Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Sweet Indulgence Release Tour and Giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card

Sweet Indulgence
A Charleston Harbor Novel, Book 1
by Debbie White
Genre: Sweet Romance

Real Men Eat Cupcakes

Annie McPherson has had it with all the blind dates her grandmother and auntie set her up with. She just wants to be left alone to run the Sweet Indulgence cupcake bakery -- even if it means she’ll remain single forever. 

Jack’s just been through a gut-wrenching break-up, and women are the last thing on his mind. Now he’s on a mission to pick up cupcakes for his niece’s birthday party -- not a mission to fall in love. Pulled in by Annie’s good looks and witty charm, though, temptation proves too sweet. 

But will Annie’s pesky grandmother and auntie welcome Jack as Annie’s choice or will they have him jumping through hoops to prove he’s the one? 

Fans of Debbie Macomber, Sherryl Woods, and Susan Wiggs are sure to love Sweet Indulgence, the first sweet romance novel in the Charleston Harbor series. 

This book is too sweet to pass up!

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Annie retrieved two bottles of ice cold water. She handed Jack one. “Why is the boat in between names?” She took a sip of the water. It felt great on her parched lips, and the cool water quenched her dry throat.

“That’s a long story.” He peered out into the water before them.

She took another gulp of water. It really tasted good. He was right. The heat could really sneak up on you when you’re riding in a boat.

“Well, we have time for long stories, don’t we?” She batted her lashes. She wasn’t letting him off the hook that easy.

“I had a girlfriend.”

“You named your boat after a girlfriend?” Annie frowned.

“She was more than a girlfriend. We were engaged to be married.” His eyes never left the water.

“A fiancée, we call people we are engaged to be married to fiancés.” She giggled.

He turned quickly with furrowed brows then he resumed with eyes steady on the water.

“I’m kidding.” She touched his arm and withdrew it quickly. “Anyway, you named the boat after your fiancée and now you two are no longer a couple, so the boat is nameless,” Annie spoke freely.

“That’s about the size of it.”

“How about you give the boat a name that means something to you that would never change?”

Jack looked back over his shoulder and then turned back around toward the front of the boat. All of a sudden, he cut the engine and they began to drift. He turned and sat down, bringing his bottle of water to his lips and drew in a drink. “I thought about that. But I’m terrible at naming things.”

“Let’s see. I named my dog Buffy because of her color.” Annie searched the boat with her eyes for clues. “How about Lady Luck?”

“I’ve seen a few named that. I want something more original.”

Annie lowered her gaze and stared at her bright pink toe polish. She raised her head quickly. “I know. How about Lady Powell?”
Debbie is a USA Today bestselling author. She currently lives in northern California where the hills are dotted with vineyards and the jagged coastline is nearby. Many of her books describe the beautiful area she calls home. She avidly supports animal rescue by donating a percentage of all book sales to rescue groups nationwide! Now here are a few more interesting tidbits of information about her!

1. Her spouse served in the U.S. Air Force for over 20 years. She uses some of her experiences as a military wife in some of her stories.

2. She has two granddaughters and a grandson.

3. She received her degree in Sociology in 2011 and graduated Magna Cum Laude.

4. She hasn't always dreamed of writing, but she's always loved reading and decided she'd give it a try. Her fans love her so much, she's still putting out books three years later.

5. Her very first book, The Salty Dog, was an Amazon bestseller.

6. You can follow all the latest news about releases, book signings and more on her website

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Blog Tour, Giveaway, and Facebook Live: "The Melody of the Soul" by Liz Tolsma

Travel back in time to 1943 and meet Anna Zadok, a Jewish Christian and concert violinist whose career is ended because of Nazi occupation in Prague. Don't miss the new historical novel, The Melody of the Soul, by Liz Tolsma. Though musical instruments have been declared illegal, Anna defiantly continues to play the violin. But Officer Horst Engel, quartered in Anna's flat and dissatisfied with German ideology, enjoys her soothing music. When Anna and her grandmother face deportation, Horst risks everything to protect them.

Join Liz Tolsma and other bookworms for a Facebook Live event on February 6, plus enter to win Liz's prize pack giveaway!


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RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway and Facebook Live party via social media and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 6th!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Through a Dark Glass Book Tour and Giveaway for a $20 Amazon Gift Card or eBook

By Barb Hendee
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Pub Date: 1/9/2018

On her seventeenth birthday, Megan of Chaumont discovers she’ll be sold as a bride to the brutish Volodane family—within hours. Her father grants only that she may choose which one of the ruthless, grasping lord's three sons she weds: 

Rolf, the eldest: stern, ambitious, and loyal? 

Sebastian, the second son: sympathetic, sly, and rebellious? 

Or Kai, the youngest: bitter, brooding, and proud? 

As shy, horrified Megan flees the welcome dinner for her in-laws-to-be, she finds an enchanted mirror that will display how her life unrolls with each man, as if she were living it out in a breath. But there is no smooth “happily ever after” in her choices. 

Deaths and honors, joys and agonies, intrigues and escapes await her in a remote, ramshackle keep, where these rough but complex men reveal one side and then another of their jagged characters—and bring forth new aspects of Megan, too. But the decisions of one teenaged marriage-pawn reverberate much farther than any of them have guessed...

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I looked nothing like myself. Miriam had arranged my hair even more elaborately and used a small round iron on the curls around my face. Then she’d put touches of black kohl at the corners of my eyes. I wore an amber silk gown with a low, square-cut neckline that showed the tops of my breasts.I don’t know where she’d found the gown. It wasn’t mine, and it was much too small to have fit Helena. I supposed my mother must have had it made at some point while anticipating its need.

However, at the sight of me, my father beamed. I couldn’t meet his eyes.Seating at dinner was equally awkward with my father at the head of the table, my mother and I seated on one side, and all four of the Volodanes seated on the other -- so I had no choice but to look at one of them when I raised my eyes from my plate of roasted pheasant.

None of them had changed for dinner, and with the exception of Sebastian,they all wore armor and swords. Jarrod hadn’t bothered to shave his face and sported a dark stubble. I could almost feel my mother’s discomfort,but she smiled and made attempts at polite conversation.

Only Sebastian responded to her questions about weather and wildflowers in the northern provinces. Rolf spoke only to his father or mine.Occasionally, he glanced at me as if I already belonged to him.I wasn’t listening to any of them. My heart pounded too loudly in my ears. But then I did hear Rolf say something about heading back north as soon as he and I were married.

A long pause followed, and for the first time, I paid attention.

“It is not settled yet that she will marry you,” my father finally responded. “Per our agreement, Megan will choose for herself.”

Rolf’s face clouded. “I never agreed to that. I am the eldest. She will join with me.”

Jarrod turned in his chair. “You’ll do as I tell you! Nothing less and nothing more!”

Mother, Father, and I all flinched at his tone and his unthinkable manner at the table. Rolf’s face went red, and Sebastian leaned back his chair,smiling. Something about him was beginning to strike me as sly. He clearly enjoyed his older brother’s chastisement and discomfort.

“Now, now,” he said, dryly. “We mustn’t seem uncouth.”

Kai ignored all this. He ignored everything but his surroundings. His eyes were light brown like mine, and they moved from the opulent tapestries on our walls to the peach roses in silver vases on the table to the porcelain plates and pewter goblets.

Then for the first time, he looked directly at me.

“I fear you’ll find the furnishings at Volodane Hall somewhat lacking,” he said.

His voice dripped with resentment, and I knew I’d not been wrong in my first assessment. He was angry.

His tone was not lost on my mother, who answered him with a strained smile. “Of course, we’ll be sending some household things with her, and Megan will give your hall a woman’s touch.”

These words made me wonder what had happened to Kai’s mother. I’d never asked and no one had mentioned this, but it seemed I would be the lady of their house. The very thought ensured I would not manage to eat another bite of dinner.

Kai studied my mother evenly and breathed out through his teeth.“Our hall won’t be good enough for her. Nothing of us or ours will be good enough.”

Then I realized the source of his anger. He resented the need for this bargain as much as we did. He knew that we -- and most of the noble houses -- looked down upon the Volodanes, and the last thing he probably wanted was a permanent reminder in his home of their lowly state in comparison to ours.

“Quit!” Jarrod ordered him, pounding one hand on the table.In obedience, Kai stopped talking and withdrew back inside himself,ignoring everyone again.

Sebastian looked at me and raised one eyebrow in amusement.I glanced away.

Somehow -- and I never quite knew how -- we made it through the rest of dinner.

By the time my mother rose, signifying the meal was over, my heart pounded in my ears again. I felt the edge of my self-control slipping away and knew that I had to gain a few moments to myself or I might possibly do or say something I’d later regret.

“Please make my excuses,” I said quietly to Mother. “I will return quickly.”She frowned briefly, but then her face smoothed in annoyed understanding,and I realized she most likely thought I needed to relieve myself.I didn’t care what she thought.

Turning, I fled the dining hall as fast as I could without running. Upon reaching the passage that led toward the kitchens, I couldn’t stop myself and broke into a run, racing in my heavy silk skirts until I reached an open archway in one side of the passage, just a few doors from the entrance to our kitchens.

There, I took refuge in an old, familiar hiding place.

As a child, I’d come to this storage room whenever I didn’t wish to be found. It was filled with crates, casks, and places to hide. No one ever entered except servants from the kitchens, and none of them ever noticed me secreted away behind a stack of crates.

I hadn’t come here in years, but now, I breathed in relief at the respite of solitude and the illusion of safety.

Slowly, I sank to my knees.

As we were expecting a delivery of goods any day now, the storage room was nearly half-empty. I didn’t even attempt to hide behind crates or casks,as I knew I’d have to return to the hall long before anyone came looking me. A dismal prospect.

What was I going to do? I couldn’t face the thought of my life married to any of those men. Until this afternoon, I’d never faced the prospect of marriage at all ...but to one of them? I was not a weeper. My parents had never allowed such an indulgence, and I honestly wasn’t aware I knew how to cry, but tears came to my eyes and one dripped down my cheek.The water in my eyes made the following moment even more uncertain than it might have been.

The air in the storage room appeared to waver. Alarmed, I wiped away my tears, but the motion of the wavering air grew more rapid, and then ... something solid began taking shape.

Jumping up to my feet, I gasped.

There, near the far wall across the storage room, a great three-paneled mirror now stood where there had been only empty air an instant before.The thick frames around each panel were of solid pewter, engraved in the image of climbing ivy vines. The glass of the panels was smooth and perfect, and yet I didn’t see myself looking back.

Instead, I found myself staring into the eyes of a lovely dark-haired woman in a black dress. Her face was pale and narrow, and she bore no expression at all. But there she was, inside the right panel gazing out me. Was I going mad? Had my parents driven me mad?

“There is nothing to fear,” the woman said in a hollow voice.

I doubted that statement. I feared for my sanity, but as yet, I’d not found my voice to answer her.

“You are at a crossroad,” she continued, “with three paths.” As she raised her arms, material from her long black sleeves hung down. “I am bidden to give you a gift.”

Here, sadness leaked into her voice, especially at the word “bidden,” and my mind began to race. Was this truly happening?

“You will live out three outcomes ... to three different choices,” she said. “Lives with men ... connected by blood. Then you will have the knowledge to know ... to choose.”

I shook my head. “Wait! What are you saying?”

Lowering both hands to her sides, she said, “The first choice.”

Before I could speak again, the storage room vanished. Wild fear coursed through me as the world went black for the span of a breath,and then suddenly I found myself back in my family’s dining hall, only everything was different.

Chairs had been set up in rows, and guests were seated in them. I wore a gown of pale ivory and held my father’s arm as he walked me past theguests toward the far end of the hall.Flowers in tall vases graced that same end, and a local magistrate stood there with a book in his hands.

Beside the magistrate stood Rolf, wearing his armor and his sword.

Turning, he looked at me in grim determination.

He was waiting.

Barb Hendee is the New York Times bestselling author of The Mist-Torn Witches series. She is the co-author (with husband J.C.) of the Noble Dead Saga. She holds a master’s degree in composition/rhetoric from the University of Idaho and currently teaches writing for Umpqua Community College. She and J.C. live in a quirky two-level townhouse just south of Portland, Oregon.

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Monday, January 8, 2018

A Wild and Unremarkable Thing Book Tour and Giveaway for a $15 Amazon Gift Card

A Wild and Unremarkable Thing
by Jen Castleberry
Genre: YA Fantasy

Fifteen years have passed since a Fire Scale scorched Cayda’s village. Fifteen years of beatings, of bare kitchen cupboards and sloppy swordplay. Fifteen years of biting her lip for her father’s cane while her younger sisters did the same for the grimy patrons of the village brothels. Fifteen years of staring steadfastly after beauty in an increasingly ugly world. 

Now, with hair shorn and breast bound, Cayda marches into the Summer Alps as Cody, a hopeful Champion seeking a dragon-slayer’s reward, with the full weight of her family’s survival on her shoulders. 

But the road between poverty and prosperity is rife with beasts, betrayals, and baser temptations. Sensible Cayda soon discovers that she is not the only Champion with her eye on the prize, or the only one wearing a disguise. 

With monsters, gods, and royalty hot on her heels, Cayda must ask herself if victory is worth sacrificing her identity for -- or her life. 

A Wild and Unremarkable Thing pits girl against dragon in a stunning blend of Greek mythology and medieval lore. Readers will not quickly forget the diverse cast or the thrilling, sexy ride!

Jen Castleberry resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and pets. Her background is in Communications and Animal Welfare. All of her pets are named after superheroes!

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Out of Character Book Tour: Author Q&A and Giveaway for a $15 Amazon Gift Card

Out of Character
by Molly Zenk
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Inspirational
238 pages

After the loss of her brother, actress Harmony Jones struggles with daily life. Landing the lead role on the hit faith-based living history show, 1700s Life, might be the perfect way to reconnect with her faith and be her big acting break. 

Tired of hiding his strong faith and convictions to get secular roles, David Hawkins jumps at the chance to play the curate on 1700s Life. It's the perfect vehicle to spread God’s word. 

Elliot Banes’ career needs an image makeover, so he accepts the naval hero role on 1700s Life. Getting away from his overbearing mother is an added bonus. His true hope is to learn to speak his mind instead of always fading into the background. 

When a scripted love triangle between Harmony, David, and Elliot becomes a real life love triangle, Harmony must make a difficult decision. She hoped to find her wavering faith, she didn't count on finding love as well. If that was her only obstacle, the role would be a breeze. Unfortunately, there’s an on-set spy intent on causing drama. Can Harmony see through all the lies and secrets to the truth in her heart, or will she end up falling for the wrong man?

A Q&A with the Author

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

2nd grade. I had a notebook that I’d write short stories in. I don’t really remember what the stories were about, but I’ve been writing stories from a young age.

Do you have a favorite movie? which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?

I don’t know if I have a favorite movie. I can’t pick just one! I tend to need some hint of romance or the possibility of romance to really get into a movie. That’s the romance writer in me, always interested in character interaction and relationships. When I write, I "see" a movie in my head and write down what I see. The creative process is very visual for me. For that reason, I could see just about any of my books being a movie.

What inspired you to write this book?

A very, very, very early draft was written around the time of the first "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie. It’s changed a lot since then once I started asking myself questions like "what if they were actors?" etc. but my original inspiration was POTC plus reality TV shows like "1900s House."

MOLLY ZENK was born in Minnesota, grew up in Florida, lived briefly in Tennessee before finally settling in Colorado. She graduated from Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL, with degrees in Secondary Education, English, and Creative Writing. She is married to a Mathmatician/Software Engineer who complains about there not being enough "math" or info about him in her author bio. They live in Arvada, CO, with their young daughters, 1 dog, and 1 cat.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Winners in December 2017

Pink Lock Picks and Sequined Witch Hats Book Tour: $25 Amazon Gift Card

Congratulations to the winner: Alan S.!

An Unconventional Mr. Peadlebody, by DL Gardner (audiobook) or $10 Amazon Gift Card

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The Dear Departed Book Tour: $20 Amazon Gift Card

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The Quintaglio Ascension Book Tour: $25 Amazon Gift Card or Signed Books
Robert J. Sawyer's SciFi Collection Book Tour: $25 Amazon Gift Card or Signed Books

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My Sister's Intended Cover Reveal: $25 Amazon Gift Card

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Delicious Murder Book Tour: $25 Amazon Gift Card

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Dragons of Galicia Book Tour: $20 Amazon Gift Card

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The Sweetheart Mystery Book Tour: $10 Amazon Gift Card

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All of the Rogers Book Tour: $20 Amazon Gift Card

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Thread of a Spider, by DL Gardner (audiobook) or $10 Amazon Gift Card

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Fall of the Cities Book Tour: $10 Amazon Gift Card

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Kindle Fire and All Things Now Living, by Rondi Bauer Olson

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God Bless Us Every One, by Eva Marie Everson (Print) & $10 Amazon Gift Card

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Golden Series Book Tour: ARC of Wolf Gold, by Kathryn Celeste

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Historical Romance Book Blitz: $50 Amazon Gift Card

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Blood Bound Series Book Tour: $20 Amazon Gift Card

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The Peradon Series Book Tour: Paperbacks, eBooks, Pendants or Hoodie

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12 Days of Clean Romance

Kick-off Giveaway for a $100 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash: Michelle P.
Author Giveaways for a $25 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash:
Jennifer Peel: Linda H.
Taylor Hart: Delia
Rachael Anderson: Irma J.
Josi S. Kilpack: Rhonda
Janette Rallison: Denise L.
Jennifer Griffith: Vanessa G.
Taylor Dean: Judy C.
Sheralyn Pratt: Juana E.
Heather B. Moore: Melissa C.
Annette K. Larsen: Samantha W.
Lucy McConnell: Tracy U.
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