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Sorry for the snafu with the last Hooked by Sundown post. At least I didn’t lose it like I lost another draft. Anyway, this ISN’T the post that went out yesterday on the official Short Snippet Saturday correct day. I haven’t mentioned Wade and Sophie much since their book had been released.
A Double Dutch Ranch Series Spin Off
Snippet is self-explanatory without the need for a set-up.
Wade finished breakfast in his room, poured a cup of coffee, then opened the balcony door one last time to sniff the air and enjoy the cool breeze. Hell, he didn’t have to leave here. His thoughts went to sitting with Sophie and her boy last night. She was nice enough, sort of, and damn pretty. Emmett’s physical characteristics resembled Wade’s with brown eyes and the same thick hair like his but a shade lighter from the sun.
Curiosity about her life filled his musings. He’d come to California only to meet a woman from home? Interesting. His flight left Saturday, if what the nurses said about his brother came true. In his mind he made a pact with himself. If they were on the same plane heading home, he’d search her out in baggage claim in Phoenix to pursue a date.
“Get in here.”
Wade glanced toward her voice. “Mornin’.” With her hand holding her son’s arm, she turned toward him and smiled. Wow, what an attractive morning smile. Better than what he’d seen on her face when he’d left them last night.
“Good morning, Mr. Emory—”
He corrected her, “Wade.”
“Are you getting ready to leave?”
“Yep, one last cup of coffee.” He raised it to her. Leaving this extravagant place wasn’t a necessity. It wasn’t like he couldn’t afford it, but this place wasn’t him. He didn’t need a thick robe to don after getting out of the shower or fancy sheets on the bed with a piece of chocolate on his pillow each night, though the chocolate tasted special.
She told Emmett to go inside. “Can I talk to you?”
He nodded then entered his room without hesitation. Wade changed out of running shorts and pulled on jeans. Before he had time to get a shirt to go into the hall, he answered the knock at his door. She and Emmett stood there. He held the door open, sweeping his hand forward.
Her gaze glued to his chest first off. “No, I don’t want to come in. Y-you didn’t tell me where you were staying.”
Was he supposed to? “Just a minute.” He nearly jumped up and clicked his heels together. Instead, he pulled on a t-shirt and wrote down the hotel name. “We still watching the sunset tonight?” Damn, how manly had that sounded?
“Yeah, if you come.”
“Sounds like a date…I mean, not a date, but a plan. Sorry.” He couldn’t win for losing.
She gave a shy smile he hadn’t seen before though she’d seemed direct and not shy last night. “I know what you mean.”
Wade handed her the slip of paper with the name of where he’d be staying. He was surprised and glad she wanted to know. “In case you need anything, do you want my phone number?” He didn’t retract his gaze. Neither did she. Say yes.
She handed her phone over, and he took no less than a few seconds to enter his number. “Here you go. Well, I better get outta here. Hey, Emmett, don’t forget the cups for your sand castle tonight.”
The kid had a cute smile like his mom. “I won’t. Mom? Don’t forget.”
“It’s your responsibility, boy.” She brushed his sun-streaked, brown hair from his forehead then glanced at Wade. “See you later.”
“Do you swim?” He asked without a thought.
“Yeah, but I don’t like Emmett to swim in the ocean. Rip currents, you know. We’ll go to the pool later.”
“All right. I thought it might be a nice night for a swim.” In man speak, he’d like to see Sophie in a bikini.
“Have fun if you do. We don’t mind watching.”
He nodded and closed the door. Wade checked the bedroom again, washed the cup, and sat it on the counter to dry. In a way, he hated leaving this nice place, but the other place was four-star, too, however not on the ocean and with no fluffy robes. Maybe he’d have a whiff of the salty air. Admittedly, he missed the dry, baked smell of the desert.
End of excerpt.
Canyon Junction: Hearts in Love Series
A Double Dutch Ranch Series Spin Off Novel
HOOKED BY SUNDOWN
Available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and Apple Books.
If you’re in a participating state, don’t forget to turn back your clocks if you haven’t. Ugh, do we have to? I don’t like when it gets dark so early.
Enjoy your weekend.
National First Responders Day was October 28th.
Short and Sweet post today for a brand-new giveaway: Enter for a chance to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card.
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Welcome to the October New Release Giveaway! 10/28 – 11/04!
Find your new favorite author.
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Hi! Happy weekend. I’ve returned this Saturday with another excerpt from Imprisoned in a Cowboy’s Heart. This one is a fun scene on the Two-Five Ranch between Karis and Tanyon with a couple other family members who make their appearances. Haunted House is mentioned and is one of the Five Common Elements used in the book. The haunted house episode referred to happened earlier which is another scene I love in the book. Oh, Max is an element too!
Karis went downstairs to wait for Tom and wandered into the kitchen. When had she eaten last? Lunch on the trail? A scrumptious sweet-cinnamon aroma filled the house bringing on an inkling of a memory from childhood. The oven was still warm when she walked by. It must’ve been dessert, so she opened it to see what Max had made. Mmm, apple pie.
“Where’s the pie,” Tanyon asked, entering the kitchen, soaking wet. “Something smells delicious.”
She laughed at his wet clothes and hair plastered to his head. Albeit, she didn’t mind his wet shirt hugging his abs. “Maybe you’ll patch your floor in the truck now?”
“Yeah, I don’t remember until it’s raining. Bring the pie over here. I’m starved.”
“No way. I’m not dealing with Max. He made this pie for a reason. I know dinner is around here somewhere.”
“Yeah, because I asked him to make apple or cherry pie.”
She blocked the oven. “No. I have to hear it from him.”
He strode over to her, set his hands on her upper arms and attempted to move her. She held her ground, but he hadn’t tried hard, or she would’ve been moved. She giggled. “Stop.”
Tanyon tickled her in the ribs. “I know how to get you out of the way.”
She fought off his hands, laughing and protecting her ribs at the same time. “I’m not ticklish, anymore.” Like hell.
“Hey, what’s going on here?” Max’s big voice roared. “You’re after pie, aren’t you?”
“Don’t worry, she’s protecting it like her life depended on it.” Tanyon chuckled.
“It does!” Max bellowed.
Tanyon raised his hands. “Come on. Didn’t you make it because I asked?”
“Ah, ha.” He gazed at Karis with a devil grin on his face then lifted her off the floor and moved her.
“Get it out and come on over here, you two,” Max called. “I’ll get the ice cream. Tanyon, change your damn wet clothes. Go on. You’re worse than a kid dripping on the floor.”
“You’re bad, Outlaw.” Karis chuckled when Tanyon and Max said, ‘No, I’m not’ at the same time. “You both know the truth.”
“I’ll be right back.” Tanyon hurried out of the kitchen.
Max made the cut. “You get the first bite, and we’ll rub it into his face.”
Max reconsidered. “Ah, better not.”
She got plates from the cupboard. “You’ll get me in more trouble. He’s already mad at me.”
“He’s always mad at somebody, but darlin’, he isn’t mad at you. He was worried because you broke down in front of the haunted house.” Max snorted as he sliced the pie.
“Not you too.”
Tanyon entered the room with a dry shirt and the same wet and muddy pants, but he’d combed his hair. He raised a brow at Karis. “You two will do good to remember who signs your checks.”
“Yeah, Ronni signs the checks.” She defiantly held eye contact with him until Max waved a spoon between them.
“I’m glad you asked for pie this morning, Tanyon. I’ve been wanting to make apple or cherry.”
She dished out ice cream. “Me too! Cherry would be delicious.” A grumbling tummy wasn’t necessary to know she was ravenous.
“That’s why I made both. With this bunch, how could I only make one?” Max howled. “I made four.”
Cade came in, ducking through the doorway with Nadia on his shoulders.
Karis poured her, Tanyon, and Max a cup of coffee. “Nadia, have you been playing in the rain?”
Nadia flicked her smiling gaze to Cade. “Me and Daddy danced in the rain.”
“Sweet!” Karis said.
End of excerpt.
I wanted apple pie while writing this scene. Mmm, even I could smell it. No, I haven’t had any yet. LOL.
I appreciate you taking the time to visit. Thank you. ❤ ❤
A Common Elements Romance Project Novel
Four knife-piercing words in a frantic phone call from her mother, caused Dr. Karis Sutton to leave her cowboy in Northern Arizona to return home. While grief-stricken over a tragic loss, she’d let the man she loved slip away instead of allowing him to console her in a time of need. Now, a year later, and ready to break free from her world of gloom, she drives north to seek a second chance with the moody yet irresistible alpha-owner of the ranch. But she’s forced back to Phoenix to fight to keep two fatherless kids. While doing so, will Tanyon think she’s leaving him again and give up on any chance they might’ve had? She’s pulled in different directions. How will she make it right with so much distance between them all?
Tanyon Outlaw never thought he’d see her again. Now, she’s returned as part of the summer crew on the Two-Five Ranch. In her sad eyes, he sees straight through to her pained soul while memories of their past love invade each thought. What will it take for his cold heart to grow warm toward her again? Then, when bad things happen on the ranch, it comes in droves. Karis is called back home. A lawsuit looms over his head. Fences are cut to maim or steal his cattle. Someone else has an eye for the woman he longs to love. He’s running out of time. How can he discover why people are out to get him, while figuring out what his heart wants before he loses her forever?
Once again, Karis and Tanyon have separate, life-changing matters to attend to, so how will they keep it all together and still find a way to capture the love they once shared?
Enjoy your weekend.
Before the month of October is over, I wanted to share The Common Elements Romance Project October Giveaways for books published this month.
Who wants to enter for a chance to win a free eBook? Visit THIS LINK to see the Common Elements Giveaway participating authors published in October 2019!
Each month from October thru January, some authors publishing in those months will be doing their own giveaway for their project book. You can sign up at the link above then to a Google Sign Up form. It’s that simple to enter.
When we had the Facebook Launch Party last month, our books weren’t published yet. Authors gave away books from their back list. Now the authors who choose to participate in the October Giveaways, have a chance to do their own individual giveaways on the new common elements releases.
Stop on over to check them out. The list keeps growing as more books are being released this month.
Touch of Breeze by Kelynn Storm
Forbidden Noble by Victoria Pinder
Evil Wind Rising by Jillian Chantal
The Haunted Love Affair by Constance Bretes
Beguiled by Amanda Jayde
That Summer by Candy Caine
Resistance: A Common Elements Romance by Regina Kammer
Bohemia Chills by Lucy Lakestone
The Heartless Earl by Regina Jeffers
Forever Better Together by A.D. Ellis
Haunting Miss Fenwick by Alina K. Field
In the Lady’s Heart by JoMarie DeGioia
Blood Will Tell by Pamela Gibson
Kisses & Kismet by Kris Jayne
I’m not participating in this giveaway, but Imprisoned in a Cowboy’s Heart is still at a promotional price of $0.99 for a limited time. Oh, yesterday the book jumped into the Top 100 Paid Best Selling Books in Contemporary Western Fiction. I haven’t been on that list in a long time. Sure, it isn’t a big deal because it isn’t a USA or other “Official” best selling list, but regardless, it’s another milestone for me.
FYI: On the website, the bag shown on the page is not part of this new giveaway. That contest is closed.
If you missed earlier posts about this project, read on:
The Common Elements Romance Project.
What is it?
From the website:
*We’re over seventy romance authors who have come together to write stories that have just five things in common:
1. a lightning storm
2. lost keys
3. a haunted house (really haunted or rumored to be)
4. a stack of thick books
5. a person named Max (or short for something else)
Everything else is up to the individual authors.
*I’d like to note that each author wrote their own book. This isn’t an anthology or boxed set.
If you enter for a chance to win, good luck!
Thanks for visiting.
Top photo credit dancing skeleton: Pixabay – anaterate
This week, I’m posting more than a snippet for Secret Santa’s Rundown Sleigh: A Holiday Romance Novella. Tuesday of this week I wrote a post with tidbits of information about the Mighty Mac or the Mackinac Bridge in Northern Lower Michigan. You’ll find the bridge briefly mentioned in this excerpt.
I hope you enjoy a sneak peek from another one of my October new releases. Not including my coloring book, these two books were my eleventh and twelfth published books since 2014.
A feel-good holiday romance novella.
Excerpt from Chapter Three:
Later, after the others got settled in, Terra dialed her mom’s phone to return a call from earlier. Her sister answered. “Hi, Grace. Can I talk to Mom?”
“Mom’s asleep. She took her sleeping pill early tonight. She apologized for not waiting for your call.”
“Did you remind her I won’t make it for Christmas? It breaks my heart.”
“She knows. We’ll celebrate Christmas when you get here. Mom’s so out of it lately, and you’ll be here in a couple days.”
“Grace… I’m sorry you won’t be home with your family. I tried, honest I did.”
“I know. It’s all right. Vance is bringing Liam here tonight, but it’s a slow go with the roads, and he had to wait to get across Mighty Mac because of high winds. We’ll stay on a few days since he’s off work. He doesn’t know how to explain Grandma’s illness to our toddler. I told him I’d handle it. Mom asks for Liam, so I want them to come. Liam won’t r-remember h-her.”
Terra saddened at the break in her sister’s voice. “I’m glad they’re coming to be with you. Give Mom a kiss for me? Take pictures for Liam to look back on.” Terra sniffled. “I better go so I don’t wake Kylee and the little girl who lives here. Maisy is her name and almost the same age. They’re in sleeping bags on the floor. This family is so kind. I don’t know how I’ll ever repay them. Talk to you tomorrow.”
“I’m sure they expect nothing. Give Kylee a hug when she wakes. Love you.”
Terra peered at the family room filled with holiday decorations strung on green roping—a tall and full tree, Christmas music boxes and snow globes, sparkly snowmen, family photos over the mantel—some with Maisy and Jude with her mom. Terra’s heart twisted to think of Maisy losing her mom at such a young age.
Christmas carols played in the background. Stopping in this village and running into Alanna couldn’t have come at a better time, but she so missed spending each moment possible with her mom before she… Terra bent over her lap and placed her hands over her face to hide tears that refused to stay back. The music stopped and footsteps halted abruptly. She sat up to wipe her eyes.
“Oh, I’m sorry. I didn’t see you sitting there. I came to check on Maisy.”
Terra looked up at Jude who stood near the tree, ready to turn off the lights. She swiped at another fallen tear. “It’s okay. It’s your room. I’m the intruder.”
He walked around the couch with its back to the door, to the window to look outside, and then he faced her. “The snow’s drifting. It’s bad out there. Can I get you anything?” He peered outside again. “You all right?”
Shocked at him talking to her so candidly with an actual tone of concern in his voice caused her to open up. “This is my last Christmas with my mom, and I can’t be with her.” Knowing she would soon burst into tears again, she apologized in advance, “I’m sorry.” She covered her face with her hands again. Liquid poured into a glass and his footsteps came closer. She glanced up and recognized the bottle of brandy on the table.
“Here. Sounds like you could use something stronger than tea. Do you mind if I have a seat?”
She took the glass. “Thanks. No, not at all. I don’t know how to thank you for letting us stay in your home. I’ll repay you—”
“Payment isn’t necessary, Terra.”
She’d been lonely too long, and the sexy, raspy way he spoke her name, gave her a shudder. What was his story other than being a widower? “You have a sweet little girl. Thanks for taking Kylee out to the stable. I don’t understand her openness. It’s unlike her. She and your daughter have hit it off.”
“Welcome,” he said, then downed his drink. “No problem. I know what you mean though. Maisy doesn’t make friends easily. She has a rough time at school.”
“Oh? That’s too bad.”
“Yeah.” He lowered his voice and scooted to the edge of the loveseat. “She has reading issues and in fact, has a paraprofessional helping her in some of her classes. She goes to a special class too. The kids tease her. I don’t know how to make it right.” He looked off as if trying to figure it out this moment.
“I home school Kylee.”
He lifted his head. “Maybe I should look into teaching her at home.”
Terra shrugged. She could neither say yay or nay about him home schooling. The plan worked for her and Kylee. “I don’t know what to tell you. It has its pros and cons. Talk to someone who is doing it. There are forums and groups online. I can give you the URLs.”
“Hmm. Maybe I will if I can find the time to teach her. Thanks. Listen…” Jude paused. “Some friends are having a Christmas thing tomorrow night—with Santa. It’s a private party… You and Kylee should come as our guests. You’re here anyway and might as well enjoy it. Ride into town with Alanna. She’s going to the church service afterward, but she’ll be at the party first. You’re welcome to…” He cleared his throat. “Maisy will be in town with my sister. Christmas Day after opening gifts, Alanna’s family is spending time with Rico’s parents if the blizzard isn’t still brewing.”
Terra tried to read his eyes. She rose and paced to the window. “Sounds nice, but I’ll call the hotel again to see if they have any cancellations. I can’t intrude on your family more than I have. It’s snowing a lot. Wow, with those big flakes, we’ll have another six or eight inches. I love the crystalline blanket of snow beneath the security lights.” She peered out farther into the yard. “Do I see some kind of sleigh out there?”
“Seriously, you’re welcome to stay here. I know you have nowhere to go.” Jude came to stand behind her, chuckling. “Yeah, it’s a farmer’s old bobsled or wood wagon you hook up to a horse. The old guy used it for winter work, but that isn’t what I use it for. I don’t know where she got the idea, but Maisy calls it a bobsleigh, so I guess that’s what it is now. I’ll be putting it to use tomorrow night. My buddy Andy, is usually my top elf, but he got sick and can’t make it—”
“There you are!” Alanna stood at the doorway with a playful grin directed at Jude and then to Terra, and back to her brother. “Hey, Rico talked to Andy. I wanted to make sure you know he can’t make it tomorrow, Jude.” She gave a big smile. “Let Terra and Kylee be your elves. Maisy would love it. Good night all.” She rushed away.
He hurried toward the door as if to catch Alanna. Instead of exiting, he returned to stand beside Terra—silent momentarily. Again, he paced but ended up right back with her at the window. “You know, my sister is right. Come along. Have you ever been an elf? Maisy comes with me. Of course, bring Kylee.” Jude grinned. “Who doesn’t like a sleigh ride on a snowy Christmas Eve? In fact, instead of an elf, you’ll be Ms. Claus.”
Terra smiled at his friendliness, but it caught her off guard too. He hadn’t exactly been hospitable since she’d been here. His bright eyes and grin added to his handsomeness. This truly had to be a fairy tale or a dream. It sounded like fun, but…should she? It’d at least be fun for Kylee and better than doing nothing on Christmas Eve in a stranger’s home.
End of excerpt.
Oh, there is so much more to come in this novella!
Check out the book description and more on my site’s book page.
Thank you for reading.
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