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Leaving Everest by Megan Westfield

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About the Book:

Twenty-year-old Emily Winslowe has had an adventurous upbringing. Daughter of a Himalayan mountain guide, she has climbed Mount Everest and other peaks most Americans only dream of. But for all her mountaineering prowess, she’s lacking some key experiences. Namely, guys. Especially one guy in particular—Luke Norgay, her childhood best friend who she hasn’t seen since he left for college in the United States two years ago.

Luke unexpectedly reappears as a guide just in time for the Everest climbing season. He’s even more handsome than she remembers, and that something that had been building between them during their last season together is back in front of them, bigger than ever.

The problem is, there’s a detail about Emily’s past that Luke doesn’t know. It’s the reason she ended up in the Himalayas in the first place…and the reason she must make it to the summit of Mount Everest this year. It’s also the reason she would never consider following him back to Washington after the climbing season ends.

But first, they’ll have to survive the mountain.

Purchase Link: https://entangledpublishing.com/leaving-everest.html

About Megan:

Megan Westfield grew up in Washington State, attended college in Oregon, and lived in Virginia, California, and Rhode Island during her five years as a navy officer. She is now a permanent resident of San Diego, along with her husband and two young children. Aside from writing and her family, her great passions in life are reading, candy, and spending lots of time outside hiking, skiing, camping, climbing, running, and biking.

Connect with Megan Westfield and learn more about her upcoming books at www.meganwestfield.com.

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Straight Up Irish by Magan Vernon

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About the Book:

I need a wife if I want to help save my family’s billion-dollar pub empire. There’s just one problem: I never plan on marrying. So, I need someone who understands that this is just another business deal. I don’t do commitments. And my brother’s executive assistant, Fallon Smith, fits that bill.

Fallon needs help with her grandmother’s expenses, and her pretending to be my fake wife is a way we can make that happen. She’s not my biggest fan, but we can help each other and then go our separate ways. That she’s beautiful and I enjoy spending time with her–doesn’t matter. When all of this is done, she’s heading home to America, and I’ve got a company to run.

A fake wedding and a whole lot of whiskey. What could go wrong?

Purchase Liink: https://entangledpublishing.com/straight-up-irish.html

About Magan:

Magan Vernon has been living off of reader tears since she wrote her first short story in 2004. She now spends her time killing off fictional characters, pretending to plot while she really just watches Netflix, and she tries to do this all while her two young children run amuck around her Texas ranch.

Magan’s Links:

Website: http://www.maganvernon.com

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Cinderella and the Geek by Christina Phillips

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About the Book:

From Christina Phillips a sexy, new romance with a hero you won’t forget…

I’m not looking for love or a Happily-Ever-After because I know how that ends. I just need to concentrate on my degree and look after myself. But there’s something about my boss, Harry, I can’t resist. It’s crazy since he’s so hot and smart it should be illegal.

And then, just like Cinderella, I have my night at the ball and a midnight kiss, and for a week all my sexy daydreams come true. That fake date changes my life in a way I could never imagine. It turns out, Harry wants me too.

But I’m off to pursue my dreams, and he’s taking his business to the next level. There’s no way this fairytale has a happy ending, but that doesn’t keep me from wishing for it.

Purchase Link: https://entangledpublishing.com/cinderella-and-the-geek.html

About Christina:

Christina Phillips is an ex-pat Brit who now lives in sunny Western Australia with her high school sweetheart and their family. She enjoys writing contemporary, historical and paranormal romance where the stories sizzle and the heroine brings her hero to his knees.

She is also owned by three gorgeous cats who are convinced the universe revolves around their needs. They are not wrong.

Christina’s Links:

Author Website: http://christinaphillips.com/

Author Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChristinaPh_

Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/christinaphillips.author/

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Interview: Chris Cannon, author of THE DATING DEBATE

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Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?

I write YA because I think everyone can remember what high school was like. For most people it’s like running an obstacle course, trying to get through four years in what is literally an institution so you can move on with your life and make your own choices. The lack of power and control at that age can be maddening. All the stress and pressure also provide for a lot of comic opportunities. And yes there are those people who had a golden story book experience in high school, but I don’t think that’s the norm. Whenever someone tells me high school was the best time of their life, I think they’ve got about sixty years of disappointment ahead of them.

Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?

My parents were both avid readers. My mother took us to the library almost every weekend.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing for about ten years.

What kind(s) of writing do you do?

I write Young Adult urban fantasy about shape-shifting dragons and romantic comedies.

What cultural value do you see in writing/reading/storytelling/etc.?

I think books bring people together and give them a common experience. Several decades ago, everyone watched the same movies or television shows because there weren’t that many to choose from. People quoted Star Wars and The Breakfast Club. Now there are dozens of movies playing every week and more television channels than you can count. People don’t have the same entertainment experience. With books people have that common ground. Fans of Harry Potter all have the same references they understand HP jokes and quotes. Books can be bonding.

What do you think most characterizes your writing?

I’m a huge fan of snarky dialogue and witty banter. I love to make people laugh. That’s what I try to do in my books.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?  

My romantic comedies are brain candy. They’re happy fluff that’s supposed to make you laugh, possibly tear up a little bit, and then make you smile like an idiot over the happily ever after. One of the hardest parts of this book was adding in some more serious emotional baggage for the main characters. West’s mom is a hoarder. His entire house is full of rubber maid storage containers stacked floor to ceiling. The containers are all neatly labeled because his dad is OCD. West lies and tells everyone that his mom is terminally ill and can’t have visitors to keep his family’s secret. Nina’s dad was an over the road trucker who had another wife and children two states away. Finding out her perfect family was the perfect lie has made her a pathological truth teller. The surest way to piss her off is to lie to her. Throw these two characters together, and it’s an interesting situation.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

Nina is a self-professed nerd girl and a book junkie. She’s a huge fan of Harry Potter. While West comes across as cool and controlled, he’s also a reader and he loves Harry Potter, too. It was fun to have them banter back and forth about Hogwarts and wands.

Are you a full-time or part-time writer?  How does that affect your writing?

I’m a speech therapist by day and an author by night. I dream of retiring early, so I can write more than two or three books a year.

What do you like to read in your free time?

Anything by Cassandra Clare. I love her snarky dialogue and her kick ass female characters.

What projects are you working on at the present?

I just turned in the 5th book in my shape shifting dragon series, Going Down In Flames.  Bryn turns sixteen, flames shoot out of her mouth, and that’s the first clue she has that she’s a shape-shifting dragon. (Not the gift she hoped for.)

I’m also writing another romantic comedy about two friends who pretend to date in the hopes of making the actual objects of their affection see them as datable. Of course, they end up falling for each other.

What do your plans for future projects include?

I’m working on another urban fantasy about crossroad demons:  All Meena wanted was a summer job that didn’t involve the phrase, “Do you want fries with that?” She never planned on working for a soul sucking demon with a hair fetish. If she can’t break her contract with Bane she’s stuck in Crossroads, IL. No college, no traveling the world, no escaping the small town where she’s never fit in. Will she sell her soul to escape hell on earth?

What book do you wish you could have written?

Harry Potter, The Mortal Instruments series, and Welcome to Temptation

Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?

I stay away from the death and dying topics. I know reading about someone with a terminal disease can be cathartic, but I find real life depressing enough. I want to read something that makes me laugh or takes me away to a fantastical world, which is why I write funny (hopefully)  urban fantasy and romantic comedies.

What do you want your tombstone to say?

Just one more page.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

I’d love to be able to fly. When I’m really happy I dream that I can fly, which is also why I like writing dragons.

If you were an animal in a zoo, what would you be?

They don’t have dragons at the zoo, so this is a tough one. Maybe a tiger or a lion because they’re so graceful and powerful.

What is something you want to accomplish before you die?

Before I die, I want to write all the stories zooming around in my brain.

 

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Nina Barnes thinks Valentine’s Day should be optional. That way single people like her wouldn’t be subjected to kissy Cupids all over the place. That is, until her mom moves them next door to the brooding hottie of Greenbrier High, West Smith. He’s funny, looks amazing in a black leather jacket, and he’s fluent in Harry Potter, but she’s not sure he’s boyfriend material. 

West isn’t sure what to make of Nina. She’s cute and loves to read as much as he does, but she seems to need to debate everything and she has a pathological insistence on telling the truth. And West doesn’t exactly know how to handle that, since his entire life is a carefully constructed secret. Dating the girl next door could be a ton of fun, but only if Nina never finds out the truth about his home life. It’s one secret that could bring them together or rip them apart. 

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book is not for anyone who has to get in the last word, but it is for all book nerds, especially those who live next door to so called unapproachable gorgeous guys. There’s no debating the chemistry. 

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Chris Cannon is the award-winning author of the Going Down In Flames series and the Boyfriend Chronicles. She lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and several furry beasts.

She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures or romantic comedies. You can find her online at http://www.chriscannonauthor.com.

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Interview: Lincee Ray, author of WHY I HATE GREEN BEANS

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WHY I HATE GREEN BEANS

and other confessions about relationships, reality tv, and how we see ourselves

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LINCEE RAY

  

Genre: Humorous NonFiction / Memoir

Publisher: Revell

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Date of Publication: February 6, 2018

Number of Pages: 208

 

 

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Insecurity. As women, we all struggle with it. Our skinny jeans mock us. Our age-defying serums with flecks of gold refuse to erase our crow’s feet. Our social media feeds taunt us with everyone else’s picture-perfect lives. If you’ve ever felt uninteresting, unlovable, or unattractive, you’re ready for Lincee Ray’s particular brand of hilarious (and hard-hitting) self-reflection.

Like a trustworthy friend, she shows us that the fastest way to happiness is to embrace ourselves in all our imperfection and trust that God knew what He was doing when He made us. From maneuvering the muffin top to navigating the sketchy waters of singleness to walking the judgmental halls of the workplace, Lincee’s laugh-out-loud look at real life reveals many of the key truths she’s learned about her identity:

Yoga pants are your friend, Jesus sees you, and green-bean diets are never the answer.

PRAISE FOR WHY I HATE GREEN BEANS:

“Lincee is a brilliant writer. She once described me as ‘smelling of worn leather, a vintage nine iron and swagger.’ She pretty much nailed it. She is definitely worthy of the final rose.” —Chris Harrison, host of ABC’s Bachelor franchise and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

“I found myself laughing out loud, wiping away a few tears, and cheering her on every step of the way. Lincee is the best friend you wish you had. Get ready to fall in love with her and her fabulous debut book!”  —Melanie Shankle, author of the Big Mama blog 

“By the end of this book, you’ll think of Lincee as a favorite friend: someone who shoots straight, finds the funny in every situation, and reminds you what matters most. You are in for a treat!” —Sophie Hudson, author of Giddy Up, Eunice and cohost of The Big Boo Cast podcast

 

How has being a Texan (or Texas) influenced your writing?

Some of my favorite chapters in Why I Hate Green Beans involve me growing up in Hallsville, Texas. I think readers will enjoy how different a small town community runs in comparison to the big city.
What do you like to read in your free time?

I am a book reviewer for The Associated Press. Most of the books on my nightstand are upcoming novels about to hit stands. I typically choose light-hearted fiction and biographies. And I do love a love story!
What’s something interesting, fun, or funny that most people don’t know about you?

I can say the ABCs backwards.
Do you have a mantra for writing and/or for life?

“The Lord is fighting for you. You need only be still.” Exodus 14:14
What do you think most characterizes your writing?

The adjective I hear the most when people describe my writing is “relatable.”
Who are some of the authors you feel were influential in your work?  

Funny women have definitely been influential in my work. Mindy Kaling, Tina Fey, Melanie Shankle, and Sophie Hudson to name a few.
What are some day jobs that you have held?  Have any of them impacted your writing?

I write television recaps for Entertainment Weekly. The tight deadlines have helped me to get my big, grand thoughts down on paper and then flow details from those foundational points. Of course, I’ve also held some day jobs I write about in the book that led me everywhere from the Disney World Peter Pan ride to the deck of an oil rig—everything except working for the Dallas Cowboys, which was a near miss you can also read about in the book!

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Lincee Ray is an accidental blogging superstar from Texas who now writes for EW.com and the Associated Press. An active speaker, she can be found at her popular website ihategreenbeans.com, where she makes it clear that she believes it’s important to tell your story—even if it makes you seem a little crazy.

Connect with Lincee!

 

 

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GRAND PRIZE:

Copy of Why I Hate Green Beans with a signed book plate, $50 Barnes & Noble Gift Card, and Lincee’s Loves Basket which includes: Rave travel hairspray, Minnie Mouse ears, Vodka*, Heartbreakers Candy, Dr. Pepper, chocolate rose, and green jelly beans.

2nd PRIZE:

Copy of Why I Hate Green Beans with a signed book plate, $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card

3rd PRIZE:

Copy of Why I Hate Green Beans with a signed book plate, $10 Barnes & Noble Gift Card

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WHY I HATE GREEN BEANS

 

and other confessions about relationships, reality tv, and how we see ourselves

 

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LINCEE RAY

 

   Genre: Humorous NonFiction / Memoir Publisher: Revell Facebook   ⎸ Twitter

 

Date of Publication: February 6, 2018

 

Number of Pages: 208

 

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Insecurity. As women, we all struggle with it. Our skinny jeans mock us. Our age-defying serums with flecks of gold refuse to erase our crow’s feet. Our social media feeds taunt us with everyone else’s picture-perfect lives. If you’ve ever felt uninteresting, unlovable, or unattractive, you’re ready for Lincee Ray’s particular brand of hilarious (and hard-hitting) self-reflection.

 

 

Like a trustworthy friend, she shows us that the fastest way to happiness is to embrace ourselves in all our imperfection and trust that God knew what He was doing when He made us. From maneuvering the muffin top to navigating the sketchy waters of singleness to walking the judgmental halls of the workplace, Lincee’s laugh-out-loud look at real life reveals many of the key truths she’s learned about her identity:

 

Yoga pants are your friend, Jesus sees you, and green-bean diets are never the answer.

 

 

 

PRAISE FOR WHY I HATE GREEN BEANS:

 

 

 

 

 

“Lincee is a brilliant writer. She once described me as ‘smelling of worn leather, a vintage nine iron and swagger.’ She pretty much nailed it. She is definitely worthy of the final rose.” —Chris Harrison, host of ABC’s Bachelor franchise and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

 

 

“I found myself laughing out loud, wiping away a few tears, and cheering her on every step of the way. Lincee is the best friend you wish you had. Get ready to fall in love with her and her fabulous debut book!”  —Melanie Shankle, author of the Big Mama blog 

 

“By the end of this book, you’ll think of Lincee as a favorite friend: someone who shoots straight, finds the funny in every situation, and reminds you what matters most. You are in for a treat!” —Sophie Hudson, author of Giddy Up, Eunice and cohost of The Big Boo Cast podcast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lincee Ray is an accidental blogging superstar from Texas who now writes for EW.com and the Associated Press. An active speaker, she can be found at her popular website ihategreenbeans.com, where she makes it clear that she believes it’s important to tell your story—even if it makes you seem a little crazy. Connect with Lincee!

 

 

 

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GRAND PRIZE:

 

Copy of Why I Hate Green Beans with a signed book plate, $50 Barnes & Noble Gift Card, and Lincee’s Loves Basket which includes: Rave travel hairspray, Minnie Mouse ears, Vodka*, Heartbreakers Candy, Dr. Pepper, chocolate rose, and green jelly beans.

 

2nd PRIZE:

 

Copy of Why I Hate Green Beans with a signed book plate, $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card

 

3rd PRIZE:

 

Copy of Why I Hate Green Beans with a signed book plate, $10 Barnes & Noble Gift Card

 

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Bloggers’ Choice Awards: Best Hook and Most Creative Concept

 The Lone Star Book Blog Tours team has voted, and the results are in!  From Best Fiction to Most Engaged Author, we have seventeen awards to hand out to the awesome Texas books and authors featured on Lone Star Book Blog Tours in 2017.
 From February 15-23, 2018, please join us as we hop around the LSBBT blogs and share the winners, runners-up, and shortlisted titles. Don’t miss it!

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AWARDS SCHEDULE:

2/14: Awards Announcement

2/15: Best Hook & Best Creative Concept

2/16: Best Non-Fiction History, Best Biography/Memoir, & Best Western

2/17: Best Children’s/Juvenile/YA & Best Series

2/18: Best Literary Fiction & Best Religious/Inspirational/Spiritual

2/19: Best Mystery/Suspense, Best Romance, & Best Fantasy

2/20: Best Cover & Most Engaged Author

2/21: Best Texas Book

2/22: Best Non-Fiction Book

2/23: Best Fiction Book

 

Announcement: 2017 BLOGGER’S CHOICE AWARDS

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The Lone Star Book Blog Tours team has voted, and the results are in! 

From Best Fiction to Most Engaged Author, we have seventeen awards to hand out to the awesome Texas books and authors featured on Lone Star Book Blog Tours in 2017. 

 

From February 14-23, 2018, please join us as we hop around the LSBBT blogs and share the winners, runners-up, and shortlisted titles. Don’t miss it! 

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2/14: Awards Announcement

2/15: AWARDS: Best Hook & Best Creative Concept

2/16: AWARDS: Best Non-Fiction History, Best Biography/Memoir, & Best Western

2/17: AWARDS: Best Children’s/Juvenile/YA & Best Series

2/18: AWARDS: Best Literary Fiction & Best Religious/Inspirational/Spiritual

2/19: AWARDS: Best Mystery/Suspense, Best Romance, & Best Fantasy

2/20: AWARDS: Best Cover & Most Engaged Author

2/21: AWARD: Best Texas Book

2/22: AWARD: Best Non-Fiction Book

2/23: AWARD: Best Fiction Book

Interview: Richard Dee, author of ANDORA PETT AND THE OORT CLOUD CAFE

 

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Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?

I picked Sci-fi because I thought that I’d be able to get away without doing any research. I reckoned that as it hadn’t happened yet, you could just write any old stuff and get away with it. Oops! That was mistake number ONE (of many!).

As I tried to write my first novel, I realised that you needed to have a thorough knowledge of the present to write about the future. You have to have a proper grasp of the basic science that underpins the fiction.

Once I started researching, instead of seeing it as a chore, I found that I loved taking a known fact and stretching it into a plausible future. It led me to more than just one story, I saw opportunities in everything. And not just in Sci-fi, I also write Steampunk, finding old-tech ways of doing modern stuff can be just as interesting as flying across the Galaxy.

Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?

I’ve always loved reading, as a form of escape from reality. A few words can transport you to a world in your head and I envied the power of those who could create a universe in a few sentences. I always thought books were so much better than film because you could choose how to interpret the words, rather than have to accept someone else’s idea of what it all meant.  

The logical conclusion was to invent my own world, rather than make one from what someone else had written. And I guess that’s where it all started. There is a certain delicious power in creation and a genuine feeling of guilt and remorse in destruction.

What do you think most characterizes your writing?

I like to make everything logical, leaving no holes in the background. A good story needs a solid basis in fact and a realistic setting. I like to get ordinary people doing extraordinary things. The only difference is that they’re not doing them here and now.

I’ve found that if you put someone in a situation that they’re not ready for, their reactions can be incredible, very often my characters will do more than I plan, or expect.

What do you like to read in your free time?

Anything with healthy doses of action and escapism, it doesn’t have to be sci-fi. I like to discover other independent, self-published authors, people that you won’t necessarily have heard of. Their writing is just as valid and exciting as any, they’ve put as much work in and deserve as much recognition. I like to champion these unknown authors, telling everyone I can about how good they are wherever possible.

What projects are you working on at the present?

I have sequels, prequels and spin-off’s coming out of my ears. I currently have four series, all of which are continuing, thanks to pressure from readers. They are always asking for more or demanding that I explain things that have happened in the current books. I also have several new projects, when I can find the time. My research produces a lot of ideas, some of which become short stories or flash fiction; some make it all the way to full novels.

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?

I talk to myself, become the characters, act out the scenes. It drives my wife crazy if I forget and do it while she or others are around. I also eavesdrop on conversations in public places, which can be a great source of inspiration (and strange looks).

How many donuts are you capable of eating in one sitting?

As many as are in the box, plus one.

If I gave you a pencil and piece of paper and told you to draw something funny, what would you draw?

Anything I drew would be funny, and unrecognisable. I have no artistic ability, unlike my father, who was very a talented artist and wood-worker.

How many friendships have you ruined because you refused to play a game of Monopoly mercifully?

I’m competitive, but not to that level. If you’re better than me, then I need to try harder.

Do you have a favorite Girl Scout Cookie?

These are not a thing in England, but research (there it is again) suggests that a Thin Mint would be pretty good. I’m a Chocolate Chip type of guy myself, based on what’s available over here.

Finally, and this one is important, so please pay attention What do you think cats dream about?

If we accept that androids dream of electric sheep, then do cats dream of clockwork mice? Can they tell the difference? Is that enigmatic enough for you?

This or That?

Tea or Coffee?    Coffee (Black)

Chocolate or Vanilla?  Chocolate

Vintage or New?  Vintage

Bond or Bourne?  Bond, but only Sean Connery (In TOTAL agreement there!)

Roller Coaster or Ferris Wheel?  Roller Coaster, it’s more lifelike

 

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Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café

Meet Andorra Pett; with her trusty sidekick, she’s taken over a derelict café. On a mining station. It just happens to be orbiting Saturn!
She’s hoping for a fresh start, away from all the drama of her old life. It’s a chance to relax and start again in a place where nobody knows anything about her or her past.

But the café holds a secret, and secrets have a habit of coming out; whether you want them to or not. And being accident prone doesn’t help. The more you try to pretend that you know what’s going on, the worse it gets.
Andorra’s plans for peace and quiet get lost amid the revelations and skulduggery and she soon realises that the fate of the whole station lies in her hapless hands.
In space, you can still trip over your feet; the question is, will you land upright?

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A native of Brixham in Devon, Richard Dee’s family left Devon when he was in his teens and settled in Kent. Leaving school at 16 he briefly worked in a supermarket, then went to sea and travelled the world in the Merchant Navy, qualifying as a Master Mariner in 1986. Coming ashore to be with his growing family, he used his sea-going knowledge in several jobs, including Marine Insurance Surveyor and Dockmaster at Tilbury, before becoming a Port Control Officer in Sheerness and then at the Thames Barrier in Woolwich. In 1994 he was head-hunted and offered a job as a Thames Estuary Pilot. In 1999 he transferred to the Thames River Pilots, where he regularly took vessels of all sizes through the Thames Barrier and upriver as far as H.M.S. Belfast and through Tower Bridge. In all, he piloted over 3,500 vessels in a 22-year career with the Port of London Authority. Richard was offered part time working in 2010, which allowed him to return to live in Brixham, where he took up writing and blogging. He retired in 2015, when he set up and ran a successful Organic bakery, supplying local shops and cafés. The urge to write eventually overtook the urge to bake but Richard still makes bread for friends and family. Richard is married with three adult children and two grandchildren.

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Review: HIGH TREASON by DiAnn Mills {giveaway}

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HIGH TREASON

An FBI Task Force Novel, #3

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DiANN MILLS

  

Genre: Inspirational /Mystery / Suspense / Romance

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers

Date of Publication: February 6, 2018

Number of Pages: 416

 

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When Saudi Prince Omar bin Talal visits Houston to seek cancer treatment for his mother, an attempt on his life puts all agencies on high alert. FBI Special Agent Kord Davidson is the lead on the prince’s protective detail because of their long-standing friendship, but he’s surprised—and none too happy—when the CIA brings one of their operatives, Monica Alden, in on the task force after the assassination attempt.

Kord and Monica must quickly put aside interagency squabbles, however, when they learn the prince has additional motives for his visit—plans to promote stronger ties with the US and encourage economic growth and westernization in his own country. Plans that could easily incite a number of suspects both in the US and in countries hostile to Saudi Arabia. Worse yet, the would-be assassin always seems to be one step ahead of them, implicating someone close to the prince—or the investigation. But who would be willing to commit high treason, and can Kord and Monica stop them in time?  

“Compelling characters and a riveting plot that fits seamlessly with current events make this novel impossible to put down. Readers can count on being glued to the pages late into the night – as “just one more chapter” turns into “can’t stop now.”” – RT Book Reviews

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Mills takes the FBI Task Force to the next level in this third installment of the series.  

In this fast-paced political suspense/thriller, FBI Special Agent Kord Davidson and CIA Operative Monical Alden must work together on a task force to protect a Saudi Prince while he is in the States.  The two must work together after an attempted assassination of the prince, in between two cultures where women are treated differently. As they work together to try to figure out who is trying to kill they put aside their personal grudges and develop an admiration for one another that leads to love.  

Mills does a smashing job with keeping the reader engaged and turning the pages, keeping the best right for the end.  The cultural differences are treated respectfully and faith plays a huge role in the development of the main characters, as in all of her books.

I highly recommend this book, and the rest of the FBI Task Force series to readers who enjoy the suspense and clean romance.

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DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne du Maurier, Inspirational Reader’s Choice, and Carol Award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian fiction category for Firewall.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, International Thriller Writers, and the Faith, Hope, and Love chapter of Romance Writers of America. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas. DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms listed.

 

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Review: BEYOND SCANDAL AND DESIRE by Lorraine Heath {giveaway}

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BEYOND SCANDAL AND DESIRE

Sins for All Seasons, Book 1

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LORRAINE HEATH  

Genre: Historical / Regency Romance
Publisher: Avon

Date of Publication: January 30, 2018

Number of Pages: 320

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At birth, Mick Trewlove, the illegitimate son of a duke, was handed over to a commoner. Despite his lowly upbringing, Mick has become a successful businessman, but all his wealth hasn’t satisfied his need for revenge against the man who still won’t acknowledge him. What else can Mick do but destroy the duke’s legitimate son—and woo the heir’s betrothed into his own unloving arms . . .

Orphaned and sheltered, Lady Aslyn Hastings longs for a bit of adventure. With her intended often preoccupied, Aslyn finds herself drawn to a darkly handsome entrepreneur who seems to understand her so well. Surely a lady of her station should avoid Mick Trewlove. If only he weren’t so irresistible . . .

As secrets are about to be exposed, Mick must decide if his plan for vengeance is worth risking what his heart truly desires.

 

PRAISE FOR BEYOND SCANDAL AND DESIRE:

“Heath builds a community of fascinating, intertwined characters that readers will be eager to get to know as they cheer for the driven hero and the spunky, smart heroine.” — Publishers Weekly

“RITA Award–winner Heath’s new Sins for All Seasons series is off to an impressive start with an unforgettable, emotionally charged love story that will dazzle and delight readers with its exquisitely crafted characters, deliciously sensual romance, and impeccably rendered historical setting.” — Booklist/ *STARRED* Review

 

“For the first book in the Sins for All Seasons series, Heath returns to the world of dark London — a world she understands as well as Dickens. Heath illuminates the city’s underbelly with a powerful romance of healing and redemption. Her talents for drawing readers into the era with her well-drawn, three dimensional characters and realistic dialogue sets her novels apart. The unexpected twists and turns of the plot guarantees it will be placed on your keeper shelf.” — RT Book Reviews/ “Top Pick” Review

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A satisfying story of love and revenge.
What is there NOT to love about this book!?! One of the best portrayals of a revenge romance trope I’ve ever read, wrapped up in a story of world where birthright means everything, and class distinction is never questioned.
Mick Trewlove is the bastard son of a duke, a man who sent him away to be raised as a commoner as an infant.  Despite his success in business, he still wants revenge against the man.  He plans to ruin the Duke’s legitimate son by stealing his fiance away.
Lady Aslyn Hastings has grown up as ward of the Duke, being orphaned in childhood.  She is betrothed to his son, and has always assumed this would be her fate, until she meets Mick Trewlove and finds herself unable to resist him.
Mick finds his plan at revenge at odds with his growing attraction to Lady Hastings.  He must decide whether love or revenge is most important, in the end.
I highly recommend BEYOND SCANDAL AND DESIRE to lovers of a well-written historical romance.  This story has everything you’d expect from a regency romance, as well as the excellent storytelling by Lorraine Heath.  Can’t wait to see what the rest of the series brings!
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Interview: Madison Michael, author of OUR LOVE IS HERE TO STAY

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Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?

Initially I started writing romance because it was winter in Chicago. Seriously. I was afraid of cabin fever, so I signed up for two online classes – ‘Beginner Spanish’ and ‘How to Write a Romance Novel’. Sadly I didn’t get past Buenos Dias in Spanish class, but the writing stuck. I stayed with romance once I started there because I love reading romances, I love writing happy endings and steamy sex and because the fans are the best anywhere.

What do you think most characterizes your writing?

Chicago settings, elite society, smart, successful characters and hot sex and food. I like to write about food.

What do you like to read in your free time?

Like most author/entrepreneurs, my initial response is to ask “what free time?” In truth, I do take time every week for friends and family. I binge about three hours of news every night. Late at night I love to watch TV. Currently, I am binging Stranger Things and The Crown. And of course, Hallmark movies. Out in the world, I love to explore new restaurants, art museums and festivals, go to movies, and travel. Maybe I should ask when I find time to write!

What projects are you working on at the present?

I am completing my Beguiling Bachelor Series with the fourth book, Besotted, due out this summer. I am also putting the finishing touches on the first novella in my new B&B Billionaire Romance Series. The first of these, Desire & Dessert will come out this spring in a collection The Billionaire’s Club.

What do your plans for future projects include?

I have two more B&B Billionaire stories to write and then I want to explore historical romance a little bit. I am starting this month to blog four days per week instead of two – one dedicated specifically to Romance authors, three still aimed at readers. That should keep me busy all year and into 2019.

How many donuts are you capable of eating in one sitting?

OMG, I can answer this one but its embarrassing. I once sat in a two hour meeting and ate nine – yes you read that right – nine donuts! I wasn’t even aware I was doing it until I counted how many were left and realized what I had done. No one in the meeting said a word, but I am sure they all noticed.

How violently do you have to fight the urge to scream when you hear the ice cream truck coming?

No screaming – I just run out for ice cream.

What is your go-to method for getting rid of hiccups?

I hold my breath and say a Hail Mary. My roommate freshman year in college swore by this method and it usually does the trick. Of course, I am Jewish, so first she had to teach me a Hail Mary.

Do you have a favorite Girl Scout Cookie?

I love answering food questions Frozen, my favorite is a Thin Mint, at room temperature I prefer a Samoa.

Finally, and this one is important, so please pay attention What do you think cats dream about?

Food, like I do, and romping through fields of catnip.

This or That?

Dogs or Cats? Cats

Tea or Coffee? Both, depending on the time of day

Marvel or DC Comics? Marvel

Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate

Bond or Bourne? Bond

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Can Love Transcend Time?

Thirty-year old Matthew Herrington is weary of solo nights in strange cities. He is ready for a change. And that is exactly what he gets when he steps into Swing Night at The Green Mill and is instantly immersed in the sights and sounds of another era. Intrigued by the club’s authenticity, Matthew is enchanted when he meets Patty, a mixture of sexy and sweet who steals his heart.

Patty Dennison has never met a man like Matthew in all her twenty-one years. A sophisticated man, he stands out from the usual Swing Night crowd. He is self-assured, smart, charming, and handsome as hell, even if he is a lousy dancer. Once he takes her in his arms, Patty is more than willing to give him a few dance lessons along with her heart.

Repeated missed dates and unanswered phone calls strain the relationship and frustrate the pair. But unraveling their mystery exposes an impossible scenario, one that will torment their sanity and test their love.

How can they make their fairytale last? Can love transcend time?

 

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A waitress came to take it off his hands. “Another?” she queried and he nodded agreement, placing a crumpled dollar on her tray. “Too much,” she told him shaking her head no. Matthew was surprised by her response but the tray was covered with loose change so he removed his bill and left the equivalent in quarters. Everything was so inexpensive but the server still needed to make a decent living.

She gave him a grateful smile and turned to move to her next customer, carefully balancing her tray above the heads of the young people around her. In the process, she nudged Matthew slightly causing him to lose his footing and fall gently against another body. Turning to apologize he found himself staring into the clearest, lightest blue eyes he had ever seen. He couldn’t look away.

“Sorry,” he mumbled when he finally regained his composure.

“That’s okay,” she replied with a quick, bright smile. She was lovely, in a wholesome girl next door way. She had her blond hair pulled into a ponytail that curled like a hair product ad, clear-skinned cheeks that were pink with warmth and perhaps exertion, and a curvy body displayed under a bright red sweater and a flared plaid skirt.

Matthew felt his mouth go dry and his palms get sweaty. She did something to him, this fresh faced woman that he found incredibly sexy. Her red lipstick was a slash of bright color mimicking the red of the sweater. Until this moment, bright red lipstick screamed “tough broad, stay away” to Matthew but on this girl it whispered “come hither.”

“Matthew,” he squeaked out, extending his hand to shake hers. Thinking twice about it, he retracted his arm, running his palm against his pants swiftly, and hopefully surreptitiously, before he extended his hand again.

“Patty,” she responded, placing her soft fingers in his large palm. She shook like a girl. After all the bone-breaking handshakes Matthew had endured across the globe, this limp, fingers-only shake surprised him. She looked athletic, not tough but toned, and not sickly pale like most Chicagoans in winter. The handshake didn’t match the image and normally would have bothered him. Nothing about Patty bothered him. Everything about her bothered him.

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Madison Michael is a chick-flick watching, smart-mouthed, shoe addict living her fantasy as a romance writer. Her mission is to create flawed, engaging, loveable characters readers want to know, placing them in wonderful settings and then adding a plot that allows them to grow, learn and fall madly in love. Maddy wants to introduce you to a better, richer version of her world – one with incredible wealth, indescribable beauty and the happiest of endings. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and resides in Chicago.

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Romance and TimeTravel Prize Package #1: Includes  Books: Outlander, Time Traveler’s Wife and Beyond the Highland Mist and  DVDs: Somewhere in Time, The Lake House, the eBook Our Love Is Here To Stay.

Romance and TimeTravel Prize Package #2: One of the books above and 1 of the DVDs plus the eBook for Our Love Is Here To Stay.

Romance and TimeTravel Prize Package #3: One of the books above or one DVD plus the eBooks Our Love Is Here To Stay.

 

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Interview: Jaime Questell, Author of BY A CHARM AND A CURSE

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Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?

My family has always fostered my love of reading. I remember practically inhaling books when I was a kid, and I was never told no if I asked for more. I know that my love of reading led to my love of writing.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing for about ten years. I didn’t always know it was what I wanted to do, but once I started, I couldn’t stop. Then my best friend found out that I had written a novel, and she knew I wanted to read her novel, so she withheld hers until I let her read mine. Best bribery ever. Because that led to me joining her writing group, and those people are not only the best influence on my writing, they’re also my closest friends.

What kind(s) of writing do you do?

At the moment, just speculative fiction. I admire and wish I could write straight up contemporary fiction, but my brain always wants to throw in magic of some sort. But that said, I don’t want to rule it out.

What do you think most characterizes your writing?

As I was writing, I kept telling myself “dark, but pretty.” I like to think everything I do has that thread of “dark, but pretty.”

Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work?  What impact have they had on your writing?

There are so many! I’d have to say Holly Black, Leigh Bardugo, Laini Taylor, Maggie Stiefvater, and Victoria Schwab. With all of them, I think they do descriptive prose paired with layers of tension layered in fantastic settings. It’s something I strive for in my own writing.

What did you find most useful in learning to write?  What was least useful or most destructive?

The most useful thing to me was learning to keep what I call a graveyard document (I am by no means saying I invented this, just that this is what I call it). If I have some prose or dialogue that I know needs to go but I just love it to pieces, it goes into the graveyard. And maybe I pull it out and use it later. Maybe I use it in another project. Maybe it never sees the light of day again. But I feel less anxious knowing I can retrieve it when I need it.

And I’d say the least useful thing was this idea that (imagine me yelling like a drill sergeant) WRITING MUST BE DONE A CERTAIN WAY. Because that’s a lie. Writing needs to be done in the way that is most productive for that particular writer. Some people do best writing every day. Some people can write thousands of words and then not touch their project for days. Get the words on the paper. That’s what matters.

Are you a full-time or part-time writer?  How does that affect your writing?

I have a full-time job with a two-hour round-trip commute, so writing time is precious. Usually, I try to write after my kids are in bed and during my lunch hour, if I can. When I have deadlines, I’ll walk over to the coffee shop next door to my apartment and camp out there while I write for a couple hours.

What do you like to read in your free time?

I love YA in pretty much all of its forms, but in particular, I love contemporary fantasy. Something grounded in the real world with enough magic to shake things up. My next project is a noir thriller, and I’m devouring everything I can find in the genre. And I even though it’s not my forte, I try to read at least a handful of non-fiction books every year.

What projects are you working on at the present?

I’m currently working on another YA contemporary fantasy set in a small Texas town I made up. There’s curanderas and a banshee, magic, and a town with more secrets than Riverdale.

What do your plans for future projects include?

I really want to write some horror. I don’t know if that’s YA or adult horror, but something scary, something that’ll make you keep all the lights on at night. And, to do a total 180, I kind of want to write something so achingly fluffy it’ll make your teeth rot just looking at it. 😀

What book do you wish you could have written?

I really, really, really wish I’d written Holly Black’s Curse Workers series. The world building is absolutely fantastic, and I love how ruthless her characters are. Nothing is black or white, and they way she layers tension and complications is amazing.

If you could cast your characters in the Hollywood adaptation of your book, who would play your characters?

Okay, so pretend everyone is the right age and give people mental dye jobs.

Emma: Kara Hayward

Ben: Taron Egerton

Leslie & Lars: Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman (because they were the inspiration for both of those characters)

Marcel: Trevor Jackson

Duncan and Pia, fortune telling twins: Cameron Boyce and Skai Jackson

Gin and Whiskey, equestrian sisters: Dakota and Elle Fanning

Sydney: Darren Criss

Audrey: Robin Wright

What do you want your tombstone to say?

Is “GET OFF MY LAWN” appropriate? Because I think that would be hilarious. But if not that, I’ll take “Mother, Partner, Artist, Wordsmith, Excellent Karaoke-er”

Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?

I am determined to get to France. I want to eat so much cheese that I won’t be able to look at the stuff for at least six months when I get back. And Greece. I want to be somewhere overlooking the water. Living near the Gulf of Mexico, I’m a complete sucker for a place with water that’s blue and not greenish-brown.

If you were an animal in a zoo, what would you be?

An otter! I’d have a pool, and would float around on my back all day, playing around. Otters have it made.

 

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Le Grand’s Carnival Fantastic isn’t like other traveling circuses. It’s bound by a charm, held together by a centuries-old curse, that protects its members from ever growing older or getting hurt. Emmaline King is drawn to the circus like a moth to a flame…and unwittingly recruited into its folds by a mysterious teen boy whose kiss is as cold as ice.

Forced to travel through Texas as the new Girl in the Box, Emmaline is completely trapped. Breaking the curse seems like her only chance at freedom, but with no curse, there’s no charm, either—dooming everyone who calls the Carnival Fantastic home. Including the boy she’s afraid she’s falling for. 

Everything—including his life—could end with just one kiss. 

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About Jaime Questell:

JAIME QUESTELL grew up in Houston, Texas, where she escaped the heat and humidity by diving into stacks of Baby Sitter’s Club and Sweet Valley High books. She has been a book seller (fair warning: book lovers who become book sellers will give half their paychecks right back to their employers), a professional knitter, a semi-professional baker, and now works as a graphic designer in addition to writing.

 

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