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Holiday Book Gift Guide

A while back I put out a call to authors to be included in a Holiday Book Gift Guide that I was creating.

WOW! What a turn out.

I really did not expect too many to participate, but am so happy they did.

You can view the Holiday Book Gift Guide here:

Be sure to take some time to visit all the authors who participated.  Some have special sales going on until December 31.  Others are offering free chapter samples and others, if you sign up for their newsletter, will give a free copy of one of their books.

I ask everyone who is reading this post to please share on your social media sites.

Note-authors were NOT charged a fee to participate in the gift guide.  This was FREE for all who participated.  And if everyone promotes this guide, the cross-promotion has a huge wide potential.

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Holiday Book Magazine

Hop on over to my Page “Holiday Magazine” and see the information I need if you wish to have your book(s) listed in the 2017 Holiday Gift Magazine I will be sending to all my newsletter subscribers.

If you participate by having your book(s) in the magazine, I will give you a pdf file of the magazine to share with your newsletter subscribers.

This is a great way to promote your book(s) FREE of charge…well, you will need to spend a little bit of time getting me the information for the magazine then sending it out to your readers.

The more that participate the more circulation your books will have!

And, I will feature a book a day on this blog throughout the Holiday Season!

 

 

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Brief Review, Ice Blue by Anne Stuart

Ice Blue
By: Anne Stuart
Publisher: Mira
Publication Date: 2007

Brief Review:

Anne Stuart has created a story that should be on the silver screen.  With well-developed characters, fast-moving plot, and an exotic location, this could be a movie similar to the James Bond films.

Ice Blue is the third book in the Ice Series.

Hana Hayashi hid a Japanese ice-blue ceramic bowl in the care of her charge, Summer Hawthrone, a museum curator.  After Hana Hayashi was killed in an accident the bowl held great sentimental value for Summer.  The bowl, a ceremonial kimono, and a handmade kimono were all that Summer had left of Hana.

Lianne Lovitz promised the bowl to the leader of the True Realization Fellowship without asking her daughter and Summer was bound and determined the man wouldn’t get it.  What she didn’t know was there were more than just the True Realization Fellowship after the bowl and both sides were ready to kill for it.

After a museum exhibit which featured the ice-blue bowl, Summer is kidnapped then rescued by Takashi O’Brien, an international operative for The Committee.  His orders were clear, keep the bowl out of the hands of the True Realization Fellowship and kill anyone who knew the whereabouts of the Hayashi mystical location.  Did Summer know the whereabouts of this location?  Takashi thought so.

 

Author Bio: (From author’s Amazon page)

I’ve been writing since the dawn of time. A child prodigy, I made my first professional sale to Jack and Jill Magazine at the age of 7, for which I received $25 (admittedly my father worked for the publisher). Since then I’ve written gothics, regencies, romantic suspense, historical romance, series romance — anything with sex and violence, love and redemption. I misbehave frequently but somehow have managed to amass lots of glittering prizes, like NYT, PW and USA Today bestseller status, Lifetime Achievement Award from the Romance Writers of America, and a decent smattering of Romantic times and RITA awards.

I live on a lake in Northern Vermont with my incredibly fabulous husband. My two children have flown the coop, but the three cats do their best to keep us from being lonely.

In my spare time I quilt and play around with wearable art, and the rest of the time I write write write. Apparently, women of a certain age get a rush of creativity, and I’m currently enjoying it. Too many stories to write, not enough hours in the day.

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7 Upcoming Writers Conferences

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Los Angeles
July 7-10, 2017
https://www.scbwi.org/annual-conferences/

Thriller Fest, Grand Hyatt, New York City
July 11-15, 2017
http://thrillerfest.com/

Romance Writers of AmericaWalt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort, Orlando, FL
July 26-29, 2017
http://www.rwa.org/conference

Writers Digest Conference, New York City
August 18-20, 2017
http://www.writersdigestconference.com/

Killer Nashville, Franklin, TN
August 24-27, 2017
http://www.killernashville.com

Creatures, Crime & Creativity, Sheraton Columbia Town Center, Columbia, MD
September 8-10, 2017
http://creaturescrimesandcreativity.com/

Historical Writers of AmericaSanta Ana Pueblo, NM
September 21-24, 2017
http://historicalwritersofamerica.org/

 

 

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Does the Pop Singer Meet the Love of Her Life?

By:  Tara Randel
Publisher: Harlequin Heartwarming
Publication Date: March 1, 2017
Genre: contemporary romance

Book Excerpt: The help only he can offer…Cypress Pointe, Florida, is a long way from LA, where pop singer Cassie Branford needs a hit to prove she’s not a two-album wonder. But her case of writer’s block could be over when the struggling songwriter meets Luke Hastings at a family wedding.

The legendary musician walked away from success at the height of his career. Yet Luke is already inspiring Cassie with his dedication to building a permanent community outreach center for troubled teens. Volunteering to help bring music into these kids’ lives is also bringing her and Luke closer. Maybe they’re not as different as he thinks…

Author Bio: Tara Randel is an award-winning, USA TODAY bestselling author of fifteen novels. Family values, a bit of mystery and, of course, love and romance, are her favorite themes because she believes love is the greatest gift of all. She is currently working on new stories for Harlequin Heartwarming, The Business of Weddings series, as well as books in the Amish Inn Mysteries. Visit Tara at www.tararandel.com. Like her on Facebook at Tara Randel Books

Connect with Tara:

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Tara-Randel-Books-219272758140488/

Twitter: @TaraRandel

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Spring Forward Book Attack

Do you like to read? Do you like free books? Of course, you do! This is Goodreads!
Support for Indie Authors is proud to announce our first Free & Bargain Book event of 2017!

Load up your Kindle with more than 125 free and 99¢ book deals in a wide variety of genres!

Details: For three days beginning Friday, March 31st and running through Sunday, April 2nd, visit our event website to nab a whack load of free and 99¢ Kindle ebooks by our indie author members.

That’s it! No RSVP, no obligation, and best of all, no need to put on pants!* Some books will be offered all three days, but there are many one day only freebies, so make sure to check the site each day!

*Pants are only optional if you are browsing our event from the comfort of your home. SIAFBB is not responsible for pantsless readers wandering aimlessly in public spaces.

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Molly’s Misadventures

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By: D. E. Haggerty

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Book Excerpt: Danny clears his throat and turns to me. “I was going to ask you something about your blog.” I raise an eyebrow at him. “Why don’t you ever blog about me?”

I nearly choke on my wine. “Blog about you? The blogs are about my dates.”

“Babe, pay attention.” He grabs my chin. “What do you think we’re doing?”

My eyes nearly pop out of my head. “Being good friends?”

He shakes his head. “Um, no. I’m wooing you.”

“Wooing me?”

“Yeah, wooing.” He points between us. “Do you think I drink wine on my porch with just anyone?”

I’m confused. “You don’t like wine?”

He chuckles. “Look at me. I’m a single guy with a kid. Why would I have wine in the house?”

The dominoes begin to fall in place. “Oh.”

“Yeah, oh. Come over here.”

He takes my wine and places it on the ground next to his glass before firmly grabbing my head and planting his lips on mine. The kiss is soft, sweet, and everything that’s right in the world. And it’s not enough. I want, no need, more. I grab his neck and pull him closer. He growls and grabs my head to tilt it to his liking so he can deepen the kiss. I’m putty in his hands by the time he eases up and pulls back. What. Just. Happened?

61wjqetmdvl-_ux250_Author Bio: I grew up reading everything I could get my hands on from my mom’s Harlequin romances to Nancy Drew to Little Women. When I wasn’t flipping pages in a library book, I was penning horrendous poems, writing songs no one should ever sing, or drafting stories which have thankfully been destroyed. College and a stint in the U.S. Army came along, robbing me of free time to write and read, although I did manage, every once in a while, to sneak a book into my rucksack between rolled up socks, MRIs, t-shirts, and cold weather gear. After surviving the army experience, I went back to school and got my law degree. I jumped ship and joined the hubby in the Netherlands before the graduation ceremony could even begin. A few years into my legal career, I was exhausted, fed up, and just plain done. I quit my job and sat down to write a manuscript, which I promptly hid in the attic after returning to the law. But being a lawyer really wasn’t my thing, so I quit (again!) and went off to Germany to start a B&B. Turns out being a B&B owner wasn’t my thing either. I decided to follow the husband to Istanbul for a few years where I managed to churn out book after book. But ten years was too many to stay away from ‘home’. I packed up again and moved to The Hague where I’m currently working on my next book. I hope I’ll always be working on my next book.

Author Contact Links: Website: http://dehaggerty.wordpress.com
Blog: https://dehaggerty.wordpress.com/category/mymusings/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dehaggerty
Twitter: https://twitter.com/denaehaggerty
Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DEHaggerty/posts
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/denahaggerty/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7210211.D_E_Haggerty
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/D.E.-Haggerty/e/B00ECQBURU/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_5?qid=1438239628&sr=8-5
Email: dena@dehaggerty.com

Where to purchase the book: Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Mollys-Misadventures-D-E-Haggerty-ebook/dp/B018BKJOLQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1448185702&sr=8-1&keywords=molly%27s+misadventures
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/594767
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mollys-misadventures-de-haggerty/1123014815?ean=9781523236169
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/molly-s-misadventures

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Happy Valentine’s Day & Freebies Too

1aaaaaaalovebirds2Today is Valentine’s Day.  A day filled with love and FREE gifts from your loved one(s).

I have searched Amazon for some FREEBIES for you.

Hope you will enjoy them and take some time to visit the author’s Amazon page.

 

The Right Wrong Number by Barbara Delinsky

 

Forbidden Disclosure(A Billionaire in Disguise Book 1) by Terri Marie

Falling For You by Casey Quinn

Not Over You (Healing Springs Book 1) by  Amanda Torrey

The Teacher’s Billionaire (The Sherbrookes of Newport Book 1) by Christina Tetreault

The Billionaire Wins the Game (Billionaire Bachelors Book One) by Melody Anne

Unexpected Gifts by Bronwyn Green

The Rancher Takes a Bride: A Western Historical Romance (The Burnett Brides Book 1) by Sylvia McDaniel

The Last Bride in Ballymuir (Ballymuir Series Book 1) by Dorien Kelly

Carnival Confessions by Cherie Claire

 

 

 

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New Release – Dangerous Regrets

51xmna2dyflTitle of Book: The Men of Machismo: Dangerous Regrets

By: Morgan Kay

Publisher: Sleeping Dragon Press

Publication Date: February 6, 2017

Genre: Romance

Book Excerpt: “Sorry, bro.” The unknown man muttered as he strode to the door. Killian had already reached across his body for the shoulder upholster that wasn’t there. Thank God for that, his rapid-fire reactions might have caused an incident in the sleepy town. His eyes squeezed shut as he took a deep breath, trying to quell his fight or flight response. His reaction veered to fight nine out of ten times. It would probably be best to leave.

He exhaled and opened his eyes to an attractive brunette attired in a referee shirt complete with a silver whistle.

The woman smiled at him. “Can I help you?”

He blinked. Did he need her to officiate at a pickup softball game? The televisions, the bar, the name Sweaty’s, and the bizarre referee outfit all added up to sports bar. It should worry him that it took him so long to add up the clues. Even though he took a bullet to the thigh, his brain took the biggest hit. He might as well give up his Man Card if it took him seconds to register the second home of most men, the sports bar. Killian managed a tight smile.
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“Well, I was hoping to get something to eat, but it looks pretty crazy.”

The woman wrinkled her nose. “It’s a little bit, but most of the customers are drivers that popped in for the rally. The majority already settled up their bills and should be headed out to the track to warm up before tonight’s race. I can get you a seat next to the kitchen if you don’t mind?” She gestured with the hand holding her order pad to a small table against the wall and next to the kitchen door.

“Suits me.” It did since his back would be against the wall. He exhaled heavily, knowing he shored up the cop stereotype by wanting to have a wall behind him. He backed into parking places for a quick getaway too when possible. Not all stereotypical behavior was a bad thing. Some were more of a survival mechanism.

He allowed the cute waitress to lead the way while his eyes dipped briefly to how well she filled out her shorts. Killian brought his eyes up fast not wanting her to catch him ogling. Some labels he didn’t want. At the table, the woman handed him a menu, but he handed it back. No need to look when he knew what he wanted. He peered at her nametag, which was pinned to a noteworthy chest. Why did women do that and then accuse men of staring at their breasts?

“Darcy, I know what I want.”

The woman shifted her weight on her feet and flushed a little, which puzzled him.

“What would that be?” She held her pen over the order pad.

“Burger platter. The biggest one you have with fries. Beer. Anything on tap, except light.”

She dashed the pencil across the pad before reading the order back. “One Come to Daddy combo with fries and onion rings. Beer on tap.” She lifted her eyebrows.

“Yeah. Sounds good. Not too sure about the name though.”

His comment surprised a chuckle out of Darcy.

71txznmeyxl-_ux250_Author Bio:

Morgan K Wyatt writes steamy romances with a side of laughter under the name of Morgan Kay. The wisecracking heroines and hunky heroes are similar to the ones in her mainstream novels, but in the Steamy Interludes series, the bedroom door is left open. Blind Date, short novella, made it to number 3 on Amazon Super Short Romances Reads. Puppy Love made it number 1 on humorous erotic Amazon list. Morgan is an award-winning and Amazon best seller author.

Connect with Morgan:

Website: http://www.morgankwyatt.com

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Morgan-Kay/e/B01C7E4NZE

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMorganKay

Purchase:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N4P6TB3

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The Valentine Matchmaker Collection

valentine-matchmaker-large-boxed-set-2-300x300Title of Book: The Valentine Matchmaker Collection

Genre: Sweet Romance/Inspirational

Book Excerpt: from WHY NOT’s heroine Amber Wynot:
“I’m willing to work hard to see what I can do. I will not allow your opinions to dissuade me.”

He turned to her then, surprised. The white fur collar of her coat reflected in eyes as dark green as the scrubby pines and juniper surrounding them. She’d been leaning in front of him for a better view, and now sat back.

“Can I give you some advice?”

She nodded.

“Be careful how close you are to the edge before you jump to conclusions.” He tapped the reins lightly.

She bit her lip to keep from smiling.

As the wagon continued down the road, she studied the big, handsome man next to her. He had a pleasing profile and a fine line of dirt along the side of his neck where his quick wash up ended. According to Mrs. Bunch, Mr. Morrison was the head stonemason for both the Hermit’s Rest project and the one called The Lookout. A respected employee in the Fred Harvey Company. She needed an ally. Maybe there was a better way.

“Thank you.”

“For what?”

“For not being angry about what happened back there.” Next to her on the bench like this, he seemed to be as solid and square as the stones he worked with. Maybe more so with his pants and boots covered with grit.

“Who says I wasn’t angry?” One fetching dimple appeared in his cheek, above his still dusty beard.

Why couldn’t he be twice her age and half as good-looking?

Author Bio: Debra E. Marvin tries not to run too far from real life but the imagination born out of being an only child has a powerful draw. Besides, the voices in her head tend to agree with all the sensible things she says. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Sisters in Crime, and serves on the board of Bridges Ministry in Seneca Falls, NY. Her published novellas include, “Alarmingly Charming” in Austen in Austen Vol 1 from WhiteFire Publishing, “Desert Duet”, “Starlight Serenade” and “Why Not” from Forget Me Not Romances. Debra works at Cornell University, and enjoys her family and grandchildren, obsessively buying fabric, watching British programming and traveling with her childhood friends

Author Contact Links:

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/ e/B018QCI2AS

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDebraEMarvin/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ DebraEMarvin

Website: http://debraemarvin.com/

Pinterest: https://www. pinterest.com/debraemarvin/

Where to purchase the book:

LINK TO BUY VALENTINE MATCHMAKER COLLECTION

https://www.amazon. com/dp/B01MRZHVUT

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