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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Snippet Sunday and Weekend Writing Warriors


Welcome to Snippet Sunday and Weekend Writing Warriors, your chance to sample the work of a talented group of author. When you finish here you can find more snippets at:
http://www.wewriwa.com
https://www.facebook.com/groups/SnippetSunday/

This is an interesting book to me because a lot of scenes in the book are based on something that happened either to me or my family. One woman told me it was unrealistic, but I figured she had a boring family. I promise you most of the events are based on true stories.

Blurb:
Aimee Sherwood never dreamed that following her fiancĂ© into the witness protection pro-gram would land her in a haunted house in a town that’s downright creepy. She’d have laughed if she had been told the guy who lives down the road might be her soul mate, not the man whose ring she’s wearing. Life in West Virginia is nothing like life in Los Angeles, but between bean ball battles with Marilyn Monroe, remodeling a crumbling farmhouse, and starting a new online business, life in the country is anything but boring.

Excerpt: Last week we found Rocky getting ready to go into the wrestling ring. He was in his dressing room, and in today's excerpt he still is. The first speaker is Rocky's manager.

Chapter One

"Rocky, you look as nervous as a man at a baby shower.” He guffawed, showing nicotine-stained teeth to Aimee.

“Everything’s wrong,” she snapped. Why did this idiot always bray like a mule at what he considered his witty repartee? “It smells like dirty feet in here, and I hate the gray paint. The entire auditorium looks dingy. Besides that, this is the nastiest dressing room I’ve ever seen. I don’t like ‘no disqualification’ matches either.”

Rocky reproved her with a look. “She’s just worried about Cade hitting me with the chair.”

Want to find out what shenanigans me and my family were up to? Here's  buy link.

http://amzn.to/23yoW2d

Saturday Sample: Fortuna



Welcome to Saturday Sample. For the last few weeks we've been reading excerpts from my romantic comedy Fortuna, which is based on antics my family and I got into. Except for the witness protection thing. We never had to do that. If you'd like to read last Saturday's excerpt, go to http://elainepcantrell.blogspot.com/2016/08/saturday-sample-fortuna_20.html

First a blurb, then an excerpt.

Aimee Sherwood never dreamed that following her fiancĂ© into the witness protection pro-gram would land her in a haunted house in a town that’s downright creepy. She’d have laughed if she had been told the guy who lives down the road might be her soul mate, not the man whose ring she’s wearing. Life in West Virginia is nothing like life in Los Angeles, but between bean ball battles with Marilyn Monroe, remodeling a crumbling farmhouse, and starting a new online business, life in the country is anything but boring.
Blurb:

Last week Rocky was on his way to the wrestling ring in a major auditorium. Aimee has a part in his pre-match show. We pick up today at the point where they've reached the ring.

Excerpt:
With the focus off her, Aimee relaxed a little. Thank goodness nobody’s staring at me now. I hate the outfits Rocky wants me to wear. ‘Your clothes are a part of my stage personality,’ he said. He wants me to look like a party girl.

She glared at the dress. It was made of spandex covered in electric blue sequins and was so short it was dangerous to sit down. Not only that, her boobs would probably fall out of the bodice any time now. The horrible dress had been designed to push up the assets.

Cade McCoy, whose hair was a greasy-looking, dirty blonde that reached his shoulders, threw off his hat and black leather vest and shouted something to Rocky, who ignored him. The barrage of noise intensified as Cade flexed his muscles at the screaming fans. Aimee clapped her hands to her ears to protect them even though it would annoy Rich. She’d be deaf before this debacle finally ended.

If you'd like to read the book, you can get it at http://amzn.to/23yoW2d

Friday, August 26, 2016

Fashionista Friday

Yellow and Blue


Boutique Moschino beige blouse
$155 - farfetch.com


DressCamp blue skirt
farfetch.com


Pointed toe pumps
$435 - firstbtq.com


Relaxfeel blue purse
relaxfeel.com


Henri Bendel zipper wallet
henribendel.com



Sandy Hyun ring
dailylook.com


Bucherer earring jewelry
truefacet.com

Murder on the Aloha Express


Murder on the Aloha Express
by Sally J. Smith & Jean Steffens

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GENRE: Mystery

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BLURB:

Travel agent Gabby LeClair, a divorced big-city transplant trying to find some aloha spirit in her soul, prides herself on working hard to give the Aloha Lagoon Resort guests a once-in-a-lifetime experience. But that turns out to be more than anyone bargained for when the body of a client is found dead during one of Gabby's island tours. The victim is a lawyer who’s escorted a small group to Aloha Lagoon for distribution of a deceased billionaire’s estate...but it looks like someone believes the only good lawyer is a dead lawyer. Between the bad press causing her phone to go silent and the police working on "island time," it's up to Gabby it find the killer before her business goes belly up. With the help of her good friends, and a hot helicopter pilot with a flirtatious streak, Gabby turns sleuth to figure out just which member of the lawyer's party had it in for him. But before long it’s clear there’s way more at stake than her livelihood, and if Gabby isn’t careful, she and her friends may find themselves on an island getaway to death.

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EXCERPT:

As much as I hated to say it, not everyone could carry off that aloha look—the one with the oversized shirt, baggy cargo shorts, flip-flops. Not to forget the zinc oxide smear on the nose.

The man before me was definitely one of those guys. He looked like the quintessential tourist, slumping into my office and plopping down in the chair in front of my desk. The shirt was red, yellow, and orange in a spewing-volcano print. The baggy shorts had red and white flowers all over them and big old pockets low on the sides of the legs. The flip-flops looked as if today was the first time he'd slipped them onto his lily-white feet—a complete ensemble. There was also something a little smarmy about him that put me off.

"Aloha," I said. The word never seemed to roll off my tongue the way it did for others who worked at the Aloha Lagoon Resort. I'd even been practicing, trying for that soft melodic island lilt. My Midwestern accent always seemed to bleed through, but I gave it my best shot anyway—the mainlanders who came my way for an exotic vacation experience loved it. "How can I help you?"

The client's eyes swept the room, beginning at the tourism posters on the wall and stopping at the nameplate on my desk. "So, Gab-ree-el…Le…Klair, Certified Travel Specialist…" He pronounced my name phonetically like a third grader would as he raised his gaze to my face.



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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Sally J. Smith and Jean Steffens, are partners in crime—crime writing, that is. They live in the Valley of the Sun in Arizona, awesome for eight months out of the year, an inferno the other four. They write bloody murder, flirty romance, and wicked humor all in one package.

ADDITIONALLY: (U.S. ONLY) We will also have a giveaway through our Website—www.smithandsteffes.com—consisting of a beach towel, coffee mug, and signed copy of Murder on the Aloha Express.

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/SmithSteffens

Murder on the Aloha Express will be $0.99 during the tour.
BN:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/murder-on-the-aloha-express-sally-j-smith/1123670603


Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Murder-Aloha-Express-Lagoon-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B01K8SCAHE/

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

Sally J. Smith & Jean Steffens will be awarding $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Use the link below to enter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Game Saver

Title: Game Saver
Series: Game Series #3
Author: BJ Harvey
Genre: Romantic Comedy with Heat
Release Date: August 25, 2016
Cover Designer: Najla Qamber Designs
From the USA Today bestselling author of the Bliss series comes book three in a hot new spin off series featuring your favorite Bliss series characters who are yet to meet their match. This time it’s the turn of the hot doctor, Cade Carsen (from Temporary Bliss and Game Player fame) and Abi Cook (from Game Maker.)
How do you know when fake turns real?
Abi Cook lives her life by her own rules. She works hard, plays hard, and knows who she is and where she wants to be. 
Following a repeat one-night stand with the dashing Dr. Cade Carsen, Cade asks Abi for a favor: be the fake girlfriend on his arm for the duration of his father's mayoral campaign.
Never one to turn down a challenge, she doesn't hesitate. I mean, who would when all that's involved is a little fake girlfriending with a side of hot sex, and with Doctor Hottie no less? 
But like any Game, there are always twists and turns, unexpected players, villains, heroes and ultimately, winners and losers. 
Game Saver is the story of what happens when two happily single people try for something less, but end up with something so much more.
 
“Are you at work already?” I ask, having a brilliant idea of swinging by her place for a quickie.
“Yeah, I’m sitting in my office.”
There goes that plan then.
“Is the door closed?” I ask, a rather nice image of Abi taking care of herself in her chair and describing it to me in vivid detail flashing through my mind.
“Cade . . .” she warns, but her tone is not cutting. There’s a vein of amusement and a raspy undertone running through it.
I chuckle. “Okay, okay. I’ll behave.”
“Good, because after last night’s efforts, I can still feel where you’ve been and that’s had me at level five all day. You instigating phone sex in my office when I can’t do anything about it for eight hours is just cruel.”
My mouth goes dry, and my groin tightens. “You can still feel me?” I ask gruffly, thinking phone sex is another fucking fantastic idea as I scan for the next exit.
“Cade, my vagina has had more of a workout in the past week than it’s had in the ten months between visits.”
That grabs my attention. “Ten months?”
“Shit,” she mutters. “Forget I said that.”
“There’s no way I’m letting you out of this one. Are you saying you didn’t sleep with anyone else after me?” Why the hell do I like that so. fucking. much?
“I was busy! Doesn’t mean I didn’t give my toy chest a good workout.
“Yes. The toy chest. Guess what just got scratched onto our to-do list?”
“You mean the to-do-me-with list?” she says with a giggle.
“That too.”




BJ Harvey is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the Bliss Series. She also regards herself as a smut peddler, suspense conjurer and a funny romance thinker upper.

An avid music fan, you will always find her singing some hit song badly but loving every minute of it.

She’s a wife, a mom to two beautiful girls, and hails from what she considers as the best country in the world—New Zealand.
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