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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Spotlight & GIVEAWAY with author Nikki Lynn Barrett

Spotlight & GIVEAWAY 
with author Nikki Lynn Barrett

Hey all! Welcome back! I have a fun post to share with you all today that includes two book sin a series with excerpts from both. Ms. Barrett is new to me, but she is an Arizona girl, so I have to give her a shout out. Whoot whoot! When I started to create this post, I had several excerpts to choose from. Sometimes I dislike having choices because then I struggle with which to pick to share with you. This situation was no different. I found myself stating to enjoy the characters simply from the excerpts. I don't generally connect that quickly, but I Liked what I experienced from each of those snippets. I hope that you all enjoy getting to know a bit about Ms. Barrett as well as both of the books in her Love And Music In Texas series. And don't forget to enter the giveaway before you hop out today! Please allow me to introduce to the blog:



Nikki Lynn Barrett lives in Arizona with her husband and son. She's an avid reader, a dreamer, and loves everything about books. She runs a book blog, an online used bookstore, and writes various genres of romance. Nikki can also be found outside with her camera when a storm is near, snapping photo after photo. Her dreams of becoming a writer started when she was young, when she started writing books in one subject notebooks by the fifth grade. The Secret Santa Wishing Well is her debut book.

You can visit Nikki's site for more information.

She is working on her next book. Nikki would love to hear from readers.

You can find out more about Ms. Barrett in the following places:

**Love and Music in Texas, Book 1**

Genre: contemporary romance/ suspense elements
Number of pages: 455
Word Count: 103k
Cover Artist: Robert Barrett

In small Texas towns, strangers come and go...

Left in a Stetson hat, on the steps of the local bed and breakfast, Avery Callimer came into the world on a wing and a prayer. Raised by loving adoptive parents, she’s never lacked for love ... only the knowledge of her past.

By day she works at the inn, but by night ... Avery comes alive as lead singer in a band. Life was good ... stable, until new guests blew into town.

Some strangers come with secrets and lies.

Lucas Bennett is one such stranger. Drifting from one mess to another has left him jaded. Doesn’t matter the dramas are never his doing. Giving it one last shot to make a fresh start lands him Harmony’s Echo, Texas and smack dab in front of the tantalizing Avery.

Despite his best efforts to ignore the burn Avery’s ignited within, he’s intent to keep his distance. Secrets have followed him. Secrets he doesn’t want Avery to know.

Each time they’re near the other, things heat up like a brushfire on a dry Texas prairie.

But maybe, after the dust settles and the smoke clears, love can bloom with a fresh start.

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Wow. This is a nice kitchen,” Lucas said, closing the door behind him.
Avery faced him. “You like to cook?”
Oh yeah. I learned at a young age that I had to take care of myself, so I taught myself to cook. Now it’s something I enjoy.”
“Are you good at it?”
“I’m good at a lot of things, Avery.” Lucas closed the gap between them.
Too close, too close!
She couldn’t back up anymore, though. Behind her was the counter. Her back was already pressed up against it. Lucas looked at her like he wanted to devour her.
“I know I need to stay away from you, Avery. All I want is one kiss. I’ve got to taste you. Tell me no, right now, and I’ll back away.”
Lucas pressed his body to hers. He slid his arms around her waist, pulling her to him. His face, only inches from hers, lowered. “Tell me now, Avery. Because if you don’t, I’m going to kiss you.”
Don’t! No! Yes! Do it! No!
She couldn’t get the words out. All she could think about were Lucas’s lips, mere inches from hers, sexy, tempting, inviting. Avery opened her mouth to say something, but no words came out.
“I’m not supposed to be so attracted to you, Avery,” Lucas whispered, then his lips crashed down on hers.
He cupped her face, pulling her into his kiss. She didn’t even have time to decipher what that comment meant. Avery tilted her head upward, responding to his kiss. She wrapped her arms around his broad shoulders as her fingers dug into them. Holy hell, this man could kiss. The deep urgency of his kisses drove her mad.
“Lucas,” she muttered against his lips. His touch was lethal. It wasn’t supposed to feel this good. Or amazing. Or sensational. Avery wasn’t supposed to react to him this way. She didn’t even know this man! Oh, but she knew his gaze, so intent on her, and she was fixated on him.
“Yes, Avery?”
He trailed kisses along her neck now. Desire burned within, igniting quickly. His lips were back on hers now. He darted his tongue out, touching the corners of Avery’s lips, pushing his way in gently. Avery opened for him, needing another taste. Lucas’s erection pressed into her, only making her want him more. She lost all senses, other than to kiss him. Lucas hoisted her up, still pressing her against the counter. Avery squealed and wrapped her legs around him. More fiery kisses came next. His tongue was gentle, daring, inquiring.
“Avery.” He moaned against her lips, nipping lightly. “I want to take you to-”
They broke apart as the sound of loud voices neared. Lucas put her down quickly and backed away from her.

**Love and Music in Texas, Book 2**

Genre: contemporary romance/ suspense elements

Welcome back to Harmony's Echo, Texas.....

Melody Roland is on the run from the one person she trusted completely. One who hid a dark past she could never have imagined. When a pregnant woman on the bus she's fleeing on goes into labor, Melody rushes to her aide. Now she finds herself stranded in a tiny remote town just off the highway, with no way to her original destination.

She's alone, on edge, and unsure who to trust. Her instincts scream to get far away and fast. But how and where?

Jameson Grant struggles through the roughest year of his life. Suffering from the loss of his father, one grief stricken night, he made a mistake. One which cost him the only woman he's ever loved. Each lonely day he's faced with the constant reminders of how quick things can change. Throwing himself into the one thing he has left, his music, helps dull the pain he fights to keep hidden. His last salvation begins to crumble as things spiral out of control and he has no choice but to face the 'music' of his past.

The last thing he needs or wants in his life is a woman with more trouble on her heels than the best of country music lyrics. But Melody sings a sirens call within him that can't be ignored.

Jameson and Melody bond in ways stronger than either could have imagined, but one dangerous person from her past may threaten it all...

If she doesn't flee before he can convince her to stay, and that some love songs last an eternity.

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Jameson set the bag on the table and followed the sound. Not only was she playing the guitar, but she
was singing, too. She sat on the stool in the middle of the garage, wearing a white half sleeved shirt that showed
enough skin to drive him crazy. She had her legs crossed and her hands gracefully strummed the strings.
She was beautiful. She seemed at ease, her eyelids half shut as she played her heart out with the song.
Jameson made sure to stay out of sight. She hadn't caught on that he was there yet, and if he made her aware
of his presence, she might stop. He wanted to hear more. Good God, her hands on his guitar. He wanted those
hands back on him.
When she finished playing, Jameson had to catch his breath before popping in, clapping and grinning.
She practically jumped from the stool and put that guitar down quick. “That was beautiful. I didn't realize you
Oh! Jameson, you startled me. I'm sorry, I had no idea you were home already. I couldn't help but pick
up the guitar. I just, I felt compelled.” She was blabbering and apologizing for nothing. Jameson crossed the
room, closing the distance between them and gathered her in his arms.
Melody, why would you apologize? You keep doing that, and I can't understand why.” Jameson kissed
her forehead, then threaded his fingers through her hair. She looked up at him with wide eyes. “I'm not mad at
you, angel. I loved what you were playing.” He dipped his head and took her lips again, nibbling on the bottom
one. When he pulled away, he smiled. “Not to mention how hot it was to watch your hands move on my guitar. It
made me think of a not to distant morning when your hands were doing something else.”
That got her to laugh as she leaned against him. “You crack me up, you know. Thank you for the
beautiful flowers and the card.”
You're welcome. I just wanted to let you know how much I was thinking about you. I can't stop. You're in
my head. I've got Melody in my head. Hey, that's a good song title. The Melody in my head.” She blushed and
ducked away, but Jameson pulled her closer to him. “I love it when you blush. It's sexy.”
You are determined to get me all flustered, aren't you?” she questioned with a smile.
Jameson shrugged, playing coy. “It's working quite well, I'd say. My master plan to woo and seduce you
is playing out just fine.”
She raised a brow at him. “Oh, is that what it's all about?” Melody extracted herself from his arms and
wagged a finger at him. “I should have known. You want me for my skills. I think I'll be taking them and going
now...” She slowly backed away, watching him with a mischievous grin as her eyes lit up.
Jameson caught her at the door, pinning her to the wall. “You didn't get very far, did you?” He lowered
his head, ready to devour her again. He teased her neck with kisses until she moaned. “Looks like I won this
You're evil.”
Jameson laughed. “No I'm not. Come on, I have something for you.” He took her hand, leading her out of
the garage. “Have you ever had a moonlit picnic?”
Can't say that I have.”
Well, there's a first time for everything, right? It's a little chilly outside, but if you're up for it, I'm game.”
Jameson pointed to the bag he'd brought. “The roof top, the stars, and this food awaits us.”
Melody nodded. “You make it so easy. You, the stars, and the roof. I don't know how I could say no.”
That's what I was counting on.”
She put a hand on her hip and tried her hardest not to smile. “So you think you know what I'm going to
say now, huh?”
Not always. But see, I've worked my magic before with you and won, so … I had this hope.”
Oh, now it's hope. Before it was counting on. You keep changing your story, Jameson.” She leaned over
and kissed his cheek. Soft laughter escaped her lips.

Prize is a $20 Gift Card (Amazon or B&N)

I apologize for the formatting. Every time I tried to change it, it would revert back to the weird way it is currently displaying. I hope that it wasn't too distracting for you. I would love to know what you all thought about the post. Did you like the blurb or excerpts? Are you likely to read this series? Have you read one of these books before? Let me know. I always welcome your feedback so please feel free to leave a comment below.

I want to thank Ms. Barrett for being here today and spending a bit of time with us. I hope you all enjoyed yourselves as much as I did. If you were cauht by what you experienced here today, please consider showing support for this author by purchasing a copy of the book(s) for yourself. As readers, this is one way to ensure our continued reading pleasure.

And don't forget to enter the giveaway before you leave. You have nothing to lose except your chance to win so why not give it a shot? I wish all who enter the best of luck. Everyone have a tremendous rest of your day and I will be seeing you all very soon again! Thanks so much for stopping by and being here today! Until next time ...


  1. Thanks for sharing the great excerpts and the giveaway. Sounds like a really good book. evamillien at gmail dot com

    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Eva! It is always great to be able to read your comments. I am so glad that you enjoyed the excerpts. Best of luck to you in the giveaway!

  2. I really have NO idea how I missed this post....and I most definitely apologize, because I make a point to come by every blog that I'm featured on and say thank you. It has been a very rough week and so I could have easily missed anything and never have known it, so I'm glad that the link was posted on my author page wall.

    So, thank you so much for spotlighting my books! Your comment about my excerpts and connecting so quickly really had me smiling :)

    Nikki Lynn

    1. No worries at all! I am just getting to promo, so that was my fault! Thanks so much for coming by! I really appreciate it. And I can totes relate to the bad week. Hence the late promo. I hope that everything gets better from here on out for you. I wish you the best on your books. I hope I get a chance to read them soon. :)

  3. LOVED both excerpts. I've read Nikki's first book, Secret Santa Wishing Well--and I loved it. Nikki writes rich, emotional characters, which I love!

    1. Hi Brenda! Thanks so much for stopping by and for taking the time to comment. I really to pay attention to the things everyone says on the blog and it oftentimes has an part to play in my final decision on whether to read or not to read. Sounds like Ms. Barrett is a great find and I look forward to experiencing her writing world. Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

  4. I can't wait to read either of these books - both excerpts were amazing.

    1. Andrea ~ I am so happy that you enjoyed the excerpts. I love hearing that people enjoy their time spent on the blog. But more than that, I love it even more when they are looking forward to reading what I have featured. I hope you get a chance to read the books soon! Thanks so very much for stopping by and leaving a comment!

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    1. Fabulous, Ms. Quinn! Thanks you so much for hopping in ans especially for sharing the post. I am so glad you enjoyed yourself! Hope your holiday weekend is full of fun!


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