Monday, July 16, 2018

Surprises Can Be Fun

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Although, there are those who don’t think so. Some people have had bad experiences in the past by something unpleasant that happened suddenly. This negative incident could cloud their perception and make it tough for them to find joy in a spontaneous moment. They may take things a little too seriously.

Then there are those who like not knowing what’s around the corner. The uncertainty makes life exciting. Unpredictability keeps them flexible, and their ability to embrace it allows them to roll with the punches.

That’s the philosophy of the heroine in my new release, TheArmy Ranger’s Surprise. This is my fifth and final book in The Men of At Ease Ranch series, and it’s about surprises and learning to forgive yourself. My heroine knows how to make lemonade out of lemons and takes it upon herself to teach that to my Hero.

It made for a heartwarming premise I was honored to write. This book also has it’s sexy and funny moments too, and I had a blast giving these two their HEA.

I hope you’ll pick up a copy of The Army Ranger’s Surprise.  Although it is the fifth and final book in the series, each book can be read on its own, and in any order.

To celebrate my new book I’m giving away a $10 Amazon Gift Card! Perfect for making a dent in any romance reader’s TBR pile!!

Thank you for helping me celebrate the release of The Army Ranger’s Surprise! I’m excited to finally share Leo with everyone!


She’s about to remind him how good life can be.

Army brat Kaydee Wagner gets twitchy if she stays in one place for too long. But when her grandfather needs someone to stay with him for a bit and his home needs a lot of repairs, she steps up to the plate.

Lucky for her, help arrives from their neighbor’s gorgeous grandson, former Army Ranger Leo Reed.

Leo’s desperate to rise above his dark past and enjoy life again. He’s already made a lot of progress, so when the woman he can’t stop thinking about needs a handyman, he volunteers. But after a very...wet incident involving deadly dance moves and a wayward sink hose, their clothes hit the floor faster than a stack of bathroom tile.

He doesn’t want forever—that would mean revealing his past, which he’s not ready to do. She only wants right now, because any other option would require sticking around.

And then Kaydee discovers she’s pregnant.

He motioned toward the living room with his fork. “How long has that been going on?”
Disappointment squeezed Kaydee’s chest. She should’ve known there was a purpose behind his open attention, and it had nothing to do with her. He was spending extra time with her to avoid the couple in the other room.
And that was the other reason for the invisible weight pressing down on her. For months, Ava and her grandfather had been flirting. It was about time they stopped circling each other. Kaydee thought it was cute how they held hands and carried on like teenagers. She also thought Leo would be happy for them. It really sucked to be wrong about that.
“This week,” she finally replied. “Why? Don’t you want them to be happy?”
“Yeah, of course. Trust me, I have no problem with them dating.” He met her gaze, and the amusement-tinged honesty in his blue eyes soothed some of her disquiet. “I just don’t want to walk in on them again when they’re…overjoying in each other.”
So she hadn’t been wrong about him. But then the rest of the poor guy’s words sank in, and Kaydee’s eyes went wide. “Oh my God. You walked in on them…uh…making out?” She bit her lip, but it didn’t stop her grin.
“Yes.” A grimace rippled across his face. “That image will haunt me the rest of my life.”
She laughed. “Then maybe you need a new image to focus on.”
Dammit. That slipped out without permission.
Leo stilled for a full second before he turned toward her with a sexy, lopsided grin on his face. “Exactly what image do you have in mind, Kaydee?”
A fluttering instantly commenced in her belly. She couldn’t tell if he was just toying with her or serious. Whatever it was, she was too befuddled to say something catchy. “It’s a surprise,” she said, unwilling to show fear. Or stupidity. She’d shown him enough of that tonight.
But apparently, she said something wrong, because the light disappeared from his gaze.
“I don’t like surprises,” he muttered, and turned his attention back to his food.
Her giddiness dimmed. Why didn’t he like surprises? Did it have to do with his past?
Leo wasn’t aware that she knew about what he’d gone through, and she wasn’t about to bring it up. The guy had worked hard to overcome his demons and move on. He deserved happiness. Deserved to smile. Deserved some carefree moments in his life. And carefree happened to be something Kaydee was good at.
Now that was in her wheelhouse.
So she vowed, then and there, to show Leo that surprises could also be fun.

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Donna Michaels is an New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of Romaginative fiction. Her hot, humorous, and heartwarming stories include cowboys, men in uniform, and some sexy primal alphas who are equally matched by their heroines. From short to epic, her books entertain readers across a variety of sub-genres like, contemporary, romantic comedies, and romantic suspense. With a husband retired from the military, four children, and several rescued cats, she never runs out of material to write, and has rightfully earned the nickname Lucy…and sometimes Ethel.

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  1. That sounds like my kind of heroine. Congrats on your latest book release, Donna. Thank you for sharing excerpt from the book and the awesome former rangers series! Looking forward to read this latest entry.

  2. "... This book also has it’s sexy and funny moments too, and I had a blast giving these two their HEA...."
    That would be awesome and awesome, and even more awesome! Sounds wonderful and am looking forward to reading their entire story....

  3. I seriously need to read this series. I have two of the books already on my Kindle.

  4. Ohh I'm going to have to add this to my reading list!!

  5. Thank you for the giveaway

  6. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Great excerpt thanks for sharing it!

  8. I love that it's part of a series yet can be read alone. MY kind of story!
    Thanks for sharing....


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