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Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas Blitz: An Unexpected Proposal




While working at a wood camp in the Logan canyon during the winter of 1880, Caroline Simpson is forced to thwart the aggressive advances of Mr. Butch Larson, and in the process discovers that her long-time friend James has genuine affection for her. But as stubborn as Caroline is, she minimizes the emotions James has awakened in her, and it takes almost losing him to admit her true feelings. 


AN UNEXPECTED PROPOSAL was introduced in the first volume of the bestselling and award-winning Timeless Romance Anthology series, WINTER COLLECTION:
**Amazon #1 Bestselling *New Release* in Clean Romance 
**Amazon Top 10 in Regency Romance  
**Amazon Top 5 in Victorian Romance                                                                                                                                                                          

     



Annette Lyon is the Whitney Award-winner author of Band of Sisters and a three-time recipient of Utah’s Best of State Medal for fiction, twice for novels and a third time for her novellas. She has received many publication awards from the League of Utah Writers, including the Silver Quill for her first book in the Newport Ladies Book Club series, Paige. She’s published more than a dozen novels, even more novellas, several nonfiction books, and over 120 magazine articles, and she has a cum laude BA in English from BYU. When she’s not writing, knitting, or eating chocolate, she can be found mothering and avoiding the spots on the kitchen floor.


Q and A with the Author:

What is your favorite part of writing?
For me, the best parts of writing aren’t predictable. The experience of writing each work is different from writing every other, so the challenges and joys will be different too. Often, the biggest thrill is the moment a great idea or character appears for the first time on the stage of my mind. Sometimes writing the initial draft transports me into what feels like another dimension (but then, other times, writing every word is torture). Other days, revision is a pure delight; I get to take the lump of clay that is the messy first draft and form it into something wonderful. Yet sometimes revision can feel like drudgery too—particularly during the fifth or sixth or seventh revision . . .). Before I begin a new project, I never know what my favorite part will be.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I don’t write books with a message in mind, yet messages often show up anyway. Yet a dear friend recently pointed out that a common thread in my romance novellas is finding love where you don’t expect it—often right in front of you.

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10 fun facts about me

  1. I grew up in a family with one boy followed by three girls; I have one boy followed by three girls.
  2. All of my daughters are redheads. (They’re also smart and gorgeous. I’m not biased or anything.)
  3. I have dual U.S./Swiss citizenship.
  4. Due to surgery at 16, I have 6 tiny screws permanently in my jaw, 3 on each side.
  5. I’m not a great cook, but I make killer brownies and chocolate chip cookies. 
  6. The first book I ever finished was a nonfiction kids’ self-help book. I was 12.
  7. I have ADHD-I, which is ADD with the hyperactive component.
  8. I’m a huge L. M. Montgomery fan. I own every book she ever wrote, collections of her hundreds of short stories, and even all five volumes of her published journals.
  9. I spent 3 years of my adolescence living in Helsinki, Finland, where I attended public school, learned the language, fell in love with the country, and became a chocolate snob. (Nothing compares with Fazer brand chocolate!)
  10. Knitting is one of my favorite ways to unwind.


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Friday, December 18, 2015

Book Tour: The Bad Boy of Butterfly Harbor

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The Bad Boy of Butterfly HarborThe Bad Boy of Butterfly Harbor
(Butterfly Harbor #1)
by Anna J. Stewart
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 368 pages
1st 2015 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Can people truly change?

Two things keep Holly Campbell grounded: her precocious son and preserving her forty-year-old family diner in the face of expansion and change. She doesn't need a blast from the past like Luke Saxon, who's back in Butterfly Harbor after more than a decade away. The hard-luck kid who nearly destroyed her family, leaving her to pick up the pieces, is taking over as sheriff. She can't trust him, even if Luke's ideas for the town's upcoming anniversary seem to show he's trying to give back to their community. Has Butterfly Harbor found its unlikely savior? And has the widowed single mother finally found a man she can believe in, rely on…and love?

USA Today and national bestselling author Anna J. Stewart can't remember a time she didn't have a book in her hands or a story in her head. Early obsessions with Star Wars, Star Trek and Wonder Woman set her on the path to creating fun, funny, and family centric romances with happily ever afters for the independent heroines she writes for both Harlequin and Berkley. Anna lives in Northern California where she deals with a serious Supernatural & Sherlock addiction, surrounds herself with friends and family and tolerates an overly affectionate cat named Snickers (or perhaps it's Snickers who tolerates her).

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Interview

What inspired you to write this book?

A few things. First, I wanted to write a series of books set in a brand new setting, preferably a Northern California town since that’s where I’m from.  Monterey has always been a favorite weekend getaway place for me, so modeling Butterfly Harbor after Pacific Grove (a jump away from Monterey) seemed a natural fit.  I knew Butterfly was going to be part of the town’s name—that’s in homage to my grandmother who loved butterflies.

I also wanted to build (or in this case rebuild) a community from the ground up. Butterfly Harbor is struggling to survive, but its residents are determined to keep it alive and breathe new life into it. I’d definitely say setting is the main inspiration for THE BAD BOY OF BUTTERFLY HARBOR.

I also liked the idea of writing a redemption story; of a hero who had done something seemingly unforgivable in his youth that he was determined to make right. I love heroes who take responsibility for their actions and work to remedy their situation and make their life, and by extension others’ lives better.

What is your favorite book and why?

Only one?  Oh, boy. If I had to pick one, I’d probably have to go with Dean Koontz’s THE WATCHERS. It’s one of those books that has everything I love: suspense, romance, admirable characters, social commentary and a fabulous dog, a golden retriever aptly named Einstein. I think I had Einstein in mind when I wrote about Cash in this book. I love goldens (even though I’ve only had cats).

Are the characters in your books based on anyone?

If you mean real people I know? No.  I don’t tend to use real life people for inspiration. I’m always paranoid people will figure out it’s them. I even shy away from using character names that are from friends and family.

The only exception is when I’m writing villains, bad guys, or the protagonist. Usually, I have someone in mine when I’m writing them.  It’s cathartic.

What has been the hardest part of writing and publishing this book?

I feel pretty fortunate with THE BAD BOY OF BUTTERFLY HARBOR, or maybe I’ve blocked out any issues.  I didn’t feel as if I had any major problems with this story. I knew who Luke was from the second he walked on the page. I had the most trouble figuring out what his name was (he went through four or five before we landed on Luke). I used to worry I’d have trouble writing shorter books (these typically run about 300 pages as opposed to the single title romances I write for Berkley that come in around 400-450), but I’ve actually found it forces me to focus on the importance of each scene because I don’t have a lot of words to play with.

I think I was most nervous about being able to keep the title (I couldn’t come up with alternate suggestions to save my life) and what cover I’d end up with. As I don’t have much (if any) control over those factors, that was nail biting.  That said I’m thrilled with every aspect of this book.  Especially the cover.

What has been the easiest part?

I think every writer loves having a character who arrives on the page with his or her full story. I knew Luke had severe issues stemming from his childhood, I knew he’d made some bad decisions in his youth and I knew he was back to do what he could to save the town he’d always considered home. Helping him find his way through those issues kept me writing and digging. I couldn’t wait to figure out what he was going to tell me next. I wish all my heroes (or heroines) were that easy. It also made figuring out the conflict between him and Holly Campbell a bit easier. It’s very difficult to forgive the man who nearly destroyed your family.  Lots of fodder there.

Can you tell us what your writing plans are?


Well, I have a second book in the Butterfly Harbor series coming out from Heartwarming in June (RECIPE FOR REDEMPTION) and hopefully they’ll want some more books for the line.  In February, my two best writing friends and I have a Valentine’s anthology MAKE ME A MATCH from Heartwarming featuring three bachelors/best friends who delve into matchmaking.  We had a lot of fun with those stories.  I’ll also be wrapping up my Tremayne Family romances in April with THE TROUBLE WITH NATHAN (this features a hero who’s a thief and a heroine who’s a con artist). And then I’m diving into the romantic suspense genre with a trilogy from Harlequin Romantic Suspense.  THE BONDED TRILOGY centers around a trio of childhood friends bonded by the kidnapping and unsolved murder of one of their friends twenty years ago. I’m going to be busy!



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Christmas Blitz: Getting Kole for Christmas




Kylie’s been crushing on Kole for two years now, but can she get him to see her as more than a friend?

For years Kylie has watched her older sisters get asked to every school dance there is. Yet once she’s old enough to go, the invites are in short supply. While getting overlooked has never felt good, it hasn’t really hurt the way it does this year. Because now there’s someone she really wants to go with: Kole Kingston. Kole is charming and funny. Gorgeous and kind. And everything she wants in a guy. Trouble is, he’s also her very best friend. Can Kylie tear herself free from the friend-zone in time to get asked to the Christmas dance? Or will she – like so many others – find that a romance between them will never be?



                                



Kimberly Krey specializes in writing "romance that's clean without losing the steam!"   She's a reader of good, clean romance, a lover of family time and Diet Coke, and the ultimate hater of laundry. She discovered her love for writing in college when given a creative writing assignment. She still remembers sitting in the lamplight's glow, crafting words to depict the vision in her head. That assignment sparked a passion within her. It took years to return to that passion, but now that she has, she counts it among her greatest blessings.

Krey is author of the top-selling Sweet Montana Bride series, as well as its companion series, Second Chances. 


Q and A With the Author:

1- What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it?

Honestly, distractions are the main, ongoing struggle for me. I have to be very disciplined to stay off FB, out of my email box, and away from thoughts of my To-Do list. I defeat them by compartmentalizing. When it’s time to write - write. Worry about the chores, errands, phone calls, and paperwork another time.

2-  What is your favorite part of writing?

Discovering things about my characters, getting to see how their story plays out. 

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10 fun facts about me: 

1. I enjoy eating lemons with salt. 
2. I’m not a big sweets person. 
3. I dated my husband’s brother before marrying my husband. 
4. I was always the smallest kid in my class, despite usually being the oldest. 
5. I’m mother to four kids, though on most weekends you’ll find between 6-10 kids in our home.
6. I love to go barefoot. 
7. I love reading historical romance, though I’d never be able to write it. 
8. I recently got a FULL BODY scrub at a spa in Georgia, and highly recommend it. 
9. I love the taste of vinegar (esp. red wine vinegar) with salt. Yum. 
10. Nicolas Cage is one of my favorite actors. 


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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Christmas Blitz: Halfling





Halfling
Cindy C Bennett

Synopsis: 
Banished from the South Pole, Kara tries to carve out a new life among the elves of the North. It’s not easy with a secret to protect—a secret she's cursed with by the unusual circumstances of her heritage: half-elf, half-fairy. In the North, she’s assigned to work with Seb on a special project. He's the most gorgeous elf she’s ever seen—and the orneriest. 

As if being banished wasn’t punishment enough. 

Seb introduces her to Trystin, a fairy from the nearby fairy forest. Trystin discerns her secret right away and promises to teach her how to use the powers given to her by the very thing she’s fighting to keep hidden.


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Bennett lives a most unglamorous life in the beautiful state of Utah. She is the author of several YA books in many subgenres. She loves gooey cookies, dark chocolate, and cheesy popcorn. She hates housework and cooking, and has no plans to become a domestic goddess. Her favorite pastime—other than writing—is riding her Harley.

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Snippet


He held the helmet out once again and this time Kara took it. She climbed on behind Seb, holding to the side handles. He grunted, in frustration or humor she couldn’t tell. He reached behind him, grabbed her hands and wrapped them around his waist. Kara gasped.
“No backrest,” he said, which was true enough. “You’ll fall off if you don’t hold on.”
Seb hit the throttle, launching them forward. Kara couldn’t stop the small scream that escaped her throat as she tightly clasped Seb, burying her face in his back in terror. She slid forward, pressing tightly against him, refusing to look up as the world sped by. Panic slid across her bones until she felt as frozen as the Earth’s surface beneath them. He sped around corners and across bumps that lifted the machine airborne. Her breathing was rapid and her heart felt as if it would pound its way through her chest. It seemed as if hours passed rather than a mere thirty minutes when he finally pulled to a stop.
Kara tried to release him, truly she did, but telling her brain to release her death grip on him and actually doing it seemed to be at opposite ends of the spectrum.
“Kara?” he asked. She couldn’t lift her head to answer him.  She felt his hands on hers, peeling them away. He managed to do so, though she still couldn’t move.
Pulling her helmet off, he leaned down to peer into her face. Seb surprised her by pulling her into his arms, holding her tight, safe, enfolded in his warm embrace as she shook, spasms wracking her body. Kara didn’t know how much time passed before her brain began to really process the situation. As she became aware of her reaction to nothing more than a ride on a sled, and the fact that she was now clasped tightly in Seb’s arms, embarrassment seeped through her.


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