Saturday, November 18, 2017

Romance for the Holidays Giveaway!


ROMANCE FOR THE HOLIDAYS GIVEAWAY

Ho-Ho-Ho! Kindle Santa is on his way! Enter our giveaway from November 13-30 and you could be one of 7 lucky winners to take home some Christmas loot, including Kindles and Ebook Prize Packs where you choose the books you want to win!


(Sponsored by the 59 authors listed below)

Alicia Kobishop • Allison Gatta • Amanda Uhl • Anna Durand • Anne Stone • Anni Fife • Astrid Arditi • Bokerah Brumley • C.E. Wilson • Cailin Briste • Calinda B • Cherie Claire • Christine d'Abo • Connie Davé • Constance Phillips • Cynthia A Clement • Cynthia Cooke • Dakota Willink • Debbie White • Denise Devine • Donna R. Mercer • Elizabeth Rose • Emily Leigh • Gayle Parness • Gemma Snow • Holland Rae • Holly Cortelyou • Jacqueline Diamond • Jacquie Biggar • Jana Richards • Jeanne St. James • Jo-Ann Carson • Joan Reeves • Joanne Dannon • Josie Riviera • Judith Keim • Kris Michaels • Lana Campbell • Laurel Greer • Leanne Banks • Liz Durano • Maria K. Alexander • Mary Morgan • Melissa Belle • N.D. Jones • Natalie Ann • R.M. Gauthier • Robyn Neeley • Sahara Roberts • Siera London • Soraya Naomi • Stacy Gold • Stephanie Julian • Susan Jean Ricci • Suzanne Jenkins • Tamara Ferguson • Taylor Lee • Tena Stetler • Victoria Pinder • Whitley Cox

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Friday, November 17, 2017

#NewRelease from Maria K. Alexander!

Maria K. Alexander is with me today to celebrate her newest release, BELIEVE IN MY HEART. A fellow Wild Rose Press author, Maria writes fun and sexy contemporary romance. Welcome, Maria!


Thanks for hosting me today, Jana.

Today is the release day for Believe in My Heart, book 4 in Tangled Hearts, my award-winning Contemporary romance series. In this holiday novella, Vinnie DiFrancesco returns home from a two-week retreat on Thanksgiving Day to find a woman trying to break into the apartment across the hall. When he learns she’s none other than the pantry chef who works for him, he offers her temporary housing. Now, under the same roof, these friends-to-lovers will learn they have more in common than they thought. Together they’ll need to overcome their differences, salvage the upcoming Christmas Eve charity dinner, and take a chance on love.

Believe in My Heart

This holiday season, love is on the menu.

Culinary arts student, Hope Mastriano, is down on her luck. Homeless on Thanksgiving Day, she’s caught trying to break into her cousin’s apartment by her sexy boss and lifelong secret crush.
Since getting dumped seven months ago, head chef Vinnie DiFrancesco has been in a frustrating holding pattern. He returns relaxed from a retreat, but his life is sent into a tailspin when he offers Hope, the event coordinator at his family’s trattoria, temporary housing.

With the trattoria’s traditional Italian Christmas Eve charity dinner slated to be featured on a local TV segment and things heating up in his apartment, the two must set aside their different visions to make the event a success. When a computer glitch threatens their plans, Hope proposes a risky solution. Vinnie must believe in Hope and his heart in order to secure the future of the restaurant and make it a Christmas to remember.

Excerpt:

“Vinnie. Funny meeting you here.”

“Same goes. You don’t live here,” Vinnie countered, surprised to be faced with one of the pantry chefs from where he worked.

Hope raised her hands. “I know how this looks, but I can explain.”

“You can explain why you’re trying to break into this apartment?”

“It’s my cousin Faith’s place. And I wasn’t breaking in.”

Vinnie raised an eyebrow and shifted his gaze to the hanger on the ground.

“Okay, so maybe it seems as though I was breaking in, but the key she gave me no longer works.” She reached in her coat pocket and withdrew a key similar to Vinnie’s.

“Did you try calling your cousin?”

“Gee, no, I didn’t think of that,” she sneered. “She’s on a cruise and then staying in Florida a few days for business. I wasn’t kidding about my phone dying and not knowing the super’s number.”

Vinnie felt a pain in his temple. Probably from not having enough to eat or drink on the red-eye from LA. “Fine, let’s get your stuff in my place. You can use my phone.”

Hope grabbed a handle of a suitcase. “Thanks, Vin. You’re nicer than people at work say.”

He paused while unlocking his door. Well, hell. Is that what they say about me? Guess he needed to do damage control with his staff. Even though his parents owned Trattoria DiFrancesco, Vinnie was the head chef and in charge of hiring of anyone who worked in the kitchen.

Including the pretty spitfire who had just swept past him, Hope Mastriano.

He hoisted the stack of boxes and followed her inside. When she headed back out, he perused the hall to see how much more stuff she had.

There were two more suitcases and a pet carrier.

“You run away or something?” Vinnie asked.

“Moved out of Steve’s place. I’m done with that deadbeat.”

“On Thanksgiving Day and with nowhere to go?”

“It’s been long overdue. Besides, I thought I could crash at Faith’s until I figured out my next step.”

“And in there?” He nodded to the carrier.

Hope raised it up a few inches. “This is Lucky, my cat.”

Vinnie was not a fan of cats, with their sharp eyes and sneaky ways. He peeked inside and into the green eyes of a white cat. He closed the front door and stepped around Hope’s stuff, including the cat, which she pulled out of the carrier. Lucky leaned forward and sniffed him before letting out a soft mew.

Between the pixie-haired cutie and the cat, the peace and relaxation he had found out west was a distant memory. By the time he got to the trattoria for Thanksgiving dinner, Vinnie was going to need a beer or glass of wine.

Possibly both.

Buy Links

Amazon (Kindle Link): http://amzn.com/B0764CJ24W 
 
Amazon UK (Kindle Link): http://amzn.eu/4v7phGp

The Wild Rose Press: https://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/all-titles/5348-believe-in-my-heart.html?search_query=Maria+K.+Alexander&results=6

iBookstore: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/believe-in-my-heart/id1294159189?mt=11

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/believe-in-my-heart 

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/believe-in-my-heart-maria-k-alexander/1127176322?ean=2940158564604

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Maria_K_Alexander_Believe_in_My_Heart?id=VDc9DwAAQBAJ

About the Author:


A romantic at heart, Maria K. Alexander spent hours as a young girl getting lost in and wishing to be one of the heroines in the stories she read. Books gave her the ability to go to another world where she loved meeting new characters, learning about their problems, and watching them fall in love.

Maria is an award-winning author of contemporary romance. When not writing, Maria loves to read, bake, downhill ski, visit the beach, and watch romantic comedies. Maria lives in New Jersey with her husband and children, and writes in her “spare” time between juggling a full-time job and her kids’ busy schedules.

You can keep in touch with Maria at http://mariakalexander.com.

Social Media Links:

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/MKAlexander1

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/mariakalexander

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Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Maria-K.-Alexander/e/B00GW50G4M/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/112386884177176019915/posts

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/maria-k-alexander

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Carol Preflatish in the Spotlight!

Carol Preflatish is my guest today, and she's here to tell us about her latest release, HER BLUEGRASS BEAU. Thanks for being here, Carol!


"Her Bluegrass Beau" is author Carol Preflatish's seventh romance novel and her favorite one so far. "I like to write about locations that I'm familiar with and while I'm not from Kentucky, it's one of my favorite places to visit."

"Her Bluegrass Beau" is about Karri Taylor needing to get out of California and away from her ex-boyfriend. She couldn't think of a better time to visit the Kentucky farm she inherited from her great-aunt.

Jake Duncan is the definition of a perfect southern gentleman and it doesn't take long for Karri take an interest. From helping him nurse his sick horse back to health to meeting the neighbors, she develops an affection for both Jake and the many attributes of the Bluegrass State.

Her plan was to sell the farm and head back home, But, when a blizzard hits, the plan changes. She's stranded at the farmhouse until Jake comes to the rescue. With the lack of enough food and discovering the generator stolen, the only thing she can do is accept Jake's offer to stay with him until power is restored.

      During her time with Jake, she learns that a big company is trying to buy all the farms in the area, against the wishes of the neighbors. She's torn between selling her farm and going back home where she owns a business or stay in Kentucky and start all over with Jake by her side.

Author Bio:


Carol Preflatish lives in southern Indiana and shares a log cabin with her husband and two cats in what seems like an enchanted forest with a menagerie of wildlife constantly visiting. A few little-known facts about Carol are that she's a licensed amateur radio operator, has a degree in Physical Education, and is a collector of golf balls, shot glasses, and coins. Carol is a member of the Sisters in Crime organization and Kentuckiana Authors.

Excerpt from HER BLUEGRASS BEAU:

    The next morning, she woke up thinking she heard a noise. There it was again. Someone was pounding on the front door. Still dark outside, she looked at her watch that showed seven
o'clock local time. She quickly got out of bed, grabbed her robe and headed down the stairs to the door. Before opening it, she looked around for something to protect herself. She spotted an
umbrella behind the door and picked it up. It would have to do.

She turned the porch light on and moved the curtain on the door aside to see who was waking her up at such an early hour. It was four a.m. in California.

Standing on the other side of the door was Jake, the neighbor she met last night. "Good morning,” his frosty breath floated upward as he spoke.

"What do you want?" she said, still not opening the door.

"I brought you some coffee and biscuits with sorghum. Can I come in? It's kind of cold out here."

Karri looked up at the big round thermometer that hung from the porch roof and saw the temperature was nineteen degrees. The thought of that hot coffee sounded too good to pass up,
especially since her bare feet were freezing. She opened the door to let Jake inside and pulled her light robe around her. She shivered when the cold air hit her skin.

"Thanks. The cold was beginning to make it through my clothes." He immediately started walking toward the kitchen. He held a thermos in one hand and a pie tin with aluminum foil over
it. More rudeness, she thought. She put the umbrella back and followed him to the kitchen.

"I figured you didn't have any food here and would be hungry for breakfast. I fixed me some biscuits this morning and thought I'd bring some back to you." He turned on the oven and uncovered the pie tin of biscuits. From one coat pocket, he sat a glass jar of brown syrupy looking substance on the table and then from the other pocket, he took out a small piece of aluminum foil. When he unfolded it, she saw it had butter inside.

"You think of everything, don't you?"

"I try. Why don't get a couple plates and coffee cups for us. I only brought some sugar, I hope you don't use cream?" He took a plastic zipper bag of sugar out of the same pocket that had held
the butter.

"Sugar is fine." She went to the cabinet and got some plates and cups. After rinsing and drying them, she brought them to the table. Jake got silverware from one of the drawers and placed them on the table.

He sure knows his way around this kitchen, she thought. As he poured her a cup of coffee, she thought she might be salivating. She added two sugars to her cup and took a long drink
before sitting down.


Buy Links:
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2gxSzii
Barnes and Noble:  http://bit.ly/2y34M9M

Social Media:
Web site: http://CarolPre.com
Blog: http://www.CarolPre.blogspot.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorCarolPre
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/CarolPreflatish
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/carol_pre/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4957220.Carol_Preflatish

Monday, November 13, 2017

Romance For the Holidays Giveaway!


ROMANCE FOR THE HOLIDAYS GIVEAWAY

Ho-Ho-Ho! Kindle Santa is on his way! Enter our giveaway from November 13-30 and you could be one of 7 lucky winners to take home some Christmas loot, including Kindles and Ebook Prize Packs where you choose the books you want to win!


(Sponsored by the 59 authors listed below)

Alicia Kobishop • Allison Gatta • Amanda Uhl • Anna Durand • Anne Stone • Anni Fife • Astrid Arditi • Bokerah Brumley • C.E. Wilson • Cailin Briste • Calinda B • Cherie Claire • Christine d'Abo • Connie Davé • Constance Phillips • Cynthia A Clement • Cynthia Cooke • Dakota Willink • Debbie White • Denise Devine • Donna R. Mercer • Elizabeth Rose • Emily Leigh • Gayle Parness • Gemma Snow • Holland Rae • Holly Cortelyou • Jacqueline Diamond • Jacquie Biggar • Jana Richards • Jeanne St. James • Jo-Ann Carson • Joan Reeves • Joanne Dannon • Josie Riviera • Judith Keim • Kris Michaels • Lana Campbell • Laurel Greer • Leanne Banks • Liz Durano • Maria K. Alexander • Mary Morgan • Melissa Belle • N.D. Jones • Natalie Ann • R.M. Gauthier • Robyn Neeley • Sahara Roberts • Siera London • Soraya Naomi • Stacy Gold • Stephanie Julian • Susan Jean Ricci • Suzanne Jenkins • Tamara Ferguson • Taylor Lee • Tena Stetler • Victoria Pinder • Whitley Cox

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Sultry Nights Romance Collection


Sultry Nights 
A Limited Edition Romance Collection
Containing Stories from: Nicole Morgan, Jocelyn Dex, Alison Foster,  Kate Richards, Linda O'Connor, Samantha Holt, Jerrie Alexander,  Whitley Cox, Krista Ames, Ursula Sinclair, Measha Stone, Tuesday Embers, 
Siera London,  Rachel Shane, Bonnie Phelps, Misha Elliott, 
Alyson Reynolds, Jenna Bayley-Burke,  Madison Michael, 
Pepper Goodrich, Marcia James, Destiny Blaine


The authors are giving away lots of goodies with this tour. Please use the Rafflecopter below to enter. Don't forget  you may increase your chances of winning by visiting the other tour stops. You may find those locations here.

Blurb:
Love, passion, romance and desire… No matter what your preference, this set of 22 hot and sexy reads has just what you need. From surprise love affairs to bad boys that we can’t help but fall for, and couples that were meant to be, this compilation from Romance Collections is sure to please your every single need.
Sultry Nights Buy Links: Amazon | 

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Featuring:
Flirting With Fate
By Jerrie Alexander

Blurb:
There is no such thing as accident; it is fate misnamed. 
--Napoleon Bonaparte

Elle Reagan isn't about to stand by and let a con-artist get away with stealing her grandmother’s life savings. While the legal system moves at a snail's pace, Elle promises to bring him to justice. She follows him to a ski resort in Colorado, where she hopes to get the evidence needed to put him away for good. But she didn't count on her roommate being a distraction, because he wasn't supposed to be her brother’s best friend.

Detective Logan Ford has denied his desire to take Elle into his arms since they were teenagers, but when his partner asks him to follow her to Castle Alainn to keep her out of trouble, Logan finds himself unable to refuse her. He agrees to help catch a thief instead of convincing her to pack her bags and go home. To make matters worse, he can’t seem to remember why he should keep his distance from the delectable, infuriating, independent Elle.

Elle and Logan surrender to their attraction, but as their passion ignites, her plot is discovered. A killer will do whatever it takes to silence her and destroy a love that was destined to last a lifetime.


Buy links for Flirting with Fate:
Amazon | KOBO | iBooks

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Excerpt: 
Logan's willingness to support her, to help her right this wrong, touched her heart. For him to agree so easily spoke volumes. He was doing this for her. Deep down she'd known it for years. Had she and Logan been in love all this time and ignored or refused to admit it? Had fate given her the chance to answer that question?

"Thank you." She slid her hand across the table palm up. He wrapped his fingers through hers and squeezed.

"Let's get to it." Logan asked for the bill, signed it, and then stood.

She took his hand and walked to the elevator. The doors had closed when Elle remembered Nicki's request. "What do you think Nicki wanted?" Elle laughed when his right eyebrow lifted. "Besides your body."

"My money. I suggested that I might be disappointed in my current investment strategy."

"Smart. You should call when we get to the room."

"No. Let her wait. After Liam and Alana turn them away, I'm willing to bet that I'll become a serious target."

"If they come after you, anything you learn can be used against them. Right?"

"Right." Logan slid his card key into the door lock.

"Then I hope that works, even if it requires exposing you to that female piranha."

Logan glanced over his shoulder. "I'm touched that you'd worry about me."

"You misunderstand. I worry that you'll fall under her spell and slip up," she said, walking past him into the suite.

His laugh followed her. She loved the quick and hearty sound. It made her knees weak as hell.

"Okay, smart girl. Get out your laptop." He pulled his cell from his pocket. How could he switch from oozing sex to serious detective mode in the blink of an eye?

Elle set her laptop on the bar, turned it on, and waited for it to boot up. Logan was still on the phone when the program loaded. He winked at her. That simple gesture sent her heart dancing in her chest.

"What's your email address?"

She answered him and then retrieved a coffee pod, dropping it in the dispenser and pressing the on button. Not that she needed the caffeine. Her nerves were already spring boarding around her body like a kid on a trampoline.

"Fix me a cup too, please."

"What do we do next?" She selected another pod and waited for the first cup to finish.

"My friend is sending a program for me to install on your laptop. It's top of the line and should open your stolen files." Strong hands slid around her waist, pulling her close.

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About Jerrie Alexander: A student of creative writing in her youth, Jerrie set aside her passion when life presented her with a John Wayne husband and two wonderful children. Her love for romantic suspense inspires her to write alpha males and kick-ass women. Her characters weave their way through death and danger to emerge stronger, because of, and on occasion, in spite of, their love for each other.  If they’re tough enough, they live happily ever after.


Jerrie lives in Texas, thrives on sunshine, children’s laughter, sugar (human and granulated), and researching for her heroes and heroines.


Jerrie’s love for romantic suspense inspires her to write alpha males and kick-ass women. Her ninth book, No Greater Hell, book four in the Lost & Found, Inc. series released 5/17/16. For a complete list of her books stop by http://www.jerriealexander.com or contact her at jerrie@jerriealexander.com

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

#mysterywriter Marilyn Levinson and DEATH OVERDUE

Mystery writer Marilyn Levinson launched a new series with the release of DEATH OVERDUE on October 10. Marilyn is writing her new Haunted Library series under the pen name Allison Brook. Look for the second book in the series READ AND DONE, in September 2018. Please welcome Marilyn Levinson!



Where did you get the idea for your new novel? 

The idea for DEATH OVERDUE, the first book in my Haunted Library mystery series, came to me when I was sitting outdoors in my library’s scenic park about to listen to a drumming presentation. As the librarian in charge of adult activities introduced the drummer I thought:  a person in that position would make a wonderful sleuth. As Head of Programs and Events in a small town library, my sleuth’s workplace would be a small village within a village, and she would also have the opportunity to bring in speakers and performers.

Why did you choose this genre?

I love mysteries, always have since I read the Nancy Drew, Judy Bolton, and Trixie Belden series in elementary school. And the cozy aspect—a small-town setting where everyone knows everyone else—is fun to read and to write.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?

I find it difficult to settle down to write each day, and so my writing time first starts in the middle or late afternoon.

What do you want readers to come away with after they read DEATH OVERDUE?

I hope readers will read the last line of DEATH OVERDUE and smile, thinking: that was a fun read! I love the characters and enjoyed the mystery. Can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

Did you always want to be a writer?

I did when I was in elementary school. I was discouraged by a high school English teacher, and so I majored in Spanish. I started writing again when my two sons were very small.

Are you a plotter or a pantser? 

For years I was a plotter, pretty much sticking to the outline I’d written, making necessary changes along the way. But writing the first two books in the Haunted Library mystery series I’ve become more of a pantser. I start out with a definite plan for the first few chapters, know what the basic mystery is, and let my characters take off from there. They do come up with the most interesting twists and turns.

Do you write in the same place every day or do you like to change it up?

Yes, I always write at my large-screen computer in my office.

Tell us a bit about you. Where do you live, and how long have you been writing? 

I’ve lived most of  my life on Long Island. I started out writing short stories and then went on to writing novels. My first published books were novels for young readers. The last few years I’ve mostly been writing mysteries, though I occasionally write a YA or romantic suspense.

If writing is your first passion, what is your second? 

I’ve a few: reading, traveling, watching foreign and indie movies, doing Sudoku, and spending time with my grandkids.

Do you have another occupation, other than writer? If so, what is it? Does it help you with your writing? 

Many years ago I taught high school Spanish. I’m not sure how this helps with my writing but, as a writer, I draw on all my life experiences.

Do you have any pets? Are you cat person or a dog person? Or are you into totally different pets, like goldfish? What do you like best about your pet? 

I have a red tabby named Sammy. He’s very devoted to me and I to him. I love the fact that he’s a wonderful companion, and usually stays close to me when I’m home. I suppose I am a cat person, though I love dogs, too.

What did you want to be (occupation-wise) when you were a child?

I wanted to be a ballerina or a writer.

What do you like best about your heroine?

Carrie Singleton, my sleuth in DEATH OVERDUE, comes from a dysfunctional family. She never feels she belongs in any one place. In this book she takes on the position of Head of Programs and Events at the Clover Ridge Library and knows she must prove herself to the library director as well as to herself. Carrie discovers she’s good at her job. For the first time in years, she’s making friends and starting a romantic relationship as well as investigating two murders. I like Carrie’s spunk and drive.

How can readers reach you or find you online? 

My web site: http://www.marilynlevinson.com
My Amazon page:  https://www.amazon.com/Marilyn-Levinson/e/B001KHVLUU            
Allison Brook’s Amazon page: http://tinyurl.com/ksydz3s   
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marilyn.levinson.10?ref=ts&fref=ts
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/161602.Marilyn_Levinson
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MarilynLevinson
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/marilev/

Tell us a little about your current work in progress.

I am working on the edits of READ AND DONE, the second book in the Haunted Library mystery series. In this book, Carrie’s father, who she hasn’t seen in years, shows up and tries to involve her in one of his illegal schemes.

What’s your tagline? Why did you choose it?

I’m not sure what you mean by a tagline. Writing this series, I use the pseudonym Allison Brook. Having a pseudonym was my publisher’s idea. I don’t mind having one since most readers know that Allison Brook is really Marilyn Levinson.

If I was a first time reader of your books, which one would you recommend I start with and why? 

I think that might be GIVING UP THE GHOST.  Cameron Leeds, the ghost in this mystery, is somewhat of a scoundrel and one of my favorite characters.  He’s amusing and charming, if a tad amoral. The scene where he and the woman he loves say their final farewell is the most romantic scene I’ll probably ever write.

Tell us about your next (or current) release.

READ AND DONE is my next release. (see above) I believe it will be out in September, 2018.


Author Bio:

A former Spanish teacher, Marilyn Levinson is the author of mysteries, romantic suspense and novels for kids. She writes the Twin Lakes Mystery series and the Golden Age of Mystery Book Club Mystery series. Death Overdue, written as Allison Brook, is the first in her Haunted Library Mystery series. Library Journal has given the book a star review and named it a Pick of the Month. Blackstone has recorded an audiobook version of Death Overdue. Marilyn lives on Long Island, where many of her novels take place.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Constance Bretes' Amazing Story

My guest today is fellow Wild Rose Press author Constance Bretes. She's here to tell us an amazing story, or a funny one, depending how you look at it. Constance obviously has a wonderful sense of humour and isn't afraid to laugh at herself! Thanks for being here, Constance!



I don’t know if this is an amazing story, but it certainly was funny. We have a botanical garden here in Montana, called Tizer Gardens. It’s all naturally landscaped, with a creek running through the middle of it. Depending on if you visit in the spring, early summer, late summer or fall, as to what kind of flowers are in bloom all through the garden. I love the scenery, the scents of blooming flowers, and all the lawn decorations throughout the garden.

One day, it was so quiet and peaceful, that I decided to sit down on a small little wooden bench by the creek and enjoy the moment. My foot slipped, and I went down the embankment, and head first into the creek. My husband grabbed my shirt from behind and the momentum brought him into the water behind me. I finally got up and stood in the water debating how I was going to get back up the embankment. I climbed up on my hands and knees, but my legs were slipping out from under me, and my husband decides to give me a big push up the embankment from behind. By the time I stood up on the path, I was covered in woodchips and dirt. It was in my hair, on my face, and the rest of my body.

My husband wanted me to go with him to the owners to get a first aid kit and let them know what happened, but I was just totally too embarrassed to show myself to anyone and hurriedly headed back to my vehicle. The incident sparked all kinds of comments from my friends and family when I mentioned that I fell into a creek.

This incident eventually ended up in my book, Jade’s Redemption.  Attached is the entrance into the garden with the arch, and the creek that I fell into.




Constance Bretes Bio:




I started writing contemporary romance and contemporary romance suspense fifteen years ago, and after multiple rejections, got my first contract for Delayed Justice, released in 2014.

I lives in Basin, Montana, where three feline furballs own me and my husband, and a dog that lives next door named Sara, who thinks she also lives with the Bretes family. I love the mountains that surround my home, I love basket weaving, jewelry making, and just visiting all the folks in the small community we live in.

I currently have seven books published, and a number of other ones in various stages of edits. Right now, I’m working on a new book, called Roadside Love, a murder mystery/romance is a small town in Wyoming. I have two other books that are at the end of their editing days and now at critique partners. The books are Elkhorn In The Moonlight and Rocky River Gold. Both are small town romances.

I can be reached through the following media.

http://constancebretes.com
https://www.facebook.com/conniebretes/
https://twitter.com/ConstanceBretes
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7737457.Constance_Bretes
Email:  bretesc@gmail.com
http://beachwalkpress.com/constance-bretes/

Be sure to visit my webpage, navigate to the News & Things, and enter the monthly rafflecopter at the bottom of the page. Join my newsletter mailing list also at that site, and you will get my newsletter, once a month and only occasionally, anytime the rest of the month, if I suddenly have something that has come up after the newsletter was sent out.


Jade’s Redemption
He's an overworked police chief, and she's a disgraced cop. Can he rescue her from her own depths of hell without losing his heart to her in the process?

Someone is kidnapping newborn infants and selling them to the highest bidder. Police Chief Patrick Carter has his hands full investigating the case. To complicate matters, he's short on staff.

Jade Harlowe has secrets, ones that she vowed no one would ever know. She used to be a police officer, but when a tragedy occurred—one that everyone held her responsible for—she resigned and moved to another state to start over, accepting a job as a dispatcher for the police, fire, and ambulance departments.

When Patrick discovers Jade's past police experience he offers her a job on the force. He needs help working the kidnapping cases, and Jade previously solved a similar case, so she could be a valuable asset. But will they be able to fight the attraction that's sizzling between them? Something that could be very distracting if they can't control it.

The clock is ticking. They have to find those babies and prevent more from being taken. But a very nosy news reporter may compromise everything if she digs deep enough to uncover Jade's past.

Neither Patrick nor Jade thought they had room for each other in their lives, but working so closely together makes it impossible to deny the chemistry. Can Patrick break through the wall Jade has built up around her, or will her past finally catch up with her and she loses everything once again?

Excerpt:

When Jade arrived at the police station that morning, she saw that Patrick’s vehicle was already there. Why was he in the office so early?

She scanned her ID to get into the communication call room. She acknowledged the two dispatchers still on duty, then grabbed her mug and went to the break room. After pouring herself a cup of coffee, she headed back. On her way, she greeted two officers and walked by Patrick’s opened office door.

“Jade, in my office. I need to talk to you,” Patrick said.

“Okay.” She didn’t report to him, so why did he want to see her? She entered his office.

“Close the door,” he commanded, his voice terse.

She closed the door and sat in the chair in front of his desk.

“There was another kidnapping last night. Here’s the file on both kidnappings and files from other known cases to cross-reference. I need you to investigate the cases and try to get these babies back and prevent another one from being taken. I want you to go out into the street, ask questions, get in people’s faces, and help solve this crime.”

“Um, not an officer, Patrick.”

“You are now. If you’ll stand, I’ll swear you in.” He opened the desk drawer to get the book out.

“You can’t make me an officer, just like that.”

“Yes, I can. I know you were an officer in Oklahoma City, and I know your credentials are up-to-date. You are certified and ready to be an officer. All I need to do is swear you in.”

“You checked up on me?” Jade asked, her voice faltering.

“No, at first, I called the Oklahoma City Police to find out about the kidnapping case you mentioned. In the course of my discussion with the chief, I asked if he knew you, which he said he did.”

“Then you know what happened there.”

“No, they couldn’t tell me due to your non-disclosure stipulation.”

“Then you shouldn’t hire me.”

“I’m giving you an opportunity here. This is your chance to prove yourself. You are given full range to investigate the cases. You’ll report back to me every day as part of your training. I will guide you to where and how to solve this crime and many others. Now, are you up to it and ready to start?”

“But…Patrick…um…Chief. This is so sudden. I...” She was speechless, she didn’t want to do an investigation into a possible kidnapping. She didn’t want to handle cases that involved children. How could she get out of this? Did she really want to get out of this?

“Say yes so we can get started.”

“You sure about this?” She wasn’t, but she couldn’t tell him no. This was the kind of once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you didn’t turn down. It felt strange though; he never talked this fast, and he wanted her decision now.

“Yes, I’m sure. So, what do you say?”

“Chief, I’m not sure this is a good idea.”

“Why not?”

What could she tell him? “I’ve been away from police work a long time, and I’ve never been a detective. I was only in training to be one.”

“Your previous employer said that you were showing signs of being a good detective. Jade, I need a detective. I need fresh eyes, someone quick to analyze the situation and get to the bottom of this. I’m offering you a chance to prove you are the right person to do the job. Anyone else would jump at the opportunity. Why are you hesitating?”

“I…um...” She couldn’t tell him she didn’t want to work baby or children cases. You couldn’t be selective when you were a detective. You took all jobs, no matter how difficult or painful it was.
“Have you talked to the fire chief? Does he know?”

“Yes. I talked to him this morning. He’s going to hire someone to replace you.”

“What about the police commissioners?”

“I’ll deal with them.”

She stared at Patrick and swallowed a big lump in the back of her throat. A detective? Her heart hammered hard in her chest. Could she do it? If he knew her past, why would he even consider her for the job? Talk about a bombshell dropping. Couldn’t she have time to consider it?

But a little glimmer of hope sparked in her heart. So there was a chance for her to redeem herself? She’d be stupid to turn down the opportunity. “Okay. I’ll do the best I can.”

“Good.” Patrick stood up, pulled out a Bible, and said, “Place your hand on this and repeat after me.”
After she was sworn in, they sat back down and Patrick went over the second kidnapping with her and handed her the files.

“I want you to work with Clyde on this, as he’s been doing the legwork. Between this case, the first case, and a murder case, he’s been pulling double duty trying to handle everything. But before you go out anywhere, you check in with me and let me know what you and Clyde are doing.”

She wished she could say she’d do the murder case. “It looks like this second baby was taken the same way. The two cases are likely related. Did you have any evidence that we can use?”

“So far, no. CSI went to the second scene this morning to gather any trace evidence there, but we won’t know anything for a couple of days. When you investigated the case in Oklahoma City, how did you crack it?”

“I posed as a woman wanting to adopt a baby.”

“How did you know who to connect with?”

“It was a long shot. I started with the kidnapped baby’s mother, then it went to a person who knew a person who knew a person. Then I created an identity of a woman desperate to adopt. I made sure I stayed visible and willing to try anything to get a baby.”

“I see.”

Jade rose, walked to the door, and put her hand on the doorknob, but before opening it, she turned to him. “Are you sure you want me to do this?”

Patrick leaned back in his chair and stared at her as if he was reflecting on something. “Yes, I’m sure. There are a lot of things we need to discuss. But right now I need you to get on board with Clyde, quickly, and start working this case while it’s still hot.”

“Okay. Where do you want me to work?”

“The next room down the hall is the detectives’ squad room.” He gestured with his thumb. “Grab whatever desk and computer you want. Stop by the lock-up room and get Mike to assign you a gun.”

The case was the opportunity of a lifetime for her. It gave her the chance to prove to herself, to Patrick, and the whole world, that she could do the job. Would solving this help make up for the child whose life was taken because of what she did?

She took a deep breath, opened the door, and headed to the lock-up room. She had walked into the station today as a nine-one-one dispatcher, and was now walking out as a detective.

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