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Promo Spotlight: Absolution by Ava Harrison

Friday, October 19, 2018

I'm hosting a promo, today, on Ava Harrison's latest contemporary romance release, Absolution, as a part of the ongoing release boost tour. Check it out! Note that Absolution is free on kindle unlimited!!
Ava Harrison
Published: October 6, 2018
I was done with love.
When I opened my heart, it was for the men I couldn't have.
The unattainable ones.
The ones who would hurt me.
A vicious cycle I couldn’t seem to stop.
But I had a new resolve.
Focus on my career.
Stay single.
And then I met him.
Jace Montgomery.
A wounded widower with two young kids.
He was exactly everything I was avoiding.
So I did my best to stay away.
But then he kissed me.
And I fell.
Hard for a man who would never be mine…
A man who was broken beyond repair.
A man who would break me.

Guest Post and Giveaway: How I Create My Characters by Emily-Jane Hills Orford, Author of Queen Mary's Daughter

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Today, I'm hosting a guest post by author Emily-Jane Hills Orford and a promo on her historical fiction release, Queen Mary's Daughter, as a part of the ongoing VBT. Also find an excerpt for your enjoyment. I hope you enjoyed the guest post as much as I did. Note that Queen Mary's Daughter is free on kindle unlimited!

Emily-Jane Hills Orford will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
How I Create My Characters
Many of my characters come from real life – people I knew or people I read about. I started my writing career writing memoirs, creative nonfiction stories about those people who were important in my life: my grandmother, my mother, close family friends. I followed the examples set by these special people, the power of being a good storyteller.

When writing these stories, I had real life examples to follow, real life scenarios to transcribe onto paper. It was a work of love. I continue to write these stories, but I have moved on to different genres: historical fiction, fantasy and science fiction. I may have moved into new genres, but the people in my stories, the characters, are very personal to me. Even some of the historical characters have some connection to those who inspired me, particularly my grandmother (Gran).

Gran was the inspiration that launched my writing. She and I had a close, special bond. We shared a lot of interests: reading, history, storytelling. She always jokingly claimed that we (the family) would soon forget her once she passed away. It’s been over twenty years since she passed away and there’s not a day goes by that I don’t think of her and wish I could pick up the phone to talk to her. And there’s not a book I write that doesn’t somehow have her featured.

In “Queen Mary’s Daughter”, my grandmother was the inspiration behind the main character, Mary Elizabeth’s grandmother. Even though Mary Elizabeth’s grandmother was an historical figure, Marie de Guise, mother of Mary Queen of Scots, I wanted to create a special grandmother – granddaughter bond, one that I enjoyed with my grandmother. So, in many ways, Mary Elizabeth’s grandmother is my grandmother.

My characters are more than just real to me, they are a significant part of my past. Gran and I shared a passion for Scottish history and particularly the history of this ill-fated Scottish queen, Mary Queen of Scots. We read a lot about her and we even took a trip to Scotland together in the 1970s, to trace Gran’s childhood memories as a Scottish lass and to follow the trail of the ill-fated queen.

There is so much mystery and romance surrounding Queen Mary; so many unsolved myths and legends. I always wanted to write about Queen Mary, but I didn’t want to write a biography, which has been done many times over, and I didn’t want to write a pure historical fiction novel, because I felt Jean Plaidy and others had already done a wonderful job portraying the romantic lore that surrounded this queen and her country. I kept reading new stories about Queen Mary, but it wasn’t until the Brexit debacle and the ongoing desire of the Scottish people to separate from England, that I started looking more closely at the stories around Queen Mary. I knew she had given birth, prematurely, to twins while imprisoned at Loch Leven. History records that the babies died at birth and were buried on the island where the castle sat. An interesting footnote states that the location of the burial and the babies’ remains have never been found. Another myth, unsolved legend? I started thinking, ‘what if?’What if there had been another heir to the Scottish throne and Scotland never did amalgamate with England and Ireland? And my story unfolded.

Some of my characters I selected from historical figures, but, since I was weaving an alternate time-line, many of my characters are pure fiction, woven from fragments of people I knew and people I read about. I wanted to create realistic characters, to make my story sound plausible.

I still love the mellow, soothing aura of storytelling and many of my stories, though sometimes delving into the realms of fantasy and science fiction, still use my own childhood memories, my fascination with history and all that I have enjoyed writing about in the past.

I continue to write little snippets of family stories and memoirs which I publish in various online and print journals, including https://insteading.com/ and http://www.curiousguide.ca/. I seem to be branching off into the realm of possibilities: fantasies and science fiction, but all with a foot firmly planted in my roots, my family and my vivid imagination. “Queen Mary’s Daughter” evolved from my shared passion with my grandmother for Scottish history. My recently released Middle Grade fantasy novel, “Mrs. Murray’s Ghost” (TellTale Publishing), explores my memories, dreams and fantasies of growing up in a haunted house. My characters are both real and, sometimes, surreal.
For me, writing is a passion. A day without reading is like a day without sunshine. I am a writer. I am a storyteller, a descendent of many storytellers, a passionate believer in the simple fact that life is a story just waiting to be told. All that a life story needs is a writer to believe in the story, to believe in its worth, to write the story. My characters, my stories are my life.

This mantra has been my belief, the power that has pushed me onwards, from the beginning of my writing career. It’s what drives me to write more. It’s what keeps me writing when the rejection letters and criticism start to offend my sensitive nature. It’s what moves me to write better. I have a lot of stories I want to tell. And, given my heritage, I have a talent for weaving a good tale and a vivid imagination (as my grandmother always told me) to carry it along.

Book Blitz: Doctor Next Door by Olivia Rush

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

I'm hosting a promo, today, on Olivia Rush's contemporary romance release, Doctor Next Door, as a part of the ongoing book blitz. Check it out! Note that Doctor Next Door is free on kindle unlimited!!
Doctor Next Door
Olivia Rush
Published: September 17, 2018
She’s Louisiana’s finest, and she just moved in next door.
Right when I was getting ready to leave this shit hole.

I could mop her up like a buttermilk biscuit.

Love was the last thing on my mind.
But just what this doctor needed.
She’s on a mission to fix up her old family house.
And I know just how to use a hammer.
Must’ve been fate that she’d fall off a ladder and land right on top of me.
We were in lust the moment we touched.
But Becca doesn’t want “long-term.”
She’s hiding scars and carrying baggage a mile long.
And when her past shows up to haunt her, I’ll prescribe just the right antidote.
The woman I never wanted. A neighbor I could love forever.

And the mother I knew she could be.
Well, maybe I’ll hang around for a bit.

Release Blitz and Giveaway: The Player Gets Coached By Janet Nissenson

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Today, I'm hosting a promo on Janet Nissenson's latest contemporary romance release, The Player Gets Coached (Bachelor #2), as a part of the ongoing release blitz. Also find some teasers for your enjoyment. The giveaway includes a $20 and a $5 Amazon GC, so don't forget to enter via rafflecopter below!!
The Player Gets Coached
Janet Nissenson
(Bachelor #2)
Published: October 16, 2018
Cover Designer: Najla Qamber Designs
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The Manwhore Versus The Maneater

Finn McManus thrives on his reputation as a player’s player – a term that has nothing to do with his years as a professional athlete. A notorious flirt and ladies man, the handsome, charming retired football player rarely dates a woman more than a few times, and shies away from relationships like they were a contagious disease. And despite his parents’ decades long, blissfully happy marriage, Finn just can’t see himself ever being in the same situation.

Delilah Ferris has acquired her own reputation over the years as something of a maneater. She makes no bones about the fact that she expects to call the shots in the relationship, and that she’ll never be any man’s fool. And when she meets her new neighbor Finn for the first time, she automatically puts him in the same category as her handsome, playboy father – the same father who not only broke her heart too many times to count but broke their family as well. Delilah has always vowed to steer clear of heartbreakers like Finn McManus, unwilling to ever fall victim to his charms.

But when the gorgeous, tempting Delilah quickly becomes the only woman Finn has eyes for, he pulls out all the stops to convince her to go out with him. And if Delilah weakens her resolve and agrees, will she regret her decision sooner than later? Or will the coach finally manage to whip this player into shape?

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