Brick Colton has been hired to kill Santa Claus—or at least the kindhearted accountant playing Santa for the kids in an orphanage. Brick grew up in an orphanage himself, but that isn’t the only thing bothering him about the contract on Robin Marvington’s life. The details don’t add up, and it’s looking more and more like someone has set Robin up. As Brick investigates, Robin brings some much-needed cheer into his life, the light in Robin’s soul reaching something in Brick’s dark one. But all of that will end if they can’t find the person who wants Robin dead.
BTS Tours and Freya’s Bower are proud to present the Santa’s Little Helper Scavenger Hunt. 32 blogs have linked together to allow you to hunt for 32 different words that will be hidden in each post, so at the end of the hunt you will have 32 answers to plug into the rafflecopter. Please DO NOT leave your answers in the comment section. We want this to be fun for everyone, and not take the challenge out of the game. So this is how it works.
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What happens when a Tarot reader meets a skeptical cowboy? A wild ride
Susan Pell escaped from a nasty relationship and found peace living alone (if you don’t count the two match-making ghosts who are the original owners). Just when she decides to enter the dating pool again, in walks Max Lancaster, a sexy cowboy who happens to be her neighbor. Max has been given a free reading in the hopes that Susan will be able to predict his future. The attraction between them is instant, but his obvious disgust with her profession makes Susan want to have her way with him then strangle him for being such a close-minded fool. No matter that the ghosts say he’s the one, Susan’s not buying it. Avoiding him doesn’t help, nor does dating someone else. When Susan vows to forget him, fate (with a little help from the ghosts) take matters into their own hands.
Susan loved how the orchards changed color in the fall from green to yellow to orange and red. And, in the spring, they came alive again, bursting with color: snowy white and different shades of pink. The peace and quiet gave her time to think, heal, regroup. It took time to grow accustomed to the quiet and vast open space. Her nearest neighbor was a good half-mile away. Coming from five years in Los Angeles where the biggest lot in her part of town was less than a quarter acre and the quietest time of the day could never rival this all encompassing silence, it took a lot of adjusting. But, it certainly beat Los Angeles. How she had managed to live there for five years without going crazy, she would never know. Maybe it was because of Don.
An eagle’s cry pierced the air. Susan sighed. Best not to think of Don. That part of her life was over and done with, and it wouldn’t do any good to replay it in her mind.
The stained glass, butterfly wind chimes hanging in her living room tinkled in the stillness of the room. It was the ghosts again, admonishing her to move on and forget about the past, but how could she? He’d been every thing she’d thought she’d ever wanted in life. He was handsome, smart, had a great sense of humor and was great in bed. What woman wouldn’t want that? "Yeah, but you weren’t the only one he slept with," whispered a voice in her mind.
|1.||Tempeste O Riley||12.||Literal Addiction||23.||Full Moon Bites|
|2.||House Millar||13.||Sniffer Walk||24.||Ex Libris|
|3.||Read2 Review||14.||Reading a Little Bit of Everything||25.||Close Encounters with the Night Kind|
|4.||Novelly Nice||15.||My Devontional Thoughts||26.||Love is a Many Flavored Thing|
|5.||Pippa Jay||16.||Talk Supe||27.||All I Want and More|
|6.||My Reading Obsession||17.||Salacious Reads||28.||Gayle Ramage|
|7.||Read Between the Lines||18.||Beagle Book Space||29.||I am, Indeed|
|8.||Nette’s Bookshelf||19.||Fictional Candy||30.||The Jeep Diva|
|9.||Book Devotee Reviews||20.||The Log Line Blog||31.||Dancing in the Dark Reviews|
|10.||The Love of Reading Reviews||21.||Addicted to Heriones||32.||S.J. Maylee|
|11.||The Bunny’s Review||22.||A Little Bit of Naughty|
Kit Wylde is one of Marci Baun’s pseudonyms. Marci fell in love with romance during her teenage years. She didn’t pen her first story until well into her thirties. She sold her first story and has been writing when she has the time, which isn’t often as she usually busy editing and running two publishing houses. Married with one very active child, she still enjoys reading and writing a good romance.
Her works have appeared in Wild Child Publishing, Love Notes Zine, Under A Full Moon, and Coffee Time Romance. Curre
ntly, she has one novella available through Freya’s Bower, Last Chance, a paranormal erotic romance, a short story in the charity anthology Dreams & Desires: A Collection of Romance & Erotic Tales, and a serial chapter titled The Whispering House, a paranormal erotic romance tinged with horror.
BTS Tours and Wild Child Publishing are proud to present the Wicked and Wild Halloween Scavenger Hunt. 37 blogs have linked together to allow you to hunt for 37 different words that will be hidden in each post, so at the end of the hunt you will have 37 answers to plug into the rafflecopter. Please DO NOT leave your answers in the comment section. We want this to be fun for everyone, and not take the challenge out of the game. So this is how it works.
All the blogs listed below will post their game piece on their allotted date. You are looking for one word (related to Halloween) to plug into the rafflecopter as your answer. For Example:’
If you are on Close Encounters with the Night Kind, and find your word (clues will be provided for you in the banner) you log into the rafflecopter form and place your answer in the box marked Close Encounters of the Night Kind. Follow along the entire Scavenger Hunt and collect all 37 clues. We will be drawing for 4 $25 dollar Gift Certificates to Wild Child Publishing. Happy Hunting!!!
Nick McCarty decides after ten years of black ops assassinations it’s time for a change. Against the wishes of his shadow government bosses he has inexplicably managed to become a bestselling author with a string of novels about an assassin named Diego. The novels have made him world famous and provided a cover for his overseas sanctions. He bought a beautiful place in Pacific Grove, California near the ocean where he treks down to his favorite spot at Otter’s Point every morning he’s not away on assignment. But Nick feels something’s missing.
A sometime employer Nick takes on sanctions from when they coincide with the wishes of his government sponsors orders the death of a woman in the witness protection program. Nick sees something in the woman’s picture reminding him of someone he knew long ago. After a brief journey up to the restaurant in Northern California where his potential target, Rachel Hunter, works as a waitress, Nick makes a decision to alter his lifestyle. Hayden Tanus, the CEO of Tanus Import/Export looks out the window of his plush office on the Upper East Side of Manhattan wondering briefly if Rachel Hunter was finally dead. The fifty caliber bullet made a small hole in his window and a large one as it exited his head.
In the following days, playing the role of famous author doing research for his new novel, Nick enters Rachel’s life. He inadvertently triggers an unforeseen chain of events launching him in a cross country flight with Rachel, her daughter Jean, and Deke the dog. Rachel has secrets. The people still wanting her dead are about to find out a cold blooded killer now stands in their way and body counts mean absolutely nothing to him
“Damn it, Nick! Who the hell are you?” Rachel asked again in frustration.
“I’m a cold blooded psychopath with just a tiny thread of humanity left,” Nick answered, patting her hand.
“Oh, c’mon, Nick, I’ve seen you with Jean and Deke.”
“I killed a woman once while I petted her dog. I blew Tanus’s head off with a fifty caliber sniper rifle and had brunch in Pennsylvania later in the day. Tanus hired me to kill you.”
“Oh… my God…” Rachel pulled her hand away, staring into Nick’s unblinking eyes, and knew the truth. “You’re Diego?”
“Diego’s a campfire girl compared to what I am,” Nick replied bluntly. “Now that we know a little about each other, what say we work out a way to keep you and Jean in one piece?”
“How… I mean… I don’t know any more than I already told you.”
“I figure it this way, if the leak is plugged, my boss will get the hell off my back. It will make him more amenable to my taking on a team. We’re going to visit your safety deposit box and I’ll get a name or possibly a couple names. I’m going to trade the flash drives to my boss for an okay to sanction the top of the Tanus ladder.”
* * *
“When I saw you the first time at the restaurant, were you staking me out?”
“No, I was deciding whether to take Tanus out or not. The picture I had of you reminded me of someone from long ago. You still reminded me of her when I saw you in person.”
“And if I hadn’t?”
“Then I wouldn’t have been there to pull you out of the way last night.”
“Is this what they mean by being caught between a rock and a hard place?” Rachel nodded with a smile at Nick’s admission.
“No, this is between a rock and a cold, hard place,” Nick replied, smiling back.
“Nick,” Rachel looked up, as Nick stood and gathered the glasses and wine bottle, “the woman you killed… she was bad… right?”
“She was to someone.”
About The Author
Mr. DeLeo has fixed cars and trucks for over three decades in his one man shop in Oakland, CA. He writes adventure novels and has contracted two of them out to E-book publishers. Mr. DeLeo served four years in the US Navy, three aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS Ranger. After his discharge in 1972 he graduated from Chabot College with an AA degree in Auto Technology and a BA degree in English from Cal State Hayward. Wild Child Publishing released his writer/assassin novel COLD BLOODED in November, 2011. Mr. DeLeo has also self-published ten novels which are available on Amazon, the newest being HARD CASE and THE PROTECTORS
Scavenger Hunt Schedule
October 3 – Riverina Romantics
October 4 – Book Swagger
October 6 – Book Devotee Reviews
October 7 – BookSpark
October 8 – Love is a Many Flavored Thing
October 10 – Literal Addiction
October 11 – S.J. Maylee
October 12 – Fictional Candy
October 13 – Sweet Southern Home
October 14 – Laurie’s Non-Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews
October 15 – Salacious Reads
October 17 – Pink Skulls Book Reviews
October 18 – Full Moon Bites
October 19 – The Bunny’s Review
October 20 – Romance Book Club . Com
October 21- The Jeep Diva
October 22 – Nette’s Bookshelf Reviews
October 24 – All She Wants and More
October 25 – Ex Libris
October 26 – Close Encounters with the Night Kind
October 27 – Herding Cats and Burning Soup
October 28 – Noracast
October 29 – TBR
October 31 – Speculative Friction