Friday Friends ~ Kari Lemor

This Friday my special guest is author Kari Lemor. Kari is in the middle of a wonderful road trip (I’m so jealous). Her last posting was from the Florida Keys. What a great time of the year to be in the southern (way southern) U.S. It sure beats our northern east coast weather.

A Note From Kari

One question I always get asked is how do you get ideas for all your books. (Okay I’ve only got three out now but there are another thirty sitting in my head … and Pinterest board).  The answer isn’t so simple.

For Running Target, there’s a kind of strange story behind why I wrote it. But I must go back a ways to explain. I never liked writing much until some online friends convinced me I should put some of the stories I had in my head down on paper (screen). You have to understand these stories were fan fiction. Yes, that’s where I first learned to hone my craft. But it was safe and fun and very rewarding when thousands of people read and commented on my work. So when I decided to start some original fiction, I looked back at the scenes that had been most well received. There was one where every commenter said I made them cry.  THAT!  I wanted that in a book. So I took the main emotional theme of the scene and wrangled a situation where I could get that kind of emotional angst again. Totally different story but similar scene. Thus Running Target was born.

About the Book

An innocent in the crossfire . . .

FBI agent Jack Holland broke every rule in the book falling for the girlfriend of Angelo Cabrini, son of a New Jersey mob boss. But even if Callie Lansing’s relationship to Angelo was actually a cover and her heart was free, her relationship with Jack put both of their lives at risk. Nothing, though, could make Jack regret the liaison that led to the birth of their son, Jonathan.

After Angelo discovered Callie’s pregnancy, he went after Jack and wound up dead. Now Jack is on the run with a target on his back. The only thing keeping Callie and Jonathan safe is the mob boss’s belief that the baby is his grandchild. But if Victor Cabrini discovers the truth before Jack can put him behind bars, it could mean death for his sweet covert family. . . .

Running Target is available on Amazon.

Read an Excerpt

Indecision warred in his head as he stared at the sleeping boy. Who was cruel enough to poison a two-year old child? If Cabrini didn’t think Jonathan was his grandson, he’d say maybe the crime boss had done it. That piece of scum was capable of almost anything. Unfortunately, most of it they couldn’t prove. But had someone done it who worked for Cabrini, without the mobster’s knowledge? Trying to get in good with the head man by bringing in the guy who’d killed his son?

“Do you think it might have been in the juice box?” Callie’s voice brought him back to the present. “How would it get in there? And why were none of the other juice boxes affected?”

It would be easy enough to tamper with the box using a syringe and make it look like nothing had been touched. He doubted Callie had examined the box too closely before letting Jonathan drink it. Should he tell her his suspicions or keep quiet? If she knew, she could be more vigilant, but she could also become paranoid about every little thing. And she might even ask him to stay away from Jonathan completely. That was probably the right thing to do but how could he protect them if he couldn’t come near?

About the Author

Kari Lemor has always been a voracious reader. One of those kids who had the book under the covers or under the desk at school. Even now she has been known to stay up until the wee hours finishing a good book. Romance has always been her favorite, stories of people fighting through conflict to reach their happily ever after.

Now that her kids are all grown and have moved out, she uses her spare time to create character driven stories of love and hope, often with a splash of danger.  She lives with her husband in a small town in New England dreaming of warmer weather.  But only if it’s near the ocean.

Her romantic suspense series, Love on the Line, is about ex-military men who have bonded close as brothers, and the feisty women who love them.

Kari’s Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram
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It’s been my pleasure hosting Kari today. Please come back again next week for authors, books, and giveaways courtesy of Goddess Fish Promotions. And, then again, next Friday for another Friday Friends feature.

Nancy

Posted in Contemporary Romance, Part of a Series, Romantic Suspense | 10 Comments

BLACK WALTZ by Yoshiyuki Ly

GENRE:   Contemporary Fantasy Romance/LGBTQ/Erotic Romance
Amazon

About the Book

As a Black Waltz—a magical ballet dancer—Stella Azrith appears to all as a composed, no-nonsense sorceress of notable talent. Yet she is deeply dependent on her muse for far more than most artists, complicating her relationships. Nyte Lysander is a suave, emotional cellist who once struggled in her obsession to stay in Stella’s world. She and Stella find one another again after a tumultuous breakup, needing the other for reasons warped beyond the norm. Black Waltz is a sprawling urban fantasy romance set 350 years after The Scorpion’s Empress and 100 years after Venus and Lysander, concluding the trilogy. Can be read as a standalone.

Searching for acceptance, Stella and Nyte learn to understand each other anew, strained only by disagreements past and unspoken. Nyte’s living situation in the crime-ridden district of Maleficus in the city of Eden pushes her and Stella to pursue better artistic opportunities elsewhere. As they toy with the idea of exploring a power play relationship, they learn about a greater evil that threatens the Azrith and Lysander families. The true enemy twists on its head through whirling rainstorms, driving Stella and Nyte to prove who and what they stand for.

There can be no waltz for three.

Read an Excerpt

“You know all these things about me,” I said. “But I don’t know much about you. I want to know more.”

Stella shifted her shoulders, then her waist. Kind of like a snake. “Do you?” she challenged.

I raised my wrist above her head, pressing it against the wall. “Yeah, I do,” I said in her ear. I stayed over her, closer to her. “I know you’re a Black Waltz. I’m not on this side of campus too much… Seeing you now makes me wish I spent more time around here.” Stella’s eyes darkened as she stared up at me. “You saw the way I looked at you earlier. I’m attracted to you. I want you. I know you can tell.” I touched her waist, soft enough to not surprise her. Stella didn’t lean away from me. “For the record, I’m not trying to have sex with you tonight. I want to have an actual conversation with you. It doesn’t hurt to make things obvious to you now. I don’t want you to question my intentions.”

Stella wrapped her bare arms around my neck. “I don’t want you to question mine, either,” she spoke to me, bangles chiming. Her perfumed skin was so smooth. Her move put me on slow simmer, entranced. “But, don’t you think you should get to know me first before deciding if you want me? I could have strange fetishes, you know. Or I could be straight.”

I smirked at her. “Okay, fine. Do you have any weird fetishes? Are you straight?”

“I’m gay,” she replied. “Because of the way I look, people usually have a hard time believing that.” I understood what she meant, definitely. “As for my fetishes, I’m not sure.”

My Review

I thoroughly enjoyed the scenery in this story. The world building, while sometimes a bit confusing, was very evocative. I didn’t realize, as I was reading the book, there was a backstory presented in two previous books as there was no indication of a series in the Amazon listing. I think it would have definitely helped in my understanding of the characters if I’d read the other two books first.

That said, I enjoyed the banter between the two women, Stella and Nyte, but I didn’t get a lot of sense of romance. Plenty of sexual attraction but not the romance.

If you enjoy complicated fantasy and the female/female relationship, you would enjoy this book. I would caution however, you may want to take a look at the first two books before getting into this one.

About the Author

Yoshiyuki Ly was born in San Diego, CA. Her pen name represents her multiracial heritage and a unique, diverse outlook that reflects in her work. She is a writer and a gamer, primarily inspired by thought-provoking, well-written video games such as the Shin Megami Tensei, NieR, and Drakengard franchises.

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A Giveaway

Yoshiyuki Ly will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

January 3: Kit ‘N Kabookle

January 10: Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books!
January 10: Natural Bri

January 17: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
January 17: Sharing Links and Wisdom
January 17: Enchanting Reviews

January 24: Kimmi Love
January 24: TheHufflepuffNerdette

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It’s been my pleasure hosting this stop on the review tour for Black Waltz. Please come back again tomorrow for my Friday Friends feature and then again next week for more authors, books, and giveaways from Goddess Fish Tours.

Nancy

Posted in Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Fantasy, LGBTQ | 1 Comment

FOR HER HONOR by Holly Bush

GENRE:   Historical Romance
Amazon

About the Book

1873

Adam Gentry, heir to the celebrated Paradise Stables in Virginia, is haunted by the visions of his lost love. Feeling cursed by fate, he slips deeper into grief, shrouded in a cloud of liquor and depression, and neglects his duties and responsibilities. But when Adam is forced to accept that there’s nothing he can do to change his past, he knows he must move on.

And he accepts his own destiny: that he will never love again.
Emmaline Somerset finds herself in the worst possible position any unmarried woman can be in. She will have to abandon all of her plans, hopes, and dreams for an independence using her own talents. The only viable solution is to move to a distant relative’s home and reinvent herself as a widow with an infant. No one will ever be the wiser.

Adam, now determined to secure the Gentry legacy, plans to save longtime family friend Emmaline from her embarrassment with an offer of marriage. But what Adam didn’t plan on was how his unexpected attraction to her would stir something inside of him, something he’s kept locked deep within.

Can love finds its way between two troubled souls, one driven by duty, the other by honor, both determined to find their way home?

Read an Excerpt

Emmaline Somerset’s bedroom door opened, and her mother poked her head inside.

“Mother, please,” she began but stopped speaking as the door opened wide and Adam Gentry walked into her room.

“I know this is unusual, Mrs. Somerset, but certainly you’ve known me and my family long enough to know that I intend nothing untoward. But I would like to speak to your daughter alone.”

Adam stared at her as he spoke to her mother and she could see Jane and Betsy behind him, eyes wide and their hands over their mouths.

“It’s not p-proper, Adam,” her mother stuttered.

“I’m fine, Mother. Stand outside my door if you wish.”

Emmaline looked at him and noticed that he was thinner than the last time she saw him. He was still very handsome and even intimidating, filling the room with his presence. He was the oldest among her generation of Gentrys and Somersets but had been removed a bit from the rest of them as they grew up together. A bit apart from John and Matthew and Jim, who’d been fast friends growing up, and from Olivia and Nettie and Marabelle Winston, whose family owned the mercantile, and her. He hadn’t been aloof, but he hadn’t gotten into the same type of trouble that John and Matthew had.

Women swooned over him, and he smiled back and tipped his hat in such a way that made a female feel as if she was the only person of her sex in the world. Except right now he wasn’t looking so sure of himself and not particularly happy, either.

About the Author

Holly Bush writes historical romance set in the U.S.in the late 1800’s, in Victorian England, and an occasional Women’s Fiction title. Her books are described as emotional, with heartfelt, sexy romance. She makes her home with her husband in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

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A Giveaway

Holly Bush 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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Follow the Tour

January 7: Christine Young
January 7: Romance Novel Giveaways
January 8: Edgar’s Books
January 8: Mythical Books
January 9: Locks, Hooks and Books – review
January 9: Hearts and Scribbles
January 10: Readeropolis
January 10: Books,Dreams,Life
January 11: The Avid Reader
January 11: Sharing Links and Wisdom

January 14: All the Ups and Downs
January 14: Two Ends of the Pen
January 15: Nickie’s Views and Interviews
January 15: Rachel Brimble Romance
January 16: Wake Up Your Wild Side
January 16: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
January 17: Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books!
January 17: Punya Reviews…
January 18: Joanne Guidoccio
January 18: Jazzy Book Reviews

January 21: Hope. Dreams. Life.. Love
January 21: Kimmi Love
January 22: Buried Under Romance – review
January 23: Enchanting Reviews
January 23: Iron Canuck – review
January 24: Harlie’s Books
January 24: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’
January 25: Mixed Book Bag
January 25: Independent Authors

January 28: Travel the Ages
January 28: Beyond Romance
January 28: A Writer’s Life
January 29: Fabulous and Brunette
January 29: It’s Raining Books
January 30: A Chick Who Reads
January 30: Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess
January 31: Author C.A.Milson
January 31: This and That Book Blog
February 1: Long and Short Reviews
February 1: Sapphyria’s Books

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It’s been my pleasure hosting this stop on Holly’s tour. Please come back again tomorrow for another author, book, and giveaway. Then, stop by on Friday for my new Friday Friends feature.

Nancy

Posted in Historical Romance | 7 Comments

Two Weeks In

Well here we are. Two weeks into a new year and what have we accomplished? Or, more importantly, which of our many new year’s resolutions are still alive and well?

I quite honestly didn’t make any “personal” resolutions (e.g., lose weight, work out, give up chocolate) because I know from experience, I won’t keep them. At least not to the extent I would like.

I did make a few “professional” resolutions, which I’m calling GOALS, such as:

  1. Become more social media savvy. It’s fine to maintain a website and a blog and even have Pinterest page, but if you’re not out there promoting these items then they’re of no use.
  2. Learn about new avenues I’ve shied away from in the past. Bookbub, for instance, scares the crap out of me. I have no clue how or why it works. All I know is everyone uses it (except me).
  3. Set more realistic deadlines for my own writing. I’m guilty of “assuming” I can meet a certain deadline. What I find is that rush deadlines hamstring me and stifle my creative process. So, this year, I’m doubling the time I assume it will take for a project. Then, if I’m done early, I can reward myself in some small way.
  4. Stop volunteering for things that don’t really pique my interest. Know when to say “no”.
  5. Finally, catch up on past due Amazon reviews. I’m great at writing them for my blog but horrible at transferring the review over to Amazon, B&N, etc.

So far, so good.

What are your goals? As a writer? A reader?

I look forward to sharing more about my books, along with those authors and books that I host throughout the year.

Come back and visit soon!

Nancy

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Friday Friends ~ Joe DeBari

Welcome to the very first edition of my new feature, Friday Friends. My guest is author Joe DiBari. Today we’ll be featuring his newest release, Beyond Centerfield. A fantasy, time travel, sports romance all bundled in one great package!

About the Book

Joe Able is no freak. He’s a damn good athlete that uses his mind to make up for his physical shortcomings. Joe is competitive, but he parties a little too much. Able loves the ladies. He lives to satisfy them. He’s a streetwise, charismatic high school teacher that grew up and still works in New York.

One evening he got drunk, as many teachers do on the brink of their summer vacation. He gets roped into playing a video game in a neighborhood bar just as the establishment is about to close. He loses the game and wakes up in a weird hotel room.

The sounds, smells and sights tell him he’s not home anymore. He must quickly adjust to his new world. In this new/old time, he’s the shortstop for the nineteenth century Philadelphia Quakers. Joe gets along pretty well and is comfortable in his new skin. He adapts easily to his new star persona. It’s not difficult since he’s played college and pro-ball. But then he meets her and Joe’s journey really begins.

Available exclusively from Amazon

Read an Excerpt

I woke up drunk again. The carousel of my dizziness seemed eerily different this time. Both my hands really fucking hurt. The weird squeaking of the bed was a little unsettling.

Jägermeister, never again.  People always say that when in this situation. Hung over, still drunk. Never again, until the next time.

Where am I? This isn’t even my bedroom.

What’s with these clothes?

It smells like mothballs in here.

I stumbled to the mirror, brushed the hair away from my eyes and had a surrealistic awakening. At first, I thought it was an absurd picture of Joseph Stalin with the thick black hair and big handlebar mustache, but when I twitched, I realized that the guy in the mirror was me. I had very calm brown eyes, a little bloodshot, but made they me feel comfortable. I had a straight, symmetric, thin nose that was obviously protected during fisticuffs. I noted an oblong face with an angular chin. My eyebrows were thick but not bushy.

I checked my cell phone and it read no service. It was fully charged but alas, no bars. I took a selfie for posterity. I tried to recall the course of events from the previous night. I sort of remember taking a cab home after losing a video game and buying drinks. Way too many drinks.

What was that clippity-clop from outside? I peeled away the heavy red velvet curtains that appeared as if someone had stolen them from a Nevada brothel. A horse and carriage, what were they doing in the Bronx? I don’t live anywhere near Central Park.

The gray buildings were all so small. The streets were paved in cobblestone and festooned with black iron gaslights. The silence was broken by three distinct loud bangs on the door.

“Smokey, you alive?” came a voice in an Irish accent. It was very confusing, since my name is Joe.

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About the Author

Joe began writing at a young age. He was constantly told he could not do it. He was first published in an Anthology for Teachers in the late 80’s. He started to write greeting cards for family and friends. Under their encouragement, he submitted poems to various magazines. Joe has been published in a variety of periodicals. The first book of “The Beyond” series has been very successful. His books inform, entertain and tease. In the words of Hope Elizabeth Fidi, “I shall never disappoint.”

Joe’s Website | Facebook | Twitter

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It was a pleasure hosting Joe as this Friday’s guest author. Please come back again every Friday for more books from my wonderful friends!

Nancy

Posted in Fantasy, Sports Romance, Time Travel Romance | 5 Comments

GUNFIGHT AT THE OLD LEAKE CANAL by GB Hope

GENRE: YA, sci-fi, thriller, apocalyptic, conspiracy theory
Amazon

About the Book

In Liverpool, England, 18-year-old student and Freerunner, Bodie, survives an assassination attempt and flees for his life. His only thought is to secure the safety of girlfriend, Lily, and reach his journalist cousin, Anthony.

Bodie has stumbled into a diabolical plot from the world’s governments to end terrorism, famine and global warming in one swift swoop. So begins a race for survival, joined by a variety of other characters, moving from one set piece to the next, as the world that everyone knows is about to change forever.

Read an Excerpt

He didn’t have to wait long. But, instead of one or two marked police cars rushing to detain someone who had reported a murder, he was treated to the worrying spectacle of three black Range Rovers, with blacked-out windows, arriving at speed and whizzing up the ramp into the car-park. Very sinister indeed.

He got into the Beetle and drove off. Soon, he noticed that his bimbo manager had left the car with almost no fuel, so he pulled into the first petrol station that he saw. He filled up, before going in to pay with his Visa card. He also bought a packet of cheese and onion crisps, which he proceeded to eat, while he used the outside cash machine. Moving towards the Beetle, he suddenly heard the sound of the helicopter again, seemingly immediately overhead. Quickly, he grabbed the gun and ammunition from the glove compartment and bolted away. If he had driven out, he just knew they would have been straight onto him. Instead, he ran through the garage car wash, skipped a low wall, and was away across wasteland.

About the Author

GB Hope is the author of 11 novels of various genres. He lives in Manchester with his Indonesian wife and their two boys.

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A Giveaway

GB Hope will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

December 31: Mythical Books
December 31: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’
January 1: Rogue’s Angels
January 1: Author C.A.Milson
January 2: Books in the Hall
January 2: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
January 3: Edgar’s Books
January 3: BooksChatter
January 4: Fabulous and Brunette
January 4: Musings From An Addicted Reader

January 7: Our Families Adventure
January 7: It’s Raining Books
January 8: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
January 8: Jazzy Book Reviews
January 9: Sharing Links and Wisdom
January 9: Harlie’s Books
January 10: All the Ups and Downs
January 10: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
January 11: The Reading Addict
January 11: Lindy In Paradise

January 14: Let Me tell You a Story
January 14: Kimmi Love
January 15: Mixed Book Bag
January 15: The Avid Reader
January 16: Welcome to My World of Dreams
January 16: Reviews by Crystal
January 17: Deal Sharing Aunt
January 17: Novels at Night
January 18: T’s Stuff
January 18: Sapphyria’s Books

January 21: Readeropolis
January 21: Straight From the Library
January 22: Kit ‘N Kabookle
January 22: Independent Authors
January 23: Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books!
January 23: The Pen and Muse Book Reviews
January 24: Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog
January 24: Author Deborah A Bailey
January 25: Bookaholic
January 25: Long and Short Reviews

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It’s been my pleasure hosting this stop on GB Hope’s tour.

Please come back again tomorrow for my new feature, Friday Friends, and then again next week for more authors, books, and giveaways through Goddess Fish Promotions!

Nancy

Posted in Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thriller, Young Adult | 6 Comments

PICTURE NOT PERFECT by D. E. Haggerty

GENRE: Romantic Suspense
SERIES: The Not-so-Reluctant Detectives (Book 2)
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This book releases Jan. 21st, 2019. Currently up for pre-order at just 99¢!

About the Book

A picture tells a story. But is it the truth?

When the police find pictures of Melanie hanging up at her murdered colleague’s house, they’re convinced he was stalking her. Maybe she even killed him. Melanie was not being stalked! And she certainly didn’t kill her supposed stalker – as if. But Mel – always up for a bit of drama – jumps at the chance to go search for the real killer. When Mel’s ex-boyfriend, Owen, discovers her plans, he pulls out all the stops to ensure she’s safe and to win her back. No matter what happens with the murder investigation, he’s not letting her go. With the police setting their sights on Mel, he may need to jeopardize his own career on the police force to protect her.

Will Mel find the real killer before the detectives arrest her for murder?

Read an Excerpt

Melanie opened the driver’s door and slipped into her car. She watched in the rearview mirror as Pru climbed into the back seat. The woman who was almost always wearing flowery clothes was now dressed from top to toe in black. Black tights, black long-sleeved t-shirt, and black knit cap.

“What’s with the knit cap? It’s like 60 degrees out. You’re not sick, are you?” Mel didn’t fancy sitting in a car with someone coughing the entire time.

Pru adjusted her cap to ensure her curly red locks were completely covered. “I thought we were doing a stakeout? I didn’t want my hair to give us away.” She held up the bags she’d brought. “I brought snacks and everything.”

“What kind of snacks?”

Before Pru could answer Mel’s question, Terri butted in. “We’re not doing a stakeout!”

Mel ignored Terri. Of course, they were doing a stakeout. She turned back to Pru. “Seriously, what did you bring? Anything good?”

Terri interrupted her again, “Why are we doing this?”

Mel grunted and turned around and started the car. They fell into silence as they drove the ten minutes to the address Ryder had provided.

Pru handed cups of coffee to Terri and Melanie. “Here. What do we do now?”

Mel took a sip of her coffee before answering, “We wait for something to happen.”

“Like what?”

Mel had no answer. She wasn’t exactly an expert on stakeouts. The previous and only other stakeout she’d been on ended quickly when the bad guys tried to ram their car into hers.

“How do you deal with potty breaks? I’ve got a bladder the size of a pea.”

Terri snickered next to her. “I’m sure we can find a bush for you to squat behind.”

“They never get into these details in books,” Pru grumbled before putting her coffee back into the drink tray without taking a sip.

My Review

A great mix of cozy mystery and humor. Throw in an ex-boyfriend for romance and you’ve got an enticing combination.

The heroine is fearless, bordering on a bit reckless at times, which made me like her all the more.

There were just enough red herrings to keep the plot interesting without bogging it down. If you’re a fan of cozy mystery/romantic suspense, you’ll enjoy the nice woven plot.

After reading this book, I went back and purchased the first book in the series, Finders Not Keepers. And was just as entertained. Both books function perfectly as stand-alones despite being part of an intended series.

About the Author

I grew up reading everything I could get my grubby hands on, from my mom’s Harlequin romances, to Nancy Drew, to Little Women. When I wasn’t flipping pages in a library book, I was penning horrendous poems, writing songs no one should ever sing, or drafting stories which have thankfully been destroyed. College and a stint in the U.S. Army came along, robbing me of free time to write and read, although on the odd occasion I did manage to sneak a book into my rucksack between rolled up socks, MRIs, t-shirts, and cold weather gear. After surviving the army experience, I went back to school and got my law degree. I jumped ship and joined the hubby in the Netherlands before the graduation ceremony could even begin. A few years into my legal career, I was exhausted, fed up, and just plain done. I quit my job and sat down to write a manuscript, which I promptly hid in the attic before returning to the law. But practicing law really wasn’t my thing, so I quit (again!) and went off to Germany to start a B&B. Turns out running a B&B wasn’t my thing either. I polished off that manuscript languishing in the attic before following the husband to Istanbul where I decided to give the whole writer-thing a go. But ten years was too many to stay away from my adopted home. I packed up again and moved to The Hague where, in between tennis matches and failing to save the world, I’m currently working on my next book. I hope I’ll always be working on my next book.

Picture Not Perfect is my fourteenth novel.

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A Giveaway

The author will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

1: All the ups and Downs
2: Beyond Romance
3: BOOKISH REVIEWS
4: BooksChatter
5: Rogues Angels
6: FUONLYKNEW
7: Harlie’s Books REVIEW
8: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
9: Independent Authors
10: Iron Canuck
11: It’s Raining Books
12: Jazzy Book Reviews
13: Jersey Girl Book Reviews REVIEW
14: Kimmi Love
15: Linda Nightingale…Musings
16: Locks, Hooks and Books
17: Long and Short Reviews
18: Mixed Book Bag
19: Mythical Books
20: Nickie’s Views and Interviews
21: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart REVIEW
22: Readeropolis
23: Romance Novel Giveaways
24: Sapphyria’s Books
25: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’
26: Straight From the Library
27: T’s Stuff
28: The Avid Reader
29: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart
30: Two Ends of the Pen
31: Wake Up Your Wild Side
32: Welcome to My World of Dreams
33: Wendi zwaduk – romance to make your heart race
34: Andi’s Book Reviews

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It’s been my pleasure hosting this stop on D.E. Haggerty’s tour. Please come back again on Thursday for another author, book, and giveaway. Also, return on Friday for the premier of my new Friday Friends feature.

Nancy

Posted in Contemporary Romance, Cozy Mystery, Part of a Series, Romantic Suspense | 3 Comments

SCARRED by Mia Kerick

GENRE: LGBTQ Contemporary Romance
Purchase from NineStarPress

About the Book

ONE tropical island.
Placida Island’s gentle ocean breezes and rolling surf beckon to those who wish to reside in remote tropical serenity.

TWO men living in self-imposed exile.
Wearing twisted ropes of mutilated skin on his back and carrying devastating damage in his soul from severe childhood abuse, Matthew North lives alone in a rustic cabin on the shore, avoiding human contact.

Gender fluidity his perceived “crime” against family and friends, Vedie Wilson flees his childhood home so he can freely express his identity.

THREE persecutors seeking their warped view of justice.
Vedie’s past refuses to stay in the faraway city he left behind when family members, intent on forcing him to change, steal him from his island home.

TOO MANY scars to count.
Their beautiful faces masking deeply scarred souls, Matt and Vedie live in hiding from the world and each other.

Can they unite and embrace each other’s painful pasts, leaving the scars behind to find love?

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Matt

“Look, Vedie, I know you think I took advantage of you that day, but it wasn’t…it isn’t like that.” Before he can say anything, I add, “I’ve been alone for a long time now, and I just don’t think this old dog can learn new tricks.”

“You mean you’ve been playing the field forever, and you don’t know if you can be true to one person?” He doesn’t hold back on the sarcasm.

“That’s not it at all.” Although he’s challenging me, he’s still relaxed and is somehow melting into the arm of the sofa. I’m feeling something with him I can honestly say I’ve never experienced with any man before: I’m not afraid. He doesn’t make me want to run and hide. So I give him a little truth. “I’ve never had an actual romantic relationship.”

“Never? But you’re so hot!” His eyes widen, and in an instant, his cynicism is gone.

I smile when I’d normally scowl. “Maybe I’m hot, but I’m also…different. I’m sure you’ve noticed I have some quirks.”

“I’ve got a couple quirks too, and I’m damn sure you haven’t missed them.” He points to his pink headband and winks.

I grin, and he returns it. With no makeup, Vedie looks fresh and young—with a wholesome sort of beauty that appeals to me in a different way than the spirited boyish Vedie or the sexy-lady Vedie. He shifts his weight and molds his body to mine.

And I stay.

Pressed against my chest, he makes me feel strong and brave. And within a few minutes, he’s sleeping on my shoulder, his breathing effortless and steady, which seems to prove his trust in a manner more convincing than words. I shake my head a couple times before leaning back, kick my feet up onto the coffee table, and drop my arm around his shoulder.

All of this sweet, heartfelt pleasure is completely new to me. Here I sit, enjoying it so thoroughly—not to mention feeling like something of an imposter.  I’m basking in the warm glow of trust I don’t deserve.

This is when I come to a shocking realization: I’m looking forward to waking up tomorrow morning. There’s nothing I want right now that I don’t have. I’m attracted to the person beside me, but not afraid, and my mind hasn’t separated from my body. I haven’t floated to the ceiling where I can observe our interaction from a safe distance. I’m not lonely. I feel like a man, not a boy.

At this very moment, I might even be…happy.

About the Author

Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—one in law school, another a professional dancer, a third studying at Mia’s alma mater, Boston College, and the baby finally off to college. (Yes, the nest is empty.) She publishes LGBTQ fiction and romance when not editing National Honor Society essays, offering opinions on college and law school applications, helping to create dance bios, and reviewing English papers. Her husband of twenty-five years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about this, as it is a sensitive subject.

Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of young people who are challenged by the circumstances of their lives and relationships. She has a great affinity for the tortured hero in literature, and as a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with tales of tortured heroes and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She has NineStar Press to thank for providing an alternate place to stash her stories.

Her books have been featured in Kirkus Reviews magazine and have won Rainbow Awards for Best Transgender Contemporary Romance and Best YA Lesbian Fiction, a Reader Views’ Book by Book Publicity Literary Award, the Jack Eadon Award for Best Book in Contemporary Drama, an Indie Fab Award, a First Place Royal Dragonfly Award for Cultural Diversity, a First Place Story Monsters Purple Dragonfly Award for YA Fiction, among others.

Mia Kerick is a social liberal and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of human rights. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.

Mia’s Website | Facebook | Twitter

A Giveaway

Mia Kerick will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

December 31: Romance Novel Giveaways
January 1: Mythical Books
January 2: Edgar’s Books
January 3: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
January 4: The Reading Addict
January 4: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

January 7: Sharing Links and Wisdom
January 7: Fabulous and Brunette
January 8: BooksChatter
January 9: T’s Stuff
January 10: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’
January 11: Readeropolis
January 11: Long and Short Reviews

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Mia for this stop on her tour.

Please come back again next week for more books, authors, and givaways!

Nancy

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Welcome 2019 !!!

I’m looking forward to a wonderful year in 2019! I have plans for a number of new books, with four already scheduled for release.

Here are the winners for my holiday blog giveaway:

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I will be sending out congratulatory emails on Wednesday when I get back to my office.

On Thursday, January 3rd, I will resume my blogging schedule for Goddess Fish Promotions and beginning on Friday, January 11th, Notes From a Romantic’s Heart will start a new feature, “Friday Friends”.

Enjoy your holiday. Wishing everyone health, wealth, and happiness in the new year.

Nancy

 

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THE STORM WITHIN by Cerian Hebert *Review*

GENRE:   Contemporary Romance/Paranormal
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About the Book

Healed from her own loss, Juliana Hopkins wants nothing more than to mend reclusive artist Aidan Byrne’s heart, and help close a chapter in his life that has haunted him for over twenty years. Risking their newfound love, Juliana is determined to release the ghosts he can’t let go.

Aidan has been in love with Juliana since the first moment he saw her, but if she can’t leave the tragedies of his past alone, he won’t be able to make a life with her.

She offers him a love he never dared to want, but loving her could rip open all the old wounds he’d never been able to heal.

Read an Excerpt

Besides the sound of the antique pendulum wall clock, the house was silent. Aidan sat on the sofa, fully dressed right down to his boots. He avoided meeting her gaze. She could see a storm brewing, from the way he stared at the floor, and the downturn of his lips, the tightness in his jaw.

As if he held on, by only a hair, to anger.

“You okay?” She wanted to go to him, but instinct kept her glued to her spot. Whatever stewed within him, she had a feeling it involved her. Her heart thudded in her chest. Whatever they’d discovered over the last few days she had the feeling was about to end.

Finally, he glanced up.

She wished he hadn’t. His blue eyes blazed with fury.

“You want to tell me what the hell you’re doing?” he demanded, his voice harsh with restrained anger.

It only took a quick glance at her desk to know exactly what he was referring to. The notes she’d taken about Rosemont Home sat next to her keyboard, where she’d left them.

She thought about playing dumb, telling him she had no clue what he meant, but he’d see right through it, and he didn’t deserve her lying to him about it.

She lifted her chin. Her lips trembled as she studied the anger on his face. Anger, like an immense, impenetrable wall.

“Why are you looking up information on Rosemont?” he asked, his tone stony.

Juliana grasped for the words to explain. “I thought maybe I could, um, find something out about your brother and sister.” How lame.       Like he didn’t believe he knew everything there was to know.

My Review

The Storm Within is the 11th book in the Soul Mate Tree series. It is also the least paranormal of the series. Which was fine by me since the story itself was so compelling.

If you’ve ever lost someone close to you in a tragic way, you can understand the heroine’s heartbreak. A “visit” from her late husband’s ghost at the Soul Mate Tree encourages her to move on with her life.

Aiden, the hero, has a past he’d prefer to leave buried. Once Julianna and Aiden embark on a romance, he comes to believe that happiness may be within his grasp. Julianna intends to make that happen by healing his past wounds.

Their road to a happy-ever-after takes a twist when Julianna uncovers the secrets from Aiden’s past. However, through love … well, let’s not give too much away.

This heartfelt contemporary romance is sure to be a hit with any reader who believes in second chances. Highly recommended!

About the Author

Originally from Minnesota, Cerian is currently settled in southwestern New Hampshire with her husband and two of her four children plus a dog, cat and two geckos. She’s known she wanted to write since she was twelve, and between mucking stalls in New York and booking cruises in Maine, she’s been filling notebooks and flash drives with her stories in pursuit of her dreams.

Currently she has 10 published books (No Going Back, Where One Road Leads, The Staying Kind, Going Going Gone, and The Storm Within from Soul Mate Publishing, and The Better Man, Do Overs, Finally Home, Light The Way Home, and That Kind of Magic self-published at Amazon). She’s looking forward to adding to this list.

Cerian is a PAN member of RWA, Contemporary Romance Writers and New Hampshire Romance Writers of America.

Cerian’s Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Goodreads

A Giveaway

Cerian Hebert will be awarding a $10 Amazon GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

December 3: The Reading Addict
December 3: Sharing Links and Wisdom
December 3: Bookaholic
December 3: Andi’s Book Reviews
December 3: T’s Stuff

December 10: Locks, Hooks and Books
December 10: Sue’s Romance Reviews
December 10: Archaeolibrarian – we dig good books!

December 17: Fabulous and Brunette
December 17: Kit ‘N Kabookle
December 17: Writing is my Oxygen
December 17: Enchanting Reviews

December 31: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart

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It has been my pleasure hosting Cerian for this final stop on her month-long tour. Please feel free to go back to the previous posts for more information about the author and the book and to see what others are saying about this great read!

You are also welcome to back-track on my site for open giveaways and review my personal holiday posts.

Notes From a Romantic’s Heart will be back in the new year with more authors, books, and giveaways. See you soon!

Nancy

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