Saturday, April 29, 2017

EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads Saturday Spotlight w/Giveaway: Blood in the Woods by J.P Wille



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J. P. Wille's
Blood in the Woods!

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J. P. Willie's
Blood in the Woods!




SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE: 
Rural Louisiana country life is peaceful, idyllic, and sanguine. One bucolic town leads to another in an endless series of southern country life. Yet beneath the tranquil surface lies another story. A story of the south which hasn't been told only hinted at. 

As 26 -year -old Jody stands on the cracked, aged driveway of his childhood home, a black mass settles itself on his chest. A sense of fear is manifesting around the edges of his psyche as unmentioned memories flood back to the last time he stood on this spot years ago. There is an empty space where the trailer once stood. The place he called home; thought of as his refuge together with his mother and younger brother, but all was ripped apart along with the innocence of childhood.

Growing up in the late eighties and early nineties in the small town of Hammond, Louisiana, with his best friend Jack, was full of wonderful memories. Their lives on Rhine Road are typical for boys their age. Time is spent playing in the woods, shooting pellet guns, blowing up mailboxes, fighting at school and the beginnings of interests in girls. Their lives are what you would expect from children with no responsibilities or worries beyond the next pop-quiz or getting to second base. 

As they grow older together and experience the joys and pains of life, love, family and friendship, they discover a meddlesomeness borne of lazy summer days, boredom and childhood rebellion. Through idle curiosity, they stumble upon something horrific in the woods one evening and their lives quickly take a turn. 

They soon become hunted by an unspeakable evil and the hunting ground was home.




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Q & A with J.P. Willie about Blood in the Woods!


Tell us about BLOOD IN THE WOODS.

BLOOD IN THE WOODS is a dark and terrifying coming-of-age novel mixed with the perfect narration about family, first loves, and friendship.

What initially inspired you to write BLOOD IN THE WOODS?

Upon returning home from my second deployment to Afghanistan, my best friend Jack lost his sister, Jamie, to a car accident. At that time in my life, I was in a terrible marriage and suffering with PTSD. I started writing as a form of therapy and while doing so, I remembered some terrifying true events I experienced during my childhood, and before I knew it, BLOOD IN THE WOODS was born.

Tell us little about the characters in BLOOD IN THE WOODS.


The two main characters are Jody and Jack; two best friends growing up in the small town of Baptist, Louisiana. Jody is the loud mouth and energetic one, while Jack’s more reserved and the toughest of the duo. They’re wild, reckless, relentless and rebellious, but because of this, they soon find themselves in over their heads.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?

Some of the graphic scenes within the novel were tough to write. As a father of 5 children, it was truly a challenge, but as a storyteller, I knew I had to shock the readers and pull them out of their comfort zone.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

I didn’t really have a favorite chapter, but my favorite part in the novel, and for most readers, is the creek scene. Believe me, you’ll know when you get to it.

What are your future project(s)?

I’m currently writing my novella, HOT SUMMER SAVIOR, which will be out this summer.

Is there anything else you would like to tell the readers about this book/series?

The novel has been slated for film in 2018, so keep a lookout.


Now an exciting excerpt from Blood in the Woods!



“Hey.” I said, quietly.
“Hey.” Angela replied, trying to keep her back to me.
“So, are you still mad at me?” I asked, going straight for the elephant that was in the creek with us. “Is that why you haven’t said a word to me this whole time?”
“What do you think, Jody?”
“I don’t know,” I said, raising my voice a tad, “We haven’t talked to each other since we broke up.”
“And you think I should’ve been talking to you,” Angela spat, uncrossing her arms and getting into a defensive posture, “You said a lot of hurtful things to me that day, Jody. Things I haven’t forgotten. And then, after breaking up with me, after we’d been together for so long, you asked Laura to go out with you! Right away!”
“You broke up with me; remember?” I hissed, “I wasn’t the one that wanted to break up. You were the one that wanted to. I believe it was because you’re Mommy and Daddy forced you to do it. Am I right?”
“I didn’t want to,” Angela said, her eyes were becoming glossy, “But I did it. And now, ever since we’ve split, I’ve had to watch you walk happily through the halls, holding hands with Laura like I’ve never even existed!”
“It’s not like that.”
“Then tell me what it’s like,” Angela pried, “Do you not really like her?”
“Of course I like her.”
“Well then, tell me how much you like her. Tell me how long y’all stay on the phone talking to each other on the weekends,” Angela ranted, “Tell me anything.”
“I haven’t stopped thinking about you, Angela,” I yelled, silencing her rant, “Just because I’m going out with Laura, doesn’t mean I still don’t have feelings for you. I think about you all the time.”
“And I think about you all the time.” Angela said.
After the short argument was over, Angela started to cry. I walked over to her and placed my hands on top of her boney shoulders.
“I didn’t mean any of those things I said to you. I was angry; there’s been some things going on in my life for the past couple of years that you wouldn’t understand.”
“We’ve all been going through things.” Angela said, she had stopped crying.
“No doubt about that,” I said, agreeing wholeheartedly with her, “Look,” I brought my hand under her chin and raised it until she was looking me dead in the eyes, “I’m sorry if I hurt you. Can you not be mad at me anymore, please?”
“Sure.” Angela said, letting loose a long sigh.
“Good, now come here.” I said, warmly.
I pulled her into a tight hug and she wrapped her skinny arms tightly around my waist. As our bodies pressed closely against another, I brought my head down to her shoulder and squeezed her tighter. Her hair smelled like raspberry, and I could feel her heart beating against mine. I began swaying with her in my arms; it almost felt like we were dancing a slow dance that was just for us. Time seemed to stand still; I felt her arms loosen around my waist and she leaned back as we continued to rock slowly from side to side. The sun was still hot, and dragonflies were now landing in the water below our feet, searching for small insects. She brought both her hands up to my face, running her fingers through my spiked hair. My heart was pounding, and I could feel Angela’s doing the same.
“Kiss me.” Angela said.
“Okay.” I said, innocently.
I licked my lips quickly, hoping she didn’t notice that I was nervous, but somehow conjured up the intestinal fortitude and began to lean forward slowly. As I continued my movement to seal the kiss, splashing in the distance broke my concentration. I heard Jack screaming at the top of his lungs and we both opened our eyes instantly, letting go of each other. I focused my attention on Jack and Krystle, who were heading right for us.


Author Bio:

J.P. Willie was born and raised in the great southern state of Louisiana. He moved to Baton Rouge when he was 14 years old and graduated from Tara High School. He currently lives with his wife, Corrie, and 5 beautiful children in Louisiana. He served two combat tours in Afghanistan with the U.S. ARMY and has three years until he officially retires from the Military.

His first novel, BLOOD IN THE WOODS, which is inspired by true events from his childhood, is terrifying readers across the globe and soon to be a major motion picture. He enjoys writing Horror, Psychological Thrillers, Supernatural Fiction and Dark Fiction. He is already working on his second novel, THE TRAGEDY OF C. MOORE COOPER, and his first novella, HOT SUMMER SAVIOR, will be out this summer. His short story WELCOME HOME, ROUGAROU is ranked #5 in the Amazon Kindle store for short reads and is available now. 

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Blog Tour w/Giveaway: The Lily Singer Adventures Series by Lydia Sherrer

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This is my stop during the blog tour for The Lily Singer Adventures by Lydia Sherrer. This blog tour is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 28 April till 14 May, you can view the tour schedule here. Start this series for cheap! For a limited time book 1 and 2 in this series will be discounted so you can start this series for cheap. This discount only runs from 28 April till 30 April, so make sure to get your copies now! Find the whole series here on Amazon.
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Love, Lies and Hocus Pocus: Beginnings (The Lily Singer Adventures #1) By Lydia Sherrer Genre: Urban Fantasy Age category: Young Adult/ New Adult/ Adult
Blurb: Saving the world is such a bother when it makes you late for tea. By day, book-loving wizard Lily Singer manages library archives. By night? She sleeps, of course. In between, she studies magic and tries to keep her witch friend Sebastian out of trouble. Much to her displeasure, he finds it anyway and drags her along with him. From unmaking ancient curses to rescuing a town lost in time, Lily and Sebastian fight to avert magical mayhem. Meanwhile, Lily's mysterious past begins to unfold--a past hidden from her by those she trusts most. Will she be able to discover the truth despite them? Beginnings is the first installment of the Lily Singer Adventures urban fantasy series. Full of unexpected twists and snarky humor, this story has been known to cause: loud snorts of laughter, inexplicable craving for tea, and loss of work productivity. If you enjoy magic-filled adventures like Harry Potter and Sabrina the Teenage Witch then you'll love Lydia Sherrer's delightful new series.
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You can find Love, Lies and Hocus Pocus: Beginnings on Goodreads Get Beginnings for free! From 28 till 30 April you can get your copy of Love, Lies and Hocus Pocus: Beginnings for free on Amazon. Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: Revelations
Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: Revelations (The Lily Singer Adventures #2) By Lydia Sherrer Genre: Urban Fantasy Age category: Young Adult/ New Adult/ Adult
Blurb: The truth shall make you free...sort of. Modern-day wizard Lily Singer prefers to stay tucked away in her library, studying magic and drinking tea. But with a troublesome witch friend and a past riddled with dangerous secrets, her chances of peace and quiet are slim. Armed with only wits and magic, she must manage her argumentative cat, thwart a plot to steal a powerful artifact, and decide who, amid all this, she can trust. The past, both ancient and modern, is catching up with her. Will discovering its secrets reveal her future, or doom it? Perhaps some truths are better left unknown... Revelations is the second book in the Lily Singer Adventures urban fantasy series. Full of unexpected twists and snarky humor, this story has been known to cause: loud snorts of laughter, inexplicable craving for tea, and loss of work productivity. If you enjoy magic-filled adventures like Harry Potter and Sabrina the Teenage Witch then you'll love Lydia Sherrer's delightful new series.
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 You can find Love, Lies and Hocus Pocus: Revelations on Goodreads Get Revelations while it's discounted! From 28 till 30 April you can get your copy of Love, Lies and Hocus Pocus: Revelations for a discounted price. On 28 April the book will be only $0.99, on 29 April the price will be $1.99 and on 30 April the price is $2.99. Before the book goes back to its normal price of $3.99 on 1 May. So make sure to get your copy while it’s discounted on Amazon.
The two newest books in this series Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: Allies (The Lily Singer Adventures #3)
Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: Allies
What’s worse than fighting with allies? Fighting without them. To stop her father’s evil plans, wizard and archivist Lily Singer must reconcile old grudges, make questionable allies, and bend the law to fix a problem that's not even her fault. Can she and her friends work together to save the day? Or will they let their differences divide them? Links: - Goodreads - Amazon Allies release day graphic
Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: Legends (The Lily Singer Adventures #4) Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus: Legends
Troublemaking witch friend and talking cat in tow, Lily Singer must pursue her father to England as he seeks to discover an ancient evil and steal its power for himself. But with a queen of the fae after the same thing, Sebastian’s past comes back to haunt him and the three friends have to think fast and act faster to defeat legends that are, unfortunately, no longer in the past. Links: - Goodreads - Amazon Legends release day graphic The Lily Singer Adventures series banner 
All four books in The Lily Singer Adventures series are part of Kindle Unlimited. Lydia SherrerAbout the Author: Author of the Love, Lies, and Hocus Pocus magical adventure series, Lydia Sherrer is a fantasy author whose goal is to leave this world a better place than when she found it. With an urban fantasy series, multiple short stories and a novella under her belt, Lydia has been writing for over a decade and enjoys nothing more than a good book, a cup of tea, and a comfy chair in the sunshine. When not writing she loves to play her ocarina (think Zelda), and also enjoys traditional archery, cosplay, larping, and art. Growing up in rural Kentucky, she was thoroughly corrupted by a deep love for its rolling countryside, despite the mosquitoes and hay fever. She was instilled with a craving for literature early on, and her parents had to wrestle books away from her at the dinner table. Though she graduated with a dual BA in Chinese and Arabic, having traveled the world she came home and decided to stay there. She currently resides in Louisville, KY with her loving and supportive husband, and their very vocal cat. You can find and contact Lydia Sherrer here: - Website - Facebook - Twitter - Goodreads - Amazon - Youtube - Instagram - Newsletter Giveaway There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of The Lily Singer Adventures. These are the prizes you can win: - 1st place is signed paperback copies of The Lily Singer Adventures Books 1 & 2 and ebook copies of Books 3 & 4 (US only) - 2nd place is ebook copies of The Lily Singer Adventures Books 1-4 (open world-wide) - 3rd place is ebook copies of The Lily Singer Adventures Books 1-2 (open world-wide) For a chance to win, enter the rafflecopter below: a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Week Blitz w/Giveaway: Chosen Path by J. Whitney Williams


Erotic Romance
Date Published: 4/28/2017

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Yumiko Itsumoto wants it all. An accomplished artist and feared attorney, she gets what she wants, all else be damned. Now she wants love, even if it means charting a new course for her life, but changing course can be dangerous.  In mere moments, she tumbles from the dizzying pinnacle of success into a bottomless abyss of murder and treachery.  Yumiko will not live happily ever after—not this time—but can she at least find a way to stay alive?

Editor's review 

Author J. Whitney Williams follows CARRIED AWAY—his surprisingly intelligent and deftly written debut—with a story that is even sexier, more thrilling and more enthralling than the first.
Again taking the reader on a trip across the world, meeting strange people in strange places via a prodigious narrator, CHOSEN PATH follows Yumi, a powerful and apparently dispassionate supporting character introduced in book one. But appearances deceive. Here, the reader is immersed in Yumi—into the very depths of her complex mind, her conflicted yet determined soul, her insatiable sex drive.
When Yumi encounters the woman who she presumes to be the fiancée of the love of her life—perhaps her only true love—she has every reason to seize the opportunity that presents itself to erase the woman from both of their lives forever. It’s no wonder Yumi is the prime suspect for the unfortunate woman’s swift and seemingly heartless murder. Unable to recall herself, Yumi assumes the worst, too. It wouldn’t be the first tragic fate to befall someone who stood in her way—or the last—and cameras don’t lie.
In CHOSEN PATH, Williams explores the very essence of what makes us human. The protagonist, a uniquely flawed yet extraordinarily likable woman of many talents and trades, demonstrates the jealousy and manipulation we see in ourselves and despise in others. At the same time, we’re drawn to Yumi. Geisha. Samurai. Assassin. Pseudo-royalty. Nothing happens to her; she creates. If we all shaped our own circumstances, our destinies, as adroitly as she, what paths would we choose and where would they lead us?


EXCERPT

Either I was mistaken to leave him, or I am mistaken to go back. I can no longer consider myself a woman who does not make mistakes. Neither am I self-conscious, nor do I dress for the benefit of others, and yet I feel silly walking up out of the subway wearing a kimono. That contradiction scares me in a way I do not understand. At least I am still a woman who faces her fears.

It must be Sunday. There are too many people on the street for a weekday. And I would be at work. My situational awareness is poor. I must take care not to walk past Kosei’s building. I know this insomnia impairs my judgment, so perhaps I am wrong about doing this. I don’t think I am. I think I love him, and I have learned that love matters. I was wrong—about a lot of things. I know that now. I’m not just desperate.

Which implies that I am, in fact, desperate. I am. I’m desperate to be able to sleep again. I know that, and I still believe I am making the right decision. Being aware of our biases helps us to mitigate their effects. But I remember missing him on quiet nights and in the rare mornings when I woke well rested. I wanted him with me at times when I wanted nothing else.

I’m not just desperate. I do love him, and I was wrong. Willow-sensei was right that I had been unwilling to make a decision between career and family. Lots of women juggle both, even with children, but fundamentally one or the other has to come first. My choice has always been career, without question, any day of the week and twice on Sunday. I think today is Sunday.

Between practicing law and entertaining, career easily devoured almost all of me. I suppose I had two careers. I suppose they did devour all of me.

This is his building. The door code is still the same.

My decision is not which will come first. I have to give up one of those careers. No, like many of my thoughts today, that’s not true. He wouldn’t mind me booking engagements as a geisha. Only the sex concerned him. But if you’re going to play by the rules, why bother? It wouldn’t be the same. My thrill has always been the con—to see how far I can push a man’s judgment beyond what he knows to be unreasonable. Approaching as a geisha is simply one of my opening gambits. Only sex can truly destroy a man.

I am ready to give that up for him, all those years of careful study and practice. I am ready to let go. I am ready to compromise. I am ready to love harder than I work.

I am not ready to knock on his door.


How long have I been standing here? It bothers me that I don’t know. Too often lately I realize where I am and cannot remember how I got there. Those must be the moments in which I sleep.

It was a heavy thud against the inside of his door that woke me. I’m preening like a schoolgirl. Put your hand down, Yumi. The door remains closed. Maybe there was no thud. Maybe I dreamt it.

No, it was real. Lightly pressing my ear to the door, I can hear a woman’s heartbeat. It’s racing, and either she is very tall or her feet aren’t touching the ground. A slight moan escapes her throat, and her body lurches against the door again. I recognize the pattern. It’s him.

It’s the same intermittent cadence, the same thrusts and pauses. He never held me up like that. I should be the one on the other side of that door. A reflexive twitch of lustful anticipation turns to resentment and anger and other feelings for which I cannot remember the names. I need to leave.


A subway station? That must be my train pulling away. How long have I been standing here? There will be another in 15 minutes. When you miss a train, another comes—not so with people. I feel in my gut the hard truth that there is more between me and Kosei now than a door.

I should have anticipated that he would be seeing someone. He is a handsome man. He is also lighthearted, relaxed, casual. I need that. I need him back. His bed was the only place I ever felt I could rest, the only place I could still get to anyway.

I will be able to take him back from her, whoever she is, but it will require preparation. I must first discover my adversary. Nothing can be left to chance. She could be anyone.

I want him back so badly that I can smell his scent as if he were nearby. I’ve started seeing things lately too, little defects in the corners of my vision. It must be my lack of sleep. My situation is untenable.

“Oh, your kimono is so lovely!” I should thank the woman next to me for her compliment, but I already don’t like her. It’s only because I envy her. She seems so free and natural, so casual and peaceful, with the demeanor of a woman who just left a trusted lover’s bed. There is more than that though, maybe the engagement ring. It’s a beautiful ring.

“Thank you so much,” she says. “My boyfriend—my fiancé—just gave it to me today!” I wonder how much I said out loud. “It’s a dream come true,” she continues. “I’ve never met anyone like him. Is that our train?” Another is coming, but it won’t stop here. The local just left.

“No,” I answer. “The express.” The slightest moan escapes her in her disappointment. It echoes in my mind with the sound of Kosei’s lover, matching perfectly. I must be delusional, thinking this girl could possibly be the one. She is far too young, too frivolous, too modern. Her tank top and cutoffs are generic enough, but she wears glittered nail polish and has a little tattoo of a turtle behind her ear. Kosei wouldn’t be attracted to a girl like that.

She is an idiot. She wears her purse far too casually for how expensive it is. It must have been a gift from another idiot, but she doesn’t hold it as if it came from her idiot boyfriend.

The purse doesn’t bother me. I’ve seen plenty of old money wasted on oblivious girls. I have always taken care not to be one of them, not to be oblivious. The turtle offends me. That particular design is a ka-mon, a family emblem, Yoshimitsu to be precise. I can only infer that she likes turtles, because this girl is no Yoshimitsu. Kids today have no respect.

She jumps a little when her phone chirps and the purse inevitably falls. Once she digs her phone out of it, she doesn’t even stand before checking the message. It must be from her idiot boyfriend. His phone number is the same as Kosei’s.


She screams as she tumbles forward, right in front of the express train. I’ve never seen it happen before, but suicide by train is not uncommon. I wish people wouldn’t do that. It always throws off the scheduled service. It must make quite a mess for the maintenance people, too. Deafening shrieks of emergency brakes crowd out the echoes of her scream. At least there is one less idiot in the world.

It doesn’t make sense, though. She was so happy to be engaged. Why would she kill herself? She didn’t plan to. Even delirious as I am, I would have noticed suicidal intent in her mannerisms.

I feel sorry for her fiancé, for Kosei. He deserves better; I would never hurt him like she has. The thought of it makes me angry at her, but anger never solves anything. I wish I could go to him, to console him, but first I have to get rid of his lover somehow.

Wait. What just happened?


I need to leave.


About the Author 

A mathematician by training and computer programmer by trade, J. Whitney Williams lives and works under the X in Texas, thinking too much and speaking too little.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Cover Reveal: Royally Endowed by Emma Chase

     

Logan St. James is a smoldering, sexy beast. Sure, he can be a little broody at times—but Ellie Hammond’s willing to overlook that. Because, have you seen him??

Sexy. As. Hell.

And Ellie’s perky enough for both of them.

For years, she’s had a crush on the intense, protective royal security guard—but she doesn’t think he ever saw her, not really.

To Logan, Ellie was just part of the job—a relative of the royal family he’d sworn to protect. Now, at 22 years old and fresh out of college, she’s determined to put aside her X-rated dreams of pat-downs and pillow talk, and find a real life happily ever after.

The Queen of Wessco encourages Ellie to follow in her sister’s footsteps and settle down with a prince of her own. Or a duke, a marquis…a viscount would also do nicely.

But in the pursuit of a fairy tale ending, Ellie learns that the sweetest crushes can be the hardest to let go. *** Logan St. James grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, in a family on the wrong side of the law. But these days, he covers his tattoos and scars with a respectable suit. He’s handsome, loyal, brave, skilled with his hands and…other body parts.

Any woman would be proud to bring him home to her family.

But there’s only one woman he wants.

For years he’s watched over her, protected her, held her hair back when she was sick, taught her how to throw a punch, and spot a liar.

He dreams of her. Would lay down his life for her.

But beautiful Ellie Hammond’s off-limits.

Everybody knows the bodyguard rules: Never lose focus, never let them out of your sight, and never, ever fall in love.

 

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Book Blast w/Giveaway: Rachel's Dream by Lisa Jones Baker

 

Rachel’s Dream
by Lisa Jones Baker
GENRE: Inspirational Romance (Amish)

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Rachel Kauffman and Jarred Zimmerman seem to have nothing in common. She's the outgoing youngest of a large, close-knit Amish clan, while Jarred is a young veterinarian who trusts the animals he heals far more than he trusts people. However, when Rachel's horse falls ill, Jarred's struggles to save him show Rachel he's a man who cares deeply. And the respect he feels for her gentle warmhearted ways soon becomes an irresistible bond. When Rachel tries to help Jarred reunite with his parents, it's an unexpected blessing..with one complication. If he takes this chance to put his past to rest, it could separate him and Rachel for good. Now, with prayer, love...and her hope chest's small miracles, Jarred and Rachel must find the courage to reconcile their wishes into a joyous life together.

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That sudden acknowledgment hit her with such a strong emotional ferocity, she wasn’t sure what to say. I will miss him. I’ve grown accustomed to his soft, kind voice. And I feel such a bond with Jarred, like I’ve never had with anyone. What will I do without him?

As if sensing her thoughts, Jarred stepped closer. “Rachel, thanks for lending me your ear. There can never be a happy ending for what happened. But I want you to know something. Even when Cinnamon’s well, I want to keep in touch.”

His statement prompted a sudden sigh of relief. “Of course.”

As Jarred stepped out of the barn, Rachel yearned for him to stay. To tell him everything she was feeling. So many emotions flitted inside her heart-frustration, compassion, gratefulness, sadness, and others she didn’t recognize-as he stepped into his truck and started the engine.


He wanted to keep in touch. The words came as a relief because she never wanted to be without him.

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Lisa Jones Baker is a multi-published author with Kensington Books. Her debut book of THE HOPE CHEST OF DREAMS series, REBECCA’S BOUQUET, won a Publishers Weekly starred review. A former teacher with a BA degree in French education, Lisa has been on 5 out of 7 continents, is a dog lover. She enjoys positive thinkers , volunteering in her church’s food pantry, and strong female characters.

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Excerpt Tour w/Giveaway: Second Chance Marquess by Jessica Jefferson



Second Chance Marquess
by Jessica Jefferson
GENRE: Historical Romance

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When Wilhemina Turner’s younger sister runs off with a young Lothario, she has no choice but to turn to the notorious rake who broke his promise and her heart, for assistance. George Bartlett, the Marquess of Chesterton, hasn’t forgotten the woman who hurt him so many years ago, but can’t deny her request, knowing that his brother’s reputation, and fortune, is at risk. A series of misfortunes leave the straight-laced widow and committed bachelor stranded, sharing both close quarters and old secrets. But when morning comes, will this unlikely pair find a second chance at love?

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“My sister?” She repeated, her beautiful face turning quite the unflattering shade of red.
God, she looked so much the same. It was hard to imagine a day had passed, let alone ten years.
“I’ve been trying to protect my brother from Miss Katherine Marks since the day I met her. I almost beat him senseless after I learned of their first little rendezvous.”
Rendezvous? First?”
He narrowed his gaze. She’d been rendered a parrot by the shock of it all.
George removed a silver holder from his desk drawer and took out a cigar. “Henry met your sister at Hyde just a couple weeks ago. I was with him when it happened. I saw him staring at her, walking down the path with her companion. She stumbled when she walked past us. Henry, ever the gentleman, held out his arms and caught her, saving both her pride and her pretty gown. She’s a beautiful girl and immediately, I knew he was smitten.”
Willie stood there silently, taking it all in, her lips slightly parted.
Those full, pink lips, perfect for kissing…
“I recognized the signs immediately,” he continued. “But pretty girls are a common enough sight in London this time of year, and Henry’s attentions have always been fleeting at best, so I believed he’d forgotten about her. Until I’d learned that the two had met again.”
“But how? I’m always almost with her. On the few occasions I’ve allowed her to take a stroll around the park, I made certain she took her maid along. There’s not a single moment she’s left alone. Her safety has always been my upmost priority.”
He smirked. Willie was never one to remain speechless for too long. “No. But everyone has a price. I suppose her maid’s silence was quite easily purchased, my coachman not so much. Fortunately, he knows where his bread comes from and made me aware of the situation as soon as possible. If it’s any consolation to you, I was told they were quite discreet about it all, my carriage and her maid having been their only real accomplices.”
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Jessica Jefferson makes her home in Almost-Chicago with her husband, two young daughters, French bulldog Lulu, and English bulldog Pete. When she's not busy trying to find middle-ground between being a modern career woman and Suzy-Homemaker, she loves to watch "Real Housewives of [insert city here]" and performing unnecessary improvements to her home and property.

Jessica writes Regency-era historical romance with a modern twist where she invites her readers to fall in love with romance again.



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