Friday, February 28, 2014

Van Locken’s Witch by Debbie Peterson - Spotlight and Giveaway


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Debbie will be awarding an exclusively made representation of Lissa's necklace created by Shandra Kay to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour (US ONLY). Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Kapitein Rand Van Locken has no idea what awaits him as he boards the Spanish galleon on behalf of the Dutch West India Company, or that the beautiful woman imprisoned within will change his life in ways he never imagined or even desired. Until now...

Lissa Capoen, didn't plan for the Spaniards to capture her while attempting to rescue her sister. She didn't foresee the handsome sea captain coming swiftly to her aid and offering his assistance. Nor did she expect him to steal her heart and claim it as his own.

Yet, as destiny brings them ever closer together, Armando Manera is determined to recapture the witch and present her to the Spanish King. No matter what it takes...

Enjoy this excerpt:

“Corners of truth? What are you trying to tell me, Lissa? Please, for the love of heaven, just come out and say whatever it is you need to say.”

She fastened her gaze to his. “That all the witte wieven legends you’ve just mentioned have a foundation based in fact. The stories began centuries ago in Gelderland, the place from whence I hail as we've already discussed. A group of women, all related by blood, settled there during the elder days. Rather than hags or sorceresses, these women and all their female descendants were renowned herbalists and healers. People would travel great distances in order to obtain a cure for their maladies, and those that believe in this gift still do to this day. To my knowledge, the wieven never turned away a soul that had a genuine need.

“Most of these women have what you might deem, magical ability, and some more so than others. For although each woman learns to use the elements of the earth, as well as the energy that surround these elements to accomplish her purposes, individual skill varies. In addition, they are in fact, gifted with the ability to see into the future. Again, some to a greater degree than others.”

“Oh, come on, Lissa,” said Rand. “Surely, you don’t believe that

“Yes, actually, I do.” She paused for a moment and then took in a breath. “I believe it, Rand, because I am one.”

He drew his brows together. “You are one what?”

“A descendant of the witte wieven, who has inherited all of the abilities of her ancestors.”

For a moment he said nothing. He simply stared at her. Then, after what seemed an inordinate amount of time he said, "You can't be serious."

"Dead serious."

About the Author: Debbie has always had a soft spot for fairy tales, the joy of falling in love, and happily ever after endings. Stories of love and make believe filled her head for as long as she can remember. However, it was her beloved husband who encouraged, cajoled and inspired her to take up a pen and write some of them down. Her journey to published author could fill quite a few pages. However, in June of 2010, she submitted her debut novel “Spirit of the Rebellion” to her wonderful, patient, editor at The Wild Rose Press and the rest is history. She now has four published novels to her credit, with a fifth due out in 2014.

When she is not busy conjuring her latest novel, Debbie spends time with the members of her very large family, within the lovely, arid deserts of southern Nevada. She also pursues her interests in family history, mythology, and all things ancient and historic.

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Shannon's Law by Emma Calin - Book Launch and Giveaway

Launch Day



Welcome to the launch day of Shannon's Law by Emma Calin, organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Emma will be awarding a Shannon's Law Launch Day Swag Bag to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour and a $30 Amazon voucher will be awarded to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Also, a print copy of Shannon's Law will be awarded to three (3) randomly drawn commenters and a digital copy of Shannon's Law will be awarded to five (5) randomly drawn commenter during the tour. ALL ENTRANTS get emailed a digital cookery book of recipes (including photos!) for meals/food eaten in Shannon's Law. The book is called 'Cops Cuisine'. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Wild child inner city cop Shannon Aguerri walks a dangerous line between her methods and justice. When the bosses lose their nerve, after yet another maverick mission, she is transferred to green pastures to play out the role of a routine village cop. When she encounters signs of people and drug trafficking she homes in on serious millionaire criminals. As a loner she has attracted men but nothing has stuck. When she meets Spencer, the hunky and widowed Earl of Bloxington, there is an immediate rapport between them. Their social differences mean nothing to their passion and need. Already in the mix is an upper class female rival – who has long plotted her way into the Earl's bed. The jealousy is an evil shade of green and the anger is a violent scarlet. Often inhibited by a sense of duty and honour, Spencer is slow to reveal his feelings. When Shannon confronts him with the need to choose between her word and that of her rival, he does not immediately support her. All the same, when they are forced together to carry out a desperate rescue mission their love is stronger than everything ranged against them.

Authors note: This book is quite 'strongly flavoured' and features uninhibited, but straightforward steamy sexual scenes between consenting adults and true-to-life street language that would occur in high-stress situations.

About the Author:
Novelist, philosopher, blogger, poet, would be master chef. A woman pedaling between Peckham and Pigalle, in search of passion and enduring romance.

Emma Calin writes romance novels and gritty short stories about love and survival in the 21st century. She has published a number digital and paperback books which are available from Amazon worldwide.

She blogs about her dual life in St-Savinien sur Charente in South West France and Romsey, a market town in England. She feels extremely lucky to be able to experience the world and life through these two, very different, lenses. She spends any time she can, when not writng, on her tandem exploring the countryside.

Emma also records and produces audio books and plays the trombone (although not at the same time).

Find Emma Calin online:

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Fathoms of Forgiveness by Nadia Scrieva - Book Spotlight and Giveaway


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Nadia will be awarding the box set of Sacred Breath Series or the box set of Thirty Minutes to Heartbreak (winner's choice)to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Meet the brave and fearless Visola; a woman unlike any you've ever encountered. Her wit and humor take her through the darkest of dangers with a smile always on her face--and her smile only grows larger as the odds become more impossible. With no concern for her own safety, Visola dives headfirst into the throes of battle to protect the people and country she loves, even if it means facing her worst enemy--the one man who can get inside her head and break her down like no other: her own husband...


Enjoy an excerpt:

Visola was curled up in her corner of the tiny space. She stared at Vachlan’s back as she played with a small knife. Her leg was probably well enough to walk on for a few miles, but she did not think he deserved to know this. No, he would have to keep on carrying her until they reached a city.

“Are you thinking about killing me?” Vachlan asked gruffly. He yawned and stretched, having just awoken.

“Yep,” Visola said in a chipper tone as she toyed with spinning the dagger between them. Occasionally it would point west at him, and occasionally it would point east toward her. Occasionally it would point north or south at neither of them. Continuously, when it stopped, she would consider what it meant with respect to fate, and whether fate was guiding her to take action, or to just continue being useless. A voice teased her internally. You have never gone beneath the truth. You cannot navigate the endless fathoms of forgiveness. She was reminded of the fact that she had felt somewhat comfortable and safe when Vachlan had been her clear-cut, straightforward enemy, and now that he was showing her tenderness she was becoming increasingly confused.

“So why don’t you just do it?” he asked.

“Need you to carry me around. Can’t move on my own—leg smashed.”

“Then once I get you home?”

“Sticking you in an oven and cooking you up with some salt and pepper. Having a scrumptious feast—eating your testicles first.”

“You can’t cook, Viso.”

“That’s true,” she said. She sighed, reaching up and began to trace patterns in the fabric of the tent. “To be perfectly honest, what I’m actually considering is divorce.”

He sat up abruptly, his head hitting the small tent and making it shake. “That’s impossible. There’s no such thing for sea-dwellers.”


Nadia Scrieva lives in Toronto, Canada with no husband, no kids, and no pets. She does own a very attractive houseplant which she occasionally remembers to water between her all-consuming writing marathons.

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Fathoms of Forgiveness

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Sky's End by Lesley Young - Guest Post and Giveaway


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions for her science fiction romance, Sky's End.

Lesley will be awarding print copies of “Sky’s End” to ten randomly drawn winners, and a grand prize of one $50 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn winner during the tour via the rafflecopter at the end of this post. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

She's sharing some info on aliens!

Three things you should know about alien heroes

Confession: I was not a huge sci-fi romance reader when I sat down to write my first fiction novel Sky’s End: Book One in the Cassiel Winters Series. I wrote it because I wanted to experience the journey of a young woman to kick-ass heroine. Then I created Prime Or’ic, a Thell’eon warrior who will stop at nothing to save the universe, gladly risking his heart, since he doesn’t think he has one. And I quickly realized how special alien heroes could be. Needless to say, I am now constantly gobbling up sci-fi romance. I can’t get enough. So if ye doubt, here are a few reasons to give it a try.

*Alien heroes present a truly new male archetype. With a hero from another planet, everything is (or should be) nonhuman. The hero’s appearance, his behaviors, his values, his approach to seduction, what turns him on, how he responds to human behaviors. . .the possibilities are endless and thus, at least to me, endlessly entertaining.

*Alien heroes could be real. No really. I mean, if other life forms exist, why not? They are certainly more likely than vampires, werewolves, lycan and fae. Just sayin’. Plus, I, for one, put a lot of effort into developing alien species, cultures and worlds that were likely, you know, based on scientific fictionalization of course.

*Alien heroes offer up a fresh take on love (re: screw the happy ending as we know it). When every human or earthly convention is turned on its head (as is the case with an alien hero), no way will a relationship grow, no way will an understanding, a compassion and passion for each other develop in a traditional way. Alien love begs the question of the author, what is human love and would other species love differently? Could they even love each other for real?

If you’ve never tried a novel set in space, Sky’s End is the one to ease you in. Its fast-paced plot, balanced world-building and wonderful engaging heroine on her way to kiss-ass-dom will grip you! Plus, the alien hero is hawt!

A secret she must never share. A secret that two warring species are determined to control. A universe’s future at stake.

Twenty-year-old Cassiel Winters joins Earth’s new space academy in hopes of finding her brother, one of Command’s top pilots and her only family, who’s been reported MIA. But she quickly realizes she may not be cut out for life in space, where female cadets are outnumbered, competition’s fierce, and she’s already failed her hand-to-hand combat test once.

When Cassiel’s manipulated into a perilous mission, she encounters a warrior species bred to protect the universe from an even greater threat. And she learns that her secret visions are at the heart of it all. Now Cassiel must fight to control her own destiny and race to save her brother—even if it means pretending to be the pawn of Prime Or’ic, the cold-as-steel Thell’eon leader. Even if it means risking her life, facing hard truths, and making the ultimate sacrifice.


Now enjoy an excerpt:

The sea of black and silver guns and uniforms open up to let through a Thell’eon wearing a long dark gray cloak made of what looks like microscopic chain-mail over a thin gray shirt that contours another chiseled chest and stomach. Honestly, they’re commonplace here.

But . . . our eyes meet, and I swear I have never seen a more handsome or fierce or handsomely fierce man in my life. I forget to conceal my facial expression. He’s the definition of man and . . . and . . . sex. Literally, that is his appeal. Its pull is soft and warm and persuasive. I find myself admiring his intelligent eyes, so dark they seem black. Tattoos or markings, or whatever those things are, accent his strong brow, contour his cheekbones, and one on his chin creates a goatee effect. I can tell by his facial stubble that he would have dark brown hair. I notice he’s breathing a little heavy, like he had run to catch up with the others. Given how fit he is, he must have come some distance.

He eyes me carefully, first with disbelief and then disgust. He claps his hands together suddenly, and laughs, meanly, causing me to jump a little. The spell is only partly broken.

“So this is what ESE sends?” His voice is deep and melodic. “A female . . . child,” he adds, eyeing my face.


Journalist Lesley Young never thought she would delve into the world of writing fiction, but when she sat down for the first time to put pen to paper, ideas for what would become her first novel just poured out naturally. Young’s first book, “Sky’s End,” is a multi-genre tale that showcases her unique style of weaving romance, action and wit into one page-burning story.

Young was born in Edmonton, Alberta in Canada. She holds an arts degree from the University of Alberta and a journalism degree from the University of Victoria.

Young now lives in Loretto, Ontario where she works as a journalist, freelance writer and editor for health, décor and business magazines. Since 2008, Young has written more than 300 articles for print and online media including Profit, Toronto Life, MSN Green, and Elle Canada among others. She is a regular contributor to Reader’s Digest, Best Health, Canadian Living and House and Home Magazine.

Young has won three gold honors for feature stories from the National Business Magazine Awards and another top media award from the Canadian Dermatology Association.

Soul Mate Publishing released “Sky’s End” on July 15 in paperback and e-book and since its launch, it has remained an Amazon Best Seller. The novel is Young’s first installment in a series about Cassiel Winters, a futuristic heroine, and her outer space escapades.

LesleyYoungBooks.com

Facebook.com/CassielWintersSeries

Twitter: @LesleyYoungBks

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http://www.amazon.com/Skys-Cassiel-Winters-Lesley-Young-ebook/dp/B00DXV8G9K/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1385512973&sr=8-1&keywords=%22sky%27s+end%22

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Unconventional Fling by Allyson Lindt - interview and giveaway


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Allyson will be awarding a $10 Amazon gift card and ecopies of her books Conflict of Interest and Toeing the Line to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Now, enjoy hearing from Allyson as she stops in to be grilled, uh answer some questions for us. Welcome, Allyson.

Thanks so much for having me here today!

Why do you write in your genre? What draws you to it?

I’ve always preferred to writing in a contemporary (or near future) environment, even when I dabbled in fantasy. There are so many fascinating aspects of today’s world to touch on, that I like to dig under the edges and pry out the details. And since I’m a technology and gaming geek, I like to read and write about people who live and play in my world.

As far as romance is concerned, that wasn’t as clear to me. I used to write lots of stories with ambiguous endings, where people may or may not move on with their lives. But then I discovered the happily ever after/happily for now. There’s something warming, not just about seeing characters end up together, but watching them grow enough to be happy in those relationships.

What research (or world-building – for fantasy/paranormal/Sci-fi) is required?

Because most of my stories at least touch a little on technology, and the corporations who create it, I always have to be on top of my game. Knowing what publications talk about new tech, knowing where the trade shows are, all that stuff is important. And then getting to explore the places these things happen. Even if it’s just virtually, visiting new cities and seeing new technological developments is always fun.

Name one thing you learned from your hero/heroine.

The character arc is so important to me (as I mentioned above, I think even fictional people need to learn and grow), so I learn something every one of my heroes and heroines. Unconventional Fling was a unique on that front, though. My heroine, Jade, lives the life I always thought I wanted when I was younger. Traveling most of the time for work, seeing the world, and not being tied down.

And she realizes it’s a lonely existence. She never stops loving seeing so many new places, but she reaches a point where she wants someone to share it with who can both understand her wanderlust, and at the same time give her an anchor point when she’s tired. Experiencing that through her eyes was very enlightening.

Do you have any odd or interesting writing quirks, habits or superstitions?

Erm… I’m not big on superstition, but I do have one habit/quirk. I get bored writing in the same location over and over. I do my best creating in the morning, before my brain is cluttered with the world around me. So I’m currently on a mission to visit every non fast food breakfast spot in the valley, one at a time on weekends, to write. I take a pen and a notebook, and I drink coffee while I plot.

Are you a plotter or pantser?

Both. It’s a 60/40 thing. I can’t start writing a story unless I have a very loose outline. A list of chapters, pivotal plot moments, and a loose idea of the beginning, middle, and end. However, I have yet to have a story turn out the way I plotted it. As I begin to write, and the characters and situations demand things that are different from my vision, I change, I adapt, and in the end my outline becomes more of a suggestion than a road map.

Look to your right – what’s sitting there?

One of our cats. We’ve got four. This one is a long haired gray tabby who’s curled up on an empty office chair. He’s seven years old, and still a kitten at heart, and I know if I were to pick him up right now, he’d stretch, he’d shove his face in mine, and then he’d curl up in my arms and go back to sleep.

Anything new coming up from you? What?

I always have *something* in the works ;) On February 10, my Valentine’s Day novella, Operation: Cupid was released. She wants the love of her life back, he’s going to teach her how to move on. When the past and the present collide, neither is prepared for the results.

I also have a new category romance series currently in the works. I can’t share many details at this point, but my geeky heroes still have the alpha expansion pack, my heroines still hold their own in a boardroom, and in the end, the cubicle dwellers find their happily ever afters.

Do you have a question for our readers?

I absolutely do, I always love to get to know readers better. So tell me, readers, what books are you reading right now, and would you recommend them?

Jade is in Nashville on her third week of a month-long business trip. She doesn't mind seeing a new city every week, but she's dragging after so many without a break. When a sexy stranger wants to share her breakfast table, she welcomes the change in scenery. The easy banter and teasing that dances behind the eyes of the handsome voice actor have her wondering if just this once, a one-night stand might be worth her time.

Brandon is tired of the playboy image that comes with his cult-celebrity status. When he meets a business woman with a travel schedule as hectic as his, she lights a spark deep inside. The problem is, he's hoping for something long-term, and she's hesitant to start anything that will become long-distance. With less than three days before they go their separate ways, Brandon has to show Jade there's more to them than just an unconventional fling.
Enjoy an excerpt:

Jade tried to keep her gait casual when Brandon fell into step beside her on the short path back to the elevator. He was close enough that his arm occasionally brushed hers, and the soft scent of soap and cinnamon teased her. The group waiting for the next available car grew, and he pressed closer, arm resting against her back, to make more room for the people around them.

“So.” His voice was low enough she was certain only she could hear it; his warm breath brushing her ear. “You don’t mind being the one on the other side of the glass?”

The tentative rein she had on her imagination snapped, images and possibilities danced through her thoughts. She kept her response soft. “If the situation is right.”

The doors slid open, and people spilled into the waiting car. He maneuvered himself behind her, his chest close enough to her back to brush her shirt, but not quite touching her. His question was hot against her skin as the car rose. “For instance, someone directly behind you, where the only thing anyone on the outside sees is a glimpse? A hint?”

She didn’t know what was more enticing, the fantasies he was evoking or how close he stood. The elevator slid to a stop. He rested a hand on her hip. “My floor. Enjoy work.”

He stepped around her and was gone, the doors closing behind him.

About the Author:
Allyson Lindt is a full-time geek and a fuller-time contemporary romance author. She was lucky enough to marry her muse and soul mate. When they’re not spending way too much time gaming, they’re building new worlds together. She loves a sexy happily-ever-after and helping deserving cubicle dwellers find their futures together.

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The Illustrious Client by Sandra de Helen - Review and Giveaway


(Mystery)



This review is in conjunction with a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Sandra will be awarding a $25 Powell's gift card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Book Two of the Shirley Combs and Dr. Mary Watson series, THE ILLUSTRIOUS CLIENT, shows us the private investigator and her sidekick sharing an office, and introduces their receptionist, Lix. They are hired to influence a young international pop star, Oceane Charles, to pry her away from her older, richer, player of a girlfriend. The cast is made up of people with various ethnicities and backgrounds, and of course the job soon includes solving a murder mystery. Along the way, Mary discovers her latent lesbianism. Set in Portland, Oregon on a superyacht, in a hospital VIP room, at Rose Festival, and other fun places.

My review:

Ms. de Helen gives us an interesting twist on the Sherlockian canon. Instead of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson solving crimes, we have Shirley Combs and Dr. Mary Watson. Instead of Victorian England, we have the present. However, one thing we do have in common with the Holmes' legacy is a good mystery.

This is the second book of the series--The Illustrious Client is loosely based on Doyle's The Adventure of the Illustious Client, with the addition of the modern setting and a look into Mary Watson's personal life and her discovery of latent lesbian tendencies.

The mystery itself, though, as in the Holmes' books, is the most important part of the book. Sandra does a good job at supplying enough suspects to make the mystery worthwhile. It's an easy book to read and I'm looking forward to reading more in this series.

Four Flowers.

Enjoy an excerpt:

After breakfast, I left my new Smart Car parked on the street, and we took Shirley’s Mercedes up Terwilliger the back way to OHSU. Typical June morning, overcast and cool, a bit misty, especially up there in the hills. People were arriving for work as we pulled into the visitors’ garage and began circling, looking for a parking space. These were the people who ran the offices, managed the clinics, worked in the pharmacy. Nurses and doctors were on different shifts, ten or twelve hours, starting at ungodly hours that gave them un-rush hours and more stress hormones shooting through their veins.

Because I visited Zaro the day before, we knew exactly where to go to find Oceane. When we arrived at the VIP room, there were no carts standing in the halls, no noise from other patients, nothing like a usual hospital experience—so long as we remained outside her door. Shirley rapped sharply. Within a couple of seconds, Oceane, opened the door just a sliver and whispered “she’s sleeping.”

“We’re here to see you, Ms. Charles.”

About the Author:
Sandra de Helen’s books as well as short stories are available at bookstores, libraries, and online. Her poetry and plays are published in several journals. Samples of her works are on her website SandradeHelen.com. Even though she says she isn't a "joiner," de Helen is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Oregon Writers Colony, the Golden Crown Literary Society, and International Centre for Women Playwrights. Like her at FaceBook.com/drmarywatson, follow her on Twitter @dehelen, and read her blog at RedCrested.com. She lives with her cat Stanton in Portland, Oregon where they both type.

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

A Burning Truth by Joyce Proell - Spotlight and Amazon GC giveaway!

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Joyce will be awarding a $20 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

MEDIA KIT a_burning_truth_ecover (2)There’s no shortage of deadly deeds in 1881 Chicago as school administrator Cady Delafield and entrepreneur Doyle Flanagan plan their wedding. When one of Doyle’s workers is brutally killed he must use his considerable power to stop a mysterious enemy bent on destroying his reputation and business empire. But as Cady and Doyle struggle to keep their marriage on track, the murder victims might not be the only casualties.


Enjoy an excerpt:

Doyle sat in the carriage, his brain frozen and his limbs unable to move. He watched Cady run up the steps and disappear into Ophelia’s impenetrable stone manor. When the front door boomed shut with the noise of a cannon blast, he jumped. He lurched forward and exploded out of the vehicle. She wasn’t getting rid of him so easily. In fact, she wasn’t getting rid of him at all. He had a voice in the matter. He intended to be heard.

Just as soon as he thought it, his steps faltered and he ground to a stop.

“Damn!”

Now was not the time to try to reason with her, not when she was in a cold fury. He pumped a fist against a thigh and stared at the mansion’s rock façade, aware her current state of mind was as solid and unshakable. Even if he managed to get beyond the front door, she wouldn’t listen. Not now.

His head fell back. A piercing ache tore through him, as if his heart and soul had been shredded and tossed aside. Gunmetal storm clouds reeled over the sky, bleak and threatening. The bite in the air made his cheeks sting. Inside he was hollowed and gutted. His fingers curled and uncurled. Muscles coiled, he pivoted with a fierce twist, snapped an order to Phelps then threw himself back into the carriage. His next move must be deployed with utmost care. The carriage jolted forward and thrust him back against the seat cushion. She needed time to cool. Then he’d be back, and she’d listen to what he had to say.

About the Author:Joyce grew up in Minnesota and attended college and grad school in Chicago. After working in mental health, she retired at a young age to write full-time. Her first book, Eliza, was published in 2012. A Burning Truth is the second in the Cady Delafield series. When she isn’t writing mysteries or historical romances, she loves to travel, walk, read, and do crossword puzzles. She and her husband make their home in rural Minnesota in her very own little house on the prairie.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

The Temptation of Laura by Rachel Brimble - Interview and Giveaway


This post is part of a virtual book organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Rachel will be awarding a $25 Amazon gift certificate to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Welcome back to It's Raining Books, Rachel. Why do you write in your genre? What draws you to it?

As well as Victorian romance, I also write contemporary romance and romantic suspense. I love alternating the sub-genres because it keeps (I hope) my writing fresh and interesting. My books run to around 85-90,000 words and when I finish a project set in today’s world, there’s nothing more exciting to me than re-entering England in the late 19th century. I have so much fun telling stories from two very different environments and social practices…yet the emotions of the characters always remain the same. Love, loss, jealousy, revenge and joy are universal and timeless.

What research is required?

I am lucky enough to live just a short, thirty-minute drive from the famous city of Bath, England so chose to set my historical romances there because I can come and go so easily. Bath is rich in history from the Roman times, through to Regency and Victorian eras. The buildings have hardly changed over the years and the museums are fantastic. It’s a pleasure to visit Bath under the banner of research – I often use real buildings, churches and settings but the plots and themes need very little research because they are so emotion based.

Name one thing you learned from your hero/heroine.

Laura (my heroine) – tenacity makes anything possible.
Adam (my heroine) – true happiness is more often than not found in the place you were least expecting or where you were seeking to find it.
Do you have any odd or interesting writing quirks, habits or superstitions?

No – does that make me boring? Lol! I write the entire time my kids are at school and once they are home, I write as often as physically possible. I use a Mac laptop and tend to write sitting on the sofa with my snoring black Lab beside me. I need absolute silence to create but often edit and complete promo work while household chaos erupts around me. Are you a plotter or pantser?

A mix of the two – I start each book with an idea or premise and then write a two-three page synopsis and character sketches for my hero and heroine (and villain, if I have one). After that, I start writing. I complete the first draft from start to finish without looking back. It’s in the following drafts that the real work begins…

Look to your right – what’s sitting there?

Right now, my husband. I am completing this interview while he’s watching Gandhi on TV. It’s the weekend so the whole family is home…and avoiding the downpour outside! Such is the UK…

Anything new coming up from you? What?

My next book is actually due out next week – “What Belongs To Her” is my third book with Harlequin Superromance and the third book in my Templeton Cove series. It is a contemporary romance featuring a brand new hero and heroine…with lots of cameo appearances from existing characters from the first two books.

Here’s the blurb and buy links:

She's ready to take back what's hers.

Since the moment a local crime boss claimed ownership of her family's fairground, Sasha Todd has dreamed of righting the wrong. Now it's time to act, and backing down from the man's estranged son is definitely not an option. After all, giving up her legacy to hot-blooded John Jordon means losing the chance to finally heal the wounds in her past. Stopping John in his tracks—and resisting the sizzle between them—is Sasha's best defense. But there's more to him than she thought, which changes everything. With what matters most at stake, she'll have to risk a brand-new future with John, or walk away from the man whose heart belongs to her.

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Do you have a question for our readers?

Do you like series books set in the same town or with returning characters? If yes, which series is your favorite?  

About the Author:
Rachel lives with her husband and two young daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. In 2012, she sold two books to Harlequin Superromance and a further three in 2013. She also writes Victorian romance for Kensington--her debut was released in April 2013 and she has since signed for three more.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family and beloved black Lab, Max. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.

She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!

Website: http://rachelbrimble.com
Blog: http://rachelbrimble.blogspot.co.uk/
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Laura Robinson has always been dazzled by the glamour of the stage. But perhaps acting and selling one’s favors are not so different—for Laura must feign pleasure with the men she beds to survive. Now, with her only friend at death’s door and a ruthless pimp at her heels, escaping her occupation seems impossible. Hoping to attract a gentleman, she attends the theater. Yet the man Laura captivates is no customer, but a rising star and playwright…

Adam Lacey has been driven to distraction since the moment he saw Laura. She is his ideal leading lady come to irresistible life—and so much more. Certain they can make the perfect team on and off stage, he is determined to win her heart—and discover her story. But that is precisely what Laura fears. And she has no idea that Adam harbors shameful secrets of his own. Will the truth free them to love—or destroy all their dreams…?

Struck by Clarissa Johal - Book Blast and Giveaway

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2_24 Cover_STRUCKThe shadows hadn't been waiting.
The shadows had been invited.

After a painful breakup, Gwynneth Reese moves in with her best friend and takes a job at a retirement home. She grows especially close to one resident, who dies alone the night of a terrific storm. On the way home from paying her last respects, Gwynneth is caught in another storm and is struck by lightning. She wakes in the hospital with a vague memory of being rescued by a mysterious stranger. Following her release from the hospital, the stranger visits her at will and offers Gwynneth a gift--one that will stay the hands of death. Gwynneth is uncertain whether Julian is a savior or something more sinister... for as he shares more and more of this gift, his price becomes more and more deadly.

Read this excerpt:

A loud ‘crack’ sounded and an iridescent white light surrounded her. Two things registered: a searing pain that ripped down her back and the ground which seemed to be pulled away from her at an alarming speed.

* * * *


Blackness.

Pain shot through the back of Gwynneth’s head as she opened her eyes. Somebody was standing over her. She tried to focus on the face, but it hurt too much. A cool hand slid across her forehead. She opened her eyes again.

Pale, almost white eyes. High cheekbones, aquiline nose, and a well-shaped mouth. Long, white hair. Ageless. Beautiful, like a Michelangelo. All of those details registered with clarity before agony ripped through her body. She arched her back and cried out. The man murmured something into her ear which she couldn’t understand. She could feel the vibration of his voice and his breath on her neck as he gathered her in his arms. She opened her eyes and saw lightning fork to the ground silently behind him. She blacked out again.

2_24 struck Clarissa Johal headshotAbout the Author:Clarissa Johal has worked as a veterinary assistant, zoo-keeper aide and vegetarian chef. Writing has always been her passion. When she’s not listening to the ghosts in her head, she’s dancing or taking photographs of gargoyles. She shares her life with her husband, two daughters and every stray animal that darkens the doorstep. One day, she expects that a wayward troll will wander into her yard, but that hasn’t happened yet.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Blind Mercy by Violetta Rand - Interview and Giveaway


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We would like to welcome Violetta Rand who agreed to come here and be grilled, I mean--answer some questions for us. First, Violetta, how would you spend ten thousand bucks?

I’d take a long trip with my husband to Norway or Israel.

That sounds like fun. What are 5 things within touching distance?

A pile of books, telephone, bouquet of flowers in my favorite vase, my computer, and Simon, my mini schnauzer.

Do you have a crush on anyone?

My husband.

What is your least favorite word?

F-bombs in public. There’s certainly situations where it’s tolerable, even necessary to get a point across, but I think its way overused in general conversation.

Can you tell us a little bit about your book?

The Sigurdsson family legacy continues…

A woman who prayed for a hero…

Orphaned at a young age, Rachelle Fiennes prayed for a hero to rescue her from her tragic life in England. When her only kinsman goes missing after the Battle of Stamford Bridge, Rachelle braves the aftermath of the battlefield to find him.

A man who lost everything…

Damned by the gods for surviving the bloodiest defeat in Norse history, Jarl Tyr Sigurdsson is still determined to get home. Hiding until nightfall so he can escape to his ship, his dangerous endeavor is disrupted when he’s accidently discovered by a beautiful Saxon.

Brought together by war, Rachelle and Tyr face many obstacles. Can sworn enemies find peace through love, or will fate be cruel?

About the Author:
Violetta Rand holds a bachelor's degree in Environmental Policy and a master's degree in Environmental Management. Serving as an environmental scientist in the state of Alaska for over seven years, she enjoys the privilege of traveling to remote places few people have the opportunity to see.

Violetta has been "in love" with writing since childhood. Struck with an entrepreneurial spirit at a young age, at five, she wrote short stories illustrated by her best friend and sold them in her neighborhood. The only thing she loves more than writing is her wonderful relationship with her husband, Jeff. She enjoys outdoor activities, reading whatever she can get her hands on, music, and losing herself in the ancient worlds she enjoys bringing to life in the pages of her stories.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Changeup by Rhonda Shaw - Review and Giveaway



(Contemporary Romance)




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Playing for keeps

After nine years of striking out in the dating department, Maddie Hamlin is throwing in the towel. But just as this mom resolves to remain single, she meets sweet and sexy pitching phenom Chase Patton at a family dinner. He’s perfect for her aside from the fact he’s only twenty-two.

Chase knows he should be focusing on his rookie year with the Detroit Rockets, but he can’t stop thinking about Maddie. He doesn’t care that the beautiful school counselor is twelve years older, and he’s already lost his heart to her adorable daughter. When an incredible date leads to an incredible night of passion, he knows he never wants to let her go.

But dating in the media spotlight is a whole new ball game. Maddie quickly discovers that not everyone accepts their unconventional relationship and that finding love may mean losing everything else…

Here's my review:

This is a charmer of a love story between an older woman and a younger man, but Maddie is definitely no cougar. In fact, she does everything she can do to prevent the attraction between her and Chase growing into anything else--not only because of his age but because she's under the understanding that he is dating her niece.

Chase is mature for his years, and he doesn't see anything wrong with pursuing a relationship with Maddie. After all, they get on well together and he adores her daughter.

Rhonda Shaw does a wonderful job of portraying all the characters--even the secondary characters are fleshed out so you can almost believe they are real people. The pacing of the story couldn't be any better, and this reader came to care so much about Maddie and Chase that when it looked like everything was turning against them it hurt my heart.

I'm not normally a fan of sports-themed books, but I enjoyed this one so much, I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series, which features two of the secondary characters from this book.

Four Flowers. Enjoy this excerpt:

“Lift your left foot there, that’s right, and bring your arm back to here. You feel that?” Chase asked as he held her right arm up, his warm hand moving slowly from her elbow to her wrist. He angled his body and she could feel the feel length of him pressed against her, leaving almost nothing to the imagination. “And then you’re going to bring it through and follow through to here.”

Maddie nodded. Could she feel that? She could feel nothing but that! The breadth and solidness of his chest against her back as he leaned over her made her want to turn and worship its strength. Her butt was snug against his front and she didn’t even want to think about what she could bump into if she moved even the slightest inch. His breath was warm on her neck and his lips were right by her ear making her mouth water. Her skin started to tighten and tingle as the air seemed to clog in her throat, and she could feel her cheeks burning. Her reactions, all of them, were shocking. Had it been that long that any touch from a male was going to set her off? Did it not matter that he was many—way too many—years her junior? Her mind screamed, asking what the hell she was thinking, but her body was happily ignoring the alarms.


About the Author:After writing one mind numbing technical document after another, Rhonda Shaw decided to combine her love of writing with her love of reading romance. Born in California, but transplanted to the Midwest, Rhonda is a warm weather girl to the bone. She works in the software development industry and was a lifelong dancer until her body told her it was time to come down off her toes. For more information about Rhonda and her books, please visit her website at http://www.rhondashaw.com. Connect with her on Twitter or Facebook.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Wyoming Heather by DeAnn Smallwood - Virtual Tour and Giveaway


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Thanks to DeAnn for answering all our prying questions.

Why do you write in your genre? What draws you to it?

Actually, I write in two genre’s: Historical romance and suspense/thriller. I have to say, though, the historical romance is my favorite genre. I do enjoy writing the suspense/thriller because it makes me step out of my box/comfort zone. It’s harder for me to write these books, but I enjoy pitting my mind against the serial killers in both of my books. I’m writing a series of three in this genre. Death Crosses The Finish Line is out now and available on Amazon and SoulMate Publishing. Death Is A Habit will be out the first of 2014. To keep my suspense/thrillers separate from my historical romances, I write them under the pen name of D.M. Woods. I’m currently working on the third in this series, Death Walks C Dock.

Now to my historical romances. I don’t know if I chose this genre or it chose me. I think I must have lived in the 1800’s, settling the western frontier. The rugged west and the people call to me. I try to make my characters believable, strong, and compassionate. It’s a challenge not to slip into modern technology or language. Wyoming Heather is a book depicting the strength required of a woman facing life alone in the harsh Wyoming mountains.

What research is required?

I do quite a bit of research for my novels. When writing suspense/thrillers, I have to research weapons, poisons, and language and background. Writing the historical romances, I am constantly researching what was available during the 1800’s. You don’t want to put in something only to find it wasn’t invented or made until the 1900’s. In Wyoming Heather, I researched veterinary procedures and medicines, cattle drives from Cheyenne Wyoming, the orphan train, and skills needed to run a ranch. A lot of the time I don’t know what research will be required. I start writing and suddenly I want to include something that needs more background. I really like this part of my writing. It sets the mood for my books.

Name one thing you learned from your heroine.

I learned compassion. Heather is a strong woman…she has to be. She’s taking on a man’s role by running her ranch alone without a man by her side. She’s proud of her accomplishments, but she’s woman enough to recognize she’s lonely. Heather welcomes into her life children and animals, caring for them with love and compassion. She doesn’t stop there. She brings into her home Molly McVee, a lonely woman starved for a home. As I travel with Heather, facing her many challenges, I’m drawn into her ability to give freely of her love and understanding. I based my character on my granddaughter, Heather, who is also a lover and healer of animals.

Any odd or interesting writing quirks, habits or superstitions?

Only a couple (wink). I like the door to my office closed while I’m writing. I also like absolute quiet. I think this is because I’m usually in another time era, living my story. I really resent it when I’m interrupted. It’s a jolt to have my door open or the phone ring and bring me back to present day, 2013. I never tell my plot or much about what I’m writing. I find that if I do this, I have less incentive to put it down on paper. It’s kinda like I’ve already told the story. I might share the title. Sometimes I write out on our patio when it’s warm and summery. Aren’t laptops great? I lost my beloved daughter dog, my little Yorkie, Jesse, a few years ago. Since then, you will find a Jesse in all of my books be it adult or child, man or woman. I dedicated my book, Tears In The Wind, to Jesse and all who have suffered through just such a loss.

Plotter or pantser?

Pantser. Oh, I write down a few sentences about what I might put in the story. Sometimes I even follow what I wrote. More often than not, what I think will fit doesn’t. I always have the title before I start the story. But like the yellow page ad says: I let my fingers do the walking. I love to see what flies from the end of them. I did read an article that encourages writers to be plotters. It was very interesting and someday I might try it. But I’m afraid that if I get too technical, I’ll lose what ability I have. Writing is a thrill for me. It brings me great joy. There’s nothing like seeing your book in print.

Look to your right-what’s sitting there?

My printer and a window that looks out onto our patio and garden spot. In the summer I can see birds eating at the feeder. And in the cold Colorado winter, I can look out and see them drinking out of the small wash tub of water we keep a heater in so it doesn’t freeze over. Now if you were to ask what I see behind me, I’d have to say my Yorkie son, Eli. I sit on the edge of my office chair, facing the computer, and Eli (all five pounds of him) jumps onto the back of the chair, curls up, and lays there while I write. If I pull a chair over to the window, and put a comfy pillow in it, Stormy, my four pound Yorkie daughter, will sit there. She looks out the window hoping to see a stray cat brave enough to dash through the back yard. They rarely do, but hey, it’s a chance.

Anything new coming up from you? What?

Yep. Two new books. As I mentioned above, I’m working on Death Walks C Dock. However, it has taken a back seat to another historical novel I’m writing, Montana Man. This story has taken me over. I’m totally in love with Jesse and Wisteria, my two main characters. Hopefully, I’ll have it completed in the next few months, ready to start the dreaded editing. I have to tell you I have many, many stories just waiting to be written. I write down the titles and a few paragraphs, hit save, then try to forget them while I concentrate on the one at hand.

Do you have a question for our readers?

This is great…I get to ask a question. Sure I do. Do you like books where the male character takes the lead or do you want the woman the focal point of the story? Do you like the hero and heroine to be handsome and beautiful? Do you like books to be a certain length? Oops, that’s more than one question. Sorry.

This has been fun. I hope I’ve given you some insight to me and my writing. Next to writing, my greatest pleasure is having my books read and enjoyed. Truly, I mean this!

Heather is a spirited, independent woman living alone on a ranch left to her by her parents. She is also a healer of animals, domestic and wild. A woman doing a man's work, running a ranch that everyone said couldn't be done, not in this untamed, vastly unsettled land, in the mid 1800's. The ranch had everything she needed except water. She stole that from a neighboring abandoned ranch watched over by a lonely cabin and a grave.

He rode alone, coming back after five years to an empty cabin, a run-down ranch, and a grave on a hill. A former Texas Ranger burnt out on life and afraid to love. Whip had spent five years hunting the man that took his wife's life and left him to die.

Whip and Heather meet in an explosive moment on the banks of the Powder River. Both lonely, both drawn to one another, and both stubbornly fighting the attraction.

Whip vowed he would take up his dream abandoned five years ago and make his beloved ranch profit and to put aside the sweet linger of all memories shared by him and his wife. The ranch would be a jealous mistress occupying his every thought and every minute. He had no time or desire for a woman much less a pair of runaways from The Orphan Train, stowaways in Whip’s wagon and onto the Powder River Ranch.

But fate heeds no one or no thing. The criminal from Whip’s past reemerges in the present. Now, Heather is in danger and Whip stand, once again on the cusp of loss. Fate shows a strong, willful woman, full of love and compassion, just what she’s been missing in her life. And it shows a calloused Texas Ranger that Heather and love does flourish on the Wyoming plains.


Now enjoy an excerpt:

Her mouth was dry, her clothes filthy. She was wearing not only the dust of the land, but hair and blood from the calves she’d spent the morning branding. Hair, blood, and dust.

Some perfume, she thought with disdain. I’m a real lady.


I live in Colorado with my husband and my two Yorkie kid dogs: Stormy, four pounds, and Eli, six pounds. I’m a native of Colorado, but I lived several years in Wyoming and Montana. I draw from these beautiful states for much of my material. My historical romances are: Montana Star, Sapphire Blue, Unconquerable Callie, and Wyoming Heather. Tears In The Wind is a contemporary romance. Then I changed genres from my beloved romances and wrote, under the pen name of D. M. Woods, my first suspense/thriller: Death Crosses The Finish Line. The second book in this ‘death’ series, Death Is A Habit, will be out later this year. Truly, I mean it when I say my greatest pleasure next to writing is having my books read and enjoyed. There are many more stories just waiting to be written and enjoyed.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Secondhand Romance by Roseann DeFranco - Spotlight and Giveaway

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MEDIA KIT SecondhandRomance_w7433_750Annie O'Malley's dream of owning a secondhand bookstore in tight-knit Audubon Springs is coming true. Still reeling from her parents' sudden deaths, she believes that signs or messages can be found within the pages of books. She loves her job and has made plenty of friends but longs for the acceptance only love and a family can provide.

Tony Iuliano is there to fix the wiring in her shop. He doesn't believe in fate, magic, or the power of a good book. All this combined with his sexy-as-sin presence and all-knowing attitude infuriates Annie. The quirky bookworm intrigues him enough to accept her bet to read a book from her shop. When he discovers a stack of fifty-year-old love letters in the book, he wants to leave the past alone, but seeing it as a sign, Annie challenges him to read the letters and search for the long-lost lovers or lose the bet.

While shaking the dust off several ill-fated romances and fighting their attraction at every turn, the pair soon become the town gossip daily special. If they can stop arguing long enough, they may just discover this particular sign was meant for them all along.


Enjoy this excerpt:

“You should leave.” In a few jerky strides she reached the door and swung it open. “Until you can admit why you’re here, I don’t want you here.”

His hand came out of nowhere, startling her. He pushed the door shut and stood behind her, towering over, surrounding her with his heat. “What were you thinking, leaving with Quinn?” His voice rough in her ear, set her every nerve ending on fire.

Shaking, she turned to face him, but he didn’t step back. Instead he leaned on his forearm against the door above her head. Their mouths nearly collided. His scent, of the ball field and man, filled her lungs.

“I didn’t leave with him, he followed me out.” Unlike with Quinn, where she wanted to flee, she wanted Tony to lean forward, press his body against hers, give in to the desire in his eyes, and the heat rolling from him wrapping her in delicious waves.

His gaze shifted to her mouth, he licked his lips then looked back in her eyes. She bit her lower lip. Kiss me! His eyes drifted to her mouth again. He cupped her jaw with his free hand, looked in her eyes, then stepped away with a low curse. “What am I doing?”

“That’s what I’d like to know?” Stunned and frustrated, she leaned against the door. Blood pumped in her ears, a mix of desire and boiling anger. Impossible! How many times was he going to do this to her? Bring her to the edge of desire only to turn away? Maybe she needed to ask, how many times she’d let him? Chest heaving, she looked at him, a solid wall of muscle and conflicted man.

She’d come to this precipice with him as many times as it took.

About the Author:RoseAnn DeFranco grew up in upstate NY with her nose in a book and a song in her heart. Following the pursuit of a musical theatre career in NYC, she turned her creative energy to writing romance. RoseAnn blogs about her writing experiences with her critique partners at www.thevioletfemmes.com. A NJ shore transplant, she enjoys time spent at the beach with her family. She would love to one day live in a quaint shore town like the fictional town Audubon Springs from her BROTHERS OF AUDUBON SPRINGS series. More information about these Contemporary Romantic Comedies can be found at www.radefranco.com. You can also keep up with her on Facebook and www.thevioletfemmes.com; @radefranco;

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Captured Lies by Maggie Thom-- Review

She was kidnapped not once but twice and now someone wants her dead because of it...

Her life was a lie!

Bailey knew her upbringing wasn’t normal but she’s worked hard to stabilize her life. At 29, she finally has a good business, a stable home; her life is miles from that of her childhood. Then suddenly her mother dies, leaving a gaping hole and a discovery that they may not even be related. If Guy, the private investigator is to be believed, her life is a lie. Using the skills she learned on the streets, Bailey travels back through a sketchy and dangerous past, to find answers. Dodging bullets, staying ahead of those who want her dead and convincing Guy she can do it alone, are making it difficult to discover not only the secrets of her mother’s past but that of a family claiming she is theirs.

Everyone seems to have a story... but who’s telling the truth? And who wants her dead? Is Guy part of the solution? Or part of the problem? To discover the facts, she’ll have to untangle a web of deceit, lies, and secrets, dating back over thirty years.

But can she do it in time...

My Review:

This is a fast-paced suspense that surrounds Bailey trying to figure out what is going on and not only who she truly is, but why everyone is suddenly wanting her dead.

I enjoyed this book, although there were a couple of points that it wasn't really clear to me how all the parties ended up at the same place at the same time. But, that did not effect the overall enjoyment of the book.

I liked the character of Bailey and understood her need to always be on guard--the lessons her mother instilled in her over her childhood were deep-rooted. And, I LOVED the character of Guy-- he was torn between his duty to his step-grandmother and his desire to protect Bailey.

The secondary characters were interesting and I would like to have known some of them better--perhaps if this is part of a series, I can get to know them better over time. There is still a lot of room for Guy and Bailey to grow both together and separately, and I would like to learn more about Graham.


About the Author:
Maggie Thom made the hard decision to freefall, leaving her successful, twenty year career in management, to follow her dream and passion to write full time. The leap has been adventurous and very enlightening. A long-time reader and writer, she was thrilled with the release of her first novel, Captured Lies in the fall of 2012 and her second novel, Tainted Waters released April 30th, 2013. She is busy writing her third novel, Deceitful Truths to be published late 2013 or early 2014. Having married her best friend, she is learning that humor, love and patience, help her navigate her way through her twins’ teen years.

She can be found at:

Website: www.maggiethom.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/authormaggiethom
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Friday, February 14, 2014

Life Flight by Shaunna Wolf - Virtual Tour and Giveaway


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Malachi Blackfeather has spent twenty years in the Army. Two of those years as a Vietnam POW. Now that he's out, all he wants is some peace and quiet to figure out what to do with the rest of his life. Between the flashbacks, and an over interest in sex that is now being called sex addiction, finding his path isn't easy.

Kat is trying to escape an abusive marriage. Her soon to be ex is a master at manipulating the system, and her family thinks she should stay with him, "because no other man will want her". She's looking for escape in any form she can get it.

When they meet, sparks fly. Trapped by a blizzard, can two damaged people, who think there is no chance of love in the world for them, find each other, and survive an unforeseen circumstance that puts both of them in danger?

Mystery, romance, and danger, fill this novel, with a story that will draw you in and not let go.


Now enjoy an excerpt:

The heater stood dark and cold. I should have gotten up after we were done. Filled it and restarted it. I hadn’t wanted to move. Still didn’t want to, despite the cold in the room. Dim light streamed in through the window, sleety snow still battered the glass. Shook the door in its frame. How long could this blizzard go on?

I tightened my arms around Kat. Forever. Then she would have to stay right in this room with me--in my arms. Nothing made sense, everything my life had been for the last twenty-five years rang like a bad dream, a nightmare from the pits of Vietnam. So dead inside that any feeling fed me, woman after woman, man after man, no one let me hold on to what I felt for more than a few shared moments. Lies whispered to the tiny ember of my soul that I had left. This is the one, they told me, this one will make you feel, will bring you back to life.

They never did.

Kat ran her hand down my arm. Snuggled closer to me. A chill that had nothing to do with how cold the room had become, shook me. Spoke to me. I could again with her, and I knew I would keep feeling what I was. Alive. Warm. As if I had a soul inside me, not just a demon who preyed on others for my next fix of emotions.

“I should fill that heater and get us some warmth again.”

“Yeah, I suppose one of us should,” she said with no intention to do so in her voice.

I tightened the bear’s embrace I held her in, tangled my legs with hers. She pushed at my arm, wanted to make me let go of her.

“I don’t want to let go of you yet,” I said. If I let her go, the surging emotions inside me would vanish with the warmth of holding her.


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Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Green Rose by Stephanie Burkhart - Review and Giveaway


Fantasy Romance


This review is done in conjunction with a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Stephanie will be awarding a $25 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. You can see the other stops on the tour by clicking the tour banner.

On the continent of Gaia, evil is brewing. Turncoat wizard, Balthyser, kidnaps the kings of Dahaka and Tapin. He wants the green rose, a source of powerful magic.

Princess Sonia of Tapin is forced to hunt down the rose in exchange for her father's life. It's the ultimate betrayal of Gaia's peace, but she has no choice if she wants to save her father.

Prince Ivánstan of Dahaka accompanies her on the journey. Both face challenges and obstacles that test their strength of character during the hunt for the rose. Dare Sonia put her trust and faith in a man she hardly knows to secure Gaia's peace or will the continent's harmony be shattered forever?


My review:  I read this book cover-to-cover in one afternoon.  I was honestly surprised that I did, and it's a credit to the author's voice because, honestly, it's not a deep book, nor does it have a particularly challenging conflict.  However, I was fully engaged in the honestly written characters, once I got everyone sorted out -- there are a LOT of people here and, especially in the beginning, I found myself having to go back and figure out just who was who and how they all fit together!

The story is pretty simple and involves a quest of sorts as do most fantasies.  Ivan and Sonia are instantly attracted, and other than a difficulty in trusting men and the chance that their fathers may not give them permission to marry, there wasn't much keeping them apart.  I honestly never worried that they'd not be together, but I really enjoyed Ivan's straightforward behavior -- I'm certain that's why he was able to win Sonia's trust fairly easily.

The quest, too, wasn't particularly fraught with danger or worry.  Things seemed to be fairly simple for them, despite their footsteps being dogged by Sonia's ex-fiancé.  Still, again, it was engaging and so smooth to read. 

This is the second book by this author that I've read, and I'm truly impressed by her ability to craft characters that I care about.  Her plots may not be the most nail-bitingly suspenseful or particularly complex, but they're strong enough to keep my attention and the time I spend reading her books just flies by.  I wasn't a fan of the few words she used quirky spelling on, like "myles" instead of "miles" and "fyte" for "foot".  It wasn't necessary and was one of the few things that really distracted me as I read.

All-in-all, though The Green Rose was a book that engaged me, entertained me, and left me with a smile. What more can I ask?

This book easily earned 4 Flowers from me -- This was a very good book! I'd recommend it to my friends.

 
Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD. She was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire. She served 11 years in the US Army and currently calls Castaic, California her home. Stephanie was married in Denmark in 1991 and has two young sons. She adores chocolate, is addicted to coffee and enjoys early morning walks. She's also an assistant den leader for her son's Cub Scout den and is a Boy Scout mom. She writes paranormal, contemporary, and steampunk romance and has two children's books published with 4RV Publishing.

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