Heart of Stone (Sin City Kilts) by January Bain ~ #BookTour #Excerpt

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Heart of Stone-Sin City Kilts

by January Bain


GENRE: Paranormal Romance, Billionaire Werewolf


Only one wild heart can claim another.

Esme Luceres, poor relation and outsider with the House of Luceres, devotes her free time to exposing fake psychics and charlatans who dupe and exploit a credulous public. She’ll never be anyone’s fool. And she certainly won’t make one of herself over the kilt-wearing, bare-chested Lachlan of the Highland Heathens Clan, even if he does looks like a plundering Viking right out of the mists of history with his magnificent body on proud display. No, she’ll expose his secrets…

Lachlan Creig certainly has a few of those. An illusionist and mind-defying hypnotist, he’s also a wolf shifter. In Vegas to perform at a prestigious venue on the Strip, he’s not above using his were heritage to his advantage. But the Scot has even darker, deeper secrets than most alpha billionaire weres…one which are about to surface.

When ‘ghostly’ events kill a tourist at the Haunted Museum where Esme conducts midnight tours, the feisty blonde and proud Scot are forced to put their heated differences aside and forge an unlikely alliance.

Can they find their way past their deep mistrust issues to solve the murder? If they can’t, Esme might lose her freedom, Lachlan all he holds dear…and both of them their fated mate…



The audience burst into huge applause, cheering and whistling. I hadn’t even recovered from the shock of watching all that pumping man flesh exhibiting the kind of strength that makes a woman’s knees weak when he changed direction. This guy really could bear a person away to the ends of the earth if he wanted to.

“I’ve been entranced by the magic of snow falling at midnight on the moors of the Highlands since I was a lad learning magic at the knee of my great-grandfather.” The stage lighting changed, revealing a starry Van Gogh sky with swirling stars and a pregnant moonscape. The mystical backdrop set off a sense of otherworldliness to his skin, anointing it with a bluish glow. The moment of ancient timelessness caused the audience to fall into rapt silence, their faces keen with interest.

“Let winter come.” He lifted his hands to the sky, standing in front of the mystical moon backdrop, as if praying. From his palms, crystals of pure white snow began to flow upward then slowly drift down to the stage, turning into a shower of golden stars around his feet. But instead of stopping in a couple of seconds like I’d seen other illusionists’ work do, it continued to flow from his hands until the air began to almost vibrate with an infinity of snowflakes glowing like diamonds in the haze of the bluish light. It collected around his feet until a flurry of glittery stars anointed the stage.

Ohs and ahs escaped the audience’s rounded mouths as the man directed the weather. How in the hell is he doing that? Before I could figure it out, he started a new trick.

“For my next act I need a volunteer.” He prowled to the side of the stage and looked down at the row I was sitting in, right up front and center. Don’t. You. Dare.

“Would the bonny lass with the lovely blonde hair and wee frown in the enchanting red dress please join me up on stage?” He gave a wicked smile that demonstrated his excellent dentistry and held out one huge hand with the super-bulging biceps toward me, beckoning me with his mesmerizing green eyes. I hesitated. “Or are you afraid of being hypnotized, thasgaidh?”

Hell no. Game on. And touché for the use of another Gaelic endearment term.

I smiled sweetly and rose, taking his hand. He swept me onto the stage in one graceful movement, my feet leaving the ground, his touch coursing through me like an electrical current.

“A chair for the lovely Esme Luceres,” he called out. An assistant scurried to do his bidding, bringing one forward.

“How did you know my name?” I asked with a scowl, tugging my hand free of his.

“Magic, Esme. Magic is in the air tonight. Trust me, and the world will offer up its riches.”

I snorted. “Yeah, right.”

Not to be dissuaded, he gestured at the chair and I plunked myself down. This could prove interesting. Like anyone could hypnotize me. Spookier entities than Lachlan had tried and failed in my Ghoststompers, Inc. business. All duly recorded for posterity.

“This is a special pendulum made from the golden mask of a long dead deity that was purported to live in Atlantis, the fabled isle, before it sank into the sea never to be seen again. It has hidden powers that open a channel into the brain, promising enlightenment and ancient wisdom.” He held the large golden disk up for the audience to observe, the odd marks that were engraved into the surface looking like rune symbols. “Do you like to dance?”

Ah-ha. “No.” I shook my head so hard I nearly gave myself a concussion. “I never dance, no time for it. And I’ve got two left feet,” I admitted.

“Keep your eye on the coin as it flows back and forth, Esme. See the past…let it come forward and bring forth its power. Back and forth, back and forth. Relax, relax…”

I duly tracked the gleaming coin with my eyes, finding it rather soothing. Something to focus on while this charlatan played his silly game.

“That’s right. Back and forth…”


January Bain has wished on every falling star, every blown-out birthday candle, and every coin thrown in a fountain to be a storyteller. To share the tales of high adventure, mysteries, and full-blown thrillers she has dreamed of all her life. The story you now have in your hands is the compilation of a lot of things manifesting itself for this special series. Hundreds of hours spent researching the unusual and the mundane have come together to create books that features strong women who live life to the fullest, wild adventures full of twists and unforeseen turns, and hot complicated men who aren’t afraid to take risks. She can only hope her stories will capture your imagination and touch your heart.

If you are looking for January Bain, you can find her hard at work every morning without fail in her office with her furry baby, Ling Ling. And, of course, she’s married to the most romantic man! Who once famously remarked to her inquiry about buying fresh flowers for their home every week, “Give me one good reason why not?” Leaving her speechless and knocking her head against the proverbial wall for being so darn foolish. She loves flowers.

If you wish to connect in the virtual world she is easily found on Facebook. Oh, and she loves to talk books…

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January Bain will be awarding a $25.00 PayPal prize, U.S. money to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

56 comments on “Heart of Stone (Sin City Kilts) by January Bain ~ #BookTour #Excerpt

  1. thanks again for the giveaway, best wishes with your book

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  2. I love the cover and the idea of a Highlander who looks like a Viking.

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  3. sounds wonderful

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  4. I am adding this book to my to be read soon list!

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  5. best wishes with the book, it sounds amazing

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  6. I so love that cover.

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  7. sounds like a great book

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  8. looks like a fun one

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  9. It would make more sense if the woman was a time traveler- females her age were generally saddled with a husband and kids back then, or confined in a convent.

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  10. thanks for sharing this sounds amazing

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  11. This is a new author for me to check out. Love the genre!

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  12. I love the cover, the excerpt sounds reallyinteresting

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  13. The book sounds intriguing. Great cover.

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  14. This sounds like a must read for me.

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  15. My girls and I are forever fans of January Bain. I have told my children the same things that her grandmother’s told her. Those should be the 6 rules of life.

    • That’s wonderful you enjoy Bain. Happy Reading!

  16. It looks like a good read.

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  17. Another one for my already toppling TBR list. As a side note, has anybody else noticed the inflation in rich people/families in novels–not that long ago, they were millionaires–now they have to be billionaires!!

    • Yes I’ve noticed the billionaire trend. ^_^ I’m happy to help add to your TBR even if it is out of control you can never have to many books. Thanks for visiting!

  18. Did you have any writing education?

  19. Heart of Stone sounds fascinating. Great cover and excerpt. I’d love to read more.

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  20. Do you have a favorite author and/or genre?

  21. Sexy cover

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  22. Sounds like an awesome read, and I really like that cover!

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  23. I really like this cover.

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  24. I love everything about this book – genre title and cover!
    Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  25. Very attractive cover. I enjoyed reading the excerpt.

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  26. Sounds like a book I’d enjoy reading. Great excerpt.

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  27. sounds amazing!

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  28. Good Morning, Angela,

    Thanks so much for having me on your blog today! I really appreciate the effort and time it takes.
    Wishing you and yours a lovely day!

    January Bain

    • It’s my pleasure to feature/share you book. Have a great day and thank you for visiting the blog.

  29. Thanks for hosting!

    • It’s my pleasure!