Monday, February 24, 2014

Beatless by Amber L. Johnson.

I've got a special book introduction post for you today. Just read this blurb and tell me you're not already hooked. :) Check out Beatless!- Ana

Mallory Durham has been left behind and it is making her feel less like an adult and more like an afterthought.

Divorce, sickness, educational aspirations being shattered, and her Aunt Sam moving into her home, have made Mal's life nearly unrecognizable to her.

When Tucker Scott re-enters her life along with his band, will they offer what she needs to once again find her voice and self confidence or will it strip her of it even more?

Told through the dual voices of Mallory as she navigates her new world, and Aunt Sam's letters to her niece, Beatless tells the story of two women at very different points in their life, fighting the same battles; proving that no matter what age a person is, there are always lessons to be learned.

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About the Author
Amber is a full time mom, full time wife, is employed full time, and writes when she can. She believes in Happily Ever Afters that occur every day - despite the obstacles that real life serves up on a regular basis. Or perhaps they're sweeter simply because of them. She always has 2 rubber bands on her wrist, a song in her head, and too much creamer in her coffee cup that reads 'Cocoa' - because she's a rebel. If she's not at her desk, with her boys, or behind the computer, she's supporting live music with her arms raised above her head and eyes closed, waiting for the drop.  

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Twitter: @WhereIsJakeRyan
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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

My favorite moments at the winter games so far.

Writing Worth More Than Gold for the Love and Other Games anthology definitely made me think about the Olympic games in a whole new way and I have totally caught Olympic fever this year.

Here, in no particular order, are a few of my favorite Olympic moments so far:

Jeremy Abbott finishing his short program despite a horrible fall. Yeah, the falling was awful. He was hurt physically and undoubtedly heartbroken, but he got up and with extraordinary support and applause from the crowd he skated the rest of his program perfectly.

Noelle Pikus-Pace jumping off her sled and into the stands to hug her family and celebrate her medal winning run.  Back in 2005 her leg was shattered when she was hit by a bobsled, it's pretty much amazing she can walk but with a lot of support from her family she's Olympic champion. Awesome.

Snow boarder Gus Kenworthy deciding to bring home more than just a medal. He's adopting an entire litter of stray Sochi puppies and their mother. Seriously, check out these photos and prepare your collective "Awww!"

Watching Meryl Davis and Charlie White win gold! They are definitely the stars of these games for me. I'm utterly enchanted.

The Canadian ski coach who brought a Russian skier a new ski when his was broken so he could cross the finish line with dignity. Right?

And while we're discussing the awesome stuff Canadian's do. This is hilarious and made of cool. I know it's a promo gimmick, but it works and it makes people smile.

Seeing Yuzuru Hanyu skate his short program during the team figure skating competition. The kid is simply amazing. 

And the dancing during the opening ceremonies:  Wow.

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"Female Snowboarder In Powder Snow" by franky242-

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Elle Marlow's Valentine's Day Book Blitz.

~ Elle Marlow’s Valentine’s Day Book Blitz ~
Valentine’s Day has come and gone but you can rekindle the excitement by reading Elle Marlow’s two new releases. 

The Gambler’s Passion and Pour Me are available now. 

The Gambler's Passion Blurb: 

Beautiful Arizona Summers is determined to fulfill her mother's dying wish and realize her dreams-even if it means dancing at Bare Backed Belles, cheating at high stakes poker or running from a spray of bullets with a man she's given her innocence to. She'd do it all and over again to find love and keep her promise.
Jace Forrester gets a thrill out of living a double life. Preacher's son by day, card hustler by night. Always after the big win, he can't resist Arizona's ultimate challenge. He may lose more than he bargain for-his heart.

“The plan? The plan? Oh, pigeon, you went way beyond our plans! What was I supposed to do when you flashed your cleavage and those long legs of yours?” he asked incredulously, his eyes flashing. She gave him her best bored expression, then shrugged innocently. “We had a plan, and… you blew it.”
 “I blew it?” She watched amused as he rubbed his chin and considered her words. “You know what? You’re right. I should completely ignore how amazingly beautiful you are and stick to our plans. I won’t make that mistake again, Pigeon!  Thanks for reminding me of my place!” He was peering down at her trying to judge her reaction. She tried to keep a poker face. Was that disappointment? She sure as hell hoped so. “I don’t think you can do it,” she teased. “You don’t?” “Nope. You’re a man. Men have needs. I can play you like a cheap fiddle if I wanted.”
 “You know, I don’t think your mother would approve of this new you.”

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Pour Me Blurb:
Wanted: One Cowgirl Mommy
That was the ad right next to the bartending one. Carly wasn't sure she was prepared for either, but she was heading back to Arizona regardless. Running from her past and hopefully to a brighter future, Carly couldn't predict that all three would collide and force her to face her demons. And sexy cowboy, Cade McCormick would be to blame for all of it.
Cade had to be careful about the women involved in little Danni's life. A cowgirl was on the bottom of his list! But time has a way of changing hearts and minds roping the past together. Is his new bartender really the woman he thought he lost years ago? Did little Danni really place an ad to find her?
Cade moaned and tightened his grip on her. She melted into him, savoring the passion unlike anything she had ever experienced in her past. Her body was on fire and just burned hotter as the minutes passed. When Cade pulled away, she almost fell into him.
His hands gripped her and steadied her on her feet, as he looked down on her with a heavy expression.
“I guess I overstepped the lines again. I keep losing my mind around you, Carly Stevens.
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Friday, February 14, 2014

A Piece of Cake by T. M. Franklin.

A Piece of Cake

A Piece of Cake - a sweet romance by T.M. Franklin

"I loved this - and there's cake! What more could you want? :)" - Andrea on Goodreads

Formerly published in the Romantic Interludes anthology. A Piece of Cake is now available for the first time as a stand-alone short story.


Emily Valentine is a matchmaker who doesn’t believe in love.

Well, at least not the hearts and flowers, see-your-soulmate-across-a-crowded-room-and-the-world-stands-still kind of love. No, Emily is a pragmatist – a scientist – and she’s abandoned her family’s tradition of matchmaking based on instinct and uncanny intuition for a more scientific approach to pairing people up.

Emily believes love is more about compatibility and common interests than anything mystical.

But a run-of-the-mill job turns her world on end when swoony cake designer Sam Cavanaugh pops up as a potential match for her newest client. The attraction she feels for him throws a wrench in her plans, but she’s not going to succumb without a fight.

Emily is nothing if not practical. And reasonable. But she’s about to learn that sometimes the best things in life…are neither.

A Piece of Cake is Now Available for $.99 on AMAZON or TWCS!!

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About the Author

T.M. Franklin
T.M. Franklin started out her career writing non-fiction in a television newsroom. Graduating with a B.A. in Communications specializing in broadcast journalism and production, she worked for nine years as a major market television news producer, and garnered two regional Emmy Awards, before she resigned to be a full-time mom and part-time freelance writer. Her first published novel, MORE, was born during National Novel Writing month, a challenge to write a novel in thirty days. MORE was well-received, being selected as a finalist in the 2013 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Awards, as well as winning the Suspense/Thriller division of the Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Awards.
In addition to MORE and its sequel, The Guardians, Franklin penned the Amazon best-selling short story, Window, as well as another short story, A Piece of Cake, which appears in the Romantic Interludes anthology. Her next novel will be Franklin’s first love story without a paranormal or fantasy elements, although she believes love is the best kind of magic.
TWELVE, the final installment in the MORE Trilogy will be released in the fall of 2014.
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Monday, February 10, 2014

Love is All You Need. A Giant Valentine's Day Giveaway.

Valentine's Day: it's easy to be a cynic. Valentine's Day was created by the greeting card and chocolate industries. And I certainly don't think that Valentine's Day provides an excuse to be lazy about your relationships for the rest of the year, but I do think it's nice that once a year we have a day especially set aside to celebrate all the ways love alters us and our lives. I think it's meant to remind us that we should be prizing those relationships all year. 

Now I'm not saying that Valentine's Day needs to be a massive commercial venture. Homemade cards and small but thoughtful gestures can be be the best. So maybe sneak a special treat into your significant other's lunch bag, make them a mix "tape" or get up early and warm the car up before they get in it.Or go all out with rose petals on the bed and a reservation at a nice restaurant. Though, you may want to get on that if you haven't yet. The point is, that big heart on the calender isn't meant to tell you to purchase the requisite flowers and chocolates, it's meant to remind you to take a moment to appreciate your love.* How you do so is entirely up to you.

And please, love is love, feel free to celebrate your friend love or the love you have for your nephew, your mom, your neighbor or your cat. Probably best to avoid celebrating your love for your neighbor's cat. That might get weird. 

I wanted to celebrate the love I have for my readers. When I checked around, I found a bunch of other writers did too. So I set up a giveaway. :) Two lucky readers are going to get a bunch of books.

* This statement is in no way meant to suggest that flowers or chocolates are anything less than lovely, just that if purchased they should be purchased thoughtfully.

So, would you be my Valentine?

 Check out these prize packs!!

There's an adult only pack (you must be 18 or older to enter) and a YA pack (15 and up are welcome to enter). And YES, you are more than welcome to enter both.

Adult Prize Pack
18 Adult and New Adult Romances, a $5 Amazon gift card  and a lovely bracelet!

Just look at all these awesome covers-all these could be yours!

Race to Kill by Rachel Kall

Love And Cupcakes by Susan Bishop Crispell

Men and Martinis by Delancey Stewart

Magic at Work by Sotia Lazu

Death of a Waterfall by Kara Leigh Miller (Signed paper copy, US only)

The Problem With Crazy by Lauren K. McKellar

Main Attraction by Ava O’Shay (Signed paperback, US only)

Changed by You  by Natalie S. Taylor

Yours, For Now by Siren Allen

Breaking the Rules  by Melinda Dozier

Chance by N.M. Lombardi

Operation: Cupid by Allyson Lindt

A Walk in Darkness by Jill Robi

Spiraling by Rachel Cross

Melt My Heart by Rachel Cross, Nicole Flockton, Debra Kayn and Holley Trent

Going Home Again by Abby Cavenaugh

Almost Married by Roe Valentine

At Your Service by Anais Morgan

A Late Thaw by Ana Blaze

1 $5 giftcard from AJ Mathews (Author of Goodbye to You, available from Swoon Romance Fall 2014)

1 "You are mine, and I am yours." book quote bracelet from 
Fire of Stars and Dragons by Melissa Petreshock 

Pretty, right?

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Eight Incredible Books and a $5 gift card!
Angels, aliens, gymnasts and more! These YA titles are sure to please teen readers and adults.

Adorned by Georgeann Swiger,

Vision of Shadows by Vincent Morrone,

Shadow Born by Nicole Camp,

Secondary Characters by Rachel Schieffelbein,

The Funeral Singer by Linda Budzinski,

Forget Me Not by Stacey Nash,

Balancing Act by Heather Smith,

An Unexpected Hunger by C. Rosa,

1 $5 giftcard from AJ Mathews (Author of Goodbye to You, available from Swoon Romance Fall 2014)
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Monday, February 3, 2014

Falling Into Place by Brandy L Rivers.

Hi all!
Check out this new romance from Brandy L. Rivers!


18+ Adult themes 

Robert would have done anything for Liz, even let her go when she claimed she needed to be alone. With his life in shambles, he dove into his work as a Silver Council enforcer.

Liz never fit in, but to protect her first love, she walked away when a wild burst of magic nearly killed him. Tremaine found her, and helped her put her life back together.

The man who tore her world apart awakes from a 21 year slumber with revenge on his mind. Nothing will stop James from tearing the power from Liz’s body.

After learning James is alive, Robert rushes to Liz and bands together with Tremaine to keep her safe. Facing her worst fears Liz realizes she can only fall apart or fall into place.

** Spoiler/Fair Warning **
The romance winds up in a permanent threesome

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Others of Edenton - Box Set -
First 4 titles in one book for $5.99

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If you're just looking for one title, you can find them here.

New Beginnings is currently Free. Download it now.

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In Too Deep

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Shadows Fall
It's a novelette and just 99 cents.

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Shadows of the Past

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About the Author
I've always loved books, especially about monsters and magic, so I started writing. I'm working on a prequel and the next few books in the Others of Edenton series, and I have a head full of stories to share.

I'm a stay at home mother with a wonderful husband who lets me write and write to my hearts content.


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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Almost Married by Roe Valentine.

Hi all! I am super excited to share a new book with you all today. Check out Almost Married by Roe Valentine!

Title: Almost Married
Author: Roe Valentine
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: 27 January 2013

Realist, Dr. Carla Harris, believes that people create their own fate, through hard work and careful planning. She believes in playing things safe. But, while preparing for her upcoming nuptials she’s forced to confront the most reckless thing she’s ever done, her estranged husband, Jacob.
Idealist Jacob Moreau believes in soul mates, as much as he believes in saving endangered companies. When his long lost wife reenters his life seeking a divorce, he is convinced more than ever they are meant to be together. And he will do—and lose—anything to have her again.
She thought she had her life planned to perfection. He thought they made perfect sense together. Would marrying Jacob be the craziest thing she’s ever done, or divorcing him?

You can add Almost Married to your to-read list on Goodreads

About the Author:
Roe Valentine was born into the right family. Not only does the name Valentine suit her, but her grandmother, unknowingly, introduced the young Ms. Valentine to her first romance novel. She hasn’t read anything else since. She calls herself a romantic at heart and believes that love conquerors all.

The San Antonio native, who now lives in Houston, attempted to write her first contemporary romance novel when she was nineteen years old. That attempt didn’t take, but her story has a happy ending. She kept pursuing the dream until she landed her first publishing contract. Almost Married is her debut novel.

When not busy writing or reading love stories, Roe can often be found in a yoga class or chatting with friends at her favorite coffee shop. Enjoying margaritas with some girl-talk isn’t unusual for her either. For a night in, she watches reruns of her favorite TV shows and, of course, romantic comedies on her Roku, usually with a glass of wine.

Roe Valentine also LOVES talking to readers. You can contact her in the following ways:
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Goodreads
- Website
- Email -

There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of Almost Married. Here is what you can win: 2 e-copies of Almost Married by Roe Valentine

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Almost Married
© Roe Valentine 2014

“You shouldn’t be here.” 

 Jacob shut his eyes. “According to?” 


 The door pulled open, and there she stood. But that time, she wasn’t so smoothed down. In fact, she was barefoot and her long hair was tied in a bun on the top of her head. Her gray dress was wrinkled as if she’d been rolling around in the bed. His heart pounded. Beautiful didn’t begin to describe her. 

 “Your lawyer.” Her eyes lifted to meet his. Had she been crying? 

 “He doesn’t tell me where to be.” 

 She gazed passed his body, eyebrows slanted. “You should go.”

 He didn’t step closer, though he desperately wanted to. Taking her in his arms was all he could think about. Especially if she was crying because of him. “What if I don’t want to?” 

 As her lips parted, he could see her deep sigh. She was tormented, and it was enough to make him steadfast in being there, while before he wasn’t sure why he ended up knocking on her door. Something had happened between them at his house, on the patio. He was more certain than ever. 

 She stepped aside, the hotel room coming in full view. 

 Stomach fluttering, he walked into the room. First thing he smelled was her vanilla perfume. The bed was unmade, pillows thrown. Clothes thrown over the wingback chair near the window. Shoes lined up near the dresser, though the flat ones she wore earlier were near the side table. He took it all in, remembering her hotel room from many years ago. 

“I don’t know what else we can talk about, Jacob.” 

He turned to her. The door shut with a loud snap. “Do we have to talk?” 

 Her eyes widened. “What else would we do?” 

 I have an idea.