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February 4, Promo Spotlight on Erin Everleigh's Absolute Love

February 5, Release Day Blitz for Pulse by Amity Cross

Recommended Read Update:
My Loving Vigil Keeping by Carla Kelly
As usual Spoiler Alert applies!!

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Promo Spotlight and Giveaway: Quiet Angel by Prescott Lane

Saturday, February 28, 2015

I'm featuring this promo spotlight on Prescott Lane's latest release, Quiet Angel, today, as a part of the ongoing VBT. Also find a teaser for your enjoyment. You can win the actual necklace used on the cover of Quiet Angel or a $20 Amazon GC, so don't forget to enter the giveaway via rafflecopter below!
Quiet Angel
Prescott Lane
Published: February 24, 2015

We all have that someone we can’t forget, the summer it all began, and the sleepless nights wondering what went wrong.

For Gage Montgomery, that someone is Layla Baxter. When he was 18, he took one look at the chocolate-haired bookworm with porcelain skin and knew his life would never be the same. But it all came crashing down when Layla suddenly and mysteriously disappeared from St. Simons Island -- leaving him with nothing but her angel wing pendent around his neck. For 12 long years, Gage couldn’t shake what happened, if he’s the one to blame, wondering where Layla might be.

When their paths finally cross, he’s determined to get the answers he’s spent his life searching for -- and to get the girl, too. Quiet Angel is a story of hope, survival, and lost love made new again.

“I missed you, too, but you were never far.” Gage touched his shirt with the wings inside. “You were always there.”

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Promo Spotlight: Inseparable Strangers by Jill Patten

Friday, February 27, 2015

Today, I'm hosting a promo spotlight on Jill Patten's contemporary paranormal romance, Inseparable Strangers as a part of the ongoing VBT. Also find an excerpt for you enjoyment.
Inseparable Strangers
Jill Patten

Lennox Collins is a spoiled and pretentious twenty-something; believing anyone living below the poverty line should be extinguished from the earth.

In reality, she’s no different from those she thinks are beneath her since she pathetically reaps from her father’s wealth. After reluctantly saving a strange homeless man from his demise, she slowly discovers a new being within herself. While she nurses him back to health, her daily ritual and sleeping patterns begin to evolve into a life she could never fathom.

There’s only one problem though; the deeper she goes, the less she can differentiate between reality and her own mind.

*This is a contemporary romance with supernatural elements*

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The Highwayman by Judith James

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Highwayman
Rakes and Rogues of the Restoration #3

Judith James
Historical Romance
Published in 2014

H/h - John "Swift Nick" Nevison/Arabella Hamilton, The Countess of Saye
Setting: England, 1680.

Read in February, 2015.
My rating:

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3.5 stars but it has been a tough decision on my part. While the story was good, and I adored Jack, it dragged on in the middle for too long. He and Arabella were kept apart for too long for my liking, which was frustrating. Full review coming soon... 

Guest Post and Giveaway: The Heroine in All of Us by Marisa Dillon, Author of The Lady of the Garter

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Today, I'm sharing this guest post by author Marisa Dillon as a part of the ongoing VBT for her debut historical romance, The Lady of the Garter. Hope you enjoy it! Also find an excerpt and a complete promo on the book. Don't forget to comment!

Marisa Dillon will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour
The Heroine in All of Us

Why do we read fiction? Because we to want to live a part of our day somewhere else. We all have our favorite places, but we must escape, even for a short while, to a world where we are safe, but our heroines aren’t. Inherently, we all worry. It’s not pretty, but it’s human nature. Instead of fretting about our own lives, the best thing we can do for ourselves is to worry about our heroines instead, whether we’re a reader or an author. How will she escape her fate? When will she realize the hero’s in love with her? Can’t she hear us warning her to be careful? 

You are the heroine. That’s what workshop authors tell us. Yes, to do your best character writing, it’s advised, you must think like the heroine. Get into her skin. You’re on the horse. The corset is digging into your ribs and you can’t breathe. No, you don’t want to ride sidesaddle.

I took that advice! And stepped back in time. But seriously, I hadn’t ridden a horse since I was 12. The guy holding the reins in the picture, assured me I would be safe on Thunder, one of the Renaissance Festival’s jousting warhorses, but I wasn’t so sure. Yes, the corset dug into my ribs and no, I didn’t dare ride sidesaddle.

Did it help?  Yes! My friend captured me in a shot that inspired my writing. When I looked at that picture, I was able to remember the hard leather of the saddle, the horse’s massive muscles moving beneath me, how high I sat. Not the computer chair where I did my writing.

Another place and time. I’ll admit, it was fun dressing up and stepping back in time, to experience the sights and sounds of a place I wanted to write about. I met knights, peasants, clergy and royalty, all in a visit to the Ren Fair.  Those characters spoke to me when I was writing. They told their stories in a way that wouldn’t have been as authentic, if I hadn’t taken the time to be my heroine for a day.

Our heroines inspire us. Yes, the heroines we create or read about, often help us have the courage and resolve to take on people, events and challenges, we might have otherwise avoided. For writers, the inspiration to share our stories with others, takes some of the fear out publishing. Sure we all want to  sell a lot of books, but sometimes the greatest satisfaction comes from helping a reader forget her battles and allow her to cheer for someone else’s victory. I’m very grateful to Soul Mate, for giving me that opportunity.

DAYTON, OHIO – Readers are applauding the new historical romance novel The Lady of the Garter by first-time author Marisa Dillon.

“What do you get when you mix an alpha knight in shining armor and a feisty lady in need of one? That equates to a rollicking, fast-paced tale of love, honor, mystery and revenge,” wrote reader (and established author) Terri Valentine on Amazon.com, adding that the story will “hold you spellbound page after page.

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