Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Virtual Book Tour: Dust Bowl by JP Lantern


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. J.P. will be awarding a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and one commenter on each stop will receive a digital download of a backlist book-- so be sure and leave a comment. And, click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Today, we welcome J.P. Lantern to the blog. Tell us something about yourself that's not in your bio.

I am pretty huge fan of wrestling. If I am surfing through internet message boards, more than likely I am reading about wrestling. I don’t post very often, and to be honest outside of PPVs I don’t really watch that much anymore either (the product seems to be in decline), but I do enjoy reading about what’s happening and what people think about it. People, including myself, get really into it and get attached to certain wrestlers, and create these elaborate scenarios (rationalizations) for why their favorite guy is going to get the big title shot. That’s more fun, a lot of the time, than actual watching what they’re putting out there currently, unfortunately.

Anyway, it’s all storytelling, and I think there’s a lot of similarities between what a wrestler does in the ring and what I do on the page.

What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Well, reading is obviously pretty high up on the list, but most of the time that practically counts as writing. I love to build with Legos, I love playing around with my dog and my new cat, and I am a huge Transformers nerd/collector. If you buy my book, you are probably feeding my collection of various plastics. If there was a way to pay me in Lego, I would probably take it. You can feed dogs Lego, right?

How did you choose the genres you write in?

To be honest, I’m not entirely sure. Speculative fiction or science fiction are really the only genres I’ve ever really been interested in writing. I feel like the only thing I can make interesting in fiction is when I’m inventing worlds or speculating on possible events. With the real world, I feel like my understanding is very limited, and grows more limited every day. It would feel dishonest to me to write a story that’s supposed to be about, like, someone who could live down your street. So, by making the whole world around the characters I want to write about, I feel like I’m a little more in control and a little more knowledgeable, and I’m able to be more honest about what people would and wouldn’t do.

Is there any particular author or book that has influenced you or your writing?

Oh, of course. I think Cormac McCarthy, Gene Wolfe, and Octavia Butler have probably had the strongest influence on what I do when I write. I have to be careful because I’m fairly good at imitation, and so whenever I finish reading something and then slide right into writing, I will, without fail, start writing like what I just read. So I have to shake that off for about five minutes of writing that I usually just cut.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?

In a writing workshop one time, I had a very good professor who said to the class about a story of mine that, “About a third of this story reads like a top-rate Cormac McCarthy copycat.” So, I sort of became very aware of trying to write in that way after that, and mostly tried to avoid it.

The best compliment? I’m not sure. Lots of people have said very nice things over the years. I think I’m always just most happy when someone says they’re a fan of what I do. That’s a really cool thing, to connect with someone like that.

If you could have dinner with anyone, past or present, fictional or real, who would it be and why?

Vince McMahon, maybe? I’m a big fan of wrestling, as I said above, and in a limited way I follow what’s called “dirt sheets,” which are like backstage reports of what goes on in the wrestling business. He just seems like the most fascinating, hardworking, completely insane man in the world. There are these stories—who knows if they’re true or not—but these stories about him like chasing employees around with poo-covered underwear and drag-racing with his writers and trying to run them off the road. I would absolutely love to sit down with him and talk about wrestling and storytelling and all of that.

You are going to be stranded on a deserted island and bring 3 luxury items. What would they be?

I would bring a diamond-encrusted knife, a ruby-inlaid water filter, and a platinum flare gun. I want to survive in style, you know?

Pick two celebrities to be your parents. Who are they and why?

Oh, um, Teddy Roosevelt and Muhammad Ali. I think that would be fun. I could learn to live outdoors and box, and then I could go and box bears like a champion.

What would we find in your refrigerator right now?

Let’s see—lots of greek yogurt, some grapes, chicken sausage, almond milk, some of those pre-washed salad materials, lots of barbecue sauce, and like sixteen half-used jars of salsa. My wife and I try very hard to eat healthy, and we fail very constantly. The rule is that you’re supposed to not keep anything you shouldn’t eat in the house, right? But this just encourages us to binge super hard. I would be more worried, except for how pizza is delicious.

If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?

A Whole Lot of Trouble

Summer or Winter?

Winter by a landslide. Winter by a continent-slide. Winter, by an avalanche of a thousand winters drowning out the hope for any summer ever again.

I don’t like summer. At all.

Coffee or Tea?

I am a fan of both, but I will have to go with coffee.

Cake or Pie?

Pie. Cake always seems like such a bully. A bully of the schoolyard of meals. Pie is like the ride home after a long day working in the sun.

Car or Truck?

Trucks have a special place in my heart because my first automobile ever was a truck, but I’ve found in the meantime that basically everyone who drives one seems to feel they have license to never park well. This is especially true, for whatever reason, for Dodge trucks.

So, cars.

Print or Electronic?

I read almost exclusively print books. I am a big hypocrite, I know. I don’t have anything against electronic, of course! I just haven’t been able to shell out for an e-reader yet.

Thanks for coming by and spending some time with us. Any final words of wisdom to pass along?

Check out my book, Dust Bowl. It is dark and violent and good, and you will like it. Thanks for having me here!

About the Author:
J.P. Lantern lives in the Midwestern US, though his heart and probably some essential parts of his liver and pancreas and whatnot live metaphorically in Texas. He writes speculative science fiction short stories, novellas, and novels which he has deemed "rugged," though he would also be fine with "roughhewn" because that is a terrific and wonderfully apt word. Full of adventure and discovery, these stories examine complex people in situations fraught with conflict as they search for truth in increasingly violent and complicated worlds.

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With the world ending around him, Ward flounders for purpose and survival. Resources are gone, disease is rampant, and governments have all but dissolved. The only way off the broken planet is with the Order. Obsessed with technology, the Order is a cult that has developed the means for faster-than-light travel. They claim they can populate the galaxy and save humanity.

Ward joins the Order, inspired by sudden and irrational love for a mysterious beauty named Kansas who saves his life. But quickly, he finds out Kansas and the Order want him to kill adults and kidnap children from across the country. With impressionable youth filling their starships, the Order hopes for their tenets to be spread to all future generations of humanity.

The Order is Ward’s only chance for survival in the wreck the earth has become. Worse than that, those in the Order come to accept him and value his skills for their nightmarish quest across the dystopian landscape of America. But, somewhere inside of him, still, is the strength to strike out on his own and protect whatever good he can find left in the world.
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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!

From my family to your family, we wish you a very Merry Christmas! 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Writer's View: A. William Benitez


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. The author will be awarding a $5 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter at each stop and a Grand Prize of a $50 Amazon GC at the end of the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

The Computer As My Shop


My desktop computer and my laptop are much more than just workstations for writing, editing, layout, formatting, and creating covers. They are workshops where all aspects of my books, ebooks, covers, blogs, web sites, and many more projects are created. While “studio” may be a more appropriate word for the place where these creative tasks take place, “shop” strikes a more accurate cord with me after running my own woodworking shop for over 25 years. Perhaps “office” is a more appropriate choice for you.

My woodworking shop contained a large collection of hand and power tools used to build hundreds of pieces of commissioned furniture and cabinets over the years. Perhaps that's why I view the large collection of software programs (applications) in my computer and laptop as the tools of my present work. I couldn't function without the woodworking tools and in the same way I'm careful to select tools that serve me well for my publishing business.

Many of my associates find tablets and their related Apps invaluable but for me they fall short. In my work the display size is important. A giant monitor isn't critical but it helps and I have a 23 inch for my office workstation. My 17 inch laptop is great when I want a break from my workstation and go out on the deck or in front of the fireplace in the living room. When I travel my 13 inch laptop is light but still has an adequate size display. While I can easily live with a touchpad instead of a mouse, a good keyboard is essential and a touch screen keyboard that dominates half the display won't do.

I deal with many different people who provide me content in various ways so a DVD, preferably a writer, is an essential tool. While it's true that you can connect one to a tablet, it's just one more thing to carry and tends to defeat the portability aspect of a tablet. My 13 inch laptop has it all built in and ready to go anywhere and can easily handle every task I perform on my office desktop and my large laptop.

Tablets are gaining popularity everyday with new and larger models. It could be they will soon be adequate for all the tasks I have to do. For now I will stick with my workstation and laptop which serve so well as my publishing shop. A tablet may be the perfect thing for you, just make certain you aren't overwhelmed by the glitz of a tablet that can’t perform all the required tasks.

If you're like me, you'll want your next computer to be your shop, studio, or office, containing all the tools you need to do your job, whatever it happens to be. For me, most existing tablets fall short. You may have a different experience.

The View From My Workstation


Photo One shows the view of my workstation from my chair. Directly ahead is my 23 inch monitor that is invaluable when doing layout, formatting, and creating covers. To the left is a granite light I received as a gift long ago and just feels good and soothing. At the far right is my 17 inch laptop that I move to the deck or living room to work. Behind that are several external hard drives I use because I am definitely somewhat of a backup freak.

Photo Two is the view of the window in my office that is directly behind me and is just open to the trees and my neighborhood.

At present I share this office with my wife Barbara who is also a writer. She has her own desk in the opposite corner. I am presently working on building an office outside in what was formerly a storage area. My wife has dubbed this my man cave.

About the Author:
From age twelve I spent my summers and weekends working with my dad, a general contractor, building homes and buildings. I contracted my first home at age nineteen and built my own home by age twenty. For more than 30 years I have operated one-person businesses. Twelve years of my life were spent working for local government managing federally-assisted housing programs. I started as an inspector with a three month assignment and was Director of Community Improvement with 78 employees when I resigned to do writing and consulting.

Writing, Publishing and Consulting


During the 80’s I established Rehab Notes Library a publishing company that published a monthly newsletter (Rehab Notes) with subscribers in all 50 states, Canada and England. I also did consulting and public speaking on housing related topics for agencies and organizations in cities across the country and testified before the U.S. Congress on housing issues.

I wrote and published nine guidebooks on the subject of housing rehabilitation. After 1980 when most federal funding was pulled from housing activities, I took advantage of my construction and business experience and started a handyman and woodworking business.

Over Twenty Years of Woodworking


For over twenty years, first in Tampa, Florida, and then in Austin, Texas, I built hundreds of small and large cabinet and furniture projects for individuals, companies and government agencies. During these years I began writing books about my woodworking business experiences.

Positive Publishing


In 2007 I established Positive Imaging, LLC, to publish a children’s book for my wife and then begin publishing my own books and that of other using methods I call positive publishing. To date we have published twelve paperback books, a half dozen ebooks, and presently have several books in various levels of completion.

Computer Experience


My computer experience dates back more than fifteen years and began in response to poor technical support for our computers. I used home study to acquire A+ and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer Certifications.

I was born and raised in Tampa, Florida and moved to Austin, Texas in 1986, where I now live with my wife, Barbara Frances. We have three adult children, eight grand-children, and two great grandchildren.

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b. Createspace Fulfillment Page - https://www.createspace.com/3851405

2. Main Positive Imaging, LLC Site – http://positive-imaging.com

3. Self Publishing Support Blog - http://self-publishing-support.com

4. PublishingSimplified Blog - http://publishingsimplified.com

Frustration With Traditional Publishers Leads To Self Publishing

In 2007 my wife Barbara completed a wonderful children’s chapter book called Lottie’s Adventure and begin sending it to traditional publishers. Despite some great preliminary reviews, all she got was rejections and lack of response. This was quite frustrating for her and I wanted to help.

As an IT professional, I had read a lot about print on demand and made up my mind to learn all about it and then publish Lottie’s Adventure. It was a lengthy learning curve and I made lots of mistakes including the selection of a POD company that was more expensive than necessary. Nevertheless, we produced a high quality book and in spite of our lack of knowledge we sold quite a few copies of Lottie’s Adventure.

After this success I realized that self publishing had potential for some of my own writing and began developing effective, efficient, and lower cost methods to publish the books that I wrote. Since then I have written and published six books and a few ebooks of my own and established a publishing company that has published six books plus several ebooks for other writers.

After consistently producing and marketing quality books worldwide I decided to share these proven methods in a new book covering every step from idea through book creation to worldwide sales. That book is Self Publishing: Writing A Book and Publishing Books and Ebooks For Yourself and Others.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Book Blast: First Position by Prescott Lee

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Prescott will be awarding an eBook copy of "First Position" to 5 randomly drawn commenters during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on her tour.

12_18 Cover_First PositionEmory faces life’s challenges at the one place that’s never failed her, the ballet barre. But even the barre can’t steady her when fate brings her face-to-face with her old college flame, Mason, who’s hoping to return to the NFL after a career-threatening injury. Before they can surrender to their sexual desires and find salvation in each other’s arms, they need to come to terms with their past. Mason must confront the demons that have set him on a path of self-destruction, while Emory must decide whether to keep her painful secrets locked away, or expose them and risk losing the love of her life. But nothing can prepare Mason for what Emory has kept hidden, or the possibility that he himself may be to blame for the very secrets she keeps – and why they continue to haunt her.

Here's an excerpt:

Emory sat between Olivia and Wesley, as three nail technicians worked on their feet. “This is the best idea you’ve had in a while, girl,” Wesley said, wiggling his toes in the water. “Thanks for inviting me.” Emory pointed to Olivia giving her credit.

“She told me about Tomás, and honey, there’s nothing better for a broken heart than hitting the spa.”

“Thank you, Olivia, I’m feeling better already.” Wesley leaned his head back, easing his mind. “We’re not just doing feet, huh?”

“We’re doing it all!” Emory said, giggling. “Manis, pedis, facials, massages, and Olivia, you’re getting your hair and makeup done for our shoot.”

“We deserve it all,” Olivia said, “for all the shit we put up with from our men.” Wesley and Emory nodded in agreement, but then Olivia turned serious. “But what I really need is a wax. Must be a damn forest down there by now!” Wesley and Emory, along with the technicians, erupted in laughter. “Was that inappropriate?”

“No way,” he said. “I come here once a month to take care of that area. They have this hard wax they use. Hurts less.”

Olivia appreciated the tip. “I might try that.”

“Too much information, Wesley,” Emory said.

“Whatever, it’s not like I said she should vajazzle herself.”

Emory hid her face, mortified, regretting she’d allowed Wesley to come, but Olivia was intrigued. “Is that popular in Charlotte? It seems all the Texas housewives are doing it.”

Wesley quickly asked, “Emory?”

“I wouldn’t know,” she said, then apologized to the technicians for her friends.

“Oh, come on,” he said, “we ballerinas are all bare down there. You can’t have more than a landing strip.”

“I prefer Brazilian,” Olivia volunteered.

Emory turned bright red. “Someone help me!”

12_18 first position AuthorPicAbout the Author:Prescott Lane is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, and graduated from Centenary College in 1997 with a degree in sociology. She went on to Tulane University to receive her MSW in 1998, after which she worked with developmentally delayed and disabled children. She currently resides in New Orleans with her husband and two children.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Writer's View: Nana Prah


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The Writer's View: Nana Prah


I’m so happy to be here on My World of Dreams. There’s nothing like dreaming, especially for a writer. Sometimes I think that’s where most of my work stems from. I was asked to talk about my writing space and I’ll tell you about both the inside and outside.

The inside isn’t anything impressive, not like some of the others I’ve seen. No, I’m not jealous (much). I own one little table and this is where I sit to write in my living room. The table has a matching chair which I’ve placed in front of a purple curtained window. I love my curtain. I’m not sure if you can see the silver threads that make up the flowers. The best thing about the curtain is that it doesn’t distract me. Not like the outside world does when I open the curtain.

Take a look at my view. Gorgeous right? I live on a mountain and the scenery is beautiful. Living in Ghana, unless it’s the rainy season, the sky is blue and the sun shines, calling me to come out and play instead of write. I can’t have that so the curtain has become my shield.

It wouldn’t do to allow the lovely fluffy clouds to cause me to daydream. I’d rather maintain focus and write, but every once in a while I open the curtain and gaze into the vast beauty of the place I call home, soaking in the splendor all around me. The ideas marinate and eventually flow out onto the keyboard. I love my view.

About the Author:
Nana Prah was born in Ghana, West Africa, raised in the US and currently resides back in Ghana where she loves her job as a writer and nurse educator. She has been writing since she can remember (in her journal) and has been an avid reader of romance novels since the eighth grade. She has finally been able to utilize the years and years of inadvertent research into writing her own romance novels where love always conquers all.

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Defending her family – no problem. Recalling past lives – maybe just a small problem. Taking a chance on love again – well…

Jasmine Gibson has her world turned upside down when she meets gorgeous Sean Taylor. He’s the first man she’s been attracted to since her fiancé dumped her two years ago. But when the disturbing daydreams start, Jasmine begins to fear that her actions in a past life may have finally caught up with her.

Sean finds it impossible to stay away from Jasmine even though he can’t shake the inexplicable feeling of betrayal, simmering deep inside him every time he sees her.

To complicate things, someone is out to hurt Jasmine and every time she and Sean are together, the police have to be called. Even if Jasmine can make Sean trust her, the two of them may not stay alive long enough to enjoy their love this time around.

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Book Blast: The Strong, Silent Type by Lynn Kellan

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Lynn will be awarding eBook copies of The Strong, Silent Type and Anything You Ask to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour. Remember, the more you comment the better your chances.

12_16 SST Cover_TheStrongSilentTypeIf he breaks his silence about the scars marring his face, will the truth drive her away?

Tina Hudson's busy sales job is a welcome distraction from her empty house and memories of the husband she lost to cancer, but she's tired of running from her loneliness. Tina suspects her brawny neighbor has been leaving single red roses in her mailbox, but he's the strong, silent type-the kind that should come with a warning label.

Wade Scott felt dead inside over the loss of his son and the disintegration of his marriage. When Tina moves next door, Wade comes alive again. Problem is, she's a beautiful sales whiz and he's an ordinary plumber with a wicked scar along his temple. The truth of his past might drive her away. With little hope of attracting her attention, he showers her with anonymous acts of kindness.

When Tina realizes Wade is the guardian angel who's been watching over her for the past six months, she invites him to dinner. New Year's Eve is approaching, a perfect time to start over...but Wade's stoic silence drives a wedge in their burgeoning relationship. Should she take a new job that will put her on the run again, or take a chance the strong, silent type might fill her heart-and her home-with love?

Enjoy this excerpt:

For the past six months, Tina had no idea who was looking after her. Now she did, and a giddy surge of happiness made her body temperature inch up a degree. Hooking a loose tendril of hair behind her ear, she thought of the rose in her mailbox a few days ago. She didn’t dare ask if he’d put the flower there. She was too afraid he’d say no.

“Thank you, Wade. For everything.” She stepped forward and grabbed his coat sleeve. Beneath her grip, his arm tensed. Something about his stiffness released a billow of tenderness inside her, eclipsing her hesitance. Rising on tiptoe, she pressed a grateful kiss against his cheek. His whiskers prickled against her lips, markedly different from the soft baby’s skin she kissed a few moments ago. She liked the contrast.

Releasing him, she opened the door and watched him step onto the front porch. The freshening storm threw bits of sleet into her face, but she remained in the doorway to study the impressive breadth of his upper back.

Right before Wade stepped out of the light thrown off by the porch lamp, he turned. The wind whipped the hair out of his face, exposing the brutal scar slashing across his temple. Combined with the stark expression on his face, he looked incapable of affection. Tina knew better. This man had spent the past six months taking care of her house when she couldn’t, and he never sought the slightest acknowledgement in return.

Those selfless acts made her heart swell with warmth. “Goodnight, Wade.”

The dimple reappeared beside the corner of his mouth. “G’night, cupcake.”

12_16 SST AuthorPicAbout the Author:Lynn Kellan has fallen in love with bad boys, burly athletes, and battle-hardened Marines. All of that research produced a startling revelation: men and women aren’t that different. We both want to be with someone who will empty the dishwasher.

When Lynn Kellan isn't writing stories about men and women who adore each other, she loves to play tennis and golf - but not at the same time. Her books contain a hearty dose of love and humor, which are necessary ingredients for a happily ever after.

Find Lynn at http://LynnKellan.com.

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Blurb Blitz: Rosamanti by Noelle Clark

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12_11 Rosamanti_ByNoelleClark-453x680Sarah seeks solitude and fresh pastures in the wake of her husband’s early death. She answers a newspaper advertisement and takes up residence in Villa Rosamanti, a gorgeous 400 year-old dwelling nestled into the hillside of Monte Tiberio, on the Island of Capri, Italy.

She soon discovers a strong resonance with the house, the gardens, and the quirky pets. As the sun-filled days pass in the gorgeous old house, she builds a deep liking for, and rapport with, Elena Lombardi, the deceased owner. But it’s when she meets Pietro, Elena’s grandson, that she finds it’s not just the villa that she’s falling in love with.

Handsome, charming, and the epitome of a passionate Italian, Pietro lets the magic of Rosamanti work its wonders on Sarah. Together they search for ancient treasure, and end up finding each other, their love blooming like the rampant bougainvillea blossoms in the garden at Rosamanti.

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Soon they beached in the little patch of sand near the cave where he kept the boat. Jumping out, he stood knee deep and guided the dinghy to the water’s edge. Holding out his hand, Pietro helped her balance as she climbed out. He pulled the boat up onto the beach above the high tide mark, then reached in and got their clothes and backpack.

She spread out the beach towels. At home, she was used to soft, white sand, so fine that it was lovely to walk and lay on. This sand was more like roughly crushed shells and coral, sharp underfoot. He sat down next to her and opened the bag, taking out some containers of olives, cheese, and pastrami. Next, a bottle of wine and two plastic cups. She sighed loudly. He glanced up.

“Che?”

She impulsively reached over and wrapped her arms around his neck, kissing him warmly. When she looked at him, she felt her heart melting.

“Pietro,” she began, her voice thick with emotion, “you are the sweetest, kindest man in the whole world.”

About the Author:Noelle Clark is a romance writer. Photo by Chris McCormackNoelle Clark is an Australian author who weaves romance, suspense and adventure into colorful and often exotic locations around the world. Widely traveled, Noelle uses real life experience of places, culture, and people, as a backdrop to her stories, giving the reader an authentic taste of the location. Her novels feature strong, mature, heroines and heroes, who - often without knowing it - are ready for new beginnings. Noelle’s characters, like her, believe that love can be sweet at any age.

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Book Blast: Love by Deception by Debra Elizabeth

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12_13 love by deception Cover_LovebyDeceptionContent with her life as a lady's maid, Isabel Knott learns the father she never knew has left her a fortune. The news comes with one restriction—she can never reveal his name. Isabel falls in love with Colby Tisbury, but with her nonexistent pedigree his father, Lord Tisbury, will never accept her as his daughter-in-law.

Colby Tisbury must marry, and soon. If he doesn’t find a bride before the end of the Season, his father will supply one. Then Colby meets sassy Isabel Knott, and everything changes—but can he go against his father’s wishes and marry a girl utterly lacking in family and connections? Isabel is forced to make an impossible choice - reveal her secret identity and bring shame to her true father or lose Colby forever.

Enjoy an excerpt:

Bath, England
1798

“Push harder,” the midwife said. “You’re doing fine. The child is almost here.”

The young woman fell back against the pillows, sweat plastering her hair to her head. “I cannot.”

Her friend wiped her forehead with a cool cloth. “Yes, you can. When the next pain comes, push with all your might. Can you do that?”

“Yes,” she whispered. As another pain wracked her body, she screamed in agony and pushed the child into the world.

The midwife caught the baby and began to wipe it clean. “A daughter. You have a fine daughter.”

The young woman sighed in relief. “Please, let me hold her.”

The midwife wrapped the child in a clean blanket and handed the infant to her mother.

The young woman stared at the tiny face. She had a full head of dark hair and a good set of lungs that she didn’t mind using. “Hush now, little one. No need to fret,” she cooed as the child quieted.

Mary smiled at her friend. “You did it.”

“Oh, Mary, isn’t she the most beautiful child?”

Mary squeezed her hand. “Indeed she is.”

Tears welled in the young woman’s eyes and spilled down her cheeks. “Whatever am I going to do?”

Mary had no solution to her friend’s dilemma. “I don’t know.”

About the Author:12_13 love by deception AuthorPicDebra Elizabeth is the romance pen name for fantasy author Debra L Martin. Together with her co-author and brother, they enjoy writing epic fantasy. They have published 4 books to date, THE SILVER CROSS, ASSASSIN'S CURSE, THE QUEST FOR NOBILITY AND THE CRYSTAL FACADE. They are currently working on WITCH'S CURSE, Book 2 in the Witchstone Prophecies.

LOVE BY DECEPTION is Book 2 in the Age of Innocence series. Book 1 is LOVE BY SECRETS. She is currently working on Book 3, DARE TO LOVE A SPY.

Debra also blogs at Two Ends of the Pen where she writes about everything writing as well as hosting author interviews and posting book reviews.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Writer's View: Victoria James


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Victoria will be awarding the first two books in the Red River Series (A Risk Worth Taking and The Best Man's Baby) + $20 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.


The Writer's View


Thank you so much for having me on your blog, I’m so excited to be here!

Here are some pictures-of my writing space and the view outside my window.

My home office is on the main floor of our home. We were lucky when we found this house that there are actually two home offices-and since my husband and I both work from home, this was ideal. And the fact that his office is upstairs and mine downstairs, makes things a little easier too ;-).

The view outside my window is part of our neighbour's deck and in the summer the wisteria is in full bloom and I get to enjoy it! It also overlooks the forest/ravine at the end of our house.

I’m usually in my office in the morning after I drop the kids off at school. Our youngest just turned three, so she’s only in preschool for a little over two hours. So that time goes very quickly. I usually divide that time between emails/writing. Then I pick her up and it’s time for lunch and if I’m lucky, she’ll take a little nap and I can catch a little more work time. Then it’s off to pick up my son for 3:00pm and there isn’t any more work happening in here until after bedtime. Thankfully my kids do still go to bed early since they wake up so early (5:30-6:00am!).

I love having a neat and tidy office space and a clutter-free desk. It has to be clean when I start a new project and then it does deteriorate as my deadline approaches...

Happy Holidays!
Victoria

About the Author:
Victoria James always knew she wanted to be a writer and in grade five, she penned her first story, bound it (with staples) and a cardboard cover and did all the illustrations herself. Luckily, this book will never see the light of day again.

In high school she fell in love with historical romance and then contemporary romance. After graduating University with an English Literature degree, Victoria pursued a degree in Interior Design and then opened her own business. After her first child, Victoria knew it was time to fulfill the dream of writing romantic fiction.

Victoria is a hopeless romantic who is living her dream, penning happily-ever-after's for her characters in between managing kids and the family business. Writing on a laptop in the middle of the country in a rambling old Victorian house would be ideal, but she's quite content living in suburbia with her husband, their two young children, and very bad cat.

Victoria loves connecting with readers, you can find her online at www.VictoriaJames.ca and on Twitter: @vicjames101

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An Entangled Christmas Classic …

Jackson Pierce didn’t make his fortune entertaining every half-cocked idea, especially one involving diaper changes. Not even the cute brunette who links him to the baby in her arms can crack his icy heart.A baby on the doorstep is the least of Hannah Woods’s problems—she has to find the baby’s uncle, or the child will end up in foster care. She sleuths her way to the reclusive CEO’s doorstep only to find six feet of holiday sexy—and a door slammed in her face. But when Jackson comes around and urges they marry for little Emily’s sake, Hannah finds herself falling for the jaded billionaire and wishing for a holiday miracle of their own…

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Book Blast: April Love by Nancy Fraser

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EXCITING NEWS!!! During the course of this tour, April Love is free, with the other books in the series on sale for only $0.99 each.


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. April Love is the fourth book in the Golden Decade of Rock and Roll series, which includes Love Is a Many Splendored Thing, Love Me Tender, and Wake Up, Little Susie. One randomly drawn commenter will win the right to have a character named after them in Book 5 of the Series, plus a copy of the book in which they are named, as well a copy of the first three novellas in the series.

12_12 april loveCover_AprilLoveEleanor Martin is every company's dream employee. She arrives early, stays late and never misses a day. If it weren't for Eleanor's skill as a private secretary, her architect boss would never make a deadline. Not only does she keep him on track, she runs interference between him and his over-bearing mother, his deadbeat brother, and the half dozen or so women who want to bed him and/or wed him.

When Jess Norton acquires a new client who asks him to build a palatial hideaway on Grand Cayman Island, Jess is certain he'll never be able to complete the multi-million dollar job without the help of his efficient secretary. Despite her reservations, he convinces Eleanor to accompany him on the assignment of a lifetime.

The sun and the sand cast the perfect spell for romance But will the tides turn in the opposite direction?/blockquote>
Here's an excerpt for your enjoyment:

Jess sat at the breakfast table the next morning, his back to the wall, his gaze set on the entrance way to the café. Eight-thirty, their set meeting time and still Eleanor had not arrived. She’d never, ever been late before and, not for the first time since last night he cursed himself for his moment of weakness.

He’d watched her as she’d left the cabin on her way to the beach, startled to realize that under those stuffy suits she wore, Eleanor possessed a body most women would envy. Long legs, adequately definable hips, a small waist, and breasts lush enough to fill a man’s hands. Her charmingly unruly hair had glistened like a shiny cloud of curls in the dying sun. He’d told himself right then and there to turn back to his work and away from the window. And he had, for all of five minutes.

Then, like the idiot he was, he’d donned his own suit and followed her into the ocean. He certainly hadn’t intended to kiss her, at least not consciously. Yet, there she’d been, wrapped in his arms, her violet gaze locked on his, her body trembling from fright and he’d taken advantage of the situation, advantage of her. He’d been, in his own estimation, a Class A jerk.

Drawn from his self-deprecation by the sound of voices near the hostess’ desk, Jess looked up. Eleanor was winding her way through the maze of tables, her expression almost stoic, her professional armor fully in place. Gone was the flirty sundress, replaced by a navy skirt, starched white blouse, string of pearls and her standard-issue, granny tight bun at the back of her head.

Gone was the beautiful woman he’d kissed in the moonlight, replaced by his ever-efficient secretary.

“Good morning,” she said, taking a seat opposite his.

“Good morning.”

The waitress came to pour coffee and deliver menus and Jess welcomed the diversion. He’d not yet decided how to broach his inexcusable behavior, no matter how many times he’d played the evening over in his head. Unfortunately, in place of an acceptable excuse, he’d only found the memory of her kiss, the taste of her lips, and the feel of her body pressed against his own.

“What time are we due at Mr. MacKenzie’s?” she asked.

“Ten-thirty.”

She was offering him a way out, he realized, by jumping right into business. Thankfully, he accepted her unspoken offer. For the time being at least. Eventually, he realized, they would have to address the issue of the kiss.

12_12 april love AuthorPicAbout the Author: Like most authors, Nancy Fraser began writing at an early age, usually on the walls and with crayons or, heaven forbid, permanent markers. Her love of writing often made her the English teacher’s pet, which, of course, resulted in a whole lot of teasing. Still, it was worth it.

When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five beautiful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Miss Simpkin's School: Flora by Raven McAllan

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. The author will award a $10 Breathless Press GC to one randomly drawn commenter, 5 eBooks from Breathless Press (publisher's choice) to one randomly drawn commenter, and 2 eBooks from Breathless Press (publisher's choice) to one randomly drawn commenter. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

12_9 Cover_Miss Simpkins-1 (2)Miss Simpkins' School. Where seduction's the game, and success is the aim. Let your classes commence.

Ex mistress to an Earl, who better than Molly Simpkins to show Flora how to ensure she gets what she needs from her marriage?

Flora's intended has an idea she doesn't agree with. Angus thinks she should be happy to live at their Scottish estate while he spends his time in London. It may be the way of the ton, but it isn't going to be Flora's way. This is her chance to show Angus what he'd miss if he leaves her alone. There's only one thing—she doesn't know how.

Luckily Miss Simpkins does.

Enjoy an excerpt:

Flora Gilchrist bit her lip. Her heart was thumping loud enough to drown out the sound of the clock, and she had the hint of an incipient headache. Had she done the correct thing by turning to Molly Simpkins for help? If it hadn't been for Tilly's assistance she would have been stuck in an impossible situation. As it was, Flora didn't think she'd have any course to follow other than the one set out for her. Nonetheless, she was going to do her best to make sure as much as possible went in her favor.

She glanced at the slender and bright-eyed lady in front of her. It was almost unbelievable that she hadn't been born into the ton. Her dress, even though it was old and had streaks of dust over it, was of the highest quality, and the needlework perfect. Of course, Flora mused, as Molly was formerly a mantua maker, and perhaps still kept her hand in, her clothing would be so.

"Maybe we need to sit down again and you can tell me what you need?" Molly said, and waved toward a brocade-covered chair. "Would you like refreshments? It won't take me a moment. As I said, my staff doesn't arrive until the morrow, hence my grime. I couldn't be inactive when I have so much to do. If I can be of service to you, believe me it will help me as well. I abhor idleness."

Flora could understand that. She was of a like mind. Her decision made, she opened her cloak and threw it over the back of the chair before she sat down. "Wine if you have some, please. I've a feeling this next half hour isn't going to be easy."

Molly nodded but didn't comment as she went to a sideboard and poured two glasses of a deep red wine into goblets. She passed one to Flora, who took a hasty sip.

About the Author: 12_9 AuthorPic_Raven McAllan (2)Raven lives in Scotland, along with her husband and their two cats—their children having flown the nest—surrounded by beautiful scenery, which inspires a lot of the settings in her books.

She is used to sharing her life with the occasional deer, red squirrel, and lost tourist, to say nothing of the scourge of Scotland—the midge.

Her very understanding, and long-suffering DH is used to his questions unanswered, the dust bunnies greeting him as he walks through the door, and rescuing burned offerings from the Aga. (And passing her a glass of wine as she types furiously.)

Why Raven? EASY!

The Raven is the harbinger of change. My Raven was around a lot after I sent Wallflowers Don't Wilt off to Breathless Press. And then, I was offered a contract. Thanks Raven.

McAllan? EASY!

I live in Scotland. McAllan is a variation of the name of the BEST single malt in Scotland. What else could I pick?

So O.K. It's a pen name, but one with deep meaning for me. I hope you enjoy reading Raven's books.

Why don't you drop me a note and say Hi?

Looking forward to meeting you.

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Super Book Blast: Love for the Holidays by Noelle Adams, Samantha Chase, Rachel Curtis, and Zoe York


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. The authors will be awarding a $25 GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Starting today, Love for the Holidays will be on sale for just $.99! Buy it at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or All Romance eBooks.

From fake relationships to secret affairs to best friends falling in love, everything changes at Christmas.

This holiday bundle includes five stories, from steamy to sweet, including two new, exclusive stories from New York Times bestselling authors.

HOLIDAY HEAT by Noelle Adams - After being hit with heartbreaking tragedy, Carrie has thrown herself into a hot, secret relationship with Matt. With Christmas approaching, she realizes she might want even more from her sexy, damaged artist, but the boundaries around their relationship make anything deeper than sex impossible. A new, steamy romance.

MISTLETOE BETWEEN FRIENDS by Samantha Chase - Lily and Cam have been friends all their lives, and their relationship has never been romantic. But when they pretend to be dating so they can spend the holiday with their families in peace, they realize their fake romance might actually be real. A new, sweet romance.

THE CHRISTMAS COTTAGE by Samantha Chase - Spending the night trapped by a blizzard in a romantic Christmas cottage with the man she's loved for years has Lacey wondering if fairy tales really do come true. A sweet romance.

EIGHT CHRISTMAS EVES by Rachel Curtis - One Christmas Eve, Cyrus Owen, the over-indulged teenage son of a wealthy businessman, finds ten-year-old Helen on the side of the road. Eleven years later, he is desperately in love with her. This is how it happens... A mostly sweet romance.

WHAT ONCE WAS PERFECT by Zoe York - For Laney, the worst part of returning to her hometown for Christmas is confronting Kyle, the man who broke her heart twelve years ago. When they rediscover their perfect chemistry, Kyle has to convince Laney to let him back into her heart. A steamy romance.

Enjoy this excerpt from Mistletoe Between Friends by Samantha Chase:

“Focus, Lily!” he snapped and then immediately apologized for his tone. “The holidays are here, my friend. That means that there will be a steady stream of parties and get-togethers that we are going to be forced to go to and will have potential spouses thrown at us from every angle.”

“Personally I’m waiting for them to just position us at the foot of the driveway with mistletoe over our heads and signs taped to our chests that say ‘Please marry us’.” The thought sent a shiver down her spine because she was really only partially kidding. Lately her mother had really seemed to kick up the campaign to marry Lily off. Not a day went by where Lily wasn’t asked if she’d met anyone decent or what her plans were for the future.

Dealing with her mother was an exhaustive full-time job within itself.

“I think it’s safe to say,” Cam began, breaking into her train of thought, “that neither of us is looking forward to another holiday season spent ducking and weaving through get-togethers to avoid the match-making patrol. Agreed?”

“Agreed. But what choice do we have? Other than packing our bags right now and both of us moving overseas to get away from the insanity?”

“I’m being serious here.”

“You’re always serious, Cam. I’m trying to get you to break that habit.” When she got no response from him she sighed with annoyance. “Okay, what do you have in mind?”

“We take ourselves off of the market. If we’re involved with other people, they can’t spend their time trying to marry us off.”

“But we’re not involved with other people; that’s the problem. Isn’t that what we’ve been talking about for the last hour? I’m so confused…”

“You’re not confused, Lily, and don’t play the ditzy card with me,” he said patiently. “I’m saying that we pretend that we are involved. We. You and me.”


About the Authors:Noelle Adams, Samantha Chase, Rachel Curtis, and Zoe York are four bestselling authors of fun, smart, and contemporary romance, from sweet to sexy, who are collaborating on this holiday anthology.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Blurb Blitz Tour: Taming a Gentleman Spy by Maggi Andersen


Want a chance to win a $50 Amazon GC plus an e-book copy of A Baron in Her BedThe Spies of Mayfair, Book #1? All you have to do is either leave a comment or ask the author a question on this or one of her other stops during her virtual tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions.

John Haldane, Earl of Strathairn, is on an urgent mission to find the killer of his fellow spy. After visiting the young widow of one of his agents, Strathairn strengthens his resolve. A spy should never marry, and most certainly not to Lady Sibella Winborne, with her romantic ideas of love and marriage. Unable to give Sibella up entirely, he has kept her close as a friend. Then, weak fool that he is, he kissed her.

Lady Sibella Winborne has refused several offers of marriage since she first set eyes on the handsome Earl of Strathairn. Sibella’s many siblings always rush to her aid to discourage an ardent suitor, but not this time. Her elder brother, Chaloner, Marquess of Brandreth, has approved Lord Coombe’s suit. Sibella yearns to set up her own household. She is known to be the sensible member of the family, but she doesn’t feel at all sensible about Lord Strathairn. If only she could forget that kiss.

Enjoy an excerpt:

Sibella’s brother Edward stood at her shoulder. “I’ve come to claim you for the next dance, before any of your admirers beat me to it.”

“I shouldn’t worry, many are losing interest,” she said crisply, rising from her chair.

He eyed her as they entered the dance floor. “Losing hope, more like.”

As they moved through the steps of the quadrille, he dropped quiet remarks in her ear.

“Give up on Strathairn, Sib.”

“I don’t believe, I—” They parted, and by the time the steps brought them back together, she’d given up protesting. Edward had inherited their mother’s astute nature.

“It’s not that I don’t like him. I do very much. But he’s not for you.”

“You needn’t worry. He doesn’t wish to marry.”

Her brother raised a black eyebrow. “Oh, I believe you could sway him toward marriage, if you set your mind to it. That’s not the reason.”

“Then what is the reason?”

“Chaloner hears things in the House of Lords. I can’t repeat them.”

“So he tells you but not me.”

Edward shrugged with a smile and moved away.

“Why does such mystery surround the Earl of Strathairn?” she hissed at him when she next got a chance.

He shook his head. She’d learn no more.

About the Author:
Maggi Andersen fell in love with the Georgian and Regency worlds after reading the books of Georgette Heyer. Victoria Holt's Gothic Victorian novels were also great favorites.

She has raised three children and gained a BA and an MA in Creative Writing. After husband David retired from the law, they moved to the beautiful Southern Highlands of Australia.

Maggi's free time is spent enjoying her garden and the local wildlife, reading, movies and the theatre. She keeps fit swimming and visiting the gym.

Maggi is a multi-published author, and writes mysteries and young adult novels as well as her Georgian, Regency and Victorian romances.

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Super Book Blast: Blood and Gold by Hawk MacKinney

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MEDIA KIT B&G cover smallerBlood and Gold, the third book in The Craige Ingram Mystery Series, once again tests the instincts and skills of retired Navy SEAL/part-time private investigator Craige Ingram. Lust, greed, body parts and unrestrained wild sex parties are what await Craige Ingram when he leaves the comforts of his South Carolina home to visit his former SEAL buddy, Detective Spinner Krespinak. Set in the Colorado underbelly of a sordid sable and faux glitz ski mecca, Detective Spinner Krespinak suspects drugs have made their way to the snowy playground that is Aspen. An Olympic ski hopeful is brutally murdered, Spinner vanishes, and Craige Ingram is shot as events spin out of control with a Catch-22 no one anticipates.

Enjoy an excerpt:

The drive up the narrow mountain rutted road was a risky, hands-on-the-wheel icy slid-and-skid. With a grim set to his jaws, Spinner didn’t say a word the whole way. They parked among the jumble of squad cars. Craige avoided the taped-off areas while Spinner huddled with Loopy. Silently they paced-off and studied the layout of each room of the mansion…each room except the one where death waited to greet Spinner. No one except Craige and Loopy knew how Spinner wasn't as detached as he appeared. Spinner traced and retraced his steps. Seeing beyond Spinner’s detached veneer of the professional, Craige could read the surly stir of emotions Spinner was struggling to control.

Finally…there was nothing left except to face the grizzly business of felony homicide and the dead. Spinner went back to where Loopy was busy. As though wanting to avoid seeing what waited in that room, he said, “Any ideas about the time of death?”

Loopy said, “Only a rough approximation at this point. I'd approximate somewhere between eight in the morning and two or three in the afternoon. We haven’t moved the bodies yet, but from what indications of livor mortis I could see, I’m leaning toward it being earlier. Central heat was off…fireplace ashes are still warm. Once we determine algor mortis changes in the body temps, I’ll be able to narrow that some. We've already picked up thirty to forty different sets of prints. Could easily be twice that before we finish. Most so smudged they're no good. The rancher who lives at the valley turnoff said cars were going back and forth all night. How it wasn't the first time they had all-night mountaintop blowouts up there. We bagged used condoms from all over this place—bedrooms, baths, all over the house. We’ll compare DNA with that of the victims. See if we get any matches that narrow down any persons of interest. Looks to be marijuana and freebase by the fireplace and in the breakfast room. And what is likely Mexican black heroin on the carpet in the den. Lord only knows what else we'll turn up. I’ll be surprised if we don’t find Silk or S-K. There's at least a case of empty aerosol cans, probably for heavy-duty huffing. We'll see what the lab tells us…hopefully that’ll fill in more details.”

Spinner said, “Before Frannie left for Denver last night, Ski came by and borrowed my wheels to get here. Brought them back about noon. Christy and the two men had to be alive at the time Ski left. Depending on road conditions, it takes about an hour to get from here back into town. The low last night was below zero, but there was no heavy weather—no wind.” His eyes flashed hurt and anger, a silent reckoning stirring somewhere deep and hidden. “Ski would party 'till the last minute.” Spinner hesitated. “Least, I’d like to think it was that. I wouldn’t like thinking he'd use me as an alibi.” The thought of the possibility was a heart-pain that sliced deep into his soul. “Give me a few minutes before you zip them up.”

Loopy nodded. “No hurry. Take what time you need.”

A very still Spinner turned a masque-face back to the bed…emotions churning his features. A lump knotted his throat. Looking down at Christy’s lifeless body, the bullet hole a vulgar insult to a death mask of frozen beauty…it seemed somehow otherworldly. “…never could trust your flighty-canary way of life.” The niche occupied by carefree fun-loving Christy seemed stark and empty.

About the Author: MEDIA KIT Hawk-DSC3027_jpgWith postgraduate degrees and faculty appointments in several medical universities, Hawk MacKinney has taught graduate courses in both the United States and Jerusalem. In addition to professional articles and texts on chordate neuroembryology, Hawk has authored several works of fiction.

Hawk began writing mysteries for his school newspaper. His works of fiction, historical love stories, science fiction and mystery-thrillers are not genre-centered, but plot-character driven, and reflect his southwest upbringing in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. Moccasin Trace, a historical novel nominated for the prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the Writers Notes Book Award, details the family bloodlines of his serial protagonist in the Craige Ingram Mystery Series… murder and mayhem with a touch of romance. Vault of Secrets, the first book in the Ingram series, was followed by Nymrod Resurrection, Blood and Gold, and The Lady of Corpsewood Manor. All have received national attention. Hawk’s latest release in the Ingram series is due out this fall with another mystery-thriller work out in 2014. The Bleikovat Event, the first volume in The Cairns of Sainctuarie science fiction series, was released in 2012.

"Without question, Hawk is one of the most gifted and imaginative writers I have had the pleasure to represent. His reading fans have something special to look forward to in the Craige Ingram Mystery Series. Intrigue, murder, deception and conspiracy--these are the things that take Hawk's main character, Navy ex-SEAL/part-time private investigator Craige Ingram, from his South Carolina ancestral home of Moccasin Hollow to the dirty backrooms of the nation's capital and across Europe and the Middle East."
Barbara Casey, President
Barbara Casey Literary Agency

www.HawkMacKinney.net
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Monday, December 09, 2013

Blurb Blitz Tour: The Cowboys of Chance Creek by Cora Seton


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Cora will be awarding a $100 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Make sure you click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour--remember, the more you comment, the better your chances.

The Cowboys of Chance Creek Box Set, Books 1 – 3

Ethan Cruz, Jamie Lassiter and Rob Matheson have been friends since they were kids, and they’re about to get each other in a whole lot of trouble—women trouble, that is. When a practical joke kicks off a series of romances, the Cowboys of Chance Creek will never be the same.

Includes:

The Cowboy’s E-Mail Order Bride (Book 1>

When Ethan Cruz finds himself with an e-mail order bride he never asked for, he’s ready to send her right back where she came from—just as soon as he gets to know her a little better. When Autumn Leeds answers a plea for a modern mail-order bride for a cowboy, it sounds like the story of the century, but when she reaches Montana, she’s surprised to find Ethan’s the perfect cowboy husband-to-be. Against her better judgment, her plan to keep her handsome groom at arm’s length while she writes a scathing article on the subject disintegrates into a night of passion spent in his arms.

Ethan knows he can’t keep playing this game – he has to come clean with Autumn and tell her the truth; about the practical joke and about the state of his ranch. Autumn’s in bigger trouble than ever. Not only has she fallen in love with the subject of her exposé – she might be carrying his child. Can she trust a man she’s just met when she knows too well that men always let you down?

Can a love based on lies last?

The Cowboy Wins a Bride (Book 2)

All Jamie Lassiter wants is to marry his best friend’s sister and settle down for the rest of his life in Chance Creek. He’s saved his money, bought into the Cruz Guest Ranch and he’s ready for that wedding, but Claire Cruz is nowhere to be found. Claire’s too busy leaving Montana behind to care about cowboys or their wedding plans. She’s got plans of her own – a trip around the world. She’ll go as soon as she buys her tickets and she doesn’t care if she ever sees Chance Creek again.

Desperate to change Claire’s mind, Jamie proposes a bet: give him six weeks to convince her to marry him. If he can’t, he’ll pay for her round-the-world tickets himself. Claire can wait six weeks if it means free tickets and a chance to get a little revenge on a man who once broke her heart. She’s got only one stipulation: Jamie can’t touch or flirt with her – or any other woman – while the bet is on.

Now Jamie’s on the run from a bevy of cowboy-groupie ranch guests, and Claire’s learning she cares about the ranch – and Jamie – more than she dreamed possible.

Maybe it’s time to lose that bet. As long as Jamie loses it first.

The Cowboy Imports a Bride (Book 3)

Rob Matheson doesn’t know how much longer he can keep up the tough-guy act. As his buddies get married one by one, he’s left with the sinking feeling he lost more than his dreams when he traded them for a thick skin. Now Rob’s father has issued a challenge – he’ll give 200 acres to the first of his four sons to wed. Could this be a chance to become the man he really wants to be?

Morgan Tate’s worked for years to climb the ladder to a top job at Cassidy Wineries, but Duncan Cassidy, the boss’ son, always stands in her way. Now he’s issued an ultimatum; marry him or he’ll make sure she never works in the wine industry again..

Rob offers Morgan a proposition – marry him and split the land. Now they’ve got sixty days to fall in love, and a passel of family and friends determined to keep them apart. Will it take the biggest practical joke of all to convince the world – and themselves – that they’re truly meant to be man and wife?

Now Available – The Cowgirl Ropes a Billionaire (Book 4)

Bella Chatham will lose everything – her veterinary practice, her animal shelter, and even her home – if she can’t find another source of income, fast. So when her best friend signs her up for the hot new reality television show, Can You Beat a Billionaire, Bella accepts the challenge and hopes against hope she can win the ten million dollar prize. If she doesn’t, it’s bye-bye pet clinic and shelter, bye-bye Chance Creek, Montana, and hello to marriage to the billionaire for a year!

Evan Mortimer, billionaire, can’t believe he’s reduced to competing in a television contest to win a wife. Unfortunately, it’s the only foolproof way to secure his position as head of Mortimer Innovations. At least he’ll be able to dump his “spouse” at the end of the year; he’s much too busy to be tied down to a country bumpkin cowgirl.

As the contests heat up, so do the sparks between the contestants. Will either of them remember in time that it’s not who wins or who loses – it’s how they play the game that really counts?

Enjoy this excerpt from The Cowboy Wins a Bride

"Bet she shoots you down when you do ask her," Rob said, catching up to him.

"Bet you she doesn't," Jamie said, even though secretly he thought Rob might be right.

"How much? Hundred bucks?"

"You got it."

"Good luck winning that bet," Cab said, overtaking them. "Seeing as how Jamie isn't asking her anytime soon."

Jamie frowned. "I'll ask her soon."

"Bet you can't marry her by Labor Day," Rob said.

"If you're getting married in ten weeks, you better hurry up and pop the question," Ethan said from behind them.

"I'm not marrying Claire on Labor Day," Jamie said. His plan called for using the summer to build her interest in the ranch. At some point, he'd ask her out, and in the fall he'd suggest they move in together. Maybe he'd propose at Thanksgiving. Sure, he'd bought the ring early, but experience had taught him to be prepared. Like Ethan said, some occasions were more romantic than others. If things should move faster than he expected, he didn't want to be caught short.

And...well, he was looking forward to being engaged to Claire.

"You admitting she'll turn you down?" Rob said. They reached the stack of chairs again, and added the new ones to the pile.

"No. I'd just like to go on a few dates before I ask her." Jamie straightened up.

"Chicken."

"I ain't..."

"If you haven't asked her out in the past decade, you aren't going to ask her now. You're blowing smoke up your own ass if you think you're ever going to marry her."

Jamie shoved his hands in his pockets to keep from balling them into fists and punching Rob. "I ain't chicken and I am going to ask her."

"Hundred bucks says that come Labor Day, you're still single," Rob said. "Safest bet I ever made."

Cab, joining them, laughed out loud. "Got that right."

"He's got to think it over for another twelve years," Ethan chimed in. "Doesn't do to rush these things."

Jamie bristled at this group attack on his cautious personality. "Hundred bucks says I'm married to Claire by the end of the summer."

"Deal." Rob grabbed his hand and shook it before Jamie had a chance to reconsider. He pointed across the lawn. "There she is, tiger. Go on and ask her. Just keep your distance from her right hook. You know how cranky she gets."

About the Author:
Cora Seton loves cowboys, country life, gardening, bike-riding, and lazing around with a good book. Mother of four, wife to a computer programmer/eco-farmer, she ditched her California lifestyle eight years ago and moved to a remote logging town in northwestern British Columbia.

Like the characters in her novels, Cora enjoys old-fashioned pursuits and modern technology, spending mornings transforming a neglected one-acre lot into a paradise of orchards, berry bushes and market gardens, and afternoons writing the latest Chance Creek romance novel on her iPad mini. Visit www.CoraSeton.com to read about new releases, contests and other cool events! You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.