AnnMarie Oakes’ Invites You to the Valentine’s Day Gift H0p #romance

ValentinesDayGiftHopWelcome to the Valentine’s Day Gift Hop! Thank you to our hostess Skye Warren 🙂

This week, authors and bloggers are giving away books, gift cards and even a Kindle Paperwhite!

All commenters on this blog will be entered to win a $10 Amazon.com gift card. Comment button is a bit hidden at the bottom.

Yesterday, I started thinking about what to do on Valentine’s Day with my husband. It will be a night in for us, as it is unlikely we could get child care and restaurants will probably be packed.

I saw some really nifty ideas on Pinterest for making a candy gift basket. You make some little tags and you stick them on candy. Something like “We were mint to be together” on a box of Junior Mints. I’ll share a few of the other ideas below.

Please feel free to give me some additional ideas in your comments!

I soda think you are amazing. (root beer)

I’m nuts about you. (peanuts)

We were mint to be together. (Junior Mints)

You are my sweettart. (Sweettart)

It’s a joy being married to you. (Almond Joy)

You stole a piece of my heart. (Reeces Pieces)

Life would be unbearable without you. (gummy bear)

You rock my world. (Pop Rocks)

I love to kiss you. (chocolate kisses)

I like the way you roll. (Tootsie Roll)

Bring on the suggestions!

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Loving Lilah, Book 2 in the Ladies of Cascade Creek, is on the way. If you haven’t checked out Book 1, Loving Lucas, here’s a little info!

lovinglucas2Audra Canton’s suitors have an odd way of making their case: they keep shooting at her. The Colorado Territory of the 1870s is tough on women alone; the two Canton sisters have no one but each other after the death of their father. All the locals want to marry Audra for the Canton homestead, and they’re not above scaring her into it. Audra needs help learning to protect herself and her sister.

That’s when Lucas Blake drifts into Audra’s life. She takes him on as a hired hand, though he’s anything but. He’s a lawman hot on the trail of a hardened criminal, and working the Canton homestead is the perfect cover.

But just when Audra thinks she’s out of the line of fire, Lucas accidentally puts her straight into the sights of a new, more deadly gun that makes her drunken suitors look like toy soldiers. Now Lucas and Audra must fight for their lives—and each other.

Loving Lucas can be previewed or purchased at the following retailers.

Amazon | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | All Romance | Kobo | Bookstrand

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AnnMarie Oakes’ Stop on the Mistletoe H0p #MistleToeHop

Christmas Trees. Holiday Music. Sugar Cookies. Glitter and Bows. And Best Of All… the Mistletoe. Romance books enhance our holiday traditions. So hop around with us to celebrate the best romance books of the season.

Take a moment for yourself during this busy season and curl up with a good book!

All commenters on my blog will be entered to win a $5 Amazon.com gift card!

westernkisses-cover-3D-252x300I’ve been very fortunate this year to be a part of the USA Today Bestselling anthology Western Kisses – Old West Christmas Romances. Who knew so many readers wanted a Christmas-themed historical romance?

Western Kisses can be previewed or purchased on the following sites.

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | All Romance

Audra and Lucas, two character from my story Romancing Rosalie (from Western Kisses), have a book of their own!

lovinglucas600x900Loving Lucas Excerpt

Two shots exploded from the cabin, one after the other. Buckshot flew everywhere, falling far short of the targets. The chickens renewed their squawking protest.

“Hey now! Don’t be shooting at us!” The indignant screech was followed by another gunshot and the sound of shattering glass.

Lucas shook his head. That was enough. He slipped away from the chicken coop and into the trees, skirting around toward the location of the shooters. He came upon two horses tied to a tree. The mounts were prime horseflesh with quality gear. Lucas considered turning them loose, but he wanted these men to ride out and quick like.

He moved silently, tree to tree, until he knew he was close. Glowing moonlight fell on the outside of the cabin but it was completely dark inside. He discerned two hulking shadows barely visible at the edge of the trees.

One man stepped forward into the clearing, shaking his gun in the air. Lucas aimed and pulled the trigger. The man let out an outraged howl as he fell. Lucas had gone for the leg, not wanting to deal with a killing. He’d hit something, but it wasn’t clear what. He melted back into the trees.

“Damn bitch! She done shot me!” The injured man emphasized his outrage by shooting into the air.

“Well, hell, I knew this was a bad idea. How you gonna explain that to the boss?”

“I don’t give a shit. Help me on my horse. Let’s get the hell out of here.”

Lucas crawled back to the chicken coop and crouched in the darkness. The birds were quiet but still fluttering about inside. He heard the two men ride away. He’d have to check the house. At least one bullet had made it inside and someone could be injured. However, he didn’t want to get shot at himself. He considered his options.

Lucas called out, “Those men are gone now. Do you need help?” The night air was still and becoming chilled as the residual heat of the day faded from the ground.

Silence was the only answer. Damn. Maybe they couldn’t respond.

There were no windows on the chimney side of the cabin and he approached from that direction. “Hello? Can you hear me? I’m here to help.” He didn’t blame them for not answering. After all, they didn’t know him from a hole in the ground.

He moved silently down the rough, exterior wall and edged onto the slumping porch. “My name’s Lucas. Is anyone hurt?”

The front door opened a crack and a shotgun barrel appeared. “What do you want, Mister?” The woman’s voice was young but steady.

“I heard the shots from my camp. I came to see what was happening.” Lucas kept his voice low and smooth.

“Some drunken fools decided to pay us a visit is what happened,” the feminine voice answered tartly.

“Apparently so.” Lucas coughed to suppress his chuckle. He knew it was no laughing matter. The danger had been real. But something about her indignation struck him as humorous.

“That John Duncan was carrying on about being shot. I know I didn’t hit him. Was that you?” She sounded merely curious and not one bit concerned about the injury.

“I must confess, ma’am, that I did try to hasten their departure.” Maybe humor would help to defuse the tense situation.

“I suppose you better come in.” The door swung open.

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Loving Lucas can be previewed or purchased at the following retailers.

Amazon | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | All Romance | Kobo | Bookstrand

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Walnut Squares Are On the Menu at AnnMarie’s Stop on the Home for the Holidays H0p #HomeHolidayHop

Home for the holidays hop buttonWelcome to the hop!

First – a big thank you to our host – The Romance Troup!

Second – the prizes! There are two grand prizes (1) a $450 gift card and (2) a huge grab bag of eBooks.

To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog (link at bottom). All commenters on this blog will also be eligible for a $5 Amazon.com gift card. Don’t forget to leave your email.

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Grandma’s Walnut Squares

These are pretty easy to make and very yummy.

½ cup butter
¼ cup white sugar
¼ cup brown sugar
½ t vanilla
1 egg yolk
½ cup flour
½ cup rolled oats
3 small chocolate Hershey bars (other chocolate doesn’t work as well)
1 T butter
½ cup chopped walnuts

Beat butter until creamy then gradually add both kinds of sugar and beat. Add vanilla and egg yolk and beat well. Stir in flour and rolled oats. Spread mixture in a greased 8×8 pan. Bake 325 for 20 minutes or until browned.  Remove from oven and let stand 10 min. Melt chocolate and 1 T butter in a pan. When smooth spread over the cookies and sprinkle with walnuts. Cut while still warm. Recipe can be easily doubled to fill a larger pan.

Enjoy!

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My newest release is Loving Lucas. It is Book 1 in The Ladies of Cascade Creek Series.

Blurb

Audra Canton’s suitors have an odd way of making their case: they keep shooting at her. The Colorado Territory of the 1870s is tough on women alone; the two Canton sisters have no one but each other after the death of their father. All the locals want to marry Audra for the Canton homestead, and they’re not above scaring her into it. Audra needs help learning to protect herself and her sister.

lovinglucas600x900That’s when Lucas Blake drifts into Audra’s life. She takes him on as a hired hand, though he’s anything but. He’s a lawman hot on the trail of a hardened criminal, and working the Canton homestead is the perfect cover.

But just when Audra thinks she’s out of the line of fire, Lucas accidentally puts her straight into the sights of a new, more deadly gun that makes her drunken suitors look like toy soldiers. Now Lucas and Audra must fight for their lives—and each other.

Loving Lucas can be previewed or purchased at the following retailers.

Amazon | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | All Romance | Kobo | Bookstrand

Thank you for hopping!

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AnnMarie’s Stop on the Fall Into Winter Romance Give@way H0p #WesternKisses

fallintowinterhop01Welcome to the Fall Into Winter Romance Giveaway Hop! Our hop is sponsored by the Western Kisses Old West Christmas Romance Anthology.

This anthology contains five brand new stories from bestselling authors like Carre White and Kirsten Osbourne. Also included are newer authors like me!

My story, Romancing Rosalie, is a spin off of my recent release, Loving Lucas (The Ladies of Cascade Creek Book 1).

We have over 60 participating sites and a great grand prize – a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate.

To enter the Rafflecopter for the $50 Amazon Gift Certificate – Click Here!

All commenters on my blog will also be entered to win an additional $5 Amazon.com gift certificate.

To find the other sites participating in the blog hop – Click Here!

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westernkisses-cover-3D-252x300Kick off the holidays with five heartwarming romances from bestselling authors Kirsten Osbourne, Carré White and more!

The Man from Cripple Creek by Carré White

After the ravages of Smallpox left her scarred for life, Willow Brady had resigned herself to spinsterhood. A chance meeting with a rugged stranger changes everything, as she’s drawn to his sadness, which mirrors her own.

Almost Lonely by Anya Karin

Lottie Wright’s home town of Almos, Texas, was a vibrant little farming community until just about everyone left, fearing the Civil War coming their direction. Now, she must come to terms with herself and finding love in the most unexpected places when outlaw-on-the-run Colton Howe appears on her doorstep.

Mail Order Matron by Kirsten Osbourne

After a life dedicated to her mother, Julia takes a chance and becomes a mail order bride. Edward, a lonely widower, has no hope that any woman will answer his advertisement. Will this unlikely couple find love together?

Unwanted Bride by Flora Dare

When Heloise’s beau choses her sister, she decides to start a new life as a mail order bride. But the man who wrote the letters isn’t the one she’s marrying, it’s his errant nephew. Can they move beyond their past and have a loving first Christmas together?

Romancing Rosalie by AnnMarie Oakes

When Rosalie flees Boston and her cheating fiancé for the Colorado Territory, it might be the perfect refuge, if she can accept the hardships of frontier life. Trouble is, Garrett Ballinger, the local marshal, is plenty interested in the pretty Easterner. Can a Christmas miracle warm up Rosalie’s frozen heart?

Western Kisses can be previewed or purchased on the following sites.

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | All Romance

Thank you for hopping!

Lucas is a Wicked Warrior on the Halloween H0p

wicked warriorWelcome to the Wicked Warriors Halloween Hop!

Thanks to Angela Knight and BTS e-mag for hosting.

The grand prize is a Kindle Paperwhite! Five copies of Unbound are also up for grabs. See the Rafflecopter link below.

On my blog, all commenters will be entered for a $5 Amazon.com gift card. (US and INT are eligible!)

Don’t forget to leave your email in your comment (comment button at the bottom).

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The phrase “Wicked Warriors” conjures up all sorts of great images doesn’t it? My newest release, Loving Lucas, has just such a warrior! Please check out the blurb and tell me what you think in the comments.

Loving Lucas Blurb

Audra Canton’s suitors have an odd way of making their case: they keep shooting at her. The Colorado Territory of the 1870s is tough on women alone; the two Canton sisters have no one but each other after the death of their father. All the locals want to marry Audra for the Canton homestead, and they’re not above scaring her into it. Audra needs help learning to protect herself and her sister.

lovinglucas600x900That’s when Lucas Blake drifts into Audra’s life. She takes him on as a hired hand, though he’s anything but. He’s a lawman hot on the trail of a hardened criminal, and working the Canton homestead is the perfect cover.

But just when Audra thinks she’s out of the line of fire, Lucas accidentally puts her straight into the sights of a new, more deadly gun that makes her drunken suitors look like toy soldiers. Now Lucas and Audra must fight for their lives—and each other.

Loving Lucas can be previewed or purchased at the following retailers.

Amazon | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | iTunes | All Romance | Kobo | Bookstrand

Thank you for hopping!

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Enter the grand prize Rafflecopter —-> Here!

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Sign Up for the Fall Into Winter Romance Give@way H0p Nov 1 to 7

fallintowinterhop01Thanks for stopping by!

I’d like to invite everyone to sign up to participate in the Fall into Winter Romance Giveaway Hop.

It’s sponsored by the Western Kisses Old West Christmas Romance Anthology. This book is being released at the end of October and has stories written by bestselling authors like Carre White and Kirsten Osbourne.

Our grand prize will be a $50 gift card!

If you are a romance writer (sweet to sensual or more!), a blogger, reviewer etc. – please feel free to join us!

To participate, sign up via the Linky below. Please plan to host a giveaway on your blog during the hop. This can be an eBook, paperback, gift card, swag or whatever you choose! You’ll choose your own winner from your site and you are responsible for getting your prize to the winner.

Posts must be up 9 AM EST the first day of the hop (November 1).

More details and directions will be sent out via email closer to the hop. Please make sure you provide a correct email address.

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Spread the word – the more participating blogs, the more hoppers!

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