Romance Unlaced: Pirate (and Privateers) at USAToday’s HEA Blog via Madeline Hunter!

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I’m super excited my book was included in this great blog post Romance Unlaced: Pirate (and Privateer) Romances Enjoy a Renaissance, about pirates, privateers, and piracy in historical romance by Author Madeline Hunter at USA Today’s Happily Ever After blog!

Thank you for his honor, Lady Madeline! 😉

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#ReleaseDay ~ Securing the Handyman’s Heart by Katie Clark!

 

Raising the signal flag! It’s Release Day for Author Katie Clark’s latest book, SECURING THE HANDYMAN’S HEART, The I Do Club, Book #1. Woo-hoo!!! Sound the cannon! It’s time to partay! Cupcakes for one and all! 😉

securingthehandymansheartcoverdraftLocal cupcake queen Kayla Dobbs is feeling the heat—just as her bakery is finally taking off, her retired parents start pressuring her to move to Florida. Determined to prove her success, she takes on extra work at the bakery and fibs a little about the depth of her love life. When her mother announces an upcoming visit to meet the lucky guy, Kayla makes a pact with her friends to get a proposal from George Marks, town handyman extraordinaire. The problem is, George seems totally indifferent.

George Marks has enough on his plate with running his business, taking care of an ailing but feisty grandmother, and the possibility of a new business venture on the horizon. But when bumping into Kayla becomes a strangely routine thing, he’s surprised to realize it has also become the highlight of his days. As business spirals out of control and Granny takes a turn for the worse, he’s sure he made one too many commitments.

With a dash of matchmaking granny and a pinch of secret cupcake recipe, Kayla and George find themselves in one messy kitchen. But will they find themselves in love?

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KATIE CLARK started reading fantastical stories in grade school and her love for books never died. Today she reads in all genres; her only requirement is an awesome story! She writes inspirational romance for adults as well as young adult speculative fiction, including her YA supernatural novel, Shadowed Eden, and The Enslaved Series. You can connect with her at her website, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

 

Wishing you the greatest success with SECURING THE HANDYMAN’S HEART, Lady Katie!!!

Blessings,

Katherine

The Guernsey: Cornish Sweaters!

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I’m blogging about Cornish sweaters at Embracing Romance. Can you believe these sweaters have been around for over 400 years?

Ahoy, it’s Katherine Bone! I love to knit, especially anything with a cable in it! Recently, while researching historical information for my next book, The Pirate’s Duty, The Regent’s Revenge Book #3, I came across knitted frocks worn by fishermen and miners and the women who produced them in Cornwall.

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The Guernsey, Gansey, or jersey sweater originated in the 17th Century Channel Islands, becoming the most reliable garment for seamen and fishermen from the 17th to 19th centuries. Comfortable, popular, and dependable, the tightly-packed wool fibers, combined with a snug spinning twist and a simple pattern helped ‘turn water’ and resist sea spray like oiled skin. Variations on the patterns were passed down through generations of fisherman’s wives. Drowned men were identified by deviations of these patterns: diamonds, breaking waves, rope ladders, seeds and bars, each particular to certain areas of Cornwall. (The most complex patterns evolved in Scottish fishing villages.)

Read the rest of the post at Embracing Romance.

Eating at the Northwest Edge

Great post about life in Donegal, Ireland hundreds of years ago by Author Beppie Harrison at Romancing Yesteryear! #thestrugglewasreal

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dsc_0404County Donegal is a splendid place to visit if you’re into scenery. There are spectacular cliffs falling directly into the ocean (with small brave roads clinging to the side of them for the fearless), broad sweeps of golden beach—for those who like a gentle sun and don’t mind cold water, and beautiful vistas of hills and rounded mountains. The county is one of Ireland’s largest, and it hangs off the northwest corner of the island. Everything to its east is Northern Ireland, but Donegal is part of the Republic of Ireland, connected by a tiny strip only five feet wide to County Leitrim. Otherwise it’s surrounded by Northern Ireland and the Atlantic Ocean.

It’s always been a hard place to find enough to eat, and became harder after 1610 when the English, victorious after the Battle of Kilmacrennan in 1608, carved away what is now the city of Derry (Londonderry…

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

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0001-140371029“Love will find a way through paths where wolves fear to prey.” ~ Lord Byron

Raising the signal flag to me crew and a Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

Whether you’re sailing off on a romantic getaway or spending quality time with the one(s) you love, may your heart be warmed by the greatest gift of all . . . love.

(I’ve written two articles for my local writing chapter’s newsletter about Valentine’s Day. If you’re interested in reading them, you can find What is Love, Valentine and Flowers, The Language of Love here: katherinebone.com)

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Wishing you following winds,

Katherine

The Romance of Language: Word for the Week 1/27/17

Love books with duels!

Jenna Jaxon Romance--because passion is timeless.

Monomachy:

“A duel.” from Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language, 1755.

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Even though I’ve written about duels  in my romance novels Only Scandal Will Do and the upcoming Only A Mistress Will Do, I had not come across this term for single combat. It is apparently from the Latin “monomachia,” taken from the Greek “monomakhia” (mono=single and makhia=fighting).

duelAlthough in my books duels are usually fought with swords, by this time duels could just as well occur using dueling pistols. In fact, next year’s Only Seduction Will Do will have a duel with pistols.

As I am a big fan of Hamilton The Musical, I

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should feel remiss not mentioning that famous duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr was fought with pistols. And the American forefather seemed to be spoiling for “monomachies,” because in addition to this famous duel, Hamilton himself received/issued almost a…

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Capt. Jack Interviews Author Cathy Skendrovich and Helps Celebrate her New Release ~ The Pirate’s Bride!

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2017 is off to a great start! And today, we have a real treat in store. Jack’s back to interview another romance author. This time, he’s reeled in Author Cathy Skendrovich. Man the braces, me hearties! Lady Cathy brought her new release, The Pirate’s Bride. Pirates. Brides. Ah, this promises to be quite an adventure!

Take it away, Jack! 😉

captain jack sparrow w compassJack: Preens. “Happy to be back on deck, Lady Katherine. I’m awash with delight.” Bows then straightens effects. Turns and poses for his guest. “Ah, there’s the fine authoress Lady Cathy Skendrovich now. Welcome aboard, luv. Tis a pleasure to have ye.”  Winks devilishly and points to his rum jug. “Don’t be nervous. I brought rum. Let’s start at the beginning, eh? Everyone was born with a compass pointing somewhere. I have a compass that points to what I want most. Where does your compass point to?”

Cathy: “I was born with a compass that points to being the best.”

Jack: Jaw drops. “Kindred spirits, we are.”

Cathy: “The best student, the best teacher, the best mom, the best writer.”

Jack: “Ye have heard of me, haven’t ye?” Winks.

Cathy: “I’m highly competitive, which is a double-edged sword. You know about swords, don’t you, Jack?

will-turner-pirates-of-the-caribbeanJack: “That I do.” Brandishes sword. Demonstrates prowess. “Have ye heard of Will Turner? No?” Frowns. “No better swordsmith exists.”

Cathy: “Anyway, striving to be the best at something makes you work hard, which is a good thing. Worrying because you may fall short of your goal? Not so good. I’ve had to learn how to handle my competitive nature, to temper it with the idea that I can’t be the best at everything. I need to be happy with who I am, right now.

Jack: “Happiness is staying alive, luv.” Removes rum jug stopper and takes a swig. “That reminds me, I’ve got pieces of eight in my pocket. Significant treasure, to be sure. If ye had eight pieces with ye at all times, what would they be?”

Cathy: “Three of those pieces of eight would be my husband and two sons.”

0da1a3d2d2a377de802d786c6c4fb682Jack: Eyes widen. “Be they bewitched like the Pearl in a bottle? How do they fit in your pocket, eh?”

Cathy: “They are my most important treasures of all, and I want to keep them safe as they venture out into the world.”

Jack: “Aye. Protecting the Pearl, that I understand.” Leans forward. “I’m curious about the other five pieces of eight in your pocket. Will they fit?”

Cathy: “The other five would be: good health, because I’m not getting any younger, more time in each day so I could do everything I want, fame (from writing), fortune (so that I could take care of my family without worrying about money), and, on a more vain note, no more gray hairs!”

Jack: Peers quizzically at his own dreads. “’Sdeath and blood, that would take me vigor, the swash out of me buckle, and wind out of me sails. Speaking of sails, when did the wind take hold of yours?”

Cathy: “I think I was twelve when I first started writing, silly fan fiction stories with my cousin and sister. In high school I was editor of the school paper, and won second place in an editorial contest.”

Jack: “A well-propertied wench, eh?”

Cathy: Nods. “Then I got involved with college and work and marriage, and really didn’t write creatively at all, except for the occasional short story, one of which received an Honorable Mention in the local newspaper. Finally, in 2010, after my mom died I started thinking about writing again. She’d always told me I could do anything if I set my mind to it.”

teague2Jack: “I had a mum once.” Takes a swig in her honor. “She urged me to be like me father.” Shivers. “And did ye do everything ye set your mind to do, like me?”

Cathy: “I started writing at an online writing site, and eventually the readers there told me I should try and get my stories published. I took their advice, and last year had my first book, Prisoner of Love, published, and now The Pirate’s Bride is published.”

Jack:Prisoner of Love and The Pirate’s Bride, eh? These sound like good books to read to me crew.” Leans forward to whisper. “Most can’t read.” Sits back. “Were there times the Kraken tried to pull ye down to Davy Jones Locker? If so, how’d ye escape?

Cathy: “Oh, wow, yes! I don’t like to be criticized (who does?). The first bad review I got stuck with me for days, dragging me down like the Kraken did with you.”

latest2Jack: Shivers again. “Have ye met Elizabeth Swann?”

Cathy: “I really was depressed, so much so that all the good reviews didn’t seem to matter as much as those one or two bad ones. And then one night I was watching the TV show “Castle,” and the main character, a writer named Richard Castle, is confronted by someone who criticizes his writing, saying that he’s in a slump and doesn’t write as well as he used to. Castle responds lightly: “Everyone’s a critic.” That’s when I realized I couldn’t please everyone, and there wasn’t any point in worrying over those readers who don’t like my writing. Instead, I focus on the many readers who do like my books.”

latest3Jack: “I say the same to meself when I find myself behind bars. Steady as she goes until ye can catch that dog with the key. During a broadside, what do you do to mend your sails?”

Cathy: “I like to go for walks, maybe go to a movie. Or read a book by one of my favorite authors.”

Jack: “Have ye been to the Tortuga, luv? No? Ye might find inspiration there, unless ye can’t remember names.” Palms cheek and drifts off. “Where were we? Ah, yes. Once the course for that coveted horizon had been charted, how long did it take ye to make port?”

Cathy: “I sent my first book, Prisoner of Love, to two prior publishers before Entangled Publishing picked it up, so I’d say about a year. For The Pirate’s Bride, I entered a Twitter #Pit2Pub event, where authors sum up their book in a tweet, and participating publishers request to see more of their work. The Pirate’s Bride was picked up immediately. That was February 3, 2016, so about eleven months.”

Jack: “Drawin’ on every rag of canvas and signing the articles, eh? I’d call that a successful adventure. Pirates have a code, more like guidelines anyway. What’s your code?”

Cathy: “I’m a little bit scattered, which is something I’ve got to work on this year. First, I come up with an idea, and I jot it down (longhand). Next, I write a synopsis, a character list, and the main events I want to see happen in the story. I usually follow that with research. Once that is done, I start writing. I outline each chapter before I write it, because sometimes I don’t get as far as I want, or the characters go in a different direction than planned.”

1be077f477a2a30389f6597c868aa21bJack: “Easy at your helm as ye get under way, eh? Every adventure begins with a spark of an idea.” Stands to posture by the rail. “Alas, our time is done. But one more question niggles me brain. Who is your all-time favorite pirate?” Summons charm to disarm.

Cathy: “Why, you, of course!”

Jack: Bedevils with a golden-toothed smile. Produces a gallant bow. “At your service, m’lady.” Rises. “And now we’ve come to the end of our interview. But first, every tar what sets foot on a ship has a story to tell. What have ye brought for our readers today?

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pb-coverAll Sophie Bellard wants is her freedom, freedom to sail the seven seas, and freedom to be her own person without interference from a controlling husband. But an arranged marriage to handsome and dangerous Captain Andre Dubois derails all her hopes. After a disastrous wedding night where a ruinous secret is discovered, the two go their separate ways with hopes of never meeting again.

Sophie becomes a pirate while Andre sets off for the Orient, where he makes a murderous enemy. After escaping with his life, Andre returns to home waters, and in an unexpected twist of pirate fate, reunites with his estranged and unwilling wife.

When Andre’s murderous enemy threatens Sophie’s life, he vows to protect what is his, and attempts to win his wife’s forgiveness and love, once and for all.

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cathys-head-shot-3Cathy Skendrovich has always loved a good story, and spent her formative years scribbling what is now called Fan Fiction. The current heartthrob of the time featured heavily in all her stories. Unfortunately, once she went to college, her writing took the form of term papers, written on typewriters instead of computer keyboards.

Upon graduation, Cathy took a job as an English teacher in a middle school. Along the way, she married her husband of now thirty-two years, had two sons, and moved to southern Orange County, California. She chose to work part-time in the school system there.

Now she has returned to writing. Prisoner of Love is her first published novel, followed closely by The Pirate’s Bride. A sequel to The Pirate’s Bride, as well as another contemporary romantic suspense are in the works.

She likes writing romance because she feels it’s lacking in today’s technological world. While she enjoys writing contemporary stories, creating romance in bygone times fascinates her. She hopes her ability to write in both genres will be the beginning of a long and satisfying writing career.

Ports of Call:

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Thanks for coming aboard, Lady Cathy! Best wishes for the greatest success in 2017!

Wishing you following winds,

Katherine

 

Happy New Year, Cover Reveal, and 2017 Calendars!

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0001-106749684Happy New Year, me hearties!

Another year arrives with champagne toasts and great cheer. Gone are the failures, successes, and sorrows of the previous year. Ahead await endless possibilities of hope and light.

I wish you all the greatest of success in 2017!

As for me, my calendar is somewhat empty. I’m ready to make additions though, to jot down thrilling plans and epic dreams. No holding back! It’s time to focus on good health, find time to relax, exercise more, and enjoy solitary moments that refill the well. That’s as close as I’m going to get to making a New Year’s resolution. I’m not a big fan of them because they never seem to stick, though I tend to come up with a plan anyway. (Pirate!)

Before I can dig in to what I want to do this year, however, I’m on deadline. I’ve got to finish the third book in my Regent’s Revenge Series by January 24th. Oriana Thorpe and Captain Walsingham have a long way to go before they can reach their happily ever after. So, in order to meet my deadline date, I’m going to pull back from social media in January.

If you see me here, brilliant! If not, you’ll know that I’m working hard to bring The Pirate’s Duty to you. (The book will be a late May/early June release.)

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Speaking of The Pirate’s Duty, Regent’s Revenge Book #3, I haven’t done a formal cover reveal yet.

Here it is! Isn’t it amazeballz? 😉

Author Victoria Vane at Romance Cover Creations captured Oriana’s and Walsingham’s passion for each other perfectly. These two characters are stubborn, tortured souls fated to be together. But there are a great many things working to tear them apart: social standing, important causes, personal trauma, and an enemy who wants them both dead. I do so love creating mayhem. Heehee!!!

Until next time, my wish for you is to reach for the stars in 2017! No dream is too big.

Remember, we all have 364 more days to play with. So grab a calendar and plan away.

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I particularly LOVE the 2017 Action Day Planner. It’s a FABulous way to keep track of your time, commitments, and projects. I’ve used this particular calendar for the last four years and highly recommend it.

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I’m also trying something new this year, the 2017 AuthorLife Planner. It’s a bit more detailed than my brain can handle right now but I’m hoping to work on scheduling my time better this year and I’m willing to try something new.

So take a chance on something new and sail to that weathered horizon, me hearties. Treasure awaits!

Wishing you following winds,

Katherine

 

#Holiday Romance # Recipe Exchange ~ Quick Peach Cobbler via Author Tina Gayle!

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untitledMerry Christmas and Happy Boxing Day, me hearties!

If you celebrate Christmas, I hope Santa Pirate was especially good to you this year! I’m grateful that my family and I got to spend wonderful moments together, moments that would have been much more satisfying if our oldest son and his family could have been with us. (He’s stationed in Japan, lives there with his family, and had to work on Christmas.) One of the sacrifices military families make each and every day is being separated from the ones they love.

Love, sacrifice, and commitment make the world go ’round. And celebrating the holidays also comes in many forms, like observing Boxing Day, a day my fictional characters would set aside to show gratitude to servants or those in need by delivering a Christmas Box.

Join me as I deliver this prized gem. Author Tina Gayle started this #Holiday Romance #Recipe Exchange. And to round out my blog series, she’s come aboard to share her FAVorite recipe with you today.

Take it away, Lady Tina!

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My uncle used to make this cobbler all the time when he wanted to offer us a treat. A confirmed bachelor, he wanted something quick and easy.

Quick Peach Cobbler

1 large can of peaches

3/4 c. sugar

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 box of vanilla wafers

1/4 cup of butter

Preheat the oven to 350.  Pour can peaches, sugar, and cinnamon in a casserole dish large enough to hold everything I use the 2quart size. After stirring these items together, then add most of the box of vanilla wafers, set enough aside to pull on top.  Once you have the wafers arranged on top, slice the butter in to small pieces and set on top of the wafers.  Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

Serve with ice cream or whipping cream.

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tg-ewc-mewidow-432x6481Four women…
One fatal car wreck…
Everyone’s lives changed…

Letting go and rebuilding a life comes at a price.

Having come to terms with losing her husband, Jennifer is ready to move on, but she faces opposition from her friends, in-laws, and brother-in-la. He see himself as her future husband. None of them know of Jen’s marital problems and she is afraid of their reaction when they learn she has a date for Friday night?

Hagan Chaney is not anything like Craig. He tempts Jen into the future but is she willing to give love another chance after the heartache she faced the 1st time around?

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Friday night, sitting at a booth in a nice, romantic restaurant, Jen silently wished she could enjoy the subdued atmosphere, and order a rib eye steak. Instead, her hands shook and her stomach churned with doubt. The survival skills she’d learned after becoming a real estate agent demanded a calm, composed front, but she couldn’t pull it off.

Hell, who was she fooling?

After ten years without a date, what made her believe she could do this again? She stared at the menu. Could she even swallow a bite of beef? And if not, what should she order?

She lifted her gaze to the drop-dead gorgeous man on the other side of the table. Hagan Cheney, a Greek god incarnated, had strawberry blond hair glowing like gold around his head. Wide shoulders and strong arms were encased in a hunter-green cashmere sweater. Apollo himself wouldn’t look any better.

Why in heaven’s name did he ask her on a date?

And why did she care?

She had no plans other than a casual dinner for two.

He glanced up, and a pretty-boy grin crossed his lips. The twinkle in his hazel eyes softened the square line of his jaw. “So have you decided what you want?”

Heat simmered low in her belly. Oh, yeah, answering that question the wrong way could get her into a world of trouble.

Tempted by wicked ideas, Jen blinked and stared at the menu. She’d do better if he didn’t know the wild directions of her brainwaves. “I’m not sure I can eat. I haven’t been this nervous since my first date with Craig.”

Ah, shit, I wasn’t supposed to mention him. Fire burned her cheeks. Her gaze jumped to Hagan’s befuddled expression.

“Craig?” Hagan lowered his menu.

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tinagaylephoto899x10241An author with over 30 books, Tina Gayle writes in a number of different genres: Romantic contemporary (as Tina Gayle) and  Erotic Romance. Her books range from contemporary, paranormal to mystery and suspense

As an indie author, she has worked hard to have a social presence and reach her readers. You can visit her website and read the 1st chapter of any of her books.  Or you can download a free ebook and join her newsletter group.

http://www.tinagayle.net//newsletter.html

Ports of Call:

Home  /  Blog  /  Twitter  /  Goodread  /  Facebook

Thanks for hosting me on your blog and I hope everyone has an awesome holiday season,

Tina Gayle

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Thanks for stopping by, Lady Tina! I look forward to trying out your uncle’s Quick Peach Cobbler recipe. Woot!

Wishing you following winds,

Katherine

#Holiday Romance #Recipe Exchange ~ Festive Holiday Punch via Author Brenda Sparks!

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holidayromance%2526recipesChristmas is almost here! ARR you busy preparing your holiday feast? If so, don’t forget the punch! As part of Author Tina Gayle‘s #Holiday #Recipe Exchange, Paranormal Romance Author Brenda Sparks is sharing her FAVorite and Festive Holiday Punch. So don’t delay, me hearties! Check out the recipe we’re sharing today. Woot!

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Festive Holiday Punch

” Make a day in advance to allow the flavors to meld.”

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 quart cranberry juice
  • 2 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 3 tablespoons almond extract
  • 1 (2 liter) bottle Lemon/Lime soft drink such as Sprite
  • 1 pint of cranberries
  • Vodka (optional)

Directions

  1. In a large container, mix together sugar, cranberry juice, pineapple juice and almond extract. Refrigerate for 1 day.
  2. To serve, pour juice mixture into a punch bowl. Stir in Lemon/Lime soft drink.
  3. Garnish with cranberries.

Optional:

  1. To make an alcohol version stir in vodka to desired taste.

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alpha_lover_cover1Starved for blood, vampire, Nicholai Peterhof is greatly relieved when two tourists, in Russia for the Christmas holiday, decide to grace his restaurant, but one sip from the pretty brunette and his world is forever turned upside down. Juliette Staint-John is everything he could have asked for in a heartmate; pretty, smart, built with curves in all the right places…and totally unavailable.

Juliette doesn’t want anything to do with the handsome, young-looking Nicholai. As if their differences aren’t enough, the acute grief over the loss of loved ones keeps her heart guarded. He may be her fantasy, but that’s all he can ever be.

To get past Juliette’s defenses and in order to keep her safe, Nicholai must prove himself worthy of her love and trust. Unbeknownst to the couple, her personal demons are not the only ones threatening their relationship. Hiding virtually unseen by the vampires, Demon Royalty plots to destroy not only the couple but the entire vampire breed. Luckily, Nicholai will do anything for Juliette—even if it means sacrificing himself.

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Julie’s gaze swept the landscape. The moon’s rays glittered on the snowy bows. The birch trees stood with their trunks painted white to match their limbs. Thick pine branches held fast under the weight of the new fallen snow, making them appear as if they wore white blankets made of virginal cotton about each limb. Sparkling mounds cluttered the ground between the trees, hiding the forest’s treasures beneath.

Save the sound of the hooves pounding on the ground, they journeyed through the silent night to a clearing in the trees. Nicholai clicked to his stallion, and with a flick of the reins, the steed increased into a rolling canter up a steep incline. Julie’s thighs pushed against the sides of the horse as she tried to match the new rhythm.

Nicholai’s breath warmed her ear when he spoke. “Not too much further. It’s right up ahead.”

“What’s up ahead?” Just as the words left Julie’s mouth, they crested over the ridge.

The frozen valley below took her breath away. A glaciate waterfall stood still as a statue against the rocky terrain. The cascading water, stopped as if by magic, reflected the moon’s soft rays and cast tiny prisms on the snow below.

Julie’s breath hitched in her throat. She took in the serene beauty of the land as they cruised at a slow trot. Debris rolled under Kedar’s hoofs. It created a hollow rattle in the night, barely audible to Juliette.

When they reached the valley, Nicholai pulled up the stallion and handed the reins to Julie. She patted the horse’s steaming neck as her lover dismounted with a fluid grace. He turned, grabbed Kedar’s reins, then reached up for Julie. Her thick coat seemed to melt as his strong hands clasped around her waist. She put her hands on his shoulders, and the bulge of muscle under his coat played under her fingers when he helped her down. A thrill went through her body.

Her breath frosted the air in a white plume. The lovers held each other, his hands about her waist, hers resting on his shoulders. Quiet as the moon above, they stared deeply into each other’s eyes. Nicholai captured her lips in a gentle caress that welcomed her to this special place.3542854-clipping-path-branch-of-holly-design-element-isolated-on-white-background

twitter_head_shot1Born in Virginia, Brenda Sparks now resides in the Sunshine State.  Balancing her professional commitment to the local school district with her writing is challenging at times, but writing suspenseful paranormal romances is a passion that won’t be denied. Her idea of a perfect day is one spent in front of a computer with a hot cup of coffee, her fingers flying over the keys to send her characters off on their latest adventure.  Brenda loves to connect with readers.  Please visit her online or stop by her website to say hi.

Ports of Call: 

Facebook  /   Twitter  /  Goodreads  /  Amazon  /  Website  

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Thank you for sharing your Festive Holiday Punch recipe with us, Lady Brenda! Happy Holidays! 😉

Wishing you following winds,

Katherine