Friday, July 03, 2015

Happy 4th of July Contest!

We're getting an early start on the holiday weekend and here's hoping everyone in the US has a safe and sane holiday. Grab a good book and take advantage of the joys of pure reading fun.

To help kick off the weekend, here's a $15 Amazon Gift Card contest.

Tell us your fave hot summer read and I'll draw a winner in a few days.

Good luck!

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Promo Spotlight on ENDLESS DAYS OF SUMMER by Stacy O'Steen!

Title: Endless Days of Summer
Author: Stacy O'Steen
Genre: Asexual, F/F, Contemporary, New Adult
Release Date: July 1, 2015


Struggling to cope with the reality of her decision to live away from home, Penelope Van Buren is thrust into college life head first with nothing to break her fall. It's a whirlwind once her dorm mate convinces her to leave the room. Penelope finds friends in LGBTQA club but when the questions start flowing through Penelope's mind she realizes she's been wrong about so many things.

Seeing the world around her with new eyes, she analyzes an old relationship that may turn out to be even more than she thought it would be. In the end, Penelope needs to do what would make her happy. The problem is she can't seem to figure out what that is.

Trigger Warning: Sexual Violence



 








In the hours between corralling her circus of animals and feeding her husband, Stacy breathes life into the characters running rampant in her mind. Born in the south with a proclivity for travel and the nerd life, Stacy rests her head in the clouds and daydreams of equality. When not writing or working, she loves to craft, and spends many a night curled up with her hot glue gun. An avid Chipotle fan, she hopes to eat at one in every state and country lucky enough to have one.



About the Publisher

Supposed Crimes, LLC publishes fiction and poetry primarily featuring lesbian characters and themes. The focus is on genre fiction–Westerns, Science Fiction, Horror, Action–rather than just romance. That’s how we set ourselves apart from our competitors. Our characters happen to love women and kick ass.


“Supposed crimes” refers to the idea that homosexuality was once outlawed. Thus, our authors are being subversive by writing. As times change this becomes more tongue-in-cheek. Yet, Christians writing lesbians and men writing lesbians are still subversive ideas in this industry. We encourage our authors to challenge stereotypes.








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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Spotlight Review:

SUDDENLY ONE SUMMER – Julie James 
Jove 
ISBN-13:  978-0-425-27376-0 
June 2015 
Contemporary Romance 

Chicago, Illinois – Present Day 

Divorce lawyer Victoria Slade is enjoying reading in bed after another successful divorce settlement when she hears her security alarm come on and then go off, and men's voices.  She grabs her cell phone and hides behind the clothes hamper in her closet and calls 911.  Just as she hears the police arrive, the 911 operator is saying help was coming.  This causes her to flash back to the last time she heard a 911 operator say that to her, when she was 10 years old and came home after her mother's suicide attempt.  The walls close in on her and she faints.  A month later, after sleepless nights, she sells her town house and buys a condo, except it won't be ready until the end of the summer.  She has to get sleep, so she rents a loft in downtown Chicago, and with the help of her best friends Audrey and Rachel, she moves in record time and they go to a nearby bar, The Violet Hour.  Victoria and her friends spot a hottie, but just as they make eye contact, a member of a bachelorette party comes and invites the hottie and his two friends to join them.  Ah, well, he could have been the one! 

Ford Dixon is at The Violet Hour with his friends Charlie and Tucker several days after his father's funeral.  After living with an alcoholic whose moods changed for the worse after 5 or 15 beers, Ford is eyeing the brunette when the bachelorette babe comes by, and his friends see no reason why girls should be abandoned with no men around.  One woman goes home with Ford, and as she leaves early the next morning, she meets Ford's neighbor, Victoria.  Ford's mother has asked him to keep checking on his sister Nicole after her boyfriend dumped her when she told him she was pregnant, and now she has a four month old baby.  Ford is also working on an investigative case for his newspaper about how a convict on parole was hardly ever checked on and went on to kill a seventeen year old girl.  The answer to everything that's wrong with the agency is "there's never enough money".  

Despite Ford's problems as the child of an alcoholic parent, he worries about his sister's four month old baby and her missing father.  Victoria volunteers to represent Nicole and find out who is the right Peter Sutter—out of eleven in the Chicago area—whom she met for a one night stand a year ago, and doing their own investigations brings Victoria and Ford together.  Their tentative relationship begins to get closer, but Victoria is also going to a therapist to solve her feelings of being shut in, including being in subways, going to work-out classes, and being in elevators, situations where she seems to leave her body, get hot, and must fight not to faint.  But letting anyone know she has troubles is against her code, because everyone must think she is in charge all the time.  Is Victoria afraid Ford will think she is weak, and can Victoria live up to her reputation as one of the best family attorney's in the City?  Remember, Victoria never loses or lets anyone see her sweat. 

Julie James has everyone eagerly awaiting the highly anticipated story SUDDENLY ONE SUMMER.  Here are two characters with childhood traumas that still linger into their thirties.  Victoria has panic attacks, and now has panic attacks worrying about HAVING panic attacks and making a fool of herself.  She knew at an early age she would have to be the strong one between her and her mother and has tried ever since to always be the one that can be counted on.  Ford's relationship with his father went from playing catch to being cussed at for always being around.  As adults they both struggle with forming intimate relationships that last longer than a month. 

Secondary characters are Nicole, Ford's sister, and his friends, Charlie and Tucker, and Victoria's friends, Audrey and Rachel.  There is also Peter Sutter, perhaps the father of Nicole's baby daughter Zoe.  Will he be a stand-up guy when he finds out about her? 

SUDDENLY ONE SUMMER comes around just as we were panting eagerly for another Julie James story; she is definitely a healthy addiction for me.  Going on the hard paths Victoria and Ford tread as they work on their issues of trust will quench your Julie James craving for the next few months. 

Carolyn Crisher

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Q&A with B.J. Daniels on her upcoming release....LONE RIDER

1.) What is Bo Hamilton up to these days?
Bo has been under a lot of stress. We don't find out why until LONE RIDER.
2.) Without giving away too much, what's your favorite scene in the book?
Ever cuddled up with someone you love in a makeshift shelter in a snowstorm? That's all I can say about that.
3.) What type of lover is Jace?
That's pretty personal. He is the kind of man who takes making love seriously. He is the kind of man who will always be there for the woman he loves - even for a woman who broke his heart.
4.) Where would Jace and Bo run away to elope?
Hawaii
5.) How far in advance do you plan out your stories?

Seconds. Seriously. I'm a seat of the pants writer. I never know what is going to happen until I put my fingers on the keyboard. It's very exciting for me - and terrifying.
6.) Did you do a character sketch of the sisters before you started this series?
Nope. It's that seat of the pants thing. But I did have a sense of each of them.
7.) If you could choose any literary heroine that is most like Bo, who would it be?
Scarlett O'Hara. Like Scarlett, Bo is strong and determined. She passed up a chance at happiness with the man who promised her undying love. But unlike Scarlett, Bo won't make that mistake twice.
8.) Has the Hamilton family dynamic changed since the last book?
Definitely. Little did the Hamiltons know just how many secrets there were in their family. As each secret comes out, the family grows closer.
9.) Can you give us any hints for upcoming characters/suspenseful scenes?
The mystery surrounding the sisters' mother, Sarah, continues. There will be lots of surprises including dead bodies as each sister grows and falls in love.  Ultimately, it will all bring the family closer together.
10.) What are you working on next?
The next book in the series is LUCKY SHOT (December). Kat, the prickly sister who speaks her mind, will meet her match in Max, a reporter/photographer who will bring her out of her shell.
In HARD RAIN (March), Harper and Brody McTavish finally get a chance for romance - unless the secret between their families drives them apart.
In the next two books after that, sisters Cassidy and Ainsley will get their chance for happiness with mystery men - and the biggest secret - their mother Sarah - will be solved.



Learn more about the author by visiting her website at http://bjdaniels.com/

Monday, June 29, 2015

Promo Spotlight on .. REDEMPTION BAY by RaeAnne Thayne



REDEMPTION BAY

Out July 2015



           
A young mayor will do anything to save her town, even if it means welcoming back the man she blames for almost destroying it in REDEMPTION BAY (HQN Books, July 2015, $7.99 U.S./$8.99 CAN.), the second book in New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne’s enthralling Haven Point series.

McKenzie Shaw would do anything for her hometown of Haven Point. It may be small, but it’s never let her down…unlike gorgeous, infuriating Ben Kilpatrick.


Ben was her childhood hero until he closed his family’s boat factory, leaving the town’s economy in shambles.

But now his tech firm is considering opening a local facility. Her natural instinct, fueled by all these years of resentment, is to fight him at every turn. For Haven Point’s sake, however, McKenzie must grit her teeth and be as welcoming as she can manage—a task further complicated by her fierce attraction to Ben and her discovery that he is renting the lake house next door to hers.

For Ben, being back in Haven Point evokes all the dark and ugly memories of his childhood. What could a town filled with painful memories ever offer him? Yet seeing Haven Point through the eyes of McKenzie—its fiery young mayor—he suddenly has his answer. If only he can resolve the animosity crackling between them, Ben may have found the place where he can build ties and find healing…a place where love arrives when it’s least expected.

REDEMPTION BAY is available wherever books are sold and through Harlequin.com.

RaeAnne Thayne
REDEMPTION BAY
$7.99 U.S./$8.99 CAN.
ISBN-13: 978-0-373-78506-3

“[Thayne] engages the reader’s heart and emotions, inspiring hope and the belief that miracles are possible.” #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber


“Thayne’s beautiful, honest storytelling goes straight to the heart.” —RT Book Reviews



About raeanne thayne:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne loves words. Her love affair started as soon as she learned to read, when she used to devour anything she could get her hands on: cereal boxes, encyclopedias, the phone book, you name it! She loves the way words sound, the way they look on the page and the amazing way they can be jumbled together in so many combinations to tell a story.

Her love of reading and writing those words led her to a fifteen-year career in journalism as a newspaper reporter and editor.

Through it all, she dreamed of writing the kind of stories she loved best. She sold her first book in 1995 and since then she’s published more than 40 titles. Her books have won many honors, including three RITA® Award nominations from the Romance Writers of America and a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews magazine.

RaeAnne finds inspiration in the rugged northern Utah mountains, where she lives with her hero of a husband and their children. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at raeannethayne.com.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Carly Phillips book winner...

The winner of the Carly Phillips book is....

patoct!!

Please email me at pattifischer@yahoo.com by 7/5/15 to claim your book.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Review and Spotlight on COLTON COWBOY PROTECTOR by Beth Cornelison!

COLTON COWBOY PROTECTOR – Beth Cornelison
The Coltons of Oklahoma, Book 1
Harlequin Romantic Suspense, #1851
ISBN: 978-0-373-27921-0
June 2015
Contemporary Romantic Suspense

The Lucky C Ranch outside Tulsa, Oklahoma

After losing her cousin in an auto accident while Laura was helping her flee her abusive husband, Tracy McCain wants nothing more than to repay her cousin’s sacrifice by getting close to Laura’s little boy, Seth. She can do this now that her own husband is dead. With freedom and insurance money, Tracy leaves Denver for Oklahoma and the Colton ranch. She accidentally crashes a lavish party, complete with press and cameras, put on by Laura’s ex in-laws to announce the engagement of their daughter Greta. Taken variously as a guest and caterer’s staff, it takes a while for Tracy to find Seth’s dad, Jack Colton.

Laura just could not take life on a ranch after growing up in the suburbs; she had no interest in the great outdoors or the animals. She left when Seth, now five, was just a little guy, believing he’d be better off staying with his father and wealthy family than with her as a single mom. Tracy wants to tell Seth about his mother and how much she loved him, but, right away, Jack is positive Tracy is after money and orders her to leave. His sister Greta, however, invites Tracy to stay in the big house for as long as she wants. Jack and Seth live in the original ranch house, a long walk away. Even with the antagonism and disappointment, a current of interest flows between Tracy and Jack, something they both try to ignore. It’s not easy; Jack doesn’t want Seth to be alone with Tracy—he told his son that his mother died, rather than have him know she left him. And then it becomes apparent that someone malevolent has an interest in Tracy. Jack’s protective side kicks in and moves Tracy closer, even though Tracy wants to leave if she has brought danger to Seth and the ranch.

The Coltons are a large, extended family and Harlequin has other miniseries about them, But the Coltons of Oklahoma have the potential for at least five more highly readable books. (Some already in the works by other authors.) Don’t forget the newly engaged Greta, and the other Colton sons are eligible hunks as well as Jack. There are Brett, a playboy; Ryan, with the Tulsa Police; Dr. Eric, a trauma surgeon; and half-brother Daniel, a horse whisperer. You’ll like the patriarch, John (Big J.) Colter, but probably not the uppity matriarch, Abra.

You won’t go wrong getting in at the start with the enjoyable and suspenseful tale, COLTON COWBOY PROTECTOR.

Jane Bowers


Praise for Beth Cornelison

“Steady pacing and a solid plot, complete with a dramatic, passionate ending, are all hallmarks of one terrific romance.”
RT Book Reviews on Colton Cowboy Protector

“Ms. Cornelison has written a multi-layered story of fear, passion, and risks. Her characters, the story, the romance itself are memorable…”
Once Upon a Romance Review on Healing Luke

“Cornelison has written a page turner that is truly enjoyable from beginning to end.”
Fresh Fiction on Cowboy’s Texas Rescue

“Be ready for a roller coaster ride of emotions while you enjoy this wonderful novel.”
Long and Short Reviews on Reyn’s Redemption


COLTON COWBOY PROTECTOR
by Award-Winning Author
Beth Cornelison

A beautiful stranger appears at the Colton ranch during a party, and Jack is none too pleased. With ties to his ex-wife, Tracy McCain claims to be on a mission to bond with his son. But this intriguing widow also has a target on her back. As the Colton family brings Tracy under its broad wing, a relentless assassin puts everyone in jeopardy. Jack's protective instincts go into overdrive and only fuel his secret attraction to Tracy. Living closely together under Jack's roof, the heat between them starts to sizzle. In fact, the only thing stronger than Jack's heady desire for Tracy is his will to keep her safe so that one day they can become a family.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Award-winning author Beth Cornelison has been writing stories since she was a child. A University of Georgia graduate, Cornelison worked in Public Relations before becoming a full-time writer. She has won many honors for her writing, including the coveted Golden Heart, awarded by the Romance Writers of America. She lives in Louisiana with her husband and son.