#SnippetSunday “Dad was into ethnology.” #ethnology #Sundayblog #freeread


Happy Sunday. I’m continuing with my WIP, another Alinta Bay story. Jonah and Maddie are still stuck in the lift. I moved into Maddie’s POV today.
Enjoy ♥

Maddie blew out a long sigh. The comment had followed her most of her life with her parents’ generation, very rare though from someone her age. She liked her name, of course she did, because her parents had put a lot of thoughts into it. Yet, they had probably never thought about the song with the same title.
She met his gaze. “No. Dad was into ethnology.” His blank stare told her he had no idea what she was talking about. “Which part are you having trouble with? Ethnology or the connection to the name?”
He choked back a snort, why, she had no idea. For some reason, she wasn’t able to read him, figure him out, and considering she was going to spend the next half an hour with him in this small space, she should. She took a deep breath, questioning her logic. Why should she? She’d probably wouldn’t see him again and this was reality, not a movie.
“The connection,” he finally explained.
“Mandinka is a tribe in Africa. Dad wrote final studies on them at University.”
“I have to admit I’ve never heard of them, but then again, I have to also admit I wouldn’t have much of a clue when it comes to African tribes. Sorry.”


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Dare to Hope
Double Dale Romance Series (Book 1)
By Madison Michael
 
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About Dare to Hope

She’s Betting on Love and the Stakes are High

The “Crazy Eights,” eight women who have been friends for 30 years, have a powerful connection yet rarely see each other. At a pivotal time in their lives, they create a way to remedy this predicament, an audacious dare contrived to bring them together for weddings – each participant must get married within twelve months. The stakes are high. Win the bet and lose your heart; or lose the bet and perform a personally mortifying task.

In the first of their stories, we meet Eliana, beautiful and brilliant, but starting over, focused on her career, not on some foolhardy dare. Longing for a family but recently divorced and on her own, Eliana sets her sights on a new job, a new home and accepting her single, childless status. Independent and determined, she has no idea that in less than six months she will both win and lose her heart’s desire.

Jeremy Klein, genius engineer and inventor, is also making life changes. He’s sold his startup to a major medical device company, becoming President and CEO, and a billionaire before he is forty. Although he’s gun-shy about the dating game, Jeremy knows it’s time to apply his smarts, sex appeal and new-found success to finding true love.

When Eliana meets Jeremy, they bond quickly. The couple has so much in common and a chemistry that sizzles. Winning Eliana feels like a fantasy come true to Jeremy. Their attraction is immediate and electrifying, and a one-night stand morphs into planning a future. But plans change. On track to wedded bliss, baby and all, Jeremy and Eliana are derailed by accusations that threaten their relationship, Eliana’s career and Jeremy’s future as CEO.

Spies, lies, allegations and misunderstandings abound, threatening to destroy their happiness. That is, until those “Crazy Eights” get involved, scheming and manipulating to win Eliana her happily ever after. Can a group of determined friends help Eliana and Jeremy hold onto love?

In the tradition of The Beguiling Bachelor Series, Madison Michael creates a romance series about independent and sassy women, sexy and successful men, true love, and lasting friendships.

Genre: Steamy Contemporary Romance

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An Excerpt from Dare to Hope:

His grin was devastating up close – wide and welcoming, with a hint of naughtiness and the promise of shared pleasures. But it was his eyes, deep coffee brown and fringed with long dark lashes that were his best feature; piercing, intelligent and inquisitive eyes, trained on her.
Please, God, Eliana prayed quickly, do not let this man be the new sales manager. It would be lamentable if she had to keep him at arm’s length. He was the first man Eliana had felt drawn to since Nico. If she was honest with herself, he was the first man she had ever felt this attracted to so immediately. It was enough to make her believe in love at first sight or fate.
“Hi,” he stepped closer, ignoring the empty stool beside her to halt just inside her personal space. Usually, Eliana would have reflexively backed up, but she savored his closeness, the power emanating from his presence. Even in this stuffy bar, he smelled good – fresh, like soap and good whiskey. And up close, his eyes were more magical – a hint of gold dancing in their depths.
“Hi,” she responded on a breath, letting the single word hang there for a moment before adding “You aren’t in sales, are you?”
“Nope.” If he thought it was a strange conversation starter, he kept it to himself. “Engineering and design, although I have dabbled in sales. I could be in sales for you,” he offered in a voice smooth as brandy, redolent with sexual promise and a hint of curiosity. She laughed at his offer. “Are you in sales?”
“Yes, I am. I was thinking of what a crime it would be if you turned out to be my new boss. I’m meeting him tomorrow.”
“Jeremy,” he responded, extending his hand to shake hers. “Not in sales. Is your boss named Jeremy?”
“Thankfully, not.” Eliana extended her hand, savoring the moment as Jeremy wrapped his long fingers around hers. She noticed there was no wedding band as she admired the strength and length of his fingers, the fine hairs on the back of his hand, and his grip – warm and dry. His skin was soft over fine bone and healthy muscle. Everything about him captivated her. “Eliana.”
Jeremy seemed in no hurry to release her hand, but after several beats too long for politeness, Eliana pulled hers from his. “Is this seat taken?” he asked, already sitting down, not thinking twice about it. “Or perhaps that table against the wall? I am anxious to learn why you don’t know who you work with, Eliana.”
Eliana laughed and watched as Jeremy’s breath stopped. His every emotion was transparent, especially the desire flaming in his eyes right now. A passion she reciprocated. Wholeheartedly. She couldn’t remember such an instantaneous attraction. But with Jeremy, she felt electricity and lust move through her entire body, just from the touch of his hand and the sound of her name spoken in his rich baritone.
“Eliana,” he rolled the word around his mouth as if tasting a fine wine. “What a lovely name.” Eliana panties dampened. He was just saying words, but their underlying promise was undeniable. She wanted to be alone with him. She wanted to be naked with him. And all she knew was his first name.
Eliana nodded toward the table, questioning her sanity. She was sure about what this man wanted, but after only minutes, her body governed her head. Jeremy spoke briefly with the bartender, passed him a fifty like it was a single, and motioned for her to lead the way to the empty table. Before they had settled in their chairs, both had fresh drinks. Earlier, the bartender had responded to her beauty with decent service and half-hearted flirting, but he reacted with alacrity to the big tip.
“So, spill,” Jeremy directed, leaning forward on his elbows and putting his mouth dangerously close to hers. Just a few inches, Eliana imagined, and they could be kissing. “I am dying to hear your story. I want to know absolutely everything about you.” The way he lingered on the word ‘everything’ made Eliana wetter still. Oh man, she was in way over her head.
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Madison Michael loves to binge news, movies, books, Oreos and romance – reading romance novels, writing romantic stories, watching Rom-Coms over and over. Maddy has spent her self-isolation fretting about the health of her friends and neighbors and catching up on TV programs from ten years ago. Hunkered down with her cat, Gracie, and a Zoom life-line to the world, she is wondering how people date and social distance, how much junk food she can consume in a day and why Gracie only wants to play when Maddy needs to work.

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Happy Wednesday everyone.
BETWEEN GOODBYE AND HELLO is the 3rd and last book in
the Alinta Bay series
The ebook available on AMAZON for 99c .
If you’re a KU subscriber, please take a moment to check out the first two books in the series: “DEFYING RULES” and “TELL IT TO MY HEART”

Today’s Hook:

Harrison Hendrix stared towards the bus, the fresh late winter breeze off the ocean cooling the sweat on his back from the jog with his cousin, Logan, and his half-brother, Noah, the fine beach sand sticking to his legs. He wiped his forehead with the back of his hand, unable to comprehend. Finally, he blinked a couple of times as his brain caught up to what he was seeing: Melody was back in town. What the hell was she doing in Alinta Bay, and why on earth had she returned after all this time?
“What’s up, mate?”
Still in disbelieve, he turned to Logan. “I think I’ve just seen a ghost. At least I hope so.”
Noah placed a hand on Harrison’s shoulder. “Say what?”
With his hands on his hips, Harrison nodded towards the bus stop.
Logan shaded his eyes with his hand. “Is that Melody? Did you know she was back?”
“Last I heard from her was in January when she called and asked for Mum’s bank details to transfer some money that she owed.”
Noah scratched his chin. “Who’s Melody?”
Harrison looked around, realising that his half-brother had no idea who he was talking about. “Melody used to work for Mum in the bakery. She’s about the weirdest person ever. Dresses oddly, listens to the sixties music, and the hair, good Lord, the hair—”

BLURB:

Can two seemingly incompatible people who judge each other on past events be able to find some common ground?

Harrison Hendrix believes in second chances, but when it comes to Melody, he has every reason to doubt it’s possible. He’s conflicted when he sees her back in town and tries his best to see the change in her that other friends mention. Even more so when spending a night with her after being set up for a dinner date.

Life hasn’t been kind to Melody Foster, and she returns to Alinta Bay for a new beginning. Hit by tragedy again, she’s determined to live life to the fullest and with no regrets. She creates a bucket list … on which #8 the very difficult, yet extremely sexy Harrison has been included. Why does it seem he’s always around when she’s in trouble?

Maybe it’s time to take a risk and leave the past where it belongs, but will trusting their instinct be the right choice for them?

 “This blood-pumping novel will keep the reader hooked until the very end.” InD’tale Magazine

“Do yourself a favor and grab a copy of this wonderful book and fall in love.” (5 star review)

Mat is a sexy, tattooed New Zealander with a strong sense of family and duty and Tiffany is a woman with a past that continues to haunt her. Can Mat help her overcome her demons and move on with the next phase of her life? Come for the romance and stay for the breathtaking scenery. (5 star review)

4 stars – NEW BEGINNINGS is a very emotional read, one that is heartwarming as well as heart wrenching. It gives you hope in the act of human kindness and that good things do happen to good people. I highly recommend this book.

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Happy Sunday. I’m continuing with my WIP, another Alinta Bay story. Jonah and Maddie are still stuck in the lift.
Enjoy ♥

There was a moment of silence before the static voice replied, “No Jack here, Maddie. Are you sure he works with us?”
Jonah wasn’t able to hold back his laugh at her referral to the same movie again, and Maddie shook her head with some amusement as well.
“Never mind.” There was some resignation in her words, but she still had a smile on her lips.
“Guys, I’ll switch off, but as soon as I have an update I’ll let you know. Breathe easy, don’t panic, we’ll get you out of there soon.”
Jonah nodded, rubbed his hands over his face. He was fine. He was used to confined space, after all as a diver he did that all the time, yet he was also aware how quickly people could change in stress situations.
Maddie pulled out her phone again, holding it up.
“No signal?”
She shook her head and slid down into a sitting position again.
And so did he. “So Mandinka. Named after the eighties hit?”


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Happy Wednesday everyone.
BETWEEN GOODBYE AND HELLO is the 3rd and last book in
the Alinta Bay series
The ebook available on AMAZON for 99c .
If you’re a KU subscriber, please take a moment to check out the first two books in the series: “DEFYING RULES” and “TELL IT TO MY HEART”

Today’s Hook:

Harrison Hendrix stared towards the bus, the fresh late winter breeze off the ocean cooling the sweat on his back from the jog with his cousin, Logan, and his half-brother, Noah, the fine beach sand sticking to his legs. He wiped his forehead with the back of his hand, unable to comprehend. Finally, he blinked a couple of times as his brain caught up to what he was seeing: Melody was back in town. What the hell was she doing in Alinta Bay, and why on earth had she returned after all this time?
“What’s up, mate?”
Still in disbelieve, he turned to Logan. “I think I’ve just seen a ghost. At least I hope so.”
Noah placed a hand on Harrison’s shoulder. “Say what?”
With his hands on his hips, Harrison nodded towards the bus stop.
Logan shaded his eyes with his hand. “Is that Melody? Did you know she was back?”
“Last I heard from her was in January when she called and asked for Mum’s bank details to transfer some money that she owed.”
Noah scratched his chin. “Who’s Melody?”
Harrison looked around, realising that his half-brother had no idea who he was talking about. “Melody used to work for Mum in the bakery. She’s about the weirdest person ever. Dresses oddly, listens to the sixties music, and the hair, good Lord, the hair—”

BLURB:

Can two seemingly incompatible people who judge each other on past events be able to find some common ground?

Harrison Hendrix believes in second chances, but when it comes to Melody, he has every reason to doubt it’s possible. He’s conflicted when he sees her back in town and tries his best to see the change in her that other friends mention. Even more so when spending a night with her after being set up for a dinner date.

Life hasn’t been kind to Melody Foster, and she returns to Alinta Bay for a new beginning. Hit by tragedy again, she’s determined to live life to the fullest and with no regrets. She creates a bucket list … on which #8 the very difficult, yet extremely sexy Harrison has been included. Why does it seem he’s always around when she’s in trouble?

Maybe it’s time to take a risk and leave the past where it belongs, but will trusting their instinct be the right choice for them?

 “This blood-pumping novel will keep the reader hooked until the very end.” InD’tale Magazine

“Do yourself a favor and grab a copy of this wonderful book and fall in love.” (5 star review)

Mat is a sexy, tattooed New Zealander with a strong sense of family and duty and Tiffany is a woman with a past that continues to haunt her. Can Mat help her overcome her demons and move on with the next phase of her life? Come for the romance and stay for the breathtaking scenery. (5 star review)

4 stars – NEW BEGINNINGS is a very emotional read, one that is heartwarming as well as heart wrenching. It gives you hope in the act of human kindness and that good things do happen to good people. I highly recommend this book.

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Happy Sunday. I’ve moved on from my Tassie story and would like to introduce you to yet another Alinta Bay couple. Jonah and Maddie, who are still stuck in the lift.
Enjoy ♥

Jonah gave her a wink. “Let’s tackle the task together.”
A smile spread across her flushed face. They both stepped to the doors, trying to grip the doors on each side as best as possible.
“Okay,” he said. “One, two, three.”
Both put some effort in pulling the doors apart but to no avail. Placing his hands on his knees, he took a few breaths to steady himself as he watched Maddie slide along the wall into a sitting position.
“You okay?”
She nodded. “Never been big on exercises.”
Letting out a soft laugh, he turned to the panel. “Mate, you’re still there.”
“Wouldn’t dare to leave you.”
“No luck on the doors I’m afraid.”
Again, the connection was iffy with static and only broken words coming through, but Jonah got the gist of it.
“I’ve sent a team over. They should be there in fifteen minutes. Will you two be okay?”
“Could you please send Jack? I’m sure he is able to get us out of here.” Maddie asked as she rose back to her feet.


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Happy Wednesday everyone.
I’d like to introduce you to book 2 in the Alinta Bay series
TELL IT TO MY HEART
which is now available on AMAZON for 99c .
I hope you’ll enjoy today’s “hook”, which is in Noah’s POV.

Today’s Hook:

“Isn’t she in France?”
“Not anymore, it seems.”
“Shit.”
Graham choked back a snort. “Not the word I’d use, but I agree.”
Noah ignored the subtle chide. “Is that something you’ll work on?”
“Yes.”
Noah hesitated, not sure what else to say. “Okay. I’ll see you soon.” He hung up and snatched a piece of paper from his desk to jot down all the things he had to do in the next twenty-four hours.
Not much time.

BLURB:

Confronted with the choice to care for his friend’s family on the other side of the world or to return to Alinta Bay to be with his own newfound family, how will Noah choose?

Following the death of his grandmother, Noah Fielding returns to Alinta Bay and the first thing — or person — he finds is the next-door neighbour in his nan’s bathroom — naked no less. Still jetlagged, he doesn’t hit it off with Molly at first. Yet, over the next few weeks, as his past uncovers itself bit by bit, she becomes is anchor, his friend, and his lover.

Molly Reid had the world at her feet, happily married with a young son … until a tragic car accident took everything away from her. With her heart broken, she moves to Alinta Bay to escape the memories of the past. Her peaceful existence, however, is interrupted after a heavy storm floods her house and she temporarily moves into her recently deceased neighbour’s house next door.

When Noah’s friend and partner goes missing during a routine flight, Noah returns to Alaska to help, but will he come back for Molly?

 “This blood-pumping novel will keep the reader hooked until the very end.” InD’tale Magazine

“Do yourself a favor and grab a copy of this wonderful book and fall in love.” (5 star review)

Mat is a sexy, tattooed New Zealander with a strong sense of family and duty and Tiffany is a woman with a past that continues to haunt her. Can Mat help her overcome her demons and move on with the next phase of her life? Come for the romance and stay for the breathtaking scenery. (5 star review)

4 stars – NEW BEGINNINGS is a very emotional read, one that is heartwarming as well as heart wrenching. It gives you hope in the act of human kindness and that good things do happen to good people. I highly recommend this book.