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The Weekly Recap – A Sneak Peek, A Challenge and a 99c Christmas Novella

A TINDERBOX Sneak Peek

Click HERE for a sneak peek of my exciting new book TINDERBOX, coming February 14th.  TINDERBOX is the first in my new series FLASH POINT.

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99c Sale for a Christmas Novella!

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Manda Collins Christmas novella, Once Upon a Christmas Kiss, is on sale for a limited time!

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Society often makes strange bedfellows–and even more surprising betrothals…

 IS IT A REASON FOR CHEER?

When Sir Lucien Blakemore arrives at his cousin’s estate for a week long Christmas party, he’s shocked to see Miss Winifred Nightingale among the other guests. Employed by his neighbor back in Yorkshire, the governess with the lovely eyes has always seemed off limits, but she’s visiting here as a guest—and there’s nothing like a little mistletoe to make the spirits bright…

 OR THE SEASON FOR HEARTBREAK?

Miss Winifred Nightingale never dreamed a holiday visit with her sister would lead to both ladies spending Christmas as the local lord’s guests. But the big surprise comes when she finds the handsome Sir Lucien Blakemore staying there too. The attraction between them is undeniable, but will an old nemesis and a party guest bent on mischief make their first kiss under the mistletoe their last?

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Have you read COLD EVIDENCE? In celebration of Christmas, you can download the book for FREE, plus more than ***150 fantastic romance novels*** from an amazing collection of authors – and win over $1,000 in prizes!

Enter the contest by clicking here: http://bit.ly/christmas-rom

*Contest closes Dec 26th.

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It’s not too late – Enter Lori Foster’s 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

My prizes have already been given away, but there are a few days left of wonderful prize from Lori Foster’s 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway! To enter, all you have to do is LIKE Lori’s Facebook Fan page: https://www.facebook.com/lorifoster/

For details and photos of all the great prizes, click on the link for Lori Foster’s blog!

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Of course I couldn’t forget all of you while rejoicing in the holiday, so with the help of some awesome author friends, I’ve put together a 12 Days of Christmas giveaway!

For those who are familiar with my #ThankfulThursday, I’m running this giveaway in much the same way.

No entry is required.

For 12 days, I’ll choose one reader each day at 8pm EST who has LIKED my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/lorifoster The reader will then have 24 hours to contact me with mailing information to claim the prize.

 

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The Weekly Recap – Holiday Giveaways!

Christmas Romance Extravaganza

* CONTEST & FREEBIE *

Have you read COLD EVIDENCE? In celebration of Christmas, you can download the book for FREE, plus more than ***150 fantastic romance novels*** from an amazing collection of authors – and win over $1,000 in prizes!

Enter the contest by clicking here: http://bit.ly/christmas-rom

*Contest closes Dec 26th.

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Lori Foster’s 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

I’m giving away some books and swag as part of Lori Foster’s 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway! To enter, all you have to do is LIKE Lori’s Facebook Fan page: https://www.facebook.com/lorifoster/

For details and photos of all the great prizes, click on the link for Lori Foster’s blog!

Lori Foster’s Blog

Of course I couldn’t forget all of you while rejoicing in the holiday, so with the help of some awesome author friends, I’ve put together a 12 Days of Christmas giveaway!

For those who are familiar with my #ThankfulThursday, I’m running this giveaway in much the same way.

No entry is required.

For 12 days, I’ll choose one reader each day at 8pm EST who has LIKED my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/lorifoster The reader will then have 24 hours to contact me with mailing information to claim the prize.

Heroes and Heartbreakers Review of POISON EVIDENCE

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Many thanks to the great folks at Heroes and Heartbreakers for reviewing Poison Evidence!   Read the full review here:  http://www.heroesandheartbreakers.com/blogs/2016/12/rachel-grants-poison-evidence-review

 

November’s Best Picks from

Scandalicious Book Reviews

It’s an honor to be included on this great list of favorite November reads from Scandalicious Book Reviews.  If you’re looking for some great book suggestions, check out their picks!

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GIVEAWAY – 12 Days of Christmas!

I’m giving away some books and swag as part of Lori Foster’s 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway! To enter, all you have to do is LIKE Lori’s Facebook Fan page: https://www.facebook.com/lorifoster/

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‘Tis the season!! Christmas will be here before we know it

I don’t know about you, but I LOVE the holiday spirit and do what I can to make the most of it. That requires lots of parties!

We hosted Thanksgiving for our families, and next I’ll have a brunch for my local reader and author friends, then a kids’ party for the younger family members (Santa makes an appearance!) with snacks, games and presents.
Plus this year I’ll have a baby shower for my son and daughter-in-law who’ll be home from South Korea. Fun!
Lastly, we’ll have our traditional Christmas Eve gathering with both sides of the family (usually 70 people or more).

In the middle of all that, I’m working on Amber Hudson’s story, from the Buckhorn series. Watch for her book (as yet untitled) in June 2017. http://lorifoster.com/connected-books/#buckhorn

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The Weekly Recap – A New Series is Coming!

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Flashpoint #1

In the volatile tinderbox of the Horn of Africa, Morgan Adler has made the paleoanthropological find of a lifetime. The discovery brings her to the attention of a warlord eager to claim both Morgan and the fossils, forcing her to make a desperate dash to the nearby US military base to beg for protection.

Master Sergeant Pax Blanchard has orders to intercept Dr. Adler before she reaches the base, and in so doing saves her life. After a harrowing afternoon he safely delivers her to his commanders, only to find his responsibilities toward protecting the obstinate archaeologist have only just begun.

Morgan and Pax are forced to work together in the Djiboutian desert heat, but it is the fire that ignites between them that threatens to combust them both. For the Green Beret, involvement with the woman he must protect is a threat to his career, while for the archaeologist, the soldier is everything she never wanted but somehow can’t resist. When Morgan uncovers a mystery surrounding Djibouti’s most scarce and vital resource, the danger to her reaches the flashpoint. For Pax, protecting her is no longer a matter of following orders, and he’ll risk everything to bring her back alive.

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Enter to win a copy of POISON EVIDENCE

Head on over to Goodreads.com and **Enter to Win a PRINT COPY of my newest release POISON EVIDENCE** (Book 7 in the Evidence Series)! Contest ends Nov 30th.  I’m giving away 3 copies to 3 lucky winners – easy entry!  Contest ends November 30, 2016.
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Listen to a sample here:  https://soundcloud.com/audible/covert-evidence

I’m so thrilled with the review for the audiobook of COVERT EVIDENCE at AudioGals! Nicol Zanzarella got an A for her narration and I couldn’t agree more.

 

Thanksgiving 2016

Did you have a nice holiday?  We grew these in our garden. They were baked into pies and muffins on Thursday.  Yum!

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The Weekly Recap -COLD Sale and a POISON Review!

 

COLD EVIDENCE is still $0.99!

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The rain was coming down sideways, making the porch little protection. Luke didn’t want to step inside the cabin where he’d made love to her, so he nodded to his truck. This wasn’t a conversation they could have at the restaurant across the street. “Grab your purse. We’re driving to Forks while we talk.”

“Why are we going to Forks?”

“You need a cell phone that works in Neah Bay and a better wetsuit.”

“There’s no dive shop in Forks. I looked.”

“There’s a whitewater rafting group that’s closed this time of year. The owner is about your size, and she’s got a European wetsuit like mine she’s willing to sell.”

Undine cocked her head in interest. “She has a C-Skin?”

“Yep.”

“I’ve always wanted one,” she frowned. “But my budget is shot right now. I was on paid leave including per diem until my ears healed. Once the doctor cleared me to fly, I was on my own for my hotel in Port Angeles. I’m pretty much living on credit now.”

“The suit is used, so it’ll be cheaper. And I assumed, given that you lost all your gear in a work-related accident, the Navy would pay for a replacement.”

“I’m sure they will, but it’ll take weeks to process the paperwork. You know the US government.” She crossed her arms. “I’m nearly maxed out. I can’t afford it, not right now.”

He’d always assumed her father was wealthy, given his state of the art research boat and his high-tech institute, but she mentioned that he’d done the reality show for the money, and she really did seem concerned about finances. This shouldn’t surprise him, but it did. “If the suit fits, I’ll front you the money. It’s a good deal, and I don’t want to listen to you whine when we dive.”

She shook her head. “Borrowing money from friends, enemies, and payday loan places tops my list of things to never do.”

“Seems like screwing bastards like me should rank higher than that, but to each their own.” He didn’t know why her resistance irritated him. Maybe it was because he’d looked forward to seeing her rush of excitement when he told her he’d lined up a C-Skin for her. He was so pathetic, the way he wanted to walk away from her and please her at the same time. “We’ll go to Forks, and you’ll try on the damn suit. If it fits, we’ll figure out how you can pay me back.” He crossed his arms and scanned her from head to toe. “I’m sure we can think of something.”

She stiffened. “You’re despicable.”

“No argument there.” He turned toward his SUV. “Let’s roll.”

 

New Release from Darcy Burke!

Do you like historical romance?  My friend Darcy Burke had a new release this week – check it out!

http://www.darcyburke.com/bookshelf/the-untouchables/the-duke-of-deception/

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Thank you Scandalicious Book Reviews!

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This review of POISON EVIDENCE by Scandalicious Book Reviews made my day and I wanted to share it here!

Poison Evidence makes me happy to be a romantic suspense reader.  It is just so good. It has 1. Heart-racing adventure 2. Complex intrigue that keeps you on your toes 3. Scorching hot romance 4. Completely likeable characters with interesting inner conflicts and 5. perfect balance of all those elements.  As a bonus, in this book, Rachel Grant rewards long time fans.  This book IS a standalone, but you will be even more gratified if you have been following the series.

One of the first words that came to mind after reading this book is “meticulous”.  It takes meticulous attention to detail to bring together all the parts and pieces of this story and Rachel Grant does it flawlessly.  Ivy MacLeod develops a piece of mapping technology for use in her archeological work, but it is also highly desired by governments for use in intelligence gathering and espionage.  She is in the Palau Islands testing her new equipment mapping the area around a WWII battle when a group of terrorists tries to kidnap her and steal the machine.  Conveniently, a knight in shining armor shows up and rescues her.  Of course, this captain is not what he pretends to be.  The discovery of this character’s identity and the consequent fall-out is one of the most compelling part of this book.  Not quite the good guy and not all bad, there is an internal struggle that make him heroic.  Excellent character development highlights this book.

Rachel Grant has an affinity for writing heroines that are slightly off the beaten path.  They usually stand out for their intelligence.  This time around the author gives us an actual genius.  She is a little awkward, boldly sexual, good with the one liners, and has loads of chutzpah.  She manages to get away from an attempted assault and kidnapping with a stiletto.  Yep, my kind of girl.

I’ve often criticize romance stories for insta-love, and yes, things move at the speed of light here, but admittedly this is insta-lust that leads to deeper affections amidst a high-stress, emotionally charged adventure.  After all, Ivy is dealing with an ex-husband who is being convicted for treason for selling arms to terrorist, is chased by the her ex-husband’s former customers, and being used for information and her skills by someone very close to her.  You can say it’s been a bad week, and if we include her rocky marriage, a bad year. I can give her a break for wanting a little hubba hubba in her life.

With a complex plot, flirty banter, and some of the sexiest scenes I’ve read to date, Rachel Grant gives us another winner in her Evidence series.  I’m going to go back and read this one again.

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The Weekly Recap – 99c COLD Sale!

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COLD EVIDENCE is only $0.99 for a limited time!

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The frigid waters of the Pacific Northwest
are about to get hot…

The only thing Navy underwater archaeologist Undine Gray fears more than facing former SEAL Luke Sevick is never scuba diving again. But when a dive on a Cold War-era US Navy submarine ends with an accidental explosion, she’s terrified of going into the deep, forcing her to beg the most experienced diver she knows to take her back to the bottom of the cold Salish Sea.

Luke wants nothing to do with the woman who destroyed his career 12 years ago but finds it impossible to turn his back on her plea. Caught off-guard by an attraction he doesn’t want to feel, he’s eager to be done with this mission of mercy. But when they dive on the wreck, he only gets sucked in deeper. Someone has been digging on the Navy sub…and it appears the explosion that almost killed Undine was no accident.

To find the truth, Undine must navigate murky waters and the unexpectedly hot undercurrents swirling between her and Luke. Worse, divers are searching for something lost in US waters during the Cold War, and they’ll do anything to keep Luke and Undine from finding it first.

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*** Meet Luke Sevick ***

A former Navy SEAL, Luke is a marine biologist and a lieutenant in the NOAA officer corps, one of the seven uniformed services of the United States.

He’s basically a hot, badass scientist…

And also somewhat full of himself.

Here is a snippet from an early scene. The heroine is NHHC underwater archaeologist Undine Gray. The two share an ugly past but are forced to work together in the present.

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He’d pulled his wetsuit over his legs, but the top half remained bare, folded down at the waist, leaving his torso and shoulders exposed to her eager gaze. He was cut, sleek and muscular with broad swimmer’s shoulders and massive biceps.

She coughed and tried to regain her composure. A smile played about his lips, and she gave up playing it cool. “You’ve, um, packed on a bit of muscle since I saw you last.”

Her fingers itched to touch him, as if he were a sculpture that required hands as well as eyes to take in the beauty. The craziest part was he seemed to be enjoying her frank admiration. He chuckled and crossed his arms, then turned in a slow circle, allowing her appreciate his muscular back.

His back. He wasn’t just a work of art, he was a frigging masterpiece. It was too bad the top half of his wetsuit hung over what was probably a spectacular ass.

He flexed his shoulders and his back muscles rippled—a visual symphony. She rolled her eyes at the over-the-top display. “Sheesh, Sevick, do you think you’re auditioning for a Men of NOAA calendar?”

He turned back to face her. “I should. They’d easily give me a whole season.”

She’d buy it if he were all twelve months.

“Summer, I hope,” she said, flexing her flirtation muscles for the first time since the accident. “It would be shame to cover that up with a Santa suit.”

He grinned. “I could just wear the hat.”

She shook her head. “It might be hard to find one big enough for…” She dropped her gaze to his crotch and lowered her voice. “Your ego.”

He tilted back his head and released a full laugh that rocked his impressive shoulders and stretched his abs. But even more than the perfection of his body, she enjoyed what it did to his face. His eyes lit and deep grooves in his cheeks widened his smile.

Warmth flowed through her at the knowledge she could still make him laugh. “Finish suiting up, big fella. The water is cold as hell, which should shrink up your ego just fine.”

The Weekly Recap – Many Thanks!

Thank you to my Readers!

POISON had a great Release Week!

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It was supposed to be paradise…

Ivy MacLeod has the perfect opportunity to test her
pe-new-quoteadvanced remote sensing technology: mapping a World War II battle site in the islands of Palau. The project is more than an all-expenses-paid trip to paradise. It’s also an opportunity to distance her reputation from her traitorous ex-husband.

But foreign intelligence agencies will kill to possess her invention, and paradise turns deadly when her ex-husband’s vicious allies attack. In desperation, she turns to Air Force pilot Jack Keaton. But is he the bigger threat? Jack might be protecting her as he claims…or he could be a foreign agent. Her compass is skewed by his magnetic pull and further thrown off when she learns her own government has betrayed her.

Stranded on a tropical island with a man whose motives remain a mystery, Ivy must decide who is the spy, who is the protector, and who is the ultimate villain. She longs to trust the man who rescued her, but she’s risking more than her heart. Choose right, and she saves her country’s secrets—and her life. Choose wrong—and she risks nothing short of all-out war.

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Thank You for the Wonderful Birthday Wishes

It was a most excellent day – your birthday wishes mean a lot to me!

I saved everyone a piece of cake.🙂

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