BEST LAID PLANS by Robyn Kelly

GENRE:   Contemporary Romance

Jillian Whitkins is an event planner who is ready to throw in the towel. She is managing a birthday party with a 50 Shades of Grey theme—and it’s turning into a disaster! The birthday girl is drunk, the guests are harassing her staff, and she is about to offend a real-life Christian Grey.

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“You should invite me in.”

When did he become so formal? “Are you a vampire?” Isn’t that what Minerva called him—an emotional vampire? “You can’t cross a threshold without an invitation?”

“What was it you said earlier? ‘If I open this door, we are really going to do this.’ I need you to decide. Either invite me in or say good-night. It’s your choice, Jillian.”

Part of me wishes he would just come in and kiss me senseless and then ravish me. That’s not his style tonight. Still, I need to know a little more. “If I invite you in, what will happen?”

He raises his eyebrows and laughs, almost like a villain in an old James Bond film. “You want me to sell you on the idea of inviting me in?”

His lips curl into a sensual smile as he crosses his arms and leans against the doorframe. The pose suits him—he looks like an ad for sex. “What I want to do is explore. I want to explore your body, I want to explore what turns you on, and I want to explore what makes your eyes roll back in your head. I want to know what makes you whimper, what makes you moan, and what makes you shout my name.”

“You’re very persuasive.”

“I must be. I’ve turned myself on.” He straightens and drops his arms. “Invite me in.”

Despite every nagging doubt and fear, I hold out my hand. “Won’t you come in, Jackson?”

When I began reading Best Laid Plans I was worried it was going to be no more than a rehashing of Fifty Shades of Grey. Thankfully, I was wrong. While it did take a good portion of its theme from its predecessor, I have to say….this book is better written and edited and far more enjoyable to read.

Author Robyn Kelly has a knack for pithy, humor-filled writing. The love/sex scenes were entertaining in a cool drink/fan yourself sort of way that pushes this book branded as contemporary to the very edge of erotica. Not a bad thing if you like your romances with lots of spice.

My only criticism (and not really much of one) is that I’m not a big fan of first-person. I wanted to climb inside the hero’s head in order to get more insight into his emotions. That said, if you enjoy singular first person and lots of steamy prose, you should take a look at this two-book set.

Robyn Kelly is my pen name. I work for one of the top boutique event planning companies in San Francisco, and I can’t risk having our clientele (or my boss) discover my passion for aggressive, sexual, alpha men.

I write the kinds of stories I like to read. I realized the top four things I love in a romance are:

The chase. I don’t care how hot or rich the hero is, he’s got to work for it if he wants in to my heroine’s panties—for at least four chapters!

Second chances. My heroines aren’t virgins. They are women who have loved and lost before.

I’m not against virgins, some of my best friends in high school were virgins. I just think they should stick with bad boys, and leave the billionaires to us experienced women.

Humor.  I love a book that can get me both hot and laughing.

Happy endings. They’re so much better than cliff-hangers.

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March 13: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
March 13: Unabridged Andra
March 20The Reading Addict
March 27EskieMama and Dragon Lady Reads
March 27Natural Bri
April 3Fabulous and Brunette
April 3Harlie’s Books
April 3Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books!

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Nancy

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THE ART OF BREATHING by Janie DeVos

GENRE:  Contemporary Romance

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From author Janie DeVos comes a poignant and richly detailed novel set in 1950s North Carolina, where one young woman struggles to save her own life—and finds the strength to truly live it.

When Kathryn Cavanaugh steps over the threshold of the Pelham Sanatorium in 1954, she has no idea when, or if, she will ever leave it again. Despite the rise of promising new treatments, Tuberculosis is still feared and often fatal. But twenty-four-year-old Kate has proven her resilience before, leaving her Blue Ridge Mountain home for a very different life in the city with her ambitious attorney husband, Geoffrey. For the sake of her family, especially her young son, she’s determined to get healthy again.

The sanatorium is a strange battlefield, with every patient fighting for survival amidst a numbing routine of tests, treatment, and enforced rest. Kate quickly finds camaraderie among the women on her ward—and a growing kinship with fellow patient Philip McAllister. As weeks pass, the hospital’s confines come to offer more independence than Geoffrey’s preoccupation with status ever allowed. And with this surprising new discovery comes the courage to contemplate the choices she has made—and, perhaps, the chance to breathe freely at last…

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“Grandma, what’s a shi . . . shiva . . . ?” Donnie had turned around in his seat and was hanging over the back of it.

“A shivaree. It’s a kind of surprise party, you might say,” Mama answered.

“I’d sure say it is!” Daddy snorted.

Mama, choosing to ignore Daddy, began to describe it. “Honey, a shivaree happens after a wedding takes place to let the bride and groom know that everybody approves of the marriage. We’ll sneak up on them at Uncle Prescott’s house, after the ceremony, and we’ll bang pots and pans, and holler and sing, and make a big ol’ ruckus—just to let them know that we’re tickled Glory’s a part of the family now.”

“Sure hope we don’t catch ’em in a most compromising position.”

Daddy snickered. “I can just see it now: We’ll be sneaking up to their window, real quiet-like, and before we can make any racket, we’ll hear Prescott shouting to the rafters, Lord, God a’mighty! Glory hallelujah!”

Daddy and I roared with laughter, while Mama, trying her hardest to be stern, could barely contain herself either. “Oh, for heaven’s sake, Jack! You behave yourself, you hear me!” Then she couldn’t hold back any longer and joined us as we laughed so hard we cried.

Oh, it was good to be home!

“Mama . . .” I tried to move on to another subject, but each time I did, we started laughing again. Finally, I was able to ask the question.

“What’s going on with Ditty? I haven’t heard from him since Christmas, and every time I’ve called his place, there’s no answer. I’ve even left messages with Jean to have him call me, but she’ll say something like Well, I will if I see him, real mysterious-like. When I ask her if there’s something going on with him, she’ll say she doesn’t know nothin’ about no one. Says she’s just the mill’s secretary and that she minds her own business. So, what’s going on with him? Is he all right?”

“We don’t know,” Daddy quietly answered and all the humor suddenly evaporated. “We haven’t seen him in weeks. Last we heard he was over in Lost Cove.”

“Lost Cove! What in the world is he doing over there?”

Donnie was watching and listening hard to our conversation. Mama knew the subject was one that needed to be discussed without him, so she quickly shifted the conversation. “How ’bout we save this talk for the front porch, later on.” Then, “Donnie, after we eat some supper, we’ll go do somethin’ fun. Sound good?”

I suggested that we go down to the creek and try catching a few trout. “Or would you rather go over to the orchard’s shop and get some of those good soft peppermints that your grandma loves more than life itself?”

“Peppermints!” both Donnie and Mama shouted in unison. And though the atmosphere in the truck was light once again, I was fairly certain there was a storm brewing on the horizon and my brother was in the eye of it.

About the Author

Janie DeVos is a native of Coral Gables, Florida. She attended Florida State University, then worked in the advertising industry for over a decade, including radio, cable television, public relations and advertising firms. Though her career changed over the years, one thing didn’t—her love of writing. She is an award winning children’s author. Beneath a Thousand Apple Trees was her adult debut.

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February 27: T’s Stuff
February 28: BooksChatter
March 1: Romance Novel Giveaways
March 2: Christine Young
March 2: Long and Short Reviews
March 3: Fabulous and Brunette
March 6: Queen of All She Reads
March 7: J. Lynn Rowan: Author of Romance and Historical Fiction
March 7: It’s Raining Books
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WENNA and SCHOOLING THE VISCOUNT from Lyrical Press

GENRE: Historical Romance

SERIES: Wenna is book #4 of the South Landers series; Schooling the Viscount is the first book in the Cotswold Confidential series

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The lady’s maid meets her match…

Wenna Chenoweth’s future is secure, until dashing Devon Courtney’s illicit flirtation gets her dismissed from her job as a lady’s maid. With nowhere to turn, Wenna is forced to accept Devon’s bold proposal: To be his bride. To enter society on the handsome aristocrat’s arm. To give him the heir he requires. It’s a foolproof plan. Except Wenna finds herself falling hard for a man who can never love her for who she is….

Wenna is passionate, mysterious, and ill-suited to the idle life of a society wife. She’s also exactly the kind of woman who could endanger Devon’s hopes to build his own future far from his family’s influence. For the spirited beauty has embarked on an unthinkable plan of her own—one that could lead him to surrender his resolve, and sacrifice everything he believes he holds dear….

Yet amid the wondrous landscape of colonial South Australia, anything is possible. Perhaps even love between two people the boundaries of society would keep apart….

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Welcome to Puddling on the Wold, where the sons and daughters of Victorian nobility come for a little rest, recuperation, and “rehab,” in this brand-new series of rebellious romance from Maggie Robinson.

After a harrowing tour of duty abroad, Captain Lord Henry Challoner fought to keep his memories at bay with two of his preferred vices: liquor and ladies. But the gin did more harm than good—as did Henry’s romantic entanglements, since he was supposed to be finding a suitable bride. Next stop: The tiny village of Gloucestershire, where Henry can finally sober up without distraction or temptation. Or so he thinks…

A simple country schoolteacher, Rachel Everett was never meant to cross paths with a gentleman such as Henry. What could such a worldly man ever see in her? As it turns out, everything. Beautiful, fiercely intelligent Rachel is Henry’s dream woman—and wife. Such a match would be scandalous for his family of course, and Rachel has no business meddling with a resident at the famed, rather draconian, Puddling Rehabilitation Foundation. All the better, for two lost souls with nothing to lose—and oh so very much to gain.

Schooling the Viscount

“Quite right. I haven’t the best reputation. A sensible girl like you is wise to be wary. See, that’s why I want to marry you. You’re sensible.”

Rachel curbed the urge to throw her inkpot at him. She didn’t want to be sensible at the moment! But really, of course Henry didn’t love her. She didn’t love him either. She hardly knew him, and she wasn’t even supposed to know as much as she did. She’d be getting a visit from members of the Puddling Rehabilitation Foundation any second to accuse her of sabotage.

Someone would have noticed him walking down the hill to the school on such a filthy day, and would blame her for being some sort of Circe. Unless he was planning on plunging into the stream and getting even wetter, the school as the final destination.

She stood up. “While I am grateful for both your offer of escort and of marriage, I must decline both. Good day, Lord Challoner.”

He rose too, with a blinding smile. “At least take my umbrella.”

“Did you hear me?” Rachel cried.

“Yes. I have my good ear turned toward you. And I’m getting better at reading lips. Of course, when I look at yours, I forget what you’re saying and just want to kiss you.”

Well, that was almost romantic. Rachel tried not to feel a pleased flutter.

“I insist you take the umbrella.” Henry propped it against her desk. “I assume you don’t wish to be seen with me.”

“You assume correctly.”

“Very well. Shall I leave first?”

“Don’t you have a hat?”

“No, I hate them.”

Blast. He would be soaked by the time he climbed back up the hill.

He was probably used to marching in the rain. Beneath the scorching sun. Under conditions in countries she couldn’t even fathom or find on a map. It wasn’t as if it was an Indian monsoon out there—just a heavy warm English rain. Rachel had not been looking forward to it herself, but hadn’t been afraid to brave the elements. Why should she worry about a strong, healthy man?

Yet she did. She’d worried last night when she’d left him unconscious in the cool night air. Henry needed someone to take care of him. Care for him.

No, Rachel. No. But she picked up the umbrella and took hold of his arm, ignoring the warning voice in her head. Sometimes being sensible was overrated.

Virginia Taylor

After training at the South Australian School of Art, Virginia Taylor worked in an advertising agency. This segued into re-training as a nurse/midwife before meeting the man of her dreams, marrying and producing two children. Over the years Virginia has been a theatre set painter and designer, but now she fills her days as a full-time writer.

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Maggie Robinson

Maggie Robinson didn’t know she wanted to write until she woke up in the middle of the night once really annoyed with her husband. Instead of smothering him with a pillow, she decided to get up and write—to create the perfect man—at least on a computer screen. Only to discover that fictional males can be just as resistant to direction as her husband. The upside is that she’s finally using her English degree and is still married to her original, imperfect hero. Since she’s imperfect, too, that makes them a perfect match. Until her midnight keyboarding, she had been a teacher, librarian, newspaper reporter, administrative assistant to two non-profits, community volunteer, and mother of four in seven different states. Now Maggie can call herself a romance writer in Maine. There’s nothing she likes better than writing about people who make mistakes, but don’t let the mistakes make them.

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February 13: Christine Young
February 13: Mixed Book Bag
February 14: Welcome to My World of Dreams
February 15: It’s Raining Books
February 16: T’s Stuff
February 17: Queen of All She Reads
February 20: Book Giveaways
February 21: Nickie’s Views and Interviews
February 22: The Avid Reader
February 23: Brooke Blogs
February 24: Lorana Hoopes
February 27: Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog
February 28: Independent Authors
March 1: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
March 2: Buried Under Romance
March 3: EskieMama and Dragon Lady Reads
March 6: Cafinated Reads
March 7: Edgar’s Books
March 8: Romance Author Hear Me Roar
March 8: Hearts and Scribbles
March 9: Up ‘Til Dawn Book Blog
March 9: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
March 10Kissing Bandits

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Nancy

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HOW TO CATCH A COWBOY by Sandra Madden

GENRE: Western Historical Romance

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Previously published under the title Heaven Sent

Matilda Rose Applebee isn’t looking for love when she captures Cooper T. Davis at gunpoint. Her younger sister is in the family way and claims Cooper is responsible.

Matilda aims to haul the snake-belly back to her sister’s waiting arms. But Cooper insists Matty’s sister is mistaken as they begin a long and dangerous journey.

Matilda Rose Applebee had bided her time until she figured the fast-talking drummer had passed out. No more than a silver-tongued swindler, Cooper T. Davis drifted from town to town selling patent medicine. Until now. Marty was about to put an end to his nefarious career. With the element of surprise on her side, she’d slipped into his room, Winchester at the ready.

The man was snoring loud enough to cover the noise of a stampeding herd of cattle, let alone one small woman.

She hissed in his ear.

He moaned and pulled the pillow over his head.

“Git up, varmit.”

“Go away,” he mumbled.

“You’re comin’ with me now to marry my sister or I’m makin’ her a widow. Take your choice.”

Before she could stick the rifle in his ribs to show him she meant business, the shad-belly rolled over, away from Matilda. He didn’t even bother to open his eyes.

This mostly truthful biography is longer than most of my books. But the older you become, it seems the more there is to say.  Whether it’s important or not.  Whether anyone is listening.

I was born in New York City but raised in Winthrop, Massachusetts, a small isthmus that juts into the Atlantic Ocean five miles north of Boston. During the long cold winters – read REALLY COLD! – I read and I wrote. My favorite authors were Bronte and Austin before they became required reading. I wrote stories to amuse myself which led to writing the 6th grade school play. When I discovered drama classes in the ninth grade, I gave up writing for a few years. And, yes, I was the perky cheerleader who played Emily in Our Town.  Not a dry eye in the house!

Following high school graduation my family moved to the warmer climate of South Florida – just when I was getting acclimated to the constant cold.

At the University of Miami, I majored in Radio/TV/Film. (As the program was called in those days – and one of the first departments of its kind in the nation.) I minored in drama. For three of my four years in college I acted in thirty- minute radio dramas almost on a weekly basis. Inevitably these live broadcasts of Theater X were love stories in which I played the heroine. Usually, the tragic heroine. I credit this experience as having set me on a course of no return. Romance and fantasy became my fate.

But first I experienced a short-lived career as a broadcast journalist. I was too far ahead of my time to fight the slings and arrows of the newsmens’ contempt, so I switched. I became a broadcast copy/promotional writer and worked in the Miami and Los Angeles markets. But my most rewarding work was as a writer/producer/host for a Miami PBS station. (Due to the public broadcasting budget each person is expected to fill a variety of roles for one salary. One small salary.) I focused on How-To series, public affairs – of the political kind – and women’s issues. During this time I met many inspiring women who shared their stories with me, women whose remarkable achievements, great spirits and strength influenced my work as I started to write. First, I became a published poet. It didn’t take much time for me to write short verses.

As with most writers, I wrote my first historical novels in the evenings after my day job. A second wind is required to do this and it magically appears with the passion for writing.

Passion for the writing and persistence in submitting are the keys to becoming a published author.  The secrets of the sisterhood gleaned from lessons learned along the way.

Not long after being published I discovered that a writer’s life is not all about the voices in your head demanding release to a page – frequently at an inopportune time. And it’s not all about three figure contracts, champagne tours and as much chocolate as you can consume. Oh. No. A writer’s life includes thundering deadlines, dry spells, assorted blocks, carpel tunnel syndrome and frozen shoulders. Occasionally, the green-eyed monster rears her head and wraps grown women in knots. But most of all, writing romance is a wonderful love story in itself. There is nothing else a romance writer would rather be doing. She is totally in love with romance and with the ability to share her stories with gracious readers. Thank you, dear reader.

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March 6: The Reading Addict
March 6Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
March 7Harmony Kent Online
March 7Christine Young
March 8Queen of All She Reads
March 9T’s Stuff
March 10Fabulous and Brunette
March 10Romance Author Hear Me Roar
March 13Lampshade Reader
March 13Hearts and Scribbles
March 14Book Lover Promo
March 15Brooke Blogs
March 15Two Ends of the Pen
March 16BooksChatter
March 17Kathleen’s Place to Reflect
March 17Long and Short Reviews

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Nancy

“Words are the voice of the heart.”~ Confucious

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RUN TO HER by Lynn Kellan *Review*

GENRE: Contemporary Romance

SERIES: The Brothers (Book 1)

Pondering the muse.

I’ve always needed to write. Stories began to pop into my head when I was in fifth grade, and I had to get them down on paper. I don’t know why I’m wired this way, but that’s my reality. I’m not like some storytellers, who can tell a story verbally. For me, I need the written word. That’s where I feel most comfortable.

This need to write doesn’t feel like a gift. More like an itch. I have to scratch that spot, or I go nutty. Under normal circumstances, I write every day. I love the feeling of tapping the keyboard with my fingers. I’m satisfied by the way my thoughts travel through my fingers into the computer. I need that mind/body connection to pour life into a story. If an idea occurs to me while I’m away from the computer, I jot notes into my phone or scribble details onto the back of an envelope.

In some ways, I’ve always been a natural writer. Producing the written word is relatively easy for me, but I’ve had to work at learning the craft of writing a novel. A multi-chapter book is a much different animal than a research paper. Unfortunately, my teachers didn’t teach voice or plot or structure in high school or college. My university didn’t offer a creative writing elective when I was in school. I learned about romance novels by reading them. I began to master the craft of writing romance when I joined a local chapter of Romance Writers of America.

Even though I’ve been writing for years, I’m still learning. My muse is hungry for ways to take my stories to the next level. The desire to learn is almost as strong as the need to write. In fact, those two components feed one another like a bride and a groom with two forkfuls of wedding cake. Sometimes, the results are neat and sweet. Other times, cake is all over the bride’s dress and the groom has icing up his nose. It can be ugly, but messy mistakes are valuable teachers. I don’t know about you, but I always learn from my failures rather than my successes.

My greatest lesson about my muse? Turn toward her. Give into that need to write, even if what ends up on the page doesn’t make sense. Even if it’s frustrating and lonely and scary at times. Keep writing, because that’s what I need to do.

What about your muse? How are you wired? Are you turning toward that creative need? Are you exploring that intellectual question? Are you running toward that finish line? If not…why?

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She avoids men like him. He needs a woman like her. One lie changes everything…

Gabriel Antonov is a mechanic who can fix anything, even a woman’s hesitance. His talents have earned him the well-deserved reputation as a player, but when a routine one-night stand goes wrong, he’s haunted by what he’s done. Nothing can free him from those depraved memories, until he meets Leigh Nelson.

Leigh avoids strong, silent types like Gabe, who is stronger and quieter than most guys. The only man she’s focused on is her father, who is suffering from a devastating health crisis. She’ll do anything to help him, even at the cost of ignoring her own well-being, but the stress is getting to her. Gabe’s strength is tough to resist, and his silence might be hiding a crushing secret only she can understand.

He can’t outrun his gut-deep craving for her. Problem is, she’s running from him. When they’re marooned in his lakeside cabin, he might finally catch her…if he can admit why he’s falling apart without her.

A fat raindrop splattered on the porch screen. And another. Tiny fragments of water landed on Leigh’s shoulder like little kisses. A shiver trickled across her back, forcing her to step toward the center of the porch to avoid getting wet.

The carefree humor fled from his expression. His gaze dropped to the tips of her toes and slowly rose up her legs, her body, her face. Gabe locked eyes with her, reached out, and opened his hand.

An invitation.

She gazed at his broad palm and dark memories rose, fueled by a violent incident that flashed through her mind whenever a big man got close…but this man was different. Gabe used his considerable strength to protect, not dominate. Months ago, he’d pulled off the Interstate to help her when no one else had. After that, he’d showed up to run with her when no one else would. And a few minutes ago, he’d tamed his powerful Harley so she’d enjoy the ride when no one else seemed to care if she had any fun. Even tiny things like ladybugs received his special brand of kindness.

She had no reason to believe Gabe would willfully hurt her. Even so, her heart tripped at the sight of the thick rope of muscle along his arm.

Author Lynn Kellan has crafted a well-written book filled with the perfect kind of angst that has you cheering for the main characters right from the onset.

Run to Her tackles some very serious and very real problems facing her characters. And, thankfully, it’s done in a respectful and empathetic way. You could feel the emotions between both characters and definitely understand their hesitation.

Oh, and the love scenes are very enticing! This is an excellent beginning to a new series. I look forward to reading more.

Lynn Kellan writes contemporary romance about strong men who have a weakness for smart women. She believes men and women aren’t that different, because everyone wants to be with someone who will empty the dishwasher. To prepare for her career as a romance author, she fell in love with bad boys, burly athletes, battle-hardened Marines…and married a chemist. Lynn has won numerous writing contests and served two terms as President of her local Romance Writers of America chapter, but she feels a true sense of accomplishment whenever she doesn’t embarrass her teenaged kids.

For love. For funny. Forever.

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February 6: Casey M’s Corner
February 6: Lorana Hoopes
February 7: Musings From An Addicted Reader
February 7: Books Direct
February 8: 4 the LUV of SANITY
February 8: T’s Stuff
February 9: Christine Young
February 10: EskieMama and Dragon Lady Reads
February 10: Mixed Book Bag
February 13: Book Lover Promo
February 14: Booklover Sue
February 15: A Writer’s Life
February 16: The Avid Reader
February 16: Book Giveaways
February 17: Fabulous and Brunette
February 20: Romance Author Hear Me Roar 
February 20: Nana Prah’s Blog
February 21: Wendi Zwaduk ~ Romance To Make Your Heart Race
February 22: Edgar’s Books
February 22: Two Ends of the Pen
February 23: Punya Reviews…
February 23: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
February 24: Kissing Bandits – review
February 24: Room With Books – review
February 27: Megan Morgan
February 28: Long and Short Reviews
February 28: The Snarkology
March 1: Books, Dreams,Life
March 2: underneath the covers
March 2: The Romantic Fanatic – review
March 3Notes From a Romantic’s Heart – review

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

Nancy

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REGENERATE by Sarita Leone

GENRE: Paranormal Romantic Suspense

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

If I could become any one the characters in REGENERATE I would definitely choose Nicole Anima. She’s a brilliant, beautiful, badass superagent for an ultra-covert government intelligence agency called The Octopus. And, she’s psychic—a plus, listening in on the world’s minds! She has struggled with her past but has come into her own, and when she’s assigned to save the world from a global crisis she does not back down—even when she realizes she’s going to battle not only human assassins but a zombie army, as well. It doesn’t hurt that Nicole works closely with the sexiest agent this side of heaven. Ben Sinclair has been regenerated so technically he’s immortal but man, oh man, he does inspire many human urges! So yes, I’d definitely choose to swap places with Anima anytime!

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

REGENERATE posed few writing challenges. It’s really the story that’s closest to my heart, having come from a profound loss and with the hope that someday scientific research will enable doctors to save more lives than they do now. Sinclair is the survivor who saves the world—my personal superhero who lives on the pages and in my mind. He and Anima cross the globe so there was a good deal of research required to keep countries, cities, and even airplane specifications accurate. I was fortunate, though, in that a few of the spots the agents hit were places I’ve been to myself so I sent them to my favorite sidewalk cafes, marketplaces,  and hotels whenever possible. When I had questions on military tactics or weaponry, I turned to friends who were happy to help. It doesn’t hurt to have three ex-Marines in your life—especially when they share their knowledge. So any challenges involved with REGENERATE were manageable, and writing was really a labor of love.

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

I love this question! If I were stranded on a desert island with any book boyfriend (not just one of my own creation) who would it be? As I said, Benjamin Sinclair is my own personal superhero so with respect to every other amazing book boyfriend ever written, I would have to choose Ben. I’d practically sell my soul to have one day with the guy…

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

I think I’ve always known writing was my destiny. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t tell stories. My first book featured crayon drawings with a sentence on each page and was called The Hungry Dragon. The dragon was purple and ate a whole lot of cupcakes…and the rest is history! Seriously, though, I’ve always loved to read and learned to do so at an early age (thanks, Mom!) so it seems a natural progression for me to tell my own stories. I just love that I’ve seen my dreams come true and that I get to do a job that makes my heart sing. It’s really a blessing, and I’m so grateful that this part of my life turned out this way.

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

REGENERATE is the first book in a series. The Octopus will definitely send Agents Anima and Sinclair on more dangerous missions. Their relationship will evolve as they rid the world of evil and restore peace. Just as there seem to be new challenges for humanity that crop up, interpersonal issues between this pair will also come into play to force growth—and encourage lots of hot moments, too!  The second book in the series is set to release in December of this year. And yes, I did intend this to be a series from the very beginning. As long as the world needs saving, there’s room for The Octopus!

Speed Round:

A-Coffee, tea, or other?  Chai—hot or cold, it’s a personal weakness!

B-Music preference?  Carlos Santana, the Rolling Stones, or anything with a strong Latin beat. Dance music!

C-Favorite movie?  There are two—The Godfather and Gone With the Wind.

D-Dog, cat, or other?  Dragon.

E-Favorite author?  Stephen King.

F-Favorite actor/actress?  Al Pacino.

G-Favorite television show?  The Big Bang Theory—I’m totally hooked!

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The Octopus isn’t an urban myth—and its agents are anything but ordinary. The intelligence bureau is so well-hidden most doubt its existence. A handful know its location. And fewer walk the halls in the subterranean compound.

Benjamin Sinclair didn’t ask to be a scientific miracle but every mission has its risks and one perfectly-placed bullet ended his life—for a brief moment in time.

Nicole Anima battles demons every day. Life as a paranormal resources operative gives her tortured mind a rest—and keeps her from contemplating her own death.

When Anima and Sinclair partner on a globe-trotting race to eliminate the threat about to cripple humanity, all hell breaks loose. Leaping from planes, crashing into continents, dealing with voodoo priestesses, and running through jungles with zombies hot on their trail doesn’t leave much time for romance, but this duo somehow manages to sizzle.

Two agents. Telepathic mind paired with regenerated commando. One world—and a mission to save it.

Nicole ripped the iPod off her bra strap and tossed it, ear buds trailing like streamers from a small black kite, toward the sand beyond the boardwalk.

An ordinary man never would have heard the music playing. He never would have been able to hear the beating of her heart, either. But Ben Sinclair was no ordinary man. He heard both, and now that she remembered the important details of his life she wouldn’t forget them again.

“I can still hear old Mick jiving.”

The near-whisper sent a fresh wave of revulsion along every nerve ending.

“I can hear him. I can give you that satisfaction you need.”

“You don’t know what I need.” The words were hoarse. It was a miracle she could speak at all, given the tightness of her throat. “You have no idea.”

“Give me a chance to show you what I know. I promise, you won’t be sorry.”

“I’m already sorry. I’m sorry you know my name. Sorry you have my number. Sorry you’re even on this planet. Sorry? It’s just the tip of how I feel when I remember you walk among humanity.”

Silence. For one long moment, she thought she might have conquered the spider.

Then, the truth.

“You didn’t always treat me like this. There was a time when—”

“That was before I knew what you are, before I had any idea evil hides under…” She couldn’t finish. Wouldn’t finish. There was no way in hell she was going to admit his looks ever turned her on.

Worse. That he had stolen her heart. And, still held it—despite her attempts at retrieval.

Damn treacherous heart.

I love reading paranormal romance. Throw in a great plot and believable characters and you’ve got a winner. While I knew I’d enjoy the telepathic aspects of the book, I have to admit…zombies are a new realm for me. However, while reading Regenerate, I felt as if I’d jumped right into the action with the hero and heroine!

Author Sarita Leone steps out of her usual wheelhouse of Regency romance with both feet. If you enjoy your paranormal romance on the edgier side, you will love this book.

Sarita Leone is an award-winning author who has written romance in many forms including Regency, paranormal, and contemporary. She loves happily-ever-afters in any setting!

When she’s not writing, Ms. Leone spends her time hiking, learning languages, and traveling. She loves adventure and can pack a suitcase, grab her passport, and hit the road in less time than it takes to peel an apple!

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This is an extended, Name-Before-the-Masses, tour. Please feel free to visit previous stops for additional chances to win, as well as follow the tour going forward.

February 16: In A Dream Beyond
February 16: Christine Young
February 23: The Pen and Muse Book Reviews
March 2: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart – review
March 2: Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews
March 9Readeropolis
March 16Book Lover Promo
March 23Long and Short Reviews
March 30BooksChatter
April 6Angel’s Guilty Pleasures – review
April 6Fabulous and Brunette
April 13T’s Stuff
April 20Lampshade Reader
April 27Queen of All She Reads – review
April 27Straight From the Library
May 4Harlie’s Books – review

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Sarita for this stop on her tour. Please come back again tomorrow for another guest and even more chances to win great prizes. Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well-read.

Nancy

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My Anniversary Gift-Away for March!!

March has arrived and we’re closing in on the end of winter and eagerly awaiting spring! This month’s book giveaway is my 2014 western novella, A Saved Woman, from The Wild Rose Press. Be sure to request your copy before all twenty are taken.

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In her first twenty-one years, Katy Anderson has experienced more heartache than most know in a lifetime. Given to a man old enough to be her father, she has spent the past six years secluded from everyone except for her three young children. Her husband’s untimely death brings relief that … finally … she and her children are free.

When Sheriff Mitch Logan arrives at the Anderson homestead, he is moved by Katy’s sad circumstances and vows to right the wrongs done to her. Mitch has always shied away from marriage due to his dangerous profession, yet he quickly changes his mind when Katy comes into his life, and into his heart.

 

Katy set aside the storybook she’d been reading to the children and urged a sleepy Alice to unlatch from her breast. Happier than she could ever remember being, Katy laid the baby in her crib and drew the lightweight blanket up to her tiny heart-shaped chin.

A sigh of contentment flowed through her, the simple release calming her in a way she couldn’t describe. The past week had been like a rebirth, the start of a new life for herself and her children. Katy lifted two narrow logs from the basket beside the stove, her efforts halted by the sound of an approaching horse. She’d barely reached the door when Toby’s excitement rang out across the yard.

“Sheriff Mitch, Sheriff Mitch,” the boy called. “Come see the fort me and Susan built from the old rags.”

Mitchell Logan slid off his horse and started in their direction. Katy watched in wonder as the tall man hunkered down beside where they played. A lump formed in Katy’s throat when the usually shy Susan wrapped her arm around the sheriff’s neck and laid her head down on his shoulder.

Tobias had never shown his children such gentleness. Tobias had never beaten the children, likely because she’d always placed herself between them. However, he’d also never bothered to show interest in them or what they were doing. Her beautiful, precious children accepted their father but learned quickly to be wary of him, even at their young age.

Yet, in the span of a few short days, this total stranger had taught them trust, compassion.

Katy straightened her shoulders and silently strengthened her resolve. No man, no matter how gentle, how trustworthy, would ever come near her again. She’d allow his warmth toward her children, if only to teach them to return kindness. For herself, she wanted only his friendship, his understanding, and nothing more.

She stepped off the porch and crossed the distance between them, coming to a stop at his side. Mitch looked up at her and smiled, his dark brown eyes twinkling with humor. In no more than a heartbeat, her resolve weakened and she found herself wishing it was her head on the sheriff’s shoulder, and not Susan’s.

Request your free copy of A Saved Woman by filling out this Google Form or by clicking on the cover on the sidebar of this site.

Please come back again tomorrow for more guests, giveaways, and a look at some new and exciting books and authors. Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.

Nancy

 

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REALM OF THE DRAGON by CiCi Cordelia

GENRE:   Paranormal/Shifter

SERIES: The Soul Mate Tree (Book #1)

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An ancient legend spanning eras, continents, and worlds. To some, it’s nothing more than a dream. To others, a pretty fairy tale handed down through the generations.

For those in critical need of their own happy ending, a gift.

For sheltered Lily Kiers, it’s all too real. Her escape from danger, straight into the arms of her destiny.

Thrust into a realm made of fantasy and unbridled passion, Lily faces violent resentment and jealousy from extremely powerful enemies. Amidst fierce creatures whose very existence defy all common sense, Lily pieces together a past she could never have imagined.

Claimed by Kord, Prince of Battle Draconian, their love will not be denied, even as malevolent forces plot to rip them apart.

The power of her passion, twining through him, almost brought Kord to his knees. He wanted to take her down to the lush grass, peel the silky tunic from her perfect breasts, and caress every inch of her skin. All his good intentions to be patient were on the verge of crumbling.

His dragon’s insistence that he claim her here and now severely tested his control. The last thread of his resistance slipped away.

“Lily,” he groaned against her lips, cupping her soft breast in his palm.

“Yes.” She arched and shuddered, seeking another kiss, opening wider for his tongue. Her nails dug into his shoulders.

The realm, the games, his impending challenge . . . it all spun away as he lost himself in Lily’s kisses. Her passion drove him mad with want. Until he finally gathered enough brain control to remember his promise to proceed with patience, and managed to break the kiss.

The needy purr she formed of his name, pierced his heart.

“Lily—”

“I’m thinking Prince Big Bro could use some cooling off.” The voice, tinged with familiar, cheerful sarcasm, infiltrated Kord’s fogged senses.

He lifted his head and stared dumbly at his annoying brother, then glanced at Lily, who looked as dazed as he felt.

Bakka flashed a grin as he swept into an expansive bow, bending low.

A great introduction to the new Soul Mate Tree series! Author Cici Cordelia takes the reader on a fantastical journey into the realm of shape-shifting dragons, undeniable passion, and heartfelt romance. Both the hero and heroine are given life and their character development fleshed out with witty banter.

As a reader, I was hoping for a bit more background information on this new world, but trust that it will be revealed in upcoming additions to the series.

Kudos to this writing team for producing a seamless story where neither voice overshadowed the other. Not an easy thing to do when writing with a partner.

If you’re a fan of fantasy/paranormal romance, you’re going to want to start this new series with Realm of the Dragon and continue on.

CiCi Cordelia is the pen name for the writing team of BFFs Char Chaffin and Cheryl Yeko.

Published authors in their own right and Acquiring Editors, they share a love for well-written stories infused with their favorite romantic genres: paranormal, suspense, and erotica. Both are fans of Alpha Men and the women they’d lay down their lives for.

 As a writing team they bring a solid know-how for accomplishing the foundation of what makes a great romance read: a strong story, a passionate romance, fascinating characters, and a happy-ever-after ending.

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CiCi Cordelia 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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This is a four-week review tour. Please be sure to go back and visit the past stops for even more chances to win!

February 21: The Reading Addict
February 21: Unabridged Andra
February 28Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
February 28Romance Authors That Rock
March 7Books, Dreams,Life
Marcy 7: Brooke Blogs
March 14Fabulous and Brunette
March 14The Romantic Fanatic
March 14Lorana Hoopes

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It’s been my pleasure hosting CiCi Cordelia (aka Char and Cheryl) today. Please come back again all this week for more tours and additional chances to win great prizes. Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.

Nancy

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THE SECOND TIME AROUND by Ella Quinn

GENRE: Historical Romance/Regency Period

SERIES: The Worthingtons (a novella)

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Can a beautiful Worthington widow find love again? Depends on who’s asking . . .

Before he died, Patience was the Earl of Worthington’s second wife. So why shouldn’t Patience be allowed a second chance at marriage, too? Of course, finding a new husband was not something the mother of four had ever planned on. But a surprise encounter with her first love has suddenly made the impossible seem possible all over again . . .

It seems like a lifetime ago that Richard, Viscount Wolverton, was halfway around the world, looking for adventure . . . while Patience, at her coming-out, was left with no choice but to take old Worthington’s hand. Richard never forgot the woman whose heart he yearned for—and now that he’s back, he’s not going to let her slip away again . . .

Patience gasped. Not loudly, she was much too self-contained to draw attention to herself. But Richard could feel her pulse jump, and he was pleased that he still had the ability to shake her calm, to make her react to him. He wondered if her old husband had been able to command her attention in the same way. The corners of his lips twitched. Probably not. Whether she knew it or not, she was his and always had been.

If only he hadn’t been such an idiot. Who forgets the year of his beloved’s come out? A young man who had traveled halfway across the world looking for adventure, that was who. By the time he had returned home, it was just days before her marriage to Lord Worthington. He had argued with her father to be able to see her, but it was as if her parents had locked her in the house. When they’d traveled to Town for the wedding, he had followed. However, his pains had been to no avail. Neither her mother nor father was going to let him ruin their plans for Pae. After all, an earl outranked the heir to a viscount. There was also the scandal that would ensue if she broke the betrothal just days before the nuptials. He would not have cared, but he was the only one. Even his parents would have been appalled if Pae jilted Worthington for Richard.

Too late. That is what everyone had told him. But he wasn’t too late now.

The Second Time Around sneaks a novella in between books 2 and 3 of the Worthington series. As always, author Ella Quinn paints a wonderful picture of Regency England with all its quirks and traditions.

Having read the first two books in the series, Three Weeks to Wed and When the Marquis Chooses a Bride, I was at an advantage in knowing who the supporting characters were and how they fit into the story. For a reader who hasn’t read the very entertaining beginnings of this series, this novella may be a bit confusing at first. However, once you’re into it, you won’t even realize what you’ve missed. On that note…you shouldn’t miss anything so go back and get the first two books!

The Second Time Around is a cute story of getting a second chance with your first love. And kudos to the hero who not only wants to rekindle their earlier romance, but is willing to also take on the task of four children.

A very entertaining read for those who love accurate, well-written Regency romance.

Bestselling author Ella Quinn’s studies and other jobs have always been on the serious side. Reading historical romances, especially Regencies, were her escape. Eventually her love of historical novels led her to start writing them. She has just finished her first series, The Marriage Game, and her new series, The Worthingtons, began in April 2016.

She is married to her wonderful husband of over thirty years. They have a son and two beautiful granddaughters, and a dog. After living in the South Pacific, Central America, North Africa, England and Europe, she and her husband decided to make their dreams come true and are now living on a sailboat cruising the Caribbean and North America. Europe is next!

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Ella Quinn for this stop on her tour and for the opportunity to read yet another great Regency romance. Please come back all 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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LOST TREASURES OF THE HEART by Charlie Most & Charlene Keel

GENRE:   Blended Genre (Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal)

SERIES: Treasures of the Tides Trilogy (Book 1)

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Architect Jonathan West is on a big project when he learns his wife has been unfaithful. On a fishing trip in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, he’s wondering what to do about his marriage when he sees a ghost ship. On it is a spectral woman, gazing at him with a plea in her eyes.

Jonathan buys a house on the beach near the sighting and finds an old sea chest washed up there. Its contents, including a miniature portrait, reveal that it belonged to Kate Russell, captain of the Royal Thomas, which sank in 1721.

It’s the same woman Jonathan saw on the ghost ship, and her journal describes in her own words a life of piracy and sweeping romance. As past and present collide, he starts seeing her everywhere, waking and sleeping. With a haunting desperation, he senses she wants something from him. If he can figure it out and find a way to help her, he believes her spirit will finally rest.

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Ghost Ship Sighting

There was something about the place that connected with him the moment he stepped inside.  He couldn’t have described it.  He just . . . liked it.  It felt right.  It was the right house.  The house he wanted.  The house that wanted him.  As soon as the thought occurred to him, he realized how bizarre it was.

Dinner was delicious—steak, shrimp and some of the fish they’d caught the day before, all grilled to perfection.  The men laughed and joked and told tall tales about previous experiences out at sea, trying to ignore the fury of the storm.  Finally, the weather settled down a bit.  Jonathan decided to turn in.

After he’d brushed his teeth and packed his bags, he went out on the deck for one more lung full of ocean air.  The rain had become a gentle mist, although dark clouds still roiled in the sky above.  Jim, Mike and Tim were on the deck too, smoking cigars and sipping bourbon.  After exchanging a few words, each man drifted into his own private thoughts, looking beyond the beach, out at the tempestuous sea.

Suddenly thunder boomed louder than Jonathan had ever heard it.  There was a bright flash of lightning and a volley of huge raindrops pounded the deck and the men standing there.  They took shelter beneath the big umbrella so they could watch the storm.  Rain poured from the sky like a waterfall for a minute or so and then, as suddenly as it had started, it stopped.  The moon came out, full and bright, and as it dipped through the departing clouds it rendered some of the most beautiful colors Jonathan had ever seen—silver, white, violet and dark navy blue with touches of pink at the edges.  The three men went to the porch railing and gazed out at the eerie stillness.

As the moon climbed in an inky sky, a mist rose from the sea and for a moment Jonathan felt an almost transcendent calm steal over him.  Stars were beginning to dot the night canopy and he stared into the distance, out at the horizon.

And what he saw there made him draw in his breath and hold it for a moment.

Patches of mist and fog drifted, separated, came together and separated again.  The moon reflected off the surface of the water and shone through the mist, making it sparkle like diamonds.  Then it separated once more, for just a few seconds, and in the distance he saw a dark shadow drifting slowly, gliding across the surface of the water.  It entered a patch of moonlight and he could see it clearly, sharply outlined in the glow.  It was a ship—and he saw a woman standing on the bow.  Like the ship, she was from another era—one long since passed.  Her vessel was old and square-rigged, and its sails were unfurled to capture the wind.  There was something about it—and about the woman—that was achingly familiar.  As if he should know it.  As if he should know her.

She turned then, and he got a glimpse of her pale face and long red hair.

And her eyes.

She looked directly into his, her own glinting in the moonlight with unshed tears.  Her gaze was full of sorrow.  He had never seen eyes so full of pleading.  It hit him like a sucker punch to the gut.

She wanted something from him.

“What the hell?” Jim said under his breath.

“You see it too?” Jonathan asked, still staring at the ethereal woman, feeling like he was in a dream.

“Yeah,” Tim said, also staring.  “It’s a ship—like, one of those old-timey ships you see in pirate movies.”  Mike also seemed mesmerized.  He didn’t speak.

The ship was about a hundred feet long and traveling at twelve or thirteen knots, the best Jonathan could tell.  The biggest sail was in the center and it had two or three smaller sails in front.  They all watched in a silence that was almost reverent, for maybe five seconds, until it drifted into another patch of fog.

Then the fog lifted.  The ship was gone.

“What the hell was that?” Mike asked.

After a moment, Jim spoke. “Ghost ship,” he said quietly.  “Never seen one before now and wish I hadn’t seen this one.  I didn’t think they really existed but they sure as hell do.”

Jonathan didn’t know how to react and he didn’t trust his voice.  As ridiculous as he knew it was, he thought if he tried to talk he would start crying.  The experience was that deep, that profound.  Even when the ship was gone, the image of it remained burned into his brain, engraved into his consciousness.

He’d seen a ghost ship—and seeing it meant something.  It was important.

He would never forget it.  After a moment, when he could be sure he wouldn’t give way to the emotion that was trying to take over, he asked, “Did you see—was there anyone on board?”

Tim shook his head and Mike said, “No—it was just an old sailing ship.  It was there, though.  We all saw it.  And then it just disappeared.”

Jonathan walked along the deck, still searching the horizon for any sign of the mysterious ship, wondering what he had just witnessed.  Something new was pulling at him, something powerful and strange—a yearning he couldn’t name, one he knew would consume him if he didn’t satisfy it.

My Review

Beautiful descriptions, page-turning excitement, and well-crafted characters make Lost Treasures of the Heart an extremely enjoyable read.

I was especially taken with the hero, Jonathan, and his acceptance of what might scare lesser men away. He was the perfect match for a strong, female pirate heroine. Jonathan’s story is one of self-discovery and reinvention. His desire to help Kate unravel the secrets from her past and find her way to eternity was selfless, despite his own growing attraction.

Kate’s 18th century pirate was just as intriguing. I loved the descriptions taken from her journal. It brought her history as a female ship’s captain to life.

Having written as part of a team before, I know how difficult it can be to craft a story where the authors’ voices blend seamlessly rather than clash. Kudos to Charlie Most and Charlene Keel for ushering us through the book without so much as a hiccup.

About the Authors

The sea has always played a dominant part in Charlie Most’s life. It seemed to be calling him, even as a child, bringing calm when he seemed intent on raising hell. As an adult, he channeled his restless energy into successfully running his construction company, Baltimore Steel Erectors. One moonlit night, while fishing in the Outer Banks, Most and his pals saw the silhouette of an ancient square-rigged vessel skirting across the horizon. They all watched as it disappeared once again into the Graveyard of the Atlantic, and the mists of eternity. That moment changed his life forever and he knew he had a story to tell. Lost Treasures of the Heart is his first novel.

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Charlene Keel has written over a dozen novels and how-to books. Shadow Train, the final installment of her YA supernatural trilogy, won a Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewer’s Choice Award, and The Congressman’s Wife (for Red Sky Presents) is getting rave reviews. Her new blended-genre novel, Lost Treasures of the Heart, has just been released.

Keel has also worked as editor for international magazines, including Playgirl, For the Bride and Black Elegance.  She says the most fun she’s had as an editor (so far) was at Spice, a fanzine featuring rap, R&B, soul and gospel music. During her time there, she enjoyed going to parties for such notables as Puff Daddy, having lunch with Gloria Gaynor and attending a pasta dinner where Mariah Carey did the cooking.

Keel’s editorial assignments include The Health of Nations, a book on political philosophy, and That Nation Might Live, a moving tribute to Sarah Bush Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s stepmother. Her TV credits include Fantasy Island and Days of Our Lives, and her book, Rituals, was the basis for the first made-for-syndication soap opera. She also produced (for Romantic Times) the first annual Mr. Romance Cover Model Pageant.

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Charlie Most & Charlene Keel 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 four-week review tour. Please feel free to visit the previous stops for additional chances to enter the drawing.

February 13: Unabridged Andra
February 20: Books,Dreams,Life
February 20: Romance Authors That Rock
February 27Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
February 27Lorana Hoopes
March 6T’s Stuff
March 6Hope. Dreams. Life… Love

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Charlene and Charlie for today’s stop on their tour. Please come back again every day this week for more tours, prizes and great books!

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

Nancy

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