Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Spotlight Promo and Contest: MADE FOR US by Samantha Chase!

1. Tell us about your release.

Made for Us is the first book in the new Shaughnessy Brothers series. We start off with eldest brother Aiden who willingly took over caring for his siblings after their mother’s passing and has never looked back. He works to hard and, 17 years later, he’s still fiercely protective of his family.
Zoe Dalton is new to their North Carolina town and, as an interior designer, finds herself working with Aiden on his newest subdivision. Zoe is also dealing with the more recent loss of her mother and has made this cross-country move to heal and fulfill a promise she made.
Their relationship quickly grows as Zoe manages to draw Aiden out of his shell. Their problems start when Zoe interacts more with his family. It threatens the balance Aidan has spent a lifetime achieving and he’s not sure he’s ready for the change. Between work, family, hurricanes and two people who are still dealing with profound losses, their road to happily ever after is guaranteed to be a bumpy one.

2. What makes your story special to you?

This was a very emotional story to write. I’d just finished writing several books in the Montgomery series, but this was a story that had a lot more emotional aspects to it. More layers. I wanted readers to see the ugly side of grief and the times when people say stupid things and aren’t nice and that it’s okay. I think this is the most realistic relationship I’ve ever written.

3. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

In the third grade. No joke. I used to love to draw and we had an assignment due where we had to write a short story, but we had to also illustrate it. At first I was more excited about the drawing portion, but after I wrote the story, I thought that it was something I could do more of. I’ve been writing ever since. I hand-wrote my first romance in ninth grade – on loose leaf paper! I’m thankful every day for the invention of the computer!

4. What is a typical writing day like?

It varies a lot. When I’m deep into a story, I get up, go directly to my office, check emails and then start writing. I’ll write on and off from maybe ten in the morning until eleven at night. In between I’m on Facebook and do stuff around the house – and shower! – but for the most part I tend to stay focused on the story and try to get anywhere from 3,000-5,000 words done a day.
5. Do you have an interesting writing quirk or habit?
Not really. Although I do find when I hit the two-thirds part of a book, I suddenly cannot write a thing. Like…nothing. I can picture everything in my mind but my fingers refuse to cooperate. It’s the most painful part of every book for me.

6. What was one of the most surprising things you learned as a published author?

That there are mean people out there! Seriously, I was an avid reader who loved to leave reviews and when I got published (particularly when I was self-publishing) the review I got sometimes were just mean! They weren’t constructive or helpful to anyone, they were just attacks! I don’t see the point in doing something like that but it happens more and more and it makes me very sad.

7. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?

I taught creative writing to homeschoolers for many years. I had students at the high school level who shared with me how they were participating in National Novel Writing Month and getting copies of their stories in paperback and I thought, if they’re doing it, why can’t I? We used to talk about it during class and they started encouraging me! My husband was a big supporter and author Emilie Rose was so incredibly kind and gracious and took the time to invite me to coffee and encourage me to follow my dream. I’ll never forget that.

8. What does your family think about your career as a published author?

My husband walks in to my office at least once a week and just shakes his head. He’s always like “So you just decided to write a book.” And that’s really how it went. I just sat down one day and decided to do it. My kids think it’s cool but as for the rest of my family, it’s exhausting trying to explain to them how it all works! I feel like I spend a large portion of every conversation with my dad explaining to him what I’m doing and why I’m doing it and how my schedule goes and how long it takes for a book to come out. Both my parents have been incredibly supportive of my career.

9. Besides writing, what other interests do you have?

I’m an avid reader, I love to scrapbook, I’m a Disney World FANATIC – someday I may have to just get a condo there – and I’m addicted to HGTV and Scrabble.

10. Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for you writing wise?

There is a LOT of stuff coming up! In October, Sourcebooks is going to re-release my books “The Christmas Cottage” and “Ever After” as a duo in paperback and then in December we’ll see the release of the next Montgomery book, I’ll be There. In 2016 we’ll see another three Shaughnessy books along with the re-release of I think five of my backlist titles – most coming out in paperback for the very first time!

11. How can readers connect with you online?

I am all over the place online!
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Book Information
Title: Made For Us
Author: Samantha Chase
Release Date: August 4, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: The Shaughnessy Brothers, Book 1

Summary
Can't make time for love?
The Shaughnessy brothers have spent the years since their mother's untimely death taking care of each other and trying to make their father proud. Oldest son Aidan is hard-working, handsome, successful-and still single. Sure, he'd like to have his own family someday, but who has the time?

She'll show him how to find it
Zoe Dalton, a stunning designer Aidan meets on one of his construction jobs, has the beauty and heart to make Aidan realize how much he could be missing. But it's not easy to break down walls you've spent years building up. Now there's a major storm bearing down on the North Carolina coast, and it could be catalyst enough to force Aidan and Zoe into some major decisions of the heart.


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Author Biography

New York Times and USA Today Bestseller/contemporary romance writer Samantha Chase released her debut novel, Jordan's Return, in November 2011. Although she waited until she was in her 40's to publish for the first time, writing has been a lifelong passion. Her motivation to take that step was her students: teaching creative writing to elementary age students all the way up through high school and encouraging those students to follow their writing dreams gave Samantha the confidence to take that step as well.

When she's not working on a new story, she spends her time reading contemporary romances, playing way too many games of Scrabble or Solitaire on Facebook and spending time with her husband of 25 years and their two sons in North Carolina.

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Monday, August 03, 2015

Spotlight Review:

A DUKE BUT NO GENTLEMAN – Alexandra Hawkins 
A Masters of Seduction Novel 
St. Martin's Paperbacks 
ISBN: 978-1-250-06472-1 
July 2015 
Regency Romance 

England – 1792 

Lady Imogen Sunter is in London for the Season. She's not exactly enjoying being on display, and her mother, the Duchess of Trevett, is on the look-out for the appropriate husband for her. Imogen is not shy, but she is innocent, and very beautiful, so it is important that she be steered towards a man with an unsullied background. 

Tristan Bailey Rooke, Duke of Blackbern and his friend, Cason Brant, Marquess of Norgrave are known for their roguish ways. Tristan is trying to climb out of that disparaging behavior, but Norgrave makes it very difficult. Tristan meets the lovely Lady Imogen and is immediately smitten, but when Norgrave realizes this, he proposes a challenge for Tristan. Norgrave is determined to be the first to bed the young Imogen; can he win over her affection before Tristan can? To Tristan, this is going too far. He will fight to prevent Norgrave from having anything to do with Imogen. 

What Tristan doesn't know is that Imogen is interested in him, too. He is also unaware of the lengths to which his friend will go to conquer Imogen. The more interest Tristan shows in the girl, the more determined Norgrave is to conclude his plan. 

A DUKE BUT NO GENTLEMAN is part ofthe Masters of Seduction series. Tristan and Norgrave are well known for their less than stellar behavior, so when Tristan is linked with Imogen, her mother is not pleased. Plucky and outspoken, Imogen is still an innocent, and she is quite unprepared for the onslaught by Norgrave. 

Sensual and filled with plenty of surprises, A DUKE BUT NO GENTLEMAN is an excellent summer read. 

Jani Brooks

Sunday, August 02, 2015

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Friday, July 31, 2015

LADY EMILY'S EXOTIC JOURNEY WITH LILLIAN MAREK




Be sure to check out the contest at the end of this post!
 
Title: Lady Emily’s Exotic Journey
Author: Lillian Marek
Series: Victorian Adventures, #2
Pubdate: August 4th, 2015
ISBN: 9781492602293

From sensible, sheltered girl
Safe in the embrace of her loving family, Lady Emily Tremaine longs to feel more intensely alive. Surely the magic and mystery of Assyria and the fabled ruins of Nineveh will bring about the transformation she seeks.

To the woman his heart desires
Scarred by his past and estranged from his noble grandfather, French adventurer Lucien Chambertin desires neither a home nor the chains of emotional attachment. He seeks only to explore the far reaches of the world. But he did not know the world contained the likes of Lady Emily—whose curiosity and sense of wonder match his own.

Lillian Marek was born and raised in New York City. At one time or another she has had most of the interesting but underpaid jobs available to English majors. After a few too many years in journalism, she decided she prefers fiction, where the good guys win and the bad guys get what they deserve.
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This August marks the release of the second in Lillian Marek’s Victorian Adventures series, Lady Emily’s Exotic Journey!  To celebrate her new release, Lillian’s here to share a fact about the Victorian era she discovered during her research:

Contessa Maria della Torre, one of Garibaldi’s lovers, wore men’s clothes to take part in his campaign: a white braided hussar tunic, trousers, boots outside with spurs, a Spanish hat with plumes, and a sword which clanked as she walked.

An Excerpt:
           
Emily had left the tent, and Lucien began to turn to her to share his thoughts on the scene when he saw a puff of smoke and a glint of metal by one of the boulders on the cliff. At that moment a bullet ploughed into the deck beside him, and he heard the shot.
He flew across the feet separating them to knock Emily to the ground, covering her with his body. “Keep down,” he ordered when she tried to raise her head. More bullets fell about them, most splashing into the river. He had his pistol in his hand, but he could not see a target on the cliff. The Turkish troopers on the next raft were firing away but not to any useful purpose that he could see.
Meanwhile, the oarsmen on their raft, who had first dropped their oars in a panic, were now working madly to keep them from being dashed against the rocks as the current swept them around a curve. The skipper joined them, shouting encouragement, until a bend in the river had them out of sight of their attackers. As the wild rocking of their craft ceased and they resumed their placid drift, Lucien became aware of his more immediate surroundings.
To be precise, he became aware of Emily lying beneath him. A warm, soft Emily lying beneath him, a situation his own body found most agreeable. Her breasts were pressed against his chest, and he was positioned between her thighs. She was so soft, such a perfect match for him. She did not appear to be distressed by their position, for she was making no effort to extricate herself. Did she understand what their position was? Could she tell just how agreeable his body found this position? Because his body was reacting most strongly to this juxtaposition.
She was looking up at him with an expression of dazed surprise. He wondered if he was looking at her with the same expression. Her hands were sitting on his shoulders, not pushing him away but not drawing him down. Just touching him. Her lips were parted ever so slightly. In surprise? In invitation? He was close enough to feel the damp warmth of her breath. He was overcome with longing and began to lower his mouth to hers.


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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Spotlight Promo & Giveaway: SECOND CHANCE WITH A BILLIONAIRE by Jancie Maynard




SECOND CHANCE WITH A BILLIONAIREJanice Maynard
The Kavanaghs of Silver Glen, Book 5
Harlequin Desire #2392
ISBN: 978-0-373-73405-4
August 2015
Contemporary Series Romance

Silver Glen, North Carolina – Present Day

Ellie Porter broke Conor Kavanagh’s heart when they were teenagers after she moved away with her parents to South America and refused to keep in touch with him. Now a former ski champion and working at the family resort in Silver Glen, Conor’s heart skids to a stop one day when someone mentions Ellie and her twin brother, Kirby, are back in town to take care of their ailing grandfather. One night he runs into her in his brother’s bar, and she asks him to talk to Kirby, who had lost a foot in a hiking accident and is despondent. She also mentions that she’s a widowed mother of a little boy. Conor still feels this intense attraction to Ellie, but she makes it clear she does not want to get involved with any man. Is she still carrying a torch for her late husband?

Ellie has some deep secrets she’s hiding from everyone, including her twin. Her son and Kirby are the most important people in her life, along with taking care of her grandfather. The adult Conor is sexy and handsome, and he’s persistent in his pursuit of her. She tries to keep him at an arm’s length, hoping he will instead focus on helping her brother get through his issues. But fate throws them together, and soon their heated kisses turn to more. Can Ellie finally tell Conor the truth about why she’s afraid of commitment?

Conor has always been the loner Kavanagh and a lot of it is shaped by Ellie’s years ago rejection of continuing their relationship when she moved away. He has remained friends with Kirby, though they’ve lost contact the past few years. When Ellie approaches Conor about talking to her twin in order to lift his spirits, he agrees. One has to wonder if he agreed in order to get closer to Ellie once again. The sizzling attraction between them jumps out at them, making it hard to deny. She informs him that her first priority is her son, so while a sexual fling might happen, she’s not going to look for a deeper commitment with him. The older, more sensual Ellie intrigues Conor, but underneath her brave veneer lies a woman with secrets she hasn’t revealed to even her own twin. Can Conor unlock her secrets?

SECOND CHANCE WITH A BILLIONAIRE is part of the Kavanaghs of Silver Glen series by Janice Maynard, and while there is interaction with prior characters, this tale can be read as a standalone. The passion between Ellie and Conor is deep and satisfying, as neither seems to get enough of the other. But her late husband is a wall between them even if she insists she’s not in delayed mourning for him. When Ellie does finally tell Conor the truth in this tale, it does seem a bit rushed, but it doesn’t disturb the emotion and fervor that’s between them.

Filled with emotion and hot passion, SECOND CHANCE WITH A BILLIONAIRE is a book you won’t want to miss.

Patti Fischer

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Spotlight on LONE RIDER by B.J. Daniels



LONE RIDER – B.J.  Daniels
The Montana Hamiltons, Book2
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ISBN: 978-0-373-78841-5
August 2015
Romantic Suspense

Big Timber, Montana – Present Day

Cowboy Jace Calder is asked by his sister, Emily, to search for her boss, Bo Hamilton, after she fails to return from a camping trip into the Crazy Mountains. Jace learns from his sister that it was recently discovered there was money missing from the nonprofit foundation run by Bo. Is Bo really missing, or did she run off to avoid prosecution for possible embezzlement? Jace is not sure of the answer, but one thing he knows is that for his sister’s sake he’ll head up into the mountains to see if he can find Bo. But how will Bo react when they come face-to-face, considering their high school romance ended badly? But once Jace gets deep into the mountains, he fears that Bo may have met a fate worse than death.

Bo went on the trip into the mountains to clear her head so she could be ready to face the auditor who is investigating the foundation bank records. She didn’t steal the money, but she knows as its director she’d be eyed as the main suspect. Just as she is making her way back down the mountain, she comes into contact with a dangerous man on the run after a prison break. He overpowers her and handcuffs her, dragging her behind him as he goes deeper into the mountains to hole up where no one can find him…or the woman he plans to make his: Bo.

Bo is scared to death and doesn’t know if she will make it out alive, but she’ll do anything to stay alive…for now… in the suspenseful LONE RIDER. Bo was raised as one of the spoiled Hamilton girls, the daughters of the rich and powerful Senator Buckmaster Hamilton, who has recently announced his run for the United States presidency. The family has only recently gotten over the shock of what happened to Bo’s sister Olivia (her story is told in WILD HORSES, out now) and the news that the girls long lost (and thought dead) mother, Sarah, has arrived back in town. Another scandal involving the family could cripple Buckmaster’s election plans, but his main concern right now is for Bo’s safety. After Jace contacts him with the news that Bo is missing, the older man agrees to let him head up in the mountains first to find her. What neither realize—yet—is that she has been kidnapped by a dangerous man.

In LONE RIDER, there are other story arcs going on. Sarah Hamilton’s return from the dead has everyone buzzing, especially since she can’t remember where she’s been for the last twenty years. She’s safely in the hands of a good friend, Russell, who hopes they can be more than friends. But do Sarah and Buckmaster still have feelings for one another, despite the fact that he’s married to Angelina? Will the puzzling scandal revolving around Sarah hurt his political chances? Jace’s sister, Emily, is a single mother and has only recently gotten out of jail and needs the foundation job to support herself. Emily meets a local man and the two hit it off. But shouldn’t she get her act together before she can think about a future with any man? And what about the stranger who has been spotted watching her?

LONE RIDER is a tale that will have you gripping the edge of your seat. An escaped con is a desperate man who vows to not be taken alive, even if that means taking Bo down with him. The danger Bo encounters is harsh and brutal, with threats of rape to have her even more scared. Jace is the last man she expects to rescue her, but he knows the mountains and he may be her only chance. Once Jace rescues Bo, do they have a chance to rekindle their long ago romance? Let’s just say that the thrilling action in LONE RIDER also includes a romantic reunion.

Another terrific tale of suspense and action packed adventure to thrill readers, I highly recommend LONE RIDER as the perfect choice for those days you want a great book to read.

Patti Fischer

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Promo Spotlight on ... SEXY TO GO with Pamela Moran!

1. Tell us about your newest release.

My PSI Sentinel series deals with a psychic, covert agency working in tandem with the government. Dreamwalkers, found in the Sexy To Go anthologies, are an offshoot branch of the PSI involved in a Federal Task Force. These men and women explore the shadowy, dangerous world of dreams and find, if not a happily ever after, a definite happy for now romantic ending,

Dreamwalker: Dream Date (Sexy To Go, Volume 6), opens with Lee Jacobs staring at a photo of a woman he's certain he should know. But he doesn't. A few months before, Lee had been shot and left for dead. He survived, unfortunately his memory is full of holes. Why is he so sure Brynn Keagan, the beautiful doctor at the Lucid Dreaming Research Center, has the answers he seeks?


2. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your story?

As a monthly collection of short stories, the Sexy To Go anthologies come out once a month. Since they're quick, short reads, I didn't expect to get so attached to the characters. Already I have notes for longer stories for several of the Dreamwalker characters. So even though they're happy for now, stay tuned!


3. Do you have any interesting or quirks or rituals?


A good portion of each story I write, especially the Sexy To Go stories, are written long-hand, in a notebook I carry just about everywhere. Not that quirky for a writer, but I tend to start at the back of the notebook and work towards the front. For a long time I thought of that as just something I do, but really, psychologically, I find the process freeing.

For revisions and time-lines, I work in the 'normal' way, from the front back. By the time the notebook is full, I've met myself somewhere in the center of the book.

4. What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?


This question stumped me for a bit. So many of my friends are writers, and there are so many authors I admire and respect. But I've always been a reader and a story-teller for as far back as I can remember, and I have to say my mother was the biggest influence. She loved books, loved words, and instilled in all of us that love of reading. I remember her toying with the thought of writing children's books, and although she didn't actively pursue the notion for herself, she planted that idea of sharing the stories I made up firmly inside me.

5. What does your family think about your career as a published author?

I have two grown sons and while I know they scratch their heads over the idea their mother writes romance, they're also the first to brag about my books!

6. Besides writing, what other interests do you have?

Photography is another love. On the cover for Blind Sight (PSI Sentinels, Book Two), the background is from a photo I shot, in the same area of Oregon where the story takes place. For Gavin's Woman, the latest PSI Sentinel book, I shot all three photos that make up the cover.

I'm also an astrologer and I do tend to use that knowledge with my characters. Lee Jacobs, hero of Dreamwalker: Dream Date (Vol 6) is a mental Libra. He hasn't been in balance since he was shot, and Brynn, an earthy, no nonsense Capricorn, keeps his equilibrium spinning in circles.


7. Can you tell us what is coming up next for you?

Dreamwalker: Finders, Inc (Sexy To Go, Vol 7) finds psychic private detective, Flint Payson stalking Dreamwalker Iona Brooks. Or is she stalking him? You'll have to enter their dreams to find out.

Late summer/early fall, I'll also have a new PSI Sentinel story out, Darkwater Echoes (Book One in the PSI Sentinel / Darkwater series).

8. How can readers connect with you online?

www.PamelaMoran.com
www.facebook.com/PamelaMoranAuthor
www.facebook.com/SexyToGoBooks
Twitter: @Pam_Moran
www.goodreads.com/PamelaMoran
www.pinterest.com/PamelaMoran

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11 sizzling stories for women who like it hot! Erotic romance for women by women featuring contemporary, paranormal, BDSM, and more. A new volume every month, always delicious. 

Command Performance by Sorcha Mowbray
Can a billionaire playboy take charge of a headstrong ballerina or will she lead him a merry chase before dancing off into the sunset?

First Class by Jocelyn Dex
Shay is terrified to fly, but when a sexy-as-sin man sits next to her in first class, he provides a distraction that changes her outlook on flying and leaves her longing for more.

Geek Overboard, #1 by Kathryn Lively
Dumped at the last minute by her boyfriend, Natalie is stuck on a cruise ship with hundreds of sci-fi fans. She intends to make the most of it...maybe that handsome man by the pool can help.

Dreamwalker: Dream Date by Pamela Moran
Dreamwalker Lee Jacobs needs answers to who shot him, to who wanted him dead. Can a dream date with sexy Dr. Brynn Keegan, a researcher at the Lucid Dream Center, help him find the answers? Or will that date only lead to murder?

Rewriting the Law, Part 4 by Daisy Banks 
Elana attempts to leave the safety of the bakery. She discovers Jagan law is implacable, or at least it is when administered by the broad palm of Ansgar. His promise to listen to her tale once the law is satisfied isn’t the only reward for obedience. 

Alien Sex Life an Alien Sex Ed story by Allie Ritch 
Can alien lovers negotiate a life together? Four-armed Valene is madly in love with Apax, but she’s nervous about her impending marriage. 

Pleasured by a Ghost by Haley Whitehall
Confederate soldier Randal Hartford promised his intended he’d wed her after the war and make her dreams come true. Killed at the Battle of Shiloh, he returns in ghostly form. Although not the reunion she expected, he fulfills her every fantasy.

GLBT STORIES

Love or Money by Shiloh Saddler
After being attacked, Daniel owes Dr. Abrams a lot for saving his life and nursing him back to health. Only the doctor asks for a night with his lover, James, as payment. Could this destroy their relationship or open a new door?

On the Sly, Part 1 by Leigh Ellwood
It's 1989, and somebody is attacking gay man in Archer Beach. Officer Jeremy Truman is determined to find the assailant, and protect Colin.

Daylight (48 Hours #3) by Sofia Grey
Joel is happily falling in love with his new boyfriend, Anton, so why is he attracted to Anton’s female roommate? He doesn’t do girls any more – especially not when he has everything he wants in Anton.

Unburied Hatchet by Eva Lefoy
The pack’s move is delayed by a double childbirth. Afterward, Casi experiences her first shift, but on return home, discovers a brutal attack on the pack will separate her from everyone she loves.