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Monday, January 20, 2014

Blog Tour: His Wicked Dream by Adrienne DeWolfe (Exclusive Excerpt + Giveaway)

Buried Under Romance welcomes Adrienne deWolfe and her novel, His Wicked Dream by Adrienne deWolfe, (book 2 in her Velvet Lies series)

Adrienne is giving away great prizes as part of the tour (via Rafflecopter):
-a $20 Amazon Gift Card
- a $15 Amazon Gift Card
- Tin-Stars and Troublemakers (4 full-length ebooks by bestselling Western Historical Romance authors)
- Bestselling WILD TEXAS NIGHTS series (3 ebooks)
- Award-winning VELVET LIES series (ebooks 1-3) 

About the book:
Publication Date: June 7, 2013
Genre: Historical Romance
Haunted by scandal, Eden Mallory is determined to start over in a small Kentucky town.  But she won't soon forget the sexy, rugged doctor who rescued her from an outlaw, then rode off into the storm.

After losing his kid-brother to consumption, Dr. Michael Jones is obsessed with saving lives. He has no room for love or a wife. But the nights are lonely, and Eden haunts his dreams.

When Eden becomes his backdoor neighbor, she turns his world upside-down with her unconventional healing skills and sweet temptations.  Then outlaws return, forcing Michael to confront his past if he is to save the most precious life of all.

Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Exclusive Excerpt:
Runaway Wagon

Aunt Claudia chuckled. "That there's Michael," the 75-year-old mischief-maker told Eden, jabbing her corncob pipe toward the farrier’s yard.

Her curiosity piqued, Eden glanced back toward this Michael.  He’d stripped off his coat and now stood rolling up his sleeves. Eden had a moment to notice that the cut and color of the outer garment had been deceiving: the stark contrast of his white shirt against the silky black of his vest proved he was much broader across his chest and shoulders than she'd first imagined. Then he turned his back. When he squatted, exposing taut buttocks to examine his gelding's hocks, Claudia’s sparsely toothed grin turned downright lustful.

Eden made an exasperated sound.

She supposed the man was attractive enough, with his form-fitting breeches and Olympian shoulders, but really. Her cat was about to be electrocuted by the lightning storm!

"Aunt Claudia?"

No answer.

"Aunt Claudia," she insisted again, raising her voice above the rattle of an oncoming wagon. "Do you know where I can get a saucer of milk? I want to try to lure Stazzie down from that tree."

Claudia didn't answer. Apparently she was too busy oogling Michael.

Before Eden could repeat her question, lightning spat, arching earthward.  She watched the wagon’s horse spook in its harness. The vehicle lurched off course.

Suddenly 11-year-old Jamie dashed out from the bushes in pursuit of his toad.

Dear God.

It all happened so quickly. The driver cursed; the horse reared.  Flailing hooves cleaved the air, and Jamie, his eyes almost as wide as his mouth, staggered backward. But it was too late. The wagon overturned; flour spewed, and apples bounced around the cowering child beneath the wheels.

Eden was running before Jamie loosed his first howl. She didn't stop to consider her own danger. Her heart was in command, and she threw her weight on the leads. Just as she had dozens of times, when Papa’s gelding had spooked in his harness, she dragged the horse back to earth before it could pull the vehicle over Jamie's legs.

The crisis was over as soon as it had begun. The cursing, hillbilly driver gained control, and Eden ducked under the reins. Miraculously, a wooden crate had kept the wagon from crushing Jamie's head.

"Jamie, honey," she panted, wading past splintered barrels, dripping egg yolks, and seeping pickle juice. "Jamie, are you hurt?"

"Move aside, young woman," a gruff voice commanded, "I'm a doctor."

Eden gasped as two strong hands grabbed her beneath the arms and deposited her in a heap beside a box of nightcrawlers. Michael didn't seem to notice her exposed unmentionables. Like a man possessed, he braced his shoulder against the wagon. Hands as wide as her face grasped the bed, and he grunted, hiking the wood an incredible foot in the air.

"Jamie," he panted, "can you crawl free?"

"No! I won't leave Charlie..."

At this point, a crowd was gathering. The driver rushed to Michael's aid. He heaved his bulk under the wagon's other end, and the two men set the vehicle back on its wheels.  All the while, Jamie sobbed brokenly beside a bloody patch of bone.

"Oh, Jamie," Eden murmured, "Charlie's in heaven now. You have to let him go."

Knowing firsthand the ravages of grief, Eden didn't think twice about crawling beneath the wagon’s bed to comfort the child. To her surprise, neither did Blue Thunder's well-tailored doctor.

"It's all right, son." Michael didn't seem to notice or care that his linen sleeve had been shredded on a nail. "Are you hurt?"

Jamie shook his head. "Charlie," he whimpered again.

Michael frowned, glancing toward the scarlet smear that had once been Jamie's pet.

"His toad," Eden explained quietly.

Midnight blue eyes delved into hers. Intense and strangely haunted, they struck a chord so deep within her that she was nearly bowled over by the intimacy. She'd seen those eyes before.

Somewhere along the road, in the endless parade of seekers who'd begged miracles from her father’s medicine show, Eden had met this Michael Jones.

Other books in the Velvet Lies Series:
Book 1: Scoundrel for Hire
Book 2: His Wicked Dream
Book 3: Seduced by an Angel
Book 4: Devil in Texas (Available in 2014)
About Adrienne DeWolfe:
Adrienne deWolfe is a #1 Bestselling Author and a recipient of 48 writing awards, including the Best Historical Romance of the Year. She consistently delights readers with sexy, action-packed, western-style romances, including her Wild Texas Nights series and her Velvet Lies series. In addition, she is the author of the bestselling non-fiction ebook series, The Secrets to Getting Your Romance Novel Published.

Fascinated by all things mystical, Adrienne writes a weekly blog about dragons, magic, and the paranormal at to help her research her upcoming YA Epic Fantasy series. She also writes a weekly blog with fiction writing tips and advice about the business of writing at She enjoys mentoring aspiring authors and offers professional story critiques and book coaching services.
To visit Adrienne's other stops, click here
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  1. Hi, Mary! So great to be back on your blog! Looking forward to chatting with you and your readers. Hugs!

    1. It's so great to feature you again, Adrienne! :)

  2. I love historical romance it's a great form of escapism. This book looks Just my type.

    1. So glad you enjoyed the excerpt, Petula! I love to mix action and romance in my novels. You'll find the most action in my WILD TEXAS NIGHTS series, since I write about outlaws, lawmen, and rodeos there. But in each book of my VELVET LIES series, there is definitely a climatic action scene to watch for! Hope to see you again on my tour! Hugs!

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    1. It's great to see you back, Rita! What did you like best about the scene? (Me, I'm a huge fan of Aunt Claudia . . . but this scene doesn't do her justice. Later in the tour, you'll get to snicker at the 75-year-old curmudgeon's antics.)

  4. Loved the excerpt. What happens to the cat? Is the toad really dead? Will Michael's shirt sleeve get sewn up? You set the scene perfectly and I could see every detail. Can't wait to read it.

    1. Wow! That's high praise indeed, coming from an awesome writer like you, Sydney! I'm truly humbled. Thanks for the kudos.

      (And yes, unfortunately, Jamie must find a new toad . . . which he names Georgie. Until, to his HORROR, Georgie lays eggs . . . ::snicker:: I just love writing kids and pets. They add so much humor to a novel!)

  5. Congrats Adrienne on the new releases! Sounds like fun!

    1. Thanks so much, Erin! I'll admit, writing my first alpha male in Michael was a bit of a writer's challenge (since I, personally, fall in love with wise-cracking scoundrels!)

  6. It was a really nice excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway. Also Tweeted and shared.

    1. Great to "meet" you! I appreciate your social media support. Hope you'll continue following the tour! Lots more "fun" with Eden and Michael to come. Hugs!

  7. Please someone save the cat! I had a moment where I was like TREVOR! Since that's the first toad joke that comes to mind when I hear "toad." I managed to suppress it however which I consider a sign of maturity. I loved how everything flowed so well in this excerpt. It's a fun scene even though I do feel bad for the loss of the poor toad. Thank you for sharing!

    1. LOL, Shandra! I never thought I'd see so much outpouring of love for the toad! (Does that make me a bad person? Hmm . . .) I DO give Jamie another toad in the next chapter, if it's any consolation :-) Hope you'll continue reading the tour! (Which, by the way, has are no more excerpts in which amphibians get squashed. Yay!) Hugs!

  8. Aunt Claudia is hilarious. I'm thinking she'll make the book extra entertaining. :-)

    1. Yay! Another Aunt Claudia fan! ::snicker::

      You just KNOW I had to include an excerpt of Aunt Claudia with her shotgun, later in the tour . . .

      Thanks for dropping by, Glenda! Hugs!

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    1. That's why you ROCK, Elisa! :-) (And, of course, you're in good company.) Hope to see you again on the tour. Hugs!

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    1. Welcome back, BN! What was your favorite part of this excerpt?

  11. Sounds like an amazing read!!
    Thanks for sharing the excerpt and for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

    1. Howdy, Natasha! So glad you're following my tour again! What did you like best about the excerpt?

  12. Ooo fun! I love historicals set in America. I've read a couple and they're so neat.

    1. Me too, Anna. :) It's a good balance to all the Regency historicals out there.

    2. Hooray! Readers who love AMERICAN HISTORY. Wow. What a concept. :-) So delighted I find ya'll . . . and you found my Velvet Lies series! If you love Western Romances -- chase scenes, bank robberies, rodeos etc. that complicate the lives of two lovers -- be sure to check out my award-winning Wild Texas Nights series! Hugs!

  13. I liked the down-to-earth characters in the excerpt. I especially liked Claudia ogling Michael.

    1. Yay! Another Aunt Claudia fan! You know, I love her character SO MUCH, I figured out a way to feature her in SEDUCED BY AN ANGEL: as a bake-off judge. She's up to her usual rascally mischief: She holds her nose as she tastes pie, or she bellows, "This one tastes worse than my granddaddy's boot leather after a 3-day march!" (She's such a stinker! LOL!) Hope to see you again on the tour! Hugs!

  14. You have just got to feel for the toad.


    1. ARGH! Another toad mourner!!! (So sorry. Please accept my apologies for making you sad.) If it makes you feel better, Jamie gets another toad. And a puppy. And a passel of rabbits and raccoons, and a fawn . . . he's quite the little "Orphaned Animal" adopter (much to his mother's horror.) :-)

  15. Great looking books, great turnout for ur tour.

    1. I'm so blessed by my readers! Thanks for being one, Elise. Hugs!



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