Friday, December 7, 2018

Cover Reveal for IN THE ARMS OF HER ANGEL, a Seekers of the Past novel by Amy Valentini with #Excerpt


IN THE ARMS OF HER ANGEL
A Seekers of the Past novel
by Amy Valentini
COMING SOON! 
Expected release date is planned for December 26, 2018!



A series like no other—the Seekers of the Past series will take you on a journey where the past meets the present and love lives forever.

The Seekers of the Past series continues with Emma and Sam seeking answers even while the journal's magic leaves them wondering about time and forever love. Emma wonders if there is something special—something magical—about the journal and if it’s all happening because it was written by her doppelganger from the past.

Journey with Emma as her reading sends her on a journey with Daniel Embry and Ginny Blackwood. When Daniel encounters a thief, only to discover he is actually a beautiful young woman in need of his assistance to save her father, he discovers she seeks a treasure. Is it the gold?

Haunted by her past, Ginny holds clues to a missing treasure in the form of a riddle—a riddle she is unable to decipher. The solution lies in the secrets she holds locked in her memories, but will she ever trust Daniel enough to reveal them? Danger follows them from Charleston to New Orleans. Will the answers they find lead them to what they need or be their end? And while both protect their hearts from love, will they surrender to the desire they crave in each other’s arms?

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Excerpt:
Daniel watched her squirm as she kept her eyes averted from his. When he motioned Ginny to sit, she shook her head slightly and only moved to stand behind her chair. Her hands gripped the chair back and he saw her knuckles whiten for a brief moment. It was as clear to him now as it was to Finn—she had not told him everything.
“I am willing to help you in any way I can, Ginny,” he remarked as he returned to his seat. He picked at the meat on his plate and noted the barely touched meal Finn had left behind. “Tell me about your father. If you do not, I shall simply listen to Finn’s side and something tells me his rendition will not be very favorable.”
He watched as Ginny gripped the chair again and rocked back on her heels. Abruptly, she moved away from the chair and began to pace the room. She folded her arms around her middle as if she were cold or warding off his questions.
“My father is in the business of finding goods others need,” she began in a low voice as she moved back and forth. When Ginny stopped abruptly, turning her head slightly toward him, her face was half-hidden in shadow. She kept her eyes lowered, which caused the shadow of her long lashes to fan out over her cheeks. “In truth…he is a black marketer who sometimes does business with men who can be very dangerous.”
“Like Pierre Laffite,” he suggested continuing to watch her tense yet supple body. Her new clothing fit her far better than the ones she wore at their first meeting and left very little to his imagination as to the true nature of her curves.
“Yes, like Laffite. I believed him when he declared he no longer did business with men like that after splitting with Jacob—” Ginny cleared her throat. “Jacob Shaw.”
Daniel noted the way her hands gripped the chair again after she moved to lean on it again. He was not sure, but he might have heard the wood creak against the force. Her voice had clutched and wavered when she spoke that name—Jacob Shaw—even as her knuckles whitened and her nails dug into the upholstered leather on the chair.
“So when he told me he had refused Laffite’s offer, I was very proud of him. Only, then he disappeared after meeting with a real customer. At least I believed it was a real customer because it was what he had told me before he left. I have no idea about anything anymore.” Ginny paused and drew the fingers of her right hand along the smooth creamy skin of her neck to finger the ribbon on which he knew held the charm—a simple charm, which had started his adventure involving this irresistible beauty.
“As I told you, my father must have got caught up in his business so now I need to return home alone,” Ginny said lowering her eyes avoiding his gaze.
“I thought you told me he requested you stay until he returned to the city. Why then are you going home? He may be journeying back to Charleston even now.” He had a bad feeling about the change in her tale.
“I want to go home. He left me with no money. I was on the streets and alone,” her voice rose in pitch, and she squeezed the back of the chair once more.
“Darlin’, I cannot assist you if you do not tell me the truth. If your father left the city and wished you to remain until his return, why then did he not secure the room for you until he could collect you?” he asked watching her reaction closely, for he was sure he had caught her in a lie.
Those who practiced to deceive always had trouble keeping their story straight when pressed for details. Her eyes flashed at him, a moment of panic causing her pupils to constrict before she lowered her lashes over them. There it was—proof of the lie.
“I do not know what has happened to my father. I do not know where he is or why he has yet to return. I can only believe someone is holding him against his will.”
Daniel listened quietly as she spoke. He somehow knew she spoke the truth now as she told him about the message left at the inn, about why she had not any funds to keep her in the city, and how the riddle might hold the key to gaining her father’s freedom.
“Tis strangely more comforting to know he has not returned to me because his life is in danger rather than to think he has abandoned me for good,” she said wiping her across her eyes with the backs of her hands.
Daniel stood, his chair creaking under the release of his large frame. Her eyes lifted at the sound and beneath those smoke tinted fringes, pools of azure glistened in the flickering light of the lantern hanging from the ship’s rafters. His heart pained him seeing the tears which filled her eyes. What kind of father would leave a young daughter alone in a strange city with no one to protect her? Even if he was unable to return, why had he not ensured she was safe and paid ahead for the room?
Ginny stepped away from the chair as he approached her. Her eyes widened and he saw a tremble rush over her. She responded much as child would who was frightened by the idea of a physical reprimand. Slowly, he raised a hand as he would if he were to soothe a frightened foal. Upon reaching her, he stopped in front of her and allowed his hand to rest gently alongside her upper arm. She trembled under his touch so he gently stroked her arm as he reached out to pull her forward with his free hand. He knew Ginny wanted to resist his offer of comfort for she was tense and stiff as he pulled her against him. Yet when he shifted his hand from her arm to the back of her head where his fingers slid through silky golden curls, she stepped into his embrace. He pressed her cheek against his chest and she dipped her head like a child. Her hands came up to press lightly against his sides while her cheek rested warm against him. Like a hurt child, Ginny trembled against him and when he heard a sniffle, he knew she must be crying.
Touching his fingertips to her chin, he forced her face upward. There, he saw several tears slide down her cheek. With the pad of his thumb, he wiped them away. Ginny’s eyes were large and round, her lashes spiked with moisture and her lower lip quivered slightly before she caught it between her small straight teeth. An uncontrolled tightening in his groin caused his breath to hitch in his throat as he gazed down into her angelic face. Something about this mysterious girl made him want to take care of her, but then he also wanted to sweep her into his arms, carry her to his bed, and ravish her sweet body until she begged for more. Neither of which he believed she would allow him to do right now—if ever.
As if to prove his point without him making it, Ginny pulled away, cleared her throat, and wiped her cheek. “I have more work to do in the galley,” she croaked, clearing her throat once more. “If you are finished with your supper, I shall remove those now,” she commented as she made a move toward the food dishes.
He grabbed her arm, staying her. “Ginny, if you wish to talk, I am here to listen,” he told her in a low voice not much louder than a whisper.
“As for those,” he said in normal voice as he nodded his head in the direction of the plates of food. “I imagine Finn will be back to give me his sage advice, and perhaps I will eat more as well.”
Ginny nodded. She looked down at her arm where his hand rested. Now aware he was still holding her in place, Daniel released her. She quickly turned and walked to the door. His eyes followed her sweet bottom outlined so seductively in her boy’s britches. He grinned and nearly laughed while wondering if she had any idea what a delicious temptation she presented. He doubted the sway of her luscious hips was anything other than natural.
With her hand on the door handle, Ginny turned to look at him so he quickly wiped the smile from his face and coughed to cover his embarrassment at nearly being caught appreciating her irresistible curves.
“Thank you, sir.”
“You are most welcome, Miss Blackwood,” he replied with a pleased smile. When he noticed a small smile light at the corner of her cherub mouth, he winked. “I am a very good listener, poppet.”
With a quick nod, Ginny disappeared through the door leaving him wishing he could have somehow convinced her to stay. He stood staring at the open door for long enough that when a thump from above drew his attention, he realized several minutes had passed but she had not returned, even as he had wished her to do so.
Running his hands through his hair, Daniel yanked the leather string, which he used to tie back his queue, from his hair. Wrapping it around his fingers, he moved to his seat behind the desk and dropped his large frame into the creaky chair. Twirling and curling the leather piece, he thought about the strange girl who had literally fallen into his life, and who continuously seemed to find her way into his arms as well. It had been four years since any woman had captured his attention the way Ginny Blackwood had from the first moment he grabbed hold of her as she hurried past carrying Pete’s coin purse. She was wild, sharp-witted, quick to speak yet full of secrets, and more endearing than any woman he had ever met including Christina Overton, the woman to whom he had planned to vow his life before she betrayed him, and then died.
Daniel opened a drawer in the desk, removed a small box, and opened it. Inside the box lay the small piece of paper he had removed from the gold charm Ginny once more was wearing around her neck. He unrolled the tender paper and pressed it flat with his fingers. The strange little rhyme was a riddle to him, but surely it must have meant something to her when she read it. She claimed not to have figured it out but needed it to save her father. If her father had written it then it surely it must mean something to him and by connection, her. Staring down at the words written in smeared ink, he quietly read the rhyme.
Beneath the shadows of the moon,
Where my angel no longer resides,
A great worth awaits a happy tune.
He scrubbed at the growing stubble on his chin with the palm of his hand. He repeated the words louder this time as if hearing them aloud in the quiet room might give him an answer. The second line, where my angel no longer resides, could easily lead anyone to think her father possibly meant her home on Saint Kitts. But then again, perhaps Evan Blackwood meant it to mislead.
He chuckled thinking how his sister, Angeline, would love to get her hands on this and solve the riddle. Folding the paper, he suddenly wished he had his sister’s patience and talent for solving puzzles so he could unravel the mystery of Ginny Blackwood, and her missing father.

In the Arms of Her Angel, book 3 in the Seekers of the Past series by Amy Valentini


Happy Reading Everyone!

Friday, October 26, 2018

New Covers for Books 1 & 2 and Cover Reveal for IN THE ARMS OF HER ANGEL by Amy Valentini


SEEKERS OF THE PAST


Where the past meets the present and love lives forever.

Seeking the Past...
Emma Wells has uncovered clues that might prove an old family tale as being true. Strange things lead her to question whether her grandfather’s death may not have been an accident and goes in search of something worth killing him for buried on her property. When she asks an old friend to assist, the man who comes in his place is the last person she ever wanted to respond to her call for help.

Seeking a Second Chance…
Sam Martinelli has been hoping for a reason to get close to the woman he still loves since he destroyed their relationship five years ago. His foolish actions drove her away then, but now he’s hoping his expertise as well as time working with her allows him another chance.

Uncovering Secrets...
When Emma’s suspicions prove to have substance, she convinces Sam to help her even if he still carries doubts. Being with him again, she begins to question her heart and past as well as her foolish pride. When things take a dangerous turn, Emma realizes she must trust the man she trusts least, especially when the past collides with the present and the truth of it all is uncovered.


FOR THE SAKE OF HONOR

Where the past meets the present and love lives forever.

The Seekers of the Past series continues as Emma and Sam seek answers to a growing number of questions. The discovery of gold on the family farm has left them wondering about the world, time, and love. If love conquers all, can love prove greater than even time?

Emma discovers a journal written by the youngest member of the Embry family. The author of the journal is her look alike from the past. She begins reading the story of Anna Pelt and Joshua Embry. His return from England with a future bride has left Anna questioning her place in his world. Having loved him all of her life, she feels betrayed and discarded. When he claims to love her but honor is forcing him to marry the woman chosen by his parents, Anna believes it is because he thinks her too far beneath him—only a servant, and not good enough to be his wife. Can love prove stronger than honor?

Can the journey to find the answers Emma and Sam seek about the past uncover more about their mysterious connection to the couple in the portrait? 



And a peek at book 3 –



IN THE ARMS OF HER ANGEL
coming soon!

Where the past meets the present and love lives forever.

The Seekers of the Past series continues with Emma and Sam seeking answers even while the journal's magic leaves them wondering about time and forever love. Emma wonders if there something special—something magical—about the journal and if it’s all happening because it was written by her doppelganger from the past.

Journey with Emma as her reading sends her on a journey to where the past meets the present with Daniel Embry and Ginny Blackwood. When Daniel encounters a thief, only to discover he is actually a beautiful young woman in need of his assistance to save her father, he discovers she seeks a treasure. Is it the gold?

Haunted by her past, Ginny holds clues to a missing treasure in the form of a riddle—a riddle she is unable to decipher. The solution lies in the secrets she holds locked in her memories, but will she ever trust Daniel enough to reveal them? Danger follows them from Charleston to New Orleans. Will the answers they find lead them to what they need or be their end? And while both protect their hearts from love, will they surrender to the desire they crave in each other’s arms?


I hope you’ll read and enjoy the Seekers of the Past series. I do!
Happy Reading Everyone!

  

Monday, October 8, 2018

Unwrapping a Cover Reveal for HOT CROSS BUNS, book 2 in the Whiskey Sweet series by Kelsey Elise Sparrow #sizzling


  

HOT CROSS BUNS
Whiskey Sweet series Book 2
Kelsey Elise Sparrow

Coming November 9th
Available for pre-order now at Amazon


My best recipes come out of moments of spontaneity.
- Savannah Flowers
Mixing a goody-two-shoes baker with a detective who has questionable morals is a recipe for disaster.
- Holden Cross

Savvy
A random order for a loyal customer introduced me to the man of my dreams. It also led me to a moment of great devastation. I can’t believe both are the result of knowing the same man. I don’t know if we’ll be able to come back from this.
I’m seriously screwed.

Cross
Never would’ve thought I’d be the type to stand out in front of a business and make a complete fool of myself. It’s what you do when you’ve been an ass to the one person who saw the better part of you even before you had an inkling to acknowledge it.
Fucked that up royally.



Add to your TBR shelf: Goodreads

About the Author:

Kelsey Elise Sparrow, author of romance, MC, and fantasy novels. Imagination takes flight and romance is free to breathe. Something sinister is always lurking in the corner to snuff out the beauty. Join her on the journey. She sees the world as one big opportunity to grow, discover, and learn. The worlds she creates are based upon dreams and imaginings that take the reader on a journey unlike any other. "Imagination takes flight" isn't just her tagline, it is her way of living. Follow her on social media to discover where her imagination will take you.

Lover of all things beautiful. Fanatic of Chris Hemsworth and Benedict Cumberbatch. Book in hand, purse, bag, and on phone ... always makes her day along with her world a better place. This author calls Texas her home, loves sweet tea and fantasy worlds. She is also a big kid.



Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Release Day Joy! FOR THE SAKE OF HONOR, book 2 in the Seekers of the Past series by Amy Valentini + #excerpt

FOR THE SAKE OF HONOR
Seekers of the Past, book two
Amy Valentini

Available now for Kindle and print at Amazon
and all other formats at Smashwords

The Seekers of the Past series continues as Emma and Sam seek answers to a growing number of questions. The discovery of gold on the family farm has left them wondering about the world, time, and love. If love conquers all, can love prove greater than even time?

Emma discovers a journal written by the youngest member of the Embry family. The author of the journal is her look alike from the past. She begins reading the story of Anna Pelt and Joshua Embry. His return from England with a future bride has left Anna questioning her place in his world. Having loved him all of her life, she feels betrayed and discarded. When he claims to love her but honor is forcing him to marry the woman chosen by his parents, Anna believes it is because he thinks her too far beneath him—only a servant, and not good enough to be his wife.

Can love prove stronger than honor? Can the journey to find the answers Emma and Sam seek about the past uncover more about their mysterious connection to the couple in the portrait?
  


Running a Giveaway on my FB Author page…come join me in celebration!

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If you haven’t read the story that started this amazing journey to where the past meets the present and love lives forever, please be sure to check out SEEKERS OF THE PAST too. The print version is now at a reduced price.

Happy Reading Everyone!

Monday, September 24, 2018

Coming Soon! FOR THE SAKE OF HONOR, a Seekers of the Past novel by Amy Valentini #preorder


FOR THE SAKE OF HONOR
Seekers of the Past, book two
Amy Valentini

Releasing September 25, 2018
Available for pre-order now at Amazon
and available in print now

The Seekers of the Past series continues as Emma and Sam seek answers to a growing number of questions. The discovery of gold on the family farm has left them wondering about the world, time, and love. If love conquers all, can love prove greater than even time?

Emma discovers a journal written by the youngest member of the Embry family. The author of the journal is her look alike from the past. She begins reading the story of Anna Pelt and Joshua Embry. His return from England with a future bride has left Anna questioning her place in his world. Having loved him all of her life, she feels betrayed and discarded. When he claims to love her but honor is forcing him to marry the woman chosen by his parents, Anna believes it is because he thinks her too far beneath him—only a servant, and not good enough to be his wife.

Can love prove stronger than honor? Can the journey to find the answers Emma and Sam seek about the past uncover more about their mysterious connection to the couple in the portrait?




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If you haven’t read the story that started this amazing journey to where the past meets the present and love lives forever, please be sure to check out SEEKERS OF THE PAST too. The print version is now at a reduced price.

Happy Reading Everyone!



Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Unwrapping a New Cover for SEEKERS OF THE PAST, book one in the Seekers of the Past series by Amy Valentini

SEEKERS OF THE PAST

The first and flagship novel in the series, 
Seekers of the Past.

Introducing a series like no other—the Seekers of the Past series will take you on a journey, where the past meets the present and love lives forever.

Seeking the Past...
Emma Wells has uncovered clues that might prove an old family tale as being true. Strange things lead her to question whether her grandfather’s death may not have been an accident and goes in search of something worth killing him for buried on her property. When she asks an old friend to assist, the man who comes in his place is the last person she ever wanted to respond to her call for help.

Seeking a Second Chance…
Sam Martinelli has been hoping for a reason to get close to the woman he still loves since he destroyed their relationship five years ago. His foolish actions drove her away then, but now he’s hoping his expertise as well as time working with her allows him another chance.

Uncovering Secrets...
When Emma’s suspicions prove to have substance, she convinces Sam to help her even if he still carries doubts. Being with him again, she begins to question her heart and past as well as her foolish pride. When things take a dangerous turn, Emma realizes she must trust the man she trusts least, especially when the past collides with the present and the truth of it all is uncovered.

Add SEEKERS OF THE PAST to your Goodreads shelf.

Available NOW in ebook format at:
Amazon and KU
and in print and ebook at
Amazon | AmazonUK | AmazonDe | AmazonFR | AmazonES | AmazonIT | AmazonJP



What people are saying about SEEKERS OF THE PAST:

Damn good book!!
To start off, I'm not a reader but this book has made me one!! I fell in love with this book! I loved everything about it!!! You will not want to put it down . i have just bought 2 more books for birthday presents!! can't wait to see the next book!!! - Amazon reader

A Wonderful Book
Seekers of the Past is a wonderful book. Imaginative and engaging, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters are well written and the author truly transports readers to the Virginia countryside. Cannot wait for the next book in the series. Well done Amy Valentini. - Amazon reader



Fabulous story! A mystery, romance, and history novel all rolled up in one!
Emma Wells, age 28, lives on Green Mount Farm built by Jason Embry centuries ago. Emma works as a researcher and restorer at Mount Vernon, home of George Washington. Currently, she is on a leave of absence from her job to care for the farm after the death of her beloved grandfather, Duncan Chambers. Two years after his death, Emma still cannot accept that he died by driving his Jeep into the pond. She remembers the stories he and his friends used to tell. The one story that grabbed her was the one Duncan told about his own great-grandfather, Jeremiah, a hero of the Confederacy. Now that Emma owns the farm, she is determined to find the truth behind the tale passed down by Grandfather Duncan.
Dr. Samuel (Sam) Martinelli is a professor of archeology at the University of Virginia. Five years ago, he and Emma were dating and in love. But one night, Sam got drunk and brought a girl to their place where Emma caught them in bed. Crushed, she fled. Sam and Emma have not seen one another since then. So, when he shows up on her porch, she is not happy to see him. He has come to let her know that her Uncle Walt has had a heart attack but is going to be fine. Emma agrees to let Sam stay in a guest room for the night. Emma tells him about her suspicions that someone wants something that may be hidden in the farmhouse because she found the place in a shambles when she moved in. She knows her grandfather would not have lived like that. Since then, she has been trying to go through all the paperwork in the house to see if she can find some clues. In addition, she has found a cave on the property and needs Sam’s help to investigate it.
Emma has some interns from the University doing some research on the farm and staying in one of the outbuildings. When a visiting girlfriend is found dead in the pool and it does not look to be an accidental drowning, things get really tense. Who would have killed this young girl and why? What is someone looking for on the farm that they would commit murder to find it?
What a delightful debut novel from author Amy Valentini. Her writing grabs the reader and pulls them right into the story. The descriptions of things are so well done that I could see things happening right in my mind’s eye. I absolutely loved this story. It combines history with a mystery and a romance. What a great combination. I cannot wait to read more by this new author. - Amazon reader and reviewer

Romance, mystery, and genealogy all in one book!
I LOVED this book. It brought all the things I enjoy together, romance, mystery, and something new, genealogy. Wonderful!
As the unofficial genealogist in my family, I'm always looking for back stories, so I understand why Sam and Emma are looking to fill-in these gaps. Going backwards is something unique and ingenious and Amy Valentini has me on pins and needles waiting on book 2 in the series, "FOR THE SAKE OF HONOR".
As someone who has done their fair share of research in her own past, what I wouldn't give to have copies of old letters and journals.
This book is not to be missed. - Amazon reader


Great story!
This was a great beginning to this series. I fell in love with Sam. The story grabs you from the beginning and doesn't let go until you read "The End" but it just leaves you wanting more. I can't wait for the next one. I never post spoilers but I do highly recommend this! Amy Valentini will be my go to author! - Amazon author and reader






Wednesday, August 1, 2018

It's My Birthday and I want you to join me... #Giveaway


Today is my birthday. I don’t celebrate it because I have no one to celebrate it with…except you, my readers. However, birthdays tend to make me think about the past, and the future. Where have I been, where am I going? This year, my birthday is a bit brighter and my thoughts for the future more within reach than ever before. I finally made that amazing plunge into the publishing pool with my first romance novel, SEEKERS OF THE PAST. I hope you’ll all take a chance on me and read it. I think you’ll enjoy it very much as well as the next books to come in the series of the same name. 

The story is steeped in secrets from the past, family history, and the possibility of hidden treasure. It also begins a journey for Emma and Sam as they explore family history only to answer some questions while stirring up more. Go here to read an excerpt.

As my thoughts go to that bright spot in this last trip around the sun, I realize that it’s been a year containing another adventure. Over the past several years, I have been researching our family history, tracing both sides back to the old countries. I had managed to trace the family lines back to origins in Germany, France, and Sweden and had assumed the story of my great grandmother’s family coming from Ireland to America was proof positive of our Irish genetics, although questions had arisen as to whether not her father might have come from Scotland rather than Ireland.

This past winter, I took one of those popular DNA tests. I used MyHeritage.com but I’m sure you’ve heard of the others as well—AncestryDNA.com, and 23andMe.com.

My DNA Results:




I have to admit to being surprisingly impressed with the results of my test. It didn’t just say that I was part percentage this country or that, but instead told me the regions where my DNA originated. As you can see from the map showing from where my ancestral roots came and the percentages of those in me, I truly am a mutt. Of course, everyone carries their own separate percentages but the most amazing discovery was that I carried absolutely no Irish origins but instead, carry a large chunk from Scandanavia. I knew about the Swedish origins but since it is well known that the Vikings populated parts of Scotland, I have now have a very good reason to believe that my great-great grandparents most likely came from Scotland rather than Ireland. Either way…it’s a good explanation of my red hair.

I haven’t found any secrets regarding lost treasure or an ancestor who was royalty or a murderer, but it’s been interesting all the same. However, I did discover that my Scottish ancestors’ surname is related to a Norwegian Noble Family name. I’m sure they weren’t nobility but they might have been part of that clan.

Rebuilding the story that is a family’s history is fascinating, exciting, and downright fun. Have you tested your DNA yet? Do you plan to? What would you like to find in your family history that you don’t already know? Oh, what the heck…just try it out and see what exciting and unexpected things pop up. Modern day treasure hunting—just like Sam and Emma in SEEKERS OF THE PAST.

Now…since it is my birthday and my party, so to speak and since I don’t have anyone to share it with, I’d like to invite you to join me in celebration, and it might just be you who receives a gift. I'd love for you to enter the following giveaway for a chance to win a copy of my exciting new romance novel which takes you on a journey to where the past meets the present and love lives forever. Hurry, it's all over at midnight July 7th!

Good Luck and Happy Reading Everyone!