The Winner’s Circle….

Now that the last blog hop has been completed for a few weeks, I’m pleased to report who were the lucky winners. Congrats go to:

Misha E who won a free autographed copy of Someone to Watch Over Me for the “Freedom to Read” Giveaway Hop.

Mona G who won a $10 Starbucks gift card and a free digital copy of Someone in the Midsummer’s Eve Giveaway Hop.

Sharon R was also a winner of a free autographed copy of Someone for coming by and commenting on my blog at The Write Authors. (I one of a team of authors who will be blogging there regularly. Each week an author in the group will write a blog and offer a prize. We all write different types of fiction so please feel free to come at www.thewriteauthors.com and leave a comment to be entered to win the weekly prize!)

Angel who won a $10 Amazon gift card on the “Take a Bite Out of Summer” Blog Hop.

In the upcoming weeks, I’ll be posting excerpts from the next book in the Sonoran Security Series, Playing with Fire and running some fun giveaways, so check back soon.

Fireworks!

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Fireworks! With this blog taking place over the 4th of July holiday weekend I toyed with what to talk about. Freedom to read? Yes, absolutely, but what do I want to read. Given when this giveaway hop happens, the word “fireworks” quickly came to mind.

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As a writer and reader of romance novels, I look for fireworks. That moment when the hero and heroine meet and despite a totally the appropriate “business handshake”, the sizzle of fireworks takes place. That moment when, even though both may deny it, things aren’t quite going to be the same from this point forward. In my romantic suspense, Someone to Watch Over Me, my heroine, Morgan Kennedy experiences fireworks when she first meets Shawn Randall. Unfortunately for her, he had a much better poker face and she couldn’t discern if the feeling was mutual.

Excerpt:

She heard Stella open the door and say, “Shawn, thanks for coming.” Her friend’s voice dropped, and Morgan could not make out the low masculine reply. She cocked her head to the right in hopes of catching more of the conversation. The discussion paused and within moments Stella entered the room with a man following her.

Morgan studied the man and an electric crackle sizzled through her. The only experience she had with security personnel were the middle-aged, paunchy guards who came to the store to pick up money and jewelry for transport. This man was a whole different breed of animal. He moved with a quiet grace as he scanned the surroundings, taking them in, before focusing on her. His dark brown hair was cut short, and the dusting of gray at his temples lent an air of experience about him.

His eyes were crystal blue and had an edge to them which left her with the impression that they missed little and had seen much. For a brief moment, a flicker of appreciation appeared as he studied her. Almost instantly, the expression faded, and cool analytical detachment replaced it. Morgan’s mouth went dry. She didn’t know anything about him, but from the “don’t mess with me” aura he exuded, she’d bet he was former military, police, or both.

He extended his hand. “I’m Shawn Randall from Sonoran Security. How can I be of assistance?”

Morgan stepped forward and shook it. “Morgan Kennedy. I’m glad to meet you.”

A small smirk broke on his lips and the irony of what she had said hit her. He took her hand. Attraction and nervousness sent an adrenaline surge coursing through her. She searched his eyes, hoping for an indication he had the same reaction, but he regarded her with calm scrutiny.

I’m being studied like some insect. She pulled back and crossed her arms defensively. Taking a shaky breath, she wondered what she should say next. Just give him the facts.

She willed herself to stay calm as she explained, “I’ve got a stalker. I don’t know who he is, but this morning he vandalized my car. This afternoon, he sent flowers to my home as an apology. The police haven’t been terribly encouraging. I don’t know what to do.”

There. She said it. A short, simple, direct reply. Morgan blinked as she fought to hold back the tears.

Would you like to win a free autographed print copy of
Someone to Watch Over Me?

All you need to do is comment and let me know what is your favorite Fourth of July activity is. If you would like to have more than only entry to win, you can sign up for my newsletter or like me on Facebook for up to two additional entries.

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Welome Midsummer’s Eve Blog Hoppers

It’s mid-July in central Arizona. Hot? Oh you bet! For most of us we run from air-conditioned building to air-conditioned buildings and will for the next several weeks. So how do you survive a hot summer?

Well, I recommend peach iced tea, Sprouts Market gelato (the lemon flavor is to die for!), and a good romance novel. You know the type of story I’m talking about. A good-looking hero, a true love kind of guy, who by the end of the story you’ll love him as much as the heroine does.

For this blog hop I’m offering one lucky winner a $10 Starbucks gift card and a free digital copy from Amazon.com of Someone to Watch Over Me.

To enter, comment and let me know what you do to stay cool during the hot summer. If you are interested in putting in additional entries for my prize, you can like me on Facebook and/or sign up for my newsletter.

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Welcome Take a Bite out of summer blog hoppers!

Welcome to the Take a Bite out of Summer Blog Hop. Don’t you just love the fruit and veggies that summer brings us? I do. Suddenly, cucumber and tomato salad is “on the menu” and the summer fruits such as watermelon, cherries, peaches, apricots, plums, and grapes.

I live in central Arizona so June, July and August are hot. I mean really hot! Appetites tend to back off a bit and cool fresh fruit simply hits the spot and often is the go -to dessert around our house.

In Someone to Watch Over Me, both the hero and heroine are people who can cook. Although neither of them mention anything about summer produce, it’s a pretty safe bet that both of them are fans of the “fruits of summer”.

For this blog hop, I’m offering a $10 Amazon gift card.To enter all you need to do is comment and let me know what your favorite summertime food is. If you would like to have extra entry for my prize, you can sign-up for my newsletter.

Thank you for stopping buy and please feel free to use the link below to visit the other participating hosts on the hop.

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Congratulations to my prize winners for the Hoppy Easter Eggstraganza Giveaway Hop!
Jessica Cox took the grand prize winning a $10 Amazon gift card, and Danielle B and Michelle Willms each won a $5 Starbucks card.

In addition all three winners will be receiving a digital copy of Someone to Watch Over Me.

Thanks to everybody for stopping by and letting me know what your favorite Easter Candy is. By far and away Cadbury Eggs was the hands-down winner, however peanut butter eggs, peeps and jelly beans were also often mentioned. Goodness, I think I put a couple pounds just reading about all the sweet treats!

If you didn’t win, please watch for upcoming contests and giveaway hops. I regularly have something going on every few weeks, so check in on my webpage from time to time.

Welcome to the Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop

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Do you have fond memories of Easter egg hunts as a child? I do.

My mom went all out with beautiful colorful decorated eggs and both of my parents must have put hours into hiding candy so we could enjoy searching around and finding candies. My parents were no slouches in the “hide the goodies” arena. In fact, one year we discovered candy months later!

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This hop, I’ve chosen to offer one grand prize and two runner up prizes.

Grand Prize

 $10 Amazon gift card and a free digital copy of Someone to Watch Over Me.

Two Runner Up prizes
Each Runner-up winner will receive: $5 Starbucks gift card and a digital copy of Someone to Watch Over me

Please check on the book tab to read a blurb and excerpt from the book.

To enter all you need to do is comment and let me know what your favorite Easter candy is. If you want to enter more than once for the drawings, you can obtain additional entries by liking me on Facebook or signing up for my newsletter.

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The Leap into Books Giveaway Winner is…..

Congratulatons to Janice Crespo for winning a $10 gift card from her choice of Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble or Starbucks.

Honestly, I loved all the different books that all the contestants  were reading and I’ve penciled a few more new titles for my ever growing “to-be-read” pile.

Check back. In a few weeks I will be providing a sneak peak and cover reveal of Playing With Fire. This is the second in the Sonoran Security Series aaynd there will be more giveaway hops to come.

Welcome to the Leap into Books Giveaway Hop

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Don’t you just love starting a new book? I do. There is the brief moment when I stare at the cover, drinking in the image of the hero or heroine as if to imprint their faces before I go to the first page and begin.

Today with all the pressures and demands placed upon us from all sides, we all need a little escape, even if it is just for ten to fifteen minutes. A good book can take you away and give you a glimpse into another world and other lives. And just sometimes, make you realize that you don’t have it so tough compared to the trouble that some fictional characters must deal with.

This contest, I’m keeping the prize simple. The winner can choose a $10 gift card from their choice of Starbucks, Barnes and Noble, or Amazon.

To enter, simply comment and tell me what you’re reading now. If you would like to increase your chances you can also sign up for my newsletter or like me on facebook. If you do all three you get three entries for the gift card.

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As a special offer, my sweet romantic suspense, Someone to Watch Over Me is discounted to only $0.99 on Amazon.com. Wiith four stars, this book hit the Amazon Top 100 for inspirational romance and romantic suspense last August. To read and excerpt, click on the “Books” tab.

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Congratulations!!

Congratulations to Lisa for winning my prize for the “No Strings Attached” blog hop. She has been contacted to arrange for receipt of her gift card and book.

Please come back next month for the “Romance is in the Air” Blog hop which starts on Feb 8th.

Welcome to the No Strings Attached Blog Hop

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Don’t you love it when things come with no strings attached? When someone comes to the table with hand open, palm facing up and a warm smile that indicates that a “gotcha” isn’t coming. When I read about this blog hop, it just sounded so easy and fun I knew I wanted to participate. So, welcome!

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I’m offering a $5 Starbucks Gift card and a digital copy of Someone Watch Over Me to one lucky visitor from this blog hop. To enter for my contest, simply comment and leave your name and email address. (Free digital copies will be gifted through winner’s choice of Amazon or Smashwords where they can select a format compatible with Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Sony or Apple iBooks.)

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Morgan Kennedy is a woman with responsibilities, a lot of them. Since her father’s heart attack she’s taken over the management of the family’s jewelry store and upcoming annual charitable fundraiser. Still feeling the sting from a recent breakup, she has buried herself in work and is unaware that someone has been following her. When an accidental encounter causes her stalker to emerge from the shadows, she needs a bodyguard.

Shawn Randall fled Los Angeles and a career providing protection for the rich and famous to start again in Phoenix. He’s seen it all and has one unbreakable rule; never get emotionally involved with a client. Learning that lesson almost cost him all he held dear. However, this assignment may deliver more than he’s bargained for. Protecting Morgan may be the easy part safe guarding his heart just may turn out to be the toughest assignment he’s ever had.

Click on the book tab at the top of this page to read an excerpt.

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