Posts Tagged ‘romantic suspense’


This story began with a rough and rocky start. A woman was getting beat–again–by her alleged boyfriend. It left a sour taste in my mouth and I almost stopped reading right there. But I reasoned there was hopefully nowhere else for the plot to go but up, so I turned another page.

To be honest, it was hard to swallow and I wondered why this woman–the story’s heroine–was staying for yet around round of abuse. After a flip of the page, she has left the sod, apparently for good. I let out a ragged breath and turned the page again.

Lauren McCray left Michigan in a haste, fleeing the vile and completely hate-able Clint Jackson. She eventually crosses enough state lines to run into Chase Montgomery, a slow drawling rancher you can’t help but instantly stumble into. Or fall for

Grammatical errors abound, which distracted from the read. It is a good story but I felt it could have benefited from another round of edits. The suspense was tight, the characters–especially the secondary ones–well-developed, and the story line moved along at a nice pace.Yes, there are rustlers involved, and I won’t spoil it except to say it was not exactly who I thought it might be. And there is very fast romance between Lauren and Chase. Personally, considering her terrible track record, I thought she ought to wait a bit before dashing off to love-land with Chase, but sometimes it just happens that fast. And Chase is just the protective rancher that you want to cuddle with and start your day with, and definitely end you day with.

Overall, “Rustlers and Romance” was not a bad book to read, fairly short at 129 pages, and worth spending an afternoon or evening curled up with.

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I am super excited to share my upcoming release with Soul Mate Publishing. Entitled “Upon the Tide”, and scheduled to launch May 18th. A suspenseful novel with thrilling romance and unexpected danger on the high seas. Love this cover…


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Tossed together by happenstance, fleeing for their lives and falling in love under the Caribbean sun as paradise turns deadly.

New York fashion designer, Piper Kincaid, simply wanted a pleasant vacation in Florida with her cousin. That was before she and handsome beach bum, Kade Wyatt, become the targets of a gang of robbers and killers. Fleeing for their lives aboard Kade’s big boat, they experience risk, surprises, mystery and romance during the Great Caribbean Boat Chase. However, the biggest surprises are waiting for them back at port.

Offered beginning May 18th by Soul Mate Publishing, through Amazon.com.


I can’t help but think that sounds like a super summer beach read. Or anytime read, for that matter. In honor of this most recent release, I want to giveaway this sterling silver sailboat necklace.  (say that five times fast)


Isn’t that pretty? .925 Sterling silver hammered sailboat charm on an 18 inch silver chain. Made in Thailand. (Sorry, shells not included). I really want to give this to some lucky person. I also have a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card to give away to another lucky reader. This would be electronically sent to the winning email address.

All you have to do to qualify is leave a comment below and ask to be added to my newsletter mailing list. I will need an email address to qualify. If you already are on the newsletter list, just leave a comment, with email, and tell me you already signed up. You’re still in the running to win either gift.

Here is a tantalizing snippet from “Upon the Tide”:

“Good, because I was hoping you’d cook once in a while.”

“With no takeout as an option, I guess I’ll do what I can. There’s no underwear here though,” she finally said, surveying the pile of clothes.

Snapping his fingers, Kade returned to another drawer, withdrawing two ladies’ bikini briefs swinging off his finger. He couldn’t help but feel a blush of color touching his cheeks.

“They’re clean, if you’re interested,” he offered softly.

As she reached for them, he read the question in her eyes. “Do you really want to know?” he asked, handing them over.

“No, not really. Thanks for the . . . um, loan.”

Adding them to the pile, she turned to leave, her eyes falling on something black on the floor. “What’s that?”

Scooping it up, Kade’s face went even redder. As nonchalantly as possible, he dropped the black G-string back into the drawer. “Too big for you.”

“Curious,” she commented, holding the clothes pressed to her. “I recently saw a man wearing one of those. Just like it in fact.”

He arched his brows. “Really? Wherever at?”

“A place called the Beach Crab. My cousin took me there the night before all this started.”

He nodded. “And did you like it? And this man wearing one of these?” A faint grin played on his lips, amused at the color flaring in her cheeks now.

She nodded. “He was . . . interesting.”


Here is the fine print details of the giveaways: Offered to two separate winners are one sterling silver sailboat necklace to be mailed to physical address and one $10 Amazon gift card to be electronically delivered. To qualify, reader must leave valid email address in comment section, asking to be added to newsletter mailing list or stating they have previously signed up for newsletter mailings. Email addresses will be checked for validation. Winners will be chosen at random and notified by email. Giveaway contest dates will begin (Tuesday) May 10, 2016 and end midnight, May 18th, 2016. (Wednesday) Winners will be notified by private email. Sailboat necklace winner will have to provide a physical USPS address for delivery of prize. Initials of winners will be posted on author website.

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