Monday, July 21, 2014

Christmas in July Giveaway Hop: Enter to Win "A Christmas Gift for Rose," by Tricia Goyer (Hardcover)

Announcing the Christmas in July Giveaway Hop
July 22nd to 31st

Every blogger participating in this hop is giving away a Christmas-themed book or a gift card to buy one. For my giveaway, I am offering a lovely hardcover copy of the novel:

A Christmas Gift for Rose
By Tricia Goyer
About this book:
Born in the midst of the hardships of The Great Depression, Rose grew up in Berlin, Ohio, in the arms of a loving Amish family. But she is overwhelmed by self-doubt when she learns that she was born Englisch and abandoned when her family moved West in search of work.

Was she meant to be Amish or would she have been better off growing up with her own kind -- Englischers? When the man she loves leaves her behind, Rose is certain he left for good. Yet Rose discovers sometimes our greatest gifts are the ones we fear.

Enter to win a hardcover copy of A Christmas Gift for Rose, by Tricia Goyer, through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on July 31, 2014.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Western Roundup Giveaway Hop: Enter to Win "Journey to Riverbend" by Henry McLaughlin (Paperback)

Welcome to the Third Annual Western Roundup Giveaway Hop! Every participating blogger is giving away a book in the western genre or sub-genres, whether it's cowboys, wizards on horseback, magical beings in the Old West, or pioneers on a wagon train, historical or contemporary! For my giveaway, I am offering a paperback copy of:

Journey to Riverbend
by Henry McLaughlin

About this book:
Michael Archer might not have been able to save Ben Carstairs, but he vowed to carry out Ben's dying wish: to be reconciled with his father. What he doesn't know is that Sam Carstairs -- the most ruthless businessman on the frontier -- has no use for his own son, much less a man of God seeking reconciliation.

Soon after arriving in the booming town of Riverbend, Michael meets the stunning Rachel Stone while waiting for Sam to return from a business trip. Beautiful yet guarded, Rachel is running from a past as dark as Michael's, and the last thing she expects -- or thinks she deserves -- is a chance at love.

When word reaches town that Sam has been kidnapped on the stagecoach home, Michael joins the search posse. But the trail ahead is more dangerous than any had imagined, and making it back alive will require Michael to face his past and overcome his deepest fear.

One lucky winner will receive a paperback copy of this book! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below.

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Lucas Mackenzie and the London Midnight Ghost Show, by Steve Bryant: Cover Reveal and Giveaway for a $10 Amazon Gift Card and eBook #M9BFridayReveals

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Welcome to the Cover Reveal for

Lucas Mackenzie and the London Midnight Ghost Show
by Steve Bryant

presented by Month9Books!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!
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Lucas Mackenzie has got the best job of any 10-year-old boy. He travels from city-to-city as part of the London Midnight Ghost Show, scaring unsuspecting show-goers year round. Performing comes naturally to Lucas and the rest of the troupe, who’ve been doing it for as long as Lucas can remember. 
But there’s something Lucas doesn’t know. 
Like the rest of Lucas’s friends, he’s dead. And for some reason, Lucas can’t remember his former life, his parents or friends. Did he go to school? Have a dog? Brothers and sisters?
If only he could recall his former life, maybe even reach out to his parents, haunt them. 
When a ghost hunter determines to shut down the show, Lucas realizes the life he has might soon be over. And without a connection to his family, he will have nothing. There’s little time, and Lucas has much to do. Can he win the love of Columbine, the show's enchanting fifteen-year-old mystic? Can he outwit the forces of life and death that thwart his efforts to find his family? 
Keep the lights on! Lucas Mackenzie’s coming to town.
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Title: Lucas Mackenzie and the London Midnight Ghost Show
Publication date: November 18, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Steve Bryant
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Steve Bryant is a new novelist, but a veteran author of books of card tricks. He founded a 40+ page monthly internet magazine for magicians containing news, reviews, magic tricks, humor, and fiction; and he frequently contributes biographical cover articles to the country’s two leading magic journals. (His most recent article was about the séance at Hollywood’s Magic Castle.)
Connect with the Author: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
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Current Impressions Book Blitz: Giveaway for an eBook and Bookmark Swag Pack!

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Title:  Current Impressions
Series:  Never Forgotten #2
Author:  Kelly Risser
Published:  July 18th, 2014 by Clean Teen Publishing
Word Count:  approx. 82,000
Genre:  NA Paranormal Romance
Recommended Age:  13+





Synopsis:
After an emotionally draining year, Meara Quinn is not the same carefree and innocent girl. Graduation is over. Taking a leap of faith and temporarily separating from her one love—Evan—Meara joins her father on a journey to learn more about who she is.

Too bad life is not all starfish and seashells. Meara gains magical abilities, but she’s forced to undergo intense training so she knows what to do with them. Her father chooses her aunt and Kieran as her trainers. And Kieran—a powerful male who’s not from their clan—has the unnerving ability to infuriate and intrigue Meara at the same time.

While Meara begins her new life, Evan endures with her memory and the knowledge that he will see her in July when his internship begins. Although excited about gaining real world experience, it’s the thought of seeing Meara that really drives him. Unfortunately, Evan finds it hard to focus on anything when he’s suffering from vivid nightmares and screaming headaches.

When Meara and Evan reunite, everything seems to fall back into place. The summer appears to be perfect. Then two of her father’s guards are found dead, and foul play is suspected. The façade melts away. Someone is targeting them, and Meara must discover who it is and why. She turns to Evan to help her, but when he gives her the hot and cold treatment, she’s left feeling alone and confused.

As the puzzle pieces move into place, will Meara be able to solve the mystery in time to save her clan and her relationship?

Current Impressions Excerpt  – Evan’s Dream

Bits of blue flashed in the corridor as she ran. The rest of her dress blended into the shadows. She’s fast, Evan thought and struggled to keep up with her.

“Meara, wait!”

She turned a corner. When he lost sight of her, the walls began to close in and pain pierced his brain. He clasped his head and ran. She was here. He would find her.

He turned the corner and once again caught the flash of blue ahead. He sped to catch up. She was quicker than he remembered. She ran with a strength and grace he never noticed. Still, he was faster, stronger. She glanced back over her shoulder as the distance closed between them. He reached out with a hand to grab her arm. His fingers grew into talons and cut angry, red strips into her flesh.

“Get away from me,” she screamed. She sunk to the floor and wrapped her arms protectively around herself. Thin, red trails coursed down her arm. With the realization that it was his fault, his veins frosted over. He did that. Hurt her. Hadn’t meant to. Hands. What happened to his hands?

He held them out. They shook, but they were only hands, not talons. Had he imagined the whole thing? No, or her arm would be fine.

“I’m sorry,” he said. “I didn’t mean to hurt you.”

“Just go away,” she cried. She hung her head, her hair falling in a riot of curls. It couldn’t hide the tears that shone on her cheeks or the fear in her eyes.

“Meara, it’s me.” He moved to crouch before her. She shot up and pressed herself against the wall, turning her face away from him.

“I said get away from me!” she screamed.

“Meara—”

Her scream cut through him, doubling the piercing pain in his head. What the hell was the matter with her? Why was she afraid of him?
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About the Author:

Kelly Risser knew at a young age what she wanted to be when she grew up. Unfortunately, Fairytale Princess was not a lucrative career. Leaving the castle and wand behind, she entered the world of creative business writing where she worked in advertising, marketing, and training at various companies.

She’s often found lamenting, “It’s hard to write when there’s so many good books to read!” So, when she’s not immersed in the middle of someone else’s fantasy world, she’s busy creating one of her own. This world is introduced in her first novel, Never Forgotten. Never Forgotten, a YA/NA Fantasy, will be released by Clean Teen Publishing in the Summer of 2014.

Kelly lives in Wisconsin with her husband and two children. They share their home with Clyde the Whoodle and a school of fish.



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Giveaway Details:

There is an international tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:

  • Reader's choice of Clean Teen Publishing eBook and bookmark swag pack. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summer Beach Reading Party and eBook Giveaway (10 Winners)!



You're invited to our Summer Beach Reading Party!

Come on over,  pour yourself a drink, relax and enjoy these great summer reads!


After a hard day at work, caring for children, or gardening, you deserve a night of pleasure! 
Open your Kindle or turn the pages of these great books for summer. 
Whether you're enjoying the sun on the beach reading or simply curled up in your favorite chair, let us tempt you with these awesome summer reads... 

 beach ball

Young Adult Summer Reads


fledgling
(FLEDGLING IS CURRENTLY FREE)


into the light  the girl who swam to atlantis  entertaining angels 



dolphin

Hot Summer Romance Books


Sisters in Love  Lovers at Heart


(SISTERS IN LOVE / LOVERS AT HEART ARE CURRENTLY FREE)


whole latte love  home again  the curvy girls club  Game of Love  Taken By Love


surfing

Thriller / Adventure Beach Reads


the collector of dying breaths  the stream

These awesome authors have come together to offer a super combined giveaway!


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Check out the prize packs you could win below the Rafflecopter form.
Giveaway ends on Friday, August 1, 2014 at 11:59pm EST


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River of Bones Book Trailer Blast: Giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card!

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Title:  River of Bones
Author:  Angela J. Townsend
Published:  October 30th, 2013 by Clean Teen Publishing
Word Count:  approx. 50,000
Genre:  YA Horror
Content Warning:  Light gore
Recommended Age:  12+

Synopsis:
When seventeen-year-old Dharma Moore moves to Bayou country so her scam artist mother can work as a Paranormal Investigator, she discovers that more than ghosts haunt the abandoned plantation they now call home.

Centuries ago, a voodoo curse was placed on the swamp waters surrounding the old plantation by a murdered slave. This terrible curse ensnares Dharma with its deadly effects. To save herself, she must face the terror of the haunted waters, find the dead woman’s skull, and convince the slave’s soul to release her from its torments. When Dharma discovers an ancient secret that links her to the property—a secret kept from her by her own family—she realizes that the curse is more personal to her than she ever imagined.

To survive, Dharma must accept the help of the locals, and put her trust in the handsome gardener, Wolf Bodine—who is the only one crazy enough to come near the plantation. With his help, Dharma must learn to embrace the truth and accept that magic is not only real… but that it can be very, very deadly!



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About the Author:
Angela Townsend was born in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Missoula, Montana. As a child, Angela grew up listening to stories told by her grandparents, ancient tales and legends of faraway places. Influenced by her Irish and Scottish heritage, Angela became an avid research historian, specializing in Celtic mythology. Her gift for storytelling finally led her to a full-time career in historical research and writing. A writer in local community circulations, Angela is also a published genealogical and historical resource writer who has taught numerous research seminars. Currently, Angela divides her time between writing, playing Celtic music on her fiddle, and Irish dancing.
Angela’s first novel, Amarok, was published through Spencer Hill Press in 2012. Her newest novel, Angus MacBain and The Island of Sleeping Kings, was signed for publication with Clean Teen Publishing and released in September 2013. Her most recent young adult horror novel, River of Bones, is scheduled to release late October 2013.
Angela resides on a ranch, in rural Northwestern Montana, with her two children Levi and Grant.
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Giveaway Details:
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:

  • $25 Amazon Gift Card

Giveaway is international. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. 

Live, Love, Laugh with These Romantic Comedies by Ute Carbone, Plus a Giveaway (3 Winners)!

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Title:  The P-Town Queen
Author:   Ute Carbone
Published:   June 2012
Publisher:  Champagne Book Group
Word Count:  65,000
Genre:  Romantic Comedy
Content Warning:  Mild language and adult situations
Recommended Age:  16+

Synopsis:
Nikki Silva feels like she’s blown up her life even as her brothers tease her about blowing up a boat called the Mona Lisa. Divorced, funding for her shark research cut off, she’s moved back to Provincetown to live with her father in her childhood home. Nikki hopes to regain herself. She’s written a grant proposal for the newly formed Massachusetts Bay Commission to fund a study that will get her back to the sort of research she loves. The commission is run by her ex-husband Ned, who would rather have a migraine than give money to his ex-wife.

Marco Tornetti wants to turn a hole-in-the-wall Newark spaghetti joint into a trendy bistro. His silent partner, Fat Phil Lagosa, wants to use the place to meet questionable people for questionable business deals. When Fat Phil accuses Marco of a double cross and has him taken for a ride by one of his hit men, Marco knows he’s in too deep.

Marco escapes the hit man and takes the first bus out of the Tri-state area, a bus chartered by the Greater Teaneck Gay Men’s Choir and headed for Provincetown. Marco figures that Phil would never look for him in Provincetown‘s gay community. But when he meets Nikki and falls hard for her, he finds that pretending to be gay isn’t as easy as it would seem.


Excerpt from The P-Town Queen by Ute Carbone:

In my lifetime I have learned, among other things, not to overcook veal and never to forget a woman’s name the morning after. On that day I added another little ditty to my list: never blow up a dead whale with dynamite.

Max Groper had figured it for a horror show and so had washed his hands of the whole mess and stormed off to his van. Nikki, too, must have figured what would happen, but that woman likes trouble, I swear to God.


“We’d better stand back,” she said, with the same amused mischief in her eyes that she’d had at Good Vibrations. The cops had, in fact, already pushed the entire crowd back, so Nik and I went to stand in the front line, so to speak, right where the lot meets the beach in front of the first row of cars.


“I wish I’d brought the video camera,” Nik said. “I hope someone is recording this for posterity.” I looked around and noticed at least three video cams trained on the whale, which was now being wired for a trip to kingdom come. “YouTube bonanza,” said Nikki. “I’m surprised that the folks from Channel Four aren’t here.”


“Maybe we should go wait in the truck,” I said. I had this bad feeling that flying whale parts wasn’t going to be like the fountain light show at the Bellagio in Vegas.
 

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Title:   Afterglow
Author:  Ute Carbone
Published:  January 2013
Publisher:  Champagne Book Group
Word Count:   69,000
Genre:  Romantic Comedy
Content Warning: Language, PG-13 sexual content
Recommended Age:  16+

Synopsis:
India Othmar isn’t having a great year. Her husband of thirty-one years has left her for their son’s ex-girlfriend. Her grown children have moved home. Her best friend Eva seems determined to set her up with every oddball in their small Massachusetts town. And her most significant relationship these days is with Cherry Garcia.

But India is more resilient than she thinks. And though it will take a broken arm, a lawn littered with engine parts, some creative uses for shoes, and a scandalous love affair of her own, she learns, much to her surprise, that her life hasn’t ended with her marriage.


Excerpt from Afterglow by Ute Carbone:

“It’s just one date.” Eva held out the package.


“Spanx?” I asked, reading the label.


“Don’t you watch The View? Oprah? All of Hollywood’s leading ladies are wearing it. It’s like a gym in a box. Tone without the trouble.”

I unwrapped the girdle-like contraption and held it up; doubtful it could do much besides make me uncomfortable. “And this man. This card you gave me. You called him?”


“On your behalf, yes.” I frowned at her as I’d been frowning at the girdle contraption.


“Well, someone had to.”


“Explain to me again why you won’t date him.”


“Rule one,” Eva said as though lecturing a child.


“Never date a man you do business with,” I recited.


“Correct. Also, rule two applies here. He’s a friend of Carl Phillips, who I dated, when was that? Anyway, rule two. Never date the good friend of a man you’ve slept with.”


“I didn’t realize that dating was so complicated.”


“Very complex. You’re a bright woman. You’ll catch on. And J. Hank is the perfect primer date. He’s a nice man, once you get past the whole prison thing.”


I dropped the Spanx. “Come again?”


“Strictly white collar. A few months for a little tax mix up.”


“Shouldn’t there be a rule about dating an ex-con?”


“Oh, for God sakes, India. Martha Stewart went to prison.”


Eva held up both hands as though she were the scales of justice.


“Insider trading, a little tax problem. Hardly the same as rape and murder. And you don’t have to marry him. In fact, more than one date is inadvisable. He’s just for practice.”


“Practice?”


“Darling India, you haven’t dated in thirty years. J. Hank is good practice.”

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Title:  Searching for Superman
Author:  Ute Carbone
Published:  June 2013
Publisher:  Champagne Book Group
Word Count:  54,000
Genre:  Romantic Comedy
Content Warning:  Language, mild sexual content
Recommended Age:  16+

Synopsis:
Stephanie Holbrook has finally found a job she really loves: working as an assistant to Conrad Finch in a small regional theater that’s about three dollars and a power outage from being torn down. Stephanie wishes her love life would be as perfect as her job. She’ll be thirty on her next birthday and she still hasn’t found Mr. Right. According to Stephanie, Mr. Right has to be strong and brave, with great values and good looks. A guy a lot like Superman.

When Doug Castleberry shows up at her niece’s birthday party dressed as Superman, Stephanie is positive he’s not the real deal. Sure, he’s great with kids and he’s kind of cute. But he’s just a high school teacher making extra money by dressing up for kid’s parties. Hardly the strong, brave, and drop-dead gorgeous guy she’s looking for.
As the theater teeters ever closer to the edge of disaster, Doug proves to be a better man than Stephanie had ever imagined. Could he be the Superman she’s been looking for all along?


Excerpt from Searching for Superman by Ute Carbone:

As though her frustration had been carried across the airwaves, a white van with a castle stenciled to its side pulled into the Spellman’s driveway as Stephanie hung up. None too soon. She surveyed the damages. All the balloons had been popped. The presents had been opened in an attempt to restore order among the birthday guests. Wrapping paper was strewn across the floor in three rooms. Some of the girls were playing catch with a new Barbie doll. And several other children were using a new jump rope as a makeshift whip.

Steve had taken Max, who had somehow fallen asleep despite the ruckus, upstairs for a nap. Liz was attempting to clean bits of cookie dough from the counters and floors. Stephanie squared her shoulders, ready for a showdown with the belated Cinderella.


She marched down the driveway, ready to tell the Castle Creature just what she thought of abhorrently tardy behavior, when out of the van jumped Superman. He didn’t look so much like Superman as a man dressed for a Halloween party. He was too short for a superhero, for one, only a few inches taller than Stephanie. He was more wiry than muscular. He was cute, though. He had a full head of light brown curly hair and nice eyes. Not blue, like Christopher Reeve’s had been, but hazel. The eyes were looking right at her.


“Spellman?” he asked. When she didn’t answer, he smiled apologetically. “The GPS in the van isn’t working. And this development is a maze. I felt like I was in an episode of Lost. In which I was really lost. I figured I’d eventually run out of gas and Jane would have to put out an APB.” He looked at Stephanie with those hemlock eyes again. “Sorry.”


“You are not supposed to be Superman.”


“What?” He went to the van and drew a paper off the seat. “I’m sure. Yup. Says right here. Superman.”

She took the paper from him and crumbled it. “You are supposed to be Cinderella.”


“No.” He looked at her with a combination of horror and confusion. “Cinderella?”


“It’s a princess party. So you better have Cinderella in that van of yours.”


“It’s not my van. And, no, I don’t have Cinderella hiding under the backseat.” He gave her a no-harm-no-foul sort of shrug.


“Let me call Jane.”


Stephanie waved her cell phone at him. “What do you suppose I’ve been doing for the last hour?”


“Okay, okay. She’s probably... Let me go back to the shop, see what I can do.”


He turned to get back into the van. She gave his cape a tug. “You are not leaving. You can’t leave. There are twenty-five children terrorizing my sister’s house and you have to stop them.”

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About the Author:
Ute (who pronounces her name Oooh-tah) Carbone is an award-winning author of women’s fiction, comedy, and romance. She and her husband live in New Hampshire, where she spends her days hiking, listening to music, drinking copious amounts of coffee, eating chocolate and dreaming up stories.



Giveaway Details:

There is an International tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:

  • 3 Winners will each receive an eBook of Ute's, publishers' pick