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Do You Love Romantic Suspense?

counterfeits 500x800Kris Bock writes novels of suspense and romance involving outdoor adventures and Southwestern landscapes.

In Counterfeits, stolen Rembrandt paintings bring danger to a small New Mexico town.

Jenny returns to her grandparents’ art camp in the remote New Mexico mountains after her grandmother’s sudden death. That night, staying alone in the empty house, she wakes to the noise of intruders. What do the strangers want? As more bizarre events unfold, Jenny starts to realize the people she thought she knew are not what they seem – least of all Rob, an old friend and the camp cook, whose past may be coming back to haunt them all.

Counterfeits is on sale for $.99 at multiple e-book retailers through October 31.


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Whispers in the DARK

Whispers in the Dark: Archaeology student Kylie Hafford craves adventure when she heads to the remote Puebloan ruins of Lost Valley, Colorado, to excavate. Romance isn’t in her plans, but she soon meets two sexy men: Danesh looks like a warrior from the Pueblo’s ancient past, and Sean is a charming, playful tourist. The summer heats up as Kylie uncovers mysteries, secrets, and terrors in the dark. She’ll need all her strength and wits to survive—and to save the man she’s come to love. 

Whispers in the Dark, romantic suspense set in the Four Corners region of the Southwest, is on sale for $.99 for  the Kindle, October 23-27 (click title or book cover for Amazon).

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Rattled: The lost Victorio Peak treasure is the stuff of legends—a heretic Spanish priest’s gold mine, made richer by the spoils of bandits and an Apache raider.

When Erin, a quiet history professor, uncovers a clue that may pinpoint the lost treasure cave, she prepares for adventure. But when a hit and run driver nearly kills her, she realizes she’s not the only one after the treasure. And is Drew, the handsome helicopter pilot who found her bleeding in a ditch, really a hero, or one of the enemy?

How far will Erin go to find the treasure and discover what she’s really made of?

Rattled is on sale for $.99 at multiple e-book retailers through October 31.





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The Source By Christine Murphy

The Source_Version 4 Flat MedNow available – The Source – from Christine Murphy , the Creator of The Sphinx Warriors and The Midnight Riders. A new romance novel where Nathan and Crystal will defy the rules of a futuristic society to reclaim the freedom to love. The Source. One of the Wild Clan Sagas and part of the KnightFall Collections.


After a powerful influenza strain wiped out the population what remained of the World’s Nations met together to stabilize and repopulate the Earth with BioGen as the controlling government.Births were artificially engineered and the females who carried the genes became known as The Sources. When one particular Source, Crystal, begins to question her purpose in life and wants more outside the norms of society BioGen must find a way to keep her happy and willing to do their bidding. The leaders of BioGen have determined the only way to do this is to hire a Companion to keep her occupied.
The first time Nathan sees Crystal he knows there is more to her than others have led him to believe. Her kindness, her innocence, and her desire to learn the world and everything about him, when others have only used him, draws him to her more than anything else could.
Forbidden love grows between them and they must go on the run as BioGen discovers the liaison that can never be. Nathan must make the ultimate decision to save Crystal before she is forever taken away from him.With no one to help them, BioGen hot on their heels to retrieve a Source, and influential Gens determined to have her as their own, Nathan and Crystal will make a run for The Wilds and the last chance to be free to love one another.

Please enjoy the following sneak peak of The Source.

Right before his lips touched hers, the sound of the evening fifteen minute curfew warning went off. Crystal jumped and Nathan instantly pulled back.

“Damn it. I’m sorry, Crystal, I was so caught up in the moment I lost track of time.”

Grasping at his jacket, Crystal cried, “Nathan we have to get back. This is all my fault. If we get caught after curfew, they’ll take you away and maybe punish you. I should have never talked you into this.”

Tears streamed down her face and she swiped at them in fear for Nathan and for her. BioGen would probably punish her as well, and the things they could do terrified her. She choked, her body shaking, and her pulse rate went through the roof. Nathan seemed to try and calm her brushing the tears away but there just wasn’t any time and she fought to get a grip on her runaway emotions.

“Listen. I can get us back in plenty of time but you need to calm down. Do you trust me?” he asked while he pulled her hood back up over her face and followed up with his own to hide his.

Still gripping his jacket and feeling shaky, she nodded and whispered, “I do trust you, Nathan.”

With an encouraging look he reassured her, “Good. Just hold on tight and I’ll get us back to The Inspire. You just be ready with that magic necklace of yours to get us back into the building so no one will suspect we were ever gone. Ready?”

Crystal took a deep breath and nodded. It was the only acknowledgement Nathan appeared to need and after he grasped her hand in a firmer grip than earlier, he led her back out of the circle of bushes. Once on the path, he sped up into a fast jog and she had to push herself into a full out run to keep up with him. He was fast compared to her and she was panting before they even went a few feet but she was determined to get him back to her condo safely. Together they covered quite a bit of distance even making it to the large crack in the blacktop they had passed earlier. Nathan eased them both around the gap and Crystal began to breathe easier.

Just when she was sure they were going to make it in time, Crystal saw two Nul guards approaching with BioGen uniforms on, evidently making their last rounds. Pulling back against Nathan’s forward progression, she urgently whispered, “Nathan, BioGen guards.”

Immediately, Nathan steered both of them off the blacktop and over to one of the large trees bordering along the path. As soon as they were under the large spread of branches he spun her around and pushed her back against the trunk. The bark was rough but Nathan’s body surrounding and pressing against her was rock hard. He felt good and she felt protected but the Nul’s were getting so close and she could see them watching. She started to shake with nerves because she was sure they were going to get caught.

Nathan shifted slightly blocking her completely from the guard’s view. He leaned against his arm which he had positioned above her forming a protective cocoon around her. He leaned down just enough so he could push her hood back with his free hand and put his lips near her ear. Crystal could feel his warm breath brush against her and the sensation made her shiver for a different reason.

“Crystal, I need you to relax. You’re just a Gen with her purchased Companion enjoying an intimate moment together. The Nuls won’t know any different unless we give them a reason to,” Nathan whispered, his voice vibrating through her body as he pressed his body against hers.

Perhaps it was to distract her, or to convince the Nul’s they were enjoying an intimate moment, or just because he wanted to, but Nathan was suddenly kissing the sensitive spot just below her ear. She closed her eyes gasping at the incredible sensation, her body tingling from the point of contact all the way to her core. She fisted her hands in his jacket trying to keep her legs from buckling from the weakness he was causing. He didn’t stop there, oh no, he continued in his exploration with those wonderful tingling kisses until he reached her collarbone where he gently nipped and then kissed her again. She whimpered and her legs would have buckled if not for his strong arm around her waist supporting her.

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Romantic Suspense on Sale

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The lost Victorio Peak treasure is the stuff of legends—a heretic Spanish priest’s gold mine, made richer by the spoils of bandits and an Apache raider.

When Erin, a quiet history professor, uncovers a clue that may pinpoint the lost treasure cave, she prepares for adventure. But when a hit and run driver nearly kills her, she realizes she’s not the only one after the treasure. And is Drew, the handsome helicopter pilot who found her bleeding in a ditch, really a hero, or one of the enemy?

How far will Erin go to find the treasure and discover what she’s really made of?


Rattled is a treasure hunting adventure in New Mexico that will appeal to fans of Terry Odell, Mary Stewart, Lillian Stewart Carl, and Barbara Michaels.





THIRD FLOOR ENCOUNTER erotic romance PG-Excerpt #1

Rumors of a sex club…could this be her big break?  Her way into a career as an investigative reporter? Secrets, personal agendas, deceptions–not exactly a good foundation for building a solid relationship.

THIRD FLOOR ENCOUNTER erotic romance by Samantha Gentry.



Mitch Sinclair spotted her the moment she walked into the oceanfront Oasis Bar…a cool blonde type who looked so incredibly hot. There was a classy elegance about her that couldn’t be hidden, something that said she was trying to project an image that didn’t belong. She wasn’t one of the bar regulars. He had never seen her before, much to his regret. But he had every intention of seeing her again.

And preferably in bed.

When Bobby, the daytime bartender, called in sick an hour before the start of his shift, Mitch took it in stride. He enjoyed the occasional turn behind the bar on the ground floor of the three-story building and the opportunity to socialize with the regulars. Even though the employees and the bar regulars knew Mitch as the manager, there was a lot more they didn’t know. Such as the fact he owned the three story building and the businesses it housed, including the mysterious and controversial private club known only as Third Floor.

The desirable blonde sat on the end barstool, then took off her sunglasses. Sparkling blue eyes were surrounded by long dark lashes, a sight that definitely stirred his libido.

Mitch flashed his best smile. “Hello, pretty lady. Welcome to the Oasis Bar. I’ve never seen you here before.” A quick glance told him she wasn’t wearing a wedding or engagement ring.

She responded with a beautiful smile of her own. “That’s because I’ve never been here before.”

“I’ll have to figure out how to guarantee you’ll make this your regular hangout.” He placed a bar napkin in front of her. “What’s your pleasure?” He lowered his voice to a whisper. “And if you say the bartender, we’ll run away together…as soon as the night shift comes on duty. The owner probably wouldn’t take kindly to the bar operating on the honor system between now and then.”

“I’ll have a glass of chardonnay.”

He cocked an eyebrow, winked, and fixed her with a teasing grin. “You’re choosing a glass of wine over the bartender?”

She made an unsuccessful attempt to suppress her own grin. “For the moment.”

He liked the way she fell in with his teasing, participating rather than being offended. Humor was important to him when meeting a woman for the first time, along with intelligence and honesty…just three of several qualities he valued above good looks. He grabbed a bottle from the cooler, poured the wine, and set the glass on the napkin. “Anything else I can get for you while I’m here?”

She took a sip of her wine. “Speaking of the owner…is Leander Washington here? A friend asked me to say hello to him.”

All Mitch’s senses went on full alert. Leander Washington? That was his full name—Leander Mitchell Sinclair Washington. Very few people knew that Mitch Sinclair and Leander Washington were the same person. Certainly not anyone he had day-to-day contact with as manager or in his social or personal life. Leander was his father’s first name. A cold shiver told him how much he despised even the sound of the word. Sinclair was his mother’s maiden name. No one had a legitimate reason to be in the Oasis Bar asking for Leander Washington. No one.

THIRD FLOOR ENCOUNTER, erotic romance by Samantha Gentry is available from The Wilder Roses (the Scarlet Rose line of erotic romance from The Wild Rose Press)

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BLURB:   Dani Foreman is determined to expose the secrets of the mysterious Third Floor club in order to secure her career as an investigative reporter. Problem? So far, many have tried but none gained access to the private club. An encounter with the sexy bartender might just be her way inside the club to discover the truth behind the rumors of orgies among the rich and powerful.

Mitch Sinclair is a man of many secrets, including owning the Third Floor, an exclusive sex club. He doesn’t know who Dani is, but he does know she is not what she claims. His need to protect the secrets of Third Floor runs deep and very personal. But his attraction to Dani is strong and he must decide whether to trust her or compromise the single most important thing in his life.





Adam Munro, a wealthy rancher, is looking for a suitable bride, but Tommy Lindsay, the English belle living next door, certainly won’t be on his list. Her feats of daring intrigued him, but her beauty scared the hell out of him.

Only in the new world can a highborn young Englishwoman and a tough frontier man, ignite the passion that will fulfil their hopes and dreams, in ways they never imagined possible.

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Jamie jumped up and down in excitement now. The long sea voyage out from England and the coach ride had not bothered him over much. With the resilience of the young, he soon forgot the traumatic events of the last few months.

On their father’s death, they discovered their manor house and all the land surrounding it belonged to someone else. They were left in such dire straits she sold family heirlooms to pay for their passages out to Australia.

Tommy gnawed her lip as she watched David. He dragged his leg as he started loading their trunks on the cart. Jim didn’t say anything, just hoisted up the heavier trunks, leaving the lighter ones for her brother. Even this task seemed to sap David’s puny strength. Would he ever be strong again?

Jim helped her up on to the cart seat. When David climbed up she sat in between the two of them. Jamie settled in the back amongst their luggage and looked ready to nod off.

Keeping an eye on Warrior, who was tethered to the back of the cart, she watched the passing countryside with interest. Strange trees, with smooth almost white bark, were full of squawking colorful bird life. She drew in a deep breath and inhaled the perfume of the Australian bush; eucalyptus mingled with dry grass and dust. She closed her eyes against the glare of the sun and thought of home. Oh, for the soft green prettiness of England. The fluffy pink and white spring blossoms in the orchards, daffodils and bluebells nodding their bright heads in a gentle breeze. She bit her lip to stop it quivering.

A glance in Jamie’s direction showed him to be fast asleep. Not for him the worries of what might befall them in this strange, frontier land. She couldn’t begin to guess what Uncle Henry’s farm might be like. For years he urged them to try their luck in Australia. On arrival in Melbourne they received the catastrophic news of his sudden death.

Her heart wrenched on recalling what they had left behind. Thank goodness their father saw to her tutelage in all aspects of housekeeping.

“No daughter of mine will ever be incapable of looking after herself,” Colonel Lindsay always said.

She learned to cook, sew and manage a household. She could ride and shoot as well as any man. When the Colonel taught David these things, he taught her also, much to the horror of their friends. His unorthodox training would be worth its weight in gold now.

Glancing down at her simple, blue sprigged muslin gown, she gave a deep sigh. The days of wearing expensive gowns were gone. Never again would she be belle of the ball. Their survival depended on her now.

“I guess since you’re here, you intend running the farm yourself?” Jim broke the silence by asking David.

“Yes, I hope to breed thoroughbred horses.”

“Well, the best of luck to you. Did your uncle tell you much about the place, mention the trouble, I mean?”!/margaret.tanner.399


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Becky Gentry is desperate to escape her brutal owners. She makes a bargain with English buccaneer, Ethan Harvey, to take her to safety on his ship. It costs him his bethrothed and his fortune. He vows to make Becky pay, but all she has to barter is her body.

What will happen when the sex slave falls in love with her Master? Will she ever make it back home to England?



Becky glanced at her reflection in the hall mirror as she waited for her mistress, Gabrielle’s summons. The red mark on her cheek, where the spoilt young woman had hit her with the handle of her fan, still smarted and by tomorrow there would be a bruise.

She hated this place, so full of evil and cruelty, but it was paradise compared to what awaited her at the plantation of Michel DeLaCroix. She had to get away somehow even if she risked death by escaping. An escaped slave could expect no mercy if she was caught. Thanks to Reuben’s treachery that is what she was – a slave – sold into bondage to pay his gambling debts. Rage washed over her, she would never forgive him.

The tall good looking English Captain was her only hope. His ship was sailing for Liverpool in the morning and she had to be on it. If only she could talk to him, explain the situation, surely he would help her leave, even if this was the house of his betrothed.

She entered the sitting room with its lavish gold lamps, red velvet curtains and couches. A huge ceiling fan, operated by a slave boy turning a handle up in the roof cavity kept the area comfortable. Gabrielle’s blonde head rested against the Captain’s arm.

“You needed something, Miss Gabrielle?”

“Yes, we want coffee. Tell Lucinda to bring it in, and Papa wants you in his study. He thinks you need more training.

“Yes, Miss Gabrielle.” As she backed out of the room the Englishman spoke.

“What kind of training would that be, my love.”

“Mon amour.” Gabrielle gave a tinkling laugh. “He’s training her for Uncle Michel.”

Becky did not hear anything else. Feeling as if her feet were weighted down with rocks she stumbled toward Monsier DeLaCroix’s study. She knew what he wanted and it turned her stomach.

“You have to do it if you want to live,” she whispered.!coming-soon/cbz7


Summer’s Growth – a Host of Spiritual Guides to Help

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Summer’s Growth – 1st Book in the “Family Tree” series


Blurb –

Forced by the family spirits to get a life, Mattie Winston has to train her replacement Amber Harrison to be in charge of all the workings of the Winston estate. Reluctant to make changes in her life, Mattie forms a bond with Amber, when strange accidents start happening which threaten their lives and an unknown ghost makes an appearance.


After being rescued by an old flame, Quincy Miller, Mattie faces old wounds of rejection. As the general contractor for Amber’s redecoration project, Mattie is in constant contact with Quincy and realizes she still in love with her childhood sweetheart.


Amber, learning her new role in the family, wants to discover the identity of the ghost who keeps appearing. After several appearances, Gwen, Amber’s distance grandmother, shifts the book into more of Amber’s struggle to find out why her grandmother disappeared two hundred years ago without a trace. In a fight to claim her position in the family, Amber searches for clues to solve the mystery.


Mattie and Amber are both challenged when the family spirits decides Amber shouldn’t be the keeper. Battling for Amber, Mattie realizes she wants a life with Quincy outside the Winston estate.


Amber realized the importance of her new spiritual family, and she works to discover how Gwen died.


Can these two women achieve their goals?


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Standing by the bay window in the front room, Mattie watched the car approach. Her new recruit’s arrival had goose bumps popping out on Mattie’s skin, adding to her anxieties.

She wanted to run, but instead glanced at the kindhearted spirit of Opal, her distant grandmother. Dressed in her best early American gown, the many layers of her petticoat swished with a soft hiss when she moved.

“There’s no reason to be nervous. Once you meet Amber, you’ll see she caps the climax,” Opal voiced in a soothing tone. “Your Aunt Rachel is absolutely thrilled to have a descendant from her branch of the family as keeper.”

Looking beyond her at the rest of the room, Mattie searched for the other members of the family council. They always offered her their support when she faced a big decision. Yet, today they were conspicuously absent.

“Don’t worry. The whole family is behind you. We just thought it better if we didn’t all hover.”

Shifting from foot to foot, she wrung her hands together. A simple process of a changing of the guard for them, Amber’s arrival marked the end of the life Mattie loved.

The beautiful spirits around her didn’t understand how cruel humans could be to each other. What if she screwed up and the girl left? Or the girl hated living with a house full of spirits?

Unease pricked at Mattie’s mind. She had no experience in dealing with strangers. All her business associates understood her likes and didn’t force her to attend any social events.

A quick glance out the window, and a car rounded the fountain. She wasn’t prepared to entertain Amber. How could she be? She never invited guests to the estate.

“Now, Pumpkin, there’s no need to worry. It’s time another branch of the family realize what a pain it is to be keeper.” Opal smiled, offering her special form of reassurance. “We’re all here to help with the transition.”

The high notes of Beethoven’s Fifth sprang from the piano. Mattie jumped in surprise at the sudden noise. She whipped around to see Uncle Samuel, the artist of the family, standing next to the piano.

“The game is afoot.” He arched his eyebrows and grinned, then disappeared.

“I’d better leave.” Her aunt patted Mattie’s shoulder. “Just remember, the girl is uneasy too.”

Opal disappeared.

With a deep breath, Mattie turned and gripped the cold metal knob in her hand.

Soon her home would belong to a stranger, and then what would she do?

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You Got Game?


Billiard Buddies Blurb: An avid pool table player, Gina has yet to meet her match among her billiard pals. Pete O’Reily, one of the guys she plays against at a local bar, finds someone he thinks will finally give her a challenging game.

     Gina was thrilled she could finally compete with someone who sharpened her skills, but Sean Savage became much more to her after a few games. She started falling in love with Sean who remained loyal to his career-focused girlfriend, Cindy. Gina, having been hurt by a cheating ex-boyfriend, is determined not to cause the same pain to any woman. Because of this, she keeps her feelings for Sean a secret from everyone except her flamboyant cousin Gene and a girlfriend on the other side of the city.

   Without realization, Sean stretches her ability to do this whenever he visits her like she’s one of the guys. Conflict occurs on many fronts: Gina avoids her ex, Hank, who wants to get back together; Sean longs to marry Cindy who spends more time at work than with him; and Gina has a falling out with Sean when he tries to set her up with a friend of his.

Will true love prevail?

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