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What Would the Founding Fathers Think: A Young American's guide to understanding the mess our country is in and how we get out
Isabelle Webb: Legend of the Jewel
Captive Heart
Cobble Cavern
Caller ID
Promises
Protected,
Summer of Secrets
On Little Wings
We Lived in Heaven: Spiritual Accounts of Souls Coming to Earth
Christ's gifts to women
A Woman's power: threads that bind us to god
Scary School
Hope's journey
Blue
Targets in Ties
Crater Lake: Battle for Wizard Island
Venom
With a Name like Love
Sean Griswold's head


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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Great Summer Reads Countdown Blitz and Giveaway-Day 4:The Golden Hour: A Nora Tierney English Mystery By Marni Graff






Marni Graff writes two award-winning mystery series: The Nora Tierney English Mysteries and The Trudy Genova Manhattan Mysteries. She teaches writing workshops and mentors the Writers Read program, and is Managing Editor of Bridle Path Press. 



Graff also writes the crime review blog Auntie M Writes, www.auntiemwrites.com.





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American writer Nora Tierney is house hunting in Oxford to solidify her little family that includes her almost-year old son, Sean, and her partner, Det. Insp. Declan Barnes. But why does she feel like she's being followed? 

When tracking devices confirm Nora has a stalker, it sets off a chain of events that connect to Declan's murder investigation of a young Oxford art restorer, and will bring bioterrorism and a psychopath into their lives, while Sean's hangs in the balance. The fourth Nora Tierney English mystery is the most tension-filled yet, a meditation on what is family and home, combined with art theft and an international conspiracy.


This book will be available soon. Make sure you read the first three books in the series first! 





Find the links to the entire series here:
~ Amazon ~ Amazon UK



Q & A:


1.     If you had 3 wishes, what would they be?  A healthy family; time and money to travel more; room for another puppy!

2.     Where do you write? In the library end of our living room, with floor-to-ceiling shelves around three sides and a rolling library ladder to reach the top. I write at a vintage partner's desk facing my husband's side.

3.     How long does it normally take you to write a novel? Research a few months, then about 3-4 for the first draft, then workshopped with my writing group and completely rewritten. Then to beta readers and revised; to publisher and revised; to copyeditor and revised. Takes about two years to get one book into print.

4.     What are your inspirations? I'm living my blessed life now. I want to be able to keep writing these two series and do them well and have readers who look for my books.

5.     How did you come to write this particular book or series? The Golden Hour is the fourth Nora Tierney English Mystery and it's the natural outgrowth of what came before, in terms of Nora's personal story. This one is darker than the others, not a Whodunit, but a Cantheycatchhim? with Sean's little boy in jeopardy.

6.     What was the hardest part of writing your book, and how did you overcome it? Getting the research right and making the idea of a bioterrorist an interesting character. Viktor Garanin is a psychopath, but he loves his garden.

7.     What is your writing drive? The power that keeps you going when your writing gets difficult? It's what I've always wanted to do, after a successful 30 yr nursing career, so it's a blessing each and every day to be able to say I'm a writer. I love every aspect of it.

8.     How did you come up with the title? The Golden Hour is that hour I love, just before sunset, to artists and photographers; in medicine, it's the hour right after a heart attack or stroke when you have the best chance of making a full recovery if you receive medical attention. But for a detective, the golden hour is that first hour after a crime has been committed when witnesses and evidence are the freshest and most useful.


9.     Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family member? My novel writing group of four women authors and myself have been working together for 13 years and I look to them for support, encouragement, useful critiques, and brainstorming. 



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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Indigo Bay Sweet Romance Series Book Blast and Giveaway: Six Authors and Six Sweet Romances!


Escape to Indigo Bay…
Six authors. Six Sweet Romances. One small South Carolina beach town.

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Sweet Dreams by Stacy Claflin Ever since her twin became a singing sensation, Sky Hampton has struggled to be appreciated for who she is—apart from her sister. She wards off Aspen’s fans, who beg for autographs and selfies everywhere Sky goes. She can’t even find a guy who likes her for her. Sky flees to the small coastal town of Indigo Bay in hopes of blending in and building her blossoming career. Jace Fisher is the textbook definition of the strong silent type—nobody can break through his tough exterior. He has suffered more than his fair share of tragedies, and to protect his shattered heart, he pushes everyone away. Jace spends his days fixing the Indigo Bay cottages, and his nights… nobody really knows. He keeps to himself. When Jace shows up to fix Sky’s AC, he barely notices her and she’s distracted with settling in. It takes an emergency situation to get them talking, and when they do, the two find they have more in common than first appeared. As their attraction grows, defenses soar. Will they be able to risk love when they’ve both been burned in the past?
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Sweet Matchmaker by Jean Oram Ginger McGinty hates liars. And she just married a spy. Bridal shop owner Ginger McGinty excels at matchmaking unless it’s for herself. That is, until she meets the dreamy Aussie who helps her get into an event meant for engaged couples. Logan Stone is sweet, caring, thoughtful and fun—everything she desires in a man. But it turns out, her new fake fiancĂ© could use a bit more than just a pretend engagement to get him into parties—he needs a quick marriage keep him in the country so he can be with his adopted special needs daughter. With a marriage of convenience pro-con list longer than the average wedding veil, Ginger puts her faith in romance and offers Logan her hand in return for one thing—no lies. But little does she know, almost everything she knows about her new husband is based on a lie. Everything except his kisses and the way he accidentally spills his soul whenever they meet. And that’s quickly becoming a problem for Logan Stone who depends on distance and deceit to keep civilians such as Ginger safe from his enemy’s clutches. Will the two find love in their marriage of convenience, or will everything break apart when the truth rises to the surface, shattering everything, including their trust?
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Sweet Sunrise by Kay Correll Sometimes life has a way of teaching lessons whether you’re ready to learn them or not… The last place on earth Will Layton wants to be is Indigo Bay, but his younger sister needs him and he’s never been able to say no to her. But she left out a few details… like their father staying with her and the girl who dumped him years ago is living right next door. The last person Dr. Ashley Harden thought she’d see in Indigo Bay is Will Layton, but he’s back in town and just as irresistible as when they were young. Seeing Will again is a complication that isn’t on her carefully mapped out life plan. In spite of Ashley’s best intentions, she starts falling for Will again, but nothing has changed. She’s still focused on getting the townspeople to accept her and see her as more than the girl from the wrong side of town, while Will is determined to guard his heart at any cost. Not the easiest road to true love… especially when secrets from the past are revealed and history threatens to repeat itself.
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Sweet Illusions by Jeanette Lewis Eva Malone was very young when her mother forced the family to join a violent doomsday cult, but she remembers a little about how normal life used to be. As a young woman, she escapes the cult and relocates to Indigo Bay, South Carolina to pursue her dream of peaceful anonymity. After several tumultuous years as a policeman in Atlanta, Ben Andrews has had enough. He returns home to Indigo Bay and joins the Indigo Bay PD, where the most exciting part of the job is getting a kitten out of a tree or rescuing tourists who lose their keys at the beach. Eva and Ben are immediately drawn to each other. But as the prophesied date of the apocalypse draws near and the cult steps up its efforts to find her, Eva realizes she can’t maintain her sweet illusion forever.
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Sweet Regrets by Jennifer Peel Melanie Dixon never thought she would find herself divorced, pregnant, and living back with her parents in Indigo Bay. Not one to let misfortune get the best of her, she picks up the broken pieces of her life and bit by bit puts them back together. She’s determined to go it alone, but her loving and equally determined family and friends have another idea. Enter Declan Shaw, the boy next door from long ago. The boy she wasn’t quite ready to commit forever to at eighteen. Back in Indigo Bay due to a recent job promotion, Declan sees this as a second chance to reunite with the girl who has owned his heart since the day they met in their junior year of high school. But Melanie is a tougher sell on the idea than he thought she would be. Now it’s up to him to prove to Melanie that she can trust him with her heart and that he’s the man she and her baby deserve. Will the regret and hurt of the past win out? Or will love prevail?
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Sweet Rendezvous by Danielle Stewart On her last tank of gas Elaine Mathews drives South. Spontaneity had never been her strength, but there was something about being publicly fired that had a way of changing things. An empty bank account, broken heart, and enough humiliation to last a life time was all Elaine could claim as her own. Her car choked to a stop in the quiet beach town of Indigo Bay and all she could do was sit on the curb and wait for the sun to set on her misery. Davis Mills has a routine. Wake. Work. Eat. Sleep. Repeat. It hadn’t always been that way. He’d left indigo bay once and returned a broken man. Now he kept his dreams small and his schedule tight. If there was no room in his life for anything new then he’d never repeat his mistakes. When fate has them, quite literally colliding Elaine and Davis are faced with an important question. Can you live a full life if you never take a risk? Or is life made up of every mistake, miracle and chance that comes with being in love?
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amazon or paypal$100 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway Ends 7/17/17 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Great Summer Reads Countdown Blitz and Giveaway-Day 3: Tarragon Dragon Mage By Katie Lucas




Karlie Lucas is a graduate of Southern Utah University, where she received a B.A. in Creative Writing with a minor in art. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, The International English Honor Society, SCBWI, as well as ANWA, the American Night Writers Association.

Karlie is interested in all things magical and mysterious, especially elves and dragons. She is an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling.

When not writing, Karlie can often be found drawing, baking, watching her favorite old school shows, or just spending time with her family.

She currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband and a cat named Kally.



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After hundreds of years, the gates to Tarragon are open once more, fulfilling age-old prophecy. However, Anwen’s journey is far from over. The dragons still sleep and she has no clue how to wake them. Forced to retreat from the Mountain, she and her newfound friends must devise a new plan to wake the inhabitants of Tarragon.

Meanwhile, the Mage Circle, a group of dragon mages with a vendetta, is camped outside the Gates. Calling on allies of their own, they will stop at nothing to gain control of the Dragon City and all who dwell inside.

To complicate matters even more, Anwen’s mother has joined the party. But even with the help of all her friends, can Anwen overcome the ordeals set before her or will this spell the end of the dragons and the world as we know it?






Character Casting:

Anwen Porter – Daisy Ridley
Daphne Millard - Claire Holt
Courtney Willis - Teresa Palmer
Walter Watkins – LL Cool J
Margo Pack – Julianne Moore
Tyler Durand - Zac Effron
Callum Durand - Eric Winter
Josef Forster - David Lambert
Emi - Maggie Elizabeth Jones
Madame Matilda Millard - Melissa McArthy
Mathias Porter - Joshua Jackson
Kern Nurrim - Mark Harmon
James Porter – Dennis Quaid

Mr. Miller -  David Bradley




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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Ghost of You and Me By Kelly Oram-Book Blast and $50 Giveaway

 


  The Ghost of You and Me by Kelly Oram 

How do you tell someone who hates you and blames you for the death of his best friend that you miss him? From the bestselling teen and young adult author of Cinder & Ella comes a new heart-wrenching romance sure to bring all the feels. The tragic death of Spencer Schott unravels the lives of the two people he loved most—his girlfriend, Bailey, and his best friend, Wes. Secrets and guilt from that fateful night keep both Bailey and Wes from overcoming Spencer’s loss and moving on with their lives. Now, nearly a year later, both Bailey and Wes are still so broken over what happened that Spencer can’t find peace in the afterlife. In order to put his soul to rest, he’s given one chance to come back and set things right...even if that means setting up his girlfriend with his best friend. With the emotional resonance of Jellicoe Road and the magical realism of The Lovely Bones, The Ghost of You and Me is a story about overcoming grief, finding redemption for past mistakes, and the healing power of friendship and love. Fans of John Green, Sarah Dessen, and Nicholas Sparks are sure to love this haunting new tale from Kelly Oram. This is a clean young adult romance stand alone novel that reads like contemporary drama romance and has just a touch of magical realism. Author Kelly Oram Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen--a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which her family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and likes to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, four children, and her cat, Mr. Darcy.
    $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway Ends 7/15/17 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Great Summer Reads Countdown Blitz and Giveaway-Day 2: The Heart of The Hunter By Natalie-Nicole Bates





"Natalie-Nicole Bates is a book reviewer and author.
Her passions in life include books and hockey along with Victorian photography, Frozen Charlotte dolls, and antique poison bottles.
She currently resides in the UK where she is working on her next book and adding to her collection of 19th century post-mortem photos.




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After a devastating accident, Barret Atkins has accepted a quiet, solitary existence. His life is turned upside down, when he finds the badly injured Kansas Smith, left for dead in a case of mistaken identity. As Kansas begins to recover, Barret must face some deep scars of his own. When the couple begin to fall for each other, their lives spin into a revival of past hurts, jealousies, and betrayals, causing Barret to put a halt to their budding relationship.

Barret’s hesitation causes his best friend-turned vicious rival, Duncan Craig, to pursue a friendship with Kansas. Where will this leave Barret? Can they all hold on long enough to escape Kansas’s attacker, and will they ever conquer their own inner demons intent on keeping them apart.





~ Amazon ~  Amazon UK






Q &A with the Author:

1.       Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction besides writing?
I enjoy collecting Victorian era photographs, as well as Frozen Charlotte dolls. I take a real sense of pride and satisfaction being able to restore things to their original beauty.

2.       When did you first realize you were an author?
I think it would have to be when I held my first paperback book in my own hands.

3.       Have you done anything writing-related, but besides actually writing your books, that seemed to get a lot of positive response? Something that encouraged you?
This past autumn I won second prize in a horror story opening contest. It was nice to get acknowledgment of my writing outside my usual genres.

4.       What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it?
Probably finding the time to actually sit down and put my words into the computer. I have books plotted in my mind to last me well beyond my lifetime. I have had to set times for writing and stick to them.

5.       What is the “message” of your writing? (For example, is your purpose to encourage old-fashioned values, encourage romance, or do you have different purposes in different books?)
I don’t think I have a particular message in my books, but I do use characters who are normal people in extraordinary circumstances that they work to overcome. I don’t sugarcoat reality.

6.       What are your thoughts/feelings on ebook vs. print book?
Two different entities. I love that ebooks are instant. You go to a website, order, and receive. You can read right away. With paperbacks, there is a certain sense of satisfaction to be able to hold the book in your hands.

7.       How many books do you have out?  Are you planning a specific number altogether, either in this series or separately?
I believe it is around 20, from short stories to full length books.

8.       Are your characters/stories/scenes, etc. based on anything in real life?
All of my characters are in a little way a part of me. I also remember what people tell me over the years, and often something that struck me will end up in my book.

9.       What are your future projects?
I have a contemporary story for an upcoming anthology later this year, as well as the third book in my RISE series, called Embree’s Rise.





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Monday, June 19, 2017

Cover Reveal for... Yesterday's Promise By Michele Paige Holmes

I am excited to show you the new cover in the Hearthfire Series by Michele Paige Holmes.

YESTERDAY'S PROMISE
Release date: July 5, 2017
Goodreads link
Amazon Link to purchase: HERE

Book description:

New from Michele Paige Holmes, Amazon’s bestselling historical romance author and Whitney Award Winner, comes the newest Hearthfire Historical Romance, YESTERDAY’S PROMISE.

In the Scottish Highlands, 1746:
Nineteen-year-old artist Katherine Mercer dreams of selling her paintings to help support her struggling family. Before she has the opportunity, Katherine learns she is to be sold—or practically so—given in marriage to a lord she has never met or even heard of. In return, a much-needed settlement will be made upon her mother. 

Katherine’s situation goes from frightening to surreal when her husband-to-be Laird Collin MacDonald arrives with an entourage of men, each heavily armed and speaking with a thick brogue. As if leaving all she knows behind and traveling to another country with strangers isn’t bad enough, Katherine soon discovers a Scottish heritage she knew nothing of, a brother-in-law who wants her dead, and far more at stake with her paintings than she had ever imagined. Forced to turn to her reclusive husband for answers, comfort, and even her very survival, Katherine begins to unravel the mysteries of her past and what it is to love and be loved.


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Another beautiful cover!!
Other Hearthfire Romances: 

SAVING GRACE
LOVING HELEN 
MARRYING CHRISTOPHER 
TWELVE DAYS IN DECEMBER
YESTERDAY’S PROMISE (Scottish Historical)
HEARTHFIRE ROMANCE COLLECTION, VOLUME 1 (box set)

Great Summer Reads Countdown Blitz and Giveaway- Day 1: The Matchmaking Game by Donna Hatch





Donna Hatch, author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” is a hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, the force that drove her to write and publish seventeen historical romance titles, to date. She is a multi-award winner, a sought-after workshop presenter, and juggles multiple volunteer positions as well as her six children. Also a music lover, she sings and plays the harp, and she loves to ballroom dance. She and her family recently transplanted from her native Arizona to the Pacific Northwest where she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.



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"From the publisher of the USA TODAY bestselling & #1 Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology series in Clean & Wholesome Romance, comes the Timeless Romance Singles line.

THE MATCHMAKING GAME: A brand new historical romance novella from bestselling author Donna Hatch.


Rowena’s childhood friend, Evan, has returned home from war a handsome, but mysterious stranger. In an effort to bring happiness to her father, not to mention uncover the Evan she remembers from their youth, Rowena seeks to unite their parents. Who better to match a lonely widow and widower together than their adoring children? Her matchmaking game could help their parents find happiness and draw out her childhood friend buried beneath Evan’s new reserve … or it could break more than one heart."











Q & A :

1.        If you had 3 wishes, what would they be? Wisdom, talent, health for myself and my family. 

2.       Where do you write? I usually write at my desktop in my office. Sometimes, if it's especially cold, I like to snuggle under the covers with the electric blanket on and write on my laptop. 

3.       How long does it normally take you to write a novel? Each one is different--some take years, others take a few months. I wrote the Matchmaking Game in about six weeks, then revised/edited for another three or four weeks. 

4.      What are your inspirations? It depends on the story. Some ideas came after careful brainstorming. Others were inspired by a song, or a picture, or a secondary character from another book. 

5.       How did you come to write this particular book or series? I wanted to write a book about a harpist and also to explore the less glamorous side of Regency England. The idea of the heroine running away to join a symphony came to me in the shower when I was thinking about it. I never know when the Muse will send me an idea.

6.      What was the hardest part of writing your book, and how did you overcome it? This was actually a pretty fun, easy story to write compared to how others I've written. Probably the hardest part was ensuring historical accuracy of the theatre where my characters played in the opera orchestra. Also, I found it difficult to learn much about musicians who played in orchestras during the Regency. I eventually turned to modern-day professional orchestra members to ask them many of my questions. 

7.       What is your writing drive? The power that keeps you going when your writing gets difficult? I feel a duty to my fans to keep producing a steady supply of books. It's also a smart marketing move, as well, but honestly, it's the fans and the responsibility I feel to them that keeps me going. 

8.      How did you come up with the title? Titles are a mysterious thing. I have no idea how they come to me. I usually think up several and then play around with them to see if anything seems to fit. In this case, this was the only title I could think of for this story. 


9.      Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family member? I wouldn't call her an entity but my critique partner is amazing. She helps me know if I'm on the right track and encourages me when I'm uncertain if what I'm writing is working. She also points out ways to I could improve any given story. 




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