SEASIDE HEARTS~ MELISSA FOSTER…Book tour with Review and # giveaway

NEW RELEASE SEASIDE SUMMERS BOOK 2…..

The newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series, featuring a group of fun, sexy, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They’re funny, flawed, and will have you begging to enter their circle of friends. You met them in READ, WRITE, LOVE, (The Remingtons, Book 5), follow these friends on their search for forever love in the Seaside Summers series.

SEASIDE HEARTS

Jenna Ward is vivacious, spontaneous, and confident—except when she’s around the man who stole her heart years earlier, strikingly handsome, quiet, and reliable Pete Lacroux. After years of trying to get his attention and overwhelmed from dealing with her mother’s new cougar lifestyle, Jenna’s giving up on Peter—and is ready to explore other men.

As the eldest of five siblings, with an alcoholic father to care for, boat craftsman Pete Lacroux always does the right thing and has no time for a real relationship. He’s looking forward to seeing his friend Jenna, a welcome distraction who’s so damn sexy and so painfully shy that she equally entertains and confuses him.

When Jenna picks up a hard-bodied construction worker, jealousy ignites Pete’s true feelings, and he’s powerless to ignore the desires for Jenna he never realized he had. But Pete’s not the quiet guy he appears to be, and his life is anything but conducive to a relationship. Can Jenna handle the real Pete Lacroux—the sexiest, most passionate alpha male she’s ever seen—or will she crack under pressure? And can Pete reclaim the life he once had without tearing apart his family?

SEASIDE SUMMERS are the newest addition to the LOVE IN BLOOM series

**CONTENT WARNING: Due to mature content, recommended for readers aged 18+**

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Melissa Foster is the award-winning author of a number of International bestselling novels. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the Women’s Nest, a social and support community for women, the World Literary Cafe. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on Fostering Success.

Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children, she’s written for Calgary’s Child Magazine and Women Business Owners Magazine, and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa’s interests include her family, reading, writing, painting, friends, helping others see the positive side of life, and visiting Cape Cod.

Melissa is available to chat with book clubs and welcomes comments and emails from her readers. Visit Melissa on The Women’s Nest or her personal website.

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Books 1 – 3 Snow Sisters, Love in Bloom Series #1 – 3

 

 

Books 1 – 6 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #4 – 9

 

 

Books 1 – 5 The Remingtons, Love in Bloom Series #10 – 14

 

 

Books 7 – 12 The Bradens, Love in Bloom Series #15 – 20

 

 

Books 1 – 4 Seaside Summers, Love in Bloom Series #21 – 24

 

 

NOW FOR THE AUTHOR’S GIVEAWAY !!

 

 

Five lucky winners will each win the first two ebooks in the Love in Bloom Series, Sisters in Love & Sisters in Bloom

 

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MY THOUGHTS:

Seaside Hearts by Melissa Foster is an exciting Contemporary Romance. #2 in “Love in Bloom: Seaside Summers” series, but can be read as a stand alone. Filled with lust, romance, laughter, and love, you can’t go wrong with “Seaside Hearts”. This is a hot, steamy romance with adult situations, flawed characters, who are enduring and complicated to say the least. If you enjoy laughter, as well as lust, you have to meet Jenna Ward and Pete Lacroux. With grief, adversity, finding happiness and longing for love, Ms. Foster has written tale that is realistic, and will steal your heart. Well done! Oh, did I mention, the hot, hot sensuality, well let me tell you, you will need a fan. An enjoyable as well as satisfying read. A must read for any contemporary romance reader as well as any one who enjoys a wonderful tale of love and all it entails.

*Received for an honest review from the publisher*

Rating: 4.5

Heat rating: Hot

Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

 

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Release Blitz~ AN AMERICAN DUCHESS~SHARON PAGE

An American Duchess

Title: An American Duchess

Author: Sharon Page

Release Day!

About An American Duchess:

Set on a crumbling English manor estate during the height of the Roaring Twenties, an American duchess must decide how much she’s willing to risk for the life she truly desires…

It’s 1922, and New York heiress Zoe Gifford longs for the freedoms promised by the Jazz Age. Headstrong and brazen, but bound by her father’s will to marry before she can access his fortune, Zoe arranges for a brief marriage to Sebastian Hazelton, whose aristocratic British family sorely needs a benefactor.

Once in England, her foolproof plan to wed, inherit and divorce proves more complicated than Zoe had anticipated. Nigel Hazelton, Duke of Langford and Sebastian’s older brother, is as austere and imposing as the family’s ancestral estate. Still reeling from the Great War, Nigel is now staging a one-man battle against a rapidly changing world—and the outspoken Zoe represents everything he’s fighting against.

When circumstances compel Zoe to marry Nigel rather than Sebastian, their heated quarrelling begets passion of another sort. But with Nigel unwilling to change with the times, will Zoe be forced to choose between her husband and her dreams?

 

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About Sharon Page:

Sharon PageNew York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Sharon Page sold her first book, an erotic romance novel A GENTLEMAN SEDUCED, in 2004. Since then, she has published more than 20 novels and novellas, both traditionally through NY publishers (Kensington, Random House, Harlequin), and on her own through self-publishing.

Sharon writes:
Historical romantic women’s fiction (AN AMERICAN DUCHESS)
Erotic historical romance (SIN, DEEPLY IN YOU)
Erotic paranormal romance (BLOOD RED, BLOOD CURSE)
Sensual historical romance (THE CLUB, ENGAGED IN SIN)
New adult contemporary erotic romance (The Yardley College Chronicles series).

Sharon’s books have won many awards including two RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Awards, two National Readers’ Choice Awards, the Colorado Award of Romance, and the Golden Quill. Sharon was nominated by RT Book Reviews in 2013 for Career Achievement in Erotic Romance.

She graduated with a degree in Industrial Design (School of Engineering) and worked for years in the structural engineering field. Married, with two children, Sharon now writes almost full time.

 

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BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY with Review~ ADDICTED~ TRACY WOLFF

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ADDICTED BY TRACY WOLFF – BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY

ADDICTED by Tracy WolffADDICTED: An Ethan Frost Novel
A Loveswept New Adult Romance
Written by Tracy Wolff
On sale: July 15, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-553-39438-2
Pages: 304

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Ethan Frost returns in the breathtaking conclusion to New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tracy Wolff’s seductive novel Ruined—perfect for fans of Release Me and Bared to You.

As Chloe Girard discovers, there’s love . . . and then there’s addiction.

Ethan Frost is everything a woman could want in a man. He’s rich, gorgeous, powerful, one of the most eligible bachelors in the world.

But that’s not why I’m with him.

I love Ethan for all the things no one else gets to see: his innate kindness, his reckless spontaneity, his unwavering determination to use his brilliance for good. I love the way he looks at me, the way he touches me. The way he makes me forget the wreckage of my past and the twisted fear that still lives inside me.

But sometimes it terrifies me how much I crave him, how much I need him just to breathe. I always thought it would be my past that ruined us, but there’s a darkness in Ethan I never dreamed existed. Can we survive as his secrets surface—threatening to unravel us both?

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Tracy_Wolff-1ABOUT TRACY WOLFF

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Tracy Wolff lives in Texas and teaches writing at her local community college. She is married and the mother of three young sons.

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MY THOUGHTS:

ADDICTED by Tracy Wolff is a interesting Contemporary Romance. The conclusion of  ” An Ethan Frost” series.

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 Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More


 

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HALFWAY TO NOWHERE BY STEENA HOLMES AND ELENA AITKEN

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HALFWAY TO NOWHERE

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STEENA HOLMES AND ELENA AITKEN

Halfway to Nowhere

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December 12, 2013

By USA Today Bestselling Author Steena Holmes and Elena Aitken comes their latest story sure to tug at the heartstrings of those who understand the depth of a mother’s love.

Nikki Landon walked away from her small town, Halfway, Montana, ten years ago, with no intentions of setting foot there again. But, when her mother dies unexpectedly, Nikki has no choice but to return, and this time with the child she was trying to hide—ten year old, Ryan.

Becky Jennings is living her happily-ever-after. She’s married to the man of her dreams and even though that means being the wife of a Christmas tree farmer, she’s happy. There’s only one thing missing from her fairy-tale life: a child to hold in her arms. After countless miscarriages, she’s struggling to accept that might be one dream that will never come true.

As teenagers, Nikki would have done anything to protect her best friend, Becky from heartache, which is why she left. But ten years later, there’s nowhere to hide in a small town where everyone can see the truth of the secret she can no longer keep.

Could Nikki’s son be the child Becky has always longed for? And if he is, can the already fragile bond between the two friends, withstand the heartache?

  • Publisher: Sista’ Books; 1.1 edition (December 12, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HAO0BUS
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About Steena….

Image of Steena HolmesNow a USA Today Bestseller!

Growing up as a small town Canadian girl, there wasn’t much to do but ride your bike, hang out with friends on the beach and daydream. I always wanted to write but never dreamed it was something I could do as a career. I love to travel and fell in love with the sheep covered hillside, old castles and romantic history of Scotland and England. I dream about waking up in Tuscany and touring small town shops in the south of France with my husband, of placing my toes in the ocean and experiencing history first hand. As a mother with three daughters, I’m learning that teaching them to pursue their dreams is a lasting legacy. I love to wake up to the Rocky Mountains, will forever enjoy the taste of coffee and chocolate and can’t imagine the day when a story doesn’t unfold in my heart. Living a life with passion and pursuing dreams is a life well lived.

UPCOMING RELEASE: The Memory Child – available March 18, 2014 ~ “New mother Diane can’t imagine life without her angelic baby daughter, Grace–but her family’s dark past collides with her present in this surreal family saga.”

DON’T MISS: The Finding Emma Series: Finding Emma, Dear Jack, Emma’s Secret & Dottie’s Memories.

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About Elena Atkins….

Image of Elena AitkenLike a lot of my readers, I’m a busy mom. It often feels like life is pulling us in a million different directions, which is why I love to write romance!
There’s nothing better than knowing you have an escape waiting for you at the end of a long day in the form of a good book.

I’m lucky enough to live in the shadow of the Canadian Rocky Mountains in the foothills of Alberta, where I can write the stories I love. Whenever I get the chance, I escape into those amazing mountains and I can usually be found sitting with my feet in the lake, working on my next book.

As well as sweet contemporary romance novels, I also like to write women’s fiction and my collection of stand alone novels are all part of the Escape Collection. I’m always trying something new, so stay tuned to see what’s next!

I LOVE to hear from my readers! Please sign up for my newsletter at www.elenaaitken.com (link on website) so you can stay up to date on my latest releases. Plus there’s a link to an exclusive free short story!

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~ SHARON SALA~COLOR ME BAD….

TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT….

SHARON SALA

{A Novella}

{Contemporary Women’s Fiction}

~COLOR ME BAD~

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COLOR ME BAD

SHARON SALA

  • Print Length: 59 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DDWIT14

September 3, 2013

An original short story by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sharon Sala links to her full-length contemporary women’s fiction novel, The Curl Up and Dye.

The novella centers around the four women who run the Curl Up and Dye hair salon and their relationships with the quirky customers of small-town Blessings, Georgia. Their meddlesome efforts at match-making run awry, but there’s always another makeover just around the corner.

To Purchase The Book:

“Color Me Bad” is now available on Amazon.com – click here to check it out!  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DDWIT14/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_8MRjsb1J5SS0H

At Barnes and Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/color-me-bad-sharon-sala/1115748716?ean=9781402287503

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A Bit about the author…..Sharon Sala….

Sharon Sala, who has also written under the name Dinah McCall, has 85-plus books in print, published in four different genres-Romance, Young Adult, Western, and Women’s Fiction, and her Young Adult books have been optioned for film. She has been named a RITA finalist seven times by Romance Writers of America, and in 2011 they named her the recipient of the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award. Her books are New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly bestsellers and published in many different languages. She lives in Oklahoma, the state where she was born.

Sharon’s website is at www.sharonsala.net

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Thanks everyone for stopping by today! Please check this Novella by Sharon Sala. It is getting rave reviews!

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GIVEAWAY AND INTERVIEW~ ERIKA MARKS,THE GUEST HOUSE….

IT IS OUR PLEASURE TO WELCOME

ERIKA MARKS

~THE GUEST HOUSE~

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 WELCOME ERIKA!

MBA&M: Please tell our readers a little about yourself?

Hello everyone! I’m a native New Englander, raised in Maine, and now am living in North Carolina with my husband, a biologist, and our two daughters. I’ve been writing novels since I was in high school and submitted 14 different manuscripts over 20 years before getting my first contract with NAL/Penguin. When people ask me my best advice to becoming published, I always say perseverance above all else—and now you know why!


MBA&M: What was your inspiration behind writing “The Guest House”?

I love books set on the water. I grew up near the coast of Maine and the ocean is in my blood and in my soul. There is something about walking the beach, about staring out into the surf and surrendering my thoughts to the sounds and smells and sensation of the ocean that moves me like nothing else. I think there is something inherently romantic about coastal settings/resort towns, because of the transient nature of many of their visitors—the sun and the beach and that sense of time as fleeting and full of possibilities makes for wonderful drama and very passionate affairs of the heart.


MBA&M: How did you pick your setting for “The Guest House”,did Harrisport,the Cape Cod area have special meaning to you?

Growing up in New England, I was fortunate to spend time on Cape Cod, but the real inspiration for The Guest House actually came from a summer I spent on Martha’s Vineyard after my freshman year in college. I worked at a bakery and stayed in an apartment above the stables on the property of a gorgeous, rambling shingle-style house just like the one in The Guest House. I knew the people who lived in the big house so I spent time in it and fell in love with the historic interiors and, of course, imagined all the secrets and stories that had taken place over the years inside it. It was one of those experiences I kept tucked away, but always knew I’d revisit it in a book someday.


MBA&M: Instead of summer fun, you have rivalries,family dramas and of course old love,what was your inspiration behind this plot?

So often my stories evolve out of a single relationship, but I am always drawn to love stories and how we fall in love, how we stay in love, how we find love after losing it, how we do or don’t move on from it. I think many of us find our first loves are often the ones that set the course for our romantic future, and very often our first loves happen when we are young and long before we truly know ourselves and what—or who—we really want. For many of my characters in The Guest House, lost loves have kept them tied to the past—but this summer will bring them unexpected opportunities for new romance and the kind of passionate love they thought was lost to them forever.


MBA&M: What was your favorite spot for summer fun?Your favorite memories of the summer,and your favorite all time gotta have beverage,food,music,etc for the summer?

Oh there are so many! Growing up, we spent so much of our summer days on the beach, since we lived close enough to visit it regularly. I was raised in a wonderful small town, in the village, where there were always kids out playing and summer events and festivals going on or neighbors having big cookouts or picnics. There was a frozen custard stand in town that was a staple and we’d always end up there and see everyone we knew. Most of all, I think summer meant staying up later, which is why my favorite time of day is still dusk in the summer season; that soft, warm night air, the pastel light of the setting sun, the glow of the moon in a not-yet-dark sky, and the knowledge that even as the world is drawing to a close for bedtime, there are still a few extra moments to savor, to sneak in another minute with friends outdoors.


MBA&M: My family and myself enjoy Atlantic Beach,North Carolina on the Eastern seaboard,do you see yourself ever having a novel set in that area?

Absolutely! I have heard wonderful things about Atlantic Beach and it is on my must-see list, for sure! Now that I am living in North Carolina, I am looking forward to shifting the settings of my novel to reflect my new home. I have fallen in love with the Carolina Coast. In fact, I’m now writing my fourth novel which is set on Folly Beach, SC—a place my family and I have been lucky to spend time at in the last few years—and it’s exciting to be writing about new beaches.


MBA&M:If you could have dinner with one of your characters in any of your books or one in your head, who would be your favorite to dine with and why? Where would you go?

What a fantastic question! The character of Camille Bergeron from my first novel, Little Gale Gumbo, immediately comes to mind. She’s a remarkable Creole cook who fled New Orleans with her teenage daughters to escape a bad marriage and found herself on a small island off the coast of Maine where she opens an authentic Creole café! So of course we would have to eat in her Little Gale Gumbo café, and I’d love to sit a while in her company. In the novel, she is such a force of strength and comfort and love and home for all the characters, not just her daughters, but the island residents too—including a divorced single father who she falls in love with—so I can’t imagine a richer meal, in both taste and conversation.


MBA&M: How do you see yourself in 20 years or so?

Having more and more adventures with my precious family—my husband and our two daughters—and, of course, still writing novels about the stories of our hearts.


MBA&M: We are so happy to have you visit with us and our readers today. Please tell our readers where to connect with you and where to purchase “The Guest House”?

It has been such a pleasure to be here, thank you for having me! I love to connect with readers. I am on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ErikaMarksAuthor), twitter (@erikamarksauthr) and you can always find me at my website, www.erikamarksauthor.com.  I also love speaking with book clubs—either on the phone or via skype. The Guest House and my other novels can be purchased through any of your favorite retailers, such as Amazon and Barnes&Noble, in print or e-book format!

Erika, do you have anything to add today?

I want to wish everyone a wonderful and peaceful summer season. May it be filled with lots of sun and LOTS of great books!

 

Amazon link:

http://www.amazon.com/Guest-House-Erika-Marks/dp/0451418859/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1368640804&sr=1-1&keywords=the+guest+house+erika+marks

Barnes & Noble link:

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Oh,thank you for such a wonderful interview and such wonderful stories!

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Guest House Final CoverTHE GUEST HOUSE (NAL Trade Paperback, on-sale June 4, 2013) by Erica Marks is the perfect way to enjoy a lazy summer day. Set in Cape Cod , Massachusetts , one of the most popular summer getaways on the East Coast, THE GUEST HOUSE by acclaimed author of Little Gale Gumbo and The Mermaid Collector is a powerful tale about a summer beach town torn by old love, rivalries, and family drama. For fans of Marisa del los Santos and Adriana Trigiani, THE GUEST HOUSE with its themes of love and loss is sure to be a summer favorite!

 

 

For generations, the natives of Harrisport have watched wealthy summer families descend on their Cape Cod town and inhabit the massive cottages along the town’s best stretches of beachfront. But when rich southerner Tucker Moss breaks the heart of local girl Edie Wright in the summer of 1962, an enduring war is started between the two families that lasts for generations.

As Edie’s youngest child, Lexi Wright should have known better than to fall in love with a Moss, but at nineteen, she falls hard for Tucker’s son, Hudson — only to find herself jilted a few years later when Hudson breaks off their engagement to marry his high school sweetheart. Now, fifteen years later, Lexi has just returned home, secretly nursing a broken heart after another failed romance. But when Hudson ’s younger brother, Cooper, arrives unexpectedly to reclaim the Moss cottage after his father’s death, an unlikely attraction forms between the two, and Lexi finds herself torn once again between passion and family loyalty.

And then, renovations at the Moss guest house reveal a forty-five year-old declaration of love carved into a piece of framing — a truth that will force two women and the men who love them to confront the treacherous waters of their pasts.

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About the author:

A native New Englander who was raised in Maine, Erika Marks has worked as an illustrator, an art director, a cake decorator, and a carpenter. This is her third novel.

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~REVIEW AND FEATURE~ THE MANGO BRIDE BY MARIVI SOLIVEN…

MBA&M PRESENTS….

THE MANGO BRIDE

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MARIVI SOLIVEN

The Mango Bride

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Oh, WOW! How exciting, Marivi has just stopped by for a quick visit with us and our readers……
Welcome Marivi!

Truth Well Told

People often ask if the events or  characters in my novel are drawn from real life. The short answer is, yes.  I’m constantly watching people, eavesdropping on conversations in cafés or on the street, listening to NPR for anything that might be useful one day in a story.  You might say that writing has made me hyper-aware — why make things up, when you can borrow them from real life, from actual people?

That Dingdong Hello buzzer in the novel’s prologue? I discovered my mother using it  in Manila several years ago, around the time I began  working on The Mango Bride. Before that, she used a buzzer embedded in the floor underneath the head of the table in the formal dining  room.  At dinner parties, my mother would tap on the floor button to  ring a bell in the kitchen. The kitchen’s door was closed, so none of the guests heard the chimes,  but like magic, a maid would emerge from the kitchen to see what needed to be served or cleared away.  When we were kids, we played with that buzzer till it finally broke down.

Yaya Esther, who appears in the prologue as nanny to Señora Concha’s grandchildren is also based on a real person.  Esther cared for me and my three siblings, enforcing afternoon siesta and keeping order in the house until my mother’s diplomat sister lured her away to care for my young cousins in Switzerland.  It’s been decades since she last worked for my family, but Esther still remembers all our birthdays and flew home to attend every one of our weddings.

Naming characters after my friends is a practice I began long before my first book was published:  While working as a copywriter in a large ad agency I  sometimes composed little narrative poems and named the protagonists after my friends, giving them the stories as cheap and cheerful presents.  In like manner,The Mango Bride is populated by friends and relatives  who make cameo appearances as  broadcast journalists, doctors, socialites, diplomats and World War II veterans. 

On very rare occasions,  I can insert real people acting as they do in real life.  This happened with Thoth and Lila Angelique, the singing/violin-playing duo that comprise Tribal Baroque.  I’d been wandering around Balboa Park, looking for a free bench on which to write when the most ethereally beautiful melodies drew me to a hallway at the Casa Del Prado.  I ended up sitting on stone steps trying to capture Tribal Baroque’s amazing performance in words. 

Years later, I bumped into them again and explained that I’d written them into a scene in my novel.  I  subsequently invited them the San Diego book  launch party: they not only showed up in full costume, but  actually performed a song!

The city of Manila plays a large part in The Mango Bride, for it encompasses what my immigrant characters think of as “home.” Because of this, I took extra pains to describe it as vividly as possible, to help non-Filipino readers understand what my characters were giving up when they moved to America.

I grew up in Manila, studied and taught at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, so creating the setting for the chapters that take place there entailed little more than pulling up memories of the classrooms, acacia trees and  the Christmas Lantern Parade. The Hotel Intercontinental was less familiar, but friends in Manila  helped by emailing photos and detailed descriptions of the hotel. Likewise, even though I’d lived eight years in Oakland, I still needed to refresh my memory by looking at  certain locations in the Bay Area via Googlemaps.

Last of all, there is one anecdote that I hung on to for nearly a decade.  It came in the form of an email forwarded to me by a friend in Manila and it was the hilarious account of a circus elephant’s escape from the Araneta Coliseum.  The elephant somehow broke away from his trainer, stepped through the loading dock  and wandered down a major city thoroughfare.  I laughed so hard over that story that I saved the email message, knowing it would come in useful one day. It now forms a major part of the chapter 20, “Elephant in the Room.”

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About the Author

Like her main character, Marivi Soliven moved from the Philippines to California, where she now lives and works as an interpreter. Several of her short stories and essays from her 16 books have appeared in anthologies and she taught creative writing at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, the Ayala Museum and the University of California at San Diego. This is her first novel.

Visit her online at: Marivisoliven.blogspot.com,www.facebook.com/marivisolivenblanco, and twitter.com/marivisoliven
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Two women, two cultures, and the fight to find a new life in America, despite the secrets of the past…
Banished by her wealthy Filipino family in Manila, Amparo Guerrero travels to Oakland, California, to forge a new life.  Although her mother labels her life in exile a diminished one, Amparo believes her struggles are a small price to pay for freedom.
Like Amparo, Beverly Obejas—an impoverished Filipina waitress—forsakes Manila and comes to Oakland as a mail-order bride in search of a better life. Yet even in the land of plenty, Beverly fails to find the happiness and prosperity she envisioned.

As Amparo works to build the immigrant’s dream, she becomes entangled in the chaos of Beverly’s immigrant nightmare. Their unexpected collision forces them both to make terrible choices and confront a life-changing secret, but through it all they hold fast to family, in all its enduring and surprising transformations.

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Genre: Women’s Fiction

Source: Received for an honest review from the publisher.

MY THOUGHTS:

THE MANGO BRIDE by Marivi Soliven is an interesting debut novel in Women’s Fiction. Two women two cultures and their struggles to fit into American life. Told between the two main characters,Amparo Guerrero,a banished Filipino  and Beverly Obejas,a mail-order bride. With a murdered child,secrets,culture difference,betrayal,an unwanted pregnancy,a mail order bride,exile,immigration and a bit of romance, you can’t go wrong with “The Mango Bride”. A very complex story ranging from the Philippines to California, all is not what it seems in “The Mango Bride”. An enduring story,the storytelling was very in depth,the characters fascinating as well as engaging. Ms. Soliven is a great storyteller in the making. An author to watch for in the future. If you enjoy learning more on culture difference, immigration and all that entails you will enjoy “The Mango Bride”. Received for an honest review from the publisher.

RATING: 3

HEAT RATING: MILD

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

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~ GIVEAWAY AND SPOTLIGHT~THE SWEET SPOT BY LAURA DRAKE….

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THE SWEET SPOT BY LAURA DRAKE

EXCERPT

I’m not going to bed in makeup. If I haven’t frightened him away yet, he can take it. She pinched her cheeks to add some color to the butt-white skin and tried not to look too closely in the mirror. Maybe that’s why God makes your vision fail as you get older. It’s kinder.

She stood before the mirror, buttoning blue flannel pajamas with shaking fingers. Fluffy white cartoon sheep bounced across the material on her chest. Oh, nice. You’re a forty-year old woman, taking a man to your bed for the first time in forever, and this is the best you can do? How sad is that? It’s going to put a damper on the mood if he’s laughing his head off.

It would almost be better to walk out naked. She reached for the top button before she remembered. He’s used to a twenty-year old! Her hand dropped. Better flannel sheep than floppy boobs and a poochy belly. He sure hadn’t traded up in the body department.

Her panicked gaze darted the room, searching for an alternative. My robe! She reached for it. Yellow terrycloth, it covered her from neck to ankle. She looked closer. In spite of numerous Shout applications, the sleeves were stained grey, and snagged strings dangled everywhere; it looked like a shedding bison. A yellow shedding bison.

She groaned.

A soft tap at the door made her jump. “Charla? You okay in there?”

She shot a look to the ceiling. You got me into this. I hope you’re amused. She pulled open the door. . .

And forgot all about what she was wearing. He stood before her shirtless, skin glowing in the light of the table lamp. She’d always loved Jimmy’s chest. Whipcord working muscles under pale skin dusted with dark hair. She followed the line down, to where it disappeared beneath his flashy belt buckle. Her swallow clicked loud in the hushed room.

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*A special note*

Laura will also have a booth at the Professional Bull Riding finals in Las Vegas October 23-27. (She’s a bull riding enthusiast!)

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May 28, 2013 Sweet on a Cowboy (Book 1)

 

A Love as Big as Texas . . .

Charla Rae Denny was the perfect wife with a perfect life, content to keep the home fires burning while her husband, JB, competed as a champion bull rider. Then their son died in a tragic accident-and everything fell apart. Divorced and saddled with a hill of bills and a failing ranch, Charla must now cowboy up to put her life back together.

James “JB” Denny doesn’t stay where he isn’t welcome. So when Charla shut him out of her grieving heart-and their home-a year ago, he took comfort where he could find it. Now after seeing beautiful Charla again, he wants it all back. She can’t work the ranch alone, and deep in his heart he knows he can be the man she needs. But after so much history and heartbreak, can JB convince Charla to take a risk and give their love a second chance?

Mass Market Paperback: 336 pagesPublisher: Forever (May 28, 2013)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 1455521957ISBN-13: 978-1455521951

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LAURIE HINDLEYAbout the Author

Laura Drake grew up in the suburbs outside Detroit, though her stories are set in the west. A tomboy, she’s always loved the outdoors and adventure. In 1980 she and her sister packed everything they owned into Pintos and moved to California. There she met and married a motorcycling, bleed-maroon Texas Aggie and her love affair with the West was born. Laura rides motorcycles: Elvis, a 1985 BMW Mystic, and Sting, a 1999 BMW R1100.

In Texas, Laura was introduced to her first rodeo, and fell in love. She’s an avid fan of Pro Bull Riding (PBR,) attending any event within driving distance, including two PBR National finals.

Laura now lives in California with her family. She is hard at work on her next novel.

For more information on Laura Drake, please visit:

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Thanks to, Marissa, we are offering 2,yes 2 lucky commenters a print copy of “The Sweet Spot” by Laura Drake. Open to U.S. and Canada residents only! Please no P.O. Boxes. Giveaway will run from May 29 until June 5,2013. *Please leave a valid email address with your comment,for notification purposes only*

THANKS,EVERYONE AND GOOD LUCK!

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MY THOUGHTS:

The book “The Sweet Spot” is a good read. I especially liked the way Laura Drake developed her characters in to dynamic people. She gave life like details to not only the main characters but the secondary ones as well. The only complaint I have is the length of the book – at times it sort of just dragged on and I found myself skimming paragraphs multiple time. Overall, good book with complex plot and characters. Received for an honest review from the publisher.
RATING: 4
HEAT RATING:
REVIEWED BY: Anie Lyn(Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More)
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~GIVEAWAY,INTERVIEW AND REVIEW~ HURRICANE LILY~ REBECCA ROGERS MAHER

MBA&M IS PROUD TO PRESENT…..

~HURRICANE LILY~

BY

~REBECCA ROGERS MAHER~

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WELCOME REBECCA!

MBA&M: Welcome to MBA&M! Please tell our readers a little about yourself?

 

RRM: Hi — thanks so much for having me! I write contemporary romance novels with bold, flawed heroines and strong, sensitive heroes. I like raw stories with a lot of grit and realism and I tend to prefer writing novellas so I can keep the stories tight and fast-paced. I live in Brooklyn, New York with my husband and our two sweet boys, and when I’m not writing, I read like crazy and ride my bike around the city.


MBA&M: What was your inspiration for writing “Hurricane Lily”?

 

RRM: Hurricane Lily started with this character in my head that stockpiled emergency supplies and was afraid to leave her house. It came to me right after Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast of the U.S., and I was thinking about this new reality where weather events like Sandy could become more commonplace. I wanted to tell a story about two very real people facing this reality – one with anxiety and one with anger – and to see what would happen when they clashed against each other.


MBA&M: Who is your greatest inspiration in your writing career?

 

RRM: At this point in my career, I’d say I’m most inspired by Louis CK, the writer/comedian/director. He does exactly what he wants to do artistically, and what he does is both completely weird and totally original. He’s adamant about his own vision, and I think the best stories come from that place. They might not be perfect, but they are raw and beautifully unique. That’s what I’m aiming for in my writing – something new, independently produced, with a strong voice.


MBA&M: What do you hope readers will gain by reading “Hurricane Lily”?

 

RRM: I hope they’re entertained and inspired by the love story and I hope they leave the book thinking. I raise a lot of questions in Hurricane Lily, and I hope readers will engage with that and have fun with it.


MBA&M: How much research was involved in writing “Hurricane Lily”?

 

RRM: I watched a lot of Doomsday Preppers, which was wonderful! I also did some reading about disaster preparedness and talked to a lot of people who’ve worked with anxiety issues. Most of the research I do is toward making sure I really know my characters and depict them accurately. I love doing that kind of research, because even beyond the needs of the book, it helps me understand people better.


MBA&M: Which character do you feel the biggest connection to and why?

 

RRM: I feel equally connected to Lily and Cliff, actually, which is why I wrote from both of their points of view. Their feelings and worldviews make sense to me, and yet I see how their perspectives have limited their ability to love and be loved. I feel a lot of compassion for them, and also a strong desire to see them overcome their struggles and find happiness and love in their lives.


MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to connect with you and where they may purchase “Hurricane Lily”?

 

RRM: Come on by my website! You can find links to all my books there, as well as my blog. I also spend a lot of time chatting with friends and readers on Facebook, so please join me there. I’d love to hear from you all!

 

Thanks so much again for having me here today!

Thank you for spending time with us and our readers today and for sharing your stories with us all!

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Rebecca Rogers Maher Author PhotoABOUT THE AUTHOR
Rebecca Rogers Maher writes contemporary romance novels about real women. She’s a Vassar graduate, a former community organizer and Brooklyn public school teacher, and a mother to two insanely sweet boys. Rebecca likes bold stories with strong, flawed heroines. She believes messed-up ladies deserve happy endings too, as well as lots of hot sex with genuinely kind men. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her hot, kind husband and their children.RT Book Reviews describes Rebecca’s writing as “beautiful, heart-wrenching, and heart-warming,” Library Journal calls it “dark, electrically charged…gut-wrenching…” and Dear Author says it “resonate(s) with depth.” In a ridiculously embarrassing article, New York Daily News called her novels “steamy.”Come hang out with Rebecca on Facebook. She’s very chatty there.

www.RebeccaRogersMaher.com

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 Rebecca Rogers Maher
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Editor: Melissa Johnson (from Carina Press, Samhain)
Self-Published / Promised Land Books
Page Count: 120
Word Count: 40,000
ISBN: 9781625395375
Release Date: April 15, 2013
Price: $1.99


Lily Sawyer flees her controlling, wealthy family in New York City for a solitary existence on Cape Cod. Three months later, a mounting anxiety binds her to the house she can no longer leave.

 

 

 

With hurricane season approaching, Lily hires Cliff Buckley—an angry carpenter with an immediate disgust for his elitist employer—to storm-proof her house.

 

 

 

Cliff soon discovers they have more in common than he thinks, as well as a raging spark between them could either destroy—or save—everything they care about.  The question is, can either of them survive Hurricane Lily?
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MY THOUGHTS:
HURRICANE LILY by Rebecca Rogers Maher is an exciting contemporary romance set in Cape Cod. Follow, Lily Sawyer and Cliff Buckley on a journey of love. What happens when an angry carpenter and a wealthy tourist with paranoia issues meet,well first you have strong emotional issues,then there is the mental illness issue,next you have some steamy passion and last but not least you have a hurricane on the horizon. A powerful,dark,quick read filled with flawed people,and emotions. If you enjoy contemporary romance with a bit of a twist than “Hurricane Lily” is just the deal for you to pick up and read. Received for an honest review from the author.
RATING: 4
HEAT RATING: MILD
REVIEWED BY: AprilR,Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

 

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HAPPY READING AND ENJOY!

 


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GIVEAWAY AND SPOTLIGHT~ WHILE WE WHERE WATCHING DOWNTON ABBEY

 

 IF YOU ENJOY DOWNTON ABBEY,THIS IS A MUST!

WENDY WAX’S

WHILE WE WHERE WATCHING DOWNTON ABBEY….


 

 

While We Were Watching Downton Abbey
Wendy Wax

FROM THE AUTHOR OF TEN BEACH ROAD AND OCEAN BEACH, A NEW NOVEL OF FOUR FRIENDS—AND A SHARED PASSION THAT COULD CHANGE THEIR LIVES

When the concierge of the Alexander, a historic Atlanta apartment building, invites his fellow residents to join him for weekly screenings of Downton Abbey, four very different people find themselves connecting with the addictive drama, and—even more unexpectedly—with each other…

Samantha Davis married young and for the wrong reason: the security of old Atlanta money for herself and her orphaned brother and sister. She never expected her marriage to be complicated by love and compromised by a shattering family betrayal.

Claire Walker is now an empty nester and struggling author who left her home in the suburbs for the old-world charm of the Alexander, and for a new and productive life. But she soon wonders if clinging to old dreams can be more destructive than having no dreams at all.

And then there’s Brooke MacKenzie, a woman in constant battle with her faithless ex-husband. She’s just starting to realize that it’s time to take a deep breath and come to terms with the fact that her life is not the fairy tale she thought it would be.

For Samantha, Claire, Brooke, and Edward, who arranges the weekly gatherings, it will be a season of surprises as they forge a bond that will sustain them through some of life’s hardest moments—all of it reflected in the unfolding drama, comedy, and convergent lives of Downton Abbey.


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Wendy Wax is the author of eight previous novels, including Ocean Beach and Ten Beach Road .  Her books have been highly praised and featured in national publications such as USA Today, Cosmopolitan, FIRST for Women, and Woman’s World.  A Florida native, Wax lives in Atlanta .  Visit her online at her website, Facebook or Twitter.

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