Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Get Lost in Atlanta With A Sexy Cowboy...

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An urgent need...

High-powered executive Jen Chandler can’t ignore the urgent ticking of her biological clock. The nesting instinct has kicked in big-time and she wants a baby -- without acquiring a husband in the process. Taking control of her future, she sets out in search of a donor.

An unexpected proposition...

Logan Hardt, a laid-back cowboy who shows up at her Atlanta home one day, turns out to have the right genes, as well as a pressing need for cash. But he’s seduced by more than Jen’s generous offer, and the closer the time comes to say goodbye, the less willing he is to honor an agreement that would require him to walk away and never look back.

Could a contract between them lead to more than a baby? Maybe.

Here's an excerpt:

Jen hurried into the house, changed into her workout clothes and let the dog into the back yard. Why not practice yoga on the brick patio and enjoy the pleasant fall weather? Afterwards, when she was done with her calls, she could do more research and with luck find a potential sperm donor.
With a deep breath, she lifted her arms to the sun and then bent, planting her palms on the mat and pushing her hips toward the sky, stepping back with each foot until her body formed an inverted V.
A spotted muzzle nudged aside her dangling ponytail and sniffed.
“Go on, silly, we’ll play later.”
Freckles dashed off, no doubt to chase one of the many squirrels up one of the many pine trees or into the branches of a hundred-year-old live oak. The dog couldn’t roam far. High hedges concealed a wrought iron fence, extra security for pets—and children.
Exhaling, Jen gazed upside down between her legs at the rear of the renovated Tudor, which looked like a transplant out of Stratford-Upon-Avon. The yard reminded her of a secret garden out of a book she’d escaped into when she was a child. Her dog wasn’t the only one who favored the new digs over their last home, a trendy apartment in New York City. What a relief to inhale fresh air that smelled of grass, not garbage.
She’d made the right decision in taking over the agency’s Atlanta office and moving into the historic neighborhood close to her job downtown. With a low crime rate and top-notch schools, it was the perfect place to raise a family.
The challenge now would be to find a perfect donor. She distrusted sperm banks. After all, she wouldn’t purchase a car without driving it, or a house without walking through it, or fresh produce without having a chance to touch it. No, that wasn’t a good analogy. She had a lengthy list of requirements, but touching wasn’t one of them.
Numerous business associates were bright, successful men, reasonably good-looking and seemingly healthy, one of them might donate. Except, seeing the donor on a regular basis would make business meetings awkward. Ideally, the donor would be someone she could meet, investigate thoroughly, but have no ties to him. How could she go about finding this Mr. Right? Rather, Mr. Y, who could provide the chromosome she needed, as well impressive DNA.
A throat-clearing sound came from behind.
Jen snapped her eyes open, head down and looking between her legs. She stared in confusion at scuffed cowboy boots topped by worn jeans covering manly legs that seemed to go on forever.
With a gasp, she leapt out of the pose and spun around—bad enough to be caught off guard by a total stranger, much less with her ass in the air. Instinctively, she assumed a defensive stance, and looked up…and up… At five-six, she wasn’t considered short, but the intruder had to be well over six feet. She was forced to tilt her head to look him in the eye.
Her tongue cleaved to the roof of her mouth.
The color of his eyes reminded her of endless skies stretched across wide-open spaces. Tanned, chiseled features were softened by a growth of brown stubble a few shades darker than his collar-length sandy hair.
His gaze flickered over her body—over the sports bra and skin-tight yoga pants she wore only when she was at home by herself—before returning to her face, reflecting his blatant appreciation.
“Didn’t mean to startle you, miss. Would you mind if I trimmed your bush?” His resonant Texas drawl distracted her a second before the bizarre remark registered.
“My what?”
He blinked, as if her question surprised him, a moment later a dark stain flooded his face all the way to his cheekbones. She’d never seen a man blush so deeply. “The bush next to your fence,” he quickly clarified. “I, uh, thought you might not have the right tool.”
 “The right tool?” Jen followed a line of Western snap buttons down the front of his faded chambray shirt, past a Texas-sized belt buckle—only then did she notice the gas-powered hedge trimmer clutched in his left hand. She jerked her attention to his face. He meant the shears, for God’s sake. How had she missed the fire engine red lawn tool? And he had to have noticed where she looked to start with.
Flustered, she shot back. “Do you make a habit of strolling into people’s backyards looking for work, cowboy?”
His answering smile landed like a punch to her solar plexus. God help her, a dimple, visible even through the scruff. “Only if I leave my horse at home.”


A new book launches a new series...

Maybe Baby comes out today as #16 in the Magnolias and Moonshine collection. This book will also introduce characters who'll appear in a brand new Contemporary Romance series debuting later this year.

Texas Hardts


Let me give you a little background on where the idea for the Texas Hardts series came from. When I was first asked to write a contemporary novella for Magnolias and Moonshine, I'd just finished my latest historical romance for The Bride Train series. I thought it would be fun to spin off a contemporary series based on descendants of the couple in Seducing Susannah

I went to work on a genealogy to give me a better sense of the family's connections through the years. The series is set in Texas on an ancestral cattle ranch.

What do I know about cattle ranching? Um. Not a lot. So what did I do? I went to a cattle school. Seriously. I attended the Graham Cattle School in Garnett, Kansas. Talk about an immersive learning experience! I won't go into details, but suffice to say I now know much more about cow/calf operations. 

I've still got more research to do, but that's what makes starting a new series so much fun!

In the meantime, meet Logan Hardt, the fourth of five brothers who've descended from a long line of cowboys...

“Tell me more about your family.” She left the door open, purposely. Whatever he chose to share would be revealing.
“That could take all night.” His slow smile made her lips tingle.
All night didn’t sound bad.
“I’ll give you the condensed version so you don’t get bored. I have four brothers: Ross is the oldest, he’s a sheriff’s deputy; Clay helps out with the horses in between rodeos; Huston just got discharged from the Army; then there’s me, and my younger brother, Austin…”
He hesitated a moment, and Jen filled in the blanks with a guess.
“Rides broncos?”
“No. He works at a fancy restaurant in Fort Worth.”
“As a waiter?”
“Head chef.”
“That’s impressive.”
“Glad you think so. He gets a load a crap from my brothers about wearing apron strings.”
Macho guys could be jerks. “What do you think about it?”
“I think he’s a damn good cook. Wish we could afford him on the ranch.”
Jen smiled, pleased by his response. “You love your little brother.”
“I love all my brothers.”


I hope you enjoyed these two sneak peeks. You can purchase Maybe Baby for only 99 cents.

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Today on the Magnolias and Moonshine Facebook Page I'll be sharing more about my writing, my Southern roots and my books, as well as offering an exclusive drawing for $25 Amazon gift cardClick here to join the party! 

In the meantime, do you have a favorite Southern character? Can be from a book or movie. Tell me what about this character makes him or her so appealing. 

At the end of the day, I'll pull a winner from a random drawing for a free copy of Maybe Baby.




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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Get Lost in Sweet and Spicy Romance with 20 Bestselling Authors, including E.E. Burke

Nearly a year ago, I was invited to join a "takeover." I wasn't sure what that meant, but I agreed it sounded like fun. The next thing I knew I'd signed up for a multi-author project with twenty New York Times, USA Today and Amazon bestselling authors. Talk about being in good company! 

The project became Magnolias and Moonshine, a collection of twenty Contemporary Romance novellas set in Atlanta, which has launched one each day since April 10. (We've featured two of the authors here on GLIAS -- Ciara Knight and Beth Williamson -- along with our very own Amanda McIntyre, whose book, Georgia On My Mind, debuted this past week.)



Tomorrow, I'll celebrate the release of my new--and first--Contemporary Romance, Maybe Baby, #16
in the Magnolias and Moonshine collection. 

As part of the celebration, I'll be hosting our Magnolias and Moonshine Facebook page all day to share a little about my writing, some fun facts about my Southern relatives, along with an exclusive giveaway. 

In fact, every author participating in the series is highlighted on their release day. You can get in on the #giveaways every day from now through April 30.


Magnolias and Moonshine at the RT Booklover's Convention

So back to that idea of a takeover. Our not-so-secret plan called for writing a series inspired by the location where RT would be holding it's next convention--Atlanta--and launch this series in conjunction with RT and host a big celebration. 

If you'll be at the RT Convention this year, don't miss our County Fair-themed party on Friday night! Trust me, it's going to be amazing.

The first hundred people will be greeted with a ticket for a free Magnolias and Moonshine specialty cocktail, and the first 400 guests will receive a commemorative tote bag ready to be filled with amazing swag that each author will be giving away. And everyone who attends will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win many door prizes that will be raffled off throughout the evening. While you're scooping up free giveaways, play fun games, win prizes and enjoy live music courtesy of 2014 Georgia Country Male Artist of the Year, Thomas Fountain.


Last, but not least, you can enter a special drawing for a Kindle Fire along with all 20 novellas in the series. You get extra points for tweeting and sharing. 

Enter the Drawing

Join me tomorrow for more fun facts about the series and my new book, Maybe Baby

In the meantime, share your favorite Southern phrase. It can be something your family used (I have a whole dictionary of family favorites), or something you've heard or read. 

I'll pick one commenter at random for a FREE copy of Maybe Baby. (be sure to leave your email if you want to be included in the drawing).













Sunday, April 23, 2017

Rafflecopter, Releases, and Romance, Oh My!-Amanda McIntyre celebrates GEORGIA ON MY MIND


GEORGIA ON MY MIND
April 17.2017
The reviews are in!

"Georgia On My Mind is a wonderful, feel good story that warmed my soul. This book lifted my spirits."

"...this book packs a mighty punch!"

"This is such a feel good book and I highly recommend it. Fantastic work."

"as always I look forward to the next book in the series."

#7 on a list of 20 similarly themed books called Moonlight & Magnolias, the brainchild of Ciara Knight and Hildie McQueen-both Georgia natives who gathered together some author friends to write ten sweet and ten spicier fare stories all set in the state and specifically Atlanta! I encourage you to take a look at the gifted authors in this series and find out more about how it connects to this year's RT Booklover's Convention being held May 3-7, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Atlanta!


Like an old sweet song...

The road leads back to you.

It's been years since rancher/teacher, Justin Reed, an End of the Line transplant from Atlanta, Georgia has set foot in the city he fled. But with a class reunion and the goal to ease tensions with his twin brother, he must now face the woman who once broke his heart--but has never left his thoughts!

Life had not always been kind to Georgia Langley, until she met and fell head over heels in love with quiet Justin Reed. They say you never forget your "first love" and despite the circumstances that forced her to make a tough decision, he's never really moved completely out of her heart.



AMAZON         APPLE

NOOK             KOBO




EXCERPT ~

Once on the road, he headed in the direction of the equine ranch he’d once worked at on weekends. It was not far from the spot back in the woods where high school kids used to meet for bonfires and parties. It’s where they’d first met. He hoped she’d remember the place. “Hey, do you know if the old Stoneville place is still standing?” His heart tilted at the sound of her laughter.

“I haven’t heard about that place in years. I would guess it’s been torn down to make room for all the developments going on out this way,” she said.

“What do you say we find out?” He grinned and turned down a familiar road that twisted through a forest of trees. “Didn’t this used to be an old dirt road?”

“Welcome to progress,” Georgia said, her gaze on a number of larger homes built far off the main road, purposely camouflaged, it appeared, by the trees.

They followed another curve or two where the asphalt came to an abrupt stop, turning to gravel. Deep ruts threaded the road where four-wheelers and trucks had driven through the mud and rock. A “no passing” sign hung lopsided on a post listing precariously to one side. “Does this look familiar?” he asked.

She sat forward, peering through the window. Tall Georgia pine and ancient oaks surrounded them. Pine straw blanketed most of the ground. At the edge of the road stood a dogwood tree in bloom, its fragrant flowers adding splendor to the woods. Georgia shook her head. “It doesn’t, no. But it’s beautiful, wherever we are.” She glanced at him with a smile, then quickly looked away.
“From the look of that busted chain, it appears somebody was checking out something back in those woods.” He glanced at her and grinned. “You game?”

“If you are.” She shrugged, followed by a soft laugh.

That was the Georgia he’d fallen in love with. Fearless, ready for adventure. He eased around the post and drove over the chain half-buried in the mud. The truck jostled over the ruts, and though she braced one hand above her head for balance, her laughter prompted memories of carefree days when they’d taken his old truck out mudding.

“Hey, look there.” He slowed the truck at the sight of an old picnic table, one seat missing and turned on its side. Not far off were remnants of an old weed-covered stone ring. “I think that’s our fire pit.” He stopped the truck and got out to investigate the site. He scanned the area, now thick with underbrush, and thought of wild animals--something that had never occurred to them in high school.

Georgia sat watching from the truck.

“Aren’t you curious to see what we might find out here?” he called over his shoulder.

She hopped down from the truck and walked cautiously through the weeds. “Someone’s lost virginity?” She tossed him a grin.

He nodded with a chuckle. “I think I can manage to clean this out and build us a fire.”

“You think that will stave off the axe-murderers and zombies?”

He began to pull the overgrowth from the stones. “There is a blanket and picnic basket in the truck.”

“Well, aren’t you the well-prepared boy scout?” she teased as she scanned the area.

He glanced up, her smile hitting him with a sucker punch to his gut. “Ready, maybe.” He grinned. “Not so sure about the boy scout part, though.”

She raised a brow, turned on her boot heel, and walked back to the truck. He watched the hem of her dress flip with each step. He tore his gaze from her long, bare legs, tamping down his lust. He wasn’t sure where this day was headed, but he sure as hell knew he didn’t want it to end.


In addition to the Magnolias and Moonshine County Fair that all twenty authors are hosting together on May 5 at the RT Booklover conference, we have SPECIAL GIVEAWAYS also that everyone can participate in!

FIRST IS THE KINDLE GIVEAWAY & ALL 20 books!!!
Winner will be announced on May 5 at the county fair and posted on social media. (You do not have to be present to win!)

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BUT THERE'S MORE!!!!

A SPECIAL THANKS TO READERS ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF MY FIRST PUBLISHED BOOK AND SIGNING, I AM GIVING AWAY FREE BOOKS--BOTH HERE AND AT THE CONFERENCE.

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