Book Promo: Ash Rising by Melissa Fox



Infiltrating an international drug cartel is the dangerous chance of a lifetime for Asher Beaulieu of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Falling in love while running the op isn’t part of the plan, but he never had much use for plans anyway. Shrouded in deception and surrounded by temptation, his charmed life explodes in betrayal and tragedy.


DEA Special Agent Emmaline Justice is determined to be recognized for her work, not her sex. She doesn’t have time for an intriguing, wounded RCMP inspector. When the contacts she cultivated over long months of an international undercover investigation keep showing up dead, Emma must use her instincts as both an agent and a woman to determine Beaulieu’s role in the case and in her life.


One woman tore him apart. Another is brave enough to put him back together—if his past doesn’t kill him first.

A number of people filled the courtyard, either finishing a workout or getting ready to train. Jim stood a short distance away, stretching against the wall of the building with his head—topped with the dark cap—bent between his arms. Ah, the perfect opportunity to get payback for the takedown he’d laid on her. Emma crept up behind him and moved to the side to get a good angle. He looked bigger in sweats, taller and much more buff. What she’d thought was a little paunch in his loose shorts proved to be broad, hard muscle in the clinging sweatpants and T-shirt. Who knew he had such great shoulders? Or such a spectacular ass? She jerked her eyes away, mortified she’d ogled his behind and even more shocked at the tingle of awareness—sexual awareness—over Jim, for crying out loud.

Embarrassment put more force behind the sneaky kick than she intended. She checked her swing, but the blow never even got close. Somehow, he spun and blocked as she let her foot fly toward his side, knocking her leg away with his wrist. In the next second, he shoved her against the block wall and held her in place with his forearm across her throat. Emma stared, shocked, into Inspector Asher Beaulieu’s angry blue eyes.

Her first thought was thank God I was turned on by him and not Jim. What a great ass. The second was oh, shit.

author photoAUTHOR BIO

Devouring two or ten books per week as a young’un, I was rationed books by my parents like most kids get rationed candy. So, of course I turned to writing to tide me over between fixes.

I’ve lived in the suburbs of the Mid-West, desert of the Southwest, and foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Since moving to an island in the Puget Sound with my husband and dogs, I’ve learned to play a mean game of 5-stand, catch squid, clams, shrimp, and crab. Good thing I like shellfish.

Author of the paranormal romance Wraith series published by The Wild Rose Press .

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Book Promo: Revenge The Cowboy Way by P.A. Estelle

Hello everybody! My name is Penny Estelle and want to thank Alisha for letting me barge in on her post today. I surely do appreciate it!

The other night I went to Happy Hour at Z-Tejas. Never been there before and it was a fun few hours. I’m not here to plug Z-Tejas, but I am going to plug one of their margaritas. I do like a good margarita. This was called a chambord margarita. In essence, a frozen margarita with chambord ribboned through it. Chambord is a black raspberry liqueur.

At home, I will take the “0” calorie marg mixer, add the tequila, and put it in the freezer. Comes out slushy and yummy. I found the raspberry liqueur and now make my own.


Revenge, The Cowboy Way

Joanna busied herself by cleaning a big black kettle in the corner. She hung it by the handle and swung it over the fire. Then began the arduous task of filling it, one rain-filled bucket at a time. It was getting later in the day, and the rain still hadn’t let up at all. She was feeding the fire when Brian finally returned.

She jumped up and ran to help him take off his slicker. His hands were like ice and his lips were blue. His teeth were chattering so hard, he couldn’t talk. “Get over here by the fire. We need to get these clothes off right now before you freeze to death!” Her energy was zapped just undressing him. She wrapped blankets around him and laid him by the fire. He was asleep instantly.

He had brought in two burlap bags. Inside one were two rabbits and inside the other were vegetables and coffee. How did he come by these? Remembering when Brian had shown her how to clean a rabbit, she set to work doing just that. She cut the meat into chunks, dropping them into the water, and then cut up the vegetables. It would take a long time for the rabbit to be eatable, but at least Pappy would have some broth when he woke next. She also found some tin cups and made herself a cup of coffee.

Joanna sat up long into the night, drinking coffee, leaning against the wall by the fireplace. She watched Brian sleep. She finally admitted it. She loved this man. She knew he would never return her love. Should she leave? Should she stay with Pappy for as long as he would have her? At least she would be able to see Brian. Could she live that way, seeing him with other women—maybe marrying someone else? No, she couldn’t.

And what about Pappy? Since her grandfather had died, this was the one man she could trust completely, and she had come to love this gentle old soul. It was like a stab in her heart to see the two men she loved, lying on the floor, so still and vulnerable. How infinitely sad she felt! Everything in the world she wanted was right here, in this broken down shack, yet nothing was in reach.


She never hesitated, just went to Brian, hungry for his embrace, weeping quietly against his shoulder.

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Revenge-TheCowboyWay_432x648Hi everybody! Revenge, The Cowboy Way was written forty years ago. I was in my early twenties and a new mother, also. I read a few steamy romances and figured – “I can do this!” I used my electric Brothers Typewriter and started in. Five years later I was done and sure it was the “Great American Novel”. I sent out a few queries, certain publishing companies would be fighting over my book, but to my surprise I received three, Thanks, but no thanks, responses. I boxed it up and it has lived in my closet until about a year ago. It was such pathetic writing. LOL. I took it out and did LOTS of editing and polishing. I was so excited when R&P offered me a contract.

I retired from public school five years ago. I was the principal’s secretary! I also write for the tween age kiddos. How could I not, after gathering material for twenty-one years in the elementary scene?

To find out more about my books and/or me please visit the following links. I love visitors and comments.

Interview with Author Jessie Clever

Today I have the great pleasure of introducing you all to author Jessie Clever. She has agreed to answer some questions for us all, and has generously offered a free giveaway, find out how you can enter below!

Now, onto the questions!

Do you have a pen name? How did you come up with your pen name?

I’m often asked if I have a pen name, but I’m sorry to say it’s really my name! Or it was until I got married. You’d better believe the first thing I did when we got back from the honeymoon was to go to the Social Security office and get it changed. I could not take another “Clever” joke! And then I published my first book and realized I would forever be Jessie Clever when it came to writing stories!

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

I try very hard to be a plotter, but sometimes my characters decide to do something else on me!

If you could sit down with any one in the world who would it be?

Audrey Hepburn. I put a little bit of her in all of my heroines.

You are a published author! What made you succeed where others fail?

Persistence. I remember hearing someone say that the world “still” is so negative in the context of “are you still trying to do this?” I never let that word get in my way.

What advice would you have for someone who is just starting out?

Keep writing! I was given this advice by some many writers, and at the time, I dismissed it. But it turned out to be the best advice, because when the first manuscript becomes a book, you need to have more to come after that!

What was the first novel/short story/poem you wrote? Did you ever publish it?

Son of a Duke, the first book I ever published, was also the first novel that I finished, and I wrote it during my 1L year of law school. I never made it to my second year.

How do you come up with your titles?

I ask my husband. He’s brilliant with titles!

Do you ever write naked?

No, because I have a leather office chair. I don’t want to stick to it.

Who would play you in a movie about your life?

Reese Witherspoon! She looks nothing like me, but I hope I’m as peppy as she appears to be!

How much impact does your childhood have on your writing?

It has a huge impact! I grew up in a bit of a resort in the middle of nowhere New York. My family owned a restaurant, campground and marina, and during the summer, I would sit behind the cash register of the store from the time I was very little until I finally left home. I met many different “characters” during that time.


I would like to giveaway an e-copy of A Countess Most Daring, the latest installment in the Spy Series, to a commenter on today’s post.

JessieCleverIn the second grade, Jessie began a story about a duck and a lost ring. Two harrowing pages of wide ruled notebook paper later, the ring was found. And Jessie has been writing ever since.

Armed with the firm belief that women in the Regency era could be truly awesome heroines, Jessie began telling their stories in her Spy Series, a thrilling ride in historical espionage that showcases human faults and triumphs and most importantly, love.

Jessie makes her home in the great state of New Hampshire where she lives with her husband and two very opinionated Basset Hounds.

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Book Promo: A Promise at Dawn by Jane Leopold Quinn


(a 15,500 word story)

by Jane Leopold Quinn

Their affair was scorchingly sensual

Faye Burke, recently widowed, retreated to the coast of Maine to grieve and reassess her future. Her favorite part of the day is watching the sun rise out of the Atlantic Ocean. It’s also when the man she considers her guilty pleasure runs along the beach.

Gil Farrelly, a successful painter, is trying to get his career back on track after the studio fire that destroyed everything. He starts his creative juices flowing every day by running on the beach. The lovely woman who watches him also gets his juices flowing and he’s determined to reinvent his career by painting her.

Faye’s combination of maturity and sensual vulnerability intrigue Gil and he wants to immortalize her on his canvas. She’s flattered, aroused and ultimately frightened of the emotions he incites. He claims not to care he’s younger by twelve years but she believes sooner or later he’ll come to his senses and seek out women his own age. Can Faye conquer her fears? Can Gil prove to her it’s not age separating them but her fear?

“Was your studio here in this area?”

“Uh huh. Like you, I came up here a couple years ago to find myself. Since the fire, I’ve been doing some landscapes. You’re the first portrait I’ve wanted to do in a long time.”

She lay on her back, tilting her face to the sun, savoring the warmth. She’d popped a slice of apple in her mouth, and he watched her chew and swallow it. “Faye,” he began, shifting his body over hers.

She sighed and opened her eyes.

He didn’t waste any time. Through eyes barely open, he watched her lashes close, watched her lips part. He kissed her softly. With light touches and delicate sips, he tasted the sweet stickiness of the apple on her lips.

She didn’t respond. It wasn’t a rejection. It just wasn’t a response.

He braced his hands on either side of her shoulders, holding himself off her breasts so the only place their bodies met was their lips. It took all his control to go slowly.

At first she didn’t touch him. Then at the same time she began to kiss him back, she placed her palms on his chest, their warmth and pressure highly arousing. She slid her arms around him and slowly pulled him down on top of her.

He took that for permission and rolled to his back, taking her, draping her over his body. He wrapped his arms around her, one hand cupping her head lightly, giving her the opportunity to break away if she didn’t like it. She stayed, and he deepened his kiss. His tongue explored her mouth, claiming her, delving into her welcoming and passionate response.

Her moans rose sweetly from her throat, then became deep growling noises. Her hands cupped his face, held him. She massaged his tongue with hers. His cock surged in response.

He rolled again putting her beneath him and slid his thigh between hers.

Her body quivered, her hips undulated, pressing upward against his.

He moved his fingers to the buttons of her sweater and flicked them open one by one, spreading the sides to reveal a pretty white lacy bra with, thank the good Lord, a front clasp. Her eyes opened, met his with an erotic, pleading gaze. The clasp easily opened, and her full, pale breasts spilled free.

“Gil,” she gasped his name. There was no question in it, just pure desire.

Slipping his hands under her shoulders, he pulled her up, brought his mouth down, and latched onto a beautiful strawberry shaded nipple as erect and hard as a little clit.

He uttered a soft grunt at her sharp cry, drawing on her, loving the taste and feel of the tightly furled bud.

She clawed at his shoulders, writhing under him. “Yes, yes, God, yes.”

He delicately clamped her nipple between his teeth.

“Yes. Harder.”

He rocked the tip and lashed it with his tongue.

“Oh. The other one,” she begged with a breaking sob. She fisted her fingers in his T-shirt, yanking, tugging at it.

He released her nipple and pushed himself up.

“No,” she cried.

He gripped the back of his T-shirt and pulled it off over his head, tossing it aside. “I want to feel your skin on mine,” he murmured, and teased her other nipple.

She gave herself so completely over to the torment of his mouth. He could feel her fingernails on his shoulders. The harder she scored, the deeper he drew on her nipple. They fed off each other, off the ecstatic storm of their emotions. She cried his name, rolled her head back and forth on the blanket, stiffened, and covered her mouth with the back of her hand. He felt her orgasm in the vibration of the guttural groan from deep in her belly.

His heart soared, his lips tipped in an elated smile. Just giving her this pleasure satisfied him more than he thought possible. She was an amazing combination of reluctance and responsiveness. She thought her age might make her less attractive? Ha!

A Promise at Dawn is available at Amazon

Amazon Reviews

“Good short story! Faye and Gil have very hot chemistry, and their story is heartwarming. I was surprised at the character development in such a short offering. Faye had suffered such a huge loss, and we were drawn in along on her new path in life.”

“Ms Quinn paints a detailed portrait of a woman re-awakening after the loss of her husband. Her emotional state is handled quite deftly. This story has pathos, passion and humor woven together. Gil and Faye’s story unfolds quickly and it’s a scorcher.”

Author Bio

Sensual fantasies were locked in my mind for years until a friend said, “Why don’t you write them down?” Why not, indeed? One spiral notebook, a pen and the unleashing of my imagination later, and here I am with more than a dozen books published. The craft of writing erotic romance has become my passion and my niche in life. I love every part of the creative process — developing characters, designing the plot, even drawing the layout of physical spaces from my stories. My careers have been varied — third grade school teacher, bookkeeper, secretary — none of which gave me a bit of inspiration. But now I’m lucky enough to write romance full time — the best job in the universe!

Jane Leopold Quinn

My Romance:  Love With a Scorching Sensuality

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Interview with Author Guy Ogan

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAuthor & Genre’: G. D. Ogan, Paranormal-Romance (vampires who protect humans and animals).

Bio: Grew up near Fort Worth, TX; Arlington, VA & Los Altos, CA. Sports: running track, cross-country & marathons. Upon undergraduate degrees through Foothill J.C. & Texas Christian Univ. commissioned in USAF during which I completed a graduate degree in Counseling Psychology from Ball State Univ. I retired as a Major with over 20 years of service then finished a second graduate degree in Counseling & Human Development at Hardin-Simmons Univ. went to work for the Texas Criminal Justice System and after 10 years, retired as a psychologist. I’ve had long term love affairs with motorcycles, classic cars, my wife and now writing my stories.

Books now in print & digital1st of series, “Immortal Relations” a love story about a human male who gives up his “life” for love and the guardian vampires who try to protect humans from the evil type of vampires, human criminals and dictatorial politicians. 2nd in the series, “Immortal Relations, Love and War” our vampires want to save a dying friend by changing him but he suddenly becomes the leader of his country, now his nation has a leader who is a vampire at a time when it is being invaded by China (war, terrorist acts & ecological disasters hit all at once) 3rd in the series, “Immortal Relations Coming Out” having saved mankind from a nuclear war and other disasters our vampires discuss coming out to the human world in order to form a strong symbiotic relationship, but evil politicians in Washington seek vengeance for interference in the invasion of Russia by their Communist friends. As often happens with the Federal Government, they act not understanding the nature of those they wish to destroy and their efforts prove not only counter-productive but make them look both impotent and foolish.

Questions & Answers (A):

  1. Are you a plotter or a pantser? (A). I guess you could say a pantser; however, the action in my novels usually comes to me in either sleeping or waking “dreams.”
  2. What do we have to look forward to in the future? (A). Good Lord willing, I’ll be able to add at least a few more novels to my “Immortal Relations” series.
  3. Which one of your characters do you most identify with? Why? (A). Gary Logan because he is me, my military knowledge and background as well as my love of animals and desire to see good win out over evil (of which there is far too much of in the world) is what you will see in Gary.
  4. If you could sit down with anyone in the world who would it be? (A). Senator Ted Cruz to discuss what can be done to return America to a Constitutional Republic.
  5. What advice would you have for someone who is just starting out? (A). Write what you’re passionate about and what you know or can thoroughly research and while you should keep an open mind to “constructive suggestions” don’t listen to those who just want to criticize for the sake of being a stumbling block to your writing.
  6. Where does your inspiration come from? (A). A love for my country and a burning desire to see it return to the philosophy which made it great, “Through education and hard work you can achieve your dreams”…not by depending on government largess.
  7. What attracts you to your genre? (A). After finding the photograph (see page two of “Immortal Relations”) that proved what my mother had said about my father’s tryst, I had a dream and got up and started typing my love story about guardian vampires that try to protect humans.
  8. What does your desk look like? (A). Buried by a hundred sheets of notes of things that I want to include in future novels, resource materials and other data.
  9. What is the first novel/short story/poem you wrote? Did you ever publish it? (A). I had a clinical-assessment book published in 1990 on working with children, adolescents & adults to help treat Attention Deficit Disorder titled, “Can Anyone Help My Child?”
  10. Where do you like to do your writing? (A). I have a tiny 3’ X 4’ space (I’d invited my mother-in-law to live with us after her husband and my best friend died). We built onto the house so she would have a bedroom, bathroom and sewing nook on the first floor. After her passing I converted her “sewing nook” into my writing area (it is small but quiet and secluded).
  11. How do you come up with your titles? (A). They “come to me,” either while writing the book or in the case of my next (4th in the series) “Immortal Relations – Revenge” I have already “dreamed” what the book will be about, before I’ve put any of it into a digital format or on paper. So, in this case the title was the result of “mental processing” while I slept and day-dreamed.
  12. Is there a message in your novel you want your readers to grasp? (A).Yes, “EVIL can only win if good men and women stand silent and do nothing to stop it!”
  13. How much of the book is realistic? (A). While each book is fiction there is a lot of reality in each. I use historical as well as current events to extrapolate what the actions of the various parties will be. Things like the failing 25 year old cap over the Chernobyl Reactor and the dangerous leaning of the Fukushima Reactor Building are clear and present dangers as are the current threats by the Marxist regime in Washington to our freedoms and liberties under the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
  14. Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? (A). Yes, what Gary, Magdalena and Eviana do to protect humanity are often based on things I or other military members have either done or been trained to do.
  15. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor? (A). Tom Clancy
  16. What book are you reading now? (A). Michele Drier’s “White Nights” her seventh book in the Kandesky Vampire Chronicles. She is one of a number of authors who I consider friends and whom I try to help promote (even if better known than I am).
  17. Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? A. Augusta Fussell Fern, her “Cian’s Revelation” and “Babet’s Epiphany” have me salivating in anticipation of her third novel in the series. And of course,  Michele Drier’s novels are amazing!
  18. Do you see writing as a career? (A). I consider myself a “story-teller” more than a writer. A writer has perfect “penmanship, prose and punctuation” I do my best to tell an intriguing story, but know I’m a struggling journeyman when it comes to writing.
  19. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? (A). Not in the latest book, “Immortal Relations Coming Out” but I would try to cut back on the “explicit togetherness” (sex) in the first book “Immortal Relations” as it caused too much negative reaction in my family. I did make an effort to tone it down while writing it but my “muse” just wouldn’t hear of it!
  20. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? (A). If you met me, one on one, you would probably consider me outgoing and rather forceful (my military persona), but in reality I consider myself rather shy (I’d rather write than speak). Putting my thoughts on paper has always been so very much easier for me than speaking in public.
  21. What was the hardest part of writing your book? (A). I believe all authors will say the same thing…PROMOTING the novels…being “unknown” authors we find ourselves “awash” in a sea of others hoping to find a lifeboat we can climb into and at age 71 I’m unsure how long I can stay afloat waiting in the freezing North Atlantic as I watch the HMS Titanic slide under the icy, black waters.
  22. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? (A). That the passion of writing my stories has given new vigor and meaning to my life – it has been a marvelous “tonic” and even if my novels never catch on…my renewed passion is worth it!
  23. Do you ever experience writer’s block? How do you get through it? (A). Having experienced Attention Deficit Disorder all my life, my mind is in “hyper-drive” all the time so rather than “writer’s block,” I have writer’s FLOOD! The ideas come both so fast and so furiously the task is to try and pick and choose from all the possibilities.
  24. Do you ever write naked? (A). If in the middle of the night I awake from a particularly interesting “dream-state” I may indeed find my way to my computer sans clothing.
  25. Do you ever find yourself jealous of other authors? Who? Why? (A). No, I not only wish them all the very best of luck with their novels I will do what I can to promote the ones whose works I really enjoy, making positive suggestions to those who struggle.
  26. How do you react to a bad review? (A). I’m sure I’ll get one someday as it’s impossible to please everyone and I’d be a fool to try. I just try to tell a positive story and let the chips fall where they may. I’m surprised someone hasn’t taken my first book to task because of the amount of “explicit togetherness” in it…maybe they’re embarrassed to admit they have read such a “naughty book!” LOL
  27. How many people have you murdered over the course of your career? (A). Assuming we are talking “figuratively” the first book has the curtain falling on an evil vampire gang of over 100; the second book has two Chinese Shock Armies (of several thousand each) getting their “nickers ripped” after terrorists paid by the Chinese “decapitate” the Government of the Russian Federation (several hundred politicians & the terrorists also die) and a low-yield tactical nuke kills about a hundred guards and technicians at an Oil Pumping Facility on orders from rogue OPEC Ministers (who don’t fare well in the end). My third book is the least bloody – no thanks to Washington’s Marxist regime, with only a few deaths. For sake of argument let’s say 5,000-6,000 souls are dispatched.
  28. How many hearts have you broken? (A). There is a great deal of love and passion in my novels, but I can only think of one young vampire who doesn’t get the hybrid vampire young lady (my own granddaughter in the novel, who is infatuated with a shape-shifting young werewolf), but that young vampire will find love in the end.
  29. Ever knocked someone off only to regret it? (A). Not yet (and hopefully never). Being better trained and equipped than the evil vampires, human criminals and evil politicians they fight, my guardian vampires have been able to best the enemies with only a few injuries (and if you know anything about vampire physiology a severed limb reattaches with very little effort).
  30. Any topic you will never write about? (A). There are highly successful if salacious series with plots that appear to be about degrading and/or harming innocent men and women and I just don’t think I would want to do that type of story.
  31. What are the most important attributes to staying sane as a writer? (A). Sane…what gives you the idea that anyone in this field isn’t at least a little wacko?! LOL
  32. Has your dog ever eaten your manuscript?(A). No, but I love all dogs & cats and if they chewed them up I wouldn’t be upset with them but with myself for leaving the drafts where any animal might get them. I consider dogs, God’s gift to mankind to teach us about love and loyalty and they deserve out love and loyalty in return!
  33. How much impact does your childhood have on your writing? (A). Other than the first few pages of my first book where I discuss the things my late mother said, not much.
  34. What are books for? (A). In my view, fictional books are mostly for enjoyment and hopefully to enlighten the readers to some degree
  35. Do you prefer e-books, paper backs or hard covers? (A). While the “feel” of a book in one’s hands is nice, I prefer my Kindle as it currently holds several hundred books.
  36. Do you buy a book by the cover? (A). No, I read the description and comments about the story. If it sounds like a good story I care little about complaints about grammar or punctuation – to me the story is the most important thing.
  37. Do you watch the movie and spoil the book or read the book and spoil the movie? (A) I’ve done it both ways. I saw Twilight the movie before I bought and read the books, the best of which IMHO is Stephenie Meyer’s, unpublished, “Midnight Sun” which explains the emotional turmoil Edward was going through far better than the other books. Of course, J.R.R. Tolkien’s, “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of The Rings” series were out in published form long, long before the movies so as a teen I had worn out all those books from repeated readings and there is no way the movies could ever handle the extremely detailed descriptions of all the lands the “fellowship” traversed. Likewise J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels were out in print and audio books well before the movie adaptations and only a few of Tom Clancy’s superb action novels have seen a movie version produced and some, such as “Sum of All Fears” were so rewritten in the name of political correctness that the movie had little relationship to the book. Authors should never allow such misuse of their works and Hollywood should be ashamed of their cowardice to point out true evil in this world!


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