Tempting Adam Excerpt


Happy Turkey Day

Today, I’d like to tempt you with a little pre-turkey day appetizer: a brief excerpt from TEMPTING ADAM (Romancing the Guardians, Book 7). Food for thought if you will.

Adam led Ellie, Lara and her companion Conn to his hut. Ducking inside, he switched on a battery-operated lantern and motioned the others in. He sat on his cot with Ellie, while Conn and Lara settled opposite them on the cot belonging to his assistant.

“Okay, talk,” he said to Lara.

She smiled at Ellie. “Let’s begin by explaining who we are for the newest member of our little group.” Clearing her throat, she said, “Adam and I are members of a secret society known as the Guardians of Danu. There are seven of us.”

Frowning, Ellie asked, “Who or what is Danu?”

“She is the Great Goddess from whom we all spring, the Creator if you prefer. We Guardians have been chosen to protect seven precious scrolls passed down through our families for countless generations. Recorded on each scroll is a sacred prophesy given eons ago by Danu to the circle of mages from whom we are descended. We are sworn to protect those prophesies, with our lives if necessary.”

Ellie cast an incredulous glance at Adam, who sat staring grimly at the dirt floor. Looking to Lara, she said, “That’s quite a fantastic tale. Forgive me if I find it rather hard to believe.”

Lara’s expression went from serious to wryly amused. “You’re forgiven. If I didn’t know it to be true, I would be skeptical myself. Maybe you will believe me if I tell you how I got this.” She fingered her scarred cheek, then related how her uncle had been killed in a car wreck about a year ago, and how she’d been injured in the same accident, explaining the scar and her limp.

“While I was recovering, the police informed me the brakes and transmission on Uncle Malcolm’s car had been tampered with, causing the wreck. I also received a message from the Hellhounds – my uncle’s name for the monsters who demanded he give them the ruling scroll, and who murdered him when he refused. They had my sister, they said, trying to force me into turning over the scroll.” Head bent, she said, “Instead, they forced me to make the most difficult decision of my life.”

She looked up when Conn, evidently her true mate, slipped his arm around her. Giving him a wobbly smile, she choked out, “Abandoning my sister, I fled to Ireland, where I met Conn. Without him, the hounds would have captured me and the ruling scroll. Since then, attempts have been made to capture the other Guardians but thank the Goddess, none succeeded.”

“And now you think they are coming after me,” Adam said.

Lara nodded. “Yes. All of the others are safe in a hidden location. Conn and I have come to take you there. Once the gathering is complete, we must devise a way to defeat the Hellhounds once and for all.”

TEMPTING ADAM will be released in early 2018. The epic series will conclude with Book 8 later in the year. Meanwhile, if you haven’t read the earlier installments, you can get the first 4 books in one bundle and save a buck or so besides. Grab Romancing the Guardians Series – Part One on Amazon and enjoy the read while you digest all that turkey and goodies!

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Bastille Day Release


At last! Beguiling Delila (Romancing the Guardians, Book 6) will be released on July 14, Bastille Day – France’s equivalent to the US Independence Day. Why? Because most of the book is set in France. Opening in Paris, the story takes Delilah Moreau, the French Guardian, and Leon Tseda, her hero, on a life-and-death race across the country to Nice on the breathtaking Côte d’Azur, before they take flight to America.

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Leon is one of my favorite characters from the series. He’s no spring chicken, and neither is Delilah, but they’re not too old for a second chance at love. Their journey is fraught with danger, excitement and steamy, mature romance.

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Now, in case you missed any of the earlier books in this epic series, here is a quick overview. First, there are seven Guardians, each sworn to protect a precious scroll containing a secret prophecy handed down from ancient seers. Not to be revealed until mankind is ready to listen, the prophesies are in danger of being seized by vicious “Hellhounds” who want to use them to gain power and wealth.

Rescuing Lara, winner in the 2015 Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewers Choice Awards, stars Lara Spenser, a psychic heroine who’s running for her life, and Connor O’Shea, a hunky ex-Special Forces hero Lara hires as her bodyguard. Irish folklore, an ancient prophesy, murderous villains, and steamy romance make this a wild ride.

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Decoding Michaela features a heroine who can read minds. Michaela Peterson is stunned by news that her revered leader, the High Guardian, has been murdered. She’s attracted to Dev Medina, the handsome messenger, but fears he may be out to steal the scroll she guards. Can Dev win her trust and unlock her heart before the Hellhounds capture her?

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Capturing Gabriel is set in the mountains of Colombia. When Gabriel Valdez is tracked down by a feisty Navajo beauty intent on convincing him to go to the United States with her, he instead takes her prisoner. Josie doesn’t count on falling for him. Gabriel doesn’t intend to trust her with his secrets or his love, but the heart has a mind of its own.

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Touching Charlotte Introduces Charlotte Dixon, an empathic Guardian, and Tristan Jameson, an ex-NYC cop burdened by hidden pain. He needs healing and love, but how can a man romance a woman who can’t stand to be touched? Getting past Charlotte’s barriers while protecting her from Hellhounds proves the ultimate challenge.

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Profiling Nathan is a chilling murder mystery/sexy romance. Guardian and ex-con Nathan Maguire just wants to make a living inking tattoos, but FBI profiler Talia Werner turns his life upside down. To save her pretty neck, he must help catch a serial killer. His deadly psychic gift may come in handy.

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Romancing the Guardians Series * Part One (1st 4 books)

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Lyn Horner is a multi-published, award-winning author of western historical romance and romantic suspense novels, all spiced with paranormal elements. She is a former fashion illustrator and art instructor who resides in Fort Worth, Texas – “Where the West Begins” – with her husband and a gaggle of very spoiled cats. As well as crafting passionate love stories, Lyn enjoys reading, gardening, visiting with family and friends, and cuddling her furry, four-legged children.

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Sweethearts of the West 

Celebrate!


Thanksgiving is almost here. Can you believe it? I don’t know where this year has gone, but ready or not, it’s time to start Christmas shopping.

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When you need a break from the holiday rush, snuggle up with the first half (four books) of my Romancing the Guardians series in one Kindle package. For just $5.99 – half the price of buying each book separately, escape into this world of steamy, supernatural romance.

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Rescuing Lara

Lara Spenser guards an ancient prophetic scroll her enemies the Hellhounds will kill to obtain. Injured in a staged car wreck that killed her beloved uncle, the High Guardian of Danu, she seeks refuge in Ireland, but her unique sixth sense warns the evil ones are closing in. Desperate for a bodyguard, she hires Connor O’Shea, ex-Special Forces soldier. Romance soon blooms between them, but while Conn may keep Lara safe, can he free her from the emotional wounds holding her prisoner? Will she learn to love and fulfill her destiny as the new High Guardian?

Decoding Michaela

Michaela Peterson can read minds. A Guardian of Danu sworn to protect one of seven sacred scrolls, her identity is known only to the High Guardian. So she thinks until Dev Medina brings word that her revered leader has been murdered by vicious “Hellhounds” who want the scrolls. Dev often dreams of a woman he calls his golden goddess. He is stunned to find Michaela is his dream girl. Fearing the Hellhounds may be coming for her, he wants to whisk her to safety, but she’s wary of trusting him. Can he win her to trust and convince her to leave her Galveston, Texas, home before tragedy strikes?

Capturing Gabriel

Chopper pilot Josie Tseda has vowed to find Gabriel Valdez, a Guardian of Danu, and bring him to meet with the other Guardians. Locating him in the mountains of Colombia and convincing him to accompany her to the U.S. proves a challenge. Seeking revenge for his mother’s death, Gabriel battles drug traffickers in his country. He distrusts the feisty Navajo female who delivers an urgent message, supposedly from the High Guardian. It may be a lie to ensnare him. Their mutual attraction only complicates matters. Will her mission and the secret, deadly power he wields stand between them?

Touching Charlotte

How can a man romance a woman who can’t stand to be touched? That’s the dilemma facing Tristan Jameson when he meets Charlotte Dixon. A Guardian of Danu, Char is charged with protecting a prophetic scroll handed down through time by her ancestors. Blessed – or cursed – with an empathic ability to absorb other people’s emotions, she is flooded by Tristan’s lingering grief over a lost love when he innocently touches her. How will he prove the right man’s touch might bring joy instead of pain? Can he save her from ruthless enemies in a dark mansion on Long Island’s Gold Coast?

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What’s in a book cover and title?


I’ve been told more than once that the titles of my Texas Druids books may be driving away readers. Some folks might get the idea that I’m writing about modern day Druids in Texas. Not so!

I’ve resisted changing the titles because they fit my subject – psychic siblings descended from Irish Celtic Druids who venture into the Old West in search of adventure and, of course, romance. I mean, I write romances so what else would the stories be about?

Also, I like the alliteration in the titles: Darlin’ Druid, Dashing Druid, and Dearest Druid. An Amazon editor even told me she likes the titles, but she didn’t offer to sign me on for Montlake, Amazon’s romance publishing arm. When I asked what she thought of the series title she conceded it might be a drawback. Darn!

To make a long story short, I’m biting the bullet and changing the titles. The books are now Darlin’ Irish, Dashing Irish and Dearest Irish. While I’m at it, I also decided to freshen up the book covers. Rather than start from scratch, I simply got rid of the backgrounds and turned the covers into close-ups of the main characters. Here, without further ado, are my new Texas Devlins covers.

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As you can see, I also added sub-titles to let readers know this is a series, and I’ve been busy changing the front matter of the books (title page, copyright, list of my books, etc.) to match the new titles, My computer guru son got into the act last evening, adjusting the mobi file for each book. I like to use Amazon’s free downloadable aps, Kindlegen and Kindle Previewer to check my book formatting before I upload to the Kindle Direct Publishing platform. In order to do that, my indispensible offspring sets up an OPF file for each book. Which requires a knowledge of html, definitely not among my skills.

So, what do you think? Do you like the new covers? What about the titles? Do they grab you and make you want to read the books? I hope so because I have no intention of changing them again. There’s an old expression that pretty well describes me at the moment: I’m too pooped to pop!

Oh, by the way, I still need to make adjustments to the prequel novella, White Witch. When I can get my tired brain around it. Ooftah! I need a nice long nap.

Or maybe a Margarita or two. Winking smile