Flashback Friday

 

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I have two very different snippets to share today for Flashback Friday. Hop on over to Breaking Genre for an extract from historical romance, The Devil Take You, then click on over to the original Pick a Genre Already for an excerpt from Xmas Spouse Swap.

Release Alert: The Lustful Possession Series is getting bundled into a boxed set! Find books 1, 2 & 3 at Amazon today!

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Meet the O’Cairnnon’s — a fate most do not survive…

A seemingly harmless paranormal investigation sparks a series of haunting events that ultimately sends an international team of supernatural investigators to Ireland and to one of the most haunted destinations in all of Europe… Castle Cairnnon. A saga sweeping several generations of characters, in an unsettling and at times horrific tale with many twists and turns, and a stunning conclusion you won’t see coming.

Travel Through Time and Unravel the Mystery of Cairnnon Castle

Please note: Though this collection of short stories is predominantly dark erotic paranormal—at times verging on horror—it runs the gamut in sub-genre cross-overs and eras—from contemporary to historical time-travel, and back again. The series also incorporates both m/f and m/m couplings, plus scenes with multi-partner interaction, m/m/m and m/f/f

Bundle Contains:
Meet Me in the Dark Book 1
Dark Foursome Book 2
The Fall of Cairnnon Castle Book 3

eXtasy Books    *   Amazon

 

 

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While home bound, why not start a series New-To-You? Like the Lustful Possession Saga — the haunting serial that breaks all the romance rules! Each book in the series is only .99¢ until May 31st at eXtasy Books!

Meet the O’Cairnnon’s — a fate most do not survive…

A seemingly harmless paranormal investigation sparks a series of haunting events that ultimately sends an international team of supernatural investigators to Ireland and to one of the most haunted destinations in all of Europe… Castle Cairnnon. A saga sweeping several generations of characters, in an unsettling and at times horrific tale with many twists and turns, and a stunning conclusion you won’t see coming.

Travel Through Time and Unravel the Mystery of Cairnnon Castle

Please note: Though this collection of short stories is predominantly dark erotic paranormal—at times verging on horror—it runs the gamut in sub-genre cross-overs and eras—from contemporary to historical time-travel, and back again. The series also incorporates both m/f and m/m couplings, plus scenes with multi-partner interaction, m/m/m and m/f/f

Part 1 – Meet Me in the Dark
(m/f, paranormal, erotic, contemporary, ghosts, possession)

Crishtin Davenport thought she was attending a simple Halloween event—a good scare to get the blood pumping. Little does she know her actions that night would unleash an ancient evil.

Part 2 – Dark Foursome
(m/f, paranormal, erotic, contemporary, ghosts, possession)

A foursome takes on a whole new aspect when a fledgling couple, is hijacked by two randy spirits, who then use their corporeal bodies to recapture the sexual pleasures they enjoyed while inhabiting the physical world.

The saga takes a sudden medieval time-travel twist in Part 3 – The Fall of Cairnnon Castle (m/f, time-travel, Ireland, historical, paranormal, dark erotic, verging on horror)

Cairnnon Castle is one of the most haunted places on earth and home to one of the most evil entities ever documented. When an enthusiastic troop of paranormal investigators descends on the ancient stronghold, all hell breaks loose.

Meet the O’Cairnnon’s – a fate most do not survive…

Part 4 – Rising From the Darkness
(m/m, paranormal, erotic, contemporary)

U.S. paranormal investigators return to Ireland to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Fall of Castle Cairnnon. But what they find instead might set the paranormal community on it’s collective ear.

Part 5 – Dark Seed
(paranormal, erotic, contemporary, m/f story with m/m interaction)

The supernatural investigators’ astounding discovery at Cairnnon Castle, can only be described as a miracle.

Or perhaps one blessing, is just another curse.

Part 6 – Bending Darkness
(m/f, paranormal, erotic, time-travel, historical)

The Cairnnon curse threatens to turn one woman’s dreams of happily-ever-after into a hellish nightmare.

And Part 7 – Dark Defeat – The stunning conclusion to the Lustful Possession saga (paranormal, dark erotic, time-travel, historical, an m/f story with f/f and m/f/f interaction)

Hell-bent on saving her children, a mother will stop at nothing to defeat the evil that stalks her family, or at the very least, she’ll die trying.

Evil never gambled on battling one pissed off mother!

Each book is only .99¢ until May 31st at eXtasy Books

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HKCarlton-SinBin Sin Bin

[priest, erotic romance, taboo, sacred & profane]

Father Daunté Bennifetto suddenly finds himself in charge of his childhood parish and all of its parishioners, including Camillah Lima, the woman he can’t seem to forget. True to form, the wild girl he remembers hasn’t changed a bit, headlining at a strip club. Night after night, Father Bennifetto finds himself worshiping at Camillah’s feet, in a club appropriately named, The Sin Bin.

~ Sin Bin is FREE at Smashwords until May 31st

889c7-ifyoucanthandletheheat-final If You Can’t Handle the Heat

[erotic, romance, dubious consent, light bdsm]

An unlikely couple is brought together as celebrity judges on a reality-based cooking show. When Chef Sesto Théodore meets erotic author Syn Fully—personalities clash, sparks fly, and morals go up in smoke. Getting together would be a recipe for disaster, but hot sex with no-strings couldn’t hurt. At least not until real feelings get involved. Somebody’s about to get burned!

~ If You Can’t Handle the Heat is also FREE at Smashwords until May 31st

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ea121-swap-final SWAP

[forbidden love, erotic romance, be forewarned this story contains infidelity]

Hailey Hollinger has it all—a great husband, a fantastic career, good friends… and one hot brother-in-law who won’t stay out of her fantasies

~ Fan fave SWAP is 60% off over at Smashwords

In-the-Flesh In the Flesh

[ff, lesbian, les fic, erotic romance, organized crime]

Assigned the unenviable task of taking down the untouchable Travino crime family, undercover ATF Agent Kate Benson is thrown into the seedy underworld of organized crime. Posing as Vivienne, Kate meets exotic dancer Carly… In The Flesh

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I believe your stay in purgatory has only just begun…

Braelynn Galbraith wants peace for her beloved Scotland, marriage to her childhood sweetheart, and a house full of children. In that order. But evil incarnate in the form of Gard Marschand, turns her life inside out and destroys all hope of a decent marriage.

Known in the Highlands as the legendary devil, Gard Marschand, raids his way across Scotland and England amassing power and property in his malevolent wake. He will stop at nothing in his pursuit to regain what is lost—even conceal his true identity and associate with his enemies. His determination is all-consuming until he and his men, lay siege to Ross-shire and one feisty Scottish lass obliterates his single-minded purpose.

Can Gard abandon his deep-seated need for revenge for a love that just might save his rotten soul? Or will he succumb to the demons that hound him and surrender to the devil within?

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AlwaysCambridgeC1510w-300x450 Always Cambridge

[Saga, Romantic Suspense, Love Triangle, Mafia Romance, Sex & Violence]

Caught up in a bitter blood feud with a rival crime family and unable to bear the violence that claimed her mother, Holly embarks on an epic journey of love, loss and life-altering choices, only to discover a truth she’s feared all along… Mob life is forever

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Take Care. Stay safe and well, my friends.
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#FreeReads for a little Distraction!

Me again, my friends, just checking in. I hope this post finds you safe and well. What a week it’s been. What a few weeks it’s been, and for some of you, even longer. I’m glued to the news channel for hours on end, as I’m certain most of you are. It’s a scary and uncertain time. It’s like a whole different world. I’m afraid it’s forever changed. I’m not going to get into numbers, or misinformation, or add to the fear. We’re in this. Together. #StrongerTogether

Instead, like last week, I’d like to offer up, some more much needed distraction in the form of reading. I’ve got some free reads on Smashwords, First for Romance, Totally Bound, and Pride Publishing, all erotic romance, if that’s your jam. Or if you’re curious and just need something different to occupy your mind for a while, they’re free! Nothing to lose. 😉  I’ve also posted a couple that are on sale. I hope you’ll be entertained for just a little bit to take your mind off our new reality.  If you follow me, you already know, I write many different genres and sub-genres, so you’ll find a real variety to choose from.

Please, take extra care. Stay safe and well,
Kymmie

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Father Bennifetto suddenly finds himself in charge of his childhood parish and all of its parishioners, including Camillah, the woman he can’t seem to forget. True to form, the wild girl he remembers hasn’t changed a bit, headlining at a strip club. Night after night, Father Bennifetto finds himself worshiping at Camillah’s feet, in a club appropriately named, The Sin Bin.

Sin Bin is now FREE at Smashwords

889c7-ifyoucanthandletheheat-final If You Can’t Handle the Heat – erotic, romance, dubious consent, light bdsm
An unlikely couple is brought together as celebrity judges on a reality-based cooking show. When Chef Sesto Théodore meets erotic author Syn Fully—personalities clash, sparks fly, and morals go up in smoke. Getting together would be a recipe for disaster, but hot sex with no-strings couldn’t hurt. At least not until real feelings get involved. Somebody’s about to get burned!

If You Can’t Handle the Heat is also FREE at Smashwords

Hard and Fast – Younger Man, Older Woman, erotic rom  hardandfast_800
An overly hot and humid summer season has kept repairman Billy Maas more than busy. But when he attends a routine service call, he doesn’t expect the most beautiful woman in the universe to answer the door. Billy soon learns, this will be no routine service!

HARD and FAST   is FREE at   First for Romance   and   Totally Bound

(and coming free to Amazon soon. I’ll post links when they become available)

Streetlight People – mff, menage, new adult, erotic, romance  SSstreetlightpeople_800
Andrea is about to get a crash course in down-and-dirty street smarts that she won’t soon forget, under the smouldering tutelage of Street and his exotic-looking girlfriend, Toni.

We all have hidden desires. Sometimes we conceal them, even from ourselves.

Streetlight People    is FREE at    First for Romance   and   Pride Publishing

Now We’re Even – new adult, erotic, romance, dubious consent, light bdsm

Callie takes Don’t Get Mad, Get Even to a whole new level…

Two college students take one-upmanship to the nth degree when retaliation takes a raunchy turn

FREE for a limited time at eXtasy Books

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The book that started it all, bk 1 in the Always Cambridge Series is only .99 cents for the first time ever, at eXtasy Books

Always Cambridge – Saga, Romantic Suspense, Love Triangle, Mafia Romance, Violence

Caught up in a bitter blood feud with a rival crime family and unable to bear the violence that claimed her mother, Holly embarks on an epic journey of love, loss and life-altering choices, only to discover a truth she’s feared all along… Mob life is forever

#99cents @ eXtasy Books
The rest of the books in the series are 30% off @ eXtasy Books

cd6b5-swap-final Swap – forbidden love, erotic romance, be forewared this story contains infidelity
Hailey Hollinger has it all—a great husband, a fantastic career, good friends… and one hot brother-in-law who won’t stay out of her fantasies

Fan fave SWAP is 60% off over at Smashwords

In-the-Flesh  In the Flesh – ff, lesbian, les fic, erotic romance
Assigned the unenviable task of taking down the untouchable Travino crime family, undercover ATF Agent Kate Benson is thrown into the seedy underworld of organized crime. Posing as Vivienne, Kate meets exotic dancer Carly… In The Flesh

In the Flesh is  .99¢  @  Pride Publishing  *  Amazon   *  First for Romance

 

#FlashbackFriday and #SatSpanks Welcome Distraction

Hi Everyone:

I hope this post finds you all safe and healthy. What a crazy, uncertain time we find ourselves in.

Just wanted to let you know I’ve got teasers and excerpts up over on the other blogs. For Flashback Friday, over on Breaking Genre, I’ve posted the entire First Chapter from Running, the second book in the Always Cambridge Series. And over on the original Pick a Genre Already, I’ve taken part in Saturday Spanks with a teaser from Sin Bin. Two very different books and genres, but I hope they are both welcome distractions.

Sin Bin is now FREE at Smashwords through April 20th!

Stay safe and well, folks
Blessings,
H K

Books & Bargains! Smashwords Read an E-book Week is back! #Sale runs March 1st thru 7th #ReadanEbookWeek

Can you believe it’s March already? 2020 is flying by. This first week of March marks the 11th annual Read an e-book week at Smashwords. I’ve entered a couple of my books into the mega sale!

Fan fave Swap is half price until March 7th! Grab a copy now while it’s on sale. Use code SB22H at checkout off or simply apply the Smashwords sale code. Deets on the site. 

Hailey Hollinger has it all—a great husband, a fantastic career in journalism, good friends…and one hot brother-in-law who won’t stay out of her fantasies.

ea121-swap-final When Hailey was sixteen she thought her boyfriend, Brent, was the best-looking guy around. That was until he introduced her to his older brother, Mike. From that moment on she had the biggest crush on him and he became the star of all her teenage fantasies.

Hailey’s all grown up now and has been married to Brent for three years. They have great careers, a nice house—they enjoy life and each other. Everything is supposed to be perfect. Except that pesky little infatuation with her husband’s brother has never completely gone away. A crush, by nature and definition, is supposed to be short-lived and should diminish over time. But, unfortunately for Hailey, it hasn’t, and it’s beginning to mess with what she thinks should be perfection. And, if her life is so great, why does she then find herself groping her brother-in-law in the cab of his truck like some sex-starved teenager? Or the more pressing question yet—why is he groping her right back?

Author Note: This forbidden love, erotic romance story, is written in first person, and contains cheating/adulterous themes.

*** Click HERE for an Adult teaser from Swap! ***

SWAP at SMASHWORDS 1/2 price

If You Can’t Handle the Heat is only .99¢ 

Use code TL87Q at checkout or use the Smashwords EBW50 at checkout

An unlikely couple is brought together as celebrity judges on a new reality-based cooking show.

889c7-ifyoucanthandletheheat-final Sesto Théodore, is an arrogant yet well respected American-Italian chef, with several five-star restaurants.

Once bitten, twice shy, Syn Fully, is a jaded author of erotica, rocketing her way up all the best sellers lists.

From the moment Syn and Sesto meet, their personalities clash, yet behind the scenes sparks fly. Getting together would be a recipe for disaster, but hot sex with no-strings couldn’t hurt. At least not until real feelings get involved.

But just when Syn considers opening her damaged heart to the cocky chef, video of rather personal content is leaked online. Sesto immediately jumps to conclusions and accuses Syn of the privacy breach.

Can the arrogant chef forgive and forget, or will his pride leave him out in the cold?

Somebody’s about to get burned…

Possible Triggers: Please note one scene contains borderline bdsm and dubious consent/forcible confinement. Also in this story intimate video is obtained without the knowledge or consent of the participants involved, and later distributed online

If You Can’t Handle the Heat .99¢ at SMASHWORDS

*** Bonus excerpt: click HERE to enjoy the entire first chapter of If You Can’t Handle the Heat

Sin Bin is always .99¢ at Smashwords and all other vendors

HKCarlton-SinBin When Daunté Bennifetto left home to attend seminary school, he never intended to return to the small town he’d grown up in. But it would seem God had other plans.

After Father Eton’s sudden death, Daunté finds himself in charge of his childhood parish and all of its parishioners, including Camillah Lima, the woman he can’t seem to forget. And true to form, the wild and spirited girl he remembers hasn’t changed a bit, headlining at a club as an exotic dancer.

When Daunté runs into Mrs. Lima—Camillah’s disapproving mother—she begs him to intervene in her daughter’s life, perhaps setting her back on the path to righteousness. Because of their sordid past, he knows he should stringently refuse, yet he can’t seem to stay away. Night after night, Father Bennifetto finds himself worshiping at Cam’s feet, in a club appropriately named, The Sin Bin.

Read a sample of Sin Bin at Smashwords. Sign in and click on the read a sample button.

Link to Sin Bin Teaser @Smashwords

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#FlashbackFriday – Memories of Us #NewAdult #SecondChanceRomance

At least once in a lifetime, don’t we all deserve a second chance?


Good morning, my ravishing readers. Happy Friday!
Today I’m sharing a snippet from Memories of Us. It’s actually the perfect book to share for Flashback Friday. The scenes in this story flip back and forth, from the present to the past. I hope you enjoy the excerpt. It’s a memory from Call’s teenage years—Karis really puts him in his place! You go, girl! 

In the past she was wild and promiscuous — In the present, she could steal his heart…

The Blurb: 

Call Barstow spent the better part of his teenage years fighting off the sexual advances of Karis Hirt. Gorgeous, wild, promiscuous, and his best friend, Trey’s little sister, to boot. This in the teenage boy vernacular is referred to as pure unadulterated hell! 

Determined to keep his friends from his sister, Trey swears all his buddies to a hands-off-the-sister pact, which Call takes very seriously. Call’s pledge is only made more torturous when the sensual little vixen, Karis, is determined to make him break his vow. But his constant rejection only drives her to rebel, leaving her reputation in tatters.

Years later, Karis resurfaces in Call’s life—a subdued version of the wild child he remembers. Suddenly the pact doesn’t seem important anymore, nor does her spotty reputation. As Call begins to reconcile the past-and-present Karis, he is inundated with memories of her and soon finds himself head over heels with the girl who consumed his youth. 

Can Call not only forget but overlook her shadowed sexual history for a bright new future? Or will Karis’ wild past only lead to their eventual ruin?

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I couldn’t wait to fill a lifetime with more memories of us.

Flashback Friday Teaser :   * * * Warning for language * * *

“You’re like an arsehole magnet, Karis,” I snapped. “You know that? You attract the worst guys.”

“Well, maybe I wouldn’t go out with guys like him if the one I was really interested in would give me the time of day,” Karis retorted.

I looked away, unable to hold her stare. Everyone knew she had a crush on me. “Well, just because no one else in this group has any morals doesn’t mean I don’t. It’s too bad you don’t respect yourself as much as I do.”

She spun around in a cascade of long blonde hair. “Don’t believe all the hype, pretty boy.” She walked back to within inches of me, brazen little bitch that she was. But I stood my ground and stared back at her, with what I hoped was a cold, disinterested expression.

“Besides, you’re not so different,” she said. “You might not touch, but you look at me just the way the rest of them do. I’m gonna walk outta here and your baby blues are going to go straight to my ass and you’ll admire the cut of my bikini bottoms.” She wiggled her hips and I fought the overwhelming urge to look at the colorful triangle between her legs. “I’ll even put a little extra wiggle on, just for you, Call. And by the time I reach the diving board, you’ll be sporting a full-fledged hard-on, baby, compliments of yours truly, the asshole magnet. And as you stand here fuming and berating yourself that I can make your little Johnson tug like that in the first place, you ponder, what that makes you.”

She puckered up and blew me a kiss, then flounced outside. As promised, she worked that sweet, toned little backside all the way to the diving-board. She strode to the end of it and pointed right at me, where I stood at the door watching, like an idiot. Like a fuckin’ train wreck, I couldn’t tear my attention away. Then she dove into the pool with a dive that was Olympic swimmer worthy. As I turned away, I shoved my hand into my loose-fitting shorts and fisted the traitorous aforementioned hard-on.

I hope you enjoyed the extract. Karis is feisty, don’t ya think? Now, I have to share one of my all-time favorite reviews for this book with you. It’s one of those author beware moments. When a reviewer starts off with “I read reviews about it and they weren’t raving to say the least. But I thought, it’s about 100 pages surely I can make it with some brain cells still in good condition.” OUCH! As a writer, you tend to read write-ups like this, with only one eye open. LOL Needless to say, I couldn’t get a real read on whether the reviewer liked the book or not. It’s one of those really up and down critiques, they give some praise, then in the next sentence take it away. LOL. But I truly appreciated the honest feedback. And in the end, I think it’s actually a good review. Here it is in it’s entirety: 

This little book fell into my hands more or less by accident. I read reviews about it and they weren’t raving to say the least. But I thought, it’s about 100 pages surely I can make it with some brain cells still in good condition. So, my expectations were low. However, this book surprised me big time. I related to Kare. The story overall is mushy but it touched me on a personal level hence the ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Truth be told, it was a relief to read that story but at the same time I wasn’t very comfortable with my own personal trip down memory lane. If a book can evoke such strong emotions, even unwanted, then it deserves a good rating. I’ll stick to Paranormal. Safer.

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Thanks for stopping by, folks, and thanks for taking the time to read my ramblings. Have an awesome weekend. And Happy Reading. ~ H K

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#FlashbackFriday – Have Teasers — Will travel ;)

How goes the New Year, folks? 

Pretty quiet around my homestead, so far. So, to liven things up, I’ve posted two very different excerpts over on the other blogs for Flashback Friday.  On Breaking Genre, find the first chapter from epic historical romance, The Devil Take You. And over on the original Pick a Genre Already, I’m sharing an adult excerpt from, erotic, Romance on the Go®, Next Weekend.

Be forewarned, The Devil Take You, teaser is PG, but the Next Weekend extract is +18, for content and language.

Have a great weekend!  Happy New Year!

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SIN BIN is #FREE @ #Smashwords

Happy Holidays, folks

I hope you are enjoying all the festivities of the season with family and friends. 

Just wanted to let you know Smashwords is having a huge year end sale again this year and all of my self-published books are on sale until the end of the day on January 1st.

Find SIN BIN free, fan-fave SWAP at half-price, and If You Can’t Handle the Heat is only .99¢. Also find my Evernight stories there, too, at 25% savings.

I also wanted to take a moment to thank you for stopping by the blog this year. I hope you found a diverse variety of genres, authors, and books to keep you entertained. 

Happy 2020

Smashwords End of Year Sale

Show it off Saturday @CoffeeTimeRoman + #Giveaway

A Huge Thank You to the folks over at Coffee Time Romance! 
 
Stop by Coffee Thoughts, The Book Blog and join us over on Facebook, too. Get to know me—H K Carlton—a bit better and enter for a chance to win an e-copy of epic historical romance, The Devil Take You

I believe you stay in purgatory has only just begun…

Braelynn Galbraith wants peace for her beloved Scotland, marriage to her childhood sweetheart, and a house full of children. In that order. But evil incarnate, in the form of Gard Marschand, turns her life inside out and destroys all hope of a decent marriage.

Known in the Highlands as the legendary devil, Gard Marschand raids his way across Scotland and England amassing power and property in his malevolent wake. He will stop at nothing in his pursuit to regain what is lost—even conceal his true identity and associate with his enemies. His determination is all-consuming until he and his men lay siege to Ross-shire and one feisty Scottish lass obliterates his single-minded purpose.

Can Gard abandon his deep-seated need for revenge for a love that just might save his rotten soul? Or will he succumb to the demons that hound him and surrender to the devil within?

 

What a fabulous, well crafted story! I could hardly put it down. I love Brae as much as I loved Holly in the Always Cambridge series. They’re not the same character at all, but Brae is just as spunky, brave, creative, smart and grounded.

Fresh Witty Charming – A fab 5 Stars

“I’ll start by saying this was an AWESOME read. I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me of the old-skool romances I grew up reading, but with a 21st century flair…
The plot is bang on. Besides the romance between Brae & Gard, there is mystery, there are quests…
…Setting is rich and detailed. I felt as if I was in Scotland!
Read the entire review on BookBub

I absolutely loved this Scottish tale, an action packed story I just couldn’t put it down. Brilliantly written! One of the best I’ve read this year. ~ Goodreads

I love a good historical romance, especially those set in Scotland. With a spirited young miss in Brae and a rogue in Gard, HK Carlton has created two of my favorite characters in The Devil Take You. With a story that ranks with those of Jude Deveraux and Nora Roberts, HK’s tale will sweep you up in a tide of passion and intrigue that will keep you turning pages. ~ Goodreads

This book was wonderful in so many ways. Feisty heroine, brooding hero, historical facts woven into the plot, descriptions of sweeping landscapes, drama and intrigue. ~ Goodreads Reader

The book starts off with a bang, Braelynn sending messages for the rebels. From here it’s a wild ride of fantastic Scottish accents, action & romance! ~ Find the complete review on the The TBR Pile

 
Hope to see you over on Coffee Time and Facebook #Giveaway!
Have a lovely weekend, folks.
Cheers,

~H K

 

 

 

Throwback Thursday – The Halloween Edition

🎃 Happy Halloween! 🎃

Enjoy an excerpt from Lost Time, still one of my all time faves, even after all these years. This story was inspired by a friend of mine who went on a UK vacation and got lost in Wales. Two very sweet people came to her rescue. But that’s about where the similarities end, from there on, my filthy imagination took over and the delicious Lockhart Munro took shape. And Oh, what a shape he has… 

supernatural, paranormal, time-travel, erotic, romance

(I’ve left another extract over on the original * Pick a Genre Already * if you’d like to read some more)

But first, here’s the blurb:

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EXCERPT:

“How’s the headache?” Jake asked.

“Mmm, better, thanks. Just have a bit of a sore throat today.”

“Gran says you look a little flushed.”

Hannah chuckled nervously.

Jake’s gran set a bowl of porridge in front of her and sat down to join them.

Hannah took a spoonful of treacle from the fancy little pot and swirled it over the porridge, wondering how to bring up the subject of her missing man. She really should have got his name before she fell asleep. It would make this inquiry a lot easier.

“Um…” She tried the oatmeal. “Do you have…workers—you know, employees that work here—besides you?”

“Nope, there’s just me and Gran. When we need outside help, the neighbors usually pitch in.”

“Huh. Do you rent out rooms?” she fished.

“Nope, only to you.” He chuckled, scraping the last of his breakfast from the bottom of the bowl.

Hannah pinched her lip. “Um, okay, look… Last night, I, uh… My throat was sore, as I said, so I came down here to see if maybe you had some orange juice. I hope you don’t mind,” Hannah rushed. “Um, and I, uh, ran into a man…”

Jake’s Gran shot to her feet and she crossed herself just like she’d done last evening before she’d left Hannah’s room.

“You met a man…down here?” Jake said slowly.

Hannah swallowed and laughed again uneasily. “Yeah, he…um…he was here in the kitchen. He looks just like the guy in the painting in my room.”

Jake’s eyes rounded and his spoon fell noisily to the table as his gran spoke rapidly in Welsh and an overly excited voice. Uneasiness skittered across the back of Hannah’s neck.

“Did he give you a name?” Jake asked. “Gran wants to know.”

“No, I didn’t catch his name. I was hoping you could tell me.”

Jake shook his head. “Nope, I can’t help you.” He stood up from the table and took his bowl to the sink.“You let me know when you’re ready to go to the bus station, Hannah. I’ll gladly take you.”

“But…I was hoping…to stay and…”

Jake shook his head slowly with a skeptical look on his young face. “And hang out with a ghost some more? I doubt that’s what you had in mind for your holiday.”

“A ghost?” She gave a half-assed chuckle, watching Jake intently. “Right, a ghost. Funny. Canadian tourist, right here”—she pointed at her own face—“in haunted old Wales,” she tried to joke, but by the look on his face he didn’t find it funny.

“Look, Hannah, I don’t know what to say. Gran swears he’s here. I’ve never actually seen him, so I don’t really believe it, but I will admit some strange stuff goes on here that defies explanation. If you ran into him last night, I’m sorry that he scared you.”

“He didn’t…scare me… You’re scaring me, to tell the truth. You’re trying to make me believe that…that the guy I”—she almost said ‘fucked’ before she caught herself—“met was a ghost?”

“Well, I guess you should consider yourself lucky that he didn’t frighten you. I’ve gotta go get some work done before you need to leave.” He began to walk out of the room.

Hannah jumped up and gripped his arm, as near hysteria climbed up her sore throat. “The guy, in the portrait. He’s dead?”

“Well, I don’t know. I assume he is. That painting has been here as long as I can remember. It was here when Gran was a child, she told me before. Her family has lived here for generations.”

Hannah began to tremble uncontrollably.

Jake lowered her into a chair. “It’s okay, Hannah. You’ll be all right. I’ll get you out of here. I’ll take you to Swansea and you can just carry on with your trip. Just think of the story you’ll get to tell when you get back to Canada.”

The story she’d get to tell? Who the hell would believe her? Oh, by the way, Cassie, I shagged a ghost while I was in the UK. They’d lock her up and throw away the key for sure. “But…but who is the man in the painting?” She looked at him, needing answers.

“I don’t know. Like I said, it was here. For all we know it is just an artist’s vision and not a real person at all.” He looked over at his gran and shrugged.

Hannah didn’t believe that. He had been real. If he was a—she didn’t even want to think it—a ghost, then he had to have been alive at some point.

Near tears, she covered her mouth. What was going on? She felt that same awful ache of grief she’d experienced upstairs. She couldn’t be so sick and feverish, that she’d hallucinated this whole thing.

Jake bent down and patted her shoulder. “Why don’t you go throw some cool water on your face and pack up your things? I’ll take you to your hotel.”

Hannah swallowed hard and nodded, getting up and stumbling blindly towards the stairs.

She entered the room, keeping her back to the portrait, piling her things into her suitcase without folding them neatly. She went into the bathroom and turned on the faucet, throwing cold water on her face then drying it without even looking into the mirror, afraid that she might see him there.

Hannah had to know. She pulled the collar of her shirt wide and looked down at her breasts. The bruises were still there. What the fuck? Wow, I’ve been ‘used’ by a ghost. Leave it to her to have a relationship with the most unavailable guy around. Oh, wait—he wasn’t a guy at all. She felt light-headed. Jake was right, she needed to get the hell away from here.

Hannah took her toothbrush and hairbrush from the sink, tossed them carelessly into the case, and zipped it up. Hastily, she looked around the room for anything that she might have forgotten.

“Can I help…?”

Hannah jumped a mile at the sound of Jake’s voice.

“I’m sorry,” he apologized. “I just wanted to help with your bags.”

“Thank you,” she whispered. Allowing him to take the two bigger bags, she followed him out, slinging her carry-on over a shoulder. As Hannah passed the painting she had to expend an enormous amount of willpower not to look at it. It was as if it pulled at her, demanding her attention. She ignored it and hurried down the stairs after Jake.

As Hannah reached the bottom of the stairs the floor tilted. The room’s particles whizzed around and she knew he was near. Even though it felt like she was going to pass out or throw up, she bee-lined for the exit. Hannah pulled open the massive door and lunged outside, inhaling deep gulps of cool air into her lungs.

She sat down heavily on the front steps while Jake put her things in the car.

“You ready, Hannah?” he asked, looking down at her.

“Yes.” He reached a hand out to her and she took it gratefully, needing some support—not only physically but emotionally as well.

They drove down the lane. Hannah had already made the decision that she wouldn’t look back. But she did, and almost choked when she saw an old farmhouse. Last night when they’d driven up, it had been a castle. She’d seen it. The lightning had flashed and she’d seen a freakin’ castle. At least that was what she’d thought. Nothing was making sense. As she stared at the old house, she caught sight of movement at the very topmost, octagonal-shaped window in what must be an attic. The pane of glass took on the silvery hue she’d witnessed so many times during the night, as if the house or someone in it were trying to summon her.  

Hannah closed her eyes and turned back around in the seat.

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