Between Midnight and Dawn by Cheryl Yeko

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Notes From a Romantic’s Heart is pleased to welcome author Cheryl Yeko on this opening leg of her tour for her new romantic suspense, Between Midnight and Dawn, from Soul Mate Publishing.

About the Book:

midnight and dawn _coverNicole Chambers’ track record with men is bad. Very bad. She’s sworn off dating for the foreseeable future. Recovering from an assault by the last man she’d only casually dated, Nicole is attacked again in her rural home. If not for the hot guy who showed up about her rental cottage, she would have been dead for sure.

Her self-imposed sabbatical is soon tested when he moves into her backyard.

Kyle’s mother was kidnapped and murdered when he was just a kid. Filled with rage and a determination to hunt down the man who became known as the Clove Hitch Killer, he goes into law enforcement. When his efforts lead him to Nicole Chambers, he falls for her completely.

Now he’s torn between keeping her safe, or using her as bait to capture a killer.

Available on Amazon

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Enjoy an Excerpt:

Nicole paced nervously, waiting for Kyle to return. She’d thrown on her workout clothes; a black pair of Capris, a long purple T-shirt with large cut-out armholes, and a black sports bra that peeked out from underneath. She was covered practically from head to foot, so why did she get so nervous thinking about Kyle seeing her in the outfit?

Because he’ll be touching me, that’s why. And though not as daring as what a lot of the women wore at the club, it still showed far more skin than Nicole was used to, except when she was working out. Did this qualify?

This is a bad idea.

Her doorbell rang out.

She took a steadying breath. Too late to back out.

When she opened the door and Kyle saw her, his eyes lit with a smoldering fire. But all he said was, “Ready?” as he moved past her, greeting her dog, “Hey, Charlie.

Taking a moment to close the door, and calm her jittery nerves, she turned back to him.

The desire she’d so clearly recognized in his heated stare, had lessened to a more neutral expression.

He nodded toward the living room, where she’d pushed the furniture out of the way, clearing a large spot in the middle. “You should have waited for me to help.”

Nicole rolled her eyes. “Please. I do vacuum, you know. The furniture doesn’t move itself.”

A slightly crooked smile curved Kyle’s lips as Charlie headed over to his dog bed for a nap. “Suppose not.”

Her stomach fluttered. He was too damn charming for his own good. How in the hell was she supposed to resist him? No men rule, remember. Gah! What a dumb rule. What had she been thinking?

Maybe that your taste in men is crap, and you needed a good long break after the last guy you dated almost killed you.

Oh, yeah. That was it.

Kyle moved to the center of the room, looking all too fine in a pair of tight jeans that hugged his ass. He waved her over with two crooked fingers. Her cheeks flamed, hoping he hadn’t caught her checking him out. But by the smirk on his face, she figured he had.

“Now,” he said as she approached, his tone shifting to all business. “If someone tries to grab you, whatcha gonna do?”

“Um. Run away?”

He nodded. “That might work. But, let’s say he manages to get ahold of you. What then?”

She licked her dry lips, nerves rolling around in her stomach. “Is this a trick question?”

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My Review:

As with her previous books, author Cheryl Yeko weaves a wonderfully tangled web of suspense, effectively keeping the reader on the edge of their seats.

The chemistry between the hero and heroine is electric. And, despite his duty to his mother’s memory, you just know the hero is going to do whatever it takes to protect the heroine.

Not that she’s a shrinking violet. The author writes both hero and heroine as strong and capable characters, well deserving of a happy ending. This book definitely belongs on your keeper shelf.

About the Author:

CherylMy writing career began in 2011, when my wonderful husband bought me a Kindle for Christmas and changed my world. I started reading romance novels, and fell in love with them. I decided to try writing one myself. I disappeared into my room over a long Wisconsin winter and wrote my debut novel, Protecting Rose. I sent my baby out to three publishing houses and was delighted to receive two offers. I quickly accepted with Soul Mate Publishing. Protecting Rose went on to win the 2012 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence in the romantic suspense category. Well, I was hooked.

Today, I’m a multi-published, award-winning author, and live in Wisconsin with my husband Patrick. I love to read, play piano, and spend time with family and friends. I enjoy novels with fast-paced action and steamy romance, protective alpha men and strong heroines. I belong to several writing groups, including Romance Writers of America (RWA) and Sisters In Crime.

In 2013, I came aboard Soul Mate Publishing as an acquiring editor and have over fifty edited novels under my belt. I can also be found under the pen name of CiCi Cordelia, with my writing partner and BFF, Char Chaffin.

You can find Cheryl hereWebsite   Facebook   Twitter   Goodreads

Watch the Book Trailer here!

A Giveaway:

Cheryl Yeko 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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Tour Stops:

Sign-TourThis is the first stop in Cheryl’s review tour, but definitely not the last. Please plan to stop by the different sites over the course of the next couple of weeks and claim your extra entries for the draw.

September 29: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
October 6Liz Gavin’s Blog
October 13EskieMama Reads
October 13Behind Closed Doors Book Review
October 20Harlie’s Books
October 20Books,Dreams,Life

It’s been a pleasure having Cheryl visit today. Please come back for our regular features as well as even more tours through Goddess Fish Promotions.

Nancy

 

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In the Line of Duty by Carolyn Arnold

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I am pleased to welcome author Carolyn Arnold for this stop on her current blog tour for In the Line of Duty, part of the author’s Detective Madison Knight series. Please join me in welcoming Carolyn to Notes From a Romantic’s Heart.

About the Book:

mediakit_bookcover_inthelineofdutyHer fellow officer has made the ultimate sacrifice, and Detective Madison Knight may have to lay it all on the line to bring his killer to justice. But with leads pointing in several directions, she has to narrow them down—and quickly—if she’s going to solve the case before anyone else gets hurt, including herself.

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He devoted his life to seeking justice. But would she get any for him?

It was an ordinary day for police officer Barry Weir. It was the end of shift, he was tired, and he just wanted to get home to his wife and kids. But someone had other plans for him—shooting him down and forcing him to make the ultimate sacrifice.

When news of Weir’s murder reaches the precinct, it leaves Detective Madison Knight and every cop in the Stiles PD itching for revenge. It cuts Madison’s boyfriend, colleague, and Weir’s childhood friend, Troy Matthews, deepest of all, driving him away from everyone he loves, just when they need one another the most.

With evidence pointing to a gang-related drive-by, Madison and her team investigate the town’s seedy underbelly in search of justice for their fallen brother. But the deeper they dig, the more convoluted the case becomes. Now they need to figure out if this was a random shooting as part of a gang initiation, a straight-up hate crime, or a targeted kill. But with the Stiles PD under attack, they have to do it fast…before more people pay with their lives.

An Excerpt:

“Was he hit with the first round?” a detective from Gangs asked. Madison was drawing a blank on his name right now.

“Too early to say.” Winston looked at the detective who had asked the question, who sat with other members of the gangs unit, and he also glanced at members from Guns & Drugs. He spoke to both units when he said, “I want you to reach out to your informants—see if we can find out who’s behind the shooting. If this was the work of a gang, someone out there is bragging about it.”

The thought cinched Madison’s gut tighter. Bragging about taking a life… Awful…

“Members of SWAT, you’ll also be serving in an investigative capacity, unless you are called in for SWAT services. I want you reviewing all of Weir’s reports from his final shift to see if the shooting could tie into anything there. Be sure to review his notepad for what might not have made it into the laptop in his black-and-white. If you haven’t found anything of interest there, go further back with an eye for people who might have gang affiliations or a strong reason to target Weir.”

Troy nodded and so did the other men from his team.

“Officers are already canvassing the area, knocking on residential doors,” Winston went on. “Knight and Grant, I want you speaking to the eyewitness from Rico’s and talking to the manager at the Bean Counter across the street. Stanford and Sovereign will take the managers from the other two businesses at that intersection. Officers are already in position to talk to their customers from the time of the shooting, and a tip line will be set up and an appeal made through the media for anyone else who might have seen something.”

Winston had so much to relay he hardly had time to come up for air. “Also, as you likely know, it is proper etiquette to wear a black mourning band when an officer dies.” He paused as his gaze traced the room, stopping briefly on those who were already wearing them. He bobbed his head in Madison’s direction when he noticed hers, Terry’s, and Troy’s. “If you don’t have one, come up here and get one before you leave this room.”

He paused a few seconds, his jaw clenched as if fighting back emotion. He cleared his throat. “We’ve seen this sort of violence going on all around us—police officers shot down in the line of duty, lured out and assaulted, not to mention the rampant disrespect and seeming random acts of violence. Now it’s touched our city. But we will not hide from it.” Winston’s voice echoed through the room, his timbre deep and steadfast, and growing more confident. The energy of the officers began to ramp up, and a tempest was brewing inside Madison. “We will not shrink away in fear. We’ll rise up—higher than before—and we’ll fight back. We’ll claim our city and make it clear that any level of disrespect or violence against an officer of the law carries the heaviest penalty. We run toward the gunfire, not away. We stand united and unmovable. We become their worst nightmare!”

Everyone applauded, including Madison. Not only was Winston’s speech getting her geared up to take down Barry’s killer, but hearing her boss speak like that shed a new light on his character. Maybe he wasn’t as bad as he sometimes seemed… And they really were in the search for justice together, even though at times it felt like they played for different sides. He had an old-school mentality that led to the belief that the best cops were men. She was practically a women’s libber in his eyes.

Winston wasn’t done yet, though. “Our first priority right now is finding out who killed Officer Weir, and all overtime to that end is approved.” He cleared his throat again. “On another note, a memo is going out to all officers—even civilians working for us in administrative roles—that, effective immediately, everyone must ensure that any evidence of working with the Stiles PD is removed from any personal belongings. Strip anything and everything that will tie you to the Stiles PD during off-hours. Don’t wear logoed shirts or pants when you take your morning jog. Don’t leave printed gym bags in your car. Take down your parking pass for the station lot from your rearview mirrors. We will also wear our vests whenever we are on shift. This is not a response of fear, but one of power, one of precaution. Until we know exactly what prompted the shooting this morning, we treat this situation as if we are at war.”

Madison’s heart was beating fast, renewed with fiery zeal. A war had started. Only it wasn’t nation against nation. It was on American soil being waged among Americans. It was the red-blooded against the blue-blooded.

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In the Line of Duty is available from Amazon  B&N  iBooks  Kobo  Google Play

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My Review:

Each of the Madison Knight books work well as stand-alone novels. And, like its predecessors, In the Line of Duty lays out the cold, hard realization of life on the blue line. And, unfortunately echoes an all-too-real event in today’s world … the death of a fellow officer.

While I admire the tenacity with which the officers, especially the heroine, pursued the killer, I found the lack of empathy a bit unsettling at times. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed the character development of the heroine as she works her way through a failed relationship. It brought a new depth to the book.

Author Carolyn Arnold does a wonderful job portraying what it’s like to be out there in the real world as a police officer on a day-to-day basis. Her facts are accurate and the book is well written. For fans of police procedurals, this book certainly delivers.

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About the Author:

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international best-selling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada.

Connect With Carolyn:  Website  Facebook   Twitter  Newsletter

A Giveaway:

Carolyn will be awarding a Paperback of Deadly Impulse US, Canada and UK Only ($25.00 USD PayPal International) to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Tour Stops:

Sign-TourThis is a four-week review tour but even if you’ve missed a few of the earlier stops it isn’t too late to go back and enter to win the fabulous prize!

September 14: Lilac Reviews
September 14: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’
September 21: The Reading Addict
September 21: Harps Romance Book Review
September 28: Red Wine and Books
September 28: Sharing Links and Wisdom
September 28: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
October 5jbiggarblog
October 5Queen of All She Reads
October 5Hope. Dreams. Life… Love

It was a pleasure hosting Carolyn Arnold today. Please come back again for the regular features on this blog as well as future tour promotions. Until next time, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.

Nancy

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Victoria at Sea by M. Kate Quinn

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We are pleased to welcome author M. Kate Quinn for this stop on her current blog tour for Victoria at Sea. Please join me in welcoming our guest to Notes From a Romantic’s Heart.

About the Book:

mediakit_bookcover_victoriaatseaWhy has no place in what the heart knows for sure.

On the eve of their wedding Victoria Gliden and fiancé Owen Walker call it quits. He accuses her of not being able to get over her deadbeat father’s vanishing act when she was a child and she and her cold feet run and don’t look back.

An interior designer, Victoria, has an important meeting on Cancun that could garner her a promotion and the plan was to incorporate her presentation with the honeymoon cruise that’s journeying to the island. Since she’s sure Owen is on his way to Portland to escape the aftermath of their ruined wedding, Victoria takes the honeymoon cruise anyway. Only Owen has the same idea and they’re stuck with each other for six days, five nights.

Tony Gliden, Victoria’s father, dies in a freak accident and is sent back to earth disguised as a crotchety old man with the mission to convince his daughter to believe in love. So, he, too boards the ship.

At sea, destiny takes a detour when Victoria befriends the quirky old man with kind eyes and together they join forces with a quartet of unabashed women in their fifties who drink pink martinis and flirt with the wait staff but are wiser than they look. While trying to dodge Owen, Victoria’s new acquaintances help her face old wounds and confront new fears.

Most of all, Victoria and Owen both realize it all boils down to one word—why?

By journey’s end will two broken hearts get their answer?

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An Excerpt:

Two figures, a scrawny-assed man and a brittle-looking woman, sat opposite him at a sleek table, the surface a slab of marble. “Who the hell are you?” Tony’s voice pinged foreign to his ears, distant, echoic.

The man’s lanky arms were knobby like twigs, attached to narrow shoulders, but he sat with the authority of a doctor, his pale hands tented on the marble. His face, sunken-eyed, was somber like he was about to lower the boom to a patient. Tony pushed himself forward and stared the guy down.

“Buddy, uh, care to answer me?”

When no response came from the guy, Tony pulled his eyes over to the woman. Her gray hair was long and silky. Young hair. The healthy mane looked odd on a broad who obviously had a few miles on her with skin like tree bark. She had a clipboard in her bony grasp, her knuckles like rocks under taut sallow skin.

“Either one of you going to speak?” The sarcasm felt good, sharp like a seed of jalapeno on his tongue. “Yoo-hoo.” He looked from one to the other as they sat there like mannequins. “And, what’s with those sweaters?”

sweater-2They both sported white crewneck sweaters with a red “H” emblazoned mid chest like some kind of uniform. Tony’s gaze slid down to his own garments expecting to see the same indigo jeans and blue striped shirt he’d put on this morning. Instead, he was in a black suit that even he, no expert at such things, knew was a piece of crap. He wore no shoes and one big toe poked through a hole in a navy blue sock. He wouldn’t be caught dead in the getup.

“What the hell?” His words boomeranged off the white walls like a crack of thunder. “How’d I get in this pile of rags and what the hell am I doing here?”

The man at the desk pinned Tony with an onyx stare and screwed his lips into a knot.

“Are you always this grumpy?” The man’s voice was gravelly, like his vocal chords were rusted. His head bobbled like a dashboard toy.

The woman looked up from her clipboard and fixed her cloudy gray eyes on Tony, as well. He felt like a goldfish in a bowl on a shelf. The broad wagged a gnarled accusatory finger. “Come on,” she coaxed in a voice that sounded like she was under water. “Give us a smile.”

A familiar zing raced through Tony, the first sign of life amidst the fog in his brain. He didn’t like being chastised and he didn’t like these two clowns dressed like orderlies, or better yet, soda jerks.

He jolted up from the chair like it was electric and somebody pushed the “on” button. “Grumpy, huh? Tell you what, pal. You ain’t seen grumpy. And, unless you tell me the truth about why the hell I’m here, you’re going to get yourselves a good dose of Tony Gliden losing it. So, one last time, what am I doing here?”

“Tony,” the woman’s voice held a gauzy wrap of gratuitous condescension. “There’s no way to sugar-coat the facts, so put simply, you’re dead.”

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 Victoria at Sea is available on Amazon

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My Review:

Victoria at Sea is a quirky tale of lost love, found courage, and reconciliation. Author M. Kate Quinn does a great job in teaching her characters about self-discovery and forgiveness.

I especially loved the change in both the heroine, Victoria, and her father, Tony. The addition of the supporting characters in all their martini-drinking glory gave me more than one laugh.

Kudos to the author for taking an often-used trope of breakup and reconciliation and giving it a fun new twist.

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About the Author:

mediakit_authorphoto_victoriaatseaBorn to a feisty Italian mother and a gentle blue-eyed Irishman, I was given the name “Marykate,” inspired by Maureen O’Hara’s character in the movie, The Quiet Man, an old-time favorite love story that co-starred John Wayne. With a grandmother Catherine and an Aunt Mary the name was an obvious choice.

I’ve been writing stories all my life. There’s an old Macy’s box in my attic filled with my writings from childhood, now smudgy-looking pages produced on my portable Olivetti Underwood typewriter, an eighth-grade gift from my Grandmother Catherine.

I am a recent First Place winner of a short story contest sponsored by Reader’s Digest Magazine and write a column entitled “Boomer Humor” that appears monthly in my neighborhood newspaper.

My husband and I are our own love story. We have a slap-happy middle-aged second marriage with a combined total of six grown children, one delightful granddaughter, another precious little baby on the way and one ridiculously spoiled, amazingly handsome cat named Sammy.

Connect with the Author:   Website   Blog   Facebook   Twitter

A Giveaway:

One randomly chosen winner via Rafflecopter will win a $50 Amazon/BN.com gift card.

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Tour Stops:

This is a month-long tour but even if you’ve missed a few of the earlier stops it isn’t too late to go back and enter to win the fabulous prize!

September 5: T’s Stuff
September 5: Fabulous and Brunette
September 6: Romance Novel Giveaways
September 7: The Avid Reader
September 7: BooksChatter
September 8: jbiggarblog
September 9: The Reading Addict
September 9: Sharing Links and Wisdom
September 12: Hearts and Scribbles
September 12: Louise Lyndon Romance Author Hear Me Roar
September 13: Christine Young
September 14: Book Lover Promo
September 15: EskieMama Reads
September 15: The Silver Dagger Scriptorium
September 16: Read Your Writes Book Reviews
September 19: Liz Gavin’s Blog
September 19: Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books!
September 20: Long and Short Reviews
September 21: Author B. L. Blair
September 21: Book Junkies Book Blog
September 22: Booklover Sue
September 23: Readeropolis
September 23: Writer Wonderland
September 26: fundinmental
September 27Notes From a Romantic’s Heart

September 27: Queen of All She Reads
September 28The Pen and Muse Book Reviews
September 29Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
September 29Harps Romance Book Review
September 30Straight from the Library

It was a pleasure hosting M. Kate Quinn today. Please come back again for the regular features on this blog as well as future tour promotions. Until next time, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.

Nancy

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Feature: Renewed Spirits by Author Merryn Dexter

featuredWe are pleased to welcome author Merryn Dexter to Notes From a Romantic’s Heart. Merryn’s new book, Renewed Spirits is part of the Wiccan Haus series from Decadent Publishing.

 

About the Book:

A Desperate Woman

renewed-spirits_1300x2000Wiccan Haus is Raegan’s last hope for a miracle. Unable to produce an heir for her husband, she finds herself abandoned and penniless. Raised to be the perfect wife and mother, her failure has broken her spirit.

A Reviled Demon

Zamahl comes to Wiccan Haus seeking meditation and relief from the never-ending sexual urges of his incubus nature. Driven to seek their true mates, incubi are the ultimate one-night stand from which some females never recover. Shunned throughout the para realms, he doubts he will ever find a woman to satisfy the demon within.

A Forbidden Passion

When Raegan meets the copper-eyed stranger, a passion she never believed herself capable of awakens. Zamahl is horrified by his burning attraction to the timid little human. Humans, weak of mind and body, are to be avoided at all costs.

As the Summer Solstice celebrations continue, Raegan must decide what she really wants from life, and find the courage to claim it. She must overcome Zamahl’s doubts, the disapproval of one very unhappy were-tiger and the fickleness of Fate to find true happiness.

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Renewed Spirits is available from Amazon  ARe   Bookstrand   iBooks   Kobo

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An Excerpt:

rs-promo-3Concentrating on his dinner companions had been a test of his self-control and his self-congratulation at keeping his cool dissolved the moment he watched her slip from the room. Need had gnawed at his gut until Serena and Kaleb had excused themselves and he’d found himself on the patio. The threat of Rekkus pounding his head into a solid surface could not keep him away from this particular human.

Sitting close to her was an act of supreme masochism. The urge to gather her into his arms and carry her to his room crashed against his control as inexorably as the roll of the waves into the rocks below.

Ripe. Ready. Mine for the taking.

He shuddered, grabbing the wicker frame above him in such a hard grip the wood groaned beneath his hands. She was a contradiction; a puzzle. Her shy demeanor and hesitant questions at odds with her throaty plea from their earlier encounter.

Touch me…

Lord and Lady, now she talked about the hot springs. Images of her sliding into a steaming pool, pale skin shining in the moonlight, flooded his brain and he moaned aloud.

“Are you alright?” Her breathy voice sounded too close for comfort and he peered beneath his raised biceps to see her perched on the edge of her seat, leaning toward him. The angle provided a revealing glimpse of the tops of her lush breasts and the wood beneath his hands cracked.

“Who’s Marshall?” Husband? Lover? Tell me you are involved, and I’ll find some way to leave you alone.

She sucked in a shaky breath, fingers balling around the handkerchief clutched in her hands. Her expression clouded for a few long moments before clearing and he watched in fascination as she smoothed the material over her knees and folded it into a neat square. Shoulders braced, she stared him straight in the eye. “Marshall is the past.”

The demon screamed in exultation and Sam cursed himself for asking the question. “Go to bed, little mouse.” He growled.

Confusion furrowed her brow. “Excuse me?”

“You need to go away and leave me alone.”

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About the Author:

Merryn Dexter is a military spouse who, after a varied employment career (from selling sandals to old ladies with bunions to being a health and safety coordinator for a construction company), is thrilled to be pursuing her dream career as a romance writer. She likes The Winchesters, Spike, Hotch, Loki and watching complicated European Noir. Her hobbies include crying at books, crying at movies, crying at tv serials (there’s a theme!) and believes all stories should have a Happy Ending.

Connect with Merryn:  Website  Blog  Facebook  Twitter  Mailing List 

Thanks to Merryn for visiting today to share her latest release with us. Please come back again later in the week for our regular features as well as two more Goddess Fish Promotions blog tours.

Until next time, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.

Nancy

 

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More the Merrier Mondays … Author Morgan O’Neill’s Roman Time Travel Series

Welcome back to More the Merrier Mondays.  Today’s guests are the writing team known as Morgan O’Neill. We’ll be taking a look at their Roman Time Travel Series. Please join me in welcoming Morgan O’Neill to Notes From a Romantic’s Heart.

We asked the authors to tell us how the series came about. This is what they said:

“The Roman series came about as happenstance when Deborah discovered the historical account of Princess Placidia. Her capture by the barbarian Athaulf during the invasion of Rome – and their subsequent love affair – contained the perfect blend of romance and conflict. Cary and Deb were also inspired by Hollywood sword and sandal epics, such as “Gladiator” and “Rome,” especially Russell Crowe’s performance as Maximus. It’s no surprise our hero, Magnus, evokes Crowe’s power as he struggles to make a life with our time traveling heroine, Gigi. Together, they risk everything to save Placidia’s family, after the fall of Rome.”

Love, Eternally – Book One of the Roman Time Travel Series:

loveeternally_cvr_lrgA witch’s ancient curse propels talented flutist Gigi Perrin back to A.D. 408, to the court of the depraved Roman Emperor Honorius and his admirable sister, Princess Galla Placidia. There, Gigi grapples with her disbelief about what has happened, and with the strange, new world of violent politics, social upheaval and barbarians straining at the very gates of an empire. Through it all, she must struggle with her powerful attraction to a pagan senator and military commander, Quintus Magnus, a man exotically different from anyone she has ever known. On the brink of a dark and war-torn age, Gigi joins forces with Magnus, battling to save a princess and her people, and ultimately finding love amid the chaos, before the fall of Rome.

Love, Eternally is available on Amazon

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 After the Fall – Book Two of the Roman Time Travel Series:

afterthefall_cvr_lrgAfter the Fall ratchets up the tension as time traveler Gigi Perrin and her husband, the Roman warrior Quintus Magnus, join forces with the Visigoth King Alaric to march on Rome. There waits Princess Galla Placidia, the admirable sister of the despicable Emperor Honorius. About to be forced into an arranged marriage by her brother, Placidia fears a bleak future, trapped in a loveless union. In an attempt to save Rome from barbarian invasion, Placidia puts aside her troubles and meets with Alaric’s delegation, which includes Gigi and Magnus, and the king’s second-in-command, the Visigoth prince, Athaulf. The attraction between Placidia and Athaulf is instantaneous and overwhelming, but theirs is a forbidden love, destined to fail because of implacable politics and impending war. Bound by a friendship that transcends time, Gigi and Placidia must do whatever they can to protect the men they love, after the fall of Rome.

After the Fall is available on Amazon

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Return to Me – Book Three of the Roman Time Travel Series:

returntome_cvr_lrgReturn to Me finds time traveler Gigi Perrin happily settled into twenty-first century life with her husband, the former Roman senator and military commander, Quintus Magnus. Gigi has resumed her successful musical career, playing the flute for her adoring fans, while making her first foray into Hollywood by creating the musical score for a feature film about the Roman emperor Nero. At the film’s wrap party, Gigi is presented with a gift to commemorate her work: an ancient Roman ring depicting the goddess Victoria. Stunned, she and Magnus recognize it as the very ring that brought them together, and the one subsequently stolen from her and lost in A.D. 410. How did it make its way back to them? Magnus believes the answer is clear; Victoria sent it as a warning about their dear friend, Princess Galla Placidia. They start researching what happened to Placidia after Gigi and Magnus time traveled from the barbarous fifth century. To their shock, they discover Placidia’s life took a series of terrible turns, culminating with the murders of her children. Realizing they have no other choice, Gigi and Magnus prepare to embark on a perilous quest to go back in time and rescue them. But one ominous question remains – how can they save the children without altering the course of history?

Return to Me is available through Amazon

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About the Authors:

DeborahCordes&CaryFratesA chance meeting at a writers’ conference brought Cary Morgan Frates and Deborah O’Neill Cordes together, two award-winning authors who connected because of a mutual love of time travel fiction. Collaboration ensued, the search for a pen name the first step in their working relationship. Their maiden names provided the solution—and “Morgan O’Neill” was born.

Cary and Deborah’s backgrounds are uniquely suited to writing stories steeped in atmosphere and history: Deborah has a Master’s Degree in history and is a dedicated genealogist; Cary is a talented linguist in French and is currently a student of Latin. They’ve traveled to Europe’s ancient and medieval sites many times, with Cary living on the Continent for five years.

The Morgan O’Neill time travel novels have received a number of literary awards, including two finalist wins in the Booksellers’ Best Awards, two semifinalist wins in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, first, second, and third place wins for the Mainstream Novel with Strong Romantic Elements category of the Golden Rose Contest, a top ten finalist award in the Pacific Northwest Writers’ Conference Zola Awards Literary Contest, and a top ten finalist win in the Orange Rose Contest. In 2014, the Oshawa Public Libraries of Ontario, Canada included Morgan O’Neill’s entire Roman series—Love, Eternally, After the Fall, and Return to Me—in their list for Top 100 Romance Novels of All Time.

Connect with Morgan O’Neill: Website   Facebook   Twitter

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Thanks so much to Cary and Deborah (aka Morgan O’Neill) for stopping by today. Please come back again later in the week for our Welcome Wednesday feature and throughout the week for more book tours from Goddess Fish Promotions. Until then, writers keep writing and readers keep reading—you are why we do what we do!

Nancy

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A Great Start to Eight Weeks of Madness

crazy-writer-memeWriting and publishing is a game of sprints and spurts. During one stretch you’re doing nothing but writing and editing, the next you’re publishing and promoting. If you’re anything like me, you can never quite sync the two phases to run smoothly.

Take my eight weeks of madness for instance.

On Monday, September 12th, I began a journey of mega-promotion, geared to the ultimate ending … two brand new book releases within twelve days of each other. I’m not sure why, but Fall seems to be the time of the year when most of my work is published.

cover-reveal-anukahatenDuring the first week, I was blessed to have eleven fellow authors help me with a cover reveal for my October 19th Egyptian-themed time travel, Eye of the Pharaoh. All eleven posted to their blog and my Rafflecopter draw got a large number of entries! I also hosted five authors on my own blog over the course of the week. That was the promotional portion. As for my writing, I signed two new contracts. One for a re-tooling of the Wizard of Oz theme, titled Waking Up in Oz for The Wild Rose Press’ new “Stranded” series. The second contract was for a 2017 Christmas-themed novella titled, Her Secret Santa’s Surprise.

The second week, I participated in a Facebook party for the wonderful WWII novel, Emma Rose, by author Sandra McGregor. During my one-hour stint, I met a dozen new-to-me readers, held drawings and gave away some great book prizes. The party garnered me a number of new Facebook, Twitter and newsletter followers. On the writing end, I completed the final galley edits to my upcoming January release, Paging Dr. Cupid, a Valentine’s Day novella and follow-up to last year’s Only Yours.

Now, we’re on to weeks three through eight and more adventure awaits. This coming week, on Wednesday, September 28th, I’ll be taking over fellow author Christine Warner‘s street team page. Known as “Christine’s Crew”, they’ll have a new master for a day! (Cue evil laugh!)  I’ll also have blog visits every day of the week from fellow authors.

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On Monday, October 3rd, I begin the first of two book tours through Goddess Fish Promotions. The first is for my October 7th release, Bewitched, a Halloween-themed novella from The Wild Rose Press. There will be prizes galore via Rafflecopter at each of the ten tour stops. I will post the schedule as soon as I have it!

eotp-meme-7The final three weeks of my eight week’s of crazy will center around my second release. On release day, the 19th, I’ll be a guest of USA Today’s HEA column visiting with Joyce Lamb talking about my new release and sharing my Top Ten Tips For Maintaining Your Home When You’d Rather Be Reading Romance.

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Then, the following Monday, October 24th, my two-week blog tour for Eye of the Pharaoh begins. There will be spotlights, and interviews, and even a guest column or two.

From the 26th through the 31st, I’ll be taking part in the Snarkology Halloween Blog Hop in addition to my regular blog hosting duties. Somewhere in the midst of all this madness, I have the final version of a new novella due and really have to get going on the two I’ve just contracted.

I thought when I retired from the outside work world this would all get easier. Silly me. It’s no easier but it is a lot more fun!

Until next time, stay happy, stay healthy, and stay well-read.

Nancy

 

 

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Meet Authors Patricia Preston and Cheryl Ann Smith from Lyrical Press

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Notes From a Romantic’s Heart is pleased to welcome two contemporary authors from Lyrical Press, Patricia Preston and Cheryl Ann Smith. Patricia’s book is titled One Week in Your Arms. Cheryl’s book is The Sweetheart Racket. Please join me in welcoming both authors and Lyrical Press to our site.

One Week in Your Arms – About the Book:

one-week-in-your-arms_blueIt started with a fling

Six years ago, ambitious med student Marla Grant gave into temptation with a gorgeous man. Now a busy doctor and a loving single mom, the only thing that matters to Marla more than her adorable daughter is the Lafayette Falls Community Clinic. When its funding is threatened, Marla is determined to find out why—until she learns the person responsible is none other than the powerful, persuasive man of her long-ago fling and the unsuspecting father of her child…

Carson Blackwell has never forgotten bright, beautiful Marla. When he discovers that she runs the clinic his grandmother’s foundation funds, it’s the perfect chance to put an end to his ongoing infatuation—and use his leverage to cement a new business deal. He needs a fake girlfriend for one week in Hawaii, and Marla is just the woman for the job. It’s a win-win situation, until they realize the attraction between them isn’t feigned, and the heat has never died down. Only the secrets they’re both keeping stand in the way of a future together—and a love that could last a lifetime.

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 One Week in Your Arms is available from Amazon Apple  B&N GooglePlay Kobo

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My Review:

I’m a sucker for reunion books, especially when they’re combined with the “secret-baby” aspect. Author Patricia Preston does a wonderful job of taking on the delicate subject of the unaware parent. There were times I wanted to throttle her and insist she fess up. But, then again, those few instances are what make for a good reveal. Plus, her fears that he’ll use his money against her, makes Marla’s resistance believable.

This is an impassioned story with lots of raw emotion. I would have liked a bit more of an ending, something to let the reader know that Marla and Carson and Sophie got the HEA they deserved.

About the Author:

patricia-prestonPatricia Preston is a Southern author whose dream come true would be living in the French Quarter. Besides writing, she loves music, history, taking road trips, and anything containing chocolate. Having fun is her objective when it comes to storytelling and she hopes her readers will find her amusing, feel-good romances entertaining.

Connect with Patricia:  Website  Facebook   Twitter

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The Sweetheart Racket – About the Book:

the-sweetheart-racketThey used to be on the sidelines. Now they’re out in the field…

Two years ago, Taryn Hall was a pro football cheerleader—until she left her lecherous boss with a bloody nose and a faceful of Mace. Now she’s part of a different kind of squad. An elderly billionaire named Irving has hired and trained Taryn and her two best friends to work as private investigators…

Taryn loves the job, though it sometimes involves boring stakeouts, dog bites—and listening to Irving talk about his golf shoes. Then tattooed, steely-eyed, straight-up gorgeous undercover DEA agent Rick Silva walks into the office and shakes things up…

Rick needs help finding the con artist who’s taken his lonely mother for all she was worth. With multiple aliases and multiple victims, it will be a challenge to track down the coldhearted gigolo. And Rick insists on accompanying Taryn on the hunt, working closely, day and night.

This could be dangerous. And the case might be kind of risky, too…

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The Sweetheart Racket is available from Amazon  Apple  B&N  GooglePlay  Kobo

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An Excerpt:

“I need a PI.”

She was just tired enough to make a sassy comment about his good fortune of stumbling into a PI firm, but profit margins danced fresh in her mind. Why chase off a perfectly good client with a smart comment?

“Come to my office.” The stranger followed her. She was con- vinced he was checking out her butt. Or maybe it was just wishful thinking. She hadn’t had a date in ages, and was beginning to feel a bit withered. Either way, she needed to keep her mind on business and not how good he looked in his jeans.

He settled into a chair before her desk and looked around the space. He had a strong jaw, a semi-straight nose, and a small scar that dissected his right brow.

“What can I do for you, Mr.—?”

“Silva. Rick Silva.”

“Yes, ah, Mr. Silva. What brings you to Brash ?” Despite a professional outward demeanor, it proved difficult to concentrate on anything but his gorgeous gray eyes. They were a stark contrast to his dark brown hair and tanned face.

The man was all alpha male. She’d be shocked if he’d ever eaten a bean sprout on purpose or ordered a vanilla mocha latte with lite whip and cinnamon sprinkles.

Add the tattoos peeking out from beneath his t-shirt sleeves and she wondered if he’d done time.

“I’m searching for someone. His name is Teddy Brinkman.”

His voice had gone hard. There was danger in his expression. A chill trilled through her. She leaned forward and knitted her fingers, forcing herself not to show fear. “Are you going to kill him?”

Silva’s eyes widened at her bluntness. “And if I did?”

Damn. She’d hoped for a new client, not a murderer looking for an accomplice. “Then I can’t help you.” She stood. “We are not in the business of playing intermediaries to murder. You’ll have to find him on your own.”

And she’d have to call the cops ASAP.

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My Review:

Hold on! I’m having a 70’s flashback! The only thing missing from this Charlie’s Angel’s reboot is my buddy Bosley!

What a hoot … a comedy, a bit of intrigue, and a romance all in one. Author Cheryl Ann Smith does a great job of reworking an older, well-loved theme. I adored the spunky heroine, Taryn. And, who wouldn’t love a man like Rick who willingly drops his pizza to make whoopee!

Throw in a scumbag con-man who preys on mature women, and you’ve got an enticing story.

About the Author:

cheryl-ann-smithCheryl Ann Smith became hooked on romance at age fourteen when she stayed up all night to read The Flame and The Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss. Her own writing journey happened much later, when one afternoon she ran out of books and decided to write her own. Previously, she has published five sexy Regency novels and one novella with Berkley in her School for Brides series.

Connect with Patricia: Website   Facebook   Twitter

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Giveaway:

Cheryl and Patricia will be awarding digital copies of both books on tour to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Tour Stops:

Sign-TourEven though this is the last stop on the tour, there’s still time to learn more about these two talented authors and for even more chances to win.

September 12: BooksChatter
September 13: Books,Dreams,Life
September 14: Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog
September 14: Hearts and Scribbles
September 15: Fabulous and Brunette
September 16: Underneath The Covers
September 19: Deal Sharing Aunt
September 20: Louise Lyndon Romance Author Hear Me Roar
September 21: Long and Short Reviews
September 22: jbiggarblog
September 23A Writer’s Life
September 23Notes From a Romantic’s Heart

It was a pleasure hosting both Patricia and Cheryl today. Please come back again for both the regular features on this blog as well as future tour promotions. Until next time, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.

Nancy

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Meet Author Karyn Gerrard and Lyrical Press

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Notes From a Romantic’s Heart is pleased to welcome historical author Karyn Gerrard from Lyrical Press as part of their three-author tour. Karyn’s book is titled Beloved Monster. Please join me in welcoming Karyn and Lyrical Press to our site.

About the Book:

1beloved-monsterWhat makes a man?

The wild and dissolute Viscount Ravenswood lives only for his own pleasure, caring not one wit for the broken hearts left trampled in his wake. But his decadent lifestyle finally catches up to him in a fatal carriage race. It’s an infamous and spectacular end to a brief, immoral life—or is it?

And who is the woman who loves him? When Glenna Parker stumbles upon her cousin Reed Parker’s cluttered laboratory, she could never have imagined the mad experiment he is about to embark upon—to bring a man back from the dead. Not just any man, but Ravenswood, who once shattered her heart. With no memory of his former life, Glenna calls him Luke, and finds herself enchanted by his compassion—and passion. Protecting the scarred Luke has become Glenna’s sole mission, but can she protect her heart from her beloved monster?

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Beloved Monster is available from Amazon  Apple  B&N  GooglePlay  Kobo

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An Excerpt:

Gulping deeply, she stood next to Ravenswood. The eyes appeared   to be as glassy as they did before. However, something was different. They weren’t blue as a summer sky any longer. Instead, they contained nearly all colors of the spectrum, as if the irises had exploded. “Like a kaleidoscope,” she said with wonder.

Thunder still rumbled outside, and heavy rain lashed against the house, the storm one of the more vicious ones she’d witnessed. Without any warning, lightning struck the rod once again, sending another wave of current through the viscount’s lifeless body. This time, the blast nearly lifted him off the table. Reed sprung into action, giving the generator handle another downward thrust. The amount of power running through the corpse lay beyond her imagination. Black burns were noticeable where the wires were attached. Again, visible energy passed through the metal plate on Ravenswood’s head.

Reed stepped back and waited for the body to stop twitching. Sparks caught and flame leapt from some of the wires, spreading to the canvas covering the body. Reed calmly snuffed out the blaze with a piece of fabric.

Glenna felt sick. Physically and morally sick at heart. “Enough. No more. The body will catch fire if you keep this up. It did not work….”

She glanced at Ravenswood, and he stared back at her, his eyes firmly focused on her face. Try as she might, she could not stop the scream from escaping her throat.

He’s alive. Alive.

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About the Author:

Karyn Gerrard lives in a small town in the western corner of Ontario, Canada. She whiles away her spare time writing and reading romance while drinking copious amounts of Earl Grey tea. A multi-published author with a few best sellers under her belt, Karyn loves to write historicals, particularly ones set in the Victorian era. Tortured heroes are a must. She also writes the occasional contemporary.

As long as she can avoid being hit by a runaway moose in her wilderness paradise she assumes everything is golden. Karyn’s been happily married for a long time to her own hero. His encouragement keeps her moving forward.

Connect with KarynWebsite   Facebook   Twitter

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Giveaway:

The authors will be awarding digital copies of all three books on tour to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Tour Stops:

Please join all three authors on tour at the following stops. Remember, the more you visit and enter, the better your chances of winning the draw!

September 12: Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog
September 13: BooksChatter
September 14: Straight from the Library
September 15: Books,Dreams,Life
September 16: EskieMama Reads
September 19: Louise Lyndon Romance Author Hear Me Roar
September 20: Deal Sharing Aunt
September 21: Fabulous and Brunette
September 22: Book Junkies Book Blog
September 23Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
September 26Am Kinda Busy Reading!
September 27Where the Story Comes First
September 28Readeropolis
September 29The Pen and Muse Book Reviews 
September 30The Silver Dagger Scriptorium
October 3Booklover Sue
October 4Writer Wonderland
October 5Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
October 6Reviews by Crystal
October 7Queen of All She Reads
October 7Long and Short Reviews

It was a pleasure hosting Karyn today. Please come back again for both the regular features on this blog as well as future tour promotions. Until next time, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.

Nancy

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Confessions of Us by Alexandra Forry

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We are pleased to welcome author Alexandra Forry for this stop on her current blog tour for Confessions of Us. Please join me in welcoming Alexandra to Notes From a Romantic’s Heart.

We asked Alexandra a few questions to get to know her a bit better and here are her responses:

Q1: If you could become any one of your book’s characters, who would it be and why?

I will be Adaline from my newest book, because working for the mafia is cool!!!!

Q2: What was your biggest challenge in writing your current release?
None 
Q3: If you were stranded on a desert island with ANY book boyfriend (not just one of your own creation), who would you choose and why?

Not telling. I read my friends life stories and their memoirs.

Q3: When did you know you were destined to be a writer?

4th grade!!!

Q4: If this book is part of a series, how did the series come about? Did you intend a series from the very beginning?

Yes I plan it along!!!

Speed Round:

  1. Coffee, tea, or other? Ice Tea
  2. Music preference? All
  3. Favorite movie? Casino
  4. Dog, cat, or other? I love animals
  5. Favorite author? Hard to pick one
  6. Favorite actor/actress?  Sigourney Weaver
  7. Favorite television show (past or present)? Smallville

About the Book:

mediakit_bookcover_confessionsofusAs a girl, Adaline was left orphaned due to gang violence and to be raised by her grandmother and her parents’ old friend Frank, now following in her parent’s footsteps she finds herself at a crossroad in her life of what she wants and what she feels she has a responsibility to do. As soon as Adaline makes the commitment to the mafia however her life becomes riddled with lies, betrayal, lust, and murder. When the one person Adaline always thought she could believe in becomes the one person she can’t trust a question begins to pull at Adaline’s mind one day will she live through it or will she find herself in an early grave just as her parents did? Adaline is unsure of the answer but will do anything for the possibility of becoming a famous news journalist.

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An Excerpt:

“Hey, my name is Dayton, I came over here to share a drink with you.” The man holds out his hand for her to shake.

“I don’t share drink with strangers.” Adaline says meanwhile turns her face to the other side without thinking about how rude and off-putting it is. Regretting it she looks at him and shakes his hand expecting him to walk away. Cat and Heidi snicker in the background at her awkwardness.

“Ok, so do you mind give me the honor of this dance?” The man raises an eyebrow at her questioning look about whether or not she dances. “Or do you just not dance either?”

“No no, I dance…” Adaline says awkwardly. The snickers from behind her get louder so she shoots them a glare. Demanding silently that they shut up.

“No no, I dance.” Adaline says awkwardly. The snickers from behind her get louder, so she shoots them a glare, demanding silently that they shut up.

“So would you?” Dayton asks her once more.

“Would I what?”

“So would you?” Dayton asks her once more. His eyes were full of happiness

“Would I what?” Adaline asks Dayton on an acute accent.

Cat and Heidi burst out laughing in response to this before coming to Adaline’s rescue explaining to the man that she is a little bit awkward in meeting to people.

“She would love to have a special dance.” Cat declares before gently pushing Adaline in Dayton’s direction.

“So is your name pretty like you?” the man says once they get to the dance floor and begin dancing.

“It’s Adaline.”

“Adaline, Wow that is a beautiful name as I guess.” The man begins to spin her around on the dance floor. They dance for nearly two hours before taking a break to sit in a booth and talk.

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Confessions of Us is available on Amazon

About the Author:

mediakit_authorphoto_confessionsofusAlexandra Forry has an incredible talent for living vicariously through the colorful and intriguing escapades of her strong female characters and successful leading men.  Her first book, “Omerta Affair,” based on the true story of mafia boss Tony Torino and his paramour Evelyn Rosenberg has recently been adapted and re-released as “Timeless Endings”–romance fiction.  “Wildflower,” is an adventure in coming of age for both a young orphan and her repressed aunt who is trapped in a destructive marriage.  It is a beautiful story of life, hope, growth, and triumph and deals with many of the traumas of youth, such as bullying.

Alexandra Forry is familiar with life’s challenges.  She was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. Now she lives with her loving family in Williamsburg, Virginia.  Alexandra has conquered the limitations of Cerebral Palsy to write exciting and engaging novels.  She has completed a number of talks and internet book tours and is a member of the Las Vegas Romance Writers and RWA.  She is currently working on her seventh book.

Connect with AlexandraFacebook   Twitter   Goodreads

A Giveaway:

Alexandra Forry will be awarding a $40 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC  to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Tour Stops:

This is a two-week tour but even if you’ve missed a few of the earlier stops it isn’t too late to go back and enter to win the fabulous prize!

September 12: Fabulous and Brunette
September 13: Blog of Jacey Holbrand
September 14: T’s Stuff
September 15: Christine Young

September 16: The Avid Reader
September 19: Where the Story Comes First
September 20: Liz Gavin’s Blog

September 21: Romance Novel Giveaways
September 22: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
September 23EskieMama Reads
September 26Deal Sharing Aunt
September 27Wendi Zwaduk ~ Romance to Make Your Heart Race

September 28 : The Silver Dagger Scriptorium
September 29Punya Reviews…
September 30Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
October 3Underneath The Covers
October 4Books,Dreams,Life
October 5It’s Raining Books
October 6Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog
October 7Long and Short Reviews

It was a pleasure hosting Alexandra today. Please come back again for the regular features on this blog as well as future tour promotions. Until next time, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.

Nancy

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FEATURE: AUTHOR SANDRA McGREGOR

featuredNotes From a Romantic’s Heart is pleased to welcome author Sandra McGregor to the blog. Sandra’s latest release is Emma Rose from The Wild Rose Press.

About the Book:

emmarose_w9915_300Emma Rose works nights at Denver Orphanage where she grew up, and days at Stratton Tire Company.   Her goal is to become a teacher and have someone to love her. After meeting a Naval officer at the USO, her heart is flying high…until duty forces her to leave with barely his name.

Home to heal from burns sustained during the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Naval officer Thomas Stratton is anxious to return to his squadron. Pressure from his father to stay and manage the family business has him escaping to the USO. He’s captivated by a young beauty who slips away after two dances, leaving him only memories of Rapunzel-length red hair and the sweater she leaves behind.

When fate reunites them, Emma dreams of a future with Thomas, but there are some who plot against their blossoming relationship. How can love survive against a war at home and afar?

Emma Rose is available from: Amazon  Barnes  Kobo

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An Excerpt:

An arm resting against her lower back warmed her skin through the thin cotton as they swayed to the rhythm of Glenn Miller’s “I Know Why.”With a slight turn of her head, she breathed in the unique, starchy fragrance of the military uniform mixed with his spicy aftershave. It would always remind her of this man and this fairy-tale evening. After all, a chance encounter, a few dances, and maybe a soda would soon end. Fairytale endings were for children. Sad.

The song was quickly—too quickly—drawing to an end. Her groan was soft and silent. His hum became murmured words as he sang with the music—words about seeing rainbows when holding her in his arms.

She floated, mesmerized by his voice. She’d read about sharing bodily warmth to survive if caught out in extreme cold. But the book hadn’t mentioned the body’s reaction to this warmth, that tingling stirring nerve-ends at every point of contact.

Like the dance, the song’s mellow saxophone notes faded.

This wasn’t supposed to be happening. Years of loneliness had built an invisible, yet effective, fence around her heart. Protecting this heart was vital to survival, just as becoming a teacher was vital to a financially secure future.

This is only for two hours—just for tonight. He’s just another soldier. Here today and gone next week.

With the song over, she slowly moved back from the warm cocoon. Couples left the dance floor, their conversations punctuated by soft laughter or deep, boisterous chuckles. Others stood talking as they waited for the next song.

Thomas took one step back. Would he thank her for the dance and walk away?

Please, God, let him want more time with me. Please.

They stood in the middle of the dance floor, neither moving. She held a breath, heart pounding like the bass drum in a parade band. His intense gaze held hers, leaving her insides jittery and fingers clamped onto the top of her small purse while waiting for his lead.

“You know, Emma? Something about you intrigues me. I can’t put my finger on it, but…” One side of his mouth lifted, and he wagged his head slowly from side to side, as if in denial of an unspoken thought.

Her heart thumped harder. She’d never been told she was intriguing. She’d danced with numerous men over the past couple years, but tonight was different—Thomas was different. He spoke and carried himself with self-confidence, a trait she wished for in her own life. Was he feeling the difference, too? Or was this just his way of flirting?

Relief, like a cool breeze on a hot day, washed over her when another song started to play. Saved by the bell.

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About the Author:

headshot-img_0100Sandra McGregor, was challenged by her husband in 2000 to not wait until retirement in 2005 to write the book he had heard about since they married. Sandra picked up the gauntlet he threw down and her first “sweet” romance sold in 2007.

Sandra is a member of RWA and Georgia Romance Writers where she served two years on the board as treasurer. She now lives as an empty-nester in Georgia with her husband of several decades and her cat, Jack, who rules the roost and any lap he chooses to occupy. When not closeted in her home office, aptly named The Muse, she can be found reading, connecting with her readers, or traveling anywhere in world she and hubby get the urge to see.

Connect with Sharon: Website  Facebook

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I big ‘thank you’ to Sandra for stopping by today. I look forward to reading Emma Rose and reviewing it here on the blog at a later date.

Please come back again for our regular features on Monday and Wednesday as well as more Goddess Fish Promotional tours for a chance to win great prizes!

Until next time, stay happy, stay healthy and stay well read.

Nancy

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