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Burnout

Once again, a big thank you to Kelsey for allowing the Calhouns to take over her blog 😊.

Kees with Roger Penske, owner of Penske Racing

Hello readers,

I hope you’re enjoying the Calhoun Custom Garage series so far. I’d love to hear your feedback, so please do leave a review on Amazon, Kobo or Goodreads if you’ve read Overdrive and Fast Lane. All reviews are welcome.

Today I’m going to tell you about Mason Calhoun, the hero of book 3, Burnout. He’s a complex character. Moody, deeply troubled, and a whole lot guilty as he comes to terms with the accident that killed his little brother. He’s spent the last six years in self-imposed exile, trying to find his way back to hisfamily. But he is struggling to forgive himself for what happened that day, even though he has come a long way since we met him in book 1, Overdrive.

Cue the arrival of Paige Drew in town. She’s the girl he’s always loved, also carrying some of the guilt over Mitch Calhoun’s accident. But Paige has even bigger problems as her arrival in town sets off a sequence of events that uncovers a scandal within her own family ranks. These two souls work very hard to reach their happy-ever-after with many speed bumps along the way.

I would recommend that the books are read in order of release as you will meet Mason throughout the series in the lead up to his story in book 3. Burnout is due for release a little later in 2019. Happy reading!

Excerpt:

Pain, guilt and punishment had etched hard lines into his face. The eyes that looked at her—through her—were equally as hard. Hazel eyes, a shade of greenish brown, like the volcanic rock pebbles that edged the shore around the lake. Beautiful eyes a girl could lose herself in that changed color with his mood.

A neatly trimmed beard edged his jaw. It suited him, added to that broody look he owned so well. Aged him a little in the nicest way. Made her want to reach out and hold his face in her hands when she couldn’t.

The last time she’d seen him, he’d been clean-shaven. The Mason she’d left behind had been little more than a young adult, testing the boundaries of life, dealing with the consequences. The broken man behind the wheel of his father’s truck still wore the scars.

His lips tilted. In a smile or a sneer, the movement had been too fleeting for her to decide. Her feet took an involuntary step forward, her heart lodged in her throat. And in that small window in time, his gaze locked on hers, his eyes softened, and her world rocked like a leaky boat.

With love comes a little overhauling …

Ex NASCAR race king, Marty Calhoun, has built a legacy for his family, and now it’s time to round them up and bring them home to claim it. Each of his five children have hearts in need of overhauling. They all have hard lessons to learn. The one thing Marty wants most is to see his children find happiness and love at Calhoun Customs Garage.

BURNOUT

When Paige Drew loses her job at the track, she takes it as a sign to come home to Bigfork and make peace with the past before she takes the next step in her life. She’s been on Trinity Calhoun’s pit crew ever since that fatal night that changed her life forever. She’s hidden behind the scenes at the racetrack for too long, ignored by her family for causing a scandal in their otherwise perfect lives. But coming home means she has to confront Mason Calhoun, the reason she ran in the first place.

Mason Calhoun is still trying to shrug off the label of bad boy, even though he’s proved his worth to the town. But his penchant for fast cars and Harleys makes it difficult for the town to forget the accident that killed his youngest brother, Mitch. It’s hard for him to forget when the girl responsible for him losing his head is back in town, hotter than ever, swinging spanners at his father’s garage, Calhoun Customs.

Release Date: TBA 2019

Finding love and hope in small towns with dark secrets …

Juanita escapes the real world by reading and writing romance novels with elements of suspense, Fantasy Paranormal and small-town stories. Her romance novels star spirited heroines who give the hero a run for his money before giving in. She creates emotionally engaging worlds steeped in romance, suspense, mystery and intrigue, set in dusty, rural outback Australia and on the NASCAR racetracks of America. When she’s not writing, Juanita is mother to three grown boys and has a passion for fast cars and country living.

Juanita loves to hear from fans and would love for you to share her writing journey:

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Fast Lane

Hello dear readers and thank you again to Kelsey for hosting me.

Kees with Australian V8 racing heroes, Garth Tander.

When I created Calhoun Customs Garage, I wanted at least one of the children to be a racing car driver. Having started the series with the eldest sibling, Chase and featuring middle brother, Mason, I figured I’d go to the end of the line for book 2, Fast Lane, and write a story about the youngest Calhoun. Of all five siblings, Trinity was the hardest one to write. She’s a hothead, runs on adrenaline and racing fuel, and seldom passes up on a dare. Poor Reece, he’s in for a rough ride.

Trinity comes crashing into Reece’s life at a time when he’s struggling to comes to terms with having to be a single-parentto his godson, Tyler. Our hero and heroine have both loved and lost someone special to them, both are learning the importance of family strength. And, with a dare or two thrown in, who can resist a ride in the fast lane on their bumpy road to a happy-ever-after?

I would recommend that the books are read in order of release as you will meet Mason from book 1, Overdrive, again in book 2, and the lead up to his story in book 3, Burnout, is littered throughout the first two releases. Book 3, Burnout, is due for release a little later in 2019. Happy reading!

Excerpt:

It was hard to play it cool when his heart pounded so hard he was sure she could see it beating out of his chest. Reece had known this moment would come, had tried not to think too much on it since he’d stepped through the doors of Calhoun Customs at Mason’s invitation. 

In a racing suit, she’d been hot stuff. In summer shorts and a wisp of a tank top thing, she was a volcanic eruption looking to pour lava all over him. And equally as dangerous and destructive. So, no matter how eye-poppingly gorgeous she was, he wouldn’t kiss her.

And that was like telling himself not to breathe, because he’d wanted to taste her lips again since he’d waved goodbye to her trackside. Besides, he owed her one, didn’t he? A dare was a dare after all. Reece stepped around Mason and cupped Trinity’s face between his hands, his gaze holding hers captive. 

“Hello, Trouble.”

With love comes a little overhauling …

Ex NASCAR race king, Marty Calhoun, has built a legacy for his family, and now it’s time to round them up and bring them home to claim it. Each of his five children have hearts in need of overhauling. They all have hard lessons to learn. The one thing Marty wants most is to see his children find happiness and love at Calhoun Customs Garage.

FAST LANE

Trinity Calhoun is a name everyone knows on the race circuit, but her days in the hot seat are numbered. She’s tired of the limelight, meaningless relationships and long hours behind the wheel. When her father calls her home, she’s ready. She slips right back into the family business, finishing off the custom car projects her father has lined up. But racing is in her blood and she’s lured back to risking her life on the hot rod drag strips outside of town. It’s there she meets paramedic, Reece Balmain, who has her re-thinking the road her life is taking.

Reece Balmain arrives in Bigfork a broken man. He’s lived and breathed through horror accidents, haunted by the faces of the people he’s cut from vehicles. He knows one thing–speed kills. He’s hoping not to see too much of it in small town Montana, until he hears about the drag races taking place outside of town. He knows Trinity Calhoun. He’s watched her race, seen her win, held his breath when her car somersaulted into barriers in Daytona Beach. He doesn’t like what she does, but he can’t stay away from the woman who’s claiming his heart.

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Finding love and hope in small towns with dark secrets …

Juanita escapes the real world by reading and writing romance novels with elements of suspense, Fantasy Paranormal and smalltown stories. Her romance novels star spirited heroines who give the hero a run for his money before giving in. She creates emotionally engaging worlds steeped in romance, suspense, mystery and intrigue, set in dusty, rural outback Australia and on the NASCAR racetracks of America. When she’s not writing, Juanita is mother to three grown boys and has a passion for fast cars and country living.

Juanita loves to hear from fans and would love for you to share her writing journey:

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Overdrive

Hello dear readers and thank you to Kelsey for hosting the Calhouns on your blog.

Juanita Kees at Count’s Kustoms

Hello dear readers and thank you to Kelsey for hosting the Calhouns on your blog.

The idea for Calhoun Customs Garage was born out of my love for NASCAR and programs like Counting Cars, Overhaulin’ and West Coast Customs. The people behind the scenes of these television shows are passionate about what they do. Often, the business is a family affair, like Orange County Choppers, for example. And, like the Teutul family,where there is passion there is bound to be drama, conflict and a romance or two.

The over-arching plot of the series is set around the importance of family. Marty Calhoun has Parkinson’s Disease and he knows he only has a small window in which to reunite his scattered family. Two of his sons, Chase and Carter have stayed in Bigfork, Montana while the other three have drifted away from the town. He’d like to have them all home again and settled before his time runs out.

Chase, being the eldest, is the first sibling I tackled in book 1, Overdrive. He’s a workaholic with no time to date, let alone fall in love. Ha! That’s what he thought 😊. Along comes Charlotte (Charlie) Jackson, outrunning her rebellious past and finding shelter in the attic above the garage. The two lovers take a bumpy ride together on the road to their happy-ever-after.

Goodreads reviewer, Isha, had this to say about Overdrive: “Steers full throttle through life, love and redemption to find a home within your heart. I hope you’ll fall in love with the men, women and children of Calhoun Customs Garage. 

I would recommend that the books are read in order of release as you will also meet Mason in book 1, and the lead up to his story in book 3, Burnout, is littered throughout the first two releases. Book 2, Fast Lane is due for release on July 23rd, 2019. Happy reading!

Excerpt:

Long eyelashes brushed her cheeks in sleep. Lips made for kissing parted on the soft rhythm of her breathing. She most definitely didn’t look like a criminal on the run. Just a tired young mother. An extraordinarily beautiful Sleeping Beauty like the one in the fairy tales his mom used to read to Grace. If he were that prince, he’d happily kiss her awake.

The baby let out a wail that killed any remotely romantic ideas forming in his mind. Green eyes fluttered open, muddled with sleep. She pushed herself up on her elbow and paused as if orientating herself to her surroundings before reaching for the bundle in the basket.

“Hey, baby. Is it feeding time already? Hush now.” She cuddled the baby to her, making cooing noises that made Chase wish he was the one she held in her arms.

He waited in the shadows until the baby had settled and the hum of infant noises and soothing lullabies filled the air. It reminded him of a long time ago when his mom’s soft singing had flowed through the attic space at night. There was something exceptionally beautiful about the bond between mother and baby, a sight he was more than happy to enjoy now that he knew he wasn’t imagining things. 

He let his words drift quietly into the almost-silence. “So that’s what happened to my chicken salad sandwich.”

With love comes a little overhauling …

Ex NASCAR race king, Marty Calhoun, has built a legacy for his family, and now it’s time to round them up and bring them home to claim it. Each of his five children have hearts in need of overhauling. They all have hard lessons to learn. The one thing Marty wants most is to see his children find happiness and love at Calhoun Customs Garage.

OVERDRIVE

Chase Calhoun has worked hard at making Calhoun Customs a world-wide sensation and keeping his father’s dream alive. He hasn’t had time to think about settling down, so he’s not expecting to find love or new life hiding in the attic of their garage among the ghosts of his family’s past.

Charlotte Jackson is on the run from a rebellious past, determined to prove she can be a good mom to three-month-old baby, Zoe. Tired of being delegated to the back office of the racing team her famous NASCAR family owns, she sets out to establish herself as a custom design artist. But she’s out of money, luck and time, and she can’t hide in the attic at Calhoun Customs forever.

While Chase slowly loses his heart to his refrigerator thief and the baby bundle asleep in his laundry basket, Charlotte learns that sometimes family is more than just blood and DNA.

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Finding love and hope in small towns with dark secrets …

Juanita escapes the real world by reading and writing romance novels with elements of suspense, Fantasy Paranormal and smalltown stories. Her romance novels star spirited heroines who give the hero a run for his money before giving in. She creates emotionally engaging worlds steeped in romance, suspense, mystery and intrigue, set in dusty, rural outback Australia and on the NASCAR racetracks of America. When she’s not writing, Juanita is mother to three grown boys and has a passion for fast cars and country living.

Juanita loves to hear from fans and would love for you to share her writing journey:

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Scottish Stone Box Set

It’s no secret that Kelsey McKnight writes steamy historicals that will get your kilts in a twist, but now all four of the books in The Scottish Stone Series are available in a box set! For a limited time, you can preorder it HERE for only $0.99! Here’s a reminder of what takes place in each novel so you can see if you’re ready to escape into the Highlands.

Charlotte was born into a life of leisure with a father who always let her do as she pleased, until it came time for her to marry. He wishes to make an alliance with his business partner, an old man who is only interested in a silent and obedient broodmare. Charlotte is neither of those things, and when a Scottish nobleman offers her sanctuary in his Highland castle, she flees London. Now she’s not only running from a man who will see her wed by any cost, but her own growing feelings.

Penelope enjoys being a proper young lady and basking in the fruits of her father’s large department store. All that’s missing is the picture perfect husband, of which she has her pick of. One stands out. He’s tall, dark, handsome and a shipping mogul that has the connections to keep her father’s store in luxury goods. But there’s another who sparks something wild within her. Her comes to her in a blur of shadow and tartan, making her question if the picture perfect life is really what she wants.

Flora is a dreamer by nature, and has her romantic eye set on a particular warrior under her brother’s charge. Much older and sporting a wicked scar, he’s not exactly meant for a Scottish noble lady and her brother refuses the match. When Flora schemes to make her beloved marry her, it goes terribly wrong and she’s forced to flee to London to hide her shame. There, a familiar face offers understanding and an an unconditional care she never dreamed of. But the past never stays hidden and blood will spill over it.

Gwen is not one for romance, turning to numbers and accounting as her steadfast form of completion. When a marriage proposal comes by letter from the hand of a Spanish prince, she accepts. Practically, he’s the perfect man who will allow her the breadth to travel and will send a significant bride price. There’s just one problem…Gwen doesn’t speak Spanish. She entrusts a Portuguese captain who has taken safe harbor on her brother’s coast as a tutor, as he claims his Spanish is impeccable. But as her date to sail to Spain grows closer, Gwen realizes there may be more to life than just numbers.

Preorder this box set HERE now!

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A Good Man

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Title: A Good Man

Series: Handymen 1

Author: Rosanna Leo

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Limitless Publishing

Release Date: November 21, 2017

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36566499-a-good-man

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Blurb:

Not only is Michael a star on a successful home improvement show, he’s also seen as a local hero. But no one knows about the demons he carries inside him ever since the day he risked his life to save others.

All the accolades and honors only make the memories stronger and the pain unbearable. He would do anything to be able to forget, to put his past behind him and move on.

Michael takes on a new home improvement project, convinced it’s the perfect distraction. Little did he know that Emily, the woman who’s supposed to be nothing more than a client, would turn out to be a huge distraction…and engaged.

While Emily battles with her own personal problems, Michael is determined to keep his distance. The last thing he needs is woman trouble. But when it becomes clear that the attraction is mutual, he realizes staying away from her is not an option.

Now Michael needs to decide if he’s willing to risk exposing his weakness, and his heart…by giving in to temptation.

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Excerpt:

“Come with me. I want to show you something.”

“Sounds mysterious.”

“I will admit I was keeping this a secret, but I’ve made an executive decision to break with Handymen tradition.”

“What will Lacey think?”

“Let’s not go there.” He brought her upstairs, to the room that used to be the master bedroom, the one where several crew members stowed their belongings most days. Michael opened the door. At the far end of the empty room sat a large object, covered in a long tarp. “I’ve been working on something for you.”

“You mean other than renovating my house?”

He grinned. “Remember those old family photos Lacey borrowed from you?”

“Yeah. She said they wanted to include a montage of old pictures in the show introduction.”

“That might have been a slight fabrication. I just needed a way to get some photos from you. Anyway, I was saving this for the big reveal, but I think I want to show you now.” He grabbed the edge of the tarp and pulled, revealing the object hidden beneath it.

It was an old wooden ladder, one he’d found months ago at a salvage yard. He’d decided to repurpose it, turning it into a set of frames for the old photos they’d borrowed. Faces now smiled out from the six gaps between the rungs. Nonna Olivia hugging two blond children, Emily and her brother. Nonna Olivia and her husband on their wedding day. Six photos in total, all part of the heritage Emily so treasured. He hoped she’d like the rustic look of the ladder. Rather than sanding and painting it, he’d left it rough and worn, so that it looked as if it might have been sitting in Nonna Olivia’s toolshed, just waiting to be used. All Michael had done was affix the appropriate hooks and backings and had blown all the photos up to sizes that would fit the spaces.

Emily gazed upon her grandmother’s face. Her chest heaved. She blinked once, then twice. All at once, big, fat tears began to roll down her cheeks. “Michael, it’s…”

“I hope you don’t mind I used the photos. I thought it might be nice for you to have mementos of your grandmother in the finished store.”

“Oh.” Her hand covered her mouth but it shook so much she was unsuccessful at covering her open mouth.

“I hope you like it. You’ve had a shitty week and I thought you could use a pick-me-up. I was supposed to keep quiet about it, so maybe you could keep it under your hat until—”

Emily threw herself at him and wrapped her arms around his torso, cutting off his words and his breath. Only when he hugged her back did he realize how hard she was quivering.

She wasn’t just crying about the old photos.

“It’s okay, Em. Let it out, sweetheart.”

The collar of his shirt grew wet but he didn’t care. Wardrobe had tons of shirts. Besides, she felt good in his arms, all soft and warm. He rubbed her shoulders and the back of her waist, exploring and familiarizing himself with her luscious body. He breathed, drinking in her scent. His nasal cavities had never known such bliss. It was like that first clear breath after a long period of congestion. His fingers were pretty happy too, enjoying the give of her womanly body. It was all he could do not to slide them down, cup her sweet ass, and pull her up against him.

Just not while she was crying over another man.

She lingered in his arms and he did nothing to push her away. In fact, it surprised him how badly he wanted to keep her there, so much so that when Emily finally extricated herself, he wanted to pull her back into his embrace. Instead, he wiped her cheeks of the remaining tears.

“The makeup ladies are going to kill me for making you cry.”

It might have been his imagination, but her tears made her eyes appear even greener. In fact, her entire face seemed a riot of tempting color. Each shade called to him. The crushed roses in her cheeks. Her strawberry lips, so plump and moist. Even the doeskin brown of her freckles fascinated him to no end. He wanted to count them, to kiss and mark them all.

Kissing her made a whole lot of sense right now. Kissing her senseless seemed even better.

Emily’s eyes widened. Her lips parted in invitation. Michael paused, knowing it was wrong, even though every raised hair on his arms told him it was right.

As he debated with himself for a split second, she brushed her lips against his. It was quick and soft, hunger masquerading as something platonic. Even though a spectator might have called it a friendly kiss, he knew the truth. As brief as it may have been, he felt her yield to him, even if just a little.

From the startled look in her eye, Emily knew it too.

She took a step back. “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have done that.”

“You’re right. I should have been the one to do it.” Michael licked his lips. “Your lips really do taste like strawberries.”

“Michael, I can’t.”

“I think you just did.”

“You know what I mean.” She waved her hand between their two torsos. “This. I can’t do this.”

“What? Point at my chest?”

“You’re teasing me.”

“Maybe a little. Listen, Em, I understand. As unexpected as that kiss was, as much as I want to taste your lips again, I know it’s too soon.”

“It’s too much, too soon.”

He reached for her hand. “I get it. It’s okay.”

“Thank you.”

“But that doesn’t mean I won’t be spending all my waking hours waiting for the moment I can make it happen again.”

“Michael.”

“Don’t worry. I’d never force the matter. Besides, I enjoyed having you thrust yourself at me.”

“Are you ever going to let me live it down?”

“Not in this century, sweetheart.”

Author Bio:

Rosanna Leo is a multi-published romance author. Winner of the Reader’s Choice 2015 in Paranormal Romance at The Romance Reviews, Rosanna draws on her love of mythology for her books on Greek gods, selkies and shape shifters.

From Toronto, Canada, Rosanna occupies a house in the suburbs with her long-suffering husband, their two hungry sons and a tabby cat named Sweetie. When not writing, she can be found haunting dusty library stacks or planning her next star-crossed love affair.

A library employee by day, she is honored to be a member of the league of naughty librarians who also happen to write romance.

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Sapphire Sea

If you’ve been traveling through Victorian Scotland and London with Clan MacLeod, then it’s time you know that the series is coming to an end. Sapphire Sea, book four in The Scottish Stone Series is now available for preorder.

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Scottish lady Gwendolyn MacLeod prides herself on being the practical sort. So when an arranged marriage to a Spanish prince is presented, Gwendolyn accepts without hesitation.

The prince has status, his letters speak of duty and honor, and her years of proper education will be useful in the running of his home. However, she speaks no Spanish–the only flaw in her sensible match. But the Portuguese captain whose ship is docked below the castle does, and he offers to instruct her in the language of love.

When the late nights of studying begin to tear her from her chosen path to Spain, will she follow her heart out to the wide, sapphire sea? Or will she allow her one great adventure to become her biggest regret?

ss2.jpgSapphire Sea is available for preorder HERE on Amazon in ebook, paperback, and for free with Kindle Unlimited.

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His Tarnished Ruby

Today is the release day of His Tarnished Ruby, the third installment in The Scottish Stone Series. It follows Flora MacLeod, the fiery young woman who’s been dreaming of marriage…not just any marriage, but one filled with passion, one with the man of her dreams, a man she’s already handpicked to be hers.

The choices Flora make may ruin her, kill her reputation and her standing in the world she was raised in. It may just force her into situations she could never dream possible for a highborn lady. But when someone offers to face them with her, she must decide if she can bear the weight of true and innocent love.

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Order His Tarnished Ruby today and run away to London with Flora to escape her past in the Highlands.

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About Kelsey McKnight

From Scottish lairds to billionaire businessmen, Kelsey McKnight will ignite your soul, no matter what century it lives in.

Kelsey is a university-educated historian from southern New Jersey. She has married her great loves of romance, history, and literature to create her newly finished works, “The Scottish Stone Series”. This collection takes readers on a journey through the bustling streets of Victorian London and into the lush hills of the Scottish Highlands. Her second book, a contemporary romance titled “The Non-Disclosure Agreement”, is also available now and features a bad boy politician and the small town girl that could change his ways. When she’s not writing, Kelsey can be found reading, drinking too much coffee, spending time with her family, and working for two separate nonprofit. Visit her Amazon page HERE to learn more about all her published works.

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There is also a giveaway at play, which has three of any of Kelsey McKnight’s ebooks up for grabs. Enter now by clicking HERE.

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