Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Don't You Remember Writing Prompt #BehindTheBlogger Hop

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Thank you for reading a story from #BehindTheBlogger Hop. Every 2 weeks a group of bloggers is given a writing prompt.These prompts are very open ended, so our bloggers can write about whatever they desire. The main rule is that their blog post directly relates to the topic of that week. The point of this hop is for our readers to get to know us on a personal level.

I recently got to open my very first Hatchimal with my niece and nephew!! I could not believe how far toys have come since I was little. I remember my Tamagotchi ! How many times I had to hit that reset button was so sad for my poor pet. I also love Mario and can not believe how far he and his brother have come since the original Nintendo! When I was younger my elders used to talk about the Vic 20, which I did play too, and the Atari! I guess it is only fair that I have to talk about my Tamagotchis. Would children today even want one when the new Nintendo Switch just came out? So many things have happened in my life that it is weird to think about what people younger than me have only read about, or heard about. 

There have also been so many people that have died recently. They can only be remembered, in fondness. There will never be another Prince or Purple Rain. There were so many deaths in 2016 that I thought 2017 would be better, but there have been some shocking deaths of 2017 as well. 

Don't You Remember what is most important? Family ! 
Be thankful and live every day to the fullest.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Hunks to the Rescue Giveaway

 
Title: Hunks to the Rescue Authors: Margo Bond Collins, Trish McCallan, Krista Ames, Raine English, Tamara Ferguson, Aileen Harkwood, Lynda Haviland, Jody A. Kessler, Katie O’Sullivan, Constance Phillips, Stephanie Queen, Nancy Segovia, Emily Wilder, Jan Romes, Debbie White, Michelle Jo Quinn Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense Release Date: June 13, 2017 Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.



Heroes by Day…Sinful Bad Boys by Night Fantasized about being rescued by a red-hot hunk? Indulge in this box set of alpha rescuers with a delicious talent for romance. 15 stand-alone novellas from New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning authors will steam up your nights and leave you begging for more. Whether the hunk you lust for is military, a firefighter, first responder, FBI agent, cowboy, bad boy mafioso, or that sexy, everyday guy who plucks you from danger only to kiss you senseless, this bundle has your hero. 15 hunks. 15 heart-pounding rescues--13 brand-new stories. Get ready for a passionate and thrilling ride! Bound by Temptation by Trish McCallan, "An absurdly cute canine and a hot, sexy SEAL make reading this a delight." –Amazon Review Saving Necessity by Margo Bond Collins. For this cowboy, risking his life to save a movie star from a fire is easier than risking his heart.
An Unexpected Twist by Krista Ames. Used to fighting wildfires, Boone Michaels isn’t prepared for the sexy stranger who blows into town fighting battles of her own. Nor for the twister that tries to blow her right back out again. Destiny’s Secret by Raine English. Eden Wright’s fixer of a Savannah mansion comes with two unexpected extras, a not so friendly ghost, and a hunky paranormal investigator whose agenda includes seducing her. That Unexpected Kiss by Tamara Ferguson. Can an undercover FBI Agent rescue the woman he loves, when she’s targeted by his father’s killer? Unreachable Heart by Aileen Harkwood. Mountain rescue expert Hart Renker isn’t counting on sharing a tent in a blizzard with the stunning survivor he pulls from a plane crash, but the heat between them could melt the bitterest cold. Dark Current by Lynda Haviland. When Ben Kane hitches up to the dock at her troubled marina, with a murky past and a body hotter than the Florida sun, Willow Vega can’t tell, is he destined to be her savior or her downfall? Unwrapping Treasure (A Granite Lake Romance Novella) by Jody A. Kessler. Two paramedics, one disastrous night shift, and a sexy holiday vacation that changes everything. Breaking the Rules by Katie O'Sullivan. Undercover at a 5-star resort, police detective and rule-breaker Jake Campbell finds the prime suspect impossible to resist. Falling for Captain Hunk by Stephanie Queen. Always one to go for the wrong damsel-in-distress, Captain Colin “Hunk” Lynch worries his attraction to a fellow law-enforcement professional could be the mistake of his life…if it prevents him from saving hers. Fire and Ice (A Sunnydale Days Novella) by Constance Phillips. If only someone warned injured firefighter Brian his old flame, Charlene, would walk into his physical therapy session. He should still be angry with her, but instead, he wants nothing more than to rekindle the flames of passion. Two More Miles by Jan Romes. Keith Miles, rescues Ava Beckenridge after she falls at the gym, and the chemistry between them is undeniable. Come Hell or High Water by Nancy Segovia. Stranded on a rooftop with first responder Dwight during a hurricane, Maisie’s resolve to swear off men weakens as she finds some promises are meant to be broken. Coaching the Sub by Debbie White. Substitute teacher Shannon has her hands full with bullies in her classroom until Coach "Brock" Andrews gives an assist, while also teaching Shannon a thing or two about love. Path to Grace by Wilder and Quinn. Daughter of a mob boss, Carina wants nothing to do with the family business until she becomes a target in need of a rescue. Enter Matteo, the Family's “cleaner,” tasked with handling messes of the dangerous variety, and the passion between them is most definitely messy.

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Trish McCallan http://www.trishmccallan.com/ https://www.facebook.com/trish.mccallan

Margo Bond Collins https://margobondcollins.net/ https://www.facebook.com/MargoBondCollins

Krista Ames http://www.kristaames.com/ https://www.facebook.com/kristaamesauthor

Raine English http://www.raineenglish.com/ https://www.facebook.com/RaineEnglish

Tamara Ferguson http://www.kissedbyfate.com/ https://www.facebook.com/KissedByFate?ref=hl

Aileen Harkwood http://aileenharkwood.blogspot.com/p/newsletter-sign-up.html https://www.facebook.com/AileenHarkwoodAuthor/

Lynda Haviland http://www.lyndahaviland.com/ https://www.facebook.com/lyndahaviland

Jody A Kessler http://jodyakessler.com/ http://bit.ly/2qOfY28

Katie O’Sullivan http://www.katie-osullivan.com/ https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKatieOSullivan

Constance Phillips http://www.constancephillips.com/ https://www.facebook.com/ConstancePhillipsRomanceAuthor/

Stephanie Queen http://stephaniequeen.com/ https://www.facebook.com/StephanieQueenAuthor/

Nancy Segovia https://nancysegovia.com/ https://www.facebook.com/segovia.nancy/

Debbie White https://www.authordebbiewhite.com/ https://www.facebook.com/DebbieWhiteBooks/

Author Quinn https://quinnauthor.wixsite.com/quinnromancebooks https://www.facebook.com/RomanceAuthorQuinn/

Emily Wilder https://www.facebook.com/authoremilywilder https://twitter.com/thewilderauthor

Pre-order your copy of Hunks to the Rescue (releasing June 13), and get a second box set FREE right now. Beyond Hunks includes 12 novels and novellas by the Hunks to the Rescue authors not normally published as a set, with a combined value of $26 individually. Don’t wait too long, however. This BOGO offer expires June 12, when Beyond Hunks will no longer be available. Details here: https://hunkstotherescue.com/box-set/ Orlando Universal Giveaway: We’re giving away a boatload of fantastic prizes during our pre-order giveaway, including a $700 Universal Orlando Theme Park Family 4-Pack, which includes 1 day passes to 2 parks and a special welcome at the park from Hunks to the Rescue author Lynda Haviland. To find out the details, click here https://hunkstotherescue.com/orlando-universal-giveaway/

ROMANCING THE BACHELOR by Diane Alberts Giveaway


He's not going to know what hit him...



ROMANCING THE BACHELOR
Hamilton Family #1
Diane Alberts
Releasing May 15th, 2017
Entangled Indulgence


Eric Hamilton isn’t looking for love. Hell, he isn’t even looking for a girl. He has a five-year plan, and he’s one hundred percent focused on that. But then Shelby walks into his life, and suddenly, he can’t think about anything else. Unfortunately for him, she hates his guts, and wants nothing to do with him. But he’s a man who loves a challenge.

Shelby Jefferson can’t wait to get out of the city, and back to her country roots. She moved to Atlanta for a guy who promptly left her, and the last thing she wants is to fall for another man who might make her want to stay. But Eric is nothing if not persistent, and before long she’s inside his arms, in his bed, and she’s falling for him. Hard. But when history repeats itself, and she has to choose between a man and herself––again.




Diane Alberts is a USA TODAY bestselling Contemporary Romance author with Entangled Publishing. Under the name Jen McLaughlin, she also writes New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling books with Penguin Random House. She was mentioned in Forbes alongside E. L. James as one of the breakout independent authors to dominate the bestselling lists. Diane is represented by Louise Fury of The Bent Agency.

Highland Faith by Madelyn Hill Interview



Book 2 of the Wild Thistle Trilogy

Historical Romance
Date Published: May 17th, 2017

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Lady Faith MacAlister lives to provide for her clan with a skill she honed while hunting with her father. Since his death and final pledge, “Through Hope, Faith, and Honor, ye can rule” she proclaims herself as clan huntress. She loves the quiet of the woods, the thrill of the hunt and the exhilaration of a perfectly placed arrow. If only she could travel further than MacAlister lands to experience adventure. When an intruder interrupts her hunt and steals her away from MacAlister land and out to the sea—she may just experience the adventure she craves.

Graeme Ross must save the family home his father gambled away and regain the respect of his father and clan. When he stumbles upon a lovely lass in the forest, he secures her for ransom. He knows she was one of the MacAlister sisters, those who pledged to rule the clan. What Graeme didn’t expect was how this beautiful woman would entice him with her strength and determination. Graeme’s attraction to Faith cannot interfere with his quest to save his home, redeem his image in his father’s eyes. Graeme lets her go—worse he betrays their growing affection by feigning she means nothing to him.

Devastated, Faith goes back to her clan with a secret she must keep until Graeme comes back to her. Graeme travels to his father with the ransom money weighting his pocket and heart. Faith is better off without him, his vagabond ways and the loathing of his father and clan.

Can Graeme reconcile with his clan and have Faith as his?

Can Faith keep her secret until Graeme comes to his senses and realizes he loves her?

Separately, they yearn for one another, together their love will take them on an adventure of a lifetime.





About the Author

Madelyn Hill has always loved the written word. From the time she could read and all through her school years, she'd sneak books into her textbooks during school. At the age of 10 she proclaimed she wanted to be a writer. After being a "closet" writer for several years, she sent her manuscripts out and is now published with Soul Mate Publishing. 

A resident of Western New York, she moved from one Rochester to another Rochester to be with the love of her life. They have 3 children and keep busy cooking, movies, and of course reading!


Interview:

What inspired you to write your first book?
I had written silly stories when I was in elementary school and middle school. I loved writing papers in high school and also enjoyed working with my English teacher to edit and perfect my writing. But the inspiration for my first book was reading the first book in the Outlander series. Scotland enthralled me and since I was already an avid romance novel reader, the idea to write a romance was a no-brainer.

Do you have a specific writing style?
I think every writer has a distinct voice. I find that I like to write with impactful fragments (which really bothered my college professors!). They would say, “You write in fragments, but somehow it works.” My writing has a lot of descriptions and I think as a historical writer you have to create descriptions that the reader can truly visualize.

How did you come up with the title?
Hmmm . . . with some of my novels the title comes first. Like a few words pop in my head and a story starts to percolate. With others, such as the Wild Thistle Trilogy, the last words of the heroine’s father helped create the titles: Highland Hope, Highland Faith, and Highland Honor.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
In Highland Faith, one of the conflicts she struggles with is her father’s dying pledge. His words resonate with the heroine and she wants to contribute to the clan and stay true to herself and desire for adventure. I can’t tell you how (I don’t want to spoil the story), but she determines what is best for her and basically the message is to be true to yourself.

How much of the book is realistic?
Great question. Of course writers take liberties, but I am dealing with a real location during a real time period. I had to research about ships and archery in order to make my story seem as realistic as possible. And some may think it is not realistic for a female to lead a clan, but there is historical precedent for this. I also modeled Graeme Ross’ history after a true event of Clan Ross.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Not in this novel, but I do believe a bit of our writer personality finds its way into our characters.

What books have most influenced your life most?
I think the Madeline and Little House On The Prairie series influenced my love for reading. However, I devoured books and so many helped foster creativity and imagination.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Wow! Julia Quinn, Nora Roberts, Adriana Trigiani – writers who have created beautiful settings and characters you remember.

What book are you reading now?
I am currently reading a historical and contemporary novel.The Rejected Writers’ Book Club by Suzanne Kelman and To Tame A Scoundrel’s Heart By Collette Cameron.

What would you like my readers to know?
I love to write. It is something I just can’t turn off and with each book I hope I am becoming a better writer and author. Also, authors love to hear from readers! If you like our book, drop us an email or write a review.



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HOLD ME by J.Kenner Teaser & Excerpt

   


My life with Damien has never been fuller. Every day is a miracle, and every night I lose myself in the oasis of his arms.

But there are new challenges, too. Our families. Our careers. And new responsibilities that test us with unrelenting, unexpected trials.

I know we will survive—we have to. Because I cannot live without Damien by my side. But sometimes the darkness seems overwhelming, and I am terrified that the day will come when Damien cannot bring the light. And I will have to find the strength inside myself to find my way back into his arms.

       

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Better?
I smile at the text from Damien, then immediately tap out a reply.
Much. Thank you.
It’s past noon, and I’ve spent a productive morning in my office getting all my proverbial ducks in order. Marge is making calls to all our clients to let them know about Eric’s departure and to tell them I’ll be calling to update them later in the week. Abby is taking point on hiring one new person who can walk the line between tech and client relations, and I’m doing everything else.
So far, there’ve been no crises today, and I’m feeling about eight thousand percent better than I was yesterday. It was still hard leaving the girls this morning, but I went in a bit later, and so we had breakfast and some playtime together.
Glad to hear it. Sending a car for you at five.
I frown, then tap out a reply.
I have Coop here. I drove my Mini Cooper into the office this morning and he’s tucked away in the small parking garage that serves my building.
He can stay in the garage overnight. I want you relaxed. We have plans tonight.
I laugh, delighted.
Are you handling me, Mr. Stark?
His reply is swift: Absolutely.
Love you. (Whispers: but I want to see my babies)
I can almost picture him smiling when he sends the next reply.
No need to whisper. I want to see them, too. Then I want to see you. Alone.
I sigh and realize that I’m smiling, the stress of the last twenty-four hours fading to zero. Maybe Jamie and Abby are right. Maybe I have got this.
Sounds good to me, I reply.
His final text comes almost immediately, tugging at my heart—and at other more intimate places.
Excellent. I’ll see you tonight, Ms. Fairchild. Until then, imagine me, touching you.
For the rest of the day, I spend a lot of time doing exactly that, and by the time Edward—Damien’s personal driver—comes into the office to tell me that he’s ready to take me home, I’m very much in the mood to see my husband.
     
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J.Kenner (aka Julie Kenner) is the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal and #1 International bestselling author of over seventy novels, novellas and short stories in a variety of genres.
Though known primarily for her award-winning and international bestselling erotic romances (including the Stark and Most Wanted series) that have reached as high as #2 on the New York Times bestseller list, JK has been writing full time for over a decade in a variety of genres including paranormal and contemporary romance, “chicklit” suspense, urban fantasy, and paranormal mommy lit.
JK has been praised by Publishers Weekly as an author with a “flair for dialogue and eccentric characterizations” and by RT Bookclub for having “cornered the market on sinfully attractive, dominant antiheroes and the women who swoon for them.” A five time finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award, JK took home the first RITA trophy awarded in the category of erotic romance in 2014 for her novel, Claim Me (book 2 of her Stark Trilogy). Her Demon Hunting Soccer Mom series (as Julie Kenner) is currently in development with AwesomenessTV/Awestruck.
Her books have sold over three million copies and are published in over twenty languages.
In her previous career as an attorney, JK worked as a clerk on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced primarily civil, entertainment and First Amendment litigation in Los Angeles and Irvine, California, as well as in Austin, Texas. She currently lives in Central Texas, with her husband, two daughters, and two rather spastic cats.