BELIEVE IN ME by Ella Quinn

GENRE: Historical/Regency Romance
SERIES:  The Worthingtons (Book 6)
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About the Book

Even the Worthington least likely to wed may find her perfect match . . .

Marriage has worked out quite nicely for her older sisters, yet Lady Augusta Vivers is certain it would end her studies in languages and geography, and stop her from travelling. But when her mother thwarts her plan to attend the only university in Europe that accepts women—in Italy—she is forced to agree to one London Season. Spending her time at parties proves an empty diversion—until she encounters the well-traveled Lord Phineas Carter-Wood. Still, Europe awaits . . .

Phineas has studied architecture all over the world, yet Augusta is his most intriguing discovery yet. How can he resist a woman who loves maps and far-off lands? But her longing for all things foreign hinders any hope of courtship. When he learns her cousins have offered a trip to Europe, he secretly arranges to join their party. For he is determined to show Augusta that a real union is a thrilling adventure of its own. And when their journey is beset by dangerous obstacles, he gets far more opportunity than he bargained for . . .

Read an Excerpt

He reached out his hand as if to touch her, then dropped it. “Please don’t be. I do know how much planning goes into a journey.” He grinned at her. “Even if you are not making all the preparations, you still have a great deal to do and many decisions to make. I apologize for not thinking of that.”

“Well, thank you, again.” She would miss him when she was gone, but she was glad he understood. “If we do not see much of each other over the next few days, good luck with your hunt for a wife.”

“Your wishes are appreciated.” The corner of his mouth cocked up into a crooked smile. “Not that I blame you for having your ambitions, but your leaving has made my search much harder.”

“Yes, well.” She brushed back a curl from her face. “Perhaps you will find a lady whom you can love.”

Taking her hand, he kissed it, and the warmth of his lips radiated up her arm. Good Lord, she’d forgotten neither of them wore gloves. Augusta became acutely aware of the strength in his lightly calloused hands, and removed her fingers from his grip. “I shall see you this evening.”

“Until then.” He inclined his head before taking his hat and cane from Thorton and strolling out the door.

She stared at Phinn until Thorton closed the door. Perhaps, after this evening, she should eschew entertainments altogether.

“Augusta,” Grace said, “you must decide if you’ll take Zephyr with you. Hector needs to know.”

“I do wish to take her with me.” She was leaving so much behind, but not her horse.

“Very well. I’ll send him a message. Please be ready to go in a half hour.”

“I will.” Phinn had more than surprised her this morning. If he loved her— No! She was not going to think about that. Allowing herself to fall in love with him would only lead to heartache.

My Review

This may possibly by my absolute favorite Worthington’s book. I’ve been waiting (semi-patiently) for the next book in the series and was elated to see the wait was well worth it.

Author Ella Quinn does her always superb job of entertaining us with wit and just the perfect amount of romance.

I adored both Augusta and Phinn and was happy to see them get their adventurous and happy ending!

If you’re a fan of Regency romance, you’ll love this book. However, you might just want to start at the very beginning of the series so you can fall in love with his unique collection of characters just as I have.

About the Author

USA Today 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 is married to her wonderful husband of over thirty years. They have a son and two beautiful granddaughters, and a Great Dane. 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. After cruising the Caribbean and North America, she completed a transatlantic crossing from St. Martin to Southern Europe. She’s currently living in Germany, happily writing while her husband is back at work, recovering from retirement.

Ella loves when readers connect with her.

Ella’s Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | BookBub

A Giveaway

Ella Quinn will be awarding a $50 gift card – Amazon or iTunes (winners choice) to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

1: BooksChatter
2: Fabulous and Brunette
3: It’s Raining Books
4: Locks, Hooks and Books
5: Long and Short Reviews
6: Mythical Books
7: Our Town Book Reviews
8: Romance Novel Giveaways
9: Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’
10: All the Ups and Downs
11: Am Kinda Busy Reading
12: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
13: Literary Gold
14: Mixed Book Bag
15: The Avid Reader
16: A Chick Who Reads
17: All Things Romance
18: Beyond Romance
19: Books to Light Your Fire
20: Buried Under Romance
21: Down The Rabbit Hole
22: Elley the Book Otter
23: Independent Authors
24: Iron Canuck
25: J. Lynn Rowan ~ Author of Romance & Historical Fiction
26: Jazzy Book Reviews
27: Linda Nightingale…Musings
28: Nickie’s Views and Interviews
29: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
30: Readeropolis
31: ReneeWildes1 Weblog
32: Straight From the Library
33: The Book Connection
34: Two Ends of the Pen
35: Viviana MacKade
36: Wake Up Your Wild Side
37: Welcome to My World of Dreams

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As always, it’s been my pleasure hosting Ella for this stop on her tour. Please come back again all week for more authors, books, and giveaways.

Nancy

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CRIMSON FALLS by DJ Davis & TR Kerby

GENRE:   Romantic Suspense
Amazon
Crimson Falls is on Sale for 99¢

About the Book

Troyan Pryce had it all—a forensic pathology career, loving family, baby on the way—until a Mob kingpin bought her. Forced to use her special training and exceptional looks to rob men of their millions, she’s given up hope of ever having a life again, let alone finding romance. Until she meets her next mark, Assistant District Attorney Zachariah Taylor.

Detective Grace Griffin dedicated years to breaking a human trafficking ring. When her best friend, Zachariah, falls for a victim and is taken by the Mob, she must risk her life, badge, and heart to rescue him and the woman he loves.

Can she save them, or will they all end up dead?

Read an Excerpt

Rocco’s hand slid from Troyan’s cheek to her throat. His fingers dug in on one side of her trachea. His thumb crushed in on the other. “Who takes care of you? Who shelters and feeds you?”

“Rocco.” She drew in a ragged breath. Even his halitosis smelled good on the minuscule amount of air she was able to inhale.

“Do you know how many times I’ve refused money for you? How many times I’ve been offered thousands for one hour in your apartment?”

“No.”

“I always refuse. Do you know why? Because I value you and I don’t want to see you hurt.” He squeezed harder. With his other hand, he unsnapped her slacks and palmed the scars between her navel and her hairline. Nine of them, each two inches long. Stab wounds that were healed now, but still raw and ugly to her. So ugly. His face swirled into black. “Who keeps you from being raped? Who is it that won’t let you be hurt like this again?”

“Rocco Nicotera.” It came out in a croak. She sagged against him’

“Yes.” Everything was black now, inviting swirls of nothing. She barely heard him, as though had stuffed cotton in her ears. “Who owns you?”

She said his name, but only her lips moved. No sound came. He cut off the last of her air.

“That’s right. Don’t you forget it. Ever.”

When he let go she fell in a heap on the floor. She whooped in air that tasted like dusty carpet, but smelled like dry sandy earth and mountain air. The smell of New Mexico. “I want to go home.”

“I’m your home now. And the only way out is death.”

My Review

What a wonderfully entertaining look into the all-too-real world of human trafficking. The authors did a great job of bringing this subject to life in a knowledgeable and fascinating way. The story kept me turning the pages well into the night (and next morning). It has been ages since I’ve read a romantic suspense that I’ve enjoyed this much.

I was a bit surprised by the fact that there were two lead female characters (Troyan and Grace) but was satisfied with the romance as it played out.

Despite the subject, don’t expect any overt bedroom scenes. There is some language but it’s not overdone or out of place. The supporting characters were also well done and added just the right amount of depth to the store.

If you’re a fan of complex story lines and suspense with a touch of romance, this is the book for you!

About the Authors

Crimson Falls was coauthored by two cousins.

DJ Davis is a Colorado native with mountains in her DNA. She is obsessed with the forests, lakes, and craggy peaks. The rugged high country and rich history of the state set the scene for her stories and provide drama, suspense, and natural beauty. When she’s not writing or photographing the wildlife, she frequently disappears into the wilderness with her husband and dogs.

DJ’s Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

TR Kerby has led a life of high adventure and travel to exotic places…ok, not so much, but she has worn a lot of hats. She has been a fry cook, a trail guide, a horse trainer, and a veterinary technician as well as less other interesting things. Her weaknesses include chocolate and rescuing lost souls, mostly animals, but some sometimes people. She currently lives in the Rocky Mountains with some of her rescues including her husband, two dogs, and a herd of horses. She brings her varied life experience to the table in her books and short stories.

TR’s Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

A Giveaway

DJ Davis and TR Kerby 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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February 4: Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books!
February 4: Twintype Books

February 11: Locks, Hooks and Books
February 11: The Avid Reader

February 18: Our Town Book Reviews
February 18: My reading Journeys
February 18: Fabulous and Brunette

February 25: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
February 25: Becky Flade, Author

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It’s been my pleasure hosting DJ and TR for this stop on their tour. Please come back again all week for more authors, books, and giveaways.

Nancy

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Friday Friends ~ J. M. Davies

We Asked and Jen Answered

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

Ooh, this is hard because I love all the characters in my books even when they’re behaving badly. However, I have become quite attached to Ella Masters my heroine in The Rise of Orion paranormal series. I have written three books with her as the main character, and I feel I know her the best. She’s lived several lives, and in each one has been betrayed by men. Despite this, she is willing to take a risk and love again.  I love how vulnerable and soft she is as well as tough. She’s a survivor.

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

Hm, the central plot in my upcoming release, Forgotten Love is about a second chance at love. My main character Summer Hamilton is involved in a car accident and is left in a prolonged coma. When she wakes, she doesn’t recall the previous twelve months. The doctors say she has a case of retrograde amnesia and that her memory may never return. Determined to move on and start a new life, she moves away from the bright city lights which now bring on panic attacks and takes up residence in the peaceful town of Bridgton, Maine. But fate catches up with her, and the quaint village is not without danger. A stranger in town, Rafe Bryant, saves her after a scary ordeal and memories from the past resurface.

Q3:  When did you know you were destined to be a writer?

I’m a late bloomer. It was really after my children were born that I felt consumed with stories circulating in my head. I kept plotting the books out and visualizing them like a movie, but I dismissed the act of writing telling myself I couldn’t do it. Then, when I was at a low point in my life, the need to write was no longer something I could ignore. I picked up a pen and my sons’ notebook and wrote. Once, I started, I couldn’t stop. For years, I questioned if I was a real writer, and I wouldn’t admit it to anyone.

Speed Round (just to get to know you better):
Coffee, tea, or other?  Mostly tea, but I will drink coffee, wine, prosecco.
Music preference?  Coldplay, U2, Queen, Barbara Streisand, Pink, Mozart, most music except rap!
Favorite movie?  Lord of the Rings. All of them.
Dog, cat, or other?  Rescue hound named Ella and 2 cats, Skittles & Kitkat
Favorite author?  I have many, but right now it’s Colleen Hoover.

About the Book

I’m an ex-Navy SEAL. A wounded warrior with a hard-ass exterior and a checkered past to match. All I care about is my outdoor survival business—teaching others the skills they need to survive in the face of danger.

But fate has a wicked sense of humor.

From out of nowhere this brunette-beauty with the easy smile and doe-eyes walks into my life…and it’s not the first time.

Summer doesn’t remember me. But she’s the one I can’t forget.

I know that she’s in danger, and I’ll gladly give in to every protective instinct I have when it comes to keeping her safe.

There’s a reason fate sent her my way for a second time.

Only, this time…I won’t fail her.

Not again.

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Forgotten Love will be available on March 12th

Read an Excerpt

Rafe wanted to close the distance between them but didn’t dare. The hits kept coming. His gaze ran over the faded navy Patriots shirt she wore over her cream sweatpants. Trying to remove the mental picture of her from his mind, his eyes widened, and his dry throat tightened. Knowing his gaze lingered over her, he lifted his eyes to meet hers and watched as she tugged at the top.

“It’s an old shirt, but I love the Patriots, especially Tom Brady. Don’t you?”

You can do this. Rafe rubbed his hands over his face to break the spell and convince himself he could carry on, unaffected by her performance. Marching into the kitchen, he opened the cupboards for some liquid support. She must have some alcohol somewhere. Perched on the top shelf stood a full bottle of Rémy Martin, which he grabbed, along with a couple of crystal glass tumblers. They could both do with a stiff drink, and he switched around to face her.

“Hm, a good team, but I’m more of a Brad Marchant fan myself.” He shrugged and kept his reply monotone. A simple lie, but enough to change the direction of conversation knowing she hated ice-hockey. At least she used to.

About the Author

J.M.Davies, Jen is the author of The Rise of Orion paranormal romance series as well as several contemporary and YA fantasy novels under the name, Jennifer Owen Davies. Jen’s novels are available worldwide in Ebook and print format.

In 2014, she was signed with Secret Cravings to write the Children of Annwn fantasy series and in 2018 signed with Limitless Publishing to write the Bound by Love series. Jen is also an indie author producing and publishing work of her own.
Jen loves to create realistic and flawed characters who deserve a happy ever hopefully providing a satisfying read.

Originally from Wales in the UK, she now lives with her family in a small town in New England close to the city of Boston, the coast, and the mountains. Both countries are huge sources of inspiration for her writing. Since she could read, Jen has enjoyed an eclectic taste in books, but loves all thing’s romance, and from her love of the written word stemmed the desire to create her own satisfying stories. Although, a shortie at only five feet tall, she has a big heart and hopes that is evident in her storytelling.

She is mom to four boys, five, if you include her husband, an adorable rescue hound called Ella, and two cats, Skittles and Blackjack. Yup, you guessed it; she has a sweet tooth, and loves chocolate—mostly Cadburys!  When she isn’t writing paranormal or contemporary romance, Jen manages a local writers group called Writers Supporting Writers on FB as she loves inspiring others to pursue their dream.

She also loves discovering old treasures at yard sales and revamping them, watching Grey’s Anatomy, Game of Thrones and Homeland, walking on the beach, cooking, road biking and when there’s time the gym. She loves to chat to readers and below are some ways to stay in touch with the latest news about her books and competitions.

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

It’s been my pleasure hosting author J.M. Davies and a getting a sneak peek at her upcoming release.

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

Nancy

 

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ROMANCING REBECCA by January Bain

GENRE:   Romantic Suspense
SERIES:   Brass Ring Sorority (Book 3)
Amazon

About the Book

Canadian romance writer Rebecca Fairfax thinks a few months living in an English castle will allow her to test out her research theories about the castle and get new material for her writing. Oh, and she’ll be able to carry out her Brass Ring Sorority sisters’ dare to kiss a duke, too. Only, the whole experience ends up changing her life in a way she could never have seen coming…

Ash Piers isn’t interested in peerage and titles. He’s a freewheeling playboy who’s adopted a hedonistic lifestyle after a disastrous love affair. He thinks the upstart Canadian is a gold-digger of the worst kind, kissing his father, the Duke of Piers, on first greeting, then getting engaged to him a moment later! But, damn, he’s attracted to the woman who’s living in his home for the summer. How’s he, a red-blooded Englishman, supposed to keep his hands off her as propriety and family demand?

But with the castle lurching from one crisis to another, Ash and Rebecca have to work together to ensure his family make it through events that threaten to tear everyone apart. And when an ancient and deadly danger looms, both Ash and Rebecca are forced to conquer all fear—physical and emotional…

Part madcap caper, part serious treasure hunting, the Brass Ringers never fail to entertain or get their way!

Read an Excerpt

“That woman stole your Fabergé egg,” the thief accused, pointing a rigid forefinger at her, one she instantly wanted to bite off.

“That’s not what happened, and you darn well know it!” Adrenaline flooded her system. The unmitigated gall. “I was chasing you!”

“She’s lying!” he said.

She took her eyes off the obnoxious pants-on-fire thief for a second, glancing around to see who had finally shown up to help, expecting perhaps the errant tour guide. But it wasn’t him. He hadn’t looked at all like a legendary ruler such as Uther Pendragon or King Arthur in his yellow safety vest. But this man did. Oh boy, does he. As though he had walked straight out of The Mists of Avalon or The Once and Future King, standing there with his arms crossed, glaring at the two of them as if they were in cahoots. From his thick brown hair falling forward onto his forehead to curl just right, to his chiselled facial features that spoke of centuries of good breeding, he would make the perfect lead in any movie that required a hot, over-the-top-sexy hero.

Oh. My.

She swallowed hard, her mouth suddenly too parched to be able to speak a word. Xaviera, we’ve got the guy to play your hero in your swan song, that’s for damn sure. He was also the perfect protagonist for the historical literary book she envisioned using this castle location for, now that she was preparing to make the break from writing steamy romances. Finally.

“You can both come with me. I’ll need to get to the bottom of things.” His fine British accent tugged at something deep inside her.

“You don’t believe this lying sack of sh—this idiot,” she said, clearing her throat, self-correcting at the last second, with how cultured the man sounded and not her wanting to make a poor impression. He offered her his hand and she took it. Whoa. Nice strong hands, too. He helped her to her feet, blessing her with a stern look. Fine, play it that way. Anger rose at the unfairness of his accusations. At least it ratcheted down her libido.

“I just got here. How am I supposed to know who’s lying and who’s not? Are you okay?”

About the Author

January Bain has wished on every falling star, every blown-out birthday candle, and every coin thrown in a fountain to be a storyteller. To share the tales of high adventure, mysteries, and thrillers she has dreamed of all her life. The story you now have in your hands is the compilation of a lot of things manifesting itself for this special series. Hundreds of hours spent researching the unusual and the mundane have come together to create books that features strong women who live life to the fullest, wild adventures full of twists and unforeseen turns, and hot complicated men who aren’t afraid to take risks. She can only hope her stories will capture your imagination and heart as much as they do hers.

If you are looking for January Bain, you can find her hard at work every morning without fail in her office with two furry babies trying to prove who does a better job of guarding the doorway. And, of course, she’s married to the most romantic man!

If you wish to connect in the virtual world she is easily found on Facebook, her second home. Oh, and she loves to talk books…

January’s Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

A Giveaway

January Bain will be awarding a Paypal $25.00 cash payout to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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February 18: Romance Novel Giveaways
February 18: BooksChatter
February 19: Books to Light Your Fire
February 19: Mythical Books
February 20: T’s Stuff
February 20: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
February 21: Casey’s Corner
February 21: Beyond Romance
February 22: Fabulous and Brunette
February 22: Harlie’s Books – review

February 25: Christine Young
February 25: Hearts and Scribbles
February 25: Author Deborah A Bailey
February 26: In A Dream Beyond
February 26: Blog of Author Jacey Holbrand
February 27: Kimmi Love
February 27: Linda Nightingale
February 28: Nickie’s Views and Interviews
February 28: Readeropolis
March 1: Two Ends of the Pen
March 1: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love

March 4: Joanne Guidoccio
March 4: So Many Books
March 4: Mixed Book bag
March 5: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’
March 5: Independent Authors
March 6: Renee Wildes Weblog – review
March 6: Jazzy Book Reviews
March 7: The Avid Reader – review
March 7: My Reading Journeys – review
March 8: A Writer’s Life
March 8: Christine’s Book Corner

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Nancy

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PHOTO SHOOT by Jo A. Hiestand

GENRE: Mystery
SERIES: The McLaren Mysteries (Book 9)
Amazon

About the Book

Michael McLaren returns home from working a cold case in Cumbria to learn that he’s missed his uncle’s wedding in Scotland.  Angry and fearful that his absence has re-opened the family rift just as it’s healed, he drives to the ancestral home, hoping his appearance and explanation will be accepted. He’s more than welcomed. His uncle asks him to investigate the murder of his first

Fiona Lennox was found in a rowboat on a Scottish loch, shot to death during a late night photo shoot. Why would she rent a boat after dark? Did she take it out to photograph the moonlight on the water? She could’ve done, being a professional photographer, but she was also a proponent of civic and environmental causes, which she documented with her camera. Did someone linked to one of her crusades kill her, or was the motive personal?

As McLaren uncovers layers of Fiona’s life and the reason for her nocturnal outing, he and his family are targets of intensifying attacks. But it’s not until he races against a kidnapper’s deadline and the threat of a loved one’s watery death that he realizes who killed Fiona⎯implications that are as deep and dark as the Scottish loch.

Read an Excerpt

Stuart frowned, glancing behind McLaren as though expecting a squad of police officers on the pavement. “Oh, yes? And you’re with the police?”

“If I could come in and talk to you, I’ll explain everything. I’ll take only a few minutes of your time.”

Either Stuart’s curiosity or McLaren’s obstinacy won out, for the man opened the door and ushered McLaren inside. “Have a seat,” Stuart said, indicating the sofa as he closed the door. “I can spare ten minutes or so.” The door shut with a thud, shaking the Venetian blinds at the nearby window. He picked up a book on the chair opposite McLaren, laid it on the coffee table, and sat down. His tan shirt and brown trousers complimented the furniture colors. “Now, who are you exactly and why are you asking questions about Fiona’s death? That was a year ago.”

“I know that, but I’ve been asked to look into her death and hopefully bring answers to her friends.”

“Commendable, but the police have looked into it.” He frowned and his gaze lingered on McLaren, as if waiting for him to produce a warrant card. “Are you with the Constabulary?”

“No.”

“Then why are you…” He paused, perhaps searching for the correct word.

“Looking into her case?”

Stuart gave him a quick, humorless smile. “I was going to say poking your nose into something that doesn’t concern you, but if you want to play at being a detective, I suppose it’s all right. As long as you don’t harass people to prove something.”

“I hardly ever do. Anyway, I gave that up for Lent.”

My Review

Nothing says mystery to me more than a cold case. Combine that with a thoroughly engaging protagonist and you’ve got the makings of a great story.

The author’s writing style is unique and very evocative. Her descriptions of Scotland were so well done you could almost smell the heather.

The mystery itself was well written and left me satisfied with the conclusion (which I will not give away). I’ve found myself a new character and author to follow and will going back for more McLaren mysteries.

About the Author

A month-long trip to England during her college years introduced Jo to the joys of Things British.  Since then, she has been lured back nearly a dozen times, and lived there during her professional folksinging stint.  This intimate knowledge of Britain forms the backbone of both the Peak District mysteries and the McLaren mystery series.

Jo’s insistence for accuracy–from police methods and location layout to the general “feel” of the area–has driven her innumerable times to Derbyshire for research.  These explorations and conferences with police friends provide the detail filling the books.

In 1999 Jo returned to Webster University to major in English.  She graduated in 2001 with a BA degree and departmental honors.

Her cat, Tennyson, shares her St. Louis-area home.

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A Giveaway

Jo A. Hiestand will be awarding a $30 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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February 11: Let me tell you a story

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February 18: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart

February 25: Fabulous and Brunette

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Nancy

 

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FRIDAY FRIENDS ~ CHRISTINA TETREAULT

We Asked, Christina Answered

Q1:  What do you consider to be the central plot of your story?

I think the central part of The Billionaire’s Heart is trust.

Q2:  When did you know you were destined to be a writer?

Interesting question. I began writing stories when I was about ten years old using my grandmother’s old manual typewriter. I would set it up on foldable tv table and type away for hours. All of my stories would have characters around my age naturally. Once I got started I never stopped. However, I never really thought I would be able to make it my career that was why I was a teacher until my first child was born.  And even now almost seven years since my first book was published I sometimes find it amazing I am able to do something I love and still help support my family.

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

Coffee, tea, or other?  Both. I have to have coffee first thing in the morning but after that I drink both.

Music preference?  I tend to prefer classic rock. I own very few songs released in the last ten years.

Favorite movie? My favorite movie depends on my mood but I have certain go to movies such as Star Wars, Pride and Prejudice and Lord of the Rings

Dog, cat, or other?  Dog.

Favorite author? Again depends on my mood but I love anything by Lynn Kurland.

About the Book

Is true love worth the risk?

Three months ago when another relationship came to a disastrous end, billionaire Leah Sherbrooke put her love life on hold. Since then she’s spent her free time with family and friends, especially Gavin Kincaid. However, the more time she spends with Gavin the less she thinks of him as a friend and golfing companion. Instead, she sees him as the man she’s falling for. When Leah learns he plans to spend the long holiday weekend working, she insists he accompany her to a party in Newport.

Gavin Kincaid was attracted to Leah Sherbrooke the moment she walked into his condo. Unfortunately, at the time she was on the arm of his half brother, Harry, but since the night she caught Harry with another woman, he’s been growing their friendship and waiting for the right moment to make them more than friends. Leah’s invitation to a party provides him with the opportunity he’s been waiting for, and soon they’re both friends and lovers.

But when an overheard conversation between Gavin and his half brother casts doubt on their new relationship, Leah must decide if believing in Gavin is worth the risk.

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Find The Billionaires Heart on Amazon | Kobo | Apple | Nook

The complete 12-book boxed set is available on Amazon

Read an Excerpt

On the deck, though, his expression had suggested he wanted to kiss her. And although she shouldn’t want him to kiss her because they were friends and friends didn’t kiss, she couldn’t think of much else.

“I spend so much time in an office, I sometimes forget how much I love the outdoors.” He stopped not far from the sandcastle they helped Reese build earlier. Although the buckets and shovels were still near the structure, at least for the moment the girl was gone. Leah guessed she’d gone up to get lunch along with the other party guests. “If not for you, I’d be sitting inside an office right now. Thanks again for inviting me,” he continued.

Gavin released her hand. The loss of physical contact was an unpleasant jolt to her system. Leah was about to reach for it again when he moved, blocking the view of everything but him. Face-to-face, he settled a large hand on either side of her waist, and an almost tangible energy buzzed between them.

He’s got to feel it too. I can’t be the only one.

She fought the urge to reach out and trace his lips with her finger and instead curled her hands into fists by her sides, perhaps the safest place for them at the moment. “I’m glad you came.”

Slowly he lowered his face toward hers. “Trust me, there is no other place I want to be.” He brushed his lips against hers. The kiss was gentle and undemanding, yet it sent her emotions into a whirlwind, and she reached for him.

About the Author

USA Today Best Selling author, Christina Tetreault started writing at the age of 10 on her grandmother’s manual typewriter and never stopped. Born and raised in Lincoln, Rhode Island, she has lived in four of the six New England states since getting married in 2001. Today, she lives in New Hampshire with her husband, three daughters and two dogs.

When she’s not driving her daughters around to their various activities or chasing around the dogs, she is working on a story or reading a romance novel. Currently, she has three series out, The Sherbrookes of Newport, Love on The North Shore and Elite Force Security. You can visit her website or follow her on Facebook to learn more about her characters and to track her progress on current writing projects.

Christina’s Website | Facebook | Twitter

It’s been my pleasure hosting Christina for this edition of Friday Friends.

Please come back next week for more authors, books, and giveaways through Goddess Fish Promotions, as well as another visitor on Friday Friends!

Nancy

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Whether you have a special someone in your life, or you’re still looking, Valentine’s Day can be the best of holidays. Or, it can be the worst.

My idea of a great Valentine’s Day is being curled up with a good book, a nice cup of coffee with just a hint of Baileys, and maybe … just maybe … a chocolate or two.

I don’t need hearts and flowers (unless they’re made of chocolate). But, good companionship (either in real live or fictional) is a must.

I can’t do much for those of you still looking, but I can offer you a couple of cute, quick reads centered around Valentine’s Day!

Find them on Amazon! Or, if you’re quick, you might be able to nab a free copy of each by filling out this Google Giveaway Form. At last check, there were still 6 sets left!

Take a peek at the trailer for Book #2 – Paging Dr. Cupid

However you plan to enjoy the holiday, be safe, be happy, and enjoy!

Nancy

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THE DANCE HALL WIFE by CiCi Cordelia

GENRE:   Historical Western Romance
SERIES:  Brides of Little Creede (Book 2)
Available on Amazon
Find Book 1 in the Series, The Substitute Wife, also on Amazon

About the Book

CAT . . .

Cat Purdue has come a long way from the days when her father used her as partial payment for a gambling debt to a ruthless man. Reacquiring the saloon Father had lost, and turning it into a successful restaurant, is only the beginning of her drive for success.

FRANK . . .

Unable to reconcile the new, sophisticated Catherine Purdue from the saloon girl he once dallied with and foolishly spurned, Frank Carter finds himself blocking his growing attraction with sharp words and sarcasm. But when the Carters’ old nemesis escapes prison and comes back to Little Creede for vengeance, Frank’s only thought is to protect Cat, as well as his family.

A PAIR OF HEARTS . . .

Determined to lead separate lives yet bound together by danger and their growing desire, Frank and Cat will leave their mark in the new state of Colorado.

Read an Excerpt

“If we marry, I could get the loan you need and take a small percentage of the income to build back up our bankroll.” When she appeared to be considering the idea, Frank’s shoulders relax. “I’d also be there if Morgan came sniffing around.”

Her delicate brows snapped into a furrowed line, but before she could tell him what he could do with his protection, he brought up a placating hand. “Now, don’t get all uppity, Cat. I meant no disrespect.”

She huffed loudly, then slammed her hands over her eyes as her body began to shake. Hell, now he’d gone and done it; got her upset to the point of tears.

Guilt crushed down on him. He didn’t know what to do with a weepy woman. Except kiss her maybe. And if it’d been any woman besides Cat, he might have tried to calm her that way. But Miss Catherine Purdue would most likely bite off his tongue if he did.

So instead, he gripped her arms and pleaded, “Please, Cat. Don’t cry.”

Another tremor shook her before she lifted her face and stared at him.

Why, she’s not crying at all.

No, the little vixen was laughing, her beautiful green eyes sparkling with humor. “Gawd, Frank. Even when you’re trying to be nice, you’re a jackass.”

My Review

I was fortunate enough to have read the first book in this series, The Substitute Wife. I think if I hadn’t I might have been a bit confused about the instant animosity between the two main characters. It’s obvious they have a past, just not as obvious the extent of the past.

That said, as with all of CiCi Cordelia’s books, the writing is great. The mood, the tension, and the setting are all top-notch. I really enjoyed the supporting characters because they brought strength and a sense of family to the story.

The Dancehall Wife has its share of twists and turns that will keep you turning the pages. Not to mention some nice steam! Anyone who enjoys historical western romances will like this book. For added enjoyment, start with the first book in the series and then come back to this one.

About the Authors

Cheryl Yeko is an award-winning author and Acquiring Editor with Soul Mate Publishing. She writes Romantic Suspense and Sexy Contemporary. She also co-writes under the pen-name CiCi Cordelia with her BFF, Char Chaffin.

She enjoys novels with fast-paced action and steamy romance, protective alpha men and strong heroines. She belongs to several writing groups, including Romance Writers of America, Wisconsin Writers Association, and Wisconsin Screenwriter Forum.

Cheryl’s Website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest

CiCi Cordelia’s Website | Facebook

A Giveaway

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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Follow the Tour

February 5: Long and Short Reviews

February 12: Elley the Book Otter
February 12: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart

February 19: A Chick Who Reads
February 19: Iron Canuck

February 26: Fabulous and Brunette
February 26: Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books!

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It was my pleasure hosting CiCi Cordelia for this stop on the tour.

Please come back again soon for more authors, books, and giveaways. You’re invited back this Friday as well for my Friday Friends promo.

Nancy

 

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FRIDAY FRIENDS ~ LINDA O’CONNOR

We Asked … Linda Answered

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

I’d want to be Sam O’Brien from Perfectly Honest. He has a cool house with an indoor pool and a snazzy car. And when he’s faced with disappointment, he makes the best of it and keeps moving forward.

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

Change, although sometimes difficult, helps us to grow. Nothing ever stays the same, and it’s often better to embrace change and work with it rather than fearing it and fighting it.

Q3:  When did you know you were destined to be a writer?

After I wrote my first story (at age fifty), I gave it to my friend to read and she liked it. That was all it took.

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

  1. Coffee, tea, or other? Cold skim milk
  2. Music preference? Upbeat pop music
  3. Favorite movie? I laughed through Spy with Melissa McCarthy and Date Night with Sever Carell and Tina Fey.
  4. Dog, cat, or other? No pets (3 sons was enough of a handful)
  5. Favorite author? Nora Roberts for romance and Jeffrey Archer for his stories with a twist in the tale

 About the Book

When Mikaela Finn agreed to be Sam’s “fiancée” for a weekend, she probably should have told him that she’s a doctor.

Sam O’Brien, aka “Dr. Eye Candy,” is trying to shed his playboy reputation and convince a small town hospital that he’s ready to settle down.  But when his “fiancée” helps deliver a baby in the middle of the meet and greet, it’s a bit of a shock. If he’d known the whole truth, he might have done things a little differently because somehow his “fiancée” ends up stealing his job and his heart. Not exactly the change he wanted.

Lies and deceit – it’s a match made in heaven!

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You can find Perfectly Honest on Amazon

The entire Perfectly 6-book series is available in one bundle, also on Amazon

 

Read an Excerpt

Mikaela woke with a start to the sound of voices. Disoriented, in unfamiliar surroundings, she looked down at her short shorts and loose shirt covered with spatters of paint. Painting, of course. She must have fallen asleep in the chair, and checking her watch, she saw that it was two o’clock in the morning. She rubbed her eyes and yawned. Pulling herself out of the chair, she listened to the voices. One voice was female, sounding impatient and unhappy and one male, sounding apologetic and resigned.

“I know it’s not ideal, Sophia, but it’s what I want. I’m tired of the large city and all the meetings. I want a smaller hospital in a smaller city. I want a life.”

“Nonsense, Sam,” the woman shot back. “You don’t know what you want or what’s good for you. You need to pay your dues now to reap the benefits later.”

“Look, I don’t expect you to understand. I’m grateful you’ve agreed to help me out, but…”

Mikaela wandered into the hallway and stopped when she saw the two of them at the front door. The woman had unbuttoned her coat, and as she put her hands on her hips, there was a flash of the red cocktail dress she wore underneath. The man was a foot taller and wearing a suit. A very nice fitting suit, Mikaela mused, as she came up behind him.

The woman noticed Mikaela first, and her startled gasp had the man looking over his shoulder. Mikaela wasn’t sure who looked more shocked, the man, who moved to shield the woman, or the woman, who raked her gaze over Mikaela from head to toe. As Mikaela fought the urge to straighten her shirt and fix her hair, she decided, definitely, the woman.

The woman’s eyes narrowed, the hands on her hips became clenched at her sides, and her face flushed red. Mikaela held her breath.

The woman pushed at the man’s shoulder and spun him around to face her. “Why you! You! ‘I can’t invite you in, the house is being painted,’” she mimicked. “Is that the new code word for ‘mistress?’ You could have just told me we were through. Well, I’m done. This is the last straw.” The woman spun on her heel and wrenched the door open.

“Sophia, wait!”

“No, wait,” Mikaela added. She lurched forward, now wide-awake.

The woman stormed out and slammed the door.
The man turned to Mikaela. “Who the hell are you?”

About the Author

Award-winning author Linda O’Connor started writing romantic comedies when she needed a creative outlet other than subtly rearranging the displays at a local home décor store. Her books have enjoyed bestseller status. When not writing, she’s a physician at an Urgent Care Clinic. She shares her medical knowledge in fast-paced, well-written, sexy romances – with an unexpected twist.

Her favorite prescription to write? Laugh every day. Love every minute.

Linda’s Website | Facebook | Twitter
Find all of Linda’s books on her Amazon Author Page

It’s been my pleasure hosting Linda for Friday Friends. Please come back again next week for more authors, books, and giveaways through Goddess Fish Promotions. And, of course, for another Friday Friend!

Nancy

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MOSTLY INNOCENT by J. M. Jinks

GENRE: Urban Fantasy
Amazon

About the Book

Meet Layla James, your typical smart and snarky chick—except for the whole succubus thing. After nearly a millennium on Earth, Layla’s settled down in a boring life in Palm Springs, until a smoking-hot hunter comes to arrest her for murder. But Layla knows the rules—she’d never kill someone and incite the wrath of The Powers That Be.

Elijah Daines is a hunter, maintaining the balance of good and evil in the mortal realm, his power stronger than any hunter she’s ever encountered. Plus, he’s a seriously sexy distraction. Too bad he’s accused her of a crime she didn’t commit.

As the killer continues a murder spree that not only frames Layla but threatens to expose the existence of supernatural creatures to humans, Layla and Elijah team up to investigate. Hopefully, they can fight off their escalating attraction for each other long enough to exonerate her and stop the murder madness.

Read an Excerpt

He edged nearer the counter. I, or maybe my succubus, decided on a whim I would not be intimidated by his power. I wasn’t sure where my sudden courage came from. He had to have sensed my succubus signature. We weren’t a violent race when we controlled our urges. I’m Queen of Control over here. I’m sure he knows I won’t hurt him. Right?

But why is he here? Something must be wrong.

With every step he took closer, I had a better look at him. His dark hair was in slight disarray and his crystal blue eyes scoured my face. He towered over me in every sense of the word. My stomach dipped.

He and Jolene should go back-to-back so I can get an accurate measure of his height.

I shook away my thoughts of him. Given his disapproving glare, he came here on a mission. Greek god or not, he was still a hunter, and I—

I was a product of evil, aka something he hunts.

“Succubus,” he growled. One little word filled with eons of unabashed hatred. It vibrated through me. All hopes of him wanting a new bathroom paint color vanished. No, this visit wouldn’t be pleasant, not at all.

Perhaps I could seduce him. Hell, he could do me right on the floor of aisle nine next to the light fixtures, if it kept him from killing me. I bit my lip. Hunters weren’t typically susceptible to succubi charms. A failed attempt of Aphrodisia could earn me more problems.

I released a breath. Some buried-deep, natural instinct rolled through me again, and I decided to stand my ground. I stood straighter and barked back, “Hunter.”

About the Author

J.M. Jinks was born and raised in Southern California. She lives with her husband, two dogs, and two cats in her hometown. J has a Bachelor’s in French and a Master’s of Education. She is a teacher by day and a writer by night. J and her husband welcomed a baby boy in May 2018.

J has always had a love of reading that progressed into writing. Mostly Innocent is her first published manuscript.

J loves to connect with her readers. You can find her at:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

A Giveaway

J.M. Jinks will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

February 4:
1: T’s Stuff
2: Romance Novel Giveaways
3: Christine’s Book Corner
4: Iron Canuck
5: Books Direct
6: Readeropolis
7: Sharing Links and Wisdom
8: Welcome to My World of Dreams

February 5:
1: Fabulous and Brunette
2: Edgar’s Books
3: Jazzy Book Reviews
4: It’s Raining Books
5: Author C.A.Milson
6: The Pen and Muse Book Reviews

February 6:
1: Christine Young
2: BooksChatter
3: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
4: Just Books
5: So Many Books
6: Long and Short Reviews

February 7:
1: Wake Up Your Wild Side
2: Linda Nightingale…Musings
3: The Avid Reader
4: Straight From the Library
5: Mixed Book Bag
6: Author Deborah A Bailey
7: All Things Romance

February 8:
1: Renee Wildes Blog REVIEW
2: Two Ends of the Pen
3: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
4: Beyond Romance
5: Kit ‘N Kabookle
6: Stormy Nights Reviewing and Bloggin’
7: Independent Authors
8: Tina Donahue Books – Heat with Heart
9: Wendi zwaduk – romance to make your heart race

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It’s been my pleasure hosting J.M. Jinks for this stop on the tour. Please come back again next week for more authors, books, and giveaways from Goddess Fish Promotions. Also, you’re welcome to come back this Friday for my Friday Friends feature.

Nancy

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