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Monday, August 9, 2010

Breathless Press birthday and prizes to win

It's Breathless Press's first birthday and there are books and other prizes to be won!
Please welcome awesome Breathless Press author, Janie Franz, as she talks about her book, "The Wayfarer’s Road".
The Bowdancer Saga continues in The Wayfarer’s Road. Healer Jan-nell, now a woman traveling alone with her precocious young daughter on the Wayfarer’s Road, meets a handsome wandering bard. But he is carrying his own secrets along with the priceless chance at hope for her and her child to belong.

Buy Link: http://www.breathlesspress.com/erotic/the-wayfarer-s-road-bowdancer-book-2.html

Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/user/bryangrob#p/a/u/0/m8CnuIkCPfE

Photos by Janie Franz, Music by Chris O'Brien of Enchanted Ape and Matthew Probst of Gypsy Lumberjacks, Minneapolis MN

Jan-nell strained her ears to hear in the darkened barn. The rain had stopped sometime during their late-night meal so all she heard was the dripping from the trees. The horses snorted and stamped their hooves but did not seem to sense anything amiss. Yet, there was something moving outside, a shuffling in the wetness, and then—there—muffled voices and some shushing like Jan-nell had seen village children do before attempting some innocent prank. If indeed this were such a prank, it would definitely not be innocent.
Khrin had obviously heard the noises too, and shot Jan-nell a questioning look, tinged with something like fear. When Jan-nell bent to blow out the candle and reached for her staff, he stayed her hand, putting his finger to his lips and began to fumble with his cloak and tunic. Before she could figure out what he was doing, he had flung off his tunic, opened his linen shirt, and grabbed her right hand to place on his hairless chest. She tried to jerk her hand away, but he held it fast, whispering in her ear, "Trust me." Then he blew the candle out.
Just then, the latch on the stable door was lifted and the door swung open. A shaft of lantern light spilled over the backs of the horses.
Razlo and another man, both well into their cups, entered and came around the first horse’s tail. Their lantern light fell on Khrin who lounged with a bent knee, looking annoyed at the men, as he caressed Jan-nell’s hand on his bare chest.
"That light is frightfully bright, gentlemen," Khrin announced.
Razlo’s drunken companion squinted beady eyes at Jan-nell and Khrin.
"Ye be right, innkeeper. She be a whore." He twisted his head toward Razlo. "When be our chance?"
"I am not a whore!" Jan-nell shouted, trying to pull her hand away from Khrin, and attempting to stand.
Khrin jerked her back down. "That is true," Khrin said quietly. "She is no whore."
The beady-eyed fellow cackled. "Then she be giving it away."
"No," Khrin countered. "She has not given anything away." He held up the coin Jan-nell had given him for the meat pies. "She paid me."
This time Razlo sputtered. "Whores! The both of you! Get out of my barn!" The shout unsettled the horses and they started stamping about the stable, making Razlo and his guest step clear of the animals near the door.
Jan-nell glared at Khrin and stood. Then she addressed the two men.
"And I am sure your intentions were very pure. Were you coming to bring us an extra blanket or perhaps some scraps from your kitchen?"
She harrumphed as she woke Mira-nell. "We have to go now, sweeting."
"Be gone and take that child abomination with you!" Razlo bellowed, startling one of the animals, causing it to whinny and rear. It pulled at its rope tether, nearly pinning Razlo and his lantern against the wall. The beady-eyed guest fled outside, and Razlo escaped to stand at the open door, supervising their evacuation.

While Janie is visiting here, I am over at Gina Gordon's blog, so after you have watched Janie's trailer and checked out her books, make sure you visit

and comment or tweet for a chance to win 4 ebooks and 1 audio book of your choice from Breathless Press.


  1. I love the excerpt! I feel like I am sitting in that barn with Jan-nell. I want to read the rest of the book right now.

  2. WOW,I really enjoyed the excerpt..made me want to read the reat...can't wai to get it.
    thanks alot,


    please add me to the contest

  3. Ladydi and Heidi, thank you for your enthusiasm. I really enjoyed writing this story. It's the second book in The Bowdancer Saga. The third book, Warrior Women, will be out in Nov....And if you like the book trailer, please vote for it in the August trailer contest at You Gotta Read Videos. It's entrant number 8. Here's the link: http://yougottareadvideos.blogspot.com

  4. Loved your book trailer, Janie! It really reflects your story beautifully.

  5. Hi. I loved the exerpt and the cover is beautiful!!! WHo is the cover artist??? I am putting this on my book list...


  6. Mary--I love the book trailer, too! I'm privileged to work with some talented musicians and a great computer guru who put it all together with my photos. (And the photos are of a magical place in Ohio.)

    Brandy--the cover artist is Justyn Perry, our publisher at Breathless Press. We agreed to brand the Bowdancer's eyes for all of the books they are publishing in The Bowdancer Saga there.

    Thank you both for stopping by.

  7. Hi Ladydi, Heidi, Mary and Brandy
    and Janie of course!
    Thanks for dropping by. I'm so glad you liked the trailer, cover and excerpt. They're awesome indeed!

  8. What a pretty cover. Great excerpt. I wanted to read more too.
    Sue B

  9. Good excerpt and I putting tthis on my TBB list.


  10. Hi Sue and Loretta
    Thanks for dropping by. I'm glad you liked the book.

  11. Katsrus and Loretta, I'm so glad you stopped by. During the Breathless Press Birthday month they are offering a discount when you buy from the website. So, head on over and check out other titles.

    Berengaria, thank you so much for hosting me here.