Have you met Luke? This is one cowboy you don’t want to miss!

Have you met Luke? This is one cowboy you don’t want to miss!

Jaded: Luke, Laurel Creek Series

He’s Jaded…

Haunted by PTSD and a failed marriage, Luke Hamilton returns home to Laurel, Montana. Going home isn’t an easy fix, but it beats ending up in prison or dead. At first the familiar surroundings and open land seem to set things right, but soon his old demons rear their ugly heads and he realizes it’s the wrong time to enter any relationship.

Leah Morgan’s experience in the corporate world has prepared her to prosper her father’s ranch in Montana. She knows everyone expects her to fail, but nothing will stop her from turning the ranch around and selling it to the highest bidder – especially not a rancher. The quicker she closes the deal, the sooner she can get out of Laurel and move on with her career.

But when Luke and Leah cross paths, they both discover that starting over can be a complicated business.

Nothing much scares Luke Hamilton these days, except maybe hope…

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Needing fresh air, Leah went to the front door and stepped out to the wide porch that ran across the entire front of the house. Although some of the white paint on the walls and columns was chipped, it remained steadfastly beautiful. The wide porch with rockers had always made a perfect first impression to the graceful home she’d grown up in.

A truck rambled toward the house and she glanced at her watch. Whoever it was came early. The meeting was not for half an hour.

“Damn it,” she looked down at her worn jeans and bare feet. She’d hurriedly pulled on a t-shirt and jeans to cook and planned to change before the meeting. Too late now.

The truck stopped and a man surfaced. Over six foot of muscles, tattoos with the blank expression of someone who would snap your neck and spit down your throat sauntered toward her.

Eyes wide, she took a step back. This was not one of the Hamilton’s at least not someone she remembered. Of course she’d seen Tobias and Taylor in the last couple weeks. Luke, Tobias’ twin was gone, lived in Texas, or somewhere south last she heard.

“Who are you?” She said having made it just inside the doorway with one hand on the doorknob so she could close it before he reached the porch.

“He stopped in his tracks giving her a chance to study him.

This was not your typical Montana rancher. Instead of a Stetson, he wore a baseball cap. No plaid shirt for this man, instead his form fitting black t-shirt, left no illusions of the muscular body underneath. If it weren’t for the flatness in his eyes and the stoic expression, she’d find him utterly gorgeous.

At the moment, however, she’d describe him as more of a serial killer than a hunk.

A hunky serial killer. She moved back and closed the door a bit. “Who are you?”

“Luke. I’m Luke Hamilton. And you’re Pesky Morgan.”

No one had called her that since…well since middle school. Then it was Luke Hamilton who’d started everyone at school calling her that.”

“I hate that nickname. Don’t ever call me that again.” She relaxed and opened the door wider. “What are you doing here? Where’s Tobias, or Taylor. We have a meeting.”

His wide shoulders lifted and lowered and his upper lip lifted in what she could only describe as an Elvis snarl. “Neither want to deal with you. So they sent me.”

“From where?”

“From Hell. I’m the devil.” His right eyebrow rose, the only hint he was kidding.

Leah blew out an annoyed breath. “Well come in Lucifer. I have to get brownies out of the oven.”

Under the Kissing Bough Blitz Day 3

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under-the-kissing-bough-final-2d 15 brand-new novellas. 15 best-selling romance authors. A holiday-themed collection like no other.

What happens under the kissing bough doesn’t necessarily stay beneath the kissing bough…

According to lore, the origins of which date to the late 12th century, no lady should refuse a kiss beneath the mistletoe, else she will not marry in the next year. In exchange for the kiss, a berry is removed from the sprig until all of the berries are gone and no more kisses can be stolen. Some also believe that a sprig of mistletoe collected from a local church and placed beneath a maiden’s pillow will inspire dreams of her future husband.

What happens when fifteen daring heroines pin their hopes on mistletoe, a little luck, and a kiss in this multi-genre, limited edition holiday collection from 15 bestselling authors? Pure holiday magic!

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There is nothing better than a holiday anthology to kick off a festive season full giving, treats and LOTS of romance!  This collection will cross off all three in one clean swoop and at a bargain price of ninety-nine cents, it’s worth every penny. Do NOT miss out on must read romance!

I’ll be featuring a few novellas every day until release day on November 22nd. Just two more days until you can catch up with characters and authors you know and love, or discover for the first time.

Again, the line-up has many of my favorites and I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Some of these have a little more spice than others and balance the collection perfectly.

Be sure to check out the great giveaways daily and comment for a chance to win.

Happy Reading and Happy Holidays!

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Official Blurb:

Welcome to the witchiest town in the world––Haven Harbor, Massachusetts!

It’s the merriest of holidays and Yule and Christmas celebrations bring out the mischief and mistletoe. Caught under the kissing bough, Annie Boylston and Reyn Shapleigh are elected the King and Queen of the Yule Ball, and must spend the week in revelry and celebration.

Unfortunately, someone in town isn’t so happy about the holidays. An arsonist is trying to disrupt the joyful season, bringing fire and destruction to Haven Harbor. As the fire chief, Reyn is on the front line, using every bit of his training and magick to find the firebug. Annie’s cooking store is one of the arsonist’s targets, as are other thriving businesses in town. As the fire of attraction grows between Reyn and Annie, the arsonist gets bolder. In a race to stop the fires, Reyn and Annie find one another in this hot mistletoe tale!

The Whole Latte:

A Yule to Remember is Reyn and Annie’s story, two characters from her Haven Harbor Series. Haven Harbor is a town of magick, mystery and excitement. There is never a dull moment, despite the holidays fast approaching and a King and Queen to be crowned at the Ball, there are people ready to destroy all the merriment.

Annie runs the local cooking shop in Haven Harbor and when she discovers that Reyn, the town Fire Chief has something she can’t shake, things begin to heat up.

With the Yule Ball approaching, an arsonist, and the town Fire Chief’s attraction towards Annie, what will Reyn do?

In a town full of magick, mystery and excitement for the holidays will the mistletoe spark a love connection?

This two peppers spicy latte hot 2 Jalepenosdelight has just enough sizzle to make you tingle. Oh, and yes, it’s for  mature readers 18+.

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Jeanne Adams writes award-winning suspense, paranormal, mysteries and urban fantasies. She’s also a sought-after speaker, who knows a thing or two about getting rid of the evidence…

Jeanne specializes in thrills and suspense. Even her paranormal and urban fantasies have a suspense element, so be prepared! She loves football, baseball, dogs, Halloween and the weird and she teaches classes for writers on body disposal.

Jeanne lives in DC with her husband and two growing sons, as well as three dogs – two Labs and an Irish Water Spaniel. Don’t tell, but she’s prone to adopting more dogs when her husband isn’t looking.

Featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and other publications, her books have been consistently hailed as “One of the best Suspense Books of the Year!” by Romantic Times. You can find her at her newly redesigned website: www.JeanneAdams.com, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/JeanneAdams or at www.Facebook.com/JeanneAdamsAuthor

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The Major is home from the wars at last…

Edmund Black, Major Lord Canforth, has devoted eight tumultuous years to fighting Napoleon. Finally Europe is at peace, and he can retire to his estates and the lovely wife he hasn’t seen since their brief, unhappy honeymoon. The innocent girl he loved from the first moment he saw her, but who shied away from him on their wedding night.

The beautiful woman who greets him at Otway Hall on Christmas Eve is no longer the sweet ingénue he remembers. This new and exciting version of his beloved countess is strong, outspoken, and independent, and she’s willing to stand up for what she wants. The question is—does she want the husband who returns to her arms more as a stranger than a spouse?

Now the real battle begins.

Felicity, Lady Canforth, has had eight long years to regret that she sent her husband from a cold marriage bed to face brutal combat, danger and hardship. The only child of elderly parents, Felicity came to marriage innocent and ignorant, and unable to conceal her shock at the sensual power of the earl’s caresses. Before she found the nerve to offer Canforth a more generous welcome, he was called away to war. The Major left behind a countess who was a bride, not a wife; a woman unsure of her husband’s feelings, and too timid to confess how fervently she desires the man she wed.

Fate has granted an older, wiser Felicity a second chance to win her husband’s heart. Now nothing is going to stop her from claiming victory over the famous war hero. This Christmas, she’ll deploy every ounce of courage, purpose and passion to seize the life and love she’s longed for ever since Canforth left to serve his country. Whatever it costs, whatever it takes, she’ll lure the dashing Major back into her bed, where she means to show him he’s the only man she wants as her lover—and her love.

After years of yearning and separation, will a Christmas miracle heal the wounds of the past and offer the earl and his bride a future bright with love?

Notes from Anna…

I love a reunion story, don’t you? And there’s something especially poignant about lovers resolving their differences and coming together at Christmas. I really enjoyed writing Mistletoe and the Major, my contribution to the marvelous anthology Under the Kissing Bough. Gallant Lord Canforth returns from fighting Napoleon to make his peace with the spirited bride he hasn’t seen in eight long years. He and Felicity love each other, but they don’t know it. Well, not when the story starts, at least! I’ve got a feeling a happy ending might be waiting, courtesy of a few kisses under the mistletoe, a dollop of long-denied passion, and a little honest conversation!

The Whole Latte:

Felicity, Lady Candorth has waited eight years to see her husband, is he the same man who left her all those years ago? War changes everyone and the years have been difficult for both.

Edmund Black has left the military and returned to the life he left behind. Many things worry him but the one thought he can’t escape is will his wife be happy to see him. He is not the same man that left her and he fears his homecoming will destroy their marriage.

I love a great homecoming story, one filled with struggles, secrets and characters who have yet to see the beauty that was there all along. Both have grown and are wiser for the time apart. Anna’s stories of re-kindled love, especially with beloved characters as these two are on my auto-buy list and hopefully yours soon too.

Anna’s stories is a wonderful addition to a magical anthology. Rush now and download her backlist, you will thank me ;).

This two peppers spicy latte hot 2 Jalepenosdelight has just enough sizzle to make you tingle. Oh, and yes, it’s for  mature readers 18+.

Bio:

Australian Anna Campbell has written ten multi award-winning historical romances for Grand Central Publishing and Avon HarperCollins and her work is published in 18 languages. This Christmas, Anna has written two seasonal novellas, “Mistletoe and the Major” from the multi-author anthology Under the Kissing Bough, and the stand-alone, A Match Made in Mistletoe, out 30th November. Her website is www.annacampbell.com You can find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AnnaCampbellFans/?pnref=lhc and on Twitter at @AnnaCampbellOz.

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When asked why Hildie McQueen joined this collection
: I am writing a new mail order bride series, which included a Christmas story. How better to kick it off then with the most wonderful women I know! Once under the mistletoe, something magical happened *wink*

The Whole Latte:

Christina Mills has no choice but to escape a life of hardship and now uncertain danger before it’s too late. The risks she take to do what’s right will take courage and trust. Right from the start I was hooked on this holiday tale, an adventure into the west seeking a better life.

Alexander Barrett Patterson is lucky to be alive. Home from the war this tradesman is lacking for nothing, well almost nothing. He is still struggling with the war and the effects have lingered. Will this kind hearted man find love? Will Barrett put aside his worries and let himself be loved?

Both Barrett and Christina have suffered and it may take a few meddling matchmakers interfere before Christmas to nudge our sweet heroine and hero together. Two strangers will find out that they’re union is part mistletoe lore, part holiday magic and just meant to be.

Be sure to check out Hildie’s backlist and discover why she’s in this anthology.

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Bestselling author Hildie McQueen loves unusual situations and getting into interesting adventures, which is what her characters do as well. She writes romance because she is in love with love! Author of Romance in Highland historical, Western Historical and contemporary, she writes something every reader can enjoy.

Most days she can be found in her pajamas hiding from deliverymen while drinking tea from her David Gandy coffee mug. In the afternoons she browses the Internet for semi-nude men to post on Facebook.

Hildie’s favorite past-times are romance conventions, traveling, shopping and reading.

She resides in beautiful small town Georgia with her super-hero husband Kurt, an unruly boy Chihuahua Pepito and a spoiled rotten girl Chiweenie named Lola.

Visit her website at www.hildiemcqueen.com

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Excerpt:

“Oswald!” The shriek of his name accompanied a stinging burn on Oz’s cheek, and he was fairly certain the imprint of Selene’s lovely hand flared on his skin.

Admiring the pink tinge of her cheeks, the fiery glare that made her hazel eyes glow, and slight quiver of her full bottom lip, he stepped in another few inches and smiled.

“Oh, come on, Kitty-Kitty. It wasn’t that bad.”

“You had no right to kiss me. None!” She pointed a finger of the offending hand into his face. “You are an unbelievably incorrigible, inappropriate, unacceptable clod.”

“Aren’t you the one who hung the mistletoe?” Gently taking her warm hand in his, he turned her finger to point to the deep green sprig dangling from a red velvet bow above her head.

As if on perfect cue a slight gasp escaped her mouth, and Oz counted the usual five seconds it took The Vampire Guard’s accountant to regain her composure.

With practiced precision and in this exact order Selene’s back stiffened, her mouth closed, shoulders dropped, and her deliciously curved chin turned up before she slowly blinked, though did not make eye contact with the kissing clod standing inches from her.

“That is neither here nor there.” Placing a hand on Ozzy’s chest she pushed him aside. “I just hung the damn thing not more than…” Her attention dropped to the step stool still positioned in the doorway, “…thirty seconds ago. How on earth could you possibly kiss me in that short time?”

Oz plucked a berry from the sprig overhead, rolling the tiny white ball between his thumb and forefinger. “A man can do an awful lot in thirty seconds.”

The Whole Latte:

Her Vampire Protector by Jordan K. Rose is a paranormal romance full of secrets, experiments and revenge.

Oswald Addison has kept a secret that consumes him daily. Selene Kittery is finding it difficult to hide her attraction to the one man she can’t have.

Don’t miss this paranormal tale with two characters who discover that sometimes when you wish really hard, they do come true.

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Jordan loves vampires. She also loves to laugh. And if you know anything about Jordan, you know her vampires will make you laugh.

A few years back Jordan received a copy of Twilight from her husband as part of her anniversary gift. By the end of that week she’d read the entire series and moved onto Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles. Eight weeks and eighteen vampire books later the idea for her first book came to her followed very quickly by Eva Prim.

The Eva Prim Series follows the night-to-night escapades of The Demon Mistress, a vampire with the inexplicable ability to call demons. With both full-length novels and short stories the series has a bit of something for everyone. Book three, The Road To Hell, releases in Fall of 2017.

Jordan’s other books include Black Magic Rose, book one of The Alliance Series, where the world is set in a hospital run by vampires and werewolves; and The Central City Romance Series, where members of The Vampire Guard one-by-one find love in the ruins of the city. Her Vampire Protector releases in the Under The Kissing Bough Box Set on November 22nd.

When she’s not writing about one vampire or another Jordan enjoys spending time with her husband, Ken and their lovable Labradors, Dino and Enzo on the beautiful beaches of New England.

To keep up on new releases, contests, and free reads sign up for Jordan’s newsletter at: http://bit.ly/1G1Y903

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Anna Campbell’s Giveaway:

Anna has a Kindle download of Under the Kissing Bough to go to someone who comments today, no geographical restrictions.

Jeanne Adam’s Giveaway:

FIVE e-copies of Under the Kissing Bough.

Hildie McQueen’s Giveaway:

ONE lucky winner will have a choice of an e-book from Hildie’s  backlist and a swag pack

For a chance to win one of these AMAZING prizes please comment and respond to the following questions on this blog post:

What is your favorite reunion romance?  

Contest runs from 11/20/16 12:01AM thru 11/21/16 6:00 PM
Winner will be announced on this blog post on 11/21/16 sometime after 6:00 PM.

Winner MUST comment on this post within 24 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be randomly selected.

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Winter Extravaganza Day 6: Hildie McQueen and Sandra Lake


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Winter Extravaganza

****** Congratulations to the winners of the Day 6 Giveaway  ******

Leslie S you have won the Bachelor e-book and swag (Us/Canada)

kaisquared4 you have a Sandra Lake e-book bundle

Leslie S and kaisquared4 you have 24 hours to comment or a new name will be drawn.

I’m excited to have Hildie McQueen and Sandra Lake here today. With an extensive backlist of must read stories these authors have something for everyone.

Happy reading dear readers .
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Montana Bachelor by Hildie McQueen  is a novella that is full of spicy goodness and adventure from Montana to Las Vegas. How much are you willing to risk for the one person that you can’t live without?

Amy Leigh Paisley has missed her flight and will need to spend the next 24 hours in Las Vegas. What happens to her that night changes her life and it all starts with a makeover and a fruity drink.

Trent Baxter is in Las Vegas for a family wedding and wonders if he’ll ever find the same happiness as the newly married couple.

It will take a wild night, a bet and a little bit of liquid courage to experience their inner desires. I think we could all use a wild night every now and then. 😉

This 2 1/2 pepper spicy latte read may offend some readers and has mature content for those 18+.  two half jalepenos

I received this book from the author for a fair and honest review.

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The Warlord's Wife

The Warlord’s Wife (A Sons of the North Romance), by Sandra Lake, is a Viking adventure that is set in 12th century Sweden. Lida, a recent widow, finds herself in a situation of misunderstanding and betrayal as she is “returned” home to her family, in shame. At the tender age of 16 she finds herself in a pregnancy scandal and unsure whom she can depend on. Will her family receive with open arms or shun her too?

As the years moved forward Lida always makes sure that she and her child are cared for and safe. When a warlord travels through one day, it changes everything. Jarl Magnus is a force to be reckoned with and doesn’t like disobedience. When he proclaims to his men that he wants Lida, she once again finds herself powerless and unable to be in control. What will happen when Magnus discovers she has a daughter from a previous union? Will he protect both her and the child? This man is nothing but ice and stone, just like his homeland. Can she learn to adapt? Can she have faith that her safety won’t be compromised?

Unfortunately all is not calm for Jarl Magnus in his kingdom. Some are not so welcoming to Lida as his new queen, and secrets and plans are in motion. Will she finally be able to find happiness and love? Will Magnus allow himself to show a softer side?

Discover a sweeping and majestic setting that’s filled with rich characters, a fantastic story, and a steamy romance! This is one journey you will want to take. I received this ARC from the publisher for a fair and honest review. I would happily purchase this book or give it as a gift!

(** original review posted 3/18/16)

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The Iron Princess (Sons of the North Series Book #2) by Sandra Lake is an epic Viking romance full of adventure, lust, deceit and a need for independence.

Katia is the daughter of King Jarl Magnus and longs to be a soldier. The desire to experience life without constraints is paramount and she will challenge anyone under disguise to a round of sword fighting of course! After dueling Lothair, he finds himself excited and displeased at the shocking discovery. Katia’s lack of concern for safety only sears his objection to marriage freely admitting that he’d rather be married to the sea.

This “Iron Princess” will do everything to protect those she loves, even if it comes with a hefty price. When Katia finds herself in a desperate situation her hero comes from an unlikely champion. I love these characters and find myself swept away with them sailing the Baltic Sea and hoping for peace and tranquility!

Once again we are treated to a story full of passion that’s intense and magical. Family feuds. Kingdoms to conquer. Who will Katia be able to trust? No one is safe.

If only Lothair and Katia could admit they do care for each other and could be more than just friends. Sandra does a magnificent job developing the relationship between them throwing unexpected challenges in their path.

I received this ARC from the publisher for a fair and honest review. I would gladly purchase this book for myself or as a gift! I only hope that we won’t have to wait too long for the next book to be released.

While this is the second book in a series it can be enjoyed without reading The Warlord’s Wife.

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The Northman’s Bride is the third book in the Sons of North and it’s a must read! A story of mistaken identity, love and redemption that sweep us off our feet and into a land of Vikings!

Our heroine Sovia is forced to put herself in a compromising predicament once again. When the “plan” unravels will Sovia be able to control her temper or trust her father?

Hök has learned a lot fighting to prove himself and protect his honor. In order to win a battle two vital skills are listening and the ability to stay one step ahead of his opponent.

Even under stress Sovia is strong and will fight to protect the one thing that matter’s most to her.  When Hök offers her a solution to save her life it will shock them both. Will she agree? How will Hök’s family react when they discover what’s happened.  The last time they saw each other it nearly cost them both everything. Many people say the truth will set you free. For Sovia, the truth might destroy her and those she loves.

Wars, conquests, trust and a secret that could destroy this new life she’s attempted to make for herself are a few of the reasons this must read will make you a fan of Sandra Lake forever! I love Sandra’s books and find her writing to be rich in details, compelling and each book takes me on a journey of the heart and soul. If you’re not into Viking romance I ask you to give this a try, it will make a fan out of you! Don’t be surprised if you find yourself googling modern day images of Viking’s😉.

While this is the third book in her A Son’s of the North series it can be enjoyed without reading her backlist. However, if you have not read The Warlord’s Wife or The Iron Princess and missed my reviews you can check it out here and then grab a copy and start your adventure!

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For the first time, Hök caught sight of Sovia flinching. The slight wince wouldn’t be noticeable to many, but she swallowed a little too hard and her eyes shifted a little too quickly around the congested hall. She was wearing nothing more than a thin rag of a garment, but she refused to tremble from the chill in the windy hall or cower in fear before her fate.

“You pose a series of problems to my court.” Sverre pointed his fork at her. “As you know, most in this hall wish to see you dead.”

Sovia’s back straightened, as if she was preparing herself to be hung at that very moment. Hök admired her self-possession. It was a shame such self-control was wasted on a woman. She would have made an excellent battle commander.

“An alternative fate has been proposed to resolve the inconvenience of your presence in my court,” the king said. “Are you not going to ask me, witch? Are you not at all curious?”

“I have never had a say in what my fate might be,” Sovia said. “Why waste your time by asking? You will do with me whatever is your will.”

“You are a clever girl,” the king said, and turned to his companions. “I have never approved of women being educated. Far too dangerous.”

“How right you are,” Jarl Brosa groaned, likely thinking of his own wife, who was known for her scheming, political mind.

“You, woman, are a problem,” the king said.

She tilted her head down—not in a full bow, but with more submission than she had shown anyone up to that point. She breathed slowly, clearly working to restrain her temper. “I do not wish to be, Your Majesty.”

The king leaned forward. “Well then, what is your wish?”

“I would return to my home in Toraslotte, Your Majesty,” she said with a distinctly meeker tone. “I would speak of your mercy and generosity and send you a generous tribute by way of my gratitude.”

“Mercy, generosity, tribute . . . lies fall off your tongue as easily as your favors. I killed your father and his men. I shamed you publicly. Why would you falsely claim I am generous to you?”

“You have slain my enemy, therefore I think you deserving of tribute.”

“Which enemy of yours did I slay?”

“My father, of course.”

Conversation broke out in the hall, and both of the king’s advisors spoke at once.

Hök kept silent, watching Sovia closely. Her words clearly had a ring of truth. She had considered her own father an enemy.

For the first time since she’d entered the hall, Lady Sovia’s eyes fell on Hök, and their eyes locked but for a moment. Her cheeks paled and her balance faltered. She took a step out to the side, and her jailer yanked her arm, holding her steady.

A murderous rage for the man that dared touch her tore through him. Hök was on his feet. She’s mine! he snarled silently from within.

Descending from the dais, Hök unwrapped his fur mantle from his shoulders. He shoved the jailer away and draped the mantle on her shoulders. As he secured his gold cloak pin, she kept her eyes and head down, refusing to meet his gaze. Good, he thought. It pleased him that she feared him. It would be simpler that way.

“Your Majesty,” Hök said. “The hour grows late. I request that you inform your prisoner of her fate and excuse me and my men so that we may prepare for our departure.” Hök bowed his head.

“So be it, comrade,” the king said. “Though you do take all the fun out of it, Hök.
“Lady Sovia, if you wish to quit my dungeon, you will enter into wedlock with Lord Hök, making him the new master of Toraslotte.” He pointed his knife at her and leaned forward across the table. “You will sign a contract stating your union with Magnusson was of your own free will, design, and desire. Heed my warning: your people will know of this generosity and mercy I have granted you, and you will be the agent of peace, uniting our country, or so help me God I will swing the axe of judgment across your pretty little neck myself.

“Whether you ever see your castle again will be the decision of Lord Hök. Do you accept these conditions, Lady Sovia?”

Her head lifted and she answered quietly. “Yes, Your Majesty.”

Author Info:

Sandra Lake

Sandra Lake was raised in rural Canada. She married her childhood sweetheart (who during her childhood resembled more like her childhood nemesis) and is currently living happily-ever-after along with their kids and unruly husky in eastern Canada.

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For a chance to win an e-book of Montana Bachelor and swag  tell us would you ride off into the sunset with your cowboy even if you couldn’t ride a horse?

Contest ends 7/16/16 at 2 PM EST. Winners will be randomly selected AND must comment on this blog post.

Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter (@RaeLatte) the blog (button on homepageand my FB page (Books I Love A Latte ) to keep up to date on everything.

If the winners do not comment within 24 hours a new name will be drawn. Don’t miss out!

Good luck to all!

***** Sandra Lake GIVEAWAY *****

Sandra Lake has generously donated THREE kindle e-book bundles of her Series A Son’s of the North Romance
for US/Canada readers only.

Each set includes a copy of The Warlord’s Wife, The Iron Princess and The Northman’s Bride!

To enter please comment below on what you qualities would make a great Viking Warrior!

Contest ends 7/16/16 at 2 PM EST. Winners will be randomly selected AND must comment on the blog post.

Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter (@RaeLatte) the blog (button on homepage) and my FB page (Books I Love A Latte ) to keep up to date on everything.

If the winners do not comment within 24 hour a new name will be drawn….don’t miss out!

Good luck to all!