Thursday, November 28, 2013

#NewRelease ~ Forbidden Trouble ~ Military Romance/Humor

Title: Forbidden Trouble 
(Tyler's Trouble Trilogy Book 3) 
Author: Travis Casey
Genre: Military Romance/Humor
Release Date: November 25, 2013

Powerful women are his weakness. Trouble is his strength

Tyler Chambers doesn't have to look for trouble, it finds him. He is not happy when his assignment is switched from living a carefree life sailing around the South Pacific to working in a stressful environment in the cold, wet climate of Scotland.
The last thing he wants is responsibility, but his efforts to avoid it wind up impressing his boss, Naval officer Darcy Novak - and she does not impress easily. Tyler is seduced by her position of power and changes his tactics, aching for her attention.

As she gives him more responsibility, the relationship edges to being more than just professional. But they must fight their true feelings as their personal affection for one another is forbidden by Navy regulations.

Quality Assurance Inspector and co-worker Charlotte Kemp doesn't have the same code of ethics and uses her professional power for her own personal pleasure. When her lust goes too far, Tyler's world is thrown into chaos, forcing him into some tough choices and a web of lies.

Wanting the wrong woman turns out to be more trouble than Tyler bargained for. His work life fixing submarines is hectic, but he must also fight forbidden desires while shunning a man eater.

"Tyler, you stole my heart. You stuck up for me when I couldn't have. You came to my rescue when others wouldn't have. And you loved me when you shouldn't have. All I can say is…I'm glad you did."

Join Tyler as he weaves his way through trouble in Scotland … and a Loch of Trouble  

Though you could read Forbidden Trouble on its own as a complete story, I highly recommend Travis Casey's first two books in the Tyler's Trouble Trilogy. Racy, raunchy humor of an adult nature with a lot of sexcapades and thrills. Check them out at Amazon too!

You can also connect with Travis at his website

If you want some fun, fast, humorous reading on the naughty side to laugh off your Thanksgiving feast, Travis Casey is always a great bet. Happy reading!!

~~ Chantel ~~

Monday, November 25, 2013

Holiday Heroes - Make a United States soldier smile this Christmas!

Happy Monday, everyone! 

Last night on Facebook I ran across a meme talking about a program I never heard of before. Holiday Heroes through the Red Cross! Apparently, we can send a Christmas card with a personal message of thanks or well wishes, etc., to make a soldier's holiday brighter! I think this is wonderful. 

Whether I agree with the various wars we get involved in or not, I always support our troops. These men and women protect our freedoms so we can do what it is we'd like to. I always feel blessed to live in the United States, but our freedoms have not been won by people like me sitting on the sidelines being happy about those freedoms. Let's show our appreciation to our service people!

There are a few guidelines and restrictions (no inserts or glitter, for example) and also a place for donations to help veterans and/or soldiers' families. For more information, check out the web site at The Red Cross. 

What an easy way to show our appreciation! Have a happy day and a wonderful week!!

~~ Chantel ~~

Friday, November 22, 2013

#NewRelease ~ Stepping Off A Cliff ~ YA Paranormal

Title: Stepping Off A Cliff
The St. Augustine Trilogy: Book II

Author: Doug Dillon
Genre: YA Paranormal
Length: 321 Pages

Release: November 11, 2013

Presented by: As You Wish Tours


An otherworldly, evil and dangerous force infests America’s oldest and most haunted city, St. Augustine, Florida. Everyone living there, or visiting, is at risk in ways too horrible to imagine.

Standing between this invader and the people of St. Augustine are teenagers Jeff and Carla, the mysterious Native American shaman, Lobo, and Lyle, the homeless guy.

In their quest to save themselves and all the inhabitants of this ancient, Florida city, Jeff and Carla uncover lost parts of St. Augustine history, push past the limits of space and time, and encounter what they come to realize are the true walking dead.


“You did all that with the dragonflies, didn’t you?” I asked Lobo. “That was anything but natural.”

“You give me too much credit.” He still stared straight ahead. “Besides being intelligent and curious, dragonflies are at times drawn to heightened psychic energy just like we’re giving off right now. They see it as we would see heat waves rising from the distant surface of a street on a hot day and they feel it as a slight tingling in their nervous systems.”

Part of me wanted to ask him how he could possibly know any of that, but a bigger part just accepted what the man had said. There were times, I knew, not to question Lobo’s ability to see way beyond normal human awareness.

“Some Native American lore says the appearance of many dragonflies is a sign of coming change and enlightenment.” Lobo turned to look right at me with his eyes flashing. “You’ve already had a lot of change in your life since Carla introduced us in my workshop, haven’t you?”

“No kidding.” Was that ever an understatement. “At the time, you said I had problems buzzing around me like yellow jackets.”

“And so you did, but you had the courage to face what you must, head-on.”

Wow, I thought, a rare compliment from Lobo. “Yeah, and almost got Carla and myself trapped in my ancestor’s self-created spiritual hell or even killed.” Thinking back on that time though, I had no doubt that Lobo’s guidance helped us to survive.

About the Author

Doug Dillon has been writing for adults and young people since 1984, especially in the paranormal realm. An award winning educator, he spent many years as a classroom teacher, school administrator, and coordinator of programs for high-risk students. Prentice Hall, Harcourt, Mitchell Lane Publishers, Boys' Life magazine, Learning Magazine and The Orlando Sentinel have all published his work.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Current projects, the future, and an excerpt

Happy Wednesday! 

Halfway through. I can't say that I'm ever sad to see us getting closer to a Friday! So, I told you Monday that I'd let you know what I was working on, what my plans were, and maybe have you weigh in on those plans. Obviously, my #1 plan is to finish my Agents in Love series in 2014/2015, as I'm not going to leave you all hanging with that. Right now, I'm writing Book 2 - Love & Redemption, and I'm really having a lot of fun! As much as I enjoyed Carlie and Nick, I love Shelley and Gavin. For different reasons, and it is a much different type of book, but I'm at about 40K right now and I'm loving it! However, I do find myself staring at a lot of pictures like this: 

just to get me in the spirit of what I'm doing. 

I know when I finish Love & Redemption, I'm moving right into working on Love & Compromise, which will feature our little FBI hacker, Jenessa Jones and President Sharp's youngest son, Kole, as my main characters. I have a lot of ideas about this book running through my head, and this series is already turning into something much different than I thought it would. I think (and don't quote me on this) there will be two more books, Love & Murder and Love & Vengeance. I know who the last book will feature, but I'm going to keep that a secret for now, in case my muse changes her mind. I hate making promises I can't keep.

If my hands hold on and my headaches stay to a dull roar, I hope to write all of these books in 2014 so that the series can be released in its entirety by early-ish 2015. No hard dates, because when I do this as a part-time in my spare-time job, I can't guarantee the speed with which I'll write. Safest to say, as fast as I can. :-) 

After that, though, I have a choice of projects that clamor for my attention, and I thought it would be a good idea to ask my readers if any of these ideas even interest you, since you are ultimately who I'm writing for (well, besides myself...if I don't enjoy it, none of us will). My first idea is a contemporary romance series that will have likely four books. It will be McCallister's Paradise and is about a family that runs a resort area on their own private island in warmer waters near Hawaii. This book will follow all the children through their trials and getting married off to the right mate. 

The other idea is one I've actually had for years. I don't have a name for the series, but I do know the characters. Faith and Evan. Faith is a psychic who sometimes consults for the police department on cases they can't solve. Evan is a private detective who does not believe in psychic abilities. So, yeah. They should be all sorts of fun to write. I think the books will be a trilogy in which they work on a murder in each book, but their romance will slowly build throughout the series. I'm not even sure you could classify it as a strict romance, since they won't be getting down and dirty in every book, but the trilogy, as a whole, would ultimately be a grander-scale romance.

Besides that, I have a few stand-alone romantic suspense book ideas climbing inside my head. I really don't know if there is room in there for me anymore! There are plenty of voices going on!!

So what do you all think? What's your favorite idea for me to build upon next in the grand scheme of things. Is there an idea here that you absolutely hate and wouldn't want to read the books? An idea you positively love? Any input is greatly appreciated! 

Since you're all super patient, and I know how hard it is waiting for books to come out, I decided to give you the first scene of Love & Redemption so you can get a look at Gavin Hart. I really like him. I think you will too! I'm doing a cover reveal about a month before this releases, so I can't share the entire cover with you, but here is what Gavin and Shelley look like, just to give you a visual. Can't wait to share the whole cover. It is HOT!! 

Love & Redemption
Book 2 - Agents in Love
Copyright 2013 Chantel Rhondeau
Chapter One
Gavin Hart held his breath, hoping the two thugs wouldn’t look up and notice the cover missing from the ventilation duct or spot him inside it. No matter how good he was at body control, Gavin couldn’t shimmy through the large ductwork without alerting them to his presence. If only he’d been able to get away before they entered the room. Now, he helplessly watched the scene unfolding in the room beneath him.
The blonde opera starlet held out a small black bag, fidgeting her feet as she looked at the ground. “They said you’d have money. What’s with the guns?” Her hands trembled when the skinnier of the two men snatched the bag away. Perhaps she figured, as Gavin did, that the thugs didn’t plan to pay.
A slimy grin flitted across the darker-skinned man’s face. He hefted his gun. “The boss ordered a change in plans, Sierra.” He twisted a silencer onto the end of the pistol.
“The boss?” Sierra dropped to her knees and a tear tracked down her cheek. “No. Please, don’t kill me. Just take the diamonds.”
The man’s partner shook his head, brushing sandy hair from his eyes. “You know things don’t work that way. It was only a matter of time before we caught up with you. You should have vetted your customers better.”
“He’s going ahead with the bracelets? I’d hoped to stop him.” Sierra bowed her head and clasped her hands together, murmuring what sounded like a prayer.
“That won’t save you.” The dark man took a step forward and pressed the barrel of the gun against her head. “Such a waste of talent. You could have been a top S.A.T.O. agent if you hadn’t turned your back on Paul. You knew he needed these diamonds.”
Gavin swallowed down his horror, wishing he could do something to stop the inevitable. It would be foolish to try and save her. She took a risk by selling the high-quality diamonds. Whoever Paul was, he wasn’t the only person interested in them. Several clients approached Gavin about acquiring them. He didn’t know why they were special, but it was a bigger score than he’d landed in a long time.
Below Gavin, the man pulled the trigger and his weapon made a soft sound, almost like that of a pellet gun. Sierra collapsed to the ground. Red oozed from a small wound in the front of her head, trickling down the starlet’s face. Gavin then made the mistake of looking at the back of her head. What was left of it.
Jerking involuntarily, he bit back bile rising in his throat and slid slightly on the slick ductwork. His foot hit the side of the vent shaft, sounding out a loud, metallic ring.
He tried to lean into the shadows, but the skinny man’s head snapped up and his blue eyes locked onto Gavin’s.
“Terrance,” he murmured. “We have a problem.”
That's all I have for you for now. If you missed the first book in the series and happened upon this post by accident, you can still vote for what you think I should focus on after this series, but be sure to check out the "Books by Chantel" tab and see where you can get my titles! Oh, I almost forgot! Thanks a million to everyone for all your support and for the great reviews you've been leaving on all my books lately. I don't comment on the reviews, because I find that unprofessional, but I do read them, and it means the world to me! 

Time for me to get back to work! Let me know what you think and have a happy day!!
~~ Chantel ~~

Monday, November 18, 2013

Life gets busy! Checking in.

Hello my happy reader friends! So, I know I haven't really done any personal-type posts in forever! It's been a crazy few months...really ever since summer. Getting both my kids off to college, then fighting a headache every day for 6 weeks, all while trying to finish and launch Love & Deception (Book 1 - Agents in Love). It's been a rather wild ride. I wasn't sure I was going to make it for a little while.

In the midst of all that, I made the decision to stop taking my medicine for rheumatoid arthritis, because I didn't think it was really helping my pain all that much and my hair was falling out by the handfuls. Wow. There is arthritis pain, and then there is arthritis PAIN! Goodness gracious. I forgot what true pain was until after my pills wore off. Maybe they weren't controlling my pain well, but they were doing something. I'm on a new pill now, that is doing just this side of nothing and I'm thinking it might be better to go to the old medicine, but I'm pushing through. I see my doctor again in December, so hopefully she'll have ideas. Enough whining though! The rheumatoid arthritis is definitely a diagnosis I've learned to accept and I am moving on with life. And, on the plus side, my hair isn't falling out as fast as it was. Yay! 

The kiddos are doing great in school, though I'm anxious for the holiday season to start so they will get to stay home for a long stretch. But both are getting good grades and making friends, which is all any parent can ask for. My son, who is going into to be a police officer, passed all his tests as far as arrest techniques and shooting. He has a few more tests and then an internship to do. It's a little scary to think that after his birthday next year, he'll actually be a cop! I'm super proud of him, but the mamma in me can't help but worry too. 

My daughter isn't so sure school is her thing yet. She's awfully homesick still, but it's her first year. I know that will pass. She is doing awesome in her classes, getting the hang of the workload. She's also doing a great job on the bowling team! Just finished her first tournament in which she finished in 7th place overall for the women. In December there is a big 4-day tournament in Las Vegas and I'm going to travel with her and spend the week. Should be great to see her in action! I'm looking forward to it. 

Other than that, things are quiet on the home front. Me and my honey and the kitties are trying to stay warm now that the weather changed. It's quiet without the kids, different, but not altogether bad. I'm able to get my writing done a lot quicker, which is a plus. Now, if I ever sell enough books to quit the day job, we'll be in business! :) 

So, that's what's up with me lately. How are you all doing? 

Wednesday I'll post a bit about what I'm working on now, and where I plan to head in the future with my writing. Maybe you can weigh in and tell me what you think/give me your vote on what I should do next.

Have a happy day!!
~~ Chantel ~~

Friday, November 15, 2013

Cover Reveal and Giveaway! Fanged Outcast by Elisabeth Wheatley

How much would you sacrifice for a love that wasn’t yours?

Hadassah managed to befriend her kind’s worst enemies and save her brother and the human girl he loves from the Vampiric King—once. After a month spent in quiet hiding under the protection of the Huntsmen, a surprise attack from a band of Kaiju shatters their brief reprieve. Faced with new challenges and new threats, Hadassah and the others must once more fight for her brother and the girl who stole his heart. And this time, the Vampiric King isn’t the only one they need fear…

Action, suspense, humor, and romance collide in this anticipated sequel from teen author, Elisabeth Wheatley.

Author Bio & Links
Elisabeth Wheatley is a teen author of the Texas Hill Country. When she’s not daydreaming of elves, vampires, or hot guys in armor, she is wasting time on the internet, fangirling over indie books, and training her Jack Russell Terrier, Schnay.

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

How to help: Organizations offering relief to Typhoon Haiyan survivors

Like me, I'm sure many of your are saddened by the overwhelming devastation from the typhoon that hit the Phillipines. The following link takes you to a great article at that has a lot of links on places you can donate to in order to help with the relief efforts.

How to help: Organizations offering relief to Typhoon Haiyan survivors

I know this is a super short blog post for me. Headed to work, but wanted to help spread this information.

Friday, November 8, 2013

#NewRelease ~ Daydream's Daughter, Nightmare's Friend ~ Nonnie Jules

Book Intro!

"She was one horrible mess.  Always looking over her shoulder, avoiding becoming too friendly with the neighbors, never letting her kids out of her sight for fear of human monsters lurking around corners, waiting to cause them harm.  That anxiety stemmed from her own childhood memories.  Always fearing  that someone would recognize her face, she kept to herself and didn't go out much.  And when she did, no matter the season, she wore some kind of hat or covering on her head, enough to shield her face.  HE had done this to her even though he was dead now.  

Walter never understood why she was such a loner, avoiding  people as much as she could, and just being extremely anti-social outside of the house.  Houston was originally her home, not his, yet she didn't even want her own family and friends to know that she had returned.  The only person she found herself able to really open up with was him.  And although she tried to make him feel otherwise, he knew that there was still a huge wall up that even he would never be able to see over or climb.

Marisa had a secret and if it was ever discovered, it could cost her her life and her freedom."

"I couldn't put this book down! Every chapter that I read kept me on the edge of my seat, excited about what was to come in the next chapter.  I want hope there's a sequel! Lifetime out for DAYDREAM'S DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE'S FRIEND.  You're going to want to turn this script into a movie!"- P.J. Soemer, Book Lover




Nonnie Jules, Author

"...and her words breathe life onto paper"

If you're interested in keeping up with this author, please check out the links below! Thanks for joining us on this collective 25 blog BOOK INTRO!!!

Nonnie's Book Store - Signed Copies & more
Twitter: @nonniejules

"The Good Mommies' Guide to Raising (Almost) Perfect Daughters,"
100 Tips On Raising Daughters Everyone Can't Help But Love!


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

#NewRelease ~ I Found My Heart in West Virginia



Cheyenne, or Shy as she is better known, makes the huge decision to move her and her four young children to the mountains of West Virginia. Despite coming from a small town in west-central Florida, she had been living in upstate New York with her ex-husband...had been, those were the key words. After finding out her ex-husband was having an affair with a childless eighteen year old girl, Shy calls it quits. West Virginia had long ago found a special place in her heart. The mountains are beautiful, the people are friendly, and you can find a piece of the old life hidden out in the hollers. It doesn't hurt that Cheyenne's favorite cousin, Jace, and his family abide there either. Nor does the cheap property prices. Shy hopes she will find a new life for her and her children. She wants freedom, and a simpler way of life. What she doesn't expect to find is a rough-around-the-edges backwoods boy with plenty of troubles of his own to entrap her heart so quickly after the end of her marriage...or ever, come to think of it. (Please note: This book is for mature audiences only. Recommended for ages 18+)

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Excerpt #1:
Cheyenne/Shy's Point of View

Shaking her head, the judge looked up from her papers. “Mr. Carter, is this all of the paperwork you have for me?”

“Yes ma'am.” He answered. I wonder where he dug out those manners from because I certainly had never seen them.

“Mrs. Akers, you also?”

“Yes ma'am.” I answered.

She nodded her head. “Okay, this case is simple. I'm throwing out both of your claims and starting from scratch. “ Both of us cringed. Neither of us knew whether this would be a good thing or a bad thing and for who. “Here's the deal: I am extremely surprised that you are paying only $600 a month for the care of four children, Mr. Carter. This is absolutely unacceptable.”

“But, your honor...” He began to protest.

“No, hush. This is ridiculous. Do you really think $400 a month would cover the expenses? No. Now, Mrs. Akers. Here is what I am going to tell you. I can grant you the $800 a month today, or you can go back and refile your claim without a set amount. Simply refile with all of this information and say that you want the claim disputed. You can get much, much more than what you are currently receiving.” My heart was thumping at what she was saying, but I couldn't help but wonder how much longer that would leave me in the hole, without any form of support besides the money I currently made. I voiced my question. The judge took a deep breath. “Well, that depends. I see you live in West Virginia now. Since you're here in New York now, I suggest you go to the department of children and families and refile. It takes four to six weeks to process, and then they will set you a court date within four weeks of the time they decide to allow your case to go through. You may be without child support for two months, but I think it would be well worth it to you.”

“Your honor, if you don't mind me askin', how much money do you believe I could receive?”

She snorted. “I wouldn't be surprised if you got at least $500-$600 every two weeks, plus,of course, you'll get a lump back payment.”

“That's ridiculous!” David cried out. “Her and her kids aren't worth $600 every paycheck!”

David was going to curse his outburst, and while I felt so bad for my poor children, I enjoyed hearing what the judge's next words were. “Mr. Carter, it is people like you that make me sick to my stomach. These are not her children. She did not immaculately conceive them all by herself. You provided the sperm and I'm assuming not much else. If you hadn't dragged her to this court today, demanding you pay even less than the ridiculously low amount you already pay, she probably wouldn't have ever filed for more. I know her type, and she is going to do just fine for her kids all by herself. I hope she wrings you're sorry ass dry in court, and I pray I get the case so I can have the pleasure of helping her do it.”

“You can't talk to me like that!” David sputtered, his face turning red and the veins in his neck bulging.

“I just did. Case dismissed.” The judge, who was now my hero, banged her mallet and whisked herself out of the court. I couldn't help but smile as I made my way out of the court room. It had been a private hearing, so Jace was waiting just outside of the doors for me. Although there were chairs available for him to sit in, he had chosen to lean up against the wall.

“How'd it go?” He asked me anxiously as soon as I came out of the court room holding my little folder tight against my chest.

“Good, with a tiny bit of bad news.” I looked up and saw David storming towards us. “But I'll tell you all about it later.”

“You had better not take this thing back to the courts, do you hear me?” David sputtered. His face was still bright red. He wasn't taking this very well.

“No, sorry, I didn't hear you. I was thinking about going down to the department of children and families.” I said, careful not to raise my voice. I was going to rise above him and his petty yelling. I no longer disliked him...I loathed the very thought of him.

“You do and you'll regret it! Trust me one this one!” He threatened.

I was about to reply with a smart remark when Jace stepped up. “Why don't you just back off before I put you in the ground?” His voice was soft, but it was lined with steel. He meant what he said.

“You can't threaten me! I'll have you thrown in jail you backwards hillbilly!” David never did know when to keep his mouth shut.

Jace only laughed. “That's hypocritical, ain't it fella? I seem to remember you doin' some threatenin' yourself just a second ago.”

“!” David stuttered. He had always let his anger get the best of him, and his tongue couldn't keep up with his foul mind. He stormed off without a backwards glance, leaving his threats behind him. Truth be told, he was probably scared of my cousin. I know I would have been if I were in his shoes.

Jace and I looked at one other and we burst out laughing. David looked so funny fuming and fussing like a toddler, and I was ecstatic about the way things had gone today. “C'mon, let's go Jace.” I said.

Excerpt #2
Willy's point of view

I saw the girls- all four of them- headin' back out of the woods, soaking wet. I whistled and yelled, “Woo wee ladies, y'all are lookin' like some hot messes.” The guys laughed, and I saw Cheyenne blush. The other three girls only rolled their eyes. They did this kind of thing all of the time, but it would seem as though Jace's cousin did not.

I hadn't been drinking all that much, shocking though that might be, but I grinned at the girls like a bobcat. My second go at getting a good look at that girl was just as good- if not better- than the first time around. Looking at her now, in nothing but a blank tank top stuck close to her body and a pair of ripped jeans, I felt about ready to burst. Later, after some subtle prompting by Jace, she ended up beside me, but we didn't talk much at all. It was nice, though, I gotta admit, just being next to her.

Time went by, and around midnight, we all called it quits for the night. I only had two beers under my belt, so I drove Jace's truck home. His cousin sat in the front seat, looking just a bit shiny in the eyes. Jace was nearly passed out and Josh was holding his stomach. Those two had drunk more than their fair share.

I looked back at Cheyenne...or did she like being called Shy better? Eh, who knew. “So how many'd you drink little girl?”

She looked at me. “First, I'm not a little girl, honey. Second, I only had about six or something.”
and here I was thinking that she was, as her name implied, shy. Seemed to me now that she was feistier than she acted. “Well, excu-use me darlin'.”

She half-laughed,half-snorted at me, rolling her eyes as she did. “How many'd you drink then?”

“Two.” She laughed at me. “I figured someone'd better be the designated driver and caretaker, after all.”

“I thought designated drivers didn't drink anything at all.” She retorted. She didn't look at me though. She stared out of the passenger side window. Maybe she was shy and it was just the alcohol doing the talking. Either way, I didn't care. I was going to take advantage of her being pulled out of the little bubble she had seemed wrapped in until she downed her six beers.

Laughing, I said, “Well, you must not be from around here honey, because drinkin' two beers is like drinkin' a bunch of water to me.”

“Does that mean your an alcoholic?”

I snorted. “Hell nah it don't. I just like to have fun I guess. I'm a mite bigger than you to boot.”

She shrugged, and kept looking out the window. We pulled up to the Aker's house in silence, and between me and her, we got the other two inside. I wasn't sure what to do with Josh, so I dumped him on the floor in Jace's bedroom and covered him with a blanket. When I came back into the living room I caught the butt end of a conversation between Cheyenne and Miss Debbie.

“Oh no, honey, I'm sure they're fine. I'd be glad to watch 'em. I promised them me and Jack would take them to go get ice cream in the morning anyways. You go on home and rest.”

“Well, I don't think I can really drive myself...” she started.

Before I knew it, my big mouth had gotten me into something, “I can take you home.”

Miss Debbie smiled at me and looked down at her niece. “See? Jace can bring your truck back to you tomorrow, no worries.”

A few more protests and Cheyenne turned to me. “You sure you don't mind? It's a good twenty minutes or so to my place.”

I shrugged. “I offered, didn't I?”

She shrugged. “Yeah, I guess...thanks.”

We got outside, and I said to her, “Uh, we're just gonna have to walk down to my place to get my truck is all.”

She looked a little nervous. “How far is your place?”

Joking, I said, “Close enough they can hear you scream.”

She laughed genuinely for the first time since I'd met her and followed me up the holler, which was lit only by the pale light of a full moon. It was an unusually beautiful night. Or maybe the company I was in just made it seem that way. I wasn't but four or five houses down the road, and we made it in plenty of time. I opened up the front door, unlocked as usual, and told her that she could come on inside while I got the keys. Matt was sitting on the couch watching television when we came in.

“Hey boy, what do you think you're still doing up?” I asked him.

He just shrugged. “It's not a school night.”

“Uh huh,well I gotta drive her home and when I get back, your butt better be in bed, ya hear me?”

Matt laughed. “Uh huh. Got it.”


“Uh huh.”

Cheyenne just stood there staring at us, the shine of alcohol was slowly leaving her eyes but it was pretty obvious she was still buzzed. I grabbed the keys, told Matt I'd be home in an hour or so, and then I herded Cheyenne out towards my old beat up truck. It was an ancient red Toyota, but it had served me well so far. She still seemed anxious as we pulled out of my short driveway and down the holler toward what served as the main road in these parts. I looked over at her a few times,one hand on the wheel and one arm resting on the open window. When she never said anything, I decided to try and strike up a conversation. She might be one of the most gorgeous things I had ever seen, and I might not be inclined to getting involved with anyone, but a guy could be friendly, right?

'I Found My Heart In West Virginia' Playlist:

1. These Boots Were Made For Walkin', by Loretta Lynn
2. Do You Believe In Life After Love, by Cher
3. Take Me Home Country Roads, by John Denver
4. Your Cheating Heart, by Hank Williams Sr
5. Crash My Party, by Luke Bryan
6. In Too Deep, by Sum 41
7. How Country Feels, by Randy Houser
8. Blocked, by Young & Wise
9. Thrift Shop, by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, featuring Wanz
10. All I Wanna Do, by Sugarland
11. A Country Boy Can Survive, by Hank Williams Jr
12. I Will Survive, by Gloria Gayner
13. I Love It (I Don't Care), by Icona Pop
14. Amazing, by Janelle
15. Take A Little Ride, by Jason Aldean

About The Authors

Chelsea Falin is the independent author of twelve current titles. This will be her thirteenth title. Her previous works include the 'Growing Roots Series' and the 'Benson Family Chronicles.' She has wanted to be an author since a very young girl, and finally made that dream come true about four years ago. In her personal life, Chelsea is a wife of almost five years, the mother of a four year old daughter, and a freelance blog/article writer. Her hobbies and interests include: fishing, writing, reading, football, hiking, traveling, cooking and history.

Cory Hammond is currently working on her first independent title, but has co-written one previous book with Chelsea (Southern Jokes: Funny But True). This will be her second co-authoring pursuit. Cory is a recent high school graduate and will be starting college in the fall where she will be pursing her AA Degree. Her hobbies and interests include: writing, fishing (particularly cast netting), football, reading, music, and World War II history.

Chelsea Falin and Cory Hammond are sister-in-laws who first met over five years ago when Chelsea began seeing Cory's brother. The two have since become best friends and their similar personalities paired with their unique writing styles make all of their joint writing endeavors appear seamless.


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Monday, November 4, 2013

#Free romantic suspense Crime & Passion

Crime & Passion is free for a limited time!!

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

Officer Donovan Andrews knows how to have a good time—ask any woman in town. But when it comes to men abusing their wives or children, Donovan takes it upon himself to make them regret it. 

Madeline Scott is unlucky in love. All she wants is a quiet place to heal, away from cheating, womanizing men. However, her life is far from peaceful once she stumbles across the body and witnesses someone fleeing the scene.

Terror spreads in Pleasant View when the small community hears a killer is on the loose. All evidence points to Donovan, and he realizes someone is trying to frame him. When troubling suspicions from his past surface, even fellow officers believe he’s guilty. Madeline might be the only person who can clear his name, but first he has to win her trust.

The body count rises and no one is safe. The murderer makes it clear Madeline is next. Soon, Donovan’s whole world is focused on protecting her and keeping himself out of prison. The more time he spends with her, the harder it is to fight his growing attraction. Since she’s been burned by love, convincing Madeline he’s interested in something more than hot sex may prove harder than keeping her alive.

Sale on all ebooks the entire month!!

Check Crime & Passion out at your favorite e-tailer! This promotion will go until 11/11/13. After that, the price will start reverting. However, all of my books will be on sale throughout November for only $2.99! That is $1 off their regular price! Pick them up now and enjoy a great November with some hot romances and twisty plots! 

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Friday, November 1, 2013

#BookReview ~ Breaking the Rules by Melinda Dozier

Title: Breaking the Rules
Author: Melinda Dozier
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 5 stars

A forbidden love affair in the past has led Hope Robinson, a middle school principal, to Harbor Bay, Florida, where she commits herself to play by the rules. This can be difficult for a perpetual klutz, who - even strapped in a cast - has to uphold a competent attitude at all times.

Luckily, she has Dr. Colin Calaway on her side, a widower and father of a student, who is ready to give love another try. When Colin convinces Hope they should explore the connection between them, a steamy romance develops, though it could destroy them both. They must decide if their jobs - and their hearts - are worth the risk.

Sensuality Level: Sensual

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My review:

I loved this story. I first read it as a beta reader and then again once it was published by Crimson Romance. The very first thing that struck me was how much I identified with Hope. Clumsy to the point of being a "frequent flyer" at the doctor's office, she is also really sweet and overall someone I felt was a good person. I connected with her right away and really liked her. 

Bring on Dr. McSteamy and we have a hot romance going on. Granted, a forbidden one since the good doctor is also the parent of a student at Hope's school. Their love has some starts and stops, and Hope tries to hold onto her head and keep her heart separate. Though there were a lot of great scenes, I have to say I loved their date and the beach party!

The real stealer of the show was little Jason, Colin's son. He likes Hope and it is obvious that kid needs a mom. I just wanted to reach out and hug him! Overall, another great read by Melinda! Looking forward to her next!

Happy reading friends! Have a fantastic weekend!!
~~ Chantel ~~