The Pit and the Passion

She held her gaze steady, mainly so she could delve deep, deep into those chocolate eyes. Together with his sharp, angular nose and intense, almost predatory, expression, he reminded her of a peregrine falcon on the hunt.

The Pit & the Passion

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Time to Fill Up Your New E-Readers!


Hi everyone! I know you all are itching to download all kinds of books onto your new e-readers! Luckily, I have just the thing—one fabulous Whirlwind Romance—Caribbean adventure and love and intrigue. AND as a little lagniappe: a FREE holiday anthology—all Christmas stories, all with happy endings—perfect for when the post holiday doldrums hit. 

What do pirates, Puritans, and propaganda have in common? Find out in Whirlwind Romance, a romantic adventure set in the western Caribbean. My latest release begins during a tropical storm in Florida and ends on a lush, exotic, and remote Caribbean island. There be pirates there, and princes, and an intriguing assortment of characters in a setting that can only be described as unusual.

In the aftermath of a hurricane, Lacey Delahaye finds herself marooned on the Gulf coast of Florida with a mysterious man. They are immediately drawn to each other, but before Armand can confess his identity, they are kidnapped and taken far from civilization to a tiny, remarkable island in the western Caribbean. With the help of her son Crispin, a small, but proud young boy named Inigo, and a cadre of extraordinary characters, Lacey and Armand must confront pirates, power-mad ideologues, and palace intrigue if they are to restore the once idyllic tropical paradise to its former serenity and find lasting happiness.

A Little Background~
Paraiso, the island in Whirlwind Romance, is based on a real island in the western Caribbean that I discovered—how else?—mucking around on the internet. Called Providencia, it forms an archipelago with two other islands, San Andres and Santa Catalina, and five uninhabited atolls. Currently under the Colombian flag, it has been the ruled by an incredible variety of groups, from Henry Morgan the notorious buccaneer, to Spanish Conquistadors, Dutch traders, even English Puritans. Now part of the UN's Seaflower Biosphere, it sports the third largest coral reef in the world. To reach it isn't easy, which is why it's not well known in tourist circles.
Its rich and odd history made it an intriguing backdrop for my story, but please be aware that most of the cultural and geographic description of Paraiso in Whirlwind Romance, not to mention the characters, is purely fictional.

Links to Whirlwind Romance:
Secret Cravings Publishing (20140
Ebook (89,000 words); print
Romance Adventure, M/F, 3 flames
Buy links:
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Now for the Christmas story:

Che Gelida Manina, #8, pp. 37-41 in the Holiday Anthology, Volume II, is a sweet,  romantic story of how love can come a second time around—if you let it.
Grace is devastated by the loss of her husband—the most romantic person she has ever known—and is determined to avoid any contact with the things they had loved. She refuses to walk her beloved beach, or light candles under the stars, or listen to his favorite opera, La Bohème.
When she meets Edward, she insists that he abide by her wishes. He does without argument, but as the weeks go by, she begins to wonder if she's made a mistake. Will she let the chance of an unexpected happiness slip through her fingers? Will Edward?

"Che Gelida Manina," A Holiday Anthology, volume 2, compiled by Rose Anderson.  12/1/2014. Sweet romance, short stories. The anthology is FREE.

Download Links:

See the beautiful trailer here:
Now for the prize:
To one lucky commenter will go his or her choice of The Mason's Mark: Love and Death in the Tower (a mystery/thriller/romance) or Lapses of Memory (romance/romantic suspense). For information on these wonderful books, click at the top of the site on MY BOOKS.

Don't forget to click on this link to be entered in the Grand Prize drawing, which includes all kinds of goodies, including Whirlwind Romance!



Melissa Weeks said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway

Melissa Keir said...

What a great giveaway! Thanks for sharing your books! All the best!!

Lee Todd said...

thanks for the chance


Denise Dechene said...

Thanks for a chance to win. Hope your holidays were great

M. S. Spencer said...

Happy New Year to everyone! Don't forget to visit all the great authors on the hop--and come back here often!

Debby said...

Happy New Year to you. Great idea for a blog hop.
debby236 at gmail dot com

Diana Merritt said...

Great excerpt! Happy New Year!