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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Love and Whiskey

Title: Love and Whiskey
Series: A Magnolia Distillery Novel
Author: Allie Able
Genre: Romance
Release Date: May 26, 2020 Cover Design: Amanda Walker PA and Design Services


Lillian Chant is determined to float through life without forming any real attachments. Abandoned and thrust into the world at an early age taught her one valuable lesson--the only person you can really count on is yourself. She’s spent her adult life moving from state to state, recreating herself using her smile and well-crafted lies to get by. The last thing she expects is to meet a man who resists all of her efforts to push him away, but that’s exactly what happens when her world collides with Matthew Breaux.
Matt is fascinated by Lily. For the past ten years, his sole focus has been on building his business, but now he finds himself distracted by her beautiful gray eyes and the secrets she’s trying so hard to keep. 
Will she drop her walls enough to let him in, or will her darkness swallow her whole?
Love and Whiskey carries powerful tones that kept me captivated from beginning and to the end. There is real, raw emotions laced within the carefully crafted words and it has me wanting to see what will come next.Highly recommend if you're looking for a sexy, enticing story. — Author Brooke May
“You are stalking me!” she shouts, surprising the hell out of me for a minute.
I recover quickly and shake my head as I let out a quiet chuckle. “I assure you that I am not.”
She doesn’t look like she believes me, and she also looks ready to bolt at any second.
“I live right there,” I say, pointing in the direction of my condo. “I was just leaving to go grab a drink when I saw you walking out of the gallery. I’m sorry if I startled you.”
She sighs and waves away my apology. “It’s fine.”
She turns to walk away, and I scramble to think of an excuse to talk to her a little longer. This woman makes me feel irrational. She clearly wants nothing to do with me, yet I still can’t seem to give up.
“Would you like to have a drink with me?” I ask her back as she walks away.
She briefly glances at me over her shoulder. “No.”
There is zero hesitation in her answer, and for some reason, her abrupt tone just makes me laugh. I jog to catch up to her, and she looks over at me with an annoyed expression.
“Why not?” I ask with a smile.
“God, you’re annoying,” she mumbles. She abruptly stops and turns to me. “I don’t date, Matt. I’m sure there are hundreds of single, straight women in this city who would love to go on a date with you. Go find one of them.”
She doesn’t give me a chance to respond before she continues walking.
That’s the first time she’s ever said my name, and I take it as a good sign that she actually remembers it.
“I wasn’t asking you on a date, Lily. I was asking if you would like to have a drink with me.”
“You would drive someone to drink. That’s for sure.”
I chuckle and shake my head. “You don’t mince your words, do you?”
“Why would I? So many people feel the need to sugarcoat their words, and it’s bullshit if you ask me. If you’re firm from the get-go and people know where you stand, it cuts out a lot of useless chatter.”
“You’re beautiful, and I find you extremely fascinating.”
“Why?” she asks.
“Why what?”
She doesn’t immediately respond. We walk a couple more steps before she stops again to face me.
“Why do you find me fascinating?”
I have a feeling the next words out of my mouth are going to make or break me, so I take a second to really think about my response.
Dropping my smile for a minute, I hope she can hear the sincerity in my words. “Because you wear your darkness well. I want to know all about your secrets and the pain you try to hide behind those gorgeous eyes. You’re beautiful and different, and I’ve always liked that sort of thing.”
Allie Able is a romance writer who tries to juggle her time between being a mother and an author. Allie was raised in a small town in Mississippi and now resides in Florida. Reading and writing romance has always been her first love. She decided to pursue her dreams of becoming a writer full-time, when the characters dancing around in her head wouldn't stop demanding her attention. Now she can be found sitting at her desk, feeding her coffee addiction, as she creates heartbreaking romance with spicy ever afters.
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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Beyond the Book: The Joke's On Me

Blurb:
Stand-up comic Frankie Goldberg’s Hollywood life falls apart with an exclamation point when a mudslide destroys her hopes, her home, and her entire collection of impractical footwear. She returns to her mother’s B&B in Woodstock, New York, expecting the comfort that home once provided, but continually finds that the joke’s on her. In Frankie’s absence, some things have changed—and some, to her dismay, are exactly as she’d left them. A lighthearted-but-serious romantic comedy about love, trust, second chances, squabbling sisters, and baseball.
My Review:
Can you really go home again? Frankie Goldberg thinks she can. She’s been in Hollywood for a long time, and in her mind home is just as she left it. Some things are, but a great deal isn’t, including that her mother is in a nursing home and doesn’t recognize her, and her big sister is turning the B&B into an aging hippie, tree lover paradise complete with incense sticks and nude workshops. Her teenage crush is still there too after he lost his job in major league baseball.
So not only is her career in Hollywood over, she has to cope with memories of her parents and sister whom she doesn’t get along with, deal with the resurgence of old feelings for her teen crush, and deal with secrets that come to light.
I liked the characters, and I liked the story as well. You might recognize both in people you’ve known. The book is charming, entertaining, and sometimes true to life. It’s a first novel for the author, and I have to say I think she did a great job.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Saturday Sample and Weekend Writing Warriors: Never Trust a Pretty Wolf

Welcome to Saturday Sample and Weekend Writing Warriors. Today we'll continue to share excerpts from Never Trust a Pretty Wolf. On Sunday when you finish here, do go to http://www.wewriwa.blogspot.com for more excerpts from a bunch of great authors.

Blurb:
Liesel Wolf has a secret, a dangerous secret she’ll go to any lengths to conceal. When she’s paired in a charity game with sexy marshal Andy Bryce, a man with secrets of his own, her carefully constructed world comes crashing down, and Liesel’s on a collision course with her past.



Excerpt: 
Chapter One

Last Week



This week: We're in Andy's POV. He speaks first.

Friday, May 22, 2020

TNT

Title: TNT
Series: Reed Security Series
Author: Giulia Lagomarsino
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: May 18, 2020
After walking into his girlfriend's house and finding her murdered, Tony is struggling to get back to normal. Everyone's looking at him like he's damaged, but they don't know the truth. And when they find out, they won't ever look at him the same again. But a one night stand changes everything. Suddenly, everyone at Reed Security is trying to set Tony up with this crazy woman that can't cook, shows up at his work, and calls him at all hours of the night. He doesn't want to hurt her, but how long is a man supposed to go along with a crazy person that thinks there's a relationship where there isn't one?
After meeting Tony one night, Molly knows without a doubt that he's the man for her. He's everything she's been waiting for, and she's not going to let this opportunity slip through her fingers. She knows that he's slightly damaged and dealing with a lot, but with a little encouragement from Tony's teammates, she refuses to let him push her away. She has a whole arsenal of tips and tricks to keep a man's attention, and with her momma's advice and her best friend's help, there's no way she'll fail. Now she just has to make Tony see that what they have is forever.
“Uh…you know, this isn’t working,” I said briskly.
She tilted her head, all cute like and looked at me in confusion. “What do you mean?”
“Us…whatever this is. It’s not going to work. You’re nice and all, but it’s just not working.”
I waited for the tears and the drop of her face. I braced myself for the yelling and name-calling. But no matter how much I steeled myself for her reaction, I just wasn’t ready for what she actually said.
“Hmmm. Well, I appreciate your input, but I think it’s going good. Pop tarts?”
“What?”
“I’m sticking some in the toaster. Want some?”
I blinked several times, shook my head, and even slapped my own face, but nothing changed. She was still standing in front of me, asking me if I wanted pop tarts after I just broke up with her. She actually refused to break up with me. Could that really happen? Did I not get a say in this? And if so, was I destined to just be with her the rest of my life? I’d never been in this position before. I’d never had a woman refuse to let me break up with her. What was the protocol for this? Did I just go along with it? Maybe I should just not return her calls. Of course, that hadn’t really worked so far. She always showed up, with food.
“Honey?” She quirked her head to the side and smiled sweetly at me. “Pop tarts?”
Shaking my head, I tried again. “I’m serious, Molly. I’m breaking up with you. I don’t want to be with you anymore. It’s been fun, but let’s just end this now.”
“I hear you. I really do, and while I think you make some not very valid points, I’m going to pretend like what you said makes total sense. But we’re not breaking up. You’re just freaking out and you want to end this before it gets too real. I get it, but we’re still not breaking up.”
And with that, she turned around and left the room. I stared at the floor, trying to figure out what to do next. How the fuck had this happened? Was I being too sweet? I mean, I was never too sweet. I was never that guy that women felt they could walk all over. Yet, here I was, standing alone in my pretend girlfriend’s bedroom as she walked out after telling me we were not breaking up.
This was not happening. She couldn’t make me stay with her. She couldn’t force me to date her. I wasn’t some chump. I was Tony-fucking-Tacos. I groaned and rolled my eyes at myself. I was not Tony Tacos. I was something much cooler. I wasn’t even Mexican, and if I was honest with myself, I didn’t even like tacos all that much. Not that I would tell Molly that. She had been really sweet yesterday, bringing me food at work because she thought tacos were my favorite. 
I cursed myself for thinking of her as sweet when I was trying to break up with her. Damnit, I would not be forced to date a woman that I really liked. I was screwed. I marched into the kitchen and slapped my hand down on the countertop.
“Listen, Molly, this is over between us. I’m not going to let you tell me that we’re not breaking up, because we are so breaking up. I’m walking out that door and you will not follow me. You will not bring me food at work, and you will not call me later tonight to ask where I am. Do you know why?”
She smiled at me. “Because you think we’re breaking up.”
“Yes. No!” I shouted. “I don’t think we’re breaking up. We are in actuality breaking up. It’s for sure. Not a possibility or a probability. We are one hundred percent broken up, as of right now,” I said, punctuating the statement by punching the counter with my pointer finger.
She nodded, her eyes wide with a very serious expression on her face. “I hear you. I want you to know that I really do hear you, but it’s just not possible for us to break up. We have that dinner with Momma and Daddy tomorrow, and they already planned dinner. Momma did all her shopping and got everything we could possibly need for your favorite dinner.”
“What dinner?” I asked hesitantly.
“Tacos,” she grinned.
“Fucking hell,” I said, throwing my hands up in the air. “I’m not even fucking Mexican!”
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I'm a stay at home mom that loves to read. Some of my favorite titles are Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Horatio Hornblower. I started writing when I was trying to come up with suggestions on ways I could help bring in some extra money. I came up with the idea that I could donate plasma because you could earn an extra $500/month. My husband responded with, "No. Find something else. Write a blog. Write a book." I didn't think I had anything to share on blog that a thousand other mothers hadn't already thought of. I decided to take his challenge seriously and sat down to write my first book, Jack. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed writing. From there, the stories continued to flow and I haven't been able to stop. I hope my readers enjoy my books as much as I enjoy writing them. Between reading, writing, and taking care of three small kids, my days are quite full.
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