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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Beyond the Book


Welcome to Beyond the Book. For the last few weeks we've spent time learning about my romantic comedy Fortuna, but today we're going to focus on The Captain and the Cheerleader. Our cheerleader is Susan English. Susan was the head cheerleader when she was in high school, but at present she teaches at Fairfield High.

Everyone has seen cheerleaders before, but maybe there's a little more to it than you imagine. One of the most obvious things is that cheerleading build teamwork. Without teamwork cheerleaders couldn't do those complicated routines.

Cheerleaders also have to be fit. Think about their complicated routines. People couldn't do them if they were wheezing puffing.

Cheerleading may also lead to a good work ethic. Cheerleaders don't just show up on game day and cheer. They practice all throughout the year. Some squads go to summer camp to train and learn new routines.

Some squads practice hard and go to national cheerleading championships. This certainly fosters a sense of pride and achievement in the team.

Lastly, lifelong friendships may be formed by members on a squad, and I'm sure the memories they make will still be fresh long after their days as a cheerleader are over.

Next week we'll learn more about the characters.

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Night Magic

Night Magic Book 1, Moonlight & Jasmine Series
by Kathleen Ann Gallagher

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GENRE: Contemporary Paranormal Romance

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BLURB:

Krista Winter is in need of legal counsel. Several years ago she was forced to flee her life as a teacher in New Jersey after being shunned for practicing witchcraft, and her past is about to catch up with her.

Jon Bartolo is a dedicated attorney. His days are spent helping his clients with their struggles, and his nights are spent in agony, lost in a world between life and death. His mother, who died three years ago, lurks in his house, suffering from a curse for eternity, without a final resting place.

A smoldering fire ignites between Jon and Krista almost immediately, however, he’s sure his secret would frighten any woman away. An afternoon escape brings them closer, but doubts linger between the love-struck couple.

Burning questions about how to fuse their futures together with so much of their past still clouding the future becomes a heavy burden that they’re both trying to bear on their own. It will take a touch of magic if there’s any hope in sight.

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EXCERPT:


She smiled, wishing she wasn’t so nervous. Before she realized what was happening, he stood and headed toward her. Was Jon about to make a move? If so, she wasn’t resisting. He planted himself in front of her and took hold of her hands to help her stand. With a smooth sway of his hips, he slowly slipped his hand around her back. Tunnel vision altered all perception of reality, and she closed her eyes as he gently pulled her up against his chest. Jon’s touch aroused her mercilessly. There wasn’t time to react. Her panties moistened and her nipples tingled. The tiny stubble on his face gave her skin a slight burn, and it unleashed her wild spirit. She dug her fingers into his back. A sense of belonging came as a surprise. Jon cradled her in his arms, and she surrendered to his advances. His passionate touch filled her spirit with longing. It didn’t matter if they were strangers. When their lips touched, it felt right. A quiet echo and a brightness filled the room as if the goddess of love hovered over and shined light upon them. The connection was solid, and it practically knocked her off her feet. Steadying herself, Krista stared into his eyes with her heart racing. As Jon moved in again and plunged his tongue deep into her mouth, he caressed her back, and she surrendered mercifully to his touch. Each passion-filled kiss felt as if he was a long lost lover who had reappeared and claimed her heart’s desire. There was no telling what might happen next.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Kathleen writes contemporary and paranormal romance in her home in New Jersey, where she lives with her husband and their two fur babies, Luc and Chaz. She spent years working as a registered nurse in an emergency room. She is also active in Community Theater. She has three children and three lovable grandsons. Her favorite romantic getaway is Cape May, New Jersey. You might find Kathleen on a beach down the Jersey Shore, wearing a straw hat and sipping on an iced tea as she plots her next romance novel.
You can find Kathleen at the following places:
Website: www.kathleenanngallagher.weebly.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/Kathleenwrites
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorKathleenAnnGallagher


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Monday, July 25, 2016

What She Wanted


What She Wanted
by Julie Anne Lindsey

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GENRE: YA Romance

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BLURB:

It seems Katy has been waiting for her eighteenth birthday all her life. Raised by a grandfather who never got over losing Katy’s mother to cancer at a young age, she’s dreamed of a life free of the burdens of her family’s tragedies. But just before her birthday, she learns tragedy isn’t finished telling its story . . .

Before she can begin her new life, Katy’s grandfather suffers a heart attack, a box of her mother’s keepsakes, including a journal written to Katy while she was in her mother’s womb, at his side. Believing the only thing her grandpa loves enough to live for is her mother’s memory, Katy reads to him from the journal every night at the hospital. Night after night, line after line, Katy begins to see herself as her mother saw her in her dreams. Buoyed by her mother’s undying love and conviction, Katy vows to make her mother’s sacrifice mean something and promises to fulfill all her mother’s requests. Even the hard ones. Especially those . . .


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EXCERPT

I swiveled in my desk chair, crossing too-long legs under a too-short desk. Sweat ran over my temples, despite the wildly spinning ceiling fan overhead. The brutal summer heat had dried up local creeks and forced Mark, my grandpa, to turn off the air conditioner while he was at work. He couldn’t afford to keep the house livable at these temperatures. He hated the electric bills. Mark hated everything.

I fingered a stack of college applications and tossed them at my best friend, Heidi. “I thought this summer would be amazing. So far, it’s just hot. And depressing.”

She flopped back on my bed, scattering pillows and raising the applications overhead for inspection. “It’s not too late to come with me to Kent State. You have the grades, and they have a great film school.”

“Not this year.” Mark had conveniently forgotten to sign my FAFSA or share any of the personal tax information I needed to finish the financial aid paperwork and leave town. “Maybe next.”



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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Julie Anne Lindsey is a multi-genre author who writes the stories that keep her up at night. She’s a self-proclaimed nerd with a penchant for words and proclivity for fun. Mother of three, wife to a sane person and Ring Master at the Lindsey Circus, most days you'll find her online, amped up on caffeine and wielding a book. Julie started writing to make people smile. Someday she plans to change the world.
Julie is a member of the International Thriller Writers (ITW), Sisters in Crime (SinC) and the Canton Writer’s Guild.
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Saturday, July 23, 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 authors. When you finish here, you can find more snippets at:

http://www.wewriwa.com
http://www.https://www.facebook.com/groups/SnippetSunday/

Blurb:
Susan English can’t stand Robin Lanford! She’s so full of herself she irritates everyone on the faculty of Fairfield High. When Robin bets Susan fifty dollars that she can’t get a date with Kurt Deveraux, the head football coach, Susan jumps at the chance to put the little heifer in her place. She had no idea that teaching Robin a lesson would irrevocably change her life, strain treasured friendships, and throw two families into chaos.

Except:
When she left them alone, it finally occurred to Susan that she expected them to share a bed. “I can’t stand uh, stay here, Kurt. There’s only one bed.”

“They think we’re lovers, remember? We’ll just share the bed. It’ll be fine.”

His reasoning seemed slightly off kilter, but darn it, she couldn’t figure out exactly why. “Okay, but I have to go to the bathroom first.”

When she got back, Kurt made a trip to the bathroom. By the time he returned Susan had thrown her clothes across a chair and got in bed with the covers pulled up to her chin. 

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Saturday Sample The Captain and the Cheerleader


 Welcome to Saturday Sample. Today is the last excerpt from The Captain and the Cheerleader. If you've enjoyed the book so far, you can buy it Amazon http://amzn.to/1NDgnrg, Barnes and Noble, and most other retail outlets. Any book store can order a paper copy for you. Next week we'll begin Fortuna, a romantic comedy that's partly based on things that happened to either me or my family.

Blurb:
Susan English can’t stand Robin Lanford! She’s so full of herself she irritates everyone on the faculty of Fairfield High. When Robin bets Susan fifty dollars that she can’t get a date with Kurt Deveraux, the head football coach, Susan jumps at the chance to put the little heifer in her place. She had no idea that teaching Robin a lesson would irrevocably change her life, strain treasured friendships, and throw two families into chaos.


We know the Susan won her bet with Robin when Kurt asked her to go to a party with him. Unfortunately, they drank too much and ended up sleeping together which didn't please Susan at all. She begged Kurt to take her home, and in today's excerpt they've just reached Susan's house.Kurt has assured Susan that he doesn't make a habit of making love to women in no condition to say no, but he already wanted her, so the tequila pushed him over the edge. He also asked if they could continue seeing each other, not for sex but because they had a good time. 


EXCERPT:
She stayed in the bathroom for a long time even though she knew Kurt was waiting for her. Maybe she’d get lucky and he’d move to Alaska or Africa, anywhere far, far away. He could say anything he wanted, but it didn’t change a thing. She had still humiliated herself and done something that appalled her. Oh, imagine what he really thought!
Footsteps sounded in her bedroom. Kurt knocked on the bathroom door and called, “Susan? Are you okay?”
With a big sigh, Susan opened the door.
Kurt studied her face. “You look kind of pale. I know you had something to tell me, but maybe we should wait until you feel better. I’ll help you to bed
if you like. I think you need to sleep a little while longer.”
A reprieve! Putting things off did no good, but that’s exactly what she’d do. “Bed sounds good.”
Kurt turned back the bedcovers for her and patted the side of the bed. “Sit down and I’ll take your boots off.”
Susan’s stomach quivered at the thought of bending over to tug on her boots. She sat and stuck out her foot.
Kurt wrestled the boots off, and she fell back onto the bed. It felt so soft, and it was blessedly quiet in the room. “Don’t go,” she mumbled. “I want to talk to you when I wake up.”

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Kurt watched as Susan’s eyes closed. Where did
she expect him to stay? With her? Well, why not? They’d already spent a night together. He took off his shoes and shirt and got under the covers with Susan. Before long he too fell asleep, lulled by the soft silence in the room.


Friday, July 22, 2016

Fashionista Friday

Pearl

The Billionaire's Beautiful Mistake

The Billionaire's Beautiful Mistake by Elizabeth Lennox
Series: Bold Alaskan Men #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: July 15, 2016
Violet knew exactly what she wanted in life and went after it. She had built up her craft store from a hole in the wall to a thriving Internet success, she had friends and a warm home in a beautiful state. And when she was attending a bachelorette party, she thought she’d found the most exciting man with whom she could share her life. 

Creek Jones had moved away from the mainland and bought himself a mountain. He could run his business empire from afar, away from the negative aspects of the world. With pristine air and beautiful landscapes, he thought he’d had it all. 

Until an adorable brunette walked behind his bar in tight jeans and a fluffy sweater. He was knocked out. Violet Jenkins thought he was a bartender, had no idea that he was wealthy. All she wanted was him. 
And he wanted her. 

Until Violet’s stepfather explained that Violet’s “services” came with a price. 
In the end, his morals wouldn’t allow him to pay for sex. And when Violet discovered that he had been, she was livid. Hurt. Disgusted. 

All the precious, warm feelings were broken with his words. 

Could Creek figure out how to get her back from such a heinous error?
Violet knew exactly what she wanted in life and went after it. She had built up her craft store from a hole in the wall to a thriving Internet success, she had friends and a warm home in a beautiful state. And when she was attending a bachelorette party, she thought she’d found the most exciting man with whom she could share her life. Creek Jones had moved away from the mainland and bought himself a mountain. He could run his business empire from afar, away from the negative aspects of the world. With pristine air and beautiful landscapes, he thought he’d had it all. Until an adorable brunette walked behind his bar in tight jeans and a fluffy sweater. He was knocked out. Violet Jenkins thought he was a bartender, had no idea that he was wealthy. All she wanted was him. And he wanted her.

USA Today™ best-selling author Elizabeth Lennox writes contemporary romance novels featuring sheiks, business tycoons, royalty, and other sexy rich men. Her male lead characters are smart, driven and determined, but can still be sensitive and vulnerable. Elizabeth’s female lead characters come from a variety of backgrounds. They are strong, intelligent and independent, while still feminine and caring. Although she wanted to be a romance novelist since the eighth grade, that dream only became a paid reality for her in 2009 and a full time job in 2012. Along the way, she received a BA in History and held different jobs in the real estate, government consulting, and financial industries. All during that time, though, she was always writing, using her personal experiences, dreams, and travels throughout the United States, Europe and the Caribbean as backdrops for her stories. To date, she has written over eighty books and sold over 1.7 million copies. Her free novellas have been downloaded over 2.9 million times since 2013. Elizabeth lives in Virginia with her husband and two children. Their home is just outside of Washington, D.C., and many of her novels are set in this area.

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