#BlogTour #Excerpt – ONE LAST FIRST DATE by Kate O’Keeffe

Title: One Last First Date
Series: Cozy Cottage Cafe Series
Author: Kate O’Keeffe
Release Date: June 1st, 2017
Tour Dates: June 11th – 16th, 2017
Genre: Chick Lit

Cassie Dunhill is sick of dating. It’s been ten years and it’s time, time to find The One. It’s either that or buy a fetching habit and veil and abandon the whole thing. But Cassie believes in love, and she’s not ready to give up yet.

Cassie and her best friends make a pact that the next date they go on will be their One Last First Date. The pressure is on to find Mr. Right, and Cassie’s the first to find him: Parker Hamilton. He’s good-looking, smart, cultured—and a doctor. Despite his obvious credentials, Cassie’s not taking any chances. She’s vetted Parker so thoroughly she could offer some pointers to the CIA. He passes with flying colors.

Things get complicated when Will Jordan, her irritating work colleague, muscles in on her dream job and her love life. Will is a typical guy, complete with nicknames for everyone, even Cassie. His good looks and relaxed and easy nature can be distracting. But Cassie can do without that kind of distraction right now, no matter how good Will looks with his shirt off.

In the end, is there only One Last First Date?

Excerpt

“SO, WE ALL AGREE? We’re really doing this?” Marissa’s upturned face was illuminated by the crackling fire as the waves continued their dark, rhythmic pounding against the shore.

We stood in a tight little group, empty wine glasses discarded carelessly on a picnic blanket next to the glowing fire. I looked from one of my friends to the other. They were both smiling, their faces full of hope and excitement, their right hands placed on top of one another’s, awaiting mine.

I bit my lip as goosebumps rose on my bare legs in the late summer evening breeze. “After more than ten years of dating, we need to take things into our own hands.” I placed my hand on top of theirs. A surge of anticipation hit me, and my face broke into a grin. “Let’s do this.”

“Yes!” Paige cried, almost piercing my eardrum.

“Good,” Marissa added more calmly, nodding. “Let’s begin, then.” She cleared her throat. “We, the three present on this beach tonight, agree that—”

She was cut short by Paige. “Umm, Marissa?”

“What is it?” Marissa asked.

“It’s just . . . shouldn’t you name us?”

“Why?”

“To make it, you know, more official,” Paige replied.

We were still standing in the circle, our hands piled up on top of one another. My arm began to hurt.

Marissa rolled her eyes. “Okay, Paige. I’ll start again.” There was a sizeable note of irritation in her voice. Marissa cleared her throat once more, closing her eyes momentarily to collect her thoughts—and, perhaps, to try to remember our middle names.

“We, Marissa Jane Jones, Cassandra . . .”

“Clementine,” I whispered after a beat.

She shot me a surprised look. “Really? Pretty.”

I rolled my eyes. “Long story.”

She nodded. “Cassandra Clementine Dunhill, and Paige Prudence Miller, agree that—”

“Why does my name have to be last?” Paige interrupted again, sounding indignant, as she dropped her hand from ours.

I let out a frustrated breath. “Does it matter whose name comes first, Paige? It’s getting cold here.”

“Of course it matters, Cassie,” she insisted. “It won’t be real otherwise. Plus, Marissa always puts herself first. We need to be more . . . egalitarian.”

“Egalitarian?” Marissa questioned. “This isn’t some sort of committee, Paige. We’re just three friends on the beach, who have, quite possibly, had a little too much to drink and have decided to make a pact.”

There was a low rumble of thunder in the distance, diverting our attention. All three of us broke into nervous laughter as the wind picked up, whipping our hair around our faces. I glanced around the deserted beach. All we needed now was a cauldron on the fire and we’d look like a coven of witches, brewing up a spell.

Paige shrugged, looking wounded.

“I guess this was Paige’s idea,” I offered, ever the peacemaker.

Marissa’s hands shot up into the air in surrender. “Okay. Do you want to do it?”

Paige’s face beamed. “Yes, I do.” She smoothed her full skirt down and stuck her hand out in front of her.

Marissa and I added ours once more.

Paige looked from Marissa to me and back again. She tossed her dark hair in a dramatic fashion, and then began. “We, the three maidens of the beach—”

Marissa sniggered. Paige glared at her. Unperturbed, she continued, “The three maidens of the beach, Paige Prudence Miller, Cassie Clementine Dunhill, and Marissa Jane Jones—”

Marissa scoffed.

“—agree that the next date each of us goes on will be with the man we marry.”

A Girl Scout knot looped in my belly.

“We agree to this pact in the presence of the Goddess of the Beach,” Paige continued.

My eyes darted around, half expecting to see a goddess floating nearby. Hmm, definitely too much chardonnay for me tonight.

Marissa scoffed again. “I don’t remember agreeing to any goddess crap,” she protested.

“Just go with it, will you?” Paige replied, arching her eyebrows. “I know what I’m doing; this isn’t my first beach pact.”

I looked at Paige in surprise. “It’s not?”

Paige shook her head. “No.”

I let out a breath. Goddess or no goddess, I didn’t care; it was the pact that mattered to me—and meeting the man of my dreams. “I agree to the pact.”

“I agree to the pact, too,” Marissa said at length.

Paige held her chin high, a strange look on her face—perhaps triumph? Or solemnity? Or a combination of both. “Then, it is set.”

There was a sudden flash of lightning followed immediately by a loud crash of thunder. Marissa and I leaped a good four feet back from one another. Marissa fell on her butt, narrowly avoiding the fire. I stumbled but managed to right myself.

“What the heck was that?” Marissa exclaimed, pushing herself off the ground and brushing the sand off her jeans.

“Whatever it was, it scared the living daylights out of me.” I let out a short, sharp laugh, my heart pounding in my chest.

Paige remained standing stock still, a look of pure exhilaration on her pretty face as the wind whipped her hair and made her skirt billow around her. She looked like something out of Game of Thrones. “That, my friends, was the sealing of the pact. There’s no going back now.”

The sealing of the pact? I looked at her, wide-eyed, half expecting her to regale us with some lame ghost story, a flashlight illuminating her face in a prepubescent attempt to freak us out.

“Actually, I think it was that storm we’re expecting,” Marissa replied in her pragmatic way. She leaned down and scooped the picnic blanket and the empty bottle and glasses up. “We might need to take cover, girls.”

I looked up and scanned the dark night sky, shivering as the evening turned cold. A large blob of rain landed on my face. I blinked. Within a heartbeat, the heavens opened and the rain came pouring down on us. I pulled my hoodie up and made a dash for shelter, followed closely by a loudly protesting Marissa.

“No way am I getting wet,” she exclaimed, pulling her own hood up as protection from the elements.

“Wait! We haven’t finished!” Paige called out to us both, her voice thin through the growing storm. “Come on, you two. We have to do this right.”

I paused to squint back at her. She hadn’t moved from her spot by the dying fire. I glanced up at the house, the windows glowing with light. I let out a sigh. Warmth and dry clothes were so, so close. “Marissa! Let’s finish this off, then get back to the house, okay?” I called out.

“Have you seen what happens to my hair in the rain?” she called back.

“I’ll sort it out for you, I promise.” I clambered up the beach and grabbed her arm, pulling her back with me. She muttered something about hair straighteners and ice cream under her breath.

Once back by the smoking fire, Paige extended her now wet arm toward us once more.

“Make it quick,” Marissa warned.

We resumed our positions.

Another flash of lightning illuminated the beach as the waves crashed with force against the shore. When the thunder hit, my heart leaped into my mouth. This was like something out of a movie!

Paige continued in her Hammer House of Horrors voice, louder this time to be heard over the lashing wind and rain. “From this day forth, we, the maidens of the beach, have just One Last First Date.” She paused between each word, piercing us with her intense gaze.

“One last first date?” I questioned, panic inching its way up from my toes. In my bid to find Mr. Right, I’d been on so many dates I’d totally lost count. Having only one more really put the pressure on. It was going to have to be with the perfect guy. I swallowed.

“That’s right,” Paige replied, looking at me intently. “One Last First Date. We’ve got one shot at this, ladies.”

“Agreed,” Marissa said quickly, possibly more to get out of the rain and save her hair from the dreaded frizz than for any real desire to agree to Paige’s terms.

I chewed the inside of my mouth and glanced at both of my friends. One last first date meant whoever I next dated would end up being my husband. Either that or I’d become celibate, adopt seventeen cats, take to wearing ill-fitting mismatched clothes, and possibly smell a little funky to boot.

I chose dating.

“Cassie, come on!” Marissa urged, the rain still blobbing heavily down on us.

“Agreed,” I added as a surge of nerves, excitement—and hope—rose in my chest.

One Last First Date it was.

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Say Hello to author Kate O’Keeffe.

Kate O’Keeffe is an award-nominated author of fun, feel-good romantic comedies. She lives and loves in beautiful New Zealand with her family, two scruffy dogs, and a cat who thinks he’s a scruffy dog too. He’s not: he’s a cat.

To date, Kate’s written the popular chick lit series, the Wellywood Romantic Comedy Series, and a fun holiday novella. The first in her new Cozy Cottage Café Series, is available now, with book 2 releasing on August 10, 2017.

Books in the Wellywood Romantic Comedy Series:
Book 0: Wedding Bubbles (short story prequel)
Book 1: Styling Wellywood

Book 2: Miss Perfect Meets Her Match

Book 3: Falling For Grace

Books in the Cozy Cottage Café Series:
Book 1: One Last First Date

Book 2: Two Last First Dates – releasing August 10, 2017
Book 3: Three Last First Dates – late-2017
Book 4: One Final Last First Date – early-2018

Visit kateokeeffe.com and sign up to Kate’s newsletter for new releases, great offers, and your chance to win.

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June 13th

Kristin’s Novel Cafe – Excerpt Post

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June 14th

I Heart Fictional People – Book Review

Judging More than Just the Cover – Author Q&A

June 15th

Kimberly – Amazon/GoodReads Reviewer – Book Review

Sylv.Net – Spotlight Post

June 16th

Steamy Book Momma – Excerpt Post

Authors & Readers Book Corner – Excerpt Post

Chick Lit Central – Spotlight Post

June 17th

Comedy of Errers – Spotlight Post/Book Review

Living Life with Joy – Author Q&A

#BlogHop #ChickLitMay #Giveaway – Book Boyfriend Blog Hop

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Instructions for the hop: Hop to all the stops, collect the Book Boyfriend 2017’s name at each stop, then submit all 30 names to traciebanister@gmail.com in order to be entered in the Grand Prize giveaway. This giveaway includes a Kindle Paperwhite + 30 e-books, one from each of the authors participating in the hop. Entries for the hop will be accepted until Sunday, May 21st at midnight E.D.T. A winner will be chosen on Monday, May 22nd. This Grand Prize giveaway is open internationally.

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Here is the list of participating authors:

Tracie Banister  http://traciebanister.blogspot.com/

Becky Monson  https://www.beckymonson.com/blog

Hilary Grossman  www.feelingbeachie.com

Glynis Astie  http://www.glynisastie.com/blog

Jayne Denker  http://jaynedenker.com

Jennie Marts  http://www.jenniemarts.com/blog.html

Barbara Valentin  https://barbaravalentin.com/blog/

Beth Labonte  www.secretary4life.com

Victoria Cooke  https://victoriacooke10.wordpress.com/

Holly Kerr  http://hollykerr.ca/my-blog/

Meredith Schorr  www.meredithschorr.com

Stacey Wiedower  www.staceywiedower.com/blog/

Laurie Baxter  http://lauriebaxter.com/blog/

Jennifer Farwell  http://jenniferfarwell.com/#blog

Natalina Reis  https://catarinadeobidos.wordpress.com/about/

Celia Kennedy  www.womanreinventsself.blogspot.com

Beth Carter  http://banterwithbeth.blogspot.com/

Ellyn Oaksmith  http://ellynoaksmith.com/

BJ Knapp  http://bjknapp.com/blog

Lizzie Lamb  https://lizzielamb.co.uk/lizzies-scribbles/

Sylvia Ashby  http://sylvia-ashby.com/?cat=64

Karen M. Cox  http://karenmcox.merytonpress.com/blog/

Lindsay Detwiler  http://www.lindsaydetwiler.com/

Kirsty McManus  http://www.kirstymcmanus.com.au/category/blog-news/

Melissa Baldwin  http://www.authormelissabaldwin.com/news.html

Geralyn Corcillo  http://thingsthatmakemegommmrrh.blogspot.com

Cassandra O’Leary  www.cassandraolearyauthor.com/blog/

Cat Lavoie  http://www.catlavoie.com/blog

Kate O’Keeffe  http://kateokeeffe.com/blog

Monique McDonell  www.moniquemcdonellauthor.com/blog

#Review #Giveaway – PLAN CEE by Hilary Grossman

5 Stars

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Review

Another emotional tale from Hilary Grossman! Who doesn’t enjoy reading about the dramas of another, which is exactly what you get with this book! Past lover vs. current lover – you are left guessing who will make the cut until the end. I didn’t want to put the book down once I began. Pleasant read for the beach!

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

Synopsis

Would you abandon your present for a second chance at your past?

Cecelia Reynolds has spent most of her life trying to forget the commitment-phobic man who broke her heart. It wasn’t easy, but eventually she did it, or so she thought…

As Cecelia and her husband gather for a friend’s wedding, her perfect world is thrown into complete turmoil. Even though it’s been twenty years since she last laid eyes on Keith Emerson, all it takes is one glance for her to feel emotions she thought were long gone. When Keith ends up officiating the ceremony, she quickly realizes his message of love is directed at her, not the happy couple. But can she believe him?

We live our entire lives thinking we know ourselves. But do we ever really?

As secrets and lies cause Cecelia’s world to spin completely out of control, she is forced to seek advice from the most unlikely ally. In the process, she must confront the demons of her past and the events that shaped her into the woman she is now. Will she finally learn the real meaning of love, friendship, and family?

While this book is a sequel to Plan Bea, it also reads as a standalone.

 

 

MeetTheAuthor

By day, Hilary Grossman works in the booze biz. By night she hangs out with her “characters.” She has an unhealthy addiction to denim and high heel shoes. She’s been known to walk into walls and fall up stairs. She only eats spicy foods and is obsessed with her cat, Lucy. She loves to find humor in everyday life. She likens life to a game of dodge ball – she tries to keep many balls in the air before they smack her in the face. She lives on Long Island. 

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#Review – LIPSTICK & LATTES by Tracy Krimmer

 

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5 Stars

Lipstick & Lattes by Tracy Krimmer
Published by Tracy Krimmer on November 1, 2016
Genres: Chick Lit
Pages: 184

Review

LOVED this book! This story had me hooked from the first chapter until the end. You can feel the love Whitney has for art and the struggles she faces with her family. This book was a delectable romantic comedy with a twist of conflict that added more flavor to the story. Great book for a ladies book club! 

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

Synopsis

Whitney only needs two things to survive — a steaming cup of coffee and the opportunity to create art with makeup. But until her big break comes along, she’s stuck selling makeup at the mall.

While out at a nightclub dancing her cares away, Whitney catches a fleeting glance of a man she’s convinced is Prince Charming himself, but she misses her chance to talk to him. How will she find him now? Taking a wild chance, she places an online ad and her dreams come true when he appears.

Only fairy tales aren’t what they seem. As Whitney struggles to deal with the vast amount of changes in her life, her Prince is up against some losses in his, widening the gap between them. The only answer to their problems lies right in front of their faces. Can they figure it out before it’s too late?

MeetTheAuthor

Tracy’s love of writing began at nine years old. She wrote stories about aliens at school, machines that did homework for you, and penguins. Now she pens books and short stories about romance. She loves to read a great book, whether it be romance or science fiction, or any genre in between, or pop popcorn and catch up on her favorite TV shows or movies. She’s been known to crush a candy or two as well. Her first romance novel, Pieces of it All, released in May 2014 followed in December with Caching In, a romance mixed with the hobby of geocaching. She also has written several short stories.

#ChickLitLove Hop Feb. 13 & 14!!

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Join 50 chick lit and romantic comedy authors in celebrating friendship and romance in the #ChickLitLove Hop on Facebook. We’ll honor Galentine’s Day on February 13 and Valentine’s Day on February 14 with giveaways, freebies, and entries for the chance to win the grand prizes of SpaFinder gift certificates.

Here’s a list of the participating authors:

GALENTINE’S DAY (Monday, February 13)
Traci Andrighetti
Melissa Baldwin
Tracie Banister
Kathryn R. Biel
Renee Conoulty
Geralyn Corcillo
Whitney Dineen
Lauren Faulkenberry
Amy Gettinger
Elizabeth Hein
Laura Kenyon
Liberty Kontranowski
Jennie Marts
Monique McDonell
Kirsty McManus
Becky Monson
Joy Norstrom
Kate O’Keeffe
Meredith Schorr
Carol Maloney Scott
Holly Tierney-Bedord
Barbara Valentin
Heather Wardell
Stacey Wiedower

VALENTINE’S DAY (Tuesday, February 14)
Cindy Arora
Glynis Astie
Laurie Baxter
Laura Chapman
Adria J. Cimino
Karen M Cox
Maggie Dallen
Lindsay Detwiler
Katlyn Duncan
Liz Durano
Laurie Finkelstein
Tina Ann Forkner
Hilary Grossman
Kate Hewitt
Cristina Hodgson
Erin Huss
Elaina Jadin
Andrea Johnston
Beth Labonte
Robyn Neeley
Elise Noble
CeCe Osgood
Amy Rivers
CF Rose
Charlene Ross

Check the Facebook event page (click here to join) throughout the days of February 13 and 14 for prompts on where to hop next and how to enter to win prizes. Be sure to check out the Galentines and Valentines shared on each the pages. You’ll learn more about your favorite characters and meet new ones. Plus, you never know. Maybe you’ll find the perfect way to say “I love you” to the loved ones in your life.

We’ll see you at the party!

 

#Review – THREE & OUT by Laura Chapman

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5 Stars

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Review

Another book TOUCHDOWN for Laura Chapman! You can count on Harper to keep you entertained! I enjoyed the added bonus of the second fantasy football league and the coaches’ wives club drama. What is crazy is that I could totally see this story coming to life – such realistic fiction that makes me enjoy the story even more! Can’t wait to see what happens to Harper & Brook next! 

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

Synopsis

After rushing to the altar and moving across the country, Harper Duquaine (or is it MacLaughlin, now?) is in uncharted territory. What once seemed like a promising opportunity to advance her husband’s career while giving her some much-needed independence and adventure has proven to be a bust. By the time fall rolls around again, she’s back in a boring job by day and overstocking her inventory of crocheted scarves by night. Not even the prospect of a new football season holds much excitement.

At least that’s what she thought. Harper suddenly finds herself the manager of not one but two fantasy football teams—each with its own set of drama. Between the added pressure of her new marriage, an unexpected career prospect, and the hiccups created by people from her past and present worlds, Harper quickly finds herself going from bored to overwhelmed.

Can she hold up under the pressure, or will Harper learn the hard way that the turf isn’t always greener on the other field?

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In Laura Chapman’s Queen of the League series, Harper Duquaine joins a fantasy football league to prove she can hang with the guys. Only problem: she doesn’t know a sleeper from a keeper (or any of the other lingo thrown her way). Her competitive streak soon emerges, and she catches the interest of her top two competitors. With a slew of conflicting advice in her real and fantasy worlds, Harper must figure out how to play the game and come out a winner.

First & Goal
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Check out my review here – #Review – FIRST & GOAL by Laura Chapman

Going for Two
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Check out my review here – #Review – GOING FOR TWO by Laura Chapman

MeetTheAuthor

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Laura Chapman is the author of First & Goal, Going for Two, Three & Out, and The Marrying Type. Her holiday novellas Making Christmas and What Happens at Midnight will be released on November 8, and are now available for pre-order. A native Nebraskan, she loves football, Netflix marathons, and her cats, Jane and Bingley. Connect with her online on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube and on her website at www.laurachapmanbooks.com.

#Review – IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHICK LIT Anthology

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Chick Lit
an Anthology by:
S.E. Babin, Geralyn Corcillo, Amy Gettinger, Holly Tierney-Bedord, Jax Abbey, Susan Murphy, Tracy Krimmer, Kate O’Keeffe, Monique McDonell, Laurie Baxter

Genre: Chick Lit

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Review

5 Stars

Amazing collection of chick lit novellas! 

1: Deck the Malls with Purple Peacocks by Amy Gettinger

This story flowed smoothly and touched on real issues regarding immigration and the struggle to succeed.

2: It Doesn’t Show Signs of Stopping by Geralyn Corcillo

This story is just as the title says – it doesn’t show signs of stopping. Tanya wasn’t going to let distance get between her and her new boyfriend.

3: The Miraculous Power of Butter Cookies by Holly Tierney-Bedord

What a delicious story! I wished I could have sampled all the baked goodies in this story! I loved that the sisters came together to share their mom’s love of baking in her honor.

4: Jingle Bells and Social Fails by Jax Abbey

I could relate to Reese and being the social disaster in meeting the parents, especially during the holidays. Quick read!

5: I’m Scheming of a White Christmas by Kate O’Keeffe

I don’t think I could handle the revenge plots that Tilly plans but the plots gave me a great chuckle while reading!

6: A Charlie Brown Christmas by Laurie Baxter

Ming is a trip! I think we have all been in her shoes – wanting to treat ourselves to a little peace and quiet then BAM – a blast from the past.

7: All I Want For Christmas Is…? by Monique McDonell

Story was well-developed for being a novella. Who wouldn’t fall for a hunky barista?

8: Christmas Cookies by Vivian Brooks

Pleasurable read that shows that all things happen for a reason and will work itself out. Nobody gets away with something forever.

9: A Holly Jolly Heartache by S.E. Babin

As I not much of a fan of paranormal, I wasn’t so sure about this novella but the touches of Pandora’s Box were just enough paranormal for me and my liking.

10: Mistletoe and Mayhem by Susan Murphy

Super cute read about returning to your hometown after life in the big city.

11: Candy Christmas by Tracy Krimmer

Absolute enjoyable read! Candy and I are similar in so many ways! Loved it!

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

Synopsis

Eleven short and funny holiday stories of women going home for Christmas, stirring up old flames (& finding new ones), baking grandma’s cookies, planning revenge pranks on high school duds, opening Pandora’s Box, racing across the country for love, & kissing cute hunks under the mistletoe. Grab your copy while this limited time collection is still available!

MeetTheAuthor

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S.E. Babin is an award-winning author with a passion for writing books with a paranormal twist. Whether it’s romance or mystery, she loves taking the norm and turning it into the extraordinary. Her love of reading turned into a curious exploration to see whether or not she could write her own novel. Beginning with discarded pages of angsty novels and a slightly popular reimagining of Beowulf’s Grendel in her high school English class, Sheryl spent way too much time in the library, killing any chance of her becoming a cheerleader or anything even remotely cool.

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First and foremost, Geralyn Corcillo loves reader reviews! In other news…When she was a kid growing up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Geralyn Vivian Ruane Corcillo dreamed of one day becoming the superhero Dyna Girl. So, she did her best and grew up to constantly pick up litter and rescue animals. At home, she loves watching old movies, British mysteries, and the NY Giants. Corcillo lives in a drafty old house in Hollywood with her husband Ron, a guy who’s even cooler than Kip Dynamite.

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Amy Gettinger lives in Orange County, California with her husband and her two piteous poodles under the shade of a very noisy old eucalyptus windrow full of crows and wild parrots. When she’s not writing novels, she’s creating Reader’s Theater plays and coaching a local senior group to perform them, complete with big bad wolves, feather boas and tiaras.

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Holly Tierney-Bedord lives in Madison, Wisconsin. She is the author of several novels including Coached, Bellamy’s Redemption, and Surviving Valencia. Visit her website at http://www.hollytierneybedord.com where you can connect to her blogs and subscribe to her newsletter.

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A Durham, North Carolina native and graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Jax Abbey bleeds Carolina blue. By day she molds the young, bright minds of the future, but at night you can find her furiously pounding the keyboard as she funnels the zany ideas and quirky characters from her brain to the computer. When Jax isn’t telling preschoolers to keep their hands to themselves or telling her characters to simmer down, she loves to spend time with her significant other, Tyler, and her TinyDog.

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Tracy’s love of writing began at nine years old. She wrote stories about aliens at school, machines that did homework for you, and penguins. Now she pens books and short stories about romance. She loves to read a great book, whether it be romance or science fiction, or any genre in between, or pop popcorn and catch up on her favorite TV shows or movies. She’s been known to crush a candy or two as well. Her first romance novel, Pieces of it All, released in May 2014 followed in December with Caching In, a romance mixed with the hobby of geocaching. She also has written several short stories.

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Kate O’Keeffe – 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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Monique McDonell – I am an Australian author who writes fun, flirty contemporary women’s fiction including chick lit and romance. After many attempts writing books that made me miserable I decided to write books with happy endings and have been loving the journey ever since.

I live on Sydney’s Northern Beaches with my husband and daughter which probably explains why the beach features in so many of my novels and why people describe them as excellent beach reads.

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Laurie Baxter has degrees in both puppetry and screenwriting because let’s face it, majoring in English would have been no more useful and way less fun. She loves chocolate, ice cream, chocolate ice cream, dogs, New York City, old movies, modern architecture, all kinds of theater, and music from before she was born. Her eighth grade English teacher told her to become a writer, so she did.

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#Review – MADE FOR ME by Kathryn R. Biel

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5 Stars

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Review

What doesn’t say chicklit than fashion and romance in one book?! This book had a great mix of chicklit and humor while keeping you on your toes to see what Michele would do next! Does she fall for a fellow contestant and ruin her chances of winning? Does she sabotage her competitors in order to win everything? You will need to read to find out just how far will Michele go to pay off her debt and who will be standing next to her in the end.

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

Synopsis

Michele’s lack of focus in life hasn’t bothered her, until the day she finds herself with mounting credit card debt, unable to afford her rent, and without a job. While her meddling family questions how she can end up in this predicament, at the age of 29, and single to boot, Michele doesn’t want to admit the truth. All she wants to do is sew.

Faced with the prospect of moving back into her parents’ house, Michele throws a Hail Mary pass and applies for a TV design contest, Made for Me. In order to win the contest, Michele will have to compete with nine other contestants to design the new wardrobe for Duchess Maryn Medrovovich, who’s about to marry Prince Stephan of the United Republic of Montabago.

While in the seclusion of the show, Michele starts to realize where her focus in life should be, and what’s truly important to her. However, a dashing competitor might just cause her to lose her focus once and for all. Can Michele keep her eye on the prize while being true to herself?

MeetTheAuthor

Kathryn R. Biel

Kathryn Biel hails from Upstate New York, and is a spouse and mother of two wonderful, but exhausting kids. In between being Chief Home Officer and Director of Child Development of the Biel household, she works as a school-based physical therapist. She attended Boston University and received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Sage Colleges. After years of writing countless letters of medical necessity for wheelchairs, finding increasingly creative ways to encourage the government and insurance companies to fund her client’s needs, and writing entertaining annual Christmas letters, she decided to take a shot at writing the kind of novel that she likes to read. Her musings and rants can also be found on her personal blog, Biel Blather.

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#Review – KISSING MR. MISTLETOE by Kate Kisset

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5 Stars

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(Free on Kindle Unlimited through the holidays)

Genre: Contemporary romance, wine country romance

Review

What a delightful Christmas novella to get you in the spirit of the holidays! You often wonder what might have been with your high school crush/love, especially if you go your separate ways. Great heartwarming read for a weekend that will leave a smile on your face.

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

Synopsis

You are cordially invited to spend your HOLIDAYS IN THE VINEYARD

Kissing Mr. Mistletoe is the first novella in a brand new series from Kate Kisset:

Ever since his last remaining relative died, Country music star Trace Montgomery has avoided California, specifically his home town, Napa Valley. Trace can’t stand the memories. But seven days before the holiday, he’s forced to return to wine country to sell the St. Helena Christmas tree farm he inherited from his uncle. With his sidekick guitar Lola nearby, a past love, the one that got away, falls into his arms while trying to turn a vineyard bunny sculpture into a reindeer. Now, Trace can’t stop thinking about her. He’s making up naughty lyrics to Christmas songs.

Single mom, Monique Jacobson doesn’t have time for a bath, never mind a romance. She’s working hard to secure a promotion and pay raise from Santino Winery that will allow her and her daughter to move out of Nana’s little B&B.

St. Helena and Napa Valley hotels are booked for the holiday, and Monique finds Trace hold up with her and her daughter at her gran’s Napa B&B for a Christmas in wine country. Will they rediscover the love they lost and rekindle Christmas magic under the mistletoe?

 

MeetTheAuthor

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Former San Francisco radio disc jockey Kate Kisset debuted as an author in 2015 with her wine country romance series, The Single Girls Wine Club. Just a Kiss, is the first book in a seven book series.

Kate has a passion for telling great stories. After playing thousands of Pop, Country, Rock and Oldies tunes, for her primarily female fan base, she left her broadcasting career after the unexpected loss of her mother. Wanting an escape from a series of “real-life” heartbreaks, Kate began inventing her own happily-ever-after’s and found joy while writing.

As a writer, Kate stories are infused with emotion, passion, and humor. A girls-girl herself, Kate’s characters are strong, smart and passionate.  Her Single Girls Wine Club series is a small town romance centering around three friends who live in an historic estate in Sonoma Valley wine country, north of San Francisco. Many of the Sonoma, Napa Valley, St. Helena and San Francisco settings featured in the Single Girls Wine Club series are inspired by real locations and events.  In each standalone read, one woman is treated to a toe curling love affair she never saw coming.

Kate lives in Northern California and Santa Barbara with her family and rescue pup “editor” Luciana Parmigiana, where she hikes, reads, listens to music, and drinks wine.  Kate is delighted to share her stories with you.

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#Party #Giveaway – Holly Jolly Chick Lit Hop on Facebook 12/5-16

BEGINS TODAY!!

Make the holiday season even merrier by discovering new reads from some of today’s best chick lit and romantic comedy authors during the Holly Jolly Chick Lit Hop on Facebook.

Here’s how it works: every day from Monday, December 5 through Friday, December 16, readers are invited to hop around to more than 60 authors’ Facebook pages (with about five stops each day) to receive gifts and enter to win prizes.

Here is the schedule, which includes the list of authors posting each day and links to their Facebook pages in case you’d like to give them a “like” and follow along:

MONDAY, DECEMBER 5
Rich Amooi
Glynis Astie
Melissa Baldwin
Laura Chapman
Nikki Mahood
Carol Maloney Scott

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11
MONDAY, DECEMBER 12
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 15

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16
Cindy Arora
Amy Avanzino
Erin Huss
Susan Murphy
Lucie Simone

We will also give away several Amazon gift cards as bonus prizes on the event page. Every day that you participate and leave a comment on the main post for the day, you will be entered into the drawing to receive the prizes. Be sure to check back every day to maximize your chances!

Happy Holidays to all and to all some fabulous reading!