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Thursday, April 17, 2014



From time to time I showcase other authors and books on my blog. Today I have an excerpt of Almost a Bride, along with a chance to win a digital copy to one random commenter! (See below for official rules.)

Almost a Bride
by Sarah Mayberry

Tara Buck has always been the good sister, level-headed by comparison to Scarlett, her flaky, impulsive twin. But when Tara learns her fiancé has been cheating on her with one of his school students, the orderly world she’s created for herself suddenly feels as if it’s falling apart. For years she chose the safe option, but from now on she’s going to live a little, stretch her wings…be a little daring. And if that means acting on the long-suppressed feelings she’s always had for Reid Dalton, then so be it!

Reid has wanted Tara from the moment he met her, but she’s always been out of bounds. Not only is she his patrol partner at the Bozeman PD, she’s also engaged. But then her relationship blows up, and Reid finds himself battling his own instinct to stake his claim with the finest, hottest woman he’s ever known.

Even if anything did happen between them, it would only ever be temporary - Reid’s a born wanderer, while Tara’s roots run deep in Marietta. So even if things are good between them, it seems their romance is destined to be short and sweet...

Tara’s twin sister, Scarlett, also has a Spring Brides story: look out for Second Chance Bride by Trish Morey. Details from montanabornbooks.com

Excerpt:

Reid Dalton pumped gas into his GMC pickup, one ear tuned to the conversation going on between his friends inside the truck. Grant was giving Brett a hard time for missing an easy layup during the basketball game they’d just finished, and Brett was serving it straight back at him with both barrels.

Reid grinned to himself, feeling pleasantly tired after an hour of charging up and down the court, trouncing the Bozeman Fire Department team. The informal competition between the police department and the firefighters had become a regular thing over the past few months. Reid wasn’t sure which part of their weekly matchups he enjoyed the most—the rapid-fire pace of the game itself, or the inevitable shit giving and taking that occurred afterward.

“You want to know my opinion?” he asked as the pump clicked off, signaling the tank was full.

“Not particularly,” Brett said, which earned him a guffaw from Grant.

“You both need to lift your games. Drink less beer, run a few more miles,” Reid said.

Grant made a rude noise, while Brett gave him a one-fingered salute. Reid was still laughing as he headed into the gas station to pay the cashier.

Then he saw the couple exiting the motel next door to the Gas-And-Go Mart and his step faltered.

The girl he didn’t recognize, but she was young and blonde and clinging to her man as though her very life depended on it. Reid watched as Simon Garfield said something before kissing her in a way that left no doubt whatsoever as to the nature of their relationship.

Damn.

Just... damn.

Tara would be devastated.

For a moment he was frozen as he absorbed all the implications of what he’d just witnessed. Tara had been planning the wedding for the past few months and as her patrol partner, there was precious little Reid wasn’t privy to. Like the fact that Tara and Simon planned on having the reception at Le Petit Chateau in Bozeman, and that Tara was limiting her attendants to just her twin, Scarlett, and that today she had an appointment at Marietta’s one and only bridal salon to pick out her wedding dress...

Belatedly he glanced back at the car, hoping the other guys hadn’t seen, but they were both frowning, staring out the windshield at the sordid little drama unfolding in the parking lot next door. There wasn’t a doubt in Reid’s mind that they recognized Tara’s fiancé. They’d all attended the engagement party Tara and Simon held back in February.

Reid mouthed a four-letter word.

What a nightmare.



About the Author

Sarah Mayberry is the award-winning, best selling author of more than 30 novels. She was born in Melbourne, Australia, and is the middle of three children. Sarah picked up a love of romance novels from both her grandmothers and has always wanted to be a writer. In line with this ambition, she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Writing and Literature. It took her ten years and multiple attempts before her first book was accepted. During that time, Sarah worked in magazine publishing and the television industry, contributing to the internationally known Australian serial drama “Neighbours” and co-creating teen drama series “Karaoke High”. Sarah currently splits her time between writing for television and writing novels.

She lives in Melbourne by the bay with her husband and a small, furry Cavoodle called Max. When she isn’t writing, she loves reading, cooking, going to the movies and buying shoes.

Links:

www.sarahmayberry.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SarahMayberryAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MayberrySarah
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sarah-Mayberry/e/B001HMOSEY/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1397177563&sr=1-2-ent
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/sarah-mayberry
Tule Publishing: http://tulepublishing.com/product-category/sarah-mayberry


Leave a comment on any stop in Sarah's tour for a chance to win a copy of Almost a Bride! Official rules:
* No purchase necessary to enter.
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* The drawing held the Saturday following the tour's end date.
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* Your entry gives us permission to use your name on our website as a contest winner, as well as on any social networking sites we’re associated with.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014


It's Too Yummy Tuesday!

On select Tuesdays I share delicious recipes either inspired by my books or that are just plain delicious! Today I'm happy to have special guest Serena Fairfax, author of Loving That Feeling. She's here to share her recipe for Serbian Stuffed Peppers. Take it away, Serena!


SERBIAN STUFFED PEPPERS

This is a traditional Serbian recipe for a classic dish of peppers stuffed with rice. There are many regional and family variations of this dish that includes stuffing with minced meat or bulgar wheat. I was lucky enough to be served this dish in a traditional Serb home. An eccentric, demon driver lurched me around Belgrade in his dilapidated taxi all the while singing Serbian songs, distinctly off key, at the top of his voice and regaling me with his entire life story. He was a school teacher and drove taxis to supplement his income. His wife had left him but he’d quickly recovered and found another partner. He considered all politicians crooks! I asked for a restaurant recommendation, and despite my protests he insisted that I should share an evening meal with him. We went to a small apartment (crammed with traditional Serbian furniture and charming bric a brac) in a leafy suburb of Belgrade. His partner was very welcoming and giggly. They could both speak English, after a fashion.

We had a long, delicious meal and a tipsy evening together. They wouldn’t take a penny from me.

Serves 4-6
Ingredients

A combination of 6 large red, yellow and green peppers
2 medium tomatoes peeled and chopped (or a small tin of chopped tomatoes)
8 oz (250 g) short-grain rice
1 large onion (preferably red), finely chopped
4 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons crushed pine nuts
Large bunch of mixed mint, dill and parsley finely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
1 large tin tomato soup
Tomato juice
3 small cartons natural yoghurt and diced cucumber.

Directions

Pre-heat the oven to 190 degree C (375 degrees F or gas mark 5)

Cut a small slice from the stem end of each pepper and put to one side. To enable peppers to stand upright in a baking dish, lop off a small piece from the bottom of each pepper. Remove pith and seeds from the peppers. Wash the rice and drain well. Fry the onion until soft and golden. Next add the pine-nuts and when they begin to color mix in the drained rice, stirring well. Season to taste. Mix in the herbs and the chopped tomatoes and cook for 10 minutes. Rice should still be a little hard and also moist. Stuff the peppers loosely with the filling. Cover the peppers with the tops. Stand upright in an ovenproof baking dish. Pour the tomato soup round the peppers and add tomato juice if you think the sauce produced by the soup is too thick. Cover dish with foil or lid and bake for 40/50 minutes. Make sure peppers don’t blacken or split. Combine the natural yoghurt with the cucumber, place in a bowl and hand round separately.

Loving That Feeling
by Serena Fairfax
Siren BookStrand link: http://www.bookstrand.com/loving-that-feeling
Amazon link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Loving-Feeling-Siren-
Publishing-Classic-ebook/dp/B00HQ0IOOG/
Book also available on Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Ibooks.

Seared by a bigamous love cheat, London designer Deborah Tremaine
backs off sex. But when wealthy Serbian Zoran Pavlović, who wants to
demolish an art deco cinema she’s campaigning to save, crosses her path
she’s up for a fling.

Zoran has clawed his way out of Serbia’s turbulent past but believes his
background means he find happiness simply because he can’t trust a
woman to cherish him for who he is—a Serb. But he’s a hot-blooded Slav
up for no-strings sex and Deborah sends him into overdrive.

Deborah’s finances are in meltdown when a customer goes bust. Zoran
dangles a business deal based in Belgrade, Serbia that she can’t refuse.
She’s confident the job won’t compromise the campaign and decides that
Zoran is the guy who can jump-start her love life.

They embark on a sizzling affair but tension, erotically sexual and work
related, skyrockets. Incidents trigger the revelation of their personal

demons. Can they escape the black holes?



About the Author
Serena Fairfax spent her childhood in India, qualified as a Lawyer in England and joined a law firm in London. She has published and indie published (digitally and in print) a number of novels all, but one, having a romance theme and a happy ever after ending. LOVING THAT FEELING is her first erotic romance novel to be published by Siren-BookStrand. Serena has also authored a number of short stories that feature on her blog. The saying: age cannot wither her nor custom stale her infinite variety aptly describes the tug of law that makes the heart beat faster so she hasn’t yet quit the day job although she now practices law part-time.

Serena and her golden retriever, Inspector Morse (who can’t wait to unleash his own Facebook page) divide their time between bustling London and the rural quiet of Kent. As Charles Dickens said: Kent, sir. Everyone knows Kent. Apples, cherries, hops and women.

Website http://www.serenafairfax.com/
Blog http://www.serenafairfax.com/serena_fairfax_author_blog/
Email: info@serenafairfax.com
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

DISORDERLY COWBOYS

Book 6 of the LONE WOLVES OF SHAY FALLS SERIES, a spinoff based on the bestselling HER FULL MOON COWBOYS
April 1, 2014
Siren Publishing Menage Amour
Western | Erotic | Scenes include MM, MF, and M/M/F action | Double Penetration | Anal Sex | Spanking

http://bookstrand.com/disorderly-cowboys


About the LONE WOLVES series:


They are cowboys torn from their livelihood after a fateful bite changed their destinies forever. When their pack is disbanded by a new alpha, the lone wolves are forced to roam the woods of Shay Falls with no way to return to the ranch life they once knew. Each must find a male pack mate of their own—and a female mate to hold that bond together.


About DISORDERLY COWBOYS:



Lana is on the run from a ruthless killer even her magic cannot save her from. She believes Shay Falls will offer her a safe haven until she runs smack into the town’s biggest secret: seductive, powerful werewolves roaming the woods.


 Zane and Jayson have found their mate in Lana, but first they must convince her they can help make her safe again. They believe claiming her will end the killer's obsession. Even if they’re right, however, Lana isn’t the only one with enemies. She is soon caught between her lovers and a huntress whose reasons for seeking revenge on werewolves are tragic--and as far as Lana's concerned, completely justified. Meanwhile, an old threat is resurfacing, a pack with plans to use Lana as bait to add Jayson and Zane to their numbers.


Rated PG-13 Excerpt:

“Look, I really don’t need an escort,” Lana went on, rubbing absently at the hand he’d kissed.

Jayson eyed her. “You seem in a bigger hurry to get rid of us than you were to crash into me in the first place.”

She lifted her chin. “I’m just not sure I should be hanging around strange men.”

“We’re walkin’, not hangin’,” he said. “And we ain’t strange.”

“Well, I wouldn’t say that,” Zane cut in from behind. “Especially not you.”

Lana turned her head in surprise. She wouldn’t have expected humor from him.

He gave her a brief, lopsided grin that sent a happy tingle down her spine. She spun back around to get out of targeting range, but it did little good. She could feel his presence keenly behind her, as urgent and alarming as a stalking predator. Which he was, of course. No one in their right mind would dare turn their back on that.

“Speak for yourself, Zany Boy,” Jayson said. “Or should I tell our lady friend here how you’re just a big old sheep in wolf’s clothin’?”

“Here, Jayson,” Zane said. Jayson turned just in time for her luggage to come hurtling into his midsection. “Why don’t you carry that for a while and stop hoggin’ our company to yourself?”

Jayson caught it with a small grunt. “Fair enough. No reason you should be the only one showin’ off your manly muscles.” Jayson heaved the bag onto his shoulder and gave Lana a wink.

“Don’t mind him,” Zane said as he came up on her other side, forcing Jayson to move back to avoid ploughing into a tree. “No one does. He’s always been too sure of himself for his own good.”

“Not always,” Jayson said from closer behind them than Zane had been. “Only when I’m fated for a sure thing. As you well know.”

The suggestive smolder in those words almost turned her head around on her shoulders. She flicked Zane a sidelong look and saw a simmer that warmed her cheeks. Another spot on her felt warm too, one that rarely registered. She thought of the way Zane had stroked Jayson’s hair and wondered whether she was mistaken about them. Maybe they didn’t think of her as an easy male opportunity. Maybe their hats stood up for a different team entirely. Or partly, at least. Jayson’s had certainly saluted her.

“So, how long you had the hots for wolves?” Jayson asked.

Lana turned and made a face. “I don’t have ‘the hots’ for them,” she said.

“Really.” His eyes were literally glittering with challenge.

A new prickle of sweat broke out on her brow. Hot for wolves, no. Cowboys and Indians were another matter entirely.

“I just like wolves a lot. I don’t know why.”

“Bet a nickel I do,” he said.

Zane cleared his throat loudly. “Are we headed for the rental cabins?”

“That’s right,” she said. “If you’ll just get me within visual range, I can take it from there.”

That would be best. She was tired of trying to figure out these two, including how much male interest was pointed at her from beneath their brass belt buckles.

“Don’t want us knowin’ where you live, eh?” Jayson asked.

She hadn’t had a chance to counter when he stopped abruptly. Zane seemed to notice the change in his partner’s mood a split second before it happened, and he turned to him.
“What is it?” Zane asked.

Jayson was frozen in place, his head tilted upward while he sniffed the air. “Shh,” he said. Then he sniffed again and set Lana’s bag slowly on the ground.

Lana tried inhaling as well, but she only smelled the same rich, earthy scent that had filled her nostrils since getting out of her car. “What’s wrong?” she asked in a whisper.

Now Jayson was acting truly weird, his piercing eyes scanning the area as he headed for the nearest tree and smelled it. Then he backtracked to the tree opposite and did the same.
“Jayson,” Zane said pointedly.

“It was here, right here,” he said, wandering around the other two in circles. “I caught the scent, but now it’s gone.” He bent to examine something on the ground and then stood up. “Help me, Zane.”

If she hadn’t already known their secret, this bizarre scene would raise all sorts of questions about their animal behavior. She caught a glimpse of something promising through the trees and decided the time had come to part ways.

“I’ll just go on ahead,” she said. “You guys finish sniffing around.”

Zane’s eyes flicked between her and Jayson, his face taut and clearly conflicted. Jayson, who moments before seemed determined to never leave Lana alone, no longer seemed to care she existed. She wasn’t sure whether to feel rebuffed or relieved.

“I ain’t gettin’ anythin’,” Zane said, but he set Sage’s carrier down.

“Trust me, I know that scent better than anyone,” Jayson said. Now he was turning circles in one spot. “Zane, come on. We have to pick it up again and track it. Now.”

With a heaving sigh, Zane began searching—and sniffing—in a different area. “It’ll be easier if we shift.”

The men shrank away before her eyes, and the black and gray wolves were busy sniffing the forest floor. All but forgotten, Lana just stood there a moment, staring with raised brows, while Sage loudly protested the reappearance of fangs and fur. Then she shook herself free and lunged for her bags, pulling up the telescoping handle and grabbing the carrier.

“Okay, then,” she muttered as she headed away. “Thanks for everything.”


Lana yanked the suitcase after her as fast as she could and half ran away, praying they wouldn’t suddenly change their minds and chase her down on all fours.

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