Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Inclined to Scandal by Zoe Mullins

INCLINED TO SCANDAL
by Zoë Mullins

Genre: Historical Erotic Romance

Publisher: Totally Bound






A misfit in proper society, Lady Georgiana will risk her future for a night of pleasure with Captain Wrath.


Lady Georgiana Knolls is a misfit in proper society, only there because her brother insists she have a Season and learn what it means to be ‘a lady’. The rules and etiquette forced upon unmarried women of her class are stifling and she breaks them more often and more publicly than is wise.


Which is how she meets Captain Wrath. His arrogance and confidence are nearly a match for her own and for a chance of pleasure with him, she will risk the future she’s been waiting for.


After years at sea, Captain Wrath is ready to resume the mantle of the Earl of Rathbridge. His first good deed? To save his best friend’s sister from blackmail by offering her the protection of his name…as her fiancé. The faux betrothal turns real when he realizes she is the same beauty who’s been sharing his bed since his return.


The earl is ready to make things right, but to do that, he will have to unmask a blackmailer, convince his best friend that he is suitable marriage material for his beloved sister and prove to Georgie that becoming his wife won’t stifle the independence she craves.





Rath was surprised that Lisette recognized him when he presented himself at the private entrance to her personal rooms at Chez de Sauveterre. The last leg of the trip had been difficult, the storms seeming endless. He hadn’t shaved in weeks, his hair needed a good wash and his clothes, though still well-cut, were caked with dirt, saltwater and blood. He did not look the part of a peer of the realm, or a partner in Sinclair Knolls, one of the most prosperous shipping and import interests in England.



Lisette had taken one look at him, seen behind the filth and grime and flung herself into his arms. His former mistress was ten years his senior but nothing in her countenance betrayed her age. Though in her mid-forties now, she still looked fresh and carefree, with her white-blonde hair pulled back in a loose knot. Her blue eyes swam with tears at the sight of him.



It was always at Lisette’s home that he regained his land legs. His coachman followed behind him with a small trunk filled with the clothes and toiletries that would turn the feared Captain Wrath into the Rowan Grayson Sinclair, the Earl of Rathbridge or that devilish Lord Sin, as some still called him.



He assured her of his health and general well-being before being seen up to a private guest room. He was relieved to see Gisele and Richards awaiting him in his room. They must have received word that his ship had at last made port.



He wrapped an arm around Richards’ shoulders and kissed Gissy on the forehead. They had been his faithful servants for years and appreciating their company, he regretted that he saw so little of them.



He’d met Richards when he had been a footman in his parents’ employ, but the young man had shown potential. Upon setting up his own lodgings in Albany, Rath had asked him to become his personal valet. 



By then, Gisele went where Richards went, and had taken on the role of housekeeper, cook and maid.



Tonight, the two worked together, putting to rest the fearsome Lord Wrath and revealing the gentleman beneath. Richards stripped him out of the offensive rags, and Gisele ran to dispose of them. 



Richards was nothing if not serious about his work, and Rath knew by the look he gave the sodden clothing that Richards was planning to take them out back and burn them. Rath hid a grin. He would never see the ‘offensive garments’ again. Richards set them by the door and turned back to the trunk, pulling out Rath’s more fashionable London attire.



“Not the jacket, not tonight.”



Richards lifted his brow as if to admonish him. The world, however, would not end if he showed up downstairs in his waistcoat and shirtsleeves. He glared back at Richards, who frowned, but silently relented.



Gisele laughed at them both. “You two have the same argument each time you come home.”



“That was hardly an argument,” Richards grumbled. “It’s hard to argue with a man who looks like a naked caveman. We must do something about that hair and beard, my lord.”



“Of course, Richie.”



“Come on, caveman.” Gisele held out her hand. “I happen to like you naked and hairy. Though not so filthy as you are now.”




A prolific writer, even in elementary school, she was jotting down poems and stories whenever she had the chance - usually during math class.




After many years of working in corporate communications, Zoë decided in 2015 it was time to focus her energy on the kind of writing she loved – hot romances with strong, alpha heroes and quirky, independent heroines.




Zoë’s husband of nearly 20 years threw his full support behind that dream and loves to tell people his wife is a romance author. They live in Atlantic Canada with their two crazy collies. When not at her computer, you will find Zoë chasing after her muddy dogs, working in the garden or helping to renovate their money-pit of a house.




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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Lessons from Wabbaseka by Liza O'Connor



Lessons from Wabbaseka
By Liza O’Connor

How this story came to be:

Many years ago, my great aunt and uncle heard that I had lost my job. They immediately wrote and told me to come live with them. I was overwhelmed by their kindness, but I reminded them there were no jobs in Wabbaseka (population 300).

I assured them that I would find a new job in either NJ or Manhattan, which I did. But still, I pondered what would it have been like if l had gone to live with them. Thus, being an after-work author at the time, I wrote a ‘what if’ story, featuring my wonderful great aunt and uncle. I never tried to publish it while they were alive, but upon finding and reading it last year, I decided to publish it. The only thing that is true to reality are my Aunt and Uncle. The rest is a bizarre ‘what if’ story I created from my imagination.


Blurb

When Anna Baker is fired from her New York job, she accepts her aunt and uncle’s offer to come live with them in the little town of Wabbaseka, Arkansas. She discovers a house in dire need of repairs and her relatives in need of proper care. Under the misconception that being unemployed means she has no money, the local sheriff gets involved in her life, trying to determine how she can afford the building materials to fix up the house. Her cousin, Dewayne, appears and wants her evicted, and the FBI thinks she’s involved in a money-laundering scheme. While Anna doesn’t find the peace and quiet she seeks, she may find love…


Excerpt
Juicy Gossip
Sheriff Carr was enjoying his morning coffee and paper at Leon’s Diner when Mr. Kaufman, the postman, sat down across from him. “Mind some company, sheriff?”

“Not at all,” Carr replied, knowing by the excited expression on the fellow’s face, he had some juicy gossip of ill-doings to report. While the postmaster’s propensity to confess the town’s sins was excessive and no doubt in bad manners, it certainly made Carr’s job easier.

“Have ya heard the Larrington’s have a niece living with them now?”

“I noticed a Subaru in their driveway,” he said, giving Kaufman just enough so the man would feel obliged to top it with his own findings.

“She’s a yankee from New York City.”

“Her license plate says New Jersey.”

“Don’t know nothing ’bout that, but I know she was some big-wig in New York City until she lost everything and came running back here to live off the Larringtons.”

Carr had already heard the story about her spending her last dollar on a fishing pole. “Well, I expect the Larringtons are pleased with the company and assistance.”

Kaufman’s eyes beamed with excitement. “I think she may be too assisting if ya know what I mean.”

“Can’t say I do. Is there something I should know?”

“Only that she’s hired a carpenter to fix the roof.”

“Glad to hear it.”

“Yeah, but how could she afford it when she can’t even afford a fishing pole? The Larringtons told Ethel who told Maxine the supplies are spares, which Jeremy Adams had and he’s doing the work for free while she watches his little girl.”

Carr frowned. While he was glad to hear somebody would be watching after the little girl, he damn well knew Jeremy didn’t have spares of anything.

“I’ve been asking around to see if anyone is missing stuff,” Kaufman added.

“And?”

“Maxine is missing shingles and Dodge Hodgens is missing wood.”

With his bounty of information reported, Mr. Kaufman continued on his route. Carr reluctantly put away his paper while the waitress, Nancy, topped his coffee.

He suspected Maxine lost her missing shingles in the bad storm that passed through last week, and Dodge Hodgens’ memory was so rattled that he might be recalling some wood he bought and used over five years ago. Still, he’d better check it out. The Larringtons were good people and he’d hate to see them harmed. And Jeremy Adams’ involvement didn’t make him feel better about the situation.




About the Author
Liza O’Connor lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels.



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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

As Right as Rain by JM Maurer

AS RIGHT AS RAIN
by J.M. Maurer

Genre: NA Contemporary Romance




After finally landing her first job at a television station, meteorologist Makayla Reading is determined to make her mark on the world. With an ex she’d rather forget and no time for a new man in her life, what she needs is a true friend to help her deal with jittery nerves and her crabby boss who makes her life miserable.

Though a don’t-fall-for-the-cameraman rule should be easy to follow, sparks fly when she meets the handsome and charming Eli Barringer. As their relationship moves beyond friendship, Makayla realizes she must not only give in to her heart but also let Eli in on a secret she’s been keeping, a decision she knows is…as right as rain.




“Hey.” Eli ruffles the hat on my head like one would do to a child, and then lifts my chin with his gentle fingers, leveling my gaze with his. “You all right?”

I blink him into focus, seeing the crease of concern deepen between his eyes. Although I’m grateful for his question, he doesn’t need to know what’s on my mind. My emotions are all over the place, scattered like debris after a storm. Plus, I’m having a difficult time pulling my sight from his eyes and keeping my thoughts on my job.

What are you doing, Makayla?

Yes, he’s gorgeous. And off limits.

He’s sexy. And still forbidden.

I’m confident there has to be some sort of don’t-fall-for-the-coworker rule I should be following. But no such rule seems to be preventing me from reacting to him the way I am.

Not wanting to alert him to what’s making me so frazzled, I respond to his question with the first thing that pops into my head. “I’m just new. And nervous.”

It sounds plausible coming out, and it’s partially the truth, a fact I’m comfortable with, given I’ve just met Mr. Beautiful.

He moves his hand to my shoulder and squeezes just enough to hold me in place, which also keeps me from sliding in my seat as Sam steers us out of the garage and onto the street. “Okay, if that’s what you’re going with, I’ll buy it. For now.”




Makalea left Oklahoma and took a job in Cleveland because she needed space from her parents, She loves her parents, but it’s time for her to spread her wings on her own. So she lands in Cleveland, working as a TV meteorologist. 

She becomes friends with her Camera guy, Eli, and when Eli and Mikalea go to Oklahoma for Christmas, their friendship turns to love. Only problems begin to show up once they return to Cleveland.

The only thing Makalea truly loves in Cleveland is Eli. Otherwise, she would like to return to Oklahoma. A big issue in Cleveland is her MEAN boss ED, who believes all the females in the office should cater to his sexual needs. That happens in real life all too often.

Like in real life, Makalea doesn’t report his inappropriate gropings, thinking she can manage him. But men, who think themselves in power, are usually impossible to be managed. In fact, Ed goes so far as to send Eli off to another state, while Makalea remained in Cleveland.

Long distant relationships rarely last, and they both know it.

And I can say no more. No, wait I can tell you Pay Back is a Bitch.

This is a delightful, authentic story that will leave you happy in the end. To discover how they get from a messy quagmire to a happy ending, you’ll have to read the book.










J.M. Maurer is the author of contemporary romance, including the Emerging From Darkness Series. She is also the author of Curveball Baby, a standalone, second-chance at love, sports romance. She loves to write about strong characters and their struggles in life.



When not writing, you can find her spending time with family and friends, exploring the outdoors, or recovering after attempting most any sport. She resides in Chicagoland with her husband and son.

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