Author Suzanne McKenna Tells Us the Top 10 Things We Need to Know About Toby Faye of KEEPING CLAUDIA (with a giveaway!)



I’d love to talk about Toby Faye, the male protagonist of my “Toby & Claudia” series. He is a complex character, at times brooding and intense, at others, witty and charismatic, making him an immensely gratifying character to write. Without further ado, here’s the top ten most important things about Toby Faye:

  1. His childhood: In the series’ first book, “Saving Toby,” Toby believes a difficult childhood dropped him into a hole he can never climb out of. The Faye family is the epitome of dysfunction. Burdened by alcoholism and physical abuse, their family has gained a disparaging notoriety about town. Toby feels it everyday, but his reclusive mother has turned a blind eye to it.
  2. His School Years: Life doles out many hard lessons to young Toby. At 12, his father died in a car accident, and the family is ostracized by the details surrounding it. Life at home becomes a battlefield, but it’s at this time he first fantasizes about Claudia, and the series’ legendary schoolboy crush is born.
  3. Affluence: Toby grew up on the ‘wrong side of the tracks,’ and strongly resents the divide between those who have vs. those who don’t. Claudia, though, is from the wealthier side of town—a fact that demands he rethink his defiant stance.
  4. His relationship with mother: Julia Faye was both kind and spiritual, but a passive woman who let her husband’s death unseat her. After his death, she closeted herself away from life, and Toby was forced to take on many adult responsibilities. Her dependence on him shapes the person he becomes.
  5. His relationship with brother: The bond between Faye brothers, Toby and Al Jr., is an unstable one. Al was aware of his parent’s preference for his easy-going younger brother, and he physically punished Toby for it throughout his teen years.
  6. His abilities: Toby blows through an excess of jobs trying to find work that suits him. He was never good at math, but even so, just like his father, he discovers he has a knack for carpentry. It’s finding this out about himself that boosts his confidence and opens doors to his future.
  7. His humor: Terrific dry wit. Toby has a way with the perfectly placed and timed sarcastic reply that catches one off guard and leaves everyone in a fit of giggles.
  8. Intensity: As Claudia says, “Focused Toby is incredibly sexy.” When he’s set his sights on something or someone, watch out.
  9. His friends: In the course of his life, Toby has collected an assortment of diverse and devoted friends. Their loyalty to him says a lot about his character.
  10. 10: Tattoos: Unlike the many tatted guys you read about in other new adult books, Toby isn’t overly inked up. He has one tattoo on his right shoulder. It covers a scar from a violent incident with his brother. He gets a second one in Keeping Claudia, just as meaningful, but I can’t say what it is without giving away a major spoiler.

 

Author Bio:

Suzanne McKenna Link works for a family of newspapers that cover events in and around the South Shore of Long Island, New York. She lives in the town of Sayville with her husband and two children.

SAVING TOBY is her debut novel. The literary love story follows the moving journey of a damaged young man and his love for a girl who might just save him. An avid interest in psychology has Suzanne digging deep into the reasons for her characters’ behaviors. The native Long Islander is fascinated by the how and why of people’s actions. As a result, her characters come to life on the pages.

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Keeping Claudia
Suzanne McKenna Link
(Toby & Claudia #2)
Publication date: June 1st 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

How do you love someone whose past goes against everything you’ve ever known or trust in a future you’ve yet to believe in?

Back home in a town she once fled, headstrong Claudia Chiametti returns to the arms of the only guy ever to awaken her heart. Everything about Toby contradicts her family’s traditions and values, but she’s ready to take a chance on love.

Toby Faye is a new man, and the girl he’s long dreamed of is finally within his reach. With Claudia’s help, he’s put the past behind him. But one last secret hides in the dark corner of his past. The one that could undermine it all.

Can Claudia love him unconditionally … or will the truth cost Toby what he wants most?

Keeping Claudia is the emotional finale to the love story that began in Saving Toby, an unforgettable journey of a couple who discover the only way to love someone is with an open heart.

Falling in love is easy. Staying in love is hard.

Full length, Contemporary Love Story.
Recommended Reading Age 18+
Though part of a series, may be read as standalone.

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Melissa Chambers, Author of FALLING FOR FOREVER, Tells Us 10 Things She Wishes Someone Had Told Her About Being An Author (with a giveaway!)

10 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Being An Author

10 – Your characters follow you around all the time. You can’t get away from them. You’ll be driving in the car and miss your exit because your character is playing out the next scene for you. And when the book is finished, they still don’t go away. They keep talking about new scenes that you don’t have time or purpose to write. (But sometimes, you still do.)

9 – Your butt grows. I think the technical term is secretary spread. You sit all the time, and your body adjusts to this change over time. Of course, this has nothing to do with the chocolate almonds.

8 – Everything’s a possible novel. You can no longer just enjoy a cute story someone tells or a funny incident. You start thinking about how you can turn it into a scene or a novel.

7 – There are a million workshops and craft books out there. Every one does not work for every writer. Take what works for you and your writing process and toss away the rest.

6 – What you are writing can deeply affect your mood and your close relationships. When I’m in the thick of writing a black moment, I get very depressed. I have to remind myself and my family that it’s just the book getting me down, and nothing is wrong. Alternatively, you are in the best mood when your characters are experiencing falling in love or are otherwise having a great time.

5 – Books are painful to write…not only emotionally, but physically. You should have ice packs and wrist guards ready for when you feel the pain coming on.

4 – If it’s not already tough, your skin will thicken. I think writers must be among some of the strongest and most willful people out there. We experience tons of rejection before we get that one publishing victory, and then the rejection is still there in negative reviews and rejected story ideas. But we are a resilient bunch. And it’s a good thing we are!

3 – You feel guilty all the time. If you aren’t writing, you feel guilty. If you are writing, and your family is in the next room having together time, you feel guilty. I need absolution from the guilt!

2 – When you finish a book, you mourn the loss of your characters. They are still with you, but it’s not the same.

1 – There’s no stopping. You think you’ve got this one story in your head, and as long as you get it written, you can wash your hands of this whole writing bug, but there’s no ignoring that next story knocking at your brain.

Thanks, Becky, for having me on, and for giving me such fun topics to choose from! I had a really hard time deciding!

For more about Melissa or Falling for Forever: https://entangledpublishing.com/falling-for-forever.html

 

About the Author:

Melissa Chambers writes contemporary novels for young, new, and actual adults. A Nashville native, she spends her days working in the music industry and her nights tapping away at her keyboard. While she’s slightly obsessed with alt rock, she leaves the guitar playing to her husband and kid. She never misses a chance to play a tennis match, listen to an audiobook, or eat a bowl of ice cream. (Rocky road, please!) She serves as the president elect for the Music City Romance Writers and is the author of The Summer Before Forever and Falling for Forever (Entangled Teen).

 

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Falling for Forever (Before Forever #2)
by Melissa Chambers
Publication Date:  July 3, 2017
Publisher:  Entangled Teen

 

The second Jenna Quigley turns eighteen, she’s headed to L.A. to extend the timer on her fifteen minutes of fame. Too bad her dad made her promise to graduate high school first. Silver lining? Her new school has a serious talent competition with a $25,000 cash prize, which would go a long way in L.A. Jenna’s got plenty of talent—she didn’t almost win America’s Newest Sensation for nothing. But it’ll take everything she’s got to bring down the music nerd with a stick up his butt…no matter how cute he is in those glasses.

Miles Cleveland needs to win that talent contest. When some hot girl stole his audition spot on America’s Newest Sensation, his chance to study music flounced off to New York with her. Now, not only can he win enough money to pay for his education, he can get revenge on that very same girl. He can’t start to question his plan, though…no matter how deep Jenna buries into his heart.

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Christina McKnight, Author of THEODORA (Lady Archer’s Creed #1) Shares her Top Ten Romance Authors (and a giveaway!)

As an author, my stories are much like the books I enjoy reading. My inspiration comes from many authors that came before me. My love for scene setting comes from Stephanie Laurens. My tendency to write about families comes from Julia Quinn. And my love of mystery mixed into each plot is what I love about Amanda Quick’s writing.

 

My Top Ten Historical Romance Authors

by Christina McKnight

 

  1. Eloise James has stayed true to the Historical Romance genre throughout her career. Her novels never disappoint and always leave the reader wanting more.

 

  1. Catherine Coulter’s Sherbrooke Brides books started my love for Historical Romance series. Your favorite characters’ journeys continue long after their book is complete.

 

  1. Julia Garwood’s books are so enchanting that I will forsake my favorite place and time period (Regency England) to read her book, For The Roses—and I do it at least once a year!

 

  1. Lisa Kleypas has mastered the art of writing a heroine that every woman would give up modern conveniences to be! I could live without running water, computers, and modern medicine to be Winnifred Hathaway in Seduce Me at Sunrise.

 

  1. Pamela Britton knows how to write a rake of the first order! Her books Scandal, Seduced, and Tempted feature super hot bad boys!

 

  1. Christina Dodd—what more do I need to say? The woman is an icon and legend! I recommend all of her books.

 

  1. Lauren Royal brings a whole new to dimension to a love story. Her Jewel Series (Amethyst, Emerald, and Amber) is full of snappy dialogue and captivating characters.

 

  1. Julia Quinn wrote another of my favorite series, The Bridgertons. The series follows a group of siblings (named in alphabetical order, which is helpful since there are a ton of them!) and their unique love stories.

 

  1. Amanda Quick combines dynamic characters, romance, accurate historical details, and mystery to create enthralling books, including Deception, Desire, Mischief, Mistress, Scandal and Reckless (to name a few!)

 

  1. My all-time favorite historical romance series is written by Stephanie Laurens. The Cynster Novels follow a family full of interesting men and women who will have you on the edge of your seat the whole time!

 

Author Bio:

Christina McKnight is a book lover turned writer. From a young age, her mother encouraged her to tell her own stories. She’s been writing ever since.

Christina enjoys a quiet life in Northern California with her family, her wine, and lots of coffee. Oh, and her books…don’t forget her books! Most days she can be found writing, reading, or traveling the great state of California.

You can visit her online at the following places: Website Facebook | Twitter Goodreads | Amazon

 

 

Title: Theodora
Series: Lady Archer’s Creed (Book One)
Author: Christina McKnight
Genre: Historical Romance, Regency
Release Date: January 17, 2017

 

Friendship…

Lady Theodora Montgomery departed Miss Emmeline’s School of Education and Decorum for Ladies of Outstanding Quality to attend her first London Season—her three dearest friends by her side. With her sharp wit and skill on the archery field, Theo is far more interested in winning a large purse prize than securing a husband. But when she is unmasked on the tourney grounds, her face exposed to all, she fears her identity and days spent gallivanting around London will cause not only her undoing, but the downfall of her friends as well.

Loyalty…

Mr. Alistair Price, heir to the elderly Viscount Melton, arrived in London with his eight younger siblings in tow. He is charged with keeping his family name above reproach until the Season starts and his sister, Miss Adeline Price, is presented to society—though that proves far more difficult than Alistair ever expected when he discovers his rebellious sister climbing down the side of their townhouse and scurrying off to Whitechapel for an archery tournament. His focus remains on saving his family from the certain ruin and disgrace Adeline’s actions invites—until Alistair catches sight of another female archer, her arrow connecting with far more than the center of her target.

And honor above all…

With Theodora’s future—and that of her friends—in jeopardy, will she agree to a marriage devoid of affection, or risk everything for the man who won her heart?

 

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Chapter One

London, England
October 1825

Alistair Alexander Price entered his father’s townhouse—for all intents and purposes, his townhouse since his father had taken ill the year before and was unable to travel. Alistair was responsible for the care and well-being of his siblings—he was to tend the account ledgers, he was answerable to all his father’s tenants—and it seemed, Alistair was also solely accountable for the funds needed to fulfill all of those obligations.

“Your coat, Mr. Price?” Donavon, the family butler, held his arm out, prepared to take his over garment.

Alistair shrugged, allowing the coat to fall from his shoulders and into his butler’s waiting arms. “Thank you. I will be in my study, please make sure I am not disturbed.”

“Of course, Mr. Price.” The servant gave him a faint smile.

Alistair was fairly certain the staff was delighted to have the Melton horde in residence—and agreeable to Alistair filling his father’s vacant shoes, though he had not inherited the Melton Viscountship as yet.
With a nod, Alistair continued on to his father’s study. He shook his head. His study. It was highly unlikely his father would ever journey to London again.

Alistair needed a quiet place to think, and if it took drinking himself into a stupor to figure out his family’s problems, then so be it. With eight younger siblings in residence, a quiet room was hard to come by; however, he knew his three brothers were at their fencing lessons, and the female part of his household avoided his study as much as possible—unless summoned. Alistair had made a point of using the room when doling out lectures on inappropriate behavior, as well as when imparting bad news.

Anyone who invaded his private space was subject to one or the other—and on many occasions, both.

His footsteps sounded as he walked down the corridor, past his sisters’ receiving room—not that the five Melton females were used to receiving guests beyond family—and beyond to the study.

The day had not gone as planned, to say the least. His father’s longtime solicitor, Mr. Adams, had shared with Alistair the dire conditions of the many Melton estates. Since the viscount had begun his downward spiral and his illnesses finally took his ability to walk, not a single tenant issue had been addressed, no roofs had been mended beyond what the villagers could do themselves, and no upkeep to the estate gardens had been done. And their family coffers were continually drained from the expenses of supporting nine children and a full-time physician to care for the aging viscount.

Alistair’s father had once been a very hands-on viscount, not trusting estate business and tenant concerns to anyone. That left Alistair to fumble his way through things once his father was unable to leave his sickbed—and his mother unwilling to leave her husband’s side.

Alistair rounded his desk and fell heavily into his chair—the chair he’d seen his father occupy for all of Alistair’s twenty-five years. It had remained vacant for nearly two years before Alistair and his mother made the decision to remove the children to London to avoid them witnessing the viscount’s worsening condition. His mother was to join them before his sister, Adeline, was presented to society.

The news had arrived yesterday—two short weeks before Adeline’s first ball—that Viscountess Melton would not be joining her children in London. At least, not this season.

Certainly, Alistair could handle depositing Adeline at her dress fittings, consulting with her on which invitations to accept, and accompanying her on outings to Hyde Park, but he did not enjoy any of those things, and as a rule, strictly avoided any excursion that would result in meeting marriage-minded females. There was an overabundance of those to contend with in his own home without seeking them out about town.

And Alistair hadn’t the time or the patience for any of it.

Thankfully, he only need present one sibling to the ton this season, Adeline—next season would be Adelaide and Amelia, and after them, Arabella the following year. Lastly, Ainsley. It was all too much to wrap one’s mind around. The viscount’s coffers would be empty long before Alistair inherited the title. And what to do about his brothers: Abel, Alfred, and Adrian? They were remarkably unconcerned with their future paths. None of the three wanted their father to purchase them a commission to serve their country—though Alfred and Adrian were much too young to be burdened with such thoughts as yet. Not a one had an interest in any trade, but Abel did enjoy spending his spare time assisting at the British Museum, without pay, of course; however, at the age of twenty and one, he should be focusing on something more suitable to support a family.

Alistair would see his duty through: ensuring that all of his siblings were wed and taken care of. And then, if there were still time for him and he hadn’t been beaten down by the strain of it all, he would think about his own future.

There were many years ahead of him before he had the luxury of pondering what he wanted for his life. Little Ainsley was only ten, after all, and with eight years until her introduction, Alistair would have no rest until then.

What had his parents been thinking? Nine children with his father already close to fifty when the first was born.

It was irresponsible, to say the least. At this point, Alistair would be close to the same age when he had the time to focus on finding his own wife. Never would he burden anyone with supporting his offspring.

As he stared toward the open door, a flash of green flew past, catching his attention. He had glimpsed a trail of blonde curls before the girl was out of sight, her slippered feet making no sound.

He was out of his chair and following, a lecture on the inappropriateness of running indoors on the tip of his tongue. It was necessary for him to hurry to the entryway as his siblings were fast to disappear, especially if they suspected he was in pursuit.

Adeline stood, ready to enter the receiving room when he called her name, his displeasure clear in his voice.
Her hand paused on the door handle but did not turn it.

“Adeline,” he chastised. “What have I said about running in the house?”

“It is only necessary to run faster than the person chasing you?”

“Do not play feebleminded with me,” he sighed, knowing he had, indeed, said those exact words many times, but that was before he and his sister had reached adulthood—and he’d been forced to take his unofficial place as head of the Melton clan. “What did I say about running in the house yesterday?”

“That it is highly inappropriate for women who’ve left the schoolroom and expect to be accepted in ballrooms,” she mimicked. “Women who have turned their cotton pinafores in for silk gowns should refrain from such uncouth behavior.”

“And…” Alistair prodded. He shouldn’t have to lecture Adeline on her decorum. Hadn’t he spent enough coin on her tutelage? For a woman of eight and ten, she could use a healthy dose of maturity.

“If such young women do not agree, then they are free to pack their trunk and return to the country.”

He smiled with pride at her ability to recite his lecture from the day before. “Very good. Miss Emmeline’s School of Education and Decorum for Ladies of Outstanding Quality has at least taught you one valuable skill. Now if only you could follow the sound advice you memorized.”

Adeline stuck her tongue out at him as she turned toward the door once again.

“Adeline!” Again her hand froze on the knob—knowing her luck would only get her so far with her eldest brother. “You must put your childish ways behind you if you favor a successful season.”

“Of course, my dearest, most loving, and wise brother.” Her talent for charming others—all the while mocking them—was a gift all of his siblings shared, though her sweet words never fooled him. “Now, if you do not mind, it is discourteous to keep guests waiting.”

“Not many are informed we are in London. Who is calling on you?”

And why hadn’t he been informed there was a visitor in his home? It was not only his aging parents but also his servants who’d taken a liking to his younger siblings, often doing their bidding without realizing it.

“It is only Theo, Alistair.” She said the name as if it should be familiar to him. Only Theo?

He wanted to demand she tell him who the bloody hell Theo was and what the man was doing calling on his sister without properly introducing himself to Adeline’s eldest brother before requesting an audience with her. True, their parents were still responsible for the lot of them; however, as the eldest male in good health, it fell on Alistair to keep his siblings safe.

And he could not do that if unfamiliar men were coming and going right under his nose.

Instead of ripping the door off its hinges and confronting the man who dared enter his home without an invitation, Alistair took a deep breath. Far different from the deep breath he’d taken earlier in his study as he’d allowed the pressure of his responsibility to settle. No, this deep breath was giving him time to gather his words to use as his weapon instead of his fists.

Many—especially his female siblings—called him domineering and imperious when it came to his family. But his father had trusted him to lead well in the viscount’s stead, and no matter the difficulty of the task, Alistair would do exactly that.

Adeline looked at him as if he’d grown a second head with five eyes. “Are you experiencing a decrease in memory, dear brother?”

His temper rose at Adeline’s reference to their father’s diminished mental capacity, and his sister knew she’d gotten to him. She was most successful at finding every little thing that irritated him and drawing his annoyance out. And since her return from boarding school, he’d realized she hadn’t changed. Not even the smallest bit.

The viscountess, Lady Melton, had hoped that separating the two siblings would ease their lifelong discontent and competitiveness with one another, but while Alistair had been made to mature far quicker than most, his sister was still the hellion she’d been since birth.

“I assure you, I am in full capacity of my senses, Miss Adeline,” he spoke the words slowly, pronouncing each as if she were the one who was struggling to grasp his meaning. “Why do you not introduce me to your friend, Theo?”

Maybe he was the boon Alistair had been praying for—a man to take his wayward sibling off his hands before the season had even begun. Alistair’s only regret was that he’d paid the modiste’s note the day before. He need push this Theo to announce his courtship quickly and have the betrothal papers drafted as soon as the man hinted at the possibility—before he discovered that Adeline was not the demure miss he assumed her to be, but a sharp-tongued, quick-witted, infuriating debutante who knew exactly how alluring her blonde hair, fair skin, and pale blue eyes were.

Adeline made no move to join her guest, most likely suspecting her brother had some plan contrived—and she would be correct.

“Come, dear sister,” he hissed. “Let us not keep our visitor waiting.”

“But—“

“Do you not want me to greet our guest?” he asked. This Theo gentleman must be highly unsuitable if Adeline were working this hard to keep Alistair from entering the room. Again, he searched his memory for any mention of a Theo—or, more likely, Theodore—who’d made his acquaintance. There was that elderly earl, Lord Bays. His given name was Theodore if Alistair weren’t mistaken, but he was far too old for his sister’s liking and, he gulped, wedded going on three decades. Certainly, Adeline hadn’t lowered herself to consorting with men who were spoken for. “Allow me to open the door.”

Adeline scrutinized him before shrugging. “Very well, let us greet our guest. Do not embarrass me before my friend.”

“Embarrass you?” Alistair asked, stunned. “Why ever would you think I would do something so juvenile?”

“You have been known to make me look awful and think it is comical.” She released the knob and crossed her arms.

“Or need I remind you of how cruel you and Abel have been to me?”

“Must I remind you what a nuisance you were as a child?” he retorted. This was the way of things for them: bickering, bantering, and arguing—with no end in sight. “You would follow Abel and me around constantly. It was
improper for a young girl of quality.”

“You lost me in the woods!” she shrieked. “I was only ten, and the sun was setting.”

“But you never followed us outdoors again, did you?”

“Humpf.” She tapped her foot, waiting for him to agree that he would not mortify her. When he made no move to agree to her request, she continued, “And the pie?”

Alistair couldn’t help but chuckle at the reminder. “The pie dropping over the railing from the landing above the main hall was Abel, and you very well know that. We could not have known you’d be walking below at that precise moment.”

“My new frock was ruined from the berry juices.”

“Again, that was many years ago, Adeline,” he said. “I have grown—matured—as I hope you did as well during your time away at school. Now, please allow me to escort you to greet this Theo gentleman.”

A smirk landed on Adeline’s face, and her brow rose. “Of course, dear brother. Let us join our guest.”

He set his hand on her arm to halt her before she entered the room. “Do not think I take kindly to men calling on my sister without my express permission. This will not go unmentioned.”

“Oh, I certainly hope you do reprimand Theo.” Adeline giggled, a sound Alistair hadn’t heard in many years. Actually, he hadn’t heard it since she’d slipped a dozen pond frogs into his trunk before he’d left for Eton. The carriage had been made to stop only two hours’ journey from their country estate to free the trapped creatures; however, they’d already done the intended damage to his entire wardrobe, and Alistair had spent an entire week wearing the same set of clothes until new ones could be sent. “It is only what is deserved.”

Alistair had had enough of his sister’s irksome banter, so he stepped around her, pushing the door wide. “After you.” Alistair bowed mockingly as she flipped her hair over her shoulder and preceded him into the room.

Entering, he immediately scanned the room looking for the man who dared enter his home with no regard for proper
etiquette, putting his sister’s reputation in question before her first season was underway.

“I do not appreciate hearing that someone dares cross the threshold of my home without suitable cause to do so.” Alistair’s voice thundered through the small receiving room. He wanted the man to be aware his actions were not agreeable to Alistair—Adeline’s guardian while in London. “You are certainly fortunate I am in residence to rectify the situation.”

He paused, glancing around the room for his intended target, but no man stood by the open hearth, nor by the windows, their drapes held back with a simple tie to allow the warm sunlight in.

A small gasp brought his attention to the delicate sofa his mother favored when in London.

“Lady Theodora Montgomery,” Adeline said, rushing to stand before the sofa. “I have missed you ever so much. I am happy to see you have arrived safely in London.”

After bending down to give the woman a quick hug, Adeline cast a smirk in her brother’s direction—knowing she’d successfully redirected the embarrassment to him. “I do apologize for my brother’s abominable greeting.”

The woman’s eyes were rounded with fright at his callous tirade as she stood abruptly, ready to flee.

“As you can see, he is as dreadful as I’ve told you all these years,” Adeline confessed, squeezing Lady Theodora’s hands before turning to Alistair. “Have you terrified my dear friend enough for one day, brother?”

The poor woman was so startled she hadn’t managed a single word in greeting—Alistair regretted any alarm he’d caused her; however, she must understand Adeline had misled him. She was certainly a gently bred woman, unlike his hoyden lot of sisters.

“Lady Theodora,” Alistair started, attempting to mend the dismal situation. “I am Mr. Alistair Price, Adeline’s eldest brother—and I assure you, I am not the horrid man my sister claims.”

The woman looked wholly unconvinced by his proclamation, but offered her own greeting nonetheless. “It is nice to make your acquaintance, Mr. Price, but please refrain from dropping a pie on my head while I’m in your home. I fear my mother would be quite vexed if I ruined my new gown.”

Alistair took a step back at her brazen comment as his sister doubled over in laughter.

“My dear, Theo,” Adeline said, a giggle on the fringes of her words, “I have missed you so.”

Why did he feel as if he’d walked into a trap set up by his most cunning sister?

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A Top 10 List for SPELLS & SORCERY by S. Usher Evans (with a giveaway!)

Top 10 things you could find out on the eve of your 15th birthday that are worse than, “You have magic!”

  1. You’re grounded
  2. Your father is a frog and you may develop warts.
  3. We’re moving to Antarctica. Here’s your coat.
  4. That pain? Oh, that’s just your tail coming in.
  5. Your mother’s family are trolls and you might experience a need to live under a bridge.
  6. Your rival has the same birthday and invited all your friends.
  7. Your brother is really your father and your sister is really your grandmother
  8. We got you socks for your birthday.
  9. The internet has crashed forever
  10. You’re normal. Because let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to find out they have magic?

 

Spells and Sorcery
S. Usher Evans
(Lexie Carrigan Chronicles, #1)
Publication date: October 4th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

You have magic.

One sentence, three words, four syllables. Enough to change my life forever. And I’m not talking about the whole spells and sorcery thing.

Lexie Carrigan thought the weirdest thing about her was she preferred watching documentaries and reading the newspaper to reality TV and Twitter. But on the eve of her fifteenth birthday, her aunt and sisters drop a bomb–she’s magical.

Now the girl who never made waves is blowing up her nightstand and trying to keep from wreaking havoc on her school. When a kind stranger shows up with all the answers, Lexie hopes he’ll be able to help her control her newfound powers. But Gavon may not be as kind as he seems, and soon Lexie finds out that being magical is the least weird thing about her.

Spells and Sorcery is the first YA fantasy from S. Usher Evans, author of the Razia series, the Madion War Trilogy and Empath.

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Author Bio:

S. Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she left the sleepy town behind for the fast-paced world of Washington, D.C.. There, she somehow landed jobs with BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Television before finally settling into a “real job” as an IT consultant. After a quarter life crisis at age 27, she decided consulting was for the birds and rekindled a childhood passion for writing novels. She sold everything she owned and moved back to Pensacola, where she currently resides with her two dogs, Zoe and Mr. Biscuit.

Evans is the author of the Razia series, Madion War Trilogy, and Empath, published by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing.

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Jennifer Bonds, Author of SEDUCING THE FIREMAN, Gives the Top Ten Ways Jackson Hart Will Make You Swoon (with a giveaway!)

He Always Gets What He Wants…And He Wants Her…

He’ll do whatever it takes to get her…Becca Mancini doesn’t have time for distractions, especially the walking, talking, swaggering, sexy-as-sin kind that disappear without a trace and leave scars on your heart and revenge on your lips. So when Jackson Hart strong-arms his way back into her life, determined to rekindle the flames, there’s only one thing she knows for sure. Sparks. Will. Fly.

Check out  Jennifer Bonds’s newest Risky Business novel, SEDUCING THE FIREMAN.

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Top Ten Ways Jackson Hart Will Make You Swoon

Jackson Hart, the hero in my new release, Seducing the Fireman, is the type of guy your mom always warned you about, the kind of alpha hero who’s not afraid to push his woman’s buttons, driving her wild in all the right ways. But under all that push-pull tension, he’s got a soft side, which is why today I’m sharing the top ten ways Jackson Hart will make you swoon!

1. Jax has a got a set of killer dimples that have been known to make panties burst into flames.

2. Who doesn’t love a man in—or out of—uniform? As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing sexier than turnout gear. Under all that sweat and soot, there’s a real life hero looking for love.

3. Jax is the BEST kind of trouble always keeps his heroine on her toes with moments like this…

“We’re not going to have sex until our fourth date,” he explained, tilting her chin and forcing her to look him in the eye. “Do you know why that is, Becca?”

She swallowed, her throat bobbing slowly.

“Yeah, you know, don’t you? You don’t want to admit it, but deep down, in that hot, wet place, you know.” He reached between her legs, stroking the very part of her body that ached for him. “Well, let me spell it out for you. You’ve never let any guy make it to the fourth date, have you? That’s okay. I’m not just any guy. I’m the man who’s going to break your three-date rule. I’m the one who knows every inch of your body and how to make it come apart with pleasure. I’m your man.” He lowered his forehead to hers. “And you’re my woman.”

4. Jax will do whatever it takes to earn the love of the woman he loves, even if she kicks him out in his skivvies.

5. He always remembers dessert.

6. Being a fireman, he’s an expert at mouth to mouth, which also comes in handy off the clock.

7. Who else has enough swagger to rock a fur dog suit and look good doing it?

8. He works well under pressure and will always protect his woman…whether she likes it or not.

9. Jax knows just how to plan the perfect first date, the kind you’ll never forget and one that will make you weak in the knees.

10. The man is a good with a hose. 😉

 

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Jennifer Bonds writes sizzling contemporary romance with sassy heroines, sexy heroes, and a whole lot of mischief. When she’s not writing or wrangling toddlers, she can be found curled up with a good book and a bottle of wine. Jennifer lives in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where her overactive imagination and weakness for reality TV keep life interesting. She’s lucky enough to live with her own real life hero, two adorable children, and a pair of rambunctious dogs. Loves Buffy, Mexican food, the Winchester brothers, and all things zombie. Sings off-key.

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About SEDUCING THE FIREMAN:

He’ll break her three-date rule or go down in flames trying…

Firefighter Jackson Hart is back in Brooklyn and on the hunt for the girl who’s kept him burning for ten long years. The girl he left, in a total prick move, without saying goodbye. Now he’s determined to make it right, to hell with her three-date rule.

But Becca’s not ready to forgive and forget. In fact, she seems determined to stoke his fire every chance she gets. She wants to avoid sexy distractions like him? Fine. Because what she doesn’t know—yet—is that Jax isn’t the kind of man to give up when he wants something. And he always gets what he wants.

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Excerpt:

In the opening scene of Seducing the Fireman, we meet Becca, a free-spirited photographer who’s enjoying a night on the town with her girlfriends. She’s supposed to be celebrating a once in a lifetime opportunity to shoot the FDNY Calendar of Heroes, but when she spots Jax—the man who broke her heart and left town without saying goodbye ten years ago—sitting across the bar, she’s sure fate has given her an opportunity for sweet revenge.

It’s now or never.

Solidifying her resolve, Becca reached out, resting her palm on his bicep—his rather massive, rocklike bicep—and proceeded to curse herself for noticing. So not the point. Just because he could wrap her in that steely embrace, didn’t mean she wanted him to. This was the same boy who’d broken her heart and left her crying into her pillow more nights than she cared to remember.

Looks changed, people didn’t.

Jax shifted on his stool, turning his body toward her. He looked her up and down, his gaze lingering on the hand that rested on his arm. Their eyes met, and he smiled at her, a sexy grin that hooked up on the left playing across his full lips. And, oh sweet Jesus. When he turned those dimples on her, her panties nearly went up in flames.

Damn. She’d forgotten those dimples. How was that even possible? No matter. He was a player and she wasn’t falling for it this time.

Fool me once.

“Can I help you?” he asked, the words smoother than a shot of Johnnie Walker Black.

Pretending to study him, she gave a coy smile in return. Then, tapping into her inner vixen, she stroked his bicep, relishing the way his muscles rippled at her touch. “That remains to be seen. I’m Becca.”

“Jackson Hart,” he said, offering his hand. First a smile and now a handshake? If she didn’t know any better, she’d think he’d gone off and become a proper gentleman. With no choice but to accept his offer, she released his bicep and met him halfway, trying not to think about the way his calloused hand swallowed her own, wrapping it in warmth and sending a tingle racing up her arm. Or about the way her heartbeat accelerated at his touch. No way they had chemistry all these years later. No. Freaking. Way. “You can call me Jax.”

“Because that’s what all the ladies call you?” She leaned into his personal space, reminding herself it wasn’t real. It was a set up. A role she played. Jax needed a hefty dose of karma, and she fully intended to deliver. Nothing more.

“The ladies?” He raked a hand through his dirty blond hair. Interesting. Jackson Hart was nervous. She was sure of it. After all, how many times had she watched him do the very same thing as a kid? His hair was shorter now, cropped close on the sides with an artfully messy spike on top, but that gesture? It hadn’t changed at all. “I just moved back to town. So, yeah, no ladies.”

“No ladies yet,” she said, correcting him with a growing level of confidence. Pressing her body against his, she snaked a hand up his arm. “Which means you’re all mine.”

“These guys might have something to say about that,” he teased, hooking a thumb over his shoulder at his buddies.

“I’m really not interested in what they think.” Licking her lips suggestively, she kept her eyes fixed on him, pretending he was the only man she had eyes for in the crowded bar. Guys liked to feel important, too, right? And really, she didn’t give a crap about his friends. They were definitely not part of the plan. “But I’ll make this easy for you, Jax. Me and you. Saturday night. Eight o’clock. Co.”

 

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ONCE UPON A DARE:

The first night was a dare. The second night was trouble…



Advertising guru Olivia Masterson is all work and no play. But on the eve of earning her dream promotion, her best friend dares her to drop her ice queen façade for one night and seduce a sexy stranger. Olivia’s worked her ass off to get where she is-why the hell not?
Cole Bennett never thought he’d run into his feisty one-night stand at the office, furious that he stole her promotion. No matter how hard she tries to ice him out, they can’t seem to keep their hands to themselves…or their clothes on.
Olivia’s talented-maybe even more than Cole-so when his dropped hints to the boss net her a promotion of her own, he’s ready to celebrate…until she accuses him of fueling office rumors that she slept her way to the top. She wants to earn her own way? Fine. So what the hell does a guy have to do to permanently melt an ice queen?

 

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He’ll do whatever it takes to get her against the boards…

Sidelined by a potentially career-ending injury, the only thing hockey player Ryan Douglas should be thinking about is recovery. But after sharing a near death experience and a night of passion with a spunky brunette, the only thing on his mind is five and a half feet of sexy sarcasm. And he’ll do whatever it takes to get her back in his bed–even if it means playing dirty.

Chloe Jacobs is done with fairytales. And men. She’s kissed her share of frogs and what’s it gotten her? Dumped by text–again. Determined to eighty-six illusions of romance and prove she’s more than just a good-time girl, the last thing she needs is a pushy, arrogant hockey player testing her resolve. Especially one who’s sinfully good with his hands and thinks date-by-blackmail is a perfectly acceptable social convention.

Ryan wants to play games? Fine by her, but this is one faceoff he’s going to lose.

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Author Valerie J. Clarizio and CRAZED RECKONING’s Detective Spinelli Share his List of Top Ten Foods (and a Giveaway!)

Just what foods does a police detective crave? Read on to find out!

Then, check out our interview with Valerie here!

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Spinelli’s top ten food list:

  1. Pizza with pepperoni, onions, peppers, and olives
  2. Cheeseburger with raw onions and fries
  3. Spicy chili
  4. Chicken fajita
  5. Custard doughnut
  6. White chocolate macadamia nut cookies
  7. Beer – there’s a pork chop in every bottle
  8. Pineapple
  9. Sharp cheddar cheese aged 10 years
  10. Tuna mixed with macaroni and cheese

 

 

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Book Title: Crazed Reckoning, a Nick Spinelli Mystery
Author: Valerie J. Clarizio
Publisher: Melange Books, LLC
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 120 pages
Release Date: March 5, 2015

 

Blurb:

After experiencing a murderous Christmas and Valentine’s Day with love interest Shannon O’Hara, Detective Nick Spinelli assumed Saint Patrick’s Day couldn’t be any worse.

He was wrong.

While out on a geocaching adventure in Door County, Shannon and her friend Anna find more than a clue in the cache box. When Shannon disappears, Spinelli is sent racing to find her. Amidst the chaos of an unruly Irish celebration, and a decades-old Irish family feud, he must rescue her from the hands of a madman.

 

Excerpt:

The ladies chatted as they walked. Anna, as always, cut to the chase. “So how’s it been going with that handsome Detective Spinelli of yours lately?”

Shannon glanced at her watch and then shot a smile over her shoulder. “Well, you took a bit longer than I expected,” she teased.

Anna returned her smile. “I held out as long as I could. You know I’m living vicariously through you, so don’t keep this old lady waiting here.”

Shannon stopped and waited for Anna to catch up. “Actually, he’s been kind of quiet and distant since the whole Valentine’s Day episode. I can’t seem to make him realize it wasn’t his fault. Bethany had issues.” Just saying Bethany’s name sent a bone-chilling disturbance deep into her core.

Though the temperature still hovered around forty degrees, Anna swiped her gloved hand over her moist brow. “The poor guy. I’m not sure what to say. I can’t imagine how it must feel to have a psycho ex-girlfriend kill four of his present girlfriend’s ex-lovers, attempt to kill him and then kill herself. And on Valentine’s Day of all days. The day I was sure he would pop the big question to you. What should have been one of the biggest and best days of his life turned out to be the worst.”

“There’s not a day goes by I don’t think of that awful day. And he won’t talk about it. The second I bring up the topic, he clams up.” Shannon sighed. “And honestly, I really thought he would propose as well.”

“With all that’s gone on in the past three months, I’m surprised he let you out of his sight to come along on our girls’ weekend.”

“I know. I could tell by the look in his eyes when I told him what our plans for this weekend, he wasn’t pleased. He asked me to reconsider, but I couldn’t. I really just needed to get away from the city and everything that has gone on lately. At first he insisted upon coming along, but Captain Jackson assigned some hot case to him, Walker and Marsh. So he couldn’t get away.”

Shannon’s eyes watered. Over the past three months, she’d found herself the happiest she’d ever been, the saddest, and the most frightened. She’d met Spinelli, and they’d gotten off to a rocky start. But she fell in love with him and couldn’t be any happier, in regard to their relationship. During that same time frame, two of her co-workers had been murdered; she had been kidnapped and was next on the murder’s list. If Spinelli hadn’t stepped in and saved the day, she would have been killed. The whole rescue was like something right out of a fairy tale with a knight in shining armor coming to the rescue of an endangered maiden. Truth be told, he was actually dressed in a Santa suit rather than armor. But that didn’t matter to her, he was her knight no matter what he wore. And then of course, there was the issue with Spinelli’s ex-girlfriend who sought a murderous revenge against the both of them. Again, Nick stepped in and saved the day. My hero.

Anna stepped forward and hugged Shannon. “I’m so sorry all this crap happened to you. You so didn’t deserve any of this, but you can’t change what’s already happened. The only thing you can do is figure out how to deal with it and move forward.”

“I know.”

Shannon’s cell phone vibrated. She pulled it from her zippered pocket and glanced at the display. She couldn’t help but smile as she read the text from Spinelli.

Anna giggled. “What is that, number ten already?”

Shannon looked up and caught Anna’s amused gaze. “Eight, but who’s counting? Every hour on the hour.” Though he went a bit overboard with the number of texts, Shannon–and the butterflies in her stomach–welcomed each and every one. His overprotectiveness warmed her heart. Like a schoolgirl, she desperately missed him already; they hadn’t even been apart a full day.

Shannon shot off a quick response before she slipped her phone back into her pocket.

The ladies continued down the trail, Shannon leading the way. The wind picked up as they crossed over from the hardwoods to the cedars. The damp mossy smell let her know they neared the lake.

“Shannon.”

“What?” Shannon asked as she looked over her shoulder.

Anna shrugged. “I didn’t say anything.”

“You didn’t say my name?”

Anna pulled a frown. “No.”

“Oh, hmm.” Shannon would have sworn she’d hear someone say her name. She tried to shrug it off, tell herself it was just the wind, but the unease spiraling in the pit of her stomach forced her senses into ‘full alert’ mode.

 

Author Bio:valerie

Valerie is a writer of romantic suspense, contemporary romance, and women’s fiction novels.  She lives in beautiful Door County Wisconsin with her husband and two very spoiled cats.  She loves to read, write, and spend time at her cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  She’s lived her life surrounded by men, three brothers, a husband, and a male Siamese cat who required his own instruction manual.  Keeping up with all the men in her life has turned her into a successful hunter and fisherwoman.

She is a member of Romance Writers of America and the Wisconsin Romance Writers of America. Additionally, she was a finalist in the 2011 Celtic Hearts Romance Writers, Novellas Need Love, Too! Contest.

Website:  https://valclarizio.wordpress.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Valerie.Clarizio

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/VClarizio

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Author Alison Stine Reveals the 10 Most Important Things About SUPERVISION’s Esme Wong (plus a giveaway!)

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The 10 most important things about Esme Wong (Ez) of SUPERVISION

 

1) She’s a big city kid in the country. Like Ez, I moved from NYC to a small, rural town in Appalachia. But unlike Ez, it wasn’t my punishment; I grew up in the country and wanted to return. For Ez, it’s more of an adjustment to be stuck in a town “where there were no malls or coffee shops or stores that stayed open past five o’clock or kids [her] own age or anything to do.” But she finds, as I did, that small towns often hold the biggest secrets.

 

2) She’s brave. An artist friend recently asked me if my characters are me, and in talking with her about how they definitely aren’t, we realized they’re like alter egos. Ez’s feelings and fears are mine, her emotions and worries—but she’s much braver than I am. She does things I could never do: explores a subway tunnel, tracks down a murderer, gets into fights. Which leads me to…

 

3) Ez gets in trouble. She gets caught. She talks back. She’s having a hard time in school. She’s not perfect, and at the start of the novel, as in some of my favorite novels like THE SECRET GARDEN by Frances Hodgson Burnett, things are rough for her.

 

4) She lives in a creepy old house. Ez comes to live with her grandmother in a house based on the old mansion of a coal baron near my town. It was a glorious mansion—once upon a time. There’s a ballroom, marble fireplaces. But now it’s almost in ruins: falling down and—a bit like the legendary Winchester Mystery House of California—full of weird additions: stairs that lead to nowhere, second story doors that open into empty space. Home is not safe.

 

5) Ez is Chinese-American. Ez’s great-grandparents emigrated from China to America, and her great-grandfather worked building the railroads. Ancestry and inheritance are very important in SUPERVISION, as is the history of the railroads, and diverse books are very important to me personally: I’m of Cherokee ancestry and I’m deaf, born with profound hearing loss. This has shaped my whole life and how I experience the world; it’s part of what makes me “me.” Kids (and grownups) deserve to read books about all kinds of lives, all kinds of histories and experiences. I’ve never read a book about a girl like me, but I hope to someday. Even if I have to write it.

 

6) She has a secret talent. I didn’t want Ez to be “the chosen one,” and she isn’t, but I think we all have something inside us that, especially when we’re tested, rises and makes us strong and special, makes us what is needed in that time. Importantly, Ez comes from a talented family, but in her the talent is the strongest (and strangest), even though she’s also the youngest. I teach high school writers in the summer, and I often think: this next generation is going to totally overthrow us all—and that’s awesome.

 

7) She was named after a J.D. Salinger story. I named Esme after a character in one of my favorite short stories: “For Esme—with Love and Squalor” by J.D. Salinger. Strangers usually misspell my first or last name (sometimes both), and people have trouble with Esme Wong’s name, make fun of it, give her a nickname she hates. Then she gets a nickname she loves, that suits her: Ez.

 

8) She saves herself (and others) In a bit of tongue-cheek, a boy, early on in the book, saves Ez’s life. More than once. But then she saves him and others, including her own sister. It was important to me that Ez come into her strength slowly. Throughout the book she gets more and more confidence. She learns to fight back, realizes what she alone can do.

 

9) She’s an orphan. Like the classic books I loved as a girl—THE SECRET GARDEN, and ANNE OF GREEN GABLES by L.M. Montgomery—and following the advice I think I heard the writer Richard Peck give many years ago, parents are not in Ez’s life. They passed away when she was a little girl, and she’s been raised by her older sister, The Firecracker. Trouble in books starts when kids are left alone. That said…

 

10) Ez is not alone. I love writing ensemble pieces. I’m happiest when there’s a whole crew of characters I’m juggling. In SUPERVISION, I loved writing the scenes where everyone is gathered around the kitchen table: the interactions, the differences of opinion and ways of speaking. I also knew Ez had to have help, as we all do. She has her rather interesting friends backing her up, and she has her family: in her case, her sister and her grandmother, a family of strong women.

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ALISON STINE’s first novel, SUPERVISION, will be released by Harper Voyager UK in 2015.

Also the author of three books of poetry: WAIT (University of Wisconsin Press, 2011), OHIO VIOLENCE (University of North Texas Press, 2009), and LOT OF MY SISTER (Kent State University Press, 2001), she has worked as an actor, an artist’s model, a high school teacher, and a professor. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Ohio University, and is an avid urban explorer.

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by Alison Stine
Published by: HarperVoyager
Publication date: April 9th 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Synopsis:

Something is wrong with Esmé.

Kicked out of school in New York, she’s sent to live with her grandmother in a small Appalachian town. But something is wrong with the grandmother Ez hasn’t seen for years; she leaves at midnight, carrying a big black bag. Something is wrong with her grandmother’s house, a decrepit mansion full of stray cats, stairs that lead to nowhere, beds that unmake themselves. Something is wrong in the town where a kid disappears every year, where a whistle sounds at night but no train arrives.

And something is wrong with the cute and friendly neighbor Ez’s age with black curls and ice-blue eyes: He’s dead.

The Top Ten Reasons to Look Forward to Summer–and a Giveaway! (from Diana Quincy, author of ENGAGING THE EARL)

I’d be hard pressed to come up with a better list than this!

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Diana Quincy’s Top 10 Reasons to Look Forward to This Summer

 

#10  FLIP FLOPS

There’s something very liberating about wearing this ultimate summer shoe.

#9  PEDICURES 

Once your feet come out of hibernation and into public view, neat trim toenails are a must. Plus, the foot massage and general pampering make this summer ritual one of my favorites.

#8  SUMMER VACATION

It’s time to let loose and take a break from your routine, revisiting favorite destinations or exploring new ones with your loved ones.  

 

#7  LONGER DAYS

What’s not to love about a little more daylight? That’s more time to be outside, whether it’s at the beach, pool, swinging in the hammock or at a cookout.

#6  COOKOUTS

Speaking of cookouts, I love the laidback relaxed vibe that comes with throwing some hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill and inviting the neighbors over.

#5  KIDS ARE OUT OF SCHOOL

Who doesn’t enjoy the welcome break from making school lunches, dragging sleepy kids out of bed in the morning and pushing to get them to the bus stop on time? Plus we get a welcome break from nagging them about their homework and studying for tests.

 

#4  MY “ME” WEEK

I adore my husband and our two sons but I’m not going to lie. I LOVE the one week each summer when my husband takes the kids to an amusement park while I stay home to write. I savor those few precious days alone.

 

#3  LAZY SUMMER AFTERNOONS

My favorite way to spend these is on my screened-in porch with a glass of ice tea and a book I can totally get lost in.

 

#2 STAYING IN WHEN IT’S TOO HOT

And blasting the air conditioner while you watch a marathon of movies on TV.

#1  ENGAGING THE EARL IS RELEASED!     

There is nothing like bringing your book baby to market! You’ve obsessed over the sentences and nurtured the story as best you can and now is the time to finally share your story with readers.

 

Book Title: Engaging the Earl
Author:  Diana Quincy
Release Date:  June 9, 2014
Genre:  Historical Romance

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Vivacious Lady Katherine Granville is the toast of the ton, but society’s most eligible miss secretly yearns for her childhood love, an untitled loner who vanished long ago after her father forbade their marriage.

After years abroad, the dark and brooding Edward Stanhope returns to England a changed man. No longer a second son with no prospects, his battlefield strategies have won him an earldom. His return should be a victorious one, but the new Earl of Randolph is battling secret demons that no one can discover. Least of all, Kat.

When the man she can’t forget reappears at her betrothal ball, Kat’s perfectly arranged future is thrown into tumult. Edward remains cold and distant, hoping she’ll marry a man worthy of her. But nothing is settled when Kat sets out to win back her first love. Can the new Earl of Randolph resist the woman he’s loved for so many years?

Goodreads Book Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18454101-engaging-the-earl

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Author Bio:

Diana Quincy is an award-winning television journalist who decided she’d rather make up stories where a happy ending is always guaranteed.

Growing up as a foreign service brat, Diana explored many countries before settling down in Virginia with her husband and two sons. When not bent over her laptop or trying to keep up with  laundry, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family and dreams of traveling much more than her current schedule (and budget) allows.

Diana loves to hear from readers. You can follow her on Twitter @Diana_Quincy or visit her website at www.dianaquincy.com

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June 9

Book featured at Deea’s Book Blog

June 10

Book reviewed and Interviewed at Acting Balanced

June 11

Interviewed at Review From Here

June 12

Book featured at Romantic Reads and Such

Book reviewed at Always a Booklover

June 13

Guest blogging at Becky on Books…and Quilts

Book featured at Romance for Every World

June 16

Book featured at First Page to the Last

June 17

Book featured at Book Nook Nuts

June 18

Interviewed at Literal Exposure

June 19

Book featured at What I’m Reading

Guest blogging at Ex Libris

Guest blogging at Book Reviews and More by Kathy

June 20

Book reviewed at Talking Books Blog

Book featured at Lisa Loves Books

Book reviewed at Written Love

Guest blogging at Theresa M. Cole

Book reviewed at Imagine a World