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JASPER’S WAR~ CYM LOWELL~ Q & A WITH GIVEWAY!

WELCOME, CYM!!

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Q&A with Cym Lowell author of JASPAR’S WAR

  

     What made you decide to make the jump from international tax law to writing? 

Love of emotion and exploring it in the context of characters enmeshed in crises where they must become warriors or perish.

  

You’re very open about your struggles that caused you to drop out of high school. What advice would you give your teenage self today?

 

Be realistic about your dreams, where you are, where you hope be, and then take one step at a time with patience and persistence. The Power of One is within you. Open your heart!

 

     How did your life change when you joined the Navy at age 18?

I learned that my future depended on me.

   

You have spoken to groups of middle and high-school age students in New York City recently. Some of whom are homeless, or have been abused. What did you say to them, and how did you try and empower them to reach their full potential?

I asked them to think about their dreams, using myself as an example of the opportunity that each of us has to pull out of the trench in life where we have gotten, and walk into the sunshine, one step at a time.

 

     How can we lift those barriers that prevent students from succeeding when life for some seems so daunting and complex? 

 

By offering respect, encouragement, and example. 

 

 

Would having had a mentor such as yourself back when you were struggling changed your life?

 

I did have such mentors, in loving parents and caring teachers. I was not at a place where I could listen until I found myself in my own trench, dug with my own hands.

 

    

For your initiative, OPERATION: NEXT CHAPTER, you teamed up with Soldier’s Angels to provide voice controlled laptops for injured veterans healing from amputations, paralysis, eye injuries, burns and brain trauma. What made you choose to support this organization?

 

The mission of Soldiers’ Angels is spot on in my heart. It is an organization focused on service with the minimal organizational structure, so funding goes to needy war heroes. Our church in Rosemary (Chapel at the Beach) does the same (60 percent of all donations going to missions). It is such a blessing to be able to give back!

 

 

How did you come up with the idea for the story?

I had written an earlier story involving  two characters I thought had some potential. I began the story in 2008 as the financial collapse occurred, so I dropped them into the reality of where I thought stimulus monies were going (to those who caused the crash to start with). The character of Jaspar simply emerged via her own voice.

 

 

 

Jaspar emerged as noted above. Her heart, focus, and determination are based on what I have learned from the love of my life.

 

  You also have two other very strong characters in the book; one a Native American Cherokee Indian; the other an incredibly original character named Nul, an Australian aborigine who is a warrior himself. Where did these characters evolve from?

 

As noted, they came from an earlier story that I am currently revising titled, Harvest of Gold (background coming from the never-found Jewish Gold from the Holocaust). Chief Bearstrike is a caricature of personalities I have known over the years, with the imagination of Warren Buffet. Nulandi is drawn from images of people I served with in Vietnam. In him, I am fascinated with how humanity can emerge from a child taken literally from the womb and made into a killing machine.

 

 

I simply get immersed in the story and characters. They are like friends. Frankly, I started writing at a point in my life where it probably saved me from realities that it took me many years to understand. In my first book, Riddle of Berlin, which we will begin working on shortly, the protagonist jumps from a point at Notre Dame into the Seine River in Paris hoping to find himself in the flow of the river. I stood at that point imagining what it would be like so often that I began the story there. What would happen to me? In that story, Carmen, a Gypsy nurse, rescues John Jaegerman and rebuilds him to a point where he can address a crisis in the world only he could conquer. That manuscript was published in response to my sweetheart’s encouragement – she saved me as Carmen did John. In other words, I wrote the story years before I met her not knowing that I was writing my own prescription for redemption. Sorry to be so personal, but it is the answer to your question.

 

Today, I simply love the process. Advice is simple: as in # 2 above, take a step at a time with patience and persistence.

 

What books and ideas do you have in the works that we can expect to see from you in the future?

 

The two noted above, as well as a sequel to Riddle of Berlin (30,000 Camels) and then a sequel to Jaspar’s War.

 

What advice would you give to someone interested in trying to write his or her first novel?

 

Just start. Then proceed a step at a time with patience and persistence.

Thank you, Cym, for visiting with us and our readers. What an insightful interview!


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JASPER'S WARJaspar’s War wondrously chronicles one brave and desperate woman’s attempts to escape a Kafka-esque nightmare. Cym Lowell’s brilliant debut strains the boundaries of the thriller genre, even as it seeks to redefine them in this emotionally wrenching tale that reinvents and modernizes the classic Ludlum formula. Written with flare and emotion, as visually polished as it is viscerally powerful, Jaspar’s War manages a smooth and savory mix of Vince Flynn and Harlan Coben. Magnificent and not to be missed.”

Jon Land, bestselling author of Strong Rain Falling

 

 

 

JASPAR’S WAR

Is there a limit on a person’s
ability to be reborn?

 

 


In his newest novel, JASPAR’S WAR (Rosemary Beach Press; April 2014; $12.99), author Cym Lowell takes readers on a thrill ride to the most unexpected and dangerous of locales to uncover secrets that could bring down the U.S. government.

 

The recent economic collapse of the Western world is not as vague ornebulous as most of us think. It has been initiated by those with close ties to the sitting American president who have been rewarded by various governments for their stealth efforts. Now, with the capitalists’ own money they are preparing to take the economic attack to another level.

 

However, there’s one woman who can unravel their plans.

 

Set in Greenwich, Connecticut, JASPAR’S WAR is the compelling story of an American woman who lives a life of happiness, privilege, and wealth. Wall Street success preceded the president’s request that her husband, Trevor, become Secretary of the U.S. Treasury to rescue a failing global economy.

 

Now, Trevor has been murdered when the government jet he is travelling in crashes and her children kidnapped. She is told to be silent or else they will disappear like their father. Jaspar doesn’t know it, but she has evidence that can bring these people to justice. Yet, her own government is suspicious of her reasons, suspecting she may know more than she’s willing to tell. To save her children, she is on the run in Italy with an unlikely ally, and will go to the brink of hell and back, joining hands with assassins, traitors, and the devil himself, in a most terrifying and psychological cat and mouse game of intrigue and deception.

 

Hunted from all sides and unsure of who to trust, Jaspar races around the world in an attempt to stop a madman’s disastrous plans, reclaim her life, and find her children. With a host of characters caught up in thrilling circumstances, the storyline comes alive at breakneck speed as readers are taken on a wild and unexpected journey from the quiet backcountry of Greenwich, the picturesque countryside of Tuscany, the magnificence of the Eternal City of Rome and to the Monte Carlo Grand Prix. With alarms sounding off around the world, hero and villain alike twist and turn in and around each other, encountering threats suspiciously similar to current world events.

JASPAR’S WAR

Cym Lowell

Rosemary Beach Press; April 2014

352 pages; $12.99 U.S.

ISBN 978-0-9914913-0-8

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About the author…..

Cym Lowell was born in Montana to academics with a youth of traveling the world. To be polite, he was an undistinguished student, rewarded with assignment to the U.S. Navy at 18. After two years in Vietnam, college and law school were a challenge. Being a veteran in the political turbulence of the late 1960s and early 1970s taught humility. Raising three children in the Midwest and Texas brought love and responsibility. An international tax practice in the financial crises of the past 40 years provided insight into motivations of actors on the global stage. Friends, clients, adversaries, and colleagues, like victory and defeat, added color and context. The result is a thriller writer with a treasure trove of experience to frame compelling characters enmeshed in heart-thumping challenge about endearing people caught-up in events that one would never dream possible.

 

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Twitter: @cymlowell

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GUEST POST: ROBYN DEHART, THE TEMPTATIONS OF ANNA JACOBS….

The Temptations of Anna Jacobs

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TODAY’S GUEST:

Welcome, Robyn!!

When I was in college I got my degree in Sociology with an emphasis on social deviance. Of course it wasn’t me that was being the deviant only that most of the classes I took focused on those topics. Juvenile Delinquency, Criminology, Violent Crimes, Social Deviance… I was fascinated. Yet when I had the meeting with my internship director and she asked me “if you could have any job in the world, what would it be?” I proudly declared, “an historical romance author.” Needless to say she was momentarily dismayed, but we worked it all out, in the form of my internship with Bestselling Author, Pamela Morsi. Of course that’s a whole ‘nothing blog.

But all my friends and family who knew what I studied in college kept asking when I was going to incorporate all my “kill your mama” stuff (as my sister calls it) into my writing. I’ve dabbled in it through the years, the body count is pretty high in my Legend Hunters series, but frankly I was dying (okay bad pun!) to write a romantic suspense. I wanted to write a serial killer book. And hello, I already write in the Victorian era so you know there’s that one killer…Jack the Ripper.

There are so many different theories about the identity of Jack the Ripper. Even today the mystery begs to be solved. Patricia Cornwall thinks she solved the case. I watched a fascinating documentary about a former NYPD cold case detective who thinks he’s uncovered Jack’s identity. He made a very good argument. At the time of the murders the theories ranged from a barber to a doctor to a member of the royal family. I came up with my own story for Jack, but I don’t want to reveal any spoilers.

The first book in the series, The Secrets of Mia Danvers, received some great critical acclaim. And now readers can return to my dark Victorian series with the sequel, The Temptations of Anna Jacobs. I really can’t wait for readers to step into the world I’ve created and I sure hope everyone loves it.

Love and justice…

When Drew Foster is released from prison, he doesn’t much care about salvaging his soiled reputation. Though he’s working undercover, everyone in Victorian London believes him guilty of the Jack the Ripper murders and that his brother paid for his “innocence.”

Despite her genteel upbringing, Anna Jacobs is intent on finishing medical school and becoming a physician. Society’s ridicule has never bothered her, but when her brother, the Yard’s best detective, is scorned for letting Drew go, she confronts the one man who can set the record straight at a ball. She certainly doesn’t count on the rogue being dashing and handsome, nor on him stealing a passionate kiss.

Thanks, Robyn for stopping by today. What a great pleasure to have you visit with us and our readers today.

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The Temptations of Anna Jacobs

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Love and justice…  

When Drew Foster is released from prison, he doesn’t much care about salvaging his soiled reputation. Though he’s working undercover, everyone in Victorian London believes him guilty of the Jack the Ripper murders and that his brother paid for his “innocence.”

Despite her genteel upbringing, Anna Jacobs is intent on finishing medical school and becoming a physician. Society’s ridicule has never bothered her, but when her brother, the Yard’s best detective, is scorned for letting Drew go, she confronts the one man who can set the record straight at a ball. She certainly doesn’t count on the rogue being dashing and handsome, nor on him stealing a passionate kiss.

Anna’s brazen contempt for his dangerous reputation captivates Drew, but he is harboring secrets that make him unfit to court any proper woman. As he finds himself an outsider among his colleagues at Scotland Yard, the feisty beauty offers up her medical knowledge to assist him on the case. But when the real killer returns to London to continue his reign of terror, can Anna find safety in Drew’s arms?

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Author Bio:
National Bestselling author, Robyn DeHart’s novels have appeared in the top bestselling romance and historical romance lists. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages. Her historical romantic adventure series, The Legend Hunters, were not only bestsellers, but also award-winners, snagging a Reader’s Crown and a Reviewer’s Choice award. She had three releases in 2013 and 2014 will see four more, all set in the popular historical romance Regency and Victorian eras.
Known for her “strong dialogue and characters that leap off the page” (RT Bookclub) and her “sizzling romance” (Publishers Weekly), her books have been featured in USA Today and the Chicago Tribune. A popular writing instructor, she has given speeches at writing conferences in Los Angeles, DC, New York, Dallas, Nashville and Toronto, among many others.
When not writing, you can find Robyn hanging out with her family, husband (The Professor) a university professor of Political Science and their two ridiculously beautiful and smart daughters, Busybee and Babybee as well as two spoiled-rotten cats. They live in the hill country of Texas where its hot eight months of the year, but those big blue skies make it worth it.

Places to find Robyn:
Site: http://www.robyndehart.com/
Jaunty Quills: http://jauntyquills.com/
Peanut Butter on the Keyboard: http://peanutbutteronthekeyboard.wordpress.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robyndehart
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RobynDeHart
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/robynwtr/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/RobynDeHart

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THE DUKE’S SHOTGUN WEDDING-STACY REID….AND THE AFFAIR – LILY MAXTON~ WITH RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY and REVIEW!

PRESENTING:

THE DUKE’S SHOTGUN WEDDING BY STACY REID & THE AFFAIR BY LILY MAXTON

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THE DUKE’S SHOTGUN WEDDING- STACY REID!!

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Book Title: The Duke’s Shotgun Wedding
Author: Stacy Reid
Release Date: 4/14/14
Genre: Historical Romance Novella
Author Website: http://www.stacyreid.com/
Author Twitter: https://twitter.com/st_reid
Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stacyreid
Author Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/22922690-stacy-reid

Author Bio:
I am an avid reader of novels with a deep passion for writing. I especially love romance and adore writing about people falling in love. I live a lot in the worlds I create and I actively speak to my characters (out loud). I have a warrior way “never give up on my dream.” When I am not writing, I spend a copious amount of time drooling over Rick Grimes from Walking Dead, watching Japanese anime and playing video games with my love– Dusean Nelson.

Author Website: http://www.stacyreid.com/
Author Twitter: https://twitter.com/st_reid
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Author Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/22922690-stacy-reid

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The Duke’s Shotgun Wedding Book Synopsis:
Victorian Era England…
As far as rash decisions go, it was formidable. But Lady Jocelyn Rathbourne’s will remains strong. If the only way to save her family’s estate and reputation is by aiming a small pistol at the Duke of Calydon, then so be it. For Lady Jocelyn demands satisfaction—and she will have it at any cost. Even if it means demanding the hand of the intense and foreboding Duke himself…

But she’s made the first move against a very dangerous opponent…

For Sebastian Thornton is no stripling to be trifled with. The lady has played her hand. Now it’s his turn. For Sebastian is in need of a wife. And to find a wife with spirit and fire—even if she means to only marry for his money—would be a great prize indeed. And he intends to thoroughly take his pleasure with her… and demand his own satisfaction in return.

 

Goodreads Book Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21531394-the-duke-s-shotgun-wedding?from_search=true
Amazon Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=the%20duke%27s%20shotgun%20wedding
Barnes & Noble Buy Link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-dukes-shotgun-wedding-stacy-reid/1118956749?ean=9781622665495

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MY THOUGHTS:

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THE DUKE’S SHOTGUN WEDDING by Stacy Reid is an delightful Victorican Historical Romance. A quick read, a novella! A fast paced tale of romance, secret,passion and finding your HEA,hopefull, with a few side trips first.

What a delight to read! The two main characters are entertaining as well as engaging. Follow, Sebastian Thornton, Duke of Calydon,and Lady Jocelyn Rathbourne on their journey to their HEA. With a bit of laughter and lots of passion, you will not regret your choice to read THE DUKE’S SHOTGUN WEDDING! Well done! Received for an honest review.

RATING: 4

HEAT RATING: HOT

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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THE AFFAIR- LILY MAXTON

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Book Title: The Affair
Author: Lily Maxton
Release Date: 4/14/14
Genre: Historical Romance Novella

Lily’s Author Bio:

Lily Maxton grew up in the Midwest, reading, writing, and daydreaming amidst cornfields. After graduating with a degree in English, she decided to put her natural inclinations to good use and embark on a career as a writer.
When she’s not working on a new story, she likes to tour old houses, add to her tea stash, and think of reasons to avoid housework.

Author Website: http://Lilymaxton.com
Author Twitter: Twitter.com/lilymaxton
Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LilyMaxton

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The Affair Book Synopsis:
She was his for one week only…
When a beautiful stranger ducks into his bookshop during a rainstorm, Cale Cameron, well-known rake, is instantly attracted to her. Elizabeth, Lady Thornhill, is restless and hungers for something she cannot name. Society would never accept a countess and a mere bookseller, so they agree to a one week affair to indulge their desire.
As their passion ignites and their connection grows, Elizabeth threatens the one thing Cale has protected above all else—his heart. Letting her go is the only solution…and the one thing he is not prepared to do.

Goodreads Book Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21531373-the-affair?ac=1
Amazon Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Affair-Entangled-Scandalous-Lily-Maxton-ebook/dp/B00J6TUZ9C?tag=entangpublis-20&link_code=ur2&creative=9325&camp=211189
Barnes & Noble Buy Link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-affair-lily-maxton/1118956745
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-affair/id846889258

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Pump Up Your Book, Stacy and Lily are teaming up to give away 2 $25 Amazon Gift Cards, 1 $15 Amazon Gift Card and 1 $10 Amazon Gift Card!

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    • By entering the giveaway, you are confirming you are at least 18 years old.

 

  • 4 winners will be chosen via Rafflecopter to receive each of the prizes

 

 

  • This giveaway begins April 14 and ends on April 25.

 

 

  • Winners will be contacted via email on April 26, 2014.

 

 

  • Winner has 48 hours to reply.

 

 

Good luck everyone!

Enter to win!!

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

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THE AFFAIR by Lily Maxton is another delightfully entertaining Regency Historical Romance. A quick read, a novella of only about 68 pages, but a great read! Follow, Elizabeth, Lady Thornhill and Cale Cameron on their journey to their HEA, hopefully. For only one week, Elizabeth would be Cale’s, oh, but things don’t always happen as expected or as is supposed to happen. As these two learn. Passion ignites between the two and the rest as they say….is history!

Well written with very entertaining and sensual characters. Very well done, Ms. Maxton. I would recommend this quick novella to any and all Historical Romance readers! You will not be disappointed! Received for an honest review.

RATING: 4

HEAT RATING: HOT

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

 

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REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY! ISLAND OF THE DOVES~ KELLY O’CONNOR MCNEES

ISLAND OF THE DOVES

{Christian Historical Fiction/Romance(Nineteenth-Century America)}

KELLY O’CONNOR MCNEES

ISLAND OF DOVES

 

Kelly O’Connor McNees

 

Berkley Trade Paperback Original

 

April 1, 2014

 

 

 

Vivid and enthralling, Island of the Doves tells the story of two women in early nineteenth century America—one typical of her time, one extraordinary for it—who transform each other’s lives.

Susannah Fraser lives in one of Buffalo’s finest mansions, but her husband has made it a monstrous prison. When a mysterious woman offers to help her escape, Susannah boards a steamboat for Mackinac Island. But after being a dutiful daughter and obedient wife, it is only as she flees that she realizes how unprepared she is for freedom.

An exceptional woman of early America, Magdelaine Fonteneau has overcome convention to live a bold and adventurous life, achieving great wealth and power as a fur trader. But Magdelaine has also seen great tragedy and lost all that was dear to her, and she is no longer sure her hardened heart is capable of love.

Now, Magdelaine seeks redemption by offering safe harbor to Susannah. But as their friendship grows into something miraculous, it changes each woman in unexpected ways. Each needs to learn to love again, and only together can they realize a future bright with the promise of new life…

 

 Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Berkley Trade (April 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0425264580
ISBN-13: 978-0425264584

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About the author:

Kelly O’Connor McNees is the author of two novels, “The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott” and “In Need of a Good Wife.” Born and raised in Michigan, Kelly found that books made good friends. Mary Lennox, Winnie Foster, Kit Tyler, Will Stanton, and a dozen other characters were as real to her as any of the kids on her block, and she decided that the best way to keep them around and provide them with some company was to become a writer herself. Kelly received her first rejection letter in tenth grade, from the fiction editor at “Seventeen,” and has been writing her way back ever since. In the meantime, she has worked as a teacher and editor, and lives with her husband and daughter in Chicago.

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THE ISLAND OF DOVES by Kelly O’Connor McNees is an interesting Inspirational Historical Fiction/Romance set in 1816-1835 Buffalo and Mackinac Island. Follow these extraordinary women,Susannah,Magdelaine, Therese, Esmee, Josette, and Noelle, on a journey of faith, healing, forgiveness,grief and love.

Susannah Fraser, is a courageous woman desperate for freedom from her abusive husband, Edward.

THE ISLAND OF DOVES is the tale of extraordinary women with secrets, seeking redemption, healing, freedom, friendship, forgiveness and the ability to open their hearts to love again.

Susannah’s tale, is of an abusive husband, she is desperate to leave, alive, but she has tried before, which, resulted in bad consequences, so when the opportunity arises again, can she risk everything for herself and those who help her escape the clutches of an husband who is abusive, and greedy?

Magdelaine Forneneau and her sisters, Therese and Josette is set on a course no one wanted, one will die from an abusive boyfriend, the one will disappear, and the other, is left to pick up the pieces and continue her life after this great tragedy and hardens  her heart. Will she ever be capable of giving love again?

Esmee and Noelle have their own stories to tell.

A heart wrenching tale of love, healing,hope, grief and forgiveness. With vivid descriptions, engaging characters, and a storyline that is dear to so many,  Violence against Women. While, “THE ISLAND OF THE DOVES is fictional, three of the characters were inspired in some way, by real historical characters.”

ISLAND OF THE DOVES, is an charming, unforgettable, tale of the promise of a new life, second chances, and the power of love. Do pick up this title, you will not be disappointed.  An enjoyable read! Received for an honest review.

RATING: 4

HEAT RATING: SWEET

REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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Thanks to Kayleigh, at Penguin Group (USA)/Berkley/NAL, we are offering 1 lucky commenter a chance to win a print copy of ISLAND OF THE DOVES by Kelly O’Conner McNees.

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Giveaway will run from April 18 until April 25, 2014!

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Kelly O’Connor McNees grew up in Lansing, Michigan, and holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Michigan and a master’s in English education from DePaul University. A former seventh-grade teacher and editorial assistant, Kelly runs a busy editorial business called
Kelly O’Connor McNees grew up in Lansing, Michigan, and holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Michigan and a master’s in English education from DePaul University. A former seventh-grade teacher and editorial assistant, Kelly runs a busy editorial business called
Kelly O’Connor McNees grew up in Lansing, Michigan, and holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Michigan and a master’s in English education from DePaul University. A former seventh-grade teacher and editorial assistant, Kelly runs a busy editorial business called
Kelly O’Connor McNees grew up in Lansing, Michigan, and holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Michigan and a master’s in English education from DePaul University. A former seventh-grade teacher and editorial assistant, Kelly runs a busy editorial business called
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SPOTLIGHT AND REVIEW with GIVEAWAY~ DESIRING LADY CARO~ ELLA QUINN

DESIRING LADY CARO

[THE MARRIAGE GAME #4]

{Regency Historical Romance}

ELLA QUINN

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DESIRING LADY CARO, Book #4 in The Marriage Game

Night Owl Reviews: Desiring Lady Caro provides everything lovers of Regency romance crave in terms of setting and period details while providing a story that features danger, adventure, and a second chance at love.

 

Ella Quinn’s bachelors are clever, charismatic–and determined to remain single. Yet one by one, they find that fate–and certain irresistible women–cast doubt on even the best laid plans. . .

 

Haunted by her past, Lady Caroline Martindale fled England for the solace of her godmother’s palazzo in Venice. But if Caro was hoping to escape the charms of marriage-minded men, she’s come to the wrong place. And she’ll resort to extreme measures to spurn the advances of a dangerously determined Venetian marquis. . .

 

Though most of his friends have married off, Gervais, Earl of Huntley, remains bent on eluding the parson’s mousetrap. But his convictions begin to falter when he arrives in Venice and meets his match in the alluring Lady Caro. What began as a hastily concocted lie to save her from the marquis may become a chance for them both to relinquish their fear–and embrace what they can no longer deny. . .

 

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About the author:

Ella Quinn lived all over the United States, the Pacific, Canada, England and Europe before finally discovering the Caribbean. She lives in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands with her wonderful husband, three bossy cats and a loveable great dane.

 

Ella loves when friends connect with her on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/EllaQuinnAuthor, twitter www.twitter.com/ellaquinnauthor.

 

Represented by the lovely Elizabeth Pomada, Larsen-Pomada Literary Agency and published by Kensington.

 

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~GIVEAWAY ALERT~

THE SEDUCTION OF LADY PHOEBE(Sponsored by the site, MBA&M)

We are offering 1 lucky commenter a chance to win a digital (Amazon gifted)  Ella Quinn’s,  THE SUDUCTION OF LADY PHOEBE #1 in “The Marriage Game” series.

 

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The catch: you MUST help us spread the word of this wonderful series, by Ella Quinn. Just tell us her you posted, or whether, you told a friend, co-worker, or neighbor(no names, please)

Giveaway will run from April 18 until April 25, 2014

GOOD LUCK AND HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY WEEKEND!

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MY THOUGHTS:

DESIRING LADY CARODESIRING LADY CARO by Ella Quinn is a deliciously wicked Regency Historical Romance set in 1816 London, Venice and other parts of France. #4 in “The Marriage Mart” series, but can be read as a stand alone. See, THE SEDUCTION OF LADY PHOEBE, THE SECRET LIFE OF ANNA MARCH, and THE TEMPTATION OF LADY SERENA.

Fast paced from beginning to end. A spicy Regency romance. Meet, Lady Caroline Martindale (Caro), haunted by her past and Gervais, Earl of Huntley. With danger on very turn, secrets, passion,adventure, second chances and romance  in the air, you do not want to miss this enticing, delicious Regency Romance.

After years in Venice, Caro is on the run from an influential,determined, Venetian man, who is actually a stalker, and wants her at all cost. Gervais,who is visiting his Aunt  Horatia, just so happens to be Caro’s Godmamma, is determined to keep her safe, even if he has to marry her himself. So off they go against Italy,on the run from Caro’s stalker.

Caro, aka,the Ice Maiden, has a harsh past, she had a tragic event happen when she was younger, because of a scoundrel who she refused, years earlier.

Gervais, is or was determined not to marry until he needs an heir.

While, emotional at times, it has witty moments also. Well developed characters which are engaging as well as realistic. The storyline is intriguing. The secondary characters are just as engaging. A couple of them find their HEA also, including none, other, than Aunt Horatia.

Can a marriage of convenience turn into the love of a lifetime? You must read DESIRING LADY CARO to find out the answer. You will not regret your choice.

Gervais, is such a kind, considerate, and strong hero. Very careful of Caro’s feeling about her past and their future, he learns early on what her past involves. Caro is repressed, but soon comes out of her repression, how could she not with a hero such as Gervais.

Well written with vivid descriptions of the setting. Well done, Ms. Quinn! I have enjoyed this whole series, and look forward to more soon. A must read for anyone who enjoys Regency Romance readers who enjoy London, Venice, and Italy. A must read!

RATING: 4.5

HEAT RATING: HOT

REVEIWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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NOW SHOWING! DEEP BY KYLIE SCOTT…..

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Deep by Kylie Scott

Releasing: December 23, 2014

Synopsis

Don’t miss a beat with the fourth and final novel in theUSA Today bestselling Stage Dive series from Kylie Scott.

One by one, the members of Stage Dive are falling in love. David, Mal, and Jimmy have all taken the plunge, and now it’s Ben’s turn—only he refuses to fall into that trap. The sexy bassist enjoys his no-strings-attached lifestyle. But when Ben is forced to keep the one girl hes always had a weakness for out of trouble in Sin City, he quickly learns that what happens in Vegas, doesn’t always stay there.

AboutTheAuthor

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Kylie is a long time fan of erotic love stories and B-grade horror films. She demands a happy ending and if blood and carnage occur along the way then all the better. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and one delightful husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet.

Author Links:

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https://www.facebook.com/kyliescottwriter

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6476625.Kylie_Scott

http://www.kylie-scott.com/

Buy Links:

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Additional Information:

 

Stage Dive Series Reading Order

Lick

Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this.

Evelyn Thomas’s plans for celebrating her twenty-first birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man in her room, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.

One thing is certain, being married to one of the hottest rock stars on the planet is sure to be a wild ride.

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Kylie Scott returns with the highly anticipated follow-up to international bestseller Lick.

Mal Ericson, drummer for the world famous rock band Stage Dive, needs to clean up his image fast—at least for a little while. Having a good girl on his arm should do the job just fine. Mal doesn’t plan on this temporary fix becoming permanent, but he didn’t count on finding the one right girl.

Anne Rollins never thought she’d ever meet the rock god who plastered her teenage bedroom walls—especially not under these circumstances. Anne has money problems. Big ones. But being paid to play the pretend girlfriend to a wild life-of-the-party drummer couldn’t end well. No matter how hot he is. Or could it?

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Lead – releasing July 29, 2014

 

Stay up all night with the sexy rockers in Stage Dive, the epic New Adult series from New York Times bestselling author Kylie Scott, author of Lick and Play.

As the lead singer of Stage Dive, Jimmy is used to getting whatever he wants, whenever he wants it, whether it’s booze, drugs, or women. However, when a PR disaster serves as a wake-up call about his life and lands him in rehab, he finds himself with Lena, a new assistant to keep him out of trouble.  

Lena’s not willing to take any crap from the sexy rocker and is determined to keep their relationship completely professional, despite their sizzling chemistry. But when Jimmy pushes her too far and Lena leaves, he realizes that he may just have lost the best thing that ever happened to him.

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Deep – Releasing December 23, 2014

Don’t miss a beat with the fourth and final novel in theUSA Today bestselling Stage Dive series from Kylie Scott.

One by one, the members of Stage Dive are falling in love. David, Mal, and Jimmy have all taken the plunge, and now it’s Ben’s turn—only he refuses to fall into that trap. The sexy bassist enjoys his no-strings-attached lifestyle. But when Ben is forced to keep the one girl hes always had a weakness for out of trouble in Sin City, he quickly learns that what happens in Vegas, doesn’t always stay there.

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BOOK BLAST & GIVEAWAY~HOW SWEET THE SOUND~ VANESSA MILLER

HOW SWEET THE SOUND BANNER

 

 

Author is offering 2 ARC of #HSTS. 

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Book Title: How Sweet the Sound
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Abingdon Press (March 4, 2014)
ISBN-10: 1426749287
ISBN-13: 978-1426749285
Genre: Historical Gospel Fiction
About The Book

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Shar Gracey wants nothing more than to sing the Lord’s praises, so she jumps at the chance to join a traveling choir led by the father of black gospel music, Thomas A. Dorsey. Better yet, the opportunity will give her money to pay for her ailing mother’s medical care.
While on tour she falls under the tutelage of gospel great Mahalia Jackson—and falls for the handsome but not-so-great Nicoli James, whose desires for Shar are fueled by his own greed. Shar would do anything for Nicoli—and he knows it—so when his life is threatened after a night of gambling, Shar agrees to help pay Nicoli’s debt, only to have her faith and dreams shattered.
Reeling from the betrayal, Shar loses her voice and she believes that she will never sing again. She has no place to run except back home to her seriously ill mother—and the man she left behind, who would move heaven and earth to make Shar’s pain go away. Even if it means he has to let her go . . . again.

About The Author

VANESSA MILLER

Vanessa Miller of Dayton, Ohio, is a best-selling author, playwright, and motivational speaker. Her stage productions include: Get You Some Business, Don’t Turn Your Back on God, and Can’t You Hear Them Crying. Vanessa is currently in the process of turning the novels in the Rain Series into stage productions.
Vanessa has been writing since she was a young child. When she wasn’t writing poetry, short stories, stage plays and novels, reading great books consumed her free time. However, it wasn’t until she committed her life to the Lord in 1994 that she realized all gifts and anointing come from God. She then set out to write redemption stories that glorify God.
To date, Vanessa has completed the Rain and Storm Series. She is currently working on the Forsaken series, Second Chance at Love series and a single title, Long Time Coming. Vanessa believes that each book will touch readers across the country in a special way. It is, after all, her God-given destiny to write and produce plays and novels that bring deliverance to God’s people. These books have received rave reviews, winning Best Christian Fiction Awards and topping numerous Bestseller’s lists.

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Ebook: http://www.amazon.com/How-Sweet-Sound-Book-ebook/dp/B00I11W3CS/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

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COMING SOON~ TO TAME A HIGHLAND EARL~ TARAH SCOTT

COMING SOON!

MAY 16, 2014 at a retailer near you or online……

TO TAME A HIGHLAND EARL

TARAH SCOTT

To Tame a Highland Earl

Website: http://www.tarahscott.com/#!coming-soon/c21jb

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

Twitter:@TarahScott

Genre: Historical Romance

Series: Highland Lords series #3 (Scottish Romance),*A Maclean Highlander novel*

Source: Received for an honest review from the author.

  • BN ID: 2940045808477
  • Publisher: Tarah Scott
  • Publication date: 5/16/2014
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook

*B&N*

Overview

A man torn between two worlds. Both need him… neither wants him.
Groomed for a life amongst the English aristocracy, Lord Erroll Rushton is unexpectedly thrust back into his father’s Scottish world when the Englishwoman he compromises refuses to marry him.

No gentleman breaks into a lady’s bedchamber…but then, no lady sleeps with a pistol under her pillow.
Miss Eve Crenshaw will marry for love or won’t marry at all. When London’s most notorious rakehell breaks into Eve’s bedroom in the dead of night and compromises her beyond repair, she plans a daring elopement that shocks even the earl.

Add to your Goodreads list: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21840388-to-tame-a-highland-earl

 

Buy Links:

COMING MAY 16, 2014!!

Pre-order now!

To Tame a Highland Earl is now available for pre-order.
 During preorder, the book is on sale for $2.99.

To Tame a Highland Earl

 

 

 

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About the author:

Award winning published author Tarah Scott cut her teeth on authors such as Georgette Heyer, Zane Grey, and Amanda Quick. Her favorite book is A Tale of Two Cities, with Gone With the Wind as a close second. She writes classical romance, suspense, horror and mainstream.
Born in New Mexico, Tarah grew up in the Southwest. Fifteen years ago, she relocated to Westchester County, New York, where she and her daughter reside in a lakeside community. Don’t be fooled by what sounds like a quiet life. The city that never sleeps is only an hour away, and this Texas girl and her New York bred daughter wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

 

TARAH SCOTT

 

 

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