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    Weekly Blog Challenge – New Hobby I’d like to try

    Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge

    I’m back for the weekly challenge and hey it may be Thursday in Australia but it’s still Wednesday in the Northern hempishere so  – yay me!

    This week’s topic is  – a hobby I’d like to try. I’m not very good at arts and crafts and my follow through is terrible so I just channel my creative energy into my books. I already bake for pleasure and I enjoy entertaining though I’ve really pulled back from that the last couple of years.

    In 2019 I took up Jazzercise with a group of women I used to play tennis with. My work schedule and the location meant I ended up stopping which was a shame because, yes it may be a 1980’s throwback,  but it was fun and we had a good laugh while we were there. The steps change a lot so that means you need to think as well as move and that’s good for the brain and the body. One of my friends dropped about 10kg just from the exercise so there was a lot to recommend about it.

    My daughter is away at university so it’s just Mr Monique and I at home. He has the world’s least consistent schedule so it makes couples activities really hard. One week he starts at 5am and the next at noon (dealing that is a whole blog post in itself so we’ll let that go for now).

    Anyway, I’ve been looking for something fun that gets us off the sofa that we can do together and I think I’ve found a Cuban dancing class that runs at 8pm on a Wednesday night that we should be able to take together. It should be amusing and then maybe we can hit some latin dance clubs on weekends once we skill up.

    This will no doubt be us but hey it does look fun. I’ll report back when I get going and let you know how bad we are – or maybe we’ll be awesome – okay not likely but possible. A girl must dream.

    Don’t forget to see what everyone else in the challenge has planned in the Wednesday Weekly Blog Challenge here.

     

     

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    Books I’d like to read in 2020 and why.

    Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge

    Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge

    I know I’m late but I’m no quitter and especially not in week 2!

    This post is supposed to be about what books I’m looking forward to reading in 2020 and you want to know something weird – I don’t even know.

    This seems like a strange thing for a person who reads over 200 books a year but it happens to be true.  I think part of that is because I read what appeals to me when I find it. I’m on the mailing lists for loads of authors I love and when I see they have a new book out I am all over it. If I love your books I download them on release day and if I find a new author I love I literally read every one of their books.

    I have authors who, in 2019, I read fifteen or more books of theirs because I “discovered” them. I’m what writers call a whale reader. We’re the big fish everyone wants to catch. If those authors whose names I probably don’t even know – seriously I’m the worst – put a book out I will buy it.

    I saw Lucy Score has a new book out soon. I will buy that. Kristan Higgins has a new book out mid-year, yes I will but that as well. I’ve read Whitney Dineen’s newest series recently, I’ll get book three when it comes out. I read everything Jill Shalvis and Susan Mallery publish even though I prefer their older series to the new. That’s about all I can remember of the top of my head.

    Maybe that’s because I have so many friends who are authors and I buy all their books and maybe it’s because I’m on every known email about new books and my inbox is bombarded daily with new releases and I just but the shiny thing that catches my eye, who knows.

    What I can tell you is I look forward to voraciously reading my way through 2020. I hope I discover lots of new series to devour and I hope some of those are unknown authors who crack the big time. I hope some of my favourite authors create new worlds I can delve into. I hope my chicklit friends write funny books that make me laugh and I hope my romance friends write me some swoon-worthy heroes.

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    Goals for 2020 – the 52 Week Blogging Challenge

    Wednesday Weekly Blogging Challenge

    Well you’re reading this blog post on my shiny new website so I’ve already achieved one goal that I’m pretty happy about. And I’m a few hours late but I’m participating in this  Wednesday Weekly Blog Challenge  over at Long and Short Reviews as well so 2020 isn’t off to a bad start so far.

    I also have new covers for lots of my books that I spent much of 2019 getting ready to go so I feel like I’m in a good place to leap into the year ahead.

    I have very specific publishing goals in 2020 which include participating in three box sets, two books in the No Brides Club series for Sweet Promise Press (March and September) and finally releasing the final two books in the Courtside Romance Series.

    Beyond that I also have a new trilogy I’m excited to kick off this year.

    Aside from publishing new titles I have some box sets coming of my older series which I’m really looking forward to. As an author my main goal in 2020 is to monetize my back-list. I’m just shy of 30 books published and it’s time I started making some serious money from them.

    If you’re a regular follower of me or this blog you’ll know I often talk about how so much of being an author, especially and indie author is embracing new technology.  There are so many platforms and pieces of technology you can use to help you but each one however amazing has it’s own learning curve.

    The past eighteen months I’ve been so exhausted from a combination of life and my day job situation that I’ve shied away from new platforms to my own detriment.  (I continued to write and publish because for me that’s the joy of being a writer – I’m a story teller at heart ).

    So one of my major goals in 2020 is to embrace the technology I need to in order to succeed as an author.

    That’s probably enough for one year. My experience with goal[i] setting is that I’m better to concentrate on a few bigger goals rather than lots and lots of little ones.

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    Holiday Wishes Romance Giveaway – enter today!

    12/9/2019

    Holiday Wishes Romance Giveaway Promo
    HOLIDAY WISHES ROMANCE GIVEAWAY
    December 5-25
    A Sleighful of Prizes and Video Holiday
    Greetings from the Authors!
    https://bookwrapt.com/holiday-wishes/

    Come listen and watch as some of your favorite romance authors give you their best wishes for the holiday in a special video! To celebrate the season, they’re giving away a grand prize package that includes a Kindle Fire, 6-months of Kindle Unlimited, and a $20 Amazon gift card. Santa also has a bag full of runners-up prizes, including gift cards and ebook prize packs.
    Still want more? Check out the fantastic reads in the Holiday Wishes All Romance Genres Book Fair, and play the Scavenger Hunt Game for your chance at a $50 Amazon gift card!
    https://bookwrapt.com/holiday-wishes-book-fair/

    (This giveaway is sponsored by the authors listed below)

    Allyson Lindt • Amanda Uhl • Angelica Kate • Anne McClane • C.A. King • C.D. Gorri • Crystal Dawn • Danielle M Haas • Debbie White • Diane Benefiel • Elizabeth Rose • Elsie Davis • Emmanuelle de Maupassant • G.K. Brady • ID Johnson • Jacqueline Diamond • Jacquie Biggar • JC Andrijeski • Jina Bacarr • Joanne Dannon • Josie Riviera • Judith Sterling • Karen Michelle Nutt • Kat Drennan • Kat Samuels • Kerry Blaisdell • Keta Diablo • Kristy Tate • Laurel O’Donnell • Liz Durano • Maria Elena Alonso Sierra • Melissa McClone • Michelle Jo Quinn • Mona Sedrak • Monique McDonell • Naomi Bellina • Penelope Wylde • Ravyn Wilde • Regan Walker • Rhondi Ann • Samantha Keith • Sara Beth Williams • Shana Gray • Sofie Darling • Soraya Naomi • Stormy Legend • Tammy Andresen • Victoria Saccenti • Zoe Dawson • Aileen Harkwood

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    Sunday Funday – play these adorable No Brides Club puzzles today.

    11/30/2019

    Look – how fun are these babies? Puzzles for the No Brides Club Books
    One of the things I’ve loved about 2019 is that I’ve been part of so many amazing collaborations. Collaborating with other people means I’m exposed to their talent, their skills and their ideas. Together we’re better…

    Well look at these amazing puzzles Becky Muth made for the Sweet Promise Press No Brides Club series. Aren’t the fun? I just discovered them this morning and I’m tickled pink. Have a play and do the puzzles.

    The No Brides Club Logo

    First 6 No Brides Club Books

    My favourite – No Time for Temptation

    If you haven’t downloaded the latest book in the series No Time for Goodbyes grab your copy today.
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    Lori Plach
    12/2/2019 04:04:40 pm

    These books look incredible and need to go on my To Be Read Stack.

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    Let’s get festive – an advent calendar full of gorgeous Christmas reads

    11/29/2019

    Every year author Elizabeth Ellen Carter collates this gorgeous Christmas Advent calendar and I’m exited to be part of it once again.

    Want to discover a new Christmas book every day this month…then this Christmas calendar is for you? Twenty four fabulous festive reads.  You can’t click until the day rolls over in your timezone…look out for some books by me, my lovelies.

    Don’t forget that I have lots of fun and excitement happening on my Facebook page in December so pop on over there regularly this month and join in the reindeer games with me.
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    Let It Be Me Blog Tour – welcoming Laura Chapman

    10/27/2019

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    This is my stop during the book blitz for Let It Be Me by Laura Chapman. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 21 till 27 October. See the tour schedule here.

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    Let It Be Me (Amarillo Sour #2)
    By Laura Chapman
    Genre: Romantic Comedy
    Age category: Adult
    Release Date: September 30, 2019

    Blurb:
    Who says history is boring?

    Professor James Mitchell has a rock star reputation. With a waitlist for all his classes, a best-selling book, and the requisite leather jacket, the university and publisher are eager to capitalize on this British sensation. But after his girlfriend leaves him for another man, James goes from rising scholar to spiraling bad boy. Forget contracts and tenure, James wants out—of his job, his book deal, and, better still, the country. He’s well on his way when his boss’s daughter walks into his favorite bar . . .

    Aspiring filmmaker Ali Ferguson-Day doesn’t scare easily. She’s been given the means to make a film of her own—on the condition she tames the professor. As the daughter of a famed documentarian and a renowned historian, she’s more than ready to step out of her parents’ shadows and shine on her own. She won’t let anyone—not even an unexpected charmer—get in her way.

    James and Ali butt heads from the start, but it isn’t long before their sparring gives way to attraction. There’s the promise of even more, if they can get past the fear of history repeating itself to let love in . . .

    You can find Let It Be Me on Goodreads

    You can buy Let It Be Me here:
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    Check out book 1 in this series: Counting on You
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    Is love worth the risk?

    Links:
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    About the Author:
    Laura Chapman is the award-winning and Amazon best-selling author of sweet and sexy romantic comedies. A born and raised Nebraska girl, she loves watching football, traveling, crafting, and baking. When she isn’t writing her next story, she is probably working at a museum by day and binge-watching Netflix with her cats Jane and Bingley at night. So, basically, she’s living large.

    You can find and contact Laura Chapman here:
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    Giveaway
    There is a tour wide giveaway for the book blitz of Let It Be Me. One winner will win a $20 Amazon gift card.

    For a chance to win, enter the rafflecopter below:

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    Let It Be Me - CoverExcerpt – Let It Be Me
    James Mitchell didn’t need a PhD to figure out why he’d been called into the department chair’s office. Unzipping his leather jacket, he slouched into the chair usually reserved for harried professors and students pleading for extra credit. Today, he was neither.
    Still nursing a bit of a hangover from the previous evening, he didn’t bother to cover his mouth as he yawned and made himself comfortable.
    He figured they might be in there a while.
    Dr. Ferguson—chair of the history department and, more importantly, his boss—didn’t waste time on salutations.

    It’s come to my attention that you failed to have your ‘War in the Middle Ages’ class on Monday.” Her ice-cold stare met his from across the desk, threatening to give him frostbite. “Again.”
    That simply wasn’t true. James was more than willing—eager, even—to accept blame for any and all of his missteps. But he wasn’t about to let people spread lies about him.
    “Actually, we held class.”
    “But you didn’t lecture, did you?”
    On that point, he could agree. Partially. “I provided an alternative educational experience.”
    Her eyes narrowed into slits. “You showed a movie.”
    “A movie set during the Middle Ages.”
    He’d even selected one about the Crusades, which even Dr. Ferguson—a post-Enlightenment scholar—had to know was period appropriate.
    “You played Robin Hood.”
    A movie set, in part, in a medieval battle zone. It was on topic.
    He studied the cuff of his leather fencing jacket. “It illustrates domestic issues and conflicts of the time shown through a mythical story.”
    Granted, the Robin Hood in this particular adaptation didn’t have a British accent. So it wasn’t accurate, strictly speaking. Still, if he—a displaced Brit—could tolerate Kevin Costner and Christian Slater, his boss should too.
    If possible, her scowl grew even more ferocious. There was no accounting for some people’s taste, he supposed.
    She shook her head. “I could look past the movie if you hadn’t called in sick on Tuesday.”
    “Yes, I . . . came down with something.”
    “It would seem you ‘came down’ with soccer tickets.”
    He flinched inwardly at her word choice. Before he could explain that everyone else in the world called it football, Fergie flipped her computer monitor around. There, in full color, was the Manchester United exhibition match held in Kansas City earlier that week. And there, in the middle of the photo, he stood with his face painted in red and white.
    “That could be anyone,” he lied.
    “Manchester United has quite a following, even over here.”
    Wordlessly, she clicked over to the next photo. In it, a pretty brunette held up a sign that boldly said, “HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAMES!” with an arrow pointing right at him.
    Based on the set of Dr. Ferguson’s jaw, he gathered she wouldn’t care that the woman was just a friend. The bartender at his favorite pub no less. She also probably wouldn’t care that the tickets had been a present from Sidney and Ford, the bar’s owner.
    He lifted a shoulder. “They’re my team. It was my first chance to see them play live since I moved here.”
    As a lifelong fan, it had been a miserable two years.
    “You also have a job to do here,” she reminded him. “One that your status in this country depends on.”
    He knew that, of course, but he was glad she was well aware of that fact too.
    “I covered the class,” he said.
    “You had your teaching assistant give a repeat showing of Robin Hood.”
    “It was ‘Introduction to the Middle Ages.’ They hadn’t seen it yet.”
    She muttered under her breath. He wasn’t certain, but she might have been counting to ten. In Old French.
    After taking a moment to recover her patience, she slid on a pair of glasses and read from a notebook. “You slept through your office hours on Wednesday morning.”
    The drive back from Kansas City had taken longer than expected. He’d been tired.
    “You told Dr. Anderson to ‘sod off’ when he asked you to peer review his paper.”
    Dr. Anderson should have known better than to ask. He specialized in the American Gilded Age. Their areas of expertise weren’t remotely close in geography or time.
    “You skipped the planning meeting for our upcoming Renaissance fair.”
    Again, not his area of study. Even if it was, he wouldn’t be caught dead at such a mockery of an event. The inaccuracies would drive him mad. While he could forgive Hollywood for its anachronisms, scholars should be held to a higher standard.
    “And you missed your deadline with the press.” She frowned. “The first draft of your new book was due last night.”
    “Actually, it was due in January.” At least according to his copy of the contract with the university’s press. “This was the extension.”
    “It was your extension’s extension.” She dropped the notepad and ripped off her glasses. “Your editor tells me you won’t even answer her calls.”
    “Do let her know I received the fruit basket she sent over. The kumquats and persimmons were a particularly nice touch.”
    If possible, her scowl grew even more ferocious. “This is simply unacceptable.”
    He certainly hoped so. “Understood.”
    “You do realize what this means?”
    He did. He was in breach of contract. Combined with his increasingly erratic behavior and his failure to complete his duties, there was no way she could let him get away with it any longer.
    Thank God for that. James was running out of ideas on ways to get fired.
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    Musical Monday – or what’s your earworm Monday?

    10/19/2019

    Musical Monday
    I’m the queen of the earworm. I was just singing one of my regulars and my husband said “you haven’t had that one in a while”. Some people have recurring dreams (Me as well) and I have recurring earworms.
    Here’s the song in question – I’m pretty sure he wanted to leave me the week I watched the movie Dumplin’ on Netflix. I’m not known for singing the whole song of even getting the words right. Let’s be honest – I annoy myself. Anyway, you’re welcome my friends.

    I don’t know that I would describe myself as an optimist but I sure do try and get up in the morning and find the joy in my day. Right now I’m feeling good about my book like. I’m part of a box set – Romancing the Holidays – that comes out Nov 1 but you can pre-order it now and it’s doing pretty well. I also have a new cinnamon bay novella out for Christmas – A Christmas Arrangement – and it’s also on pre-order so I’m on track for my 2019 goal of releasing 12 books this year.

    Romancing the Holidays Box Set Preorder Promo
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    Meanwhile, just like everyone I have things going on in my real life that give me pause. That of course influences my “musical stylings”. Who are we kidding I have no musical style. I like what I like and that’s that.

    I’m known for my ability to cry in any situation and I just had a cry to this song. I don’t know if music helps or hinders my ability to cope some days but music definitely touches us in ways nothing else does. I just heard this one and had a good cry.

    Still I’d rather have a happy ear worm than a sad one. I haven’t got the time or the enrgy to be crying all the time. Cryings is nothing if not exhausting so I’ll leave you with my happy earworm that stays with me if I hear it on the radio. Fun fact I’m not a big Justin Beiber fan but I love everything he does with Ed Sheeran.

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    New Release Friday for October 4

    10/3/2019

    New Release Friday
    Here are some fun new releases to get you reading this weekend!

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    Moonlight, Magnolias, and Magic (More in Heaven and Earth Book 4) Kindle Edition
    A cursed ring. A forgotten grave. A magical enemy. Can Annabella escape her family’s fate?

    Annabella has done her best to put behind her all memories of her childhood being raised as an unwanted ward in the gothic family mansion. As the secretary to the flamboyant Errol, Duke of Winchester, she’s seen the world and avoided her family’s clutches.

    But now she must return to that elegantly-decayed, antebellum house on the historic Battery in Charleston, South Carolina, where the “moonlight and magnolias” atmosphere hides some deadly family secrets. Returning for the wake of her aged relative, Henrietta, who hasn’t left her South of Broad showplace for decades, Annabella walks into the chilly embrace of her Cousin Beatrix and the woman’s much-too-attractive new assistant, Armand, whose words of encouragement and warning keep arriving inexplicably in her mind.

    In just a few hours, the house reclaims her. She finds herself waking up in her deceased relative’s bed and clothes, Henrietta’s ring on an unremovable chain around her neck. And, even as she begins to realize that magic is real and her friends and Armand hope to save her with it, it’s starting to look as though the terrifying mansion and its demonic secrets may never let her leave.

    Katherine Gilbert, author of the quirky urban fantasies Protecting the Dead and Unearthly Remains, shows a more serious side in this chilling Southern Gothic tale (but not without a bit of quirk!). On a Gilbert wackiness scale of 1-to-10 sarcastic talking cats*, this one is about a 3.

    *Warning: Not all stories contain talking cats. Wackiness may take other forms.

    The More in Heaven and Earth series is all set in the same magical universe filled with angels, witches, werewolves, demons, vampires, ghosts, and many other supernatural creatures. They can be read either in order or as stand-alones and will introduce you to a variety of fascinating characters, as they take you to various parts of this unusual earth. Get it here

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    King & Queen of the Poker Game (King & Queen series Book 4)

    Tess is fearless, from her fiery red hair—complete with tiara—all the way down to her rainbow-striped knee socks. She’s on the hunt for a unicorn. Who knew it would be so hard to find a man who could keep up with her, let alone pass her rigorous second date test? But when Oliver draws a royal straight, all hearts, she’s the one who’s running scared.

    Oliver used to think love was the safe bet. After witnessing his parents’ marriage tumble like a house of cards, he tries to break his habit of clinging to love. But old habits die hard.

    When Oliver goes all in, Tess folds. They up the ante by changing the rules only to face unforeseen challenges. Will they discover that life—and love—don’t require tests and schemes, and is this the secret to drawing the winning hand?

    Place your bets on love with the King & Queen romantic comedy series. Get it here

     

     

     

     


    Christmas at the Chateau - CoverChristmas at the Chateau: Marsh Saga Series Novella
    Following on from Millie, the first book in The Marsh Sagas series, now comes a holiday novella, Christmas at the Chateau!

    Join the family again as they spend Christmas with Millie and Jeremy at Chateau Dumont.

    It’s a time of coming together, yet sisters Prue and Cece have very different ideas about how to celebrate the holiday and their clash of personalities also causes damage to their hearts.

    All Millie wants is a happy home, yet her warring sisters try her patience and she’s stuck in the middle! Not only that, but her husband Jeremy is dealing with his own problems regarding his parentage, her mother is acting strangely, and her grandmother is as opinionated as always!

    Will Christmas at the Chateau bring the family together or tear them apart?
    This novella is an accompaniment and should be read after Millie.

    Get it here

     

     

     

    Snowflakes and Sparks - CoverSnowflakes and Sparks: A Small-Town Christmas Romance (Old Pine Cove Book 1)
    One small town. One swoon-worthy neighbor. One second chance at love.

    Old Pine Cove is the one place on earth Suzie swore she’d never return to, but then her boss asks her to manage one of their bookstores there. Since it’s only temporary, she agrees. Besides, what could possibly go wrong?
    Gosh, how naïve of her.

    Alex Denverton opening the door with that smoldering look of his, that’s what could go wrong. It’s been ten years since she broke his car and his heart. How is she supposed to focus on work knowing he’s right next door? And why did she even agree to organize the annual Winter Walk with him?

    One thing is certain, though. If Suzie wants to have a magical Christmas, she can’t ask Santa to make it happen. It’s up to her to decide: go big or go home.

    Snowflakes and Sparks is a small-town Christmas romance in the Old Pine Cove series, full of humor and heart.

    Get it here.

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    Romancing Our Readers giveaway – enter today!

    9/19/2019

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    Welcome to the Romancing Our Readers Giveaway! If you love reading small town romance as much as our authors love writing it, then this is the giveaway for you!
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    A.E. Wasp | Bethany Lopez | Cameron D. Garriepy | Christina Butrum | Connie Dave | Em Petrova | Emma Nichols | Emma Tharp | Holly Cortelyou | Jennifer Millikin | Julie Archer | Kelly Collins | Kim Bailey | Liz Durano | Maggie Dallen | MC Cerny | Melissa Stevens | Monique McDonnell | Nan O’Berry | Rebecca Norinne | S.L. Sterling | Sam Destiny | Scarlet Rose Bonnet | Terra Kelly | Tracy EllenBecause we believe reading should be an experience, we’ve created the perfect prize pack designed for comfort and relaxation.The Prize Pack:Just One More Chapter Pillow Case
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