Baby Boomers Downsize w/Tiny Homes #FreebieFriday Christmas in July #Romance


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First posted 2015 

Many of the so- called baby boomer era are facing empty nesters’ syndrome. That is to say, their once boisterous, happy homes are now quiet wastelands of space.

According to CIGNA HealthCare, family life cycles have five stages:

  1. Independence from your parents
  2. Settling down with a partner
  3. Becoming a parent to your own children
  4. Launching your adult children into their own independence stage
  5. Your retirement years

There has been an upsurge in the housing market, which in turn, has led to many couples who are coming into their retirement years, selling their homes and either moving into condos, tiny homes, like the one pictured above, or RV’s.

We chose the latter route. With our daughter grown and hundreds of miles away, we found ourselves alone and lonely in a five bedroom bi-level that was much too big. My mother had a suite downstairs, but most of the time it felt like we were simply keeping the dust bunnies company.

There are RV resorts all over Canada and the United States that cater to year round travelers. Some are very fancy with golfing, pools, tennis courts, and fitness rooms:

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http://arizonaluxuryrvresorts.com/

And others offer the wilderness in all its glory:

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Our new home may not be thirteen hundred square feet, but it can take us to places we’ve never seen before.

And maybe even relieve some of that, ‘What are we going to do without our kids?’ feeling we all go through sooner or later.

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How about you? What do you do to relieve that empty nester’s syndrome?


Celebrate Christmas in July!

My holiday romance, Silver Bells is #Free July 12-14/2019!

Click the covers to visit Amazon for the books.

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Will a Christmas wish give a lonely author a family?

Mystery writer, Joel Carpenter, has no time for romance. He has a deadline to meet, and too many skeletons in his closet to trust the slightly spinny artist renting his house.

Christy Taylor has her hands full dealing with an ailing business and a diabetic daughter, she doesn’t need the temptation that is her landlord, Joel Carpenter.

Can a Christmas wish bring two stubborn souls together and give a little girl the gift she wants most?

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Being the new girl in town is hard, especially when you’re running from your past. It even gets harder when your handsome neighbor is a police officer who wants to get to know you. No matter how much Casey tries to avoid Thad, something is always pulling them together. 

Thad has lived in Celebration Township his entire life, and it’s not until a beautiful brunette moves in next door that his eye is finally caught. If only she didn’t push him away at every chance she got. 

When an unexpected visitor shows up at Casey’s house a few days before Christmas, her future and past collide. Will Thad figure it out what’s going on in time, or will Casey end up being a conspirator to a murderer? 

A KISS BENEATH A CHRISTMAS STAR 

Wounded warrior, Ben Michaelson is a former rock star who’s at Dragonfly Pointe intending to make a comeback at the town’s yearly charity event. 

The adopted daughter of a music superstar and an artist herself, Rose Atkinson has suffered her own share of heartache, long ago deciding she’d never get involved with another musician. 

But will the magic of a kiss beneath a Christmas star help Ben convince Rose that fate has always meant for them to be together?

This box set is our homage to the sweet and sassy side of romance. We hope you enjoy! Sweet and Sassy Brides #Summerreading #Romance #mgtab @MoBPromos


SWEET AND SASSY BRIDES

by Mimi Barbour, Jacquie Biggar, Alicia Street, Dani Haviland, Stephanie Queen, Stacy Eaton, Rachelle Ayala, Katy Walters, and Aileen Fish

Continue reading “This box set is our homage to the sweet and sassy side of romance. We hope you enjoy! Sweet and Sassy Brides #Summerreading #Romance #mgtab @MoBPromos”

Lies by T. M. Logan #BookReview #mystery #suspense


What if you have the perfect life, the perfect wife and the perfect child—and then, in one shattering moment, you discover nothing is as it seems?

It’s the evening drive home from work, a route Joe Lynch has taken a hundred times with his young son. But when he unexpectedly sees his wife’s car ahead of them, he decides to follow her—and ends up witnessing her secret rendezvous with another man. The encounter will tear two families apart and leave an innocent man set up to take the fall for a murder.

Joe finds himself in the sights of a ruthless killer determined to destroy everything he treasures. He will do whatever it takes to protect his family, but as the net tightens around him, his life begins to fall apart. Soon, Joe is in a life or death struggle with a cunning opponent who is always one step ahead.

Lies poses the question: Can we ever really trust those closest to us?

In the tradition of The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney and Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris, Lies by T.M. Logan is an unputdownable thriller in which each chapter changes the meaning of what came before, keeping the reader guessing until the jaw-dropping finale.

Review

“Just when you think things can’t possibly get worse . . . they do. And then some. Lies is positively riveting, from the captivating first scene to the shocking twist atthe end.” ―Sandra Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling authorof Seeing Red

“Assured, compelling, and hypnotically readable―with a twist at the end I guarantee you won’t see coming.” ―Lee Child, New York Times bestselling author of The Midnight Line

My Review

Told in first person, this story has so many twists and turns it will leave you breathless!

Joe Lynch is a school teacher, husband and father. His life is pretty near perfect- until it isn’t.

A single event changes Joe’s safe, secure world forever and nothing will ever be the same again.

Faced with a murder charge on a crime he didn’t commit, the possible adulterous activities of his wife-the woman he thought he knew so well-Joe is forced into the car and mouse game of his life.

There’s a surprise twist at the end I guarantee you won’t see coming, and so much suspense it’s almost impossible to set the book down.

I give Lies 5+ lovely kisses- a must read!

Satisfy Your Craving with In The Shadows! #NewRelease #PNR #mgtab #ASMSG


IN THE SHADOWS

Paranormal & Urban Fantasy Boxed Set

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Quench your thirst and satisfy your cravings with this enticing collection of 12 paranormal stories written by the hottest USA Today, and Bestselling authors,

Nicole Morgan, Jacquie Biggar, Jocelyn Dex, Leilani Love

Tierney O’Malley, Virginia Hunter, Fionn Jameson, Joanna Mazurkiewicz

Lorelei Moone, Laura Greenwood, Cate Farren, Dylan Keefer

From wolves, and demons, to big cats, alpha males and vampire tales, you’ll be sure to find something you love because there is always something lurking… In the Shadows.

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This set includes these fantastic stories by your favorite authors:

Night Falls (Racinitine Pack 1) by Nicole Morgan

When Kinzey gets too close to Paul’s secrets, he is faced with making a choice that could not only change his world, but the only life his pack has ever known.

The Guardian (Mended Souls Book 1) by Jacquie Biggar

Can two lost souls stop a crazed madman before he strikes again?

Araya’s Addiction by Jocelyn Dex

When an Incubus wakes up naked, collared, and locked in a cell, he knows thinking with his dick has finally gotten him into trouble.

Kassandra’s Wolf (Book 3 of The Dragon Ruby Series) by Leilani Love

She drugged him. Waking up hard and alone, all Damien could think about was teaching Kassandra the errors of her ways.

Wolf’s Soul by Tierney O’Malley

All he wanted was her sword, but she gave him her heart–whole-souled.

Alix (The Coven’s Grove Chronicles Book 1) by Virginia Hunter

Building friendships isn’t easy…building a coven is even harder. Join Alix in a race for survival and her discovery that love and magic aren’t that far apart.

Asura Night by Fionn Jameson

Monsters exist. But so do demon hunters, and they’re not giving up the fight easily.

When the Clock Strikes (Paranormal Personnel Saga 0.5) by Joanna Mazurkiewicz

Thoughts about Julia had corrupted my mind to the point that I couldn’t function

Alexander’s Blood Bride (Vampires of London Book 1) by Lorelei Moone

Alexander has waited centuries to meet a woman like Cat. The catch: she’s a mortal with blood is so tempting that every vampire in London will want to claim her.

The Dryad’s Pawprint (Paranormal Council #1) by Laura Greenwood

He’ll give up his happiness to help his people–but can he give up his soulmate?

After Moonlight by Cate Farren

Can two souls survive a world where only werewolves remain?

The Blood Empire: Episode One A Vampire Dark Fantasy Novel

(Prequel to The Blood Rite Saga Book 1) by Dylan Keefer

Master and servant, vampire and human; their lives couldn’t be any different. Their illicit affair could cost them their lives.

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The Killing Game by Toni Anderson #RomSuspense #BookReview #mgtab


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Hard to imagine a more enticing cover than this one by bestselling author Toni Anderson, well done!

 

The Killing Game

by Toni Anderson

Genre: Romantic Suspense

 

Romance Writers of America® RITA® Finalist.
National Readers’ Choice Awards Finalist.

Wildlife biologist Axelle Dehn isn’t about to let anyone harm her endangered snow leopards—not the poacher intent on killing them, nor the soldier who wants to use them as bait. But Axelle is unknowingly entangled in a conflict that stretches back three decades, a conflict that could spark a war between two of the world’s great nations.
British SAS soldier, Ty Dempsey, is on a mission to hunt down an infamous Russian terrorist in a remote region of Afghanistan. Dempsey hasn’t failed a mission yet, but when Axelle is kidnapped by the Russian, he is forced to choose between duty and his heart. He risks everything to save the determined, prickly woman he’s fallen for, but in doing so sparks a deadly series of events that threaten to expose the most successful spy in history. A spy who will destroy anyone who gets in his way.

 

Buy Link: Amazon

Read an Excerpt Here

 

About the Author

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*Start reading Toni’s award-winning, bestselling Cold Justice Series with A COLD DARK PLACE currently free on Amazon. You can sign up for her newsletter at www.toniandersonauthor.com to receive another free book.*

New York Times and USA Today international bestselling author, Toni Anderson, writes dark, gritty Romantic Suspense novels that have hit #1 in Barnes & Noble’s Nook store, Top 10 in the Amazon, iBooks, and Kobo stores. Her novels have won many awards, and she’s been nominated for the prestigious Romance Writers of America® RITA® Award.

A former Marine Biologist from Britain, she inexplicably ended up in the geographical center of North America, about as far from the ocean as it is possible to get. She now lives in the Canadian prairies with her Irish husband and two children and spends most of her time complaining about the weather.

Toni has no explanation for her oft-times dark imagination, and only hopes the romance makes up for it. She’s addicted to reading, dogs, tea, and chocolate.

If you want to know when Toni’s next book will be out, visit her website (http://www.toniandersonauthor.com) and sign up for her newsletter. If you want to read other fascinating stories about life in a city that during winter is sometimes colder than Mars, friend her on Facebook: (https://www.facebook.com/toniannanderson).

Toni donates 15% of her royalties from EDGE OF SURVIVAL to diabetes research–to find out why, read the book!

 

My Review

I’ve always been a Toni Anderson fan, but when I saw the cover for The Killing Game, I knew I had to have it!

This story starts out with a fast-action scene and keeps the reader on their toes until the very last page.

Her descriptions of the Hindu Kush region of Afghanistan and the plight of the Snow Leopards who consider the area home are heart-wrenching.

The political intrigue made me feel like I was reading a James Bond novel, complete with SAS undercover operatives, spies, poachers, and government officials with an agenda of their own.

A very entertaining read!

I give The Killing Game 5 lovely kisses

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Sometimes love gets hairy: Shifted In Seattle by Lisa Medley #PNR #Romance @lisamedley


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Shifted in Seattle

by Lisa Medley

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GENRE: paranormal romance

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BLURB:

 

No one’s ever captured a Sasquatch.

Until now.

Sasquatches have roamed the Pacific Northwest for centuries, hiding in the wilds of the northern territories and protected by the Lummi nation.

When Seattle author Ethan Lane’s secret is exposed after a first date with Ruby Parsons goes wonderfully right, then horribly wrong, he’s faced with betraying his clan or losing his only chance at true love and a normal life.

Sometimes love gets hairy.

 

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EXCERPT:

 

 With friends like this… excerpt:

 

“Ruby! It’s him!”

 

Ruby Parsons peered around her iPad at her roommate Claire, who bounced excitedly on the opposite end of the couch. “And who would he be?”

 

“Listen to this Daveslist “Near Misses” ad:

 

H.P. Lovecraft: Stand-Up Comedian – m4w (Annex Theater) – Seattle

 

Tuesday night, after the show, you and I flirted while in line for the bathroom. We agreed that even if the staff had to clean up a blood sacrifice, the place was still nicer than the streets below.

 

You smiled at me as you took off, but there was no chance for me to get your name.

 

Buy you a drink sometime? We might as well enjoy ourselves before Cthulhu rises…”

 

Ruby scrambled across the couch and stuffed herself into the crack between Claire and the cushioned back for a look at the ad.

 

“It’s Cthulhu! Your Lovecraftian lobster,” Claire said, handing over the iPad for her to see.

 

“You have got to quit watching Friends reruns.” Ruby read the ad. Her heart hammered in her chest, and a blush of heat covered her face and neck. It was him. Too many exact details not to be. Still. A classified ad? In “Near Misses”? It was so…seedy. Wasn’t it? What kind of people posted ads like that, or worse…responded to them? “Listen, I met the guy for like thirty seconds in line for the bathroom.”

 

“And then reread The Call of Cthulhu even though you practically have the thing memorized and went on and on and on about him and his hipster beardedness for weeks. Weeks!” Claire snatched her iPad out of Ruby’s hands then launched off the couch and into the swinging papasan chair. She began typing furiously on the tablet.

 

“What are you doing?” Ruby asked, concerned.

 

“Answering him, of course.”

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Lisa has always enjoyed reading about monsters in love and now she writes about them, because monsters need love too.

She adores beasties of all sorts, fictional as well as real, and has a farm full of them in her Southwest Missouri home, including: one child, one husband, two dogs, two cats, a dozen hens, thousands of Italian bees, and a guinea pig. 

She may or may not keep a complete zombie apocalypse bug-out bag in her trunk at all times, including a machete. Just. In. Case.

 

Social Media Links:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/lisamedleyauthor

Twitter https://twitter.com/lisamedley

Website http://lisa-medley.com

Lisa Medley Newsletter http://eepurl.com/9Zhcz

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7824406.Lisa_Medley

Google + https://plus.google.com/u/1/+LisaMedley/posts

Amazon Author Page http://www.amazon.com/Lisa-Medley/e/B00I66M24M/

 

 

Book Buy Links:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Shifted-Seattle-Lisa-Medley-ebook/dp/B01KH7LBP8

Smashwords  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/658503

KOBO https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/shifted-in-seattle

iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/shifted-in-seattle/id1144596984

NOOK http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/shifted-in-seattle-lisa-medley/1124391849

 

 

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION 

 

Lisa Medley will be awarding a Sasquatch Swag Pack: a Bigfoot of chocolate, Jack Link’s Squatch sticks and Shifted in Seattle bookmarks to a randomly drawn (U.S. only) winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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The Secret Blush by E. Jones #Suspense #mgtab


International bestselling author E. Jones returns with THE SECRET BLUSH, the second nail-biting suspense novel in the captivating Jennifer Morgan series.

 

The past has a way of catching up to you . . .

 

After a messy affair ends, Jennifer is trying to rebuild her life and start a career as a New York City private investigator. But when she is caught in a shooting at her favorite coffeehouse, bitter events from the past come back to hunt her.

 

James, her NYPD officer beau, unofficially beings to investigate the shooting, while Jenn immerses herself in a sexual harassment case. Soon she discovers that nothing is as it seems and feels she is being set up. Her new life is threatened by deception, an ugly jealousy fight may end her relationship with James, while the shooters still have her in their crosshairs. What will Jennifer have to do now to protect herself and keep the man she loves?

 

If you like Kendra Elliot, Lisa Jackson or Carey Baldwin, you will love this enthralling story of malice, intrigue, and love. THE SECRET BLUSH is the second suspense novel in the Jennifer Morgan series.

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The Secret Blush will be on sale Oct 11-17 for 99 cents. Here’s the link to the book on Amazon (it will be on KU so readers who have that will be able to get the book for free): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LDH2J1G

Sign up to E.’s VIP Club at eepurl.com/b2umOn for exclusive content: free books, alternative epilogues, bonus chapters, and more.

 

All readers who sign up will receive the first suspense novel in the series, THE SECRET AFFAIR, for FREE.

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About the Author

Ethan Jones is the author of the wildly popular Justin Hall spy thriller series, which has eight books so far. The first book in this series, Arctic Wargame, reached the Amazon’s Top 10 Best Sellers lists in 2015.

The second book, Tripoli’s Target, was also very successful, catapulting to the top of the Best Sellers lists. The third book, Fog of War, and the fourth book, Double Agents, have also regularly hit the Best Sellers lists in the spy fiction genre.

Rogue Agents is the fifth adventure in this series. The sixth thriller is titled Shadow Agents. The two newest additions to this series are Homeland, the seventh book, and The Saudi Strategy, the eight book, both released in 2015.

Ethan Jones has also started a new spy series: Carrie Chronicles, which features Justin Hall’s partner, Carrie O’Connor, in solo adventures. The first novel in this series, Priority Target, is already out. The second novel, Codename: Makarov, will come out this year.

To learn more about Ethan’s current and future works and to read exclusive author interviews, books excerpts and book reviews, visit Ethan’s blog at ethanjonesbooks.wordpress.com

To enjoy Tripoli’s Target, the second book in this series, for FREE, join Ethan’s Fans Mailing List at this link: eepurl.com/HIG7r.

Ethan is a lawyer by trade, and he lives in Canada with his wife and son.

 

The best reason to buy a copy of The Secret Blush for 99 cents between Oct 11-17 is because it has an exclusive link at the end, at the Bonus Material section, on the last page of the book. This exclusive link will allow you to enjoy The Central Connection (Justin Hall #9), the newest spy thriller in this series absolutely FREE. This novel is priced at $6.99, but if you buy a copy of The Secret Blush, you can enjoy it for free.

A Baby for New Year’s by Susan R. Hughes #HolidayRomance #mgtab #MFRWauthor @Susan_R_Hughes


New Release: A Baby for New Year’s

 

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Blurb:

After an emotionally destructive marriage, Meg has settled into a quiet life as a single mother. When her pregnant teenage niece arrives at her door, seeking shelter, Meg finds herself caught in a family drama between the girl’s parents. She hasn’t seen her estranged sister Kelly or her former brother-in-law Evan in years, but she hasn’t forgotten her secret crush on him when they were teenagers. Now that he’s single again, he still makes Meg weak in the knees. As the New Year brings complications she never thought she wanted, should she listen to her heart and take a chance on love?

Buy link: http://tinyurl.com/jenoagy

 

Excerpt:

Evan stood waiting at the top of the stairs, a small smile hovering on his lips. “They’re great kids,” he whispered.

“Yeah, they are. And you’re going to be an awesome grandfather,” Meg added with a quiet chuckle. “You know, before Julie was born, I couldn’t picture you as a dad. But you were a natural with her right from the start. And right now, I honestly can’t picture a kid calling you ‘Grandpa.’ But I know you’ll be wonderful.”

His smile widened. “Thank you, Meg. That means a lot to me.”

She meant to walk past him and head downstairs. But she paused beside him, overcome with feeling for him, and lifted her hand to touch his face. She caressed her fingertips across the coarse day’s growth on his cheek, her thumb grazing his soft mouth. The dim light from the living room glittered in his beautiful eyes.

“You’re a wonderful man,” she murmured.

Evan’s lips parted slightly. His warm, intent gaze tangled with hers, while his hand covered hers and he pressed a gentle kiss to the tip of her thumb.

Awareness quivered from Meg’s hand straight to the pit of her stomach. Her heart slammed against her ribs with a blow that made her catch her breath.

She knew she ought to suppress her feelings. She should walk away and send him straight back to his hotel. But she stayed rooted to the floor, only letting her hand fall from his mouth as he bent to graze his lips against her temple.

“You’re wearing that rose scent again,” he whispered. “That fragrance haunts my dreams.”

Meg closed her eyes as desire for him spiraled through her in a heady rush. Tilting her face upward, she leaned into him and brushed her lips against his mouth.

 

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Author Bio:

I’m a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and historical romance. I live in Ottawa, Ontario, with my husband and three children.

Where can you can find Susan on social media

Website: www.susanrhughes.weebly.com

Fabebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Susan-R-Hughes/150348171749025

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Susan_R_Hughes

 

Susan graciously agreed to stop by today and give me an interview. Welcome to the blog, Susan!

 

Thank you, I’m happy to be here 🙂

 

What do you write?

I write contemporary and historical romance set in various Canadian locations.

 

What genre do you favor?

I love historical romance but it’s more challenging to write, so I focus on contemporary.

 

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?

I have been writing stories since I was a little girl, always with the goal of being a novelist someday. I started writing romance about 15 years ago because it was a good fit for my style.

 

Are you published?

I have published 16 novels and novella.

 

It’s been great getting to know you today, Susan. Best of luck with A Baby For New Year’s, that cover is adorable!

Poetry of Love: The Engagement Year by N.N. Light #BookReview #Poetry @NNP_W_Light


 

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Title: Poetry of Love: The Engagement Year

Author: N. N. Light

Genre: Poetry, Love Poetry

 

Book Blurb:

I had been searching for love my whole life. It took the opening up of the world via technology for me to find my soulmate. Once I laid eyes on her, at the arrivals gate, I knew I was never going to let her go. The following is a collection of poems I wrote to my angel, from our first meeting up until our wedding day. I was working crazy hours as a chef and I had a long commute. I chose my commuting time to pen her a poem each day. These poems speak of our life, our challenges and our growth together…in every aspect they speak of our love.

 

May this book give someone the courage to let their special someone know how much they care for them and how much they mean to them. Saying I love you is a gift you can give many times a day.

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As My Beauty Sleeps

 

I love to lay and listen

As my beauty sleeps.

 

The sound of each breath

As my beauty sleeps.

 

I think how I will awaken her

As my beauty sleeps.

 

To kiss her softly

That is my plan

As my beauty sleeps.

 

My lips move close

But I just enjoy listening

As my beauty sleeps.

 

 

Buy Links:

Available at Amazon Worldwide or FREE on Kindle Unlimited:

https://www.amazon.com/Poetry-Love-Engagement-N-Light-ebook/dp/B01M13IKRH

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32054659-poetry-of-love

 

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Author Biography:

N. N. Light is the husband-wife writing team, commonly known as Mr. N and Mrs. N. Mrs. N. has been creating stories ever since she was little. Her grandfather remembers when she was two years old, she would stand at the top of the stairs and tell him a story filled with emotion (and in a language foreign to him) with her hands on her hips. Let’s just say she was a born storyteller.

They’re blissfully happy and love all things chocolate, books, music, movies, art, sports, trains, history, cooking and baking. Their mantra is to spread the Light.

Most of the time you can find them on Twitter or getting new ideas on how to spread the Light on Pinterest. They’re a proud member of ASMSG, Independent Author Network and Marketing for Romance Writers.

In addition to being authors, they’re also book promoters/reviewers, social media marketers/influencers and the owners of N. N. Light Author Promotions. They both love books, have ever since they were young. Matching up books and readers is something that gives them great pleasure.

 

They’d love to connect with you either via email or via these various social media sites:

Website: http://princessofthelight.com

Blog: http://princessofthelight.wordpress.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/nnlight

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/NNP_W_Light

Bookbub:  https://www.bookbub.com/authors/n-n-light

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/nnlight

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/n-n-light/90/1a7/902

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/118060034268079734144/posts

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/nnlight

Independent Author Network: http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/n-n-light.html

 

My Review

I’m far from a pro when it comes to poetry, but it would be impossible not to be touched by emotion when reading the pages in this book.

The author takes us on a journey of discovery, from the first blush of passion to the fulfillment of an everlasting love.

I enjoyed the almost journalistic quality of the passages written as a roadmap for loves sometimes bumpy trail.

The emotion is raw, real, and unforgettable.

I give Poetry of Love: The Engagement Year 5 lovely kisses

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What Silver Bells means to me: Love, Christmas Collection #HolidayRomance #MFRWauthor


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The song, Silver Bells, has many connotations for me. I first heard it as a young girl.

 

 

My mom and dad always took us out looking for the perfect Christmas tree. Sometimes we’d drive for hours before Dad found just the right area to search in. He’d park on the side of the country road and tell us to get ready, then go around to the back of the truck and haul out his axe and a rope so we could drag it out of the bush. The snow would be deep and fresh, with only a few animal tracks to guide us on our journey.

If the sun was still high enough, the snow would glisten like diamonds. If it was lower, the trees would cast shadows and we would hurry to stay close to our dad. The thing I remember most is the quiet. No cars. No people chattering. Just the crunch of our boots and the wind sighing through the spruce trees.

Being a townie, as we called the kids who always lived within town limits, this was a treat for us. It reminded me of church. And maybe that’s what it was meant to be, Nature’s cathedral.

 

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When we’d finally get back home, Mom would make us hot chocolate, place Bing Crosby on our stereo record player, and Dad would bring the tree into the house and find the best spot to set it up. Most of the time, he picked a tree that was miles too big for our living room and bare on one side. He would grin at Mom’s clucks and groans and wink at us.

I think it was a game they played. 🙂

When my dad passed away, we stopped going out on our Christmas tree quest, instead we bought an artificial that went up in any corner of the room and always looked perfect.

But it didn’t have the scent of pine, or the love of a family outing to make it into something special.

When Mimi Barbour came up with the idea for a box set of holiday stories titled with Christmas songs, it was easy to decide which one I’d like to do. I was delighted when one of the winners of this spring’s Fresh Fiction contest chose my song!

 

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It was fate. Thank you, Deb Philippon. 🙂

 

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Marker of Hope by Nely Cab #PNR#YA #mgtab @nelycab


Marker of Hope
Nely Cab
(Creatura #3)
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: October 3rd 2016
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult

Who will save her from herself?

Upon her return from Greece with three new friends and a broken heart, Isis’ hunger for human flesh is stronger than ever. She’s a miserable mess after losing David following her betrayal. Her mutation into Creatura is all but over when she receives the surprise of her life, compelling her to seek out David’s family. Only, they’ve broken all ties with her, and she doesn’t know how to reach them.

Turpis, the demonic beings that attacked Isis in Greece, have tracked her whereabouts. Now, in order to fend for her life, Isis must join forces with deities she doesn’t trust.

Is Isis truly the Marker of Hope as she’s believed to be, or will she lose the battle to her starving inner beast and demons, obliterating humankind from existence? Find out in the epic finale of the best-selling CREATURA SERIES.

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EXCERPT:

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“A lot’s happened since you decided to shut down and wallow in self-pity. You’ve been impossible to talk to, and I’ve been bored out of my mind. I thought we came here because we were going to figure things out. What happened to ‘I’m going to save the people I love’? Did you just feed me that bull so I’d agree to come with you?”

“You know that’s not true. I meant it.”

“Then what’s the hold up?” Galilea’s irritated face turned a subtle shade of pink. Her pulse quickened just the slightest bit.

I was surprised at how much my senses had developed. Heighted. Months ago, I wouldn’t have noticed any of this, but now, I could even smell the natural notes of musk on her skin. I felt my mouth water. Sometimes, I liked that my new superhuman senses gave me insight to peoples’ moods and emotions. Most of the time, they were waiting for me to let my guard down so the beast could take over.

“Galilea.” I closed my eyes. “I’m hungry.”

“You can’t just change the subject. You do it all the time. I’m tired of it.”

“I’m not changing the subject. I’m trying to tell you I don’t know how much longer I’ll be able to control myself. How am I supposed to save anyone when I want to rip out their guts?”

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Author Bio:

Nely Cab is a Writer of stuff, a Master Coffee Drinker, a Food Maker & Eater, an Imaginary World Conqueror, and an Air Breather. She talks to herself—a lot—in her South Texas home while she plots stories about fantasy worlds and sips coffee from a pitcher. She’s known for cooking far too much food and has a tendency to overdo…well, everything. It is rumored that she is fabulous. Nely Cab is the best-selling author of the Creatura series.

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The Truth She Knew by J. A. Owenby #YA #Contemporary @Goddessfish @jaowenby


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The Truth She Knew

by J.A. Owenby

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GENRE: New Adult, Contemporary Fiction

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Mama didn’t want me. In fact, she would’ve traded my soul back for someone different if God would’ve let her, but he didn’t, so she was stuck with me.

For eighteen-year-old Lacey, life at home is a rollercoaster. She doesn’t think she’ll ever be good enough to truly deserve Mama’s love.

But when Lacey enters college and meets Walker, everything starts to change. Suddenly, Lacey is face to face with the realization that maybe what she’s always seen as normal really isn’t. Her entire life—and everything she’s ever believed about herself and her family—is abruptly hanging in midair.

Lacey is left facing two paths, and she has to make a choice. The first means walking away from everything she’s ever known. The other means never really knowing the truth.

The Truth She Knew offers an honest and powerful glimpse into mental illness, the meaning of true love, and the psychological waltz that a daughter dances as she endures her mother’s unpredictable emotions, manipulation, and abuse.

 

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Mama didn’t want me. In fact, she would’ve traded my soul back for someone different if God would’ve let her, but he didn’t, so she was stuck with me. She reminded me of this on a consistent basis, and as hard as I tried, I couldn’t change her mind. Finally, I had to make a choice: her or me.

 

My heels clicked against the cold tile floor of the hospital and my heart fluttered as I searched the room numbers.

 

I rubbed my clammy hands against my jeans as I saw the ladies’ restroom and hurried toward it. I needed a minute before I reached her room. I pushed the door open and scanned the bathroom for anyone else. It was empty.

 

My purse landed with a thud on the bathroom counter. I turned the cold water on, splashed it on my cheeks, and wiped my face with a paper towel.

 

“Breathe,” I muttered. “She can’t hurt you anymore. You’re grown.”

 

My pep talk wasn’t working. Fear was gnawing at my stomach.

 

I reached into my bag, grabbed my powder compact, and touched up my makeup. My green eyes shone brighter against the redness left from my tears. I ran a brush through my long, blond hair and dabbed a hint of gloss on my lips, more out of habit than need.

 

“Let’s do this, Lacey. Suck it up,” I said to my reflection. I released a slow, deep breath and headed out of the restroom and down the hall toward the ICU.

 

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

J.A. Owenby lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband and two cats.

She’s a published author of six short stories, and she is currently working on her second full-length novel. She also runs her own business as a professional resume writer and interview coach—she helps people find jobs they love.

J.A. is an avid reader of thrillers, romance, new adult, and young adult novels. She loves music, movies, and good wine. And call her crazy, but she loves the rainy Pacific Northwest; she gets her best story ideas while listening to the rain pattering against the windows in front of the fireplace.

You can follow the progress of her upcoming novel on Facebook at Author J.A. Owenby and on Twitter @jaowenby.

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In The Line of Duty- @Carolyn_Arnold #BookReview #Mystery #mgtab


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In the Line of Duty

by Carolyn Arnold

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GENRE: Mystery

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Her fellow officer has made the ultimate sacrifice, and Detective Madison Knight may have to lay it all on the line to bring his killer to justice. But with leads pointing in several directions, she has to narrow them down—and quickly—if she’s going to solve the case before anyone else gets hurt, including herself.

 

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He devoted his life to seeking justice. But would she get any for him?

 

It was an ordinary day for police officer Barry Weir. It was the end of shift, he was tired, and he just wanted to get home to his wife and kids. But someone had other plans for him—shooting him down and forcing him to make the ultimate sacrifice.

 

When news of Weir’s murder reaches the precinct, it leaves Detective Madison Knight and every cop in the Stiles PD itching for revenge. It cuts Madison’s boyfriend, colleague, and Weir’s childhood friend, Troy Matthews, deepest of all, driving him away from everyone he loves, just when they need one another the most.

 

With evidence pointing to a gang-related drive-by, Madison and her team investigate the town’s seedy underbelly in search of justice for their fallen brother. But the deeper they dig, the more convoluted the case becomes. Now they need to figure out if this was a random shooting as part of a gang initiation, a straight-up hate crime, or a targeted kill. But with the Stiles PD under attack, they have to do it fast…before more people pay with their lives.

 

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Madison walked through the station, feeling as though time was moving in slow motion as she first headed to her desk. Once there, she took a seat and opened the bottom drawer, nausea swirling in her gut as she pulled out a clear plastic Baggie. It was where she kept her mourning band. She’d hoped to never need it again…

 

She pulled it out, and for a few seconds, she held onto it, letting her fingers dip into the thin ribbing in the half-inch-wide black cloth. She unclipped her badge from its holder and slipped the band on, carefully placing it so that it ran horizontally across the center of her badge. As she stared down at the badge, thinking about what that simple band of black meant, a single tear crept down her cheek. But she didn’t have time to dwell on her fallen brother and grieve right now.

 

She swiped at her eyes and returned the Baggie to the drawer and headed for the briefing.

 

Even with her detour, she beat Sergeant Winston there. Sovereign and Stanford were already in the room along with about sixty officers. It was standing room only, and Madison scanned the crowd for Troy. But there was no sign of him or of her partner, Terry Grant. She didn’t see the police chief, either.

 

Andrea Fletcher, Troy’s older sister, had taken over the position almost seven months ago. To say she was a vast improvement over her predecessor was putting it mildly. Patrick McAlexandar was a chauvinist pig who had been in bed with the Russian mafia—the same mafia that almost killed her five months ago. And she was certain there was still a hit out for her. She couldn’t allow the passage of time to lull her into thinking it had gone away. If McAlexandar’s track record wasn’t bad enough, he also had aspirations to be the city’s mayor, but Madison would do whatever she could to sabotage his efforts.

 

Terry walked into the room then and came over to her. She hugged her partner without hesitation. As much as they teased and rankled each other, he was like the brother she’d never had.

 

“I didn’t see you at the hospital,” she said as she released him.

 

“We must have just missed each other. I got there as soon as I could. Dani’s still not sleeping through the night.”

 

“She is only two months old,” she reminded him.

 

Spoken like someone who knew kids…which she didn’t.

 

“That’s what Annabelle tells me, and she’s such a good mother. Besides—” Terry gestured around the room “—complaining about the lack of sleep doesn’t really seem like a big deal in light of everything.” He fell silent for a few seconds and then added, “I can’t believe he’s gone.”

 

“Me neither.” The nausea that had settled into the pit of her gut didn’t seem like it would be going away anytime soon.

 

Sergeant Winston entered the room, his mourning band also on his badge. Terry was working on getting his band in place, too.

 

The sergeant stood at the front of the room. He cleared his throat, and all the chatter stopped. “As you may have heard, Officer Barry Weir was shot and killed this morning.”

 

 

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international best-selling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

 

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

 

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

 

She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada.

 

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My Review

This is an insightful look into the lives and losses our country’s heroes face every day on the front lines.

A police officer is shot down while doing something each of us do all the time without thinking twice- pumping gas into his car after a long day’s work.

His fellow officers are shocked, saddened, and justifiably angry. They want justice for their friend, but it won’t be easy to find.

This story is especially viable in this time period with the unrest we’ve seen on nightly news reports. The author does an impressive job with police procedures while keeping the emotions real and heart-wrenching for these characters.

A very well-written book!

I give In The Line of Duty 5 lovely kisses

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Threat by Tia Lewis #MC #Romance #MFRWauthor @authortialewis


Threat
Tia Lewis
(A Blood Riders MC, #1)
Publication date: October 3rd 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance

As V.P. of the Blood Riders MC, Drake is used to calling the shots, getting his way, and sleeping with every biker groupie within reach. When he meets Nicole, her feisty, headstrong beauty pulls him in, even as his instincts warn him she’s hiding something.

Nicole is determined to learn who killed her father, a detective who was investigating the Blood Riders. When the chemistry between her and Drake becomes much more, she’s caught between her desires and her desperate need for answers.

Then her search turns deadly, and Nicole has to put everything on the line―and trust that the man she’s fallen for will forgive her betrayal. Will he come to her defense … or will his eyes be the last thing she ever sees?

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I didn’t like the way his eyes traveled over my body. Like I didn’t have clothes on at all. I fought the urge to cover myself with my hands. Don’t let him see how he gets to you. No matter what I did, I couldn’t get the image of him shattering a man’s jaw out of my head. I noticed his big hands and wondered at the damage they could do when curled into fists.

“What are you thinking about?” he asked. His voice was just loud enough for me to hear it, but low enough that many of the others didn’t.

“Nothing,” I cleared my throat.

“I see you looking around.”

“So? I’ve never been here before, have I?”

He shook his head. “I don’t know. It seems like you’re taking notes with your eyes. Something like that.”

“I’m not.”

“You sure about that?”

“Don’t you have something better do to than to bother me? I didn’t come here for Twenty Questions.” I stood, walking toward the bar—but to the other end of it. A girl was standing there, pouring drinks and uncapping cold beers for the guys. At lunch time. Classy.

“I was stupid and forgot to get something to drink. May I have a glass of ice water?”

The girl smiled. She looked a little rough, like a heavy smoker. Her skin was wrinkled and dry, there were yellow stains on her teeth. But it was a friendly smile, just the same. “Sure thing. I’ll give you a bottle. How about that?” She reached into the cooler and pulled out a semi-frozen icy cold water bottle for me. I thanked her, uncapping it to take a sip right away.

“Who are you, really?” I glanced over to find Drake staring at me just as he had been before. So I was going to be his project. He wanted to know all about me. Damn, he was dangerous.

 

Author Bio:

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Tia Lewis is a romance author from the Midwest who writes about smart, sexy, sassy women and hot, possessive alpha males. Her favorite bad boys to write about include sports players, mafia, bikers, billionaires and the bad-ass next door. You can find her cooking, reading, or traveling when she’s not busy working on her next release.

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The Phoenix Syndrome by Claire Gem #PNR #Contemporary @gemwriter


Turning forty rocks research technician Lannie Marvin’s world. Her husband leaves her, and then she’s bitten by a mouse at work. She goes a little crazy, taking off to chase after an old dream of a music career and her new crush: a rock band drummer.

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Turning forty, for lab technician Lannie Marvin, is rough. It’s the day she discovers her husband is leaving her for a younger “soulmate.” At work, a crazed mouse brutally bites her. Then Lannie goes a little crazy, too.

Seems she’s recently developed a serious crush on the drummer of her son’s favorite heavy metal band. Waking up to her husband’s empty closet, her finger still throbbing from the mouse bite, Lannie snaps. Under the ruse of a shopping trip, Lannie kidnaps her sister-in-law/best friend and heads toward Bethel, New York – the site of the original Woodstock concert.

Just so happens Dreamwish is playing a concert there, and Lannie managed to procure the pair of tickets her son won but couldn’t use.

Tristan Allard, the band’s drummer, holds this breast cancer benefit every year in memory of his late wife. The musician is beginning to doubt his ability to write the band’s music without his wife’s inspiration – she was also his muse. Plus, he’s damn lonely. So when a sexually charged, extremely attractive, slightly older woman literally plows into him at the backstage reception, Tristan is ready to learn more about her – and her long-buried interest in musical composition.

The two head off for a wild ride of a weekend, but reality boomerangs way too soon. Tristan is headed back to the UK to audition his next album’s scores. And for Lannie, an elevated libido isn’t the only side-effect of that experimental drug.

Lannie soon discovers the treated mice are going deaf.

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Excerpt from The Phoenix Syndrome by Claire Gem

 

I don’t quite know how to describe the concert. I can say it was as stimulating visually as it was to my ears. The band—four guys and a girl—all had hair longer than mine, which was well past my shoulders. All except for the keyboardist, whose head was shaved, although he sported a long, red beard parted into two straggly plaits. I wondered how he kept them from tangling with the keys. The girl who sang vocals had inky hair hanging in strings to her shoulders, and she wore a black leather bustier that laced up the front. Well, almost laced. In truth, the garment left little to the imagination.

But then there was the drummer. If not for the overhead monitors panning in for close-ups during the performance, I might never have known he existed. What a travesty that would have been.

In a word, he was . . . magnificent. He sat like a king on his throne at the elevated rear of the stage, sparkling silver-flake drums surrounding him like loyal minions. The monitor directly over our seats focused on him often, so close and so clear I could see the sweat glistening on sculpted upper arms, bare beneath a black muscle shirt stretched taut across a broad chest. Some sort of ink crawled over one bicep. A black-and-white paisley bandanna covered most of his head, but long, dark curls framed his face and clung damp against his neck. His facial hair, limited to a sparse mustache and goatee, was chocolate brown. I indulged in the fantasy that his eyes were that same sweet, smoldering color.

His passion for his work was palpable. Hands flying, head bobbing, he was completely engrossed, as if the music were a drug he was tripping on. His hooded eyes gave him the look of a sleepy lover, but when he did open them, I could swear he was gazing directly at me.

Looking back on that night, I can’t be sure how long we’d sat there before I fixated on my drummer boy. The music, which at first grated on my senses as way too loud and completely discordant, gradually began to permeate my brain. Before long, my bare toes started tapping against the carpeted floor. I freed one hand from my cup of wine to pat my thigh in time with the music. When my head began to bob, almost of its own accord, I smiled.

Ah, now I know why they call progressive metal fans head bangers.

The next hour and a half went by so quickly I might have slipped into a time warp. At one point I wondered if my cup of nine-dollar wine was laced with something mind-altering and illegal. I began to dig the music. I was actually enjoying the concert.

But before I’d seen nearly enough of my chocolate king behind the drums, the stage went black and the lighting came up. The band did not return for an encore. My first heavy progressive experience had come to an end.

I blinked in the sudden brightness, dazed for a moment, like I’d woken from a dream. Jeri was struggling with the strap of her shoe, her other hand braced against her forehead as though she had a massive headache. Grommet guy, too impatient to wait for the two elders beside him to vacate the aisle, vaulted easily over the backs of the seats into the row in front of us and disappeared into the crowd.

I’d almost forgotten my own young progeny—a son and a nephew—were in the same building.

We reunited on the sidewalk fifteen minutes later. The rain had ceased, leaving the city gleaming under the streetlights, clean and brand new.

Somehow, I felt that way too. Clean and brand new.

We were climbing into my brother’s SUV, Paul at the wheel with Jeri and Jay next to him in the front. I sat squashed between my husband and son in the back. Jeri’s head immediately dropped to Paul’s shoulder. I knew she’d be asleep before we got onto the West Side Highway.

I so wanted to do the same, and cuddle against my husband. But he’d said barely a meaningful word to me all evening. I sighed, dropped my head back against the seat, and closed my eyes.

“So, what did you guys do for all that time?” Ryan asked.

“We saw Dreamwish,” Paul piped up from the front, sounding as though his statement actually made sense.

“You saw our concert? You guys?” Jay sputtered through his laughter.

I opened my eyes to find my son staring at me in much the same way Jeri had been earlier.

“How’d you like it, Mom?” Ryan asked in a slight singsong of ridicule, which I chose to ignore.

I caught my brother watching me in the rearview mirror. He was wearing an impish grin. “For a while there,” he said, “we were afraid your mother might run off with one of the roadies.”

The next words popped out of my mouth before my brain had a chance to stop them.

“To hell with the roadies. If I run off, it will definitely be with the yummy drummer.”

Shocked silence extinguished all laughter, and I peeked up to see four pairs of owlish eyes fixed on me.

“Go to sleep,” Karl snarled under his breath. “You’ve had too much to drink.”

 

Other Books by Claire Gem

 

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A Taming Season: A Love at Lake George Novel

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Hearts Unloched (Winner 2016 New York Book Festival)

Trailer: http://bit.ly/1T8Vzzz

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1TkE8fv

Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/2ag8oHG

 

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Phantom Traces

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Amazon: http://amzn.to/19OUERc

 

 

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Author Bio:

 

Claire is a multi-published, award winning author of emotional romance—contemporary, paranormal, romantic suspense, and women’s fiction. Her heroes are hot, her heroines strong and brave: a combination lighting the spark to fan the flames of your most intense romantic fantasies. Claire’s characters are human—they make mistakes, get clumsy sometimes, and they’re not too proud to laugh at themselves and each other.

 

Her paranormal/romantic suspense, Hearts Unloched, won the 2016 New York Book Festival. Her latest release, The Phoenix Syndrome, won the women’s fiction division in FCRWA’s The Beacon Contest.

 

A New York native, Claire has lived in five of the United States and held a variety of jobs, from waitress to bridal designer to research technician—but loves being an author best. She and her happily-ever-after hero, her husband of 38 years, now live in central Massachusetts.

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Rookie Mistake by Alice Ward #SportRomance #Contemporary @AuthorAliceWard


Rookie Mistake
Alice Ward
(Beasts of Baseball, #1)
Publication date: October 1st 2016
Genres: Adult, Romance, Sports

I thought I’d achieved everything I ever wanted. Then I lost her…

Standing on the pitcher’s mound for a professional baseball team has been my dream since I was a small boy. Now I’m here, pitching for the newest team in the league — the New York Beasts — with the woman I’ve loved since high school by my side.

Calvin and Whitney forever! Wow, we made it.

But there’s a downside to instant fame and fortune, a trap that unleashes self-control and morals. A gilded cage that separates us from the real world. This is the big city, the major leagues — the big time. And temptation is around every corner. People change. We changed. Neither for the better. I don’t even recognize us anymore.

Calvin and Whitney forever? I used to think so, but the beasts that had been hibernating in both of us have taken control, and now I’m not so sure. The dream has become a nightmare. Can we wake and find our way back to each other?

Rookie Mistake is the first sexy installment in Alice Ward’s brand new sports romance series, The Beasts of Baseball. But don’t worry, this book has an emotionally charged HEA you won’t soon forget, and no cliffhanger.

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Q&A WITH ALICE WARD

What motivated you to start writing?

I was a shy kid so lived out many of my fantasies through the stories I read. In time, I decided that I wanted to write some of my own. What a blessing it is that there are readers who want to read them!

What kept you going throughout the writing process?

Nothing keeps me going. I mean, I don’t need anything to keep me going. I absolutely love writing and look forward to it every day.

Who is your most meaningful character and why?

This is a tough question. It’s like asking me to choose between my babies. But if I’m forced to answer… I think all the characters in my first book, Reckless, were my most meaningful. That story… those characters… helped show me that I might actually be able to do this. Tell stories that other people want to read. So it will forever hold a special place in my heart.

What experiences from your past do you find yourself drawing upon repeatedly for inspiration in your work?

I think this is, for me, the opposite. I was a shy kid so a big part of why I started to write was so I could have the adventures in my own head that I thought other people were having in real life. So, I guess I might be writing about the things I might want to do and then I just let my imagination take off from there.

Since you are a storyteller, please tell one good lie about yourself.

Well, my mother brought me up to never lie so I guess I’ll have to tell you now that all my books are based on my own life. Before I settled down and got married, I had one hell of time!

What do you think makes a good story?

The characters – if I don’t care about them as I write them, then the reader won’t either. And, if the reader doesn’t care about them, having the best story in the world won’t save the book to make it an enjoyable read.

Do you ever experience writer’s block and if so, how do you overcome it?

If any other writers are reading this – please don’t hate me! I have so many overflowing ideas that my biggest problem is having enough time to write them all. So, no – I don’t experience writer’s block. At least, not yet. Hope I haven’t just jinxed myself!

What was the scariest moment of your life?

Hitting “Publish” for the first book I ever uploaded to Amazon. What a deliciously terrifying time that was! All my hopes and dreams went into that moment and I had no idea how it would all turn out. That book is called Reckless and I haven’t looked back since. I count my blessings every day.

What would we find under your bed?

Isn’t that where the monsters lurk? Oh wait, I’m a romance writer not a horror writer! Under my bed… probably a couple of dust bunnies and a paperback or three.

What hobbies do you actively pursue?

Reading… I tend to have a one-track mind. But I also enjoy scrapbooking. I have one dedicated to potential hot male characters and go to it when I need some inspiration.

If it was mandatory for everyone to read three books, what books would you suggest?

Any three books. It doesn’t matter what they are. Just read. Discover the joy of losing yourself in a good story.

 

Author Bio:

Alice Ward is the bestselling author of dozens of hot and steamy contemporary romances. She’s an amazingly prolific writer, releasing a new book almost every single month. Her books are widely read, especially by women and any other lovers of the romance genre. My Stepbrother, My Lover, was her first smash hit.

Alice lives in Miami with her hunky husband. The beach is her all time favorite place to relax with her laptop and write.

She might or might not have a thing for Gerard Butler (it’s the accent).

To find out what Alice is up to currently, visit authoraliceward.com.

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