Tuesday, August 13, 2013


It's no surprise that I love my indie authors and books!  I am hosting a bunch of my favorite indie authors and giving away one e-book from each of them!  This giveaway is open internationally and ONE LUCKY WINNER will receive an e-book from each of these amazing and talented authors!  Now let's meet these lovely ladies and read about the books you can win!

An avid reader and writer, Tracie Banister has been scribbling stories since she was a child, most of them featuring feisty heroines with complicated love lives like her favorite fictional protagonist Scarlett O'Hara. Her debut Chick Lit novel, BLAME IT ON THE FAME, is being released in January, 2012. She resides in the South and enjoys watching TV, going to the theatre, finding talented, new writers, and spending time with her three adorable rescue dogs.
Lending a sympathetic ear and dispensing sage words of advice is all part of the job for psychologist Pilar Alvarez, and she’s everything a good therapist should be: warm, compassionate, supportive. She listens, she cares, and she has all the answers, but how’s the woman everyone turns to in their hour of need supposed to cope when her own life starts to fall apart? While working hard to make a success of her recently-opened practice in trendy South Beach, Pilar must also find time to cater to the demands of her boisterous Cuban family, which includes younger sister Izzy, an unemployed, navel-pierced wild child who can't stay out of trouble, and their mother, a beauty queen turned drama queen who’s equally obsessed with her fading looks and getting Pilar married before it’s “too late.” Although she’d like to oblige her mother and make a permanent love connection, Pilar’s romantic prospects look grim. Her cheating ex, who swears that he’s reformed, is stalking her. A hunky, but strictly off-limits, patient with bad-boy appeal and intimacy issues is making passes. And the sexy shrink in the suite across the hall has a gold band on his left ring finger. When a series of personal and professional disasters lead Pilar into the arms of one of her unsuitable suitors, she's left shaken, confused, and full of self-doubt. With time running out, she must make sense of her feelings and learn to trust herself again so that she can save her business, her family, and most importantly, her heart.

Samantha Stroh Bailey has been a writer ever since she could pick up a pen. In fact, she even sent her first manuscript, Freddy the Flame, to publishers when she was ten years old (it was rejected) and a lifelong passion to write was born.
After 15 years of teaching ESL to adults, including at the University of Toronto, she decided to live her dreams of being a fulltime writer and editor. Now the owner of Perfect Pen Communications, she not only gets to write novels, but also writes and edits for magazines, websites, businesses, students and other writers.
Her work has appeared in Now Magazine, The Village Post, Oxford University Press, Abilities Magazine, on mommyish.com and many other publications. Samantha also has a Master of Education in Applied Linguistics.
She lives in Toronto with her husband and two children. Finding Lucas is her first novel.

Can you ever really go back to the past? After five long years of living with Derek, her former bad boy turned metrosexual boyfriend, Jamie Ross finally reaches her breaking point. She's had enough of his sneering disdain for her second hand wardrobe, unusual family and low-paying job as the associate producer of Chicago's sleaziest daytime talk show. When her new boss plans a segment on reuniting lost loves, Jamie remembers Lucas, her first love and the boy she'd lost ten years earlier. Spurred on by her gang of quirky friends, Jamie goes on a hilarious, disastrous and life changing hunt to track Lucas down. But will finding Lucas give Jamie everything she's looking for?
Born and raised in the Midwest, Libby Mercer's adventurous spirit kicked in after graduating from high school, and she's since lived in Boston, NYC and London. For several years, Libby worked in fashion - first as a journalist and then as a shopkeeper, and for a while she dabbled in design. Libby has been a writer for as long as she can remember. She penned her first book at age seven - a picture book entitled BIG and small. Countless numbers of stories later, her first book, Fashioning a Romance, was published in May 2012, followed by Unmasking Maya and The Karmic Connection. Libby lives in San Francisco.

Guilty of nothing more than working too much - or so they say - Adam Stowe is dumped at a "wellness center" in the middle of nowhere by a couple of concerned colleagues. When he meets Lorraine, the beautiful and bewitching yoga instructor, his spirits start to lift, but once he discovers what a flighty fruitcake she is, they drop back down to subterranean levels. 
For Lorraine Jameson, Luna Wellness Center was a beacon of solace when her life was falling apart, and she can't stand the way Adam's toxic energy is poisoning the peace. He embodies everything negative about the life she discarded eighteen months ago. Despite being fiercely attracted to the arrogant man, she's determined not to let Adam Stowe anywhere near her heart. 
Adam and Lorraine couldn't be more unsuitable as a potential couple... so why is the universe so dead set on uniting these two? 

Brea Brown lives in Springfield, Missouri, with her husband and three sons, but her international support network stretches as far as Australia. Her published novels are "Daydreamer," "The Secret Keeper," "The Secret Keeper Confined," "The Secret Keeper Up All Night," "The Secret Keeper Holds On," "The Secret Keeper Lets Go," "Plain Jayne," and "Quiet, Please!"
In the fifth installment of Brea Brown’s much-beloved series, the lovably flawed "secret keeper," Peyton Northam, suspects the people closest to her are keeping some pretty big things from her. Once the center of her circle of friends, she's now no longer the go-to confidante. She'd always thought this would be a welcome relief, but instead finds it frustrating and hurtful to always be the last to know everything. And that's what seems to be happening more and more often. She wants to know as much as she doesn't want to know, and it's starting to make her nuts. Or is that just the hormones taking over for the perpetually pregnant pastor's wife? At the same time, Peyton's ever-developing drive to do the right thing is hampering her ability to keep certain secrets. Now, she may have to let go of a confidence that has been nagging at her conscience for years. But is it really her secret to tell?

A born & bred New Yorker, Meredith Schorr discovered her passion for writing when she began to enjoy drafting work-related emails way more than she was probably supposed to, and was famous among her friends for writing witty birthday cards. After dabbling in children’s stories and blogging her personal experiences, Meredith found her calling writing “real” chick lit for real women. When Meredith is not hard at work on her current work in progress, she spends her days as a trademark paralegal at a law firm in New York City. Meredith is a loyal New York Yankees fan and an avid runner. She also loves to read and is always on the lookout for her new favorite author. A State of Jane is her 2nd novel.

What happens when your high school nemesis becomes the shining star in a universe you pretty much saved? Book blogger Kimberly Long is about to find out. A chick lit enthusiast since the first time she read “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” Kim, with her blog, “Pastel is the New Black,” has worked tirelessly by night to keep the genre alive, and help squash the claim that “chick lit is dead” once and for all. Not bad for a woman who by day ekes out a meager living as a pretty, and pretty-much-nameless, legal secretary in a Manhattan law firm. While Kim’s day job holds no passion for her, the handsome (and shaving challenged) associate down the hall is another story. Yet another story is that Hannah Marshak, one of her most hated high school classmates, has now popped onto the chick lit scene with a hot new book that’s turning heads—and pages—a cross the land. It’s also popped into Kim’s inbox—for review. With their ten-year high school reunion drawing near, Kim’s coming close to combustion over the hype about Hannah’s book. And as everyone around her seems to be moving on and up, she begins to question whether being a “blogger girl” makes the grade in her off-line life.
Hi! I'm Nicky Wells, your ultimate rock chick author. Signed to US Publisher, Sapphire Star Publishing, I write Romance That Rocks Your World, featuring the rock star and the girl next door. My books offer glitzy, glamorous contemporary romance with a rock theme ~ imagine Bridget Jones ROCKS Notting Hill! If you've ever had a crush on any kind of celebrity ~ rock, pop, movie or other ~ you'll connect with my heroes and my leading ladies!
I love listening to rock music, dancing, and eating lobsters. When I'm not writing, I'm a wife, mother, and occasional teaching assistant.

Her famous star remains her rock while life takes her on a little detour ... Who says that the road towards true love is straight and even?  Sophie is certainly discovering that it is anything but.
So she has finally found the man of her dreams.  Well ... she knows who he is, even though she hasn't actually quite met him yet.  But she misses her opportunity, and then her life goes crazy.  Rock star and ex-fiance', Dan, keeps getting in the way of her new romance - even if he is just trying to be helpful.  A fire, an impromptu mini trip with Dan, and a dreaded wedding later, Sophe is still struggling to meet the love of her life.  Then, just as she is getting it together with her perfect man, best friend Rachel commits an act of unspeakable betrayal.  Sophie has had enough.  Confused and distraught, she decides that it is time for a radical change.  Surprising herself and shocking her friends, she embarks on a secret journey and eventually gets her life back on track.

Jen Tucker has been a Girl Scout cookie schlepper, piano lesson skipper, backstroke award winner, highway U-turn ticket receiver, tattoo envier, Jack Wagner hard-crusher, infomercial addict anonymous member, $13.55 Bingo jackpot winner, Grammy award winning singer Seal stalker with her friend Julie, and never wore stilettos while doing any of the above due to the fact that she has horrible bunions. She wrote the popular children's books, Two by Two and Little Pumpkin and now Jen has written her first nonfiction piece. Jen, a Purdue University graduate, lives in West Lafayette, Indiana with her husband Mike and their three children. If Jen had spare time, she would skydive, bake pretty little works of art cupcakes, and sit on her front porch drinking Moscato with her friends. Instead, Jen drives her children to school, still wearing her donut patterned pajamas and promises said children she will not walk on school property with morning breath.

Yes, this time she checked to make sure her panties were not inside out when her day began to head south.  Jen Tucker returns with her latest memoir, The Day I Lost My Shaker of Salt.  her dogs sample ant trap delicacies, a dentist appointment goes strangely awry, and she battles potential road kill daredevils on one thorny day.  Tender at times, funny as always, one of your favorite girlfriends returns to show you there are silver linings in the midst of bad days.

Jen's debut memoir, The Day I Wore My Panties Inside Out, was a 2011 Goodreads Semifinalist in the humor category.  She is a regular contributor at Survival for Blondes, where she marries humor with preparedness.  Jen lives in Indiana with her husband, three children and two dogs.

Cat Lavoie was born in the small town of Jonquière in Québec, Canada. At the age of nineteen, she packed up her things (mostly books) and moved to the big city of Montreal where she currently lives with her tempestuous cat Abbie--who is both adorable and quite possibly evil.
An incurable Anglophile since her university days where she studied English Literature, she can often be found daydreaming about her next trip to London. Since she's an expert at the art of procrastination, Cat is easily distracted by cooking and home improvement shows--even though she's not particularly good at either.
Cat grew up watching soap operas and legal dramas and--had she not decided to be a claims analyst by day and write chick lit by night--she would have probably become a designer suit-wearing lawyer. Or a character on All My Children (which is what she really wanted to be when she was twelve).
When twenty-seven year old Roxy Rule's best friend and roommate accepts a glamorous new job overseas, she expects their relationship to continue as it's always been - carefree and easy - until they share a heart-stopping kiss. While Ollie escapes to jolly ole England to live out his dream and save the planet with green architecture, Roxy is stuck in New York City working for a boss who makes her want to stab herself with a letter opener. She can't bear to think about her own big-city dream of being a chef anymore. Over the years, her passion for food has only resulted in extra pounds and a staggering credit card balance for fancy kitchen equipment that she barely has time to use. Still, Roxy's sure that nothing can come between two lifelong best friends - not even mild jealousy over a thriving career or a silly little kiss that meant nothing.
In fact, it was such a meaningless and forgettable kiss that it's not worth mentioning to her fiance not that he would even listen - all they do these days is argue about their upcoming wedding. Roxy is faced with an unexpected family reunion when her younger sister Steffi arrives on her doorstep, six months into a pregnancy she refuses to discuss. When older sister Izzie - in the throes of a premature midlife crisis - joins them, she's determined to crack the case of Steffi's impending motherhood.
With the Rule sisters living under the same roof again, Roxy's quiet little apartment in the city is about to be anything but peaceful. Roxy soon discovers that her seemingly idyllic relationship with Ollie started getting complicated way before he left for London. She must come to terms with her feelings for him, learn to stand up for herself and go after what she really wants. Breaking the Rules is the story of what happens when you have to redefine the rules of love, friendship and family in order to find yourself.

Jackie Bouchard  used to be trapped in the hamster wheel of corporate America, but she was lucky enough to escape and now fully understands the term "struggling writer." Jackie loves: reading, writing, and, yes, even 'rithmetic (seriously, algebra rocks); professional cycling; margaritas; blogging (she never thought she'd say that, but she does); dogs in general, and her crazy rescue pup specifically; and her hubby. (Not in that order.) Jackie dislikes: rude people and writing about herself in the third person. After living in Southern California, then Bermuda, then Canada, then the East coast, Jackie and her husband settled in San Diego. American Jackie, her Canadian hubby, and her Mexican rescue mutt form their own happy little United Nations. "What The Dog Ate" is her first novel. Her second, "Rescue Me, Maybe," is due out in September 2013.

The vet handed Maggie Baxter a plastic specimen bag containing a pair of size-tiny lavender thong panties extracted from her dog; but they were not hers. Or rather, they were hers now since she'd just paid $734 to have Dr. Carter surgically remove them from Kona's gut.

This is how Maggie Baxter, a practical, rule-following accountant, discovers that her husband of seventeen years is cheating on her. All her meticulous life plans are crushed. When he leaves her for the other woman, Maggie and her the-world-is-my-smorgasbord chocolate Lab, Kona, are left to put their lives back together. As Maggie begins to develop a Plan B for her life, she decides to be more like Kona. No, she's not going to sniff crotches and eat everything that isn't nailed down; rather she'll try to approach life with more ball-chasing abandon. Finding herself in situations where she begins to go through her usual over-analysis of the pros and cons, she stops and instead asks herself: What would Kona do? With Kona as her guru, Maggie begins her quest for tail-wagging joy. 

"What the Dog Ate" is a funny, tender story of mending a broken heart and finding love and a new life right under your nose, with woman's best friend at your side. If you enjoyed Claire Cook's "Must Love Dogs" or Lolly Winston's "Good Grief," you'll love "What the Dog Ate" and be rooting for Maggie and Kona.

LL Collins has been writing stories since she could write. When she was little, she would write into the night and then read to her little sister, her best friend, and anyone who would listen. In school, if an assignment asked for three pages, she would write ten or more, and was encouraged throughout the years by many loving teachers. She got a degree in Creative Writing but decided to teach since at that time publishing was a rarity. She has been teaching for over ten years and has two boys, ages 11 and 9 and lives in the sunny (and blistering hot) state of Florida. Last year, she finally decided to make her dream happen and began writing Living Again, a story that has been screaming in her head for a long time now. She is already working on book two, and is determined to make her dreams come true in the self-publishing world. Living Again will be released at the beginning of October. 

Kayley Carson thought she had it all--married to the love of her life, a great job, and a baby on the way. Then one day, her life changes forever when she loses her husband in a tragic accident. No longer sure how to navigate life after her enormous loss, Kayley clings to her newborn baby, her family, and her friends to keep herself living. 

When she meets someone that challenges her belief that she's better off alone, she has to decide if she is capable of letting him in after swearing she was never going to love anyone the same way again. 

She's not the only one with a painful past. He is struggling with trust issues after a previous relationship went horribly wrong. After a terrible misunderstanding brings out both of their insecurities, will the painful memories of the past keep them both from living again?

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