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Monday, December 30, 2019

My First Christmas as VB


Late this past July, our first granddaughter was born. Now, she is five months old and we were delighted to celebrate her first Christmas. She is so pretty--dark hair and eyes, nineteen pounds of joy.

I hadn't bought Christmas gifts for any baby in a long time. I had to think what would be fun and not tossed aside. So I settled on the old standby-the farm version of See and Say. I settled my granddaughter on my lap, she actually tore paper which was tons of fun and then she proceeded to eat it. LOL, and once freed from the box, I pulled the string. She grasped it and tried to stick in her mouth where everything goes these days. I continued pulling the string and finally, her eyes bugged at the different sounds coming from the toy.

The farm animal See and Say now uses a battery and is smaller than the version my sons had. Which I like. It's easier for kiddoes to handle.

I gave some cute outfits and a crocheted fox. Who knew foxes are hot? And yes, the fox goes in her mouth.




Continue the holiday spirit with three delightful stories, full of wishes and holiday kisses--Sommerville holidays.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Excerpt: Holiday Disaster

Merry Christmas to me. Not really.

Wrapping my hands around the older-than-time plumbing underneath my bathroom sink, I yanked, hoping-praying-hoping the darn thing would loosen, and all would be saved. But no. Nada. Too darn tight.

Obviously, somebody more muscular than me was required to strong-arm the pipe free. My shoulders hunched with helpless feelings. I should have closed the drain stopper to prevent my contact from swirling merrily away after it popped out of my eye and flew in the sink.

Feeling helpless sucks big time, and I hate it.

Not a great way to kick off the holiday season.

I should have paid more attention when Dad donned his Mr. Fix-it hat and repaired stuff in the family homestead. Maybe I would have learned something valuable, something resembling Plumbing 101. But like most little girls, playtime was ten times more fun than hanging with Dad and repairing broken stuff.

What to do. What to do. Nothing I could do. I declared “surrender” and called the condo’s emergency number. Mr. Maintenance Man told me he was on his way. I hoped he wasn’t humoring me. Lying—my number one enemy.



Excerpt: The Littlest Angel

Bright and early on Saturday morning at the Sommerville fairgrounds, I slowly strolled along an aisle at my favorite flea market, pausing to look at special goodies that caught my eye. I halted when I saw a woman several booths ahead of me stoop in front of a table and drag a box to her feet. She reached inside the ragged cardboard container and pulled out something I knew deep, deep within my heart what I hoped to find for many years—a little Christmas angel.

I always hoped I would find a replacement and searched the dusty aisles of the Automobile Building, where the market set up the first weekend of every month. I dug through many a ripped carton or dirty bag and never saw anything close—until today.

Pressing my hands to my chest, I begged quietly, “Please. Please don’t take her. Please don’t.”



Excerpt: Holiday Handbag Extravaganza

What a mess.

The bell sitting on the counter above my head ding-ding-dinged in an irritating way. I huffed. Really?

Then I heard, “Hey,”—two dings—“I need help. Anybody working today?”

Despite the din assaulting my ears, I didn’t answer, and not because I was mean. Because I was a woman on a mission. I had to retrieve the hundred-dollar bill, which vanished when The Copper Teapot’s front door erupted wide with a wintry gust. All kinds of stuff tornadoed about my store, like price tags, papers, and hard-earned moola. I dropped to my hands and knees and scrambled to retrieve the mess. In today’s sucky economy, every smidgen of revenue mattered.

Sticking the ruler in the gap between the floor and the showcase, I bit my lip and concentrated, waving the makeshift tool back and forth so I could snag the elusive dinero. Another three-note ding sounded.

I rolled my eyes before sing-songing, “Just a minute, please.”

Obviously, this guy couldn’t see me crouched on the floor. His toe tapping and bell ringing conveyed his impatience. Fingers drummed above my head. I shrugged my shoulders, thinking, rats. Every customer is important. Guess I should be a responsible business owner and do the right thing.


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Sunday, December 29, 2019

Looking for a New Year's Eve Romance Read?

Check out  
Trace'sTrouble 
by Lexi Post

He tackles his trouble 
on New Year's Eve 
...literally.

Trace Williams thought he had trouble when his wife served him with divorce papers, forcing him to move to his cousin’s horse rescue ranch. But that was nothing compared to handling the female squatter he’s supposed to evict from Last Chance Ranch. Though she’s a crack shot and has no use for politeness or subtlety, her ability to communicate with animals has him seeking her out on behalf of the ranch…and himself. 

Whisper Adams lives off the grid. She cares for her invalid uncle and watches over the wildlife that finds her. The animals are more trustworthy than the people she’s encountered. So when a hard-bodied, easy-going cowboy arrives at her trailer and causes her heart to race, she’s anxious for him to leave, until he asks for her help at the ranch. 

Since they end up together more often than she prefers, Whisper doesn’t deny her attraction to Trace, who introduces her to new experiences, from riding horses to a surprising night in bed. But mixing with people, any people, opens her to new threats. This relationship might cost Trace his heart, but it could very well cost Whisper her life.

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Saturday, December 28, 2019

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Beth-Ann Miller returns to her Tennessee mountain home to find chaos erupting between her survivalist family and their shape-shifting neighbors. Her father is convinced the were-cougar clan is responsible for the murders occurring in their area and interrogates one of the shifters, Boone Evans, her childhood sweetheart. When Boone declares several members of his shifter family have gone missing including his little brother, Beth-Ann suspects someone else is behind both the murders and abductions.

Boone never expected to see Beth-Ann again. When she frees him from her father's cabin and promises to help find his brother, Boone doesn't plan on rekindling their passionate love affair or facing the pain of past mistakes. Nor does he plan on coming face to face with the man responsible for altering his family's life forever.

With men hunting the were-cougars, can Beth-Ann and Boone risk all to have a future together? Or is loving Boone too high a price to pay?

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About the Author

Tricia Schneider is a full-time dreamer who writes all kinds of romance. From werewolves and witches to Regency lords and ladies, she escapes into sensual stories where happily-ever-after is a guarantee. When she's not hard at work typing away on her laptop, she's riding shotgun in a '67 Impala while keeping her eyes open for a madman in a big, blue box.

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Friday, December 27, 2019

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Thursday, December 26, 2019

The Blue Lion: A Dark Romantic Suspense (Cape Danger Book 1)

Danger Comes in Amber: A Dark Romantic Suspense (Cape Danger Book 2)

by Tessa Carr




The blurb of The Blue Lion:

Meg Hart has been waiting for months for her ten-year high school reunion. Everything should be fun. After all, the smashing seven, the group of cheerleaders she went to school with, should be there, along with her best friend Nikki. And her dominant husband, Matt, will be at her side as well. So why is it that she feels such unease every time she thinks of going? And afterward, when things began to happen, are the memories that pop up in her dreams after the reunion significant?

Dr. Matt Hart adores his wife, Meg, in her submissiveness and beauty, and has since the first time he saw her as a patient. Their marriage has been wonderful, and he’s determined to protect her despite her poor vision. When the first girl of the smashing seven is found murdered and the others begin to disappear one by one, will he be able to protect Meg from the evil that’s happening around them? And what’s the significance of the Blue Lion in front of the old Victorian House on Country Club Lane?

Publisher's Note: This contemporary romantic mystery contains a theme of power exchange along with some graphic scenes.


Excerpts

"Yes or no—are you up for some demanding—and I do mean demanding—lovemaking?"
The smile spread, and her eyes danced. "Demanding? Depends."
A brow rose. "Depends on what?" He lifted her chin. "Have you recovered from your fall?"
"Yes."
"Do you hurt anywhere?"
"No."
"Good. Because you promised me five hours. I'm about to take every minute of it."
A giggle from her reassured him she was indeed all right, and he opened her door a moment
later. Taking her hand, he brought her out of the car and led her into the house. He closed the door from the kitchen to the garage and locked it then turned to face her. Reaching for her, he folded her into his arms.
"Prepare yourself, princess," he growled into her ear.
Meg turned in his arms. "For what?" she said in a sassy tone
He immediately picked her up and threw her over his shoulder, sliding his left hand up
under her dress. Smooth, silky thighs met his hand as he dipped it in between them, bringing it
higher. Holding her across the back of her thighs with the other, he reached further up with his left and hooked his fingers through the top of her panties, tugging them down in one swift pull.
The motion was answered by a soft moan. Once again, he reached upward and caressed the
soft cheeks, giving one a firm squeeze. She squealed.
"Now," he commanded, when they reached the top. "I'm going to set you on your feet. You
are to stand there and wait until I undress you and not move. You're to face forward. Hear me?"
She gulped. "I hear."


Excerpt 2

Holding her eyes with his, he approached her, giving the music a chance to softly start. Her
eyes were wide as she met his, and their gazes locked.
"Now," he said, moving so close to her, she was forced to crane her slender neck upward
to maintain her gaze. "My turn."
When she started to unbutton his shirt, he captured her wrists in his hands and moved them
back down to her side. She smiled, and he shook his head. "No, young lady. Don't move."
"But—"
"Shh." He rested his hand against her lips. Those luscious, perfect lips, combined with her
big blue eyes, were mesmerizing. A man could live there.
The music stepped up a bit, and he turned her around so she faced the other way. Slowly,
slowly, he lifted the hem of her top, drawing it upward and over her head. He let the garment fall
on the floor next to her and then lowered his hands to her shoulders, rubbing her soft skin gently
with his thumbs. He felt her shiver as his hands descended to her breasts. Her nipples were starting to pebble; he could feel it through the lacy bra she wore.
Working his way around to her back, he unfastened her bra and clutched it in his hands,
bringing it down and dropping it to the floor on her other side.
"Now," he commanded, "bend over and touch the floor."

Excerpt 3

A feeling of unease crawled up Matt's spine. He wasn't exactly sure where it came from,
but the thought of Meg going into the old house left an ominous cloud over his head. He frowned, looking down at her. He'd prefer she stay away from it.
She noticed. "Matt? What is it?"
He made an effort at a smile. "I honestly don't know, princess. But I prefer you not go near
the house. Or the funeral home." He shook his head. "I have a lot on my mind, that's all." He lifted her chin "I'm taking off the rest of the day. Scott's seeing my patients. Where to for lunch?"
She grinned. "You never take off work. What's gotten into you?"
He wound a hand through her long hair and brought her face upward, kissing her soundly.
"You have. Either you pick a place to eat, or I'll begin ordering you to strip, beginning now. It's
been too long."
"It's been less than twenty-four hours," she tossed back.
"My point exactly," he said, raising a brow.
The challenging glance she raised to his with those big blue eyes was nearly his undoing.
Her inviting lips curved into a slow, tantalizing smile. "I'm not hungry."
His brows rose further. "All right, then," he commanded. "Panties off.

Excerpt 4.

Matt kept his arm around her as he always did when she was about to receive discipline.
She went quietly, but he could feel her trembling. Leading her into the attic bedroom they shared, he closed and locked the door behind them. As he took her by the shoulders, he turned her to face him. Those big blue eyes almost made him pull her into his arms and instantly absolve her of everything, but that wouldn't help. She looked away with a whimper.
"No, young lady. Keep your eyes on me. I'm going to strip you naked. And then you're
going to sit on my lap and plead your case. You were nervous downstairs, and I suspect you didn't remember the whole story. I want to hear every detail. Don't move."
She gulped and nodded.
Matt pulled the chair away from the kidney-shaped desk in the corner and drew her toward
it.


The blurb of Danger Comes in Amber:

Amber Nelson has just come through a horrific experience and a divorce at the same time. The abusive marriage she suffered through has left her wounded and afraid, but now there’s a spark of hope there, too.

She hasn’t been able to forget the dominant S.A. Michael Alex Braden, the FBI agent who saved her life and sent her to safety during the last case. His last phrase to her as he raised the white sheet and whispered, "Be safe, little one," has stayed with her.

But now, things have begun happening again, and no one, including Alex, knows where they’re originating. As Amber and Alex begin to have a relationship that flourishes, can he figure out if the danger is coming from the woman in seclusion in the insane asylum or the gang in the neighborhood she was forced to rent in because she couldn't afford anything else?

Publisher's Note: This action-filled, romantic suspense story contains a theme of power exchange.



Excerpts 1.

He took her by the shoulders and marched her over to the sofa, setting her down with a
thud. Sitting down next to her, he lifted her once again and turned her to face him, straddling his lap.
"Perhaps you'd like to tell me why I saw you peeking out the front door downstairs?"
She lowered her eyes but didn't speak.
"Amber? Answer me. Did you hear me tell you what you were to do?"
Her eyes were dancing with worry. "Y-yes, sir." It came out as a whisper.
"Did you obey me?"
"I-I knew you couldn't get back in—"
"I have a phone, and I have hands to knock with. Do I not?" When she nodded, he added,
"Did you disobey me?"

Excerpts 2.

Amber gave him her most dazzling smile. "Alex?"
He frowned warily, in response. "What?"
She leaned toward him and said softly, "Let it go."
He gave a sigh. "Typical female. You try to help and she looks up with those gorgeous
green eyes, gives you a smile to distract you and tells you to go to hell."


Excerpts 3.
"I'll go," she said through muffled sobs. "I promise you never have to see me again. I'm so
sorry."
He was leaning over her, next to her ear. "What did you say?" he asked, his voice gruff.
She gulped. "I'll leave, sir."
A hard pop to her bottom took her breath away.
"You'll do no such thing."
She gasped at his stern voice. "B-but you're so disappointed in me."
"I'm disappointed in what you did. Not in you. There's a difference, and we'll work through
this. Understand me?"
There was hope? Whispered sobs escaped again, and she shook her head.
Alex reached down and turned her, bringing her into his arms. "Listen to me, babygirl. I'm
disappointed that you failed to be truthful with me, and I'm extremely determined that you'll never do it again. Ever." His voice was becoming softer now. "But I still adore you. Is that possible for you to understand?"

Excerpts 4.
She knew her disappointment was visible as he took his hands and framed her face.
"And I'll tell you something else, my adorable girl. If I allowed myself to take advantage
of you now, I'd be as big a beast as your ex-husband was. It's hard to keep from it; you have to
know that."
"I want you to," she whispered.
He pulled her back against him, holding her tightly from behind. "And I want to. But it
wouldn't be right. I have to let you heal, at least some, from all the pain he gave you. I need to feel that you trust in me—"
"I do trust in you—"
"No, listen to me. You have to know what I'm capable of and what my reactions will be,
and that takes time. Are you listening?"
"But—"
"Shh." He put a hand to her lips, silencing her. "You need to know what to expect of me.
What happens if you squeeze the toothpaste from the wrong end? What if you forget to make the bed? What if we don't have what we need for supper? You know what he would have done; you experienced it. But me? You don't know me yet, little one. We have to give each other time. There are things we need to discuss."
"All right." She struggled against him, but to no avail. "What happens if I do squeeze the
toothpaste from the wrong end?"
"That's what happens."
She shook her curls as she tried to glare over her shoulder at him. "What?"
"You squeeze it from the wrong end. That's what happens. That's all that happens. Who
cares which end it's squeezed from?"
She paused, thinking. "That's all?"
"That's all."
"And what if I forget to make the bed?"
This time, he turned her to face him. "I don't make it half the time. So what?"
"Really?"
He rolled his eyes. "Don't believe me? Forget it today. You'll see."
Her eyes danced in thought. "And what if I don't have everything we need to make supper?"
He studied her face. "Did I say you'd have to make supper?"
"No, but—"
"Do they have food at grocery stores? Restaurants? I'll be helping to cook. This is as much
my responsibility as yours. Next question."


Author Bio:

Tessa Carr has been writing since she was a child, and entertaining her friends with stories about them. In the back of her mind, however, always lurked stories about romance filled with mystery, and adventure. Being a Navy brat and moving frequently to new places and meeting new people brought on new stories that hovered in her mind.

The excitement of it never went away. Even today, those stories still hover. She loves writing historical, and for many years has written romantic historicals with Blushing Books Publications as Pippa Greathouse, but recently has begun the new genre of erotic contemporary mystery, suspense-thrillers that often involve the Highway Patrol, FBI and police and Sheriff’s Departments.

Tessa’s facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/tessa.carr.940
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 The Blue Lion: A Murder Mystery Romance (Cape Danger Book 1) 

Reviewed in the United States on November 11, 2019
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase

My applaud to Ms. Tessa Carr for an amazing page-turning thriller.  The story has a large number of characters to keep up with; it is a mystery, suspense, with danger, and more.  It is also a story that is the relationship of several couples, but especially of Dr. Matthew Hart and his wife, Meg.

The story will start with Meg anxiously preparing for her ten-year high school reunion and then attending and meeting up with most of her friends.  As one of the cheerleaders, she is part of a group of girls that were dubbed, the smashing seven.  Ten years later, and there is still cattiness by one, and the more that Matt sees and learns, the less he is amused. 

“One of my responsibilities, princess, is to keep you safe.  It’s one I treasure.  But in order to do that, you have to be honest with me.  Doesn’t that make sense?”

The plot will include the missing of one of the smashing seven who didn’t attend the reunion, and then lunch invitation to Heather’s restaurant, The Blue Lion.  Soon after, the horrific death of Chelsea has everyone on edge, and then one by one, the girls are coming up missing.  It is enough to have Matthew and his wife, Meg, and Dr. Scott Stone and his wife, Nikki, to accept a safe place at the home of Lieutenant Mason Wallace and his wife, Stacy, who attended school with them.

The chemistry between Matt and Meg is a beautiful love story that includes a D/s DD marriage. He gently pushes her boundaries when he knows it is for her own good.  I love the way he talks to her, encourages her, and there is no doubt, he adores her.  Keeping her safe is his priority when the girls go missing—and after what happened to Chelsea, he knows this killer is dangerous. 

The story will keep the reader guessing, in suspense, and on edge as life and death hangs in the balance.  Will the killer strike again?  With the disappearances of several of the smashing seven, who will be the next target?  Will the case be solved before it is too late?

Danger Comes in Amber: A Dark Romantic Suspense (Cape Danger Book 2) 

Reviewed in the United States on December 19, 2019
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase

Once again, Ms. Tessa Carr penned an amazing page-turning thriller that continues from the first story in the series, The Blue Lion.  The story has some of the characters from the first story; it is a mystery, romantic suspense, including danger, and more.  The second book focuses on Amber Nelson who has recently divorced her abusive husband, Kenneth.  It was a five-year marriage that wasn’t with love, it was torture and abuse, and multiple trips to the ER.  She walked away from the marriage with her life and freedom, but nothing else. It was during her six-months in witness protection that she discovered herself, and knew she needed to start over.

The plot will have FBI agent Alex Braden, who was undercover for years and played the role of the mute, Grant.  He could not contact Amber during the trials, but now he wants to check up on her.  I love how he is a gentle giant of a man, yet, he can be firmly strict and loving.  He will contact Amber but makes her promise to contact a friend, share his information so that she will feel safe with him.  It doesn’t take long for Alex to discover enough about her present situation, the dangerous neighborhood she lives in, and the dominant in him takes over.  He knows he must protect Amber, even if it is from herself. He is upfront with her from the beginning of his dominant nature, and they even discuss domestic discipline.  He will learn from her, that Kenneth’s form of verbal and physical abuse was referred to his right to spank her, and it was never spankings, but violent beatings and beratings.

“There are two things you’ll learn about me.  One is I mean what I say, and two, I say what I mean.  Okay, make that three.  I don’t compromise when it comes to the safety of those I care about.”

The story is the relationship that develops between Alex and Amber, and it includes them entering into a domestic discipline relationship.  One that he wants to keep sex off the table until she is comfortable, but one she pursues with him almost immediately.  She will learn quickly that his word is law, and he expects to be obeyed, but his discipline is always loving and fair. He will show her that safety is a big issue with him, especially with too many situations happening involving her.

The story has mystery, suspense, danger, and life and death moments.  Yes, it has the good, the bad, and the ugly of people.  With plenty of love and support, Amber will learn the difference in people, those who care, and those who love her.  The story will continue with bits and pieces from book one, and yet, it is another completely different story too.  How far will one evil person go to destroy another?  How far will one loving man go to prove himself as worthy of a woman? With two different men, as opposite as the East is to the West, and one precious lady in the middle, the pages will turn as the mystery unfolds.

With this being a new series, Cape Danger, I eagerly look forward to the next story. 


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Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Tired of the Holidays Yet? Refresh and Renew with these Twisted Christmas Tales by Suz deMello (#TwistedChristmas #ChristmasRomance)

Okay, it's the most wonderful time of the year, but by this afternoon many of us will have had it up to our eyeballs with family, friends, and phony Christmas cheer. It's time to retreat to your favorite book nook with a pet on your lap and a good read.

I've written three sexy shorties appropriate to the season...but with more than a few twists...or should I say kinks?

And whether you prefer historical, paranormal, contemporary or futuristic, I have something to tickle your, uh, fancy.



Genre and setting: Historical with a touch of vamp...Scotland, Yule Eve, 1260

A Viking raider with mysterious powers brings change to little Clan Kilbirnie, 
especially to the chieftain’s daughter Rhona.

Reviews include:

Five Stars! A short but delightfully sexy read.
--T.B. Cooper, Amazon

Five Stars! Interesting, fun, exciting and so much more.
--Sherry Westendorf, Amazon

Find it on Amazon for a nifty 99 cents!

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Genre and setting: contemporary erotic romance,
New York, USA

Shelbie Nathanson resents Rick Saldano's ascension to C.O.O. of her family's shoe company, a job she's wanted all her life. But she can't resist his red-hot, sexy style of lovemaking--one that focuses on her passion: shoes.

What others have thought of an earlier edition:

“Deliciously hot!”
--Author Justine Elyot

“This book was great…very believable fun story…Thanks for the quick romp.”
--Black Disaster Fairy

“Five stars…brought me into a world I don’t have a clue about. Very well-written short story.”
--Kurt Wannanut

99 cents at Amazon

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inside this book you'll find, not only Toe Cleavage (above) and another steamy holiday tale...

The Moon Maiden’s Mate

Genre and setting: futuristic romance, Luna, 2114 

Lunarian law requires 24-year-old Shayna Goldstein to marry before she's 25. She's dated everyone in New Brooklyn and rejected them all—Gideon Landers, the first man who kissed her, haunts her memories, preventing her from loving anyone else. Desperate, she consults a matchmaker, who sends a reluctant Shayna to Farside Colony to meet her mate.

The commander of Farside Colony, Gideon Landers has never forgotten Shayna. That he's been matched with her is a dream come true, but will she be willing to live in the remote colony?

~*~

“This was a really fun story... Read it!”
--Dana Busenbark

The six-story collection is on Amazon priced at $2.99

Enjoy a twisted Christmas!

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