She deserves a lifetime of happiness: You First by Stephanie Fournet #YouFirst #Romance @JenHalliganPR @Stephanie4net


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Today, we’re spotlighting YOU FIRST, Stephanie Fournet’s newest contemporary romance. It released December 13th, so be sure to grab your copy! Learn more about YOU FIRST below, enter the $100 giveaway, and be sure to follow the blog tour for more entries!

You FirstYou First by Stephanie Fournet
by Stephanie Fournet
Publisher: Blue Tulip Publishing
Publication Date: December 13th, 2016

Driven. Private. Insanely talented.

Gray Blakewood is the most successful crime writer under the age of thirty—and he has a secret that could cost him his life.

He just wants to finish his latest novel before his world unravels, and the last thing he needs is a beautiful distraction.

Meredith Ryan, his new personal assistant, has seen more than her fair share of hard knocks. And, still, she’s the sweetest person he’s ever met.

She deserves a lifetime of happiness—which he can’t offer.

But he can’t seem to stay away.

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About Stephanie Fournet

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Stephanie Fournet, author of Fall Semester, Legacy, Butterfly Ginger, and Leave a Mark lives in Lafayette, Louisiana—not far from the Saint Streets where her novels are set. She shares her home with her husband John and her daughter Hannah, their needy dogs Gladys and Mabel, and an immortal blue finch named Baby Blue. When she isn’t writing romance novels, she is usually helping students get into college or running. She loves hearing from fans, so look for her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and stephaniefournet.com.

 

Interview at It’s All About the Romance

 

What are the best writing books or blogs you’ve ever read?

 

Neil Gaiman’s “Advice to Authors (http://www.neilgaiman.com/FAQs/Advice_to_Authors) is excellent, as is his commencement address to the University of Art Class of 2012 (http://www.uarts.edu/neil-gaiman-keynote-address-2012).  For him, and for me, writing is about writing.  It sound redundant and circular, but you have to keep writing in order to succeed.

 

What are your non-writing hobbies, or what do you do to relax?

 

I am a runner, and I’ve recently discovered a love of camping. It’s best when I can combine the two: camp and go on a nice trail run. Camping is so relaxing! Everything just stops—especially if you are somewhere without cell service.  At night, there’s nothing to do but watch the fire, pet the dogs, drink a ginger beer, and laugh.

 

Do you have any personal heroes/heroines?

 

Many, but some of them aren’t famous, so I’ll limit my response to the prominent ones. J.K. Rowling comes to mind first because of her commitment to her dream as well as her staggering talent.  I really admire Scott Jurek, who is a vegan ultra-marathoner (I am a vegan runner).  He recently broke the world record for the fastest traverse of the Appalachian Trail.  I guess I’m inspired by people who give their all to their passions and goals.

 

Have you had any unusual or noteworthy occupations?

 

I don’t know if this is unusual or if it’s more eyebrow-raising, but I am a high school administrator. People I work with often tease me about also being a romance writer. I have an uncanny ability to spot a kid chewing gum (it’s my super power), and I guess some people have a hard time reconciling stuff like that with the fact that I can also write a toe-curling kissing scene.

 

What was your best date ever?

 

The summer before my daughter was born, my husband and I scraped our pennies together and went to London and Paris.  One night while we were in London, we got all dressed up, went to a lavishly expensive restaurant we could not afford, had a fantastic meal, and then went to see Miss Saigon. I was 26 at the time, and it was the first contemporary musical I’d ever seen on stage. I’ve had countless wonderful dates with my husband, but this was one I will never forget.

 

 

Tell us something you are really proud of.

 

I am ridiculously proud of my daughter, Hannah.  She’s brilliant, beautiful, talented, empathetic–you name it. My husband and I did an awesome job, if I do say so myself.

 

Can you confide something you wish you were better at?

 

I totally wish I could sing! I love music, and I actually do sing all the time, but it’s pretty bad.  I’m not afraid of karaoke, but I should be.

 

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One winner will receive a $100 Amazon OR Book Depository Gift Card (International). Three winners will win a signed copy of YOU FIRST (US only).
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Tour Schedule

Monday, Dec 5th – Love in a Time of Feminism (Interview)

Tuesday, Dec 6th – Babbling About Books and More (Spotlight)

Wednesday, Dec 7th – Books, Dreams, Life (Guest Post)

Friday, Dec 9th – Jersey Girl Book Reviews (Review)

Monday, Dec 12th – A Chick Who Reads (Review)

Tuesday, Dec 13th – With Love for Books (Review)

Wednesday, Dec 14th – It’s All About the Romance (Interview)

Thursday, Dec 15th – Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books! (Excerpt)

Friday, Dec 16th – Kendra Loves Books (Review)

Monday, Jan 9th – Kindle and Me (Review) & Crazies R Us (Review)

Tuesday, Jan 10th – Thoughts in Progress (Excerpt)

Thursday, Jan 12th – vvb32 reads (Review)

Monday, Jan 16th – Reese’s Reviews (Spotlight)

Wednesday, Jan 18th – Jeri’s Book Attic (Review)

Friday, Jan 20th – 2 Book Lovers Reviews (Review)

 

 

Exchange of Power by Andrea Bills #RomSuspense #amreading @XpressoReads


Exchange of Power
Andrea Bills
Publication date: August 10th 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

Hannah Mackenzie is married to the love of her life Nick, and they’re beginning to think of starting of a family when that dream comes to a tragic end with the sudden death of her husband. Just when Hannah believes her grief will consume her, she finds her beloved basset hound Presley and her under attack at their home. When she calls in for help from her and Nick’s lifelong best friend Austin he comes over immediately.

Austin brings with him a truth that betrays everything Hannah ever believed and a very sexy bodyguard Jared Tully. Hannah is dealing with very raw emotions from her past while trying to deal with a very real attraction of the present. When it all comes to blows in ways she never would have dreamed she has to make a decision.

Hannah’s flung into a life she never knew existed along with Jared and Austin while they battle an unknown evil that’s targeting her. When they discover the truth they realize the stakes are high and very dangerous.

This is the first in the Power Series and sets the making for a new series that will be sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

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EXCERPT:

He turned when he felt her eyes on him, “Like what you see?”

She felt herself blush immediately even though embarrassment was a little late at this point between them.

“I’m allowed to look.” She made her way over to him trying to look coy. She ran her fingers up his arm,” and touch.”

Jared grabbed her and pulled her over to straddle him.

“You’re allowed to do whatever the hell you please.” He sealed the statement with a kiss. When he finally pulled away Hannah was completely breathless. She started to take what there was of his workout shirt off of him when his phone rang.
“Screw ‘em. I’ll call whoever it is back.”

“Oh good.” Hannah giggled as he started undressing her. They lips never left each other’s which made the process a little more complicated by fun.

Jared started to plant kisses down her neck as his hands roamed her legs and hips. Just as he was about to take her nipple in his mouth the phone rang again. Jared growled as he laid his head between her breasts.

Hannah held his head there as she let out a frustrated breath, whoever it was wasn’t going to wait.
Jared kissed her one last time before he got up to reach his phone.
Hannah started to reach for her clothes, but Jared threw a blanket at her.

“This isn’t over I’m going to get rid of them and then finish what we started.” He winked at her as he answered his phone.

 

Author Bio:

Andrea spends her time while she’s not dreaming up friends and villains alike chasing after her two kids and husband at their home in rural West Virginia.

Her guilty pleasure once the kids are asleep is to read. She reads everything she can get her hands on and then she reads it over and over and over again. Her all time favorite book is secretly tucked away under her bed looking very war battered from the hundreds of reads.

The Power Series is her breakthrough series as an indie author. She attributes her writing skills to her overactive imagination, and her husbands wacky dreams.

 

All About Romance- Interview

1.What do you think is the best way to publish these days?

It’s hard for me to speak on traditional publishing since I’m strictly self-publishing right now. However, I think the beauty of the self-publishing market rising is that authors don’t have to be limited now. I’m currently working on a book that I’m hoping will be traditionally published. That doesn’t mean I’ll stop self-publishing, but if I manage to get a coveted traditional book deal I’ll be able to learn from people who have experience in the business. It can only make me better. If I don’t I can still continue to do what I love, and that is write. There’s nothing stopping you from sharing your story with the world!

  1. What are your favorite genres to read? Why?

As a whole my favorite genre is of course romance. I’m a sucker for a good love story. As far as sub-genres within romance, I will literally read anything. I don’t think I’ve found one that I don’t love. I tend to lean pretty heavy on the paranormal and suspense just because that’s what I write. However, I love historical too, there’s something about a man in a kilt; am I right?

  1. How do you approach starting a new book?

I have such an overactive imagination that starting a new book is pretty much something that just comes to me randomly. I don’t sit down, and force ideas out onto the paper. I could be having a dream and wake up (yes I keep pen and paper next to the bed), or driving along and a song takes me off on a new adventure. Anything can be the start of a new book for me. I just try to always have a pen and paper handy to write down the ideas, and once I get enough of them that’s when I put pen to paper to bring it to life.

  1. What are the best writing books or blogs you’ve ever read?

I love reading Jane Friedman’s blog. She has a little bit of everything about writing and publishing on there. I usually go there for a specific question I’m wanting answered, and the next thing I know I’m an hour deep in her blog reading something completely unrelated.

  1. What are your non-writing hobbies, or what do you do to relax?

I love playing volleyball. I am currently on a league that plays a couple of times a year, and I look forward to the start of the season like a kid waiting for Christmas. I just recently got into running too. It’s more of a love/hate relationship though. Some days I can’t wait to get out there and see how far I can push myself. Other days I’m pushing myself to simply get my shoes on. It’s fun all the same though! When you’re writing a lot and being idle it’s good to try and sneak some active hobbies in when possible.

  1. Do you have any personal heroes/heroines?

Wow. What a question. Several people come to mind who inspire me, but as far as a personal heroine it’s tough to nail down. I think my heroine would be my grandmother. She lost her mother when she was young, and her father not long after She met my grandfather while he was stationed in England, and became a war bride of World War II. They married, and had my uncle and then my grandmother had to sail to America alone with a toddler. She made her way to our tiny rural town in West Virginia all by herself. She lost a child along the way. My grandfather passed before I was born but her and my mother told me stories all the time.  I couldn’t imagine the things she endured. She was my best friend as a child, and always encouraged me. She was a beautiful Godly woman and a true heroine.

Love this answer!

  1. Have you had any unusual or noteworthy occupations?

If you research self-publishing your own book one thing that people will preach is having sales and marketing experience. They say it really gives you a leg up on getting your book out there and noticed. Now I have a Bachelors in Business, but had never really held a sales job. It kind of intimidated me to sell things as I can be a bit shy. So I took a job as a car salesperson. It was fascinating really. I did actually learn a lot, and even though car sales are a bit pushier than book sales the concept is the same. I still can’t believe I did it, but I met a lot of great people!

  1. What was your best date ever?

Goodness. This is really pushing my memories. My husband and I have been together for twelve years so that’s a lot of dates to ponder. I don’t know if it’s considered a date since we were already married, and didn’t have kids yet? One day while we were living in New Orleans we carpooled home from work, and when we drove past our favorite bar they had a huge banner up stating that, that night was the first night for crawfish. If you’re from the south, you know how fantastic crawfish are at the beginning of the season. We hurried home changed our clothes and went back. I have no idea how many pounds of crawfish we ate or how many mixed drinks were poured but it was a fantastic impromptu date night. I love spontaneity so that’s probably why it stands out in my mind more than others.

Sounds like fun!

  1. Tell us something you’re really proud of?

Well I mentioned earlier that I have been getting into running lately. My best friend is an avid runner, and she’s always doing some unearthly long run. So she convinced me over the summer to do a half marathon with her. Maybe it was the wine talking, but I signed up! On August 20, 2016 I woke up at an hour that she be deemed illegal it was so early and braved the terrible smells of the porta johns. Then ran 13.1 miles with my best friend. It was an incredible experience, and one I never dreamed I’d achieve.

Wow, congrats!

  1. Can you confide something you wish you were better at?

I wish I was better at being girly. I have naturally curly hair so it’s usually a mess, I try to get it to calm down, but it has a mind of its own. I can usually slap some make up on in five minutes or less too. I see these women who their hair fixed just so, and beautiful art worthy make up on and I cringe. Somebody teach me!

I know what you mean, lol

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