SHEIK DEFENSE by Ryshia Kennie

GENRE:   Romantic Suspense

SERIES: Desert Justice

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About the Book

Tossed overboard, Ava Adams had been left for dead, drifting at sea.  But security specialist Faisal Al-Nassar was determined to find her.  He owed her father a great debt and had never forgotten the connection he and Ava had once shared.  Yet after rescuing Ava he discovered she barely remembered him.

Amnesia had left Ava uncertain of who had tried to kill her.  She did know, however, that Faisal was a man she could trust.  The sheik’s embrace was familiar and enticing…and possibly even more dangerous.  How could she succumb to feelings for her protector when what she didn’t know could get them both killed?

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It was less than an hour since Faisal had received that fateful call that Ava was missing. Now he looked long and hard at the face of the young woman who lay dead on the cold steel of the examining table. Her hair was long, almost to the middle of her back. She was brunette and a few years older than Ava. After that, the similarities stopped.

He’d insisted on viewing the body in the hope that the similarities would somehow give him a much-needed clue. Now he didn’t know why he’d bothered. It was depressing and frightening all at the same time. Looking at her frightened him for Ava and saddened him for the deceased woman’s family.

“She may have been asphyxiated,” the coroner said.

He listened as the coroner went into some detail on why he believed that could be a possibility.

“Her eyes are bloodshot.  Classic sign of asphyxiation.”

A chill ran through him like none he’d felt before. He’d stood in this position many times but never had he felt the haunting fear that the person before him could have been someone he knew and loved. He almost took a step back. That thought combined with the cold steel and sharp smell of disinfectant that depersonalized death was almost too much. This wasn’t Ava but someone had loved her.

Regret and anger snaked through him as he thought of how this young woman had died unnecessarily, how it could just as easily have been Ava on that slab. The reality was as disturbing as it was unthinkable. Whether they could prove it or not, he was sure that this woman had died of unnatural causes. It wasn’t right or fair. And he knew it happened much too often. He’d thought of adding a branch of investigations geared solely to violence against women. He’d seen too much of it in his work. But now wasn’t the time for such considerations.

Five minutes later, Faisal was heading across the hospital parking lot to a charcoal 1967 mustang he kept in Miami for his rare visits to the city. He slipped behind the wheel and leaned back against the plush leather, the keys in his lap, his arms crossed and a frown on his face.

A woman who supposedly should have been Ava was dead. The fact that the decedent had been in Ava’s room and Ava was still the registered patient, indicated that Ava was the target. Now there were questions that needed to be answered and quickly.

Where had Ava gone? He tamped down the panic he’d felt at losing her when he’d only just found her.  He had to stick to facts.

About the Author

The Canadian prairies are my home and while the prairie landscape is blessed with beautiful blue skies, it also has four seasons that come on full throttle – especially winter and because of that I like to travel.  Often on those trips, stories are born.

In 2011 I won my city’s writing award, and was the first romance writer to do so since its inception.  In 2013 my romantic suspense was a semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Awards.  Published in historic romance and paranormal romance as well as romantic suspense, in February 2016, my first novel was published by Harlequin Intrigue.

There’s no lack of places to set a story as my imagination and the too long prairie winters may find me seeking adventure.  The memories of those worlds both near and far, the words of a stranger, the furtive look one man gives another, often become the catalyst for a suspenseful story with a deadly villain and an intrepid hero and heroine who must battle for their right to love or even their right to live.

When not dreaming of other stories, I can be found scouting out a garage sale or two, dusting off my roller blades or just thinking about the next adventure that may be miles away or in my own backyard.

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A Giveaway

Ryshia Kennie will be awarding a signed copy of Sheik’s Rule to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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This is a three week blurb blitz tour. You are welcome to visit previous sites for even more chances to enter and win!

July 10: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
July 11: EskieMama and Dragon Lady Reads
July 12: Rogue’s Angels
July 12: Author Deborah A Bailey
July 13: Wendi Zwaduk ~ Romance To Make Your Heart Race
July 14: The Reading Addict
July 17: Long and Short Reviews
July 18: Harlie’s Books – review
July 19: The Avid Reader
July 20: Nana Prah’s Blog
July 21: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
July 24: Independent Authors
July 25: Mello and June, It’s a Book Thang!
July 26: Jazzy Book Reviews
July 27: Kathleen’s Place to Reflect
July 27: It’s Raining Books
July 28: The Pen and Muse Book Reviews
July 28: Inside The Mind of an Avid Reader – review

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It’s been my pleasure having Ryshia back for another visit. Please come back again next week for more authors, books and giveaways.


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WITHHOLD by Andrea Pearson

GENRE:  Fantasy

SERIES: Mosaic Chronicles (Book 9)

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Withhold will be $0.99 until the end of release day, July 18.

About the Book

In the ultimate battle between good and evil, Nicole is in a race to stop Keitus before he achieves his plans. If he succeeds, he will crush everyone who has opposed him and enslave Earth and countless other planets. Unfortunately, he is only minutes away from his goal.

With so much at stake, Nicole and her friends must approach Helen, a volatile and dangerous spirit who will probably destroy them regardless of whether she gives them what they want. And the chances of her helping them are slim.

Fast-paced and epic magical fights, exciting plot twists, and non-stop action and adventure await. So sit down, buckle up, and hold on for the explosive, much-anticipated conclusion to the award-winning and bestselling Mosaic Chronicles.

About the Author

Andrea Pearson is an avid reader and outdoor enthusiast who plays several instruments, not including the banjo, and loves putting together musical arrangements. Her favorite sports are basketball and football, though several knee surgeries and incurably awful coordination prevent her from playing them.

Andrea graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor of science degree in Communications Disorders. She is the author of many full-length novels (the Kilenya Series and Mosaic Chronicles) and several novellas. Writing is the chocolate of her life – it is, in fact, the only thing she ever craves. Being with her family and close friends is where she’s happiest, and she loves thunderstorms, the ocean, hiking, public speaking, painting, and traveling.

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Two Giveaways

Andrea will be awarding a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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The author is also offering a download bonus to readers who download WITHHOLD the day of the book blitz.  The bonus includes the first two books in the series, free books by other authors, illustrations, maps, and more.

In order to be eligible to receive the above, you must forward proof of download (a confirmation email or a screenshot) to

Follow the Tour

This is a one-day book blast tour. You are welcome to visit as many sites as you’d like for even more chances to win.

1:  Author Deborah A Bailey 
2: Beyond Romance
3: Book Lover Promo
4: Books,Dreams,Life
5: charline’s blog and more…
6: Dawn’s Reading Nook
7: Edgar’s Books
8: EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads
9: Fabulous and Brunette
10: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
11: Independent Authors
12: It’s Raining Books
13: Jazzy Book Reviews
14: Mixed Book Bag
15: Kit ‘N Kabookle
16: Travel the Ages
17: Laurie’s Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews
18: Let me tell you a story
19: Linda Nightingale…Author
20: Long and Short Reviews
21: Lynn Crandall
22: Mello and June, It’s a Book Thang!
23: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
24: Readeropolis
25: Romance That’s ‘Out Of This World’
26: Sharing Links and Wisdom
27: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’
28: Straight From the Library
29: T’s Stuff
30: The Avid Reader
31: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart
32: Two Ends of the Pen
33: Two Heartbeats
34: Wake Up Your Wild Side
35: Welcome to My World of Dreams
36: Wendi Zwaduk – Romance to Make Your Heart Race

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It’s been my pleasure hosting this stop on Andrea’s tour. Please come back again later the week for more authors, books and giveaways!


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GENRE: Historical Romance (Regency)


The Duke of Wychwood seeks retribution from the Earl of Pickering. When he finds out the earl has a beautiful young niece, the duke thinks to involve her in his feud, but is shocked to discover he is attracted to her.

The orphaned niece of the earl, Lady Victoria, serves as governess to four of his children and is made to feel like an interloper in her own home. A chance encounter with the duke affords her the opportunity to enter Society, but to take it means risking what little security she has.

Revenge and love don’t sit well together, to have a future can they learn to give up the past?

Chapter 3 – first sparks

Victoria was beginning to feel quite miserable. She was soaked from head to toe, most of her body immersed in the water. Her heavy skirts were feeling like lead weights as they pulled her towards the current. Her boots were slowly sinking into the sludge on the river bottom. And the gorgeous stranger was now looking at her appraisingly.

“Can you reach my hand?”

Victoria felt a shiver slither up her back at the sound of his deep voice as he leaned down for her.

Wishing there were some other way, Victoria looked at him then up and down the river once more. Unfortunately, the riverbanks had not changed in the last few minutes and there was still no way to get up the bank on her own. Turning back to the stranger, she gritted her teeth and stretched out her hand.

Bryghton was struck by the young woman’s beauty. Her remarkable eyes held so much expressive emotion. He could tell she was scared and embarrassed but she had the wit to realize she had little choice if she wished to be rescued from her precarious position. The duke knew that not too much farther downstream the river deepened considerably.

The feel of her cold little hand in his large, warm one sent a strange sensation through him, but he knew this was not the time to be distracted. Despite her slight frame, her soaking clothes were weighing her down considerably, and effort would be required to get her out. In a similar gesture to hers, he too gritted his teeth and yanked on her arm.

With a plop, and after a swift scrabble up the bank, Victoria landed on the edge of the river next to the impeccably dressed, handsome stranger. Blushing again, she offered a shy, hesitant smile as she pushed herself to a seated position.


Best-selling author, Wendy May Andrews, has been in love with the written word since she learned to read at the age of five. She has been writing for almost as long but it took her some time before she was willing to share her stories with anyone other than her mother.

Wendy can be found with her nose in a book in a cozy corner of downtown Toronto. She is happily married to her own real-life hero, who is also her best friend and favourite travel companion. Being a firm believer that every life experience contributes to the writing process, Wendy is off planning her next trip.

She loves to hear from her readers and can be found at the following places:

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

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This is a one day book blast tour. You are welcome to visit as many of the sites as you’d like for even more chances to win.

1: Buried Under Romance
2: Deal Sharing Aunt
3: Dina Rae’s Write Stuff
4: Edgar’s Books
5: EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads
6: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
7: Independent Authors
8: It’s Raining Books
9: Kissing Bandits
10: Laura’s Interests
11: Let me Tell you a Story REVIEW
12: Long and Short Reviews
13: Lynn Crandall
14: Mary Cunningham, Author
15: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
16: Queen of All She Reads
17: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’
18: Straight From the Library
19: The Avid Reader
20: The Reading Addict
21: Underneath the Covers
22: Wake Up Your Wild Side
23: Welcome to My World of Dreams
24: Wendi Zwaduk – Romance to Make Your Heart Race
25: Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess
26: Mello & June, It’s a Book Thang!
27: T’s Stuff
28: Fabulous and Brunette
29: charline’s blog and more…

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Wendy May Andrews for this stop on her one day tour. Please come back again next week for more authors, books and giveaways.



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GENRE: Erotic Paranormal Romance

SERIES: The Úlfrinn Series (Book 2)

Amazon | Red Sage Publishing

About the Book

The bliss Reyna and Corbyn found in their unique Úlfr engagement is quickly forgotten as their ongoing conflict grows just as passionately as their hearts and desires. Reyna needs her independence and reassurance that their feelings are real. Corbyn needs to keep her safe, and for Reyna to accept him as her mate once and for all. If only their enemies would give them a moment to sort out their relationship woes, but it seems their only interest is to tear the new Wolf King and his would-be Queen apart. With the clock ticking toward inevitable war, Corbyn’s worst fears are realized when someone ups the ante, striking at his mate from the one place he never saw coming.

Frightened and angry, Corbyn rushes Reyna to the Elders, only to end up on their healing table next. After the back-to-back horrors, Reyna realizes she needs to make a crucial decision that will change their lives forever… and possibly save them. Fate decides to put that to the test immediately, drawing them right into enemy territory where Reyna will finally discover what’s become of Jesse and gets an unexpected audience with real Úlfrinn royalty.

Just when it seems they’ve found solid footing at last, their world is shaken in a horrific homecoming of bloodshed and betrayal. Their greatest fears can no longer be ignored, as they find themselves facing the evidence of their arrival… along with a living Nightmare. Can Corbyn trust his Little Queen to make the right decision for herself and their entire pack, or will he lose everything he’s ever loved in one fateful night?

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“Reyna.” Benny nodded at her. “It was very nice meeting you. Let me know if you ever change your mind about sticking this man in a cage.”

She chuckled and accepted the partial embrace from the older man.

“Guess I better be on my best behavior,” Corbyn said.

“Oh, why ruin a good thing now?” Reyna sighed sweetly, causing Benny to laugh wholeheartedly.

“Damn good time to start, Bruschard!” he called after them.

Waving above his head as they walked away, Corbyn grinned at Reyna and pulled her closer to his side. Returning to the club was a pleasant relief, but heaven was found when they stepped out into the fresh afternoon air and the more tolerable noise of the city. Reyna inhaled deeply, closing her eyes to feel the warmth of the sun on her face. More heat enveloped her with the hand Corbyn used to cup her cheek. Backing her into the wall, he feasted on her mouth, his grip tightening possessively.

“A thousands times over, I will make that up to you, falleg,” he vowed. “I thought I lost you today. That wasn’t how I wanted to show you how grateful I am that I didn’t.”

“Corbyn, I’m the one who insisted on coming here,” she reminded him, blinking to clear her blurry vision.

“If I would’ve just told you the truth.” He shook his head.

“I still would’ve insisted, just to sate my curiosity,” she admitted.

Studying her face, Corbyn pressed a soft kiss to her lips again. “I have no idea how I got so damn lucky,” he confessed aloud.

“Oh, I’m only in it for the thousand-times-over repayment plan.” She smiled coyly.

Laughing, he kissed her loudly, almost playfully on the mouth, before his expression turned carnal. “Can I repay you in orgasms?”


Meet the Author

A.C. Melody is a hybrid author of Erotic Romance and its many sub-genres, enjoying the evergreen life of the Pacific Northwest. Confessed javaholic, introverted geeky girl with a twisted sense of humor and a wretched muse. She has a weakness for hard ass Alphas and the strong women who capture their hearts, without damaging their rough edges.

A lifetime lover of Fairytales, Myths, Legends and ancient pantheons, she spends more time researching than writing. A.C.’s biggest goal is to provide new, captivating angles on old, favorite tales with very naughty twists and characters that redefine preset expectations.

A.C. Loves interacting with readers and fellow authors, so make sure to stop by one of her favorite haunts below to say Hi!

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A Great Giveaway

The author will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

This is a one day, book blast, tour. You are welcome to visit as many of the stops as you’d like for even more chances to win!

1: Beyond Romance
2: Blog of Author Jacey Holbrand
3: Books,Dreams,Life
4: Carpe_Diem
5: Dena Garson-Real… Hot… Romance
6: Erotica For All
7: Fabulous and Brunette
8: Harlie Williams, Writer
9: It’s Raining Books
10: Liz’s Reading Life
11: Long and Short Reviews
12: Mello & June, It’s a Book Thang!
13: Nesie’s Place
14: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
15: Readeropolis
16: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’
17: T’s Stuff
18: The Avid Reader
19: Wake Up Your Wild Side
20: Wendi zwaduk -romance to make your heart race 
21: Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess
22: EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads
23: Lock That Door!
24: Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog
25: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart
26: Dawn’s Reading Nook
27: Illuminite Caliginosus

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It’s been my pleasure hosting author A.C. Melody for this stop on her tour. Please come back again tomorrow and again next week for more authors, books and giveaways!



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CREEPZ by Ruth Bainbridge

GENRE: Suspense Thriller


The book is on sale for 99 cents for the tour!

About the Book

June 2017. New York is suffering under the worst heatwave in centuries, but it’s the barrage of grisly murders that has city dwellers on edge. Since the homicides don’t fit a pattern, the NYPD is treating them as unrelated, but Detective Grace Jarrod isn’t so sure. Graffiti left at the crime scenes points to the crimes being linked and part of a rampage.

The delivery of a cryptogram to her precinct proves her theory correct. A group calling themselves CREEPZ takes credit for the deaths and for the war they wage. They promise not to stop until a societal revolution is achieved. Jarrod leads the investigation and goes after the madmen that strike at will and profess to kill for love. Little does she know that the group of homeless drifters is led by a genius who believes himself God.

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The summer started like a hellion on crack.

No one was expecting it … no one was prepared. The mild spring weather had lulled the denizens of the Big Apple into thinking it would always be that way. But before they knew it, the fantasy was swallowed by a rapacious heat that burrowed its way into the concrete and wouldn’t let go. And now? Now there was heat. Overbearing, suffocating heat that came up from the bowels of hell and melted the hardest of hearts, reducing them to sweat and then steam.

For two weeks, the people suffered under the sun’s merciless rule, and the weather forecaster’s oral fandango only promised more of the same. A burst of a turbulent red sky at sunset turned that threat into a reality as New Yorkers braced for another brutal repeat of today.

The day dwindled into twilight as the light was snuffed out by a phantom’s hand. A strong ocean breeze pushed the mugginess aside long enough to breathe. The beleaguered New Yorkers were grateful to have survived and sought solace in the blackness of the oasis offered. Apartment dwellers oozed into the streets in droves—all to enjoy the cooler evening temperature crowned by a silver moon tinged by the color of blood.

Da da dum dum da da doo doo hey …

In the horde of people, the strange little man humming a tune went unnoticed. The crowd at 34th Street was enjoying itself too much to care about one more drifter … one more oddball that New York seemed to attract.

About the Author

Ruth Bainbridge was born in the idyllic, sleepy town of Ithaca, NY, and has been a lover of mysteries for her entire life. Ever since a child, she’s consumed detective stories at regular intervals, becoming enamored with all the superstars of crime. She loved matching wits with Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Thomas Pitt, Lord Peter Wimsey, Richard Jury and Edward X Delaney. In fact, she was so inspired by their brilliance that she began trying to emulate her writing idol’s achievements by composing her own short stories. However, life interfered with her plans of becoming the next hopeful to try a life of crime–on paper at least. But the empty nest syndrome happened and gave her the impetus to return to her first love–murder.

Her works include: THE CURT SAVAGE MYSTERIES (a four-part series that should be read in order); DEADSPEAK, a detective Twin Peaks; and ONLY ONE WILL FALL, the first in THE NICK CROSS MYSTERIES. CREEPZ is her eighth published work. The most intense read of the season, it’s a complex adrenaline rush that’s filled with suspense.

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Two (2) Giveaways

Giveaway #1: Ruth will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Giveaway #2: Ruth is hosting an EXTRA CONTEST (US/CANADA ONLY). The prizes are a Kindle Fire HD8 and (5) $10 gift certificates. It’s a CRYPTOGRAM CONTEST and all winners will be randomly drawn via Rafflecopter.

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Follow the Tour

This is a one-day, multi-stop tour. You are welcome to visit as many of the sites as you’d like for even more chances to win.

1: A Writer’s Life
2: Beyond Romance
3: BooksChatter
4: CBY Book Club
5: charline’s blog and more…
6: Christine Young
7: Danita Minnis
8: deal sharing aunt
9: EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads
10: Fabulous and Brunette
12: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
13: Illuminite Caliginosus
14: Independent Authors
15: It’s Raining Books
16: Jazzy Book Reviews
17: Long and Short Reviews
18: Lorana Hoopes
Mixed Book Bag
20: Must Read Faster
21: Nesie’s Place
22: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
23: Sascha Darlington’s Microcosm Explored
24: Sharing Links and Wisdom
25: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’
26: Straight From the Library
27: T’s Stuff
28: The Avid Reader
29: This and That Book Blog
30: Wake Up Your Wild Side
31: The Reader’s Handbook
32: Welcome to My World of Dreams

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Ruth for this stop on her tour. Please come back again soon for more authors, books and giveaways!


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A CONVENIENT RISK by Sara R. Turnquist

GENRE: Historical/Inspirational Romance


Getting to Know the Author

Have you ever had an imaginary friend?

I had an imaginary dog. He was a small dog. Could fit in the palm of my hand or in my pocket. His name was Germ. He was a good dog. Can’t remember where I put him.

Do you have any phobias?

Deathly afraid of heights. Can’t even climb a paint ladder. Not even kidding.

Do you listen to music when you’re writing?

Absolutely! I have to have my “writing playlist” going to get me in the zone. It’s mostly instrumental music from epic scores such as Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, The Dark Crystal…

Do you ever read your stories out loud?

You bet. I think this is an important step in editing. To hear yourself read the story aloud allows you to catch the rhythm and pacing of the story. And you pick up on so much more than just reading over it silently.

Tell us about your main character and who inspired him/her.

Amanda Haynes is not really inspired by anyone that I know…there is the argument that all authors create characters from people they know or put together pieces of people they know to make their characters. I don’t know if that’s true…I can’t pinpoint anyone in my life that is the reference for Amanda.

About the Book

He never imagined her heart would be so hard to reach.

Forced into a marriage of convenience after her husband dies, Amanda Haynes is determined she will never love again. Not that it bothers Brandon Miller. He needs her husband’s cattle ranch and life insurance policy. She needs financial stability and long-term support for her son and herself. But she never expected to care so much about the running of the ranch.

Butting heads over the decisions of the ranch, adding to her frustration and grief at her loss. Her wellbeing is soon threatened as their lives become entangled with Billy the Kid and his gang. What has she gotten herself into? What kind of man has she married? Is there any way out?

Read an Excerpt

“My son…where is he?”

Brandon’s hands grazed her elbows still. Did she dare take comfort from it?

“He couldn’t get to sleep on his own, so he’s in the room with Uncle Owen.”

“Oh.” She turned away, wishing she could pull her arms away from his touch.

He remained quiet for a few moments. “He was quite worried about you when you didn’t return for dinner.”

Amanda looked in his direction again. His features were coming into focus as her eyes took in the little bits of moonlight coming in through the window, but only in forms, no details. “He was?”

Brandon nodded. “We all were.”

“Oh?” Why would she bait him? She did not know. But the utterance was beyond her lips before she could stop it. Amanda tightened her lips to keep anything else from coming forth.

“Yes. As was I.” His voice was thick.

His confession stirred something high in her chest. Something that spindled and twisted. Something pleasant. It was but a taste, and she wanted more. But how?

“You were?” What was that in her voice? Hope? She barely recognized it.

He stepped closer to her. Heat emanated from his body. “Of course I was.”

Her head began to swim as the stirrings in her chest spread throughout her whole body, tangling and weaving into her being. Was he going to kiss her? Did she want him to?

My Review

The author has taken a tried and true western historical formula and given it an alternate life with the addition of the faith-based plot. Her heroine, Amanda, tugs on your heartstrings from the get-go, as does her child.

Brandon, the hero, is your typical rough-and-ready rancher just trying to make a go of his spread and provide for those around him, including his new wife and child.

When most marriage-of-convenience stories rely heavily on a strong/graphic physical component to bring the virtual strangers closer together, Sara R. Turnquist had managed to tell a compelling story and maintain its “clean read” rating.

My only disappointment is that there was nothing “new” about the plot other than the aforementioned inspirational tone.

About the Author

Sara is originally from Middle Tennessee. After a short stint in Memphis, where she earned a degree in Biology and began a career as both a Zoo Educator and a Sleep Technician, she then followed a dream to work for a large zoo in Orlando, FL as an Educator. Once she and her husband started their family, they moved back to Middle Tennessee where they currently reside. Sara and her husband now enjoy a full life with their three beautiful and very active children. She enjoys many creative outlets – singing, piano, drawing, drama, and organizing anything. And even though she has enjoyed her career as a Zoo Educator, Sara’s great love of the written word continued to draw her to write.

She has always been an avid reader and, for many years, has been what she terms a “closet writer”. Her travels and love of history have served to inspire her to write clean Historical Romance. Sara has made several trips to the Czech Republic. Her time among the Czech people and the landscapes of the country inspired her and greatly influenced her work on her debut novel, The Lady Bornekova, set in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic. Sara is also the author of The General’s Wife, Off to War, Hope in Cripple Creek, and A Convenient Risk and a member of ACFW.

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A Giveaway

One randomly chosen winner will receive a $50 Amazon/ gift card via the Rafflecopter drawing.

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Follow the Tour

This is a month-long, virtual book tour. Please feel free to go back to visit previous stops, as well as bookmark this blog for a link to upcoming sites.

June 19: The Reading Addict
June 19: Romance Novel Giveaways
June 19: Reader’s Handbook
June 20: Christine Young
June 21: Buried Under Romance
June 21: Beyond Romance
June 22: Fabulous and Brunette
June 23: Hearts and Scribbles
June 23: Books, Dreams,Life
June 23: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart – review
June 26: Queen of All She Reads
June 27: Edgar’s Books
June 27: LibriAmoriMiei – review
June 28: Book Lover Promo
June 28: Kissing Bandits
June 29: EskieMama and Dragon Lady Reads
June 30: Journey of a Bookseller – review
July 10: A Writer’s Life
July 10: BooksChatter
July 11: Mixed Book Bag
July 12: Unabridged Andra
July 12: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart
July 13: Booklove – review
July 13: charline’s blog and more…
July 14: Wendi Zwaduk ~ Romance To Make Your Heart Race
July 14: Independent Authors
July 17: Readeropolis
July 18: Simpliread – review
July 18: Lorana Hoopes
July 19: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
July 19: Nesie’s Place
July 19: Mello and June, It’s a Book Thang!
July 19: Two Ends of the Pen
July 20: Straight From the Library
July 21: Long and Short Reviews

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Sara during the first week of her tour. Please come back to visit any time.


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HE TAKES THE CAKE by J. Lynn Rowan

GENRE: Contemporary Romance

SERIES: Sweet Somethings (Book 4)


About the Book

Life is good for Tess Gardiner: Her Savannah, Georgia, bakery and cafe is thriving. She’s earned Master Pastry Chef status from the American Culinary Federation. And she’s attending a regional culinary convention in Charleston, where she’s been invited to sit on a small business panel discussion. The opportunity to tout her success will, hopefully, lead to bigger and better things in her professional life. As for her personal life? The relative contentedness she’s enjoyed for years receives a sudden jolt when she comes face to face with Tyler Brinks, the ex-boyfriend she summarily dismissed from her life eight years ago.

Tyler’s success as a highly-trained chef has launched him into the stratosphere. He already owns one ridiculously successful restaurant, and he’s aggressively working on plans for a second. But he’s never quite gotten over Tess, and he’s never really been sure what actually went wrong between them. So when a pastry and baking competition is announced for the week following the culinary convention in Charleston, Ty jumps at the chance to tempt Tess with the challenge of being his partner, giving him the perfect opportunity to remind her how good they once were together.

As the competition heats up in the kitchen, it soon becomes clear to Tess that Ty has more than cream puffs and cupcakes on his mind. And she can’t deny that her feelings for Ty never truly cooled, but have been simmering all these years, despite the way their relationship ended. Now Ty’s attention has her wondering—is this just the path to final closure? Or could this be a second chance at true love?

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If Ty’s thinking about the same incidents that lead to our breakup, he doesn’t let on. “Only about a year or so. It . . . wasn’t what I thought it would be.”

“I see.” Though I don’t, especially given his own slight stumble for words. “Where’d you go in the interim?”

He relaxes a bit and takes a sip of espresso. “New York for a little while, working as a sous chef in a Midtown restaurant. That let me save up for Le Cordon Bleu.”

His dream.

I smile, sincerely happy he’d made it come true. “Were you able to go to Paris?”

“No,” he says with a short laugh. “But Ottawa was close enough. My mom wanted me to try and get into the program in Atlanta, but I wanted the international experience. So Canada it was.”

I make a noncommittal sound and lift my cup again. “Then you settled on Charleston to open your first restaurant.”

“Well, it wasn’t a direct route from getting my Grand Diploma to opening On the Brink.”

“Nice name, by the way,” I quip, arching a brow at him.

He leans forward. “Says the woman who named her own business after herself.”

I give into the impulse to stick my tongue out at him. “At least mine rhymes. And we’re not talking about me.”

“Not yet, anyway.”

“But you’re opening a place in Hilton Head. Does that mean you’re moving there, too?”

Ty shrugs. “I’ll probably have to do a little back and forth for a while. Can’t exactly be the head chef at two restaurants at the same time.”

There’s the opening I need to hint at the topic I’m really curious about. “Won’t the back and forth thing make it hard for . . . your girlfriend?”

For a moment, he freezes, recognizing by my tone that I’m fishing for information. “I don’t have a girlfriend.”

“Really?” I force nonchalant surprise, if that’s even a thing, into my voice. “Guy like you, I’d think you’d have women falling all over themselves to be with you.”

“What’s that supposed to mean?” he asks, brows lowering and a look of hurt defensiveness playing in his eyes.

I wasn’t expecting that sort of reaction from him. Again, I fumble for words. “Smart, successful, funny, sexy—”

My hand flies up to cover my mouth, but it’s too late. Ty stares at me for a few seconds before he busts out laughing.

“I didn’t mean that I think you’re sexy,” I insist, dropping my hand.

His laughter subsides to internal chuckles. “It’s okay, Tess. I know I’m irresistible, even to you.”

“That’s not—”

“For the record, I still think the same of you.” He sounds like he’s teasing, but a flash of something serious passes between us as his gaze softens.

My retort dies in my throat, coming out as a choked snort instead.

About the Author

Lynn Rowan started writing stories as a small child, usually starring her favorite cartoon characters. Most of her work through middle and high school was filled with typical teenage angst and melodrama, and usually mirrored the books she loved to read. But eventually she found her own author’s voice and decided to seriously pursue a writing career.

Historical fiction remains J. Lynn’s “first love”, but she has enjoyed the journey to becoming an author of romance and chick lit. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Central New York Romance Writers, and the Historical Novel Society. She is also a teacher who tries to instill a love of learning, reading, and writing in her students.

When she’s not writing, J. Lynn enjoys travelling, gardening poorly but enthusiastically, studying various topics in American history for her own expertise, and channeling Julia Child every time she steps into the kitchen.

A native of Oswego, NY, she now lives in Charlotte, NC, with her own Romantic Hero of a husband and their little rainbow, affectionately known as Babycakes.

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Find the first three books in the Sweet Somethings series on Amazon

A Giveaway

The author will be giving away a $20 Amazon/BN GC via Rafflecopter. The more sites you visit, the more chances you have to win!

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Follow the Tour

This is a one-day book blast tour. You are welcome to visit as many or as few of the stops as you’d like.

1: Author B. L. Blair
2: books,dreams,life
3: Buried Under Romance
4: charline’s blog and more…
5: Edgar’s Books
6: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
7: Illuminite Caliginosus
8: Independent Authors
9: It’s Raining Books
10: Jazzy Book Reviews
11: Jersey Girl Book Reviews
12: Long and Short Reviews
13: Nana Prah’s Blog
14: Nesie’s Place
15: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
16: Read Your Writes Book Reviews
17: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’
18: Straight from the Library
19: The Avid Reader
20: The Layaway Dragon
21: Theresa Stillwagon
22: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart
23: Travel the Ages
24: Two Ends of the Pen
25: Two Heartbeats
26: underneath the covers
27: Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog
28: Wake Up Your Wild Side
29: Welcome to My World of Dreams
30: Wendi zwaduk – Romance to Make Your Heart Race 
31: Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess
32: T’s Stuff
33: Mixed Book Bag

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It’s been my pleasure hosting fellow Soul Mate author, J. Lynn Rowan for today’s tour. Please come back again on Friday for another author, book and giveaway.



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It’s Release Day …. The Vessel

Ah … my favorite day of the author process … the day I get to officially share my creation with readers. Nothing beats “release day”!

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The Vessel is my very first foray into sci-fi/fantasy romance. Told entirely from the hero’s point-of-view, it’s a story of discovery and acceptance. A big thanks to Decadent Publishing for letting me venture into uncharted (at least for me) territory.

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About the Book

A career soldier, Major Liam McGregor has been following strict military orders for over a decade. Considered one of the best by his superiors, it’s not surprising he’s the operative chosen for an assignment that, if successful, could save mankind.

Years earlier, chemical warfare left the women of earth sterile and the population is dwindling fast. The only hope for survival lies in the government scientists’ ability to successfully breed alien females with healthy human males. So far, their attempts have been mediocre at best.

Alora, second daughter of the House of Delawon, is their last hope. A government protectee since her family’s transport crash landed on earth years earlier, she is the last surviving fempod from Tethys, one of Saturn’s habitable moons.

Together Liam and Alora must travel from the government’s safe house in what used to be the state of Colorado to Traverse City, the new capitol of the United Republic. Their route takes them through both safe and hostile territory.

What poses more of a threat? The lawless marauders who’ll stop at nothing to vanquish their prey? Or, the forbidden desires tempting the soldier and the alien princess?

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Liam McGregor crossed the embossed seal, pressed his hand to the encoded screen, and stepped into Cal Stewart’s office.

Cal, the leader of the military branch of the United Republic, sat behind a huge oak desk, his attention given to the older, rather gaunt-looking man who stood before him. Dressed in a dark, worn suit, his back bent with age, the man turned and raised his weathered gaze in Liam’s direction.

“Is this the guy?” the old man asked.

“Yes,” Cal confirmed. “Liam McGregor, this is John Barrow, Sciences Division Director. He’s come to request our help, and I’ve assured him you’re the best man for the job.”

Liam nodded. “What job would that be, sir?”

“Sit,” Barrow said, waving his hand in the direction of the nearby chair. “I have some background information to give you. It will explain everything, and define your part in saving mankind.”

“Mankind?” Liam repeated in question.

“Yes.” Cal’s response was filled with conviction. “Our future depends on a successful mission.”

Liam lowered himself into the closest chair, his focus on the strange man who’d sought him out. Barrow shuffled across the room and perched himself on the edge of Cal’s desk. He drew a long, ragged breath and began.

“A little over eight years ago, the government discovered a small group of women who possessed a rare DNA string and previously unknown blood type. A very valuable blood type.”

Liam cast a glance in Cal’s direction. “Valuable in what way?”

Cal lowered his gaze, his robust voice a mere whisper when he admitted, “It allows them to procreate. To carry on with life.”

Liam thought about the childless couples he knew, and of how they’d suffered with sterility as result of the chemical war of 2150. “So, you’re saying these women are resistant to the radiation that left the rest of the known world sterile?”

“Yes,” Barrow admitted.

Liam bit back a curse. “And, I assume, the government has kept these women under lock and key since then.”

Barrow shot Cal a grimace. “Something like that.”

A shiver made its way along Liam’s spine, a well-honed warning all was not what it seemed. “Perhaps, you can enlighten me a bit more. For the sake of my mission, of course.”

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The Trailer

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A Bit About the Author (Me!)

Like most authors, Nancy Fraser began writing at an early age, usually on the walls and with crayons or, heaven forbid, permanent markers. Her love of writing often made her the English teacher’s pet, which, of course, resulted in a whole lot of teasing. Still, it was worth it.

Published in multiple genres, Nancy currently writes for four publishers. She has published twenty-two books in both full-length and novella format. In November 2016 Nancy celebrated twenty years as a published author and will release her 25th book in mid-2017.

When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy splits her free time between her five grandchildren. She’s also an avid traveler with Las Vegas being her favorite destination. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.

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A Couple of Giveaways

As of this morning, there were still twelve free copies available of The Vessel. To get yours just click on the cover image at the top of the right sidebar on this page.

I will also be giving away a $10 gift card from a book retailer of your choice. The winner will be drawn from those who comment on this post by midnight, Monday, June 19th.

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Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’ve enjoyed my preview for The Vessel!


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GENRE:   Erotic Romance

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The book will be 99¢ during the tour.

About the Book

Burt and Rachel Markham are ordinary small business owners of a seed & feed store in a small Kansas farming and ranching community. Many years before, as young university graduates eagerly anticipating exciting overseas employment, a lifetime in Kansas was the furthest thing from their minds, particularly Rachel who was raised overseas and dreamed of going back. By July 2013 their twin 18-year old daughters, having graduated high school several months before, go east to attend a university. Burt and Rachel settle into their new life of an empty house and a predictable and unchanging routine that threatens to stretch far into the future. One summer evening Burt has an idea—but will Rachel accept the idea? If she does, will the idea add new excitement to their marriage, or destroy it?

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The storms passed and the humid summer heat returned. The feed store remained busy. The trains rumbled past Four Corners, past their home, as they had done for the past two decades. Burt always thought that the late night train whistle that echoed across the moonlit prairie was one of the loneliest sounds he ever heard…

…Rachel announced she was going for a swim. She poured a glass of Sauvignon Blanc for herself and picked up a CD player. She usually listened to classical music, waltzes, and operas when floating in the pool. There was a chakra wind chime hanging near the pool for the times when she felt like floating in near silence except for the chimes and the sound of the prairie wind.

A few moments later Burt followed with beer in hand. Maggie trotted behind him, rawhide bone in her jaws. Classical music floated through the night; fireflies played hide and seek among the neatly trimmed hedges along the perimeter of the yard. Others drifted in and out of the nearby cornfield, while the insects of the night droned on in disharmony…

A thought was born.

A surprising thought…

“Dammit,” Burt whispered to himself in disbelief…disbelief and excitement. And trepidation. What would her reaction be? What would she say? Could he even find a way to suggest it?


He returned to the poolside. Her eyes were open. Moonlit water droplets on her beautiful face sparkled like tiny diamonds.

The thought wouldn’t let go. It took root…

About the Author

Stan Hampton, Sr. is a full-blood Choctaw of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, a divorced grandfather to 13 grandchildren, and a published author, photographer and photojournalist. He retired in 2013 from the Nevada Army National Guard with the rank of Sergeant First Class; he previously served in the active duty Army, and the Army Individual Ready Reserve (mobilized for the Persian Gulf War). He enlisted in the Nevada Army National Guard in October 2004, after which he was mobilized for Federal active duty for almost three years. Hampton is a veteran of Operations Noble Eagle and Iraqi Freedom, with deployment to northern Kuwait and several convoy security missions into Iraq.

He has had two solo photographic exhibitions and curated a multi-media exhibit. His writings have appeared as stand-alone stories and in anthologies from Dark Opus Press, Edge Science Fiction & Fantasy, Melange Books, Musa Publishing, MuseItUp Publishing, Ravenous Romance, and in Horror Bound Magazine, The Harrow, and River Walk Journal, among others.

As of April 2014, after being in a 2-year Veterans Administration program for Homeless Veterans, Hampton is officially no longer a homeless Iraq War veteran.

In May 2014 he graduated from the College of Southern Nevada with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Photography – Commercial Photography Emphasis. He has been studying at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas with in a double major in Art and English. However, he is presently spending a cold, rainy Spring 2017 semester studying at a university in southwestern France in the shadow of the Pyrenees Mountains.

But, after 16 years of brown desert in the Southwest and overseas, he misses the Rocky Mountains, yellow aspens in the fall, running rivers, and a warm fireplace during snowy winters.

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A Giveaway

SS Hampton Sr will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour. 

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Follow the Tour

This is a two-week blurb blitz tour. You are welcome to go back and visit as many of the previous sites as you’d like for even more chances to win.

May 29: Fabulous and Brunette
May 30: Christine Young
May 30: EskieMama and Dragon Lady Reads
May 31: Romance Novel Giveaways
June 1: T’s Stuff
June 2: Erotica For All
June 5: Booklover Sue
June 6: Natural Bri – review
June 7: Book Lover Promo
June 8: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
June 8: Booklove – review
June 9Romance Author Hear Me Roar

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It was my pleasure hosting SS Hampton Sr for this stop on his tour. I would also like to take a quick moment to thank him for his service to our country.


Blogger’s Note: I’m gearing down Notes From a Romantic’s Heart for the summer. I’m not going completely dark and will be back at least once a week (if not more) with author features and giveaways. Please keep me bookmarked. There’s always something to be found on my site. Wishing everyone a safe and fun summer!

Posted in Erotic Romance, Western Romance | 8 Comments

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN by Lorana Hoopes

GENRE: Christian Fiction

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Where it All Began is on sale for 99¢ during the tour

About the Book

Sandra Baker thought her life was going in the right direction until she ended up pregnant. Not ready for a baby, her boyfriend pushes her to have an abortion. After the procedure, Sandra spirals into depression losing her relationship and turning to alcohol. Then she meets Henry, a strong Christian man, who shows her God’s love. Will she accept God’s forgiveness and more importantly, will she forgive herself?

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I arrived at work just a few minutes before shift; Raquel was already there dressed in her scrubs and putting her purse in her locker.

“Well, you look happy,” she said, closing the door.

“I do?” I tilted my head and smiled. “Well it might have to do with the fact that I received flowers on my doorstep this morning.”

Raquel’s eyes lit up, and she clapped her hands together. “Ooh do tell.”

I laughed at her childlike display. “Not much to tell yet. I was making coffee, and I heard a knock at my door. By the time I got there, no one was there, but a bouquet of pink carnations and white daisies was on my doorstep. There was a card from Henry saying he had a nice time and he hopes we can get together again soon.”

“He likes you,” Raquel teased, “I knew he did. You could tell just from the way he looked at you.”

A blush colored my face. “It’s still early; I think he was just being nice.”

Raquel raised an eyebrow. “Uh huh, sure, nice. I don’t think Philip has even bought me flowers yet.”

“What? That’s terrible.”

“Well, he’s handsome and rich, so flowers aren’t that big of a deal.” Raquel flicked her hand in dismissal. “Oh, we better get going,” she said, glancing at her watch.

I finished shoving my purse inside and closed my locker door. As I followed Raquel out, I couldn’t help wondering if money was really more important to her than simple gestures?

About the Author

Lorana Hoopes is currently an English teacher in the Pacific Northwest where she lives with her husband and three children. When not writing, she can be seen kickboxing in her local gym, singing at her church, or performing on stage. The Heartbeats series is her first full length novel series. She has also just released the first book in her early reader chapter book, The Wishing Stone.

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A Giveaway

Lorana will be awarding a Medieval Renaissance Handmade Leather Diary Journal Thought Book to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour (US ONLY).

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Follow the Tour

This is a one-day, book blast, tour. Visit as many of the stops as you’d like for even more chances to win!

1: Booklove REVIEW
2: charline’s blog and more…
3: Christian Suspense Author Mary Alford 
4: EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads
5: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
6: Independent Authors
7: It’s Raining Books
8: Jazzy Book Reviews
9: Long and Short Reviews
10: MIxed Book Bag
11: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
12: Simpliread REVIEW
13: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’
14: Straight From the Library
15: This and That Book Blog
16: Unabridged Andra
17: Welcome to My World of Dreams
18: The Book Connection
19: Why I Read REVIEW
20: The Avid Reader
21: Deal Sharing Aunt
22: Fabulous and Brunette
23: The Reading Addict
24: T’s Stuff
25: Crandom
26: Becky Flade, Author
27: Sapphyria’s Book Reviews
28: Angels With Attitude Book Reviews
29: Rainy Day Reviews
30: Yah gotta read this

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It’s been my pleasure welcoming Lorana for today’s visit. Please come back again on Friday for another author, book and giveaway.



Posted in Inspirational, Inspirational Romance | 4 Comments