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Sunday, January 15, 2012



I am fortunate to have two books published by Secret Cravings and a third one under contract. They are a great company with awesome authors. Here is my contest:

Unscramble ONE name of four of the characters in my books and you are eligible to win! Two winners will be selected to pick their choice of either, Now and Forever 1, a Love Story or Now and Forever 2, the Book of Danny!
Leave your answer in a comment with your email. You're comment will automatically enter for the grand prize of the bloghop,  KINDLE FIRE, to be given by Secret Cravings Publishing and the second prize, an Amazon gift card. Don't forget to leave a comment and your email addy! Even if you can't unscramble a name, leave your name and email addy in a comment anyway. 

Scramble names from Now and Forever 1 are:
1.  Cam
2. Laclie
One of my favorite excerpts from the book is:

Mac enjoyed talking to Callie. She listened carefully, showing sympathy for him when called for and asking pertinent questions. Her lovely face took on a new glow of animation when she talked about Jason. The evening ended pleasantly. He paid her, thanked her and they lingered at the door. Mac wanted to kiss her, but how can you kiss someone who you just paid? Callie stood dangerously close to him, looking up into his eyes, making him feel like she wanted him to kiss her too but then stepped away from him, toward the door. They said an awkward goodnight, with both standing too long at the door, unsure of what to do.

Callie turned, slipped under his arm holding the door open, glided through the doorway and waved goodbye as she went down the walk. Mac gazed at her walking down the path, noticing the gentle sway of her skirt, the slim outline of her hips. He remembered the soft pink of her lips—he wanted to scoop her up into his arms and kiss her. He didn't know what to make of this young woman, at once so shy and remote-then so competent and caring. He knew there was more to her than met the eye and he‘d enjoy finding out what made her tick.
Callie felt happy for the first time in ages, smiling as she walked the ten blocks to her small room. She got undressed and pulled out a textbook to get some reading in before bed, though it was hard to concentrate. When she finally turned out the light, she couldn‘t stop grinning. Callie couldn‘t deny her attraction to Mac any longer. His presence made her tingle. Tonight she stared at his lips, sure he was going to kiss her then unsure if she should, she quickly slipped out the door before he got the hint.

Scrambled names from Now and Forever 2 are:
3. Nadny
4. Ziela
One of my favorite excerpts from Now and Forever 2 is:
“What about your parents?”
“After my parents went to prison, Kyle became my guardian. We were only kids ourselves, nineteen and thirteen years old. He worked at a garage fixing cars and rented a trailer for us. Callie came over all the time, she acted like my sister. When I went to college, Kyle joined the Army, like he always wanted. But he died before he could marry Callie or see me graduate…with honors,” Danny said, looking down at his hands, struggling to control his voice.
“How awful to lose Kyle, when you needed him most,” she said, sympathetically, looking up into his eyes, curling her fingers around his hand and squeezing.
“I can’t remember not needing him. The same must be true for you,” he said.
“I was so lost, I disappeared into bed…”
“Bed? You were sleeping around?” Danny asked as his eyebrows shot up.
“I spent too much time sleeping. Being tired all the time, I could barely move. Jonesy and Mac forced me to get up in the morning, pushed me out of the house. Still, I had to learn to put one foot in front of the other by myself.”
“You seem to be doing well.”
“I worked hard, which paid off. I still have hard days…lonely days,” she said and their eyes connected.
Danny took her hand, kissed it and threaded his fingers through hers.
“I got angry after Kyle died. I decided to go to Iraq myself…to even the score.”
“Weren’t you scared?”
“Terrified. But don’t tell anyone,” he confessed, smiling, staring into the candle.
“Being so alone terrified me. And nights at home alone in bed…”
“…you missed that, too,” he finished for her, as a beautiful pink blush stained her cheeks.
“Yes,” she admitted, looking directly into the candle’s flame.
“What about Simon?” he probed, studying her face.
“He’s a poor replacement. He’s pleasant enough…”
“Doesn’t sound like a love match.”
“When you’re lonely…and a man comes along,” she said, shrugging her shoulders.
“Are you in love with him?” Danny asked, holding his breath, waiting for her reaction, a queasy feeling in the pit of his stomach.
“Simon? No. Absolutely not. He’s…you know…someone to go to the movies with, to take to school functions so I don’t have to go alone.”
“What about the…uh…sleeping arrangements with him?” he asked, embarrassed but unable to deny his curiosity.
“Oh!” Eliza turned beet red this time and looked down at her hands.
“I don’t mean to pry, but…”
“I wouldn’t miss him like I miss Bill. I don’t know how I should explain.”
“I get the idea. He’s not much in the sack,” he said, bluntly, his gaze seeking hers.
“Not exactly,” she said, her hands twisting the cloth napkin.
“A beautiful woman like you deserves more.” He saw her eyes widen as he rested his hand over hers, calming her.
Her hands stopped, he closed his fingers around hers and she lifted her eyes to his.
“You’re right,” she said, hunger evident in her gaze.
“You deserve a man who can send you to the moon,” he murmured. He gazed at her face, lovely in the candle glow.

Both books are available on the SCP website( and on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, All Romance eBooks and Bookstrand.

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Thank you for stopping by!!


Lindsay said...

Now and Forever 1

Now and Forever 2

Lisa said...

1. Mac
2. Callie
3. Danny
4. Eliza


June M. said...

1. Mac
2. Callie
3. Danny
4. Eliza

Both books sound really good. Thank you for the giveaway and Happy Anniversary to SCP!
June M.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Sherry Gloag said...

Both these books are wonderfull prizes.

Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy said...

Mac and Callie
Danny (love that guy) and Eliza

books4me said...

Mac and Callie
Danny and Eliza

Both sound like great reads!

books4me67 at ymail dot com

Na said...

Hi Jean, some of the character's names are: Callie, Mac, Danny and Eliza.


mcv said...

Now and Forever 1- Mac and Callie
Now and Rorever 2- Danny and Eliza
mcv111 at hotmail(dot)com

Kathryn Merkel said...

Those were way too easy Jean

1. Mac
2. Callie
3. Danny
4. Eliza

I would love to add Danny's story to my Now & Forever book collection.

drainbamaged.gyzmo at

Kim S. said...

Oooooooeeee, do these both look good! Yay! ANOTHER new-to-me author!! ;) I just got Callie's story to get started on the series. :)

1. Mac
2. Callie
3. Danny
4. Eliza

Happy Anniversary Secret Cravings Publishing!

thewildtwo @ sbcglobal (dot) net

Libby Mercer said...

They both sound great!

1. Mac
2. Callie
3. Danny
4. Eliza

jazzymcjazzy at yahoo dot co dot uk

Teresa K. said...

Happy Anniversary Secret Cravings.

Here's to many more!

Teresa K.