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Special Guest Sarah Ballance author of The Marriage Agenda

Hello Readers! Please help me welcome good friend, author extraordinaire, and girl with a new release Sarah Ballance! Sarah is a talented writer and her newest release, which officially hits shelves tomorrow 8/18/2014 is a MUST READ book. I’ve read it from cover to cover and I know once you check out one of Sarah’s books you’ll be hooked. She has an amazing way of putting words together to tell a story. And, the book is also getting AMAZING pre-release reviews on Goodreads. Congrats Sarah!!!

Now, let’s move on to the cover! LOVE. THIS. COVER. So much so I had to put it into the post twice…lol

Yes, I’m having a major fan-girl moment and the best part is that it’s for a good friend :)

Take it away Sarah and congrats on your latest release with Entangled Publishing!!! ***throwing confetti***

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Every now and then a book will catch people by surprise. I’m guessing it’s not so often that the person in question is the author, but as I sit here still somewhat dazed by the fact that my name somehow found itself on the cover of this book, I am SO that person.

I. Am. On. The. Floor.

Truth is, the publication of this book is more than just a dream realized…it’s a whole bunch of milestones crammed into one totally amazing package that has pretty much changed my writing life. Here’s why.

1. The Marriage Agenda practically starts off with sex. I have never started a book with sex before, and I’ve never had a single encounter last more than one chapter. (ERMAGERD.) But what I really love is what happens between Knox and Chloe is SO THEM. It’s not a meaningless event, and it’s not something that would happen to anyone else. It belongs to these characters, and it wrote itself. I never knew sex could do that. I never knew *I* could, and it feels SO GOOD.

2. Speaking of sex, ever since I was introduce to the term “purple prose” (think Fabio-esque 80s bodice rippers and phrases such as love tool and gilded pleasure sleeve) I have had a secret desire to sneak one such phrase into one of my books. And y’all, I DID. My favorite purple prose ever is within the pages of The Marriage Agenda, and I smile every time I think of it. J (And lest you think my editor was asleep on the job, let me assure you it was not said in a moment of passion. It was more of a well-flung insult, but hey, it’s there!)

3. I have never, ever made so many changes to a book without killing it. The first draft of The Marriage Agenda was a novella and bears little resemblance to the published version, save for the opening scene and subsequent encounter (which initially had a completely different ending). Even after I lengthened the story, I had to rearrange several scenes. This is significant because I have never before made sweeping changes to a manuscript, much less cohesively. This was one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced as a writer, and as such, it stands as one of my biggest accomplishments.

4. This book is ME. Not in the literal sense (my 17-year marriage isn’t likely to make the pages of a romance novel, lol), but the snark and humor and banter and ALL THE THINGS represent my real life voice. For once I stopped worrying what people would think and I just wrote…and you know what? I freaking love the results. And being able to admit that is my biggest accomplishment of them all.

 

THE MARRIAGE AGENDA – only 99 cents for a limited time

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There’s a scandal brewing in Washington…

 

Knox Hamilton wants his father’s recently vacated Senate seat, but the only way his conservative constituents are going to vote for Knox is if he loses his playboy reputation. Which means Knox needs a wife. There’s only one woman with whom he’s willing to share his life, but after the way he broke things off with her, will she give him another chance?

Chloe Lochlan’s job is on the line. If she doesn’t grab a big headline, she’ll be ousted from her gig at the major newspaper where she works as a reporter. Knox’s offer of marriage chills her to the bone. He already crushed her heart once and she has no intention of letting it happen again. But being with him gives her the kind of access to top tier social events rarely granted to media, access that could land her the story of a lifetime. When the truth she uncovers threatens to destroy the man she still loves, will she bury the story…or his career?

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  • Title: THE MARRIAGE AGENDA
  • Author: Sarah Ballance
  • Genre: Contemporary Romance
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing
  • Release Date: August 18, 2014
  • ISBN 13: 9781633750524
  • Available format(s): ebook

Sarah Ballance

Sarah and her husband of what he calls “many long, long years” live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they’re asleep. She never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom, she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. (As it turns out, her characters aren’t much better than the kids). To learn more about her work in contemporary, historical, and supernatural romance and romantic suspense, please stalk accordingly.

FIND THE AUTHOR HERE:   @SarahBallance     Facebook      Website     Good Reads     Pinterest

Excerpt

“I’ve never kissed anyone in the rain.”

Chloe swallowed. “Maybe you’ve never found the right person.”

His gaze fell to her lips. “Maybe I have.”

“We are two hours from home and it’s officially pouring. Don’t even think about it.”

He stood, pulling her up with him. “Is that a refusal?”

“It’s common sense.”

“Common sense is not actually wanting a splinter in your foot.” He maneuvered her near the railing, where a few errant drops found their way through the greenery and splattered the floor boards. “How’s this?”

She didn’t answer, which was apparently answer enough. He tugged her closer. For an endless moment, he did nothing but look. Then he threaded his fingers through her hair and leaned down, kissing her so softly she wondered if she had imagined the pressure, but there was no denying the effects. Her pulse raced, her heart stumbled, and her hands shook. Chill bumps pebbled her bare arms. Just the rain. But it wasn’t, and she knew it.

“Live up to your expectations?” she murmured.

The water weighted the rose branches and filled the blooms. “I know the home-and-garden gig was a bit of a blow to you,” he said softly, ignoring her question, “but it’s not so far from who you are. Is it?”

Chloe stared at him, surprised by his conclusion. How had she never seen it? She didn’t answer him.

She couldn’t.

He brushed back her hair and smiled. “Ready to go home?”

She looked around at the house. The porch. The storm.

The man she loved.

Words escaped her, emotion choking her. She nodded.

He took her hand and led her to the steps. The rain fell heavily, and they’d left the windows down. It would be a wet ride home.

“Ready to make a run for it?”

She nodded again, and despite her bittersweet emotions, she couldn’t help but laugh when they jumped and the lukewarm water sluiced over her. They ran to the car, holding hands like kids, and were within a few feet of its shelter when Knox stopped and drew her around. Before she’d managed the first word of protest, his mouth was on hers. Rain sheeted, soaking them both, but in the circle of his arms, Chloe didn’t care. He cradled her head with one hand and the small of her back with the other, pulling her closer as he deepened the kiss. Breathless moments passed. When they broke free, neither one moved. Then he kissed her again, slowly and gently, despite the torrent, and his smile was genuine.

Even with the wet hair and clothes plastered to his skin, he couldn’t have looked any better. The reason didn’t hit her at first, but then that crooked grin traced his lips and she knew. For the first time since he’d left her months earlier, Knox Hamilton had taken a step far more important than inviting her into his world.

He’d fit into hers.

 

 

 

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Special Guest ~ Sophie Barnes author of The Danger in Tempting an Earl ~ Giveaway

Please help me welcome author Sophie Barnes. Sophie is sharing a wonderful post about her life as an author. I enjoyed getting to learn more about her and I think you will too :)

She’s also sharing her latest release The Danger in Tempting an Earl. Don’t you just love the cover?

After checking out her latest, please enter her awesome giveaway! You don’t want to miss out :)

Happy reading :)

Take it away Sophie…

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My Life As An Author

 

As demanding and time consuming as it is for me to be a full-time author, I wouldn’t trade my job for any other. It’s the best and most rewarding job I’ve ever had (not counting that of being a parent of course) and I absolutely love it! As soon as the kids leave the house in the morning and head off to school for the day, I settle down to write, adding somewhere between 1500 and 3000 words to my manuscript each day. This means 3-5 hours of non-stop writing per day, and since I don’t have an assistant, there’s also plenty of social networking to manage, like facebook posts, giveaways, newsletters to set up, website updates, tweets to send out and of course my email correspondence. Sometimes edits will overlap with my current work in progress which of course will add to the work load. Right now I’m putting a lot of work into my upcoming release while working on the second book in my new series so it will be ready by October 1st. Meanwhile, I also want to spend time with my kids who are on summer vacation and with my husband when he has time off work. Needless to say, our house isn’t always the neatest house in the world and the weeds do sometimes get free reign of the garden, because as much as I love gardening, there comes a time when I simply have to admit that I can’t do it all and that I have to prioritize. So I do what I love the most: I spend time with my family and I write the stories I want to share with the world. In between, I try to read a book or watch a movie while ignoring the dust mites under the couch and the pile of laundry that’s forever taunting me. Perhaps a solution would be to slow down a bit, but I can’t seem to do that either because the stories are stubborn creatures that want to be told as fast as possible =)

But being an author isn’t just about sitting at home and typing away all day either. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some wonderful people along the way – extraordinary people really – like my editors, publicists, fellow authors and readers. Participating in RWA last year was such an incredible experience. I wish I could have gone this year as well, but hopefully I’ll make it to NYC next year instead. Never in my life have I met a group of friendlier or more helpful group of people than those who make up the romance community – a community I feel honored to be a part of.

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Blurb

Lucien Marvaine never thought he was good enough for Katherine. As the younger son of an earl, he didn’t have a title or prospects. Then fate steps in and gives him a second chance, and this new Earl of Roxbury is determined to make the beautiful Kate his own . . . one touch . . . one kiss at a time.

Katherine never thought of herself as a temptress, certainly not with Lucien. Why, she’s known him almost all her life! Yet as she waltzes in Lucien’s arms at the Kingsborough Ball, she can’t help but be drawn to him. Has he always been this hard and masculine? And where did those dimples come from? Kate is not looking for a husband . . . but how can she not surrender to Lucien’s charms when love is at stake?

 

Link to Follow Tour: http://tastybooktours.blogspot.com/2014/06/now-booking-tasty-virtual-tour-for_18.html

 

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18753716-the-danger-in-tempting-an-earl

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Danger-Tempting-Earl-Kingsborough-Ball-ebook/dp/B00GFZY0OG/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=8-1&qid=1388848559

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-danger-in-tempting-an-earl-sophie-barnes/1117322921?ean=9780062245113&itm=1&usri=the+danger+in+tempting+an+earl

 

Author Info

Born in Denmark, Sophie Barnes spent her youth traveling with her parents to wonderful places all around the world. She’s lived in five different countries, on three different continents, and speaks Danish, English, French, Spanish, and Romanian. But, most impressive of all, she’s been married to the same man three times—in three different countries and in three different dresses.

When she’s not busy dreaming up her next romance novel, Sophie enjoys spending time with her family, swimming, cooking, gardening, watching romantic comedies and, of course, reading.

Sophie Barnes

Author Links

http://www.sophiebarnes.com/

https://twitter.com/BarnesSophie

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSophieBarnes

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5400052.Sophie_Barnes

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*Avon is hosting a Tour Wide Giveaway for Two Copies of THE SCANDAL IN KISSING AN HEIR by Sophie Barnes*

*ALSO “The complete Kingsborough Ball collection (autographed), a black masquerade mask, a Croft & Barrow jewelry set, a grey silk shawl, bookmarks and magnets”*

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

 

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What to Read Wednesday with T.J. Kline and giveaway

Another Wednesday already! Seems like we have one each week. lol Thank you for joining me for What to Read Wednesday :) Please help me welcome Avon author T.J. Kline. She’s sharing her journey to publication followed by her latest release The Cowboy and the Angel. I love this cover and the blurb!

And don’t forget to enter T.J.’s fabulous giveaway. Links are at the end of the post.

Take it away T.J…

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My Journey to Publication

Every author will have a different story to tell and our journeys to the bookshelves and e-readers will vary as much as our fingerprints. Mine is also a one-of-a-kind story. Settle in and grab your beverage of choice while I wait for my caramel macchiato. Ah, there it is…

Like any good story, this one doesn’t begin at the beginning. It begins in the middle with a woman, exhausted by family obligations, a career she enjoys but no longer loves and a dream she carried in her heart since childhood. And like most dreams, this one had been shelved several times. Either the timing wasn’t right, or there was no time at all. For whatever reason, whatever circumstance that demanded attention, the dream of being an author settled into the darkest corners of her heart. Until one October, for no particular reason, she decided that now was the time to take part in NaNoWriMo (short for National Novel Writing Month). This was the year to complete a manuscript and publish it.

In the previous twelve months, she’d ventured out into self-publishing and had published two inspirational novels but they’d been written over several years. Could she really write an entire novel (or most of one) in a month? It started well but fizzled out quickly. By the end of the second week, there were less than 7000 words on the page. Ready to give up, she had a glass of wine and read over the work in progress. It wasn’t bad. In fact, it was pretty good. She persevered and, even when she had to write over 4000 words in a day to finish, celebrated life as a NaNoWriMo winner at the end of the 30 days.

But now what? As a winner, a screen appeared announcing that Avon Impulse would skip the slush pile for any NaNo winner. Why not? She polished and perfected, until it shown brightly, like the stars in the night sky. She sent off the email and promptly forgot about it. Not the “it’s forgotten but really in the back of my mind” kind of forgotten but the “what manuscript” sort of forgotten.

Almost five months later, she saw an email from Avon. Her first thought was that she didn’t buy any makeup from Avon. Then, reading the subject line, she realized this had nothing to do with makeup or perfume. This was an acceptance from a publisher – a BIG publisher – and they wanted her manuscript. They loved it!

A few telephone conversations later, several contract documents signed and, now, four manuscripts later with Avon Impulse, the rest is contemporary romance history (at least in my mind). But don’t worry, there is more to come!

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Blurb

From our NaNoWriMo author T. J. Kline comes the stunning follow up to RODEO QUEEN. When a sexy cowboy falls for a not-so-angelic reporter, secrets and sparks abound.

Reporter Angela McCallister needs the scoop of her career in order to save her father from his bad decisions that have depleted their savings. When the chance to spend a week at the Findley Brothers ranch arises, she sees a chance to get a behind-the-scenes scoop on rodeo. That certainly doesn’t include kissing the devastatingly handsome and charming cowboy, Derek Chandler, who insists on calling her angel.

Derek has a rodeo to run and a chip on his shoulder. He has no time for the fiery woman who is clearly hiding something. But for some reason he can’t keep his hands off of her. Their connection is instant and explosive but Angela’s secrets could threaten his family and Derek needs to prove that he’s not the irresponsible kid brother anymore.

When the rodeo dust has settled, will the Cowboy and his Angel allow themselves to give in to the attraction that threatens to consume them both?

Link to Follow Tour: http://tastybooktours.blogspot.com/2014/06/now-booking-tasty-virtual-tour-for_9536.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22493055-the-cowboy-and-the-angel

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Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JZOX5CM/ref=cm_sw_su_dp?tag=avonromancehc-20

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-cowboy-and-the-angel-t-j-kline/1119471859?cm_mmc=affiliates-_-linkshare-_-mdxm68jzjz8-_-10%3a1&ean=9780062370075&isbn=9780062370075&r=1

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-cowboy-and-the-angel-4?utm_source=linkshare_us&utm_medium=Affiliate&utm_campaign=linkshare_us&siteID=MdXm68JZJz8-ZNNsDrsxVS8YoMK7PeFdLw

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-cowboy-and-the-angel/id870615758?mt=11

 

Author Info

T. J. Kline was raised competing in rodeos and Rodeo Queen competitions since the age of 14 and has thorough knowledge of the sport as well as the culture involved. She has written several articles about rodeo for small periodicals, as well as a more recent how-to article for RevWriter, and has published a nonfiction health book and two inspirational fiction titles under the name Tina Klinesmith. She is also an avid reader and book reviewer for both Tyndale and Multnomah. In her spare time, she can be found laughing hysterically with her husband, children, and their menagerie of pets in Northern California.

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Author Links

http://tinaklinesmith.com/

https://www.facebook.com/TKlinesmith

https://twitter.com/TinaKlinesmith

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7379969.T_J_Kline

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Posted by on August 13, 2014 in What to Read Wednesday

 

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So…I read this book

Happy Monday!

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

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

I’m not a professional reviewer or anything like that. I’m choosing to share some of the books I’ve enjoyed on my site. I enjoy just about every genre, so I’ll be all over the board :)

Today, I’d like to share JUST A KISS (An It’s in His Kiss Novella) by Ally Broadfield. This is a historical romance.

MY REVIEW:

This was a quick read that I really enjoyed. From the first page I was curious about the characters. Charlotte the heroine was instantly a favorite. She was a strong young woman of her era, not just a wallflower or a quiet mouse, she tended to do and speak her mind. But she did it all with style and the occasional spark of humor.

The hero of the story is Sebastian. Just the name does it for me. I can easily picture a noble gentlemen who loves and dotes on his grandmother, but at the same time as a reputation as a ladies man. Again, this character had a sense of humor and a quirky habit of making up words to describe feelings or instances that weren’t easily described.

My favorite secondary character was Sebastian’s grandmother. I think she was a woman ahead of her time, kind of like Charlotte.

The fun part about this short little story was that Sebastian and Charlotte started out as friends who were both in the same predictament. They each had a season to find a spouse. Charlotte’s story was more of a hard luck case, and Sebastian seemed to accept his fate in finding a wife to please his grandmother. In their attempt to help each other they grow close, share several fun meetings with engaging dialogue and easily pictured settings, and a romance is sparked.

I won’t give away to much of this well written story. My suggestion is to grab a copy yourself and get lost between the pages. You won’t regret it.

 

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Charlotte Lightwood has one season to find a husband or she’ll be forced to marry her guardian’s loathsome cousin. With no title or dowry, she doesn’t have much hope of making a good match. Sebastian Wilkinson, the Earl of Marley, has been the most eligible bachelor on the marriage mart for more years than he cares to count and is very aware of his duty to marry a woman who will add to the wealth and stature of his title.

Sebastian makes Charlotte an offer she can’t refuse: he will pretend to court her to help her attract more suitors in exchange for her advice about which ladies he should pursue. As they work together, their mutual attraction grows. When they realize they just might be perfect for one another, they must decide whether to bow to the dictates of society or follow their hearts.

 

Information:

Title: Just a Kiss (It’s in His Kiss novella)
Author: Ally Broadfield
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 137 pages
Release Date: April 2014
ISBN: 978-1-62266-382-8
Imprint: Edge

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2014 in So...I read this book

 

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BOOK BLAST ~ I Adored a Lord by Katharine Ashe ~ Giveaway

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Blurb

She’s intended for his brother. He’s destined for adventure. Then a dangerous mystery throws them together, and all they want is each other.

All that clever, passionate Ravenna Caulfield wants is to stay far away from high society’s mean girls.

All that handsome, heroic Lord Vitor Courtenay wants is to dash from dangerous adventure to adventure.

Now, snowbound in a castle with a bevy of the ton’s scheming maidens all competing for a prince’s hand in marriage, Ravenna’s worst nightmare has come true. Now, playing babysitter to a spoiled prince and his potential brides, Vitor is champing at the bit to be gone.

When a stolen kiss in a stable leads to a corpse in a suit of armor, a canine kidnapping, and any number of scandalous liaisons, Ravenna and Vitor find themselves wrapped in a mystery they’re perfectly paired to solve. But as for the mysteries of love and sex, Vitor’s not about to let Ravenna escape until he’s gotten what he desires…

Link to Follow Tour: http://tastybooktours.blogspot.com/2014/06/now-booking-tasty-virtual-tour-for-i.html

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18755792-i-adored-a-lord?ac=1

 I Aodred a Lord

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/I-Adored-Lord-Prince-Catchers-ebook/dp/B00GFZW4GM/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=1-1-catcorr&qid=1393436231

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/i-adored-a-lord-katharine-ashe/1117322990?ean=9780062229830

iBook: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/i-adored-a-lord/id738408889?mt=11

 

Author Info

Award-winning, best-selling author KATHARINE ASHE writes intensely lush historical romance, including How To Be a Proper Lady, among Amazon’s 10 Best Books of 2012 in Romance, and eight other acclaimed novels set in the era of the British Empire. With the publication of her debut novel in 2010, she earned a spot among the American Library Association’s “New Stars of Historical Romance.” She was a nominee for the 2013 Library of Virginia Literary Award in Fiction, and in 2011 she won the coveted Reviewers’ Choice Award for Best Historical Romantic Adventure. Katharine is also a finalist for the 2014 RITA® Award, the highest honor in the romance fiction industry, for How To Marry A Highlander.

She lives in the wonderfully warm Southeast with her beloved husband, son, dog, and a garden she likes to call romantic rather than unkempt. A professor of European History at Duke University, Katharine writes fiction because she thinks modern readers deserve high adventure and breathtaking sensuality too. For more about her books, please visit her at www.KatharineAshe.com.

Katharine Ashe

Author Links

https://twitter.com/KatharineAshe

http://www.katharineashe.com./

https://www.facebook.com/KatharineAsheAuthor

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3145688.Katharine_Ashe

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

 

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