#BlogTour #Giveaway #GuestPost – HER FAMILY’S DEFENDER by Kim Findlay


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Her Family’s Defender
(A Hockey Romance #2)
by Kim Findlay
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
May 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

He has home advantage…

But she’s got a strong defensive play.

Hockey star Troy Green never gives up. Not on the ice. Not when he battled cancer last year. And not when it comes to his new neighbor, Michelle Robinson. Troy only wants to help the struggling single mom and her sweet kids, but soon he’s falling for her. Is Troy finally ready to trade in his bachelor life and become a family man?

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Crossing the Line
(A Hockey Romance #1)
by Kim Findlay
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
March 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Icebreaker or endgame?

Can two devoted athletes make room in their lives for love?

Mike Reimer knows from experience that hockey and relationships don’t mix. And hot-tempered swim coach Bridget O’Reilly couldn’t be more wrong for the widowed pro goalie, aka the Iceman. As the playoffs approach, Mike’s growing feelings for her could melt the hardest heart. But what if being with Bridget means letting down his team…and, worst of all, himself?

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Michelle

Michelle is focused on her family. She grew up in a military home, moving around, and enlisted herself, where she met and married another recruit. He came back from deployment suffering from PTSD, and eventually committed suicide.

Michelle has moved her family to Toronto to start fresh, and she has no other priorities right now.

She’s kept herself fit, and can protect herself physically. She has long dark hair, which she normally keeps tied back, but when she’s relaxed she lets it down, literally. Again, I don’t have any specific images in mind, but I’m pleased with the woman on the cover – she fits as Michelle.

 

About the Author

Kim Findlay lives in Toronto, Canada, with her very handsome husband, two strapping sons, and possibly the world’s cutest spaniel. When she can get time away from her accounting business, Kim can be found traveling, sailing, reading, or writing, depending on the season, time of day, and her energy level. You can find her at kimfindlay.ca, @missheyer74, or on Facebook.

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Tour Schedule

April 30th:
Launch
It’s All About the Romance
Locks, Hooks and Books
Hearts & Scribbles
The Power of Words
May 1st:
I Am A Reader
Rockin’ Book Reviews
E-Romance News
Hardcover Feedback
May 2nd:
Book Lover in Florida
Inside The Mind of an Avid Reader
Reading Is My SuperPower
May 3rd:
underneath the covers
Britt Reads Fiction
Stacking My Book Shelves!
Remembrancy
May 4th:
Colorimetry
Nicole’s Book Musings
Heidi Reads…
Thoughts of a Blonde
May 5th: Grand Finale

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1 winner will receive a $25 Amazon e-Gift Card and an ebook of Crossing the Line
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#BlogTour #Giveaway #GuestPost – THE DOCTOR’S RECOVERY by Cari Lynn Webb


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The Doctor’s Recovery
(City by the Bay Stories #1)
By Cari Lynn Webb
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
May 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

When a doctor and a filmmaker reconnect…

Just who is healing whom?

Two years ago, Dr. Wyatt Reid shared an unforgettable goodbye kiss with Mia Fiore. Now a scuba diving accident brings the daredevil documentary filmmaker into his San Francisco ER. Could this be their shot at a real relationship? But Wyatt, haunted by family tragedy, saves lives, and Mia risks hers every day. Can they find the way to a future on both their terms?

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First Kisses Around the World

In my May release, The Doctor’s Recovery, Mia Fiore and Dr. Wyatt Reid shared their first kiss in Africa. Unfortunately, it was also an unspoken good-bye. Unwilling to take a chance on love, Mia chose to pursue her work as a documentary film-maker rather than pursue a relationship with Wyatt. However, a scuba diving accident has brought Mia into Wyatt’s ER in San Francisco. Now, Mia and Wyatt have a second chance to discover if their love story is something real or something better left as a memory.

Mia and Wyatt shared their first kiss at a river under a midnight sky in Africa. First kisses are memorable-whether because they were awkward or unexpected or perfect. Perhaps that first kiss was the start of a fifty-year marriage. Or perhaps that first kiss was just that-a first kiss on the dating road to finding the right one. Either way, there’s something unforgettable in every first kiss.

If you want to make a first kiss even more extraordinary, here are five of the most romantic places around the world to share a kiss:

  1. The Bridge of Sighs ~ this is a 17th century bridge in Venice, Italy. Legend claims that a kiss on a gondola under the bridge at sunset will bring a couple eternal love. First kiss or a kiss between a long-time married couple, this sounds like the perfect place to share a smooch.
  2. Lovers Point State Marine Reserve ~ this beach park in Pacific Grove, California is popular for both locals and visitors alike. As this romantic spot faces east, it’s the only place on the west coast where you can watch the sun rise over the water. Beautiful place to enjoy a spectacular view of the sunrise and a perfect kiss.
  3. The Eiffel Tower ~ The romantic places to share a kiss in Paris, France are no doubt endless. However, taking the elevator to the third floor of The Eiffel Tower and sharing a kiss with your partner while looking over the City of Love seems like a clear choice.
  4. Fairy Pools ~ The Isle of Skye in Scotland seems like something out of a myth. And the idea that the Fairy Pools with waterfalls and crystal blue waters are there waiting seems like nothing more than a fantasy. Could there be a better place to discover the magic of a first kiss (or even a kiss with your husband of 18 years) then at the Fairy Pools?
  5. Hershey, Pennsylvania ~ Hershey is the hometown of the Hershey Kiss. Chocolate and romance are almost synonymous. Surely in the hometown of chocolate, there will be more than one place to steal a sweet kiss.

And while Mia and Wyatt shared their first kiss in an exotic location, their second kiss was no less romantic and memorable. The setting: a backyard garden beside an outdoor fountain.

In keeping with romantic places to share a kiss, here are some ideas for the best kiss locales a little closer to home:

  • A dock on a lake
  • Sunset on the beach
  • On a nature trail
  • By a camp fire
  • Under a star lit sky
  • Under an umbrella in a rain storm (or for those who prefer to remain dry: after a rainstorm)
  • Beneath a waterfall

Where ever those first kisses happen, some of the most memorable are the most unexpected. Maybe there is something to be said for spontaneity and going with the moment. Where was your most unforgettable kiss? And was it planned or spontaneous?

Happy Reading!

Cari Lynn Webb

 

About the Author

Cari Lynn Webb lives in South Carolina with her husband, daughters and assorted four-legged family members. She’s been blessed to see the power of true love in her grandparent’s 70 year marriage and her parent’s marriage of over 50 years. She knows love isn’t always sweet and perfect, it can be challenging, complicated and risky. But she believes happily-ever-afters are worth fighting for. She loves to connect with readers. Visit her at her website.

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April 30th:
Launch
Heidi Reads…
Harlequin Junkie – Spotlight & Exclusive Giveaway
Nicole’s Book Musings
Thoughts of a Blonde
May 1st:
Colorimetry
The Power of Words
Reading Is My SuperPower
May 2nd:
Wishful Endings
Stacking My Book Shelves!
Hardcover Feedback
Hearts & Scribbles
May 3rd:
Book Lover in Florida
Locks, Hooks and Books
It’s All About the Romance
May 4th:
I Am A Reader
Britt Reads Fiction
underneath the covers
Inside The Mind of an Avid Reader
May 5th: Grand Finale

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1 winner will receive a signed copy of The Charm Offensive, a Two Tone Sterling Silver Diamond Accent Heartbeat Necklace, and some Spring Candy (open to US only)
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#BlogTour #Giveaway #GuestPost – HIS ONE AND ONLY BRIDE by Tara Randel


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His One and Only Bride
(The Business of Weddings #5)
Tara Randel
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
January 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

He never thought he’d see her again!

After being reported missing, presumed dead, globe-hopping photojournalist Mitch Simmons never thought he’d see his estranged wife, Zoe, again. Yet here he is back in their coastal Florida town, where Zoe is mayor. Turns out she isn’t the only one he left behind.

Discovering he has a baby son awakens thrilling new emotions in Mitch. And there are his still-powerful feelings for the high school sweetheart he vowed to love and honor forever. Thankfully, they’ll have the chance to find the love that was always there…

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Tips for Choosing a Wedding Photographer

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The wedding day can be stressful, but if you plan in advance and cover your bases, the day can go off without a hitch. Here are some tips when hiring a photographer.

The Search

Start  your search by getting a list of local photographers and reading reviews from recent newlyweds. Review websites and blogs to check out photos of other weddings they’ve shot, which will give you an idea of their style. Visit their social media pages. Look for feedback from previous clients.

Interviews

You should meet your potential photographers in person. Sit down. Discuss your vision. See if you agree on the tone and style. Check availability. Set up in-person meetings with three to five potential photographers. Discuss venue, wedding style and fees.

View Full Wedding Albums

Don’t base your decision on a quick look of what you see in a photographer’s highlights gallery or album.  Ask to see two or three full galleries from real weddings they’ve shot to get a better idea of what your complete collection of photos might look like after the wedding. And ask to see at least one or two complete albums of weddings that are in similar settings to yours.

Are You the Right Fit?

Don’t underestimate the importance of liking and bonding with your photographer. In order to get the best photos, go with a pro who has a firm grasp of social graces but is bold enough to go hunting for great images. Remember, they’ll be shadowing your every move, and the more comfortable both of you are with the photographer, the better the photos will turn out. Likewise, you don’t want the photographer to offend or annoy any guests, but to capture them in their best light in an unobtrusive way. They should ask lots of questions and be a good listener.

Price and What They Offer

When looking at someone’s pricing, be careful to see what’s included in the package you’re looking at. Second shooters, additional hours, hi-res JPGs, albums, and engagement sessions may be included in the price quote, or might be extra money. Make sure you’re not signing up to pay more later for things you definitely want. Compare packages. Additional prints can always be ordered later when you’re not facing the burden of paying for a wedding.

Delivery

Once your wedding has happened, you’re going to want to get your hands on your photos. Get a timeline for how fast or slow a particular photographer turns around images. Also find out what rights you will have and what publication rights your photographer has. If you want control of where your photos are published, ask for that in advance. Find out if you’ll get access to your unprocessed images.

— Tara

 

 

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About the Author

USA Today Bestselling Author Tara Randel has enjoyed a lifelong love of books, especially romance and mystery genres, so it didn’t come as a surprise when she began writing with the dream of becoming published. Family values, mystery and, of course, love and romance are her favorite themes, because she believes love is the greatest gift of all. Tara lives on the West Coast of Florida, where gorgeous sunsets inspire the creation of heartwarming stories, filled with love, laughter and the occasional mystery.

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January 22nd:
Launch
underneath the covers
It’s All About the Romance
Becky on Books
Katie’s Clean Book Collection
January 23rd:
Rockin’ Book Reviews
Book Lover in Florida
A Baker’s Perspective
Heidi Reads…
January 24th:
Locks, Hooks and Books
Bookworm Lisa
Hearts & Scribbles
Remembrancy
January 25th:
Jorie Loves A Story
I Am A Reader
Reading Is My SuperPower
Nicole’s Book Musings
Two Girls and a Book
January 26th:
Thoughts of a Blonde
The Bookworm Chronicles
Inside The Mind of Mind of an Avid Reader
Paulette’s Papers
January 27th: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

– US PRIZE PACK: Signed copies of Rival HeartsThe Bridal Bouquet and The Wedding March, a Harlequin Heartwarming tote bag, a 2018 appointment planner and a $25 Amazon gift card
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#BlogTour #Giveaway #GuestPost – BRINGING ROSIE HOME by Loree Lough


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Bringing Rosie Home
(By Way of the Lighthouse, #2)
by Loree Lough
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
January 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

A kidnapping shattered their family…

Rena and Grant VanMeter lived every parent’s worst nightmare when their preschool daughter was abducted. Riddled with guilt and hoping time apart would help them heal, Rena made the hardest decision of her life. But stunning news reunites her with Grant. Rosie has been found.

Putting up a united front for their child’s sake isn’t as easy as they thought. Grant hasn’t forgiven Rena for taking her eyes off Rosie for a few critical seconds. And Rena has yet to forgive herself. But their little girl needs them more than ever…

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Grant’s Best Days of My Life

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My name is Grant VanMeter, Rosie’s dad, and Rena’s husband. I was pretty hard on her in the months following our girl’s abduction. So hard, in fact, that she found it necessary to put time and space between us. Frankly, I didn’t blame her for leaving. I wish I could have left me!

There are five things on my Best Days of My Life list: The day Rena said “I do,” the morning Rosie was born, when I got the call that said she’d been found, and when Rena agreed to come home, so we could give our sweet girl a stable home life. The fifth? That’s a surprise you’ll find out about at the end of BRINGING ROSIE HOME.

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The Man She Knew
(By Way of the Lighthouse, #1)
by Loree Lough
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
June 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Don’t they both deserve a second chance?

Fourteen years ago, one reckless act cost Ian Sylvestry everything, including the girl he planned to marry. Since then, he has fought hard to turn his life around. Returning to his Baltimore town after serving a prison term was the first step. Winning back Maleah Turner’s trust is a far more daunting challenge. From their first sparks-flying reunion, it’s obvious they still have powerful feelings for each other. In fact, they might be even stronger together now. But if their second chance is going to work, Maleah has to believe that Ian is a changed man. She really wants to believe…but she simply isn’t convinced.

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About the Author

Bestselling author LOREE LOUGH once sang for her supper, performing across the U.S. and Canada. Now and then, she blows the dust from her 6-string to croon a tune or two, but mostly, she writes novels that have earned hundreds of industry and “Readers’ Choice” awards, 4- and 5-star reviews, and 7 book-to-movie options. The Man She Knew, #1 in her “By Way of the Lighthouse” series, her 3rd for Harlequin Heartwarming, is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Harlequin.com.

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January 8th:
Launch
The Power of Words
It’s All About the Romance
Katie’s Clean Book Collection
January 9th:
Rockin’ Book Reviews
Becky on Books
Rainy Day Reviews
The Bookworm Chronicles
January 10th:
Janice’s Book Reviews
Paulette’s Papers
Heidi Reads…
Hearts & Scribbles
January 11th:
Leels Loves Books
Book Lover in Florida
Among the Reads
Teatime and Books
January 12th:
Inside The Mind of an Avid Reader
Nicole’s Book Musings
Thoughts of a Blonde
underneath the covers
January 13th: Grand Finale

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– Two winners will receive a print copy of BRINGING ROSIE HOME (US only)
– Three winners will receive an ebook of BRINGING ROSIE HOME (open internationally)
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#BlogPost #Giveaway #GuestPost – SOMETHING TO TREASURE by Virginia McCullough


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Something to Treasure
(Two Moon Bay #2)
by Virginia McCullough
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
January 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

If anyone can save him, she’s the one

Jerrod Walters hopes relocating to the coastal town of Two Moon Bay can be the fresh start he and his young daughter need. But the single dad is caught off guard when a beautiful PR professional offers to promote his diving excursions to legendary shipwreck sites. There’s so much he admires about Dawn Larson, starting with the woman’s upbeat, can-do personality. Dawn’s boundless capacity for joy might be the only thing capable of bringing him back to life after his tragic loss…

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The Treasures of Two Moon Bay

 What makes Two Moon Bay such a treasure of a small town? It’s got some great people, for sure, but it’s also filled with colorful places that make life good for the people who live there. I had fun revisiting the town with each book. As I wrote the three stories in the series (Something to Treasure is Book 2), the many characters pointed out new sights and events.

Dawn Larsen, a PR consultant and enthusiastic networker, is Jerrod Walter’s guide as he establishes his adventure diving business. Jerrod chose Two Moon Bay in part because it’s on the Wisconsin shore of Lake Michigan and has a marina, a fully stocked marine supply store, and a yacht club that’s a favorite place for parties and gatherings—and it becomes special to Dawn and Jerrod.

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Within a day or two of moving to Two Moon Bay, Jerrod discovers his new home features much more than its postcard-perfect waterfront. What would any community be without a treasured coffeehouse? Two Moon Bay has the Bean Grinder, which serves mouthwatering muffins, cookies, and scones. Jerrod’s crew, Wyatt and Rob, enjoy “the Grinder,” as locals call it, too, and his little girl, Carrie, soon chooses her own favorite treats.

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You won’t need to walk too far from the Bean Grinder to pay a visit another Two Moon Bay treasure, the Silver Moon Winery. When you’ve had your tour and tasting, maybe you’ll want to stop for dinner at another town favorite, the Half Moon Café.

Dawn knows the owners of the Book Shelf, Two Moon Bay’s bookstore on Bay Street, which is conveniently located down the street from the ice cream shop. Every year Dawn helps promote a major town event, Stroll & Shop, the annual downtown sidewalk sale that draws locals and tourists alike. In Something to Treasure, the sidewalk sale is especially memorable because a thunderstorm leads to a major crisis.

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As you wander the streets of Two Moon Bay, you’ll also come across a war memorial in a small park near the library. And it’s just one indication that the citizens of Two Moon Bay are civic minded and honor—and treasure—their people, past and present. (The memorial also is featured in Book 3, Love, Unexpected.)

Of course, a town is only as appealing as the people in it, and you’ll meet quite a few men and women who are as enchanted with Two Moon Bay as I am. Plus, you’ll meet some old friends from Book 1 of the series, Girl in the Spotlight.

So, join Dawn as she introduces Jerrod to his new town and watch them create magic of their own.

— Virginia

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Girl in the Spotlight
(Two Moon Bay #1)
by Virginia McCullough
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
June 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

The daughter they never knew

When Miles Jenkins sees the graceful young figure skater on TV, he can’t believe how much she resembles Lark McGee, the girl he dated briefly in college. Could this aspiring star be the child Lark gave up for adoption eighteen years ago? He has to find out.

Locating Lark ignites conflicting emotions in Miles—including regrets for what might have been and romantic feelings that take the two single parents by surprise. As they prepare to meet their daughter, this deeper connection between the two just might be the chance at love they never got.

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About the Author

A writer all her adult life, Virginia McCullough has had the opportunity to write the stories of her heart in her novels, including Girl in the Spotlight, the first book in her Two Moon Bay series for Harlequin Heartwarming. (Book 2 is scheduled for release in January 2018). Her award-winning romance and women’s fiction titles include The Jacks of Her Heart, Amber Light, Greta’s Grace, The Chapels on the Hill, and Island Healing.

Born and raised in Chicago, Virginia has been lucky enough to develop her writing career in many locations, including the coast of Maine, the mountains of North Carolina, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and currently, Northeast Wisconsin. She started her career in nonfiction, first writing articles and then books as a ghostwriter and coauthor. She’s written more than 100 books for physicians, business owners, professional speakers and many others with information to share or a story to tell.

Virginia’s books feature characters who could be your neighbors and friends. They come in all ages and struggle with everyday life issues in small-town environments that almost always include water—oceans, lakes, or rivers. The mother of two grown children, you’ll find Virginia with her nose a book, walking on trails or her neighborhood street, or she may be packing her bag to take off for her next adventure. And she’s always working on another story about hope, healing, and second chances.

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January 8th:
Launch
Reading Is My SuperPower
Hearts & Scribbles
January 9th:
Bookworm Lisa
Katie’s Clean Book Collection
Book Lover in Florida
January 10th:
Canadian Book Addict
Nicole’s Book Musings
It’s All About the Romance
January 11th:
Inside the Mind of an Avid Reader
underneath the covers
Locks, Hooks and Books
January 12th:
Among the Reads
Heidi Reads…
Rockin’ Book Reviews
January 13th: Grand Finale

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1st Prize (open internationally*):
– One $25.00 Amazon gift card
– A deep cranberry red scarf-shawl—so soft your skin will sigh and thank you!
– Inspirational art—a book of 20 pull-out 10” x 12” posters—each is a unique design and ready to frame, put on your fridge, or send to a friend who needs an uplifting message
– Two delicious Equal Exchange organic, fair-trade dark chocolate bars, one almond, one caramel crunch
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– One $25.00 Amazon gift card

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#BookBlitz #Giveaway – FOREVERMORE by Cristiane Serruya

Forevermore
Cristiane Serruya
(Ever More, #2)
Publication date: December 7th 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

A father desperate to save his little girl. A doctor fighting for a cure. And two broken hearts that can only be healed together.Ava Larsen is too busy finishing her pediatric oncology residency to find love… and she knows what it feels like to have a broken heart. She assures herself that kissing the gorgeous alpha stranger the night before was nothing more than a dangerous yet delicious mistake— one she won’t repeat.

Widower billionaire Aleksander Maximilian is one of the most powerful men alive, but he’s helpless to save his daughter Olivia from cancer. Doctors have assured him it would be best to enjoy her last days at home. To make Olivia’s wish to spend her last Christmas on Lake Tahoe come true, he hires the best home care team in the business.

It turns out the head of the team is the breathtaking woman he shared an unexpected kiss which ignited sparks. But this is the worst time for Aleksander to have finally have passionate feelings for someone, not to mention it’s strictly forbidden to Ava to get involved with her patient’s father.

Tragedy brought them together. A miracle might rip them apart.

An emotional gripping love story of hope, redemption, and never giving up, Forevermore is the second book in USA Today bestselling author Cristiane Serruya’s EVER MORE Series. If you enjoy romances by Nora Roberts, Danielle Steel, Sylvia Day, and Maya Banks, then you will cherish this heartwarming, steamy contemporary erotic novel.

Sequel to So Much More, FOREVERMORE stands on its own, but reading in order guarantees a more enjoyable time.

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4 reasons why I LOVE to write romances!

Guest post by Cristiane Serruya

Hello and thanks for hosting me. I’m so happy to be here with you and your readers today.

Since 2011, I’ve been immersed in the written word—penning romance novels, to be exact. The process of crafting and getting a work through the publishing machine—especially the indie world—can be a lonely and hard path but when my new imaginary friends walk out of my romances, they’re worth all of grueling pain I submit my wrists and fingers to. Here are four reasons why I have been hooked by love stories.

1. The characters

The men! Handsome or scarred, funny or brooding, overbearing or supportive. Dark-haired, blond, paled skin, tanned and everything in between! Now put them together with blondes, brunettes or red-heads; thin or curved or toned; opinionated and bold or delicate and shy! Oh, my! To make it even better, throw in a couple of kids—I love stories with smart kids! Of course, makes it even funnier if we have a few criminals in the story, too. There, I have a bunch of new friends—and enemies—for me to play with for a while.

2. I get to create stories

Imagine those said characters meeting over a business meeting, as in The Complete TRUST Series; or fighting for a cure for a sick child, as in Forevermore, and the sparks flying over a heated argument or a nice gesture.

And then imagine them doing it. Yeah! And some revengeful ex-partner or dark secret, which threatens their relationship. I decide who loves and hates; who lives and dies! I can totally transform a person I know in a good or a horrible character. I can even take my revenge on the ones I don’t like much and create a whole new ending for a situation gone wrong. It’s freeing!

3. The research

Learning is a passion of mine. In order to create believable characters, research is necessary. For example, Tavish Uilleam MacCraig, the lead male character of Love Painted in Red, who appeared on my first release Entwined Fates, TRUST Series #1 and was supposed to be a secondary character, grew so much as a character during TRUST Series that he demanded his story to be told. As it unfolded, and from it I have already Damaged Love, which features Tavish’s best friend, Lord Richard Smith, and after comes the story of Richard’s older brother, Lord Hugh Smith.

All the three of them are veterans of war—I am always in awe of those men and women who sacrifice themselves to make this world safer.

We don’t have a strong military here in Brazil and I wanted them to be believable veteran dealing with PTSD, living with disabilities, having invisible scars, for the readers to feel their pains. So I interviewed many veterans online. It was an enlightening and heartbreaking experience and it helped me make Tavish and Richard come out beautifully—or so I like to think—with their physical and psychological scars and yet full of life strength and vigor.

4. The happily ever after

With all the horrible things happening in the world, unnecessary killings, religious and racial strife, it’s great to be able to escape to a world where my characters have survived bad things and are still able to find a fulfilling and healing relationship with a happy ending—and don’t forget the steamy sex I got to create. But sometimes, I get out of a story emotionally tired; so tired, I need a break.

It was exactly the case of Forevermore, Olivia, Alek, and Ava’s heart-wrenching and heart-warming story that I needed a break before I jump into the skin of Benedict, who is blind, and Natalya, from Evermore. Ah, what did I do during my break? I wrote a light, funny and suspenseful romance. So, pre-order already Royal Love, Last Royals Series #1.

Last, I want to share some good news. Almost all my books are on KindleUnlimited, so visit Cristiane Serruya’s Amazon Page and read them for free!

I love to connect with readers, so feel free to stalk me online: Facebook Author Page, Twitter, Instagram, Instagram. And follow me on BookBub, Amazon, and Goodreads.

Those who want to receive my very, very sporadic emails about new releases and promotions can sign-up here: Cristiane Serruya Website and win a free romance, free cookbooks, and so much more!

Thank you for the opportunity to share my thoughts here and helping me promote my work.

Love,

Cris, author

 

Author Bio:

USA TODAY and AMAZON best-selling romance author, Cristiane Serruya lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with her six-foot-six husband, two teenage daughters, and Loki, her Shetland sheepdog. Cris is a writer, a lawyer, a reader; a woman, a mother, and a wife. Not necessarily in this order. Or in any order…

She has a Master’s in Business Law and a BA in Fine Arts. In 2012, after twenty-two years of practicing law, Cris decided to give writing a go. And–amazingly–it was just the piece that was missing in the puzzle of her life.

She loves to hear from readers so fell free to stalk her online and visit http://www.crisserruya.com to win a freebie left there only for you.

Those who want to receive Cris’s very sporadic emails about new releases, giveaways, and promotions can sign-up on http://bit.ly/CS-VIPlist

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#BlogTour #Review – BEYOND BELIEVING by D.D. Marx

 

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Book Title: Beyond Believing (Book #1)
Author: D.D. Marx
Category: Adult Fiction, 200 pages
Genre: Chick-Lit
Publisher: Beyond Dreams Publishing
Release date: October 2017
Tour dates: Oct 16 to Dec 22, 2017
Content Rating: PG 13 Non-explicit sex, swear words (light…couple f-bombs)

Book Description:

When Olivia gets news of her best friend Dan’s fatal car accident, her entire life is upended. Shattered with grief and struggling to find any meaning or purpose to life, she trudges along with a gaping void in her heart. Finally, when her frustration reaches its peak, Olivia decides to trust Dan’s eternal friendship. That trust allows him to break through to her from the beyond, and Dan guides Olivia through the twists and turns of her life into something new and entirely unexpected.

When Olivia exposes a gigantic internal scandal at work, her career implodes. With no job and no one to turn to, she escapes to Palm Springs for the sympathy and care of her beloved cousin, Garrett. He isn’t quite the comfort Olivia hoped for, but on that journey, meets someone who fills the void in her heart. She’s never experienced such a deep love. It heals her soul and rekindles her spirit – and just may have been the design of her dearly departed friend all along.

Beyond Believing is a sweet, funny and romantic story that touches the heart, serves up delicious twists and turns, and shows the reader that there’s no such thing as “coincidence.” Author D.D Marx regards this book as her love letter to friendship.

To read more reviews, please visit D.D. Marx’s page on iRead Book Tours.

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Review5 Stars
I flew through this book! Once I began reading, I didn’t want to put it down. We all often wonder if we get signs from our loved ones that have passed and this book opens your mind to the possibilities. You can feel the connection between Dan and Olivia then when Olivia meets Finn, you get the feeling that the love is meant to be.

A feel-good beach read that you will want to have Beyond Love downloaded, as you will want to continue reading the story of Olivia and Finn!

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Why do I write fictional romance?

When I dive into a book, the intention is to escape from my own world. For me personally, my primary goal is to enter a world of possibilities filled with love, light and hope.  When I decided to start writing my only thought was “what story do I want to read?” It doesn’t mean the story is lacking highs and lows but the message I want to send is about perseverance. Demonstrating how to stick it out when times get tough, because inevitably, it always gets better.

With everything going on in the world – the threat of nuclear war, the devastation from catastrophic storms, earthquakes, violence, hatred, illness and famine, I need a mental outlet. I want to immerse myself in a fantasy world where things are more in control. Sometimes I feel helpless these days with so many people in need.  It’s not that I’m trying to ignore the problem. I do my part – both financially and by volunteering – but it can become all consuming. The things I look forward to seeing or reading are about the hero’s. Everyday people jumping in to benefit humanity regardless of circumstances.  Because in the end that is what it is all about isn’t it? Being humble and kind.  The media doesn’t show enough of the good stuff so I want to do my part there too – relatable, realistic and hopeful.

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Meet the Author:
D.D. Marx is a contemporary romantic fiction writer and blogger, as well as a lover of all things social. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton, as well as the Second City program in Chicago, where she currently resides. A proud aunt and self-described hopeless romantic, Marx has always had a knack for humorous and engaging storytelling. Her pen name is a dedication to her beloved friend Dan, who continues to guide and inspire her in her daily life.

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#BlogTour #GuestPost #Excerpt – THE BITCHES OF SUBURBIA by Jane Owen

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Synopsis

Nothing much ever happened on Horseshoe Lane – why should it? It was, after all, just a normal suburban backwater with the usual cross section of growing families, ageing pensioners, the occasional singleton and a brace of curtain twitchers. The arrival of celebrity couple, Heavenly and Travis, however, changes all that. This glamorous pair bring about a summer of competitive party throwing and ambitious home improvement projects that will have disastrous and completely unforeseen consequences.

Neighbours who’ve got by for years with just the occasional chat over a garden fence about the unseasonable amount of rain or the state of next door’s garden are slowly united by suspicion as a husband goes missing, a much loved cat turns up dead on a doorstep and Enid from Number Seven is found badly injured at the foot of the cliff.

Could one person be responsible for all of this? Could that person be the strange and unlikeable Hilary Jones from Number Nine? There was only going to be one way to find out and it was going to involve a lot of whiskey….

In this her wonderful follow up to ‘The Rock Star Known as Horse’, Owen’s riveting new story finds a murky side to the suburbs, a side where petty jealousies and neighbourly rivalries can escalate out of all control with calamitous results, all intricately observed with her usual dark humour firmly to the fore.

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Oh dear.  Oh dear oh dear oh dear.  I feel like an alcoholic at his first AA meeting.  My name’s Jane, I’m a writer and I don’t blog.  I’ll get my coat.  It’s not something I’m proud of, I know I should, I really do but…but I can’t, I just can’t.  Pull yourself together woman, I hear you say, call yourself a writer?  Then get thee to a blog!

I have nothing but the utmost respect for people who can be pithy and succinct, topical and contentious, funny and endearing in about five hundred words.  I wish I could do it but I’m not a natural writer of short pieces; I’m much more at home with a full-length book. Sitting down to begin a document that will exceed 100,000 words fills me with a deep and abiding joy; sitting down to write 500 words for a blog post brings me out in a cold sweat. 500 words you say? About what? Anything I like? Seriously? Because that last statement just removed any intelligent thought from my brain. It’s hard enough (for me) to write 500 words on a given subject but you want me to choose my own subject? Oh good lord, pass me the gin.

It’s not just blogging – years ago I was asked to contribute a short story for the first every anthology of short stories sold in aid of charity.  The book was called Girls’ Night In, the charity was War Child.  The deadline was set and the word count was to be five thousand.  Five thousand?  Is that all?  By way of research I read some short stories, noted that they all had a beginning, a middle and an end, just like a novel.  I organised my pencils, opened a new file on my computer, made a cup of tea.  This went on for about two weeks and the deadline loomed ever closer.  I was constantly reminded of the words of the wonderful Douglas Adams who once notably said ‘I love deadlines.  I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.’  Finally, after endless sweating and stressing and tearing of hair, I managed to write something I was happy with and emailed it off with about ten minutes to spare, only to get an out of office automated reply informing me that the person in question would be back in the office a week on Thursday.

When I’m writing a book, it’s like living in two separate worlds:  the real one, and the one in my head and it’s in my head where the ideas ferment and grow.  I’m not sure there’s room for anything else.  When I’m not writing a book, my head is full of candy floss and I have to live with that for a while, let the old characters and voices fade away, leave space for the new ones to arrive.  There’s no room for anything else. 

That said, I have nothing but admiration for bloggers:  they put themselves out there, on the line, on a regular basis.  They share their innermost thoughts, their struggles, their pain and their joy.   They lay it all bare, for real, whereas I’m just a writer of fiction.  I just make stuff up. 

Excerpt

         Hilary sighed and made her way downstairs and into her living room where the view from the window was almost vertigo inducing: Number Ten was set on the steepest part of the hill, squatting truculently in the shadow of Casa de la Luna, and Hilary’s back garden consisted of two small terraces that, once upon a time, may well have a been a garden. Now they were overgrown and full of weeds and their retaining walls were starting to slide down towards the cliff edge, giving the whole thing a rather precarious air. Also on this lower ground floor were Hilary’s kitchen and a dining room, both with windows looking out onto a small concrete patio area, which ran along the back between the house and the patch of grass previously known as a lawn. Despite being south facing, the room seemed dark and cold. The shabby, blue leather three piece sofa and matching armchair covered most of the carpet but unfortunately not all of it. The carpet was a migraine inducing masterpiece of blue and green swirls and it wasn’t just the carpet that could make the unwary visitor slightly nauseous. The ceilings had been heavily Artexed and then scraped into an endlessly repeating fan pattern. The walls were divided horizontally with blue, green and yellow striped paper below and plain yellow above, divided by a floral border just in case you still hadn’t noticed them. Faded blue curtains with a yellow moon motif spattered all over them completed the look. No one in their right mind would have lived with them for more than a week but Hilary’s acute lack of imagination prevented her from redecorating mainly because she had, quite literally, absolutely no idea, not one, as to where or how to start and no idea what to do if she did.  To be fair, this didn’t just apply to the redecorating, this applied to her whole life and whilst other people would have rushed around and started saying things like paint the walls white, pull up the carpet and polish the floorboards, get rid of those ugly curtains, burn the sofa, Hilary just sat there, knocked senseless by the enormity of the task in front of her, completely devoid of any kind of inspiration.

She clumped back up the stairs to her bedroom. Although technically a loft conversion, when she looked out of the front dormer window, she was looking out at street level. The original architect had chosen to put just one dormer window in, looking out to the front of the house. It was an eyebrow dormer and this single eye in the middle of its roof gave the house a slightly sinister look. To be fair, it had been a major factor in endearing the house to Hilary the first time she saw it. As she’d alighted inelegantly from the estate agent’s low slung sports car, it had seemed as if the house was glaring balefully over the kerb and Hilary could identify with that. From inside the eyebrow she could see the houses on the north side of the road, could see that Kelly Cunningham was now in her front garden, planting out some bright pink flowers. Again. Didn’t that woman have anything else to do? Hilary didn’t believe that a medium sized front garden and a few pots on a balcony could possibly require that much attention. She had a sneaking suspicion Kelly Cunningham was not gardening at all, merely spying on her neighbours but she was only half right: Kelly was indeed gardening, like her life depended on it, but while she was ferociously wielding her retro floral trowel, she was also keeping an eye out for the new neighbours.

It’s a shame Hilary and Kelly didn’t become friends, things might have turned out so differently. Of course they could have continued avoiding each other for many years, could have played out the rest of their lives without ever exchanging more than banal pleasantries about the weather but the soon to arrive new neighbours would be like petrol thrown onto the bonfire of their relationship, would cause Kelly to suddenly find her hitherto undiscovered competitive streak and unleash Hilary’s imagination on an unsuspecting street. It was never going to end well.

Hilary looked at her watch and sighed. It was still not even lunchtime and she was bored out of her mind. What was she going to do with the rest of her day? What did the others do?  If only she’d known how boring life in the suburbs could be before she’d paid cash for this stupid house.

MeetTheAuthor

Jane Owen Author PicJane’s first novel, Camden Girls, was published by Penguin twenty years ago and quickly became an international cult bestseller published in many languages including Japanese, Spanish,German, Hebrew, Italian and Dutch.  She’d already spent many years working in the film business working alongside stars such as Christophe Lambert, Andi McDowell, Daryl Hannah and James Remar before switching to the music business and working for bands such as The Who, Robert Plant, ZZTop and many more.  Eventually, even that got boring and that’s when she wrote Camden Girls.

After publication, life became interrupted by an unfortunate traffic accident and Jane moved out of London to Sussex and slowly returned to writing.  Her novels don’t fit into any specific category and, frustrated by endless rejections along the lines of ‘You write beautifully but we don’t know how to sell this book’ she started self publishing.  Rave reviews gave her the confidence to keep going and believe in what she was writing.

She’s still in Sussex, sharing her life with her musician partner, three horses and a dog and divides her day between writing and riding.

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#BlogTour #Review #GuestPost – SUN SEA AND SEX by Greta Horwood

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Synopsis

Escaping to live on a Caribbean island, Zeeta and her two best friends reflect on their turbulent lives, loves and the decisions that shaped them.

Growing up Zeeta always strove to be the perfect daughter and be everything her parents hoped. Unfortunately, she soon realised that she’d never be good enough, it’s her brother who holds their love. Thankfully, she can always turn to her lifelong friend Sheila —a boy-mad teenager whose love of the opposite sex will follow her into adulthood with a rollercoaster of consequences. Determined to make something of her life Zeeta continues to be a model student and earns a place at cookery college where good qualifications should pave the way to a career and security. But getting the job she wanted proved impossible. However, a chance meeting on her train to work with Peggy —a vibrant and successful career woman— who offers Zeeta an exciting new job in London changes the course of her life forever.

Happily enjoying her new independence, and friendship with Peggy, Zeeta finally feels like life and luck is on her side. And so whilst at a work conference when she unexpectedly meets her childhood friend Martin Zeeta wastes no time throwing herself into a whirlwind romance. And when Martin proposes marriage she doesn’t hesitate but love never did run smoothly and all too soon Zeeta’s bliss leads to disaster and heartbreak. Reeling from events, on the rebound and emotionally unready, Zeeta quickly falls into a second marriage. But her second husband has a dark side one with a depraved sexual appetite. Trapped and afraid it is only with the help and support of her two best friends, Sheila and Peggy, that Zeeta will find the strength to finally emerge free and independent.

A story of life, love and friendship, Sun, Sea and Sex by Greta Horwood is the perfect next read for fans of commercial women’s and romantic fiction.

Review

3 Stars

Short and quick read that touches on some hyper-sensitive topics. I liked how the title was incorporated into the story. There were a few parts that were confusing until you read a little further and then the detailed information is provided.

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The book was written to help get over a failed relationship.  The man was very much younger than myself.  It was an unlikely friendship to start with.  He had not had a good life, I felt sorry for him and then began to love him like a son.  I wanted to help him.  I gave him money to help.  Later I realised that was not the answer, he need more.  He needed to know he was loved.
Our weekly chats helped, he said he could tell me anything, he knew I would not judge.  So he told me the truth about himself.  I was shocked at first, but realised he had not had the guidance from parents, which most children had.
Then he said he loved me and I said I loved him, then as happens, one thing led to another and it became a sexual relationship.
Then nothing.  He stopped emailing me, we did not meet up again.
His rejection hurt, it took me back to my childhood.
Thinking about that and what I was now going through made me think how much better life is, in books.
I decided to write one.
I have vivid dreams and i used some of these to form the story of my book.
Character’s names were dreamt and then I thought who they could be in my book.
Life I had, gave me inspiration for the book.  I am told life is a source of information and I used my life, well parts of it, in the book.

MeetTheAuthor

Greta Horwood Author PicRetired and living in Great Horwood, Buckinghamshire Greta Horwood is the pen name for Patricia Rudkin. An active member of her community, Patricia has worked as the secretary for the Village Hall management committee, arranged village fetes and fundraising events and worked as the caretaker for Great Horwood Village School. Along with her late husband, she also used to run a youth club called Great Horwood Sports and Activities Club. And up until last January she was a weekly contributor to the Buckingham and Winslow Advertiser and Great Horwood Village News. Patricia is also Membership Secretary and Welfare Officer for the Blue-Pointed Siamese Cat Club Committee and life member of the Seal Pointed Siamese Cat Club. She fundraises for cat welfare, via eBay for both clubs. Her other interests include Genealogy.

 

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#NewRelease – MY GIRLFRIEND’S PERFECT EX-BOYRFRIEND by Peter Jones

My Girlfriend’s Perfect Ex-Boyfriend by Peter Jones

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Genre: Romantic Comedy

Publication Date: 10th October 2017

Purchase from Amazon UK

Synopsis

 Adrian Turner, Mountaineer, Secret Agent, Fireman… Ade would dearly like to be any of these things, though he’d trade them all to win the heart of feisty Public Relations Executive, Paige.

Instead, he’s a disillusioned school teacher, on suspension, after an unfortunate incident with a heavy piece of computer equipment. And somebody’s foot. And Paige? Despite being his girlfriend for the past eighteen months, she still seems to have one foot out of the door and hasn’t quite committed to leaving a toothbrush in the bathroom.

Of course, it doesn’t help that she’s working with her ex-boyfriend, Sebastian. A man who in almost every way imaginable is better, taller, wealthier, hairier, and infinitely more successful than Ade.

Is Paige still in love with Sebastian? Why then did she suggest they get away for a few days? Some place romantic…

But when Adrian finds himself in Slovenia – with Sebastian in the room down the hall – he realises there’s serious possibility that he’s in danger of losing his job, his mind, and the woman he loves…

From best-selling author Peter Jones comes this hilarious romp about love, and the things people do to keep it from getting away.

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“You wanted to see me, Evan?” I say as I stick my head round the headmaster’s door. His big round puffy face was a picture of total boredom a second or two earlier – like a three-week-old balloon left over from a children’s party – but the moment he sees me his head re-inflates and bounces around on sloping shoulders.

“Ade!” he says. “Come in. Sit down. How’re things?” I take the seat on the other side of the large mahogany desk.

“Oh, you know,” I say.

“Excellent, excellent.” He clasps his hands together and leans forward. “And how’s that lovely lady of yours?”

“She’s, erm… good,” I reply with some rapid nodding thrown in to indicate just how good she is.

“Any wedding bells in the offing?”

“Oh – er – you know,” I say again, but this time he’s not going to be deflected.

“Not really, no.”

“Well… Maybe.”

“Good!” he says, throwing me a wink. “Don’t want to let a woman like that get away.” And I try and ignore the feeling of my heart being torn out, dropped in the waste paper basket, doused in petrol and ignited in front of me.

 Character Name: EVAN EVANS

Age (in the story) / Date of Birth: Unkown

Nationality: Welsh

Who are they?: Adrian’s ineffective headmaster

Who could play them in a movie adaptation?: Ken Stott

MeetTheAuthor

MePeter Jones started professional life as a particularly rubbish graphic designer, followed by a stint as a mediocre petrol pump attendant. After that he got embroiled in the murky world of credit card banking. Fun times.

Nowadays, Peter spends his days writing, or talking about writing. He’s written three novels; a Rom-Com (Romantic Comedy), A Crim-Com (Crime Comedy), and a Rom-Com-Ding-Dong (a sort-of Romantic-ish Comedy, with attitude). He’s currently working on his fourth novel, which – if it’s a musical – he’ll no doubt describe as a Rom-Com-Sing-Song. (Spoiler: It isn’t).

He is also the author of three and a half popular self-help books on the subjects of happiness, staying slim and dating. If you’re overweight, lonely, or unhappy – he’s your guy.

Peter doesn’t own a large departmental store and probably isn’t the same guy you’ve seen on the TV show Dragons’ Den.

Follow Peter Jones

Website  http://www.peterjonesauthor.com

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/peterjonesauth
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/peterjonesauthor

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