Today on my blog is the incredibly talented, Saffron A. Kent, with her newest release, A War Like Ours. I absolutely loved this book. Not your typical romance, it’s edgy, a little dark, and impossible to put down!
Three weeks ago, James Maxwell’s wife died in a car accident, but he hasn’t been able to tell his five-year old daughter the heartbreaking truth behind her mother’s death. Instead, he packs them up and leaves for a summer resort in upstate New York to spend a few peaceful weeks and to gradually break the news. But a spirited and outspoken maid at the resort has figured out his secret.
After witnessing her mother’s violent death at the hands of her stepfather, Madison Smith has turned aimless and bitter toward the world—men, in particular. Her dead-end job at the local resort and her convenient girlfriend barely keep Madison from falling apart. When she meets James, however, she’s driven to protect his child from the darkness she sees inside him.
A forbidden kiss…
But Madison doesn’t expect to find that very darkness irresistible. Drowning in guilt and memories, neither does James expect to be drawn to the sharp-witted woman who has made his life miserable. When their tempers flare, a brutal kiss triggers a need that blurs the lines of hate and desire. As their lust spins out of control, they must decide if their attraction is worth fighting for or if love is the real enemy.
Please Note: This book is intended for mature audience. 18+ ONLY.
A liar…a hater…a forbidden kiss…
My arm had begun to feel numb. I forgot to breathe as I looked at him. He could really hurt me. I knew this in my heart. He could really do it. My fear kicked into high gear. Please no. I didn’t think I could go through that again. Turned out people like me could be scared of some things, too. Surprise, my subconscious chanted, weakly.
I tried to free myself. “Let me go.”
He brought me even closer and puffed his stale breath on my face. I fought hard not to gag. His chest wasn’t touching mine, but one deep breath and it would brush. I stopped breathing.
A soft flick, a caress resonated on my skin where he’d grabbed me. It was so soft that it could’ve been air touching my skin, but I knew it was him. He was circling his thumb on my arm. My heart pounded, furious, afraid, and with a tinge of excitement. In the next second, the caress was gone like I’d dreamt it.
I struggled harder. “Let me go!” And then I broke down and uttered a word I hadn’t spoken like I meant it in a long while. “Please.”
Saffron A. Kent Bio:
Romance Writer and Reader. Coffee Addict. White Russian Drinker. Imaginary Ballet Dancer. Wanna-be Poet. Lana Del Ray & Gillian Flynn Worshiper.
My stories are grey-shaded and NC-17. I write what I love to read. And what I love to read is always twisted and angsty and emotional. My characters desperately need therapy. They tend to kiss a lot too, among other naughty things.
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For those of you who are having the after Valentine Day blues, Betting On Kincade is here to save the day.
Fall in love with your next book boyfriend.
Betting On Kincade Blurb:
Everyone Cassie Wilcox loved is gone. And now, thanks to her drunken stepfather, her house and family business will be taken from her, too, unless she can find a way to buy back the ranch from the new owner. With less than two months to come up with money she doesn’t have, her options are running out, and apparently, her common sense as she rents out rooms to an eclectic group of strangers.
Returning home for Dalton Kincade is bittersweet. Not a damn thing has changed. Two years on the rodeo circuit weren’t able to shake free the memory of the feisty redhead who’d broken his heart into a thousand pieces. Nor the sting of her parting words…Never trust a Kincade.
Winning her beloved ranch in a drunken bet is the last thing he expected to happen, but at least he saved it for her. Now, he has to figure out how to break that news to a woman who never wants to see him again. Renting a room in the house he now owns might be a risk, but it’s nothing compared to betting his heart on winning back the love of his life.
Betting On Kincade Excerpt:
“Are you going to play or just sit there?” Gary Evans slurred in drunken angst as he kicked back his chair and leaned over the table. Not waiting for a reply, he picked up the crisp piece of paper lodged between them, waved it in the air, and then, slammed the deed to the Wilcox land back down on the hard pressed wood.
Cautiously, Dalton stationed a deadly stare on the intoxicated fool and noted the shimmering of glee highlighting the steel gray of the man’s eyes. Tapping the top card, he slowly trailed his finger along the swirled red print.
He was a loser no matter the outcome. Should’ve just walked away. Ignored Gary’s foolish bet and the taunts that followed once the hook had been set. It wasn’t as if Cassie would appreciate his effort anyway. Regardless, he couldn’t walk away and let her lose it all.
Clenching his jaw, he folded his fingers around the squared edges and paused before picking up the pile.
“Read ‘em and weep,” Gary squealed gleefully as he tossed his cards next to the deed. “Four deuces.” He stumbled from the end of the table, closing the gap between them in one stride, before managing to shove a quadruple of stubby digits in front of Dalton’s face. “Four.”
Dalton studied his hand with guarded fury, then stifled the drunkard’s premature victory with a flick of his wrist.
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As I was scouring the internet for great ideas for the perfect Valentine date, I found this awesome article from Stylecaster.com ~
1. Plan a picnic.
Whether you’re heading to a park or even just your backyard or fire escape, put down a blanket, get a spread of yummy snacks, a bottle of wine, and you’ve got yourself a lovely, low-cost date.
2. Go birdwatching.
Sometimes the most romantic activities involve being outdoors together. Check if your favorite local park offers birdwatching tours, or just hang out in your backyard with binoculars.
3. Take a brewery tour.
Learn something and get beer in the process? This is pretty much a foolproof date. To find a tours, start by calling a microbrewery near you and go from there.
4. Take a workout class.
Take a spin class, a rowing class, or one of the myriad of trendy boutique workout classes that have popped up just about everywhere in recent years. Couples that sweat together, stay together.
5. Troll for photobooths.
Spend an evening looking for photobooths, and taking fun photos together. The souvenirs from the evening are just a bonus.
6. Take a boxing class together.
Not your typical date, get the endorphins flowing taking a boxing class together. If you’re on the hunt for a good boxing class, read how to find a good gym on ExpertBoxing.com.
7. Visit a museum and see something unexpected.
Going to a museum is a great date idea. Go see a controversial show, and the conversation will flow easily from there.
Pick a destination about an hour from where you live—it could be anything from a flea market to a restaurant off the beaten path—and just drive.
9. Meet for drinks at a local landmark.
From the Eiffel Tower, to the Empire State Building, to the Top of the Space Needle—head to a local landmark and admire the view, while creating your own movie worthy moment.
10. Make homemade pizzas with wild toppings.
Instead of just any dinner, make homemade pizzas, and don’t be afraid to go wild with the toppings.
12. Volunteer together.
A great first date idea, head anywhere from a soup kitchen to a home for the elderly to volunteer, while getting to know your date.
13. Work on a DIY project.
Look through Pinterest together for a project, and then execute it together!
14. Sing Karaoke.
While you are on your karaoke date, don’t forget to do a duet. When in doubt, Sonny and Cher’s “I Got You Babe” can’t be beat.
Find a dance studio that offer sessions for first timers and couples. Looking to do something really special? Consider booking a private lesson to start.
16. Go camping!
Borrow equipment from a friend if you don’t have your own, make s’mores over an open fire, and completely unplug from technology. You can even do this in your backyard!
17. Shop for each other.
Head to a thrift store, set a budget, and pick out outfits for each other!
18. Kiss, kiss, kiss.
19. Recreate the first date you ever had together .
If you went to a movie, rent the same movie. If you went out for dinner, go back to the same restaurant or make the dish that you ate at home.
20. Take a ride on a Ferris wheel.
Countless romantic comedies feature couples falling in love at the top of the Ferris wheel, and with good reason. Plus, there is something so nostalgic and wonderful about heading to a local fair or amusement park on a date.
21. Do something a little bad.
Skinny dipping, light sidewalk graffiti, doing something you aren’t supposed to be doing can actually bring couples together. Plus, it’s great for a future story.
Take your partner and your dream car you’ve rented on a weekend adventure, even if it’s just driving and exploring.
23. Go to a fancy bar and dress up.
Get dressed up, go to a fancy bar (hotel bars are an easy choice), and try something off the exotic cocktails list.
24. Head to the farm and go berry picking.
Berry picking is a fun activity, and also one that allows for a lot of talking and getting to know each other time.
25. Rent a Vespa and go for a ride.
26. Go to a midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Find a local showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, dress-up, and get into it.
27. Host your own walking tour.
Take your date on a walking tour of the neighborhood where you grew up showing off your elementary school and local haunts along the way.
28. Go for a hot air balloon ride.
A classic date that is hard for anyone to resist.
Skip to the good stuff, and by good stuff, we mean dessert, ordering a sampling of what’s on the menu.
30. Bake a cake.
Or cupcakes, or brownies, or cookies! Any activity that also involves eating makes for a great date.
31. Have a game night.
Get out your favorite old-time board game (Clue, Monopoly, you name it), and have an old-fashioned game night date.
32. Go to the zoo.
33. Take a hike.
Be one with nature on your next date, taking a hike at your favorite nature preserve or hiking path. The more picturesque the spot you choose, the better.
34. Play tourist.
Decide to play tourist for the day in your hometown—going everywhere from the museum, to the major landmark, to the most famous restaurant in town.
35. Wake up at 4 a.m. and watch the sunrise together.
Not all great dates are at night. Get up early, curl up together, and watch the sunrise.
Dust off those bowling shoes, and have a friendly bowling competition slash date.
37. Host a decadent brunch.
Go all out for brunch making everything from French toast with flambéd bananas to mimosas.
38. Binge watch a Netflix TV show together.
Pick a show on Netflix that neither have you seen, and watch a few more episodes than you probably should.
39. Create your own wine tasting.
40. Head to the drive-in.
Take some inspiration from Grease and seek out a drive-in (it sure will beat that traditional movie date). Find locations by heading to driveinmovie.com. Get some popcorn, lean back in your car, and enjoy.
41. Head to Medieval Times.
Not exactly fine dining, but an evening at Medieval Times will definitely be unexpected, and seriously fun.
42. Head to a free outdoor concert.
A great way to spend a summer afternoon, seek out a free outdoor concert, everything from the symphony to an indie band, and enjoy.
Each bring a copy of your favorite book, and read aloud from the first chapters.
44. Have a five course dinner at different places.
Instead of going to one restaurant, pick a bunch of different restaurants to enjoy various courses of your dinner date at.
45. Play truth or dare.
Not just for seventh grade parties, an evening of truth or dare makes for a great get-to-know-you date.
46. Find a rooftop pool and go swimming.
47. Go exploring with your cameras.
Take a camera, and head to a neighborhood you don’t know well, and start exploring, snapping photos along the way.
48. Head ice skating.
You don’t have to an Olympian to have fun on an ice skating date. Finish off the date with hot chocolate.
49. Go to the beach.
Head to the beach for a day of laying out in the sun, relaxation, and getting to know someone.
My book, Betting On Kincade, arrived today!
Betting On Kincade will be on sale at Amazon on February 15th, but it can be pre-ordered now at:
Please welcome Darlene Fredette with her new release Winter’s Kiss. Not only is this a great read, Darlene is including giveaways on her new release blog tour. Be sure to leave a comment on her blog for a chance at a great giveaway ~ http://findingthewritewords.blogspot.com
By Darlene Fredette
A Winter’s Kiss blurb:
Return to beautiful Redford Falls: a woman who knows what she wants and a man who knows what he needs.
Nothing thaws the chill faster than a warm winter kiss.
She’s been on a flight from hell for over eight hours, lost four hours of daylight, and arrived in temperatures twenty degrees lower than accustomed to. Disliking winter for a reason she refuses to discuss, Danielle Lerato would rather be anywhere than in Redford Falls. She needs to get the job done and return home before getting caught up in the small town’s charm…and the arms of the handsome, brown-eyed restaurant owner.
Andrew Haley’s first encounter with the buttery blonde didn’t go so well, and he well-remembers the chill of the glass of water she dumped over his head. Now, two years later, a raging storm drops Danielle back into his life. She’s determined to leave, but he’ll do whatever it takes to convince her to fall in love with Redford Falls…and him.
A Winter’s Kiss Excerpt:
Danielle probably looked a hideous mess. Her hair had come loose from the clip on the top of her head. Sleep masked her eyes. She wanted nothing more than to wash her face and sterilize her hands from the airborne germs she encountered on the plane. “I’ve been on the flight from hell for over eight hours. I’ve lost four hours of daylight, and the temperature here is twenty degrees lower than where I live.” She pulled the straps of her leather jacket tight around her waist. “I have to rent a car and drive two hours to a small town where, if I blink I’ll miss it.” She waved a pointed finger in the air for dramatic effect. “I’d rather be anywhere but here.”
A little about Darlene:
Darlene resides on the East Coast of Canada with her husband, daughter, and Yellow Lab. When not working on her next book, she enjoys spending time with her family. An avid reader since childhood, Darlene loves to develop the many stories swimming in her head. She writes heartwarming contemporary romances with a focus on plot-driven page-turners.
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I’m ecstatic to announce my book, Cowboy on the Run, has been selected from hundreds of submitted titles and chosen as the Book of the Week at BookWorks. You can see it featured at: http://bookworks.com/
And it’s on sale for 0.99 cents! Now is the perfect time to get a copy.
Early Bird Christmas Sale!
Just in time for Christmas! My book, Staking A Claim, is on sale for only $0.99 cents from December 2nd through December 16th. It’s the perfect gift for anyone who loves a little adventure with their romance.
Staking A Claim Blurb:
For most people, seeing Alaska is a dream come true. For Miami Beach resident, Samantha Held, it is merely a job assignment. Creating an advertisement for vacationing in the state gets her one step closer to achieving her career goal—partnership in Kolinsky’s Advertisement Agency.
Blake Langford is not willing to accept any exploitation of his beloved state, no matter how desirable the striking, southern blonde bombshell with fiery green eyes is, and he’s determined to sabotage Sam’s goal in every way. Falling in love with the enemy, however, was never part of the plan.
Staking A Claim Excerpt:
Fuming, Sam held his gaze as she considered his offer. She couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity to be dropped into her lap. She could learn everything she needed to know about Alaska and have a handsome, but overly protective, guide of the state to show her. Not to mention what his knowledge could do for the brochure.
It would also mean more time in his temperamental company.
Sam considered her options. She had gotten lucky finding Carlton Landing, but what about locating her elusive hotel? As proven last night, it was more than evident she couldn’t even read a map correctly. So, what real choice did she have?
She pictured her new office…the view of the ocean…the partnership. She was willing to take the chance. Besides, she’d never been the kind of girl who shied away from a challenge. Hell, so far, her life had been a series of challenges.
“It’s a deal.” Her voice came off cool and professional despite the quickening of her heartbeat. She offered her hand to shake on the agreement. “We haven’t officially met. Samantha Held. I go by Sam.”
“Blake Langford.” He extended his, grasping her hand and repeating the name she already knew by heart. He held onto her grasp for a minute longer than necessary. “I go by Wolf.”
Again, the breathtaking grin resurfaced, and an odd pulsation spiked through Sam, leaving her insides quivering like a bowl of gelatin as she second guessed her decision.
What kind of fool makes a deal with a man called Wolf?
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