Friday, February 16, 2018

Villa del Sol - Promo & Giveaway


Jennifer Logan just buried her husband, the beloved senior senator from Rhode Island. To find solace and peace for her troubled soul, she rents a villa in a small town on the Swiss-Italian border. For the next six months, Jennifer will process her grief in solitude, unplugged from the world. But her financial stability is threatened when her husband's only child lays a claim to his estate. Jennifer's future is uncertain, and she must face the woman who has despised her for years. Senator Logan's daughter always believed Jennifer was nothing more than a gold-digging trophy wife. She wasn't the only one. One person can help her find the peace she needs to move on with her life. But first, Jennifer will have to trust. And trust enough to share a secret about her husband's death.

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Martha Reynolds is the author of seven novels, including the Amazon bestsellers Chocolate for Breakfast, Bits of Broken Glass, and Best Seller. Her writing has appeared in Magnificat magazine and her very short poem was read by journalist Connie Schultz during NPR’s Tell Me More poetry challenge. She and her husband live in Rhode Island, never far from the ocean.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Ditching Mr. Darcy - Review & Giveaway


Review by Marlene Engel
Some might find this hard to believe, but I’ve never read Pride and Prejudice.  For that matter, I’ve never read any Jane Austen books.  So when my good friend asks me if I’d read her debut novel based on one of her favorite Austen books, I had to admit that I was a little weary.  Not knowing the story behind Jane Austen’s infamous novel, I wasn’t quite sure how I’d relate to this book.  It only took me getting through the first couple paragraphs before I realized it didn’t matter that I was unfamiliar with the original story.  I knew that I was not only going to enjoy this book, but it would be one that I would recommend for a long time. 

To Elizabeth Baker, no man she could ever date could compare to Fitzwilliam Darcy.  But when she meets Bryan at a Halloween party dressed as her favorite character, she thought the stars had aligned.  Only to be crushed when he revealed that he’s actually interested in men.  This throws her in a tailspin and she decides to take a trip overseas, to lick her wounds and spend time with her sister and aunts. 

After a blind date gone horribly wrong, an accident causes Elizabeth to be in a coma.  When she “wakes up” she is no longer in present time.  She is thrown back in the Regency Era.  And, it’s here that she sees familiar faces, but they aren’t who they seem.

Samantha Whitman puts a modern, fun twist on the Austen classis, Pride and Prejudice.  With a cast of characters you won’t soon forget and a story that will have you hoping for a sequel, Samantha is sure to be an author everyone will be talking about for a long time to come.

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Growing up, Samantha moved around a lot and calls herself a typical Navy brat.  Now living in Florida, where she was originally born, she resides with her husband, five kids and several furry friends.  When Samantha isn’t writing, she enjoys spending time with her family (Disney is one of their all-time favorite destinations), photography and overall just enjoying life.  She is working on the sequel to Ditching Mr. Darcy and continuously thinking up new story ideas. 

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Sisters Like Us


Bunny believes that every wife should be a stereotypical June Clever.  Perfect wife, perfect mother.  Her two daughters, Stacey and Harper, although great, have complete different lifestyles.

Stacey is an academically brilliant medical researcher who never thought she’d be a mom.  Now, far along in her pregnancy and keeping it a secret from her own mother, she questions if she’s cut out for motherhood.

Owner of a virtual assistant company, Harper is trying to make ends meet.  After her husband left her and her daughter for a relationship with a younger woman, money has been tight.  And being a single mom comes with its own challenges.

Sisters Like Us is an amazing story about relationships.  It hits on topics that many of us have dealt with.  Intertwined with the amazing writing style and sprinkled with the perfect amount of humor that Susan Mallery is known for, this book is one that you shouldn’t pass up.

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#1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming and humorous novels about the relationships that define women's lives—family, friendship, romance. She's best known for putting nuanced characters into emotionally complex, real-life situations with twists that surprise readers to laughter. Because Susan is passionate about animal welfare, pets play a big role in her books. Beloved by millions of readers worldwide, her books have been translated into 28 languages.

Susan lives in Washington state with her husband, two ragdoll cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur.

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Where the Wild Cherries Grow - Release Week Giveaway


In Where the Wild Cherries Grow by Laura Madeleine, it is 1919, and the end of the war has not brought peace for Emeline Vane. Lost in grief, she is suddenly alone at the heart of a depleted family. And just as everything seems to be slipping beyond her control, in a moment of desperation, she boards a train and runs away.
Her journey leads her to a tiny seaside village in the South of France. Taken in by café owner Maman and her twenty-year-old son, Emeline discovers a world completely new to her: of oranges, olives and wild herbs, the raw, rich tastes of the land. But soon secrets from home begin blowing in on the sea waves.
Fifty years later, Bill Perch, a young solicitor on his first case, finds Emeline’s diary, and begins to trace an anguished story of betrayal and love that will send him on a journey to discover the truth.
What really happened to Emeline all those years ago?

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After a childhood spent acting professionally and training at a theatre school, Laura Madeleine changed her mind, and went to study English Literature at Newnham College, Cambridge. She now writes fiction, as well as recipes, and was formerly the resident cake baker for Domestic Sluttery. She lives in Bristol, but can often be found visiting her family in Devon and getting up to mischief with her sister, fantasy author Lucy Hounsom.

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Dreaming in Chocolate - Release Week Giveaway

With an endless supply of magical gifts and recipes from the hot chocolate café Penelope Dalton runs alongside her mother, she is able to give her daughter almost everything she wants. The one sticking point is Ella’s latest request: get a dad. And not just any dad. Ella has her sights set on Noah Gregory, her biological father who’s back in town for a few months – and as charming as ever.
Noah broke Penelope’s heart years ago, but now part of her wonders if she made the right decision to keep the truth of their daughter from him. The other, more practical part, is determined to protect Ella from the same heartbreak. Now Penelope must give in to her fate or face a future of regrets.
Dreaming in Chocolate by Susan Bishop Crispell is a heartwarming story of love, hot chocolate, and one little girl’s wish for her mother.

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I’m not one of those writers who’s been scribbling down stories since I could hold a pencil. I didn’t read constantly growing up (blasphemy, I know!), and I can still be found in public without a book tucked into my purse (again with the blasphemy!).
I am, however, the kind of writer who lives for the imaginative spark that introduces me to a new character or story idea that pushes me to turn everyday life into something magical.

I am the author of the women’s fiction novels THE SECRET INGREDIENT OF WISHES, and DREAMING IN CHOCOLATE. I have a B.F.A. in creative writing from The University of North Carolina - Wilmington. I live and write near Wilmington, NC with my husband, Mark, and our literary-named cat.

Aside from writing, I obsess over swoony fictional boys and baked goods and watch quirky TV shows, most of which got canceled way before their time (and I have a wax lion to prove it!).

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

By the Book - Release Day Giveaway

An English professor struggling for tenure discovers that her ex-fiancé has just become the president of her college—and her new boss—in this whip-smart modern retelling of Jane Austen’s classic Persuasion.

Anne Corey is about to get schooled.

An English professor in California, she’s determined to score a position on the coveted tenure track at her college. All she’s got to do is get a book deal, snag a promotion, and boom! She’s in. But then Adam Martinez—her first love and ex-fiancé—shows up as the college’s new president.

Anne should be able to keep herself distracted. After all, she’s got a book to write, an aging father to take care of, and a new romance developing with the college’s insanely hot writer-in-residence. But no matter where she turns, there’s Adam, as smart and sexy as ever. As the school year advances and her long-buried feelings begin to resurface, Anne begins to wonder whether she just might get a second chance at love.

Funny, smart, and full of heart, this modern ode to Jane Austen’s classic explores what happens when we run into the demons of our past...and when they turn out not to be so bad, after all.

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Julia Sonneborn is an English professor and a Los Angeles native. After heading east for college and graduate school, she hightailed it back to California, where she now lives with her husband, two kids, two cats, and a dog. When she’s not reading, writing, or talking about books, she enjoys trying new restaurants, reading online gossip blogs, and throwing dinner parties.

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Monday, February 5, 2018

Almost Missed You - Release Week Giveaway

Violet and Finn were “meant to be,” said everyone, always. They ended up together by the hands of fate aligning things just so. Three years into their marriage, they have a wonderful little boy, and as the three of them embark on their first vacation as a family, Violet can’t help thinking that she can’t believe her luck. Life is good.
So no one is more surprised than she when Finn leaves her at the beach―just packs up the hotel room and disappears. And takes their son with him. Violet is suddenly in her own worst nightmare, and faced with the knowledge that the man she’s shared her life with, she never really knew at all.
Caitlin and Finn have been best friends since way back when, but when Finn shows up on Caitlin’s doorstep with the son he’s wanted for kidnapping, demands that she hide them from the authorities, and threatens to reveal a secret that could destroy her own family if she doesn’t, Caitlin faces an impossible choice.
As the suspenseful events unfold through alternating viewpoints of Violet, Finn and Caitlin, Jessica Strawser's Almost Missed You is a page turning story of a mother’s love, a husband’s betrayal, connections that maybe should have been missed, secrets that perhaps shouldn’t have been kept, and spaces between what’s meant to be and what might have been.

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By day, Jessica Strawser is the Editor-at-Large of Writer’s Digest magazine, North America’s leading publication for aspiring and working writers since 1920. By night, she is a fiction writer with a debut novel, and, by the minute, she is a proud wife and mom to two super sweet and super young kids in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Her diverse career in the publishing industry spans more than 15 years and includes stints in book editing, marketing and public relations, and freelance writing and editing. A Pittsburgh native and “Outstanding Senior” graduate of Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, she counts her New York Times Modern Love essay and her Writer’s Digest cover interviews with such luminaries as Alice Walker, Anne Tyler and David Sedaris among her career highlights.

She blogs at the WritersDigest.com “There Are No Rules” blog and elsewhere, enjoys connecting on Facebook and speaks at writing conferences and events that are kind enough to invite her.

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