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Release Blitz and Giveaway: A Right to Remain by Beth Rinyu

Friday, May 20, 2016

Today, I'm hosting a promo on Beth Rinyu's contemporary romance, A Right to Remain, as a part of the ongoing release blitz tour. Also find an excerpt and some teasers for your enjoyment. The giveaway includes a $5 Amazon GC, so don't forget to enter via rafflecopter below.
A Right to Remain
Beth Rinyu
Publication: May 20, 2016
Cover Artist: RE Creatives
He had a right to remain suffocated by his pain.
She had a right to remain silent about hers.
For better or for worse.
Those were the vows that I had taken with my wife six years ago. We had lived through the better and were barely getting through the worse. I tried to face our loss together, while she chose to have an affair instead.
Time apart was what we both needed.
What I didn’t expect in that time was her.
The beauty she possessed on the outside was a far cry from the scars she was harboring on the inside. She wasn’t looking for love and neither was I. She just needed someone to help her deal with the pain she had been carrying around for the past two years, and I was happy to oblige.
I wasn’t supposed to fall in love with her, but suddenly I was seeing a future that I never dreamed of right in front of my eyes….only to find that the past had other things in mind for us.
I always believed that we only got one true love in life, and mine was gone and never coming back.
Through the tear-filled nights and never ending days, I was slowly and tortuously coming to terms with the pain that was my reality.
And then he entered my life.
Tall, handsome, genuine and caring, he was a friend when I needed one most. Together, we were a temporary fix to our own permanent pain. Just two people helping each other to get through a very dark period in life.
But when the light begins to shine ever so slightly with each passing day, and his face is all I can see at the end of that tunnel…..do I run back into the darkness or move into the light with him?

Promo Spotlight: Chasing Eva by Camellia Hart

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

I'm hosting a promo, today, on Camellia Hart's romantic suspense, Chasing Eva (In Light of Shadows #1), as a part of the ongoing VBT. Also find some teasers for your enjoyment.

Chasing Eva
Camellia Hart
(In Light of Shadows #1)
Published: April 5, 2016

An addictive, suspenseful, sensual story about a man and a woman whose lives are about to get sizzling hot…

After living through her share of disloyal relationships, Evangeline Avery will be damned if she lets another man cheat her. A beautiful and confident woman, Eva is the owner of an interior design firm at the brink of collapse. She swears to bring her company back to its past glory, even if it involves sweet talking the one man who caused this turmoil in the first place - Clive Stanton.

Notorious playboy Clive Stanton is a powerful businessman and a formidable enemy of many. He doesn’t do love, or at least not until he meets her again, fifteen years after he saw her last. Eva, his crush from teenage years, the one that got away, is back in his world and he is determined to do anything to make her his.

Will passion and lust bring them together or conflict and the unforgettable scars from their pasts forever tear them apart?

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Guest Post and Giveaway: Creating the Main Character by Shelly Brimley, Author of Take Me to the Willow

Monday, May 16, 2016

Today, I'm hosting a promo on debut author Shelly Brimley's historical fiction, Take Me to the Willow, as a part of the ongoing VBT. Also find an excerpt for your enjoyment. Note that Take Me to the Willow is now on sale at .99c. The sale will last 'till May 22, 2016 so hurry up and grab your copy today!!

One randomly chosen winner via rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon/BN.com gift card
Creating the Main Character

Tolstoy said, “All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love”. This is Will. Character development for Will was a bit different than it was for the other characters in the book because it was written in his voice and from his perspective. I had to become very familiar with his point of view, and the word that best describes Will is “connected”. He was one who thrived on his connections to other people. He was invested in them and their interests and feelings. He wanted to share of himself with them as well. It was important to me that I convey the significance of Will’s relationships to the people in his life.

I think one of the things I really like about my main character is that I realized at some point along the way while writing the book, that there are some characters who can authentically remain good. I think that there is a tendency to want to show one’s breaking point, like it makes them more relatable or even exciting. But sometimes the thing that is most inspiring about a person is his/her ability to remain steadfast in the face of hardship. It’s inspiring to see someone so grounded in goodness that they don’t blow over in the breeze of affliction. That is Will. Reading about a character who’s hit rock bottom or done something very out of character and then fights to get back to who he/she is works really well, but there is something to be said for the abiding goodness and morality of a main character as well.

Guest Post: Would You Like to Run Away with a Sexy Jacobite? by Amy Rose Bennett, Author of The Master of Strathburn

Sunday, May 15, 2016

In 2014, I read new-to-me author Amy Rose Bennett's historical romance, Lady Beauchamp's Proposal, which rather knocked the socks off my feet. It was SO good that it was a straight 5 star read (click here for my review). I've been awaiting a new, full-length novel from her ever since and finally, The Master of Strathburn has been published today! Do I even have to mention it's in my TBR and I'm buying it ASAP?

Amy has graciously agreed to write a blog post for Punya Reviews..., which is rather a short narratives on what inspired her to write the book. I hope you enjoy the post as much as I did. You can also read an excerpt of the H and h's first meeting in the following.

Happy Release Day Amy! Don't forget to comment!! :)

Would You Like to Run Away with a Sexy Jacobite?

The Master of Strathburn is essentially a tale about Robert Grant, a wanted Jacobite. After surviving the Battle of Culloden, he escapes to France and then the Caribbean. However, after a decade of living in exile, he desperately wants to return to Scotland and reconcile with his estranged father, the Earl of Strathburn. The only problem is, there is still a price on his head and his dissolute half-brother Simon and avaricious step-mother would have him arrested by the British in the blink of an eye to prevent him from reclaiming his birthright. Of course, when Robert returns to Lochrose Castle, his long-lost Highland home, the adventures and the romance begin...

I really enjoyed writing The Master of Strathburn as I’ve always been fascinated by Scottish history—particularly the Jacobite Uprisings—and the country itself. Indeed, I’ve been very lucky to have visited Scotland for research holidays on two occasions. The title held by Robert Grant’s father—the Earl of Strathburn—is entirely fictitious, however there were Clan Grant lands in and around the stunning Strathspey region of the Highlands where I set a good deal of my book. The Cairngorm Mountain range where I placed the earl’s hunting lodge—and where Robert Grant and the feisty heroine of my story, Jessie Munroe, have their ‘first-meet’—was quite close to the Grantown-on-Spey Bed &Breakfast our family stayed at. Even in April there was still snow on the mountains and snow flurries in and around Inverness, to the north-west!

I also visited the Battlefield of Culloden which is now a war grave and spent quite a few days in Edinburgh. How I loved exploring the Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Palace of Holyroodhouse! There is history everywhere.

I really hope readers get a sense of the stunning Highlands and the other places I described in The Master of Strathburn as they follow Robert and Jessie on their tumultuous journey to a well-earned happily-ever-after. If they do, I will be most happy!

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