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What to Read Wednesday with Amy Reade and giveaway

Happy Wednesday! Today on What to Read Wednesday we have author Amy Reade visiting. She’s written a fabulous guest post about author’s who inspire and is sharing her first novel release Secrets of Hallstead House. Don’t you love the cover? It fits perfectly with her blurb :)

She’s also offering up an awesome giveaway that you can enter to win at the end of the post….you won’t want to miss this one :)

Take it away Amy…

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Authors Who Inspire Me

by Amy M. Reade

 

I’m often asked, “Who’s your favorite author?”

I must admit that I don’t have one single favorite, but there are several authors whose entire collections fill up my bookshelves. They are, in no particular order, Ernest Hemingway, Jane Austen, and Phyllis A. Whitney.

Their works are wildly different, I know. But I like to read lots of different kinds of books. I suppose it would be impossible for me to have just one favorite.

I love Hemingway because his writing is so crisp and evocative without being wordy. The emotion that he is able to convey in just a few words has never failed to astonish me. Rumor has it that Hemingway once bet that he could write a story in less than ten words. Though it is unverified, the story certainly seems like one he could have crafted. It goes like this: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Take a minute to let that sink in…I’ll wait.

I don’t write like Hemingway. As beautiful as it is, I find some of his work disturbing. He writes about uncomfortable things, heart-wrenching things. I write stories that are happier, lighter. If I had written A Farewell to Arms, Frederic and Catherine would have lived happily ever after and their baby would have lived, too.

I love Jane Austen because she’s got a sharp, sly wit that makes me laugh out loud when I’m reading her books. Her stories are engaging and fun, and I love that the language is so different from what we are used to reading today. Her stories transcend time; they don’t have to take place in the nineteenth century- they could just as easily take place in the twenty-first century.

My favorite book by Jane Austen is Pride and Prejudice, as I will tell anyone who is willing to listen. The story is perfect, from its preoccupation with marriage and manners to its happy ending for Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. If I’m looking for a familiar, comfortable read that I know by heart, I reach for Pride and Prejudice.

Phyllis A. Whitney was an author of romantic suspense who died in 2008 at the age of 104. She published her last book when she was 94 years old. That is the kind of writer I strive to be.

Ms. Whitney’s appeal, besides the suspense she wove like tapestry, lay in her ability to describe places both near and far. Her books were set everywhere from Chicago to Norway, from Long Island to Turkey. I ended up wanting to visit each and every place she set her stories; I’m sure she would have considered that high praise.

And speaking of high praise, my first novel, Secrets of Hallstead House, has been compared to her works by two reviewers who received advance reader copies of the book from my publisher (their reviews can be found on Goodreads.com). The comparisons to Phyllis Whitney were the best compliments I could have received.

My preferred authors may change from time to time depending on what book I’m enjoying on any particular day, but my favorites remain constant. They wrote the books I read over and over- the ones I reach for when I already know I’m going to love the story.

Secrets Of Hallstead House (eBook)

Blurb

Macy Stoddard had hoped to ease the grief of losing her parents in a fiery car crash by accepting a job as a private nurse to the wealthy and widowed Alexandria Hallstead. But her first sight of Summerplace is of a dark and forbidding home. She quickly finds its winding halls and shadowy rooms filled with secrets and suspicions.
Alex seems happy to have Macy’s help, but others on the island, including Alex’s sinister servants and hostile relatives, are far less welcoming. Watching eyes, veiled threats…slowly, surely, the menacing spirit of Hallstead Island closes in around Macy. And she can only wonder if her story will become just one of the many secrets of Hallstead House…

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Author Info

Amy M. Reade is a debut author of romantic suspense. A native of upstate New York, she grew up in the Thousand Islands region and was inspired by the natural beauty of that area to write her first novel, Secrets of Hallstead House. She now lives in New Jersey with her husband, three children, a Bouvier des Flandres named Orly, and two rescued cats who refuse to answer to their names of Porthos and Athos.
Upon graduation from Cornell University and Indiana University School of Law, Amy practiced law in New York City, but soon discovered that her dream job was writing. In addition to volunteering with school, church, and community groups, Amy is currently working on her second novel, set in the area around Charleston, South Carolina.
Though Amy lives within sight of the Atlantic Ocean, she is partial to the blue waters of the Pacific and spends as much time as possible on the Big Island of Hawaii, which is the setting of her as-yet-unwritten third novel.

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Author Links

http://www.amymreade.com/

https://twitter.com/readeandwrite

https://www.facebook.com/amreadeauthor

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8189243.Amy_M_Reade

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Posted by on July 30, 2014 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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What to Read Wednesday with Synithia Williams ~ Giveaway

Thank you for joining my guest and I for What to Read Wednesday :) Today author Synithia Williams is joining me on the blog. She’s talking about office romance and her release JUST MY TYPE! Don’t you just love her cover?

Synithia is also offering up a nice giveaway…so don’t forget to enter at the end of the post :)

Take it awaySynithia…

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Love in the office

Another writer once asked me, “Girl, what are you doing in your office?” Referring to my love of office romances. The answer is: nothing, my office is not exciting at all. Having met my husband in the work place, I guess I am kind of partial to putting the hero and heroines in my novels in the same work environment. There is just so much potential to make sparks fly.

I did that in Just My Type. The heroine, Janiyah Henderson, needs to find a way to show her parents she’s not the baby girl they keep treating her like. So she gets a job at the accounting firm of her brother’s best friend (and the guys she’s been crushing on since her teen years) to prove them wrong. Though Fredrick believes he needs a woman similar to him in order to be happy, he can’t shake the feelings Janiyah stirs up in him that he’s tried to ignore.

So what did I have to do … put them in the office together and make it even harder to ignore what’s simmering between them. Late nights working together, the close proximity of having that person nearby, all up the tension that they’ve pretended wasn’t there. Though I did rein myself in and not include an “oops, I dropped the pen” scene in the book.
Not only does working together give the hero and heroine a good excuse to be close to each other, but it can bring out qualities in a character that make them shine in their love interest’s eyes. For Fredrick and Janiyah, working together makes them realize that differences complement each other. Janiyah discovers that there’s more to Fredrick that the “good guy” she always took him for, and Fredrick realizes that there’s more to Janiyah than the pretty girl who drives him crazy. And me, I get another chance to write a sizzling office romance.
Do you like office romances?

Blurb

Janiyah Henderson may be an adult, but her dad doesn’t see it that way. Granted, she’s enjoying her post-college life of little-to-no responsibility, but when her dad announces at a family meeting that she can’t handle working a “real job”, there’s only one thing to do: land a desk job and prove him wrong. When her brother’s best friend, Fredrick Jenkins, needs a new assistant, she knows she’s the perfect candidate. So what if she’s had a crush on the conservative accountant since she was nine? She’s the last woman Freddy would fall for.
But Fredrick is far from impervious to Janiyah’s charms. Though he can’t help but be attracted to her, he knows Janiyah is more interested in eating his cereal and teasing him than viewing him as more than the good guy next door. When he offers her the job, he can’t imagine her giving up her late mornings and colorful outfits for 8:00 a.m. meetings and pantyhose for too long. But as Janiyah excels as his employee, he fears he’s in danger of falling hard for a woman he shouldn’t care for.
Pretty soon the attraction they’ve tried to ignore boils to the surface. And after Fredrick shows Janiyah the man behind the numbers, she’s ready to show him that she’s just the type of woman he needs.

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Buy Links
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iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/just-my-type/id881625145?mt=11

Synithia

Author Info
Synithia Williams has loved romance novels since reading her first one at the age of 13. It was only natural that she would begin penning her own romances soon after. When she isn’t writing, this local government gal balances the needs of her husband and two sons.
Author Links

http://www.synithiawilliams.com

http://www.facebook.com/synithiarwilliams

http://www.twitter.com/@SynithiaW

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Posted by on July 16, 2014 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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What to Read Wednesday with Angeline M Bishop and giveaway

Happy Wednesday everyone! Thanks for coming by for What to Read Wednesday. Today we have the fabulous author Angeline M Bishop on the blog. She’s written a very interesting post that I just love, and I think you’ll enjoy it too :)

She’s also sharing her latest contemporary romance release SOUTH BEACH, book 2 in the Sheridan series! Her cover is amazing…don’t you agree?

And don’t forget to enter Angeline’s giveaway at the end of the post!

Anyway, enough rambling by me :)

Take it away Angeline…

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Sabotaging Your Chance to Be Loved By A Real Man by Angeline M. Bishop

Infatuation is heart pounding and exhilarating, dating is fun and breathtaking, but committing to loving someone can be a little terrifying if you’re doing it right.

In my novel, SOUTH BEACH, Gary Ryley believes Laila Sheridan plays too many love games to be capable of loving a real man. He’s watched her pick the wrong types of men to date, flirt with countless number of others, while always keeping the vulnerable parts of herself hidden from view. It’s the classic stance of the commitment-phobic and it takes a lot of people to make her understand saying you want true love and actually being ready for it are two different things.

With summer love in the air, most singles are gearing up to take another approach to finding ‘the one’ and I’m here to give you some tips so you can stop sabotaging your chance to be love by a man that worthy of you.

1. Define your former relationships as cinema segments and not the best part of your blockbuster movie Do you re-played past relationship too many times, getting caught up in the way you met, the wonderful times, and the final goodbye? Well, if you have this bad habit, I have the perfect cure for you. You need to think of your life as a big-budget movie. Pretend you have a movie crew filming you through the entire relationship, the moment it ended, and the director yelled ‘CUT’, to signal everyone to packs up and move to next shooting location. You need to stop replaying the scene and get to the next part of your life.

No one is asking you to keep acting the same scenes of that relationship because it happened just the way it needed to and everything is leading up nicely to your great happy ending. Stop wasting the Great Producer’s resources because time is of the essence. Keep moving forward, beautiful.

2. Don’t jump from relationship to relationship There is nothing great about proclaiming to the world that you need to be a relationship and hate being single. When you do that you’re basically saying you don’t know how to be happy alone. Being self-satisfied and having autonomy as a single person will increase your confidence and help you to discover your purpose in life. It will also give you a moment to define who you are separate from a companion.

3. If you use game-playing bait, you lure in a game-playing man There is nothing, and I repeat nothing, wrong with being honest with the people you are dating. If you use open and honest communication to connect with a real man, you’ll get a man who welcomes your high-integrity values. Plus, open and honest talk will help you determine up front if you share similar life and relationship goals. It’s another time saver. Don’t waste your beauty on relationships that aren’t going anywhere.
4. Make room for new mate You can’t look at everyone thought the filter of your old relationships. You were suppose to learn the lesson, become introspective, and make wiser choices, not to talk about every bad thing that ever happened in your relationships and hold the new person emotionally hostage. Share your past from the lessons you’ve learn, not the play-by-play of what was done to you. It’s time to take ownership of your part in your life story and get real with yourself.

If you can do these things you are on your way to being ready for a wonderful relationship. And the person that’s lucky enough to find you will be so glad they finally found you.

Stay Beautiful and Amazing!

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BLURB

In SOUTH BEACH, Laila Sheridan, a successful fashionista who attracts male interest with an effortless strut of her stiletto heels, has ended a rocky relationship with Malcolm Khalid, a captivating lothario with a passion for shirking adult responsibilities. She believes partying in glamorous South Beach with her former college roommates is the prescription for getting her swagger back.

When her vacation becomes a media circus that draws Malcolm back into her life and her handsome Psyche marketing colleague, Gray Ryley, arrives on the scene to tame her antics, Laila is determined make the men play by her rules. Gray finds himself torn between anguish and ecstasy when another Lalia-sitting assignment is placed in his hands; he’s asked to hinder Malcolm’s advances and subdue the paparazzi, while wrestling with his smoldering desire to get Laila in his bed. Will this assignment cause him to disclose feelings that may sever their friendship and jeopardize his career?

EXCERPT

Chapter One

For the first time in months, I’m going to forget everything and everyone in New Jersey, Laila Sheridan thought as she strolled from her cab toward the Falconiere Grace Miami Beach hotel lobby. She willed herself to stop thinking about her failed relationship with Malcolm Khalid, a gifted writer with an inflated sense of what the world owed him. Earlier that afternoon, she resolved to leave her past heartaches before she took her first-class seat, but glimpses of the past started to drift into her mind during her flight to Florida. Now, as she inhaled the warm, citrus-scented air, thoughts of chilly New Jersey and its inhabitants loosened their hold and moved from her memory, like a faded Prada purse relegated to the back of her bedroom closet.

Entering the luminous hotel, she enjoyed the gentle embrace of an ocean breeze as it whipped the hem of her lilac Valentino cocktail dress. The fabric’s movement exaggerated the normal sway of her hips, and made each step more feminine and peppy. A little after 8 PM, Laila approached the front desk, showed her reservation confirmation, and in her most alluring voice inquired, “Which way to my femencation?” She made her voice sound tempting, like a tall glass of iced coffee on a balmy day morning. Smooth and satisfying. Rich, too, with the faintest Jersey accent reserved for the likes of Keyshia Knight Pullam and Anne Hathaway. She knew her voice would instantly cause a male reaction when she turned up her throaty timbre with potent Sheridan flare. This vacation was about relishing in her womanhood. Toying with a few males would be a safe amusement, emphasis on safe because she had no intention of dealing with any strong male egos.

The beginning of a smile tipped the corners of the mouth of the Latino clerk before he located her information in the hotel computer. “Your party is now scheduled to enjoy the ocean view terrace of our Sapienti restaurant for dinner. We can take your coat and belongings to the La Baie Presidential suite so you can join them.”

She inclined her head in a small gesture of thanks then flashed her ID, and watched as he moved a form forward for her signature as he simultaneously placed her room key on the counter. Laila took in the slight gleam in his eye and grinned, her mind too busy with thoughts of her friends to think too heavily about the open adoration. An Italian meal after a long flight was all that she needed. Well, as long as an inviting glass of Pinot Grigio accompanied it.

She took her electronic key and placed them into her Chloè bag. “That’s fine, just point me in the right direction.” She loved being the woman that put the ‘fem’ in Femencationer. It was a word she came up with to define any group of female friends whose ties go back as far as childhood or college that seek a high-end, luxury getaway experience. A vacation with all the feminine delights women dream of enjoying. This year’s femencation united three alumnus of the University of Florida and marked the start of the year to forget old sorrows and usher in new adventures.

As Laila strolled toward the Sapienti restaurant, she stopped when her shiny complexion caught her attention in a mirror that hung in the side hall corridor. She looked good for thirty-one but preferred to say she was in her late twenties when vacationing because no one over thirty, in their right mind, would party the way she planned to. She blotted her face and secretly wished she was meeting her friends under better circumstances but with Sofìa’s pending divorce from the famous sports announcer Sean Vega, they all needed a break from reality. This trip was the perfect reason to release stress.

When Laila arrived at the restaurant, several male heads turned in appreciation as she silently commanded the wait staff’s attention. “I’m with the Vega/Sheridan/Carter party,” she announced as she surveyed the room.

“Your party has already been seated. John will you escort Mrs. . . .?”

“Ms. Sheridan,” she corrected, before pretending to lose her balance to mask her reason for placing a hand around John’s bicep. She tried to suppress a giggle that threatened to expose the disingenuous nature of her performance. “Please excuse me,” she said, wobbling toward him, “I had a long flight. Johnny, could you show me the way?”

They moved effortlessly through the patrons seated at their tables until Laila crossed the threshold of the balcony. The sight of her friends a few yards away made her light up like a five-year-old at a surprise party. Laila stepped quickly as she approached Sofìa and Marina, who were enjoying their conversation and shrimp cocktail appetizers. She blurted, scarcely aware of the rasp of excitement in her own voice, “Here I am, straight off the plane. Where’s the love?”

Marina Carter squealed with laughter and rose to hug Laila tightly. “Oh, girl, you look great!” Genuine excitement radiated from her eyes as she peered into Laila’s face. Marina was a petite, yet voluptuous black woman with inquisitive eyes and a contagious smile. Her shoulder-length curly hair was tamed away from her face by beige-framed sunglasses resting on her head. Her sundress, a charming beige and light blue number with a matching cardigan that reminded Laila of her favorite elementary school teacher.

“And why shouldn’t I?” Laila’s silky voice held a challenge. “We’re in South Beach, right?”

“You know it!” An amused look suddenly warmed Marina’s eyes.

“Could you two take it down a few notches?” Dr. Sofìa Barea-Vega demanded. She remained seated and frowned before she forced a demure smile to the people seated next to them. “You’re causing a scene.”

Laila dismissed the reprimand with a wave of the hand and shot her best friend one of her mega-watt smiles, which caused Sofìa to roll her eyes and return her gaze to her menu. It was a far cry from the happy, attractive, vacationer Laila had hoped to find on this trip. On the surface, Sofìa was a fashionable, smart dresser with a strong professional flare. She wore an orange halter top with bellowing white linen pants accented with a bold gold necklace, belt, and watch. Yet the happy colors were a strong contrast to the frown plastered to her face and the apparent weight loss to her alluding frame.

Laila took her place between her girlfriends, as Marina poured her a glass of Italian white wine. “I can see that someone’s high-profiled marriage is really doing a number on them. When did you start caring what other people think?”

Sofìa toyed with the appetizer in front of her, as if boredom overshadowed the faint hint of a worried brow. A sullen look on the very attractive Latina annoyed Laila because it was in direct contrast to the lively mood she and Marina were basking in. There was only one way to lift Sofia’s spirits. It had worked in college and she prayed it would work in this case. Laila took a hearty sip of wine and sullied her face by drawing her perfectly plucked brows together. She made herself look as serious as possible as she squared her shoulders and winked at Marina to play along. Then she turned all of her attention toward their brooding best friend. Laila lowered her voice to a volume just a hair above a whisper, being purposefully mysterious. “Could you do me a big favor, Sofìa?”

Sofìa looked up from the wine menu at Laila and Marina and concern washed over her features. Two deep lines of worry appeared between her eyes as she leaned forward and placed her hand on Laila’s forearm. “Anything, La La. What is it?”

“Could you please remove that painful stick from your behind because it’s destroying my sunny disposition?”

Marina laughed richly as Sofìa recoiled and crossed her arms under her breasts.

“Oh, you got jokes, huh?”

Laila and Marina tossed back their heads and rocked with laughter like two high school teenagers as Sofìa sat rigid like a frustrated, overworked parent. It was amazing how frowning aged her about seven years.

“Not jokes . . . observations.” Laila brought her hand up to her mouth to stifle her giggle. “And, believe me, after our ultimate South Beach trip, you’ll have a different way of seeing things too.”

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Inspired by the volunteers of a local community center, Angeline wrote North Star, her debut novel and the first book in her Sheridan series for Soul Mate Publishing. Angeline drew on her ten years of work experience in academics to transport romance readers from their stressful lives by providing contemporary love stories that feature captivating characters with strong family values.

Angeline was born in Washington, D. C., but lived most of her life in New Jersey and considers the “Garden State” her home. Her childhood passion for writing led to a degree in English Literature and a membership in Romance Writers of America. She is the Vice President of the Cultural, Interracial, and Multicultural Special Interest Chapter of Romance Writers of America and enjoys providing aspiring writers with writing resources to help them strengthen their craft. Angeline loves to hear from her readers. You can contact her through her Website.

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What to Read Wednesday with Shelley Noble and giveaway

Please help me welcome author Shelley Noble to What to Read Wednesday! She’s visiting with an interesting guest post about writing as well as her latest release Breakwater Bay!

And don’t forget to check out Shelley and Avon Books awesome giveaway at the end of the post!!!

Take it away Shelley…

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Writing What You Know May Be Harder Than You Think

One of the first pieces of advice an aspiring author receives is “write what you know.”

Well it makes sense doesn’t it. You don’t get tripped up in the details of something you have no experience in. You don’t have to spend hours away from writing researching what you don’t know but need to know.

I took the advice for my first five mysteries (written as Shelley Freydont). They were about a dance company. I’d been a professional dancer before so I was pretty current with how a company works, who’s really in charge, the kinds of people who become dancers. The workings and trappings and rules of theaters.

That was a good thing. I was learning how to put a mystery together, so having a known landscape made things a little more organized. And believe me, I’d met a lot of people in the dance world that many people would have gladly murdered . . . if it weren’t against the law and didn’t make such a mess.

Then somewhere along the way, someone said, “Write what you want to know.” And someone else said, “Write what you enjoy.” I took that advice, too.

All of my women’s fiction novels and novellas take place in a shore town. Until my current story Breakwater Bay, they were fictional towns, composites of various towns and similar areas.

They were captured from memory or something I read. They were spliced together from several places or constructed totally in my head, but as Scrooge’s housekeeper once proclaimed, “in keeping with the situation.”

It gives you great freedom to make up a place. I guess you really know a place that you make up. Right?

It seems easy but a place that resides in your head is easily susceptible to Writer Fuzzy Brain Syndrome. Does Aunt Louise live on Main Street or Elm Street? Is there even an Elm Street in this story or was that the last book?

Remember we’re dealing with thousands of words. My books are usually around one hundred thousand words give or take ten thousand. That’s about 500 manuscript pages. There are lots of things going on. Lots of people to keep track of.

So was it Elm Street or Main?

The first time that happened to me, I sat down and drew a map. Now I always draw a map. So what if I make it up. It keeps the story clear in my mind.   I spent three chapters once thinking a lake was on the north side of town, to discover I meant it to be on the east side. Sometimes it matters, sometimes not so much. But consistency does. This summer’s book, Breakwater Bay, is that first that takes place in an actual town, Newport, Rhode Island. Newport is one of may favorite places, the history just speaks to me, the food , those ostentatious “cottages”, the cliff walk, the ocean. Ah.

I known Newport pretty well, but I live in New Jersey, and when I needed an answer, I couldn’t hop in the car and go look for myself (at least not too often.) So I would have to do a little research, because you really want to get a real town right. I guess this situation could be called is writing something that you sort of know, but aren’t an expert on.

And then we come to the novel I just turned in. So far it’s called Whisper Beach. It takes place at the Jersey shore.   I live at the Jersey shore. Write what you know, right?

It was the hardest one I’ve written yet.

I knew I didn’t want to write about a real town. You never know how things are going to change along the shore and with publishing dates a year or more after you turn the manuscript in, you don’t know if Eighteenth Street will be still be two way or one way going east, or was it west?

So I took some of my favorite places: beach, boardwalk, pizza joint, sea food shack, marina, houses, and placed them all in one little area named Whisper Beach. But it turns out that writing what you know in this case, turned out to be harder than making it up. I did draw a map of a town.

But I’d describe a restaurant based on one I’d seen that seemed perfect. Then I’d be driving one day and see one that looked even better. So I was tempted to change a few things. And a few more. Then I got interested in what I guess you’d call it poaching. People who stretch out the food budget by fishing or clamming illegally. Now I don’t know any of these people personally, but I became fascinated with them. I did research, I asked questions. Every time I drove past a river or along the shore at night, I imagined people out clamming. I’d never thought about giving them a part in the novel. Then one day they were there on the page. Why not, just another part of the local culture. And suddenly they were there taking over the whole story.

Why? Well, because they were there. I wrote some really great scenes. Realized they didn’t’ belong. Tearfully, took them out. They weren’t really part of my story, just one of the many shiny objects that tempts you when you’re actually living in your setting.

So write “what you know” is fine. It’s sometimes easy. But sometimes the things that interest us aren’t the things that belong in the book. Sometimes we know too much. That’s the hardest lesson I’ve learned by writing my backyard. My next book? It may look a little like Cape May, might be isolated like Cape Hatteras, may even be a rocky deserted beach in Maine somewhere.

But I think I’ll keep it distant and in my head. That way I can concentrate on the things that work and not be distracted by every shiny thing.

 

Breakwater Bay

Blurb

The perfect summer story of family secrets, an abandoned baby, and new romance set in Newport, RI.

Meri Hollis is happy to come home as her restoration career takes her back to her roots in Newport, RI. She can spend time with her Gran, contemplate her future with her not-so-committed boyfriend, and help restore a classic Newport mansion to its former glory. But her idyllic summer takes a turn on her 30th birthday. She did not expect to have her family’s deepest, darkest secret exposed and she certainly didn’t expect that secret to have anything to do with her…

30 years ago, Alden Corrigan was just a boy who snuck out of the house to take his father’s dinghy out on the water. But when a storm come up, he suddenly finds himself playing rescuer to a girl. A very pregnant girl. After he saves her life, the girl runs off. But not before she leaves behind a very special gift.

Now that the truth it out, there is much more at stake for the summer in BREAKWATER BAY. And Meri and Alden are thrust into situation that could prove to be the making of their futures… or the end of their friendship.

Link to Follow Tour: http://tastybooktours.blogspot.com/2014/05/now-booking-tasty-virtual-tour-for_2.html

 

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Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Breakwater-Bay-Novel-Shelley-Noble-ebook/dp/B00FOPS5EO/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/breakwater-bay-shelley-noble/1117053720?cm_mmc=affiliates-_-linkshare-_-mdxm68jzjz8-_-10%3a1&ean=9780062319142&isbn=9780062319142&r=1

BAM: http://www.booksamillion.com/p/9780062319142?AID=10747236&PID=7310909

 Shelley

Author Info

Shelley Noble is a former professional dancer and choreographer. She most recently worked on the films, Mona Lisa Smile and The Game Plan. She is a member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and Romance Writers of America.

Author Links

https://www.facebook.com/ShelleyFreydont

http://www.shelleynoble.com/blog/

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What to Read Wednesday with Lori Wilde

Happy Wednesday! Today on What to Read Wednesday we have author Lori Wilde in the hot seat. She’s written an interesting play-a-long guest post. I think you’ll have fun with it.

She’s also sharing her latest release from Avon from the Cupid Texas Series titled LOVE WITH A PERFECT COWBOY. I love the cover and blurb…and anything cowboy. YUM. This is a definite “must read”.

And don’t forget to enter her fabulous giveaway. The link is at the end of the post.

Take it away Lori…

Love with A Perfect Cowboy

Cupid, Texas….Fact or Fiction?  

 

1)     Prada, Marfa. The ultimate upscale shoe store in the desert of the Trans-Pecos.

2)     Perfect Buddies no-kill animal shelter.

3)     Cupid, Texas is a real town.

4)     The mysterious Marfa Lights.

5)     Caverns with a stalagmite that looks like Cupid.

6)     A group of volunteers that answer letters to the lovelorn.

7)     Star gazing parties at the MacDonald Observatory.

8)     No cell phone reception in the Davis Mountains.

9)     Triangle Mount.

10)    A lake in the desert.

 

 

 

Answers:

 

1)     Fact: Prada, Marfa is a permanently installedsculpture by artists Elmgreen and Dragset.

2)     Fact: There is a no-kill animal shelter in Fort Davis that serves three counties, but the name Perfect Buddies is fictional.

3)     Fiction: Although the fictional town of Cupid is a loosely based on the compilation of three real towns—Fort Davis, Marfa and Alpine.

4)     Fact: Unexplained lights do sometimes appear in the sky over Marfa. The State of Texas has even built a viewing center for tourists to scout for the lights.

5)     Fiction. Although there are some caverns in that part of Texas, none have a stalagmite that resembles the Roman god of love.

6)     Fiction. No such group exists.

7)     Fact. MacDonald Observatory throws star gazing parties almost nightly that are open to the public.

8)     Fact: Unless you are in one of the towns, or have a special cell phone, you won’t be able to get cell reception in the Davis Mountains.

9)     Fact: While it’s not called Triangle Mount in real life, there is a flatiron mountain in the Davis mountain range that’s shaped like a pyramid.

10)            Fiction: There isn’t a lake, but there is a natural spring-fed swimming pool at Balmorhea (pronounced bal-more-ray here in Texas) State Park.

Love W Cover

Blurb

Cowboys always seem to have the most spectacular butts, probably from all that hard riding in the saddle. But Melody Spencer had long-ago wiped the dust of Cupid, Texas off her cute shoes…and done her best to forget the chiseled jaw, strong arms and those other assets of cowboy Luke Spencer. Their families might be part of a long-time feud, but he was her very first love even if it turned out they never wanted the same things.

But now Luke’s come striding back into her life, tempting her with the memories of long, lazy evenings and hot, passionate kisses. And he has an ulterior motive-as Mayor of Cupid, he knows Melody’s business savvy can help save their beloved hometown. His smooth-talking might get her to Texas, but that doesn’t mean he’ll get her in his bed. Still, people do say love can be more perfect the second time around…

 

Link to Follow Tour: http://tastybooktours.blogspot.com/2014/04/now-booking-tasty-virtual-tour-for-love.html

 

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Love-Perfect-Cowboy-Cupid-Texas-ebook/dp/B00FJ331SQ/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-with-a-perfect-cowboy-lori-wilde/1116864927?ean=9780062219015

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/love-with-a-perfect-cowboy/id718570475?mt=11

 

Author Info

LORI WILDE is the New York Times bestselling author of more than sixty books. A former RITA finalist, Lori has received the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, the Holt Medallion, the Booksellers Best, the National Readers’ Choice, and numerous other honors. She lives in Texas, with her husband and a wide assortment of pets. Lori teaches Romance Writing Secrets via the internet through colleges and universities worldwide at www.ed2g.com. Visit her at www.loriwilde.comor @LoriWilde on Twitter.

Lori

Lori’s Links:

www.loriwilde.com

twitter handle is @LoriWilde

https://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/pages/Lori-Wilde/126384860719020?fref=ts

 

Cupid Texas Series

Love at First Sight Release Date May 28th, 2013

All Out of Love Release Date June 25th, 2013

Somebody to Love Release Date Dec 31st, 2013

Love with a Perfect Cowboy Release Date May 27th, 2014

Goodreads link: http://www.goodreads.com/series/99988-cupid-texas

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Posted by on June 18, 2014 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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