Saturday, June 17, 2017

Welcome to author J. Lynn Rowan

 Hello, J. Lynn, welcome, and congratulations on your book release, a contemporary romance! Let's hear a little about He Takes the Cake.


BLURB:



Life is good for Tess Gardiner: Her Savannah, Georgia, bakery and cafe is thriving. She’s earned Master Pastry Chef status from the American Culinary Federation. And she’s attending a regional culinary convention in Charleston, where she’s been invited to sit on a small business panel discussion. The opportunity to tout her success will, hopefully, lead to bigger and better things in her professional life. As for her personal life? The relative contentedness she’s enjoyed for years receives a sudden jolt when she comes face to face with Tyler Brinks, the ex-boyfriend she summarily dismissed from her life eight years ago.



Tyler’s success as a highly-trained chef has launched him into the stratosphere. He already owns one ridiculously successful restaurant, and he’s aggressively working on plans for a second. But he’s never quite gotten over Tess, and he’s never really been sure what actually went wrong between them. So when a pastry and baking competition is announced for the week following the culinary convention in Charleston, Ty jumps at the chance to tempt Tess with the challenge of being his partner, giving him the perfect opportunity to remind her how good they once were together.



As the competition heats up in the kitchen, it soon becomes clear to Tess that Ty has more than cream puffs and cupcakes on his mind. And she can’t deny that her feelings for Ty never truly cooled, but have been simmering all these years, despite the way their relationship ended. Now Ty’s attention has her wondering—is this just the path to final closure? Or could this be a second chance at true love?

***Nice! Now for an excerpt:
Except:

“Before we go in there, I have something for you,” Ty says, reaching out but stopping just short of actually touching me.



I stare at his extended hand for a second, then flick my gaze up to his eyes. “Okay.”

Smiling, Ty crosses to a chair on the other side of the kitchen, where he’d draped his chef’s jacket so it would be out of the way. He grabs it and shrugs into it, but then picks up something from the seat of the chair. Folded fabric, the same bright white as his chef’s jacket.

My breath catches in my throat. “Is that . . .?”

“I picked it up for you on my way home yesterday.” He shakes out another chef’s jacket, cut and tailored for a woman’s build. “Hope I guessed the size right.”

I take the chef’s jacket, holding it by the shoulders and studying every seam, stitch, and button. “It’s gorgeous, Ty. Thank you!”

He shrugs in that nonchalant way of his, but his eyes twinkle with joy at my pleasure. “I figured we ought to match. And it’s a gift. Whether or not we continue to round two or beyond, it’s yours to keep.”

“You didn’t need to do this,” I murmur, lowering the garment. “I already owe you for the entry fee, and—”

“I would’ve had to pay the entry fee whether you were working with me or not, so forget it.”

Ty fastens the buttons on his jacket. Then he takes mine back and circles around me, holding the chef’s jacket open so I can slide my arms in. The starched fabric crinkles a little, coaxing a giggle from me.

But the feel of Ty’s hands on my shoulders, the sense of them reaching around to fasten the buttons, makes me freeze. When he notices, he pauses, too. Then his hands drop away, and he clears his throat as he turns and grabs the handle of the serving cart.

“We should get this down to the judges.” His voice sounds choked.

Nodding, I finish with my buttons and follow him out.

  Author Bio and Links:



J. Lynn Rowan started writing stories as a small child, usually starring her favorite cartoon characters. Most of her work through middle and high school was filled with typical teenage angst and melodrama, and usually mirrored the books she loved to read. But eventually she found her own author’s voice and decided to seriously pursue a writing career.



Historical fiction remains J. Lynn’s “first love”, but she has enjoyed the journey to becoming an author of romance and chick lit. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Central New York Romance Writers, and the Historical Novel Society. She is also a teacher who tries to instill a love of learning, reading, and writing in her students.



When she’s not writing, J. Lynn enjoys travelling, gardening poorly but enthusiastically, studying various topics in American history for her own expertise, and channeling Julia Child every time she steps into the kitchen.



A native of Oswego, NY, she now lives in Charlotte, NC, with her own Romantic Hero of a husband and their little rainbow, affectionately known as Babycakes.













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Monday, May 15, 2017

Welcome to author Arlene Foster

Hello, Arlene, and congratulations on your book release!
I love that cover, and time travels are one of my favorite genres. How about a blurb?
Blurb:

Dorrie, felt a restlessness she couldn't explain, then a State Trooper, stops her for speeding. Thinking he is the answer to her discontent, she jumps headlong into an affair, only to realize nothing has changed, except she is pregnant.
A week before her baby is due; she receives a Celtic knot necklace for her birthday, from a great-great-grandmother that died two years before she was born.  Suddenly, thrust back in time she becomes her own great-great-grandmother.
What's a girl to do with no microwave, no fast food, and very limited cooking abilities?  Why, she learns to tackle that monstrosity of a wood burning cook stove of course.  She may have been a tiny bit spoiled in her previous life, but she had been raised to clean house with the best of them (whoever them is), and has a non-defeatist attitude. 

****What a great concept!
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Welcome to author Debra Holt

Hello, Debra, congratulations on your book release!


Let's hear a little about it.

BLURB:

“He’s back.”

Words Macy Donovan hoped to never hear.

Trace Cartwright was the maverick rodeo cowboy who broke her heart, leaving her on the steps of the church on the eve of their wedding. Now he's returned to build his home and to lay claim to her heart ... again. Macy barely survived the broken heart the first time. Does he think he can walk back into her life and take up where he left off?

Sounds good. Now for an excerpt:

Well, she was a take charge kinda gal now wasn’t she? The girl Trace Cartwright had left behind would have shrunk away into a dark corner to lick her wounds. But that’s not who she was anymore. Her eyes flew to the rearview mirror. Then her brain took over, and she spun the truck into a U-turn at the end of Main Street…good ting the sheriff was looking the other way. The element of surprise was on her side, and she would use it.

****Interesting! 


AUTHOR Bio and Links:



Born and raised in the Lone Star state of Texas, Debra grew up among horses, cowboys, wide open spaces, and real Texas Rangers.  Pride in her state and ancestry knows no bounds and it is these heroes and heroines she loves to write about the most.  She also draws upon a variety of life experiences including working with abused children, caring for baby animals at a major zoo, and planning high-end weddings (ah, romance!).
    
When she isn’t busy writing about tall Texans and feisty heroines, she can be found cheering on her Texas Tech Red Raiders, or heading off on another cruise adventure.  She read her first romance...Janet Dailey's Fiesta San Antonio, over thirty years ago and became hooked on the genre. Writing contemporary romances, is both her passion and dream come true, and she hopes her books will bring smiles...and sighs...to all who believe in happily-ever-after’s. 
     
Debra invites you to visit her website at www.debraholtbooks.com.   
She loves to hear from other aspiring authors or readers via email at debraholtbooks@gmail.com.   
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Welcome to artist Marie Jane

Marie Jane is an illustrator, artist and designer. Go here to see her wonderful work:

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Welcome to author Karen Michelle Nutt

 
Two Worlds Collided

GENRE:  time travel romance/ rock star fantasy




BLURB:

Evie Reid, on a whim, agrees to travel back in time to 1997 to change bad boy Bellamy Lovel's path of destruction. She's smart with a college degree, but she's still fan-girl crazy for the rock band, Civilized Heathens. Evie knows despite all Bellamy's smiles and enthusiasm on the stage, he's destined to end it all on one lonely night in a hotel room unless she can change his path.

Bellamy isn't keen on having Evie as his personal assistant, hired by his band mates to watch over him, and keep him on schedule. However, there is something about the woman that sparks his interest, despite his best to ignore her. When darkness threatens to consume him, he realizes she may be the only light that will chase the shadows away.


Excerpt:
Evie stood in the center of their clasped hands like they were going to play a game of London Bridge is Falling Down. The nursery rhyme seemed almost fitting. However, she wouldn't be repairing a bridge, but a life. Making it stronger in hopes that despair didn't weaken the mind where irrational decisions lay in wait to destroy. Evie stood nose to nose with the cardboard cutout of Lovel. It seemed creepy to be staring into those baby blue eyes and smiling face when she was about to take on a mission to save him from killing himself.

"If you zap us to oblivion, I'm going to be so mad at you," Lisa grumbled.

Kelsey ignored her and began the spell, "Send Emerson Violet Reid back to August 3, 1997, before Bellamy Kendrick Lovel drew his last breath." She went on and recited something that Evie didn't understand, something old and foreign, but as Kelsey spoke the words, the air around them felt different, heavy and charged. She gripped the necklace tighter and her gaze shifted to the cardboard Bellamy lookalike. The world tilted, making her dizzy and Kelsey's voice grew farther away. Then she felt a surge of wind around her, and a light so bright she shielded her eyes. Darkness blasted her senses next, and her body felt weightless as it zoomed through a black void. Sounds blasted her from every side and she wanted to cover her ears but couldn't move. She was at the mercy of whatever force was driving her away from her friends. 

Review: 

Everyone has dreamed of going back and changing things. What if it were possible? Evie’s favorite rock singer died when she was a young woman who was working as a nurse. She is now the head of his fan club, and she and her friends remember the beloved singer from a decade earlier. Then the chance of a lifetime comes and. Evie can go back and save him. Years before, she had had the chance to accompany him with his band in order to keep him on schedule, but she had turned the job down. This time, she won’t. Perhaps she can be enough of an influence to save his life. Will it be safe to do so? How will he react to her?

            This is an exciting story about second chances. Both Evie and Bellamy, her beloved singer, are well-developed characters. The interaction between them is realistic and interesting. A reader wonders, while perusing this story, if Evie will be successful, and even if she is, will she go back to her time and remember the past, or will she live those years all over again? Perhaps she will not save him but will learn something important. Time travels can go many ways. Is there a single timeline or many simultaneous ones? These are questions one might consider while reading about Evie’s and Bellamy’s adventure. Without giving away the ending, it can be said that the pace is quick. This is a fast, easy read with its steamy moments. Character development is weaved nicely around actions that lead to an exciting ending. For those who love time travel stories, this one will leave you happy that you picked it up.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Karen Michelle Nutt resides in California with her husband, three fascinating children, and houseful of demanding pets. Jack, her Chorkie, is her writing buddy and sits long hours with her at the computer.

When she’s not time traveling, fighting outlaws, or otherworldly creatures, she creates pre-made book covers to order at Gillian’s Book Covers, “Judge Your Book By Its Cover”. You can also check out her published cover art designs at Victory Tales Press and Rebecca J. Vickery Publishing.

Whether your reading fancy is paranormal, historical or time travel, all her stories capture the rich array of emotions that accompany the most fabulous human phenomena—falling in love.

Visit the author at her website: http://www.kmnbooks.com


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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Welcome to author Polly White

Hello, Polly, welcome to my blog, and congratulations on your book release'What If I Go?'!

Let's hear a little about it.

Blurb:
'Grace Negrescu is a Romanian teenager dreaming of UK streets paved with gold. Zul Mohammad is the savvy bad-boy from Birmingham who saw her coming. At first, she craves independence. Then money. Then love. What she gets is a rough deal

While she figures out what she actually needs in an unfamiliar city, she spirals towards abuse. Amidst a cocktail of toxic sweeteners, her instinct is never to give up but a new friend recommends that she run. Only her diary knows everything. What if she goes?

Bewildered, she considers the tortuous case presented by Detective Inspector Stretton. By dropping superstitions, she could believe in a worker at the Centre called Joe, telling  her about deserving justice. Hopefully, she can reclaim her identity and switch to the right path... Until Grace discovers how to trust again, what are the chances?

Despite these complications, all she needs is faith.

A cautionary tale for older teens, parents—anyone who's questioned how innocent students from good families are so easily sucked into the sleazy underworld.'

Excerpt (1st page)from 'What If I Go?':

'Chapter One Grace is on Her Way
Believe me. If I knew then what I know now, I wouldn’t have left home. Mother said something about God’s protection. Rewinding was not an option, but leaving our village seemed a no-brainer then. I was clutching a lucky ewe’s tooth deep inside my wax coat pocket, and my future was sorted. ‘Welcome to Britain,’ the pilot announced. Still, I felt I’d been given a break; doors were opening at last. The vibrant rays coming through the plane window weren’t quite as vivid as those in my dream, but it was okay. My journey had begun. Then I had stomach cramps after the touch-down at Birmingham Airport. That triggered running for the loo. Lucky I didn’t know about the dodgy deal I’d signed up to. A good job or I’d have begged a seat on the next flight back to Bucharest. Faking it, I kept my eyes focused ahead and rubbed away the creases from my best pink blouse, tucked neatly into my jeans. I convinced myself I could do this travelling abroad thing and desperately wanted to make a good impression, but dragging my wheelie case made me melt into a messy heap. That wasn’t a good start. A fine drizzle crazed the huge arrivals hall windows blurring my vision; the air was muggy. When I reached for a body spray out of the suitcase side pocket, it got kind of awkward. Breaking one of their silly rules about liquids, I passed on sharing the pepper spray joke with my cousin because the natives were far too jumpy. Instead, I texted home - Got ere safe, which I kind of had done. That was premature. My mobile was confiscated not long after.'

Bio:
Author Polly White admits to being around forty. Her absolute favourite place to go with her family is the seaside, which is a long way from the suburbs where she lives in the Midlands, UK. To keep fit she runs along paths. That's when she imagines her characters in their own setting, aiming to offer a heads-up to readers. She attended a conference supporting victims of sexual exploitation called Hope for Justice and spoke to police, as part of the research for this realistic fiction. However, holding her protagonist’s hand was scary. The ebook called, ‘What If I Go?’ is aimed at college and uni students. Dealing with sensitive coming-of-age issues in an easy read way, the story of Grace acts as a heads up for others to avoid falling prey to gangs. The aim is to raise awareness of issues that can make students vulnerable, in a culturally cohesive manner. She is an advocate for young women and loves to empower them through her fiction. Polly is a multi-genre author with previous short story success. Her muse has a Christian voice. Her characters learn by experience making the read more authentic.

please see me here
https://pollyjwhite.wordpress.com/

Available from 31st January at Solstice Publishing
http://solsticepublishing.com/