Monday, December 31, 2018

Enjoy an Excerpt From Her Rebel to Kiss by Debra Salonen


Happy New Year’s, my friends!
Will you be curled up with a special someone watching the glittering ball drop in Times Square? Or are you celebrating with a fun crowd, complete with champagne and kisses? Maybe you’ll be like me…snuggled under the covers with my hubby reading. ;-)
Whatever your method of welcoming the new year, I wish you joy, happiness and love in 2019.
For my final blog of 2018, I’d like to share a story that opens on New Year’s Eve at a gala event in Marietta, Montana. I love this second-chance romance, and I hope you will, too.



A masked ball. Two star-crossed lovers. A New Year’s Eve kiss at midnight. Who says Fate doesn’t have a sense of humor?

Excerpt HER REBEL TO KISS © Tule Publishing:
“It’s that time, my friends. Grab a glass of champagne and that special person. Here we go. Ten…nine…”
Bailey’s voice got drowned out by the crowd.
“Eight…seven…”
He closed his arms around Nicole to keep her safe as more people flooded onto the dance floor.
“Six,” she said, looking directly into his eyes. The lights had come up so he could study the subtle hues mixed in the blue of her irises.
Beautiful eyes. Familiar, somehow.
“Five,” a voice boomed to his left.
Tucker, who was holding Amanda the same way Justin held Nicole, gave Justin a guy-nod that seemed to say, “Way to go, bro!”
Justin liked to think he didn’t need his friends’ validation to feel good about his choices, but this time he was navigating new waters. Dangerous waters. This woman was about to become his boss. That couldn’t be good.
But Nicole didn’t feel dangerous or threatening.
“Four…”
She felt as though she’d been made to dance with him. They fit together perfectly. He liked every thing about her, except her job.
“Three…” If he and Nicole were going to do this, he had to make sure they had an end game in place.
New Year’s Eve. Maybe the weekend. They’d play that part by ear, but after Monday nothing could happen between them.
“Two,” he said softly.
“One,” she whispered, looking into his eyes with a question he was ready to answer.
“Happy New Year.”
“Happy New Year,” he said before lowering his head to press his lips to hers.
He expected the usual few minutes of testing the waters, feeling each other out, but that didn’t happen. From the moment their lips met, he felt as if he’d crossed the Rubicon. This wasn’t a one-time deal. They’d done this a million times. Together. Theirs was a reunion of souls kissing across eons, remembering.
Her lips parted, her tongue seeking his without hesitation. He hadn’t expected such frankness, but her greedy pleasure made him need more, too.
He closed his eyes and immersed himself in her sweetness, a combination of honey and spice. He would have gone on exploring this newfound fascination forever if not for the sensation of something touching his head. He pulled back and look around.
“The balloons,” Nicole cried, letting go of him to tap at the large white, gold and silver balloons cascading around them.
Confetti shot from somewhere nearby added to the glitter and excitement. Nicole was pulled from his arms to exchange air kisses and hugs with perfect strangers. Justin found himself in a bear hug, too.
“Helluva thing, huh? Beats the crap out of last year,” Tucker said.
Justin clapped Tucker on the back. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”
“I mean starting the year off with someone you care about. There’s a first time for everything, Ona always says.”
Ona, Tucker’s Cajun grandmother, was a font of truisms. Justin had met her twice and loved the dear woman as the grandmother he’d never had. I wonder what Ona would say about me kissing my future boss? Probably something arcane about not defecating where you eat, damn it.
He caught up with Nicole before anyone else could dance her away. He grabbed her hand and spun her slightly off-balance back into his arms. “Unfinished business,” he mumbled against her lips.
She may have started to protest but her reaction changed the minute she realized this kiss meant business. His tongue wasn’t polite or inquisitive. Justin knew what he wanted, and it started now. They were both breathless when he broke off the kiss before embarrassing himself too badly. His body reacted to her in a way he didn’t remember happening with any of his previous lovers.
“You’re coming with me, right?”
“That depends on which of our rooms is closer.”

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Happy reading, my friends! And HAPPY, HAPPY 2019! 
DEB


Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas & FREEBIES From Debra Salonen



MERRY CHRISTMAS, BOOKGIRLS!

How’s your holiday spirit? I have a couple of holiday movie suggestions in case it’s running low—and two FREE short stories that might bring a smile, too.

First, my hubby and I absolutely adored Kurt Russell in Netflix’s new movie—sure to be a classic—THE SANTA CHRONICLES. We highly suggest you stir up a cup of eggnog, put your feet up, and prepare to smile.

Second viewing suggestion: The Man Who Invented Christmas. Maybe it was watching author Charles Dicken’s trials and tribulations that struck a chord with me, but I loved this movie and plan to watch it again with my grandchildren.

Since time is short, here are two sweet short reads that you can download for free through ProlificWorks (formerly called Instafreebie).

MY CHRISTMAS ANGEL  - a very short, very sweet love story about kindness, generosity, and strangers who touch our lives in ways they might never know. CLAIM HERE: ANGEL



AND MONTANA GIFT


Do you know your parents' love story? Or, more importantly, the story behind their story?

When Louise Jenkins' granddaughter innocently asks, "Grandma, how did you and Grandpa Oscar meet?" Louise seizes the opportunity to set the record straight by writing her memoire. But she knows she can't tell her family's story without bringing up some painful memories. 

Will the raw truth jeopardize hers and Oscar's newfound serenity? A Christmas story that shines a light on the power of love.

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Wishing you the happiest of holidays and a very merry Christmas!

Deb


Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Bells, Rings, and Angels' Wings by Linda Wisdom

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Holiday Homecoming? Humbug!

Libby Banes wished Christmas would go away--along with her husband, Tyler. But would Santa answer a wish from Willow Hills, Indiana, population 400? Suddenly darkness fell, snow swirled, and Libby could barely find her way home. But strangers answered her doorbell...and elsewhere family hung stockings without her. Then she saw Tyler under the mistletoe with another woman! How could Libby make them believe who she was, and get her life--and her husband--back in time for Christmas?

Monday, December 17, 2018

Get a Sneak Peek at Caleb's Christmas Wish by Debra Salonen


We have made it to the last full week before Christmas! I hope your week gives you a moment here and there just for you. And if that moment includes time to read, here’s a snippet from one of my favorite holiday books. Warning: it’s an emotional read, but the pay-off is oh, so sweet.

 CALEB’S CHRISTMAS WISH – West Coast Happily-Ever-After,  Book III

How far would you go for the sake of a child?
Black Friday. Black ice. Lives changed in a blink.
The lines in Miami financier Jake Westin’s world are crisp and easy to delineate: black and red, profit and loss. On paper. Until the day after Thanksgiving when Allison Jeffries—a woman he’s heard about for four and a half years but never met—calls to tell him the world they’ve shared from opposite sides of the country will never be the same. Pam and Kenny Rydell—Jake’s best friend and only link to the “bad ol’ days” of his youth—died in a car accident on the way to a Sierra ski resort, leaving their son, Caleb, with his grandmother, who upon hearing the news of her only daughter’s death went into cardiac arrest. In an instant, Caleb’s godparents—two grieving strangers who never imagined the worst-case scenario becoming a reality—must decide how to best care for the little boy they both love.
Jake is determined to do the right thing for Caleb—even if that means facing demons from his own loss-filled childhood and dealing with the woman Kenny called “a sweetheart but wound too tight for her own good.” Allison suffers no illusion that she’d make a good mother. After all, hasn’t she let her computer business fill the gap left by a failed marriage and aborted pregnancy? But she’ll do anything in her power to give her godson the life Pam intended for her son—even if that means sharing a house with the charismatic stranger Pam teasingly called “Jake the Rake–a broken heart waiting to happen.”



FIRST KISS Excerpt © Loner Llama Press:

“I’m home. And I have pizza.”
Allison’s cheerful greeting made Jake want to crawl under the table. She’d been working in Fresno all day while he and Caleb had delivered canned goods, done a little Christmas shopping and taken a nap. Now, instead of giving his partner some much-needed down time, he was leaving her alone to care for a rowdy little rascal who refused to bathe.
“Ummm, pizza,” Caleb cheered, racing past Jake to meet her at the back door. “I want pizza. I want pizza.”
Jake hurried after him. Even though he felt guilty about leaving, Jake rationalized that this outing wasn’t entirely his fault. He’d been coerced by Richard, who wanted to introduce Jake to the volunteer firemen. The group planned to honor Kenny at a memorial next month and needed Jake’s input.
“Let me help,” Jake said, hurrying to relieve Allison of a plastic bag obviously filled with a six-pack of cans.
“Thanks,” she said. “The handle was cutting off circulation to my fingers.” She shook her hand then walked to the kitchen counter where she placed a large cardboard box and a paper sack.
“So how did we do today?” she asked, stealing a piece of pepperoni off the pie. “Cans galore?”
“We topped last year’s total by how much, Caleb?”
“Six million,” the little boy said, taking the paper plates and napkins out of the sack.
“Six hundred,” Jake corrected, trying not to laugh.
“Wow,” Allison exclaimed. She hung up her coat and washed her hands. “That’s impressive. How ’bout money-wise?”
“Eight trillion dollars,” Caleb said his eyes aglitter.
Jake loved to see his godson joke. This was the child he remembered from summer. Jake extended his arms in an impression of Frankenstein and ambled toward the little boy. “How much?” he roared.
“Eight thousand,” Caleb squealed, dodging left when Jake lurched right. Napkins flew into the air. Allison tried to catch them and wound up tripping over Jake’s foot. His only recourse to prevent her from falling was to snatch her into his outstretched arms, which curled backwards without conscious thought.
“Oh,” Allison said, with a small exhale. Her face was close to Jake’s. Her breath carried the tangy scent of pepperoni.
“Eiou,” Caleb cried, ducking behind the paper plates he still held. “Kissing. Just like Mommy and Daddy.”
Allison righted herself almost immediately and stepped back. “Sorry.”
“No apology needed. It was my fault.”
Caleb yanked on Jake’s pocket. “You didn’t kiss her.”
“Well, no…I…um.” Jake felt his face heat up. He was rarely speechless, but this was definitely one of those times.
“Shall we eat?” Allison asked, her voice wobbly. “I’m starved.”
Caleb tugged again and motioned Jake to bend down for a private chat. In a loud whisper, the child said, “You have to kiss her. Girls like kisses. We can’t lose another mom, Jake.”
Jake’s breath left him. He put his hand to his face and squeezed the bridge of his nose to keep his tears at bay.
Suddenly, he sensed Allison’s presence. She picked up Caleb and put her free arm around Jake’s back to pull him into a hug. “Everybody likes kisses,” she said softly. She pressed her lips to his cheek, and then did the same to Caleb.
The child hugged her fiercely then wiggled free. “Can I have chocolate milk with my pizza?”
Allison smiled. “Sure. There’s a carton in the door of the fridge.”
Her arm was still touching him. Her warmth enveloped him. Her scent made his mouth water. Girls weren’t the only ones who liked kisses. He lowered his head and touched his lips to hers. She gave a startled peep but didn’t move away. He kissed her again, his tongue teasing her lips that parted hesitantly.
The whooshing sound of the refrigerator door closing made her jump back. Her expression was unreadable, but her blush told him she was embarrassed and regretted the kiss. Jake wished he did, but in all honesty, he wanted more.
~~~
As a thank you to all my valued readers, you can download Caleb’s Christmas Wish at my online bookstore for 50% off using this code: SK2U5DPZPY
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May all your holiday wishes come true!!
Thanks for reading! Your positive reviews are greatly appreciated!!
Deb



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