Finding Leigh Excerpt

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I know this book has been a long time in the writing, but I can’t express how happy I am with the way it turned out!

~~Excerpt~~

When gunshots barked right outside the door, she dropped like a stone to the ground. She had no idea what caused the commotion, but she wanted nothing to do with it or any stray bullets. When the door opened and closed just a moment later, she held her breath. Fear sent her heart racing, fighting to get out of her chest.

Then she heard two magical words.

“Fuck. Me.”

It wasn’t the words so much as the weak, rasping voice that she recognized. Before her brain could tell her mouth to stop and be cautious, quiet, the stupid orifice opened.

“Rick?” For all she knew, she might be imagining things. She struggled to move, but in her haste, she fell.

Footsteps rushed over and then big hands were on her, turning her until she sat on her backside. Then in the murky darkness, she heard the voice that she’d worried might be gone forever. Rick’s. “Thank Christ. Are you okay?” She wanted to sob with relief, wanted desperately to wrap her arms around him and crush him to her.

Yet, she couldn’t. She was as helpless as a turtle on its back.

“I’m fine. Please tell me you have a knife?” Her head buzzed with a hundred questions, but their situation went above and beyond dire.

Low, a little bit gravely and a lot tired, he spoke into her ear. “Yeah. I do. Don’t move.” She ached to lean closer and absorb his presence, his everything. He cupped her ankles and examined the ties around her ankles.

His hands shook as he pulled out his knife.

“Rick. I—I’m so sorry. This is all my fault. Your leg? I—”

“Not now. And it’s not your fault. Never. Let’s concentrate on getting out of here alive. Okay?” He sounded so tired, utterly drained of his usual strength. He should be in a hospital bed, not running a Dark Horse rescue operation.

Speaking of which… Something didn’t add up.

“Rick. Where are the rest of the crew?” It might be Rick’s newly formed team, but considering the shape he was in, she didn’t think Trent would let him participate in a rescue mission. She might have only known him for a few months, but she knew enough about Trent Dawson to understand he would lock Rick down if he wasn’t up to a job.

His hands trembled on her legs. Alarmed, she looked at him closer. Was it the yellow tinted light casting the sickly hue to his skin? When sweat beaded on his forehead she feared it wasn’t. His breaths were short and shallow. He didn’t look up to walking out of the room on his own steam.

Not to mention her overprotective brother Joe who, at the minimum, would be right in the thick of things, if not barging in and taking over. Something stank to high heaven.

“Sweetheart, don’t move.” Despite the noticeable tremble in his hands, he positioned the blade with precision beneath the tie.

“Yeah. You already said that. What’s going on?” When he wouldn’t meet her eyes, her stomach sank.

His only response was to cut her bonds loose. A million pins and needles stabbed her legs. An excruciating rush of feeling returned to her lower limbs. It was all she could do not to cry out. The trembling in her muscles made Rick’s hands look like immovable granite. He sat the knife down and, starting at her ankles, tried to massage some feeling back into her legs.

Outside the room, one voice rose above the others. The one who’d taken charge and seemed the most capable had returned. “What the hell is going on here? Give me that fucking gun.”

All the other voices started talking at once, spilling a tangled story.

“Something’s up. The door to the utility room is locked. It was unlocked when I got here. I found the key. Don’t let anyone out, nobody fucking move until I get the lights back on. Not a fucking millimeter.”

“We gotta go, babe. We’re sitting ducks.”

“Okay.” The only thing she knew was that she had to trust Rick’s abilities.

He considered the window then he looked back to her. “It’ll be a tight fit, but I think we can make it.”

 

Finding Leigh releases March 14th and preorder links are live!

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Romance Your Autumn Nights Giveaway and a 99cent sale to celebrate my birthday!

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Welcome to the Romance Your Autumn Nights

Kindle Giveaway! 

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GRAND PRIZE – Kindle eReader + $25 Amazon gift card

1st PRIZE – $50 Amazon gift card (2 winners)

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My birthday is in early November and I’m turning a number I’d rather not mention. So rather than focusing on the number of years I’ve been on this earth, I’d rather concentrate on things worth celebrating. In addition to the giveaways, Protecting Kate, Book One in Dark Horse Inc., is on sale for 99 cents. I’m almost finished writing the third book in the series and I am beyond happy that my favorite season has finally arrived. I have many exciting things coming my way and I can’t think of a better time or reason to celebrate.

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Protecting Kate

Kate MacDonald, former Miss Kentucky, has devoted her life to being the model wife. The only problem? It’s brought her nothing but heartache and even a tough as nails, country girl has a breaking point. She heads to her hometown of Riley Creek for a divorce and fresh start. Life is golden until her ex shows, bent on making trouble.

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Enter Trent Dawson, horse trainer and ex-soldier. He has a nose for danger and when his instincts warn him that the beauty queen’s in trouble, his mouth gets the better of him. He bids a small fortune on Miss Kentucky. It’s not long before they discover they have far more in common than either one of them imagined.

And? The danger’s far worse than either of them believed.

Now available at AmazonBarnes and Noble, Ibooks, and Kobo.

 

 

The Romance Reviews

A Craving For Two cover reveal

There’s really not much to say except that it’s here and I adore this cover. And, bonus! It’s now available at Bookstrand and Amazon. I think it’s my best Siren cover yet! What do you all think?

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My fabulous cover designer, Harris Channing nailed it.

Blurb ~~

Paige Drummond has been offered the job of her dreams. Crave is set to open a boudoir photo studio and the owner wants her to do the design work. There’s only one problem. She’s given up the dream she’s worked so hard for because of a devastating blackmail attempt. Ashamed, she holds the dark secret close to her heart and refuses to tell even those closest to her.

Enter Nate Hughes and Sloan Davis, two sexy as sin contractors whose love for construction is only outweighed by the size of their hearts.

When too many convenient accidents haunt Paige, Nate and Sloan decide the safest place for her is in their arms. When the passion of ménage burns hot and sweet, can they both protect her against the unknown threat and convince her to stay forever?

Crave, equal parts naughty, class and sass.

May be read as a standalone.

Releases October 28 at Bookstrand. Available now.

It’s Everywhere Trivia Contest…

 

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IT’S EVERYWHERE because I’m still up to my eyeballs in post-conference swag disorganization and my latest release, Sunlight’s Kiss is now available just about everywhere – Bookstrand, Amazon and Barnes and Noble. So, now that it’s available for virtually everyone with an e-reader I thought it would be a good time to hold a giveaway.

Sunlight’s Kiss is the second book in my Demon Runners of Unearth series. It’s filled with mythology, smexy-times, demons, little creatures that go bump in the night and…the one thing I think all romance readers want…a happily-ever-after.

To celebrate I’m giving away one grand prize and three first prizes. For the Grand prize I’m gifting a multi-author signed canvas tote from Lori Foster’s Reader Author Get Together, swag and a 25$ gift card to the ebook retailer of the winner’s choice. For the three first prizes I’m gifting a small goody bag and flashlight pen. I’ll add a list of signatures on the canvas tote at the end of the post.

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To enter answer any of the trivia questions from Azrael’s Light (which happens to be on sale at Amazon-*hint-hint*)  and email the answer to amyjhawthorn at g mail dot com

1 correct answer gets you 1 entry, 2 answers gets you 2 entries and 3 correct answers gets you 3 entries. And if you leave an honest review for any of my books, send me the link in your email and I’ll add 2 bonus entries. I’ll close the giveaway on July 3rd, count the entries, select the winners and notify them by email.

That’s it. I’m looking forward to hearing from you!

Questions –

1 – Where does Alia go to find comfort…hint- it’s not Hellfire

2 – What “old friend” does Diane say goodbye to in the shadow garden?

3 – Who is Azrael’s apprentice?

 

Signatures on tote –

Lori Foster    Dana Marie Bell    Jules Bennett    Sarah M. Anderson

Janice Maynard    Desiree Holt    Liliana Hart   Toni Blake

Carly Philips    Erin McCarthy   Eve Langlais    Leah Braemel

Cynthia D’Alba   Amy J. Hawthorn

Sunlight’s Kiss Cover Reveal

When a man of ice meets a lady of Light…

Like a common criminal, the good girl librarian is thrust into the harsh realm of Limbo with nothing more than the clothes on her back. Alone with no knowledge of why she’s been banished, Calysta has nowhere to go and one to turn to. She wants nothing more than answers and peace until a gruff, sexy as sin, male gives her a taste of the real world.

Cyril, loner and demon hunter, is sent to track and detain an unknown misfit. Filled with suspicion, the last thing he expects to find is an amber-eyed beauty tattered and unconscious. There’s no denying when he discovers her true nature that she sparks a desire like he’s never known. And how much trouble could one sweet, sexy librarian cause?

When danger haunts Calysta, Cyril will stop at nothing to keep her safe. But what’ll happen when his only ally is a sworn enemy?

 

This is the second book in the Demon Runners series and for those of you who’ve read Azrael’s Light, you may remember Cyril. It’s a treat to see the big, hard Runner knocked on his ass by the sweet and sassy, petite Calysta. Sunlight’s Kiss releases May 14th with Siren-Bookstrand.

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Kiss Me I’m Irish Blog Hop

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Update— The randomizer chose Anne as the winner. I’ll be contacting her about her prize shortly. Thank you so much for stopping by!

Four leaf clovers, rainbows, leprechauns and Irish Cream are the first things that come to mind when I think of St. Patrick’s Day. All of the above are things that bring a smile to my face. So do prizes, friendship and new release news. For this girl, that’s like Christmas, a birthday and Halloween all in one day, lol.

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To celebrate the acceptance of Sunlight’s Kiss by Siren Publishing, I’m giving one winner a swag bag and an ebook of either Azrael’s Light or Lacey Temptations-winner’s choice. By entering to win here, you are also earning another chance to win the KISS ME – I’M IRISH POT O’BOOKS GRAND PRIZE.

To enter my contest please read this excerpt from Azrael’s Light, (book 1 in the Demon Runners of Unearth) and tell me the color of Diane’s eyes in the comments below. Be sure to leave an email address to be counted for the Grand Prize also.

He tapped his fingers on the bar, waiting while a shapely bartender filled an order at the bar opposite him. The little human filled out her brown leather pants with some seriously sexy curves. He raised an eyebrow in appreciation as her backside discreetly swayed in time to the music.

When she turned around to face him, he was smacked in the face with an odd sense of familiarity. She stopped dead in her tracks and dropped the bottle of alcohol she’d been carrying. Standing frozen in place as a barely dressed waitress tried to get her attention, she stunned him. The scent of spilt vodka filled the air, and the pounding music paused.

“Boss? Are you okay? Hey? That piece of tall, dark, and handsome over there wants to speak with you.” The waitress tapped her on the shoulder and then walked off shaking her head. The brunette blinked the most stunning green eyes he’d ever seen and seemed to gather her wits as she waved the waitress off. It wasn’t the first time he’d seen a woman struck stupid by his presence. Yet, for a split second, he could have sworn he’d seen a glimmer of recognition in her eyes. But that was impossible.

As a mere human, she wouldn’t have the faintest idea that Death even existed, let alone stood impatiently in her club. She was the most intriguing woman he’d seen in centuries, if not longer. She seemed so very familiar, yet he doubted he would have forgotten a face as striking as hers. It was almost heart shaped with a little pointed chin and a bow-shaped mouth. Chocolate hair, darker than Abaddon’s murky abyss, framed her face and swung down past her shoulders. The tails of a miniscule white blouse were tied tightly just beneath her breasts, drawing his gaze to an enticing display of cleavage. A spark of green light drew his sight lower. A small emerald dangled from her belly button, calling him to press his mouth to the skin just above her low-riding pants.

Yet one alarming detail instantly dried his salivating mouth. Her Kor, the Fates’ signature glyph that should be visible on her forehead, was missing. She looked human, and smelled deliciously human, yet the hallowed symbol he spent his entire life recognizing and adhering to was missing. It made no sense. He spent his entire existence a slave to that symbol, and to find it simply…not there…on a human baffled him beyond belief. Had her fate not yet been determined, even at this late a time in her life? The thought of one day having to steal the breath from this lovely creature’s body made his chest tighten with an oddly uncomfortable feeling. He stomped the alien feelings into submission so he could get to work. He’d never been one to let a pretty face distract him. His vacation waited.

KISS ME – I’M IRISH POT O’BOOKS GRAND PRIZE
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