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Guest Spotlight with Tony Kinzer &Rafflecopter giveaway 6/30/14

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Cattle Rustling in the Wild West!

 

During my research for Come Tame Me, I ran across a few women who fought for what they believed in. Life in the 1880’s wasn’t easy for men let alone a woman who wanted what was rightfully hers. One such woman was Ellen ‘Cattle Kate’ Watson, who obtained her own property at the age of 25 with the help of her partner, James Averell. The homestead was near Horse Creek and the Sweetwater River valley and lay adjacent of James property.

Ellen built up her homestead, fenced in some of the property and built her own home. Slowly, she began to purchase a few head of cattle but needed to obtain her own brand, not an easy feat back then. Wyoming had laws that a brand had to be an established one in order to be used for claiming stock. She eventually bought a brand from a rancher no longer using his brand and after several attempts, finally got her brand accepted.

Her herd grew to about forty cattle, infuriating local ranchers who wanted her cows as well as her property and water rights. She fought them for nearly two years as they tried to take over the stream that went through her property. Several of the more powerful ranchers began to spread rumors that Cattle Kate had stolen many of her cattle and a lynch mob gathered. Getting rid of Ellen/Kate would solve their issues of getting to her water and would also allow them to split her herd among them and have rights to her stream.

Local ranchers believed the rumors started by a few, paraded onto Ellen’s property and took her into their custody along with James. Both were hung from a tree in July of 1889 after a long struggle to hold onto what belonged to them. An investigation began but the bodies hung in the heat for two days. Their guilt was never proven and later they were found innocent of rustling and their bodies laid to rest on James property. Find more information of this couple HERE  (http://www.legendsofamerica.com/we-cattlekate.html).

Reading about Ellen made it easier to add some of the happenings to Come Tame Me and gave Cassi her inner strength to hold onto what belonged to her. I hope you enjoy the story of Gabe and Cassi…book two will be about her best friend, Dani, and I’d love for you to enjoy the series as I write it. The book trailer is on my website at the link below. Thank you for stopping in and thank you, Denise, for having me.

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FlashBang by Meghan Release Day Event & Rafflecopter giveaway 6/30/14

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Book Title: Flash Bang
Author: Meghan March
Genre: Erotica
Release Date: June 30, 2014
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Synopsis

Rowan Callahan is a career-climbing slut. At least according to the vicious—and false—rumor that is destroying her professional life. But a little thing like her career as an attorney ceases to matter when a plane crashes in downtown Chicago and the entire city goes dark. Her unconventional upbringing makes her suspect the worst: she’s just witnessed the kick-off to the apocalypse. Armed with a backpack of supplies, she leaves Chicago, intent on resetting her skewed priorities and seeking shelter at the family farm with her father and sister. She’s injured and running for her life when she stumbles directly in the crosshairs of two men who just might be her salvation . . . and her greatest temptation.

Graham Buchanan and Zachariah Sawyer are best friends and brothers-in-arms who have been indulging in ménages since before their Force Recon team served in Iraq and Afghanistan. They’ve hung up their uniforms to build a new life for themselves and their team at Castle Creek Whitetail Ranch—a rustic deer hunting preserve that covertly doubles as a doomsday prepper’s paradise. They thought they were prepared for anything until Rowan comes crashing into their lives. Graham and Zach are convinced she’s the one woman who can handle them both, but she has no intention of deviating from her carefully laid plans for longer than it takes her to recover from her injuries. So they propose a deal: they’ll provide her an armed escort home, and in exchange, she’s theirs until they part ways.

It was the perfect plan; except once they’ve had her, they can’t let her go . . .

Meet the Author

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Meghan March is a Michigan native who has spent a good portion of her life buried in a book. Case in point: she read the entire romance section of her small town public library by age fourteen. Even after growing up (sort of) and getting a law degree, she never lost her passion for a great story, twisty plot, epic romance, and amazing characters. When she’s not writing, she’s probably reading, target shooting, drooling over fast cars, playing with her crazy mutts, or hanging with her very own sexy man.Muscular  Guy

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Chapter 1

September—Chicago.

A plane fell from the sky.

It was quite possibly the only interruption that could have dragged Rowan out of the epic pity party she was throwing herself. It was the kind of pity party one threw when a carefully planned life and decades of hard work were demolished by a complete and utter shit storm. And not demolition by a run-of-the-mill shit storm. A shit mudslide, followed by a category five shit hurricane. Rowan doubted anything other than the plane, the fifty-story building it toppled and the hundreds of lives that had been violently and tragically cut short could have pushed the thoughts of the lying asshole and blackballing bitch who owned his sad sack from her mind.

Rowan had to swallow back the bile that rose when what she’d just seen started to sink in. The loss of life … What the hell just happened?

The symphony of honking horns that filled the Chicago streets died abruptly, right in time with the falling plane. For a single moment, the lunchtime crowds on North Wacker Drive completely stilled.

A beat of silence.

Then chaos erupted.

“We’re under attack!” a woman screamed. She was only three feet away from Ro, and her screech nearly ruptured an eardrum. Terrorists. Okay. That makes sense. Doesn’t it?

“Run!” a large man in a suit shouted as flames burst from the collapsing building.

Traffic stood still. The familiar sound of idling engines and car radios was eerily absent. Rowan’s gaze darted around frantically. The traffic lights and DO NOT WALK signs were dark. There were no fire truck sirens screaming toward the building that was quickly becoming a fully involved inferno. No ambulances were rushing to the scene to try to save potential survivors.

A greasy feeling of panic pooled in Ro’s stomach. Loud popping noises punctured through the sounds of chaos as the glass globes of the nearby light poles shattered before bursting into flames.

Without taking her eyes from the disaster playing out before her, Ro rooted around in her bag for her cell phone. Her panic spiked when she pressed the button and swiped her finger across the darkened screen. Nothing. It had been nearly fully charged when she’d unplugged it from the charger on her desk only twenty minutes ago. Ro’s continued furious pressing of buttons did nothing to bring it to life.

Her brain snapped into focus. No way. It’s not possible.

A firefighter crashed into her bistro table as he ran toward the burning building. Her uncapped bottle of iced tea toppled, spilling onto her lap. The splash of cold liquid freed Rowan from her temporary paralysis, just as three other firefighters ran past. Thank God help is on the way. In that moment, she made her decision. She reached down to yank off her pumps, swapped them for the ballet flats in her bag, and started to run.

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Unable to Resist by Cassie Graham Blog Tour &Rafflecopter giveaway 6/30/14

Title: Unable to Resist
Author: Cassie Graham
Release Date: June 10, 2014
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Ann is haunted by a past that won’t let go. The secrets lurking in Arizona are too much to handle, making a move to Nashville her best chance of survival. Her bakery is enough to keep her mind busy during the day, but the night brings nightmares that threaten to rip her in two. Tired of just living life rather than experiencing it, she’s ready to fight her demons and emerge the victor.

Only—she doesn’t know how to do that alone.
 
Duane has a lot on his plate. A lawyer for a prestigious law firm and a ranch owner, he hardly has enough time to breathe, let alone date. But all of that changes when he meets Ann.

A chance encounter at a bar brings them together, but it’s fate that shoves them into each other’s lives for reasons they will soon unveil together.

Can Ann open her heart and let Duane in?

Unable to Resist is a story about love, loss and finding healing in unlikely places.

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He pulls my hand to his chest, just above his heart, and I feel the strong, steady beat. “My heart only knows one thing for sure.”

I look at our hands, a smile playing on my lips. “And, what’s that?”

He puts a finger under my chin and brings my face up to meet his eyes. “That I want you to be mine. I don’t want to share, Red.”

He looks intently at my face for a moment without wavering, confirming the intensity in the room. “I need to hear you say it,” he breathes out, finally.

I suddenly feel incredibly wanted and my confidence level boosts to an all-time high.

“I,” my lips kiss his chest, “am,” I lightly lick his neck, “yours.”

Duane let’s out an animalistic growl and flips me onto my back, thoroughly ending our conversation with hungry kisses.

Ann is Cassie’s middle name and Duane is Cassie’s husband’s middle name.

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Ann is originally from Arizona, as is Cassie.

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Cassie has an intense love for baking, which is why she decided to write Ann as a baker.

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For most of her life, Cassie rode and showed horses. She felt like she had to write a badass cowboy because they are seriously amazing.

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The song, Unable to Resist was written by Cassie and her best friend April.

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Liv and Mia are both based on Cassie’s best friends, April and Sandra.

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Jason was inspired by her friend, David.

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Originally, Unable to Resist was set in Seattle, and Duane wasn’t a lawyer, he was an author.

Cassie Graham is first and foremost, a wife and mother. She has one crazy daughter and a just as nutters husband that she loves dearly. She lives in sunny–all be it, scorching Arizona, where the summers are ridiculously hot and the winters are perfection. She'd pick winter any day.

Cassie went to school to be a teacher, but quit to become a proud military wife in 2010. During that time, she found her passion to write. Being a loud and proud choirgirl in school, she needed another creative outlet and writing seemed like the perfect fit.

If Cassie isn't writing, she's more than likely cooking for her family or has her nose buried deep in a book. She finds inspiration in all things. Movies, music, and life fuel her characters’ lives, and she wouldn't have it any other way.

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