Sweet Saturday Sample

From upcoming release, A Lot Like a Lady, a Regency Romance by Kay Springsteen and Kim Bowman:

Magpie pressed one hand to the gown at her chest, closing the gap, as she reached with her other hand and plucked Will’s letter from the floor. When she bobbed upward again, she stood just outside arm’s reach. Her eyes widened and her nostrils flared like a scared horse when her lips parted and she drew in a sharp breath. But she didn’t step back.

“This must have fallen from your desk, your grace,” she whispered. “It may be of…impor…tance.” Her voice wobbled ever so slightly.

“Thank you,” murmured Grey, accepting the paper and tossing it on his desk. “It is…merely a letter from my brother.”

“Your brother?” Magpie blinked several times, confusion clouding her gaze. “Oh, yes. William.”

The sound of Will’s name on her lips raised Grey’s ire, and he took a step forward. “Why is it you seem to have such trouble using my name yet the names of other men so easily roll past your lips?”

Magpie retreated a step. “I-I…don’t know what you mean.”

“Indeed. ‘Are you unwell, your grace?’…’The ball was lovely, your grace.’” Grey inched forward. “‘Thank you for seeing me to bed, your grace’…”

With a soft gasp, the little bird took another step away, but found herself trapped with her back to his desk. “I’m sorry, your—I…”

Her chest rose and fell rapidly and she seemed to shrink into herself. Grey was well aware he intimidated her, even more so as he stepped closer to her. She swallowed hard. The spun gold of her hair reflected the firelight as it caressed her shoulders, and he ran the flats of his thumbs across the ends of his fingers, yearning to thread his hands through those silky tresses. The heat from the fire was as nothing compared to the need that seared him, beginning in his belly and flashing through his veins.

She trembled…or perhaps he did.

He sighed, and then found himself pleading softly, “Do you think—just this once—you might find it within you to call me by my name?”

Of a sudden, the tension drained from her and Magpie straightened her back. Then she smiled, and a hint of mischief sparked in her eyes. “Which name would that be, Graeme Roland Dominick Markwythe?”

Grey’s throat went dry when she spoke his name. He struggled to swallow back the rise of emotion from his chest.

“Or perhaps I should just call you…Grey,” she whispered as he crowded her against the desk.

“Grey,” he murmured as his mouth brushed over hers and retreated a fraction. “Definitely Grey.” He crushed his lips to hers. His body exploded in a conflagration of shameless desire, and Grey settled his hands on the magpie’s waist, spanning it with splayed fingers. When she didn’t resist, he gave himself over to the moment and molded her gentle curves against him.

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Sweet Saturday Sample

Once again, we’re visiting the Regency Romance I’ve co-written with Kim Bowman, A Lot Like a Lady, available soon from Astraea Press.

“Very good, my dear.” Charity clapped her hands together. “Now do it to the music, and remember the hop at the end. Step lively now.”

Charity put her fingers on the keys and the notes spilled into the air. This time Magpie danced several steps before the music stopped.

“Now what’s the matter?” she asked, barely breathing heavily, though she’d just performed a lively bit of dancing.

“Well, nothing, I suppose, only…” Charity sighed. “You’re supposed to be dancing…not walking to a funeral.”

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Romancing the Valentine Winners!

Romancing the Valentine ~~ And the winners of a PDF copy of Operation: Christmas Hearts by Kay Springsteen are…

1.  Jean P.

2.  Ashley

3.  Monica

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Romancing the Valentine

For my sweet sample this week, click here:  SWEET SATURDAY SAMPLE:

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Happy Valentine’s week! And welcome to my leg of the blog.

Consider how hard it is for our military personnel to do their jobs, while they spend months, sometimes a year or more, away from their families and loved ones. Consider how spouses and significant others feel knowing the men and women they love are not only far away but very often in harm’s way 24/7. Sure, there is a sense of pride, but there is also fear, sadness, loneliness… And all of these feelings are amplified 100-fold during holidays-all holidays, but especially those which are about family and romance. Enter Valentine’s Day. If you think it’s hard to be single on Cupid’s Day…try being part of a couple who is half a world apart. Please a prayer for our military personnel and military families.

I’m offering a PDF or Kindle version of Operation: Christmas Hearts, my Christmas story. Yep! That’s right, I said Christmas! Partly because this book isn’t just for Christmas and partly because I wish the great feelings of Christmas could last all year long.

CLICK a PIC for DEETS about how you can show your appreciation for our military, not just for Christmas or Valentine’s Day but every day of the year.

BLURB: Ashley Torrington never cared much about Christmas before. But this year she’s having a particularly blue holiday because Marine Special Operations Team member, Nick Turner got under her skin just before he was deployed to Afghanistan. With her neighbors’ precocious daughter Bella volunteering Ashley for a special project at school, and a mysterious white-haired stranger named Estelle in town buying gifts from Ashley’s shop, not to mention the odd assortment of presents Ashley’s been receiving from an anonymous source, she shouldn’t have time to worry about her guy. But when he and his team go missing the week before Christmas, she realizes only a Christmas miracle will reunite them.

Captain Nicholas Turner never backed down from challenges—on the battlefield or in his personal life. But he’d never met a challenge like Ashley, who doesn’t want to be anyone’s “girl back home.” Now he’s on the other side of the world, wanting to be anywhere but in Afghanistan for Christmas. About to embark on one of the most dangerous missions of his life, he needs Ashley to know she’s much more than the girl he’d left behind, and he does plan to come home to her. But in the meantime, a little Christmas magic would be appreciated. Little does he know, he’s about to get his wish.

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Available now (click on a picture for more information):

Coming in May 2012: Everlasting Echoes, book 3 in the Echoes of Orson’s Folly series:

          And still 99 cents on Amazon:

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Sweet Saturday Sample 02/04/12

From work in progress The 13 of Hearts – tentatively scheduled for July 2012.

Her wallet was decidedly lighter when she returned it to her purse after paying for their meal, but it was worth it to give Nate and RJ just the tiniest bit of a normal Friday night. She wished their budget extended to renting a movie for the temperamental DVD player Mrs. Dalton had allowed her to set up in the room, but even a dollar in the Big Box was pushing it after their meal out. One day it wouldn’t have to be one or the other, she vowed, picking up the tray of food and turning from the counter.

The man in line behind her stepped back out of her way, but too late. Lin ran blindly into his chest. The large vanilla milkshake slid forward and Lin could only watch with horror as it tipped over the half-inch lip of the tray and dumped the frozen concoction down the front of the man’s olive green T-shirt. White globs slid slowly toward the floor like melting snowballs and landed with large plops.

“I-I-I’m s-so sorry,” stammered Lin.

The man blinked once as though stunned. Then he looked down at the mess on his shirt and blinked again. Another shapeless blob rolled down and landed with a splat on the tip of the man’s white athletic shoe.

Lin shook herself out of her daze and moved quickly to set her tray on the counter behind her. She grabbed a handful of napkins, and then used her other hand to grab even more. “I’m so sorry. It’s completely my fault. I wasn’t watching where I was going.” She began wiping at the mess, dismayed to find all the cheap paper napkins did was push the slop around. “Oh, these aren’t working.” She brightened. “But I have some baby wipes in my car that’ll probably help. We can just step—”

Without warning, the stranger clamped his hand around Lin’s wrist. “Stop.”

“Oh!” Lin cried out in surprise and then froze in place, trying to control the trembling that had started with his sudden movement. Her eyes went wide and she settled her gaze on his hand grasping her arm, struggling to catch her breath as her heart galloped madly in her chest.

The man followed her gaze and instantly released her, staring at his hand as though he couldn’t believe it belonged on the end of his arm. “Sorry,” he mumbled, and then raised his face and café au lait eyes looked into hers. “Sorry,” he repeated. He removed the wad of napkins from her fingers and his mouth twitched upward into a weak smile. “It’s my fault. I was crowding the line.” He finished smearing the milkshake around on his shirt and chucked the napkins into the trash. “It’s nothing that won’t come out in the wash.”

“I-I should have been watching where I was going…”

The scowl on the strangers face pushed the words on Lin’s tongue back down her throat and she backed up a step.

“Okay, um, I have to get going. I’m really sorry.” Lin turned to the counter where she’d left the meal, grasped the tray firmly in both hands and fled to the seating area.

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Also part of the series and available now (click on a picture for more information):

Coming in May 2012: Everlasting Echoes, book 3 in the Echoes of Orson’s Folly series:

          And still 99 cents on Amazon:

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