No Such Luck – #NewRelease @StaciTroilo #romance #novella

I am thrilled to host an author I admire greatly, and who is a fellow member of the Story Empire group, Staci Troilo! AND she has a brand new release. I’ll let her tell you about it!

I appreciate you having me here today, Jan. Hi, everyone. Thank you for chatting with me about my new release, No Such Luck. It’s a fast and fun clean romance just in time for the holiday season.

Piper Seidel is a master contortionist. Not really. But she feels like one because every time her long-time crush is around, she manages to shove her foot in her mouth. She’s convinced it’s a combination of bad luck and because he’s constantly taking her by surprise. Nothing she can do about her poor fortune, but she can primp and prepare for an encounter with Tommy. This excerpt shows Piper (hopefully) at her best.


She finally had the opportunity to dress appropriately in front of Tommy—black leggings and a long red v-neck sweater—and she styled her hair and applied makeup. That evening, while Frank and Pam decorated the world’s most perfect tree, Piper sipped her eggnog and waited for Tommy to stop in before he left.

She wasn’t disappointed.

He did a double-take, then kept his gaze on her while he spoke to her dad.

“We’re all done, sir. Unless there’s anything else you need from us.”

“How about Pam and I go check it out, then we’ll let you know?”

“Sounds good. I’ll just stay here with Piper while you go over our work.”

When her dad and Pam left the room, Piper finally had her chance. And she didn’t have a clue what to do with it. “Eggnog?”

Really? Eggnog? That was her big move?

“Sure.”

Piper walked over to the punchbowl, then poured him a glass. As she handed it to him, she prayed he didn’t notice her hands tremble. When his fingers brushed hers, her face flushed, so she turned her attention to filling her own cup.

“Where’ve you been for the last few years, Piper?”

“Seven.”

“Hmm?”

“Seven. I’ve been gone seven years. Eleven if you count college.”

“Oh. Has it been that long?”


Even with her hair styled and makeup done, Piper couldn’t quite pry her foot out of her mouth. The question is whether she can land a date with him despite her awkwardness. At least if she fails, she can blame it on her bad luck.

I hope you enjoyed that quick sneak peek. No Such Luck, the first installment of the Keystone Couples series, is available now on Amazon.

Blurb:

Seeds of luck usually wither. The rare one grows and blooms.

Piper Seidel has one thing going for her—a red carnation given to her by Tommy Burnett in the tenth grade. It might have dried over the years, but it’s still her good luck charm. Losing it sets her life in a downward spiral, forcing her to return to her hometown where she comes face to face with her high school crush.

The years have been kind to Tommy, who looks better than ever. Unfortunately, Piper is at her worst, continually embarrassing herself whenever he’s around. The only plus? Her long-time friend, Jack Rhodes, still lives in town. Since she last saw him, his legs have grown longer, his biceps thicker, and his shoulders broader. He was always the brother she never had, but now she can’t help noticing him in an unsisterly way. Jack is every bit as caring as he’s ever been—until her bad luck drives him away, maybe forever.

Piper needs a new good luck charm, and fast, before she loses her final chance at happiness.

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09J31935Z?

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Mountain Blaze – New Release from Debby Grahl! @DebbyGrahl @wildrosepress

I am happy to showcase another Wild Press author on my blog today! Folks, I have read this book and as you’ll see from my review, I enjoyed it immensely! But I’ll let Debby tell you about it.

Thank you, Jan, for hosting me on your blog today!

I love both the ocean and mountains. I live near the ocean, and thankfully my cousins live a few hours away in North Carolina. The idea for Mountain Blaze came to me while we were all touring the area around Asheville, NC. It was Fall, and the spectacular display of color against the backdrop of the Smoky Mountains was breathtaking. We hiked a while and discovered a scenic overlook which revealed a stream winding through the valley below.

We came upon a small ranch with cabins to rent and horseback riding. As we waited for the horses to be saddled for a trail ride, my writer’s imagination replaced the nice older man with a handsome cowboy. Now, what would be his story? As we rode through the lush woods, the air fragrant with the smell of pine, Dillon McCoy took shape in my mind.

We drove down the mountain into Waynesville. This is a great little town where I discovered Mast General. A fun old-fashioned country store, this is one of my favorite places to shop. We decided to stop in a café, and while sipping a delicious cup of coffee, I noticed an attractive woman seated at an adjacent table. Her clothes were stylish. She looked as if she had just walked off Fifth Avenue. Once again, my writer’s imagination took over, and Diana Thompson was born. Now, what circumstances could bring the cowboy and the wealthy city girl together?

In all my books, I like to have some type of mystery. So not only do Diana and Dillon need to meet, they must discover what outside force is determined to keep them apart and endanger their lives.

Mountain Blaze blurb:

Disillusioned by his wife’s betrayal, rodeo star Dillon McCoy comes home to the mountains of North Carolina to lick his wounds. When he agrees to take over the family ranch, the Lazy M, he’s unaware danger waits.

Diana Thompson is having doubts about her engagement to Trent Sawyer. She agrees to leave Chapel Hill and spend Thanksgiving with her friend Jenn at the Lazy M. When Diana and Dillon meet, neither can deny their attraction, but both must resolve past relationships while fighting their growing desire.

After Dillon turns down an anonymous offer to purchase the ranch, attempts are made on his life. When a body is found, Dillon sets out to discover who wants the McCoy land enough to commit murder.

Excerpt:

Once she made it to the trees, the snow was deeper. Sinking to her knees, Diana struggled to move quickly. Knowing her trail would be easily followed, she pushed on. Not having a clue where she was going, Diana hoped to spot a landmark she’d recognize from their trail rides. Was Dillon coming? Did he know she was missing? Surely by now he was looking for her. But how long would it take for him to realize she was at the ranch?

Breathless, her hands and feet numb, she wiped tears from her cheeks. Stop it. You have to remain strong to survive. She gritted her teeth. Why had she changed from her sturdy boots to these fancy leather ones. She could almost hear Jenn now, “Girl, what’s the matter with you?”

None of this made any sense. What in the world was she doing lost in the woods in the snow running from a killer?

MY REVIEW:

5.0 out of 5 stars 

Sizzling romance, murder and blackmail Reviewed in the United States on November 19, 2020 Verified Purchase.

Diana, a wealthy socialite with her entire life laid out ahead of her questions whether or not she is in love with her fiance, Trent. When a friend suggests a getaway to her family’s ranch, Diana is unprepared for the sparks that fly between her and Dillon McCoy, a rodeo cowboy. They could not be more opposite. I loved how this author took two flawed people and wove their lives together into an intricate web. This story has it all from sizzling romance to murder, blackmail, and cheating. I couldn’t put it down. I had to know what would happen to Diana and Dillon and whether they would confess their love for each other – that is if they lived long enough. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and will be picking up other novels from this author!

Bio:

Award winning author, Debby Grahl, lives on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, with her husband, David. Besides writing, she enjoys biking, walking on the beach and a glass of wine at sunset. Her favorite places to visit are New Orleans, New York City, Captiva Island in Florida, the Cotswolds of England, and her home state of Michigan. She is a history buff who also enjoys reading murder mysteries, time travel, and, of course, romance. Visually impaired since childhood by Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), she uses screen-reading software to research and write her books. His Magic Touch, a paranormal romance, was released by Wild Rose Press December 5, 2018. Her latest book, Mountain Blaze, was released November 2.

You can find Debby at the following:

Website — www.debbygrahl.com
Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/debbygrahlauthor?ref=br_rs

Bookbub — https://www.bookbub.com/search/authors?search=debby%20grahl
Twitter — https://twitter.com/DebbyGrahl

Buy links

Other books by Debby Grahl – Amazon Author Page — https://www.amazon.com/Debby-Grahl/e/B00B34HM26

B&N —https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/Debby+Grahl?_requestid=5525094