Spring For Love Blog Hop

It’s going to be a wonderful weekend! The temperature here in Nashville is warming up and Easter is just around the corner. To celebrate the ground finally thawing, flowers beginning to bloom, and the start of a new season, we’re holding a blog hop and prize giveaway. Join us – spread the word – and make sure you enter for a chance to win one of TEN great prizes!

My author spotlight for today is Layne Macadam:

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Jessica Butler-Reid’s life is predictable— boring. The daughter of a Minister and his aging wife, she sees her life heading down the same dull monotonous path as her mother’s, organizing church fetes, bazaars, and bake-offs.

It seems destined to stay that way until her innocent Internet friendship with Australian cattle rancher Whip McGregor, develops into a no-holds-barred Internet affair.

So when Whip invites her to his property on an all expenses paid holiday, despite the doom and gloom prophecy from her best friend, she leaps at the offer, believing it’s her one shot at the adventure of a lifetime. Little does she realize though, her acceptance of his invitation is the catalyst that puts more than one life in mortal danger and changes her life forever.

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Meet Layne Macadam

I live on the beautiful east coast of Australia with my husband, two dogs and a cat named Bob. I have a full-time job with a degree in history and I’ve always been an avid reader with a vivid imagination. So writing romance seemed a natural progression for me, and of course, I love a happy ending. Although daunting, once I actually started tapping on the keys, the words kept flowing and before I knew it I had written my first book. I write erotic romance, contemporary sci-fi and paranormal, with thoughts of doing a historical in the not too distant future.

When asked what her favorite thing about spring is, ” Spring is my favorite time of year. The air is fragrant with the flowers in bloom, the grass is green and the days are lengthening so it’s goodbye to winter chills and heavy coats and hello to swimsuits and sunglasses.”

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Red Pump Romance Reviews

NEW Red Pump Final2One of the things I love about Collette’s writing is her total immersion into the period. Some authors tip toe around the historical elements, peppering their writing with just enough to be accurate for the critics. Collette, on the other hand, writes as if she lived it. Everything from the setting details to the smallest phrase a secondary character might say is spot-on and makes the reading experience spectacular.

If you’ve just found Collette Cameron, you’re just in time. Triumph and Treasure is the first in a brand new 6-book series called Highland Heather Romancing a Scot.

Angelina Ellsworth follows her heart, only to be jilted by a bigamist and sent away from Boston, MA to live with her aunt and uncle in England. Hiding away in the country, pretending to be widowed to excuse her pregnancy, she tries to keep scandal away from her loving family. No more romance – never marry again – one by one Angelina makes herself a set of rules to live by. But when her hero literally arrives on horseback to help her down from the tree she’s climbed, saving her from a raging bull, what’s a girl to do but fall in love with her knight?

When the Marquis of Bretheridge returns to his family estate, desperation sets in at the ruin his father left behind. The last thing he needs, while taking care of his sick mother, is an arranged marriage, to a woman he’s never met, that’s carrying another man’s child. But sometimes fate has plans we don’t understand, but have to trust, to find happiness.

You’ll have to read the book to know how all this, plus a triple rainbow and turtle-doves, all fit together. Triumph and Treasure will have you hooked! And while you’re waiting for book #2 in the series to come out in 2015, you can go back and read her original trilogy.

5 RED PUMPSTriumph and Treasure gets 5 Red Pumps!

CoverA disillusioned Scottish gentlewoman.
Angelina Ellsworth once believed in love—before she discovered her husband of mere hours was a slave-trader and already married. To avoid the scandal and disgrace, she escapes to the estate of her aunt and uncle, the Duke and Duchess of Waterford. When Angelina learns she is with child, she vows she’ll never trust a man again.

A privileged English lord.
Flynn, Earl of Luxmoore, led an enchanted life until his father committed suicide after losing everything to Waterford in a wager. Stripped of all but his title, Flynn is thrust into the role of marquis as well as provider for his disabled sister and invalid mother. Unable to pay his father’s astronomical gambling loss, Flynn must choose between social or financial ruin.

When the duke suggests he’ll forgive the debt if Flynn marries his niece, Flynn accepts the duke’s proposal. Reluctant to wed a stranger, but willing to do anything to protect her babe and escape the clutches of the madman who still pursues her, Angelina agrees to the union.

Can the earl and his Scottish lass find happiness and love in a marriage neither wanted, or is the chasm between them insurmountable?

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About the Author

Wendy Herrington pen name Collette Cameron

Award winning, Amazon best-selling, and multi-published historical romance author, Collette Cameron, has a BS in Liberal Studies and a Master’s in Teaching. A Pacific Northwest Native, Collette’s been married for thirty years, has three amazing adult children, and five dachshunds. Collette loves a good joke, inspirational quotes, flowers, the beach, trivia, birds, shabby chic, and Cadbury Chocolate. You’ll always find dogs, birds, quirky—sometimes naughty—humor, and a dash of inspiration in her novels. Her motto for life? You can’t have too much chocolate, too many hugs, or too many flowers. She’s thinking about adding shoes to that list.

Author Links

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https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7047979.Collette_Cameron

Magnificent Monday

It’s an honor to spotlight fellow Soul Mate Publishing author, DeAnn Smallwood. Check out her Author Page on Amazon for more of her historical novels, as well as her suspense/thrillers under the pen name of D.W. Woods.

One Shingle to Hang by DeAnn Smallwood

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Everyone knew Lil Wentfield would never marry. What man would want her? Granted she was a real beauty.

A woman with too much knowledge was at risk for insanity. Their fragile mind couldn’t handle it. That’s what Lil had been told when she went against convention and became an attorney. The 1800’s had fewer women lawyers than women doctors. Her pride knew no bounds when she hung her shingle—L.M. Wentfield, Attorney At Law.

Drew was a struggling cattle rancher, building a fledging Hereford empire. He was working toward that goal when he was accused of rustling and faced possible hanging. He needed a lawyer—a good one—a man. Chesterfield had one lawyer—a new one—L.M. Wentfield. He wasn’t prepared for a beautiful blonde with a sharp tongue and fiercely won independence.

Lil had no homemaking abilities. Her love was the law. And if the thoughts of the gray-eyed cowboy, who had the audacity to refuse her legal help stayed in her mind, she’d push them aside. She had nothing to offer a rancher . Even her wealth wouldn’t be considered an asset to a prideful man. And Drew Jackson was proud. So proud, he knew he couldn’t ask a woman of Lil’s stature to share his life—but he wanted to—from the moment he’d stolen that first kiss.

 

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An Excerpt

A loud knock broke into her thoughts. “Come in,” she called out.

Nothing happened, then another knock. “Please, come in,” she called again.

Getting no response, Lil came around her desk and, with some irritation at the interruption, jerked open the door, nearly toppling the tall man who held the doorknob on the other side. He muttered something under his breath, and tried to regain his balance only to bump into Lil, throwing her off stride. She stumbled backwards and would have fallen if not for the man’s quick reaction. He grabbed Lil and, wrapping both arms around, pulled her to him. Then, in a parody of the two-step, he danced her to safety.

Lil felt herself falling, then rescued by two strong arms. Not only was she pulled up short, but she was wrapped tightly against a rock hard chest, her nose buried in the man’s damp shirt. A very pleasant smell greeted her nose. The scent of summer rain and witch hazel. She found the masculine odor intoxicating.

Neither moved. Then Lil raised her head and looked into a pair of dancing gray eyes. His arms never relaxed their grip; in fact, they seemed to tighten around her as his mouth twitched, then broke into a smile.

“Didn’t expect to end up with a beautiful woman in my arms. For a moment there, I expected to land on the rug, Ma’am. With you alongside me,” he added with a chuckle.

He loosened his grip and gently pushed her away from the warmth and safety of his chest. Lil stepped back, feeling as though she’d just had something precious taken from her. She realized her hands still gripped his arms. Like a hot potato, she dropped them and turned away from the man’s disturbing presence. Like a fox heading for her den, Lil scurried behind her desk and gratefully lowered her trembling body onto the waiting chair.

With the desk between them, she was once again in charge. “May I help you?” she asked coolly, hoping the tremble in her voice went unnoticed. “I called come in not once but twice.”

“Sorry, Ma’am. Guess I didn’t hear you. I was just fixing to open the door when you did just that. Are you okay?”

“Yes.” Lil answered with no desire to elaborate. “I—I appreciate you catching me. Now,” she hurried away from that topic, “to repeat myself, how may I help you?”

He smiled, as if knowing her thoughts. Walking over to the desk, he removed his hat and stood with it in his hands. “I apologize for dripping on your floor, but it’s raining like hel—, uh, like heck out there.”

Lil tried not to look at how the ends of his eyes crinkled when he smiled. She focused instead on his hair, black and shiny with rain drops glistening on the wavy strands not covered by his hat. She didn’t realize she was staring at him until he shifted from foot to foot.

“Ma’am?”

“Yes,” Lil answered, pulling herself back to reality.

“What I’m here for is to see L.M. Wentfield, Attorney At Law.” He pointed at the window, in the direction of the sign.

Lil nodded. “Yes,” she said again. At this rate, he’d think she only had a one word vocabulary.

The man tilted his head to one side. “Could you direct me to L. M. Wentfield, Ma’am?”

“Of course I can. How may I help you?”

Two small furrows appeared between the man’s eyes. He peered closer at her. Perhaps he needed to try another approach.

“Ma’am, could I speak with your husband?”

“There is no husband,” Lil said with a hint of asperity.

 

About the Author

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I live in Colorado with my husband and my two Yorkie kid dogs: Stormy, four pounds, and Eli, six pounds. I’m a native of Colorado, but I’ve lived several years in Wyoming and Montana. I draw from these beautiful states for most of my books. My Western Historical Romances are: Montana Star, Sapphire Blue, Unconquerable Callie,  Wyoming Heather and One Shingle To Hang.  Tears In The Wind is a contemporary romance. Then I changed genres from my beloved romances and wrote, under the pen name of D. M. Woods, my first suspense/thriller: Death Crosses The Finish Line. The second book in this ‘death’ series, Death Is A Habit, came out January 8, 2014. I am currently working on the third book in the ‘death’ series, Death Walks C Dock.  I am also working on another  Western Historical Romance, Montana Man. It features the characters readers came to know and love in Montana Star. Truly, I mean it when I say my greatest pleasure next to writing is having my books read and enjoyed. There are many more stories just waiting to be written.

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