Book Tour Grand Finale and Giveaway! NICE TO COME HOME TO by Liz Flaherty

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Book Tour Grand Finale for
Nice to Come Home To
By Liz Flaherty

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops
you can see snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:

Launch – Note from the Author

Thank you so much for joining me on the debut ride for Nice To Come Home To. It’s the third book in a mini-series from Lake Miniagua, and Cass and Luke’s story was such a satisfying one to tell. I have to admit I got a little selfish in the writing of it…

I hope you enjoy the trip with me this week. There will be giveaways, excerpts, some blog posts where I hope you join in the conversations, and…did I mention giveaways?

— Liz

Nicole’s Book Musings – Review

“I really enjoyed this book. It’s a make you feel good book. The story was great and had me eagerly gobbling up this book. It had it’s funny carefree moments, but also serious hit you right in the heart moments. . . . All the characters are well written and makes you want to be part of this little town.”

Declarations of a Fangirl – Cass’s & Luke’s Tips on Running an Orchard

Thank you so much for having me here today!

Cass Gentry writes a cozy mystery series and has spent most of her adult life in California. Although she played volleyball in high school, that was twenty years ago. She’s not a country girl—much less an outdoorsy one, but when her mother dies, Cass inherits half of an apple orchard on Lake Miniagua, Indiana…

Reading is my SuperPower – Review

“Another great contemporary (clean!) romance from Liz Flaherty, set in the quaint Indiana town of Lake Miniagua. I loved watching Cass and Luke’s relationship move from business colleagues to a sweet friendship to something even sweeter. Great characters, a beautiful setting, and humor as well as heart abound – not to mention the gentle message of accepting yourself, flaws and all, and accepting the painful parts of your story with grace and self-forgiveness.”

Hearts and Scribbles – Excerpt

“Mr. Rossiter?”

The voice came as he was locking the door of the apple barn behind him. He turned, squinting into the setting sun. “Yes? We’re closed, but can I get you something quick?”

“I’m Cass Gentry.”

“Oh.” The sun moved enough that she became less of a silhouette and more of the tall, slender person he remembered from Marynell’s funeral. She wasn’t as slim now, and the cap of light brown hair was almost certainly her own, but he’d have recognized her anywhere. He extended his hand. “Nice to meet you. I expected you earlier today.”

Remembrancy – Review

“Liz Flaherty brings this series full circle. Don’t worry, if you haven’t read the other two books, you won’t be lost, but if you have, Nice to Come Home To is that much sweeter. As Cass learns that some friendships survivor tragedy, that family is what you make it,and that accepting herself—flaws and all—is the only way to live fully. And maybe, just maybe, falling in love isn’t something to fear.”

Among the Reads – About Brothers and Sisters and Teenagers

Thank you for having me here today.

The only teenagers I raised were the ones I’d known since birth, whose diapers I’d changed and whose personalities I’d had something to do with and who I loved more than I ever thought it was possible to love anyone…

Inside the Mind of an Avid Reader – Review

“Nice to Come Home To by Liz Flaherty is a wonderful read. . . . This book touches so many emotions and heartfelt situations. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Royce, Cass, Zoey, Lucas, and Seth. These characters are all absolutely wonderful and each have their own story to tell.”

E-Romance News – Excerpt

When Luke gets his first clue that Cass isn’t going to be a silent partner…

Cass beamed, her eyes lighting. The expression opened a place in him he’d thought was permanently closed. Oh, boy. “I love the orchard, and I love everything you’ve done to it.”

Encouraged, he asked the question that had lingered uppermost in his mind since they’d toured the orchard earlier in the day. “Do you know what you’d like to do? Stay a silent partner like your mother was? Sell out? I don’t have the money, but having a financially savvy brother-in-law has ensured I have good credit.”

It was as if he’d slapped her. The light left her eyes and her beam faded to a polite smile. She started to speak, then stopped, turning her head to gaze out at the lake. Spangled with moonlight, starshine and colored lights on boats cruising the calm water, it was a good thing to look at. Calming and exhilarating at the same time.

What had he said? Whatever it was, she was neither acknowledging nor answering.

Splashes of Joy – Review

“Cass and Luke’s story is a beautiful and heartwarming one. I enjoyed watching the two work closely together, attractions were noticeable, but they were so determined to not fall in love. . . . I appreciate so much that this is a good clean, fun, and enjoyable book to read!”

Book Lover in Florida – Excerpt

When Luke is still being a pain in the neck about the coffee shop…

“Tell me again why we can’t just have the coffee shop in the center corridor of the barn. It’s plenty big enough and access is right there from both entrances. That leaves the side areas for offices or even other little shops if this thing takes off.” Luke looked both tired and impatient. And on the edge of angry.

Cass wasn’t good at standing her ground—it wasn’t something that had ever worked particularly well for her. But… “Because the coziness factor would be gone. It would never be quiet or intimate or conducive to working.” She had said all this. She knew she had. Who knew that under that straight, silky hair of his, Luke Rossiter had such a thick head?

Britt Reads Fiction – Review

“I really enjoyed this sweet story. There are other stories related to this one, all set in this quaint community. However, the author did a really good job of making this book readable as a stand alone. I had not read the other stories and had no trouble diving into this one.”

Handcrafted Reviews – The Idea Trail

I’m not much for having ideas. I mean, I like the idea if having them, but I think when the Lord was wiring my brain, He gave me frizzy hair instead of ideas—that’s all I can figure. Naturally enough, one of the most frequent questions a writer is asked is, “Where do you come up with your ideas?”

Er…what ideas would those be?

But with Nice to Come Home To, released this month from Harlequin Heartwarming (squealing and jumping up and down here—aren’t you glad you can’t see the frizzy hair?), I can pinpoint the idea trail. Want to come along?…

Book by Book – Review

“So, if you’re in need of a heartfelt contemporary romance to read, check out Nice to Come Home To. I enjoyed experiencing the ups and downs with Flaherty’s immensely likeable characters and smalltown community, and I’m sure you will, too.”

Becky on Books – Meeting the Protagonists of Nice to Come Home To

Thanks for having me here today!

Characters, and the development thereof, are my favorite parts of writing books. They usually come to me pretty fully developed, scars and all, long before I know their stories. This is fun.

But then the characters do exactly what everyone else does—they change…

Thoughts of a Blonde – Review

“An emotional rollercoaster that will leave you smiling! This story was quick to draw my attention with it’s in depth details of what each character is feeling as the setting is laid out. We get not only the potential romance of Cass and Luke, but also several feel good moments between the older characters and with the teens. It’s a complex story with many pieces pulling at our hearts, but it comes together well. Memorable, sweet and very enjoyable. Loved it!”

My Life, Loves and Passion – Excerpt

A kissing kind of day…

Luke’s distinctive rap came on the door at that moment, and the women laughed as Cass went to open it. He called, “Evening, Zoey,” and pulled Cass onto the porch, wrapping his arms around her. “This is probably wrong on so many different levels, but I can’t care right now. It’s a kissing kind of day.” The last words were murmured against her lips, and all she could do was swallow a sigh.

They’d avoided physical contact beyond the occasional one-armed hug, even though they’d talked all around the subject. The conversation always ended with the assertion that neither of them was interested in dating anyone, much less someone they were in business with. If they got a little hormonal, well, that was just the way it was. They were adults, after all—they could handle themselves. Besides everything else, they were in charge of two teenagers whose hormones made their own look like rank amateurs.

My Devotional Thoughts – Review

“I did enjoy and connect with the two main characters–Cass and Luke. Both are a little bit older and have been married before. That already made them more interesting and relatable to me. The story was sweet with a little conflict here and there, but never more than what the reader would want.

…I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a solid romance with heart, soul, and lightheartedness.”

It’s All About the Romance – Breast Cancer

Thank you so much for having me to visit!

Breast cancer has affected my life. I lost my mother to it, my friends Dottie and Inge, and others. I have friends who are fighting it now. When you read Nice to Come Home To, you won’t see their names in the dedication—that happened years ago when I wrote One More Summer—but the disease still attacks. All too often, it still wins…

underneath the covers – Excerpt

When Cass finds out where the music is…

Later that day, walking through the orchard with Misty keeping her company, Cass looked through the branches of a pear tree, loving the picture the nearly leafless limbs made against the pale blue sky.

She eyed the tree trunk where it divided. It made her wish she had one of the orchard’s ladders out here. It had been a while since she climbed a tree just for the sake of climbing it. The last time had probably been when the volleyball team camped near the creek at the back of the Worths’ farm.

There weren’t enough leaves left on the tall Bartlett pear tree to offer the whispering accompaniment to her thoughts she remembered from those days, but still…it had been a while.

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below, if you haven’t already…

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By Liz Flaherty
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
August 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Will an apple a day…

Keep love at bay?

For Cass Gentry, coming home to Lake Miniagua, teenage half sister in tow, is bittersweet. But her half of the orchard she inherited awaits, and so does a fresh face—Luke Rossiter, her new business partner. Even though they butt heads in business, they share one key piece of common ground: refusing to ever fall in love again. But as their lives get bigger, that stance doesn’t feel like enough…

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About the Author:

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Liz Flaherty was a little nervous about retiring from her day job, but making quilts, more family time, traveling at the mere mention of “why don’t we go…” and becoming a Harlequin Heartwarming author have made the past years more fun and exciting than she could ever have imagined.

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99 Books for 99 Cents Each–Entangled’s Embrace Sale!

Calling all new adult readers! You don’t want to miss this special Entangled Embrace sale. All full-length Embrace books are on sale for just 99¢ for a very limited time! Shop all books on sale here.

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To celebrate this very special Entangled Embrace sale, we have a lightning round of questions and answers with some Embrace authors! Get to know them a little bit better, then shop the sale – 99 books for only 99¢ each!

What kind of Romance Hero is the sexiest?

Amanda Weaver: Brooding intellectual.
Beth Anne Miller: Man in Uniform.
Reese Monroe: Vampire
Magan Vernon : Man in a suit.
Delancey Stewart: Brooding Artist
Jennifer Blackwood: Man in uniform.
A.J. Pine: Tall, Dark, and Bearded.
Julie Patricka: Artist
Jocelyn Adams: Villain-turned-hero of any kind, but I am partial to vampires.
Robin Bielman: I love them all.
Lynn Stevens: Athlete.
D.R. Graham: The sensitive tough guy.
Kendra Highley: Snowboarder.
Christina Phillips: Man in uniform.
Katana Collins: Mmmm. I’ve always been partial to the bad boy with a heard of gold. The bad boy who loves animals or has a pet will always win me over!
Stacy Wise: Athletes are super sexy!
Season Vining: Tattooed and educated.
Cindi Madsen: Athlete.
Megan Westfield: Athlete.
Lindsey Frydman: An artistic and charming, yet tortured hero.
Jessica Lee: Vampire.
Amy Murray: All of the above as long as he’s strong!
Jen McLaughlin: Man in uniform.
MK Schiller: Marine
Ciara Knight Man in Uniform.

 

Do you prefer romance that gets steamy or that closes the door?

Amanda Weaver: Steamy!
Beth Anne Miller: I like a little steam!
Reese Monroe: Closes the door.
Magan Vernon: Steamy, but not too steamy.
Delancey Stewart: I like sweet with heat (steamy with the door closed!)
Jennifer Blackwood: Steamy, please!
A.J. Pine: The steamier, the better!
Julie Patricka: Give me some steam!
Jocelyn Adams: Steamy all the way.
Robin Bielman: Steamy 😉
Lynn Stevens: Both!
D.R. Graham: A little bit of both.
Kendra Highley: In the middle.
Christina Phillips: Steamy.
Katana Collins: Oh, steamy! For sure, steamy!
Stacy Wise: I prefer romance that closes the door.
Season Vining: The more steam the better.
Cindi Madsen: I like both! Romantic chemistry & slow burn is my fave.
Megan Westfield: Closes the door.
Lindsey Frydman: I love a steamy romance read, but I do prefer to keep the door half-way closed in my own writing.
Jessica Lee: Steamy!
Amy Murray: Closes the door.
Jen McLaughlin: Steamy!
MK Schiller: Steam, please.
Ciara Knight: Both.

 

What is your all time favorite trope?

Amanda Weaver: Enemies to lovers.
Beth Anne Miller: Enemies to lovers.
Reese Monroe: Ugly duckling.
Magan Vernon: Enemies to lovers with a one night stand and accidental pregnancy
Delancey Stewart: Friends to lovers.
Jennifer Blackwood: Enemies to lovers.
A.J. Pine: Enemies to lovers!
Julie Patricka: Reading=enemies to lovers, writing=fake relationship.
Jocelyn Adams: Opposites attract.
Robin Bielman: Friends to lovers.
Lynn Stevens: Enemies to lovers.
D.R. Graham: Bad boy, good girl.
Kendra Highley: Fake relationship.
Christina Phillips: Enemies to lovers.
Katana Collins: Enemies to lovers. There is something about the contrast and then the couples discoveries about where they were wrong about one another that wins my heart.
Stacy Wise: Friends to lovers always satisfies.
Season Vining: Enemies to lovers.
Cindi Madsen: Friends to lovers.
Megan Westfield: Love triangle.
Lindsey Frydman: Enemies to lovers. *Swoons*
Jessica Lee: Enemies to lovers.
Amy Murray: I love a good enemies to lovers romance!
Jen McLaughlin: Best friend’s little sister.
MK Schiller: Fish out of water.
Ciara Knight: Friends to lovers.

 

Coffee vs. Tea?

Amanda Weaver: Tea
Beth Anne Miller: Coffee
Reese Monroe: Coffee
Magan Vernon: Coffee
Delancey Stewart: Coffee
Jennifer Blackwood: Tea
A.J. Pine: Coffee
Julie Patricka: Water. I have finally accepted that I need to drink all the water.
Jocelyn Adams: Coffee
Robin Bielman: Coffee
Lynn Stevens: When I run out of coffee, I drink tea. 🙂
D.R. Graham: Tea
Kendra Highley: Tea
Christina Phillips: Depends on the time of day!
Katana Collins: Coffee
Stacy Wise: Coffee
Season Vining: Neither (gasp!)
Cindi Madsen: Diet Mtn Dew
Megan Westfield: Coffee
Lindsey Frydman: Coffee
Jessica Lee: Coffee
Amy Murray: Coffee
Jen McLaughlin: Coffee
MK Schiller: Coffee
Ciara Knight: Coffee

 

Abs vs. Arms

Amanda Weaver: Arms
Beth Anne Miller: Arms
Reese Monroe: Arms
Magan Vernon: Arms
Delancey Stewart: Arms
Jennifer Blackwood: Arms
A.J. Pine: Arms
Julie Patricka: Arms
Jocelyn Adams: Arms
Robin Bielman: Can I pick both?
Lynn Stevens: Abs
D.R. Graham: Jawline, piercing eyes.
Kendra Highley: Arms
Christina Phillips: Arms
Katana Collins: Abs
Stacy Wise: Abs
Season Vining: Arms
Cindi Madsen: Forearms
Megan Westfield: Abs
Lindsey Frydman: Arms
Jessica Lee: Arms
Amy Murray: Arms
Jen McLaughlin: Abs
MK Schiller: Abs
Ciara Knight: Solid chest.

 

Mountains vs. Beach

Amanda Weaver: Paris
Beth Anne Miller: Beach
Reese Monroe: Beach
Magan Vernon: Forest
Delancey Stewart: I can’t choose! I love both.
Jennifer Blackwood: Mountains
A.J. Pine: Beach
Julie Patricka: Beach
Jocelyn Adams: Forest
Robin Bielman: Beach
Lynn Stevens: Mountains
D.R. Graham: I live in the Sea to Sky corridor of British Columbia, so both mountains and beach in one day!
Kendra Highley: Disney World!
Christina Phillips: Beach
Katana Collins: Beach
Stacy Wise: Beach
Season Vining: Beach
Cindi Madsen: Mountains
Megan Westfield: Mountains
Lindsey Frydman: Mountains
Jessica Lee: Mountains
Amy Murray: Beach
Jen McLaughlin: Beach
MK Schiller: Mountains
Ciara Knight: Mountains

Sale Blitz Giveaway!

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To celebrate this sale, Entangled is giving away a prize pack including The Zodiac Pressed Powder Shadow Palette from ColourPop & Kathleen Lights, a DIY Custom Light Box, and a Hidden Moon Stone Candle. Enter here!

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Saturday Morning Video! Voiceplay’s ACA TOP 10: DISNEY SIDEKICKS

Perfect timing–the Mini Moes and I will see Aladdin on stage next weekend!

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New Release and Giveaway! RESPECT by Jay Crownover (Breaking Point #3)

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Jay Crownover, comes the next title in her The Breaking Point romantic suspense series, RESPECT. Don’t miss the amazing tour below, and order your copy today!

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About RESPECT:

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess who called a corrupt kingdom home sweet home.

Protected and sheltered from the worst the world had to offer, she fell in love with the crumbling city that burned and blazed around her. Every dirty corner, every scary shadow, found a place within her heart. So did a man who was violent and dangerous, just like the streets she claimed as her own.

He was all business and brutality, except when it came to her. With her, he was calm, caring, and heartbreakingly patient.

He warned her over and over that he wasn’t the man for her, but she refused to listen. She never expected either the streets or their enforcer to hurt her, since she’d given her heart so completely to both.

She should have known the streets in the Point were always going to be savage, and so was the man committed to keeping control of them in the hands of criminals and bloody kingpins.

Blindsided by a betrayal which cut so deeply she was sure the wounds would never heal, the princess fled the home she loved and the man who broke her heart. Throwing away her rusted, twisted crown was supposed to help her forget. All it did was make her long for everything she left behind. She told herself she would never go back, but in this tormented kingdom, family is everything. Eventually, she has no choice but to return.

While she was gone, the people who loved her worked hard to make the city safe, and the man who destroyed her sank deeper into the darkness. Going back shouldn’t feel like surrender… but it does. As this pretty princess hovers on the edge of the unknown, the past attacks with a vengeance. It’s a good reminder that puppy love eventually grows up and turns into something with sharp teeth and one hell of a bite.

She never asked for the keys to the kingdom. She’d much rather go out and build her own.

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Excerpt:

~Karsen~

Before I could think about what I was doing or why I was doing it, I balled my hand into a fist and swung at his face. Obviously, he wasn’t expecting the attack because he didn’t move or bother to block the strike. Instead, I clocked him on the cheek, which whipped his head to the side. My fingers stung as I shook them out and his dark-gray eyes glittered with something dangerous as he lifted his fingers to the reddening spot.

“That’s one way to say hello.” The rough timbre of his voice still had the power to make my knees weak and send shivers racing down my spine.

I crossed my arms over my chest and glared at him. “I’m about to say goodbye. Get out of my apartment…Now.” I wasn’t ready for him, not now, not ever.

He shook his head and I noticed his dark hair now had threads of silver through it at the temples. He was twenty-six when we met, twenty-eight when he broke my heart, which meant he was now in his early thirties. Young for silver hair, but considering how many times he’d almost died while I lived in the Point—who knows how many more times that’d happened since I left—his aging prematurely made sense.

“Karsen.” My name again, but there was so much he wasn’t saying in that simple acknowledgement.

“I’m serious. Get out, Booker. There’s a reason I’ve been gone for four years…that’s you. I never want to see you again.” I wanted to shove him out the door and put my foot in his ass, but he was too damn big.

Slowly, he shook his head, mouth set in a hard line, steely eyes unflinching as he told me. “I’m not going anywhere.” I shivered and instinctively took a step backward. “I’ve waited long enough.”

I blinked stupidly and tried to follow where he was going. My senses were all scrambled from being this close to him after such a long time. “Waited long enough for what?” I sounded as confused as I felt.

His eyes sharpened and narrowed. His mouth quirked into something that may have been a grin on a less-imposing man. The scarred eyebrow danced upward as he took a step toward me, his intent shining bright and clear in his eyes. “For you. I’ve waited long enough for you, Karsen.”

 

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And don’t miss the first titles in The Breaking Point series, HONOR and DIGNITY! Grab your copy today!

 

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Jay Crownover author photoAbout Jay Crownover:

Jay Crownover is the international and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, The Saints of Denver Series, the Point Series, the Breaking Point Series, and the Getaway Series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road.

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Jay Crownover’s RESPECT – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:

August 8th

A Book Nerd, a Bookseller and a Bibliophile – Excerpt

Between The Lines – Excerpt

CompulsivamenteLiterária – Excerpt

Karin’s Dark Side I’ll post mostly on Instagram – Excerpt

Marta Likes to Read – Review & Excerpt

NallaReads – Review & Excerpt

Read more sleep less – Review & Excerpt

Reviews by Tammy and Kim (Rachel and Jay) – Review & Excerpt

Sassy Southern Book Blog – Excerpt

SBB Reviews – Excerpt

Tara’s Book Blog – Excerpt

The Book Maven –Review & Excerpt

We Like Them Dark Book blog – Review & Excerpt

August 9th

Ali’s Reviews and More – Review & Excerpt

BJ’s Book Blog – Excerpt

Booknerd1107 – Review & Excerpt

Devilishly dirty book blog – Excerpt

I Heart Romance & YA – Excerpt

Kiss and Tell Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Love Book Triangle – Review & Excerpt

Morning Books and Coffee – Excerpt

Readings & Sweets – Excerpt

Rochelle’s Reviews – Excerpt

Sister Sister Book Blog – Excerpt

Three chicks and their books – Excerpt

Travels N Reads – Excerpt

August 10th

AnniDiNuvole – Review & Excerpt

Becky on Books – Excerpt

Book Bitches Blog – Excerpt

Booked All Night – Review & Excerpt

Canadian Book Addict – Excerpt

Fanlovesbooks – Excerpt

Grownupfangirl – Review & Excerpt

Kick Back & Review – Review & Excerpt

Liz’s Reading Life – Excerpt

Omgkaciereads – Excerpt

Red Hot + Blue Reads – Review & Excerpt

Summer’s Smexy Book Reviews – Excerpt

The Reading Faery – Excerpt

August 11th

All Things Dark & Dirty – Excerpt

Blog of Books – Excerpt

Book Freak – Excerpt

Declarations of a Fangirl – Excerpt

Greyland Reviews – Excerpt

Jax’s Book Magic – Excerpt

KDRBCK – Review & Excerpt

Movies, Shows, & Books – Excerpt

Onceupon_a_bookdream – Review & Excerpt

Quesarasera Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Spellbound Stories – Excerpt

Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Review & Excerpt

Wicked Babes Blog Reviews – Excerpt

August 12th

Alphas Do It Better Book Blog – Excerpt

Book Angel Booktopia – Review & Excerpt

Brittany’s Book Blog – Excerpt

Desperately Seeking HEA’s Book Blog – Excerpt

Francoise’s Reading Corner – Excerpt

Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm – Excerpt

My Girlfriend’s Couch – Excerpt

Nerdy Dirty & Flirty – Review & Excerpt

Renee Entress’s Blog – Review & Excerpt

Soly’s books – Review & Excerpt

The Lovely Teacher Addictions – Excerpt

Theory of A Dreamer Book Blog – Excerpt

August 13th

A Woman & Her Books – Excerpt

Book Addict – Excerpt

Bookalicious Babes Blog – Review & Excerpt

Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews – Excerpt

Heartbeats Between Words – Excerpt

Kitty Kats Crazy About Books – Excerpt

LifeofSavy – Excerpt

My Book Filled Life – Review & Excerpt

Reading and funny – Review & Excerpt

Sultry Sirens Book Blog – Excerpt

The bookworms obsession – Review & Excerpt

Two Books in a Shelf – Review & Excerpt

Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews – Excerpt

August 14th

An Asian Chick & Her Cat Walk into a Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Book Starlets – Review & Excerpt

Books 4 Girls – Excerpt

Crazii Bitches Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Julalicious Book Paradise – Excerpt

Le Journal de Cacahuète – Excerpt

My Reading Obsession – Review & Excerpt

Mybookcraze – Review & Excerpt

Naughty Mom Story Time – Excerpt

Rachel Loren’s Love of Reading – Excerpt

Reese’s Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Smut Book Junkie Book Reviews – Excerpt

Somewhere Lost in Books – Review & Excerpt

The Phantom Paragrapher – Excerpt

Verna Loves Books – Excerpt

August 15th

A Fortress of Books – Excerpt

Book Haven Book Blog – Excerpt

Book Lovers Hangout – Excerpt

Chatterbooks book blog – Excerpt

Four Chicks Flipping Pages – Review & Excerpt

Love Notes Book Blog – Excerpt

Milky way of books – Review & Excerpt

Ramblings From This Chick – Excerpt

Reading, Willing & Able – Review & Excerpt

TjLovesToRead – Excerpt

Two Book Pushers – Review & Excerpt

Socially awkward book nerd – Excerpt

Sweet Red Reads – Review & Excerpt

Total Book Geek – Excerpt

August 16th

A crazy vermonters boom reviews – Review & Excerpt

Blushing babes are up all night – Review & Excerpt

Book Lovers Reviews and Recommendations – Excerpt

Books 2 Blog – Excerpt

Collector of book boyfriends – Excerpt

Curvy and Nerdy – Excerpt

Late Night Reading – Review & Excerpt

Ms. Me28 – Excerpt

Obsessive Book Nerd – Review & Excerpt

Reading Between the Wines Book Club – Excerpt

Relentless Romance – Excerpt

The Escapist Book Blog – Excerpt

Two Girls with Books – Excerpt

Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess – Review & Excerpt

August 17th

Bobo’s Book Bank – Excerpt

Books and Things Blog – Excerpt

Bookgasms Book Blog –Review & Excerpt

ClaryNathanWill – Excerpt

From the TBR Pile – Excerpt

Millsy Loves Books – Excerpt

NC 2 DC – Review & Excerpt

NotasLiterárias – Excerpt

RentasticReads – Review & Excerpt

Resch Reads & Reviews – Review & Excerpt

The Book Avenue – Review & Excerpt

Totally Bex – Review & Excerpt

 

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Cover Reveal! TOXIC by Lydia Kang

Toxic
by Lydia Kang
Genre: YA Scifi
Release date: November 6th 2018
Entangled Teen

Summary:

Hana isn’t supposed to exist. She’s grown up hidden by her mother in a secret room of the bioship Cyclo until the day her mother is simply gone. Along with the entire crew. Cyclo tells her she was abandoned, but she’s certain her mother wouldn’t leave her there to die. And Hana isn’t ready to die yet—she’s never really gotten to live.

Fenn is supposed to die. He and a crew of hired mercenaries are there to monitor Cyclo as she expires, and the payment for the suicide mission will mean Fenn’s sister is able to live. But when he meets Hana, he’s not sure how to save them both.

Because Hana knows the ship’s secret—and Hana and Fenn falling for each other may be what ultimately kills them.

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Lydia Kang is an author of young adult fiction, poetry, and narrative non-fiction. She graduated from Columbia University and New York University School of Medicine, completing her residency and chief residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. She is a practicing physician who has gained a reputation for helping fellow writers achieve medical accuracy in fiction. Her poetry and non-fiction have been published in JAMA, The Annals of Internal Medicine, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Great Weather for Media. She believes in science and knocking on wood, and currently lives in Omaha with her husband and three children.

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New Release Review and Giveaway! THE PROTECTOR by HelenKay Dimon (Games People Play #4)

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The Protector
by HelenKayDimon
Series: Games People Play Series
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: July 31, 2018

Salvation, Pennsylvania. The commune located in the small town was advertised as a modern Utopia: a place to live, share, and learn with other like-minded young people. Cate Pendleton’s sister was one of them. Now she’s dead—and Cate won’t rest until she finds out who killed her. Stonewalled at every turn, she approaches a DC Fixer for help and ends up with Damon Knox, a mysterious man with a secretive past. But Cate soon discovers that she not only needs Damon, she wants him, which isn’t good—for the attraction brewing between them will only lead to complications that can turn into danger . . .

Damon has tried to erase the hellish memories and the evil that happened in Salvation ever since he left a long time ago. Still, he can’t turn his back on Cate. As Damon works with Cate to uncover her sister’s killer, he finds himself drawn to her more and more. But how will she feel about him when she learns about his connection to the place?

Joining forces to uncover the truth, they must stay one step ahead of a cunning killer who’s bent on not being exposed.

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Excerpt:

I am not a hero, Cate.” He tried to pull away.

She held on, resting their joined hands against her chest. “Never said you were. You’re a flesh and blood man.”

And this close, she could smell the soap on his skin and see the darker streaks in his green eyes.

“Very much so.” His breath seemed to hiccup.

“So . . .”

When his voice trailed off she got a taste of what it felt like to have someone drop the end of important sentences like she often did. But she didn’t think he tried it or that he was playing games.

“Now you’re the one who should finish the sentence.” Her voice came out in a breathy whisper.

“We’re in a tense situation. Stress sometimes disguises itself as something else.”

The words crashed into her brain, wiping out every other thought. She pulled back a bit, but kept holding his hand. “What are you talking about?”

His gaze traveled over her face now, landing on her mouth. “How much I want to kiss you.”

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loved Cate and Damon! They’re the perfect blend of sweet and snark, and both their internal and external dialogue had me LOL-ing more than once. Their relationship was obviously a quickly-developing one, but somehow it didn’t feel at all rushed–I’m not sure how Ms. Dimon managed it, but I totally believed in its feasibility, despite the shortened timeline. The suspense was decent–Cate’s super sense of smell was a neat twist–but it’s the relationships here that really made this one shine.

The Protector, like the other two series books I’ve read so far (The Negotiator and The Pretender ), works just fine as a standalone, but be warned–you’re going to want to know more about this group of guys than just a book or two can give you.

Rating: 4 stars / A-

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About HelenKay Dimon:

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Award-winning author HELENKAY DIMON spent twelve years in the most unromantic career ever – divorce lawyer. After dedicating all of that effort to helping people terminate relationships, she is thrilled to deal in happy endings and write romance novels for a living. Her books have been featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine and E! Online. HelenKay loves hearing from readers, so stop by her website at http://www.helenkaydimon.com and say hello.

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Author Liz Flaherty Invites Us to Meet the Protagonists of NICE TO COME HOME TO (with a giveaway!)


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Thanks for having me here today!

Characters, and the development thereof, are my favorite parts of writing books. They usually come to me pretty fully developed, scars and all, long before I know their stories. This is fun.

But then the characters do exactly what everyone else does—they change.

When I first met Cass and Luke before finding out what their story was, Luke was a cranky engineer who owned half an orchard he had no emotional investment in. Cass was a victim of life’s slings and arrows, crawling back to Lake Miniagua to heal. They weren’t going to like each other, and they were going to be too emotionally stunted to like other people, either.

Oh, good grief. What on earth was I thinking?

You’ll be glad to know that Luke is a friendly guitar-playing acrophobe and Cass is a survivor, not a victim, and even though she’s a successful writer of a mystery series, she wants to be…are you ready for this?…she wants to be a barista.

I hope you enjoy Nice to Come Home To and getting to know Cass and Luke as much as I did. Thanks so much for coming by!

 

About the Author:

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Liz Flaherty was a little nervous about retiring from her day job, but making quilts, more family time, traveling at the mere mention of “why don’t we go…” and becoming a Harlequin Heartwarming author have made the past years more fun and exciting than she could ever have imagined.

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Nice to Come Home To
By Liz Flaherty
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 Pages
August 1st 2018 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Will an apple a day…

Keep love at bay?

For Cass Gentry, coming home to Lake Miniagua, teenage half sister in tow, is bittersweet. But her half of the orchard she inherited awaits, and so does a fresh face—Luke Rossiter, her new business partner. Even though they butt heads in business, they share one key piece of common ground: refusing to ever fall in love again. But as their lives get bigger, that stance doesn’t feel like enough…

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New Release! COURTING CARLYN by Melissa Chambers

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Courting Carlyn
by Melissa Chambers

Publication Date: August 6, 2018
Publisher: Entangled Teen

Vaughn Yarborough is ready to trade the fame and glory of the international junior pro tennis circuit for college and a more settled life. First stop: spearhead a summer camp for underprivileged kids. The girl who’s agreed to run it with him has Vaughn more intrigued by the minute, but with the strict no-fraternizing rules, he’s got to figure out how not to fall for her.

When the boy Carlyn Sadowski has crushed on for years asks her to work with him for the summer, she has to pinch herself. When his world-famed coach offers her training for free, she can’t believe her luck. He could actually help her follow in her mother’s footsteps by playing college tennis. But when she finds out the catch is she’s got to convince Vaughn to go pro, Carlyn will have to decide between her dreams and the boy currently stealing her heart.

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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 president for the Music City Romance Writers and is the author of the Love Along Hwy 30A series and the Before Forever series (YA).

 

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New Release and Giveaway! ONE NIGHT WITH THE ARMY DOC by Traci Douglass

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One Night with the Army Doc
By Traci Douglass
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 256 Pages
August 1st 2018 by Harlequin Medical Romance

Is one night enough…

To convince her to stay?

Traveling to Alaska to film the latest episode of her TV show is just what brilliant diagnostician Dr. Molly Flynn needs. It’s the perfect escape from her family’s expectations. Until she clashes with privacy-loving former army doc Jacob Ryder over her patient’s care! Only, as friction turns into flirtation, can Molly trust that Jake sees the real her and loves her—just the way she is?

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Jake battled the knot of regret tightening between his shoulder blades. Didn’t matter. He was better off alone. Alone was safer. Alone was more comfortable. Alone didn’t run off for a life in front of the cameras in glitzy, glamorous Manhattan.

He reached into his bag for the stuffed animal, then knelt beside the mangled car, clicked on his flashlight, and peered inside. Two huge dark eyes stared at him from the shadows. It was the child, still protected in his booster seat.

“Hey, buddy. My name’s Jake. What’s yours?”

The boy’s bottom lip quivered and tears welled anew.

Jake hung his head. Here he was—a former special operations combat medic, trained to think on his feet with a hundred snipers poised to take him out at any second—yet all he wanted was to make this scared little boy smile again.

“Lamby’s busy, but he sent a friend to keep you company. Want to meet him?”

“My son’s name is Noah,” the mother said from the front of the SUV, where she was secured partially upside down by her seatbelt. “He’s four.”

“Noah, my man.” Jake held up the dino-giraffe. “This is Chewy. He’d like to come in and say hello…maybe sit with you until we get you and your mom out. Would that be okay?”

The little boy eyed him warily for several seconds before extending a tiny hand.

“Awesome.” Jake passed him the stuffed animal, then turned his attention to the mother. “I’m Dr. Jake Ryder, ma’am. Are you doing all right?”

“My arm is killing me, and I’ve been pinned in this car for way longer than I ever wanted—but other than that, yeah. I’m fine, thanks.”

The snark in her tone made him chuckle. “Do you recall what happened?”

“My husband swerved off the road to miss a moose, then glass shattered and flew everywhere and we were tumbling… over and over and over.”

“Did you lose consciousness?”

“I don’t think so.”

“What about your son? Has he been awake the whole time?”

“Yes. I’ve been talking to Noah to make sure he stays calm.”

“Excellent.” Jake shifted to survey the wreckage again. It looked like a bomb had gone off inside the car. He’d seen enough destroyed villages to know. Still, Jake and Bobby had been the lucky ones, coming home in one piece, without too many mental or physical scars from the war. Many others hadn’t been so fortunate.

“Hey, Doc. Fire’s ready with the Jaws of Life,” Zac called from behind him.

“Ma’am, the crew’s here to free you now.” Jake started to retreat from the vehicle. “There’ll be a lot of loud noise and some shaking, but I promise we’ll have you both out soon.”

“Thank you.” The mom sniffled, her voice trembling. “Noah, sweetie? Remember the fireworks in July? All the loud booms?”

The boy nodded.

“It’ll be noisy like that for a short while, but Mommy’s right here with you, okay?”

“Okay.” The little boy looked from his mom to Jake, the new toy clutched to his chest. “Bye, Jake.”

“See you soon, buddy.” Jake thumped his hand on the side of the car, then moved away as the firemen brought in the heavy equipment.

 

About the Author:
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Thrilling Tales of Suspense, Fantasy, and Happily Ever Afters…

USA Today Bestselling Author Traci Douglass writes fiction bursting with romance and action, usually mixed with a healthy portion of fantasy, urban edge and/or snark. Her stories feature sizzling heroes with quick wits and dark pasts and smart, independent heroines who always give as good as they get.

She’s an active member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Indiana Romance Writers of America (IRWA), and the International Thriller Writers (ITW), and holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University.

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New Release and Giveaway! EDUCATING SOPHIA by Alexis James (The Moran Family #5)

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Educating Sophia
Alexis James
(The Moran Family #5)
Publication date: August 7th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

I’m not a stalker.

I’m not. I promise.

College has given Sophia Moran the independence she craves. She has her own apartment, makes her own choices, and generally lives by her own set of rules.

She also has a very, very big secret.

Caleb Bonham is attracted to his young assistant, though he’s well-aware he shouldn’t be. He certainly doesn’t need to get involved in a forbidden affair with a student. He certainly shouldn’t get involved with her.

Sophia sees a kindred spirit in Caleb, but convincing him to give them a chance is more difficult than she realizes. Beneath his gruff exterior, is a warm, passionate man who sees only the best in her; a man she could easily love. A man, she believes, could be her forever.

This is the final book in the 5-part Moran Family series.

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Prologue
February

I’m not a stalker.

I’m not. I promise.

Peering around buildings, hiding behind trees, hoping I’ll catch a glimpse of him as he walks to his car or to the faculty building … it’s so out of character for me, but that certainly hasn’t stopped me from watching him—daily, I might add—for the entire school year.

I drop my backpack onto the grass and plop down next to it, putting in my earbuds. Music is a good distraction from the voices in my head reminding me that I need to be studying for a midterm. Those same voices also call me a stalker and tell me how out of control I’ve become.

It was not my intention to fall headlong into Stalkersville. Truth be told, there was nothing intentional at all. It was as if some unknown entity, an act of Mother Nature perhaps, steered me in his direction—something like lightning, thunder, possibly even an earthquake that swept me off my feet.

I saw him.

And I fell.

I fell hard. Painfully, all-in, no turning back.

Grimacing at my incredible idiocy, I dig around in my backpack for my notebook and a pen, watching out of the corner of my eye just in case he should decide to leave early today. How sick am I that I know his schedule, his patterns, his movements? I should. I’ve followed him long enough to know a whole lot of things: I know he carries a worn, leather briefcase—the same dark brown as the shoes he wears more often than the black ones; I know he prefers his herringbone jacket over the solid one he wears once in a while.

I know he rarely smiles. And when he does, it looks pained … and forced.

I know he drives a fancy, expensive car in a slate gray color that matches some of the streaks running through his wavy hair. I know he prefers to nod instead of speak and that he moves swiftly, eyes straight forward as if he can part the sea of students with his only his gaze.

I know he’s beautiful. Hauntingly beautiful.

I know that his eyes are sometimes green, sometimes blue, and sometimes gray, depending on what he’s wearing—and his mood. I know I could get lost in them, if given the chance.

I know he’s untouchable.

I know he used live in California and that he moved here the beginning of the school year. I know that you can find out a lot of personal information on the internet. I know I prefer him with a bit of scruff on his regal chin, but the beard he’s been growing for a few weeks looks sexy as hell too. I know I’ve never liked men with beards. Until he came along.

The air around me crackles with awareness and right on cue, the building door is shoved open. He walks out onto the stone steps, squinting at the bright afternoon sunshine, briefcase in his right hand and his phone in the left, pressed to his ear. His harsh scowl tells its own story; he’s pissed, irritated and impatient with the person on the other end of the line.

I know he’s like that most of the time.

With one more curt word that I cannot hear, he shoves the phone into his jacket pocket and begins to move with purpose, striding right past me without any acknowledgement. Not that I expect it. He never sees me, not like I want him to. He doesn’t even know I exist. I’m simply one of many nameless faces at this school where I’m a student and he’s a teacher.

What a cliché, I muse as my eyes follow him until he disappears from sight. It’s not like I haven’t tried to stop, I have. Many, many, many times. But then he passes me in the hall, and he might nod or just lock eyes with me for a brief second or two, and when that happens I’m convinced there’s something more going on between us. Sure, maybe I’m the only one who feels it, but it’s there nonetheless.

Or at least that’s what I tell myself.

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Author Bio:

Alexis James lives on the beautiful Central California coast. When she’s not spending time with her hubby of almost 30 years or her amazing kids, you can find her tapping away on the computer. She loves reading, spending time with family, reading, camping, reading….and writing too! She enjoys a good date night, an inexpensive glass of wine, and any story that can make her smile and/or cry.

Alexis’s first novel, “Losing Faith”, was released in September 2014. Her second novel, “Loving Emma”, is a standalone, though it does feature some characters from “Losing Faith”.

She invites you to visit her author pages on Facebook and Goodreads, and her website: alexisjamesauthor.com. You can also follow her on Twitter (@alexisjames27) or you can email her at: alexisjamesauthor@gmail.com.

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