#PreOrder #Giveaway – SEEING EVIL by M.C. Domovitch

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Ciara Kelly returns in M.C. Domovitch’s latest must-read thriller. When teenage girls start disappearing in one of Manhattan’s most affluent neighborhood, Ciara cannot help but feel drawn to the case, especially that the details are so similar to those of her own kidnapping of a few years earlier. When Detective Nanos asks her to see the body of the latest victim and give her impressions, word gets out that Ciara is cooperating with the police. Suddenly, the killer’s focus is on her.



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Monique Domovitch lives with her physician husband and their two dogs. They divide their time between their farm on the west coast, their home in Toronto and the Florida Keys. She started writing later in life, after retiring from her television career, “proving that one is never too late to follow one’s dreams,” as she points out. When she is not writing or traveling, she is an avid redecorator. Which might explain why we move so much,” she says, laughing. “Once a house has been re and re-done, it’s time to move on.” Monique is working on her ninth book, a sequel to Scar Tissue, tentatively titled Seeing Evil.
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#BlogTour #Giveaway – CHRISTMAS AT THE GRAND HOTEL by Amie Denman & MAY Williams

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Grand Finale for
Christmas at the Grand Hotel
By Amie Denman & May Williams

Thanks for joining us on this sweet holiday romance tour!
If you missed any of the stops, go back and check them out now…

October 16th: Launch – Note from the Authors

“Welcome to White Pine Island! Just a few miles off the coast of Georgia, this island is accessible only by boat, plane, and your imagination. Many residents call the island home year-round, but day visitors and tourists bring plenty of excitement with them. Like other resort islands, there are quaint shops, cool restaurants, and friendly bars. There are several resorts on the island, but the queen of them all is the elegant Grand Hotel on a bluff with an ocean view.”

Katie’s Clean Book Collection – Review

“I love the idea of friends first and these two have a rock-solid relationship. New love is exciting and it’s fun to experience it along with the characters. I enjoyed the descriptions of celebrating Christmas on this island and the fun times and parties that occur. These two characters are delightful.”

Book Lover in Florida – Romance on a Boat by Amie

In one of the scenes from Christmas at the Grand Hotel, Ellen and Pete take a tour around White Pine Island in a vintage Chris Craft wood motorboat. Fully restored and every bit as elegant as the Grand Hotel, the vessel invites guests to the warm waters off the Georgia coast. It’s a hardship, of course, but one of Ellen’s jobs in the family hotelier business is using her boat captain’s license to pilot the Faire Catherine.

Nicole’s Book Musings – Excerpt

Ellen & Pete by Amie Denman

It was worse than he thought, the strength of his feelings for her. But a relationship with Ellen Phillips was just one more missed chance in his life. Even as he considered taking a chance and grabbing his future with both hands, he was painfully conscious of what he was leaving behind.

The Silver Dagger Scriptorium – At Christmastime by May

The atmosphere of a beautiful hotel during the Christmas season always enchants me. When Amie and I began planning the White Pine Island series, we immediately agreed on Christmas as the setting for the first novellas. Since we both travel whenever the opportunity arises (these books were born on a train ride home from Chicago), we imagined gracious and lovely places infused with holiday décor. Elaborately decorated trees, twinkling lights and glowing candles, the scents of pine and cinnamon, and holiday music in the background soon came to life…

Falling Leaves – Excerpt

Ned & Bethany by May Williams

Ned gulped down a gasp. This sophisticated beauty couldn’t be the girl he remembered. This Bethany had straight, shiny dark brown hair, bright blue eyes, slim hips, and long legs clad in white pants.

Letters from Annie (Douglass) Lima – Christmas Away from Home by Amie

In Christmas at the Grand Hotel, some of the characters are year-round residents of the island and some are there for a special holiday, but all of them have a Christmas they’ll never forget.

underneath the covers – Movies at Christmastime by May

Between the cooking, concerts, and gift giving, the Christmas season is the one time a year that I sit on the couch (under a blanket) to watch a movie. I indulge in popcorn, cookies, and perhaps some mead that my husband brews, all of which explains the pounds I have to shed in January. Still, I wouldn’t trade my couch time for better fitting pants. I snuggle in and enjoy the show.

Wishful Endings – Excerpt

Ellen & Pete by Amie Denman

Ellen grinned, wadded up her shirt and hat and stowed them on the back seat of the golf cart. She noticed a blanket and several bags were already on the seat. “I don’t want other men,” she said. “I chose you to spend the day with.”

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Ned & Bethany by May Williams

He pushed off the post, nearing her. “I want to kiss you, Bethany. A kiss and I’ll tell you the story. I promise it’s a good one.”

Her lips tingled at his suggestion. “I’ve never made quite that kind of deal before. I’m intrigued.”

We hope you’ll love the two novellas in Christmas at the Grand Hotel and return throughout 2017 for Springtime at the Grand Hotel, Summer at the Grand Hotel, and Autumn at the Grand Hotel. We’ll look forward to seeing you! — Amie Denman & May Williams

Christmas at the Grand Hotel: White Pine Island Novellas #1 and #2Christmas at the Grand Hotel
(White Pine Island Novellas #1 & #2)
by Amie Denman & May Williams
Adult Contemporary Romance, Christmas
ebook, 179 pages
October 1st 2016

Welcome to White Pine Island! Just a few miles off the coast of Georgia, this island is accessible only by boat, plane, and your imagination. Many residents call the island home year-round, but day visitors and tourists bring plenty of excitement with them. Like other resort islands, there are quaint shops, cool restaurants, and friendly bars. There are several resorts on the island, but the queen of them all is the elegant Grand Hotel on a bluff with an ocean view. Owned by the extensive, multi-generational Phillips family, the Grand Hotel offers elegant service, five course dinners, and plenty of romance.

Ned & Bethany by May Williams

Sometimes the heart hits a hole in one…

Bethany Hinkle arrives at White Pine Island’s Grand Hotel for her sister’s wedding and to do a little environmental snooping. She snaps pictures of the hotel’s pristine golf course to ensure its compliance with EPA standards. Soon, she realizes that the course’s manager is as attractive as the course he so carefully protects.

Ned Phillips feels the weight of family expectations squarely on his broad shoulders. The Phillips Family has owned and operated the Grand Hotel for three generations. For now, he manages the hotel’s golf course and makes plans for its future—plans that could be destroyed by Bethany’s spying. He gets close to the lovely environmentalist to watch for her next move until he gets too close to let her go.

Ellen & Pete by Amie Denman

What happens when you fall in love with your best friend just when it’s too late?

All her life, Ellen Phillips has loved working for her family’s Grand Hotel on White Pine Island. Flying the hotel’s airplane and piloting the island ferryboat while knowing someday she will inherit the luxurious resort is a fairy tale existence she has no desire to change. She’s always loved Pete McCormack, too. After all, he’s her best friend, confidante, and playmate. Until she suddenly sees him in a different light just before Christmas.

Pete McCormack has made sacrifices for his family’s golf cart rental business on the island, choosing to stay home and run it instead of pursuing his dream of his own career on the mainland. When his parents announce their plans to sell the business so Pete can leave the island, he has to choose between the future he thought he always wanted and his newfound love for the woman he would be leaving behind.

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Amie Denman lives in Ohio with her husband, sons, cats, and dog. When she’s not reading or writing, she enjoys walking and playing outside. Born with an overdeveloped sense of curiosity, she’s been known to chase fire trucks on her bicycle just to see what’s going on. Amie believes that everything is fun: especially roller coasters, wedding cake, and falling in love.


May Williams is convinced that she read every book in the public library of her hometown as a kid. Today, her house sags under the weight of books. If she’s not reading or writing, May can be found pursuing her other two passions – sewing and running. May lives happily in a little town on the shores of Lake Erie with her husband, two children, three cats, and one oversized dog.


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1 winner will receive Under the Boardwalk and Carousel Nights by Amie Denman (US only)
1 winner will receive a $25 Amazon eGift Card (open internationally)
Ends October 28th

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#Review – YOU AND ME IN PARIS by Alix Nichols


4 Stars


What could be better than having 3 novellas in one book! You’re the One was a great quick read that had you wanting the best for Natalie and Adrien to open his eyes to what was in front of him. Winter’s Gift was a great story of Anton and Anna, where you really want things to work out for both of them and for happiness in the end. The Devil’s Own Chloe has you wanting Chloe to have the love she deserves and when the opportunity presents itself with Hugo, you want to shake Chloe so she realizes she could have what she wants and to not let fear hold her back.

I received a free copy of the book and voluntarily read it.


This romantic comedy bundle includes three sexy and fun La Bohème novellas.

You’re the One (Chanticleer Short Stories and Novellas Award Nominee)
When schoolteacher Natalie meets chess grandmaster Adrien at the Bistro La Bohème, the connection is immediate and real. Romance is in the air — until life makes a move to test how well they know their hearts…

Winter’s Gift
He’s a steely tycoon. She’s an elite call girl. Both have sworn off love…
When Anton and Anna cross paths over the winter holidays, neither can deny how special their connection is. But it threatens the principle they’ve been living by for years: Don’t trust anyone.

The Devil’s Own Chloe
Young Parisian architect Chloe Germain hires childhood friend Hugo Bonnet as a builder. Lethally toxic to loved ones, Chloe keeps them at arm’s length to protect them.
Or so she thinks.
Patient and strong, Hugo prides himself on being able to fix anything. Trouble is, he’s never tried repairing a chasm in someone’s soul before.
Will his love save Chloe or will fixing her leave him broken?


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Alix Nichols is a caffeine addict and a longtime fan of Mr. Darcy, especially in his Colin Firth incarnation. She is a Kindle Scout and Dante Rossetti Award winning author of critically acclaimed romantic comedies.

At the age of six, she released her first rom com. It featured highly creative spelling on a dozen pages stitched together and bound in velvet paper.

Decades later, she still loves the romance genre. Her spelling has improved (somewhat), and her books have made Amazon bestseller lists, climbing as high as #1. She lives in France with her family and their almost-human dog.

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#NewRelease #Giveaway – ADDICTED by Alex Lucian

Addiction: the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming. 


Ruby was sin and sex.  
The ultimate indulgence and worth every penny she cost me. I paid for her body, but didn’t know she’d end up embedded in my soul.  
Elias was dark and tempting. 
Unmatched in intensity and passion compared to my other clients. He handed me cash in exchange for my touch, and he dug himself into my heart instead.  
Money changes things, firms up the lines of a relationship. But when it becomes an addictionan all-consuming, life-changing addictionthe lines are completely obliterated.  

I laughed under my breath before stepping forward and punching the emergency stop button on the elevator.
“What are you doing?” she asked, her eyes wide in her face. Her pale face. Ever since that douche stepped into her space, all the color had been sucked from her skin.
Which is how I knew she was fucking lying to me.
No former client would have given her that kind of reaction. That guy knew her. And not just biblically, but definitely that too, given the crazy-ass gleam in his eyes when he looked at her.
When I didn’t answer right away, she fidgeted, crossing her arms over her stomach and then letting them drop again. Then she swept a hand through her hair, making sure the curls were still laying over one shoulder.
“Beck and call, right?” I rasped out, leaning my shoulder against the wall of the elevator.
“You. You’re at my beck and call for these thirty days, right? This being day one.”
She mimicked me, leaning her shoulder against the opposite wall, essentially facing off with me in the small space. “That’s right. Do we need to discuss this now?”
There was a slight edge to her voice that I’d never heard before, and I wasn’t ashamed in the slightest to say that it hardened me even further. “Why not?”
“Because I prefer not to have business discussions when I’m in a box that’s suspended sixteen floors above the ground.”
“We’re not going to have a discussion.” I straightened, undoing my belt. Her eyes tracked the slow movements of my hands.
“I’m not having sex in this elevator.”
“No, you’re not.” I raised one eyebrow, and lifted my chin at her. “You’re going to get on your knees for me. I want to know what your lipstick looks like on my dick.”
Alex Lucian is an author living on the eastern coast of the United States who appreciates being anonymous, for personal and professional reasons. Tempting is Alex’s first novel.
Tempting (The Tempting Series: Book 1)
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Beguiling (The Tempting Series: Book Two)
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Provocative (The Tempting Series: Book Three) 
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#NewRelease #Giveaway – MIXING IT UP by Tracie Banister



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Born with a silver spoon in her mouth, Manhattan upper-cruster Cecily Sinclair now uses that pricey utensil to dish up fancy French fare on her cooking show, Serving Romance. When there’s an executive shake-up at the network, she’s not worried. Not much anyway. Her show’s a hit after all. Why would the new CEO want to mess with success?

The driving force behind several buzzed-about networks, Devlin Hayes is considered to be a wunderkind in the television industry. Although his plans to rebrand CuisineTV and make Serving Romance more Millennial-friendly don’t thrill Cecily, her charming, blue-eyed boss is a hard man to say “no” to and she really wants to keep her job—even if that means sharing screen time with a loathsome blast from her past.

Mercurial Italian chef Dante Marchetti a.k.a. “Il Duce” was once Cecily’s boss, and she has the PTSD to prove it. Now the owner of one of the hottest restaurants in town, Dante’s egomania knows no bounds and his constant attempts to provoke and upstage Cecily make her want to conk him on the head with a sautééé pan. She thinks they’re toxic together, but viewers love their chemistry and clamor for more.

As Cecily battles to maintain the integrity of her show, she finds herself scheming and manipulating right along with Dante and Devlin. Is she fighting a lost cause? Does she really belong on TV, or would her culinary talent be better served elsewhere? And could one of the men who makes Cecily’s blood boil ignite a passion in her for something other than food?




Purchase a copy of Mixing It Up between October 19th, 2016 and October 25th, 2016 and you could win this fantastic prize pack inspired by the book’s heroine and her love of French food!

This prize pack includes:

  • Garnier-Thiebaut Oh, La La, Chéri French-themed 4-piece Kitchen Linens Set (Apron, kitchen towel, pot holder, and oven mitt.)
  • Kate Spade Deco Dot Recipe Box with 8 tabbed dividers and 40 recipe cards
  • The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook by Mireille Guiliano

To enter this giveaway, simply e-mail the author at traciebanister@gmail.com with your proof of purchase. Entries will be accepted until midnight on October 26th, 2016 when a winner will be selected via random drawing. This is an international giveaway, so anyone who buys Mixing It Up within the allotted time frame is eligible to win. Good luck!


rsz_smauthorheadshotAn avid reader and writer, Tracie Banister has been scribbling stories since she was a child, most of them featuring feisty heroines with complicated love lives like her favorite fictional protagonist Scarlett O’Hara. Her work was first seen on the stage of her elementary school, where her 4th grade class performed an original holiday play she penned. (Like all good divas-in-the-making, she also starred in and tried to direct the production.)

Tracie’s dreams of authorial success were put on the backburner when she reached adulthood and discovered that she needed a “real” job in order to pay her bills. Her career as personal assistant to a local entrepreneur lasted for 12 years. When it ended, she decided to follow her bliss and dedicate herself to writing full-time. Mixing It Up is her fourth Chick Lit release, and in it Tracie finally got to live out her fantasy of being a Cordon Bleu-trained chef.

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#NewRelease – ON TOP OF THE WORLD by David Lamb

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2016 BEST FICTION-Pacific Book Awards. FROM THE FUNNY AND NATURALLY BRILLIANT DAVID LAMB, award-winning playwright of the New York Times celebrated play, Platanos Y Collard Greens, comes a modern spin on Dickens’ classic tale that perfectly combines humor and romance in a story re-imagined for our digital, consumerist age.  
This version of Scrooge and Belle is familiar, yet unlike any you’ve come across before. Scrooge, or rather Scrooje, is music’s biggest superstar, with one hundred million albums sold, fifteen million devoted YouTube subscribers, two and a half million Facebook likes, and twenty-five million fanatical Twitter followers known as Scroojites. Belle, is a legal shark who gulps down her opposition voraciously and whose beauty and stunning figure causes traffic accidents as she zips through the
sidewalks of Manhattan stylishly adorned and taking no prisoners.   They
never imagined being music’s most powerful couple, but that’s exactly what
happened when Belle fell head over heels and gave the Coke-bottle glasses
wearing, plaid and stripe attired, scrawny, biggest nerd on her college campus
the ultimate makeover, turning him into a fashion impresario whose style sets
trends from Milan to NY Fashion Week and who can be seen courtside at the NBA
Finals sporting a perfectly-fitted cashmere suit.   Then it happens. Belle
realizes too late that she’s created a chart-topping monster as Scrooje’s ego
explodes and he starts acting a fool.   Now, it’s been three years since
they ve spoken. But tonight at Hollywood s biggest red carpet event, with the
whole world watching, they’ll be given a second chance.   Will Scrooje
listen to the ghostly-advice of Marley, his best friend since the fourth grade,
who at the time of his untimely drowning at his Brazilian poolside birthday
bash was as big a star as Scrooje? Will Scrooje finally do right by his number
one artist, Cratchit, a genius comedian, who Scrooje invariably rip offs every
chance he gets?   And with twenty-five million viewers tuned in will
Scrooje finally shed his ego, jeopardize his image and declare his love for
Belle, the one he betrayed and let slip away?   Second chances don’t often
come around. Will Belle even give him a chance?  
 Mixing heart, soul, bling and romance in a
fresh, original satire about race, class and celebrity worship Lamb establishes
himself as one of the most talented and amazing writers today. And leaves no
doubt that the Pacific Book Awards chose wisely when they selected On Top Of
The World as the year’s Best Fiction.
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David Lamb is a native New Yorker, born and raised, bitten with the writing bug since he was in elementary school and had handwriting nobody could decipher. Like Charles Dickens, David grew up a poor boy in the big city who found that the pen really is mightier than the sword. In middle school Lamb’s hero was David Lampel whose velvet voice could be heard reporting the news over David’s grandmother’s radio. Whenever he heard him on the radio, David would substitute Lamb for Lampel and pretend he was delivering the news. Sure that he was destined to be a famous reporter David was happy to go to a
high school with a journalism program. Like most kids, by the time he finished
high school he had a whole new career in mind. After high school he went to
Hunter College and majored in Economics because he wanted to be cool like that
college kid who came to speak at his last year of high school. He was an
Economics major, he was dressed sharp and above-all the girls thought he was
the man! So like any unreasonable high school boy fueled by overactive hormones
David figured if he majored in Economics they’d think he was cool. After
finishing college David went on to law school at NYU, but all the time writing
was still his heart. While working as a lawyer by day, at night he transformed
into a writer and eventually wrote and produced the award-winning hit
off-Broadway romantic comedy Platanos Y Collard Greens. Being a writer and
having the chance make people laugh out loud while challenging them to think
about the world around them, and inspire each of us to believe in the power of
love and our own ability to overcome life’s challenges is a great gift that
David truly enjoys and thanks you for allowing him to share with you in On Top
Of The World (Until The Bell Chimes)

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Highly Entertaining! Incredibly Fun! – The Romantic Times


Perfectly combines Humor and Romance in a satire  about race, class and
celebrity worship that readers will love. — 
Hollywood Book Review

Winner Pacific Book Award 2016 BEST FICTION



#BlogTour #Review – FALLING FOR GRACE by Kate O’Keeffe


5 Stars


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This story was SO cute!! Oh, the trials of dating a public figure (which I could relate to except mine was a professional athlete). You can feel the connection between Grace and Sam so you naturally pull for them. But is a relationship behind the scenes of a fake public relationship too much to handle? This story had you wrapped into the drama from page one. We have all had roommates similar to the ones Grace has. What a great vacation read for the beach!

I received a free copy of this book and am voluntarily reading it.


If you’re going to fall off a catwalk and into someone’s arms, you could do a lot worse than choosing handsome Sam Montgomery’s, star of the hottest sci fi show on TV. So when twenty-four year old Grace Mortimer does just that, her life is turned upside down.

Sam is gorgeous, funny, and too sexy for words. But he’s got a girlfriend, America’s newest sweetheart, the very beautiful TV star Vanessa Hudson. With his Hollywood lifestyle he’s got to be a no-fly zone, that’s for sure. So why does he insist on being Grace’s knight in shining armor? And why can’t she stop her legs turning to jelly every time he’s around?

Just as her new career is about to take off, a disastrous TV appearance sends her spinning—right back into Sam’s arms again, the one place she shouldn’t be.

Escape to beautiful New Zealand in this sexy, feel-good romantic comedy.





kate-okeeffe-author“I write funny, sexy, feel-good romantic comedies. I’ve loved rom coms, romance, and chick lit since I first encountered Bridget Jones as a young, impressionable writer. It really was a match made in chick lit heaven.

I’ve been a teacher and a sales executive, but am now content as a mother and writer, madly scribbling all the ideas I’ve accumulated during my time on this planet we call home.

I live and love in beautiful New Zealand — where my novels are all set — with my wonderful family and my two very scruffy, naughty dogs.”


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#BlogTour #Review – RICHES & RAGS by Camille Nagasaki


5 Stars

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Where do I begin my praise for this book? I read half the book in ONE sitting (then life got in my way). Lane lived my fear – being left high and dry by the breadwinner. Just when you thought the book was over, a new twist is added and the story continues! Smooth story that gives the reader a mix of chicklit, romance, suspense and family drama. Enjoyable read that is hard to put down.

I received a free reading copy of this book and am voluntarily reading it.



Lane Carson is used to getting her own way—apart from throwing hissy fits and pulling outrageous stunts to attract her workaholic husband’s attention, Lane lives a seemingly perfect life. But things are seldom as they seem…
Lane is blindsided and her charmed and pampered existence uprooted, when her shattered husband, Micky Capello, breaks the devastating news: he’s lost the family fortune and is leaving on a quest to “find himself.” The most daunting part is they’re losing the nannies—and the children Lane barely knows will live with her.
Without the leisure to wallow in misery and self-pity, Lane is catapulted into an adventure of a lifetime that’s filled with outlandish and often emotionally charged escapades of trial and error, all with her über supportive—albeit dysfunctional—family in tow.

  This comedic drama is bursting with outlandish hilarity and warmth, and is sure to keep you roaring with laughter, while tugging at your heart with its endearing, candid reflection. 


Downstairs, I holler for George, and within a few seconds he emerges from his kitchen, looking somewhat bewildered.
“George! I need to borrow running shoes ASAP.”

“My shoes? You want to borrow my sh—”

“Yes, your shoes. Hurry up! Please!”

“Well, what in devils name has got into…”

“GEORGE! I have a job. I need to leave, please.”

He mumbles under his breath but disappears, thankfully, and materializes a moment later holding a hideous pair of worn, blue-and-white, no-name sneakers. I recoil at the thought of putting those even near my feet.

“Remember, beggars can’t be—”

“Yeah, yeah,” I snap, grabbing the ugly shoes and dashing outside to strap Rory into her stroller.

We arrive at Trafalgar and Second, and I park the stroller in front of a large colonial home. I slip the flats off, pull my socks on, and shove my feet into George’s shoes, which happen to be about four sizes too big. I pull the laces as tight as possible and hope to God my client won’t notice them.

Ooh, I have a client; I like the sounds of that.

Mounting the stairs in the massive shoes is a struggle, so I gingerly side step up. I ring the doorbell and await Jennifer Fairweather. With a name like that, I’m guessing, she’s middle-aged, maybe pudgy, and wanting to start a walking routine. I hear footsteps approaching, and the door swings open.

Oh God. The woman before me is perhaps middle aged, but she has got to have the most toned, athletic body I’ve ever seen.

“Can I help you?” she asks, giving me the once-over with a critical eye.

Shit, she definitely saw the shoes. I take a breath and assert myself. “I’m Lane Carson, your new personal trainer.”

Jennifer Fairweather frowns and then gives a little smirk. “Um, actually, you’re not my new personal trainer. I happen to already have one. But he’s out of town for three weeks, and your ad said you specialize in long distance running and triathlon, and I’m training for both.”

Shiiiiiit. I’m going to absolutely kill Billy.

“Great!” I squeak. I don’t even know how much I’m getting paid for this, but it better be freaking amazing.

After a slight hesitation, Jennifer sighs. “All right. Let me grab my water bottle and I’ll be right out.” She closes the door in my face, so I side step my way down the stairs and assume my position behind Rory’s stroller. Why didn’t I think to bring water and why did I have to drink that Venti Caramel Macchiato at Starbucks less than an hour ago to celebrate my first client? I need to pee.

Jennifer comes bounding down the front stairs, looking incredibly impressive in her sleek running gear. “Ready!” she says.

“Okay, let’s go,” I say, and I start running as fast as my oversized runners can carry me, all the while flexing my feet with each step so the shoes don’t fall off. Jennifer calls me and I turn around.

“Hey, slow down! What about stretching, I’m going to tear a ligament!” she calls after me.

Right, stretching, shit. How could I have forgotten? I turn Rory around and continue my awkward run back. It feels about as natural as running in flippers or clown shoes. Damn Denise for not packing proper shoes.

“Apologies, I’m eager to run. I love running,” I gush. I put my hands on my hips and start rotating them like my P.E. teachers used to do. Then I try to touch my toes. Crap, almost. I pull my knee up to my chest, and finally Jennifer stops gawking and starts stretching. My heart is pounding in my chest at this mess I’ve gotten myself into. Rory starts squawking from her stroller. Her squealing soon escalates to an angry little cry.

“Who’s the baby?”

“My niece,” I mumble. Yep.

“I’m done stretching,” Jennifer says after a good eight minutes or so. And this time, she takes off down the street, and I am left scrambling to reposition the stroller and race to catch up. The coffee in my stomach is swishing. I can feel it, but worse—I can hear it. It sounds like bloody Niagara Falls. What was I thinking? I catch up with Jennifer—miraculously—and struggle with all my might to keep up. She doesn’t speak but seems to slip into her own rhythm, which I sure as hell wish I could slip into too. My face feels hot, my eyes are watering, and the damn coffee in my stomach sloshes away. I know she must hear it too, and I would give anything for Rory to start crying right now to mask it. My legs are burning, my arms are burning, I feel like I can’t get enough air, and to make matters worse, I’m losing ground. Jennifer, in her comfortable jog, is four, then six, then ten feet in front of me. I have to stop, oh my God.

And this is when my shoe flies off, landing with a pitiful thud on the road.

“Sto-op,” I yell hysterically. Jennifer spins around and runs back. She jogs on the spot, eyeing me with a menacing glare and looking pissed to say the least.

“You’re wasting my time. What kind of bullshit ad was that anyway?”

I’m panting and gasping for air, ripping the other shoe off and reaching for my ballet flats from the stroller undercarriage. But I still have the fight in me. “Well, there are different levels of exercise, how the hell could I have known you’d turn out to be an iron woman?”

“Because, you airhead”—Did she really just say that?—“you posted a specialization in long-distance running!”

I feel mortified. I don’t know what to do, so I turn the stroller in the direction for home and start back.

“You’re a fraud, Lane Carson! Get a real job,” Jennifer yells after me. “Oh, and Jerry Seinfeld called. He wants his sneakers back!”

I mentally close my ears to that wretched woman and continue striding away, chin held high.

Except, I don’t feel proud. I feel pathetic, and there’s nothing more I’d like to do than wallow in a little self-pity; but I realize with a start, it’s already time to pick up Margo, and I really have to pee.


camille_nagasaki-097webCAMILLE NAGASAKI is a Toronto-born Canadian author, film/TV actress, and entrepreneur.
Having always had a tremendous fascination with the written word, Camille became an avid reader at a young age and has written creatively and for business for many years.
After leaving the corporate world to be home with her kids, Camille earned a professional designation in her field, launched a new business, and began a three-year labour of love writing Riches & Rags
Camille lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and children. Riches & Rags is her first novel.

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#FRC2016 – AN ADDRESS IN AMSTERDAM by Mary Fillmore




mary-fillmore-1-300x300An Address in Amsterdam by Mary Fillmore

Course Title: Jewish Studies

Department: Historical Fiction

Description: Rachel Klein hopes she can ignore the Nazis when they roll into Amsterdam in May 1940. After working secretly for the Underground, she too is forced into hiding where she meets a man. An Address in Amsterdam shows that, even in the most hopeless situation, an ordinary young woman can make the choice to act with courage―and even love.




#ReleaseDay – MARRY ME MAD by Katy Regnery


Marry Me Mad is one swoonworthy read! AND IT’S LIVE!




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Did you fall in love with The English Brothers? Were you hot for the Winslows? Katy Regnery’s New York Times bestselling Blueberry Lane series continues with The Rousseau siblings in 2016!

For as long as Madeleine “Mad” Rousseau can remember, she’s been the “sweet” twin to her sister Jax’s “sassy.” But after an especially painful break-up, Mad decides she’s had enough of being sweet. Children’s librarian during the day, she begins visiting Philly’s seedier nightspots on a quest for adventure. When Cortlandt “Cort” Ambler, the ex-boyfriend of Mad’s sister, Jax, saves her from disaster on one such evening, an unlikely friendship is born between the rebellious librarian and the moonlighting pianist…and two broken hearts begin a journey toward being whole again.

Get to know the families of Blueberry Lane!

*All books in The Blueberry Lane Series can be enjoyed as standalone novels.*

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Make sure you don’t miss the start of the Rousseau series! Jonquils for Jax is now available!



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releasing November 29, 2016


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About the Author:


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.

Twenty-five books later, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled, New York Times and USA Today Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other standalone novels and novellas.

Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1-4, became a New York Times E-book bestseller.

In 2016, Katy signed a print-only agreement with Spencerhill Press. As a result, her Blueberry Lane paperback books will now be distributed to brick and mortar bookstores all over the United States.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home

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