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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.

 

Put Up Your Duke

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.

Link to Follow Tour:  http://www.tastybooktours.com/2015/05/put-up-your-duke-dukes-behaving-badly-2.html

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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Posted by on July 1, 2015 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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What to Read Wednesday with Laura Drewry author of Accidentally in Love ~ GIVEAWAY

Thank you for coming back for another round of What to Read Wednesday! Please help me welcome Laura Drewry to the blog. She’s talking about lies and her latest release Accidentally in Love. The cover is gorgeous, don’t you think so? 

Afterward please check out her giveaway. The link is at the end of the post :)

Take it away Laura…

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HAVE YOU SEEN THE GODFATHER?

“The truth.” Dumbledore sighed. “It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.” ― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

If you believe the research, the vast majority of us lie on a regular basis – and often we’re lying about silly irrelevant things. Case in point, I read somewhere that approximately 30% of people say they’ve seen The Godfather when in fact they haven’t.

Now, I ask you – why on earth would a person lie about something like that?

According to the New Testament, “the truth will set you free,” and while I certainly believe that’s true most of the time, sometimes. . . .well. . . .not so much. If you ask your partner how you look in an outfit – one you’ve spent time putting together for a special occasion – and he or she says it makes you look fat/horrid/old/frumpy, how is that setting either one of you free? Truth is, it’ll probably start a fight and nobody wants that. LOL Of course I’m not saying your partner should lie to you. . .I’m just saying that wise ol’ Dumbledore made a very good point.

Telling the truth is where Ellie Palmer (ACCIDENTALLY IN LOVE) gets herself into trouble because she doesn’t lie. Ever. If someone asks her a question, she tells them the truth even if it’s not what they want to hear. She tries to be gentle, but the fact is, sometimes the truth hurts and there’s no easy way around that. She’s lived her whole life this way, so when things go sideways and she’s forced to not only lie, but to lie to her best friends. . .she has no idea how she’s going to do it or if she’ll even be able to pull it off. And worse, how can she ever expect them to trust her again once they find out what she’s done?

Unlike Ellie, it’s not unusual for most of us to tell little fibs during the day. Someone asks how you’re doing, you say fine, when in fact your head’s pounding, you said something to your child this morning that left you feeling like the worst mother in the world, and a cold sore is starting to form on your top lip (which should be in full bloom just in time for your next big meeting). So are you fine? Ha! Not even close – but you lie and say you are because, frankly, it’s just easier sometimes.

So, for the record, I have actually seen the movie, The Godfather, but I have not read the book. Nor have I read The Outlander series which makes me probably the only person on the face of the earth who hasn’t. I have most of them on my shelf, I just haven’t read them yet. There, I admitted it, and you know what – the New Testament might be right – the truth did set me free a little.   :)

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Accidentally In Love
Friends First # 3

By: Laura Drewry

Releasing June 16, 2015

Loveswept

 

 

Blurb

Fans of Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery will love Laura Drewry’s warm and humorous new Friends First romance, a sexy romp about a good cop and a bad girl playing hard to get. 

Ellie Palmer and cops don’t mix, and getting pulled over by Officer Brett Hale—again—doesn’t help. Neither does being forced to take a safe-driving course with him. Brett’s by-the-book attitude leaves Ellie ice-cold, and his rock-hard body won’t change that. Still, the more time she spends with the guy, the more she finds herself warming up to his unexpected charms.

Even though Brett comes off like a boy scout, Ellie has sparked something he wants badly enough to get him to rethink his past mistakes. But when her ex shows up, Brett makes it his mission to keep Ellie safe in the here and now. His gut tells him the guy’s trouble, and Ellie must agree, because she doesn’t complain when Brett pulls her close. To keep her safe, though, he’ll have to choose between breaking her heart . . . and breaking the rules.

EXCERPT

“License and registration, please.”

Before Ellie could respond with her usual grunt and eye roll, her friend Jayne leaned way over from the passenger seat, straining against her seat belt until she was lying straight across Ellie’s lap and peering out the driver’s side window.

“Hey, Brett—how’s it going?”

“Hey, Jayne.” Dudley Do-Right lifted his chin at Jayne in one of those man-type greetings, then turned his attention back to Ellie as he tucked one arm of his sunglasses inside the pocket of his vest. “License and registration, please.”

Seriously? What for?”

Standing on the side of the road in his perfectly starched uniform, his hand extended, palm up, Constable Brett Hale exhaled a long, slow sigh and repeated the same sentence he’d said to her so many times since she’d moved to this small B.C. town over four years ago.

“You were observed operating a motor vehicle at a rate of speed higher than the posted limit.”

Why couldn’t he ever just say she was speeding?

“Gimme a break.” Ellie barked out a short, harsh laugh. “I couldn’t have been doing more than eighty-five kilometers an—”

“Eighty-seven.”

“Oh, pardon me,” she scoffed. “Eighty-seven. And you’re going to write me up for going seven clicks over the limit?”

“Normally, the answer to that would be no.” Hand still out, Brett’s jaw tightened ever so slightly, but other than that, his expression remained stony as ever. “But this here’s a seventy zone.”

“It’s what? No, it’s not!” Ellie craned her neck around, seeking out the nearest speed limit sign, which was a good couple hundred meters back, and, of course, all she could see was the back of it. Not helpful. “It’s eighty. I’m sure it’s—”

Of course now she wasn’t sure at all.

“I can walk you back to look for yourself if you’d like.”

“Told you,” Jayne muttered, making a point of digging her elbow into Ellie’s thigh as she pushed forward again to look up at Brett’s face. “Are you going to make it to ball practice tonight?”

“What?” Ellie gaped at Jayne, who didn’t so much as blink back at her. No one had said anything to Ellie about the cop playing on the team. Not that she could have done anything about it, but a heads-up would have been nice.

“I’ll be there. Which field did you book?”

“The fastball diamond at six.” Her elbow jabbed deeper as she shifted a little to the right. “It’s all we could get tonight, but we’re on the slo-pitch field next week.”

“Ow!” Ellie tried to shove Jayne off her lap, but Jayne was a hell of a lot stronger than she looked, and the harder Ellie shoved, the deeper Jayne dug in.

“I’ll be there.”

“Great!”

Ellie glared at Jayne, who shot her a quick wink, then shuffled her body back to her own seat. Cocking her jaw to the side, Ellie shook her head slowly and waved her hand between Jayne and Brett.

“Do you two need help with the batting order, or can I get on with my day now?”

Brett blinked down at her, clearly unamused. “License. And. Registration. Please.”

Shit.

The last time he’d spoken to her in that tone, she’d wound up in the back of his police cruiser for almost half an hour while he took his sweet time running her license through the system. While she’d steamed back there on the molded plastic seat, Dudley Do-Right sat in the front seat plunking away on his computer and completely ignoring her. For all she knew, he could have been leveling up on Candy Crush or updating his Facebook status. The only time he acknowledged her was when she told him she could tap out Morse code faster than he could type.

And even then, his only response was a slow turn of his head and his usual flat stare.

Not wanting to end up in that backseat again, where God only knew what kind of bodily fluids had been overlooked at the last cleaning, Ellie hesitated for a second before huffing out a breath.

“Relax, Poncherello, don’t get your Kevlar all in a bunch.” Lifting her wallet from between the front seats, she waved a finger toward the glove box for Jayne to dig out the registration.

“Surprised he doesn’t have all your info memorized,” Jayne muttered as she rummaged under and around the owner’s manual, tire pressure gauge, various maps, and Ellie’s stash of red Swedish Berries.

“Thank you.” Brett took the papers Ellie handed him, then bobbed his head toward the back of her old Beetle. “Turn your engine off, please. I’ll be back in a minute.”

“Take your time.” She let the sarcasm drip slowly as he ambled back to his cruiser, then she turned and called out her window: “Just remember we have ball practice in a couple hours!”

“Stop it,” Jayne warned. “You were the one speeding, Ellie; he’s just doing his job.”

“Give me a break—it’s not like I was all over the road or anything. They should spend less time worrying about stuff like this and more time tracking down murderers and drug dealers.”

“Murderers?” Jayne snorted. “There hasn’t been a murder here since . . . I don’t even know. Before I was born.”

“What about drug dealers? You can’t tell me we don’t have any of those kickin’ around this town.” Ellie shut the car off and turned the subject back to the ball team. “And what’s the deal with him joining the team? I thought we had a full roster, so what do we need him for?”

“Because he’s Nick’s best friend, he’s a hell of a ballplayer, and it’s a beer league, Ellie, which means not everyone’s going to make every game, so why not bring him in? Besides, next to you, he’s the most competitive person I know, so maybe he can help us win a game or two.”

“I’m not that competitive.”

“Oh, really?” Jayne snorted. “So it wasn’t you who tried to rip the handle off the foosball table last week?”

“Wha—?” Her sputter stopped in mid-denial, giving way to a guilty smile. “Regan cheated—she spun her player, and you’re not allowed to do that!”

“Uh-huh. Okay.” Rolling her eyes, Jayne twisted in her seat and stared straight at Ellie. “I wish you’d give Brett a break.”

 

 Link to Follow Tour:  http://www.tastybooktours.com/2015/03/accidentally-in-love-friends-first-3-by.html

Goodreads Link:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23636585-accidentally-in-love?from_search=true

Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/143634-friends-first

 

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

Author Info

Laura Drewry had been scribbling things for years before she decided to seriously sit down and write. After spending eight years in the Canadian north, Laura now lives back home in southwestern British Columbia with her husband, three sons, a turtle named Sheldon, and an extremely energetic German shepherd. She loves old tattered books, good movies, country music, and the New York Yankees.

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Author Links:   Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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Posted by on June 24, 2015 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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What to Read Wednesday with Darcy Burke ~ GIVEAWAY

I love What to Read Wednesday and am so glad to introduce everyone stopping in today to author Darcy Burke. She’s visiting and sharing her playlist as well as a blurb and excerpt from her release When Love Happens. I love that title, the cover, and the awesome blurb :)

Afterward, don’t forget to enter Darcy’s wonderful giveaway. The link is at the bottom of the post!

Take it away Darcy…

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When Love Happens Playlist

 

I don’t always listen to music when I write. For me it’s definitely a mood thing. Which is kind of dumb now that I think about it, because it always works to put me in a groove (pun intended) and it tends to help me write at a quick and fluid pace. So when I sat down to write WHEN LOVE HAPPENS I knew I had to write fast with a deadline looming in just over a month (true!). For the first time ever, I developed a playlist for the book and I think it really helped.

Today I thought I’d share some of the songs from my playlist with you and why I chose them for this book.

Something in the Way by Nirvana—This is just kind of a sad song, isn’t it? It seemed to fit the melancholy that haunts Tori in the wake of her brother’s death.

Harder to Breathe by Maroon 5—This song has an angrier edge and represented some of the tension and frustration between Tori and Sean. I have to admit I love me some Maroon 5. (Sad is also on the playlist.)

Suddenly I See by KT Tunstall—This is a great song with a fantastic beat. The lyrics sort of match how Sean sees Tori—the map of his world and he’s captivated by her.

No Light, No Light by Florence + the Machine—Everything about this song works for the romantic themes in this book. The fantastic beat, the rush of emotion she conveys when she sings, and the lyrics speak to so much of what is between Sean and Tori. I don’t want to break it down too much because it might be spoilery!

Come Back to Me by David Cook—I love David Cook and I chose this song because Sean is really hoping that Tori will find her way back to him through her grief.

Light It Up by OneRepublic—I wish I could say there was a lyrical reason for this on the list, but I just really like this song and the sexy beat is great for sexy scenes!

When You Say Nothing at All by Ronan Keating—Notting Hill is my very favorite romantic comedy, and Sean and Tori watch it in the book. There’s another important reference that I won’t mention here because spoilers!

Sister by the Dave Matthews Band—I’m a massive DMB fan (of the twenty-nine songs on the playlist, eight are by DMB). If you’ve never listened to them or find them to be meh, I encourage you to give Sister a listen. If your eyes are dry by the end, you are a more stalwart listener than I! I imagine this was a special song between Alex and Tori. As a sister myself with a brother I adore, it never fails to hit me right in the feels.

I know some writers can’t listen to music with lyrics while they write because it’s distracting, and I have to admit I sometimes end up rocking out when I should be writing! Do you listen to music when you’re doing other tasks? It’s a must for my husband—silence drives him insane—especially in the car. I actually rarely listen to music in the car at all. I do some of my best plotting there and the music definitely distracts me in that situation. Hmmm, I’m learning some fun things about my process today! Also, what sort of music do you like? Are you musical?

Thanks for having me here today!!

When Love Happens

When Love Happens
Ribbon Ridge # 3

By: Darcy Burke

Releasing May 26th, 2015

Avon Impulse

 

Blurb

In a town as small as Ribbon Ridge and with a family as large as the Archers, even the best kept secrets don’t stay buried for long…

Tori Archer is married…well, on paper anyway. She hasn’t actually seen her husband since the disastrous morning after their impulsive Vegas wedding. The memories of their intense passion may still make her weak in the knees, but Tori knows their marriage was a mistake.

After six months filming abroad, television producer Sean Hennessy wants nothing more than to track down his sexy, captivating wife and get her into bed… fast. So when his boss sends him to Oregon to persuade the famous Archer sextuplets-the former stars of a reality TV show-to do a reunion special, Sean sees the perfect chance to win Tori back.

Only, Tori wants nothing to do with him and is determined to push him away. But their attraction is as hot as ever and Sean will do anything to prove their relationship was more than just a fling…because he knows that when real love happens, it changes everything.

 

 Link to Follow Tour:  http://www.tastybooktours.com/2015/04/when-love-happens-ribbon-ridge-3-by.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23149166-when-love-happens?ac=1

Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/117022-ribbon-ridge

 

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EXCERPT

Sara turned to look at her and Maggie who were perusing the crowd. “Are you checking out men who aren’t your husband or boyfriend?”

“Yeah, you want to join us?” Maggie said, sipping her beer. “Ten o’clock, hottie with brown hair and stubble.”

“Nice,” Sara said, dropping her hands from her arms.

Tori exhaled, feeling better that Sara’s senses weren’t spun up. And since they were all occupied, she could finally excuse herself.

“I like that one better,” Sara said. “Two o’clock, near the bar. Dark wavy hair, great outfit.”

“Are those tailored jeans?” Maggie asked, leaning forward and squinting for comic effect. Both Sara and Chloe laughed.

Tori turned her head to check this guy out for herself. And nearly dropped her beer.

“Hey, I met that guy earlier,” Chloe said. “At the fondue table. He’s British. Drop dead sexy accent.”

“Oh.My.God.” Maggie sucked in a breath. “British accents are my Achilles heel. Don’t tell Kyle.”

“I’m totally telling Kyle, and you can thank me,” Sara said. “He does a great Scottish accent.”

Maggie grinned. “Yes. Yes, on second thought, please tell Kyle.”

They all laughed while Tori’s insides curled into a nausea-inducing mass. She had to get out of here pronto. “I’ll leave you to your browsing.” She turned to go and stopped short as the man they were discussing wove toward them. Move, Tori. Pick up your feet and move. But she couldn’t. It was as if she’d rooted to the floor.

“Oh crap, he’s coming this way!” Sara giggled.

“He must’ve seen us staring.” Chloe laughed, her eyes dancing. “Oops. Guess we’ll have to blame it on Tori since she’s the only single one of us. Don’t want him thinking we’re interested!”

“No, don’t do that,” Sara said, flicking a nervous glance at Tori. “Tori isn’t interested either.”

Tori stifled a ridiculous urge to laugh. She’d been more than interested. Once. God, that felt like a lifetime ago. She braced herself as he came to stand before them.

And stared directly at her, his deep blue eyes seeming to bore straight to her soul.

“Hi ladies.” Was he going to pretend they didn’t know each other?

See?” Chloe said sotto voce before clearing her throat. “Hi. Welcome to Ribbon Ridge.”

“Thank you. It reminds me of villages back home—quite lovely.” His gaze was glued to Tori as he said lovely. His English accent flowed over Tori, eliciting the same visceral response she’d had when she’d met him nine months ago. Maggie might dig British accents, but for Tori, they were auditory aphrodisiacs. Especially when paired with lush cobalt eyes and a smile that could melt a glacier. She was annoyed to find she hadn’t become immune during the months they’d been apart.

“Hi, I’m Maggie and this is Chloe, Sara, and Tori.” She gestured toward each of them as she spoke. “Are you here for Oktoberfest or something else?”

“Something else.” The corner of his mouth lifted in the barest hint of that sexy smile Tori had fallen in lust with. And damn it if her knees didn’t wobble. “I wonder if I might borrow Tori for a bit?”

Tori resisted the urge to gauge the others’ reactions. Let them draw their own conclusions—she knew she’d have to explain later. But right now she wanted to know what in the hell her husband was doing here.

She forced a tight smile that was more for her sister and the others than for Sean. He might still stir her desire, but seeing him dredged up a whole host of other feelings she preferred to bury. Regret, self-disgust, guilt. “Sure.”

He offered her his arm and she took it, lightly curling her fingers around his forearm. She could feel his muscles and tendons through the cotton of his white button-down shirt. And his heat. Touching him, she decided, had been a lousy idea.

“See you later,” he said to the others, allowing his mouth to curve into that full devastating grin.

Tori had almost forgotten how gorgeous he was. Almost.

She glanced at her sister who watched her with surprise and mouthed, “who is he?”

Tori said nothing, just shook her head. Her stomach tossed as she realized she’d finally have to come clean. First, however, she had to deal with Sean: find out what he was doing here and then tell him to go away—for good.

Author Info

Darcy Burke is the USA Today bestselling author of hot, action-packed historical and sexy, emotional contemporary romance. Darcy wrote her first book at age 11, a happily-ever-after about a swan addicted to magic and the female swan who loved him, with exceedingly poor illustrations.

A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids-who each seem to have inherited the writing gene in some form-and two Bengal cats. In her “spare” time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say “no,” but she keeps having to start over. Her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.

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Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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Posted by on June 3, 2015 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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What to Read Wednesday with Gina Gordon author of RUSH ~ Giveaway

Happy What to Read Wednesday! Thank you for joining me on the blog and please help me welcome author Gina Gordon. She’s sharing her bucket list as well as her release RUSH! I can’t take my eyes off that delicious cover…how about you? As for her bucket list, I have a few of those same items on mine. It’ll be an adventure to see if we get them all ticked off :)

Afterward, please click on the link at the end of the post to enter Gina’s wonderful giveaway :)

Take it away Gina…

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Gina Gordon’s Bucket List

 

In my new release Rush, Everly Parker has no clue how to go about completing a bucket list left to her by her late grandmother.

Everly has spent her entire life with her nose stuck in a book and this bucket list was her grandmother’s final attempt at trying to get her to experience life. Enter Max Levin who offers to help her check off the items.

I have my own bucket list.  While my list isn’t as theoretical or as daunting as Everly’s, it’s a set of items that I’ve accumulated over my 34 years and one day hope to place a check mark beside each of them.

 

  1. See humpback whales (as of April 11, 2015, this item has been checked off!!!!).
  2. Drive down a dusty dirt road in a convertible a la Thelma and Louise.
  3. Visit Jim Morrison’s grave in France.
  4. Visit every province and territory in Canada.
  5. Learn to speak Italian.
  6. Go on a road trip – no plans, no destination.
  7. Get a tattoo.
  8. Go to an ashram and learn to meditate.

RUSH

Rush

By: Gina Gordon

Releasing May 12, 2015

Loveswept

 

 

Blurb 

In this edgy, sizzling romance for fans of Monica Murphy and Abbi Glines, a bad boy shows a straitlaced law student how to slow down and savor the good things. 

Everly Parker is about to graduate from law school, always busy, and can’t stop rushing through life. Her late grandmother left her a bucket list of meaningful, can’t-miss experiences, but she hasn’t completed a single one. Then searing-hot Max Levin bursts into her world. As a casting director for a porn production company, Max is loaded, cocky, and all wrong for Everly. Still, she’s tempted enough to cross the first item off her list: Go out with someone you’d never give the time of day.

Inheriting a porn empire isn’t every guy’s dream (well, actually, it probably is), but Max isn’t complaining. It’s just that until he meets Everly, he has no idea what he’s been missing. As the pressure mounts to take over the family business, Max can’t help wondering what would happen if he chose Everly instead. So far, his life has been a wild ride, but only Everly promises the greatest rush of all: love.

 EXCERPT

I think I might have read the same sentence at least five times.

Something about tort law and insurance? But I wasn’t interested. I was more interested in the conversation going on three tables away. That my two roommates—my best friend, Grace Nolan, and her co-worker/mentor, Sadie Spencer; or rather, Jade and Stella—were actually considering moving from the escort business to porn. I wasn’t surprised. They both had a thirst for life, and Grace had student loans coming out of her ass. I envied their ability to work without a plan, as I needed one. Needed to know where I was going and what I was doing at all times.

Despite my fascination with their career choices, I was even more interested in the six- foot-three inches of rock-solid male who was gentlemanly enough to get out of his seat and help me with my books.

Max Levin.

He was . . . attractive. The kind of attractive that made you do a double take. The kind that made your heart race and your mouth feel like you’d just walked a hundred miles through the desert. And those eyes, like rich, dark chocolate. Those stopped me in my tracks. The man was sex. Not sexy. Not hot. But pure, blissful, orgasmic sex. The act itself. Because just one glance in his direction made you want to pull out a smoke and puff with pure satisfaction.

Not that I’d given it much thought.

I’d only just met the guy, and I so wasn’t that girl. Especially since he seemed to enjoy the sight of my body more than me as a person. Just one look at him and panties dropped with a thud to the floor. But not mine. No, sirree. Mine were still firmly in place.

But the way he looked at me, I’d never been looked at like that before. Not by a friend or lover or even a creeper wanting to get in my pants. I don’t know what kind of magic he practices with those eyes, but I’d feared that if I didn’t get the hell up, I would fall hopelessly under his spell.

I was sitting in my usual booth. In my favorite café. With the same regulars I saw around me three to four nights a week. We all did the same thing, our noses stuck in books or staring blankly at laptop screens. The muted colors of the floor and booths and walls weren’t distracting and were the perfect atmosphere for studying. But the real reason I came here was the coffee.

I brought the white china mug to my mouth. The cappuccino was perfection. Mostly because my favorite barista was working tonight. She had the special coffee-making skills that never failed to brew the perfect warm indulgence.

As for warm indulgences, I had no doubt that Max’s body would be warm, and strong, and—

No! The minute he opened his mouth, I knew. Arrogant. Too good-looking for his own good. And he knew it, too. Probably had every wannabe looking for their big break spread their legs just for the chance to become a star.

Despite Max being full of himself, it didn’t stop me from fantasizing instead of studying. It didn’t stop me from sneaking a peek at their table every three seconds, bobbing my head to and fro trying to see around the six people who sat in between. Wondering how he conducted his casting calls. If they were filmed. If they required nudity. If they resulted in . . .

I wasn’t a prude. I’d seen those videos. Of innocent women being coaxed into taking off their clothes and then fucked hard and insensitively in every imaginable hole.

I shook my head. It didn’t matter. In what world would an uptight law student with a fear of coloring outside the lines end up with the porn guy?

 

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Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23166903-rush

 

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Author Info

When her dream of becoming a mafia princess didn’t pan out, Gina Gordon went after her second dream: becoming a writer. And she hasn’t looked back. A self-proclaimed happily-ever-after junkie and cupcake connoisseur, Gordon loves spinning contemporary tales of knee-bending first kisses, unconditional love, and super-hot sex. She lives in Milton, Ontario, with her husband and their lovable dog.

Gina

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Posted by on May 27, 2015 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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What to Read Wednesday with Sophie Barnes author of Lady Sarah’s Sinful Desires ~ Giveaway

Thank you for joining me on the blog today for another round of What to Read Wednesday. Today author Sophie Barnes is visiting and she’s sharing 5 things about herself. Afterward check out her latest release Lady Sarah’s Sinful Desire. Love the cover. How about you?

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

Take it away Sophie…

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Five Facts about Sophie Barnes

 

  1. I was very active as a child and consequently very accident prone as well. I’ve had a dislocated arm, stitches in my forehead, a broken arm and a concussion, all before the age of eight.

 

  1. I’m a big amusement park fan, but rollercoasters with sudden drops give me a headache, so I prefer the curly-whirly ones with lots of loops – Space Mountain at Disney is a particular favorite =)

 

  1. Cooking is not my forte – it’s pretty hit or miss. I do however have some recipes that I’m really good at, but to my family’s detriment, I also like to experiment…lol. Here’s a successful cream-cheese stuffed pork filet that my mom taught me how to make:

 

2 pork filets

1 pack of cream-cheese with chives

Diced ham

Bacon

 

Slice the pork filets down the middle, lengthwise. Mix the cream-cheese with the diced ham in a bowl and spoon it onto the pork filets. While holding the filets closed, wrap them in bacon. Place in greased oven-proof dish and roast at 375 degrees F for about 1 hour or until the central temperature reaches 160. Serve with potatoes and vegies or rice or even pasta. So good!

 

  1. My favorite colors are red and purple. When I was little it was always purple and so were most of my clothes. Now that I’m older I prefer wearing red, but I’ll still choose purple for notebooks, pens and my coffee mug.

 

5.  Speaking of coffee, I only really started drinking it after studying in Paris, and even then it didn’t become a habit until I moved to                    America. Before that I used to be an avid tea drinker (mostly herbal) with no milk and no sugar. But when I started drinking coffee, it                was always with milk and two sugars, until recently when I cut sugar from most of my diet.

LADY SARAH's

Lady Sarah’s Sinful Desires
Secrets at Thorncliff Manor # 1

By: Sophie Barnes

Releasing April 28, 2015

Avon

 

Blurb

Welcome to Thorncliff Manor, where London’s elite mix, mingle, and may even find their heart’s desire…

There are thousands of things Christopher, Viscount Spencer, would rather do than hunt for a bride, especially since experience has taught him that women are not to be trusted. Then he finds the intriguing Lady Sarah scrambling around in Thorncliff’s conservatory and he is instantly charmed by her passionate nature. But why is she so intent on avoiding him?

Lady Sarah would make the perfect bride for a peer—if not for a tarnished past that she’s hiding from the ton. A stay at Thorncliff Manor was meant to help her plan for her future, not fall in love. Yet Christopher’s kisses are irresistible, his gallantry enticing. When her secret stands to be revealed, will the truth ruin their dreams of happiness?

 

 Link to Follow Tour:  http://www.tastybooktours.com/2015/02/lady-sarahs-sinful-desires-secrets-at.html

Goodreads Link:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23149157-lady-sarah-s-sinful-desires?ac=1

Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/136344-secrets-at-thorncliff-manor

Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/o5lPP153kEc

 

 

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Author Info

Born in Denmark, Sophie Barnes spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She’s lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish and Romanian. She has studied design in Paris and New York and has a bachelor’s degree from Parsons. But, most impressive of all, she’s been married to the same man three times—in three different countries and in three different dresses.

While living in Africa, Sophie turned to her lifelong passion: writing. When she’s not busy dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading. She currently lives on the East Coast.
Sophie Barnes 

 

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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What to Read Wednesday with Vivienne Lorret author of The Devilish Mr. Danvers ~ Giveaway

Thank you for coming back for another round of What to Read Wednesday! Please help me welcome author Vivienne Lorret to the blog again :) Vivienne is here today to answer an interesting question and share her latest release The Devilsh Mr. Danvers. 

Don’t forget to enter her wonderful giveaway! The link is at the end of the post.

Take it away Vivienne…

The Devilish Mr. Danvers by Vivienne Lorret

Vivienne Lorret answers the question…

 

What types of research and sources did you use for this book?

Thank you for having me here today!

I have a local librarian friend who hooks me up with all sorts of material. Her research skills are amazing! In fact, she must belong to a secret society, because the rest of us don’t have her connections.

For THE DEVILISH MR. DANVERS, I researched the history of stained glass and glass art. Since Rafe Danvers came from a family of artists, I thought it was important that he carry on the tradition, but in his own unique way.

I’ve always been fascinated by those massive stained glass windows that you typically see in old churches and cathedrals. My librarian borrowed some great books from college libraries, which detailed the history of the craft. After reading those, and not wanting my beloved hero to suffer from madness due to lead poisoning, I decided to make him a glass blower. After reading as much as I could, I then turned to Youtube and discovered a plethora of truly gifted glass artists who demonstrated their craft.

From there, I delved into the history of Westminster Abby, discovered quite a few things that switched on the light bulb over my head (or more aptly for the time period: lit a taper over my head), and after a small amount of artistic license, Rafe and Hedley’s story was born.

The Devilish Mr. Danvers

The Devilish Mr. Danvers
The Rakes of Fallow Hall # 2

By: Vivienne Lorret  

Releasing April 21, 2015

Avon Impulse

 

 

Blurb

 

For the first time in her life, Hedley Sinclair holds the keys to her own future. She’s inherited the crumbling Greyson Park, but the disrepair does nothing to dissuade her. No one will ever lock her up again or attempt to take away what’s hers. No one except Rafe Danvers—the charming, fiendish man from Fallow Hall. He’s determined to claim Greyson Park, but if Hedley isn’t careful, he’ll claim her heart as well.

Rafe has every intention of ridding Greyson Park of the conniving Sinclairs, once and for all. The last thing he expects is to find the beguiling Hedley Sinclair—the younger sister of his former fiancée—standing in his way. With drastic measures called for, he plans to marry her off in order to regain control of the estate. The only trouble is, he can’t seem to stop seducing her. Even worse, he can’t help falling in love with her.

TEASER

Gritting his teeth, Rafe strode out of the solicitor’s office in Cheapside. Black clouds filled with soot and rain rumbled overhead. A fierce storm brewed. Both outside and within him. “I refuse to believe it!” He’d thought coming to London would bring him better news. Beside him, his long-time friend, Ethan Weatherstone secured his brown tophat against a gust of wind. “I’m afraid it’s true. Miss Hedley Sinclair inherited Greyson Park.” “And the contract I signed along with Lady Claudia Sinclair—as it was overseen by a steward in her own employ—is essentially worthless.” Weatherstone shook his head in sympathy. “I’m sorry, my friend.” That witch had stolen two thousand pounds from him! Not only that, but she’d demanded eight thousand more by year’s end before he could occupy the house. The worst part—he’d been willing to do it! Disgusted and angry, Rafe climbed into the carriage and tapped against the roof for the driver. “Hawthorne Manor,” he instructed, but quickly changed his mind. “Better make that Danbury Lane, instead.”

 

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Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/131479-the-rakes-of-fallow-hall

 

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Author Info

USA Today bestselling author VIVIENNE LORRET loves romance novels, her pink laptop, her husband, and her two sons (not necessarily in that order … but there are days). Transforming copious amounts of tea into words, she is proud to be an Avon Impulse author of works including: “Tempting Mr. Weatherstone”, The Wallflower Wedding Series, and the Rakes of Fallow Hall series.

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Posted by on April 29, 2015 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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What to Read Wednesday with Renita Pizzitola ~ Giveaway

Welcome to What to Read Wednesday! Please help me welcome author Renita Pizzitola. She’s here sharing the 5 steps she uses to finish her manuscripts. Afterward check out her latest release Just A Little Flirt, the 2nd book in the Crush Series. The cover for this book is amazing…love it!

Afterward make sure to enter her giveaway. The link is at the end of the post!

Take it away Renita…

JALF

I often get asked about my writing process. Sometimes, it’s about how I write a novel length work. Other times, it’s how do I edit my finished manuscript. Well, the writing process is different for everyone, but here’s a condensed version of mine!

5 steps to finishing that manuscript:

1. Write the first draft. This is an important step, and not just because of the obvious: without a first draft we have no book—but because so many writers get hung up here. Don’t edit. Don’t stress. Just let that natural creativity flow, get your ideas on paper: beginning, middle and end.

2. Iron out the plot. This is a quick revision for me. Sometimes while working on that rough first draft I make little (or big) plot changes that must be addressed before I can start revisions. I like to make little notes to myself to remember to fix these things, but I don’t like to address them in the first draft because I’m tempted to make too many changes and, for me, the first draft is not the time for editing.

3. Revise. This is the big edit for me (and the hardest). I go through each chapter, one by one, and start revising. I trim. I add. I hack to pieces. I glue back together.

4. Critique partner. After I finish my revisions, I send a few chapters at a time to my CP. She has my blessing to shred my MS. She looks for the same things I do but with a fresh set of eyes. If you don’t have a CP yet, I highly recommend one! When she’s done, I revise the entire manuscript based on her incredibly helpful notes.

5. Beta readers. This is an important step because these readers aren’t looking at your work as a writer; they are looking at it like a reader. It’s a chance to get feedback on pacing, feel, and a general sense of what they liked, what worked/what didn’t, and anything that confused them, etc.

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Just a Little Flirt
Crush # 2
By: Renita Pizzitola
Releasing March 31, 2015
Loveswept

Blurb

Saying yes has always come easy for Fallon. Now, as Renita Pizzitola’s steamy, poignant Crush series continues, winning her dream job means saying no to the guy she wants the most.

Between all the parties and random hook-ups, Fallon Carr is this close to flunking out of college. But her internship working with pediatric patients means the world to her—especially since, at the end of the summer, one lucky intern will be offered a paid position. Determined to leave her bad reputation behind, Fallon even takes a bet that she won’t sleep with anyone from work. But there’s one little catch. . . .

Not only is Cade Ryan the hottest guy Fallon has ever laid eyes on, he’s a therapy dog handler who volunteers his time to visit kids at the hospital. So when he starts pursuing her, Fallon can’t believe her bad timing. The thing is, Cade is different. He’s not like the college guys who see her as a one-night stand, or the high-school boyfriend who took a part of her she can never get back. Cade genuinely wants to spend time with her—and not just between the sheets.

Fallon won’t let her growing feelings for Cade get in the way of her dreams. Besides, no guy can break down the walls she put up long ago. So what’s the harm in a little flirting? It’s not like she’s falling in love. But she may have seriously underestimated how complicated things can get when the perfect guy falls for her first.

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Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/just-a-little-flirt

Author Info

Renita Pizzitola is the author of New Adult contemporary romance and Young Adult fantasy. When not writing, she can be found feeding her caramel macchiato addiction and reading just about anything she can get her hands on. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two children.

Renita Pizzitola

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Posted by on April 15, 2015 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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