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Author: Lizzy Roberts
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 13, 2015
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Eight years ago Emma’s life is ripped apart when Charlie saves her life from a devastating tornado and walks away. Left with nothing, she moves from Glen Springs, Oklahoma to New York. She finds success, but the only thing that feels like home is M’s Place, the diner near her apartment.

A trip to Las Vegas changes everything. Things are looking up then tragedy strikes. Emma moves back to Oklahoma with more on her plate than she ever imagined. Can she finally get her life together and put the history between her and Charlie to rest?

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Without a thought, he jumped from his truck and ran inside the house screaming for Emma. The telephone was ringing off the hook and he wondered where she had gone. He could see out of the kitchen window that they had seconds to react. The dark clouds were now a swirling mass of yellow, grey and white and he could see that as the storm was approaching the clouds were rotating majestically, mixing together in the turbulent air. Then he saw it, the tell-tale funnel of a tornado that was trying to touch ground. He had seen a few tornados in his time, not surprising as he was raised in the most tornado-prone areas of America. But this was a monster storm and in the few seconds he had taken to check what was happening he counted at least four separate funnel clouds that kept trying to touch ground and that meant one thing; complete disaster. The old, timber-framed house would be destroyed along with him and Emma if he didn’t hurry. He had to act fast. The weather was worsening by the second and with the intense hail that was now falling, they risked injury just trying to attempt to escape.

Charlie raced into the corridor, down the center of the house and straight into Emma’s room where he found her listening to the iPod, oblivious to the scene unfolding around them. Charlie and Emma were caught right in the middle of Mother Nature unleashing weather on a scale neither of them had ever witnessed before. Wasting no time, Charlie grabbed the stunned young woman and as he ran from the house with her in his arms the earphones fell from her ears and he shouted, “Where is the nearest tornado shelter, Em? We need to get there now!”

The terror was clear on his face and he felt her stiffen as she clung on to him so tightly that her knuckles went white from the strain. He felt safer with her in his arms, despite the absolute carnage that was unfolding just a few hundred yards away from them now. He was trying his best to shelter her too from the huge hailstones that were hitting them both relentlessly. He could feel them ripping into the fabric of his jacket. He ran as fast as he could, holding her as if their lives depended on it. She must have realized she was hindering him and wriggled out of his grasp and grabbed his hand as she ran along side him.

“Over there.” He heard above the roar of the wind and thunder as she pointed to the old Fitzgerald place just opposite her parents’ house. It was a large log cabin style home, which had in the past housed a substantial and well-stocked tornado shelter in the grounds. She had often told him that the place always made her grimace. He agreed though, that its odd looking, two-toned wood construction made it one of the least attractive buildings in the area. Thankfully, it was buried within a large forested plot and was barely visible from anywhere until the winter cleared the leaves from the surrounding trees. It wasn’t too long ago that sweet, old Mrs. Fitzgerald had moved into a home near the big city and the place was now empty. He hoped that the shelter was still there and open. He later found out that Mrs. Fitzgerald had always made sure that Emma’s parents knew to use the shelter with them being her nearest neighbors. Emma wriggled from Charlie’s arms and they ran for their lives toward the side of the property. The storm was almost on top of them. He cautioned a glance back toward the house and saw that the funnel had touched ground and expanded in the time that they had run across the road and to the shelter. The thunder rumbled on, each clap merging into the next as the noise of the hail on the tree branches and the asphalt of the road made it almost impossible to hear anything else.

Ripping at the overgrown foliage surrounding the doorway, he managed to ease the door open just as the full force of the tornado hit the neighborhood. Huge pieces of unidentifiable debris, along with pieces of farmyard machinery, large chunks of clapboard, and roofing that had been ripped from the recently destroyed houses were swirling around just meters in front of them. The noise was thunderous. The pressure changes were causing havoc with their ears and there was no way they could communicate effectively.

Charlie turned to grab his sweetheart to pull her into the safety of the shelter and he found she had vanished. His heart failed when he realized that she could be anywhere by now if she had been caught in an updraft because the power of this storm was terrific. He stood from his position near the entrance and glanced around in every direction. Even though it was pointless he started frantically shouting,

“Emma, Emma where are you? Emma!”

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30 – something Mum of two from the North of England (Yorkshire to be precise AKA Gods own Country) who regularly seeks refuge in fictional characters minds. Prefers the hot and hunky men with a romantic side but not averse to a dominant man, nor ones with a dark side too! She decided, after much persuasion from both her friends and especially her husband to pursue her dream of one day publishing her own book! So after much deliberation (and nagging from him indoors), her first book Steeling my Haart due for release March 2015!

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When Major Bartholomew Blackpool learns the girl-next-door from his childhood will be forced into an unwanted marriage, he returns home to play her pretend beau. He figures now that he’s missing a leg, a faux fiancée is the best an ex-soldier can get. He admires her pluck, but the lady deserves a whole man—and he’ll ensure she gets one.

Miss Daphne Vaughan hates that crying off will destroy Major Blackpool’s chances of finding a real bride. She plots to make him jilt her first. Who cares if it ruins her? She never wanted a husband anyway. But the major is equally determined that she break the engagement. With both of them on their worst behavior, neither expects their fake betrothal to lead to love…

 

The Major’s Faux Fiancée  is a standalone story in the Dukes of War  regency romance series, featuring roguish peers and dashing war heroes who return from battle only to be thrust into the splendor and madness of Regency England.

 

 

Release Date:                                                June 2015

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Length:                                                              300 pages (65-70k)

Genre:                                                             Historical Romance

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Erica Ridley: Q&A 

 

 

What is your all-time favorite book?

 

Ooh. Picking a single all-time favorite book is so hard. I can barely pick favorite genres! I love everything too much. But if I had to narrow it down to historical romance, I’ll cheat and say any historical written by Julie Garwood is my favorite!

 

If you could have been friends with a writer from the period of The Dukes of War series, who would it have been?

 

I would love to have been friends with Jane Austen! She must have been a riot. It would also have been great to talk shop with her—writers back then didn’t have the resources and support networks we have now, so she wrote all those wonderful stories completely on her own. She’s amazing!

 

Have you considered writing historical romances in other periods of history?

 

Yes, actually! I have an unfinished manuscript set in prohibition-era Chicago that I would love to get back to someday. I imagine it’s a vastly different audience than Regency/Victorian/Medieval England would be, so I’d likely have to take a pen name if I ever publish in that genre.

 

I’ve spent entire days from open to close poring over the books, photos, and newspaper archives in the Chicago History Museum, and hope I do get to write a flapper series!

 

Is it difficult to write Regency England books while living in a tropical climate?

 

It’s actually easier to write in Costa Rica than it was when I lived in London! Maybe because London is so… distracting? Rainforest life is undoubtedly more peaceful, but that’s not the whole answer.

 

When I write—just like when I read—my brain shuts off to everything around me, and I’m fully submerged into the world of the characters. I won’t notice the monkeys (or the double decker red buses) out the window, or the fact that it’s way past lunchtime and I haven’t changed position in three hours.

 

As long as I can get lost in the story world, it doesn’t much matter where I really am!

 

If you weren’t a writer and could be anything you want, what would it be?

 

I love to travel, and I love languages, so my non-writer dream job would be traveling the world, learning and teaching other languages. I have a friend who was born in Italy, studied in Spain, then moved to the United States, and now teaches French. My kind of lady! I would happily be a fry cook, if it included travel around the globe. 😉

 

 

The Dukes of War romance books in Series Order:

 

#1         The Viscount’s Christmas Temptation                 Nov. 2014

#2         The Earl’s Defiant Wallflower                                Dec. 2014

#3         The Captain’s Bluestocking Mistress                   Mar. 2015

#4         The Major’s Faux Fiancée                                     Jun. 2015

#5         The Brigadier’s Runaway Bride                            Sept. 2015

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Erica Ridley is a USA Today best-selling author of historical romance novels. Her latest series, The Dukes of War, features roguish peers and dashing war heroes who return from battle only to be thrust into the splendor and madness of Regency England.

 

When not reading or writing romances, Erica can be found riding camels in Africa, zip-lining through rainforests in Costa Rica, or getting hopelessly lost in the middle of Budapest.

 

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Release Day Blitz: Desire by K. French

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Book Title: Desire
Author: K. French
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 20, 2015
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Returning home from Verona on cloud nine, Ava Hart is ready to share her secret with the world. She feels that nothing and no one can stand in the way of her happiness with Gabriel Edwards, that is until tragedy strikes again, bringing with it an unexpected visitor. Once more Ava is thrown into emotional turmoil, not helped by Gabriel having to move back to London. And with everyone seemingly intent on trying to tear them apart, Ava will need to search deep within her soul to discover what it is her heart truly desires.

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“Ava, men are attracted to you like moths to a flame. A beautiful, hypnotic flame. They willingly throw themselves onto the fire, hoping to get nearer, beating themselves up in the process…”

“When you kiss me, I want you to be thinking of me only, no one else. Do you hear?” He sounded hurt. I nodded as best I could. Tears stung my eyes at his harsh words. “I want you Ava, make no mistake about that, but not like this, when you’re drunk and still thinking of him. When I kiss you, it will be me and only me who occupies that beautiful mind of yours.”

“I have watched you Ava. You are strong, don’t ever doubt that. And although right now you are at your lowest point and you feel that there is no way out, believe an old man when he says, no matter what your situation, life has a wonderful habit of turning out good in the end. Look at Bridget and me. Who would have guessed it? But, if right now it is not good and your heart still aches, then my dear sweet girl, it is not quite the end. Life goes on. The world doesn’t stop turning. You have to continue to live your life. Don’t give up, keep trying and believe in yourself.” He kissed my cheek and let me go. I didn’t know what to say. “Keep smiling beautiful girl.” Tears ran down my cheeks.

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Book Review: A Timeless Romance Anthology: California Dreamin’ collection.

 

 

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Six brand new contemporary romance novellas with bestselling and award winning authors.

In the sweet novella TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE by Heather B. Moore, Gwen uses her wedding photography business to keep her life simple and focus on something other than her own broken heart. When Jack, a guy too handsome for his own good, helps her clean up after a photoshoot, then asks her out, she doesn’t know if she can handle dating again. But Jack’s charm wins her over, and she agrees to meet him for dinner. The more she gets to know Jack, the more she likes him, but everything about him seems too good to be true.

GONE FISHING, a charming novella by Kaylee Baldwin, follows Claire as she tries to convince her dad to leave his start-up company as a boat guide and come back home to Colorado. He’s the only one who can defend Claire against her domineering mother. But when she arrives at the San Diego harbor, she’s met with more than one surprise. First, that her dad is truly living his dream and has never been happier, and second, she’s unexpectedly attracted to his business partner, Miguel.

In THE PIER CHANGES EVERYTHING, an enchanting novella by Annette Lyon, Alexandria has one last task to perform for her late husband, who died much too young: scatter his ashes in the Pacific Ocean. She goes to the Santa Monica Pier to do just that, but her plans get sidetracked after meeting Michael and feeling an immediate connection to him. They grab lunch, and the more time they spend together, the more they discover that they have in common—including past romantic hardships. As the day wears on, Alexandria begins learn that her heart just might be able to find love again.

In Jennifer Moore’s captivating novella A HERO’S SONG, AnneMarie’s career as a romance novelist is skyrocketing and her agent books her on a late night talk show. The host gets her to admit that she was in love once, with a guitar player. Moments after her segment, Lance Holden appears on the same stage, to perform his newest song. Is it a terrible coincidence? AnneMarie hasn’t seen Lance ever since he broke her heart ten years ago, and she has refused to think about him again. Their lives are worlds apart, but as Lance tries to reconcile with AnneMarie, she finds herself taking a second chance.

In STAY WITH ME, an endearing novella by Shannon Guymon, Jolie moves to L.A. to take on a nanny position for the summer, since apparently having a degree in art doesn’t translate to getting a job as a graphic designer. When Fitz, the family’s chauffeur, picks her up at the airport, she wonders if every man in LA is model-gorgeous. When Jolie meets her two charges, she finds them adorable and needy. But it’s harder to hold onto her job than she thought with a hostile Mrs. James and her spoiled brother. Fitz becomes both the silver lining of her job and the man who just might convince her to stay in L.A.

In the delightful novella, A PLACE TO CALL HOME, by Sarah M. Eden, Ada is the best realtor around. The best. She prides herself in matching each client with the house that will fit all of their needs. She hasn’t failed yet. So when Craig hires her to find him the perfect condo for him and his son, Ada is up for the challenge. What she may not be prepared for is her unforeseen attraction to Craig, her immediate attachment to his nine-year-old son, and her heart telling her that it’s okay to take another chance.

 

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A Timeless Romance Anthology: California Dreamin’ collection.
By Heather B. Moore, Sarah M. Eden, Shannon Guymon, Kalee Baldwin, Annette Lyon, Jennifer Moore.

I will have to say these stories make me just want to move to California and enjoy life by the beach.
All the writers did a great job on each story, I really enjoyed them all. I loved reading all these short story’s they are all positive and happy ever after type books. Which is something I love to read.
1) Too Good To Be True By Heather B. Moore:
I love this story as Gwen is trying to keep her life simple and working on her wedding photography business. She isn’t looking for love, just wants to do her own thing.
Jack, is a busy man, no time for women, but meets Gwen, Jacks family is not happy about it.
I liked it because it is sweet and romantic, so worth reading this story.

2) Gone Fishing by Kaylee Baldwin:
When Claire’s Parents divorced her father moved to the beach and Claire and her sister where stuck living with their mother. Her Dad started his life dream being a boat guide, Claire wants her dad back home where she thinks he belongs. Loved this story, loved how Claire learned about her dad and want makes him happy and what works for him and you can read how she learns how as well. I love how this story went, the characters and all the fun action. The choices Claire has to make and how her mom reacted so worth reading this story.

3) The Pier Changes Everything by Annette Lyon:
This is a really touching story. It is a sad story to start with Alexandria goes to the Santa Monica Pier to scatter her young husband’s ashes. She gets sidetracked and meets Michael. She goes to lunch with him, and there is an immediate connection. This story reminds me of being at the right place at the right time and not knowing why. Like there is something in the universe having them meet. So a wonderful story, one that you will be happy you read.

4) A Hero’s Song by Jennifer Moore:
AnneMarie is a romance writer who hasn’t really have any romance. Her novel is skyrocketing and her agent books her on a late night talk show. The host gets her to admit that she was once in love with a guitar player and missed out. She really told all and then guess what? The schedule music for that show was the guy she was talking about, wow she was really upset that he was there and she told all to a TV audience. Possible could be anyone’s worse nightmare.
How could they have possible been schedule to be on the same show? What happens next, you will need to read this one. I loved it.

5) Stay With Me by Shannon Guymon.
Jolie takes on a job as a nanny position for the summer. She totally falls for the kids, she really cares for the kids and enjoys their time together. Of course there are issues, like the kids mom, she doesn’t really have time for the kids and she expects the nanny to also take care of her adult brother. Of course there is a cute man in the picture who helps with life. Loved this story, was really fun to read.

6) A Place To Call Home by Sarah M. Eden:
Ada who is single is the best realtor around, she really wants to make sure that her clients find the right home to live in. So when Craig hires her, it is a challenge and the challenge is so worth it. Craig a single dad and with one son who also needs to have the perfect condo. I felt this was a very touching story and really enjoy how it unfolded.

These short stories are great to read anytime but the summer is best.

I received this book from the authors for an honest review.

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Swoon Romance YA Wednesdays: The Funeral Singer by Linda Budzinski Book Blitz with Giveaway #ReadSwoonRepeat

 

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Being a funeral singer was a dead-end job until it led her to him …

Seventeen-year-old Melanie Martin has witnessed her share of lame eulogies and uninspired epitaphs while singing part-time at her dad’s funeral home. She’s determined to be more than a funeral singer, more than just someone’s “beloved wife” or “loving mother.”

When Mel’s impromptu rendition of “Amazing Grace” at a local rock star’s graveside service goes viral on YouTube, she becomes an Internet sensation, gains thousands of fans and followers, and snags a hot rock star boyfriend–Zed Logan, bass player for The Grime.

But instant fame isn’t easy—and neither is love. Especially when Mel realizes she’s falling for another guy—one who may just want her heart more than her voice …

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Linda Acorn Budzinski decided in the second grade that she wanted to be a “Paperback Writer,” just like in the Beatles song. She majored in journalism in college and now works in marketing and communications. She spent 18 years at a trade association in the funeral service industry, where she discovered that funeral directors are some of the bravest and most compassionate people on earth. Linda lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, Joe, and their chihuahua, Demitria. She has two step-daughters, Eris and Sarah. THE FUNERAL SINGER is her debut novel. She is represented by Andrea Somberg of Harvey Klinger Inc.

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Sneak Peak: Finding Us (A Nucci Securities Novel) by Debra Presley #Giveaway

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Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Pop star Abby Murphy has fame and fortune and handsome boyfriend and guitarist, Sean. That changes the night she finds him in the arms of another woman. But Sean won’t accept the breakup, and she soon finds out he’s working with her mother, who’s also her manager, to keep him in her good graces.

As Sean ratchets up his threats against her, Abby turns to her bodyguard, Danny Nucci, who will do everything in his power to keep her safe.

But when Abby realizes her feelings for Danny run much deeper than she’d like, she pushes him away as much to keep her own independence as to protect him from Sean’s machinations.

When Abby finally finds the strength to confront all that is wrong with her life, she seeks refuge with Danny, but is it too late? Has she pushed him away one too many times for him to trust her now? Or can he put his own demons aside to help repair them both?

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Meet the Author DebraPresleyButton.3 Debra is a native New Yorker who made her escape to the suburbs. She often visits her hometown to enjoy a bagel with butter from her favorite deli, because there’s no better bagel than a New York bagel. When not in search of bagels, Debra spends her time running Book Enthusiast Promotions, an online promotions company that helps indie authors spread the word about their books. She’s also the owner of The Book Enthusiast blog. She started writing lyrics in her wall-to-wall NKOTB bedroom at the tender age of thirteen while dreaming of the day she’d become Mrs. Jordan Knight. That dream never came to fruition, but she has continued to write. Now she’s working on her first novel. Social Media
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