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SPECIAL GUEST ~ Shannyn Schroeder author of Just A Taste ~ Giveaway

Please help me welcome our special guest Shannyn Schroeder to the blog today. She’s talking about the research she put into her latest release Just a Taste. Afterward, check out a blurb and excerpt.

And…don’t forget to enter her awesome giveaway!!!

Take it away Shannyn…

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The Story Behind the Story – Just a Taste
By: Shannyn Schroeder

Although Liam O’Leary appears in other O’Leary books, readers don’t really get a sense of who he is until Catch Your Breath (O’Learys 4), which is Moira’s story. There they got to see a bit of his personality and his restlessness in relation to his job.

When I sat down to write Just a Taste, I knew I had to shake Liam up. He’s a steady, quiet guy who isn’t quick to make decisions. He’s a chef, working at a popular restaurant and he’s successful, but he wants more. In earlier books, he mentions possibly opening his own restaurant. Instead of giving him his obvious dream, I wanted to challenge him, so I decided he needed to work on a food truck—limited space, limited options, limited control. All of these would test a guy used to running a kitchen and telling everyone what to do.

I think this book probably took more research than others because there was so much I didn’t know. Although food trucks have been popular around the country and on TV, they’re relatively new to Chicago. I did a lot of reading about the history of trucks in the city and spent even more time learning about how hard Chicago is when it comes to the rules and regulations for food trucks (oh, the pages and pages of regulations). It’s kind of crazy, and I still don’t know how these guys can stay in business.

Beyond having to learn about food trucks, I also needed to learn some about food in general. What kind of food would Liam make for a special date with Carmen? (lamb and polenta – which I’ve never eaten) Liam has to relearn how to make Mexican food, and I wanted Carmen to be able to bring something to the table, even though she acts like she hates cooking. I wanted her to teach Liam to make her dad’s mole sauce. So of course, I had to look up a bunch of recipes. I didn’t actually make these recipes because I’m lazy and I live in a city with access to good Mexican food. I chose mole sauce because I like it, but I’m not brave enough to try to cook it. I did, however, experiment with cheesecake recipes for Liam. I love to bake, so developing my own recipe was fun.

Towards the end of the book, Carmen goes to Mexico, so I had more research to do. I’ve never been there, so I needed to figure out where her family might’ve come from and what she would want to see while there, as well as ideas for food for her to bring back.

While I’d never consider myself a “foodie,” this book has definitely given me an appreciation for those who spend their lives cooking for others. The real kick in the pants for me is that I’ve spent so many hours learning all of this and only a tiny portion shows up in the book. I begin to wonder if readers even notice.

When reading a book, do you assume the author did her research, or do you question things?

JUST A TASTE

Just a Taste
The O’Learys # 5
By: Shannyn Schroeder
Releasing January 19th, 2015
Kensington

Blurb

Grief has brought them together again—will love open the door to their future? When it’s an O’Leary in the picture, finding out is just part of the adventure…

Carmen Delgado is left reeling when her father dies. Taking care of him has been her sole purpose for so long, she’s forgotten what it’s like to have dreams of her own. And with steady, sexy Liam O’Leary inheriting a share in her dad’s successful food truck, Carmen is suddenly free to explore her life’s possibilities. She never expected Liam to provide the kind of temptation she’s not sure she can resist…

A talented chef, Liam O’Leary has been itching to open his own restaurant for years—and the death of his mentor is a reminder that time passes too quickly. Gus’s Taco Taxi isn’t exactly what he dreamed of, but he can’t desert Gus’s daughter. Working side by side is an unexpected pleasure—and grownup Carmen is alluring in all new ways. Is love on the menu—or will old fears and insecurities drive them apart?

EXCERPT

“Are you trying to get me drunk?”

“I’m not trying to, but if it happens, so be it. Everyone needs to cut loose on occasion.” His glass was still near full. “I’ll make sure you get home safely.”

She sighed. Safe had been her whole life. Maybe she was tired of being safe. The waitress brought her second drink and Carmen wondered what she and Liam would talk about. The alcohol was loosening her up, but she found that he was okay with sitting in silence.

Unfortunately, she wasn’t. “Are you naturally antisocial or what?”

Somewhere in her brain, she knew the question probably came out sounding rude, but she didn’t have the skills to fix it at this particular moment.

“No. At least I don’t think so. Why do you ask?”

“When you worked at the restaurant, it felt like you were always on your own. I’d talk with the other staff, both front of house and back, but you kept your distance.” She wanted to ask why he’d avoided her, never asked her out like the other guys had. She’d never taken any of them seriously, so she’d always turned them down, but she probably would’ve said yes to him.

He shrugged. “I didn’t feel welcome most of the time.”

Liam had felt like an outsider? The thought had never occurred to her. “That’s too bad. I would’ve welcomed you.”

He smiled again, the lines in his cheeks deepening. “You were usually looking for a way to escape. Why did you hate working there so much?”

Blowing out a breath, she raised her drink to her lips. How she could explain her need to avoid the temptation of food. By the age of seventeen, she’d already been teased so much about her weight, that all she wanted was to be thin. Being in the restaurant, around her favorite foods, made it near impossible.

She looked into Liam’s cool blue assessing eyes. And lied. “I didn’t hate the whole restaurant. Just the kitchen stuff. I don’t like to cook. It’s not my thing.”

“Maybe I should give you lessons.”

She thought of his strong, capable hands, the roped muscles in his forearms, and suppressed a shiver. What was wrong with her?

“What is your thing?”

Hmm…the question was innocent enough, but she’d spent so much time with Rosa and the alcohol filtering into her brain made her thoughts not so innocent. She was beginning to think he might be her thing. “Business. That’s what I majored in for college. I’ve been taking care of the office stuff for my dad since I’ve been home.”

He pressed his lips together like he had to consider her answer. She drank some more. The second margarita went down even smoother than the first and she was reminded why she’d gotten drunk so easily. Liam’s glass was empty.

“Do you want another, or do you have to go?” she asked.

“I’ll get you another. I’ll stick with water. I’m driving.”

See, she knew he was one of those super-responsible guys. That’s what her dad always said. Liam is a good boy. Find a man like him, Carmen, and you’ll be fine. “My dad really loved you.”

Liam froze, his arm in the air again to get the waitress’s attention. When the waitress came over he ordered for them. Then he turned in his seat to fully face her. “I loved Gus too. I’m sorry I wasn’t around more.”

“Shoot. I didn’t say that to make you feel bad. I was thinking about him and you and stuff he always said.”

“I know, but I do feel bad. We talked on the phone sometimes, but I should’ve made time to visit.”

She reached out and rubbed his forearm. Her dark skin contrasted sharply with his pale complexion. “He understood. He liked that you were going after your dreams and finding success. You were like a son to him.”

The alcohol had her babbling and she hadn’t even started on her third one yet. She didn’t want to stop, though. Allowing the alcohol to relax her was freeing. She didn’t have to put on a brave face for anyone. She didn’t have to pretend to know what she was doing or that she had her shit together.

Right here, in this moment, she could just be a halfway drunk girl hanging out with an old friend. A cute old friend, which made the evening better.

 

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Author Info

Shannyn Schroeder is the author of the O’Leary series, contemporary romances centered around a large Irish-American family in Chicago and the new Hot & Nerdy series about 3 nerdy friends and their last spring break. When she’s not wrangling her three kids or writing, she watches a ton of TV and loves to bake cookies.

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Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
Website: http://www.shannynschroeder.com/
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Posted by on January 23, 2015 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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Special Guest ~ Kristina Knight author of The Daughter He Wanted

Thank you for joining me and special guest Kristina Knight on the blog today. Kristi has become a great friend of mine over the years and I’m super excited to have her on the blog again, especially since she’s sharing her Harlequin Super Romance The Daughter He Wanted.

Kristi writes wonderful stories that will tug at your heartstrings and have you rooting for both the hero and heroine.

Today she is sharing her play list. So, please help me welcome her to the blog and drool along with me as I devour her cover. Love it!

Take it away Kristina…

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Behind the Book: The Daughter He Wanted/Music Playlist
by Kristina Knight

I’ll let you in on a little secret: I can’t write without music. Seriously. My brain stops sending messages to my fingers and I freeze. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? A writer should be able to write from anywhere…and I can, as long as there is music, too.

I know several writers who listen to a specific playlist from the start of a project all the way through edits. I don’t do that. My writing process requires different types of music for different areas: when I’m drafting, it’s light classical or jazz. No Muzak and no instrumentals of popular songs because I’ll wind up singing and not writing. Once the draft is in the can and I’m on to edits, my playlist comes into play, and it will have a little bit of everything from pop and rock to country and even some oldies thrown in for good measure. While I’m editing, the songs on my playlist will help me remember the mood of a scene or the crux of my hero’s or heroine’s problem…or the song will remind me of the book in general.

Here’s a sampling of the playlist behind my new SuperRomance, The Daughter He Wanted:

(Kissed You) Goodnight by Gloriana
Love Somebody by Maroon 5
Sing Together by Train
A Life That’s Good by The Cast of Nashville
Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars
Friday Night by Lady Antebellum
I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes by Dierks Bentley

RELEASE INFO:
Book Details:
The Daughter He Wanted, Harlequin Superromance, January 2015
The Daddy Surprise
Since the loss of his wife, Alex Ryan has been living a half-life. But with one phone call, Alex discovers he’s the biological father of a four-year-old girl…and everything changes.
Single mom Paige Kenner preferred to have a family without the man. Now suddenly there’s Alex, who desperately wants to be a father to her little girl. A gorgeous, kind and committed father. Letting a stranger into their lives is far too dangerous—especially if his presence stirs a part of Paige that she longs to forget…
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iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-daughter-he-wanted/id905982784?mt=11

EXCERPT

“Would you like some iced tea?” Prim and proper and not at all what she wanted to ask. She wanted to be direct, tell him he had no business here. That he needed to leave. Something held her back.

 

Alex shook his head and Paige motioned him to sit at the island counter while she refreshed her glass. She wasn’t thirsty but it was something to do with her hands so she fussed with slices of lemon and added more ice before putting the pitcher back into the fridge.

 

Finally there was nothing left to do so she turned back to the man at the counter, trying to ignore the assessing way he watched her. Despite the casual clothes, Alex Ryan was the mirror image of everything she had left behind in her parents’ home, from the set of his shoulders to the judgment she saw in the thin line of his mouth. Rigid standards and rules she could never live up to. Expectations that had left her heartbroken and wounded. She didn’t need his approval, she reminded herself. It wasn’t like she’d asked him to come into her home and disrupt her life.

 

It wasn’t as if she’d had his permission to use his semen, either.

 

The clinic sent a file with his pertinent information, but Paige couldn’t force herself to read it. A small piece of her had hoped that if she ignored the report the man would ignore her. Now she wished she had read it cover to cover instead of putting it in her bottom desk drawer.

 

Her gaze caught on the picture of Kaylie at her fourth birthday party, cake frosting up to her eyebrows, princess crown askew, charging after the boys with her blue lightsaber.

 

Kaylie was the reason for all of this. Paige had wanted a family, so much so that on her twenty-fourth birthday she’d decided to take life by the horns and create the family she dreamed of. The sweet, smart, silly girl was everything Paige needed. No men needed to apply and since Kay-lie had been born, not even a handful had stuck around through dinner.

 

And here was one more. A man so afraid of commitment he hadn’t known whether to get out of his car or run screaming into the warm Missouri afternoon.

 

No, that was unfair. She didn’t know anything about Alex Ryan.

 

A man so gorgeous the rebellious part of Paige, the part of her she couldn’t get rid of no matter how much she tried to pretend it didn’t exist, was glad her daughter wasn’t here. Wanted to flirt. Wished they’d met at a bar or under any other circumstances so that she could flirt and touch and see if the attraction she felt for him, he felt for her, too.

 

She glanced at her watch. Just over an hour until her best friend, Alison, would bring Kaylie back from her swim lesson at the rec center. The principal at her school required impromptu meetings now and then; today Alison was able to step in and help Paige. She was grateful. Alison was her biggest supporter and cheerleader. Paige hated missing the lesson, but Alison liked playing auntie for Kaylie from time to time. This introduction needed to get moving and get over with because, until she knew exactly what Alex Ryan’s intentions were, he was not getting anywhere near her daughter.

 

“So, this is awkward.” She blurted the words out, not sure where else to start. “We have a child together but I don’t know anything about you.”

 

He offered her a half smile, making his eyes crinkle at the corners and accentuating a little scar at the corner of his full lips. The tension she’d felt when he’d brushed past her ratcheted up a notch and she admitted to herself it wasn’t fear at all. It was flat-out excitement. Want. She couldn’t remember the last time she’d felt such an instant attraction to a man. Attraction was bad. Very, very bad. Attraction meant throwing all her rules about relationships out the window. Attraction led to mistakes and mistakes could hurt Kaylie.

 

Hurt Paige.

 

She gulped some tea, hoping it would put out the sizzle of heat that seemed to grow with every second Alex was in her kitchen.

 

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Author Bio:

Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police–no, she wasn’t a troublemaker, she was a journalist. Her career took her all over the United States, writing about everything from a serial killer’s capture to the National Finals Rodeo. Along the way she found her very own Knight in Shining Cowboy Boots and an abiding love for romance novels. And just like the characters from her favorite books, she’s living her own happily ever after.

Kristina writes sassy contemporary romance novels; her books have appeared on Kindle Best Seller Lists. She loves hearing from readers, so drop her a line!

Author Links:

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Posted by on January 16, 2015 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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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

 

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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

 Teaser 1

 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.

A Christmas Melody
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

Spotify playlist: A Christmas Melody

Or , Link: http://open.spotify.com/user/sligoroo/playlist/6jhYIRlb0hTL6zL1X3r8R7

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Or Link:
https://www.youtube.com/embed/VSp564MSib4

 

 

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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

 Teaser 3

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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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!

Personal links:

 

 
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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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*Lisa Marie is hosting a Tour Wide Giveaway for a Signed Copy of JUST FOR CHRISTMAS NIGHT and $10.00 Amazon or B&N Gift Card*

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

 

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