Snippet Sunday - WIP Little Beginnings 29/03/2014 - #Reading #Snippet

 
 
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LITTLE BEGINNINGS
 
Jeri lives in Hobart where she owns a gallery. Since her divorce, many years ago, she's finally ready to "be" with a man again. But finding the right one seems to be harder than she thought.
 
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 Jeri stared at the ceiling hoping for some divine intervention when she heard Olivia and Georgia’s voices. Thank you she murmured.
"I’m over here" she shouted, and her friends stood in the door within seconds, dressed in track pants and old T-shirts, buckets and cleaning utensils in their hands. Without delays, the women started on the clean-up. There didn’t seem any damage to furniture or the exhibits, but they started moving things into a different room nonetheless.
“So, honey,” Jeri said to Olivia as they carried a small table into the front of the hallway. “Tell me about Ely.”
“He’s such a great friend. He…” And then she stopped, and not only talking but walking as well, staring at Jeri. Her lovely young cheeks turned red, her eyes wide open.
“Busted, young lady.”
“How?”
Jeri let go of the table and stepped to her young friend. Letting out a long sigh, she leaned against the table. “Life has a way to intervene.”
“Did he tell you why he was a no show?”
Jeri stood straight, fluffed up her hair, gave her boobs a little squeeze, and said, “Apparently this girl’s too old for him.”
 
 
 
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May I introduce: Barbara White Daille "A Rancher's Pride" #MFRWAuthor @BarbaraWDaille


 
A Rancher's Pride
 by Barbara White Daille

 

His Whole World Is In Her Hands

Sam Robertson's life just changed. In one short day, he found out that he's a daddy; that his beautiful little girl, Becky, is deaf; and that her aunt, sign language teacher Kayla Ward, intends to fight him for custody.

There are plenty of reasons Sam shouldn't fall for Kayla. A city girl like her has no place on his ranch, particularly when she's his ex-wife's gorgeous sister. But thanks to the judge's orders, Sam's spending a lot of time with Kayla, trying to give Becky the stable home she's never known.

Despite their ongoing custody battle, Sam and Kayla's love for Becky brings them closer than they ever expected, and Sam knows that no matter who wins in court, he could still lose—Kayla or his daughter.

 

 

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Excerpt


One note about the action in the following clip.  Sam realizes he's on the verge of losing his battle to keep his daughter because he can't communicate with her.  To this point he has resisted being taught by Kayla, who's fluent in the language Becky understands:  sign language.

Here's the peek....

Sam picked up one of Becky's crayons and held his hand out to Kayla.
    
"How do you sign blue?" he asked, looking directly at her.
 
Kayla glanced down.  "That's not a blue crayon."

"I was talking about your eyes.  They're very blue…and your cheeks are suddenly bright pink."  Sam smiled and leaned closer.  "I can learn all my colors," he murmured, "just by looking at you."

Her heart thumped.  She wanted to lean back but couldn't.  She should get up and walk away.  Somehow, she couldn't do that, either.  "There are more signs than just colors, you know."  Her voice cracked on the last word.

He smiled.  He knew just what he was doing to her.  And darn him, he was enjoying it.

"True."  Sam smiled again.  "How do you say I?"

She pointed her index finger at herself.

"And how do you say want?"

She hesitated then held both palms up and crooked her fingers as she pulled her hands toward her body.

He leaned even closer.  "And how do you say a kiss?" he whispered against her ear.
   

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A Rancher's Pride is available in Australia in e-book format!
 

Coming May 2015 to Harlequin Australia  http://www.harlequinbooks.com.au/

It can also be found in e-book format in the U.S. at:
Harlequin http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=36983

 

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Author Bio

 

Barbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny U.S. Southwest.  Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven't gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom.

When she was very young, Barbara learned from her mom about the storytelling magic in books—and she's been hooked ever since.  She hopes you will enjoy reading her books and will find your own magic in them!

Upcoming for Barbara is a brand-new series, The Hitching Post Hotel, about a matchmaking grandpa determined to see his three granddaughters wed.  The series debuts in April 2015 with The Cowboy's Little Surprise, followed by A Rancher of Her Own in July and a third as-yet-untitled book in December.

 

 

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Tuesday Tales - CATCH ~ Where #Authors #Write to a #Prompt ~ #TT1


 

 
Welcome to Tuesday ... Welcome to Tuesday Tales ...

This is the start of the second book in the Fermosa Bay series. It’s Ethan’s story – let’s get to know Addison, she’s new in town.

Today's prompt is: CATCH

Enjoy - and feel free to leave a comment. And don't forget to click the link below to go back to the main Tuesday Tale site for more stories by very talented authors.
 
 
Half an hour later, Addison sat under the small pergola with her parents having their lunch while enjoying the view.
“I can see your mother coming for a visit more often than you might like.”
Addison let out a little laugh.
“Oh, Harry. Don’t be like that. I love the sea and you know that. But I know not to overdo it with my visits,” her mother replied.
“That’s okay, mum. You're more than welcome here. I suppose it’ll be nice to have you come around once in a while.”
“Have you met anybody, yet, darling?”
She nodded. “Yes. Can’t you remember I told you about the Christmas concert a few weeks back? The teachers were lovely and very welcoming. I was also introduced to my class.”
“Oh, how wonderful,” her mother cooed.
“The children seem very well behaved and very nice. I even had the chance to talk to some parents. Some of them even offered to help me move.” She smiled as she remembered the various offers. It was a bit like in one of those perfect movies of the perfect town - she always tried to find the catch of these generous offers, but people in Fermosa Bay seemed genuinely nice.
Leaning back as she took a bite of her sandwich, she remembered one of the parents, though. A boy’s father. She couldn’t recall where the mother had been, but yes, she remembered him vividly. 
Just not his name.
And with a sigh of disappointment she also remembered he hadn’t offered to help.
“Are you all right?” her father asked.
Her gaze went over to the sea and she watched the subtle movement of the water. Yes, she was all right, and she knew this was going to be a great year.
“Dad, I’m not sure how to explain this, but I think I just had one of those moments of contentment. I have a feeling Fermosa Bay will be good for me.”
Her mother placed a hand on her and gave her and understanding smile.
 
 

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Snippet Sunday - Little Beginnings 22/03/2015 #Reading #WIP

 
 
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LITTLE BEGINNINGS
 
Jeri lives in Hobart where she owns a gallery. Since her divorce, many years ago, she's finally ready to "be" with a man again. But finding the right one seems to be harder than she thought.

 
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 He turned and met her gaze, a smile tugging at his lips. "Nice meeting you too. So you think there’s a broken pipe?”
She was about to strangle him and desperately hoped for Ely’s job to be a quick one so he’d return before she’d commit a crime. She let out a long breath and then said as calm as possible, “I run a gallery and these are my exhibits. At the moment the damage is a flooded floor and possibly some damage to the furniture.  I’m not sure, I’ve been busy mopping.” Jeri studied him for a reaction but when none came she continued. “So there's obviously a broken pipe somewhere and I assume Ely thought you to be the best person to fix it.”
Although it was on the tip of her tongue to add that she doubted it, but thought she’d better keep that thought to herself.
He nodded. “I get you dry and fixed in no time.” And then he left. Hopefully in search for the leaking offender.
 
 
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by Iris Blobel

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May I Introduce: Marianne Rice "False Start" #MFRWAuthors @mariannericeaut

"False Start"
by Marianne Rice
 
 
He's got to make the riskiest play of his life to get her to fall in love again …
 
Blurb
Ex-NFL player turned high school football coach Connor McKay is well loved by all…except by the sexy principal who wants to make changes to his athletic program. Intrigued by Meg Fulton's beauty and intelligence, Connor doesn't mind going head-to-head with her. When he and Meg are set up on a blind date, he's finally able to open a crack in Meg's high emotional wall and see the caring woman inside. What Connor doesn't expect is that his buddy and ex-teammate is the one responsible for Meg's wall in the first place. To choose between a one-time brother and the woman he's fallen hopelessly in love with, Connor will make the riskiest play of his life.
 
Always the misfit growing up, newly hired high school principal Meg Fulton uses a fashionable wardrobe and a sharp tongue to keep men at a safe distance. After a drunken, abusive experience in the back of a Chevy as a na├»ve teen, she became a single mother with a tough hide…until Connor McKay walks into the picture. She can't stand him. He's a sports-loving alpha male––no thanks! Meg has a good reason to hate jocks. Been there, done that, much to her regret. But as her path continues to cross with Connor's, and attraction heats to a boiling point, Meg learns there's more to Connor than biceps and a tight rear end. Things are heating up with them, when someone from her past threatens to tear them apart. Meg runs for cover…and from Connor. It will take a leap of love for Meg to shed the scars of her past and let love into her life.
 
 
Author Bio:
Marianne Rice writes contemporary romances set in small New England towns. Her heroes are big and strong, yet value family and humor, while her heroines her smart, sexy, sometimes a little bit sassy, and are often battling a strong internal conflict. Together, they deal with real life issues and always find everlasting love. When she's not writing, Marianne spends her time buying shoes, eating chocolate, chauffeuring her herd of children to their varying sporting events, and when there's time, relaxing with fancy drinks and a great read. She tries to make time for her husband too, but he often places behind her love affair with books.
Connect with her on Facebook http://facebook.com/Mariannericeauthor or visit her website at http://www.mariannerice.weebly.com
 
A sneak peek at the first page from False Start…
"We need to talk."
Startled by the deep growl, Meg Fulton looked up to the towering stack of testosterone filling her office doorway and cursed the butterflies that fluttered in her stomach.
She straightened her posture, ran her hand through her thick hair in an attempt to put all the strays back in place, and then reached for the lapels of the suit coat that wasn't there. She felt vulnerable in her silk tank top and wished she had an extra layer to shield her from the menacing daggers targeted at her. Putting on the jacket would only make a spectacle of herself. The thin tank would have to do.
"Sure. Have a seat." She crossed her legs and attempted to smile. Inwardly, Meg groaned. Connor McKay. She'd noticed him on the football field coaching his athletes and had not looked forward to the expected confrontation.
He remained in the doorway, making no move toward the empty seats across from her desk. His blond hair was short, barely longer than the scruff on his face, and as she looked up she saw his eyes—a fierce, fiery blue filled with accusation and something that ranged between confusion and lust.
 
Buy Links:
Liquid Silver Books: http://www.lsbooks.com
 
 
 
 

Get hooked on "Innocent Tears" - #MFRWHooks #Reading @CleanReads_

 
Welcome to another MFRWHook!
 




"Innocent Tears" is set in Melbourne / Australia
             

 
I hope you get hooked by this Snippet
 
BLURB:
Becoming a parent can be daunting at the best of times, but for Flynn, a business lawyer in Melbourne, it almost pulls the feet from right underneath him. He’s become a father to six-year-old Nadine literally overnight! He had no idea about her existence, and the news throws him into chaos, even more so when he is asked to take over custody.

With the help of Emma, an employee at the hotel where Nadine and her grandparents are staying, and his parents, Flynn tries to do the right thing. Yet, the right thing in his eyes differs from his parents’, and Emma is voicing her opinion as well. And right in the middle is little Nadine, still grieving the loss of her mother and finding a wonderful friend in Emma. There’s no doubt she’s afraid where and with whom she will settle.

But in the end, it’s a letter Flynn receives that helps him figuring out what to do.
 
Today's hook:  
The sun was on its best behaviour and slipped from behind a cloud giving warmth to the autumn day. Emma and Nadine had walked over to a nearby park which had a small playground. The apprehension on Nadine’s face was forgotten right away as she enthusiastically climbed the slide and mingled with a few other children.
They stayed for a while, and when Emma stood and came closer, her little friend asked, “Can we stay a bit longer here?”
Instantly, guilt pressed down on Emma’s shoulders. Taking Nadine to the playground seemed a reasonable idea at the time, but now as she looked into those despondent green eyes as it was time to return to the hotel, she wasn’t all that sure anymore.
“I’m sorry, honey, but it’s time to go.”
Nadine’s face reflected the obvious disappointment. “Okay, then.”
She picked up her bag from the park bench and then looked at Emma. “Do you know my dad?”
“No, honey, I don’t. I saw him yesterday when he came to see your grandma and grandpa. But that’s it.” And boy, oh, boy was he a treat for the eyes!
With her voice sounding wary, Nadine asked, “Do you think he’ll like me?”
Emma kneeled next to her and held both Nadine’s hands. The right words escaped her, and she had no idea what to say. Her heart ached looking into the girl’s eyes. Admiration towards her grew more and more. “Honey, I honestly don’t know, but I can’t see a reason why he wouldn’t. You’re a gorgeous young girl.” She tucked a strand of hair behind Nadine’s ear. “He’s probably just as afraid as you are at the moment. Afraid of having a little girl all of a sudden.”
 
 
 
 
5 Stars:
I am a big fan of Miss Blobel's work. I love her characters and get so into their lives and how that comes together and culminates in the end. I loved Flynn and his apprehension about having to be a new Dad to a child he had never met. Emma's involvement and her torment of having to chose the right man. Jack's dormant abusive behavior and Teresa indifference to Nadine, who by the way was a very endearing child. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and Kudos to its author!!
4 Stars:
A very good story that keeps you turning the pages to find out what is going to happen next. A fairly predictable ending but who doesnt like a happy ending?