Monday, January 26, 2015

RACING HEARTS IS DISAPPEARING

I knew this was going to happen at some point and the date finally arrived. 

THIS IS THE LAST WEEK RACING HEARTS WILL BE AVAILABLE  FOR PURCHASE



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This thrilling 10 book romantic suspense bundle is being removed on January 31, 2015. My debut novel, In the Shadow of Greed will still be available for purchase but at it's regular price of $4.99 instead of in a bundle of 10 wonderful books for ONLY .99 CENTS!!!

Here is what the critics have been saying about RACING HEARTS:


  • 5 Star rating: Investing 99 cents was a no brainer for me on this book bundle. I sat down with my kindle at the beginning of the weekend and read thrilling story after thrilling story -- exactly what I had been hoping for! Each story captured me right away, and real world troubles melted as I dove in for a suspense filled weekend. I'd tell you to curl up with these stories and enjoy yourself, but "buckle up" would be a better suggestion. But enjoy these you will!
  • 5 Star rating: Book bundles are a fantastic way to find new favorite authors and this set is no exception! I found this set because I had already read one of the books, thoroughly enjoyed the thrilling read it gave me, and wanted to find more authors like her. This set did not disappoint! Each book is different than the last, but every bit as thrilling. I think everyone who gives this set a try will find something RIGHT UP THEIR ALLEY! **And the price is right!!**
  • 5 Star rating: You can't go wrong with these 10 fabulous novels. Such a great price to read and experience 10 different authors, 10 different stories, and 10 different thrills! I loved them all and can't wait to read more from these newly discovered authors.

And I couldn't help wearing a silly grin with this 5 Star rating:
  • 5 Star rating: I picked this up because I love Nancy Weeks' books, and wasn't sure what I'd make of all the others, but I've enjoyed everything I've read in this bargain bundle. Bags of excitement and atmosphere, especially in For The Love of Jazz and Touchpoint.

There are several more 5 Star ratings just like these. So grab your copy  today. This time next week, it will be off the virtual bookshelves.  

That's it for today! Have a wonderful week. Find some time for yourself, and as always, please be nice to one another.

((Hugs to all))

Nancy C. Weeks



Friday, January 23, 2015

In the Shadow of Pride and the Creme de la Cover Contest.

Happy Friday Everyone!

I received some special news early this week that placed a smile on my face. InD'tale Magazine selected the cover of In the Shadow of Pride for their Creme de la Cover Contest and I need your votes.



This is an extra special surprise because In the Shadow of Pride was just presented with a 
5 Star Crowned Heart for Excellence rating in the current issue of InD'tale. I loved writing this story. To have it showcased like this means everything to me. Folks are just going to have to put up with my silly grin a little longer.   

There are three other book covers in the running along side Pride. If you think the cover of In the Shadow of Pride is the best of the four, I would love your vote. Thanks so very much.

Vote for In the Shadow of Pride HERE: [Voting ends Sunday.]



I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing weekend. I'm going to find some time to work on my next book. Can't wait to dive into my character's lives and see what comes out on the page. 

((Hugs to all))

Nancy C. Weeks




Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WELCOME BACK MJ SCHILLER

Happy Wednesday!

I want to welcome back to my blog my wonderful friend and author, MJ Schiller. 


MJ has stopped by to tell us about her new release LADY OF THE KNIGHT, the second in the ROMANTIC KNIGHTS TRILOGY. 


Would she betray the man she loves in order to save his life?


LADY OF THE KNIGHT releases on January 27th but it is up for pre-order now for only 99 cents! Upon release, the price will increase to $2.99, so take advantage of this limited time offer. If you love romance and the adventures inherent in space travel, this is the series for you. 

MJ, I think the covers for your this series are just breathtaking!!!

Pre-order link below:




Here is what MJ has to say about her exciting ROMANTIC KNIGHTS TRILOGY....

I am a child of the eighties, so naturally my heart beats a little bit faster when I hear the opening chords of the Star Wars theme song. I was also all in for Star Trek, Buck Rogers, and Battlestar Galactica. I am not enamored by the sci-fi parts of these TV shows and movies, though; it is the romance elements that speak to me. The hero is so much bigger because he fights the unknown, the unexplored parts of the universe. He’s like a cowboy of the clouds, with the appropriate swagger, only change that six-shooter into a blaster rifle or laser sword.

In addition, I’ve recently done a series of blogs exploring the appeal of what I’ve termed the “space scoundrel.” You know him—devilishly handsome, charming, and he hasn't met a rule he hasn't broken. The Bad Boys of Outer Space! Yes, the guys who made you want to shout, “Break the rules for ME, baby!” *sigh* I always fell for them, hook, line, and supersonic sinker! I wasn’t interested in the straight-laced rule following Dr. McCoy from Star Trek, for example. Give me Captain James T. Kirk! No, Luke “IwannafollowinObiwansfootsteps” Skywalker for me. I want the incredibly hot Hans Solo. And on Battlestar Galactica, you can keep your upstanding Apollo and I’ll take Starbuck.

Dirks Benedict could always play the rogue well, whether on the A-Team, or answering to Lorne Greene on  Battlestar Galactica. And just look at the name. It says it all. Star-buck, the Stud of the Stars.

Well, my newest release doesn’t exactly have any space scoundrels in it. Instead it features two noble Knights of the High Order, sworn to defend the just, as defined by the Council of Twelve. 



The first book in the series, LEAP INTO THE KNIGHT, describes these two gents meeting the lovely princess Megan of Bethyea. Maggie and Darius feel an instant connection. Trouble is, Orion is also attracted to the lady. Which leads us to the newest release, Book Two in the ROMANTIC KNIGHTS TRILOGY, LADY OF THE KNIGHT. The play on words is deliberate. Maggie has to decide whether she will betray Darius in order to save him. Save him from what? Well, I guess you’ll just have to read to find out. ;)  

Book One, LEAP INTO THE KNIGHT, is also on sale for 99 cents!



MJ has brought along a blurb for LADY OF THE KNIGHT

Sir Darius Lee is a Knight of the High Order.

But when Darius discovers a stranger in his room in the middle of the night, and the intruder turns out to be a beautiful woman, he begins to question how he is meant to live his life.

Princess Megan of Bethyea is being held captive.

But when two knights help her to escape and bring her back to her home planet, she finds the home she knew no longer exists.

When The Council of Twelve questions Darius about his relationship with Maggie, she tries to flee from The Academy of the High Order to prevent him from losing his knighthood.

Will Darius and Orion find Maggie before she leaves Albion? And if they do, how can they face the decision of The Council? And what about the feelings Orion has developed for the princess?


Here is where you can find more about the wonderful MJ Schiller.~



AGAIN, WHERE YOU CAN PURCHASE MJ SCHILLER'S BOOKS:

LADY OF THE KNIGHT--PRE-ORDER LINK: AMAZON

LEAP INTO THE KNIGHT--AMAZON: 


MJ, thank you so much for stopping by and telling us about your new release. If anyone has any questions for either MJ or myself, please just clink on the pencil below. We love to interact with our readers. MJ left behind a question for all of us. 

QUESTION TO READERS:  What is your favorite favorite sci-fi shows or books? AND...what character makes you weak in the knees? Go on---tell us. We all have our favorites!!!!

Have a wonderful day and be nice to one another. 

Hugs to all,

Nancy C. Weeks 

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

IN THE SHADOW OF VENGEANCE IN PAPERBACK-- AND THE SERIES IS COMPLETE

Happy Sunday!

I just discovered that my newest release, In the Shadow of Vengeance is out in paperback and my first series is complete.





As I write this post, I want to pinch myself because it all seems so unreal. I can't believe the stories that have lived in my heart for three years are finished, published and I can hold them in my hands. I love the digital convenience of downloading a book on my Kindle, but to hold a book that I wrote in my hands is a feeling that is so hard to describe. 




I'm still feel like that woman who ran her hands over the binding of her favorite books in a library, dreaming of one day maybe writing down the stories that lived with me. I walked away from that dream time and again because I didn't believe in myself. A pipe dreams is an "unattainable or fanciful hope or scheme" --- and that is exactly what that dream felt like.

Well, POPPYCOCK! 


"When you doubt your power, you give power to your doubt."

~ Honore de Balzac~

Dreams come true but only if you have faith in yourself. I turned that corner and just look what I did. [Insert huge tear drop here].






I'm constantly asked what is the overall premise for this series and what compelled me to write it?

The seed for these stories came from a common, but powerful adage: love conquers all. In the real world, our lives are constantly shadowed by adversity. It’s the people that surround us that help us through difficult times. Also, I have such a great respect for the men and women who work in professions geared to keep me safe, I couldn't help writing about them. 

The Premise for In the Shadow series:

As law enforcement officers, my McNeil brothers’ lives constantly intersect with the worst that mankind has to offer. While each brother feels his world is too dangerous to share with that one special woman, fate butts in and gives that extra hard push. But falling in love for any one of the McNeil brothers isn’t your typical fall-in-love. It changes their understanding of the world and there is no going back.

From In the Shadow of Greed to In the Shadow of Vengeance, I surrounded my heroes and heroines with a large family of secondary characters who gave their all to help my heroes and heroine reach their well deserved happy-ever-after. And I couldn’t allow those wonderful secondary characters to just disappear. Instead, I gave them their own book, their own happy-ever-after.

If you would like to get to know my characters, check out the first three chapters of each book free above under the heading, BOOK PREVIEWS. And, while you are up there, subscribe to my newsletter. I'm making a habit of giving my books away to lucky newsletter member. :)

Now that the series is complete, what's next? 

My next series is in the works. I don't even know the title of the first book or even my heroine and hero's name yet, but the characters are cooking away in my dreams, bursting to be set free. While I may still doubt every sentence, paragraph, chapter I write, I don't allow that doubt to control me. I push through it and continue on. 

What do I want you to take away from this post? I want you to shove past your own doubt and reach for that one thing you believe is a pipe dream. Get down and dirty, put in the hard, grueling work and make it your dreams your reality. I believe in you.

What are your dreams? Let's talk about them in the comment section below. 


((Hugs to all))

Nancy C. Weeks



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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

BEAUTY DISCOVERED IN THE MOST AMAZING PLACES



Happy Wednesday Everyone!

Today I want to share something very special with you. It has taken me three weeks to figure out how to present this post. Instead of over thinking it, I'm just going to tell you what happen.

On Christmas morning, my son selected his gift to me from under the tree, handed it to me, and said, "I thought you might like this. Merry Christmas, Mom."

Under the bright Christmas wrapping was a interesting photo set in a simple black frame. The design wasn't something I recognized. In fact, even though the print was very lovely, and would go nicely on a wall in my home, I wasn't sure why my son decided to give me this particular gift. I gave him a smile and said all the right words a mom says in a situation like this. He then said, "But that's not all of it." He picked up the television remote control, and on Christmas morning, we watched a Youtube video that enriched my life in ways I find hard to express. One thing I'm sure of. I continue to underestimate this young man's heart. In the next five minutes, my belief in the wonder of this universe changed. If ever I doubted that God surrounded us with His beauty, well here is the proof. 

This simple photo wasn't simple at all, but, in my point of view, a small miracle, a true example of the beauty this world has to offer. What I was staring at was not just a photo of a mixture of blues but of a amazing, breathtakingly beautiful, mind blowing high magnification of colored scales of a butterfly wing. 

I didn't even know butterflies had scales.

I can't post my gift here because I may be breaking a copyright law. Instead, I'm posting a similar version, but no where near as impressive, from Wikipedia. You can also see other images here: BUTTERFLY SCALES




The first minute of the 6:33 minute Youtube video caught my attention because I have always been fascinated by butterflies. Half way through the video, I had a new profound respect and love of the beauty that exists in this world. The emotions it brought out in me were overwhelming. I haven't just underestimate my son, but our creator. 

Every day, our lives become more inundated with such ugliness, hatred, selfishness, and cruelty that it blocks out everything else. 


That's not all there is!!!!

THE MAGIC BUTTERFLY SCALES-PART 1- SMARTER EVERY DAY 104


If you can find this kind of beauty in a wing of a butterfly, what level of beauty rest inside of all of us? If we just took a few minutes of our day and searched for the good that surrounds us, diminishing the negativity for that short time, can you imagine how our world would change?

It's the beginning of a new year, the natural time for change. My challenge to all my wonderful blog readers is this: 


I dare you to unlock the beauty of your world. 

Seek and you will find. You can unlock the amazing wonders in your world simply by keeping your eyes wide open. I was shocked how often I walked right by completely missing it. So... find a small sample everyday and take a photo or simply write it down on a slip of paper. Store this new jewel in a file. On those days that seem overwhelming, to difficult to stomach, pull out those photos and fill your heart with what really matters. 

I promise to share my photos on occasion. If you would like to share your photos or what you wrote down, just post them in the comment section on this or any future post. If you can't seem to get that to work, send me an email through the CONTACT ME icon above and I'll post it for you.   

Thank you for stopping by today. I pray that this post will encourage you to reach for a better you. Please give it a try.

((HUGS TO ALL))

Nancy C. Weeks

Friday, January 9, 2015

WELCOME JENNIFER DeCUIR, AUTHOR OF TRAPPED IN TOURIST TOWN

Happy Friday, Everyone!!

Jennifer DeCuir has stopped by today to talk about her new book, Trapped in Tourist Town. This warm, charming story appears to have come from something very personal in Jennifer's life. 

I'm going to turn this post over to Jennifer and allow her tell you about her  lovely, heartbreaking--and heartwarming story of growing up in a small town on the coast of Maine. 

Jennifer, it was such a pleasure to have you here today. My blog is all yours...

Jennifer DeCuir
Trapped in tourist town. Yep, that was me a loooooooooong time ago. I grew up in a small town on the coast of Maine. The only time it got mildly exciting was in the summer, when the tourists invaded – interested in our beaches, the storefronts on the water, the amusement park and zoo and the highlight of our town, Nubble lighthouse. But come Labor Day, it was back to the same old, same old. All of the fun stuff closed down until Memorial Day. Everyone knew each other. No one did anything noteworthy.

So when I was 24, I packed my car with as much as it could hold (including my cat), sent the rest on and drove across the country to my then-boyfriend in Los Angeles. Oh, did I think I was something else! I would call home daily with reports on celebrity sightings, the new places I’d visited (“Mom, I am standing on Hollywood and Vine!) and the amazing things completely unheard of back home, like HOV lanes, the zillion fast food restaurant choices and the Bougainvillea trees everywhere.

I settled in quickly, learning the ropes in this new and thrilling city. But it wasn’t long before my perfect new life started showing its cracks. We picked out a Christmas tree in shorts. That should have been so fun, but it just seemed…wrong. I missed the snow. I missed my family. I missed my town. My first birthday away from home was spent on Catalina Island. How cool was that? 

Except that my family wasn’t there to spend it with me and it was…lacking.
I married my LA native and we eventually moved to San Diego, where we started a family. Less smog, less heat, it was a gorgeous place to live. More importantly, we were now closer to the water, something I didn’t even realize was so important to me. But it wasn’t home.

We would visit my hometown to see my parents and my sisters. I’d show my husband and my daughter the places I hung out when I was growing up. We did all the things that tourists do – because that’s what we were, tourists. I may have been raised in that town, but I no longer felt that spiritual connection to the place that raised me.


My parents have since passed away. My sisters and I sold their house, the place we always stayed in while visiting. I feel like I lost the last little piece that tied me to that town. I haven’t been back in six years. I keep in touch. I gobble up pictures that anyone posts on FB voraciously. I can’t get enough of the place. But I can’t go back. It’s too awkward. Too sad. The time I spent there is a memory, another life entirely. But it was a good life and I will always remember it fondly.



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Jennifer DeCuir's Trapped in Tourist Town can be purchased from
Amazon|Barnes and Noble|CrimsonRomance


Other Jennifer DeCuir Books

Wynter’s Journey Amazon|Barnes and Noble|CrimsonRomance

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

WELCOME SUSANNE MATTHEWS

Happy Tuesday, Everyone!

I'm thrilled to have my friend and fellow Crimson Romance author, Susanne Matthews with us today. Susanne's romantic suspense novel, Fire Angel  is featured in the new Dangerous Love bundle, available from Amazon. Susanne has agreed to a hang around for a wonderful interview about herself and her writing journey. She has also brought along an excerpt and blurb from this amazing new bundle that is selling right now for ONLY 80 CENTS!!! That is a fantastic steal.




Susanne, thanks so much for stopping by. Tell us a bit about FIRE ANGEL.

FIRE ANGEL is a Castle meets Criminal Minds kind of story. Jake McKenzie, recently returned from Afghanistan minus a leg, is a criminal profiler hired to get into the mind of a serial killer who uses fire as his weapon of choice. Jake realizes that he doesn’t understand fire well enough to do the job on his own, so he gets the police chief to send for Alexis Michaels, a fire and arson investigator with a reputation for solving complex arson cases. What he doesn’t realize is that Alexis is the girl he fell in love with at sixteen, the one who ran away, and he’s never forgotten her. Sparks fly between them, but both Alexis and Jake have trust issues to contend with, and they have to set them aside to work together to find the killer who has made it clear that Alexis is his next target.

That sounds like an very exciting read. Being a romance author wasn’t your first career choice, was it?

No, I worked over 34 years as a school teacher, most of it at the high school level. I originally wanted to write young adult books. As much as I loved to read romance, I wasn’t sure I could do it.

Who or what changed your mind?

My husband. He’s always encouraging and doesn’t complain when dinner is late or I’m so wrapped up in my writing that I forget the real world exists. I think he’s a little in awe of my imagination at times. Since many of my novels are romantic suspense, I can be quite devious.

Where do you get your ideas for your blogs and manuscripts?

Inspiration comes from almost anywhere. Sometimes it will be something that I’ve heard or seen either in real life or on television, something in the newspaper, or just a personal experience. I wrote a blog about a 3D movie that had me ducking in my seat. Last year, over 3300 people visited my blog, which I found amazing.

As far as ideas for manuscripts, I sometimes get those from the places we visit on holidays and the places I’d like to go. I’ve used a small part of my own ancestry in a historical novel, and my writing friends have given me lots of plot ideas. I’m a romantic at heart, so happily ever after is the goal in everything I write – how I get there is up to the characters.


How did you come up with the idea for this book?

The main inspiration for the crime in the book came from a series of unsolved arson cases in and around Cornwall. The villain is a composite of all the people I have met with the sense of entitlement that makes them believe that what they want is more important than what anyone else wants. My wounded warrior hero was my way of acknowledging that all those who serve in the armed forces lose a bit of themselves because of the sacrifice they make. My heroine was inspired by my daughter who has an uncanny knack of being able to bounce back from adversity and who never quits, no matter how stacked against her the deck may be. 

Wow! Your daughter sounds like a remarkable young woman. How did you come up with the title?

Angels are seen as good and demons as bad. I had thought of Fire Demon at one point, but decided that I liked the contrast of good versus evil better and decided on Fire Angel. When I chose it, I had no idea how popular the title was. I’ll check that out next time.

How does it feel to have your book chosen to be part of the Dangerous Love bundle?


It’s an incredible honor to have been considered good enough to have my work showcased with the likes of Genie Davis, Janis Lee Therault, D’Ann Lindun, and Ellen Parker. Since I just started my writing career less than two years ago, I’m absolutely amazed my publisher has this kind of faith in my work.


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What books/authors have influenced your writing?

There isn’t just one author who inspires me, just as I don’t want to write only one kind of book. I’ve read all kinds of books—science fiction, historical, suspense, paranormal, fantasy, but the thing I’ve always look for in a book was its romantic element. I’d have to say that all romance authors inspire me, and my personal favorite is Nora Roberts, who writes in so many different sub-genres, and succeeds beautifully at all of them.

Do you ever experience writer's block?

Sometimes. I think at one point or another, every author hits the wall. When I do, I go for a walk, do housework, or read for a while. Then, I’ll go back to my own work and re-read the last couple of chapters.  If that doesn’t work, I’ll set that book aside and work on something else until the muse puts me back on track.

Do you write an outline before every book you write?

No, and I feel absolutely guilty about that. It’s one of my 2015 resolutions to at least get a basic plot outline done before I start. I’m working on a series novel this year, where I have to incorporate information from other books in the series. I’ll need an outline to stay on task. All the years that I taught, I religiously preached the need for an outline only to realize that I’m basically a pantser. I have an outline of sorts, but the characters usually take me away from it quite quickly.

I do the same thing, Susanne. Outlines are great, but my characters have their voice too. Do you have a favorite character?

One? No. All my characters are as real to me as any of the people outside of my writing world. I create them on the page the first time they’re mentioned in the story and then they take on a life of their own.  If there are children in the story, they will behave initially like my grandchildren do. If it's a teenager that character might take on a composite persona of any of the thousands of teens I’ve taught over the years. I tend to imbue my female characters those characteristics of my daughter that I admire most. The males tend to be caring but not overbearing, since I’m not big on controlling men. If there is one in my stories, he won’t be the hero.  My characters control the flow of the plot, taking it where it needs to go, suffering and falling in love along the way. In a way, each one is special, whether they’re the heroes or the villains.


Book Blurb: Dangerous Love

Love saves the day in this quintet of thrilling romantic suspense novels. Indulge in the sheltering embraces of a few good men (and women!) with these taut and compelling tales of intrigue.

  • Fire Angel: Criminal profiler Jake McKenzie has returned from Afghanistan minus a leg and his sense of confidence-until Alexis Michaels is next on an arsonist's murder list.
  • Executive Impulse: Detective Kate Flynn finds her life in danger, her car sabotaged, her jogging route booby trapped, her condo on fire. And worse still-she's fallen in love with the man who may be part of the plot.
  • The Way You Love Me: Self-confident surgeon Melanie Sweet was never afraid of men until she suffered a brutal trauma-can an ex-Navy SEAL security expert working undercover help her heal?
  • Mississippi Blues: When Trey Bouche found his best friend Jace with blood on his hands five years ago, it shattered their friendship and his relationship with Jace's sister, Summer. As startling truths are exposed, Trey and Summer try to rediscover the love they lost.
  • Starr Tree Farm: Laura returns home a year after her husband's death and becomes a target for her husband's murderer. Will her childhood-playmate-turned-devilish-man unravel the secret before it's too late?


Excerpt from FIRE ANGEL


Alexis bit her lip; anxiety and regret drove her thoughts. How many people would recognize her and see her as the ungrateful niece who had run away from her benevolent uncle?

What would she do if she were recognized? She would be forced to let Captain Peters know; he might be annoyed with her for not saying anything earlier, but he had pleaded with her to take this case. Probably because no one else wanted to go to this remote place so close to Christmas, she guessed. He would have to accept it; after all, he had been adamant that she was the only one who could do this particular job.

The Paradise Motor Inn hugged the shores of the Amable du Fond River, upstream from the timber slide that bypassed the nearby rapids. The slide had been built around 1850 to accommodate the logging industry in the area. The river cut through the igneous rock of the Canadian Shield, dropping over 800 feet along its 52 mile route to empty into the Mattawa River near Calvin. The area sported three provincial parks and was popular with canoeists and campers.

Alexis stared at the escarpment that edged the gorge. The first fire had been located in the forest just upriver. It was lucky that the fire had not spread to the trees—forest fires were as dangerous in Canada as they were in California. The locals said it was arson, but until she saw the scene herself, she would not know for sure. Accidental fires had been mistaken for arson in the past by inexperienced fire inspectors, and innocent men and women had been jailed because of misinterpreted evidence. Dismissing the idea from her mind, she walked towards the reception office of the motor inn.

She opened the door and entered. She wanted a drink, a meal and hot shower—in that order. The desk clerk, a handsome man in his early thirties, looked over his shoulder at the sound of the bell. There was something familiar about him that tickled her memory; she wondered fleetingly if they had met years ago. Even though she had sworn off men after her last disastrous relationship, she felt a flicker of interest for this one, a familiar coil of heat teasing her, as if her body remembered something her mind had forgotten. She chose to spend most of her time alone, but she could be flexible for this guy. He stood, limped over to the counter, and smiled at her.

He was gorgeous, tall, topping her five foot nine inches by at least six inches. He was muscled, but not in that overblown bodybuilder way. His short chestnut hair spiked gently on top. He was clean-shaven with a Kirk Douglas dimple in his chin under sensuous full lips. What struck her most about him were his eyes, familiar eyes that she couldn’t place, deep blue like Moraine Lake, the popular glacier-fed lake in the Rockies, the kind of eyes in which a person could drown.

“Hi,” she said surprised by the catch in her voice. “Alexis Michaels; I have a reservation. I’m a little late.” She winced—three hours was more than a little late.

He stared at her a few moments as if he’d lost the ability to speak. She tilted her head, giving him a quizzical look.

“Sorry,” he stammered. “We’ve been expecting you; not to worry, your reservation was guaranteed.” His voice, once he’d found it, was as smooth as fine whiskey.

“Welcome to Paradise. Everything is ready; if I could just have your credit card?” He had an incredible smile. His eyes crinkled at the corners involving his whole face in the gesture of warmth and welcome. Why was it that a man’s wrinkles were sexy, character building, while a woman’s just made her look old and frumpy? Crow’s feet—isn’t that what they’re called? Another example of the inequality of the sexes, she thought. They never advertise wrinkle cream for men!

Alexis handed over her agency credit card, signed the paper authorizing the expense, and pocketed the large brass key he had given her.

“Generally, we can’t use the electronic locks on the cabin doors at this time of year; there’s too much moisture from the ice and snow.”

“That’s okay.” She smiled. “I don’t know how long I’ll be here, and if the weather changes. . .”

He offered to help with her luggage, but she thanked him, and said she could manage. She usually traveled light; besides, she didn’t plan on taking everything out of the car tonight. Her duffel bag, camera, and computer would do; the rest she’d unload in the morning. She inquired about the hours for the restaurant attached to the motor inn.

“We stop serving dinner at nine, but snacks are available until eleven,” he said. “We open for breakfast at six.”

She nodded, thanked him again, and went out to the car. Having that piece of eye candy around to admire and drool over might help her deal with the stress that she was sure would surface while she was here; in fact, just seeing him made her feel better. The headache she had anticipated thanks to the horrendous drive seemed to have disappeared, and she felt more relaxed than she had all day. Who says candy isn’t good for you? Maybe once she had dinner, she might look up her so-called partner.

She pulled the key out of her pocket and checked the number.

“Great,” she sighed. As luck would have it, her assigned cabin was the one furthest from the motor inn itself. It looked ominous outlined as it was against the trees, with the low fog hovering above the stone walkway—a setting straight out of a gothic novel.
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Susanne, thank you again for sitting in for an interview. It has been fun getting to know you a little better. I have my copy of DANGEROUS LOVE and can't wait to get lost into the amazing stories. 

To find out more about Susanne Matthews and her books, here is her bio:

About Susanne Matthews:
Susanne Matthews was born and raised in Eastern Ontario, Canada. She’s an avid reader of all types of books, especially those with a happily ever after. In her imagination, she’s traveled to foreign lands, past and present, and soared into the future. A retired educator, Susanne spends her time writing and creating adventures for her readers. She loves the ins and outs of romance, and the complex journey it takes to get from the first word to the last period of a novel. As she writes, her characters take on a life of their own, and she shares their fears and agonies on the road to self-discovery and love.

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