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#ThriftyThursday Lucky 7 Hot Heroes and Taming the Vampire Box Sets

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For those of you have liked the NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Lucky 7 Box Sets – GOOD NEWS! We’ve assembled another collection of 7 hot heroes for you to enjoy! The set is specially priced at 99 cents and is available for pre-order. The set will release on December 13. Check out the blurb for this awesome set:

Seven New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Authors bring you seven contemporary romance novellas, starring seven hot heroes who will make you melt. Whether you love a second chance romance, an office playboy, or a former-fling staying in the cabin next door, this boxed set has a fall-in-love romance for you.

    ONE LAST NIGHT by Caridad Pineiro, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author. An act of compassion leads to unexpected pleasure . . . Thrown together, Marine Lieutenant Trevor Mason and Maggie Sullivan can’t ignore the sexual heat between them. As they satisfy one set of needs, another slowly develops as passion breathes life into other emotions. Will Trevor and Maggie’s one last night together possibly lead to many other nights in the future?

    HEART TAMER by Sophia Knightly, New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author. Kate is the last person her ex-husband Alec expects—or wants—to see again. But this time, can he resist? In this fiery battle of love, whose heart will be tamed?

    A SEAL’S PROPOSAL by Tawny Weber, New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author. Being the best means making sacrifices, but do vows made at 16 hold true at 24? As a teenager, Sam Morelli joined the elite club focused on a single goal: to become Navy SEALs. Membership required a vow that once he became a SEAL, the team would be his only commitment. Eight years later, on the cusp of achieving his goal, Sam has forgotten that vow. But his girlfriend hasn’t.

    DANGEROUS CURVES by Nina Bruhns, New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author. He’s driving…but her curves are deadlier than the two guys trying to kill them… A spec ops transporter takes on drones, bad guys and car chases—and falls for a beautiful scientist with curves more dangerous than the road!

    TRUTH OR DATE by Susan Hatler, New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author. Gina Hall is done with men who won’t commit. When her friend Kristen starts a game of Truth or Dare, she dares Gina to go on a date with Ethan, who’s total marriage material. As Gina plans the going away party for office playboy, Chris Bradley, she spontaneously initiates a game of Truth or Dare with him. He dares Gina to pose as his girlfriend to help get a flirty colleague off his back. Even though Gina and Chris are pretending, their relationship feels way too real and she’s worried about making the same dating mistakes all over again.

    BECAUSE YOU LOVE ME by Virna DePaul, New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author. Readers have fallen in love with the Irish O’Neill brothers…now it’s time for Sean O’Neill’s story, and he’s determined to convince Juliana Madison, his college English professor, that he’s not just a younger man—he’s definitely the man for her.

    THE BAD BOY MEETS HIS MATCH by Kristin Miller, New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author. When lingerie-store owner Cora Brennan plans a getaway at a quaint mountain retreat, she never expects her cabin neighbor to be the playboy she spent a memorable night with in college. Desire blazes into something deeper this time, but she’s still healing from a bad breakup and he’s already set-up a first date with someone else. Can they finally admit their true feelings for each other before love is lost to them again?

You can purchase the Lucky 7 Hot Heroes collection at these online retailers:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2emafyC
B&N: http://bit.ly/2fgY6Ku
iBooks: http://apple.co/2fgYiK6
Kobo: http://bit.ly/2fgYmJQ
Additional Stores: http://books2read.com/u/bWK50x

Taming the Vampire

TAMING THE VAMPIRE is now available for download. Thanks to all of you who have purchased it and have helped make it an Amazon Kindle bestseller!

Taming the Vampire Amazon Kindle Bestseller

The anthology is only 99 cents for a limited time and best of all, these are ALL NEW stories! Not re-releases and not available anywhere except in the anthology. You can read more about the anthology here: http://bit.ly/tamingvamp

You can purchase TAMING THE VAMPIRE at these online retailers:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/2bfy9Js
Kobo http://bit.ly/2by9MsM
iBooks: http://apple.co/2byaNAP
B&N: http://bit.ly/2byaGoW

Aztec Gold – A Paranormal Romance Novella

As I mentioned yesterday, I’ll have an e-novella paranormal romance from Carina Press – AZTEC GOLD – out in the Fall of 2010.

AZTEC GOLD is a story about two archaelogists – Cynthia Guerrero and Rafael Santiago – who are radically different people. Rafael, or Rafe as he is known to friends and Cynthia, is an adventurer in the line of Indiana Jones. Totally alpha and unafraid.

Cynthia, on the other hand, prefers to stay in the safety and quiet of her job in the museum where her expertise is used to review and document ancient discoveries. Cynthia has reason to like security — as a child her famous anthropoligist parents dragged her all around the world until their untimely deaths.

But when Rafe disappears on an expedition to find an ancient Aztec temple in the Mexican jungle, Cynthia will have to face her fears – and an Aztec vampire demi-goddess – in order to discover what happened to her lover.

The inspiration for the story came from a trip that I took to Mexico as part of my day job. I was attending a conference in Mexico City and on one of the days of the conference we were able to visit Teotihuacan, a pre-Colombian city about 40 kilometers outside of Mexico City.

During its peak, Teotihuacan was thought to have held as many as 200,000 residents, although the ethnicity of those inhabitants is up for grabs. However the name Teotihuacan was given to the city by the Nahuatl-speaking Aztec centuries after the city had fallen to attacks from an assortment of invaders.

It’s an amazing place with its two pyramids – one to the sun and the other to the moon – and its long central avenue – the Avenue of the Dead – which is lined by smaller structures which the Aztecs believed to be tombs, resulting in the name of the avenue.

This is a view of the avenue and the Pyramid of the Sun from the Pyramid of the Moon.

Mexican Pyramid of the Sun and Avenue of the Dead

This is a view of the avenue and the Pyramid of the Moon from the Pyramid of the Sun.

Mexican Pyramid of the Moon and Avenue of the Dead

Despite my fear of heights, I am happy to say that I overcame that fear – much like Cynthia will fight to overcome hers – and climbed to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun. It was quite a view from there and I’ll be scanning some photos for you so you can get some first hand views of the area and the culture.

I hope you liked that Behind the Scenes info and now . . . an excerpt from AZTEC GOLD which will be available in the Fall 2010.

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Chapter 1

The feel of old papers called to Cynthia Guerrera the way a lover’s skin might.

Even with the gloves she wore to protect the fragile documents from the oils on her fingers, she sensed the raspy texture of the heavy parchment beneath them. Smelled the mustiness that hinted at the fact that it had been some time since these papers had seen the light of day.

At first she had been skeptical of the provenance of the documents — Missouri cornfields were not the place one expected to find a trunk filled with nearly five hundred year old Spanish papers and journals. But a Missouri cornfield was just where the trunk containing the papers and maps had been discovered when a developer had begun excavations for a new strip mall.

Setting aside the missive — one from Coronado himself to one of his seconds in command — she turned her attention to the leather bound journal of one Juan Domingo Cordero. Gingerly opening the cover, she traced her fingers over the scrawling script. The first entries in the journal had provided her with the identity of the author and the date of the documents thanks to Cordero’s meticulous notations.

With that information, she had been able to check a number of other sources to confirm that Cordero had indeed been one of Coronado’s lieutenants. When Coronado had left Mexico City in 1540 in search of the fabled Cities of Gold, Cordero had been at his side. Coronado had eventually separated from Cordero and his contingent, ordering them to search in one direction while he went in another.

Cordero’s entries in the journal carefully detailed their travels throughout the south central portion of Mexico, before his band had turned northward until they crossed the Rio Grande. Eventually the group had turned eastward and reached the Mississippi, hugging the banks of the river until it landed them in what would one day become Missouri.

Tired of their journeys and with their group decimated by a number of incidents, the Spanish conquistadors had built a small settlement a short distance from the sluggish and fertile waters of the Mississippi.

The notations in Cordero’s journal gradually diminished after that, with the conquistador’s adventures giving way to the routine of farming and family life. Eventually Cordero had stopped writing and Cynthia supposed that was when he had tucked the journals into the small wood and leather trunk together with his other papers. The trunk in turn had been put in the cellar and over time, the floods that often occurred in the area had covered Cordero’s home and the surrounding settlement with mud. Further flooding and natural events had added to the layers over the former community, hiding it from sight until the developer’s bulldozers had dug up the first hints of the earlier civilization and the trunk.

Cynthia picked up the laboratory results that had arrived that morning and which just further confirmed the age of the documents.

With that endorsement came proof of one thing, while serious doubt remained about another.

She rose and walked over to the climate-controlled locker in her office, removed a handwrought leather tube from within. Returning to her work table, she untied one end of the cylinder and removed a pliant sheet of leather from inside the tube. On the soft leather was a crudely drawn map identifying the sometimes circuitous route Cordero and his men had taken from Mexico City.

In the middle of the map, more carefully detailed than anything else, were the geographical features and path to what Cordero had believed to be one of the fabled Cities of Gold. A city supposedly inhabited by a demon who had taken away and killed nearly half a dozen of his men before Cordero had decided that no amount of lucre was worth their lives.

A hard tale to believe and yet everything else about the documents was genuine.

Worse yet, something about the map had troubled her from the moment she unrolled it onto her work station. As she had compared the various features on the map to a copy of another she had seen six months earlier, she realized there was too much coincidence to ignore.

Six months ago her lover, Dr. Rafael Santiago, had detailed to her the plans for his latest archaeological expedition — a trip to a previously unknown and unexplored Aztec temple. While on that trip with his younger brother and a team of about a dozen men, Rafe and his team had disappeared into the Mexican jungle.

For months she had been hoping for word of them, keeping faith in the belief that they were still alive. But with each month that passed, that hope was fading along with the prospect of discovering anything about her lover’s disappearance . . . until now.