* Blog Tour / Release Blast * A PRICELESS FIND by Kate James


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A Priceless Find
(Camden Falls #2)
by Kate James
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 365 pages
October 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Can opposites really attract?

A robbery followed by the discovery of a forgery at a respected art gallery thrusts Chelsea Owens into the center of an investigation headed by Detective Sam Eldridge. The instant chemistry between the high-spirited aspiring curator and the tall, dark, brooding cop is a classic case of opposites attract.

Complications arise when Chelsea uncovers a connection to an unsolved art heist. Teaming up with Sam to find the stolen paintings ignites feelings that could lead to lasting love. But Sam isn’t ready to move beyond the tragedy in his past, no matter how promising his future with Chelsea could be…

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EXCERPT

Mrs. Sinclair took Chelsea’s hands in her own. Her grasp was cool and unexpectedly firm. “It’s all lovely, my dear. I’m certain our gala will be a success.”

“I hope so,” Chelsea murmured. “I’ve positioned your chair next to the Angelo bronze,” she said, gesturing. “Oh, and here comes Sandra with your tea.”

“Thank you,” Mrs. Sinclair said, as she accepted the cup from the waitress. “That’s very sweet of you, but enough worrying about me.”

“I’ll keep Grandmother company,” Joel assured Chelsea. “Why don’t you go mingle and sell some art,” he said, not unkindly.

“I’ll do that,” Chelsea responded with a grateful smile for Joel. “If you need anything, Mrs. Sinclair, please let me know.”

Chelsea did as Joel suggested, and she began to relax. Every indication was that the evening would be a triumph. They’d received a few advance bids above the reserve for the works that would be auctioned at the end of the evening, and she personally made a couple of minor sales. Then she saw Mr. Anderson, one of their faithful patrons, standing in front of a Babineux, obviously admiring it. If she could make that sale, it would be a bonus to an already fantastic event.

“Hello, Mr. Anderson,” she said as she stopped beside him to look at the painting of a woman and her child.

“Good evening, Chelsea.” He smiled at her briefly before turning his attention back to the painting.

“Henri Babineux, as I’m sure you know, is one of the most renowned artists of his day. This piece was painted circa 1862. Today is the first day we’re showing it. I don’t think we’ll have it long. Wouldn’t it look fabulous in your collection?”

“You might be right,” he replied. “Excellent turnout, by the way. I don’t usually go for these types of events, but I couldn’t resist coming this evening to see what new treasures you might have available.”

“I trust you’re not disappointed.”

“As a matter of fact, I’m not.”

She stepped a little closer and lowered her voice. “Should I get a Sold sign for it?”

“Now, now! I might be known for impulse buying, but even I’m not quite that spontaneous.” He turned shrewd eyes on her. “However, you could tell me how much it would set me back if I did decide to acquire this painting.”

Chelsea named the number in the mid six figures and knew that as pricey as it was, it wasn’t out of Mr. Anderson’s range.

His expression turned contemplative. “Let me think about it while I help myself to a glass of champagne and see what else might capture my interest.”

“Please do,” she said, not in the least disappointed. If she was a betting person, she would’ve laid money on Mr. Anderson’s buying the Babineux sooner or later. She was familiar with that look in his eyes. Once he’d moved on, she turned back to the painting. It wasn’t her preferred style, but she recognized the artistic talent. More important, she knew that the Babineux was to Mr. Anderson’s taste. She then studied the abstract next to it.

“Help me understand what, exactly, this painting is supposed to represent.” The deep voice, with a touch of humor, had Chelsea glancing over her shoulder.

Her courteous reply caught in her throat as she found herself staring into familiar bold blue eyes. “Detective Eldridge, I didn’t know you had an interest in art.”

His laugh was warm and masculine at the same time. “I don’t normally, no. And when I do, I tend to like…ah, the more mundane.”

He was standing so close, she could see the faint stubble of a day’s growth of beard, and the fine lines at the outer corners of his eyes and mouth when he smiled. There were a few strands of gray in his black hair. His scent, clean and woodsy, teased her nostrils. She let her gaze slide over him. She was sure there was a fit and impressive body under his conservative suit.

“I hope I’m not underdressed,” he said.

Chelsea felt the heat rise to her cheeks. She obviously hadn’t been as subtle in her perusal of him as she’d hoped. “Oh, no, you look perfectly fine.” Now she could feel her cheeks burn even more. “What I meant is your attire is fine. Black tie is optional. Are you here for professional or personal reasons?” she rushed on, wanting to change the subject.

“A bit of both.”

Other Books in the Series

A Child’s Christmas
(Camden Falls #1)
by Kate James
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 376 pages
November 1st 2014 by Harlequin Heartwarmin

There’s a stranger at the door on Christmas Day…

Single mother Paige Summerville wants to give her seven-year-old son the Christmas of his dreams. Jason needs surgery to beat the illness that’s plagued his young life, leaving Paige desperate to make ends meet. So she turns to a charity that grants the wishes of sick children…

Then a stranger arrives bearing gifts for Jason—and for her. He’s Daniel Kinsley, a lawyer who’s grown cynical about family. But his kindness in making Jason’s wishes come true offers him more than he ever imagined. Is there room in Paige’s heart for a man who could fulfill all their dreams? And not just at Christmas!

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About the Author

Kate spent much of her childhood abroad before attending university in Canada. She built a successful business career, but her passion has always been literature. As a result, Kate turned her energy to her love of the written word.

Kate’s goal is to entertain her readers with engaging stories featuring strong, likable characters. Kate has been honored with numerous awards for her writing. She and her husband, Ken, enjoy traveling and the outdoors, with their beloved Labrador Retrievers, Harley and Logan.

Kate would love to hear from you! You can connect with her by email, through her website, her Facebook pageTwitter, or mail at PO Box 446, Schomberg, ON, L0G 1T0, Canada.

Tour Schedule

October 2nd:
Launch
Hearts & Scribbles
It’s All About the Romance
Thoughts of a Blonde
Reviews by Crystal
October 3rd:
Getting Your Read On
Janices Book Reviews
Zerina Blossom’s Books
Deal Sharing Aunt
October 4th:
Katie’s Clean Book Collection
Rockin’ Book Reviews
Brooke Blogs
Slice of Life
October 5th:
Harlie’s Books
Jorie Loves A Story
Heidi Reads…
Mello & June, It’s a Book Thang!
October 6th:
Teatime and Books
underneath the covers
Reading Is My SuperPower
Inside the Mind of an Avid Reader
October 7th: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

Prize Pack:
– The prize pack includes:
· Aqua over-the shoulder tasseled bag
· San Diego K-9 Unit mouse pad
· Signed copy of Sanctuary Cove
· Signed copy of The Truth About Hope
· Singed copy of When the Right One Comes Along, first book in the San Diego K-9 Unit series
· A pack of three metallic page markers with an inspirational quote on each
· Pair of heart-shaped earrings embellished with ruby-colored stones
· Assortment of signed bookplates
· $20 Amazon gift card
– Prize pack available for Canadian and US residents. Should the winner be international, e-books will be substituted.
– Ends October 11th

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Comments

  1. Kate James says:

    Thank you for welcoming me back to your blog, Lynn. I hope you–and your readers–will enjoy A PRICELESS FIND!

    Happy reading!

    Kate

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