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SPECIAL GUEST ~ M.J. Schiller author of Leap Into The Knight ~ GIVEAWAY~

Please help me welcome author M.J. Schiller to the blog! She’s sharing a wonderful about first love and how she met her husband. It reminded me so much of own personal story I smiled the entire time I read it. I think you’ll enjoy it. Afterward check out her latest release Leap Into The Knight.

Take it away M.J…

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LEAP INTO LOVE

Do you believe in love at first sight? I have to admit to reading other authors’ reviews from time to time. I want to see what they are doing right and what they are doing wrong and perhaps learn something from that. I sometimes notice readers have a hard time swallowing the whole love at first sight premise. But I don’t. I don’t because it happened to me.
Let me take you back to 1986. My husband’s dorm was across the quad from my dorm which was across the quad from a bar that served underage drinkers. (If that’s not a recipe for love, I don’t know what is!) Now I’m going to tell you something, and you’re going to think I’m crazy, and you might not be too far from wrong, but the first time I met my husband was like the scene where Tony meets Maria in West Side Story. If you haven’t seen West Side Story, check it out on Netflix. It’s fun and it will rip your heart out at the same time. Good movie watching! When the two meet, all of the other characters at the dance fade away. It was like that when I met my man. For a few seconds it was just the two of us at that bar that served underage drinkers. All the others faded into the background. I was thinking, who is this incredibly good-looking guy? And why haven’t I seen him before? The next second I was thinking, he probably has a girl back home and leaves on the weekends to visit her and that’s why I’ve never seen him. That was like throwing a bucket of cold water on my happy little love scene! The reason my mind went there was because I had been seeing a guy first semester and he basically told me to make myself scarce one weekend because his girl from back home was coming up to visit. I was heartbroken.
Anyway, the night I met my husband I came home and told my roommate that I’d met the man I was going to marry. I believe she rolled her eyes. I can’t blame her because I had had a crush on half a dozen guys my first semester and she’d seen it before. But this was different. I bet her a steak dinner. Twenty nine years later, I am still head over heels in love with that man I met in February of 1986, and I still haven’t gotten my steak dinner.
You know that phrase, truth is stranger than fiction. Some time when you are reading and come across a scene you think is unbelievable, think about a time in your life that people wouldn’t believe what happened to you. Odd things happen all the time, especially people recognizing the one they love right when they meet them.
That being said, the author does have the responsibility of making that moment seem genuine to you. But at the same time I think that when readers are able to suspend their imagination for a while, they are in for some good reads. Go where the author takes you. Don’t question every detail. That’s for audit sheets, not fiction.
The first time Darius and Maggie meet in LEAP INTO THE KNIGHT he knows that something is different. Here’s the scene, from page one of the novella.

EXCERPT

CHAPTER ONE

Darius Lee sat up in bed and listened to the darkness. What interrupted his sleep and caused him to become so fully awake? Several seconds elapsed while he held his breath and waited, but he heard no noise. Still, he was aware someone else was in the suite he shared with his young novice, Orion Quinn. He closed his eyes and tuned into his Spirit Within in order to get a feel for his current level of danger. He sensed at once the outside presence he felt in the room was not threatening. Despite that, he knew something must be amiss for a stranger to enter their rooms unannounced in the middle of the night.

He had been uneasy since he and Orion landed here on Faador on their latest mission. It all started when The Academy of The High Order, where Darius gained his knighthood, received a transmission from an older man dressed in uniform. The man stated Faador’s leader, Justin Filithy, held captive a woman, a princess, from another planet. Little was known about Filithy other than he had some questionable dealings with slave traders. Details of the princess’s abduction were sketchy too, as the communication was cut short. The Order sent Orion and him to quietly investigate any wrong doing under the guise of a routine security check. Yet, ever since they arrived, the leader was occupied elsewhere. In fact, the whole place was crawling with guards and he surmised they were under a high alert of some kind, but no one provided any information. A trio of soldiers stuck them in this suite and promised a meeting with Filithy the next day. He was annoyed by the delay, but since they arrived on the planet late in the afternoon it seemed reasonable to wait until morning.

He slid out from underneath his lightweight bedcover without making a sound and grabbed his clothes, which were lying on a chair beside the bed. He slipped his head through the opening in the loose-fitting shirt, but left it untied at the neck, glancing at his laser-sword leaning against the nightstand. He decided to leave it. No need to scare anyone off if they meant no harm. He would simply have to use caution.

Darius reached the door and thankfully it slid open across its tracks without the usual high-pitched hydraulic hiss. He made out a figure standing in the open doorway to the room where his novice slept. The interloper was dressed in the same slightly puffy white uniform of the guards who they’d seen in abundance ever since they arrived. He was amused at first by the fleeting thought that they resembled marshmallows. Now as he watched the shadowy form, he was curious. What reason would anyone have to steal into their rooms like this? The guard wore a white helmet as the others had, with a tinted visor which could conceal the entire face. This visor, however, was open. Darius could see it flipped on top of the helmet, no doubt so the guard could see in the dim lighting. He wondered why the sight of this stranger gazing at Orion, who was lying completely unaware and vulnerable, didn’t alarm him more. But again, something told him the intruder was frightened, even desperate, but not a threat.

His training taught him how to enter the room without a sound, but the stranger seemed to detect his presence, darting to the left toward the door leading to the outer hallway. Darius took several steps before launching his six-foot-four-inch frame, timing his tackle perfectly. He wrapped his arms around the fleeing legs, bringing both parties down heavily. On contact the stranger’s helmet flew off and skittered across the dura-tile by the entryway. The guard twisted around to try to fight him off, while Darius sought to pin his shoulders to the ground. To his immense surprise he found himself staring into the face of a beautiful, terrified young woman. Long, wavy blonde hair fanned out on the floor as she struggled to free herself from his grasp. Their gazes locked and he drew his breath in a rush. Hers were the eyes of the hunted, wide and intensely blue-green. The oddest sensation came over him, as if, in that one look, an invisible hand reached into him and somehow tied him to this unknown woman. At the same time it was like the connection had been there all his life, an answer to a question he never knew to ask.

“I’m not going to hurt you,” he whispered to calm her. Surprisingly she stilled, searching his face as if to determine something there about him. “If I let you up, do you promise to stay here and answer a few questions for me?”

She hesitated.

“I will not harm you.” He dipped his head to better catch those eyes. “Trust me.”

Something in the way he said it seemed to convince her, and she nodded slowly. He released her arms and moved to the side. He sensed she was still tensed to flee if necessary, but for the moment, she decided to place her trust in him.

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Her heart was racing madly. What was she doing? She should run. She should run as fast as she could, or at least search about the room for a way out.

She sensed him there behind her, though she heard no sound. Her immediate instinct was to flee, as well it should be. After all, she was on the run from a half dozen guards. It was only by ducking into this room a few moments ago that she avoided capture. In spite of all that, she now sat on a couch with the man. It was totally incomprehensible to her, trusting him. She learned the costly lesson of trusting in the goodness of men long ago. But when she scrutinized his face as he peered at her on the floor, she had been filled with an unfathomable sense of calm. It was the most bizarre feeling. All logic, all of her past experiences said to get out as swiftly as possible. But here she was, sitting next to this man as if it was teatime and not the middle of the night in a room where he discovered her hiding. She guessed him to be five or six years older than she. His face was strong, but kind, almost noble, and his deep, dark eyes were compassionate, with a hint of wisdom. It was the kind of face one could trust.

“Now,” he began slowly, ”why don’t you tell me exactly what you’re doing here?”

She was saved from figuring out an answer for his question by a young man who came barreling out of the door behind him. He brandished a laser-sword, yelling as he entered, “Master! I’m here!” The suddenness of the action startled them both.

The man turned slightly to say, “Orion, deactivate your weapon,” and that was all she needed. Her fear returned and catapulted her off the couch and toward the door. She hit the keypad with a force that sent a shock wave rippling up her arm, and was on the other side as soon as it opened wide enough to allow her small frame through. Once on the opposite side, she started pounding on the keypad there, and was able to effectively disable the door for a moment, enough time to search the hallway for a path of escape.

 

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BLURB

Sir Darius Lee is a Knight of the High Order.

But when Darius discovers a stranger in his room in the middle of the night, and the intruder turns out to be a beautiful woman, he begins to question how he is meant to live his life.

Princess Megan of Bethyea is being held captive.

But when two knights help her to escape and bring her back to her home planet, she finds the home she knew no longer exists.

When The Council of Twelve questions Darius about his relationship with Maggie, she tries to flee from The Academy of the High Order to prevent him from losing his knighthood.

Will Darius and Orion find Maggie before she leaves Albion? And if they do, how can they face the decision of The Council? And what about the feelings Orion has developed for the princess?

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AUTHOR INFO

I was born in Overland Park, KS, grew up in St. Louis, MO, went to school at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and moved to Bloomington, IL fresh out of college.  I worked as a high school/junior college teacher, personnel recruiter, office manager of a jewelry store, and, for the past ten years, as a lunch lady.  I  like to karaoke and attend rock concerts.  I’m also actively involved at church and spend too much time on Facebook.  I am  the mother of a seventeen-year-old, fifteen-year-old triplets, and have been married to my husband, Don, for over twenty-four years.

I have been a writer all my life.  My first book, which was co-written with Mary Ellen Murphey in second grade, was titled The Black Cat, and was written on blue hotel stationary, hole-punched, and bound by white yarn.  I believe it is currently  out of circulation.

When I turned forty, I had an epiphany of sorts. I realized those bigwig publishing houses in New York were now probably run by people younger than me, so I shouldn’t be intimidated by them.  At about the same time, I was watching one of those award shows, and Jaclyn Smith got up to give a posthumous award to Aaron Spelling.  She credited him for encouraging her to go into acting, saying something brilliant like, “Reach for your dreams.”  Nothing new.  Almost even seems a little Jiminy Cricketish.  But, for some reason, it struck me that night.  When Aaron Spelling was thirteen, he was probably just like any other acned thirteen-year-old.  But he worked to achieve his dreams, and became a household name.  So, I  began to write.  Once I finished my first book,I wasn’t able to stop.  I would rather write than do just about anything else.  After all, I get to make people (characters) do what I want, and design their happy endings. What power!  And what a  privilege.

 

 

What about you? Does it bother you when characters fall in love too quickly? Or does it depend on how the author handles it? What are your pet peeves when reading books?

Thanks for reading, and be sure to enter my giveaway! Happy holidays to you and yours!

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An-Uncommon-Love

M.J. is giving away 4 copies of An Uncommon Love. Here is the blurb…

An Uncommon Love (Romantic Realms Collection – Book 2)

Princess Adriana had her life all figured out…
Or, to be more precise, she had her life all figured out for her. Before she was even born she was betrothed to Garin, and that was perfectly acceptable as he became her childhood friend, and then, eventually, the person she would swap kisses with inside the palace gardens. She never questioned it, never had a reason to, until the day a commoner was brought before her father, the King, to be punished.…until the day her eyes conncected with blacksmith Seth Hobb’s across a stone courtyard.When he creeps into the castle at night to thank her for freeing him, they begin to build a relationship with one another that is often as explosive as it is endearing. But fate ends up separating the two and they must undertake a long and arduous journey to be reunited.But with everything against them, can an uncommon love like theirs survive?

Even then, can Adriana make Seth see her for herself and not as the princess he imagines? And if she does, will she ever be able to convince her father that, despite his objections over Seth being a commoner, there is nothing “common” about him at all?

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Posted by on December 19, 2014 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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BOOK BLAST ~ A Deputy Laney Briggs Series by Jodi Linton ~ Giveaway

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Pretty Reckless & Whatcha Gonna Do With a Cowboy
The Deputy Laney Briggs Series #1 & #1.5

By: Jodi Linton

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Blurb (Pretty Reckless: Book 1)

She’s dead-set on giving one bullheaded cowboy the boot.

Welcome to Pistol Rock, Texas where everyone knows secrets last about as long as the sporadic west Texas rain showers.

Laney Briggs has long been considered reckless, but she’s turned herself around—she’s respectably engaged and she’s become a Pistol Rock deputy sheriff. Everything’s fine until a dead body turns up and her ex, Texas Ranger Gunner Wilson, decides to stick his boots into the town’s first murder case.

Laney will be damned if she lets Gunner trample all over her turf and her chance at a quiet, contented life. His seemingly endless ability to undermine her resolve and her libido was only outdone by her constant urge to butt heads with him. But when the bodies start to pile up, Laney has to ask the lethal bad boy for a hand—and a truce in exchange for his help.

Having an ex-boyfriend as an ally might not be the best idea, but Laney has always been pretty reckless…

Warning: Contains a sassy female deputy with a knack for getting knee-deep in trouble; a sexy Texas Ranger hell-bent on winning his woman’s heart back; and an old love blazing a wildfire of passionate memories.

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Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22439034-pretty-reckless?from_search=true

 

Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes | iTunes | Kobo

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Pretty-Reckless-Deputy-Laney-Briggs-ebook/dp/B00IQOFSCW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416183434&sr=8-1&keywords=pretty+reckless+by+Jodi+linton

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/pretty-reckless-jodi-linton/1119856177?ean=9781622665143

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/pretty-reckless/id832652065?mt=11

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/pretty-reckless

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Blurb (Whatcha Gonna Do With A Cowboy: Book 1.5)

Some cowboys are worth getting dirty for.

In her latest adventure, sassy Deputy Laney Briggs discovers the local high school football coach passed out under the stadium bleachers wearing nothing but a smile…and his wife’s lingerie.

Things really start to get wild when she runs into the smoking hot Federal Marshal, Colt Larsen, snooping around the Granger’s house. Quicker than a cold snap comes and goes in Texas, Laney finds herself up to her eyeballs in a case involving a ruthless motorcycle gang, a Mexican drug cartel, a kidnapping, and a shoot-out to rival the O.K. Corral.

In over their heads, Laney calls in the big guns—her very own Texas Ranger, Gunner Wilson, who’s ready to fulfill every last one of her desires. But as things heat up between them, the stakes get higher than ever, and Gunner’s help may not be enough for Laney to get out alive…

Warning: Contains mind- blowing sex between a dirty-talking cowboy who loves to spank and a smart-mouth cowgirl who isn’t shy when it comes to demanding what she wants.

 

 Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/10/pretty-reckless-whatcha-gonna-do-with.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22823313-whatcha-gonna-do-with-a-cowboy

Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/124452-deputy-laney-briggs

 

Buy Links Amazon | Barnes | iTunes | Kobo

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Whatcha-Gonna-Do-Cowboy-Entangled-ebook/dp/B00M6609JI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416183466&sr=8-1&keywords=whatcha+gonna+do+with+a+cowboy

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/whatcha-gonna-do-with-a-cowboy-jodi-linton/1120020752?ean=9781502569769

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/whatcha-gonna-do-with-a-cowboy/id903769282?mt=11

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/whatcha-gonna-do-with-a-cowboy-2

 Author Info

Growing up in a small Texas town didn’t have many perks, but it allowed for some colorful writing material. After settling down with her family in central Texas, Jodi found her passion: writing kick-ass, southern contemporary romance stories. Today she can be found cozied up to the computer escaping into a quirky world of tall tales, sexy, tight jean wearing cowboys, and a protagonist with a sharp-tongue quick enough to hang any man out to dry.

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Author Links: Website | Facebook Twitter | Goodreads

Website: http://jodilinton.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/JodiLintonAuthor
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jodilinton1
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7912388.Jodi_Linton

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*Jodi is hosting a Tour Wide Giveaway for a $10.00 Amazon or B&N eGift Card*

***CLICK HERE TO ENTER***

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2014 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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What to Read Wednesday with David M Brown and Donna Brown

Thank you so much for joining me for What to Read Wednesday! Please help me welcome authors David M Brown and Donna Brown. I think you’ll enjoy learning about their interesting release and reading their guest post. If you’re a fan of the feline family then check out their book The Bleaklisted Books : A Feline Central Book…which is a book about books…read on to discover more.

Take it away David and Donna…

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First of all, many thanks to Christine Warner for the opportunity to guest post on her blog today.

 

My Gift to the World

Mr B: Please note that the following guest post was riddled with spelling errors and strange references to a gentleman named Eugene. I’ve edited the post as best I can to make it both coherent and less insane. If any of Charlie’s thoughts offend in any way then I apologise profusely because I know this very strange cat will not.

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your beers, for I bring great news.

Firstly, an introduction. My name is Charlie. I am the feline equivalent of Napoleon Bonaparte but the difference between myself and the Emperor of France is I’m good at what I do. From the moment I first whacked a ball of wool with my kitten paws I knew my destiny was to conquer the world. To me, that ball of wool was the Earth and I its master. I’m not sure how the thread hanging off it compares to our own world but I don’t want to get bogged down in such silly questions of accuracy. The analogy works…sort of.

Back in 2012 my owners – Beard Face and Frizzy Hair – released a book entitled Man vs Cat. It was a scandalous read, trying to depict myself and my five brothers as pathological felines with more issues than Darth Vader. Beard Face went so far as to claim that we were plotting to kill him. I took great offence at this. Yes, I have long been plotting to kill him but not as often as he made out in this book.

Two years on I have decided that the world needs something better than the drivel that my misguided owners came up with him. As Christmas is on the horizon I decided to offer a gift to you all better than any Playstation, chocolates or bottle of gin. My gift to the world is a book, a very special book. It is unique in the respect it is a book about books. Bet you’ve never heard of anything like that before, right?

I like reading, I really do, but I have a big problem with the books you humans write. My problem is that they’re generally a load of nonsense. The only book I have no aversion to is George Orwell’s Animal Farm. That one I find inspirational but everything else is just badly written. I couldn’t find any other books I liked. I tried everything – Fifty Shades of Grey, Anna Karenina, The Lord of the Rings, Pride and Prejudice, and for my sins Ulysses - but none of them did anything to stifle my anger and disillusionment with human books. Something had to be done.

I decided to start bleaklisting these awful books. Bleaklisting is a complex process but basically I read one of your terrible books, summarise it and then offer my alternative to how the story should have gone. This isn’t me being a mean and evil dictator, as Beard Face would have you believe, but a sort of spiritual leader like Gandhi, the Dalai Lama or Charlie Chaplin. I found 25 books in all and collected them together to form The Bleaklisted Books. This is my gift. 25 of your most beloved books are exposed for what they really are and in their place I have suggested better stories, superior stories, that I think you will embrace ahead of the originals.

I know what you’re thinking. This is one crazy kitty but hear me out, minions, I mean humans. This book will change your lives. It will make you think differently about books. It will be an epiphany for you all, like the first time you discovered soap, fast food or Meryl Streep. Take this chance to change your reading lives forever. What better gift could there be at Christmas.

Mr B: Alternatively, you could agree with me about what a lunatic Charlie is. Read his book for fun by all means but don’t take any of it seriously. If you do, then I fear for you.

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The Bleaklisted Books (A Feline Central Book)
Genre: (Non Fiction) Humour/Pets & Animals
Release Date: November 28, 2014
Length: 92 Pages

My mini-irons,

I urge you to embrace the goose-spell of Animal Farm and you will find sanctuary when our difficult war is over. I will add, of course, that given that conquering the world means a long, long, long, long, long war, I will permit you to read another book every now and again.

Just remember which books are bleak-listed; e.g. Barry Potterer, 100 Years of Silly Tudor, Prude and Perjury, The Hungary Olympic Games, The Chronicles of Nerdia and Of Mike and Ben.

In the meantime, here is a list of books I have vetted and will reconsider for approval if the appro… apprap… proper changes are made. Read this manyule carefully mini-irons.

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EXCERPT

What happens?

Some spy is told to carry out an assignment in East Germany to uncover a double agent but he falls for someone prior to this and love ultimately messes the operation up.

Reason for bleaklisting?

Proper spies don’t fall in love. Wimps they are!

What should have happened?

Eric is sent on an exclusive mission into East Germany to assassinate a double agent. Before setting off he is approached by an air stewardess named Fiz who fancies him but he turns her down. She does warn him that it’s cold in East Germany and gives him some cough syrup.

Suspicious of the bottle labelled poison with a skull on it, Eric tosses the syrup and completes his mission. When he returns home to England he has a runny nose and is coughing a lot. Fiz realises he has seen through the poison expertly disguised as cough syrup and she runs away. She is shot and killed by a traffic warden who believes her car is parked on double yellow lines. Eric ends the novel by nipping to the pharmacy for some genuine cough syrup.

Special instruction

Make available at MI5, MI6, CIA, B&Q and M&S and rename The Spy Who Came Home with a Cold.

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Mr B compares the stories

Dear me, Charlie, I thought you’d like John le Carré’s 1963 Cold War Novel. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold does deal with Communist East Germany where Alec Leamas is sent, under the pretence that he is defecting, and with the intention of locating Mundt, suspected of being a double agent. Alec has a romance with Liz which ultimately throws a spanner in the works. There isn’t anything about cough syrup thankfully and as with Charlie’s other efforts, this one is likely to disappear into the ether. My apologies to Mr le Carré for this despicable alternative to his story.

 

AUTHOR INFO

Donna-Brown

Donna is a longtime book lover and sometime book reviewer and has devoured books from an early age. She writes short (or long) stories as and when inspiration hits and is married to fantasy author David M. Brown (Fezariu’s Epiphany, A World Apart). She was also co-contributor to David’s book, Man vs Cat, a humorous look at life with six rambunctious rescue cats.

Donna has lived in many different areas of the UK over the last 30-something years but has remained in Yorkshire for the past decade. She ardently disputes the misnomer that ‘It’s grim up north’. You can find Donna on Google+, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Goodreads, or visit her and her husband’s shared blog: B-Lines and Felines.

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David Brown could be considered a fantasy fanatic, especially since he has spent the last 10 years developing a 47,000-year history for his fictional world of Elenchera. When converting his obsession into literary form, David commits himself to a rigorous writing and editing process before his work can meet his approval. Combined with the critical eye of his wife and a BA Hons in History and English, David’s dedication leads him to his goal of inspiring readers through heartfelt stories and characters.

Although David is inspired primarily by fantasy fiction, he also finds his muse in the form of anime, world cinema, history, and biographies. His own books, Fezariu’s Epiphany and A World Apart, combine aspects from worlds both old and new into compelling tales of a world not soon forgotten., David himself certainly does not lack a spirit of adventure; in fact, he left his job in 2007 in order to spend a month travelling. Second only to meeting and marrying his wife, David counts this as one of the most amazing experiences of his life.

 

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2014 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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BOOK BLAST ~ Pleasing the Pirate by Sharon Cullen ~ .99 deal

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Blurb

From Sharon Cullen, author of the eBook sensation Loving the Earl, comes the tale of a ruthless pirate and the Scottish lass who fills him with desire for something greater than plunder.

With her clan’s crops burned and their property confiscated, Mairi McFadden is desperate to free her brother from imprisonment so that he can take his rightful place as chief. Her only hope is the fierce English pirate Phin Lockwood, but the buccaneer laughs at her meager funds. His roving eyes, however, tell Mairi there’s something else he’ll take in exchange for her brother’s rescue. Though she burns with hatred for the English, she’ll do anything to save her clan.

The crown has made it clear that Phin has two choices: bring in a certain Scottish traitor or hang. And he’s not about to let a tiny, whiskey-eyed woman get in his way, even if she is pointing a gun at him. When Phin learns that Mairi’s brother is the very man he seeks, he’s more than willing to use the lass as bait. But as the moment of capture draws near, Phin is surprised by his feelings for the courageous beauty who has him considering risking his life—for someone besides himself.

Praise for Pleasing the Pirate

“A fast-paced, adventure-filled romance . . . with passion, engaging characters and a storyline that will capture the reader throughout. Well done, I loved it!”—My Book Addiction Reviews

“A sizzling, smart relationship that evolves beautifully to capture readers’ hearts as well as their imaginations . . . Cullen crafts an engaging romance that is as much a tribute to the past as it is a tale of two unlikely lovers.”—RT Book Reviews

Links

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EX48V3C?ie=UTF8&tag=randohouseinc-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B00EX48V3C

Barnes and Noble – http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?ISBSRC=Y&ISBN=9780345549723&cm_mmc=Random%20House-_-Pleasing+the+Pirate-RandomHouse-9780345549723-_-Pleasing+the+Pirate-RandomHouse-9780345549723-_-Pleasing+the+Pirate-RandomHouse-9780345549723
iBooks – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/isbn9780345549723?at=11l3IH&ct=Pleasing+the+Pirate-RandomHouse-9780345549723

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Sharon’s Links:

Website – http://sharoncullen.net

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/SharonCullenAuthor?ref=hl

Twitter – @SharonCullen

Random House Page – http://www.randomhouse.com/author/162787/sharon-cullen?sort=best_13wk_3month

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2014 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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BOOK BLAST ~ The Winner Takes it All by Jennifer Dawson ~ GIVEAWAY

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The Winner Takes It All
Something New # 2

By: Jennifer Dawson

Releasing December 2nd, 2014

Zebra / Kensington

 

Blurb

For two stubborn people…

Corporate mogul Shane Donovan sees the ultra-cool, collected Cecilia Riley as an ice queen—even if he can’t deny that, on the surface, she’s a work of perfection his body can’t ignore. Forced to spend two weeks in the same house for his sister’s upcoming wedding, Shane senses that deep down Cecilia mirrors his need. And he’s determined to draw her into a sexy game that will melt away her reserve…

Losing is not an option…

Career-driven Cecilia Riley has just enough free time in her schedule to head out of town for her brother’s wedding. But her agenda is thrown for a loop by the presence of Shane. Though his over-confident attitude leaves a lot to be desired, his insanely hot body has kept Cecilia up nights. Unsure what game Shane is playing, Cecilia takes the bait, bent on resisting him at all costs.

 The Winner Takes It All

 

 Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/09/the-winner-takes-it-all-something-new-2.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20949511-the-winner-takes-it-all?from_search=true

Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/112840-something-new

 

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Author Info

Jennifer Dawson grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from DePaul University with a degree in psychology. She met her husband at the public library while they were studying. To this day she still maintains she was NOT checking him out. Now, over twenty years later, they’re married and living in a suburb right outside of Chicago with two awesome kids and a crazy dog.

Despite going through a light FM, poem writing phase in high school, Jennifer never grew up wanting to be a writer (she had more practical aspirations of being an international super spy). Then one day, suffering from boredom and disgruntled with a book she’d been reading, she decided to put pen to paper. The rest, as they say, is history.

These days Jennifer can be found sitting behind her computer, writing her next novel, chasing after her kids, keeping an ever watchful eye on her ever growing to-do list, and NOT checking out her husband.

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Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Website: http://jennifer-dawson.com/
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BOOK BLAST ~ Christmas Bliss by A.S. Fenichel ~ Giveaway

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Christmas Bliss

By: A.S. Fenichel

Releasing November 29, 2014

Ellora’s Cave

Blurb

 

Emma is running from a tyrannous uncle bent on killing her young brother, just to gain his fortune. John, the Earl of Compton, is looking for something to change his unfulfilling life. When they meet on a dark street, nothing can change their fate.

John is so instantly smitten and socially inept, he proposes in less than twenty-four hours. Emma’s plight to save her brother has her so shaken, she agrees to the hasty Christmas wedding.
The threats to Emma’s life, and John’s fierce defense of her, demonstrate to both that the match might be more than just a convenient arrangement. If only they can thwart her uncle’s devious assault and live to enjoy each other.

 

Blush sensuality level: This is a sweet romance (kisses only, no sexual content).

 

A Blush® romance from Ellora’s Cave

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EXCERPT

Chapter One

John Scarborough was just beginning to feel as though he was himself again. The troubles of politics had left him in a bad temper, but the walk in the cold of December brought him back to civility. He could almost imagine his troubles falling away with each step that drew him closer to home. He no longer wished to wring the neck of a certain political opponent.

Yes, the man was an idiot, but he felt he could return to his seat without committing murder.

At least that was a relief. He laughed at his own sarcastic thought.

Most men of his wealth and position would have taken their carriage home, but a brisk walk always made John feel better after a long day of arguing in the House of Lords. His carriage was generally only a few minutes behind him, since the footman and driver refused to leave him completely alone at night on the streets of London.

A shadow could easily be seen crouching beneath the hedge that fronted his home in the West End of London. Pickpockets and thieves often skulked around in the finer residential areas, hoping to earn a nights work. Often these villains beat their prey and left them for dead.

John took a better hold of his walking stick, prepared to fend off the trespasser if necessary.

“You there, what is your business?”

He heard a woman gasp. When she stood up from her hiding place, the light of the full moon gave enough illumination for him to see she was well dressed in a fashionable walking costume.

His eyes narrowed. “Were you going to accost me as I entered my home, wench?”

 

“Certainly not.” Her tone was crisp, as if she was offended. It reminded him of when he was a boy and had insulted his nanny.

She turned back to the hedge, crouched down and lifted something out of the bushes.

John raised his staff. “I am not above striking a woman. Whatever nefarious plan you have, I advise you to desist.”

When she turned, the bundle she’d picked up and held to her shoulder turned out to be a small child of five or six.

John was rarely surprised by people. In fact, he found most people quite predictable.

Everything about this girl had caught him by surprise. Exhaustion must have gotten the better of his senses. He lowered his arm and weapon and gaped at the girl.

Her voice was educated and cultured. “I’m sorry we frightened you, Lord Compton. We shall be on our way now.”

“You know me?” He didn’t know why that should bother him. Quite a lot of people knew him on sight and he was standing in front of his own home.

“Of course.”

He could hear the smile in her voice, though the night did not permit him to see her face clearly enough to verify if the sound translated to her lips.

Embarrassment washed through him. His neck felt hot, reminding him of when he’d been at school, and was unsure of an answer demanded by the instructor. “Why are you hiding in my shrubbery?” he demanded.

She lifted the sleeping child higher. It was a boy from the look of his clothes. It was past nine and the child slung his arms about her neck and rested his head on her shoulder. He looked as if he was a very heavy sack of potatoes.

“That is a very long story, my lord. I apologize again for our intrusion. We shall move along.”

“Wait,” he commanded.

 

 Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/10/christmas-bliss-by-as-fenichel.html

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Author Info

A.S. Fenichel gave up a successful career in New York City to follow her husband to Texas and pursue her lifelong dream of being a professional writer. She’s never looked back.

A.S. adores writing stories filled with love, passion, desire, magic and maybe a little mayhem tossed in for good measure. Books have always been her perfect escape and she still relishes diving into one and staying up all night to finish a good story.

Multi-published in erotic paranormal, contemporary and historical romance, A.S. is the author of the Mayan Destiny series, Christmas Bliss and many more. With several books currently contracted to multiple publishers, A.S. will be bringing you her brand of romance for many years to come.

Originally from New York, she grew up in New Jersey, and now lives in the East Texas with her real life hero, her wonderful husband. When not reading or writing she enjoys cooking, travel, history, and puttering in her garden.

 A.S. Fenichel

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SPECIAL GUEST ~ Jennifer Chance author of WANT IT ~ Giveaway

Thank you for joining me on the blog today! We have a special guest :) Author Jennifer Chance is here along with her characters from her book WANT IT–Zander and Erin. I think you’ll enjoy getting to know them better from the interview that follows.

Also, don’t forget to enter Jennifer’s wonderful giveaway. The link is at the end of the post :)

Take it away Jennifer, Zander, and Erin…

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Erin and Zander Spill All: The Jennifer Chance Writing Process

Christine, hello! Thanks for being a part of the tour!

Writing WANT IT was an amazing process—the book went through some significant revisions, as I explored all of the many things Zander and Erin could do and be in their quest to re-discover each other and see if they might begin again. So as I considered this blog topic, I thought it might be fun to see how much they appreciated my writing process!

Q: Can you describe Jenn’s Writing Process?

Zander: Yes. It’s a cluster-f—k.

Erin (elbowing him): That’s not true! Just because you don’t have an artistic bone in your body, doesn’t mean that everyone does things on the straight and narrow. Jenn wrote the first draft thinking the story would be one thing, but then as she got to know us, she realized that our story could go in a very different direction. So her process for this book was to draft—and then redraft. After that, it was a matter of helping refine the book to make it (hopefully!) even more fun for readers.

Q: Okay. What was the hardest part about this process for you?

Zander: No net. All the damn time, she was writing without a net.

Erin: That’s true enough. Jenn was writing us into some pretty dangerous situations, and then she would come back the next day and give us a break so we could spend some more time together and learn more about each other. But just when we thought we could kick back and enjoy the Mexican sunshine, she would go into danger mode again!

Q: Is there anything about it you liked?

Erin, speaking quickly: Oh, yes! I had so much fun talking with Dani (whose story, RISK IT, comes out this spring!) and reconnecting with Zander. We had our difficulties, but that’s to be expected in any rekindled romance story. And then there was the—

Zander, cutting her off: The sex. The sex was outstanding. Absolutely mission accomplished on that. (Gives thumbs up)

Q: Well, all right, then! What do you think WANT IT taught Jenn about the writing process?

Zander: The thing is, with any operation, you gotta have a plan, and then a back-up plan, and then a few contingency plans for things you flat out know are never going to happen—but could. Writing this book gave Jenn the opportunity to dip her toe into my world: military suspense, and that took some exploration for her. She had to learn to be way more flexible to make sure the story still stayed true to the vision, even when the bullets started flying.

Erin: Flexibility was key, and also perspective. Elements of WANT IT were challenging, certainly—like my mother, who is always challenging. But some elements were very easy to write, like Rey.

Zander: Rey would like nothing better than to be described as ‘easy.’ Make sure you put that in your interview.

  1. Last Question! If you could give aspiring authors out there any suggestions for writing their own books, what would it be?

Erin, smiling: I’ll take this one first. You have to truly love your story idea, because turning that into a full-fledged story will require a lot of dedication, persistence, and passion. It’s all totally worth it, but make sure you pick a story that you are willing to stay with through thick and thin!

Zander: For me, it’s all about keeping your eye on the prize: your mission objective. If you want to write the book of your heart—write that. If you want to write fun, fast stories that are entertaining and then you’re on to the next—write that. If you want to write the Great American Novel—write that. It’s all up to you. You’re the one in control of your book, so man up and take that control to help make sure that your book helps you reach your ultimate objective.

Thank you, Erin and Zander—and thank you, Christine, for hosting us today!

Want It

Want It
Rule Breakers # 3

By: Jennifer Chance

Releasing December 9th, 2014

Loveswept

 

 

Blurb

 

In the latest tantalizing Rule Breakers novel from Jennifer Chance, an irresistible alpha male follows his ex into a deadly standoff—and reignites a heated affair.

For Erin Connelly, being a good girl isn’t such a bad thing. She’s working her dream job at a Boston art gallery and staying out of trouble, which is more than she can say for her deadbeat mom. Unfortunately, her mother’s latest misadventure lands her in the clutches of a Mexican drug lord. Now the only person who can save her is the one man Erin has no business asking for help: the sexy-as-sin army ranger who just so happens to be her former high school sweetheart.

Zander James is no gentleman—and no officer, either, thanks to Erin. Four years ago, she made a call that terminated his highest aspirations . . . and their relationship. He’s never forgiven her, but when he learns that Erin’s embarking on a half-baked rescue mission, he sure as hell can’t let her go alone. Now, with a treacherous enemy lying in wait, the electrifying tension between them may just be Zander’s undoing. Because while he may be able to keep Erin alive, he can’t promise to keep his hands off her.

 

 

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Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/want-it

 

Author Info

Jennifer Chance is the award-winning author of the new adult Rule Breakers series. A lover of books, romance, and happily-ever-afters, she lives and writes in Ohio.

 Jennifer Chance

Author Links: Website | Facebook Twitter | Goodreads

Website: http://www.jenniferchance.com/
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