#BlogTour #Giveaway – THE FIREMAN’S SON by Tara Taylor Quinn

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The Fireman’s Son
(Where Secrets Are Safe #11)
by Tara Taylor Quinn
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
May 1st 2017 by Harlequin Superromance

Secrets are burning out of control

After she broke his heart in college, Faye Walker is the last person fire chief Reese Bristow ever expected to see again, especially as his new EMT. But that’s not Reese’s only surprise. Faye has an eight-year-old son, Elliott, whose counseling at The Lemonade Stand shelter is her first priority.

It’s nearly impossible to accept that she had a child with another man—and married that man—right after their breakup. Trusting Faye won’t be easy. Especially when she reveals a secret about the boy that might tear them apart for good.

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I’ve recently realized that I write a lot of gazebo/outdoor garden scenes in my books. I don’t consciously do so – but I’m not surprised, either. Like the characters who live and breathe within me, and through me, I find that there are times when I need to get out. To be surrounded by nature’s beauty, and be reminded that there are powers stronger than the evil in the world – sources that breed the ability for new life to grow, for fragile things to exist. I am filled with peace when the scent of flowers reaches me, when I inhale them and physically share in their existence, taking their beauty within me.

It’s no wonder, then, that most days, in the course of my work, I head outside to the little garden oasis my husband and I created in our yard. I planted Rose bushes, and stop to smell them every single time I pass anytime one is in bloom. The bougainvillea and lantana were chosen for their vibrant colors and because they bloom all year here in Arizona. The fruit trees are obvious – their bear succulent fruit that we eat. And on it goes…

In The Fireman’s Son, in a particularly difficult scene, Reese can’t take Faye inside. He has to head out to his own little paradise in his backyard. His piece of nature includes the beach and the ocean, but the physical effects to him are the same. It could be that as the author of the book, I took him out there because it was where I’d need to be. One could be a practical thinker and insist that that was the case. One might even be right. I don’t believe it, though. I think that nature is a natural healer, purposely there for all of us to draw upon. I think nature’s ability to calm us, to give us strength and peace, is no mistake. It’s a purposeful part of the overall plan of life. And I think Reese is a pretty smart guy to be willing to avail himself of this great gift! I hope you’ll pick up his story and see what you think.

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Other Books in the Where Secrets Are Safe Series
(Books released as of March 2017. Each can be read as a standalone.)

  
  
   

About the Author

The author of more than 70 original novels, in twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestseller with over six million copies sold. A 2015 RITA finalist Tara appears frequently on bestseller lists, including #1 placement on Amazon lists, and multiple showings on the Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller list. She has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning.

Tara is a supporter of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233.

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Tour Schedule

May 6th: Launch
May 7th:
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May 8th:
Thoughts of a Blonde
Brooke Blogs
EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads
May 9th:
Nicole’s Book Musings
Angels with Attitude Book Reviews
May 10th:
Celticlady’s Reviews
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May 11th:
Superromance Facebook Party, 7 PM EDT/4 PM PDT
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Book Lover in Florida
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May 12th:
Harlequin Junkie
May 13th: Grand Finale

Domestic Violence Shelter Drive

As Tara supports speaking out against domestic violence and supporting those who have been abused, both through her books and in her community, she would love for you to join her in donating items to a shelter in your area. Find out more here.

Tour Giveaways

1ST RAFFLECOPTER:
1 winner will receive ebooks of Where Secrets are Safe series books 1 – 13 (open internationally)
1 winner (per the four tour segments) will receive a $10 Amazon eGift Card (open internationally)

2ND RAFFLECOPTER:
1 winner will receive 25,000 Harelquin My Rewards Points, equivalent to 5 books (US and CAN only)
1 winner will receive 5,000 Harelquin My Rewards Points, equivalent to 1 book (US and CAN only)

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#NewRelease #Giveaway – THE FIRST YEAR by Genevieve Gannon

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Title: The First Year

Author: Genevieve Gannon

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Date: April 24

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The first year of marriage is hard no matter what. Throw in jealous exes, high-pressure careers and two wildly different families, and the degree of difficulty goes up a few more notches. Determined to beat the odds, one couple comes up with a plan to keep their romance alive – but life has other ideas.

Saskia is an up-and-coming jewellery designer, waiting tables at a trendy cafe to keep her fledgling company afloat. Andrew is a corporate lawyer who wants to be known for more than his family’s money. They’re passionate about their work and each other, but with Andy’s job in jeopardy and Saskia’s jewellery label taking off, the pressure is taking its toll.

As life pulls them in different directions, the two of them are forced to decide: Just how important is their marriage? And how hard are they willing to work to protect it?

‘Genevieve Gannon writes with a fresh and funny narrative voice … chick lit at its very, very best’ Tess Woods, author of Love at First Flight

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Genevieve Gannon is an Australian journalist and author. She has worked in newsrooms in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne. Her writing has appeared in The Age, The Australian, The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph, among others. Most recently she covered crime in Melbourne for Australian Associated Press before moving to Sydney to be a feature writer for The Australian Women’s Weekly. Her favourite books are We Need To Talk About Kevin, Middlesex, Atonement, Prep and One Day. She likes Terry’s Chocolate Oranges and wasabi (not together) and hates mangoes. Her first book, Husband Hunters, was  published in 2014. The First Year is her third novel.
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Questions:
 
What is your new novel about?
The First Year is a novel about a newly-in-love couple who got married way too fast. Andy Colbrook is a high-flying lawyer with a snobby family and Saskia Hill is a bolshy ewellery designer whose father has done several stints in jail. On their honeymoon, Andy offers to support Saskia so she can quit her day job at a café and devote herself wholly to her art. But Saskia’s fledgling business is only just recovering from the financial blow it suffered when her ex-fiance cheated on her then ditched her with the bill for the wedding, and she is uncomfortable being reliant on her new husband. Tensions begin to emerge. Things are exacerbated when Andy discovers his law firm is in financial trouble. Despite their best efforts to keep the flame alive their marriage begins to suffer. Then Saskia makes a discovery that blows her world apart. 
 
What inspired the book?
This one came about slowly. When I sat down to write my first two novels, the concepts were fully formed in my head. I rejigged the stories and characters a lot, but when they were finished, they were how I had imagined them from the beginning. With The First Year, I found myself unsure what I wanted to do. I had an idea of following a couple day-by-day through their first year, but I didn’t know what would happen to them over that time. I thought the concept of the first year of marriage being the hardest was a good one to explore in a romantic comedy. So I wrote a few chapters and scene fragments, then I hit a bit of a wall. I knew I wanted Andy to be a corporate type, and Saskia to be an artist, but I didn’t have much more detail than that. Then one day I came across an article about a designer who had made the same discovery Saskia makes in the book. I did a bit of research and it turns out it is a really common problem. I don’t want to spoil the plot
by revealing the big discovery, but once I had that I knew what I wanted Andy and Saskia’s story to be.
 
What makes the main character who they are?
Saskia Hill comes across really brash but she’s actually quite vulnerable. She loves a man, Andrew Colbrook, who wants to support her as she builds her business, but the idea of being reliant on him conflicts with her feminist values. She eventually accepts his offer to back her financially until she is established, but it never sits right with her and
ultimately is the cause of much tension.
One of my favourite lines in the book comes when Saskia receives a letter from her mother-in-law addressed to Mr and Mrs Andrew Colbrook. She has not changed her name and when the letter arrives she asks of Andy, “What am I? Some sort of subsidiary of you?” I feel like this sums her up perfectly.
 
Do you base your characters on real people?
My characters are original creations, but inevitably I find myself incorporating traits of family and friends. Usually it’s just a little thing to give the character a ring of authenticity. When trying to *show* rather than *tell* – something that a lot of writers struggle with – I find it helpful to think about how real people display their emotions – the way their postures change, the tone of their voice, what they do with their hands and eyes. Sometimes I’ll lift a small anecdote (with permission) or give a sly nod to a friend by including a personal joke. But generally I try to ensure the characters are wholly their own people.
 
How long did it take you to write The First Year?
I am often asked this question but this is the first time I’ve ever been able to answer it properly. For about a year, I had a few fragments of this story and a vague concept but didn’t know what I wanted to do with it. Then I made the discovery that revealed the plot to me and it was all very fast. It took me about three months to write a three chapter sample, a synopsis and a plot outline. I pitched it to HarperCollins in November, got the go ahead in December and had completed the manuscript by June. It was quite a fast process because I had been thinking about the characters and the supporting players for so long. As is always the case, it needed some major reworking and I relied heavily on my amazing beta-readers. But it basically took one year of procrastination and six months of furious writing.  
 
What is your typical writing routine?
I used to write at night and on weekends but now that I live in Sydney I find myself getting up early and writing before work. I assume that’s because it gets hot and sunny here very early. That being said, I still try to get some writing in after work. And I can be found most weekends in a café somewhere with a pile of manuscript pages and a laptop.
People love to ask writers if they are planners or pantsers. I think I’m a combination of both. I like to have a plot outline before I begin, but sometimes it is very vague and details emerge – and characters are created or killed off – as the writing progresses.
 
Where do you write?
I do a lot of writing at my dining room table – but I far prefer to write in cafes. It’s not always possible, of course. Sometimes you have a burst of creative energy at 2am when all the good cafes are selfishly closed, and realistically it’s just not possible to mainline
lattes for eight hours and a Saturday or Sunday. But my preference is definitely to write in a café. When I was living in Melbourne I would write a lot at Milkwood in East Brunswick (try the white beans on toast) or a Minor Place (more white beans, these come with Dukkah and avocado). Another favourite is a café called True North in Coburg. They have lovely booths that I like to spread out in, and do great sandwiches with heaps of vegetarian options.
 
What book do you wish you had written and why?
This is a complete departure from the type of fiction I write, but I am in awe of We Need To Talk About Kevin. Lionel Shriver creates so much tension and complexity. I adore her prose and the way she uses a million little perfectly phrased observations to make-up the
story.  I love the way she tricks the reader into thinking they know what is happening, only to discover all is not as it seems as the narrative slowly reveals itself.
 
Who are your favourite writers?
This is such a difficult question to answer because there are so many, and I turn to different writers for different things. I love Caitlin Moran for the sheer joy she gives me with her hilarious stories. No less important is the strong feminist message in everything she does. I really admire Curtis Sittenfeld’s skill as a story-teller, and Gillian
Flynn for the ease with which she spins complex narratives, imbuing her characters with light and shade. Jeffrey Eugenides remains an all-time favourite. Whenever I’m asked about my favourite books Middlesex is always at the top, and his first novel, The Virgin Suicides, was hauntingly, devastatingly beautiful. Oh, and Michael Chabon for so many reasons, especially inventiveness.
In terms of my own genre – which I consider to be a loose grouping of contemporary chick lit with rom-com tendencies –  I LOVE Lauren Sams who wrote She’s Having Her Baby and Crazy Busy Guilty. I also can’t go past fellow HarperCollins authors Tess Woods and Sunni Overend. The Regulars by Georgia Clark is great fun.
 
Who is your favourite literary character?
I have racked my brain, trying to come up with an answer that isn’t a total cliché, but it is a truth universally acknowledged that Elizabeth Bennett is a sublime literary creation, and has to be my favourite character. She’s clever, sensitive, witty and warm. She loves her sister Jane and her friend Charlotte Lucas, and she’s loyal but not without flaws. She speaks her mind and isn’t intimidated by those who think them better than she is. At a completely different end of the spectrum is Uncle Oswald, a recurring character in the short stories of Roald Dahl. Uncle Oswald is a hilarious, wealthy, horny old man who often finds himself entangled in pseudo-scientific schemes with hilarious outcomes.
 
What are you working on at the moment?
Having just finished a book I’m a bit of a free agent at the moment. I have two ideas that are in the very early stages, so I’m playing with both of them, thinking about the characters and deciding which one to commit to. I have just started a new job as a feature writer so I am finding that at night I’m spending the time I would normally dedicate to fiction thinking about feature ideas. That being said, I want my next venture to be a departure from my usual books. Neither of the concepts I’m currently playing with could be described as romantic comedies. The First Year has parts set in a court room, which came about because I spent the past few years covering courts as a journalist and my two new ideas are also inspired in part by that part of my job.
 
What would you do if you weren’t a writer?
This one is tricky because writing is both my hobby (fiction) and my livelihood (journalism). My other hobby is baking, so perhaps if it all falls in a heap I could retrain as a pastry chef. I have made a few wedding cakes for friends, and I really enjoy playing with flavour ideas and pretty shapes. Strangely, when it comes to savoury meals I’m terrible, but I have mastered cakes.
 
What are you reading right now?
I just finished Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty which I devoured, barely lifting my eyes to draw breath. Liane dazzles me with her ability to tease and entice. I am also reading Sweet Bitter by Stephanie Danler. I cheated on Sweet Bitter with Moriarty because I found myself at the airport without a book and knew I couldn’t go wrong with one of Liane’s books.
 
Coffee, wine or something else?
I am completely addicted to coffee. I don’t drink much wine, unless I’m sharing a bottle at a dinner party or something. If I’m at a bar I’ll order sloe gin (rocks and lime), a gin and tonic or a cocktail. Sometimes when it’s really hot I’ll take my laptop to a pub and write while drinking cider and ice. But generally on those days my preference is a
café and an ice coffee.
 
What is your favourite social media platform and why?
I am addicted to social media. I love Instagram and Twitter but for different reasons. In my day job, I work as a journalist, so I love being able to keep an eye on the issues of the day as they unfurl on Twitter. I follow major news outlets, journalists I like and admire, politicians and specialists in my areas of interest. I also follow a few funny accounts to break it up. I like checking-in on Twitter when I take a break from work. Instagram is great for book recommendations, food and bar recommendations, fashion, recipes and just keeping up with what my friends are doing. I recently moved interstate, so it’s great to be able to see what my friends have been up to with a few swipes of my phone.
 
Of all your books, do you have a favourite one?
This is like being asked to choose between your children! I hate to admit it, but I do have a favourite one. My latest novel, The First Year, is my third. I think because I had been through the process twice before it was less daunting and stressful. I had a lot more
confidence and I think it shows in the writing. I also quite like the story. My previous books were what I’d call caper romances. In both, the protagonists hatched hair-brained schemes in order to find love. The First Year is a lot more grounded in reality. The characters’ families and work colleagues play a great role and I feel like they’re more rounded because of it.
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#GuestPost #Giveaway #PreOrder – THE CHOCOLATE TOUCH by Melissa McClone

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The Chocolate Touch by Melissa McClone

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I’m so happy to be here today to tell you about my upcoming release. I haven’t even mentioned this on my own blog yet, since I just received the cover on Tuesday, but I did post it on Facebook. I just couldn’t wait to show it off.

The Chocolate Touch, Book #8 in the twelve book, multi-author series called Love at the Chocolate Shop. I’ve also written books #2 and #5. When I heard the concept romance and chocolate, I was all over this project! If the series is new to you, check out our Facebook page.

My upcoming release tells the story of York Parker, who is the older brother to my heroines in the other two books. He’s fresh out of the air force and spending a month with his sisters before he begins a new career as a computer consultant. The last thing he’s looking for is love, but as most of us romance readers know, that’s when you find it! I had fun creating a heroine who is the opposite of what he wants, but exactly who he needs. She also happens to be an expert about chocolate.

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Here’s the blurb:

Chocolate expert Chantelle Cummings arrives in Marietta, Montana with two goals—sign copies of her new book and research a quaint local chocolate shop. When she meets a gorgeous guy passing out chocolate samples, her visit turns sweeter than she ever imagined. The man melts her heart, but her dream of working in France with her family makes her hesitant to pursue a romance.

 Former Air Force captain York Parker has one month before embarking upon a consulting career. He never expected to be selling chocolates, but he’s happy to help his sister and her boss. He also likes spending time with sassy, pretty Chantelle. His new co-worker may have the chocolate touch, but he’d rather taste her decadent kisses… That is, until he learns the real reason she’s in town.

 Will the truth harden his heart, or will love pave the way to a sweet future?

The book is available for preorder at a special $2.99 price at the following retailers:

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Since the title of this book is The Chocolate Touch, I’d love to hear about your favorite kind of chocolate. Comment and you’ll be entered to win a print copy of either A THANKFUL HEART (Book #2) or THE VALENTINE QUEST (Book #5) plus a recipe card and a couple other surprises. ENDS APRIL 6TH!!! Winner announced April 7th!! 

If you’d like to know more about me, check out my website at melissamcclone.com.

#BlogTour #Giveaway – LEGALLY CHARMING by Lauren Smith

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A workaholic lawyer comes home during a Halloween party and finds a princess sleeping in his bed. Find out what happens next in LEGALLY CHARMING, first in Lauren Smith’s newest #contemporaryromance #newadultromance series, Ever After!

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THE RIGHT DRESS CAN CATCH THE EYE OF PRINCE CHARMING…

 Felicity Hart has one goal: Completing her masters in art. Falling in love isn’t part of the plan. She reluctantly agrees to attend a Halloween party with her best friend. After sneaking away from the party and falling asleep in an unoccupied room, she wakes to the sexiest pair of eyes she’s ever seen. Eyes that belong to the one man who could turn her well organized world upside down. When he flashes that wicked, panty-melting smile at her the vow to not fall in love seems impossible…

EVERY PRINCE IS LOOKING FOR HIS SLEEPING BEAUTY TO KISS…

 Jared Redmond used to be the ultimate bad boy. But now his legal career is taking off and the partners of his firm are trusting him with high-dollar real estate transactions. Jared’s king-size bed is empty. But when he arrives home on Halloween to find a princess sleeping in his bed – his all work and no play attitude goes out the window. There’s nothing he wants more than to explore the hidden desires of this mysterious beauty and show her just how much of a bad boy he really is by fulfilling her every fantasy.

WHEN MIDNIGHT STRIKES AND COACHES TURN TO PUMPKINS…

 Underneath the glitter of this fairy tale romance, Felicity and Jared might have found true love. But the mounting pressure of their real lives takes hold again and Jared and Felicity are pulled further and further apart. Can they find their fairy tale ending or will they be left with the dying embers of what could have been?

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Getting Published

I started my journey into publishing officially back in 2008. I had just started law school and was earning two different Juris Doctorate Degrees (one from a US law school and one from a Canadian law school). Let’s just say I was a glutton for punishment by double classwork and my number of finals each semester. So of course in the midst of this intense school work, I decided to jump into pursuing my publishing career.

I had been writing epic fantasy novels since college but a fellow writing pointed out to me that I should write romance. I was aghast! I’d never even read a romance novel. Cue a montage of me vigorously devouring a dozen romance novels in the next month and realizing my judgment of the genre had been so wrong. So I immediately started to write romance novels, or rather several novellas which were rejected a few times but I learned how to write short and long stories.

By the time 2011 hit, I had to put my writing career on hold to study for the bar exam. I spent 6 agonizing months without touching my writing notebook which about killed me. But once I took the bar, I jumped right back into writing and by early 2012 I had signed my first agent! Before signing with my first agent I had a whopping 87 rejections on my first real manuscript but I didn’t’ give up. I started winning writing contests, joined the Romance Writers of America and for 2 straight years I took 1 or 2 workshops on craft and marketing a month! By the time I signed my agent I was in the middle of really figuring out how to approach writing as a business and not a hobby.

Unfortunately within 4 months, the agent had a mental breakdown and left the business, dropping all of her clients.  I made a very foolish mistake then of signing another agent immediately without doing any research on her even though I had two other offers on the table.

I spent the next 4 years tied down to an agent that didn’t listen to me, and didn’t work hard for me. I had to contract my own books, sell my own books to houses and basically be my own agent all while losing money from each royalty check that went to that previous agent. It was tough. After 15 books I was ready to make a change, so when my agency contract finally expired, I worked in secret to research new agents and found a new set of agents to query. When I finally signed my new one a few months after terminated my previous agent, I felt like Snow White in the forest, with animals dancing around me while I was singing.

I had a rocky hard to get published but I never stopped, never gave up. Even now after 21 books, I’m still pushing myself, learning to hone my craft and figuring out how to be better and better at everything! Writing is a career that evolves constantly and it’s so important to learn how to adapt. Once you’re ready for that, you’ll find the joys of writing are incredible!

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MeetTheAuthor

Lauren_Smith_2014Amazon Best-Selling Author Lauren Smith is an attorney by day, author by night, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She’s a native Oklahoman who lives with her three pets: a feisty chinchilla, sophisticated cat and dapper little schnauzer. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including being an Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award.

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#BlogTour #Review #GuestPost #Giveaway – CARDS FROM KHLOE’S FLOWER SHOP by Isabella Louise Anderson

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Title: Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop

Author: Isabella Louise Anderson

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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I won’t lie but this cover drew me in. Once I saw the cover, I HAD to read this book and the story did not disappoint at all! I enjoyed everything about this book. I could relate to each character’s story and didn’t have any issues in the transitions with the narrator. What a delightful read for the Valentine’s weekend! 

I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review.

Synopsis

As the owner of a successful florist shop, Khloe Harper trusts her instincts. She has a strong bond with her family and friends, but after being betrayed by her last love, she’s kept herself at arms’ length from romance. When dashing entertainment attorney Derek Thomas walks into her store, Khloe’s interest is piqued. What at first seems like a business relationship quickly turns into romance, and Derek slowly plucks away the petals she’s been hiding behind. Just as Khloe lets down her guard, she discovers that Derek may not be worthy of her love after all.

Frumpy Connie Albright has a faux fascination with an imaginary man named Walt, thinking that by sending herself flowers from him she’ll feel less out-of-place with the “mean girls” she works with. When she comes face to face with her possible prince charming and thinking she might have a happy ending, when a truth is revealed, she wonders if she’ll ever have a Cinderella story.

A recently widowed senior, Gabby Lewis, isn’t ready to give up on love—which means releasing herself from survivor’s guilt and taking a chance on finding happiness and companionship again. After signing up for an online dating site for senior citizens, much to her surprise, she’s matched with Harry, an energetic and loving man, who quickly eases himself into her heart. Will Gabby take the leap of falling in love again, knowing it’s possible to have two loves of her life?

As each woman’s story develops through flowers and cards sent from Khloe’s shop during the Fall months, they begin to learn that love can only truly blossom when you trust your heart.

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HOW I FIND MY NEXT BOOK TO WRITE

Whew, I think, after publishing a book, but now what? While I have a current WIP in progress, I’m already thinking about what the premise will be for my next book, and sadly, I’m lost for ideas. Since I’ve already written a short romance Christmas story, “Meet Me Under the Mistletoe” in the anthology Merry & Bright, a Palm Beach designing woman in The Right Design, and now Khloe, Gabby, and Connie are featured in my latest release in Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop, who are looking for and learning to accept love in their lives.

In each published work, I’m sharing part of myself with the world. For instance, The Right Design was based in Palm Beach because my family’s vacationed in South Florida since I was a kid, so I hold a lot of those memories close to me—even though I’m not a beach person, (and as a strawberry-blond, I’m not a sun person either). With Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop, my motivation for it was the fact that I’ve always wanted to own a flower shop, (seriously, how cool would that be?). As for my current WIP (title to be announced at a later date), deep down, I’m a country girl. This book has been one I’ve wanted to write for four years, and I’m beyond thrilled that I’m finally doing it! Being born and raised in Dallas, my family has owned a ranch for over twenty years, which is forty-five minutes away, and I’m beyond proud to call it my “happy place.” Yes, dirt, trees, grass, goats, deer, and cows (as of recently, I’m the own a heifer, Legend, and she’s my love), make me the happiest. I grew up fishing with my dad, (I love those time together where we made lifetime memories), I’ve cut down tree limbs, and I’ve even pet deer that are raised in our pens. There’s something about being in the country that helps define my life—it makes me calmer, happier, and find the meaning of life. I feel more alive when I’m there, so when I’m working on my WIP, it makes me feel just that—alive, and loving what I’m writing. After all, isn’t that the point of being an author? In my opinion, there’s part of us that want to live our character’s life? Well, in this book, I realize that I’m sharing more of my true self in my main character than any other one I’ve ever written. Though I’m just starting this book, I can honestly say that it’s the most real book—one I’ve tried to find on bookshelves, and so I’m proud to say that I’m writing the book I’ve always wanted to read.

That being said, who’s to know what’s next. However, over the past seven months, I’ve come to realize that life can change in (literally) a New York minute, so when my current WIP is published, I’ve decided to see what’s around me, decide what I like reading and/or what I’m interested in (a baseball series, for example—GO TEXAS RANGERS), and just go with it!

So, for the authors who don’t know what’s next, just live life, and I’m guaranteed that something will come to you because I know you’ve got it in you!

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MeetTheAuthor

Author, Isabella Louise Anderson created Chick Lit Goddess to share the love of the following genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary Romance, Romance, and Romantic Comedies!

BioPicIsabella grew up with a book in her hand, and to this day nothing has changed. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and has been featured on several blogs. While Isabella doesn’t blog a lot, she focuses her time on featuring other writers, along with writing and editing.

She lives in Dallas with her husband. She enjoys spicy Mexican food and drinking margaritas, and can be found spending time with family and friends, cheering on the Texas Rangers, and reading.

Isabella’s short story, Meet Me Under the Mistletoe, was featured in Simon & Fig’s Christmas anthology, Merry & Bright, in November 2013. The Right Design is her first novel.

To learn more about Isabella Louise Anderson and her books, click HERE to see her author website!

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#BlogTour #GuestPost – 15 MINUTES by Larissa Reinhart

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15 Minutes
By author: Larissa Reinhart
Release Date: January 24th, 2017
Genre: Cozy/Humorous Mystery

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Synopsis

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When ex-teen star Maizie Albright returns to her Southern hometown of Black Pine, Georgia, she hoped to rid herself of Hollywood tabloid and reality show hell for a new career as a private investigator. Instead, Hollyweird follows her home. Maizie’s costar crushing, but now for her gumshoe boss. Her stage-monster mother still demands screen time. Her latest rival wants her kicked off the set, preferably back to a California prison.

By entangling herself in a missing person’s case, she must reprise her most famous role. The job will demand a performance of a lifetime. But this time, the stakes are real and may prove deadly.

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15 MINUTES, Maizie Albright Star Detective, by Larissa Reinhart

Georgia: The New La-La Land

When I’m not living in Japan, I live south of Atlanta. My two humorous series, A Cherry Tucker Mystery and Maizie Albright Star Detective, both take place in Georgia. Like me, Cherry lives south and west but within commuting distance of Atlanta. Maizie Albright was born in fictional Black Pine, located in my favorite part of Georgia, the North Georgia Mountains.

Although she was born in Georgia and her father remained there (Maizie’s got the stage monster-mother from hell), she grew up around LA as a child actress turned teen star whose star spun out of orbit, crashed, and burned, leaving her with rehab and a reality show. A kind judge believes her celebrity lifestyle was her undoing and forces her to return to Black Pine. And she happily complies so she can begin her new dream as a private investigator. Because she played one on TV and liked it.

Maizie’s not always grounded in reality, but after all, she did grow up in La-la Land.

Unfortunately La-la Land follows Maizie to Black Pine. Which is difficult when you’re not supposed to be celebrity life-styling anymore.

Now why, you might ask, would I do that to a nice town in Georgia? Because that’s what’s happening to many towns in Georgia.

The TV and film industry in Georgia is ranked third worldwide, after California and New York. 245 films and TV shows were shot in Georgia last fiscal year. Turner Studios and Tyler Perry Studios have been famous Atlanta icons for years. But now the famed British company, Pinewood Studios, has built almost twenty sound stages and a back lot in Fayette County, a few miles from my house. Small cities and towns like Senoia, Covington, Griffin, and Grantville regularly host TV and movie sets.

In my town of Peachtree City, I can see the set of Drop Dead Diva behind my favorite diner. As my daughter took the bus to school, she sees zombie heads and was once waved at by Rick from The Walking Dead. On the lake behind my friend’s house, they filmed the newest Spiderman movie. My other friend’s office building (Porsche’s North American Headquarters) became the Avengers’ headquarters in Captain America: Civil War. My husband’s friend got to play a pilot (he’s an actual pilot) in the Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2. He even got a line. Another neighbor, a fireman, got to play a fireman in Ant Man.

This is becoming typical in my town. Yet, I never got to see Daryl from TWD at the Fresh Market (someone else I know did). Zac Brown of Zac Brown Band fame also lives nearby and does a lot for the community, but it’s not like he hangs out at the Kroger. I’ve seen his car a few times, but Tesla’s tend to stand out.

It’s all very exciting except our regular day-to-day lives never change. Our conversation is occasionally peppered with celebrity sightings or talk of trucks blocking off neighborhoods to film something. We recognize the signs showing the crew where they should park for shoots. But the film world is fairly closeted and separated from real life goings-on.

When I was creating the Maizie Albright series, this world had obviously soaked into my subconscious. At this point, remembering what came first—the characters or the setting—is a bit of a chicken or the egg syndrome. But putting La-La Land in small town Georgia is fun. Like a fish out of water and into a frying pan kind of story.


What readers are saying:

“Hollywood glitz meets backwoods grit in this fast-paced ride on D-list celeb Maizie Albright’s waning star—even as it’s reborn in a spectacular collision with her nightmarish stage mother, her deer-pee-scented-apparel-inventing daddy…and a murderer. Sassy, sexy, and fun, 15 Minutes is hours of enjoyment—and a wonderful start to a fun new series from the charmingly Southern-fried Reinhart.”
— Phoebe Fox, author of The Breakup Doctor series

“Child star and hilarious hot mess Maizie Albright trades Hollywood for the backwoods of Georgia and pure delight ensues. Maizie’s my new favorite escape from reality.”
— Gretchen Archer, USA Today bestselling author of the Davis Way Crime Caper series

“I was already a huge fan of Larissa Reinhart’s Cherry Tucker series, but in her new mystery series, FIFTEEN MINUTES, she had me at the end of the first line: ‘Donuts.’

Maizie Albright is the kind of fresh, fun, and feisty ‘star detective’ I love spending time with, a kind of Nancy Drew meets Lucy Ricardo. Move over, Janet Evanovich. Reinhart is my new ‘star mystery writer!’”
— Penny Warner, Author of Death of a Chocolate Cheater and The Code Busters Club

“Larissa Reinhart’s newest heroine, Maizie Albright, is at once naïve and worldly. As a former child star, she craves life in the real world by becoming a PI, just like the TV character that made her famous. Armed with humor, charm, and stubborn determination, Maizie is a breath of fresh air. I adored every second of 15 Minutes. Viva la Maizie!”
— Terri L. Austin, author of the Rose Strickland mysteries and the Null for Hire series.

MeetTheAuthor

Larissa Reinhart

A 2015 Georgia Author of the Year Best Mystery finalist, Larissa writes the Cherry Tucker Mystery and Maizie Albright Star Detective series. The first in the Cherry Tucker series, Portrait of a Dead Guy, is a 2012 Daphne du Maurier finalist, 2012 The Emily finalist, and 2011 Dixie Kane Memorial winner. She loves books, food, and travel in any and all combinations.

Her family and Cairn Terrier, Biscuit, live in Nagoya, Japan, but they still call Georgia home. You can see them on HGTV’s House Hunters International “Living for the Weekend in Nagoya” episode. Visit her website, find her chatting on Facebook, Instagram, and Goodreads, and sign up for her newsletter at http://smarturl.it/larissanewsletter. If you enjoy her books, please leave a review. She sends you virtual hugs and undying gratitude for your support!

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#BlogTour #NewRelease – CHASING SHADOWS by T.A. Williams

Chasing Shadows by T. A. Williams

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Title: Chasing Shadows

Author: T. A. Williams

Release Date: 16th January 2017

Genre: Romance

Publisher: Canelo

Format: Ebook

Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33401178-chasing-shadows

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01N6GGI1G

 

Synopsis

Amy had it all – money, brains and beauty. And then the accident happened.

The Present Day: Left blind and without her family, Amy feels she needs to get away. On a trip along the Camino, she is accompanied by the mysterious and troubled Luke. Having been set up to help Amy by a mutual friend, Luke finds he is also running from his past…

 

1314: A Templar Knight, Luc, is also running. He meets the wife of a former comrade, now blinded in a terrifying attack: Aimee. Taking her under his wing, they must journey together through a dangerous world.

 

As they travel through the stunning scenery of Northern Spain, this couple, so very like Luke and Amy, emerge from the shadows of time carrying a treasure of inestimable value.

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T.A. (Trevor) Williams talks about his latest book, Chasing Shadows

   And now for something completely different… Well, not that different, really. Over the past few years I’ve been writing romantic comedies, in particular the What Happens… series, that have proved to be a popular mix of romance, humour, exotic locations and, of course, a big black Labrador. And now I’m turning my hand to a time slip novel set part in the present day and part in the Middle Ages. But is it really so different?

   I’ve always been hooked on history and, for some reason, on medieval history in particular. The hero of one of my early books, The Room on the Second Floor, is a professor of medieval history, obsessed by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux. In my last book, What Happens at the Beach, Natalie, the heroine, gets a job working alongside an author researching the Cathars of southern France who were ruthlessly eliminated by the Catholic Church back in the thirteenth century. So, the signs have been there all along. Now I’ve let the history element come to the fore a bit more. But, I would suggest, Chasing Shadows isn’t that different from my other books.

   The heroine, Amy, has had a very rough time and this book sees her on the long, hard road to recovery. In many ways, the same could be said for some of my other books. Take What Happens in the Alps for instance. Annie has lost her husband in a tragic climbing accident and the book tells her tale of trying to make a fresh start. So, the basic premise isn’t that different. The difference is that in Chasing Shadows the modern couple are shadowed by their medieval counterparts, but the problems they face as not that different. All right, in my romantic comedies nobody is being hunted by ruthless soldiers bent on their capture and torture, and nobody has to walk 500 miles through mountainous terrain, but both couples, modern and medieval, share similar mental torment. One thing I have enjoyed while writing Chasing Shadows has been the realisation that people living seven hundred years ago weren’t that different to us. They laughed at the same things, cried at the same things and were afraid of the same things. I really hope that the similarities between modern Amy and her medieval counterpart shine through.

   Apart from the history element, there are a few other differences. First is the fact that, for once, you get to see inside the head of the male protagonist. Traditionally, up to now, the men in my books have been handsome (a lot more handsome than me), intelligent, caring, but an unknown quantity. My heroines and my readers have had to guess what is going on inside their heads. The hero of Chasing Shadows is Luke. You won’t be surprised to hear that he is handsome, intelligent and caring, but you may be surprised to read just what thoughts are going through his head. Amy isn’t the only one who has been dealt a pretty poor hand and both of them, in their own way, are damaged goods.

   The other major difference, and I apologies profusely for this, is the fact that in Chasing Shadows, there is no Labrador. I know, tragic, isn’t it? There’s a brief cameo by a Pyrenean Mountain Dog, but that’s your lot. Partly, this is due to the logistics of the book. The book recounts a journey from France, over the mountains and all the way to Santiago de Compostela in north west Spain, and a Lab would have made finding accommodation in luxurious hotels a bit tricky for the modern couple. Also a dog accompanying them would have made the medieval couple’s attempts to escape from the bad guys more difficult. It’s a shame, I know, but I hope the lack of a canine hero won’t spoil the book for you.

   I hope you will enjoy reading Chasing Shadows as much as my other books. I certainly had a lot of fun researching and writing it.

MeetTheAuthor

TAWilliamsMy name is Trevor Williams. I write under the androgynous name T A Williams because 65% of books are read by women. In my first book, “Dirty Minds” one of the (female) characters suggests the imbalance is due to the fact that men spend too much time getting drunk and watching football. I couldn’t possibly comment. Ask my wife…

My background, before taking up writing full time, was in teaching and I was principal of a big English language school for many years. This involved me in travelling all over the world and my love of foreign parts is easy to find in my books. I speak a few languages and my Italian wife and I still speak Italian together.

I’ve written all sorts: thrillers, historical novels, short stories and now I’m enjoying myself hugely writing humour and romance. My most recent books are the What happens… series. What happens in Tuscany reached #1 in the Amazon.uk Romantic Comedy chart and What Happens on the Beach, the last in the series, came out in July. Chasing Shadows is still romance, but with the added spice of a liberal helping of medieval history, one of my pet hobbies. I do a lot of cycling and I rode all the way to Santiago de Compostela on a bike a few years back. This provided both the inspiration and the background research for Chasing Shadows.

I’m originally from Exeter, and I’ve lived all over Europe, but now I live in a little village in sleepy Devon, tucked away down here in south west England. I love the place.

Website: http://www.tawilliamsbooks.com/

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

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TrevorWilliamsBooks

 

 

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#BlogTour #GuestPost – THE SECRET HE KEEPS by Julieann Dove

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Title: The Secret He Keeps

Genre: Contemporary Romance (Heat: clean)

Tour Dates: December 8th – a 1 day tour

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Synopsis

Dr. Rachel Miller has no recollection of what happened that night she climbed in the car with her husband and he drove recklessly into a tree. She has no clue as to why she survived and he didn’t. Nor does she understand why strangers are coming up to her on the street and telling her things she can’t recall about a life that seems so long ago. But Dane Stone knows.

Dane Stone is Rachel’s business partner…and her deceased husband’s best friend. He knows about the notes, the hotel receipt, and the reason she got in the car that night. It’s for her protection that he keeps the secret, but inside he’s dying to tell her.

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My Guilty Pleasure

The Hallmark Movie Channel!! Yes, that’s me sitting on that sofa watching another couple hours of a movie I’ve seen four times before. And yes, I’ll go to bed watching the same channel. My poor husband falls asleep to the Christmas countdown almost every night. That is if I get the room before him. If not, I’m destined to fall asleep watching a political news channel. But as soon as his eyelids go shut and the breathing becomes regulated to a slow hum, on goes the Christmas movie! I love the new movies that premiere on the weekends.

There’s one thing you can count on with the Hallmark channel, and that is the happily ever after. I didn’t always write with a happily ever after. In fact, all of the short stories I wrote growing up ended sadly. I felt that was how best to get readers to feel something. Now, since I’ve grown up a little, I realize there is enough sadness in the world, and everyone needs and deserves a happily ever after. I must say it’s so much better seeing the positive than highlighting the negative. Maybe that’s why I like the Hallmark channel so much.

My children tease me relentlessly for watching my Christmas movies. I get a lot of eye rolls, ear muffs, and running away from the t.v. screen, but I don’t care. Sometimes it serves as a soothing white noise to have it on. Let’s face it, television isn’t what it was when I was growing up. Now even the family channels show things I have to preview first before my kids watch. But that ol’Hallmark channel is completely G-rated. And that gives me peace of mind.

My other go-to movies during December is anything black and white. White Christmas, Christmas in Connecticut, The Bells of St. Mary…I love them all! Anything original is a treat for me. I’m generally super busy with everything going on, but I make it a priority to watch some of my favorites.

 

MeetTheAuthor

julieann-doveJulieann lives in Virginia, yet longs to live everywhere else. It doesn’t come as a surprise that along with her gypsy soul, comes an active imagination. That’s why she loves to write and invent worlds and people, so that she can formulate their happily ever after. Hobbies include cooking new recipes, sewing, and spending time with her cute boyfriend/husband and five fabulous children. Vacations happen in Nantucket or the Carolina beaches—anywhere there is inspiration for her next book. One day she hopes to travel to Italy, drive one of those little cars around the countryside, and speak the language fluently!

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#FreeBook #GuestPost – Author CeCe Osgood

CeCe Osgood writes the Sunny Truly Mystery series.
MARGARITAS & MURDER – the first book in the series is **FREE** on Amazon from Fri. October 14 to Tues. October 18.

FIND THE BOOK HERE:       AMAZON        AMAZON UK

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GUEST POST:  CeCe Osgood, author of the Sunny Truly Mystery series.

First, allow me to thank you, Kayla, for letting me writing a guest post for your blog.

The title of my post is THE LONG HOT SUMMER IN TEXAS MAKES ME WANT TO VACATION IN

Why? Because I am a Texan and this summer has had me dreaming about a vacation. Where? I’ll tell you that soon.

cece-osgoodAs a writer, I do enjoy sitting in a tiny room with a laptop, creating characters and their struggles in a fictional world, but after a while, getting outside in the real world with real people pops into my head along with the desire to see new places.

For most people, a vacation means getting away from the routine of your daily life: the commute to work, dropping off the kids at school, picking up the kids at school, fixing meals then cleaning up, and, of course, laundry, laundry, laundry.

For me, a vacation means leaving behind my daily routine too while also getting away from the voices in my head (character voices, not psycho ones). I dream of staying for days (or longer, if I won the lottery) in a completely new vista, city or country. Where would I go?

Since I live in Texas and it has been a very long hot summer, I have been dreaming of Iceland.

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That’s right. Iceland, the Nordic island nation with temperatures ranging from the 20s in the winter to the 50s in the summer. Okay, so I wouldn’t go in the winter. Way too cold. But summer, yes! Definitely yes!

One thing that really appeals to me about Iceland is the population, which is only around 330,000, and the entire country is about 40,000 sq. miles. Compare that to Texas, which is around 269,000 sq. miles and has 27 million people. When I’m stuck in traffic on the freeway or standing in a long line to get tickets for a movie, l will remember those numbers, believe me.

My first  stop would be Iceland’s capital and largest city, Reykjavik.

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I would love to see the city’s museums and learn about Iceland’s Viking history. Then after a day or two of seeing the city, socializing and eating, I would venture out to visit the rural areas. Iceland has active volcanoes, lava fields, mountains, and glaciers. So very different from Texas, especially the glaciers!

Of course, when you go to a new country, the most important thing to know is WHAT’S THE FOOD LIKE?

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Icelandic cuisine is primarily seafood as it should be in an island nation surrounded by the waters of the Arctic. Salmon, herring, cod, lobster are staples, along with potatoes, lamb and something called skyr (pronounced “skeer”) which turns out to be a sort of yogurt. Most people rave about it.

Another favorite is pylsur, a hot dog made with lamb, pork and beef served with ketchup, raw onions or crunchy fried onions and slightly sweet mustard.

For dessert, there’s licorice, chocolate covered licorice, and licorice flavored schnapps. However, I’m not a big licorice fan so I’d opt for the blueberry flavored skyr or a stack of thin, crepe-like pancakes with sugar, cinnamon and jam.

Of course, sightseeing is a vacation essential too. Two places on my list are:

The Blue Lagoon, which is a geothermal spa with warm, mineral-rich waters.  Many visitors report their skin feeling tingly and wonderful after a dip in these waters.

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And I couldn’t miss Gullfoss, a waterfall in the southwest region of Iceland.

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After a day out hiking or enjoying the spa, I would return to the city to meet locals and hear more about their country, especially their Viking heritage. Hmm. I may have to write a historical murder mystery with a Viking sleuth. I love being writer because you can inspiration where ever you go.

So that’s why Iceland is my vacation destination. What’s yours?


Thank you SO much for stopping by, CeCe! Iceland looks so peaceful and serene but I don’t think I could read books poolside – BRR! My destination vacation would be GREECE! Beautiful views and delicious food! I can see myself reading a lot of books on vacation! – Kayla

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#ReleaseDay #GuestPost #Review – GAMER GIRL by Glynis Astie

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5 Stars

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Review

This book mixed in chick lit romance with some nerdy video-gameness. It was a great touch to have the video game story in each chapter as well. The author integrated the video game storyline very well and the writing was smooth to follow. Great read next to the pool over the weekend! I am not a fan of video games but I truly enjoyed reading this story since it mixed in some romantic comedy and chick lit. Highly recommend!

I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.


Synopsis

Struck by tragedy at an early age, Meri Palmer escaped into the only world she understood. Within the virtual realm of online gaming, she lived a life filled with mythical creatures and thrilling adventures, where she was strong, powerful, clever, and beautiful—everything she believed she wasn’t in real life. As the years went by, her desire to cling to her cherished fantasyland only grew stronger.

But when Meri meets Morgan, equal parts gorgeous and goofball, she begins to wonder if the time has finally come to rejoin the so-called real world. Channeling the bravery of her fairy warrior alter ego, Meri slowly lets Morgan beyond the protective walls she’s built around her heart. Just as she finds a comfortable groove in an uncertain world, Morgan succumbs to insecurities of his own, leaving her lost and confused. Through her battle to regain her equilibrium, Meri will discover that even in reality, things aren’t always what they seem.

Will Meri win the battle raging in her heart and summon the will to rescue her knight in shining armor? Or will she give in to the fear and find her game over?


GUEST POST BY THE AUTHOR, GLYNIS ASTIE!!!

Summer Essentials

Summer is so close, I can almost taste it! This means I can start coveting my summertime activities. And what’s at the top of my list? Hot new books! Summer is the time for beach reads, so my favorite authors will be offering up some amazing options. I’m already chomping at the bit for Falling by Jane Green, First Comes Love by Emily Giffin and By the Numbers by Jen Lancaster. Not to mention that I haven’t read Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella yet. Where has the time gone?

To prepare for my summer of reading, I need to gather a few necessary supplies. After all, reading is a sport just like any other, is it not?

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            A comfy beach chair

            Truth be told, most of my reading will not be done at the beach, but I like to pretend I’m there, so I go all out with my equipment. I’m in need of a new chair this year, so I think I may expand my horizons a bit. This set has not one, but two chairs, an umbrella, a cooler AND cup holders. Go big or go home, right? Plus, now I can invite a friend to join in my reading extravaganza. During our breaks we can have snacks and discuss our reading experiences.

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A fluffy new beach towel

            Sure, I have my chair all set, but now it’s time to make it just right for reading. (Goldilocks was onto something!) Most chair fabric is a bit rough, so I like to soothe my sensitive skin with a soft towel. And since my new chair set is monochromatic, why not find something flashy? Check out this sweet flamingo towel from Martha Stewart!

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A gorgeous, wide-brimmed hat

            For those days when I feel like coming out from under the umbrella and soaking up the sun, I will need a small degree of protection, which starts with this incredible hat. I will lounge in my comfy chair, reading my book, all the while imagining myself to possess the elegance of Audrey Hepburn. Then I’ll get up in search of something, fall flat on my face and remember what a klutz I am. That’s okay! I will have enjoyed those few moments of imagined bliss.

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            Coconut scented sunscreen

            The next step in my sun protection comes from this amazing sunscreen. It offers a solid level of SPF protection, is all natural and has a fresh coconut scent. It even nourishes your skin! Not only will this glorious product keep my skin safe (I burn really easily), but if I close my eyes and inhale the scent, I can pretend I’m on a tropical island.

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A generous supply of iced coffee

            Though I love a trip to Starbucks as much as the next girl, the amount of iced coffee I go through with my summer reading is astronomical. Imagine my delight to find this recipe from Eugenie Kitchen for a copycat of my beloved iced caramel macchiato! As long as I keep the necessary supplies in my kitchen, I’ll have enough caffeine to propel me through my reading list—and anything else life throws at me!

That just about does it. As long as I have my summer essentials, I’ll be good to go. Ooooh! I almost forgot the snacks! My kids spend a lot of time with me during the summer, so there’s always a generous supply of granola bars and Pirate’s Booty (the rice and corn puffs, not the treasure) at my fingertips, both of which go nicely with coffee.

So, tell me, what’s on your list of summer essentials? Give me the good stuff!

MeetTheAuthor

Glynis Astie Glynis never expected in her wildest dreams to be a writer. After thirteen years in the Human Resources Industry, she decided to stay at home with her two amazing sons. Ever in search of a project, she was inspired to write the story of how, in only six short months, she met and married her wonderfully romantic French husband, Sebastien. The end result became her first novel, French Twist. As this was just the beginning of their epic love story, Glynis continued to chronicle their adventures in the sequel, French Toast, and the final installment in the series, French Fry. After she finished milking her life story for all it was worth, she decided to write straight-up fiction with Gamer Girl, which infuses her beloved chick lit with a hint of fantasy.

When Glynis is not writing, she is trying to keep the peace amongst the three men and two cats in her life, finding missing body parts (Lego pieces are small!), supervising a myriad of homework assignments and keeping a tenuous hold on her sanity by consuming whatever chocolate is in the vicinity.

If you are interested in Glynis’ musings on a variety of topics, please follow her on her BLOG, Facebook, Twitterand Pinterest.


E-Book: 313 pages
Publisher: Tikinou Publishing (May 31, 2016)
Language: English
ASIN: B01F7Q5YRU
List Price: $2.99

Paperback: 327 pages
Publisher: Tikinou Publishing; 1st edition (May 31, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0692697721
ISBN-13: 978-0692697726
List Price: $9.99

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