Wednesday, August 10, 2016

EskieMama Reads Midweek Spotlight w/giveaway: Breaking the Cycle by Megan Lowe



Welcome to EskieMamas Midweek Spotlight!
Today we are spotlighting Megan Lowe's release
Breaking the Cycle!

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Introducing the Ryan Brothers first up Reed!



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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Q & A with Megan Lowe about Breaking the Cycle

What initially inspired you to write Breaking the Cycle? 
I was reading a lot and had the time to discover what I did and didn't like in the books I was reading so I made a list and decided to write a story incorporating a lot of those things. I also wanted to write a story that involved motorbike racing. There's a heap of MC romances out there but not many that involve street bikes, which I love, so I wanted to incorporate those.

Tell us little about the characters in Breaking the Cycle.
Reed is the guy I want to marry. He's loyal, protective and when he meets Bria he's utterly unashamed of his feelings towards her even though he was a bit of a manwhore before.

Bria is a strong woman. She's intelligent and has a heart of gold. When she first gets involved with the Ryan's she genuinely wants to help them, even if it's an inconvenience to her.

What was the hardest part of writing Breaking the Cycle?
Turning it from something I wrote for myself to something my publisher wanted to publish. Initially I didn't pay attention to the little details, I didn't see reason to, the story was just for me after all, but then Hot Tree wanted to publish it and I had to pay attention to all of that stuff, I had to make sure it was something people wanted to read and would like, so it put me in a whole different headspace.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
My favourite part to write was, and spoiler alert here, when Bria and Reed found out they were pregnant. I think there's something incredibly sexy about a guy who's absolutely ecstatic that he's going to be a father and doesn't hide it.

What are your future project(s)?
I'm currently writing book 2 of the Rocking Racers series. This book focuses on Cole and Knley.

I've also made a tentative start on Book 3 which will be Mav’s book.

In September I'll be part of an anthology called Unintentional, released by Hot Tree. It's a best friends to lovers anthology and my contribution is called Just like Always.














Author bio
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 and contemporary romance stories with sport and music themes.

Based on the Gold Coast, Megan's 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.

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Virtual Tour w/Giveaway: Welcoming the Bad Boy by Annie Rains



Griffin is going to need all his old tricks to unleash her wild side.


WELCOMING THE BAD BOY
Hero's Welcome #3
Annie Rains
Releasing August 2nd, 2016
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From the bestselling author of Welcome to Forever (“Full of heart and emotion!”—Lori Wilde) comes a sweet, sexy novel about breaking all the rules. In Seaside, North Carolina, the boys on the base are heroes—but that doesn’t mean they’re always well-behaved.

As a preacher’s daughter, Valerie Hunt only dates the very respectable, very boring men who meet her father’s strict standards. In private, however, she leads a double life as a romance writer of steamy stories about the least respectable sorts of men. Valerie has always kept her hottest fantasies separate from her real life, but when she nearly runs a hot-blooded biker off the road, the lines begin to blur.

Even though Valerie almost killed him, Griffin Black can’t be angry after he learns the reason for her distracted driving: an unruly puppy belonging to her ailing friend. As a member of the military police K-9 unit, Griffin insists on training the dog himself. But he soon wonders how he’s ever going to stay disciplined around the most alluring, down-to-earth, and totally unattainable woman he’s ever met. Valerie is the ultimate good girl. And Griffin is going to need all his old tricks to unleash her wild side.

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She wrapped the dry towel around her body and collected her clothes to go seek out Griffin’s dryer. When she opened the bathroom door, he was standing in front of her. His eyes traveled south. Really, a towel covered as much as any of her strapless dresses. Strapless dresses involved hooks and zippers, though. All Griffin had to do if he wanted to see her naked was pull the end of the towel tucked beneath her arm.
She took a breath, really wanting him to pull. What was the point of a summer fling if she couldn’t live out her wildest fantasies? In fact, if she were writing one of her books right now, her heroine would probably tire of waiting to see what the gorgeous bad boy was going to do and drop the towel herself.

Val slowly lifted her arm and dropped the towel to her feet. No going back now, which was completely fine with her.
“What are you doing?” Griffin asked. There was a deep edge to his voice.
“Drying off.” Her heart thudded inside her chest. Her hands were shaking. This wasn’t like her. She didn’t seduce men. She should pick her towel up off the floor right now and pretend like that was an accident.
Instead, she stood frozen.
Griffin reached for her in the dark hallway, tracing a finger from her neck down to her breast.
Then he anchored a hand on her waist and pulled her toward him, kissing her again, harder this time. Deeper. A little gasp caught in her throat as his other hand reached between her legs and started to caress her, finding a rhythm that had her clutching his still wet body to keep from falling on the ground.
She reached for the hem of his shirt and started to lift his wet clothes off him. Unbuttoning his jeans, she pressed them down, working until he was as naked as she was.
“Are you sure this is what you want? We’re breaking all the rules in those romance novels you like to read,” he said, his voice gravelly.
She swallowed, burning for him. Needing to feel his hands on her. His mouth. His tongue. “I want this. I want you.”
A small smile lifted his mouth. He took her hand and started leading her down the hallway, passing Trooper as they went.
“Sorry, buddy. You have to stay behind,” Griffin called, pulling her into his bedroom and shutting the door. “If it starts to thunder we’ll have to stop,” he said between kisses.
“A woman should never come between a man and his dog,” Val agreed.
“You know me so well.” He kissed her again and then he pulled her toward his bed.



5 stars

All I can say is that is a lovely story between Val a preacher's daughter and Griffin a tough Marine. Val has a secret, not only is she a preacher's daughter she lives in a lovely small town Seaside. That being said she is an Author with a writer's block, her agent tells her she needs a distraction and a man in her life.
Well Val listened, she met this bad looking boy, everything her Father would not like, but Val did, what started as a summer fling took several turns until we can find out if things would work out for both of them. Loved the book, well writen it flowed, thank you Annie Rains for a great story.




Annie Rains is a contemporary romance author who writes small town love stories set in fictional towns on the coast of North Carolina. Raised in one of America’s largest military communities, Annie often features heroes who fight for their countries, while also fighting for a place to call home and a good woman to love. When Annie isn’t writing, she’s spending time with her husband and 3 children, or reading a book by one of her favorite authors.


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Book Tour w/Giveaway: For Love or Money by Tara Taylor Quinn

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For Love or MoneyFor Love or Money
(Family Secrets #1)
by Tara Taylor Quinn
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
August 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming

She can't afford to lose this…or him

There's no way that struggling single mom Janie Young is going to lose Family Secrets. Not even to Dr. Burke Carter. The prize money and media exposure from the cooking-competition show will secure the future for her and her son, who has special needs. Sure, Burke is a talented chef with his own reasons to win, but he already has so much: wealth, a beautiful daughter, great looks…and definitely her attention. As their families become closer, Janie is beginning to care too much about him. But she can't afford to get involved. Not when everything is riding on beating him.

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I read once that someone commits suicide when their pain becomes greater than their capacity to cope. I’m not sure that’s completely it. Or that anything as horrifying as suicide can ever be termed so simply. But the words carried truth, none the less. And stuck with me.
For Love of Money is a romance with a happy ending. It’s a clean read. A family read. It’s also a ttq novel which means it’s going to have some intense emotional fiction on those pages. I don’t choose what to write about. I write what comes to me. In this book, I thought I was writing about a hormonal teenager who was ‘all about me’ and maybe even a bit of a brat. Instead, I was presented with Kelsey. I love this girl. She’s strong. And nurturing. She’s also a kid struggling with a horrible secret that no one knows about. It’s a secret that is driving her into serious bouts of depression. Her doctor father, and her counselor, both fear she might become suicidal. Wow. That’s a long way from where I started.
But, as always, I gave up my way and took the journey. Kelsey’s story has sadness. It has angst and darkness. But when you read her, you feel her strength. You feel her capacity for joy. You feel all of the love she has to give. As I finished this book, I felt like I wanted to be Kelsey when I grew up. Emotionally grew up, at least. I felt like I still have a ways to go. But I have a road map. All from a thirteen year old kid.

This is why I read romance. And why I write it. Because there are so many things we don’t know. So many roads to travel. Journeys to take. Things to find that will make our lives happier. Nuances that we might not know or be able to access or accept, but that, when we read, we can feel. I’m not saying that Kelsey’s journey will turn your life around, but I’d bet that, at the very least, she’ll warm your heart. And who can ever have too much of that?



The author of more than 70 original novels, in twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestseller with over six million copies sold. A 2015 RITA finalist Tara appears frequently on bestseller lists, including #1 placement on Amazon lists, and multiple showings on the Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller list. She has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning.

Tara is a supporter of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233.


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Virtual Book Tour w/Giveaway: The Grass Sweeper God by Doug Howery



The Grass Sweeper God
by Doug Howery
GENRE: Historical Fiction

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Doug Howery will be awarding a $25.00 Amazon GC and an autographed copy of the book to one randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Please note geographical restrictions apply. United States only for the physical prize. Please visit GoddessFish.com to follow the tour, remember the more you comment better your chances on winning.

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Sixteen-year-old Smiley Hanlon is a young woman tethered to a young man's body.  In the 1950's Appalachia coal fields of Solitude, Virginia, Smiley is placed in the "Mentally Retarded Class" because he is effeminate and wears a blouse and saddle shoes to school. 

Smiley is backed by his best friend, Lee Moore who protects Smiley from a father and many townspeople who hate him.  Smiley has dreams of becoming an entertainer.  Raised by his aunt in a juke joint, as a child Smiley sings and dances on the Formica bar top into the wee hours.  Chosen as the female lead, Dorothy, in a new town production called Dorothy of Oz Coal Camp, his dream is being realized.  The triumph of the play and his dream is sabotaged by his father and classmate bullies culminating in a tragic and horrific moment that changes both Smiley and Lee, forever.

Smiley and Lee flee to NYC.  They learn that prejudice is prejudice whether in the coal fields of Virginia or on the streets of NYC. Smiley suffers at the hands of his real mother who is a religious zealot.  She tries to change who Smiley is because he is a boil on the body of Christ. Lee suffers at the hands of psychologists who practice Aversion Therapy-electric shock treatment to cure his homosexuality. 

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.  Both Smiley and Lee become forces of change as do countless others.  In 1969, Smiley Hanlon and his friend, Lee emerge as leaders of a gay revolution, the historical Stonewall Riots.  The riots are vicious but the real battle will be won or lost on another continent: Solitude, Virginia. 

The Grass Sweeper God is a force of nature that flows through all things...straightens out that which is bent...which is sick...

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Lettie sat on the twin bed with the gun and the letter in her lap.  She noticed Brac’s graduation picture sitting on the nightstand.  She turned it face down.  She placed the love letter from Brac’s lover on top of his graduation picture.  She placed Ted’s bankbook, her letter to Ted, her cat-eyeglasses and dentures beside Brac’s turned-down picture.  She lay down on the bed.  She stretched out and placed the gun at her side and stared at the ceiling.  She thought about her children.  She had never owned them, never owned herself, and now they could choose their own road in life.  But she could choose when to exit this world and how.  She had to get out of her head, out of her heart.  Tears like the mistakes she had made in life flowed down her face.  She put the gun under her ribs and pulled the trigger.

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Q & A with Doug Howery


What books/authors have influenced your writing?
Stephen King; Dolores Clairborne. John Grisham; The Pelican Brief Somerset Maugham; Of Human Bondage Truman Capote; Other Voices, Other Rooms

Tell us something you hate doing. Why?
I hate to outline my story/s. I will when I get overwhelmed, but I don’t like to because I feel it ties me down, but it is necessary sometimes.

What's your pet peeve?
People who drive like a granny.

When you are in writer mode, music or no music? If music, do you have a playlist?

No music. I like silence and solitude.

Who was your favorite hero/heroine?
Sophia from, The Color Purple.

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DOUG HOWERY has been writing both fiction and essays since 1990. His essays and familial stories have appeared in The Blue Ridge Lambda Press.
In many of his stories, as in "The Grass Sweeper God," Mr. Howery's true lode, his font of inspiration is in the passion and suffering he has experienced.
Author, Doug Howery penned the novel with insight into his own struggle for sexual identity and personal tragedy. His mother committed suicide in 1982, blaming her two sons' sexual identity in a letter and declaring herself a martyr for intolerance and social bigotry. She referred to her own sons as "Gutter Rats that Could Rot in Hell" and represents the hate and mistrust that have plagued society.
Suspense author, Maggie Grace, with the North Carolina Writers' Network writes about her cohort Mr. Howery: "What I like is the riskiness, the cutting edge of the narrative voice we hear. The moments when he lapses into descriptions of the moon, of the horse, etc. are true poetry that offers some relief from the coarseness of the story, and he places them well. He has an ear for the rhythm of the story, a natural sense of when to end--hangs fire with a new way of looking at someone or something, turning the entire chapter on its ear. I like the way he makes it impossible for the reader to stop reading at the end of the chapter."
Mr. Howery lives in Virginia with his partner of 34 years where he is at work on his next novel.

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TITLE – Daddy’s Girl SERIES (& Book #) – N/A AUTHOR – Ben Burgess Jr. GENRE – Contemporary Romance/ African American Fiction/ Urban Fiction PUBLICATION DATE – June 13th, 2016 LENGTH (#Pages/# Words) – 478 pages PUBLISHER – Legacy Books LLC (My publishing company) COVER ARTIST – Leah Frieday
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Nick Johnson has always been an underachieving, borderline alcoholic. He soon finds himself in over his head when his affair with Vickie, an unhappily married homemaker, results in an accidental pregnancy. Vickie abandons Nick to raise their biracial daughter, Lynn, alone. Overwhelmed by the difficulties of single fatherhood and seeking comfort and help for himself in that stressful journey, Nick dates numerous women who will change his life forever.
Will raising Lynn force him to mature? Can a single father with a challenging past teach his daughter to become a strong, successful woman? Will a Daddy's Girl, raised primarily by her father, leave Lynn destined to fail from a lack of female guidance?

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Ben Burgess Jr is the author of the award-winning novels "Monster", "Wounded", “Love and Happiness”, and the new novel “ Daddy’s Girl." He is an active performer of spoken word poetry. Ben Burgess Jr uses his love of writing to inspire and influence youths to strive for what they believe in, and to never give up on their dreams. His novels "Monster" and “Wounded” are currently used in schools on the lower east side of Manhattan. Ben Burgess has a BA degree in Business Management and an MA degree in Educational Leadership. He is the proud father of his daughter Jaelynn and is active in trying to improve urban neighborhoods and communities.

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