NAKED HOPE releases today!

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The day after Christmas, I drove through the barren back roads of icy Iowa, making my way back home with my best friend of more than 25 years. (Actually, I was riding—my friend was driving while I pointed out various scenes of interest. More about that in a moment.)

If you’ve never been to Iowa, something you’ll want to know is that the scent of hog farms permeates the air, even on the coldest of days if you’re down wind in an unfortunate spot—which happens frequently in this state, known for its inhospitable winters and corny, down-home, Midwestern culture. The wind blows without restraint across the flatlands that roll out unbroken for 55,875 square miles, creating an icy build-up on the roads.

Iowa in winter is not for the faint of heart.

And yet, this state, which is home to my best friend’s family—a family so warm they would give you the shirt off their back if you needed it—also gifted me with one of the loveliest Christmas experiences.

This Christmas, deep in the arctic belly of Iowa, I reveled in the warmth of a pinion-scented wood fire, and people who are like family with their strong abiding faith in human kindness, fiercely protective spirit—especially toward children, and their unadulterated joy for life.

But I will add that as beautiful as Iowa is…

…with its snow-covered fields…

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…which lay sleeping; resting up for next year’s harvest…

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Most of what we saw were corn stacks…

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…and more corn stacks…

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…and still… more corn stacks

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Which leads me to simply this. If you’re planning to be a rider looking at repetitive scenery any time soon, or just want an entertaining read, may I recommend my latest release, NAKED HOPE, which releases today, exclusively through Amazon’s Kindle program. The book will be available in print through The Wild Rose Press April 16, 2014, but for now, it’s available in the Kindle e-book format. If you prefer to read books on your iPad or iPhone, just download the kindle app.

Wishing you the softest of holiday breezes (preferably not downhill from a hog farm) and the joy of unstoppable love.

Rebecca E. Grant www.RebeccaEGrant.com

Love is Unstoppable

perf5.000x8.000.inddNAKED HOPE, a contemporary romance by Rebecca E. Grant

Jill’s fingers moved decisively through the test packets and other instruments she needed, More than a little aware Gavin Fairfield watched her every move. She pulled her laptop from its docking station, and turned to retrieve her briefcase from the floor, only to find that he’d gotten there first. The casual grace of his lean body as he straightened, and the strength of his outstretched arm from years of conducting orchestras, were all-too familiar. Yet, this more charming mature version of the man she knew to be an egotistical tyrant unnerved her.

Jill’s fingers closed over his as she accepted her briefcase. “Mr. Fairfield, I always like to set an agenda so the client is informed.”

“I’m a client now?” he grinned.

Her mouth tightened. “Unless you suffer from Traumatic Brain Injury, you’ll never be the client. As the parent of a potential client who is a minor, we will be establishing three things over the next four days. The first is whether Olivia can navigate the academic rigor of the program–”

“Of course, she can,” he interrupted.

Ignoring him, she continued, “The second is to establish her emotional state. Last, we need to determine whether she has enough emotional support and guidance from her family. Specifically, this will mean looking into you, Mr. Fairfield.”

The maestro gaped.

For the first time since she crossed the threshold of Ross’ office that morning, a smile tugged at the corner of her mouth.

Read an excerpt at www.RebeccaEGrant.com

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Blogtalkradio interview tonight 10:00 PM CDT

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Hey friends. Just a reminder that I’m being interviewed by author/blogtalkradio host Kimcradleoflies.final.lacey (2) Smith tonight at 10:00 PM CDT about my latest romantic suspense, CRADLE OF LIES.

Link to the show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/writergroupie

Hope you’ll tune in. I’d love to answer any questions, and look forward to telling you more about Cord Archer and Mattie Rayne… two people whom fate brought together… and then tore apart. Because the only thing deadlier than a psychopath is the random unpredictability of a sociopath. God help the man who has to contend with both.

Rebecca E. Grant Love is Unstoppable!

www.rebeccaegrant.com

CRADLE OF LIES releases in 20 days!

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It’s a thrill to announce that CRADLE OF LIES, my contemporary cowboy romantic suspense releases April 1!

Stay tuned for information about giveaways, reviews, interviews and guest bloggers. Meanwhile, enjoy the fabulous cover.

Want a sneak preview? Here’s a link to the first chapter. Or visit my website.

Forced to spend the first sixteen years of his life witnessing some of the most epic murders ever committed, what kind of a life can Cord hope for?

cradleoflies.final.lacey (2)When Cord Archer first meets Mattie Rayne, her incandescent smile heats him like the summer sun, bleaching him clean. Nothing else matters except making her his. Before he can do that, his conscience compels him to explain why he entered an institution at age sixteen and spent five years learning to read, write and function in mainstream society.

Upon learning that Cord is the son of a notorious psychopathic serial-killer, Mattie realizes what a monumental effort it took for him to survive, much less make it all the way back from crazy. Knowing this only makes her love him more.

Just when it would seem Cord is finally about to know love, two phenomenally staggering events irrevocably change the course of his life. First, a sociopath becomes fixated on him. Next, his daddy escapes from prison with the sole intent of tracking him down.

Now, anyone in Cord’s life is at risk because the only thing deadlier than a psychopath is the random unpredictability of a sociopath. God help the man who has to contend with both.

Available April 1 through Red Sage Publications or your favorite online bookseller.

www.rebeccaegrant.com

 

NAKED HOPE cover revealed!

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Hello Everyone!

This is such a happy moment for me!

I’m so excited to reveal the cover for my latest contemporary romance, Naked Hope, releasing through The Wild Rose Press mid-summer, 2013!

I want to send a special shout out to Rae Monet, the cover artist. She’s amazing!

Naked Hope is the first romance I ever wrote… the first draft was written more than twenty years ago… and while I’m not one to be self-denigrating… let’s just say that it was perhaps one of the ugliest drafts ever produced 😉

But, at last the story is what it was meant to be and I’m so pleased to be sharing it with you.

Naked Hope makes its debut in early 2013.

Below is a brief excerpt. You can read more on my website. Stay tuned for more updates, and if you’re in the northern hemisphere, stay warm! If you’re in the southern hemisphere… we envy you your beautiful summer!

XOXO Rebecca E. Grant

Love is Unstoppable

www.rebeccaegrant.com

Naked Hope—Chapter One

The oppressive late summer heat clung to Jillian Cole like shrink wrap and followed her as she pushed through the heavy-framed door of the Wilson Institute. Air conditioning must be out again. She peeled off her light shrug and headed down the shiny tiled hallway.

Just outside Dean Chapman’s office, Nona, the dean’s administrative assistant, blocked her path holding a tall glass of ice water. “Take this in with you.”

Jill glanced at her watch. “He’s thirsty already? We haven’t even gotten started yet.”

Nona shook her head, a smirk flirting on her lips. “That’s for you.”

“For me?” Jill’s serious demeanor warmed. “Thanks, Nona. I noticed the air’s out again.” Gratefully, she lifted the glass to drink.

Nona’s grin broadened. She inclined her head toward the dean’s office. “Better save it for in there.”

Jill offered a confident snort.  “No worries. After seven years, this meeting is practically routine. I act indignant and offended, Ross acts like he’s in charge, but in the end, we always manage a reasonable compromise.”

Jill swung open Ross Chapman’s door.

Two men’s heads turned. One man stood and took several steps in her direction.

She faltered. Her ice water sloshed. Before any spilled, she steadied her glass and took a less-than-delicate swallow. Sweat broke out and beaded across the back of her neck just under her hairline. Gavin Fairfield! Here?

Fairfield’s energy saturated the room like some kind of exotic elixir. The years had been good to him despite the highly publicized tragedy. Tall and tanned with well-muscled arms, Gavin looked as rugged and as aristocratic as she remembered, with two exceptions. The hair at his temples displayed a hint of premature gray that he wore well. More noticeable, though, were his eyes, heavy-lidded and watchful, indicating a great deal of experience keeping the world at arm’s length. Tragedy certainly had a way of tearing at the spirit.

“Ah, Dr. Cole, there you are! Come in, come in.” Ross greeted, pointing to the leather sofa on which their guest sat. “Maestro, I’d like you to meet Dr. Jillian Cole. Jill is in charge of our curricula for kids with traumatic brain injury.” Ross’ smile widened. “We’re very proud of our Dr. Cole. She’s this year’s American Psychological Association’s award recipient for Traumatic Brain Injury Research in Children. Jill, meet the maestro Gavin Fairfield. He is an eminent pianist, composer and conductor here with the Minneapolis Orchestra, and a member of the faculty at the University of Minnesota.”

Would he remember her? Jill extended her hand. The sweat collecting on the back of her neck gave way and trickled down her spine. Her lips stuck as they split over her teeth in what she hoped was a gracious, professional smile.

He grasped her hand, held it a beat longer than necessary, and allowed his gaze to probe hers.

Commanding and cast against his face with the symmetry of a poem, his eyes were a fusion of blue and gray. But where was the heat—the fire she remembered so well? She revised her earlier assessment. Haunted, not distant. However he might try to hide it, Gavin Fairfield harbored a deep sadness.

Jill approached the sofa, eying the nonabsorbent leather surface. If she didn’t stop sweating, she’d leave a telltale puddle.

More at www.rebeccaegrant.com

New Releases Update

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In response to several inquiries (and thanks for asking!) here’s a brief update about my upcoming new releases:

The Wild Rose Press, the publisher publishing my contemporary romance, NAKED HOPE, has a new TV commercial. It’s a kick. View it here.

My contemporary cowboy romantic suspense, CRADLE OF LIES has been contracted by Red Sage Publishing.

Beyond Time released January 2018

Blessings to all editors!!!

So, for an author who is relatively new (me), this is out-of-this-world exciting, because it means all my books that are ready for publication have found homes.

I’d better get cracking on my two WIPs, Half A World Away and Beyond Time!

Hope your Monday is amazing!

XOXO

Rebecca E. Grant, Love is Unstoppable!

LIBERTY STARR, an award-winning contemporary cowboy romance available now at Carina Press or your favorite online bookseller.

Win a free e-book copy of LIBERTY STARR

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Hello my lovelies! If you’d like a chance to win a free copy of my award winning contemporary cowboy story, LIBERTY STARR, be the first person to ‘like’ my Facebook author page today (August 17) and you’ll receive a free copy. If you’ve already ‘liked’ my author page, be the first one to leave a comment here on my blog (any entry) on August 29, and you’ll receive a free copy.

Happy Friday!

XOXO

Rebecca E. Grant, Love is Unstoppable

www.RebeccaEGrant.com

Win a Free Copy!

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Are you as intrigued with the social media phenomenon as I am? Do you hang out in chat rooms?

If so, I’m curious to know which ones, and what you talk about.

The world has gone crazy with social media… it’s the only way our twenty-somethings know how to communicate. (Absolutely no judgment here, just want to better understand social media and how to use it effectively.)

I’ll share first. After visiting many blogs, gathering a close network of 2,762 friends on Facebook (blessings to each and every one of you!), tweeting on Twitter, and visiting Goodreads regularly, I stumbled across a social media site called The Experience Project, and read mixed reviews.

Have you been there?

What sites do you frequent, and why?

Be the first to leave a comment here on my blog (any entry) today (August 15) or  August 29, and you’ll receive a free e-book copy of my award-winning cowboy romance, LIBERTY STARR.

Be well, my friends.

XOXO

Rebecca E. Grant, Love is Unstoppable

www.rebeccaegrant.com

NAKED HOPE **coming soon** published by The Wild Rose Press