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An author with The Wild Rose Press, I strive to bring authors and readers together with a touch of Heart, Soul, and Happily Ever After. You can connect with me at www.facebook.com/imahayes , https://twitter.com/imahayes. We can get pin happy at www.pinterest.com/imahayes.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thankful Author - Mary Gillgannon

This Thanksgiving I’m especially thankful to be safe and for my loved ones to be safe. Safety and the opportunity to live our lives without fear is something most of us in this country take for granted, but many people in the world are surrounded by danger. Over the last year, thousands and thousands have lost their homes and their loved ones to war and conflict.

Even in our country there are many people who don’t feel safe. Their lack of security may be due to economic hardship. They may not have enough to eat, or their other basic needs may not be met. They may live in violent households or violent neighborhoods, where a stray bullet can end life in seconds.

I sit in my comfortable office knowing that there are few threats to my safety, and I feel very grateful. But even in my secure, protected world, safety is nothing to take for granted. People die in car accidents every day. I’ve lost loved ones and dear friends to cancer and other diseases. Even in the most secure, civilized existence, life is perilous and precious. A gift to be thankful for every day.

When hardened gamester Marcus Revington wins Horngate Manor in a 7card game, he is delighted to finally own property. Even discovering he must marry the heiress of the estate doesn’t deter him. The heiress, Penny Montgomery, is happy with her life raising horses at Horngate and has no desire to wed anyone. When she learns about her guardian’s Wicked Wager, she schemes to convince Marcus she’s unsuitable as a wife so he’ll forget his plan to marry her. Who will win this battle of wits and wills? Or will they both discover the name of the game is love?

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Mary Gillgannon is the author of sixteen novels, a Celtic historical fantasy and historical romances set in the dark age, medieval and English Regency time periods. She’s married and has two children. Now that they’re grown, she indulges her nurturing tendencies on four very spoiled cats and a moderately spoiled dog. When not writing or working—she’s been employed at the local public library for twenty-five years—she enjoys gardening, reading and travel..


Thankful Author - Barbara Edwards

What am I Thankful for?
Charlie, the newest member to our family was born. An adorable boy.
How can you beat that? I’m also so thankful that my family has had a good year. The kids have good grades. Everyone has a safe home, health and work. 
We are so blessed. Thank You, God for every blessing


In Ancient Awakening, Police Officer 'Mel' Petersen investigates a death only she believes is murder. By disobeying direct orders from the Rhodes End Chief, she risks her career to follow clues that twist in circles to her backyard and lead the killer to her.

Her neighbor Stephen Zoriak is a prime suspect. Steve worked for a major pharmaceutical company where he discovered a weapon so dangerous he destroys the research. He is exposed to the dangerous organism. He suspects he is the killer and agrees to help her find the truth.
In the course of their investigation Mel and Steve find the real killer and a love that defies death.

“Dont threaten me, Steve. Youre...”
He pulled her into his arms despite the alarm bells clanging in his head.
Danger! Danger! Danger!
Her widened eyes met his. Mels hands were trapped against his chest, but she didnt push him away. Instead, her fingers curled into his shirt.
Her mistake. His mistake was to crush her mouth under his.
Mels soft lips parted. Need exploded. The taste of black coffee didnt hide her sweet flavor. As her tongue tangled with his, her arms slid around his neck and her fingers burrowed through his hair.
Steve hungered to peel the starched shirt off her soft shoulders, lay her on the thick turf and ease his desire. He tasted her brows, her cheek, along her throat, seeking the source of her call. Her pulse whipped under his mouth, awakening another need.
His teeth gently closed on the vulnerable vein. He wanted, wanted, wanted...
Cold alarm chilled his pounding blood.
Steve gasped for air. Hed forgotten his own
ironclad rule. Mels eyelids flittered open to reveal the molten glow of desire, but he forced himself free.
He had no right to touch any woman. Not until he knew he hadnt become what he had set out to destroy.
“I warned you. Im not interested in doing a cop,” he growled before he stalked away.

Ancient Awakening by Barbara Edwards Rhodes End Series Book 1 Buy Link: 


Lily Alban escapes her murderous stalker after his vicious attack leaves her with the ability to see auras. She finds safety in the tiny hamlet of Rhodes End where a stranger stands out like a red light. Only he’s right behind her. Denying her growing desire, she turns to Cole Benedict for help but discovers the man she loves is not a man at all.
Werewolf Cole Benedict resists his attraction to Lily. He’s a botanist researching the healing herbs for a cure for Lycanthropy. He’s determined to protect Lily from her stalker as well as himself when in human form, but instinct takes over when he changes.
They must use their extraordinary gifts to catch Lily’s stalker before he can kill her, but revealing their secrets can destroy their growing love or save them both.


Lily sighed. “Since this happened,” she ran a finger along the scar on her nape. “I’ve seen lights, haloes, auras, whatever they’re called. They reflect whatever emotions the person is feeling. My doctors said I was crazy and I had to lie to them, convince them it had been temporary. Only the effect never faded. Since I’ve moved to Rhodes End it intensified.”
She closed her mouth tightly as his golden eyes narrowed. “And?”
Irritated by his quiet response, she pushed her hair out of her face. “I can read yours. Sometimes. Mostly when you’re a wolf.”
“What does it look like?” He looked interested as one of his dark brows quirked upward.
“A spinning kaleidoscope, so beautiful it takes my breath away,” she whispered.
He pulled to the side of the road, leaned across the seat, and cupped her chin in one hand. “You do love me.”

 Ancient Blood by Barbara Edwards, Rhodes End Series Book 2 Buy link: