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Blog Tour: Rare and Precious Things by Raine Miller (review, top 10 best moments video, author spotlight & giveaways)

(The Blackstone Affair Book 4)
hosted by: The Book Avenue

The fourth part in the New York Times bestselling series, The Blackstone Affair: A bright beginning for two damaged souls fighting for their hard-won love, and the promise of a new hope to secure their happily ever after.
Fresh from an idyllic honeymoon along the Italian coast, the Blackstones prepare for the birth of their precious baby and the challenges of settling into a new home. But things get complicated when specters from the past reappear to threaten the very foundation of their relationship. Ethan and Brynne will have to fight harder than ever for each other. Rare and Precious Things is the story of two people who both need the other in order to be complete, but learn just how “rare” their brand of love is when they have to risk everything in order to hold onto it.
It’s common knowledge to all how I adore this couple. They are two of the most endearing characters I’ve ever encountered. They are so admirable, so real, and so human. The poignancy of their story made my heart ache in a happy and sad way, as I struggled with them through their self-doubts and fought the battle within to reclaim the faith they had in their love and each other. I held my breath as I watched the doubt and insecurity creep into their minds, tempered by the disappointments which life often brings, praying that they wouldn’t succumb, that their love and faith in each other would prevail.
Rare and Precious Things shows us the kind of romance that we all would love to have—totally committed, passionate, and loving. It’s a gentle, endearing story with even more endearing characters who have won our hearts since book 1 and now make us sigh with delight at their happy ending. 
Of all the stories about Ethan and Brynne, this is the one that touches me the most. It showcases their extraordinary, unshakable bond better than any of the stories before. Their relationship obviously isn’t traditional, but I truly admire them. They’ve only grown closer as the series continues and show maturity not only to their partnership but also within themselves. They are coming into their own, particularly Brynne and I was very impressed with her trying to mend the damage caused by her past and now moving on with her new life as a wonderful wife to Ethan and a doting mother to Peaches. She shows us how much she’s grown into a mature, secure person who now exhibits all of the goodness, positivity and forgiving heart; the qualities she’s always had, but now shine brighter than ever. It’s a real tribute to the idea that letting go of the past and all those excess baggage is the way to secure a happy existence in the future.
I would have to commend Ms. Miller and her magnificent mind. This story is so well written, logical, and clear. The characters as always are wonderfully formed and extremely easy to understand. It’s an extraordinary story and one that we will all do well to keep in mind. I was grasping for more and left in awe after reading it. I finished it with tear-stained cheeks ~ one of the best epilogues I have ever read. I was choking back more tears and couldn’t stop thinking about it. It’s like I could not turn my brain off. It made me think so much about how our decisions, even the most ordinary, can impact someone else’s life so deeply. It made me think about life, about how love can be so powerful, it makes you heal the wounds in the past, forgive those who have hurt you and then make you a totally different person…better person.
Raine Miller is at her best in this book. She proves simplicity and two great characters make for the best romances. I couldn’t have enjoyed it more.
This book perfectly sums up Ethan and Brynne’s relationship, Rare and Precious…

“Brynne was my life. The last piece of my puzzle that had finally completed me.”

1. When you are in the process of writing, do you have your storyline mapped out and you do your research of people, places, buildings, scenery, etc. based on that or have you ever written a scene in any of the books based solely on an image or picture you’ve come across and that image/picture spoke to you so profoundly that you incorporated a storyline into a book based on it?

I’ve written whole scenes because of a picture I’ve seen. An example of this is when a fan sent me a picture of a man with angel wings tattooed on his back and his baby sleeping on top. I loved it, so you will see that scene in Rare in Precious Things with Ethan and his _______. I do it all the time. In fact, the whole inspiration for the first book, NAKED, was because I found the image on Shutterstock one night and the idea for the story came into my head. Images are huge in giving me inspiration to write. I make Pinterest boards now for books while I am writing.

2. How long from concept to publishing?

Ten Months. I knew as I was finishing Eyes Wide Open that I really needed to do a fourth book in order to give Ethan and Brynne the complete resolution to their life together.

3. When you first knew of David Gandy and have you ever met him?

I knew of him over three years ago, and no, I have never met him. He did chat me a little and send me a birthday wish last year though. He is my muse for Ethan, and was from the first page I wrote about Mr. Blackstone.

4. Out of all your books, which one has been the most challenging to write?

That would be Rare and Precious Things. It was a challenge because when you are at the end of a story arc, everything must be resolved and tied together. You have to have reasons for the character’s behaviors and actions, their motivations have to make sense. Another difficulty is to give page time to all of the side characters that have been introduced into the story and the tangled web gets very big.

5. Living in the UK myself, made this book easier to read, envisioning the places, characters, Olympics etc, Why choose this place at this time for the books to be set in?

I am a certifiable Anglophile and I always have been. I really liked the idea of having an American heroine and a British hero, so the idea of setting up the story in that way appealed to me. I found out it appealed to many other women readers too!!! LOL Talking dirty in an English accent is pretty smokin’ hot I guess.

6. If you could be a character in any fictional book, who would you want to be and why?

Jane Whitcomb. Because she is loved by Vishous. Read Lover Unbound, by JR Ward if you have no idea what I am talking about.

7. When you started writing the books, did you have the idea for the historicals first or Naked?

I wrote the historicals first and knew the world in which they were set. So when I began writing Naked and Brynne was an art conservationist, I just used my fictional artist I had already created in my historical novel The Muse, which has yet to be published. I had so much fun doing the connections I continued to do it in every book, and will probably do it for every book I write from here on.

Raine Miller has been reading romance novels since she picked up that first Barbara Cartland book at the tender age of thirteen. And it’s a safe bet she’ll never stop, because now she writes them too! Granted Raine’s stories are edgy enough to turn Ms. Cartland in her grave, but to her way of thinking, a hot, sexy hero never goes out of fashion. A part-time teacher and writer of sexy romance stories every other chance she gets pretty much fills her days. She has a handsome prince of a husband, and two brilliant sons to pull her back into the real world if the writing takes her too far away. Her sons know she likes to write stories, but gratefully have never asked to read any, thank God! Raine loves to hear from readers and to chat about the characters in her books.

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Blackstone Affair spin-off, yet can be a standalone

Blog Tour: Loving Cara by Kristen Proby (review, book trailer, author spotlight &giveaway)

Title: Loving Cara
Author: Kristen Proby
Released: Jan. 21st

In her sizzling new series, USA Today bestselling author Kristen Proby sets the stage for a passionate reunion under the breathtaking Montana sky.
Cara Donovan’s summer tutoring job is turning out to be a challenge—and not just because of her troubled twelve-year-old student. It’s his uncle Josh who’s the real problem. If problem is the word for an irresistibly cocky, muscle-bound rancher with a taste for tight Levi’s and shameless flirtation. . . .
Cara is nothing like the wallflower Josh King remembers good-naturedly teasing in high school. This Cara is gorgeous, confident, fun. From the moment the fiery teacher steps foot on his family’s Lazy K Ranch, the stubborn playboy is determined to corral her. So what happens when his luscious lover takes over the reins?
The first in a steamy trilogy, Kristen Proby’s enthralling novel is filled to the brim with one hardworking family’s triumphs and challenges, all the wild adventure of the modern West, and a whole lot of titillating fun.

Josh King is an expert at running his family’s multi-million dollar ranch in Montana. (And all that outside manual labor has done wonders for sculpting his six-foot-three body, too.) But as sure footed as he is when it comes to the ranch, Josh doesn’t know anything about how to deal with an adolescent boy—so when his twelve-year-old nephew, Seth, is dropped off on his doorstep, looking scared and acting surly as hell, Josh knows he needs help in straightening him out.
Cara Donovan loves her quiet life as a teacher in her sleepy hometown, so she jumps at the chance to make a little money over the summer as a tutor. But when she learns she’ll be teaching Josh King’s nephew, Cara’s sweet summer job gets a little bit hotter. Cara tries to focus all her attention on tutoring Seth, but Josh proves to be a delicious distraction, while Josh’s memories of the shy girl he once teased in high school are nothing like the beautiful woman he’s facing now. Can he persuade her that there’s more between them than a summer fling?
“If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.”
– Somerset Maugham
And that my friends sum up Kristen Proby. Truthfully, she could create a story about a boy and his pet rock and I would be lining up to read it. Kristen’s sincerity and passion flow through each and every word that graces the pages of her novels. I was lucky enough to stumble upon her first series by complete accident. Powerful stories of love, friendship, personal struggles, and family have moved Kristen to the top of my must read authors list. When discussion of a new series came to light I made sure I had open real estate on my Kindle because lets face it…its Kristen Mother F’n Proby.
The Love Under the Big Sky Series brings us the family/friends dynamic you’ve come to love from Kristen. Not only has she given us an awe-inspiring love story but we are also treated to a cast of secondary characters that prove, within a mere 352 pages, they are worthy of more. Loving Cara may have you asking “Montgomery Who?” *ducks and runs for cover* Ok maybe you won’t forget our loving friends northwest of us because there are far too many hot men running around that state BUT will you definitely leave a little of your heart under the Montana sky.
Josh King! King is very fitting for this man. His undying devotion to family wins him a gold star, heck he gets the whole pack. Once is nephew makes an unexpected journey back to the Montana ranch, the King family steps up. Seth, as would any child, is troubled and fighting to find himself after being pushed aside by his own mother. Josh begins working with Seth and also supplies a little extra assistance with one Cara Donovan. 
Cara is thrown back into Josh’s life and while Cara means business, Josh is looking at the once shy girl in a new light…a bright shining 100 watt bulb. Always the shy girl Cara is unsure of the new attention. Will Josh breakdown Cara’s walls? Only way to find out is to pick up this Proby treasure. Loving Cara is well worth the buy. Not only will you get Josh and Cara but for one low, low price you will get the whole Montana gang…Seth, Ty, Zack, Lauren, and Jillian included! Sounds like a late night infomercial. Right?! Don’t lie you watch them and maybe even have a set of knifes tucked in a drawer! So give into the guilty pleasure know as Kristen Proby. Loving Cara = blissful joy!
  1. First congratulations on your new series!  I know all the “Proby Peeps” are excited for Loving Cara and the whole Love Under the Big Sky crew.  You have gifted us with yet another gem.  Where did the idea for this series come from?              
Thank you so much! I’m excited about this new series too. I came up with the idea for a series based in Montana about fifteen years ago. I grew up in a small town in Montana very similar to the one I’ve created in Cunningham Falls. It felt natural to write about that setting and the colorful people who live there, although none of my characters are based on anyone real.
  1. How hard was it to make the transition form the big city to life under the Montana sky?    
It wasn’t hard at all, actually, and I think that’s because of the many years I spent in Montana. It’s home for me.
  1. You are never lacking for HOT men and Josh King is one very HOT man.  Where do you pull these guys from?  Do you have a HOT guy pocket in your brain?  A secret room of your home filled to the rim with HOT men?  By the way…I will be over in 5!   
Ha! I wish I had a Hot Guy Room! That sounds better than the red room of pain. 😉 I guess I just have an over-active imagination that has no trouble thinking about gorgeous men.
  1. Loving Cara has the strong family dynamic that we have all come to love from your With Me Series.  Do you draw from your own family experiences?     
Some, yes. I had a large, boisterous extended family growing up. My parents instilled the importance of family in me when I was very young.
  1. Thank you for writing strong female characters.  Sometimes with all the alpha males running around the women get lost.  You write women who have a voice, are funny, and relatable.  Women you want as best friends.  Are these women in your life?
Absolutely. I am surrounded by strong, funny, loving women. This describes the women in my family, and those that are my friends. It’s rarely boring around here!
  1. After reading Loving Cara I am over the moon about the men in this series!  The next two books are going to be epic!  Ty and Zack just make me happy!  Can you let us in on what to expect form the next two books? 
I love the men in this series too. Thank you! Ty is a tattooed guy who wears a business suit every day. He’s protective and sweet, and I can’t wait for you to read his story! Zack is beautifully damaged. He has his share of baggage, but along with that, he has a great sense of humor and love of family. They are both going to give their girls a run for their money!
  1. Do you think the Seattle family would ever take a trip to the Montana ranch for a family vacation?  Maybe a small novella??  Maybe!  Just Maybe!  Plus just think of the funny American Girl store trip!  You know the girls need cowgirl outfits before the head on over to the Big Sky!  Priceless! *hint hint
LOL! That would be funny, but there are no plans to merge the two series at this time.
  1. Lastly, THANK YOU!  Your words and have touched so many.  I read over and over that the books are bringing people together. Creating friendships across state lines and even across countries.  Loving Cara and the Big Sky Series will just be another in a long line of Proby excellence!  Any last words about Loving Cara or the new series you would like to share?
I’m so grateful to all of my readers, whether they’ve been with me since the first book, or they’re brand new, just discovering me. THANK YOU, for reading and talking about the stories. I hope you enjoy the Love Under the Big Sky series. They are stories that are close to my heart, and I can’t wait for you all to make new friends and fall in love with them. And thank you, Pam and Cris, for hosting me! I love you girls! xo
Kristen is the author of the Amazon and USA Today bestselling With Me In Seattle series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong characters who love humor and have a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves.
Kristen spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.

Author Spotlight: Melissa Perea of Seeds of Hate (Cardboard Hearts Series)

We were oh so lucky to have a “sit down”
with Melissa Perea

1. Can you tell us about your writing style?

My writing style developed out of honest critiquing. I didn’t really think I had what it took to write a full-length fiction novel considering the only writing I had done prior was blogging about my personal life. Both are two very different things. But I can honestly say that Red Lory by Dave Newell and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl both had a lasting impact on how I viewed storytelling and the potential within that story to tell it differently than someone else. I would consider my style artistic and non-conventional. I don’t tell stories in a linear manner. I try to write how the character would speak or process things mentally. I don’t write to just tell you a story, but I want you to visually feel it in the words and emotionally absorb it with how it flows.

2. Seeds of Hate was a beautifully written story. Your writing style is original, well-crafted, and thoughtful. Where did this idea start? 

The idea for the book came from a childhood friend whose own story inspired the creation of Selah. I watched him grow up away from his parents because of their choice to be missionaries. From there everything else sort of progressed naturally. I don’t think my intentions in the beginning were to write such a heavy story, but my heart apparently had other plans. 

3. Seeds of Hate was a painful journey for all the main characters. Issues with family and friends made each of their stories real. This was far from a cookie cutter story. Was this your intent from the start? 

Haha, see above 😀 I’m definitely not a fairytale writer, although I love HEA’s when I read. I guess I felt there were plenty of authors out there writing about that so I decided to take a different path. I’m not someone who breaks rules, or really gets out there and tries new things to an extreme, but I’m most certainly not a crowd follower. 

4. Of the main characters who hold special meaning to you and why? 

(I know this maybe a hard one like picking a favorite kid). 

Gio. Without a doubt in my mind. He gave me this whole little side story to fall in love with and allowed me to really push and stretch Javier’s limits as a teenage boy. The fact that he doesn’t speak either was such a wonderful experience to write. I mean here we have this nine-year-old boy that doesn’t use words. I had to make you fall in love with a character that never spoke. This was a challenge I thoroughly enjoyed. And I do have a favorite kid. It just changes daily 😉

5. Do you find a little of yourself in any of the characters?

Yes. I’m a lot of Selah. I don’t think that was my intention, but since I was in her head the most it sort of made it easier to a degree. Although I loved high school I drew on the handful of bad experiences that I did have in order to figure out how she would really feel. Her quirkiness and fun-loving spirit is pretty much all me though. A lot of other aspects though are nothing like me. I tried to find a balance so I wasn’t actually writing myself as a whole into the book. 

6. To me, this story could be pulled directly from the pages to the screen. Even the cover has a movie feel (which is gorgeous by the way). Did you pull any inspiration from teen movies of the past? 

Not necessarily teen movies of the past, but Indie films for sure. The cover was inspired by that feel you get when you look at a Sundance Film Festival movie poster (their names being featured on the cover was specifically for that reason). Brick was a large part of my inspiration. It helped me flesh out the thematic/repetitious elements that are portrayed throughout the book i.e. telephones wires, shoelaces, the brick wall and the coffee and sticky buns. It also helped me to develop the idea of the childlike settings in a world that is totally lacking the joy and simplicity of childhood. The swing sets, the merry-go-round, a teenagers bedroom, etc. 

7. If Seeds of Hate were to grace the screen who would be your dream cast? 

Oh man. This is hard since I don’t think A-list actors would be able to pull it off. I’d want an indie cast so I’d probably want to go with young, up and coming actors who hadn’t been featured in anything big yet. But if you’re curious as to what “looks” I’d be going for then I’d choose Kate Mara for Selah. Jay Hernandez for Javier. Jesse Eisenberg for Izzy. A nine-year-old Adrian Grenier for Gio (he’s got the perfect eyes for someone who never speaks). I don’t really have an opinion on Nathan. I assume something in the realm of a Paul Walker-ish type would fit the bill. 

8. So you have started book two of the Cardboard Hearts Series can you give us a little info on where you see the story going? What we can expect?

Yes, I’ve been working on it slowly, but surely. It will start ten years after the end of book two so Selah and Javier will be nearing 30. The book will be told predominately from her pov in the beginning and every so often flash back to what happened to her during those ten years that have passed by. Around 70% into the book we will switch pov’s and be back in Javier’s mind. From his point on it will go into the future about another 20 years. All I can say is a lot happens and it’s realistic. I’m not saying it doesn’t have a happily ever after, because in my opinion it has an epic happily ever after, but it sure as hell isn’t predictable. 

9. How many books are you planning for? 

Just the two in the Cardboard Hearts Series. After this I have two other books that I’m trying to choose between (both stand alones). One is going back to the YA world and the other is more of an adult contemporary piece, but preferably more literary than romance. 

10. Ok one more for fun…Besides being a kick ass author and amazing mother what do you do for fun?

Haha thanks! Let’s see even though I can’t do a lot of it right now with the little ones running about or drooling in Roma’s case, I love to travel. My husband and I would love to move out of the US and live abroad for a few years. But while we are still stateside I’d say I enjoy eating for fun. I like trying out new restaurants and testing out new foods at home. I’d cook everything from scratch if I had an endless budget and the dishes would magically do themselves!


Melissa is completely and utterly ordinary. She was born, raised and currently resides in sunny California. If she told you her life story nothing would really stand out. So she’s gonna keep it simple…
“I get very cranky when I am tired. If getting fat wasn’t a side effect, I would eat freshly baked cookies and milk every day for breakfast. Currently–I have one kid, one husband and one dog. I’m in the process of adding more to the kids and possibly the dogs, but definitely keeping the husband to one. I am obsessed with literature. If for some random reason you stumbled upon my high school yearbook you would find a picture of me under “Class Clown”. I have a college degree, but instead of earning dollar bills with my educated mind, I spend my days playing with my offspring. My life is super fun.
“Oh and I’m currently writing my first of hopefully many books to come. I plan on self-publishing because that’s what all the cool kids are doing; that and I hate having a boss.”

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Marie Force featuring her novels Treading Water, Maid for Love and Fatal Affair

Marie Force is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling, award-winning author of more than 25 contemporary romances, including The McCarthys of Gansett Island Series, the Fatal Series, the Treading Water Series and numerous stand-alone books. Her new series, Green Mountain Series, is coming in in 2014. While her husband was in the Navy, Marie lived in Spain, Maryland and Florida, and she is now settled in her home state of Rhode Island. She is the mother of two teenagers and two feisty dogs, Brandy and Louie. Subscribe to updates from Marie about new books and other news at Follow her on Twitter @marieforce. And on Facebook at Join one of her many reader groups! View the list at Contact Marie at

1. Can you describe your write style in one sentence?

Straightforward, sexy contemporary romance with hot men, strong women and fun settings.

2. What are your top 5 books

Since I read a MILLION books, it’s hard to narrow it down to five, so I’ll tell you a few authors I’ve enjoyed lately: Sarah Mayberry, Sylvia Day, Jamie McGuire and my all-time favorite, go-to comfort read author is Lisa Kleypas.

3. If you were not writing what would you be doing?

Reading! LOL!

4. If you had to give up all but one of the following what would you keep. Facebook, Twitter, your phone or your laptop?

Laptop so I can still write.

5. Lastly, if you had to recommend one author other than yourself who would it be and why?

Lisa Kleypas. I love just about everything she has ever written, with the exception of the newer books that have a paranormal element, which I don’t read.

Book 1 in the Treading Water Series 
Love is the last thing on Jack Harrington’s mind when he sets out to meet Andi Walsh’s flight. Recently back to work after spending more than a year tending to his comatose wife, Jack is focused on getting through each day and caring for his three daughters. However, the moment he sets eyes on Andrea Walsh, the interior designer who has come to decorate the hotel his company is building in Newport, Rhode Island, Jack begins to wonder if Andi might be his second chance. After a disastrous marriage, Andi, single mom to a hearing-impaired son, isn’t exactly looking for love, either, but that’s what she finds with Jack. The two embark on a long-distance relationship fraught with challenges as they balance the needs of their children and dueling careers while Jack continues to care for his wife, Clare. Just when Jack thinks his life is once again settled, he is confronted with a new challenge that tests him in ways he never could’ve imagined, leaving him to wonder if “happily ever after” is in the cards for him.
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Book 1 in the McCarthys of Gansett Island Series

Maddie Chester is determined to leave her hometown of Gansett Island, a place that has brought her only bad memories and ugly rumors. Then she’s knocked off her bike on the way to her housekeeping job at McCarthy’s Resort Hotel by Gansett’s “favorite son,” Mac McCarthy. He’s back in town to help his father with preparations to sell the family resort and has no intention of staying long. When Mac accidentally sends Maddie flying over the handlebars, badly injuring her, he moves in to nurse her back to health and help care for her young son. He soon realizes his plans for a hit-and-run visit to the island are in serious jeopardy, and he just may be “maid” for love.
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Book 1 in the Fatal Series

Washington, D.C., Metro Police Detective Sergeant Sam Holland 

needs a big win to salvage her career—and her confidence—after a disastrous investigation. The perfect opportunity arises when Senator John O’Connor is found brutally murdered in his bed, and Sam is assigned to the case. Matters get complicated when Sam has to team up with Nick Cappuano, O’Connor’s friend and chief of staff…and the man Sam had a memorable one-night stand with years earlier. Their sexual chemistry still sizzles, and Sam has to fight to stay focused on the case. Sleeping with a material witness is another mistake she can’t afford——especially when the bodies keep piling up.

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Liliana Hart Featuring her latest novel Kill Shot (released May 14th, 2013)

Liliana Hart is a bestselling and award-winning author in both the mystery and romance genres. After starting her first novel her freshman year of college, she immediately became addicted to writing and knew she’d found what she was meant to do with her life. She has no idea why she majored in music.

Liliana is an avid reader and a believer in all things romance. Her books are filled with witty dialogue, steamy sex, and the all-important happily-ever-afters her romantic soul craves. Since self-publishing in June of 2011, she’s sold more than half a million ebooks all over the world. She lives in Texas with her husband and four children, and they occasionally let her meet her deadlines.


1. Can you describe your writing style in one sentence?

Fast-paced with lots of chemistry.

2. What are your top 5 books?

1.) OUTLANDER-Diana Gabaldon

2.) LIGHTNING-Dean Koontz

3.) ICE STORM-Anne Stuart

4.) PEARL ISLAND-Elizabeth Lowell

5.) RHAPSODY-Elizabeth Haydon

3. If you were not writing what would you be doing?

I can’t imagine not writing, so I really have no idea what I’d be doing instead. Probably teaching music like I was before I started writing and reading every book I could get my hands on.

4. If you had to give up all but one of the following what would you keep. Facebook, Twitter, your phone or your laptop?

My laptop. Definitely. As long as I can write I’m in good shape. Though living without the phone would be pretty hard.

5. Lastly, if you had to recommend one author other than yourself whowould it be and why?

Diana Gabaldon for sure. I can’t think of anyone else who can tell a story like she does. I recommend her to everyone and sometimes give out copies of her books just because they’re so great. 

Grace Meredith is the CIA’s most deadly assassin. Too bad she’s gone off the grid and become a mercenary for hire. After the death of her daughter by a sniper’s bullet, Grace can no longer stomach the demands of agency life or keep herself from blaming the only man she’s ever loved. Her mind and body are fragile, and she knows she’s just a step away from breaking down completely.

Gabe Brennan holds the weight of the world on his shoulders. As one of the most brilliant black ops agents the CIA has ever employed, he knows it’s no one’s fault but his own that his child was gunned down in cold blood. He might not have been able to save his daughter, but he’s determined to save his wife. He only has to find her first.

Sexual tension crackles between Gabe and Grace from the moment they’re reunited, but between the man who is hunting them, a secret that’s been buried for eighty years, and a turbulent past—the odds are stacked against them.

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Christine Brae featuring her debut novel The Light in the Wound

1.Can you describe your write style in one sentence?
Brief, casual and to the point.

2. What are your top 5 books
The Opportunist, One Day, Gabriel’s Inferno, Gabriel’s Rapture, How to Kill a Rockstar, Binding Arbitration

3. If you were not writing what would you be doing?
Getting my butt off my chair and working out more

4. If you had to give up all but one of the following what would you keep. Facebook, Twitter, your phone or your laptop? My phone

5. Lastly, if you had to recommend one author other than yourself who would it be and why? Tarryn Fisher, she’s incredibly smart, intensely dark and refreshingly genuine.

Affected by her parents’ highly publicized broken marriage, Isabel grows up isolated and alone with a resolve never to fall in love and repeat their mistakes. When Jesse Cain enters her life, she falls hopelessly in love with him and every sadness she’s ever felt is washed away by his intensity and passion. But people change as they grow up and things can never stay the same forever. Can Jesse and Isabel fight for what they have enough to stay together? Who says you can’t hold on to your first love? Will a second love ever be enough to make you forget?

(special thanks to Lindsay Sparkes for the banners & teaser designs)

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Author Spotlight: K. Bromberg featuring her newest novel Driven (Author Fast Five, Excerpt and Giveaways)

Predictable, structured, and disciplined. That’s Rylee Thomas to a tee. A woman willing to do anything to help “her boys,” the abused and traumatized young orphans that her nonprofit cares for. That’s the only reason she accepts the impromptu bet from an intriguing stranger after finding herself in an unexpected predicament during her company’s fundraiser.
The stranger wagers that she’ll agree to a date with him by the night’s end or he’ll donate a hefty sum toward her nonprofit’s new project. Sexual chemistry be damned, Rylee swears that resisting him won’t be a problem. In fact, winning for her is about more than just the money; She welcomes the chance to knock his rampant ego down a notch. And all of this happens before she knows that this irresistible yet exasperating stranger is Colton Donavan.
Yes, that Colton Donavan.
A woman who never goes back on her word, what’s Rylee to do when Colton pulls a fast one and wins the bet? She thought she’d do anything for ‘her boys,” but a date with the philandering racecar driver? That’s a line she’s not willing to cross.
Even though sparks fly, Rylee quickly smothers them. Colton is arrogant, impudent, achingly handsome, and famous for his no-strings-attached attitude toward the women that regularly throw themselves at him. He’s too big of a risk for Rylee, whose heart is still healing from a great loss.
Rylee’s defiance both intrigues and challenges Colton. She can’t possibly be immune to his charms. He hasn’t met a woman yet who is. Her continuous rejections drive him crazy until he finds Rylee’s weakness: he will donate the rest of the funding for her nonprofit’s new facilities, but only if she works with him on it. She must escort him to every event, every meeting, everything involving the project. Anything to force Rylee’s hand. Because more than anything, Colton wants Rylee in his bed, and he’s a man who always gets what he wants.
Rylee discovers that there’s so much more to Colton than the public, bad-boy persona he projects. Colton discovers that Rylee is getting under his skin—and closer to discovering the secrets that haunt his memories—something he ever expected. But when Colton finally gets what he wants, it just might be too much for the both of them.

He sits up and kisses me forcefully, his tongue plunging between my parted lips, his hands pressing my body to him possessively. I grow dizzy wanting more of everything from him.

“I. Want. You. So. Much. Rylee.” He pants between kisses down my neck. I bring my hands to his face, fingers touching coarse whiskers, and draw his head up to meet my eyes. “You’re addictive.”

“I know,” I whisper, telling him with my eyes I understand the depth of that desire. That I feel it too. The muscle in his jaw tenses momentarily before he crushes his mouth to mine, the connection between us a necessity like air.

“Ride me,” he pants. Such a simple command really but it’s the way he says it—as if the sun won’t rise in the morning if I don’t—that has me pulling back. I stare into his eyes, so hypnotizing, so intense, and so full of desire I wouldn’t deny him even if I could.

So I begin to move, surrendering myself to him. Again.

1. Can you describe your write style in one sentence?
My writing style is outlined, organized, and heavily edited with a whole lot of spontaneity thrown in.

2. What are your top 5 books
In no particular order – at this moment because they always change…

1. This Man/Beneath This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas
2. The Mighty Storm by Samantha Towle
3. Easy by Tamara Webber
4. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
5. Thoughtless/Effortless/Reckless by S.C. Stephens

Can I keep going? There are way too many that I can’t add if I only get 5 like anything from Sydney Sheldon (odd considering the choices above), Nora Roberts, Olivia Cunning, Jaci Burton….see, the list goes on and on… 

3. If you were not writing what would you be doing?
Potty training my two year old. J No seriously I’d be doing my day job as a bookkeeper. 

4. If you had to give up all but one of the following what would you keep. Facebook, Twitter, your phone or your laptop?
I’d keep my laptop…hands down.

5. Lastly, if you had to recommend one author other than yourself who would it be and why?
That’s a hard one seeing as there are so many great authors out there right now with different styles. She doesn’t write my genre but I’d say Colleen Hoover. Her stories tug at something inside of you and make you think about them days afterwards. I finished Hopeless a couple of weeks ago but I still think about it. I also like her story about how she started and now she’s been picked up by a major publisher…

K. Bromberg was born and raised in Southern California. She graduated from University of California at San Diego with two bachelors—economics and political science—but always loved to write.

K. Bromberg remains in Southern California with her husband and their three young children. When not writing or working her day job, she can be found playing ninjas or power rangers with her son, fixing the hair of her oldest daughter’s American girl doll, trying to potty train her youngest daughter, or listening to any or all of them fight/whine at once. When she needs a break from the daily chaos, you can almost always find her with Kindle in hand, devouring the pages of a good book or mentally outlining her next set of characters.

Driven is K. Bromberg’s first published novel and the first book in “The Driven Trilogy.” 

Blog Tour: Give Me Love by Kate McCarthy Author Interview, Review and Giveaways

Evie Jamieson, a former wild child, is not only a headstrong, smart-mouthed trouble magnet; she is also a lead singer with a plan. That plan involves relocating her band; including her two best friend’s guitarist Henry and band manager Mac, to Sydney to kick off their dreams of hitting the big time.

Jared Valentine is the older brother of Evie’s best friend Mac and also the man determined to make Evie his. They strike up a long distance friendship which suits Evie because she’s determined to avoid the distraction of love, not only because it doesn’t fit in with her plan but because twice in the past it has left her for dead. Moving to Sydney however, has put her directly in Jared’s path and he has decided it’s the perfect opportunity to make his play.

Unfortunately Jared, co-owner in a business that ‘consults’ in dangerous hostage and kidnapping situations, makes an enemy who’s determined to enact revenge. When this enemy puts Evie in his sights, Jared not only has a fight on his hands to make her his own, but also to keep her alive.

Is accepting the love he’s so desperate to give worth the risk to both her heart…and her life?

1. Can you tell us something we don’t know about Kate?

I hate country music. Seriously. Put it on and I’ll punch you. Or lose the will to live.

2. When did you first realize that you wanted to become a writer?

23 November 1997.  Nah, lol. I don’t know. It’s something that has always been in the back of my mind.

3. Why do you feel you had to tell this story? Is there something in this book that is based on real life experience?

It was stuck in my head and if I didn’t get it out I swear I would’ve got a stomach ulcer.

God – I HOPE not! Okay, well maybe the friendships. I don’t know about other countries but in Australia we thrive on giving shit to our friends. It’s like our national motto or something. You don’t love your friends if you’re nice to them.

4. We have a lot of characters in the book. What was your inspiration in creating each one of them? Will the rest of the gang be getting their own book, too?

I think each character adds something to the story in their own personal way. Its shows that as people we all have friends who give us something different in our lives that we need. That was a little deep so I’ll just point out here that it’s only 9am so no I haven’t started drinking yet.


The next book is Give Me Strength – Travis Valentine and Quinn Salisbury.

5. Do you write to music? Any songs that inspired the story of Jared and Evie?

Mostly the soundtrack of my book is my kids screaming at me. They are loud. Earphones are my friend.

Bleeding out by Imagine Dragons is the first song.

This Is What Makes Us Girls by Lana del Rey

Give Me Love by Ed Sheeran didn’t inspire the name of the book but I think it’s a really good perspective for Jared’s character.

6. Among all the books that you have read, which of these have significantly contributed to your writing style?

My book came out the complete opposite of how I expected it to so I have no idea. I just sat down and all that came out. The characters really took on a life of their own.

7. Name 3 authors you would love to collaborate with.

BJ Harvey, Tara Sivec, JD Nixon

8. Excluding your own, name 3 books you would recommend to your friends.

Little Town series by JD Nixon.

The Redhead series by Alice Clayton

BDB by JR Ward

Sorry, they are all series books. I love a good series.

9. If you could date any fictional character, who would it be and why?

Thor because he’s got a big hammer.

Let’s do our fast talk:

1. Coffee or tea? tea

2. Lights on / lights off? OFF – so off.

3. Boxers or briefs? (For your guy) boxer briefs

4. Favorite male body part? Back. I give good massage 😉 get your mind out of the gutter. Oh wait, that’s me.

5. Do you believe in love at first sight? No.

6. 3 things you never leave home without? (apart from keys, phone and money) shoes (I keep my toes wrapped – unless I’m wearing thongs, and by thongs I mean flip flops 😉 ), what else, umm, lip balm, clothes are always a good thing. Australia isn’t that liberal.

7. Sleep in or get up early? I have kids.

8. Ever slapped a guy? No. Sounds like fun though. Must try it some time.

9. 3 celebrity crushes? Chris Hemsworth, Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki (easiest question ever – thanks!)

10. Sex on the first date? Absolutely maybe sometimes depends – I mean, if it’s Chris Hemsworth I wouldn’t even wait for the date, just get down to the business thanks.

Any advice to give to aspiring writers? Yes, stay true to your writing style.

Any message to your followers? Thanks for reading my book. Buy the next one. Or else…

For a debut novel, I think Kate did an amazing job with this book. A great love story that has such interesting characters with powerful conflicts…conflict that keeps me turning pages, wondering what’s gonna happen next.
Lead singer of the aspiring band Jamieson, Evie is a woman with dark past and was too scared to invest her feelings because of that. Until she felt the connection with Jared and it was an intense attraction she knows she couldn’t resist that no matter how hard she tried to guard her feelings, she was blind-sided by his charms and agreed to a long distance relationship with him. But he wanted more…
Jared is the older brother of Evie’s best friend, Mac. A sexy as hell, swoon worthy, bad-ass guy who fell in love with Evie in an instant and will do everything to get her. Ohhhhh I love alpha male!!!  But he had some trust issues too.
“You think I don’t trust you? It’s everyone else I don’t trust. You gotta learn to put yourself in situations where people take advantage of you.”
But despite their individual issues and their push and pull relationship, together they create a great chemistry and a good rapport that resulted to some hot and sizzling bed scenes that will definitely put you over the edge. 
Kate was able to create a story that is realistic; characters that I can easily identify and empathize with; and scenes that kept me emotionally involved. 

“One day you’ll belong to me, Evie, and I’ll know everything about you.”

The story and the characters that are intertwined are just fantastic. I also loved how she was able to create such fun and interesting support characters who made significant contributions to the story. Its a fun book to read, (I am lauging my a** off for most of the parts) with just enough drama and angst to hold my interest to the very last page. The middle part of the book came a bit slow for me and felt there were some scenes which can be skipped. But as you move towards the end of the book, it turned out to something else… Kate redeemed herself with captivating scenes, hold-your-breath moments, a turbulent ride you will never forget.
If you are looking for a book with a great mix, then this is something you shouldn’t miss. Humor, drama, suspense, action and HOT HOT SCENES and not to mention, their cute, sexy Aussie accents you can almost hear while reading. Great job Kate! Now I can’t wait to read Travis and Quinn’s story.
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Kate McCarthy grew up in a small town outside of Port Macquarie, Australia. Raised in a house just a short walk to the beach, Kate enjoyed the peaceful, relaxed atmosphere and friendships that come from being raised in a friendly, small town area. She now resides in Brisbane, Australia, a city in the state of Queensland where she works as an accountant, along with a sideline wedding cake business and her writing. She is married with two children, has two dogs and house in the suburbs, and a pile of friends and family dotted all over the country that help keep her sane. When she’s not busy running after naughty kids, filthy dogs, crunching numbers, piping buttercream and writing books, you can find her curled up in bed in the early hours of the morning reading new books and re-reading old favourites. Her favourite authors include (and are not limited to) J.R. Ward, Nalini Singh and JD Nixon. Her favourite books are the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward in which she longs to eventually join the brotherhood and change her name to Phierce Mutha. 

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: DW Cee featuring Indelible Love Series

I started writing back in Dec of 2009 after I saw an interview with Stephenie Meyers. She told Oprah that she always had stories in her head and that struck a chord with me. Whenever I drive, I have all kinds of stories circulating in my mind. Generally, I am the star of this story and many wacky things happen. Of course, I make the story quite complimentary and beneficial to me. I guess you could say Meyers channeled my head case into a novel.

I am first a wife and a mother, as well as a restauranteur and a caterer. Writing is my last profession and a late-found one. I have a B.A. and an M.Ed from UCLA (yes, just like Emily) and taught 1st grade for four years till I had my first child, a son. Two years later, I had my daughter and the two kids ran my life till they both started school. My husband and I opened a restaurant in Pasadena when we first got married and have been in the food service industry for almost 17 years.

I think I’ve always been a foodie at heart and though it sounds strange, loving food did not have anything to do with opening up a restaurant. That was all my husband’s idea. I didn’t even know I could cook till I got married. And then I discovered, I love cooking! I love everything related to food. Eating, first, cooking second, cleaning a definite last. I could do without the cleaning from the prep work and the mound of dishes created after a meal. But, that’s a whole other blog in and of itself. Whenever we plan a family trip, and especially when my husband and I go on a couple’s trip, it’s based around what we want to eat, or which restaurants we want to visit. Hubby and I did a trip to Austin one summer just to eat BBQ. The trip to Rome was for pasta, Tokyo was for ramen and sushi, and in Paris, we gorged on treats from all the beautiful patisseries. The two best meals of my life were at Taillevent and Joel Robuchon in Paris (I am amending this last sentence as I think the best meal of my life was the one I recently had at Masa in NYC). All of these places and restaurants sound familiar? NYC is our favorite city (and yes, Emily’s favorite city as well) for dining. But… I digress.

Even with the crazy schedule, I hope to keep writing. Entwined, my third novel, is out on Amazon and Smashwords, and will be up on iBooks etc. soon. I am currently working on another story titled, Unlikely Attraction (though, don’t hold me to this title), as well as Max and Jane’s story.

Of all the bios I’ve written, my twitter bio is my favorite. DW Cee – Wife, Mother, Restauranteur, Writer, Blogger, Cook, Driver, Maid, Homework Enforcer – all jobs that offer little or no pay. Yep, that about sums up my bio!

1. Can you describe your write style in one sentence?

          I write love stories that speak to the heart and move the soul.

2. What are your top 5 books

        This one is super hard for someone who reads as much as I do.
        Pride and Prejudice, Romeo and Juliet, Anne of Green Gables, Twilight, Fifty Shades Darker

3. If you were not writing what would you be doing?

       If I were not writing, I’d be driving my kids to all their activities, trying to garner more catering 

      business for my day job, cooking, and lastly…READING!

4. If you had to give up all but one of the following what would you keep. Facebook, Twitter, your phone or your laptop?

      I’d keep my phone as I can FB, Twitter, and write, all on the iPhone.

5. Lastly, if you had to recommend one author other than yourself who
would it be and why?

     As much as I enjoy indie authors, I’m partial towards classics and historical writers. I think Jane

     Austen and William Shakespeare were brilliant writers, but I’d probably recommend Lisa Kleypas
     or Julie Garwood. I love authors who can transcend centuries in their writings. It takes a lot of
     work to write about a time period you don’t live in, and to make those times come alive.

Emily Logan – An adult orphan, foodie, and a believer in happily ever after – gets dumped by Max, her college boyfriend of four years, the night of their graduation, the night he was supposed to propose. Her world shattered, she picks up the pieces when she finds love again with Jake.
Dr. Jake Reid – Successful doctor, loving boyfriend, the one who wants to fulfill Emily’s happily ever after – falls in love with Emily at first sight and pushes their relationship fast and furious. 
Max Davis – Reserved, indecisive, Emily’s first love – believes he let go of his first love for her sake, for all the right reasons. Eighteen months after the break-up, he’s ready to win Emily’s heart again.
Insecure from her broken relationship, Emily can’t fully trust Jake’s passion and love for her and struggles between Jake, the man who wants to create a future with her, and Max, the man who wants to relive the past. When both men propose, Emily’s indecision causes her to lose her true love. Laugh, cry and cheer for Emily as her relationships unfold through culinary delights that begin in Napa Valley and weaves through eateries in San Francisco, Kyoto, Tokyo, Los Angeles, and Paris. Who she chooses for her happily ever after may surprise you in the end.
After 30 years of playing the field, Dr. Jake Reid meets the perfect woman in the cereal aisle of a grocery store at midnight. Emily Logan is stunning, thought provoking and utterly frustrating with her reserved demeanor and guarded heart. Regardless, Jake believes Emily is it even before their first date and works overtime to win her heart.
An arsenal of fancy restaurants like French Laundry, Le Bernardin, and Urasawa for his foodie girlfriend, along with trips to San Francisco and Hawaii aren’t enough to withstand a misunderstanding between Emily, Jake and Max – Emily’s ex-boyfriend. Emily quietly packs her bags for Japan, leaving no trace behind but a frantic Jake left to search for the woman he wants to make his wife.
Jake’s Story tells the Indelible Love story from his perspective, from the night they meet to the day they live their happily ever after. Questions from Emily’s Story unfold in rich and yummy details. What was Jake thinking leaving Emily stranded at the Grand Canyon? Why did he go so long without talking to the love of his life? What led him to believe that Emily chose Max over Jake? Read about the first three dates that never really happened and how Emily ended up in New York both times without Jake. 
With more than a hundred pages of Emily and Jake’s relationship never mentioned in Emily’s Story, a complimentary and eventually a complete story is told. And in the end, the prince finds his princess and they live happily ever after, with an additional surprise… or two.

The Reid family is back and this time it’s Jane’s turn to find her happily ever after. We first met Jane in the Indelible Love series where she and Max Davis appeared to be on their way to finding love. As we all know, love is no easy four letter word, but with the help of Jake and Emily, along with the rest of the Reid clan, life becomes a bit more fun. Here is Jane herself, taking center stage, describing her very personal story.
Hi! I’m Jane Reid, age 27, and this is my story. I’ve chosen to give you details of my life in a blog format – which means, no daily minutiae, just the good stuff. I’m currently dating Max Davis, same age as me, med-student, all around good guy, and my sister-in-law’s ex-boyfriend. Sound complicated? You ain’t read nothin’ yet. If you think that’s complicated, let me tell you about a few other “complications” in my life. I’m slightly (okay…more than slightly) attracted to Donovan Taylor, my childhood crush. Did I mention Donovan looks like Henry Cavill? My boyfriend has a med-student stalker in his life and a high school ex who was a lot more than just a high school ex! Max and I are always at odds with one another for who knows what reason, and there are more days of angst than bliss. Luckily, we have plenty of supportive family members and friends who help us along the way. Who will I end up with? What twists and turns are waiting for me on the next page? You will have to tune in and read all about it. Feel free to let me know what you think about my life and how you think I can fix it / improve upon it. Ttyl!
What happens when you meet a man and you both instantly know that you want to spend the rest of your lives together? What happens when this same man and your unborn child leave this earth, mid-marriage, mid-love?

Olivia Kingston lived the perfect life with Paul Kingston and their daughter, Danielle. Meeting on the side of a road on a Friday and married by the following Saturday, they adored, cherished and loved till that same side of the road took away her husband and their unborn child. Just as abruptly as half her family was taken away from her, a stranger, who brings light to her darkness, unexpectedly brightens her world. With much laughter and friendship, he, too, promises to spend the rest of his life with her. Amidst all their conflicts, Olivia soon realizes that all fairy tales must come to an end and promises will often be broken.
Wander through life with Olivia and Danielle as their many relationships become entwined into a beautifully complicated story of finding love, finding heartache, but most importantly, finding the inexplicable joys in husband/wife, mother/child, and friend/lover, relationships.


AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: Theresa Rizzo featuring her novel He Belongs To Me

Theresa Rizzo is an award-winning author who writes emotional stories that explore the complexity of relationships and families through real-life trials. 

Born and raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, she now lives outside of Boulder, Colorado with her husband of thirty years. She’s raised four wonderful children who are now scattered across the country.

Author Fast Five 

1. Can you describe your write style in one sentence?

I write emotional stories that explore the complexity of relationships and families through real-life trials.

2. What are your top 5 books?

Harry Potter by JK Rowling, is simply brilliant.
Hunger Game by Suzanne Collins is wonderful writing and so clever.
The Winner by David Baldacci, is suspenseful and he’s crafted an amazing villain
Nobody combines quirky characters and suspense better than Harlan Coben
Jodi Picoult is the master of crafting books that really put me in her character’s shoes and make me think about issues. As for romance books—I simply can’t choose. There are too many amazing ones.

3. If you were not writing what would you be doing?

I’d be renovating/ building houses. I LOVE houses with character.

4. If you had to give up all but one of the following what would you keep. Facebook, Twitter, your phone or your laptop?

Give up for how long? I’m still figuring out twitter—so that would be no big loss. I would go through FB withdrawal . . . but that’s okay since it’s email that is my big addiction. My phone? Landline or cell? I’m assuming you mean both. I can go without a phone, but my laptop? Nope. I use my laptop for email, internet, Skyping and writing. It’s almost an appendage. Nope gotta have my laptop. A smaller one would be nice, though <G>.

5. Lastly, if you had to recommend one author other than yourself  who would it be and why?

I think it’d have to be Lisa Kleypas. I love her contemporary series with the Texas Travis family. The characters really appealed to me, her writing is great and the stories were compelling and entertaining. I hated it when the series ended—which makes me wonder if I would have tired of it if she’d continued. Can a series run on too long, do you think?

Twitter: Theresa_Rizzo
LibraryThing:  Theresa_Rizzo

Catherine Boyd will do anything to regain custody of her young son . . . Even reconcile with the husband accused of killing their son’s twin.

Catherine graduates from college, eager to start a new life with her six-year-old son, Drew. But when she tries to bring him home, her parents refuse to relinquish control of the grandson they’d raised.

Wrongly accused of a horrible crime, Thomas Boyd has buried himself in his career, determined to forget his painful past and the family he lost. But now, five years later, Catherine is back, requesting his help to regain custody of their son — custody he thought she had.

Though older and wiser, when courtroom battles reveal lies and secrets and generations of pain, will Thomas and Catherine find more tragedy and loss, or will old wounds finally heal?

Release Date –June 15, 2013
Available for pre-order on Kobo Books

Let’s hear what others have to say about the book…

“Theresa Rizzo offers up a story of a family torn apart by secrets and lies, and a woman’s courageous journey to reclaim the truth. This is a perfect blend of suspense and romance, for readers who can’t resist a page-turner.” —-Susan Wiggs–#1 New York Times Bestselling Author

“This is a story that will command the attention of any parent, and probably everyone else, too. The courtroom battles are especially gripping, filled with twists and turns. Theresa Rizzo knows how to speak to the heart.” —–William Bernhardt-New York Times Bestselling Author