Evidence of Trust by Stacey Joy Netzel – Spotlight and Giveaway

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Sparks fly when a headstrong wrangler and an alpha park ranger are thrown together while he searches for evidence to stop the poacher killing animals in RMNP. When the monster turns his sights on Brittany, Joel discovers he’ll do whatever it takes to protect her—even give his own life.

Trust makes all the difference when love and danger collide.


Book 1 of the exciting Colorado Trust Series

Enjoy an excerpt:

Britt wasn’t sure what to think as Joel drove her back to Gina’s apartment. If Kelly wasn’t responsible for the tires, who was? Could it be the same person who’d keyed her truck?

Who hated her that much? Kelly was the only one who made sense.

She glanced over at Joel. He’d been quiet as he drove. His fingers kept flexing on the wheel and each car that approached cast his stony profile in stark relief. She wanted to go back to the teasing exchange they’d had on the phone earlier, but he was still mad at her for the confrontation at the store.

“Your friend Gina home tonight?”

“No. She texted me earlier to let me know she’s staying at Jackson’s one more night.”

“Then I’ll wait while you pack a bag. You’ll be staying at my place tonight.”

Again with the orders. Her stomach flipped over for a couple reasons. “Do you think that’s necessary? Aaron said not to go anywhere alone.”

“He also said this guy might be following you, in which case, I don’t want you alone at all. Not until we catch him.”

The severe tone of his voice sparked the anxiety she was trying to deny. Kelly she could deal with; someone else made the whole situation downright frightening. “You’re that sure it’s not Kelly?”

His hands flexed again. “I’m that sure.”

He wasn’t mad, she realized, he was worried. That didn’t help her nerves one bit, yet her heart warmed as she drew in a shaky breath. His concern strengthened her decision yesterday to give the connection between them a chance to flourish. And if her heart had any say, they might be able to make it last beyond the summer.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Stacey Joy Netzel is an avid reader and loves all movies with a happily ever after. She lives in Wisconsin with her family, a couple horses and some barn cats. In her limited free time she enjoys gardening, canning, and visiting her parents in Northeastern Wisconsin (Up North), at the family cabin on the lake.

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COLORADO TRUST SERIES

Trust makes all the difference when love and danger collide.

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Trust by Design, Book 2

Trust in the Lawe, Book 3

Shattered Trust, Book 4

Dare to Trust, Book 5

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Congratulations to ALL the authors who were included in our 2012 Book of the Year poll.  It’s an honor even to be chosen, because these were the books that our reviewers thought were “Best.”  To be given the ranking of “Best,” the book must be truly exceptional.

You think about it when you’re not reading it. You wonder what happens to the characters when you finish. You would absolutely buy everything else this author had to offer. The highest praise – and reserved for only a few.

This year, instead of one winner, we had a winner and two runners-up.

THIRD PLACE WINNER

3rd Place BoY 2012 BannerShe’s the artist  that finds him in her drawings. He’s the medieval ghost that conquers her heart. And their time is running out.

Michelle Freccio moves to England seeking a normal life, but someone starts appearing in her sketches. Then he grabs her at the castle, his pale green eyes full of longing. She’s immediately drawn to him, but is Christopher Newman real? She’s either losing it, or channeling a hot ghost from the 1400′s. History calls him a murderer. Her heart tells her other truths. Now Michelle faces endless dangers…and a timeless love.

 

SECOND PLACE WINNER

2nd Place BoY 2012 BannerThe best laid plans…

Halli Sanders spent two years planning the trip of a lifetime to Italy. Her itinerary did not include being stranded by her siblings, kidnapped by a sexy American movie star, dodging bullets, or fleeing criminals in a car chase around Lake Como. And that’s just in the first three hours.

…often go awry.

Trent Tomlin put his movie career on hold to investigate his brother’s murder-ruled-suicide at his Italian villa. He’s closing in on the suspects when an American tourist unwittingly films the murder of the retired cop helping him. The killers will stop at nothing to get the evidence–including holding Halli’s family as collateral.

Life’s a little different unscripted.

Thrust into the role of real-life hero, Trent finds himself falling for the Plain Jane whose beauty blossoms with every challenge they face. But how can he keep the evidence from falling into the wrong hands and get justice for his brother and friend without betraying Halli and her family?

 

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Despite rumors of “strange doings” at a cabin in Fredericksburg, investigative reporter Dessa Wade books the cottage from which lawyer Charity Dawson disappeared in 2008. Dessa is intent on solving the mystery. Instead, caught in the swirling mist that surrounds the cabin, she finds herself in 1890, in a shootout between the Faraday Gang and a US Marshal.

Marshal Cole Jeffers doesn’t believe Miss Wade is a time traveler. He admits she’s innocent of being an outlaw but thinks she knows more about the gang than she’s telling. When she’s kidnapped by Zeke Faraday, Cole is determined to rescue her. He’s longed for a woman of his own, and Dessa Wade just might be the one—if she’ll commit to the past.

Anniversary Blog Fest: Stacey Joy Netzel

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Three little words
Back to School

Three words that are dreaded by kids and gospel to parents. My kids groan at the looming date and for me it can’t get here fast enough. I look forward to 8 uninterrupted hours of peace and quiet, as I’m sure many others do, too.

Please, don’t get me wrong, I love my kids and I enjoy having them home—

For about a week.

I mean, really, am I a bad mom because I’m tired of hearing “Sto-op”, “Give it back”, “I had it first!”, “MOM!”, “Shut-up, idiot”, “Ow!”, and countless other phrases worded in just the right whiny tone to make my blood pressure sky-rocket? There’s only so much a person can take. And let me tell you, there’s no writing getting done this summer.

Don’t rush it, some say. One day, when they’re out of the house, you will wish those days hadn’t passed so fast. Well of course I will. Don’t we all? I’m just as sure the teeth-clenching part of those memories will fade and I’ll long for the days when they were young.

But…with a little inward smile of glee…I also know the day will come when they call and tell me “The kids are driving me nuts with their fighting. How did you deal with it?”

After I’m done laughing commiserating, I’ll very nicely ask, “Bet you luv those three little words Back to School now.”

Pay back is a bitch, isn’t it?

In the meantime, for those mothers who are counting the days until September 4th with me, I suggest you pick up a book and escape in the pages for a little YOU time. In our house, it’s called Silent Reading Time, emphasis on the silence, and though the kids protest, they usually get into their books and read well past the designated time.

If you’re a mom who is dreading the end of summer and the time with your kids, I give the same advice. Reading together with your kids is a great activity—something you probably already know.

Here are a few of my titles you might like to consider:

CHASIN’ MASON, sexy contemporary western romance set in Texas

AMAZON, BN, SW, ARe, KOBO
MORE THAN A KISS, sexy contemporary romance set in California

Amazon, BN, Smashwords, ARe

LOST IN ITALY, sexy romantic suspense/adventure set in…well, that’s kinda obvious.

Amazon, BN, Smashwords, ARe, Kobo
Happy Reading and enjoy the rest of your summer!

About the Author: An avid reader and fan of movies with happy endings, Stacey Joy Netzel lives in Wisconsin with her husband and three children, a couple horses and some barn cats. She works part-time as a travel agent, and in her limited free time she enjoys gardening, canning, and visiting her parents in Northeastern Wisconsin (Up North) at their cabin on the lake.

Her romantic suspense titles include Lost In Italy (2012 RS *WINNER* WisRWA’s Write Touch Readers’ Award), and her Colorado Trust Series, Trust in the Lawe, Shattered Trust, andShadowed Trust. Contemporary titles include More Than a Kiss, Ditched Again, Welcome to Redemption Series (books 2,4,6), Chasin’ Mason, Dragonfly Dreams, If Tombstones Could Talk, and her Christmas anthology, Mistletoe Rules, which also took 1st place in WisRWA’s 2010 Write Touch Readers’ Award.

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Stuff Your Stocking Blogfest: Stacey Joy Netzel

GIVING BACK AT CHRISTMAS

A couple years ago, once the gift giving became nothing more than exchanging gift cards, our family stopped exchanging gifts at Christmas and began donating to local shelters and associations of our choice. I don’t say charity because I don’t look at it as charity. We’ve been blessed with a healthy family and truly have what we need to be happy, so we knew it was time to give to others who might need a little help. There may come a day we’re that family, but for now, we are happy to help where we can.

My Christmas novella Dragonfly Dreams is a story all about the true Spirit of Christmas and in that spirit, I’m donating all my author profits from this book for the month of December to family friends who can use a little help.

Let me introduce you to the White Family, and share what they’re going through in Becky’s own words.

Becky, Bob, Kayden, Karder, and Kamden

The onset of Lyme Disease has changed our lives dramatically. I never knew very much about Lyme Disease until my family was diagnosed with it. What has Lyme Disease done to our lives?? Some of our daily symptoms due to Lyme consist of; migraines, anxiety, dizziness, blurred vision, joint pain, sensitivity to light, fatigue, heart palpitations, jaw pain, burning in extremities and so on.

Lyme Disease has not only affected our family physically, it has affected us financially as well. Lyme Disease needs aggressive, ongoing treatment. Majority of Lyme treatment and testing for Lyme Disease is expensive and not covered by Insurance.

We as a family are daily trying to educate ourselves on Lyme Disease. If it hadn’t been for our own research, we might not have ever figured out what was wrong with us. Our Hopes and Dreams from this point on are to not only be a healthy, energetic family again, but to also educate others about this horrible disease.

Thank you to Bob and Becky for helping to spread the word about this disease. You will help others to a more speedy diagnosis, and hopefully soon your family will be healthy again! I can’t imagine my kids having to deal with those symptoms and how helpless I’d feel not being able to relieve their pain.

My goal is to sell 250 copies of Dragonfly Dreams, which would allow me to donate $500. I can’t do this alone and need your help!

So I’m asking you to:

1. Please pick up a copy of Dragonfly Dreams for just $2.99. I know it’s an over-used cliche, but that’s less than a large latte at the local coffee shop, or a Big Mac, or you get the picture…

2. Know someone with an ereader or a smart phone? Gift them a copy via Amazon or Barnes & Noble using the button “Give as a Gift” under the buy button.

3. Please spread the word via email to any of your friends who might do the same, and post on your blog, FB, Twitter, Goodreads, etc.

All we need is 250 people to buy just one copy! That’s nothing when you think about how many readers are out there! I have a running tab on the top right side of my blog so everyone can see where we’re at for the month.

Don’t have an ereader? You can still help!

Even if you don’t have an ereader, you can still read the book on your computer, Smart phone, or tablet. Amazon Kindle and BN Nook have free PC applications that can be downloaded on the computer and other devices so you can read ebooks. Smashwords has the PDF file that also can be read directly on your computer.

So, what’s the book about, you ask?? Here’s the blurb.

Can a family connection to the ill-fated Titanic bring new hope to sinking dreams?

With his antique shop on the brink of bankruptcy, Jake Coburn knows he shouldn’t buy costume jewelry at a price that won’t turn a profit. Then again, it’s Christmas, and he hasn’t been able to say no to Loral Evan’s since the first time she entered his shop.

Desperation is what drives Loral Evans to sell precious family heirlooms, but Jake’s offer of one thousand dollars for a dragonfly brooch she knows is fake stings her pride. If only she could afford to walk away from the handsome antique dealer.

During a season of giving, Loral learns there’s a big difference between pride and dignity, and Jake’s determination to do the right thing brings rewards beyond what either of them ever dreamed of.

Where can you get the book?? Click a link…

Amazon, BN, Smashwords, ARe, Breakthrough Bookstore

(Smashwords offers the ebook in formats for Kobo, Sony, iBooks, and other devices.)

Also, if the title sounds familiar to some of you, yes this is the same Christmas novella I released four years ago with TWRP. (Nominated at LASR for Best Short eBook 2007) I’ve re-edited, added an epilogue, and had a beautiful new cover designed. A second read might just be worth it and you can help out at the same time.

On the other hand, I also realize that times are tough for everyone, so at the very least, some “Likes” and tags on Amazon and/or Barnes and Noble would be greatly appreciated, too. What does that do? It increases the book’s visibility so hopefully more readers can find it online and purchase a copy.

Lastly, I ask you to keep the White’s and their extended family ~ my cousin Jimmy, my aunt, uncle, and other cousins in the Tiemann Family ~ in your prayers for hope and comfort.

If you have someone you would like added to our prayers, leave a comment with their name. We may not know each other, but additional people praying loved one’s names is always a good thing.

Thank you all very much for your help and Merry Christmas!

I’ll give away 3 copies of Dragonfly Dreams today (because every sale counts toward the goal!), so make sure to leave a comment with your contact information.

Stacey Joy Netzel

Wisconsin native Stacey Joy Netzel fell in love with books at a young age, so for her the graduation to writing them was natural. A member of Romance Writers of America (RWA) and Wisconsin Romance Writers (WisRWA), she credits her parents for encouraging her dreams of becoming a published author, as well as the very talented friends she’s made in WisRWA since joining in 2004. Her books have received numerous 5 Star reviews from reviewers and readers alike, and her Christmas anthology, MISTLETOE RULES, took 1st place in WisRWA’s 2010 Write Touch Readers’ Award. Check out her romantic suspense Colorado Trust Series, Trust in the Lawe, Shattered trust, and Shadowed Trust. Other titles include: Lost In Italy, Ditched Again, Welcome to Redemption Series, Chasin’ Mason, Dragonfly Dreams, If Tombstones Could Talk.

An avid reader and big fan of movies with happy endings, Stacey lives in Wisconsin with her husband and three children, a couple horses and some barn cats. She works part-time as a travel agent, and in her limited free time she enjoys gardening, canning, and visiting her parents in Northeastern Wisconsin (Up North) at their cabin on the lake.

Friday Spotlight: Stacey Joy Netzel

On my last day here, I’d like to share an exclusive excerpt from my Colorado Trust Series.  First up in the series is TRUST IN THE LAWE and it’s available now.  Shattered Trust is due out March 30, 2011, and Shadowed Trust should be out later this year. 
TRUST IN THE LAWE

Kendra Zelner has three brothers: Eight-year old Noah she’s determined to protect, Joel who has no clue she exists, and Robert who wants her dead.

With reason to be distrustful of cops, she takes Noah and flees their Manhattan home for Joel’s ranch in Colorado. Under the pretense of needing a job, she plans to hide out until her twenty-fifth birthday, when she’ll inherit her trust fund and legally gain custody of Noah away from Robert’s greedy hands. Unfortunately, her brother’s sexy, infuriating ranch manager insists on demolishing her defenses and digging into her past.
Colton Lawe has good reason to suspect Joel’s beautiful, long-lost sister isn’t what she seems—the little liar stole from him! He silently vows to expose her secrets, but long hours together on the ranch fosters a closeness and fiery attraction neither of them expects. Can Kendra trust Colton with the full truth before Robert finds them?
EXCERPT:
In the darkened bedroom, Kendra sat straight up and strained her ears to pick up anything unusual. Any sound to explain why she suddenly found her eyes wide open in the middle of the night without having had the dream.
A glance at the clock brought her up short. It was only ten-thirty. In the absence of any other explanation, she began to imagine that Robert had found them. Her heart pounded so hard in the acute silence, she heard the thump of each beat.
Then she heard a sound that chilled the blood in her veins—the muted sounds of footsteps on the kitchen linoleum. They were too heavy to be Noah’s…
Noah!
She flew out of bed and peered into the hallway. All clear. Pressing against the wall, she scurried to the entryway between the living room and kitchen. A quick glance revealed the living room to be empty.
In the dim illumination from the light above the sink, she saw the kitchen was, too. Whispering across the floor in her bare feet, she grabbed a butcher knife and went to check on Noah.
She froze at the sight of a hulking shadow backing out of his room. If he hurt Noah…A blinding red wave of anger swept through her and she sprang forward, the knife raised high. “Leave him alone, you monster!”
The shadow’s arm rose to deflect her attack. He was definitely real, not a dream.
Flesh and blood after her brother. She had to stop him.
That single thought screamed inside her head. When his hand closed over her wrist, the one with the knife, the one thing she’d mastered in self-defense class flashed back.
She dropped the knife and seized his wrist with her free hand. Pure adrenalin gave her the strength to twist her back to his chest and plant her feet. Using his own weight and forward momentum against him, she bent at the waist and heaved him over her shoulder.
He landed flat on his back with a loud thump. The breath whooshed from his lungs. She heard a strangled gasp and squatted down, scrambling to locate the knife. The bite of the blade had her reaching with her other hand for the handle.
Ironically, a rush of temporary relief shook her knees even more.
She braced her free hand against the wall for support as she rose with the knife extended in front of her. Slightly crouched, she swept her hand back and forth along the wall until she located the light switch. One flip and she’d confront Robert face to face. Her heart clogged her throat, but she forced her fingers to move.
The hallway lit up. Kendra nearly dropped the knife again as her other hand flew to her mouth in astonished horror.
Colton?
He lay on the floor in front of her, squinting in the bright light. Then his gaze fixed on the nine-inch blade in her hand, and he scooted to sit against the wall.
What was he—her gaze narrowed before she spun around and hurried inside Noah’s room. Assured he was unharmed and still sleeping soundly, she returned to the hall to find Colton picking himself up off the floor.
Dizzying relief gave way to anger. He’d scared the living daylights out of her! “What the hell are you doing here?” she demanded.
His green eyes narrowed. His attention dropped to the hand at her side and then, without a single word, he strode toward the kitchen. She rushed after him and he whirled to face her.
She jerked the knife up in automatic warning. “Stay there. I asked you a question.”
His gaze caught hers and held. The challenging glitter in his eyes held her immobile as he took a deliberate step forward and slowly reached to close his hand over her fingers on the handle. Heat from his touch radiated up her arm and through her entire body. She tried to pull away and his gaze darkened in tandem with the tightening of his grip.
“Threaten me again, and you’d better be damn sure you succeed the first time.”
~*~
Again, TRUST IN THE LAWE is available now at The Wild Rose Press if you’d like to pick up a copy.  Then mark your calendars for SHATTERED TRUST on March 30th, and watch for the third in the series, SHADOWED TRUST, later this year.
Thanks so much for reading and have a wonderful weekend!

**Everyone who comments is eligible for the prize at the end of the week: ebook or print copy of my new release, TRUST IN THE LAWE. Check out my website for a excerpts of this and my other books.

Stacey Joy Netzel
www.StaceyJoyNetzel.com

Thursday Spotlight: Stacey Joy Netzel

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH

I climbed this mountain. Long’s Peak, in The Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, Colorado is 14, 259 feet high. I made the climb 20 years ago and I’m still proud of having made it to the top. I’d love to do it again, but these days I’m climbing ‘other’ mountains instead. (Explanation and uplifting message to follow.)

Right after high school, I spent 2 summers working at The Aspen Lodge Ranch Resort and Conference Center in Estes Park, CO. I fell in love with the mountains at first sight and the first year, after 2 months of hiking and getting acclimated, I was ready for the challenge of Long’s Peak, the mountain that practically shadowed the resort at sunset.

Our hiking party left at 3am to begin our 14 mile round trip hike and make it above the tree line (11,000’) by sunrise. Let me tell you, that was one amazing view! Then we made our way across the switchbacks to the Boulder Field, which leads to the Keyhole (13,300’). After the Keyhole, it’s only one more mile to the summit, but this hardest mile of all includes the Trough (600 feet of rock climbing while your leg muscles are on fire), the Narrows (a aptly-named narrow ledge along the south side of the peak with a sheer drop to your right), and the Homestretch (a mostly smooth, 300 foot incline with cracks for hand/footholds and the SCARIEST part of all! One slip and bye-bye…or so it seemed to me.).

My first summer, by the time we reached the Keyhole, fog had rolled in to mostly obscure the landmark, and our guide made the decision to turn back.

I was so bummed! But first of all, bad weather, rain and possible ice don’t mix with the Trough, the Narrows and most especially, the Homestretch. Second, on the top or the way back down, no way do you want to be caught unprotected above the tree line if a storm with lightning rolls in.

So, how do I know how scary the Homestretch was? As I said at the beginning, I did make it to the top…it just took me an extra year. In August of my second summer (the month with the best weather for tackling that mountain), another WI native and I lucked out with a beautiful Saturday and completed the climb! I stood looking out at the view in awe and amazement, pretty much on top of the world!

I’ve revisited that feeling when I finished my first novel and typed The End. It came back with the second book. And third. And oh my God, when I held my first published book in my hands! Us writers follow trails (and forge our own) that are mostly uphill and strewn with boulders, but we keep on hiking. We get up at 3am and stay up after midnight. We write through the storms in our lives and sometimes we turn back until the fog passes. But we do return.

And I know writers aren’t the only ones who tackle and conquer mountains every day. Physical or emotional, all of us have things in our lives that mean enough to fire up our determination to succeed even as we’re going through hell. We reach for the summit and don’t give up.

I was physically wiped out for a couple of days after reaching the top of Long’s Peak and then traversing the never-ending, exhausting 7 mile return hike on Jello-like legs…but I’m so glad I did. Heck, making it to the end of a book is emotionally draining at times and I wonder countless times, “Why am I doing this?”

Then I reach The End and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Life without goals seems a bit boring and not much of a life at all. I even find myself a bit lost when I haven’t decided on my next mountain to climb. And if reaching those goals was easy, we wouldn’t experience that satisfying, even euphoric, sense of accomplishment that makes life worth living. I definitely want that in my life and hope you do, too.

Your turn. What ‘mountain’ are you climbing right now? When was the last time YOU had a Rocky Mountain High? Go ahead and build yourself up. Not only do other people’s successes make me want to do better, but you deserve it!

**Everyone who comments is eligible for the prize at the end of the week: ebook or print copy of my new release, TRUST IN THE LAWE. Check out my website for a excerpts of this and my other books.

Stacey Joy Netzel
www.StaceyJoyNetzel.com

Wednesday Spotlight: Stacey Joy Netzel

ANIMALS IN BOOKS

Dogs, cats, horses. Those are the mainstays. Cows, deer, birds. Still probably fairly common. Toads, raccoons, mountain lions. Not so much.

Whether they are a main character, prominent secondary character, hero, villain, or just part of the scenery, animals can play a big part in books. I’ve had most of the above in my books. Funny enough, a toad, raccoon and mountain lion have all made the cut before a deer, though. In fact, twice I’ve had mountain lions…both times they performed a heroic act, though one was by nature in Trust in the Lawe, and the other by choice in my recently contacted book, Shadowed Trust.

I can’t imagine life without animals. We love them and we love to read about them. Who can resist the comic relief of the reindeer-antler-wearing Boston terrier/poodle mix Fabio in Christie Craig’s Divorced, Desperate and Delicious, or the heart-healing comfort of the adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Bliss in Teri Wilson’s Cup of Joe. Then there’s the moody kitty Mr. Louie in Donna Marie Rogers’ Meant to Be.

Even in my books where an animal doesn’t figure directly into the plot, they’re still in the background. Swans gliding on a lake. Birds chirping in the trees. A cat sitting on the porch, its tail lazily swishing in the afternoon sun. They add depth and realism to our scenes and settings.

And when they’re a bit more important, they have the ability to reveal things about our characters that we as authors don’t want to tell the reader outright. You know, the hero with a tough as nails exterior who reveals the wounded warrior’s heart of gold when he adopts the homeless dog who followed him home? Or the horse who listens intently as the heroine confesses her deepest fear? Because animals don’t tell secrets. Well—unless it’s a talking  Mynah bird like in Tory Richards’ All the Right Moves …then you’ve got great potential for the comic relief I mentioned earlier.

In the book I recently contracted, (Shadowed Trust, release date TBA) I have a mountain lion named Sassafrass and a raccoon named Rocky. Sass offers the heroic act, and she’s in there just because I love cougars so much. Rocky will make you laugh. He comes from the raccoon we had one summer when I was growing up. He used to crawl in our sleeping bags with us and help build sand castles. Well…he demolished what my siblings and I built, but we still had fun!

Okay, after all that rambling, it’s time for you to share…Who’s your favorite animal character in a book? And, do you have favorite author for writing animals?

**Everyone who comments is eligible for the prize at the end of the week: ebook or print copy of my new release, TRUST IN THE LAWE. Check out my website for an excerpt of this and my other books.

Stacey Joy Netzel
www.StaceyJoyNetzel.com

Tuesday Spotlight: Stacey Joy Netzel

HOW DO THEY EARN THEIR MONEY?

In my books, I’ve had many of my characters own their own businesses. Whether it’s as a dog-sitter, veterinarian, construction company, financial advisor, rancher, or antique shop, they have the freedom of being their own boss, yet they have the troubles that can come with a business that isn’t necessarily doing the best, or they have to deal with employees, etc.

Jobs in general for my heroes and heroines have included lawyers, construction workers, waitresses, advertising executive, an animal behaviorist, a park ranger and a few others. Upcoming books will feature a wedding cake baker, a movie star, television producer, photographer, documents courier, undercover cop, jewelry maker, and a US Marshall.

Some will require lots of research (I’m thinking especially for the wedding cake baker *grin*) and others will be in the background to shape the character. Either way, I work at keeping them varied, despite always wanting to go back to a job that is easiest for me as an author to deal with.

I’m curious as to what everyone else thinks about the different jobs that heroes and heroines have in books. Do you have favorites? Are there jobs that an author describes that make you laugh? Say ewww? Roll your eyes?

Which ones do you feel are overdone? (You set the book back on the shelf as soon as you read on the back cover that the hero is part of a covert secret agency where no rules apply.)

Which ones would you buy the book no matter what? (You immediately put the book in your cart when you read that the hero is part of a covert secret agency where no rules apply. :-))

What’s the wackiest job that you’d love to read about?

Scariest?

Most dangerous?

Sexiest?

Come on and share!

**Everyone who comments is eligible for the prize at the end of the week: ebook or print copy of my new release, TRUST IN THE LAWE. Check out my website for a excerpts of this and my other books.

Stacey Joy Netzel

www.StaceyJoyNetzel.com

Monday Spotlight: Stacey Joy Netzel

A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE

Welcome to the week! I hope you’ll join me each day, and to start things off, I thought I’d take a little trip down memory lane by sharing one of my favorite book series as a kid: The Black Stallion Series, by Walter Farley.

I read and collected every book in the series I could get my hands on. I swear I had more than what’s pictured, but unfortunately, this is all I have left on my shelf. I know for a fact that my first copy of The Black Stallion fell apart from multiple readings. The rest…not so sure where they went. There are 21 books in the series. 🙂 I keep hoping my daughter will decide to read them and fall in love as I did, but alas, she’s more into cats and owls. (Guardians of Ga’Hoole, anyone?)

I liked the Black Stallion covers as much as the books themselves. Who could resist the beautiful horses? Mr. Farley created such a bond between Alec Ramsay and his horse, Black, entertaining me for countless hours. My favorite in the series was The Black Stallion Revolts, where Alec had amnesia. My next favorite was The Island Stallion, about a flame-colored stallion on a mysterious island. And the ultimate…The Black Stallion and Flame, a showdown between the two stallions.

Just the other day while at B&N, I checked the kids section to see if they still carried the series. They do, though only the first two books of the series were on the shelf. The others are available to order. They’ve redone the covers with reissued editions, but I still prefer the old ones.

Quick fun fact: The Black Stallion was first published in 1941.

I had no idea back when I was reading the books in the 80’s that they were already over 40 years old. I never thought to check copyright dates back then. One of these days, I’m going to have to pick one up to do some rereading. I have no doubt I’ll still enjoy them.

Your turn. What is a series you read as a kid that is still near and dear to your heart?

**Everyone who comments is eligible for the prize at the end of the week: ebook or print copy of my new release, TRUST IN THE LAWE. Check out my website for a excerpts of this an my other books.

Stacey Joy Netzel
www.StaceyJoyNetzel.com

Friday Spotlight: Stacey Joy Netzel

RECIPES FOR RELAXATION

Got a deadline looming on the horizon? Don’t feel like cooking? Have a mountainous To Be Read pile and a whole day with nothing to do but read? That last one doesn’t come as often as I’d like, but when it does, the last thing I want to do is set down my book to cook.

On my final day here with you, I’ve got two quick dinner recipes that will free you from the kitchen so you can do whatever your heart desires for the day. (Like read my books? *grin*) Even those of you who enjoy cooking might want a break once in awhile. What I love about both recipes besides their ease and how yummy they are, is the fact that all ingredients are easily stocked in my pantry/freezer for me to throw one of them together whenever I wish.

HOMEMADE CHICKEN POT PIE (or as close to homemade as I get)

1 package of refrigerated pie crust (2 crusts)

1 can premium chunk white chicken, drained (or 3 cubed, partially microwaved chicken breasts—but this adds time)

2 cans Veg-All mixed veggies

2 sm. cans Cream of Chicken or Cream of Mushroom soup

Salt and Pepper to taste

Line 9” pie pan with one crust. In a bowl mix chicken, veggies, soup, and salt and pepper. Pour into pie pan, top with second crust, form edges, cut slits in top. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour, or until crust is golden brown on top. (My mom uses a bag of frozen mixed veggies instead of Veg-All; it’s good but makes the pie runnier. Once in a while, I also add some cheddar cheese into the mix.)

This next one from a co-worker (Thanks Marie!!) bakes in the crock pot all day, so you do have to plan ahead, but it’s as simple as they come and mmm, mmm GOOD!

CHICKEN CHILI (another co-worker called this TACO SOUP)

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, uncooked but trimmed

1 med. jar of your favorite Salsa

1 can diced tomatoes

1 med. jar of Northern (white) beans, undrained

1 can black beans, drained

1 package Chili seasoning

Toppings: Shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, Tostitos chips (or whatever kind you like).

Dump everything in a crock pot, stir, and set on low for 8+ hours. When you’re ready to eat, use a fork (potato masher works good, too) to shred the chicken inside the crock pot and you’re done. Top with cheese, and sour cream in your bowl to eat like a dip with the chips, or crumble the chips on top. (This recipe makes a fair amount, so if you’re cooking for less people, cut ingredients in half.)

Now I’ll give you a little taste of what I write to whet your other appetite. If you haven’t checked out the excerpts on my website (www.StaceyJoyNetzel.com), here’s a bit of Chasin’ Mason for you to enjoy.

When his father announced his engagement to a gold-digger with a lying, scheming fourteen-year old daughter, seventeen-year old Tripp Warner left Warner Ridge Ranch and never looked back. Until the day he got the phone call that his father had died unexpectedly.

Reggie Reed lives with her guilt every day but can’t quite work up the courage to track down the son of the man who raised her as his own. When Tripp shows up at his father’s funeral eleven years later–and a hell of a man to be reckoned with–he has no interest in her too-late apology. Worse, they’ve inherited half shares of the family ranch—but only if they work together to catch Mason’s Gold, the stallion a young Reggie let escape and made sure Tripp took the blame for.

Tripp proposes a secret competition to the beautiful witch who stole his life: whoever catches the stallion first gets the ranch all to themselves. It sounds simple, but once they’re out on the range, tempers and passions flare in the Texas heat and nothing goes as either of them expects.


**To make this more enjoyable, here’s a picture of how I envision Tripp.**

~*~

“I expected you hours ago,” she said, exasperation heavy in her tone.

“Sorry to disappoint you.”

“Hardly,” she said with a delicate snort.

Yet her eyelids lowered as her gaze swept down and up, taking stock of the comfortable tee shirt and jeans he’d worn for the long drive from Galveston. Something flickered in her eyes; something hot he instinctively recognized as more dangerous than a rattle snake. She shut it down quick and lifted her chin so her cute little nose stuck in the air.

“And now that I can see there’s no danger to Grandma, I’ll see you in the morning.”

Her bare feet whispered across the floor toward the stairs. He opened his mouth, then closed it. Shut up. Don’t go there. Don’t—

Her right foot hit the bottom stair, her nightgown swaying with the enticing movement of her hips.

“What about you?”

She paused and turned. “What?”

Hooking one thumb in the front pocket of his jeans, he took slow, measured steps across the floor. Tension spread through him like the flush sweeping across her pale skin. Her fingers tangled in the material of her gown, tugging the hem lower as he came to a stop in front of her. Unfortunately, she also succeeded in lowering the neckline. The thud of his bag dropping to the floor made her flinch.

Tripp lowered his tone. “You said there’s no danger to Nana, but what about you?”

“Th—”

Her voice cracked and her throat muscles worked fast. He dropped his gaze to the rapid pulse beating at the base of her neck.

“I’m f-fine.”

He lifted a hand to the rosy skin of her neck; felt her life beat beneath his finger tip. Anticipation hummed along his nerve endings, making him excruciatingly aware of every shallow breath she took. “Fine doesn’t begin to cover it, Princess.”

When he slid his fingers into her silky hair to rub the back of her neck, her eyelids lowered, then closed. Her hands rose to press against his chest. God, he was pretty sure he hated her, and yet he damn sure wanted her. It was the craziest thing. He shifted closer, slid his other hand over the curve of her hip to press against the small of her back, leaned in to inhale the evocative scent of peaches. The heat of her skin burned through the thin, satiny material of her nightgown to warm his hand where it rested along her spine.

His mouth hovered above her moist lips, his unsteady breath mingling with hers. He started to close the distance.

“You hate me,” she whispered, her hands fisting in his shirt.

“Such a strong word—hate,” he murmured, even though he’d just thought it.

Forgoing her mouth, he lightly brushed his lips over her smooth cheek with its charming freckles. It wasn’t enough. With the hand buried in her hair, he angled her head to give him access to the delicate column of her neck. He pressed his tongue to her pulse, licked, then sucked gently. She made a small noise deep in her throat. His body throbbed in response as his arm curled tighter around her waist.

“You…d-don’t like me, then.”

Stubborn witch wouldn’t let it go. That hadn’t changed. He worked his way back to her mouth. “Do you like me?”

Her violet eyes opened and locked with his, making his heart thump hard.

“Don’t mess with me, Tripp. Please.” The sincerity in her voice was astounding.

“Who’s messing?” he asked, making light of her plea while brushing his thumb over her lower lip. He wanted to taste her so bad, and she just wouldn’t shut up.

“You’re going to take the ranch from me—this isn’t playing fair.”

The reminder of what was at stake in this game was just what he needed. He lowered his head to whisper against her mouth. “Like you played fair all those years ago?”

In a heartbeat, she stiffened and shoved against his chest to be free. Tripp held on; let her see who held the control now. Her eyes widened, and then darkened with a fury that turned him on even more. They stared at each other, breathing uneven, hearts pounding.

And just like that, something changed. Struck his chest so deep inside it terrified him. He released her and spun away as she grabbed the railing for balance. He braced a hand on the wall and hung his head, fighting for a lungful of air.

“Go to bed,” he rasped. “We leave at dawn.”

She didn’t reply. When he snuck a glance, she was halfway up the stairs, white silk panties playing peek-a-boo with the hem of her nightgown. Tripp uttered a low groan and made for the porch like the hounds of hell were on his heels.

~*~

If you’d like to read the rest of Tripp and Reggie’s story, you can find Chasin’ Mason at:

http://www.thewildrosepress.com/chasin-mason-p-1181.html

Thank you to LASR for a great week, and thanks to all of you for visiting! Don’t forget, any comments today still qualify for the regular and bonus give-a-ways.

Take care! Happy eating, reading, and writing!

Stacey Joy Netzel

www.StaceyJoyNetzel.com