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EskieMama Reads Saturday Spotlight w/Giveaway: Undercovering Camila by Vivian Winslow

Welcome to EskieMama Reads Saturday Spotlight!!
Today we are spotlighting Vivian Winslow's 
Undercovering Camila!

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Third book in the Wildflower series
Uncovering Camila!!

Camila Cohen is a highly ambitious and driven third-year NYU law student who works as a part-time bartender to help pay her way through school. She prefers no-strings attached relationships, afraid that anything serious could get in the way of her goals. But when chef Eliseo Perez ditches her for a job in Miami, she realizes even a casual arrangement can leave you feeling burned. Just as Camila’s close to accepting a position at the high-powered law firm of Sullivan & Moore (more appropriately known by its initials, S & M), her uncle Arthur, the head of the Cohen Real Estate dynasty, makes a proposal that compels Camila to question the career path she’d always assumed would be right for her. As she attempts to balance her busy final year of law school with her bartending job, what should have been a random Tinder date for a hot hook-up leads to something unexpected. Meeting the incredibly brilliant and handsome Marshall James forces Camila to face her greatest fears and realize that creating a life for herself means making decisions that could potentially hurt the ones she loves.

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Q & A with Vivian Winslow about Uncovering Camila

Tell us about Uncovering Camila and the Wildflowers series.
Uncovering Camila is the third book in my steamy new adult series, Wildflowers. After finishing The Gilded Flower Trilogies, I thought I’d take a break and return to a women’s fiction manuscript that I’d written a few years back. By the second week of my hiatus, however, a book idea hit me, and Blossoming Flower, the first book in the Wildflowers series, was born.

What initially inspired you to write this book/series?
One of the things I enjoyed when I wrote the Violet Trilogy (the third trilogy of my Gilded Flower Trilogies) was Vi’s falling-in-love story, which didn’t happen in the previous trilogies. It’s challenging to write about that intangible, faceless experience we call Love. So many of today’s Contemporary Romance stories portray what I call “savior-love” where sacrifice is required to love, “stalker-lust” where the character stalks his target with overpowering signs of “love”, or “Instagram-love” where the image and idea of the person drive the feelings as opposed to reality (which is that the person can be a crazy-psycho). Ha. The reality is that falling in love is a strange experience. It asks a lot of us to be able to open ourselves and be vulnerable and to really know who we are and what we want. This isn’t about infatuation, which can be exciting and give you tingles or a lightning bolt. Rather, it’s about true, unadulterated Love and how it pushes us toward something or someone and expands who we are and our sense of self.

So I thought, why not try to write about it? And so I did. Uncovering Camila is the surprise baby of the series because I only expected to birth three books. However, as I edged closer to Poppy’s story (she’s in ALL of my books for a reason), I realized that Camila’s story had to come before Wild Poppy. Camila’s character features briefly as the one Eliseo leaves behind in New York when he moves to Miami in Forbidden Rose. I put a lot of thought behind her character’s backstory and her relationship with Eliseo. It reminded me of what it was like to be with someone who didn’t care about you as much as you did, or as much as you thought you did. So much of relationship is ego projection, and if you can step out of that projection, you can see and learn a lot about yourself. I wanted that for Camila, to see her grow in that way. The Wildflowers series is new adult for this reason. All of the women are in their early to mid-twenties because I find that age to be so critical in learning about yourself, your needs, your wants and discerning the difference. Moreover, the women are strong and educated because I wanted characters who reflect what I think is missing in a lot of Romance, that is, empowered women who stand equal to their male counterparts at every instance. Nothing weakens them, not even love. To me, real love empowers and strengthens, so it’s important to me that all my stories show that.

Tell us a little about the characters in this book.
Camila Cohen is in her third year at New York University School of Law. She’s a very strong and self-directed person who thinks she knows what she wants in life. However, as she nears the end of law school, she’s forced to question her career choice, recognizing that perhaps there’s more to life than career and financial security.

Marshall James is the son of a partner at a prominent law firm in New York and the chief judge of New York’s highest court. He and Camila are very similar in their one-dimensional approach to their careers, so meeting each other showed them a great deal about what’s at stake when career comes first.

Shoshana Cohen, Camila’s cousin, is her polar opposite. She was such fun to write because I created her to show my eternally optimistic and spiritual side. Rarely do I get to insert a bit of my personality in my stories, so I took the chance.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?
Ensuring the chemistry between the characters. Camila’s serious and occasionally humorless nature made me initially question if there was enough to build upon for her and Marshall. However, I had to remind myself that being part Cuban/Puerto-Rican, she’s fiery and passionate, and I pulled on that part of her to stir things up for them.

Also, I never went to law school, so I had a lot of research to do, including visiting the NYU campus. The law school is on the south end of the picturesque Washington Square Park. It’s probably one of the only times I can include my family in research for my book so I made an afternoon out of it and visited the law school with my husband and son.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?

Chapter 24 was a fun and challenging chapter to write. It’s a love scene between Camila and Marshall. This was one of the critical moments of growth in the book because she’s daring herself to be vulnerable and open herself up to him. Writing vulnerability isn’t easy, but as you can probably tell by now, I like a challenge.

What are your future project(s)?
Poppy, Poppy, Poppy. I will be sleeping, eating and writing and thinking about Poppy for the next few months. Hers is a story I’ve put off writing for a long time because she’s the most complex character I’ve created thus far, which also makes her one of my favorite characters. (I love them all, but Poppy holds a special place for me).

Wild Poppy, will be Poppy’s new adult story. I’m not sure yet how much of her life it will cover. If you’ve read any of my other books, I hint at a past trauma, decisions and possible regrets throughout her sixty years. It will be set in Paris, where I lived a long time ago. It will be fun to revisit some places in my mind and take readers there with me. I really look forward to sharing her book with everyone because I know so many readers have loved to hate Poppy since Gilded Lily.

Now an exciting excerpt from Uncovering Camila

Soooo, the host,” he says. “Obviously single, no kids . . . .”
Camila shrugs. “Someone new to the school. I’m not in any of his classes, so I don’t know much about him.”
“You’re being weird. You’re always about extraneous details, and now you can’t say the man’s name or look at me.”
“What? I’m making you a cocktail.” Camila forces herself to look at Jared.
He regards her suspiciously. “You’re a terrible liar, my friend. I’ll figure out what you’re hiding.”
It takes all of one second when he sees Marshall walk into the apartment.
“Oh my God, it’s Mr. Gucci,” he whispers into Camila’s ear.
“Shut up. This isn’t the time.”
“Oh, it totally is,” he replies and heads into the adjacent kitchen to introduce himself to Marshall.
“Good evening. I’m Jared. I work with Camila over at L,” he says, hinting he recognizes Marshall from the bar that night.
“It’s great of you to come.” Marshall casually extends a hand.
“Remind me of your drink of choice, and I’ll be sure to keep your glass full tonight.”
“Yeah, that’d be great. You know how to mix a Metropolitan?”
The bartender suppresses a smile. “Funny. Camila really enjoys those too. I’ll be right back.”
“You fucked him didn’t you?” Jared wags a finger at his friend.
“How can you tell? You spoke to him all of two minutes.”
“While you hid in here like a scaredy cat. What happened? Buyer’s remorse? Hard to imagine though.” He turns in the direction of the kitchen and shakes his head. “No way. With that mouth, the way he stands, and his posture. He’s definitely good in the sack.”
Camila makes a face. “I didn’t realize he was my Professor.”
“I thought you said you weren’t in any of his classes.”
“I dropped it on the first day when I saw him. But what’s worse. He’s my faculty advisor for Law Review.”
“That’s classic,” Jared laughs out loud. So loud it gets Marshall’s attention. He spots Camila standing by the bar. “Oh, hey C.,” he begins to say then clears his throat. “Camila, I didn’t realize you were here.”
“I came early to help Jared set up,” she says, finishing her drink in one gulp.

“This is worse than my cousin’s bar mitzvah down in Palm Springs,” Jared groans to Camila when she approaches him for another drink.
“It may kill you to hear this, but this is one of the better networking parties I’ve been to,” she replies.
“That guy in the corner talking to your boyfriend looks like my Uncle Mordy.”
Camila slaps his arm. “Shut up already. And that man happens to be the foremost expert in Trusts and Estates in the country. I think Oprah is his client.”
“Seriously, honey. You do not belong with this crowd. You are so downtown cool, and they’re uptown uptight.”
“For your information, I just spoke with a woman who runs a legal aid office in the Bronx. She said her work was ‘rewarding’. How many people ever say that about their jobs?”
“Most teachers, except middle school ones, and saints.” Jared leans on his elbow. “So fine, not all lawyers are like my Uncle Mordy. But most of them are.” He checks his watch. “Cover for me a minute. I’m going to the bathroom.”
“I thought I was paying Jared to work, not you.” Marshall says.
“He’s taking his Union fifteen,” Camila answers wryly.
“I guess I can’t interfere with that. I would hate to get a letter from a union lawyer.” He holds up his glass. “Would you mind? I think I prefer your Metropolitans to his anyway.”
“I told you it’s because I don’t sweeten it. Besides, I could use something to do.”
“You’re not giving up so quickly, I hope. There are plenty of attorneys I can introduce you to.”
“So this was a plan to get me to consider a different line of work.”
“Not a plan as much as a hope. But I know better than to interfere in your life. You know what you want.”
Camila looks up when she hears that last word. “Up until recently I would’ve agreed with you. But I realized that I’ve been confusing need with want. I need a job.
I don’t know if I want the one I thought I did.”
Marshall furrows his brow. “That’s a tough one. You want to talk about it?” He looks around at the party. More people have arrived. Students are always game for free alcohol, as he knew they would be. However, if he could, he’d snap his fingers and make them all disappear so he could be alone with Camila.
“Maybe later,” she says vaguely, pouring his drink into a clean glass.
Marshall drops five dollars into a tip jar. “Later then.”

“I’m glad you came tonight,” Camila says as she stacks the shakers and places them into a small box. “It was nice to have a friend around.”
“Students are terrible tippers, but you know I’d do anything for you,” Jared replies. He hooks a cord around the box of alcohol and stands. “At least I got to check out your secret boyfriend.”
Camila slaps his thigh. “Shh. He is not.”
“Oh please. You and Felicity should start a club. You guys can make a SLAM book and write Felicity + Todd and Camila + Marshall on the cover. This is so junior high with your sad, longing faces.” He presses his cheeks down. “A crush on your professor, and a crush on your boss, I swear I am living in the middle of a young adult drama.”
“Oh come on. You said they’re probably sleeping together. That’s not happening here.”
Jared puts a hand on his hip. “You’re lying to me, and you’re lying to yourself. I can see what’s going on. My vision is 20/10.”
“Enough. You’re being weird.”
“Pot, kettle, honey. I’ve known you for seven years, and I’ve never seen you act this strange.”
“But he’s my professor,” she whispers as the catering staff bustle around her, clearing out the dishes. Most of the party has emptied out with the exception of a few lawyers who seem to be friends of Marshall’s.
“No he isn’t. He teaches at the law school where you happen to be a student. I’m not an idiot. That’s gray area at best, but still within acceptable boundaries. And I should know a thing or two about boundaries because I’m always breaking them.” Jared hands her the container with the shakers. “Walk down with me and wait while I get a cab.”

Elizabeth Ann Hayes writes Romance under the pen name Vivian Winslow. Elizabeth was born in San Diego, California but has spent most of her adult life as the consummate wanderer. Her nomadic life took her abroad to Paris, Madrid, London, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and São Paulo. After eleven moves across four continents over a span of seventeen years, her journey brought her back to New York City in 2011 where, despite the chaotic pace, she’s managed to make it home for herself and her family.

Since 2014, Elizabeth has published nine novellas in her Gilded Flower Trilogies as well as two installments of Wildflowers, a New Adult series of standalone novels. These contemporary romance books are female-driven with strong, beautiful and intelligent women as well as diverse characters, reflecting her own multi-cultural heritage. The inspiration for her books comes from a strong desire to break the mold in the genre, which largely portrays women as weak, subservient and having low self-esteem. Believing that stories have the power to influence attitudes and shift perspectives, Elizabeth writes in order to challenge this paradigm. She doesn’t mind being considered a feminist although she believes balancing the roles of men and women in literature honors both the masculine and feminine in everyone. But more than anything, her sincere hope is that her books foster the reader’s connection to their unique strengths, gifts and desires.

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Release Week Blitz w/Giveaway: Your Forever Love by Layla Hagen

Today we have the release week tour for Layla Hagen’s Your Forever Love. I am so excited to share this with you! Check it out and grab your copy today! Your Forever Love RWB Ban About Your Forever Love: LHYourForeverLoveBookCover6x9_HIGH Eric Callahan is a powerful man, and his sharp business sense has earned him the nickname Shark. Yet under the strict façade is a man who loves his daughter and would do anything for her. When he and his daughter move to San Francisco for three months, he has one thing in mind: expanding his business on the West Coast. As a widower, Eric is not looking for love. He focuses on his company, and his daughter. Until he meets Pippa Bennett. She captivates him from the moment he sets eyes on her, and what starts as unintentional flirting soon spirals into something neither of them can control.   Pippa Bennett knows she should stay away from Eric Callahan. After going through a rough divorce, she doesn’t trust men anymore. But there’s something about Eric that just draws her in. He has a body made for sin, and a sense of humor that matches hers. Not to mention that seeing how adorable he is with his daughter melts Pippa’s walls one by one. The chemistry between them is undeniable, but it’s the connection that grows deeper every day that has both of them wonder if love might be within their reach. When it’s time for Eric and his daughter to head back home, will he give up on the woman who has captured his heart or will he do everything in his power to remain by her side?
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“Will you warn me next time you plan to do something dangerous?” she screeched at him, regaining her footing.
She marched right up to him in the open hatch to the wheelhouse, and stood her ground, while the leviathan sailed right on past them. With any luck, that maneuver had done the trick.
Drew couldn’t help himself. Despite the frantic situation, he cupped her neck and drew her in for a smacking kiss. They didn’t have time for it, but he needed to feel her lips against his.
“I promise,” he said, grinning as he released her. “See to your friends. I’ll get us the hell out of here.”
He turned back to the controls, but he hadn’t even touched them when he heard a horrendous snap that reverberated through the length of the boat. Everything shuddered for a moment, and he had to think hard about what might’ve happened below decks. None of the alarms were going off, so they weren’t taking on water…yet. Something else must’ve… Leaning out over the side of the vessel, he realized what had happened.
Worse news, the leviathan had turned and was coming toward them again. Drew’s dangerous pivot hadn’t worked.
“That fucking beast just snapped my anchor chain,” he growled, already forming a plan in his mind as he went for the bow, where the remainder of the chain dangled off the side of the boat. “Jetty! Get everyone down flat on the deck. I’m going to do something dangerous.”
Damned if Jetty didn’t grin at him. “Thanks for the warning.”
“Hey, I promised, didn’t I?” He sent her a wink, loving that she was as adventurous as him.
Calling on all the strength of his bear, he heaved the remnant of the massive anchor chain around his shoulders, having released it from its tether to the boat completely. Now he had a heavy length of chain he could use to keep the leviathan busy while they beat a retreat—if he could find the strength to wield it as he planned.
Drew chanted a prayer for strength, digging deep into the things his mother had tried to teach him about his innate magic and the power of the Goddess. He knew the Mother of All would be his ally against the forces of evil, and the creature waving its tentacles around wildly above the surface of the water as it searched for the injured mer was definitely evil.
He chanted as he began to slowly swing the chain, letting out slack as the massive links whistled through the air. He’d climbed to the top of the wheelhouse to get the maximum clearance. He’d have one shot at this—if that. A million things could go wrong with this plan, but he only needed to buy time for their escape.
He prayed as he’d never prayed before and waited for his moment, swinging the huge chain with greater and greater velocity. His concentration was total. He had to tie up as many tentacles as possible with his one and only throw. The longer the monster had to mess with the chain, the longer they’d have to make their escape.
Time slowed. All sound paused. The golden moment came, and Drew knew the exact moment to release the chain. It spun out from his hands, twisting and turning as it flew to its target.
Only when it hit, wrapping around every tentacle that showed above water—which were too numerous to count—did time start up again. There was no time for triumph. Drew had to get his precious cargo out of there with all possible haste.
He jumped off the roof of the wheelhouse, thanking the Goddess as he went, for Her aid. He’d felt Her with him, guiding him, lending him Her magnificent strength. He’d had a spiritual moment up there, on top of his boat, but he didn’t have time to savor it. Later, he promised himself. Later, he’d examine what had happened. Maybe talk it over with his mom, the priestess. Try to figure out what it meant.
Right now, he had to get them the hell out of Dodge.
He somersaulted into the wheelhouse, finding Jetty already there. She gunned the throttle when he gave the nod, and together, they steered them away from the leviathan, heading straight for the safety of the wards surrounding Grizzly Cove.

LHYourForeverLoveTEASERS1b About Layla Hagen: I fell in love with books when I was nine years old, and my love affair with stories continues even now, many years later. I write romantic stories and can’t wait to share them with the world. And I drink coffee. Lots of it Connect with Lyla: Website: Facebook: Twitter:   LHYourForeverLoveTEASERS3b   Enter Layla’s Giveaway:
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Blog Tour w/Giveaway: Broken English by Marita A Hansen

  Title: Broken English
Series:Broken Lives #1
By: Marita A Hansen
Publication Date: August 2, 2016
Genre: Taboo Literary Fiction
For me, the name Dante conjured up two images. The first was the epic depictions of Hell from Dante’s Inferno, with people burning for their sins. The second image was a sexual depiction. I don’t know where it came from, but as far back as I can remember, I had always associated the name Dante with a beautiful and sexy man. I'd imagined a dark-haired, dark-eyed, gorgeous lothario, the type who could capture a woman’s heart with just one look. Dante was the Fabio of my generation, the heartthrob that got women’s hearts beating fast, made us want this man to rip our clothes off and to throw us onto the bed. Little did I know that the Dante that walked into my life was very different from the one I’d imagined. Oh, he was dark-haired, dark-eyed, gorgeous, even a lothario ... just ... he wasn’t a man. He was a fifteen-year-old boy who was going to send me to the Hell his namesake had written about. And I was his teacher.
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NATIONALITY AND CULTURAL CONNECTIONS: I'm a true blue Aucklander, born and bred in New Zealand. I tend to write about cultures I have connections to, such as Croatian and Maori. I would love to visit Croatia again as I have family there. However, in My Masters' Nightmare, I have started writing about Italians. My husband is part Italian and I also have a degree in Italian.
SPORTS: As a teen my favorite sports were karate, badminton, and running. I also did unarmed combat and played in a touch rugby team (my gym teacher made me do the last one!) Now, I stick to coaching soccer and running. I have completed two marathons, numerous half-marathons and one 30K run.
CAREER PATH: I started off as a Graphic Designer, then went to Auckland University, where I got a BA degree in Art History and Italian Studies and a post-graduate Honors degree in Art History. I worked in the Art History field, then became a full-time artist, doing commissions. I eventually lost all of my senses and gave it up to be a poor, starving writer, smh.
FAVORITE FOODS: I'm vegetarian. I love pasta based foods, tofu, chocolate mousse and golden queen peaches.
BAD HABITS: I'm a major procrastinator that can't seem to earn money to save myself!
STATUS: Married to my high school sweetheart (which he hates me calling him). We have two kids.
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Q & A with Mia Hopkins author of Cowboy Player

Q & A with Mia Hopkins author of Cowboy Player

What is for you the perfect book hero?
I like all kinds of heroes, but my favorite ones are working-class heroes with a code of honor and a sense of humor. What the hero does for a living almost doesn't matter. My absolute favorite romance hero of all time is Mick Tremore from Judith Ivory’s The Proposition. He was a rat catcher! And I adored him! Swooned all over the place.

When you start a book, do you already have the whole story in your head or is it built progressively?
I have an outline, but it’s very flexible. I love those crazy moments when my characters look at me in the middle of the story and say, “No, we’re not doing it your way. We’re doing it our way.” 

When and why did you begin writing?
I’ve always written short stories and poems, but I wrote my first novel for NaNoWriMo in 2012. I wrote the novel because I wanted to know if I had it in me. Turns out I did—and it was horrendous! But I kept at it. I got mentors, I took classes, I read books on craft. I slowly got better. Writing novels doesn’t come naturally to me. I’ll always work at it.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
This is different for all writers, but for me, I began to think of myself as a writer when I signed my first book contract.

List three books you have recently read and would recommend.
Sure! Undecided by Julianna Keyes, Priest by Sierra Simone, and Pent Up by Damon Suede.

Tell us something that people would be surprised you know how to do.
I play the accordion. Not well, but with lots of enthusiasm.

Will you write more about these characters?
Yes! Look for cameos by Melody and Clark in future Cowboy Cocktail books. Clark is an important part of the series—he’s always there to call his brothers out on their BS and to make fun of them in front of the women they’re trying to impress. He’s such a fun character.

Cowboy Player (Cowboy Cocktail #3) by Mia Hopkins

Date of Publication: June 28, 2016


This cowboy and cowgirl sell the steak and the sizzle.

Cowboy Cocktail, Book 3

For eight years, Melody Santos played the game of love and lost—big time. Now she's back in her tiny hometown looking after her younger sister, making ends meet with an assortment of odd jobs. When her childhood best friend hires her to help him sell his family's grass-fed beef, the last thing she anticipates is falling in lust with the legendary, brown-eyed player.

To put his family's cattle ranch back in the black, Clark MacKinnon has his sights set on big contracts—gourmet chefs and restaurateurs. If that means long hours traveling from farmer's market to farmer's market, Clark doesn't mind. Particularly since his new assistant is his childhood crush, all grown up and sexy as hell.

One night in bed leaves them breathless and hungry for more. But when his love-'em-and-leave-'em reputation collides with her trust issues, Clark and Melody must face the truth about what they've become: not friends, not lovers, but players in a game that's impossible to win.

Warning: Contains filthy banter, raunchy sex, excessive Johnny Cash references, and hundreds of pounds of raw beef.

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About Mia Hopkins

Mia Hopkins writes lush romances starring fun, sexy characters who love to get down and dirty. She's a sucker for working class heroes, brainy heroines and wisecracking best friends.
When she's not lost in a story, Mia spends her time cooking, gardening, traveling, volunteering and looking for her keys. In a past life, she was a classroom teacher and still has a pretty good "teacher voice" and "teacher stare." She lives in the heart of Los Angeles with her roguish husband and two waggish dogs.
Hopkins is a member of Los Angeles Romance Authors (LARA), East Valley Authors (EVA), and Romance Writers of America.

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