I noticed Amazon is having a sale – $5.00 off $20.00 book purchase, and I’m excited to say At the Heart of Christmas is eligible.
Promo Code: NOVBOOK18
Books make greats gifts, and you can go HERE to begin shopping!
I’m so excited to share a little about my latest release with you!!!!
Hiring him could be her best idea.
Or her worst mistake.
Quinn has inherited the farm and workshop that once housed the famous Hardwick Ornament Company. She invests everything in reopening her family’s business and hires glass artist Nolan Vesser, whose family used to design ornaments for hers, to work his creative magic.
After an accident burned Nolan’s studio to the ground, he thought he’d lost everything. But when he looked in his safety deposit box for his renter’s insurance, he came across an overlooked piece of paper that changed everything.
As Nolan spends time with Quinn, she sparks his artistic inspiration. But when she learns about his secret, can their new romance survive?
This heartwarming holiday romance includes a free Hallmark original recipe for Cranberry Walnut Bread With Orange Glaze.
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I hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day! It’s like a national holiday for those of us who read and write romance, and there are some great books out there!
If you missed last week’s Stay Inside and Read, you can check it out here.
So, of course in the spirit of Valentine’s, my first suggestions in a young adult dystopian novel – Icefall (The Clearsky Chronicles) by wife and husband writing duo Walt Stone and Mica Stone. I’ve known Walt and Mica for years and I’m so excited about their new venture together! Here’s your blurb:
A world frozen for two hundred years, now on the verge of dying. A centuries-old plan to deliver Earth from extinction. Will the deep-space maneuver actually save the planet? Or will it finish off what remains of mankind?
Odessa, a nineteen-year-old MEDcadet, witnesses the murder of her anatomy professor and finds herself in fear for her life. Fighting recurring panic attacks while sailing from her home on Rhone—the fortified ark created by Cerebus—across the Eastern Sea to Earthland, Odessa manages to keep what she’s seen to herself. To her horror, however, when the vessel docks, she and her podmates are arrested by the very security force who committed the crime.
Reynal Królik, an eighteen-year-old trading post sled driver on Earthland, longs for Clearsky, though he’s never known anything but the gray shroud that darkens the atmosphere. After he and his fellow messengers foil an assassin’s attempt to kill Odessa and her companions, he whisks them away, only to discover he and she are tangled up on opposite sides of the same secret mission to slam an asteroid into Earth—one for which Rey will be the asteroid driver.
Rey and Odessa—along with their friends and a dangerous outlaw—race against time to escape Earthland, but can they evade Cerebus’ flagship war zeppelin in order for Rey to complete the task for which he was destined? A destiny Odessa was taught to deny and will fight to prevent?
Next Up – Unrest by Wendy Higgins, tells the tale of a war torn world:
Being on the run in the desert means food and sanctuary are hard to come by, but Amber Tate and her crew are not about to give up. Not after having the things they love brutally ripped from them by an unknown enemy who sent their world into the apocalypse.
Survival takes precedence, but once safe shelter is found, their guards fall and the emotions they’ve been holding in are finally released. Anger, insecurities…lust. In their tight quarters, Amber, Rylen, Tater, and Remy can’t escape it. The past must be faced, and passions run even stronger in the darkest of times.
In the midst of unrest, their worlds are rocked again when they discover the truth about the war that’s ruined their lives. They thought finding out the enemy’s identity would give them the edge; instead it’s revealed terrifying dangers they never thought possible.
I see a dystopian pattern developing here, so let’s switch it up with Nine Kinds of Naughty by Jeanette Grey, although I’m going to take a moment to admire this gorgeous cover. Second there’s a warning – NOT SUITABLE FOR WORK. LOL – yes, please! Also, Jeanette has a degree in physics which I think is kind of cool!
Lexie Bellamy can handle a boardroom. Relationships, however, are a minefield that always blow up. When a business trip takes her to Spain, Lexie knows she’ll have no problem closing the deal. But spending uninterrupted one-on-one time with her crazy-hot coworker might be more than she can take.
At the office, Lexie gets to call the shots. But this trip is the perfect opportunity for Dane Huntley to show his gorgeous boss how good it can feel when someone else takes charge…
Miles away from home, giving in to Dane’s naughty commands feels so easy. But when the trip is over, Lexie’s determined to go back to their professional relationship. Dane, though, has other ideas. He’ll have to prove that what they’ve found together is real… and he has no intention of letting go.
You can download Nine Kinds of Naughty here.
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The weather in Oklahoma was 79 Monday, now it’s blustery, cold and yeah…I can’t wait to get under a blanket and read!
So first up – the great new books from Harlequin Blaze! I love the Blaze line, and I’m so sad to see it close later this year BUT in the meantime, there’s some great new reads.
Jo Leigh visited Oklahoma once and Gena Showalter and I talked her ear off – and she let us! She’s awesome! Tanya Michaels and I met when we were still unpublished and chasing the dream of seeing our books on the shelves. Her writing is funny, poignant and hot. Not only does Lisa Childs write for so many interests – she knocks each one out of the park! She will also stand beside you at a party so you won’t feel like a complete wallflower – thanks, Lisa! Katherine Garbera rocks the house and you won’t want to miss Pushing the Limits!
I’ve got blurbs galore:
DARING IN THE CITY by Jo Leigh
Luca Paladino moves into the town house he’s renovating in Little Italy—a town house he thinks is empty. But he soon discovers a squatter upstairs, who turns out to be the woman of his dreams!
TEMPTING THE BEST MAN (Wild Wedding Nights) by Tanya Michaels – When Professor Daniel Keegan runs into Mia Hayes at his best friend’s bachelor party, their chemistry is off the charts. They’re complete opposites, but she can’t help tempting him to get a little wild…
HOT PURSUIT by Lisa Childs – Hotshot superintendent Braden Zimmer is surprised when beautiful, young Sam McRooney shows up to take over his arson investigation. Will their sizzling chemistry bring them together, or is it a deadly distraction?
PUSHING THE LIMITS by Katherine Garbera – Astronaut Hemi “Thor” Barrett is training at the Bar T Ranch to make the elite long-term mission crew. He can’t afford to be hot for teacher, and survival instructor Jessie Odell is definitely raising his temperature…
From New York Times bestselling author, Kristen Ashley, comes the long-awaited story of Daisy and Marcus, Rock Chick Reawakening. A prequel to Kristen’s Rock Chick series, Rock Chick Reawakening shares the tale of the devastating event that nearly broke Daisy, an event that set Marcus Sloan—one of Denver’s most respected businessmen and one of the Denver underground’s most feared crime bosses—into finally making his move to win the heart of the woman who stole his.
Fall for a woman over text messages? No way in hell.
Reality can never be as good as the fantasy, right?
Wrong. It’s better.
Banner Regent is smart, funny, and she’s so far out of my league, she might as well be royalty.
I’m a mechanic from Kentucky. She’s a New York City party girl.
We were never supposed to meet, but one text started something neither of us saw coming.
How do you seduce the woman who already has everything?
Show her what it’s like to be with a real good man.
You can purchase Real Good Man on Kindle here.
If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll know I’d planned to take down the tree on the 29th. I only sat down to read a chapter of L.J. Shen’s Vicious and ended up basically reading for 2 days straight – even though my husband was trying to tempt me with football! Days later, the tree was still not down but I did finish the book and it was wonderful. Your official blurb:
They say love and hate are the same feelings experienced under different circumstances, and it’s true.
The man who comes to me in my dreams also haunts me in my nightmares.
He is a brilliant lawyer.
A skilled criminal.
A beautiful liar.
A bully and a savior, a monster and a lover.
Ten years ago, he made me run away from the small town where we lived. Now, he came for me in New York, and he isn’t leaving until he takes me with him.
She is a starving artist.
Pretty and evasive like cherry blossom.
Ten years ago, she barged into my life unannounced and turned everything upside down.
She paid the price.
Emilia LeBlanc is completely off-limits, my best friend’s ex-girlfriend. The woman who knows my darkest secret, and the daughter of the cheap Help we hired to take care of our estate.
That should deter me from chasing her, but it doesn’t.
So she hates me. Big fucking deal.
She better get used to me.
You can order Vicious on Amazon/Kindle here.
Also – at the end of this week my latest – T&A: Revelations Of A Romance Novel Heroine releases. You can read more about it here.
Okay, sure I should have posted this yesterday since it was kind of, sort of the first day of the month. But I was actually quite busy yesterday – reading! (I was also supposed to take down the tree before the new year, but I was busy reading then, too).
So TODAY I will do my Calendar Week 1 post. Woot woot! In honor of my January 7th release of T&A: Revelations Of A Romance Novel Heroine, this calendar will focus on T&A!!!
Jan 1 – Check Your T. Okay, we all know this is important including for men. If it’s not part of your monthly routine, make 2017 the year it does. Click here to learn how to check your T.
Jan 2 – Share my calendar on Facebook and/or Twitter for a chance to win a prize. Go here for details, and you can always stay up to date on contests by signing up for my newsletter and checking out my contest page.
Jan 3 – Think one great thing about your A. This can be tougher than it sounds. Many of us have a hate/hate relationship with our A. It’s too small, it’s too big… But today, you just get think great things about your backside!
Jan 4 – Pre-Order T&A! I love doing a pre-order because it’s right there on my tablet or phone the minute the book goes live – I don’t have to do a thing. You can pre-order T&A from your favorite E-Book retailer by going here.
Jan 5 – Give a book to a friend. Books are honestly some of the best gifts. I also love giving recs (and getting them!). It’s cold outside – stay in and read!
Jan 6 – Treat yourself to something sweet! Okay, some of us might be a little overloaded from the holidays, but treating yourself to something sweet doesn’t always have to be food (although why not?). Just be good to yourself today – you deserve it!
Jan 7 – My book goes LIVE!!! You can read an excerpt here.
Okay, bonus questions – how many times did I need to use my spellchecker to write the word calendar? If your answer is all of them – you’re correct!
Everyone loves a contest, right?!
Rather than giving a single larger prize this go around, I’ve opted to do a 5 For 5 Contest, so more people can win. Prize – five RS selected winner(s) will receive a $5.00 electronic gift card to Amazon or iTunes (or ebook publisher of choice). You’ll have five opportunities to enter and a month to do it. You can do one, two or all five – good luck!
1. Add T&A: Revelations Of A Romance Novel Heroine to your “Want To Read” list on Goodreads. You can find it on Goodreads here. To be entered, simply respond Added in the comments section on Facebook by going here.
3. On Facebook I’ve posted a silly January calendar. Simply share it on your Facebook and/or Twitter from this post here. To be entered, simply respond Shared in the comments section on Facebook of that post.
4. Share my fun “Build Your Hero” image on your Facebook and/or Twitter from this post here. (You can also copy if from the image below). To be entered, simply respond Shared in the comments section on Facebook of that post.
5. On Facebook, I have picture of my cover and how readers can buy T&A: Revelations Of A Romance Novel Heroine. Simply share it from my Facebook post here. To be entered, simply respond Shared in the comments section of that post.
Deadline is February 7, 2017! Good luck!
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It’s probably no secret that I LOVE to read. Now that the rush of the holidays has passed and the days are colder and night stretches longer, I want nothing more than to snuggle under a blanket with a cup of warm tea and read. Each week I’m putting together a list of books I want to read, and thought it would be fun to share!
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First up – The Fixer by HelenKay Dimon. HelenKay is smart, funny and her writing style keeps me super engaged. Now I’m just going to take a moment to gush about that cover. There’s not a lot sexier than a man in a suit, and does this man WEAR A SUIT! The Fixer kicks off HelenKay’s new Games People Play series, and I can’t be more excited. Here’s your blurb:
He’s known only as Wren. A wealthy, dangerously secretive man, he specializes in making problems disappear. A professional fixer, Wren hides a dark past, but his privacy is shattered when Emery Finn seeks him out—and what she wants from him is very personal.
Some people disappear against their will. Emery’s job is to find them and bring closure. Wren is the only person who can help solve Emery’s own personal mystery: the long-ago disappearance of her cousin. Just tracking down the sexy, brooding Wren is difficult enough. Resisting her body’s response to him will prove completely impossible.
Anonymity is essential to Wren’s success, yet drawn by Emery’s loyalty and sensuality, he’s pulled out of the shadows. But her digging is getting noticed by the wrong people. And as the clues start to point to someone terrifyingly close, Wren will have to put his haunted past aside to protect the woman he loves.
You can find The Fixer on Amazon here.
Next up is a book I’ve been waiting for – K.M. Jackson’s Insert Groom Here an Unconventional Brides Romance. K.M. is a woman you just love to chat with on Facebook or Twitter – and check out her cover! I just love how fun it is! Publisher’s Weekly says Insert Groom Here is “A spirited combination of class and sass…” Here’s your blurb:
Eva Ward has won a lavish wedding on the nation’s hottest morning show and can’t wait to kick off her
happily-ever-after in style. Too bad her fiancé backs out on-air—and cameraman Aidan Walker makes sure her private meltdown goes viral, down to the last couch-kicking moment. The only way Eva can save face and keep her perfect nuptial plans on track is to star in a new “find-a-groom” reality segment. But finding Mr. Right in one month means ignoring her handsome new producer—none other than Aidan himself—and getting their instant, exasperating attraction out of her system…
Eva soon finds there’s a lot more to Aidan than freewheeling charm. But one glimpse of his caring side can’t make up for off-camera politics, Aidan’s own secrets—or Eva’s fear that they’re too different to ever trust each other. So it’s time for her to flip this script, write twists no one will see coming—and risk her heart to get the real thing…
You can find Insert Groom Here on Amazon here.
Although romance is my chosen genre, I do love a good non-fiction novel. There are two on sale (at the moment!).
In The Millionaire Mind, Thomas J. Stanley interviews numerous self-made millionaires to see how they became the success story they are now. Just in time for the goal-setting of the New Year! You can order The Millionaire Mind here.
And I can’t wait to read The Rise of the Rocket Girls! As a science and space geek myself, I’m so looking forward to reading Nathalia Holt’s book about the women who “launched America into space”. You can oder The Rise of the Rocket Girls here.
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And here’s a little bonus to show what a good sport HelenKay really is!
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I’m thrilled to announce my latest release will be hitting the (virtual) shelf on January 7, 2017!
Some think their lives
are ruled by fate. Others by chance. But Annalise Morrison knows who crafts her destiny – an interfering author hag – and if Annalise ever finds that meddling writer, she is going to shove that keyboard down her throat. No one is going to tell her who to date, but grrr…why does Theo Griffin have to be so hot?
The man who’s only looking for a little T&A finds a whole lot of trouble…
Theo Griffin’s down to play hero to Annalise’s heroine. He’s all in for any kind of action between the sheets this novel requires. That’s what the hero does in these kinds of books, right? But this sexy woman entices him to ditch his plans and tempts him to give more of himself than he ever thought possible. Will he turn his back on love…or surrender?
It’s fun and games until the emotions turn real..
Contest Info here.
I shake my head because the worst itch just materialized right along my spine. Normally an annoying little tickle isn’t a big deal, but the irritation is in a spot I can only reach with my right hand, and with the cast that’s impossible. Still not a big deal, I’ve found a work around, the nearest wall, or countertop will usually do the trick. A quick rub and the itch will be gone. Just awkward as hell to watch. As my mother and Josie and Harper have all told me.
I take a backward step until the cold metal of the food truck pushes into my shoulder blades, and I try to maneuver a quick side to side. Not good enough. If anything, now every nerve ending and sensation centers around this one irritated spot on my back.
“Annalise, you okay?” he asks, his brows draw together in bewilderment.
Oh, you know, I like rubbing up against food trucks like a cat in heat.
It’s like the author specifically designed the most embarrassing scenario where I could meet this hottie, and then thought – let’s ramp that shit up.
Well, screw you author. I’m done. You’ve had this guy happen upon me talking to myself and admit that I think I’m part of a romance novel, while he gets to look gorgeous, carefree, and not covered in paint and the hugs of dozens of kids who still have to be reminded to wash their hands. Yeah, author, I’m a human being. I itch. I refuse to be weird about it. I rub against the truck again just to show the author I mean business.
“It’s my back. The cast makes it tough to scratch sometimes.”
His brow lifts with interest. “Oh, you have an itch. Now that’s a problem I can fix.” He nods to the attendant with a quick thanks and a smile, and then he reaches for my hand and twines his warm fingers through mine. He tugs me toward an out of the way corner in the shadows.
He positions me in front of him and then he begins to scratch my back. Gentle at first, and the heat of his fingers penetrates through the material of my T-shirt and I’ve never felt anything quite so good.
“Mmmmmm,” I moan, and I don’t even care. My head falls forward and I hold my breath. “Up. A little harder, oh yeahhhhhhhh.”
“Damn Annalise, I could scratch your back all day.”
I laugh because he’s funny, and I laugh because I love knowing he’s enjoying touching me, and I laugh because it’s been so long since I felt this good. I know I should probably stop him, and after a moment, a loooooong moment, I turn. His hands fall to his sides.
“Thanks. You hit all the right spots.”
I think I almost hear him groan.
“My pleasure,” he tells me. Why does that sound more like a promise?
**WARNING – this post DOES contain spoilers for the books Twisted and Queen of Zombie Hearts.
So today is the last day of ways Gena torments people and my celebration of The Darkest Torment. Now here’s the part where I’d say I couldn’t ask for a better friend than Gena and how wonderful she is, but after reading all these posts about how she fictionally killed my dog and leaves me to be awkward in social situations, I’m kind of mad at her. Okay… kidding. Sort of.
So if you think Gena’s torment is only in her adults books, you’d be wrong. For instance, in Gena’s YA Intertwined Series – Gena named two characters after my children. (SPOILER ALERT) Then in Twisted, she sent those characters into a building and blew it up. I still don’t know if they lived or died, but in Gena’s mind, they’re probably dead.
Or in her White Rabbit Chronicle series. The things she did to those teens…
Being Gena’s critique partner, I often read the first draft of her books. So we were at the book signing for the Queen of Zombie Hearts and a girl asks Gena if she’ll spin off a new series featuring Kat. (SPOILER ALERT) Now Kat is beloved in the White Chronicles Universe – especially because she’s battling zombies and fighting a deadly kidney disease. But as I’d already read the book, I knew that not only was Gena giving Kat a treatment to her kidney disease that she was (yes!) responding to, and thus giving Kat and the readers who loved her hope – but that also Gena would be killing her off before the book ended. I just wanted to take that girl aside, give her a little hug and say, “I know, she does it to us all!”
Now, please let me know which of Gena’s torments is the worst. Please only comment one time. You can read any of the posts you may have missed:
Day One – An Intro to Gena’s Torment
Day Three – Social Torment
Day Four – Gena Torments An Innocent Puppy
Rules: Only commenters on Friday’s (this) blog post are eligible and MUST be received no later than Friday, June 3 at Midnight CST. One RS winner will receive a signed copy of The Darkest Torment. I don’t mind shipping internationally because I love you that much 🙂
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