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SPECIAL GUEST ~ Lecia Cornwall author of What A Lady Most Desires ~ Giveaway

Please help me welcome author Lecia Cornwall to the blog today! I think you’ll enjoy her guest post because she’s interviewed herself. I enjoyed her questions and her answers…especially the answer to her question about overused words…lol :) And don’t you absolutely love her book cover for her release What A Lady Desires!?

Don’t forget to sign up for her giveaway at the end of the post!!

And we have a bonus giveaway! Please see the beautiful picture at the end of the post for a gorgeous bracelet from the Victorian Trading Company. This bracelet is valued at $59. All you need to do is leave a comment with a valid email address and one lucky commenter from Lecia’s tour will WIN!

Take it away Lecia…

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ASK ME ANYTHING

It’s lovely to be here today with you at Christine’s words! I’m often sent questionnaires and lists of interview questions for guest appearances like this one. This time I thought I’d create my own interview to share with you.

Have you ever seen the Proust questionnaire in Vanity Fair Magazine? Each month the editors ask a celebrity a list of deep and thought-provoking questions. The answers are sometimes funny, sometimes serious (check out David Bowie’s hilarious responses at http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/07/10/david-bowie-proust-questionnaire-vanity-fair/). You can even take the Proust questionnaire yourself at http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/proust-questionnaire.

For today’s blog, I thought I’d interview me about my life and the inspiration behind WHAT A LADY MOST DESIRES. Some of the questions come from the Proust Questionnaire, and others are made up. So without further ado, here’s my Proust(ish) interview.

What’s the best thing about being a writer?

I love the endless variety, the new ideas, and the challenge of shaping vague thoughts into a novel. I also love the aha! moments that come while writing—times when a character will suddenly do something I didn’t plan, but turns out to be far better. Also, seeing my books in print, with my name on the cover and my words inside, is an incredible thrill.

What’s the worst thing about being a writer?

Perhaps it’s my age (52) or my historical mindset, but technology and social media have been lo-o-ong learning curves for me. I love to connect with readers, but sometimes pushing the right buttons and getting to the right places on the web is a challenge. I still don’t really get ‘The Cloud”. Thank heaven for my young adult children, and their infinite patience! According to my son, the cloud is a server farm in California—now that I understand!

What is your greatest extravagance?

Books! I have never left a bookstore without at least one new book. I have more books than my bookshelves can hold. My iPad is full of sample chapters.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I’d choose to make my home in Scotland (for the warm people, the setting, and the culture), or on a farm in Normandy (for the setting and the proximity to Paris, or in New Zealand (I hear it’s very much like my own country, Canada—and they have Hobbits! :)

What are the most overused words?

Twenty-four-seven, back in the day, and Bieber.

What is your most treasured possession?

My family.

What qualities do you admire most in a man?

He must be tall, intelligent and have a sense of humor. I include those characteristics in every hero I write—including Stephen Ives in WHAT A LADY MOST DESIRES—along with a character flaw he must overcome. All my heroes have gray eyes. (Why? Think of Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn in Lord of The Rings—that’s why!)

What qualities do you admire most in a woman?

Bravery, honesty, intelligence, femininity. My fictional heroines are brave and resourceful enough to rescue themselves if necessary, smart enough to match wits with their hero (or the villain), equal to him in intelligence, and have the feminine essence that complements his masculine one.

Who is your favorite character in fiction?

There are so many characters to choose from, but probably Aragorn in Lord of the Rings, or Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. Both have a lot of growing and adapting to do to reach their heroic potential.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Anne Boleyn. I see her as a woman misunderstood by her time. As for me, I just think I was born in the wrong period of history by some dreadful cosmic mistake!

Who are your heroes in real life?

People who are brave enough to stand up and speak out against wrongdoing and evil.

What is your motto?

If you can’t be a good example, serve as a horrible warning.

Now it’s your turn to ask me anything!

I love hearing for readers. Please leave a comment or a question below for a chance to win a signed copy of HOW TO DECIVE A DUKE, the first book in the Temberlay series. Or, you can send me an e-mail at leciacornwall@shaw.ca, or visit me on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lecia-Cornwall/147981455226519?ref=hl

To read an excerpt from WHAT A LADY MOST DESIRES, drop by my website at www.leciacornwall.com.

What a Lady Most Desires

Blurb

On the night before the final battle against Napoleon, Lady Delphine St. James finds herself dancing with the one man she has always wanted, Major Lord Stephen Ives. He makes it clear he has no time for a lady he sees as flirtatious and silly, but as the call to arms sounds, she bids him farewell with a kiss that stirs them both. When he returns gravely injured, she is intent on caring for him, even if his surly behavior tests her patience.

After the battle, Stephen is not only wounded and blind, but falsely accused of cowardice and theft. The only light in his dark world is Delphine, the one woman he never imagined he could desire. But she deserves more than he can give her.

As their feelings deepen and hidden enemies conspire to force them to part forever, can their love survive the cruelest test of all?

 

Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/07/what-lady-most-desires-temberlay-3-by.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18518676-what-a-lady-most-desires?from_search=true

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/What-Lady-Desires-Lecia-Cornwall-ebook/dp/B00H1UMOFQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1406664108&sr=8-1&keywords=what+a+lady+most+desires

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iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/what-a-lady-most-%20desires/id771731765?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

 

Author Info

Lecia Cornwall is a PRO member of the Romance Writers of America’s Seattle and Calgary Chapters. Her background includes all facets of writing, including running a successful freelance writing business specializing in direct marketing and advertising. Both history and writing have been lifelong passions. Lecia currently lives and writes in Calgary, Alberta, the heart of the Canadian West.

Lecia

 

Author Links

Website: http://www.leciacornwall.com/

Blog: http://leciacornwall.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lecia-Cornwall/147981455226519?sk=app_7146470109

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Leciacornwall

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4441913.Lecia_Cornwall

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Posted by on September 18, 2014 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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BOOK BLAST ~ Rewind to You by Laura Johnston ~ Giveaway

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Blurb

WISH YOU WERE HERE

One last summer before college on beautiful Tybee Island is supposed to help Sienna forget. But how can she? This is where her family spent every summer before everything changed, before the world as she knew it was ripped away.

But the past isn’t easily left behind. Especially when Sienna keeps having episodes that take her back to the night she wants to forget. Even when she meets the mysterious Austin Dobbs, the guy with the intense blue eyes, athlete’s body, and weakness for pralines who scooped her out of trouble when she blacked out on River Street.

When she’s with Austin, Sienna feels a whole new world opening up to her. Austin has secrets, and she has history. But caught between the past and the future, Sienna can still choose what happens now…

 

EXCERPT

“Can you hear me?” someone asks. I feel a hand on my shoulder and another one cradling my head. I open my eyes, totally confused as the blurry outline of a figure bent over me comes into view. And the baseball cap.

“Hey, there you are,” whoever is holding me says, his voice lowering into a tone of relief. With a twinge in my heart, I realize it isn’t my dad. My balance stabilizes, my body grounded again in reality. Besides a pounding headache, I’m pain-free. My shin is fine.

“Ugh.” An ugly-sounding something stumbles from my lips as the nausea dissipates. I blink, remembering that I need to get home. I try to push myself into a sitting position, but before I can, he scoops me off the ground. Startled, I reach for his shoulders for balance. And oh my. Something about the muscles beneath my fingertips makes me draw back and then wish I hadn’t.

I open my mouth to assure him I can walk, but I glimpse his sharp jaw and strong chin, and the connection between my mind and my mouth floats away. My eyes travel over his lips and then to his eyes, and my heart freaks out. Skips a beat. The most impossibly blue eyes I’ve ever seen stare back into mine, and I lose not only my train of thought but all control of my gaping eyes as well.

One side of his mouth pulls into something of a grin, his face inches from mine. His eyes trace the outline of my forehead down to my chin and linger on my lips. Then his gaze meets mine again. He raises a brow. “Are you all right?”

“Y-y-yes.” My voice comes out like a frog’s croak. “Fine. Thanks.”

“You sure?”

“Mm-hm.” Another attempt to steady my voice. I try to get my flirt on, flashing a smile as I assure him, “The ground can walk just fine.”

That puts a smile on his face.

“I mean, I can walk just fine. On the ground. You can set me down.” I bite my tongue before I do more damage.

“Right,” he says doubtfully. Something in the way he holds me, the brazen expression on his face as he looks into my eyes, tells me I should be careful.

“I’m good. I promise.”

He sets me down at last. Now that I’m out of his arms and can think straight, I finally get a rational look at him. Dark hair, only visible around the edge of his baseball cap. Thick hair. Total girl magnet. He’s at least six inches taller than my five foot seven. All right, even out of his arms, my heart rattles around so fast I fear another blackout, or whatever just happened.

He watches me as I wobble. “You gonna be okay?”

I nod, even though I feel like a ballerina who rolled off a stage.“Where did those, um, those—”

“Those losers?” he asks.

I nod.

He smiles. “They bailed.”

No wonder. Another glance at his—ahem—intimidating physique, and I decide I don’t blame them. He’s hot, okay, hotter than any guy has a right to be. And unfortunately, it’s impossible for him not to know that. He’s one of those kind. He even looks amused, as though he’s reading my fascination from my face. Meanwhile, I can’t do anything but stare into his blue eyes, feeling like a dental patient after a heavy dose of laughing gas.

I run a hand through my hair, suddenly reminded of the bird poop in there. And the gum on my shoe. This keeps getting better.

Then I flinch when I spot a swarm of gnats by my head, and one flies into my eye.

“What the—” I mutter.

“You okay?” he asks. Again.

“Yeah,” I lie, bending over and blinking. And stepping right into the puddle of mud behind me. Sound advice to myself: Leave now!

Reminding myself I have a plan—buy Lucky Charms and head home—I let my one bug-free eye jump between this cute guy and the display of fireworks behind me, gearing up to leave. I always have a

plan, my life a programmed route from A to B. It’s safe, predictable. Maybe that’s why I haven’t budged.

“Thanks,” I say, and turn to leave for real this time, but not without sneaking one last glance at his gorgeous face. My stomach somersaults when I catch his eyes on me. Fixed on me. And not in a you-are-a-ditzy-klutz-who-won’t-make-it-off-of-River-Street-alive kind of way. Like, in a good way. His stare glues my feet to the ground, holding me near. Blood rushes to my cheeks and I smile, despite myself.

He extends a hand with an unbearably charming smile, probably

practiced. “I’m Austin.”

 

  Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/06/rewind-to-you-by-laura-johnston.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21538571-rewind-to-you?from_search=true

 Rewind To You (eBook)

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Rewind-You-Laura-Johnston-ebook/dp/B00J7W1FS8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403889550&sr=8-1&keywords=9781601833501

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Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Laura_Johnston_Rewind_to_You?id=VqhIAwAAQBAJ

 

Author Info

Laura Johnston lives in sunny Arizona with her husband and two children.

Growing up in Orem, Utah with five siblings, a few horses, peach trees, beehives and gardens, she developed an active imagination and always loved a good story. Laura enjoys running, playing tennis, sewing, dancing (reduced to dancing around the kitchen while cooking dinner these days), traveling, writing, writing and more writing, and above all, spending time with her husband and kids. REWIND TO YOU, her debut novel, was inspired by the loss of her father as a teenager.

  Laura Johnston

Author Links

Website: http://www.laurajohnstonauthor.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Laura-Johnston/500855249971029
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lauralojohnston
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1064874.Laura_Johnston

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Posted by on September 15, 2014 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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SPECIAL GUEST ~ Ellie MacDonald author of The Governess Club : Sara and Louisa ~ GIVEAWAY

Please help me welcome author Ellie MacDonald! Today Ellis is sharing 5 random facts about herself…I think you’ll find them pretty interesting. She’s also sharing her latest release with us–The Governess Club : Sara and Louisa.

And don’t forget to enter her wonderful giveaway. Links are at the end of the post!

Take it away Ellie…

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Random Facts About Ellie

  1. I broke my leg when I was six years old. I ran into a tree while downhill skiing.
  2. After spending three months living in Bangkok, I went to Australia, looking to travel a place where I could understand what was being said. At least I could understand what the billboards were saying there! Some accents can be so thick…
  3. Ice hockey is my favorite sport – very Canadian of me! – but started playing ringette (the girl’s version of hockey) first because the community club wouldn’t let me play on a boys team. This was after the never-to-be-mentioned again figure skating experience.
  4. I don’t really drink caffeine. If I do, it’s in a nice cup of tea. I can’t stand the taste of coffee – I have to add so much sugar to make it taste good to me that I don’t see the point in drinking it.
  5. I have very vivid dreams that I remember to this day. I remember very clearly having a Girl Guide meeting on my bedroom floor when I was about ten years old. I also remember having two prospectors come into my room looking for blankets because they didn’t realize how cold Canada was, so I gave them the ones off my bed; I had to remake my bed at three in the morning. My mother once came into my room because she heard me talking – I was having a conversation with my clock radio. I think these types of dreams contributed to my sleep walking.

Sara

Blurb (Sara)

Sweet Sara Collins is one of the founding members of the governess club. But she has a secret… She doesn’t love teaching. She’d much prefer to be a vicar’s wife and help the local community. But this quiet mouse doesn’t want to upset her friends, and she resolves to help in whatever ways she can.

Nathan Grant is the embodiment of everything that frightens Sara. Which is why she can’t understand why the handsome but reclusive and gruff man is so fascinating to her. When Sara decides it’s time to take a chance and experience all that life has to offer, Nathan is the first person she thinks of.

Will Sara’s walk on the wild side ruin her chances at a simple, happy life? Or has she just opened the door to a once-in-a-lifetime chance of passion?

 

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22056725-the-governess-club?from_search=true

 

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Governess-Club-Sara-Ellie-Macdonald-ebook/dp/B00K53802M/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1407070787&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Governess+Club%3A+Sara

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-governess-club-ellie-macdonald/1119443763?ean=9780062292261

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-governess-club-sara

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-governess-club-sara/id874398049?mt=11

 Louisa

Blurb (Louisa)

Louisa Brockhurst is on the run – from her friends, from her family, even from her dream of independence through The Governess Club. But sometimes it’s easier for her to hide from those she loves in order to escape the secrets of her past.

Handsome but menacing John Taylor is a former prize-fighter turned inn-keeper who is trying to make his way in society. When Louisa shows up at his doorstep he’s quick to accept her offer to help – at a price. He knows that she’s hiding something and he can’t help his protective instincts around the beautiful woman.

Their attraction grows, but will headstrong, fiery Louisa ever trust the surprisingly kind John enough to tell him the dangerous secrets from her past that keep her running? Or will the power of her feelings scare her into running yet again?

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22056682-the-governess-club

See the SERIES on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/series/107899-the-governess-club

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Governess-Club-Louisa-Ellie-Macdonald-ebook/dp/B00K537ZXW/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1407071103&sr=1-1&keywords=the+governess+club+louisa

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-governess-club-ellie-macdonald/1119443764?ean=9780062292285

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-governess-club-louisa

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-governess-club-louisa/id874396700?mt=11

 

 

Author Info

Ellie Macdonald has held several jobs beginning with the letter t: taxi-driver, telemarketer and most recently, teacher. She is thankful her interests have shifted to writing instead of taxidermy or tornado chasing. Having travelled to five different continents, she has swum with elephants, scuba dived coral mazes, visited a leper colony and climbed waterfalls and windmills, but her favorite place remains Regency England. She currently lives in Ontario, Canada. The Governess Club series is her first published work.

Ellie

Author Links

Website: http://www.elliemacdonald.com/
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/EllieMacdonaldAuthor
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/elliemacdauthor
Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7034029.Ellie_Macdonald

 

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Posted by on September 9, 2014 in Day to Day Life

 

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So…I read this book

Happy Sunday!

Like so many others, I’m trying to balance many things in my life. I’ve found over the last few years, especially since I’ve started to write, that I’ve allowed certain indulgences of mine to fall to the side. My “me” time is even more limited :) I’m not complaining at all, but I’ve decided it’s time for me to at least enjoy my love of reading again. Even if it takes me a week to read a book instead of a day or a few hours like it used to, I’m going to go for it. lol

So, every once in awhile, if I read a book that I particularly enjoyed I’m going to post my review and the book information so if any of my blog readers are interested they can check it out too.

I’m not a professional reviewer or anything like that. I’m choosing to share some of the books I’ve enjoyed on my site. I read just about every genre, so I’ll be all over the board :) And in fair warning, I have to let you know I’m on a huge reading binge right now, so I might be posting several books in the upcoming weeks.

Today, I’d like to share Six Days of Memories by Stacy Eaton. This crime/mystery novel is available for only .99. An unbelievable deal for what you’ll get.

MY REVIEW:

There were so many reasons to enjoy and love this story written by Stacy Eaton. First off Six Days of Memories starts out with action—and the ending hooks for chapter one and two MADE me keep reading even though it was well past the time I should’ve turned out the lights and called it a day.

I’ve always enjoyed a mystery mixed with a romance, and this story has them both and then some. The action is immediate, and the dialogue is fresh and fast paced with no wasted words. I was carried away on an interesting story between several characters that I got to know easily through Stacy’s writing style. The secondary characters were awesome, but I loved the main character, detective Natasha Foster. She’s strong, has a great sense of who she is and wants to be, holds an interesting job she excels at, and is honest with herself and everyone around her. I’m sure that the fact Ms. Eaton shares a career in law enforcement only added to the reasons I found Natasha so “real”. I also liked the hero, Jay. Stacy did a great job in making his amnesia believable without going over the top, and at the same time keeping his character strong, full of integrity, and most important—likable.

The bond between Natasha and Jay is evident the moment they share the same page. They are instantly attracted to each other, but Natasha has a job to do and that’s to help Jay figure out whom he is and if he’s involved in a horrific case involving a car crash, two dead bodies, and a duffel bag full of money. Jay has to keep his attraction to Detective Foster in check as well—even though it’s difficult. After all, he knows nothing of his past—is he married, does he have a girlfriend, a family—or worse yet is he a criminal? Any of these will automatically kill any chance at something more developing between him and Natasha.

And the tattoo bond between these two was just icing on the cake. I enjoyed that aspect of the story and the little reveal toward the end that explained how it came to be. Sorry, I won’t share too much about that because I don’t want to spoil anyone else’s discovery :)

Another thing I like when I’m reading a book—that this story had in spades—is while turning the pages I’m able to learn something too. This book gave me several insights, including—tattoos, tae kwan do, karate—and that the next time I make pancakes I need to add vanilla to the batter.

All in all, this story is strongly written with lots of twists and turns. There were a few times I wondered just how Ms. Eaton would make aspects of Jay’s past work out and give him the future he wanted and deserved—and needless to say she did an excellent job in accomplishing these tasks and still making you LOVE her characters.

Six Days of Memories is a book I know I’ll read again. Definitely one I recommend and will add to my keeper shelf.

BLURB

Detective Natasha Foster will put her job on the line to prove her gut feeling is dead on.

When Detective Foster responds to the scene of a crash, she finds the female passenger dead, a bag full of money in the back seat and a body in the trunk. It is only when the driver, whom she nicknames Jay, wakes up with no memory that she must go with her instincts and continue the investigation in a way that was never taught.

Jay finds himself lost, but drawn to the beautiful detective who steps above and beyond the call of duty. His need to know if he was a victim or the criminal pushes him to try and recall what happened and who he is. With the pull of a trigger, Jay’s memory will suddenly return and with it, the terrible truth.

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Author Genre: Crime, Thriller and Mystery

Website: Stacy Eaton
Author’s Blog: Stacy Eaton, Author
Blog: Amazon Author Page
Twitter: @StacySEaton
E-Mail: Mybloodrunsblue@aol.com
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Facebook: Check Out Facebook
Pinterest: Check Out Pinterest

Author Description: Stacy is a full-time police officer who enjoys crime scene investigation above all else, taking a passion in putting the pieces together to figure out the crime. She is also a business owner where she helps people get the awareness out for the causes they care most about. She is a mother of two, a son proudly serving in the United States Navy and a young daughter. Her husband is also in law enforcement. Stacy is also currently serving on the board of directors for her local domestic violence center. She is very much into photography and carries her Nikon Digital SLR with her almost everywhere, just in case. – See more at: http://hbsauthorspotlight.blogspot.com/2014/07/stacy-eaton-six-days-of-memories-is.html#sthash.TYs2uhWx.dpuf

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2014 in So...I read this book

 

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BOOK BLAST ~ Nightingale by Cathy Maxwell with Giveaway

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Blurb

Fate has brought them together -again.

At one time, Jemma had meant the world to Dane Pendleton, but then she betrayed their young love by marrying another for his title and fortune.

Now Time has turned the tables. Dane is wealthy, respected, knighted and the widowed Jemma has nothing but her pride.

His honor for hers . . .

Dane’s name is on the lips of every beauty in London. They whisper he learned “tricks” while he was in the Orient. But has he forgotten Jemma, now Lady Mosby, and what they had once meant to each other? And will he accept her devil’s bargain?

In every woman’s life, there is that one love who slipped away. The man who makes her wonder “what if?”

But is this a momentary madness or a chance to rekindle a love that could last a lifetime?

Cover

Originally appeared in the print anthology THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY


Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/07/nightingale-by-cathy-maxwell.html

 

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22103882-nightingale?from_search=true

 

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Nightingale-Originally-appeared-print-anthology-ebook/dp/B00JTYQIX6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1406661266&sr=8-1&keywords=Nightingale+by+cathy+maxwell

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/nightingale-cathy-maxwell/1119290961?ean=9780062367679

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/nightingale/id867234286?mt=11

 

Author Info

CATHY MAXWELL spends hours in front of her computer pondering the question, “Why do people fall in love?” It remains for her the great mystery of life and the secret to happiness. She lives in beautiful Virginia with children, horses, dogs, and cats.

 

Author Links

Website: http://www.cathymaxwell.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cathy-Maxwell-Fan-Page/144546442251787

Twitter: https://twitter.com/maxwellcathy

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/67037.Cathy_Maxwell

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Posted by on September 5, 2014 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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BOOK BLAST ~ Beginning With Forever by Lan LLP ~ Giveaway

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Blurb

Love isn’t easy to forget even if you’re determined to never feel it again. It has a way of finding you when all hope is gone, resurfacing tender emotions you’ve buried deep in your core because the pain of acknowledging them is too much for you to handle.

Carson Bradley, CEO of a powerful pharmaceutical corporation is rich beyond boundaries with a missing soul. His heart faded away fifteen years ago with the death of his first love. He strives every day for the sake of his cancer research because he’s determined to eradicate it forever.

Lillian Ly is a humble, young medical student whose kind and generous heart is as vast as the universe. Being raised poor by a single parent; she matured quickly and respected the sacrifices her mother made for her. Lillian’s determination leads her down a stringent five-year path with no room for love.

When their paths cross at an unlikely place thousands of miles away from home, they both realize that fate has brought them together, and Carson will never let anything or anyone tear them apart. He knows how desolate life is without love and refuses to return to that empty place ever again.

Lillian enters Carson’s world with the purest intention of loving him with all her heart, but discovers that his volatile world will alter her uncomplicated life indefinitely. Regardless of what obstacles are thrown in their path, Lillian and Carson will endure them all to hold onto their forever from the beginning to the end.

 Teaser #1

Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/07/beginning-with-forever-by-lan-llp.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20592862-beginning-with-forever?from_search=true

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Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Beginning-Forever-Lan-LLP-ebook/dp/B00IGDJNSS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407187640&sr=8-1&keywords=beginning+with+forever

 Teaser #2

Author Info

Over a long year ago, I decided to pick up a pen and jotted down the first sentence of my vivid imagination. Those initial words were the seeds that grew into my flowering romance book, “Beginning with Forever.” With all my heart, I wrote, rewrote, edited, re-edited and now, I’m finally ready to share it with all of you. My one and only aspiration for this book is to have readers embrace my story and characters with their heart. If I can make someone laugh till their gut hurts, hate the villain with vengeance, cry till their eyes dry out, fall in love all over again, and drool over the hero or feel any other emotions, than I’ve succeeded my goal.

I’m the sappiest person in the world when it comes to romance. Don’t smirk! I believe in love at first sight, Prince Charming or in my book, Mr. Hot Billionaire, and happy endings. In my heart, every women deserves all three, and they will when they lose themselves in my books. Your fantasy can become a reality with just the flip of a page, so come join me.

Lan LLP

Author Links

Website: http://forevertruecarsonlillian.blogspot.com/
Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/forevercarsonlillian
Twitter:
https://twitter.com/LanLLP
Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7782226.Lan_LLP

Teaser #3

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Posted by on September 4, 2014 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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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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