Welcome February … This Month’s Gift-Away Book

February has always been one of my favorite months. The frigid edge of winter is finally starting to crack. Love is in the air and some of the very best romance novels are released to coincide with Valentine’s Day. This year, as happened last year, I get to be among those authors fortunate enough to have “love-month” release.

 

Last year it was my Valentine’s themed release, Only Yours, a 20K novella set in my favorite vintage time period … the 1960s! In honor of the new set of holiday releases destined for the shelves over the next couple of weeks my wonderful publisher, The Wild Rose Press, has put all of 2016’s Candy Hearts romances on sale for 40% off.

This year, I’m following up Only Yours with a sequel novella, Paging Dr. Cupid, that answers the question … Will the jilted ex find his own Happily-Ever After? Check out my awesome trailer for a sneak peek at what’s in store for my readers!

Also, you will find a link on the right-hand sidebar to get your own free copy of Paging Dr. Cupid. Be among the 20 lucky readers. As always, a review would be appreciated but is not necessary in order to receive a copy.

I hope you’ll come back on Friday for a closer look at the new book.

Nancy

 

 

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BOOK BLAST & REVIEW: TRIPLE LOVE SCORE by Brandi Megan Granett

My second guest today is author Brandi Megan Granett for this stop on her Book Blast tour and giveaway. Her latest book, Triple Love Score, is a contemporary romance. Please join me in welcoming Brandi for her first visit to Notes From a Romantic’s Heart.

About the Book

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On sale via Amazon for 99¢ during tour!

Miranda Shane lives a quiet life among books and letters as a professor in a small upstate town. When the playing-by-the-rules poet throws out convention and begins to use a Scrabble board instead of paper to write, she sets off a chain of events that rattles her carefully planned world.

Her awakening propels her to take risks and seize chances she previously let slip by, including a game-changing offer from the man she let slip away. But when the revelation of an affair with a graduate student threatens the new life Miranda created, she is forced to decide between love or poetry.

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Miranda played mystery on a double word score with a blank tile. “Bingo,” she chorused. “Fifty points.” She hopped up to do a victory dance. As she did, her foot clipped the table, and the tile bag toppled over.

They both bent to pick them up. He smelled like Old Spice, the way her father did before the chemo made her mom’s nose too sensitive. “You,” Miranda started to say, to ask or to explain why she couldn’t stop staring at him.

“You,” he said in reply.

Then he leaned in closer and pressed his lips against hers. His eyelashes stirred against her cheeks as he closed his eyes. She leaned in closer. And neither one moved to stop. For a very long moment, lips slightly parted, they breathed in the same air, as they hovered in the sweet spot right after a kiss.

Then his phone went off, startling them both.

He snapped backwards and patted down his pockets for the source of the interruption. He stared at the number. “I think I have to take this,” he said. “Some kind of hospital.”

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If there’s one thing I love in a romance it’s originality. So often we see cookie-cutter stories one after the other. Not so in Triple Love Score by Brandi Megan Granett.

The love story, told through poetry and Scrabble has to be one of the most novel ideas I’ve seen in ages. Cutesy–but not cloying. Funny–but not distractingly so.

I enjoyed watching Miranda mature as a romantic heroine. She was able to step out of her bookish comfort zone to embrace her future, not just as a more confident woman but as a woman who’s earned her happily-ever-after.

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About the Author

Brandi Megan Granett is an author, online English professor, and private writing mentor. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University, Wales, an MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College, a Masters in Adult Education with an emphasis on Distance Education from Penn State University, and a BA from the University of Florida.

Granett is the author of My Intended (William Morrow, 2000). Her short fiction has appeared in Pebble Lake Review, Folio, Pleiades and other literary magazines, and is collected in the volume Cars and Other Things That Get Around.

In addition, she writes an author interview series for the Huffington Post, and is a member of the Tall Poppy Writers, a community of writing professionals committed to growing relationships, promoting the work of its members, and connecting authors with each other and with readers.

When Granett is not writing or teaching or mothering, she is honing her archery skills. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, daughter and two dogs.

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A Giveaway

Brandi will be awarding a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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Follow the Tour

The is a one-day, multiple stop Book Blast tour. Feel free to visit at as many or as few stops on the tour as you’d like. The more blogs you visit, the more chances you have to earn entries into the prize draw. All 52 blog stops can be found on the  Goddess Fish landing page.

It’s been my pleasure hosting Brandi Megan Granett today. Please come back all week for more chances to win great prizes.

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

Nancy

 

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REVIEW: ANGLES, Part 1 by Erin Lockwood

Today I’m featuring author Erin Lockwood for this leg of her review tour for Angles (Part 1), a contemporary, first person romance. Please join me in welcoming Erin to Notes From a Romantic’s Heart.

About the Book

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A compelling love story about Caralee, her best friend Teddy, and her new love interest, Sam. The intensity of Sam entering into Cara’s life challenges her friendship with Teddy – which was forged long ago when they encountered a deranged gunman. Teddy will stop at nothing to protect Cara – even if it means keeping his long time business associate and once best friend far away from her.

This story is about friendship and relationship triangles, love and protection, love and understanding, and love vs true love.

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By the time I get back to dancing with Dean, I feel something, someone, watching me. The feeling I felt before my speech is stronger now. There’s something consuming my surroundings—an invisible, sweltering blanket over me. As soon as I have the chance, I look around and try to find the source of this feeling—the burning eyes I can’t see, yet, but I sense are focused on me.

I casually scan the room between dips and twirls.

My breath catches. There they are—the eyes I’ve been searching for. A man, a gorgeous man, in a perfectly tailored suit is staring at me. It’s no mistake. Now that I see him, I know his eyes are the source of this feeling I’ve been having.

There are worse people to have stare at you. He might be a little older, but he’s very attractive. He wears his dark brown hair slicked and styled up and back. It looks soft enough to run my fingers through and short enough to create a little edge to it. His blackish gray suit blends in with his olive, tan skin. Every part of him is dark and smoky, except his eyes. His turquoise-blue eyes are so bright; they’re like headlights shining at me. A lighthouse warning me not to come too close or my boat will crash.

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Author Erin Lockwood paints a very vivid picture of her characters’ surroundings and the story development was well done. This is the first part of a proposed trilogy with the characters all carrying over in the subsequent stories. Which, I assume, will be a good thing as I felt the ending was a bit abrupt.

I enjoyed the quick peek we had in Sam’s first person pov at the very beginning. However, we never got back into his pov so I felt like I didn’t know him as well as I did the other characters.

The main love scene was a bit confusing but made up for what it lacked in clarity with some really nice steam!

The interaction between Cara and Teddy, while flawed, was more believable to me than her relationship with Sam. I hope to see Cara’s and Sam’s relationship develop more, and get more of Sam’s pov, in the next book of the series.

About the Author

Erin Lockwood grew up in Castro Valley, California, and attended the University of Oregon where she graduated with a degree in journalism in 2003. From there, she moved to Denver, Colorado, and spent the next seven years searching for the love of her life and building the family of her dreams.

It wasn’t long until, with children starting preschool and more time on her hands, Erin refocused on her career, beginning with a successful entry into the world of residential real estate as a realtor. Free time was spent reading book after book—and binge-watching the subsequent films—in the New Adult genre. Hopelessly in love with her husband, she wrote him a short story for their fifth wedding anniversary. That’s when she discovered her tireless passion to share her experience of falling in love through fictional characters. That story evolved into the first novel in the Angles Trilogy.

Erin still lives in Denver with her husband, Phil, and their three children. They spend most of their summers and holidays on the beautiful island of Coronado where Erin and Phil wish to retire someday.

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A Giveaway

Erin will be awarding a Mobi copy of Angles to four randomly drawn winners via Rafflecopter during the tour.
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Follow the Tour

This is a four-week review tour. Feel free to go back to previous visits and enter the drawing for more chances to win.

January 24: Two Heartbeats
January 24: Unabridged Andra
January 31: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
February 7Books, Dreams,Life
February 7The Reading Addict
February 7Natural Bri
February 14Fabulous and Brunette
February 14Rainy Day Reviews

It’s been a pleasure hosting Erin today. Please take a moment to check out the other guest to the blog, as well as previous posts.

Come back again tomorrow for my February Gift-Away post, on Thursday for another author tour, and then on Friday for my own release day!

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

Nancy

 

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REVIEW: FATED HEARTS

Happy Monday! Today’s guest is author Becky Flade. Her featured book, Fated Hearts, is a romantic suspense from Crimson Romance. Please join my in welcoming Becky for her first visit to Notes From a Romantic’s Heart.

About The Book

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Psychiatrist Henley Elliott fled her quiet life in Cleveland for a gypsy lifestyle, trying to stay one step ahead of her painful memories. When she breaks down in quirky little Trappers’ Cove, Minnesota, she meets Sheriff Carter McAlister – a man healing from his own share of hidden heartbreaks.

At the request of a friend, Carter offers Henley a job to help her get back on her feet . . . but soon he can’t resist trying to sweep the intriguing woman off them. Breaking through her carefully built shell proves to be a near-impossible task, and to make matters worse, a dangerous new presence in the Cove seems to be targeting Henley. They must learn to trust in each other in order to keep her safe.

Can Henley and Carter leave their secrets and scars in the past to get a second chance at happily ever after?

“What are we doing, Carter?”

“Enjoying our evening.”

“You know what I mean.” She shifted her body and lifted her hand as if to touch his face. He tensed in anticipation. She skimmed her fingertips over his jaw, his cheek, featherlight touches that left a trail of fire across his skin. “I think I’m getting used to your touch. To … how you feel.”

“That’s a good thing.”

“Are you going to kiss me again?”

“Would you like me to?” He saw her nod this time and recognized the banked passion in her hooded gaze. He lowered his mouth to hers but pulled back before their lips met. “How much of what you’re feeling is you and how much me? I don’t want to influence you.”

“It’s both. And it astounds me.”

His muscles clenched with desire. He hadn’t intended to seduce her or himself tonight. He had only wanted her to become more comfortable with his company and his touch. They needed to build trust, and he’d wanted to lay that foundation. With a level of restraint he hadn’t thought he possessed he laid his forehead against hers.

“How about you kiss me, Doc?”

Fated Hearts by author Becky Flade is one of those types of books that sticks with you long after you put it down. A perfect mix of suspense, romance, and a little bit of extra sensory perception.

The heroine is fleeing her past, one that went from normal to eerily unusual following a lengthy coma. She ends up in a small town, a far cry from the bigger city she’s used to. However, no matter how far you go, the past catches up with you. Or, should I say, someone from her past.

The hero is just as wary, as emotionally damaged as the heroine. A big city cop who’s chosen to resume his career in a quieter setting. Yet, when the heroine needs him, all his cop senses kick in.

Two strong characters, vulnerable from their past and their flaws put together in a dangerous situation. Will they overcome the pasts that haunt them in time to find their much-needed happy ending? The author does an excellent job of bringing the characters to the right conclusion!

About The Author

A coffee addict and born city girl, I tend to place my stories in and around southeast Pennsylvania, or at least have a character or two from the area. Home is where the heart is and I make mine with my very own knight in slightly tarnished armor, three beautiful daughters ranging in ages from college through pre-school, two grandsons and a charming son-in-law. When I’m not busy living my own happily ever after, I’m writing about someone else’s.

I’d love to have you visit with me on my blog; at Facebook and Twitter; on my Goodreads and Amazon author pages; or write to me directly at beckyfladeauthor@gmail.com.

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A Giveaway

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

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Follow The Tour

This is a four-week review tour. Feel free to visit previous posts for additional chances to enter the drawing.

January 16: T’s Stuff
January 16: Archaeolibrarian – I Dig Good Books!
January 16: With Love for Books
January 23: The Reading Addict
January 23: Liz Gavin’s Blog
January 30: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
January 30: Notes From a Romantic’s Heart
January 30: Liz’s Reading Life
February 6LibriAmoriMiei
February 6Unabridged Andra’s

It’s been my pleasure hosting Becky today and for the chance to review her book. Please come back again tomorrow for more guest authors and more chances to win great prizes.

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

Nancy

 

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UPCOMING ON THE BLOG: Week of January 30th through Feb 5th

It’s going to be a mega-busy week here at Notes From a Romantic’s Heart. Between hosting four blog tours, a book giveaway, and the release of my Valentine-themed novella on Friday, I’m going to be as busy as a bee in spring!

What’s The Schedule

Monday, January 30th: Review of Fated Hearts by Becky Flade. Becky will be giving away a $25 gift card to a random winner via Rafflecopter.

Tuesday, January 31st: Two tours! First, a review of Angles by Erin Lockwood with a $20 gift card up for grabs!

Also, on Tuesday, January 31st: Virtual Book Blast for Triple Love Score by Brandy Megan Granett. A very generous $50 gift card is going to one lucky winner, again via Rafflecopter.

Wednesday, February 1st: My own “Welcome to February” post. My commitment to celebrating my 20 years as a published author continues with a new book giveaway of 20 copies to the first readers who respond!

Thursday, February 2nd: Blurb Blitzing The Other Twin by author Nan Dixon. The prize for this tour draw is a $25 gift card.

Friday, February 3rd: It’s Release Day!!! Paging Dr. Cupid, a Valentine’s treat and sequel to last Valentine’s novella, Only Yours. My publisher, The Wild Rose Press, has put Only Yours and all of 2016’s Candy Hearts romances on sale for 40% off! Plus, the new book, Paging Dr. Cupid will be half-off on release day/weekend.

Tour Information

I’ll also be on tour for Paging Dr. Cupid, through Goddess Fish Promotions. You can find the tour stops here:

January 30: EskieMama Reads
January 31: Hearts and Scribbles
January 31: T’s Stuff
February 1: Christine Young
February 1: Reviews by Crystal
February 2: Romance Author Hear Me Roar
February 3: Fabulous and Brunette – review
February 6: Book Giveaways – review
February 6: Sapphyria’s Book Reviews
February 7: The Reading Addict
February 8: Buried Under Romance
February 8: The Silver Dagger Scriptorium
February 9: The Avid Reader
February 10: BooksChatter – review

I’ll also have personally booked visits with authors Maddie James, Joanne Guidoccio on Friday, February 3rd and with Joan Reeves and Ruby Scallia on Saturday, February 4th.

Please come back every day for chances to win prizes, in-depth looks at new books, and lots of fun! Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.

Nancy

 

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BOOK BIRTHDAY: THE BOSS OF ME by Merryn Dexter

Notes From a Romantic’s Heart is pleased to celebrate today’s Book Birthday with author Merryn Dexter. Her newest release, The Boss of Me, is part of the 1 Night Stand series from Decadent Publishing.

About The Book

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Dear Madame Evangeline…

Lou Jones loves her job, but she can’t ignore the attraction she feels for her boss, Daniel Smith. She contacts the 1Night Stand dating service hoping a little fantasy role play will help her get over her crush.

I want to see you in my office…

Daniel can’t believe his eyes, or his luck, when a misplaced letter gives him a shocking insight into the erotic thoughts of his personal assistant. The chance to satisfy her fantasies and make his own dreams come true is too tempting to resist.

This is fantasy, nothing more…

As they explore their every desire, Lou and Daniel find keeping reality at bay is harder than they thought. Will their 1Night Stand deliver the satisfaction Madame Eve prides herself upon, or are they just too close for comfort?

“Bring the file here and place it on my desk.” He settled more comfortably into his chair, steepled his fingers beneath his chin, and admired the sway of her lush hips. She placed the file down as instructed then folded her hands in front of her, eyes still averted. Schooling his need with an iron control, Daniel waited.

Her chest rose and fell, the slight hitch in her breath pressing her breasts against the thin silk of her blouse. The tip of her tongue peeked out, dampening her coral-pink lips, and a bolt of lust drove him from the chair. Ignoring Lou, he strode to the door and locked it. He doubted there were many people left in the building at that time of day on a Friday, but he wouldn’t risk anyone interrupting them.

Pacing back to the center of the room, he stopped to admire the hourglass lines of her figure. The heels looked even better from the back. Balancing on their slender points gave extra definition to her calf muscles.

“Do you know why I summoned you, Ms. Jones?”

Her breath seemed to catch in her throat. Her voice barely above a whisper, she said, “No, Mr. Smith.”

“You will call me Daniel.” The visceral need for her to know who was about to touch her surprised him. He wanted to hear his name on her lips as she sighed, moaned, and fell apart at his command. Her head bobbed in acquiescence, and he spoke again. “I summoned you because you canceled our appointment this evening.”

She half-turned, seemed to catch herself, and straightened to face the front again. A thrill of satisfaction curled in his gut. Each little act of submission from her proved sexy as hell. “Did you do as I requested?” he asked. Her skirt clung to her hips and ass with no hint of a panty line, but he couldn’t be sure.

“Yes,” she murmured.

A bolt of lust rocked him on his heels. He wanted to crawl on his hands and knees and fawn at her feet, but she had been very specific in her email—her fantasy required him to be the boss, to take control and dictate his desires upon her.

“Show me.” The rasp in his voice couldn’t be helped; his body tingled with anticipation. Her hands gripped the hem of her skirt and began to raise it, inch by tantalizing inch. The material cleared the back of her knees, gliding higher to reveal the lacy tops of her thigh-high stockings, the soft expanse of her tanned thighs.

About the Author

Merryn Dexter is a military spouse who, after a varied employment career (from selling sandals to old ladies with bunions to being a health and safety coordinator for a construction company), is thrilled to be pursuing her dream career as a romance writer.

She likes The Winchesters, Spike, Hotch, Loki and watching complicated European Noir. Her hobbies include crying at books, crying at movies, crying at tv serials (there’s a theme!) and believes all stories should have a Happy Ending.

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It’s been a pleasure hosting Merryn today. Please come back again next week for daily blog tours through Goddess Fish Promotions, as well as my own release on Friday, February 3rd.

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

Nancy

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FEATURE: A DUEL OF HEARTS by Holland Rae

Notes From a Romantic’s Heart is pleased to welcome author Holland Rae and her latest release, A Duel of Hearts, from Liquid Silver Publishing. A Duel of Hearts is the first book in the Royal Rakes Collection.

Getting to Know the Author

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

I really love Georgina, my main character in Book Three of The Royal Rakes Collection, but I have to acknowledge my likeness to Amalie. Georgina’s great, because she defies the expectations and accepted behaviour of women in her time period and does what it takes to survive. I also love Catalina, the heroine of my current work in progress, because who doesn’t want to be a good-hearted pirate queen?

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

Right now I’m working on a manuscript, and the best way to phrase it is that I’m writing the book in the wrong direction. The plot didn’t make itself clear until I was well into the writing process, and now it’s a matter of going back and ensuring continuity in plot and character arc, which I find much more difficult than simply writing straight through. I’m sure it will be far more satisfying at the end – if I ever get there!

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 can’t answer this – I have so many! I guess the obvious one would be Jamie Fraser. I just finished the sixth book in The Outlander series, and I tell you, that highlander gets better with age. (And Roger ain’t so bad either.) The thing with Jamie is, he’s more than just sexy, he’s brilliant and capable and very human. I think he’d do an excellent job ensuring our survival and escape off the island – though hopefully not too quickly. I wouldn’t mind a few days to ourselves…

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

Always! I’m incredibly fortunate, in that I was born into a family of working artists and writers. My mom was a poet, and taught creative writing classes for children, so I’ve been writing and telling stories in some organized capacity since I was eight years old. There were many things that interested me through the years – art history, racecars, travel, environmental studies, but I have always, always come back to writing. I realize now that being curious about the world is part of the writer’s lifestyle.

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

A Duel of Hearts was originally written as a gift for a friend. It was supposed to be a short little fun story, and got totally out of control. I had thrown in a few other supporting characters because I love female friendships – guess which one is supposed to be me! – and then I realized that I really liked Amalie and Georgina, and it felt very natural to figure out more about them. Once I made the decision to carry the book into two more stories, it all fell into place quite naturally.

Speed Round (just to get to know you better:

  1. Coffee, tea, or other?     Both/All – Give me caffeine!
  2. Music preference?    Country Rock
  3. Favorite movie?    Pirates of the Caribbean
  4. Dog, cat, or other?    Both in bed with me right now!
  5. Favorite author?    J.K. Rowling/Diana Gabaldon
  6. Favorite actor/actress?    Big time crush on Luke Pasqualino
  7. Favorite television show (past or present)?    Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries

About the Book

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When Lady Mary Elizabeth Anne Paramour runs away from an unhappy engagement, her options are limited. Soon, she finds herself at the doorstep of a favored cousin’s temporary home, the estate of the most debauched lord known to the aristocracy, Nathaniel Arlington. The charming and handsome Lord Arlington’s perpetual house party is infamous across England, and fodder for instant disownment if Mary’s prudish mother, Countess Helena, ever finds out where she is.

But Mary, with a rebellious streak of her own that led to a lifelong interest in fencing, comes to realize that maybe not everything is as it seems. Over late-night sword fighting and whiskey, she begins to develop an unlikely friendship with the lord, who might just have more behind the rakish façade than he lets most people believe. But just as Mary thinks their unusual friendship might turn to more, she finds herself facing the unexpected, something that might just ruin her chance at happiness forever.

Cumbria, England, 18 March 1797

WHEN Lady Mary Elizabeth Anne Paramour had been very young, her nanny had read her fairytales. From the very first, Lady Mary had soaked in tales of knights and dragons and quests, and the whole wonderful world of fantastical romance. She’d grown into her young womanhood, and while the words beautifulkind, and lovely had all been whispered in the great ballrooms of the English aristocracy, Lady Mary had never let go of her childhood fascination with true love, knights in shining armor, and princesses to be rescued by their heart’s mate.

Surely, growing up with her mother, she’d never voiced these particular fantasies aloud. Countess Helena Eleanor Blanche Paramour would not have taken lightly to the notion of fairies and mermaids and true love, and most especially not in regards to her only daughter. The countess herself had met Mary’s father only three times before the day of their wedding, which had been the talk of the tonne, naturally, and she made a point of reminding Mary, as often as possible, that one can be a dutiful and loving wife to a man without having to ever get to know him. As it stood, Count Jonathan Paramour and his wife were rarely seen together in public or in private, and to the best of Mary’s knowledge that had suited them both just fine.

But that simply wasn’t the kind of marriage she wanted for herself, regardless of her mother’s insistence on the matter. Countess Helena had preached many things to Mary throughout her life, nearly of them relating back to themes of piety, conservative values, and the ability to retain an impeccable reputation. And for nearly twenty-three years Mary had abided by those rules of her mother’s home to the very best of her ability. She never spoke out of turn, never got involved in illicit relations with the local farmers’ sons, and never once voiced the opinion that she might like to perhaps marry for love. Countess Helena would have sent her away had those impetuous words ever manifested outside of Mary’s own mind.

About the Author

Holland Rae was born in Manhattan, and considers herself a New Yorker, even though she spent most of her life in New Jersey. She recently moved home from Boston, Mass., where she finished her education in journalism and magazine writing, with a focus on the automotive industry.

She is an avid writer, and has been for years, studying at Emerson College, with writer’s retreats at Kenyon College, Duke University and Simon’s Rock. She loves to travel, and spent her semester abroad living in a 14th century castle in the Netherlands. In her free time she enjoys dreaming up stories, eating spicy food, driving fast cars and talking to strangers.

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It’s been a pleasure having Holland visit for the day. We look forward to her coming back at a later date.

Until your next visit, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.

Nancy

P.S.: Don’t forget to request your copy of my January freebie. There are two copies left and only three days to get them. The link to order is on the sidebar.

 

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FEATURE: GRAND PARADE by Lilliana Rose

Notes From a Romantic’s Heart is pleased to celebrate the Book Birthday of author Lilliana Rose’s latest release, Grand Parade, book 1 of the Show Time Fever series.

About the Setting

As part of growing up on a farm, my family would come down to the Royal Adelaide Show every year to exhibit sheep. This was my introduction to city life (which I’ve now embraced by living in the city).

Recently, when I became inspired to write romance stories, the idea of setting the story at the Royal Adelaide Show came quickly. I could use my experience of country and city life to draw on for inspiration, especially as I had so many memories from the Show. I remember how noisy it was at the show with the rides, the music and there were thousands of people when I was only used to a few. There were the smells of Dagwood Dogs, fairy floss, donuts and hot chips. Fireworks went off every night, which I would go and see with my family. It was such a different world to living on a farm where there was a lot of space, peace and quite, and the smells were only of soil and animals. It made for rich soil to grown my story in and a chance to have fun as I remembered life at the show (which was very PG rated compared to my characters!).

By setting the story at the Royal Adelaide Show I could also explore some of the differences between country and city life and what the characters, Megan and Jackson, might feel as they were introduced to the other’s world (like how do you tell the difference between a bull and a cow, which Megan naively asks country boy Jackson in Grand Parade which leads to a very funny conversation) and how vulnerable they would be, all while slowly falling in love.

For a Little Fun

  1. Coffee, tea, or other?   Both
  2. Music preference?   Radio
  3. Favorite movie?   The Sound of Music
  4. Dog, cat, or other?   Both, but I have dogs, so I should say that
  5. Favorite author?   I love Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell (so many to choose from!)
  6. Favorite actor/actress?   Judi Dench
  7. Favorite television show (past or present)?   Outlander

About the Book

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Megan is a young photographer with her first real job at the Royal Adelaide Show, where she has to capture the agricultural event. As a city girl, she is clueless, and when she gets too close to a grumpy bull, she is kicked in the head.

Guilty that his bull hurt someone and aware of the painful side effects of head injuries due to the loss of his sister, Jackson takes care of Megan.

Megan is determined that she will be all right and continues photographing during the day before collapsing. Jackson is there to make sure she is taken to hospital and cared for.

Recovering, Megan finds herself drawn to Jackson, but she’s not sure that she can be anything than a city girl, even for love. Can Jackson, in his quiet, strong, country-boy style, convince her to take life in a new direction, with him?

“Look out!”

Megan saw a blur of cream through her lens, and was about to put down the camera when something connected with the side of her skull. She screamed, the only reaction she could manage. An explosion went off in her head. Tiny sparks flashed on the edge of her vision as she fell backward. Her mind filled with something like a night sky, black with tiny lights that crept further into her vision every time she blinked. It fascinated and distracted her from the pain that throbbed in her head.

She thudded on her backside on the concrete. A new wave of pain swept through her body. Air escaped from her lungs and Megan gasped. She managed to piece together that she’d been hit in the head, though by what exactly she wasn’t sure. People rushed towards her.

Embarrassment flooded into her cheeks. The last thing she wanted to be was the center of attention. That’s why she was a photographer. She could hide behind the camera. My camera? She reached for it, and sighed with relief when her fingers wrapped around it. She looked down at her SLR digital Canon camera, and it appeared to be in one piece. It was hard to tell because of the pounding in her head.

More stars flashed. She noticed they twinkled in time with the bursts of pain.

“They don’t have points.” Megan knew she had spoken, but her voice sounded faraway, and not at all like her own.

“Are you okay?” A man knelt beside her. He was one of the men she’d been distracted by. She tried to look at him, but could only see the flashing stars now retreating to the edge of her vision. A fog seeped into her mind and she struggled to think clearly.

“No points,” she said again with disappointment. She’d never had a serious injury before, never broken any bones, nothing like today’s accident. So, this is what it’s like to see stars. The expression used didn’t describe the experience at all. Megan touched the side of her head, to make sure it was still there. She hadn’t blanked out which she figured was a good thing.

“What are you talking about?” The man touched her shoulder.

“The stars I can see,” said Megan, not totally processing what he had said. She looked at him. He was young, mid- twenties, about her age. His broad-rimmed hat hid most of his blond hair, and his blue eyes were crystal sharp. Light stubble edged his broad jawline. He was hot. She was rather impressed she had managed to work that out through the haze flooding her mind.

He rested his hand on her shoulder. “My Bruce hit your head, more like grazed it along the side from the looks of the mark, but still I’m sorry he was such a grump.”

“Bruce?” Megan looked at him, trying to understand. “Is that your name?”

“No. My bull. His hoof struck your head. Lucky it was only a half jump he made, and it wasn’t a full on blow.”

“Oh, so that’s what happened.” She wasn’t sure it was a half kick from the way her head felt. The adrenalin was dissipating and a heavy thudding took hold in her head. Megan tried to smile at the man by her side. This wasn’t the time to flirt, but heck, she couldn’t help it.

About the Author

Lilliana has grown up on a farm in Australia, and has now swapped her work boots for city heels. Country life remains strong in her heart and this comes out in the characters and stories she creates.

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It’s been my pleasure hosting Lilliana on her release day. Book Birthdays are always the best. Please come back again tomorrow and Friday for more guests. Then, all next week, I’ll be featuring authors and giveaways through Goddess Fish Promotions and closing out the week with my own Book Birthday!

Until your next visit, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.

Nancy

 

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Partying on Facebook … Hot Reads for Cold Nights

Coming up this Friday, January 20th, a group of ten authors from The Wild Rose Press‘ Wild Catalog will celebrate some of the best in erotic romance. From 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. EST, we’ll play games, hold giveaways, and endeavor to entertain our readers. You’re welcome to join in the fun at Hot Books/Cold Nights.

Attending Authors

6:00 p.m. – Kayden Claremont who will feature two of her steamiest books, Tartan Temptation (Real Men Wear Kilts series) and Red Hot (A Candy Hearts Romance — and currently on sale for 40% off).

6:30 p.m. – Marie Tuhart. Her Candy Heart’s Romance, Melt My Heart, will entertain even the most discerning fan of bondage!

7:00 p.m. – Ashantay Peters whose Real Men Wear Kilts offering, Kiltless in Carolina, is outrageously sexy and funny!

7:30 p.m. – Nancy Fraser. I get a chance to show off my kilted-hero in Kilty Pleasures. Being trapped in a snow-bound cabin has never been so hot!

8:00 p.m. – Maxine Mansfield takes on a time-traveling look at her modern-day school teacher and sexy Scot in Time for a Highlander.

8:30 p.m. – KyAnn Waters mixes Sci-Fi and Cowboys with two offerings, Taking Command and, from the Cowboy Kink series, Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down. Talk about switching genres!

9:00 p.m. – Layla Chase brings us another two steamy bits of perfection. Heated Negotiation and On an Escort’s Arm are sure to bring a smile to any reader’s face.

9:30 p.m. – Anita Kidesu shows off her Candy Heart’s Romance, Surprise Me, and then turns it up a notch with the foursome comedy South Seas Seduction. What a way to be stranded!

10:00 p.m. – Veronica Blake. a newcomer to the Scarlet Rose/Wilder catalog is previewing her upcoming release, Superstition, a look at the struggles of a half-human/half-vampire and his search for a human mate.

10:30 p.m. – Allie Fisher wraps things up with her spicy tale of will she or won’t she in Maybe I Do. Of course she will … after all it’s erotic romance!

Our hostess-with-the-mostess, Kayden Claremont, will be back at 11:00 to wrap things up. We look forward to seeing everyone there.

Please check out each authors’ website for a look at all their work. The entire Wilder catalog can be found by using the link at the top of the page.

Oh, and just in case games, and prizes, and freebies aren’t enough. The Wild Rose Press is also giving away a grand prize of a digital copy of all the featured books via Rafflecopter draw. We look forward to having you stop by and take a chance on steamy romance!

Nancy

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SPECIAL FEATURE: WINTER’S KISS by Darlene Fredette

WK BookTourToday’s guest is author Darlene Fredette. I’m pleased to highlight, Winter’s Kiss, the second book in her Redford Falls series from Escape Publishing. Please join me in welcoming Darlene to Notes From a Romantic’s Heart.

About the Book

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Return to beautiful Redford Falls: a woman who knows what she wants and a man who knows what he needs.

Winter's Kiss CoverNothing thaws the chill faster than a warm winter kiss.

She’s been on a flight from hell for over eight hours, lost four hours of daylight, and arrived in temperatures twenty degrees lower than accustomed to. Disliking winter for a reason she refuses to discuss, Danielle Lerato would rather be anywhere than in Redford Falls. She needs to get the job done and return home before getting caught up in the small town’s charm…and the arms of the handsome, brown-eyed restaurant owner.

Andrew Haley’s first encounter with the buttery blonde didn’t go so well, and he well-remembers the chill of the glass of water she dumped over his head. Now, two years later, a raging storm drops Danielle back into his life. She’s determined to leave, but he’ll do whatever it takes to convince her to fall in love with Redford Falls…and him.

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Danielle probably looked a hideous mess. Her hair had come loose from the clip on the top of her head. Sleep masked her eyes. She wanted nothing more than to wash her face and sterilize her hands from the airborne germs she encountered on the plane. “I’ve been on the flight from hell for over eight hours. I’ve lost four hours of daylight, and the temperature here is twenty degrees lower than where I live.” She pulled the straps of her leather jacket tight around her waist. “I have to rent a car and drive two hours to a small town where, if I blink I’ll miss it.” She waved a pointed finger in the air for dramatic effect. “I’d rather be anywhere but here.”

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About the Author

Darlene resides on the East Coast of Canada with her husband, daughter, and Yellow Lab. When not working on her next book, she enjoys spending time with her family. An avid reader since childhood, Darlene loves to develop the many stories swimming in her head. She writes heartwarming contemporary romances with a focus on plot-driven page-turners.

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A Tour Giveaway

Darlene will be drawing names from those who comment on this post, any other tour post, or on her blog, for tour prizes. See Darlene’s blog for more information.

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It’s been a pleasure having Darlene stop by for a visit and to share with us the second book in her wonderful Redford Falls series. Please come back later in the week for more features and blog tours.

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

Nancy

P.S. Don’t forget to request a copy of my January Gift-Away book. The order link is in the sidebar to the right.

 

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