Monday, December 28, 2015

Today's #MondayMashup from Maddie James

By now the big holiday push has past and I hope you all are settling in for a quiet week. With the new year just around the corner, it's the perfect time to both reflect on the past, and plan for the future. I've been doing a little of both--more planning, than reflecting, to be honest.

I'm looking at a pretty aggressive release schedule for 2016, which means I'm spending quite a bit of time this week organizing myself and resting up for the long haul. At this point I have 12 books set to release in 2016 -- a mix of full-length novels and novellas. I'll share more about that soon!

Here's some late-breaking news:

Entangled, book three in the Soul Mates time travel series, is now in print! Click here for information.

My cowboy, Parker, is hands down my bestselling book right now. Parker McKenna is part of the McKenna Ranch clan from Montana. This series is co-written with Jan Scarbrough. Have you checked out this bestselling cowboy series yet?

Maddie's Book News Today releases every Monday morning. Feel free to follow me to get book related news and events. Fueled by paper.li and routinely posted to Twitter and Facebook.

And for a limited time, Home for the Holidays will remain on sale for #99cents. Catch your copy on sale through January 4, 2016.


Friday, December 25, 2015

Jan Scarbrough's Kentucky Cowboy is this week's #FridayFeature!

My hero Judd Romeo in Kentucky Cowboy is a bull rider, a member of the PBR, the Professional Bull Riders. Meet him as my heroine does for the first time since high school.

Fisting her hand, Mandy pounded on the door. Then she stuck both hands into her pants pockets, knocking her car keys out of the right pocket. She bent down to pick them up.

The door opened and a pair of hand-tooled, black leather cowboy boots stepped into her line of vision.

For an instant, Mandy forgot to breathe, and then her breath came too quickly. Her heart raced. She glanced up. Up past the pointed toes of expensive leather boots, past tight Wranglers, past a big gold belt buckle pressed against a flat belly and a white Western shirt that delineated a broad chest and brawny arms, and into the piercing blue eyes of Judd Romeo.

She tipped her head back, unprepared for what she saw. Time seemed to stand still. Judd shifted his stance and flashed his familiar, bad boy smile. There was a Colin Farrell edginess about him, a sexy untamable quality that welled up from every fiber of his cowboy persona.

“Hello, Mandy,” he said.

Mandy has never appreciated Judd’s love of bull riding. It’s too risky and foolhardy. She doesn’t understand what motivates him.

She glanced at the makeshift bucking bull hanging between the trees. “Why do you ride bulls?”

It was a long moment before he answered. “It’s a sensation that’s hard to explain—the greatest sensation imaginable. That shot of adrenaline when you leave the chute is addictive.”

Her eyebrows drew together at his words. “But it’s so dangerous. Men have been killed trying to ride bulls.” She shook her head. “I don’t understand the appeal. It can’t be the money, because your mom told me you barely made ends meet during most of your career. Why have you stuck with it for ten years?”

Judd flashed a sudden confident smile. “It’s quite simple, really,” he said, giving her a once over with a look that curled her toes. “I like to make the crowd cheer. I like to win.”

A reviewer on Amazon recently validated my characterization of Judd when she said, “We are bull riding fans at our house so this book was particularly interesting to me. Ms. Scarbrough must either be a diehard fan of bull riding or did a lot of research of the sport of bull riding and interviews with bull riders because she really relates to the passion these young men have.”

Meet Judd Romeo when Kentucky Cowboy is available for free December 25-December 27 at iBooks, All Romance eBooks and Kobo.

Kentucky Cowboy Blurb

A contender for the world title, professional bull rider Judd Romeo defies death for a living. Now he must deal with the death of his mother by settling her estate. Returning home to Kentucky, he runs smack dab into the arms of his high school sweetheart, a woman he has never forgotten.

Veterinarian Mandy Sullivan learned early on that risk-takers are trouble. Having custody of her sister’s child, she is working hard to be both mother and father to the abandoned girl, and doesn’t count on trouble showing up next door.

Mandy discovers she can’t avoid the famous cowboy she’s never quite put out of her mind. When Mandy’s sister comes back threatening to take away the little girl Mandy loves as her own, will she realize Judd is not the same man he was in school?

Review

"Warmhearted and wonderful... Kentucky Cowboy is a keeper." — Bestselling Author Joanne Rock

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Tempt Me is today's #TuesdayTeaser!

Today's #TuesdayTeaser is from Tempt Me. This is an erotic romance/thriller. Enjoy!

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“If you do that one more time,” he growled, “I’m not responsible for my actions.”
Jordan Cross stared into the eyes of the man sitting next to her. The dark depths drew her in, rendering her powerless to pull her gaze away. Country music spun around them in the crowded City Limits bar, as patrons jostled up to order drinks. She ignored them, concentrating on the sexy specimen in front of her.
She’d had just enough tequila to lower her inhibitions but not nearly enough to lose her clothes. Yet. She glanced behind the guy’s head to the bartender, putting up two fingers. “’Nother round,” she shouted. He nodded and Jordan turned back to reconnect with those fathomless, suggestive orbs.
Something dangerous and sensual tripped down her spine, playing over each vertebrae like the melody of a siren song. It had been a long week. She was due some down time. Deserved a night to play. Right? They sat facing each other, gazes locked, their barstools nearly touching. His black hair was tousled and unkempt, his equally black T-shirt tight across this biceps and chest. One of her legs draped over his thigh, his legs spread wide. Jordan hooked the pointed toe of her western-style boot around a stool leg and jerked him closer.
His face broke into a sexy grin.
The corner of her mouth rose in a saucy smile to echo his.
Oh yes, she fully intended to do exactly what she had been doing—one more time, and then some. To hell with being responsible.
“Where were we?” she teased.
“I was saying you need to stop or I…” He lazily leaned in and bit her lower lip, tugging on it with his teeth. He pulled back and let go when the bartender placed two more shots of tequila in front of them.
Jordan straightened. She licked then salted her hand, and grabbed a lime and her shot. In a one-two-three motion, she exhaled and licked the salt, downed the shot, and bit the lime. Expertly turning the shot glass upside down on the bar, she looked at him and said, “Ah. Fortification.”
He raised his shot, threw it back, and countered, “To fornication.”
Jordan nearly spit. “Not what I said.”
He snaked his hands around her waist and pulled her to the edge of her stool. “Doesn’t matter.”
“So about what I was doing.” She leaned in and purred the words, her lips grazing his whiskered cheek, leaving a moist trail of steam behind. Her gut jittery with the anticipation of sex, she trailed a forefinger up his inner thigh, tracing the seam of his jeans with a feather-light touch, all the way up to where the seams joined between his legs.
She held his gaze as her finger pressed on, lazily moving up and over his zipper.
His cock jumped. Jordan arched a brow and grinned. “This?” she repeated.
With a snap, his hand clamped over hers. “Yes.”
She flattened hers out over the heat of his bulge. “Sometimes being irresponsible is the fun part,” she whispered.
He squeezed her hand. “You have no idea what you are getting into, honey. You’re out of your league.”

Jordan smiled. “Au contraire, Mr. Inflated Ego. Bring it on.”

Monday, Monday -- Maddie's #MondayMashup!

Hey folks! It's a new week at my blog and I'm starting off with a Mashup of news from the past week.  (okay, a day late but who's counting?) Here we go!

#RecentRelease -- In case you missed it, I've repackaged and re-released a couple of titles from my Bella Masters collection. Two for Christmas is a compilation of two of my menage a trois novellas with a Christmas twist. Also, Two for Christmas is now available in print, too! Also repackaged is The Bachelorette Party. Watch for news about this one in print soon too. Hopefully in next week's Monday Mashup! Check out this link for more details about my most recent releases.

#NowInPrint -- One of my goals for this year and next is to get all of my books in print -- even the shorter novellas! I'm pleased to share that one of my most popular cowboy books is now in print. Look for Parker, of the Montana McKennas, at your favorite retailer. You can also purchase direct from this link.

Maddie's Book News Today releases every afternoon. Feel free to follow me to get book related news and events. Fueled by paper.li.