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Promo Spotlight and Giveaway: Uncovering Camila by Vivian Winslow

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Today, I'm hosting a promo on Vivian Winslow's latest release, Uncovering Camila (Wildflowers #3), as a part of the ongoing VBT. Also find an excerpt and some teasers for your enjoyment. The giveaway includes 2 $15 Amazon GC, so don't forget to enter via rafflecopter below. Note that Uncovering Camila is FREE on kindle unlimited!!

Uncovering Camila
Vivian Winslow
(Wildflowers #3)
Published: June 27, 2016

Camila Cohen is a highly ambitious and driven third-year NYU law student who works as a part-time bartender to help pay her way through school. She prefers no-strings attached relationships, afraid that anything serious could get in the way of her goals.

But when chef Eliseo Perez ditches her for a job in Miami, she realizes even a casual arrangement can leave you feeling burned. Just as Camila’s close to accepting a position at the high-powered law firm of Sullivan & Moore (more appropriately known by its initials, S & M), her uncle Arthur, the head of the Cohen Real Estate dynasty, makes a proposal that compels Camila to question the career path she’d always assumed would be right for her.

As she attempts to balance her busy final year of law school with her bartending job, what should have been a random Tinder date for a hot hook-up leads to something unexpected. Meeting the incredibly brilliant and handsome Marshall James forces Camila to face her greatest fears and realize that creating a life for herself means making decisions that could potentially hurt the ones she loves.

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Blurb Blitz and Giveaway: A SEAL's Vow by Cora Seton

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Today I'm hosting a promo on Cora Seton's contemporary romance, A SEAL's Vow (The SEALs of Chance Creek #2), as a part of the ongoing blurb blitz tour. Also find an excerpt for your enjoyment.

Cora Seton will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour
A SEAL's Vow 
Cora Seton
(The SEALs of Chance Creek #2)
Published: June 5, 2016
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29857724-a-seal-s-vow
After fifteen long, dangerous years in the service, Navy SEAL Clay Pickett is ready for his new mission: build a model sustainable community and show the world an exciting alternative to a consumption-based life. If that means he’s got a deadline to find a wife in order to win the reality TV show that’s filming his sustainable adventure, so be it. He’s got just the woman for the job in mind: beautiful, dedicated Nora Ridgeway.

When Nora left her job as a school teacher in Baltimore to live a simpler, Jane Austen style life in Montana with her friends, she was relieved to escape the escalating threats of violence from an unknown student stalker, but she can’t help feeling she’s abandoned the other high schoolers who put their faith in her. She’s torn about Clay’s advances, too. On the one hand she’s never met anyone like the strong, sexy SEAL. On the other hand, life’s taught her to take relationships slow—and Clay’s on a deadline.

When arson strikes and Nora disappears, Clay knows he’ll need every trick he learned in his time with the SEALs to track her down and save her life.  
Can two people caught by their pasts have a chance at a future?

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Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Marrying Winterborne
The Ravenels #2

Lisa Kleypas
Historical Romance
Published in 2016

H/h - Rhys Winterborne/Lady Helen Ravenel
Setting: England, 1875.

Read in June, 2016.
My rating:

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Marrying Winterborne was the most anticipated sequel to Lisa Kleypas’s new historical romance series, The Ravenels. This new series has brought back this star of the Historical Romance on the spotlight after 6 long years. Yes, all of us LK fans have been waiting with bated breath for a new HR series from Ms. Kleypas, and when the wait was over, along with our gleeful celebration, we all heaved a sigh of relief.

Now the first book in the series, Cold-Hearted Rake, was more of an introduction to this series. It’s completely, with a set of new characters in it. Set in the Victorian-era, Cold-Hearted Rake talks about The Ravenel family, and it’s last two surviving male, brothers Devon and Weston. The Ravenels are a rowdy bunch who had always had a penchant for self-destruction. They live wild; always drawn to the adrenaline rush and the danger, never bothering to think about the consequences. And they die young too, which has come to be known as the “Ravenel curse”. Devon and West, both with the same bend on self-destruction by living a life fast and furious. They had no title or money to speak of, but Ravenels are Ravenels and they know how to live. Even then, Devon didn’t need or want a title hunched under a pile of debt and a dilapidating country estate. But when his titled cousin, the last direct heir to Lord Trenear, breaks his neck from a fall from horseback, he had no other choice.  Not only he had several duties that came with the title, Devon found that he’s now responsible for Theo’s 3 younger sisters—Helen, and the twins Cassandra and Pandora. If that wasn’t the worse thing to deal with, he’s also now responsible for Theo’s widow, namely Kathleen, who was his bride for all of 3 days.

Excerpt Tour and Giveaway: A Simple Vow by Charlotte Hubbard

Monday, June 27, 2016

I'm hosting a promo, today, on Charlotte Hubbard's latest release, an Amish inspirational romance, A Simple Vow (Simple Gifts #1), as a part of the ongoing excerpt tour. Hope you enjoy the exclusive excerpt accompanying this post.

Charlotte Hubbard will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour
A Simple Vow
Charlotte Hubbard
(Simple Gifts #1)
Published: May 31, 2016 by Zebra (Kensington)
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26236862-a-simple-vow
Housed in a rustic red barn, the Simple Gifts crafts shop celebrates the talents of the Amish of Willow Ridge—and the faith that inspires them. For the acceptance of simplicity opens the path to love.

As far as Edith Riehl is concerned, the baby twins thrust suddenly into her arms are a heaven-sent gift. Unable to conceive, she longs to be a mother with a home of her own. She’s going to abide by her promise to handsome Asa Detweiler to take care of them while he looks for their real father. And even if her domineering dat Cornelius refuses to countenance Asa’s suit, she can only pray the bachelor’s honesty and persistence will uncover the truth—even as he’s kindled an impossible hope for a love of her own…

Asa can’t understand why anyone would think he would be so dishonorable as to father babies and then abandon them. He’s determined to clear his name—but Edith’s caring ways also inspire him to help heal her wounded spirit and earn her trust. In the face of heartbreaking deception, he and Edith must find the strength to understand, forgive…and claim their own hearts’ joy.

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Promo Spotlight: Luka by Jane Harvey-Berrick

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Today, I'm hosting this promo spotlight on Jane Harvey-Berrick's latest release, Luka (The Rhythm #2), as a part of the ongoing VBT. Find an excerpt and teasers in the following post.
 Luka
Jane Harvey-Berrick
(The Rhythm #2)
Published: June 16, 2016
 
I'm not a good man.
I'm not a bad man.
But I've made some bad mistakes, made the wrong choices.
Who hasn't? But the consequences are tearing us apart.

I love two people.
I love them differently.
The world tells me I have to choose. Why? Why do I have to choose?
Loving hurts. Dancing heals.

Love makes you soar, makes you fly and sets you free—and then it lets you freefall until you're smashed and bleeding on the ground. Ultimately, love is the worst thing that can happen to a human being.
Im my opinion.

I love two people.
I love them differently.
One is a man.
One is a woman.
And they are brother and sister.

**** A stand alone novel in the best-selling Rhythm Series. ****

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Guest Post: Author Victoria Hanlen Discusses Saucy Victorian Toys in The Trouble with Seduction

Saturday, June 18, 2016

When I started reading The Trouble with Seduction, Victoria Hanlen's recently released fun historical romance, I was honestly surprised to find our widowed heroine Sarah, Lady Strathford...er, enjoying herself with a collection of what I could only term as Victorian-era sex toys. It was surprising but refreshing nonetheless. "Buzzy Bee"?? No wonder I got curious! ;) So I had to know, and here is the result of that inquiry. Ms. Hanlen has (thankfully!) agreed to quench my curiosity with this following guest post, hope you enjoy it.

My ARC review of  The Trouble with Seduction can be found HERE.
 
Author Victoria Hanlen Discusses Saucy Victorian Toys in The Trouble with Seduction

WHAT INFLUENCED ME TO WRITE ABOUT SAUCY VICTORIAN TOYS?

When writing my first book, The Trouble With Misbehaving, I visited various locations from Goldsboro to Wilmington, North Carolina for research. Several plantations and mansions had small museums filled of unusual curiosities. In them were tools and inventions made during the seventeen to early nineteen hundreds. Their devices did many of the same tasks more modern machines do today (Although usually with a little more effort and need for attention).
What impressed me most about their contraptions was their ingenuity. None of them were powered by electricity, batteries or gas. Some used weights and counterweights. Some were cranked. Others were wound up like clocks. We saw an interesting washing machine that worked by the force of opposing springs. Other devices used pulleys to allow easier lifting or to manage heavy loads.
I was reminded that humans are smart and have been inventing things to make life better since we started banging two rocks together.
When we toured Pompeii, Italy, the guide showed us lead water pipes found under volcano ash. The volcano buried Pompeii in AD 79!
Many important concepts go into making metal pipes and sending water through them. Granted, lead has health risks (they obviously didn’t know about them back then), but to have a water system so long ago was amazing. 
Then I saw the movie Hysteria. Besides being very funny, it told the story of Dr. Joseph Mortimer Granville’s invention of the electromechanical vibrator patented around 1880. He made it to prevent doctors’ hands from becoming sore in the treatment of hysteria, a vague malady that plagued many women. Similar contraptions had existed in other forms for much longer. The French had le tremoussoir (1734), a wind-up device.
After seeing so much evidence of people’s creativity, it seemed possible and reasonable other clever inventors might have made handy little gizmos even before 1734.
Somehow, evidence of all this ingenuity worked its way into my story when I began writing The Trouble With Seduction. I asked myself, what special problems would bright, creative people have that would be interesting and out of the ordinary. And then it came to me—Set in 1855, Sarah, Lady Strathford, widow of a famous inventor, would inherit the benefits and complications borne from her deceased husband’s inventions.
Forced into two marriages with men over twice her age, she was finally coming out of mourning for her second husband. Ready to move on, she wanted to enjoy a little independence. But her brother and society pressured her to remarry. This time she wanted to experience a bit of life, escape her very limited, closed-in sphere and make her own choices.
Fortunately, her second husband had been a caring, talented inventor. When he became deeply engrossed in his experiments, his young wife often found ways to interrupt. Hence, he handled it logically and expeditiously as would any creative man of science. He designed bespoke, sturdy devices, built for flawless performance to keep her occupied and happy when he was too exhausted or busy to be present. 
Unfortunately, danger sometimes accompanies scientific experiments and her husband was killed. But was it an accident or murder?
Enter the handsome and mysterious Mr. Cornelius Ravenhill with a proposition.

... to find out what happened, grab The Trouble with Seduction today!!

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