Monday, March 18


I have two giveaways on the blog today. The first is an offer for anyone who reads and reviews my book, Desert Heat, on Amazon or any other reputable review site. Review it between March 18-April 8, let me know, and I'll send you 1 copy of any of my other books...!

 Blurb: Mallory James doesn’t trust men. How could she when her own father abandoned her twenty-two years ago? Now, when she receives a phone call from a man claiming to have found the body of her father in the Arizona desert, Mallory has no way to find out the truth. For closure, she flies to Phoenix to claim the body.

Mike Malone has more trouble than he knows how to cope with. An environmental group, the Salt River Protection League has gotten an injunction that prevents his guest ranch from operating. Tired of the battle, his longtime girlfriend has left him, and his friends—all depending on him for their livelihood—are getting desperate. The last thing he needs is the body of desert rat, Skeeter James, in one of his vacant cabins. And Mike really doesn’t need a beautiful woman taking his mind off business.

The minute Mallory reaches the deserted guest ranch things seem odd. Mike’s friends aren’t welcoming, and one in particular, Diana, seems to want Mallory gone. A vial of gold and half a treasure map are the only legacy Skeeter leaves. Before she can have the burial, Mallory is lured into the desert, bucked off a horse sabotaged by a thorn under his saddle blanket and stalked. Although she is falling for Mike, she can’t love a man she can’t trust. At first, Mike is skeptical of Mallory’s claims, but as incidents begin to pile up, he is forced to admit someone is trying to hurt. But how can they stop what they don’t understand?
A Garth Brooks tune now filled the air.  After checking to make sure no one was around, humming along under her breath, Mallory spread the yellowing paper out next to the map on the wall.  Skeeter’s map was apparently hand-drawn, with several landmarks that matched those on the larger version.   She traced the landmarks on Skeeter’s map, and then found them on the hanging map.  Two towns, Tortilla Flat and Goldfield, sat along a dirt road called the Apache Trail.  Skeeter’s map copied the route, but not exactly. 
What did the small inked x indicate on Skeeter’s map?  On the big one there was nothing but desert.  Again, comparing the two, she saw on Skeeter’s version where he’d marked the x, was now The Jumping Cholla ranch.
What could that mean?  Why had Skeeter marked the location of The Cholla on his map?  Just to get his bearings?  Or was there a deeper reason he’d noted the ranch’s position?  She bit a thumbnail and stared at the ink spot, trying to figure it out. 
 “There you are.”  Mike stood in the doorway.
Mallory yelped and jumped.  The map fell from her fingertips to the floor. 
Before she could retrieve it, he beat her to the task.  He glanced at it, then looked again.  “What is this?”
 “I’m not sure,” Mallory hedged.
 “Like hell.”  Mike’s eyes looked like twin blue lakes, frozen over for winter.  “Where’d you get this?”
Not liking his tone, Mallory reached for her page.  “Give me my property.”
He held it away from her.  “Not until you tell me how you got this.”
Seeing he wasn’t going to hand it over, she said, “It’s nothing.  Just an old map.”
 “I know what it is.  How’d you get it?”  He glanced at it again. 
 “From Skeeter.”  She held out her hand. 
 “What?”  He looked skeptical.  “That’s not possible.”
 “The coroner gave it to me today.  This was sewn into his pant leg.  The coroner gave it to me today.”  Was Mike some kind of nut?  He seemed sane, but the way he acted now was beyond weird.
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  1. Now that's a great BOGO if I ever saw one! Amazing excerpts.

  2. Wonderful, D'Ann. I tweeted.

  3. great excerpts, D'Ann! Thanks for the giveaway

  4. Desert Heat sounds like a treasure hunt. Enjoyed the excerpt.

  5. Oh, Lord, that beautiful cover...thanks for covering for me today, D!

  6. Love your writing, D'Ann -- nice one! Very much looking forward to Desert Heat!

  7. What a great idea. Love this story.

  8. Desert Heat is on my list, but I'm afraid to commit to an actual time frame...but when I read it, I'll definitely post a review!

  9. Now that's a deal!! I can't wait to read Desert Heat! I love the cover so much!!

  10. I am so happy I found your site today.
    Count me in.

  11. I'm reading Cooper's Redeption right now...But I want to read this one too and Shot Through the Heart. But I'll buy them and review them. Wish I could read faster!!!!!!!

  12. thank you, everyone, for coming by!