Sunday, November 23, 2014

Weekend Writing Warriors--Pre-release #excerpt from Whatever It Takes #SnippetSunday #8sunday

Hey everybody!

Last pre-release excerpt from Whatever It Takes (due out December 2). I took a little creative liberty with this, to make it fit. ;) 

“What are you afraid of, Jack?” She stiffened her spine and stood straighter. “That you might actually feel something?”

As quickly as he’d shut her out, he pivoted and stalked across the deck toward her. She took a step back, but in a few long strides, he reached her, seized her waist, and dragged her against him. As her body hit his, a gasp escaped, but she could only stare at him, stunned. A war raged in the depths of his eyes, more emotion than she remembered seeing there in a long time—desire, anger, pain, frustration, all fighting for supremacy.

“Or else I may do something I’m pretty sure you’ll hate me for in the mornin’.” The low huskiness of his voice washed over her like a heated caress, sending shivers down her spine, and obliterating whatever defenses she’d manage to build against him. “I’m two seconds from picking you up and carrying you upstairs.”

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Book Blast: A Spy Unmasked by Tina Gabrielle #romance #historical @GoddessFish

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Enter to win $15 Amazon giftcard and ebook of A SPY UNMASKED. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.
The mission did not go quite as Robert Ware--known in society as the new Earl of Kirkland--planned. A spy in the service of His Majesty, Robert is a "guest" at a masquerade party as he retrieves vital information for a murder investigation. Until he's quite unexpectedly interrupted by an exquisite, masked woman with glittering green eyes. And a pistol she has cocked and aimed right at him...

Lady Sophia Merrill has defiantly taken up justice's shining sword, determined to expose the brigand who murdered her eccentric but brilliant father, and stole his latest invention. Now she must masquerade as Robert's betrothed in order to infiltrate the Inventor's Society and find the killer. But the undeniable potent attraction between them not only imperils the investigation, but Sophia's reputation... and both of their lives.
Enjoy an excerpt:

Frustration roiled inside Sophia. “If it’s any consolation, I don’t like the idea of working together any more than you do.”

“I highly doubt it,” Robert said.

“It’s true,” she insisted.

“You appear quite eager to go along with Wendover’s plans.”

“I’m eager only to seek justice for my father’s murder.”

He hesitated, and his gaze roved and lazily appraised her. “You do realize we’ll attend the house party next week as an engaged couple.”

She felt her face grow warm, and she looked up at him with an effort. “In name only.”

“It makes no difference. We’ll have to socialize. Act as a loving couple. Sit beside each other during the evening meal and stare longingly into each other’s eyes. It’s not too late to change your mind.”

“I won’t.”

He flashed a smile, his teeth white against the bronzed perfection of his face. “Perhaps we should practice to be certain we can pull it off.”

He took a step closer and cupped her face with his hand. His palm was calloused, not as smooth as she would have expected of a lord’s hands. But then again, he wasn’t solely an earl.

He leaned close until she could see the specks of blue in his brilliant eyes. A strange fluttering began in the pit of her stomach as he lowered his head inch by inch until his breath fanned her lips.

About the Author:

Award-winning author Tina Gabrielle is an attorney and former mechanical engineer whose love of reading for pleasure helped her get through years of academia. She often picked up a romance and let her fantasies of knights in shining armor and lords and ladies carry her away. After multi-publishing for a prestigious law journal, she fulfilled her dream of writing fiction. A Spy Unmasked is the first book In The Crown’s Secret Service series. The second book in the series, At The Spy’s Pleasure, is coming in April 2015 from Entangled Publishing. She is also the author of adventurous Regency historical romances, In The Barrister’s Bed, In The Barrister’s Chambers, Lady Of Scandal, and A Perfect Scandal from Kensington Books.

Publisher’s Weekly calls her Regency Barrister’s series, “Well-matched lovers…witty comradely repartee.” Tina’s books have been Barnes & Noble top picks, and her first book, Lady Of Scandal, was nominated as best first historical by Romantic Times Book Reviews.





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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Author’s Blog Tour, A New Approach #authors #romance #favorites

Mackenzie Crowne tagged me in this blog tour, which is a spin-off of the Writing Process blog tour. You can see her answers here.

Mackenzie's bio: 

Wife, mother and really young grandmother, Mackenzie Crowne lives with her high school sweet heart husband, a neurotic Pomeranian, and a blind cat. She calls Phoenix home because the southwest feeds her soul. Though her friends claim she’s a princess, she disagrees. After all, one can’t raise two rambunctious boys to wonderful men without getting a little dirt under their nails. ESPN and dirtbikes are the order around her house, and life at the “Testosterone Ranch” more closely resembles one of today’s wacky reality shows than yesterday’s “Leave it to Beaver.”

A lover of the romance genre, her resolve to share her stories with others was sharpened by a bout with breast cancer. Today she is an award-winning, multi-published author and seven year survivor, living the dream.

Mackenzie’s Blog Tour Post:

Here are Mac’s questions for me: 

If you were beginning your writing career today, what would you do differently?

Well, honestly, I’m a believer in the journey, that things happen for a reason, and every step I’ve taken and everything that’s happened to me, good or bad, has taught me something. But for the sake of the question…I probably would’ve tried writing hotter a little earlier. In trying something new I feel as I've found myself. I would have started social media earlier as well. It's never too early!

What’s the one thing about you that might surprise readers?

I'm that person who doesn't get jokes. You know, that person who doesn't laugh until ten minutes later? Yeah, that's me. Took me a really long time and a talk with my oldest to really understand snarky humor. So if you say something funny and I stop and stare at you...just give me a few minutes. I'll get there eventually. lol 

Tell us a little about your main character in your latest book.

Kyle Morgan’s, well, to quote a reader, “a sexy cop, with a soft side,” which I think perfectly describes him. He’s more of a Beta hero. You know, mild mannered, polite, all around nice guy. Family's important to him, and he can be extremely protective of the people he loves. He’ll do anything for them. At heart, though, he’s just a great big kid. He loves to laugh and goof around, which makes him great with kids.

What are some of your favorites...

Image courtesy of franky242 at
A warm, gooey, chocolaty brownie. :)
Image courtesy of voraorn at
Outside of home, the ocean. I want to live on a beach someday. This pic is from a vacation we took a few years ago. That's my oldest, Matt, happily buried in the sand! 

I could find enough authors to participate, so I'm only tagging one:

Calisa Rhose

I want to thank all of the authors who participated in this blog tour.  Let’s keep it going!  Feel free to link back to my post and tag other authors!  Happy posting!  :)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Favorite Hero Friday with Rachel Brimble--Meet Scott Walker, from Christmas at the Cove

Who’s your all-time favorite hero (one you’ve read)? Why is he your favorite. What makes him special?

My all-time favorite hero is Rhett Butler from Gone With The Wind – I fell in love with him in the book, but it was when I saw Clark Gable play the role in the 1939 film that I was caught hook, line and sinker. For me, there is nothing more attractive in a fictional hero than when he can see the truth of the heroine. He understands her virtues as well as her flaws, no matter the tough exterior she portrays to the rest of the world. Rhett gets Scarlett…and her flaws are plenty!

Now tell us about a hero from one of your books. What makes him who he is? And where can we find this sexy beast?

My favorite hero is always the one in my latest book, lol! I have fallen in love with all of them or I wouldn’t have been able to write 85,000 words with them featuring in almost every scene.

My latest hero is Scott Walker, the hero from Christmas At The Cove (Harlequin Superromance) – Scott is a bad-boy with a soft heart who is as dedicated to his friends as he is his family. Tough, determined but fair, Scott is my kind of man…it also helps he’s tall with a body to die for J

Christmas At The Cove is available to buy right now – here are the blurb & buy links:

More family for Christmas? 

Scott Walker doesn't have time for a relationship. The sexy mechanic has career ambitions, not to mention a mother and three sisters to take care of. The last thing he needs is Carrie Jameson, the beauty he never forgot, arriving in Templeton Cove over the holidays with some unexpected news. 

Scott still finds Carrie irresistible, and he's not one to shirk responsibility. Scott's issues with his own dad make the prospect of parenthood a minefield. But if he and Carrie can overcome their fears, this Christmas could bring them the best gift of all.

Amazon US -- Amazon UK -- Barnes & Noble


Rachel lives with her husband and two teenage daughters in a small town near Bath in the UK. After having several novels published by small US presses, she secured agent representation in 2011. In 2012, she sold two books to Harlequin Superromance and a further three in 2013. She also writes Victorian romance for Kensington--her debut was released in April 2013, followed by a second in January 2014 and the third is released Jan 2015.

Rachel is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association and Romance Writers of America, and was selected to mentor the Superromance finalist of So You Think You Can Write 2014 contest. When she isn’t writing, you’ll find Rachel with her head in a book or walking the beautiful English countryside with her family and beloved black Lab, Max. Her dream place to live is Bourton-on-the-Water in South West England.

She likes nothing more than connecting and chatting with her readers and fellow romance writers. Rachel would love to hear from you!


Monday, November 10, 2014

Lovely Blog Award--7 Things About Me @JMStewartWriter

I was nominated Paula Martin and Incy Black for the Lovely Blog Award. Since it was easy and I love this sort of thing, I decided to play. Thanks for the nomination, ladies! 

The award recognizes bloggers who share their story or thoughts in a “lovely” manner, giving them recognition and helping them reach more viewers. In order to “accept” the award the nominated blogger must follow several guidelines.

The Rules for accepting the Award(s):

1. Thank and link back to the awesome person who nominated you.
2. Add the One Lovely Blog Award logo to your post and/or blog.
3. Share 7 things about yourself.
4. Nominate up to 15 other bloggers and comment on their blogs to let them know.

Now for seven things about me:

1. I love to sing. You’ll always find me singing or humming something. I pick up tunes all over the place, and they get stuck in my head. Drives my family nuts. When I’m alone in the house, I turn up the music and sing at the top of my lungs. And no, I couldn't carry a tune if you handed it to me. lol

2. I’ve written 16 books, if I’m counting correctly, since I started writing back in 2000. The first book I ever wrote (which has since gotten lost in the void of switching from computer to computer over the years) was a young adult romance. The hero was a 17 year old paraplegic.  And yes, I tried to put a love scene in it, which was how I'd come to realize that maybe young adult wasn't the genre for me. lol

3. On my “bucket list”…is going down to see the giant Redwoods in Oregon. I want to hug one, and I want a picture of me doing it. It’s about the only thing I *have* to do before I die.  

4. I can devour a 600+ page book in a day or two, depending on how much it grabs me. I’ve read the first three books of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series…in just over a week before. I tend to read when I feel like  it, and when I do, I tend to binge on them. 

5. I’m a carb addict. Like seriously. I have to force myself to eat veggies. lol God has a sense of humor, though. Since having my gallbladder out a year ago I can no longer eat wheat (sorry, but gluten free baked goods often leave a LOT to be desired).

6. I love to play games. My sons, now 19 and 14, have moved on from Xbox and PlayStation to computer games, and I miss playing with them. Halo was one of my favorites, but I could never play it alone. I was terrible at it. So they often did all the hard work and I was just the sidekick. lol

7. When I get very stressed out, I'll often start to laugh. Something will tickle my funny bone and off I'll go. And I'm talking stomach-clutching, tears rolling from my eyes, I can't breathe kind of laughing. Usually about something that wasn't very funny to begin with. And that often gets my sons and my husband laughing as well, which just starts the cycle all over again. When it happens, it often goes on for a good half hour or more. 

And I’m nominating the following authors. No pressure to participate, ladies. Just if you have time and feel like it. :)