New Release – Dangerous Regrets

51xmna2dyflTitle of Book: The Men of Machismo: Dangerous Regrets

By: Morgan Kay

Publisher: Sleeping Dragon Press

Publication Date: February 6, 2017

Genre: Romance

Book Excerpt: “Sorry, bro.” The unknown man muttered as he strode to the door. Killian had already reached across his body for the shoulder upholster that wasn’t there. Thank God for that, his rapid-fire reactions might have caused an incident in the sleepy town. His eyes squeezed shut as he took a deep breath, trying to quell his fight or flight response. His reaction veered to fight nine out of ten times. It would probably be best to leave.

He exhaled and opened his eyes to an attractive brunette attired in a referee shirt complete with a silver whistle.

The woman smiled at him. “Can I help you?”

He blinked. Did he need her to officiate at a pickup softball game? The televisions, the bar, the name Sweaty’s, and the bizarre referee outfit all added up to sports bar. It should worry him that it took him so long to add up the clues. Even though he took a bullet to the thigh, his brain took the biggest hit. He might as well give up his Man Card if it took him seconds to register the second home of most men, the sports bar. Killian managed a tight smile.
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“Well, I was hoping to get something to eat, but it looks pretty crazy.”

The woman wrinkled her nose. “It’s a little bit, but most of the customers are drivers that popped in for the rally. The majority already settled up their bills and should be headed out to the track to warm up before tonight’s race. I can get you a seat next to the kitchen if you don’t mind?” She gestured with the hand holding her order pad to a small table against the wall and next to the kitchen door.

“Suits me.” It did since his back would be against the wall. He exhaled heavily, knowing he shored up the cop stereotype by wanting to have a wall behind him. He backed into parking places for a quick getaway too when possible. Not all stereotypical behavior was a bad thing. Some were more of a survival mechanism.

He allowed the cute waitress to lead the way while his eyes dipped briefly to how well she filled out her shorts. Killian brought his eyes up fast not wanting her to catch him ogling. Some labels he didn’t want. At the table, the woman handed him a menu, but he handed it back. No need to look when he knew what he wanted. He peered at her nametag, which was pinned to a noteworthy chest. Why did women do that and then accuse men of staring at their breasts?

“Darcy, I know what I want.”

The woman shifted her weight on her feet and flushed a little, which puzzled him.

“What would that be?” She held her pen over the order pad.

“Burger platter. The biggest one you have with fries. Beer. Anything on tap, except light.”

She dashed the pencil across the pad before reading the order back. “One Come to Daddy combo with fries and onion rings. Beer on tap.” She lifted her eyebrows.

“Yeah. Sounds good. Not too sure about the name though.”

His comment surprised a chuckle out of Darcy.

71txznmeyxl-_ux250_Author Bio:

Morgan K Wyatt writes steamy romances with a side of laughter under the name of Morgan Kay. The wisecracking heroines and hunky heroes are similar to the ones in her mainstream novels, but in the Steamy Interludes series, the bedroom door is left open. Blind Date, short novella, made it to number 3 on Amazon Super Short Romances Reads. Puppy Love made it number 1 on humorous erotic Amazon list. Morgan is an award-winning and Amazon best seller author.

Connect with Morgan:

Website: http://www.morgankwyatt.com

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Morgan-Kay/e/B01C7E4NZE

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMorganKay

Purchase:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N4P6TB3

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Happy Birthday to Me!

happy-birthdaybeautiful-hd-picToday’s my Birthday and I sent out invitations for others to join me, however, everyone seemed to be too busy so I am eating CAKE all by myself.

Like my invitation stated, I am promoting all genres today even though February is Romance month.

And since no one wanted to party…guess you all had to big of a night on Sunday night after the Super Bowl Game…I am partying by myself.

If you would like a chance to win a copy of one of the books below, subscribe to my newsletter before midnight (Feb. 7th).  I will choose the winner on Feb. 8th.

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Take time to visit the authors below and sign up for their newsletters.

 

 

by Clementine Paddleford and Cynthia Harris

Stories Paddleford wrote about her childhood.

  • Hometown Appetites, The Story of
    Clementine Paddleford the Forgotten Food Writer Who Chronicled How America Ate

by Cynthia Harris and Kelly Alexander

You can only get this book in Paperback and Kindle, if you would like to purchase a hardcover, I will be happy to sell you a copy.

Website – http://www.sparkinganvil.com/cindy.html

Twitter – https://twitter.com/Cyn_Harris

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  • The Yellow Hoods Series

by Adam Dreece

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Twitter: @AdamDreece
Signed copies available at TheYellowHoods.com/Store

 

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by Jason B. Ladd
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The Valentine Matchmaker Collection

valentine-matchmaker-large-boxed-set-2-300x300Title of Book: The Valentine Matchmaker Collection

Genre: Sweet Romance/Inspirational

Book Excerpt: from WHY NOT’s heroine Amber Wynot:
“I’m willing to work hard to see what I can do. I will not allow your opinions to dissuade me.”

He turned to her then, surprised. The white fur collar of her coat reflected in eyes as dark green as the scrubby pines and juniper surrounding them. She’d been leaning in front of him for a better view, and now sat back.

“Can I give you some advice?”

She nodded.

“Be careful how close you are to the edge before you jump to conclusions.” He tapped the reins lightly.

She bit her lip to keep from smiling.

As the wagon continued down the road, she studied the big, handsome man next to her. He had a pleasing profile and a fine line of dirt along the side of his neck where his quick wash up ended. According to Mrs. Bunch, Mr. Morrison was the head stonemason for both the Hermit’s Rest project and the one called The Lookout. A respected employee in the Fred Harvey Company. She needed an ally. Maybe there was a better way.

“Thank you.”

“For what?”

“For not being angry about what happened back there.” Next to her on the bench like this, he seemed to be as solid and square as the stones he worked with. Maybe more so with his pants and boots covered with grit.

“Who says I wasn’t angry?” One fetching dimple appeared in his cheek, above his still dusty beard.

Why couldn’t he be twice her age and half as good-looking?

Author Bio: Debra E. Marvin tries not to run too far from real life but the imagination born out of being an only child has a powerful draw. Besides, the voices in her head tend to agree with all the sensible things she says. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Sisters in Crime, and serves on the board of Bridges Ministry in Seneca Falls, NY. Her published novellas include, “Alarmingly Charming” in Austen in Austen Vol 1 from WhiteFire Publishing, “Desert Duet”, “Starlight Serenade” and “Why Not” from Forget Me Not Romances. Debra works at Cornell University, and enjoys her family and grandchildren, obsessively buying fabric, watching British programming and traveling with her childhood friends

Author Contact Links:

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/ e/B018QCI2AS

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDebraEMarvin/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ DebraEMarvin

Website: http://debraemarvin.com/

Pinterest: https://www. pinterest.com/debraemarvin/

Where to purchase the book:

LINK TO BUY VALENTINE MATCHMAKER COLLECTION

https://www.amazon. com/dp/B01MRZHVUT

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Hope’s Design

51wizmtvh1lTitle of Book: Hope’s Design
By: Dawn Kinzer
Publisher: Morningview Publishing
Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Book Excerpt: In 1904, Hope Andrews, an aspiring fashion designer, struggles with leaving New York City. But with no job, her parents leaving the country, and an abusive ex-fiancé refusing to accept their broken engagement, Hope doesn’t have much choice but to give in to her parents’ wishes that she move far away and live with her cousin indefinitely.

Talented Benjamin Greene can’t den his passion for painting, but guilt over a painful incident in his past keeps him from sharing his gift. Instead, he devotes much of his days to helping his younger sibling rebuild a farm inherited from a great-uncle. Only his brother is aware that Ben spends his spare time in a studio on their property.

In the small rural town of Riverton, Wisconsin, Hope and Ben can’t help but be thrown together. But as feelings for each other deepen, tension thickens over how talent should be used. Their mutual passion for art brings them together, but will it also drive them apart?

 

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Author Bio: Dawn Kinzer writes fiction because she believes in the power of story to comfort, challenge, and inspire.

Her work has been published in the Christian Fiction Online Magazine, Backyard Friends, The One Year Life Verse Devotional, A Joyful Heart: Experiencing the Light of His Love, and featured on the radio ministry, The Heartbeat of the Home.

A mother and grandmother, Dawn lives with her husband in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Favorite things include dark chocolate, cinnamon, popcorn, strong coffee, good wine, the mountains, family time, and Masterpiece Theatre.
Author Contact Links: Author site: www.dawnkinzer.com

Blog: www.dawnkinzer.blogspot.com

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2iivaEQ

Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/2jdkua3

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dawn.kinzer.9

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/dkinzer9/boards/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dawnkinzer/

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DawnKinzer

Where to purchase the book:
Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, Paperback: http://amzn.to/2cgyjgt

Barnes & Noble – Paperback: http://bit.ly/2gzED5G

Books-A-Million – Paperback: http://bit.ly/2iNfw0g

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Love is in the Air

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Sarah’s Smile

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Title of Book: Sarah’s Smile

By: Dawn Kinzer

Publisher: Morningview Publishing

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Book Excerpt: In 1902, Sarah McCall is waiting to leave for the mission field when the man she once loved steps back into her life. Abandoned as a child by her mother and gambler father, she strives to overcome a tarnished history she didn’t create and a heartbreak she can’t forget.

Peter Caswell returns to his Wisconsin hometown a pastor, dedicated to his four-year-old daughter and new congregation. But no matter how hard he tries to move on with his life, he can’t forgive himself for his wife’s death.

When Sarah learns that Peter is returning to Riverton, the letter giving her departure date for Africa can’t come soon enough for her. They were best friends—she loved him and supported his dreams—but he married another and broke her heart. Although ten years have passed since he left Riverton, Peter hopes Sarah still cares enough to give him a second chance. But a charming newcomer pursues her affections—and Sarah’s childhood nemesis manipulates her way into Peter’s life. Will Sarah and Peter find their way to forgiveness and each other, or will past mistakes make a life together impossible?

Author Bio: Dawn Kinzer writes fiction because she believes irevised-headshot-for-blogn the power of story to comfort, challenge, and inspire. Her work has been published in the Christian Fiction Online Magazine, Backyard Friends, The One Year Life Verse Devotional, A Joyful Heart: Experiencing the Light of His Love, and featured on the radio ministry, The Heartbeat of the Home.

A mother and grandmother, Dawn lives with her husband in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Favorite things include dark chocolate, cinnamon, popcorn, strong coffee, good wine, the mountains, family time, and Masterpiece Theatre.

Author Contact Links: Author site: www.dawnkinzer.com

Blog: www.dawnkinzer.blogspot.com

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2iivaEQ

Amazon Author Page: http://amzn.to/2jdkua3

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dawn.kinzer.9

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/dkinzer9/boards/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dawnkinzer/

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DawnKinzer

Where to purchase the book: Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, Paperback: http://amzn.to/2iK7nN0

Barnes & Noble – Paperback: http://bit.ly/2gDBy59

Books-A-Million – Paperback: http://bit.ly/2iixFqP

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Love is in the Air!

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Romance is in the Air

Throughout the month of February, I am featuring romance books here on Cindy’s Notebook.

If you have a romance book you would like me to feature, please visit the feature calendar page and fill out the form.  No Charge!  This is my way of paying it forward for authors.love-is-in-the-air

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Neiko Adventure Saga

1Title: Neiko’s Five Land Adventure
Series: The Neiko Adventure Saga (Book #1)
By: A. K. Taylor
Publisher: Soaring Eagle Books (www.soaringeaglebooks.org)
Publication Date: September 1, 2010
Genre: Teen/YA Fantasy/Science Fiction Action Adventure (ages 12-17)

 

 

 

Book Excerpt:

Neiko plummeted into unknown darkness and slid in an abyssal joyride. Suddenly the ride stopped, and she toppled on a floor, rolled, and collided with a wall. She then heard Quickstrike hit the floor just a few feet away. “Neiko, are you here?” he asked.

“Yeah, what a rush,” she replied.

“Where are we anyway?”

“I dunno.”

“Turn on the light, will ya? I can’t see a thing.”

“Sure thing, just as soon as I can find my flashlight,” she said as she groped in her backpack. Neiko found it and turned it on. The wall behind her was a low platform and she used it to hoist herself; her fingers brushed something hard and dry. “Man, what stinks?” she said as she turned around and was face to face with a skeleton; she jumped.

“What or who is that?”

“It’s Rumi, and Xerxes is right beside him,” she said as she read the names engraved in the stone and filled with golds and jewels, “We found their tomb!”

The two just lay there in their garb and they had their swords and shields placed on them just like the others. Neiko whipped her flashlight in the tomb and she found a passageway. She found a torch on the wall. She got it down, dug out the matches, lit it, and put the flashlight and matches back into her backpack. With her newfound and better light, she explored the walls of the tomb. She found pictures that showed the life of the two, but in the midst of the pictures was a picture of a shadowy form. She walked over to it to get a better look and Quickstrike followed her. “What on earth is that?” he asked.

She examined it closely, and saw the familiar shape; the red eyes came out of the figure’s terrible stance. “It’s the Dark Pharaoh. So this is what people saw, and you can tell it’s Ramses. See, you can tell. Paint black on his armor and what do you see?”

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About the Author:aktaylor_zps686ba214

A.K. Taylor grew up in the backwoods of Georgia where she learned about nature. She enjoys hunting and fishing, beekeeping, gardening, archery, shooting, hiking, and has various collections. She also has interest in music, Native American history and heritage, Egyptian history, and the natural sciences. A.K. Taylor has been writing and drawing since the age of 16. A.K. Taylor has graduated from the University of Georgia with a biology degree, and she shares an interest in herpetology with her husband.

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B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/neikos-five-land-adventure-ak-taylor/1102219566?ean=2940012419989

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Author Site: http://www.backwoodsauthor.com/books/the-neiko-adventure-saga/

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Whomever Has the Courage to Read Part II

This is a story I wrote in the late 1980s for a Children’s Literature Class.

You can read the first part here.

A loud crack of thunder brought Matt back to the present with a start.  He felt his heartbeats quicken as shadows danced around the room and the light swayed from the ceiling.  A bolt of lightning flashed across the black sky and the wind blew the tree limbs across the bare windows.  He felt his heartbeats quicken and the hair on the back of his neck quivered.

As a bolt of lightning flashed across the black sky and the wind blew tree limbs into the bare window pane, Matt took in large gasps of air and slowly let them out trying to stop his pounding heart.  He looked around the room and found a safe place in the corner where he snuggled down underneath a heavy quilt and continued to read:

September 13th;

You think it’s all imagination, don’t you? It’s not you know.  You have psychic powers to help me solve this so long ago mystery.  The drowning of Judge Smith and the slaying of Doc Baker.

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Black Lilac Kitty names For King and Country Book of the Year!

Charlene Newcomb

2016-book-awardI am thrilled that Cindy Harris has named For King and Country as her very first Book of the Year. Woo-hoo!!

Cindy has been talking about books, writing books, and working with books for years. (Or maybe her work deals more with manuscripts since she works in a university archives.)

Book bloggers like Cindy help spread the word through their reviews, Facebook posts, tweets, and author promotions. I can’t thank her enough for singling out For King and Country with this award. I am honored!

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Charlene Newcomb is currently working on Book III of Battle Scars, 12th century historical fiction filled with war, political intrigue, and a knightly romance of forbidden love set during the reign of Richard the Lionheart. There will be more to come, so sign up for Char’s Newsletter. It will be used – sparingly – to offer exclusive content and and to let you be the first…

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Whomever Has the Courage to Read

Whomever Has the Courage to Read is a short story that I wrote in a Children’s Literature class in the late 1980s.  Over the years I have thought about turning this story into a book.  Maybe, someday.

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Being thirteen was difficult, thought Matt.  Too old to play with electric trains and too young to have a car. And, being stuck at Grandpa’s lake cottage for the summer and having it rain all day didn’t help.

Rainy days were easy to fill if you like to sleep, like Grandpa Henry did, listening to the squeak and hum of the fan, or sew like his ten-year-old sister Amber did on a scrap of fabric she had found in the attic.

“Attic.  A great idea,” Matt said to himself.  He climbed the old wooden staircase slowly, hoping he would not wake Grandpa, with the squeaking sound of the floorboards.

The heavy door groaned as Matt swung it back.  He reached for the light switch just inside the dark musky room.  Suddenly, the room filled with shadows by a long single bare light bulb swaying down from the rafters in the center of the room.

A huge cedar trunk stood in one corner.  Matt made his way to it watching the shadows lurk about and lifted the heavy lid.  Instead of patchwork quilts, the trunk was full of old books.

One book, in particular, caught Matt’s eye.  It was not very large and bound in soft leather the same yellow color of Grandpa’s work gloves.

Matt felt strange as he looked at the book.  He started to tremble and got the feeling he was trespassing.  Curiosity on what the book contained had him shoving aside his feelings and when he opened the book he read:

“To whomever has the courage to read me.”

“I have plenty of courage,” Matt said softly into the stale air.  He felt a breeze that caused the hair on the back of his neck to rise.  Matt looked around the room as though he was being watched and wondered where the breeze came from since the small windows were nailed shut.  Once he reassured himself he was alone, he took a deep breath and turned the page to read:

“July 9th;

“On the night Judge Smith drowned in Stockdale Bay, I saw you.  You were with him in his green beat-up flat-bottom boat.  Old Sheriff Taylor said Judge had whiskey bottles in the boat.  He then concluded that Judge Smith went out fishin’ alone, got drunk, fell overboard while trying to pull in a fish, and was, by then, too drunk to swim.

“But you know and I know Judge Smith was a good strong swimmer and drank nothing stronger than black coffee.

“Guess you had your reasons.”

Matt gasped, trying hard not to believe what he was reading.  Who was this Judge Smith and who was the author of this diary?  Scared and puzzled by the whole thing, Matt continued to read hoping he would find some answers.

“August 11th;

“Ma took me to see one of them new-fangled doctors they call psychiatrists.  I overheard them talking and they say I am crazy, but I’m not and you know it.

“Why did you kill Doc Baker?  Was he getting close to the truth about poor ole Judge Smith?

“Now you shouldn’t have killed Doc like that.”

…to be continued…

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