Neither will back down: Once A Soldier by Mary Jo Putney #HistoricalRomance #mgtab @GoddessfishPromos


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Once a Soldier

by Mary Jo Putney

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GENRE:  Historical Romance

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BLURB:

 

ROGUES REDEEMED

As heir to a title and great wealth, Will Masterson should have stayed home and tended his responsibilities. Instead he went to war. Now, after perilous years fighting the French, he intends his current mission to be his last. But all his plans are forgotten when he arrives in the small mountain stronghold of San Gabriel and meets her.

Knowing herself to be too tall, strong, and unconventional to appeal to a man, Athena Markham has always gloried in her independence. But for the first time in her life, she finds a man who might be her match.

Two of a kind, too brave for their own good, Athena and Will vow to do whatever it takes to vanquish San Gabriel’s enemies. For neither will back down from death, and only together can they find happiness and a love deeper than any they’d dared imagine…

 

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Excerpt:

 

 

She stared at him. “You’re a most unusual man, Major Masterson.”

 

“I’ve been told that before,” he said sadly. “It’s never a compliment.”

 

She had to smile. “Now I know you’re teasing.”

 

“Possibly,” he agreed; his expression sober, but his eyes amused. “If I’m forgiven for the kiss, will you call me Will again? I prefer to be on first name terms with you.”

 

“Very well, Will.” She preferred that as well. “For whatever time you’re here, we can be friends. After you leave . . .” She shrugged. “In my experience, men are not such good letter writers as women, and it’s a long way from San Gabriel to Oxfordshire.”

 

“I’m a rather decent letter writer, actually.” His gaze intensified. “Friends. And who knows? Perhaps we can become more than friends.”

 

She felt as if the breath had been knocked out of her. He could not possibly mean what he seemed to be implying. Returning to irony, she said, “What are the relationship possibilities?” She held up her left hand and ticked off one finger. “Friendship is the broadest category and can range from mild acquaintance to deep, enduring loyalty. I think we are already mild friends?”

 

“If we weren’t more than mild friends already, we wouldn’t be having this extremely interesting discussion,” he agreed.

 

She ticked off another finger. “We could become enemies.”

 

“I will not allow that,” he said firmly. “I have had enough of enemies.”

 

“One does not always have a choice.” She tapped her middle finger. “The opposite of love or hate, which is indifference.”

 

“It is much too late for indifference,” Will said seriously. “I believe I mentioned my immediate interest in kissing you.”

 

“Do you always want to kiss women who aim rifles at you?” she asked curiously.

 

“No, you’re the only one,” he said. “Though if the truth be known, women seldom greet me with weaponry.”

 

“I’m glad to hear that.” She studied her hand. “Two fingers left for listing relationships, and those remaining are deeply implausible.”

 

“But these are the most interesting possibilities!” he exclaimed.

 

“‘Interesting’ doesn’t mean good.” She ticked her ring finger. “We could have an affair. That will not happen for any number of reasons, most of which you can imagine.”

 

“Which leaves another possibility,” he said, his voice soft.

 

She closed her hand into a fist. “You can’t possibly be interested in marriage! You scarcely know me.”

 

“That’s true, as is the reverse. If we get to know each other better, one or both of us might decide we’d never suit.”

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Mary Jo Putney is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has written over 60 novels and novellas. A ten-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA, she has won the honor twice and is on the RWA Honor Roll for bestselling authors. In 2013 she was awarded the RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award.  Though most of her books have been historical romance, she has also published contemporary romances, historical fantasy, and young adult paranormal historicals. She lives in Maryland with her nearest and dearest, both two and four footed.  Visit her at maryjoputney.com.

 

Buy Link: http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/book.aspx/33076

 

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 GIVEAWAY INFORMATION 

 

 Mary Jo will be awarding a print copy of Once a Soldier (US/Canada only) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 

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A game of cat and mouse turns deadly: Hunt Me by Heather Long #Suspense #Summerreading #mgtab @Barclay_PR @HVLong


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HUNT ME

by Heather Long

 

Their sensuous game of cat and mouse turns deadly when a third player turns up the heat, but can these two liars come clean with each other or will they lose it all?  HUNT ME is perfect for fans of Love Thy Enemy (Red Stone Security Series #13) by Katie Reus, Constant Craving (Task Force Hawaii #3) by Melissa Schroeder and Steal the Light (Thieves Book #1) by Lexi Blake

 

Praise for the Love Thieves series:

Treasure Me starts off with a bang and keeps your heart racing until the very end. – D. Antonio

 

A very well written tale of romance and intrigue, with all kinds of twists and turns along the way. – R. Aiken

 

The storyline is intense and compelling. The characters are fantastic! – Roxie’s Romance Reviews

 

Title: Hunt Me

Author: Heather Long

Series: Love Thieves #3

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: July 12, 2016

Publisher: Self-Published

Print Length: 90K

Format: Digital

Digital ISBN: 978-1- 68361-055- 7

 

Synopsis:

One Thief…

Wealthy, titled, and very privileged, Lady Katherine Hardwicke successfully eluded some of the best thieves in the world in a quest to obtain the Fortunate Buddha. Her time is running out and her enemies are closing in, and one deliciously enigmatic man seems determined to get in her way. Will he save her or end her quest forever?

One Hunt…

Jarod Parker wears many faces and lies for a living, but when the same thief steals the Buddha out from beneath his agents not once but twice, this handler returns to the field. His target? The last woman anyone would suspect of being the thief. But is he really after the Buddha or has this brilliant woman stolen his heart?

One Choice…

Their sensuous game of cat and mouse turns deadly when a third player turns up the heat, but can these two liars come clean with each other or will they lose it all?

Find out more at: Amazon | Kobo | iBooks | ARe

 

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Read an Excerpt from HUNT ME:

 

He sat silently. She forced herself to eat three bites of the salmon in quick succession, followed by a forkful of the steamed spinach and grilled zucchini. Her lack of appetite did not do the meal justice, but her audience forced her to play the part. Their air of civility wore on her. She’d rather be curled up, snacking on her dinner in bed and watching the latest movies she’d missed thanks to the whirlwind schedule she’d been maintaining.

But, no. She sat at a table with a perfectly respectable, smoking-hot- should-be- licked- often stranger. Damn her father.

Hell, if her father hadn’t sent him, she could have indulged in one of those carnal impulses which used to land her in the scandal rags during her university years. When the heat in her body continued to spread, warming her cheeks and breasts, she reached for the wine again. Maybe a glass or three would knock the temperature off her libido.

“You seem very relaxed, considering our present circumstances.” He sounded almost curious.

“I’m used to it.” She sighed and ran her tongue along her teeth, hoping no bits of veggie were embarrassing her. “Unfortunately.”

“Well, if you’re used to it, maybe you should consider a change in careers.” The odd comment, coupled with his pursed lips, dragged her attention away from her raging hormones to stare at him again. He watched her with no attempt to disguise the shrewd predator in his eyes. A fresh wave of awareness rolled over her.

He wasn’t any ordinary businessman, and his attempts at vanilla engagement, from his relaxed dress to his mannerisms, couldn’t disguise the difference anymore. Something far more dangerous than an unwanted matchmaking attempt lurked in his gaze.

Intrigue and wariness clashed inside.

“Why would I change careers? I’m destined to inherit the entire organization. I have to know how it works from top to bottom. Or are you one of those men who thinks marrying me will be your key to the executive office, and I’ll be at home hosting tea while popping out the requisite heirs?”

Jarod tugged his ear and set his utensils down. “Kit Kat, what the hell are you talking about?”

“My father, Mr. Parker. And stop calling me by that horrid nickname.” Irritation rose to the top of her desire and flamed. “I asked you to call me Katherine.”

“No. You told me to. I prefer Kit Kat. It suits your mercurial moods. What does your father have to do with my being on this plane?”

“Everything.” She leaned forward. “Miles told me Daddy sent you to the meeting and here. I am used to my father’s matchmaking—although he’s generally a great deal subtler than this. I suppose my birthday last month and the engagements of several of his associates’ children has him thinking.”

“Miles told you I’m here as a—”

“Seriously, Mr. Parker? A stud service. Yes, my father sent you to stand stud for his recalcitrant princess who will not settle down. Granted, you’re an exceptionally fine specimen, but I have no desire to wear the reins which undoubtedly go with your promising physique.”

Jarod’s mouth opened briefly then snapped shut. To her amazement—and ire—he started to laugh.

“What’s so funny?”

“You’re not mad your father might have sent me, Kit Kat. You’re mad you wanted me, and now you think you can’t have me.”

 

Other Books in the Love Thieves Series:

 

Catch Me

 

CATCH ME

Set in Morocco, London and Switzerland, The Love Thieves takes Anya and Max on a powerful journey full of passion and chemistry that sparks on the page from their first dance to their last.

Maxwell Sauvage was born into a life of privilege…and boredom. As a “security consultant” to the powerful, he enjoys pitting his wits against the most intricate of security systems for business and pleasure.

Anya Swift is a woman with high-class tastes and a high-octane need for adventure. As an operative for International Art and Antiquities Recovery she stays just on the “right” side of the law, while satisfying her desire for the finer things and her thirst for adventure.

When a high tech camera catches Anya taking The Fortunate Buddha from the French Ambassador’s vault, Max is eager to help the provocative thief for his own reasons, not the least of which being that he set the camera. But after one stunning night of passion, Anya disappears. Now Max must find Anya before the Ambassador’s men and claim the thief for his own, but they are running against a clock, danger and deception.

 

Book 1 Available at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | ARe

 

Treasure Me 

TREASURE ME

Discover nail-biting action in New York when the hunt for the Fortunate Buddha traps Sophie Kingston in a life and death struggle where the only man who can save her is playboy Pietr Sauvage.

One Treasure…
Some would kill to know what Sophie Kingston knows. Rich and powerful people will do anything to possess the secret, but not even Sophie realizes how much danger she is in—or how far they will go to hunt her down and take it from her. But when she sees a murder no one can prove, the threats to her life keep coming.

One Hunt…
Pietr Sauvage is neck deep in the hunt for The Fortunate Buddha when a lead draws him to New York and thrusts him into the life of art history specialist Sophie. What began as a favor turns into a desperate need to protect the sexy curator from the dark web of deception threatening to pull her under.

Too Many Thieves…
Lost in the shadow of intrigue and danger, Sophie must learn to trust Pietr, a man with an agenda, a man she can’t help but desire, before the ruthless thieves steal their only chance.

Raising the stakes heightens the attraction…

 

Book 2 is available at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | ARe

 

 Heather Long

 

 About Heather Long:

National bestselling author, Heather Long, likes long walks in the park, science fiction, superheroes, Marines, and men who aren’t douche bags. Her books are filled with heroes and heroines tangled in romance as hot as Texas summertime. From paranormal historical westerns to contemporary military romance, Heather might switch genres, but one thing is true in all of her stories—her characters drive the books. When she’s not wrangling her menagerie of animals, she devotes her time to family and friends she considers family. She believes if you like your heroes so real you could lick the grit off their chest, and your heroines so likable, you’re sure you’ve been friends with women just like them, you’ll enjoy her worlds as much as she does.

Connect with Heather: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon

 

I was lucky enough to get Heather to sit long enough for a short interview today. Thanks for joining the blog, Heather!

 

 

  1. What do you think is the best way to publish these days?

As in all things, there is no one best way, it’s what’s best for each individual. I am a hybrid and I like working with publishers and self-publishing.

 

  1. What are your favorite genres to read? Why?

I love all genres, I’m very eclectic in my reading tastes. I think horror is the only one I don’t like to read, though I do love thrillers.

 

  1. How do you approach starting a new book?

I put my arse in the chair and get writing!

 

  1. What are the best writing books or blogs you’ve ever read?

Stephen King’s On Writing is pretty damn on point.

 

  1. What are your non-writing hobbies, or what do you do to relax?

What is this relaxing you are speaking of? I walk a lot, I hang out with my kiddo, and we watch lots of movies. I also love to quilt.

 

  1. Do you have any personal heroes/heroines?

My grandmother and my daughter are my best heroes. I adore them and they inspire me.

 

  1. Have you had any unusual or noteworthy occupations?

I’ve worked in the tech industry, for an attorney’s office, and as a freelance writer. So not really that exciting.

 

  1. What was your best date ever?

Every date is the best date ever, especially when I’m with my husband.

 

Aw! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule, Heather. Best of luck with Hunt Me, it sounds fabulous!

 

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