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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.

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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

 

 

Buy Links:  Amazon |B & N iTunes | Kobo 

 

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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Posted by on May 13, 2015 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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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.

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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.”

 

 Link to Follow Tour:  http://www.tastybooktours.com/2015/02/the-devilish-mr-danvers-rakes-of-fallow.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22608165-the-devilish-mr-danvers?from_search=true

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

 

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

 

 

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.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter |Goodreads

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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…

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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.

Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2015/01/just-little-flirt-crush-2-by-renita.html
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23350235-just-a-little-flirt?from_search=true

Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes | iTunes | Kobo
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Just-Little-Flirt-Renita-Pizzitola-ebook/dp/B00OEXJC7Q/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1419040001&sr=8-1&keywords=just+a+little+flirt
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iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/just-a-little-flirt/id928924281?mt=11
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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What to Read Wednesday with Sarah Hegger ~ Giveaway

Thank you for coming back for another What to Read Wednesday! Please help me welcome author Sarah Hegger to the blog today. I think you’ll enjoy getting to know her a little better. Afterward, check out her latest release, Nobody’s Angel, the first book in Willow Park Romance series. And most of you know what a cover addict I am…and I adore this cover. So pretty :)

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

Take it away Sarah…

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What they said.

Thanks so much for having me over today, and sharing in the release of Nobody’s Angel.

Nobody’s Angel has had quite a journey to publication and has been the book that grew with me as writer. And the learning really started as I typed those all-important words on the manuscript: The End.

There I am clutching my undiscovered masterpiece, certain that someone is going to spot my unpolished gem on the corner of their desk (more like lurking in their inbox) and get that special tingle that tells them I’m the next big thing.

Meanwhile…back in the world where we pay taxes and animals don’t speak to us,
I heard the advice given by wiser and more experienced authors. I nodded politely, and knew better. Of course, it didn’t apply to me. I was the one in a million, the lottery winner, the dark horse nobody bet on.

It took about eighteen months of doors closing to right-size my ego and instead of hearing what they said, I listened. That undiscovered masterpiece, is a rough diamond, it requires polishing, more polishing, cutting and honing. It needs input from others, filtered through my instinct and bypassing my newly flattened ego. Rejections—damn but they hurt—are part of the process. I am not so much a writer as I am a rewriter. And the only book I will never see published is the one I give up on.

And this writing business, it’s a craft not an instinct. Each new learning, new technique had me hauling out Nobody’s Angel and going through her one more time. Until I could virtually recite all 90K odd words by heart.

I heard my editor for Nobody’s Angel, Esi Sogah, give a speech at the Romance Writer’s of America conference in Atlanta in July, 2013, and I knew I had to get my book in front of her. Even then it took months of waiting, she lost track of me as I moved countries, and a last ditch email from me, just to make sure she really didn’t want the book— before I got ‘the call’ that meant my girl was going to see the light of day.

The call came in January 2014, and here Nobody’s Angel and I are today, teetering on the edge of another huge learning curve. If I had to give any advice to anyone out there who has the inkling to take that book inside them and put it on paper, it would be this:

What they said—they really do know what they’re talking about.

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Nobody’s Angel
Willow Park Romance # 1
By: Sarah Hegger
Releasing March 31st, 2015
Zebra

Blurb

In this evocative new series from author Sarah Hegger, a woman returns home after a long absence—and wonders if two wrongs really can make a right…

Nine years ago Lucy Flint ran away to Seattle, taking her friend’s boyfriend and leaving her high school sweetheart without a word of explanation. Now she’s back in Willow Park, Illinois, to help care for her ailing father—and it’s no surprise that her ex, Dr. Richard Hunter, is still angry.

Still, she’s a different Lucy now. Sober, wiser, ready to make amends to the long—make that very long—list of those she mistreated during her wild younger days. Falling for Richard all over again would mean wreaking havoc in both their lives and possibly squandering her opportunity for redemption. But here, in the place where everything went wrong, is the one person who always felt right, and a second-chance that could be the best mistake she ever made…

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EXCERPT

A slight shift in the light was all the warning she got before a warm hand closed over hers. Lucy dropped her iPod and he reached out quickly and caught it. Adele sadistically launched into a heartrending chorus. Tell me about it. Lucy sniffled.

Richard’s mouth moved, but all Lucy heard was Adele wailing away enthusiastically. His eyes were bluer than a clear sky and Lucy sank, came up for air, and then sunk all the way down to the bottom.

His mouth moved. He frowned, shook his head, and plucked the earphones from her ears. “These things will make you deaf.”

“Is that your considered medical opinion?” She was proud she could still come out with the wisecracks. Given that she truly wanted to disgust Gloria Steinem and the girls and fling herself against his manly chest and have him sweep her away to the happily-ever-after place.

“What are you doing?” Prince Charming asked with a frown.

“You have to ask?” Lucy looked pointedly at her shovel.

“Lucy.” His mouth tightened. “It’s the middle of the night and you’re shoveling snow?”

“Did I wake you?”

“Not with the shoveling.” Richard pushed a hand through his hair, making it stand on end around his head. “You look like you need a friend,” he said softly.

“Is that what you are?” Lucy heard her voice wobble dangerously and cleared her throat.

“Or something,” he muttered, and took her arm. “Come on.” He took the shovel from her hand and propped it against the side of the house. “Let’s be sleepless together.”

“Not a good idea.” Lucy dug in her heels, but he tightened the grip on her arm and tugged her a few steps forward.

“I don’t care,” he said, and hauled her a few more steps. “I don’t give a shit right now.”

And just like that, Lucy realized she didn’t give a shit, either.

He took her silence as agreement and kept her hand in his as he walked them through the silent garden to his house.

“Coffee?” he asked as he hung up his coat and reached over for hers to hang it beside his.

Teaser 1“No,” Lucy answered, pulling a face. “I would like to sleep at some point.”

The dim light of the entrance hall danced across the strong lines of his face. He cupped her chin and turned her face. “You’ve been crying.”

“A bit,” Lucy murmured.

His hand on her face was warm and gentle, but it sent a shaft of longing arcing through her body. She shifted away and dropped her head. Needing to move, she padded restlessly into the house.

“What is it?” He caught up with her on silent feet. “Is it last night?”

“Not really.” She didn’t have it in her to outright lie. “Something happened, earlier, and I . . .” She trailed off and followed him into the kitchen. She almost laughed. This kitchen had seen a lot of action since she’d been back in town.

“Tell me,” Richard urged her softly.

“I hurt someone.” She pulled out a seat and sat.

He went very still above her. “A man?”

Lucy nodded and looked down at the floor. His bare feet stuck out the bottom of his pants. He must have just pulled on his boots when he spotted her in her crazy wee-hour mania.

“A boyfriend?”Teaser 2

“Not really.” Something in his tone made her look up. His gaze was trained intently on her face. The muscles of his jaw bunched.

“You sure you want to hear this?” Of all the things she and Richard could discuss, another man must be close to the top of the awkward list.

“No.” His eyes bored into hers, as if he were trying to see past her face and into the center of her. “Tell me anyway.”

“His name is Elliot and he’s a really good man.” The pain in her chest unraveled slightly and she dared a bit more. “He’s been amazing to me. He picked me up when I was at my lowest point and helped me get sober. He’s one of the good guys.”

“And?”

“He loves me and wants more from me. I don’t feel the same.”

Richard flinched, the slightest crease around the corner of his eyes.

“It isn’t the same,” she addressed the thoughts she could almost hear whirling around his brain. “Elliot is not you and I was always honest with him.”

Teaser 3“Really?” His skepticism rubbed salt on an open wound.

“I never loved Elliot.” Lucy hissed in a breath. “I never pretended to love him either. He . . .” She was making a mess of this. “Why don’t I tell you the whole story and stop you from leaping to conclusions?”

She thought he might refuse and then his face relaxed slightly and he dragged out the chair beside her. “Why not?”

It was not exactly enthusiastic, but Richard was still listening.

“I met Elliot when I first went to Seattle,” she said. “He was the perfect catch for me at that time. He had money, he was good looking and just that bit older to want to take care of me. I used him.” She hated even admitting it. “Until I found something I liked more. I was drinking, heavily, and Elliot was a bit too grown up for me. Then I ran out of money, got scared, and went straight back to Elliot.”

Lucy managed a dry laugh. “And he took me back. He asked me to stop drinking and I did. I didn’t stay for long,” she said, shrugging. “I found someone more exciting, more like me, and I left him again.”

“The prick with the fists?”

“That’s the one.” Lucy grimaced. “Then I got sober and Elliot has been waiting for me to get serious about him. He’s been hanging around for me, all this time, and I had to let him go.”

“Wow.” Richard blew out a soft breath. He spun away from her and stood staring out the window into the dark. “There’s a whole team of us. The men who never get over Lucy.”

Teaser 4

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wnj4IHOhcuU

Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/12/nobodys-angel-willow-park-1-by-sarah.html
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22494932-nobody-s-angel?from_search=true

Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes | ITunes | Kobo
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Nobodys-Angel-Willow-Park-Romance/dp/1420137395
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iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/nobodys-angel/id928922851?mt=11
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/nobody-s-angel-8

Author Info

Born British and raised in South Africa, Sarah Hegger suffers from an incurable case of wanderlust. Her match? A hot Canadian engineer, whose marriage proposal she accepted six short weeks after they first met. Together they’ve made homes in seven different cities across three different continents (and back again once or twice). If only it made her multilingual, but the best she can manage is idiosyncratic English, fluent Afrikaans, conversant Russian, pigeon Portuguese, even worse Zulu and enough French to get herself into trouble.
Mimicking her globe-trotting adventures, Sarah’s career path began as a gainfully employed actress, drifted into public relations, settled a moment in advertising, and eventually took root in the fertile soil of her first love, writing. She also moonlights as a wife and mother.She currently lives in Draper, Utah, with her teenage daughters, two Golden Retrievers and aforementioned husband. Part footloose buccaneer, part quixotic observer of life, Sarah’s restless heart is most content when reading or writing books.
She loves to hear from readers and you can find her at any of the places below.

Sarah

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
Website: http://sarahhegger.com/

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8202895.Sarah_Hegger

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Posted by on April 8, 2015 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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What to Read Wednesday with Jamie K Schmidt ~ Giveaway

It’s time for What to Read Wednesday! Please help me welcome author Jamie K Schmidt. She’s talking Coffee and an E-Book…(there’s a recipe involved…so don’t miss it) and she’s sharing her release FEVER!

Afterward, don’t forget to check out her giveaway. The link to enter is at the end of the post!

Take it away Jamie…

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Coffee and an Ebook
By
Jamie K. Schmidt
In the past couple of months in Connecticut gas prices have fluctuated. At one point last year, the price of gasoline was $4.00 a gallon. So when the prices recently dropped to $2.50, it was such a shock to see that my tank was filled for fewer than fifty bucks.
I saw a meme online that showed other everyday products compared to their price per gallon. A gallon of milk is about $3.69. A gallon of beer would be $28.40. I couldn’t figure out exactly how much a gallon of pretzels to go with that would be, but it was around the same amount. Olive Oil is about $38.00 a gallon, but that’s a lot of sautéing. Nyquil cold medicine is about $94.90 for a gallon. Boy, am I glad my car doesn’t run on this stuff.
I can get 25 miles out of a gallon of gas, which is what I burn driving to and from work in one day. And when I’ve got a cold, paying for Nyquil is well worth it – or it was until they changed the formula to take out the good stuff that some people were cooking meth with. Unfortunately, that’s the same stuff that clears out my sinuses and allows me to work without moaning, “I don’t feel good.”
Along these lines, I generally don’t buy hard covers because I read so fast. I can easily devour a book in one day. So paying $26.95 for a book doesn’t seem worth it. But then I thought about it. If it took me eight hours to read that book, the book would have cost me $3.36 an hour. Heck that’s a bargain. If you go to the movie made from that same book, it would be $7.50 an hour — $5.50 if you went to the matinee.
What is even more cost effective is a full length ebook that costs $2.99. In that same eight hours, it would cost me thirty-seven cents an hour to enjoy the book. I pretty much find .37 every time I do laundry.
Even better, would be if I found those same books (and movie) at the library. I love the library. If you haven’t tried Inter Library Loan (ILL), you should make a point to get cozy with your local librarian and have them teach you how. You can find books from libraries across your state. The libraries ship the books directly to your library for you to pick up. And when you’re done borrowing them, just drop the books back at your local library and the library ships them back to their home. And now with the Overdrive program, you can borrow ebooks as well. Again, just ask your friendly librarian for details.
But let’s back to number crunching. I’m addicted to Starbucks. I’m especially fond of their iced caramel macchiatos which go for $24.80 a gallon—which, frankly I think is a bargain. But I found a fun recipe to make at home. Unfortunately, you need a way to make espresso because this lovely beverage calls for two shots of it. Luckily, I found an easy way to make this with a coffee maker here: http://www.thriftynorthwestmom.com/homemade-espresso-drinks-lattes-etc-no-fancy-machine-needed/.
Iced Caramel Fever
2-oz Brewed Express ($1.24)
6-oz Milk (.18 cents)
1-oz Torani vanilla syrup (2 tbsp – more or less to taste) (.23 cents)
1-oz sugar (to taste) (.05 cents)
1-oz whipped cream (.33 cents)
2-oz caramel syrup (.28 cents)
Fill a 16 oz cup with ice. Mix together brewed espresso, milk, syrup and sugar. Pour over the ice. Top with the whipped cream and drizzle the syrup on top.
This concoction comes out to $2.31, which is a great savings from the original. But my newly released ebook, FEVER, is still a better bargain because I bet that you’ll drink this sweet coffee in less time than it takes you to read the book.

Romance

Fever
Club Inferno # 3
By: Jamie K. Schmidt
Releasing March 17th, 2015
Loveswept

Blurb

Readers of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You will savor a visit to Club Inferno, the erotic playground where glitz and glamour mix with leather and whips.

Deep in the shadows of her exclusive fashion resort, Couture, Colleen Bryant presides over a much more intimate world: Club Inferno. The successful businesswoman and sex instructor has built an empire that caters to the BDSM elite, but now she finds herself longing for something a bit more ordinary: a man to love. She’s not sure how to find someone who will accept what she does for a living—or the kinks that drive her wild—until her old flame, ex-pro football player Chase Fairwood, comes back in her life.

There’s no woman as hot, sexy, or exciting as Colleen—and Chase knows it. He also knows he’s man enough to play her games, and to give as good as he gets. His return to Club Inferno reignites Colleen’s scorching demands, along with a new determination to test his resolve. Soon he’s competing against a rival Dom to brand Colleen as his own. But Chase has a secret weapon: the burning desire to offer his body—and his heart—in sweet surrender.

Fever is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.
Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2015/01/fever-club-inferno-3-by-jamie-k-schmidt.html
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23256179-fever?ac=1
Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/125033-club-inferno

Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes | iTunes | Kobo
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Fever-Inferno-Jamie-K-Schmidt-ebook/dp/B00N6PEWBO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1418866834&sr=8-1&keywords=fever+by+jamie+k+schmidt
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fever-jamie-k-schmidt/1120641397?ean=9781101882580
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/fever/id914373428?mt=11
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/fever-48

Author Info

USA Today Bestselling author, Jamie K. Schmidt is a hybrid author who has over thirty short stories published in small press and ezines, and a variety of novellas and books online. Her Club Inferno series from Random House has been in Amazon’s top 100 ebooks sold and Barnes and Noble’s top 10. She has a dragon paranormal romance series at Entangled Publishing. Book one of the Emerging Queens series is The Queen’s Wings.

Jamie holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz in Secondary Education English, which is a fancy way of saying she went to college to teach high school English. When that didn’t pan out, she worked as a call center manager, a Tupperware consultant, a paralegal, and finally a technical writer for a major conglomerate company. She is an active member in the Romance Writers of America (RWA). When not writing, Jamie relaxes with a mug of hot tea and knits or makes beaded jewelry.

Jamie

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
Website: http://www.jkschmidt.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jamie.k.schmidt.1
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jamiekswriter
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3519024.Jamie_K_Schmidt

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What to Read Wednesday with Stacey Kennedy ~ Giveaway

Thank you for coming back for another round of What to Read Wednesday. Today are visitor is author Stacey Kennedy and she telling us her 5 reasons why writing BDSM is fun. Afterward check out her release TAMED, the 5th book in the Club Sin Series.

At the end of her post you can enter her giveaway!

Take it away Stacey…

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Please welcome Stacey Kennedy. She’s the USA Today bestselling author of the CLUB SIN series. Growing up, Stacey’s mind wandered the path less traveled and that path most often led to love. She has always broken rules and she continues to feed off emotion – staying true to her heart. Those traits are now the bones of her stories. She lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, who puts any of the heroes in her books to shame, and their two young children. If she’s not on mom duty or plugging away at a new story, you’ll find Stacey camping in the summer, hibernating in the winter and obsessing over Penny Dreadful, Game of Thrones and Outlander.

Today she’s telling us five reasons why writing BDSM is fun.

1) The submissive and Dom relationship: The power play between them is excellent fun to write. It keeps me on the edge of my seat, and sometimes even I’m surprised who comes out on top!

2) The communication and trust: While I think any healthy relationship should be based on communication and trust, in a BDSM relationship it’s just amplified some. I enjoy how in-depth I can get with this while writing BDSM. It makes for some pretty intense scenes, where it pushes characters boundaries.

3) The emotion: I’m not sure I could get so deep into emotions as I do with Club Sin if it wasn’t set in a BDSM club. The fact that communication and trust is so important forces me to dig really deep emotionally when I’m writing. I love this!

4) The sense of family: In Club Sin, the group of Masters and submissives are a big family. Personally, I think friendships are as important as intimate relationships, so when I wrote Club Sin I focused on this. I wanted the series to reflect how everyone needs a good friend every once in a while. Either to kick you in the butt, if you need that, or to hug you, if you need that, too. I know I couldn’t live without my bestie!

5) Lastly, but certainly not least, the kinky sexy: What can I say? It’s just HOT to write!! Any sex is good sex to write, but kinky sex allows me to get really creative. Ropes, floggers, candles . . . oh, the sinful fun!!

TAMED

Tamed
Club Sin # 5
By: Stacey Kennedy
Releasing March 10, 2015
Loveswept

Blurb

USA Today bestselling author Stacey Kennedy returns to the tantalizing world of Club Sin in an enticing novel of control and surrender.

Porter Marshall has nearly achieved his goal of becoming a Club Sin Master, but his new sub poses a much bigger challenge than he anticipated. Despite their mutual attraction and red-hot dungeon sessions, Kenzie Hart plays her own games. Her bratty, you-can’t-break-me attitude masks terrible personal hurt—pain that only the exquisite touch of a skilled Dom can release. But when Porter suggests taking their connection to the outside world, Kenzie denies him . . . which only makes him want her more.

Kenzie can’t ignore the raw, fierce bond she has with Porter. But she can’t give in to his dangerous demands, either. Is the passion they share real, or is he using her to solidify his status at Club Sin? And yet, who else can she trust with the shattering secrets she holds within? As Porter expertly brings her to the point of no return, Kenzie surrenders her body—and, piece by piece, her heart.

Tamed is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.

Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2015/01/tamed-club-sin-5-by-stacey-kennedy.html
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19156931-tamed
Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/99666-club-sin

Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes | iTunes | Kobo
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Tamed-Club-Novel-Stacey-Kennedy-ebook/dp/B00N6PD6OI/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1418865059&sr=1-1&keywords=Tamed%3A+A+Club+Sin+Novel
B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tamed-stacey-kennedy/1120679178?ean=9780553391206
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/tamed/id914361085?mt=11
Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/tamed-13

Author Info

Stacey Kennedy is the USA Today bestselling author of the Club Sin series. Growing up, Stacey’s mind wandered the path less traveled, and that path most often led to love. She has always broken rules and she continues to feed off emotion—always staying true to her heart. Those traits are now the bones of her stories.
She lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, who puts any of the heroes in her books to shame, and their two young children. If she’s not on Mom duty or plugging away at a new story, you’ll find Stacey camping in the summer, hibernating in the winter, and obsessing over Penny Dreadful, Game of Thrones, and Sons of Anarchy.

Stacey

Author Links: Facebook | Twitter | Website | Goodreads
Website: http://www.staceykennedy.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorstaceykennedy

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Stacey_Kennedy

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3473046.Stacey_Kennedy

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What to Read Wednesday with Dixie Lee Brown author of Tempt the Night ~ Giveaway

Thank you for coming back for What to Read Wednesday! Please help me welcome author Dixie Lee Brown to the blog. Dixie is talking about writing suspense combined with romance. I enjoyed her post and think you will too! Afterward, check out her final book in the Trust No One series titled Tempt the Night.

Also, she has a wonderful giveaway. Click on the link at the end of the post to enter :)

Take it away Dixie…

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It’s wonderful to be here! Thanks for having me and for showcasing TEMPT THE NIGHT, the 5th and final novel in the Trust No One series.
As you may know, the books in this series are romantic suspense. My heroes are all alphas, former military, law enforcement or ex-cops, mercenaries banded together to do what government agencies can’t or won’t do themselves, but are willing to hire done. The story lines deal with life and death situations.
Why do I mention that? Because it’s not always easy to blend romance with suspense. Life and death scenes, if done right, get a person’s adrenaline flowing. Those scenes that build sexual tension between the hero and heroine…well, they’ll get some juices flowing too! But they’re oftentimes on opposite ends of the spectrum.
Which is more important? Neither. In this genre, the romance and suspense are of equal importance. Both must blend together to form the whole. The protagonists meet and are forced together because of whatever suspenseful situation has occurred. This heightens the tension of both elements. Emotions are on DEFCON 2.
The relationship between hero and heroine evolves a little differently in a romantic suspense novel than, say, a contemporary romance. The timeline is shorter. They don’t have weeks or months to date and fall in love. People’s lives are at stake, sooner rather than later. The reactions of the protagonists to each other are practically instantaneous and definitely strong. That’s not to say they have to like each other. They might hate each other on sight.
The premise of a romantic suspense novel is that something bad has happened, the hero and heroine meet and fall in love, and they put the kibosh on whatever is causing the suspense. The world, as far as what happens in between, is wide open. My job, as a writer, is to make others want to read from A to B.
The action, the fear, the running for their lives, etc. add an undercurrent of danger that increases the conflict and makes the romance more explosive. The romance itself also adds a layer of tension, because suddenly the characters are worried about each other. It’s a balancing act, and each element has to build to the next. The last thing a writer would want is the reader skimming over the action packed scenes to get to the romance or vice versa.
The novel’s success in the genre depends on each element being equal. The romantic relationship impacts each decision the protagonists make, as does the impending danger. Each increases the tension and propels the story forward. The proof of a good romantic suspense novel? Readers can’t put it down!

TEMPT THE NIGHT

Tempt the Night
Trust No One # 5

By: Dixie Lee Brown

Releasing February 24th, 2015

Avon Impulse

 

Blurb

Dixie Lee Brown concludes her thrilling Trust No One series with the fast-paced tale of a damaged hero and the sexy fugitive he can’t help falling for.

Samantha “Mac” McCallister barely believes her own tale of dirty cops and murder that landed her in the hands of the sexy Jim Brady. One minute she was enjoying a ride-along in her best friend’s cruiser, the next he’s dead and she’s wanted for his murder. Mac never expected to be hiding out from the law, but with Jim by her side, maybe she can survive long enough to clear her name. The question is, can she survive the way Jim makes her feel?

Former Navy Seal Jim Brady works best under pressure. At least he used to. Now, fighting flashbacks from his time in Iraq, he has given up everything he knows in order to protect the innocent … from himself. So working with a woman on the run from the law? Not in his plans for this lifetime. Still, something about the blue-eyed beauty tells him she’s not the source of the danger—she’s running from it. Deep down he knows he’ll protect her no matter what. But his heart? That’s another story.

 

EXCERPT

She couldn’t even think about Paddy. His death was a sorrow that would incapacitate her, and she couldn’t give in to it now. Where could she go and be safe? It would be too dangerous to return home. Simpson and Gallagher would surely search for her there. Were there other dirty cops in on whatever had gone down tonight? How could she trust any of them after what she’d seen? The backup they’d requested had never arrived…or the ambulance. Did that make her friend and co-worker, Lucas, suspect too? No…she’d never believe that, but whoever she went to for help, she’d likely be putting them in danger as well.

On impulse, she pulled out the card Paddy had forced into her hand and shone her flashlight on the lettering. It was one of his business cards, but when she flipped it over, neat handwriting that she didn’t recognize was centered on the back.

Meeting Brady Friday, midnight, 110 Gardner Street.

Thanks for watching my back! M.

No clue what that meant, but if Paddy thought it important enough to hand her moments before he died, you’d better believe she was going to be at that meeting and find out why.

That didn’t help her now, though. She shivered in her light fleece jacket. The dim glow of her watch revealed the time—3:45 am. First light wasn’t far off, but she had eighteen hours to kill before the midnight meeting. Covered with blood, people would be suspicious of her at best. At the worst, they’d call the cops and, with her luck, Gallagher and Simpson would respond. She had to get out of sight before someone spotted her.

Uncle Benji’s fishing boat. It was docked at the marina, and he was in Anchorage for the month. No one would think to look for her there, but she needed to go back to Paddy’s car for her purse. She’d eventually need money and her ID.

Mac made her way back to the shadow of the packing plant. Then she took a wide detour and approached Paddy’s car from the opposite side. Gallagher and Simpson’s cruiser was gone, but they might double back to try and spot her, and she wasn’t taking any chances. Quickly, she grabbed her purse and left the car behind.

The first gray hues of dawn were spreading on the eastern horizon as she hoofed it to the marina, staying in the shadows as much as possible. She found Uncle Benji’s boat and climbed below deck. Then she slid to the floor, hugged her knees to her chest, and finally gave in to the waves of grief that rolled over her.

Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2015/01/tempt-night-trust-no-one-5-by-dixie-lee.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23001916-tempt-the-night?from_search=true

Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/106408-trust-no-one

 

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

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Tempt-Night-Trust-One-Novel-ebook/dp/B00J26JJ2S/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1421255025&sr=1-1&keywords=tempt+the+night&pebp=1421255031491&peasin=B00J26JJ2S

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tempt-the-night-dixie-lee-brown/1120303508?ean=9780062328328

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/tempt-the-night/id842644584?mt=11

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/ebook/tempt-the-night?utm_source=ABA2032753&utm_medium=web&utm_campaign=detailpage

 

Author Info

DIXIE LEE BROWN lives and writes in Central Oregon, inspired by what she believes is the most gorgeous scenery anywhere. She resides with two dogs and a cat, who make sure she never takes herself too seriously. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, movies, and trips to the beach.

 Dixie Lee

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Website: http://www.dixiebrown.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dixie-Lee-Brown/311618418919108

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DixieLeeBrown

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6583364.Dixie_Lee_Brown

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