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Temptation Thursdays: “Sweet Texas Fire” by Nicole Flockton

Apr 14

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What better way to choose a great book for your weekend escape than by reading a sexy excerpt?

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That’s the idea behind my feature, CABR Presents Temptation Thursdays

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Today’s excerpt is from SWEET TEXAS FIRE by Nicole Flockton.

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Giveaway: Box-O-Books and Swag from CABR!

Jul 6

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It’s box #2 of 6 in my Blogaversary giveaway to celebrate my two years of blogging!

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Enter to WIN books, swag and a CABR tote signed by lots of great authors!!

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Good luck everyone 🙂

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Giveaway: Box-o-Books and Swag!

Jun 15

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I’ve been blogging for two years now and I wanted to celebrate this,

plus say “Thank you” to my loyal followers,

by doing a six-part Giveaway of books, swag and CABR totes signed by lots of great authors!! 

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Good luck everyone 😀

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Temptation Thursdays & Giveaway: “Daniel’s Decision” by Nicole Flockton

Jun 6

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What better way to choose a great book for your weekend escape than by reading a sexy excerpt?

Hence my feature, CABR Presents Temptation Thursdays 🙂

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Today’s excerpt is from DANIEL’S DECISION by Nicole Flockton.
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Temptation Thursdays: “Seducing Phoebe” by Nicole Flockton

Mar 27

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What better way to choose a great book for your weekend escape than by reading a sexy excerpt? 

Hence my feature, CABR Presents Temptation Thursdays :)

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Today’s excerpt is from SEDUCING PHOEBE by Nicole Flockton.

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Review & $10 Gift Card Giveaway: “Seducing Phoebe” by Nicole Flockton

Nov 4

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Review: I loved this book! 🙂 There was angst and the return of an ex-boyfriend on the eve of the heroine’s wedding to a man whose ‘been there’ for her all along.

Phoebe and Marco each have their own secrets and insecurities which affect their ability to truly open up to one another and most importantly, to open up to love.

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Guest Post & Giveaway: “Breaking the Rules” by Melinda Dozier

Jul 11

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Melinda Dozier dishes on sexy doctors:

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The irresistible hero in Breaking the Rules is Dr. Colin Calaway, a single dad and an orthopedic surgeon. I always knew I wanted to write a doctor into one of my stories.

Luckily, Colin screamed at me from the rooftops of Harbor Bay Hospital!

The inspiration behind his looks is Chris O’Donnell in Grey’s Anatomy (around 2006). So what if Dr. Finn Dandridge was only a vet? A sexy man in a white coat and a stethoscope is an eye-catcher.

Here’s a gorgeous picture of Chris O’Donnell (Dr. Colin Calaway in Breaking the Rules):

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(thanks to the simplyirresistiblemen tumblr for the pic)

Which other sexy doctors do you drool over enjoy watching? Let me share a few of mine from a long list of T.V. doctors.

Dr. Tony Gates (a.k.a. John Stamos).

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I can’t leave out my old teenage heartthrob, John Stamos. This man never ages and never disappoints. Stamos played Dr. Tony Gates on ER during Season 12. HEARTTHROB!

 

Dr. Ben Keeton (a.k.a. Martin Henderson)

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Ever since I watched the Bollywood version of P&P, Bride and Prejudice, with Martin Henderson, I’ve been a huge fan of this blue-eyed actor. What a great idea to have him as a doctor on Off the Map. Unfortunately, the show didn’t last, going off the air in 2011. He’s a fine piece of specimen!

 

Dr. Mark Sloan (a.k.a. Eric Dane)

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I couldn’t leave out one of the obvious hotties from Grey’s Anatomy (next to McSteamy, of course). Eric Dane is one handsome man that I never tire to look at.

Even with all these fabulous, hot doctors, the one who stands out the most in my mind is Dr. Colin Calaway. Want to know why?

He’s incredibly sexy, with a swimmer’s body.

He’s smart – not just book smart, but common sense smart.

He’s funny and flirtatious, just ask Hope.

He’s an amazing father, who despite his busy schedule at the clinic and hospital, always puts his son first.

He’s a Yankees fan. Yep. I said it.

 I’d love to hear who your top sexy doctor is! Leave a comment below so I can check him out.

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GIVEAWAY:

Melinda is giving away an ecopy of Breaking the Rules and winners choice of a Yankees or Red Sox baseball cap through her tour wide giveaway. Winners must enter via Rafflecopter and will be chosen on July 27.

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A forbidden love affair in the past has led Hope Robinson, a middle school principal, to Harbor Bay, Florida, where she commits herself to play by the rules. This can be difficult for a perpetual klutz, who – even strapped in a cast – has to uphold a competent attitude at all times.

Luckily, she has Dr. Colin Calaway on her side, a widower and father of a student, who is ready to give love another try. When Colin convinces Hope they should explore the connection between them, a steamy romance develops, though it could destroy them both. They must decide if their jobs – and their hearts – are worth the risk.

Sensuality Level: Sensual  (EXCERPT at bottom of post)

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Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4A_ow8MRw1M

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MelindaDozierAuthorCONTACT the author:

Website  www.melindadozier.com

Twitter  www.twitter.com/melindadozier

Facebook  www.facebook.com/melindadoz

Melinda Dozier lives in Guatemala, Central America, with her husband, three boys and German Shepherd.

She enjoys being the queen of her household and dreams of being pampered fully by her boys once they’re grown. Learn more about her at www.melindadozier.com.

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EXCERPT from Breaking the Rules:

He shook his head. “I can’t believe we’re doing this.”

“Doing what?” She looked around, confusion in her eyes.

“Talking about the weather.” He scooted closer to her, making her back up toward the railing.

“Colin—” A warning came from her mouth.

He scooted her all the way back. “You can’t go around saying stuff like you did back there and just pretend nothing’s happening.”

“I’m sorry, Colin. I didn’t think before I spoke.”

He put his arms around her, holding onto the rail. “Sometimes it’s better to just speak what’s on your mind.” He lifted one hand and caressed her cheek. “Damn it, Hope. Life is too short to ignore the truth and the truth is that we are extremely attracted to each other.”

She opened her mouth, then closed it before saying anything. He was right, but she didn’t know what to do about it.

“Don’t deny it.” He brought his thumb down and touched her bottom lip.

Leaning into his touch, she said, “Remember we’re just friends.”

He shook his head. “To hell with friends, Hope. I haven’t felt like this in so long.” He placed his forehead on hers and leaned in more. Enough that she could feel his quickened breath on her chin.

“Me too.” She sighed. Leaning back, she looked in his eyes. “I know it’s not fair, but we can’t.”

“I’m not going to lie—this is freakin’ frustrating.” He scraped his hand over his face. “I mean, I haven’t been on a date in months, because I just don’t feel it with anyone. Then, when I do feel ‘it,’ I can’t do anything about it.”

She looked down. “I feel the same way and I’m frustrated, too.”

“Then why are we ignoring it? Even the tarot card lady said we should be more than friends.”

She rolled her eyes. “Oh, and she is a knowledgeable source to trust.”

“Just hear me out, Hope.” He stroked her hair, causing her heart to beat faster. “We’ve had an amazing afternoon together.” He pointed back and forth between them. “This is who we really are. You. Me. Hope and Colin. Just two people having an incredible time together. See how much fun we can have if we forget all the labels? No principal, parent, doctor bull crap. Just us.”

She sighed and looked into his eyes. “It has been a great day.”

“You need to just stop thinking about all the reasons why we shouldn’t be together and look at the one reason why we should.” He held her chin up. “Us.”

 

 

 

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Guest Post & Giveaway: “Rescuing Dawn” by Nicole Flockton

Jun 14

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Nicole Flockton is on CABR today!!

Can you tell I’m excited? 🙂

She’s talking about starting over, a central theme in her latest release, RESCUING DAWN, from Crimson Romance.

Over to you Nicole.

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STARTING OVER by Nicole Flockton

Nicole-7502-LR-Color-1We’ve all done it. We’ve all had a situation in our life where we’ve had to start over. Most of the times starting over can be due to a tragedy in your life. – a broken relationship being the main one we’ve all suffered through.

For Dawn, in RESCUING DAWN, she’s had a few tragedies that make it difficult for her to try again. She decides that loving again is too much of a risk so she shuts herself away from life. She works the night shift and goes home afterwards. She doesn’t socialize with friends.

I have to admit sometimes she was a little difficult to get moving on trying again, she went backwards and forwards a few times. Eventually she sees the errors of her way – of course it takes a good man to make her see the light!

When you’ve lost the most important people in your life it does take a strong person to pick up the pieces and move on and start over.

I’ve started over a couple of times in new relationships. But the biggest starting over for me was when we moved from Perth Australia to Houston Texas in August 2009.

That was a major move. Some people might not see that as starting over but for me it was. I had to learn to cope without having my mum and dad a quick phone call away. It took me a while not to realize I couldn’t pick up the phone and chat to her – time difference sucks. I had to make new friends – it was scary!

But the good thing about starting over for me has been I’ve actually realized the dream of being published. I often wonder if I was still back in Perth would I be published? Would I have had the drive and determination to send that query email in June 2012. The answer is I’ll never know.

Starting over can be hard but it can also be the most rewarding thing you can do. Have you had to start over again in your life?

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Post a comment with your answer to Nicole’s question, then complete the rafflecopter to WIN an eBook copy of RESCUING DAWN

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CONTACT Nicole Flockton:

Twitter – @NicoleFlockton

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Website – www.nicoleflockton.com

 

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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “Singapore Fling” by Alexia Adams

Jun 2

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Today is  release day for Crimson Romance author, Alexia Adams 🙂

To celebrate, she’s offering one lucky blog commentator an eBook copy of her book, SINGAPORE FLING.

The answer to the Giveaway question can be found in her interview.

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Welcome to CABR Alexia.

What inspired you to write about a heroine searching for her biological mother in a contemporary romance?

To be honest, I didn’t set out to write a story about a search for a birth mother. I loved the name, Lalita (from the move Bride & Prejudice), so I wanted to use that name for one of my characters (my husband refused to let me name my daughter Lalita).

But I wanted her to be a woman that on the surface had it all in control, while underneath she was a wracked with doubts about her own place in life and her family.

 

When did the hero, Jeremy Lakewood, come into the picture? (When the story was still an idea?)

Actually, Jeremy was my starting point for the whole novel. I was waiting to pick up my children from school one day, and a line from My Fair Lady kept running through my head, “…oozing charm from every pore, he oiled his way across the floor.” A charming, smooth-operator was born.

 

I know you’re a seasoned backpacker who has travelled to many countries. 🙂

How many of the eight Asian nations visited by Lalita Evans and Jeremy in SINGAPORE FLING have you been to?

Alexia Adams photo2I’ve been to five: Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines and India (although I was in the north of India, not Mumbai area).

Lalita and Jeremy also go to China, Japan and Indonesia, which I haven’t visited…yet.

 

Did you struggle to write a particular scene? Please tell us about it.

I think the hardest scent to write was when Lalita and Jeremy go to the slum area in Mumbai in their search for her birth mother.

I wanted to be sensitive to the difficulties that the people in this area live in, while also portraying the desperation that has caused some to do things we find unthinkable in our area of the world.

I did a lot of research and fell back on an experience I had visiting a shanty town in Central America.

 

Here’s an excerpt from the scene:

As they approached the slum dwellings, Lalita was relieved to have Jeremy’s strong arm around her waist. If he hadn’t been there for her, she would have chickened out. She stepped carefully, lifting the hem of her sari. The smell of garbage and unwashed bodies was overpowering.

A young boy in bare feet and tattered clothes approached and asked them for some money.

“He says he knows the woman but claims she doesn’t speak Marathi. He’s offered to take us there and translate. His name is Pradesh.” Lalita explained to Jeremy after a long exchange with the child.

“Do you trust him?” Jeremy eyed the young lad.

“Not entirely, but I don’t see any other options.”

“Are you sure you want to do this, Lalita? You have a family that loves you. What point is there in raising questions now?”

“I need to know.”

“Then that’s all I need to know. Come on, I can’t wait to get back to the hotel and have a shower. I think something just crawled up my leg.”

Lalita took his hand and gave it a squeeze then hurried to follow the boy. He led them through a warren of passages until Lalita was sure they had gone in circles at least twice. She had seen Jeremy taking careful notice of their surroundings and making discreet marks on some of the corrugated metal walls as they passed.

At last the boy indicated a small shed and called out the name Lalita had been given. A woman’s voice answered and the boy disappeared inside. A minute later, he reappeared and motioned for Lalita and Jeremy to enter.

Lalita stooped to pass through the doorway, bending almost double to get inside. As soon as she entered, she wished she hadn’t. The only place to sit was on the mud floor and the roof was too low to stand upright. A gnarled old woman lay on a filthy mattress not even bothering to shoo away the flies that buzzed about her unwashed body.

Jeremy stuck his head inside. Lalita motioned for him to wait outside, which he seemed grateful to do.

“Please tell her that I’ve come to ask about a baby that was born twenty-eight years ago,” Lalita said to Pradesh. The boy repeated the question in the old woman’s language.

The woman got on her knees and crawled over to where Lalita crouched as close to the door as possible. Wanting to vomit from the stench emanating from the woman, Lalita held her breath. The filthy creature put a deformed hand up to her cheek. They searched each other’s eyes in the dim light. Before answering the boy, the hag crawled back to the mattress.

“She says you are her daughter. She doesn’t remember who the father is. She sold you to a rich, white couple when you were a few days old. She wants some money.”

Nausea welled up into Lalita’s throat. How could this woman be her mother? Glancing around the tiny room which could have been her home, she tried to disguise the dry heaves behind a cough. She took a deep breath through her mouth, however, she could taste the rank air.

“I don’t believe her. Does she have any proof?” Lalita managed to get out. This couldn’t be true. Why had she even wanted to find her real mother? The one she had in England was loving and kind, why had she felt a need to find a different one? Especially one that sold babies?

Pradesh translated Lalita’s question. The old woman laughed so hard a wet stain appeared on the mattress around her thighs. She spoke again.

“She says the paperwork must be in her other house,” Pradesh said. “She wants money.”

“There is no money,” Lalita stated. She had to leave. Before Pradesh even translated the sentence the woman moved like a cockroach when the light turns on and grabbed Lalita’s wrist in an iron grip. Lalita cried out.

Jeremy ducked into the room and pulled the old woman’s hand from Lalita’s. The woman scurried back onto the mattress. Jeremy placed himself between the woman and Lalita.

 

What’s next for you in 2013? Any book signings perhaps?

I don’t have any definite plans for 2013. I hope to attend some author/reader events in my area (Vancouver, BC, Canada) as well as the Surrey International Writers’ Conference. I’ve already told my husband I want to go to RWA2014, especially as I expect to have a few more books out by then.

 

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Chocolates or fruits?

Is chocolate covered fruit an option? Chocolate, as long as it’s dark. I like my chocolate like my man — dark and nutty.

 

Favourite type of book to escape reality with?

A good contemporary romance. I especially like stories where the woman has the power and the alpha male has to try to cope.

 

If you could spend the day with anyone in history, living or dead, who would it be and why?

It’s hard to pick just one, but I think it would have to be Catherine the Great, the Russian Empress in the 1700s. I have a quirky love of Russian history and an interest in strong women. I’d love to know how many of the stories about her are true or manifestations of the envious male-dominated society she ruled.

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Twitter – @AlexiaAdamsAuth

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Beyond The Page & Giveaway: “Urgent: One Nanny Required” by Olivia Logan

Apr 30

CABR has done it again, snagging an interview and giveaway with a Crimson Romance debut author.

This time it’s my good friend, Olivia Logan, sharing some insight into URGENT: ONE NANNY REQUIRED 😀

Lest you think I’m biased, check out the GoodReads reviews for this sweet, sexy romance set between London and Hollywood.

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Olivia, please tell us about your debut novel, URGENT: ONE NANNY REQUIRED

UONR’ is the story of Rania George who owns a sweet-shop and one dark night spots a little boy outside alone. Not having had the best childhood growing up she empathises with him and lets him in prepared to call his parents and give them a piece of her mind only to find his single dad on the doorstep annoyed at her!

Nicholas Trenton knows what is son is like with nannies however he seems to be different with this woman. He has a shoot coming up in LA for 3 weeks and yes she seems angry at him but from the looks of her shop she could use all the financial help she can get. Why not ask her to come along and be his nanny since she clearly doesn’t think the other nannies he hired in the past up to scratch.
Question is what has Rania got to lose by saying yes?

 

What was the hardest scene to write/edit in the novel?

For me the hardest scene to write is always the start. I know the middle scenes I want to include but I always find it hard getting it off the ground.
I struggled with this one as I wanted to show the relationship between Rania and Theo the little boy first as that is the main reason why she gets asked to go to LA.

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She wasn’t sure if it was the unexpected “Excuse me” from the other side of the door or the worn surface of the ‘Welcome to Belle’s Sweets’ mat that made her slip, but within
seconds Rania George went one way as the mat went the other and she fell with a hard thud on her butt. Dazed, she found herself looking up into a pair of worried brown eyes.
If the boy thought it odd she was now on the floor with her legs askew, he was too polite to mention it.

“Are you closed?” His voice was barely audible over the icy British February wind.

Pushing herself up, she pointed to the faded ‘Closed’ sign at the front, “I’m afraid we shut early today.” The oddest feeling of déjà vu settled over her as she saw
the ash blond hair fall forward as he nodded slowly before turning to walk away. She recognized him. He was the same kid who hovered outside the shop window
every day after school with a harassed woman in tow. She swung the door wide as the rusty bolt gave way without a fuss. He paused, turning around, eyes downcast.

“Hey. Aren’t you a bit young to be out when it’s this late? And where is the lady that is normally with you?” she asked, her eyes combing up and down the street.
“She is my babysitter. And I don’t like that one,” came the sorrowful reply, lower lip coming forward and beginning to tremble. “Besides, I’m old enough. I’m eight.”

Her stomach flip-flopped at the words ‘that one.’ Memories she had thought long buried came back in waves. Images of countless babysitters for those times her mother
went out chasing her dream flashed before her. Angry tears burned behind her eyes and she blinked them away rapidly. “You shouldn’t be out on your own when it is so dark. Come in and we’ll give your house a call to let them know where you are,” she said, moving aside as he practically ran in, wandering from sweet jar to sweet jar, eyes agog at the variety.

Bolting the door, she gently moved him aside as she squeezed through the narrow aisle. “Right, little man, what’s your home number?” She picked up the banana handset
ready to give whoever answered a piece of her mind on child safety. He shrugged as he stared at a large jar of fizzy cola bottles. “Can’t remember. But my dad said I can get my own phone when I’m ten.”

Rania rolled her eyes heavenward. This seriously couldn’t be happening. “Well, how about……” She jumped as a sharp bang on the glass brought her planning to an end as a dark
shadow loomed large and ominous outside. “Hello. Can I help you?” she called out, replacing the receiver while handing a paper bag to the boy.

“I believe you have my son.” growled an angry masculine voice from the other side.

 

olivia loganOlivia how did you celebrate getting “the call” from Crimson Romance and seeing your book cover?

To celebrate I went shopping of course 😛 but when I first saw my book cover I was out at a meal with friends and after squee-ing for a good few minutes much to their embarrassment and shock of other diners we had a round of cocktails!

 

What’s next for you? New book coming out or working on a manuscript?

Though I’m always working on something new nothing is scheduled to come out just yet. My current MS is another story with a Hollywood leading man but not connected to ‘Urgent’. Still ironing out the creases but will keep you updated on its progress on my blog.
What’s the best way for readers to contact you?

I’m around on twitter as @olivia_logan_ or on my website www.olivialoganromance.com where they can also email me from the ‘Contact Me’ page.

 

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Ideal getaway?

Anywhere in Italy

 

Paperbacks or eBooks?

That’s a toughie- eBooks for time saving but nothing like feeling the rustling of pages from a paperback.

 

Chocolates or fruits?

Do chocolate covered fruit count??? No- okay I guess I’ll take fruit, grapes especially. (LOL)

 

Panster or plotter?

Generally a plotter but then my characters tend to take me off track.

 

If you could spend time with anyone in history, living or dead, who would it be and why?

Elvis Presley because he is the king! 😀

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