Monday, May 30, 2016

Cover Vote

I am working on a new mystery/romance series. The main character finds lost pets for a living. The first book will be called The Lost Great Dane. Below are three covers that I am considering. I would love to know your opinion.





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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sunday Quote

To celebrate Mother's Day, this month's Sunday Quotes will be about mothers. 


Friday, May 27, 2016

May Giveaway

This month's giveaway is an eBook copy of Notice Me (Holton Series #2). You may enter each day, but please note that entering the giveaway will also register you to receive my quarterly newsletter. You may unsubscribe at any time. Good Luck! 


Andrew Moore has always thought of Victoria as family.  She is his best friend’s little sister and his little sister’s best friend, but recently something has changed.  Andrew is thinking about Victoria in a completely different way.  She will never fit into his quiet, conservative world. They are too different to have a future together, but he cannot stop noticing her.

Victoria Carson has been in love with Andrew since her sixteenth birthday, but Andrew never noticed her as anything other than the girl next door.  She fled from her hometown so that she wouldn’t have to watch Andrew build a life with someone else.  But things have changed.  Andrew is now a widower, and Victoria has returned home.  It is time to make him notice her.



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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Forever and One Week by Caroline Cairn

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Forever and One WeekForever and One Week (Spirits of Saoradh #2)
by Caroline Cairn
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: 24 April, 2016

Blurb:
The Spirits of Saoradh, who carry the guilt of a crime they committed when they were alive, now spend their ghostly days in the Void, dark nothingness where time and space are distorted. Until they get bound to a human. As often as needed, that human can call them to the real world, ask them to grant a wish, then send them back to the Void. The Spirits also have to follow strict rules or be punished, unaware that they can earn their redemption through a selfless sacrifice.

Spirit Logan despises the obedience he has to show to his humans, and prefers the enjoyable solitude of the Void. For three years, he has managed to threaten them into severing their bond, thus having his memory wiped of their existence. Except his latest human, an emotionless woman with a secret past, isn’t scared of him. Worse, she doesn’t care about his ability to make wishes come true.

Tessa, a twenty-six-year-old nursery teacher in Fort William, Scotland, doesn’t expect a sullen ghost only she can see and touch to burst through her solid defences. Both dismayed and intrigued, she offers Logan a deal he can’t refuse: to live with her in the human world for one week, at the end of which she will agree to release him.

Slowly, Tessa braves through the safety of her detachment towards people to show Logan some kindness. But the more her feelings deepen, the more Logan increases his distance…
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Forever HersForever Hers (Spirits of Saoradh #1)
by Caroline Cairn
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Age category: Adult
Release Date: November 27, 2015

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Feisty twenty-four-year old Holly, or Miss Greedy as her friends call her, receives a wooden cube as a gift from an enigmatic elderly lady who happens to be her mother’s new neighbour in Lossiemouth, a small Scottish fishing town. What she doesn’t expect, is for the cube to contain Blayne, a Spirit of Saoradh only she can see and touch.

Blayne is a playful, headstrong ghost with no recollection of his human past and an ability to grant Holly’s wishes whenever she calls for him — as long as said wishes don’t raise any questions from the public that is. So a shiny new car might be out of the question, but the possibility of a flat stomach, a consistently spotless house or a perfect daily hairstyle more than make up for it. Through their incessant banter, Holly and Blayne grow closer while fighting against their mutual attraction since they have no possible future together.

But when the painful reality of Blayne’s existence is revealed, Holly will realize that it’s not always the girl who needs to be saved.
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Born and raised in France, Caroline Cairn studied hotel management before spending a couple of years in England, Ireland and Belgium. In 2001, she and her husband settled close to the Loch Ness monster in the Highlands of Scotland, and soon, two children and about thirteen fish joined them.
Dramatic scenes are still her favourite to work on, which is perhaps a reminiscence of her teenage years when every single ones of her stories had to end in epic tragedy (Shakespeare had nothing on her). Thankfully, these days, she veers towards the happy-ever-after finale in a glorious orange and red sunset.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Monday Excerpt: Notice Me (Holton Series #2)

"Do you want to save the green beans?" Andrew asked.

"Sure, with the leftover hamburger, they’ll make a good lunch. That reminds me," she said trying to sound casual. "I still have half of a brisket from last weekend. Why don't we grill it tomorrow night?"

She saw Andrew freeze and knew she had her answer. He had two tickets to the ball and hadn't invited her. She forced the pain away as she waited for him to respond. Andrew put the dirty plates on the counter and returned to the table before he answered.

"I have plans for tomorrow night," he said softly.

Victoria's heart cracked but she kept her voice light. "Plans that don't include me?"

There was a long pause. She turned to see him watching her cautiously, and at that moment, Victoria knew he was going to break her heart. She watched as he wiped his hands with a dry cloth.

"Yes."

The simple statement shattered her heart. She quickly turned back to the sink so that he wouldn't see the hurt in her eyes. She felt tears begin to form but willed them away.

"I see."

"Tori," he began and then stopped.

Victoria waited as the silence grew. Then, she got angry. She welcomed the anger as it overshadowed the pain. She turned back and looked at him coldly. "Why, Andrew?"

He sighed and looked away. Victoria followed his glance out the window and saw the children swinging on the tire. "I’m going to the Dallas Charity Ball tomorrow. I’ve decided to run for the Texas State Senate and the ball will be a good place to start."

"Why haven't you mentioned this before?" Victoria's voice was soft but steady, her anger still controlled.

He turned back to her. "I talked about it several years ago but put things on hold when Carolyn died. It wasn't until recently that I made the decision to go ahead. Next year is election year and I need to begin gathering supporters. The ball is the ideal place."

Victoria knew this was true. Before Carolyn's death, everyone in town thought Andrew would be running for office. Victoria had thought he was a perfect choice. He cared about people and he knew how to get things done. Her own political views were somewhat left wing but she knew he would be an exceptional leader. As he said, the ball would be a perfect place to start. Now, her only concern was who was going with him. "Are you going alone?"

There was another long pause. Her anger growing, Victoria had the incredible urge to hit something. Her eyes blazing, she asked again. "Are you?"

"No."

"Damn you," she yelled losing control of her anger.

"Victoria..."

"What's wrong, Andrew?" she asked harshly. "I'm good enough to bed but not good enough to take out in public? Is that it?"

"No," he said sharply. "That's not it at all."

"Then what?"

He took a deep breath. "We did agree that we would do things occasionally with friends. Barbara knows a lot of people and..."

"Barbara?" she interrupted.

"Barbara was a friend of Carolyn's," he said carefully. "They went to school together."

"I see." Victoria was shaking with fury. "A Carolyn clone. I should’ve known. I should’ve realized I didn't fit the ‘perfect Carolyn’ mold."

"This doesn't have anything to do with Carolyn," he said anger beginning to line his voice.

"Oh, I think it does. Everything has to do with Carolyn. You're still living in the past. You've idealized the life you had with her and think there is no other way to live."

"There is no other way for me," he replied.

Victoria turned quickly and stomped out of the kitchen and into the living room, trying to regain control of her temper. She stopped in front of the huge window and went perfectly still. Victoria closed her eyes. No, she thought, I'm not going to break down now. She heard Andrew behind her and then a welcome numbness invaded her soul. "I think you should leave, Andrew."

"Tori, listen to me. You and I have a great thing going. I love you but you know how conservative these balls are. It’s better this way, believe me." Twenty-four hours earlier, Victoria would have been ecstatic to hear Andrew say he loved her but she felt nothing now. She wasn't sure she even believed him. It no longer mattered. She knew it was over. He would never accept her in his life. "Victoria, if you would just be patient. I know we can work this out."

"Be patient," she laughed harshly. "I have been patient. I have loved you since I was sixteen. I watched you marry someone else, build a home with someone else, have children with someone else. Don't talk to me about being patient. I'm tired of being compared to a dead woman. I'm tired of falling short of an ideal that didn't even exist. Carolyn wasn't the paragon you make her out to be, and I won't complete with her memory anymore."

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Sunday Quote

To celebrate Mother's Day, this month's Sunday Quotes will be about mothers. 


Friday, May 20, 2016

May Giveaway

This month's giveaway is an eBook copy of Notice Me (Holton Series #2). You may enter each day, but please note that entering the giveaway will also register you to receive my quarterly newsletter. You may unsubscribe at any time. Good Luck! 


Andrew Moore has always thought of Victoria as family.  She is his best friend’s little sister and his little sister’s best friend, but recently something has changed.  Andrew is thinking about Victoria in a completely different way.  She will never fit into his quiet, conservative world. They are too different to have a future together, but he cannot stop noticing her.

Victoria Carson has been in love with Andrew since her sixteenth birthday, but Andrew never noticed her as anything other than the girl next door.  She fled from her hometown so that she wouldn’t have to watch Andrew build a life with someone else.  But things have changed.  Andrew is now a widower, and Victoria has returned home.  It is time to make him notice her.



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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Love's Encore by Kathleen Ann Gallagher - $25 Amazon or B&N GC Giveaway


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Desire wins the lead role.

Sadie Layne, a creative and motivated high school drama teacher, is grateful for second chances. After surviving breast cancer, she embarks on a celebratory trip to LA with her two best friends. Sadie never expected to run into the handsome and charming Vince De Carlo in the hotel lobby. She hasn’t seen Vince much since they worked together in a theater company years ago. Their meeting interrupts her plans and reminds her of the life she left behind.

Vince, a struggling actor and cover model, is in LA to promote a television pilot. His old attraction to Sadie is stronger than ever. He never forgot her, even though a trusted friendship and a scripted kiss was all they’d shared.

The reunited pair give in to temptation, but reality soon collides with lust as strong doubts about their blossoming romance get in the way. Sadie dreads facing her defeat as an actress, and Vince doesn’t think a struggling actor like himself is capable of providing the accomplished teacher with what she deserves.

Will the couple find a way to keep their sizzling romance alive and build a future together? Or will their uncertainty win the lead role and smother the flames?

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How on earth was she supposed to explain spending the night out to her friends? Her heart told her to stay with Vince. It wasn’t as if they’d just met. Some of the students in the workshop had told her he’d had the hots for her, nevertheless, she’d insisted it was platonic. It took honesty on her part to admit she’d had a strong physical attraction to him. All these years her fairy-tale romance was right in front of her eyes, and she had looked past it to put her acting career first. Her whole world had revolved around the theater. How could she have lied to herself for so long? If she’d known her path would divert into a different direction, she might have done things differently. At the time, her goals had come before any form of romance. No more. Not this time. She was going for it. Full speed ahead, girl. So long regrets.

“You have no idea how much I want you, and I always have. You’re the most gorgeous woman I’ve ever seen. There is no other woman who can compare to you, Sadie.”

He trailed his tongue along her cheek and nibbled at her neck. Chills ran rampant through her body. Each gentle touch of his strong fingers along the inside of her thigh getting higher and higher. Sadie’s arousal escalated, and she wanted nothing more than to rip his clothes off. He made his way back up to her mouth, and she parted her lips to welcome his tongue. His passionate kiss intensified her longing to have all of him.

“I want you too,” she whispered softly.
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Kathleen writes contemporary and paranormal romance in her home in New Jersey, where she lives with her husband and their two fur babies, Luc and Chaz. She spent years working as a registered nurse in an emergency room. Kathleen discovered her passion for reading and writing in the fourth grade. She has three children and three lovable grandsons. Her favorite romantic getaway is Cape May, New Jersey. You might find Kathleen on a beach down the Jersey Shore, wearing a straw hat and sipping on an iced tea as she plots her next romance novel.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Madness of Mercury by Connie di Marco - $20 Gift Card Giveaway


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Astrologer Julia Bonatti never thought her chosen profession would bring danger into her life, but her outspoken advice in her newspaper column, AskZodia, makes her the target of San Francisco’s recently-arrived cult leader, Reverend Roy of the Prophet’s Tabernacle. The followers of the power hungry preacher will stop at nothing to quell the voices of those who would stand in his way and Julia’s at the top of his list. She’s willing to bet the charismatic Reverend is a Mercury-ruled individual, and she knows all too well that Mercury wasn’t just the messenger of the gods, he was a trickster and a liar as well.

EXCERPT:
I glanced down at the map with one eye on the road. I had covered a lot of ground. The turnoff to Ardillas was ten miles away. My cell phone rang and I glanced at the number. It was Don. I hit the button to answer.

“Julia. Where are you?”

“On the 101 about ten miles from Ardillas.”

“Listen. I’ve dug up some newspaper articles from the New Orleans area about a couple who got involved with the Prophet. Then I discovered they had written a book, an exposé really, about six years ago.”

“That’s great. I’d love to get my hands on that.”

“Julia . . .”

“Maybe I could locate them and talk to them.”

“That might be difficult.”

“Why?”

I was greeted by silence. “Don? You there?”

“I’m here, Julia.” Don was silent but I could tell the line was still open. “They were murdered about a year after the book came out.”

A cold knot formed in my stomach. “Murdered? How?”

“Home invasion, at least that was the official verdict. No one was ever charged. A lot of people still harbor the suspicion it was an execution for betraying the Reverend Roy.” Don was quiet for so long I wondered if I had lost reception. “I think you should turn back.”

I wasn’t used to being worried about, much less someone asking me not to do something. Don had a point, but I know what a stubborn cuss I can be. Just his asking nicely felt like an order and it put my back up. It’s not a trait I’m proud of, but I have an irresistible tendency to do the exact opposite of what I’ve been told to do. Sheer contrariness, I guess. Don’s pleas were falling on deaf ears.

“I can’t. I can’t see the point of turning around now that I’m almost there. Don’t worry. I plan to talk to the Sheriff and scope things out. Maybe I can get help from that quarter. Mostly, I just want to locate Eunice. And if I can get in and talk to her, then I can at least tell Dorothy where things are at.”

I heard his exasperated sigh. “Stay in touch, okay?”

“I will.” I clicked off just as the sign indicating the town’s one exit sped closer. I flicked on my turn signal even though no other cars were near – force of habit -- and moved over to the far right lane. The exit appeared and I turned off, heading east onto a lonely two lane road.

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Connie di Marco is the author of the upcoming Zodiac Mystery series from Midnight Ink featuring San Francisco astrologer, Julia Bonatti. The Madness of Mercury, first in the series, will be released on June 8, 2016. Writing as Connie Archer, she’s also the national bestselling author of the Soup Lover’s Mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime. You can find her excerpts and recipes in both The Cozy Cookbook and The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime. You can visit her at her website: www.conniedimarco.com, or Facebook.com/ConniediMarco (Author) and Twitter: @askzodia.

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Monday Excerpt: Notice Me (Holton Series #2)

After stopping the car and turning off the engine, Andrew thought about the past few months. Victoria actions now made sense. Andrew decided her constant flirting and gentle touches had been her way of trying to let him know she was attracted to him. He didn’t know why it had taken so long for him to realize it. If it had been any other woman, he would have recognized the signs immediately but because it was Victoria, he had been unable to acknowledge them.

"Are we just going to sit here, Dad?"

Andrew glanced at his daughter. "No, honey. Hop in the back and I’ll go get Victoria."

About once a month, Melissa and Mark spent a Sunday afternoon with Carolyn’s parents in Dallas. Earlier this morning, Andrew had called his former in-laws and arranged for the children to visit today. He and Victoria would drive the kids to Dallas and leave them with their grandparents, and then he would go with her while she looked at those properties for her friend. Andrew had decided it was a good plan if he could just convince Victoria. The children got to see their grandparents, Victoria wouldn’t be alone in any of the seedier parts of Dallas, and he would spend the day with her to see if the attraction he felt was real.

The moment she opened the door, he knew he didn’t need any more time to determine if the attraction was real. It definitely was. He had obviously caught her in the middle of changing her clothes. She had on a bright orange and white striped shirt that buttoned down the front. It was half tucked into the waist of her faded well-worn jeans. In one hand, she held a bright orange tennis shoe. Its mate was already secured on one foot. Her blonde hair was loose and fell softly on her shoulders. She had a slightly worried look on her face and a small frown marred her forehead. Andrew had a brief desire to lean forward and tenderly kiss the frown away.

"Drew? Is something wrong?" she asked.

"No," he answered. "May I come in?"

Startled, she nodded, stepped back, and opened the door wider. Something behind him caught her attention, and Andrew saw her smile widely and wave to the children.

"They really love you," he said closing the door behind him.

"I love them too."

That was another thing he had to consider in any relationship with Victoria. Melissa and Mark loved her and as things now stood considered her an honorary aunt. He also knew Victoria loved them, and he feared that if things ended badly between himself and Victoria that the children might be hurt. Andrew quickly dismissed that fear. He knew that no matter what happened, Victoria would never hurt his children. He knew she would do her best to put aside any hard feelings between them for the sake of Melissa and Mark. Andrew suddenly realized he was worrying about the end of his relationship with her before it even started.

Andrew smiled at Victoria as he walked into her living room. He had been to her house many times to drop off or pick up something or someone but he had actually only been inside once. That time had been Christmas. It was the first Christmas since Victoria had returned to Holton. She had an open house and Andrew had felt obligated to attend. Guests had flowed in and out for the brief time he had been there, and Victoria’s party had been the talk of the town that Christmas season.

He now looked around her living room as if seeing it for the first time. It was a perfect reflection of Victoria. The room was bright and cheery with clean colors and bold patterns. One wall was almost completely filled with one huge window and sunlight filled the room. There were pictures in frames on every wall and every surface. You could read Victoria’s life in this room. Pictures of her family and friends and the most important moments of her life were scattered throughout.

"Drew," Victoria said drawing his attention. He was pleased to note she had returned to the shortened version of his name. "What’s going on?"

Andrew took a deep breath. Here was the hard part. Victoria was very independent, and he knew if he said the wrong thing, she would dismiss him in two seconds flat. "I thought I would go with you to look at those buildings for your friend."

Her eyes narrowed. "Why?"

"The children are visiting their grandparents today so I’m going into Dallas anyway. Normally, I do some work while they visit but I thought about you and hoped you wouldn’t mind the company."
She studied him a moment. "Let me get this straight. You want to spend the day with me looking at buildings?"

"Yes."

"Why?" She asked again.

Andrew walked over to the large window and looked out. Both children were sitting quietly, albeit somewhat impatiently, in the car. Slowly, he turned back to her. He looked into her eyes wondering if he had mistaken the look he had seen last night.

"Tell me I didn’t see what I think I did last night. Tell me that you didn’t experience that moment too." He watched her grow pale at his words but he had to know. "Tell me, Victoria, tell me you don’t want me as much as I want you!"

She started to turn away but he reached for her arm and pulled her back to face him. "You can’t, can you?"

"No," she whispered.

Andrew was shocked at the relief that rushed through him. He had not realized how much her answered had meant to him. He slowly let go of her arm before saying softly, "That’s why."

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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sunday Quote

To celebrate Mother's Day, this month's Sunday Quotes will be about mothers. 


Friday, May 13, 2016

May Giveway

This month's giveaway is an eBook copy of Notice Me (Holton Series #2). You may enter each day, but please note that entering the giveaway will also register you to receive my quarterly newsletter. You may unsubscribe at any time. Good Luck! 


Andrew Moore has always thought of Victoria as family.  She is his best friend’s little sister and his little sister’s best friend, but recently something has changed.  Andrew is thinking about Victoria in a completely different way.  She will never fit into his quiet, conservative world. They are too different to have a future together, but he cannot stop noticing her.

Victoria Carson has been in love with Andrew since her sixteenth birthday, but Andrew never noticed her as anything other than the girl next door.  She fled from her hometown so that she wouldn’t have to watch Andrew build a life with someone else.  But things have changed.  Andrew is now a widower, and Victoria has returned home.  It is time to make him notice her.



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Monday, May 9, 2016

Monday Excerpt: Notice Me (Holton Series #2)

Victoria took a deep breath before tossing Andrew the baseball. She watched with satisfaction as his eyes widen and a crooked smile crossed his face. As always, his smile took her breath, and when his eyes locked with hers, she was unable to look away. Her heart beat faster and her mouth went dry. Andrew’s smile faded and his eyes narrowed. At that point, it was just the two of them. Everyone else in the room faded away. She could hear her heart pounding in her ears. Victoria knew her desire for him showed but was surprised to see a flickering response in his eyes. She was unable to breathe and for a moment, she thought he was going to reach for her. Then, he took a deep breath and the desire faded from his face.

"Thank you, Victoria," Andrew said gravely.

A sharp stab of disappointment ran through her but the spell was broken. He might desire her but he wasn’t going to act on it. She quickly averted her eyes and launched into the story about the player and getting his autograph. They were all impressed that she had actually met him, and the conversation became a rehashing of his career. Julie decided it was time for her kids to go to sleep so Victoria volunteered to help put them to bed. She felt the need to put some distance between her and Andrew.

Upstairs, she took Katie to her room. The five year old was tired but fighting sleep and she begged for a story. There was little Victoria could refuse Julie’s daughter. She loved all of the Riley children, but did admit to herself that Katie was her favorite. Named after her, Katherine Victoria was sweet, affectionate, and mischievous. Julie had put Michael to bed and stopped by Katie’s room. She smiled when she saw Victoria with Katie’s favorite storybook in her hand.

"Do you want me to read to her?" she asked from the doorway.

"No. I want to."

Julie nodded and headed back downstairs. Victoria picked up the book and began reading. It wasn’t long before Katie drifted off to sleep. Victoria carefully rose and covered her with the bedspread. She stood a moment by the bed fighting the longing for a child of her own. When she turned and headed for the door, she saw Phyllis leaning against it.

"Is she asleep?"

Victoria nodded and walked over to Phyllis. She linked her arm with the woman she considered a second mother. As a child, Victoria had spent as many hours in the Moore home as she had in her own, and she had a great deal of love and respect for this woman. Victoria closed the door softly behind her and headed for the stairs. Phyllis stopped her before she reached them.

"Tori, you should consider having children of your own."

Victoria closed her eyes momentarily against the pain her remark caused. Twice in a matter of days, someone had made that suggestion, and Victoria fought the longing each time. She smiled ironically. "I think it’s too late for me to marry and I can’t imagine raising a child on my own."

She looked at the older woman and saw that Phyllis was staring at her, searching for something.
"You’ve given up," Phyllis said softly.

Fear raced through Victoria. Surely, Phyllis didn’t know. She quickly gathered herself together. "What do you mean?"

"You’ve given up on Andrew, haven’t you?"

Victoria leaned back against the wall and sighed. "How did you know?"

"Oh, Tori. I’ve known you since you were five years old. I still remember the look on your face at your sixteenth birthday party when Andrew handed you his gift. It was like a light had suddenly been turned on inside you. You had always burned bright but that day, a fire ignited in you. It worried me at first but I should’ve known better. You were incredibly sensible underneath all that flamboyant exterior even then. You knew you were too young at the time and you were willing to wait. Only we both waited too long, didn’t we? I wasn’t prepared for Carolyn either."

Victoria watched Phyllis as she turned and looked down the stairway. For some reason, it helped to know that she had been watching out for her. 

"I wish I could say I had loved her. Carolyn was very nice and a good daughter-in-law. She gave me two beautiful grandchildren but I couldn’t love her. You see, I wanted you for Andrew." She smiled a little sadly at Victoria who leaned over and hugged her. "Don’t give up on him, Tori. He’s coming around. I can see it."

"I don’t know, Phyllis. I don’t think I’m making any progress, and it hurts so much."

"I know it does, dear. I wish I could say that you will never hurt again, but we both know that’s not true. All I can say is that I think you are just what he needs. I believe someday he’ll realize that."

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Friday, May 6, 2016

May Giveaway

This month's giveaway is an eBook copy of Notice Me (Holton Series #2). You may enter each day, but please note that entering the giveaway will also register you to receive my quarterly newsletter. You may unsubscribe at any time. Good Luck! 


Andrew Moore has always thought of Victoria as family.  She is his best friend’s little sister and his little sister’s best friend, but recently something has changed.  Andrew is thinking about Victoria in a completely different way.  She will never fit into his quiet, conservative world. They are too different to have a future together, but he cannot stop noticing her.

Victoria Carson has been in love with Andrew since her sixteenth birthday, but Andrew never noticed her as anything other than the girl next door.  She fled from her hometown so that she wouldn’t have to watch Andrew build a life with someone else.  But things have changed.  Andrew is now a widower, and Victoria has returned home.  It is time to make him notice her.



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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A Wedding at Meadows Shore by Eva Charles - $50 Gift Card Giveaway


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Meadows Shore is the childhood home of the five Clayton sisters and the six Harrington brothers, the family seat where these irresistible characters gather regularly…or whenever they need the comfort of Portuguese home cooking and the love and wisdom of elder women.

After Sophie Clayton catches her husband in bed with a young intern, she creates a new life for herself as the executive director of a failing domestic violence agency. It’s the perfect job for a woman born to fix everything. A friend’s broken heart, a tattered agency, a flat tire—she’ll roll up her sleeves and make it as good as new. Sophie rarely encounters anything she can’t fix…until she meets the devastatingly handsome and insufferably arrogant, Max Parker. One of Boston’s most eligible bachelors, he’s never without a stunning young woman on his arm and in his bed.

When Sophie’s forced to deal with Max, sparks fly, and somewhere in the crossfire of verbal daggers and clever barbs, she discovers his darkest secret.

EXCERPT:
“Do you mind if I throw this in the freezer?”

“Of course not, dear. You may need to move a few things around, but there should be plenty of room. Max, my hands are wet, would you help Sophie get that ice cream into the freezer—the one in the pantry. What flavors did you end up making?”

Sophie headed toward the pantry off the kitchen. “Coffee for Daniel, vanilla, and mint chocolate chip. I thought they’d all work with chocolate cake.”

He took the cooler from her. “You made the ice cream?”

She nodded, opening the freezer.

“I’m impressed. Mint chip is my favorite.”

“Really? I would’ve pegged you more as a rocky road kind of guy—dark, with bitter chunks, and nuts—not too smooth.”

He could only see her back at the moment, but he knew her eyes were twinkling and the corners of her mouth were curved up. He could hear it in her voice.

He grabbed a piece of ice from the freezer and reached around her, touching the icy half-moon to the hollow of her neck, the sweet spot right where it meets the collarbone. The very spot he wanted to kiss. She jumped, startled by the unexpected cold against her skin, and raised her hand to swat him away.

“I don’t think so,” he crowed. Letting the ice cube fall to the floor he grabbed both her wrists, holding them while she struggled to get free. He leaned against her, pinning her between his body and the refrigerator door. Even the chill from the open freezer wasn’t enough to cool what was smoldering between them. He could feel her pulse racing, saw her lips part in anticipation. He bent to kiss her, but caught himself just in time, emitting a low growl instead. As much as he wanted it, this wasn’t the time or the place to steal a kiss.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Eva Charles is the author of the multi-titled Meadows Shore Series that chronicles the lives and loves of the Clayton-Harrington family. She invites you to visit their beloved Meadows Shore nestled in the charming seaside town of Fair Harbor, where you’ll enjoy love, laughter, loyalty, and an abundance of mouth-watering food, Portuguese style.

After being a confirmed city-girl for more than thirty-five years, Eva moved to beautiful western Massachusetts in 2014. There, she found herself living in the woods with no job, no friends (unless you count the turkeys, deer, and coyotes roaming the backyard), and no children underfoot, wondering what on earth she’d been thinking. But as it turned out, it was the perfect setting to take all those yarns spinning in her head and weave them into a romantic tale.

When she’s not writing, trying to squeeze information out of her tight-lipped sons, or playing with the two cutest dogs you’ve ever seen, Eva’s creating chapters in her own love story.


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Monday, May 2, 2016

Monday Excerpt: Notice Me (Holton Series #2)

As always, her heart stopped when she saw him. Victoria knew she had seen better looking men, had even dated better looking men, but Andrew always moved her. For a moment, she enjoyed the simple pleasure of just looking at him. His broad shoulders filled out the conservative blue suit and his powerful arms and legs made him a lean, dominant picture. His thick brown hair had fallen across his forehead, and Victoria’s hand itched to brush it back. He was talking softly to his sister explaining the papers in his hand. Victoria watched his mouth move and waited for the smile that always made her toes curl. It happened and Victoria took a deep breath. She thought she should be used to that reaction by now, but it still caught her by surprise. She quickly closed the door behind her.

Andrew looked up at the sound, and Victoria found herself looking into his piercing green eyes. They had narrowed and trained on her immediately. The intense green gaze locked her into place. She stood very still while his eyes roamed over her.

She now walked slowly across the room with his eyes following her. She watched him straighten and his back stiffen. He was uncomfortable around her, and Victoria hoped this was progress. She had waited twelve years for him to notice her as something other than a child.

"Hi, Drew. How are you?" she asked softly.

As always, he stiffened at her shortening of his name. No one called him anything except Andrew, but Victoria had decided she needed to be different. She wanted to make sure Andrew knew she was unlike anyone else.

"How many times have I told you not to call me that?" he asked impatiently, raising one eyebrow. Victoria’s heart skipped a beat. She had always found that gesture very sexy.

She smiled again. "I don’t know. How many times have you told me not to call you that?"

She laughed at the frustrated look that crossed his face. At least, he wasn’t ignoring her. She knew she could irritate him. She just hoped she could also attract him.

"Come on, Drew, lighten up." She walked over to him, placed her hand on his shoulder, and stood on her toes to kiss his cheek. He accepted the salute but did not return the gesture. Apparently nothing had changed.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sunday Quote

To celebrate Mother's Day, this month's Sunday Quotes will be about mothers.