Wednesday, February 25, 2015

#WhatIWroteWednesday ~ Nicole Flockton!


Time for another edition of What I Wrote Wednesday ~ And this time we're hearing from Nicole Flockton...let's get started with Nicole's teaser from her upcoming romance “Love’s Tangled Vines”

Jordan Hastings washed the shampoo out of her hair while listing all the things she needed to do that day. Nothing more invigorating than getting up as the sun rose out of the sky.

She needed to check the grapes to make sure the new shoots were growing the way she wanted. Also she needed to make sure vines were showing no signs of mildew. After
years of neglect she wasn’t expecting much from this year’s harvest. She hoped she could encourage some good growth. With the grapes she did manage to grow
and harvest, she hoped to experiment and come up with some new blends.

She couldn’t wait for her dad to get over his broken leg so he could help her when it came to harvesting the grapes. Good thing she happened to be visiting him when he
had fallen. She tried not to think the surprise on hearing she’d broken her engagement. Or that said former fiancĂ© was going to receive the Golden Wine
award for the wine she’d created. Had caused her father to lose his balance on the ladder and fall and break his leg.

Jordan forcefully shut off the water. She wasn’t going to think about her loser ex. Or any man
for that matter. The only important male person in her life was her father and she planned to keep it that way for a long time. She wasn’t going to be fooled by a handsome face again.


She shoved the shower curtain aside and screamed.

Oooh, readers, I'm intrigued! Okay, here's Nicole to tell you about a FAB series she already has out!

Hi, readers! What happens when your one night stand turns up at your workplace? Or a former lover you haven’t seen for a decade walks into your life and makes you question everything you do? Or just weeks out from your wedding a former flame declares his love for you and you start to think what if?

These are the situations faced by three friends—Sophie, Dawn and Phoebe in my Lover’s Unmasked series from Crimson Romance. These books are all on sale for $1.99 on Amazon.

Here’s the blurb from each of the books in this series:

Masquerade

After being humiliated by her fiancee, Sophie Franklyn has decided that getting involved with work colleagues and men in general isn’t for her. Now her focus is going to be on her career and her recent promotion. That is until at a New Year’s Eve masquerade ball, she meets a man that tempts her to question her choices.

Alex Scavoni is extremely dedicated to his job, so dedicated that his first marriage crumbled under the pressure of his dedication. Now he’s happily single, with a new job he’s excited to start. When he meets a masked Sophie at the ball, she fires desires in him he thought long dead. He spends a wonderful night with her, but wakes up alone.

The next time the two meet, it’s in the high pressure world of Emergency Room medicine where they must work side by side. While they deal with the stresses of the Emergency ward, they endeavor to keep their feelings for each other on a professional nature. When the desire that pushed them together that one night flares to life again, can they ignore them or will their one night together have consequences neither of them planned on?

Rescuing Dawn

He helps save lives, now he wants to save hers.

Dawn Granger has loved and lost and it’s a road she’s not prepared to travel again - that is until her past turns up and has her questioning her resolve.

Andrew Holmes has sailed the globe numerous times, but when he almost loses his life, he decides he needs to give something back, so he returns home and trains as a paramedic. When he runs into his former sweetheart he is surprised to find an attraction he thought dead come to life. When he sees Dawn’s sadness, he knows he will do anything to make her smile again.

Dawn tries to resist Andrew but their past pulls at her in ways she thought long dead. Can she trust a man who ran out on her once before? Can she risk putting her heart on the line again? Or will it all be taken from her again?

Seducing Phoebe

Phoebe Fitzgerald is about to marry a wonderful man - that is until her ex turns up and declares his undying love for her. Confused about her feelings, she calls off her wedding to Marco Petronelli.

Marco knows his offer to wed Phoebe isn’t a love match, but he cares for her and believes the compatibility they share will be enough to sustain their marriage. He is forced to admit his emotions go far deeper when Phoebe calls off the wedding, and now he will do almost anything to make her realize they are meant for each other.

Can he convince Phoebe that their relationship is worth saving? Or will secrets from both their pasts be too much to overcome?

There’s also a bonus short story in the Melt My Heart collection called “Trapped by Cupid”. In this short story Nurse Lisa Wheeler wouldn’t mind getting swept off her feet this Valentine’s Day, but it seems Cupid’s arrow has passed her by. Instead, she’s stuck working the late shift with arrogant Dr. Noah Collins. But when this couple gets stuck in a stalled elevator, it turns out the ER’s golden boy might just have a secret soft side - and Cupid might have better aim than she thought.

You can get your copies of the Lovers Unmasked series & Melt My Heart from Amazon

Lovers Unmasked: http://bitly.com/1zn66gF
Melt my Heart: http://amzn.to/1E6F8vE


Monday, February 23, 2015

#NewRelease ~ Texas Wishes Box Set!

EEEK! Hey, everyone! It's release week here on the blog and you know how much I love a release week. I'm especially excited for this because this will be my first solo box set. My publisher has put all three of my Texas books into a single box set ~ and you can pick it up for just 99 cents (and only 77 cents on Amazon)! Seriously, y'all, that is a great deal. If you haven't read my Texas books, its a great chance to read some fun, sexy, cowboy-filled contemporary romances.

Here's a little bit more about the books:

Blurb: 
Kristina Knight turns up the heat under the Texas sun with three cowboys ready to rope your heart and the feisty ladies who wrangle them. Enjoy a boot-stomping good time with these captivating couples.

What a Texas Girl Wants: The last thing Jackson Taylor wants in his life is a down-to-earth girl like Kathleen Witte, so why did he just wake up next to her on a Mexican beach with a ring on his finger? Once they’re back in Texas though, this all-business marriage might just turn into an all-consuming love.

What a Texas Girl Needs: Matias Barnes knows all about society women like Vanessa Witte. It’s part of the reason he left his wealthy family behind and took a job on a ranch. But while Mat knows she’s so not right for him, can he resist her charms long enough to really let her go?

What a Texas Girl Dreams: They are opposites in so many ways, but the more veterinarian Trickett Samuels gets to know footloose and fancy free Monica Witte, the more he wonders if he can convince this Texas girl that having roots will only help her soar higher.

What Reviewers Are Saying: 

"Filled with enough drama, suspense and passion, this is one romance story that will keep your interest as Kathleen and Jackson's love story unfolds" ~ Jersey Girl Book Reviews, What a Texas Girl Wants, 5 stars

"What a Texas Girl Wants was a fun read. Kristina Knight did a fabulous job with this story, it had the right amount of sexy & emotional to keep me engaged to the end" ~ What a Texas Girl Wants, Harlequin Junkie, 5 stars

"I love when a cast draws me in so much I stay up way past bedtime to see how they'll get themselves out of their troubles. Vanessa was a riot, Mat was a hunky mystery, and I actually *cared* about all the secondary players in the background" ~ RomCom Lover, What a Texas Girl Needs, 5 stars

"Kristina Knight doesn’t hold back on the sass, emotion, and passion, keeping her readers riveted right up until they reach The End" ~ Aimee Carson, author of Secret History of a Good Girl and How to Win the Dating War

"This book is hot, steamy and entertaining" ~ Harlequin Junkie, What a Texas Girl Dreams, 4 1/2 stars

"What a Texas Girl Dreams is a fast, passionate beach read, perfect for an afternoon by the pool" ~ Manga Maniac Cafe, 4 1/2 stars

Buy the Box Set, it's only available for a limited time: Amazon  Barnes & Noble  iBooks

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

#WhatIWroteWednesday ~ Karen Sue Burns!

Hi, All! I'm back with another edition of What I Wrote Wednesday. I am having so much fun with this project, especially because some author friends are stopping in to share what they've been working on. Today my friend, Karen Sue Burns, is stopping in with a sneak-peek at her work in progress and she's also giving us a peek inside her latest novel. Here we go!

Karen's work in progress: Death by Merlot – Book 1 - Coyote Cove Mystery Series

It’s a universally known fact that a woman who hesitates is avoiding the inevitable. The click of Ava Flowers high heels slowed on the brick walkway as she threaded her way through the side garden of her parents’ home. She checked her watch, right on time. Reaching the step, she stopped to gather her wits and her sense of propriety. She sucked air into her lungs, exhaled slowly and moved forward. I can do this.

“Hey, Jimmy, how are you?” The skirt of Ava’s charcoal halter dress swooshed around her legs as she entered through the back door.

“Mrs. Flowers, good to see you again. Party should be a doozy.”

She walked through the kitchen, her favorite room, as she’d early on developed a serious love for cooking and enjoyed many lessons from Miss Lois, the family cook. A hint of cinnamon clung to the air as she waved at her mother’s favorite caterer. Jimmy and his crew had probably worked than one hundred events over the past twenty years. Yes, her mother liked to party … for a charitable cause.

She made her way through the butler’s pantry and the dining room to circumvent her parents located near the front door. They had an old fashioned notion that the host and hostess had to greet each and every guest as he or she entered their home. Ava didn’t want to deal with them until she had a drink, a chance to relax, and viewed a friendly face. Habits, good or bad, formed after years of dysfunctional parent-child interaction were hard to break, even for an adult.

She scurried to the bar in the den as fast as her three-inch heels could navigate the marble floors. Her favorite bartender was there, pouring drinks and wine.

“Adam, how are you?”

“Jus’ fine, Mizz Flowers, you want the usual?”

“No, I think I’ll start with a glass of white wine.” She turned away from the long oak bar and surveyed the small crowd in the elegantly decorated yet comfortable room. Her mother was a professional at turning mismatched design elements into a cohesive, eye-catching whole. Ava recognized everyone in the room. She needed to increase her circle of friends, no, acquaintances.

She turned back to the bar as Adam placed a glass of wine in front of her.

“Check this out,” he said. “I think you’ll like it.”

Ava tasted the wine, not sweet but not too dry. “You have good taste, I like it.”

“I thought you might,” Adam said, stacking small napkins in a spiral configuration on the bar. “I’ll turn you into a white wine drinker yet.”

“What? I don’t believe that.”

Ava turned at the sound of Abby’s voice, grateful to see her big sister.

“Damn straight,” Ava said. “I’m now open to new and exciting things.”

And now for a peek into Karen's latest release, Crazy for Home – Book 2-Texas Ghost Stories:

It’s an accepted fact that a child’s toy left in the middle of a kitchen floor does indeed have the potential for disaster. Maggie Todd held a freshly made apple pie in her hands and turned toward her oven. She stopped short at the miniature soccer ball directly in her path. “One mess avoided,” she mumbled, kicking the potential for disaster out of her way. She placed the pie on the preheated oven’s center rack, closed the door with a satisfied sigh—one pie down, one to go.

Without fanfare, she turned from the oven, took a couple of steps, and tripped over the very same ball. She hit the floor hard, simultaneously releasing a string of mild curses.

“Are you hurt?”

She looked up from the humiliating position of flat on her butt. An extremely handsome man stood in the middle of the kitchen, one masculine hand stretched toward her.

“I saw you go down.” He leaned in to extend his hand even further. “Please, may I help you?”

She reached for the broad palm and muscular forearm. His fingers closed around hers and she felt the warmth and security of a Rocky Mountain fire in the middle of a long winter. He pulled her upright.

“Thanks.” Maggie rubbed her hands together to keep from massaging her slightly sore backside.

“No problem.” An amused look graced his face. “No one was up front so I came back here when I heard you fall. I’m Alex Brady, I have a room reservation.”

She blinked as the realization hit her. This man was the six-month guest reservation and three hours early? This man, with his gorgeous blue eyes and dark wavy hair, was her newest guest? She brushed hair back from her face, wishing she hadn’t left the front door unlocked. She hated that he’d caught her unprepared and appearing unprofessional. She wiped her hands on her jeans and immediately jumped into the role of innkeeper and hostess.

He circled a hand over his chest and pointed an index finger at her. What? She looked down then turned her back to him. The top button of her blouse had come undone, displaying the plunging pink lace on her bra. She sucked in a breath, corrected the situation, and turned around, determined to ignore the adorable grin on his face.

“Mr. Brady, welcome to The Blue Barn Inn.” She untied her “Kiss the Cook” apron and hung it on a hook inside the pantry. “If you’ll follow me, I’ll show you to your room then we can get your luggage.”

“Lead the way.”

Back Cover Blurb Crazy for Home 

When the worlds of a reluctant innkeeper and a former video game creator collide, stars explode over Texas, a ghost settles his past, and two lovers find their forever home.

The ghost of Robert Graham has haunted The Blue Barn Inn, a B&B in Brenham, Texas, since the 1920s. He becomes “friends” with Maggie Todd, the new innkeeper and oldest daughter of the Inn’s owners.  She is intent on renovating the property, without her parent’s approval, so that the Inn will sell quickly and she can then return to her life in California. Maggie didn’t consider the pull of small-town Texas or the charm of new boarder Alex Brady, a successful video game creator turned Ph.D. candidate. Alex quickly falls for Maggie but the arrival of her ex-boyfriend sends him into a tailspin. One problem after another threatens the Inn’s future and any hope of a relationship for Maggie and Alex. Will the stars over Texas align so that two hearts can discover their destiny?

Buy The Book:  Amazon  Barnes & Noble  iBooks

All About Karen Sue Burns:

Karen Sue Burns has been a writer since 8th grade. Her former job as a CPA has provided interesting experiences: travel to Rio de Janeiro, London, and Oslo, auditing wine bottle glass molds in California, and taking a helicopter to a drillship off the Texas Gulf Coast. Now she spends her days living out her passion--writing mystery novels sprinkled with romance. She enjoys cooking and creating recipes so her heroines do the same. All of her indie anthologies and novels include one of her favorite recipes. Readers may contact Karen via the Bio/Contact tab on her website. Check out the Recipe tab while you're there!