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#GIVEAWAY ~ #Goodreads Giveaway of #AFriendlyEngagement ~ 3 signed copies

Happy Friday! I wanted to share my latest GIVEAWAY!

Follow the link below to enter for a chance to win one of 3 autographed copies of A Friendly Engagement by yours truly :) Please help me spread the word. The contest is running the entire month of July :)

Here’s a little taste of what the book is all about…

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What’s a little engagement between friends?

Omar Esterly is married to his job. But when Omar sets his sights on a potential, family-oriented client, his confirmed bachelorhood becomes a problem. Fortunately, his friend and employee, Devi Boss, has the perfect plan…

Okay, so it wasn’t exactly Devi’s plan to become her friend’s fake fiancée. Lies aren’t her style. However, Omar offers her a big, beautiful raise—enough to track down the missing father she’s never known—and Devi reluctantly agrees to the whole engagement hoax…

This was supposed to be a no-strings-attached win-win for both Devi and Omar, but when they cross the line between friendship and…well, something more, Devi realizes she’s made a huge mistake that just might cost her both job and friend—falling for her fiancé.

EXCERPT

“You’re game for anything, right?”

Devi compressed her lips and studied Omar through a narrow gaze, taking in the way his overly bright eyes concentrated on her face as if memorizing every pore. Her gaze traveled south to the non-existent rise and fall of his chest and how he pushed his suit jacket aside as he placed his hands low on his hips. He’d stopped breathing while he waited for her reply. That made her more nervous than anything. “Normally I am game for anything, but considering the man asking the question, I’m a little nervous.” She licked her lips.

Omar shook his head, swallowing her hands in the warmth of his. “No. This is a great idea. I can’t believe I didn’t see it before.”

“I’ll hold back on saying I’m glad I could help until I know what you’ve got pinging around your brain.” She tried to pull free of his grip, but he only grasped her fingers tighter. Her inner voice told her whatever plan he’d cooked up included her and she wouldn’t be thrilled with the role.

“Bartow wants a family-first firm. He wants a planner who is married, blah, blah blah.” He dismissed his unfinished words with the thrust of his chin.

Devi nodded, her mouth going dry. Was he planning to hire a wife, or about to propose?

“I might not be married, but what if I were engaged?”

She didn’t want to jump to conclusions about the proposal so she pasted on a tight smile. “Do you have a serious girlfriend hidden away I don’t know about?” The thought unsettled her, but she pushed aside the heaviness in her gut. Omar and relationships mixed like fire and ice. Not that women didn’t find him attractive and vice versa, but his true love would always be work. Most sane women wanted something more than a workaholic commitment-phobe.

He shook his head a bit too vigorously. “No. No.” His grip tightened, and she flexed her fingers so he’d loosen his hold. “Hear me out before you shoot me down.”

“I’m more curious than ever.” Again, she threw sand over that niggling feeling in her belly. She never jumped to conclusions. Living by the seat of your pants didn’t allow it, but…

Why start now? She rolled her shoulders in an effort to relax. Omar pulled her off to the side and out of the crowd moving past them on the sidewalk. His hands shook with excitement, and he swallowed hard before clearing his throat. Always calm and collected, his buildup unsettled Devi, and she tugged one hand from his grip and pressed it against the gurgle growing in her stomach.

“How about we announce our engagement? I could pull in some favors and have it in the press Monday morning. That’d still give Bartow enough time to invite us to the meet and greet. And—”

“Whoa, whoa, whoa.” Devi’s stomach did a nosedive, and she yanked her other hand from his death grip and stepped back. She twisted one of the bangle bracelets on her wrist. “Our engagement? First off, I didn’t even know we were dating. And second, I am not going to help you get ahead by lying.”

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AUTHOR BIO

Christine Warner is living her dream in Michigan along with her family, three laptops (she might have a slight addiction, or maybe it’s a fear of one imploding from overuse) and a much loved assortment of furry friends.

Besides laughing and a good round of humor, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, writing but no arithmetic.  A confessed people watcher, she finds inspiration for her stories in everyday activities.  She loves to read and write about strong heroes and determined, sometimes sassy heroines.

A girl gone wild, at least where social media is concerned, she enjoys meeting other avid readers and writers on facebook, twitter, Instagram, goodreads, and her website at christine-warner.com.

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Posted by on July 17, 2015 in Entangled Publishing

 

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#Goodreads #Giveaway of A Friendly Engagement by Christine Warner

I hope everyone had an amazing weekend!

I wanted to share that I’m offering up a Giveaway on Goodreads for A Friendly Engagement.

This giveaway runs from July 1st through the 31st.

Please take a moment to enter, add A Friendly Engagement to your “want to read” list, and share with your friends.

I will give away 3 autographed copies to 3 lucky US winners!

***CLICK HERE TO ENTER***

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What’s a little engagement between friends?

Omar Esterly is married to his job. But when Omar sets his sights on a potential, family-oriented client, his confirmed bachelorhood becomes a problem. Fortunately, his friend and employee, Devi Boss, has the perfect plan…

Okay, so it wasn’t exactly Devi’s plan to become her friend’s fake fiancée. Lies aren’t her style. However, Omar offers her a big, beautiful raise – enough to track down the missing father she’s never known – and Devi reluctantly agrees to the whole engagement hoax…

This was supposed to be a no-strings-attached win-win for both Devi and Omar, but when they cross the line between friendship and…well, something more, Devi realizes she’s made a huge mistake that just might cost her both job and friend – falling for her fiancé.

 

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INTERVIEW with Sara Jane Stone author of To Tempt a Seal ~ Giveaway

Today I’d like to welcome Sara Jane Stone to the blog. Sara has agreed to take the hot seat and answer a few questions so we can get to know her a little better.

Afterward, check out her release To Tempt A Seal, Book One in the Sin City Seal’s series. And don’t forget to enter her awesome giveaway. The link is at the end of the post :)

Let’s get going…

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Tell us about yourself in three sentences :)

SJS: I’m a stay-at-mom of two who spends most of her time lost in imaginary worlds. My husband is my real-life hero (even through he’s not a SEAL :)). We currently live in New York City and dream about moving to the country.

What color is your kitchen?

SJS: Light blue mostly.

What’s your favorite food to cook?

SJS: Mushroom Risotto using my dad’s recipe.

What are your writing goals for 2015?

SJS: More SEALs! I’m having so much fun writing this series. I’m crazy about the characters and can’t wait to spend more time with them. And I’m also working on a spin-off series linked to my Independence Falls books :)

I love choosing my character names. How did you go about choosing your hero and heroine’s names?

SJS: I worked closely with my editor to select Cade’s name. I knew I wanted a “c” name for this hero, but we tossed a lot of ideas back and forth after I wrote the first draft. As for the heroine, she simply walked into my imagination and introduced herself.

How come you write the genre you do?

SJS: I write what I love to read! I’m passionate about military stories and I love erotic romance, so the combination made sense to me.

What’s the first sentence in your book?

SJS: Dresses like this lead to fantasy sex in a Vegas hotel room.

What did your heroine think the first time she saw/met your hero?

SJS: U.S. Navy SEAL Cade Daniels is better than chocolate.

Describe your heroine in five words.

SJS: A woman finding her way.

Do you feel your writing is most productive in the morning, afternoon, evening…or anytime?

SJS: Usually the morning, but it depends on where I am in a story. I love to spend full days when I can.

Do you have a writing ritual—for example, do you wear a lucky pair of socks, have to have a certain drink, light a candle, or only sit in a special chair?

SJS: When I go away for a twenty-four hour writing retreat, I bring my favorite sweatpants. They’re falling apart, but I love them. I start the day with coffee and around lunchtime I order my favorite foods from a local vegan café. I eat and write for the rest of the day. These retreats are like heaven. No internet. No distractions. And the best vegan cookies in NYC :)

What makes your book stand out from other books in the same genre?

SJS: I write a very sexy, very emotional story, but there are also some very funny moments. My books tend to be fast-paced. And honestly, I think my voice sets them apart from others in the genre. But I think that is true for most writers.

What’s your favorite part of any book to write…beginning, middle, or the end?

SJS: I love writing the first few chapters and the dark moment.

Care to share with us what you have coming up?

SJS: I’ve written the first draft of To Dare a SEAL, #2 in the Sin City SEALs series and I can’t wait to revise it! But while I wait, I’m writing the first draft of A Wild Ride to Forever, the first book in my Forever Wild trilogy. This story features a side character, a former Marine, from my Independence Falls series, and a heroine I’ve been wanting to write for a long, long time :)

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To Tempt a SEAL
Sin City SEAL’s #1

By: Sara Jane Stone

Releasing June 30, 2015 

Entangled: Brazen 

Blurb

For the first time in her life, social worker Lucia Lewis is ready to live. And the masquerade ball in Las Vegas is just the place to find a ridiculously hot guy to complete her wicked to-do list. The only rule? Her elegant Venetian mask—which conceals the scars that have always held her back from the life she deserves—stays on.
Navy SEAL Cade Daniels heads to Vegas on a mission to keep his best friend’s little sister out of trouble. Except the woman he’s sent to find is all heat and flame…and perfectly capable of handling herself. And him. But the moment Lucia’s mask slips, the need to heal her, body and soul, is complete and absolute temptation.
But revealing himself could cost him the one thing he isn’t willing to risk…his heart.

 

 

 Link to Follow Tour:  http://www.tastybooktours.com/2015/05/to-tempt-seal-sin-city-seals-1-by-sara.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25500208-to-tempt-a-seal?from_search=true&search_version=service

Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/153639-sin-city-seals

 

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

 EXCERPT

“Turn around,” he murmured as he moved behind her. His fingers toyed with the straps of her red dress and lowered them down her shoulders. “And tell me what you see.”

“People.” She gasped as he drew her dress down to her waist, revealing her black lace bra to the night air. Her nipples pebbled, begging for his touch. “Everywhere.”

Her breasts were left wanting as his hand moved to her legs and lifted her skirt until it bunched at her waist. A thrill ran through her. All those people below, and yet she was on the verge of losing herself in this moment. Being here, with him, felt wild and wanton, so far removed from the walls holding her trapped in her life back home.

“When you come…” His fingers teased the edge of her lace thong, and she spread her legs, opening for him. “When you scream my name, will they hear you?”

“No,” she gasped. His finger slipped beneath the edge of her underwear. “Maybe. I don’t care.”

“Does this fit your fantasy? Is this what you want?” he demanded. “Tell me.”

She turned to face him and looped her arms around his neck. His hand moved over her, and his fingers ran down her backside, touching, exploring. Her hips rocked against him, demanding friction.

“I want you,” she said. “Make me scream your name. Over and over. I don’t care if they hear. I want the fantasy. Please.”

 

Author Info

After several years on the other side of the publishing industry, Sara Jane Stone bid goodbye to her sales career to pursue her dream-writing romance novels. Sara Jane currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with her very supportive real-life hero, two lively young children and a lazy Burmese cat. Join Sara Jane’s newsletter to receive new release information, news about contests, giveaways, and more! To subscribe, visit www.sarajanestone.com and look for her newsletter entry form.

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Author Links:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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Sara will be hosting a Tour Wide Giveaway for a $25.00 Amazon or B&N eGift Card*

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Posted by on July 3, 2015 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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BOOK BLAST ~ The Perfect Bargain by Julia London w/a Jessa McAdams ~ GIVEAWAY

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THE PERFECT BARGAIN

How to Marry a Highlander
# 1

By: Julia London writing as Jessa McAdams
Releasing June 30, 2015
Entangled: Lovestruck

 

American lass seeks brawny Scot…

As if being newly single isn’t brutal enough, Sloane Chatfield’s friends are getting obnoxious about setting her up. When Sloane insists she’s waiting for a certain sexy fictional Highlander to come along, her friends surprise her with a trip to Scotland to find her a new boyfriend. She’d rather have a root canal. But if she can find a Highland hunk to “break her heart” before her friends arrive…

In a remote Highland village, Galen Buchanan is struggling to keep the family pub afloat. Everything is falling apart, he’s running out of money, and now there’s an opinionated American lass parked at his best table, driving him mad. But then Sloane asks Galen to be her pretend Highland boyfriend…and offers him enough money to save the pub. It’s only for a few days, he figures. What’s the worst that could happen?

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Julia London is the New York
Times, USA Today, and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of more than thirty
romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular Cabot Sisters
historical series, including The Trouble with Honor, The Devil Takes a Bride,
and the The Scoundrel and the Debutante. She is also the author of several
acclaimed contemporary romances, including The Cedar Springs series, and the
recent Homecoming Ranch, Return to Homecoming Ranch, and The Perfect Homecoming.
Julia has added a short contemporary series to her titles as well, including
The Perfect Bargain, writing under the name Jessa McAdams.
 

 

Julia is the recipient of the RT
Bookclub Award for Best Historical Romance and a four time finalist for the prestigious
RITA award for excellence in romantic fiction. To keep up with all the Julia
London news, please visit 
http://www.julialondon.com. Follow her on
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Posted by on June 30, 2015 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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RELEASE DAY INTERVIEW with (me) Christine Warner author of A Friendly Engagement

 

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I’m so excited! Today is RELEASE DAY for book one in my Friends First Novel series. 

I thought it would be fun to interview myself. Hopefully you’ll learn something new about me…and feel free to ask your own questions in the comments.

And, as always, I want to thank everyone for all their support, for taking their hard earned bucks and buying my books, and for posting reviews which are the life’s blood for all authors.

FUN ALERT !! ~~FUN ALERT~~ FUN ALERT!!

***please check out the info below if you want to join me and 6 other authors for a Facebook release party on June 25th. There’ll be lots of fun and prizes…books, gift cards, and more***

Okay, let’s get started on the interview…

Describe yourself using 5 words.

Loyal. Trustworthy. Creative. Happy. Shy (yes, believe it or not)

What color is your toothbrush?

Purple :)

What did you have for dinner last night?

My husband took me out for dinner. I started out with an awesome salad. From there I had filet mignon, asparagus and garlic mashed potatoes. And to top it off I had raspberry sorbet. I am still full. Lol

Choosing character names is such a fun part to writing any book. How did you go about choosing yours?

I actually “borrowed” my niece’s middle name Devi for my heroine. I’ve always loved that name and like that it’s unusual and seldom seen. As for Omar, I actually worked with a doctor in the ER years ago. It wasn’t a name I was fond of, but it seemed to grow on me and I think it really fit this character well J

What’s your favorite line from A Friendly Enagement?

“What’s an Engagement between Friends?”

When is your favorite time to write?

First thing in the morning because my mind is fresh and I’m ready to go. As the day wears on I find I don’t have the same amount of concentration.

Describe A Friendly Engagement using 7 words.

Fun. Sexy. Humorous. Romantic. Adventurous. Playful. Hot.

A Friendly Engagement is the first book in the Friends First Novell series. What are the other titles and who are the main characters?

The second book in the series is A Friendly Arrangement and features the black sheep of the Esterly brothers Roth and his independent best friend next door Holly Haggerty. They both decide dating has become a chore and make a friendly arrangement that will hopefully satisfy their matchmaker friends and family. But then they add an addendum…

Book three is A Friendly Fling and features the youngest Esterly brother Jared and his best friends little geeky sister Allison Hall. Allison wants to make some major changes in her life, and only Jared can help her.

What are you working on now?

I’m actually writing a New Adult novel that I’m very excited about. I like the challenge of writing in first person, and I’m already having a lot of fun with the characters. Hopefully  my editor will love it! Fingers crossed.

 

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What’s a little engagement between friends?

Omar Esterly is married to his job. But when Omar sets his sights on a potential, family-oriented client, his confirmed bachelorhood becomes a problem. Fortunately, his friend and employee, Devi Boss, has the perfect plan…

 

Okay, so it wasn’t exactly Devi’s plan to become her friend’s fake fiancée. Lies aren’t her style. However, Omar offers her a big, beautiful raise—enough to track down the missing father she’s never known—and Devi reluctantly agrees to the whole engagement hoax…

 

This was supposed to be a no-strings-attached win-win for both Devi and Omar, but when they cross the line between friendship and…well, something more, Devi realizes she’s made a huge mistake that just might cost her both job and friend—falling for her fiancé.

 

EXCERPT

“You’re game for anything, right?”

Devi compressed her lips and studied Omar through a narrow gaze, taking in the way his overly bright eyes concentrated on her face as if memorizing every pore. Her gaze traveled south to the non-existent rise and fall of his chest and how he pushed his suit jacket aside as he placed his hands low on his hips. He’d stopped breathing while he waited for her reply. That made her more nervous than anything. “Normally I am game for anything, but considering the man asking the question, I’m a little nervous.” She licked her lips.

Omar shook his head, swallowing her hands in the warmth of his. “No. This is a great idea. I can’t believe I didn’t see it before.”

“I’ll hold back on saying I’m glad I could help until I know what you’ve got pinging around your brain.” She tried to pull free of his grip, but he only grasped her fingers tighter. Her inner voice told her whatever plan he’d cooked up included her and she wouldn’t be thrilled with the role.

“Bartow wants a family-first firm. He wants a planner who is married, blah, blah blah.” He dismissed his unfinished words with the thrust of his chin.

Devi nodded, her mouth going dry. Was he planning to hire a wife, or about to propose?

“I might not be married, but what if I were engaged?”

She didn’t want to jump to conclusions about the proposal so she pasted on a tight smile. “Do you have a serious girlfriend hidden away I don’t know about?” The thought unsettled her, but she pushed aside the heaviness in her gut. Omar and relationships mixed like fire and ice. Not that women didn’t find him attractive and vice versa, but his true love would always be work. Most sane women wanted something more than a workaholic commitment-phobe.

He shook his head a bit too vigorously. “No. No.” His grip tightened, and she flexed her fingers so he’d loosen his hold. “Hear me out before you shoot me down.”

“I’m more curious than ever.” Again, she threw sand over that niggling feeling in her belly. She never jumped to conclusions. Living by the seat of your pants didn’t allow it, but…

Why start now? She rolled her shoulders in an effort to relax. Omar pulled her off to the side and out of the crowd moving past them on the sidewalk. His hands shook with excitement, and he swallowed hard before clearing his throat. Always calm and collected, his buildup unsettled Devi, and she tugged one hand from his grip and pressed it against the gurgle growing in her stomach.

“How about we announce our engagement? I could pull in some favors and have it in the press Monday morning. That’d still give Bartow enough time to invite us to the meet and greet. And—”

“Whoa, whoa, whoa.” Devi’s stomach did a nosedive, and she yanked her other hand from his death grip and stepped back. She twisted one of the bangle bracelets on her wrist. “Our engagement? First off, I didn’t even know we were dating. And second, I am not going to help you get ahead by lying.”

If you want to pick up a copy of A Friendly Engagement, please click through to Entangled Publishing information page and it features all the buy links. 

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I’m appearing on several blogs and just having a fun time with my release and please feel free to join me and 6 other wonderful authors for a Facebook party to celebrate A Friendly Engagement’s release. The party takes place on Thursday June 25th from 7pm to 10pm central time. There will be tons of fun and prizes galore.

Here’s a list of the authors participating and prizes, too.

07:00 pm – Nikki Lynn Barrett (Love and Music in Texas Volume one set)
07:30 pm – Teresa Blue (Signed print copy of Letters From Inside – US Only)
08:00 pm – Kristina Knight, Romance Author, Romance Author (3 e-Books {Winners’ Choice} & a $10 Starbucks Gift Card
08:30 pm – Lora Lee – Author (Giveaway: Signed print copy of Bringing in the Thieves and $5 Amazon Gift Card)
09:00 pm – Callie Hutton (The Baron’s Betrayal – Print {US Only} & e-Book {International})
09:30 pm – Sarah Ballance (Paperback copy of The Marriage Agenda to US entrants and $15 Amazon Gift Card to International entrants)
10:00 pm – Christine Warner ($50 Amazon Gift Card)

 

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WEBSITE: http://christine-warner.com/

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INTERVIEW with Cindi Madsen author of Crazy for the Competition ~ Giveaway

Thank you for joining me on the blog! Please help me welcome author Cindi Madsen into the hot seat. If you haven’t read one of Cindi’s books, you definitely should. I’ve loved every story of hers that I’ve read. 

Today Cindi is answering a few questions about herself and her writing, and then sharing her latest release Crazy for the Competition, book 2 in the Hope Springs series.

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

Let’s get going…

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Tell us about you in three sentences.

Romance author and reader. Diet Mountain Dew addict. I love shoes, dancing, and laughing with close friends.

Laughing with close friends is one of the best things in life. What’s the first thing we’d see when we walked through your front door?

You can see through the patio doors to my backyard, which is rather green right now thanks to all the rain we’ve had this month.

We’ve had a ton of rain, too. Love all the green :) What did you eat for breakfast?

Scrambled eggs with green chilies and cheese.

Sounds good, Cindi. I love choosing my character names. How did you go about choosing your hero and heroine’s names in Crazy for the Competition?

Heath Brantley is inspired by Gilbert Brantley, so I picked Heath & when I was having trouble coming up with a last name, I just went ahead and used the inspiration. For Quinn Sakata, I had introduced her in Second Chance Ranch. I wanted her to have a unique name to fit her personality & I always liked Quinn. As for her surname, I looked up Japanese surnames & found one that I thought went with Quinn and also fit her.

Love it. Thanks for sharing. What’s the first sentence in your book?

Impressing boyfriends’ parents wasn’t something Quinn Sakata was known for—well, she definitely left an impression, just not the good kind.

Great opening. Describe your hero through your heroine’s eyes.

I’m gonna go ahead & include when she first sees him in the book, because it’s one of my favorite parts & gives you a good description: The embodiment of every fantasy she’d ever had—every bad boy she’d ever dated or lusted after rolled into one—stepped out from behind the podium, hammer in hand, a light sheen of sweat on his forehead. His arms were ripped and tattooed, his ears pierced, and his jeans and T-shirt snug.

I can see why that’s one of your favorite parts! Nicely done. Where’s your favorite place to write?

I love to write outside when I can get away with it, but sometimes it’s hard with the glare. I recently did a write-in at a friend’s house & that was a ton of fun, so I’d like to fit in a few more here and there.

That sounds fun! What’s the best part about being a published author?

I really love getting messages from readers who love my book. There’s nothing better than that.

Agreed for sure! Use seven words to describe Crazy for the Competition.

Funny, great chemistry, opposites attract, competition, kissing

Okay, I have to admit that your words really makes me curious about this story even more. What’s your favorite part of any book to write…beginning, middle, or the end?

I love getting to the end where after so much ups & downs, the couple gets their happy ending & my stress level goes way down. LOL

LOL…I hear you! Care to share with us what you have coming up?

I just released a new adult novel called Getting Lucky Number Seven and I’m planning on writing another book in that series. Then I’ll be working on the next book in the Hope Springs series, which will revolve around Heath’s brother.

I have Lucky Number Seven on my Nook, Cindi. I can’t wait to read it. Thank you again for joining us on the blog :)

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Crazy for the Competition
Hope Springs # 2

By: Cindi Madsen

Releasing June 9, 2015

Entangled Bliss

 

Blurb

 

The road to trouble is paved with sweet temptation… 

Always the rebel in her ultra-conservative family, Quinn Sakata dreams of quitting her dad’s real-estate business and restoring the old Mountain Ridge Bed and Breakfast in her hometown of Hope Springs. Except that Quinn’s not the only person bidding on it. Worse still, her competitor is her high school crush, Heath Brantley, who is all kinds of ripped, tattooed hotness…

So much for her “nice, conservative boys” rule.

Heath has his own reasons for bidding on Mountain Ridge, and he won’t give in without a fight—even to the red-lipped hottie with a sailor’s mouth. But when their rivalry shifts into an unexpected zing of chemistry, Heath realizes he’s in deep trouble. Because it’s inevitable that emotions will get involved, and he needs to keep his eyes on the prize before they both get hurt.

EXCERPT

Quinn sat across from him, and they worked on shaping the wire. She passed him tools and held things in place when he needed an extra hand. Here and there she made a few half-mumbled noises that he took to mean she wasn’t sure he was on the right path. She kept her word and let him make the decisions, though.

After a few minutes straining to see the tiny wire, he reached back and pulled his glasses out of the workbench— he really only needed them for intricate parts.

“Bloody hell, you’ve got to be kidding me,” Quinn said.

He looked at her, her features now extra crisp thanks to the glasses. She had these cute freckles across the bridge of her nose, and her bottom lip was between her teeth. “What?” he asked.

She shook her head and swallowed. “Nothing.”

Really? The glasses turned her on? Hell, he’d wear them all the time, then. “What’s with the bloody? You turning British on me?”

“I’m an equal-opportunity swearer.”

“Well, Miss Potty Mouth, hand me the needle-nose pliers next to your feet, please.”

She picked them up and extended them to him. He let his fingers brush across hers, testing how far he could milk this. “Can you hold these two pieces together while I twist?”

Quinn knelt next to him. She gripped the two wires, and he took the pliers and twisted. Every time he turned the pliers, his forearm brushed her chest, even when he tried to do the honorable thing and go from another angle. The beating pulse at her neck called to him again, begging to be kissed. She smelled amazing, too, a light vanilla scent that invaded his senses.

“I’ll be damned,” she said once he lowered the pliers. “It actually looks like a butterfly. Look at you using your manly skills to spread your wings and fly.”

His lips trembled as he tried to keep a straight face—she kept him on his toes, that was for sure. “One, never say that to me again, and two, I told you I’d find a way—never doubt me, woman.”

“It was a compliment. No need to get your wings in a bunch.” She innocently batted her eyes, the amusement in them clear.

Oh, she wanted to play? He could play. All day he’d held back, not taking opportunities he would under usual circumstances, because she wasn’t just any girl. She was in a different class and her family already disliked him, she was Sadie’s best friend, and most problematic of all, she wanted to take Mountain Ridge from him. But between the flirting and the constant challenges she threw out, he was done overthinking and worrying about making things complicated.

Letting his instincts take over, he reached up and brushed the strands that’d fallen free of her ponytail off her face. The amusement died, other emotions taking over her features. Surprise and temptation—he could work with both of those.

 

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Author Info

Cindi Madsen is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.

Cindi Madsen

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BOOK BLITZ ~ Untrue Colors by Veronica Forand ~ Giveaway

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Untrue Colors
By: Veronica Forand
Releasing March 9th, 2015
Entangled Publishing

Blurb

She’s on the run…

Brilliant art appraiser Alex Northrop’s ex used stolen art to fund his nefarious activities. Now he wants her dead. But it isn’t just herself she’s worried about – if he discovers who she really is, he’ll kill her family.

Professor Henry Chilton is shocked to find a beautiful stranger passed out in his bed, and even more so when she reveals a priceless painting is a forgery – the painting he’d planned to use to fund a woman’s shelter. She’s mysterious and frightened, and he is determined to discover why.

Alex’s knowledge of art is undeniable—just as Henry’s attraction to her is irresistible. But in order to help him recover the real painting, Alex isn’t just risking exposure…she’s risking her life.

Teaser #1

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UNTRUE COLORS

Excerpt

Alex grieved as she looked toward the Louvre for possibly the last time. She had no choice but to leave Paris and the sublime treasures forming its artistic soul. Overhearing Luc’s plan to celebrate their four-month anniversary by murdering her set off her own plan of running as far away from him as possible.

What began as a fairytale romance had morphed into a traumatic descent into hell. Luc had no problem stealing fine art and artifacts and using Alex’s expertise in appraisals to dupe art collectors and even small countries of their valuable assets. She had huge problems with those things.

While his main henchman, Pascal, drove them through Paris, Luc held her hand in the back of the Mercedes like they were still lovers. They appeared perfect for each other, a rich art collector and the young art appraiser who had fallen head over heels for him. Rugged good looks combined with an enormous amount of wealth made him an ideal catch for a woman who didn’t mind being beaten into submission. Alex minded.

Dressed in a thousand dollar suit and wearing a sophisticated five o’clock shadow across his chiseled features, Luc seemed headed out for a night at the theater, not on the way to eliminate his girlfriend. Alex leaned away from him. She needed to get away. His free hand caressed her arm, rubbed her shoulder, and pulled her back toward him. Moving slowly, seductively, he wrapped his fingers around her neck and started to squeeze. He stared at her, his eyes neither narrowing nor widening, only observing her reaction.

“I promise I won’t tell anyone. I swear it.” She pleaded for her life, speaking French, the only language they’d ever spoken to each other. As his hand tightened with her words, she gasped and struggled for breath.

Luc pulled her face closer to his. His lips pinched together, causing the muscles in his neck to tense. “Liar.”

The more she struggled to pull away, the more his grip tightened. No longer able to inhale, her eyes watered and her life began to fade. With nothing left to lose, she struck out at his face. He released her, but slapped her ear so hard, her head flew into the door. The pain ricocheted through her skull, leaving her numb for a moment.

She glanced out the window and saw salvation. As Pascal slowed for a turn, she opened the door and jumped. Her Chanel suit acted as her only protection when she hit the ground and bounced onto the road. Asphalt scraped her skin with each rotation until she slammed into the curb. Pain rebelled in ribs not yet healed from her fall down Luc’s marble stairway. Car brakes screeched nearby. In seconds, they would be on her. She hobbled to her feet, sucking in huge breaths.

Alex merged into the manic crowd entering the Gare du Nord at rush hour. She dodged men and women in suits, groups of school children, and what felt like hundreds of tourists. With her passports tucked in a travel belt under her skirt and several hundred euros in her possession, she boarded the high-speed train for London and prayed he wouldn’t follow her.

Teaser #2
Author Info

A Bostonian by birth, Veronica Forand regrettably lost her Boston accent while moving from state to state and country to country. Cleveland probably had the most profound effect on her ability to pronounce the “r” in the word “park.”
She does try to return now and then to visit family and eat long neck clams and lobster. Summers on Cape Cod are also high on the priority list.
Her experience in crime involves time as a court appointed attorney. Eventually, she switched fields to where bigger crimes take place, corporate tax. The allure of spending mornings in her pajamas homeschooling her children and writing fascinating fiction caused her to change careers again. Now that the kids are out of the house (in school), she writes romantic thrillers by day and is the perfect wife and mother at night.
Her experience in romance is limited to one man. Luckily, he’s still finding ways to charm her by taking her on vacations to the south of France, Fiji, and the Green Mountains when time is short. Avid travelers, they love to roam with their kids across continents in pursuit of skiing, scuba diving, and the perfect piece of chocolate.
She’s lived in London, Paris, Geneva, Washington D.C., and the accent destroying city of Cleveland. She currently resides near Philadelphia.

Veronica

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