Jami Albright Giveaway!

Jami Albright writes zany, quirky, touching, and sexy romantic comedies. She says “If you don’t snort with laughter, then I haven’t done my job.” Her latest book, Running From a Rock Star (Brides on the Run, Book 1) just released, and I can’t wait to read it. It sounds like a hoot!

download (1)She’s a good-girl control freak. He’s a bad boy in need of a clean image. Will these opposites attract or self-destruct?

Scarlett Kelly is the poster child for responsible living. Growing up as the daughter of the town floozy, she’s made it her mission to be the exact opposite of her mother. So when she wakes up naked and hung over in bed with a bad-boy rock star, she bolts immediately. There’s one problem: Scarlett’s bedmate is her new husband. 

Gavin needs to repair his image, or his music career will go down the tubes. He’s also just learned he has a son he never knew existed. He needs to settle down, and bribing his new wife to stay married may just fit everything into place. 

Scarlett agrees to the ruse to help her family’s financial troubles even though she can hardly control herself around the rock star. As they search for Gavin’s son, will their unlikely matrimony give them exactly what they’ve been missing or send them packing?

Jami agreed to sit down with me and answer a few questions.

  1. Scarlett Kelly, your heroine, has an “opps-how-the-hell-did-i-get-that-tattoo?”  Do you have one?

No tattoos. Much to the dismay of my four sisters. A few years ago the four of us agreed to get a “Sisters” tattoo to support number four, who was diagnosed with cancer. They all got theirs, but I still haven’t gotten mine.They love to bring that up every time we get together, especially since it was my idea. I’m not being a total wuss, I promise. I can’t have a visible tattoo at work. But the minute I can quit the day job, I’m getting the tattoo…maybe…probably.

  1. Scarlett is a real character. In what ways are you like her?

I was raised in a small town, which is a lot like living in a fishbowl. My mother’s mantra was, “What will people think?” Once, when I was a senior in high school, my sister and I were “riding around” (driving the mile from one end of town to the other, repeatedly) and smoking candy cigarettes. We were pretty edgy back in the day. LOL. We thought we were hilarious. We tore through the whole pack that night. The next morning someone called my mother to tell her they’d seen us smoking. And even though my mom knew they were candy cigarettes, she was furious, because… “What will people think?”

So, yeah, I grew up very mindful that someone was always watching and evaluating my every move. That kind of thinking can make you a little paranoid. I have since come to realize that’s not true. For instance, when the football team huddles in the middle of the field, they’re not talking about me…usually.

  1. Tell us something about Jami Albright that no one else knows.

 There’s not a lot about me that nobody knows—I’m a bit of an oversharer. LOL. But there is one thing that most people don’t know about me. I have a serious thing for bald, fit men…like seriously. Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Patrick Stewart, I don’t know what it is, but…MmmmMmmm, might fine.

My husband—not bald. So, mums the word.

What’s next for you?

 I’m finishing up a Brides on the Run novella, that will be out in the next month, and I’ve already written the next full-length book in the Brides on the Run series, Running With A Sweet Talker, which will be out in July. Just lots of writing and hanging out with readers on my Facebook Author Page.

Giveaway!

Jami and I are giving away two ebooks (Kindle version ONLY) of Running From a Rock Star (Brides on the Run, Book 1) to two people who leave a comment. (Sorry, this giveaway is limited to U.S. residents. If you are reading this on Goodreads, you must leave your comment on my blog in order to be entered into my giveaway.)

Not lucky enough to win a free copy? You can purchase Running From a Rock Star (Brides on the Run, Book 1) at Amazon. For more information you can find Jami on her website (www.jamialbright.com), Facebook, Twitter (@JamiAlbright) and Instagram (jamialbright1).

Winners!

The winners of last week’s giveaway are Loretta Wheeler (Susan C. Muller’s Autumn Secrets), Lucinda Wiens (Lori Wilde’s Million Dollar Cowboy) and Marsha McDaniel (Diane Kelly’s Love Unleashed). Ladies, email me at Christie@christie-craig.com and tell me if you prefer a NOOK or Kindle version.

What Are You Reading Giveaway!

What are you reading? I love to ask people what they’re reading. I’ve discovered some very talented authors through recommendations. Some have become my favorites. I also meet a lot of other authors at conferences, book signings, workshops, etc. And very often, I buy one of their books to read. So, I’ve got a pretty tall To Be Read pile. And it just got higher because three of my favorite authors just released new books. I’m already tearing through them, and enjoying every word. So, if you’re looking for an entertaining book, one that will keep you turning the pages late into the night, I thought I’d share what I’m reading with you.

Susan C. Muller’s  Autumn Secrets

This is the fourth book in Susan’s Season Pass series. It starts with Winter Song, Spring Shadow and Summer Storm, and now Autumn Secrets. Why the four seasons? Because murder is always in season.

51zcqYBDRALThe harvest moon has arrived and homicide detective Noah Daugherty is drawn into one final, harrowing case when the search for clues leads him to the middle of a killing field. Desperate, he enlists the help of a woman from his past. Together they discover a serial killer, hell bent on reaping his own depraved version of social sanitation. As Noah continues his urgent search for justice, the demented madman seems to stay one step ahead, taunting him and threatening everyone he holds dear. Can Noah put a stop to the killing, or will he be buried along with autumn’s secrets?

 

Lori Wilde’s Million Dollar Cowboy

New York Times Bestselling Author Lori Wilde returns to Cupid, Texas with a heartwarming story of a cowboy who comes home to the family ranch for a wedding filled with surprises…

51VTFrVTqvL._SX308_BO1,204,203,200_The illegitimate son of a Texas ranching dynasty, Ridge Lockhart left home ten years ago with one goal: to become more successful than the father who never accepted him.

Mission accomplished, but now he’s back at the Silver Feather Ranch for a wedding—three days of best man duty until he can hightail it out. Then he spies Kaia Alzate, and suddenly leaving isn’t quite so appealing.

Kaia Alzate grew up the daughter of the ranch foreman, servants to the mighty Lockharts in the mansion. Back then, she followed Ridge around like a puppy. Now, she’s fighting the attraction she feels for this sexy CEO. She’s determined not to make a big mistake—but when Ridge takes her in his arms she’s stunned…could he be the man she’s waited for all along?

 Diane Kelly’s Love Unleashed

Now this one doesn’t release until June 6th, but I’ve already preordered it, and I’ll be clearing my schedule when it comes out. I plan on sitting on my big front porch in my swing, sipping lemonade and reading Love Unleashed. (The lemonade is to keep me cool while reading about her hot fireman.)

51Fi4LqXRELBetween wrangling her rambunctious kindergarten class and trying to catch an elusive Dalmatian pup who’s been hanging around the playground, teacher Jessica Bellingham can hardly seem to catch her breath. And when hot, hunky fireman Louie DeLuca arrives to teach the children about fire safety, she just might need mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Who’d have thought a yellow slicker could be so sexy?

Things heat up quickly, igniting a passion the two would gladly allow to consume them. But will their romance become a four-alarm blaze, or will a dark secret from Jesse’s past threaten to cool things off for good? And what will become of the playful puppy who seems to stay just out of reach?

So as summer approaches, be sure you have lots of great summer reads. You can’t go wrong with Susan C. Muller’s Autumn Secrets, Lori Wilde’s Million Dollar Cowboy and Diane Kelly’s Love Unleashed.

GIVEAWAY!! 

I’ll give away e-books of Autumn Secrets, Million Dollar Cowboy and Love Unleashed to three people who leave a comment. (Sorry, but this giveaway is limited to U.S. residents only. If you’re reading this on Goodreads, you must go to my blog to leave your comment

                                                                                                                        

 

 

Talk To Me

Could Kylie communicate with Socks, her cat?  Do you communicate with your pets?

2031You know Derek could talk to animals, but for some reason, I never went there with Kylie.  I think she communicated with Socks the way I communicate with my animals.  They stare me down trying to tell me something, and I know they want something, so I keep offering them things, toys, food, a good petting, and they keep looking at me as if I’m stupid until I finally get it right.

 

That isn’t to say that they don’t communicate better between themselves.  I honestly believe animals are a lot smarter than we think they are.  And I seriously believe that they can talk to each other.  I saw it with my cats.

CraigcatSkitter was a feral cat.  He didn’t like people that much.  Well, he loved me and tolerated my husband.  But not so much anyone else.  When he was around eight months old, I brought home Bob, another cat.  But he was big teddy bear.  Someone dropped him off at a pet store when he was three weeks old.  He had been bottle fed. At six weeks I brought this little creature home.

 

I was afraid Skitter would kill him, so I decided to keep them separated for a while.  But the next day my son left a door open and when I went upstairs Skitter had Bob on the bed. I thought he was dead, but nope.  Skitter was cleaning him.  Skitter, while a male, became a surrogate mother to Bob.  Bob, a scaredy cat, depended on Skitter for everything.  Bob was always looking to Skitter to see if f it was safe to swat at a mosquito, or if he should run from a shadow.

Well, one morning hubby, Skitter and I were still in bed.  We heard Bob come pouncing up the stairs.  He stopped in my doorway. His hair was all puffed out with fear. He looked at Skitter and said, “Meow, me…ow, meo, meo.”

It was so odd, as if the cat was talking, but then what happened next was even more amazing.  Skitter stood up on the end of mattress.  And I swear it sounded like he was asking a question.  “Meow…meo, Meo?”

Then Bob answered.  “Meo, meo!”

Skitter then leapt off the bed and they both went storming down the stairs.  Hubby and I were both dumbfounded.

We got up and went downstairs. There, in our entryway, was a snake.  I swear on my life, Bob ran up those stairs to tell Skitter.   “Hey, there’s one of those squirmy creatures down there.  A snake, yeah it’s called a snake.”

Skitter asked, “Are you sure it’s not a worm.”

Bob answered.  “Oh heck no.  It’s big, I’m scaaaaared!!

So Skitter being the feral, kick-ass cat that he was, jumped up and ran down stairs to take care of it.

15037So while I don’t actually talk to my animals, I’m convinced they talk to each other.  And I love animals.  I think they make us better humans.  In almost every story I write, there’s either a cat or a dog.  In the book that releases in February 2018, there’s a puppy that works his emotionally healing magic on my hero and heroine.  And believe me, in that story there’s a lot of emotional healing to be done.

 

In the story I’m working on now, there’s a cat, Pumpkin.  And let’s just say my heroine, Riley, is a little like Kylie in that she keeps getting visits from dead people.  Poor Pumpkin ends up being a ghost detector.  It’s not a job he signed up for and he’s a little like Bob, always hiding under the bed.

15039In an adult romance, I added a huge junkyard dog that was about as sweet as honey.  Yup, I love using animals to help tell my stories.  So do tell, how does your pet communicate with you or other animals?  One person who leaves a post will win a e-copy of any one of my books. (Sorry but this giveaway is limited to U.S. residents.)

 

Supernaturals, Witches and ESP

I sometimes get asked crazy questions.  And I’m going to post a series of blogs answering them.  Frankly, some of the answers are as crazy as the questions.  So here we go!

Are you a supernatural?

Well, as far as I know, I’m one hundred percent human.  I do not believe in vampires and such.  But witches . . . well, that’s another story.  If you look back at my family history, you might say I have a little witch in me.

When my great-grandmother was young, back in the 1930’s, she was actually called to the hospital to “talk the burn” out of patients who had been burned.

When I was little, my grandmother would sometimes babysit me, I would go to her house and Granny (my great-grandmother), then in her late seventies, lived with her.  People would show up and I was told to stay in living room, but sometimes I would sneak out and see what they were doing that was so secret.  Granny would be reading people’s fortunes.  Using ashes and a coffee cup.  It was sort of scary, and I was totally intrigued.

While I don’t read people’s fortunes.  I do have this crazy kind of ESP.  For example, there was this one time that hubby and I were coming back from a weekend trip.  We were on some backwoods road.  I looked up and saw two planes.  There was something inside of me that said one of those planes was in trouble.  I glanced at my husband and asked, “Is there an airport anywhere around here?”

“No.  Why?” he asked.

“I don’t know,” I told him.  I didn’t want to put words to what I was thinking. Sometimes those crazy feelings scared me.

Well, about twenty minutes later, we came to dead stop.  Traffic was backed up.  Hubby said it had to be a bad accident to have caused such a traffic jam out there in the country.

At the word accident, my heart dropped, and I muttered.  “I hope it’s not a plane crash.”

He looked at me kind of crazy.  “What?”

“Nothing,” I said and looked out the window.

“No, it’s not nothing,” he insisted. “Why would you think that?  You asked if there was an airport.  Why would you ask that?”

“I just . . . I had a feeling.”  I told him about seeing the two planes and thinking one of them was in trouble.

He knows about my crazy feelings.  While he isn’t a real believer, he’s also seen me be right enough times that he doesn’t completely doubt me either.  But that day, I think he thought I was a french fry short of a Happy Meal.

About ten minutes later we came upon the accident. There, on the side of the road, was a small downed plane covered by a big tarp.  There were no survivors.

I will never forget how he looked at me and said, “You scare me.”  I didn’t blame him.  I’d scared myself that day.

Now I don’t go around trying to predict the future. I’ve never read anyone’s fortune or “talked the burn” out of anyone.  I may go months without this crazy thing happening.  And most of the time, it’s not about big things like a plane crash, but about knowing the phone is going to ring.  Or that I should take a certain road because there’s going to be too much traffic.  I can’t explain it.  And to be honest, it still kind of scares me sometimes.

So, I don’t consider myself a supernatural, and I don’t believe in witches and such one hundred percent. But I do believe that some of us have this crazy thing called ESP or what I call “woo-woo.” I’m dyslexic, and I heard once that people with dyslexia have some uncanny intuitiveness.  And yes, that was sort of where the idea of Miranda’s book, Midnight Hour, came from.

And in my next book that I’ll be announcing soon, very soon, there’s a little of this kind of woo-woo.   Look for me to announce the book in the next month or so.

So what about you?  Have you ever experienced a little ESP or woo-woo?  Do you believe?

 

Come back every Tuesday, I’ll be answering more crazy questions.

 

On The Road Again

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

I’m planning some trips. I love traveling. I love seeing new things, new people, learning new customs.  Now, you may think just going to another state can’t translate to new customs, but it does.  Think of cities that have personalities?  New Orleans, San Francisco, Los Angeles.  While the ambiance might be stronger in some cities, all those places have their own feel and are very different.

14955I was just in Washington, D.C. to teach a writing workshop to the Washington, D.C. RWA. I had a great time in our capital city. The cherry blossoms were all in bloom and I met some wonderful people. I even saw some of their famous monuments. And I had a great dinner out with friends.

 

 

 

In May, I’m heading north for the Wisconsin RWA Write Touch Conference, May 19-21st. I’ll be teaching another writer’s workshop: It’s Not Just Adding A Naked Tattooed Guy: Using Humor In Your Writing. So, if you live in the Green Bay area, I hope you’ll attend.

Rotorua-isite-visitor-info-centreBut talking about different cultures and customs, come August I’ll be going a bit further from home—all the way to New Zealand! Yes, I’ll be at the RWNZ Conference, August 18-20th at the Novotel Lakeside Hotel in Rotorua, New Zealand.  I can’t wait to explore the north island of this beautiful country.

Where have you been?  Where are planning to go?  Where would you love to go?

Christie Answers Your Questions

Last week I answered some of the questions I’m asked most. I also asked you to post some questions for me, and I would answer them. So, her goes.

1.Do you have a writing playlist or do you prefer to write in total silence? 🙂 (Leslie)

I don’t play any music when I write. I find it’s too distracting.  Don’t get me wrong, I love listening to music, but once I’m finished for the day (preferably sipping a glass of red wine).

2. A lot of my favorite writers always wrote on their blogs that they write every single day, that they always show up for it no matter how their schedule is. Back in the time when you were not a professional writer, did you write every single day? How did you do it then? Because I always feel so exhausted after class… If I do not write everyday does that mean I will never be a writer? It just terrifies me. (Sarah)

No, I didn’t write every day before I decided I wanted to be a writer. It was only after I made that decision that I tried to write every day. Some days I didn’t write that much (I had a small daughter), and other days I wrote a lot, and there were days I didn’t write at all. But the commitment and intent was there. Sure, things happen some days and you can’t find the time, but every day is a new day, and every day you commit to write.

3. I noticed you said you studied other authors and writing when you began. Did you discover a book or author that really resonated with you or changed you for the better that you would recommend? (Courtney H.)

I read and studied some of my friends who were published: Janice Hudson and Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Nora Roberts. They all had a profound effect on my writing. I learned how to give the readers what they really wanted—an emotionally satisfying ending.

4. I just wanted to know if you have weird and secret writing rituals. Like put on some warm cat socks and have a cup of hot chocolate before you start writing or something? What helps you to be “in the mood” for putting on your writing pants?  (Sarah)

I’ve said this before, but writing is my job. I go to work every day just like millions of other people. It might just be going down the hall to my study, but I arrive, coffee cup in hand, ready to go to work. I write for an hour or so, then I usually go walking with a writer friend. Then, back to work until about 5 PM, only with a quick stop for lunch. Unless I’m on a tight deadline, in which case I’ve been known to work late into the night.

5. When will we get more details on your new upcoming series? (JayCee) AND Do you have any information on your newest upcoming book? Release date, title, synopsis, etc? (Gabrielle)  AND Are you going to write anymore books like Shadow Falls? (Mia)

Soon, very soon. What I can say is that I have already finished another book, and while it doesn’t involve Shadow Falls, it is like my Shadow Falls books because it is about friendships, has a little paranormal, a bit of mystery and a whole lot of heart.

6. Are you still planning on turning Shadow Falls into a movie? If so which actors do you see playing the main characters? (Selina) AND Will there be a movie? I would love to see this series come to life! (Jaden)

I would love to see a Shadow Falls movie. The truth is, I sold the rights to CDS a while ago. They were working on a script, when they were sold to another company. So, now I’m not sure what’s going to happen, but as soon as I learn anything definite, I’ll post it on this blog. So, be sure to read this every week.

kylie1As for a dream cast, well, it would kind of depend on when the movie would go into production. I could say who I’d like to see star in a Shadow Falls movie, but I don’t know when or if it will get produced, and the actors might be too old by then. So, I hesitate to say at this point. However, if you go to YouTube.com, you’ll see several videos posted by fans that show their dream casts. Who would you like to see as Kylie, Lucas, Derek, Della, Miranda, Holiday and Burnett?

FAQS

I get a lot of emails. Many of them ask me certain questions over and over. So, I thought Id just answer the most frequently asked questions right here on my blog.

  1. Where did I get the idea for Shadow Falls?

Well, I was writing humorous romantic suspense novels when an editor from St. Martin’s Press contacted me. She asked me is I’d consider writing a young adult series. She thought my humor and smart a$$ style would translate well to that genre. She even said she had an idea: a paranormal camp. That was it. That’s all she said. Now, the idea of writing in a new genre scared the beegeezus out of me, but on the other hand, I love a challenge. I started thinking about her idea, and my imagination went wild. Before I knew it, Shadow Falls Camp, Kylie, Miranda, Della and their friends were born.

2. When did I decide to become a writer and how did I get started?

I was in my early 20s when my husband suggested I go back to school and become a teacher. I thought about it, and told him I didn’t want to teach, I wanted to be a writer. He told me to do it. No arguments, no reality check, just do it. Like the Nike commercials.  You see, I grew up telling stories in Alabama. Story telling was valued in my family, and I’d learned to tell a good story from an early age. However, being dyslexic, I’d always had a hard time reading and writing. So, the idea of me becoming a writer, well, that was a long shot. But my husband believed in me, and I really wanted to give it a try. I also knew I had a lot of work to do. So, I enrolled in every writing class I could, studied my favorite authors, but most of all, I wrote and wrote and wrote. Now, it took me years to get my first book published and another 10 years to get published again. But then I sold 4 books at once!

3. How does one become a writer? How does one get started?

Well, you just read how I got started. It was a lot of hard work. Writing for a living is a tough business. It’s a job, and you need to look at it that way. You show up ready to work every day. I don’t wait for inspiration to strike, I sit my butt in my office chair every morning and I write, even if I don’t feel like it. And I don’t make excuse about things happening in my life. I’ve written while waiting in hospitals, flying on airplanes, even while on “vacation” at the beach. When I have a deadline, I have to meet it. That’s all part of being a professional writer. I’ve written entire blogs filled with more specific writing advise. You can read them all here: http://cchunterbooks.com/blog/?s=writing.

Okay, those are the most frequently asked questions I get. Do you have any other questions you’d like to ask me?

Facebook Likes

Boy, I’m beginning to think Mark Zuckerberg is really onto something with Facebook. J Initially designed as a networking tool for Harvard students, today Facebook has more than 1.59 billion global users. That’s 22.9% of the earth’s population!

I love Facebook as a way to keep in touch with friends, stay connected with my fans, and as a business tool to promote my books. But I also love Facebook because it makes me feel good and makes me laugh. Who doesn’t love an adorable dog video? It’s so easy to “like “ pages that share your interests or pages that post uplifting content. These are a few of my favorites.

Then there are all the FB pages of my favorite authors. If you like and author, look them up on Facebook and like their page. It’s a wonderful way to keep up with their releases and book signings. Not to mention giveaways. I hope you have liked my pages. If not, here are my links.

What are some of your favorite pages that you have liked on Facebook?

See you online!

Male Beauty

What makes a guy attractive to women? Oh, I know, our tastes vary. Some of us like muscular guys, some like slender guys, some long hair, others like their guys with short hair. Maybe you like a strong jaw or a certain color eyes, or full lips or a rugged completion. But there are certain generalities for each era that were thought to make a man generally attractive. Looking back, we only have painting and sculptures as evidence. But generally, throughout the ages, the ideal man was muscular (and a bit more muscular during the Middle Ages to be able to support the weight of a suit of Mr-Darcy-matthew-macfadyen-as-mr-darcy-10471702-500-333armor) with classical features. In short, men were manly men. But things started to change in the 17th century when clothes became very elaborate and men sought to look fleshier in their clothes as a sign of prosperity. The 18th century took that further and added faces painted white with rouged cheeks and a powdered wig. And yes, men wore heels. With the 19th century came the dandy with corsets, heeled shoes and padded calves. (And you thought women invented padding their assets!) And don’t forget those tight breeches—think Mr. Darcy in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

I found an interesting YouTube video to show the different looks thought to be attractive in the 20th century through 2010. It’s all the same guy, who is cute, but it shows the different looks.

I remember the hippie, metro sexual, and the feminization of the male. But now, we’ve CowboyHotgone from the man bun (does anyone like that look?), to full bearded, lumberjack look. And it doesn’t end here. Our idea of ideal beauty will continue to change and evolve. Me, I like manly men, and I love a Texas cowboy—the real thing! What do you find attractive in a male?

V DAY and TBR

valentines-dayHappy Valentine’s Day! Yup, the day dedicated to romance is here. And, as you know, I love romance. After all, it’s what I write. All day long, I surround myself in stories of love. So, it’s no surprise that I love Valentine’s Day. Do you? Don’t have a Valentine? Don’t despair. There are 119 single men—never married, widowed or divorced—in their 20s for every 100 single women of the same age. But if you’re single and happy that way, you can celebrate Singles Awareness Day on February 15th.


Everybody has a TBR (To Be Read) pile, right? Well, I’m no exception. I have a huge TBR stack of books. It only seems to get higher the more I write, because my free time gets more and more scarce. But wait a minute! Reading is important. Let me repeat myself: reading is important. Even as a writer–especially as a writer. You need to keep on top of what’s popular and selling. Plus, I have so many awesome friends who are authors and I always look forward to reading their books. So, I thought I’d share a few at the top of my list, in no particular order. Some of them aren’t even out yet, but you can be sure, I’ve preordered them!

Susan C. Muller’s Autumn Secrets

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The harvest moon has arrived and homicide detective Noah Daugherty is drawn into one final, harrowing case when the search for clues leads him to the middle of a killing field. Desperate, he enlists the help of a woman from his past. Together they discover a serial killer, hell bent on reaping his own depraved version of social sanitation.
As Noah continues his urgent search for justice, the demented madman seems to stay one step ahead, taunting him and threatening everyone he holds dear.
Can Noah put a stop to the killing, or will he be buried along with autumn’s secrets?

 

 

 

Kerrelyn Sparks’ How To Tame a Beast in Seven Days 

51y6GbRi8NL._SX303_BO1,204,203,200_As one of the Embraced―one born with magical powers―the beautiful, innocent Luciana escaped certain death after her father hid her away on the Isle of Moon. Now, to save her father, she has to marry a man feared throughout the land.

Luciana  agrees to wed the Beast―Lord Leo―in order to save her father. Soon she learns that her betrothed is also one of the Embraced–his immense power strikes fear into the hearts of men. . .and his mere touch can put an end to a woman’s life. But Luciana cannot deny the passion that burns between them. How can she resist the man who makes her feel intoxicated with desire―even if surrendering to him could destroy them both? (This one doesn’t release until March 7, 2017, but I can’t wait to read it!)

 

Colleen Gleason’s Beyond the Night

Beyond-the-Night-CoverFive men emerge from the remnants of destruction with extraordinary new powers. They are humankind’s last hope, but they cannot survive this devastated world alone. When Dr. Elliott Drake emerges from a cave after traveling fifty years through time, the world as he knew it in 2010 is gone. But Elliott has acquired an extraordinary ability–the power to heal. Jade Kapiza, who was once imprisoned by the immortal beings, has been in hiding for years. She can trust no one…but when Elliott comes into her life, he pushes at her defenses and begins to tear down the walls she’s built so carefully. Yet the mysterious doctor seems to have secrets of his own. Can Jade trust Elliott with her heart, even as they risk their lives to save a band of innocents? And can Elliott find a new place for himself–a home–in this new, ravaged world?

 

Diane Kelly’s Death, Taxes and Sweet Potato Fries: A Tara Holloway Novel

51nH9IcXxRL._SX303_BO1,204,203,200_SHE HAS AN APPETITE FOR JUSTICE.
But this time IRS Special Agent Tara Holloway is in over her head―and challenging every dietary law in the book. . .

When the IRS is tasked with assisting the border patrol in pursuing unscrupulous “coyotes” who’ve transported illegal immigrants across the border, Tara finds herself at odds. Not only must she investigate Brett Ellington, her old flame whose landscaping business employs such workers, but now Tara has to convince her new romantic partner in crime, Nick Pratt, that she doesn’t still carry a torch for Brett.

 

 

Lori Wilde’s Million Dollar Cowboy

51VTFrVTqvL._SX308_BO1,204,203,200_The illegitimate son of a Texas ranching dynasty, Ridge Lockhart left home ten years ago with one goal: to become more successful than the father who never accepted him. Mission accomplished, but now he’s back at the Silver Feather Ranch for a wedding—three days of best man duty until he can hightail it out. Then he spies Kaia Alzate, and suddenly leaving isn’t quite so appealing.

Kaia Alzate grew up the daughter of the ranch foreman, servants to the mighty Lockharts in the mansion. Back then, she followed Ridge around like a puppy. Now, she’s fighting the attraction she feels for this sexy CEO. She’s determined not to make a big mistake—but when Ridge takes her in his arms she’s stunned…could he be the man she’s waited for all along? (This one is comes out March 28th, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!)

Those are just a few books I can’t wait to read. I think I’ll start reading one tonight!

What books are in your TBR pile, and which ones are you most looking forward to reading? Do you have any recommendations for an author or book I should read?

Winner!!

The winner of last week’s giveaway is Brandi.  Congratulations! Brandi, you can pick any one of my books and I’ll send you an ebook to you. So email me at christie@christie-craig.com and be sure to tell me which book and if you want the NOOK or Kindle version.