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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Magic of Books- Laura Strickland


STARS IN THE MORNING
Landmarks Series

by Laura Strickland

Genre: Historical Romance, Americana




Accused of ruining Mae Ballard and faced with a shotgun wedding, Jefferson Lind knows exactly who’s to blame. He’s been taking the fall for Jedediah’s sins as long as he can remember. Mae’s a shrieking shrew, and he hasn’t seen Jed, his identical twin, since they worked digging the Erie Canal together. If he’d been ordered to marry Mae’s sweet younger sister Rosie, instead, he sure wouldn’t complain.


Rosie’s the only member of her family who believes Jeff, and she’d go to any lengths to free him from her sister’s clutches. But when Jedediah turns up with violent thugs on his tail, things quickly grow more dangerous. Gamblers from Buffalo seize both sisters as hostages, prompting a daring impersonation. Can Jeff and Jed shed their troubled past and win the hearts of the women they love?





She poured some of the septic powder she'd brought into the basin. "Let's get you cleaned up first, eh?"


A few of the scrapes were deep. Clearly he'd had a go at washing them off and done a poor job. The next few moments were painful to both of them. Rosie hated hurting anyone, except maybe Mae. Her sympathetic agony, however, was offset by the sheer pleasure of touching him.


By heaven, to have such a man beneath her hands! He smelled like sunshine, fresh air and tangy male, and it went straight to her head.


She concentrated on separating herself from the feelings surging through her and failed completely when he suddenly raised his hand and touched her cheek.


"What happened to you?"


All sense had gone out of Rosie's mind; she had to search it to remember.


"Oh, that was Mae."


"Mae?" His tawny eyes narrowed between their swollen lids. "She hit you?"


Rosie smiled ruefully. "She did."


"Nasty baggage. She left a bruise."


"Don't worry about me, Mr. Lind."


"I think you should call me Jeff, don't you? Seeing as how you're the one person in the world who believes I’m not a liar."


"Jeff," Rosie repeated, suddenly breathless.


"My misbegotten brother is Jed—Jedediah and Jefferson." Humor tinged his voice. "I'm called after the great president."


"Lucky you."


"Never been lucky, no not me." His eyes looked into hers, dodging nothing. "At least, I never was."








Award-winning author Laura Strickland delights in time traveling to the past and searching out settings for her books, be they Historical Romance, Steampunk or something in between. Born and raised in Western New York, she’s pursued lifelong interests in lore, legend, magic and music, all reflected in her writing. Although she enjoys travel, she’s usually happiest at home with her husband and her "fur" child, a rescue dog. Author of numerous Historical and Contemporary Romances, she resides within walking distance of the Erie Canal.




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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Magic of Books- Petie McCarty


BETTING ON CINDERELLA
The Cinderella Romances, book 2

by Petie McCarty

Genre: contemporary romance





Garrett Tucker inherits his grandfather's casino empire and steps into the reclusive billionaire's shoes as the "Prince of Vegas." His first act is to buy a bankrupt casino in Biloxi. When he discovers embezzling in his new operation, Garrett goes in undercover. His prime suspect is the new finance supervisor—the spitfire brunette who stole his heart at first sight.


Andi Ryan moves to Biloxi to care for her godmother and takes a job as finance supervisor for the renovated Bayou Princess casino. She discovers someone is skimming from the till and starts her own investigation, worried she will be blamed for the theft when the new owner discovers her godmother has a gambling addiction.


Garrett's rival Vegas competitor has sent a spy in to ruin the Bayou Princess, and Garrett and Andi are forced to work together to prove her innocence and discover the identity of their casino spy.




Garrett mentally kicked himself. He had gone and scared her.


Too much. Too soon. 


But he couldn’t make himself move. He could lie here forever with Andi in his arms.


She wriggled from his grasp to sit up. “Um . . .”


“What?”


She looked too uncertain.


Not good. 


He was okay with, “Not now, but maybe later.


“I can’t,” she whispered.


Good thing he was sitting down. The jangle of fear that hit him could have knocked his knees out from under him.


“Can’t or won’t?” he forced out. No maybes on this one.


“Both.”


What the hell? Can’t and won’t?


All his uncertainties flooded back. Flora had said Andi and Peters were just friends. Was that friends with benefits? And what about that damn Drakos pawing her last week? No, he wouldn’t let those doubts crowd them here on the couch.


“Too soon?” he tried.


“Partly.” She looked away, and his heart sank amongst the growing heap of doubts.


“There’s someone else,” he said flatly, working to keep his expression blank and the hurt at bay.


She met his gaze square on then, no doubt trying to muscle her courage. “There’s something I should tell you.”


Damn.


“I’m—” She exhaled hard. “—no good at it.”


What? Is that all?


He fought back a grin of pure joy. “I’ll give you lessons.” He pulled her back for another kiss.


She shoved at his chest. “No. I don’t think I should.”


She flinched at his expression, and he worked to smooth his scowl.


“Go ahead. Spit it out.” Even he didn’t like his tone. “You’re sleeping with someone else, right?”


He should have done his homework before he went off half-cocked with all the flowers and balloons, trying to woo her.


“No, and I should slap you for that, suggesting I’m loose enough to go out with you while sleeping with someone else.”


“Then what the hell is it?” he shouted, forgetting all about Flora at the back of the house.


“I’ve never done it before!” she shouted back.


“What? Slapped someone?”


“No, you jerk. Slept with someone.” This, she didn’t shout.


He froze, right down to his heartbeat, and stared at her bright-pink cheeks. Could it be? Was she? A virgin?


“Holy smokes,” he wheezed.


She stared at her untouched glass of wine. “I’m not saying you and I will never,” she said softly.


Relief, warm and desperate, allowed his muscles to finally move. He gently traced the line of her cheek with his finger, a lump forming in his throat at the touch of something so rare and priceless.
“Glad to hear that.” He brushed his lips across hers, light as a whisper. Once. “My little sweetheart.” Twice. “My precious—” Three times. Always a charm.


“You’re not mad?”


Those big blue eyes stared up at him with an innocence that made his too-experienced heart ache with emotion.


“Mad?”


Should he tell her he wanted to go outside and howl his joy at the moon? To yell to the world what a lucky son of a gun he was? His Andi would be his Andi—proprietary, like his stock portfolio. All his. No one else. A primal sense of possessiveness overwhelmed him.


“No, sweetheart, not mad. Glad,” he managed, then tugged her close and let his kiss show her exactly how he felt.


“When you’re ready,” he said against her lips. “Only when you’re ready.”


He had finally said and done the right thing, for she grabbed his shirt and laid an eye-crossing kiss on him.







Cinderella's fairy tale moves to Jupiter Island, Florida where Lily Foster, owner of an eclectic landscape nursery, is mistaken for a wealthy socialite by billionaire resort developer Rhett Buchanan. Overdue for a little romance in her life, Lily is anxious for one fabulous date with her handsome prince, so she cultivates her inadvertent masquerade.


Rhett Buchanan has become jaded with the Palm Beach social scene, dominated by scheming women desperate for more money -- his money. Rhett falls hard when he meets Lily Foster. She is a breath of fresh air after the smog of gold diggers constantly surrounding him.


For Rhett and Lily, it's love at first sight until her deception comes to light and pitches their relationship into a disastrous tailspin. Well-meaning friends are determined to intercede and resort to inept high jinks to reunite the estranged couple while a wicked ex-girlfriend plays dirty to keep the couple apart.





Petie spent a large part of her career working at Walt Disney World -- "The Most Magical Place on Earth" -- where she enjoyed working in the land of fairy tales by day and creating her own romantic fairy tales by night, including her new series, The Cinderella Romances. She eventually said good-bye to her "day" job to write her stories full-time. These days Petie spends her time writing sequels to her regency time-travel series, Lords in Time, and her mystery-romance-with-elements-of-suspense series, the Mystery Angel Romances.


Petie shares her home on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee with her horticulturist husband, a spoiled-rotten English Springer spaniel addicted to pimento-stuffed green olives, and a noisy Nanday conure named Sassy who made a cameo appearance in Angel to the Rescue.


Visit Petie's web site online or her Facebook page.