Sunday, January 29, 2012

And A Drum Roll Please To Announce Three Special Winners........

Can we have a drum roll please? I'm announcing my winners from the Shameless Giveaway Blog Hop today....
Winner of the full PDF set of all three Love Covenant paranormal romance books from Evernight Publishing (Love Tattoo, Love Scars, Love Knots) is Stephanie (burbanette)

Winner of a PDF copy of my first time travel romance A Time To Love from Champagne Books is
Ann (Kyreadinggirl)

Winner's choice of any of my novels in their selection of ebook format is Gena Robertson.

Emails will be heading out to the winners within the hour.  I want to say it is SO hard to pick winners and to make it fair I always put each entry on a slip of paper, toss them into a container and draw.  Otherwise I know I could never make up my mind.   Thanks to everyone who stopped by for their wonderful comments and I wish I could just offer everyone the prizes!

Stay tuned for the next big blog hop I'm participating in - the With Love Valentine's Blog Hop, a huge hop with over 200 participating authors all put together by the wonderful and amazing Drea Becraft!  I'll have many more prizes and it runs February 11-14.  On the heels of it, I'll be in another blog hop,
The Naughty After Dark blog hop Feb 15-22.

In the meantime, I have a new release coming out this week, a contemporary Valentine's Day release from Rebel Ink Press, A Patient Heart.

Here's the blurb and an excerpt:

As a little girl, Catherine dreamed she'd marry Connor Donavan one day and as teenagers, that dream seemed within reach until Connor ended their relationship, leaving town and breaking Catherine's heart. Ten years later, far from the old hometown, Catherine reports for work as a nurse one snowy January evening and learns that her new patient is none other than her old love, Connor. When he recognizes her, all the old feelings stir but a few sparks fly, too. As Connor recovers from an accident, Catherine realizes she loves him more than ever and he seems to love her as well. But after he leaves the hospital and convalesces at her home, his real life intrudes into their quiet time together. Then Connor leaves Catherine behind and she stays until a message sends her speeding to Kansas City, to Connor's club... On Valentine's Day.

Connor looked so much like a petulant little boy she laughed, then bent and kissed him full on the mouth with heat. His arms caught her and held her as he kissed her back, his lips sweet as she recalled and yet confident with a maturity he’d lacked before. Catherine felt the pull of his mouth on hers as he took control of the kiss, as strong and inevitable as the ocean tides. Heat flushed her face, spread through her body like ignited wildfire. She welcomed the raging flame, recognized it for what it was and exulted in it. She didn’t know about the love but the passion they’d shared survived. His mouth explored hers, commanding and yet gentle. She caught her breath, held it until her head swam. If she hadn’t caught sight of the monitors he remained plugged into, realized his pulse rate rocketed, his heart rate increased and his blood pressure shot up, Catherine might not have stopped when she did. She pulled back, her lips still warm and curved in a smile.
“Slow down, sweetheart or you’ll collapse into the floor,” she laughed.
Connor grinned but she could see the shimmer of perspiration on his face. “It’d be worth it if I do. I’m dizzy as hell, though.”
Catherine started to laugh but his expression shifted and warned she pushed his head down between his legs, “Don’t pass out, please, Connor.”
Voice muffled, he responded, “I’m trying not to, Cat.”
His breathing sounded too fast but she put one hand on his back, standing beside him, worried but as he calmed, he began to breathe at an easier pace and she sighed with relief.
“Are you okay?” she asked.
Connor sat up, face ghost white but lit with a grin. “Yeah, I’m fine, just shakier than I thought.”
“I’m sorry,” Catherine said.
His grin widened to the proportion of the Mississippi River, “I’m not.”
A nursing assistant burst through the door, wide-eyed, “Mr. Donavan is everything all right? I was watching monitors at the desk and yours went wild.”
“I got a little excited,” Connor replied smiling.
“He’s getting settled in the chair,” Catherine added, “He’s about to have lunch.”
The aide looked from one to the other as if she’d missed something, “Well, okay. If everything’s fine, I’ll go.”
“Thanks,” Catherine said and faced Connor, one hand on her hip. “Now you’d better eat some lunch.”
She raised the lid again and he made a face. “I told you I’ll try.”
Catherine sweetened the pot for him, “Eat what you can and I’ll bring you sausage pizza for your supper.”
His glower shifted to a glow. “Really? Will it be with mushrooms, onions and black olives too?”
“Of course,” she said, “Now please eat or all deals are off.”
Connor laughed but he ate a good portion of the meal, griping as he did and then asked her to help him back into bed “I’m tired, now”
His heavy-lidded eyes confirmed it and so she assisted him, smoothing down the sheets and covering him once he had lain down. Catherine picked up his hand and stroked it.
“Get some sleep. You look like you could use it.”
“I will if you kiss me,” Connor said.
“No way,” she retorted, “I’ll save it for later when you can handle it better.”
He opened one eye. “I liked it, Cat and I’d like some more.”
A rush of remembered heat swept over her and she felt the warmth as she blushed. “We have plenty of time, Connor. Get some rest and when you wake up, I’ll shave you if you want and we’ll see about a shower. You still need to piss on your own, too.”
He curled his lip. “God, Cat, you’re bossy all grown-up.”
She gazed down at him and snorted. “Is it a bad thing?”
Connor shook his head. “It’s not if you still love me and I think that’s why you do it.”
What could she say to that that didn’t admit how she felt? Nothing so she kept quiet. After a few moments, Catherine bent down and grazed his forehead with a chaste kiss.
“Sleep tight,” she murmured, “I need some rest too so I’m going home for just a little bit while you nap. I want to change clothes, too, but I promise I’ll be back. I should be here before you wake up, okay?”
 Connor nodded, eyes closed but his lips turned down as if he didn’t like her to go. “I guess. I wish you’d stay.”
Catherine resolved not to cave in this time. “I’ll be back in just a few hours.”
He nodded, almost asleep and before she lost her nerve, Catherine picked up her purse and hurried out the door. She caught the elevator just a few steps away and left but her heart remained behind her, back there with Connor.
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