Monday, May 20, 2019

Love Song Standards Series Book Tour: Giveaway for a $20 Amazon Gift Card


Love Song Standards Series
Boxed Set, Books 1-3
by Cynthia Roberts
Genre: Contemporary Romance 

If you love Contemporary Romances with relatable, flawed characters who are sometimes wounded or broken and eventually find that kind of love we all dream of, you'll love this series titled after some of the greatest love songs of all times. 

Unchained Melody ~ Pamela Landers had it all, a senior partnership with a top law firm, expensive car, and a luxurious condo. What she desired most was a loving husband, children and a life filled with precious memories that would comfort her through her golden years. Funny how fate has a way of steering you down that path where dreams really can come true. When Pamela encounters Gavin Templeton along her journey, she has some life-altering decisions to make that eventually lead her to happily ever after. 

Strangers In The Night ~ What happens when two strangers meet in a crowded bar on a Caribbean vacation and one is disinterested, while the other is totally intrigued? Fate happens. Only one role will play out in the end. It will lead to either a happy ending, or simply a chance meeting tucked away in a memory book. John Rinaldi, doesn't want to be just a memory. He's determined to win the heart of the beautiful and elusive, Samantha Michaels. She not only captured his interest, but she proves a woman he's determined to have in his life forever. She just doesn't know it yet. 

For Once In My Life ~ Christina Morandt spent most of her young adult life perfecting her talent and then performing worldwide as the prima ballerina for the Savannah Ballet Theatre. When she decides to retire at the peak of her career, she returns to Savannah to open her own dance studio and settle into a life of comfort and solitude. 

Captain Garret Rickford is a seasoned Apache helicopter pilot for the U.S. Army, who is awarded a head instructor position at the Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia after serving four tours carrying out assault and rescue missions over Iraq and Afghanistan. He returns home, while secretly battling the haunting traumas of war and the death of his dearest friend and fellow comrade. She was raised on a horse ranch in Wyoming. He was raised in the Highlands of Scotland. They were opposites in so many ways, each never expecting to cross paths with the other. But, they did, and when the spark of attraction ignited, there was no extinguishing the passion once it began to flame out of control.


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My love of reading romance fiction goes back to those early years when I was raising a young family. It wasn't until much later in life that I actually took up the pen to write, and my first historical romance, Wind Warrior, was born. I don't fit into one specific genre. When the ideas start to flow, lord only knows what category they'll fit into. **wink wink** 

I wish I could have gotten to this point in my career much sooner rather than later, but life simply got in the way far too many times. Because of those multiple detours, however, I have become a more passionate and expressive writer and can draw upon those painful moments in my past when I need to create the kind of raw human emotion I want my readership to feel. 

It is my hope you walk away with not just an entertaining read, but the importance in knowing, "Without imagination & dreams, we lose the excitement of wonderful possibilities." 

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Beach Wedding Weekend Blog Tour: Read an Excerpt and Enter to Win Books and Amazon Gift Cards!


Today, we have an exciting new release from Hallmark! Check out the blog tour for Beach Wedding Weekend by Rachel Magee and be sure to grab your copy today!


Title: Beach Wedding Weekend
Author: Rachel Magee
Genre: Contemporary Romance

About Beach Wedding Weekend:

You’re invited to a sunny beach town for a witty, heartwarming romance.

When Brody broke up with Paige and went to Europe, he suggested that someday, they’d pick up right where they left off. A hopeless romantic, she believed him.

But when they meet again, Brody’s dating a gorgeous actress.

They’re all going to attend the same wedding, and Paige plans to win Brody back. She even enlists her best friend’s brother, Aiden, to pretend to date her and make her ex jealous. A breezy, charming restaurant owner, Aiden actually avoids serious relationships, but as a fake boyfriend, he’s perfect.

As old friends and exes take part in wedding preparations and enjoy the beauty of the Florida coast, they begin to see themselves—and each other—in a new light.

This summer romance includes a free Hallmark original recipe for BBQ Brisket Tacos with Sunshine Slaw.

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Ciera leaned across her to fill Gram in. “Paige’s ex-boyfriend is back in town and he brought an actress with him.” She snagged the fork from Paige and pulled the cake in front of herself.

Gram nodded as if considering the situation. “And how much of a looker is this new girl?”

Ciera shot Aiden a worried look. Paige appreciated her friend trying to spare her feelings, but it wasn’t a secret. Anyone with eyes could see what kind of beauty they were dealing with. Paige looked right at Gram and gave her the most honest answer she could think of. “She could launch a thousand ships.”

“She’s very pretty,” Ciera added. Aiden gave Paige’s shoulders an encouraging squeeze.

“I see.” Gram twisted her mouth to the side in thought. “This reminds me of the time when Lorissa’s ex-husband returned with a supermodel who was as dumb as a box of rocks.” Gram often lacked a filter. Whatever thought ran through her head came out of her mouth, which Paige loved. It was always entertaining and so different from anything she’d grown up with.

“Are these real friends or soap opera friends?” Aiden asked. Until Paige met Gram, she was unaware soap operas still existed. Apparently they did. And Gram still watched them with diligence.

Gram gave Aiden a stern look. “Soap opera friends are real friends, dear.” She turned to Paige. Her weathered hand wrapped around Paige’s. The warm, maternal gesture was like a hug to her broken heart. “Did you love him?”

Visions of their year together paraded through her mind. Happy memories of sweet moments when the word forever sparkled with anticipation.

Paige let out a sigh. “Yeah.”

Sympathy flashed across Gram’s face. “Do you still love him?” Her voice was a little quieter this time, a little more personal. Which seemed appropriate since the question felt personal.

Sure, her heart had broken when he left, which dampened love’s euphoric glow, but hope had managed to keep some of the spark alive. In the back of her mind, even on her loneliest days, she clung to the image of him coming back. Someday they could pick up right where they left off, share life together, grow old together. That was love, right?

“I think so,” she said.

Gram squeezed her hand, her voice returning to its normal cheerful tone. “Then do what Lorissa did.”

Confusion fluttered through her. Gram’s sage advice was coming from a soap opera character? “What did she do?”

“She gave him the ole’ one-two.” Gram let go of Paige’s hand and held her fists in front of her face, jabbing the air in dainty punches. “You have to fight for love.”

“Fight for love?” Paige asked.

“It’s your life, kiddo. You gotta go after what you want.”

About Rachel Magee:


Rachel wrote her first novel when she was twelve and entered it into a contest for young author/illustrators. Unfortunately, the judges weren't impressed with her stick figures, so she dropped the dream of becoming a world-famous illustrator and stuck to spinning stories. When she's not busy working on her latest book, she loves to travel with her family and friends. By far, her favorite destination is the beach, which tends to work its way into most of her stories. Between vacations, you can find her at home in The Woodlands, TX with her wonderful husband, their two adventurous kids and a couple of spirited pets.

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Saturday, May 18, 2019

Wicked Rebel Release Tour: Giveaway for a $100 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash

I was just getting used to my life back in Kansas, when I suddenly return to Oz, without Toto or the magic shoes that put me here. Time operates differently in both worlds, and though only four months has passed for me, more than two years have progressed in Oz.

And in that time, I’d somehow become a legend.

One of my boys has become a king. And the other two have been taken captive by the Witch of the South.

In order to stop a rebellion and help the shifter brothers, I have to take on a new item of power and become something I never thought I would… the Wicked Witch of the West.



To celebrate the release of Wicked Rebel, Book 1 is 99¢!


I have no idea what’s happening to me. When a tornado dropped my car in a land of short, wild people, I was shocked. With no way to get home, no idea where I was and no clue how to communicate with the muchkins, I was completely out of luck. Then I found out that my car had landed on someone and killed them. Supposedly she was the Wicked Witch of the East. If that wasn’t bad enough, now her ruby slippers magically appear on my feet, and slowly, I’m becoming her.

Now I need to get to Emerald City and see the Wizard if I want to stop the transformation and return home. But the yellow brick road is no cake-walk, and I don’t know what I’ll find at the end of this journey.

Luckily, I have three brothers I meet along the way to help me on my journey. Each of them is vying for my affection, as if it doesn’t matter that my skin is turning green.

Wicked Origins is a modern YA Fantasy Retelling of L. Frank Baum’s original Oz tales.


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Friday, May 17, 2019

The Bone Charmer Blog Tour: The Story Behind the Cover and a Book Giveaway


The Bone Charmer
by Breeana Shields
Publisher: Page Street Kids
Release Date: May 21st 2019
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

In Saskia’s world, bones are the source of all power. They tell the future, reveal the past, and expose secrets in the present. Each village has a designated seer who performs readings for the townsfolk, and in Midwood, the Bone Charmer is Saskia’s mother.

On the day of her kenning—a special bone reading that determines the apprenticeships of all seventeen-year-olds—Saskia’s worst fears come true. She receives an assignment to train as a Bone Charmer, like her mother, and even worse, a match-making reading that pairs her with Bram—a boy who has suspicious tattoos that hint of violence.

Saskia knows her mother saw multiple paths for her, yet chose one she knew Saskia wouldn’t want. Their argument leads to a fracture in one of the bones. Broken bones are always bad luck, but this particular set of bones have been infused with extra magic, and so the break has devastating consequences—Saskia’s future has split as well. Now she will live her two potential paths simultaneously. Only one future can survive. And Saskia’s life is in danger in both.

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The Story Behind the Cover
by Breeana Shields

One of the most exciting days in the life of book is when the author gets to see the cover for the first time. Covers are hugely important for selling books, but the author isn’t generally involved in the process at all, so waiting to catch a peek is a time of high anxiety—will it be what I imagined? Will I like it? Will it feel like it fits the book?

I’m happy to say that the first time I saw the cover for The Bone Charmer, it took my breath away. The cover was designed by Kylie Alexander and illustrated by Mina Price, and I have to say, these women are enormously talented. They gave me a cover that was not only gorgeous, but also manages to capture the tone and theme of the book beautifully. It’s a work of art, and the more I stare at it, the more I fall in love. I adore everything about it from the colors, to the two portraits that represent the dual timelines, to the delicate rendering of the locations in the book. And I especially love the bone frames around the portraits—it was such clever, unique idea and so well executed!

Someday I’m going to take Kylie and Mina to lunch and beg them to tell me all about their process for designing and illustrating this beautiful cover. But for now, I’m just so thrilled that Saskia’s journey is swathed in gorgeous art. It makes me smile every time I see it.

About the Author
Breeana Shields is an author of fantasy novels for teens, including THE BONE CHARMER, POISON'S KISS, and POISON'S CAGE. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in English.

When she’s not writing, Breeana loves reading, traveling, and playing board games with her extremely competitive family. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three children, and two adorable but spoiled dogs.

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Cover Reveal: "Kingdom of Mirrors & Roses: A Limited Edition of Beauty and the Beast Retellings"


Kingdom of Mirrors & Roses: A Limited Edition of Beauty and the Beast Retellings
Publication date: August 1st 2019
Genres: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, New Adult
Beauty and the Beast, but not how you remember it 
Deep in the forest, a castle hides. No one knows who lives there, but rumors of a beast keep people away. 
Cloaked in shadows, hidden from view, a prince destroyed by a curse shuts himself away from the world, ashamed of the beast he’s become. 
And in the village, a beautiful girl with her nose in a book, yearns for something more.
True love is the only thing that can break his curse. True love is the one thing she’s looking for, but how can they find true love when neither knows the other exists? 
Find out if love really can defy all odds in this set of thirteen captivating retellings of the classic fairytale, filled with love, hope and the strength of two people willing to do whatever it takes… 
One click now for your happily ever after. 
Other books in the Kingdom of series…

Kingdom of Glass and Ashes (Cinderella retellings)

Kingdom of Salt and Sirens (Little Mermaid retellings)

Kingdom of Sand and Wishes (Aladdin retellings)

Kingdom of Mirrors and Roses (Beauty and the Beast retellings)

Kingdom of Thorns and Dreams (Sleeping Beauty retellings) coming soon

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Love in Bloom Giveaway Hop: Enter to Win a Paperback Copy of "The Weaver's Daughter" by Sarah E. Ladd

Welcome to the Love in Bloom Giveaway Hop! Every blogger participating in this hop is giving away a gift card, book or eBook or anything a reader would enjoy! So after entering this giveaway, be sure to check out the other blogs in the linky for the chance to win more great prizes! My giveaway is for fans of historical romance. I will send one lucky winner a copy of The Weaver's Daughter by Sarah E. Ladd! She's one of my all-time favorite historical fiction authors, and I really loved this book.

The Weaver's Daughter
by Sarah E. Ladd

Kate's loyalties bind her to the past. Henry's loyalties compel him to strive for a better future. In a landscape torn between tradition and vision, can two souls find the strength to overcome their preconceptions?

Loyalty has been at the heart of the Dearborne family for as long as Kate can remember, but a war is brewing in their small village, one that has the power to rip families asunder -- including her own. As misguided actions are brought to light, she learns how deep her father's pride and bitterness run, and she begins to wonder if her loyalty is well-placed.

Henry Stockton, heir to the Stockton fortune, returns home from three years at war seeking refuge from his haunting memories. Determined to bury the past, he embraces his grandfather's goals to modernize his family's wool mill, regardless of the grumblings from the local weavers. When tragedy strikes shortly after his arrival, Henry must sort truth from suspicion if he is to protect his family's livelihood and legacy.

Henry has been warned about the Dearborne family. Kate, too, has been advised to stay far away from the Stocktons, but chance meetings continue to bring her to Henry's side, blurring the jagged lines between loyalty, justice, and truth. Kate ultimately finds herself with the powerful decision that will forever affect her village's future. As unlikely adversaries, Henry and Kate must come together to find a way to create peace for their families, and their village, and their souls - even if it means risking their hearts in the process.

About the author:
Sarah E. Ladd received the 2011 Genesis Award in historical romance for The Heiress of Winterwood. She is a graduate of Ball State University and has more than ten years of marketing experience. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing family and spunky golden retriever.

Visit Sarah online at SarahLadd.com
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Twitter: @SarahLaddAuthor

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Release Day Launch and Giveaway: "The Dating Proposal" by Lauren Blakely


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The first rule of dating? Don’t fall for your business partner! Find out what happens when McKenna breaks that rule in THE DATING PROPOSAL, a witty, clever new standalone romantic comedy from #1 New York Times bestseller Lauren Blakely, now available in KINDLE UNLIMITED! Grab it at the amazing price of 99 cents NOW because the price will be going up to $3.99 at the stroke of midnight tonight!

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Watch out, world — I’m ready to date again.

The seven years I invested in my ex left me with nothing but scorch marks from the way he peeled out and left me at the altar. I’m not looking to put my heart into a relationship any time soon. But getting back out there? That sounds like a helluva good idea to get my groove back.

Then I bump into Chris…. Clever and funny, with a sexy surfer’s bod and a brilliant nerd brain, he has just the right screwdriver to fix my hard drive. (Yes, the one for my computer.) I wouldn’t mind dating him. The trouble is that he just proposed to me—to be the new dating guru on his TV show. Now he’s my new business partner.

What happens when you meet the right person at the wrong time?


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~McKenna~

“What other games do you like?” Hot Guy asks, and something about the question startles me. Maybe because it’s so normal, and he seems legitimately curious. Then there’s the simple fact that we’re having a conversation in the middle of an electronics store.

“Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, Monopoly,” I say with a completely straight face.

He picks up the cue easily, raising an eyebrow as he asks, “Clue?”

“Of course. And it was always Professor Plum in the library with the candlestick.”

“Interesting. Because Miss Scarlet was pretty wicked with that rope in the ballroom, if memory serves. What about Chutes and Ladders?”

“Let’s not forget Candy Land either.”

“What was your favorite candy destination in that game?”

“The vintage game, right? Not that new King Candy imitator?”

“As if I’d even be talking about that game,” he says playfully.

I’m about to answer when he puts his hands together as if he’s praying and says in a whisper, “Please say Ice Cream Floats. Please say Ice Cream Floats.”

I laugh with the kind of mirth I haven’t felt in a while, the kind that radiates through my whole body and turns into a huge grin. “Of course. I wanted to live in Ice Cream Floats.”

“I was all set to build a chocolate and licorice home in Ice Cream Floats. And this reminds me that I need to stock up on the classic games too. But I don’t think they sell them here.”

“I came here because Gadgets, Gizmos, and Geeks is closed, and that’s the only place nearby that actually fixes hard drives.” I put on my best sad face. “I was the victim of a cat hard-drive attack.”

He pretends to be taken aback. “I’ve heard of those. How awful.”

“It was terrible. Fur, claws, and metal everywhere.”

“My condolences. Hopefully you at least caught it on camera so you can post it on YouTube?”

I snap my fingers, aw-shucks-style. “If only.”

“Next time.”

“Or perhaps next time I will do a better job making sure the hard drive is out of his reach.”

He shrugs confidently, quirks up his lips. “Can I see it?”

“Um, sure.” Does he have a thing for broken hard drives? I reach into my bag where I have the drive and show him the silver device with the cracked end.

He surveys the damage. “I can fix it.”

I give him a quizzical look. “Seriously? You can fix a hard drive? Do you moonlight as a computer-repair guy?”

“Not exactly. I can fix pretty much anything.”

“That’s impressive.”

“Want me to try?”

I study his face, trying to figure him out. “You really want to?”

“I do. Yeah,” he says, as if he’s digging the prospect of repairing the damaged device. “I really enjoy that kind of challenge. It’s kind of like a game to me.”

But I don’t want to hand over a hard drive to a total stranger. “Actually…”

He smiles, raises a finger. “And I bet you probably don’t want to give your hard drive to a total stranger.”

I shrug, a little embarrassed. “Sorry. But you can’t be too careful.”

“I hear you completely. But this is simple. And…” He inches closer, reaches into the pocket of his jeans, and dangles his keys. Is he going to take me for a ride? “I have the tools right here.”

I blink, surprised. “What?”

He waggles the keys, and I spy a tiny little tube that looks like it holds screwdrivers.

“You carry computer-repair tools with you?”

He smiles casually. “You never know when you might need them. I also carry a Swiss Army knife. I read 101 Things a Navy SEAL Knows.” He glances out the window of the store at Chestnut Street, teeming with pedestrians. “And I also know the cafĂ© next door makes a killer espresso. I’ll fix it while we get a cup of joe.”

Cup of joe! That’s almost like a date!

I mean, it’s not a date.

Obviously.

But it’s training-wheels time. Talking to this guy as he fixes my hard drive might help me prep for when I go out with Steven from Madcap, the Lemonhead Guy, Nathaniel from Julia’s bar, and the other men I hope will come knocking on my door—not literally—once my dating prowess improves.

“Sure,” I say, with probably way more enthusiasm than the prospect of a repair job and coffee deserves.

There’s a big bonus to this cuppa. I’ll get to look at his handsome face while he fixes it. I mean, I’ll look at his hands, because the sight of a man using a tool is super hot.

“By the way, I’m Chris McCormick.”

“McKenna Bell.”

He extends a hand.

We make contact, and there’s something about the feel of his strong hand in mine that kind of turns me on. Maybe it’s the firm grip, or the way his eyes light up as he smiles. I want to tug him closer and plant a hot, wet kiss on his lips.

Nothing will happen though. He didn’t ask me on a date, and I didn’t ask him either.

But it can’t hurt that I’m thinking slightly naughty thoughts. It’s evidence I’m getting my groove back.

Hello, groove. Nice to see you. I’ve missed you bunches.

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"This is the kind of story that has romance readers squealing in delight, swooning in their seats and laughing out loud. I loved every single word, every single moment and innuendo."
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“Seriously outrageously entertaining with such witty flirty banter that made my cheeks hurt from laughing so much! This story was the book dreams are made of!”
~ Marina, MiBookshelf

Chris and McKenna are pure gold.”
~ Becca, Wicked Quests of a Book Ninja



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About Lauren Blakely:

A #1 New York Times bestselling, #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling, and #1 Audible bestselling author, Lauren Blakely is known for her contemporary romance style that's sweet, sexy and witty. Her heroines are strong and smart, and her heroes have hearts of gold and fantastic funny bones. She lives in California with her family, including her smoking hot and hilarious husband and her two brilliant and kind children. She has plotted entire novels while walking her dogs -- she might have four dogs, or maybe five. If she's lucky, she'll soon have six dogs. With fourteen New York Times bestsellers, her titles have appeared on the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestseller Lists more than 100 times, and she's sold more than 3 million books. In May, she'll release THE DATING PROPOSAL; in June, SATISFACTION GUARANTEED; and in September, INSTANT GRATIFICATION. To receive an email when Lauren releases a new book, sign up for her newsletter! laurenblakely.com/newsletter

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