Wednesday, December 1, 2021

December Giveaway from N.N. Light

 How is it possible the December Giveaway has started! It's curl up with a book month!
50 prizes and one could be yours to brighten your holidays. 
                  Enter Contest Here

            You could win an e-copy of 
    Cowboys, Cattle, and Cutthroats, 
          A Beverley Award Finalist. 

Ochessa is heartbroken when she finds her brother fatally wounded. His dying words are about a childhood puzzle box, missing legal documents, and a drifter named Nicodemus Breedlove. Ochessa vows to find Will’s murderer—and the man Will described.

   No stranger to trouble, Nic's only concerns are his Stetson, his mule Sadie, and a long awaited chance at retribution. After gaining Ochessa’s trust, and taking the job she offers, life gets more complicated.  

    Back on the ranch in Colorado, Ochessa works as hard as any man. Then Nick tempts her into playing even harder as a woman—both are overwhelmed by their growing love for one another. 

    Weathering a stampede, a gully washer, and a pack of outlaws, they locate the killer. As Nic’s quest for justice, and Ochessa’s vendetta for Will playout, bullets fly...                                

         Not everybody’s gonna make it out alive.

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Monday, November 29, 2021

Writing and Weaving share more than the letter W

Recently, I've become obsessed with weaving. Haven't been this fired up about anything in quite some time. But it really started twenty years ago when I began rescuing farm animals. My first two critters were Cowboy, a big Nubian goat from a petting zoo, and Precious, an angora goat confiscated from a terrible situation. 



   Having grown up with a hamster and small dog, taking care of larger animals was a pretty big leap. I was also a recent widow, so there was a great deal of sorrow to learn to live with as well as adjusting to being on my own again. Thank goodness the goats saved me rather than the other way around.

 I moved to a patch of land and fell down the rabbit hole to a new world of farm terms, experiences, responsibilities, and people. 

            

Precious, the goat, was afraid of being sheared with an electric clipper, so every year I would cut her mohair off with a scissors ( for safety the tip was blunted). To accomplish this took several hours, a very patient goat, and some oldies on the radio in the barn.   

At the time, I had no immediate plans for the fleece, but I washed, dried and saved it by the bagful. 

Also during this time of great transition, I pursued my dream of writing and publishing romance novels. I'd been writing for what seemed like forever. Being published proved to be another struggle full of disappointment with a huge dash of discouragement. 



                          

Then in in 2009 my dream came true. One month before I turned sixty, my first book The Dragon and The Rose sold to the Wild Rose Press. Best birthday present ever. 

During the next twelve years and fifteen books, my wonderful Precious grew old and passed away. Another heartbreak. But I always kept those bags of hair. 

   Now, as my desire for something new in my life reared it's head, I looked at all that beautiful mohair and thought...I need to learn to spin and weave goat hair! So here I was again jumping into something foreign yet exciting. 



  After taking classes at the Longmont Yarn Shoppe, my VERY patient instructor Sara, brought the joy of weaving to my world, and one day I realized writing and weaving have several similarities. After all, you can spin a yarn, weave a tale, or follow the thread of a story. While weaving your mind is free to wander elsewhere conjuring great ideas for your next book, or solving a problem in your current endeavor.  




   When I write I use the planner and pantser (seat of your pants) approach to writing. When weaving there is somewhat the ability to use this approach. You need to know the general idea of the project and how much yarn to buy, but as you weave you can vary the pattern or colors just as in writing you can change the storyline, add characters, or even surprise yourself with a new ending. Both processes can be exciting and full of unexpected results. 

    Now when I lie awake in the middle of the night,  rather than always thinking about plot points and character arcs, I wonder about weaving techniques and "what ifs" for the next pattern I may want to try.  A picture or scrap of conversation can ignite the foundation for a new story, and seeing patterns and color combinations while out and about can spark ideas for a new pattern to weave. Both can be a joy and a frustration, but both have given me so much. 

                   Line by line a book is written, 
                  Row by row a scarf is woven.  


My books are dedicated to those I love and those who have made my world a better place in which to live and grow. And whether spending hours and hours weaving or writing, in the end I hope I create something which will give happiness to others. 

I think maybe I need to buy a spinning wheel.....

                  






Monday, November 1, 2021

November Giveaway.

                 Just in time for a cozy read by the fireplace. 

                  Almost 50 prizes to chose from!

You could win a copy of The Dragon and The Rose a Medieval romance with historical accuracy and yet a Celtic mythical twist!

Four Stars: a masterful job of plot and character development /Between the Lines

This is an ENCHANTING story!/The Long and Short Review

Rifkin is immensely knowledgeable about the story’s time period/ Romantic Times Book Reviews 

                               

Blurb:
England 1100 A.D.
A Norman warrior—seeking land rather than love.
A Saxon good-faith hostage—seeking freedom and restitution.
 
     Sir Branoc Valtaigne, ordered to Northumbria By King William II, fights to keep peace along the Scottish border. A formidable battle-tested warrior, he honors his vows to God, king, and country, but a young woman’s smile may prove to be his undoing.
 
     Martanzia Verheire, tricked into standing as good faith hostage for Flanders, seeks freedom from castle Bamburgh and love from Sir Branoc. As she clings to the Celtic dragon statue given to her by her mother, she leads them all to the brink of an era where true magic will be gone forever but where dreams can still come true. 


“Before this game is over, old friend, you shall know the fury of the beast you have created, and you shall tremble before his might. I will champion this day,” Branoc vowed, “and conquer all of my tomorrows.”

“Neither God nor man shall deliver unto this earth a dragon more formidable than the one known as Valtaigne.”

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Thursday, October 7, 2021

Beverley Award Winner 2021 Undercover Outlaw

  So thrilled and honored  
  to win this prestigious award.   

            

                            Best historical of the YEAR!

 
Jesse is determined to track down the man who killed his brother in cold blood. Impersonating an outlaw, his quest for justice becomes a living, breathing, part of his soul.
 
Trinity is heading to Denver to escape her vicious guardians. When her stagecoach is robbed, Jesse kidnaps her, and all her well-laid plans collide with his, leaving them both in danger.
 
Trapped in Prairie Ridge by a flood, Jesse and Trinity's feelings soon run as high and wild as the river. When Jesse is accused of murder, Trinity stands by his side, and they take on the town's tyrannical leader. As the city cowers in fear, help comes from an unexpected source, but can it save Jesse from a hangman's noose?

 Available at these fine outlets Grab your copy now!

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Friday, October 1, 2021

October book giveaway has begun.

                Over 50 authors participating.

 Enter contest here

                   You could win an e-copy of 
                       TRAPPER'S MOON. 
   Still Moments Magazine Reader's Choice Award. 
              5 STARS from Reader's Favorite. 

As a free trapper, mountain man Kade McCauley is wary of the Hudson Bay Company. Their form of vengeance against those who are not part of the company can be deadly. 

When he and his partner are attacked, he fights back, only to discover one of his shots struck an innocent. A woman who touches his soul, and he will do anything to keep her safe. 

While searching for her Native American tribe, Blind Deer crosses paths with Kade—with near fatal results. Once she is patched up, she decides it is safer to travel with him than alone.

  Their uneasy alliance turns to genuine caring, but Blind Deer's past gets in the way, and she must choose between love or old obligations. 

But nothing in life is carved in stone except the mountains, and those formidable peaks have been known to change the course of a man's life—or a woman's.

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Wednesday, September 1, 2021

September Giveaway has begun!

 

Start your challenge to read a book a month 
by entering N.N. Light's contest. 
                    You could win a copy of my 
                          Victorian Love Story 
                                Lady Gallant 

   Disowned by her father and still mourning the death of her fiancĂ©, Josephine Posey joins Florence Nightingale’s brigade of nurses bound for the Black Sea. Thousands of British soldiers desperately await these angels of mercy and a new life awaits Josie. Amidst the chaos of death and despair, she finds a spark of hope, lighting the flame once more inside her soul.

    In search of the truth, Garrick Allen, one of Britain’s first war correspondents also journeys to the Crimean Peninsula. To him the soldiers seem all but abandoned by Queen and country, and as he smokes his cheroots and makes friends with a bottle, he writes his bold but honest dispatches for The Times.  Not wanting anything more than to finish his job and go home, Garrick is blind-sided by a nurse with attitude who offers him a new slant on life and a reason to love.

                           Enter contest here 

Praise Lady Gallant from Long and Short Reviews

    Garrick is the perfect hero for Josie. He is the classic tough guy with a soft heart. I loved watching his tough exterior slowly melt away to reveal the caring man underneath. Josie is not only strong, but resourceful. With even the most basic necessities in short supply, Josie manages to procure food, firewood, and even medical supplies in order to care for her patients. The characters are relatable and the romance is touching. I highly recommend it to any fan of historical romance.

 Praise for Lady Gallant from Still Moments Magazine

Set during the Crimean War, Lady Gallant provides an interesting look into history during the time of Florence Nightingale and the war itself. The setting is gripping as each scene shows the sadness and horrific side of battle and loss. The characters are sweet, compelling and caring. Their relationship shines through the story. If you want to get lost in history with a good romance, this is the book for you!

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Monday, August 30, 2021

Cherry Red new from Darlene Fredette

 
5 stars for this fun and tasty read.

Blurb: This summer, ice cream entrepreneur Carly Redd's only focus is expanding her business—until she's coerced into attending her ex's engagement party. Showing up without a date is unthinkable. She reluctantly agrees to be escorted by her brother's co-worker, although doing so breaks her rule of not dating firefighters.

The daughter of the town's fire chief should wear a Do Not Touch sign, but firefighter Noah Harding's interest blazed the moment he saw Carly. Agreeing to be her fake boyfriend is a no-brainer, but convincing Carly to trust him with her heart is harder than extinguishing a fire.

Overstepping the platonic-only rule is as dangerous as fire and ice swirling into a tempting combustion.

A great addition to the Wild Rose Press--One Scoop or Two series

First of all, what a fun cover. This is a perfect little read to cuddle up with during the approaching Fall days. And it features ice cream and firemen…what more could you want?

The story brings together Carly Redd, who runs a local ice cream parlor, and Noah “Blaze” Harding, a fireman who runs her heart rate up. 

Her father is a fireman, her brother is a fireman, and the guy who broke her heart was a fireman. Three strikes against Noah before he can even say “Hi”.  But fate brings them together when Carly is roped into attending an engagement party for an Ex, and Noah is volunteered as her date. 

Carly has sworn off personal involvement with firemen, but how can she say no to handsome, thoughtful, and fun to be around Noah?  With the fire chief and Carly’s brother warning him off as far as dating her, maybe she won’t have to worry.  

But Noah is persistent, just what we expect in our heroes. And although Carly has a few doubts about herself and her future, she also finds the courage to take a chance personally and professionally. 

 How they both overcome the obstacles, self-made and otherwise, offers a good story with ice cream experimentation and a motor cycle thrown in for good measure.

 I always enjoy Darlene Fredette’s writing, and although a quick read, the characters were well developed and showed growth. A happy little escape 

Amazon link

  Author Darlene Fredette, resides on the Atlantic Coast of Canada where the summers are too short and the winters are too long. 


An avid reader since childhood, Darlene loved to develop the many 
stories coming to life in her head. She writes contemporary romances with happy-ever-afters. When not working on her next book, she can be found with her husband, her daughter, and her yellow Labrador. Darlene favourite pastime is taking summer day-trips to the Valley to soak in the small-town feel.



Wednesday, August 18, 2021

NetGalley readers FATAL RECALL available for review.

                 

   Hudson Kincaid prefers the wide-open spaces. But tracking down a serial killer means hanging out in Denver as he investigates neuroscientist Dr. Marilyn Monrose. So far, he can’t figure out if she’s city kitty in high heels, or a country kitten in cowgirl boots?

   Marilyn’s experiments using ramped up virtual reality, captures the final moments of each murder victim’s life, a chilling discovery she’s trying to keep secret. The last thing she needs is a determined private detective barging into her lab—no matter how sexy he looks in his Stetson hat.

   When word of her research is leaked to the press, Marilyn becomes the killer’s next target.   

  Now the woman Hudson races to save, is the one who has stolen his heart.    

                                At NetGalley here

 She never dreamed her experiments 
               could help the police.

 
   She never dreamed her experiments 
        would lead the killer to her door. 




Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Free now on NetGalley * IRON HEART

         Iron Heart available now for your review.

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    England: circa. 879 A.D.

    With the heart of a warrior and the soul of a poet, Faran Kilbraun travels far from home in search of the sword and shield of his ancestors. Protecting the ancient relics was his responsibility. Now, to regain his honor, he must recover the stolen artifacts and battle a life-long enemy. 

     Following the accidental death of her cruel husband, Leanora Wrenn is wrongly accused of his murder. Forced into exile, a small north shore island becomes her lonely refuge—exoneration her only hope.

      When Faran discovers Leanora's remote sanctuary, both their lives are changed forever. Comrades-in-arms, they fight side by side for their chance at redemption and love. 

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Sunday, August 1, 2021

Fatal Recall 5 Stars from Reader's Favorite

               Thank you Lesley at Reader's Favorite. 

                https://books2read.com/u/mdD0Pw

  Fatal Recall by Gini Rifkin tells the tale of Private Investigator Hudson Kincaid as he tracks down an elusive serial killer in Denver, Colorado. So far, the killer has left no clue about his identity and always seems one step ahead of the police. Kincaid must use all his experience to find the killer before he strikes again. His one lead is Dr. Marilyn Monrose: a neuroscientist whose virtual reality headgear enables her to relive the final moments of each victim.

Although Marilyn is drawn to Kincaid, she is far from impressed when he descends into her laboratory and begins to intrude on her research. She is determined to keep any details of her experiments confidential and makes Kincaid aware of the danger she would face if any of her research was leaked. As Kincaid's investigation deepens, Marilyn's work is disclosed to the media, and Kincaid’s journalist ex-girlfriend appears. The betrayal leaves Marilyn as the new focus for the killer, and it's up to Kincaid to save her.

Fatal Recall by Gini Rifkin has a gripping plot that will keep your attention throughout. The descriptive narrative is of an excellent standard, portraying a really dark and sinister atmosphere suited to the best crime novels. I loved the characters of Kincaid and Marilyn; the chemistry between them was excellent and their relationship developed perfectly. The scenes where Marilyn used the virtual reality headset added a very interesting layer to the plot. I also thought the backstory for Kincaid was superb as it gave us a clear insight into his thought processes.

There were so many moments of tension and I thought the scenes where we gained an insight into the cold and detached emotions of the killer were absolutely gripping. His disturbed, psychotic mind and his love for his cat, Princess, gave me goosebumps. The introduction of Kincaid’s ex-girlfriend, brought another layer of intrigue to the plot too. With its many twists and turns, I would highly recommend Fatal Recall.

Hudson Kincaid prefers the wide-open spaces. But tracking down a serial killer means hanging out in Denver as he investigates neuroscientist Dr. Marilyn Monrose. So far, he can’t figure out if she’s city kitty in high heels, or a country kitten in cowgirl boots?

Marilyn’s experiments using ramped up virtual reality, captures the final moments of each murder victim’s life, a chilling discovery she’s trying to keep secret. The last thing she needs is a determined private detective barging into her lab—no matter how sexy he looks in his Stetson hat.

When word of her research is leaked to the press, Marilyn becomes the killer’s next target.  

Now the woman Hudson races to save, is the one who has stolen his heart.   

                       Grab your copy here...  

             https://books2read.com/u/mdD0Pw