Friday, October 31, 2014

Haunted Series by Willow Cross Spotlight

True ghost stories abound in this boxed set of The Haunted Series. (Volumes I through IV.) Strange bumps and bangs, soft footsteps in the hall, living with and fleeing from diabolical entities. All right here in one convenient location. Buckle up and get ready to be spooked!

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The Reflection series by Gia Riley Blog Tour Excerpts & GIVEAWAY!!!

Series Title: The Reflection series
Including: Between the Pain, After the Pain
Author: Gia Riley
Released: June 2014 & Sept 2014
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Graduating from nursing school and finding herself thrown into the real world, twenty-two year old Hallie Dawson is determined to prove herself on the job. A chance encounter on the first day has charming Ryan Andrews showing up everywhere she goes. With only a string of random hook-ups and one failed relationship in her past, Hallie isn’t used to being pursued. For the first time, two men desire her. Will she choose the right one – or does fate hold all the cards? 
Between the Pain is a Contemporary Romance novella about finding love - and being brave enough to follow your heart. Will Hallie end up in the arms of her true love or are the moments in between her pain forming the real story.
Timing is everything. 
A fraction of a second, one altered course, one note -- change her life forever.

The song ends and we’re left in the middle of the dance floor staring at each other. Neither of us makes a move to say anything else. Why can’t I just say yes like any other normal girl would? 
One of the bartenders is on the small stage announcing a drink special and something about a band starting in fifteen minutes. I’m too busy looking into Ryan’s eyes to really care about either of those two things right now. Before I have a chance to get my words of acceptance out, Ryan decides to end the moment. 
“Think about it, about what I said. It’s just a date and I don’t care if we do it like everyone else or not. Well I care how we do it but that isn’t important right now.” The heat in his gaze makes me take a step back, not because I’m not feeling it, but because I am feeling it. I’ve never had a reaction quite like this one before. I’m quickly figuring out Ryan isn’t like most guys and I think he’s just the adventure I need to help break out of my shell.

Does everything really happen for a reason? 
Hallie Dawson is battling with a broken heart yet determined to give love a second chance. Once again, time isn’t in her favor. Her moments After the Pain are filled with promises of a better future and personal secrets. With mysterious notes continuously haunting her and a secret friendship with a fellow musician, Hallie is struggling to stay true to her heart. 
Tall, dark and handsome, Sean Thomas, is tired of being second best. This time, the good guy refuses to finish last. If he wants to get the girl, he’s going to have to confront the one person who broke his heart. His past is on a collision course with his future – will he be able to hang onto his connection with Hallie? 
After the Pain is a Contemporary Romance novel about restoring faith in the beauty of love. Can Sean put the pieces of Hallie’s heart back together? Will love conquer all, or will jealousy and secrets tear them apart?

“Wow, babe,” Sean says when he gets out of the shower. I should thank him for the compliment but I’m enjoying my own view right now. His towel is slung around his hips, taunting me. I want nothing more than to yank on the small corner holding it in place. I keep my eyes locked on his and can physically see the second he realizes my intentions. 
“Hallie, what are you doing?”
“Exploring.” When I reach him, my hands untuck the corner of the towel, sending it falling to the floor. My hands start at his broad shoulders making sure to touch every single velvety inch of skin in front of me. I place my lips on his chest, sucking up the water droplets left behind. “Shit, baby. Your mouth feels incredible.”

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- I have a degree in Behavioral Science.
- I’m a huge college football fan.
- I don’t write in order.
- Secretly, I’d love to be country singer and live in Nashville. I guess it’s not a secret anymore.
- I’ve been to eleven countries but never ventured out of North America.
- I’d rather pick truth than dare.
- My first concert was Boyz II Men.
- I’m a germaphone.
- I’d like to spend the day with Jimmy Fallon, Melissa McCarthy, and Kristen Wiig.
- I’ve never owned an iphone. I’m a Samsung Galaxy girl.
I'm a lover of all things romance and a firm believer that everyone deserves a happily ever after. Currently residing in the small but mighty state of Delaware, I take pride in creating characters who are real, personable, and entertaining. 
When I'm not busy working on my next book, I can be found roaming the isles of Kirkland's or up to my elbows in Play-doh.
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." ~Maya Angelou

Thursday, October 30, 2014

A Higher Calling by Willow Cross Spotlight

A daughter’s anguish.

A mother’s wrath.

An impossible choice.

When Sophie discovered her Nephilim ancestry, she chose to do the unthinkable and put on the cloak of humanity, leaving the supernatural behind. Other than a heartbreaking love and raising a child on her own, her life was simple and fulfilling. Until the day her grown daughter showed up on her doorstep bloodied and bruised.

In that moment, she embraced her destiny and took the path previously forsaken. With seemingly unlimited power to right the wrongs of the world, Sophie embarks on a mission to rid her town of ‘Destroyers’--men who victimize women. Vengeance has come and death rides with her, but fate is a fickle task master and revenge always comes at a price...even for a Nephilim.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Regretfully by Leighton Riley Blog Tour Excerpt and Playlist

Title: Regretfully
Author: Leighton Riley
Release Date: Oct 16, 2014
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How do you heal after everything has been ripped away from you?
Completely devastated and alone, Tristen cannot fathom life after losing Cami and his unborn child. He attempts to find normality in his broken world but everything seems wrong.
Aria is compelled to help Tristen and cannot escape the undeniable connection she feels for him, even though Cami was one of her closest friends. She tries to help him move forward by befriending him but quickly realizes that there is more.
Tristen and Aria are both struggling to deal with these confusing emotions. Can they find happiness even when they feel utterly broken?

“I don’t- I’ve always been the sister-type, never like this.  Do you really want this?  I don’t expect anything afterwards, but are you really attracted to me like that?”  She murmured, so unsure of herself.  Her hands landed on my bare chest and glided over my nipple piercings.  The sensitivity was there and I briefly thought about what it would feel like having her luscious lips wrapped around them. 
“Listen to me.  Listen very carefully because you should already know this.  You’re gorgeous, inside and out.  We never saw you as our sister, we all respected you though.  You were the one everyone wanted but never had a chance with.  I could call up any of our surfing friends and they’d agree.  Hell, the girls knew it too.  When one of the guys started working up the nerve to ask you on a date, the others would warn about what would happen if he hurt you.  I guess we all kinda cock blocked you.”  I rub my neck, realizing how we were back then.  “I’m sorry for that.”
- The birth date on the gravestone is my actual date of birth ;)
- I try to include names from my street team and readers in my books. (Rebecca, Elixix, Tami, Cassia were all from them in Regretfully)
- Tristen got his name from a good friend of mine. She was with me in the beginning of my writing process and her boyfriend’s name was Tristen and I fell in love with the name. 
- I saw Cirque Du Soleil’s Zumanity and one of the performers had his nipples pierced. I was sold and knew Tristen would be getting them. :D
- I was able to relate to Tristen in some ways regarding Cami’s death. A boyfriend of mine was taken from this world too soon and I drew from those memories. 
- Gloria’s is my favorite Latin restaurant and I had to include it in the book. The one I go to is in Dallas though. 
- Aria’s flashback (you’ll know which one I’m talking about, hint- alcohol) was tough for me to write. I spent weeks on it, making sure it was accurate and written in a respectable manner. That’s one scene I don’t go back and reread very much, but it’s often on my mind.

Texas born and raised, I found my love for dirty books rather recently.  I work in real estate for my day job and I write contemporary romance with a twist of suspense and erotica.  Sinfully, Regretfully, and Deceitfully can be read in order or as standalones.  Sinfully and Regretfully take place around the same time frame and can even be read in reverse order (will give more background on Payton and Ryder’s story).  Tate’s story, Deceitfully, will finish off the series and will be out in spring of 2015.

Promises To Keep, Love In Provence #2 by Patricia Sands Blog Tour Top Ten Reasons to Love Nice, France & GIVEAWAY!!!

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covergifTitle: Promises To Keep
Series: Love In Provence # 2
Author: Patricia Sands
Audience: Adult
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Formats: E- Book
Pages: 200 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9919313-3-0
Date Published: September 2014

Falling in love with the south of France was no surprise to Katherine. Choosing to walk away from her past and start over was completely unexpected. A new country, a new lover, and the promise of a bright future beginning in mid-life … who knew?
Now there were the exciting dreams of restoring the property on the Cap, of beginning a new career, of experiencing the traditions of Christmas in Provence, of falling even more deeply in love with the man who inspired these hopes.
It was all so perfect, until it wasn’t.
She had embraced new possibilities in life and given her heart only to discover something was being kept from her. Something terrible from her lover’s past. Something that could destroy everything.
What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, had become her mantra. Would it be enough?

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The Top Ten Reasons I Love Spending Time In Nice, France

1.      COLOR ~ It’s everywhere! There’s a unique fusion of light and color to be found wherever you look, from the sky to the Mediterranean to the elegant architecture that combines the colors of Italy with the grace of France. The hues of the sea and sky present shades of blue, turquoise and azure unique to this jewel on the coast. This rare luminosity has attracted artists for centuries and continues to create a magical effect. On rare gray winter days, as the light shifts and changes, the multi-hued palette of Nice La Belle remains: pink, ecru, teal, olive, terra cotta, peach, turquoise, amber, to list just a few – in fading pastels or bold shades, the textures and colors command our attention.
2.      LA PROMENADE DES ANGLAIS ~ Beginning the morning or ending the afternoon with a stroll or bike ride on “La Prom” is a perfect opportunity to people watch.  A dip in the Med, an hour or two with a good book, followed by a catch-of-the-day lunch at one of the beach restaurants makes for a relaxing day.
3.      VIEUX NICE AND COURS SALEYA MARKET ~ Of course you have to share the space with tons of tourists in summer but that doesn’t stop me from soaking in the intrigue and atmosphere of these narrow alleyways. My camera clicks incessantly! I never tire of stopping at the market several times a week to restock the larder, listen to the banter of the vendors, and choose fresh flowers. The marché des brocantes on Mondays is a great time to schmeetz with friends. Be sure to check out the vintage postcards!  Pause for a café au lait or one of Theresa’s soccas (for the drama, if not the taste!).
4.      TERRACE TIME – Oh the choices! Nice has many colorful squares and walkways that provide endless options to sit and sip. Each has its own ambiance and attraction. Place Rossetti calls to me. In the heart of the old town, surrounded by colorful Italian architecture, and in front of the baroque Cathédral Sainte-Réparate, there is a time for everything. An early morning visit inspires me to write in the quiet. By afternoon, the square is full of conversation, music and energy. You never know what or who might come along.
5.      WALKING EVERYWHERE ~ #1 in my list  – Le vieux port, Nice, to Villefranche-sur-Mer ~ Nice is a city that invites one to become a flaneûr. Whether it’s a rue pieton (pedestrian street) or the sentier along the coast, there is something for everyone. One of my favorites is to stop at the old port for an early petit déjeuner, then hike up the hill to a stunning view that stays with you as you continue to Villefranche-Sur-Mer. Some days we simply stroll the sidewalk for the 5K walk and other times we take our time and climb the hill to the Parc du Mont Boron. This latter route takes a little less time and the views are nothing short of breathtaking! Trust me, it’s worth the effort! Ready to go home? Take the 81 bus or the train.

6.      MY FAVORITE MUSEUMS ~ MUSÉE MARC CHAGALL ~ A good walk from Place Masséna (my usual starting point), every visit offers a new perspective on some aspect of Chagall’s work. I find it fascinating to examine his early sketches and working drawings and compare the final masterpieces on the walls. The video (French only) on his life is well worth watching.
7.      THE HOP-ON/HOP-OFF BUS ~ Don’t judge me! You wouldn’t believe how many times I have gone on this bus. It is absolutely the best way to get an overall sense of the different areas of the city and photo ops abound.
8.      MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC ~ There’s music in the air for everyone from the excellent Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice to talented street musicians. Plan your trip for the second week in July and the fabulous Nice Jazz Festival will be rocking. As well as scheduled events, street corners are frequent sites for “pop-up” jam sessions!
9.      COASTAL TRAIN ~ No car necessary! First stop for me is Antibes and an easy walk into the vieille ville for a visit with my friend, Heidi Lee, owner of Antibes Books ~ Heidi’s English Bookshop. But that’s just me! Along the coast, the TER (Transport Express Régional) provides regular service to all the coastal towns between Saint- Raphaël and Ventimiglia. Try the lively daily market in Ventimiglia on Friday for a taste of Italy! In summer, go early in the morning and come back after dinner, the daytime trains can be packed! Even so, GO!
10.  TOTAL RELAXATION!  ~ Even if you choose to do none of the above, Nice is a town where you can just kick back, read a few good books in beautiful settings, stroll at your leisure, enjoy the views, sip your favorite beverage, and feel content. Life is magnifique in Nice la Belle!

about the author
clip_image012Patricia Sands lives in Toronto, Canada, when she isn’t somewhere else. An admitted travel fanatic, she can pack a bag in a flash and be ready to go anywhere … particularly the south of France. With a focus on travel, women’s issues and ageing, her stories celebrate the feminine spirit and the power of friendship. Encouraging women of all ages to stare down the fear factor and embrace change, Patricia has heard from readers (men too!) ages 20 to 83.
Her award-winning debut novel The Bridge Club was published in 2010 and her second novel, The Promise of Provence recently received a 2014 National Indie Excellence Finalist Award in Literary Fiction. An Amazon Hot New Release in April 2013, The Promise of Provence was also a USA Best Book 2013 Finalist ~ Women’s Fiction. Patricia returned to France in September 2013 for a book signing, hosted by Heidi’s English Bookshop in Antibes. While there, she also spent a month researching her next novel, Promises To Keep, released September, 2014.
Thanks to reader requests, these two most recent novels set in the south of France are now the beginning of the Love In Provence series. There are six novels planned.
In June 2014, Patricia led two 10-day tours of the French Riviera and the countryside of Provence. These trips were based on The Promise of Provence, with the Women’s Travel Network. Let her know if you would like to go next summer! She is already counting the days to the next tour which is scheduled from June 22 to July 4, 2015.
Find out more at Patricia’s Facebook Author Page, Amazon Author Page, Goodreads or her blog where you will find links to her books, social media, and monthly newsletter. The latter, sent once a month, contains special giveaways as well as her photography and information about the south of France, her home away from home. She would love to hear from you!

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Tour Schedule - One Week Blog Tour for Promises to Keep by Patricia Sands from Oct 20 to 28, 2014.
Oct 20
Sassy Southern Book Blog - Promo
A Cauldron of Books - Promo & Top Ten
Indy Book Fairy - Promo
Oct 21
3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too! - Promo
The Adult Cover (And Everything in Between) - Promo
Deal Sharing Aunt - Promo
Oct 22
Author Sandra Love - Promo & Author Interview
Angels with Attitude Book Reviews - Promo & Author Interview 
French Village Diaries - Review
Oct 23
Fictional Rendezvous Book Blog - Promo
The Avid Reader - Promo & Author Interview
Oct 24
Book Nook Nuts - Promo
The Idle Musings of a Writer's Mind - Promo & Top Ten
Eclipse Reviews - Promo
Oct 25
Bound 2 Escape - Promo
Night Owl Reviews - Promo
Portals to New Worlds - Promo & Author Interview
Oct 27
Rustys Reading - Promo
Patricia D. Eddy - Promo
Darkest Cravings - Promo & Top Ten
Oct 28
Kelly P's Blog - Promo
Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom - Promo & Top Ten