Friday, October 31, 2014

Sweet Texas Series - Blog Tour & Giveaway

Sweet, Texas Series
Anything But Sweet, Sweetest Mistake & Something Sweeter: Sweet, Texas # 1 - 3
By: Candis Terry
Avon

Blurbs
Anything But Sweet

HE’S STUBBORN AND THOROUGHLY MALE . . .

If Charlotte Brooks thinks she and her TV makeover show can turn Reno Wilder’s hometown upside down, he’ll be happy to prove her wrong. The x-Marine has seen too much turmoil and he likes Sweet, Texas, just the way it is. Traditional. Familiar. A little dull. Everything Charli isn’t. But instead of backing off from his scowls like everyone else, Charli digs in her skyscraper heels.

SHE’S TENACIOUS AND WICKEDLY TEMPTING . . .

Reno Wilder is a one-man unwelcoming committee, but Charli isn’t budging. It’s clear the gorgeous cowboy needs an overhaul just as much as Sweet. Someone needs to break him out of that gruff shell and show him how fun and rewarding a little change can be.

THEY’RE ABOUT TO FIND THAT LOVE IS ANYTHING BUT PREDICTABLE.

Sweetest Mistake

WHEN FRIENDS BECOME LOVERS . . .

Firefighter and former Marine Jackson Wilder has tough guy down to an art, but he’s learned the hard way that promises were made to be broken. Abigail Morgan was once his best friend, his first kiss, his first love, his first everything. He’d just forgotten to mention all that to her and she blew out of his life. Five years later, she’s back and he’s battling a load of mistrust for her disappearing act. But for some reason he just can’t keep his lips—or his hands—to himself.

IT CAN LEAD TO DISASTER OR . . .

When her stint as a trophy wife abruptly ends, Abby returns home to Sweet, Texas, and comes face-to-face with Jackson—her biggest and sexiest mistake. Time and distance did nothing to squash her love for the act-first-think-later stubborn hunk of a man, and when he suggests they renew their old just-friends vow, Abby realizes she wants more. She’d cut and run once. Could she do it again? Or could she tempt him enough to break his promise?

THE SWEETEST MISTAKE.

The men in Texas are hard to resist . . .

Seattle event planner Allison Lane is an expert at delivering the perfect wedding—even if she might not exactly believe in the whole “’til death do us part” thing. When her father decides to tie the knot with a woman he barely knows, Allison heads to Sweet, Texas, to make sure his new honey is the real deal. What she didn’t expect to find at the local honky-tonk was a sexy Southern man as bent on charming her pants off as he is on blowing her “true love doesn’t exist” theory all to hell.

And they always promise . . .

Veterinarian, former Marine, and Sweet’s favorite playboy Jesse Wilder takes one look at Allison and knows she’s a handful of trouble he can’t deny. But even after a sizzling kiss and obvious mutual attraction, it seems Allison has no such problem. When Jesse uncovers her sweet side, can he crush his playboy image, melt her cynical heart, and change her mind about taking a trip down the aisle?


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ANYTHING BUT SWEET:  B&N | Amazon | iTunes
SWEETEST MISTAKE: Amazon | B&N  | iTunes
SOMETHING SWEETER:  Amazon | B&N | iTunes

About the Author:
Candis Terry was born and raised near the sunny beaches of Southern California and now makes her home on an Idaho farm. She’s experienced life in such diverse ways as working in a Hollywood recording studio to chasing down wayward steers. Only one thing has remained the same: her passion for writing stories about relationships, the push and pull in the search for love, and the security one finds in their own happily ever after.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Christmas at Twilight - Promo & Giveaway


Christmas at Twilight
Twilight, Texas # 5
By: Lori Wilde
Releasing October 28th, 2014
Avon Romance


Blurb
It's Christmas in Twilight, Texas. The Cookie Club is baking, the town is decorated, and Delta Force Operator "Hutch" Hutchinson has finally, reluctantly, returned home . . .

. . . only to get pepper sprayed by the delicious- looking stranger who's taken over his house. She says her name is Jane, and she immediately sets down ground rules. Top priority: no touching. For Hutch that isn't easy—he was wounded in action, but one part is still working very well.

Then Hutch learns the truth. Jane harbors a frightening secret—she's really Meredith Sommers, on the run from a dangerous ex-husband and desperately in need of the safety Hutch can provide. In that moment, he vows he'd do anything in his power to protect her. And as Christmas approaches, they discover that their love can conquer the past and overcome any obstacle—but what price will they pay?

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Author Info
Lori Wilde is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over 70 works of romantic fiction. She is a two-time RITA award nominee, a four time Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice nominee and has won numerous other awards. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Texas Christian University and holds a certificate in nursing forensics. An animal lover, Lori is owned by several pets, and lives in Texas with her husband, Bill.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Seaside Hearts - Review & Giveaway


Seaside Hearts
Seaside Summers # 2
By: Melissa Foster
Releasing October, 2014


Blurb
Jenna Ward is vivacious, spontaneous, and confident—except when she’s around the man who stole her heart years earlier, strikingly handsome, quiet, and reliable Pete Lacroux. After years of trying to get his attention and overwhelmed from dealing with her mother’s new cougar lifestyle, Jenna’s giving up on Peter—and is ready to explore other men.

As the eldest of five siblings, with an alcoholic father to care for, boat craftsman Pete Lacroux always does the right thing and has no time for a real relationship. He’s looking forward to seeing his friend Jenna, a welcome distraction who’s so damn sexy and so painfully shy that she equally entertains and confuses him.

When Jenna picks up a hard-bodied construction worker, jealousy ignites Pete’s true feelings, and he’s powerless to ignore the desires for Jenna he never realized he had.  But Pete’s not the quiet guy he appears to be, and his life is anything but conducive to a relationship. Can Jenna handle the real Pete Lacroux—the sexiest, most passionate alpha male she’s ever seen—or will she crack under pressure? And can Pete reclaim the life he once had without tearing apart his family?
SEASIDE SUMMERS is the newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series, featuring a group of fun, sexy, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They’re funny, flawed, and will have you begging to enter their circle of friends. You met them in READ, WRITE, LOVE, (The Remingtons, Book 5), follow these friends on their search for forever love in the Seaside Summers series. COMING SUMMER 2014.

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Review by Marlene Engel
For years Jenna has been pining over Pete.  And, for years, Pete hasn’t given her any real sign that he may be reciprocating those feelings.  Frustrated that this summer will be the same as summers past, Jenna decides to focus her attention on other men.  However, Pete does have feelings for Jenna, but his complicated situation makes it hard to be in a relationship.  Dealing with an alcoholic father, and trying to keep his father’s addiction from being exposed, Pete spends much of his time running to his father’s rescue when he finds himself in a losing battle with the bottle. 

It’s not until Pete spies Jenna throwing away her shy ways and seductively flirting with a construction worker that he knows he has to make a decision.  Conflicted between doing right by his father and following his heart, Pete’s at a crossroads.  Will he express his feelings for Jenna?  Or will he risk losing her to another man?

There’s nothing like a hot summer romance to keep you warm during these cool fall months.  The Seaside Summers series are the perfect books to keep your summer going all year round.  With a warm setting, hot characters and even hotter love scenes, you won’t need to be out in the sun to feel the heat.  So, grab a fruity drink and settle down with this book, because October just got hot!


About the Author:
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women's fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today's book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Café. When she's not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine. 
Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on The Women's NestFostering Success, or World Lit Cafe. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

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Book One in the Seaside Summers Series

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

You Were Meant For Me - Review & Giveaway

Review by Marlene Engel
We’d all like to think that we’d do “the right thing” in certain situations, but what would you do if you found an abandoned newborn?  That’s exactly what a New York City man had to ask himself when he found an infant on the ACE subway platform.  Author, Yona Zeldis McDonough, a Brooklyn native, was so taken by this story that it was the inspiration for this book.

Miranda was content in the thought that she may never be a mother.  In her mid-thirties and single, the chances weren’t looking too good.  But she had a great job and amazing friends.  Things definitely could be worse.  Her life changed one night when she was heading home from a night out with the girls.  Walking through the subway station, she spied the usual sights … people running to catch their train, a homeless person huddling in the corner, but it wasn’t until she saw a little bundle with a foot sticking out that she stopped to take notice.  At first, she thought maybe it was a doll, but when the foot moved she knew that she stumbled upon something more than a child’s discarded toy.  She found someone’s discarded baby!

After turning the baby over to the local police, Miranda couldn’t get the thought of that little baby out of her mind.  She went to the court to inquire about the infant and was shocked when she was asked to consider fostering the baby.  A bit nervous, what did she know about raising a baby?, she decided to take on the challenge.  It didn’t take long for her to fall in love with this child, whom she named Celeste.  But when a local paper got wind of the story and asked to do an interview, things got complicated.  A man claiming to be the baby’s father surfaced and was looking to claim his child.  Heartbroken and confused, Miranda was torn between fighting for the baby that she loved and returning her to the rightful parent.

As a foster and adoptive parent, this book spoke volumes to me.  I could relate to much of what Miranda was going through with the inner turmoil of loving a child unconditionally, yet knowing that they can be taken from you without question.  The joys that a child brings to your life, and the sorrows of the unknown.  The author does a brilliant job of bringing out real, raw emotions while making you feel like you’re living the story along with Miranda. 

A heart-wrenching story about love, family, sacrifices … life!  Go out and get this book.  You won’t be able to put it down until you hit the last page!

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About the Author:
Yona Zeldis McDonough is the author of seven novels for adults: THE FOUR TEMPERAMENTS, IN DAHLIA'S WAKE, BREAKING THE BANK (which has been optioned for a film), A WEDDING IN GREAT NECK, TWO OF A KIND and YOU WERE MEANT FOR ME.

She is also an award-winning children's book author with 23 children's books to her credit. THE DOLL SHOP DOWNSTAIRS received a starred review from Jewish Book World saying that it "will become a classic." In another starred review Kirkus called the sequel, THE CATS IN THE DOLL SHOP, "a quiet treasure." THE DOLL WITH THE YELLOW STAR won the 2006 Once Upon a World Award presented by the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Her most recent book for children, LITTLE AUTHOR IN THE BIG WOODS: A BIOGRAPHY OF LAURA INGALLS WILDER, came out from Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt, on September 16, 2014 and her latest in the popular WHO WAS...? series, WHO WAS SOJOURNER TRUTH?, is forthcoming from Grosset & Dunlap.

For over a dozen years, Yona has been the Fiction Editor at Lilith Magazine. She works independently to help aspiring writers polish their manuscripts.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe - Tour & Giveaway


 Christmas at the Cupcake Café
Cupcake Café  # 2
By: Jenny Colgan
Releasing October 14th, 2014
William Morrow


Blurb
Issy Randall, proud owner of The Cupcake Cafe, is in love and couldn’t be happier. Her new business is thriving and she is surrounded by close friends, even if her cupcake colleagues Pearl and Caroline don’t seem quite as upbeat about the upcoming season of snow and merriment. But when her boyfriend Austin is scouted for a possible move to New York, Issy is forced to face up to the prospect of a long-distance romance. And when the Christmas rush at the cafe - with its increased demand for her delectable creations - begins to take its toll, Issy has to decide what she holds most dear.

This December, Issy will have to rely on all her reserves of courage, good nature and cinnamon, to make sure everyone has a merry Christmas, one way or another. . .

Indulge yourself and your sweet-toothed friends with Jenny Colgan’s new novel, simply bursting with Christmas cupcake recipes and seasonal sugar-fuelled fun.

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Author Info
Jenny Colgan is the author of numerous bestselling novels, including Christmas at the Cupcake Café and The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris, which are also published by Sphere. Meet Me at the Cupcake Café won the 2012 Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance and was a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller, as was Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams, which won the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2013. Jenny is married with three children and lives in London and France.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Winter Street - Review

Review by Deb Czajkowski
Christmas is a time for the family to gather around a decorated tree, sing festive carols, and savor the magic of the season. But in the Quinn family, this year’s festivities don’t seem quite so idyllic.

Kelley Quinn, the leader of the clan and owner of Nantucket’s Winter Street Inn, learns that his wife, Mitzi, has been having a Christmas-time affair with the Inn’s Santa Claus. Stunned and confused, Kelley is counting on his children’s presence to get him through not only the Inn’s annual Christmas party but also through the holiday itself. The only problem is that each of his children can’t deliver for his or her own reason.

Kelley’s firstborn, Patrick, is the golden child. Everything in Patrick’s life has always gone according to plan and he has secured himself a lucrative position as a hedge fund manager. But crushing news that he’s being investigated by the SEC on suspicion of insider trader uproots his Christmas plans. Consequently, his wife, Jennifer, can’t stand the sight of him and takes their sons to visit her family for Christmas, leaving Patrick alone to think about his wayward choices.

Kevin is Kelley’s second son. Kevin has worked at a Nantucket bar ever since his good-for-nothing wife, Norah, took all of his money and left him with nothing but a divorce. Kevin swore off women after her, but that promise might be hard to uphold after learning that his secret girlfriend and the housekeeper at the Inn, Isabelle, is pregnant with his child. Sure, he’s in love with Isabelle, but should he propose even though the thought of a Norah-repeat terrifies him?

Kelley’s only girl is Ava. She loves her job teaching music at Nantucket’s elementary school and has found the perfect man in Nathanial Oscar. Well, maybe he’s not the perfect man because if he were, wouldn’t he have proposed a while ago? And why is he going home for Christmas where his recently-divorced ex-girlfriend will be front and center in his holiday plans? Should she instead be looking at the assistant principal, Scott, who has made his crush on Ava perfectly well-know?

Finally, there is Bart. Bart is Kelley’s youngest child, the only child Kelley has with Mitzi. Bart was a notorious screw-up with a proclivity for shirking responsibility and crashing cars without much remorse. This is Mitzi’s fault; she never did like rules. But Bart’s decision to join the Marines leaves the entire family in a constant state of worry, wondering when they will hear from Bart, because not hearing from him is not an option.

Then there is Margaret Quinn, nationally-known TV anchor and Kelley’s first wife. When they divorced, the kids moved to Nantucket with Kelley so they would grow up with at least one parent instead of a nanny. There is no doubt that Margaret loves her children, but her responsibilities at the station and her single-minded focus on her job meant that she hasn’t had a memorable Christmas with her family since Ava was a young girl.

All of these issues collide on December 25, bringing everyone together for the holidays.
Fans of Elin Hilderbrand will love this story as her trademark straightforward writing and realistic plotlines draw readers in. The characters are well-developed for the short length of this holiday read and present with relatable problems. The story reminds the reader that no matter what happens in one’s life, one can always go home. Problems don’t magically disappear around the holidays, but binding together with one’s loved ones can help to get through it. Hilderbrand delivers an enjoyable read, sure to warm your heart and remind you that family is forever in this upcoming holiday season.

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About the Author:
Elin Hilderbrand lives on Nantucket with her husband and their three young children. She grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and traveled extensively before settling on Nantucket, which has been the setting for her five previous novels. Hilderbrand is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the graduate fiction workshop at the University of Iowa.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Dispatches from the Dating Zone - Review & Giveaway

Review by Marlene Engel

Let’s face it, the dating scene leaves much to be desired.  But when you’re a thirty something, divorced mom with a little extra padding, desperate times call for desperate measures.  That’s why Fleur Summers decides to turn to her colorful family and friends for help.  Agreeing to be set up on blind dates, Fleur meets an array of interesting men.  From a human garbage disposal to a Danny DeVito clone, Fleur’s encounters give the term “date from hell” a new meaning.  But she’s determined to give this unconventional way of meeting a man a fair shot. 

Join Fleur on a hilarious adventure to (hopefully) meet Mr. Right.  No matter if you are happily married or looking for your own Mr. Right, you will enjoy this laugh out loud novel.  Full of zany characters and crazy shenanigans, Dispatches from the Dating Zone is a must read. 

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About the Author:
Just like most writers, writing has been my passion for as long as I can remember. From short stories as a child to songs performed in school plays. One way or another I’ve always written.

However, my tale is not one of an overnight success but rather one of a slow burner! It wasn’t until I was a 25 years old and in the very early stages of pregnancy that I decided I might be good enough at writing to finally give into the little voice in my head, the one that had been telling me for years to put the book that I’d been mentally drafting, down on paper. I was a third of the way through when, unfortunately, life decided it had other ideas. Very much out of the blue and barely a few weeks after giving birth, I found myself facing the road ahead as a single mum and in the process of getting divorced. Needless to say, I didn’t write again for years.

Thankfully, after turning my life around and spurred on by my family and young son, I finally put pen to paper again and ‘Dispatches from the Dating Zone’ was born.

I’d love to say that when I’m not writing, I’m living the glamorous and over-the-top life of a W.A.G here in Cheshire…but in reality I’m pretty much your average 36 year old, one with too many wobbly bits and a penchant for white wine and chocolate.

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