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SPECIAL GUEST ~ Megan Frampton author of When Good Earls Go Bad ~ Giveaway

Please help me welcome our special guest Megan Frampton to the blog today :) I’m intrigued by her guest list for the five people she’d like to have dinner with. I think I’d have a hard time deciding you to put on my own guest list :) How about you?

She’s also sharing her latest release When Good Earls Go Bad : A Victorian Valentine’s Day Novella. Afterward, please take a moment and clink on the link to enter her giveaway at the end of the post.

Take it away Megan…

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Thanks for the chance to stop by here today! I’m excited about the release of When Good Earls Go Bad, my Victorian Valentine’s Day novella.

You know that game where you list the five people you’d like to have dinner with? I love that one, and of course can never figure out who I’d want to eat with; I’m an introvert, so the idea of actually socializing with my icons is frightening! But if I get over that (insert enormous glass of red wine in Megan’s hand), I would want to have these five people over for dinner (with why I chose them).

1. Oscar Wilde: He’s one of the wittiest people ever.
2. Dorothy Parker: Her too.
3. Jorge Luis Borges: He’s got such an intricate way of looking at the world, plus he was a librarian when he wasn’t being a writer
4. Clive Owen: So I have something to look at while eating. SWOON.
5. Jane Austen: So we can bond over our dislike of hypocrisy and love of romance.

Thanks again for having me today!

WHEN GOOD EARLS

When Good Earls Go Bad:
A Victorian Valentine’s Day Novella
Dukes Behaving Badly # 1.5
By: Meghan Frampton
Releasing February 3rd, 2015
Avon Impulse

Blurb

Megan Frampton’s Dukes Behaving Badly series is back, though this time it’s an earl who’s meeting his match in this delightfully fun and sexy novella!

What’s a lovely young woman doing asleep in his bed? Matthew, Earl of Selkirk, is shocked to discover it’s his new housekeeper! She’s a far cry from the gray-haired woman he expected. Matthew is no fan of surprises, and Annabelle Tyne is pure temptation. Perhaps he shouldn’t have had her hired sight unseen.

Annabelle, co-owner of the Quality Employment Agency, is no housekeeper, but she wasn’t about to lose a potential client simply because there was no one to fit the bill. Imagine her shock when the Earl arrives at his London townhome and she’s awoken in the night by the most attractive man she’s ever seen.

Matthew is a man who lives life by the rules, but sometimes rules are made to be broken…and being bad can be very, very good.

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Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/127805-dukes-behaving-badly

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Author Info

Megan Frampton writes historical romance under her own name and romantic women’s fiction as Megan Caldwell. She likes the color black, gin, dark-haired British men, and huge earrings, not in that order. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and son.

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Posted by on February 20, 2015 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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COVER REVEAL ~ Gambling on a Dream by Sara Walter Ellwood ~ Giveaway

 

GAMBLING ON A DREAM
Colton Gamblers #3
Sara Walter Ellwood
Lyrical Press
Releasing June 9th, 2015

 


With Everything At Stake….

It’s been years since Sheriff Dawn Madison said goodbye to Texas Ranger Wyatt McPherson. She’s closed the door on the heartache of her past. But when the sleepy town of Colton, Texas, is rocked by a series of shocking murders, Dawn has no choice but to trust the man who broke her heart if she wants to protect the ones she loves…

All Bets Are Off
Four years have passed. But Wyatt hasn’t forgotten the bold, Native American beauty who stole his heart . . . and broke it. Losing her and the life they had hoped to share left him an empty shell of himself. But if he wants to stop the deranged killer terrorizing the innocent kids of Colton, he’ll have to let Dawn back into his life. It’s a risk he’s willing to take, even if heartache is all he takes home…


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Although Sara Walter Ellwood has long ago left the farm for the glamour of the big town, she draws on her experiences growing up on a small hobby farm in West Central Pennsylvania to write her contemporary westerns. She’s been married to her college sweetheart for over 20 years, and they have two teenagers and one very spoiled rescue cat named Penny. She longs to visit the places she writes about and jokes she’s a cowgirl at heart stuck in Pennsylvania suburbia. Sara Walter Ellwood is a multi-published and international Amazon bestselling author of the anthology set Cowboy Up. She also publishes paranormal romantic suspense under the pen name Cera duBois.

 

 
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BOOK BLITZ ~ Snowed In by Sarah Title ~ Giveaway

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Snowed In
A Southern Comfort Novella

By: Sarah Title

Releasing February 17th, 2015

Lyrical Press

 

 

Blurb

There’s nothing like a hot kiss on a cold day…

 

Librarian Maureen O’Connell might have predicted she’d find herself crying into the ice cream case at the supermarket after a bad breakup—but she definitely never imagined that a guy hot enough to melt the Rocky Road would flirt with her right there in the freezer aisle. Only Gavin Fraser isn’t a fantasy, he’s a mouth-watering new flavor…

 

When a freak snowstorm strands Maureen at Gavin’s after just one date, it’s a perfect excuse for something a lot steamier than hot chocolate in front of the fire. It’s definitely lust. Can it also be love?

Snowed In

Excerpt

By the time she got to the ice cream freezer, Maureen couldn’t hold it in any more. So she just let it go. Why not?

It was a Friday night. Now that she was apparently single, why not let fat, ugly tears stain her oversized, hooded sweatshirt while she stood in the ice cream aisle of the grocery store?

“There’s frozen yogurt, you know.”

Maureen jumped and turned to see . . . well, a god. He was at least a head taller than she. His brown hair was a smidge too long and curled into the collar of his flannel shirt. His jaw was strong and sharp—a man face. His dark eyebrows emphasized deep blue eyes—eyes that were looking at her with curiosity, sympathy, and, if she wasn’t mistaken, a hint of mischief.

“I’m sorry?”

“If you’re so upset about the calories, try frozen yogurt.” “Oh, no, it’s not that, it’s just—” Maureen was stammering.

Stammering in front of a god.

“Kidding.”

“Oh. Ha.” Bad jokes. Okay, so he wasn’t perfect.

“Sorry. I do my best work in produce.” Damn, that was cute. He’s definitely perfect, Maureen thought as she stood there dumbly, unable to process the perfection of his face (and those shoulders—even through his beat-up leather jacket she could see he had strong shoulders).

Not to mention the fact that a god was making bad jokes at her while she stood crying with the freezer door open.

“Can I just—” He reached around her for a pint of mint chocolate chip.

“Oh, my gosh, yes, sorry.” Maureen completed that articulate thought by backing into her shopping cart.

“Hey, easy now,” the god said as he placed a steadying hand on her arm. Even through her sweatshirt she could feel his hand was warm and strong.

“Listen, are you okay?”

“What? Yes! I’m fine.”

“It’s just that I don’t always see beautiful women crying in front of the ice cream.”

Ha. Beautiful. “Where do you usually see them crying?” He laughed. “Nowhere, if I can help it.” “Well, I don’t usually do this. I’m just a little . . . emotional,” she sniffed, wiping her nose on her sleeve. Smooth, Maureen. Real smooth.

“I can see that.”

“I didn’t mean to bother you.”

“The only thing that will bother me is if I leave this store without seeing you smile. I bet you have a great smile.” She raised an eyebrow. Was he flirting? He was pretty sure of himself. Probably came from being so perfect.

“Ah, a look of disdain,” he said. “We’re getting somewhere.

So, what’s it gonna take to make you smile?” “Maybe I just don’t feel like smiling, okay? Maybe I have nothing to smile about.”

“Did your dog die?”

“What?”

“Is that why you’re crying? Your dog?” “No, I don’t have a dog.”

“Did you lose your job?”

“No.”

“Inoperable cancer?”

“No! That’s not funny.”

“Well, what else is there to cry about?” “My boyfriend, okay? My stupid boyfriend decided after two years that he’s ‘not feeling it’ so he dumped me.” “Idiot.”

“And I was naked!”

She caught him looking her up and down, no doubt taking in her spinster sweats and frazzled hair. “Double idiot.” “Yeah, right.”

“You know what you need?”

“A hit man?”

He laughed again, quick and smooth. “No. What you need is someone to take your mind off your boyfriend. Exboyfriend.” “Are you propositioning me? In a grocery store?” He looked a little flustered, but soldiered on. “I’ve seen it dozens of times. Beautiful, sharp women dropped by undeserving idiot men. And you’re going to go home and drown your sorrows in ice cream and wonder what you did wrong.” “Are you suggesting I shouldn’t eat ice cream?” “Hey, I’ve got no problem with ice cream,” he said, indicating the pint melting in his cart. “I have a problem with you feeling bad.”

“You don’t even know me.”

“I know you’re gorgeous.”

Maureen snorted.

“Okay, almost a smile. Have a drink with me?” He took a step forward.

Maureen felt somewhere in the back of her mind that she should step back. But he smelled good, like that crisp Irish soap she loved, so she didn’t.

Instead, she matched his step forward.

“Gorgeous, huh?”

“Absolutely. I love this hair.” He fingered a blonde curl that had escaped her ponytail. “Your freckles are adorable.” He ran a finger over her cheeks. “Your lips,” he ran a thumb over her lower lip, and Maureen couldn’t take it anymore.

She took that last step, closing the distance between them, and his mouth came down to meet hers. His lips were soft and warm, and she felt his fingers gently tickle her neck as she opened her mouth to let him in.

All of her tension, all of her heartache rushed out of her the moment her tongue touched his. At first he was tentative, but she began to wrestle his mouth, fighting to get closer.

His hands moved boldly down her back, pulling her hips until she slammed into him. She threw her arms around his neck and tilted her head so he could move deeper, deeper, exploring her with teeth and tongue. She lifted her foot onto the lip of the open freezer, tipping her knee out so she cradled his hips and the impressive bulge in his jeans. She clamped her fingers in his hair to get a hold on him because she thought she was melting away and she wasn’t ready for this to be over. This was nothing like kissing Dave. This man was a complete stranger and his kiss possessed her, bewitched her more thoroughly than Dave ever had. He wrapped his arms around her waist and lifted her off her feet so she was pressed against him, molded to solid muscle. He felt so strong and so sure.

But a girl had to breathe. Reluctantly, she pulled back and he gently lowered her to the ground. She was glad to see he was as dazed and breathless as she was.

“Whoa.”

His simple exclamation, said on a swift exhale, hit her right in the gut. She had done that to him. She, disheveled and in sweatpants, had flummoxed a god.

She looked up into those deep blue eyes, still dark with passion.

And she smiled.

“I guess I do have something to smile about.”

 

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Goodreads Series Link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/121934-southern-comfort

 

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Publisher: http://www.kensingtonbooks.com/book.aspx/31026

 

Author Info

By day, Sarah Title is a (sort of) mild-mannered librarian in West Virginia, and by night, she writes funny, steamy, comfort reads. Sarah holds a B.A. in English from Vassar College and an M.L.S. from Indiana University. Her first book, Kentucky Home, was released by eKensington in April 2013. The follow-up novella, “Kentucky Christmas,” came out, surprisingly, the following December. She also contributed to the anthology, Delicious, with Lori Foster and Lucy Monroe.

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Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Website: http://www.sarahtitle.com/

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/titleauthor

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6937669.Sarah_Title

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Posted by on February 19, 2015 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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INTERVIEW with Hazel Gaynor author of A Memory of Violets ~ GIVEAWAY

Today I’m pleased to welcome author Hazel Gaynor to the blog. She agreed to sit down and answer some fun questions about herself and her latest release A Memory Of Violets : A Novel of London’s Flower Sellers. I think you’ll enjoy getting to know her a little better and learning about her book. As you know I’m a huge cover junkie and I love her book cover too :) What do you think?

After our interview, please remember to take a moment and enter her wonderful giveaway by clicking on the link :)

Let’s get started…

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1. In five sentences please tell my readers a little bit about yourself.
I am a writer, a mum to two boys and although born in England, I’ve lived in Ireland for the last thirteen years. Writing is my second career, and a wonderful one at that. My first novel, THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME, was originally self-published. I love walking, gin and my cat. My favourite movie is The Wizard of Oz and my favourite book is Wuthering Heights.
2. What color is your toothbrush?
Pink. So predictable!
3. Do you prefer an e-reader or reading “real” books on paper?
I love real, delicious, paper books. I don’t even have an e-reader! I love the feel of the physical book in my hand: textured covers, the feel of the pages, the smell of the pages … I know. I’m a little weird.
4. What genre (s) do you write?
Historical Fiction – with a touch of romance. My first novel, THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME – A Novel of the Titanic, was partly set in 1912 and partly in 1982. A MEMORY OF VIOLETS moves between the late Victorian and Edwardian eras (1876 to 1912). My next novel will be set in the 1920s.
5. Why did you choose that particular genre?
I’ve always been fascinated by history and studied the subject to A’Level at school. There’s something about bringing the past to life that really appeals to the story-teller in me. I love researching the eras I write in and can easily get lost for hours in libraries and archives. With THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME I tackled the globally well-known story of the Titanic, but from a lesser-known side of the event. A MEMORY OF VIOLETS is set around the less well-known lives of London’s flower sellers. In telling their story, I hope to have given a voice to these forgotten young girls and women.
6. What’s your favorite part of the writing process?
I love that first spark on an idea when you just cannot wait to start writing and the words and the ideas just flow. It’s a really special and precious time. Now that I’m writing my third novel, I know that phase can be over quite quickly as the self-doubt and reality of writing a whole book kicks in. I’d encourage all writers to relish those early days when you are romancing and falling in love with your story for the very first time.
7. Let’s play LUCK SEVEN…describe your book using 7 words.
Flowers. Victorians. Sisters. Lost. Found. Love. Forgiveness.
8. What’s the first sentence from your book?
First:
Mammy once told me that all flowers are beautiful, but some are more beautiful than others.

Now the last?
Last:
I hold her had tight in mine, and we rush toward the beautiful, beautiful light.
9. What makes your book stand out from others in the same genre?
Gosh. That’s a really tough question because I admire so many other authors writing in this genre. I would love to think that in writing A MEMORY OF VIOLETS I have shared an untold story of a forgotten part of our past and that through my writing and my characters, the reader will step into the past and the story will stay with them long after ‘THE END’

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10. Did you have to do a lot of research for this book and if so how did you go about it?
Yes! Loads! There is no other way to write a historical novel than to throw yourself into the era and become as familiar with it as you possibly can. It was through researching the lives of London’s flower sellers that I found the true story of a man called John Groom and the many blind, orphaned and disabled young children and women who he took off the streets and provided homes and employment for making artificial flowers. Their work became widely known in London and eventually reached the attention of Queen Alexandra – great-great-grandmother to the current Queen Elizabeth II. The very first Queen Alexandra Rose Day was held in June 1912, and the charity still exists today.
Having blended fact and fiction in my debut novel, THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME (set around the sinking of RMS Titanic), it felt natural to approach A MEMORY OF VIOLETS in a similar way, retelling the story of London’s flower sellers through my fictional interpretation of actual events. Of particular help to me was time spent at the London Metropolitan Archives, where I gathered a vast amount of information about John Groom’s Flower Homes in London and his ‘Flower Village’ orphanage in Clacton on the South coast of England. From newspaper reports, photographs, business ledgers, personal letters and other fascinating items from the period, I developed a real sense of these young girls and women and what it meant to them to have been given an opportunity to improve their circumstances in life.
11. Did anything surprise you about the publishing process?
I’ve been genuinely surprised at how supportive other writers are to each other. I had expected it to be more competitive, but I’ve met the kindest, friendliest people through writing and being published and have felt genuinely supported and encouraged by writers I have never met in person, as well as those I am lucky to know well and call my friends. Writing can seem like a very strange and elusive career to those who aren’t doing it! Writers can understand and appreciate what other writers are going through and maybe that’s why we can stand back and respect each other for doing what we do. Personally, I’m so happy for another writer when I see them achieving great things.
12. Would you give us a sneak peek into what your current WIP is?
I’m in the early stages of writing my third novel, THE MUSE, which is set in post-war London of the roaring twenties during the turbulent times of the Bright Young Things. The novel is about the rise of a young woman from chambermaid at the glamorous Savoy hotel to renowned stage star. I’m really enjoying researching and writing in this era where social boundaries – particularly for women – where in a state of flux. I’m excited to see the book and my characters coming together.

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A Memory of Violets:

A Novel of London’s Flower Sellers

By: Hazel Gaynor

Releasing February 3rd, 2015

William Morrow

 Blurb

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Hazel Gaynor comes a beautiful historical novel about Tilly Harper, a young woman who finds the diary of an orphaned flower seller who was separated from her sister in Victorian England, and her journey to learn the fate of the long lost sisters. Gaynor’s research into the events that inspire her novels is outstanding, and the world of the Victorian flower sellers on the streets of London in the late 1800s is utterly fascinating.

In 1912, twenty-one-year-old Tilly Harper leaves her sheltered home in the Lake District for a position as assistant housemother at Mr. Shaw’s Home for Watercress and Flower Girls in London. Orphaned and crippled girls wander the twisted streets with posies of violets and cress to sell to the passing ladies and gentleman, and the Flower Homes provide a place for them to improve their lives of hardship.
When Tilly arrives at Mr. Shaw’s safe haven, she discovers a diary that tells the story of Florrie, a young Irish flower girl who died of a broken heart after being separated from her sister Rosie. Tilly makes it her mission to find out what happened to young Rosie, and in the process learns about the workings of her own heart.

 

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Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21936857-a-memory-of-violets?from_search=true

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IndieBound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9780062316899

Author Info

Hazel Gaynor’s 2014 debut novel THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME – A Novel of the Titanic was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. A MEMORY OF VIOLETS is her second novel.

Hazel writes a popular guest blog ‘Carry on Writing’ for national Irish writing website writing.ie and contributes regular feature articles for the site, interviewing authors such as Philippa Gregory, Sebastian Faulks, Cheryl Strayed, Rachel Joyce and Jo Baker, among others.

Hazel was the recipient of the 2012 Cecil Day Lewis award for Emerging Writers and was selected by Library Journal as one of Ten Big Breakout Authors for 2015. She appeared as a guest speaker at the Romantic Novelists’ Association and Historical Novel Society annual conferences in 2014.

Originally from Yorkshire, England, Hazel now lives in Ireland with her husband and two children.

For more information, visit Hazel’s website at http://www.hazelgaynor.com/ or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/hazelgaynorbooks or follow her on Twitter @HazelGaynor

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Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Website: http://www.hazelgaynor.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hazelgaynorbooks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/HazelGaynor

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5774172.Hazel_Gaynor

 

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Posted by on February 17, 2015 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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BOOK BLITZ ~ Meet Me At The Beach by VK Skyes ~ Giveaway

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Meet Me at the Beach
Seashell Bay # 1
By: V.K. Sykes
Releasing February 24th, 2015
Grand Central / Forever

Blurb

YOU CAN’T STOP A RISING TIDE

When Lily Doyle spots her high school crush Aiden Flynn on the inbound ferry, she knows trouble is about to dock in Seashell Bay. And not just because he’s more handsome than ever. If Aiden’s in town, the rumors must be true about his family’s plan to sell their coastal land to the highest bidder. But Lily will do whatever it takes to convince the hottest guy on the beach to protect their idyllic island home.

Gorgeous Lily Doyle was the only thing Aiden missed after he escaped from his hometown to play pro baseball. Now all Aiden wants is to wrap up the business deal and get back to his life, not relive a past that still haunts him. But as memories rush in about the night of passion he and Lily shared long ago, everything else washes right out to sea-everything except the desire that still burns between them.

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EXCERPT

He gave her a lazy grin that curled its way right down between her thighs.

Lord, the man could smile.

“Lily, have you ever known me to back down from any kind of challenge?” he asked.

She’d been counting on that, but not on the predatory heat in his gorgeous, dark eyes. He looked as if he was hoping she would suggest a wild night of strip poker as her next challenge. Now that would be a disaster. Getting a look at Aiden Flynn’s naked body would be as dangerous as going out on the Miss Annie in a winter gale.

Bram was practically standing on his tiptoes behind his brother as he strained to eavesdrop. Micah started to move forward and Morgan scrambled after him, ready to run a little interference.

“You always loved watching the lobster boat races, right, Aiden?” Lily asked.

Every summer, up and down the Maine coast, various harbors hosted the races. Aiden’s father had often raced his boat, though never once had the bastard allowed either of his boys to go with him. He’d been determined, she suspected, to keep any glory to himself.

“Sure,” Aiden said, suddenly wary. “Who doesn’t?”

Lily gave him an easy smile. “Well, the Seashell Bay races are this weekend, and I’ll be racing my boat.”

When Aiden’s jaw tightened, she knew he’d caught her drift. “So?” he said.

“So, even though it hasn’t raced in a while, I figure your dad’s boat might still be one of the fastest out there. Right, Bram?”

Bram looked as stunned as a deer caught in headlights. “Uh, you know Dad can’t race anymore, and neither can I.”

“No, but this big, strong professional athlete surely can,” Lily said, pouring on the sugar. “Do you think you could beat me, Aiden? Could you outrace a girl?”

Aiden let his thoughtful gaze roam over her. As always, he wouldn’t rush to answer. “Let’s just say for a moment that I agree to this little idea of yours,” he finally said. “What kind of bet are we talking about? What would I win when I whip your butt?”

Oh, I think you’d like to spank my butt, wouldn’t you? Lily forced that too-enticing image from her mind.

“Well, I was thinking the loser could grant the winner a wish. Say, something that involved a personal service.” She tried for as much sexual innuendo as she could without going completely hot with embarrassment, hoping he would take the bait.

“Come on, Flynn. You’re going to take that bet, right?” Micah needled, taking an aggressive, wide-legged stance. “Or has the Boy Wonder just come home to sign away his heritage and hustle back to the big city again?”

Crap. Lily had to repress the urge to smack Micah upside the head. If the well-intentioned loyalist of the Doyle clan managed to mess up her plans, she’d kill him.

“Micah, come on. You know that’s not the way we do things in Seashell Bay,” she said in a firm voice. “Aiden will always be one of us.”

Her friend grimaced but remained silent as he glared at Aiden.

Aiden’s balled fists slowly opened, and he turned his gaze from Micah to Lily. He let the silence between them drag on for too long but then nodded. “I appreciate that, Lily. And if you want me to take a shot at the races, fine. As long as Irish Lady is up to it.” He glanced back at his brother. “Can we get the old girl in shape by the weekend?”

If there was one thing the Flynns had in quantity it was pride, so it was no surprise when Bram started to look enthusiastic. “It’ll take some work, but damn right we can, bro. And it’ll be great to kick some Doyle ass again, even one as sweet as Lil’s.”

Though Aiden was still looking wary and skeptical, Lily had been right in thinking he couldn’t refuse the challenge. Especially from a girl, and worse yet, a Doyle.

But Mr. Aiden Flynn had no idea what he was getting himself into. After all, she’d won her class in the Seashell Bay boat races for the past two years.

And he’d be in for an even bigger surprise when she finally laid out the penalty for losing.

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Author Info

V.K. Sykes is really two people – Vanessa Kelly and Randy Sykes, a husband and wife team who write USA Today Bestselling contemporary romance and also romantic suspense. Randy excels at plot and characterization, but tends to fall down on the job when it comes to that pesky old thing called emotion. That’s where Vanessa steps in. She usually writes the sex scenes too, since Randy is a bit uncomfortable when it comes to that sort of stuff. Vanessa also writes award-winning Regency-set historical romance for Kensington Zebra under her own name. You can check out Vanessa’s bestselling historical romances at http://www.vanessakellyauthor.com

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

 

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BOOK BLAST ~ His Wicked Celtic Kiss by Karyn Gerrard ~ Giveaway

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It took just one teasing wink and a sexy Irish lilt from bad boy Lorcan Byrne to turn Julie Denison’s world upside down. The problem is, he’s only in town for six months, and happily ever after isn’t in this world traveler’s vocabulary.

Julie’s worked hard to get her life in a good place—dropping substantial weight and getting a great job at her friend’s bakery. But this handsome charmer is just as tempting as any of the decadent pastries she sells, and she can’t resist his advances for long. Julie fully expects Lorcan to break her heart—but she’s planning to enjoy every second she can of their explosive chemistry.

After years of danger as a soldier and a spy, Lorcan fled to tiny Rockland, Maryland for some boring downtime. He didn’t count on meeting someone who could ignite his libido and soothe his damaged heart, and their passion soon leads to deeper feelings. But can Julie convince Lorcan he has more to offer her than just his wicked Celtic kiss?

HIS WICKED CELTIC KISS (Book #2)
 
THE WICKED BAD (Book #1)

“Julie. You look beautiful,” he whispered
with awe. The smile slid from her face and her lip trembled. Oh, damn. What did I say? He wasn’t lying. He held out his hand,
she took it and stood. “You’ve done your hair. Like ribbons of golden sun.” He
dropped her hand and stepped close so her breasts brushed against his chest. He
bit back a groan, then framed her face and stroked her flushed cheeks with his
thumbs. A sheen of moisture glittered in her beautiful eyes. “Brings out those
adorable gold flecks in your lovely eyes, darlin’.” 
  “Thank you,” she murmured. Her vulnerable response touched him in a
deep uncharted area of his heart. He lowered his head and tilted her face up.
“I’ve been aching to do this since that night at the pub. Indulge me. Only a
taste.” His lips barely touched hers, but it sent roaring heat to all parts of
his body. Lorcan suddenly had a vision of sprawling her across the counter and
plunging himself into her feminine heat. Where did that come from? Just from an
innocent kiss? He didn’t dare suckle those lips any more or he’d lose all
control. He stepped back.
 Julie’s eyes were closed and her lips still
slightly puckered. A slight whimper of protest came from her when he moved
away. “Thank you.” Lorcan smiled broadly. “You’re welcome. You’d best
prepare yourself, Julie. Whenever we find ourselves alone like this, I will be
kissing you. You’ll never know when it’s coming or just how wicked it will be.”
 Her eyes snapped opened. “Wicked?”  “Aye, I’ve been told I’ve a wicked
kiss.” He winked at her. “Shall we head out? Nick recommended this place so if
it’s no bloody good, we can blame him.”
 Julie smiled and nodded. He took her hand. Simmering flame, bloody
hell.
 

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Karyn lives in a small town in the western corner of Ontario, Canada. She whiles away her spare time writing and reading romance while drinking copious amounts of Earl Grey tea. Tortured heroes are a must. A multi-published author with a few bestsellers under her belt, Karyn loves to write in different genres and time periods, though historicals and contemporaries are her favorite.

As long as she can avoid being hit by a runaway moose in her wilderness paradise she assumes everything is golden.

Karyn’s been happily married for a long time to her own hero. His encouragement keeps her moving forward.

 

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2015 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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BOOK BLAST ~ Heaven Sent by Tania Sparks ~ Giveaway

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Ash and Eve were high school sweethearts who were very much in love. But fate intervened and they were torn apart when Ash got an opportunity of a lifetime to become part of an up-and-coming hard rock band called Oblivion.

He went away on tour and the band ultimately became very successful. Eve stayed back at college to make the most of her scholarship and complete her business studies degree. They tried to make their relationship work long-distance, but were unsuccessful, leaving them both devastated and heart broken. Neither of them ever got over each other.

Seven years later they have a surprise chance meeting, neither of them can deny the strong pull they still have towards each other and they can’t resist the sizzling chemistry that continues to exist between them. They decide to try and rekindle their relationship.

This is a story about the fun times that Ash and Eve have rediscovering each other, but it’s also about the struggles and challenges of them trying to merge two very different lifestyles. What obstacles will be thrown their way? And will they be able to make it work this time or will history repeat itself and tear them apart again?

Warning: This story is a rock star erotic romance. It contains hot rock stars, sizzling sexual encounters and language that you would expect from heavy rock musicians used to a life of sex, booze and rock and roll.

 
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The first thing you need to know about me is that I genuinely believe in true love and soul mates. I met my wonderful husband when we were still at school. I was sixteen, he was seventeen, we are high school sweethearts. Now more than twenty five years later, we are still very much in love and are happily married with two beautiful children. We live in picturesque New Zealand and I consider ourselves lucky to live in this magnificent part of the world.

I do have a full time job, but in my spare minutes I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking and reading. I’m an avid reader and tend to chomp through a large volume of books, mainly in the romance genre. And of course my other major ‘hobby’ is writing steamy rock star erotic romances!

I started writing in early 2014. After spending many years writing business documentation, and constantly being inspired by numerous romance novels, I decided to try my hand at fictional writing. After penning my first scene I discovered that I enjoyed it immensely and so resolved to continue with the rest of the story that was swirling in my imagination. That story resulted in my first novel, Heaven Sent.

My Oblivion on Tour Series follows the five band members of the hard rock group Oblivion. Each book in the series follows a different band member and their quest for love. I hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoy writing them.


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BOLT FROM THE BLUE
Oblivion on Tour #2
Coming Feb 27th, 2015
 
 

 

 
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