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Saturday, 21 January 2017

Character Interview: Sasha Todd from What Belongs To Her (Templeton Cove #3)


Sasha Todd Character Interview

1.                 What is What Belongs To Her about?

It’s about my fight to return the Funland fairground back into my family where it belongs. Templeton Cove’s crime lord took it from my grandfather and I’ve been patiently waiting for the chance to reclaim it…and then the crime lord’s son came along exerting his very unwelcome authority.

2.                 What did you think the first time you saw John Jordon?

The first time I laid eyes on the man, it was instantaneous lust. I was in the mood to vent some pent-up frustration, and his muscles and ridiculously sexy forearms and chiseled jaw convinced me he was just the candidate.

3.                 What was your second thought?

How soon can I get him out of my life!

4.                 So not love at first sight then?

No – not at all. He was the biggest, and most handsome, obstacle to achieving a goal I had carefully orchestrated over a number of years. Love was the furthest thing from my mind whenever I looked at him.

5.                 What do you like most about John?

His passion – he is wounded; yet not tainted. He’s fair and just…kind, and a whole load of sexy.

6.                  What made you choose running a fairground as a profession?

It was more a case of the fairground choosing me. My heart and soul is in the fair – it’s where I belong and where I am my happiest. The people, the atmosphere, the hard work…all of it fills me up.
 
7.                 What is your biggest fear

That the demons of my past will shape my future

8.                 How do you relax?

Relaxation is a rarity for me – I’m always thinking about the next new thing, the next goal. I run on adrenaline. Having said that, John Jordon has a unique ability to bring me to a complete standstill…

Sasha and John’s story is available to buy now! Here are the blurb and buy links:  

She's ready to take back what's hers 
Since the moment a local crime boss claimed ownership of her family's fairground, Sasha Todd has dreamed of righting the wrong. Now it's time to act, and backing down from the man's estranged son is definitely not an option. After all, giving up her legacy to hot-blooded John Jordon means losing the chance to finally heal the wounds in her past. 
Stopping John in his tracks—and resisting the sizzle between them—is Sasha's best defense. But there's more to him than she thought, which changes everything. With what matters most at stake, she'll have to risk a brand-new future with John, or walk away from the man whose heart belongs to her.

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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Introducing To Tempt a Viscount by Naomi Boom - GIVEAWAY!!







Get Tempted by this Debut Historical Romance!








TO TEMPT A VISCOUNT


Entangled Nobility #1


By: Naomi Boom


Releasing January 13, 2017


The Wild Rose Press, Inc.










Lady Laura
Rosing knows two things: first, she will marry for love, and second, she
detests rakes. When she meets Lord Gavin Farris, she understands immediately
that he fails both her criteria, and worse yet, he is an absolute cad who
refuses to leave her be.








Lord Farris
has always appreciated women and cannot understand why Lady Laura is so
resistant to his charms. While pretty, she is not his usual type, but something
about her intrigues him. Much to his chagrin, he finds himself desperately in
love with her, but he may be too late. His adamant refusal to marry just might
have planted her firmly in the arms of another.




















Naomi
Boom
is an
author with a newly-discovered love for writing. Her inspiration struck when
she was searching for the perfect historical romance novel to read. Nothing
sounded appealing, so she decided to write her own. That one novel has morphed
into a series, and hopefully many, many more.








She
currently resides in Kansas with her family but has her eyes planted on an
acreage in eastern South Dakota. Once her husband retires from the United
States Army, they will return to her home state where she will continue to
pursue her passion.



















Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Introducing Rescued By Love by Melissa Foster...





















Jake has never left anyone behind--will Addison be his first failed rescue?












RESCUED BY LOVE


The Ryders Book Four


Melissa Foster


Released Jan 11, 2017


World Literary Press









As the
daughter of a world-renowned fashion designer, Addison Dahl enjoyed a
privileged life attending the most sought after parties, traveling around the
world, and having anything she wanted. Until she broke free and went against
her father’s wishes, needing to prove to herself—and to him—that she could make
it on her own. Now she’s ready to take her adventures in a new direction and
sets her sights on roughing it in the wilderness.





Jake Ryder
followed in his father’s footsteps as a top search and rescue professional. He
spends his days saving those in need and his nights in the arms of willing
women who offer nothing more than a few hours of sexual enjoyment. Just the way
he likes it.





When Jake’s
sister-in-law calls and reports her best friend missing, it’s up to Jake to
find her and bring her home. But Addison isn’t lost, and she sure as hell isn’t
going to be told what to do by an ornery mountain man with whom she’d spent one
torrid night after her best friend’s wedding. Jake has never left anyone
behind—will Addison be his first failed rescue?






























Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA
Today
 bestselling and award-winning author. She writes sexy and
heartwarming contemporary romance, new adult romance, and women's fiction with
emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the
last page. Melissa's emotional journeys are lovingly erotic, perfect beach
reads, and always family oriented. 
















Saturday, 14 January 2017

Allowing Your Characters To Take The Lead...



Many readers assume a novelist has all their characters established and ready to go BEFORE they start writing. This is rarely the case for me.

I write Victorian romance for eKensington and contemporary romance and romantic suspense for Harlequin Superromance. All the books are linked through the characters and the setting…although I consciously write each book so they can be read stand-alone.

The link came because as I wrote THE SEDUCTION OF EMILY (Victorian) and FINDING JUSTICE (Harlequin), the two debuts in my series, secondary characters appeared that were in danger of taking over the story. I knew these characters would need their own book if they were to be silenced.

So as lucky as I am to have the hero and heroine more or less established for my next book, new characters continue to appear whether I wanted them in the story or not. I’m a plotter and tend to write a full-length synopsis and chapter plan before I start to write. Both the synopsis and chapter plan will only feature the hero, heroine and villain, if I have one.

There is no mention of any secondary characters or other characters from previous books at this stage.

Yet, lo and behold, a new or old character will nudge their way into the book as I write. The more vocal they are, or the easier they are to write whenever they appear on the page, leads me to know pretty quickly how long, or how often, they will appear in subsequent books.

I love it when a character appears unexpectedly because it means I am truly listening to the characters and letting the story flow how it’s supposed to be told rather than how I THOUGHT it should be told. A wholeheartedly believe an author has to have a certain amount of trust in her characters for a story to read authentically and realistically.

In romance, characters drive the story rather than the plot, so it’s vital that the characters are understandable, even if not always likeable.


Characterisation is key – always!

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Introducing Beginner's Luck by Corinne Scott...GIVEAWAY!!




Beginner's Luck
by Corinne Scott

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GENRE: romantic suspense

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BLURB:

Eoin O’Brien is a police detective, despite his da’s wish that he run the family pub. His wife left him 3 years ago when he thwarted her dream to work in an art gallery. Now Vivian is back. After her gallery and her life are threatened, their paths cross again. Part of what drove her away was Eoin’s need for control. If Eoin lets her fend for herself, can he win her back and still keep her safe?


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EXCERPT

Vivian didn’t want Eoin, did she? She should choose Avery. Safe, predictable, unassuming Avery. The perfect gentleman. Right? Only now, as she read desire and yearning in Eoin’s green eyes, she wasn’t so sure.

Okay, yes. This was obviously desire, she thought as Eoin leaned down, giving her plenty of time to pull away if she wanted. She didn’t. His lips teased her unresponsive ones. Her passivity didn’t last long. One touch of his tongue to her closed mouth and she opened it for him, welcoming him in.

Their tongues danced and dueled as his arms moved around her, pulling her tighter. Ah, he’d missed this. His heart raced specifically for this woman. Eoin O’Brien was meant to kiss Vivian Lewis-O’Brien forever.

She should stop this. She really should. Who knew how many people were standing there gawking while she made out with her estranged husband on the sidewalk? But she was beyond giving a damn at the moment. Vivian needed his kisses like she needed air. It had simply been too long. Too long without his touch, she thought as he ran one hand inside her coat to brush the underside of her breast. Too long without his aftershave tantalizing her senses. Too long without the feel of his naked skin against hers.

Whoa! Slow down. She pushed slightly against his chest, separating their bodies. Heavy breathing on both sides. Good. At least she wasn’t the only one who wanted to rip her clothes off and launch herself in his arms.

“I don’t think this is a very good idea.”

Eoin stepped back again, putting his hands in his pockets and wearing the biggest grin she’d ever seen.

“What?” She crossed her arms and narrowed her eyes.

“Nothing,” he smirked.

“It’s obviously something, Eoin. Just say it!”

“Our story is definitely not over.” And with that he strolled away, leaving her with her mouth open, staring at his retreating form.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Corinne Scott was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. Her parents were teachers, so of course she grew up to be a teacher as well, proving that the apple does not fall too far from the tree. Corinne has a bachelor’s degree from Texas State University and a master’s from the University of North Texas. She is passionate about books, which led her to her current occupation as a librarian and now author. Beginner’s Luck is her second novel, and the first in a series about the O'Briens of New York. Her first novel was Lover's Oak.







GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

Corinne Scott will be awarding $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Introducing Sweet Southern Hearts by Susan Schild...













humorous, heartwarming story of new beginnings, do-overs, and self-discovery… 





SWEET SOUTHERN HEARTS



Willow Hill Series #3


Susan Schild


Releasing Jan 10th, 2017


Lyrical Press



Susan Schild welcomes you back to the offbeat Southern town of Willow Hill, North
Carolina, for a humorous, heartwarming story of new beginnings, do-overs, and
self-discovery…

When it comes to marriage, third time’s the charm for Linny Taylor. She’s
thrilled to be on her honeymoon with Jack Avery, Willow Hill’s handsome
veterinarian. But just like the hair-raising white water rafting trip Jack persuades
her to take, newlywed life has plenty of dips and bumps.

Jack’s twelve-year-old son is resisting all Linny’s efforts to be the perfect
stepmother, while her own mother, Dottie, begs her to tag along on the first
week of a free-wheeling RV adventure. Who knew women “of a certain age” could
drum up so much trouble? No sooner is Linny sighing with relief at being back
home than she’s helping her frazzled sister with a new baby…and dealing with an
unexpected legacy from her late ex. Life is fuller—and richer—than she ever
imagined, but if there’s one thing Linny’s learned by now, it’s that there’s
always room for another sweet surprise…

This charming and well observed novel about finding the courage to love
after loss will make you smile as well as cry more than a few happy
tears.  Be prepared for a story of true tenderness, humor, and sometimes
nail biting tension. Sweet Southern Hearts delivers all this
and more.” --Holly Chamberlin, author of Summer with my Sisters




















Susan Schild writes wholesome and sunny Southern fiction. She likes stories about charming men, missing money, adventuresome women, sweet dogs, and happily ever afters at any age.

Susan is a wife and a stepmother. She enjoys rummaging through thrift store for
treasures like four dollar cashmere sweaters and amateur watercolor paintings.
She likes taking walks with her Lab mix, Tucker, and his buddies. She and her
family live in North Carolina.

Susan has used her professional background as a psychotherapist and a management
consultant to add authenticity to her characters.


SWEET SOUTHERN HEARTS, the final book in the Willow Hill series, will be released in
January of 2017. Readers can look forward to more adventures, new beaus,
sinister ministers, lovebirds over fifty, a road trip for Mama and her pals,
and maybe even an “I Do”...or two.


You can follow Susan on Facebook, Twitter and on her website or subscribe to her quarterly
newsletter for inside scoop, sneak peeks and giveaways.