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Her Wicked Captain

River Rogues #1

By: Sandra Jones

Releasing November 4, 2014

Samhain Publishing

She played right into his hands.

Possessing uncanny people-reading skills like her mama, Philadelphia “Dell” Samuels has spent thirteen years in her aunt’s rustic Ozarks home, telling fortunes over playing cards and trying to pass as white. But the treacherous Mississippi River childhood her mama dragged her away from finally catches up to her on a steamboat captained by her old friend Rory Campbell.

Known to his crew as the Devil’s Henchman, Rory is a gambler in need of a miracle. Following the cold trail of his boss’s wife and bastard daughter, Dell, Rory has only one goal in mind: saving his crew from the boss’s cruelty by ruining him. The only one who can defeat the Monster of the Mississippi is the man trained to take his place. Rory’s convinced he can lure his boss into a high-stakes game against a rival, and with Dell’s people-reading skills, the monster will lose everything.

Under Rory’s tutelage and protection, Dell agrees to the tortured captain’s plan. Passion and peril quickly bring them together as lovers. But when Rory’s plan goes awry, the lives of the innocent depend on Dell’s ability to read the situation correctly—and hopefully save them all.

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Historical romance author Sandra Jones was born and raised in Arkansas. She loves living in a cabin overlooking White River where she enjoys watching eagles and dreaming about the adventurous frontiersmen who once traveled past in steamboats. When she’s not reading, writing or researching, she’s the cook for her cranky old tom cat, her husband of more than 25 years, and her two grown sons. She also loves to chat with her fans.

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Excerpt

        “What sort of danger are you bringing me into?”

“Nothing for you to worry about. I’m good with pistols. I’m good with lots of things.” His voice held a smile, and he flicked the top button of her dress open with the tiniest motion of his index finger.

“Stop that.” Shock zinged through her. She planted her hands on his shoulders to push away, but he resisted, anchoring her in the circle of his brawny arms. “Let me go! Stop teasing. You’re trying to distract me. I demand to know what trouble you’re bringing Jeremiah and me into.”

“You demand?” His laughter vibrated his chest beneath her palms. “Lady, you can’t make demands on my ship. The cardsharps who frequent Moreaux’s gaming salons are a different breed than the fur traders and muleskinners you know. They’d as soon put a bullet in your chest than lose a hand of cards, but as long as you’re with me, you’ve got no one to worry about.” He ran his index finger gently along her cheek. “’Cept maybe me.”

A sharp retort sprang to her tongue, but the hungry look in his eyes froze her. His gaze fell to her mouth, and he eased forward. Anticipation held her captive as his lips brushed over hers, warm and gentle, fitting like the missing half of a pair. Her eyelids fell shut against the sparks in her mind, and she swore she felt them ignite, the heat flowing up her chest and neck.

When he sat back, she opened her eyes to find him regarding her through dark eyes of his own. Wanting more, she folded her lips together, savoring the wondrous sensation of his mouth on hers a moment longer.

“Did you see that coming, angel?” he whispered.

His teasing words were like ice water in her face. “I see everything I want to see. Be serious.” Truth be told, she was glad she wasn’t standing at the moment. His surprising kiss could’ve swept her feet out from under her. She looked down at him haughtily. She’d show him she wasn’t to be played with. There’d been other men who’d tried to spread her legs, who’d kissed her first—though never as sweet and seductive as Rory’s kiss. But she’d bested every man, found their weaknesses, turned their superstitions against them. Rory wasn’t any different. He thought to bring her back to his boss like a prize? Well, she was nobody’s trophy! “What makes you think you can kiss me, Captain?”

His hand slid behind her head. He smirked. “You’re the one who came to me. Now”—he twined his fingers in the back of her hair and murmured—“let me kiss you properly.”

Dell refused to come any closer, but he bent his knees, propping his feet up on the other chair and causing her to fall against his body. Her hands flattened on his chest, feeling the solid muscle beneath the linen of his shirt. His lips covered hers again, and his hand caressed the back of her neck in a gesture so tender and intimate, unlike anything she’d ever felt before. The tip of his tongue touched her bottom lip in request. She couldn’t deny her curiosity a moment longer, so she opened for him, allowing his tongue to seek hers.

He tasted of smoke and rum, provocative and forbidden as he coaxed her, melting her inside and out, until she gave way and parried, matching movement for movement. When she fell fully into his erotic dance, he purred low in his throat. His fingertips trailed up and down her neck, stroking her skin with care, but his lips were urgent. She drank him in, following her instinct to dissolve in his embrace, allowing him to deepen his exploration. Her fingers fumbled under his open shirt, questing for his skin and finding the fine hair of his chest.

Rory turned his head, taking in a deep breath. His hands covered hers. “I was wrong. Maybe you’re the dangerous one.”

Dell bit her bottom lip as she tried to corral her racing heart. Suddenly uncomfortable in his lap, she readjusted, and he groaned. She discovered the reason for her discomfort—his rigid organ strained against her backside.

Rory tapped her chin with a light fingertip. “If you’re after respectability like you claim, you’ll not find it with me. Understand?”

Dell nodded and untangled herself from him. His arms fell away as she cast off his blanket and stood. Perhaps it was the wine she’d drunk or the heady comfort of his warm body, but she immediately wished she’d stayed put, enjoying more of his kisses. She hugged herself, looking at his boots, the deck, anywhere but at him that he might know her thoughts.

“Unless”—he shifted and spread his arms across the back of the chair in an invitation for her to feast over the naked muscles of his chest—“you’d rather lower your standards like your mama and wallow in decadence with the rest of us.”

“Like my mama?” Dell huffed. “Damn you! My mama was a decent woman. That’s why she got me out of that kind of life. One kiss—two kisses—doesn’t make me one of your tarts, Gory Rory. And you kissed me. I never asked you, I never gave you permission.”

He lifted a mocking brow. “You sure didn’t try very hard to refuse me.”

Dell spun away and headed back to the captain’s quarters. She heard him mutter an indignant “Gory Rory?”

His laughter rang in her ears as she closed the door.

Blissed-Out

This weekend I got absolutely blissed-out (overwhelmed by a sense of happiness) with a scenic view, sunshine, my story, and friends. Take a look…

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Oh yeah, there was wine too.

I was lucky enough to be locked inside a house with eleven other authors for a weekend. We laughed. We worked. We ate. We watched the sun turn the sky into a marble of yellow and red. And maybe, we drank a little.

Here I sit, Monday with a newly completed manuscript and the lingering haze of euphoria. There’s not a one of us who wouldn’t rewind the clock and do it all over again. Until next year, DSRA Retreat!

I’m curious…what gets you totally blessed-out?

Making Time with Sir Caerwyn

Back by popular demand, sporting a hot new hero and a brand new release…give it up for Sandra Jones!!

I really appreciate Megan inviting me to her blog today. I’ve been overwhelmed by deadlines lately, so I’ve asked the hero of my latest release HER CHRISTMAS KNIGHT, a novella included in FIVE GOLDEN RINGS: A CHRISTMAS COLLECTION, to stand in for me today. He’s a great guy.

Meet Sir Caerwyn!

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As a great believer in chivalry, I would be remiss if I did not accept Sandra’s request.

Tell us about your personality: I’m what some would call a control-freak. I don’t believe in anyone doing what I can do for myself. I would rather spend time hunting or jousting than courting manipulative wenches! I don’t care much for pretentious people. Why bother with trivial things!

What’s wrong with women? All women of my acquaintance are flighty, fickle, and unreliable—incapable of running things. Except Lady Nia—now she’s an exceptional woman!

Tell us your hobbies:  Aye, after the Crusades there is much time on my hands! To keep myself from becoming idle, I enjoy sporting. Besides jousts, tournaments, and hunting? I’m skilled with making things from metal—swords, buckles, chainmail, and I once made a lady’s ring! You’ll have to ask Lady Nia how that turned out!

Wow, it sounds like you’re really good with your hands! Thank you, Sir Caerwyn. You’ve been a good sport.

FiveGoldenRings

Available to download December 11 on Amazon 

FIVE GOLDEN RINGS

by Sophie Barnes, Karen Erickson, Rena Gregory, Sandra Jones, Vivienne Lorret

The holidays are a time for wishes, magic and, of course, love. Celebrate the season with this delightful collection of Christmas tales. What better way for Connor Talbot, Earl of Redfirn, to spend the holidays than convincing Leonora Compton that the only match she needs to make is with him!

The Duke of Ashton has had three years to plan for his perfect Christmas present—the Lady Eleanor Fitzsimmons as his wife. Now, all he has to do is convince the reluctant lady …

Phin Baldwin does not believe in Christmas magic … until the clever and beautiful Ginny Overton gets it into her head to show him how wonderful it can be when wishes come true.

Just returned from the Crusades, marriage is the last thing on Sir Caerwyn’s mind. But will he be able to resist Lady Nia, the thief of his boyhood heart, when she tempts him yet again?

Responsible Ethan Weatherstone is determined to save Penelope Rutledge—and her reputation—from her silly scheme, but can he save himself from the temptation of her lips?

Sandra Jones is the author of historical romances. She’s worked as a bookseller and a librarian, where she indulged in her love of old books.

When not researching or writing her next novel, she enjoys being with family, reading, and watching British TV. A self-proclaimed history geek, she currently lives in a 1905 Greek revival home in the Mississippi Delta. Sandra loves hearing from readers. Comment, leave a question, or visit her at her website to learn more about her books, http://www.sandrajonesromance.com

Extra! Extra! Learn All About It!

Diamond State Romance Authors
Chapter 210 of Romance Writers of America®
Presents
DIY: A Toolbox for Self-Publishing & 
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge Booksigning Benefit:
 
Date:   November 17, 2012
Workshop Presentation:  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
The workshop schedule includes:
·         Pros and Cons of Self-Publishing
·         PR/Marketing
·         Where to Publish (including small press/e-press options)
·         Editing  
·         Q&A
This group of published writers will offer informative and fun tips on how to increase the chances of publishing commercial fiction. The workshop is available to all levels of writers ages 16 and older. No children, please.
Location:       Roosevelt Thompson Public Library
                        38 Rahling Circle
                        Little RockAR
Reservations for workshop not required but reservations will guarantee a seat and handouts.
 
For reservations, email voireylinger@gmail.com or call Thompson library at 501-821-3060
After the workshop, Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge will present a program about their mission to provide a lifetime refuge for abandoned, abused and neglected big cats such as lions and tigers.
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge Presentation: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
 Be there for door prizes, free books and networking opportunities.
Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge Booksigning Benefit: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Location:       Oceans at Arthurs (close to Library)
                        27 Rahling Circle
The Wild at Heart anthology was specifically written and compiled as a fundraiser for the refuge, and the stories, which are suitable for all audiences, leave the reader with a positive feeling of hope for the future of these endangered animals. The stories in the anthology focus primarily on large-animal rescue and/or the dangers of keeping one as a pet.
Hope to see you there!

What’s Your Type?

Hey Blog Buddies. I am positively delighted to have author Sandra Jones visit us from the lands of Mist and Magic. That’s right, Sandra pens sensual historical romances with just enough enchantment to make your toes tingle and her heroines swoon. So, hold on to your hankies as Sandra sweeps us away… 

In preparing for this post, I started looking at my heroes and noticed that they’re really very different. I don’t seem to have a type. My first hero in WISH FOR THE MOON was Welsh and very dark haired. A little like this:

In MOONLIGHT MADNESS, the main character is golden-haired. Take a peek at the cover model:

In my two novellas, I had yet another blond and another brunet. My husband, however, claims I do have a type. He says I prefer light-brown hair, but come to think of it, that’s his hair color!

I appreciate Megan for letting me stop by. My latest historical romance, MOONLIGHT MADNESS, is available now on Kindle only, until January 18 when it’s available everywhere else.

This book is the second one in the Circle of Destiny series. Both books share a common legend: a circle of Iron Age standing stones in Wales—or a henge—cursed with a mysterious Druid enchantment allows soul mates to find each other, even if separated by hundreds of years of time.

While visiting Wales, Rance Kingsley, Viscount Waldenham, receives a warning that his daughter will soon be kidnapped by Spanish enemies. Before he can aid her, Rance tumbles into a mysterious portal to the future. His only hope is to find his soulmate, the key to returning. However his curse continues when all signs point to Tess Hartman, a straight-laced teacher, as his match. After a cheating boyfriend, the only male Tess wants in her life is Dante, a troubled teen she would like to adopt. To bond with the boy, Tess brings him on a class field trip to Britain. But the Shakespeare experience becomes too real when sexy, eccentric Rance seduces her. When Tess falls for Rance’s kisses and travels with him across four centuries, she’s convinced he’s made a mistake. How could she love a man who deceived her, separating her from everything she cares about, a man with MOONLIGHT MADNESS?

Do you have a type? Let us know in a comment, and I’ll pick one to win a copy of my first print book, WISH FOR THE MOON.

After you comment, check out Sandra and her latest release: http://www.sandrajonesromance.com