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INTERVIEW with Elizabeth Harmon author of Turning it On ~ GIVEAWAY

Please help me welcome author Elizabeth Harmon to the blog! Today Elizabeth is taking a comfy seat and answering a few questions about herself and her book Turning it On!

At the end of our chat there is a link to enter her wonderful giveaway!

Let’s get started…

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Tell us three random facts about you :)

I love lakes, cats, and prefer winter to summer.

What color is your house?

My house is dark green w/red roof and cream trim.

What’s your favorite holiday and why?

Thanksgiving, because the emphasis isn’t on what we want, but appreciating what we have. It’s also a time to spend time with family, share memories and an excuse to make all of the complicated, fattening dishes I love.

What’s your favorite part of the writing process?

Going from the second draft to third, because now the story and characters are set and it’s fun to add all the touches that make it shine. This is when I incorporate details about setting, work in the theme, and ramp up the emotion and romantic/sexual tension between the characters.  I also get to drag out my thesaurus and find all those perfect words I wouldn’t allow myself to spend time searching for, when the whole scene might end up being cut.

I love choosing my character names. How did you go about choosing your hero and heroine’s names?

It’s funny because Hannah originally had a cutesier name, and about halfway through the first draft, I decided it didn’t fit, so I changed it.  The name Hannah suggests a woman who is noble, courageous and stronger than she realizes.  It’s classic, connects to her heritage, and is a name I’ve always loved.  For Vlad, I came up with his stripper name first—Vlad the Bad, only to discover that Vlad isn’t the correct shortened form of the name Vladimir. But since most Americans don’t know that, everyone just calls him Vlad, and because he’s buried so much of who he once was, he just rolls with it.

How come you write the genre you do?

I write both contemporary and historical, but my first sale was for the Red Hot Russian contemporary series, so that’s where I’m focusing my energy right now.

What’s one of your favorite lines in your book?

“Even after he’d confided his deepest shame, she was responding with acceptance and passionate kisses, not condemnation. Hope filled his heart. Though he’d been with other women, for the first time in his life, Vlad was about to make love.”         For me, this line captures the essence of what I love about Vlad and Hannah. Both have gone through life feeling as though they are less in some way. When they come together, each finds the love and acceptance they’ve longed for, but thought they would never find. Vlad is a hot male stripper a lot of women have wanted, but until Hannah, no one really cared about. Hannah has never felt confident about her looks, but Vlad finds her beautiful.

Describe your hero through your heroine’s eyes.

The fact that he’s very handsome, and is kind to her intrigues Hannah right from the beginning.  Though the reality show has positioned him as the villain, that doesn’t jibe with the person he seems to be. She also sees a tarnished dignity in Vlad, and even imagines he might have once been a ballet dancer, before he became a stripper. Though she dismisses it as a silly fantasy, the truth isn’t that far off.

What three words best describe your heroine?

Big-hearted, self-conscious, determined

Do you feel your writing is most productive in the morning, afternoon, evening…or anytime?

Morning is my ideal, but life doesn’t always cooperate. When that happens, packing up my laptop and heading out to Starbucks or Panera can cut down on distractions.

What makes your book stand out from other books in the same genre?

One thing is that it’s a lighter story featuring a Russian hero,  who are more often seen in romantic suspense, or as uber-Alpha billionaire oligarch types. Vlad is sexy, yet also a down-to-earth, kind-hearted beta.  And because Hannah is engaged, the relationship between her and Vlad builds slowly.  They’re drawn together as allies and friends, falling in “like” and building trust, before they fall in love.

What’s your favorite part of any book to write…beginning, middle, or the end?

The end, because I feel a huge sense of accomplishment, and it means I finally get to read the whole thing straight through. Since I draft my books multiple times, it’s also when I start to think about all the ways I can make it better.

Care to share with us what you have coming up?

I’m currently writing the third Red Hot Russians book “Getting It Back,” which is due out next March. The hero is a sexy, charming male figure skater, determined to make a comeback after a devastating injury.  The heroine is a beautiful American athletic trainer who goes to Moscow to help him…and is equally determined not to fall in love.

Thank you so much for answering my questions, Elizabeth. I enjoyed getting to know more about you, your writing process, and her latest book!

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Turning it On
Red Hot Russians # 2

By: Elizabeth Harmon

Releasing June 29, 2015

Carina Press

Blurb

Book editor Hannah Levinson couldn’t be happier. This “Nice Jewish Girl” is ready to marry the man she’s longed after for half her life. When her fiancé suggests they audition for Last Fling, a steamy new reality show for engaged couples, she lets herself be swayed. Maybe she’ll learn a thing or two.

Vlad Shustov’s fall from a once-bright career as a competitive figure skater was swift. Now trapped by a shameful past and an uncertain future, “Vlad the Bad” strips for cash. Joining the cast of Last Fling could earn him a fortune—or at least enough to finally leave stripping. But to win the show’s prize, he must seduce an engaged woman, something he can’t even bear the thought of.
Hannah’s not like any woman Vlad’s met before. Betrayed by the man she thought she loved and relegated to the ugly-duckling role she’d worked so hard to shed, can she trust there’s more to Vlad than meets the eye? With sleazy TV tactics shattering the last shreds of the contestants’ confidence, they’ll have to believe true happiness is not only possible…it may be looking right at them.

 

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Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25021974-turning-it-on

Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/141555-red-hot-russians

 EXCERPT

Hannah sighed and shook her head. “I’m not usually such an emotional mess. It’s just this show. This whole situation! Back there…” she flung her arm wide, in the direction of the mainland. “I’m successful. Accomplished. I have a great job. I live in New York City. Here, all anyone cares about is how hot I am. Or more to the point, how hot I’m not!

Vlad  nodded sympathetically. “It’s TV. Unfortunately, sex sells better than other good qualities.”

“Exactly! I can’t compete. I’m not like those other women, and I don’t even want to be. But I have no choice. Not unless I want to lose my fiancé to a scheming bimbo and have the entire nation talking about what a pathetic loser I am. It’s humiliating.”

“You can always learn to be sexy.” Vlad looked her over. “You’ve got the right equipment. All you need is to learn to use it. I am around sexy women all the time. I could coach you. You know…sexy lessons.”

“Sexy lessons?” She had to laugh at that. “I’ve never thought of sexy as a learned skill.”

“It is, though. All about how you carry yourself.” He adjusted his posture and the set of his broad shoulders conveyed a confidence that was undeniably hot.

“And who better to teach me than a guy named Vlad the Bad who takes off his clothes for a living?”

“As Uncle Ivan used to say, it pays to work with best coach you can find.”

She laughed again, but didn’t entirely dismiss the idea. Putting a little strut in her stuff held surprising appeal. Yet what was the catch? A guy who willingly signed on for a trashy show like Last Fling must want something. “And in return?”

He thought a moment and Hannah tensed, afraid of what he might ask. Then he gave a decisive nod. “I want you to read my book. Not just query, synopsis, “sorry not right for us,” but the whole thing. You don’t have to buy, but I want honest, professional critique of how to make it better.”

Honest and professional? Yikes. What would she say if the book was god-awful, which it likely was? He’d pinned so much hope to it, she couldn’t bear to be the one to discourage him. On the other hand, at least she would be gentle and constructive. And if it was good, this was a chance to help him achieve his dream. She imagined taking the book to her boss. Sales and Marketing would drool over this hot Russian male stripper–turned-literary sensation. As would everyone else.  And if it kept Jack from Robynne’s clutches, it was worth the risk.

Vlad narrowed his eyes. “So do we have a deal?”

A bit more certain, Hannah laughed and stuck out her hand. “Deal.”

 

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Author Info

I love stories that give a fresh take on classic themes, and feature characters and locations not often seen in romance. Give me a lovable, if less-than-perfect heroine, a gorgeous hero with a heart of gold, take them a little off the beaten path and I’m a happy girl.

I read a variety of genres– romance to horror and just about everything in between. I am a member of Romance Writers of America. I have worked as a freelance journalist for a number of local publications and am a contributing writer to Romance Writers Report.

When I’m not writing, I love to ice skate, bike ride, hang out at the beach or on my front porch. I love vintage homes, adventurous cooking, spending time with my family and traveling.

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Author Links:  Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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#Goodreads #Giveaway of A Friendly Engagement by Christine Warner

I hope everyone had an amazing weekend!

I wanted to share that I’m offering up a Giveaway on Goodreads for A Friendly Engagement.

This giveaway runs from July 1st through the 31st.

Please take a moment to enter, add A Friendly Engagement to your “want to read” list, and share with your friends.

I will give away 3 autographed copies to 3 lucky US winners!

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What’s a little engagement between friends?

Omar Esterly is married to his job. But when Omar sets his sights on a potential, family-oriented client, his confirmed bachelorhood becomes a problem. Fortunately, his friend and employee, Devi Boss, has the perfect plan…

Okay, so it wasn’t exactly Devi’s plan to become her friend’s fake fiancée. Lies aren’t her style. However, Omar offers her a big, beautiful raise – enough to track down the missing father she’s never known – and Devi reluctantly agrees to the whole engagement hoax…

This was supposed to be a no-strings-attached win-win for both Devi and Omar, but when they cross the line between friendship and…well, something more, Devi realizes she’s made a huge mistake that just might cost her both job and friend – falling for her fiancé.

 

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INTERVIEW with Sara Jane Stone author of To Tempt a Seal ~ Giveaway

Today I’d like to welcome Sara Jane Stone to the blog. Sara has agreed to take the hot seat and answer a few questions so we can get to know her a little better.

Afterward, check out her release To Tempt A Seal, Book One in the Sin City Seal’s series. And don’t forget to enter her awesome giveaway. The link is at the end of the post :)

Let’s get going…

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Tell us about yourself in three sentences :)

SJS: I’m a stay-at-mom of two who spends most of her time lost in imaginary worlds. My husband is my real-life hero (even through he’s not a SEAL :)). We currently live in New York City and dream about moving to the country.

What color is your kitchen?

SJS: Light blue mostly.

What’s your favorite food to cook?

SJS: Mushroom Risotto using my dad’s recipe.

What are your writing goals for 2015?

SJS: More SEALs! I’m having so much fun writing this series. I’m crazy about the characters and can’t wait to spend more time with them. And I’m also working on a spin-off series linked to my Independence Falls books :)

I love choosing my character names. How did you go about choosing your hero and heroine’s names?

SJS: I worked closely with my editor to select Cade’s name. I knew I wanted a “c” name for this hero, but we tossed a lot of ideas back and forth after I wrote the first draft. As for the heroine, she simply walked into my imagination and introduced herself.

How come you write the genre you do?

SJS: I write what I love to read! I’m passionate about military stories and I love erotic romance, so the combination made sense to me.

What’s the first sentence in your book?

SJS: Dresses like this lead to fantasy sex in a Vegas hotel room.

What did your heroine think the first time she saw/met your hero?

SJS: U.S. Navy SEAL Cade Daniels is better than chocolate.

Describe your heroine in five words.

SJS: A woman finding her way.

Do you feel your writing is most productive in the morning, afternoon, evening…or anytime?

SJS: Usually the morning, but it depends on where I am in a story. I love to spend full days when I can.

Do you have a writing ritual—for example, do you wear a lucky pair of socks, have to have a certain drink, light a candle, or only sit in a special chair?

SJS: When I go away for a twenty-four hour writing retreat, I bring my favorite sweatpants. They’re falling apart, but I love them. I start the day with coffee and around lunchtime I order my favorite foods from a local vegan café. I eat and write for the rest of the day. These retreats are like heaven. No internet. No distractions. And the best vegan cookies in NYC :)

What makes your book stand out from other books in the same genre?

SJS: I write a very sexy, very emotional story, but there are also some very funny moments. My books tend to be fast-paced. And honestly, I think my voice sets them apart from others in the genre. But I think that is true for most writers.

What’s your favorite part of any book to write…beginning, middle, or the end?

SJS: I love writing the first few chapters and the dark moment.

Care to share with us what you have coming up?

SJS: I’ve written the first draft of To Dare a SEAL, #2 in the Sin City SEALs series and I can’t wait to revise it! But while I wait, I’m writing the first draft of A Wild Ride to Forever, the first book in my Forever Wild trilogy. This story features a side character, a former Marine, from my Independence Falls series, and a heroine I’ve been wanting to write for a long, long time :)

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To Tempt a SEAL
Sin City SEAL’s #1

By: Sara Jane Stone

Releasing June 30, 2015 

Entangled: Brazen 

Blurb

For the first time in her life, social worker Lucia Lewis is ready to live. And the masquerade ball in Las Vegas is just the place to find a ridiculously hot guy to complete her wicked to-do list. The only rule? Her elegant Venetian mask—which conceals the scars that have always held her back from the life she deserves—stays on.
Navy SEAL Cade Daniels heads to Vegas on a mission to keep his best friend’s little sister out of trouble. Except the woman he’s sent to find is all heat and flame…and perfectly capable of handling herself. And him. But the moment Lucia’s mask slips, the need to heal her, body and soul, is complete and absolute temptation.
But revealing himself could cost him the one thing he isn’t willing to risk…his heart.

 

 

 Link to Follow Tour:  http://www.tastybooktours.com/2015/05/to-tempt-seal-sin-city-seals-1-by-sara.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25500208-to-tempt-a-seal?from_search=true&search_version=service

Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/153639-sin-city-seals

 

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 EXCERPT

“Turn around,” he murmured as he moved behind her. His fingers toyed with the straps of her red dress and lowered them down her shoulders. “And tell me what you see.”

“People.” She gasped as he drew her dress down to her waist, revealing her black lace bra to the night air. Her nipples pebbled, begging for his touch. “Everywhere.”

Her breasts were left wanting as his hand moved to her legs and lifted her skirt until it bunched at her waist. A thrill ran through her. All those people below, and yet she was on the verge of losing herself in this moment. Being here, with him, felt wild and wanton, so far removed from the walls holding her trapped in her life back home.

“When you come…” His fingers teased the edge of her lace thong, and she spread her legs, opening for him. “When you scream my name, will they hear you?”

“No,” she gasped. His finger slipped beneath the edge of her underwear. “Maybe. I don’t care.”

“Does this fit your fantasy? Is this what you want?” he demanded. “Tell me.”

She turned to face him and looped her arms around his neck. His hand moved over her, and his fingers ran down her backside, touching, exploring. Her hips rocked against him, demanding friction.

“I want you,” she said. “Make me scream your name. Over and over. I don’t care if they hear. I want the fantasy. Please.”

 

Author Info

After several years on the other side of the publishing industry, Sara Jane Stone bid goodbye to her sales career to pursue her dream-writing romance novels. Sara Jane currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with her very supportive real-life hero, two lively young children and a lazy Burmese cat. Join Sara Jane’s newsletter to receive new release information, news about contests, giveaways, and more! To subscribe, visit www.sarajanestone.com and look for her newsletter entry form.

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BOOK BLAST ~ Wolf With Benefits by Shelly Laurenston ~ GIVEAWAY

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Wolf with Benefits
Pride # 8

By: Shelly Laurenston

Releasing June 30, 2015

Kensington

 

 

Blurb

 

There’s nothing like a good ol’ boy wolf.  And ace security expert Ricky Lee Reed serves, protects and seduces with all the right moves…

Sure, Toni Jean-Louis Parker has to be the responsible oldest sister to a crazy-brilliant clan of jackal siblings. But now she’s cutting loose for some hot, sweaty, no-commitments fun—and the sexy, slow-talking, swift-moving predator assigned to keep her family safe is just the right thing to shapeshift her love life into overdrive. Trouble is, he’s starting to get all obsessive wolf on her every time he looks in her direction…

 

Getting serious about anyone isn’t in Ricky Lee Reed’s plans. Hell, even now he doesn’t really have a plan—outside of catching whoever is threatening this dangerously brilliant family. But the more he sees of Toni, the more he’s howling for her. And whatever it takes to convince her that what they have is everything, well, this wily wolf is down for the sizzling chase…

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 Link to Follow Tour:  http://www.tastybooktours.com/2015/05/wolf-with-benefits-pride-8-by-shelly.html

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Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/45074-pride

 

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Author Info

Originally from Long Island, New York, Shelly Laurenston has resigned herself to West Coast living, which involves healthy food, mostly sunny days, and lots of guys not wearing shirts when they really should. Shelly is also the New York Times bestselling author G.A. Aiken, creator of the Dragon Kin series. For more info about Shelly’s books go to http://www.shellylaurenston.com. Or to check out G.A.’s dangerously and arrogantly sexy dragons go to www.gaaiken.com

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What to Read Wednesday with Megan Frampton author of Put Up Your Duke ~ GIVEAWAY

I’m so glad it’s time for What to Read Wednesday :) Please help me welcome author Megan Frampton to the blog. She’s talking critique partners and then sharing her latest release Put Up Your Duke, book 2 in the Dukes Behaving Badly series.

After you check out her blurb and excerpt, don’t forget to enter her wonderful giveaway! The links are at the end of the post :)

Take it away Megan…

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No author writes in a vacuum (because, you know, that sucks!). Many authors, me included, have a critique partner—someone who reads the work as you’re writing, who offers encouragement, advice, and a sounding board for when you’re not sure just when the hero and heroine should kiss (spoiler: I write romance).

When you’ve found the right critique partner, as I have, you know the person will have your back, even if they don’t agree with you all the time.

Take, for example, my relationship with my critique partner, Myretta Robens. Myretta is as crucial to my process as my own hours at the keyboard. She tells me to ‘just keep writing’ whenever I worry the book is terrible (that happens a lot), she lets me know if my ideas and characters work, and she reins in my language when I’ve used something not current to the period (I’m writing early-Victorian historical romance, so I can’t say something is totally awesome, for example).

She also tolerates my idiosyncracies. Namely, my love for large-nosed men, many of whom have acted as inspiration for my heroes. I can date my fascination for the Victorian period to my first viewing of North and South, the miniseries based on Elizabeth Gaskell’s book of the same name. More specifically, to the miniseries’ hero, played by Richard Armitage.

Let’s pause a moment to swoon, shall we?

But Myretta does not agree with my assessment of Mr. Armitage’s particular charms. In fact, when I first started talking about him, she dubbed him ‘Ratface’ because of his large schnozz. I have to admit, it is rather long and pointy. That’s why I like it. And why I like David Gandy, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Takeshi Kaneshiro.

So when we first started working together, I would share pix of Armitage to illustrate what my hero looked like, and she would respond, shortly and succinctly, ‘Ratface.’ Eventually, she shortened it to ‘RF.’

But that’s the beauty of a critique partner’s feedback—you can take what works for you (in this case, that Myretta knows word origins and makes sure my words are of the period) and what doesn’t (that Richard Armitage looks like a rat). If the worst thing she ever tells me is that the actor I find to be the most gorgeous thing in the entire world looks like he might steal my cheese, I’m okay with that.

 

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Put up Your Duke
Dukes Behaving Badly #2

By: Megan Frampton

Releasing June 30, 2015

Avon

Blurb

 

He was once happily bedding and boxing, but in the newest DUKES BEHAVING BADLY novel, Nicholas Smithfield has inherited a title and a bride…

To keep his estate afloat, the new Duke of Gage must honor an agreement to marry Lady Isabella. Stunningly beautiful, utterly tempting, she’s also a bag of wedding night nerves, so Nicholas decides to wait to do his duty-even if it means heading to the boxing saloon every day to punch away his frustration.

Groomed her whole life to become the perfect duchess Isabella longs for independence, a dream that is gone forever. As her husband, Nicholas can do whatever he likes-but, to Isabella’s surprise the notorious rake instead begins a gentle seduction that is melting every inch of her reserve, night by night…

To his utter shock, Nicholas’s discovers that none of his previous exploits were half as pleasurable as wooing his own wife. But has the realm’s most disreputable Duke found the one woman who can bring him to his knees-and leave him there?

 EXCERPT

And then, then when she felt like she might be going cross-eyed from staring so closely at his mouth, he leaned forward and pressed those lips against hers.

His fingers moved to behind her ear, holding her gently in place. His mouth felt warm and delicious, and she imagined she could feel the contact of his lips all over his body, even though they were only touching in—one, two, three places. Their mouths, his fingers behind her ear, his thigh pressed against hers.

How was one supposed to breathe? She didn’t want to exhale from her nostrils onto his face, since that seemed like it would be unpleasant, and she couldn’t exactly breathe with her mouth, since it was otherwise occupied.

Thankfully, it seemed that he had to breathe as well, since he disengaged and drew back for just a moment, giving her enough time to draw a deep breath, before returning his mouth to hers.

Only now—now it felt as though his lips were parting, and she could feel his breath in her mouth, only it didn’t seem odd at all. It felt as though they were joined together in just that one spot, breathing the same air, almost the same person.

Except that he was a very tall, very charming, apparently-very-conversant-with-such-matters duke, while she was a not as tall, very polished, but not-very-aware-of-anything-that-might-happen-between-a-man-and-a-woman duchess.

He drew back again, but only just barely. She felt her insides flutter as his eyes met hers. “You haven’t been kissed before.”

It wasn’t a question, but instead of the sharp, irked feeling she got when her mother said such things, she felt as though he’d spotted something about her no one else ever had. That no one else had ever gotten close enough to know.

That no one had been privileged to know before.

“No,” she said, shaking her head a tiny fraction.

An almost arrogant smile came across that mouth, and she felt her own mouth start to curl up in response.

“Is that some sort of thing men like? To be the first one a lady has kissed?” she asked, startled by her own boldness. Not to mention her own ability to form a sentence, given how fluttery she felt.

“Not usually.” It sounded as though he was actually pondering her question rather than giving her the expected answer. “But with you—you’re different. Somehow it feels different,” he said in a wondering tone of voice.

But before she could respond to that, he lowered his mouth to hers and kissed her again, this time using his lips to coax her mouth open as well.

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Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23314826-put-up-your-duke?ac=1

Goodreads Series Link:  https://www.goodreads.com/series/127805-dukes-behaving-badly

 

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Author Info

Megan Frampton writes historical romance under her own name and romantic women’s fiction as Megan Caldwell. She likes the color black, gin, dark-haired British men, and huge earrings, not in that order. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and son.
 

Author Links:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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BOOK BLAST ~ The Perfect Bargain by Julia London w/a Jessa McAdams ~ GIVEAWAY

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THE PERFECT BARGAIN

How to Marry a Highlander
# 1

By: Julia London writing as Jessa McAdams
Releasing June 30, 2015
Entangled: Lovestruck

 

American lass seeks brawny Scot…

As if being newly single isn’t brutal enough, Sloane Chatfield’s friends are getting obnoxious about setting her up. When Sloane insists she’s waiting for a certain sexy fictional Highlander to come along, her friends surprise her with a trip to Scotland to find her a new boyfriend. She’d rather have a root canal. But if she can find a Highland hunk to “break her heart” before her friends arrive…

In a remote Highland village, Galen Buchanan is struggling to keep the family pub afloat. Everything is falling apart, he’s running out of money, and now there’s an opinionated American lass parked at his best table, driving him mad. But then Sloane asks Galen to be her pretend Highland boyfriend…and offers him enough money to save the pub. It’s only for a few days, he figures. What’s the worst that could happen?

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Julia London is the New York
Times, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of more than thirty
romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular Cabot Sisters
historical series, including The Trouble with Honor, The Devil Takes a Bride,
and the The Scoundrel and the Debutante. She is also the author of several
acclaimed contemporary romances, including The Cedar Springs series, and the
recent Homecoming Ranch, Return to Homecoming Ranch, and The Perfect Homecoming.
Julia has added a short contemporary series to her titles as well, including
The Perfect Bargain, writing under the name Jessa McAdams.
 

 

Julia is the recipient of the RT
Bookclub Award for Best Historical Romance and a four time finalist for the prestigious
RITA award for excellence in romantic fiction. To keep up with all the Julia
London news, please visit 
http://www.julialondon.com. Follow her on
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Posted by on June 30, 2015 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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SPECIAL GUEST ~ Tina Wainscott author of Falling Fast ~ GIVEAWAY

Today we have author Tina Wainscott joining us on the blog. She’s talking second chances and sharing her latest release Falling Fast. Loving the blurb, and of course more cover love for this book. 

Afterward check out Tina’s giveaway. The link to enter is at the end of the post :)

Take it away Tina…

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Loving a Second Chance at Romance

 

Who doesn’t love a second chance? Sheryl Larson, a reader, said, “I do love them. It’s about redemption, reconciliation, reconnecting with their long lost love that for whatever reason got away or they pushed away.” Another reader, Jade Elyzabeth, said, “I love them because it gives those of us who mess up a heart warming feeling that things could still work out and that the people who love us could forgive our mistakes.” Jenni Dinh, of Bitten by Love Reviews, wrote an article on second chances, which ends with: “Are we strong enough to take on this feeling that got put on the back burner years ago? Has he changed? Has she changed? What kind of person he/she is now? If we had stuck together, what would have become of us? The questions will all be answered — you just have to take a leap of faith and let yourself fall in love again.” (http://romanceatrandom.com/love-is-sweeter-the-second-time-around/)

 

The first book I ever read that featured a second chance plot was Danielle Steele’s The Promise. A couple getting married despite the wealthy hero’s family’s objections get into a terrible accident that disfigures her. While some unlikely plot twists separate them, I loved the anticipation of that moment when they would be reunited.

 

I actually thought, when I trolled through my thirty books, that I’d find a bunch of second chance themes. Only six! But a future Justiss book and the next two Falling Fast novels will also feature second chance at love plots. And a couple of books I never ended up publishing also featured second chance plots.

 

A lot of the appeal is that many of us have that special someone in their past where it didn’t work out, they moved on … and you always wondered WHAT IF? Maybe you made a huge mistake and pushed them away, broke up, or (eegads!) left them for someone else. Time passes, and the pain heals. Or does it? Maybe it only softens. You fantasize about running into them, feeling that same spark between you. It’s that fantasy that gets us writers going, our imaginations humming away with bits and pieces of a movie in our minds.

 

In Falling Fast, I’ve thrown a few obstacles at our young lovers. Before the book starts, Mia is seventeen and in remission from cancer. She’s come down to Chambliss, Florida, in the Panhandle, on an obligatory family vacation. She’s missed out on a lot in life, and having faced death and the grueling treatments, she feels different from kids her age. She’s determined to make the best of the boring seaside town, so she picks up the car at the garage to take it to the beach. That’s when she meets Raleigh, the sexy mechanic who makes her realize she is, after all, a hormonal, teenage girl. That he doesn’t know about her battle with cancer, that he sees her as totally normal, is awesome. That he invites to her watch him street race is way too tempting. She needs to live. And she does, over the next few weeks, discovering that this bad boy with a tender heart needs her as much as she needs him. She even convinces him to let her ride with him during the races. And then the unimaginable happens: another driver crashes into them, and their car goes up in flames. Mia is severely burned, and her parents take her back to Wisconsin to continue healing—while barring Raleigh from any contact with her.

 

Poor Raleigh has borne the guilt of putting her in danger for seven years, keeping up with Mia vicariously through her grandmother, Nancy. Aching for Mia and believing he doesn’t deserve her. When Nancy dies, she leaves both Raleigh and Mia her house as a way of reuniting two people whom she saw shared a true love. You see, Nancy had a lost love, too, and her story ended sadly. And so Mia and Raleigh have to get her house ready to put on the market, all the while working through the layers of their past—and the true love they still harbor for each other.

 

They still face obstacles, of course. I love those! Their happy ending will be hard won, and hopefully satisfying.

 

I can’t think of one boyfriend I regretted letting go (though I can think of a few guys I regretted dating, LOL!). But I do wonder about a few of them: Where did they end up? How are they doing? Is there someone you regretted parting ways with?

FALLING FAST

Falling Fast
Falling Fast # 1  

By: Tina Wainscott

Releasing June 16, 2015

Loveswept

 

Blurb

Fans of Jasinda Wilder and Colleen Hoover will adore this emotional new small-town romance—a smoldering tale of first love and long-awaited redemption from USA Today bestselling author Tina Wainscott. 

Raleigh West works in an auto shop day and night, trying to put his broken past out of mind. It’s been seven years since the fiery crash that landed his teenage sweetheart in the hospital . . . and him in jail. In an instant, he lost everything: his passion for racing, his hope of escaping his father’s shameful legacy, and the only girl he ever loved. Raleigh hasn’t seen her since that awful night. Never got a chance to apologize. And never forgave himself, either.

When brave, beautiful Mia Wentworth returns to the Florida coast for the first time in what seems like forever, it’s not to see Raleigh. Even so, the moment she arrives she can feel his presence like a gust of wind that gives her goose bumps. Opening her heart to him again seems impossible. But staying away? That might be harder still. Lucky for them both, Mia’s never been the kind of woman to take the easy way out.

 EXCERPT

He needed to drive by Nancy’s cottage one more time. Maybe sit out on the deck and remember the times they had shared lasagna after he’d been painting all day or refinishing her wood floors. That was the only payment he accepted, her home-cooked meals and her friendship.

He pulled down the gravel road that housed five cottages built in the sixties. One of them was in the process of being torn down, no doubt to be replaced by something shiny and new. The small Panhandle town didn’t boast wide, sugar-sand beaches. The scrubland in this area, with its sea-grass-covered dunes, hadn’t been developed as it had farther west. But, with the economy recovering, Chambliss was now seeing the results of the dredging project begun years ago.

As he neared Nancy’s home, his heartbeat spiked at the sight of two cars parked out front, lights blazing inside. Mia and her parents, he bet. They’d probably just arrived, given the luggage in the open trunk. He paused, even though he knew that he should back up and leave.

Like now.

Except he couldn’t, because the front door opened and a woman stepped out. His heart tripped and coughed and gasped like a gunked-up carburetor. Mia. Her dark-brown hair was piled up on her head, loose strands framing her face. She stepped off the front porch and out of the light, but in that brief glimpse he could see her tired, sad expression as she headed toward the open trunk. Which would put her only a few yards away from his car.

He still couldn’t lift his foot from the brake pedal. His windows were tinted, so she wouldn’t see him. He couldn’t see her as well, either, but he saw enough as she hefted out the black suitcase. Now his heart was racing, seventy, eighty, a hundred miles an hour. She wore a red top, one sleeve drooping off her shoulder, and shorts. Still trim and long in the torso. Still about five- five. It was her face, what he could see of it in the distant lighting, that gripped him. In this light, as beautiful as ever. Memories flashed through his mind like a slide show: her laughing; smiling shyly; closing her eyes and arching as she came beneath him. Whispering his name, her fingers digging into his back.

She looked up then, her gaze zeroing in on his car. Her eyebrows furrowed, and she tilted her head in the way he’d seen a hundred times. Something inside him screamed to lower the window and say something. Hello. How are you? I’m so sorry . . .

She turned to glance behind her, where her father was coming down the steps. Raleigh hit the gas and shot forward to the end of the lane, where he had to pry his fingers from the steering wheel to put the car into park. He was shaking.

Dammit, he’d almost screwed up. Talking to her would only dredge up a painful past for Mia. Maybe her anger, too. Her father would have blown a gasket. Mia didn’t deserve to suffer anymore over him.

He forced himself to breathe normally and pull around the small cul-de-sac. As he passed Nancy’s cottage, he vowed that he wouldn’t look. But he couldn’t help it. Everyone was inside, the cars closed up. He told himself it was for the better. That maybe he shouldn’t attend the funeral after all. How the hell was he going to handle seeing her without a tinted window and the night between them?

Link to Follow Tour:  http://www.tastybooktours.com/2015/03/falling-fast-falling-fast-1-by-tina.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23510311-falling-fast?ac=1

Goodreads Series Link:  https://www.goodreads.com/series/147390-falling-fast

 

Buy Links:  Amazon | B & N | iTunes | Kobo 

 

 

Author Info

USA Today bestselling author Tina Wainscott has always loved the combination of romance and suspense, because nothing complements falling in love better than being hunted down. The author of more than thirty novels and novellas, Wainscott creates characters with baggage, past hurts, and vulnerabilities. They go through hell, find love, and, at the end, find peace in who they are and everything they’ve gone through. And isn’t that what everyone wants?

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Author Links:  Website | Facebook | Twitter Goodreads

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