A Summer’s Enchantment by Kathleen Ann Gallagher – Spotlight and Giveaway


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Cassandra Wales, an independent and dedicated registered nurses is determined not to let her recent breakup to break her spirit. She moved in to her quaint cottage in The White Mountain Region of New Hampshire, and decorating is her top priority. A few clangs and whistles wasn’t about to scare her off. Nothing a little magic or a touch of sage couldn’t handle. She never expected to find an elderly woman, accompanied by her hot and sexy grandson, Jake, at her doorstep with an unusual request.

Jake Connor is an ambitious, up and coming lead singer in a rock band. When his grandmother has a dream about her late husband, and she asks him to drive her over to their first home, he doesn’t question her motives. Instead, he meets the woman of his dreams. How can he expect her to take a back seat while he pursues his big break in the exciting world of rock and roll?

Cassandra can’t resist Jake’s magnetism, yet she has her doubts about a man who has women begging for his attention. Can he be the one she has been waiting for or will their different worlds put a halt to their budding romance?

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His tight-fitted, short-sleeved shirt lifted, giving her a clear view of his six-pack. He probably had women lined up at his doorstep. It wasn’t like her to gawk at a guy. The array of emotions she was experiencing made her woozy. She was attracted to a total stranger and she enjoyed it. All thoughts of her decorating project took a back seat to her raging hormones. Her focus was supposed to be on her new home, not a hot, sexy guy in a great pair of jeans. She took a deep breath in an attempt to get it together. He inched closer, and she got a whiff of his sensual cologne. Steadying herself, a silly thought popped in her head. She envisioned him kissing her. Wishful thinking on her part, but she’d never admit it. Jake didn’t have to do or say another thing to pique her interest. He’d done that already.

The intensity of his stare sent shivers down her spine. “Look, I know this is sudden, but how’d you like to meet me a week from Friday at Shark’s, on Willow Drive? We’re heading the bill and I’d love for you to hear us jam.”

He reached out to touch her arm. “Say you’ll come. Please? No pressure, but my grandmother is waiting.”

He gave a boyish grin. His sensuous full lips tempted her to imagine a romantic interlude. Her head spun. Never in her life had she found a man so tantalizing. She let out a playful giggle, feeling the butterflies in her stomach grow.

“I’d love to hear you play again.” A real date might be better, but a slow start sounded good for now. The unexpected invitation nearly floored her.

“Can you make it this Friday night? I promise to spend breaks with you.” He kept his eyes on her, making his request hard to resist.

“I think I can make it.”

“You think? Try to be there. I’ll sing a song especially for you.” She felt the heat on her face.

“Okay, I’ll do my best to make it. It’s nice of you to invite me. Thanks.” Her heart pounded in her chest. She couldn’t believe she had made a date with a man she met briefly, right in front of her house.

About the Author: Kathleen writes contemporary and paranormal romance in her home in New Jersey, where she lives with her husband and their two fur babies, Luc and Chaz. She spent years working as a registered nurse in an emergency room. She is also active in Community Theater. 

She has three children and three lovable grandsons. Her favorite romantic getaway is Cape May, New Jersey. You might run into Kathleen on a beach down the Jersey Shore, wearing a straw hat and sipping on an iced tea as she plots her next romance novel.
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Night Magic by Kathleen Ann Gallagher – Spotlight and Giveaway

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MediaKit_BookCover_NightMagicKrista Winter is in need of legal counsel. Several years ago she was forced to flee her life as a teacher in New Jersey after being shunned for practicing witchcraft, and her past is about to catch up with her.

Jon Bartolo is a dedicated attorney. His days are spent helping his clients with their struggles, and his nights are spent in agony, lost in a world between life and death. His mother, who died three years ago, lurks in his house, suffering from a curse for eternity, without a final resting place.

A smoldering fire ignites between Jon and Krista almost immediately, however, he’s sure his secret would frighten any woman away. An afternoon escape brings them closer, but doubts linger between the love-struck couple.

Burning questions about how to fuse their futures together with so much of their past still clouding the future becomes a heavy burden that they’re both trying to bear on their own. It will take a touch of magic if there’s any hope in sight.

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She smiled, wishing she wasn’t so nervous. Before she realized what was happening, he stood and headed toward her. Was Jon about to make a move? If so, she wasn’t resisting. He planted himself in front of her and took hold of her hands to help her stand. With a smooth sway of his hips, he slowly slipped his hand around her back. Tunnel vision altered all perception of reality, and she closed her eyes as he gently pulled her up against his chest. Jon’s touch aroused her mercilessly. There wasn’t time to react. Her panties moistened and her nipples tingled. The tiny stubble on his face gave her skin a slight burn, and it unleashed her wild spirit. She dug her fingers into his back. A sense of belonging came as a surprise. Jon cradled her in his arms, and she surrendered to his advances. His passionate touch filled her spirit with longing. It didn’t matter if they were strangers. When their lips touched, it felt right. A quiet echo and a brightness filled the room as if the goddess of love hovered over and shined light upon them. The connection was solid, and it practically knocked her off her feet. Steadying herself, Krista stared into his eyes with her heart racing. As Jon moved in again and plunged his tongue deep into her mouth, he caressed her back, and she surrendered mercifully to his touch. Each passion-filled kiss felt as if he was a long lost lover who had reappeared and claimed her heart’s desire. There was no telling what might happen next.

About the Author: MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_NightMagicKathleen writes contemporary and paranormal romance in her home in New Jersey, where she lives with her husband and their two fur babies, Luc and Chaz. She spent years working as a registered nurse in an emergency room. She is also active in Community Theater. She has three children and three lovable grandsons. Her favorite romantic getaway is Cape May, New Jersey. You might find Kathleen on a beach down the Jersey Shore, wearing a straw hat and sipping on an iced tea as she plots her next romance novel.

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Love’s Encore by Kathleen Ann Gallagher – Spotlight and Giveaway

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MediaKit_BookCover_LovesEncoreDesire wins the lead role.

Sadie Layne, a creative and motivated high school drama teacher, is grateful for second chances. After surviving breast cancer, she embarks on a celebratory trip to LA with her two best friends. Sadie never expected to run into the handsome and charming Vince De Carlo in the hotel lobby. She hasn’t seen Vince much since they worked together in a theater company years ago. Their meeting interrupts her plans and reminds her of the life she left behind.

Vince, a struggling actor and cover model, is in LA to promote a television pilot. His old attraction to Sadie is stronger than ever. He never forgot her, even though a trusted friendship and a scripted kiss was all they’d shared.

The reunited pair give in to temptation, but reality soon collides with lust as strong doubts about their blossoming romance get in the way. Sadie dreads facing her defeat as an actress, and Vince doesn’t think a struggling actor like himself is capable of providing the accomplished teacher with what she deserves.

Will the couple find a way to keep their sizzling romance alive and build a future together? Or will their uncertainty win the lead role and smother the flames?

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“I’m here for the week.” She wiggled away and stood directly in front of him. She parted her lips and put on a sultry stare. Sadie took hold of his heart.

“You look more stunning than ever tonight.” Vince kept his voice low.

Then, he acted on impulse. He placed his hands on the sides of her face. When she responded with a smile, he couldn’t resist another minute. His heart soared as he gazed down at her. Sadie uttered a soft moan as their lips met. She reached up and placed her arms around his neck, quivered slightly, and nestled up against him, as if she’d wanted him to kiss her all along. His knees weakened as he sampled the sweet peach lip-gloss on her soft, luscious lips.

As he savored each moment, his heart pounded in his ears. If he didn’t break free, he wouldn’t be able to stop himself. He was afraid to open his eyes to find it was all a dream. Vince tried to keep his cool as his breathing sped up like he’d run a marathon. His head spun with thoughts of making love to this amazing woman. Oh, how he wanted to show her how much she meant to him, but he’d wait. One thing he had learned from the way his father had treated his mother was to respect a woman. Sadie deserved so much more. Once their tender moment ended, he stood back, lost in her gaze.

“I’m crazy about you, Sadie. I always have been, but if I’m going too fast, please stop me.” He spoke close to her ear. Vince ran his finger along her cheek and gently lifted her chin. “We met up again this many miles away from Jersey for a reason.” He pushed a strand of her silky, blonde hair away from her beautiful eyes.

“You might have something there,” she agreed. “Don’t worry, I’ll let you know if you get out of line.”

She gave him a seductive stare and devilish smirk, which was out of character for Sadie, but he liked it. She had always been warm and friendly, but not the kind of girl who’d make a first move. Although, she did mention how her cancer scare changed her views on life. Whatever the reason for exposing her sensual side, it was certainly working in his favor.

About the Author:MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_LovesEncore Kathleen writes contemporary and paranormal romance in her home in New Jersey, where she lives with her husband and their two fur babies, Luc and Chaz. She spent years working as a registered nurse in an emergency room. Kathleen discovered her passion for reading and writing in the fourth grade. She has three children and three lovable grandsons. Her favorite romantic getaway is Cape May, New Jersey. You might find Kathleen on a beach down the Jersey Shore, wearing a straw hat and sipping on an iced tea as she plots her next romance novel.

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Friday Spotlight: Kathleen Ann Gallagher

Backyard Oasis
by Kathleen Ann Gallagher

I look forward to Springtime and spending time outdoors. Our garden is one of my favorite places to relax. My husband and I enjoy our afternoon in our Adirondack chairs with a cup of coffee, as we listen to the birds chirp. We have a fountain, three birdhouses, and several beautiful plants. It is fun anticipating the transformation as the summer approaches. Around the borders are pine trees, and in the center are winding trails bordered by a lovely mix of perennials. There’s also a separate area to barbeque, and a shaded area for dining. Each year we add something new, or change around the furniture to make it new and exciting.

Even if you don’t have a lot of space you can create your own private oasis. There are small area makeovers sure to fit your budget. You can find plenty of ideas in magazines, or on the internet. A sunny weekend would be the ideal time for a yard makeover. Madeline Young from Echoes at Dawn spends time in her garden to clear her mind. She reflects on her life and the changes she faces. We all have times in our lives when things change. It’s how we deal with it that counts. Sometimes change is a good thing.

My favorite flowers are Peonies.

Peonies are also extensively grown as ornamental plants for their very large, often scented flowers. Due to their colorful and attractive flowers, Peonies have gained a huge popularity these days and are also made available in artificial form which are used as indoor decoration.[14]

Peonies are a common subject in tattoos, often used along with koi-fish. The popular use of peonies in Japanese tattoo was inspired by the ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi’s illustrations of the Suikoden, a serialized novel from China. His paintings of warrior-heroes covered in pictorial tattoos included lions, tigers, dragons, koi fish, and peonies, among other symbols. The peony became a masculine motif, associated with a devil-may-care attitude and disregard for consequence.

Source: Wikipedia

Happy Gardening!

Kathleen Ann Gallagher
Echoes at Dawn available at Decadent Publishing

Thursday Spotlight: Kathleen Ann Gallagher


Grilling Time
by Kathleen Ann Gallagher

It’s time to clean off the barbeque and gather some new grilling recipes. I recommend planting an herb garden. If you don’t have room for a spot in your yard, you can use a large pot on the porch, or deck. Fresh basil, dill, parsley, rosemary, and mint will add a delicious flavor to any dish.

Madeline Young, my heroine from my release Echoes at Dawn with Decadent Publishing, is a chef, and she loves to throw together a summer salad to go with grilled chicken, salmon, or a turkey burger. You can use herbs to change a boring pasta salad into a masterpiece. It’s time to experiment with fun recipes. Madeline found one in her magazine collection that she wants to share with you. Sometimes she changes things up a bit, so have fun with it. Ladies, her new love Nat Griffin loved it!

SUMMER FARFALLE SALAD WITH SMOKED SALMON

YIELD: 6 servings (serving size: 2 cups)
Ingredients

  • 3 cups uncooked farfalle (bow tie pasta)
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
  • 1 (6-ounce) bag baby spinach
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 ounces (about 8 slices) smoked salmon, cut into thin strips

Preparation
Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain and rinse with cold water; drain. Combine pasta, tomatoes, dill, and spinach in a large bowl, tossing gently to combine.

Combine lemon rind and next 5 ingredients (lemon rind through pepper) in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Drizzle over pasta mixture; toss gently to coat. Top with salmon.

SOURCE: Cooking Light August 2002

Kathleen Ann Gallagher
Echoes at Dawn available at Decadent Publishing

Wednesday Spotlight: Kathleen Ann Gallagher

A Time For Romance
by Kathleen Ann Gallagher

Spring romances are in full bloom when the month of April comes around. Even if you’re married, you can rekindle your love affair with your husband. Make believe it’s your first encounter and try to remember all the little things you found appealing about him when you first met. A night alone could turn out to be a romantic rendezvous.

If you’re lucky enough to have someone keep the kids for the night, the two of you can retreat to the privacy of your home, light a few candles and you never know what could happen.

Madeline Young, my heroine from Echoes at Dawn, melted when Nat Griffin held her close as they danced under the stars.

Here’s the excerpt.

Nat took my hand, put out the candles, and slowly led me upstairs. He told me to close my eyes and guided me outside.

“Okay, open your eyes now.” He gently moved my shoulders and faced me in the right direction.

In front of me was picturesque scenery, with trees as far as the eye could see. It was lovely and the stars sparkled in the sky above us. “It’s amazing up here,” I said.

Vintage lampposts in the corner gave an ambiance of romance. Trees with auburn tipped leaves surrounded by tones of yellow and brown filled the area. Tiny lights sparkled in between the winding trails. The peaceful sound of a fountain trickled gracefully in the background. It was a magical garden.

“I come up here to relax and just breathe,” he said.

“Oh, Nat, this is amazing.”

He turned on the stereo upstairs. Before I could realize it, we were slow dancing. Nat gently placed his arms around me, as our bodies connected on every beat.

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Enjoy the night and the stars!

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Echoes at Dawn available at Decadent Publishing

Tuesday Spotlight: Kathleen Ann Gallagher

An Ever-changing Cycle
By Kathleen Ann Gallagher

Spring is a time for exploring the wonders of nature. Life is an ever-changing cycle. Sadly, we cannot always hold onto the things we love, but they will forever remain in our hearts. Take the opportunity to move forward.

The signs of a new beginning are all around us. The tiny buds appear on the cherry trees in our backyard. A bulb appears along the walkway to the garden. The birds sing at my window each morning… These things remind me of the wonders of life. When I return from work at night, the sun is still shining, and I’m able to enjoy a time of reflection in our yard, as I sip a hot cup of herbal tea. I give thanks for my many blessings.

Anticipation sparks my memory of the sweet fragrance of the flowers and the vibrant colors that fill my garden each year.

Take the time this Spring to embark on a new adventure. Whether you’ve got an idea for a backyard oasis, or a premise for a hot summer read, let your creativity blossom. You’d be surprised at how much you can accomplish if you make the decision to try something different. Come on, step out of your comfort zone. There are endless possibilities waiting for you.

Madeline Young, the heroine of my new release Echoes at Dawn from Decadent Publishing, has the opportunity for a new beginning when has an unexpected caller. Her world is suddenly shifted in a different direction.

EXCERPT

The willowy vision swirled around and circled like a cyclone before she vanished. The hazy fog gradually thinned, and it was as if she never appeared. Mother reached inside her robe pocket, took out a five-pointed star necklace and a tiny charm that housed a photo of her twin sister Mary. She loved to keep her precious belongings close to her heart. She clutched the pendant tightly before she put it around her neck.

Mark sat next to her on the bed. He wrinkled his forehead and tightened his jaw.
The room seemed like it closed in on me, and it felt like there was a thin veil over my face. I struggled to breathe and gasped for air. It took a few minutes before I could speak.

“Are you okay? What happened?” Mark’s voice drummed in my ear.

As I shuddered, I pulled the coverlet over my shoulders. “I saw a ghostly image, and I believe she gave me a command,” I blurted. I held my hand up, and pressed my fingers against my mouth.

“What do you mean? Were you dreaming?” Mark shouted and sprung from the edge of my bed.

“No, I was awake,” I replied. I shook my head.

“Did she touch you?” he asked; his voice rose.

“She didn’t come close enough.”

“Did she come to rob us?” he screeched.

“I don’t think so.”

“The doors and windows are locked. How on earth did she get in?” he questioned.

“She appeared after a bright light,” I responded and found it all hard to believe.

“Well, you’re all right. That’s all that counts.” Mother moved over to the antique armoire which was in our family for over a century. It was the only item she kept from her own bedroom when she was a young girl. It had a mahogany finish with beautiful gold handles. Around the doors were carvings in the shape of vines. She ran her hand across the old relic and opened the bottom drawer. She adjusted the back wall to reveal an extra space. I never knew there was a hidden area in the back. To my amazement, she lifted out a box of white candles before she advanced over to the mantel. Mother lit five candles and lowered her head. She moved over to the window, mumbled in what sounded like a different language, and then returned to my bedside as calm as could be.

“She had on an old-fashioned dress with a lace, hoop skirt,” I said. I closed my eyes for a moment and tried to remember more details. “It had a wide sash around the waist, and she wore high top shoes. She floated in mid-air.” I moved to hang my legs over the bed.

“You must have been terrified,” Mark said.

“Was she someone you know?” he asked. Mark glanced around the room for clues.

“She looked like Aunt Mary.” After I made an attempt to place her, I felt a chill. It became as cold as the outdoors in my room. “It was Aunt Mary!” I cupped my hand over my mouth.

Mother peeked over her shoulder and recited a strange chant.

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Enjoy the wonders of change.

Happy Spring to all!

Kathleen Ann Gallagher
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Echoes at Dawn available at Decadent Publishing

Monday Spotlight: Kathleen Ann Gallagher

Spring Memories
By Kathleen Ann Gallagher

When I was a young girl I looked forward to marching in the Easter parade in my hometown. My older sister would help me find the prettiest bonnet and purse to match my outfit. The dress I loved the most was a bright pink one with large multicolored polka dots. I thought I looked like a movie-star in it. My mother set my hair the night before to smooth the curls. I wore a pair of white patent leather shoes, white gloves, and frilly socks. Easter time holds some of my fondest memories.

The next best thing about Easter was when we colored the eggs. My mother lined the kitchen table with newspaper, and I would blend the colors. I used the special crayon included in the kit to personalize each one.

I couldn’t wait to open my Easter basket and find my favorite treats. I believe my appreciation for all things chocolate started as a child. Madeline Young, the heroine of my release, Echoes at Dawn happens to be a chocoholic. I think some of you may relate to her.

Here’s the blurb.

The strangely intertwined lives of a widowed woman, her dementia plagued mother, and a charismatic bachelor come together in order to show that in life, there are no coincidences… only destiny.

Waterfront restaurant chef Madeline Young adores her job. If only her love and family lives were as successful as her career. Her doubts as a parent pass through her mind when her teenage son is taken to the emergency room for alcohol poisoning. Madeline’s mother wants her to find true happiness and enlists the help of her deceased twin sister, Mary. An early dawn visit from a spirit directs her to volunteer at the local hospitals center for addiction recovery.

Nathaniel Griffin, a part-time counselor and contractor, fascinates his clients with his lectures. In keeping with his viewpoint of professionalism, Nat prefers to keep his personal life private. When he connects with Madeline, Nat must confront his marred past. Is he willing to face his demons or take the easier path and remain isolated?

Can unworldly ghosts save this couple from their own self-destructive behavior?

I am a registered nurse who works in an emergency room. On my days off, I spend most of my time writing, and reading, okay and shopping. I am married to the love of my life, Joseph, who has the patience of a saint. We live in Central New Jersey. I have two wonderful sons, and an amazing daughter, who are all grown. I am blessed with three adorable grandsons. I have been writing since I was a young girl of. My favorite weekend escape is Cape May, New Jersey. I can always dream up a magical tale, while relaxing under an umbrella, on one of their pristine beaches.

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