My Sexy Saturday – Wild and Tender Care Excerpt #2

Wild and Tender Care has been released! I’m still enjoying the moment days later. If you celebrated the 4th of July yesterday I hope you had a good time with family and friends.

Here is my second excerpt. This time only 7 sentences.

MSS_button 250x250

He turned and walked back down the street leaving her speechless. She unlocked her door and headed for the pitcher of water in her bedroom, splashing water on her face. She hadn’t been dreaming. The doctor just said he’d call on her again.

Dizzy with delight, she sat on the bed. Dr. Steere said that they’d had a lot in common although he hadn’t shared much of his past. They had one thing in common she knew—they were both outcasts.

Could two outcasts find a place in each other’s arms?

I hope you enjoyed my excerpt. I encourage you to check out the other blogs participating in this week’s My Sexy Saturday hop.

wildandtendercareMini Blurb:

The town of Big Rock, Colorado is changing its wild-west ways, and ex-madam Ida Page and new town doctor William Steere are finding it difficult to be accepted for who they are. But when these two outcasts meet, they find their rightful place in each other’s arms. Haley Whitehall burns up the pages in her hot, new historical romance, Wild and Tender Care.

Buy Links:

New Release: Wild and Tender Care

Wild and Tender Care is now available from Amazon and other online book retailers! It is live and I’m doing the snoopy happy dance all over the living room. Wild and Tender Care is my first historical western novella. I love to read westerns and I’ve finally written one. Hopefully it will be the first of many.

wildandtendercare

Blurb:
Ida Page has seen the worst the west has to offer. Snubbed by the citizens of Big Rock, Colorado, ever since the town cleaned up its act and became civilized, she has tried to change with the times. No other line of work available, she became a laundress after the mayor shut down the whorehouse, but the good people will not allow her to forget her past as a shady lady. She has given up on ever being accepted, let alone falling in love, until a handsome half-breed stranger arrives in town.

After the War Between the States, William Steere has been looking for a town to build a medical practice. He answered a newspaper ad placed by the mayor of Big Rock and hopes their desperate need for a doctor will overrule their race prejudice against his half-breed status. At the Independence Day picnic, he is introduced to all the town citizens except for one woman sitting off by herself. This redhead draws him to her with merely a gaze.

Can the two outcasts find love and acceptance in each other’s arms or will the town’s cruelty and a smallpox epidemic tear them apart?

My Sexy Saturday – Wild and Tender Care Excerpt #1

I haven’t done a My Sexy Saturday post for a LONG time, but a personal invite from Lynn Crain has gotten me back in. Here is a seven paragraph excerpt from my upcoming release Wild and Tender Care. It releases June 30th! That’s Monday.

MSS_button 250x250

He glanced at the couples dancing. “Would you like to join them?”

That was a terrible idea. She didn’t want to be forced to leave the picnic, but the hope in Dr. Steere’s eyes quieted her protests. And damn it, she would like to dance. She untied her bonnet and left in the grass next to his hat. “Yes,” she said, offering a smile. “I would love to.”

He hooked his arm around hers and her body tingled. Being led across the lawn to the designated dance floor she felt like a princess. The reel ended and many of the couples left to get refreshments. The musicians switched to a slow song to give the couples remaining a chance to catch their breath.

He unwound his arm and wrapped his palm around hers, placing his other hand on her hip.
The back of her neck prickled. “I feel everyone’s eyes on us,” she whispered. The waltz was a song for lovers.

He grinned. “Let them stare. It doesn’t bother me.”

It shouldn’t bother me either. She enjoyed the warmth of his hands, the heat in his gaze, and the remnants of tobacco on his breath. Focusing on him, she blocked out the unfriendly vibes sent in her direction. Though not powerfully built, she felt the strength in his arms, his suit hiding his rippling muscles.

He peered down at her, holding her gaze. The pleasure in his dark brown eyes likely mirrored her own. For a second she forgot about her past and let herself get caught up in the music, caught up in his touch, and lost herself in his sensual smile.

wildandtendercare

 

You can pre-order Wild and Tender Care from Liquid Silver books and save 20%.

http://www.lsbooks.com/pre-order-coming-soon-romance-books-c322.php

I hope you enjoyed my excerpt. I encourage you to check out the other blogs participating in this week’s My Sexy Saturday hop.

Delicious Delay by Tara Quan on sale for 99 cents!

Delicious Delay by Tara Quan – 99c SALE!

Thank you for letting me share my multicultural contemporary romance, Delicious Delay. The book is currently on sale for a limited time. You can grab it for only 99c from Amazon, B&N, AllRomance, and Decadent.

After my own not-so-delicious delay in the Middle East, I set out to write something funny, sexy, and set entirely in an airport lounge. It’s a quick summer read meant to make your mouth water (from the food…) and your toes curl. I hope I’ve piqued your interest enough to give one of the links below a click. ~Tara Quan

salebanner_jpeg_final

Delicious Delay

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Interracial/Multicultural, Arab Hero/Sheikh

Stranded in a Middle Eastern airport, Michelle Day finds herself the object of interest for an abrasive, but all-too-sexy stranger—a stranger who tempts her with the forbidden in a land where indecency could get her killed. But how does one say no to such a deliciously, relentless pursuit?

Khalid Al Dehri takes one look at the red-headed spitfire in the business class lounge and knew he’d either been transported to heaven—or hell. Her tart response to his surliness intrigues him beyond all propriety and the longer he spends in her company, the more he can’t deny his forbidden attraction. But will she explore the sensuality between them or will society’s rules keep them apart?

Buy Links: Amazon | B&N | Decadent | AllRomance | GoodReads

Delicious-Delay

Excerpt:

When Michelle managed to peel her lids open, her vision settled on a pair of denim-clad thighs. She shifted onto her back so she could look up and put those limbs into perspective. Whoever they belonged to, the person better have a very good reason for waking her up.

It took a moment before her mind reconciled the man’s face with her still fuzzy memory. Once she realized the identity of the individual staring down at her, she launched straight into a sitting position. What could she have done to offend Mr. Kal-Khalid while sleeping?

She rubbed her eyes and struggled to focus. It took a moment before her mind cleared. He sure cleaned up well. Dressed in a red polo and black jeans, he had gone from striking to drop-dead gorgeous. Jet-black hair brushed his collar, and the curly tendrils softened his angular face. Though he frowned at her, she couldn’t help but feel an undercurrent of attraction.

Until now, she had believed the concept of chemistry a sham. But their few interactions proved otherwise. She may not like him, but she wanted him. She was woman enough to admit this simple truth, though acting on it was another matter altogether.

She tamped down on the butterflies fluttering in her stomach. Despite being the epitome of tall, dark, and handsome, he possessed zero manners. For some women, sex appeal excused poor behavior. Michelle didn’t subscribe to that philosophy.

About Tara Quan

TaraQuanGlobetrotter, lover of languages, and romance author, Tara Quan has an addiction for crafting tales with a pinch of spice and a smidgen of kink. Inspired by her travels, Tara enjoys tossing her kick-ass heroines and alpha males into exotic contemporary locales, fantasy worlds, and post-apocalyptic futures. Armed with magical powers or conventional weapons, her characters are guaranteed a suspenseful and sensual ride, as well as their own happily ever after. Learn more at www.taraquan.com

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | Goodreads | Pinterest | Amazon

Query Tips from M.S Kaye

I have a guest for Write Tip Wednesday today. Many authors struggle on writing a query letter. It take different skills to condense a novel into a few short paragraphs and tell all the exciting selling points. My friend M.S Kaye and I are swapping blogs. I’m on her blog talking about the importance of secondary characters and she is here with query tips!

author pic

Thanks for having me, Haley!

Welcome to my Publishing Tips Blog Tour. I’ve put together ten short, easy tips that have been invaluable on my journey to publication. Follow my tour to see them all. Tour stops will be posted on my website: http://booksbymsk.com/?page_id=428

Stop 4: Query Letter Tips

Ah, the query letter. It’s like uttering a curse word (almost as bad as synopsis!). But don’t freak yourself out about it. It’s not that bad, I promise. There is no true “right” way to do it (the right way is whatever sells the darn book!), but here are a few tips:

  1. Read the guidelines. Many publishers and agents will post directions on their website about how they want queries to look and how they want to receive them. Follow the directions.
  2. Three sections. Most publishers and agents expect queries to be arranged like this:

-          Introduction—Keep it short; include the basics.

Example: I am seeking publication of my paranormal young adult novel Strong as Death, complete at 80,000 words. Strong as Death is about a girl who finds out what it means to have a mother who is a modern woman and a father who is a 19th-century gentleman ghost. I am including (whatever this publisher/agent asks for, nothing else).

-          Hook Them. Include a short synopsis (think book jacket blurb).

Example: Ilona runs from her sheltering mother in order to find the truth, why she’s seeing people who are invisible to everyone else. A mysterious boy named Archer guides her through Brooklyn and introduces her to Hendrick, the man who claims to be her father—though he died in 1890. Ilona must discover not only what she must do to rid the city of Soll, a sadistic and powerful spirit, but also what it means to be half ghost. She proves what her mother told her—love is stronger than death.

-          Author Bio—Include your accomplishments as a writer and anything that makes you qualified to write this particular book (usually for nonfiction projects). This can include any publications (no matter how small), contests, leadership roles in the writing community, etc. This is not the same as a book jacket bio.

Example: My first published novel, Fight Princess, was released September 2, 2013 from Liquid Silver Books under the pen name M. S. Kaye; this book also won second place in the 2013 Royal Palm Literary Awards competition. Once, a women’s inspirational novel, which was released November 7, 2013 from Jupiter Gardens Press, was awarded second place in the 2010 Royal Palm Literary Awards, and my romantic suspense novel, Endless as the Rain, which is under contract with Wild Child Publishing, won third place in the 2011 competition. Strong as Death, a young adult paranormal novel, is also under contract with Jupiter Gardens Press, and my romantic suspense novel, Kindling the Past, is under contract with Liquid Silver Books. Several of my creative nonfiction pieces have been published in literary magazines: “Signs” and “Kung Fu Bob” in Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, and “Signs” and “St. Augustine Library” in CC and D Magazine. I am a fourth degree black belt in Taekwondo, which helps me to be able to write physically dynamic and technically accurate scenes and add some kick-butt attitude to my writing. I am an active member of the Florida Writers’ Association and am co-leader of the River City Writers chapter, as well as leader of the Clay County Critique Group. I have also recently accepted a position as a content editor at Hekate Press.

  1. Address the agent or acquisitions editor correctly. Are they a Mr. or a Ms.? Also, verify he/she stills works there. Always check the publisher’s site—it’ll be the most current.
  2. Give them a way to contact you. Include your email address and phone number.
  3. Don’t forget your manners. Thank them for taking the time to consider your work. These are very busy people who read plenty of crap to get to those few gems (like yours!).
  4. Have personality but be professional. Again, read their website—follow their lead on how much personality you should show. But always be professional.

Strong as Death

Book one of the Born from Death series

by M.S. Kaye

Ilona runs from her sheltering mother in order to find the truth, why she’s seeing people who are invisible to everyone else. A mysterious boy named Archer guides her through Brooklyn and introduces her to Hendrick, the man who claims to be her father—though he died in 1890. Ilona must discover not only what she must do to rid the city of Soll, a sadistic and powerful spirit, but also what it means to be half ghost. She proves what her mother told her—love is stronger than death.

Buy Links:

Publisher (all formats): http://jupitergardenspress.com/shop/strong-as-death/

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00KDIN5D8/ref=mp_s_a_1_4?qid=1400369357&sr=1-4&pi=AC_SX110_SY165_QL70

Barnes and Noble: http://m.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1119548501?ean=2940149439164

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=Strong+as+death

 

Author Bio:

M.S. Kaye has several published books under her black belt. A transplant from Ohio, she resides with her husband Corey in Jacksonville, Florida, where she tries not to melt in the sun. Find suspense and the unusual at www.BooksByMSK.com.

Contact M. S. Kaye at:

www.Facebook.com/BooksByMSK

www.Twitter.com/MSKosciuszko   (Yes, that’s my real last name. See why I use a pen name?)

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7222522.M_S_Kaye

Excerpt:

StrongAsDeathAnother twenty yards and she’d be out of the darkness of the trees and almost to the sidewalk, within reach of the light from the streetlamps.

A figure stepped out from behind a large oak, directly into Ilona’s path.

Ilona stopped and searched for a way around.

“What are you doing?” a rough voice growled.

Ilona recognized it immediately, even before she registered Archer’s face.

“It’s none of your business what I’m doing,” she said.

He moved closer. “You’re making it goddamned impossible to protect you.”

“You can’t protect me.”

His jaw tightened, and he glared. “What in the hell do you think I’ve been doing?”

“I’m honestly not sure.”

His voice rose. “You’d be lying frozen dead in a gutter right now if it wasn’t for me. You saw what happened in the shelter—you’d have been attacked by now if I hadn’t been around.”

Her tone was quiet, calm. “I know how you scared them away.”

“I told you I have a talent for creating fear. It comes in useful.”

“But you don’t like it.”

He said nothing.

“And I know you’ve been around,” she said.

He raised his eyebrows as if she was being slow.

“Before you asked me if I was lost,” she said. “You were there—when the car hit me.”

His expression sobered.

She waited for a response.

Finally, he said, “I’ve been around.”

“Will you answer one question? And be honest?”

“I give as much honesty as I can.”

Her lips curved a little. That was perhaps the most honest response he had yet given.

She moved closer, and he backed away.

“No,” she said.

He stopped.

“When you turned the corner and asked if I was lost,” she said, “you leaned your shoulder on the wall. How did you do that?”

His eyebrows pulled together.

“You’re really good at it,” she said. “It took me awhile to realize you never actually touch anything, that you stay out of the light, that you don’t get cold, your breath doesn’t come out in puffs in the cold like everyone else’s, you never let anyone close, near enough to realize you have no scent, to feel the static when you get too close.”

He took a step back, as if in self-defense.

“Don’t try to lie anymore,” she said. “I know what you are.”