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Review: Hot Quit (not what you might think!)

Hot QuitHot Quit by Kathy Roberts

Some of the best parts of this novel were the details about cutting. I had no idea such an activity existed – being a city girl who loves the ‘idea’ of riding, with very little real experience. Roberts’s knowledge and understanding of the sport aspects of cutting are evident and made it all the more fascinating.

The romance between Jackson and Alexandria satisfied all the criteria for a good romance and I was happy when Alex made the right choice for her. Jackson is the perfect hero.

Since Roberts is one of my co-writers at Amazon Montlake and a personal acquaintance, my policy of not star-rating books by people/writers I know applies.

However, I recommend this book to readers who enjoy modern/contemporary cowboy romances, readers who are interested in horses and horsemanship, as well as readers who like big business/office romance truly something for everyone.

In fact, my daughter-in-law, a horsewoman and owner, may very well enjoy this book – I will tell her about it.

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My Dark Rose – Cynthia Owens | An Excerpt

My Dark RoseThe Sally Malone, Black ‘47
On the Atlantic Ocean

They slid into the water with scarcely a sound.

Dary Greely clung to his father’s hand, watching as the bodies, clad in little more than rags, were tossed over the side of the ship. The children first: his little brother and two sisters. Then Mrs. Morrissey, his new friend Declan’s ma. Shane MacDermott’s da, and the twins’ ma and their granny.

His ma’s thin fingers bit into his shoulder. She was sobbing into a threadbare handkerchief, her eyes red and swollen from crying. He looked up at her, then at Da. A shudder ran through him that had nothing to do with the cold wind blowing in from the sea.

Da’s eyes were dead. Their bright green was dimmed with sorrow. His dark-red hair blew across his face, but he made no move to shove it back with his big, callused workman’s hand. He stared out to sea, a muscle in his jaw jerking rhythmically.

Dary swallowed hard, glancing around him. He saw Shane, clutching his wee brother’s hand, one arm about his ma’s shoulders as she tried to soothe the fussy gossoon in her arms. Kieran and Cathal Donnelly stood close together, drawing silent comfort from each other as tears ran down their da’s face. Declan, self-controlled as always, stared into the water, his face full of sorrow, tears in his eyes that he refused to shed.

When the last victim of the ship’s fever sank to the bottom of the sea, the steerage passengers turned away, their muffled sobs and soft keening carried away on the rising wind. They’d left Ireland for a better life in America, but would any of them survive to see that land of promise?

As they turned to go, his father suddenly knelt before him, clutching Dary’s shoulders and staring into his eyes. “Ye are the last one, Dary.” His deep voice shook with the intensity of his grief. “The last o’ the Greelys. ’Tis ye will live on to tell the stories o’ us all. Ye’re the lucky lad, Dary, so ye are. Always remember that.”

The words rang bitter in Dary’s ears. The urge to vomit clutched at his throat with ruthless fingers. But he managed a nod. “Aye, Da. I’ll always remember, I promise. I’m the lucky one.”

Cynthia OwensAt that moment, Dary made a fierce, silent vow to himself. He would survive to see America. He would go to school in America, make something of himself, just as Da had told him he could. He’d learn to read and write and do sums. He’d make his parents proud.

He was the lucky one.

Thank you, Cynthia, for sharing your new release here.

Please feel free to comment about Cynthia’s new book.

–Lily

 

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My Dark Rose – Cynthia Owens | Preview & Blurb

My Dark Rose…Like the Wild Geese of Old Ireland, five boys grew to manhood despite hunger, war, and the mean streets of New York…

 

He was the lucky one…

Dary Greely is the only one of his brothers and sisters to survive the hunger in Ireland and the coffin ship to America. He was the one whose parents made a bit of money, the one who emerged from the war virtually unscathed. He was the lucky one…but when the war ended, his luck ran out.

She was burdened by too many responsibilities…

Róisín Donavan is an Irish girl who lives in a Five Points tenement room. She dreams of a future as a great diva and sings Irish songs at Paddy Ryan’s Pub. But her stubborn Irish pride won’t allow her to abandon her family, even if it means sacrificing everything for them.

Can Dary make Róisín see her true worth? Can Róisín heal the festering wounds that tear at Dary’s soul? And can love truly mend their grieving hearts?

More from Cynthia Owens later today.

 

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Reconciliation: From Chapter Four

LilyDewaruile_Reconciliation_200Pendyffryn: The Conquerors, Book 5, Reconciliation, Chapter Four

‘…The wound would heal well-enough, he was not crippled. He huffed with a brief self-deprecating smile. Had his brother also twisted the blade as he thrust, the damage would have been irreparable. He wiped his hand over his face and pushed to his feet. The boys also stood, their gaze fixed on him. Jedeh smiled to reassure them, though wary of the silence of the buarth, awaiting an ambush from every corner. Anger and hatred stared back at them.

‘Though no one had made them prisoners, the boys had not dared stray from their uncle’s side. Jedeh was reviled with disgust and contempt, but they were safer suffering his humiliation than facing violence on their own.

‘“What will you do, Uncle?” Vahan, the younger of the boys, who had come so far to begin his training as a warrior with the Sharkeyn mercenary, hung his head. “What happened to make him want to kill you? You said nothing to him before he struck that was not true.”

‘“Are we leaving here?” Sevnyn studied the ground but his gaze wandered to the door of the kitchen. “We have not eaten since our uncle’s wife gave us food. She invited us into the house. She told the women who cooked to welcome us, but no one has been hospitable since he struck her.”

‘“Christophe did not intend that she be hurt,” Jedeh assured them. “The physician believes she will mend. I will stay to face her husband, to make amends. Nothing will happen to either of you, either from these men or your uncle. The fault was mine. He will know that.”

‘Vahan wiped tears from his cheeks and swallowed hard. “We should go home,” he said, “my mother did not want me to come.”

‘“You are still a little boy, Vahan, sitting by your mother laying your head on her shoulder,” Sevnyn said. “You wanted as much as I wanted, to know this man so many call Demon. We have heard his name cursed in every place that has felt his wrath. He is a great warrior.”

‘“A man who strikes his brother and his wife with such hatred in his heart is not a man from whom I want to learn to be a man, or a great warrior,” the younger boy declared.

‘“Who better?” his cousin laughed….’

Reconciliation is the final book in the five-book series about the mercenary warriors, Jehan-Emíl deFreveille and Christophe Maides. During the 9thC in Europe, soldiers of fortune traveled from all corners of Europe, Scandinavia and the East in search of employers and land. Gilles de Maides finds his humanity and his future in the love of a woman from a landlocked country, on the silk trade routes from the Far East to the Mediterranean, between the Black and Caspian Seas, the battleground of the Ages. Reconciliation will be released this month, January 2014.

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