Wednesday, July 29, 2015

PROMO: Just South of Biloxi - Lauren Hammond + Giveaway!

Just South of Biloxi
Release Date: 07/21/15

Summary from Goodreads:
Just south of Biloxi there was a girl with spunk, a girl with spirit.

A girl with fire.

A girl with a heart full of rebellion.

Just south of Biloxi there was a boy, with a dazzling smile and a kind demeanor.

A boy with morals.

A boy in love.

Just south of Biloxi there was a boy and a girl who realized too quickly, too swiftly, that there is such a thing as shattered hearts and cracked dreams.

Just south of Biloxi there was a boy and a girl who would never truly understand the meaning of some hearts and some worlds are better left broken.

*This is the 4th book in the Asylum series but can be read as a companion standalone*

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About the Author

Lauren Hammond knew from a young age that she was born to be a writer. After publishing her first novel in 2007, she then went on to write several screenplays and a few award winning poems.She aspires to be a positive role model for young people who have a pencil, a piece of paper, and a dream. Never give up on your dreams, you might wake up one day and regret not pursuing them.She has two more novels in the works, as well as some film projects

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

SPOTLIGHT: Tremaine's True Love - Grace Burrows + Excerpt + Message From the Author + Giveaway!!

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Title: Tremaine’s True Love 
Author: Grace Burrowes
Release Date: August 4, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Historical Romance


He's had everything he could ever want...until now

Wealthy wool magnate Tremaine St. Michael is half French, half Scottish, and all business. He prowls the world in search of more profits, rarely settling in one place for long. When he meets practical, reserved Lady Nita Haddonfield, he sees an opportunity to mix business with pleasure by making the lady his own.

Nita Haddonfield has a meaningful life tending to others, though nobody is dedicated to caring for Nita. She insists the limitations of marriage aren't for her, then Tremaine St. Michael arrives-protective, passionate, and very, very determined to win Nita's heart.

Excerpt – Tremaine’s True Love

Wealthy businessman Tremaine St. Michael has concluded that marriage to Lady Nita Haddonfield would be a prudent merger of complimentary interests for the mutual benefit and enjoyment of both parties… or some such blather.

Tremaine rapped on Lady Nita’s door, quietly, despite a light shining from beneath it. Somebody murmured something which he took for permission to enter.

“Mr. St. Michael?”

Tremaine stepped into her ladyship’s room, closed the door behind him and locked it, which brought the total of his impossibly forward behaviors to several thousand.

“Your ladyship expected a sister, or a maid with a pail of coal?”

“I wasn’t expecting you.” Lady Nita sat near the hearth in a blue velvet dressing gown. The wool stockings on her feet were thick enough to make a drover covetous. “Are you unwell, Mr. St. Michael?”

“You are not pleased to see me.” Did she think illness the only reason somebody would seek her out?

She set aside some pamphlet, a medical treatise, no doubt. No vapid novels for Lady Nita.

“I was not expecting you, sir.”

“You were not expecting me to discuss marriage with you earlier. I wasn’t expecting the topic to come up in a casual fashion either. May I sit?”

She waved an elegant hand at the other chair flanking the hearth. Tremaine settled in, trying to gather his thoughts while the firelight turned Lady Nita’s braid into a rope of burnished gold.

“You are pretty.” Brilliant place to start. The words had come out, heavily burred, something of an ongoing revelation.

“I am tall and blond,” she retorted, twitching the folds her of her robe. “I have the usual assortment of parts. What did you come here to discuss?”

Lady Nita was right, in a sense. Her beauty was not of the ballroom variety, but rather, an illumination of her features by characteristics unseen. She fretted over new babies, cut up potatoes like any crofter’s wife, and worried for her sisters. These attributes interested Tremaine. Her madonna-with-a-secret smile, keen intellect, and longing for laughter attracted him.

Even her medical pre-occupation, in its place, had some utility as well.

“Will you marry me, my lady?”

More brilliance. Where had his wits gone? George Haddonfield had graciously pointed out that Nita needed repose and laughter, and Tremaine was offering her the hand of the most restless and un-silly man in the realm.

The lady somehow contained her incredulity, staring at her hands. “You want to discuss marriage?”

“I believe I did just open that topic. Allow me to elaborate on my thesis: Lady Bernita Haddonfield, will you do me the honor of becoming my wife? I think we would suit, and I can promise you would know no want in my care.”

A proper swain would have been on his damn bended knee, the lady’s hand in his. Lady Nita would probably laugh herself to tears if Tremaine attempted that nonsense. Lady Nita picked up her pamphlet, which Tremaine could now see was written in German.

“Why, Mr. St. Michael?”

“I beg your pardon?” Tremaine was about to pitch the damned pamphlet in the fire, until he recalled that Nita Haddonfield excelled at obscuring her stronger emotions.

“Why should you marry me, Tremaine St. Michael? Why should I marry you? I’ve had other offers, you’ve made other offers. You haven’t known me long enough to form an opinion of my character beyond the superficial.”

This ability to take a situation apart, into causes, effects, symptoms, and prognosis was part of the reason she was successful as a healer. Tremaine applied the same tendencies to commercial situations, so he didn’t dismiss her questions as coyness or manipulation.

She wasn’t rejecting him either. She most assuredly was not rejecting him.

Message From the Author

What makes a man a gentleman?

For a romance writer, this question has to be answered in every book, because implicit in the term “hero” is something of the gentleman. Heroes need not be charming, handsome or wealthy, and they might not even be obviously heroic, at least at the start of the book, but they have to be worthy of our loyalty for the duration of an entire book. 

In the True Gentlemen series, I took three men who’d wandered across my pages in previous stories—Tremaine St. Michael, Daniel Banks, and Willow Dorning—and found them each a happily ever after. Tremaine is a flinty business man, Daniel is poor and pious, Willow finds polite society an enormous trial and would far rather be with his dogs. These fellows were not obvious choices as romance heroes, but they each had something that tempted me to write stories for them.

When we met Tremaine in an earlier book (Gabriel: Lord of Regrets), Tremaine was convinced that he’d found a good candidate for the position of wife. He offered marriage, listing all the practical advantages to both parties, and he congratulated himself on how much sense his proposed union would make.

The lady turned him down flat, and as a gentleman is bound to do, he graciously ceded the field. He didn’t like it, he didn’t entirely understand how or what he’d lost, but he wished the happy couple well.

Daniel’s role in David: Lord of Honor was to charge to London with sermons at the ready in an attempt to restore his sister’s honor. The very man Daniel accused of wronging that sister had already set her back on the path to respectability.

Oops. But again, being a gentleman, Daniel wishes the couple every happiness, even if doing so costs him the future he’d envisioned for himself and his loved ones. Like Tremaine, he’s a gracious and even dignified loser.

Willow’s appearance in Worth: Lord of Reckoning is brief, but he too is determined to see a sister rescued from a possibly compromising position, and again, rescue is simply not on the heroine’s agenda.

In all three cases, the true gentleman acts in the best interests of those he loves and is responsible for, regardless of the inconvenience or cost to himself. Because Tremaine, Daniel, and Willow were honorable, I liked them. I trusted them, I wanted them to have the happiness they clearly already deserved.

In the Nicholas Haddonfield’s sisters—Nita, Kirsten, and Susannah—I found ladies willing to oblige my ambitions for these men. In each case, our hero has lessons yet to learn, and in each case, his inherent honor wins the day. He might not be handsome, wealthy, or charming in the eyes of the world, but because he’s a true gentleman in the eyes of his lady, he wins her true love.

I hope you enjoy reading these stories as much as I enjoyed writing them!

Author Biography

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes' bestsellers include The Heir, The Soldier, Lady Maggie's Secret Scandal, Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish and Lady Eve's Indiscretion. Her Regency romances have received extensive praise, including starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Grace is branching out into short stories and Scotland-set Victorian romance with Sourcebooks. She is a practicing family law attorney and lives in rural Maryland.

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TEASER: The Great Estate - Sherri Browning + Giveaway!

Title: The Great Estate
Author: Sherri Browning
Series: Thornbrook Park, #3
Pubdate: August 4th, 2015
ISBN: 9781402286858

Pulled apart by past mistakes. Driven by a passion neither could deny.

Sophia Thorne was young and inexperienced when she married the dashing Earl of Averford…and through dark and troubled times, their relationship nearly came to an end. Now she’s determined to transform herself into the fiery, ardent lover she always wanted to be, giving them a second chance at love… before they’re lost to each other forever.

It took nearly losing Sophia for Gabriel to realize he had allowed his love for his great estate to distract him from his beautiful wife. But that time is over. Despite all the obstacles standing in their way, Gabriel vows to teach Sophia what it is to truly love…and to be loved by a husband devoted heart and soul to her every desire.

Sherri Browning writes historical and contemporary romance fiction, sometimes with a paranormal twist. She is the author of critically acclaimed classic mash-ups Jane Slayre and Grave Expectations. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Sherri has lived in western Massachusetts and Greater Detroit Michigan, but is now settled with her family in Simsbury, Connecticut. Find her online at

A Teaser:
Sophia had no earthly idea what she would say to her husband when she saw him again after nearly a year apart. Perhaps she would carry on as if nothing had happened, simply pick up where they’d left off before everything had gone so wrong between them. By now, what else was there to say?
“Oh, sorry I kissed Lord Ralston, by the way. How was Italy?”
She took a deep breath as the cab pulled up in front of Averford House. To mask her trepidation at surpris- ing her husband, she put on the imperious face she wore when dealing with the servants and smiled coolly at the driver as he opened the door for her to step out.
“Thank you. A footman will see to compensating you when he comes to retrieve my luggage.”
Before the driver could protest, she walked by him, up the steps to the door, and entered. No one was there to greet her, as expected since she hadn’t called ahead. She proceeded to the parlor and rang for Sutton.
“My lady.” His cheeks reddened in surprise as he rounded the corner. “I—we weren’t expecting you.”
Finch, their Yorkshire butler, had the good sense to appear unruffled at all times. Sutton occasionally slipped and revealed himself to be...human, she supposed. The man was only human. Why would she expect otherwise? Times were changing, as her friend Eve never failed to remind her. Perhaps it was time Sophia softened her expectations. A little. But allowing the servants to be human meant that she might slip and expose herself as human too. She wasn’t sure she wanted to make herself that vulnerable.
“Of course not.” She loosened her lace gloves one finger at a time and pulled them off. “I came on a whim. I’m sorry if I’ve startled you. I hope it won’t be much trouble to make my room ready, considering Lord Averford is already in house.”
It was the first time she’d ever apologized to a servant that she could recall, and she supposed that she could do it again. The foundation hadn’t rocked beneath her feet, and Sutton remained standing before her awaiting further instruction. Surely Gabriel might see it as a sign that she was making an effort.

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Sunday, July 26, 2015

SPOTLIGHT: The Pet Palace - Debbie White

When Vanessa decides to do something, she forges full steam ahead in accomplishing her goals. She’s an independent woman and knows what she wants. When her best friend Gabby introduces her to Jason the ever-handsome realtor, Vanessa begins to let her guard down. Will Vanessa be able to stay focused and find the perfect property for her pet rescue center, or will Jason have other plans for her. This sweet story shows the wonderful journey of friends as they embark on a wonderful business adventure. Full of twists and turns The Pet Palace is a delightful read to the very end.

About the Author

Debbie is an Amazon bestselling author for her book Passport to Happiness in the category of fiction/sagas. She currently resides in beautiful Sonoma County, California, where the jagged Pacific coastline meets the rolling hills cascading with vineyards.  She writes romance novels that feature strong, independent women, who when faced with adversity, or tragedy, find strength to overcome the perils that stand in their way.  She’s an avid supporter of animal rescue, and happily donates a portion of sales from her books to rescue organizations.  She has two adult children, and two granddaughters.  In her spare time, she loves to garden, travel; enjoy family, and her beloved rescue dogs, Dash and Briar. Her real passion of course is writing, and she uses her 20+ years as a military wife as inspiration for her stories. 

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

BOOK BLAST: Team Tomas - Ally Adams + Character Interview

Title: Team Tomás
Series: Saints Team Series # 2
Author: Ally Adams
Audience: New Adult (college age +)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format: E-book
Publisher: Atlas Productions
Cover by: Atlas Productions
Editor: Sally Odgers
Words: 74,000 words ebook
ISBN: 978-0-9943762-0-6
Date Published:  1 July 2015


“I’ll remember, until my dying breath.”
Tomás Carrera didn’t expect Alice Peterson to rock his world.
Growing up with a single mom and as the eldest of five siblings, Tomás has had to be responsible all his life. Now his super star soccer status has provided for his family and allowed him to let his hair down… and that’s just what he’s doing.
Signed to the Santa Ana Saints, Tomás is catching up for lost time with fast women, a fast Ducati motorcycle and a bevy of adoring fans. That is, until he loses his heart to Alice and is torn with wanting her and his independence.

Next in the series: Team Nik

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Open your eyes... no, no wait. Okay, deep breath, ready... almost. I might have had a bit too much to drink last night, fine then I was pissed, but so was Tomás, I think. Actually I can’t be sure about that either because Tomás ‘Pez’ Carrera—the gorgeous goalkeeper for the Santa Ana Saints soccer team—has a lot more experience than me at having a drink or ten. And now I was lying in a room that definitely wasn’t mine; in a bed with someone next to me; and, it was time to turn and face the music. On the upside, at least I was still wearing my underwear.
God please let it be Tomás next to me—I’ll go to church every Sunday for a month, honest. Good grief, now I was attempting to bribe God... I had sunk to a whole new low. It was the hangover or at least I think I had a hangover... can you get a hangover from four or five margaritas? I wasn’t a big drinker and I had never really been absolutely shit-faced drunk so a hangover would be a first.
I consoled myself that it had been a night of firsts, but I kept one of the firsts for another time. Damn it. I took a shallow breath so I didn’t wake the person next to me. Just get it over with.
I rolled over slowly and... what the fuck?

Character Name:  Tomás Carrera

Character Bio:
He’s the hottest goalie on the planet— Tomás Carrera has arrived at the Santa Ana Saints and the Latin lover is not only talented, he’s as hot as they come. Growing up with a single mom and as the eldest of five siblings, Tomás has had to be responsible all his life. Now his super star soccer status has provided for his family and allowed him to let his hair down… and that’s just what he’s doing with a playing contract in place, a Ducati to ride, and a new girlfriend on his arm.

Describe yourself what is your worst and best quality?
I am very good at soccer and hopefully Alice would say very good in bed J. Worst quality… I might be a little possessive.

What is the one thing you wish other people knew about you?
I didn’t call off my relationship because I became a ‘soccer star’. It just ran its course and I said goodbye to my childhood sweetheart and moved on.

What is your biggest secret something no one knows about?
My father cleared out when I was twelve, just let. I saw him again recently—he was at one of my games. He locked eyes with me and I turned away. I haven’t told anyone in my family.

What are you most afraid of?
Getting injured and having my marriage breakdown, when I get married. I want to be married forever. Like the song goes, “When I fall in love, it will be forever.”

What do you want more than anything?
To love what I do and to be loved.

What is your relationship status?
I’m going out with Alice. Exclusively.

How would you describe your sense of fashion?
I get a lot of good clothes from my sponsors, so I don’t have to work to hard at getting the latest clothes to suit me.

How much of a rebel are you?
When I moved to Santa Ana from Buenos Aires, I might have been a bit out of control. It was the first time I had real freedom… no family, no responsibility. I had money, fame, plenty of sex on tap and a Ducati. I don’t know if I’m a rebel, but I just wanted to do my own thing for a while and have some good times.

What do you considered to be your greatest achievement?
Getting an international soccer contract and getting Alice. I’m working hard on keeping both pumping J

What is your idea of happiness?
A great game on the field and a great night in the bedroom.

What is your most treasured possession?
My black Ducati motorbike. I love feeling it between my legs and the power of the ride.

What is the quality you most like in a man?
Standing up and doing what’s right.

What are the qualities you most like in a woman?
Strength and femininity.

Who is your favorite hero in fiction?
Bond, James Bond. So smooth and in control. He always comes out on top.

Which living person do you most admire?
David Beckham. He just has it all together… success, a great career, a family—he’s made a great career from his talents and looks.

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
I wish I could be better at public appearances. I don’t like crowds and I don’t like being singled out. Bit hard at the moment when I’m recognized a lot.

What is your motto?
Don’t forget your past, but embrace the future. 

About The Author-

Ally Adams is a journalist who lives in coastal Victoria, Australia with her husband and furry friends. She is a literature major, romance reader and writer.

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