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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

At Last in Laguna by Claire Marti - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hi lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Claire Marti and her new book, “At Last in Laguna”! 

When I saw this tour, I knew I had to be part of it!  As I am the main character in this book – haha jk!  Okay, I’m not the main character, but it is quite rare to find my birth name, Alyssa, featured in a book and even spelled correctly lol.  So, I was very excited to check out this book and feature it on my blog!!

For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Claire and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!


At Last in Laguna
by Claire Marti

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance

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Alyssa Morgan has secretly been in love with her older brother Nick’s best friend, Brandt Dempsey, since she was an awkward, lonely teenager. When she catches the bouquet at Nick’s wedding, she throws caution to the wind and propositions Brandt to a two-week fling. He’s tried to ignore how Alyssa has blossomed into a strong, talented, gorgeous woman because as his best friend’s baby sister, she’s off limits.

After they share a mind-blowing kiss, Brandt struggles to fight their undeniable chemistry. His tragic childhood scarred him, but he pushes it deep inside, only allowing the world to see a wealthy, carefree entrepreneur. Forced to work together on Brandt’s latest charitable venture, Brandt and Alyssa’s passion cannot be denied. Alyssa knows he’s the one. Can she convince him they belong together?

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EXCERPT TWO:

Alyssa Morgan gripped her champagne flute in her left hand and glued her right arm to her side, fingers curled into a fist. How in the world had she been recruited for the traditional wedding bouquet toss? The last place she wanted to be was among the pack of women vying to snag a bunch of flowers.

In fact, she’d hidden in the restroom with her champagne, certain she could escape the single ladies’ ordeal. Unfortunately, Sophie Morgan, née Barnes, refused to begin the archaic ritual until her new sister- in-law could be included. The other bridesmaids hunted her down and corralled her back to the dance floor.

Fine. So here she was, squeezed into the middle of the group. She’d pretend to participate. Nothing short of a cattle prod to the back could induce her to jump up and try to obtain the unwanted prize for herself.

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GUEST POST:

Always Continue Studying, Learning, and Honing Your Writing Craft

On the eve of the release of my second novel, At Last in Laguna, I’m filled with anticipation and excitement because I’m proud of this book. Don’t get me wrong, I am proud of my debut, Second Chance in Laguna, but I feel like this second book reflects all I’ve learned about the craft of writing over the last few years.

When I wrote Second Chance in Laguna, I’d studied several books on the craft of writing, devoured articles on the importance of goal, motivation, and conflict, read advice about proper pacing and what actually makes a book a page-turning pleasure. Because I’ve always been an avid bookworm and my love for reading fuels my writing, I’m intuitive with the rhythm and flow of words on the page. Wouldn’t this be enough to create a wonderful story?

After I began submitting queries to agents and editors, I realized the answer was no. On the recommendation of other writers I met at a local RWA chapter meeting, I began entering my manuscript into contests. Some of the scores and comments stung and I learned quickly that in one contest with three judges, you can receive two “A’s” and one “F.” I ended up winning one contest and placing third in another, which bolstered my confidence, as well as helped me fix flaws in my manuscript. This feedback enabled me to polish the story and receive a contract for my Finding Forever in Laguna series.

Four primary new habits and activities help me continue to improve my writing. Hopefully, one or all of them will resonate.

1. Find critique partners and beta readers who aren’t afraid to give you true constructive criticism. Another pair of eyes on your manuscript will give you the objective viewpoint you require to produce your best work. In a perfect world, your critique partner will suggest edits and/or help you brainstorm new ideas.

2.  Attend workshops and conferences as much as your budget allows. Workshops are invaluable to acquire new tips and techniques and are also the chance to connect with like-minded writers. I’m always motivated after a conference and energized to return to my writing cave. I attended my first RWA annual conference back in 2015 when I had barely finished Second Chance in Laguna. I was a newbie, eager for knowledge and inspiration and felt like I’d found my tribe. Smaller local conferences are another excellent way to stay motivated.

3. Listen to your editor or if you don’t have one, hire a great one.
My editor at The Wild Rose Press, Roseann Armstrong, is fabulous. At times I’d pull my hair out at the attention to detail she insisted upon with each round of revisions. But, incorporating her feedback from book one into the writing and self-editing of books two and three transformed my prose.

4. Read books and follow newsletters and blogs containing tips and advice. I regularly buy or borrow books on writing to stay fresh and informed, even if I glean only one helpful tip. For instance, I now make a poster board and write all my scenes on different colored sticky notes to visualize the big picture of the flow of my story. It’s simple to rearrange scenes when you can see them laid out.

In sum, never stop learning and improving your craft.

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AUTHOR BIO:


Claire Marti started writing stories as soon as she was old enough to pick up pencil and paper. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a BA in English Literature, Claire was sidetracked by other careers, including practicing law, selling software for legal publishers, and managing a non-profit animal rescue for a Hollywood actress.

Finally, Claire followed her heart and now focuses on two of her true passions: writing romance and teaching yoga. At Last in Laguna is the second book in her Finding Forever in Laguna series from The Wild Rose Press.

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Claire will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


**This post contains affiliate links and if clicked and a purchase made I may receive a small commission to help support this blog.  This does not cost you anything, it just helps pay for all those awesome giveaways on here.**

This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.

Hide and Seek by Desiree Holt - Book Blast - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hi lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Desiree Holt and her new book, “Hide and Seek”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win an Amazon Kindle Fire 7 with Alexa!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Desiree and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!


Hide and Seek
by Desiree Holt

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GENRE: Romantic Suspense

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Anything can happen when you let your guard down…

After receiving a violent threat on the heels of her father’s disappearance from the town of Arrowhead Bay, Devon Cole fears for her life—until Vigilance, a local private security agency, steps in to shield her from danger. Although she isn’t usually quick to surrender her freedom, she has no problem stripping her defenses for her new sexy bodyguard…

Tortured by the painful memory of lost love, Logan Malik is determined not to fall for a client again. So when he’s tasked with watching over Devon day and night, he’s focused on doing his job. Day is no problem, but as tensions rise at night, nothing can protect them from giving in to unbridled passion…

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EXCERPT TWO:

He wasn’t as much shocked by his physical reaction as by the fact that it happened at all. For a long time now, he’d managed to keep a clamp on his sex drive and take it out only when required, like taking aspirin for a headache.

“You’re a smart woman,” he congratulated her. “I didn’t know if you’d play along with me.”

She inhaled an unsteady breath and blew it out. “I took a chance. You could have been worse than they were.”

“Still, that shows brains and quick thinking. Good for you.” He studied the interior of her car. “Wow. They did a number with that window. Don’t move. There’s chunks and pebbles everywhere.”

She stared at him, studying his face. “You promise you aren’t the second wave? You know, like good cop, bad cop? The bad guys threaten me and you come along and win my confidence by helping me?”

“Nope. Scout’s honor.”

“I, uh, saw that you have a gun.”

“So did those jackasses. I wanted them to see it.” He smiled at her. “But I only use it as part of my job.”

She caught her lower lip in her teeth. “They just came at me out of nowhere and ran me off the road. Then they boxed me in and smashed the window.”

“Later I’ll want all the details. Right now let’s get you out of here.”

“Do you know who they are? Those men?”

“No.” His voice hardened. “But I know other garbage like them.”

She swallowed. “So who are you, anyway?”

“Oh. Sorry.” He winked at her, and the tension in her body visibly eased. “Logan Malik. Savior of women in danger.”

“Devon Cole.” She dug up a smile. “Woman in danger who needed saving.”

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AUTHOR BIO:


Desiree Holt is the world’s oldest living published author of erotic and spicy romance. A graduate of the University of Michigan with double majors in English and History, her earlier careers include agent and manager in the music industry, public television, associate vice president of university advancement, public relations, and economic development.

She is three times a finalist for an EPIC E-Book Award (and a winner in 2014), a nominee for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, winner of the first 5 Heart Sweetheart of the Year Award at The Romance Studio as well as twice a CAPA Award winner for best BDSM book of the year, a USA Today Bestselling author and winner of the Holt Medallion for Excellence in Romance Literature.

She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The Village Voice, The Daily Beast, USA Today, The (London) Daily Mail, The New Delhi Times, The Huffington Post and numerous other national and international publications. She is also the Authors After Dark 2014 Author of the Year.

“Desiree Holt is the most amazing erotica author of our time and each story is more fulfilling then the last.” (Romance Junkies)

Learn more about her and read her novels at the links below.

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Desiree will be awarding a Kindle Fire 7 with Alexa to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


**This post contains affiliate links and if clicked and a purchase made I may receive a small commission to help support this blog.  This does not cost you anything, it just helps pay for all those awesome giveaways on here.**

This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.

Monday, October 16, 2017

The Accidental Wedding by Debra Elizabeth - Book Tour - Book Sale - Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hi lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Debra Elizabeth and her new book, “The Accidental Wedding”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Debra and to increase your chances of winning!

This book is on SALE during the book tour for ONLY $0.99!!!  See below for more details.

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!


The Accidental Wedding
by Debra Elizabeth

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance

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Unemployed Keira Callahan decides to try her luck at the casino before delving back into job hunting. As she walks through the casino, she bumps into the most handsome man she’s ever seen. When he asks her to dinner, she doesn’t hesitate. As she learns Cade Tyndale’s story—he needs to wed or lose his British estate, her impulsive nature rears up and she agrees to marry him and move to England for one year. What does she have to lose except her heart to the impossibly handsome Earl of Barrett?

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EXCERPT ONE:

“Forget it, Elizabeth. I don’t see how I can pull it off,” Cade Tyndale, the fourteenth Earl of Barrett, said to his twenty-three-year-old sister. It saddened him to see the frown on her pretty oval face. “Besides, eligible young women don’t pop up out of thin air these days. I fear the worst, that Edward will indeed inherit the estate even though I’ll keep the title, Earl of Barrett. What’s a title without the estate? I won’t be in charge of making any decisions about how the income is spent. Those decisions will fall to Edward. We must resign ourselves to it.”

Elizabeth shook her head vigorously, her blond hair flying out around her head. “Cade, don’t say that. We’ll figure something out,” she said, turning and staring out the window of their ancestral home.

“It’s not fair. Why does it have to be like this?”

Cade walked to her and wrapped his arm around her shoulders, giving her a gentle squeeze. “I know, but that’s what the will states. There’s no contesting it. If I could have changed the terms, you know I would have done it.”

She turned into him and buried her face in his chest, soft sobs escaped her throat.

He stroked her hair while holding her tight. “Please don’t cry. It won’t be so bad.”

“Perhaps a ball,” Elizabeth said.

“A ball?”

“Yes, of course. Young women love balls, and you’ll be able to find a suitable wife.”

Cade gently grasped her small hands within his. “Stop.”

“What?”

“Please stop. There will be no ball. I cannot find a wife like that. There is no fairytale ending here.”

“But Cade…”

Cade shook his head. “I’m sorry, Elizabeth, but there’s nothing more I can do.”

Tears welled again in Elizabeth’s blue eyes before spilling down her cheeks. “Won’t you keep trying?”

He tried to pull her in closer for a hug, but she ran out of the library. Cade watched her leave, then turned to gaze out the window. He was out of options to make things better for her and for the future of the estate. There was no way he’d find a bride in less than a week. It was hopeless, and Edward would inherit the estate.

Behind him, he heard footsteps and turned to see his valet enter. “Will there be anything else, sir?”

Cade shook his head. “No, Clifton. Let’s go. There’s nothing more I can do here. Besides, I’m looking forward to enjoying myself in Las Vegas for a few days.”
“Very good, sir. The car is waiting.”

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REVIEW:


Okay this book pretty much sums up my dream fairy tale life lol!

As a girl from Vegas I totally loved that this book took place there!  Even better in the Bellagio Casino – where I often stay when I go back and visit.  So yes, this scenario could totally happen to me lol!

This book is about Keira, an unemployed, former marketing specialist, who is a bit unsure what direction her life is going in.  So, to try and figure things out she moves out of her apartment, puts her stuff in storage, and goes down to Las Vegas to spend some time with her sister’s family.  Deciding to go out on the town one night and blow off some steam she ends up at the Bellagio Casino on the Strip.

This book is about Cade, a sexy, GQ, Brit, from England, who is battling his own life issues.  Deciding to also get away to sort things out he ends up in Sin City as well.

Cade, the Earl of Barrett, inherited his title and family estate upon his father’s death.  Unfortunately, his father placed strict stipulations that if Cade was not married for at least one year before turning thirty he would forfeit his claim on the estate and it would transfer to Cade’s younger brother, Edward.

Upon arriving in Vegas, Cade’s twenty-ninth birthday was only five days away.  Cade was just about to run out of time before opportunity literally ran right into him!  That’s right!  Keira had just won big at the slot machines and was so excited she wasn’t paying attention and bumped into Cade on the casino floor.  These two felt an instant spark and Cade asked her to dinner.  Over dinner they both opened up about the problems they faced and the difficult choices they weren’t sure how they were going to handle.  Although, Keira had just met Cade she offered to marry him as it would solve both of their problems – she needed a place to live and had always wanted to visit England; and he needed a wife.  Cade was smitten with her and Keira found him quite handsome and charming.  Plus, they both knew they needed each other so they agreed to marry for one year and one day.  But what started out as a business arrangement, starts to get blurry when the more time they spend together the more they grow fonder of each other.  It isn’t long before feelings are developed and emotions are on the line.  But will they admit that to each other?  Or will they stick to their agreement of keeping it professional?  Then add in family drama, a brother trying to break up the marriage to win over the estate, a culture adjustment and being thousands of miles away from family and friends – things definitely complicated – and well entertaining!

I loved the characters!  Keira and Cade were likable, honest, and genuine.  They were very well developed!  Cade was a true gentleman and Keira was a lady.  I loved their chemistry!  Also, the way the fought for each other, helped each other, supported each other, and pushed each other to succeed.

This book was beautifully written with fantastic details, and wonderful characters!  Also, I totally loved the storyline!  Very creative, but still realistic!  And I'm totally gonna be booking another trip to the Bellagio soon lol!

{{I noticed that some people mentioned unrealistic in the sense that nobody would trust and marry someone and move to another country without really knowing them...  But honestly, that's not true...  I really think it's a generation thing, and as a millennial we all are too trusting and often meet people after just a few hours (if that) in person after chatting online or go home with someone after meeting them at a club and only dancing with them for maybe a couple songs...  We see celebrities get married after only knowing each other for a couple weeks or a couple months...  So not unrealistic at all...}}

This book is fast paced and keeps you fully engaged and entertained through the last page!

I gave this book a strong five-star rating and I probably would have given it more if I could have!

I would absolutely recommend this book to all romance readers!  This is a wonderful take on a modern-day fairy tale!  I can't wait to see what Debra write's next...  Perhaps a book featuring Cade's sister, Elizabeth???

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations.**

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AUTHOR BIO:


Debra Elizabeth is the romance pen name for fantasy author Debra L. Martin. She has been writing all kinds of stories since her teens and decided to finally publish her romance stories under a pen name so as not to confuse her fantasy fans. She publishes epic and urban fantasy with her co-author and brother, David W. Small and blogs regularly at Two Ends of the Pen.

Debra lives in New England with her husband and two kitties.

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Debra will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


**This post contains affiliate links and if clicked and a purchase made I may receive a small commission to help support this blog.  This does not cost you anything, it just helps pay for all those awesome giveaways on here.**

This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.

DEADSPEAK 2 by Ruth Bainbridge - Book Blast - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hi lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Ruth Bainbridge and her new book, “DEADSPEAK 2”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post – except the Available at Amazon picture.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Ruth and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!


DEADSPEAK 2
by Ruth Bainbridge

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GENRE: Mystery/Thriller

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DEADSPEAK2. The chilling new entry in the Deadspeak Mystery Series

Things look different when you're dead.

It’s Halloween and a group of teens throw a party at Harbinger Falls’ most celebrated haunted estate. It’s all fun and games until a session with a Ouija board guides the partygoers to the body of a young girl hidden in the attic.

Detective Kimberly Trent is assigned the case and quickly discovers that all is not as it seems. First, there’s the connection between the death and a string of petnappings terrorizing the neighborhood. Then there’s the suicide note that only leaves more questions than answers. A visit from Kimberly’s ghostly friend Griff Lindon sheds an unwelcome light. It seems she’s had a run in with the newly deceased who tells her she’s been murdered.

This is the second in The Deadspeak Mysteries. The entries are meant to be read in sequential order and do not standalone. In each book, you’ll find a new murder for Kimberly Trent to solve. You’ll also find the continuing search for who murdered Kim’s sister Elizabeth. Each book will take you closer and closer to finding out the identity of The Hex Killer, the serial killer who ended Elizabeth’s short life. It will also bring you to the heart of the evil that’s come back to life to wreak revenge.

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“A missing cat, sir?”

The shower with Max had turned into a lot more than earning a gold star in good hygiene. The afterglow of lovemaking stayed with her throughout breakfast, and the drive to work. It lasted right up until her talk with Captain Brody Walcott.

He never failed to quash thoughts not related to work.

What the hell was up with him anyway? How dare he propose such a ridiculous idea? After she’d helped solve the biggest case in Harbinger Falls’ history, he wanted her to find a cat?

“Not one, Kim—several. And not just cats. Dogs and cats are disappearing with regularity and people are not happy.”

“Tell them to call Animal Control,” she lashed.

“Animal Control deals with strays, not family pets that are stolen.”

It was a joke. It had to be a joke. She searched his dark eyes, but there were no signs it was.

“I don’t care! Give it to Cinder!” she blurted, tossing the picture of Smoky across the desk. It skidded to a halt at the roughened hands of her illustrious leader.

“Kim!” The angry tone shot through her; she bolted upright in her chair, “I know you think you’re a big detective and that this is beneath you, but there’s been over thirty dogs and fifteen cats abducted since September. There’s no accurate record since officers on this force have the same attitude you do.”

“And what attitude would that be, sir?”

“That pets aren’t important and that the police only deal with important things. Well, pets are important! Especially now that a few missing pets have turned into a pandemic.”

“Sir, I understand that they’re important to the family, but—”

“Detective Trent, do you really think you know everything? Read up on the statistical link between abuse of animals and serial killers, then come back and tell me your opinion.”

“Then you think—”

“What I think is that we either have a dog fighting operation or—”

“Or?” she prodded as he paused and took a swallow of black coffee.

“Or that a very sick individual in our community may develop into something way more terrifying.

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AUTHOR BIO:


Born in the idyllic, sleepy town of Ithaca, NY, Ruth Bainbridge has been a lover of mysteries for her entire life.

Ever since a child, she has consumed detective stories at regular intervals, becoming enamored with all the superstars of crime. She loved nothing more than to match wits with the likes of Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Thomas Pitt, Lord Peter Wimsey, Richard Jury, and Edward X Delaney, becoming inspired by their brilliance. Hoping to emulate her writing idol’s achievements in dreaming up such characters, she started composing her own short stories.

However, life interfered with her plans of becoming the next hopeful to try a life of crime—on paper at least. Devoting herself to her marriage and the raising of four children, the empty nest syndrome gave her the impetus to return to her first love—murder.

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