Monthly Archives: February 2016

Tuesday Tales – Hip

Hey everyone! Welcome to Tuesday Tales! This week’s word prompt is “hip”. We’re back with Gideon and Emma in my Steampunk tale. 

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Katarina led the group to the library, her skirts swishing flamboyantly with every step she took. Gideon scowled as he tucked Emma close to his hip. The crowd pressed close to them as they traveled through the corridors. It looked like a garish parade journeying to the entrance of hell. It was too easy to be separated. If they were it was hard to tell what would happen to the woman he loved. I do not trust that witch.

Everyone gasped in awe at the humidor sitting in the middle of the grand library. The bustled around it, touching the intricately carved wood. Gideon studied his creation. The glass had been repaired. It wasn’t as thick as the pane he used but it would work. He would have to find another way to disable it.

He stumbled forward a step or two as General Hellwig clapped him on the shoulder. “It’s brilliant, Gideon!” The General then turned and kissed Katarina on the cheek. “Thank you, my dear. I love it.”

“You are welcome,” Katarina mumbled. She shot an evil grin at Gideon. He could tell what she was thinking. In moments the General would be dead, he would be blamed for the murder and her plan would fall into action.

Gideon cleared his throat. “Sir, let me demonstrate its features to you.”

“By all means. Lead the way.”

Gideon led the General around the humidor pointing out a thing here or there. As he pulled open the metal reservoir of thick, green liquid he smiled. He cast a glance at General Hellwig. “Forgive me, sir. This concoction keeps the humidor at the precise atmosphere to store your items. It seems to be too thick. Let me dilute it.” Taking a goblet of water from a nearby guest, he added several drops to the mixture. In moments the liquid in the reservoir was as clear as the water in the glass.

Gideon opened the door as he winked at Emma. “General, if you’d like to step inside, you can see exactly how this humidor works. I believe it will be an experience you will never forget.”

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Heartland is Re-Releasing!!

Heartland (Black Irish #2) re-releases March 3rd!!


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Going Home. Will it keep Sloan and Abbey safe from the past or will the past destroy them?

Now that Sloan’s true identity has been revealed, he and Abbey move to her hometown of Mount Vernon, Iowa, to start their new lives together away from the chaos of New York City and the threat of those looking for him. And they are not alone – they are joined by Gordon, Maggie, and Bartholomew each looking for a fresh start and new love in the small rural town while they develop a plan for their family’s continued safety.

Their marriage is put to the test by the reappearance of Abbey’s father, bullies from her high school days, a business opportunity in Miami, and a new baby on the way. When a person from their past comes back looking to make Abbey his own again, will he be able to tear Sloan and Abbey apart forever?

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Tuesday Tales – Stolen

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 I have to apologize. I left last week’s as a cliff hanger but I am so excited to share this excerpt. It’s part of an anthology featuring strong heroines. I promise to get back to Gideon and Emma very soon!

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“Agent Monroe.”

Jade shuddered at the sound of his voice. The melody sent a surge of electricity through her veins she never felt before. It set her heart off like a stampede. Not what she needed as she wove through the people that flocked the streets of Tokyo. “Yes, Mr. Clark?”

“The building you need is one block up then turn to the right. It’ll be three blocks further.”

Jade pressed against the earpiece as she dodged a potentially lethal elbow. “Thank you.”

“And Agent Monroe?”


“Thanks for having sushi with me last night. It was wonderful.”

Jade fought back a shiver. “Yeah, it was great.”

Her thoughts took over as she picked up her pace. The debriefing for this mission took longer than anticipated. Lucas Clark was hardly ever involved with any missions the Agency doled out. He was the tech geek, spending more time rebooting computers around the building and updating software than getting involved with the agents.

But the stolen information Jade was retrieving was buried deep in a server somewhere in downtown Tokyo. Lucas had found it and was the only one who knew how to retrieve it.

He was the quintessential computer nerd –tall, lanky, thick rimmed hipster glasses and the unruly thick mop of dark hair. He was teased by the guys in the Agency and the girls never gave him the time of day. He seemed lonely in his office in the basement.

After the debriefing, he shyly asked Jade to go out for sushi with him. She accepted. There was always something about Lucas. She thought he was adorable. Once they were dismissed they headed to the restaurant down the street. Sushi led to sake bombs. After one a piece he loosened up with her. They talked for hours.

By the third sake bomb, she was naked beneath him in his bed. Beneath those ties and dress shirts was a body that put every fashion model she ever saw to shame. Lean and muscular he had the physique of a boxer. His touch was soft but firm. His kisses were velvet. What he did to her in his bed had her begging for more. Everything he did turned her into jelly in his arms.

“Agent Monroe?”

There was his voice again. It sent sweet tremors through her. “Uh huh?”

“You missed your turn.”

Shit. “The sidewalk is crowded. I couldn’t get through. I’m doubling back now.”

“All right.”

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