Destiny Vacations – Channing & Cassidy’s Adventures

Channing’s Apology

When I began Tempting Fate, I commissioned this painting from a talented young lady to give me inspiration.  A big thank you to the real artist T.J. and the many hours I spent in the great museums and galleries in DC for helping me bring their story to life.

Channing had a lot of explaining to do to Cassidy, so he decided to appeal to her love of art.  This is the painting he sent to her office by artist T.J. Johansson. Continue reading

MVP: New Release 6/21

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The game has just begun…

Morgan Reed-Blake discovers that being the wife of MVP quarterback Seth Blake has its perks…and its challenges. Thrust into Seth’s high-profile world, she must wade through the celebrity, status, and the ghosts of girlfriends past. So when Seth takes Morgan home to his ranch in Texas and introduces her to his family and friends, she’s not surprised when his high school sweetheart comes to call. Morgan suspects she wants to rekindle the flame, and how can she blame her? Distraught over the changes their relationship has caused for Seth, Morgan wonders if maybe he’s better off without her.

Pro quarterback Seth Blake is elated that his wife Morgan is giving their “fake” marriage a real chance. But he doesn’t anticipate running into the woman who broke his heart years ago. He hasn’t told Morgan about the complicated relationship with his ex, but as he guides Morgan through the maze of his celebrity lifestyle, can he convince her the past is in the past? The MVP does not accept defeat, and he’s determined not to lose. But winning Morgan might be the most difficult game of his life…

Excerpt

Morgan Blake took one more sip of her wine before placing the glass back on the silver tray. She looked out across the five-thousand-acre ranch from her seat on the veranda, but her view was suddenly obstructed by two strong hands covering her eyes.

“I’ve got another surprise for you,” Seth purred in her ear.

Another surprise? They’d only been in Texas for six hours but she’d taken a tour of the Twelve Horse Shoes ranch, met Seth’s mom, Teri-Lyn, and got her first riding lesson on her new horse, Reed’s Fire. Then Seth had suggested they stay for the rest of the week. What more could he give her?

“Will it be better than finding out the ranch hand I was talking to earlier was actually your mother?”

“Don’t worry, you’re gonna like it,” he drawled, as he led her into the bathroom. Candles surrounded a huge claw foot bathtub that sat in the middle of the room, filled with bubbles and rose petals.

“Want to take a bubble bath with your husband? Take your mind off lunch with momma tomorrow?”

“Only if you wear the hat.” The minute she had seen him wearing that Stetson on the ranch, her heart had skipped a beat.

“Yes, ma’am.”

Morgan shivered at the feel of Seth’s big, strong, calloused hands as he undressed her. Seth took his time removing each piece of clothing from her body before removing his own. He then gathered her into his arms and placed her into the tub, without getting a drop of water on his Stetson.

The hot bath felt like heaven, soothing her aching muscles and washing away the dirt from touring the ranch. But it was all worth it, especially getting to ride her brand new horse for the very first time.

“Reed’s Fire is a beautiful horse. I think we made a connection.”

“Well, that’s what I was going for, a love connection between you and the horse.”

“I read this book…”

Seth’s chest rumbled against her back. “What a surprise.”

“About animal totems.” Morgan flicked bubbles onto his nose. “It was interesting. Animals come into our lives at different times as a way to teach us a life lesson. It’s a very interesting and spiritual topic. I’ll bring a book home for you to read. Your bookcase could use a little diversity.”

“Hey! I have some pretty good biographies.”

“And they’re excellent reads, if you want to be a general in the military or a pro athlete.” Morgan rolled her eyes at him.

“I can’t remember the last time I had the time to just read a good book.” He kissed her shoulder.

“Well, you could read at night before you go to sleep.”

“Reading a book is the last thing I think about when I’m in bed with you.”

“Good point. But when you come to the bookstore, you browse around and I never see you reading anything.”

“That’s because I’m distracted by the owner. She’s really hot. Can’t take my eyes off her.”

“I’m serious. There’s so much we don’t know about each other.” Morgan sighed. She had agreed to give their relationship a chance but the nagging doubt still lingered in the back of her mind that she would wake up one day and it would all go away. Seth didn’t want to talk about their differences and insisted their whirlwind romance wasn’t a flash in the pan. She wished she had his unwavering confidence in their marriage.

Seth nibbled on her ear. “We have plenty of time to learn those things about each other.”

“What genres do you like?”

Seth thought about it for a moment. “Hmm. I like spy thrillers. And I am a history buff. What about you?”

Morgan picked up her wine glass and took another sip. “Spy thrillers, absolutely. History, yes. I also like horror but it scares the crap out of me.”

Seth chuckled. “So why read it if it scares the crap out of you?” “Because a good horror book is supposed to do that.” She shrugged.

“Well, those nights you get scared, I’ll make sure to check all the closets and under the beds.”

“Deal.”

“What did I tell you? We have a lot in common.”

“I’m glad you like taking baths but I never pictured you as a claw foot bathtub kind of guy.” Morgan put the glass back on the tray and relaxed against Seth’s chest.

“I am not a claw foot bath guy. You love the tub in the penthouse so I had one installed here.”

“You what?” Morgan splashed water on the black marble floor with her lightening quick turn. Seth assailed her with kisses to mute her practical protests about the tub. His hands ran along her rib cage, palming her breasts, then torturing her with his thumbs making lazy circles around her taut nipples.

“Why did you do that?”

“Because I knew it would make you happy.” Seth held her in place so she’d stop squirming.

“It did but—”

“Morgan Blake, are we going to fight every time I try to do something nice for you?”

“No.”

“You finished fussing with me, woman?”

“Yes,” she sighed. “That was very nice of you to have the tub installed.”

“Glad you’re beginning to see things my way,” he drawled as he continued his sensual exploration of her body.

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You can buy MVP at the following retailers:

Amazon (Kindle)    Barnes & Noble  (Nook)    All Romance E-books

Amazon UK (Kindle)     Kobo     Amazon (Canada)

Amazon (France)     Amazon (India)     Amazon (Brazil)

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MVP is the sequel to For the Love of the Game, released November 2012.  If you haven’t read it, check out an excerpt of how Morgan & Seth met!

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Check out an excerpt of my  novella Star Crossed, released April 2013.

Don’t forget to check out the MVP/For the Love of the Game Fan Page!

And the Rhonda Laurel Author Yahoo Chat Group!

Coming Soon! California Bored & Tourism, July 30, 2013!

The Rabbit Hole Chronicles 11/4/12 – Issue 11

In this Issue…

6 days until the release For the Love of the Game!

Sneak Peak: For the Love of the Game Giveaway Items

4 Star rating for Ebb Tide form Hearts on Fire Reviews!

The Artist’s Studio Page…

And of Course…

6 Days until the For the Love of the Game release!

For the Love of the Game will be released on Friday and I am thrilled!  Please take a moment to rate or review the novella after you’ve read it.  Feel free to leave comments on my blog as well.  As promised, I will have a giveaway for the release!  See Below

Sneak Peek: For the Love of the Game Giveaway Items

As a sneak peak to the subscribers of my blog, below is a pic of the giveaway.

For the Love of the Game Swag Giveaway

The giveaway includes a Musings of a Dreamer tote bag and mousepad, a For the Love of the Game bookmark and trading card, a number 12 bandana (my character Seth’s jersey number is 12.  He is the quarterback for the fictional Philadelphia Titans) and a water bottle.

For the Love of the Game Trading Card

Stay tuned for what entry details to win the giveaway!

4 Star rating for Ebb Tide form Hearts on Fire Reviews!

Hearts on Fire Reviews gave my debut novella Ebb Tide 4 Stars!  Take a look at the review:

http://heartsonfirereviews.com/?p=15972

The Artist’s Studio Page…

Take a look at the authors who have visited The Artist’s Studio!

https://rhondalaurel.com/the-artists-studio/

And of Course…

I have given great thought to the swag giveaways and I wanted to let you all know in all of my creative capacities I am inspired to go beyond the last thing I’ve created.  I know package giveaways are not so popular in the digital age, but it gives me great joy to give the reader something they can reach out and touch after they’ve read my books.  I especially like designing the trading card.  There are romance trading card enthusiasts out there and who knows, maybe one day mine will be a collectible.   Until, I am having fun coming up with ways to entertain my readers.  Lol.

Once I have sent my new literary baby For the Love of the Game on its way, I will be promoting my next novella Shutter.  Shutter is another story dear to my heart because the main character is a photographer.  Lol.  I get to experience the best of both of creative worlds.

I mentioned in the last newsletter if you purchased a digital copy of my novella I can digitally autograph it for you.  Kindlegraph has broadened its scope and is now Authorgraph.  Authorgraph allows you to request an autograph from any digital book you have purchased.  Cool, right?  You can request I sign your copy of any of my ebooks at this address: http://www.authorgraph.com/authors/RhondaLaurel

For the Love of the Game won’t be available to sign until after the release date.

Until Next Time

Happy Reading!

Rhonda

In case you missed my last journal entry, here’s the link:

https://rhondalaurel.com/2012/10/11/journal-entry-101112-issue-10/