Sunday, October 13, 2019

Colder Than Sin by Toni Anderson

With winter fast approaching, it's time to gather books and hunker down. And on that note - today I'm sharing another romantic suspense 
October release,
 Toni Anderson and her Cold Justice Series.

The next book in the series, Colder Than Sin, is available for pre-order!

Hostage Negotiators can talk themselves out of anything—except falling in love.

Colder Than Sin by Toni Anderson
Release date: October 22, 2019

Toni Anderson has mixed up the perfect cocktail of international intrigue, non-stop action, and chemistry that sizzles off the page.” - Adriana Anders, author of WHITEOUT

Top FBI negotiator Quentin Savage is hurled into his worst nightmare when a terrorist attack on a luxury hotel propels him from esteemed keynote speaker to powerless captive.

Haley Cramer is co-owner of a private security firm and prides herself on her independence, but she is shaken to the core when gunmen attack a conference she is attending. She survives, but only because Quentin Savage pretends she’s his wife.

Together Savage and Haley plot their escape from a ragtag army of brutal but efficient thugs while struggling to figure out exactly who the enemy is. Why was the conference attacked, and why was Quentin a specific target? 

Toni Anderson writes award-winning, bestselling, FBI Romantic Thrillers. She is a New York Times 
and USA Today bestselling author, RITA® finalist, science nerd, professional tourist, dog lover, 
gardener, mom. Anderson's books have won the Readers' Choice Award, Aspen Gold, 
National Excellence in Romance Fiction, Book Buyers’  Best.  

Originally from a small town in Shropshire, Toni studied Marine Biology at 

University of Liverpool (BSc) and University of St. Andrews (Ph.D.) with the intention she’d never 
be far from the ocean. Well, that plan backfired and she ended up in the Canadian prairies with her biology professor husband, two kids, a rescue dog, and a laid-back leopard gecko. 

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 Colder than Sin - Content Advisory: this book contains graphic violence (sexual assault, murder). For more information 

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

World's Oldest Romantic Suspense Author - Desiree Holt

Today, I'm excited to feature Desire Holt, 
the world's oldest romantic suspense author.  She's releasing today the first in her 
Heroes Rising series, Desperate Deception.

It's Release Day - Get your copy today!

Desperate Deception

Book One

They served their country well, but they had focused for so along on being SEALs that now they are without a purpose or commitment. Their dreams are filled with images of teammates torn and shredded in combat situations. They have learned to live with a mental toughness developed through strict discipline. Those without family to ground them are facing a life without direction. But former SEAL Alex Rossi sees in them the core of the sheriff’s staff he is building one block at a time. In the foothills of Montana’s Crazy Mountains they will find new purpose, build new lives and open themselves to love.

She’d only be safe if she got away…
Lainie Taggert needed to break away from her abusive relationship before it killed her, but Sonny Fitzgerald had all the keys to controlling her. Until she landed in the hospital with bruises and broken bones. And her friend, Drea Halstead, convinced her they had to spirit her away.

His life was in limbo…
Zane Halstead was rootless after three tours with the SEALs, medically discharged and not sure what to do with himself. When Sheriff Alex Rossi in Montana reached out to him with an offer to join his staff, he thought, what the hell? A house came with it along with two horses two horses he could work with. But then his sister pleaded with him to take a battered woman with him and keep her safe. How could he say no?

But the best laid plans and all that…
They never expected to fall for each other, Zane with his determination to stay single and Lainie with her nightmares and a vicious bully after her. And a rich one at that. But chemistry and emotions have their own plans, and when Zane gets word Lainie’s ex is on her trail, he realizes he’ll do anything to keep her safe…and for himself. With the help of Sheriff Alex Rossi, he is ready to take on the enemy for his woman.

Desiree’s bio
USA Today best-selling and award-winning author Desiree Holt writes everything from contemporary romance to military suspense, with more than two hundred titles to her name. She is a winner of the EPIC E-Book Award, the Holt Medallion and a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice nominee. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The Village Voice, The Daily BeastUSA Today, The (London) Daily Mail, The New Delhi Times and numerous other national and international publications. 

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Romantic Suspense - New Releases

I'm not the only one with a book release this month - so today, I'm sharing my blog with Regan Black who is also celebrating book release day October 1 with Colton Family Showdown.

Marshal on a Mission

She witnessed a robbery.
Now she's a killer's target.

Book two in the American Armor mini-series releases October 1, 2019. Somehow all of that seems serial, the fact that it's already October, that it's the edge of a whole new era with 2020 around the corner, and that the second and last book in the series is already out.

Time flies.

There's truth in that statement that's for sure. But there's no time for sidewinding on this post. There's books to talk about. While writing Marshal on a Mission, I had fun running my characters through Mexico, skirting Guadalajara, choking on dust, riding in the back of a truck and best of all - visiting San Miguel de Allende even if it was via cyberspace. That Mexican city is one that is on my bucket list. It's known for it's dedication to the arts and, of course, to its amazing historic buildings that tell a history that almost doesn't need words. It was almost as good as a real trip, taking my characters through San Miguel - or maybe not. But I did have fun doing some virtual sight seeing.

I'd leave you with a taste for the city that so entices me but instead I'm going to give you a scene, one of action as gun fire erupts in a crowded market.

A shot came so close that she could almost feel the heat. A woman screamed but the sound was swallowed in the chaos.

This was no coincidence. Trent's warning ran through her mind. He'd been right. It was clear that she hadn't run far enough.

There wasn't time to think of what she should have done. She had to deal with this now. Lead the danger away from a place where too many people could get hurt. She thought that she might faint. Her heart was like a drum that had gone mad in her chest. She wasn't sure if she wasn't having a heart attack. She veered right and away from the crowd.

And then she was tackled from behind and slammed to the ground--and she knew that it was over.

Tara Munroe thinks she's safe. Then a ruthless gang stalks her from Colorado to Mexico. Thankfully, US Marshal Trent Nielsen isn't far behind and vows to bring her home...whatever it takes. Before long, Trent realizes this mission is tough for even the most seasoned lawman. And with no shortage of men gunning for them, he'll have to stay one step ahead if he has any chance of keeping Tara alive.

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Colton Family Showdown
                                                                                        by Regan Black

A mysterious visitor at the door… Can danger be far behind?

Quarter Horse breeder Fox Colton is a loner by nature. So when an anonymous infant appears on his doorstep, he reluctantly takes in the baby—and new assistant Kelsey Lauder. As he grows to cherish his unexpected family, Fox works to track down Baby John Doe’s real parents. But when secrets from Fox’s own past are unearthed, he could find himself alone again, just as he’s come to love the new people in his life.

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Regan Black, a USA Today bestselling author, writes award-winning, sexy adrenaline-fueled romance novels. She and her husband currently share their ‘empty nest’ with two arrogant cats in the South Carolina Lowcountry where the rich blend of legend, romance, and history fuels her imagination.
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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Phooey on That

     "Phooey on that, I can clean my own teeth."

     Every muscle in my body tensed at the sound of that one word.

     It doesn't sound like much but that word means the live ammunition has come out. Ma D has her back to the wall and no one is pulling her away. But I give her another chance, maybe the hygienist can talk her down - maybe.

 And so began the dental appointment for my MIL, affectionately known as Ma D. I did what works in these situations and it's not the truth. I used to feel bad about that but dementia is an ugly disease to wrestle and I've learned through two different individual's paths that one must guide them through the rapids (so to speak) the quickest way possible.

     And that, I hate to say, doesn't usually involve the truth. Once I felt bad about that but now I realize that stressing them with the truth is often - just that, a whole lot of stress for everyone involved. So I lean on my forte - making up a story.  Stories, I make them up all the time, every day. But, those stories are for other reasons. This story is playing with the footprint of someone's life. I know it but I prefer to think of it as getting from point a to point b, and all with a smile on each of our faces, at least at the end.

     "I'll just take them for a few minutes," the hygienist continues but she's yet to learn who she's up against.

     "No. And where's that dentist, I'm betting they went for lunch. That's happened before you know."

     Maybe it happened before, maybe it didn't. All I know was that it never happened on my watch.

     Ma D isn't smiling and I know that at this point it's time to step in with the story. First off - an assurance that the dentist will take a late lunch and she won't be left waiting. But lunch is on her mind and that comes up again and again - I can deal with that. The refusal to have her partials cleaned, not so much.

     "The dentist has to look at your partials to see if they need repair."


     And some days it's as easy as that.

     As easy as the new rollater/walker, known as the cart - which has been adopted, much to my surprise, with little fuss or muss. It runs beautifully indoors through store aisles - everywhere. Aside from attempting to return it with the other carts a few times, the last in Walmart - where the shoplifter alert went off as we passed through - Ma D has been running with it like a pro. With the shoplifter alert bleating, she kept on pushing while I turned to go back. Instead, I was waved through by the Walmart greeter without even a check to see if we were actually lifting anything - we weren't. Was it the cart that shrieked innocence or maybe it was Ma D's white hair and smile.

     And so, another excursion ends with dark clouds closing in and Ma D saying that it's time to go home. A year ago - the care home where she lives would never be called home.

     We've come a long way.

     And with dementia you take every win - savour every smile and just keep trucking along.

     It's her life and she's still here and she's still smiling.

     And through it all, I'm counting days to the book that explores the fictional side of dementia - and offers a promise of love. More on Cassie's story in the weeks to follow.


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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Writer Writer - Did you do your job?

Today I received a phone call from a friend. First off I had to race through the house searching for my phone with wet hair and expecting a telemarketer at most, a charitable request at least.

Instead it was a friend. She was in tears.

I was immediately concerned until I heard the reason why. No family members in jeopardy, no catastrophe of any kind. No - she'd read my poem.

..."It's beautiful. I can't stop crying. I'll be reading it again. And I'll probably cry again."...

These comments from a woman who I have never heard cry were some of the best words of praise I'd ever received. I couldn't stop smiling and all because I had her in tears. That wasn't right. The tears should have had me upset. But, the fact that my words touched someone that deeply was say the least - amazing.

Amazing. It's a dull little word. The only thing going for it is three syllables. I know I should have better words for what just happened. Richer words, deeper even. Words that reach into the gut. Wait, I already did that with the poem.

About the poem - it was inspired by my experience with my MIL who has dementia. I submitted it some months ago to the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) yearly poetry contest. My fingers are crossed but I know the odds are high. For it's up against talent from across Canada. So whether my poem makes it past the first hurdle and places at all or whether it doesn't - to touch someone like that is what it means to be a writer.

Today, for me, that reaction - was amazing. It reminded me of the reasons I write.  Every poem, book or short story is different but in some way you hope it reaches someone - makes them smile, laugh or even cry. Because if I've engaged someone in some way, then I've done my job.


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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

An Official Take on an Unofficial Holiday

After a relatively bad August, at least as far as  weather was concerned, yesterday was glorious.  30 Celsius or 92 Fahrenheit, either way summer is back - a little window before fall drops the curtain. Today the weather dropped a degree or two but it's still nice and warm.

Beginning yesterday at our house we celebrated the last two days of foreseeable summer - at least as far as weather is concerned.  It’s an in-house holiday that the authorities have never heard of. In fact, I thought it up right after checking my phone late last week and seeing the weather forecast.

Here is day one of the unofficial last days of summer. 

No deadlines, no promotional quirks and no computer file organization - two hours writing related at daybreak doesn't count as a cheat - not quite.  Still I remember when summer meant freedom - hot sun, maybe a dip in the pool and basically a whole lot of fun. It seemed to go on forever when I was a kid.  And, while there's no dip in the pool, there's the promise of margaritas this evening and, before that, maybe a bike ride this afternoon. We'll see, nothing scheduled, just a day of warm sun and fun leisure.
And if a story idea comes out of all of this - bonus. 


Cheers to the last hot day of summer! At least here in the frozen north!


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