Sunday, March 31, 2013

Sneak Peek Sunday: March 31

Welcome back to Sneak Peek Sunday! This is the chance to visit various blogs and read snippets of authors work. it's a fun way to find new books, I know I've found a few just be reading! So I hope you enjoy. There's always a little something for everyone.


Today's Sneak Peek is another from Baby Stetson.  My jaded hero, Lucas, is having a conversation with Avery,




     Avery reached for his hand. “I’d like for you to
be there. I’m comfortable around you, and I think
having you near me will help.”


     Surprise registered on his face. “Wow. That’s
a first.”


     “What is?”


     “Someone actually wanting me around for a big
moment in their life.”


     From what he’d confided to her so far about his
life, it seemed like Lucas wasn’t sure of his place, like
he didn’t have somewhere to belong. No wonder he’d
been the way he was.


     “I’m sorry. I don’t mean to be a downer. I’m
at a better place in life with you in it,” Lucas admitted.
“You’ve helped change me, Avery.”



There it is! Short and sweet :)



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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Sneak Peek Sunday: March 24





Welcome back to Sneak Peek Sunday! I'm having a blast with this...and it's a fun way to read snippets of other authors' work.

Today, I'm offering up another snippet from my contemporary romance, Baby Stetson.  There's been a series of storms around Harmony's Echo. Lucas has been away from Avery during the storm, and they've just found her. Now, Lucas and Avery's ex Jameson are having a bonding moment.  I hope you enjoy!



     “Are you all right?” Jameson asked. The blue
and red lights from the emergency vehicles lit up the
night. Lucas was a muddy mess, wet, and scared out
of his mind, but he nodded.

     “It’s been a crazy past few days. Gives me a
lot of perspective, that’s for sure,” Lucas said, looking
back at where the paramedics tended to Avery.

     A hand clapped on his shoulder. Lucas looked
back at Jameson, who smiled. “That Avery, she’s a
fighter. She’ll make it out of this just fine.”

     “I just don’t know if she’ll forgive me for the
stupid shit I’ve done,” Lucas muttered. He hadn’t
meant to say that out loud, especially to Jameson, but
there it was.

     “She will,” Jameson replied softly. “She
forgave me. Even though her feelings changed, it tore
her up inside. It hurt her far worse than it did me
when she told me she didn’t feel the same, but she
said she forgave me. I love that woman, and always
will, but I know now she loves you, Lucas. I don’t
know what you did, but it can’t be bad enough that
Avery wouldn’t forgive you. She doesn’t hold
grudges.”

     “That means a lot, coming from you,” Lucas
admitted. They never got to finish the conversation.
The other members of the search party, including
Paula, all rushed over.




And there you have it!

I'm pleased to say that Baby Stetson is now available!

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Be sure to see what other great authors have up today! There's a little something for everyone!

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Sneak Peek Sunday: March 17





Welcome back to Sneak Peek Sunday! I'm posting another teaser from my contemporary romance,
Baby Stetson.

Lucas is being coy and driving Avery crazy in this snippet. Is he driving her crazy in a good or bad way?




She opened her mouth, about to argue with him. Lucas took that moment to kiss her on the lips. She
reeled back, narrowing her eyes at him. “You can’t keep doing that.”

Lucas blinked innocently. “Doing what?”

Avery socked him on the arm. “Don’t play coy. You know what I mean. I get ready to say something to you and you just kiss me! Like you’re trying to make me forget what I was about to say to you!”

Lucas arched his brow at her. “Well, did it work?”

“No. I didn’t forget,” Avery fired back at him. But then a smile played at her lips. “Maybe a little.”

“So what if I kiss you again? Will that help make you forget?” Without waiting for an answer, he
cupped her face and kissed her again, this time more passionately. Avery didn’t fight back. She kissed him back. When it ended, Avery looked at him with those gorgeous eyes. He had no idea what she would do next.



And there you have it! I hope you enjoyed today's Baby Stetson snippet. Lucas and Avery were so fun to write!


I do hope you'll check out some of the other blogs participating in Sneak Peek Sunday. There have
been some amazing excerpts, and such a variety! Check here to see what other authors have up to offer!


Monday, March 11, 2013

Pre publication Jitters

 I'm putting the finishing touches on Baby Stetson. I've got 2 out of 3 responses back from beta readers. Both of them are extremely positive, with a few thoughts and ideas. Doing another round of proofreading, adding the extra excerpts, and a few other things, and this week could be it! The week that I become a multi published author.

And this is where the nerves come back....I just did this a few months ago, the same nervous feeling!

Does this still happen to any of you, even after publishing a handful of books?

I'm a perfectionist- if someone points out something, I'm all over it to 'fix' it. But was it really broken?  My mind is an array of "What is everyone going to think?"

Okay. Time to take a step back. Since when have I cared about what people think? Ugh,I stopped that a long time ago. Or did I?  Apparently not. But it's a little different with writing, because I need and want to know what people think. That's what helps me become a better author.  I hope for the positive outcome from a project I've worked long and hard on, to the point where I still love the story, but so sick of combing through it.

Am I crazy?

Tell me I'm not alone...?

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sneak Peek Sunday: March 10



Today's six gives readers a glimpse of a playful side to Lucas.
He's always been so serious, but Avery brings out the better man in him.




As the tide pulled back, Lucas stopped, and waited for the next round of waves to come ashore. When
they did, Avery shrieked, then laughed afterwards. The water was chilly! As the waves slapped his
ankles and then retreated, Lucas laughed, pulling Avery further in. She resisted, shivering.

“Come willingly, or I’ll get you,” Lucas threatened, pulling her close to him.

“You wouldn’t dare do what I think you’re planning.” Avery narrowed her eyes.

“Oh?” That was a dare Lucas had to take. Avery started to back away. Lucas was faster. He smiled as
he swooped her up in his arms and carried her a little further into the water. When they were waste deep
in the ocean, the water slammed against Avery’s bottom, she screamed and kicked her legs, holding on
tight to his neck.

“Don’t do it!” she cried. She was shivering. She had a strong hold on him, begging him not to drop her.

“Don’t do what? Drop you?” Lucas laughed. Yeah, that water was cold, but he couldn’t go back on his
dare now. The horror on Avery’s face only made it worth it more. Lucas released his grip on her and
she plunged into the water. She’d never let him go, so Lucas went down with her. Fully submerged in
the chilled waters, he was just as shocked. When they both raised their heads from the water, Lucas
made a grab for her. “You will pay major for that, Avery Callimer, that’s a promise. I will get you.”





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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sneak Peek Sunday. March 3

Hi! Welcome to my post for today's Sneak Peek Sunday. I'm going to be posting an excerpt from my upcoming release, Baby Stetson.

As a bit of a refresher, here is the blurb of the book:


In small Texas towns, strangers come and go...  

Left in a Stetson hat, on the steps of the local bed and breakfast, Avery Callimer came into the world on a wing and a prayer. Raised by loving adoptive parents, she's never lacked for love...only the knowledge of her past.

By day she works the Inn, but by night...Avery comes alive as lead singer in a band. Life was good...stable, until new guests blew into town.

Some strangers come with secrets and lies

Lucas Bennett is one such stranger. Drifting from one mess to another has left him jaded. Doesn't matter the dramas are never his doing. Giving it one last shot to make a fresh start lands him Harmony's Echo, Texas and smack dab in front of the tantalizing Avery.

Despite his best efforts to ignore the burn Avery's ignited within, he's intent to keep his distance. Secrets have followed him. Secrets he doesn't want Avery to know.

Each time they're near the other things heat up like a brushfire on a dry Texas prairie.

But maybe, after the dust settles and the smoke clears, love can bloom with a fresh start.



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Lucas is not the only stranger to come into Avery's life.  Today's peek will give you a glimpse of someone else that has come to meet Avery.


EXCERPT:

         The bell jingled, signaling someone coming in.  Avery turned around to face the desk and put on a happy smile as the middle aged man walked up briskly to her.  " HI! How may I help you?"Avery asked, feigning cheerfulness.  The man studied her for a second, his jaw slack, eyes full of curiosity.  He had tan skin, a faint hint of a mustache and beard, and his sandy brown hair kept short.  He stood straight, at a little over six feet tall.  His clothes were casual,  wearing blue jeans and a plaid long sleeved shirt that were tucked in.


        “Do you have any availability for about week or so?” he asked in a gruff tone.

“Sure do.  Is it just you?" Avery asked, pulling up the registry on the computer screen.
“Yes ma'am.”

“Name?  And I'll need to see a credit card and identification, please.  Oh, and here's something you'll need to sign.

“Rodney Morris.”  Two cards were shoved across the desk.  Avery blinked, took in a sharp breath.  "Excuse me?" Her head whipped up, staring at him.  What did he just say that name for-?

Oh my God.  It's him.



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Curious?  Well, tune in for next time!

Baby Stetson will be available this month!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you'll check out some of the other great excerpts featured on this week's Sneak Peek Sunday.


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Friday, March 1, 2013

Cover Reveal!


BLURB: In small Texas towns, strangers come and go...

Left in a Stetson hat, on the steps of the local bed and breakfast, Avery Callimer came into the world on a wing and a prayer. Raised by loving adoptive parents, she's never lacked for love...only the knowledge of her past.

By day she works the Inn, but by night...Avery comes alive as lead singer in a band. Life was good...stable, until new guests blew into town.

Some strangers come with secrets and lies

Lucas Bennett is one such stranger. Drifting from one mess to another has left him jaded. Doesn't matter the dramas are never his doing. Giving it one last shot to make a fresh start lands him Harmony's Echo, Texas and smack dab in front of the tantalizing Avery.

Despite his best efforts to ignore the burn Avery's ignited within, he's intent to keep his distance. Secrets have followed him. Secrets he doesn't want Avery to know.

Each time they're near the other things heat up like a brushfire on a dry Texas prairie.

But maybe, after the dust settles and the smoke clears, love can bloom with a fresh start.


COMING MARCH 2013

About the Author:

Nikki Lynn Barrett lives in Arizona with her husband and son. She's an avid reader, a dreamer, and loves everything about books. She runs a book blog, an online used bookstore, and writes various genres of romance. Nikki can also be found outside with her camera when a storm is near, snapping photo after photo. Her dreams of becoming a writer started when she was young, when she started writing books in one subject notebooks by the fifth grade. The Secret Santa Wishing Well is her debut book. You can visit Nikki's site at: www.nikkilynnbarrett.blogspot.com for more information. She is working on her next book. Nikki would love to hear from readers. Email her at nikkilynnbarrett@yahoo.com

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