Win THE SANTANA HEIR

My July book is a story about the ties that bind people together—ties of blood, ties of family, and ties of love.  At the center is adorable, eleven-month-old Zac, whose dying mother sacrificed all to bring him into the world and give her barren stepsister, Grace, one chance to raise a child.

Peruvian billionaire playboy, Emilio Santana, sees his own chance in little Zac—the chance to continue his late brother’s bloodline and relieve himself of the responsibility to marry and provide a family heir.  The battle over Zac brings Grace to Peru, and a new love in an exotic setting.  But things are not always what they seem—and if you think you’ve read this story before, prepare yourself for some surprises.

A few years ago I spent some time in Peru, right where this story takes place.  The setting is rich in beauty, history and culture—perfect for a heartfelt love story.  I hope you’ll enjoy this one.  Here’s an excerpt for you.

Emilio ended the kiss, savoring the way their moist lips clung as they parted.  He hadn’t planned to kiss her.  But it had happened and, for the moment at least, he wasn’t sorry.  Grace Chandler’s luscious curves fit his body as if they’d been molded for that very purpose.  Her sweetness flowed through him like hot caramel syrup through ice cream.

            So much for his resolve to treat her like a sister.  That wasn’t going to happen.  He knew himself too well to question his instincts.  But right now he needed to get her back to the house.  She was badly scared, maybe even injured.  Seduction would have to wait.

            With a twinge of regret, he eased her to arms’ length.  Her cheeks were flushed, her mouth damp and a little swollen.  It was all he could do to keep from snatching her close once more and taking up where they’d left off.

            “Are you all right, Grace?”  Given the way she looked, it was a needless question.

            For a moment she regarded him with lust-glazed eyes.  Then a transformation came over her.  Straightening her spine and squaring her shoulders she impaled him with a glare that would have done justice to Sister Benedicta, who’d whacked his knuckles in her arithmetic class. 

            “I’ll be fine,” she said.  “But what just happened was a mistake, Emilio.”

            He quirked an eyebrow.  “I had the impression you enjoyed it as much as I did.”

            Her look darkened.  “I came here to decide what was best for Zac and for me.  The last thing I need is having my judgment clouded by a Latin Romeo who’d hit on any female old enough to drive.  As far as you and I are concerned, nothing happened here.  Understood?”

            “Understood.”  The barb had stung more than he cared to admit.  But long experience had taught Emilio when to advance and when to retreat.  This was retreat time.  But the conquest was far from over.

            Grace Chandler was going to eat her words.

THE SANTANA HEIR is available for pre-order on Amazon.  But one reader who posts today will get an advance copy to read.  If you’re an international winner, you’ll receive a PDF file.  Good luck and thanks in advance for your comments

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I'm an internationally published romance author, coming up on 40 novels and novellas. Most of my stories have been Westerns for Harlequin Historicals, but I set stories in other times and places as well. I'll also be writing contemporary stories for Harlequin Desire, with the first release in January 2013. You can learn more on my web site.

30 thoughts on “Win THE SANTANA HEIR”

  1. Good Morning Elizabeth

    As always I can’t wait to read your book. I have enjoyed all your books. Can’t wait to see how this all comes out in the end, I am sure the journey will be well worth it

    God Bless

  2. An exotic location always gets my attention and makes me want to read a book. I love the escape to another world where I can leave all my troubles behind. Add one hot hero to a book and I am hooked.

  3. Good morning, early risers. It’s 6 a.m. here in mountain land, and you’re already ahead of me.

    Thanks for enjoying my books, Sherry. This one has a surprise twist that you won’t be expecting. Good luck in the drawing.

    I love exotic locations, too, Janine. The book is a Western of sorts because my hero lives on a ranch and raises beautiful Peruvian Paso horses, which I blogged about last month. Thanks for your comment.

    Peru is a beautiful country, Sherri. I spent five days in the Amazon (which I’d love to write about) and a week in the highlands where this story takes place. Just spectacular. Good luck in the drawing.

  4. I hope you’ll enjoy this one, Mary. The little boy is fun. He’s just at the age where he’s starting to walk and getting into everything. The cover really captures him. You have to wonder what the little guy is thinking.

    Thanks for your comment, Kim. Hope you get a chance to read this book. Love your kitty photo.

  5. Elizabeth, what a great excerpt. This looks like a wonderful book, of course! And what a cover! Thanks for sharing this today–my tbr pile is bursting at the seams, but there are some books–and authors–that I would never pass up, and you and your stories are one of those!
    Cheryl

  6. Thanks, Crystal. This is sort of an exotic Western, the best of all worlds. Just finished a Desire set in Africa. Very different. No release date yet.

    Thanks for the kinds words, Cheryl. It would be an honor to be included in your TBR pile, since I’m a real fan of your writing.

    Good luck in the drawing, Joy. As I remember you were one of my previous winners. Maybe luck will strike again. Thanks for commenting.

  7. Peru was never on my Bucket List.. but I am going to add it.. I think of it as a very exotic local for a love story… Thanks for a great giveaway Elizabeth..

  8. Oh I love books with kids and babies in them… it is wonderful to visit locales that I have never been to between the pages of a book… get to enjoy the places through the eyes of the characters and words of the author… thanks for sharing and congrats on this upcoming release!

  9. Wow! Loved the excerpt. Emilio sounds hot-blooded and ready for romance. I’m sure he’ll be able to sway Grace. I hope this new release brings you tons of success!

    Aren’t you glad you have your true life Peruvian adventures to fall back on? This will be a very special book.

  10. Peru was near the top of my bucket list, Kathleen. It’s a spectacular place, and as foreign travel goes, not all that expensive to visit. I’d recommend it.

    Thanks, Colleen. I love the baby in this story. He’s all boy, full of life and mischief. And writing this book made me want to go back to Peru. It’s a beautiful place.

    Thanks for stopping by, Linda. Hot-blooded Latin heroes are such fun to write–and read. Hugs to you.

  11. Great excerpt! The premise for this story sounds really interesting! Hope I get the chance to read it! 🙂 I have been to Jamaica on mission trips several times and it is BEAUTIFUL!!! So I imagine Peru is just as or even more beautiful. I hope you had fun on your trip there.
    Blessings, Kaylea 🙂

  12. Back with you.

    Jamaica must be beautiful, Kaylea. I’ve never spent time there but have always wanted to. Would love the culture and the ocean Being a missionary there would be a wonderful experience.

    Thanks for stopping by, Chey. Good luck in the drawing.

  13. What a great storyline, Elizabeth, and adorable baby AND Peru! Such a unique locale. I can’t wait for this one. May you have tons of sales and success, filly sister! xo

  14. This sounds like a great book! I can’t wait for it to come out to read it. I have a friend who is Peruvian and she is a beautiful woman inside and out.

  15. Sounds like another winner. We in this country tend not to understand the differences in culture and family makeup in other countries. The dynamics are very different. What is universal is how much a child is loved and how much they mean to us. I look forward to reading THE SANTANA HEIR and seeing just what the dynamics are in this case. I hope the release goes really well.

  16. Sorry to be late getting back to everyone.

    Thanks for the kind words, Tanya and Charlene. I am so proud of your own wonderful books.

    Ann, I found the people of Peru very warm and friendly. I’m guessing your friend is the same. Thanks for stopping by.

    Kirsten, you’re a wonder. I so admire the things you do in your work. Thanks for your comment.

    Thanks for stopping by to visit and read about my book, Susan. Good luck in the drawing.

    Patricia, I always love hearing from you. I think you’ll find the family dynamics in this story very interesting and revealing. I’m somewhat familiar with Latin American culture, so I hope I got it right.

  17. Hello Elizabeth. Sounds like a very interesting book you have written. But, maybe also sad. I would love to win it, si please put my name in the hat for this drawing. Thanks! Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  18. Thanks for stopping by, Connie. It’s a fun book. I hope you’ll read and enjoy it.

    There are some sad elements in the book, Maxie. But I can promise you a happy ending. Thanks so much for your comment.

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