Partying on Facebook … Hot Reads for Cold Nights

Coming up this Friday, January 20th, a group of ten authors from The Wild Rose Press‘ Wild Catalog will celebrate some of the best in erotic romance. From 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. EST, we’ll play games, hold giveaways, and endeavor to entertain our readers. You’re welcome to join in the fun at Hot Books/Cold Nights.

Attending Authors

6:00 p.m. – Kayden Claremont who will feature two of her steamiest books, Tartan Temptation (Real Men Wear Kilts series) and Red Hot (A Candy Hearts Romance — and currently on sale for 40% off).

6:30 p.m. – Marie Tuhart. Her Candy Heart’s Romance, Melt My Heart, will entertain even the most discerning fan of bondage!

7:00 p.m. – Ashantay Peters whose Real Men Wear Kilts offering, Kiltless in Carolina, is outrageously sexy and funny!

7:30 p.m. – Nancy Fraser. I get a chance to show off my kilted-hero in Kilty Pleasures. Being trapped in a snow-bound cabin has never been so hot!

8:00 p.m. – Maxine Mansfield takes on a time-traveling look at her modern-day school teacher and sexy Scot in Time for a Highlander.

8:30 p.m. – KyAnn Waters mixes Sci-Fi and Cowboys with two offerings, Taking Command and, from the Cowboy Kink series, Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down. Talk about switching genres!

9:00 p.m. – Layla Chase brings us another two steamy bits of perfection. Heated Negotiation and On an Escort’s Arm are sure to bring a smile to any reader’s face.

9:30 p.m. – Anita Kidesu shows off her Candy Heart’s Romance, Surprise Me, and then turns it up a notch with the foursome comedy South Seas Seduction. What a way to be stranded!

10:00 p.m. – Veronica Blake. a newcomer to the Scarlet Rose/Wilder catalog is previewing her upcoming release, Superstition, a look at the struggles of a half-human/half-vampire and his search for a human mate.

10:30 p.m. – Allie Fisher wraps things up with her spicy tale of will she or won’t she in Maybe I Do. Of course she will … after all it’s erotic romance!

Our hostess-with-the-mostess, Kayden Claremont, will be back at 11:00 to wrap things up. We look forward to seeing everyone there.

Please check out each authors’ website for a look at all their work. The entire Wilder catalog can be found by using the link at the top of the page.

Oh, and just in case games, and prizes, and freebies aren’t enough. The Wild Rose Press is also giving away a grand prize of a digital copy of all the featured books via Rafflecopter draw. We look forward to having you stop by and take a chance on steamy romance!

Nancy

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SPECIAL FEATURE: WINTER’S KISS by Darlene Fredette

WK BookTourToday’s guest is author Darlene Fredette. I’m pleased to highlight, Winter’s Kiss, the second book in her Redford Falls series from Escape Publishing. Please join me in welcoming Darlene to Notes From a Romantic’s Heart.

About the Book

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Return to beautiful Redford Falls: a woman who knows what she wants and a man who knows what he needs.

Winter's Kiss CoverNothing thaws the chill faster than a warm winter kiss.

She’s been on a flight from hell for over eight hours, lost four hours of daylight, and arrived in temperatures twenty degrees lower than accustomed to. Disliking winter for a reason she refuses to discuss, Danielle Lerato would rather be anywhere than in Redford Falls. She needs to get the job done and return home before getting caught up in the small town’s charm…and the arms of the handsome, brown-eyed restaurant owner.

Andrew Haley’s first encounter with the buttery blonde didn’t go so well, and he well-remembers the chill of the glass of water she dumped over his head. Now, two years later, a raging storm drops Danielle back into his life. She’s determined to leave, but he’ll do whatever it takes to convince her to fall in love with Redford Falls…and him.

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Danielle probably looked a hideous mess. Her hair had come loose from the clip on the top of her head. Sleep masked her eyes. She wanted nothing more than to wash her face and sterilize her hands from the airborne germs she encountered on the plane. “I’ve been on the flight from hell for over eight hours. I’ve lost four hours of daylight, and the temperature here is twenty degrees lower than where I live.” She pulled the straps of her leather jacket tight around her waist. “I have to rent a car and drive two hours to a small town where, if I blink I’ll miss it.” She waved a pointed finger in the air for dramatic effect. “I’d rather be anywhere but here.”

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About the Author

Darlene resides on the East Coast of Canada with her husband, daughter, and Yellow Lab. When not working on her next book, she enjoys spending time with her family. An avid reader since childhood, Darlene loves to develop the many stories swimming in her head. She writes heartwarming contemporary romances with a focus on plot-driven page-turners.

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A Tour Giveaway

Darlene will be drawing names from those who comment on this post, any other tour post, or on her blog, for tour prizes. See Darlene’s blog for more information.

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It’s been a pleasure having Darlene stop by for a visit and to share with us the second book in her wonderful Redford Falls series. Please come back later in the week for more features and blog tours.

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

Nancy

P.S. Don’t forget to request a copy of my January Gift-Away book. The order link is in the sidebar to the right.

 

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BLURB BLITZ: WET by Ashley Bostock

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Notes From a Romantic’s Heart is pleased to welcome author Ashley Bostock for this final stop on her Blurb Blitz tour for Wet, the first book in her Love in Lone Star series.

About the Book

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I’ve always been, Miranda Phillips, the town pariah. Growing up with neglectful parents, having sought attention from all the guys that were willing to give it to me, I wasn’t the most well-behaved kid in Lone Star. Killing an entire pond of Mrs. Potter’s fish when I was sixteen is one of many juvenile delinquent acts I’ve done in my past.

MediaKit_BookCover_WetBut now I am Lone Star’s reporter, only reporter and I’ve come a long way from being that lost, troubled girl, even if most of the town still judged me for it. I don’t allow anyone to get in the way of what I want. Including Ryan John. So when I corner him in the dark hallway and get him to succumb to the sizzling attraction between us, I know I’m playing with fire.

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Even though I’ve successfully avoided her for two months, I haven’t forgotten how she tastes or what she feels like in my arms. And when I get sent a mysterious letter from some company wanting to buy my thousand shares of water rights that have been in my family for over a hundred years, I’m convinced that there is no one…err, better equipped, to help me than Lone Star’s only reporter, Miranda Phillips.

I know how desperately she wants me and this letter gives me all the reason I need to spend one night with the girl from the wrong side of town. One night in exchange for her tight investigative skills. And believe me, she’s tight, in more ways than one. One night. Because Miranda is trouble and being on the city council, as well as guardian to my younger brother and sister, means I can’t afford trouble.

Even if it comes packaged just the way I like.

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Yes, I was more attracted to Miranda than any other female I had ever come across, but that didn’t make her girlfriend material. How do I explain all of that to a thirteen-year-old girl? Besides, even though I had a strict no-dating rule for their young ages, I didn’t want to hurt Brianna’s feelings by allowing her to think the boy she was so infatuated with didn’t share her feelings. She was my sister and as cute as she was now, she was going to grow up and become a real heart-breaker. I was fucked.

What in the hell do I do? I lifted my head and asked her to sit down.

“Listen to me, okay? As you can see, Miranda is very beautiful. I’m a guy, I take notice in that because it’s natural so that’s why I look at her that way. Adam probably thinks you’re beautiful too because you are, okay?”

“Okay. But I need to know if he likes me!”

“You’re thirteen, Brianna! It doesn’t matter. Look, I’m sorry. Yes, okay. If he was looking at you the way I was looking at Miranda, then yes, he likes you.”

Somehow I’m going to regret this later.

“Soooo, you like Miranda, then? Is she going to be your girlfriend?”

Not much later. Was I seriously having this conversation with my thirteen-year-old sister?

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About the Author

MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_WetAshley Bostock was born and raised in Colorado where she currently resides with her husband, two children, her dog and two cats. She loves reading, writing, and music and is always trying to find more time in the day to incorporate all three.

Seeking an outlet and pursuing her life-long passion for writing, she began composing her first novel in late 2013. She has traveled all over the world, but still has an extensive list of places she would love to visit. Anywhere near a sky-blue ocean will always be at the top of that list.

She carries a Bachelor’s Degree in History with a concentration in Elementary Education from Metropolitan State College of Denver. While she loves children, she now fears teaching, which probably has something to do with being a stay-at-home mom.

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A Giveaway

Ashley Bostock will be awarding $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour. 

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Previous Tour Stops

Sign-TourRemember, you can go back to all the previous stops for additional chances to win the giveaway prize.

December 26: Books,Dreams,Life
December 27: Fabulous and Brunette
December 28: Christine Young
December 29: Punya Reviews…
December 30: Book Lover Promo
January 2: The Avid Reader
January 3: T’s Stuff
January 4: Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog
January 4: The Silver Dagger Scriptorium
January 5: Read Your Writes Book Reviews
January 6: BooksChatter
January 9: Hearts and Scribbles
January 10: Book Giveaways
January 11: Kissing Bandits
January 12: Louise Lyndon Romance Author Hear Me Roar

It was my pleasure hosting Ashley today. Please come back again later in the week for more features and tours.

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

Nancy

 

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SPECIAL FEATURE: THE DEPUTY LANEY BRIGGS SERIES by Jodi Linton

featuredWhat a way to round out the week! Today we’re featuring author Jodi Linton and her Deputy Laney Briggs series from Entangled Publishing. Please join me in welcoming Jodi for her first visit to Notes From a Romantic’s Heart.

About the Series

According to Jodi, “When I was pregnant with my first child I had trouble sleeping so instead I sat down at the computer and decided to try my hand at writing. Granted, it wasn’t as easy as I first thought, but after several missed attempts I had the first draft to Laney Briggs. And, though, it took months to get her ready to be read I can say still today I find myself laughing at my spunky, all-Texan, smart mouth deputy. I hope you experiences some giggles, blushed cheeks, and racing hearts while reading Laney, too.”

Pretty Reckless – Book #1

PrettyReckless500 (1)Folks say I’m reckless. I suppose loading a Texas Ranger in the ass with buckshot in my fit of jealousy earned me more scrutiny than the preacher’s wife at a Sunday potluck.

Now I work as a deputy, and the pistol on my hip is registered. I’m finally moving past all the tongue wagging about my youthful escapades. That is until Gunner Wilson, the object of said target practice, struts his cowboy boots back into town. Now he keeps showing up everywhere with that sexy grin of his.

All I want to do is solve this latest case then kick the cocky, tattooed lawman to the curb. But Gunner has gotten under my skin. And hell, that’s a problem, because I’ve made a new life in Pistol Rock, one that doesn’t include my hotter than hell ex-boyfriend. Except now I need his help…and asking a favor from Gunner might cost me more than just a pair of panties…

Pretty Shameless – Book #2

PrettyShameless500The second I ran into Gunner Wilson and his outrageously cocky attitude at my cousin’s shooting range, I considered us a team. Then he played dumb about a duffel bag full of money, my cousin’s whereabouts, and the freaking case he’d been working.

Now, I’d bet my britches (and everything else I’m wearing) that my sexy, hot-assed Texas Ranger is lying about my cousin’s real involvement in the local gun smuggling ring.

I know just how damned distracting Gunner can be. Trust me. The pure, unadulterated want between us has never been stronger—and it seems Gunner is pulling all the punches to drive me crazy. He’s good, I’ll hand him that.

But as they say—“You can’t pick your family”—and I’ll be damned if I’m going to let one of them take heat for a crime they didn’t commit.

This case means war.

Pretty Lawless – Book #3

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Happily ever afters are for wimps. At least that’s what I tell myself. Although, when you expect a proposal from your longtime boyfriend and instead watch him arrest your best friend—diamond size becomes a moot point.

This time not even that sinfully delicious swagger will be enough to save Gunner Wilson from my shit list.

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Yep, Laney’s gonna have my hide. Especially when she finds out how much I’ve been keeping from her.

Mafia? Check. Corrupt cops. Check. Fake arrests. Check. Check.

It looks bad. I know.

But I love my girl. I’ve made some mistakes. Damn right, I have. But everything I’ve done was to protect her.

I’ll break every rule in the book to prove to Laney I’m the best man for the job.

Talk Dirty to me Cowboy – Book #4

TalkDirtyToMeCowboy500Give me tight Wranglers. Stetsons. And a grin that would make the devil green with envy.

Give me Gunner Wilson. I’m his. And he’s mine. We’ve been given a second chance, and I have every intention of showing my cowboy how much he means to me.

Tonight, he has my kisses, my desire, and my focus. It’s date night, and I’m bringing the big guns—

My red cowboy boots.

 

Whatcha Gonna Do with a Cowboy – Book #5

WhatchaGonnaDoWithACowboy500 (1)There’s something about a cowboy, right? Exhibit A: Gunner Wilson—Pistol Rock’s resident gunslinger. He’s broad-chested, inked, with a devilish swagger that could make a nun to recant.

He moved back into my life quicker than a cold snap comes and goes in Texas. I should be concerned since Mr. Sexy Texas Ranger has put me in hot water more times than I can count. Yet we can’t keep our hands off each other.

Folks in town say he’s bad news. I beg to differ. He’s changed. They think I should give him the boot. Rid my life of more trouble. But what they don’t know is—

I’m the one welcoming trouble into our small town. And sometimes a reformed bad boy is the only thing standing between a girl and some-not-so-very-good men.

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The first book in the series, Pretty Reckless, is on sale for 99¢. A first chapter excerpt and purchase links are available through Entangled.

The remainder of the series, along with first chapter excerpts and purchase links can be found on Jodi’s Entangled Author Page.

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About the Author

Jodi Linton is the author of the Deputy Laney Briggs Series and the Dirty Sinners Motorcycle Club. She lives in Texas with her husband and two kids. When she’s not writing about sassy females and dirty talking heroes, she enjoys long walks and family time down at the river.

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It’s been a pleasure hosting Jodi and her handful of sexy characters. Please come back again next week for more featured authors and fun! Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.

Nancy

P.S.: Don’t forget to request your copy of my Gift-Away book for January. The link to the request form is at the top of the sidebar!

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REVIEW: FEARLESS DESTINY by Annette Bower

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Notes From a Romantic’s Heart is pleased to welcome author Anette Bower for this stop on her review tour. Her featured book, Fearless Destiny, is from Soul Mate Publishing.

About The Book

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mediakit_bookcover_fearlessdestinyFrom the Romance Review Readers Choice nominee, Annette Bower, comes a new small town romance, Fearless Destiny. Tiffany George, riding high on her commission as a fresco artist, returns home for some deserved rest and relaxation.

The drive is uneventful until she rescues Will Cleaver on the side of a highway. While savoring memories of a kiss and a well formed butt, her future goals do not include a romance.

Once in town, she discovers the hopes and dreams of her community hinge on the development of a new resource mine and Will Cleaver’s designed neighborhood. Her parents demand she give up art and resume her working partner role in the family business. Tiffany George is pulled by her community roots and stretched by her newly discovered independence.

Will Cleaver knows about taking charge of destiny. He models the courage she uses to become the woman she needs to be.

An Excerpt

The words “hello there” ploughed down the silent hallway as Tiffany’s roadside linebacker advanced with a synchronized arm and leg crutch-walk.

Tiffany bit her cheek while she watched her father grab the railing on the wall. She stepped forward. “Tiffany George of George’s Family Plumbing. There’s a water break.”

His gaze traveled up from her chest to the collar of her pink coveralls and then to the top of her head, where she was sure her spikes had tumbled like dominoes. Then down to the tips of her lime-green boots. “Nice boots, real nice boots.”

Tiffany tugged at the weight of the tool bag across her body.

“A sprite of many talents, I see.” He gripped his walking aids.

“We can’t all be just a pretty face.” She could have bitten off her tongue.

He raised his eyebrows and his eyes sparkled. They weren’t black after all, but a deep brown.

“You think I’m pretty?” He sounded amused.

She took a wide stance and began an assessment of him from the tip of his dusty loafers, gray trousers, a rumpled white shirt with the sleeves rolled up to the elbows exposing firm, and tanned arms. His whiskers shadowed across his firm jaw, his full lips held neutral, his straight nose and those dark watchful eyes had deep etched laugh lines around them. “You have a certain road weariness that I’d like to capture on paper.” Reaching with her callused fingers, she touched his beard.

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Author Annette Bower has penned yet another wholesome romance. Her heroine, Tiffany, shows wonderful strength of character even when she struggles between the life she’s made and the one she left behind. Romance is not in her plans.

Enter the hero, Will, sent to this small Canadian prairie town to oversee the housing he’s designed. Easy on the eyes, Tiffany finds him hard to resist.

Can Tiffany give up her new-found independence and do what’s expected of her? And what about Will? Is he just passing through or is their romance destined to last?

Well written, the story perfectly conveys the feelings of both the hero and heroine, as well as gives just the right amount of insight from the secondary characters without overshadowing the romance or the story itself.

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Meet the Author

mediakit_authorphoto_fearlessdestinyAnnette Bower writes about women’s roles in families, in communities and women’s emotions at the beginning and end of love in her home office in Regina, SK. Her short stories are published in magazines and anthologies in Canada, United States, and United Kingdom.

Her women’s fiction novels with romantic elements, Woman of Substance and Moving On are published by Soul Mate Publishing.

Annette Bower’s day-to-day experiences as a nurse, administrator, town councillor, teacher’s assistant and student means that her stories are the real thing because they are about you and your neighbours. Her short stories and novels are read around the world. Her romance novels are set in Saskatchewan because she believes home is as exotic as anywhere else in the wide world she has visited.

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A Giveaway

Annette 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 four-week review tour. Please feel free to visit as many of the sites as you’d like for even more chances to win.

December 27: Room With Books
January 3: Unabridged Andra’s
January 3: LibriAmoriMiei
January 10Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
January 10Beyond my writing space
January 17The Reading Addict
January 17Romantic Fanatic

It’s been my pleasure hosting Annette for this visit. I look forward to future visits.

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Please come back again soon for more Goddess Fish tours. Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, and stay well read.

Nancy

P.S.: Don’t forget to sign up for my January Anniversary Giftaway. This month’s free book is featured on the sidebar.

 

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FEATURE: AT FIRST SIGHT by Candy Caine

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Notes From a Romantic’s Heart is pleased to welcome author Candy Caine for this stop on her Blurb Blitz tour. Her featured book, At First Sight, is an interracial/multicultural romance from Arrow Publications.

About The Book

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mediakit_bookcover_atfirstsightWhen Autumn Stiles lands the advertising job of her dreams, she feels it’s the happiest day of her life. She doesn’t count on the tall, handsome, dreamy-eyed Stuart Tanner doing his best to get her to quit.

When Tanner learns that he has a new socialite employee at the advertising agency where he works, he is determined to get rid of her. She is obviously just trying out for a hard-working job that she thinks is glamorous.

But soon the heat sizzles between them and he determines he will never give in to his desires.

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An Excerpt

The Clio Award was like the Academy Award for advertising. It was awarded for creative excellence in all forms of communication.

Autumn rushed into her office breathless. Stuart looked up from his computer monitor.

“Who died and left you a bundle?”

“Money? Who cares about money? This is way better than money, and definitely something money can’t buy.”

“Really?”

Autumn rolled her eyes. “Look, do you want to hear the great news or not?”

“Sure, humor me.”

“We’re up for a Clio!”

Stuart stared gaped-mouth at Autumn as the words she had just spoken filtered through his shocked brain. Suddenly, he jumped up and grabbed her as they did an impromptu happy dance around the room. It took approximately thirty seconds before they both stopped dancing and locked eyes for several moments. Then their lips met. Though they broke apart quickly after realizing what they’d done, Autumn still felt its sweetness flow through her, her heart wanting more—much, much more.

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About the Author

mediakit_authorphoto_atfirstsightWhether she’s writing a short story or novel, Candy Caine will make her interracial romances hot and spicy. Always striving to entertain her readers, Candy tries to breathe life into her characters by running them past her husband, Robert–which often makes life interesting in their new home in Arizona.

Candy loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at candy@candycaine.com.

Visit her website at www.candycaine.com and find her books on Amazon, B&N, MyRomanceStory.com and wherever books are sold.

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A Giveaway

Candy Caine will be awarding a hot pink beach tote bag (U.S. only) to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

This is a two-week blurb blitz tour. Please feel free to visit as many of the sites as you’d like for even more chances to win.

December 26: Two Ends of the Pen
December 27: Louise Lyndon Romance Author Hear Me Roar
December 28: Books,Dreams,Life
December 29: fuonlyknew
December 30: Book Giveaways
January 2: Sharing Links and Wisdom
January 3: Christine Young
January 4: Fabulous and Brunette
January 5: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
January 6The Avid Reader

It’s been my pleasure hosting Candy for today’s visit. Please come back again next week for more features and tours. Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, and stay well read.

Nancy

P.S.: Don’t forget to sign up for my January Anniversary Giftaway. This month’s free book is featured on the sidebar.

 

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FEATURE: TO FIND A VIKING TREASURE by Gina Conkle

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Notes From a Romantic’s Heart is pleased to welcome author Gina Conkle for this stop on her review tour. Her featured book, To Find a Viking Treasure, is the second book in her Norse series.

About The Book

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mediakit_bookcover_tofindavikingtreasureSurvival’s in his blood…

Rough-souled Brandr’s ready for a new life far from Uppsala, but the Viking has a final task —protect the slave, Sestra. Her life’s full of hardship…until she learns the location of a treasure. With war coming, stealing the enemy’s riches will save lives, but only one man can defend her —the fierce Viking scout, Brandr.

The two have always traded taunts, now they must share trust. Passions flare as secrets unfold, leading one to make a daring sacrifice on their quest To Find a Viking Treasure

An Excerpt

Icy water drenched her, the cold droplets prickling tender skin. Blood flowed like hot honey through her sluggish limbs. She slipped one hand under Brandr’s muddy tunic, and hard male flesh pebbled against her fingertips.

Brandr broke the kiss, his breath hitching sharply. His mouth hovered over hers as if the enthralling inch between their lips fed a deep need.

He didn’t move, save his shaky grip on her arm. “Your hand…”

His firm flesh twitched under her palm.

Was the hard-souled warrior starved for touch?

Foreheads and noses brushed as she pushed his tunic up determined to have her way. They still stood in the waterfall’s mist not caring that they mere steps from the cliff. Dirt smeared Brandr’s furrowed midline. Taking her time, she wiped it off and a weave of muscles and smooth skin clenched against her hand. Enveloped in darkness, her senses came alive, touching a ridged scar on his chest, smelling pine on his skin, the uneven cadence of his voice as he whispered her name against her lips.

A fresh grew, the want to be closer. She sought the curve of his ribs, sliding her hands to his back—

“Sestra. No.” Brandr jerked away, his voice ragged. He held her at arm’s length.

“Why…why’d you stop?”

It was all she could do to form the question. She still tasted him on her tongue when he let her go. The waterfall crashed behind her its blast matching the uproar inside her.

Brandr tugged down his tunic. “This isn’t safe.”

“Dead men don’t care that we’re kissing.”

He chuckled dryly and picked up his sword from the mud. “No,” he said, wiping the weapon clean before sheathing it across his back. “You’re soaked. Those clothes of yours need to come off.”

“Most men say that come nightfall,” she teased. “The clothes coming off part.”

He went still. “I’m not most men.”

Wet black hair fell around his face, the jaggedly cut ends grazing his jaw. Though it was nightfall, she saw Brandr clearly. The rough-hewn Viking stood like a wild beast in a rare tame moment. His tarnished silver eyes pierced her, left her tongue-tied because she put him with other men who used thralls for their pleasure.

What stopped him?

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Nancys Book Reviews BannerFirst off, let me say … I’m a huge Gina Conkle fan! I absolutely loved the first book in this series, Norse Jewel, and I had no doubt that I would enjoy this book as well. I was not disappointed. As a matter of fact, I was surprised by how much more I enjoyed this second installment.

Brandr and Sestra are the Viking version of frenemies-to-lovers. Having taunted each other in the past with well-placed teasing, it was only a matter of time before their thinly-veiled banter turned to passion.

Brandr is the consummate Viking … all lean muscle and tightly wound strength and passion. Sestra is the perfect foil, lover and partner. The product of a hard life, she recognizes a good and honorable man when she sees one.

Can they find what they seek in both treasure and each other? Author Gina Conkle has penned another wonderful Viking tale and a sure winner. Don’t just browse this post and leave a generic comment … go out and buy the book!

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About the Author

mediakit_authorphoto_tofindavikingtreasureHi, I’m Gina Conkle and I write Viking and Georgian romance, which makes for interesting characters in my head. I grew up in southern California and despite all that sunshine, I love books over beaches and stone castles over sand castles.

Now I live in Michigan with my favorite alpha male, Brian, and our two sons where I occasionally garden and cook. Living in snow gives me the perfect excuse to get lost in reading and writing. I enjoy connecting with readers at conferences and on social media.

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A Giveaway

Gina will be awarding a Samsung Galaxy Tablet (a 7″ Nook) US Only 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. Please feel free to visit as many of the sites as you’d like for even more chances to win.

December 27: Buried Under Romance
December 27: Punya Reviews…
January 3: Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog
January 3: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
January 10Booklover Sue
January 10Laura’s Interests
January 17LibriAmoriMiei
January 17Lampshade Reader

It’s been my pleasure hosting Gina for this visit. I look forward to future visits.

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Please come back again later this week for more Goddess Fish tours. Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, and stay well read.

Nancy

P.S.: Don’t forget to sign up for my January Anniversary Giftaway. This month’s free book is featured on the sidebar.

 

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FEATURE: SPOONING DAISY by Maggie McConnell

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Notes From a Romantic’s Heart is pleased to welcome author Maggie McConnell for this stop on her Blurb Blitz tour. Her featured book, Spooning Daisy, is the first book in her Otter Bite series.

About The Book

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mediakit_bookcover_spooningdaisyIt’s a long way from Seattle to Otter Bite, Alaska. But if one woman can survive the trip–and the locals–she just might find what her heart has been searching for.

Her mango chutney is exquisite; her blueberry sauce is to die for. But right now, Chef de Cuisine Daisy Moon is a woman without a kitchen–and without a fiancé. Unceremoniously dumped from her place of business and her relationship, Daisy sells her belongings, plus a few of her ex’s, and packs her bags. Maybe smashing all the china in her former restaurant was a bad move. Stripped of her Golden Spoon for “un-chef-like” conduct, she is now blacklisted all over Seattle. Her sole job offer is from the Wild Man Lodge…in Otter Bite, Alaska.

Too bad Daisy can’t even get out of Dodge without incident. By the time she boards a ship for Alaska, she’s got a trail of new troubles behind her, and suddenly Otter Bite is sounding pretty good. But the vessel turns into her own personal Titanic when a series of close encounters confirms her terrible taste in men–including one very good looking bad luck charm named Max Kendall. She vows to dedicate the rest of her days to chowders and brulée. Yet even Alaska isn’t far enough away to shake the memories of the sexy shipmate who rocked her cabin–and her world. Thank goodness she’s done with surprises–but they may not be done with her…

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An Excerpt

“I had apple strudel. I never have apple strudel. It’s not my usual.”

“You came here to tell me you had apple strudel?”

“The thing is…I liked it. For a change, I mean. Once. Not every day, of course.”

“Max–”

“The truth is…” He stepped toward her. “The truth is…I feel bad about giving you such a hard time at breakfast.”

“Ohhhh. This is an apology.”

“No, absolutely not.” Max retracted the step he’d just taken. “This is absolutely NOT an apology.”

Daisy huffed. Normally, she’d take great satisfaction in Max’s guilt and take equal pleasure in the banter that would surely follow. However, she was a woman on a mission, and she didn’t have the time, not with Otter Bite hanging by a manila envelope.

“Fine. Thank you for coming here NOT to apologize and for that apple strudel thing. And–” She momentarily softened. “–the money. But I just don’t have the time for whatever this is.”

Once again he stepped toward her. “You’re making this extremely difficult.”

“This? This what? What am I making–”

“This.” The word melted into her mouth.

The two hundreds floated from her hand to the floor. Then, her arms wrapped Max’s neck, his body pressed hers, and Daisy was lost in a kiss she never expected to own.

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About the Author

mediakit_authorphoto_spooningdaisyGolden Heart nominee Maggie McConnell spent her childhood overseas as the daughter of US diplomats. Attending college in Illinois, she earned a BA in Art and an MBA while working at the local humane shelter. At 26, she packed her dog and cat into a Ford truck and drove the Alcan Highway to Alaska, where she spent 23 years exploring The Last Frontier in a single-engine Cessna. A vegan and animal rights advocate, Maggie provides a sanctuary on her Arizona ranch for all creatures great and small, but her immediate family includes dog Molly, cat Sara, horses Quinn and Teena, and an ever-growing dynasty of chipmunks. Every year, like the Gray Whale, Maggie returns to Alaska.

Connect with MaggieWebsite | Facebook

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A Giveaway

mediakit_commenterprize_blurbblitz_katespadenecklaceMaggie McConnell will be awarding a Kate Spade necklace: enamel “forget-me-not” blue flowers (U.S. only) to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

Sign-TourThis is a four-week blurb blitz tour. Please feel free to visit as many of the sites as you’d like for even more chances to win.

December 5: Welcome to My World of Dreams
December 6: 3 Partners in shopping, Nana, Mommy, and Sissy, Too!
December 7: Straight from the Library
December 8: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
December 8: Fabulous and Brunette
December 9: Readeropolis
December 12: Dena Garson-Real… Hot… Romance
December 13: Louise Lyndon Romance Author Hear Me Roar
December 14: Reviews by Crystal
December 15: Rachel Brimble Romance
December 16: The Silver Dagger Scriptorium
December 26: Mixed Book Bag
December 27: Lilac Reviews
December 28: Book Giveaways
December 29: Books,Dreams,Life
December 30: Jersey Girl Book Reviews
January 2: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
January 3: Kissing Bandits
January 4: Two Ends of the Pen
January 5: Harlie’s Books
January 6: Booklover Sue

It’s been my pleasure hosting Maggie for today’s visit. I look forward to having her back again soon.

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Please come back again later this week for more features and tours. Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, and stay well read.

Nancy

P.S.: Don’t forget to sign up for my January Anniversary Giftaway. This month’s free book is featured on the sidebar.

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Welcome the New Year with Author Cathy Skendrovich

2017Notes From a Romantic’s Heart welcomes you to 2017! Our guest today is author Cathy Skendrovich. Cathy’s celebrating a Book Birthday for her new release, The Pirate’s Bride, from Literary Wanderlust LLC. Please join me in welcoming Cathy to the blog.

 

About the Book

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pb-coverAll Sophie Bellard wants is her freedom, freedom to sail the seven seas, and freedom to be her own person without interference from some controlling husband. But an arranged marriage to handsome and dangerous Captain Andre Dubois derails all her hopes. After a disastrous wedding night where a ruinous secret is discovered, the two go their separate ways with hopes of never meeting again.

Sophie becomes a pirate, while Andre sets off for the Orient where he makes a murderous enemy. After escaping with his life, Andre returns to home waters, and in an unexpected twist of pirate fate, reunites with his estranged and unwilling wife.

When Andre’s murderous enemy threatens Sophie’s life, he vows to protect what is his, and attempts to win his wife’s forgiveness and love, once and for all.

An Excerpt

sneak-peek-icon-web-2Tonight, she had indulged in warm, scented bath water, complete with floating rose petals. Afterwards, instead of braiding her hair, she chose to wear it down, just so she could smell the rose fragrance swirling about her.

Having eaten a light supper, she now stood at the open window reminiscing of her previous life in la Nouvelle-Orléans with her father. A touch of melancholy drifted over her as she listened to the low rumble of her husband’s and his father’s voices below.

A knock came to her door. Deep in reverie and thinking it to be the serving girl, she bade her enter, not turning from the dark view of the courtyard below.

“It smells like a rose bower in here, and the most beautiful blossom stands before me, yet to be plucked.”

Sophie whirled around, hand at her throat as she took in the sight of her buccaneer husband leaning against the door jam. He filled the space with his raw masculinity. His dark, gleaming eyes coursed from the top of her head to its unbound raven tresses, over her lightly covered body, right down to her pale, bare feet peeking out from under her dressing gown.

She was trapped. In the room, and in his heated, hooded gaze.  Something had happened while she’d been bathing. Gone was the pleasant, eager–to-please tour guide with whom she’d spent the evening. In his place stood a dangerous, unsettling pirate.

Her heart began to pound inside her chest as he uncoiled from the doorframe, taking slow, measured steps farther into the room. His glittering gaze never wavered from her face. He resembled a jungle cat stalking its prey as he advanced toward her, loose-hipped and predatory.

Lips trembling, body quivering, she stammered, “This-this is m-my room.”

He smiled a predacious smile.

“Au contraire, mon amour. It is my room as well tonight.”

Her mind whirled like a carousel, finally settling on one thought: her husband was finished wooing her.

Nancys Book Reviews BannerAuthor Cathy Skendrovich has penned a wonderful tale of adventure on the high seas, of realizing one’s dreams, and finding true love.

Daughter of a pirate, Sophie Bellard, wants desperately to enter the family business. Her father wants her married and strikes a bargain for an arranged marriage. When an unfortunate part of Sophie’s past rears its ugly head, the wedding night does not go as planned and Sophie and her new husband, Captain Andre Dubois, go their separate ways.

That’s the thing about romance. Despite the set-backs and the dangers the hero and heroine face, true love finds a way to win out in the end.

A tale inspired by my favorite Disney ride, Pirate of the Caribbean, this wonderful story is sure to please both the adventurous and the romantic.

About the Author

15241428_1803361569947522_954857794437479778_nCathy Skendrovich has always loved a good story, and spent her formative years scribbling what is now called Fan Fiction. The current heartthrob of the time featured heavily in all her stories. Unfortunately, once she went to college, her writing took the form of term papers, written on a typewriter instead of a computer keyboard.

Upon graduation, Cathy took a job as an English teacher in a predominantly Hispanic middle school. Along the way, she married her husband of now thirty-two years, had two sons, and moved to southern Orange County, California. She chose to work part-time in the school system there.

She eventually joined the online writing site, Wattpad, and won a 2012 Watty Award for The Pirate’s Bride. She is now a featured author on that site, and credits her Wattpad follows for encouraging her to become a published author. Her published books, Prisoner of Love and The Pirate’s Bride, both debuted there.

The sequel to The Pirate’s Bride, a novella entitled A Pirate’s Bride Christmas, will be published later this year by Literary Wanderlust, while her next contemporary romantic suspense, Protecting the Nanny, will come out sometime in 2018, from Entangled Publishing.

Connect with Cathy: Website | Facebook | Twitter

A Giveaway

Cathy will be gifting a $5.00 Amazon gift card drawn from those who comment on this post. Feel free to leave a message or ask a question.

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Cathy for her release day celebration. Please come back again all this week when I’ll host additional guest through Goddess Fish Promotions. Also, please remember to check out my sidebar for this month’s book giftaway!

May the new year bring you health, wealth, and happiness!

Nancy

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FEATURE: ABSOLUTE DOUBT by Cherry Adair

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Notes From a Romantic’s Heart is pleased to welcome author Cherry Adair for this stop on her Blurb Blitz tour. Her featured book, Absolute Doubt, is the first book in her new Fallen Angels of T-FLAC series.

About The Book

In a situation this volatile, something is bound to blow!

Three. . .

Cherry Adair - Absolute DoubtT-FLAC operative Asher Daklin is running out of time in his race to end the production and sale of the word’s most deadly explosive before a cataclysmic terrorist event occurs. This op isn’t just his last chance at redemption, it’s deeply personal. Because of him, E-1x took his brother’s life and nearly incapacitated him. Now, with the timer counting down the remaining hours, he has to go deep under cover at the home of the mastermind producing the deadly explosive and stop him. Daklin can’t allow anything, or anyone, to distract him from his mission. 

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Lingerie designer River Sullivan is on a mission of her own—to find her genius brother. When millions of dollars are  inexplicably wired to her account she knows he’s trouble. Traveling to the small mining town of Los Santos, situated in the mountainous jungles of Cosio, she accepts the hospitality of her brother’s employer and searches for clues as to Oliver whereabouts. If only she wasn’t overcome with inappropriate lust for one of the other houseguests- a gorgeous bishop with a warriors body and laser-sharp eyes that hint at deep, dark secrets.

One!

River and Daklin find themselves in a race against time, hampered by staggering odds and overwhelming desire. Daklin has one final, desperate chance to prove himself, keep River safe, and save the day. . .

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An Excerpt

The sitting room, lined with more ornate art work and rich jewel colors, felt stuffy, and was overcrowded with heavy Spanish Colonial style furniture. River was grateful for her bare legs and arms and hoped to hell her deodorant held up.

The three men got to their feet as she entered the room.

Bishop Tall and Surly took a ten second delay before he rose.

Resplendent in black robes, clerical collar, and a red sash with a heavy gold chain and cross, the bishop’s latent energy, barely contained, seemed to pulse through him, even as he eventually got to his feet. Broad-shouldered, and at least six foot four, he had the tensile strength and lean musculature of a seasoned athlete.

Their eyes clashed across the room. Caught in the snare of mesmerizing pale blue fire, River was unable to look away. Goosebumps pebbled her skin and her heart started pounding as if she’d been running flat out. She’d never experienced such a weird physical response to a man before in her life. With effort she blinked, breaking the visual connection, although she found her reaction to him intriguing enough that it made her want to look again. River vowed to refrain from making eye contact. Better that way. Her heartbeat slowed dramatically when they weren’t eyeball to eyeball.

He’d brushed back his hair, but it fell around his face to frame his features. River bet the slight wave in the glossy, dark strands brushing his collar pissed him off. Nothing soft for him, thank you very much. Instead of feminizing his strong features, his hair only made his strong face, with an aquiline nose, and dark, brows over hooded eyes seem more masculine. The shadowy stubble on his chin suggested he probably had to shave twice a day. His well-shaped mouth remained unsmiling as he watched her approach.

His riveting, pale, crystal blue eyes promised untold delights to anyone who dared breech the darkness surrounding him. With his dark good looks and pale eyes, he looked like a fallen angel. How many women had succumbed to the smolder behind that clear blue? She wasn’t that foolish. Fallen angels were wicked, and wicked didn’t always translate into pleasurable.

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Available through Amazon | B&N | Chapters

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About the Author

mediakit_authorphoto_absolutedoubtNew York Times/USAToday Bestselling author Cherry Adair’s innovative action-adventure novels have appeared on numerous bestsellers lists, won dozens of awards and garnered praise from reviewers and fans alike. With the creation of her kick butt counter-terrorist group, T-FLAC, years before action adventure romances were popular, Cherry has carved a niche for herself with her sexy, sassy, fast-paced, action adventure novels. She hates first drafts, has a passion for mentoring unpublished writers, and is hard at work on a new T-FLAC trilogy. Cherry loves to hear from readers.

Connect with Cherry:  Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

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A Giveaway

Cherry Adair will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

This is a four-week blurb blitz tour. Please feel free to visit as many of the sites as you’d like for even more chances to win.

November 28: Reviews by Crystal
November 29: BooksChatter
November 30: Kissing Bandits
December 1: Long and Short Reviews
December 2: Book Lover Promo
December 5: T’s Stuff
December 6: The Silver Dagger Scriptorium
December 7: Books,Dreams,Life
December 8: The Reading Addict
December 9: Christine Young
December 12: Smart and Saavy With Stephanie
December 13: The Avid Reader
December 14: Book Giveaways
December 15: Bitten By Love
December 16: Dalene’s Book Reviews– review only
December 26: Blog of Jacey Holbrand
December 27: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
December 28jbiggarblog
December 29Straight from the Library
December 30Danita Minnis
It’s been my pleasure hosting Cherry for this visit. I look forward to having her back again soon.

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Please come back again next week for more features and tours. Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, and stay well read.

Nancy

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