Thursday, October 31, 2019

Promo: The Nice List by Avery Scott

Title: The Nice List
Author: Avery Scott
Genre: Holiday Novella
Release Date: October 31, 2019 Cover Designer: S. Lewis
Cole Weston’s biggest holiday wish is about to come true. The deal of a lifetime is within reach--and once he closes the sale of one small town elementary school, he’ll have a nice fat bonus check to take with him when he finally moves up to the real estate big leagues in New York. He’s not about to let anyone stand in his way--especially not the feisty and all-kinds-of-adorable teacher who does everything she can to convince the school board not to sell. 
Francesca Bagnoli won’t let go of her beloved school without a fight. The historic building might not be in the best shape, but it’s the heart and soul of her town, and there’s no way she’ll let some greedy real estate mogul destroy it. Who cares that he’s the most attractive man she’s ever seen? She will not lose focus, and she most definitely will not fall prey to Cole’s charming softer side. 
In the countdown to Christmas, can Cole and Francesca put aside their differences and take a shot at the kind of love neither expected to find? Or is a holiday miracle just not in the cards for them this year?
The Nice List is a stand-alone, HEA/HFN Christmas Novella with just a touch of holiday spice!

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Promo: Bedhead by Kayt Miller


Title: Bedhead
Author: Kayt Miller
Genre: Contemporary NA Romance
Release Date: October 26, 2019
Quinn Maxwell. Student. Dork. And a woman in love with a guy who doesn't know she exists.
Cooke Thompson. British. Hottie. Rugby Star. Chick Magnet. And a guy trying to FaceChat with his old mate Maxwell Quinn. 
Sure, it was a wrong number but sometimes, wrong ends up being so-so right.

Red Hatter Book Blog - "Stop what you are doing and pick up Bedhead NOW! Seriously the most sweet and swoonworthy book ever."
Goodreads - "The story is hilarious &sweet, with twists and turns, and so much more."
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I grew up in the midwest with a loving family including three brothers, one sister, and my parents who always fostered my creative side. I earned my bachelor's degree at Iowa State University, then I was off to the Savannah College of Art and Design for graduate school. After that, I returned to Iowa for work which led me, once again, to ISU for my master's degree in education.

I love to read and one day I was searching for a book. A book about a certain type of woman and a specific kind of man and I couldn't find it so, I wrote it. I called it Game Changer and it couldn't have been a more appropriate title. It changed my life in many ways. While my real job is teaching young people, my fun job is conjuring up characters and situations to write about. 
My goal, as a writer, is to write stories that relate to all of us, to make readers laugh and maybe cry sometimes. I hope my readers can escape into a fantasy, one that's actually possible. Sure, some of the stories could be dubbed "Insta-love" stories but that's okay. I fell in love with my husband pretty damn fast and with my daughter the second I saw her. So, it's a thing, I swear.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Promo: The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland




About The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland
Description:
For fans of Josie Silver's One Day in December, The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae is a wholly original, charismatic, and uplifting novel that no reader will soon forget.
Ailsa Rae is learning how to live. She’s only a few months past the heart transplant that—just in time—saved her life. Now, finally, she can be a normal twenty-eight-year-old. She can climb a mountain. Dance. Wait in line all day for tickets to Wimbledon.
But first, she has to put one foot in front of the other. So far, things are as bloody complicated as ever. Her relationship with her mother is at a breaking point and she wants to find her father. Then there's Lennox, whom Ailsa loved and lost. Will she ever find love again?
Her new heart is a bold heart. She just needs to learn to listen to it. From the hospital to her childhood home, on social media and IRL, Ailsa will embark on a journey about what it means to be, and feel, alive. How do we learn to be brave, to accept defeat, to dare to dream?
From Stephanie Butland, author of The Lost for Words BookshopThe Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae will warm you from the inside out.

Author Bio:
STEPHANIE BUTLAND lives with her family near the sea in the North East of England. She writes in a studio at the bottom of her garden, and when she's not writing, she trains people to think more creatively. For fun, she reads, knits, sews, bakes, and spins. She is an occasional performance poet and the author of The Lost for Words Bookshop.







Excerpt:

6 October, 2017

Hard to Bear

It’s 3 a.m. here in cardio-thoracic.
All I can do for now is doze, and think, and doze again. My heart is getting weaker, my body bluer. People I haven’t seen for a while are starting to drop in. (Good to see you, Emily, Jacob, Christa. I’m looking forward to the Martinis.) We all pretend we’re not getting ready to say goodbye. It seems easiest. But my mother cries when she thinks I’m sleeping, so maybe here, now, is time to admit that I might really be on the way out.
I should be grateful. A baby born with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome a few years before I was would have died within days. I’ve had twenty-eight years and I’ve managed to do quite a lot of living in them. (Also, I’ve had WAY more operations than you everyday folk. I totally win on that.) OK, so I still live at home and I’ve never had a job and I’m blue around the edges because there’s never quite enough oxygen in my system. But –
Actually, but nothing. If you’re here tonight for the usual BlueHeart cheerfulness-in-the-teeth-of-disaster, you need to nd another blogger.
My heart is failing. I imagine I can feel it pounding in my chest. Sometimes it’s as though I’m holding my breath, waiting to see if another beat will come. I’ve been

in hospital for four months, almost non-stop, because it’s no longer tenable for me to be at home. I’m on a drip pumping electrolytes into my blood and I’ve an oxygen tube taped to my face. I’m constantly cared for by people who are trying to keep me well enough to receive a transplanted heart if one shows up. I monitor every flicker and echo of pain or tiredness in my body and try to work out if it means that things are getting worse. And yes, I’m alive, and yes, I could still be saved, but tonight it’s a struggle to think that being saved is possible. Or even likely. And I’m not sure I have the energy to keep waiting.
And I should be angrier, but there’s no room for anger (remember, my heart is a chamber smaller than yours) because, tonight, I’m scared.
It’s only a question of time until I get too weak to survive a transplant, and then it’s a waste of a heart to give it to me. Someone a bit better, and who would get more use from it, will bump me from the top of the list and I’m into the Palliative Care Zone. (It’s not actually called that. And it’s a good, kind, caring place, but it’s not where I want to be. Maybe when I’m ninety-eight. To be honest, tonight, I’d take forty-eight. Anything but twenty-eight.)
I hope I feel more optimistic when the sun comes up. If it does. It’s Edinburgh. It’s October. The odds are about the same as me getting a new heart.
My mother doesn’t worry about odds. She says, ‘We only need the one heart. Just the one.’ She says it in a way that makes me think that when she leaves the ward she’s away to carve one out of some poor stranger’s body herself. And anyway, odds feel strange, because even if my survival chances are, say, 20 percent, whatever happens to me will happen 100 percent. As in, I could be 100 percent dead this time next week.

Night night, BlueHeart xxx

P.S. I would really, really like for one of you to get your- self a couple of goldsh, or kittens, or puppies, or even horses, and call them Cardio and Thoracic. My preference would be for puppies. Because I love the thought that, if I don’t make it to Christmas, somewhere there will be someone walking in the winter countryside, let- ting their enthusiastic wee spaniels off the lead,  and then howling ‘Cardio! Thoracic!’ as they disappear over the brow of a hill intent on catching some poor terrified sheep. That’s what I call a legacy.




From The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland. Copyright © 2019 by the author and reprinted by permission of St. Martin’s Publishing Group.






Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Interview & Promo: Once Upon a Cowboy Christmas by Soraya Lane



An interview with Soraya Lane on her latest release


1. Tell us about your latest release.

Once Upon a Cowboy Christmas is the 3rd book in my River Ranch series, although it can easily be read as a standalone novel. It’s about Cody Ford and his former high-school sweetheart, Lexi. One of the things I love about this story is that it’s set at Christmas time, which gives the story an extra little bit of magic!

2. Without giving away any spoilers, give us a hint about a favorite scene.

Ohhh, this is tough! There’s probably two scenes – the first is when Cody comes home and realizes who Lexi is (because he hasn’t seen her in years and she looks very different) and the other scene is Christmas Eve, but I can’t say more without giving away spoilers. I also loved Christmas morning, for other reasons I can’t divulge either J

3. How much research goes into each book you write?

To be honest, there’s not a lot of research for these books as they’re contemporary novels – anything I do need is easy to find on Google because it’s more likely I’m looking for a restaurant or local menu or something. These novels are set on ranches and feature cowboys and horses, and I’ve grown up with horses (and still own them) so it’s something I know well and feel I can write naturally about.

4. What inspired you to become a writer?

I’ve written stories since I was a little girl, and it’s something that I just love to do. I graduated with a law degree and although I would have probably enjoyed law as a career, I really wanted to see if I could get published first because writing was my true love. It took seven long years and as many manuscripts to get that first book published, and I’ve never looked back!

5. What is a typical writing day like?

My children at both at school now so my writing routine is quite straightforward. I work school hours during the week, breaking only to walk my dog and eat! I have a daily word count – 2,000 words – and I’m very disciplined in meeting that daily target to stay on track with my deadlines. Before my kids were at school, it was chaotic – juggling a full-time job working from home AND writing books at night and during stolen moments of the day. Now I write fiction full time, and I try very, very hard not to work weekends.

6. Do you have any interesting writing quirks or habits?

Hmm, well I can’t ever seem to get started writing without either a cup of tea or coffee on my desk, and when I get stuck with words I have to eat chocolate or something that includes sugar to kick-start my brain again! And I do this very weird thing (doing it right now as I type) where I can’t seem to write unless I tuck my left leg underneath myself in the chair. It results in a constant dead foot/leg, but I can’t write without tucking it! Sometimes I mix it up and tuck the right leg, LOL!

7. What has been one of the most surprising things you’ve learned as a published author?

How amazingly supportive most other authors are! Seriously, most authors are very generous with their time and will always offer support and cheer on others from the sidelines – well, in the romance community they do anyway! And I’m surprised how many messages I get from readers, which is so, so special.

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

I was inspired by so many authors – all the books I read and loved throughout my teenage years and early 20s made me want to write stories of my own. I started writing seriously when I was still at university, around 20 years old, and I sold my first book at 27, so I was very focused on becoming an author from a young age.

9. Do you have any favorite authors that you like to read?

I like to read books that are very different to what I write, and I’m loving anything by Liane Moriaty right now. I’m actually about to go on vacation, and I have Jojo Moyes, Harlan Coben and Lucinda Riley books packed to take. And yes, before you ask, I do literally mean “packed” as I prefer paperbacks when I’m reading for pleasure.

10. What other hobbies or interests do you have?

I’m a mom to two boys – 5 & 8 years – so between my writing schedule and parenting, I don’t seem to do a lot else these days! But we have horses and the boys love riding, so we’re outside a lot either riding, playing or taking the dog on adventures.

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

My fourth and final book in the River Ranch series (My One True Cowboy) is my next romance release, and that’s out in March 2020, and it’s the story of sister Angelina Ford.

12. How can readers connect with you online?

You can find out all about my books and me at www.sorayalane.com, and also sign up to my newsletter there to stay up to date on what’s happening. I love connecting with readers on Facebook – www.facebook.com/SorayaLaneAuthor or Instagram on www.instagram.com/sorayalaneauthor.

Thanks for having me! Soraya x



ABOUT ONCE UPON A COWBOY CHRISTMAS:

It’s the most wonderful time of the year at the Ford family ranch. Will one cowboy’s homecoming be the greatest gift of all?

He left town and never looked back.

Cody Ford is a Wall Street honcho with humble Texas roots. This holiday season, he’d be content to just stay in New York and not face his family—and dodge their questions about when and with whom he plans to settle down. . .and if he will do so back at home. But his father isn’t getting any younger, and Cody doesn’t want to miss any last chances to see him and the rest of the folks back on the ranch. The last person Cody was expecting to see? His one-time girlfriend, Lexi Murphy, who’s been working as his dad’s new live-in nurse.

She never forgot him. Can she ever forgive him?

Lexi still holds a grudge against Cody. Back then, the college-bound heartthrob believed he was too good for a small-town girl like Lexi. But now Cody can’t help but see her in a whole new light. Could it be that this beautiful single mother with an unbeatable can-do spirit is the one he’s been waiting for all along? That depends on whether Cody can prove to Lexi that, this time, he means business—and if a sudden snowstorm can lend just the right amount of Christmas magic to help move things along. . .
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

As a child, Soraya Lane dreamed of becoming an author. Fast forward more than a few years, and Soraya is now living her dream! Soraya describes being an author as "the best career in the world", and she hopes to be writing romance for many years to come. Some of her other titles include All Night with the Cowboy, Cowboy Stole My Heart, The Devil Wears Spurs, and I Knew You Were Trouble.

Soraya loves spending her days thinking up characters for books, and her home is a constant source of inspiration. She lives with her own real life hero and two sons on a small farm in New Zealand, surrounded by animals and with an office overlooking a field where their horses graze.