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<![CDATA[Snarkology Halloween Hop]]>Tue, 25 Oct 2016 04:00:00 GMThttp://danilynalexander.com/blog/snarkology-halloween-hopHi & Welcome to the Snarkology Halloween Hop!
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An Interview with Ryleigh and Jackson

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Ryleigh Donnovan and Jackson Maynard are the stars of the best-selling Kingdom of Cymmera Series, Reluctant Prince, Lost Princess, and Battle for Cymmera, and they are joining us today to tell us a little about their stories.
Interviewer: I’ll ask both of you this, but let’s start with Jackson. You and Ryleigh had a run in before you actually met, could you describe that interaction, as well as your first meeting?
 
Jackson: (Clears his throat and shifts position) The first time I saw Ryleigh it was like…well, to be honest, kind of like getting punched in the gut. I didn’t know what was going on, but I knew I couldn’t kill her like I was supposed to. I also knew the decision to let her live could cost me my life, but it didn’t matter. I still couldn’t bring myself to do it.
 
The first time we met was different. The men of my realm haven’t had any true emotions for hundreds of years, so I had no experience with any kind of feelings. Then I sought Ryleigh out in the hospital, and I was overwhelmed with emotions I didn’t understand. I knew I had to keep her safe, despite my mission to kill her, but everything else was just a jumble of annoying feelings I didn’t have time to sort out.
 
Ryleigh: The first time I saw Jackson, I wasn’t even sure he was real. He was just standing there, surrounded by flames, and I thought maybe I was hallucinating. But I was terrified. (She glances at Jackson, then leans toward the interviewer and grins) In case you haven’t noticed, he’s kind of a scary guy.
 
It didn’t get much better when we met. I still thought maybe I was crazy, and he was still scary, but I didn’t care as much. At that point, I had to get my sister to safety, and if he was willing to help, then I had no choice but to go with him.
 
Interviewer: Ryleigh, how did you feel when you found out Jackson was the prince of another realm?
 
Ryleigh: I actually didn’t believe him at first. I don’t think I really believed him until I saw my first monster.
 
(She shivers, and Jackson puts a hand over hers.)
 
Ryleigh: By the time I realized it was all real, I already had a strong…attachment to him.
 
Interviewer: Jackson, now that you’ve gotten to know Ryleigh better, what do you think of her potential role as Cymmera’s queen?
 
Jackson: She is strong, courageous—often too courageous—caring. Everything a true queen should be.
 
Ryleigh: (Laughs) Let’s not go there again.
 
Jackson: You know I have to remind you every chance I get. (Grins)
 
Ryleigh: Not happening, Jackson. Next question.
 
Interviewer: Okay, fair enough. You and your sister, Mia, are extremely close, yet she is not yet strong enough to survive long term in Cymmera. Will you be able to leave her to tend to your responsibilities there?
 
Ryleigh: That would be the hardest part for me, and it’s the only thing that keeps me in the human realm right now. I can’t leave her. So, I have to stay until she’s strong enough to survive in Cymmera.
 
Interviewer: And how do you feel about that, Jackson?
 
Jackson: Being without Ryleigh is pretty much torture. Cymmerans are close to immortal. Because of that, we must have an extremely strong bond with the woman we are destined for. Imagine spending thousands of years with the same person. There would have to be a very strong bond. When we find our intended mate, every instinct screams for us to claim her as our own. Resisting that urge is almost impossible. It feels like resisting the urge to breathe. But Cymmera is under attack, and there’s no way I can abandon my home or shirk my responsibilities to remain in the human realm with Ryleigh, no matter how badly I want to.
 
Ryleigh: (Squeezes his hand) It feels kind of the same way for me. Sometimes I feel like I’m losing myself, though. And that scares me a little. That grin of his is hard enough to resist even without the extra bond.
 
Interviewer: What does it feel like to move between realms?
 
Ryleigh: It feels like there’s electricity flowing through you. It’s scary and amazing all at once.
 
Interviewer: What would it look like to a bystander?
 
Jackson: It’s a tremendous amount of power you’re trying to leash. I can’t imagine what it would look like to someone who didn’t know anything about it.
 
Ryleigh: Well, I can. The first time I saw Kai open the portal and step through into another world, I thought I had gone completely nuts. It was like a hole ripped open in the night, and within that hole was an entirely different world. And there were dragons! Not gonna lie, the dragons are way cool. So are the giant flying hounds.
 
Interviewer: Speaking of realms, Ryleigh, what was going through your mind when Daygan kidnapped you and imprisoned you in Argonas?
 
Ryleigh: Being in that underground chamber felt like I was suffocating. I thought for sure I was dead. I was so worried about who would take care of Mia and how she would handle losing someone else.
 
Jackson: (Puts his arm around her and pulls her close.) I’ve never felt such absolute fear, or rage. I could have killed Daygan with my bare hands at that moment.
 
Interviewer: On a lighter note, what do you think of Mia and Dakota?
 
Jackson: (Grins) I think they’d make a great couple.
 
Ryleigh: That is so not happening!
 
Jackson: Aww… Come on, Ryleigh, they’d be so cute to—
 
Ryleigh: Drop it, Jackson. Mia is just a kid, and I am not ready to go there.
 
Jackson: (Laughs)
 
Interviewer: So, what’s next for the two of you?
 
Jackson: We’re going to find out who betrayed us and see that he’s punished, then we’ll ascend the throne together and rule my father’s kingdom.
 
Ryleigh: I’m going to finish school, get a job, and take care of Mia until she’s able to exist in Cymmera.
 
Jackson: And then we’re going to rule Cymmera together.
 
Ryleigh: Maybe. We’ll see on November 22, when the conclusion to our story, Battle for Cymmera, releases. In the meantime, why don’t we check out the trailer and give one lucky winner a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

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<![CDATA[The Good, The Bad and The Ghostly]]>Mon, 03 Oct 2016 19:43:38 GMThttp://danilynalexander.com/blog/the-good-the-bad-and-the-ghostlyLong a Ghost, and Far Away
 by
Andrea Downing
Part of
The Good, The Bad and The Ghostly
Anthology

 When Lizzie Adams returns as a ghost to a life she led in the 1800s, she is surprised to find herself on a ranch in Wyoming, but delighted to learn she was married to a handsome and loving man.  The reasons for her return become clear when she discovers how she died, yet the unresolved issues surrounding her death leave her unable to either live in the 1800s or return to her present life.
     Colby Gates misses the wife he loved, yet a ghost is a poor substitute. Re-married to a woman he doesn’t care for, and with outlaws searching for buried gold on his ranch, the spirit of his wife is a further complication.
     But perhaps if the questions surrounding Lizzie’s death can be answered, the two can be together.
     For all time.
 
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“OH! I do beg your pardon. What year are we pretending this to be now?”
Colby raised a brow in what looked like slight irritation. “It’s 1897.”
“Ah! Of course! 1897. That would explain a whole raft of things. No cell phones. In fact, no phones—”
“Well, there are phones, but not here.”
“I see.” Lizzie shook her head as if she would go along with this whole pretense. “And so I can’t phone a friend to collect me in their car because, of course, there are no cars.”
“Well.” Colby hesitated. “I’m afraid I have no idea what a ‘car’ is other than the car of a railroad train but, yes, there aren’t any. Or do you mean automobiles? We have them—”
“But not here,” Lizzie finished for him. Unable to help herself, she burst out laughing. Jason had really done a good job, and this Colby fellow was a really good actor. He stayed in his part throughout, gave nothing away. “Okay, listen….” She tried to take in a breath but the corset was really biting into her now. “Is there someplace we can go, is there someplace I can go and get the hell out of this corset or whatever the heck you call it, and then perhaps you can give me a cup of tea or something, and we can sort this out?”
“Elizabeth, there is something you should know.” His voice was strained, hesitant.
“There’s a lot I should know, Colby Gates, but what specific item have you got in mind?”
“I’m married. I re-married.”
Lizzie covered her eyes with her hands and sighed with the weight of the universe on her shoulders. “Okay, listen. Really. I don’t want to intrude on you and your wife, I don’t want to be part of this ridiculous farce any more, and I sure as hell don’t want anything more to do with Jason Beeme. Just let me go home, all right? Let me go home? Please? Pretty please?”
Colby blew out a breath and shook his head. “Elizabeth. Lizzie. I have no idea who Jason Beeme is, and this ‘farce’ as you call it, it puzzles me as well. I don’t know how you are here; I only know what I’ve told you. We were married, happily married—very happily married and then….”
“And then? What?”
“You…died.”
“I died. I’m dead. I see.” Hysteria was now setting in, and Lizzie couldn’t help the small giggle that escaped. “I’m dead, but I’m here, is that it?”
“Yes.”
“Soooo, like, if I’m dead, but I’m here, I’m a ghost?” This made her laugh out loud.
Colby didn’t answer. It was as if he hadn’t thought that at all, just been confused as much as she by the situation. He seemed to mull this over now.
“Am I now a ghost as far as you are concerned?”
His “yes” came out almost as a breath.
“Hmm. Well, I’m not a ghost, you’re not a cowboy, and this, for sure, isn’t 1887.”
“Ninety-seven,” he corrected her.
She looked him in the eye, nose to nose. “I don’t give a good flying…you-know-what, what year you think it is. I want to go home, and I want to go home now, so just let’s stop playing around with this shit and—”
“You never used to use such language.”
“Mister! Colby! Please stop! The year is 2016 and I can say whatever the hell I please. Women are liberated. We’re free.”
“But…it isn’t lady-like.”
“Well, excuse me! ‘Lady-like’! Okay, I’ve had enough now. Take me home, please.” She rubbed her face with exasperation; this whole sham was un-be-lieve-able.
“Elizabeth…Lizzie…you are home, you know that. Only now…now—”
“You’re married.”
“Yes.”
“Well, good for you. I’m glad. I hope you’ll both be very happy. So, just take me to my apartment on Washington Avenue in St. Louis.”
“I….”
She thought he was gagging as he rubbed his forehead.
“Lizzie: you’re in Wyoming. We’re on a ranch near Buffalo, Wyoming. You’re miles from St. Louis.”
Lizzie could feel her eyes grow big; she thought they might pop out of her head. “Wyoming? Boy, Jason really did a job on me. Brother, how long was I out?”
Colby shook his head. “I have no idea what you’re talking about. As I said, I don’t know a Jason, I can only tell you it’s 1897, you’re in Wyoming, you’re my wife—or were my wife—before you…you…died.”
Lizzie felt the breath was being pressed out of her, and if she didn’t get out of this barn, and out of the corset soon, she would, indeed, die for real. “Okay,” she said giving in, “I’m dead. But this corset is killing me, so can we go some place and let me take it off. Maybe your wife could help?”
“Sylvia is visiting her aunt over in Kelly. She won’t be back for a few days.”
“How convenient!” Ha! One less actor to deal with.
“I’ll take you in the house and we can sort things out there.” He offered her his hand, which she took, looking up into his pale eyes, and let him lead her out of the barn into chill air. The sun was laying its colors on the horizon and she figured it must be late afternoon, wherever she was.
“So, I’m dead,” she said conversationally.
“Well, you were. You seem very much alive at the moment, I have to say, but that’s quite impossible.” He stopped.
Lizzie glanced over at what was no doubt the house, a log structure of good proportion, with a lantern lit and glowing through a window. The last rays of the sun elongated their shadows, and for a moment, she tried to breathe in the cool air deeply.
“Impossible,” she whispered. “To be here like this.” She turned to him, the attraction so great suddenly she wished this wasn’t all some huge act laid on to fool her. “So, I’m dead,” she repeated once more.
“Yes. I think so.” There was a depth of sadness in his voice she couldn’t fathom.
“And how did I die, may I ask?”
Colby Gates stood stock still beside her and let her hand go. He turned to her in the fading light, and Lizzie could see him swallow hard as he removed his Stetson and brushed an invisible speck from its brim before replacing it on his head. Then he looked her in the eye.
“I shot you.”
 
 
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About Andrea Downing

 A native New Yorker, Andrea Downing divides her time between the canyons of city streets and the wide-open spaces of Wyoming. Her background in publishing and English Language teaching has transferred into fiction writing, and her love of horses, ranches, rodeo, and anything else western, is reflected in her award-winning western romances. Loveland, her first book, was a finalist for Best American Historical at the 2013 RONE Awards. It has been re-released by Amazon Encore.  Lawless Love, a short story, part of The Wild Rose Press ‘Lawmen and Outlaws’ series, was a finalist for Best Historical Novella at the RONE Awards.   Dearest Darling, a novella, part of The Wild Rose Press Love Letters series, won Favorite Hero as well as several Honorable Mentions in the Maple Leaf Awards.  It has also won the Golden Quill Award for Best Novella.  Dances of the Heart, her first contemporary novel, came out 2015.
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The Good, The Bad and the Ghostly

What do you get when you combine cowboys and ghosts? A collection of eight (stand-alone) amazing stories from the Old West with haunts of every variety.
Get your love of alpha cowboys on and feed your addiction for the bizarre (and sometimes spooky) world when you purchase The Good, The Bad and The Ghostly.
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Wild, Wild Ghost by Margo Bond Collins
Blurb:
When Ruby Silver traded in her demon-hunting rifle for a badge at the Tremayne Psychic Specters Investigations, she didn't want another partner—losing the last one was too traumatic. But when a new case in the Texas Hill Country pairs her up with the slow-talking, fast-drawing Trip Austin, it will take all their combined skills to combat a plague of poltergeists in this German-settled town.
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Comes An Outlaw by Keta Diablo
When a tragic accident claims her husband's life, Jesse Santos must find a way to keep the ranch, the only home her 12-year-old son has ever known.  The ranch hands have abandoned her, a gang of cutthroat ranchers want her land and an ancient Yaqui Indian insists a spirit has taken up residence in the house.
 
After a fifteen year absence, her husband's brother, Coy, returns to his childhood home. He doesn't plan on staying, and he certainly doesn't intend to settle down with a widow and her son…no matter how pretty she is.
 
He's an outlaw, after all, and made a decision to put an end to his gun-slinging days long ago. Will his conscience let him walk away from family, or will his heart overrule his head?
 
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Long A Ghost and Far Away by Andrea Downing
 When Lizzie Adams returns as a ghost to a life she led in the 1800s, she is surprised to find herself on a ranch in Wyoming, but delighted to learn she was married to a handsome and loving man.  The reasons for her return become clear when she discovers how she died, yet the unresolved issues surrounding her death leave her unable to either live in the 1800s or return to her present life.
Colby Gates misses the wife he loved, yet a ghost is a poor substitute. Re-married to a woman he doesn’t care for, and with outlaws searching for buried gold on his ranch, the spirit of his wife is a further complication.
Perhaps if the questions surrounding Lizzie’s death can be answered, the two can be together.
For all time.
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A Ghostly Wager by Blaire Edens
Even a skeptical detective needs a little otherworldly help.
 
Nineteen-year old Annabelle Lawson hops a train to Reno to escape a marriage to a man twice her age. Alone and nearly destitute, she spots an employment advertisement that might change her life. If she can use the dreams that have haunted her for the last four years to land a job with the mysterious Treymane PSI Agency, she might be able to buy a train ticket home to Kentucky.
Agent Cole Swansby is an up and coming detective for Tremayne PSI. There’s only thing that can sink his career: if the boss realizes he’s a skeptic. He’s solved dozens of cases using old-fashioned logic, but he doesn't believe in the paranormal. Now he’s under tremendous pressure to solve a new case before the president of Midas Mining shows for a week of R&R at The Blade Saloon.
Cole can’t solve this case without some otherworldly help, though, and Annabelle is just the woman for the job. As the two of them are drawn deeper into the mystery of the woman in green, they may not be able to banish the ghost without losing their hearts. To each other.
 
 
How the Ghost Was Won by Erin Hayes
 
From orphan to saloon girl to ghost whisperer, Hattie Hart has been and seen a lot of things in her time. Her new job as a detective with the Tremayne PSI Agency takes her out to the remote town of Carolina City, Nevada on a vague assignment to investigate the disappearance of a US marshal.
 
Except, when she arrives, she meets the devilishly handsome Grant Madsden, a US marshal who is alive and well. Certainly not missing, but certainly the man of her dreams. So why did her boss send her out to this small boomtown when there’s nothing for her to investigate?
 
She soon discovers that in Carolina City, there are strange happenings from the afterlife that threaten to kill her or worse. She’ll have to race against time to save her life, the town, and the US marshal she was sent to find—and maybe, if she's lucky, her heart.
 
McKee's Ghost by Anita Philmar
 
His fiancée called off their engagement after being accosted by a ghost in his house. Now, a beautiful ghost detective has shown up at his ranch, saying his brother has hired her to take care of the unwanted spirit.
Konnor McKee is more than happy with P.S.I Agent Ruth Oliva Wilson. One look and he's hooked. Now, if he can only get some help from a ghost, he might be able to secure himself a bride after all.
With the return of his ex- fiancé, his life is turned upside down by an angry ghost, a vindictive woman, and a sexy medium. Konnor doesn’t know which way to turn.
Can he get everyone out of this alive and marry the P.S.I Agent? Or has he lost all hope of a happy future because of the ruthless ghost of one of his ancestors?
 
A Ride Through Time by Charlene Raddon
 
Ghosts. Murder. Love.  P.S.I. Agent Burke Jameson travels to Eagle Gulch, Colorado to investigate a report of ghost activity at a house where a murder took place in 1881. When his vehicle carrying his P.S.I. equipment dies, and a riderless mare appears, he mounts up, hoping the horse will lead him to her fallen rider. What he finds is a whole new life beyond his imagination.
Clorinda Halstead believes she’s a widow. After all, she was the one who shot her husband, Horace, on a violent night in 1881. He deserved it, the jury concluded. Living with the town marshal and his wife, all Clori wants is to be left alone. Then a stranger, Burke James, joins the household and nothing is ever the same again.
How did Burke find his way through time to the year 1881, and who is haunting the lovely but distant Widow Halstead? Can Burke find the ghost of Eagle Gulch without his P.S.I. equipment? And how will he ever choose between going home to his own time and a life of love and happiness with Clorinda?
 
The Ghost and the Bridegroom by Patti Sherry-Crews
 
Life is looking rosy for Abbott Foster when he brings his new bride to his ranch in Arizona. But when he is unable to consummate his marriage due to a malevolent spirit in the bedroom, he is forced to call in Psychic Specters Investigations.
Agent Healy Harrison doesn’t want to accept this case. She has her own demons and likes her quiet life, lived in the anonymity of St. Louis. But Tucson is where she finds herself—with instructions to “Have an adventure! Have a romance!” Things get interesting when she meets handsome Pinkerton detective, Aaron Turrell. Is this the romance she’s meant to have, or when their two cases intersect, will it drive him away?
 

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<![CDATA[Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!]]>Sat, 02 Jan 2016 01:03:42 GMThttp://danilynalexander.com/blog/amazon-gift-card-giveawayWelcome to the Kingdom of Cymmera!
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"A fun world-hopping fantasy with easy-to-track modern dialogue, Lost Princess, book two in the Kingdom of Cymmera Trilogy, is a quick read with plenty of romance -- and the promise of more to come."  ~ Serena Chase, Happy Ever After, USA Today
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<![CDATA[Happy Holidays!!]]>Fri, 20 Nov 2015 20:46:59 GMThttp://danilynalexander.com/blog/happy-holidaysCongratulations to Andrea Heltsley, winner of the $10 Amazon GC
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It’s the season of second chances in this heartwarming, contemporary holiday romance where two single parents find each other—and another chance at love—in the most unexpected of places!

’Tis the night before Christmas…and businessman and single father Jason is scrambling to find the dollhouse of the season for his seven-year-old daughter Emily. But when he finally strikes gold at an obscure toy store, he’s met with resistance—literally, as a beautiful woman named Leah is grabbing onto the dollhouse box from the other side of the aisle, determined to get the same Christmas present for her own daughter.

Desperate not to let the other win, Jason and Leah forge a pact: stay together until they find the same dollhouse at a different toy store. It sounds simple, but ten stores and many hours later, they still come up empty. They might not be finding another dollhouse, but they sure are finding a lot to talk about and, as their mutual attraction grows, the unlikely pair finds the greatest holiday gift of all—love.

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Typing out memos is anything but torturous when your boss is this hot! Dani-Lyn Alexander’s irresistible new yuletide romance is a lighthearted office romp that will make you long for the company holiday party.

Olivia Calloway isn’t cut out for the nine-to-five life. She’s a born entrepreneur. She just has to figure out her soul’s true calling—and she’s given herself until the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve to do it. With her trust fund dwindling and only two and a half months to go, she takes an assistant position at prestigious law firm Harris & Harris. The problem is, Olivia’s a terrible employee—incessantly late, forgetful, and clumsy. Not that her gorgeous new boss Garrett Emerson seems to mind. Beautiful, charming Olivia has been on his mind ever since she ran into him, literally, sprinting to the interview. But Olivia’s first big assignment—to plan an elaborate last minute New Year’s Eve party for the entire company—could make or break her job entirely. With Ms. Harris herself demanding perfection, a jealous office rival rooting for Olivia to lose, and even Garrett dreading the affair, can Olivia finally prove herself—or will an unforeseen complication send her back to the drawing board? All she wants for the holidays is to be her own boss—and to ignite the flirtatious sparks between her and Garrett…so she can file their relationship under love.

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The Perfect Gift

It seems every year I end up searching for that one hard to find gift. You know the one, that one thing every kid wants and only a lucky few parents can find. I remember many days and nights in search of that special gift of the season; Cabbage Patch Dolls, Tickle Me Elmo, Power Rangers, Nintendo Game Systems. I waited in line for hours on end, called store after store to find out when they expected deliveries—then thought I would be ahead of the crowd waiting for the trucks to come in, only to find a mob already gathered when I got there.

In The Perfect Gift, Jason and Leah each find themselves in search of an impossible to find dollhouse for their daughters. When they team up, they both find a lot more than they bargained for.

Have you ever gone in search of the hard to find gift of the season? What was it, what lengths did you go to in your efforts, and were you successful?

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<![CDATA[NOR 2015 Winter Wonderland Booklover Contest]]>Wed, 11 Nov 2015 00:08:25 GMThttp://danilynalexander.com/blog/nor-2015-winter-wonderland-booklover-contestNight Owl Reviews
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<![CDATA[Lost Princess - $25 Amazon GC Giveaway!]]>Fri, 09 Oct 2015 01:31:03 GMThttp://danilynalexander.com/blog/lost-princess-25-amazon-gc-giveawayLost Princess Giveaway!
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Lost Princess
Kingdom of Cymmera
Book Two
by
Dani-Lyn Alexander

Coming October 13, 2015

Ryleigh Donnovan’s life changed forever the day she met Jackson Maynard, a Death Dealer, and followed him home to the kingdom of Cymmera. Now she is trying to care for her sister while saving a realm she knows nothing about…
 
Jackson has reluctantly accepted the throne of Cymmera, in place of his father. But his world is in turmoil, the kingdom under constant threat of attack. Worse still, Jackson suspects there is a traitor among his court. A powerful prophet has suggested a way to protect the realm, but that solution may drive Jackson and Ryleigh apart forever…
 
When a magic relic goes missing, Ryleigh has no choice but to journey in search of it. When Jackson discovers Ryleigh is missing, he must make a choice that will either claim their destiny, or bring an end to the only home he’s ever known.

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<![CDATA[Loveland by Andrea Downing]]>Mon, 28 Sep 2015 00:59:40 GMThttp://danilynalexander.com/blog/loveland-by-andrea-downingLoveland
by
Andrea Downing
When Lady Alexandra Calthorpe returns to the Loveland, Colorado, ranch owned by her father, the Duke, she has little idea of how the experience will alter her future. Headstrong and willful, Alex tries to overcome a disastrous marriage in England and be free of the strictures of Victorian society --and become independent of men. That is, until Jesse Makepeace saunters back into her life...

Hot-tempered and hot-blooded cowpuncher Jesse Makepeace can’t seem to accept that the child he once knew is now the ravishing yet determined woman before him. Fighting rustlers proves a whole lot easier than fighting Alex when he’s got to keep more than his temper under control.

Arguments abound as Alex pursues her career as an artist and Jesse faces the prejudice of the English social order. The question is, will Loveland live up to its name?

Reviews:

"Andrea Downing has crafted a masterpiece with Loveland. Her fast-paced romantic western keep readers wondering how the story can ever be resolved...Downing is a strong writer who has written a worthy premiere novel. She handles romantic scenes with flair while showing the nitty-gritty of ranch life in the 1880s. Loveland is packed with action and emotion, leaving the reader wanting more. Loveland is one of those books I hated to have end. A hands-down five-star novel."  Mary E. Trimble,  Captivating Stories from the American West to West Africa

 

"…Great storytelling! Even though the happy ending is a given, the journey was much more satisfying because of the snappy dialogue, the pivotal plotting, and the realistic progression of Alex and Jesse's emotional connection. I'm happy to give this book Five Stars!

Lynda Coker, Between the Pages

"Andrea Downing does a very good job of depicting the hard life on a ranch in the late 1800´s as well as the struggles of a high-society woman to gain independence. I like the authors descriptive style and the pace throughout the book is very high, with one dramatic event after the other unfolding...The author does a good job in adding a lot of interesting historical detail and a fun group of supporting characters to give this classic romantic story more depth. I would recommend Loveland for lovers of romance and historical fiction enthusiasts."

--Daniella, The TBR Pile

Excerpt:

The two men looked over at Jesse who was leading his own horse into the stable, anger etched in every muscle of his face. Joe nodded toward the chuck house and they followed the others in to leave Alex alone when Jesse came out.

     She was starting back to the main house when Jesse grabbed her arm and turned her around. “You ever do that again,” he said in a voice she had never heard, intense in its anger, rage just below its surface, “I swear to God, Alex, I’ll...I’ll take you over my knee and give you a lickin’ once and for all.”

     “How dare you!” She shook him off. “How dare you talk to me like that! How dare you! Who the hell do you think you are?”

     Jesse jabbed his finger at her to emphasize he meant what he was saying. “Who do I think I am?” he snarled back. “Who do I think I am? You ever, ever take a gun off me again and point it at someone, you’ll find out who the hell I think I am. You know that coulda gone off? You know you coulda killed someone? I told you—out there yonder—I told you, you never point that thing at anyone less’n you mean bus’ness.”

     “I did bloody well mean business! They were destroying that horse. Furthermore, I knew, and you knew, and they both knew, there wasn’t a shot under the hammer. You taught me that, didn’t you? So there was no chance of an accident!”

     “That don’t matter none. You coulda pulled the hammer back twice. Way you was, you were nothin’ better’n a loose cannon, Alex. You ever do a thing like that again—”

     “You’ll what?” She shook with her rage as tears pooled against her will. “I apologized to them both and they accepted my apologies. It’s none of your concern—”

     “None of my concern! You pulled my gun! You ever do that again— Don’t you walk away when I’m talkin’ to you!”

     She turned back to him after a few steps. “You’ll what? You’ll what, Jesse? What will you do? I want to hear it! Say it again. What will you do?” And she stood there in the evening darkness, facing him down, wearing him out like she’d faced down the stallion.

You can find Loveland at:

For the eBook, Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Loveland-Andrea-Downing-ebook/dp/B014RUQ746/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1441679216&sr=1-1&keywords=loveland

For the print book, The Wild Rose Press:  http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=index&manufacturers_id=991&zenid=8056610c65a9d0f13b6883882eb494a6

Guest Post
by
Andrea Downing

THE PROMISE OF TITILLATION

There are three miniatures of 1950s movie posters, which hang in my daughter’s bathroom, that amuse me no end.  In light of what they promise by showing supposedly titillating pictures enhanced by sensational blurbs, we now know that their promises weren’t, by any means, kept.  Nineteen-fifties censorship was pretty strict:  no double-bed scenes, never mind sex; closed mouth kissing; and so on.  After all, it hadn’t been so long ago that the producers of ‘Gone With the Wind’ (1939) were told to take out the now-famous line, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn!”  They decided to pay the fine and keep the line…
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In ‘Problem Girls’ (1953), with the tag line, “Why Do So Many Rich Girls Go Wrong?”, the poster shows a scantily dressed woman, her wrists roped above her head with another woman torturing her by spraying her with water.  There is also a shot of a couple in a clinch with the caption, “She Toyed with Men.”  I wonder how many people went to see this movie in the hope she’d be doing more than toying with men.  Turns out the movie actually concerns a doctor who goes to work in a secret rich girl-delinquent reform school, and uncovers a plot that involves drugging one of the inmates until she can inherit a fortune that the matron of the institution plans to steal.  You’d never guess it from the poster.

‘Island Women’ (1958) promises “The Whole Ripped-Bare Story of the Beach Babes of the Caribbean!”  It appears the beach babes of the Caribbean need to shave under their arms, for one thing, if the poster is anything to go by.  “White-hot off the blazing beaches of the Carib sin-ports…the story of excitement-mad “nice” girls looking for “kicks” in the luxury isles!”  and “Everything you’ve heard about them is true!”  Remember Dr. Ben Casey/Vince Edwards?  Well, he was in this one—produced by Security Pictures, Inc., by the way.  So, was this the tale of a bachelorette party gone mad?  Nope.  I’d like to direct you to IMDb to read the whole plot summary, but basically it is about a charter boat captain who loves a girl whose aunt also has the hots for him and conspires to have her man.  I’m sure there’s fodder for a good romance novel in there somewhere.

And finally, we have ‘Lost, Lonely and Vicious’ (1958):  “A Dramatic Sensation with the Brightest Stars of Tomorrow” whom we’ve hardly heard from again… Anyway, this poster says the film is a “CONFIDENTIAL EXPOSÉ! The white-hot story of what happens to boys and girls who come to Hollywood…seeking success, and clawing their way to the top!” Really?  IMDb tells us that it concerns a rising male movie star, involved with his older woman dramatic coach (ah, that cougar detail again!), who meets a young innocent girl.  And, by the way, he is strangely preoccupied with death…  You wouldn’t guess any of this from the girl in her slip by the bed.

Designers of book covers today know all about titillation.  Women no longer wear one-piece bathing suits; in fact, they hardly have to wear anything at all.  Men with washboard stomachs and steel six-packs grab the female eye.  And, then, there are those compromising positions or more-than-hints at Doms about to play hardball.  But, at least, for the most part, the covers we now have live up to their promise. Now we will really get that whole, ripped-bare story of the beach babes of the Caribbean and the no-longer-confidential exposé.

My own covers are relatively tame but beautifully designed, I think.  And they are certainly relevant to the book.  I hope you’ll get a chance to look inside, too.
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Andrea Downing likes to say that when she decided to do a Masters Degree, she made the mistake of turning left out of New York, where she was born, instead of right to the west, and ended up in the UK.   She eventually married there, raising a beautiful daughter and staying for longer than she cares to admit.  Teaching, editing a poetry magazine, writing travel articles, and a short stint in Nigeria, as well as extensive travel throughout Europe, Africa and Latin America, filled those years.  She returned to NYC in 2008.  She now divides her time between the city and the shore, and often trades the canyons of New York for the wide open spaces of Wyoming.  Family vacations are frequently out west and, to date, she and her daughter have been to over 25 ranches throughout the west.  Loveland, her first book, was a finalist for Best American Historical at the 2013 RONE Awards and her three further novels and novellas have garnered several awards.

Links to social media/website/etc.:  

WEBSITE AND BLOG:  http://andreadowning.com

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/writerAndreaDowning

Twitter:  @andidowning  https://twitter.com/AndiDowning

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6446229.Andrea_Downing

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AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE:  http://www.amazon.com/Andrea-Downing/e/B008MQ0NXS/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0


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<![CDATA[Reclaiming Flight by Heather M. Sharpe]]>Thu, 17 Sep 2015 04:05:16 GMThttp://danilynalexander.com/blog/reclaiming-flight-by-heather-m-sharpeReclaiming Flight
Flight Book Two
by
Heather M. Sharpe
He could lose his life, his love…or reclaim it all.

Twenty years ago, Cedric found his mate’s dead body in a heap at the base of a cliff. Ever since, he has dedicated what’s left of his life to serving the Council. But after a lifetime of being their Enforcer, he’s finally had enough and has asked to be released from his duties. One last job, one last innocent to protect, and then he can disappear.

Until a mysterious woman in the woods offers him something he never dreamed he’d get: a chance to reclaim the love he thought he’d lost forever.

Cedric is overjoyed at a chance to have Taryn back and jumps at the offer. But his last assignment won’t leave him alone to rekindle their relationship. With a warning that Taryn’s time could be limited, and with a dangerous stalker on the loose, Cedric must try to unravel the mystery behind Taryn’s accident twenty years ago. If he plays it wrong, he could lose his love, his career, and his life…or reclaim it all.

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Reclaiming-Flight-Book-2-ebook/dp/B015GAXM1C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1442498726&sr=8-1&keywords=reclaiming+flight

Barnes and Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/reclaiming-flight-heather-m-sharpe/1122659252?ean=2940151096041

About Heather M. Sharpe

Heather M. Sharpe lives on 6 acres in central Kansas with her husband, perfect little boy, and mother-in-law. Being the mother of a 3 year old boy, her house has been overrun with pets—everything from dogs and cats, ducks and chickens, to turtles and fish. And each night it’s a race between the people and the seven 4-legged pets to fight for room on the bed.  

Author Links:

www.facebook.com/heathermsharpe

www.heathermsharpe.webstarts.com

www.twitter.com/heathermsharpe

www.pinterest.com/hsharpe

www.instagram.com/heather.sharpe.31

Excerpt

"Please eat.” She continued to stare at him, and he realized where he'd learned the trick. All these years he'd thought himself so clever, and he'd merely been copying the habits of his lost love. She never screamed or shouted when they disagreed, just stated her point quietly, then waited in silence for him to consider both sides. "I'm sorry. I'll have someone deliver some fruit, or something healthier.” He reached for her plate.

"Leave it. It's perfect. I'd like an answer, however, to my question. What's going on?"

Cedric ran a hand through his hair nervously. "If I answer, you'll eat?”

She tilted her head slowly, not a full nod but affirmation.

"Fine. I'll answer. Just give me a sec to get it all sorted out.”

With his promise, she tore into the sandwich. Cedric was almost distracted from his dilemma by the butter that escaped to run down her chin. In no time at all, she'd finished her breakfast, and he scooted his plate to her across the smooth black counter. She picked his up and arched one brow at him expectantly.

"You were in a coma.” The words tumbled out of his mouth before he had a chance to consider them. In hindsight, it was a perfectly logical explanation. It would explain the missing time in her memory, and he wouldn't have to lie if she asked about any of the events leading up to the memory gap.

Absently she returned the biscuit to the plate. Her brow creased, and her eyes darted back and forth as she searched her memory in an attempt to confirm or deny his absurd claim.

"For twenty years. I seem different because I am. I'm old."

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<![CDATA[Lost Princess is Coming Soon!]]>Fri, 12 Jun 2015 00:16:31 GMThttp://danilynalexander.com/blog/lost-princess-is-coming-soonComing Soon
Lost Princess

Kingdom of Cymmera
Book Two
Ryleigh Donnovan’s life changed forever the day she met Jackson Maynard, a Death Dealer, and followed him home to the kingdom of Cymmera. Now she is trying to care for her sister while saving a realm she knows nothing about…
 
Jackson has reluctantly accepted the throne of Cymmera, in place of his father. But his world is in turmoil, the kingdom under constant threat of attack. Worse still, Jackson suspects there is a traitor among his court. A powerful prophet has suggested a way to protect the realm, but that solution may drive Jackson and Ryleigh apart forever…
 
When a magic relic goes missing, Ryleigh has no choice but to journey in search of it. When Jackson discovers Ryleigh is missing, he must make a choice that will either claim their destiny, or bring an end to the only home he’s ever known.

Available October 13. 2015

Welcome to the Kingdom of Cymmera

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