “Chief, there’s an Agent Russell here to see…oh, I guess you found her.”

“Agent Russell,” Frank repeated. He turned back to Jordan, “Isn’t Russell your married name?” He then shifted his gaze back to Sam, “That must mean you’re her husband.”

“Not for much longer.” Jordan hurried around her desk and ushered Frank out the door. “You’ll be hearing from me.” She closed the door and looked at Sam. “What are you doing here?”

“I’m here at your request.”

“I specifically requested someone from the Charlotte field office.” Anyone but him.

He looked at her with the gorgeous smile that used to make her go weak in the knees. “And they forwarded that request to Agent Haines, who assigned me.”

“We’ll see about that.” Jordan marched back to her desk, and was four digits into Haines’ cell phone number when Sam pressed his finger down on the button and disconnected the call. Eighteen and a half months of built-up rage boiled to the surface. She doubled her right fist and spun around with lighting fury.

Sam, just as quick, stopped the fist within inches of his jaw. With his free hand, he took the phone from her left hand and placed it back in its cradle. Jordan felt his hot breath on her face as he peered down at her, and was keenly aware of the heat generating from his body through the hand which tightened around her wrist.

“Let me help you, Jordan…please.”

She swallowed hard, summoned all her courage, and met his smoldering gaze. “I need a profiler who can tell me exactly what I’m up against here.”

“Don’t tell me you’ve lost your touch.”

She ignored his smirk. “I need a fresh pair of eyes who can look at this guy objectively.”

“Who hasn’t allowed themselves to get too personal?”

“I just need someone other than you,” she spat.

“Too bad, you’re stuck with me. Now, what do you say I release your hand and you don’t take my head off? Or we can continue to provide the day’s entertainment for your co-workers.”

Jordan shifted her gaze to the glass separating her office from the command center. A half dozen familiar faces scattered like rats. She twisted free from his grip, grabbed her cap from her desk and shoved it down over her head. “Fine!” She was already halfway out the door before she realized he wasn’t with her. She turned back and found him smiling at her. “Are you coming or not?”

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Obe,

Thanks for the good wishes! Happy Earth Day!!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Delaney,

You're very welcome! :)

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

JoAnna,

My favorite is paranormal tales, but I have a thing for cowboys, too. lol

Thanks for coming by.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Cheryl, Sarah, Rebecca and Anne.

Thanks for sharing you excerpts!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Cathy,

Thanks for coming by. Happy Earth Day!!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Hello Katrina! (kitkatwithnuts)

I hope you're having a good day!!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Teresa K.,

I'm with you--there's too many stories to choose from. lol

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Nightingale,

Stay tune-- Eli is one of the books available for the drawing. :)

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Do you like Witches, Archangels and ghosts?
Excerpt for The Curse of Tempest Gate (A Halloween Anthology-stimulating)

She chewed on her lower lip, debating if she should give the chair a try. “The stories surrounding the chair were meant to scare people,” she reminded herself, trying to forget Hester Higgins ominous warnings about the entity of Samael feeding off a person’s deeds. “Sordid deeds.” Her worse offense was taking extra cream home from the nearby coffee shop to use later at home. She couldn’t imagine Samael getting high off of that. Besides, the legend of the chair was probably invented to scare away vandals.
With a shrug of her shoulders, she plopped down in the chair, facing the Archangel Michael, who appeared to be eyeing her with disdain. “Don’t look at me that way. I had to sit here. I work for a magazine—and I’m talking to a statue.” She shook her head. It must have been the knock to her head. It made her loopy. She lifted her camera, facing the lens toward her. At arm’s length, she snapped a self-portrait of herself sitting in the chair. She looked at the picture on her screen, thinking it looked okay, but something in the corner of the photo caught her attention.

The clouds shifted overhead and the photo became shadowed. She had to magnify the picture, bringing the image closer to the screen. Her heart beat faster in her chest. A shadow in the shape of a man stood behind her off to the left of where she sat. She whipped around in her seat, half expecting to see the figure looming over her, but there was nothing there.
Her body relaxed and she sat back in the seat, studying the image once again. She might have dismissed the figure as a trick of the light if there hadn’t been two glowering red eyes staring back at her. “Now that’s creepy.”

The shadows deepened overhead. With a frown, she glanced up at the storm clouds moving in fast from the other direction to join the ones hovering overhead. She had to go now. Her windbreaker wouldn’t repel a downpour and she’d end up drenched. She flew to her feet, but something whipped around her waist like a vice and yanked her back into the chair. She let out a gasp of surprise as she glanced down at the ivy wrapping around her, binding her as securely as ropes would. She struggled against the plant determined to keep her prisoner, but her fingers were useless against the vine’s strength.
You’re sitting in the devil’s chair. The annoying voice in her head reminded her in a tone of how-stupid-can-you-get.

A scream crawled up her throat in a roar of denial. “Demons are not real! They are not real,” she yelled again.

“Oh, but they are,” a deep voice momentarily broke through her tirade.

Her limbs froze and her heart threatened to stop. The Archangel Michael stepped down from his base, his wings spread wide in a ruffle of feathers that sliced through the air. He no longer was a frozen stone effigy, but flesh and blood. His hair was seven shades of gold and his eyes as blue as the sky. Her mouth dropped open, but no words left her lips.

“I believe you asked for my service.” He bowed before her with a generous display of courtesy.

She let the scream come loose, bellowing like a banshee set free to find its prey.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Here's one for the western fans:
Wanted-- available in the A Christmas Anthology-stimulating

“Papa, Papa.” A little cherub, in the lovely form of a child came traipsing in the door. Her blonde braided-ponytails bobbed behind her like a flag. She flew into Sheriff Jace Kelly’s outstretched arms.

“Hello darlin’.” His large arms encircled the little girl with affection. “Where’s Mrs. Gunthry?”
“Oh, you know how her old bones don’t move so fast. She’s right behind me, only not so close ’cause I ran.” Her lips curved into a bright toothless grin.

So the sheriff was married. Had a little girl too. She was cute as a button with rosy cheeks and big blue eyes, a brighter blue than her father’s. As if the little girl sensed someone staring at her, she turned. Her gaze fastened onto JoBeth before widening in surprise.

She tilted her head to the side then squealed in delight, clapping her hands together as if someone handed her a present. “She’s here. She’s really here.”

JoBeth’s brows drew together in a frown. She turned to look beside her, half expecting someone to be standing next to the cot. Her gaze fastened onto the little girl once more with a frown.

“Now, Emma, don’t be making this out to be something it’s not.”
Her hand went to her mouth, cupping it as if she were going to whisper, but her voice rang clear as day. “She has dark hair and green eyes. Didn’t you notice?”
JoBeth looked at Jace and by damn he turned two shades of red. Interesting. She looked at Emma again. Who did the child think she was?”

“That’s enough, Emma. We’ll talk about this later.”

“But she’s my Christmas present.” Her hands flew to her waist and she stomped her foot with indignation.

JoBeth’s brows rose on their own accord. A Christmas present, now this she had to hear.

“I tell you, Emma Kelly, you’re faster than anyone I know.” An older woman with gray hair and round figure strolled in with purpose. “You can’t be bothering your Papa at work.”

“Oh, he don’t mind. Do you, Papa?” She looked up at him with her baby blues.

Good Lord, JoBeth thought. Even she’d be hard press not to fall for the sweet-as-pie expression the child gave her father.

“No, I don’t mind, darlin’.” He patted her head. His lips curved into a smile, but his eyes said it all. He loved his little girl.
“See.” Emma faced the older woman again. “He don’t mind.” Now she leaned close to Mrs. Gunthry as if to tell her a secret, but obviously no one explained the art of whispering. “Did you see? She’s here.”

“Who’s here?” Mrs. Gunthry asked, looking at the sheriff for the explanation.

“No one,” the sheriff insisted, his skin still sported a nice crimson color.

The child simply would not take the hint. “My mama, she’s here.” Emma looked right at JoBeth and pointed her finger.

JoBeth thought the sheriff would have liked to hide under his wood carved desk, but the man apparently didn’t high-tale it at the first sign of trouble. His gaze wavered over to her with an apologetic shrug.

JoBeth chuckled, enjoying the sheriff’s discomfort. “Please do tell, Sheriff. Why would such a sweet angel think I’m her mother?” Her fingers feathered down her dirt-worn threads. She hadn’t heard a good story in a long time and this one ought to be good.

katekindle said... Best Blogger Tips

My stories:
Spring/Easter Collection:

Roberta leads an isolated life of dedication to her elderly Aunt Vi. Finally, she asks God to provide a party for a little break in the monotonous routine. When she finds Manley Rogers in the family's broken down greenhouse, the injured man helps her find much more.

Historical Collection:

Jack and Maddy Barrett must make their lives for themselves and their children in the midst of poverty and danger inherent in coal mining one hundred years ago. Although Jack is devoted to his wife, his ways are mysterious, and he disappears for months at at time, telling his young wife, "Trust me." People say he's crazy. Can the love of a steadfast woman keep her wandering husband coming home? Join Jack and Maddy for their exciting story to find out.

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

More Blurbs - these from Publishing by Rebecca J. Vickery

No Greater Love by Kinzie Monroe - Attorney Kirby Shelton has met a lot of wackos in her life. But the computer software queen, Leah Dalton, takes the prize. Leah, facing a losing battle with cancer, comes to Kirby with a plan to end her life on her terms. Leah invites Kirby and five of her closest friends to her estate, and offers to make one of them a multi-millionaire. All they have to do is kill her. Will they do it?

Your Place or Mine by D. S. Craver (sensual) - Sydney Smith decides it’s time to move out of her tiny apartment and become a home owner. Blake Smith, no relation and a real hottie, also wants to see the duplex. A mix-up has them viewing it together. They both love the house. There's also some sparks flying between the two of them, or is Sydney the only one feeling that way? A highly sensual story of fun, home-buying, and more...

A Court Lady (spicy) by Clova Leighton - In the excitement of Emperor Napoleon and Empress Josephine's reign, Corisande becomes a valued member of Court under Josephine's protection, and has no end of suitors. Sebastian is a confidente of the Emperor and an expert military strategist. Napoleon suggests strongly it is time for Sebastian to wed, even though he prefers not. Will he find the lady to change his mind at Court?

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

Familiar Shadows by Bert Goolsby Love... Valor... Enduring memories... Twelve-year-old Luke “Skeets” McLendon and his best friend, Will Sheffield, fall for Lydia Powell, a beautiful, recently orphaned girl their same age. When his aunt, Tweeve Huggins, assumes temporary custody of Lydia, Skeets' life becomes complicated in more ways than one and he soon learns a painful lesson about love and loss.

Surviving With Love by Rebecca J. Vickery - Sensual Romantic Adventure... An independent female tracker must join forces with an ex-military hostage rescuer to save two boys. Sparks fly from their first meeting. Then when they think the mission is over, fate steps in...

Sarah J. McNeal said... Best Blogger Tips

Before I check out for the evening I want to wish everyone a very conscientious Earth Day. I stopped using plastic water bottles some time ago but, today, I am going to stop using plastic bags.
This has been a wonderful day with all you talented authors.
Here is my last excerpt for Harmonica Joe's Reluctant Bride my time travel western:

A haunted house, a trunk and a date with destiny.

Harmonica Joe’s Reluctant Bride
By Sarah McNeal
Available at Western Trail Blazer Novels
http://westerntrailblazer.yolasite.com/online-store.php
Available at Amazon.com
Also available in print soon
Blurb:
Joseph Wilding left his prosperous Virginia ranch and his grieving father to live in obscurity and guilt over his brother’s death until he marries Lola instead of Callie McGraw, the woman he abhors but whose life he was attempting to save.
Lola discovers a warp in time in an old trunk when she falls into 1910. She finds herself married to Joe, a stranger shadowed by secrets. Mistaken for Callie McGraw, a thief and a woman of ill repute, Lola finds her life is threatened by a scoundrel who believes she stole his money and only Joe stands between her and death.
With danger threatening all around and secrets keeping them apart, can Joe and Lola find their destiny together or will time and circumstance forever divide them?
EXCERPT:
After another long silence, he pulled the harmonica out of his shirt pocket with his free hand while the other loosely held the reins. He began to play something that almost sounded like a tune while the horses loped along pulling the wagon over every rock in the road. His mood seemed to have darkened.
Lola sensed there was a mystery to Joe Wilding, something he was not willing to share with anyone, especially someone he barely knew like her. Curiosity crept into her veins and spread like wildfire. Nothing enticed her more than a good mystery.
Studying his stony features for a moment, Lola guessed that something very sad or very bad had happened to Joe, something she determined to find an answer to. But for the sake of peace between them, she would let it rest for now. “What’s that tune you’re playing? Sounds something like that noise you were making last night.”
“It’s the same tune. I only know the one.”
“It sounds like pots clanging together.” There, she got a good lick in for the insult back in the barn. His face was unmoved and somehow she felt just a little guilty for saying the smart remark since he seemed in a pensive mood.
“Maybe so,” Joe acknowledged.
“Why do you carry the harmonica with you all the time if you only know one tune? You don’t even play that one very well.” A little stab of conscience needled at her chest, but Lola ignored it. Why was she being so mean spirited toward this man? He had only hurt her pride some. She shouldn’t make such a big deal out of it.
He wiped the harmonica on his shirt before he put it back in his pocket. With a narrow glance toward Lola, he took a deep breath and answered. “It’s not my harmonica. It belonged to my brother. He died. I killed him. Now will you just let me have some silence for a while?” The words seemed to grind up from the bottom of his throat as if he were choking on a bale of tumbleweed.

Have a wonderful evening everyone and a happy Easter or Passover.

hotcha12 said... Best Blogger Tips

HAPPY GOOD FRIDAY AND EARTH DAY! I CAN'T STAY LONG AS STORMS ARE COMING AGAIN!

LINDA B

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Linda,

We're doing this the old fashion way. The names are in a hat (or in this case bowl). lol

And the winner is...hotch12


Looking Through the Mist


Congratulations!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Let's draw one more name...

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Here we go...

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

We have a winner for Capture the Lightning Ebook By Madeline Baker


Cathy!

Congratulations! E-mail coming your way. :)

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Stay tune... more drawings later!

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations Linda and Cathy.
Enjoy your books!

Do you like eerie legends, paranormal events, romance and cowboys?
Then we have a book for you:
Bad Wind Blowing by Peter Brandvold
A gold-seeking drifter, a beautiful, small town sheriff, and an ancient Indian curse. Carmody intends to dig for gold in Poudre Canyon, but slithering snakes, grisly deaths, and weird murders get in the way. Then he meets Sheriff Claudine Bridger and begins a demon hunt that includes a schoolteacher with a guilty conscience and an old Indian Shaman who claims to be able to end the curse.
A Western Trail Blazer novel...

Caroline Clemmons said... Best Blogger Tips

Karen Michelle, Best of luck to you with your series.
caroline@carolineclemmons.com

Babyblue22 said... Best Blogger Tips

Happy Earth Day Everyone!!!!

I'm loving all the blurbs, sneek peeks & excerpts!!!
I spent 15 minutes just getting to the end of them.
And the coupon codes are so great, THANKS!!

So my favorite genres are Historicals & Westerns I just absolutely love the time periods of both!!! But I ready all genres!!!

~Afshan
Afshan522@aol.com

JoAnna said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats Cathy and Linda!

Karen, I recently picked up a series which is vampire cowboys. I can't wait to read them.

Lisa Alexander Griffin said... Best Blogger Tips

Although I haven't tried writing it yet, I guess my favorite genre is western historical. The blurb of Eli: Warriors of the Light sounds wonderful, Karen! :)

lgriffinwriter@bellsouth.net

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

JoAnna,

Vampire Cowboys? Do you remember the name of the series?

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Let's do another drawing.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Lisa!!

Thank you so much. I'm glad Eli caught your interest. :)

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Okay here we go... picking a name...

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Nightingale is the winner of Eli: Warriors for the Light!!

Congratulations! Look for the email soon!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Let's do one more drawing.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

And the winner is...

Lisa Alexander Griffin

E-book--
Bad Wind Blowing
Peter Brandvold
Published By Western Trail Blazer

Congratulations!

JoAnna said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Karen,
The series is called the Shadow Wranglers by Sara McCarty. Covers are very nice. :)

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I really like fantasy stories, but I read about anything.

The excerpts sound really good.

briananickol at yahoo.com

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks, JoAnna.

I'll have to check them out.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi, Briana.

Thanks for joining us.

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats to Nightingale and Lisa!
Enjoy your reads...

More Blurbs:
A Mystery/Suspense Collecton: Sweet
Miss Penelope's Letters by Miss Mae - The letters arrive unsigned. The writer demands that Penelope meet him in one of London’s most ill-reputed and darkest streets. When she dares to keep the assignations, she encounters a man in a black mask who leaves her breathless from his stolen kiss. Yet he claims the reason for their surreptitious tryst is an honorable one. Can he be trusted?

A Distant Call by Gerald Costlow - The Appalachian Mountains hold mysteries galore for the unwary and the full moon increases the danger as Jessie Corman is bound to find out. Anna May Sherritt and her granny know all about the call and how folks often disappear. Can they save Jessie and solve the disappearances?

The Last of Her Kind by Cheryl Pierson - An old Victrola is the cherished possession of Cassie's grandmother. Her father also seems oddly attached to the antique phonograph, but her new stepmother detests it. Then Cassie discovers a secret, a wonderful, yet frightening, secret. Will it save her family or destroy it?

Dangerous Deception by Anne Patrick - Gwen Jacobs thrived on dangerous assignments, until the massacre of an African village. She is offered a chance at redemption by accompanying Jack Peterson and his small group of humanitarians to report on the atrocities taking place amidst a civil war. When her secrets are revealed, will she lose the only man she’s ever really loved?

Available from Victory Tales Press

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

A Spring/Easter Collection: Sweet
from Victory Tales Press

Love's Sweet Journey by Cindy Carrier - Juliet must reach Denver in time to claim her inheritance if she is to care for her younger siblings. Stormy Tucker is on his way to jail, a handsome young outlaw with a remorseful heart. Can their journey with a U.S. Marshal possibly lead to faith and love?

A Polish Heart by Stephanie Burkhart - Darrin Riverton, an architect from the United States is assigned to a challenging project which requires a trip to Poland. His first sight of his translator heats his blood. With Sofia as his guide, Darrin discovers new things about himself. When a chance is presented for him to remain in Poland, will he follow his heart?

Lilies of Hope by Markee Anderson - Alexis Jenson is teaching third grade when the president of the school board walks into her room to watch how she handles a child who’s thought to be abused. When the child’s parents die that night, will she give up her hopes and dreams for her own future, or does she turn a blind eye and live for herself?

Easter Promise by Kate Kindle - Roberta leads a lonely life after relocating to care for a dying relative. Only her aunt fools them all and lives. Now, Bobbie feels trapped at times and despairs of having a life of her own. Then a dream about a greenhouse and fudge and the discovery of an injured stranger brings renewed hope for the future.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

My daughter says it's time for another drawing. So here we go...

The winner is...
Delaney Diamond

The Trials of Lawyer Pratt
Ebook By Bert Goolsby


Congratulations!

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

Please pick up a FREE download of the Victory Tales Press book of favorite recipes:
Christmas Dessert Decadence
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/42869

Lisa Alexander Griffin said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks so much for the chance to win! I'm really excited to read a western by a new author! Bad Wind Blowing by Peter Brandvold sounds awesome!!

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats Delaney!

Lisa, I think you are going to love BWB. I want to hear how you like it when you have a chance to read it, please. Don't read it on a dark stormy night, though. LOL

Another Blurb:
The Trials of Lawyer Pratt by Bert Goolsby - In the 1960s South, Billy Joe Pratt, a young lawyer, takes on the defense of Siggy Youmans, a bottle washer charged with murder and arrested holding the murder weapon. Pratt harbors no doubt whatever regarding Siggy’s guilt. And what does Siggy’s own mama say about her son's claim of innocence? “Iffen his lips are a’movin’, he’s a’lyin’." But is Siggy really lying?

lastnerve said... Best Blogger Tips

Happy Earth day everyone. I can't possibly say which genre is my favorite because there are so many. The one I read the most of is romantic suspense.

I hope you all have a wonderful evening!

Val
lastnerve2000@gmail.com

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Lisa,
You will love Peter Brandvold's writing. I read a book by him, THE ROMANTICS, about 4 years ago, and it was so realistic and just darn GOOD. I will be buying everything he puts out with WESTERN TRAIL BLAZERS.
Congratulations!
Cheryl

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

We still have more giveaways and blurbs and excerpts. Please come by tomorrow for more.

I'm off to bed for now. Good night all!

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for a wonderful day blogging, Karen. You are a marvelous hostess.
And thank you for having us over again tomorrow...
Night Everyone!

Lisa Alexander Griffin said... Best Blogger Tips

I'll be sure to let you know, Rebecca, and I'll remember not to read it on a cold, dark, night. lol.

Thanks for your recommendation Cheryl. I can't wait to read!!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Good morning!

I thought I'd start with a excerpt from Lucca (Fallen Angels) This is his first time he's met Juliet.

One quick sweep, told (Lucca) only two humans were in there. His gaze landed first on a boy who was about nine or ten years old. He was a human male with light hair, a towhead as human’s would call the shade that looked like moonlight. Then his gaze focused on the female standing beside him, perhaps the boy’s mother. The female’s locks were a warm color kissed by the sun, making the strands a light reddish blonde. She wore it back away from her face with one of those clippy things he’d seen so many females wear when the weather turned warm, but the majority of the length cascaded down her back in waves of sunshine. The jeans and T-shirt were nothing special, but she might as well have been clothed in fine threads befitting royalty. The cloth flowed over her skin as if they’d been tailored to the way she moved, flattering all her curves. “It’s her.” His voice came out in a hoarse whisper even he didn’t recognize. The scent wafted off of the female and he must know why it drew him. Why she’d chosen to wear it like a calling card.

Gideon had caught up to him and stood beside him now. His heavy gaze locked onto him. No doubt wondering what held him captive. No longer one of the Watchers, he didn’t need to explain his motives. The Watchers left him on his own. They wanted him to interact with humans, learn to respect them. What a better way to do so by introducing himself to this female. Then he’d find out where she bought the perfume she’d doused herself with and be done with her. His hand gripped the handle of the door, but Gideon’s words halted him.

“What are you doing?” Gideon followed his line of vision. “Do you know her?”

He didn’t, but he planned on rectifying it. He pushed open the door and entered. He closed his eyes as the intoxicating fragrance poured over him in waves of ecstasy, making him dizzy with lust. “Dear Lord.” His eyelids popped open and his gaze riveted to the human female. He wanted her, needed her. The thought consumed him, taking over every other thought.

The female stared back at him. Her eyes, the lovely shade of green wavered over him, assessing the situation. He could see the warrior response in the depths of her eyes. Should she flee or fight? Her back stiffened and her chin rose in defiance. He noticed her hand moving to the back of her shirt. Dagger? No, this was the twenty-first century. She most likely packed a gun. It didn’t matter. He had to reach her, touch her to prove she was no illusion.
He moved with purpose, ignoring Gideon who had entered behind him, ordering him to stand down.

What an odd demand. They weren’t on a battlefield.

Reaching the woman, he leaned near and inhaled the featherlike remnants of pine. “Rosemary.” Soothing cool… mint hit his senses next before a sweeter smoother fragrance teased him. The combination of all three at once proved his undoing. His gaze swept over her. He wanted to kiss her… every inch of her. His eyes narrowed with suspicion, wondering if the woman enchanted him. “What are you?” His voice was raw with emotion.

Her lovely arched brows drew together. He could sense her uneasiness and she jerked away, but didn’t run. “Did you just sniff my hair?” she asked.

Even her smooth and musical voice enticed him. “What enchantment have you cast? The scent, the perfume you wear, what is it?”

Her frown deepened and her gaze wavered over his shoulder. Probably looking at Gideon for an explanation, but when none came, her gaze met his again. “I’m not wearing any perfume.”

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Let's do another drawing, too.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

The prize is:

A Spring/Easter Collection Anthology: Sweet
Ebook By VTP Anthologies

Ebook Short Description
Sweet Romance at its best in four complete stories of love, family, and/or inspiration: Love's Sweet Journey by Cindy Carrier; A Polish Heart by Stephanie Burkhart; Lilies of Hope by Markee Anderson; and Easter Promise by Kate Kindle. Each tale is based on a Spring/Easter setting, but these stories are good reading anytime of the year.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Here we go...

The winner of the A Spring/Easter Collection Anthology is....

Briana Nickol!!

Congratulations!

JoAnna said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats Briana!!!!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

We want to give more books away. Even if you won, you can have another chance for a e-book of your choice below. The links are provided so you may read the blurbs.

Eli: Warriors for the Light
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/18441

A Mystery/Suspense Collection:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/44472

A Spring/Easter Collection: Sweet
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/48682

A Buzzard's View -
The Adventures of Burton & Bernice (Satire)
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/41264


Bad Wind Blowing (Stimulating)
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/33855


Capture the Lightning
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/41266

The Trials of Lawyer Pratt
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/27213

Looking Through the Mist
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/4283

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

For the question to be entered in drawing:

What e-book interests you and why?

Babyblue22 said... Best Blogger Tips

Looking Through The Mist sounds interesting to me!!
I love a good mystery and it sounds right up my alley!
I wonder what trouble a Psychic and a Detective can get into.

~Afshan
Afshan522@aol.com

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Afshan,

A fine choice. I loved this tale!

JoAnna said... Best Blogger Tips

I would love to read Eli: Warriors for the Light. Men with wings, yummy!

JoAnna said... Best Blogger Tips

Forgot my email.
beckerjo at verizon dot net

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

JoAnna,

I'm right with you. The Nephilim are darn right beautiful and dangerous all rolled into one. Gotta have one. lol

hotcha12 said... Best Blogger Tips

HI ALL AND HAPPY EASTER!! I SURVIVED THE MASSIVE STORM AND HOPE TO READ ALL WEEKEND!! CAN'T WAIT TO GET THESE WONDERFUL BOOKS AND HOPING FOR A GIFT CARD.

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats to Briana!

Sorry to pop in so late but preparations are ongoing for our Easter dinner tomorrow. Ham's cooking and I am working on the Bunny cake.

Here are more blurbs:
If you like satire this author has a definite way with it:
A Buzzard's View - Have you ever wondered how other creatures on Earth view the human race? Two Turkey Vultures, Burton and his beloved mate, Bernice, now share their views on everything "human." This intro to The Adventures of Burton & Bernice has the buzzards sharing child-rearing woes, memories of their first meeting, and a run-in with a drug cartel. The first in a series by Western satirist, John Duncklee.

And please don't forget our book that is helping the relief efforts in Japan:
A Matter of Tea and other stories - "Delicate as bisque china, dangerous as a snake den, Charles T. Whipple's writing resonates across the seven seas. Tales of sacrifice and honor that flick at the heart and encircle the soul." – Marsha Ward. Stories include: A Matter of Tea, The Dragon of Torigoe, The Floating World, Kamo Ike, From Chojagasaki Bay, Masakado's Revenge, and Bonus Sections. Royalties are for relief efforts in Japan

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

More Blurbs:

Jonquils in the Snow (sweet) by Laurean Brooks - Her fiance skipped town two days before the wedding. Two years later Miranda Stevens is ready to move on. Brady Watson’s anger toward the driver responsible for his wife's death three years ago has turned into grief. Will Miranda help Brady find the strength to relinquish the past and embrace a new beginning? Can the answer be found in something as simple as a cluster of Jonquil blooms?

Chances Are (spicy) by Laura Shinn - Katie and her son, Byron, are weeks away from moving on to their next destination while running away. Sheriff Trent Stiller is instantly taken with the beautiful and intelligent waitress in Little, Texas, and convinces her to give them a chance. Will he still feel the same way when he discovers what she did to her ex-husband and why she and Byron are on the run?

Available from Publishing by Rebecca J. Vickery

Miriam Newman said... Best Blogger Tips

Ladies, this is a neat idea for Earth Day and I hope you have a good one. I would probably like Eli best, since I enjoy fantasy so much. But mostly I just wanted to drop by and say hi! Best of luck with all your great books.
mrmireland@aol.com

Sarah J. McNeal said... Best Blogger Tips

Well, since the party is still happening, I thought I might drop by between cleaning cooking to see what's what.
Here's a little somethin'-somethin' from my new release, Harmonica Joe's Reluctant Bride ( a time travel western with a ghost)
A haunted house, a trunk and a date with destiny.

Harmonica Joe’s Reluctant Bride
By Sarah McNeal
Available at Western Trail Blazer Novels
http://westerntrailblazer.yolasite.com/online-store.php
Available at Amazon.com
Also available in print soon
Blurb:
Joseph Wilding left his prosperous Virginia ranch and his grieving father to live in obscurity and guilt over his brother’s death until he marries Lola instead of Callie McGraw, the woman he abhors but whose life he was attempting to save.
Lola discovers a warp in time in an old trunk when she falls into 1910. She finds herself married to Joe, a stranger shadowed by secrets. Mistaken for Callie McGraw, a thief and a woman of ill repute, Lola finds her life is threatened by a scoundrel who believes she stole his money and only Joe stands between her and death.
With danger threatening all around and secrets keeping them apart, can Joe and Lola find their destiny together or will time and circumstance forever divide them?

Excerpt:
The dirt road twisted along between groves of trees and meadows. Fluffy tufts of cottonwood blossoms drifted to earth like snowflakes. The scent of wildflowers permeated the air, honeysuckle and wild jasmine. “What time is this?” Lola held her breath as she waited for the answer.
Joe pulled out an expensive looking pocket watch, flipped open the smooth, gold lid and peered at the hands. “It’s a quarter to five. Got somewhere you need to be?”
She felt the vibration of his laughter against her cheek. “I meant the date, dufuss.”
“I’ll overlook the name calling but don’t let it happen again.” He glanced behind him to give her a narrow look but there was a teasing curve to his lip. “I can see where a woman like you would lose track of the days,” he said with a touch of sarcasm. “It’s Tuesday, May tenth, nineteen hundred and ten.”
A sound almost like a sob, escaped Lola. Why had this happened to her? What had she ever done to deserve such trouble in her life, the impending danger of being murdered by someone she didn’t even know and this freakish displacement in time? She wanted it all to go away, to not be real.
Her thumb ached and, when she examined what cause the discomfort, she saw a splinter had lodged in it. Sucking in a deep breath, she pinched the splinter between her index finger and thumb and pulled it out. It hurt worse for a second then settled down. The sight of the droplet of blood that oozed from the tiny wound clarified the reality of her situation. All of this was real. What had happened to take her away from her life into this place, this time?
Could it be possible that the infamous Callie McGraw had switched places with her? Was she living her Great-Great-Aunt Callie’s life? How was such a thing even possible? Had something mystical happened? Was her life in possession of the corrupt Callie McGraw? A streak of cold impending doom ran up her spine.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Miriam,

Don't you have a new historical tale coming out soon with Victory Tales Press.

Share a blurb with us!!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

We have another winner for the

A Mystery/Suspense Collection Four stories to stir your heart and make you want to see what will happen next.

Miss Penelope's Letters by Miss Mae
The letters arrive unsigned. The writer demands that Penelope meet him in one of London’s most ill-reputed and darkest streets. When she dares to keep the assignations, she encounters a man in a black mask who leaves her breathless from his stolen kiss. Yet he claims the reason for their surreptitious tryst is an honorable one. Can he be trusted?

A Distant Call by Gerald Costlow
The Appalachian Mountains hold mysteries galore for the unwary and the full moon increases the danger as Jessie Corman is bound to find out. Anna May Sherritt and her granny know all about the call and how folks often disappear. Can they save Jessie and solve the disappearances?

The Last of Her Kind by Cheryl Pierson
An old Victrola is the cherished possession of Cassie's grandmother. Her father also seems oddly attached to the antique phonograph, but her new stepmother detests it. Then Cassie discovers a secret, a wonderful, yet frightening, secret. Will it save her family or destroy it?

Dangerous Deception by Anne Patrick
Gwen Jacobs thrived on dangerous assignments, until the massacre of an African village. She is offered a chance at redemption by accompanying Jack Peterson and his small group of humanitarians to report on the atrocities taking place amidst a civil war. When her secrets are revealed, will she lose the only man she’s ever really loved?

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

And the winner is...

Kitkatwithnuts!

Congratulations!!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you so much!!

I like mysteries, too.

Katrina

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Another winner...

JoAnna a fallen angel will visit you soon!!

Congratulations you've won a copy of Eli: Warriors for the Light!!

Sarah J. McNeal said... Best Blogger Tips

Okay. I'm back with one more excerpt from Harmonica Joe's Reluctant Bride.

A haunted house, a trunk and a date with destiny.

Harmonica Joe’s Reluctant Bride
By Sarah McNeal

Available at Western Trail Blazer Novels
http://westerntrailblazer.yolasite.com/online-store.php

Available at Amazon.com

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=harmonica+joe%27s+reluctant+bride+by+sarah+mcneal&x=14&y=14
Also available in print soon
Blurb:
Joseph Wilding left his prosperous Virginia ranch and his grieving father to live in obscurity and guilt over his brother’s death until he marries Lola instead of Callie McGraw, the woman he abhors but whose life he was attempting to save.
Lola discovers a warp in time in an old trunk when she falls into 1910. She finds herself married to Joe, a stranger shadowed by secrets. Mistaken for Callie McGraw, a thief and a woman of ill repute, Lola finds her life is threatened by a scoundrel who believes she stole his money and only Joe stands between her and death.
With danger threatening all around and secrets keeping them apart, can Joe and Lola find their destiny together or will time and circumstance forever divide them?


PG13 Excerpt:
Joe swallowed another bite of bacon and downed two gulps of coffee before he pinned her with a dark eye. He suppressed the grin that wanted to ride up on his lips at her funny way of talking. “I don’t know what you’re talking about with all that zip code and meteorite lingo. Right now, we have some things to take care of, like Argos, here. I promised Jake Medford I would take a look at his lame mare and then I have to go into town and settle a few things, like talking to the sheriff about what happened yesterday.” Another gulp of coffee. “Oh. By the way, you might want to close the bedroom curtains when you change clothes or wash up in our bedroom from now on. We had a visitor last night and he probably enjoyed watching our intimacies in bed.”
That certainly got her attention. She sat up straight and stared at him with panic in her expression. “Oh, my God. Who do you think it was? Was it that awful man who attacked me in the bar? That awful Taylor person?” She placed her hands over her face. “Holy crap, I can’t believe it. That man saw me naked, having sex with you. I could just die.” Her hands flew up to cover her face.
Laughter sprung up out of his chest before he could stop it. “Well, it was just sex after all,” he threw her words back at her.
Her hands withdrew from her face to fist in her lap. Eyes narrowed and her lips thinned into a straight line as anger replaced embarrassment. Drawing her spine up straight, she looked him straight in the eye. “Ascendo tumm.”
“Up yours? What the hell does that mean?” A grin spread across his face when Lola sucked in a breath of astonishment.
“I forgot you know Latin.” Her head bowed and a momentary deflation of her expression caught Joe’s eye. A fraction of a moment later she glanced back up to meet his eye and said with defiance, “It means up your ass. In this case, that would be close to your shoulders, seeing as that’s where your ass sits.”
Joe just couldn’t help it. That defiant look, her captivating reply. God, what a woman. He burst out laughing at her insult.
I love you. He thought it but he sure as hell wasn’t about to say it.

JoAnna said... Best Blogger Tips

Just got done painting Easter eggs. Checked my email and had a wonderful suprise! Thanks! I can't wait to read it.

Congrats Kitkatwithnuts!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

JoAnne,

You're very welcome.

Kitkatwithnuts (Katrina)

I hope you enjoy the tales!!

Briana,

Enjoy!! :)

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Sarah,

Thanks for sharing another wonderful excerpt!!

hotcha12 said... Best Blogger Tips

wow so many wonderful books HAPPY EASTER ALL!

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

Coming May 1st in A Historical Collection from VTP
Deirdre by Miriam Newman
Excerpt:
The most beloved of the Red Branch Knights were the sons of Usna: Naisi, Ainle, and Ardan. Fierce in battle or the hunt, they were equally skilled in peace, and Naisi especially enjoyed the sound of the harp and was a skilled musician. The land being peaceful at that time, he found enjoyment wandering in the woods, listening to the sound of his music. Even animals were charmed by it and as for people—why, they had no choice. It filled them with contentment and joy.
It was at this time, as well, that Deirdre (knowing her unwanted marriage to the king was approaching) sometimes made her escape to walk in the scarce-known world beyond gate and moat. Leabhar, who should have prevented it, was touched by the girl’s deep unhappiness, for she herself had loved a man when she was young. So Leabhar let Deirdre walk and no fairer nor more innocent maid ever trod the woods that belonged to the King.
Neither did Naisi fear to go there, for he and the king were on good terms and he knew of no reason he should not. And that is why on the fairest of summer days he sat beneath a tree on a hillock making music yet more fair. It was that which pulled Deirdre in, of course. She could no more resist it than a trout does the lure, and when she saw the sheer, pure beauty of the man making it, that drew her more strongly yet, for she knew him from her dreams.
Still, Leabhar had raised her to be circumspect, so no word did she say. Instead she only passed Naisi, eyes downcast like any modest maid’s so that no evil could be said of her. But beauty speaks for itself and Naisi, seeing it, was struck to the heart and he spoke: “How fair a doe my music has called.”

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

Coming May 1st from PbRJV:
A Familiar Evil by Anne Patrick
(Mystery/Suspense Romance)
Jordan Russell had the perfect life until the brutal monster from her childhood resurfaced, opening up scars she thought were healed.
With the hope of finally finding closure Jordan leaves her cheating husband, and her career in the FBI, and returns to where her nightmare began.
But what awaits her in Thorny Creek will push her to the very edge of sanity and bring her face to face with her abductor.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Rebecca,

Thanks for posting an except for Miriam's tale. I'm looking forward to reading this one. :)

I love old Irish tales.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Hotcha12,

Happy Easter to you, too!

Rebecca J Vickery said... Best Blogger Tips

You're welcome, Karen.
If anyone has a particular one of our books or anthologies they would like to know about, just give us a shout and we'll try to get the blurb or excerpt posted for you.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Another drawing is in order. Drum roll please...

And the winner is...

Val! Congratulations!

You've won:

A Mystery/Suspense Collection.
I'll be emailing you soon.

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Karen,
Cindy Carrier said she tried to come post a comment but couldn't--was wondering if she needed to join, etc. Does she need to join to be able to comment?
Cheryl

JoAnna said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations Val!

Babyblue22 said... Best Blogger Tips

More great books to read & more winners I'd say it was a good weekend all around.
Congrats to all the winners, Enjoy!
~Afshan
Afshan522@aol.com

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

One more drawing for tonight.

Here we go...

Congratulations to:
BabyBlue22

You've won:

Bad Wind Blowing
Ebook By Peter Brandvold
Published By Western Trail Blazer

Babyblue22 said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh man....Thanks so much Karen!!
It sounds so good! I can't wait to read it!!
~Afshan

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Afshan,

You're very welcome! Enjoy!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you, everyone who came by to participated in the Earth Day Event and thank you for all you came by to say hi.

It's been fun!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you, Rebecca for supplying all the free e-books and coupons. :)

JoAnna said... Best Blogger Tips

Happy Easter everyone! And thank you for all the fun.

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

You're welcome, JoAnna.

Happy Easter to you!!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

You're welcome, JoAnna.

Happy Easter to you!!

hotcha12 said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW, 117 COMMENTS!! HAVE A GRAND EASTER EVERYONE!!

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips

This just showed up today in my email from Miriam Newman. I know it's late, but I'd thought I'd share it anyway.
Blurb:
Born at a royal banquet for King Conor MacNessa of Ulster, Deirdre is predicted by Conor’s own druid to be blessed and cursed with a beauty which will make kingdoms contest over her. He names her “Deirdre of the Sorrows” and urges the king to slay her. But Conor, unwilling to murder a babe, takes her under his protection only to fall prey to the curse when she is nearly grown. Captivated by her youth and beauty, the aging king will go to any extreme to possess her.

When Deirdre innocently falls in love with one of Conor’s chief warriors, it sets in motion a tragedy that will involve kings and countries, famous fighting men and sages alike: Cuchulain, champion of the Cattle Raid of Cooley, King Fergus MacRi of Ulster, Queen Medb of Connaught, Catha the Druid and others. Join author Miriam Newman for her bardic-style version of a legend told countless times in Ireland over the centuries--a classic Irish tale of love, loyalty, betrayal and revenge.

Excerpt:
...a terrifying scream split the air, a sound to raise the bristle hair on a hound’s back.
“’Tis only my wife, who labors,” Felim insisted, but the king took not a bite further of his food and sat with a pale and ashen face.
“’Bring her here,” Conor ordered, “that I may see if that is the scream of any mortal woman, for I much doubt it.”
And so the unfortunate woman was required to present herself to the king.
“Tell me true,” Conor demanded, “was it you who screamed?”
Felim’s haggard and trembling wife, fearing for her life, nonetheless shook her head, for she knew her maidservants would give her away if she lied to the great king.
“Nay, my lord,” she replied. “’Tis the child that screamed from inside my womb.”
“This is a thing I have never known!” Conor exclaimed, while beside him his druid Catha stood abruptly to lay a hand upon the mother’s belly, his expression dire.
“’Tis the scream of a girl child,” he predicted, “and her name will be Deirdre, the call of alarm, for she will bring war.”
This will be available in the Historical Anthology (May 1st)
Thanks Miriam!