Recognizing Earth Weekend…with Sexy Vets

I’m participating in a blog-hop right now for Earth Weekend, and what better way to celebrate it than with e-books and gift cards for prizes??? No paper products! To join the hop, as a reader or an author, just click this link here.
While my books aren’t exactly about recycling, they are about finding new life after the old one didn’t work out. I write about Marines that have returned home, battle-damaged and heart-sore, that are forced to rebuild their lives when the military discharges them.

The prequel of the series, The Embattled Road, is free! If you click on this cover it will take you directly to Amazon.

Book 1 of the series is titled Embattled Hearts, about a wheelchair bound former Marine trying to save the woman he’s falling in love with.  No, there’s nothing in the book itself about recycling or being Earth conscious, but it is wonderful to watch John Palmer’s transformation from hard-ass Marine to nice guy. Here’s an excerpt.

John sat back in
his chair, with a hand across his flat belly. “I can’t eat any more. That was
wonderful.”
“I’m glad you
liked it.”
“I mean every
word of it. It’s better than anything I’ve ever had before.”
Shannon felt her
brows lower skeptically. “Oh, please. I’m an okay cook, but certainly not
fantastic.”
“After MREs,
hospital food and take-out, believe me, this is ambrosia.”
Shannon tipped
her head forward. “Well thank you very much for the compliment, John. It’s the
least I could do.”
She took a piece
of chicken over to the box in the corner and broke it into little pieces. One
she gave to the mother, and the others to each of the kittens. John rolled over
behind her, and peered down into the box. He scowled as he watched them spit
and hiss at each other. “Why are they doing that?” he demanded.
Shannon smiled
and separated two of the kittens. “Well, they haven’t been eating solid food
very long, and they’re trying to establish a pecking order. They don’t usually
hurt each other.”
She handed a
small gray bundle of fur to John. “This is the runt of the litter, and I try to
feed her a little more than the others.”
John held the
kitten awkwardly in front of him. The young cat’s paws batted the air, looking
for something to claw into.
“No, no, hold her
against you, like this.”
She settled his
hand against his chest and shaped his fingers around the little creature’s
bottom. Shannon didn’t even realize how close she had moved to John until she
looked up and found him staring at her. Hard. With those heavy black brows
furrowed and his dark eyes full of burning emotion.
“Sorry,” she
mumbled, and pulled away quickly. She snatched another kitten out of the box
and tucked it under her chin.
John’s kitten
started to purr.
“What’s it doing
now?” he demanded.
Shannon laughed
at the ferocious frown on his face. “Relax,” she told him gently, “she’s just
purring. It means she’s comfortable and likes what you’re doing.”
John eased back
in his chair and eyed the cat.
“Haven’t you ever
had a cat?” she asked him curiously.
John’s face lost
all expression, and a subtle tension eased into the air. “No, I haven’t. Animals
weren’t allowed at the boy’s home where I grew up.”
“Oh.” Shannon
felt like a heel as the revelation about his childhood settled into her. It
explained so much of who he was.
“I didn’t mean to
dig things up,” she told him finally.
John shrugged and
stroked the kitten on the top of its head with a huge finger. “No big deal. You
didn’t know.”
“So, have you
ever had any pets?” she asked finally.
John shook his
head. “None. There was a stray dog I used to toss scraps to outside my window at
the orphanage, but he wasn’t around very long before the pound caught him.”
Shannon felt her
eyes fill with helpless tears. How very sad. No animals in his life at all, and
the one small contact he had destroyed by the dog catcher. She still had three
horses at her parent’s house in Colorado Springs she needed to decide what to
do with. She’d always had animals in her life. From hamsters and hermit crabs
as a child to horses and cattle she showed in 4-H in her teenage years. Actually,
she couldn’t remember ever not having
an animal in her life.
John fondled the
kitten around the ears, and the little animal purred just as loud as she could,
her eyes slitted shut in rapture. Shannon knew she would do the same thing if John
handled her that way too.
“She really likes
you,” she told him softly.
John made a
non-committal grunt, but he continued to run his big fingers gently over her
coat.
“You know,”
Shannon murmured, “I’m going to have to find homes for these before too long.”
John immediately
held the kitten out to her. “No, thank you. You’ll find a better home for it
than with me.”
Reluctantly, she
took the dangling kitten from his hand. She wouldn’t push him on it. They
wouldn’t be ready to wean for a couple of weeks yet, anyway. Setting the two
gently in the box, she turned back to John.
And caught him as
he glanced away from her ass.
 
Embattled Hearts is on sale now at all outlets. Here’s the link for Amazon. 
I sincerely thank you for stopping and hope you enjoy the books!
One person who comments on my Earth Day blog will be chosen for a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card, plus there is the huge blog drawing you’ll be entered for as well. And to recap the weekend, we’re having a chat on Sunday at 7pm eastern time here. That’s where all the drawings will occur, so you may want to check it out!

Thanks!!!

Lost and Found Series Progress and Appearances…

I’m working hard on the next Lost and Found book, titled Embattled Minds. This is Zeke’s book, a secondary character that walked into John’s story and left a heck of an impression on me. I knew as soon as I wrote him that Zeke was going to need his own story, and that it needed to take place soon.

Zeke’s book should be ready by mid-May. I had hoped to get him done before I left for the RT Convention, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. Did you see the cover for the book yet??? Yummy…

I’ve got several digital and physical appearances coming up.

Today, actually, I’m at the For Love of Military Romance Blog, which I am a member of now. We have a lot of fantastic members and guests on the slate for appearances, so you should really check it out.

April 10th I’ll be at Sizzling Hot Books blogging.

April 14th I’ll be doing a live book club chat for my Decadent Publishing book Love on the Line. I’ll be doing giveaways and I’m sure a free book or two will be thrown around.

April 13 I’ll be at April Adele Book store and Cafe in Versailles signing A Needful Heart and Embattled Hearts.

April 30th to May 5th I’ll be in Kansas City Missouri at the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention. I’ve gone for the past few years and I just love it! If you have a chance you really should try to go to it.

June 6th to the 9th I’ll be in West Chester Ohio at the Lori Foster Reader and Author Get-together. Another fabulous conference that I’ve gone to for several years. Very reader focused, very fun!

If you have a conference or event you think I would enjoy, let me know! I tend to do things on the spur of the moment, so I could show up anywhere!

Embattled Hearts is LIVE!!!

For those of you that have been waiting, Embattled Hearts, John Palmer’s story, is now LIVE on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and Smashwords!

A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.

John Palmer hasn’t felt like a real man since he was injured during combat in Iraq. Though not content with his new life, he is mostly adapting, just like the other vets at the Lost ‘N’ Found Investigative Service. When Shannon Murphy is hired on as the new office manager, life suddenly gets a lot more interesting. Before long, John finds himself wondering if he could ever be the kind of man Shannon needs.
Shannon Murphy wasn’t really looking for love when she hired on at LNF, but finds herself hopelessly attracted to the sex-on-wheels former Marine, John Palmer. The man is grumpy and nearly impossible to work with, but his brand of masculinity appeals to her on a basic level. Soon Shannon is wondering just what it would take for John to want her the way she wants him.
When an old enemy tries to settle a vendetta against Shannon, John insists on protecting her. He moves into her house, fanning the spark of attraction into a blaze. But the danger continues to escalate. Will the connection that they’ve found survive when they’re thrust into a fight for their lives?

ALSO!!!
The Embattled Road is FREE right now on Amazon, for Valentine’s Day Weekend. I’ve gotten phenomenal reviews for it, and really believe it’s something everyone should read.
In the harrowing prequel to The Lost and Found series, three embattled Marines must deal with their devastating physical and emotional injuries in a world that seems to have turned against them.
When the rescue helicopter crashes into his convoy in Iraq, Marine First Sergeant Duncan Wilde struggles with the loss of men, his career and the use of his body. Things can’t get much worse. Until his fiancée decides she has to move on with her life, and that of her unborn child by another man.
Sergeant Chad Lowell knew when he went to war that it would come with a price. And it did. A young Marine under his command is killed by a landmine. Chad’s left with one less leg and a mountain of recriminations. That doesn’t mean he wants to be a pitied by every female he comes in contact with.
Gunnery Sergeant John Palmer is furious at the hand he’s been dealt. He’s served his country faithfully, if not without antagonism, for many years. Now they’re turning him out like a relative who has overstayed his welcome. And, since he’s not even a real man anymore, maybe it is time to move on permanently.
Can these wounded warriors use a friendship borne out of adversity to form a partnership rescuing others? And can they find real love in spite of their challenges?

John Palmer Update…And a Taste…

I know a lot of you are waiting on pins and needles for John’s book to come out, titled Embattled Hearts. I thought I would assure you that it will be out this month. It’s complete, being edited and beta-read as we speak, cover is ready to go. So, I thought I would give you a little taste to whet your appetite…

She handed a small gray bundle of
fur to John. “This is the runt of the litter, and I try to feed her a little
more than the others.”
John held the kitten awkwardly in front
of him. The young cat’s paws batted the air, looking for something to claw
into.
“No, no, hold her against you,
like this.”
She settled his hand against his
chest and shaped his fingers around the little creature’s bottom.  Shannon didn’t even realize how close she had
moved to John until she looked up and found him staring at her. Hard. With
those heavy black brows furrowed and his dark eyes full of burning emotion.
“Sorry,” she mumbled and pulled
away quickly. She snatched another kitten out of the box and tucked it under
her chin.
John’s kitten started to purr.
“What’s it doing now?” he
demanded.
Shannon laughed at the ferocious
frown on his face. “Relax,” she told him gently, “he’s just purring. It means
he’s comfortable and he likes what you’re doing.”
John eased back in his chair and
eyed the cat.
“Haven’t you ever had a cat?” she
asked him curiously.
John’s face lost all expression,
and a subtle tension eased into the air. “No, I haven’t. Animals weren’t
allowed at the boy’s home where I grew up.”
“Oh.” Shannon felt like a heel as
the revelation about his childhood settled into her. It explained so much of
who he was.
“I didn’t mean to dig things up,”
she told him finally.
John shrugged and stroked the
kitten on the top of its head with a huge finger. “No big deal. You didn’t
know.”
“So, have you ever had any pets?”
she asked finally.
John shook his head. “None. There
was a stray dog I used to toss scraps to outside my window at the orphanage,
but he wasn’t around very long before the pound caught him.”
Shannon felt her eyes fill with
helpless tears. How very sad. No animals in his life at all, and the one small
contact he had destroyed by the dog catcher. She couldn’t imagine not having
animals in her life. She still had three horses at her parent’s house in
Colorado Springs she needed to decide what to do with. And she had always had
animals in her life. From hamsters and hermit crabs as a child to horses and
cattle she showed in 4-H in her teenage years. Actually, she couldn’t remember
ever not having an animal in her
life.
John fondled the kitten around the
ears, and the little animal purred just as loud as she could, her eyes slitted
shut in rapture. Shannon knew she would do the same thing if John handled her
that way too.
“She really likes you,” she told
him softly.
John made a non-committal grunt,
but he continued to run his big fingers gently over her coat.
“You know,” Shannon murmured. “I’m
going to have to find homes for these before too long.”
John immediately held the kitten
out to her. “No, thank you. You’ll find a better home for it than with me.”
Reluctantly, she took the dangling
kitten from his hand. She wouldn’t push him on it. They wouldn’t be ready to
wean for a couple of weeks yet anyway. Setting the two gently in the box, she
turned back to John.

And caught him as he glanced away from her ass.

If you haven’t read Embattled Road yet, I strongly suggest you do to get a feel for the men.

AND! If you’re not on the newsletter list, you need to be!!! They’re getting the first glimpse of John’s Cover TOMORROW!!!

Porno Writing Grannies and a #FREE Erotica Book

Ok, I have to tell you about 2 books out today that are, quite simply, just wonderful.
The first is by my very good friend Robyn Peterman. It’s her first book, and I can only say I have never read anything as downright funny as this book. I  laughed so hard that my husband had to come in and check on me. No Lie!
Check it out- This is the first crazy paragraph.
     “If you handcuff a woman to a headboard, you need to use fur-covered cuffs. Otherwise you’ll rub all the skin off her wrists during rough sex and she’ll bleed like a mother-fucker. Blood is just not sexy unless you’re writing paranormal.” The gal with the lesbian haircut delivered that little nugget with gusto.
What a great hook! And the book is just as fabulous. Here’s the blurb.
What happens when an accountant decides to grab life by the horns and try something new? Apparently a pirate named Dave, a lot of pastel fleece, and blackmail—just to start with…

Visualize and succeed, Oprah said. I was sure as hell trying, even if my campaign to score a job as the local weather girl had ended in a restraining order. Okay, TV was not my strength. But a lack of talent has never stopped me before. Which is why I’ve embarked on a writing career. I mean, how hard can it be to come up with a sexy romance?
Leave it to me to wind up in a group of porno writing grannies who discuss sex toys and apple cobbler in the same breath. Also leave it to me to leak an outlandish plot idea to a bestselling author with the morals of a rabid squirrel. And only I could get arrested for a jewelry heist I didn’t commit—by a hunky cop whose handcuffs just might tempt me to sign up for a life of crime. Maybe I’ve found my calling after all…
The second book is by another friend of mine I know from Decadent Publishing. It’s a very, VERY, sexy spanking erotica piece. AND IT’S FREE!!! I read it this morning and could not put it down. Totally different than the first but just as good.
Mona Whitman is in for it. Her boss has promised severe punishment the very next time she arrives late for work and the hour she spent fantasizing about him has put her job in jeopardy. If only she could come up with an alternative to firing…a punishment they might both enjoy…

Randolph Marks, business tycoon by day, dungeon Dom by night, is in a quandary. His favorite employeeis late for work again and he must go through with his threat of retribution. But how to go about it without crossing a line and violating good business practices? He couldn’t possibly get away with spanking Miss Whitman.
Seriously, you need to pick up both these books. Fantastic reads, both of them.

The Embattled Road is FREE TODAY AND TOMORROW!!!

I’m getting ready to start releasing my disabled veteran series soon, and this is the prequel of the series. It’s not a standard romance, in that, there are no heroines in this book. It’s all about the men’s struggle to come to terms with major life changes when they’re injured in combat. The first book of the series is projected to release in February.

And the prequel is free on Kindle today 01/10/13 and tomorrow 01/11/2013! Click on the cover or this link to download.

Blurb- In the harrowing prequel to The Lost and Found series, three embattled Marines must deal with their devastating physical and emotional injuries in a world that seems to have turned against them.

When the rescue helicopter crashes into his convoy in Iraq, Marine First Sergeant Duncan Wilde struggles with the loss of men, his career and the use of his body. Things can’t get much worse. Until his fiancée decides she has to move on with her life, and that of her unborn child by another man.
Sergeant Chad Lowell knew when he went to war that it would come with a price. And it did. A young Marine under his command is killed by a landmine. Chad’s left with one less leg and a mountain of recriminations. That doesn’t mean he wants to be a pitied by every female he comes in contact with.
Gunnery Sergeant John Palmer is furious at the hand he’s been dealt. He’s served his country faithfully, if not without antagonism, for many years. Now they’re turning him out like a relative who has overstayed his welcome. And, since he’s not even a real man anymore, maybe it is time to move on permanently.
Can these wounded warriors use a friendship borne out of adversity to form a partnership rescuing others? And can they find real love in spite of their challenges?
I sincerely thank you for taking the time to read!
JM
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