Today is the release of the final Bandit Creek Book, CURSED by Vivi Anna. If you’ve been following the series, you’ll be excited to finally read JD’s story.
JD, short for Jack Daniels, is Bandit Creek’s town drunk. He’s shown up in every single Bandit Creek novella and there’s something very mysterious about him. He’s always giving out advice, but no one really pays attention to his advice, although there’s always wisdom within his words. Here’s a snippet from when Jack appeared in WEDDING FEVER:
The ambulance attendant put one hand on JD’s chest. “Stay put, JD. I need to make sure you’re okay before I let you go. You nearly drowned.”
With a muttered curse, JD resumed his prone position on the ground, hooked his arm around his bottle of Jack Daniels, and gathered it snug against his chest. “Who saved me?”
Once again, the attendant hooked his thumb toward the diver. Liz followed JD’s gaze. Behind her, Naomi let out a low wolf whistle. “Who’s that?”
JD frowned, but kept his attention on the stranger. He raised one arm, his bony fingers crooked. “You there, boy. Come here.”
As the diver came out of the shadows into the ever growing morning light, the memories Liz had buried deep erupted. She stared up at the familiar face. His gaze met hers only briefly before he turned his attention to JD and crouched down at his side. “No need for thanks, JD.”
Liz’s heart stuttered in her chest, then started pounding in her ears as JD grabbed the diving gear by the fist and pulled Mitch Parker down close enough to spit in his face.
“Do I know you, boy?”
Naomi touched Liz’s shoulder, her voice a bare whisper. “Wow. He’s pretty hunky for an old guy.”
“Yes, sir. I’m Mitch Parker, Randy and Gwen Parker’s eldest son.”
“Don’t you ever—I repeat—ever save me again.”
JD started coughing and the ambulance attendant shouldered Mitch out of the way.
With a grace Liz recalled far too well, Mitch straightened to his full height and backed up a few steps, the hard wall of his naked chest now aglow with the rising sun, his gaze hidden by the dark sunglasses he’d slipped over his eyes.
Behind her, Naomi sighed. “Wow. Now there’s a man you couldn’t say no to. Right, Mom?”
Mitch didn’t hear the teenager as he turned away and walked to the lake front where he resumed pulling on his scuba gear.
JD stopped coughing and shoved the attendant’s hands away. “Let me alone. You know I’m gonna live, so stop all yer fussing.”
As Liz started to push to her feet, JD caught her by the arm, his eyes shining with the fever of one suddenly possessed. “If love comes knocking, don’t answer the door.”
If you want to read the entire first chapter of WEDDING FEVER, go here.
Now, let’s find out more about Vivi Anna and CURSED.
Vivi Anna likes to burn up the pages with her original unique brand of fantasy fiction. Whether it’s in ancient Egypt, or in an apocalyptic future, Vivi writes fast paced action-adventure with strong independent women that can kick some butt, and dark delicious heroes to kill for. She’s written for Harlequin, Kensington, and Carina. Once shot at while repossessing a car, Vivi decided that maybe her life needed a change. The first time she picked up a pen and put words to paper, she knew she had found her heart. Within two paragraphs, she realized she could write about getting into all sorts of trouble without suffering the consequences.
For as long as Jack can remember he’d been a resident of Bandit Creek. For almost two hundred years he’s been roaming the streets, alone, drinking to forget about his damned life. Cursed by a demon, he can’t die, although he’s tried many times. The only thing that can release him from this wretched existence is to find the gold he stole all those years ago and return it to those who died in the flood. Only problem is…with his mind so ruined he can’t remember where he buried it.
His salvation comes with Kristen Morgan’s arrival. The infamous psychic and the sheriff’s daughter can help him. There’s only one other person who knows where the gold is…his long dead partner Colton. And Kristen’s seen him in her dreams.
This brings us to the conclusion of the Bandit Creek Books series … or does it? Only time will tell. Thank you for joining me on this wonderful adventure. And remember, there’s something at Bandit Creek for everybody!
Now, I’m running off to buy my copy of CURSED. You know what I’ll be reading tonight ….
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It’s another Bandit Creek book today, a romantic suspense titled CHRISTMAS ON THE RUN by Louise Behiel.
Louise has always loved to read and you’ll never catch her without a book at hand. When she read Scarlett, the sequel to Gone With the Wind, she got hooked on the happily-ever-after endings. Louise came to writing while at an impasse for her Master’s degree. During this time, a sneaky little voice spoke up and said “You’ve read all those books, why don’t you write one?” So she did. And then she wrote another and another…
When Ramon Ramirez is found not guilty of first degree murder, Adelina Ramirez grabs their six year old daughter and leaves Atlanta, determined to keep him from taking Sadie to Brazil and keeping her there.
A bad snow storm on an almost-deserted road in Montana forces Lina to stay in Bandit Creek for Christmas. New friend Todd Black is bound to help the quiet woman and her child. He knows there’s more to her story than she’s saying, but it’s none of his business.
In the midst of Christmas preparations and a record snow storm, Ramon tracks her down. He doesn’t care about Lina but he wants his daughter and he’s going to take her.
With Todd at her side, Lina is forced to confront her worst fears. Together, they will face Ramon and forge a new future – a gift from her Christmas on the Run.
I’ve just finished the rewrites on The Valentine Grinch and now the revised and expanded novella is out to my beta readers. While I’m waiting for their comments, I’ve resumed work on my romantic comedy. It’s gone through so many title changes, I’m just going to refer to it as WIP. 🙂
So while I’m waiting to reveal more news on the WIP, let me tell you about the next — and third last — Bandit Creek novella, UP THE CREEK WITHOUT A SADDLE by Sandy Kelly, a contemporary romance.
Sandy studied journalism and began her writing career as a reporter nearly 25 years ago, then turned her attention to public relations. In her free time, when she’s not working on her latest piece of fiction, she’s reading, doing yoga, or hanging out with her teenage daughter and their dogs, cats and other assorted animals.
It was a series of misunderstandings that lead Lily to this place of deceit. She thought she was all by herself when she gave in to a temper tantrum in the middle of a field of cattle near Bandit Creek, Montana. By the time she overcame the shock of finding an insanely handsome man was watching her, she found herself lying without ever intending to.
Now this kind man had come to believe she was poor and in desperate need of help, when in reality she could easily purchase the entire town of Bandit Creek with the money readily available in her chequing account. It was her family’s enormous wealth that had prompted Lily to head out west in the first place, to take some time away and decide if she really wanted to take her place in the corporation like everyone expected. Leaving all signs of her wealth behind her, Lily was doing just fine… until she stumbled into Jayce.
Not only were his disarming looks leaving Lily to blush like a schoolgirl, she quickly realized her family’s great fortune came at a cost to farm families just like his. And now she found herself creating an entire fabrication so that he wouldn’t discover she was actually his enemy. But it became more and more pressing to tell Jayce the truth, if Lily wanted the chance to get to know him better. Bracing herself, Lily finally came clean with the truth of her background. But she was unprepared for the long-held secret that Jayce had of his own.
I’m bogged down in the middle of my work-in-progress, where the writing is always the most difficult. So while I resist the urge to drown my sorrows in one of those boxes of Christmas chocolates already filling the shelves, it’s time for another Bandit Creek book. Number 30 in the series is a contemporary romance titled THIEF OF HEARTS by Vivien Harben.
Vivien’s fascination with books stems back to the days when her parents read her and her older sister stories before bedtime. At age 4, her grandma came for a visit, told Vivien stories of a family of bears, and she was hooked. Since then, she’s been writing about magical places and things. Vivien graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. It was during this time that she found and fell in love with Romance novels. Her study breaks, of course, were consumed with these amazing pieces of writing and she devoured as many as she could.
Here’s a sneak peek at THIEF OF HEARTS.
Trying desperately to escape an abusive husband, Melissa Stacey drives until she reaches the town of Bandit Creek. She doesn’t know why she has stopped here, but as she sits looking at Lost Lake, she realizes that she too is lost. She has no family, no friends and no hope of ever escaping her cruel husband. Her hopelessness drives her to make a rash decision.
After being warned by Bandit Creek’s town drunk/prophet, depending on who you spoke to, Gabriel Waters rushed to save her. He didn’t know who she was but Old Jack told him he had to hurry or he’d be too late. He arrives at the shores of Lost Lake in time to see a woman disappear below the surface.
What happens next is a story of how two people, brought together by tragedy and fear, can find each other and solace in the discovery of true love. Love that can be found everywhere, even in Bandit Creek. After all everything happens in Bandit Creek.
Book 29 in the Bandit Creek series is the contemporary romance BREAKING LOVE’S CURSE by Kreseda Kaine.
Kreseda’s small-town-girl roots collided with her big-city imagination and created a passion for writing steamy romance novels. Her motto – The Steamier The Better! Kresdea loves to curl up in a big chair in front of the fireplace with a glass of wine and a good book.
Chance Guiley has left the Marines and returned home to Bandit Creek to keep his end of the contract he signed years ago with his biological father, Zeke Guilley. However, it’s not what Zeke expects. Chance found a loophole in the contract and hired his best friend’s baby sister, Nikki Sayors, to take his place at the firm flaming Zeke’s ire. The arrangement does allow Chance to keep his promise to his best friend and watch out for Nikki. He now also has the time to take over his aging grandparent’s ranch – the only thing he has ever wanted to do since the first time he pulled on a pair of cowboy boots. But Chance’s perfectly crafted plan backfires when Nikki comes to town. She’s always been attractive, but now she’s grown into a full-blown bombshell turning every man’s head. If he doesn’t make a move – and soon – someone else will. Chance must choose between his loyalty to his best friend and his attraction to the one woman he has never been able to get out of his head.
Nikki’s loved Chance from the moment she met him years ago and has always wished he would see her as a woman instead of his good friend’s kid sister. Since her brother’s death in Iraq, Chance has played the part of fill-in-brother, constantly calling to make sure she is doing okay but always careful to keep a physical distance. She’s out to annihilate the distance in every way and make him understand she doesn’t need a protector – she needs a man and her sights are set on him. Time isn’t on Nikki’s side though. Like the legends of Lost Lake, the Guiley name is cursed and Nikki is the only one who can change the past. If she doesn’t set things straight between father and son, she loses everything, including Chance.