Monday, May 2, 2016

To Protect and Love Excerpt from Crime & Passion

 Today's Excerpt is from

Crime & Passion

Written by Chantel Rhondeau


Brandon grabbed her around the waist before she could turn. “At least give me a proper kiss goodnight.”

Madeline shoved him away from her, irritated by his aggression. She had known it was a bad idea to go out with him, but she’d been upset to learn the truth about Donovan and made a rash decision. 
“I’m sorry if you expected more, but that’s not happening tonight.”

Footsteps sounded in the hallway behind her. At least the little gossips would be able to spread around the fact that she didn’t let every stray man into her apartment. Though apparently having Donovan there before did enough damage to her reputation.

“Come on,” Brandon begged in a low voice. “Just one little kiss?”

“I think you should leave,” she said. “Goodnight, Brandon.”

Suddenly, Madeline felt a presence behind her as someone loomed over her shoulder. She knew who it was without looking. A delightful shiver passed through her as the heat from his body pressing against her back elevated her pulse.

“I think the lady wants you to leave,” Donovan said, his breath puffing against her neck. “Looks like the date’s over.”

No matter what her betraying body wanted her to do, Madeline refused to melt against Donovan. She stiffened her spine and turned the key in the lock, opening the door and stepping inside. She looked at the two men facing off against one another on her doorstep.

“Why are you here, Donovan?” she asked. “Did you have to leave the restaurant because they didn’t have a sippy cup for your date?”

Brandon laughed. “I think you’re the one who’s not wanted here.”

Donovan glared at Brandon. “I’m here on official business, and I do believe Maddie asked you to leave.”

“My name is Madeline!”

Memories of her father came crashing in. He’d lovingly called her Maddie McFatty her whole life, never knowing how much her weight bothered her, or how it crushed her when he said that. She worked hard to lose the extra weight once she reached adulthood, but the breakup with Cameron had not been easy.

Her mom’s life theory was ‘chocolate cake solves all problems.’ Madeline had solved her problems to the tune of twenty extra pounds and only managed to work ten of those off so far. Did Donovan see a fat girl when he looked at her?

Donovan was staring at her, and Madeline realized he had spoken to her. “What did you say?”

“I need to talk to you about some things. Can I come in?”

Uncertainty gripped her. If he only wanted to scold her again about her dating habits, she didn’t want to deal with that.

“It’s about the case,” he said when she hesitated.

“It’ll have to be quick.” Madeline stepped back and swept her arm toward the living room, indicating he should go there.

“Wait,” Brandon protested. “He gets to come in?”

Donovan stepped past Madeline, a smirk on his face as he headed for the living room.

A decorated police officer, more intent on justice than following the letter of the law, lands in trouble when a gorgeous schoolteacher finds a dead body on the beach.

Crime & Passion is part of the

When the oath to protect and serve tangles with love, expect sparks and lots of heat!
Hot firemen, alpha cops, sexy detectives, and dashing federal agents...this anthology from 9 best-selling and award-winning authors will have you rooting for your favorite heroes and heroines as they step up to the greatest challenge of their lives--to protect and love.

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Officially releases on May 3rd! 
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About the Author: Chantel Rhondeau

Bestselling Author Chantel Rhondeau once thought a mystery or fantasy book with strong romantic themes was the highest level of reading bliss. After reading her first romantic suspense, she never looked back. Chantel is author of six romantic suspense novels, three Christmas novellas, a sports-themed novella, and the McCallister’s Paradise contemporary romance/family saga series. She lives in the western United States and when she's not writing, she loves playing cards with her family, bowling on leagues, and snuggling with her lazy kitties.

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

To Protect and Love Excerpt from Protecting his Wolfe

Today's Excerpt is from 

Protecting his Wolfe

Written by Melissa Keir

Late one October evening, after most of the staff had left, Betsie chose to get the last of the filing done before heading out, hoping to earn some bonus points from Miss Hildebrand, the imperious clerical supervisor at Anderson. After all, nobody waited at home for her.

She kicked off her shoes and wiggled her toes, glad to be free of the fashionable toe-pinchers after a long day. Grabbing the stack of papers, she walked over to the tall filing cabinet. She sniffed and sneezed. “Julie must have worn the whole bottle of Chanel this morning.” Her co-worker’s “more is better” perfume policy made their close quarters trying at times. Juggling the folders in one arm, she pushed the window open for fresh air then sat on the floor to sort the files. Perhaps Mrs. Hildebrand, the old dragon who ran the secretarial pool, would appreciate her efficiency and lay off her for once.
Few, if any, other staff members remained so late in the day. Only the soft hum of the fluorescent lights broke the quiet, and she was able to work quickly without all the interruptions of the business day.

As she finished alphabetizing A-L, harsh voices echoed from outside, startling her.

Who could that be? She crept closer to the window, but found it too high to see the people below. 
Perhaps she shouldn’t have stayed alone at night, no matter how it might benefit her career.

“Do you have the stuff?” The voice sounded familiar. She scrunched her eyes, trying to envision the person behind the sound.

“Yes, I do, but the drugs are hidden until you pay me twice the amount we agreed on.”

She held her breath and crouched behind the file cabinet, afraid to make a sound. Is that Mr. Anderson? Why is my boss talking about drugs?

“That’s not the way to do business. We agreed on a fee. I did the loading and driving. I had all the risk.” The rough voice took on a menacing tone with a rasp that sounded like he—and it was clearly a man— had smoked three packs of cigarettes a day for twenty years.

“But it’s my company and my name on those trucks, which means I’m taking the biggest risk if we get caught moving your drugs. So the amount is double.”

Betsie’s heart raced. She’d never known anyone who’d been involved in dirty business, and now she was working for one. I wish I hadn’t worked late. Her leg hurt from her cramped posture, and she rubbed her calf to try to ease the pain. Closing her eyes, she retraced in her mind the office layout and an escape route. Just in case.

“I don’t have the money now. You should know that. You write my paycheck. You’ll pay for lying to me!” Johnny, her friend from the warehouse. He’d always treated her like a sister. How could he be involved in such a dirty business?

“Don’t threaten me. You won’t like it when I’m threatened. Find a way to get that money by Tuesday, or I’m selling them to another customer.”

Their voices faded until Betsie couldn’t hear them anymore. How could she be sure they’d left the premises? Had she heard the whole conversation right? She didn’t want to chance running into them, so she looked for a place to hole up. Could the men have been talking about something other than drugs? Maybe it wasn’t Mr. Anderson and Johnny. After all, she hadn’t actually seen the people.

Terrified someone might still be hanging around and learn she’d overheard their conversation, she tiptoed to the door, stuck her head out, and looked around, alert for the slightest movement. The screech of a cat and the rattle of cans falling in the alley made her jump. Throwing her shoulders back, she forged ahead. She couldn’t stay there all night. On the walk home along the dark streets, her heart fluttered as if it would escape her chest, especially after Mr. Johnson, walking his dog, said hello.

Twisting each of the three locks on the door made Betsie feel a tiny bit safer, but it wasn’t until she climbed into bed and pushed the largest knife from the kitchen under her mattress that she felt relaxed enough to sleep.

Passion has a way of igniting when people are under stressful situations, but is Betsie and Jonah's relationship a matter of desire, or is it something more? 

Protecting his Wolfe is part of the

When the oath to protect and serve tangles with love, expect sparks and lots of heat!
Hot firemen, alpha cops, sexy detectives, and dashing federal agents...this anthology from 9 best-selling and award-winning authors will have you rooting for your favorite heroes and heroines as they step up to the greatest challenge of their lives--to protect and love.


To Protect And Love box Set 

 Officially releases on May 3rd! 

Pre-order your copy today!

About the Author: Melissa Keir

For my wedding in Vegas, my books and computer came with me but there wasn't enough room for my wedding shoes. It’s all about priorities! As an avid reader, I was probably born with a book in hand. Luckily my mom was also an avid reader, so it was easy to "borrow" her books when my books were finished.
I was reading from an early age about dashing men on horseback riding to the rescue of strong willed and capable women who didn't really need rescuing. I came to expect that women in fairy tales should have fought their own battles. When I was older, I found Margaret Atwood and realized that women could re-tell history in their own way and I experimented with changing those basic fairy tales.
Fortunately for me, my husband allows me the opportunity to be myself (spend my salary on books) and still takes care of the really important things for me like killing spiders and opening jars. As an elementary teacher, teaching children about the many worlds inside of books is a gift that I’m lucky enough to do for a living. Teaching the next generation to love reading is a lot of fun! Reading the right book can make a new world come alive!
Currently living in the suburbs of Ann Arbor, Michigan with my darling husband, way-too-grown-up children and spoiled dogs, I enjoy getting away through a book to escape the harsh winters or summer road construction.