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BOOK BLAST ~ The Winner Takes it All by Jennifer Dawson ~ GIVEAWAY

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The Winner Takes It All
Something New # 2

By: Jennifer Dawson

Releasing December 2nd, 2014

Zebra / Kensington

 

Blurb

For two stubborn people…

Corporate mogul Shane Donovan sees the ultra-cool, collected Cecilia Riley as an ice queen—even if he can’t deny that, on the surface, she’s a work of perfection his body can’t ignore. Forced to spend two weeks in the same house for his sister’s upcoming wedding, Shane senses that deep down Cecilia mirrors his need. And he’s determined to draw her into a sexy game that will melt away her reserve…

Losing is not an option…

Career-driven Cecilia Riley has just enough free time in her schedule to head out of town for her brother’s wedding. But her agenda is thrown for a loop by the presence of Shane. Though his over-confident attitude leaves a lot to be desired, his insanely hot body has kept Cecilia up nights. Unsure what game Shane is playing, Cecilia takes the bait, bent on resisting him at all costs.

 The Winner Takes It All

 

 Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/09/the-winner-takes-it-all-something-new-2.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20949511-the-winner-takes-it-all?from_search=true

Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/112840-something-new

 

Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes | iBooks | Kobo

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Winner-Takes-All-Something-Novel/dp/1420134272/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1411741695&sr=8-1&keywords=9781420134278

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-winner-takes-it-all-jennifer-dawson/1118871382?ean=9781420134278

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-winner-takes-it-all/id880312206?mt=11

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-winner-takes-it-all-2

Books A Million: http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Winner-Takes-All/Jennifer-Dawson/9781420134278?id=6117417208691

Indie Bound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781420134278

 

Author Info

Jennifer Dawson grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from DePaul University with a degree in psychology. She met her husband at the public library while they were studying. To this day she still maintains she was NOT checking him out. Now, over twenty years later, they’re married and living in a suburb right outside of Chicago with two awesome kids and a crazy dog.

Despite going through a light FM, poem writing phase in high school, Jennifer never grew up wanting to be a writer (she had more practical aspirations of being an international super spy). Then one day, suffering from boredom and disgruntled with a book she’d been reading, she decided to put pen to paper. The rest, as they say, is history.

These days Jennifer can be found sitting behind her computer, writing her next novel, chasing after her kids, keeping an ever watchful eye on her ever growing to-do list, and NOT checking out her husband.

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Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Website: http://jennifer-dawson.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jennifer-Dawson/504365856291806
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JenDawsonAuthor
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7278601.Jennifer_Dawson

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Posted by on December 16, 2014 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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BOOK BLAST ~ A Christmas Melody by Roberta Capizzi ~ Giveaway

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A Christmas Melody
Melody # 2

By: Roberta Capizzi

Releasing December 5th, 2014

Self-Published

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 Blurb

Valerie and Ryan have been living the American dream in Boston for more than ten years. Best friends since adolescence, their feelings changed when Ryan nearly lost his life. Now they’re engaged and can’t wait to break the news to their families and get married.

Valerie has been dreaming of getting married on Christmas Eve since she was a child, and a Christmas wedding back home in Dublin seems like a very romantic way of celebrating the most important day of their lives.

Back on home soil Valerie and Ryan are surrounded by the love of their families and things start to change as homesickness creeps into their hearts. Can seven days erase a decade of hard work and life-long dreams? Or is it only a little nostalgia caused by the festive season?

Doubts fill their minds as they start questioning their choices, until an unexpected complication, only days before the wedding, makes Valerie and Ryan realize it’s time they decided where they really belong.

A sweet Christmas romance that will warm your heart this yuletide season and all year long, A Christmas Melody is a novella and a short sequel to The Melody In Our Hearts, but can also be read as a standalone.

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Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/09/a-christmas-melody-melody-2-by-roberta.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18661862-a-christmas-melody?from_search=true

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Buy Links : Amazon | Barnes | iTunes | Kobo

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00H0ZX6C2

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-christmas-melody-roberta-capizzi/1117650701?ean=2940045476461

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-christmas-melody/id773713845?mt=11

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/a-christmas-melody

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Author Info


An avid reader since her childhood years and being an only child, Roberta always enjoyed the company of her fictional friends from the children’s books she loved reading, while she dreamed of writing her own stories one day.

It was when she discovered novels by authors Rosamunde Pilcher and Maeve Binchy in her teenage years that she realized it was time she put down in words the stories she had kept well hidden in her mind until then.

What started as a hobby, soon turned into a real passion and a way of life, until she could no longer keep the stories to herself, and decided to get over her fears and share them with the world.

Roberta lives in Italy, but her dream is to move out of her country and live either in a thatched cottage in the Irish countryside or in a country house with a swing on the back porch, somewhere in the United States, where she would love to spend her days writing novels as a full-time job, and maybe one day even get as far as writing a screenplay for a movie.

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Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Website: http://robertacapizziauthor.wordpress.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RobertasDreamworld
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/SligoRoo
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6869696.Roberta_Capizzi

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*Roberta is hosting a Tour Wide Giveaway for a $5.00 Amazon eGift Card and Swag Pack.*

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Posted by on December 11, 2014 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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BOOK BLAST ~ Holiday Wedding by Robyn Neeley ~ Giveaway

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Holiday Wedding
By: Robyn Neeley

Releasing December 8th, 2014

Crimson Romance

 

 

Blurb

Going home for Christmas this winter just might turn Drew Cannon into a real Grinch. When his college sweetheart, Lauren Kincaid, broke off their engagement a year ago, Drew retreated to Tokyo to run the Asia-Pacific division of the family’s toy company and lick his wounds. If that weren’t enough, his attempt at a high-profile holiday doll for the company was a bust. Now he’s headed back to New York City to spend the holidays with his lovestruck dad, his pissed-off twin brother, and the ex who broke his heart.

Lauren isn’t exactly keen to spend Christmas with her former flame, either. But as JDL Toys’s marketing director, she’s forced to deal with their doll problem, holiday or not. Things take a turn for the worse when she and Drew are tasked with planning surprise nuptials for his brother.

With all their focus on happily ever after, Lauren and Drew soon discover things might not be so settled between them after all. Can a holiday wedding offer them a second chance at forever?

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Drew leaned back in the steamy Jacuzzi, letting the hot water jets do their magic. There was something to be said about relaxing in a hot tub in the brisk outdoors.

He breathed in the fresh mountain air. Today had started out a little weird, but touching Lauren’s sugary lips, even if it was only with one finger, had been a highlight. If the bakeshop owner hadn’t appeared, would they have kissed? He was all but sure of it. If only the whole day had been about flirting with Lauren. But no, his brother had turned them into elves. Why had Luke sent them to Santa’s Workshop to make toys?

Didn’t he want them to plan his wedding? Losing three hours this morning to paint train sets didn’t seem like the best way to hit the ground running.

Today should have been devoted to the task at hand as they would spend the weekend pushing the Happily Ever After dolls at the festival.

The dolls.

Drew had beelined it to his laptop when they got back to the cabin. Only two more boy dolls were registered for the site to meet their matches. Two. Freakin’. Dolls.

His head dropped to the left in frustration and his gaze lifted up to Lauren’s bedroom window. She had disappeared when they returned, saying she needed to get the rest of the frosting out of her hair. That was a couple of hours ago.

Selecting the cakes—and then wearing them—had been the best part of this day. She had been absolutely right about their not choosing their own wedding cake. He let out a heavy sigh. Maybe if they had been more involved in all the different pieces of planning their wedding, things would be different. He should have given into his feelings and pressed his mouth to her frosted lips. But what if she’d pushed him away? Would he then have his answer to the question he didn’t have the balls to ask? Did she no longer love him?

He sank down into the tub, letting the hot water massage his shoulders. Then there was Olivia. She’d sent three text messages earlier saying how much she missed him before going radio silent this evening. He wasn’t quite sure when he’d do it, but they wouldn’t be a couple for much longer. It was not only the right thing to do; it was the honest thing to do.

“Hey, is there room in there for another?”

His head flew up and his heart raced as he watched Lauren glide over in a white cotton bathrobe. She held her iPad in one hand and large ruby red towel in the other. “Depends.”

“Oh, really.” She lifted an eyebrow. “On what?”

He pointed to the iPad. “As long as you promise we’re not Skyping with Miles.” He drew an imaginary circle around the hot tub. “This is an annoying wedding-planner-free zone.”

She giggled. “I can’t make any promises, but I’m pretty sure he has no desire to see us exposing so much skin.”

His groin tightened as he waited for her robe to hit the ground. Was Lauren wearing his favorite lavender bikini? Three seconds later he had his answer as she removed her robe and slid into the Jacuzzi. Hello, string bikini. I’ve missed you.

 

 

Link to Follow Blast: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/09/holiday-wedding-by-robyn-neeley.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23479106-holiday-wedding?ac=1

 

Buy Links: Amazon | B&N | Publisher

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Holiday-Wedding-Robyn-Neeley-ebook/dp/B00PMHUNIA/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1417244233&sr=1-1&keywords=holiday+wedding

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/holiday-wedding-robyn-neeley/1120798077?ean=9781440587061

Publisher: http://www.crimsonromance.com/contemporary-romance-novels/holiday-wedding/

 

Author Info

Robyn Neeley is an East Coaster who loves to explore new places; watches way more reality TV than she cares to admit; can’t live without Dunkin Donuts coffee and has never met a cookie she didn’t like. If you have a must read romance suggestion or a fabulous cookie recipe, she wants to know. Visit her at www.robynneeley.com.

Robyn

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Website: www.robynneeley.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RobynNeeleyAuthor
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/robynneeley
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7068555.Robyn_Neeley

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Posted by on December 8, 2014 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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What to Read Wednesday with Rachel Brimble

Thank you for joining me for What to Read Wednesday! Today we have awesome author Rachel Brimble on the blog. She’s sharing her latest release from Harlequin Super Romance Christmas at the Cove.

I love her cover and you can’t beat a romantic Christmas story!!!

Take it away Rachel…

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Festive Romance Read…done! Bring on the next challenge…

When I signed my first contract with Harlequin, I was ecstatic – thought I would never want anything else but to keep writing book after book for this phenomenal romance publisher. I soon found out life doesn’t work like that…at least, mine doesn’t!

As writers and human beings, I think we should constantly push ourselves, both personally and professionally. For each goal we meet, set another. For each failure, pick ourselves up and try again.

One of the things I like to do as a writer is challenge myself to write a slightly different book each time, to try a new theme, premise or a character that I would never have attempted before the particular moment that I sit down to write my next book. That is how my latest book, CHRISTMAS AT THE COVE, became reality.

Even though this was my thirteenth novel, I had never tempted a Christmas story, nor the Secret Baby trope…it was time to do both! I LOVED writing this book and hope my existing and, new readers, enjoy reading it with equal enthusiasm. CHRISTMAS AT THE COVE is the fourth book in my ongoing series with Harlequin Superromance set in the fictional UK seaside town of Templeton Cove.

All the books can be read as stand-alone but I hope new readers like it enough to go back and try the first three books – FINDING JUSTICE, A MAN LIKE HIM and WHAT BELONGS TO HER.

Happy Reading and Happy Holidays!!

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Christmas At The Cove is available now – here is the blurb & buy links:

More family for Christmas?

Scott Walker doesn’t have time for a relationship. The sexy mechanic has career ambitions, not to mention a mother and three sisters to take care of. The last thing he needs is Carrie Jameson, the beauty he never forgot, arriving in Templeton Cove over the holidays with some unexpected news.

Scott still finds Carrie irresistible, and he’s not one to shirk responsibility. Scott’s issues with his own dad make the prospect of parenthood a minefield. But if he and Carrie can overcome their fears, this Christmas could bring them the best gift of all.

 

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Bio:

Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. In 2012, she sold two books to Harlequin Superromance and a further three in 2013. She also writes Victorian romance for Kensington–her debut was released in April 2013, followed by a second in January 2014 and the third is released Jan 2015.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family and beloved black Lab, Max. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.

She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!

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

 

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RELEASE DAY BLAST ~ Just For Christmas Night by Lisa Marie Perry ~ Giveaway

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Just for Christmas Night

The Blue Dynasty # 3

By: Lisa Marie Perry

Releasing December 1st, 2014

Harlequin: Kimani

 

 

Blurb

A red-hot holiday

Pro football publicist Martha Blue has something to prove. To protect the image of the Las Vegas Slayers—and stay employed—she has to shed her party-girl reputation. Fast! So no more mistakes. No further scandals. And absolutely no falling for the one man who can give her everything she wants…and nothing of what she needs.
Danger and desire never mixed well for undefeated prizefighter Joaquin Ryder. A friend of the Blue family, he’s a man who knows his boundaries…boundaries he has secretly crossed only once before. Now that he’s back in Sin City to train for the biggest fight of his career, he can’t afford to let a sexy distraction like Martha put him against the ropes. Revisiting their sizzling past is something he isn’t willing to risk—until a steamy Yuletide encounter, where for just one night, they’ll surrender completely….

 

 Just for Christmas Night

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Joaquin’s heart staggered, bearing the impact when he saw Martha waltz into the study a few steps ahead of her mother.

Some women had butts, others had asses. Martha had an ass, and it shone under the metallic gold-green fabric that fondled her slender body as she moved.

She was all bronze and shimmer and curves and long limbs, scarcely contained in a gown held together by strands of jewels.

A meaningful, appreciative glance passed between the attorneys, and Joaquin eyed them coldly.

Martha arrived at the desk, set down a shopping bag. “Merry Christmas, Pop.” She wiggled a sprig of something woven into her shiny, slicked hair.

Mistletoe. She’d tied mistletoe in her hair.

“Careful of my makeup,” she warned, offering her cheek for a kiss. To the rest of them, she said, “Excuse me, fellas, but my father insists that I knock, so—” She rapped on his desk obnoxiously.

“All right. All right.” Marshall’s smile appeared painful, but it was genuine. “Go, men. Enjoy the party.”

As the attorneys left, accepting drinks from the server waiting at his post, Joaquin approached Martha. She stood between her parents now, a treasure dangling out of his reach, a beauty out of his realm.

“Merry Christmas,” Joaquin said to her, presenting the oversize candy cane.

At the exact moment she ventured forward, suddenly near enough to taste.

Grab her face, lick into her mouth. Pull her close, drink her moans.

Rather than do it and have Tem threaten castration or Marshall call him out for a street fight, he laid the cane in her hand and murmured against her hair, “So you won’t steal mine the next time you’re in my ride.”

A snort of wry laughter or a smartass remark was expected. Not crystalline tears.

“I need to speak with my parents.” Taking the candy, she added in the silkiest whisper, “Tonight, if you want me, Joaquin, find me.”

It was the sexiest proposition he’d ever heard, or the most baffling. Either way, he left the office dazed, hard and confused.

 

 

 Link to Follow Blast: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/09/just-for-christmas-night-blue-dynasty-3_13.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22557443-just-for-christmas-night?from_search=true

 

Buy Links: Amazon | Barnes | BAM | iTunes | Kobo

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Just-Christmas-Night-Blue-Dynasty-ebook/dp/B00L0XIG2K/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1409704131&sr=1-1&keywords=just+for+christmas+night

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/just-for-christmas-night-lisa-marie-perry/1119738972?ean=9780373863839

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/just-for-christmas-night/id889922685?mt=11

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/just-for-christmas-night

 

Author Info

Lisa Marie Perry encounters difficult fictional men and women on a daily basis. She writes contemporary romance fiction with plenty of sizzle, energy and depth. Flawed, problematic, damaged characters are welcome. Her tales feature exciting multicultural mash-ups, sexy guy-next-door heroes and powerful larger-than-life alphas who are brought to their knees by the love of complicated women.
According to Lisa Marie, an imagination is a terrible thing to ignore. So is a good cappuccino. After years of college, customer service gigs and a career in caregiving, she at last gave in to buying an espresso machine and writing to her imagination’s desire. She lives in America’s heartland and she has every intention of making the Colorado Mountains her new stomping grounds. She drives a truck, enjoys indie rock, collects Medieval literature, watches too many comedies, has a not-so-secret love for lace and adores rugged men with a little bit of nerd.

 Lisa Marie Perry

Author Links

Website: http://www.perrytalebooks.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PerryOrdinary

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/lmpauthor/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7729201.Lisa_Marie_Perry

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Posted by on December 1, 2014 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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BOOK BLAST ~ Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah McLean ~ Giveaway

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Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover
The Rules of Scoundrels # 4

By: Sarah MacLean

Releasing November 25th, 2014

Avon Romance

 

Blurb

By day, she is Lady Georgiana, sister to a duke, ruined before her first season in the worst kind of scandal. But the truth is far more shocking-in London’s darkest corners, she is Chase, the mysterious, unknown founder of the city’s most legendary gaming hell. For years, her double identity has gone undiscovered…until now.

Brilliant, driven, handsome-as-sin Duncan West is intrigued by the beautiful, ruined woman who is somehow connected to a world of darkness and sin. He knows she is more than she seems and he vows to uncover all of Georgiana’s secrets, laying bare her past, threatening her present, and risking all she holds dear…including her heart.

 

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“There are other ways,” he said.

“What other ways?” she asked. “Consider my sister-in-law. Consider your wife. They are barely accepted here, untitled, scandalous.” His eyes narrowed at the words, but she pressed on. “The title saves them. Hell, you supposedly murdered a woman and weren’t fully cast out because you were a duke first, a possible killer second—you could have married if you’d chosen to. The title is what reigns. And it always will.

“There will always be women after titles and men after dowries. God knows Caroline’s dowry will be as big as it needs to be, but it won’t be enough. She’ll always be my daughter. She’ll always carry my mark. As it stands, even if she found love—even if she wanted it—no decent man could marry her. But if I marry Langley? Then she has the possibility of a future devoid of my sin.”

He was quiet for a long minute, and she was grateful for it. When he finally spoke, it was to ask, “Then why not involve Chase? You need the name, Langley needs a wife, and we are the only people in London who know why. It is a mutually beneficial arrangement.”

Under the guise of Chase, Georgiana had manipulated dozens of members of Society. Hundreds of them. Chase had destroyed men and elevated them. Chase had made matches and ruined lives. She could easily manipulate Langley into marriage by invoking Chase’s name, and the information he had on the viscount.

But need was not want, and perhaps it was her keen understanding of that balance—of the fact that the viscount needed marriage as much as she did, but wanted it just as little—that made her hesitate. “I am hoping that the viscount will agree that the arrangement is mutually beneficial without Chase’s interference.”

Temple was quiet for a long moment. “Chase’s interference would speed up this process.”

True, but it would also make for a terrible marriage. If she could win Langley without blackmail, all the better. “I’ve a plan,” she said.

“And if it goes to waste?”

She thought of Langley’s file. Slim, but damning. A list of names, all male. She ignored the sour taste in her mouth. “I have blackmailed bigger men.”

He shook his head. “Every time I am reminded that you are a woman, you say something like that … and Chase is returned.”

“He is not easily hidden.”

“Not even when you are so …” He made a show of looking at her feathered coif. “Ladylike is, I suppose, the word for this ensemble?”

She was saved from having to either spar with Temple or further discuss the lengths to which she was willing to go for her daughter’s future by the orchestra’s completion of the set. She pulled away and curtsied, as was expected. “Thank you, Your Grace.” She emphasized the title as she stood once more. “I believe I shall take some air.”

“Alone?” he asked, an edge in his tone.

Frustration flared. “You think I cannot care for myself?” She was the founder of London’s most infamous gaming hell. She’d destroyed more men than she could count.

“I think you should take care of your reputation,” Temple replied.

“I assure you that if a gentleman attempts liberties, I shall slap his hand.” She smiled a wide, false smile and dipped her head, coyly. “Go to your wife, Your Grace. And thank you for the dance.”

He held her hand tightly for a moment, until she met his gaze again, and he cautioned softly, “You cannot beat them. You know that, don’t you? No matter how hard you try—Society will always win.”

The words made her suddenly, unpredictably furious. She tamped down the emotion and replied, “You are wrong. And I intend to prove it.”

 Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/09/never-judge-lady-by-her-cover-rule-of.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17828895-never-judge-a-lady-by-her-cover?ac=1

 

 

Buy Links: Amazon Barnes iTunes | Kobo

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Never-Judge-Lady-Her-Cover-ebook/dp/B00IRC8ATQ/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/never-judge-a-lady-by-her-cover-sarah-maclean/1120522016?cm_mmc=affiliates-_-linkshare-_-mdxm68jzjz8-_-10%3a1&ean=9780062068514&isbn=9780062068514&r=1

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/never-judge-a-lady-by-her-cover/id833843816?mt=11

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/never-judge-a-lady-by-her-cover-1

 

Author Info

Sarah MacLean grew up in Rhode Island, obsessed with historical romance and bemoaning the fact that she was born far too late for her own season. Her love of all things historical helped to earn her degrees from Smith College and Harvard University before she finally set pen to paper and wrote her first book.

Sarah now lives in New York City with her husband, baby daughter, their dog, and a ridiculously large collection of romance novels. She loves to hear from readers. Please visit her at www.macleanspace.com

Sarah

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Website: http://www.sarahmaclean.net/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sarahmaclean
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sarahmaclean
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1598076.Sarah_MacLean

 

 

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Posted by on November 24, 2014 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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What to Read Wednesday with Amber Hart and Giveaway

Thank you for coming back for another round of What to Read Wednesday :) Please help me welcome author Amber Hart to the blog. She’s sharing her secrets and process for writing memorable characters.I think you’ll enjoy her information. She’s also giving us a sneak peek at her release Until You Find Me, which released November 11th.

Don’t forget to enter her awesome giveaway at the end of the post :)

Take it away Amber…

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The Secret To Writing Memorable Characters

 

Undoubtedly the #1 question asked about writing is: What’s the secret? And more specifically, what’s the secret to writing characters that jump off the page to live in people’s hearts forever? Well, I’ll tell you. So grab a cup of coffee and a comfy spot. Here goes.

 

The secret to writing memorable characters is…

TO WRITE.

 

Yes, really. I’m totally serious. That’s where it all begins. All too often aspiring authors think up their characters, entire scenes play through their mind, but they freeze when it comes to writing. There’s no “right” way to begin. You can start with sticky notes or paragraphs or outlines or whatever works for you. Most importantly, though, is to start writing. You can always go back later to edit. You can add, cut, or embellish in time. So, grab a laptop—or if you’re old-school, a pen and paper—and write.

Picture the characters you want to create. Are they magical? Are they surrounded by dragons and beasts and monsters? Or are they human, living in the real world? Wherever they belong, detail is the key. It’s what will make a story come alive with imagery. It’s the difference between flat and 3D characters. Details matter. And unless it’s a haunting story, most people don’t like to read about skeletons. So flesh your characters out. Slap on the meat and skin and personalities. Where do they come from and where are they going? What is their dilemma? What stands in their way? How can they reach growth? What is their relevance to the story? What makes them important? Where do they reach a breaking point? Characters need life breathed into them so they feel as real as your best friend, or as real as you.

When what makes up the core of a character is apparent, focus can shift to what they look like, what they sound like, little quirks they display. Some characters stutter, some have a sweet voice, while others have deep, gravely tones. Does your character have freckles or scars or distinguishing markings? Does your character have a nervous tic, or an odd habit? Maybe they tap their feet, or rub their fingers along the hem of their shirt? What are their physical traits? When a character is as real on the page as the person you see in the mirror, it will show.

Remember: Development and growth take time. Relationships, more often than not, bloom naturally over the course of chapters and events. Characters are not perfect. Actually, it’s important that they not be faultless. I’ve always found the most relatable characters to be flawed, because so am I. So are you. The most memorable characters are those who go through struggle—not to come out impeccable in the end, but to come out flawed AND stronger. You’ll get it wrong. You’ll get it right. You’ll repeat this torturous pattern probably forever. It’s a process that demands dedication and determination. It can take months or years. Best way to see if your character is real enough, is to ask someone else to read your words. Or to draw a picture based on the descriptions you listed in your novel. Does their feedback or picture look like the character you meant to create? If so, congrats. If not, tweak. Practice makes progress. Keep writing. Never stop writing. And don’t be discouraged. Even the best writers in the world struggle with words. We all fall peril to the depths of our writing caves but those who preserve eventually do see the light again. So, write and write and write. I hope to one day read your words, too.

Amber Hart is the author of the YA contemporary romance Before & After series, and the NA romantic thriller Untamed series.  She’s rep’d by Writers House and is often on social media. You can meet her there.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorAmberHart

Twitter: www.twitter.com/AmberHartBooks

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/AmbersShelf

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/AmberHart

Amazon: www.amazon.com/auhtor/AmberHart

Until You Find Me

Until You Find Me # 1

By: Amber Hart

Releasing November 11th, 2014

Loveswept: Flirt

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Blurb

Amber Hart pushes contemporary romance to its wildest limits in this heart-pounding novel, the story of a girl who travels to Africa to protect the legacy of one man . . . and stays for the love of another.

Raven Moore, a twenty-year-old college student from Michigan, feels out of place in the beautiful, treacherous jungles of Cameroon, staying in the habitat where her father gave his life to help protect endangered gorillas. He left home years ago; now Raven refuses to return home until she unravels the truth about his last days.

Raven certainly doesn’t count on crossing paths with a handsome young hunter—especially one as charismatic and intense as Jospin Tondjii. Instantly, she’s hooked. But Jospin is hiding a dark truth: He is the heir to a powerful poaching empire, part of a ruthless black market that is responsible for the dwindling gorilla population.

Their fathers may have been enemies, but Raven and Jospin forge a bond that goes beyond blood, a relationship that is tested as Raven draws closer to the source of her father’s death. Can she and Jospin bear the weight of the secrets of the wild—and the secrets of their pasts? Or will the rain forest destroy them both?

 

Advance praise for Until You Find Me

 

“If you think the jungle is hot and dangerous, wait until you meet Jospin. He and Raven turn up the heat to scorching and burn the jungle down!”—Lisa Desrochers, USA Today bestselling author of A Little Too Far

“A beautiful, unconventional story that takes you to the jungles of Africa to fall in love, Until You Find Me contains the perfect balance of angst, thrills, and page-turning appeal.”—K.A. Tucker, USA Today bestselling author of Ten Tiny Breaths

“Wonderfully unique and utterly unputdownable, Until You Find Me is a breath of fresh air. Each page is sexier than the one before.”—Lauren Layne, author of Isn’t She Lovely

 

 

 Link to Follow Tour: http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/09/until-you-find-me-until-you-find-me-1.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18874653-until-you-find-me?from_search=true

 

Buy Links : Purchase Amazon | Barnes | iBooks | Kobo

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Until-You-Find-Me-Novel-ebook/dp/B00KEPJS3G/ref=sr_sp-atf_title_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1410214799&sr=1-1&keywords=Until+You+Find+Me

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/until-you-find-me-amber-hart/1119980311?ean=9780553391589

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/until-you-find-me/id884923847?mt=11

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/until-you-find-me

 

Author Info

Amber Hart is the author of Before You and Until You Find Me. She grew up in Orlando, Florida, and Atlanta, Georgia, and now resides on the Florida coastline with her family. When not reading, she can be found writing, daydreaming, or dipping her toes in the sand.

 

 Amber Hart

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Website: http://www.amberhartbooks.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorAmberHart

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/AmberHartBooks

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7265942.Amber_Hart

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