Friday, April 27, 2018

#FridayFeatures Celebrating Southern Magic Authors #Romance #MakingMagic

Author: Jillian Chantal

Title: Captain Vane's Daughter

Released: February 6, 2018

Blurb:

Lydia Vane has been told all her life that she is the illegitimate daughter of the savage pirate, Captain Charles Vane. Her mother perished in childbirth, leaving her with a cruel grandmother. As soon as her evil grandmother died, Lydia, along with her faithful companion and freed slave, Benedict, set sail for the West Indies to find the truth of her parentage. Immediately upon their arrival in Jamaica, Lydia encounters a privateer who offers to help her.

Leo Mountbank, a privateer being threatened with the noose for piracy, believes the lovely Lydia is misguided and foolish in her quest. Drawn to her, he agrees to join the search. Benedict doesn't trust the scalawag, but Lydia is set on doing things her way. Fearing for her safety and virtue, Benedict resolves to be vigilant in protecting her. But then Lydia leaves with the pirate and Benedict fears all is lost.



Excerpt:

A young man in a black frock coat came striding across the grass, which was quickly turning to mud. He was soaking wet as well, although the rain seemed to bead up on the great coat rather than soak through the material. I had a fleeting thought that the wool coat seemed out of place on this island where the temperature was quite warm. The man's hair was plastered to his head and I realized mine had to look as bad as his.

"I'm Leo Mountbank." The man held his hand out as if he were in a formal parlor. I took hold of it. "Lydia Vane."

"Oh ho, Miss Vane. It is Miss, right?"

"That's right. I'm not married." Could this evening in the cemetery get any odder? I can't believe we're standing here chatting as water runs down our necks, ruining our clothing.

Leo nodded at the tombstone. "Any relation to that old pirate?"

I wasn't about to tell this stranger that I was in Jamaica for the sole purpose of learning about this very pirate who was hanged in 1721, the year I turned two. Rumor had it he was in the Carolina about seven months before my birthday in March of 1719. The official story was he was there in order to coax Blackbeard to help him retake Nassau form the English.

My grandmother's version was that he was there in order to seduce young ladies. She'd always said he fathered me while he was there and that was the great shame of my mother's short life. A price she paid in full, it seems, by dying giving birth to me. My grandmother never forgave me for not obliging and doing the same. After a long childhood of being my grandmother's whipping post, as soon as she herself was in the ground, I booked passage away from home, planning to never return. I had a burning need to leave that place.




About the Author:

Jillian Chantal is the nom de plume of a lawyer moonlighting as a    writer of romantic fiction. Most often she can be found either at her
keyboard banging out words, working on a legal issue or just surfing the web and calling it research. Her other guilty pleasure is her one-sided love affair with the actor Alan Rickman. She owns all his movies and would probably give away her cat for a chance to meet him. She'd keep her children, though. It would be a sacrifice, but she would be brave.

Jillian lives on the Florida Gulf Coast where she bemoans the
humidity most of the year but she's otherwise charming and
engaging (at lease in her own mind).


Connect with Jillian at     Website     Facebook     Twitter


Friday, April 20, 2018

#FridayFeatures Celebrating Southern Magic Authors #Romance #MakingMagic

Author: Hildie McQueen

Title: Brash: Frederick

Released: January 28, 2018

Blurb:

Brash hero meets methodical beauty...

Loner Frederick Edwards is dispatched to fetch his sister's groom after running him off. When he stops at a ranch along the way as a favor to a friend, he ends up accepting a job as a ranch hand. Now he has two problems, fixing the wedding mess he created and staying away from the enticing ranch owner.

Kennedy Brooks is stuck. Although she loves her ranch, it's too much for her to handle alone. Between selling the ranch, a persistent ex, and her unruly pet goats, there is enough turmoil in her life without the added distraction of the drop-dead gorgeous new ranch hand.

A sexy holiday story of attraction, realizations and sugarplum fairies.



About the Author:

USA Today Bestselling author Hildie McQueen loves unusual situations and getting into interesting adventures, which is what her characters do as well. She writes romance because she is in love with love! Author of Romance in Highland historical, Western Historical and contemporary, she writes something every reader can enjoy.

Most days she can be found in her pajamas hiding from deliverymen while drinking tea from her David Gandy coffee mug. In the afternoons, she browses the Internet for semi-nude men to post on Facebook. Hildie's favorite past-times are romance conventions, traveling, shopping and reading.

She resides in beautiful small town Georgia with her super-hero husband Kurt, an unruly boy Chihuahua Pepito and a spoiled rotten girl Chiweenie named Lola.



Connect with Hildie at     Website     Facebook     Twitter

Friday, April 13, 2018

#FridayFeatures Celebrating Southern Magic Authors #Romance #MakingMagic

Author: Nancee Cain

Title: Loving Lili

Released: January 22, 2018

Blurb:

Their lovemaking is hot and dirty. Their breakups are nasty and epic.

Tired of taking the blame for every wicked thing that happens on earth, fallen angel Luc DeVille decides to write a tell-all book exposing The Boss.

Sharing a long and passionate history, Luc is shocked when Lili Nix arrives to interview for the job as editor. Immediately the verbal sparring begins, but the sexual chemistry remains combustible. Fascinated by his heavenly creature, Luc changes his home game plan. After all, she's the only angel who has ever held his attention and understood his intentions.

Being in this world, but not of this world, is a lonely business. Can two lost angels connect and make it last this time?


Excerpt:

     Luc chuckles. "What's on the agenda today? Aside from kinky sex and working on my book?"

     "Kinky sex is not one of the services you are procuring. Just editing and probably ghostwriting, judging by what I've read."

     "My, my, aren't we touchy this morning. You need caffeine, my dear. And my writing isn't that bad."

     I raise one eyebrow. "It reads like a pedantic textbook and put me to sleep in no time."

     "Ah, that accounts for the lovely lavender circles under your eyes." His blue eyes twinkle with devilment.

     "Smart ass." I gratefully accept the coffee he hands me. "Do you want breakfast?"

     "Depends on what you're offering. You with some chocolate and whipped cream would be delightful."

     I roll my eyes. "You're just full of cliches."

     "I aim to please."

     "Don't you have some clueless human you can use these pathetic pickup lines on?"

     "Always." He stares out the window, not speaking for a moment. "I'm tired, Lili." His voice sounds uncharacteristically soft, his look pensive.

     I put my cut down. "Tired? You can go back to bed if you'd like." I quickly add, "Alone."

     "Not that kind of tired. Just..." He shrugs. "I don't know."

     I stare at him, trying to stay one step ahead. I think I need more coffee before trying to figure out this angel's angle. As if reading my mind, Luc refreshes my cup, and I instinctively step back. It's eerie how he knows me.

     "I want to propose an idea."

     I wait for the punch line. With Luc, nothing is ever as it seems. There are always strings attached.

     "You said last night we could be friends. Could we give it a try?" His gaze holds mine.

     Here we go.

     "With you, being friends means benefits. Not no, but hell no. I'll work with you on your damn book, but that's it."

     "I don't care about the book. I just want...never mind." He turns his back to me and hangs his head, his arms outstretched, gripping the counter. His fiery wings droop and disappear.

     Curiosity gets the best of me. "Want what?"

     He looks over his shoulder at me. "Twenty-four hours to just be with me. No hidden agenda, no games, it will be a true vacation. I just want to relax and be myself with someone who understands me."

     I laugh at his preposterous proposition. "No sex. No flirting. Just hanging out together?" I laugh so hard my coffee sloshes in my mug. When he doesn't immediately respond, my laughter dies. An awkward silence lingers.

     "Yep. Let's pretend we're boring humans. They seem happy enough at times. Maybe a little flirting; I'm not a monk."

     "You're kidding me. You sneer and make fun of humans."

     Luc nods. "I did and still do. Not many of them are worth anything, but then one comes along and surprises you."

     I cock my head to the side and study him. "Did you love her? Or him?" I ask softly.

     My gut clenches at the thought. I know he's not celibate; he isn't wired that way. And I'm fine with him having one-night stands, but...

     He frowns and rubs his finger over the granite counter. "I don't know. I don't know that I'm capable of love. She was intriguing, for sure." He looks at me and my toes curl. "Jo reminded me a lot of you. She didn't take shit off anyone. And she truly cared about me."

     Ah, he's talking about the human that won the heart of Raphael. I heard all about it from Madge. A tinge of jealousy zips through me, but I push it aside. I'm surprised by his self-awareness. He's right. Being incapable of love is his problem. And it's my problem because I do love him.

     "So, you're proposing a truce?" I'm not one hundred percent sure I can trust him, but I want to. And he's right; it's exhausting not being able to show your true self. This is exactly what I've missed, connecting with other angels.

     "Yeah. For twenty-four hours. Unless you're too chicken to try."

     My feathers ruffle before settling. I know what he's doing. He knows I won't back down from a challenge.

     "Fine." I hold out my hand, sure he's going to either kiss it or yank me closer. At this point in time, I'd be fine with either. I'm hopeless where he's concerned.

     To my surprise, he gives it a firm handshake. "Good. I'm going for a run, be thinking about what you want to do today as we explore being human." He whistles for Black Shuck, who follows his master out the door.

     This strange turn in our relationship feels surreal. Twenty-four hours. As friends. It's never happened before.

     I give him twelve hours to fuck it up.



About the Author:

During the day Nancee Cain works as a nurse in the field of addiction to support her coffee and reading habit. Nights are spent writing paranormal and contemporary romances with a serrated edge.

Authors have always been her rock stars, and she's been known to stalk a few for an autograph, but not in a scary, Stephen King way. Her husband swears her To-Be-Read list on her e-reader qualified her as a certifiable book horder.

Always looking to try something new, she dreams of being an extra in a Bollywood film or a tattoo artist. (Her lack of rhythm and artistic ability may put a damper on both of these dreams.)


Connect with Nancee at     Website     Facebook     Twitter

Friday, April 06, 2018

#FridayFeatures Celebrating Southern Magic Authors #Romance #MakingMagic

Author: Hildie McQueen

Title: The Duke's Fiery Bride

Released: January 22, 2018

Blurb:

Reputed to be ruthless and feared, pirate Captain Dorian Lyon McAlpin rules over the seas along with his crew of cutthroats aboard his ship, The Mawdelyn. When he chances being caught to see his dying mother, his life takes a drastic turn. Fate brings him face to face with the one woman who destroyed his life. It seems the opportunity for revenge is sometimes served on a silver platter.

Running for her life with her infant son, Ileana MacTavish is forced to depend on pirates of all people in order to stay alive. With the future uncertain, she demands an audience with the captain of The Mawdelyn. What she doesn't expect is to find the man who not only hates her but also is more lethal than the danger she's running from.




About the Author:

USA Today Bestselling author Hildie McQueen loves unusual situations and getting into interesting adventures, which is what her characters do as well. She writes romance because she is in love with love! Author of Romance in Highland historical, Western Historical and contemporary, she writes something every reader can enjoy.

Most days she can be found in her pajama hiding from deliverymen while drinking tea from her David Gandy coffee mug. In the afternoons she browses the Internet for semi-nude men to post on Facebook. Hildie's favorite past-times are romance conventions, traveling, shopping and reading.

She resides in beautiful small town Georgia with her super-hero husband Kurt, an unruly boy Chihuahua Pepito and a spoiled rotten girl Chiweenie name Lola.


Connect with Hildie at     Website     Facebook     Twitter