Saturday, June 4, 2016

Blog Tour w/Giveaway: Breaking the Cycle by Megan Lowe

 
On sale for 1/2 price for a limited time!

Author: Megan Lowe
Title: Breaking the Cycle
Series: Rocking Racers, Book 1
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Release Date: May 21, 2016
Designer: Claire Smith
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The Ryans have always had exceptionally bad luck in love. Reed Ryan avoided it by never falling in love, but meeting Bria Adams threatens all the boundaries he's put in place.

With a rival racing team at his door and his family's 'curse' always in the background, Reed knows he must overcome his fears in order to protect the woman who's found a place in his heart.

Will Bria succumb to the misfortune that seems to befall the women in love with the Ryan men? Or will she be the one to finally break the cycle?

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Megan Lowe is a lost journalism graduate who after many painful years searching for a job in that field, decided if she couldn’t write news stories, she would start listening to the characters whispering stories to her and decided to write them down.  She writes primarily New Adult/Contemporary Romance stories with Sport and Music themes. She is based on the Gold Coast but her heart belongs to New York City. When she’s not writing she’s either curled up with a good book, travelling or screaming at the TV willing her sporting teams to pull out the win.
 

Blog Tour w/Giveaway: A Right to Remain by Beth Rinyu

 Title: A Right To Remain
By: Beth Rinyu
Publication Date: May 20, 2015
Genre: Romantic Suspense
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He had a right to remain suffocated by his pain. She had a right to remain silent about hers. For better or for worse. Those were the vows that I had taken with my wife six years ago. We had lived through the better and were barely getting through the worse. I tried to face our loss together, while she chose to have an affair instead. Time apart was what we both needed. What I didn’t expect in that time was her. The beauty she possessed on the outside was a far cry from the scars she was harboring on the inside. She wasn’t looking for love and neither was I. She just needed someone to help her deal with the pain she had been carrying around for the past two years, and I was happy to oblige. I wasn’t supposed to fall in love with her, but suddenly I was seeing a future that I never dreamed of right in front of my eyes….only to find that the past had other things in mind for us. *** I always believed that we only got one true love in life, and mine was gone and never coming back. Through the tear-filled nights and never ending days, I was slowly and tortuously coming to terms with the pain that was my reality. And then he entered my life. Tall, handsome, genuine and caring, he was a friend when I needed one most. Together, we were a temporary fix to our own permanent pain. Just two people helping each other to get through a very dark period in life. But when the light begins to shine ever so slightly with each passing day, and his face is all I can see at the end of that tunnel…..do I run back into the darkness or move into the light with him?
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Ever since I can remember, I have always enjoyed Creative Writing. There was always something about being able to travel to a different place or become a different person with just the stroke of a pen - or in today's world a touch of the keyboard. I am the author of The Exception To The Rule, An Unplanned Lesson, An Unplanned Life, Drowning In Love, A Cry for Hope, A Will To Change, Blind Side of Love, When The Chips Are Down and Easy Silence.
My life is not as interesting as my books or the characters in them, but then again whose life is? I'm a mom of twin teenage boys, a crazy Border Collie and a cat with an identity crisis! I guess you can say writing is my form of relaxation.
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New Release Blitz w/Giveaway: Vision In Trust by Liz Bower

 Title: Vision in Trust
Author: Liz Bower
Genre: Romantic Fantasy 
Release Date: May 31st, 2016
Series: Legends of the North series, Book 2
Cover Designer: Premade Ebook Cover Shop
When Jessica Altenbury can no longer afford to live in London she has no choice but to move back to her family home of Altenchester. It's not just her family that wait there for her though, as she is forced to face her past and the life she ran from.

Trying to put her old life behind her, all Jess wants is to help others, the way she wishes someone had been there to help her when she'd needed it. However her parents, and someone from her past she'd rather forget, have other plans for her.

If that wasn't enough, she begins to suffer from visions of disturbing events she can't explain. Visions that push her to spend time with the last man she wants to, Rob, her brother's best friend.

Robert Morgan knows what it's like to lose faith in those you should be able to trust. As he and Jess get to know each other his protective instincts kick in, but will Jess let him behind the walls she has built around her heart?

He believes her visions are the key to the mysterious attacks that almost killed her brother, but can Rob convince Jess of that, as well as protect her from events neither of them understand?

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Taking a deep breath, he pushed open the gate and strode up the path to knock on the front door.

It opened to reveal Jess in her pyjamas. Rob’s gaze dropped to her cleavage, on show from the tight, low-cut top she was wearing, before she wrapped a dressing gown across her chest. Her black hair curled around her face and stuck out in all directions. Dark, long lashes only emphasised her pale skin, as did the dark circles under her eyes. The smile on her face was gone, replaced by a cool look.

"I thought you were Emma and had forgotten your keys again. If you're looking for Matt, he's not here."

He grinned at her; he couldn't help it, remembering how she'd been that night. Okay, so she had been drunk, but she had still kissed him, even giggled at him. But every time they were alone, she became this ice queen, except he knew it was fake. He just didn't know why yet. 

"Hi, Jess. I'm good, thanks for asking. How are you?" She didn't answer him unless he counted the face she pulled at him. "I'm not looking for Matt, I know, he's not here.”


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Vision in Love
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Liz has lived in a lot of places but is originally from Lancashire, England, where most of her books are set.

She started her writing career with an online course and is studying for a creative writing degree, so it was probably inevitable that she would write a novel.

When not writing, Liz can be found curled up with a cup of coffee and a book or walking her dog.

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Promo Tour: My Sweetest Sasha by Eva Charles


My Sweetest Sasha by Eva Charles

Date of Publication: June 1, 2016

Blurb


Cole Harrington, the oldest of those swoon-worthy Harrington brothers, is a gifted trauma surgeon with a cocky smile and a whole lot of swagger. He's assigned an executive coach after he smashes the thermostat in the operating room to smithereens.
Alexa Petersen is a nice girl from Minnesota who's been tasked with shadowing the naughty trauma surgeon, and writing a report to end his promising career. While she might prefer pretty lace panties, Alexa's not afraid to slip on a pair of steel-toed boots when Cole needs to be knocked down a notch or two.
Hospital drama and small-town woes, the truth is obscured by secrets and lies, and nothing is as it appears—not even Cole and Alexa.


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More from the Meadows Shore Series

A Wedding at Meadows Shore
A Meadows Shore Novel
Meadows Shore Book 1

Blurb:

Prepare to fall in love with the Claytons and Harringtons, a wealthy and powerful New England family with a rich Portuguese heritage. Visit their beloved Meadows Shore nestled in the charming seaside town of Fair Harbor, where you'll enjoy love, laughter, loyalty, and an abundance of mouth-watering food. 
A Wedding at Meadows Shore is Sophie Clayton's story. Smart, stubborn, and strong, family means everything to her. After a failed marriage, she creates a new life for herself, one that excludes men. Sophie doesn't trust men, or maybe she doesn't trust her judgment when it comes to them. Then she meets Max, a man who leads his life in a way that challenges those very trust issues. 
Max Parker is a handsome playboy with a taste for younger women and a past that haunts him. He keeps what's left of his heart well protected behind a cool exterior, and fills the emptiness with lucrative business deals, punishing exercise, and women he'll never love. But there's another side to Max, one that he keeps well hidden, until Sophie blows into his life like a whirlwind and knocks him off his game, threatening to expose his darkest secrets. 
There's an Old Portuguese adage that translates as, "the rooster crows loudly, but it's the hen who's in charge". And so it is with the Claytons and Harringtons: strong women, alpha males, and of course, Avó Angelina, the family matriarch who keeps them all on their best behavior. 
Bem vindo à família, Welcome to the family!

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About Eva Charles



Eva Charles is the author of the multi-titled Meadows Shore Series that chronicles the lives and loves of the Clayton-Harrington family. She invites you to visit their beloved Meadows Shore nestled in the charming seaside town of Fair Harbor, where you will enjoy love, laughter, loyalty, and an abundance of mouth-watering food, Portuguese style.
After being a confirmed city-girl for more than thirty-five years, Eva moved to beautiful Western Massachusetts in 2014. There, she found herself living in the woods with no job, no friends (unless you count the turkeys, deer, and coyotes roaming the backyard), and no children underfoot, wondering what on earth she'd been thinking. But as it turned out, it was the perfect setting to take all those yarns spinning in her head and weave them into a romantic tale.
When she's not writing, trying to squeeze information out of her tight-lipped sons, or playing with the two cutest dogs you've ever seen, Eva's creating chapters in her own love story.

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Virtual Book Tour: Blaming the Wind by Alessandra Harris



Blaming the Wind
By Alessandra Harris
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing

Sophia Douglas can’t shake the fear that she’s in over her head. A spontaneous elopement and a layoff from her high-paying job are stressful enough, but a plus sign on her pregnancy test sends her into a panic.  Fearing her husband, Terrence, might leave like her father did, Sophia confides her insecurities to Tara, her friend and mom of three.
Though Tara Fisher encourages Sophia to trust Terrence, she’s hiding her own secret: a handsome attorney is pursuing her, and she’s questioning her commitment to Josh, her husband of ten years.   After a devastating career-ending accident, Josh has changed and so have Tara’s feelings for him.
When a crisis arises that threatens to destroy Sophia and Terrence’s young marriage, Sophia must either overcome her fear of abandonment or lose everything she never knew she wanted.  Meanwhile, as Tara is torn between responsibility and passion, her imperfectly put together life starts to unravel, and ghosts from her past resurface to haunt her.
As these two couples grapple with secrets, temptation, and illness, only time will tell if their vows are strong enough to hold them together.

Guest Post:
Writing Flawed Characters – Alessandra Harris

I took risks when I wrote Blaming the Wind.  I have four Point Of View characters, which some may say is a lot.  I have two male perspectives, even though it’s “women’s fiction.” I explore topics that are often not discussed in contemporary women’s fiction.  And the biggest risk I took was allowing my characters to be flawed.
Writing flawed characters might not sound like a risk at first.  After all, one of the rules of writing is to make sure your characters are flawed.  Characters are supposed to be real, and real people have chinks in their armor. However, it’s a delicate balance between having flaws and being likeable.  Since another writing rule is that the reader should root for the characters in the story, how do you do both?  How does a reader root for a character who behaves poorly?
I believe the answer is to show the root of the flaw and the character’s motivation. In some books there is an antagonist that is pure evil. But in my stories it’s important to understand that people are a certain way due to their upbringing, environment, genes, and life experience. I’ve always been interested in why people make poor choices, how it affects them and those around them, and how they change as a result. When I wrote Blaming the Wind, my aim was to focus on characters who have flaws, but for a reason.  
There is Sophia, an unemployed newlywed who learns at the start of the novel that she’s pregnant. Though she loves her husband, Terrence, she has major trust issues, which affect her decisions and her ability to be open and honest. Terrence is fighting for his career amidst setbacks and tribulation. He’s trying to move past his womanizing past and be faithful to Sophia, but he is not immune to temptation.  Tara, the breadwinner of her family, has major childhood trauma to overcome.  After her husband, Josh, suffers a serious accident, she begins comparing him to her own father who had been disabled and seeks an escape. When a handsome attorney starts pursuing her, she has to decide between a tempting distraction and her duty to her family. Finally, Josh, a stay-at-home dad, is trying to find his place in the world after a career-ending accident. Though compassionate and loving, he’s lost his zest for life and is on the verge of lsing Tara’s heart also.
At some point in Blaming the Wind, each of these characters faces tough decisions that have the potential to change the courses of their lives.  While some characters make decisions that the reader may not agree with or like, I believe the characters are doing the best they can at that particular moment given their flaws.  Taking a journey with characters that aren’t perfect allows the reader to experience empathy, compassion, and understanding.  
However, it’s not enough for characters to just have flaws.  In order to root for them, characters should have a story arc that leads to the possibility of redemption.  There needs to be a “moral of the story.”  Characters have to grow, learn, and change, and the more flawed they are, the bigger opportunity they have for transformation.  In life and in literature, no one wants to see someone make a mistake then walk away without having been changed as a result of it.
Though I had a lot of fun writing characters that are very different from myself, the most important part of writing their story was to show that people still deserve love and friendship in spite of their imperfections. Being flawed is part of being human, and transformation is possible regardless of how flawed a character is in the beginning.



Author Bio
Alessandra Harris loves drama… well, on the page, that is. As a writer of women’s fiction, she delves into real-life issues without shying away from controversial topics.
After graduating from San Jose State, Alessandra volunteered as a contributing writer for CityFlight.com, a former online magazine geared toward the San Francisco Bay Area’s African American Community. An avid reader of women’s fiction, she transitioned to writing fiction with the help of writing instructors and critique groups.
Currently, Alessandra is the organizer of San Jose Writers, a diverse group of writers in the South Bay Area, California. At home, she enjoys spending time with her husband and four wonderful children.

Twitter: @alessandrah17
On Red Adept: http://bit.ly/25Jh1QJ