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Hall of Fame with Dana Mason: Celebrating PRECIOUS EMBRACE

Roll out the red carpet!
Open the champagne!
It’s time to enter the Hall of Fame!

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It’s launch day at Sapphire Star Publishing and today is my publishing sister, Dana Mason’s, second book birthday! Woohoo, I cannot tell you how excited I am for Dana. So… over to you. Let’s hear it for your baby!

Launching PRECIOUS EMBRACE

Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog again, Nicky! I love talking about music, which makes your blog one of my favorites! Music is an easy subject because our choices can be so varied, we never run out of things to talk about.

All of my stories have a playlist, and my new release, Precious Embrace, is no different. The beauty of this story is that I was able to incorporate a little Country and Pop in with the Rock and Roll.

Precious Embrace is about two lost people, finding a new love. The hero, Johnny Rhay Bennett is a born and bred country boy. He grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and has an accent that will make any girl swoon. He’s a bad boy turned good, with a heart of gold and more sex appeal than most girls can handle in one man. It’s this bad boy attitude and sex appeal that pumps up his determination to get what he wants. . .and Alison Hayes is what he wants. The opening scene in Precious Embrace is Johnny standing on Ali’s porch, surprising her after having just moved to California from Tennessee. Ali opens the door and there he is looking sexy as hell.

Enter Johnny’s theme song: Bad Things by Jace Everett. When most people hear this song they think of show True Blood, but I see Johnny, standing on Ali’s porch, in tight jeans, wearing a country boy smile that will accelerate any girl’s heart.

Here is the song:

Here’s a short excerpt from that scene:

Ali Hayes knew the phrase tall drink of water was cliché, and she never really understood it. But when she opened her front door and came face-to-face with Johnny Rhay Bennett, clad in tight jeans and an even tighter black t-shirt, there was no other way to describe him.

It had been two months since they’d spent the night together and she honestly never thought she’d see him again. It took her several seconds to find her voice and when she did, she had little control over what came out. “Wow. You were the last person I expected to find at my door. What are you doing here?”

“Well it’s good to see you too.” He leaned in close. “I probably should have called first, but I didn’t get your phone number the last time…,” His lips quirked into a little grin and Ali had to wet her lips because her mouth had gone dry.

She took a step back, hoping to regain her senses. Flashes of their previous brief encounters flashed in her head and she had to fight to keep from covering her face in embarrassment. The baby in her arms squirmed and started whining, unceremoniously bringing her back to the present. She shifted and rocked the baby. “Um…sorry, I’m just surprised to see you here. Are you in town to visit Sarah and Mark? They’re in Arizona on vacation. I hope you didn’t make the trip for nothing.”

“I guess they didn’t tell you the latest.” He looked from her to the open door.

“Sorry, come in.” She held the door open further and took a step back. Once she let him inside, she realized she shouldn’t have. Her house looked like a stampede of kindergartners had barged through. “Sorry about the mess. I haven’t had a moment of peace in three days.”

Johnny looked around and said, “You alone? Did Jamie go with Mark and Sarah?”

“Yeah, he went with his dad.” Micah kicked out and started crying. Ali wanted to cry too. She bounced him, which only made him more irritable. “So what’s the latest?” she asked Johnny.

“Oh, ah…I’ve moved out here permanently.”

She drew back. “I’m sorry, what?”

His smile faltered a little and he said, “You’re looking at Santa Rosa’s newest detective.”

“Why would you move…why California? I thought you loved Nashville.”

“No…well, it’s alright I guess, but I was never in love with the place.”

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Precious Embrace Synopsis

A new love, a missing child, a family found.

A second divorce and a new baby wasn’t the vision Alison Hayes had for her future. Now a single mother with two young boys, she wants to focus on her kids and what’s left of her stagnant career. When Detective Johnny Rhay Bennett breezes into her life with his country-boy accent, she wants to run. She doesn’t need another man in her life, or another reason to make people talk. But when her worst nightmare becomes a reality, Johnny is the only person who can pull Ali out of her despair, forcing her to stay strong and not give up hope of finding her missing child.

Who falls in love after a one-night stand? Johnny Rhay doesn’t believe it’s possible until it happens to him. With Nashville in his rear-view mirror, he’s determined to convince Alison she loves him too, even if it means moving to the West Coast.

Ali’s not easy, and she’s living on just this side of bitter after her divorce, but Johnny doesn’t care. He’s up for the challenge. At least, he believes he’s up for it until baby Micah is stolen right out from under his nose. Now Johnny has to keep it together and get that sweet little boy home safe before his dreams of having a family vanish too.

To celebrate the release of Precious Embrace, Dana is offering book one of the Embrace Series, Dangerous Embrace, FREE on Amazon from July 11th – July 14th  (Nicky says: Go get it ~ it’s an AWESOME READ!!)

Precious Embrace links:
Goodreads | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA |
Barnes & Noble NOOK

Dana Mason Links:
Facebook | Twitter: @danamason06  | Website | Sapphire Star Publishing Author page  | Goodreads Author Page

Dangerous Embrace Links:
Goodreads | Amazon US | Amazon UK | Amazon CA

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS, DANA!

I’ve got Precious Embrace on my Kindle and can’t wait to get reading. Have a fabulous book birthday and sell millions!

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CentreStage: Cover Reveal for Dana Mason’s PRECIOUS EMBRACE

Welcome to CentreStage!

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CentreStage showcases fantastic authors from around the world. Sometimes, these authors might tell you about their writing, their lives, their inspiration or introduce their leading characters to you. Today, it is my great pleasure to host my Sapphire Star Publishing sister, Dana Mason, with the cover reveal for her upcoming novel, PRECIOUS EMBRACE.

Ready?

Cover Reveal:
PRECIOUS EMBRACE
by Dana Mason

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Ooooh isn’t it awesome!!!
This gorgeous cover was designed by Okay Creations.

Introducing: Precious Embrace

A new love, a missing child, a family found.

A second divorce and a new baby wasn’t the vision Alison Hayes had for her future. Now a single mother with two young boys, she wants to focus on her kids and what’s left of her stagnant career. When Detective Johnny Rhay Bennett breezes into her life with his country-boy accent, she wants to run. She doesn’t need another man in her life, or another reason to make people talk. But when her worst nightmare becomes a reality, Johnny is the only person who can pull Ali out of her despair, forcing her to stay strong and not give up hope of finding her missing child.
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Who falls in love after a one-night stand? Johnny Rhay doesn’t believe it’s possible until it happens to him. With Nashville in his rear-view mirror, he’s determined to convince Alison she loves him too, even if it means moving to the West Coast.

 
Ali’s not easy, and she’s living on just this side of bitter after her divorce, but Johnny doesn’t care. He’s up for the challenge. At least, he believes he’s up for it until baby Micah is stolen right out from under his nose. Now Johnny has to keep it together and get that sweet little boy home safe before his dreams of having a family vanish too.
 

OUT ON 11 JULY 2013!!!!

Precious Embrace is the second book in Dana’s Embrace Serious. You can find the first book, Dangerous Embrace, here:

Goodreads | Amazon.com |  Amazon.co.uk | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

I really enjoyed Dangerous Embrace; it’s a fast-paced page-turner and I cannot wait to read Dana’s second book!

About Dana Mason

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Dana Mason starting writing to prove to her computer geek husband and her math & science geek kids that she actually has a brain; it’s just a right functioning brain instead of a left. She’s lived all over the country and uses that experience in her writing and character studies. Her debut novel, Dangerous Embrace is the first in a contemporary romance series about a group of friends from Northern California who learn just how short life can be when you don’t hold on to what’s important.

When not writing, Dana specializes in professional development and training. She’s also a board member on the local Art’s Council and does what she can to support the art community.

Website | Facebook Fan Page | Twitter | Amazon Author Page | Publisher Author Page

Huge congratulations on a fabulous cover reveal, Dana!

Hall of Fame celebrates with Dana Mason: Launching Dangerous Embrace!

Roll out the red carpet!
Open the champagne!
It’s time to enter the Hall of Fame!

Today, we’re partying in honour of my Sapphire Star Publishing sister, the one and only Dana Mason! Dana launches her debut novel, Dangerous Embrace today and I am really excited to be part of the launch day extravaganza.

Dana shares her road to publication…

When I started writing Dangerous Embrace, I had no idea it would lead me here. I didn’t even think I could get my best friend to read the story. Until Dangerous Embrace was sent out for editing, Amy and Katie from Sapphire Star Publishing were the only two people, besides myself, who had read the novel from beginning to end.

When Sapphire Star posted the Month of Romance contest on their website, I decided to take the leap and submit. It was my very first submission for Dangerous Embrace, and the novel wasn’t even finished. I was still in the process of revising and editing. Fortunately they didn’t require completed manuscripts for the contest.

I couldn’t believe it when on the morning of March 10, 2012, I received the email from Amy offering me a publishing contract. I remember getting out of bed in the wee early hours of the morning and creeping into my office to check my email. While I didn’t think I had a chance of getting a positive response, I still hoped.

The rest is history…

…indeed! In fact, this is where it all begins. HUGE congratulations on your launch day, Dana, I am so excited for you. This is a tremendous moment and I hope you’re having the best time… ever! Here’s an excerpt of your masterpiece, let’s take a look…

Dangerous Embrace: the excerpt

Sarah pried open her heavy eyelids and turned, trying to focus on the clock. “Ow, dammit!” She clenched her teeth and looked down at the sling tied to her arm. The smothering realization pressed on her chest. When the nausea hit, she flung the covers off and rushed to the bathroom, fighting to get to the toilet before her stomach heaved.

When the painful dry heaving stopped, she lay back on the cold tile floor, exhausted, and waited for the room to stop spinning. Her ragged breaths roared in her ears and seemed to echo in the quiet room. When her breathing slowed, the silence ebbed around her in waves, but when footsteps approached the bathroom door, she tensed again.

A bead of sweat dripped down her scalp and at the same time someone tapped at the door. Her pulse spiked and she fought like hell to remember who brought her home from the hospital.

She closed her eyes. “Who’s there?” The waver in her voice pissed her off. Gawd-please don’t let me be pathetic in front of whoever this is.

A hesitant and completely unfamiliar man’s voice said, “Are you all right? Do you need something?”

Sarah sucked in a hard breath. “Um…” She exhaled slowly. “Who are you?”

“Mark Summors.”

She stiffened and tried to sit up. “Do I know you?” she asked her voice pitching.

“I can explain if you open the door.”

She steadied herself against the bathtub. The sling had slipped up her arm, exposing the trail of bruises. She swallowed another wave of nausea and tried to put the pieces together. Mark Summors? She glanced around for something to use as a weapon just in case, then she wanted to laugh-and cry. Who the hell was she kidding? She rolled her eyes. Good plan, Sarah, take on a strange guy with a toilet brush.

“Can I come in?”  His voice was muffled as if he was resting his face against the door.

“Go ahead.” She clamped her mouth closed to suppress a shiver, then said, “It’s unlocked.”

The door eased open and a cup of water shot out at her.

“Oh, thank you,” she cried out, relieved to wash the disgusting film out of her mouth. She snatched the cup out of his hand and gulped it, letting her eyes lift above the rim to see his face.

“Ah.” Sarah choked and inhaled the water. She set the cup down, almost upending it as she dropped it. “Oh my God!” She would never forget those intense blue eyes, just like she would never forget the smell of her attacker’s breath. They were all thrown together in the same horrifying memory.

Wow! You have totally got me hooked. I can’t wait to read the whole book, it’s all ready and waiting for me on my Kindle!

And for all of those out there duly intrigued, as me, you can get your very own copy of Dangerous Embrace on Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.

Last thing… let’s hear about you, Dana Mason, the author! 🙂

About Dana Mason

Dana Mason started writing to prove to her computer geek husband and her math & science geek kids that she actually has a brain; it’s just a right functioning brain instead of a left. She’s lived all over the country and uses that experience in her writing and character studies. Her debut novel, Dangerous Embrace, is the first in a contemporary romance series about a group of friends from Northern California who learn just how short life can be when you don’t hold on to what’s important. Second chances don’t come easy…but sometimes love is worth the risk.

When not writing, Dana specializes in professional development and training. She’s also a board member on the local Art’s Council and does what she can to support the art community.

As an avid reader and movie watcher, she always requires a happily ever after ending.

Visit Dana at her website or blog, follow her on Twitter, find her on Facebook or check out her author pages at Sapphire Star and Goodreads.

Rock on, Dana, I hope you have a terrific launch and I’m sending you big, completely harmless but loving hugs!!!