Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Happy Tuesday to everyone! This is Catherine Spangler. Cassandra has asked me to post this blog on her behalf. She is out of town because of very sad family tragedy, and I know she would appreciate your positive thoughts and prayers. She's such a special person and gives so much to other authors. Let's all show her our love and support.
Cassandra certainly didn't forget about the giveaway we offered on her Friday blog about science fiction romance. Since I'm giving away the copies of Shadower, she asked me to pick the winners from those who responded to the post. So I am . . . and I pick all five of you who responded! I know I said two copies, but what the heck :-)
So here are the winners: Christy Ashland, Natasha Moore, Jerri, Cora Zane, and Pam K. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s tough to grasp a second chance at love when you’re holding on to the past.
Thanks to Cassandra for inviting me as her guest today to tell you about my new release, The Cottage Next Door. It's a second-chance-at-love beach romance and this morning, with the temperature only 50 degrees outside, I could use a little beach!
After his wife died in a car accident, bestselling author Hunter McCaffrey stopped writing—and stopped living. He’s rented a beachfront cottage to try to get his head on straight, and start the long climb up from his pit of despair.
Instead of pounding out a first draft, though, he runs the beach, drinks away his pain, and tries to ignore the vibrant woman in the cottage tucked next to his.
Still floundering months after the loss of her adventure-junkie husband, Sylvie Chase hopes some beach relaxation will help her decide what to do with the rest of her life. Instead she’s wondering what to do about her unexpected attraction to Hunter, who makes her body long for the feel of his arms around her.
As Sylvie drags Hunter back to the land of the living, soon they’re agreeing to a short fling. Just to get past their sorrow, not because it means anything. But when emotions get in the way, it’s a struggle to leave the past behind and dare to love again.
Sylvie started. Hunter’s disembodied voice sounded loud in the darkness. She couldn’t see a thing on the deck next door, but had to assume he was sitting in his usual deck chair. Had he heard her moan?
Her heartbeat slowed back down to normal. “No.” She held her breath, waiting for him to swear and stomp into the cottage for intruding on his want-to-be-alone time. Or make a sarcastic comment about what she’d been doing when she thought no one was there.
“This is my favorite time at the beach,” he said, surprising her with his deep, pleasant tone.
“Because you can’t see the hundreds of people around you?”
His soft chuckle surprised her even more. He was quiet for a moment, then said, “Partly. But there’s something about the ocean at night. Do you hear it? Right now, this isn’t the fun-loving shore where kids splash and make sandcastles. It’s more primitive.” He was silent for a moment, and Sylvie got caught up in the roar of the waves as they crashed onto the beach. The sound pulled at her, called to her.
“Think of the hundreds of thousands of years the ocean has been pounding the sand,” he went on. “Eating away at the land, reclaiming it. Taking it back into the bowels of the deep.”
Her body heated more, even with the cooling breeze. His voice rolled over her, as powerful as the tug of the waves. She’d known there had to be more to him than that angry, bitter man she’d seen so far.
“Ashes to ashes? Dust to dust? Ocean to ocean?” she asked softly.
The waves pummeled the shore for several long moments before he replied, “Something like that.”
The words she’d been thinking slipped out easier in the darkness. “I’m sure she would want you to be happy.”
“What do you know?” he snapped, but Sylvie thought his voice contained more hurt than anger.
“I know what it’s like to roll over in the middle of the night and still be surprised to find the other side of the bed empty.”
“It’s like a kick in the gut every time.”
“Yeah.” She wrapped her arms around her knees. “I still save up things I want to tell him about my day…”
“And then remember she’s not there to share those things with anymore.”
“I have to look at pictures to remember what he looked like when he was healthy and fit and eager for the next adventure.”
“I can’t remember what she smelled like anymore.” Hunter’s voice cracked. “She had this soft scent like powder and flowers and I don’t know what, but I used to be able to smell it everywhere in our apartment. It’s gone now too.”
She nodded even though she knew he couldn’t see it. “I used to sleep with one of Matt’s shirts and I cried all day when I realized his scent was gone.” Sylvie was pleased she could say that without getting tears in her eyes. Maybe she’d finally reached acceptance.
The Cottage Next Door is available today!! I hope you enjoy Hunter and Sylvie's story!
To celebrate the release of The Cottage Next Door, I'm giving away a $10 gift card to one commenter. Just tell me where you like to go on vacation? Would you pick the beach...or somewhere else?
Friday, September 12, 2014
by Catherine Spangler
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
*WIN A COPY!*
Injured in a bar fight and then stranded on a hellhole planet when her ship is stolen, smuggler Moriah Cameron finds herself at the mercy of arrogant Sabin Travers. She manages to elude him, but quickly realizes she has no good option to get off Calt, so she stows away on Sabin’s ship. Sabin discovers her just as she stumbles upon a secret that could affect hundreds of lives—a hidden Shielder colony.
Forced to take Moriah captive to protect that secret, he decides to take her to Elysia to have her memory altered. Instead of being grateful that he didn’t shut her up permanently, Moriah is infuriated about being delayed from picking up a crucial shipment. In return, Sabin resents the disruption this defiant and ungrateful woman creates in his life.
Having a strong aversion to domineering men like Sabin, Moriah manages to steal his ship and escape—after dumping him, drugged and naked, at a Pleasure Dome. Her freedom is short lived when Sabin catches up with her. He finds a way to make her pay, and she has no choice but to go along.
As they battle wills and wits across the quadrant, Moriah is shocked by her growing attraction to Sabin. But when she discovers he is also a shadower, all bets are off. She eludes him once more and heads to a dangerous but lucrative delivery. Things go wrong at the drop, and only Sabin’s major sacrifice can save her. But ultimately, it’s love, acceptance, and healing that save them both.
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* Enter to win a copy of this ebook (regularly priced at $2.99) Two lucky winners will receive an ebook copy of Shadower, the second book in Ms. Spangler's incredible Shielder series!
To enter, mention this contest with link to this post ( http://cassandracurtis.blogspot.com/2014/09/friday-finds-alien-encounters-of-steamySF.html ) on either Facebook or Twitter with the hashtags #Shadower #ebook, then come back here and let us know where you posted (your link please) so we can verify your entry! Contest ends midnight, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.** Good Luck!
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Tales From the SFR Brigade
Genre: Science Fiction Romance | Anthology
Experience love and adventure among the stars in ‘Tales from the SFR Brigade,’ a free digital anthology of eight Science Fiction Romance stories.
• A space captain discovers the cyborg she loves just might be her greatest enemy.
• A mind-wiped prostitute risks all when she recruits a dangerous stranger to help her escape a terrible fate.
• A prisoner-of-war confronts the comrade who loved her, then left her for dead.
• A space-obsessed physics teacher is kidnapped by a far-too-charming alien.
• An apocalypse survivor battles the biomech-enhanced hunter who seeks to capture her.
• A young artist must choose between her comfortable life on Earth or a war-torn space colony with her beloved.
• A daring thief is on the run from the alien law man who is determined to bring her to justice.
• A widowed rebel leader tries to save the last remnants of humanity, one stranger at a time.
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**Must be 18+ to enter. The odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. Contest void where prohibited by law. It is the participant’s responsibility to check the blog to see if their name is announced as a winner, and contact Cassandra Curtis.com in order to claim the prize. Prizes must be claimed within 30 days of contest winning announcement. If not claimed within 30 days, the prize will either be added to another contest, or a second chance drawing at my discretion. Not responsible for lost/stolen mail.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
That being said, I'm very excited that I'll be giving away a copy of Shadower by Catherine Spangler on the blog this Friday to two lucky winners! So stop back by this Friday and enter to win! www.cassandracurtis.com/blog
Friday, September 5, 2014
By Barbara Bretton
Genre: Paranormal Romance
FREE ( for a limited time!)
The CROSSE HARBOR TIME TRAVEL TRILOGY
Book 1 - SOMEWHERE IN TIME
Book 2 - TOMORROW & ALWAYS
Book 3 - DESTINY'S CHILD
Reviewers Choice Award - Best Historical Time Travel
Historian Emilie Crosse dreamed of a love that would last forever
Who knew she'd have to sail across two centuries to find it?
When her ex-husband Zane Grey Rutledge showed up at her door with a Revolutionary War uniform that was part of his grandmother's estate, neither one suspected that their lives were about to change in ways they couldn't possibly imagine.
Swept back in time to 1776 where a nation is struggling to be born, Emilie finds herself torn between two men: Zane, her ex who still holds the key to her heart, and Andrew McVie, the Patriot hero of her long-ago dreams . . . .