Archive for September 17th, 2018
The Vet’s Valentine Gift (Sweet Romance Book 2)
by J.L. Campbell
1.99 at time of posting!
When you can’t do right, no matter how hard you try … send for backup.
You really did a number on me this time. After eighteen years, I’ve finally snagged Toni, the woman of my dreams. We’re past the misunderstandings of high school and are settling into a relationship, but my job as a veterinarian keeps getting me up a creek without a paddle.
First, a kitten comes on the scene and Toni’s five-year-old daughter takes a shine to him. The situation is past complicated, because there’s also Ridley—the resident pet who catches a case of jealousy. Then there’s Jade’s abandoned fish and to top it all, the conflict between Toni’s ex and me.
Honestly, I’m beginning to wonder if our romance can survive this assortment of problems and if it doesn’t, I’m thinking Jade—a five-year-old charmer—has a better chance of fixing things than you do.
I know you have millions of other situations that need your attention, but can you find a way to get Dane-the-fifth-wheel out of what should be a picture-perfect relationship come Valentine’s Day?
Dr. Matthias Laing
The Vet’s Valentine Gift
Author Kelli A. Wilkins is guest-blogging about her historical/fantasy romance on Nesie’s Place today! Don’t forget to check out her links!
Today I’m spotlighting the making of my historical/fantasy romance, A Most Unusual Princess. This fun and sexy story is the first book in my “Royal Desires” trilogy. (The other two books are A Most Intriguing Temptation and A Most Unfortunate Prince.)
Together, they make up an exciting series, but each story stands alone as a separate read. Why? Because when I wrote A Most Unusual Princess, I never knew I was writing a trilogy.
A Most Unusual Princess is a sensual novella about unruly and willful Princess Elara, and Dalton, the handsome (and incredibly patient) guard tasked with protecting her while she searches for a suitable husband. The book is a unique blend of comedy, human drama, and romance.
I enjoyed writing Dalton and Elara’s story and fell in love with them. I never expected I’d visit these characters again, but not long after completing A Most Unusual Princess, I knew Dalton needed his own book, so I wrote a sequel, A Most Intriguing Temptation. And when Elara’s troublesome brother, Prince Allan, made a dramatic appearance in that book, I had to tell his story. A Most Unfortunate Prince is all about Prince Allan’s fall from grace.
I hope you’ll check out the series. It’s a lighthearted, fun read and the perfect escape for romance lovers.
Kelli A. Wilkins
Here’s the summary and an excerpt from A Most Unusual Princess:
A Most Unusual Princess
Princess Elara needs to find a royal husband, but claims that no man can satisfy her. Her father hires Dalton, a special guard, to watch over her while she’s courting suitors. Dalton finds her unusual behaviors charming—and enthralling.
Dalton’s aloof manner intrigues Elara, and despite their differences, they share tender moments and intimate nighttime encounters. Elara is heartbroken when her father chooses a “proper” husband for her—until she meets the mystery man.
Bonus! This e-book includes a sneak peek at the second book in the “Royal Desires” series: A Most Intriguing Temptation.
Dalton walked past her and entered her bedchamber. She stood in the doorway while he searched the wardrobes and looked under the bed. After last night’s fright, she was taking no chances.
“There’s nothing… a-ha! What’s this?” He pulled a white silk stocking out from under the bed and waved it in the air.
“Put that down.” She raced into the room and lunged for the stocking. Dalton held it over his head.
“Is this what a princess wears beneath her dress?”
“Give that to me.” She knocked him backward onto the bed and pounced on him.
“This would make a nice remembrance,” he said, keeping the stocking out of her reach.
“Beast!” She squirmed as they playfully struggled for the stocking. A moment later, Dalton turned his head and his lips brushed against hers.
She gasped. Dalton had stopped laughing and was staring up at her. She closed her eyes and felt his finger caress her cheek.
“You’re beautiful,” he whispered.
The next thing she knew, Dalton’s mouth covered hers. The feel of his warm, moist lips sent a searing heat through her. After a few seconds of heaven, he pulled away.
“I should not have done that.”
She licked her lips. “I’m glad you did. It was nice.” Her heart hammered out of control, and her lower body throbbed. This was the feeling she was supposed to have when she met with her suitors. “Kiss me again.”
Dalton curled his arms around her and pulled her down onto him. His mouth moved against hers, and fire flashed between her legs. She kissed him, tentatively at first, then with more passion as she was swept away by desire.
He slid his hands across her back and down to her buttocks. She moaned as he squeezed her through her dress. Was this what it felt like to have a man make love to her? Every night should be like this.
She ignored a faint rapping on the sitting room door. It was probably a lady-in-waiting coming to undress her for bed. She needed no help with her clothes tonight. Dalton was here, he could remove her dress and then…
Dalton broke the kiss and bolted upright. “It’s your father!”
The Royal Desires Series is available on Amazon & other platforms. Catch this hot historical/fantasy trilogy from the start:
Book 1: A Most Unusual Princess:
Book 2: A Most Intriguing Temptation:
Book 3: A Most Unfortunate Prince:
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kelli A. Wilkins is an award-winning author who has published more than 100 short stories, 19 romance novels, and 5 non-fiction books. Her romances span many genres and heat levels, and she’s also been known to scare readers with her horror stories.
In August 2018, Kelli released her first online course through Teachable. Fiction Writing for Beginners is perfect for anyone who wants to learn how to write. Visit the course page: https://kelliwilkins.teachable.com/ for more details.
Kelli’s historical romance, Redemption from a Dark Past, was published in 2018. This full-length Gothic novel is set in the kingdom of Hungary in 1723 and blends a sensual romance with mystery and suspense.
If you like horror fiction, don’t miss her latest novella, Nightmare in the North.
CATCH UP WITH KELLI
Here’s a full list of where you can find Kelli on the web.
Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/author/kelliwilkins
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKelliWilkins
Facebook Historical Romances: https://www.facebook.com/Historical-Romances-by-Kelli-A-Wilkins-1703805359922371/
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Fruit of the Drunken Tree: A Novel
by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
Genre: Genre Fiction/Coming of Age/Hispanic-American
12.99 at time of posting!
“One of the most dazzling and devastating novels I’ve read in a long time…Readers of Fruit of the Drunken Tree will surely be transformed.”
–San Francisco Chronicle
“Simultaneously propulsive and poetic, reminiscent of Isabel Allende…Listen to this new author’s voice — she has something powerful to say.”
A mesmerizing debut set in Colombia at the height Pablo Escobar’s violent reign about a sheltered young girl and a teenage maid who strike an unlikely friendship that threatens to undo them both
Seven-year-old Chula and her older sister Cassandra enjoy carefree lives thanks to their gated community in Bogotá, but the threat of kidnappings, car bombs, and assassinations hover just outside the neighborhood walls, where the godlike drug lord Pablo Escobar continues to elude authorities and capture the attention of the nation.
When their mother hires Petrona, a live-in-maid from the city’s guerrilla-occupied slum, Chula makes it her mission to understand Petrona’s mysterious ways. But Petrona’s unusual behavior belies more than shyness. She is a young woman crumbling under the burden of providing for her family as the rip tide of first love pulls her in the opposite direction. As both girls’ families scramble to maintain stability amidst the rapidly escalating conflict, Petrona and Chula find themselves entangled in a web of secrecy that will force them both to choose between sacrifice and betrayal.
Inspired by the author’s own life, and told through the alternating perspectives of the willful Chula and the achingly hopeful Petrona, Fruit of the Drunken Tree contrasts two very different, but inextricably linked coming-of-age stories. In lush prose, Rojas Contreras has written a powerful testament to the impossible choices women are often forced to make in the face of violence and the unexpected connections that can blossom out of desperation.
“Double Fake, Double Murder (A Carlos McCrary, Private Investigator, Mystery Thriller Series Book 2)” by Dallas Gorham
Double Fake, Double Murder (A Carlos McCrary, Private Investigator, Mystery Thriller Series Book 2)
by Dallas Gorham
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense/Private Investigator/Pulp
3.99 at time of posting! Kindle Unlimited!
Lots Of People Want Garrison Franco Dead
Organized crime boss Garrison Franco is gunned down in the street. The cops think they know who did it, Jorge Castellano, one of their own homicide detectives. The police think Castellano has resorted to vigilante justice; Castellano claims he’s been framed. Castellano hires his best friend, Mexican-American private investigator Carlos “Chuck” McCrary, to find out who framed him for the murder.
˃˃˃ A Reluctant Witness
Chuck uncovers a mysterious teenager who ran away from an abusive foster home who may have the witnessed the assassination. But the boy doesn’t trust anyone and won’t tell Chuck what he saw.
˃˃˃ Chuck Is Arrested
When Chuck’s prime suspect turns up dead, Chuck winds up in jail, arrested for murder. Now Chuck must not only find out who killed Franco and framed his friend Castellano for the hit, but he must also solve the new murder or face a lifetime in prison himself.
#CoverReveal “The Stepsister: A Gripping Psychological Thriller with a Wicked Twist” by Jenny O’Brien
When a stranger leaves step-sisters, Victoria and Ness, a half-share in a house in Holland, they think it must be a mistake.
But there’s no mistake when Ness goes missing.
Desperate for the truth, Victoria heads to Holland to find out what happened to her. Has she, as her texts show, embarked on a whirlwind romance? Has someone abducted her or even worse?
But there’s someone watching, and that person wants her dead.
Can Victoria find out the truth before it’s too late?
I died yesterday, or so I’ve been told.
Yesterday is the day my life changed but how or why is still a mystery. There are things I know and there are things that they’ve told me but I can’t seem to trust any of it.
I know I’m a woman but I don’t know my age. I know how to hold a cup in the same way I know it’s rude to stick the end of a knife in my mouth. So, somewhere along the way, someone cared enough to drill manners into me. Those are the things I know, the things I can trust but as for the rest…
They tell me I’m in Holland but can I believe them? I don’t remember if I’m Dutch but I also don’t remember if I’m not. I can’t speak Dutch. I’ve been trying all morning but can one lose a language overnight? I seem to have lost everything else. Who knows? Maybe I took the wrong train or something and just rolled up in the wrong city. That would make sense except that it’s not just my sense of place that’s missing. It’s my sense of everything. I have no name, no age and no identity. Yesterday I died and today I’m still here.
They’ve left me alone now while they try to puzzle out what to do and in the meantime I’m going to try to remember stuff. I don’t know how long they’ll leave me alone but I need to take this opportunity to come up with some answers to all the questions they’ve been throwing at me like who the hell I am.
Slipping out of bed I recoil as bare feet meets cold tiles, but that’s not going to stop me. Pulling the back of the hospital gown closed in an effort to retain some degree of dignity, I shuffle over to the bathroom and then the mirror only to stare into the face of a stranger.
It doesn’t matter what I look like or that I’m suffering from the worst case of bed-head known to man. It doesn’t matter that my eyes are green or that my hair is that shade of nondescript mouse that keeps colourists in business. The only thing that matters is my reflection, which holds no clues as to my identity. I’m a stranger to them. I’m a stranger to me.
My body holds a clue though – just one.
I push up my sleeve again to stare at the tattoo on my arm. The tattoo puzzles me. It’s not me, or part of me or who I think I am and yet it’s there, a large indelible letter V.
I have no idea what it stands for. Oh, I’m not stupid or anything or, at least I don’t think I am. I can’t quote which exams I’ve passed or if indeed I’ve ever attended school but I do know V stands for victory. But what does it mean to me? Am I victorious? Am I making a statement about something? It must be important because it’s the only tattoo I have. It’s also the only clue.
I’m tired now. My eyelids collapse over my eyes even as I struggle to shift them upwards as I remember the cocktail the nurse told me to swallow like a good girl. I want everything to go away. I want to hide under the blankets and forget. I’ve already forgotten…
Jenny O’Brien was born in Ireland and, after a brief sojourn in Wales, now resides in Guernsey.
She’s an avid reader and book reviewer for NetGalley in addition to being a RoNA judge.
She writes for both children and adults with a new book coming out every six months or so. She’s also an avid collector of cats, broken laptops, dust and happy endings – two of which you’ll always find in her books.
In her spare time she can be found frowning at her wonky cakes and even wonkier breads. You’ll be pleased to note she won’t be entering Bake-Off.
Readers can find out more about Jenny from her blog: https://jennyobrienwriter.wordpress.com
I Love to keep My Room Clean (I Love to… Bedtime Stories Children’s Books Collection Book 5
by Shelley Admont, Sonal Goyal (Illustrator), Sumit Sakhuja (Illustrator)
Genre: Children/Early Learning/Beginning Reader
FREE at time of posting!
Kids are masters of mess-making, especially in their rooms! How can you teach them to take care of their playthings and to keep things tidy?
This children’s book will motivate the kids to take responsibility and keep their room organized.
Follow along as little bunny Jimmy and his brothers learn their lesson in this picture book. They learn to work together, clean up their room, and organize their toys. Once they finish, they finally have room for more fun and understand how important it is to keep their room clean.
This book is the part of the collection of short bedtime stories for children.
It is suitable as a read-aloud book for preschoolers at bedtime or a self-read book for older children.
Free video-book gift inside!