Romance author Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy

Romance author Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Callahan's Fate - my sizzling summer read!


Callahan’s a cop.  Raine’s new in town.  Their first kiss is a beginning but they have a long way to go before they can hope for a happy ending.  Callahan’s Fate, a romantic suspense novel against the backdrop of New York City, new from me, available where eBooks are sold.

Callahan grinned and heaved a sigh. “Good,” he said. “I was afraid maybe I’d lost you already.  You’re something, you know that?”

His words pleased her, but before she could summon a reply, he bent closer and kissed her without giving her a chance to realize his intention.  Cal’s lips grazed hers, light and warm as a summer breeze.  A delicious electricity rippled through her body at contact, and she moved to make the kiss last longer.  He groaned as his mouth latched onto hers, firm and hard.  Callahan kissed her long and hard.  Raine’s awareness of his heat and the way his lips delivered a lingering caress made her almost giddy, and when he pulled back, her hands clutched tight to his shirtsleeves.  She’d been kissed before, but no first kiss had ever affected her with such intensity.

 


 


 

New York City.  It’s a city like no other.  Whether it’s a glittering Gotham to a country mouse, a city brimming with possibilities and pleasures, or the Big Apple, center of the known world, nothing else compares.  My trip to New York last summer made me familiar enough with the city to be dangerous and I’ll be heading back this year to RWA.  Among other things, the trip gave me inspiration for a new romantic suspense novel, Callahan’s Fate.  It’s out from Evernight Publishing, just $4.99 at Amazon.com, Bookstrand, All Romance, and more.  Buy it direct from Evernight and save a little, too.

It’s a story that involved me on an emotional level and I think it’s a story readers will enjoy.  Although the setting is vastly different from the rural background of Ryker’s Justice, the winner of the suspense category in the 2014 Evernight Reader’s Choice Awards, I think it has the same emotional depth, fast paced action, and story.

Here’s the blurb and then the first chapter in its’ entirety followed by buy links! Happy reading.

He’s a cop, one of New York City’s finest.  She’s a transplanted teacher, new to the Big Apple.  Callahan is streetwise and world weary.  Raine is lost in the urban setting.  When they meet, the attraction and the emotional connection are powerful.  When a former student stalks Raine, he’s also part of Callahan’s unfinished business.  The closer they become, the more their lives intersect, the greater the danger.  Callahan must put his past and burden of guilt aside.  Raine needs to adapt to big city life.  Both seek a happily ever after together but with old scores to settle, they have to survive first.

 

“All right, Romeo, you bet.  What’s her name?”

“Raine.”

Speaking it evoked the woman—her blue eyes, her ready smile, and her knack for offering comfort when needed.  Callahan reflected she made him laugh when he needed some humor, she provided insight when he became thoughtful, and she made him stronger. 

“Pretty name,” his partner commented.

“She’s a pretty woman,” he replied.

My trip to NYC last summer, the sights, the sounds, the tastes, all inspired my latest contemporary romance, just out from Evernight Publishing and just $4.99…

 




Saturday, January 03, 2015

2015!

It's a brand new year, the calendars have been changed, and 2015 has been launched.  What this year will hold is a mystery although I have hopes and dreams.  Of course, none of us ever know.  When 2014 was just days old, one of my publishers (Rebel Ink Press) dropped me and returned all of my titles to me.  It might have seemed a crushing blow to many authors but I saw it as an opportunity and although it took hard work to regroup and re-launch, it proved to be a good thing.  During 2014, I sold more titles, earned the highest royalties from Evernight Publishing, and saw several of my titles earn bestselling rankings.  When last year dawned, I didn't expect I'd spend part of my summer in New York City or that I'd fall hard for the city.  I thought I might like it but I loved it.  I found family ties, what aboriginal people would call song lines there and I will return.  Nor did I expect I'd make two trips to the Washington DC area.  In any given year, things change, and I hope 2015 will be a year of new goals reached, a time of happiness, health and prosperity.


My first title out this year will be another Patrice Wayne historical, A Desperate Destiny, from Evernight Publishing.  Other upcoming titles from Evernight also include Callahan's Fate, a contemporary romance set in NYC and Fire Rescue plus another Patrice Wayne title, Valley So Low.  Another has been subbed and I'm waiting to hear.


Also, my long awaited Saving The Sin Eater will be out from World Castle Publishing.  I'm working on edits as we speak.


I'm continuing to substitute teach but I'm also looking for something more permanent, some more lucrative if possible.  It's hard in this economy - here in my corner of the world, the economic recovery hasn't really touched most people - and in a small town but I'm trying. 


2014 saw me win an Evernight Reader's Choice award in the suspense category for Ryker's Justice and a runner up award in the interracial for Pink Neon Dreams.


Happy New Year....here's hoping for the best in 2015!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Tidings of Comfort And Joy....a sweet romance of hope, love, and a Christmas miracle!


Outside my office window, it’s still glorious November.  Today, with temperatures around 70 degrees, it’ll be Indian Summer.  Tomorrow, however, a polar vortex will bring cold and maybe even snow by the weekend.  My Halloween Jack O’Lanterns are still on the front porch and I haven’t picked out my Thanksgiving turkey yet.  I’m clinging to the last little bit of autumn, my favorite season but around me, the world at large is already preparing for Christmas.

Most of the retail stores in our small town had Christmas merchandise peeking out around the Halloween costumes and candy.  Now that trick or treat time is over, it’s full scale holiday displays.  Thanksgiving tends to get almost lost in the shuffle.  And I’ll admit, yes, I have already ordered some Christmas gifts and bought a few new holiday decorations but I’m not quite sharing the Christmas spirit.

Some people are, though, and it’s wonderful.  My next release from Astraea Press debuts on November 18th and the title is Tidings of Comfort and Joy.  And, yes, it’s a Christmas love story, taking place from one holiday season to the next.  But it’s much more – after a brief prologue and some flashbacks so the reader can share the magical night the couple first met – the story begins on the Fourth of July.  The tragic events occur on the waters of the Grand Lake of the Cherokees, more commonly known as Grand Lake, in northeastern Oklahoma.  Oh, before I get too carried away, here’s the blurb:

They met during the holiday season and married in May.  Jessica savored every moment of happiness with her beloved husband Johnny but their newlywed bliss is shattered when he’s caught in a storm on the lake on the Fourth of July.  First missing, then presumed dead, Johnny Devereaux appears to be gone and everyone mourns him except his wife.  Jessica refuses to believe he could be dead and she steadfastly refuses to give up hope that he is alive and will return.

As the months pass, each holiday is another reminder of his absence and it becomes harder to believe but she refuses to yield to despair.  As his family, especially his brother Tad, struggles to accept Johnny’s death, only his great-grandmother and bride hang onto their hope.  Jessica comes to believe he’ll return to her at Christmas so the holiday takes on new significance as she waits for tidings of comfort and joy.

 

Tidings of Comfort and Joy by CoraGraphics

This is the gorgeous, evocative cover, courtesy of Cora Graphics, a very talented book cover artist.

Here’s a little sneak peak….

She sat all the way up, circled his neck with her arms, and he delivered a potent kiss that promised more to come later. Jessica considered heating things up, knowing if she did, she could get him to stay later but she didn't. He loved fishing, and she wanted him to have that solitary time he wanted out on the water.

            "I'll see you this afternoon," Johnny told her. "You be careful driving down, and watch the holiday traffic, okay?"

            "I will," she promised. "Have fun, and catch lots of fish."
            "I'll do my best. See you, honey."

            With another quick kiss, he was off the bed and out the door before she could say anything more. He never said good-bye  — it was their personal tradition something he taught her on the very first night that they met. She remembered that moment as she laid her head on the pillow.

            "I'll call you."

            "If you don't, I'll call you."

            He grinned. "You won't have to, Jessica. I'll see you tomorrow."

            "Promise," she said, and he traced a cross over his chest.

            "Cross my heart," he said. "See you."

            She opened her mouth to tell him good-bye but he held up one hand.

            "There are no good-byes but one, and that one is final," Johnny said. "So don't ever say it."

            Jessica smiled and touched his face with her hand. "Then I'll say' later.'"

            "Later, darlin'."

            Then, she hadn’t understood the reason.  Later, when he explained how devastated his family had been by his dad’s unexpected death and told her how one of his cousins said ‘good-bye’ before heading home to die in a house fire, Jessica understood his reasons.  And it became their custom, their habit.

Look for Tidings of Comfort and Joy available from Astraea Press beginning November 18, 2014 where quality eBooks are sold.

Disclosure: An earlier edition of this book appeared in 2012 as Sing We Now of Christmas from another publisher.  The new edition has been rewritten, enhanced, and thoroughly edited.
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