WHEN FATE DECIDES by Tricia McGill *REVIEW*

Author Tricia McGill is visiting today for the first leg in her four-week review tour for When Fate Decides, the first book in the Challenge of the Heart series. Please join me in welcoming Tricia to Notes From a Romantic’s Heart.

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For too long Tessa has seen herself as plain and dowdy, just an ordinary suburban housewife. With her confidence eroded after being married to a bully who humiliated her at every opportunity, why wouldn’t she presume she was unattractive, and someone no man would find the least bit worth bothering with?

But now Tessa is a widow, and relishing her new state of independence. Her world is turned upside down by Jack Delaney, a man she spent hours fantasizing over when he worked for her husband. A man who gave her a deliciously secret outlet from her miserable marriage. When Jack enters her life again, professing he finds her attractive, why would she believe him? Especially as he is now wealthy, successful, still extremely handsome, and to add to that, years younger than her.

 

As Tessa pulled the door open, the words of rebuke died on her lips. It most definitely wasn’t a salesman. The man who stood there, smiling, was one she’d never expected to see again in her lifetime.

“Mrs Browning. I don’t know if you remember me,” he said. Oh, how she remembered him, and that rich voice of his. “The name’s Jack Delaney. I did some work here a few years back for your husband.” When she continued to stare at him in shock, he added, “We built the games room and extra toilet and shower room.” He shrugged. “Another guy and me were here for a month or so? You’ve probably forgotten me.”

Forgotten him?

If there was one person Tessa would never be likely to forget, it was him. His voice sounded deeper, but still held that same undercurrent of sensuality that caused her toes to curl.

 

There’s something to be said for a May-December romance. As a more-mature reader, I love seeing an equally mature woman being admired by a younger man. It’s a wonderful change from the usual older hero/younger heroine trope.

Author Tricia McGill has given us a great hero in Jack Delany … he’s a man’s man while still being generous and loving toward the heroine. I really liked his character. And, as much as I wanted to like the heroine, Tessa, in the same way, I found myself a bit miffed with some of her actions. I loved the way she grasped her newly-won independence following the death of her abusive husband. What I felt she lacked though was backbone … especially when it came to her condescending son. The “mother” in me wanted Tessa to set him down a peg and demand the respect she deserved. There’s also a significant event, which I will not reveal in a “spoiler” but, I admit, it had me gritting my teeth and wishing it hadn’t happened. However, as it was part of the small amount of conflict between the hero and heroine, it became an integral part of the story line.

When Fate Decides is told through a lot of narrative. I wish more of the backstory had been told in conversation between Tessa and her daughter, or Tessa and Jack, rather than just in Tessa’s memories. I think it would have definitely brought the book to higher level.

That said, if you enjoy romantic stories with a little spice, this just might be the story for you.

Award winning author Tricia McGill was born in London, England, and moved to Australia many years ago, settling near Melbourne. The youngest in a large, loving family she was never lonely or alone. Surrounded by avid readers, who encouraged her to read from an early age, is it any wonder she became a writer? The local library was a treasure trove and magical world of discovery through her childhood and growing years. Although her published works cross sub-genres, romance is always at their heart.

Tricia’s love of animals has always shown up in her books. Tricia devotes as much time and money as she can spare to supporting worldwide conservation groups and is passionate about supporting those who do all they can to preserve our wildlife for future generations, especially elephants and orangutans who seem to be getting the raw end of the deal even in this enlightened age. She also volunteers for a local community group that helps disabled adults and children to connect to the internet with provided computer equipment. When people ask what she does in her spare time she is heard to ask, “Spare time, what is that?”

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

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This is a four-week review tour. Please remember to check back a future stops to increase your chances of winning!

February 21: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
February 28: Books, Dreams,Life
February 28: Rainy Day Reviews
March 7: Harlie’s Books
March 7: Lorana Hoopes
March 14: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
March 14: The Romantic Fanatic
March 14: Behind Closed Doors Book Review
March 14: Room With Books

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It’s been my pleasure hosting the kick off for Tricia McGill’s tour. Please come back again soon for more guests and chances to win great prizes. Until next time, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.

Nancy

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EYE CANDY by Pauline Allan

Today I’m featuring author Pauline Allan’s LGBTQ (MM) romance, Eye Candy. Please join me in welcoming Pauline to Notes From a Romantic’s Heart.

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Gavin Rossi is one sexy piece of Eye Candy wrapped in a tight body and sweet smile. The hot breath on his neck, the mesmerizing rhythm as he rolls his hips, the strong chest rising and falling beneath his hands make for a distraction he’s terrified to see play out.

When Dutch Williamson feels a set of perfectly sculpted thighs slipping over his lap, the last thing his liquor-hazed brain registers is this is my future. The tempting piece of Eye Candy grinding on his lap is going to cut him at the knees, and he knows it.

This is a dance. This is a tease. God, this is so much more.

Gavin stood by the marble-top island. “We need to discuss rent.” He stuffed his hands in the pockets of his faded jeans. “Between the two jobs, I can pay you something. I don’t expect a handout. I need to do my part.”

Everything had turned upside down. Being alone and content no longer counted for anything good in his life. Once again, the privileges of his birth were humbling. He shut the door. The guy had pride. Fighting the urge to pull those sexy hips into his hands, he passed the island and looked over his shoulder. “You coming? You can pick which room you want and…we’ll discuss the logistics in the morning when you come to the restaurant for your interview.”

He stopped, giving Gavin time to catch up at the staircase.

“You were serious, weren’t you? I um, I really didn’t expect you to offer me a job. I figured I could get a good night’s sleep, you’d wake up and regret asking me to be a tenant, and I’d have to take off, but now it feels different.”

Dutch stopped when they reached the top of the stairs. “I told you, you’re safe with me. If you stay around, you’ll see I’m telling the truth. Every bedroom has a lock. Use it if you feel you need to, but know it’s your space, and I’ll respect that.”

Gavin took the bag to sling it over his shoulder. “What if I don’t want to lock the door?”

Well hell. “Then I’ll need to lock mine.”

Pauline lives in the Midwest with her hero husband, two handsome boys, one ornery cat, and a lovely Pitbull. She enjoys writing erotic romance for all readers. From MM contemporary romance series to LGBT fairytales, Pauline shares stories that she holds close to her heart. By day Pauline is a special care baby registered nurse and by night a hopeless romantic. She loves to travel to New Orleans twice a year to recharge her creative battery and enjoy a bag full of powdered sugar covered beignets. Sit down, relax and Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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

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This is a one-day book blast tour. All of the stops can be found at Goddess Fish Promotions. Feel free to visit as many as you’d like for even more chances to win!

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Pauline for this stop on her one-day tour. Until you return, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.

Nancy

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LIZZIE’S EARL by Fiona Miers

Welcome to Notes From a Romantic’s Heart. Today, I’m featuring Lizzie’s Earl, the third book in author Fiona Miers’ An Heir and a Spare Regency series.

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A lovely young widow seeks a quiet gentleman, but finds a handsome rakehell instead.

Lizzie Symmons is newly widowed, with an estate and a comfortable income. But she’s off to London to find a gentleman who will give her the family she so desperately craves. She knows just the kind of man she wants–gentle, studious, preferring the quiet of country life and horses to the hubbub of town.

Lord Rupert Willoughby is a second son, the spare to his brother, the Earl of Sweeting, and a rakehell to the ton’s bored wives and widows. However, after five daughters, the Countess of Sweeting is done trying to bear an heir. It is now up to Rupert to produce the next Earl. To do so, he must marry, a prospect he loathes.

Rupert plans to find a biddable lady he can wed, bed, and leave in the country, while he carries on with his carefree life in London. But then he meets Lizzie. She sets Rupert’s body alight, but worse than that, she inspires goodness in him, makes him yearn for the heart and hearth his friends have attained.

Will Lizzie steal the rogue’s heart, so the next Earl is conceived in love? Or will Rupert’s stubbornness drive her to find another man?

“Sarah misses Charlotte even when they don’t meet for a day. It’s amazing how close they have become.” The Duke of Lincoln spoke thoughtfully of his wife.

Archie’s brown eyes softened again as they did every time he spoke of his wife.

“I know. I am very happy that they get along so well. This means our sons will grow up together, just as we did.” Archie smiled fondly, looking at John again who still refused to look up from his cards.

“Another drink?” Rupert asked gruffly, oddly moved by what Archie had said. He had never thought about it like that. Oliver and Archie had sons only a year apart. They would grow up together. Go on holidays together. Begin school together. As the youngest son he had never been able to play with anyone. He had been extremely lonely.

“Definitely,” John replied, lifting his hand to call a footman.

The footman brought over the whiskey decanter.

“More?” Rupert asked the other two, who were still nursing their second drinks. John and he were at least into their fourth, with many more to come Rupert was sure.

“No, no,” Oliver and Archie both chimed in, moving their glasses out of Rupert’s reach.

“Why you old fuddy duddies,” Rupert scolded good naturedly, pouring himself a drink.

“Can’t have another in case the wife finds out?”

Archie smiled his secret smile and Oliver sighed.

“Unlike you gentlemen, I must be sober enough to please my wife in bed tonight.” He joked, his smile showing how much he was looking forward to the task.

Rupert laughed but John choked on his whiskey. Gone were the days that they joked about their mistresses, now they were joking about their wives. How times had changed.

Lizzie’s Earl is a sexy little romp through Regency England. And, while the storyline is standard Regency, the author does a good job of developing her characters and giving them unique personalities.

This is the third in a planned four book series but can stand on its own. My only reservation was that the shorter, novella length did not allow for plot development. I felt there was so much more that could have been explored in a longer book. However, that said, as written it was still an entertaining read.

Fiona Miers has a super busy life, like most modern women, but always finds time for reading and writing romance. Her love affair with the romance genre started when she was only 11 years old, when her mother, and nana, handed her, her first mills and boon.
Since then she’s built her own business, become a mother to two beautiful little girls, and fallen in love with the most spectacular man on the planet. (JMHO)
Fiona writes MF contemporary and historical romance, writing more erotic stories under the pen name Tamsin Baker.
Thank you for reading this, and hopefully you’ll love reading about her characters as much as she loved creating them.

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This is a four-week review tour. Please feel free to visit the previous stops on the tour for more chances to enter the drawing.

February 2: Reading Romances
February 2: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
February 9: Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog
February 9: Harlie’s Books
February 16: Am Kinda Busy Reading!
February 16: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
February 23LibriAmoriMiei
February 23Books,Dreams,Life

It’s been my pleasure hosting Fiona for this stop on her tour. Until your next visit, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.

Nancy

 

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ALPHA LOVER by Brenda Sparks

Welcome to today’s stop on the review tour for Brenda Sparks’ new release, Alpha Lover, book three of the Alpha Council Chronicles from The Wild Rose Press.

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Starved for blood, vampire, Nicholai Peterhof is greatly relieved when two tourists decide to grace his restaurant, but one sip from the pretty brunette and his world is forever turned upside down. Juliette Staint-John is everything he could have asked for in a heartmate; pretty, smart, built with curves in all the right places…and totally unavailable.

Juliette doesn’t want anything to do with the handsome, young-looking Nicholai. As if their differences aren’t enough, the acute grief over the loss of loved ones keeps her heart guarded. He may be her fantasy, but that’s all he can ever be.

To get past Juliette’s defenses and in order to keep her safe, Nicholai must prove himself worthy of her love and trust. Unbeknownst to the couple, her personal demons are not the only ones threatening their relationship. Hiding virtually unseen by the vampires, Demon Royalty plots to destroy not only the couple but the entire vampire breed. Luckily, Nicholai will do anything for Juliette—even if it means sacrificing himself.

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Nicholai took Julie’s hand in his, leading her through the velvet ropes to the Grand Staircase. The fine, white marble stairs rose on either side of the room toward a large landing at the top. Golden, life-size statues stood as sentinels along the gilded iron railing. Penny’s eyes widened as they tracked along the walls, looking at the painted cherubs and golden moldings.

“Let’s take a picture.” Penny shoved the camera into Julie’s hand.

“Come on, Nicholai.” Penny linked her arm around Nicholai’s and pulled him toward the bottom of the immense set of steps.

The two of them situated themselves at the base of the stairs while Julie crossed to the opposite side of the rounded staircase.

“All right, you two.” Julie backed up as far as possible and adjusted the camera. “I think I can get you and those golden statues in the frame. Say cheese. I mean syr.”

“Syr,” Nicholai and Penny sang in tandem with big grins on their faces.

Every nerve ending in the warrior’s body suddenly lit up like the Vegas strip. Fear crept along his spine, circling it before it wrapped around his heart and squeezed until he could not breathe. His senses searched the palace.

A blank spot registered the exact moment Nicholai’s keen eyes noticed movement above Julie’s head. Horror gripped him with its icy tentacles when the statue of the golden woman holding a sickle leaned toward his heartmate. Time slowed his vision as it can only do during a time of danger. The heavy sculpture leaned further and further until it hung upside down, its head directly over Juliette’s. Suspended ominously in midair, it dangled for a second then fell, making a bee line for Julie.

What could possibly be hotter than a sexy vampire? Almost nothing. Mix in with that an “average” woman (not a skinny Barbie doll) with a whole luggage set of emotional baggage, evil demons, and a best friend who can’t keep her nose out of the heroine’s business and you’ve got the making for a great finish to this entertaining trilogy.

Although Alpha Lover contains characters from the two previous books in the series, it is a stand-alone gem. However, if you’re into vampire romance you might just want to start at the beginning.

Also in the mix are your prerequisite demons out to foil Nicholai’s relationship with the apprehensive Juliette.

A must-read for all fans of paranormal/vampire romance.

Born in Virginia, Brenda Sparks now resides in the Sunshine State.  Balancing her professional commitment to the local school district with her writing is challenging at times, but writing suspenseful paranormal romances is a passion that won’t be denied. Her idea of a perfect day is one spent in front of a computer with a hot cup of coffee, her fingers flying over the keys to send her characters off on their latest adventure.  Brenda loves to connect with readers.  Please visit her online or stop by her website to say hi.

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This is a four-week review tour. Please feel free to visit previous stops and the tour for more chances to win.

February 8: Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books!
February 8: Beyond my writing space
February 15: Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog
February 15: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
February 22Harlie’s Books
February 22With Love for Books
March 1Mixed Book Bag
March 1Natural Bri

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It’s been my pleasure hosting this stop on Brenda’s review tour. Please come back again tomorrow for another tour the Goddess Fish Promotions.

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

Nancy

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Two Sweet Treats for Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is a time for love. Or, in lieu of true love, a couple of vintage Valentine’s Day-themed romances!

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Newly appointed Chief of Emergency Medicine Dr. Garrett Langley can’t seem to find a secretary to keep up with his demands. His love life isn’t going so well, either. He recently lost his long-time girlfriend to his older brother and saw a workplace romance end in disaster, leaving him with a busy career but no love life.

Piano prodigy Grace Valentyne forfeited the second half of her Julliard scholarship to come home to California and care for her mother. Now, with her mother gone, she must find a job in order to pay for the remainder of her education. When offered the opportunity to work for the physician nicknamed Dr. Cupid, she jumps at the chance.

Grace soon finds herself in over her head—and not just with the office equipment.  But falling for the boss won’t get her back to Julliard. She needs to keep her focus and not let the sexy doctor derail her professional goals.

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Garrett shoved the last clipboard into place atop the nurses’ station. So much for organization…routine. Rounds had taken twice as long as he’d anticipated, and the need for a secondary consult had caused him to miss his standing department head meeting.

Not that he minded. Sitting around a conference table with a dozen other doctors discussing schedules and budgets was not his idea of productive time management. He’d have much rather been holed up in office tending to his dictation.

Dictation? Or is it Grace who has you anxious to get back to your desk?

If he were being honest, probably a bit of both. Okay, a bit of one, a lot of another. “I’m back,” he called out, his arrival at the corner of the desk obviously surprising her.

She startled, her head jerking up. “So I see.”

It was then he noticed the look of fatigue in her expression, the dull lifelessness of her usually bright eyes. And the roses. On her blouse. He crooked his finger and beckoned her to follow. “Can you join me, please?”

“Yes, of course.” She stood, the sudden motion causing her to wobble. He grasped her elbow to steady her before stepping into his office. Once she’d crossed the threshold, he shut the door behind them. “What time did you leave work last night, Grace?”

“What time?” Her gaze lowered and she bit her lower lip before saying, “I told you, I’m not putting in for overtime pay. It shouldn’t matter how late I stayed.”

Slowly, he reached out and lifted the embroidered collar of her blouse, running his thumb across the rose and leaf detail. “You didn’t go home at all last night, did you?”

“What makes you think that?”

“This is the same blouse you were wearing yesterday.” A vision of Grace on the stepladder, her pencil-straight skirt hugging her hips and bottom came back to haunt him. “And if I’m not mistaken, the same skirt.”

She let out a long, weary sigh and sank into the leather chair opposite his desk. “I couldn’t face disappointing you again. When we couldn’t find that little girl’s file…I don’t know…something inside me just snapped.”

He glanced briefly at his watch. Four-ten. Grace had been at work for over thirty hours. “Get your coat, hat and purse. I’m driving you home.”

“My car is here. I can drive myself.”

“You can barely keep your eyes open. You’re an accident waiting to happen. The last thing I’d want is to see you lying on a gurney in the ER.”

“But—ˮ

“No arguments. Get your things. We’ll be leaving in ten minutes.”

I…uh…I work until five.”

He shook his head and shot her what he hoped was a quelling glare. Pointing toward the outer office, he ordered, “Not today you don’t.”

Paging Dr. Cupid is the sequel to ….

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Everyone expects Rebecca Winston to marry her high school/college sweetheart, Garrett Langley. The problem is, the flame’s gone out on their romance. They’re still best of friends, but only friends. When Garrett’s father has a heart attack, his older brother Wyatt (an L.A. attorney) returns home for the first time in years. The attraction between Rebecca and Wyatt is immediate.

Can Rebecca expect her family and, especially, Garrett to understand that her desires have changed and turned toward Wyatt?

Can Wyatt get past the feeling that he’s poaching his younger brother’s girl?

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The purr of the finely tuned engine echoed through the tight confines of the car, setting her pulse on a complimentary rhythm. Soft jazz played in the background, its melodic tones sinking into her senses, ratcheting up her heart rate yet another notch.

Before she realized it, he’d pulled the car to stop in her parents’ driveway.

“Home sweet home,” he said. “Or, at least I assume you still live with your parents. I guess I should have asked.”

She bit back an outright laugh in favor of a more lady like chuckle. “Yes, I do still live at home. According to my mother, it’s the proper thing to do.”

Wyatt hopped out and came around the back of the car to open her door. Her mother would have been proud of how she’d waited for his assistance. Usually, she opened her own door before Garrett could get there.

“Would you like to come in and say hello?”

“I’d better not. I’ve been given an order to relay to the cook. I wouldn’t want Christina to have to wait for her supper.” He took hold of her elbow, as he had in the hospital. “I’ll see you to the door.”

Another round of sparks shot up her arm. She pulled away and took two steps forward. “It’s not necessary.”

He caught hold of her wrist and turned her to face him. His dark gaze flared. “Thank you for coming to see Pops. He obviously adores you.”

“It was my pleasure.”

She was about to pull from his grasp when he tightened his grip, stopping her in her tracks. “My brother’s a lucky man.”

Like most authors, Nancy Fraser began writing at an early age, usually on the walls and with crayons or, heaven forbid, permanent markers. Her love of writing often made her the English teacher’s pet, which, of course, resulted in a whole lot of teasing. Still, it was worth it.

Published in multiple genres, Nancy currently writes for four publishers. She has published twenty-two books in both full-length and novella format. In November 2016 Nancy celebrated twenty years as a published author and will release her 25th book in mid-2017.

When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy splits her free time between her five grandchildren. She’s also an avid traveler with Las Vegas being her favorite destination. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.

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I’ll be back on Thursday with two blog tours. Please come back to see what’s being featured. Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.

Nancy

 

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REVIEW and GIVEAWAY: FIRST COMES DESIRE by Tina Donahue

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On a lush, secluded island, one passionate adventure leads to another….

Diana Fletcher means business. The beautiful, innocent, reverend’s daughter has traveled all the way to a tropical island off Madagascar on a mission: To find her brother—and to punish the man who drove him to a life of piracy. But when she comes face to face with the enemy in question, the handsome, powerfully seductive man is not at all what Diana expected…

Tristan Kent never intended to harm Diana’s brother. A man of humble origins, Tristan claims he tried to save him from another ruthless captain. Diana is desperate to believe he is telling the truth…and that the intoxicating desire that escalates between them is true as well. But can she trust him? Or is Tristan’s story—and his heart—nothing more than fool’s gold? Amid the haze of sensual delights and soaring ecstasy Tristan has in store for her, all will be revealed…

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Tristan brushed his lips against hers, teasing, testing. Diana softened beneath him, proving what he needed to know.

Gently, he eased his tongue into her mouth. The world spun, her thrilling heat snatching his breath and thoughts. He explored her intimately, deepening his kiss. Her taste soon belonged to him, his to her. They were no longer separate. He hoped she’d suckle him and deliver pleasure.

She resisted briefly, then coaxed his tongue deeper into her mouth. Pleased beyond belief, he released her wrists, slid his hands over her palms, and laced their fingers.

She yielded fully. She smelled like an English spring, soft rain mixed with fragrant flowers. He didn’t finish their kiss until she smelled of him. Slowly, he withdrew his tongue, lifted his head, and struggled for breath. “Open your eyes.”

Arousal brightened them, her mouth still wet with him, lips slightly bruised from his impassioned kiss.

His spirits soared. “You desired that.”

“I did not.”

As a clergyman’s daughter, she was a poor liar and would never fool him. “Then I’ll have to continue until you do.”

He kissed her, tenderly at first, then hard and greedy. She whimpered in what sounded like pleasure but held back, not giving herself fully. Finally, she tore her mouth free.

He pressed his lips to her neck. Her breath spilled out on a contented sigh, telling him what words never could. “I’ll not deliver you to Bishop. You belong to me.”

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There’s little more that’s as exciting as a naughty pirate and swashbuckling Tristan does not disappoint. He’s virile, commanding, and very rough around the edges. You just know beneath that gruff exterior beats a heart of gold…nicely disguised with a great looking exterior.

Author Tina Donahue pens a sexy, action-filled story that’s heavy on both sexual tension and outright eroticism. Diana is the consummate innocent, right down to being the daughter of a clergy man. You just know their two distinct personalities are going to clash both in public and in private.

I felt at times that the plot lacked a spark, an originality, often reminiscent of so many pirate books before it. However, what it lacked in a new storyline, it more than made up for in heat. It’s the perfect gust of steam to wet your sails!

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About the Author

Tina Donahue is an Amazon and international bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for traditional publishers and indie. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work. Three of her erotic novels (Freeing the Beast, Come and Get Your Love, and Wicked Takeover) were Readers’ Choice Award winners. Another three (Adored, Lush Velvet Nights, and Deep, Dark, Delicious) were named finalists in the EPIC competition. Sensual Stranger, her erotic contemporary romance, was chosen Book of the Year at the French review site Blue Moon reviews. The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for her erotic romance Lush Velvet Nights. Two of her titles (The Yearning and Deep, Dark, Delicious) received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition. Take Me Away and Adored both won second place in the NEC RWA contest (different years). She’s featured in the Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. Before penning romances, Tina worked at a major Hollywood production company in Story Direction.

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Tina will be awarding ebook copies of the three titles in her Dangerous Desires series – Loving Lies (Book One), Wicked Whispers (Book Two), and Passionate Pursuit (Book Three) to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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This is a four-week review tour. Visit all the stops on the tour for even more chances to win!

January 26: Long and Short Reviews
February 2: EskieMama Reads
February 9: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
February 9: Beyond Romance
February 9: Kissing Bandits
February 9: Deep in the Crease
February 16Rainy Day Reviews
February 16Harlie’s Books

It’s been a pleasure hosting Tina for this stop on her tour. Please come back again next week for more tour visits. Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read

Nancy

 

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BLURB BLITZ: THE LADY WHO DREW ME and TO TEMPT AN HEIRESS

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The Lady Who Drew Me In

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Daisy Lansing’s ability to transfer images from people’s thoughts onto paper was a novelty she used to trot out to amuse her friends. But when her “entranced drawing” begins to cause serious trouble for her guardians, she is banished to the country and forced to marry a man twice her age. After the joyless wedding, Daisy is determined to bury forever the strange skill that upended her life. However, she soon finds herself a widow and in dire financial straits. Suddenly, her curse may be her one chance at true independence.

Jackson Gallway’s reputation as a rogue has far surpassed his success as a lawyer. In the wake of yet another scandal, he decides to head west. But before he can escape Misty Lake, Jax makes a promise to find an elusive killer. When he encounters a lovely young artist with an unusual talent that could help him in his search, what he finds is something neither of them can escape . . .

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The man was controlling her from six feet under. Daisy Lansing stared up at the portrait of her late husband, so angered by his betrayal she could scream. Monthly allowance, my foot.

She checked the hour on the gold watch around her neck. Her appointment with William Markelson was at three o’clock, so she had only minutes to brace herself for more bad news. Rubbing her temples, she soothed the budding throb of a headache. At the sound of a woman’s laughter outside, Daisy glanced to the window. Felice Pettington.

Daisy shot to her feet. “It’s about time,” she mumbled, scooting around the desk for a closer view. Misty Lake’s most celebrated summer guest strolled up the walkway, blond spit curls bobbing beneath her stylish bonnet as she slathered her charms on the tall man at her side.

And who do we have here?

Daisy craned her neck toward the window. The pretty heiress nestled against her handsome escort, her gloved hands like twin boa constrictors coiled around his arm. Curious as to whom the woman had snared to join her on the impromptu visit, Daisy hurried out to the porch. Felice’s sweeping yellow skirts brushed the blooming shrubs flanking the stone walk, stirring petals and the scent of rhododendrons through the air. Her mousy maid followed in the flurry.

“Yoo-hoo!” Felice unfurled her grip on the man just enough to wave her gloved fingers. “This is Mr. Gallway.” She leaned toward the man’s impressive shoulder, batting her lashes as they stepped up to the porch. “Mr. Gallway is from Troy.”

Daisy’s heart lurched, as it always did, at the mention of Troy. Even after all this time, the painful memories of her past in the city hadn’t faded a whit. Felice smiled smugly. “He’s an attorney.”

Daisy took a deep breath. Of all the lawyers Felice might have cajoled to browbeat Daisy on her behalf, the woman had enlisted a relative of Daisy’s closest friend. Tessa Gallway had gushed that her rakish brother-in-law was handsome, but the simple description hardly did him justice. Daisy gave a slow nod, her aversion to lawyers suffering a brief lapse as she studied him closer. Layers of wavy black hair matched his thick brows and the sideburns that led to his jaw. His sapphire eyes sparkled in the sunlight.

And his mouth. Good Heavens, his mouth. Daisy swallowed hard, awed by her response to the man. He was nothing like she’d imagined, yet everything portrayed in the gossip. A notorious rogue intent on skirting marriage and sowing a silo’s worth of oats in the process.

His smile widened, as though he’d heard Daisy’s unspoken assessment and expected no less. More likely he was simply too arrogant to care.

“You can wait for me here, Myrtle.” Felice waved her maid toward one of the rocking chairs on the porch.

Daisy ushered them inside, and then led them down the hall to the library. After all this time, the scent of Lawry’s final cigar still clung to the paneled walls. The familiar smell she’d relished so fondly after his death affected her differently now. How could he do this to her?

Blinking back tears, she returned her focus to her guests. Felice batted her lashes, then proceeded with a formal introduction. Extending an arm toward Daisy, she said, “Mr. Jackson Gallway, I present the Widow Lansing.”

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To Tempt an Heiress

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After her beloved father dies, Tempest Holderin wants nothing more than to fulfill his wish to free the slaves on their Antiguan sugar plantation. But the now wealthy woman finds herself pursued by a pack of unsavory suitors with other plans for her inheritance. To keep her from danger, her dearest friend arranges a most unconventional solution: have Tempest kidnapped and taken to safety.

Captain Andrew Corrvan has an unseemly reputation as a ruthless, money-hungry blackguard—but those on his ship know differently. He is driven by only one thing: the quest to avenge his father’s death on the high seas. Until he agrees to abduct a headstrong heiress…

If traveling for weeks—without a chaperone—isn’t enough to ruin Tempest, the desire she feels for her dark and dangerously attractive captor will do the rest. The storm brewing between them will only gather strength when they reach England, where past and present perils threaten to tear them apart—even more so than their own stubborn hearts…

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Captain Andrew Corrvan would never claim to have always acted on the right side of the law, but there were crimes even he would not stoop to commit.

Kidnapping was one of them.

This conversation ought to have been taking place in some dark dockside alley, not in the sun-dappled sitting room of the little stone house occupied by the plantation manager at Harper’s Hill. Andrew had never met the man before today, although he knew him by reputation. Throughout Antigua, Edward Cary was talked of by those who knew him, and by many more who didn’t, as a fool. As best Andrew had been able to work out, he had earned the epithet for being sober, honest, and humane—a string of adjectives rarely, if ever, applied to overseers on West Indian sugar plantations.

As the afternoon’s exchange suggested, however, even a paragon of virtue could be corrupted by a villainous place. Why else would Cary be attempting to arrange the abduction of a wealthy young woman?

“So, the talk of valuable cargo was just a ruse to lure me here?” Andrew asked.

“Not at all,” Cary insisted with a shake of his head. “Between her father’s private fortune, which she has already inherited, and Harper’s Hill”—he swept his arm in a gesture that took in the plantation around them—“which she will inherit on her grandfather’s death, Miss Holderin is worth in excess of one hundred thousand pounds.”

Despite himself, Andrew let a low whistle escape between his teeth. The chit would be valuable cargo indeed. “And how do you benefit from sending her four thousand miles away?”

“I don’t,” Cary said, and behind that rough-voiced admission and the mournful expression that accompanied it, lay a wealth of meaning. So the man had taken a fancy to his employer’s granddaughter, had he? “She has always been like a younger sister to me,” he insisted; somehow Andrew managed to contain his scoff. “When Thomas Holderin was on his deathbed, I gave him my solemn oath I would do all in my power to look after his daughter.”

“And now you wish to be rid of the obligation.”

“I wish—” he began heatedly. But apparently deciding his own wishes were beside the point, he changed course and said instead, “I believe she will be safer in England.”

“Then book her passage on the next packet to London.” Andrew thumped his battered tricorn against his palm, preparatory to placing it on his head and taking his leave. At his feet, his shaggy gray dog rose and gave an eager wag of his tail, bored with all the talk and ready to be on his way.

“If I could, I would. I have tried many times to reason with her. But Miss Holderin is . . . reluctant to leave Antigua. She believes she is more than a match for the dangers the island presents.” Cary turned toward the window. “She is wrong.”

Andrew followed the other man’s gaze. Fertile fields, lush forest, and just a glimpse of the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea where they touched a cerulean sky. It would have been difficult to imagine a less threatening landscape, but Andrew knew well that appearances could deceive. The dangers here were legion.

“Why me?” Andrew asked after a moment, folding his arms across his chest and fixing the other man with a hard stare. “Do you know the sort of man I am?”

Unexpectedly, Cary met Andrew’s gaze with an adamant one of his own. “I do. You are said to be a ruthless, money-hungry blackguard.” Andrew tipped his chin in satisfied agreement. He had spent ten years cultivating that reputation.

“But of course, the sort of man you are said to be might not be entirely accurate, I suppose,” Cary continued, steepling his fingers and tilting his head to the side. “Your crew tells a slightly different story, Captain.”

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About the Authors

A three-time RWA Golden Heart nominee, Thomasine Rappold writes historical romance and historical romance with paranormal elements. She lives with her husband in a small town in upstate New York that inspired her current series. When she’s not spinning tales of passion and angst, she enjoys spending time with her family, fishing on one of the nearby lakes, and basking on the beach in Cape Cod. Thomasine is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Capital Region Romance Writers.

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A love affair with historical romances led Susanna Craig to a degree (okay, three degrees) in literature and a career as an English professor. When she’s not teaching or writing academic essays about Jane Austen and her contemporaries, she enjoys putting her fascination with words and knowledge of the period to better use: writing Regency-era romances she hopes readers will find both smart and sexy. She makes her home among the rolling hills of Kentucky horse country, along with her historian husband, their unstoppable little girl, and a genuinely grumpy cat.

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A Giveaway

The authors will be awarding digital copies of both books on tour 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. You are most welcome to go back to the previous sites for additional chances to win!

January 16: BooksChatter
January 17: The Avid Reader
January 18: Christine Young
January 19: Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog
January 19: Hearts and Scribbles
January 20: T’s Stuff
January 23: The Silver Dagger Scriptorium
January 24: Reviews by Crystal
January 25: Books,Dreams,Life
January 26: jbiggarblog
January 27: Buried Under Romance
January 30: A Writer’s Life
January 31: Louise Lyndon Romance Author Hear Me Roar
February 1: Book Giveaways
February 2: EskieMama Reads
February 3: Nickie’s Views and Interviews
February 6: Cafinated Reads
February 7: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
February 8: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
February 9Dena Garson-Real… Hot… Romance
February 10Long and Short Reviews

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It’s been a pleasure hosting Thomasine and Susanne today. Please come back again tomorrow to welcome another tour guest. Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.

Nancy

 

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REVIEW: A HUNDRED HANDS by Dianne Noble

About the Book

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Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Polly leaves her husband and travels to India. There she meets the charismatic Finlay and begins a new – and dangerous – life of teaching street children in the slums.

A Hundred Hands will be $0.99 during the tour

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The boy slurped the milk straight from the jug, emptied it.

‘So what went wrong?’ she asked, nodding towards the table.

‘The owner of the shop died and his brother took over. Says it was his wife who ill-treated the boy.’

The food finished, the child sat there shivering. She could see the tremble in each bony limb and felt her heart would break. He was only a little boy and he’d been beaten and starved. She crept into the room where the boys were asleep to fetch one of the old blankets they used to wrap sick children.

Somebody stirred, sat up in the darkness. ‘Aunty?’

‘Shush. Go back to sleep.’ Pushed him gently back down onto his mat.

‘Can you find an old newspaper, Poll?’ Finlay enveloped the boy in the blanket and picked him up. ‘Come on, old son.’

With the boy on the hall chair and papers spread on the floor beneath him, Finlay manned the scissors. Chunks of matted hair fell to the ground. ‘I’ll cut the worse of the lice out before I get him in the shower. His head can be shaved in the morning.’

While Finlay washed him, Polly gathered up the paper and hair, took them into the yard and struck a match, the sulphur catching in her throat. She listened with a feeling of nausea to the hissing and popping sounds.

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Author Dianne Noble has painted an extremely vivid picture of India, its people, its culture and shown both the good and the bad with equal passion.

A well-written story, A Hundred Hands, draws the reader in to the lives of not only the heroine, Polly, but everyone she touches. Especially her friend Amanda, co-workers Finlay and Liam, and the children of Kolkata.

If you’ve never read one of Dianne Noble’s wonderful books set in India, A Hundred Hands is a great place to start.

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About the Author

I was born into a service family and at the tender age of seven found myself on the Dunera, a troopship, sailing for a three year posting to Singapore. So began a lifetime of wandering – and fifteen different schools. Teen years living in Cyprus, before partition, when the country was swarming with handsome UN soldiers, and then marriage to a Civil Engineer who whisked me away to the Arabian Gulf.

Most of the following years were spent as a single parent with an employment history which ranged from the British Embassy in Bahrain to a goods picker, complete with steel toe-capped boots, in an Argos warehouse. In between I earned my keep as a cashier in Barclays, a radio presenter and a café proprietor on the sea front in Penzance.

My travels have taken me to China, Egypt, Israel, Guatemala, Russia, Morocco, Belize and my favourite place, India. I keep copious notes and constantly dip into them to ensure my writing is atmospheric.

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A Giveaway

Dianne Noble will be awarding a $20 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 review tour. Please feel free to visit the previous sites for additional chances to enter the drawing.

January 24: Deep In the Crease
January 31: The Avid Reader
February 7: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
February 7: 4 the LUV of SANITY
February 14Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’
February 14Lorana Hoopes

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It’s been my pleasure hosting this week’s review for Dianne’s book tour. Please come back again tomorrow for another guest and giveaway!

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

Nancy

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It’s Release Day for Paging Dr. Cupid !!!

About the Book

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1/2 Price through The Wild Rose Press today and the weekend!

Santa Rosa, CA ~ January, 1967

Newly appointed Chief of Emergency Medicine Dr. Garrett Langley can’t seem to find a secretary to keep up with his demands. His love life isn’t going so well, either. He recently lost his long-time girlfriend to his older brother and saw a workplace romance end in disaster, leaving him with a busy career but no love life.

Piano prodigy Grace Valentyne forfeited the second half of her Julliard scholarship to come home to California and care for her mother. Now, with her mother gone, she must find a job in order to pay for the remainder of her education. When offered the opportunity to work for the physician nicknamed Dr. Cupid, she jumps at the chance.

Grace soon finds herself in over her head—and not just with the office equipment.  But falling for the boss won’t get her back to Julliard. She needs to keep her focus and not let the sexy doctor derail her professional goals.

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Garrett shoved the last clipboard into place atop the nurses’ station. So much for organization…routine. Rounds had taken twice as long as he’d anticipated, and the need for a secondary consult had caused him to miss his standing department head meeting.

Not that he minded. Sitting around a conference table with a dozen other doctors discussing schedules and budgets was not his idea of productive time management. He’d have much rather been holed up in office tending to his dictation.

Dictation? Or is it Grace who has you anxious to get back to your desk?

If he were being honest, probably a bit of both. Okay, a bit of one, a lot of another. “I’m back,” he called out, his arrival at the corner of the desk obviously surprising her.

She startled, her head jerking up. “So I see.”

It was then he noticed the look of fatigue in her expression, the dull lifelessness of her usually bright eyes. And the roses. On her blouse. He crooked his finger and beckoned her to follow. “Can you join me, please?”

“Yes, of course.” She stood, the sudden motion causing her to wobble. He grasped her elbow to steady her before stepping into his office. Once she’d crossed the threshold, he shut the door behind them. “What time did you leave work last night, Grace?”

“What time?” Her gaze lowered and she bit her lower lip before saying, “I told you, I’m not putting in for overtime pay. It shouldn’t matter how late I stayed.”

Slowly, he reached out and lifted the embroidered collar of her blouse, running his thumb across the rose and leaf detail. “You didn’t go home at all last night, did you?”

“What makes you think that?”

“This is the same blouse you were wearing yesterday.” A vision of Grace on the stepladder, her pencil-straight skirt hugging her hips and bottom came back to haunt him. “And if I’m not mistaken, the same skirt.”

She let out a long, weary sigh and sank into the leather chair opposite his desk. “I couldn’t face disappointing you again. When we couldn’t find that little girl’s file…I don’t know…something inside me just snapped.”

He glanced briefly at his watch. Four-ten. Grace had been at work for over thirty hours. “Get your coat, hat and purse. I’m driving you home.”

“My car is here. I can drive myself.”

“You can barely keep your eyes open. You’re an accident waiting to happen. The last thing I’d want is to see you lying on a gurney in the ER.”

“But—ˮ

“No arguments. Get your things. We’ll be leaving in ten minutes.”

I…uh…I work until five.”

He shook his head and shot her what he hoped was a quelling glare. Pointing toward the outer office, he ordered, “Not today you don’t.”

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Thank you for stopping by to help me celebrate my “book birthday”! Please come back again next week when I’ll be featuring guests on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Also, don’t forget to check the sidebar of this blog for a free copy of Paging Dr. Cupid. As of this posting, there were still six copies left.

Nancy

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BLURB BLITZ: THE OTHER TWIN by Nan Dixon

I am pleased to host author, Nan Dixon, for this stop on the Blurb Blitz tour for her newest release, The Other Twin, from Harlequin Super Romance. Please join me in welcoming Nan to Notes From a Romantic’s Heart.

About the Book

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Who can resist a neighbor in need?

Nathan Forester doesn’t know the first thing about kids. So when the daughter he never knew existed arrives on his doorstep, he needs help, fast! His unlikely ally is next-door neighbor and single mother Cheryl Henshaw. Nathan and Cheryl don’t exactly see eye to eye, but neither can say no to a helping hand.

Renovating Fitzgerald House is Nathan’s chance to finally prove he’s no longer the unreliable twin—and it seems possible with Cheryl by his side. Suddenly their practical arrangement has become something much more. Trust isn’t easy, but they’re stronger when they work together.

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“If you trust me with your key, I’ll make the bed,” Cheryl said.

“Thanks.” Nathan was so relieved, he yanked her into a big hug.

The bag of bedding dropped to the floor with a thump. Her arms clutched his waist.

It wasn’t a move on his part. He was thankful for her help. But her breasts pressed against his chest. She stared up at him, her eyes going dark.

“Let go of my mom!” Josh stormed into the room. He pummeled Nathan’s leg with sharp jabs.

“Hey, slugger.” Nathan let go of Cheryl and she staggered back.

“Don’t hurt my mom.” Josh kicked him.

“Josh, stop.” Cheryl caught his hand and pulled him away. “Nathan was thanking me for helping him.”

“He touched you!”

“Not in a bad way,” she insisted.

Nathan slumped onto Issy’s bed. What the hell was happening? Had someone touched Cheryl in a bad way?

“Is…is everything okay?” Are we okay?

She knelt next to Josh. “Apologize to Mr. Nathan.”

“He shouldn’t touch you.” Josh stuck his chin out.

“It’s fine.” Nathan ran his hands through his hair. He nodded at Josh. “He was protecting you. That’s good.”

Josh glared back.

Cheryl looked at Nathan. “It’s never okay to hit someone.” She squeezed her son’s shoulder in silent communication.

“Sorry.” The kid spit the word out like it was venom.

“I understand.” Nathan nodded. “It’s a guy thing. We have to protect our moms, right?”

Josh didn’t answer. Thank goodness the kid didn’t have superpowers or Nathan would have been incinerated by the fire in his eyes.

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About the Author

Nan Dixon spent her formative years as an actress, singer, dancer and competitive golfer. But the need to eat had her studying accounting in college. Unfortunately, being a successful financial executive didn’t feed her passion to perform. When the pharmaceutical company she worked for was purchased, Nan got the chance of a lifetime—the opportunity to pursue a writing career.  She’s a five-time Golden Heart® finalist and award winning author, lives in the Midwest and is active in her local RWA chapter and on the board of a dance company. She has five children, three sons-in-law, two granddaughters, one grandson on the way and one neurotic cat.

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A Giveaway

Nan Dixon will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

This is the next to last stop on Nan’s 3-week tour. Please feel free to go back and visit any or all of the previous sites for even more chances to win!

January 16: Fabulous and Brunette
January 17: Books,Dreams,Life
January 18: The Avid Reader
January 19: Christine Young
January 19: Long and Short Reviews
January 20: Hearts and Scribbles
January 20: Louise Lyndon Romance Author Hear Me Roar
January 23: Book Lover Promo
January 24: The Reading Addict
January 25: T’s Stuff
January 26: Book Giveaways
January 27: EskieMama Reads
January 30: Mixed Book Bag
January 31: Musings From An Addicted Reader
February 1: Buried Under Romance
February 2: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
February 3BooksChatter

It’s been a pleasure hosting Nan and her latest Harlequin release. Please come back again tomorrow to help celebrate my own new release and then, again, all next week for more tours and more chances to win great prizes.

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

Nancy

 

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