Monday, December 5, 2016

Happy Holidays!!!






Hi all sorry I have been incognito for awhile but I had to step away from my blog due to health issues. I plan to be back hopefully first of the new year (keeping fingers crossed), but I am going to limit myself on posts.  

I hope this post finds you all in the good health and the holiday spirit.  I would like to giveaway a book of your choice 2.99 & under to one lucky person who comments on this post.

If you want more giveaways head over to Lucy Belle's facebook page an enter any of her giveaways for her novella Meadow Falls Sweetheart Dance.




Brody Stevenson, Jake Callahan and Trevor Winters are planning a night to remember for three special ladies; Michaela Horton, Jaden Kingsley, and Rayna Baxter at the Meadow Falls annual Sweet heart Dance. But will a secret Brody, Jake and Trevor harbored for three months make this magical night a night from hell.


it was a fast read, lovely story...A few twist and turns - Amazon 5 star review


Excerpt from Meadow Falls Sweetheart Dance

Trevor stepped between the two of them, being the responsible one out of the three of them . "Seriously, Brody what are you going to do about Roxanne?" Trevor asked.
"What do you mean, what I am going to do about Roxanne, fucking nothing!" Brody growled.
"Come on, Stevenson, you know that skank is going to someway get it back to Micki about what happened that night," Jake returned.
"Jesus Christ, for the last fucking time nothing happen!" Brody yelled. "I have never cheated on Michaela, and if I ever thought about it," pointing his finger at both Jake and Trevor "which I would never! The last person I would be with is Roxie Mercer the town slut. I have more respect for myself than that!"
"But dammit Brody, Jake and I both found you the next day in the bed of your truck with her, naked as a jaybird!" Trevor barked.
Sinking to the bed, with his chin to his chest, shaking his head, "guys I really don't remember what happen. I remember taking Micki home from the bonfire. She was exhausted.  Coming back, jumping in that cold fucking lake with you assholes bare ass naked.  But I don't remember anything fucking else." Brody looked up sorrowfully at his two best friends, "please help me keep Roxie away from Michaela until I can remember that whole night. I love that girl with all my heart and soul.  It would kill me if I lost her because Roxy got to her before I could tell her.  But I need to find out what really happened that night. All I know is down deep," pounding his chest, "I know I did NOT have sex with that slut that night."
Brody looked at both his friends.  His dark auburn hair ruffled due to his hands continually combing through it. Dark blue eyes pleading with them to help him.
Jake broke the silence, "you know we will, bro." Sticking his hand out "one for all, all for one." Brody and Trevor placed their hands on his and chanted the phrase.
Trevor looked at both of his friends with a question in his eye. "Maybe we should tell  Rayna and Jaden about some of what happen."
"Are you fucking nuts?! They would have our brother hung up by his testicles in the bell tower of the townhall for all the fucking town to see. No fucking way, do Ray & Jay find out," bellowed Jake.
"Hell you just don't what Jaden to find out you knew for three fucking months, that one of her best friends boyfriends fucked Roxie," Trevor growled.
"I did NOT fuck Roxie!"
"Hell yes!  Because there goes my lovin!" Jake and Brody both yelled at the same time.
Nodding his head Trevor agrees with them,."Ok, you nimrods are right. But I disagree with you Jake. I think Jaden would cut his nuts and dick off with a blunt knife and shove them up his ass," he chuckles.
"Yep her crazy cute ass would probably do that. But would it be before or after she took that blunt knife after Roxie's tits. Cut them off and stick one of them up her ass and one up her pussy and sew her up," Jake howled.
"Probably after," snorted Trevor, "so she could shove Brody's dick down her throat."
"Excuse me dickheads, I am still here. And these," grabbing his package, "are my fucking family jewels you are talking about," Brody snarled.
"Sorry man, but you got to agree Jaden is one crazy bitch," Trevor snorted.
Trevor was grabbed so fast he didn't know what was happening. He came face to face with Jake. "Don't ever call Jaden a bitch, again!" Jake said through clench teeth, staring at Trevor with malice in his gray eyes. But in a flash the look was gone and smirk came across his lips. "She is one cute crazy bitch."
"I am surprised she didn't go all crazy on you when you told her, you were joining the navy," Trev replied.
Jake changed the subject real fast. "Brodman, no worries we will help keep Roxie Doxie away from Micki."
"Thanks guys," said Brody. "But Jake, you didn't answer Trev. What happened when you told Jaden?"
"Nothing, I haven't told tell her yet," Jake said under his breath.
"You haven't told her yet!" exclaimed Trevor.  "Baaaawk, baaaawk, baaaawk!  Look at those yellow feathers growing on him Brod!"
"Everyone considered him the coward of the county... his mama called him Jakie but folks just called him yellow" Brody sang laughing. Trevor joined in "everyone considered him, the coward of the county."
Jake gives Brody and Trevor a one finger salute as he leaves the room. " See you two at the hall.  Gotta go pick up some nice, crazy ass," leaving the room singing "another one gone, and another one gone, another one bites the dust," as Brody and Trevor are singing "everyone considered him, the coward of the county."
"I'm heading out too, so you can finish getting ready for your big night.  Man, I wish you luck tonight, but we all know you won't need it," Trevor said.
"Thanks man. Hey, good luck with telling Rayna how you feel about her." Brody threw back at Trevor.
"Tonight's the night we'll make history, buddy, you and I" singing as he walks out the room, Brody chuckles.
Damn what would I do if those two knuckleheads weren't in my life. They always would have each others back "all for one and one for all" Brody thought.
While finishing getting ready for his big night his mind wanders back to the night three monthsago. "Damn I wish I could remember what really happened that night."

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Virtual Book Tour w/Giveaway: King Peso by Carmen Amato

 

King Peso
by Carmen Amato
GENRE: police procedural mystery

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Carmen Amato will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Please visit GoddessFish.com to follow the tour, remember the more you comment better your chances on winning.

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BLURB:

KING PESO is the fourth book in the sensational Detective Emilia Cruz mystery series recently optioned for both television and film. Emilia is the first female police detective in Acapulco, where Mexican drug cartels battle for control and politicians are bought with blood money. Three cops are murdered, execution style. Emilia worked with them all. Her partner’s wife is killed in a home invasion. Was he the real target? Is Emilia the next? She hopes to be assigned to a task force to investigate the killings, but is instead directed to a new police unit championed by Acapulco’s ambitious mayor and overseen by a shady union strongman. But when Emilia stumbles upon a falsified report, she will conduct a private investigation, even as another murder victim carries a stark message for her.  Home is no refuge for Emilia; hotel manager Kurt Rucker has a shocking secret that could tear their relationship apart. Unexpected help comes from a frightened attorney and a famous movie star, but each new clue to the murders unravels the one before. Meanwhile, Emilia’s ongoing hunt for a missing girl, a continuing series subplot, leads to the infamous El Pharaoh casino, a place she knows only too well. What do a casino and a cop killer have in common? Emilia bets on her partner, but his gamble could cost both their lives.

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Excerpt:

Detective Cruz, I’m so glad I found you.” It was Claudia Sanchez again, but no longer Emilia’s new best friend. She thrust out a cell phone, the gesture full of shaky bravado. “I need your contact information.”

Emilia blinked at the woman.

We need to schedule our first planning meeting,” Claudia continued. “I’d like to make it the same time every week. We’ll meet in my office in this building until we move to the Las Palomas headquarters.”

She paused and looked at Emilia expectantly.

Emilia didn’t move.

After a moment of confusion, Claudia went on doggedly. “We have a lot of decisions to make. Carlota has given me a file full of her ideas. We really need to focus on the uniforms. Carlota wants something with that signature Las Brisas pink.”

Do you have any idea what it means to be a cop in this city?” Emilia asked abruptly.

I . . . I majored in public administration and security in college,” Claudia stammered. “I’ve been working for the mayor for almost two years.”

Emilia was nearly speechless with sudden fury. “Have you ever listened to your partner describe how he came home to find his wife a bloody dead mess?” She launched herself off the wall as she spoke. “Paid a snitch on the street for information to keep your friends from being killed? Scraped bodies off a sidewalk after a gang fight?”

Claudia took a shaky step away from Emilia. “You’re not being very nice, Detective Cruz.”

Emilia’s anger fled as quickly as it came. Claudia’s face was puckered with the effort not to cry.

The situation was hopeless.

I have to go,” Emilia said.

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Q & A with Carmen Amato

What books/authors have influenced your writing?
First, thanks so much for having me today and letting me introduce your readers to the Detective Emilia Cruz mystery series and KING PESO, the latest mystery. Emilia is the first female police detective in Acapulco, taking on Mexico’s drug war and culture of machismo.

My writing has been inspired by a number of different authors:

Ken Follett: His earlier works including Night Over Water, Triple, The Key to Rebecca and The Eye of the Needle all have a tension-filled storyline, interesting characters with complex relationships, and multiple voices that are all integral to moving the plot forward. Not to mention the hot sex scenes.

P.G. Wodehouse: I discovered this British humorist in high school and have read dozens of his books and short stories.His world is that of 1920’s England. All of his books have an invariably tangled plot, crazy characters, and perfect phrasing (“he writhed like an electric fan”) that never grow old. My favorite is The Code of the Woosters.

Robert B. Parker: The creator of the Spenser mystery series is a study in perfect-pitch dialogue. Some of his books are a series of conversations that are so well crafted that virtually the entire plot/mystery is revealed in this way. His action scenes are never gratuitous which means they pack a big punch. My favorites are Potshot and Hugger Mugger.

Tell us something you hate doing. Why?

Mark Twin famously said that if you ate a frog in the morning, the rest of the day had to be better. Housework is my particular frog so I try to get annoying tasks like emptying the dishwasher and throwing in a load of laundry done early in the day.

I hate doing housework so much I interrupt myself, too, usually to check my email or surf pinterest! I always have a pen and paper handy to scribble down book ideas.

After all, boring women have immaculate houses, right?

Share a funny incident in your life.

I love to travel and my experiences in Mexico jumpstarted my literary career, resulting in KING PESO and the Detective Emilia Cruz series.

But before that happened I had quite an adventure scuba-diving across the Pacific, including in Fiji. I arrived there alone at 1:00 am after a 12-hour flight. There I was, in the middle of the Pacific, with a heavy suitcase, an even heavier bag of scuba gear, and reservations for a hotel that was 20 miles away. I’d never been in Fiji before.

A nation of islands, Fiji was a former British colony. When the Brits found out that it was the ideal climate for sugar cane, Indian workers from the subcontinent were brought in the raise the crop. Sugar cane became Fiji’s main export, sweetening British candy and giving rise to local rum production as well. But land in Fiji–and accompanying political power–is reserved for native-born Fijians. The Indian population’s economic and political power grew with the population, until an Indian was elected prime minister. A racially-motivated coup by a native Fijian army officer was swift and bloodless. It returned the former native Fijian prime minister to an interim status but a second coup occurred when the army ringleader took power himself.

Two weeks before my arrival.

I was directed outside the terminal into a taxi driven by a turbaned Indian gentleman. We headed off in the pitch-black for Suva, the capital city. The taxi tooled along nicely until we came to an army roadblock. A single Fijian soldier stood guard, wearing a military uniform shirt tucked into a traditional Fijian sulu, or kilt, and sandals. He had an assault rifle, a flashlight, and a long wooden barrier.

Let me digress here and say that Fijian men are the most handsome men on earth. All are about seven feet tall, muscular to the point of sculpture, and have deliciously dark hair and eyes.

So back to the car. The driver stopped the vehicle in front of the barrier. From my vantage point in the back seat I saw him sweat and shake as the soldier and his nice gun approached. The driver stared ahead, steering wheel locked in a death grip, and didn’t acknowledge the soldier.

For whatever reason I rolled down my window, smiled shakily, and held out my American passport.

The soldier bent down to peer at me through the open window. Up close he was gorgeous; dark mustache, lose-yourself-in-them brown eyes, perfect teeth.

“Hello,” he said, making it sound as if I was the woman he’d been waiting for all his life.

“Hello,” I replied, now confused as well as nervous.

He stepped away from the car and studied my passport in the beam of his flashlight. There were no streetlights, no other cars, the airport far behind, the empty road unspooling in front of us only to disappear into the darkness. The taxi driver continued to shake like soupy gelatin.

The soldier came back to the car and leaned down to look at me again through the window. “Goodbye,” he said, infusing his voice with Casablanca-like drama. He handed back the passport. Our hands met.

“Goodbye,” I said, matching his emotional tone.

He moved the barrier, the taxi driver gave a little sob, and we sped off, leaving Sergeant Fiji by the side of the road.

It was a short but memorable love affair.

When you are in writer mode, music or no music? If music, do you have a playlist?

There is usually so much dialogue in my head I don’t need any other distractions. So no music.

But I do have a playlist for the Detective Emilia Cruz series.
I recently was a guest DJ on the NPR show Alt.Latino with host Felix Contreras and shared a playlist of songs that I think reflect KING PESO and the Detective Emilia Cruz series:

What a Cryin’ Shame by The Mavericks
La Mucara by The Mavericks
Just Another Day by Jon Secada
If You Go (Si Te Vas) by Jon Secada
Whenever, Wherever by Shakira
The Lonely Bull by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
Solo Pienso En Ti by Miguel Bosé
Tu Boca by Cheyanne
All My Bridges Burning by Los Lobos
Tu Fotografia by Gloria Estefan
Fuego de Pasion by Alex Torres and the Latin Kings
Plus, anything by Maná (Detective Emilia Cruz's favorite group)

Felix selected a theme song for Emilia: Tu Eres mi Religión by Maná. The song perfectly captured the love affair between Emilia and hotel manager Kurt Rucker.

Have you ever had one character you wanted to go one way with but after the book was done the character was totally different?
Yes! In the 3rd Detective Emilia Cruz novel, HAT DANCE, a violent arsonist is targeting high-end restaurants in Acapulco. Emilia and her partner, senior detective Franco Silvio investigate but don’t get far. A federal arson investigator is called in to help.

At first the investigator was a woman who becomes Emilia’s rival while sleeping her way to the top. But after a few chapters, the character changed into a man who is a potential rival for Emilia’s affections. The change got rid of an unnecessary subplot while allowing Emilia and Silvio to work a few things out in their own unique and argumentative way.

I shared the “lost” chapters with my newsletter readers who liked the tension the woman brought to Emilia’s circle so she might get resurrected in a later book.





AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Carmen Amato is the author of romantic thrillers and the Detective Emilia Cruz mystery series set in Acapulco which was recently optioned for film. Originally from New York, her experiences n Mexico and Central America inspire many of her books. For a copy of the Detective Emilia Cruz Starter Library, visit her website at carmenamato.net
Connect with her on Facebook, follow on Twitter and Pinterest, and get her books on Amazon.


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Book Blast w/Giveaway: Luke's Redemption by Anni Fife


Luke’s Redemption
by Anni Fife
GENRE: Contemporary Erotic Romantic Suspense

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Anni will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Please visit GoddessFish.com to follow the tour, remember the more you comment better your chances on winning.

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BLURB:

Chased by her criminal kingpin father, Katya Dalca runs to New Orleans and straight into the arms of Luke Hunter. Sucked into the carnal world of the French Quarter, she succumbs to Luke’s potent sexuality. He not only steals her breath, he steals her heart and the only leverage she has against her father. She is left with no choice except to pick up the pieces and rebuild her life alone.

Undercover DEA agent Luke Hunter thought his newest assignment—recover a stolen flash drive to gain the trust of the Russian mob—was like any other. But his target brings him to his knees, and after one taste of her intoxicating beauty, he's in too deep. Doing his job means walking away, leaving his heart behind with nothing but a promise to reunite. It's a promise he can't keep.

When Katya's past reaches out and her world unravels, her only hope is the one man she is most vulnerable to—Luke.

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Excerpt:

I snuggled deeper into the cosy bedding, lazy and heavy-limbed. Shifting slightly, warmth spread through me as the slight stickiness between my legs brought with it delicious memories of the night before. I never dreamed that I could be so wanton, so wildly desperate for one man’s touch.  

And boy, did he touch! His potency evident in every aching muscle in my body.

Mmmm. Heat flickered as his musky scent infused my senses.

“Katya.”

I loved his voice. Especially when he said my name, so deep, rich like dark molasses.

“Katya!”

I forced my lids open. And drowned in sensual, male beauty. “Hi,” I purred. And it was a purr. I sounded like a sated cat. Inching a hand out from under the covers, I reached up, hungry to stroke his rough morning stubble.


He reared back as if stung.

What?

My hand hovered midair as he lowered himself to a chair that was pulled up close to the bedside.  

How did that chair get there? Was he watching me sleep?

Sluggish, I looked at the window. The curtains were drawn together but didn’t quite meet. Faint light trickled in. It was barely morning. I looked back at Michale and cold started to seep in. Shit. He was fully clothed, he was even wearing his jacket. Only his hair looked out of place. He obviously couldn’t find the cord that I’d enthusiastically pulled from it like a wild woman, and now it hung loose to his shoulders. Bed-hair. Do men get bed-hair?

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Last year, Anni Fife closed the door on a successful career in television, to fulfill her lifelong passion, writing. In the space of one month, she closed her business, packed up her city life and moved to a small seaside village. ‘My writing has always been constrained by client briefs,’ Anni says. ‘Now, I finally have the opportunity to write to the beat of my own heart.’ LUKE’s Redemption is Anni’s debut novel and she hopes you enjoy reading it as much as she loved writing it. Anni loves to spend hours walking on the beach searching for pansy shells, more hours drinking red wine with her gal posse, and the most hours writing steamy romance novels filled with hot alpha men and the sassy intelligent women they can’t live without. She is currently working on her second novel, GRAY’s Promise.

Anni is published by The Wild Rose Press, and is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA).

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