Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Free Book Blitz: Shopping for an Heir by Julia Kent

Freebie Blitz—Shopping for an Heir (Book 10 in the Shopping series) by Julia Kent


FREE for a limited time - SHOPPING FOR AN HEIR. A hilarious standalone in Julia Kent's bestselling Shopping for a Billionaire series. Gerald Wright works for billionaires. He never imagined he’d become one. Get the Whispersync audio for $7.49 on Amazon or your favorite audiobook retailer.


Gerald Wright works for billionaires. He never imagined he’d become one.

The former Navy Seal is a chauffeur by day, artist by night, so when hotter-than-ever ex-fiancĂ©e Suzanne Dayton interrupts his nude model sculpting class to serve him with inheritance paperwork from a man he’s never heard of, he assumes it’s a joke.

Turns out the joke’s on him. There’s just one catch. A big one.

And it might be Suzanne — in more ways than he ever dreamed.

Shopping for an Heir is the 10th book in the New York Times bestselling Shopping for a Billionaire series by Julia Kent.

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Julia Kent writes romantic comedy with an edge. From billionaires to BBWs to new adult rock stars, Julia finds a sensual, goofy joy in every contemporary romance she writes. Unlike Shannon from Shopping for a Billionaire, she did not meet her husband after dropping her phone in a men's room toilet (and he isn't a billionaire). She lives in New England with her husband and three sons in a household where the toilet seat is never, ever, down

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“I can do this,” Suzanne Dayton muttered under her breath, standing outside the decrepit arts center, pacing back and forth, trying desperately to find her old military voice. More than ten years out of the Navy after a two-year stint, and that world was like a different lifetime. Three years of law school and seven years as a practicing attorney—now a full partner at one of Boston’s best firms—and here she was, trembling with anxiety at the thought of walking into a nude sculpting class.
The nude part? No problem.
The class part? No problem.
The instructor? Big problem.
And what she needed to deliver to him?
“Oh, God,” she groaned. “How did my life come to this?”

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Book Tour & Giveaway: Holiday Hijinks by Katherine Moore

Holiday Hijinks
Halliday Theater #1
by Katherine Moore
Genre: Cozy Holiday Romance

It’s Christmas, and this year Emily Halliday is trying something new at the struggling revival movie theater she runs for her great-grandmother. After all, how many times can you show It’s a Wonderful Life?
Emily was hoping to make a little profit on “Holiday Hijinks,” her “counter-programming Christmas” event. What she never expected—plot twist—is that an unexpected guest will turn her own life into a romantic comedy.
Holiday Hijinks is the first in a new series of cozy romances set in the small Pacific Northwest town of Silver Birch, Washington. A short read (15K) for a busy time, Holiday Hijinks introduces a whole new cast of characters while bringing back “cameos” from the “Meredith Manor Hotel” books, which are also set in Silver Birch.
If you love movies and food and romance as cozy as flannel jammies, Holiday Hijinks is the Christmas read for you.

**Only .99 cents!!**

Born in Washington, D.C., Katherine Moore now lives in a small Pacific Northwest town very much like Silver Birch. She has worked as a food writer, a caterer, and a movie extra as well as a freelance lifestyle reporter and staff writer for magazines in Honolulu, Los Angeles, and Richmond, Virginia.

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Book Release: 1,4,3 by Alicia Sophia

1,4,3 -- love, loss, and other catastrophes.

Cam stumbled up the stairs, drunk again. She tried to drown her doubts in the bottle but she knew she couldn't live inside Lee's, Good Housekeeping inspired picture-of-perfection anymore. When Lee confronts her, she can't deny that her spark for adventure has been reignited and lets her "143" walk out the door and out of her life. 

Growing up as a lesbian with an overly dramatic mother and a father who tried everything to keep his wife happy and their family together taught Cam that sometimes "I love you" really isn't enough. Her world changed the moment she met Lee and it never stops changing as she explores the world she never knew before.

Follow Cam as she navigates through love, loss, and other catastrophes. 

Readers all over the globe have gotten lost with Cam and found themselves along the way, and debut author, Alicia Sophia has been nominated for 2 Golden Crown Literary Society Goldie Awards for 1,4,3. 

Hailed by Tracy Plath, author of Thicker than Water: "First time author Alicia Sophia's debut novel is a wordy feast that I wanted to slow down and savor reading, but had to speed through and devour in a coffee fueled marathon reading because I could not bear to put it down. It's that delicious. Her prose is at times ground glass in a wound in its raw and biting reality, and at other times sultry as a silken scarf sliding on bare skin. She portrays the escalating chain of events hurtling her main character Cam's descent downward into addiction and betrayal with such naked reality Cam becomes both the train wreck you can't look away from and the glorious and hurting friend you ache to save. The believability of the characters and in the moment perfection of each scene make this book one to remember, and read again, and again."

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Book Review: Verity by Colleen Hoover

Wow! I've liked Colleen Hoover's contemporary romances going back to Slammed, so when I saw she'd branched out to write a suspense romance as an indie project, I was interested. Lowden Ashleigh is a struggling writer who is chosen to write the last three books of a best-selling series by Verity Crawford. Verity was in a car accident and is basically brain-dead. Her husband, Jeremy, is her caretaker along with hired nurses. Verity and Jeremy have a four-year-old son, having lost their twin girls before Verity's accident. 
Lowden comes to their house in Vermont so she can organize Verity's notes and outline the next books. She finds a secret memoir written by Verity that shows a completely different person than the outward facade she's displayed to the world. While horrified at Verity's true persona, Lowden also is attracted to Jeremy. Meanwhile, weird things are happening, and Lowden becomes more and more suspicious.
I didn't want to put this book down. If you liked DuMaurier's Rebecca, there are some vibes here that are very similar though this book is a lot steamier. This book keeps you guessing right to the end. I can't recommend it enough.

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Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish. 

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity's recollection of the night their family was forever altered. 

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her. 

A standalone romantic thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover.

Christmas Release, Excerpt, Interview: Christmas at Blue Hydrangeas by Marianne Sciucco

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It’s Christmas Eve, and as Sara waits for her husband and son to arrive home to Blue Hydrangeas, their Cape Cod bed and breakfast, a blizzard threatens to close the bridges, stranding all travelers to and from the Cape. As she prepares for the holiday, unexpected visitors arrive, all sharing the common bond of grief. Sara is determined the storm and sadness will not spoil Christmas, and ensures Santa will find his way to two fatherless children far from home. A sweet slice-of-life story about loved ones and strangers coming together to share the spirit of Christmas. Prequel to the novel Blue Hydrangeas, an Alzheimer’s love story. 
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Sara peered out of the window and noted another inch of fresh snow on the ground. Time to get out the shovel.
She bundled up in an old parka and headed outside. The snow was light, and she cleared it with ease. She enjoyed working in the frigid weather, the cold air stinging her cheeks, her body made warm by her efforts. While she worked, she hummed a medley of Christmas carols.
The wind whipped the snow around her, and she remembered the empty bird feeders. She cleared an additional path to them and filled each with seed. She couldn’t bear to see her birds suffer. Satisfied, she moved on to the front of the house and was almost finished clearing the front walk and stairs when the sound of an approaching motor vehicle broke the silence. Seconds later, a pickup truck carrying a load of Christmas trees made its way up the drive.
She finished removing the last of the snow from the entrance to the house. “Come on in,” she called to the truck’s occupants as they exited the vehicle.
Minutes later, two burly men carried a magnificent Colorado Blue Spruce, ordered direct from the tree farm, up her front walk and into the house. She guided them into her formal living room and indicated the space in front of the window, a tree stand in place.
“Right there will be fine, Kenny,” she told the man in charge. His partner, Tom, was younger and smaller and never said much. She shed her parka and gloves, dropping snow onto the hardwood floor, and made a mental note to mop it up as soon as the men left.
“Do you want us to set it up for you?” Kenny took a small saw out of his pocket.
She nodded, and the men proceeded to cut an inch or so off the tree’s trunk. They stood the tree to its full height and inserted it into its sturdy metal stand. While she gave instructions, they positioned it to its best advantage.
“A little more to the left. Now back a bit. Not that far back. OK, that’s good. Leave it there.”
Pleased with the positioning of the tree, she waited while they secured it. They stood when finished and stepped back to appraise it with her.
“It’s a nice tree,” Kenny said.  “We cut it down just yesterday morning.” He took a deep breath. “The room already smells like pine.”
She inhaled, closing her eyes. “It’s wonderful.”
“Anything else we can do for you before we hit the road? The snow’s getting heavy. The town’s plows can’t keep up with it.”
“How bad are the roads?”
“Getting worse by the minute.”
Her hopes plummeted. “But the weatherman on the radio said the heavy snow will end later this morning.”
“Haven’t you heard?” Kenny raised his bushy eyebrows. “Old news. The storm’s taken a new path. Most recent report says it’s supposed to get worse before it gets better. A lotworse.”
“What are you saying?” She’d turned off the radio after the weather report to enjoy the silence and hadn’t kept up with the news.
“A blizzard is on its way, the second big one this year. Seventy-eight will go down in history as one of the snowiest years ever.”
“But it’s Christmas Eve,” she cried, and immediately felt silly. Mother Nature didn’t care about Christmas Eve.
“That look on your face tells me David and Jack aren’t home yet.”
“No,” she revealed, even more disheartened. The thought of another blizzard to rival last February’s Great Blizzard of 1978 terrified her. The power had gone out. No heat. No stove. They were snowed in for days. But they were together, camped out in front of the fireplace, keeping warm, able to heat up cans of soup and brew coffee. It was a miserable welcome their first winter as full-time Cape Cod residents. During those long, cold days she considered going back to New York, but remembered the winters there were also wretched. She bucked up and soldiered on.
And now this.
Kenny shook his head. “Well, I hope they make it home before the officials close the bridges.”
Her eyes widened. “Close the bridges?”
“Yes, ma’am,” he solemnly said. “The Army Corps of Engineers are talking about shutting them down if it gets too bad. If they do, no one will be able to get on or off the Cape.”
“Oh dear.” She suddenly needed to sit down and landed on the couch. “I have no way to reach Jack and David, no way to let them know. I don’t even know where they are.”
“Don’t worry, I’m sure they’ll be fine, and home any minute. Now, is there anything else we can do for you before we go? We’ve got a truckload of trees to deliver.”
Sara couldn’t think. Her mind was racing.
The men waited a moment, and then Kenny turned to his silent but hardworking partner. “I guess we can go.” They turned to leave.
Sara came to her senses. She stood and reached into a pocket, pulling out a few dollars. She handed each man a small tip. They stuffed the bills into their pockets, broad smiles on their weather-worn faces.
“Thank you, Mrs. Harmon,” Kenny said. “Listen, it was a little rough coming up your driveway. I’ll plow you out now and I’ll try to come back later to keep it clear. All right?”
She nodded. “I’d appreciate it.”
“No problem.” He made for the door, Tom close behind him. “And Merry Christmas. I’ll be seeing you around town soon, I’m sure.” The men let themselves out.
She stared at the tree, seven feet tall, six feet wide at the bottom, and ideal for the corner it occupied. She and Jack had driven out to the tree farm months ago and selected it from acres of possibilities. It was a new tradition for their new life on the Cape. She’d let it rest a while before piling on the decorations.
Marianne Sciucco is not a nurse who writes. She’s a writer who happens to be a nurse. A lover of words and books, she studied the craft of writing as an English major at the University of Massachusetts at Boston and briefly worked as a newspaper reporter in New England. To avoid poverty, she became a nurse and now writes about the intricate lives of people struggling with health and family issues. A native Bostonian who loves Cape Cod, she makes her home in upstate New York. When not writing contemporary and young adult “flinch-free” fiction, she works as a campus nurse at a community college. She’s also a founder and admin at AlzAuthors, a global community of authors and readers whose lives have been touched by Alzheimer’s and dementia.
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What inspired you to write a prequel to Blue Hydrangeas, an Alzheimer’s love story?
While writing Blue Hydrangeas I fell in love with Jack and Sara – literally; I met a couple in my work that inspired them – and of course the inn. I’ve been vacationing on Cape Cod for decades (once lived there) and would love to find a place like Blue Hydrangeas to stay. Many of my readers have told me they feel the same way and wanted to visit the inn again. So it was easy to decide to go back. And of course I wanted to write about Jack and Sara’s earlier years,  who they before Sara’s Alzheimer’s enters the picture. Happier times.
Why write about the Great Blizzard of 1978?
All great stories need a huge catalyst and what’s greater than a surprise blizzard on Christmas Eve? I lived through the Great Blizzard and remember it well, such a scary time, so I took some literary license and added a second great storm to ’78. I was also inspired by the television movie “The Homecoming,” which became the series “The Walton’s.” I was captivated by the image of the mother peering out the window waiting for her husband to return in the storm, while trying to maintain the Christmas spirit for her children.
Do you have any special Christmas traditions and are they in this book?
My family indulges in the The Feast of the Seven Fishes every Christmas Eve. It’s an old Italian tradition and every year it’s a challenge coming up with seven fishes that most people will eat. We’re more shellfish-oriented, so we usually eat a lot of that: calamari, clams, shrimp, scallops, crab, and also cod and sole. My husband and I often talk about preparing the seafood stew Sara makes but we haven’t gotten there yet.
What are you working on now?
My next project will be “A Wedding at Blue Hydrangeas,” David and Anne’s story. The inn is the ideal location for nuptials, but I’m adding in a very emotional catalyst: a fire! And a surprise guest that makes the weekend challenging to say the least. Of course, Sara pulls it all off magnificently.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Book Tour & Giveaway: Mr. Pizza by J.F. Pandolfi

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Mainstream Fiction
Date Published: August 3, 2018
Publisher: L&A Publications

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Most people make at least one really harebrained decision in their life. Just ask Tony Piza. Deciding he needs a “paid vacation” for a year after college, Tony lands a job teaching at a Catholic elementary school. Talk about the Moby Dick of miscalculations. His pathetic effort is making him look bad, crimping his love life, and leaving him feeling guilty. A new approach, fueled by his irreverent humor, makes him a hit with his students. But it riles the powers that be. A showdown seems inevitable. Whether he can survive it—well, that’s something else.

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J. F. Pandolfi went to Fordham University as an undergrad, then taught at a Catholic elementary school before attending Fordham Law School.

Practicing law certainly had its moments, but to call it "utter euphoria"—well, that was a stretch. Plus, the voices that had taken up residency in his head (rent-free, the deadbeats) kept insisting that he share his writing with the world. An award for his flash fiction piece, "Psychology for Dummies", convinced him that the voices might be on to something. And so he called upon his fond memories as a teacher, which served as a backdrop to his debut novel, "Mr. Pizza".

J. F. also briefly believed he had won the New York City Marathon. Alas, it turned out to be a dream, apparently brought on by an acute case of restless leg syndrome.

A staunch supporter of the fight to eradicate adult illiteracy, J. F. was accorded a Special Recognition in Literacy Award for his efforts.

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Book Tour & Giveaway: Lizzy's Kiss by Karen Tjebben

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Psychological Romantic Suspense
Date Published: November 21, 2018

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Lizzy Adams spent the summer pining for Tyson Smith, the sexy security agent whose instruction at a safety seminar saved her life. Now, every man she meets is measured against the absolute awesomeness of the brawny black man with the soulful eyes, the baritone voice that whispers over her like a velvet caress, and a smile that turns her knees to jelly. Now she just had to get him to notice her.

Tyson Smith had a lot of respect for Lizzy Adams, the spunky teacher who freed herself from the clutches of a deranged miscreant who’d wanted to take her hostage. But his concept of her wholesome ‘girl-next-door’ image was challenged the night she showed up at a company barbeque dressed as a flirty cowgirl. Always the gentleman, he managed to keep his eyes off her assets as she strolled around the farm. His mother had raised him better, but there was no denying that she was every man’s ‘American Beauty’ fantasy. But the night he’d shown up at her doorstep to help her out altered their relationship forever. Between the fear in her eyes and the baseball bat perched on her shoulder, his protective side surfaced, and he handed her a piece of his heart.

Their whirlwind romance is threatened when a man from Lizzy’s past attacks her. Sam Clark wants vengeance for his son. He blames the jurors from Jason’s trial for Jason’s death and crafts a hit list. But killing Lizzy, the scrappy survivor, is harder than he thought. After Sam fails at his first attempt on Lizzy’s life, he resolves to kill her before he’s forced into hiding. He just has to get past the big, black man who appointed himself Lizzy’s protector.

About the Author

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Karen Tjebben lives in central North Carolina with her wonderful husband, twin daughters, and two hamsters. When her girls left for kindergarten, Karen discovered that she needed to fill her days with something, and that was the beginning of her new career in writing. She loves to create worlds filled with unique characters that she hopes will delight and raise goose bumps on her readers. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her husband and seeing the world through her daughters' eyes.

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