Out on the Water in Door County

Here’s how we spent our BIG Friday night out. Yep, we were in search of some Walleye. We did catch a couple of those good tasting treats. We also caught an absolutely gorgeous sunset.  For whatever reason, they always look more striking from the water versus from on land.  Sadly, these pictures don’t really do it justice.

You gotta just love Door County in Summer:)

#doorcounty #walleyefishing #sunset #crestliner  #bayofgreenbay #sturgeonbay

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BookBub DEAL – Nab a copy of THE CODE ENFORCER for just $.99! – BOGO Deal, too!

The Code Enforcer is out!

Book #1 in the Crime and Passion Stalk City Hall Series

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Will this damaged cop and wounded veteran overcome their inner demons in order to work together to escape the claws of death and perhaps find love in the process?

 Book Description:

Having been made the laughing stock of her hometown by her cheating ex-fiancé, Investigator Markie Pearson has sworn off overly-confident, good-looking men. When Bryce Hawk strolls into town, Markie quickly realizes he’s the classic example of a man she needs to keep at a distance.

Ex-Marine Bryce Hawk moves to small-town Wisconsin after his military career-ending injury. All he wants to do is hide in his mundane job as the city’s code enforcer while he sorts out his life. What Bryce doesn’t account for is Markie, that emerald eyed beauty, walking through his office door on day one. Too bad it’s too, late. Women are not in his plans, nor will they ever be…especially Markie, the one who gets his dormant juices flowing while irritating him at the same time.

When the municipal code violators that Bryce is investigating are murdered, Bryce becomes Markie’s number one suspect. Or, is he another target? Is she?

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Excerpt:

His lips silenced her words and his large hands cupped her cheeks, heating her skin. His flavor seeped into her. The kiss that started as urgent slowed, calmed, teased her to the brink of uncontrolled desire. He paused, lingered, and then returned to a soft, slow seducing pace. This guy knew how to kiss.

Bryce. The guy kissing her beyond the ability to think was Bryce. How?

Shit, who cares? His lips felt so good she kept in sync with him. Could do this for hours.

Bryce pulled back. The hope it was just a pause and he’d resume faded quickly as he edged back a bit farther.

Sheer disappointment raked through her. Distance clouded over the desire in his gaze. Where was he going off to?

Markie took a step toward him. He took a step back and shoved his hands in his pockets. His sun-darkened face turned white.

“Are you okay?”

His gaze landed on the floor. “I’m fine. I’m sorry.”

Her heart hammered. “Sorry you kissed me?”

Silence.

This certainly wasn’t the behavior of a confident womanizer. “Bryce?”

He slowly lifted his gaze to meet hers. “I’m sorry, but I shouldn’t have kissed you. It was a mistake. We work together. We shouldn’t do this.”

That was the biggest line of crap she’d ever heard. What was he afraid of? You can’t kiss someone with that much emotion—heart—and not really mean it, feel it. So it couldn’t be how he felt about her that made him back off just now, something else bothered him. What?

After several beats of uncomfortable silence, she fished her car keys from her pocket. “Okay then. You’re probably right. This is a bad idea.”

She spun around and headed for the door, holding hope he’d call after her.

Nothing.

Moving slowly, she climbed into her vehicle and started the engine, all the time wishing that front door of his would open and he’d step through it to stop her from leaving.

Nothing.

If it hadn’t been for the swirling desire in his gaze when they stared at each other in silence, she wouldn’t have held hope he’d come after her. Between his intense stare and the seducing movement of his mouth when it was pressed to hers, there was no way he didn’t desire her. So why did he fight it?

Peeling back the layers of Bryce Hawk just became her new life mission.

THE CODE ENFORCER IS HERE! Nab your BOGO deal now!

THE CODE ENFORCER by USA Today Bestselling Author Valerie J. Clarizio is out!

Book #1 in the Crime and Passion Stalk City Hall Series

Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

Tag line:

Will this damaged cop and wounded veteran overcome their inner demons in order to work together to escape the claws of death and perhaps find love in the process?

Book Description:

Having been made the laughing stock of her hometown by her cheating ex-fiancé, Investigator Markie Pearson has sworn off overly-confident, good-looking men. When Bryce Hawk strolls into town, Markie quickly realizes he’s the classic example of a man she needs to keep at a distance.

Ex-Marine Bryce Hawk moves to small-town Wisconsin after his military career-ending injury. All he wants to do is hide in his mundane job as the city’s code enforcer while he sorts out his life. What Bryce doesn’t account for is Markie, that emerald eyed beauty, walking through his office door on day one. Too bad it’s too, late. Women are not in his plans, nor will they ever be…especially Markie, the one who gets his dormant juices flowing while irritating him at the same time.

When the municipal code violators that Bryce is investigating are murdered, Bryce becomes Markie’s number one suspect. Or, is he another target? Is she?

Buy Links:

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Excerpt:

His lips silenced her words and his large hands cupped her cheeks, heating her skin. His flavor seeped into her. The kiss that started as urgent slowed, calmed, teased her to the brink of uncontrolled desire. He paused, lingered, and then returned to a soft, slow seducing pace. This guy knew how to kiss.

Bryce. The guy kissing her beyond the ability to think was Bryce. How?

Shit, who cares? His lips felt so good she kept in sync with him. Could do this for hours.

Bryce pulled back. The hope it was just a pause and he’d resume faded quickly as he edged back a bit farther.

Sheer disappointment raked through her. Distance clouded over the desire in his gaze. Where was he going off to?

Markie took a step toward him. He took a step back and shoved his hands in his pockets. His sun-darkened face turned white.

“Are you okay?”

His gaze landed on the floor. “I’m fine. I’m sorry.”

Her heart hammered. “Sorry you kissed me?”

Silence.

This certainly wasn’t the behavior of a confident womanizer. “Bryce?”

He slowly lifted his gaze to meet hers. “I’m sorry, but I shouldn’t have kissed you. It was a mistake. We work together. We shouldn’t do this.”

That was the biggest line of crap she’d ever heard. What was he afraid of? You can’t kiss someone with that much emotion—heart—and not really mean it, feel it. So it couldn’t be how he felt about her that made him back off just now, something else bothered him. What?

After several beats of uncomfortable silence, she fished her car keys from her pocket. “Okay then. You’re probably right. This is a bad idea.”

She spun around and headed for the door, holding hope he’d call after her.

Nothing.

Moving slowly, she climbed into her vehicle and started the engine, all the time wishing that front door of his would open and he’d step through it to stop her from leaving.

Nothing.

If it hadn’t been for the swirling desire in his gaze when they stared at each other in silence, she wouldn’t have held hope he’d come after her. Between his intense stare and the seducing movement of his mouth when it was pressed to hers, there was no way he didn’t desire her. So why did he fight it?

Peeling back the layers of Bryce Hawk just became her new life mission.

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Pets for Vets Donation!

As some of you may remember, I was part of a boxed set entitled LOVE UNDER FIRE.  The romantic suspense set featured 21 stories by bestselling authors. A portion of the proceeds were to be donated to the PETS FOR VETS program. A program that pairs shelter pets with veterans. This past weekend, one of the authors, Kathryn Knight, presented a check in the amount of $1,725 to the PETS FOR VETS chapter in Portland Maine.  Soon, another author in the group will present a check for the same amount to the group in Washington DC.

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It was such an honor for me to be a part of this fabulous group of authors and project.

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The LOVE UNDER FIRE set is no longer available as a book bundle but most of the authors have rereleased their stories separately. Check out the author links below for more information.

Judith Lucci

Love Under Fire title:  RUN for Your Life 

A long awaited romantic interlude turns deadly…

Stephany Tullis

Love Under Fire title:  Blue Lady’s MISSION Under FIRE

THE MISSION changed. Her COVER is blown. With NOWHERE to run and NOWHERE to hide, what can she do to SURVIVE?

 

 

 

 

 

Margaret A. Daly

Love Under Fire title:  Monsters in My Closet

Can Becky keep her secrets?

 

Fiona Quinn

Love Under Fire title:  Cold Red

Undercover. Under fire. Under arrest. It’s hard to save a special agent’s life with your hands cuffed behind your back.

Kathryn Knight

Love Under Fire title:  The Haunting of Hillwood Farm

A dangerous ghost brings them together…but will they survive long enough to find happiness?

Casi McLean

Love Under Fire title:  Reign of Fire

When Love Sparks Fire, Even Ash Burns

 

K.M. Hodge

Love Under Fire title: Summer of ’78
When you’re a serial killer’s type…

Linda Watkins 

Love Under Fire title: The Turning
The Witches of Storm Island

It is the Year of Our Lord 1685 and 14-year-old Maude Prichard finds herself at a crossroads in life…

Alyssa Richards

Love Under Fire title:  Chasing Secrets

Her husband’s secret tore everything down. A ruthless killer threatens all she has left. It’s up to her to make everything right.

Tamara Ferguson

Love Under Fire title:  Two Hearts Under Fire

Can two wounded hearts under fire survive love?


Suzanne Jenkins

Love Under Fire title:  Running with Horses

Moving horses to the high country comes just in time when Mindy and her coffee date witness murder at a Mojave Desert cafe

Valerie J. Clarizio

Love Under Fire title:  The Code Enforcer

Can they overcome their painful pasts–and a murder investigation–to find happiness together?

Stephanie Queen

Love Under Fire title:  Ace Under Fire

Can this bad boy has-been make a comeback to save an old flame?

Uvi Poznansky

Love Under Fire title:  Virtually Lace

Michael sets out to create a virtual reality simulation of the murder. Can he bring the mystery to life? Can he solve its clues in time, before the killer turns on the woman he loves?

Inge-Lise Goss

Love Under Fire title:  Diamonds and Lies

When murder upends a diamond heist, can the jewel thief trust the mark who vows to protect her?

Anna Celeste Burke

Love Under Fire title:  Lily’s Homecoming Under Fire

Someone in wine country wants Lily dead…

S.R. Mallery

Love Under Fire title:  Tender Enemies

In 1941, when Lily sets up a “honey trap” for Joe, the Nazi, she soon faces a danger she isn’t prepared for–falling in love. 

Pamela Fagan Hutchins

Love Under Fire title:  Buckle Bunny

The last guy to call Maggie a buckle bunny didn’t make his eight seconds

Jinx Schwartz

Love Under Fire title:  Baja Get Away

Sometimes love is murder

Aaron Paul Lazar

Love Under Fire title:  The Asylum

Carmen has a secret, and his name is Dr. Micah Worthy

Chris Patchell

Love Under Fire:  Deception Bay

She’s armed. He’s dangerous. Together, can they stop a killer from tearing a small island community apart?

WisRWA Announces the Finalists in the Write Touch Readers’ Award Contest!

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So this happened yesterday…I am thrilled to announce that MISSING OUT ON LIFE finaled in the romantic suspense category in the Wisconsin Romance Writers Write Touch Readers’ Award Contest.

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Congratulations to all the finalists and a big THANK YOU to all who judged and helped with the contest.

A full list of finalists can be found here: http://wisrwa.org/write-touch-2019-finalists/

Upcoming events!

I, like many others, am ready to get rid of this snow and move on to warmer and sunnier pastures. Though, with the amount of snow we had this year we had a great snowmobile season – no complaints about that part of winter. But, the cold finally got to me and I’m ready to bring on the Spring activities which for me means the hiking, fishing, and BOOK EVENT season is about to start. The hubby and I have begun what we call ‘practice walking’ for our upcoming trip to Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Zion and Joshua Tree national parks.  Here’s some pictures of some of our past hiking and fishing trips:

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I’ve also begun to prepare for upcoming book events.

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On April 12th I’ll be doing a workshop for Write on Door County at their WRITING ON THE DOOR: Paths to Publication Conference.  I’ll be talking about writing your first draft fast and how to carve out tome to write, no matter what, to finish your book.  We’ll talk about increasing productivity and staying the course.  I will also be sitting on a panel with four other authors to discuss, and field questions, in regard to our paths for publication.

It’s not too late to sign up for the conference! Just click here!

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On April 27th from 4:00 to 5:00 I’ll be hosting ‘Romance Bingo’ with three other romance authors.  I invite you Join me, NYTimes bestselling author Stacey Joy Netzel, USA Today bestselling author PJ Fiala, and Steven Mitchell for a fun hour of bingo filled with books and prizes.

On April 28th I’ll be sitting on a panel with three other romance authors and we’ll be talking about ‘Writing Romance in the 21st Century.’

Romance writing can be a tricky enough subject to conquer, let alone having to adapt to the changing market. Join this talented group of writers to learn all about romance writing in the 21st century.  

I will also be taking part in a book signing event on Saturday, the 27th from noon until 3:00!

You can find out more here: UntitledTown Book and Author Festival, Green Bay WI, April 26-28, 2019.

 

Leadership quotes…

I’m on a leadership quote kick lately.  Here are two of my favorites:

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Do you have any favorites you’d like to share?

Guest Post/New Release by Author Raven McAllan

I’m happy to introduce fellow Evernight author Raven McAllan. Raven’s going to tell you a bit about her new release titled TEMPTATION! raven

Raven, the floor is yours.

Thank you for inviting me onto your blog today, to talk about Temptation my recently released book from Evernight Publishing.

Temptation is the first book in a new series about an Island in the Indian Ocean where dreams and fantasies come true—if you let them.

Isola dei Sogni. Island of Dreams. Not your ordinary run of the mill island. For a start, there a lot of very interesting people living there. Some aren’t wholly human either. The shifter population is active in the running of the island. So are those with other attributes. After all, you need all sorts to sort out those dreams and fantasies.

I wrote a shorter version of this story several years ago, as book two in the series. With Impulse another story set on the same island as book one. When I subbed those original stories to Evernight they suggested we swapped the order around. It works so much better.

Temptation is Meryl’s story. She’s feisty, doesn’t suffer fools gladly and is still getting over the break up with the one guy she could have settled down with. Not that she’d admit that of course, especially not to him.

Marloth is so pleased to see her again. But there’s a lot of unfinished business between them, especially his past, and how she wasn’t supposed to fit into it.

A wee tease… Here he is trying to explain some of it to Meryl

So, let’s go back to my twenty-first birthday. When my father told me my history. It’s a strange thing in my family, but you don’t shift until you come of age. That is twenty-one. Oh, and by family, I mean it more than a mum, dad, grandparent sort of thing. I guess other sorts of shifters will have clans, and packs, and stuff. We have a family. Each to their own. Anyway, where was I? Oh, yeah. I have no idea how or why it happens like that, the being twenty-one stuff, but it does. So, the night before that date, you’re invited to meet up with the council, for your coming-of-age ceremony. It’s all very hush-hush and no one ever talks about it afterward. Even now, I’m not going to explain things to you, except to say I was told what would happen, and how. I had to pledge certain things, as well. Of course, at twenty- one, and in front of all these people you’ve known as friends of your father, it was scary. I couldn’t help but wonder about mafias, or mason-type things. Overawed and overwhelmed was an understatement. Not only that, one of those things indirectly involves you.”

He shivered. Meryl squirmed. She was uneasy and didn’t want to show it. A sheen of sweat beaded on Marloth’s skin, and Meryl herself felt clammy. Tentacles of fear were once more busy and crawling over her body, and she had to know more. It wasn’t something she did very often, but Meryl prayed that Marloth would be able to explain without breaking any oath he’d taken. “It does? How?”

“Let me do it all in order, ’kay? Then I think you’ll see things better.” He hesitated and then picked up her hand to play with it, stroking the back, and rubbing her fingers with his. If that connection helped him, no way was Meryl going to tell him that each feather- light sensation was making her hot, needy, and wet.

“So, after the big day, I was told to go back to university and finish my last semester. Then once I’d graduated, they’d begin my … my education as a shifter, I guess. The first time you shift is not easy, not comfortable, and damn well not something you can talk about over a pint. I guess if you learn from an early age it might be different, but we don’t.”

“And do you know who else is like you? You know, have meetings and things?” Meryl was interested in the mechanics of it all. When she’d known him the previous year, and inadvertently walked in on him as he shifted, she hadn’t freaked out, as he seemed to think she would. Instead, with his permission, she’d watched, fascinated as he changed from man to beast, and then later, back again. Now it seemed something sinister was tied up in his abilities, with her entangled in it.

“Not as such, but yeah, I guess you could say, like senses like. And of course, you do know some people. Those who guide you, for instance, like Faran does for me. He’s my cousin, and powerful in our families. Also, you know some, but not all those earmarked to be part of your life.” He sighed and his hold on her hand tightened.

“Like a wife?” Meryl guessed. “And we met, and I put a spanner in someone’s works?”

“Something like that.” Marloth kissed each finger of the hand he held. “You see, I was at, well, not a loose end because I knew what I wanted, but I wanted to paint. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. Put a canvas in front of me, and I’m away in my own world. I worked like an idiot for a few years and then said I needed a gap year.”

Meryl giggled. “I thought most people did them immediately before or after uni?”

“Well, I like to be different. No, honestly? I wanted enough money as a cushion so I could paint. When I came into your coffee house, I’d been in Europe and worked my ass off in a painting frenzy. I headed back to Scotland to check out some of the country’s scenery. Then I saw you and knew I needed to check out your scenery instead.”

If you’re interested, you can find Temptation on the Evernight Publishing website, Amazon, Bookstrand, Kobo and Smashwords.

Book two Impulse will be out in March.

Happy reading,

Love Raven xx

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USA Today Bestselling Author Announcement!

I am beyond excited to announce that LOVE UNDER FIRE hit the USA Today Bestselling List at #44.  LOVE UNDER FIRE is a romantic suspense box set of which 50% of the pre-order proceeds, along with proceeds from the first week’s sales, will be donated to the PETS FOR VETS program.

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My contribution to the set is entitled THE CODE ENFORCER.

The Code Enforcer Final

Tag Line:

Can they overcome their painful pasts—and a murder investigation—to find happiness together?

Blurb:

Having been made the laughing stock of her hometown by her cheating ex-fiancé, Investigator Markie Pearson has sworn off overly-confident, good-looking men. When Bryce Hawk strolls into town, Markie quickly realizes he’s the classic example of a man she needs to keep at a distance.

Ex-Marine Bryce Hawk moves to small-town Wisconsin after his military career-ending injury. All he wants to do is hide in his mundane job as the city’s code enforcer while he sorts out his life. What Bryce doesn’t account for is Markie, that emerald eyed beauty, walking through his office door on day one. Too bad it’s too, late. Women are not in his plans, nor will they ever be…especially Markie, the one who gets his dormant juices flowing while irritating him at the same time.

When the municipal code violators that Bryce is investigating are murdered, Bryce becomes Markie’s number one suspect. Or, is he another target? Is she?

Will this damaged cop and wounded vet overcome their inner demons in order to work together to escape the claws of death and perhaps find love in the process?

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If you haven’t already nabbed your copy of LOVE UNDER FIRE you can still do so:

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WHEN LOVE SPARKS DANGER, GET READY FOR AN EXPLOSION

EVERY SALE HELPS A VETERAN GET A PET!!!

Twenty-one Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and other bestselling authors bring you a heart-pounding collection of 21 BRAND NEW, NEVER-BEFORE PUBLISHED stories all in one amazing romantic suspense limited time boxed set.

From Around The Edges of Every Day Existence Lurks Mystery, Betrayal, Greed, and Death

With every turn of the page, feel the heat of adrenaline as fear lights up the night. Fight alongside the tenacious heroes and heroines as they battle for survival. They’ll put everything on the line to thwart the evil coming after them.

They want to trust in the power of love. But is it enough?

Bookbub Deal of the Day! Check out Missing Out on Life for just $.99

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Jaded by the past. Closed to a future. Shocked by unveiled secrets. They were meant to be together.

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Meredith Wellington receives a call that her sister has been murdered. Her two young nieces land on her doorstep. An instant family is the last thing she needs as she reaches for the top rung of the corporate ladder.

Jeremiah Crown, aka Coach, lives a simple life managing his family’s Kentucky horse ranch. When a damsel in distress decked out in a suit and spiked heels needs assistance, he’s more than happy to help out. Happier still to realize this corporate powerhouse doesn’t recognize him as the man she’d deemed an enemy in high school twenty years earlier.

Once she realizes Coach’s identity, any chance of a romantic relationship disappears. When Meredith places her nieces low on her priority list, Jeremiah reconsiders his attraction to her. When danger comes calling, Meredith realizes this kindhearted veteran has the skill set to help her, if only she could set aside her pride to ask.

Can two people overcome past misunderstandings in time to thwart approaching danger?

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