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What to Read Wednesday with Rachael Johns and giveaway

I’m so excited for this installment of What to Read Wednesday! Please help me welcome author Rachael Johns. She’s visiting to share a wonderful guest post about why she writes what she writes. She’s also sharing her latest release JILTED. I just love the cover and the blurb…sounds like a winner. And, don’t forget to sign up for her wonderful giveaway at the end of the post.

Take it away Rachael…

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Why I write rural romance!

By Rachael Johns

 

In Australia today one of the biggest selling fiction genres is RURAL ROMANCE. I suppose this genre is quite similar to the small town cowboy romances that people have been devouring for years, in that they are set in rural communities and populated by men and women who work the land.

But why did I set out to write rural romance?

Almost eight years ago my country boy hubby and I upped and moved from Perth to the sticks. We landed in the small country town of Kojonup in Western Australia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kojonup,_Western_Australia) and spent a fabulous six years there. Of course, you’re never a local in a country town until you’ve lived there about 37 years but that doesn’t mean we weren’t welcomed. Kojonup very much felt like home when we left six years later.

Although always a city girl, I’ve grown to love living in a country town, the community spirit, the fact everyone knows everything about everyone – not always a good thing – and the way people look out for each other.

We now live in Goomalling, Western Australia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goomalling,_Western_Australia), an even smaller rural community, but the characteristics of a rural community are strong in both towns. Let no one ever say rural Australia is DEAD! When I launched my first book, the Goomalling Community Resource Centre offered to help – they put on a fabulous spread of food and so many locals came to offer their support. That’s what living in a country town is about. Looking out for each other, encouraging and supporting through good times and bad and being proud of residents’ achievements.

I love that when I go to the local shop (which we happen to own), I pretty much knew everyone. I love the community events – the fundraisers, movie nights, agricultural shows and the revival of the local theatrical society, which was the actual event that inspired me to write JILTED (out now with HQN).

I could go on about my experiences living in rural communities all day – the time my hubby’s work place (the Kojonup Co-op) burnt to the ground in the middle of the night and the whole town was out in their pyjamas watching, the time a plane crashed in our friend’s paddock, the experiences my children get that they wouldn’t get in the city – but I won’t do that to you.

I just wanted to say that THIS is why I chose to write rural romance. Because I love living and reading country! I want to convey the wonderful experiences that I’ve had living in a country town to readers all across Australia, and hopefully now, the world!

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JILTED Blurb:

She left him at the altar, but her heart was always his…

After more than ten years away, Australian soap star Ellie Hughes returns to the small country town of Hope Junction, determined to remain anonymous while caring for her injured godmother, Matilda.

But word spreads fast in the tight-knit community. It isn’t long before the people of Hope’s are gossiping about the real reason for Ellie’s visit and why she broke the heart of golden boy Flynn Quartermaine all those years ago.

Soon Ellie and Flynn are thrown back together again, forced to deal with the unresolved emotions between them. For Ellie is not the only one with secrets. Flynn has his own demons to battle, and Matilda is hiding something from her much-loved goddaughter.

When all is uncovered, can the ill-fated lovers overcome the wounds of their past? Or is Flynn destined to be jilted again?

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20579303-jilted

Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/03/now-booking-tasty-virtual-book-tour-for_1882.html

 

Buy Links

Barnes and Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/jilted-rachael-johns/1115203403?ean=9780373779369

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Jilted-Rachael-Johns-ebook/dp/B0083SNYI6/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1394949773&sr=8-2&keywords=jilted

 

Author Info

Rachael Johns is an English teacher by trade, a mum 24/7, a supermarket owner, a chronic arachnophobic, and a writer the rest of the time. She rarely sleeps and never irons. She writes contemporary romance for HQN and Carina Press and lives in rural Western Australia with her hyperactive husband and three mostly-gorgeous heroes-in-training. Rachael loves to hear from readers and can be contacted through her website at www.rachaeljohns.com.

Rachael Johns

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Posted by on October 1, 2014 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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What to Read Wednesday with Claudia Connor ~ Giveaway

Thank you for joining me on another round of What to Read Wednesday. Today we have author Claudia Connor in the hot seat. She’s hear sharing her release Worth the Fall. She’s also digging deep and sharing her journey to writing story. I really enjoyed it and think you will too :)

Afterward, please don’t forget to enter her fabulous giveaway!

Take it away Claudia…

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Once upon a time…a friend told me that not everyone hears voices. Or makes up stories in their head.

But me? I constantly see things in a flash like I’m watching a full color movie and I’d always thought everyone did the same. But this friend gave me a really strange look, shook her head slowly and said, “No. That’s not normal. Maybe you should try writing it down.” So I did.

That was the summer of 2011. And so it began. I wrote and wrote and wrote, and visited every author site that offered advice on writing. I checked out books on characterization, plot, and story structure from the library and then wrote some more.

In 2012 I discovered RWA, Romance Writers of America, and in July I joined a group of like minded ladies in Anaheim, CA for a four day romance writers conference. I met with agents, editors, and hundreds of other writers, published and unpublished, and returned home to Tennessee full of fire.

Entering contests, namely RWA’s Golden Heart, gave me dates on my calendar. I paid close attention to my progress and found accountability, something a closet writer doesn’t really have. I developed a habit of writing everyday and I learned it’s not about mood or inspiration. It’s about work. No matter how may words you get down on paper, you have to work. Every. Single. Day.

In January, I completed my manuscript in time to enter the 2013 Golden Heart, relaxed for about twenty-four hours, and then much to my family’s shock and dismay, started my next book. In addition to writing, I submitted query letters to agents and editors. Some I’d met at the conference in California, others I’d only googled. And then I waited.

And I got rejected.

Some were generic, Sorry, but no. Others were politely detailed, No’s, same result, though maybe less sting. I took heart in knowing the average, for romance at least, is four to five completed manuscripts before getting published.

Several months later, I received an email from an agent requesting the entire manuscript beyond the first three chapters I’d submitted. I didn’t expect to hear anything for a while, but I did. The very next day! She’d read the entire book overnight and loved it. But…

There were a lot of buts and changes to be made. The excitement of someone in the industry being interested in my work overshadowed everything else. And I thought, hey, I’m a newbie, what do I know?

I signed with her and began a very long, very painful revision process. A lot of buts turned into even more buts, and everything changed. I went through a dark time, shut off from friends, mired in the muck of my writing cave. It wasn’t fun anymore. I questioned every decision, second guessed every word, and drove myself crazy. The dream of being published was suddenly real, maybe too real, and I nearly cracked under the pressure and the uncertainty.

But there was light at the end of the tunnel. In August 2013, I signed with a new agent and within days accepted a two book deal from Penguin Random House. From my lowest low to my highest high in less than a week.

I think that’s the way it goes in this business. Things can change so fast there’s no sense in getting buried in the inevitable disappointments. Your sales are great, then they’re terrible. You get heart warming reviews and then you get the one that makes you want to hide under the covers. All you can do to be a writer is write.

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Blurb

Prepare to be swept away by a talented debut author with a passionate, powerful story to tell.

They meet on a beach. . . . Abby Davis isn’t wearing a skimpy bikini or sipping umbrella drinks, not when she’s busy chasing around four little ones. And Matt McKinney isn’t looking for fun—he’s a Navy SEAL, a grown man with a long list of missions . . . and fallen brothers.

They only have a week. . . . Abby has brought her children to this beach to start over, to give them the enjoyable memories they deserve. Matt’s been sidelined by a combat injury, and haunted by the best friend he lost and the promise he made: to remain a SEAL—focused and dedicated. This leaves no time for what he’s always wanted: a family.

But a week is all it takes. . . . Matt opens her heart while Abby soothes his soul. And though they plan to say good-bye when the week is over, something magical happens on that beach, something neither can forget. Something utterly, completely worth falling for.

 

Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/07/worth-fall-mckinney-brothers-1-by.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21469653-worth-the-fall?from_search=true

 

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Worth-Fall-McKinney-Claudia-Connor-ebook/dp/B00J1IQX4E/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1407203839&sr=1-1&keywords=Worth+the+Fall

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/worth-the-fall-claudia-connor/1120019663?ean=9780553390919

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/worth-the-fall/id841778887?mt=11

 

Author Info

Claudia Connor attended Auburn University, where she received her undergraduate and masters degrees in early childhood education, and completed her studies in Sawbridgeworth, England. Always a lover of happy endings, she enjoys movies, reading, and spending her days putting on paper the stories in her head. She lives near Memphis, Tennessee, with her husband and three daughters.

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Author Links

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/claudia.connor.18

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Claudia__Connor

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8058866.Claudia_Connor

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Posted by on September 24, 2014 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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What to Read Wednesday with Claire McEwen ~ Giveaway

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

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

Take it away Claire…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

            “I was lying.”

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

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

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

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Blurb

 

Does he dare follow her lead?

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

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

 

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

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

Buy Links

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

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/more-than-a-rancher-claire-mcewen/1118936783?ean=9781460339190

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/more-than-a-rancher

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

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

 

Author Info

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

Claire

Author Links

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

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

 

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What to Read Wednesday with Collette West and giveaway

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

Take it away Collette…

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Girls can do everything boys can do…right?

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

Sound impossible?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So what prompted me to write about it?

To put the idea in people’s minds.

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

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

We just have to believe that we do.

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

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

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

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

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

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Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/06/now-booking-tasty-virtual-tour-for_86.html

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

 

Buy Links

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

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/game-changer-collette-west/1119960383?ean=2940149824717

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/game-changer-8

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/game-changer/id900398483?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/458537

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Author Info

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

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

She is the author of NIGHT GAMES and GAME CHANGER.

Collette West

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/Collette_West

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

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

 

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What to Read Wednesday with Katie Rose and GIVEAWAY

YAY! Thank you for joining me for What to Read Wednesday :) Today we have author Katie Rose on the blog. She’s sharing a wonderful story about her daughter, her muse, her inspiration. I think you’ll really enjoy it. Afterward, check out her release BRING ON THE HEAT! And she also has a wonderful giveaway that you can enter at the end of the post :)

Take it away Katie…

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                                My Daughter, My Muse

Readers often want to know what is the inspiration behind your story, the spark of an idea that grew into a book? For me, it’s my daughter. Not just because she’s beautiful, funny, and smart, but she is an artist and a jewelry designer by trade.

Now I don’t mean she strings beads together, or makes earrings from a kit she bought in a hobby shop. Instead, she has a background in metals and computer science, so she understands how titanium is different than gold in building a wedding ring, how to create the perfect setting so that the light will catch every facet of the stone, and how to structure a design in keeping with an individual aesthetic, or the look of the line.

She does a part-time work at home, and travels to New York a day or two week to meet with her management team. The company does high-end platinum and diamond jewelry, the kind you see draped all over celebrities on the red carpet, or models during fashion week.

So when we had the occasion to attend the Shane Victorino fashion show and charity event several years ago, she borrowed a pair of earrings that she had designed from her company for the event.

I was stunned when she stepped into the light; the earrings simply exploded with color. It was like seeing rainbows everywhere, with every tilt of her head, with every change of expression. The earrings were simple platinum hoops, but instead of the diamonds being set just on the outside of the ring, they were placed inside on the back, so when you looked at her face on, you saw both rows of gems.

They were gorgeous. There was no other word to describe them. I asked her if someone wanted to buy them what they would cost, and she shrugged and guessed about fifty grand. My jaw dropped, but seeing these perfect diamonds, selected to match and set by hand, I understood.

My daughter wore a black sequin gown for the event, and between her dark hair, blue eyes, and sparkling jewelry, she looked every inch as beautiful as any celebrity. So when I took her picture with several of her beloved Phillies, I started thinking what would happen if a girl was invited to an event like this? A regular girl like my daughter, who by chance was given an invitation by a socialite like Paris Hilton? And this girl not only borrowers the heiresses’ identity, but also her earrings?

It was a fun idea. This girl next door would not be a party type, so I could see where she might get into trouble between the intoxication of the event, the alcohol, and just being in the presence of her dream guy, one of the hottest pitchers in baseball. And like all writers, I started with what if: what if she had too much to drink, woke up the next morning in her dream guy’s bed? Of course she would be mortified, and think just one thing: escape. But she leaves those hearings behind, jewelry she cannot possibly afford to lose. . .

I hope you enjoy BRING ON THE HEAT! So my question is: who is your dream guy?

Blurb

In Katie Rose’s irresistible battle of wits, a case of mistaken identity lands a female fan in bed with a sexy superstar—and in major-league trouble.

House-sitting for a rich and famous friend has its perks, and Darcy Hamel isn’t shy about enjoying them. Especially when it means scoring a ticket to an exclusive fashion show hosted by the New Jersey Sonics. An avid baseball fan, Darcy has always dreamed of meeting the team—especially the starting pitcher whose body is as hot as his fastball. But there’s a catch. The gala is by invitation only. To get behind the velvet rope, mild-mannered Darcy will have to pose as party girl Lydia Logan.

Schmoozing is one of the downsides of fame, but Chase Westbrook knows how to liven up even the dullest event. And nothing spices a night up more than a beautiful socialite with a naughty reputation. What Chase doesn’t expect is a hint of sweetness beneath her sultry façade. Flirtation turns to seduction and leaves him aching for more. Chase just doesn’t know who the real Lydia is: the spoiled tease crying foul over some missing diamonds or the alluring woman making a play for his heart.

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Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/06/now-booking-tasty-virtual-tour-for_86.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20945498-bring-on-the-heat?from_search=true

 

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Bring-Heat-Summer-Katie-Rose-ebook/dp/B00IQROC1C/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1406675454&sr=1-1&keywords=Bring+on+the+Heat%3A+The+Boys+of+Summer

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bring-on-the-heat-katie-rose/1120019659?ean=9780553390476

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/bring-on-the-heat/id832862980?mt=11#

 

Author Info

Award-winning historical author Katie Rose makes her contemporary debut with the Boys of Summer novels, Bring on the Heat and Too Hot to Handle, which combine Katie’s true loves: baseball and romance! When not watching baseball, Katie is at her lake house in New Jersey, hard at work on her next book.

Author Links

Website: http://www.colleenquinn.net/katierose.php
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/historicalromanceauthor
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/AuthorCQuinn
Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/399542.Katie_Rose

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Posted by on September 3, 2014 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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#2 What to Read Wednesday with Lauren Layne ~ Giveaway

Thank you for joining me on What to Read Wednesday. Today I’m lucky enough to have 2 authors to share with you. So please don’t forget to check out the other author Lena Diaz whose guest post went up earlier this morning. BUT for now please help me welcome author Lauren Layne. She’s sharing her feelings about series romance and how opinions can easily change. Then keep reading to check out the blurb for her latest book BROKEN.

AND, don’t forget to check out Lauren’s giveaway at the end of the post :)

Take it away Lauren…

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The Unintended Series

For a long time, I couldn’t stand reading romance series. Back when I first started reading romance, series were so not the thing. Sure, there might be overlapping characters here and there, but there was none of this “book 1, book 2 of ___ series” stuff that is so prevalent today.

I’m not sure what changed. Nora Roberts, maybe? Seems to me like she was writing trilogies in which the trilogy had an actual name before everyone else. And while I love Nora’s trilogies (I love anything that woman writes!), for a long time I tried to avoid books that were part of a series.

I wanted to pick up a book, be completely absorbed in that world, and then bid that world adieu and enter a new one.

When I wrote my first book, I very deliberately wrote it as a stand alone. My agent told me she loved it, right before she broke the news: we’ll have a better time selling this if it’s part of a series.

Series have taken over.

I thought about resisting, by this time, I’d started to come around on the good side of series. You got to revisit characters that felt like old friends. You got to revisit towns that felt like home. And sometimes, by the time you got to the last book in a series there’d been some pretty delicious build up.

Plus, my favorite authors were all writing series by this point. Contemporary authors (Julie James, Kristan Higgins, Jill Shalvis) write primarily in series. So do my favorite historical authors (Sarah Maclean, Tessa Dare).

And then I discovered something wonderful: not only are series easier to sell, they’re easier to write! Your research/notes for book 1 overlaps with later books, which means books 2 and 3 come together so much more quickly than if you were starting from scratch each time.

But despite my change of heart on series, I never gave up on the idea of a stand-alone. So I wrote one:

Isn’t She Lovely.

It came out in October 2013, with no cliffhanger, no hint at a follow-up story, no set-up for another romance.

It stood alone.

Except

There was this girl named Olivia. She was my hero’s ex who totally ripped his heart out. I fully intended to write her as a villain, but she wouldn’t cooperate. At the end of the day, Olivia Middleton was a good person who made a bad choice.

And Olivia wanted her own story.

A series was born after all.

It should be noted that Isn’t She Lovely is a prequel to my Redemption series; it’s a bit different in tone and theme, but at the end of the day, this is a series about three former best friend’s whose lives implode in their last years of college and they have to learn to grow up without each other.

Because sometimes a series isn’t about what’s easy to write. It’s not about what sells.

It’s about telling the story that needs to be told.

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Blurb

Lauren Layne’s New Adult novel tells the story of a girl with secrets, a guy with scars, and a love that could save them both… or destroy them.

When Olivia Middleton abandons the glamour of Park Avenue for a remote, coastal town in Maine, everyone assumes she’s being the kind do-gooder she’s always been. But Olivia has a secret: helping an injured war veteran reenter society isn’t about charity—it’s about penance. Only, Olivia’s client isn’t the grateful elderly man she’s expecting. Instead, he’s a brooding twenty-four-year-old who has no intention of being Olivia’s path to redemption . . . and whose smoldering gaze and forbidden touch might be her undoing.

Paul Langdon doesn’t need a mirror to show him he’s no longer the hotshot quarterback he was before the war. He knows he’s ugly—inside and out. He’ll do anything to stay in self-imposed exile, even accept his father’s ultimatum that Paul tolerate the newest caretaker for three months or lose his inheritance. But Paul doesn’t count on the beautiful twenty-two-year-old who makes him long for things that he can never have. And the more she slips past his defenses, the more keeping his distance is impossible.

Now Paul and Olivia have to decide: Will they help each other heal? Or are they forever broken?

Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/06/now-booking-tasty-virtual-tour-for_5455.html

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21408690-broken?from_search=true

 

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Broken-Redemption-Novel-Lauren-Layne-ebook/dp/B00IWTSKBW/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1406675026&sr=1-1&keywords=Broken+%28A+Redemption+Novel%29

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Author Info

Lauren Layne graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in political science that she has yet to put to good use. After dabbling in an e-commerce career in Seattle and Southern California, Layne moved to New York City, where she now writes full-time. She lives with her husband and their plus-size pomeranian in a tiny Manhattan studio.

Connect with Lauren: Facebook | Twitter | Website

Lauren Layne

Author links

http://laurenlayne.com/

https://www.facebook.com/LaurenLayneAuthor

https://twitter.com/_LaurenLayne

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#1 What to Read Wednesday with Lena Diaz ~ Giveaway

Thank you for joining me on What to Read Wednesday. Today I’m lucky enough to have 2 authors to share with you. So please don’t forget to check out the other author Laura Layne whose guest post will go up later this morning. BUT for now please help me welcome author Lena Diaz. She’s telling us her call story about becoming published. No matter how many call stories I hear from various authors I always love them. I hope you enjoy her post and the blurb for her latest book TAKE THE KEY AND LOCK HER UP.

AND, don’t forget to check out Avon Romance and Lena’s wonderful giveaway at the end of the post :)

Take it away Lena…

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A Call Story, or Two

Thank you for hosting me today. It gives me the opportunity to answer a frequent question that readers and aspiring writers often ask me–how did you get published?

I began writing with the goal of becoming published in mid-2005. I joined RWA–Romance Writers of America–and began a long journey of workshops, conferences, and networking to learn my craft and learn the business of how to become a romance novelist.

Five years later, in 2010, I was fortunate enough to become a Golden Heart Finalist®. In the world of romance novel writing, that’s like the Academy Awards for unpublished authors, an annual contest sponsored by RWA. It was like living a dream, and I hoped it would be the springboard that I needed to finally get the attention of that elusive key to getting published with most traditional New York publishing houses–a literary agent.

It was.

Putting Golden Heart Finalist on my query letters was magic. I signed with a literary agent and it wasn’t long after that when I was sitting with some writer friends and received, not a call, but an email, from my agent. So I guess this is an email story instead of a call story. :)

The email told me that an editor at Avon Impulse, a digital-first line within HarperCollins, was interested in my manuscript, He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not, but only if I agreed to make some revisions. My response? Even though the story was a contemporary romantic suspense I would put aliens from Mars in it if that’s what the editor wanted me to do. In other words, YES!

Not long after that, I really did get “the call”. My agent had a second manuscript of mine on submission for months to Harlequin for their Intrigue line of romantic suspense. I’d pretty much given up on it selling since we hadn’t heard anything. So when my agent called me to chat, as she often did to strategize about my career, I didn’t expect to hear any news. She started the call in a kind of snarky, irritated voice saying, “Let me tell you what I think about Allison Lyons at Harlequin.” My heart sank a little bit and I sighed. I knew this was going to be a rejection. I sat down and said, in a resigned voice, “Okay, what do you think about Allison Lyons?” My agent then practically screamed in my ear, “I think she’s going to be your next editor!!

SQUEE! Can I just say, getting that kind of news on the phone in a real call is so much more fun than an email? I was crying and running around the house and so happy. It’s just a wonderful feeling, like you’ve been working for something so hard and for so long and you’re certain it will never happen, and then it does. It’s just amazing.

I’m very blessed to be writing for two publishers now, although it’s definitely a challenge making deadlines for both of them. But no matter what happens in my career going forward, I’ll always have the memories of my “email” and my “call” when I sold to both of them. It’s something I’ll cherish forever.

So, now you know my call stories. Is there a special moment in your life that you’d like to share? A call story or something totally unrelated to writing? I’d love to hear it!

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Blurb

Lena Diaz returns with another sexy, thrilling Deadly Games novel and the darkest question of all: What do you do when your freedom could cost you your life?

Detective Emily O’Malley just stumbled upon a killer’s lair—and the remains of a woman he kept locked away for years. But this killer isn’t done yet. More women are missing, and all clues point to Devlin Buchanan—the man who seems to know just a little too much. Emily’s instincts are rarely wrong, and now they’re telling her this sexy, mysterious man is hiding something big …
As a trained assassin for EXIT Inc—a top-secret mercenary group posing as an international tour company—Devlin “Devil” Buchanan isn’t afraid to take justice into his own hands. But when the hot new detective on his trail gets too close to the organization and a contract is placed on her life, Devlin does the only thing he can: he turns rogue agent and kidnaps her to save her life.

With EXIT Inc closing in and passions running hot between them, Emily and Devlin must work together to find the missing women and clear both their names before time runs out … and the key to freedom is thrown away.

Link to Follow Tour: http://tastybooktours.blogspot.com/2014/06/now-booking-tasty-virtual-tour-for-take.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22608022-take-the-key-and-lock-her-up?from_search=true

 

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Take-Key-Lock-Her-Thrillers-ebook/dp/B00G97TB0S/ref=la_B005FAKNPC_1_12?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1401829646&sr=1-12

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/take-the-key-and-lock-her-up-lena-diaz/1119645601?ean=9780062280916

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/take-the-key-and-lock-her-up/id734811419?mt=11

 

Author Info

Originally from Kentucky, romantic suspense author Lena Diaz also lived in California and Louisiana before settling in Northeast Florida with her husband, two children, and a Shetland Sheepdog named Sparky. A Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® finalist, she’s won the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense and has been a finalist for the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award. She loves to watch action movies, garden, and hike in the beautiful Tennessee Smoky Mountains.

Lena

Author Links

http://www.lenadiaz.com/

https://twitter.com/LenaDiaz

https://www.facebook.com/LenaDiazAuthor

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5026871.Lena_Diaz?from_search=true

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