**Cover Reveal** Eye of the Pharaoh by Nancy Fraser and Giveaway

Today I have the great pleasure of revealing the cover for Nancy Fraser’s upcoming release, Eye of the Pharaoh!!

Are you ready for it?

Here it is! 

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Will an unexpected trip to 1920s Egypt be their downfall or, will an ancient guardian keep them safe?

Isn’t it lovely?

Is your interest piqued? I know mine is. Let’s learn a little more.

Genre: Egyptian-themed time travel with paranormal elements

Blurb:

Publicist Teri Hunter has her hands full promoting Professor Joshua Cain and his new non-fiction book, The Pharaoh’s Mummy. She’s not convinced it’s even possible to turn this absent-minded, modern-day, Indiana Jones into a best-selling author.

Dr. Cain’s PhDs in archaeology and art history have prepared him for almost anything on the lecture circuit and among ancient ruins. He’s just not sure about a book tour…or the sexy publicist sent to monitor his every professional move.

When an odd request falls in their laps while in New Orleans, Josh and Teri find themselves transported to 1920’s Egypt where they must resolve an ancient curse in order to be sent home. Will the dangers facing them hinder their success and threaten their very lives? Or will help from an ancient guardian keep them on-track and safe?

Excerpt:

Wake up. Kick ass. Repeat.

Teri Hunter mouthed the motivational phrase she’d chosen for her personal mantra as she stepped across the threshold into the dark and musty storeroom.

A dim light shone from a glass-enclosed workroom in the far corner. Taking a tentative step forward, she faltered when the floorboards creaked beneath her feet. Something fast and furry brushed against her ankle. A shiver ran down her back, yet she fought the urge to retreat.

Do one thing every day that scares you.

This was obviously today’s obstacle. Were it not for her professional commitments and intricately organized schedule, she’d have no doubt bolted for the door and returned to the safety and illumination of the main building.

‘Sorry, but the storage area doesn’t have overhead lighting. Preservation of the antiquities. You understand.’ The dean’s words echoed in her head. To make matters worse, what little outside light there was had become nearly non-existent due to an impending thunderstorm.

Drawing a deep breath, she took a second step and then a third, winding her way past a half-dozen crates, some open, some not. To her left she heard a rustling of paper; to her right the distinct sound of footsteps.

Her apprehension grew, the hair on her forearms stood at attention. She’d barely made it halfway across the room before bumping into something large and solid. Reaching out, she laid her hand against the oversized object. Slowly, she raised her head and came face to face with the painted mask of an Egyptian noble. The chipped finish gave the death mask a deranged look.

“You come here often, big boy?”

Fun Fact:

Here is a little fun fact curtesy of Nancy: The idea for Eye of the Pharaoh came about following a trip to the Field Museum in Chicago. For the longest time afterward, I couldn’t get the images of ancient Egypt out of my head. Then, out of the blue, I received a gift from a relative who had passed…a gorgeous necklace fashioned like an Egyptian collar. The late relative had no way of knowing about my recent fascination with Egypt so I took it as a sign. There was obviously a story inside me begging to come out.

Author Bio:

Like most authors, Nancy Fraser began writing at an early age, usually on the walls and with crayons or, heaven forbid, permanent markers. Her love of writing often made her the English teacher’s pet, which, of course, resulted in a whole lot of teasing. Still, it was worth it.

Published in multiple genres, Nancy currently writes for four publishers. She has published twenty-two books in both full-length and novella format. Nancy will release her 25th book in early 2017. She is currently working on her next Rock and Roll novella and two other equally exciting projects.

When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five wonderful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.

Social Media Links:

Website: www.nancyfraser.ca

Blog: http://nancyfraser.ca/wordpress/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nfraserauthor  @nfraserauthor

Facebook: http://facebook.com/nancyfraserauthor

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7206382.Nancy_Fraser

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B004AOL61Y  

Giveaway:

Nancy is being very generous and offering the following prizes.

First prize: $10 gift card to book retailer of the winner’s choice
Second prize: (3) Digital copies of Time and Again, Nancy’s futuristic time travel
 

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Once Upon a Lady Cover Reveal

On Wednesday, as part of the Romance Writers Gone Wild week-long party, I revealed the cover for my upcoming novella. Now it is time to share with you 🙂
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This is a new project for me (outside of my Men of Circumstance series). I’m super lucky to be part of an upcoming project from Soul Mate Publishing that will be packed with stories from thirteen amazing authors–myself included 😉 It will be a novella collection (a first for me). The book is so new, I’m still hard at work on it!
 
Once the project is rolled out, you will understand more of the meaning behind the cover…so keep your eyes and ears open! The collection is set to be released starting next January with ONCE UPON A LADY having a tentative release of November 2017!!
 
To hold you over…here is the tentative blurb–remember this is subject to change 😉
 
Lady Katherine Baxton has always been who her station required of her. A dutiful daughter. A respectable lady. And now, the Duke of Blackthorn’s betrothed. Far from a love match, Kate is prepared to follow her duty and marry the duke. Until a need to escape the burden of her future, brings about a private grove, a mysterious tree that draws her in . . . and a half-naked man.
 
The youngest son of a man widely thought to have purchased his viscount title, Jackson Cooper has shown his equal disdain for the aristocracy by affording himself every luxury available—drinking, wenching, and gambling—while distancing himself from all things ton related. He has little care for his reputation and no desire to marry well. Or marry at all. All until a mysterious lady interrupts his pleasurable evening.
 
Firm in his decision to ignore the bedeviling sprite plaguing his every thought, Jackson’s plight is further thwarted by his father threatening to end his allowance if he doesn’t marry. Forced to heed his father’s ultimatum for the time being, Jackson finds himself the last place he wants to be . . . Society. Determined to fulfill her duty, Kate is just as committed to ignoring the unmistakable force pulling her into Jackson’s arms and away from her betrothed.
 
Will Kate forever be the dutiful daughter or succumb to the draw of Jackson?
 
Be on the lookout for more information on the collection and the final release!!

Cover Reveal . . . The Runner’s Enticement

Here it is . . . the day I’ve been waiting for.

The day I get to share the cover for Book Two of the Men of Circumstance Series, THE RUNNER’S ENTICEMENT.

I love this cover! The first time I saw it, it gave me tingles. It still gives me tingles. The intensity and passion just flies off the cover. Just as it does with Nate and Anna. A love/hate relationship that has a tendency to tip towards love. Thankfully.

Are you ready to meet Nate and Anna??

Here goes. Please welcome THE RUNNER’S ENTICEMENT . . .

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I can’t wait to get this on a coffee cup!!

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TRR Readers’ Choice Awards Voting

The excitement for The Duke’s Temptation continues as it competes in The Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Awards!!

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What does that mean you might ask? It means that for the next two and a half weeks I will be begging friends, family, and the wonderful people who’ve enjoyed my debut novel to go cast their vote.

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Between today and March 31st, THE DUKE’S TEMPTATION will need to garner at least 50 votes to move to the next and final round.

To vote, you will need to create a TRR account if you don’t have one already. However, The Romance Reviews is a great resource to both readers and writers with helpful reviews and fun contests.

So, if you would be so kind, when you have a few free minutes, follow the link to my author page at TRR and cast your vote.

Click to Vote for The Duke’s Temptation

Thank you for your continued support!!! I wouldn’t be here without all of you.

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I’m here…I think

“I’m here! I’m here!” She exclaims, waving her arms frantically.

 

While it might seem like I’m stuck somewhere back in 2015, I am in fact trudging along in 2016. The new year just decided to bring me a little extra craziness that has kept me occupied.

 

Between diligently finishing edits so my wonderful editor didn’t decide to take a road trip to chilly Minnesota and pry book two from my hands, there was a very educational stint doing my civic duty by serving as a juror on a criminal trial. While I learned a lot and was very impressed, it wasn’t as exciting as on TV. I kept waiting for Franklin and Bash (Google it if you are confused…and yes, I know it is cancelled 🙁 ) to break through the doors and wow me (because lets face it, who wouldn’t be wowed by just looking at Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer).

 

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I’ve also been spending much of my free time inBrotherlyEnvysometimes warmer-than-outside hockey arenas as my three boys learn the finer points of hockey. As as much as it seems like I’m giggling at my 4 year old as he ungracefully follows the action on the ice, I’m really cheering him on with tons of Mommy Love (and a few genuine giggles because he is so darn cute). Either way, I’m crazy proud of all three of them and how they’ve progressed.

 

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Considering the countless other things that would bore GoStarseveryone but me, I have to say that 2016 has made itself known. Thankfully, with all the hectic chaos it brought, there has been an equal amount of friends, family and wonderful memories.

 

So, now that I’ve explained my absence, I’m going to stop waiving my arms, sit back down and get to work. I have a third book to complete after all 😉
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Highlight: Once Upon a True Love’s Kiss by Bestselling Authors

With the holidays approaching, the stores are filled with deals that beat all deals. Well, today is a special “deal” because instead of highlighting one book and one author, I get to show off eight wonderful stories by eight fantastic bestselling authors.

Once Upon A True Love’s Kiss is an eight book box set that is currently available for pre-sale and will be released January 4, 2016.

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USA Today Best-selling author, Julie Johnstone, joins best-selling, award-winning authors, Katherine Bone, Collette Cameron, Jillian Chantal, Samantha Grace, Alanna Lucas, Lauren Smith, and Victoria Vane in this delightful limited edition, containing eight tantalizing kiss-and-tell stories. Meet dashing, wildly charming rogues, spies, pirates, rakes and their extraordinary, intrepid heroines as they whisk you along on sweet to sizzling romantic romps in these wickedly entertaining historical romances.

 

AFTER FOREVER by JULIE JOHNSTONE

Lady Julia is hired to turn a rogue into a gentleman and receives lessons in love and desire.

Widowed Lady Julianna Barrows never wants to fall in love again. But when the notorious former boxer Nash Overton hires her to transform him into a gentleman, Julianna quickly becomes the student, learning more about passion than she’s ever known, and more importantly, learning how to love again. 2 1/2 Kisses

 

THE PIRATE’S DUCHESS by KATHERINE BONE

A duke masquerading as a pirate to “rob from the rich and give to the poor” sheds his darkest-kept secrets to keep from losing the duchess his wife has become.

Duty forces him to take on the pirate code, but honor brings him back.

Prudence, Duchess of Blackmoor, has one desire—to be happy again. After struggling to overcome the horrifying death of her husband, she accepts an earl’s offer of marriage, confident she’s taking a step in the right direction. But demons, refuse to die, and Prudence finds herself caught in an intricate web of deceit that threatens the very foundations of all she holds dear.

Tobias, the Duke of Blackmoor, crosses the line when an assassination attempt on him fails. To restore the reputations of friends under attack by the same villain, and ensure his wife’s safety, he stages his own death, becoming The Black Regent, a notorious pirate bent on brandishing justice, never thinking he’d survive. But to his amazement, he has, and now the darkest-kept secrets are not worth losing the duchess his wife has become. 2 1/2 Kisses

 

HER SCANDALOUS WISH by COLLETTE CAMERON

A marriage offer obligated by duty . . . an acceptance compelled by desperation.

Philomena Pomfrett is resigned to spinsterhood, but to ease her dying brother’s fretting, she reluctantly agrees to attend a London Season with one purpose—to acquire a husband. Stumbling upon her hiding in a secluded garden arbor during a ball, Bradford, Viscount Kingsley doesn’t recognize his first love, yet something about the mysterious woman enthralls him, and he steals a passionate, moonlit kiss.

Caught in the act by Philomena’s brother, Bradford is issued an ultimatum—a duel or marry Philomena. He offers marriage, but even impoverished and with no other decent prospects, she rejects his half-hearted proposal until her brother collapses. Now, Philomena’s faced with marrying a man who deserted her once already. 2 Kisses

 

MILADY AND HER SPY by JILLIAN CHANTAL

A lady, a spy, a traitor… a battle of wills.

Raised in the country after her mother’s death with only the company of three unruly brothers, Lady Augusta Covington is more proficient at fencing, riding and playing cards than being prim and proper. Myles Cuthbert, a spy in His Majesty’s service on a mission to find and expose a traitor, crosses paths with Lady Augusta when she rides to the aid of her brother, believing him to be injured. With the assignment at risk, Cuthbert agrees to accept the assistance of the troublesome lady eager for intrigue. As they move forward, his sense of obligation to her and the danger involved stir his soul. 1 Kiss

 

KISSED BY A SCOTTISH ROGUE by SAMANTHA GRACE

Scottish land steward Fergus McTaggert calls a temporary truce with his employer’s companion only to discover their passionate battles have been masking their hidden desires.

His Mother Insists He Needs a Wife.

Fergus McTaggart, Aldmist Fell’s land steward, has no time for wife hunting. Any day his employer’s sisters will be arriving at the Scottish castle for a long overdue reunion. Fergus is determined to make their stay memorable, but all anyone is likely to recall are the loud rows between him and his employer’s cheeky paid companion.

She Insists He Needs a Good Knock to the Head.

Edith Gallagher has been charged with watching over her employer’s youngest sister while the family winters in Scotland, but the stubborn land steward interferes at every turn. Eventually, she and the Scot call a truce for the sisters’ sakes only to discover their passionate battles are masking hidden desires. 2 Kisses

 

STOLEN KISSES FROM THE VISCOUNT by ALANNA LUCAS

A rake, an heiress, and stolen kisses…this seduction could be his last.

Desperate times call for drastic measures as Miss Aveline Redgrave enters her third season. Fearful of fortune hunters, she attempts to stay clear of Lord Leybourne, a rogue who is not to be trusted. But his seductive smile and enticing kisses awaken a passion that threatens her common sense. No stranger to scandal, Leybourne is determined to save his family from ruin whatever the cost, even marrying an heiress he doesn’t love. But an unexpected desire and need to protect threatens his plans. Will past heartaches and a devastating wager destroy their future or will true love’s kiss triumph? 3 Kisses

 

TEMPTED BY A ROGUE by LAUREN SMITH

Gemma never planned on falling in love with her childhood sweetheart’s best friend, Jasper, when he returns home, but she can’t resist the naval officer’s brooding charm.

Gemma plans to marry James, her childhood sweetheart. With every letter written between them while he’s been off at sea, their love has grown. Now they will be reunited with his return to England. But the man whose words she’d fallen in love with isn’t James…

Jasper, a gentleman rogue of the first order, is trapped. Talked into a scheme by his friend, he pretended to be James for eleven years while writing to Gemma. He’s promised James he’d break it off. But when he returns home, his secret will come out – and he’ll lose the one woman he can’t live without. 4 Kisses

 

THE REDEMPTION OF JULIAN PRICE by VICTORIA VANE

She gave him a chance to bury his past… but the price would be his heart…

Burdened by the past…Orphaned at a young age and left to run wild, at eighteen Julian Price joins the fight against Napoleon in the hope of attaining honor. Devastated when his best friend, Thomas, is killed in battle, Julian returns home burdened with guilt, only to find his wastrel uncle has squandered his inheritance.

Desperate to live her own life… Facing a future of drudgery caring for her aging mother and raising her brother’s children, Henrietta Houghton believes her chance at a real life died with Thomas, the only man who ever wanted her. But Henrietta is still full of dreams. When her wealthy aunt, offers her a gift of ten thousand pounds, Henrietta finally has the chance to choose her own destiny.

Everything has a price…With a fortune at her command, Henrietta offers Julian a marriage of convenience, unaware that she really offers Julian a means of salvation—not just his fortune, but his very soul. 3 Kisses

 

ONCE UPON A TRUE LOVE’S KISS BUY LINKS:     Amazon     Kobo     iTunes     Barnes & Noble

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

JULIE JOHNSTON – is an USA TODAY best-selling author of edgy Regency Romance. She feels she’s living the dream by working with her passion of creating worlds from her imagination. When not writing, she’s chasing her precocious children around, cooking, reading or exercising. Julie loves to hear from her readers. To connect with Julie or learn more about her books, visit: www.juliejohnstoneauthor.com, www.facebook.com/authorjuliejohnstone, or www.twitter.com/juliejohnstone

KATHERINE BONE – is an Amazon #1 best-selling Historical Romance Author passionate about history since she had the opportunity to travel to various Army bases, castles, battlegrounds, and cathedrals as an Army brat-turned-Officer’s-Wife. Now she lives in the south where she writes about Rogues, Rebels and Rakes, aka Pirates, Lords, Captains, Duty, Honor, and Country and the happily-ever-afters every alpha male and damsel deserve. To connect with Katherine or learn more about her books, visit www.katherinebone.com, www.twitter.com/katherinelbone, or www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Katherine-Bones-Official-Fan-Page/134578253291785,

JILLIAN CHANTAL – is a 2015 RONE Finalist and lives on the beautiful coast of Florida, and even though she loves her little slice of paradise, she’s an Anglophile at heart. Writing in a variety of romance genres makes her happy, but she has a particular fondness for the Georgian/Regency era as it was the age she adored as a teen and as her introduction to the world of happily-ever-afters. Living on the gulf coast also reminds Jillian, daily, that even though she loves the past, she needs the present. Air conditioning is vital for her survival. To connect with Jillian or learn more about her books, visit: www.facebook.com/jillian.chantal, www.twitter.com/JillianChantal, www.JillianChantal.com,

COLLETTE CAMERON – is an Amazon #1 best-selling and award-winning Historical Romance Author of more than ten Scottish and Regency Romances featuring rogues, rapscallions, rakes, and the intrepid damsels who reform them. Mother to three and self-proclaimed Cadbury chocoholic, she makes her home in Oregon with her husband and five mini-dachshunds. You’ll always find animals, quirky—sometimes naughty—humor, and a dash of inspiration in her novels. To connect with Collette or learn more about her books, visit: www.collettecameron.com www.facebook.com/collettecameronauthor, www.twitter.com/Collette_Author

SAMANTHA GRACE – is an Amazon best-Selling, RITA-nominated Historical Romance Author who discovered the appeal of a great love story at the age of four, thanks to Disney’s “Robin Hood”. She didn’t care that Robin Hood and Maid Marian were cartoon animals. It was her first happily-ever-after experience, and she wanted the warm fuzzies to go on forever. Now that Samantha is grown, she enjoys creating happy-endings for characters that spring from her imagination. Publisher’s Weekly describes her stories as “fresh and romantic” with subtle humor and charm. Samantha describes romance writing as the best job ever. To connect with Samantha or learn more about her books, visit: www.samanthagraceauthor.com, www.facebook.com/pages/SamanthaGrace/264436686918343?ref=bookmarks, www.twitter.com/SamGraceAuthor

ALANNA LUCAS – is an Amazon best-selling author and grew up in Southern California, but always dreamed of distant lands and bygone eras. From an early age she took interest in art, history, and travel, and enjoys incorporating those diversions into her writing. However, she believes that true love is the greatest source of inspiration and is always an adventure. Alanna makes her home in California where she spends her time writing historical romances, dreaming of her next travel destination, spending time with family, and staying up too late indulging in her favorite past time, reading. To connect with Alanna or learn more about her books, visit: www.alannalucas.com, www.facebook.com/alannalucas27, www.twitter.com/alannalucas27

LAUREN SMITH- an attorney by day, is an Amazon best-selling, award winning author by night, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She’s a native Oklahoman who lives with her three pets: a feisty chinchilla, sophisticated cat, and dapper little schnauzer. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including being a New England Reader’s Choice Winner, Greater Detroit Bookseller’s Best Award Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award. To connect with Lauren or learn more about her books, visit: www.laurensmithbooks.com, www.facebook.com/LaurenDianaSmith/, www.twitter.com/LSmithAuthor

VICTORIA VANE – is an Amazon #1 bestselling author of smart and sexy romance. Her works range from comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance and have received over twenty awards and nominations to include: a 2015 Red Carpet Finalist for Best Contemporary romance (SLOW HAND), 2014 RONE Winner for Best Historical Post Medieval Romance (Treacherous Temptations), and Library Journal Best E-Book romance of 2012 (The Devil DeVere series). Victoria also writes romantic historical fiction as Emery Lee. She currently resides in Palm Coast, Florida with her husband, two sons, a little black dog, and an Arabian horse. To connect with Vicki or learn more about her books, visit: www.victoriavane.com,  http://on.fb.me/YVeXrf, www.twitter.com/authorvictoriav

 

For the purpose of this anthology, the following ratings apply:

One KissStories will either not have consummated love scenes, or subtly sexy undetailed scenes behind a closed bedroom door. You’re not invited inside. Sorry.

Two KissesStories are more sensual than sweet with some love scenes that are more sensual than graphic. You might blush, but you won’t need a fan.

Three KissesStories are sexier and bolder with more explicit love scenes and the language used to describe them may be more graphic. A fan and a cool beverage might be in order, but you won’t experience everything. *Wink*

Four KissesStories have frequent, graphic love scenes with explicit language. Be prepared to blush and stand in front of the air conditioner, a tall, iced drink in hand. Clothing is optional.

Five KissesStories have frequent graphic, descriptive love scenes and/or contain subject matter some readers may find objectionable. Blushing guaranteed, and you might learn a thing or two or three. But never fear, we won’t tattle if you don’t.

Constantly Learning the Craft by Madelyn Hill

While I’m wrapping up my virtual book tour, I’m handing the reins over to historical romance author Madelyn Hill. In addition to sharing her current release, Heather in the Mist, she is revealing her secrets on how to hone the craft of writing.

Welcome Madelyn and thank you for sharing your wisdom!!

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As a writer, I feel you need to constantly work on your craft. There are numerous ways to do this and each author works differently, however here are a few of my methods for being a life long learner.

Listen to your editor: For my first novel Wolf’s Castle, I accepted ALL of the comments, grammar, and structure recommendations. With For The Love Of A Gypsy, much of the same, but I also discussed a few of the changes. For Heather In The Mist, there weren’t as many line edits, however more of plot questions from the editor and I made huge changes and sent back first edits with a very different book. In my opinion, the comments from the editor helped me re-evaluate what I had and with a cold eye I cut those darlings.

Read, read, and read some more: A writer has to be a reader. I know some authors who do not read any books written in the genre they write. I can see the logic behind this. I, however, read everything and anything. This includes books, magazines, and newspaper (online and the old fashion paper ones) articles. You never know where inspiration will strike. Although I am a historical writer, a contemporary situation may influence my story, something I can tweak to make it historically relevant.

Craft Articles: I haven’t been to conferences in a few year, but in the past I did enjoy going to writing classes and attending workshops. Over the summer I read a ton of articles on the writing craft. I searched them out and read them one after another. As a tech geek, I decided there has to be a better way, so now I use the RSS feed to have articles funnel to my Twitter feed. Now I can look at articles from several writing blogs. Here are some of the articles I recently read:

2 Ways to Tell You’re Beginning Your Story Too Soon
How To Write Diverse Characters: A Simple Test
How to Research Your Book Smarter, Instead of Harder

There are so many intelligent voices out there in blog land and I like the various topics that range from conflict to characterization to social networking for authors. All tools to add to my writer toolbox!

What do you do to keep perfecting your craft?

Heather in the Mist Back Cover Blurb:

Forced to wed to save her clan, Lady Rogan Cameron agrees to wed without love.
What her father doesn’t know is Lady Rogan has plans of her own—plans to keep her from a loveless marriage. Can she save the clan before she has to say “I do?”

Ian Albright abolished all ties to Scotland after his family betrayed him and he is now nursing a wounded ego due to an unfaithful fiancée. He pledges never to return to his home until the fateful day he accepts an invitation to his dear cousin’s wedding. The minute he sees his cousin’s betrothed, his heart is captured. If only she didn’t belong to another . . .

Lady Rogan and Ian have known each other since they were young and bent on vexing each other. Now, the only thing they find vexing is the fact Rogan is betrothed to another. Together they fight their growing attraction while investigating the forces bedeviling the clan. Yet at every turn their foe appears and wreaks havoc. When tragedy strikes, their hopes are dashed again.

Can Lady Rogan and Ian’s love win when fate seems determined to keep them apart?

Buy Link: Amazon

Author Bio:
Madelyn Promo-PhotoMadelyn Hill has always loved the written word. From the time she could read and all through her school years, she’d sneak books into her textbooks during school. And she devoured books daily. At the age of 10 she proclaimed she wanted to be a writer. After being a “closet” writer for several years, she sent her manuscripts out there and is now published with Soul Mate Publishing. And she couldn’t be happier!

A resident of Western New York, she moved from one Rochester to another Rochester to be with the love of her life. They now have 3 children and keep busy cooking, watching their children’s sporting events, and of course reading!

Contact Madelyn:

Website: www.madelynhill.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/madelyn.hill.94

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorMaddyHill

Pinterest:  http://www.pinterest.com/madelynhill68

Book Highlight: The Coming of Arabella by Joanne Guidoccio

As I’m off enjoying my blog tour, I’m putting Random Ramblings into the hands of talented, multi-published author Joanne Guidoccio. And she comes bearing gifts. Not only is Joanne sharing her recent release, The Coming of Arabella, but she knows how I crave yummy treats. Welcome Joanne and congratulations on your release.

Addie Jo, thanks for hosting me today!

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In The Coming of Arabella, ex-mermaid Barbara Davies visits Arizona, hoping to reinvent herself in the desert paradise of Sedona. While there, she participates in a retreat facilitated by a world-renowned psychic who also happens to be an ex-mermaid from the Mediterranean Kingdom. Between sessions, Barbara munches on muffins. Her favorites – banana muffins.

Here’s a family-tested recipe from my mother’s kitchen:

Ingredients

3 large bananas
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1½ cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup melted butter

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.bananamuffinsguidoccio
  2. Grease muffin tins.
  3. Mash bananas.
  4. Add sugar and slightly beaten egg.
  5. Add melted butter.
  6. Add the sifted dry ingredients.
  1. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Makes 12 muffins

Book Blurb

On the day of her engagement party, an ex-mermaid’s life is disrupted by the unexpected arrival of another mermaid—a sister she has never known. Under normal circumstances, Barbara Davies would be overjoyed, but her special day is already wrought with tension. While Barbara is not the first mermaid from the Mediterranean kingdom to settle in small town Ontario, she has yet to reveal her origins to her fiancé. So when Arabella, the gorgeous sister whose disturbing black eyes banished her to the island of Crete, saunters into her life, clutching the arm of Barbara’s discarded lover, a powder keg of emotion is released.

Relationships falter and careers stall as envy stirs in the hearts of the sisters. On the verge of meltdown after her fiancé leaves Canada for a teaching job in Vermont, Barbara flees to Arizona hoping for a reprieve. There, she finds solace at a retreat for ex-mermaids and a second chance at love with a charismatic preacher. As she contemplates a new life in the desert paradise of Sedona, shocking secrets emerge and tragedy strikes. A stronger and wiser Barbara rises up to face these new challenges and embrace the best parts of her mermaid heritage.

Excerpt

Arabella’s eyes blazed like burning embers of coal. “You don’t know or want to know what I capable of.” She snapped her fingers. “I can discredit you just like that.”

Barbara laughed. “Discredit me without discrediting yourself? I’d like to see you try that.”

As Arabella got closer, Barbara could smell that flowery scent she had always associated with Belinda. It did not suit Arabella in the least. The younger woman needed a muskier scent, one that would blend in better with her predatory nature.

“You’ve already lost Graham and Gwen. Mama and Paul are on my side. Do you want to lose Sharon as well?”

“There’s nothing you can do or say that will turn Sharon or anyone else in this office against me,” Barbara said. “So, don’t waste your breath.” While she maintained a tight smile and spoke in an even tone, Barbara could hear her pulse pounding as tremors of anger shot through her limbs. She wanted desperately to sit down but would not give Arabella any more physical advantages.

Arabella smiled smugly. “Sharon doesn’t like secrets or people who keep them. I wonder how she would react if I told her about your . . . our origins.”

“You wouldn’t dare!”

Arabella shrugged. “I don’t care one way or another. Stewart is encouraging me to write about our lives. He thinks it has the makings of a bestseller.” She laughed. “In addition to the erotica, of course.”

She’s bluffing. Barbara ignored the intrusive thought as memories of Stewart rushed back. He was the consummate businessman and enjoyed being on the cusp of the latest trend. His artist clients produced edgy and controversial art that had been rejected by more conservative agents. Vast stores of family money allowed Stewart to be more daring and sometimes even provocative. What could be more daring and provocative than a mermaid wife?

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Bio

In 2008, Joanne took advantage of early retirement and Guidoccio 001decided to launch a second career that would tap into her creative side and utilize her well-honed organizational skills. Slowly, a writing practice emerged. Her articles and book reviews were published in newspapers, magazines, and online. When she tried her hand at fiction, she made reinvention a recurring theme in her novels and short stories. A member of Crime Writers of Canada, Sisters in Crime, and Romance Writers of America, Joanne writes paranormal romance, cozy mysteries, and inspirational literature from her home base of Guelph, Ontario.

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The Duke’s Temptation Tasty Virtual Book Tour

Next week marks another big first for me, the start of my two week virtual book tour with Tasty Book Tours.

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Since the release of The Duke’s Temptation, my days have been filled with marketing, blogging, emotional highs with amazing reviews (and a couple dips with mediocre ones), and meeting some great people. All while trying to make edits to book two of the series and finish writing book three. It has been a thrilling ride and one I wouldn’t undo for the world.

Starting November 2nd, I’m excited to embark on the book tour that will take me to multiple blogs daily where I will meet many more readers and authors.

The complete tour information can be found at Tasty Book Tours.  A huge thank you to Lisa and the rest of the Tasty Book Tour staff for making the experience wonderful and the process painless. Oh, and for the beautiful banner. Stop by their site to see what other great tours they have going and just because it is so pretty. I love cruising around it and checking out the book covers. Yes, I’m a dork.

Below is the schedule. Please stop by and say hi.

Nov 2nd  – Happy Ever After Book Reviews -Rev/Exc
(Stop 2) – Ellesea Loves Reading -P/Exc
(Stop 3) – Written Love Reviews – P/Exc
(Stop 4) – reily’s point of view -Promo
(Stop 5) – Gwyn Plummer – Rev/Exc

Nov 3rd –  Jen’s Reading Obsession – Rev/Exc
(Stop 2) –  Those Crazy Book Chicks – P/Exc
(Stop 3) –  abibliophobia anonymous book reviews – Promo
(Stop 4) – born to read books -P/Exc

Nov 4th – Buried Under Romance -Rev/Exc
(Stop 2) – Underneath the covers -P/Exc
(Stop 3) – Nicole’s Book Musings – P/Exc
(Stop 4) – Nelle’s Nightstand -P/Int (3)

Nov  5th – E-Romance News -P/Exc
(Stop 2) – Sexy Siren Book Blog -P/Exc
(Stop 3) – Rookie Romance – Rev/Exc

Nov 6th – Lush Book Reviews – P/Exc
(Stop 2) –  Manga Maniac Cafe -P/Exc
(Stop 3)  – Diana’s Book Reviews – Rev/Exc
(Stop 4) – Will Read for Feels -Rev/Exc
(Stop 5) – Alexis’s Musings – P/Exc
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Nov 9th – Moonlight Rendezvous -P/Rev
(Stop 2) – Queen of Night Reviews – P/Int (2)
(Stop 3) – Romantic Historical Reviews – Rev/Exc
(Stop 4) – Books That Hook – Rev/Exc

Nov 10th – booknerd -Rev/Exc
(Stop 2) – MM Jaye Presents – P/Exc
(Stop 3) – A Tasty Read Book Reviews– Promo

Nov 11th – Roses Are Blue -P/Rev
(Stop 2) – Eskimo Princess Book Reviews – P/Exc

Nov 12th – Red Wine & Books -P/Rev
(Stop 2) – Karen’s Killer Book Bench – P/Exc
(Stop 3) –  LibriAmoriMiei -P/Rev
(Stop 4) – The Reading Wench -P/Exc

Nov 13th – Crystal’s Chaotic Confessions – P/Exc
(Stop 2) – Books Like Breathing  -Rev/Exc
(Stop 3) – Christine’s Words – P/Exc
(Stop 4) – Teatime and Books -Promo
(Stop 5) –SOS Aloha  -P/Exc

Book Highlight: Liliana’s Letter by Alina K. Field

Today I’m going to put my feet up and bask in the joy of surviving my very first release yesterday by turning things over to multi-published, award winning author Alina K. Field, who has her own exciting news to share. Welcome to Random Ramblings, Alina.

Thank you for hosting me today, Addie Jo!

Liliana's Letter ebookI’m excited to share the release of my latest Regency novella, Liliana’s Letter. After I finished my novel Bella’s Band I went to work on another Regency series. But a character from Bella’s Band, the hero’s uncle, nagged at me to tell his story, so I put aside my other project to reveal the story of how Lord Grigsby, the dependable, conscientious, dutiful Baron, found his own true love. This was a great deal of fun to write, also a bit of a challenge because it’s a prequel to the novel. I found myself going back and forth between the published novel and the manuscript, thanking my lucky stars that I had not gone into a lot of detail about the characters in the novel!

I love that the baron found his true love and I hope readers will enjoy the story, too!

Book Blurb:

The Matchmaker

Lord Grigsby wants nothing more than to retreat to his study, but a promise to his long-dead sister has forced him back into society to broker the marriage of his nephew to the heiress whose money can save the young man’s earldom. If only the young lady’s starchy hired companion would move out of the way.

The Matchbreaker

Hired to launch an heiress’s society debut, seemingly straitlaced spinster Liliana Ashford’s future as a professional chaperone depends on the girl’s successful marriage. But Liliana had her own close encounter with a scoundrel years ago, and she won’t let her charge be forced into marriage to the same kind of rogue, no matter how hard the man’s widowed uncle tries to woo Liliana around to the match.

Secrets and a Scandalous Murder

A shadow from Liliana’s past appears bearing an unfortunate letter she wrote long ago, and then the earl is murdered, evoking the scandal of the season. While she scrambles to make a respectable match for her charge before her own past can be exposed, Grigsby sets about finding his nephew’s killer—and Liliana’s secrets.

Excerpt:

The woman at Grigsby’s side was like a lightning rod expecting a bolt to strike, or like a Fury about to deliver one. This close, scent wafted from her, roses and lemon, he’d guess. Tall, straight, and stiff, underneath her self-possession was a temper ready to unleash. He would bet on it.

Intriguing. He dared to poke her ire. “You clearly don’t approve of the match. Do you intend to openly oppose it?”

Her head whipped around, and she glared. “It’s not for me to approve or disapprove. Katie—Miss Mercer—will decide.”

Passion flashed in her eyes, sending an answering spark through him. She was magnificent—though so very mistaken. “Really? Then her father is more liberal than I expected.”

She looked him over more closely. “What do you know of this matter?”

I might ask you the same question. Her tone had been stiff, like the crystallized dome covering bubbling lava. He fixed her with his sternest glare, not entirely surprised at her cheek.

His glower didn’t impress her. She lifted her shoulders higher. Stood a little taller, proud, lovely, and filled with indignation.

Quite righteous indignation. He gave into an unmanly sigh, truly weary of his responsibility for Thomas. “I know a good deal, Miss Ashford. I have been negotiating for these nuptials. The arrangement is my doing as much as Mr. Mercer’s. Much more than it is my nephew’s. He is probably the least culpable, except for his abominable behavior.”

She clenched her hands tightly. “I see.”

“Thomas’s mother was my older sister. I made a promise to her that I would look after him.” Her gaze softened, and she bit her lip in a way that made him want to taste the part that she was nipping.

And where had that thought come from?

“And your nephew needs money and an heir.”

He nodded. As a woman of the ton, of course she would understand how marriage worked. Marriage wasn’t about love, or the bride’s approval, or a plump lower lip that begged to be kissed.

“He needs money most of all. He has a younger brother in the army who would make a far more dutiful earl.”

He covered his mouth with his hand. The words had rolled out, shocking him. He rarely spoke this frankly with any woman.

Very well, he never spoke this frankly with any woman.

She released a soft breath. “And there is the matter of the ore.”

His mouth gaped and he quickly closed it. Mr. Mercer had shared that information? Well. “That part of the county is rich with newly discovered veins of iron.”

That information brought her up straighter. She looked away, gazing intently at a thick, dark spot of foliage, making him want to pry into that sharp mind.

“I see,” she said. “I believe we should go back in now.”

Not yet. He tucked her hand over his arm but did not move. “I had hoped we were not finished talking. I’ve learned your Christian name is Liliana, but I don’t know anything else about you. I don’t know where you’re from or anything about your family.”

He sensed her bristling, and waited for some reaction, perhaps a slap, verbal, or, with a woman of her passion, even a physical one. Strictly speaking, he was importuning her, and damn if he wasn’t enjoying the nerves rippling through her.

Available on:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1VBXAld

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/liliana-s-letter

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/lilianas-letter/id1046400564?mt=11

Bio:

Alina K. FieldAward winning author Alina K. Field earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and German literature, but she found her true passion in reading and writing romance. Though her roots are in the Midwest, after six very, very, very cold years in Chicago, she moved to Southern California and hasn’t looked back. She shares a midcentury home with her husband and a blue-eyed cat who conned his way in for dinner one day and decided the food was too good to leave.

She is the author of the 2014 Book Buyer’s Best winner in the novella category, Rosalyn’s Ring, a Regency novella; and the novel-length sequel, a 2015 RONE Award finalist, Bella’s Band, both Soul Mate Publishing releases.

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