Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Bachelor Auction Excerpt Reveal


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Excerpt
“Bentley!” Brock barked and shook his head.
“What?” Bentley shrugged then smoothly walked over to Jane and pulled out a box of black high-heeled pumps in a size eight and a half. “Your foot, milady?”
Brock rolled his eyes. “Give it a rest, Bentley. She can put on her own damn shoes.”
Bentley completely ignored him. “I love a woman’s foot.” He grabbed Jane’s broken shoe and tossed it to the side while his hands danced along the arch of her foot. His fingertips danced along her skin. Seduction by foot rub? That was new.
“It’s sexy, the arch.” He leaned over her, his lips parting just enough to give her the impression he was thinking about kissing her. “The curve of a woman’s foot reminds me of her body…see? Sexy.” He slid the shoe on a very terrified looking Jane and stood. “Perfect fit.”
Jane’s mouth opened then closed as a rosy flush crept over her face. “Th-thank you.”
“I bought you my favorite brand.”
Her eyebrows arched. How did he know about Manolo Blahnik? “Oh.” And then she nodded and said loudly, “Ohhhh! That makes sense!”
Bentley’s eyes narrowed. “Me buying women’s shoes?”
“You wearing them,” she explained. “That’s great. I mean, good for you. I’m sorry I’m so awkward at things like this, but it’s good you’re…you know…” She bobbed her head and sputtered. “Out and…comfortable with it.”
“Out?” Bentley repeated. “I’m confused.”
“Of the closet,” she said slowly then saw the scowl on Bentley’s face. “Or maybe you just like to dress like a woman?” She straightened her shoulders and tried again. “In either case, congratulations on your choice to wear women’s clothing!”
Brock about died laughing as Bentley’s horrified expression went from stunned to genuine confusion.
“You heard her.” Brock held his laughter in check. “Congratulations, brother. I’ll take care of the press release: Bachelor Playboy Bentley Wellington and his private women’s shoe collection.”
Bentley let out a strangled laugh. “Yes, and while we’re at it why don’t we remind the press that the clock is ticking on that auction of yours? Hmm?”
“Auction?” Jane asked.
“Don’t.” Brock shook his head. “You don’t want to know.”
“But she probably already does.” Bentley pointed out. “Unless she doesn’t read the news…?”
They both stared at her, waiting for an answer.
“I, uh…” She ducked her head, blushing again. “I read books.”
“How pure.” Bentley smiled and sat down next to her. “And just so we’re clear.” He leaned in as though he was going to kiss her. “My bat only swings one way…and I can assure you, every time I get thrown a pitch, I hit it out of the park.”

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Are you ready to Meet Brock Wellington?
THE BACHELOR AUCTION by Rachel Van Dyken
is coming October 4!
Pre-Order your copy today!

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Blurb
Jane isn't entirely sure that Cinderella got such a raw deal. Sure, she had a rough start, but didn't she eventually land a prince and a happily-ever-after? Meanwhile, Jane is busy waiting on her demanding, entitled sisters, running her cleaning business, and . . . yep, not a prince in sight. Until a party and a broken shoe incident leave Jane wondering if princes---or at least, a certain deliciously hunky billionaire---maybe do exist.

Except Brock Wellington isn't anyone's dream guy. Hell, a prince would never agree to be auctioned off in marriage to the highest bidder. Or act like an arrogant jerk---even if it was just a fa├žade. Now, as Brock is waiting for the auction chopping block, he figures it's karmic retribution that he's tempted by a sexy, sassy woman he can't have. But while they can't have a fairy-tale ending, maybe they can indulge in a little bit of fantasy . .


About the Author:
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Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she's not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor.

She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers!


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Cover Reveal for Courting the Countess



We just had a fantastic release with Author Donna Hatch ... and now we get another one! I am beyond ecstatic! I love her books and I'm excited to share each and every one.

As a little recap - let's take a look at the previous books we've featured for Donna's before we see her newest addition!


And she has even more books we have not featured! Be sure to check them out!


And now ... On to the cover reveal starting with our author!




Donna Hatch is the author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” and a winner of writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. She has become a sought-after workshop presenter, and also juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children (seven, counting her husband). A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.

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And finally ... let's check out her fantastic new book!

Synopsis:
When charming rake Tristan Barrett sweeps Lady Elizabeth off her feet, stealing both her heart and a kiss in a secluded garden, her brother challenges Tristan to a duel. The only way to save her brother and Tristan from harm—not to mention preserve her reputation—is to get married. But her father, the Duke of Pemberton, refuses to allow his daughter to marry anyone but a titled lord. The duke demands that Elizabeth marry Tristan’s older brother, Richard, the Earl of Averston. Now Elizabeth must give up Tristan to marry a man who despises her, a man who loves another, a man she’ll never love. Richard fears Elizabeth is as untrustworthy as his mother, who ran off with another man. However, to protect his brother from a duel and their family name from further scandal, he agrees to the wedding, certain his new bride will betray him. Yet when Elizabeth turns his house upside down and worms her way into his reluctant heart, Richard suspects he can’t live without his new countess. Will she stay with him or is it too little, too late?


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Monday, September 19, 2016

The Dragon's Ring by Debra Daugherty


Book Title: THE DRAGON’S RING
Author Debra Daugherty
Genre: Upper Middle Grade/YA romantic fantasy/fairy tale
Publisher: Clean Reads/Astraea Press
Release date: July 28, 2016

Synopsis: Sir James Trueblood is determined to capture a unicorn so he can marry Princess Isadora. The knight begins his quest, not realizing the Princess is following him in disguise. On his journey Sir James encounters a witch and a dragon. With the dragon’s ring his mission is a success, but then he learns the unicorn will die if not set free. Now he has a dilemma; marry the Princess or free the unicorn.

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ISBN 9781621355663



Author Bio: Debra Daugherty is from Central Illinois and is a member of SCBWI, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She enjoys living in the country with her two dogs, a Chihuahua named CeCe, and a rescued American Stratford Terrier named Honey. Besides writing children stories, Debra loves to spend time with her family, travel, and browse through antique shops. Publishing credits include CALAMITY CAT, 2013, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and THE DRAGON’S RING, 2016, Astraea Press/Clean Reads. She’s also had two short stories published in Guardian Angel Kids’e-zine, LET YOUR IMAGINATION SOAR! and THE MYSTERY OF THE GHOSTLY THIEF. In 2015 her children’s story, HEART OF STONE, won first place in the Litchfield Student Educational Foundation’s writing contest.

Book excerpt: The King stood in one corner of the ballroom and kept a close eye on his daughter and her dancing partners. He was hoping one of the young men would win his daughter’s heart.

     Sir James was also watching the Princess. With each new partner she took, he imagined her falling in love, and he felt pangs of jealousy. James yearned to dance with the Princess, but felt it would be inappropriate to ask.

     King Alfred noticed James standing alone by the doorway, and approached him. “Why are you not dancing, James? There must be one beautiful maiden here who has caught your eye.”

     James bowed to his king. “I am an awkward and clumsy dancer, Your Majesty. I do not want to make a fool of myself.”

     The King laughed. “Then dance with my daughter. No one would dare call you a fool while in her arms. They would be afraid of offending me.”

     “But, Your Majesty,” James protested, but it was too late. As the last dance ended, the King beckoned for Isadora to join them. “Dance with this man,” the King told his daughter.

     Isadora was startled by her father’s command. She had wanted to dance with James all evening, but knew he would never ask her because he was not of royal blood. To dance with her would only give him grief. People would point and gossip, and say the knight had overstepped his boundary, but no one would say anything if it was the King’s wish that they dance together.

     The music began, and with the King’s permission, James took Princess Isadora’s hand in his and they began to dance. “Dear Princess, I’ll try not to step on your toes, if you promise not to tread on mine,” the knight teased as he twirled her around the room.

     Isadora laughed. “My slippers will avoid your heavy leather boots at all costs, and my feet will be most grateful if you keep your word.”

     A troubadour, wearing a bright orange, brown, and black costume bearing vertical stripes, with a tam to match, strolled among the dancers, singing a ballad as the orchestra played. It was one Isadora had never heard before, but the words could have been written by her for James.

“My love, my heart I give to thee,
For everlasting keeping.
From this day on thou holds the key,
That saves my soul from weeping.
Pray, pray, remember this,
We sealed our love with a kiss.
And all the heavens and earth shall see
Forever and ever, my love for thee.”

     Isadora noticed that the words of the song also seemed to touch James. When he glanced down at her, his eyes flickered, causing her heart to flutter. She knew she loved him. Did he feel the same way toward her? But I am the King’s daughter! He’s but a knight. Even if he did love me, he’d never say. 

     James held Isadora so tightly in his arms she could scarcely breathe. As they floated around the enormous ballroom, her gown made a rustling sound with every turn they made.

     Isadora’s cheeks glowed with a rosy hue as James pulled her even closer. She was usually not a timid person, but tonight she felt shy and weak in his strong arms. She glanced up at her partner. Their eyes locked and their two hearts beat as one.

     They made a handsome couple, Isadora in her flowing blue gown and James in his best attire, a deep-blue waistcoat with matching breeches. As the candles on the chandeliers flickered, the diamonds in Isadora’s tiara shimmered, casting shadows of light on the walls.

     The music played on and on, and yet it was as if time stood still and they were the only two people in the room. Neither spoke, afraid to break the spell between them, and neither wanted the dance to ever end; but of course, it did.

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Point by Lori Thomas Harrington


Title: The Point
Author: Lori Thomas Harrington
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Blue Tulip Publishing



Going home is never easy


When Emma Ashby returns to her hometown of Leyton, TN, she realizes that she is still in love with Drew Dalton. He was the love of her life, and their breakup was cold, harsh, and mysterious. Drew is now engaged, so she tries to hide her feelings from him. However, when he sees her, he knows that he never stopped loving her either.
As they rekindle their romance, they realize that their breakup was a big misunderstanding. Or was it? Julie, Drew’s sister, hates Emma, and when they find out that she was the mastermind behind ending their relationship, they are determined to find out why.
When the truth is revealed, a series of unfortunate events brings heartache, strife, and eventually forgiveness. Emma realizes that true love can never die.


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The Judge Bates House is a historic mansion in Houston, Mississippi, U.S.. It was built from 1845 to 1850 for J.C. Keeney. It was sold to William Stout Bates in January 1864, in the midst of the American Civil War of 1861-1865. Judge Bates served in the Confederate States Army during the war. His grandson, Winfield Bates Tabb, who served as the mayor of Houston from 1925 to 1928, lived in the house. The house stayed in the Bates family   until 1981. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since May 6, 1982.


In the stillness, a hush blanketed the place. To Emma, this setting transcended life as she had known it. Even now, it served as a catalyst to penetrate a place in her heart that remained sealed until this moment. Today the seal broke, and she was confident that the flood of memories would overtake her.



Born and reared in Mississippi, Lori Harrington loves the South and all the charms its borders provide. As a teenager, Lori was interested in writing, but like many southern girls, she was swept away by a southern gentleman. Lori married and had children, allowing her dream of writing to become stagnant. 31 years later, Lori and her husband have three children and two grandchildren. Blissfully happy, Lori has experienced enduring love her entire life, and yet, pushed aside dreams don’t die. 
For Lori, writing is a constant friend. She didn’t choose to be a writer—writing is a part of who she is, who she has been, and who she has become. Lori loves to create, and her passion immersed her in music, theater, and writing. She also has a burning desire to help women overcome obstacles, a characteristic she attributes to her southern roots. 
Lori cherishes time with her family, and she is blessed to have support for her dreams and aspirations. Though a first time author, Lori believes that dreams can be achieved through hard work, persistence, and faith. 

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Official Book Tour: People In Glass Houses



Author Tim Hemlin has returned to bring us the 3rd installment of the Neil Marshall Mysteries! In June we featured IF WISHES WERE HORSES and A WHISPER OF RAGE and now we are excited to share with you the next book called PEOPLE IN GLASS HOUSES - come join us on this tour!





Congressional candidate Chip Gunn figures he has the election in the palm of his hand. But when Gunn’s guard is stabbed during a high profile fund-raising event catered by chef and amateur sleuth Neil Marshall, all hell breaks loose.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/People-Glass-Houses-Marshall-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B01H6F94VC
Things only get worse when the victim vanishes and Neil’s assistant is left holding a bloody knife. Quickly, a lethal mystery unravels and Neil and his friends learn that people in glass houses don’t throw stones. They shoot to kill . . .





Tim Hemlin is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, having studied with poets Charles Simic and Mekeel McBride.  He has published in poetry journals, anthologies, and magazines--most notably in Ellery Queen.  Currently he has six published novels, two short stories and is included in an anthology.

By day he is an educator; however after teaching ELA for 22 years he decided to put his master's degree to work and is now a high school counselor.  In addition, he is an avid marathoner, fly-fisherman, and outdoorsman.  He lives just outside Houston, Texas with his wife Valerie, two dogs and a cantankerous cat.



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~Author Interview~
What are you most afraid of?
1.  I'm most afraid of losing people close to me.  It's happened.  Enough said.

If you had one wish, what would it be?
2.  Once upon a time I would've wished to write a bestseller.  I always wanted to open the New York Times Book Review and see my name at the top of the list.  Now I wish I could pick up the phone any time, call and speak with my best friend.

What do you like best about yourself?
3.  I'm patient, care about people, and I'm loyal to a fault.

What do you like least about yourself?
4.  I always have to know what's going on.  I don't leave well enough alone.  There are some who would also say I have commitment issues . . .

What do you think other people think of you?
5. He's a nice guy, but who died and made him boss?



~A special gift from Neil Marshall’s kitchen~

These brownies are velvet decadence—a favorite of every chocoholic I’ve ever cooked for.

WHITE CHOCOLATE CHIP BROWNIES

Ingredients:
½ lb butter
4 oz. unsweetened chocolate
4 eggs
2 cups granulated sugar
½ C flour
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. rum extract
2/3 pecan pieces
4oz. white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350

Grease and flour a 9 X 12 pan

Melt butter and chocolate together in a double broiler. Mix eggs and sugar in a mixing bowl (don’t whip.) When butter is melted but cool enough to touch add the mixture to the sugar and eggs, stirring slowly, and scraping the sides of the bowl. Add flour, vanilla, rum extract, and pecans. Pour brownie mixture into the pan then sprinkle with white chocolate chips. Bake for 25 minutes. Allow brownies to cool before serving.

Makes 12 BIG brownies or as many small ones as you want, but you WILL want the big ones!



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