Madison visits Romance Lives Forever!

I’m very excited to have Dr. Madison Hayes from Perfectly Christmas spotlighted on author Kayelle Allen’s Romance Lives Forever blog! Drop by for a fun interview and get to Know the Heroine. 😀    It’s HERE

 

Perfectly Christmas

On the first day of Christmas, his true love said to him, “Sorry, I have to work.”

That’s the life of a surgeon, and Dr. Madison Hayes wouldn’t have it any other way.

Dr. Quinn Malone has another priority. In the countdown to Christmas, he needs to convince his old flame that there’s more to life – and love – than the job itself.

This time, his heart is in it for the long haul. Really.

Romantic and . . . complicated – it’s Perfectly Christmas!

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Who can resist hot firefighters?

I’m so excited to welcome multi-published and award-winning author, Nancy Lee Badger! She presents this full-length contemporary romance, With Every Spark. She has used memories of life as an EMT and volunteer firefighter in rural New Hampshire, to set a story filled with sights, sounds, beautiful landscapes, and a terrifying forest fire.

 

Thanks for hosting me, Linda. Growing up on Long Island, NY, then my many years of living in rural New Hampshire at the foot of the White Mountains, created a love of waterfalls. This helped give me the ideas for the entire series. This is a stand-alone story released September 2nd and part of my Opportunity Falls novels.

 

More about With Every Spark, Book #4, Opportunity Falls series

Josie Miller senses that fellow paramedic-firefighter, Pete Thayer, is hiding something behind his sketchy history. He has a reputation for one-night stands in the small town of Fairfield, New Hampshire. He doesn’t look at her that way, but Joe finds she is falling for him.

They respond to accident calls, medical emergencies, and fast-moving forest fires amid sparks of another kind. Outside influences come in to play, and Pete is accused of murder. After he professes his innocence, and their relationship ignites, her brothers intervene. A suicide note, a fight, stolen moments of love, and a desire to listen to their hearts, lead these two heroes toward a climax filled with tension, pain, bloodshed, and atonement.

 

Excerpt from With Every Spark 

Pete jumped out of the ambulance driver’s seat and slammed the door. He started hauling on his fire gear, as well.

“You’re scowling. What did dispatch say?”

“Nothing. The radio doesn’t work. The storm’s last bolt fried everything electrical. It’s toast.” He glared at her as he pulled on his helmet. “We will be, too, if we don’t find a safe way out of the fire. Are you familiar with this area at all? I usually hike and climb on the south side, near Falcon Ridge.”

Josie picked up the portable oxygen tank meant for patient care, not firefighting. She pulled the strap over one shoulder while fitting the mask over her face. Opening the valve, clean, clear oxygen flowed into her nose and mouth. It would keep the smoke at bay. For awhile. She pulled the mask back down in order to answer him.

“I played here with my brothers. Several trails end up at Birch Tree River, before flowing under Lennox Bridge, then passing to the other side of north Main Street. If we keep going downhill, we’ll meet up with the river.”

“We’ll find our trek slow-going in these heavy coats.”

“We need to conserve our strength,” she reminded him.

“Our strength won’t mean squat if we get caught in the fire. Let’s go. We’ll regroup with the others, later. Don’t leave anything personal in the ambulance.” He glanced back at the rig. “It won’t be here.”

At the thought of their ambulance, stabbing pain pierced Josie’s chest. The rig was their responsibility. Over two–hundred–thousand dollars worth of equipment will be swallowed up by flames. “There’s nothing we can do?”

“Not a thing. Let’s go,” he scowled. “I don’t plan to die today.”

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Because Nancy likes ANY reason to celebrate, her Halloween Sale has started!

Reg. $3.99, WITH EVERY SPARK ebook is now $.99 until HALLOWEEN (October 31st)

 

Author Bio

Nancy Lee Badger was born in Huntington, New York and has fond memories of growing up on Long Island. Her life changed when she attended college in New Hampshire. After meeting her husband at Plymouth State, and raising two handsome sons, Nancy moved to North Carolina where she writes full-time. Nancy is a member of Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina Romance Writers, Fantasy-Futuristic & Paranormal Romance Writers, Australian Romance Readers Association, and the Triangle Association of Freelancers.

 

 

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Thanks so much for stopping by, Nancy Lee! Your book sounds hot! 

Welcome Carly Jordynn!

I’m so pleased to welcome Carly Jordynn, author of the Forest of the Mist series. She’s sent along Davy McGuire, hero from the third book of the series, Guardians, which will be released Dec 5!

Linda:  Joining us today is Davy McGuire from the Forest of the Mist Series written by Carly Jordynn. Thank you for agreeing to an interview, Davy. Rumor has it you’re in a lot of trouble these days. Would you care to explain?

Davy:  I think the question is when have I not been in trouble. When I was younger, before the alternate realms evened out my aging and growth, I kidnapped my soon to be Grandfather into the portal paths and took him to Paradise Valley.

Linda: Paradise Valley? Portal paths? What are you talking about?

Davy:  Paradise Valley is an alternate reality that some people can reach when they are in a coma. For me, I was conceived and born in the alternate realms so I can access it via the portal paths. You see, I have powers and one of those is the ability to create portals.

Linda: Did you get in trouble for anything else?

Davy:  I turned the hostess of the Dark Land into an old decrepit lady and banished her until she died.

Linda:  You have THAT much power?

Davy: I do in the alternate realms. It is manifested there and since I am technically a product of that land, I have all the powers that go along with that.

Linda:  Do you have any friends?

Davy:  Not many. You see one of the quirks of Paradise Valley is accelerated growth and maturity. I was seventeen when I should have been eleven. I was seven or eight when I should have been two.

Linda: That’s not what my sources tell me. I heard you have a special friend. A girl named Kelly O’Brien.

Davy: Kelly is my girlfriend and she will someday be the co-ruler of the alternate realms with me.

Linda: I heard her parents are not too keen on that idea.

Davy: Her parents, Connor and Lily, are not happy because I, along with the alternates, aged their six year old daughter to sixteen.

Linda: You what? Why?

Davy:  I knew Kelly was to be my co-ruler and I wanted her to be there sooner rather than later. Instead of waiting for her to grow up, I “encouraged” her to have rapid growth and maturity too.

Linda: You are in a lot of trouble.

Davy: Linda, you have no idea. If Connor and Lily find out mine and Kelly’s secret, I’ll be in even more trouble and before you ask, no I won’t tell you what it is.

Linda:  Is there anything else you can share with me?

Davy:  The conclusion of the Forest of the Mist series, Guardians, releases on December 5th, just in time for Christmas. If you haven’t read the first two books of the series, you may want to get them now so you’ll be caught up on my adventures.

Linda:  Thank you for the interview, Davy!

 

Here’s more about Forest of the Mist: Guardians ~

Davy Kyle is in a ton of trouble. That’s really nothing new for Davy as he has been in trouble his whole life. Davy was born in the alternate realm, Paradise Valley. As a result, he has some freakish powers such as rapid growth in body and intelligence, the ability to create portals to transport to the alternate realms, and the ability to know what others are thinking.

During his last adventure, Davy learned he would one day have a co-ruler in the realms and her name would be Kelly. Through a bit of impromptu eaves dropping, he learned that his friends from Paradise Valley, Connor and Lily O’Brien would name their young daughter, Kelly. Shocked at this coincidence, Davy sets out to determine how Kelly will arrive in Paradise since you have to be in a coma to enter the alternate worlds.

Kelly O’Brien was a spoiled six year old when family friend and confidant, Davy Kyle kidnapped her through a portal to an alternate reality. While there, Davy aged her to sixteen and explained that one day she would be his co-ruler there. While she understood and looked forward to that day, she asked Davy to return her to six and her parents. He did as she asked, but invoked his powers to start accelerated aging and maturity. The alternate realms recognized Kelly and helped with that aging process.

Now Kelly’s parents have enrolled her in high school in the hope she will meet somebody else, fall in love, and forget about Davy and Paradise Valley. What they don’t know is Kelly’s determination to be with Davy no matter the cost.

What Davy does to ensure Kelly’s arrival in Paradise, is sooner rather than later, will test the ties of his family and friends in reality and may cost him the love of his life.

Forest of the Mist: Guardians will be released December 5. Click HERE for the first book of the series, Forest of the Mist: Travelers 

 

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Which type of garden do you prefer?

flowers-2324252_640I love walking through my neighbourhood admiring the gardens. I’m more of a “tidy” gardener. I like it when the flowers are neat and are given plenty of space. I figure it encourages them to grow – and any boost to help my not-so-green thumb is a plus. The tallest plants are carefully planted at the back, with the squat snapdragons at the front. Mulch is used as ground cover, and weeds are ruthlessly pulled (well, at least, in an ideal world).

But I can also appreciate the beauty of a messy garden and always love the look of a garden with cosmos haphazardly towering above the roses and dahlias in a big colourful jumble. Wild strawberries are left to weave among the flowers providing ground cover, and the weeds and wildflowers, especially ones with pretty little flowers, are left to enjoy the sun. There always seems to be something…

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Visiting Connie Bretes

I’m visiting author Connie Bretes with a fun behind-the-scenes look at writing Before the Whistle. Check it out HERE

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Jordyn Kendra is a talented designer and savvy businesswoman. Spending eighteen hours a day establishing and running a successful business doesn’t leave much time for pursuing a relationship, and frankly she hasn’t really missed it. But when an invitation arrives that could help her fulfill her career dreams, she has to make a decision. What’s harder: going to a gala without a date or finding someone to ask?

Ben Matthews, head athletic therapist for the wildly popular Clarington Quakes hockey team, tends to stand out in a crowd. When Jordyn doesn’t recognize him, it puts a dent in his ego, but he catches her attention when he jumps in to save a life.

She’s a queasy bystander, cowering at the sight of blood, and he’s cool, calm, and confident, which she finds irresistible. With a little prodding from her spirited aunt, Jordyn realizes that she and Ben might be the perfect mismatch.  Before the Whistle – when cool and calm in an emergency is totally hot.

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Sneak Peek Chapter 1!

Only one more day until the release of Before the Whistle!! Here’s a sneak peek at Chapter 1.

Before the Whistle | Chapter 1

ordyn dove into the pool. The shock of the cool water made her breath catch, and she surfaced with a gasp. It was chillier than she’d expected. She shouldn’t complain, really. Outside the snow was flying, and the temperature had dipped below freezing. At least her condominium had an indoor pool to use. It was quiet, clean, and available all year round, even if it was a little colder than she liked. She settled into a front crawl, and rolled and pushed herself off the wall to do another lap when she reached the deep end.

It was so tranquil. Beyond the glass walls, which buffered the sound, a couple of young men played squash and a handful of people used the weight room. She had the pool all to herself. At nine o’clock at night, it was a bit late to be swimming, but she needed to test out the swimsuit fabric before tomorrow.

November first had crept up on her. She had an order of twenty-five swimsuits due by the twentieth. The varsity synchronized swim team had approved her design three weeks ago, and she’d been meaning to test out the fabric she’d chosen. It was a stunning shimmering aquamarine and a dream to work with, but if it didn’t hold up in the water, she’d be choosing something else. She used to just jump in the shower with it on, but she’d learned the hard way that chlorine and salt water sometimes did odd things to fabric. Just ask the men’s diving team. Their bathing suits had already been pretty tight, and shrinkage was a problem. So now she whipped up a prototype and tested it out before she started sewing. It was an extra step and a little obsessive, but that’s what set her apart as a swimwear designer. She had become known for her unique fabrics, edgy design, and quality workmanship. And it brought in the big bucks, she thought with a grin.

Late that afternoon, she’d quickly made a one-piece suit. Now came the real test. So far it felt pretty good. It was holding its shape. Nothing was worse than a loose bathing suit especially when you were underwater upside down. Except maybe a tight one as you dove, she thought with a wince.

She tried a butterfly stroke and then rolled onto her back and did a couple of laps with a backstroke. It really was a dream fabric – not too clingy, not too heavy. It didn’t feel like it took on water at all. She slowed and gazed up at the ceiling. Not many stars through the skylights tonight. Snow curled on the edges of the windows. She imagined the wind was howling, but you’d never know. The only noise inside was the sound of water lapping gently as it hit the edge of the pool. She flipped and went through a sidestroke and a breaststroke and finished another two laps with the front crawl.

Perfect. She’d been in the pool for over half an hour. If the fabric had a flaw, it would have shown up. She dove under the water one last time and then swam toward the shallow end as someone came into the pool area. She wrung water from her shoulder-length hair as she climbed the steps out of the pool. She’d thought about wearing a bathing cap to keep the dark brown from turning chlorine green, but she loved the feel of the water without one.

The young men had finished their game and stood laughing on the other side of the glass. One of them glanced at her and then nudged his friend. They turned and watched her.

Slightly flattering, she thought, biting her lip. But she felt exposed. Not that she could blame them. The fabric really was eye-catching, and despite her five-foot-two frame, she was curvy and fit. All those workout sessions were good for something. She’d left her towel on a lounger near the deep end and had to walk the length of the pool. Oh well, no choice but to own it, she thought. She tossed her hair, pulled back her shoulders, and did her best model walk on the slippery pool deck, trying to ignore their avid interest.

The man who’d walked in as she’d come out of the pool – and wasn’t he gorgeous? – glanced over at the teenagers and then stepped in front of her, blocking their view. “Hi. You’re Jordyn, right? Danni’s friend?”

Jordyn stumbled to a stop. The top of her head came level with the middle of his bare chest. There were only a few advantages to being short. Being eye level with that view – sculpted muscle, smooth skin, broad shoulders – was definitely one of them. She swept her gaze up to his face. He looked familiar, but she couldn’t place him.

“Ben Matthews. I work with the Quakes.” He took the towel from around his neck and handed it to her.

She took it without thinking. “Of course.” He was the head athletic therapist for the Clarington Quakes, the professional hockey team in town. She’d met him a couple of times at team events when she’d accompanied her friend, Dr. Danni Angelo, who was one of the team physicians. She hadn’t realized that impressive physique was under the loose team jacket he usually wore. “Hi, Ben. Yes, I’m Jordyn Kendra. Nice to see you.” She held up the towel. “Ah, thanks, but I don’t really need to take yours. I left one on the chair over there.” She pointed to the lounger at the end of the pool.

He nodded. “That’s okay. I can get another. You go ahead – it’s a bit chilly in here.”

Jordyn tilted her head. Really? The water was cool, but the air felt like a balmy summer day. She shrugged and wrapped the towel around herself. “I didn’t know you lived in this condo.”

He smiled. “Just moved in last month. I had an apartment close to the rink, but when something opened up with a view of the river, I jumped at it.”

“You can’t beat it. You’ll love it here. I’m sure you’re busy with the team, but it really is convenient having the pool, squash courts, and weight room in the building.”

“I’m certainly enjoying the view.” His eyes lit with amusement.

Jordyn nodded. “Well, I should get going. It was good to see you. Maybe we’ll see more of each other.”

He chuckled. “Maybe.”

That was funny? She didn’t get it. “Thanks for the towel.”

“Anytime.”

She walked toward the change room and glanced back as Ben dove into the water. Hmm. Perfect form and hardly a splash. For a huge guy, he was pretty graceful. It looked like he’d done that before. She fleetingly wondered if he ever had trouble with shrinking bathing trunks.

She headed inside and fiddled with the combination of the lock to her locker. She’d rather shower upstairs in her condo, but she’d brought a cover to wear in the elevator. She unwrapped the towel, threw it on the bench, and glanced at her reflection in the mirror across the room. Her heart pounded in shock.

Her bathing suit was completely see-through. Her eyes widened. It left absolutely nothing to the imagination. She groaned and covered her cheeks with her hands. No wonder the teenagers had been so interested. She shook her head and laughed in embarrassment.

And then it dawned on her – when Ben had stepped in front of her, he’d shielded her from their view. She should go back in there and thank him. No wonder he’d handed off his towel. Oh my god, that wasn’t embarrassing. She looked at her taut nipples and the dark triangle low on her belly clearly visible through the fabric. Her words rang in her head: “Maybe we’ll see more of each other.” A blush rose on her cheeks. That wasn’t possible. He’d already seen all of her.

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Before the Whistle Video

It’s Day 2 of the countdown to the release of Before the Whistle!! Only 2 more days until it goes live on Sept 25!! To celebrate day 2 here’s the You”two”be video book trailer. Enjoy!!

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Jordyn Kendra is a talented designer and savvy businesswoman. Spending eighteen hours a day establishing and running a successful business doesn’t leave much time for pursuing a relationship, and frankly she hasn’t really missed it. But when an invitation arrives that could help her fulfill her career dreams, she has to make a decision. What’s harder: going to a gala without a date or finding someone to ask?

Ben Matthews, head athletic therapist for the wildly popular Clarington Quakes hockey team, tends to stand out in a crowd. When Jordyn doesn’t recognize him, it puts a dent in his ego, but he catches her attention when he jumps in to save a life.

She’s a queasy bystander, cowering at the sight of blood, and he’s cool, calm, and confident, which she finds irresistible. With a little prodding from her spirited aunt, Jordyn realizes that she and Ben might be the perfect mismatch.  Before the Whistle – when cool and calm in an emergency is totally hot.

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Celebrating my 10th book!

It’s day 3 of the countdown for Before the Whistle, the fourth and final book of the In the Game Hockey Romance series! Woohoo!! The release is set for Sept 25. 😀

Before the Whistle is the tenth book I’ve published!! It’s hard to believe! One of the best parts of writing a story is coming up with the quirky character traits. I have a lot of fun with it. People often ask if I base the characters on real people. So to celebrate my tenth book, I thought I’d share how much of my characters’ quirky traits are based on me. 😀

Mikaela (Perfectly Honest) reads 3 horoscopes each day and picks the one that she likes best. This is me! I don’t read 3 horoscopes, but I do read one each day. And sometimes it does influence what decisions I make. I like looking back at the end of the week to see if the predictions were true.

Margo (Perfectly Reasonable) judges drivers by the colour and make of their car. I don’t have the same bias, but I got the idea for this when I got behind a slow-moving green van twice in one day.

Chloe (Perfectly Planned) can’t keep song lyrics straight. This is me. I just realized that the line in Sia’s “Cheap Thrills” song that I thought was “hit the dumpster, hit the dumpster” is actually “hit the dance floor, hit the dance floor.” Yup, me.

Kalia (Perfectly Unpredictable) is a little obsessive when it comes to her nesting plans. This was me with the first child. Not so much with the second and third.

Madison (Perfectly Christmas) is an expert when it comes to knowing/buying/using drills. Don’t ask me how I came up with this, but nope, not me!

Jayden (Perfectly Together) loves to hike. This is me. I’d rather be outside and active.

Sarah (Between the Pipes) likes to know the ending of a movie before she watches it. This is definitely me!

Danni’s (Behind the Bench) favourite colour is black – and everything is black from her lingerie to her bridesmaid’s dresses. Not me. I’m the opposite – I love colour.

Kelly (Beyond the Face-Off) has a huge sweet tooth, and her favourite dessert is turtle pie. This is me for sure except my day-to-day dessert of choice is cookies.

Jordyn (Before the Whistle) faints at the sight of blood. This used to be me, but not any more. Which is probably a good thing since I’m a doctor.

It’s a good thing I have so many quirky traits – I have enough to fill another ten books!

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Jordyn Kendra is a talented designer and savvy businesswoman. Spending eighteen hours a day establishing and running a successful business doesn’t leave much time for pursuing a relationship, and frankly she hasn’t really missed it. But when an invitation arrives that could help her fulfill her career dreams, she has to make a decision. What’s harder: going to a gala without a date or finding someone to ask?

Ben Matthews, head athletic therapist for the wildly popular Clarington Quakes hockey team, tends to stand out in a crowd. When Jordyn doesn’t recognize him, it puts a dent in his ego, but he catches her attention when he jumps in to save a life.

She’s a queasy bystander, cowering at the sight of blood, and he’s cool, calm, and confident, which she finds irresistible. With a little prodding from her spirited aunt, Jordyn realizes that she and Ben might be the perfect mismatch.  Before the Whistle – when cool and calm in an emergency is totally hot.

Preorder it today for only 99cents!!  amazon.com    |    amazon.ca