Fright Night Blog Hop Oct 24th – 31st

 

Join us for a little Halloween fun in the Fright Night blog hop! Stop by each blog to check out their favorite paranormal or spooky reads and enter their giveaways!

Oct 24-31st

I have to admit that when I’m in the mood for a bit of paranormal I tend to turn to those hot alpha shapeshifters. Can we say Carrie Ann Ryan? Eve Langlais? (By the way I am the proud owner of a button that says I am an Eve L minion, LOL) How about Celia Kyle?  They all write yummy paranormal!

You have to read them all! Carrie Ann has many more! Yummy alpha werewolves.

Eve Langlais hits my funny bone and has me laughing and snorting as I read along. The first one of hers I ever read was the Bunny and the Bear. This is part of the Furry United Coalition series (FUC). Her new series is wonderful. I just love the critters in her Kodiak Point Series and I have to say, she doesn’t write fast enough for me! Even funnier is her Welcome to Hell series, not to mention her Freak’n series! Delicate Freak’n Flower is great. A rip snorting good time!

Celia Kyle has a new one out, part of anthology and it is darn good. (See yesterday’s review) On the growl  It’s awesome! All five stories are worth reading especially if you love shape shifters and lots of laughs. Okay, so maybe they’re not really spooky… But I like to laugh!

 

Touched by the SandmanIf on the other hand you want lots of spice, you can check out my paranormal offerings.

I put a new twist to the sandman in Touched by the Sandman.

Tell me what do you dream about?

A lonely woman’s torrid sexual dreams and fantasy partner await her as a dominant reality in another dimension.

The sandman visits those that need him, assisting them to sleep. Until one night he meets a woman that he cannot help but return to time after time.

She is lonely. He comes to her as she drifts off to sleep, the man of her dreams. Awake or asleep, which is her reality?

He knows she is the one meant for him. He will find a way to make both of their dreams come true.

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Or maybe you do like shifters. It’s obvious that I do! So does Annie, my heroine in Dragons’ Mate. When she finds love it is with two dragon shifters.

Dragons Mate_finalcoverThey had been searching for their mate, but when they find her she is traumatized and scared to be around strange men. They must get her to accept them before they reveal their true natures. Will their love be strong enough to break down her barriers? Could she truly be destined to love two dragons?

Today Annie’s dragons will shift and fulfill her every desire, which means a fiery threesome—and true love.

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Dragons-Mate-ebook/dp/B00BOEOOBC/

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Another one of my forays into paranormal brings myth to life when an army veteran rescues a dryad in Lightning Strike.

LightningStrike_MEDFor generations Levi’s family had guarded a sacred glen in the mountains.  Still far from man this isolated area was a favorite spot of his grandfather.  Levi grew up listening to his tales and fell in love without ever having stepped foot there.

Now Levi’s family, led by his grandmother, wanted to sell the land.  With only his grandfather and Levi against it, Levi has to prove to the rest of the family why they needed to continue their guardianship.  Believing in his grandfather’s tales despite himself, Levi went armed with his camera and his well-known expertise behind the lens and headed out for proof.

Providing that proof and protecting the secrets of the glen from the world, Gaia needs to convince Levi to continue that protection.  Daphnaie, the embodiment of his every dream, is sent to show him why, stealing his heart in the process to save her world.

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The Parchment Scroll ~ C.A. Szarek

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The Parchment Scroll (Highland Secrets #3)

by C.A. Szarek

Published August 2014 by Paper Dragon Publishing

The Parchment Scroll

synopsis

*can be read as a standalone

 

Book Three in the time travel, fantasy romance trilogy, Highland Secrets!

Her sister is lost…in the past.

Three weeks after her sister goes missing, Juliette McGowan encounters her on a beach in Scotland. Her sister gives her a scroll full of claims about time travel and disappears—literally.

As a sister, Jules is determined to find her. As a cop, she can’t go to the authorities. The piece of parchment declares magic exists; they’d think she’s nuts.

When a mysterious woman vows she can help her get to the seventeenth century, Jules goes along with it out of desperation.

He’s an infamous barbarian…

Hugh MacDonald is intrigued when he finds a disoriented naked lass on the beach. She holds a scroll that was written by his rival’s wife. Clan MacLeod will pay ransom for her safe return, so he takes her captive.

She challenges his authority—and his desires. What started off as a plan to anger the MacLeods ends with Hugh wanting to keep her for himself.

Can Jules break free of the barbarian, find her sister and return to the future or will she give in to her attraction and desire to remain in the past?

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Excerpt:

From Chapter Fourteen… 

“I’ll have ye, Juliette. I’ve though’ of nothin’ else since ye left me.”

A shiver racked her frame. He felt it beneath his palms. She swallowed and Hugh restrained himself from kissing her. “Then what?” she whispered.

He leaned down and brushed his lips against hers. When Juliette didn’t scoot away as expected, Hugh tugged her to him and took her mouth properly. He pinned her to his chest and forced her mouth open, but like before, she kissed him back.

Hugh slid his hands down the stiff material covering her back and kept going, cupping and squeezing her perfect bottom with both hands. He lifted her, rocking his pelvis into hers.

She yanked away all too soon, her scowl back in place. “No, Hugh.” Juliette put her hand up. Her face was flushed and she panted, her perfect breasts heaving in that corset. She might be denying him with words, but her body wasn’t.

One look at her kiss-swollen lips made Hugh bite back a groan. He was already hard and aching. He had to have her.

“We’ll speak in my rooms.” He pushed words out, but had to clear his throat. His voice was thick, desire evident even to his own ears.

They’d do more than speak. He just had to convince her.

Like he’d told her before, Hugh wouldn’t take Juliette by force, but her shaking form said he wouldn’t have to.

He grabbed her waist and hauled her close again, then swung her up over his shoulder without another word.

She yelped, hollered, and struggled, but she didn’t try to kick or punch him like she had before.

Hugh hurried his step. He’d not want to gain his aunt’s attention. As it was, he was lucky she hadn’t stormed the bailey when the MacLeods had been at the gate.

Obviously word hadn’t traveled its usual speed at Armadale. He had no doubt Mab would pound his doors down when she heard Juliette was here, but Hugh would deal with it then.

Now is for Juliette.

“Put me down!”

He didn’t follow her order until they were shut inside his quarters.

“You can’t just pick me up and carry me off every time we disagree!” Juliette’s exasperation leaked into more than her voice. She threw her arms wide and paced.

“Why no’?”

“Really?” She froze with that one word, a fair eyebrow arched.

His Juliette was gorgeous, and he enjoyed her temper. He closed the distance between them and reached for her.

“No. Not again. Don’t you dare put your hands on me.” His little lass’s glare could have slain him on the spot.

Hugh flashed a lazy grin and twirled one of her honey-colored locks around his finger. “Ye certainly liked my hands on ye a ’fore. Just now. In mine own great hall.”

Juliette scowled. She put both hands to his chest and shoved.

He planted his booted feet and didn’t move an inch.

Their gazes collided. Her mouth parted and Hugh’s cock twitched. His trek up the stairs with his lass over his shoulder had done nothing to alleviate the heavy ache in his groin. He swallowed a groan and yanked her to him.

Hugh dipped his head down, claiming her mouth and muffling her yelp.

Instead of fighting him, Juliette slipped her arms around his neck. She opened for him, whimpering as she kissed him back.

This is different from the kiss in the great hall.

It was more. She was fully with him this time.

Triumph shot down his spine. He lifted her into his arms and kissed her harder, squeezing her rear end as she wrapped her legs around his waist. He damned her trews to hell and back. Had she been wearing skirts, he’d already have his hands on her bare flesh.

She fired him in ways no other woman ever had. His cock was hard and pulsing, demanding freedom so he could slip inside her sweet body.

Hugh had missed her over the last three days. Thought of nothing but his foundling, his Juliette. And doing this. “Jesu, lass,” he breathed into her mouth.

Juliette moaned and tilted her head back. He answered her silent request and set a line of kisses on her neck, nipped her earlobe and she wiggled against him.

“Hugh,” she breathed.

Her body was wrapped around his, her softness hitting his hardness in all the right places. But they had too many clothes on.

“I willna take ye by force, lass. But by God, I burn fer ye.”

She whimpered.

He kissed her again, because he couldn’t not plunder her sweetness. Their tongues dueled. Juliette was kissing him back just as fiercely as he pressed his lips to hers. Hugh slanted his mouth over hers again and again.

His limbs shook, but he held onto her as tightly as she was holding on to him.

Hugh needed more.

So much more.

 

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Author-Bio

C.A. Szarek

 

Bestselling, award winning author of romantic suspense and epic fantasy romance, C.A. loves to dabble in different genres. If it’s a good story, she’ll write it, no matter where it seems to fit!

She’s a hopeless romantic and always will be. Risking it all for Happily Ever After is what she lives by!

C.A. is originally from Ohio, but got to Texas as soon as she could. She’s happily married and has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.

She works with kids when she’s not writing.

Website: www.caszarek.com

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Previous books in the series

The Tartan MP3 Player

The Tartan MP3 Player #1

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The Fae Ring

The Fae Ring #2

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B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-fae-ring-ca-szarek/1119840491?ean=9781941151068

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Cover Unveil ~ Love Scars Bad Boy’s Bride ~ Nicole Snow

Love Scars : Bad Boy’s Bride
by Nicole Snow
Publication Date: 10/24/2014
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Erotica

Synopsis

LOVE SCARS BURN, SEDUCE, AND NEVER, EVER FADE…
ANNA
The worst night of my life just got worse. Nobody explained why I’ve been dumped in this run down house, or who this hulk with the filthy mouth is. All I know is he wants me, he says I’m his, and I’m ignoring my instinct to run like hell.
When he pulls me into his embrace, I want to push closer to his warmth, his strength, his vicious tattoos.
Can I trust him? Can I trust myself? Or will obeying his wicked words confirm all my worst suspicions?
DAVID
So sweet, so pure, so confused…I almost feel bad about claiming her. Almost.
Too bad she’s a Rossini, and I don’t regret making her old man sign her over to me for one second. I was born a Strelkov, a killer and an outlaw, and I second guess nothing.
The instant my hands are on her, I know I’ve made the right choice. The crazy ache in my lips when they’re not on hers doesn’t lie. Revenge is a dish best served hot, sweaty, seething with passion, and Anna’s tonight’s special.
Yeah, she’s gonna flip when I shove the wedding contract in her face. But I’m gonna make her my wife in every nasty, beautiful, permanent way I can, even if it means adding a few more scars to my skin and Anna’s heart…

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“Hope you get those fucking tears out of your system soon, pet. They’re not gonna delay a damned thing.”
“What’re you talking about? Delay what?” I snorted.
David jerked me against his chest, this time tighter. His hand rolled down my side, pressing my sweater snug. He didn’t stop until his brute hand was clapped on my thigh, giving it a possessive squeeze.
Dangerous heat flooded me, rage and lust mingling in the dance I despised. It gave me my answer before he opened his mouth again.
No. Not there. Please!
“You’re gonna do your fucking duties like a good wife, same as I’m gonna do mine like your lawfully wedded man. We’ve got certain traditions we respect around here, Anna. Shit means more to me than breathing. You’ll figure that out fast.” He sighed, hissing hot, guttural desire onto my neck, stopping just short of stamping his lips to my skin. “Nothing’s gonna stop me from fucking your brains out, love. Nothing. This little contract gives me all the rights and privileges a husband deserves, and I’m not taking that shit for granted. You can whine all you want, but sometime in the next twenty-four hours, I’ll be balls deep inside your sweet little pussy. Then you’ll understand. Once you have this dick in you, you’ll never be able to imagine another, especially not one attached to some pissant who doesn’t know shit about blood or sex or ink like I do.”
Shit! I stared deep into his eyes, searching, wondering if this entire thing was some sick bastard’s joke.
There was amusement in his eyes, but it wasn’t playful. The handsome psycho holding me was deadly serious.
I tried to keep breathing. It wasn’t easy when the lust was overpowering my anger, one ruthless piece at a time with his hand so close to where I gushed and ached. I was coming unraveled right there, lusting after a man who filled my heart with total contempt.
He pulled himself away in one rough movement, sending me crumpling down again, clawing at the chair for support. I caught myself and stayed on my knees.
“I’ll give you the day to get used to this house and screw your head on straight. Dry those bright eyes,” he said, stepping away and pointing his finger at me. “Tonight, babe, it’s just you, me, and a bed. Welcome to your fucking honeymoon.”

About the Author

Nicole Snow is a sweet, unassuming young woman. You’d never suspect the deeply sensual, sometimes depraved fantasies raging behind her eyes.

 

She started writing erotica to escape the boring drudgery of a desk job. In fiction, there are no rules and no boundaries. Everything is on the table, no matter how forbidden.

 

 

 

Today, Nicole serves up some of the bestselling erotica and erotic romance on the shelves.
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#Review ~ The Cover Model ~ Cheyenne Meadows

 

 

The Cover Model

by Cheyenne Meadows

What happens when Fancy, an uptight researcher, finds herself at a scientific conference sharing space with hundreds of avid romance novel fans and a hunky, big time cover model named Mitch right next door? She bangs on the door and demands the orgy stop at once, of course.

Yet, deep down they sense something in one another which might explain why they keep gravitating toward each other. Mitch can’t help teasing the innocent and outspoken Fancy even as she lectures him on hotel etiquette and blossoms right before his eyes. Add in his greatest fan with a criminal past that he’s supposed to track down, penis suckers, a risqué photo shoot, a kidnapping, and Cinderella’s ball, and the fun never stops. In true fairy tale fashion, they fall for one another, but will this particular tale end as the last book closes at the convention?

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Diana’s Review:

This book grabbed me right away and never let me go.  The geeky science girl vs the super HOT Cover Model.  The two conventions at the same hotel.  So funny and I instantly related to the science girl.  Trying to sleep so she could be fresh for her presentation the next day.  Having to listen to *the horrors* over 15 minutes of sex on the other side of the wall.  OMG!  I think I may have reacted the same way a time or two. . . LOL

I would recommend this book to anyone.  It is funny, quirky, and happy reading that only makes you smile endlessly.

Rated it 5 Hearts and 4 Flames (hello HOT cover model)

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Review – On the Growl – Anthology

on the growlFrom a pack of your favorite NYT and USAT best-selling paranormal romance authors comes a collection of ALL NEW novellas that will make you howl, scratch and bite… and leave you roaring for more!

Love comes in all shapes and sizes. No surprise there, right? Passionate, wild, hungry, dripping, salty, sweaty, steamy; falling in love is the best thing in the world.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a bunny with curves, a brand new werewolf without much clue what’s happening, a feisty wolverine shifter, a fun-loving house cat or a were-tigress with a short temper for obnoxious men, there’s a big, protective, incredible alpha for everyone… or in some cases, two of them!

Except… sometimes, it gets complicated. Mysterious and magical resorts, dangerous rogue wolves, dentists that get just a little too excited and start growing hair in funny places, a couple of bears who might be terrorists, and a tiger with a bad attitude?

Gulp. Things could get REAL complicated.

In places where the only rules are Pack rules; in towns where shifters and witch doctors rub shoulders; on exotic vacations where only eagles dare, and on planes where a wolverine shifter is sandwiched between two of the sexiest bears she’s ever imagined, you’ll never have more fun, or get more steamy, seductive, incredible paranormal romance in ONE PLACE at ONE LOW PRICE.

From our pack to yours, enjoy these incredible novellas, and keep howling for the moon!

Waking Up Were by Celia Kyle
What’s a gal to do when a dog bite isn’t a dog bite and her boss makes her want to howl at the moon? Keep him.

Bear Your Teeth by Lynn Red
A slightly clutzy rabbit-shifter and a big, bad bear of a dentist will take you along on a steamy, hilarious ride you’ll never forget!

Tiger by the Tail by Jessica Sims
Were-tiger Adrian Merino is determined to see the newest shifter on the block, Mandy, become his mate. But it’s got to be her idea first…

To Screech His Own by Marina Maddix
It may be against the rules, but when a hot eagle shifter lands at an exclusive resort, one employee really wants to ruffle his feathers. What’s a curvy kitty to do?

Bears Repeating by Flora Dare
It takes double the werebears to handle one cranky wolverine in this menage romance.

Tamara’s Review

Overall I enjoyed this anthology. Several of the authors were new to me, and I always like finding new authors, especially shifter authors. Now into specifics on the stories.

Bear Your Teeth, by Lynn Red. This is the second book I’ve read by Lynn and I liked it lot better than the first. That being said, however I found the hero hard to like. I adored Paprika, the heroine. She was feisty, funny and quirky, but Thor I just didn’t get. He ran so hot and cold, he needed an faucet. I never did understand his motivation. He finally gives into his heroine and I still don’t understand why he left in the first place or came back. So, sorry, while I liked the story overall, It still fell flat for me.

To Screech Their Own, Marina Maddix. A mysterious island where only shifters can go to vacation. Sounds great right? The staff has one cardinal rule, “Don’t fuck the guests” Well you can just see how that ill go wrong. I loved this story, Katie was a housecat shifter, different to start with, and Arnaud is an Eagle, you’d think he would look at her as a snack! Well he wants to snack on her all right, but not in that way, lol. To screech hot lots of humor, a little danger and plenty of heat. My only negative, and it’s not really a spoiler, the man who runs the island,Haven is named Mr Roarke… this really bothered me. I kept waiting for Tattoo to jump out and yell “Da plane, boss, Da plane” Be careful how you name your characters Ms. Maddix. JMO

Tiger By the Tail, Jessica Sims. I’m sorry to say Tiger by the Tail was my least favorite of the books in the anthology. Maybe I’m just showing my age,(I’m 50) but Mandy was whiny little baby. She reminded me of my 4 year old grandson, who refuses to eat his dinner, even though he’s hungry and knows eating dinner means he gets dessert. He refuses to eat, because “You’re not gonna tell me what to do!” That was Mandy. She refuses to shift, refuses to except her situation, because she is tired of being told what to do. I understand she was thrust into this without being asked, but grow up and grow a pair. Put your big girl panties on and move forward. Adrian has more patience with her than I would have. He is pretty great, a big warn snuggly kittty. yum.

Bears Repeating, Flora Dare. This was a new author to me and a hot, suspenseful romance. Lot’s of subplots, and a lot of information crammed into a shot story, but it didn’t feel rushed or overdone. Good job, Flora! I liked the supporting characters too and will definitely be looking for more by this author.

Waking Up Were, Celia Kyle. I am a long time fan of Celia Kyle and once again she doesn’t disappoint. Waking up Were has her usual combination of heat and humor. Brenna is a hoot, I love how when he BFF tells her she has joined the “furry” she sneaks out her cell phone to call her friends husband and book her a room a “crazytown.” Too bad that’s where she’s going, because everything she thought she knew has now been turned upside down.

Overall I give On the Growl a Solid 4 heart rating, If you like shifters it’s definitely a read you will enjoy.

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Long Way Home ~ Neve Cottrell

LongWayHomecoverThe blurb:

Tyler Barnes can’t believe his eyes when Alexis MacAdams walks back into his life.  His high school crush left Mangrove Island seventeen years ago and never looked back.  He’s held on to the memory of her, even though she never gave him a second glance.  Now Alexis is back for the holidays and Tyler is determined to make a lasting impression before she slips away again.  He soon learns, however, that her broken heart needs to heal before he has a chance to win it.  Can Tyler convince her to risk her heart for a second time?

Inspiration for the story:

I wanted to explore the idea of someone harbouring a long-time crush that they never acted upon.  What would happen if the object of affection suddenly stepped back into the person’s life?  So many people have regrets about actions they didn’t take; I wanted to give this guy a second chance to make a first impression.

The excerpt:

After a seventeen-year absence, Alexis MacAdams has returned to Mangrove Island and entered the bar where Tyler Barnes works.  Tyler wastes no time trying to get reacquainted ~

Tyler paused to let the memory in.  Even as a teenager, he’d admired her focus.  She’d had a fiery determination that other girls lacked.  He’d found her sexy as a teenager and he definitely found her sexy now.

“Fire in the belly?” she repeated.

“You were always on the go.  Could never tell whether you were running toward something or away from it.”

She smiled wryly.  “A bit of both, I would say.”

“So what do you do now?”

“I’m a whore,” she announced after a dramatic pause.

Tyler raised an eyebrow, waiting for her to elaborate.  He was confident that Alexis MacAdams had not turned to prostitution.

“Well, I screw people for money.  Same thing.”

He wagged a finger at her.  “Ah, you must work for the government.”

“Close.  Greedy, fat cat lawyer at your service.”  She tilted her chin thoughtfully.  “Actually, I’m not at your service, unless you own some multi-million dollar conglomerate that I’m not aware of.”

Tyler leaned forward and rested his elbows on the bar.  “You had me at whore.”

Alexis’s faint smile broadened, her first genuine smile in a long while, and Tyler was glad to see the scowl dissipate.  God, he remembered that smile.  It was all he could do not to lean that little bit further and close the gap between them.

“So do you actually tend bar or are you here for window dressing?”

He snapped back to reality, drawing himself up to his full six feet.  “I’m sorry, I’m neglecting your alcohol-related needs.  Let me guess,” he said, assessing her.  “Some kind of ‘tini.  Appletini?”

“Isn’t that a risky way to ask for an order?  Potentially insulting customers?”

“Am I wrong?” he asked, with a crooked smile.

“Whiskey, please.”

He doubled over as if wounded.  “Ouch.  You’ve destroyed my average.”

“I’ve heard that a lot in bars.”  The lie slid from her lips with ease.  The truth was that Alexis rarely spent time in bars, even in her twenties when she was flush with cash and single.  It suddenly dawned on her that, not only was he flirting with her, but she was flirting with him.  In a bar.  In her hometown.  The moment felt surreal.

“No chaser?” he queried.

She cocked an eyebrow, challenging him.  “I like to feel the burn.”

“An actual fire in the belly,” he mused.  “I like it.  Is Jameson all right?”

“Perfect.”

He poured her drink, added a drop of water, and slid it across the bar to her.  “I have to admit, I’m relieved.  I hate making those cocktails.  Thankfully, most people on the island have simpler taste.”

“I’ve never been a cocktail girl.  Too sweet.”

“Are you trying to tell me you’re not sweet?” he teased.

Alexis tasted the whiskey.  It burned through her core and warmed her from the inside out.  “I may be a lot of things, but I don’t think sweet has ever been on the list.”

Tyler didn’t doubt it.  For him, her aloofness had been part of her charm.  She may have been the girl in the next neighborhood, but she was far from the girl next door.  He’d walked around in awe of her, which is probably why he’d never gathered the courage to ask her out.  She hadn’t been accessible, partly because she seemed to exist in her own reality, and partly because he’d built her up in his mind to mythic proportions.  Back then, simply spotting Alexis from a distance had turned him on.  Seeing her seated directly across from him now had Tyler’s entire body humming.

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Neve Cottrell is the author of contemporary romance novels.  Long Way Home is the first book in her series on the residents of Mangrove Island.  Neve began weaving tales as soon as she could talk, walking away with the coveted “Best Storyteller” award in preschool and she’s been writing ever since.  When she’s not crafting sexy heartthrobs and happily-ever-afters, she can be found indulging her need for reality TV and wistfully flipping through home and garden magazines.  Neve lives near the beach with her family.

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Getting It Right ~ Christi Williams

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Getting It Right
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Christi Williams
 
Last of a long line of agrarian witches, Selene
Pertunda thinks she will never meet the right man…until with the help of a
little magic, she finds Beck McNeal.


 
Named for
the Goddess of Desire, can she dream of lasting happiness with only one man?

Selene Pertunda has no trouble attracting a man. She just can’t seem to
find the right one. From abusive husband Robert to tattooed bad boy lover
Kevin, Selene draws men to her like bears to her honeypot. The problem is that
none of them proves to be a good fit.

Sure she will never find a shared happiness, Selene has no way to suspect
she’s drawn the attention of a powerful goddess. So she scoffs at the idea that
the handsome man who begins to  play a large part in her life could be her
destiny.  After all, what could worldly, educated Beck McNeal want with a
small-town girl like Selene?


Selene and Beck try to their best to resist the inexplicable mutual
magnetism flaring between them. But can two ordinary people avoid the decree of
the Goddess of Desire?

Getting It Right
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Other books by Christi Williams:
   “To the One I Never Forgot” is a short story that
launched the Wyoming Series. Gianna and Zack were too young for love
when they were separated. Now, all grown up, can Gianna be reunited with the
one she never forgot?
   Christi Williams is also the author of two novels and a
novella in the Hawk Point Romances series. Take a Chance on Love is the story of the
chance encounter of widow Chancie de Leur and hot Wyoming Highway Patrol
trooper Micah Taylor. Perilous Promises is Perris and Noah Dalton’s
story of recovery from breast cancer and the effort to revive their formerly
wonderful marriage. The novella Clay’s Quest is the tale of a hot
Wyoming cop who comes up with a wacky plan to save his marriage when he just
won’t accept that his beautiful wife wants to find someone else to father her
baby.
 
Christi writes sensual, entertaining love stories of
unforgettable modern Western men and women. Readers say…Sensual: “Taken
a touchy subject and made it heartfelt and humorous, but she’s made it
H.O.T.!!” Humorous: “Cracked me up!” Love: “To be loved
like that!” Stories: “Character driven fiction.”
 


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