DEAD GIVEAWAY by Diane Benefiel

GENRE: Romantic Suspense

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About the Book

THE WORST THING THAT CAN HAPPEN

If asked, Gwendolyn Ballard would admit she co-parented her best friend Chloe’s son, Cameron. Now Gwen is all he’s got as they flee from the man who murdered his mother. There’s only one place Cameron will be safe, and that’s with his uncle, Elijah MacElvoy. Arriving on his doorstep at the Broken Arrow Ranch is a desperate decision, and Gwen knows he’d slam the door in her face if she didn’t have his nephew with her. But she’ll do anything for Cam, even if it means putting up with Elijah’s distrust and judgment.

Chloe’s dead. Cam’s orphaned, and Elijah is confronted with the prospect of living with the one woman who’s driven him crazy for the past ten years. He’ll fight to keep her safe. That’s encoded in his DNA. But can he trust her with a little boy who just lost his mother? As Eli watches how Gwen loves and cares for his nephew, he reevaluates his thinking and gives in to the smoldering attraction he felt the first time he saw her. With so much on the line, Eli comes clean about his past, making way for a future that’s all about silver linings.

Read an Excerpt

A quiet sound had him glancing toward the door. Gwen stepped into the room, her gaze fixing on his. As always when she was near, his body tightened and he had to fight back the urge to touch. To touch that glorious hair, the smooth skin, the subtle curves. His reactions to her were visceral and made him crave the impossible. They always had. Acting on the attraction would be suicide. Gwendolyn Ballard was all the things he didn’t need in a woman, and self-preservation demanded he reject the temptation.

She broke their contact and glanced around the room. He took the moment to make a careful survey. Her damp hair spread across her shoulders, hair that when dry curled into a mass that held all the colors of a wheat field in summer, from golden brown to sunny blond. Like her hair, her eyes couldn’t seem to settle on one color. They were a whiskey brown shot through with gold, and right now lit by the warm light of the lamp, they gave away her exhaustion. Finally, her gaze returned to his, and she appeared to tamp down on whatever emotions she felt. He’d seen those eyes glow with a warm light when she looked at Cameron, then turn cool and aloof when she looked at him.

The memory of the first time he’d seen her flashed across his mind. He’d arrived at his mother’s house for the Thanksgiving holiday after the long drive south. And there Gwen had been, his sister’s college roommate standing in front of a window, the sun bringing out the warm tones of her hair. She’d been flirting with a neighbor kid, a young man about her own age, her face alight with fun and laughter. Then she’d caught sight of him, eyes still shining. He’d felt himself scowl, and watched the animation fade, replaced by a carefully blank look that had irked him even more. He shook off the memory.

“Cameron asleep?”

“Yes. Oreo is sleeping with him. Thank you again for taking us in.”

He frowned. “What did you think I’d do? Send you hiking back to your car?”

She lifted a shoulder. “You could have. Honestly, I did think you would give us a safe place to stay for a few days, or else I wouldn’t have risked coming. But I wasn’t one hundred percent sure.”

He moved to the recliner and sat, gesturing to the sofa. “Sit before you fall down, Gwen. Tell me what happened to Chloe.”

She perched at the end of the couch, feet flat on the floor, body rigid. He wondered if she would ever loosen up enough to relax when he was near. She glanced at him, then down at her hands tightly clasped in front of her. She remained silent for so long he thought she wasn’t going to speak. Then, attention resolutely focused on the hands in her lap, she spoke in a quiet voice. He listened carefully, sensing the emotion held tightly in check.

“Cameron and I were going on vacation. Thursday was the last day of school for both of us, so I’d gotten the car packed and we were going to leave early Friday morning.”

“Wait. What do you mean it was the last day of school for both of you? Are you still in college? I thought you’d graduated.”

He caught the confusion in her expression. “Of course I did. I graduated several years ago. I’m a teacher.”

Disbelief had him sitting back in his seat. He couldn’t have been more surprised if she’d told him she made her living as a rodeo clown. “A teacher? With your background?”

She raised her head, whiskey eyes narrowed. “And what background would that be, Eli?”

He decided he’d be better off leaving that one alone. “Never mind. What grade do you teach?”

“Kindergarten.”

He tried to reconcile his memories of her with the kind of person who taught kindergarten. To him a kindergarten teacher meant someone with a sunny personality who could shift from teaching shapes and letters to tying shoelaces and keeping kids from eating paste. Maybe he was stereotyping, but he had a hard time equating party girl with wholesome. “Huh, kindergarten.” He shook his head.

About the Author

National Readers’ Choice Award winner for her novel, Solitary Man, Diane Benefiel has been an avid reader all her life. She enjoys a wide range of genres, from westerns to fantasy to mysteries, but romance has always been a favorite. She writes what she loves best to read – emotional, heart-gripping romantic suspense novels. She likes writing romantic suspense because she can put the hero and heroine in all sorts of predicaments that they have to work together to overcome.

A native Southern Californian, Diane enjoys nothing better than summer. For a high school history teacher, summer means a break from teenagers, and summer allows her to spend her early mornings immersed in her current writing project. With both kids living out of the house, in addition to writing, she enjoys camping and gardening with her husband. Diane loves hearing from her readers.

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A Giveaway

Diane will be awarding a $15 in Boroughs Bucks + a copy of Flash Point to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

This is a one-week, multi-stop tour. You are welcome to visit as many of the sites as you’d like for more information on Diane, her new book, or to enter the drawing.

April 23:
1: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
2: Readeropolis
3: Author C.A.Milson
4: Sharing Links and Wisdom
5: Natural Bri
6: Edgar’s Books

April 24:
1: T’s Stuff
2: Locks, Hooks and Books
3: The Avid Reader
4: Mythical Books
5: It’s Raining Books
6: Mixed Book Bag

April 25:
1: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
2: Long and Short Reviews
3: Deal Sharing Aunt
4: My Reading Journey
5: Travel The Ages
6: Wendi zwaduk – romance to make your heart race

April 26:
1: Dawn’s Reading Nook
2: Jazzy Book Reviews
3: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
4: Straight From the Library
5: Welcome to My World of Dreams
6: Queen of All She Reads

April 27:
1: Bookaholic
2: Read Your Writes Book Reviews
3: BooksChatter
4: Let me tell you a story
5: Liz’s Reading Life
6: Andi’s Book Reviews

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Diane of this stop on her tour. Please come back again next week for more authors, books, and giveaways.

Nancy

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EDGER by David Beem

GENRE:   Comedy Fiction

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About the Book

It’s been said every story must start somewhere. Ours begins with a professional dork. The kind who fixes computers and lives in his gran’s basement. The kind tapped by destiny (that saucy minx) to become the world’s first superhero!

And not a moment too soon…

A nano-sized artificial intelligence is on the loose! It got itself dart-gunned into a cow butt by a frog man in a porn store! Two stoners are corrupting it on twitter! And that’s just the first three pages!!

Join our dork of destiny as he channels the collective unconscious—his psychic superpower—in a harrowing tale of high drama, romance, betrayal, revenge, jesus chickens, cocaine, weirdos, magicians, ninjas, nfl spies, and disco ball water torture administered to the tune of rapture, by blondie. My god, man, what does it all mean!?

It means uncorking that next bottle of wine isn’t only a good idea—it’s advisable.

Read an Excerpt

I drop the handful of ninja throwing stars back into their pouch on my utility belt and the overhead light glimmers off my hand, hitting the tiny silver nodules encircling the letter Z engraved on my superhero ring.

“Z is for Zarathustra,” says Mikey, noticing me looking at it. “As in Nietzsche’s ‘Superman.’ The goal of the human race is to produce a single cataclysmic individual who renders civilization as we know it obsolete.”

“That doesn’t sound like a good thing.”

“Depends on your point of view. To quote Nietzsche: God is dead. He’s been dead for a long time now. It’s why the world is the way it is. But you’re going to change that. For anyone who can access the Collective Unconscious, the future will be united in purpose, and not for any one person’s God—but for the wellbeing of all. Imagine a world like that.”

I gaze down at the ring on my finger and a not insignificant amount of trepidation hardens in my stomach.

“Sounds like you’re setting up this Zarathustra—me—to replace God,” I say.

“Are you religious?”

“No.”

“Then what do you care? Look. Relax. Enough of this God crap. Don’t take everything so seriously.”

“Ri-ight. Because when I think Edger Bonkovich, I think, now there’s a guy who’s taking life too seriously.”

The door opens to admit Mary dressed in yoga pants and a sports bra and my remaining ability to concentrate goes up in smoke.

About the Author

David Beem enjoys superhero movies, taekwondo, and flossing. He lives in Djibouti with his family and crippling self-doubt. Help actualize David’s inner confidence. Visit his website today, and buy all the stuff.

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A Giveaway

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

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Follow the Tour

This is a four-week tour. You are welcome to visit as many of the stops as you’d like for even more chances to enter the draw and learn more about David and his latest release, Edger.

April 2: Fabulous and Brunette
April 2: Bookaholic
April 3: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’
April 3: Long and Short Reviews
April 4: BooksChatter
April 4: Sharing Links and Wisdom
April 5: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
April 5: Unabridged Andra’s
April 6: Read Your Writes Book Reviews
April 6: Two Crazy Ladies Love Romance
April 9: Rogue’s Angels
April 9: Edgar’s Books
April 10: Author C.A.Milson
April 10: Kimmi Love – review
April 11: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
April 11: Sea’s Nod
April 12: Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books!
April 12: Books Direct
April 13: Musings From An Addicted Reader
April 13: XoXo Book Blog
April 16: The Reading Addict
April 16: Lampshade Reader
April 17: Readeropolis
April 17: T’s Stuff
April 18: Let Me Tell You a Story
April 18: Deal Sharing Aunt
April 19: Mello and June, It’s a Book Thang!
April 19: The Avid Reader
April 20: Andi’s Book Reviews
April 20: Welcome to My World of Dreams
April 23Just Books
April 23Sascha Darlington’s Microcosm Explored
April 24Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
April 24Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer
April 25Independent Authors
April 25Queen of All She Reads
April 26A Chick Who Reads
April 26Rainy Day Reviews
April 27B-Gina Review
April 27It’s Raining Books

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

Nancy

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NO HOLDS BARRED by Stephanie Nicole Norris

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Getting to Know Stephanie

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

This is a particularly hard question because I love the characteristics of all of my heroine’s. They are all me, and I am all of them. Maybe the one that resonates with me most comes from my Falling for a Rose series. Samiyah and Selena.

Samiyah because of her willingness to do whatever it took to salvage her past relationship. She isn’t the type to give up easily even when her backs against the wall. And when it comes to letting love in again, Samiyah isn’t bitter but she is careful, and that’s what makes her a strong, decisive character.

Selena because she isn’t afraid to go after what she wants. She is the life of the party, always ready to ride out under whatever circumstances. And when she messes up in life, Selena is willing to admit it and kick her own ass into gear.

Q2:  What do you consider to be the central plot of your story?

The plot is always about the hero and heroine’s journey to love for me. The meeting, the connection, the build-up, that all-consuming fire. All of that with a little drama and sometimes suspense sprinkled inside.

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

It was 2010, I was lying in bed at night but couldn’t go to sleep. These people were talking in my head. Not only were they talking but I saw them move around each other, eat dinner, and watch the news. This woman and man went on to work, and as the couple stirred about, I knew they were in love, but there were secrets. I tried to shut this couple out, but they wouldn’t let me rest, and then there was my moment of ah-ha. I would write this story down, just to get it out of my head. And so, I did. With pen and paper. It took me nine months to write it and two years before I built enough confidence to self-publish it. That story went on to become Trouble in Paradise, my debut.

Speed Round (just to get to know you better):

  • Coffee, tea, or other? Tea
  • Music preference? Rhythm and Blues
  • Favorite movie? Love and Basketball
  • Dog, cat, or other?
  • Favorite author? Eric Jerome Dickey

About the Book

Love was no longer on the menu for Camilla Augustina. After her fiancé calls off the wedding not once but twice, Camilla’s had enough. In a brazen move, she takes a new position in the windy city of Chicago; leaving her parents, friends, and ex in a bittersweet goodbye. Adapting to her new surroundings isn’t easy but as Camilla settles in a chance encounter with an infamous playboy throws her off balance and rattles her world. She hadn’t expected to be drawn so meticulously to another but denying the magnetism that lures her is a futile fight.

As President of VFC Energy, a fortune 500 company, Hunter Valentine is at the top of his game. The renowned bachelor holds no secrets about his risqué rendezvous, and his allegiance is saved for family only. However, when Hunter spots Camilla Augustina, dining alone at the breakfast hut in his building, he can’t explain the adulation that runs through his core and shakes his entire world. Lust never weakened him like this, and the inclination of love at first site was silly. But when Hunter decides to prove the sudden rapture is unreal, he may find himself enamored by love.

Read an Excerpt

Excuse me…”

The timbre of his voice not only sent a shrill of heat cascading over Camilla’s body, but it also caught her by surprise and threw her off balance. Bringing her eyes up to the mystery man himself, Camilla’s heart skipped a beat as her sight took in the magnificence of his stature. Black suit pants laced around his powerful thighs and what Camilla knew was probably a taut ass. A leather Christian Dior belt buckle aligned through the loopholes of his pants, holding a pristine shine.

The maroon long sleeve button-down shirt stretched up the barrier of his grandiose wall of muscle and waved slightly over the pecs in his chest. With his collar flipped down and the first two buttons undone, his unblemished coffee brown skin was displayed. Camilla swallowed so hard she could’ve ingested her tongue. Her heart binged in her chest, and Camilla had a hard time trying to recover.

As if the palpitations weren’t bad enough, Camilla’s gaze locked with her mystery man, and immediately, she felt pulled toward him. With piercing dark brown eyes, he held her stare just as his tongue cruised across his lips to wet his mouth.

“I don’t mean to interrupt you, but, there’s nowhere else to sit while I have my breakfast, so I was hoping you’d have mercy on me and allow me to dine with you.”

“Corinne,” Camilla said, speaking into the phone, “I’m going to call you back.”

About the Author

Stephanie Nicole Norris is an author from Chattanooga Tennessee with a humble beginning. Always being a lover of reading, during Stephanie’s teenage years her joy was running to the bookmobile to read stories by R. L. Stine.

After becoming a young adult, her love for romance sparked leaving her captivated by heroes and heroines alike. With a big imagination and a creative heart, Stephanie penned her first novel Trouble In Paradise and self-published it in 2012. Her debut novel turned into a four book series full of romance, drama, and suspense. As a prolific writer, Stephanie’s catalog continues to grow. Her books can be found on Amazon dot com. Stephanie is inspired by the likes of Donna Hill, Eric Jerome Dickey, Jackie Collins, and more. She currently resides in Tennessee with her husband and two-year-old son.

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Stephanie today. Please come back again all week long for more authors, books, and giveaways.

Nancy

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ENTRANCE by J. J. Sorel

GENRE: Contemporary Steamy Romance

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The book is on sale for only $0.99!

About the Book

Clarissa Moone is a young, classy, impoverished art history graduate. Her life transforms when she lands a job working for the enigmatic billionaire, Aidan Thornhill. As the contract stipulates that she reside at his lavish Malibu estate, Clarissa suddenly finds herself surrounded by jaw-dropping art and opulence. A significant step up from the run-down apartment she shares with her best friend.

Aidan Thornhill is a self-made billionaire whose earlier start in life was riddled with poverty and a dysfunctional upbringing. Running away from scandal, he joins the army and works his way up to the Special Forces. Accompanied by haunting memories, Thornhill re-enters civilian life with a million dollars gifted to him by a dying buddy. He travels to Europe where he develops a passion for art. And after many astute investments, he becomes one of LA’s wealthiest bachelors.

Voluptuous, intelligent and sensitive, Clarissa Moone’s beauty makes Aidan gasp for air. But with a reputation that is as much invented as true, he has to convince Clarissa that he is not a heart-breaker. Aidan Thornhill’s movie-star looks, love of art and passionate support for the downtrodden, soon wins Clarissa’s heart, soul, and innocence.

After living a life devoted to intellectual pursuits and art, being new to love, she succumbs to her smoldering hot boss, who stops at nothing to pleasure her, sending Clarissa off into toe-curling ecstasy.

Behind the scenes, however, the claws are out. Determined to stir trouble, three characters, one of whom, a spoilt heiress, do everything to reap revenge.

With mutual burning passion impossible to extinguish, the couple’s chemistry is so potent that their souls implode when Thornhill’s mysterious past threatens to drive a wedge between them. The former soldier goes into battle determined to have Clarissa even if it means losing everything.

Read an Excerpt

“Leave it to me, Clary. We’ll have you looking sexy and professional in no time.” She looped her arm in mine and was all bouncy.

“Not sexy, only professional,” I said.

“Don’t lay that virgin crap on me. You’re working for the hottest guy in town,” she blurted so loudly people’s heads turned.

“Tell the whole of LA, why don’t you?” I snapped.

“You’ve got a figure to die for and a face like Natalie Wood’s,” Tabitha said, dragging me along by my hand.

“Tabs, need I keep reminding you that I’m employed as a PA?”

“I know, I know. But there’s no harm in making the most of your assets,” she said, sounding more like an ambitious mother by the minute.

We passed “Yesterday’s Child” my favorite vintage shop. Instincts fully aroused, I headed for the doorway. Tabitha pulled me back. “No vintage, Clary, only contemporary, stylish, and sexy.”

“Vintage can be super classy and fashionable,” I argued. Although she was right, I had a pathological addiction to 1960s clothes. Tabitha said it was because I was trying to emulate my late mother. I couldn’t disagree. My mother and I were so alike in build that I still wore her clothes. It was an obsession that had caused much trouble at college, at least until vintage became fashion. Then the bullies suddenly regarded my Mondrian-inspired mini worn over white patent-leather boots with envy.

“Let’s go there.” Tabitha pointed to an enormous department store. I followed along submissively.

About the Author

50 Shades of Grey, was the first contemporary romance book I’d ever read. Up to that point, I’d spent my entire reading life buried in literature.

But then, one day, I picked up 50 Shades of Grey and couldn’t put it down. Impressed by their heart-felt, down to earth portrayal of love and sex, I quickly developed a voracious appetite for contemporary romance books. I was so inspired by the genre that I decided to explore that world as a writer.

After completing a certificate in Writing Romance with the Australian College of Journalism I embarked on writing three books. All of which are still sitting on my computer.

Then Aidan Thornhill entered my imagination and came alive on paper. From that moment, like all emotional love stories, nothing else mattered. I fell in love. And was compelled to write, almost in a frenzy, every day without fail.  I am presently working on my latest novel – The Importance of Being Wild.

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A Giveaway

J.J. Sorel will be awarding copies of the entire series (3 books in all) to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

April 9: Books to Light Your Fire
April 9: Christine Young
April 10: Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog
April 10: The TBR Pile
April 10: Casey’s Corner
April 11: Romance Novel Giveaways
April 11: The Avid Reader
April 12: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’
April 13: Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess
April 13: Beyond Romance
April 16: BooksChatter
April 16: Author C.A.Milson
April 16: Sharing Links and Wisdom
April 17: tory richards
April 17: Erotica For All
April 18: T’s Stuff
April 18: Liz’s Reading Life
April 19: Wake Up Your Wild Side
April 19: Dena Garson-Real… Hot… Romance
April 20: books are love
April 20: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
April 23: Deal Sharing Aunt
April 23: Dina Rae’s Write Stuff
April 24: Fabulous and Brunette
April 24: Long and Short Reviews
April 25: Mello and June, It’s a Book Thang!
April 25: Readeropolis
April 26: Lock That Door
April 26: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart
April 27: Jazzy Book Reviews
April 27: Blog of Author Jacey Holbrand

This is a four-week, multi-stop tour. You are welcome to visit as many different sites as you’d like.

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It’s been my pleasure hosting author J.J. Sorel for this stop on her tour.

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

Nancy

 

Posted in Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance | 3 Comments

Fun With Audio Books!

I’ve spent the past few days listening to audition tapes from voice actors interested in narrating four of my books. My publisher, The Wild Rose Press, has offered their authors the opportunity to put their back-list titles into audio format.

The process for choosing a narrator is challenging in that the audition encompasses a very short passage in the grand scheme of an entire book.

Here’s a peek at two of the five books coming soon to audio!

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

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

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

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When reporter, Kate Brogan, and her ex-husband vice cop, Matthew Kelly, both end up investigating local psychic Olga Limas, Kate realizes the fluff piece of journalism she’d anticipated might just turn into something more. Out to debunk the woman’s claim of being able to guide seance participants into the future, both hers and Matt’s skepticism is put to the test when they find themselves transported to 2065.

Certain the only one they can truly trust is each other, they form an alliance that quickly stirs more intimate and loving memories. Just as they are about to be shown the way home, a presidential assassination puts their lives, and their chances for a “happily ever after,” in jeopardy.

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I’ll share more clips with you as I review them. And, of course, once the narrator has been chosen for each project, and the book becomes available, I’ll be sure to share the good news!

Nancy

 

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A HOLE IN ONE by Judy Penz Sheluk *Review*

GENRE: Mystery

SERIES: Glass Dolphin Mysteries (Book 2)

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About the Book

Hoping to promote the Glass Dolphin antiques shop, co-owners Arabella Carpenter and Emily Garland agree to sponsor a hole in one contest at a charity golf tournament. The publicity turns out to be anything but positive, however, when Arabella’s errant tee shot lands in the woods next to a corpse.

They soon learn that the victim is closely related to Arabella’s ex-husband, who had been acting as the Course Marshal. With means, opportunity, and more than enough motive, he soon becomes the police department’s prime suspect, leaving Arabella and Emily determined to clear his name—even if they’re not entirely convinced of his innocence.

Dogged by incriminating online posts from an anonymous blogger, they track down leads from Emily’s ex-fiancé (and the woman he left Emily for), an Elvis impersonator, and a retired antiques mall vendor with a secret of her own.

All trails lead to a mysterious cult that may have something to do with the murder. Can Arabella and Emily identify the killer before the murderer comes after them?

Read an Excerpt

Levon smiled, the full-on one he tended to keep in reserve, and Arabella felt something tug inside of her. She had heard quite enough about Gilly Germaine and how amazing she was. It wasn’t as if she was jealous, exactly, more like she felt Levon slipping away from her little by little. They might not be married any longer, but she never stopping thinking of him as a friend, someone who knew her and loved her, blemishes and all. Since Gilly had arrived on the scene, Levon had become more and more distant. This past month he’d been all but absent. Today was the first time they’d spoken in two weeks.

It didn’t help that she’d recently split up with Aaron Beecham. For a small town cop, he seemed to be on duty more than off.

“I should get going,” Levon said, interrupting her thoughts. “Gilly is relying on me.”

I’m sure she is. “I better get going as well. We’re starting on number two.”

“Just remember not to hit the ball until the shotgun sounds.”

“Gilly’s using an actual shotgun? I thought everyone used sirens or horns these days.”

Levon laughed. “Gilly’s as much of a stickler for research as you are. She thought it would be more authentic if she used a shotgun, too. You of all people should appreciate that, Arabella. After all, isn’t that your motto? Authenticity matters?”

It was, but Arabella didn’t like it that Gilly had adopted the same motto.

She didn’t like it one bit.

My Review

A well-crafted cozy mystery, A Hole in One, does a great job of drawing us into the story, throwing us a red herring or twom and then bringing home a successful conclusion.

The two main characters, Arabella and Emily, are very engaging. I got a great sense of the town, surroundings, and supporting characters. My only concern was the sheer volume of supporting characters. I sometimes felt like I needed a scorecard.

If you enjoy cozy mysteries you should definitely put this one on your reading list.

About the Author

An Amazon international bestselling author, Judy Penz Sheluk is the author of two mystery series: The Glass Dolphin Mysteries (THE HANGED MAN’S NOOSE and A HOLE IN ONE) and The Marketville Mysteries (SKELETONS IN THE ATTIC). Her short crime fiction appears is included in several collections, including LIVE FREE OR TRI.

Judy is a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Crime Writers of Canada, where she currently serves on the Board of Directors as the Regional Representative for Toronto/Southern Ontario.

Find Judy on her website/blog at www.judypenzsheluk.com, where she interviews and showcases the works of other authors and blogs about the writing life.

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A Giveaway

Judy Penz Sheluk will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

This is a month-long tour. You are welcome to visit the previous stops to learn more about the author and the book, and for even more chances to win in the giveaway!

March 19: Rogue’s Angels
March 19: Unabridged Andra’s
March 20: Let me tell you a story
March 20: Long and Short Reviews
March 21: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
March 21: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’
March 22: Stuffed with Lurv
March 22: Independent Authors
March 23: BooksChatter
March 23: Sharing Links and Wisdom
March 26: Fabulous and Brunette
March 26: Hearts and Scribbles
March 27: Natural Bri
March 27: Readeropolis
March 28: Read Your Writes Book Reviews
March 28: XoXo Book Blog
March 29: Mixed Book Bag
March 29: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart
March 30: La libreria di Beppe
March 30: The Book Connection
April 2: The Avid Reader
April 2: Author C.A.Milson
April 2: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
April 3: Teresa Trent Author Blog
April 4: A Chick Who Reads
April 4: FUONLYKNEW
April 5: Edgar’s Books
April 5: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart – review
April 6: Bookaholic – review
April 9: Dina Rae’s Write Stuff
April 9: Two Ends of the Pen
April 9: Jazzy Book Reviews
April 10: Harlie’s Books
April 10: Mello and June, It’s a Book Thang!
April 11: Musings From An Addicted Reader
April 11: Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer
April 12: Journey of a Bookseller – review
April 12: Sapphyria’s Books
April 13: B-Gina Review
April 13: It’s Raining Books

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It’s been my pleasure hosting this stop in Judy’s tour.

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

Nancy

Posted in Cozy Mystery | 6 Comments

WRITTEN TOGETHER by Wendi Zwaduk

GENRE: Contemporary Erotic Romance (BDSM)

SERIES: Love Lessons (Book 2)

Amazon

About the Book

What if the woman he needs is the one he thought was out of his league?

Adam Pallas knows what he wants out of life—to teach history, to be happy and to have a hot woman by his side. He’s got one out of the three. He should be happy, but he’s not. There’s one woman who grabs his attention every time. The catch? She’s very much out of his league. Can being himself actually snag him the woman of his dreams?

Melissa Murphy isn’t looking for love, but every time she sees Adam her plans go sideways. The English teacher knows there’s a confident, hot man hiding behind the slightly nerdy history buff façade. But her past and the things she wants between the sheets tend to scare men off. She believes the odds may be stacked against them. Could it be their lives are perfectly written together after all?

Read an Excerpt

She gripped the papers tight. Dear God. What if Adam found out from someone else before she could tell him the whole truth? Would he bolt? They were just friends, but some people were turned off by the idea of role-play and the other things she liked in the bedroom. Adam would probably be one of them. The man seemed so vanilla and wound so tight. And she was drawn to him. Go figure.

She sighed. No wonder she couldn’t make love work in her life.

Adam rounded the corner and waved. His grin widened and the spring entered his step. She snickered. The guy was so silly, but cute. She loved his determination. He’d cherish the woman who secured his heart. The memory of the hug the day before came to mind. She could feel his arms around her again. Warm, inviting and safe. She stopped in her doorway and waited for him to reach her part of the hall.

The jealousy showed up again. She had no ties to Adam other than the hug, but thinking of him with someone else stabbed deep in her gut. She wasn’t the type to chase guys who weren’t interested. What about Adam? Was he interested? Or just looking for friendship?

No, she’d focus on the platonic part of the pairing. God knew she needed more guy friends in her life and fewer dead-end boyfriends for her brothers to torture.

About the Author

Wendi Zwaduk is a multi-published, award-winning author of more than one-hundred short stories and novels. She’s been writing since 2008 and published since 2009. Her stories range from the contemporary and paranormal to BDSM and LGBTQ themes. No matter what the length, her works are always hot, but with a lot of heart. She enjoys giving her characters a second chance at love, no matter what the form. She’s been the runner up in the Kink Category at Love Romances Café as well as nominated at the LRC for best contemporary, best ménage and best anthology. Her books have made it to the bestseller lists on Amazon.com and the former AllRomance Ebooks. She also writes under the name of Megan Slayer.

When she’s not writing, she spends time with her husband and son as well as three dogs and three cats. She enjoys art, music and racing, but football is her sport of choice.

Wendi’s Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

A Giveaway

Wendi will be awarding a bracelet made by the author and a signed swag pack to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

This is a one-day, multi-site tour. You are welcome to visit as many of the stops as you’d like to learn more about the book, the author, and enter the giveaway.

1: Author C.A.Milson
2: Author Deborah A Bailey
3: Beyond Romance
4: Books to Light Your Fire
5: The Books Chatter
6: Dawn’s Reading Nook
7: Dena Garson
8: Erotica For All
9: Jazzy Book Reviews
10: Liz’s Reading Life
11: Long and Short Reviews
12: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
13: Readeropolis
14: Reviews by Crystal
15: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’
16: T’s Stuff
17: The Avid Reader
18: The Reading Addict
19: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart
20: tory richards
21: Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog
22: Wake Up Your Wild Side
23: XoXo Book Blog
24: Linda Nightingale…Author
25: Christine Young Romance Author
26: Mello and June, It’s a Book Thang!
27: Deal Sharing Aunt
28: books are love
29: Fabulous and Brunette
30: Musings From An Addicted Reader
31: Bookaholic

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Wendi for this stop on her one-day tour.

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

Nancy

Posted in Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance | 3 Comments

EVERYTHING WE LOSE by Annette Oppenlander

GENRE: Historical Fiction/Young Adult

Amazon

The book will be on sale for 99¢ during the tour.

About the Book

Two friends–one black, one white.
Torn apart by an attack gone wrong.
One escapes into war, the other is sold into slavery.

Told from alternating viewpoints, one black and one white, Surviving the Fatherland author Annette Oppenlander delivers another stunning historical tale set against the epic backdrop of the American Civil War–a breathtaking examination of the power of hope and friendship, and the endurance of the human spirit to find a way home.

Tennessee, 1861. Fifteen-year-old farm boy Adam Brown would do anything to protect his friend Tip, a slave at the neighboring plantation—even if it means fighting Nathan Billings, the rich and obnoxious landowner’s son. But when it seems his attack has killed Nathan, Adam has no choice but to run away and join the Union Army under an assumed name. Together with Wes, a chatty soldier with a few secrets of his own, Adam embarks on a traumatic odyssey through the war-torn Midwest. As his soul darkens with the atrocities of war, all he wants is to go home. But in order to do that—if he survives—he must face his past.

Unbeknownst to Adam, sixteen-year old Tip is sold to a farmer who takes drunken pleasure in torturing his slaves. Tip quickly realizes that if he wants to survive he must run. Ahead lie hundreds of miles of unknown country, infested by slave owners, traders, starvation and cold. And so begins a journey of escape and recapture, of brutal attacks and unexpected kindness. When a rescue by the Underground Railroad goes terribly wrong, Tip finds himself caring for a pregnant runaway, his journey seemingly at an end. They have reached the Ohio River, a vast watery expanse impossible to cross. It is only a matter of time before roaming slave traders will pick them up—he will never see his mother and his best friend again.

Read an Excerpt

His attention returned to the path winding its way through the patch of woods. Just like Adam, he loved the quiet, the rustling of birds and squirrels, and the coolness of the trees. The shadows were long and he knew he was late—later than he’d wanted to be. His stomach hitched with worry as he pushed his legs to go faster. He’d skipped the dinner hour to be with his friend and make it less obvious that he’d left. He was supposed to ask permission, but when Mama Rose had come running into the vegetable garden with the news about Adam’s Pa, he’d not thought twice.

At last he slowed down. In the dusk, the lights of the kitchen glowed softly, reminding him that he hadn’t eaten. This was his mama’s domain where she ruled and created her famous dishes. He was proud of what she’d accomplished and wanted to do just as well.

No, better. He pressed his lips together. For now he’d stay quiet. No point in talking about it with his mama and downright dangerous to mention it anywhere else.

“Where have you been, boy?”

Tip froze. Master Billings had an uncanny way of appearing out of nowhere. Despite his massive frame, he walked silently, reminding Tip of a stalking cat, ready to pounce and devour.

Billings senior twirled his cane, ready to spear a beast. “I was looking for you earlier. About that porch…”

“Yessir,” Tip said, bowing low. “I see Adam, just for an hour. He lost his Pa in the war and—”

“You left without permission? Wilkes said he didn’t know where you were.”

“Yessir. Sorry, Sir,” Tip stammered. “I meant to ask but Adam my friend and…” He cringed, knowing what was going to be next.

“And though you are clearly not allowed to leave the plantation, you left anyway?” Billings came to a stop next to Tip. “Bend over.”

His gaze on the kitchen window, Tip crouched low, hurrying to cover his head with his arms and hoping his mama wouldn’t glance outside as the walking stick crashed on his shoulder blades.

My Review

The author has given us a very intriguing and, I’m happy to say, historically accurate depiction of the Civil War era. The characterization is very well done and the dual point of view clear and concise. It was easy to understand the life-altering problems facing both Adam and Tip and empathize with their plight.

I struggled a bit with the sudden fluctuations in time but, once I realized where I’d landed, I was drawn into the story. I also would have liked a bit more historical setting, although what was there was very colorful and drew me into the story.

An entertaining read for those who love historical fiction.

About the Author

Annette Oppenlander is an award-winning writer, literary coach and educator. As a bestselling historical novelist, Oppenlander is known for her authentic characters and stories based on true events, coming alive in well-researched settings. Having lived in Germany the first half of her life and the second half in various parts in the U.S., Oppenlander inspires readers by illuminating story questions as relevant today as they were in the past.

Oppenlander’s bestselling true WWII story, Surviving the Fatherland, was elected to IWIC’s Hall of Fame, won the 2017 National Indie Excellence Award and is a finalist in the 2017 Kindle Book Awards. Her historical time-travel trilogy, Escape from the Past, takes readers to the German Middle Ages and the Wild West. Uniquely, Oppenlander weaves actual historical figures and events into her plots, giving readers a flavor of true history while enjoying a good story. Oppenlander shares her knowledge through writing workshops at colleges, libraries and schools. She also offers vivid presentations and author visits. The mother of fraternal twins and a son, she recently returned to her home, Solingen, Germany where she lives with her husband and old mutt, Mocha.

Annette’s Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

A Giveaway

Annette Oppenlander will be awarding a $15 Amazon/BN 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. You are welcome to visit the previous sites for even more chances to win.

March 26: Unabridged Andra’s
March 26: Andi’s Young Adult Books
April 2Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
April 9Locks, Hooks and Books
April 9Bookaholic
April 16Rainy Day Reviews
April 16Books Direct

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It has been my pleasure to host this week’s stop on Annette’s tour. Please come back again later this week for more authors, books and giveaways.

Nancy

Posted in Historical Fiction, Young Adult | 7 Comments

SOPHIE WASHINGTON: THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT SOPHIE by Tonya Duncan Ellis *Review*

GENRE:   Children’s (Middle Grade)

Amazon | B&N

About the Book

 Oh, the tangled web we weave…

Sixth grader Sophie Washington thought she had life figured out when she was younger, but this school year, everything has changed. She feels like an outsider, because she’s the only one in her class without a cell phone, and her crush, new kid Toby Johnson, has been calling her best friend, Chloe. To fit in, Sophie changes who she is. Her plan to become popular works for a while, and she and Toby start to become friends.

In between the boy drama, Sophie takes a whirlwind class field trip to Austin, TX, where she visits the state museum, eats Tex-Mex food, and rides a kayak. Back at home, Sophie fights off buzzards from her family’s roof, dissects frogs in science class, and has fun at her little brother Cole’s basketball tournament.

Things get more complicated when Sophie “borrows” a cell phone from a neighbor and gets caught. If her parents make her tell the truth, what will her friends think? Turns out Toby has also been hiding something, and Sophie discovers the best way to make true friends is to be yourself.

Read an Excerpt

No one knows how I feel about Toby. Not even Chloe. If anyone found out, I’d never come out of my room.

“Sophie, time for breakfast!” Mom calls.

I grab my backpack and rush out my bedroom door.

Bam! Me and my eight-year-old brother, Cole, collide.

“Move back, Creep!” he yells.

“Look where you’re going, Blockhead,” I counter.

“I was watching where I was going,” he frowns. “You were just running through the house again like Mom and Dad told you not to.”

I love my little brother, but he can be such a pain sometimes.

“Can you two please be nice to each other?” pleads Mom as we enter the kitchen, still grumbling.

“Cereal’s for breakfast. I’m helping in Daddy’s office this morning, so we need to leave early.”

Mom slides in her earrings and scrolls through her cell phone while we pour cornflakes into our bowls.

Our father is a dentist and has his own dental practice. Two or three days a week, Mom goes in to help him with accounting and checking in patients in his office in downtown Houston. Since we attend Xavier Academy, a private school that doesn’t have a school bus, she drives us to school every morning.

Mom’s been working with our father most days recently because the city had heavy rains earlier this spring. A couple of weeks ago, his office flooded. It rained for 40 days and 40 nights, like Noah’s ark. Dad had to see patients in a building across the street while repairs were being made. A lot of his medical equipment was ruined. Dad left his cell phone there and it got water damage, and still needs to be replaced. I don’t know how he can stand being without it. He’s been using an old flip phone until he has time to buy a new one.

My Review

The fourth installment of the Sophie Washington books is just as entertaining as the first three. Sophie is maturing right before our eyes. Along with those changes come the insecurities of youth, the need to fit in.

Author Tonya Ellis does a wonderful job with Sophie’s character development. A number of adolescent issues are covered in this book and, as always, Sophie learns from her mistakes and shares her lessons with the reader.

I enjoyed seeing all of Sophie’s friends and family return to take part in her latest adventure. Another solid 4- read.

About the Author

Tonya Duncan Ellis was born and raised in Louisville, KY. She loves reading so much that as a child she took books with her everywhere. She knew she wanted to become a writer after an article she wrote was published in her hometown newspaper when she was a teen.

Since then, Tonya has worked as a journalist and freelance magazine writer. She’s an award-winning author of the Sophie Washington children’s book series, geared towards readers ages 8 to 12. The books recount adventures of Houston, TX preteen Sophie Washington and her diverse group of friends. Each funny and heartwarming story teaches lessons about friendship, responsibility, truthfulness and perseverance.

When she’s not writing, Tonya enjoys reading, biking, swimming, travel and spending time with her husband and three children. She lives in Houston, TX.

Tonya’s Website | Facebook | Twitter

A Giveaway

Tonya Duncan Ellis 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 last stop on Tonya’s four-week review tour. You are welcome to visit all the previous stops!

March 8: The Reading Addict
March 8: Journey of a Bookseller
March 15: Kit ‘N Kabookle
March 15: Andi’s Middle Grade and Chapter Books
March 22: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’
March 22: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
March 29: Locks, Hooks and Books
March 29: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart

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It’s been my pleasure to have Tonya back for another visit.

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

Nancy

Posted in Children's/Middle Grade | 6 Comments

LIE TO HER by Mehrisa Mex

GENRE:   Psychological Thriller

Amazon

About the Book

Despite years of treatment, twenty-one year old Lydia still struggles with trauma from being attacked as a teenager. House-bound with anxieties and haunted by ghostly visions, she soon comes to suspect her psychiatrist husband, Myles, of sabotaging her recovery.

Her pursuit of the truth uncovers secrets more terrible than she ever imagined and it soon becomes clear that nothing is as it seems and no one can be trusted – not even herself.

Read an Excerpt

The room was spinning and she realized in surprise that she was on her feet in the kitchen. She looked around in a panic. What was she doing there?

The time on the microwave read 2.23am. She looked down at her hands and found them smeared with blood. Her breath knotted up in her throat. She staggered to the kitchen sink and washed the blood off her hands. Her face felt wet and she reached up to touch it. More blood.

She rushed to the bathroom and, in the mirror, she found a streak of blood going down her face. She washed it off, and found the source – a cut in her hair line. It was only then, when she tried to calm herself a bit, that the pain at the site of the injury grew into her awareness.

With her heart thumping in her ears, she thought of the video Myles had shown her where she had tried to stab him with a knife. She hurried out the bathroom to Joanie who raised her head as Lydia crouched down beside her. She didn’t seem to be hurt or afraid of her, but Lydia ran her hands over her body anyway to make sure she wasn’t injured and bleeding. She wasn’t. She was fine.

Lydia looked up at Zach’s bedroom door. She had no recollection of trying to harm Myles, but there was clear proof that she had. Had she also tried to do something to Zach?

She didn’t know how she had cut herself, but the blood on her hands may not have been all hers.

About the Author

Mehrisa Mex writes mystery-thrillers, neo-noir and international crime. She often appears in her own imagination lit in the chiaroscuro style of film noir and narrating thoughts to herself in moody, hard-boiled tones.

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A Giveaway

Mehrisa Mex will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

This is a two week tour. You are welcome to visit as many of the stops as you’d like.

March 19: The Avid Reader
March 20: Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews
March 20: Mixed Book Bag
March 21: Sharing Links and Wisdom
March 21: The Book Connection
March 22: BooksChatter
March 22: T’s Stuff
March 23: A Writer’s Life
March 23: Books Can Be Deadly
March 23: FUONLYKNEW
March 23: Liz’s Reading Life
March 26: Fabulous and Brunette
March 26: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
March 26: Jazzy Book Reviews
March 27: Dina Rae’s Write Stuff
March 27: Locks, Hooks and Books
March 27: Nickie’s Views and Interviews
March 27: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
March 28: Christine Young
March 28: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’
March 29: Natural Bri – review
March 29: Readeropolis
March 30: Author C.A.Milson
March 30: Independent Authors
March 30: XoXo Book Blog

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It’s been my pleasure hosting this stop on Mehrisa Mex’s tour.

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

Nancy

Posted in Suspense, Thriller | 7 Comments