Fall in Love with New England Romance Reader/Author Conference

Oct 13 and 14, 2017

Best Western Plus Executive Court Inn & Conference Center, Manchester, NH

Information and Registration

 

I’ll be there along with some of my writer friends and here’s what you can expect:

— Welcome tote bag filled with swag and books!

— 50 authors hosting a choice of fun activities and reader workshops! Including these talented Authors.

— Lots of giveaway baskets!

— Friday evening Halloween costume contest with prizes!

Plus: Trick or Treat! (Authors hang a book mark on their hotel door handle after the party to indicate they are “home.” Readers who come knocking get treats! )

Saturday: Early admission to the big book signing (open to the public ½ hour later.) Note: books are for sale at discounted prices!

Optional Pizza party/Yankee Toss Up (Yankee swap meets Let’s Make a Deal) Sat evening. $10 at the door, only for attendees. Some may prefer to go to out for the evening. There are dozens of restaurants right on South Willow Street, and Boston is only one hour away.

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I’ll be doing a workshop on the reader’s part in encouraging an author’s creativity. Win a chance to have a character named after you in one of my upcoming books! I’d love to have you join me (and the others of course) for a fun-filled weekend of books and authors, talking about books, winning books and other goodies!

Nancy

 

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DARK GENIUS by H. Peter Alesso

GENRE:  Mainstream Fiction

Amazon

About the Book

To the insatiably curious—science is the greatest adventure. So, when scientists at CERN announced the discovery of the ‘God’ particle in 2012, all the world wondered, “How did they find it?”

A decade later, despite his past academic failures and egregious family circumstance, Andrew Lawrence embarked on a journey of discovery, competing against rival scientists to be the first to solve the greatest unsolved mystery of the universe—dark matter—and win the ultimate prize; the Nobel.

Emma Franklin, a PhD candidate at Harvard, developed software for detecting particle reactions using a quantum computer. To the amazement and excitement of the scientific community, her work revealed two possible bumps in the energy curve that were not predicted by any established theory.

At MIT, Lawrence created a model that predicted the scattering processes of a dark matter supersymmetry particle. Though his early work was disparaged, he improved his theory and found that it predicted the data Emma had discovered. Their professional collaboration deepened into a personal relationship, but when critical data was stolen, Emma found evidence that incriminated Lawrence. Though she withheld the impeaching material from the authorities, she felt she could no longer trust him.

Despite their troubled partnership, and notwithstanding the complexities of nature, Lawrence and Emma persevered against the egos, jealousy, and envy of rivals, on their exhilarating quest to find the ‘Holy Grail’ of physics

Read an Excerpt

In one well-lit corner, Professor Stanley Prost sat at his desk studiously examining a computer screen. His long straight nose, jutting prominent chin, and carbon black eyes, gave the appearance of a man not to be trifled with. He held his hand to his brow, masking his eyes, as if to conceal his innermost thoughts. However, his red pitted skin and the twitchy lips destroyed any semblance of a distinguished pose. His overweight frame and slumped shoulders made him look like a bloated figure despite his close-cropped hair and clean-shaven face. An expensive, but ill-fitting suit, hung like a sack over his body leaving an overall appearance of discomfort.

While Prost rapidly slid his finger across the computer screen, Lawrence stood waiting like a statue. He let his gaze wandered to the scene visible from the window—scampering students making their way on their personal college adventure.

Finally, without extending his hand, or looking directly at his visitor, Prost ordered, “Sit.”

“Thank you, Professor,” said Lawrence in a clear strong voice, despite a peculiar stir of emotions—doubt, tension, apprehension. He had prior experience with this man—with unhappy consequences.

Prost leaned forward and curled his lip as he spat out the words, “Your postdoc appointment was made by the Professor Lloyd—during my absence—without any input from me.”

Lawrence’s eyes darkened to match his tousled hair, but he remained quiet for what seemed a portentous moment. He clenched his teeth and was self-conscious of a bead of sweat on his brow.

Prost waved his right hand in the air and said, “I took no pleasure in the failing grades I gave you, some years ago. Your dismissal from MIT was unfortunate, but I wasn’t the only professor who was disenchanted with a prodigy who skipped classes, took exams cavalierly, and disrupted class with impertinent questions.”

Lawrence shifted in his chair, uncomfortably.

I’m to be rebuked for the sins of the past.

About the Author

As a scientist and author specializing in technology innovation, H. Peter Alesso has over twenty years research experience at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). As Engineering Group Leader at LLNL he led a team of scientists and engineers in innovative applications across a wide range of supercomputers, workstations, and networks. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. and served in the U.S. Navy on nuclear submarines before completing an M.S. and an advanced Engineering Degree at M.I.T. He has published several software titles and numerous scientific journal and conference articles, and he is the author/co-author of ten books.

Website | Twitter | Goodreads

A Giveaway

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

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Follow the Tour

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

1: Author Deborah A. Bailey
2: Beyond Romance
3: CBY Book Club
4: Eat Pray Vote
5: Edgar’s Books
6: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
7: Independent Authors
8: It’s Raining Books
9: Jamie Marchant, Fantasy Author
10: Jazzy Book Reviews
11: Kit ‘N Kabookle
12: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
13: Let me Tell You a Story
14: Linda Nightingale…Author
15: Long and Short Reviews
16: Mixed Book Bag
17: Mythical Books
18: Natural Bri
19: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
20: QUEEN OF ALL SHE READS
21: Readeropolis
22: Sharing Links and Wisdom
23: Straight From the Library
24: The Avid Reader
25: Two Ends of the Pen
26: Wake up Your Wild Side
27: Welcome to My World of Dreams
28: White Sky Project
29: Author C.A.Milson
30: Why I Read

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Please come back again next week for more authors, books, and giveaways.

Nancy

 

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A GROOM FOR MAMA by Catherine Castle

My special guest today is Author Catherine Castle. Please join me in welcoming her to Notes From a Romantic’s Heart. Here are her answers to a few of our nosiest questions!

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

The heroine, of course, because she has a HEA. But I don’t need to become her since I have my own HEA with my high school sweetheart.

Q2:  What was your biggest challenge in writing your current release?

When it was finished, it was too short. So, I had to go back and add stuff in. Not my favorite thing to do. I like to edit as I go.

Q3When did you know you were destined to be a writer?

I’ve always written: poems, short stories, even a teen romance with my favorite TV star as the hero and me the heroine, complete with blueprints of the house we lived HEA in Hollywood, CA. I loved doing those research essay papers in school that most kids grumbled about. But I wanted to be a singer. Becoming a writer as a career didn’t even appear on my radar as a real possibility until I started working as a freelancer for the local newspaper. After 10 years of non-fiction freelancing, then writing plays with my husband, the move to fiction writer just seemed like a natural progression.

Speed Round (just to get to know you better – please keep answers short):

  1. Coffee, tea, or other? Coffee and tea
  2. Music preference? Country, gospel, and 50s-60s rock and roll
  3. Favorite movie? The Lake House
  4. Dog, cat, or other? I’m not an animal person.
  5. Favorite author? Tolkien
  6. Favorite actor/actress? Actor Robert Redford, actresses (gotta have these two) Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock
  7. Favorite television show (past or present)? Currently NCIS and Sherlock

The Scoop on Catherine’s New Book

Beverly Walters is dying, and before she goes she has one wish—to find a groom for her daughter. To get the deed done, Mama enlists the dating service of Jack Somerset, Allison’s former boyfriend.

The last thing corporate-climbing Allison wants is a husband. Furious with Mama’s meddling, and a bit more interested in Jack than she wants to admit, Allison agrees to the scheme as long as Mama promises to search for a cure for her terminal illness.

A cross-country trip from Nevada to Ohio ensues, with a string of disastrous dates along the way, as the trio hunts for treatment and A Groom For Mama.

A Bit More About the Author

 

Multi-award-winning author Catherine Castle has been writing all her life. Before beginning her career as a romance writer she worked part-time as a freelance writer. She has over 600 articles and photographs to her credit, under her real name, in the Christian and secular market. Besides writing, Catherine loves traveling with her husband, singing, and attending theatre. In the winter she loves to quilt and has a lot of UFOs (unfinished objects) in her sewing case. In the summer her favorite place to be is in her garden. She’s passionate about gardening and even won a “Best Hillside Garden” award from the local gardening club.

Her debut inspiration romantic suspense, The Nun and the Narc, from Soul Mate Publishing was an ACFW Genesis Finalist, a 2014 EPIC finalist, and the winner of the 2014 Beverly Hills Book Award and the 2014 RONE Award. Her most recent release, A Groom for Mama, is a sweet romantic comedy from Soul Mate Publishing.  Both books are available on Amazon.

Catherine’s Website | Amazon Author Page | Twitter

My Review

You just know when there’s a loving mother involved everything is going to work out … not always as planned … but the end result will be exactly what you wanted. A Groom for Mama by Catherine Castle is no exception.

I fell in love with all the characters in the book, but felt especially close to Mama. This book is filled with a lot of love and heartfelt emotion. Beautifully written, it tugged on every one of my heartstrings and tickled my funny bone at the same time.

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

Nancy

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BILLIONAIRE EVER AFTER by Various Authors

GENRE: Romance Box Set (22 Billionaires all in one place! Oh my!)

Participating Authors: Mary Hughes,Victoria Pinder Arabpour, Tia Morris, Courtney Runion Hunt, Ann Omasta, Christine Kingsley, Traci E Hall, Rossie Cortes, Margo Bond Collins,  A.E .Easterlin Elayne Cox, Blaire Edens Lateia Elam Sandifer , Tierney O’Malley, Cheryl Phipps, Michele De Winton, K.L. Brady, Talia Hunter, Allison Gatta, Debbie White, Stephanie Queen, Caitlyn Lynch Catherine Bilson, Cristiane Serruya

On sale for 99¢ from Amazon and B&N

About the Box Set

Feel the sparks fly off the hot romance and action-driven pages of these EXCLUSIVE TITLES—unavailable separately in ebook format anywhere else!

From sweet to sensual, they’ll satisfy your most indulgent fantasies as you fall in love with an array of billionaire beaus in this contemporary romance collection by some of today’s hottest New York Times, USA Today, and International bestselling authors.

Quench your book-boyfriend addiction with page-turning stories overflowing with decadent luxury, heart-warming love, heated adventure, steamy scenes, and happily-ever-afters.

Featuring billionaires from bad boys to Marines and CEOs to cowboys, this set will take you around the country and jet-setting around the globe with intense, passionate men who always get what they want and fulfill the desires of the women they crave.

Relish each journey in this LIMITED-TIME collection PACKED with novels and novellas that will provide over one hundred hours of reading.

Grab your copy today before these hot billionaires fly off into the sunset!

Read an Excerpt or Two

Tia Morris ~ Billionaire Puppy Love

A sexy, busy corporate CEO and billionaire hires an attractive woman as his live-in pet sitter when a basket of puppies is dumped at his corporate office by his zany aunt who wants him to settle down and find love.

Excerpt

This was a date, not a business meeting, and she’d taken the job as his pet sitter in hopes of being his PA. Well, they could spend time together, and she would keep things very professional. Friendly, but not romantic.

They stopped to admire the silvery light of the moon shining on the nearly flat ocean. Emma sighed and plopped onto the sand.

Max sat next to her. “I was going to be a gentleman and remove my jacket so you wouldn’t get your dress sandy. And then I remembered I didn’t wear a jacket.”

She gave him a shy smile. “I like you in these clothes better than a suit.”

He leaned close. “Look at that moon,” he murmured, sliding an arm around her waist.

And then he was stroking a hand down her back, his touch assured and confident, but amid the hunger on his face was absolute tenderness.

The tender look evaporated all her resolve. Emma fell backwards onto the sand on her side. Max did the same, facing her.

She didn’t care if her dress was stained or that sand covered her bare legs. All that mattered was this moment…and Max.

“You’re so cute,” he murmured, cupping her cheek.

Emma wrinkled her nose. “Puppies are cute. I’m not a puppy.”

“When you do that little thing with your eyes…”

“You mean when I roll them because you’re comparing me to a pet?”

“Hush,” he said softly. “You mean a lot to me, Em. I haven’t felt this way about a woman in a very long time. You’re sweet and generous and beautiful, inside and out.”

Emma gazed up at him as the waves lapped at their feet.

“Em, I’m going to kiss you now.”

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Check out Tina’s Website

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Cristiane Serruya ~ Damaged Love

When Richard lost his legs, a white lie made sure Giulianna, his fiancée, didn’t find out about it.

Two years later, Giulianna is hired to cater a wedding at Richard’s manor and the last thing she wants is to see Richard.

One lie tore them apart, breaking both their hearts. And even the truth might not be enough to mend their damaged love.

Excerpt:

From the adjoining room, a loud, brittle sound of glass shattering startled Giulianna, but what made her heart lodge midway in her throat was the grave, deep, gut-wrenchingly familiar tone of Richard’s voice.

She thought she had prepared herself to meet him; the man she had dated and loved for years—and still loved—but just the sound of his voice suffused her mind with anger, hurt, and longing.

A pull of awareness coursed through her. Her nipples suddenly tightened and she curled her fingers around the knife she was holding. The two years away did nothing to chase him away from her mind.

“Babe alert on max,” whispered Henriette.

She didn’t need her assistant’s alert to know who had just entered the large and modern kitchen where she was working. She could feel Richard’s magnetic presence demanding that she look at him.

Instead, she focused on assembling all of the tools and ingredients she would need for a fondant-covered confection worthy of a magazine spread. But she couldn’t fail to notice that Christina and Henriette had fixed their hungry gazes on his muscular six-foot-three frame, as if it was hunting season and he was their prey. Even Bella had turned and was staring.

“Jules,” Bella whispered. “He is staring at you. Rather angrily, I would say.”

That made her look up. Only ten feet away, Richard stood with his legs wedged apart, unyielding arms folded across his broad chest.

She wanted to blame the flush across her face on the heat emanating from the oven. But the rapid beat of her pulse confirmed it was one set of impressive royal-blue eyes across the room that was the cause.

If it was possible, he was even more handsome now than the last time she had seen him, more than two years ago. His sand-blond hair had grown from the military buzz and framed his rugged face in a lush mane. He looked broader in the shoulders, which was expected as he had always worked out a lot, but he also looked taller, by at least two inches, which didn’t make any sense, since he was already twenty-seven years old when they started dating.

She licked her suddenly dry lips and looked away.

Focus. It would take yet many hours to do the cake and to set up all the desserts for the four parties and she didn’t have time to waste on a man who had not even cared to break up with her face-to-face.

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Visit Chris’ Website and find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

A Giveaway

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

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Follow the Tour

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

1: Author C.A.Milson
2: Book Lover Promo
3: Christine Young Romance Writer
4: Eat pray vote
5: Edgar’s Books
6: Fabulous and Brunette
7: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
8: It’s Raining Books
9: J. Lynn Rowan – Author of Romance & Historical Fiction
10: Jazzy Book Reviews
11: Kathleen’s Place to Reflect
12: Lock That Door
13: Long and Short Reviews
14: Mello & June, It’s a Book Thang!
15: Mixed Book Bag
16: Notes From a Romantic’s heart
17: Queen of All She Reads
18: Read Your Writes Book Reviews
19: Sharing Links and Wisdom
20: Southern Yankee Book Reviews REVIEW
21: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’
22: Straight From the Library
23: T’s Stuff
24: The Avid Reader
25: Two Ends of the Pen
26: Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog
27: Welcome to My World of Dreams
28: Wendi zwaduk – romance to make your heart race
29: Liz’s Reading Life
30: Readeropolis
31: underneath the covers

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Please come back again on Friday for another author, book and giveaway.

Nancy

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UNCHARTED WATERS by Micah Persell

GENRE: Contemporary Romance

Amazon | Kobo | Simon & Schuster

About the Book

When a hermit and a scientist are snowbound in a cabin in the woods, the sparks they generate just might melt it all down in this scorching and sensual romance.

Scientist Bethany Morgan discovers the schematics to a world-changing recycling system that will help her realize her greatest dream: providing clean water to the world. The only problem? She must track down the creator, a Dr. Anderson, to help her complete the prototype, and he’s been missing for decades.

James Anderson has clung to the quiet, pain-free existence he’s made in the mountains since his father’s death years ago. But when the determined scientist he rescued gets snowed in at his cabin for an undetermined time, his world is turned upside down…

Read an Excerpt

Her pillow would not stop wiggling. She gritted her teeth, furrowing her brow. Cracking one eye, she found herself staring at flannel. A short distance away, her hand lay sprawled across a row of buttons. As she watched, her hand rose and fell.

Ah, not a pillow, then. James.

She opened her other eye and raised her head a bit, gazing down at their bodies. She was all over him, plastered against his side with her arm across his chest and her leg across his thighs.

She didn’t know what had happened to James’s fastidious blanket wall, but she’d probably had something to do with its demise. She craned around enough to look over her shoulder without relinquishing her hold on her lumberjack pillow.

The blanket was on the floor beside the bed.

About the Author

Micah Persell lives in Southern California with her husband, 1.7 children, and menagerie of pets. She writes romance with strong women, smart minds, and scorching love.

Visit Micah’s Website, follow her on Facebook, and on Twitter.

A Giveaway

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

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Follow the Tour

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

1: Author C.A.Milson
2: Beyond Romance
3: charline’s blog and more…
4: Dawn’s Reading Nook
5: Dina Rae’s Write Stuff
6: eat pray vote
7: Edgar’s Books
8: Fabulous and Brunette
9: Harlie’s Books REVIEW
10: Harps Romance Book Review
11: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
12: Inside The Mind of an Avid Reader
13: It’s Raining Books
14: Jazzy Book Reviews
15: Laura’s Interests
16: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
17: Linda Nightingale…Author
18: Liz’s Reading Life
19: Long and Short Reviews
20: Mixed Book Bag
21: NAtural Bri
22: Nickie’s Views and Interviews
23: Read Your Writes Book Reviews
24: Readeropolis
25: Sascha Darlington’s Microcosm Explored REVIEW
26: Sharing Links and Wisdom
27: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’
28: Straight From the Library
29: T’s Stuff
30: The Avid Reader
31: The Bookworm Chronicles
32: Tory Richards
33: Two Ends of the Pen
34: Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog
35: Wake Up Your Wild Side
36: Welcome to My World of Dreams
37: Wendi zwaduk – romance to make your heart race
38: Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess
39: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart

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

Nancy

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BLAME IT ON THE BET by L.E. Rico

GENRE: Contemporary Romance

SERIES: The Whiskey Sisters (Book 1)

Release Date: September 11, 2017

Note: 99¢ pre-order price up until release day fromAmazon | B&N | Kobo | Entangled Publishing

 

About the Book

Welcome to Mayhem, Minnesota, where the cats wear sweaters, the local priest dispenses dating advice, and you can find your fortune in the bottom of a pie pan.

When her family’s pub is threatened with foreclosure, Hennessy O’Halloran, along with her three sisters, is determined to raise enough money to keep it out of the hands of the L.A. real-estate developer trying to raze it and replace it with a—god forbid!—multiplex theater.

Bryan Truitt always gets what he wants. And what he wants is the sweet corner property on Mayhem’s Main Street where O’Halloran’s Pub sits. But his “quick business” turns into more than he bargains for when he meets the feisty Hennessy. Next thing he knows, he’s betting her he can outlast Mayhem’s punishing winter in time to make the pub his—or he’ll gift it to her for free.

Hennessy knows better than to flirt with the enemy. But suddenly Bryan’s not sure which he wants more…the property or the woman who owns it.

Read an Excerpt

Standing there, looking bedraggled and exhausted, is Bryan Truitt. He’s holding his iPhone up to the door, and I can just make out the tiny image of Peter Gabriel’s album So on the screen. Bryan doesn’t say a word. He doesn’t knock. He doesn’t ring. He just stands there, phone up, waiting for me to hear him and open the door.

I do.

“In your eyes, I see the doorway to a thousand churches…” Peter Gabriel sings just loud enough so as not to bother my neighbors.

“That’s my favorite line,” he says. “The doorway to a thousand churches line…”

“Yeah, that is a pretty amazing image,” I agree, playing along as he pretends this is a perfectly natural situation.

“I get it.”

“What?” I ask, neither of us budging.

“I get what he’s saying. Because I see that when I look into your eyes.”

I stare at him, my breath suddenly caught in my throat.

“You…you do?” I ask, sounding tentative.

He nods.

“I do. And that’s why I’m here.”

“It is?”

Jeez, could I be any lamer?

He nods again.

“Can I come in?”

I step back and hold the door open so he can pass me.

I realize I’m dressed in only a terrycloth robe with my hair swept up in a towel turban. No clothes. No makeup. Not even a pair of slippers.

“Uh… Let me go put something on—”

“No,” he says sharply. The surprise must register on my face because he’s quick to jump in again. “I don’t want to let you out of my sight. Not for a second. I can’t.”

“Bryan…”

He sets his phone down on the breakfast bar and wraps his big, strong hands around my forearms.

“No, Hennessy. I let you go once, and I won’t do it again. Not ever.”

My Review

Blame it on the Bet does an excellent job of utilizing dual first person point-of-view. I knew exactly whose head I was in and, more importantly, why I was there.

The “rich man wants poor woman’s property” is not a new trope. However, the addition of Hennessy’s sisters and extended family give this story a fresh twist. Not to mention how much I loved Bryan’s assistant Helen. I am Helen … or at least I was many years ago.

Well written, this sweet read had the perfect balance of sexual tension and self-discovery. Blame it on the Bet kept me reading until I’d finished it in one sitting. I’m looking forward to more of the Whiskey Sisters in upcoming books. Bonus: it’s always exciting to get in on the ground floor of a new series!

If you’re a fan of a great push and pull between the two main characters, you’ll love this book.

About the Author

L.E. Rico didn’t set out to be an author. In fact she’s made a name for herself as a classical music radio host—doing her best to make the music and the composers relevant by putting them into a modern context. It was just a few years ago that she discovered a passion for writing that blossomed into an entire novel. And then another. And another. And, while she still spends plenty of time on the radio, telling the stories of the great composers, she spends even more time composing her own great stories.

Lauren’s Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

A Giveaway

L.E. Rico will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Follow the Tour

This is a one-day, book blast tour. You are welcome to visit as many of the stops as you’d like for even more chances to win. The bloggers who are also reviewing the book are noted in the list.

1: Am Kinda Busy Reading   REVIEW
2: Ashleyz Wonderland
3: Author C.A.Milson
4: Book Magic – Under a spell with every page   REVIEW
5: Buried Under Romance
6: Dena Garson-Real… Hot.. Romance
7: Edgar’s Books
8: Fabulous and Brunette
9: Harlie’s Books    REVIEW
10: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
11: Independent Authors
12: Inside The Mind of an Avid Reader   REVIEW
13: It’s Raining Books
14: Jazzy Book Reviews
15: Kathleen’s Place to Reflect
16: Long and Short Reviews
17: Loving Happily Ever After
18: Mary Cunningham Books
19: Mello and  June, It’s a Book Thang!
20: Mixed Book Bag REVIEW
21: My Journey Back-The Journey Back   REVIEW
22: Nickie’s Views and Interviews
23: Nicole’s Book Musings    REVIEW
24: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart    REVIEW
25: Queen of All She Reads
26: Sascha Darlington’s Microcosm Explored   REVIEW
27: Sharing Links and Wisdom
28: StarAngels Reviews
29: Straight From the Library
30: T’s Stuff
31: Tangents and Tissues 
32: The Pen and Muse Book Reviews
33: This and That Book Blog
34: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart
35: Two Ends of the Pen
36: U.S. – Brazil Book Review
37: underneath the covers
38: Viviana MacKade
39: Welcome to My World of Dreams
40: wendi zwaduk – romance to make your heart race

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It’s been a pleasure hosting fellow Entangled author L.E. Rico for this stop on her tour. Please come back again next week for more authors, books and giveaways.

Nancy

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THE BILLIONAIRE IN HER BED by Regina Kyle

GENRE: Contemporary Romance

Amazon | B&N

About the Book

Real estate mogul Eli Ward needs to keep a low profile on his new project. He’s expecting a fight from the somewhat eclectic folks currently living there. What he doesn’t expect is for that fight to be led by Brooke Worthington, the woman who rocked his world one unforgettable night. The one woman who doesn’t know who he is, which is a good thing. She just sees him as a regular guy. It’s refreshing.

Graphic designer and part-time bartender Brooke Worthington refuses to follow her family’s plan for her. She’s too busy building her artistic career. She doesn’t have time for relationships, either, especially with the super hot Eli, because she has to save the building she lives in with people she thinks of as her real family from some greedy real estate billionaire.

These two have secrets and chemistry that is nothing short of explosive.

Read an Excerpt

Eli made himself right at home, lowering himself onto the couch with an easy grace befitting a man of leisure or a member of the British royal family.  She wondered, not for the first time, exactly who this guy was and what he did for a living, then she smacked down the flicker of curiosity. It didn’t matter who he was or how the hell he made ends meet, because she was not—repeat, not—getting involved with him. Relationships were for other people, ones who wanted stuff like marriage. Kids. A brick colonial with a picket fence and two rowdy Labs with a special fondness for the mailman. Things that weren’t even glimmers on her horizon.

She had a five-year plan—get an agent and a multibook contract so she could quit tending bar to write and draw full-time. She’d accomplished the first, signing with her agent shortly before Christmas, but she was still working on numbers two and three. And she wasn’t going to let any man, no matter how panty-meltingly gorgeous he was, steer her off track. No way, no how.  She’d learned from her mother’s mistakes.

My Review

The Billionaire in Her Bed is a catchy and sexy romance of two people who are hiding equally dark secrets. However, one-night-stands don’t require a lot of background. That is, until they turn into something more.

Not a new trope for contemporary romance, but the author does a great job with spicing it up and adding a dash of humor that makes you quickly forget you’ve read this type of story before.

I enjoyed the banter between the two characters. The resolution/reveal of their inner secrets was accomplished in a satisfactory way. If you’re a fan of contemporary, series romance with some great steam you will enjoy this book.

About the Author

Regina Kyle knew she was destined to be an author when she won a writing contest at age ten with a touching tale about a squirrel and a nut pie. By day, she writes dry legal briefs, representing the state in criminal appeals. At night, she writes steamy romance with heart and humor.

A lover of all things theatrical, Regina lives on the Connecticut coast with her husband, teenage daughter and two melodramatic cats. When she’s not writing, she’s most likely singing, reading, cooking or watching bad reality television. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and of her local RWA chapter. Her book Triple Dare was a 2016 Booksellers’ Best Award winner.

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

A Giveaway

Regina will be awarding a signed copy of Triple Score, her last book for Harlequin Blaze to a randomly drawn winner (US only) via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

This is a one-day, multi-stop book blast tour. Please feel free to visit as many of the sites as you’d like for even more chances to win.

1: Author C.A.Milson
2: books are love
3: Buried Under Romance
4: Dawn’s Reading Nook
5: Dena Garson – Real… Hot… Romance
6: Harlie’s Books REVIEW
7: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
8: It’s Raining Books
9: Jazzy Book Reviews
10: Kathleen’s Place to Reflect
11: Lisa Book Blog @ LEL
12: Liz’s Reading Life
13: Lock That Door
14: MIxed Book Bag
15: Nickie’s News and Interviews
16: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
17: Punya Reviews…
18: Queen of All She Reads
19: Sapphyria’s Books
20: Sharing Links and Wisdom
21: So Many Books
22: T’s Stuff
23: The Pen and Muse Book Reviews
24: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart
25: Long and Short Reviews
26: Straight from the Library
27: underneath the covers
28: Welcome to My World of Dreams
29: Wendi zwaduk – romance to make your heart race

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It’s been a pleasure hosting Regina for this stop on her tour. Please come back again later in the week for another author, book and giveaway.

Nancy

 

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THE CHOCOLATIER’S WIFE/THE CHOCOLATIER’S GHOST by Cindy Lynn Speer

GENRE: Romance, Fantasy, Mystery

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The Chocolatier’s Ghost on Amazon

We Asked and Cindy Answered

Tell us about the absolute BEST fan letter you have received.

I’ve had a few reviewers write me personally and tell me how much they liked my book…but one of my favorite moments was when a young woman who had bought my book at a fair one year came back the next just in case I’d written a sequel to The Chocolatier’s Wife.

Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?

Eastern Europe…there is a feeling there that I would like to capture, folk lore I’d like to study.  I have a character who comes from a place that’s sort of like Ukraine or Romania, and I’d like to go there, and to Poland, and absorb the cultures.

About the Books

The Chocolatier’s Wife: ROMANCE, MAGIC, MYSTERY…. AND CHOCOLATE

When Tasmin’s bethrothed, William, is accused of murder, she gathers her wind sprites and rushes to his home town to investigate. She doesn’t have a shred of doubt about his innocence. But as she settles in his chocolate shop, she finds more in store than she bargained for. Facing suspicious townsfolk, gossiping neighbors, and William’s own family, who all resent her kind – the sorcerer folk from the North — she must also learn to tell friend from foe, and fast. For the real killer is still on the loose – and he is intent on ruining William’s family at all cost.

The Chocolatier’s Ghost: Married to her soul mate, the chocolatier William, Tasmin should not have to worry about anything at all. But when her happily ever after is interrupted by the disappearance of the town’s wise woman, she rushes in to investigate. Faced with dangers, dead bodies, and more mysterious disappearances, Tasmin and William must act fast to save their town and themselves – especially when Tasmin starts to be haunted by a most unwelcome ghost from her past…literally.

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From The Chocolatier’s Ghost

At the top of the hill, the snow spun and shimmered in the cruel wind.  As she neared it, she slowed.  Tasmin didn’t want to step into that whirling, dancing wall of snow, but she mentally kicked herself and kept going.  Home and warmth, Tasmin.  Not so far, now.  Just stop letting your imagination draw strange fancies where nothing is.

She crested the hill, and the wind fell silent.  The snow fell away, except for one spot, where it swirled and settled, drawing details that glowed faintly in the darkness to become the figure of a woman.  Her head turned slowly, looking over her shoulder at Tasmin, and then the rest of her followed suit, the snow falling and lifting and resettling on the curves and folds that outlined the silvery figure.  She stared at Tasmin, moving her head this way and that, as if trying to focus on the face in front of her, considering.

The ghost tilted her head, reaching out one hand slowly, making as if she would touch Tasmin.  Tasmin backed up a step.  The hand was getting closer, and she panicked.  No herbs, no amulets would help her, but she did have another talent, thin and unpracticed, but still there.

She raised a fist, palm towards the figure, and opened it quickly, warding the touch away.  “Forbidden,” she whispered, and a spear of air shattered through the snow.  The ghost disappeared, and the world seemed to right itself, the wind died down and everything seemed to be normal.

She stepped carefully around the newly formed pile of snow and continued her walk home.  Determined not to think any more about it, she stripped off her clothes and fell into bed, half wondering if her exhausted mind had not conjured the whole thing.

About the Author

Cindy Lynn Speer has been writing since she was 13.  She has Blue Moon and Unbalanced published by Zumaya.  Her other works, including The Chocolatier’s Wife (recently out in an illustrated hardcover to celebrate its 10th anniversary) and the Chocolatier’s Ghost, as well as the short story anthology Wishes and Sorrows.  When she is not writing she is either practicing historical swordsmanship, sewing, or pretending she can garden.  She also loves road trips and seeing nature.  Her secret side hobby is to write really boring bios about herself.

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A Giveaway

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

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Follow the Tour

This is a two-month-long tour. You are welcome to visit past stops on the tour for even more chances to win.

July 11: Fabulous and Brunette
July 13: Christine Young
July 13: Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews
July 18: Kit ‘N Kabookle
July 18: Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews
July 20: The Kronicles of Korthlundia: A Window into Fantasy
July 25: The Avid Reader
July 27: Sharing Links and Wisdom
August 1: Jennifer Macaire, Tell me a Story – review
August 3: Book Lover Promo
August 8: BooksChatter
August 10: fuonlyknew
August 15: Linda Nightingale…Wordsmith
August 15: Readeropolis
August 17: Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog
August 22: T’s Stuff – review
August 22: Jazzy Book Reviews
August 24: EskieMama and Dragon Lady Reads
August 29: Mello and June, It’s a Book Thang!
August 29: The Reading Addict
August 31Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
September 5Rainne’s Ramblings
September 7Full Moon Bites
September 7CBY Book Club
September 12Ariella Moon
September 14Laura’s Interests – review
September 19Mixed Book Bag – review
September 21Author Deborah A Bailey
September 26Two Ends of the Pen
September 28Independent Authors
October 3Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books! – review
October 5Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
October 10It’s Raining Books
October 12Long and Short Reviews
October 17Romance that’s ‘Out Of This World’ – review
October 19Where Landsquid Fear to Tread

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It’s been a pleasure hosting Cindy Lynn Speer for this stop on her tour. Please come back again soon for more authors, books and giveaways.

Nancy

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More From Cj Fosdick … The Accidental Stranger

Last week we welcomed author CjFosdick and featured the first book in her Accidental Series from The Wild Rose Press … The Accidental Wife. Today we’re going to take a closer look at the next book in the series … The Accidental Stranger. Please join me in welcoming Cj back to Notes From a Romantic’s Heart.

About the Book

Jessica Brewster is being watched…and things go missing from the remote Wyoming home she shares with her toddler. In a freak accident, she shoots the bearded thief stalking her before she recognizes the mesmerizing green eyes that belong to the only man she ever loved.

Has Mitch bridged time to find her? In a race to save his life and change hers forever, she takes him into her home and heart. But his memory loss and puzzling clues curry doubt and expose mystery and danger. Is he truly her son’s father or an irresistible stranger in her arms?

Available from Amazon

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“Don’t You Dare Die!”

I screamed as the heavy revolver exploded in my hand and fell to the ground. The bear moving toward Scout dropped, and I raced to scoop up my son before he toppled into the cold black stream. Looking startled, he managed a weak cry before I smothered him into my chest and both our cries were muffled in his thick scarf. The dog shoved something wet against my leg and began to bark, running from me to the Beaverwoods, now cautiously circling the bear. The boys were armed with pieces of thick deadwood and Chuck picked up my smoking gun, cocked the trigger and ordered his sons to stand back. He aimed the gun at the animal to finish him off, then suddenly dropped his arm and knelt beside the still lump of fur. Tommy grasped the growling dog by its collar, and in the sudden silence, I could hear a collective gasp. Someone uttered “Jeesus” like an invocation.

Still cradling my son, exhausted by fear, I ventured closer and could see at once that it was no bear I shot. A man in a bearskin poncho lay on his side. Chuck rolled him over and pulled off the man’s hood. A mass of dark matted hair covered the part of his face that wasn’t blooming with blood, pooling into his left ear, running down his cheek and into his thick beard.

“Is he, is he dead?” I whispered.

Chuck took off his glove and wiped the man’s neck with it, then fumbled for a pulse. We all started when the man groaned and his eyes fluttered open.

Green! His eyes were green, the rarest of all eye color. The fear in them more than the color registered with me as he searched our faces. When his eyes collided with mine, his jaw twitched and his beard moved. A flash of memories washed over me, and my heart began to thump wildly in my chest. I set Scout down when my knees began to buckle, and I thought I was going to be sick. My legs were crumpling beneath me as I threw out my arms to catch myself from falling onto the body. One of my hands slid into blood dripping in the snow and the touch prickled my bare fingers.

So red against the white snow. His eyes, so…green. Every shade in a spectrum of emotion raced through my memory; joy, frustration, anger…love. I knew only one man who owned eyes like those. He had come back to me.

Fear jolted into purposeful clarity. I took a deep breath and unwrapped Scout’s scarf to sop up the blood on Mitch’s neck. He groaned again and closed his eyes. “Mitch, look at me. It’s Jessica. I didn’t mean to shoot…look at me.” I sobbed, unable to complete the order to myself, maybe to him. Don’t you dare die!

My Review

The second book in this series is as entertaining as the first … not always something you can count on. I enjoyed the mini tours of Wyoming and Ireland as seen through the characters’ eyes. The mystery was just enough to keep me enthralled but not too much to overpower the love story.

The author’s writing style is clean and crisp and keeps you turning the pages. It isn’t necessary to read the first book in the series before you read The Accidental Stranger. However, given how much I enjoyed The Accidental Wife, I’d recommend it!

About the Author

Born and raised in Packerland, Cj moved west to the famous medical mecca in Rochester, MN where her writing career escalated with published award-winning stories and articles to her time-travel novel series inspired by Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander. Rescued horses, dogs, cats, children and one patient husband have motivated the heart of Cj’s multi-genre craft. Though living on a country hilltop haven for decades, she has ventured down on occasion to climb a waterfall in Jamaica, float in the Dead Sea, kiss the Blarney Stone and always…research settings for the next novel.

 

Cj’s Website | Cj’s Blog | Facebook Author Page

Don’t forget … The Accidental Wife (Book 1 in the Series) is on sale for 99 cents until the end of the month. Available from Amazon!

It’s been a pleasure having Cj for a second visit. We’ll be sure to keep tabs on anything and everything from this wonderful author.

Please come back again soon for more authors, books and even some giveaways!

Nancy

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FALLING FOR HOPE by Eryn LaPlant

GENRE:   Romance

SERIES: Falling for Heroes (Book 4)

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About the Book

Alexander Bronwyn keeps his heart well-guarded, except when it comes to his son, Elliot. When his son’s declining health requires a dire bone marrow transplant, adopted Alexander must delve deeply into his past to find those who share the same DNA.

Elaine Hannel thought she lost her first-born forty years prior during childbirth. That is until he came to her uncovering a decades’ old mystery she didn’t know existed. Shocked, Elaine is forced to relive the past she’d put behind her so long ago, with a former lover and the death of her child she only met for a blink of a moment.

While the rest of the Hannels are confused, and feel deceived, Lucy Brooks is the only person accepting and sympathetic of Alexander and his plight. A single parent herself, she sees in Alex a man who will do anything for his son, no matter the pain and conflict it causes. What she doesn’t see is the soul connection to a man so overburdened with life, all he has left is to let go and let her take some of that away for him.

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As if he had no control of his actions, he tucked a loose lock of spun-gold hair behind her ear. He knew he shouldn’t, but he did, nor did he stop there. Skimming the backs of his fingers, he caressed her cheek as supple as a bloomed rose.

“I’m glad I could be there for you,” she said, leaning into his touch.

Alexander licked his lips, wanting—no needing—to kiss her, and pressed himself into soft, full lips. Lucy hummed at first touch, melding in sync with his kiss.

Sweeping his tongue through the delicate parting of her mouth, he could taste her. Cherries, tart and sweet, and buttery pastry lingered on her breath from the pie they shared. It ignited the most primal of senses, and Alexander dove in again. Pure instinct had him gathering her face in his hands and changing the angle of their kiss. The scraping of wood against wood as the chair he absently discarded dragged against the rustic floor, filled his ears like a song of rushed lust.

Lucy jumped up with him, grabbing handfuls of his shirt like a woman on fire. Her intensity revved his own passion. He groaned and lifted her to the table top, still lip-locked and now panting to keep up with his racing heart.

“Alex,” she whispered into his mouth, clawing the shirt from his body.  Even if he did come to his senses and slow down, Lucy wouldn’t let him.

My Review

An avid bookaholic for over 50 years, I approach reading (especially romance) knowing it’s only a story, an escape. Perhaps I’m jaded but very few books tug at my heartstrings. Yet, author Eryn LaPlant gave me goosebumps and cost me nearly half a box of tissues. And I enjoyed every moment of it.

This is a story of family, both lost and found, of hope and resilience and, most importantly love. I laughed, I cried, I wanted to take Elliot home with me and make him my sixth grandchild.

Falling for Hope did exactly what a good book is supposed to do. It made me feel.

P.S.: In addition to the cost of the tissues, I’ve also felt the sudden urge to buy the first three books in the series to see if they’re half as good as this one.

About the Author

Eryn LaPlant grew up wishing she could have lived in the books she read, living through characters and their romantic adventures. Now she writes romances of her own to share with readers like you. When not writing, she spends her time with her loving husband, their handsome son and fluffy Pomeranian, Marley, in the Land of Lincoln

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A Giveaway

Eryn LaPlant will be awarding two prizes a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC and a ebook boxset of the Falling for Heroes series (4 books) to two randomly drawn winners via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

August 23: Long and Short Reviews
August 23Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
August 30Jennifer Macaire, Tell me a Story
August 30Natural Bri
September 6Inside The Mind of an Avid Reader
September 6The Reading Addict
September 13Mixed Book Bag

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Eryn for today’s visit. Please come back again soon for more authors, books and giveaways.

Nancy

 

 

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Getting to Know Cj Fosdick

Today we’re visiting with author Cj Fosdick. Cj’s here to share some information on both herself and her Accidental Series from The Wild Rose Press.

The first book in the series, The Accidental Wife, is on sale from now until the end of August through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

 

Questions for the Author

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

I share a brain with Jessica in the Accidental Series.  She is taller and has more college degrees, but we are both redheads with brown eyes and drawn to green-eyed men. She also is open to adventure, drama, and romance but is driven by curiosity, truth and a smart mouth.  She finds light humor in situations but takes the legacy changes in her life seriously.

Q2:  What was your biggest challenge in writing your current release?

The sequel to The Accidental Wife is my current release: The Accidental Stranger. The  ongoing mystery throughout the book involves the identity of the stranger who is stalking Jessica. Throwing in clues without giving away the mystery too soon was challenging. Adding twists and turns and bridging time and settings in three parts was fun. Research is also fun for me, but keeping true to the salty Irish dialect and 19th century customs and settings in Ireland, along with a change in POV and a new cast of characters in Part Two was the most challenging of anything I’ve ever written.

Q3:  If you were stranded on a desert island with ANY book boyfriend (not just one of your own creation), who would you choose and why?

As an avid fan of two TV series adapted from fantastic books, I’d love either Scottish Jamie Fraser from “Outlander” on Starz or Cornish Ross from the “Poldark” series on Masterpiece. Besides their dashing looks, and passionate daring, they are witty, honorable and devoted to love and justice in rich historical eras in Britain.

Q4:  When did you know you were destined to be a writer?

I won a writing contest at age 12 and loved the brief “celebrity” status it brought me after blowing the $5 prize on candy dots to share with friends. As an only child, I read a lot and often made up imaginary scenarios. By the time I was feature editor of my H.S. newspaper and a teen columnist for small presses in Milwaukee, my avocation was set in stone.

Q5:  If this book is part of a series, how did the series come about? Did you intend a series from the very beginning?

The Accidental Wife began life as an award-winning short story for Women Writing the West. At a Kansas City Writer’s Conference, the judge urged me to expand the story. My publisher was in the audience and urged me to send her the ms. when the story became a book. (Less than a year later.)  It probably happens a lot, but the characters I created insisted I continue their story and the ongoing saga of a family through the lens of history with a twist of time travel mixed with romantic suspense.

Speed Round (just to get to know you better – please keep answers short):

  1. Coffee, tea, or other? Coffee to jumpstart. Chocolate does the same for me.
  2. Music preference? Enya, classical, easy listening while writing
  3. Favorite movie? A tie: Last of the Mohicans/G.W.T.W
  4. Dog, cat, or other? Tie: dog/horse
  5. Favorite author? Diana Gabaldon
  6. Favorite actor/actress? I had a crush on the young Colin Firth and love Meryl Streep at any age.
  7. Favorite television show (past or present)? Survivor, Game of Thrones

About the Book

Self-determined Jessica Brewster is wary of any emotional relationship, after being betrayed in a bet. When the beloved grandmother who raised her dies, she inherits a mysterious teacup which when rubbed transports her back to 1886 in Old Fort Laramie, switching places with her look-alike great-great-grandmother–wife to her ancestor’s magnetic first husband and mother to his charming nine-year-old daughter.

Can she pull off the charade and find a way back, or will conscience and her twenty-first century “slips” expose her identity? As true love–and a gypsy–derail her plans, her ancestor’s brother shows up with his own dark secret. Is her future in the past? Her decision could save her life…and her legacy.

My Review

First off, let me say, I’m a sucker for time travel romance. Toss in the old west and you’ve hooked me for sure. What makes it even better is when the book is so darned good you don’t want to put it down!

Twenty-first century heroine, Jessica Brewster, is so out of place in the late 1800’s that her trials and tribulations are endearingly comical. Add to that becoming an instant mother with a sexy husband and you just know the story is going to take off.

Well written (not that I’d expect otherwise from this author) The Accidental Wife was a joy to read. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

Where to Find Cj Fosdick

Cj’s Website | Cj’s Blog | Facebook Author Page

Cj will be back again next Monday to tell us all about the second book in the series, The Accidental Stranger. Until then, be sure to get your copy of The Accidental Wife while it’s still on sale!

Nancy

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