Friday, October 28, 2016

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Rachel isn't looking for love, but she finds it with Paul. Will he learn to trust her?
  
Rachel Lewis hides her looks behind dark framed glasses and drab clothes. As the head librarian in Holton, she is satisfied with her life and her appearance. Rachel isn't looking for love or a relationship, but Paul captivates her. He lives in a completely different world, but she wants him more than she has ever wanted any other man.

Paul Hart is handsome, rich, and successful. As the owner of a thriving business, he is happy with short-term relationships and jaded women. Paul has been betrayed too many times to trust a woman, but Rachel intrigues him. She isn't like any other woman he has ever known. Can he learn to trust her?

Return to Holton, Texas for Victoria and Andrew’s wedding to see if Rachel can win Paul’s trust. Trust Me is the third book in the Holton Series but may be read as a standalone novel.


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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Otherling by Heather M. Walker - Tour Stop and Giveaway


BLURB:
In the deep south of Doltree, Georgia, not everything is what is seems. Long accustomed to life as an outcast, the beautiful and demure Annaleah Grace has learned to stand apart from the crowd with dignity. Being the daughter of a white witch and a white witch herself, living in a town of devout Christians, has earned her more than a few raised eyebrows.

When she meets the handsome, yet snarky, Professor Bainbridge with whom she will be teaching at the local University, everything in her life abruptly changes. Something about him seems intimately familiar to her in a way she can’t totally identify. Even though he’s brusque and intimidating, Annaleah is drawn by his otherworldly eyes and foreign mannerisms.

With the help of angels, both Holy and fallen, she discovers just how unique she truly is. Dreams become a meeting place between this reality and the next, and Professor Sebastian Bainbridge’s true identity is revealed.

When her dreams begin to be more than dreams and she wakes up with Georgia red clay she walked through during a nightmare still wet on her feet, Annaleah knows something intense and powerful is going on, and that somehow, Professor Bainbridge is part of it. She is determined to embrace the profound destiny that awaits her and the Professor, even if that means taking up a sword to fight the Devil himself.

Excerpt:
Sebastian caught Annaleah neatly in his arms, and encircled her in his wings, holding her so close she felt she could melt right into him and together they would burn as one being. Tears came to her then, spilling down her cheeks and falling onto her breasts, a silver light coming from them as they fell. Sebastian opened his wings then and placed a finger under her chin, tilting her head up to look into his mirror eyes. As she saw herself in them, glowing and alive and beautiful, it felt so very right. Sebastian wiped the tears from her eyes, slowly, gently and with great care. His eyes never left hers as he bent his head down, until right before the moment when he caught her lips with his, and everything in the world ceased to exist but their kiss. In that sacred, glorious moment, as their lips pressed together, she was pierced to her heart with all-consuming adoration, and from behind her she felt a great motion, as if she had moved something with a great weight on her back. Confused, and a bit shocked, she broke the kiss, turning to see what was happening behind her.

Sebastian laughed despite her apparent confusion and said, "Oh Annaleah my darling, did you forget?"

Feeling a bit betrayed by his laughter when he could plainly see her distress, Annaleah asked, "Did I forget what?"

At this Sebastian outstretched his magnificent wings to their full height and length, blocking out the sky and the moon hanging therein.

"Your wings Annaleah; you forgot you had wings."


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About the AUTHOR:
Heather was born into a military family, and has lived everywhere from Mountain Home, Idaho, to a small town in England called Bloxham. She eventually settled down In LaGrange, Georgia with her partner of 15 years, Billy, her 7 year old daughter Makaylah, and her 4 indoor cats. She considers herself first and foremost, a mother. She enjoys being a writer, a jeweler, a glass artist, a painter, and avid crafter. It has been her life long dream to publish a book, and she has lovingly worked on “The Otherling” in its various stages for almost 3 years. Heather loves to read, mostly horror, fantasy and occult books. She studies angelology, mysticism, Wicca, psychology and the human mind. Her writing goal is to create a book that comes to life in her reader’s hands and minds, and places them there in the middle of the story. It is her deepest wish that “The Otherling”, as well as her other written works, will accomplished this, and make a home in the hearts of all those who read her words.


Guest Post:
Who or what inspires me?

I get inspiration from everywhere, when I am receptive to it. There are days when I am in a fine mood, when I am well fed and highly caffeinated, and when I feel connected to everyone and to the world itself. On fine days like this, I find myself looking at everyone and all the things around me as a source of potential inspiration.

One thing I have learned to do is to be what others call an eavesdropper, but what I call “tuning in.” Where others might find it rude, I find it to be one of my responsibilities as a writer. Our job includes being perceptive, to take note of things around us as much as we can, so that our writing is realistic and relatable to our readers. I like to give myself a challenge sometimes, to write about the first full sentence I hear someone say while I am sitting at a diner with my family, or out shopping, or doing whatever it is that I am doing. Sometimes I see someone and I wonder what their story is, and I might make them into a minor, even major character in a story or a novella.

Sometimes I get inspired by a movie, or a TV show. The last time this happened, I was inspired by Jessica Lange’s character In Freak Show, when she was singing on the Halloween episode to the man with two faces. She was singing a cover of Lana Del Rey’s Song, “Gods and Monsters,” and a story just flowed heavily into my mind and imagination. I sat down for the better part of 2 days and wrote most of those days, until I was done, and came away with my story, “The calling Song / Innocence Lost”, which is going to be published soon in a charity anthology by The Dragon’s Rocketship.

Dreams, too, are an important source of inspiration for me. I am given ideas all the time in my dreams, by my higher self and my spiritual guides, I believe. Sometimes I even know that I am dreaming, and I tell myself “I WILL remember this when I wake up!” Sometimes I even try to write it down in my dream, knowing that of course I won’t have it when I wake up. It is also incredibly hard to write anything in dreamland, as well as to read. I am not sure why this is so, but I have heard that this is a common theme for everyone in dreams, that telling time, reading and writing are all impossibly hard to do in Dream Time.

There are times when I am given an amazing, fully put together novel idea, from the very beginning of the novel to the end, complete with plot twists and turns and character developments. In these dreams I am amazed that I can write so well, or that these ideas have originated form me. In the dream world, we don’t censor ourselves, and the best of our imagination is at full force. We are in touch with our deepest self, or most intricate aspirations, feelings and desires. In the real, waking world, or mind and rationality have reign. In the dreamland, our souls and hearts rule supreme, it creates our universe from within. It is with this aspect of ourselves that we access when we write, and so for me it is more than fitting to go to dreams as a primary source for my writing inspirations.

Truly though, inspiration can come from anywhere, the only thing we need to do is open our senses up and be receptive.

GIVEAWAY:
Heather M. Walker will be awarding a hand painted set of two wine glasses, painted to resemble stained glass and a ten card tarot reading (US/Canada only) to a randomly drawn winner.
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October 10: Romance Novel Giveaways

Friday, October 21, 2016

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Rachel isn't looking for love, but she finds it with Paul. Will he learn to trust her?
  
Rachel Lewis hides her looks behind dark framed glasses and drab clothes. As the head librarian in Holton, she is satisfied with her life and her appearance. Rachel isn't looking for love or a relationship, but Paul captivates her. He lives in a completely different world, but she wants him more than she has ever wanted any other man.

Paul Hart is handsome, rich, and successful. As the owner of a thriving business, he is happy with short-term relationships and jaded women. Paul has been betrayed too many times to trust a woman, but Rachel intrigues him. She isn't like any other woman he has ever known. Can he learn to trust her?

Return to Holton, Texas for Victoria and Andrew’s wedding to see if Rachel can win Paul’s trust. Trust Me is the third book in the Holton Series but may be read as a standalone novel.


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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Deceiving Bella by Cate Beauman - $20 Amazon or BN Gift Card Giveaway



BLURB:
Isabella Colby has always yearned for normalcy. Now that she’s settled in LA, she finally has it. Good friends, a pretty home, and her thriving career as the Palisades’ top skincare specialist are a dream come true. Bella is content until she meets her hunky new neighbor, but her attraction to the blue-eyed cutie is the least of her worries when contacting her long-lost father threatens to destroy her happy life.

Reed McKinley is more than ready to forget the past. His seven-year stint as an NYPD detective nearly got him killed. His wounds have healed and he’s starting over as Ethan Cooke Security’s latest recruit. With sixty-hour workweeks and little time to himself, the last thing on his mind is a relationship. Then he bumps into the gorgeous woman next door.

Reed and Bella become fast friends. Before long, Reed discovers that Bella is keeping dangerous secrets. Bella may have the answers to decades-old questions he’s been searching for. Reed will risk it all to uncover the truth, but he soon realizes that the deeper he digs, the direr the consequences.

*NOTE: While reading the series in order is recommended, it is not necessary. Each story is a stand alone title featuring new primary characters with limited overlapping secondary characters.*

Excerpt:
Should we get started?” Bella gestured to the kitchen.

“After you.”

She walked in front of Reed, hurrying to the table to pull out a chair. “Does this work?”

“Yeah, it’s fine.” He sat down.

She immediately draped him with the black cover, wanting to get to his hair while it was still wet. “So, what are we doing here, exactly?”

“Just a cleanup, especially on my neck.”

“Sure.” She grabbed the sheers and took her place by his side, sliding her fingers though his short hair and stopped. “Oops.”

His shoulders tensed. “What?”

“Just kidding. A little haircutting humor.”

He tilted his head up, meeting her eyes. “A comedian.”

She laughed as he smiled. “I haven’t even started cutting yet.” She gave him a bump. “Try to relax. I promise you’re in good hands.”

“Chop away.”

“Thanks.” She combed her fingers through his hair once more, using small snips to freshen up his look. Silent seconds ticked by as she breathed in the masculine scent that was Reed. He didn’t seem to wear cologne or use any fancy shampoos, but he smelled good just the same. “So, how was your day?”

“Not too shabby.”

She worked her way around his head, finding his cut a breeze to clean up. He easily could have gone another week without any problems. “What did you do?”

“Worked a little. Boxed.”

“Fascinating.”

“I could make up something about stopping a bank robbery in progress or rescuing a cat from a tree.”

She smiled. “The truth is fine, thanks.”

“What about you?”

“It was pretty much a normal day at the office—a second-session tattoo removal, a microdermabrasion, two stretch mark reductions, the usual stuff.”

“What’s the tattoo of? The one you’re taking off?”

“A woman’s name. Genevieve. The relationship didn’t work out.”

He winced. “Ouch.”

“Triple ouch. Tattoo removal is not a pain-free procedure, nor is it cheap—and he went pretty ornate with Genevieve. Hopefully next time he’ll pick a woman with a shorter name or abstain from getting himself tatted up altogether.”

He laughed.

She grinned, loving that sound. Did he have any idea how gorgeous he was when he smiled like that? She picked up the clippers off the table and let her knees rest against his as she leaned in and gently lifted his chin, evening out his sideburns. She swallowed, feeling his breath on her skin and his eyes studying her face. Licking her lips, she met his gaze. “You better hope I get this part right, or you’ll have to tilt your head for the next four days.”

He sent her another one of his pulse-pounding smiles. “You’ll have to help me decide if I should lean more to the left or right.”

Oh, this cutie had the potential to be trouble. Her eyes darted to his mouth mere inches from hers as his five o’clock shadow tormented her sensitized fingers. She took a step back and a steadying breath. It was a good thing they were just friends—currently the only relationship status she was interested in.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
International bestselling author Cate Beauman is known for her full-length, action-packed romantic suspense series, The Bodyguards of L.A. County. Her novels have been nominated for the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, National Indie Excellence Award, Golden Quill Award, Writers Touch Award, and have been named Readers Favorite Five Star books. In 2015, JUSTICE FOR ABBY was selected as the Readers' Favorite International Book Award Gold Medalist, while SAVING SOPHIE took the Silver Medal. SAVING SOPHIE was also selected as the 2015 Readers Crown Award winner for Romantic Suspense and FALLING FOR SARAH received the silver medal for the 2014 Readers' Favorite Awards.

Cate makes her home in North Carolina with her husband, two boys, and their St. Bernards, Bear and Jack. Currently Cate is working on Deceiving Bella, the eleventh novel in her popular Bodyguards series.

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October 17: It's Raining Books

Friday, October 14, 2016

Monthly Giveaway

Rachel isn't looking for love, but she finds it with Paul. Will he learn to trust her?
  
Rachel Lewis hides her looks behind dark framed glasses and drab clothes. As the head librarian in Holton, she is satisfied with her life and her appearance. Rachel isn't looking for love or a relationship, but Paul captivates her. He lives in a completely different world, but she wants him more than she has ever wanted any other man.

Paul Hart is handsome, rich, and successful. As the owner of a thriving business, he is happy with short-term relationships and jaded women. Paul has been betrayed too many times to trust a woman, but Rachel intrigues him. She isn't like any other woman he has ever known. Can he learn to trust her?

Return to Holton, Texas for Victoria and Andrew’s wedding to see if Rachel can win Paul’s trust. Trust Me is the third book in the Holton Series but may be read as a standalone novel.


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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Congressman’s Wife by Charlene Keel - $25 GC Giveaway


BLURB:
All Eden Bancroft has ever been to her high-profile politician husband is a trophy wife, born and bred for the part. She believes she has no choice but to play it—until she meets a talented chef and restaurant heir who makes her feel loved for herself alone. The more her husband uses and belittles her, the more deeply Eden falls for Kaleb. Even with Mitchell’s congressional campaign in full swing, the lovers manage to find brief stolen moments together. When her husband is wounded by a bullet from a disgruntled lobbyist, Eden must stay by his side. What she learns can set her free, if she has the courage to take a stand.

Excerpt:
The Taste of Good Champagne

Eden saw him coming toward her and something, some strange new feeling she didn’t understand, caught at her heart. He was handsome, but it was more than that. His walk, as he strode to her, was confident. A smile played at his lips.

“Good evening,” he said smoothly.

“It would have been,” she replied, pushing the bottle towards him. “It’s corked. Too bad, too. The food is pretty decent.”

“Decent?” he countered. “Don’t you mean delicious?”

The smile tempting his mouth broke full and wide. She had intended to really let him have it—there was no excuse for serving wine that had essentially turned to vinegar—but his smile stopped her. When she didn’t return it, and didn’t say anything, he picked up the bottle and looked at the label.

“Yeah,” he said. “I wouldn’t have ordered this. It was already selected when I came on board. Let me give you something else.”

“No,” she said. “Thanks, anyway.”

“Come on. You’ve got to let me do something for you.”

“You can’t do anything for me,” she said softly, looking into his eyes.

He broke into a grin. “Well, that’s a matter of opinion.”

He was flirting with her, and Eden had a sudden, reckless yearning to find out how far it could go. With his piercing brown eyes, dark hair and full, inviting lips, he had a kind of sultry Joe Manganiello quality. He had big, powerful hands and he was built like a middleweight boxer. He looked more like a prizefighter than a chef.

“Maybe you could leave me alone,” she said, even though it was the last thing she wanted.

“Not a chance,” he told her with a devilish grin, then turned and walked away.

Eden glanced across the room to see Mitchell and his mother still table-hopping, working the crowd, as Mitchell slugged back a Coors Light. He had never learned to savor the subtle nuances in wine, any more than he had learned to savor his wife. And then the handsome young chef was back, standing before her. He was holding two tall champagne flutes and a bottle of wine, its label hidden by a linen cloth expertly tucked around it.

“I told you I don’t want anything,” she said.

“You’re not having a good time, are you?” he asked. She remained silent but he persisted. “Don’t you want your husband to be a congressman? Or don’t you want—”

“Of course I do,” she interrupted.

“. . . him to be your husband?” he finished.

That caught her by surprise. She hadn’t thought anyone could see through her fa├žade of happy, perfect wife. Feeling vulnerable always made her angry, and she bristled. “But he is my husband,” she said. “I believe we were discussing the bad wine you served.”

“You’re right. We were.” He set the glasses on the table in front of her and poured out the sparkling liquid. “Taste this,” he said.

“What is it?”

“Just taste it.”

Intrigued, she took a sip. She was surprised. “Veuve Clicquot?”

He nodded. “For you, only the best.” He put the emphasis on you and she smiled at him. “Finally,” he added, pouring himself a glass. “It’s nice to see you smile.”

“Was I?” The elegant taste of good champagne lingered on her tongue. She wondered what his kisses would be like.

For a few moments they talked about the Champagne Region in France. A strange mix of emotions assaulted Eden. Sharply aware of the raw, primal need this man awakened in her, she forced herself to focus on what he was saying instead of the tantalizing way his lips curved. His knowledge of wines surprised her. He told her he had lived and trained as a chef in Paris and Provence. They were deep in conversation when Mitchell returned to the table.

Ignoring Kaleb, he leaned toward his wife. “Eden, did you bring my speech?” he demanded. “They want me to go up now and I—”

“Of course, darling,” she broke in before he could get wound up. She opened her bag and pulled out the speech. Mitchell grabbed it.

“Well, that’s a relief,” he retorted brusquely. Grabbing Kaleb’s champagne flute, he drained it and then hurried up to the microphone. He hadn’t bothered to thank her. She turned her gaze again to Kaleb.

“Look,” he said. “I’ve got to go and get dessert out, but I’ll be back. Don’t leave, okay? There’s something I want to ask you. You’ll wait?” He looked deeply into her eyes. All she could think of was how much she wanted to kiss him.

“Yes,” she agreed. “I’ll wait.”

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GUEST POST: Writing Supporting Characters

Writing supporting characters is always fun. There’s no pressure to make sure they adhere to a certain formula, i.e. the heroine must be (usually) young, innocent and beautiful and the hero must be strong, gorgeous beyond words with muscles to match, and (at first) seemingly immune to the charms of the heroine, as she is to his.

Supporting characters can be whatever the author wants them to be, as long as one rule is observed—they must be just that. Supporting. YA author S. Alex Martin, who also wrote Get It Write Tonight: Characters, says, “Simply put, supporting characters should influence your main characters—and the story—in a significant way.”

Supporting characters are vital. Not only do they give the hero and heroine someone to talk to (instead of having all that infernal, internal dialogue) they help to define the traits of the main character(s) as seen through the eyes of others. Writing them can be a bit tricky, however. You can’t fall in love with them to the extent that you allow them to take over the story.

In The Congressman’s Wife co-author Arie Pavlou and I created supporting characters stronger than we intended them to be, and holding them back wasn’t easy. Although there was a great temptation to let them hog center stage whenever they appeared, we held them mercilessly in check. We wanted Kaleb and Eden, our two star-crossed lovers, to tell the story.

The villain can also be a supporting character, even though he or she is trying to undermine one or more of the main characters. We have two equally compelling villains: Russian mob boss Sergei Komarovski and Mitchell Bancroft, Eden’s high-profile, abusive husband who is running for congress when the story opens.

Writing villains, for me, is always enjoyable. You can make them as mean and nasty as you need them to be to propel your story forward, while also endowing them with a soft spot. We gave Mitchell a couple of tender moments with his six-year-old daughter, without allowing those moments to redeem him in anyway.

There’s also Mitchell’s domineering mother, who tries to control every aspect of his life, including his wife and children; Alice, the mousy, shy publicist, who yearns to be closer to him; and Kaleb’s friend, Royal King, a Native American/Jamaican mob boss. In the second and third books of the trilogy, King will do battle with the Russian crime lord who, in essence, owns Mitchell, the ego-driven politician.

And Alice, dear sweet insignificant Alice, will get her wish in The Congressman’s Mistress, moving from supporting to main character to fill the title role. From their first physical encounter, which Mitchell’s mother engineers in chapter one, you’ll want to scream the time-worn admonition at Alice, “Be careful what you wish for. It could be your undoing.”

About the AUTHORS:
Charlene Keel has written over a dozen novels and how-to books as well as multiple episodes of popular TV shows such as Fantasy Island and Days of our Lives. Her Dell book, Rituals, was the basis for the first made-for-syndication soap opera. Recently she co-authored The Tracks, a YA supernatural trilogy. Shadow Train, the final installment, won a Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewer’s Choice Award. Keel has also written screen adaptations of novels by bestselling authors, and has worked as editor or managing editor for a few international magazines. In her spare time she ghostwrites books and screenplays for celebrities, doctors, corporate moguls, spies, strippers and anyone who has an interesting story to tell.



Arie Pavlou is a popular chef who attended Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and then perfected his craft at some of the top-rated Michelin restaurants in France and New York. He has lived and worked in France, Cyprus and the U. S. and is an avid world traveler who speaks five languages. He enjoys all sports and has a talent for knife-throwing, which he perfected at Le Cordon Bleu. Currently Chef de Cuisine at the renowned Bridgehampton Inn in New York, his specialties include Caramelized Baked Alaska, Winter Salad, Roast Lamb Fondue, Wild Game and Poached Pears with Mint Ice Cream. The Congressman’s Wife is his first novel, and he’s currently writing a cookbook.



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