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SPECIAL GUEST ~ Lecia Cornwall author of What A Lady Most Desires ~ Giveaway

Please help me welcome author Lecia Cornwall to the blog today! I think you’ll enjoy her guest post because she’s interviewed herself. I enjoyed her questions and her answers…especially the answer to her question about overused words…lol :) And don’t you absolutely love her book cover for her release What A Lady Desires!?

Don’t forget to sign up for her giveaway at the end of the post!!

And we have a bonus giveaway! Please see the beautiful picture at the end of the post for a gorgeous bracelet from the Victorian Trading Company. This bracelet is valued at $59. All you need to do is leave a comment with a valid email address and one lucky commenter from Lecia’s tour will WIN!

Take it away Lecia…

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ASK ME ANYTHING

It’s lovely to be here today with you at Christine’s words! I’m often sent questionnaires and lists of interview questions for guest appearances like this one. This time I thought I’d create my own interview to share with you.

Have you ever seen the Proust questionnaire in Vanity Fair Magazine? Each month the editors ask a celebrity a list of deep and thought-provoking questions. The answers are sometimes funny, sometimes serious (check out David Bowie’s hilarious responses at http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/07/10/david-bowie-proust-questionnaire-vanity-fair/). You can even take the Proust questionnaire yourself at http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/proust-questionnaire.

For today’s blog, I thought I’d interview me about my life and the inspiration behind WHAT A LADY MOST DESIRES. Some of the questions come from the Proust Questionnaire, and others are made up. So without further ado, here’s my Proust(ish) interview.

What’s the best thing about being a writer?

I love the endless variety, the new ideas, and the challenge of shaping vague thoughts into a novel. I also love the aha! moments that come while writing—times when a character will suddenly do something I didn’t plan, but turns out to be far better. Also, seeing my books in print, with my name on the cover and my words inside, is an incredible thrill.

What’s the worst thing about being a writer?

Perhaps it’s my age (52) or my historical mindset, but technology and social media have been lo-o-ong learning curves for me. I love to connect with readers, but sometimes pushing the right buttons and getting to the right places on the web is a challenge. I still don’t really get ‘The Cloud”. Thank heaven for my young adult children, and their infinite patience! According to my son, the cloud is a server farm in California—now that I understand!

What is your greatest extravagance?

Books! I have never left a bookstore without at least one new book. I have more books than my bookshelves can hold. My iPad is full of sample chapters.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I’d choose to make my home in Scotland (for the warm people, the setting, and the culture), or on a farm in Normandy (for the setting and the proximity to Paris, or in New Zealand (I hear it’s very much like my own country, Canada—and they have Hobbits! :)

What are the most overused words?

Twenty-four-seven, back in the day, and Bieber.

What is your most treasured possession?

My family.

What qualities do you admire most in a man?

He must be tall, intelligent and have a sense of humor. I include those characteristics in every hero I write—including Stephen Ives in WHAT A LADY MOST DESIRES—along with a character flaw he must overcome. All my heroes have gray eyes. (Why? Think of Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn in Lord of The Rings—that’s why!)

What qualities do you admire most in a woman?

Bravery, honesty, intelligence, femininity. My fictional heroines are brave and resourceful enough to rescue themselves if necessary, smart enough to match wits with their hero (or the villain), equal to him in intelligence, and have the feminine essence that complements his masculine one.

Who is your favorite character in fiction?

There are so many characters to choose from, but probably Aragorn in Lord of the Rings, or Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. Both have a lot of growing and adapting to do to reach their heroic potential.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Anne Boleyn. I see her as a woman misunderstood by her time. As for me, I just think I was born in the wrong period of history by some dreadful cosmic mistake!

Who are your heroes in real life?

People who are brave enough to stand up and speak out against wrongdoing and evil.

What is your motto?

If you can’t be a good example, serve as a horrible warning.

Now it’s your turn to ask me anything!

I love hearing for readers. Please leave a comment or a question below for a chance to win a signed copy of HOW TO DECIVE A DUKE, the first book in the Temberlay series. Or, you can send me an e-mail at leciacornwall@shaw.ca, or visit me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lecia-Cornwall/147981455226519?ref=hl

To read an excerpt from WHAT A LADY MOST DESIRES, drop by my website at www.leciacornwall.com.

What a Lady Most Desires

Blurb

On the night before the final battle against Napoleon, Lady Delphine St. James finds herself dancing with the one man she has always wanted, Major Lord Stephen Ives. He makes it clear he has no time for a lady he sees as flirtatious and silly, but as the call to arms sounds, she bids him farewell with a kiss that stirs them both. When he returns gravely injured, she is intent on caring for him, even if his surly behavior tests her patience.

After the battle, Stephen is not only wounded and blind, but falsely accused of cowardice and theft. The only light in his dark world is Delphine, the one woman he never imagined he could desire. But she deserves more than he can give her.

As their feelings deepen and hidden enemies conspire to force them to part forever, can their love survive the cruelest test of all?

 

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Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18518676-what-a-lady-most-desires?from_search=true

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Author Info

Lecia Cornwall is a PRO member of the Romance Writers of America’s Seattle and Calgary Chapters. Her background includes all facets of writing, including running a successful freelance writing business specializing in direct marketing and advertising. Both history and writing have been lifelong passions. Lecia currently lives and writes in Calgary, Alberta, the heart of the Canadian West.

Lecia

 

Author Links

Website: http://www.leciacornwall.com/

Blog: http://leciacornwall.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lecia-Cornwall/147981455226519?sk=app_7146470109

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Leciacornwall

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4441913.Lecia_Cornwall

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

 

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What to Read Wednesday with Claire McEwen ~ Giveaway

Thank you for coming back for another round of What to Read Wednesday! Today author Claire McEwen is visiting and talking about forgiveness. She’s also sharing a sneak at her latest release More Than A Rancher. I really enjoyed the blurb and think this is a winner.

Don’t forget to click on the link at the end of the post to enter Claire’s giveaway :)

Take it away Claire…

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I’m so happy to be here today, talking about forgiveness, and my new book, More than a Rancher.

Have you ever made a really bad choice? Or several bad choices? The hero of my new book, More Than a Rancher, certainly has! Sandro Salazar is reeling from the mistakes he made.   He’s abandoned his career as a chef in New York City and returned to his family ranch to regain his focus and start his life again. And he is questioning everything – self-doubt is taking over.

This makes him especially protective of his little brother, Paul, who he loves very much. So when Paul announces that he wants to become a ballroom dancer, Sandro balks. He’s afraid Paul will be ridiculed, even ostracized from their traditional family. And if he is, then he’ll be more likely to make the same types of mistakes that Sandro did.

Enter our heroine, Jenna Stevens. A talented ballroom dancer and dedicated dance teacher, she sees Paul’s enormous talent and wants to help him become a dancer. Jenna believes in dreams and possibilities and it’s very hard for her to understand why Sandro would want to stand in his little brother’s way. And the attraction she feels for Sandro makes her even more confused!

I think Sandro’s journey is about how difficult it can be to forgive ourselves when we make mistakes. Yet until we can find a way to accept what we’ve done wrong, it’s so hard to move on. We can get stuck. But hopefully a friend comes along who can help un-stick us. In Sandro’s case, it’s Jenna who gets him moving again.

I very much hope you enjoy their story. And I’ll leave you with a little scene where Sandro struggles with forgiving himself, while Jenna tries to forgive him for walking out on her. Sandro is speaking…

“If you’re telling me to forgive myself, I don’t want to. I don’t want to live in a world where it’s somehow okay for me to treat people the way I used to, or the way I treated you last night. These days I try to show a lot of respect for others. But I don’t always succeed. I screw up, as you’ve seen first-hand.”

            “Just promise me that next time you go on a date, you’ll tell the girl if you’re going to leave.”

            “Does that mean you’d consider going out with me again?” His jaw was still tense but his mouth curled in a half smile.

            “You made it pretty clear this morning that you weren’t interested.”

            “I was lying.”

            “Lying is bad. Number-one dating rule you need to learn.”

            “I’ll learn it. Give me another chance, Jenna. At the very least, I owe you a great evening.”

            “I don’t know.” It was flattering that he wanted more time with her. But he’d shown her a glimpse of how much he could hurt her.

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Blurb

 

Does he dare follow her lead?

Ballroom dancer Jenna Stevens is done with all things romance. It’s so much more satisfying to focus on her career. That is, until she meets Sandro Salazar – a handsome, brooding small-town chef and sometimes rancher. Jenna is drawn to him immediately, but there’s no way Sandro could fit into her fast-paced, urban life.

Still, as she gets to know this reformed bad boy, she begins to wonder if maybe their two worlds can merge. One thing’s for certain – Jenna will have to take the lead if she has any hope of Sandro seeing what’s possible for the two of them… together.

 

Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/07/more-than-rancher-by-claire-mcewen_25.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21489545-more-than-a-rancher?from_search=true

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/More-Than-Rancher-Harlequin-Superromance/dp/0373608713

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iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/more-than-a-rancher/id863396380?mt=11

Publisher: http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=53465

 

Author Info

Claire McEwen lives by the ocean in Northern California with her husband, son and a scruffy, mischievous terrier. When not dreaming up new stories, she can be found digging in her garden with a lot of enthusiasm but, unfortunately, no green thumb. She loves discovering flea-market treasures, walking on the beach, dancing, traveling and reading, of course!

Claire

Author Links

Website: http://www.clairemcewen.com/
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/CMcEwen.writer
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/ClaireMcEwen1
Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7226137.Claire_McEwen

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

 

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BOOK BLAST ~ A Seductive Melody by Crista McHugh ~ GIVEAWAY

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Blurb

She has the scoop of a lifetime, but only if she betrays his trust…

Ethan Kelly lost his best friend and bandmate to an overdose, but staying clean is proving harder than he thought it would be. His only safety net during his first weeks of sobriety is fellow recovering addict, Becca. As she guides him through the darkness, he begins to trust her not only with his secrets, but also his heart.

After years of trying to be the daughter her socialite parents wanted her to be (and failing miserably), Rebecca Shore finally has her life on track. Sure, she’s just an assistant at Moderne magazine when she’d rather be pursuing more serious journalism, but it’s a foot in the door. She’s just waiting for the scoop of a lifetime that will take her to the next level. But when she’s asked to help the reclusive and enigmatic rock star, her heart is torn between the career she’s always wanted and the man who bares his soul to her.

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Buy Links

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Author Info

Crista McHugh is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY BESTSELLING author of fantasy and romance with heroines who are smart, sexy, and anything but ordinary. She currently lives in the Audi-filled suburbs of Seattle with her husband and two children, maintaining her alter ego of mild-mannered physician by day while she continues to pursue writing on nights and weekends.

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Website: http://www.cristamchugh.com
Series website: http://www.thekellybrothers.cristamchugh.com

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

 

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BOOK BLAST ~ Rewind to You by Laura Johnston ~ Giveaway

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Blurb

WISH YOU WERE HERE

One last summer before college on beautiful Tybee Island is supposed to help Sienna forget. But how can she? This is where her family spent every summer before everything changed, before the world as she knew it was ripped away.

But the past isn’t easily left behind. Especially when Sienna keeps having episodes that take her back to the night she wants to forget. Even when she meets the mysterious Austin Dobbs, the guy with the intense blue eyes, athlete’s body, and weakness for pralines who scooped her out of trouble when she blacked out on River Street.

When she’s with Austin, Sienna feels a whole new world opening up to her. Austin has secrets, and she has history. But caught between the past and the future, Sienna can still choose what happens now…

 

EXCERPT

“Can you hear me?” someone asks. I feel a hand on my shoulder and another one cradling my head. I open my eyes, totally confused as the blurry outline of a figure bent over me comes into view. And the baseball cap.

“Hey, there you are,” whoever is holding me says, his voice lowering into a tone of relief. With a twinge in my heart, I realize it isn’t my dad. My balance stabilizes, my body grounded again in reality. Besides a pounding headache, I’m pain-free. My shin is fine.

“Ugh.” An ugly-sounding something stumbles from my lips as the nausea dissipates. I blink, remembering that I need to get home. I try to push myself into a sitting position, but before I can, he scoops me off the ground. Startled, I reach for his shoulders for balance. And oh my. Something about the muscles beneath my fingertips makes me draw back and then wish I hadn’t.

I open my mouth to assure him I can walk, but I glimpse his sharp jaw and strong chin, and the connection between my mind and my mouth floats away. My eyes travel over his lips and then to his eyes, and my heart freaks out. Skips a beat. The most impossibly blue eyes I’ve ever seen stare back into mine, and I lose not only my train of thought but all control of my gaping eyes as well.

One side of his mouth pulls into something of a grin, his face inches from mine. His eyes trace the outline of my forehead down to my chin and linger on my lips. Then his gaze meets mine again. He raises a brow. “Are you all right?”

“Y-y-yes.” My voice comes out like a frog’s croak. “Fine. Thanks.”

“You sure?”

“Mm-hm.” Another attempt to steady my voice. I try to get my flirt on, flashing a smile as I assure him, “The ground can walk just fine.”

That puts a smile on his face.

“I mean, I can walk just fine. On the ground. You can set me down.” I bite my tongue before I do more damage.

“Right,” he says doubtfully. Something in the way he holds me, the brazen expression on his face as he looks into my eyes, tells me I should be careful.

“I’m good. I promise.”

He sets me down at last. Now that I’m out of his arms and can think straight, I finally get a rational look at him. Dark hair, only visible around the edge of his baseball cap. Thick hair. Total girl magnet. He’s at least six inches taller than my five foot seven. All right, even out of his arms, my heart rattles around so fast I fear another blackout, or whatever just happened.

He watches me as I wobble. “You gonna be okay?”

I nod, even though I feel like a ballerina who rolled off a stage.“Where did those, um, those—”

“Those losers?” he asks.

I nod.

He smiles. “They bailed.”

No wonder. Another glance at his—ahem—intimidating physique, and I decide I don’t blame them. He’s hot, okay, hotter than any guy has a right to be. And unfortunately, it’s impossible for him not to know that. He’s one of those kind. He even looks amused, as though he’s reading my fascination from my face. Meanwhile, I can’t do anything but stare into his blue eyes, feeling like a dental patient after a heavy dose of laughing gas.

I run a hand through my hair, suddenly reminded of the bird poop in there. And the gum on my shoe. This keeps getting better.

Then I flinch when I spot a swarm of gnats by my head, and one flies into my eye.

“What the—” I mutter.

“You okay?” he asks. Again.

“Yeah,” I lie, bending over and blinking. And stepping right into the puddle of mud behind me. Sound advice to myself: Leave now!

Reminding myself I have a plan—buy Lucky Charms and head home—I let my one bug-free eye jump between this cute guy and the display of fireworks behind me, gearing up to leave. I always have a

plan, my life a programmed route from A to B. It’s safe, predictable. Maybe that’s why I haven’t budged.

“Thanks,” I say, and turn to leave for real this time, but not without sneaking one last glance at his gorgeous face. My stomach somersaults when I catch his eyes on me. Fixed on me. And not in a you-are-a-ditzy-klutz-who-won’t-make-it-off-of-River-Street-alive kind of way. Like, in a good way. His stare glues my feet to the ground, holding me near. Blood rushes to my cheeks and I smile, despite myself.

He extends a hand with an unbearably charming smile, probably

practiced. “I’m Austin.”

 

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Buy Links

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Author Info

Laura Johnston lives in sunny Arizona with her husband and two children.

Growing up in Orem, Utah with five siblings, a few horses, peach trees, beehives and gardens, she developed an active imagination and always loved a good story. Laura enjoys running, playing tennis, sewing, dancing (reduced to dancing around the kitchen while cooking dinner these days), traveling, writing, writing and more writing, and above all, spending time with her husband and kids. REWIND TO YOU, her debut novel, was inspired by the loss of her father as a teenager.

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Author Links

Website: http://www.laurajohnstonauthor.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Laura-Johnston/500855249971029
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lauralojohnston
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1064874.Laura_Johnston

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Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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What to Read Wednesday with Collette West and giveaway

Thank you for coming back and joining me on the blog for What to Read Wednesday! Please help me welcome Collette West, author of Game Changer. What do you think of her sexy cover? Gorgeous :) I really enjoyed Collette’s guest post and I think you will too. Afterward, check out the blurb for Game Changer and then don’t forget to enter her giveaway via the links at the end.

Take it away Collette…

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Girls can do everything boys can do…right?

A female player getting signed to a Major League Baseball contract.

Sound impossible?

In an era that boasts women in all branches of the military and female CEOs running Fortune 500 companies like Yahoo and Pepsi, it seems like integrating the sports world is the next logical step. Danica Patrick has made inroads on the NASCAR circuit. After the Sochi Olympics, Canada’s goalkeeper in women’s hockey participated in an NHL practice session. Yet for all the progress women have made in most areas of life, some doors seem forever barred against them.

I’m probably naive and overly optimistic, but I think that someday there will be a female baseball player. At least, I’d like to put the idea out there for human consumption.

Most probably feel that a girl would be physically overmatched playing against a team full of guys.

Others cringe at the notion of welcoming a woman into the jock culture of the locker room.

While a slight minority might be misogynistic enough to ridicule any mention of a woman joining “their team” as the worst thing to happen in the history of the known universe.

In GAME CHANGER, I address all of these concerns through Sasha’s eyes, once she becomes a member of the New York Kings. She clearly battles through at bats, trying to catch up to a ninety-seven-mile-per-hour fastball. She’s given a stern warning by the general manager not to get “too friendly” with her male teammates, making dating one of them out of the question. She’s even heckled by an unruly mob during her first game, in a scene that turns downright ugly.

In real life, a woman stepping foot into such an environment would not be easy, and I wanted to show that. The trials that Jackie Robinson faced in breaking the color barrier are proof enough of the courage required to stand up to such intolerance.

So what prompted me to write about it?

To put the idea in people’s minds.

Many credit the TV show 24 for paving the way for the public’s acceptance of an African American president. Not to say that a piece of entertainment can dictate politics, but it can change the way we see things, even subliminally. A lot of inconsequential factors go into forming a quantum shift when it comes to witnessing societal change on a grand scale. If we believe something can be done—even if it’s only in our imagination—it can go a long way in getting us to envision different possibilities and outcomes for our collective future.

Art, literature, music are meant to open our minds to new ideas. All it takes is striking the right person, at the right time, under the right circumstances. Each and every one of us has the power to shape the world into a better place.

We just have to believe that we do.

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Young, rich, and unaware of how seriously hot he is, Brooks Davison is tearing it up as the latest shortstop for the New York Kings, despite his tendency to blush whenever girls scream his name.

When a health scare forces his best friend, Kyle Roberts, off the team, no one can stomach the thought of replacing him, especially so close to the playoffs.

Until Kyle’s sister, Sasha, steps in, convincing management to let her take his place. The idea of signing the first female player in Major League history proves too tempting for the Kings to resist.

Nevertheless, Brooks doesn’t want any part of it. Sasha is Kyle’s little sister, not some sideshow.

Yet when Kyle takes a turn for the worse, Brooks promises to do everything in his power to help Sasha win a championship for him. Because there’s no way he’s letting either of them down. Not now, not ever.

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Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22464513-game-changer

 

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Game-Changer-Collette-West-ebook/dp/B00LUD01NW

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Author Info

Collette West grew up as somewhat of a jock-nerd hybrid. Entering the world three weeks premature, her dad nearly missed her birth because he had seats behind the dugout for a sold-out, highly-anticipated match-up between two of baseball’s biggest rivals. Not to be outdone, her book-loving mom taught her how to read by the time she was three. A love of the game coupled with an appreciation for the written word were instilled in Collette’s impressionable brain from a young age. No wonder her characters believe in the philosophy: sports + romance = a little slice of heaven.

Splitting her time between the Pocono Mountains and Manhattan, Collette indulges her inner fangirl by going to as many games as she can from hockey to baseball and downloading every sports romance novel in existence onto her iPad. When she’s not clicking away on her laptop, she enjoys walking her dog in Central Park, satisfying her caffeine craving at the Starbucks on Broadway and keeping an eye out for Mr. Right. But above all, she loves dishing with her readers. Email her at collette_west@yahoo.com

She is the author of NIGHT GAMES and GAME CHANGER.

Collette West

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/Collette_West

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7539982.Collette_West

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Posted by on September 10, 2014 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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SPECIAL GUEST ~ Ellie MacDonald author of The Governess Club : Sara and Louisa ~ GIVEAWAY

Please help me welcome author Ellie MacDonald! Today Ellis is sharing 5 random facts about herself…I think you’ll find them pretty interesting. She’s also sharing her latest release with us–The Governess Club : Sara and Louisa.

And don’t forget to enter her wonderful giveaway. Links are at the end of the post!

Take it away Ellie…

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Random Facts About Ellie

  1. I broke my leg when I was six years old. I ran into a tree while downhill skiing.
  2. After spending three months living in Bangkok, I went to Australia, looking to travel a place where I could understand what was being said. At least I could understand what the billboards were saying there! Some accents can be so thick…
  3. Ice hockey is my favorite sport – very Canadian of me! – but started playing ringette (the girl’s version of hockey) first because the community club wouldn’t let me play on a boys team. This was after the never-to-be-mentioned again figure skating experience.
  4. I don’t really drink caffeine. If I do, it’s in a nice cup of tea. I can’t stand the taste of coffee – I have to add so much sugar to make it taste good to me that I don’t see the point in drinking it.
  5. I have very vivid dreams that I remember to this day. I remember very clearly having a Girl Guide meeting on my bedroom floor when I was about ten years old. I also remember having two prospectors come into my room looking for blankets because they didn’t realize how cold Canada was, so I gave them the ones off my bed; I had to remake my bed at three in the morning. My mother once came into my room because she heard me talking – I was having a conversation with my clock radio. I think these types of dreams contributed to my sleep walking.

Sara

Blurb (Sara)

Sweet Sara Collins is one of the founding members of the governess club. But she has a secret… She doesn’t love teaching. She’d much prefer to be a vicar’s wife and help the local community. But this quiet mouse doesn’t want to upset her friends, and she resolves to help in whatever ways she can.

Nathan Grant is the embodiment of everything that frightens Sara. Which is why she can’t understand why the handsome but reclusive and gruff man is so fascinating to her. When Sara decides it’s time to take a chance and experience all that life has to offer, Nathan is the first person she thinks of.

Will Sara’s walk on the wild side ruin her chances at a simple, happy life? Or has she just opened the door to a once-in-a-lifetime chance of passion?

 

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22056725-the-governess-club?from_search=true

 

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Governess-Club-Sara-Ellie-Macdonald-ebook/dp/B00K53802M/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1407070787&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Governess+Club%3A+Sara

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-governess-club-ellie-macdonald/1119443763?ean=9780062292261

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-governess-club-sara

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-governess-club-sara/id874398049?mt=11

 Louisa

Blurb (Louisa)

Louisa Brockhurst is on the run – from her friends, from her family, even from her dream of independence through The Governess Club. But sometimes it’s easier for her to hide from those she loves in order to escape the secrets of her past.

Handsome but menacing John Taylor is a former prize-fighter turned inn-keeper who is trying to make his way in society. When Louisa shows up at his doorstep he’s quick to accept her offer to help – at a price. He knows that she’s hiding something and he can’t help his protective instincts around the beautiful woman.

Their attraction grows, but will headstrong, fiery Louisa ever trust the surprisingly kind John enough to tell him the dangerous secrets from her past that keep her running? Or will the power of her feelings scare her into running yet again?

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22056682-the-governess-club

See the SERIES on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/series/107899-the-governess-club

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Governess-Club-Louisa-Ellie-Macdonald-ebook/dp/B00K537ZXW/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1407071103&sr=1-1&keywords=the+governess+club+louisa

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-governess-club-ellie-macdonald/1119443764?ean=9780062292285

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-governess-club-louisa

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-governess-club-louisa/id874396700?mt=11

 

 

Author Info

Ellie Macdonald has held several jobs beginning with the letter t: taxi-driver, telemarketer and most recently, teacher. She is thankful her interests have shifted to writing instead of taxidermy or tornado chasing. Having travelled to five different continents, she has swum with elephants, scuba dived coral mazes, visited a leper colony and climbed waterfalls and windmills, but her favorite place remains Regency England. She currently lives in Ontario, Canada. The Governess Club series is her first published work.

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Author Links

Website: http://www.elliemacdonald.com/
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/EllieMacdonaldAuthor
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/elliemacdauthor
Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7034029.Ellie_Macdonald

 

Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/08/the-governess-club-sara-governess-club.html

 

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Posted by on September 9, 2014 in Day to Day Life

 

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So…I read this book

Happy Sunday!

Like so many others, I’m trying to balance many things in my life. I’ve found over the last few years, especially since I’ve started to write, that I’ve allowed certain indulgences of mine to fall to the side. My “me” time is even more limited :) I’m not complaining at all, but I’ve decided it’s time for me to at least enjoy my love of reading again. Even if it takes me a week to read a book instead of a day or a few hours like it used to, I’m going to go for it. lol

So, every once in awhile, if I read a book that I particularly enjoyed I’m going to post my review and the book information so if any of my blog readers are interested they can check it out too.

I’m not a professional reviewer or anything like that. I’m choosing to share some of the books I’ve enjoyed on my site. I read just about every genre, so I’ll be all over the board :) And in fair warning, I have to let you know I’m on a huge reading binge right now, so I might be posting several books in the upcoming weeks.

Today, I’d like to share Six Days of Memories by Stacy Eaton. This crime/mystery novel is available for only .99. An unbelievable deal for what you’ll get.

MY REVIEW:

There were so many reasons to enjoy and love this story written by Stacy Eaton. First off Six Days of Memories starts out with action—and the ending hooks for chapter one and two MADE me keep reading even though it was well past the time I should’ve turned out the lights and called it a day.

I’ve always enjoyed a mystery mixed with a romance, and this story has them both and then some. The action is immediate, and the dialogue is fresh and fast paced with no wasted words. I was carried away on an interesting story between several characters that I got to know easily through Stacy’s writing style. The secondary characters were awesome, but I loved the main character, detective Natasha Foster. She’s strong, has a great sense of who she is and wants to be, holds an interesting job she excels at, and is honest with herself and everyone around her. I’m sure that the fact Ms. Eaton shares a career in law enforcement only added to the reasons I found Natasha so “real”. I also liked the hero, Jay. Stacy did a great job in making his amnesia believable without going over the top, and at the same time keeping his character strong, full of integrity, and most important—likable.

The bond between Natasha and Jay is evident the moment they share the same page. They are instantly attracted to each other, but Natasha has a job to do and that’s to help Jay figure out whom he is and if he’s involved in a horrific case involving a car crash, two dead bodies, and a duffel bag full of money. Jay has to keep his attraction to Detective Foster in check as well—even though it’s difficult. After all, he knows nothing of his past—is he married, does he have a girlfriend, a family—or worse yet is he a criminal? Any of these will automatically kill any chance at something more developing between him and Natasha.

And the tattoo bond between these two was just icing on the cake. I enjoyed that aspect of the story and the little reveal toward the end that explained how it came to be. Sorry, I won’t share too much about that because I don’t want to spoil anyone else’s discovery :)

Another thing I like when I’m reading a book—that this story had in spades—is while turning the pages I’m able to learn something too. This book gave me several insights, including—tattoos, tae kwan do, karate—and that the next time I make pancakes I need to add vanilla to the batter.

All in all, this story is strongly written with lots of twists and turns. There were a few times I wondered just how Ms. Eaton would make aspects of Jay’s past work out and give him the future he wanted and deserved—and needless to say she did an excellent job in accomplishing these tasks and still making you LOVE her characters.

Six Days of Memories is a book I know I’ll read again. Definitely one I recommend and will add to my keeper shelf.

BLURB

Detective Natasha Foster will put her job on the line to prove her gut feeling is dead on.

When Detective Foster responds to the scene of a crash, she finds the female passenger dead, a bag full of money in the back seat and a body in the trunk. It is only when the driver, whom she nicknames Jay, wakes up with no memory that she must go with her instincts and continue the investigation in a way that was never taught.

Jay finds himself lost, but drawn to the beautiful detective who steps above and beyond the call of duty. His need to know if he was a victim or the criminal pushes him to try and recall what happened and who he is. With the pull of a trigger, Jay’s memory will suddenly return and with it, the terrible truth.

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Author Genre: Crime, Thriller and Mystery

Website: Stacy Eaton
Author’s Blog: Stacy Eaton, Author
Blog: Amazon Author Page
Twitter: @StacySEaton
E-Mail: Mybloodrunsblue@aol.com
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Facebook: Check Out Facebook
Pinterest: Check Out Pinterest

Author Description: Stacy is a full-time police officer who enjoys crime scene investigation above all else, taking a passion in putting the pieces together to figure out the crime. She is also a business owner where she helps people get the awareness out for the causes they care most about. She is a mother of two, a son proudly serving in the United States Navy and a young daughter. Her husband is also in law enforcement. Stacy is also currently serving on the board of directors for her local domestic violence center. She is very much into photography and carries her Nikon Digital SLR with her almost everywhere, just in case. – See more at: http://hbsauthorspotlight.blogspot.com/2014/07/stacy-eaton-six-days-of-memories-is.html#sthash.TYs2uhWx.dpuf

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2014 in So...I read this book

 

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