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Review: “Jilted (Promise Harbor Wedding) book 1 by Kelly Jamieson

Mar 20

Jilted (Promise Harbor Wedding) bk 1

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Review: You are going to laugh while reading the prologue to JILTED. Standing in front of the minister about to marry them, a clearly drunk and nervous Allie tells Josh it took her two hours to “look like this” – pale cheeks and dark circles beneath her eyes.

You’re wondering how long before she ‘ducks out’ on the ceremony but Allie doesn’t even get to do that. Suddenly a man bursts through the church doors, demanding a moment with the bride.

Josh understandably says hell no but mystery guy ain’t having it and after an exchange of words with the bride and groom, he sweeps Allie up into his arms and out the door.

Hence the title JILTED.

This is where it gets interesting folks 😀

Trust me when I say Kelly Jamieson does an excellent job introducing us to the residents of Promise Harbor, focusing of course on Devon and Josh.

We know about Devon’s issues, and how they factored in to the breakup but it takes a while for Josh to come to the realisation that he may have problems of his own which contributed to their breakup one year earlier.

(Allie’s story is the last in the series – HITCHED by Erin Nicholas. I guess that’s why we don’t hear from her again for the rest of JILTED. I’m looking forward to reading her story as well as books 2 and 3 in the series.)

No bride? What’s a groom to do? Have the reception of course 🙂

While there, Josh is doing his best to contact Allie by phone but she’s apparently too busy with her ex, the man whom, while drunk on the eve of her wedding, she confessed she would always love. Devon meanwhile offers to check out the island where the couple was supposed to honeymoon, in case Allie went there. It’s the perfect opportunity to approach someone from a rival firm about hiring her, having been let go by her company during a downsizing exercise.

Or so she thinks, until Josh declares he’s coming with her. And this, my fellow readers, is when everything comes to the fore. ;D

They share the honeymoon suite, yes Josh and Allie’s honeymoon suite, but each do their best NOT to let on how attracted they still are to one another.

Some lusty moments follow but Devon and Josh aren’t quick to jump into the sack. I appreciated this, since it was a more realistic picture of what sometimes happens between exes who still have the hots for each other. This also gave the author an opportunity to build the sexual tension…so when this couple FINALLY hooks up…WOW 😀

I loved how Kelly Jamieson ended JILTED and I look forward to reading BOLTED, BUSTED and HITCHED. I hope to Devon and Josh have cameos 🙂

 

Jilted (Promise Harbor Wedding) bk 1Title: Jilted

Series: Promise Harbor Wedding, book 1

Author: Kelly Jamieson

Rating: 4 stars

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Publication date: March 2013

JILTED Synopsis: The wedding’s off but the honeymoon is on…

Promise Harbor Wedding, Book 1

Devon can do this. She can show up at her ex-boyfriend Josh’s wedding, even though he’s marrying her ex-best-friend. She can show everyone she’s happy with her fabulous life in Boston, her great career, her amazing shoes — and she can show everyone she’s over him.

Truth is, her life isn’t so fabulous. She’s just been downsized out of her job, her Jimmy Choos won’t pay her mortgage, and…she’s still heartbroken that Josh chose family over her. The real reason she’s enduring this wedding is that her next stop is nearby Greenbush Island, her last hope of finding a new job.

Josh knows marrying long-time friend Allie will make everyone happy after the rough time their families have been through, and since the woman he really wanted to marry chose her career and big city life over him—why not?

But the perfect wedding turns into a perfect disaster when Allie leaves him at the altar for another man. He never saw that coming! But hey, Devon’s there, offering to help him look for Allie on Greenbush Island, where he’d planned their honeymoon. Only, all they find there are their old feelings for each other and a temptation to risk their hearts one more time…

Warning: This book contains a firefighter hot enough to ignite flames, a woman who doesn’t want to get burned again, a honeymoon suite but no honeymoon, and sex not on the beach (sorry).

Click here to read an EXCERPT from “Jilted (Promise Harbor Wedding) book 1″

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Beyond The Page: “Rush” by Beth Yarnall

Mar 19

What do an ex-Navy SEAL turned bodyguard  and the host of a home shopping TV channel have in common? A stalker.

You can read all about their adventure and their journey to love in RUSH by Crimson Romance debut author, Beth Yarnall 🙂

 

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The lovely Beth has stopped by CABR to tell us some more about her book.

There’s a giveaway too. Find the answer in her interview, post a comment, then complete the easy rafflecopter to WIN

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CABR: Using 120 characters or less (a la Twitter), tell us about RUSH.

BY: The secrets they thought would tear them apart could be the ties that bind them together forever.

 

What was your favorite/most difficult scene to write? 

One of the most difficult scenes I had to write is between the hero, Lucas, and the heroine, Mi. Lucas is about to reveal something painful from his past.

Excerpt from RUSH:

Dread rode him hard, and he couldn’t round up his thoughts on the way home or during the tense, silent elevator ride up to his apartment. And then the doors opened and they stepped into the living room, surrounded by the things of Mi’s he’d brought here.

It seemed like another time, another place that he’d done this. A time when he could reach out and touch the man he wanted to be, could try that costume on and almost feel like maybe he was that man if only for a little while.

And then he looked at Mi and saw he’d been that man with her. And it wasn’t the caricature he’d assumed it was. It was real. He took a hold of her arms, bringing her around to face him fully.

He wanted her to really look at him. Wanted her to tell him what she saw when she looked at him. Wanted know if there was any chance he was the kind of man she’d want, the kind of man she could need.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATell us about the ‘call’ that led to you becoming a published author?

The ‘call’ was an email. I read, then reread it. After four years of rejections it was an odd feeling to finally be accepted. When I told my husband he said, “I thought you’d be more excited.” I did, too.

The excitement came later after the shock wore off. I’d gotten used to editors and agents liking my work ‘BUT’ and then the next sentences would be a rejection. The missing ‘BUT’ was perplexing. I kept thinking that maybe they’d sent me the email by mistake. Thankfully that wasn’t the case.

 

What’s next for you? 

My next scheduled release is HAIR SPRAYED HARD AND PUT AWAY FOREVER in 2014. I have a series of short stories that aren’t scheduled yet, but I hope to have them out later this year.

 

TRIVIA

Pantser or plotter?

I’m a pantser who learned to plot… mostly.

 

Tea or coffee?

Both. I start with coffee in the morning then switch to iced tea throughout the day.

 

Dogs or cats?

Before we got our dog I would have said cats. He’s turned me into a dog lover, but I still love cats.

 

Ideal getaway?

Somewhere warm and sandy.

 

If you could meet anyone from history, living or dead, who would it it be and why?

Oscar Wilde. That guy knew how to party.

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Cover Reveal & Guest Post: “The Long Way Home” by Jessica Scott

Mar 18

oured to be participating in the cover reveal for part two of Jessica Scott‘s autobiography – THE LONG WAY HOME: One Mom’s Journey From Home To War.

This is the sequel to Jessica’s much-acclaimed TO IRAQ AND BACK, about her time on the front lines of war while her young children were back home.

Jessica told me TLWH is probably the book that’s most important to her, so be sure to pick up a copy of your won 😀

There’s a giveaway too, so read on to find out more.

And now, over to Jessica 🙂

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JS: I’m thrilled to announce that after a long way, the cover for The Long Way Home is finally out.

The fabulous Shawntelle Madison did an amazing job with this, didn’t she?

 

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The Long Way Home cover

 

Want your own copy? Buy it at: Barnes & NobleSmashwords | Amazon | Kobo

From the back cover:

My name is Jessica Scott. I am a soldier. I am a mother. I am a wife.

In 2009, Army second lieutenant Jessica Scott deployed to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. She thought deploying was the hardest thing she’d ever do.

She was wrong.

This is the story of a mother coming home from war and learning to be a mom again. This is the story of a lieutenant making the grade and becoming a company commander. This is the journey of a writer persevering through a hundred rejections. This is the story of a soldier learning to be a woman again. This is the story of a wife waiting for the end of a war.

This is the journey as it happened, without commentary.

This is her blog. There are many blogs from the Iraq war, but this one is hers.

 Check out “THE LONG WAY HOME Official Trailer”

Here’s an extended EXCERPT:

The Long Way Home

One Mom’s Journey Back from War

Jessica ScottForeword

In 2009, I kissed my children goodbye and deployed to Iraq.

I thought deploying would be the hardest thing I’d ever do.

I was wrong.

Coming home from war is not an event, not a solitary moment on the parade field. I never knew what it would take to walk through my front door and become a mother after a year away.

This is my story of coming home from war. Of kissing my children and learning to be their mom again. Of taking command of my company and growing up from a smart-mouthed lieutenant to more thoughtful commander. Of being a wife at the end of the war.

A mom. A soldier. A writer. A wife.

If you’ve been following the journey thus far, thank you for joining me again. If you’re reading it for the first time, I hope you enjoy.

COMING HOME 2010

Unprepared December 27, 2009

WHEN YOU GET HOME from deployment, the Army sends you through all this reintegration training. Some of it is worthwhile, a lot of it is a waste of time and even more is a check-the-block exercise. I understand the intent behind it, but frankly, I didn’t need or want most of it. There was, however, one class that I really got a lot out of and it was taught by the chaplains. They discussed reintegrating with your families and I paid attention because honestly, I’ve been worried about reuniting with my kids.

They talked about expectations and reactions and how you and they are different now than when you left home. I knew all this but still I paid attention. There was a lot of anticipation within me about seeing the kids and getting my family back together.

I thought I was prepared.

So when we’re in the middle of a busy rest stop in New Jersey last night and my youngest starts crying out of the blue, I wasn’t prepared to hear why she was upset. She had real, painful tears, the kind of crying that sounded like her little heart hurt. When I asked her what was wrong, she sobbed, “I don’t think you love me.”

It was not a fake cry. It wasn’t a cry for attention. And I had no idea how to react. Instantly, I started crying. In the middle of a rest stop, with people wondering what the heck was going on, I was trying to get my oldest’s coat on her while trying to get my youngest to understand that I did love her and I had missed her.

My husband freaked out when he walked up and saw me and our youngest both in tears. My oldest rested her head on my shoulder and told me she knew I loved her. But none of that helped until I could make my youngest understand.

It was a brutal episode and one I did not expect. They tell you about the babies not knowing you or your grade school kids wanting to talk incessantly but nothing prepared me for my three year old’s confusion and true heartache.

It’s better today. She’s back to normal and so am I, but the pain from last night lingers. So today, I’m hugging both of them more and telling them I love them. I’d already been doing that but apparently, it wasn’t enough to make up for a year of no hugs and no up close “I love you”s. The web cam was good but it wasn’t enough.

I don’t know if I can ever make up to either of them for being gone. I don’t know what else is coming.

And I don’t know that I’m prepared to deal with it.

The Unexpected Mommy Box January 4, 2010

IN DAVID FINKLE’S THE Good Soldiers, Finkle describes a “Bad News Bucket,” an emotional coping cache that, once filled, puts a soldier near the breaking point. According to Finkle, who heard of the idea from General Petraus (I believe), soldiers need good news in order to drain the bad news they carry around inside them.

When I read Finkle’s description, I thought, this was it exactly. There were days in Iraq where I simply couldn’t handle anything else, that I was barely holding on and needed to get away and pull it back together so that I could continue.

I did not expect this once I returned home but apparently, I have my own version of the bad news bucket: the Mommy Box. I discovered very early on in my deployment that I needed to stay busy in order to keep my mind on the tasks at hand and not sit and

mope about my kids. They were happy, they were healthy, and they were in my mom’s more than capable hands. I didn’t need to worry.

What I was doing, apparently, was shoving everything inside the Mommy Box and closing the lid. I shut those emotions down and ignored them.

Except that sometimes, the Box got too full. Like on my oldest’s first day of school. My husband and I both agree that the hardest day on this deployment was missing that event. Birthdays we could recreate. Anniversaries, we would ignore. But the first day of school is something we can’t get back and we don’t get a do-over.

But having put everything aside for the duration, I fully expected to come home and simply go back to normal. I did not expect to be crying the first weekend back with the kids every day for four days. It seemed like I couldn’t stop.

And I also discovered that drinking makes the Mommy Box even harder to handle. Apparently, alcohol unleashes the flood of emotions that I’ve still got boxed up inside me.

I can sit back and pretend that everything is fine now that we’re all home, having hauled the entire family back from the diaspora, but that would be lying to myself. I’m not fine but I am one hell of a lot better now that I’ve got my family back together. There are still a slew of emotions inside me that I still have to handle and I’m sure they’re going to leak out, a little at a time (because I’m not drinking anymore, but that’s another post).

The Mommy Box was set in a corner for an entire year. Now, I guess, it’s time to clean it out.

Banning New Year’s Resolutions, January 8, 2010

I’M NOT ONE TO start the New Year off by saying I’m going to loose fifteen pounds by February 15. It’s never happened before and I’m not sure why I would think starting now is anything different than on December 31st.

But I am a big fan of goals and I’m an even bigger fan of attainable goals. So this year, I’m setting goals and I’m telling y’all about them so at the end of 2010, I can come back and let you know how I did.

Last year, I didn’t really have any goals, other than come home from Iraq and landing an agent. I managed to do both, except that the agent part didn’t really stick. So I’m on the agent hunt again, and that’s okay. And making it home safe and sound from Iraq is an extra bonus that’s a whole ’nother adventure in and of itself.

This year, however, is different. This year, I want to get an agent who really wants me and my body of work as a client and is willing to say “here’s what we need to do, let’s go.” I hope the book I’m working on now will be the book that gets me out there.

This year, I will be better at being a mom. Granted, last year, I had no time to be a mom, other than an absentee one, but this year, I’m going to focus on what’s really important: my kids. I don’t get that time back and they need me more than anyone else does.

The only other thing I’m going to do is keep reading. I’m absolutely positive that I won’t have the same amount of time to read in the States as I had in Iraq, but I’m not going to give up the passion I was able to rediscover this past year. There are books I’m simply dying to read that are coming out soon and I’m going to read them, not just stick them on my book shelf!

So that’s it. Those are my goals. You might notice I did not put sell a novel on there. I can’t control that. I

can’t control if I land an agent, but I certainly hope I do. So we’ll see how it goes.

 

About the Author

Jessica Scott is a career Army officer, mother of two daughters, three cats, and three dogs, wife to a career NCO, and wrangler of all things stuffed and fluffy. She is a terrible cook and even worse housekeeper, but she’s a pretty good shot with her assigned weapon and someone liked some of the stuff she wrote. Somehow, her children are pretty well-adjusted and her husband still loves her, despite burned water and a messy house. No ZhuZhu Pets were harmed in the writing of this book.

Photo: Courtesy of Buzz Covington Photography

 

Jess9-1Make sure you check out the reviews on Goodreads and if you haven’t already, add it to your shelf!

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because-of-you-by-jessica-scottAbout Jess

Jessica Scott is a career army officer, mother of two daughters, three cats and three dogs, wife to a career NCO and wrangler of all things stuffed and fluffy. She is a terrible cook and even worse housekeeper, but she’s a pretty good shot with her assigned weapon and someone liked some of the stuff she wrote. Somehow, her children are pretty well adjusted and her husband still loves her, despite burned water and a messy house.

Her debut novel BECAUSE OF YOU launched Loveswept, the first Random House digital imprint.

She’s written for the New York Times At War Blog, PBS Point of View Regarding War, and IAVA. She deployed to Iraq in 2009 as part of OIF/New Dawn and is currently a company commander stationed at Fort Hood.

Most recently, she’s been featured as one of Esquire Magazine’s Americans of the Year for 2012.

 

Connect with Jessica at 

Website: http://www.jessicascott.net

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jessicascott09

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

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5131118.Jessica_Scott

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Beyond The Page: “Forever (The Dragon Wars)” by Rebecca Royce

Mar 15

Paranormal romance fans, today is your lucky day 😀

Rebecca Royce has stopped by CABR to talk about FOREVER, book 1 in THE DRAGON WARS trilogy from Decadent Publishing.

You can win an eBook copy of FOREVER by answering a simple question based on her interview.

 

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Using 120 characters or less, tell us about FOREVER (The Dragon Wars).
Is Forever possible when everything you ever loved has been taken away?

 

This novella is book 1 in The Dragon Wars series. Tell us how you came up with the idea/story arc for this series?
At first I just thought I was writing a short story but when I was about 1/3 of the way through it I knew I was writing a trilogy.

 

Rebecca RoyceWhat was your favourite/most difficult scene to write? 
He hurts her pretty badly (emotionally) toward the beginning of the book. That was hard for me to write.

And also, toward the end of the book something happens that makes the hero nuts. I wrote the scene in his point of view so that was hard to do too.

 

What’s next for you in 2013? 
Oh wow. I’m finishing The Westervelt Wolves, writing a bunch of short stories, hopefully finishing two other series, and attending two more conferences: Romantic Times (RT) and Romanticon

 

TRIVIA

Pantser or plotter?
Pantser

 

Tea or coffee?
Coffee

 

Dogs or cats?
Both, we have both, but I think I’m really more of a cat person even though I write more about dogs. Outside of the worlds I create, I think cats and I understand each other better.

 

Ideal getaway?
A Caribbean island with lots of shade. (I’m a red head)

 

If you could meet anyone from history, living or dead, who would it it be and why?
Oh wow. I’d love to meet George Elliot! Just love her writing.

 

Cover_ForeverTheDragonWarsSynopsis of FOREVER (The Dragon Wars):

Devin Owen has come back from the Dragon Wars a changed Werewolf. For one thing, he’s lost his wolf side as well as much of his desire to live. He spends most of his life doped up to handle the pain from his injured leg.

Lena Knox knew the moment she met Devin that he was her mate. But, she’d been a child at the time and he hadn’t noticed her at all. Now, all grown up, she wants Devin to be the wolf she’s waited for. Not that she has a lot of time for longing with life and home crumbling around her.

A couple of heated encounters draw them together, but is it enough to overcome the war wounds they both carry? Or will an outside enemy destroy them before they get the chance to find forever?

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Beyond The Page: “Reunited” by Sabrina Sol

Mar 14

Reunited300x450What are the odds of hosting back-to-back Vegas book interviews?

That must mean your chances of winning these cool eBook giveaways on CABR 😀

Today debut author, Sabrina Sol, answers my quiz questions.

Find out why she deliberately made the heroine of REUNITED a “sexy Latina” then post your answer in the rafflecopter to win a copy of this spicy, sexy novella.

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Using 120 characters or less (a la Twitter), tell us about REUNITED.

Former geek creates new sexy persona in order to spend one night with the one man she’s always wanted.

But will her lie destroy their reunion?

 

This novella was your debut but it’s part of the 1 NIGHT STAND series from Decadent Publishing right?

How did your book fit into the series or is this book 1 in your very own series 1 NIGHT STAND?

Right now this is a stand-alone title for the 1Night Stand series. It takes place in Las Vegas – one of the more popular locations for the series – and there’s a cameo by resort owner Jackson Castillo, who was featured in the series’ very first book “TO FEEL AGAIN”.

A couple of people have mentioned that they would like to see the character of Tommy, Magdelena’s best friend, get his own story. I’ll have to think a little bit more about that one. 😉

 

Several readers and reviewers have praised the fact that a Latina heroine is featured in REUNITED. Was this a deliberate decision, based on your own Latino heritage?

Yes, this was a very deliberate decision on my part. In fact, my goal as an author is to include Latina heroines in all of my stories because I believe that there is a need for more strong and sexy Latina characters in romance novels, especially erotic romance.

 

las vegas signWhat was your favourite/most difficult scene to write? Please include an excerpt from it.

One of my favorite scenes takes place toward the beginning of the book. Magdelena, the heroine, is having second thoughts about her 1Night Stand date with her unrequited crush from high school. Her best friend Tommy is there to talk her through it and basically push her through that hotel room door.

It’s a favorite scene because the humor within the dialogue shows her vulnerability, while also capturing a telling example of the kind of friendship they share.

 

Magdelena cowered in a corner near the elevator doors and whispered into her phone. “I can’t do it, Tommy.”

“Yes, you can.”

“What if he recognizes me and walks out?” She cringed even more at that humiliating thought.

“He’s not going to recognize you. He hasn’t seen you in person since your high school graduation, and your profile picture on the alumni website is your fat cat, Gatito. Besides, you’re not you right now. You’re smoking hot Elena—his Latina fantasy lover.”

She closed her eyes and vocalized her worst fear. “What if the sex is bad?”

Tommy hooted on the other end. “Trust me. I’ve been working side by side with Will for months. This guy is bursting at the seams to get off. Any sex will be good sex for him.”

“Gee, thanks.”

“You know what I mean. Besides, remember when you reconnected with him on the website two years ago?”

“Of course, I do.”

“Exactly. And after just a couple of those steamy online chats, he wanted to hook up with you on the night of your class reunion. You’re the science chica—don’t you know what chemistry is?”

“Different time, different circumstances. Besides, we both know how that turned out.”

“Whatever. There aren’t going to be any ex-girlfriends or ex-wives in that hotel room. It’s all you.”

“That’s the problem.” She imagined Tommy’s signature eye roll and waited for his usual lecture. He always did it when she questioned herself.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. You owe this to yourself. Hell, girl, you owe this to me for working so damn hard to get him there. So get your ass in that room right now and make him scream your name so I can hear it all the way over here in L.A.

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What’s next for you in 2013?

My next appearance is coming up this weekend! I’ll be participating in the multi-author book signing at the SoCal RWA conference on Sunday, March 17 in Santa Ana, Calif. Since REUNITED is an e-book only, I’ll be signing book cards and giving away some fun swag items!

Here’s a link for more info: http://socalrwa.org/book-signing/

I’ll also be popping up on different blogs for the next few months, but mainly 2013 is going to be a writing year. I’m almost finished with another novella that I hope to submit to a publisher in April and then I’m going to focus on writing another 1Night Stand for Decadent Publishing.

 

TRIVIA

Pantser or plotter?

A little of both. I start off as a pantser and then turn into a plotter in order to make sense of what I just wrote. Ha!

 

Tea or coffee?

Neither really. I’m more of a Coke drinker.

 

Dogs or cats?

Definitely dogs! I have 2 Beagles at home.

 

Ideal getaway?

Anywhere that I don’t have to cook, clean or do laundry.

 

If you could meet anyone from history, living or dead, who would it it be and why? 

I would love to meet Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. It has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with the fact that I consider her to be one of the most influential and inspiring Latina role models.

Sabrina Sol photoBIO:

Sabrina Sol is the chica who loves love. She writes spicy romance stories featuring strong Latina heroines in search of love, success and happiness.

She lives in Southern California with her husband, three kids and two Beagles.

Sabrina is also part of a large, extended Mexican family which may—or may not—be the source of inspiration for some of her characters.

 

SABRINA SOL’s social media links:

Blog – www.theromancechica.com

Website – www.sabrinasol.com

Twitter – @theromancechica

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/TheRomanceChica?fref=ts

 

Reunited300x450BUY Links for REUNITED:

Decadent Publishing

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

iTunes

Coffee Time Romance

Smashwords

 

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Beyond The Page: “Vegas Knights” by Marina Maddix

Mar 13

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A businessman, an artist and a bike in Las Vegas… The possibilities are endless 😉

Erotic romance author, Marina Maddix, is about to share her interpretation of this combo in her book VEGAS KNIGHTS.

Read on to find out how about to enter Marina’s THREE giveaways.

One is exclusive to CABR while links are provided to the rafflecopters for a $10 Amazon GC and a Kindle Paperwhite. 😀

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Using 120 characters or less (a la Twitter), tell us about “Vegas Knights”.

Big girl Kelly finds the road to love with billionaire biker Rick is full of potholes!

Is there a soundtrack for “Vegas Knights” or did you have one while writing it?

I love music but I can’t listen to it while I’m writing. I could say Elvis was playing in the background but not only would it be cheesy, it wouldn’t be true.

I think Rick would most likely listen to classic rock, since he hangs with a bunch of bikers, but Kelly is softer. I’m sure she wouldn’t mind listening to the classics, but she most likely has a pretty eclectic taste in music.

I could definitely see a wide range of music on her iPod, from Mozart to the White Stripes to Rihanna.

 

1KnightFallWhat led you to writing this novella?

I started Rick and Kelly’s story in the short erotic romance Knight Fall. Readers wanted more, so I wrote Vegas Knights as a stand-alone novel.

You don’t need to read Knight Fall to enjoy Vegas Knights but it’s a hot story and I recently reduced the price to 99 cents.

 

What was your favourite/most difficult scene to write? Please include an excerpt from it.

Honestly, the excerpt I included on the Amazon page (see below) was the hardest for me to write. I was deathly ill at the time and just wasn’t feeling the smexy! I actually wrote “SEX HERE” as a place holder. LOL!

I waited till after the book was finished to go back and write that scene because I wasn’t even sure if I even wanted it in there. But it turned out to be one of my favorites in the book because it really shows the advancement of their relationship.

 

What’s next for you in 2013?

Right now I’m focusing on promoting VEGAS KNIGHTS, including several more blog stops.

Here’s my tour schedule to date:

3/5 Romance Addict (Getting Romantic in Las Vegas)
3/7 Readers Guide to Epublishing (The Whys & Hows of Reviewing Books)
3/8 Belle’s Book Bag (The Benefits of Pole Dancing)
3/8 I Love Lady Porn (Book Spotlight)
3/10 Under the Covers (Character Interview with Rick Knight)
3/12 The Jeep Diva (Author Interview)
3/13 Caribbean Accent (Author Interview)
3/15 It’s All About Romance (Book Spotlight)
3/16 A Little Fiction for Every Flavour (Book Spotlight)
3/17 Close Encounters of the Night Kind (The Condom Conundrum)
3/17 Musings from an Addicted Reader (Book Spotlight)
3/18 Babbling About Books (Are Alpha Males All That?)
3/19 Coffee Beans & Love Scenes (Book Spotlight)
3/20 Heart Breaking Reviews (Book Spotlight)
3/20 My Fiction Nook (Book Spotlight)
3/21 United by Books (Is It Real or Is It Fantasy?)
3/21 Romance Junkies (Speed Dating Interview)
3/22 HEA Romance with a Little Kick ()
3/23 Dr. Pepper Diva (Book Spotlight)
3/24 Hesperia Loves Books (Guest Post)
3/24 Wicked Readings by Tawania (Book Spotlight)
3/25 Books & Tales (Book Spotlight)
3/27 The Book Tart (Guest Post)
3/28 Cocktails & Books (Author Interview)
3/31 Beach Bum Reads (Author Interview)

After all of that, I have several more novels and/or novellas rattling around in my brain.

I know that I’ll be a member of this summer’s Insatiable Reads Book Tour (dates TBD), and if response to VEGAS KNIGHTS is good, I might send Rick and Kelly on a sailing adventure, or I may pursue one of those other ideas. We’ll see!

 

TRIVIA

eBook or paperback?

eBook all the way, baby!

Fruits or chocolate?

Fruits (ripe Georgia peaches or Bing cherries)

4FredDogs or cats?

Cats (close call)

Ideal getaway?

Anywhere with my husband where it’s just the two of us with no phones, no internet and no TV!

If you could meet anyone from history, living or dead, who would it it be and why?

If I’m staying away from the obvious (Hitler so I can kill him or Lincoln so I can save him), I’d say Roald Dahl. I loved his books (Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, James & the Giant Peach) as a kid, and then I read his grown-up fiction. That fellow was seriously twisted and funny – my kind of guy!

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VegasKnightsMedSynopsis of VEGAS KNIGHTS: 

After a passionate public encounter with a mysterious and very sexy biker, big girl Kelly Saunders finds herself on the ride of her life. Her ‘Knight on shining armor’ — Rick Knight, billionaire heir to a motorcycle legacy — whisks her away from her soul-sucking corporate job to Las Vegas, where she finds the road to love is treacherous.

As urgent business matters demand more and more of Rick’s attention, Kelly is left to wonder about the future of their relationship. A ruthless betrayal throws her life into turmoil, and a devastating discovery threatens to pull them apart.

Is their love just so much Vegas glitter or is it strong enough to survive beyond the dazzling lights of Sin City? Vegas Knights is the much-anticipated novel-length sequel to Marina’s popular erotic/romantic short story Knight Fall, which is included in this paperback edition!

BUY Links for VEGAS KNIGHTS:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Kobo

 

Filed Under: Beyond The Page

Cover Reveal: “The Practice Proposal” by Tracy March

Mar 12

 

Here’s your second Cover Reveal time of the day at CABR 🙂

This time it’s THE PRACTICE PROPOSAL by  Tracy March.

This book is also from Entangled Publishing‘s Bliss imprint but it belongs to a different series – Suddenly Smitten

 

The Practice Proposal cover

 

Synopsis of THE PRACTICE PROPOSAL:

Liza Sutherland isn’t looking for love. Not from a charity-auction date she didn’t even bid on and especially not with Nationals first baseman Cole Collins, the guy she obsessed over as an awkward teenager. She won’t get involved with a notorious player, no matter how attractive Cole is.

Cole Collins is up for contract renegotiation, but after too many late-night parties, he’ll need some positive publicity before he can make the roster. His agent, Frank, pitches Liza as the perfect prop…only Cole didn’t account for Liza no longer being just a teenager with a crush. She’s gorgeous and smart and he’s instantly hooked.

When Frank makes Liza a deal she can’t refuse—a bet she will fall in love with Cole or a cool half mil goes to charity—the game is on. But neither bet on the real feelings that surface. Could a fake fling turn into an official forever?

 

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Cover Reveal: “Just for the Summer” by Jenna Rutland

Mar 12

 

It’s Cover Reveal time at CABR 🙂

Which book?

JUST FOR THE SUMMER by Jenna Rutland.

The book is Entangled Publishing‘s Bliss imprint.

It’s also part of the Lake Bliss series.

 

 

Just for the Summer cover

 

Synopsis of JUST FOR THE SUMMER:

Dani Sullivan has come to Lake Bliss to write her latest cookbookÉand to see if the baby she gave up for adoption eight years ago is happy. When she’s done with her reconnaissance, she plans to return to Detroit without any doubts about past decisions.

But when she sees her little boy—indeed happy despite living with his single dad—she finds she can’t keep her promise to stay awayÉfrom her son or from his flirtatious father, who has no idea of her true identity.

Recently divorced sheriff Matt Reagan is ready for a new relationship, but he doesn’t want short-term—his son needs permanence, and so does Matt’s heart.

Unfortunately, it’s the smart-mouthed and sinfully sexy Ms. Sullivan who catches his eye. But when Matt learns Dani’s secrets, will he still want her to stay? Or will her chance for love last just for the summer?

 

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Beyond The Page: “A Risk Worth Taking” by Victoria James

Mar 12

A Risk Worth Taking coverRomances set in close-knit communities always have a special atmosphere, don’t you agree? 🙂

Today, Victoria James has returned to CABR to talk about A RISK WORTH TAKING, book one in THE RED RIVER SERIES

Coffee addicts, er I mean fans, in North America, read on to find out how you can win a $10 Starbucks Gift Card 🙂

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VJ: Sasha, thank you so much for having me back! I’m so exciting to be chatting with you again 😀

CABR: Welcome back Vic 🙂

 

Using 120 characters or less (a la Twitter), tell us about “A RISK WORTH TAKING“.

Broken hearted, Holly goes home to the town she hasn’t seen in years, and to Quinn, the one man she could never forget.

 

What led you to writing THE RED RIVER SERIES, of which ARWT is book 1? 

I love writing small town settings, with lots of family and friends as secondary characters. Family and friends can be so much fun to write-and just like in real life, they can drive us up the wall or catch us when we fall.

 

Is there a soundtrack for “ARWT” or did you have one while writing it?

Yes! I make a soundtrack for every book I write. Sometimes I even add to it once I’m working on edits-so the playlist ends up evolving and incorporating new songs.

Playlists enable me to get right back into the mood of the book-which is really helpful if I’ve written it a year ago, and then have to quickly get back into it for revisions.

I’m going to be posting my Playlist for Risk on my website, www.victoriajames.ca soon!

 

VJ shotWhat was your favourite/most difficult scene to write?

The night of the big storm, for sure. There was so much pent up emotion and desire between Holly and Quinn by that point in the book, that even I was going crazy!

Holly tries her best to resist, but Quinn is a tough man to ignore…

 

EXCERPT:

He stopped drying his hair and looked into her eyes, the silence between them deafening as the wind and rain recklessly beat against the windows and roof. “Holly, do you know what I want to do right now?” Holly swallowed. Hard. “Take a hot bath?” He shook his head and took a step closer. She could barely breathe. “A hot shower?” He shook his head again and his eyes dropped to her mouth. Her lips parted involuntarily. “Coffee?” she managed to whisper as she heard the beep signaling the brew cycle had finished. He shook his head again and stood a few inches away from her. “I want to kiss you,” he said, his voice deep, and then he gently took her wrist and tugged her toward him. “I want to kiss you and taste you and never stop.”

What’s next for you in 2013?

The next two books in the Red River Series are coming out this year-which is just so exciting because I’ve had Red River on my mind for a few years. I adore Quinn’s brothers, Jake and Evan, so figuring out their stories has been a blast.

My blog tour for A RISK WORTH TAKING starts March 18th and this time, in celebration of the launch of this series, I’m giving away a big prize. Something Holly would definitely approve of 😀 Check out my website this week for the official contest details.

 

TRIVIA

A Risk Worth Taking covereBook or paperback?

Don’t make me choose! The neat-freak in me loves eBook.

 

Fruits or chocolate?

Fruit-but wait! Only because I’m a salty snack person. Not that into sweets!

 

Dogs or cats?

Cats-though mine has been really, really bad this last year. I might have to consider switching teams.

 

Ideal getaway?

Oh, put me on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean.

 

If you could meet anyone from history, living or dead, who would it it be and why?

Sorry, I can’t narrow it down to one person, I just can’t! But, I’ve always been a sucker for historical romances-so if I could travel back and hang out in Medieval England for a couple days…

long enough to live in a castle and meet a gorgeous knight-but not long enough to get really smelly and miss all my modern day amenities-that would be awesome!

BUY Links for A RISK WORTH TAKING:

AMAZON- http://www.amazon.com/A-Risk-Worth-Taking-ebook/dp/B00BQMOHNC/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1362838451&sr=1-2&keywords=a+risk+worth+taking

BARNES & NOBLE – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-risk-worth-taking-victoria-james/1114794884?ean=9781622660728

iBOOK – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-risk-worth-taking/id616370368?mt=11&uo=4

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VICTORIA JAMES’ contact info:

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17562084-a-risk-worth-taking

My website:  www.victoriajames.ca

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/victoria.james.7146557

Twitter: @Vicjames101

Synopsis of A RISK WORTH TAKING: 

Interior designer Holly Carrington worked hard for her success. Then tragedy struck, leaving Holly the sole guardian of her infant niece. Now she’s swapped her designer purse for a diaper bag, and is going ahead with plans to renovate—and sell—her childhood home in Red River. But facing her past also means coming face-to-face with Quinn Manning all over again…

Quinn was the object of her girlhood crush—and heartbreak— and is more gorgeous than ever. He’s also the only person qualified to oversee the renovation. Now they’re butting heads every step of the way… and their attraction is more electrifying than ever! But once the house is sold, Holly needs to return to her real life. And falling for Quinn all over again is one risk she can’t take… 

 

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Filed Under: Beyond The Page

Review: “A Wallflower Christmas” by Lisa Kleyplas

Mar 11

A Wallflower Christmas coverTitle: A Wallflower Christmas

Author: Lisa Kleypas

Series: Book 5, Wallflower Series

Publisher: St Martin’s Press

Publication Date: October 2008

Synopsis: The Wallflowers are four young ladies in London who banded together in their wild and wickedly wonderful searches for true love.

Now happily married, they join together once again to help one of the world’s most notorious rogues realize that happiness might be right under the mistletoe.…

It’s Christmastime in London and Rafe Bowman has arrived from America for his arranged meeting with Natalie Blandford, the very proper and beautiful daughter of Lady and Lord Blandford.

His chiseled good looks and imposing physique are sure to impress the lady in waiting and, if it weren’t for his shocking American ways and wild reputation, her hand would already be guaranteed.

Before the courtship can begin, Rafe realizes he must learn the rules of London society. But when four former Wallflowers try their hand at matchmaking, no one knows what will happen. And winning a bride turns out to be more complicated than Rafe Bowman anticipated, especially for a man accustomed to getting anything he wants.

However, Christmas works in the most unexpected ways, changing a cynic to a romantic and inspiring passion in the most timid of hearts.

A Wallflower Christmas takes a trip to Victorian London, under the mistletoe, and on a journey of the heart. With her trademark charm, sensuality, and unforgettable characters, there’s no one like Lisa Kleypas to make you believe in the magic of Christmas.

 

CABRGOLDReview: What a wonderful, engaging, funny, romantic, passionate historical romance!! 😀

Can you tell I enjoyed this book? LOL

It’s been so long since I read an historical romance, particularly a really good one, that picking up Lisa Kleypas’ book was a risk for me. Happily, her style of writing immediately drew me into the fifth and final book in the Wallflower Series.

There’s a prologue that explains the bond between the four original wallflowers – Annabelle, Evie and the sisters from New York, Lillian and Darcy, while setting the stage for what’s to come when Lillian’s and Darcy’s “rake” of an older brother, Rafe, embarks on a mission to marry a proper English lady; Natalie Blandford, in order to get his inheritance.

I love, love, love the spark and repartee between Rafe and his true match, Hannah Appleton. 😀 You will find yourself laughing one minute, cheering the next then saying Oh My whenever the chemistry between these two gets a chance to be physically expressed.

Who said people in Victorian England didn’t know what passion was?

As the title indicates, A WALLFLOWER CHRISTMAS is set around the traditional family holiday but at a time in England when Christmas trees were a rarity, rather than a must-have part of the holidays. The story also takes place not too long after the publication of A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens.

Lisa Kleypas does an excellent job of revealing what many people of the time thought of having a decorated fir tree inside their home and how children and adults alike fell in love with what has become a classic from Mr Dickens.

 

A Wallflower Christmas coverCLICK HERE to read an EXCERPT from A WALLFLOWER CHRISTMAS

BUY Links: 

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Nookibooks (discount price here)

Books A Million (BAM)

Kobo

 

Filed Under: CABR Gold Star Review
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