Monday, June 26, 2017

The Pirate and the Princess by Author Liz McCraine (Great Summer Reads Countdown Blitz Day 6)




The mischievous Princess Jules of Aggadorn has been pampered and protected her entire life. More than anything, she longs to experience challenges and adventure. But with her mother’s threat to marry her off hanging over her head, Jules fears she will never have the chance. All that changes when she’s kidnapped by pirates.

Forced to labor for her passage aboard Captain Jaymes’ vessel, Jules learns more about life than she bargained for. Captain Jaymes doesn’t fit Jules’ idea of a thieving buccaneer. Beneath his rough exterior lies a man of honor desperate to save his people from a murderous sorcerer. Jules never expects to fall in love with the handsome young captain or to involve herself in the pirates’ plight, much less have the power to save an entire kingdom.




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Liz McCraine is an outdoor enthusiast, military spouse, and mother. She loves to ride horses and go hiking with her family. When she isn't writing or corralling children, Liz enjoys relaxing with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate. Her motto is: If it doesn't have a happy ending, I don't want to read it.




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Snippet:


The sailor threw back his head and looked up. “The mast—she’s breaking!” he cried.

A groan, deep and deadly, rent the air above the shrieking wind. Men scattered across the deck like mice from a cat. Jules spotted a mess of wood and ropes and canvas falling toward her from the sky, just before wrinkled, bony hands shoved her backward.

She tumbled across the deck, sliding into the railing. A heavy wave washed over her, submerging her in water, stealing her air and drenching her in panic. She reached out to grab the only object she could find—a piece of rope. As the ship dipped and the wave receded, she was carried with it up and over the railing, then down toward the angry, ravenous monster that was the ocean.


Her grip on the rope was all that kept her from falling into the black clutches of the water. She felt a draft of icy wind beneath her legs as it swept along the waves below. Her breath came in rapid, shallow spurts. The world around her ceased to exist except for the rope in her hand and the nightmare at her feet.



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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Indigo Bay Sweet Romance Series Blast


Escape to Indigo Bay…
Six authors. Six Sweet Romances. One small South Carolina beach town.
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Sweet Dreams by Stacy Claflin Ever since her twin became a singing sensation, Sky Hampton has struggled to be appreciated for who she is—apart from her sister. She wards off Aspen’s fans, who beg for autographs and selfies everywhere Sky goes. She can’t even find a guy who likes her for her. Sky flees to the small coastal town of Indigo Bay in hopes of blending in and building her blossoming career. Jace Fisher is the textbook definition of the strong silent type—nobody can break through his tough exterior. He has suffered more than his fair share of tragedies, and to protect his shattered heart, he pushes everyone away. Jace spends his days fixing the Indigo Bay cottages, and his nights… nobody really knows. He keeps to himself. When Jace shows up to fix Sky’s AC, he barely notices her and she’s distracted with settling in. It takes an emergency situation to get them talking, and when they do, the two find they have more in common than first appeared. As their attraction grows, defenses soar. Will they be able to risk love when they’ve both been burned in the past?
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Sweet Matchmaker by Jean Oram Ginger McGinty hates liars. And she just married a spy. Bridal shop owner Ginger McGinty excels at matchmaking unless it’s for herself. That is, until she meets the dreamy Aussie who helps her get into an event meant for engaged couples. Logan Stone is sweet, caring, thoughtful and fun—everything she desires in a man. But it turns out, her new fake fiancĂ© could use a bit more than just a pretend engagement to get him into parties—he needs a quick marriage keep him in the country so he can be with his adopted special needs daughter. With a marriage of convenience pro-con list longer than the average wedding veil, Ginger puts her faith in romance and offers Logan her hand in return for one thing—no lies. But little does she know, almost everything she knows about her new husband is based on a lie. Everything except his kisses and the way he accidentally spills his soul whenever they meet. And that’s quickly becoming a problem for Logan Stone who depends on distance and deceit to keep civilians such as Ginger safe from his enemy’s clutches. Will the two find love in their marriage of convenience, or will everything break apart when the truth rises to the surface, shattering everything, including their trust?
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Sweet Sunrise by Kay Correll Sometimes life has a way of teaching lessons whether you’re ready to learn them or not… The last place on earth Will Layton wants to be is Indigo Bay, but his younger sister needs him and he’s never been able to say no to her. But she left out a few details… like their father staying with her and the girl who dumped him years ago is living right next door. The last person Dr. Ashley Harden thought she’d see in Indigo Bay is Will Layton, but he’s back in town and just as irresistible as when they were young. Seeing Will again is a complication that isn’t on her carefully mapped out life plan. In spite of Ashley’s best intentions, she starts falling for Will again, but nothing has changed. She’s still focused on getting the townspeople to accept her and see her as more than the girl from the wrong side of town, while Will is determined to guard his heart at any cost. Not the easiest road to true love… especially when secrets from the past are revealed and history threatens to repeat itself.
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Sweet Illusions by Jeanette Lewis Eva Malone was very young when her mother forced the family to join a violent doomsday cult, but she remembers a little about how normal life used to be. As a young woman, she escapes the cult and relocates to Indigo Bay, South Carolina to pursue her dream of peaceful anonymity. After several tumultuous years as a policeman in Atlanta, Ben Andrews has had enough. He returns home to Indigo Bay and joins the Indigo Bay PD, where the most exciting part of the job is getting a kitten out of a tree or rescuing tourists who lose their keys at the beach. Eva and Ben are immediately drawn to each other. But as the prophesied date of the apocalypse draws near and the cult steps up its efforts to find her, Eva realizes she can’t maintain her sweet illusion forever.
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Sweet Regrets by Jennifer Peel Melanie Dixon never thought she would find herself divorced, pregnant, and living back with her parents in Indigo Bay. Not one to let misfortune get the best of her, she picks up the broken pieces of her life and bit by bit puts them back together. She’s determined to go it alone, but her loving and equally determined family and friends have another idea. Enter Declan Shaw, the boy next door from long ago. The boy she wasn’t quite ready to commit forever to at eighteen. Back in Indigo Bay due to a recent job promotion, Declan sees this as a second chance to reunite with the girl who has owned his heart since the day they met in their junior year of high school. But Melanie is a tougher sell on the idea than he thought she would be. Now it’s up to him to prove to Melanie that she can trust him with her heart and that he’s the man she and her baby deserve. Will the regret and hurt of the past win out? Or will love prevail?
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Sweet Rendezvous by Danielle Stewart On her last tank of gas Elaine Mathews drives South. Spontaneity had never been her strength, but there was something about being publicly fired that had a way of changing things. An empty bank account, broken heart, and enough humiliation to last a life time was all Elaine could claim as her own. Her car choked to a stop in the quiet beach town of Indigo Bay and all she could do was sit on the curb and wait for the sun to set on her misery. Davis Mills has a routine. Wake. Work. Eat. Sleep. Repeat. It hadn’t always been that way. He’d left indigo bay once and returned a broken man. Now he kept his dreams small and his schedule tight. If there was no room in his life for anything new then he’d never repeat his mistakes. When fate has them, quite literally colliding Elaine and Davis are faced with an important question. Can you live a full life if you never take a risk? Or is life made up of every mistake, miracle and chance that comes with being in love?
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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend, Book 2 by Author Cheryl Carpinello (Great Summer Reads Countdown Blitz Day 6)






Even the Goddess doesn’t know who will Live or Die

“Think before acting,” her father always warned. But Princess Guinevere is ruled by her heart. Her betrothal to King Arthur has not changed this.

When Guinevere and Cedwyn’s latest adventure takes a dangerous turn, they find themselves embroiled in a life-or-death struggle as foretold by Merlyn’s Goddess of the Stones Renegades—foiled in their attempt to kidnap the princess—steal the children of Cadbury Castle to sell as slaves.

 Guinevere and Cedwyn vow to rescue the children, but a miscalculation puts them all in more danger. The plan quickly unravels, and Guinevere’s impassioned decisions come crashing down as Cedwyn chooses to turn his dream of becoming a knight into reality.

Will their courage be strong enough to survive, or will one make the ultimate sacrifice?


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Find all Cheryl Carpinello's book here:
~ Amazon ~ Amazon UK



I’m a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those Young-at-Heart to read more through my Tales and Legends for Reluctant Readers set in these worlds.


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Q & A:

1. If you had 3 wishes, what would they be?

          Good health for my family,
          A more tolerant human race,
          Staying true to who I am.

2. Where do you write?

My writing cave is supposed to be the bedroom off the living room, but this is also my oldest grandsons room and the toy room for all four grandchildren! I usually do my writing on the couch or on the patio in the summer.

3. How long does it normally take you to write a novel?

From initial idea to finished product usually takes me about a year and a half.

4. What are your inspirations?

Joseph Campbell has been a huge inspiration for my writing along with my high school students, my kids, and my grandkids. Each of my stories is crafted along Campbells Heros Journey. I write the stories I do to help kids of all ages understand themselves better and encourage them to explore and accept who they are. That is the broad concept behind the Heros Journey.

5. How did you come to write this particular book/series about young Guinevere?

Back in 2007, when I first conceived the idea of this story of Guinevere as a young girl, I never intended on writing a sequel. Guinevere: On the Eve of Legend introduced my young readers to this not-so-simple princess and gave them a glimpse into that mystical world of Arthurian Legend which was my intention.
Through the intervening years since Guinevere’s publication, a small voice kept bouncing around in my head. Nothing I thought could silence it. Finally one day, I gave in and listened. As I suspected, it was Cedwyn, Guinevere’s friend.
He insisted that I keep my promise—made in On the Eve of Legend—and make him a knight. Still I resisted and repeated that I never intended to write a book two. Then Guinevere joined in. Her argument: I couldn’t just leave the two of them out there without any closure.
Outnumbered and continually interrupted as I worked on other projects, I finally gave in and agreed to write not one more, but two more stories to give Guinevere and Cedwyn their closure. Guinevere: At the Dawn of Legend and Guinevere: The Legend are the final books in the Guinevere trilogy.

6. What was the hardest part of writing your book, and how did you overcome it?

At the Dawn of Legend had a very strict timeline for the journey of Guinevere and Cedwyn. Right up to the end, I had to keep changing/adjusting the story to stay within the timeline. In addition, inside the timeline, the characters traveled, and I had to keep checking that the distances could realistically be covered. Throughout I tracked the characters movements on paper. Finally at the end, I brought out the chart paper and white board and did a continuous timeline for my final check. This took me nearly a day.

7. What is your writing drive? The power that keeps you going when your writing gets difficult?

It is the story itself and the characters. When something isnt working out or I dont know what to do next, I walk away and let the thoughts flow through my brain until Ive found the solution. Sometimes thats an hour, a day, or even several days. Instead of actually writing down on paper (which I do for the first draft!), I write inside my head.

8. How did you come up with the title?

Already having On the Eve of Legend, At the Dawn of Legend just followed as the dawn follows the evening. Also, the Eve comes first in a time sequence, as we know from Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.

9. Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.


My friend and editor, Louise, is always there for me. She was a library assistant at the high school where I taught. Shes always there if I need to bounce ideas off another person, and shes always ready to re-read my pages. Without her, Im not sure that any of my books would have been written.





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Friday, June 23, 2017

Accidentally in Love by Author Shannon Guymon (Great Summer Reads Countdown Blitz Day 5)







"A funny and bittersweet look at grief, love and families who maybe love each other too much. 

Letting go of the past and facing the present and future is harder said than done for Kam Matafeo. Getting over his wife’s death isn’t something on Kam’s list of things to do.  But when Grace Jackson, his new Sous Chef walks in, life is turned upside down. And not just for him either.  Anne, his mother-in-law, is not open to the idea of anyone new in Kam’s life and will do anything to stop his romance from blooming. But when the ‘Love Witches’ step in to protect him, the battle lines are drawn. Fircrest is in for some fireworks when the fight for Kam’s heart not only affects his family, but his friends’ lives too.

Things get so crazy that Grace has to make the decision to stay and fight for herself and Kam or to give up and let Kam slip back into the darkness."



~ Amazon ~ Amazon UK


I live in Rocky Mountains with my husband and children and love my home when it’s not snowing. I’m the author of 36 books so far. I also write YA Paranormal Romance under my pen name, Katie Lee O’Guinn.  I enjoy the outdoors, reading and being with my family. I’m a huge believer in happy endings. Scarlett really should have been happy with Rhett and it’s a darn shame Leo and Kate didn’t float safely into New York on the Titanic. Don’t even get me started on Romeo and Juliet. To find out the latest on my books, check out my blog at www.shannonguymon.blogspot.com or www.katieleeoguinn.blogspot.com. 

You can purchase all of my books at Amazon.com. 

I’m also a supporter of Operation Underground Railroad. Check out their website at ourrescue.org to learn more.


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Top Ten List:

1.)  If you had 3 wishes, what would they be? First wish: My kids would all be safe and happy, Second wish: my paranormal books would all be made into movies directed by Joss Whedon, and all of my romances directed by Jared Hess/Nick Cassavetes. And I’d love to spend a whole summer exploring Ireland and Scotland.

2.)   Where do you write? I write on my couch when the kids are in school and in my room when I need some quiet – no cool office, sorry

3.)   How long does it normally take you to write a novel? It used to take me a couple weeks (not including editing) but now it takes me about a month or so.

4.)What are your inspirations? I have a couple – I’m truly inspired by August Landmesser, the man who was surrounded by men giving the Nazi salute and refused to join in.  It reminds me to do what’s right no matter what pressure surrounds me. My other inspiration is Tim Ballard from the organization O.U.R., he rescues children from sex trafficking. Amazing

5.)  How did you come to write this particular book or series? I wrote, Accidentally in Love because I’d received dozens of emails asking me to. Plus, I couldn’t leave Fircrest hanging.  Kam deserved his happy ending and I wanted to give it to him, but I just had to wait for the story to come to me.  I tried a few times to force it, but it never worked.

6.)  What was the hardest part of writing your book, and how did you overcome it? The hardest part of writing this book would be the writers block that stopped me for about a year and a half. That and my new husband who was a very sweet and very cute distraction. I overcame it by just letting life and the book happen when they were supposed to.

7.)  What is your writing drive? I was a single mom for four years and so putting food on the table and a roof over my baby’s heads was a very big drive for awhile, but this last book, Accidentally in Love, was a good reminder to me that I stinking love writing. It is a pure joy to sit down and see a story unfold before my eyes. I love getting surprised by what my characters do and I of course love finding out that my stories touched someone’s heart or helped them through a hard time.

8.)   How did you come up with the title? My title comes from one of my favorite songs from the first Shrek movie. I was watching it with my kids and it was like a thunderbolt – bam! It was perfect.

9.      Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family member?  I would have to say my biggest support in my writing has always been my Heavenly Father. My writing came out of the blue when I was 26 and has been a blessing to me ever since.  Writing has saved my sanity, saved my family financially and brought me great joy. Everything I’ve done has come from God – I really can’t take any credit for it.



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Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Golden Hour: A Nora Tierney English Mystery by Author Marni Graff (Great Summer Reads Countdown Blitz Day 4)




American writer Nora Tierney is house hunting in Oxford to solidify her little family that includes her almost-year old son, Sean, and her partner, Det. Insp. Declan Barnes. But why does she feel like she's being followed? 

When tracking devices confirm Nora has a stalker, it sets off a chain of events that connect to Declan's murder investigation of a young Oxford art restorer, and will bring bioterrorism and a psychopath into their lives, while Sean's hangs in the balance. The fourth Nora Tierney English mystery is the most tension-filled yet, a meditation on what is family and home, combined with art theft and an international conspiracy.


This book will be available soon. Make sure you read the first three books in the series first! 





Find the links to the entire series here:
~ Amazon ~ Amazon UK
~ Amazon Canada ~ Amazon Australia ~




Marni Graff writes two award-winning mystery series: The Nora Tierney English Mysteries and The Trudy Genova Manhattan Mysteries. She teaches writing workshops and mentors the Writers Read program, and is Managing Editor of Bridle Path Press. 



Graff also writes the crime review blog Auntie M Writes, www.auntiemwrites.com.





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Q & A:


1.     If you had 3 wishes, what would they be?  A healthy family; time and money to travel more; room for another puppy!

2.     Where do you write? In the library end of our living room, with floor-to-ceiling shelves around three sides and a rolling library ladder to reach the top. I write at a vintage partner's desk facing my husband's side.

3.     How long does it normally take you to write a novel? Research a few months, then about 3-4 for the first draft, then workshopped with my writing group and completely rewritten. Then to beta readers and revised; to publisher and revised; to copyeditor and revised. Takes about two years to get one book into print.

4.     What are your inspirations? I'm living my blessed life now. I want to be able to keep writing these two series and do them well and have readers who look for my books.

5.     How did you come to write this particular book or series? The Golden Hour is the fourth Nora Tierney English Mystery and it's the natural outgrowth of what came before, in terms of Nora's personal story. This one is darker than the others, not a Whodunit, but a Cantheycatchhim? with Sean's little boy in jeopardy.

6.     What was the hardest part of writing your book, and how did you overcome it? Getting the research right and making the idea of a bioterrorist an interesting character. Viktor Garanin is a psychopath, but he loves his garden.

7.     What is your writing drive? The power that keeps you going when your writing gets difficult? It's what I've always wanted to do, after a successful 30 yr nursing career, so it's a blessing each and every day to be able to say I'm a writer. I love every aspect of it.

8.     How did you come up with the title? The Golden Hour is that hour I love, just before sunset, to artists and photographers; in medicine, it's the hour right after a heart attack or stroke when you have the best chance of making a full recovery if you receive medical attention. But for a detective, the golden hour is that first hour after a crime has been committed when witnesses and evidence are the freshest and most useful.


9.     Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family member? My novel writing group of four women authors and myself have been working together for 13 years and I look to them for support, encouragement, useful critiques, and brainstorming. 



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