Welcome December !!

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December is here … the very last stretch in a long year. December is both my favorite month and my least favorite month!

The upcoming holiday is definitely my favorite family-centered celebration. Yet, it’s become so commercialized I find it now more work than pleasure. The build-up to that one perfect day is less than perfect.

My plans are to spend a semi-quiet day reflecting and rejoycing with my loved ones … my two sons, daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren. There will be laughter and good food but, most of all, there will be love. Oh, and because there are grandchildren, there will be presents!

In the spirit of holiday gift giving, my next monthly book gift-away is here! December’s free book is my upcoming release, Kilty Pleasures, part of the Real Men Wear Kilts series from The Wild Rose Press.

You can request your free copy HERE. Please note before requesting, this is an erotic romance novella and contains fully realized love scenes and language which may be offensive to some readers. Please do not request if this is not the type of book you enjoy reading.

About the Book

perf5.000x8.000.inddWhen Ronan MacAlister returns to Glencoe, Maine to see to the affairs of his late uncle, he’s immediately reminded of why he’s stayed away. The small town is definitely not his cup of tea, and he can’t wait to settle the estate and be done with the cold winters. The only bright spot is the feisty farm manager, Aileen. All grown up now and far from the shy and reserved girl from his childhood, she exudes a steamy sexuality that has Ronan and his unruly body on full alert.

Aileen MacDougall had a huge crush on Ronan when she was a teenager, content to adore him from afar whenever his family came to Glencoe for a visit. Now he’s back, and although the circumstances are less than ideal, she’s eager to find out if her fantasies can live up to reality. But he holds the key to the future of Glencoe in his hands as well as her own hopes and dreams.

Can being trapped together in a remote cabin during a freak snowstorm melt his heart? Or will they discover they have differences even kilty pleasures can’t overcome?

An Excerpt

Angus gave another nod toward the table laden with food. “Why don’t I have her make you a plate? You can grab a spot close to the door and still greet your guests.”

“Thank you. I’d appreciate it.”

sneak-peek-icon-web-2While he waited for his food, Ronan studied the townsfolk milling around the brightly lit, albeit stuffy, hall. They came from all walks of life. Farmers, store owners, and bankers. The one and only barber…who happened to be the town’s mayor as well. A cross section of exactly what made this place click and the main reason he could never coax his uncle into leaving.

Time and again his gaze returned to the beautiful woman near the far window. She fanned herself with a slim, delicate hand and he wondered how it would feel to have those same fingers caressing his skin. She was a goddess among a room full of middle-aged farm wives and gray-haired spinsters.

When she opened the shutters to let in some air the evening breeze blew her long, reddish blonde hair from behind her ear. The disheveled strands brushed her creamy cheeks and fell like a curtain over her slim shoulders. She tossed her head from side to side, jostling the silken threads until they came to rest across a pair of voluptuous breasts.

He gave his perusal free rein. Her trim waist flared into nicely curved hips. Perfect to hold onto during a long night of hot, satisfying sex. The thought made his palms itch.

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Thank you so much for stopping by. Please come back again next week for my regular Monday and Wednesday features, as well as my part in the Highway Cafe’s Holiday Blog Hop (see separate tab at top of this blog), which runs from December 5-8.

I’ll also be hosting two Goddess Fish Promotions blog tours next week where there will be an opportunity to win some great prizes.

Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.

Nancy

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FEATURE: BOUNTY’S SONG by Mandy Colton

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Notes From a Romantic’s Heart is pleased to welcome author Mandy Colton for this stop on her five-day book blast. Her featured book, Bounty’s Song, is from Cavalcade Press.

About The Book

mediakit_bookcover_bountyssongGage Knight is a Texas bounty hunter and just doing a tough job when he’s sent to Nashville to pick up a grifting high-dollar fugitive. He arrives at the right place at almost the right time, but he makes a big mistake when he leaves.

Once a debutante, Danica Chastain is now a struggling songwriter with a dream of landing a job in the music business. On the day when her hard work seems to be heading in the right direction, a gruff man with a dark presence and wolfish eyes arrives at her door.

Although their immediate chemistry is off the charts, the two clash—for good reason. Danica is not who he thinks she is, and he’s not listening…

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An Excerpt

sneak-peek-icon-web-2That little bitch had pulled her con off so smoothly, Danica knew just like she knew her rent hadn’t been paid that Tara, if that was even her real name, the money, and her stuff was long gone. She would just wait and call the cops after her appointment at the record company tomorrow. Focus on your meeting with Hank, Danica. If that went well, she’d just find her another roommate, take what was left of her clothes, and leave this dump. She would hold her head up and keep moving forward with her mind on her future and dreams.

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The next morning, Danica spent much of her time stomping around and grumbling. Her routine was screwed. She’d found the coffee pot gone first and then, after taking her shower, found her blow dryer lifted as well. She’d had to painstakingly brush her hair dry. Then there was the underwear dilemma she’d faced next. She had none. It was all gone, and the only thing she could do was put the bra back on from the day before, which was not going to work for the panties. There had been too much freaking out the night before about bigger issues than to remember to wash them out or even worry about something as minor as going sans the drawers. She’d just have to temporarily go commando and leave early enough to buy herself some undies on the way to her appointment.

She was about ready to leave the apartment when there was a knock on the door. Danica looked out the peephole but didn’t see anyone. Hmm. She shrugged, opened the door to take a step out and look, immediately walking into a wall of man and muscle. Yelping in surprise, she quickly moved her eyes up to his face. Whoa. At first glance, the guy had a dark, daunting presence, almost intimidating as he loomed over her. A closer inspection made another thought cross her mind. What a hunk-o-man! Talk about tall, beefy, and ruggedly handsome. Not exactly swarthy but deeply tanned and a nice amount of past-five-oh-clock shadow framed a nicely chiseled jawline. The whole package made her shiver a little. She could smell the guy, he was so close, and his cologne was a heady alpha male blend of sweat, the non-stinky man-musk kind, and spice. Ooh, and leather. In fear of being zapped by a jolt of supercharged testosterone mixed with potently virile pheromones, she took a step back.

He stood there, intimidating-like, looking down his nose at her, eyeing her, nothing moving except for a pair of odd color eyes. They were mesmerizing. He cleared his throat, which broke her staring spell.

She finally said, “If you’re looking for Tara, she’s gone.” She scanned him again. At least the bitch had a little taste in who she screwed. Couldn’t say the same for the guys.

Suddenly his eyes changed and he looked a bit amused. What a pair of peepers he had on that strikingly handsome and chiseled face. The guy had bright-gray eyes, like a husky dog or a wolf. My goodness, how beautiful they were and framed by lush lashes, those making her a little jealous. Danica was curious if the eye color was real or if he might be wearing contacts. Before she had the chance to ask, he opened his mouth.

“Is that right?”

Wow. The beefcake wasn’t the meathead she was expecting, he could speak. Smooth, sexy voice too. “Yup, bitch is gone. That’s for damn sure.”

He snickered at that. “Mind if I come in?”

“As a matter of fact, I do. I have somewhere I gotta be.”

The guy rudely bumped her aside with his broad chest and walked right past, making her gasp because he didn’t have permission and she was pretty sure that brief contact had created a few sparks underneath her chassis. Sparky, like after a bump in the road and your loose muffler intermittently drags the asphalt before scraping your undercarriage again with a zing. Yeah, like that.

Danica put her hands on her hips and cleared her own throat this time. “Excuse me, but I think I just told you that Tara’s not here and I have someplace to go.”

He walked right through the apartment, opened a bedroom door, and turned to grin at her. Then he walked to the other and opened it. “Mmhmm. Bet you do have some place to go, being that you just missed your court date. Again. Skipping for a second time on the same bondsman. He warned you last time. Somebody was gonna be comin’ for your lily-white ass.”

“Why are saying ‘you’? Like I did that? I don’t have a clue what you’re even talking about. I haven’t done anything, and for your information, my white ass is clean. I have never needed a bondsman.”

That made the corners of his mouth quirk upward into a smile. “Nice to know. Let’s see some ID, sweetheart.”

She still had her hands on her hips and narrowed her eyes at the guy. “What? You think I’m her, don’t you?” Thoroughly insulted by the thought, she continued, “Freaking Jesus H. Believe me, I could never be as bad as that nasty-ass, thieving, nympho skank is.”

Those sexy lips began twitching at that. She couldn’t stop focusing on them. He stuck his hand out, doing a “give it”-type motion with his fingers. “ID, please.”

Aggravated now, she grabbed her bag and snapped, “Fine! Who the hell are you, walking right in and demanding ID? Why are you here?”

“I’m a bond enforcement officer working on behalf of the bondsman in Texas. The law and bond was broken by not showing on the scheduled court date. I’m here to collect Tara Morgan and take her to jail. If you’re not her, then just kindly show me some ID and I’ll go.”

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Bounty’s Song is free during the tour on Amazon

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About the Author

mediakit_authorphoto_bountyssongMandy Colton is from Louisville, KY, and lives a very quiet life with her husband and teenage son. A fan of romance, fun adventure, drama, humor, and on occasion, sci-fi stories. Her first book, Way to Go, and the continuing series came from her years, own adventures and experiences working in the travel industry.

Although she’s a great fan of the human imagination, she is also of the opinion that there are just no better stories than those that involve a bit of true life.

Connect with Mandy: Facebook | Twitter | Amazon Author Page | Goodreads

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A Giveaway

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

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Follow the Tour

Sign-TourThis is a five-day book blast tour. Each stop gives you even more chances to win. Please feel free to visit as many of the sites as you’d like.

November 28:
1: Edgar’s Books
2: Kissing Bandits
3: Books,Dreams,Life
4: T’s Stuff
5: BooksChatter
6: Dawn’s Reading Nook

November 29:
1: Book Giveaways
2: Queen of All She Reads
3: Romance Novel Giveaways
4: Nickie’s Views and Interviews
5: Cafinated Reads
6: Harlie’s Books

November 30:
1: Book Lover Promo
2: The Silver Dagger Scriptorium
3: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
4: Am Kinda Busy Reading!
5: The Pen and Muse Book Reviews
6: Reviews by Crystal

December 1:
1: Louise Lyndon Romance Author Hear Me Roar
2: Straight from the Library
3: Welcome to My World of Dreams
4: Author Deborah A Bailey
5: The Gadoury Dreamer
6: Books and Warpaint
7: Full Moon Dreaming

December 2:
1: Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog
2: CBY Book Club
3: The Avid Reader
4: Liz’s Reading Life
5: It’s Raining Books
6: Long and Short Reviews
7: Fabulous and Brunette

It’s been my pleasure hosting Mandy for today’s visit. Please come back again on Thursday, December 1st, for my monthly anniversary gift-away and then next week for my regular guest feature and more tours and multiple chances to win great prizes.

Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, and stay well read.

Nancy

 

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Welcome Wednesday…Author Madelyn Hill

22898524_sIt’s Welcome Wednesday and today we’re featuring author Madelyn Hill and book #1 in The Wild Thistle Trilogy, Highland Hope, from Soul Mate Publishing. Please join me in welcoming Madelyn for her first visit to Notes From a Romantic’s Heart.

About The Book:

highlandshope1-200“Remember, lasses. Through Hope, Faith, and Honor, ye can rule,” were the last words Lady Hope MacAlister’s father spoke before dying. Those very words direct her every action and thought. Sword fighting and leading the men of her clan was second nature to Hope and she has little time for herself or any thoughts of love. Until Aidan MacKerry is captured spying on the clan.

She is beautiful, strong, and quick to pull a sword. But when he kisses her, all thoughts of the lairdship Aidan MacKerry seeks flee his mind. When the enemy continues to undermine Hope, Aidan is determined to aid her—only he didn’t think he’d lose his heart to the Laird of Wild Thistle Keep. When the enemy reveals Aidan’s secret, he must fight for his right to be laird and prove, despite their differences, he loves Hope.

The enemy refuses to back down and continues to threaten not only Hope, but the security of the entire clan. Only together will they be able to save the clan and save their love.

An Excerpt:

sneak-peek-icon-web-2She sighed and set her free hand at her waist. “We need to find my sister, not stand her havering.”

Sadness and worry flitted in her gaze. Heartache over her mother he assumed and mayhap a wayward sister. The grief seemed to consume her as they walked and Aidan loathed to see a sad woman—even if it was Laird Hope MacAlister. If she started crying he’d certain flee, for nothing was worse than consoling a woman in tears. But he doubted she’d show such vulnerability to him.

She glanced toward the other caves and then back toward the keep. She gave a frustrated sigh.  Her face soft with desperation to find her sister. She was worried and inside she was fretting and he knew only one way to take a woman’s mind off her troubles.

He stepped toward her and swept her in his arms. Her eyes widened as he descended, slowly so not to make her skittish, but with enough purpose she knew his desire. Her lips parted and her tongue darted out quickly to wet the plump surface. His lips brushed against hers with a soft caress. She gripped his arms and pushed. He kissed her again, slanting his mouth over hers. She stiffened, then her fingers dug into his biceps as her lips relented, accepted his kiss. As a moan escaped her lips, masculine triumph flared and he delved deeper. A sizzling leap of lust cursed through him. God, she felt good in his arms. Aidan ripped his mouth from hers and narrowed his gaze. His chest heaved. His blood sang. Through hooded eyes, he watched her and inhaled the womanly scent about her. Hope’s face was flushed, her eyes glazed. Aidan reached for her again.

With a flick of her wrist, a dirk appeared from its sheath and pressed against his ribs. “You touch me again, and you’re a dead man.”

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I’m a sucker for Scottish historical romances, so I was excited to read and review Highland Hope. And, I was not disappointed. This book is a wonderful start to the proposed trilogy and left me wanting to know more about this family. I also enjoyed the intrigue that was interwoven throughout the story from start to finish.

There are a number of supporting characters in the story which, in most cases, worked well. However, in a few instances, I felt they detracted from what should be the main focus of a romance … the hero and heroine. I would have liked more “growing relationship” between them. We know they’re going to get their happily-ever-after … it’s the way romances work. I just wanted more of the development.

However, that said, this one little quirk of mine does not detract from the overall enjoyment of the story. I look forward to reading the next books in this series as well as more by this author.

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About the Author:

madelyn-promo-photoMadelyn Hill has always loved the written word. From the time she could read and all through her school years, she’d sneak books into her textbooks during school. And she devoured books daily. At the age of 10 she proclaimed she wanted to be a writer. After being a “closet” writer for several years, she sent her manuscripts out there and is now published with Soul Mate Publishing. And she couldn’t be happier!

A resident of Western New York, she moved from one Rochester to another Rochester to be with the love of her life. They now have 3 children and keep busy cooking, watching their children’s sporting events, and of course reading!

Connect with Madelyn:   Website | Facebook | Twitter

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It was a pleasure having Madelyn with us today. Please come back again for our regular Monday and Wednesday features, as well as random book tours through Goddess Fish Promotions.

Until your next visit, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.

Nancy

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FEATURE: A Princess is Always Right by Stephanie Burkhart

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Notes From a Romantic’s Heart is pleased to welcome author Stephanie Burkhart for this stop on her review tour. Her featured book, A Princess is Always Right, is book number four in her Windsor Diaries series from Desert Breeze Publishing.

About The Book

mediakit_bookcover_aprincessisalwaysrightcoverartSophia may be the youngest Windsor, but she knows her mind. A Princess of York, she’s committed to do her duty – prevent Jonas Byron from finding Nikola Tesla and decimating the time line.

Jax Ruston is a rugged metalsmith with curly hair and dimples to die for. A resident of 1855, he’s pledged to help Sophia find Jonas. Together, they journey across continental Europe in pursuit of Jonas.

Despite her duty, Sophia’s attracted to handsome Jax. However, he’s committed to living in 1855. Can Sophia keep her focus on her mission, or will desire interfere with her task? Only one thing is certain: a princess is always right.

An Excerpt

sneak-peek-icon-web-2“Gus? Lord Ridgecroft? Are you here?”

“I seemed to have crushed a bed of dahlias. I’ll be all right, Miss Windsor.”

Sophia drew in a deep, calming breath, as a strong sense of responsibility settled over her. She had a mission — find Jonas Byron and prevent him from interfering with Nikola Tesla’s life. It sounded easy, but Jonas had a head start and depending on when she landed, she might be days behind him.

“Oww!” Gus’ shrill cry pierced the night air.

“Lord Ridgecroft!” Jax rushed to the spot where his cry of distress originated. Sophia scrambled to her feet, unsure of her surroundings, though she believed they landed in the spot they had left from — the garden behind the Ridgecroft townhouse in London.

The stars provided little light. Kerosene lamps from the street cast long murky shadows over the garden walls.

“Ow! Ow! Ow!” Gus cried.

Jax reached him. “His hand is caught in some type of trap.”

Sophia frowned. Augustus “Gus” Darling had been thrust into the role of a nobleman when his uncle, Douglas Dunkirk, passed away. She really should remember to address him as such.

Slowly, she inched toward Jax and Lord Ridgecroft’s shadows.

A door slammed. “Who’s out there?”

She recognized the voice of Jeeves, the Ridgecroft’s butler. Her shoulders relaxed a little.

“It’s Sophia Windsor! Lord Ridgecroft appears hurt.”

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Get A Princess Is Always Right HereAmazon | ARe | B&N

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Author Stephanie Burkhart delivers another well-written steampunk-themed, time travel adventure. In this latest addition to the Windsor Diaries series, we see the youngest Windsor princess Sophia make a name for herself with the help of handsome hero Jax.

Sophia travels backward in time in order to save the future from an unscrupulous villain who’s set out to thwart the progress of the industrial revolution. Along the way, she teams up with Jax to save the day. Along the way they develop a wonderful relationship that blossoms into love and promises them their HEA…assuming of course they can decide on which century they will inhabit as a couple.

Add to all the adventure and intrigue, a sweet young child and you’ve hooked this reader. I would recommend starting with book one and working your way up to this newest installment. You won’t be disappointed.

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About the Author

mediakit_authorphoto_aladyneverliesStephanie Burkhart is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD.  She was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire.  After serving 11 years in the US Army she currently calls Castaic, California her home. Stephanie was married in Denmark in 1991 and has two young sons. She adores chocolate, is addicted to coffee and enjoys early morning walks.  She’s also a den leader for her son’s Cub Scout den and is a Boy Scout mom. She writes paranormal, contemporary, and steampunk romance and has two children’s books published with 4RV Publishing.

Connect with Stephanie: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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A Giveaway

Stephanie 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

Sign-TourThis is a four-week review tour. Each weekly stop gives you even more chances to win. Please feel free to visit as many of the sites as you’d like.

November 22: A Writer’s Life
November 29: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
December 6Mixed Book Blog
December 13Jessica and Gracie’s Tree
December 13Dalene’s Book Reviews

It’s been my pleasure hosting Stephanie for a return visit. Please come back again tomorrow for my regular guest feature and then again next week for two more tours and more chances to win great prizes.

Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, and stay well read.

Nancy

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THE CIRCLES TRILOGY by Victoria Adams

jigsaw-guest-yellow-mdToday’s More the Merrier Monday features author Victoria Adams’ self-published series, the Circles Trilogy. Please join me in welcoming Victoria to Notes From a Romantic’s Heart.

 

About the Series:

Circles Trilogy was never intended to be a trilogy. I’m a retired high school teacher and one day one of my gr. 12 (senior) students moaned that there was nothing good for their age level to read. This was pre-Harry Potter and pre-Twilight.

So – I wrote a book for her. And yes, she’s read it. The story is set in a prep school, I needed the students to be older as I didn’t want to write a YA romance. As it turns out – I was writing NA romance before it even existed.

The book is called – Dancing in Circles. One of my critique partners suggested that it might be a bit long for a story and that I divide it. One book became two. Then I had to write the conclusion to the story – ta da – book 3 and a trilogy is born.

About the Books:

va-dic-amazonDancing in Circles – Book 1 – Circles Trilogy

One born into privilege and a charmed life surrounded by love and family. The other born to a life of violence on the streets as the solemn gang leader of the notorious Shoresmen. A young, idealistic co-ed, Julie, meets a jaded, cold gang member, Robert, and cracks his icy shell, allowing the warmth of her love to awaken his soul.

Available from: Amazon US          Amazon CA

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Is the love of a girl from wealthy Westland and a street punk from the slums of the Shore strong enough to surpass all that life will throw at them and forge a life together? Is Julie willing to sacrifice her childhood dream of becoming a professional dancer for the man she loves? Is Robert willing to lay down his ties to the gang in order to hold onto his new found love?

Sacrifices must be made, but will they be enough?

Available fromAmazon US         Amazon CA

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Having been betrayed by the man she assumed she was destined to be with forever; Julie Anderson slapped Robert Holiday in an angry ending to their brief love affair. Heartbroken that her love affair didn’t end with the fairy tale Happily Ever After, Julie leaves town to pursue her dream of being a dancer. As fate has a curious sense of humor, eight years later, they wake up in bed together. Now it is up to love to fix what time cannot mend.

Available fromAmazon US   Amazon CA   Print

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About the Author:

Victoria Adams, author of NA contemporary and contemporary romances was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. She lives in the country where she takes long walks on her quiet country road and in the summer tends her flower gardens and vegetable patch and in the winter dreams about them, while they are buried under two feet of snow. Her large farm house now holds only her cat, herself, her husband and a ghost.

Victoria Adams is the alternate pen name to another author – secret identity. She is indie published.

Connect With Victoria:  Blog   Facebook   Twitter

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It’s been a pleasure having Victoria stop by for her first visit to my blog. Please come back later in the week for more features and blog tours.

Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.

Nancy

 

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Haunting Highland House by Kathryn Hills

feast-on-booksFirst of all … Happy Thanksgiving! Today, I’m thankful for a number of things, among them the excitement of finding a talented new-to-me author.

It is my great pleasure to welcome author Kathryn Hills to Notes From a Romantic’s Heart. Kathryn’s debut novel, Haunting Highland House is from The Wild Rose Press’s Fantasy Rose line.

About the Book

hauntinghighlandhouse_kathrynhills_oct19She’s looking to escape her man troubles. Instead, she finds the man of her dreams. There’s only one problem – he’s dead.

Living in a haunted house and uncovering a gateway in time were not in the job description when Samantha Merrill agreed to be the property manager of Highland House. Old photos of the reclusive master of the manor captivate her, yet she’s terrified when he appears out of nowhere. How can Robert Pennington be making love to her by the parlor fireplace when he died over a century ago?

Robert Pennington is a powerful industrialist charged with caring for an ailing father, a meddling mother, and two wayward siblings. Weary of his burdens, he longs for change. Is he ready for a woman from the future? His disciplined world turns upside down when the mysterious Samantha Merrill crashes his sister’s birthday ball. He is wildly attracted to this intriguing beauty, but is it magic or mischief motivating her? When Sam vanishes before his eyes, he knows only one thing for certain.  He wants her back.

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An Excerpt

Summoning all her strength, she stepped into the light before him. Her heart pounded as if it would explode right out of her chest. “Why are you haunting me?” she demanded in her bravest ghost hunter voice.

sneak-peek-icon-web-2“Haunting?” He gave a bitter laugh though he still did not look at her. “Is that what I am doing? I believed you to be the spirit, sent to torment me.” Vacant eyes traveled up her body and then widened. “Samantha!” He jumped to his feet and snared her wrist. “Dear God, where have you been?”

“Let me go,” she cried, twisting in his grasp.

“But Samantha, it’s me.” He pulled her close.

“Help!” She yelled, though no one would hear.

“I’ll not harm you, I swear.” His arms encircled her. “How could I hurt the woman I love?”

“No,” she cried fighting with renewed strength. “I don’t know you.”

“You do, Samantha, remember. Remember me,” he commanded. He captured her face, forcing her to look at him. His voice dropped to a pleading whisper. “It’s just the doorway working its evil. You know me. You must.”

Sam went still. She dared to meet his gaze. He was sinfully gorgeous, like some dark fallen angel. Golden firelight flickered across his features. It was madness. She was alone in a far off mansion with a stranger, and yet… Sanity fought for a toehold. “I’m not who you think I am,” she rasped barely able to speak.

He caressed her cheek. “I know everything about you.”

“Don’t,” she warned, looking away. She squirmed against him until he released her with a tortured groan.

“Then all is lost. There is nothing more.” Wavering as if about to collapse, he sank to the couch. “You are only a dream then, another hallucination. Fool doctors with their laudanum.” He shook his head as if to clear it. “I’ve longed for you, night after night, alone in the darkness. Prayed you would come back to me.” His gaze roamed over her. “I remember everything. Your hair falling over me, the smell of your skin, your sweet lips parting. How can you not?”

Mesmerized, Sam was powerless against the dark magic he wove. Solid ground crumbled beneath her feet. Her body pulsed where they had touched. The very air around them seemed electrified.

With a low growl, he pulled her down into the space between his legs and wrapped his arms around her again. This time, she didn’t fight. “You knew me once, took me deep into your body. Let me love you. If only we could travel back in time.”

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Haunting Highland House is a wonderful debut novel. Filled with twists and turns, sexy heroes, and a vulnerable heroine … my kind of story.

I loved the concept of going back and forth through time. It was an entertaining change from the usual time travel scenario. The development of the plot and characters was perfectly attuned to the storyline. And the ending … a lovely surprise!

Author Kathryn Hills shines in this first book and, no doubt, will follow up with even more entertaining stories to come.  5 huge stars!

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About the Author

The rich history and many mysteries of New England are the perfect backdrop for Kathryn’s books. Winding roads lined by old stone walls, forgotten cemeteries, grand homes with shadowy pasts…all sparks for her imagination. Whether it’s a quaint seaside town or the vibrant city of Boston, it’s easy for this “hauntingly romantic” author to envision the past mingling with the present.

Taking it further – to have characters experience the past and present, opposite to “when” they belong – is the fun part. No surprise, some of Kathryn’s favorite stories involve time travel. And ghosts! Sprinkle in some magic, and you’re off on a great adventure!

When not writing, she’s taking photographs of the beautiful landscape that surrounds her. Kathryn shares her colonial home with those she loves most…her wonderful husband and daughter, and three crazy dogs.

Connect with Kathryn: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

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A big thank you to Kathryn for stopping by and best of luck with this wonderful book. Please come back again this weekend for my weekly recap and then next week for more guests and regular features.

Until then … read, laugh, love.

Nancy

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FEATURE: HOME FREE by Claire McEwen

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Notes From a Romantic’s Heart is pleased to welcome author Claire McEwen for this stop on her review tour. Her featured book, Home Free, is part of the Sierra Legacy series from Harlequin Super Romance.

About The Book

mediakit_bookcover_homefreeHis first taste of freedom was only the beginning…

Arch Hoffman has paid for his crimes. All he wants is to come home to rural California and start over. He’s not looking to be a hero when he rescues a wedding cake from hitting the dirt at the ranch next door. But culinary artist Mandy Allen’s irresistible smile makes him glad to save the day—and thankful that they’re neighbors.

Mandy’s just the distraction Arch needs. Her sweet voice quiets the memories that threaten his chance to be a better man, and he’s determined to help her confront her fears. But the past is its own prison, and even love might not be enough to set them free.

An Excerpt

sneak-peek-icon-web-2“Your cake is okay, too.”

His words were small pieces of a miracle. How was it even possible? Mandy pushed herself up to sitting, every part of her stiff, shaky and stinging.

The dark-haired man was on one knee, as if he was about to propose. And in his arms, perfectly upright, perfectly intact, was her perfect cake.

Mandy stared at him, wondering if she’d fallen right into some kind of fairy tale. Because only in stories did someone this handsome show up out of nowhere and save the day. He even had the wavy black hair of a fairy-tale prince.

Holy cow, she was staring at him like a possum at a flashlight. She scrambled to her feet, brushing at her hands and elbows, trying to ignore all the throbbing and stinging. “Thank you!” Her throat was pebbled with gratitude, tumbling the words out ragged as she leaned over and lifted the tray from his outstretched hands. “I can’t believe you saved it!”

“My pleasure.” He rose from the dirt. And rose. And rose. There had to be over six feet of him.

“It was a really good catch.” She sounded like a kid meeting a sports hero, all awestruck. But he was overwhelming. Each piece of him, from his height to the sharp cheekbones that slashed across his angular face, was larger than average. He was hard to take in all at once. And he’d saved her cake.

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I’m a big fan of bad-boy redemption books. They seem to have that special zing that has you reading with your fingers crossed for the hero’s success.

Author Claire McEwen does a wonderful job in redeeming Arch Hoffman, a man who’s paid for the crimes of his youth. You empathize with Arch right away, especially after you discover he was the victim of a far more devious father.

The heroine, Mandy, is equally endearing. Driven by her culinary career, she’s a bit skeptical at first. But who can resist a man who saves the wedding cake you worked so hard to create?

A very heartwarming, entertaining read from a new-to-me author. I look forward to reading more of her romances in the future.

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About the Author

mediakit_authorphoto_homefreeClaire McEwen lives by the ocean in Northern California with her family and a scruffy, mischievous terrier. When not dreaming up new stories, she can be found digging in her garden with a lot of enthusiasm but, unfortunately, no green thumb.

Claire enjoys discovering flea-market treasures, walking on the beach, dancing, traveling, and reading, of course!  She loves to write complex heroes and heroines who grow and find themselves through their search for love.

Connect with Claire: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

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A Giveaway

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

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Follow the Tour

Sign-TourThis is a four-week review tour. Each weekly stop gives you even more chances to win.

Please feel free to visit as many of the sites as you’d like.

November 16: Beyond my writing space
November 16: Unabridged Andra’s
November 23Mixed Book Bag
November 23Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
November 30Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books!
November 30The Reading Addict
December 7Fabulous and Brunette

It’s been my pleasure hosting Claire today. Please come back again tomorrow for my regular guest feature and then again next week for two more tours and more chances to win great prizes.

Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, and stay well read.

Nancy

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ANGEL IN HELL SERIES by Clair deLune

Today’s More the Merrier Monday features erotic romance/paranormal author Clair deLune’s Angel In Hell series from Siren Publishing. Please join me in welcoming Clair back for another visit to Notes From a Romantic’s Heart.

About the Series:

arielleA reader sent me this picture. I was struck by the pose of the figure as well as his strength and beauty. Other readers suggested I write his story and so I began to think about it. I studied Shakespeare’s Tempest in school and it has always fascinated me. I chose Arielle for my hero’s name and his home island was Prosper. The island he lands on is the opposite of his home world so I called it Hades.

meredith-pictureI only ever intended to write the one novella, but as usual, my characters and readers had other ideas. The picture of the bronze winged man was sent to me. He fitted the description of Meredith, Arielle’s friend in book 1, so of course his story had to be told. I thought that was it but this very week I received yet another picture, so maybe the series will go to 3.

Angel In Hell – Book 1

cdl-angelinhellWinged Arielle is the next ruler of Prosper, but he has been banished because he was falsely accused by a rival. Blown off course in a storm, he comes upon a beautiful, naked winged woman called Colonsay. He wants her and her partner, Oronsay, for his mates, but Rothesay, her father, wants them to mate with Strome, a violent man whose first mates threw themselves off a cliff to escape him. Strome challenges Arielle to complete two tasks. Arielle agrees, and Rothesay has to grant him his wish of mating with Oronsay and Colonsay before he attempts them.

With both tasks completed, they all go to Prosper. Will Colonsay and Oronsay be able to adapt to the customs of their new home? Arielle’s rival sets a trap to kill Colonsay in a last attempt to seize power for himself. Will Arielle be able to foil him and complete the mating ceremony which will ensure his inheritance?

Available from Bookstrand

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Meredith’s Mates – Book 2

cdl-meredith-fullTrouble is brewing on Hades. Strome has a reputation for cruelty, and when he tries to force a pair of innocent young people into mating with him, winged Meredith goes to rescue them. Little does he expect his life to change forever. He meets and rescues the mates he’s been searching for all his adult life.

Safely back on Prosper, he sets out to win their love and make them forget their ill treatment at the hands of Strome. However, a misunderstanding brings danger to his mates from an unexpected quarter.

Will Meredith succeed in thwarting the plans of a wicked woman determined to get her way? Will he rescue his mates from a future of slavery, and can he convince them of his true feelings toward them?

Available from Bookstrand

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About the Author:

clair-de-lune-fb-namedI live in Dumfries and Galloway in Southern Scotland, although I was born in South Yorkshire. I sent many happy years teaching, and when I retired I became bored with just the domestic routine.

My youngest son challenged me to write a novel of my own, and I wrote “Initiation”,  book one in the Prometheus in Chains series. Since then writing has become an important part of my life. It’s been like a roller-coaster ride, and a very pleasurable one at that. When I sent off my first book to Siren I had no idea what I was setting in motion. I joined Facebook, something I never dreamed I’d do, but I have made many good friends on there, some readers and some fellow authors. Writing has certainly changed my life.

I believe the world has enough sadness in it and my characters will always get their HEA even if the road is rocky; many of them are offered a second chance of happiness and I love to explore their journey to achieving it. I write BDSM with a heart. There is no cruelty for cruelty’s sake. I have a particular interest in Kinbaku as practised by Master “K,” who very kindly checks over the finished scenes for me. I do a lot of research both for the backgrounds I use and the names of the characters.

I love to hear from my readers and I answer all messages and emails.

Connect With Clair: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pintrest

Author PagesAmazon US | Amazon UK

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It’s been a pleasure having Clair stop by for a visit. Please come back later in the week for more features and blog tours.

Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.

Nancy

 

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Saturday’s Review and Preview

presentation1It’s been a mega-busy week these past few days. Both tours for my October book releases have run their course. My November Gift-Away closed after all twenty free copies were dispersed. And, I hosted five authors/books between Monday and Friday.

AND, in addition to writing over fifteen-thousand words, I managed to created two new book trailers. It was a good week.

REVIEW

The trailer for my October 19th, Egyptian-themed time travel, Eye of the Pharaoh.

About The Book

23-eye-of-the-pharaohPublicist Teri Hunter has her hands full promoting Professor Joshua Cain and his new non-fiction book, The Pharaoh’s Mummy. She’s not convinced it’s even possible to turn this absent-minded, modern-day, Indiana Jones into a best-selling author.

Dr. Cain’s PhDs in archaeology and art history have prepared him for almost anything on the lecture circuit and among ancient ruins. He’s just not sure about a book tour…or the sexy publicist sent to monitor his every professional move.

When an odd request falls in their laps while in New Orleans, Josh and Teri find themselves transported to 1920’s Egypt where they must resolve an ancient curse in order to be sent home. Will the dangers facing them hinder their success and threaten their very lives? Or will help from an ancient guardian keep them on-track and safe?

Available on Amazon

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PREVIEW

The trailer for my upcoming, December 16th, erotic romance novella, Kilty Pleasures.

About the Book

perf5.000x8.000.inddWhen Ronan MacAlister returns to Glencoe, Maine to see to the affairs of his late uncle, he’s immediately reminded of why he’s stayed away. The small town is definitely not his cup of tea, and he can’t wait to settle the estate and be done with the cold winters. The only bright spot is the feisty farm manager, Aileen. All grown up now and far from the shy and reserved girl from his childhood, she exudes a steamy sexuality that has Ronan and his unruly body on full alert.

Aileen MacDougall had a huge crush on Ronan when she was a teenager, content to adore him from afar whenever his family came to Glencoe for a visit. Now he’s back, and although the circumstances are less than ideal, she’s eager to find out if her fantasies can live up to reality. But he holds the key to the future of Glencoe in his hands as well as her own hopes and dreams.

Can being trapped together in a remote cabin during a freak snowstorm melt his heart? Or will they discover they have differences even kilty pleasures can’t overcome?

Available for Pre-order on Amazon

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I anticipate next week to be just as busy while I put the finishing touches to my upcoming book, Waking Up in Oz, part of the new Stranded series from The Wild Rose Press.

I’m also expecting at least four guests during the week with both my regular features and scheduled blog tours. So, please, come back for a visit as often as possible.

Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.

Nancy

 

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FEATURE: LUKE’S REDEMPTION by Anni Fife

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Notes From a Romantic’s Heart is pleased to welcome author Anni Fife for today’s book blast tour. Her latest release, Luke’s Redemption is from The Wild Rose Press‘s Wilder catalog.

About the Book

mediakit_bookcover_lukesredemptionChased by her criminal kingpin father, Katya Dalca runs to New Orleans and straight into the arms of Luke Hunter. Sucked into the carnal world of the French Quarter, she succumbs to Luke’s potent sexuality. He not only steals her breath, he steals her heart and the only leverage she has against her father. She is left with no choice except to pick up the pieces and rebuild her life alone.

Undercover DEA agent Luke Hunter thought his newest assignment—recover a stolen flash drive to gain the trust of the Russian mob—was like any other. But his target brings him to his knees, and after one taste of her intoxicating beauty, he’s in too deep. Doing his job means walking away, leaving his heart behind with nothing but a promise to reunite. It’s a promise he can’t keep.

When Katya’s past reaches out and her world unravels, her only hope is the one man she is most vulnerable to—Luke.

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An Excerpt

sneak-peek-icon-web-2The smell of beignets wafted up and distracted, I lifted the bag and took a deep breath. Whoosh! Fine sugar blew up out of the bag and coated me.

“Shit, honey, you look sweet all over.”

Oh, just great.

Blinking sugar out of my eyes I looked up. And up. He was tall, well over six foot. Midnight-blue eyes rimmed by a deeper blue-black smoldered lazily down at me. “You’re holding the best beignets in the world. You gonna stand there or you going to take a bite?”

“Umm.” Jeez, Katya. Say something.

“Here, let me hold that for you.” He took the coffee from my hand. “Go on, babe. Take a bite. It’ll be the best thing you’ll ever taste.”

Still struck dumb, I did what he asked and lifted a beignet out of the bag and took a big bite. Oh! It was like sinking my teeth into a sweet pillow of ambrosia.

“Good huh?”

I nodded and stared back at him. Then, without uttering a word, I stuffed the rest of the beignet into my mouth. He grinned at me, shaking his head. “Want to wash it down with this?” He held out my coffee.

My fingers brushed against his. Yikes! I couldn’t stop the slight tremor caused by his touch. I took a gulp of coffee – half rich chicory, half hot milk – and finally found my voice. “Would you like one?” I offered the bag of beignets to him.

“Would be like taking candy from a baby,” he grinned. “But don’t worry, I’ve got my own.” He dangled a packet like mine in front of me.

Then we both stood there and smiled at each other while we gorged on sugary donuts. He would reach for my coffee to free my hand. Then after I ate some fluffy yumminess, he’d hand it back to me so I could take a sip. We swallowed the last of our beignets and licked our fingers.

I didn’t even know his name, yet I was more turned on than I had ever been in my life.

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Luke’s Redemption is available from Amazon

Also available from Nook, Kobe, Bookstrand, All Romance, iTunes and The Wild Rose Press. All the Buy Links are available on Anni’s Website.

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About the Author

mediakit_authorphoto_lukesredemptionLast year, Anni Fife closed the door on a successful career in television, to fulfill her lifelong passion, writing. In the space of one month, she closed her business, packed up her city life and moved to a small seaside village. ‘My writing has always been constrained by client briefs,’ Anni says. ‘Now, I finally have the opportunity to write to the beat of my own heart.’ LUKE’s Redemption is Anni’s debut novel and she hopes you enjoy reading it as much as she loved writing it. Anni loves to spend hours walking on the beach searching for pansy shells, more hours drinking red wine with her gal posse, and the most hours writing steamy romance novels filled with hot alpha men and the sassy intelligent women they can’t live without. She is currently working on her second novel, GRAY’s Promise.

Anni is published by The Wild Rose Press, and is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA).

Connect with Anni: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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A Giveaway

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

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Follow the Tour

This is a one-day, multi-blog site tour. Each stop on the tour gives you even more chances to win. Please feel free to visit as many of the sites as you’d like.

1: Alexandra Forry Books
2: Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books!
3: Book Giveaways
4: Book Lover Promo
5: Christine Young
6: Erotica For All
7: Behind Closed Doors Book Review
8: Fabulous and Brunette
9: Independent Authors
10: Liz Gavin’s Blog
11: Long and Short Reviews
12: Natural bri
13: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
14: Read Your Writes Book Reviews
15: Romance Novel Giveaways
16: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’
17: T’s Stuff
18: The Avid Reader
19: Booklover Sue
20: Cafinated Reads
21: Jen’s Reading Obsession
22: Dawn’s Reading Nook
23: Books,Dreams,Life
24: The Silver Dagger Scriptorium
25: Harps Romance Book Review
26: It’s Raining Books

It’s been my pleasure hosting Anni this Friday. Please come back again next week for my regular Monday and Wednesday features as well as more tours with more chances to win great prizes.

Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, and stay well read.

Nancy

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