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    Welcome to the St. Patrick’s Mega Gift Card FB Hop

    3/18/2018

    St Patrick's Facebook Hop & Giveaway Promo
    Welcome to the St. Patrick’s Mega Gift Card FB Hop, where you can enter to win a gift card at every stop. With 70 authors participating, that’s 70 chances for you to win!

    In the event of a broken link in the hop, you can always find the complete list of authors and links to their FB pages here: https://stpatrickshopgiveaway.blogspot.com/p/hop.html

    For this hop, I’m giving away $10 Amazon Giftcard. Please read and follow the instructions below very carefully. I don’t want to have to disqualify anyone!

    Just comment and tell me your fave Irish Coffee, Whisky or Irish Cream
    Comment below this post: Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

    Winners will be chosen at random when the giveaway closes at 12 noon ET (9 am PT) on March 18.

    Melissa McLone is the next stop on the hop. Visit her/his Facebook page for a chance to win another gift card here: https://www.facebook.com/MelissaMcCloneBooks/.

    BONUS GIVEAWAY! If you visit every page on the hop and enter all 70 giveaways, you are eligible to enter to win an Amazon Echo Dot or Kindle Fire. Here’s the entry form:

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    By the way, have you entered our grand prize giveaway? That’s right, we’re running another big giveaway right now with multiple kindles and ebook prize packs. Enter for your chance to win at:

    https://stpatrickshopgiveaway.blogspot.com/p/giveaway.html

    Good luck and have fun on the hop!

    Facebook giveaways are in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. By entering this giveaway, participants release and indemnify Facebook from all liability. Information collected is not collected by Facebook.

    List of Participating Authors and Links to Their Facebook Pages

    Please double check your name and FB page link. These have been copied and pasted directly from your google signup forms. You are listed in the order you signed up for the promo, which is how the list will appear on the website at the beginning of the hop. If your name is toward the bottom, never fear. I will be rotating the list throughout the hop so that names at the bottom move to the top. 😀

    Traci Douglass*
    https://www.facebook.com/TraciDouglassAuthor/

    Michele Barrow-Belisle*
    https://www.facebook.com/authormichele

    Carrie Whitethorne
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    L.D. Rose
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    Leanne Banks*
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    Stephanie Queen*
    https://www.facebook.com/StephanieQueenAuthor/

    Donna Fasano
    https://www.facebook.com/DonnaFasanoAuthor/

    Denise Devine*
    https://www.facebook.com/deniseannettedevine

    Josie Riviera*
    https://www.facebook.com/Josie-Riviera-606308026204108/

    Stacy Gold*
    https://www.facebook.com/AuthorStacyGold/

    C.A. King*
    https://www.facebook.com/ThePortalProphecies/

    Karen Michelle Nutt*
    https://www.facebook.com/authorkarenmichellenutt/

    Chiquita Dennie*
    https://www.facebook.com/304publishing

    Natalie Ann*
    https://www.facebook.com/NatalieAnnBooks/

    Pauline Creeden*
    https://www.facebook.com/PaulineCreeden/

    Jana Richards*
    https://www.facebook.com/JanaRichardsAuthor

    Ashlee Price*
    https://www.facebook.com/AshleePriceAuthor/

    Dystopian Fantasy Fantatics*
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    Calinda B*
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    Mary Abshire
    https://www.facebook.com/MaryAbshire.Author/

    Marsha A. Moore*
    https://www.facebook.com/marshaamooreauthorpage

    Jennifer Saints*
    https://www.facebook.com/Jennifer-St-Giles-153382491356980/

    Susan Jean Ricci
    https://www.facebook.com/DinosaursCherryStems/

    Donna R. Mercer*
    https://www.facebook.com/DonnaRMercerAuthor/

    Amanda Uhl*
    https://www.facebook.com/amandauhlauthor

    Ruth Kaufman*
    https://www.facebook.com/ruthtalks/

    Nancy Radke**
    https://www.facebook.com/AuthorNancyRadke/

    Debbie White*
    https://www.facebook.com/DebbieWhiteBooks/

    Angelica Kate*
    https://www.facebook.com/angelicakate5

    Mimi Barbour**
    https://www.facebook.com/Mimi-Barbour-Fan-Page-203964072966134/

    Elizabeth Rose*
    https://www.facebook.com/ElizabethRoseNovels/

    Anni Fife*
    https://www.facebook.com/AnniFifeAuthor/

    Taylor Lee*
    https://www.facebook.com/TaylorLeeBooks/

    Soraya Naomi
    https://www.facebook.com/sorayanaomi.author/

    Alicia Street
    https://www.facebook.com/AliciaStreetAuthor

    Sydney Aaliyah Michelle*
    https://www.facebook.com/SydneyAaliyahMichelle/

    Tena Stetler*
    https://www.facebook.com/TenaStetlerAuthor/

    Holly Cortelyou**
    https://www.facebook.com/HollyCortelyouAuthor

    Cara Marsi
    https://www.facebook.com/authorcaramarsi

    Laurel Greer*
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    Maureen Bonatch*
    https://www.facebook.com/maureenlbonatch

    S.A. Larsen*
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    Joanne Dannon
    https://www.facebook.com/joannedannonwrites/

    Authors’ Billboard**
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    Joynell Schultz*
    https://www.facebook.com/joynelljschultz

    Alyssa Drake*
    https://www.facebook.com/alyssadrakenovels

    Donna Schlachter*
    https://www.facebook.com/DonnaSchlachterAuthor

    Bree M. Lewandowski*
    https://www.facebook.com/BreeMLewandowski

    Charmaine Ross
    https://www.facebook.com/charmaine.ross.author/

    Bambi Lynn*
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/ArduinnasForest/

    Monique McDonell*
    https://www.facebook.com/MoniqueMcDonellAuthor/

    Melissa McClone*
    https://www.facebook.com/MelissaMcCloneBooks/

    Chloe Flowers**
    https://www.facebook.com/HighSeasRomance/

    Bree Dahlia*
    https://www.facebook.com/BreeDahliaWriter

    Mary Morgan*
    https://www.facebook.com/MaryMorganAuthor/

    Beata Blitz*
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    Julie Trettel*
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    Kristy Tate*
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    PG Forte*
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    Sahara Roberts*
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    Sarah Williams
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    Kathryn Knight
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    Mona Sedrak*
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    Jennifer Vester*
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    April Fire*
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    Traci Hall*
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    Stella Marie Alden*
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    Pamela S. Thibodeaux*
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    Melissa Belle*
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    Aileen Harkwood*
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    *indicates author is offering a $10 or higher value gift card. **$20 or higher.


    Comments

    Sabrina Templin
    3/18/2018 03:00:40 pm

    Irish Cream and HAPPY ST PATRICK’S DAY

    Jc moore
    3/18/2018 03:04:35 pm

    Entered at Patrick’s day hop

    Sue Sattler
    3/18/2018 03:11:31 pm

    Irish Cream 😀 Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

    Lucy Jones
    3/18/2018 03:15:04 pm

    I entered 💖📚

    Pam Flynn
    3/18/2018 03:45:38 pm

    Irish Cream Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

    Shelley Gladden
    3/18/2018 04:37:27 pm

    I entered… Happy St Patrick’s day!

    Felicia Ninni
    3/18/2018 05:15:18 pm

    I entered, it was Irish whisky, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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    February Series Spotlight Giveaway – enter to win a Kindle

    2/24/2018

    Welcome to the February Series Spotlight & Giveaway February 26-3/2!
    Check out these series. The first book is FREE!
    Thank you for being loyal readers! To show their appreciation, your favorite authors have come together to offer our series at special prices for a limited time. Download one or all. Maybe you’ll find your next favorite author.

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    Q&A with Nicole Leiren author of Deadly Dirty Martinis

    2/24/2018

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    Question and Answer with Nicole Leiren

    1. What was the inspiration for your novel?
    This is the second novel I’ve written for the Danger Cove Cocktail series so I wanted to delve a little more into Lilly (the protagonist) and her relationship with her parents. With the novel coming out in November, a Thanksgiving theme seemed very appropriate and a way to work in the idea that family is not always people who are related to us. Lilly had found a new sense of home with her friends and co-workers at Smugglers’ Tavern, but things got a little crazy when her parents show up—and then, of course, someone was murdered on Tavern property.
    2. When did you take up writing?
    I did the customary poetry in high school to help express all the crazy emotions that are part of every day life during that phase of life but didn’t start writing stories until I discovered fanfiction over ten years ago. I had so much fun exploring and honing my craft in the fanfic world that I decided to try my hand at an original story. That first story has been re-titled and re-written countless times, but is still waiting for its moment to shine. My next novel, my first story in the Heroes of the Night series, came about after meeting a retired soldier on a plane. His story and views on life inspired me to create a character from what I learned (with his permission of course!) and brought about my first publishing contract.
    3. How important is setting/place in your writing?
    I’m going to be honest as I like to keep it real with everyone – to me, the story itself is the most important part of my writing. I love fast paced dialogue that moves a story along and immerses the reader into the mind of the characters so they feel everything as intensely as those in the story. As a result, setting plays a role, but not as active in my stories as perhaps in other author’s stories. Because Danger Cove is a unique place, with many great characters (written by many different authors), it does, however, play an important role in the story. It’s almost as though Danger Cove itself is one of the characters.
    I may have contradicted myself with that answer – LOL but I think it depends on what story I’m writing as to how important the setting will be. Hope that makes sense!
    4. Do you have a favourite character (s) in your current novel?
    Of course I love my main character, Lilly, but if I had to pick a favourite outside of her, it would have to be Abe, the gardener. I love the relationship he and Lilly have as he’s like the grandfather she never knew (you can learn why that is in the first novel, Heroes and Hurricanes). Their interactions can be tense at times, but they always come to an understanding and their friendship is strengthened.
    5. What’s the best piece of writing advice you were ever given?
    Susan Elizabeth Phillips once shared this valuable piece of advice (at least it was exactly what I needed to hear at the time.) She said (and I’m paraphrasing here) “If you aren’t writing because life has gotten in the way, that’s okay. You can give yourself a break. But, if you aren’t writing because you don’t know where your story is going next, that is NOT an excuse!” I always remember that when I’m hesitant to put my butt in the chair and fingers to the keyboard.
    6. Do you have a schedule for writing?
    When I’m under contract and have a deadline, absolutely I do! I use WriteTrack to set up my project and help me track my progress. I’m a very visual person so if I see I’m falling behind, I dedicate more time to get caught up. My schedule is to minimally keep even with where WriteTrack says I should be each day to finish my story on time. If that means 20 minutes, then I’ll write for at least 20 minutes. If it means two hours…then two hours it is.
    7. Are you a plotter or someone who tends to wing it?
    I started out being more of a pantser (the wing it by the seat of my pants kinda gal lol) but when I switched from contemporary sweet romance to cozy mystery, I found plotting was essential. Now, I’m a decent mixture of both. I do the plotting as I need to know where I’m heading in the story and get to the “whodunit” in a logical manner, but I also allow the characters the freedom to take me down a different path if they so choose. For example, I was over half-way through writing Deadly Dirty Martinis when I knew something wasn’t write. I let the characters take the lead for a little (yeah, us authors are a little crazy like that) and discovered who the REAL killer was – and it wasn’t who I’d plotted! Thankfully, it only took a little tweaking to make it all work. So I think it’s important to be open to something outside the outline.
    8. Can you name three of four of your current favourite books?
    Sadly, reading is a luxury I don’t get to do very often (I know, I know!!) but when I do, I love to reach for a Lee Child (Jack Reacher) novel or one I recently read which I enjoyed very much was Jim Cangany’s “Start Your Engines” – a fantastic story about a second chance at love set in the racing industry. I’m also a huge fan of Sara Parestky and love reading her stories as well.
    9. Can you tell me a little bit about what you are working on now?
    I’m working on edits for the next installment of the Danger Cove Cocktail, Tequila Trouble, which is due out this summer. I also have a new series, entitled “Delivering Applewood” out for consideration with some publishers. It’s set in the fictional town of Applewood in Door County, Wisconsin. If you’ve never had a chance to visit Door County, I highly recommend it!
    10. What advice would you give to a fledgling writer to assist them on their journey?
    First, never give up. This business is full of rejection and disappointment, but there’s also the immense joy you receive in completing a project, having someone read it and telling you how much it affected them. Authors are an amazing and supportive group, be sure to connect with them – in person and online – you won’t regret it.
    Next, understand that – at the end of the day – this IS a business. Once you have published your first novel, you have to balance the business side and the creative side. This is essential for continued success.
    And finally, never give up. Being able to immerse someone else in your story is the greatest gift. Keep writing, learning, and telling your stories!

    Thank you, Monique, for the opportunity to be a part of your blog and your day.

    Deadly Dirty Martinis by Nicole Leiren
    Published by Gemma Halliday Publishing on November 7, 2017
    Genres: Cozy Mystery

    Lilly Waters is loving life as the new assistant manager at the Smugglers’ Tavern in the small town of Danger Cove. So the last thing she wants or expects is an impromptu family reunion with the wannabe-rock star dad and his number-one-fan (her mother) who were noticeably absent from her childhood. Not only does Lilly have her hands full dealing with Mom and Dad who act more like teenagers than parents, but she also finds herself in hot water when the son of a Chicago mob boss is murdered on tavern property. Now Lilly’s mom is the number one suspect, and Lilly isn’t sure where her loyalties lie.

    The search for answers leads Lilly down a dangerous path where she uncovers more suspects than she can say Thanksgiving grace over—including a tattooed trouble maker, a gambler who turned against the mob, and even her own father! All their motivations prove dirtier than her signature martinis, and if Lilly doesn’t get to the truth soon, not only will dinner be ruined, but the killer may serve her up on a silver platter.

    Enter to win a $5 Amazon Gift Card!
    About Nicole Leiren
    Described by those who know her best as perky, quirky and effervescent, USA Today Best-Selling author Nicole Leiren likes to have fun — in life, with her characters and, of course, her readers. She admits to being sassy (just ask her mother!) and inspiration for her characters are drawn from the real-world heroes and heroines she meets while traversing the country.

    Nicole enjoys sharing the love, laughter, mystery, and occasionally a touch of the mayhem she forces her characters to endure—all for the reader’s pleasure! Her real-world heroes and heroines will keep you turning the pages until you reach the whodunit or happily ever after (usually both!)

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    Nicole Leiren
    2/27/2018 04:40:41 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing!!

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    Love Kissed Love & Books Giveaway

    2/5/2018

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    How much do we love our readers? We’d like to show you!
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    Love Kissed January FREE Reads & Giveaway

    1/23/2018

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    ​Check out the January FREE Reads & Giveaway 1/22-26!
    Our Romance Authors are offering over 20 books…
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    12 Days of Downunder Christmas Blog Hop – entries now closed

    11/28/2017

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    ​This is the Twelve Days of Christmas promotion – twelve ‘down under’ authors who are each giving personal prizes away, plus we have a $50 Amazon Gift Card to finish with a flourish.
    The Joy of Travel at Christmas inspired Snowbound, A Chicklit Christmas Novella
    Anyone from Australia or New Zealand, where all of the authors in this hop are from, learns pretty early that if you want to travel anywhere you’re probably going to be on a plane for a while.I consider any flight under eight hours to be a quick one.

    Part of what makes our countries unique is our isolation. We have summer while most of the world has winter, much of Australia never sees snow and we do things just that little bit differently. I drew on that inspiration when I was writing Snowbound, A Christmas Chicklit Novella.

    My main character Zara is heading off to the USA for Christmas to meet her boyfriend who works in New York. She’s never been on a long-haul flight, she’s never seen snow…there are a lot of firsts for Zara. Apart from the lovely Kyle who sits next to her the journey is really not that great.

    I’ve done a lot of long-distance travel and much of it on my own – I quite like flying alone now – but when I was younger and more self conscious I didn’t so I channeled that into Zara’s character. Just like her I have woken up by a random teenage boy asleep on my shoulder – then I had to decide if I could get up – I didn’t want to wake the poor kid but sometimes you just have to move.

    I also remember the magic of seeing snow fall for the first time and the wonder of waking up to a world made new by being covered in white. I’ve never had a White Christmas – only a white Boxing day and I think we can all agree no one has ever sung a song about that.

    One of the things I love about books and writing is how you can hold a mirror up to the way we live our lives differently to others – after I wrote this novel I had readers emailing me to say it never even occurred to them someone might not have seen snow. That makes perfect sense if you’re Canadian!

    I’m hoping for a sparkling sunny and hot Christmas myself. It will include a swim at the beach and sweating my way through cooking a ham, a turkey and a Christmas pudding. I’ll be getting my tree close to the big day because I love a real tree and if I put it up too early it might wilt before the big day. My Christmas might look a little different than yours but hopefully we’re all surrounded by love and laughter.

    As part of the Hop I’m giving away a copy of Romancing the Holidays 2 – a multi author box set I’m in this Christmas and a copy of Snowbound…to enter just comment below and tell me if you get a real tree or a fake one. (I’ll pick a winner randomly at the end of the 12 days promotion)

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    This is the Twelve Days of Christmas promotion – twelve ‘down under’ authors who are each giving personal prizes away, plus we have a $50 Amazon Gift Card to finish with a flourish. Here’s the schedule so you don’t miss your favourite authors!
    Day 1 – Kris Pearson
    Day 2 – Joanne Dannon
    Day 3 – Cassandra O’Leary
    Day 4 – Annie Seaton
    Day 5 – Monique McDonell
    Day 6 – Kate O’Keeffe
    Day 7 – Cathryn Hein
    Day 8 – Tracey Alvarez
    Day 9 – Leeanna Morgan
    Day 10 – Wendy Vella
    Day 11 – Charmaine Ross
    Day 12 – Aislinn Kearns

    Comments

    Mel Bowers
    12/5/2017 12:27:31 pm

    We get a fake tree with the kids homemade decorations on it and some from my nan who died 9 yrs ago. One son and I are allergic to real trees….not books tho 😊

    Christine Hann
    12/5/2017 05:05:30 pm

    We have a fake tree currently, but would luv to have a real one like in my childhood again!

    Jill Broussard
    12/5/2017 05:22:57 pm

    We’ve done both real and fake, but for the past 7 years since we’ve had our dog, Rusty, it’s a table topper. We’re afraid he’ll claim it at his spot!

    Rose
    12/5/2017 06:00:33 pm

    Fake. We travel so a real tree would be a hazard!

    Cat
    12/5/2017 08:22:42 pm

    Fake! Much easier and tidier

    Sonia
    12/5/2017 11:13:21 pm

    Realistic fake tree- 180cm tall

    Julie Zammit
    12/6/2017 01:50:07 am

    Fake because hubby says real make a mess 😥

    Dianne
    12/6/2017 08:42:49 am

    A fake tree – this year it’s a duo of cardboard trees decorated with recycled items! Thanks.
    PS: I’ve never experienced real snow yet either – it always snows the week after I visit the Blue Mountains.

    Wendy
    12/6/2017 11:27:30 am

    I prefer a fake tree as I hate the smell of pine
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    Monique McDonell
    12/7/2017 03:10:10 pm

    I’m a real tree all the way…I’m getting mine from the Scouts tomorrow.

    Karen Teasdale
    12/9/2017 03:58:56 pm

    No tree this year, real or fake – my fun thing this year is lots of candles and lights, including flickering orange ones that look like flames in the fireplace! Merry Christmas!
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    Monique McDonell
    12/17/2017 09:23:04 pm

    Karen, you’re the winner of my books – email me at mcdonellmonique(at)gmail.com and I’ll send them off to you.

    Nancy Burgess
    12/9/2017 06:32:47 pm

    My children are grown so I put up an artificial tree.
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    Debbie Martin
    12/9/2017 10:06:41 pm

    We have a fake tree that the lights blink with the music.

    Carol
    12/9/2017 11:23:00 pm

    I have a small fake tree that I can put up high on a shelf so the cats can’t get to it. I also have a crocheted tree my mother made me.

    Margie Rico
    12/10/2017 07:04:07 am

    We have a fake one because real ones bother my allergies. There are some beautiful fake ones though! I also have a Charlie Brown Christmas tree. It is so cute!

    Gail
    12/11/2017 06:31:12 pm

    With the kids and dogs – we use a fake tree

    Deborah Sisk
    12/11/2017 07:19:21 pm

    A fake tree. Unfortunately, I am allergic to real ones.

    Laura Slider
    12/11/2017 08:28:05 pm

    I do a fake tree, but hang scent sticks in it to get the smell of Christmas.

    Jean White
    12/12/2017 09:29:45 am

    I do a fake tree every year since we a real tree and were finding pine tree needles still in the carpet at Easter!! They got under the couch and chair.

    Lori Payer
    12/12/2017 03:44:06 pm

    We have a fake tree. With having allergies, mess from the pine needles and the bugs the fake works better for us.

    Michelle Catallo
    12/12/2017 05:45:41 pm

    I have had the same fake tree for around a decade and the one prior to that for two decades. It works for me. I may get a small real tree next year just to downsize as it will only be my youngest son and I for the holidays.

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    October Love Kissed FREE Reads & Giveaway!

    10/24/2017

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    Check out the October FREE Reads & Giveaway 10/23-27!
    Our Romance Authors are offering over 20 books…
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    Q&A with author Isabella Louise Anderson

    10/23/2017

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    1. What was the inspiration for your novel?
    Deciding to participate in NaNoWriMo again, I just knew I had to start writing, and as a panster, there was no direction in mind. Having my USWeekly Magazine next to me, that had Khole Kardashian-Odom and Lamar on the cover (I loved them together), was great inspiration. With the desire to have always wanted to own a flower shop, I combined the two.
    2. When did you take up writing?
    I’ve always loved to write. As a young girl, I would create scenes using characters from soap operas, (I love “The Young & the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful”).
    3. How important is setting/place in your writing?
    Each book is different, but I try to bring scenery and atmosphere into my books.
    4. Do you have a favourite character (s) in your current novel?
    While I love all my characters, Connie Albright is my favorite! I know some might not like her, but with all her negativity, she has a heart, and desires love more than anything. (I might even write a novella to check-in on her, so stay tuned!)
    5. What’s the best piece of writing advice you were ever given?
    Try the Pomodoro Technique! I swear, after I tried this it’s changed my life as an author.
    6. Do you have a schedule for writing?
    No, and I’m not an early riser, so I see that I write best when it’s between 3:00-5:00.
    7. Are you a plotter or someone who tends to wing it?
    Both! It just depends on which current WIP I’m working on.
    8. Can you name three of four of your current favourite books?
    “Defining Her” by Samantha March, “Peri in Progress” by Cat Lavoie, and “Dangled Carat” by Hilary Grossman.
    9. Can you tell me a little bit about what you are working on now?
    Yes! The novella I’m working on it about a woman who is an assistant to a celebrity who is in need of a stand-in date for her appearances. What the actress doesn’t know is the assistant hires the man who tortured her in high school. What will happen when everything is exposed, including that the man didn’t mean to torture her, that it was his way of liking her?
    10. What advice would you give to a fledgling writer to assist them on their journey?
    ​Use the Pomodoro Technique! Try to complete five to six sessions, and you will see how much this works!

    About Cards from Khloe’s Flower Shop
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    As the owner of a successful florist shop, Khloe Harper trusts her instincts. She has a strong bond with her family and friends, but after being betrayed by her last love, she’s kept herself at arms’ length from romance. When dashing entertainment attorney Derek Thomas walks into her store, Khloe’s interest is piqued. What at first seems like a business relationship quickly turns into romance, and Derek slowly plucks away the petals she’s been hiding behind. Just as Khloe lets down her guard, she discovers that Derek may not be worthy of her love after all.
    Frumpy Connie Albright has a faux fascination with an imaginary man named Walt, thinking that by sending herself flowers from him she’ll feel less out-of-place with the “mean girls” she works with. When she comes face to face with her possible prince charming and thinking she might have a happy ending, when a truth is revealed, she wonders if she’ll ever have a Cinderella story.
    A recently widowed senior, Gabby Lewis, isn’t ready to give up on love—which means releasing herself from survivor’s guilt and taking a chance on finding happiness and companionship again. After signing up for an online dating site for senior citizens, much to her surprise, she’s matched with Harry, an energetic and loving man, who quickly eases himself into her heart. Will Gabby take the leap of falling in love again, knowing it’s possible to have two loves of her life?
    As each woman’s story develops through flowers and cards sent from Khloe’s shop during the Fall months, they begin to learn that love can only truly blossom when you trust your heart.

    Where to Find Cards from Khloe’s Flower Shop
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    Meet Isabella Louise Anderson
    Isabella Louise AndersonIsabella grew up with a book in her hand, and to this day nothing has changed. She focuses her time on featuring other writers on her blog, Chick Lit Goddess, along with organizing Goddess Book Tours, and is a member of the Romance Writers of America.
    She lives in Dallas with her husband, enjoys spicy Mexican food, margaritas, gin on the rocks (with a splash of lime). She loves spending time with family and friends and cheering on the Texas Rangers. Not only is Isabella an author, she’s also a Scentsy consultant and hoarder.
    Isabella is the author of The Right Design and Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop. Her short story, “Meet Me Under the Mistletoe,” was featured in Simon & Fig’s Christmas anthology, Merry & Bright. She’s currently working on another book.

     

    Where to Find Isabella Louise Anderson
    ​Website: http://www.isabellalouiseanderson.com
    Chick Lit Goddess: https://chicklitgoddess.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IsabellaLouiseAnderson/
    Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7382151.Isabella_Louise_Anderson
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ila121209/
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    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ILA121209
    Amazon Author: https://www.amazon.com/Isabella-Louise-Anderson/e/B00IWCNQFO/

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  • Blog

    Kiss Me In Wescott Springs

    10/16/2017

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    Kiss Me In Wescott Springs by Holly Cortelyou

    BLURB:
    Escape with two enticing tales of love. Sometimes opposites do attract and just need a second chance love… courtesy of a raspberry puff pastry and an unexpected discovery. And then again, maybe all it takes is a little wine, truffles and a remodel to turn enemies into lovers!
    Welcome back to Wescott Springs where it’s always a sweet and sexy romp to love!

    KISS ME AT LAST
    One tempting kiss will rock his world…
    What’s better than wine, chocolate and a little renovation magic? A sweet and sexy matchup between a handsome, hammer-swinging contractor, Sean McMallory, and a flirty and stubborn champagne bar owner, Melinda York, who’s in a remodel pickle! Sometimes trusting your enemy is the sweetest victory of all.

    KISS ME, TROUBLE
    Why gamble on a second chance at love?
    Six years ago, Cole McCaffrey shattered Alix Porter’s heart into a million scattered shards. But one lucky encounter with flying artwork lands Alix right back into Cole’s lap. With seven short vacation days, can Cole spark their sizzling chemistry and convince Alix of his love, despite the lie that tore them apart?

    Available on Amazon!
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    (99 pennies from 10/16 trough 10/23)

    TEASER #1 from Kiss Me at Last

    With a smile lurking at the corners of his mouth, Sean had been waiting for an eruption for the last ten minutes.
    It was day three of construction, and Melinda had looked far from chipper as she’d schlepped into the wine bar at eight in a slouchy gray sweater, faded jeans, and nondescript running shoes. Her eyes were bleary, and she cradled her coffee concoction like it was the crown jewel in the queen’s tiara. She’d winced every time his hammer drove home a nail.
    Sean grinned. Hangover, he supposed, and he pounded a few extra nails for good measure as she scuttled into her office. That ought to fix her little red wagon, Miss High and Mighty and her sexy British accent. Not that he’d noticed.
    He glanced toward her office door, and there was Melinda, staring at him with a stony gaze through half-slitted eyes.
    “Good morning, Ms. York,” Sean said in his perkiest voice. “Sun’s shining, and it’s beautiful out.” He fiddled with the chuck on the drill and idly revved it a few times for some bonus noise.
    “Is there anything quiet you can do for a while?” Melinda said, her tone was pained.
    “Not feeling well?”
    “I’m fine. I have some phone calls to make to wine distributors and a little peace and quiet would be divine.”
    “Go back to your coffee shop for those calls. Unless you want me to take a break already? That will slow me down.”
    Melinda glared. “I’m trying to get some work done, too.”
    “Well, ma’am. This is a construction zone, so there’s going to be noise. We’re not slapping on some paint and hanging a few light fixtures. We’re adding beams, ripping out floors. What exactly were you expecting? Should I bring a bowl of potpourri or something?”
    “That might help.” Her tone was drenched in syrup. “Or do you have a silencer for that drill?”

    TEASER #2 from Kiss Me, Trouble

    As they walked side by side out of the restaurant, a noisy group of women jostled by them. Alix scooted to one side to avoid a passerby whose nose was buried in her phone. She staggered into a towering potted palm.
    The palm fronds swayed ominously, and Alix’s arms flailed.
    “Easy there. Don’t take out that tree.” Cole twined an arm around her waist and pulled her close. A herd of butterflies stampeded through her belly. His touch was familiar, but it dazzled her senses as if it was the first time they’d touched.
    “I’m not usually so wobbly on my feet.” Alix smiled up at Cole and didn’t move.
    Cole blinked and broke into a lopsided grin. “You were pushed.”
    “Like Humpty Dumpty? Did she fall or was she pushed?” Alix wrinkled her nose.
    “It was a conspiracy.” Cole squeezed her waist and winked.
    “Did you pay them to bump me into your arms?” She inched one hip closer to his body.
    “That would have been well played.” Cole’s voice lowered, but she could have heard him whisper, for the rest of the world had grown distant. There were no glasses clinking nor bar patrons buzzing with laughter.
    “And risky.” Alix let her hands creep up his chest until she could feel the solid thud of his heart. It was strong. It was beating as fast as hers. Staccato.
    “I work the angles and the gray areas.”
    “But, I’m the straight arrow.”
    “Opposites still attract?” Cole’s mouth inched closer, and his scent filled her senses. He was exotic like sandalwood but grounded like cedar. He was heaven.


    About Holly Cortelyou
    Holly CortelyouHolly Cortelyou pens sweet and spicy small town, contemporary romances that just may have a kiss of magic or a twist mystery.
    On any given day, she’s likely sipping coffee and procrastinating on Facebook or organizing a closet. Holly’s living her own Happily Ever After with an uber-handy, broad-shouldered and delicious husband, a sweet silver lab and a fluffball kitty in sun-kissed Southern Oregon.
    She has hazel eyes, a goofy sense of humor and all the rest is subject to change without notice.

     

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    Book Blitz Ugly Beautiful Girl by Tracy Krimmer

    10/6/2017

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    This is my stop during the book blitz for Ugly Beautiful Girl by Tracy Krimmer. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 27 September till 3 October. See the tour schedule here: http://www.lolasblogtours.net/book-blitz-ugly-beautiful-girl-by-tracy-krimmer/

    Blurb
    Ugly Beautiful Girl - Cover​Nerd. Weird. Ugly. That’s me. And I don’t want it to be anymore.

    Now is my time to make my mark on the world. My college roommate doesn’t make it easy. Neither does her brother, Jesse, but for completely different reasons. He makes me feel things I’ve never felt before.

    Wanted. Important. Beautiful.

    But we can’t be together because it isn’t real. Someone like him could never fall for someone like me. We aren’t meant to fit together.

    Even if I fall apart without him.

    You can find Ugly Beautiful Girl on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35652017-ugly-beautiful-girl
    ​You can buy Ugly Beautiful Girl here on Amazon http://amzn.to/2trSJfT
    Ugly Beautiful Girl is available on Kindle Unlimited

     

     

     

     

     

     

    About the Author
    tracy Krimmer
    ​Tracy’s love of writing began at nine years old. She wrote stories about aliens at school, machines that did homework for you, and penguins. Now she pens books and short stories about romance. She loves to read a great book, whether it be romance or science fiction, or any genre in between, or pop popcorn and catch up on her favorite TV shows or movies. She’s been known to crush a candy or two as well. Her loves include fitness, reading, coffee, dogs, and naps (not in that order), and her dislikes are blue cheese, cold weather, and burpees.

    You can find and contact Tracy here:
    – Website: http://www.tracykrimmer.com/
    – Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/tkrimms
    – Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KrimmerAuthor
    – Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7153703.Tracy_Krimmer
    – Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Tracy-Krimmer/e/B00J1S52SM/
    – Bookbub: https://bookbub.com/authors/tracy-krimmer
    – Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tracykrimmer
    – Newsletter: http://www.tracykrimmer.com/newsletter/
    Giveaway
    ​There is a tour wide giveaway for the book blitz of Ugly Beautiful Girl. One winner will win a $10 Amazon Gift card.

    For a chance to win, enter the rafflecopter below: