Blog tour & giveaway – The Wanderer by Dahlia Donovan

 

Title: The Wanderer
Series: The Sin Bin, Book 1
Genre: Gay Romance
Release Date: April 8, 2017
Cover Designer: Claire Smith

 

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Graham Hodson lives for adventure. His entire life has revolved around his obsessive wanderlust. His inner fear of staying in one place or being with one person for too long has kept him on the go. The last thing he expects is a sudden diagnosis to ground his travel—permanently.

Boyce “BC” Brooks has screwed up his lifelong dream of being the captain of the English national rugby team. He’s lost everything. When his uncle leaves him an inn and a dog in Cornwall, he has little choice but to try his hand at innkeeper.

Can two jokesters kicked around by life and their own decisions find stability when their world shakes beneath their feet?
 

 

 

Start at the Beginning
by Dahlia Donovan
 

 

love the first paragraphs of The Wanderer.

From the prologue:

Weddings were a pain more excruciating than a broken nose, or tooth, or both—an event to be avoided when at all possible. Only the blissfully ignorant would voluntarily submit themselves to the farce of “marital bliss,” never mind the noise, whimpering women, and a priest who would undoubtedly drone on and on unless someone whacked him upside the head.

Why did I agree to this shit? If this bint sobs into my sleeve one more sodding time, I’ll shove her into the aisle, manners be damned. I should’ve claimed a sudden bout of dengue fever in Macau and been done with it.

It still makes me giggle months after I first wrote it.

The first few sentences manage to bring Graham’s sarcasm, mood, and philosophy on life into sharp focus. He’s not interested in love or demonstrations of it. Commitment is way down on the list of things he wants to have.

In so many areas of his life, Graham could be considered completely fearless. Not in love. He’s a cowardly lion when it comes to relationships. He’s a man who has made one massive mistake and refuses to try again.

A cowardly ginger lion.

The first paragraph makes me laugh because I know what’s to come for him. Graham finds in The Wanderer how much courage he actually has. He learns, I think, how to love—and be loved. It’s not perfect, but he doesn’t need it to be.

After all, perfection is boring.

 

 

 

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Dahlia Donovan wrote her first romance series after a crazy dream about shifters and damsels in distress. She prefers irreverent humour and unconventional characters. An autistic and occasional hermit, her life wouldn’t be complete without her husband and her massive collection of books and video games.

 

 

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Book tour & giveaway – Lake Of Sins: Hangman’s Army by L.S. O’Dea

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Lake Of Sins: Hangman’s Army

by L.S. O’Dea

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GENRE: YA, Dystopian Fantasy

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A rebellion is brewing in the world of the Lake of Sins while Hugh Truent sits in prison days away from his execution.

After taking his findings about the genetic similarities between the classes to the Supreme Almighty and the Council, Hugh had been arrested for treason and all his evidence had vanished as if made from smoke.

To protect his family, he cut off all contact with the outside world while he sat in prison for over four years waiting for his execution. He has no idea that some of his reports were leaked to the other classes and that civil war looms on the horizon.

Trinity and her friends have no hope of winning the war unless they can unite the classes. In order to do that, they need someone everyone will follow. They need the one person all the classes trust and believe in. They need Hugh.

That means they have to break him out of a maximum security prison and convince him to lead their army, but that won’t be easy because Hugh wants revenge and he’s not going to let anything get in his way especially mouthy, attractive, know-it-all Trinity.

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Hugh

“What do you suggest we do?”  From this position, the next tree was quite a distance away.  The River-Men waited in the water below.  He didn’t want to go back but he didn’t think they had a choice.

She went farther out on the branch toward the other tree.  “Do you think you can jump?”  She turned toward him, her golden eyes searching his face.  “Don’t lie.  If you miss, you die.”

“I’ll never make that jump.”  There was no room for manly bravado in this situation.

She stared at him for another moment and then leapt.  The River-Men dipped below the surface and then back up as she landed safely on the other tree.  His heart thudded in his chest.  She wasn’t leaving him.  She wouldn’t do that.  He had faith in her.  He trusted her, but his stomach knotted.  He’d trusted before and had been betrayed.

She tied the end of the rope around the trunk of the tree.  “Do you think you can cross on the rope?  If you don’t, I’ll come back, but then we’ll have to backtrack and that means sleeping in the swamp tonight.”

His arms and back ached and his hands were a bloody mess, but he could do this.  He had to do this.  “Throw me the rope.”

“Are you sure?”

“Yeah.”  He wasn’t sure at all but they didn’t have time to go back.  He caught the rope and tied it to the trunk of the tree, making sure it was tight-really, really tight.  Then he grabbed the taut rope and wrapped his ankles over the top of it.  Hand over hand, he moved away from the safety of the tree.  He glanced down.  The River-Men were swimming faster, excited and anticipating a meal.

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The Things (Oh so many things!) I Wish I Knew About Being An Author I Didn’t Know Before

I have a degree in English Creative Writing so I have some background in writing.  Even so, before I started my first book I took a writing class with Writer’s Digest.  I hadn’t written anything (not counting notes, emails, etc) in about twenty years. I definitely needed a refresher.  However, none of that – NOT ONE LITTLE BIT – prepared me for being a published author.

Sure, with my background, I proofread my own work and I’m pretty good with showing and not telling, but I was completely unprepared for the marketing that is required of authors today (both Indie and traditionally published).

You need a website and ISBN’s (do you buy your own or use ones from a service?), a book cover and a blurb.  Let me tell you that writing a good blurb is a lot different than writing a good story.  My stories are very good, my blurbs not so much.  If you want to go the traditional publishing route instead of indie (there are pros and cons to each) then you’ll also need a bio, a summary, a synopsis, a tag line, a usp (unique selling point), just to mention a few things.

So, you spend time and get all that done.  Whew! Tiring but you’re ready to publish your book.  Are you going to go wide or just publish on Amazon (again pros and cons to both)?  Are you going to publish in both paperback and ebook format (no reason not to that I can think of)?

You made those decisions.  You have everything done and you believe – truly, truly believe–(we all do) that your book is going to fly off the proverbial ebook shelves, but it doesn’t.  You need to make people aware of your book.  You need to get the right Amazon keywords (there are classes on this subject) and you need to advertise – but how?

You can book a blog tour (they are fun and work well), you can promote through email marketing (of course all the better ebook marketers require a minimum number of reviews that you can’t get until people notice your book and leave a review), you can hire a publicist (never tried that myself), you can promote on social media – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc—do podcasts, go to conventions, etc.

Then there is the one that I’m focusing on now, building your own email list of people who like your books.  This is very important because we all get busy and even though someone may really like my books, they may have no way of knowing when a new one is released.  The newsletter is the key.

So, with all that being said, if I could only pick one thing to tell new authors, I’d tell them to put links to their other books inside each book.  It seems obvious, but I never thought to do it and probably lost readers.  We need to make it as easy as possible for readers to find our work and that’s one way.

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MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_HangmansArmyL. S. O’Dea grew up the youngest of seven in a family that uses teasing and tricks as an indication of love (or at least that’s what she tells herself). Being five years younger than her closest sibling often made her the unwilling entertainment for her brothers and sisters.

Before she started kindergarten her brothers taught her how to spell her first and middle name—Linda Sue.  She was so proud she ran into the kitchen to tell her mother.  She stood tall and recited the letters of her name:  L-E-M-O-N   H-E-A-D.

She’s pretty sure she has her siblings to thank for the demons that lurk in her mind, whispering dark and demented stories.

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Book blast & giveaway – Rachel’s Dream by Lisa Jones Baker

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Rachel’s Dream

by Lisa Jones Baker

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GENRE: Inspirational Romance  (Amish)

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Rachel Kauffman and Jarred Zimmerman seem to have nothing in common.  She’s the outgoing youngest of a large, close-knit Amish clan, while Jarred is a young veterinarian who trusts the animals he heals far more than he trusts people.  However, when Rachel’s horse falls ill, Jarred’s struggles to save him show Rachel he’s a man who cares deeply.  And the respect he feels for her gentle warmhearted ways soon becomes an irresistible bond. When Rachel tries to help Jarred reunite with his parents, it’s an unexpected blessing..with one complication.  If he takes this chance to put his past to rest, it could separate him and Rachel for good.  Now, with prayer, love…and her hope chest’s small miracles, Jarred and Rachel must find the courage to reconcile their wishes into a joyous life together.

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EXCERPT:

He didn’t know Rachel well, but his instincts were usually right on target.  His keen sense of reading people had kicked in at an early age.  So had his lack of trust.  By contrast, the Kauffman girl was unusually open and honest.  Without a doubt, Rachel represented everything he’d yearned for growing up.  When he was with her, an unprecedented sense of comfort and security filled his heart and soul.

But he had reciprocated her sentiment.  And to his surprise, he’d confessed to her that his parents hadn’t raised him.  It was the first time he’d ever told anyone, but she was a good listener, and the sad story of growing up without his own mom and dad was something he’d carried on his shoulders a long time.

He stood and paced to the living room to glance at the picture of his brother.  At that moment, he knew to stay realistic about this sudden adoration for the beautiful Amish girl.  Although she was of the Christian faith, the Amish way of life differed greatly from his own, so his feelings he had for Rachel could only lead to a dead-end street.

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Lisa Jones Baker is a multi-published author with Kensington Books.  Her debut book of THE HOPE CHEST OF DREAMS series, REBECCA’S BOUQUET, won a Publishers Weekly starred review.  A former teacher with a BA degree in French education, Lisa has been on 5 out of 7 continents, is a dog lover.  She enjoys positive thinkers , volunteering in her church’s food pantry, and strong female characters.

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Book tour & giveaway – Seven Days to Goodbye & Starting Over by Sheri S. Levy

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Seven Days to Goodbye & Starting Over

by Sheri S. Levy

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GENRE:   Young Adult- coming of age

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Thirteen year old, Trina has chosen to raise service dogs and have puppy after puppy. But during her seven day beach vacation, Trina struggles with having to return Sydney at the end of the week and worrying about her best friend changing into a stranger. To complicate the week, Sydney, meets a young boy with autism and the girls meet his two older brothers. Tension is raised over the guys, and Trina fears she’ll lose more than her service dog. Will Trina’s lose her best friend, also?

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Uh, oh. The wind lifted the Frisbee into the air. It looked as if the disc had sprouted wings, and disappeared up and over the jetty. Sydney halted, staring at me. He was used to chasing his toy. His eyes asked for permission as his body quivered pent-up energy. Letting him struggle for a minute, I giggled and said, “Okay, Syd. Find Frisbee.”

I did a slow jog towards the rocks and seconds later, Sarah called, “Wait for me.” I did a slow jog towards the rocks and seconds later, Sarah called, “Wait for me.”

I turned around and stopped. “Wow, you’re joining me! Come on. I’ve got to

find Syd’s Frisbee. It’s on the other side.”

We climbed over the jetty. The dogs used their four-legged drive and moved much faster than Sarah or me. When we reached the top of the mound, Sydney stood a distance away with his Frisbee at his feet, leaning close to a small boy. The boy continued to pat the sand in his bucket and turn it upside down, making a row of mounds.

My heart did a triple beat in quarter time. I started running. Sydney’s stub wiggled and jiggled as soon as the boy’s sandy hands rubbed his back.

“I’m sorry,” I said running ahead. I bent, face to face with the boy. “I hope he didn’t scare you.”

The boy never looked at me, only at Sydney and back to the sand. He said in a monotone voice, “Doggy, doggy.”

Sarah meandered up to us. I panted in fast spurts. Worried about the boy and Sydney, I never noticed the rest of the group. A little ways from the small boy, two guys around our age worked on a fort or it could have been a sand castle. The one who seemed to be the oldest, stood. He had long legs and was much taller than I expected. Using his hand, he shoved his longish brown bangs out of his eyes.

Oh, Sarah had definitely noticed. She smiled, pushed loose hair back into her braid and pulled her bathing suit in place.

I rolled my eyes. Okay. Here she goes.

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Sheri S. Levy: Why I Write the Kinds of Books I Do

My favorite authors write contemporary novels with settings that create an image in my head, especially when the story takes place on the beach. I am pulled into stories which offer layers of interpersonal relationships, including issues of saving the environment, endangered species, and giving hope to people who need an extra hand. And to capture my heart, the plot should include a romantic affair.

While teaching special needs students, I discovered children living in unstable environments, children without support, and adults who cared too much. I read to my students every day. If the story had any type of animal character, the children identified with their problem. They related to abuse, loneliness, love, and comradery.  Sometimes, a child would open-up to me after I read. We’d have a discussion in a round-about way, and sometimes I uncovered issues that were holding them back from learning.

Over the years, I collected many memories. When I decided to write, my experiences flew onto the computer, but with newly invented characters. It is true about being careful with what you say or do when you are around an author. I can watch people and get ideas on actions or dialogue.

Seven Days to Goodbye let me reminiscence about my days on Edisto Island. My husband and I spent long weekends with our very close friends in a timeworn house on the island. Our friends owned a black and white Springer Spaniel, and we had a red-merle Aussie and a Black lab. The antiquated house environment brought many laughs and repulsive bugs.

After retiring, I walked my dogs every morning. During these relaxing moments, my thoughts gelled and my story grew. After completing a draft of what I first called, Dog Days of Summer, I had a critique from an author who writes about dogs and heartfelt stories. She advised me to omit my Lab. This added a stronger, emotional impact to the story’s ending.

Even though my memories included the four of us on the beach, I turned the characters into teens. It was fun using the issues of growing up at different speeds, and being able to include autism from my experiences. I became involved with a local service dog organization and did all of my research with PAALS, (Palmetto Animal Assisted Living Services). Their clients with autism, mobility issues, and PTSD shared how their dog impacted their lives, and let me create situations in my stories that mimicked their real world.

Seven Days to Goodbye, is set on Edisto Beach, South Carolina. The two best friends, Trina and Sarah, are on a week’s vacation and seem to have grown apart overnight. While Trina walks her trained service dog, Sydney, he makes a magical connection with Logan, a young boy with autism and throughout the week, encourages him to talk. Trina is the first to meet Logan’s older brothers, and Sarah gets jealous. The plot is layered with personal changes, and hope for the brother with autism.  Since teens are interested in romance, an innocent attraction with the guys and girls, bring in some fun and varying emotions.

Since I tend to read dramatic, or complicated love stories, I forced myself to change genres occasionally, and have enjoyed reading cozy mysteries. Those plots helped me add a little mystery to my sequel, Starting Over, due July 18, 2017.

Once again, memories helped write this next story. I never rode, but my daughter competed in Eventing. She trained in dressage, cross country jumping, and stadium jumping.

The sequel continues with the same characters, the boy-girl issues grow stronger, and introduces a new character who has an unhappy family life. Trina dreams of being on a riding team and tries to perfect her riding skills with the barn’s schooling horse. Besides training her service dog, she works at the barn next door to help pay for her lessons. The new girl has never cared for her own horse and expects Trina to cater to her every need.  The carefree mood at the barn slips away until Trina decides enough is enough. She uncovers why the new girl is so angry and attempts to help, but gets pulled into her problems and suffers the consequences.

Training service dogs, guy troubles, and horseback riding becomes a crucial part of the entire series. The girls find their dreams and goals are changing.  Will they be brave enough to Start Over?

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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Sheri, originally from California, moved to South Carolina with her husband, two children and a Siamese cat. Soon they adopted their first rescue dog who influenced their need to continue living with dogs. Sheri taught a multi-handicapped Special Ed class, and then a GED-parenting class, which included home visits. Because of her love of reading, Sheri found unusual ways to encourage children to read. After her rescue of a difficult dog, Sheri enrolled in dog classes to change his behavior. Her dream of writing, Seven Days to Goodbye, came from the culmination of her beach experiences, her understanding of behaviors, and from research with PAALS, a service dog organization.

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

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Blurb blitz & giveaway – A Mother’s Love by Charlotte Hubbard

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A Mother’s Love

by Charlotte Hubbard

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GENRE: Inspirational Romance (Amish)

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It’s been a year of tragic loss and difficult decisions for widow Rose Raber. She thought providing for her young daughter was the greatest challenge she faced. Until her dying mother revealed Rose was adopted—and her birth mother is someone with much to lose if the secret comes out. As Rose struggles to reconcile the truth with her faith—and her troubling curiosity—outgoing newcomer Matthias Wagler is another surprise she didn’t expect. His optimism and easy understanding inspire her. And his prospective partnership with wealthy deacon Saul Hartzler promises a possible new life for them—together. But with this second chance comes yet another revelation for all involved.

When Saul’s wife unexpectedly turns up at Rose’s new job, their bond as mother and daughter is instant and unmistakable. It isn’t long before an unforgiving Saul discovers the truth, threatening Matthias’s livelihood and Rose’s future. Now with more than just their happiness at stake, Rose and Matthias must find the strength and courage to stand strong—and trust God’s enduring miracles of motherhood, forgiveness, and love.

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“I want three chickie legs and a big ole bunch of taters,” Gracie announced as she pointed to the food in the steam table. “Lotsa gravy, too—right, Matthias? Do you like lotsa gravy on your taters?”

“That looks like awesome gravy.” Matthias smiled at the women who were filling his plate. “If I could have some on my chicken as well as my taters,” he said, winking at Gracie, “that would be wonderful. Denki, ladies. This is a fabulous meal.”

As Rose gazed around the crowded greenhouse, looking for three empty chairs, she was very aware that folks were watching her—whispering about the man who followed her between the tables, carrying Gracie as though she were his. Rose wanted to announce, loud and clear, that Matthias Wagler was only here for the food.

But they’ll know that’s not true. Just like you do.

Rose’s cheeks tingled with heat. She hurried toward the last unoccupied table in the back corner of the big glassed-in room, not meeting anyone’s gaze. Settling into a folding chair, Rose sighed heavily as she gazed at the plate she’d filled. Why had she taken so much food when she had no appetite? Why had her attention wandered as she’d listened to Matthias’s voice and watched him hold Gracie against his hip as though he’d done that dozens of times? She smiled weakly at him as he gently set Gracie in the chair beside hers. Because she couldn’t think of a thing to say, Rose took Gracie’s hand and bowed her head in prayer. She heard Matthias sit in the chair on the other side of her daughter.

What have I gotten myself into, Lord? I’ve just buried my mother yet I’m allowing this man I’ve met only once to sit with me and to entertain my little girl. This feels so improper—and everyone else is thinking I’ve wandered off the straight and narrow, too.

Rose’s eyes fluttered open. Was God displeased with her behavior? Had she really lost her way? Now that she’d given in to Gracie’s fascination with Matthias, how could she tell him she wanted nothing more to do with him? She glanced at him and nipped her lip.

He’s still in prayer before his meal. Gracie has put her tiny hand on top of his big strong one. How can that be so wrong when it looks so right? So sweet.

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Many moons ago—like, in 1983 while she was still a school librarian—Charlotte Hubbard sold her first story to True Story. This launched her into writing around seventy of those “true confessions” stories over the years, and she’s been a slave to her overactive imagination ever since. Over the course of her writing career, she has sold nearly 50 books—most recently, Amish romance series she’s written as Charlotte Hubbard or Naomi King.

Charlotte lived in Missouri for most of her life, so her Amish stories are set in imaginary Missouri towns. These days she lives in St. Paul, MN with her husband of 40+ years and their Border collie, Vera.

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Charlotte will be awarding a $15 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Book tour & giveaway – The Promise of Pierson Orchard by Kate Brandes

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The Promise of Pierson Orchard

by Kate Brandes

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GENRE: Women’s Fiction

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In the novel, Green Energy arrives, offering the impoverished rural community of Minden, Pennsylvania, the dream of making more money from their land by leasing natural gas rights for drilling. But orchardist, Jack Pierson, fears his brother, Wade, who now works for Green Energy, has returned to town after a shame-filled twenty-year absence so desperate to be the hero that he’ll blind their hometown to the potential dangers. Jack also worries his brother will try to rekindle his relationship with LeeAnn, Jack’s wife, who’s recently left him. To protect his hometown and to fulfill a promise to himself, Jack seeks out his mother and environmental lawyer Stella Brantley, who abandoned Minden—and Jack and Wade–years ago.

When LeeAnn’s parents have good reason to lease their land, but their decision leads to tragedy, Jack must fight to find a common ground that will save his fractured family, their land, and the way of life they love.

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Jack looked back at them only once. The baby and LeeAnn, slick with blood and afterbirth, the cord still connecting them, as though they’d both been born of the swollen creek and washed up on its banks.

The sight of LeeAnn with her arms around the child pushed Jack to move faster. He raced back the way he’d come. The ground was soaked and slippery. He fell several times, blindly grabbing onto rocks and trees, pulling and pushing anything that could move him forward. When he reached the cones across the road, his chest burned and his hands bled. Headlights came toward him and he stepped out into the middle of the road with his arms raised. The car slowed. Gabriel jumped out.

“Jack! I heard about the bridge and came right away. What’s happened? You okay? Where’s LeeAnn? I got no answer on her cell or at her apartment.”

“Call nine-one-one. We need an ambulance. She’s downstream, along the shore, straight ahead.” Jack pointed the way. “Stella and the baby, too. They’re alive, but there isn’t much time. The baby’s more blue than pink. I’m going back to wait with them.”

“Take this,” Gabriel said, removing off his coat and handing it to him after pulling his cell from its pocket.

Jack hurried. By the time he got to LeeAnn he could already hear the sirens. LeeAnn was awake, her skin as chalk white as the sycamore in the moonlight. Her lower lip bled.

“Hold on now, LeeAnn. Help is coming.” The rapid, shallow rhythm of the baby’s breath didn’t seem right even to his untrained eye. He wrapped them both in Gabriel’s coat and then went to Stella. When he shook her, her eyes flickered open. “Just lay still for now. Medics will be here in a few minutes.”

He moved back over next to LeeAnn, stripped off his shirt, and lay down under the coat beside her and the baby, wrapping around them to offer what body warmth he could. “Your dad’s waiting for the ambulance. They’ll be here very soon,” he said, kissing LeeAnn’s forehead. “I’m here with you. That’s all I’ve ever wanted,” he said, muttering it over and over, hoping she heard.

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Kate Brandes: 10 Things That Make Me Happy

I’m a long believer in the power of gratitude. My life has been extra busy lately. Busier than I prefer and it’s in the especially crazy moments, when ticking off to myself all that I have (a wonderful family, a home, good health, food, friends, etc.) is as important as it is transformative.

Besides all the foundational good things in my life, there are also smaller things that make me happy. I thought I’d share some of those (listed in no particular order):

  1. Early mornings. All my life, even as a college student years ago, I’ve been an early riser. I’m up before dawn. I love the quietness of early mornings and seeing the world slowly wake around me as the sun rises.
  2. This is essential, given the early morning thing.
  3. I love them all. I’m particularly enchanted with wildflowers growing in the forests in my part of Pennsylvania and I go on long walks looking for them, particularly in the spring.
  4. Making stuff. I like to do some painting and textile art. Right now I’m working on a paper quilt project.
  5. Deep conversation. I’m not opposed to chitchat, which is what makes up most of my daily interactions with people. But my favorite conversations are those from the heart.
  6. See’s Candies Dark Peppermints. Peppermint cream covered in dark chocolate. Yes, pleaseJ
  7. Well, I need to qualify this one. I wouldn’t say running make me happy while I’m doing it. But I’m very happy to have run when it’s all over. This is the way I feel about writing, too.
  8. Spring Green toenail polish. It’s my current favorite color, because it’s spring!
  9. Bogs waterproof boots. I love to pull these boots on for walks with my dog through the cornfields near my house.
  10. My first novel, The Promise of Pierson Orchard. It debuts on April 22, 2017.

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An environmental scientist with over 20 years of experience, Kate Brandes is also a watercolor painter and a writer of women’s fiction with an environmental bent. Her short stories have been published in The Binnacle, Wilderness House Literary Review, and Grey Sparrow Journal. Kate is a member of the Arts Community of Easton (ACE), the Lehigh Art Alliance, Artsbridge, the Pennwriters, and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Kate lives in a small town along the Delaware River with her husband, David, and their two sons. When she’s not working, she’s outside on the river or chasing wildflowers.

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GIVEAWAYS 

Bookclub Giveaway:

In celebration of my upcoming book launch, I’m offering 8 signed paperback copies, 8 small prizes, a $25 Amazon gift card and a list of book-related discussion questions to one lucky book club member to share with your club. All you have to do to enter is tell one person about the book and sign up here: http://katebrandes.com/books/the-promise-of-person-orchard/ Contest runs through my book launch date, April 22, 2017. The winner will be announced the following day! Good luck!

Book tour giveaway

Kate Brandes will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Book blast & giveaway – Rik’s by dhtreichler

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Rik’s

by dhtreichler

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GENRE: Thriller (international)

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The entire affair began with sheep brains and falafel — Saddam Hussein’s favorite dish.

It is 1990 and in Baghdad two lovers are separated by the impending First Gulf War. CIA operative Rik Bogart is desperately seeking television correspondent Ingrid Johannson — but is instead picked up by  Saddam’s Secret Police and thrown into Abu Graib — the Prison of the Dead. Ten years later, he must make a fateful decision after finally reuniting with her — one that may keep them apart forever. How far would YOU go for your true love?

This iheart-pounding thriller is written by a former international defense contractor who brings incredible realism and thrilling insights into the days leading up to Saddam’s brutal regime downfall and provides a chilling account of life inside the infamous Prison of the Dead.

“It’s as much a love story as it is a runaway thriller.” Midwest Book Review

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EXCERPT:

 Rik In Abu Graib, the Prison of the Dead — after 19 months

I fell to my knees and touched the water that beaded up in the dirt of the floor. I set the glass down, carefully and respectfully. I made sure the glass was protected so I wouldn’t spill more accidentally. I then bent down to the water-beaded cup and put my tongue into it. As I broke the tension on the top, real water covered my tongue. I could actually taste the water. It was real! It didn’t taste like mud. It didn’t have the grittiness I’d become accustomed to. How strange such a simple thing could almost overwhelm me.

I heard a voice down the hall. The smiling guard smiled no more. He glanced back at me on the floor. He nodded to me, but the eyes weren’t smiling. I could see the tension around his mouth. My first thought was, he’d just served my last supper.

Maybe Tariq would come tomorrow with the loaded gun to end my days. But the more I thought, the more I realized Tariq wouldn’t waste a perfectly good glass of water. He may have been generous with himself, as evidenced by his favorite charity; but to give someone like me a glass of clean water would have been a total waste of state resources. But like I said, I’d become an expert at analyzing everything from every direction. So, since he wouldn’t waste the water on me, why would he give me clean water but withhold my maggots?

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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As a defense contractor, award-winning screenwriter and novelist, dhtreichler has wandered the world, visiting garden spots and more.  Having lived and worked with our intelligence agents and soldiers, witnessing the conflicts and the turmoil of recent decades, he paints vivid backdrops for his stories. Like him, the men and women he portrays attempt to make sense of our fast-changing world. He has held a lifelong interest in the profound influence of rapidly changing technology on our lives and relationships. Exploring that power (what has changed and what might come) forms an insightful theme of his novels. His stories also reflect the universal desires and fears of real people everywhere.

Buy link for the book:

His website and links are:

http://dhtreichler.com

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14299861.dhtreichler

https://www.facebook.com/dhtreichlerofficial

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GIVEAWAY 

The author will be awarding a $30 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Book tour & giveaway – A Vampire’s Tale by Maya Tyler

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A Vampire’s Tale

by Maya Tyler

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GENRE:   paranormal romance

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The best laid plans…

Marisa Clements was never satisfied writing the ‘gossip column’ in the local paper so she quit her job to follow her dream of writing fiction. Floundering in an unforgiving industry, she wrote about vampires, a popular subject she considered fascinating but as real as unicorns, to pay the rent.

Corgan Halton was tired of human misconceptions about vampires. He planned on telling Marisa his story and end his existence. It was no coincidence Corgan selected Marisa to write his story. With the ability to see the future, he knew she would be a major part of it. He knew she would be the one to help him die, but in doing so, she’d be doomed to the same fate. Once they met, their futures would be irrevocably intertwined.

Corgan began caring for Marisa and finally revealed the truth to her. He admitted his quest to atone for his past sins had put her in grave danger from a nest of revenge-seeking vampires. Corgan must claim her for her own protection. But claiming her is not enough, he must ask for help from his wizard friends and his maker in order to destroy his enemy or Marisa will never be safe.

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EXCERPT:

He didn’t have a name yet, but he had a face. A dark, mysterious face with a century’s worth of secrets. Secrets he would tell her, only her, if she would listen.

Marisa took a deep, calming breath. “I’m listening.” She closed her eyes, waiting. A cool breeze shifted her hair and her eyes popped open. The old floorboards creaked, and she spun her chair around. “Who’s there?” The candle blew out. “What the—”

Time—and her heartbeat—stood still. Paranoia set in, the consequence of writing too many vampire stories. She must’ve left a window open. Or something. She re-lit the candle and turned her attention back to her laptop, staring at the last words she’d typed.

Corgan Halton.

She didn’t remember typing that.

“Corgan Halton.” She said the name slowly. “I like that.” She’d written a dozen vampire stories and this would be her best name yet. It had an old-worldly feel to it. Like a real name. She’d better look it up to make sure it wasn’t a real name; she didn’t need a lawsuit. Did people sue for name infringement?

“Okay, Corgan Halton. Are you real?” She typed the name into a search engine.

“As real as you are.” The distinctive male voice resonated in the otherwise quiet room.

Marisa froze. She didn’t dare turn around. It was her overactive imagination at play. There was no one there. She hoped. Maybe one of her friends? Is this a joke?

“Not a joke, Marisa.”

Gasping, she stood and spun around toward the sound of his voice.

As he stepped out of the shadows, she took in the man before her. Pale with black, curly hair, dressed in an impeccable suit. Dark and intimidating, he stood in her living room, shrinking the already small space.

Exactly as she’d imagined. She conjured him from her imagination? No… This is not happening.

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TOP TEN LIST with Maya Tyler

Thanks so much for having me here today… I’m happy to share ten Things That Make Me Happy.

  1. My family

My family makes me happy for so many reasons… They are a constant pillar of support, we consider ourselves a team, and we have fun together. When everyone is well-rested and fed and the boys aren’t fighting – ah, sibling love. My oldest loves Lego and he goes to sleep talking about it and he wakes up talking about it, he probably dreams about it. We just saw The Lego Batman movie, which was awesome btw. He is also an expert on all things dinosaurs and wants to be a paleontologist. My youngest still likes to snuggle. We read together and play a lot of board games. At six, he’s already a great strategist. My husband is my high school sweetheart and I’ve known him for over twenty years. I truly believe I was fated to meet him, a series of events – a school closure and a relocation – brought us together, and he’s my soul mate. We’ve been through a lot together, devoted to each other in sickness and in health. He’s an amazing father who puts his family first.

  1. Coffee

Anytime is the right time for a coffee – a steaming dark roast, with a dash of cream and sugar. I enjoy my morning coffee in my light blue Disney’s Cinderella mug which states “It’s hard to wake up when you’ve been out past midnight.” The act of drinking coffee is soothing. Each pleasurable sip gives me a semblance of peace. And it’s the perfect beverage to share with a friend.

  1. Writing

I keep my cards close to my chest. My husband is the first to comment that I don’t share my feelings. He’s always available to listen – and dispense advice – but I don’t always have the words. Writing gives me the words. I “think” better on paper (or on a computer screen now). Writing is a way for me to process information and make decisions.

I have always enjoyed writing creatively. I have a box full of scribblings, that I keep meaning to sort through, from my younger years. My lifelong dream – ever since I was a little kid – is to be a writer and I published my first book in 2014. The cliché “dream come true” completely applies. Being a writer is more than just the act of writing. Since publication of my first book, I have been actively involved in constant promotion of my work and myself. I have a blog, an author website, and a social media presence to maintain.

  1. Reading

I wouldn’t be a writer today if I hadn’t been an avid reader all my life. Book were, and still are, my friends. I experience books with all senses, literally absorbing the words. I have always loved libraries and bookstores. My boys are budding readers. We encourage them to read. A lot. We read to them, and with them, in the hopes of fostering a lifelong love of reading.

  1. Music

A happy list would be incomplete without music. So many things I enjoy – rock concerts, live musical theatre, karaoke – involve music. The radio is always on in the background at my house, set to a “new” rock station, but they play a lot of ‘90’s music which I love. Music from the ‘90’s has a special place in my heart… it was my “coming-of-age” and the songs I listened to then are still favorites. Bands like Live, Pearl Jam, Offspring, Green Day, The Tragically Hip, and Our Lady Peace were on my mixed tapes. Live’s album “Throwing Copper” (from 1994) is still my go-to CD to sing-along with. I’ve added a few new favorites – like Rise Against and Toronto’s Billy Talent – to my list too. And I recently completed my concert bucket list!

  1. Disney

I am a HUGE Disney fan. I love the stories, the movies, the songs, the games, the store, the World (Walt Disney World, that is), and pretty much everything about Disney… Winnie-the-Pooh and Mickey Mouse decorate my house. I have two boys or there would be Princesses everywhere too! Disney has the golden touch when it comes to commercial success – they sell happiness and fantasy to children (and big kids too). I went to Disney World twice as a child and loved it. When I got married, I told my husband we had to go to Disney World before we had kids. We had an awesome time… It’s a magical place. Three years ago, shortly after Frozen came out, we took the boys. It’s different going with children. They don’t have the stamina to traipse around the park all day and stay for fireworks each night. We did park stuff in the mornings, hotel stuff in the afternoons and evenings. We saw the fireworks one night from our hotel and my youngest fell asleep during the show. We still had so much fun. With the acquisition of Marvel superheroes and Star Wars… We can’t wait to go back!

My favorite princess is Cinderella. My favorite Disney movie? That’s a more difficult question, but I really loved Enchanted.

  1. The Internet

I remember a time without the Internet. I grew up with computers, although nothing like we have today, but the Internet wasn’t a “thing” until I was in high school. Now, I can’t imagine life without it. Have a question? Google it. Who was that actor/actress in that movie? IMDB. Need to talk to a friend? Facebook, email, iMessage… Then, there’s online shopping, Netflix (more on that later), and social media. It’s incredible. We even have “portable computers” like laptops, tablets, and smart phones. Wi-Fi everywhere. You can always be connected. This is something my kids just accept, they have grown up with it.

The Internet created a hospitable environment for the publishing industry – increased access for authors and publishers (both traditional and indie); editors; book promoters; beta readers; book reviewers. It essentially made it easier than ever to publish a book. Research potential publishing companies. Send query letters. Sign book contracts. Review edits. Promote published works. Monitor book sales and sales rankings. Before the Internet, I may not have had the opportunity to publish my books. With the advent of eBooks – the ability to read on virtually every device out there and online vendors like Amazon… books have become more accessible – for authors and readers.

  1. Netflix

I was initially resistant to getting Netflix. We had cable. We had a PVR. But we also had two kids and an incredibly busy life. After a few months of a 97% full PVR and watching just the right amount of shows so that there was enough room to record the next lineup of scheduled shows – which was extremely stressful – I agreed to try Netflix out. It’s an amazing system, we’ve been able to catch up on our favorites shows (on our schedule) and we’ve discovered some Netflix originals that have become new favorites. Binge watching – no more waiting a week for the next installment – and the ability to continue on where you left off on any device? Yes, please. I’ve even watched a couple of documentaries… something I never would’ve done before. And it’s a great source of entertainment for the big kids when the little kids have gone to bed.

  1. My family room

Summer 2015, our goal was reducing stress, getting away without getting away, so we put in motion a plan for converting our backyard into an oasis. We purchased a covered gazebo, wicker furniture with big, comfy red cushions, a fire table, and a cedar table and chairs set. We called it our family room. An outside living space to relax, read, watch movies, and play board games. I do a lot of writing out there so the room is a happy space for me for that reason as well.

  1. Summer

Definitely my favorite season, I love spending time outside in the sun – going to the beach and water parks – storing up my vitamin D. When the sun shines, I’m just feel better. Winter sun is good too and pretty when it makes the snow sparkle, but it can’t beat the warm summer sun soaking into my skin (I enjoy in moderation and I wear sun block every day).

These things make me happy… what makes you happy?

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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Maya Tyler, wife and mother of two boys, writes paranormal romance with a twist. Her debut novella Dream Hunter was released in December 2014. Her second novel A Vampire’s Tale released on March 22, 2017. She’s a romantic and believes in happily-ever-after. Being an author is her lifelong dream. She enjoys reading, music (alternative rock, especially from the 90’s), yoga, movies and TV, and spending her free time writing and blogging at Maya’s Musings.

Author Contact Information:

Author Site: http://www.mayatylerauthor.com/

Blog: http://mayatylerauthor.blogspot.ca/

Twitter: @mayatyerauthor

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mayatylerauthor

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6478044.Maya_Tyler

Author Newsletter: http://www.mayatylerauthor.com/mayas-newsletter

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Maya-Tyler/e/B00SW10LZI/

Buy Links:

The book will be on sale for only $0.99 on Kindle until March 27.

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MYBQUUZ/

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/698693

Apple https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/a-vampires-tale/id1199624720?mt=11

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/a-vampire-s-tale-3

Barnes & Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-vampires-tale-maya-tyler/1125552098 

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GIVEAWAY 

Maya Tyler will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Book tour & giveaway – Waiting for a Girl Like You by Gina Conkle

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Waiting for a Girl Like You

by Gina Conkle

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GENRE:   Contemporary Romance

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(Two stories in one Book)

Proper Care and Feeding of a Broken Heart
Bookstore clerk Abbie is off-the-charts nervous her first night moonlighting in a sex-for-hire job. If she only kept her mouth shut…but nothing goes as expected, including the intense blue-eyed surfer who walks through her door. Mark wants to work out a few kinks —and leave the lifestyle for good. Past mistakes still haunt him, but sweet Abbie turns Mark’s plans upside down, and two broken hearts discover honesty is the hottest aphrodisiac.

Anything But Safe
Former trophy wife Jennifer wants to thrive again, but when her new life hits a speedbump, her unlikely hero is rough working man AJ. The woman he rescued is out of his league, but the two together are magic. Jennifer smooths his hard edges, and when she’s with AJ, her true, quirky colors show. A surprise threatens to derail the two who quickly learn…love is anything but safe.

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EXCERPT:

Anything But Safe

Hot sun beat down on the rest of the world. It was August. Standing under the pepper tree, AJ was a tall, cool drink of water. Stained coveralls didn’t put her off nor did his tattoo and the rough cadence of his speech. Under the gruff exterior was a real man with a good heart. He visually devoured her every time they’d crossed paths around town, and last night was no exception. But, could she be content with a sex only fling?

“Well, that’s a relief.” Faint sarcasm edged his last word.

“What is?”

His steady gaze never wavered. “I thought you might be going in a different direction.”

She cocked her head. “Did you think I was about to give you the ‘let’s be friends’ talk?”

“I thought you were about to give me the ‘let’s hook up for sex only’ talk.”

“Oh AJ,” she said around hiccups of laughter. Her cheeks burned. She shook her head, a little dazed. “I…I don’t know  what to say to that.”

“It’s not the first time a woman like you propositioned me.”

Eyes rounding, she laughed at the absurdity. “I’m not propositioning you.”

“Good because my answer would be no.”

She’d come for lunch and conversation of the talking variety. A kiss or two was more than welcome, but they needed to slow down, let things simmer. AJ’s forbidding frown told her some of Hidden Valley’s well-shod women had dallied with him, and he was having no more of it. The town was an eclectic mix of gated communities, small farm-to-table co-ops and wineries. A lot of working class people had lived here long before it was hip.

Hurt bloomed in her chest at the idea of any woman taking advantage of AJ’s goodness. Or his body. His past was likely more colorful than hers, but his flat out refusal to hook up intrigued her. He’d messed around in the past. What made him change his mind?

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The Things I Wish I Knew About Being an Author I Didn’t Know Before by Gina Conkle

  1. It usually takes 5-6 books in one subgenre before you experience “success”

Brand-wise it’s best to stick with one romance subgenre and build up readers. This wisdom came from an author with respectable sales in Regency romance. Yet how did I start? I published a Viking romance with one publisher and was on the verge of publishing a Georgian romance series with another. You can’t get more different than axes versus ballrooms.

To mix things up, I recently wrote two hot contemporary novellas and self-published them in one book (Waiting for a Girl Like You). Self-pub experts questioned that logic: “Gina, why didn’t you publish the novellas separately?”

My quick answer: I wanted to give people buying the book more to read.

Not the savviest business idea. But, I love books, and I love sharing books. I wanted readers to have a little something extra from me. I also love a challenge. Writing steamy contemporary romance gave me an opportunity to move out of my comfort zone. Still…lesson learned which brings me to the next item.

  1. Have a marketing plan for each book

I learned this one the hard way. You might think, “Self-pub authors need that but not traditional authors.” Here are a few things to consider. Traditional publishers are stretched thin on PR. They pitch multiple books to bloggers. Marketing budgets are slim to none. At the end of the day, it’s your name on the cover. What are you going to do about it?

First, I’d say, have your next book in the pipeline. Nothing sells books like more books readers love. But, you need a marketing plan. Start small and simple. You’ll get better and go bigger as you learn.

Really, there are two sides to being an author: the creative writer side and the business side.

  1. Find your balance with social media

I’m currently reading Deep Work by Cal Newport. He makes great arguments about intense focus creating work that resonates. I know what he means about going deep into your work. I’ve had sublime moments writing. It’s powerful.

The author cautions us on the dangers of social media. He claims so much connectivity has us delivering shallow material (i.e. always checking email, Facebook, listening twitter chime on your phone). On one hand, he’s right.

I wasn’t on Facebook until I became an author. I said to someone, “What’s with asking people to like you? Is this high school?”

But, an interesting thing happened when I was about to sign my Georgian romance series (Midnight Meetings). The deal came down to two publishers. One of the editors wanted to talk to me. I understood. I was an unknown. Then, my agent clarified, “She wants to make sure you won’t be a turtle.”

Basically, they wanted someone who was comfortable being accessible to readers via blogs and social media.  And I thought all I needed was a website!

That was 2013. Eventually Pinterest sucked me in. I enjoy Pinterest. Twitter and Facebook eventually grew on me. So did blogging…it played into my marketing plan for a Viking book. I wrote a summer blog series “How to Eat Like a Viking” where I grew veggies Vikings ate and cooked Viking meals. My family ate the food and it’s all documented for my die-hard Viking fans. My blog followers grew almost 50% from doing that series.

I’ve also made some unsmart social media moves, trying to be all over the place. What happens? You spread yourself thin and your writing time shrinks.

Find your balance with social media, but writing comes first, which is why I hope you’ll enjoy Waiting for a Girl Like You.  It’s an outside-my-comfort-zone subgenre of hot contemporary romance. I didn’t have a marketing plan for the book, and I’m probably giving away too much by putting two novellas in one book (and giving away a free short story Listening to Her, https://www.instafreebie.com/free/pVnGx), but there you go.

I’m sharing what I’ve learned lately and my new challenges. What about you? Please tell me in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you.

– Gina

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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Gina Conkle writes Viking and Georgian Romance with a new dip into hot Contemporary Romance. She grew up in southern California and despite all that sunshine, Gina loves books over beaches and stone castles over sand castles. Now she lives in Michigan with her favorite alpha male, Brian, and their two sons where she’s known to occasionally garden and cook.

Social Media Connections:

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Buy Links for Waiting for a Girl Like You by Gina Conkle

The book will be on sale for $0.99.

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FREE BOOK! Listening to Her, free on Instafreebie

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GIVEAWAY

Gina Conkle will be awarding an Amazon Kindle Fire 7” to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Enter to win a Kindle Fire – a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

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Release blitz – Sever by Alexis Noelle

 

Title: Sever
Series: Deathstalkers MC Novel
Author: Alexis Noelle
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: April 17, 2017

 

 
 

Fool me once, shame on you.
Fool me twice, and I’m a damn idiot. 
That’s what he does to me. 
Ryker. Smith. 

The first heartbreak is always the hardest to heal 
And those wounds get ripped right back open, 
When he walks back into my life. 

Seven years, 
It took seven long and grueling years, 
To get that cocky, leather-wearing bastard out of my mind. 
I thought I’d never get over him, never fix what he broke,
And now he’s back,
Every sexy inch of him, 
The difference is now I’m taking charge.
This time he’ll be the fool.
 

 

 

 

 

 

Walking up, I see a few guys hanging around and talking so I make my way over to them. Their eyes follow me the whole way and I momentarily regret wearing heels because everyone knows heels and gravel just do not mix.
“You the chick from the accounting place?”
My first reaction is to correct him but I hold my tongue. These don’t look like the kind of guys I really want to mouth off to and, really, in their world “chick” might be considered a compliment. I use my hand to shield my eyes from the sun because squinting is never a good look. “I’m looking for Ryder.”
The name doesn’t seem to register on any of their faces and for a minute I wonder if I have walked into the wrong place. That would be just my luck.
“Megan.” I hear his voice and it still sends chills through me. “In here.”
There’s a click and a side door opens. I walk toward it, feeling the eyes of the bikers on my back like daggers. When I get there, I peek inside. Its’s pretty basic, with only a desk with a computer and a few different piles of papers to fill the space. I step inside, smelling the faintest hint of mildew. It’s unpleasant, to say the least, and I scrunch up my nose.
“Why didn’t any of those guys know who you are?”
He doesn’t look at me. His gaze is on the papers in front of him as he sifts through them, putting some in one pile and others in another. “Because people don’t call me that here, and neither can you.”
“Really?” I laugh. “So what exactly am I supposed to call you?”
He sits down on the corner of the desk. “Tracker.”
I shake my head putting my purse down on the desk.
“Something wrong with my name?” His eyes narrow and my gut twists, reminding me of the nerves I felt in the car.
“Apart from the fact that you aren’t a bloodhound and it isn’t your name?” I cross my arms and jut out a hip. A lot has changed since high school. I’m no longer the pushover I was, and part of that is because of him, and though I might have been hesitant to stand up to the apes outside, the man in front of me is a whole different story.
“It is my name—at least, it’s my road name. It’s what everyone uses here.” He shakes his head and starts turning on the lights before moving to the computer. The screen springs to life, the display showing the same symbol that was on the back of his vest the other day.
“And if everyone jumped off a bridge, would you?” I arch an eyebrow at him. My body might be completely on edge being this close to him, and my mind might be freaking out thinking about all the memories of us, but my mouth has no problem poking the bear.
Ryder takes a few steps toward me, closing the distance between us until we are only a few inches apart. Having him this close makes my heart feel like a jackhammer. “Listen, as much as I like your smart mouth, you need to watch it around here. Respect is important, so while people are around you need to rein that shit in. When it’s just us, run that sexy mouth all you want.” He winks at me before walking past, his arm brushing mine and sending a heat through me.
“You can’t say shit like that to me, Ryder. We aren’t kids anymore. I’m here to do a job and that’s it.” I force my face to harden and wipe all emotion from it before turning toward him.
“Whatever you need to help you sleep at night, princess. Thing is, we might not be kids anymore, but I still know you better than you know yourself. I saw the way you looked at me the other day.” He steps close to me, his head bending down until his lips are close to my ear, the heat of his breath making my legs weak. “I know you feel this as much as I do. I just have to wait until it consumes you and you come begging.”
“Screw you.”
“All in good time.” He winks before walking out the door.

 

 

Alexis Noelle lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her husband, and three kids. On top a writing career, she is a full-time student and a full-time mom. She loves spending time with her kids, although she has to hide the computer from them when she is writing! She love being active and being outdoors, especially if it involves any kind of shopping.

She has always been passionate about writing. She loves to read romance books and feels like being able to lose yourself in a book is one of the more exciting aspects. The books she loves to read and write will be ones that make you feel for the characters. Ashley believes that you should have an opinion on every character in a book whether you love them, hate them, or think they are up to something.She also believes that the most important critic is your reader, so she loves to hear from the readers. She want her fans to be open & talk to her about what they want for the characters in the story, and what they would like to see happen.


 

 


 


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