New Year Blog Hop and #GIVEAWAY.

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Welcome to my stop on the “New Year Blog Hop” where over forty authors and bloggers have joined together to bring you some amazing posts, great giveaways and loads of fun. Don’t forget to enter my personal giveaway below to win an ebook copy of my recent release, HIGHLANDER’S KISS. All you need to do is leave a comment on this post (answering the question I give you at the end of the excerpt below,) along with your email address so I can get in touch with you.
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For readers who love Scottish Highlanders, kisses and faerie legends, HIGHLANDER’S KISS is the first book in the tantalizing Clan Matheson series. Tavish is a fierce warrior protector and Julia is his soul bound mate, and when these two come together, adventure and passion erupts.

HIGHLANDER’S KISS is available at: Amazon USA

Amazon UK, Amazon CA, Amazon AU.

Also available at: Nook, ibooks, Kobo

Paperback: Amazon

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Fae-blooded Julia holds the ability to read another’s aura and determine their true intent. Her skill has only ever aided her in life, until the day when their neighboring enemy clan arrive to discuss a marriage of alliance between her and their chief’s son. She misjudges their enemy’s intent and all goes horribly wrong. Her parents are captured and imprisoned and now she must find a way to free them. Only now standing in her path is a fiercely protective warrior who has traveled from the future into the past, a man who insists they are soul bound, and a man whose aura shows no sign of such a bond. She is wary, yet still, she can’t deny how much he stirs her deep within.

Highland warrior shifter Tavish Matheson has traveled through time to find the woman his soul demands is his, yet convincing her will be a mission all unto itself. When Julia is kidnapped by the enemy while on a mission to save her parents, he sets out in fierce pursuit. All he desires is to keep her close, rescue her parents, and most of all, to offer her his love.

He’s a warrior who will not be denied. She’s a lass devoted to her kin.

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Exclusive Excerpt:

“I’m sorry, but Cherub’s here to collect me and I must go.” Julia wrapped one hand around Tavish’s forearm and the blue haze of frustration in his aura receded. “You must believe me when I say we’re no’ mated.”

“A mated male knows when he meets his chosen one.” A look of longing flashed across his face as he lifted a lock of her hair and curled it around his finger. “Your hair is so soft and silky, and you look beautiful in your gown.”

“And you are a charmer with your touching words.” She let go of him and walked from the bathroom, through his chamber and out his open bedroom door. The passageway, lit with bright overhead lighting led toward a stairwell at the far end. She strode along the burgundy and blue runner as Tavish jogged in beside her.

“Julia, I don’t need the full moon to guide me to my chosen one, not when being near you tells me all I need to know. I’ve also no idea why our auras aren’t tugging toward each other’s as you’ve said, but that matters little to me.” He lifted a challenging brow. “Do you not feel anything toward me?”

“I dinnae have the right to speak of it if I do.” He was taken, and she would never come between a soul bound pair.

“That’s not what I asked.” He caught her hand, slowed her step then pressed her back against the wall. Head dipped, he touched his nose to hers, and murmured, “My desire for you is growing, in leaps and bounds. All I want to do is hold you, kiss you, to discover everything there is to learn about you.”

“The only thing you need to learn is that I’m not yours.” She fluttered a hand over her racing heartbeat. Those words sounded wrong even as she uttered them and they clashed inside her, made her cringe. “Let me go, Tavish.”

“That is still the wrong answer.” Smoothly, he slid his hand under her hair and palmed the bare skin of her nape, his gaze moving over the sensitive area where her shoulder and neck met. He rubbed one thumb over the spot. “I want to bite you, to mark you as mine, just as those mated pairs in my clan do.”

“’Tis an anomaly for sure.” She touched his neck in return, right over his thumping pulse point.

“It’s no anomaly, but the early stages of the bond taking form.” He eased closer, brushed his nose through her hair and nuzzled her neck. “Since the moment we met, I’ve struggled to let you out of my sight. When you walked into the bathroom and away from me, all I wanted to do was tear that door down so we were no longer separated. Now I’m about to take you downstairs to Cherub and Kirk when it’s the last thing I want to do. You are mine.”

QUESTION TO ANSWER (nice and easy):

What’s the title of this book? (Leave your answer as a comment on this post, along with your email address so I can get in touch with you.

 

Now pop on over to the other authors below so you can enter their draws:

Linnea Alexis (http://linneaalexis.com/)

Diana Cosby (http://www.dianacosby.com/)

Gina Conkle (http://ginaconkle.com/)

Mariana Gabrielle (http://www.marianagabrielle.com/)

 

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Thank you so much for dropping by, and I wish you and yours a wonderful week.

~ Joanne

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Super Hot Cover Reveal – HIGHLANDER’S KISS.

I’m so excited to be sharing the new cover for Highlander’s Kiss with you. This new release is available for Pre-Order on Amazon, so you can order your copy and it’ll be delivered automatically to your ereader on September 25th.

He’s a warrior who has traveled through time to find his soul bound mate. She’s a lass who must wed her enemy in order to save her kin.

HIGHLANDER’S KISS

Clan Matheson, Book One

 

Available for Pre-Order at: Amazon Kindle

 

HIGHLANDER’S KISS

There can be only one…for both of them.

Fae-blooded Julia holds the ability to read another’s aura and determine their true intent. Her skill has only ever aided her in life, until the day when their neighboring enemy clan arrive to discuss a marriage of alliance between her and their chief’s son. She misjudges their enemy’s intent and all goes horribly wrong. Her parents are captured and imprisoned and now she must find a way to free them. Only now standing in her path is a fiercely protective warrior who has traveled from the future into the past, a man who insists they are soul bound, and a man whose aura shows no sign of such a bond. She is wary, yet still, she can’t deny how much he stirs her deep within.

Highland warrior shifter Tavish Matheson has traveled through time to find the woman his soul demands is his, yet convincing her will be a mission all unto itself. When Julia is kidnapped by the enemy while on a mission to save her parents, he sets out in fierce pursuit. All he desires is to keep her close, rescue her parents, and most of all, to give her his love.

He’s a warrior who will not be denied. She’s a lass devoted to her kin.

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Thank you so much for joining me today.

~ Joanne

Super Hot Cover Reveal – HIGHLANDER’S DESIRE. Plus Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway.

I’m so excited to be sharing the new cover for Highlander’s Desire with you. This new release is available for Pre-Order on Amazon, so you can order your copy and it’ll be delivered automatically to your ereader on April 29th.

To fulfill the prophecy handed down by her fae ancestor, Isla must first rely on the one man she’s been running from. He is her warrior shifter mate, and he won’t rest until he finds her.

HIGHLANDER’S DESIRE

The Matheson Brothers, Book One

 

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Available for Pre-Order at: Amazon Kindle

 

HIGHLANDER’S DESIRE

There can be only one…for both of them.

In the twelfth century, a man named Gilleoin was gifted with the ability to shift into a bear. His clan was called Matheson, and when he mated with a woman carrying faerie blood, they created a line shrouded in secrecy, yet still, far into the future, whispers would abound…

For five long years, Isla Matheson has run from the one man her fae ancestor prophesized would be hers, but now her time for running is done. Her shifter mate is closing in and when he captures her and takes her home to his clan, she can no longer deny either of them. She chooses to merge with him in all ways, and in doing so sets a twelfth century prophecy in motion, one that sends her hurtling back through time to when their clan first began.

Highland warrior shifter Iain Matheson has fallen under his mate’s spell. She’s the one woman he would die to protect, and when a portal opens and takes her from him, he dives in after her. He’ll never allow her to escape him, not even when he becomes embroiled in one of the greatest feuds raging at that time.

Now they have a mission, to save their future line from extinction, to give hope to their people, both in the future and the past.

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  • One last thing, I’m participating in a Kindle Paperwhite giveaway with some author friends. If you’d like to enter for a chance to win, then click this link and you’ll be taken to the Facebook post. Giveaway

Thank you so much for joining me today in celebrating this new release.

~ Joanne

Super Hot Cover Reveal – HIGHLANDER’S CHAMPION. Plus Two Giveaways!

There is nothing I love more than a cover reveal! I’m so excited to be sharing the new cover for Highlander’s Champion with you. This new release is available for Pre-Order on Amazon, so you can order your copy and it’ll be delivered automatically to your ereader on February 27th. The cover has me drooling. Kilt, yes. Hunky Highlander, yes. Superb Scottish sunset, yes.

HIGHLANDER’S CHAMPION

Highlander Heat, Book Six

 

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Available for Pre-Order at: Amazon Kindle

 

HIGHLANDER’S CHAMPION

Traveling through time…for a Highlander.

It’s been four long years since Arianna MacLeod Cunningham’s ancestor opened a portal in the past to free lost souls and inadvertently pulled Arianna through from the future into her time. Arianna desperately wants to save her ill father and return to him, and when she travels to the Highland Games being held so near her childhood home, that desire is one she can no longer deny.

Highland warrior James MacDonald is at the Games representing his clan. He hopes to topple the reigning champion, although the last thing he expects is to fall under Arianna’s spell. She’s the girl he cared for when she first fell through time, and now four years later, the woman he can’t allow to walk away.

When Arianna seeks to send a message to her father, James comes to her aid, only now destiny is about to pull them both apart. Can James find a way to save the woman he loves…even through the separation of time?

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One last thing, there are two giveaways I’m participating in on Facebook.

  • The first is for a $15 gift-card, and if you wish to enter that giveaway, click this link and you’ll be taken to the Facebook post. Giveaway 1
  • The second is for a $25 Amazon GC, a $15 Starbucks GC, and over 20 Ebooks from some of today’s hottest romance writers. Click the link for the FB post. Giveaway 2

Make sure you’re in with a chance to win by entering. Thank you so much for joining me today in celebrating this new release.

~ Joanne

PRIZES and #GIVEAWAY – Spring Fling Blog Hop

Welcome to the Spring Fling Blog Hop where over fifty authors and bloggers have joined together to bring you some amazing posts, great giveaways and loads of fun. Don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter below to win a Kindle tablet, gift cards, paperbacks and swag and be sure to check out my own giveaway of a $10 Amazon giftcard.

In the meantime, if you haven’t swung Down Under to visit me before then welcome to my blog. I can’t believe it’s spring around the other side of the world. In New Zealand it’s autumn and the leaves are falling from the trees by the masses. A total opposite to most of you. Ever wondered though what spring is like in Kiwi land? I can tell you, with our twelve million sheep against only four million people, it looks a lot like this. Happy lambies everywhere, and jumping for joy. 🙂

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For this spring hop, I’m going to join you in the lead up to your summer by bringing you a taste of my recent release WITNESS PURSUIT. This is book one in my Bodyguards series, of which I’m currently writing book two. Let me just grab a glass of water, because the cover coming up is quite hot. Witness Pursuit is set in the beautiful islands of Fiji, a short three hour flight from NZ.

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Here’s a short sexy excerpt to keep heating us all up. (Caution: Quite hot. Grab yourself a glass of water too.)

Lydia’s chest tightened. Tyler looked dangerously gorgeous. “You gonna hop into bed? Or should I call you Mr. I-don’t-want-to-stick-it.” Yeah, that should hit a nerve.

“You’ll want to take that back.”

Lazing on her side, she played her fingers over the blue spread. His gaze narrowed and his hands flexed against his thighs. She liked. “Why? Because you’re hoping I don’t get comfortable and this isn’t a long night? Oooh, I’m shaking. You better not sleep naked, because  that might really scare me into squealing all my secrets.”

“That’s it.” He let out a fierce growl, which sent a shiver of approval through her. “Close your eyes if you’re the sensitive sort.”

“Not a chance. This is your room after all. Do what you’d like.”

He yanked the silver buckle release on his belt then dropped his pants in one swift move. Next, he jerked his shirt over his head and she was left with the sight of smooth black briefs covering a bulky package she was certain was on the rise.

“Last chance.” He slid his fingers under the band of his underwear.

“I’m still good.” When he dropped his underwear and kicked them away, her lips went numb and she tried to rub some life into them. Talk about hot, not to mention that rise was now a full salute. Of a very grand fashion.

“So I have to get naked for you to pay attention?” He shoved the covers back then slid in and hooked an arm around her waist. He tumbled her into him. “Now what were you saying about Mr. I-don’t-want-to-stick-it?”

“I was wrong. Totally wrong.”

 

Buy WITNESS PURSUIT: Amazon KindleB&N Nook Kensington Publishing iTunes / Kobo

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Thank you so much for dropping by, and I wish you and yours a wonderful week.

Guest Author: Liza O’Connor with Coming To Reason #Giveaway

Hey everyone, here’s Liza O’Connor with the third book in her A Long Road to Love series. She’s also running two giveaways, so don’t forget to check out how to enter at the end of the post. I’ve been fortunate to read both the first two books in this humorous disaster romance series, and had a giggle while I read them. So, without further ado, I’ll hand everything over to Liza.
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Coming to Reason. How does that happen?

Like Carrie, in my life, ‘coming to reason’ came fast and hard.

When the man I thought was my soul mate of ten years told me he’d met someone else and wanted to see where it might go, I was floored. Totally didn’t see it coming.

Surely, there should have been some signs…

We never fought, so I pushed my memory for smaller hints. We still did things together, played tennis, skied. There had to be some hint I hadn’t caught onto.

A man can’t fall out of love
and I completely fail to notice, can he?

I thought back to the night I finished reading Bridges of Madison Country. I looked over to him and likened us to the couple in love. I remember he seemed disturbed by the comparison. No doubt because he saw Heather as his true love, and me the one keeping them from being happy. At the time I assumed he hadn’t liked the book and didn’t wish to be compared to it.

That was the only clue I had.

In my perspective, this Heather person came out of nowhere.

I asked him to tell me about her. He seemed happy to share. She worked at his office, she had a girl from a previous marriage, and a boyfriend so this wasn’t easy for either of them. She was my age and he really liked her and wanted to see where it might go. He spoke with great calmness and compassion, but not an ounce of guilt or remorse. He had to know his words were ripping me apart, but he didn’t give a shit. It was all about him. (I say this now. At the time I only saw his compassion, not what was missing.)

He asked me to stay until he got the matter sorted out.

And because I loved him more than I loved myself, I agreed.

We had plans to attend a theatre production that night and I tried my hardest to be cheerful, but the more his words replayed in my mind, the deeper they cut. I began to silently cry, then not so silently. We had to leave so other people could enjoy the play.

His mother called me soon after. She was so sorry we were breaking up. Then she told me less than a month ago, he’d told her he ‘was thinking about’ marrying me. That floored me. Now nothing made sense.

I moved into the guest bedroom. Living in his house with him kept me hoping we could turn matters around. I desperately wanted to fix whatever was wrong. I got him to go to counseling with me, but after the first meeting, where we got along so well, the counselor split us up.

And thus began the counselor’s efforts to make me come to reason, but I remained hopelessly in love, so desperate to fix my soulmate’s temporary insanity. Instead of helping me fix my problem, the guy focused on the unhealthy aspects of our relationship. Even before I came to reason, I knew he strongly felt I needed to break away.

But at home, matters almost seemed normal again except I slept in the guest room and my heart was severely injured. My soul mate went to visit friends in California. He said Heather wasn’t going, but he may have lied. Still, every night he would call and tell me the stupid ass things he’d done because I wasn’t there to fix matters. We’d laugh and hope grew within me that we could get beyond this. He mentioned the same, saying we’d be stronger in the end.

While a part of me hoped for the best, another part of me knew whatever had broken wasn’t fixable nor could I ever trust him again. I would always be searching for signs I missed this time.

Somewhere in this painful month, I parked my pride at the curb and called Heather, begging her not to take him from me. She said she had no idea what I was talking about. Nothing was going on between her and my guy.

Now I wondered if my soul mate had truly gone insane and had made this whole romance up.

I discovered the truth on the day we planned to go to a Giant’s game. I remember telling him that morning how much I was looking forward to the having fun together. He agreed and for a moment things seemed good. Due to my counselor’s advice, after work I never went straight home. I would go to the Y and swim laps for two hours.

But this night, I didn’t want to make us late for the game, so I cut my workout short and hurried home. He’d promised to be home by six. When it turned six-thirty, something broke inside me. I got in my car and drove to his place of work. The door was locked, so I lurked about outside, pacing in fury. Finally, he and Heather came out, arm in arm, laughing and happy. (Had I owned a gun, none of us would be alive now. When I saw them together, I lost all reason.)

Being gunless, I went a little crazy on him while Heather scurried back into the office.

All my pent up rage came pouring out of me. And when I finally made it back home, my EX-soulmate opened my car door and declared it over. He was done with Heather. No more.

Too Late. I was done with him.

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‘Reason’ had finally arrived. I realized if he had truly loved me, he couldn’t hurt me like this. He was either a sadist or the most self-centered guy in the world, but this had never been a healthy love. I had loved him more than I loved myself, which is NEVER a good thing. And from my new perspective he didn’t love me at all. I was just easy to get along with and willing to do things he liked to do. A convenience, nothing more.
And that was it. I made him leave his house and live with his mother for a month while I hunted for a house of my own. Then I left and never looked back.
In my book Coming to Reason, Carrie ignores reality so long you’ll want to slap her silly, then wham, all hell breaks loose and in a single day she’s over him. I’ve no doubt someone who’s never loved a Trent will say Carrie comes to reason too fast, but I will argue from personal experience that anyone stubborn and determined enough to love a Trent can turn on a dime the moment she realizes that he never loved her and that she deserves much more than he’ll ever give. This enlightenment doesn’t happen over time, it happens in an instant when she finally sees him for the man he is, rather than the illusion she loved.
Later after the pain goes away you realize he’s not evil incarnate. He’s just broken and has no idea what love is. But the actual moment of Coming to Reason can be incredibly fast and life changing.
For me, it began the best years of my life. And for that, I thank you, Heather. Sorry, he broke your heart too, but that was inevitable.
Here’s a bit about the book

Coming to Reason:

COMING TO REASON

Book Three: A Long Road to Love

Humorous Contemporary Disaster Romance

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Blurb

Carrie has committed to an inter-species marriage with Trent, her billionaire boss. Only, she requested a long engagement to improve his stats. Presently, he is eighty percent dreamboat and twenty percent nightmare.

When he fires her so they can be a ‘normal couple’, everything heads south. Providing her a stark contrast, her new boss is everything a woman could want in a man.


But for Carrie, her heart is taken and thus, her path to reason remains long and arduous.
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Liza O’Conner writes books that speak to my soul. Carrie is a character you will not soon forget.
–Rebecca Royce, author of The Warrior series.

I only have one thing to say about Liza O’Connor’s A Long Road to Love series: Read them. They’re funny. You won’t regret it!
Maria Hammarblad, author of Kidnapped.
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Excerpt

He shook his head. “I’m still growing up from the petulant child I’ve been all my life.” He exhaled and met her gaze. “To continue my progress, I need your assistance.”

She marveled at his newly acquired ability to admit weaknesses. “Anything,” she promised.

Leaning in, he kissed her forehead. “My therapist believes your desire to be the world’s best EA and my girlfriend is hampering my attempts to grow up. You take care of all my problems. He says I need to handle matters for myself.”

Fear spread from her chest out to her fingertips, making her numb, slowing her brain. “Are you saying you want to break up with me?”

“Never!” He covered her face with kisses.

She pushed him away. “Then what?”

“It’s time to do what we talked about months ago. You need to quit Lancaster Chairs and get another job.”

Was he insane? He couldn’t survive two hours without her. “We should do this slowly, so you can wean off.”

He smiled. “Michael disagrees.”

She’d always liked his therapist, until now. “Maybe I should talk to him.”

“No! You’ll only prove to him I’ve made no progress at all.” He gripped her hands. “I need to stand on my own two feet. You have to let me grow up and take responsibility for myself.”

“All right.” Her stomach roiled with doubt. He’d be calling her back in a week to help save his company again.

Still, growing up meant he’d make mistakes along the way. She had to let him take the reins, even if doing so had disaster written all over it. “I’ll start looking on my lunch hour.”

“No. We need a clean cut. As of now, you no longer work at Lancaster Chairs.”

“Trent! We have to have a transition. We’ll need to find a new EA. I’ll need to train the person in.”

He pressed his fingers to her lips. “I completed the interviews and I’m going in to train my EA. I’ve got it all under control.”

His assurance stunned her. He must have planned this for weeks, perhaps months, but never said a word, which hurt her feelings. Still, she sucked it up and tried to focus on the positive. Trent wanted to grow up and take responsibility. “I should still come in and show the person…guy or girl?”

The question made him choke. “Are you kidding? After Grant? No way in hell I’d hire another male.”
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A Long Road to Love
Book One
Worst Week Ever
“Love this book and couldn’t stop laughing from beginning to end.” 5 stars – Alves – Amazon
61 reviews: 4.3 stars
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Book Two
Oh Stupid Heart
“Be warned though, this book is completely different from The Worst Week Ever. Yes, there is still humor, dry wit, situations that you would think…NOT AGAIN but this one humanizes Trent more.” 5 stars – Brian’s Mom – Amazon
8 reviews: 4.8 stars
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Book Three
Coming to Reason
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Author Bio:

Liza lives in Denville, NJ with her dog Jess. They hike in fabulous woods every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow. Having an adventurous nature, she learned to fly small Cessnas in NJ, hang-glide in New Zealand, kayak in Pennsylvania, ski in New York, scuba dive with great white sharks in Australia, dig up dinosaur bones in Montana, sky dive in Indiana, and raft a class four river in Tasmania. She’s an avid gardener, amateur photographer, and dabbler in watercolors and graphic arts. Yet through her entire life, her first love has and always will be writing novels. She loves to create interesting characters, set them loose, and scribe what happens.
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A Valentine’s Day Blog Hop – PRIZES and #GIVEAWAY

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Interestingly, we actually have a saint, a priest from Rome known as Valentinus, to thank for Valentine’s Day. Back in the day, and I’m talking around the fifth century, Valentinus was a bit of a rebel. The Roman Emperor Claudius II didn’t believe married men would make good soldiers, and he banned his top guns from getting hitched, but Valentinus was sneaky.

This saint, with his amethyst ring engraved with the cupid symbol, performed marriages for those soldiers who wished them. Then to remind them to remain faithful to their wives when out celebrating a winning battle, he cut heart shapes from parchment and gifted them to them.

So, what does Valentine’s Day mean to you? Do you go all out and present flowers? Buy chocolates or send a card? For me, I love to give heart-shaped chocolates wrapped in red foil to my closest. Just love it.

To continue spreading some yummy sweetness, I’m going to share a new snippet from HIGHLANDER’S CAPTIVE, one in which the hero has just captured his heroine and stolen her away. I’d also like to thank everyone who’s bought a copy. Highlander’s Captive has shot into Amazon’s Bestsellers Charts in the UK and the US. During the past month since release, this novella has made the #1 slot within the Scottish Medieval Romances and Historical categories several times. I’m simply buzzing.

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Wind whipped through Ivor’s shoulder-length hair, drying it into a rakish look. As he held the ropes, his biceps bulged and his every muscle strained to control the wind power he’d harnessed in the skiff’s tight sail.

Oh, Julia should turn her gaze away. Only, so impressive. A warrior of great strength.

Mayhap she should enjoy this since she didn’t have a choice. She’d certainly never ridden in a boat moving at such speed that ’twas half out of the water. Awed by his ability, she peeked over his arm. The coastline was but a blur. Her heart near jumped out of her chest and she clutched him tighter. “How fast are we going?”

“Faster than usual, but the crosswinds will ease off soon.”

Plastered against the hard planes of his body, she almost hoped they didn’t. She smiled and lifted her face to the sky, allowing the moment to expand. This was life, and far more interesting than the confines of Dunvegan Castle, not that she’d ever tell Ivor that.

She might be his captive, but not for long.

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For those who’d like to enter my giveaway for a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card and some other goodies, then click on the Rafflecopter Giveaway link below.

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But that’s not all… In addition to my personal prize for this hop, there are some fabulous blog tour prizes up for grabs. The grand prize will be a Kindle Paperwhite and a digital new adult romance basket. Also every comment in the hop will count as an entry toward this prize. Just let me know what your favorite Valentine’s Day gift has been. I’d love to hear about it. (But don’t make me too jealous.)

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~~ Joanne Wadsworth’s Books ~~

Buy HIGHLANDER’S CAPTIVE (Highlander Heat Novella) at: Amazon Kindle

Buy HUNTER (Magio-Earth Novella) at: Amazon Kindle

Buy WITNESS PURSUIT (Bodyguards #1) at: Amazon Kindle / B&N Nook / iTunes / Kobo

Buy WARRIOR (Magio-Earth #2) at: Amazon Kindle / B&N Nook / iTunes / Kobo

Buy PROTECTOR (Magio-Earth #1) at: Amazon Kindle / B&N Nook / iTunes / Kobo

 

TAKE CARE. :)

A Scottish Burns’ Night Blog Hop – PRIZES and #GIVEAWAY

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Today I’m chatting about all things Scottish in celebration of Burns’ Night. January is a cold month in Scotland, and to remain cheerful, on January 25th the Scottish celebrate the poetry of their bard, Robert Burns. They pipe in the haggis, which traditionally means the chef carries it in while the piper plays an appropriate tune. The haggis is sliced open with the finely honed edge of a ceremonial dirk (though any old knife will apparently do.) Then the meal is served with copious amounts of whisky, allowing the festivities to flow. They consider the life of the man behind the poems, they make toasts, recite poetry, and sing and dance. After all this revelry, they stagger home with their bellies full, hearts renewed, and the knowledge that they only have another eleven months of rain to go in the year. 🙂 Yep, the Scottish are delightfully cheery on this night.

To continue spreading this cheeriness, I’m going to share a sexy snippet from HIGHLANDER’S CAPTIVE, one which should heat you up and curl your toes.

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The urge to lay Julia across the bench of his skiff and make her his infused every inch of Ivor’s body. He kissed her, and her soft moans incited his need to strip her and ravish her senseless.

He should have his hand on the rudder and staying their course, not sliding his fingers along the silky flesh of her calves in an attempt to lift her skirts. She deserved more. A bed for starters, and following that, a night of endless pleasure.

“We should stop.” At least he hadn’t beached his boat in the dark.

“Not yet.” She clutched his head and brought his mouth to hers. Her hungry kiss shot craving to his groin.

“Any more and I’ll never stop.” He lowered his mouth to her neck and sucked on her skin. Hell, her breasts heaved within the tight confines of her bodice. Bad move. He needed to divert his gaze.

“Touch me,” she whispered.

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For those who’d like to enter my giveaway for a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card and some other goodies, then click on the Rafflecopter Giveaway link below.

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But that’s not all… In addition to my personal prize for this hop, there are some fabulous blog tour prizes up for grabs. There’s a $50 Amazon giftcard and five $10 Amazon giftcards. Just click on the Hop Giveaway link below.

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Keep hopping– The complete list of participating authors is on the list below

1. Love, Lust and Lipstick Stains 9. Inner Goddess 17. Nina Mason
2. Samantha Holt 10. Hunter S. Jones 18. Kate Robbins
3. A Dirty Book Affair 11. Christina Phillips 19. Scenes from a Chaotic Mind
4. Anne Conley 12. Andrea Bellmont 20. Sarah Bella
5. Em Taylor 13. Isobelle Cate 21. Joanne Wadsworth
6. Kirsten S. Blacketer 14. Storm Chase 22. Anne Stenhouse
7. Willa Blair 15. Ceci Giltenan 23. BJ Scott
8. Nicole Hurley- Moore 16. Tarah Scott
Thank you so much for dropping by, and I wish you and yours a wonderful week.

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~~ Joanne Wadsworth’s Books ~~

Buy HIGHLANDER’S CAPTIVE (Highlander Heat Novella) at: Amazon Kindle

Buy HUNTER (Magio-Earth Novella) at: Amazon Kindle

Buy WITNESS PURSUIT (Bodyguards #1) at: Amazon Kindle / Amazon Paperback / B&N Nook & Paperback / iTunes / Kobo

Buy WARRIOR (Magio-Earth #2) at: Amazon Kindle / B&N Nook / iTunes / Kobo

Buy PROTECTOR (Magio-Earth #1) at: Amazon Kindle / B&N Nook / iTunes / Kobo

TAKE CARE. :)

PRIZES and #GIVEAWAY – Winter Wonder Man Blog Hop is Here

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It’s the Winter  Wonder Man Blog Hop, and I’d love to welcome my blog’s followers and anyone new dropping by. For most of you it’s the peak of winter, something I find incredibly hard to imagine when it’s the height of summer where I live. Temperatures are close to 90 degrees in New Zealand, and every day I take the kiddies swimming at the pools or beach to cool down. I’d love to know what you’re up to though. Are you curled up before the fire, or perhaps building snowmen? Where do you live in the world?

We romance writers certainly love to bring our characters into a new world of love and romance. It’s our job to make sure our heroes have the reader curling their toes. In my newest release, HIGHLANDER’S CAPTIVE, I hope I’ve achieved just that. Here’s a peek at this novella in my Highlander Heat line.

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His mission is to capture. Hers is to turn the tide.

Twenty-two-year-old Julia MacLeod discovers a secret tunnel leading from Dunvegan Castle, the stronghold of her MacLeod clan. Her chief would never allow her to leave without a guard during this time of war, but up for an adventure, she scurries along the dank passageway and through a maze of twists and turns.

Highland warrior Ivor MacDonald is on a solitary mission to secure a bargaining chip against his chief’s rival clan. While scouting the cliffs near Dunvegan Castle for a way in, a lone woman topples from the cliffs and into the frigid waters of the ocean. Honor demands he rescue her, even though it might bring his mission into jeopardy. Then he discovers she’s the chief’s cousin, and his bargaining chip has just fallen right into his hands.

Ivor steals his captive away, and on a journey across the ocean, his mission soon takes a turn. Julia’s trust in him sees his honor battling to override his need for revenge. Has his captive now turned the tide, and became the captor instead?

A Historical Highlander Romance.

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Also, if you’d like to enter my giveaway for a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card and some other goodies, then click on the rafflecopter link below.

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But that’s not all… In addition to my personal prize, if you leave a comment WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS below, then one commentator from the blog tour will win at least a $35 gift card to Barnes and Noble. Nice.

Keep hopping– The complete list of participating authors is on the Linky list link below

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Thank you so much for dropping by, and I wish you and yours a wonderful week.

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~~ Joanne Wadsworth’s Books ~~

Buy HIGHLANDER’S CAPTIVE (Highlander Heat Novella) at: Amazon Kindle

Buy HUNTER (Magio-Earth Novella) at: Amazon Kindle

Buy WITNESS PURSUIT (Bodyguards #1) at: Amazon Kindle / Amazon Paperback / B&N Nook & Paperback / iTunes / Kobo

Buy WARRIOR (Magio-Earth #2) at: Amazon Kindle / B&N Nook / iTunes / Kobo

Buy PROTECTOR (Magio-Earth #1) at: Amazon Kindle / B&N Nook / iTunes / Kobo

TAKE CARE. :)

Highlander’s Captive. Cover Reveal. GIVEAWAY. And So Much More.

This last week has been amazing. I’ve got so much to share with you all, I can barely contain my excitement.

First I’m going to bring you the fabulous cover for FIRST FROST, A Lyrical Press Anthology, coming November 11th, 2013. This anthology includes HIGHLANDER’S CAPTIVE, a novella in my Highlander Heat series.

Nine of Lyrical Press’s authors have come together to bring you a book filled with romance, including short stories ranging from sweet to steamy. So be prepared to melt away the winter chill if you pick up an ebook copy of FIRST FROST. I can’t wait for this anthology to release.

FIRST FROST is coming to readers compliments of those authors (yes, it’ll be free — exciting, right?), and I’ve listed below the talented writers I’ve joined with, and their individual titles. Here’s the fabulous cover by Renee Rocco. She’s done all my covers. I just love her work.

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Melt away the winter chill with a little help from Lyrical’s authors.

A Lyrical Press anthology…compliments of Lyrical Press’s authors.

Keep the Fire Burning by Daisy Banks (Fantasy Romance)

Three-Way Tie by M.Q. Barber (BDSM Erotic Romance)

In His Embrace by Wendy Ely (Contemporary Romance)

May I Have This Dance by Toni Kelly (Paranormal Romance)

A Keeper by Charlotte McClain (Contemporary Sweet Romance)

Like Autumn Leaves and Campfires by Elle Parker (GLBT Erotic Romance)

Ripe for Trouble by Autumn Piper (Contemporary Romance)

Slip the Skin by Tera Shanley (Paranormal Romance)

Highlander’s Captive by Joanne Wadsworth (Historical Highlander Romance)

If you’d like to add this FIRST FROST anthology to your Goodreads TBR list, each author will likely list their own novella individually. Here is the GRs link for HIGHLANDER’S CAPTIVE.

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I’m also thrilled to be able to share the news that my seventh book has just gone under contract. HIGHLANDER’S MAGIC, book two in my Highlander Heat line, will release with my publisher. It’s all go. Let me drop in a picture of a hunky Highlander to celebrate.

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My next piece of exciting news is I’ve teamed up with a number of my Lyrical Press sisters as hostesses of a fun Facebook page called Sizzle and Sass. We’ll be interacting with readers and other authors, and yes, expect a ton of sizzle and sass. We are romance authors after all.

They’ll also be snippets of our works, games, giveaways, and so much more. This will be a fun, fun page. Our first giveaway is a-maz-ing! Even I can’t believe how amazing it is. All you have to do to enter is click on the link below and “like” our page. The winner will be drawn at the close of the giveaway on October 26th. The winner will receive:

  • The Kindle Paperwhite.
  • And A free eBook from all the Sizzle and Sass authors: Gemma Brocato, Eden Ashe, Amy Burgess, Mae Clair, M.Q. Barber, Stacy McKitrick, Rie Warren, Julia Tagan, Lynn Cahoon, Joanne Wadsworth, Calisa Rhose, Autumn Piper, Cd Brennan

Here’s the link for Sizzle and Sass’s giveaway.

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And to top off my wonderful week, I have to tell you about the rogue hen I uncovered in my garden. Hours after I found her, I discovered she was sitting on seventeen eggs. Seventeen eggs! Over the next two or three hours all those eggs hatched, and my kiddies had a blast playing with the chicks. Did I mention there were seventeen chicks? I’ve since discovered the previous owner of the hen moved away, so I’ve adopted this hen and her family. Luckily we have a couple of acres for them to roam around in. Here’s a couple of cool pics I took of my kiddies and me on the front lawn with our swarm of adorable ones.

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Don’t forget to drop me a comment if you’d like to. I love hearing from you guys.

Also, if you’d like to read one of my books from my thrilling new Young Adult Fantasy Romance series then by all means, check out the book links below to pick up your copy of PROTECTOR or WARRIOR.

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Buy PROTECTOR (Book One) at: Amazon Kindle / B&N Nook / iTunes / Kobo

Buy WARRIOR (Book Two) at: Amazon Kindle / B&N Nook / iTunes / Kobo

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