New Home for My Books!

Hello everyone!

Today, I would like to share with you some awesome news. Beachwalk Press has agreed to republish three of my “babies” : Hidden Desire, Klondike Winter and On His Honor.

The publication dates are to be determined, and I will let you know.

As for my other books previously published, my new publisher will put them aside for now. The time periods do not fit into their categories. But that’s fine with me. I can always look for another publisher for these ones. One criteria I look for in a publisher is they must have the print option. I like feeling books in my hands. I’m old-fashioned.

Finding a publisher isn’t an easy task. As a writer, you want to find the best publication company. For me, since I decided to be an independent author, I like smaller publishers. Of course, I have learned my lesson with the first two publishers with whom I signed. When I found SCP, I had not only became a better writer, but I have also found a support group composed of awesome people and writers.

I hope my partnership with Beachwalk Press will be as fulfilling as the one I had with SCP.

For now, I sign the paperwork and wait.

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Guest Author Spot: Judith Kammeraad

Today, I would like to introduce to you the lovely Judith Kammeraad.

Judith Kammeraad grew up a good girl as a preacher­teacher­author’s child. A fecund imagination served as a survival tool. Making up stories was almost involuntary to a lonely girl who moved to various countries and states. Books were her friends, story­telling her calling, and words the best fun ever.

She married her high school sweetheart, who brought out her naughty side at last. The Kammeraads settled down in Michigan and raised two daughters as creative as their mom, encouraging them to embrace their inner quirkiness. Judith devoted herself to a teaching career and created her stories and poems on the side.

These days the Kammeraads and their talented sheltie live in Florida near their six grandchildren, who inspire stories about the vivid minds of children. In a secret life she writes sweaty novels that break hearts and warm the spirit. And keep her laughing and crying all day. Look for shelties and children in all her stories.

Visit Judith at judithkammeraad.com

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Teach Me Too

Blurb

TeachMeToo_fullres (2)Angry students assault Lyla Grey at school and put an end to her career. She heads to Citrus County,  Florida for a new life as governess on an orange and alpaca ranch. She recovers her professional confidence quickly, but rebuilding her personal life is out of the question. What is she supposed to do with a libido on overdrive and a dread of…the scary part of men?

Even so, sweet, yummy looking Mark DuPree keeps her on a slow burn with his hungry, sad green eyes. He’s lost in running the ranch and dealing with vandalism, lifelong feuds, and his anger junkie father. She can’t seem to walk away from her loin­wrenching arguments with Mark.

Lyla learns that everyone needs healing. Tending to the tattered emotions of those worse off than she gobbles up her obsession with herself. Will Lyla experience the empowerment that comes from unselfish love? And will Mark help her overcome her past and teach her there’s nothing scary about loving after all?

Genre: Erotic romance/Romantic suspense

Teach Me Too /Excerpts

Sept. 2015

Excerpt 1

Balancing

Lyla slept well, with no bloody closets or rampaging villains. In fact, if not for Romeo singing at her door, she might have overslept and embarrassed herself. As she stretched, she heard the children downstairs, bickering together and jabbering with Mattie in the kitchen. She wanted to run down and hug them both. “Oh, my,” she murmured, “I wish they were mine. I love them already.” Lyla’s heart turned over when she said the L-word. It burrowed into her heart like a worm before she saw it coming.

She tore out of the bathroom and slipped on her skirt, flats, and blouse, struggling with the front buttons as she hurried onto the stairs. What was she thinking when she bought a blouse with tiny buttons like this? They needed attention for the proper alignment. “Bottom to top. Bottom to top.”

Oblivious to her surroundings, she bumped into Mark, a step below her. He snatched her around the waist, steadying her, and his touch sent a flash of honeyed heat through her. His eyes met her breasts, which threatened an imminent entrance into society through her open top buttons.

The stairwell stretched down behind him. He didn’t step backward, into the abyss, and he probably couldn’t go forward unless he forced his face deeper into her bosom in order to hang on while shifting her upward. She caught the astonished pleasure on his face. He stared straight ahead, straight into the cleft between her breasts. Apparently he was in no hurry to move.

Finally, he tore his gaze upward to meet her eyes. His were an emerald green now, not the lighter color she knew, and their rims bore the red of emotion.

The two of them seemed to be stuck.

What if he mounted one step higher, so that his groin met hers? Another hot flush came unbidden. She had bade such feelings good riddance for her peace of mind, but the refusal to indulge in this kind of emotion had cost her part of what she wanted in her life.

Mark spoke first. “Well, here we are then. I don’t want to knock you over, and I sure don’t want to tumble over backwards. Any ideas?”

Lyla was pretty sure Mark knew just how to maneuver out of this position. It occurred to her that he was delaying the moment that would release them from this contact. How fascinating to watch him think!

“No? Well, what if I lift you off the floor, climb up, and then set you down on the landing. Just don’t let go of me, because I’ll be off balance on the edge of the first step.”

Lyla nodded as she held him tight around the neck. He advanced a step higher and then stopped.

How elaborate. What theater! She was intrigued and fully immersed in the game. She smirked, her face out of sight next to his ear. The clean smell of a mild soap distracted her—the kind she used herself. Mmm… Her mouth made a little o of surprise. Surprise that it smelled so good on a man.

Images of them in a bathtub together, soaping each other with a shared bar of soap, bubbled in her mind. Immovable, she was at a loss, delightfully wedged into this scenario. What was happening to her?

Mark lifted her up a step and climbed to the next level. This brought his face even with hers, so that his eyes shone into hers. They held on for dear life. “One more now,” he said, as if those were the most important words in her life. “Hold tight.” Both hands clasped his neck. Up she flew to the landing, while he ascended to safety himself.

Her face at the height of his shoulders now, she slumped against him and peered over his back down the steep, narrow steps. She splayed the fingers of one hand out on the hard muscle over his scapula. The sweet fragrance of his body…the contradiction of left-behind stubble adjacent to the ultra-soft skin on his throat… It turned her giddy. She spoke with a quick rise in pitch. “Ooh!”

He grinned. “That was fun. Can we do it again?”

“Ooh…my…” She sat down on the top step to catch her breath. A lucid response was beyond her. “You, you…I only needed to back up or move over. You…”

He turned at the door to his office, blazing his crooked grin though sounding stern. “I guess this means you’re late for work.”

She narrowed her eyes and answered him with a barely audible growl.

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Excerpt 2

Mark and Lyla re: What They Want Piles of books surrounded Lyla and Libby when Mark poked his nose into the attic room. He looked rather mulish to her.

“There you are. I’ve been looking for you. Come down to my study, please.”

Lyla’s back stiffened. He demanded her presence, did he? What was it about that man that made her feel so annoyed? Why couldn’t he act like his easy-going brother? They could have so much fun working side by side in this house.

She started off to Mark’s lair, as far from her room as possible, thank God. She wanted to keep that grimace at arm’s length.

She forced a few deep breaths and halted on the stairs to consult with her inner self. What did Mark say that set her off? Did he mean it the way she took it? She felt sweaty and cranky. Don’t be stupid, Lyla. Don’t start out on the wrong foot. She stopped in front of Mark’s open door.

She opened her palms to him. “You summoned me. Here I am.”

His oversized, tidy desk dominated the center of his uncluttered office. Books and organized stacks of papers filled shelves on three walls. She drew in the odor of leather and wood, aromas that spoke of testosterone and set her anxiety vibrating like a violin string. Just enough to keep her on edge.

He motioned her to the cowhide chair across from his desk. He sat down in its twin, with his back to a double window that looked out over the back lawn and the Big River. Good. Just keep the desk between them. Already the hairs on the nape of her neck stood at attention, and he hadn’t said a word.

Lyla sat up straight. The chair was comfortable but made for a man’s long thighs, so she kept sliding forward in the well-rubbed cowhide. If only her mouth weren’t so dry. She forced down a couple of swallows and turned her face to sniff the leather, as if that could immunize her against masculine power. She couldn’t get comfortable with him over there ogling her, judging her.

Mark stood up and extended his long-fingered hand, the nails short and clean. Her hand in his felt like a chocolate in an overly warm room, but she lacked the will to remove it. At the same time, his sober eyes on hers made her anxiety twang. He tipped the plantation blinds to minimize the glare on her eyes. Hmmm, all right, she could give him points for that.

She rubbed her wrists against each other, leery of him as a male, maybe a man who missed having a woman. Already he put her teeth on edge and pulled her closer at the same time.

At first they engaged in general conversation about his two children. She burned to pry more out of him.

“What are your goals?” she probed. “What do you want me to do for them?”

“They need to learn, especially English and math—and anything you think is important. I want to send them to college.”

“Ah, that helps. Do you have a copy of the local curriculum?”

He waved the question away. “I thought that was up to the teacher.”

“What about textbooks?”

“Order what you want—Dick and Jane or something.”

Inside she growled. “Well, I expect you’ll want your stamp on their education. Do you value creativity, or rote learning? Are you a liberal thinker or conservative? Not that they won’t experience my influence as well.”

“All that. Whatever works.” He passed a hand over his face.

Annoyance bubbled over in her stomach. “My goodness, haven’t you thought about the shape of your children’s education at all?”

He stood up and stared out the window at the wide part of the river. Had she irritated him?

Good. Stick a match under him.

“Damn it, just teach them,” he said, running his hands through his hair. “Can’t you do that?”

His distraught gesture pulled on her reins. Don’t jump to conclusions, said an inner warning. You did that when you trusted your students. You don’t know what’s going on with this man. The blood throbbed in her veins from sparring with him or trying to. This was like a good jolt of caffeine, honing the sharp, suspecting edges in her mind.

She paused while she restrained herself a little further. “Mark, I’m not trying to wear you down. I don’t want a dispassionate discussion. Surely you have hopes…objectives.”

Mark jerked in his chair. “Don’t you have any idea how to take care of this without me telling you everything?” His eyes were flinty.

She met his gaze, her chin high. “Of course, I do. I know how to do it all, but I can help your children so much better with you involved. Your resistance is holding me back.”

His eyes blazed, and he clenched his fists. She shouldn’t have worked herself up, but, damn it, she enjoyed it, and she liked seeing his eyes darken with feeling. Heat rolled off him to her and made her shiver. Inside her, where he couldn’t see, longing unrolled itself, a carpet, long untrodden. She tried to stuff it back inside.

He looked from side to side, as if searching for something. “Can’t you see I’m at a loss how to proceed with the children? I’m at a loss how to deal with you, too, if you want to know, though I shouldn’t admit weakness.”

“Maybe you don’t need to deal with me, as you say. But we do have to talk. I need to know where you stand.”

He turned to the window. He waited, his words below the surface, like a long forgotten wreckage, and when he faced her, his jaw was all hard angles again.

They started to talk, both at once.

“Mark, I…”

“It’s…”

They sighed.

He cleared his throat. “Look, I run this place. Office work, phone calls, orders, sales, manning the winery—that’s my day and part of my night, with my dad’s work knocking me into next week. I need to be steel-minded, and I make all the decisions—all of them, but I’m out of my depth here.

He opened his hands in an expansive gesture. “I really need you to take charge of this.”

Approval cuddled up in Lyla’s heart. Wasn’t it nice that, after all, Mark could concede his shortcomings without it bringing him down? That made him a man like her father, the pastor who was quick to say he didn’t know it all. A real man.

“Mark, why don’t you let me tell you some of my ideas? Then, if you agree, I’ll start that way.

Let’s just talk, okay? I merely need to know if we’re on the same page about the children.”

He flopped back down in his chair. “Yes, all right.”

She summarized her observations so far. Elizabeth could start at grade level in math. Reading was a mixed story. Lyla talked about passive word recognition and phonics skills. “Teaching those is my job.” She explained the importance of writing alongside reading.

His face cleared. “You mean Libby can tell a story but not put it in writing?”

“Exactly. That’s not too unusual but frustrating for her, given the large number of words she wants to use. I have an idea she’s pretty bright, and she’ll learn quickly. She’ll have a lot to write about.”

Mark grinned. “That makes me proud.” His hands were in his hair, his elbows on his desk. “So, reading and writing are perfect partners.”

She smiled. “Yes, the light will go on. She will start choosing to read more often than doing something else.”

He laughed. “You mean soaking up television and punching her brother.”

“Yes, she already loves stories. She told me about Jane Eyre today. You were there.”

He grinned. “I hate to bear bad tidings, but she didn’t read the book. We watched it on television together not too long ago.”

“And she loved the story, right?”

Mark gave a tentative smile. “Yes, and she was in heaven when she learned a governess was coming here.”

“Well, I want to give her the skills to express herself. Her delights, her fears—everything in life.”

Mark agreed that Libby would like that. “That’s how you get on top of life before it crushes you, I imagine.”

“Yes. I can’t say I’ve mastered that a hundred percent myself—getting on top.” She remembered the blood all over the closet on the day words had failed her. Raw fear alone had helped her to survive, and it was still with her now sometimes.

Mark bounded to the opposite side of the desk. “You don’t look too well all of a sudden. Wait a minute.”

He returned in a moment with a glass of water. “Here, clear your mind.”

The water felt cool, Mark’s response warming.

“I’m sorry. I can see I put you too much on the spot.”

She shook her head. “You didn’t.” Her voice was a dry croak. How could she explain that fear unsettled her?

Mark leaned against the edge of the desk, watching her nurse her water.

This put her face on the level of his crotch. She eyed the wide leather belt holding his jeans low on his hips. She could smell the cowhide on him, along with gentle soap. The honest scents kept her anxiety at bay. Lyla claimed a deep breath and lifted her eyes to Mark’s face in time to see an earnest smile replace his knit eyebrows.

“Maybe it would be more fun to talk about my son. I’m sure you’re wondering about Raisin’s name?”

She nodded.

“It grew on him over the years. Most of his mishaps had something to do with his raisin obsession. Early on, he stuffed several of them far up his nose to save them for later. The same with his ears. Another time, his raisin stash sent Ralph to the vet hospital with kidney trouble.”

“Yes, I can see Raisin’s difference from his sister. He meant it when he said he didn’t want to go to school, but he’s a sucker for stories too. I intend to draw him in with that. And raisins.”

Mark’s attentive eyes indicated he followed her ideas for his offspring.

Finally her talk turned to him, the father. “Libby and Raisin need you to read to them. A lot. And talk to them about the stories and the life lessons in them.”

“That’s what I pay you for, isn’t it?” His abrupt tone rankled “You read to them. I’ll work and make money so I can pay you to read.”

She straightened her spine and lifted her chin. “Your children need both of us if this is going to happen for them. I’m telling you.”

Mark steepled his fingers and peered at her as clouds gathered on his face.

She had to win this round. “Reading can’t be something you do only in school, Mark. Reading has to be something the children care about deeply, because it connects them with their dearest love.”

He took the bait. “What’s that?”

She looked into his earnest eyes. “You.”

He paced in front of the window.

Finally she changed the subject. “What about the teenager you described in your letter?” She already knew the answer, but she wanted to hear it from him. It was hard to repress her smirk.

He chuckled then. The thunderclouds cleared off his face, and he gave her a sheepish glance.

“That was Robert. I don’t know why I wrote that. He’s a college graduate now, with a degree in agriculture and business, to the benefit of the ranch. I suppose it’s too late to tame him now, anyway.”

“Maybe he doesn’t need taming. Maybe he needs freedom.”

“Look, it was a joke, writing that, and partly I was irked with him at the time, because I wanted him to stop goofing around and take responsibility. I’m, er, ashamed of myself now. Of course Robert works. He just has fun while he works.” Mark paused, scratching his head. “And you’re right.

Robert feels shackled to a job he doesn’t love. I’m sorry about that, because he deserves better.”

A man who can apologize, purred the warm, fuzzy spot in her heart.

Mark sighed. “I’m sorry too, for the offensive things I said when we met. It seems a long time ago now, and I can’t believe I was not more cordial.”

“That was today.”

“Well, I was angry. I was irritated. I was frustrated. And I was unbelievably tired. I know those things do not make an excuse for my bad behavior. Please forgive me for that. I need a second chance. With you, with my kids…and with life.” His eyes looked contrite.

That squeezed Lyla’s heart. “We both need that, I think.”

“The truth is I’m the one who needs to be tamed. Ever since my wife died and my father started getting more eccentric and depressed, I felt like the only adult in the family, with this strange cast of characters around me.” He made a wide circle with his arm.

“What happened to your wife?”

He lowered his eyes and hunched his shoulders forward.

The pain in his eyes made her heart turn over. “I’m sorry.” she said. “I have a way of saying the wrong things.

“No, we might as well get to know each other, so, yes, my past is a place you should be able to visit. My wife Ruthie died three years ago. She had a heart attack shortly after giving birth. The baby died too. Raisin was two, and Libby was five.

“My father was undependable, my brother just a kid, or so I thought. Mattie kept our bodies and souls together in every practical way after Ruthie died, just as she did before, when my wife was sick, and even earlier, when my mother passed away. I ran the ranch…I don’t know how. Emotionally, I was shattered and exhausted. Maybe the others were too.”

Mark paused but finally continued in baby steps. “So…you see…I…I don’t really know what we need. I don’t know…what I want, except in the broadest way. I want my kids kept away from danger and bullying. I want them nurtured the way their mother can’t do anymore.”

His groping fingers made his hair stand up like a child’s. Lyla wanted to laugh at this sign of his agitation, but she knew this was serious. Important.

He cleared his throat. “So, maybe that addresses your question. I want less aggravation. I want some kind of life back. I want laughter in my house. Maybe you can help me with that. If you think that’s not your job, I understand.”

She nodded assent.

“How about you, Lyla? What do you want? What do you need?” He reached for her hand.

How could she tell him the truth? Hers wasn’t an easy story to tell, especially to a man.

He turned her hands over and examined the scars on the inner surface of her wrists. “What’s this?”

She turned her eyes to him. “What do you know about me? Did you notice I haven’t worked for over a year?”

“Yes, I did notice that.”

“Didn’t you think it was strange? Didn’t you want to ask me about it?”

He gave a rueful laugh. “Nothing you may have to hide is stranger than what you’ll find right here on the funny farm.” Those remarkable green eyes riveted her to the point. “What I needed to know when you answered my ad was that you were willing to come here and take on my kids…and the rest of us.”

He waited a few beats. “I can see somebody hurt you. The rest of your story I’d very much like to hear when you are ready, a little at a time, or all at once. Lyla, no one will hurt you here.”

He cleared his throat. “I run a rat race around here every day, but in the long run I have time to listen. He smiled and took her hand again, as he rested his elbows on the desk. He looked over their hands into her eyes. “Let’s talk again, okay?”

This moment didn’t last as long as she wanted. Mark stood up and led her to the door. “You know where you can find me.” He closed the door behind her, and she heard his boots squeak on the rug as he returned to his desk.

Her breath hitched. A sensitive man who tells you his story on the first day, said her inner self. Why was she standing here outside the door, just when he got her interested?

She didn’t get him. First he lit a fire in her, but then he called it quits. It felt exhilarating to argue with him, though she felt strong empathy too. He gave her a peek inside him, when they’d only just met. Maybe she wanted to do the same for him.

Inside her quarters, she leaned against the door. “It turns out you want the same things I do, Leather Man. So you say.” She closed her eyes and ran her hands up and down her arms. She growled as she revisited his words. “I want some kind of life back too. I am shattered and exhausted too, so if you can help me, that’s what I want you to do.” She tasted tears in her throat. “And I want to help you too.”

In her memory, his eyes flashed. She groaned and opened her eyes wide, her pulse awakened.

“And I want to fight with you too.”

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Excerpt 3

Mark and Lyla Meet

Lyla hoped her employer, Mr. Mark DuPree, would be like this guy and like her brother. He’d looked so kind in the family photo he had sent of himself, with his two little children on his lap.

That portrait had made her feel mellow in the months when they had corresponded about the job.

She was ready to like the man.

A smooth voice behind her rumbled. “Miss Grey, I presume.”

She jerked out of her reverie.

“You’re late,” said the deep voice, “but at least you’re efficient. Already you’re on your way to teaching my brother how to…whatever that is you’re teaching him.” He sniffed. His tone sounded serious and stiff. It got her attention.

Lyla pursed her lips. She didn’t like this man’s off-putting gravitas, nor his implication. He made her feel trapped there with the sand and the red oranges. Without a better look at that acerbic person and an equal posture, her good mood rolled up and left.

“Robert, get back to work, will you?” said Deep Voice. “We don’t have time for you to lie about in the orchard. You can ply your…talents with this young woman later.”

His sarcasm shriveled Lyla up inside. The poor fellow beside her must be sore and humbled.

How to help without embarrassing him? Sweet and undemanding, he had let the older man get the advantage of him. Her fault, not his. Nobody moved.

Lyla wanted to jump up and explain herself, defend her companion. How dare the man talk that way? Something about him unleashed her inner fighter. Bring him on, by God.

“For God’s sake, man,” said the velvet voice. “Don’t just lie there…get up, Robert. You’ve got work to do.”

That did it. Couldn’t the bully see this Robert was hurt? All sharp nerves and armor, she summoned her poise and rose to her feet. Nonchalant, she brushed the twigs and orange seeds off her clothing. She sucked in her belly and straightened her posture, her bosom asserting itself.

“Why don’t you help him? Can’t you see he’s hurt?”

Her lip trembled, but she refused to cry. She clenched her teeth and blundered forward.

“Why don’t you ask before you assume what’s going on?” Lyla swallowed hard and emitted a ragged breath and a bit of a growl. She tossed her long hair out of her eyes.

For the first time, she gave her opponent more than a fleeting glance. Her composure buckled.

He possessed the same features as the younger man. The same fine bones, the same unruly, straw-colored hair, and the same light green eyes. She advanced a few steps. There was so much she wanted to say, and her temper flung itself around, all a-jangle and confused, like a firefly in a jar.

How could he be as bad as she thought he was, when those two had the same face?

Robert made her relax and laugh, but the older man ripped through her. What did she really know about him? She should back off. But her inner fists were clenched and raring to engage.

The man on the path scrutinized her—testing her, she was sure. The amusement in his eyes didn’t match his tone of a few moments earlier. He gave her a curt nod and strode the few feet to where Robert managed to sit up.

She liked this nod, though her anger danced like a caged beast, rattling its bars to get out and wreak havoc. This nod caused the man’s eyes to glitter through his eyelashes. She liked those eyelashes splayed out on his cheek—and when they parted and his eyes flashed… Well, maybe she should give him another chance? It did feel right, though, to be mad at this guy with the lightning eyes. And, it felt like…mmm…like a honeyed spear point scratching her insides, making her want to prance with her eagerness to spar with him. Anger, oh yes! Much better than fear.

Robert winced, and his hand went to his left side. “Sorry,” he said, shame-faced.

Deep Voice went down on one knee and spoke to him sotto voce. “What’s the matter, man? Are you really hurt?” His eyes looked concerned now as they flitted over Robert, and Lyla saw the smudge of redness on the rims of his eyelids.

“It’s nothing, Mark. Just a little accident.”

Lyla tapped her foot on the grass. She knew the gesture made her look like a child, but she couldn’t stop doing it. Two pairs of green eyes grabbed her, but she still felt tigerish. “Little accident? No way! He fell out of the tree. That’s what happened.”

“So.” The simple word and the not-so-simple glance riveted her. When the piercing eyes turned on his brother again, she wanted them back on her.

“Still doing that, are you, Robert? What did you break this time?”

Hands on her hips, Lyla’s claws came out. “He was unconscious—dead, I thought. Why don’t you act more concerned about him?”

Regardless of those spine-tingling eyes, Deep Voice failed to behave as she had with her own brother whenever he’d been hurt. How could she work with a man like this? They would never get along. She wanted to cry out her frustration.

Lyla could make out most of the brother’s words to Robert. “I saw it all. I saw you fall. I saw you rearrange your position on the ground. Why did you just lie there?”

Robert spoke between clenched teeth without moving his lips. “I was pretending.”

“Huh? What for?”

“Look at her, man! What do you think? She’s beautiful. I saw that when I peeked.”

Mark turned his gaze toward Lyla and back again to Robert. His guffaw tickled Lyla’s insides and made her angry at the same time. “I suppose you didn’t mind her hands probing your poor, broken body,” he suggested.

Robert blushed, while Deep Voice probed him between his ribs. Was he checking him for injury, or was this teasing—or cruelty? Or was this the way these guys always treated each other? Lyla took a step back.

Deep Voice laughed a little more and wiped his eyes. “No problems, little brother?”

Robert shook his head.

“Can you walk the lady home?”

Robert nodded, and the light returned to his eyes.

“Okay, then.” The brother gave Robert a hand to help him to his feet. “Pretend all you like on the way home.”

Lyla saw him studying her. She supposed her face showed her defiance and confusion.

He slapped Robert on the backside. “Be a gentleman. And get something for her knee.”

Aggression, man-jokes, and an interest in first aid. So much to learn about this man made Lyla itchy all over.

At last he strode over to her. He made a stiff bow, reached for her hand and kissed it. His eyes widened at the contact, and she felt his hand jerk before he kissed her again, on the palm this time.

He studied her face, as if appraising a mare. Nobody had ever looked at her this way before. Was he coming on to her? It didn’t feel that way. His behavior seemed calm…and important. His serious eyes lingered on hers. He brushed a wayward strand away from her face. Even now his eyes held hers. They disquieted her, like a rumble of thunder felt under the skin. There was no fear—not exactly, but a torrent of something new rushed over her, and she rode it for dear life.

The two of them stood quite close together now, and she couldn’t move away. Somehow this tough man had her in his spell. He held her hand in his, like a glove in a drawer where it belonged.

“So sorry for the brutish behavior, Miss Lyla. As you see, I’m not perfect. I just think I am.”

His mental towline pulled her toward him, and she chuckled at his joke. Why wasn’t she more disgusted at these two clowns? For sure, this man made her feel all flustered and sweaty.

He stepped back a bit. “I’m Mark DuPree, and that fellow dragging his toe in the dirt is Robert, my brother, which you can probably see. Fate cursed us with the same face.” Mark cocked an eyebrow at Lyla. “We may not be pretty, but…” He shrugged. “Welcome to the ranch and our jumbled lives.”

Lyla knew this self-assessment was wrong, dead wrong. She might be emotionally damaged, but she could still recognize two handsome men.

“Look, I did this all wrong.” His eyes remained earnest. “I should welcome you better. I should be the one to bring you home.” He gave her a wry, waifish grin. “My man at the winery called to say he hit a snag, and I’ve got to take care of it. Chores at the winery take up most of my work day, and paperwork for it accounts for a lot more. That’s how it is.” He stood still for a few moments while he searched her eyes. “Sorry. I hope I can make up for this later. Meanwhile, my children are dying to meet you. I hope my e-mails and calls made you curious.”

Mark let go of her hand, turned, walked away, and left Lyla to stare after him—at his broad shoulders and strong, slim back, and the full swing of his leg with each stride. She had never felt so conflicted about a human being. He agitated her, but without her accustomed fear. What had happened to her? Had her phobia developed an on-off switch?

I should be the one to bring you home. She thought about those words, and somehow she knew they were true in ways neither of them expected.

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Teach Me Too Reviews

Loved the book

By sally j trent on May 16, 2015

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Loved the book….An easy read that gets you involved with the characters. Now that I know what happened to Lyla and Mark I am still interested in the other characters I would enjoy finding out about Robert and his new career and just how famous Nip ends up . Hopefully Judith will have another book about them coming out in the future.

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Ms. Kammerad shows great promise as a writer.

By Ann Heathman on June 18, 2015

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I like this story a lot. Ms. Kammerad has done a masterful job of developing complex and interesting characters. Her descriptions and use of metaphors and similes gave the story a uniqueness that kept me turning the pages. Only wish the relationship between Lyla and Mark had started a bit sooner, but once it got rolling…. nice blend of tenderness and sizzle. Well done.

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Sweet and Spicy Escape.

By Jennifer Taylor on May 29, 2015

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Teach Me Too is a delightful and entertaining read, with fully developed characters and a unique, captivating plot. Heroine Lyla Grey redefines the meaning of courage, and the hero is strong, kind, and fights for what he loves. I couldn’t put the story down, and can’t wait for the next one from this talented author.

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Strong characters. Enjoyed this author’s first book.

By judy swinson on June 19, 2015

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Teach Me Too is a great read. Loved the characters, especially Nip and Maddie. There were lots of twists and kept me turning pages till the end. I just relocated to Citrus county Florida and reading about locations I was familiar made it even more interesting. Looking forward to her next book. Judy Swinson

Colliding Hearts

Hello romance lovers!

Today, I’d like to share with you my romance book set during the construction of the Titanic.

Many movies and books tell us what happened during the tragic events. I don’t know about you but I wanted to know about what happened during the construction of the most impressive passenger ship of its time. Social and religious tensions composed this period in Belfast, Ireland. As a writer and a sociologist, I’m fascinated by these events.

When deciding to write about this era, I chose the events during the construction of the Titanic. And, I focused on the relationship between a young lower-class Catholic woman and a higher-class man. Intrigue, adventure and romance are elements found in Colliding Hearts.

What are your thoughts about my book and the events during the construction of the Titanic? Please let me know.

Talk with you soon!

Jackie M.

PS. Here’s an excerpt of Colliding Hearts.

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Ryan raked a hand through his hair and bent his head in prayer for her life. Panic and fear knotted his gut. Staring at Alice’s pale face, he knew bullet wounds could cause infection when not treated in time. Blood soaked her jacket and blouse. What the hell happened?

“Ryan,” Alice whispered.

“Yes, love?”

She lifted her head. “You need to tell my father where I am so he doesn’t worry.”

He kissed her fingers. “Isabel is telling him now. You must rest.”

Alice closed her eyes. Ryan stared at her while the doctor placed more bandages against her wound.

“Your wife will be fine.”

“She—I know,” Ryan decided to say. This wasn’t the time or the place to correct the doctor. Alice would make a wonderful wife, he mused. The idea of marrying her did appeal to him, but he wasn’t ready for marriage— not yet. Before he thought of marriage again, he wanted to know more about her. Since they met, he’d thought of her often and dreamed of her. Somehow, she’d managed to erase the horrible memories of his last relationship—almost.

“Let’s get her into surgery before she loses more blood,” the doctor said, breaking into Ryan’s daydreaming as they arrived at the hospital.

Ryan kissed Alice’s chilled fingers. “I’ll be here when you wake,” he murmured in her ear before pressing his lips against her cheek.

“Please have a sit, sir. We’ll come for you shortly,” the doctor said with a reassuring tone.

Glancing once more at Alice, he released her small hand and sat on one of the chairs lining the wall. Placing his hands across his face, he prayed in silence. Keep her safe. With all the blood seeping from her wound, he worried. She was too young to die. He rose and walked to the window. Staring outside, he looked at the rainy horizon and hoped to see Alice soon. Thanks to the doctor and nurse caring for her, she was in good hands, but he didn’t like seeing her in such a frail condition.

“Sir?” the doctor spoke behind him.

He turned, holding a breath. “How’s Alice?”

“The bullet went through her shoulder. She will be up and about in a few days. We expect a full recovery.”

Ryan blew out the air in his lungs. “Thank you. May I see her?”

“Of course but only for a while. She lost a lot of blood and is resting now. Follow me please.”

With every step he took down the long white corridor, Ryan felt his gut knot a bit more. Screams from the grand recovery room reached his ears. He thanked the doctor in silence for placing Alice in a private room, away from all the suffering. When they reached the end of the corridor, tall windows on each side of the bed illuminated a small room. Ryan froze and brought a hand against his mouth. Alice’s pale face frightened him to his core. The doctor had reassured him, but until she recovered he feared for her life. He pulled out the chair and placed it beside the bed. Taking her small hand between his, he brought her fingers to his lips.

“You’ll be all right in no time,” he said with confidence.

Painful memories of his mother in a hospital bed resurfaced. He had almost lost her when he was a child and since then thanked the stars above for sparing her life. With the back of his hand, he touched Alice’s cheek, feeling the coolness. Thick bandages covered her shoulder. Her long auburn hair fanned out on the pillow. An angel slept. His angel on Earth. For the longest time, he had dreamed of the same woman. Yet, Ryan had never been able to see her face. All he saw was the Ethereal light around her, shining, guiding him toward her. Was he seeing Alice? Before he met this enchanting woman, he stopped believed in love after his relationship with Ashley. Now, he wondered if a chance at love smiled upon him.

While Ryan watched Alice sleep, a smile formed on his lips. His trousers tightened with thoughts of her sweet lips. Desire for her grew with each passing day. He knew madness played a role in his clouded judgment, but he didn’t care. He had one life to live, and he wanted to know more about Alice. Her courage and strength called out to him. The way she kissed him back the other day told him no other man claimed her heart. But he wanted—needed—certainty before he took a chance. Bringing her fingers against his mouth, he pressed a gentle kiss, feeling the coolness of her skin. Who hurt you, Alice? He wanted to know. Anger rose within him.

Around town, he heard about women marching for voting rights and the police officers watching them, but he never thought someone would use their firearms. Women had their reasons and had as much as rights as men when it came to voting. They had their say. What happened today for the constables to shoot at a peaceful march? No matter. Next time, he would accompany Alice and Isabel. That way, they would have someone to protect them. The need to be there for Alice overtook reason. He knew they barely knew each other, but the times they spent together working and talking, Ryan grew to appreciate her and like her more every day.

For now, they kept their relationship on a professional level. Yet, he couldn’t deny his strong attraction for her.

With great care, he smoothed a strand of hair. Her lips beckoned him. He wanted to taste her again. Not yet, he reasoned. Instead, he kissed her cool brow. “I’m here, Alice. I’ll be here for as long as you need me.”

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Guest Author Spot: Melinda De Ross

Welcome the lovely Melinda De Ross!

Today, I’m so thrilled to present to you The Coriola Saga, a duo of Suspense Romances sprinkled with Paranormal.

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Melinda De Ross (real name Anca-Melinda Coliolu) is an international author of Romanian origin. She writes in two languages, and her books combine the elegance specific to the European style with the modern appeal of the American culture. She has a Law degree and has been a professional target shooter for over a decade. Her favorite genre to read and write in is Romance, and anytime she prefers to watch a classic movie instead of going to a noisy club.

She loves to hear from her readers, and you can find her at:

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https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7163748.Melinda_De_Ross

Teaser 6 French Kiss

A French Kiss in London

Blurb

A French Kiss in LondonGerard Leon and Linda Coriola fight for the same cause. The attractive, noble, dedicated French doctor and the beautiful, sensitive Italian sculptress both donate their time and money to Hope – a clinic for children’s cancer research and treatment.

From the moment they meet, even the air between them crackles with intense attraction.

But her past makes it difficult for Gerard to understand her scars and battle with her demons.

In search of a cure for cancer and armed with an innovative treatment themselves, they leave for Transylvania, that enigmatic land hidden in the heart of the Carpathians.

There they get lost and have a bizarre experience in the Hoia-Baciu forest, nicknamed The Romanian Bermuda Triangle due to all the inexplicable paranormal phenomena happening in its depths.

But no one believes them, because they don’t have any proof of said experience. Or do they?…

*“A French Kiss in London” is the sister-story of “Falling for Italy” and the first book in The Coriola Saga. Each book can be read as a stand-alone.

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Falling For Italy

Blurb

Falling for ItalyItalian businessman Giovanni Coriola and English target-shooting trainer Sonia Galsworthy have only two things in common—a sizzling chemistry and no desire for commitment. When they meet in London, the world starts spinning faster and they quickly become addicted to each other. The incendiary passion between them skyrockets into smoldering, once-in-a-lifetime love.

Just as they thought they had things settled, a strange discovery triggers a mysterious spiral of events that puts their lives in danger more than once, with no apparent reason.

What connection could there be between an ancient amulet, a secret society and the long- dead poet Dante Alighieri? A sinister, complicated conspiracy that gradually catches up with the characters. And of course, one last twist before the ending.

*“Falling for Italy” is the sister-story of “A French Kiss in London” and the second book in The Coriola Saga. Each book can be read as a stand-alone.

A Soldier’s Vow: A WWI romance!

When I wrote this story four years ago, I had immersed myself in the First World War era from the Canadian perspective. Canada had participated in this war and, in the process, had transformed itself from a British colony into a country. The pride in my country had grown. Knowing all these men and women had sacrificed their lives in the name of peace, made me sad and grateful at the same time.

This book tells a tale of romance, action, adventure during the war in France and Belgium. Two strangers meet in the midst of uncertain times. Paris is the backdrop for most of the story. I chose this wonderful city because since I was a teenager, I have loved its history. Fifteen years ago, I had the chance to visit the city and stay there for a few days. There, I walked along the famous Champs-Élysées and climbed the Eiffel Tower. Interesting note about this Steel Lady. It was closed to the public during the First World War. However, it was used for radio communications.

When I visited Paris, it was certainly different from the Edwardian period. Yet, the city hasn’t lost its charm. The cobblestone streets and charming buildings haven’t changed much since our Canadian soldier’s have seen during the First World War. I can just imagine the loneliness and homesickness they must have felt when leaving home for the first time.

In honor of all these amazing people who fought for my country, I dedicate my book.

Here’s an excerpt!

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Liverpool, England

1918

Valise in hand, Winnie stood breathless as she gazed at the majestic ship floating with so much grace against the afternoon late November sky. She stepped forward, and her heart raced. After spending the last two years in Europe, she was finally headed home. Taking a deep breath of the cool, salty air, she calmed herself. “You can do this,” she whispered.

Fixing her wide-brimmed hat, she climbed the thick wooden walkway, her feet heavy with every step. She let her eyes glance down. The high distance from where she stepped and the water below made her nauseous and light headed. Taking another deep breath, she continued on her way while touching her growing belly and feeling the baby’s movements within.

“Winnie!” A man’s voice far behind her called out her name.

Looking out into the crowd behind her, she searched for the caller but saw no one familiar. She shook her head and continued her way up.

“Winifred Douglas!” the man’s voice called out again.

She stopped once more and looked below. For a brief moment, she could have sworn she heard her darling Henry calling out to her. Could it be he traveled all this way to Liverpool in order to find her? Her palms moistened inside her gloves. Walking a few steps back down the gangplank, Winnie bumped into people going up. She squeezed her eyes closed as people jostled their way past her. Stopping where she stood, Winnie looked everywhere for Henry’s handsome face. Unshed tears stung her eyes, and she felt dizzy. Taking a deep breath, she walked the rest of the way down the gangplank and waited one last moment for the familiar baritone to call out her name.

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Talk with you soon!

Jackie

Wet Heat by LM LeFerrur

Today, I would like to share with you Wet Heat by the fabulous author LM LeFerrur!

Below, you will find excerpts of this thrilling erotic paranormal short story. Don’t miss this must-read!

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Wet Heat: The Aphrodite Chronicles Story One

Erotic Paranormal Short Story

Blurb:

Attorney Naida Bouche has a secret… of paranormal proportions!

The secret tore her, and fellow attorney, Coop’s, marriage apart. She let her guard down and allowed herself to love. But that love—and the passion that followed—could have been the death of them…well, him.

A chance encounter in judge’s chambers catapult Coop Martin’s and his ex-wife’s libidos into overdrive. Add being stuck in an elevator to the mix and desires explode. Coop wants his wife back but she’s thrown up a roadblock that he’s determined to break through.

Can their undeniable chemistry be enough for Naida to reveal who—and what—she is? And could Coop still love her should the truth be revealed?

Excerpt 1

The last vestiges of summer

Second Chance, Pennsylvania

Water cascaded off her nude body. Small rivulets ran over her breasts and down her slightly rounded stomach, disappearing into the surface of the lake.

She was one with the water.

She could, literally, become one with it.

Moonlight reflected off the mirror-smooth surface, adding a soft glow to the night. Crickets serenaded her with their chirping song. A wolf howled in the distance. Nature cocooned her.

She grinned and dove under. Liquid embraced her, still heated from the sun’s rays of earlier in the day. Her body became insubstantial, fragmenting into molecules of H2O. Disorientation left her bewildered, but the feeling came and went. Weightless warmth enveloped her, and the ebb and flow of the tide lulled her into blissful relaxation.

The moon slid across the sky. Hours had passed. Her body became corporeal with a single thought. After regaining her human form, she cut through the water with powerful strokes and rose to the surface in a rush of bubbles.

The night air chilled her damp skin, raising goose pimples along her flesh. She pushed the long fall of golden blonde tresses from her face and glanced into the deep, lush woods that ringed the lake. Soon the leaves would change to shades of gold, orange, red, and brown. In would come the autumnal chill. Her time in the waters would decrease, and then winter would set in and freeze her out.

When that happened, she’d resort to the swimming pool located on the basement level of her large log home. Even with the greenery she had sprinkled about, it never fully replaced the exhilaration of the lake, the feel of fresh air against her skin, and the scent of the wilderness.

She repeated the cycle, year after year. The monotony had long since worn short on her nerves.

At one time, she’d had someone to break the mundane tones of her life.

But she had ruined that.

He hadn’t understood the need, the drive, to be one with the water.

She had allowed it to build a wall between them.

But how could he have understood? Hell, she’d have trouble believing the truth, if it wasn’t her life.

The root of their problems had been otherworldly, as her father was human and her mother was a water nymph.

The nymph side of her heritage presented two problems. First, she needed daily contact with a body of water. Like her pool in the basement. Second, she also needed a daily dose of sex.

Preferably more than once a day. After all, the term “nymphomaniac” had been born of a nymph’s sex drive.

No, he had never known the truth of her desires.

She had pushed him away, afraid of exposing her real self.

And that fear, that uncertainty, had left her alone…and needy.

Excerpt 2

Coop thanked Smythe as he spun toward the bank of elevators. He pressed the “up” button and waited for the car to descend. The stainless steel doors opened with a bing. Stepping through the threshold, he hit the button for the third floor. He checked his reflection in the mirrored panels gracing the walls. The ride seemed to take longer than normal, which annoyed the hell out of him. His foot tapped impatiently on the carpeted floor.

The doors opened again, and Coop darted from the car to the judge’s chambers. His long, ground-eating strides took him to his destination in under a minute.

Coop didn’t bother to knock. He simply swung the door open and strode into the room. Sitting behind a large, ornately carved desk was Judge Hawker. Her gray hair haloed her head in a tidy mass of curls. Lines deeply etched her haggard face, affirming she was a kick-ass bitch.

She tapped her pen on her ink blotter. “So nice of you to join us, Mr. Martin.” Her voice cracked like an old Victrola record player.

Coop’s gaze fell upon the female occupant sitting in one of two black leather armchairs. Long, golden-blonde hair cascaded over the back, beckoning for him to run his fingers through the silken stands.

Anger, both at his reaction to seeing her and the fact she was there in the first place, rose up like a leviathan from the deep. The muscles in his jaw tightened, and his lips formed a thin line.

He walked in front of the woman. “Naida,” he greeted, through clenched teeth.

Coop stared at her beautiful face. Naida’s kissable, full lips formed a soft, forced smile that her large, doe-shaped brown eyes didn’t reflect. A form-fitting, cream-colored sweater hugged her breasts and torso, doing little to hide her lithe figure. Her hands rested in her lap. Long, jean-clad legs crossed at the ankle. The brown of her high-end leather satchel matched her well-worn hiking boots.

“Cooper,” she replied.

He inhaled sharply through his nose, never breaking eye contact with her, and enunciated each of the words that followed very clearly, “Do. Not. Call. Me. Cooper.”

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Naida hadn’t meant to say it so sarcastically. It had just slipped out. A defense mechanism. A way to cover the instantaneous hurt that had rocketed like a missile to her heart.

The other option had been picking her jaw off the ground. She hadn’t expected Coop to walk through the door.

His stiff-shouldered stance emanated anger. And rightfully so.

He had been wronged.

By Naida herself.

She ripped her gaze away from Coop and turned toward the bitch who had set her—no, us—up.

Judge Hawker grinned, exposing age-worn teeth. The pack of cigarettes she smoked a day did little to detract from the look. “Do you have something to say, Miss Bouche?” Her voice grated Naida’s nerves and reminded her of gravel scraping over an asphalt road. The hag had the nerve to broaden her smile.

Naida rose from the armchair with fists clenched at her sides, nails biting into the flesh of her palms. “Why is he here?”

“Why are you here?” he retorted, his steel-gray eyes darting from one female to the other and shooting daggers at same time. He shrugged out of his jacket and tossed it onto the empty armchair.

One of those daggers pierced Naida’s heart, which thudded hard against her breastbone. How she hated Coop looking at her with such disdain. But she had brought it on herself.

Three years ago, she had filed for divorce from Coop with no explanation why. Just up and went to an attorney. Had he done anything wrong? No. Had he begged and pleaded for an explanation? Yes.

She had merely shrugged her shoulders and walked away.

That action had taken her away from the one man, the one human, she’d ever loved.

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Author Bio:

I’m a writer of sexy romances with a kick of heat! Though my contracted stories are paranormals, I haven’t discounted writing a contemporary or two.

I live in Pennsylvania just a hair shy of the Maryland border. I live with a family I adore which includes two furry feline children and a furry canine daughter.

In my spare time, I’m more than likely watching television. I watch Bones, Blue Bloods, NCIS:New Orleans, or some sort of car show like Wheeler Dealers.

I’m a huge sports fan, football in particular. During the fall/winter, I’m watching Notre Dame or Penn State on Saturdays and the Saints or Colts on Sunday.

I’ve been known to have my nose buried in a book. Nora Roberts/JD Robb and Clive Cussler are favorites of mine. I know, I know…Clive Cussler isn’t a romance author. The man can weave a tale of adventure like no other!

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Weekend Giveaway!

Happy Friday!

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Today, I’m giving away a copy of one of my ebooks. All you need to do is like, share and comment your answer below on this post.

Question: What is your favorite book to read and why?

A random draw will be held Saturday September 12th and the winner will be announced thereafter.

Best luck to everyone and thank you for participating!

Jackie M.

Customer Comments

Hello lovely readers!

Before my books published with SCP are removed from Amazon, I took time to copy them. Soon, those books will be republished and replaced. However, for the moment, I want to post them here for those who haven’t yet had the pleasure of reading my romance books.

I am also including reviews from Goodreads.

If you would like to review one of my books, please let me know.

Enjoy!

Jackie M.

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Klondike Winter

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This book is a light, easy read. It flows smoothly. It’s the kind of book that some people read for pure entertainment during a quiet evening at home. There is no confusion about the order of events. It’s so nice to read a book that doesn’t require the reader to backtrack and second guess herself. Everything was straight forward.

I enjoyed the main characters, except the one who turns out to be selfish and greedy. (I wasn’t supposed to like him, was I?) I related to their determination to succeed despite difficult circumstances. They pushed forward through financial setbacks, health concerns, and attacks on their reputations. Also, I appreciated their willingness to forge bonds together in the midst of financial and emotional challenges.

We could all take lessons from young people of such fortitude: if you need money, find a new way to make it; if a person that you love betrays you, get that person out of your life immediately; trust your heart and know who to trust; don’t have pity parties; watch for clues about peoples’ true inner selves, and; marry for the right reasons.

I’m a history buff, but I’m not familiar with the gold rush in the Yukon, or Boston in the 1890’s; therefore, I would have liked to see more details. For instance, I would

have enjoyed a little more description of the setting and the social situations, since this is a historical romance.
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Sarah and Andrew’s father passed away in the north while digging for gold. In order to pay off the financial debt he left them with, Sarah and Andrew prepare themselves for the cold and wintry Yukon. Sarah will have to leave her fiance behind but a new guy, Nicholas, quickly has only eyes for her. When an incident leaves Sarah and Nicholas alone to make fortune things get hot and heavy between the two. Nicholas doesn’t know about Sarah’s fiance waiting for her in Boston and Sarah doesn’t know about the secret Nicholas’ been keeping about her father’s death. Between the search for gold and trying to resist one another, will Sarah and Nicholas be able to survive the cold wilderness?
From the beginning I loved Sarah. She’s not your typical heroine in historical fiction. She’s strong and independent. The great white north doesn’t scare her (I wouldn’t be scared either if I had a handsome and adventurous guy like Nicholas by my side to protect me). They try really hard to ignore their feelings for one another but when the two get together things get pretty steamy!
Klondike Winter is filled with romance and adventure from the beginning to the end. When I thought things were going to work out between the two something unexpected came up. Right until the end the book has a few twists and turns that kept me guessing. It has to be one of the best historical romance I’ve read this year. No one writes romance like Jackie M. Smith does! Klondike Winter is a must-read. I can guarantee this sizzling historical romance won’t disappoint.
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A Soldier’s Vow
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By Carina De Corte on January 14, 2011

Format: Kindle Edition

When I picked up a copy of Jackie’s Smith A Soldier’s Vow I though here we are another military novel. I was in a for a surprise not only is A Soldier’s Vow an exceptional very well written romance novel it touches the heart and soul of the reader. Jackie has managed to portray the characters and the era realistically into the story line. Very well done Ms. Smith.
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Reviewed by Desere
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book on 03/10/2011We all know that sending a loved one of to war is one of the hardest things in life to do and the only hope you can have is that they will return safely. In A Soldier’s Vow by Jackie M. Smith, we travel with a the couple (who’s names to me are so unique as I have never read a book before containing these names so I’ll keep those a surprise) on a journey of passion, love, honor and an everlasting promise.

You can feel the emotion right through out the book so intensely that it truly does feel like you are the heroine waiting on your hero to come home. I cried, I laughed, and I rejoiced in this stunning novel. Jackie you have truly outdone yourself. And to those of you who have ever had the illusion that a war related romance novel is too much emotion or just not your style, I can tell you you’re missing out for with A Soldier’s Vow you cannot go wrong and you will want to share it with the world afterwards it is a true romantics dream.

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Amelie Court rated it 5 of 5 stars  · 
What a fantastic read. I would highly recommend this to any reader who loves war stories!
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I enjoyed having the book interwoven with the story about the Titanic. It made for interesting reading.
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Forever Yours
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By Lauren K. on February 18, 2013

Jackie M. Smith’s story, Forever Yours, tells the stories of two lovers torn apart by war. The heroine is unique, as she is a pilot for the Royal Air Force, and her lover, Philip, is a childhood friend who falls in love with her as they head into battle. Unsure of whether she will return to his arms, Philip holds fast to his love as the reader holds fast to the hope that the two will reunite.
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Is romance dead?

Hello romance lovers and readers!

Today, a thought popped into my head after a good morning kiss from my main squeeze and man of my dreams. Is romance dead? I’ve always been a romantic at heart. The proof is in my eight published romance books. Yet, in my own life, for the longest time, I had no romance, no sweet gestures that would make me swoon. Two serious relationships, but nothing that I would consider romantic. Maybe my expectations were too high. Maybe it was my inexperience with life and men in general. Whatever the reason for the lack of romance in my life, I knew it existed. Movies and music showed me signs of romance. Even my friends had told me stories about their sweethearts. Yet, until a year and a half ago, I truly thought romance had hidden from me, never to be for me.lovers

In this modern world, we read about tales of romance from another world. The excitement of the man of your dreams calling on you. Strolling in the park without touching. Stealing kisses whenever possible. Maybe it was a simpler time. Yet, I believe in romance. I believe it does still exist. We simply need to keep our eyes and heart open to see them.

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For me, I think it’s romantic when my man takes out the garbage or sends me a text on his lunch hour just to say hi. Every morning, while I’m still in bed, my man bends down and gives me a kiss and a boyish grin, and tells me to have a good day. He doesn’t have to tell me he loves me either. I know he does with the simple yet thoughtful gestures he does for me every day.

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Do you think romance is dead? Tell us your story.

Jackie M.