Introducing Author Madison Michael!

I am thrilled to introduce wonderful author Madison Michael.

In her own words:

“I am a total sucker for a sweet romance. Most weekends will find me watching a Hallmark movie or two and then talking about it on my blog.

In fact, I believe in fairy tales, Cinderella stories to be precise. In fact, Cinderella circa 2016 inspired my Beguiling Bachelor series, especially the first book in the series, “Bedazzled”. I love strong, smart women, but I couldn’t resist writing about the billionaire version of Prince Charming. In fact, I created four of them – friends from good families, well-educated, handsome, wildly successful and sexy as hell.

I thought I would introduce you to my most recent entry in the series. “Bedeviled” Introduces us to Alex and Charlotte, two brilliant people who are adept at keeping secrets.. When an accident drives Charlotte into Alex’s welcoming arms, the two begin a balancing act between drawing closer and keeping the other at arm’s length.”

Bedeviled

Beguiling Bachelor Series

Book 3

by

Madison Michael

 

BLURB

Charlotte is on the run…

Charlotte Roche escaped dangers lurking in Boston by accepting a job in Chicago. A new name, a new beginning – all built on lies. Thinking she is safe, Charlotte drops her guard and sets her sights on her ruggedly handsome and wildly sexy running partner, Alexander Gaines. Can she advance their relationship from the track to the bedroom and still maintain her charade, or will Alex’s probing questions pierce her carefully rehearsed story?

Alex, with unrevealed secrets of his own, struggles to hold the irresistible Charlotte at arm’s length. But when Charlotte sustains a suspicious injury, Alex seizes the opportunity to cuddle up to the sassy beauty. Does he dare risk his reputation, his fortune, his friends, and his heart?

With exposure imminent, they appeal to their friends for help. Join Alex and Charlotte, along with characters you’ve met and loved in “Bedazzled” and “Beholden”, as they tackle the maze of half-truths and cover-ups threatening the lovers.

How can they build a bond with deceit on both sides? With malevolent forces advancing, is their love Bedeviled?

EXCERPT

 

“You look so beautiful,” he told her in a husky voice. “I have been wanting to do this all night.”

His head lowered to hers, pulling her close against him as he leaned back until all her weight was leaning on his and she had no choice but to twine her arms behind his head or the tree trunk. His lips captured her slowly, softly pressing against hers. One hand rested low, on the curve between her back and her behind. The other came up to tangle in her short hair, holding her head still as he deepened the kiss. His lips demanded response, plundering her mouth with his tongue. He tasted of expensive wine and Alex as his tongue explored the recesses of her mouth, hot and insistent. Her breasts were flattened against his rock-hard chest, her hips tight against his as he held her to him.

When he lifted his head, shadowed by moonlight behind him, Charlotte was unable to read his expression. Unsure and unsteady, she waited, catching her breath. Blood was coursing through her veins, hot and urgent. Her heart was pounding from just one kiss.

“God, I want you,” he rasped, the words torn from him, raw and insistent before he dipped his head to kiss her again. She returned the kiss, opening her lips to his insistent ones, entwining her tongue with his, increasing the pressure against his mouth as she ran her hands up into his hair. She held fast to him, feeling his hand move from her hair to the nape of her neck, down along her bare arms, tracing a pattern there with his fingers. The feel of his hands on her skin was warm, strong and sure. She had longed for his touch and now desired it everywhere.

Alex lifted his head reluctantly. “If we don’t get back in that car now,” he told her, his voice hoarse with longing, “I will not be responsible for my actions.”

He lifted her away from his body, steadied her and then hefted himself away from the tree and wrapped his arm around her shoulders to lead her back to the car.

She felt bereft without the solid warmth of him hard against her. Neither of them said a word until he opened her car door and closed it again, without allowing her inside. Instead, he pushed her gently against it.

“Sorry, I can’t make it home without one more.” Alex took Charlotte’s mouth in a searing kiss that took her breath away, sucking her lower lip into his mouth then sliding his tongue over it and into the moistness of her mouth. He kissed her senseless until she would have happily made love there in the sand, and the world be damned. She wanted this man as she had never wanted anything before.

Charlotte kissed him passionately, running her hands up and down his muscular back as she tightened her hold on him, wanting to get closer, to feel his bare skin, until finally they mutually agreed to some restraint and dragged apart from one another. He kept his fingers touching her lightly until she got in the car and he closed the door behind her.

“Jeez,” he stated with a rough chuckle as he folded himself into the bucket seat, “I hope there are no cops out, cause I am planning to break speed records getting you home.”

 

You can find “Bedeviled” and all the bachelors on Amazon.

Bio for Madison Michael

Madison Michael traded 28 years in the Fortune 500 tech world for a chance to spend her days with sassy heroines, sexy, rich heroes and nothing but happy endings. Growing up in Chicago, she spent winters cuddled under blankets losing herself in books. She still loves to cuddle under blankets in winter, but now it is with a pen instead. Summers you will find her at art or music festivals, dining with friends or in a nearby park typing away on her laptop.

Madison is the author of three novels in the Beguiling Bachelor series, as well as several short stories. She is a member of Romance Writers of America.

After living in the northeast, southeast and the west, Maddy returned to her Midwest roots. She now lives in Evanston, IL with feline editorial assistants and great views of Chicago’s famous skyline.

 

Website: http://www.madisonmichael.net

Blog: http://www.madisonmichael.net/blog

FB: http://www.facebook.com/madisonmichaelromance

GR: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15221601.Madison_Michael

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/madisonmichael_

 

Josie Riviera is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author of contemporary, inspirational, and historical sweet romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their home with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and live in an old house forever needing renovations.

Check out her latest sweet contemporary romance novel, Oh Danny Boy, available in paperback and ebook.

 

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Sha Renee Giveaway

Check out this exciting book and giveaway!

 

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A sexy Navy pilot. A beautiful Navy instructor. A relationship prohibited by military regulations. Will they end their sizzling romance to protect their careers or keep it a secret… and pray no one finds out?

Forbidden Kisses

When loving the wrong person is a punishable offense.

Forbidden Kisses is available on Amazon: http://bit.ly/ForbiddenKissesAZ

Enter the Goodreads giveaway for a chance to win a copy of Forbidden Kisses, signed by the author and a Forbidden Kisses coffee mug. http://bit.ly/FKGive2 

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When Navy pilot, Ethan Parker falls for the woman he met at a coffee shop, he knows she’s the one he’s waited his entire life for. She’s sensual, sassy and smart. What he doesn’t know is she’s also in the Navy, and her enlisted rank means a relationship with her could get him discharged from military service.

While on leave from teaching at a top Naval facility, Layla Matthews tumbles head-over-heels for the sexiest man she’s encountered in a long time. The fact that he can hold an intelligent conversation is an added bonus. Her world is turned upside down when she later discovers he’s a Navy lieutenant. A senior officer. Her new boss. Definitely off-limits.
Continuing their relationship could ruin their military careers. Ending it would break both their hearts. Will they end their sizzling romance or keep it a secret… and pray no one finds out?

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The Author

Sha Renée is a native New Yorker who joined the US Navy right after high school. She now lives in New Jersey where she creates stories on the pages where duty, honor and passion unite.

A true nature lover, Sha enjoys spending time outdoors, usually with a camera in her hands. She’s has a passion for motorcycles and sports cars and is a fan of auto racing, military air shows and The X Games – pretty much any activity with fast wings or wheels.

She hates cooking, loves music and believes every day should include a cup of hot coffee and a glass of chilled wine.

www.sharenee.com

www.facebook.com/shasplace

www.twitter.com/ShaShaRenee

www.amazon.com/author/sharenee

 

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DON’T FORGET!

Enter the Goodreads giveaway for a chance to win a copy of Forbidden Kisses, signed by the author and a Forbidden Kisses coffee mug. http://bit.ly/FKGive2 

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Six Favorite Father’s Day Quotes

Happy Father’s Day! Today I’m sharing six of my favorite Father’s Day quotes:

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.
– Jim Valvano

The greatest thing a FATHER can do to his children, is to love their mother.
– Anjaneth Garcia Untalan

It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.
– Pope John XXIII

I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.
– Sigmund Freud

A father is someone who carries pictures in his wallet where his money used to be
– unknown

Dad – Ask him when Mom says no.
– Unknown

Do you have a favorite Father’s Day quote? Please share your comments below.

And, if you haven’t picked up your copy of A Snowy White Christmas, the story of a father who didn’t know he had a daughter, pick up your copy at Kindle Unlimited today!

Josie Riviera is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author of contemporary, inspirational, and historical sweet romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their home with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and an old house forever needing renovations.

Follow her on Instagram to see her latest exploits.

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Sinbad Sails Again by Toni V. Sweeney

In this last entry in the Sinbad series, Sinbad sh’en Singh, abruptly growing tired of the younger generation’s condescension, kicks over the traces.  Taking his youngest son and a grandson on a journey to the places he and wife a Andi visited on that fateful journey over half a century before, he prepares for one last adventure…

…which doesn’t go as planned, when son Mal is abducted and find himself on the way to the Slave Pits in the Fringes.

Since this is the last novel in the series, I wanted to tie up any loose ends and answer any question left dangling in the other novels…that’s the reason for the rather lengthy story—as well as weave an adventure worthy of a final curtain call for my hero.

Bringing in characters from other stories, some now as advanced in age as Sinbad but no less active and still as adventuresome, as well as introducing some new one who are also a bit of a challenge, I’ve woven a story that I will is a great finale for this series.

I think when all’s said and now, the reader will feel satisfied with how the story ends, and will consider all his questions answered…along with having a Happy Ever After ending (for a change).

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

Toni V.Sweeney lives in Lincoln, NE where she writes SF/fantasy novels under her own name and romances under her pseudonym, Icy Snow Blackstone.  She is also promotions manager for Class Act Books and reviews books as a certified professional reader for the New York Journal of Books Online.

Sinbad Sails Again is available from the publisher’s website: www.classactbooks.com, and also amazon

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WHAT DO YOU WATCH ON TELEVISION & To Drink Vinegar or Not To Drink It?

For My Health  facebook

What do you do for your health these days? I have been drinking turmeric tea and forcing down apple cider vinegar and water. (It doesn’t really taste like pickle juice!)   Both are supposed to be good for my joints. Actually, the combination seems to help!

Television Shows

Do you watch “talent” shows?  I enjoy America’s Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars, and am checking out

World of Dance. I think it’s funny that American Idol is coming back.

Do you like reality TV, as in Real Housewives of XX? I can’t get into those! NO “adventures” into the wild for me!

Are you a fan of the show Lucifer? I watch it because of the way it is presented, as though he wants to change who he is.

Are you or have you even been a fan of Bones? I actually like that show until the graphic scenes!

Do you enjoy watching Holmes? Some episodes I like, while others leave me cold!

Please tell us which shows you watch or won’t watch!

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Oh Danny Boy

This pot of gold could hold more than they bargained for…

I am so thrilled to announce my newest sweet contemporary romance, OH DANNY BOY, is now on pre order at the special introductory price of $2.99!

Here’s an excerpt:

CHAPTER ONE

“Seamus, don’t jump!” Clara Donovan heard her own cries, the shouts resounding through the misty night air. She raced across the sidewalk toward Farthing Bridge, her gaze riveted on a horror she didn’t want to believe. Her older brother Seamus sat on the edge of a tall bridge with his head slumped in his hands, a bottle of whiskey beside him. The arched stone bridge spanned the River Farthing, connecting the town to a once-popular marketplace.

No. It couldn’t be. Her breath burned in her chest as she took in gulps of dampness and drizzle. Don’t stop. Run faster.

When she reached the bridge, she elbowed through a group of late-night revelers. Several pointed up at Seamus. “He’s off the rails!” someone shouted.

Her brother seemed unaware of the gathering crowd. He swung his legs back and forth like an underwound metronome and stared into the ice-cold river below.

She shook off the image of him on her living room floor several days earlier. He’d been passed out drunk. Should she have phoned a treatment center? No. She could fix her brother’s problems. He simply needed encouragement, surrounded by his loving, supportive family.

Seamus. Gentle Seamus. Kind and fiery-haired, quick to temper, quicker to make amends. Her heart squeezed at the scruffy, dejected man he’d become since his wife had died.

Clara put her hands on her knees and took in calm, even breaths. Quickly, she assessed the corroded pedestrian catwalk leading to the top of the bridge, the skull and crossbones sign that warned Danger.

She stared upward at her sweet brother. “Dear saints in heaven, Seamus,” she whispered. “You promised me that you’d never drink again.”

She stuffed her wool gloves into her jacket pockets and bent to lace her weatherproof boots tighter. There was no time to dash around the river to the street that crossed the bridge, and she certainly wouldn’t ask anyone in the crowd to lend a hand.

She yanked off the “Danger” sign and threw it to the ground. That pressing feeling in her chest, like she was running out of air, slowed her movements. Dragging in another breath, she grasped the slippery wet handrails and stepped onto the bottom rung of the catwalk.

“Missus, are you trained for this?” a man from the crowd inquired.

She glanced around. The man stood a hairsbreadth away. He was tall with piercing blue eyes and carried a guitar case. His dark brown hair had a reddish tinge and his navy wool jacket strained against his athletic form.

 

I hope that Oh Danny Boy will transport you to the beautiful country of Ireland.

Happy Reading!

Josie Riviera is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author of contemporary, inspirational, and historical sweet romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their home with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and live in an old house forever needing renovations.

Subscribe to her newsletter and receive a FREE sweet romance!

 

 

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Three Twisted Sisters: Texas Hill Country’s Most Famous Trio

While you can legally drive 80 mph on Texas State Highway 130, also known as the Pickle Parkway, motorcycle and sports car enthusiasts flock to three Hill Country Ranch Roads.  SH 335, 336 and 337, are known throughout Texas as the Twisted Sisters.

A stretch of one of these seemingly pleasant curvy roads starts off pretty straight, but then bucks, snorts, twists and turns in an effort to throw us like a bull in a Bandera rodeo. This is whitetail deer country, and they will pop up at the most inopportune times, like in the middle of a downhill, off camber, decreasing radius turn! Then there’s the occasional cage…they can be as unpredictable as a deer and seem to show up at inopportune times, as well.

I hail from South Carolina and from the time I got my first sports car drove the mountainous curves of North Carolina, Tennessee and northern Georgia.  These curves wind so tight you can almost hear them whine.  Recently, I returned from a visit to my son in Yorkshire.  Let me tell you there are curves in ‘them thar hills’ where you can say hello to your own arse coming around a sharp bend!

I’m looking forward to driving the Twisted Sisters Saturday with my car club.  My license plate surround says it all:  ‘Houston Miata Club – Our members love to go topless’. Another Fuzzy is visiting me, so Toni will be my navigator on this epic adventure.  I trust her to know left from right—which I do not!

Wish us luck as two Fuzzies take on the Three Twisted Sisters, a 100-mile loop twistys with beautiful scenery!

Zoom-Zoom!!

So here’s to Black Magic, his Momma and Toni Sweeney—On the Road Again…

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National Hug Your Cat Day

Today is Hug Your Cat Day. (yes, really!)  Sorry, dog lovers!

If you’re a cat lover, this is your day. However, your cat may only allow a brief hug, so make it quick!

And, June is “Adopt a Cat Month”, so if you don’t have a cat, you can quickly correct this!

Are you a dog person or a cat person? Please leave your comments below.

Exciting news!

My sweet contemporary romance novel, OH DANNY BOY, is on pre-order at the special price of only $2.99! Snag your copy today and be transported to the beautiful country of Ireland.

Happy Reading!

 

Josie Riviera is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author of contemporary, inspirational, and historical sweet romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their home with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and live in an old house forever needing renovations.

Subscribe to her newsletter and receive a FREE sweet/spicy romance as a thank you.

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Inspiration: A Bride for Prince Paul

My Kindle Scout campaign for A Bride for Prince Paul has launched.

Here is the URL: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/37BZQ1K8SCMK7

May I count on your nomination? If I get selected you will receive a free copy of this delightful book set in Paris and Rensy Island in the Channels.

After you enter your nomination and rating, please leave your name in the comments or email me at mona@monarisk.com To thank you, I will gift you a copy of one of my books from the Holiday Babies Series.

Here is the URL: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/37BZQ1K8SCMK7

To Nominate me, click HERE

A Bride for Prince Paul (Modern Princes Series Book 1) by MONA RISK

She can’t abandon her patients for his crown!

To please his dying grandfather and protect his country’s autonomy, Prince Paul of Rensy Island must marry an American doctor, descendant of a Rensian princess. Paul, a confirmed bachelor, agrees to meet Amy incognito during her vacation in Paris. Although her career and ex-boyfriend are major interferences, attraction sizzles between Amy and her ‘driver’, but the rumor of her engagement to ‘Prince’ Paul outrages her. Can he convince her that he loves her, in spite of his lies by omission?

I wrote this story while cruising the British Isles. The setting of the book was inspired by the quaint Guernsey island, an island in the Channels.

Imagine if Kate Middleton (Dr. Amy in my story) were an American doctor, dedicated to her career and her patients.

What if Prince William (Prince Paul in my story) wanted to make sure his future wife will love him for himself and not for his crown?
What if he decided to play her driver and guide, in Paris to get to know her better?
What if their attraction turns into passionate love?
What if the paparazzi haunt them at every turn? What if the tabloid magazines spoil everything? What if…what if…what if…

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A Dream Long in the Making

Back in the Dark Ages when the internet was a shiny new tool and I lived in the Sunshine State, I was working on a dark fantasy I called I, Lucifer.  This title was singularly appropriate because it is a tale told by Lucifer in first person.  In 2010, the unpublished entry took 3rd  in the SARA Merritt Contest and later won the award.

I submitted here and there without much success.  Angel books gained popularity, got old hat and began to fade from the limelight.  Though there is romance in the story, it is not a romance novel.  A few years ago, The Wild Rose Press began accepting submissions of books other than romance, and since I had established a connection with my very first editor Callie Lyn Wolfe, I sent the manuscript to TWRP…and was accepted.

Now, authors are given little say with regard to covers but I sent the cover artist Debbie Taylor a snapshot of a graphite drawing of an angel (I own the original).  She took a stock photo to create this cover.  You can see the resemblance!

Today, I sent off the final galley for Gylded Wings. It should be published in the mid-to-late Fall.   I really look forward to seeing I, Lucifer in print and hopefully doing some open mikes, reading the prologue, which I think is one of my best bits of writing.

Here’s the official blurb:

Angels in slavery? Brit Montgomery cannot believe it, until she is sent on a rescue mission to another dimension and witnesses the cruel practice first hand.  The angel, Gyldan, is the most beautiful being she’s ever seen. She is drawn to him but sometimes beauty disguises wicked secrets. This man who rocks her world seems more demon than angel.

 Gyldan, born into slavery, has one desire—fly free When he escapes to Earth, he faces an alternate self-realization full of dark glory…and disbelief. Gyldan is bent on experiencing his newfound powers unmindful of the harm to Brit or others.

Confused and hurt by Gyldan’s erratic evil actions, Brit turns away. While Gyldan’s journey of self-discovery pulls him further distant, Brit finds acceptance in a solitary, comfortable life of her own until she realizes the day of reckoning has come. Will Gyldan be her final ruin or has he come back to her with a gift more precious than life itself?

Happy Friday and Happy Trails until we meet again…Linda

 

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