Tuesday, August 14, 2012

$100 Amazon Card Giveaway with Regan Walsh!!!

Happy Tuesday my decadent delights!!  Today I have Susan (Regan) visiting with me and four other blogs to bring you this fantastic giveaway and a sneak peek inside the second book in her series: Reflections.  Let's take a look:

Chapter 1

Cucumber Salad

Tomato juice splattered everywhere as the bottle hit the gray tile floor. Maia gasped at the shattered glass, unable to tear her eyes away; the thick red liquid pooled at her feet like a stagnant river of blood. 

“I’m sorry, Manny, the jar just slipped out of my hand,” she said, sensing the old man’s presence at her side and half-wondering how he’d gotten across the aisle so quickly.

“Don’t you worry, sweetheart.”

“I’m so clumsy lately. I can’t seem to hold on to anything these days.”

“Are you hurt? Did any glass cut you?” He took her by the elbow, leading her away from the debris.

“No, I’m fine. Let me help you clean up.” She glanced back at the slimy red liquid mixed with pieces of sharp, ragged-edged glass, making the aisle resemble a murder scene from some B-rated detective show on TV.

“No, no. I’ll get Jeff to clean up. He’ll be here in about five minutes. Now be careful where you step.” He placed a large orange cone near the edge of the area to ward off any unsuspecting customers from the slippery mess.

“Thanks, Manny. I am so sorry—I’ll pay for the juice.”

“Not to worry. A bottle of juice gets broken in here at least once a week.” He winked and managed to bring a smile to her fretful face.

Good old genial Manny, the master of calm, owner of the small seaside grocery store—the only food store in Whisper Cape—and everybody’s grandfather. He had a particular soft spot for pretty women. Except right now, Maia didn’t feel pretty. She felt fat and clumsy. Determined to stay out of maternity clothes for at least another month, she tugged at the waist of her once loose old gray sweat pants and rubbed at the indentation the elastic etched on her tummy. Even the normally beautiful, long, golden-brown curls she’d tucked up in her green wool hat refused to cooperate this morning as they constantly slipped out and fell in her eyes. She walked with Manny toward the other end of the store, and as he veered off to the checkout area, Maia continued on to the deli section.

The small store was quiet except for a group of teenage girls giggling over the cover of a DVD. A group of young men hung around outside, looking in at the girls. School would start soon and they’d all be on their way. Maia MacKenna glanced at them and smiled, remembering what it was like to be that age—innocent, not a care in the world. She placed her hand over the small bulge in her abdomen. Life would never be the same for her.

At this time of the morning, Manny’s Beachside Market—aptly named as one could hear the pounding of the surf whenever the front door opened—was often the main attraction of the kids from the nearby middle school and high school. The small-town grocer managed to carry all the essentials, from sunscreen to meats and produce, even a small variety of wines and beer. The refrigerated glass case Maia perused housed a few selections of prime cut steaks and marinated pot roasts and the deli department consisted of popular cold cuts and cheeses; nothing fancy, just the basics. The produce counter offered a variety of heads of lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, some apples, oranges—enough to get by for residents and families visiting the area for a few days. Almost too small for the word “market,” Manny’s place  happened to be the closest grocery store within five miles of the cozy cottage where Maia lived with Gerry Briden, the love of her life and the father of her unborn child.

Hoping to finish the shopping before her doctor’s appointment later that morning, she stood facing a cleverly stacked display of tomatoes contemplating how many she’d need as something in the corner of the adjacent deli case caught her eye. A billow of steam escaped from a small crack at the bottom, and she found herself mesmerized as the dewy cloud rose and dissipated, rose and dissipated. 

A voice, a soft whisper, came from somewhere behind her. “A precious cargo.”

She turned at the sound and looked into the face of a sweet old woman examining a head of lettuce. She didn’t recall ever seeing the patron before, and yet … there was something familiar about her. Her long black skirt, with a delicate pattern of purple swirls, hung several inches below her dark gray coat. The old woman’s hair, like strands of silver silk twisted into a braid, hung down the center of her back. Her eyes, though old, were brilliant, a rich shade of brown with little specks of gold.

The woman must be mumbling to herself. Maia shrugged and turned her attention back to the tomatoes. Her niece, Addie MacKenna, was coming over for dinner tonight with her boyfriend, the two having just returned from a well-deserved month-long holiday. Maia smiled, thinking how happy they were, but her lips tightened a bit as she remembered how they’d been in such danger going up against that sick psychopath who’d murdered Maia’s older brother a little over a year ago. Maia sighed, still in awe of Addie’s power, how she and Cael destroyed Eidolon, torching him down to nothing more than a pile of ashes.

Maia placed two plump red tomatoes—well as plump and as red as you could get this time of year in Whisper Cape—in a plastic bag and placed the bag in her cart. She stepped to the cucumbers and heard the voice again.

Whisper Cape is Book 1:

Cael stood, held out his hand for Addie, who took it and stood. “Grab your jacket.” He wrapped his arm around her, pulled her in close, cupped her chin in his hand, and tilted her head up toward his, their lips inches apart. “Do you trust me?” His voice was husky, his breath warm and her knees were about to turn to jelly.

“Yes, I think so. Do I have a choice?”

“No. Close your eyes,” he whispered.

She did as he requested as a weird sensation of air swept through every pore, every cell of her body.

“You can open your eyes now, you’re safe.”

Addie opened her eyes. He still held her in his arms, which was good because she almost fell over from the shock. She blinked as she looked around, recognizing Cael’s rented beach house, the red leather sofa and marble-topped coffee table from earlier that afternoon. It was dark except for the moonlight trickling in through the large window, giving the room a dreamy ambiance.

“How did we ...?”

Before she could finish her question, he lifted her chin up to his face and pressed his lips down on hers.

Pushing away, she turned her face from his. “How is this possible? We were just standing in my apart ...”

Without answering, he resumed kissing her. She started to pull away but then relaxed and tangled her fingers in his hair, pulling him closer to her.

After enjoying the kiss for a few seconds, Addie came to her senses and shoved her hands against his chest, stopping the kiss. “Wait. You need to explain ...”

Cael ignored her, silencing her with his lips once more. Addie lost herself in his tender embrace, unable to focus on anything else, which she knew was completely wrong. Every instinct told her she should be afraid, but she didn’t care.

His mouth traveled down to her neck as she raised her head to accept the slight graze of his teeth and titillating touch of his tongue just below her earlobe, sending quick pulses of excitement though her body.

She sighed, “You can’t keep silencing me with your kisses.”

“It’s working so far,” he whispered, then brought his mouth back to hers, attempting another kiss, but this time she managed to turn her face aside.

“Please, stop. I need to know what’s going on.”

They stood for a moment, both lost in the sweet embrace.

He sighed. “If you insist.”

“How did we get here?”
Don't both of these books sound fabulous?  Ready for your chance to win a prize?  Just fill out the raffelcopter!  Good Luck!!
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Melissa Stoneback-Tuttle said...

I am a new follower. A friend sent me here :) Love what I've read so far.

Lilian said...

I'm an old follower. And I'm loving it.

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miki said...

old and loyal followers^^
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CAJUNMAN12 said...

New follower

suzi1811 said...

I'm an old follower :-)
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Carol L. said...

I'm an oldie but goodie follower. :)
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Evie said...

I'm an old follower.
Thanks for the giveaway!

Christine A. said...

I am an "oldie" but not really since I am still in my 30's ;-)

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Allie said...

I have been following for a while now and so glad I am!

Jennifer L. Bielman said...

I'm a new follower. Thanks for the awesome giveaway


Liz @ Fictional Candy said...

I'm an old follower and an email subscriber. I love this post, both of these books sound so good!

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Escapism Fanatic said...

I'm a new follower! Cheers for this great giveaway.

Bboo04 said...

I'm an inbetweeny. lol Not brand new but not super old either. Love the blog though and thank you for the giveaway! :)

Carin said...

I follow all over the place :O) Carin

Kah Cherub said...

I'm an oldie but super goody. LOL. Thanks for the chance!!


LorettaLynn//Temprance said...

Im a oldie ;)
Thank you for the great giveaway:)

Rissa said...

I'm an oldie! Thanks for the chance to win :)

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Sharon Stogner said...

oldie! www.ismellsheep.com
thanks for hosting!

Rhonda D said...

I'm an oldie! Thanks for finding me some more books to add to my ever-growing tbb list.

books4me said...

I'm a oldie;)

Maria D. said...

I'm a new blog follower. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Sue Sattler said...

I'm an oldie! ;D

NoraA said...
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NoraA said...

I think I'm a new follower. When I clicked the link to sign in on GFC it signed me up instead of logging me in. LOL


I also signed up for email notices.


Lisa Cox said...

I'm an oldie. LOL, that doesn't sound right. I think I'll put it this way, "I've followed your blog for a while now."

Julene Jefferson said...

I am a new follower
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Julie S said...

Hi there. I'm an old follower. Thanks for the giveaway!

pandalovesyou said...

I'm an old follower! Thanks for the giveaway!

Laura Eno said...

New follower! Thanks for the loads of info on this page and the contest!

Janna Shay said...

I'm a new follower. Whisper Cape sounds intriguing. It's definitely going on my TBR list.
Thanks for the giveaway.


Nora Weston said...

New follower, but so glad to have discovered your books. Thanks for such a fantastic giveaway!

fundinmental said...

I have already read Whisper Cape. I enjoyed the book and would love to have Reflections.

mcv said...

I am a new follower of Regan Walsh but an old follower of CEOTNK.
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S.A. said...

I am a relatively new follower (within the last few months). I love this blog!

Jaye Shields said...

I love the covers if these books. They look even foxier on such a cool blog. Sooo excited to be featured on it in the future! Great post!

Tara W said...

I'm an old follower.
Rafflecopter: Tara Woods

Dovile said...

I'm an old follower and I'm also subscribed to your emails. I've got no blog.

tamalyn said...

am a newbie blog follower, loving the reviews tho.~
my blog is


am new to it all myself lol

Chrystina Williams said...

I'm an old follower :) I already have Whisper Cape on my Kindle, I'll have to move it up on my TBR list though! Thanks for the Giveaway!


Pommawolf Emeraldwolfeyes said...

Of course I'm a follower. It's how I find new books and authors...*s*
Thank you for the delightful giveaway!

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Hai-Yen said...

I'm a newbie but am glad to join. I'm always on the look-out for new reads. Thanks for this amazing giveaway!

kittyb78 said...

Thanks for the invite and the chance at a great prize. :)
Your newest follower.

emmameade.com said...

Gorgeous covers.

AD said...

Great new author to get into!


Maegan Morin said...

I am an old follower :D LOVE your blog!

Christine said...

I'm a new follower. The books sound great and I'm looking forward to reading them.

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Dina said...

oldie but goodie

Di said...

I've been visitin' for a while

Leigh Savage said...

I've been following for a good while...I look forward to meeting you at the Indie Romance Convention 2013...and my blog is http://leighsavage.blogspot.com/?zx=5fb83e4578d5c694


Kerry said...

Oldie :)

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Amber said...

I've only been following for a couple of weeks. I really enjoy it. amberdcline gmail

PamM said...

Old follower.
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debi01760 said...

Oldie but a goodie :)


Neyra said...

Both. New/Old follower if that makes sense >.< Lol

Neyra @ Darkest Addictions


Marisette said...

Sounds great!

Shadow said...

Im an oldie but a goodie! :) Thanks for the awesome post!

Mary Abshire said...

Sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for the giveaway!

Lexi H said...

Thanks for sharing the excerpts. Reflections has a beautiful cover! Haunting, matches the excerpt.

Old follower =)

divavixenqueen said...

an old follower. Nice excerpt.Both covers are quite lovely. Thanks for the giveaway.

Nay Nay said...

I'm an Oldie but a goodie. Thanks for the chance to win.

Romance Reader Enthusiast said...

I'm an oldie but a goodie. I look forward to getting my posts from your blog. I have two:


Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

old follower

Maria pronounced Mariah said...

I'm an old follower.

Thanks so much!

Lord SkyOak said...

I am somewhat a noobie but have been doing allot of contests to say the least. I am doing them daily.


Mel Bourn said...

I am so a goodie....If I must be old then I will :)
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Leni said...

I've been following for a few months.

fuonlyknew said...

I am a new follower.Thanks for the contest. I already have the ebook and a signed paperback of Whisper Cape.

laura thomas

Bee W Bedard said...

I am an old follower

tammy ramey said...

thank you for the chance at such a great giveaway. i love the cover, it's gorgeous and the book sounds wonderful.

i am an old follower:

follow via: GFC/Goggle+/FB/Goodreads under tammy ramey. twitter under wyndwhisper and by email under trvlagnt1t@yahoo.com

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Sherry said...

I'm a old follower.

Melissa I. said...

I think I'm in the middle, lol. Not too old but not too new. Unique, fun and fantastic blog, fun reviews and questions and this giveaway is one of THE BEST!! "Whisper Cape" is Truly awesome. I'm reading it now in between illness relapse/roller coaster so I'll def read a second time, but NOT a book to miss! Cannot wait for "Reflections"!! YAY!! :)

Thank you, both! Good Luck ALL and win or not, highly recommend grabbing a copy of "Whisper Cape". Really great read!!
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marybelle said...

I'm an old follower.


Hevenly said...

I'm kinda in the middle, I have been following for several months now, and have been loving every minute of it

stefanie gladden said...

new follower!


ronnkelly3 said...

Oldie...Thank you for the giveaway...

Cassie said...


Steph said...

Old follower here! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!


Carol said...

Great Hop thanks so much!!

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Jill H said...

New follower

Kalex said...

New follower

Rachel said...

I've been following for awhile now, great blog!
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Unknown said...

old follower

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angie lilly said...

I am relatively new but have been following now for a few months!

angie lilly said...

who won???

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