Thursday, September 8, 2016

Virtual Tour w/Giveaway: Called Up by Jen Doyle


There are two things Max “Deke” Deacon can always count on: 
his old high school teammates and Fitz Hawkins.


CALLED UP
A Calling It Novel
Jen Doyle
Releasing Aug 29th, 2016
Carina Press


There are two things Max “Deke” Deacon can always count on: his old high school teammates and Fitz Hawkins. But no matter how much Deke might secretly fantasize otherwise, a relationship with one of his best friends is off limits. Until one unexpectedly smoldering encounter has Deke and Fitz looking at each other in a whole new way.

Angelica “Fitz” Hawkins knows for a fact that it is not better to have loved and lost. After losing her parents, she’d rather lock up her heart and throw away the key than endure that kind of pain again. If that means giving up any hope of a lasting relationship, then so be it.

With Deke, Fitz finally feels like she's back in the land of the living. But she won’t risk another broken heart—even if it means saying good-bye to Deke for good. It’s up to Deke to convince her that the safest place she could ever be is right here with him.


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“Hey, Dorie,” she heard from above her. “Do you know where Fitz wants these bottles of water?”
Speak of the devil. Fitz brought her head up a little too suddenly, banging it on the underside of the table. “Ouch!” Her hand going to the back of her head, she came up frowning, and...
Oh, God, was he this gorgeous before? Had he always smelled amazing?
Doing everything she could to keep herself immune from his physical charms, she spun on her heel. “Back here.”
Very specifically not looking in Deke’s direction so that she didn’t give anything away, she forced herself to act exactly as she always did around him. Except she suddenly couldn’t quite remember how that was. Did she flirt with him? Did she flat-out ignore him? Did she generally just go around in a state of low-level irritation? Because right now she had absolutely no clue.
She had even less of a clue as she bent down to open up the lid to the cooler and he crouched down next to her, his head so close all he’d need to do was turn it slightly to the left and his mouth would be on her breast.
And was that…?
Oh, hell, no, her nipples had not just hardened. She slapped her arms over her chest.
Because they had. And Deke, with his superhero sex god extra sensory perception, had definitely noticed. He at least had the decency to look down at the ground as he grinned.
“It’s the cold,” Fitz snapped. “From the cooler.”


Pushing the bottles down into the ice, Deke just answered, “You’d be amazed at all the bits and pieces I can warm up with my tongue.”

Q & A with Jen Doyle

First, let me say thank you for having me here. I appreciate your hosting me on the occasion of the publication of CALLED UP (book two in the CALLING IT series).

What books/authors have influenced your writing?
The specific book that comes to mind is Match Me If You Can by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. It was one of the first romance books I ever read, and at the time, I hadn’t realized it was part of a series. (An error I recognized and rectified quickly, let me tell you.) I loved the whole interplay between heroine Annabelle Granger and the world of professional sports. And, of course, between Annabelle and Heath. It drew me into the world of sports romance and I never quite left.

At the same time, I had just begun to read Jill Shalvis’s Lucky Harbor series. Seeing these tightly knit groups of people negotiating falling in love in a small town definitely spoke to me. And then, of course, was Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold series, the first book of which was a mash-up between sports (with a world-famous cyclist) and small town romance. Bringing all those things together absolutely helped inspire the CALLING IT series.

Have you ever had one character you wanted to go one way with but after the book was done the character was totally different.
All of my characters have a very strong sense of self, so I’ve learned to kind of just let them lead. But I do have to say that Deke (the hero in CALLED UP) surprised me more than most. The vision I had of him when I started out the series was much more the playboy type than he turned out to be. Who knew the man coached his nephew’s Little League team? Who knew he’d be so focused on what Fitz was going through? I definitely didn’t, LOL. My first outline of this book had Deke (and Fitz) making some very bad choices very quickly. By the last draft, things had changed pretty drastically.

What’s you next project?
I’m currently working on the proposal for book three for the CALLING IT series, so hopefully I’ll have news about that soon. I also just recently put out a free short story (Last Call) that serves as an introduction to Inspiration, Iowa. It’s a complete standalone, but Deke makes a cameo appearance. It can be downloaded at: https://www.instafreebie.com/free/HXb8B

This fall I’m also going to post Butterfly Ops, a somewhat epic story (360K words – which is, um, a lot), on Wattpad. It’s the evolution of a fanfic I wrote a while back, having become quite more polished over time. If you’re on Wattpad, keep an eye out.

If you could write in another genre what would it be & why?
Right now, I can’t imagine straying from contemporary romance, but once upon a time, I felt the complete opposite. Back when I was writing fan fiction, I was strictly in urban fantasy territory and couldn’t imagine writing anything that didn’t have a paranormal element of some sort. When I sat down this summer to reread Butterfly Ops, I got that itchy I-need-to-explore-this-more feeling. I love the universe that story exists in and can definitely see myself expanding upon it once I’m back there.

That story is definitely a romance, but it follows one couple over its entire course. There was a sequel to the original fan fiction story that was probably more urban fantasy since the couple from the first book was still featured but the relationship wasn’t the main focus (kind of the way the In Death series follows Eve and Roark, or Sam and Nick in the Fatal series). I do like the idea of exploring a more in depth part of a couple’s happily ever after (you know, as long as they’re sufficiently put through the wringer along the way), but I love meeting new couples and seeing them fall in love.

I guess that’s my long way of saying, I clearly have no idea. LOL.

When you are in writer mode, music or no music? If music, do you have a playlist?
When I’m actually writing, I need it to be quiet. This has been quite difficult with a demanding day job plus three kids in the house, I must say. But when I was writing CALLED UP in particular, I found that I was kind of formulating a Deke playlist in my head. So, for example, I’d be folding the laundry and thinking through things, but rather than listen to, say, Maroon 5, I was going through my music on iTunes and reaching back into my older collections for Bonnie Raitt (“Angel from Montgomery”) and Gillian Welch (“Wichita”). Then I dug out Phillip Phillips (“Home”) and Mumford & Sons (“I Will Wait”). And the next thing you know, I was downloading Luke Bryan (“I See You”), Cole Swindell (“Hope You Get Lonely Tonight”), Joseph (“White Flag”), and Blake Shelton (“Boys ‘Round Here”). My family thinks I’ve been possessed, but those guys are all here to stay.

Share a funny incident in your life.
As I mentioned above, I have three kids (they are five, thirteen, and sixteen). Probably about eight or nine years back, we were on a vacation with my extended family and were riding in the minivan (that’s romance for you!) with my two older kids and my sister and brother-in-law. The two older kids were at that stage where “stupid” is the absolute worst S-word out there. And at some point in the conversation, John, my brother-in-law, must have said it because my son, Will, then around five years old, was horrified that John had said “the S word” and said so quite loudly. John, not having kids of his own, then proceeded to go through the entire list of bad S-words while trying to figure out which one had sparked Will’s outrage. Let’s just say it was memorable and still spoken about to this day.

Clean shaven, Scruff, beard, or mustache. Ink yay or nay?
Clean shaven or scruff, for the most part. A while ago I would have said no to the beard but I’m coming around. Mustache? I’m not there yet. Except if it’s Charlie Hunnam. In that case, all bets are off.

As for ink, I don’t love the sleeves, but as long as there’s enough skin showing in between tats (why, hello @BTUArmy at https://www.pinterest.com/pin/385620786826563220/ ), I’m totally on board.

Thank you so much for having me! I hope everyone enjoys CALLED UP and the rest of the CALLING IT series!



A big believer in happily ever afters, Jen Doyle decided it was high time she started creating some. Jen is a member of the Romance Writers of America, as well as a member of the New England, New Jersey Romance Writers and Music City Romance Writer chapters of RWA. She is represented by Sarah E. Younger of the Nancy Yost Literary Agency. She has an M.S. in Library and Information Science and, in addition to her work as a librarian, has worked as a conference and events planner as well as a Communications and Enrollment administrator in both preschool and higher education environments (although some might say that there is very little difference between the two; Jen has no comment regarding whether she is one of the “some”).




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Virtual Tour w/Giveaway: Run to You by Rachel Lacey


ONE LITTLE LIE. A WHOLE LOTTA TROUBLE.


RUN TO YOU
Risking it All #1
Rachel Lacey
Releasing Aug 30th, 2016
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ONE LITTLE LIE. A WHOLE LOTTA TROUBLE.

Moments after meeting the most gorgeous guy ever, Gabby Winters promptly gets stung by a zillion yellow jackets and falls-not gracefully-into a stream. Yup, Ethan Hunter is trouble with a capital "hot," and Gabby definitely needs to keep her distance. Except in the small town of Haven, there's nowhere to hide from Ethan's sexy, infectious grin . . . and all the residents are conspiring against her.

At the center of the town's matchmaking is Ethan's grandmother, who's convinced their relationship is a done deal. Rather than break her heart, Gabby and Ethan find themselves cornered into pretending to be falling in love. The problem: there's serious sizzling attraction between them. And if this charade continues, they won't fool just the entire town - they might fool themselves too . . .


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When Ethan awoke, sunlight was streaming through his window, and based on the tent in his sheets, Gabby was still on his mind. He closed his eyes and started counting backward from fifty, his morning tradition to relieve the pressure so that he could leave the bedroom without being indecent in front of Gram.

His dick was just starting to relax when his phone pinged with an incoming text. Welcoming the distraction, he reached over and grabbed it off the nightstand.

The text was from Gabby. Thinking about you this morning and hoping that problem we talked about hasn’t gotten too hard to handle.

She’d inserted a little winking emoticon at the end, followed by a sunrise and a tree. Morning wood. And yep, that problem had just gotten really hard again.

Killing me. He texted back.

That bad, huh?

Oh yeah, it was bad. Getting worse by the second.

I’d be happy to help you with it if you want to stop by This was followed by several colorful hearts.

His poor cock ached at the thought. But… No can do. Gotta take Gram to an appointment.

Oh. Bummer.

No kidding. Gotta go. Chatting with you is not helping the issue.



He thrust his phone back onto the bedside table and lay there, concentrating on the sounds of Gram moving around in the kitchen until his dick finally accepted defeat. Then he went down the hall and took a long, cold shower.


Q & A with Rachel Lacey

What books/authors have influenced your writing?
So many! I think that every book I read influences me in some way. Two authors who have probably influenced me the most are Lori Wilde and Jill Shalvis. Lori was my writing teacher when I was first starting out, and I could see all the techniques she taught illustrated in her own writing. She helped me grow as an author so much! Jill Shalvis was the first author whose books I read and thought “This is what I want to write.” I just adore her writing style.

Have you ever had one character you wanted to go one way with but after the book was done the character was totally different.
I’m not sure I’ve ever had a character turn out totally different, but often I have no idea what a character’s quirks and mannerisms will be until I start writing. One of the heroes of my current series was kind of a blank slate for me when I started writing him, and he turned into this mysterious man of few words that had the most interesting back story of anyone in the series by the time I got around to writing his story.

What’s your next project?

I’m writing the third book in my Risking It All series right now (featuring my scarred, silent hero mentioned above). After that, I’m not sure yet what comes next, but I have several ideas in mind! :)

What was your favorite part of the book?

There’s a scene about halfway through where the hero, Ethan, tries to recreate the “dream date” that the heroine, Gabby, had told him about earlier in the book. I loved bringing out his romantic side (and showing him fumbling with the details because he’s a guy, after all) but he wanted so badly to give Gabby her dream date. And the night did work out pretty well for him ;)

“Remember what you said would come next on your dream date?”

Oh, she remembered, but now he was pushing her outside her comfort zone again. “Skinny-dipping?”

“I’m game if you are.” As if to prove it, he sat up with her still in his lap and tugged his T-shirt over his head.

“This is a public beach!”

“And it’s too dark to see a damn thing.” He leaned forward and blew out the last candle, plunging them into total darkness. “Which is a shame, because I still won’t have seen you naked.”

If you could write in another genre what would it be & why?
I’ve always been very drawn to romantic suspense. I read a lot in that genre, and my first series had some minor suspense elements.

Your favorite book by you or another author
This will probably change soon, but right now RUN TO YOU is my favorite book that I’ve written.

Clean shaven, Scruff, beard, or mustache. Ink yay or nay?
Scruff, and a definite YAY on ink!



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Rachel Lacey is a contemporary romance author and semi-reformed travel junkie. She's been climbed by a monkey on a mountain in Japan, gone scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, and camped out overnight in New York City for a chance to be an extra in a movie. These days, the majority of her adventures take place on the pages of the books she writes. She lives in warm and sunny North Carolina with her husband, son, and a variety of rescue pets.



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Excerpt Reveal: Broken God by Nazarea Andrews

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Today we are having an excerpt reveal for BROKEN GOD by Nazarea Andrews. This book will release September 22nd. Broken God is an adult contemporary fantasy, standalone novel. Check out the exclusive excerpt below.

   

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BROKEN GOD by Nazarea Andrews

Coming September 22, 2016

BROKEN GOD Blurb:

Power is a strange and broken thing. He was the sun god, the god of healing and song. And prophecy. Apollo has lived alone for centuries, content to spin out the years wandering a new and strange world, lost in the past and endless versions of the future. He has cut all ties with the remains of Olympus and his power, and hidden himself in humanity. His twin thinks he’s depressed, spending his time in coffee shops, hospital waiting rooms, and concert halls…and nothing matters. Not really. Until her. Iris. With her teasing mouth and soulful music and eyes that remind him of the past. He can’t resist her smile. A girl as wild as he was, once, with a poet’s tongue and the body of a siren, who for one night makes him forget all the years and everything he gave up. And he can’t stop fate. Gods knows he’s tried. He can’t help taking her. Even if he knows better. When Iris wakes up screaming, caught up in visions of the future, Apollo realizes that he didn’t leave his power quite as far behind as he thought. He’s the god of prophecy and he’s been running from it, for centuries. Iris is everything he has to avoid. Now he has a furious Oracle on his hands, his sister trying to fix him, and someone is killing the gods. It’s not just his tenuous sanity that hangs in the balance this time. It’s all of Olympus. Godhood really wasn’t supposed to be this hard.  
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 Excerpt: There are a few things that will never change, despite everything else that has. When I call, my sister will come. Always. It is the unshakable truth that my entire world is built on, from my first memories to this day. So when I piece it together, I don’t think. I slide my phone out, even in the hospital room while Iris murmurs at her brother and Heath eyes me like I might break her. Stupid boy. I already have. I text her and slide the phone away. I don’t need to watch to know she’ll answer, any more than I need the answer to know she’ll be at my apartment when we return. This is Artemis, who has made a life of taking care of me and worrying about me. I listen to Heath and Lily talk around Iris, listen to her increasingly fragmented babble, and when Heath sends Lily a confused look, I intervene. Catch her hand and let a thin trickle of power seep from me to her. “We had a very long day, and she didn’t sleep well. I think I should probably take her home and let her get some rest. Do you mind?” Heath does. I can tell, the way he’s bristling but Iris slumps into me and yawns, impressively, backing up every lie I’m spinning. “I’ll be back tomorrow, ok? You just. You rest. I’ll be back tomorrow.” She’s still looking over her shoulder when I pull her from the room. Her eyes are wide and serious when we duck into a stairwell. "What happened to him?" she asks. Staring at me like I might give her answers. Like she has the right to demand answers from me. Smart girl. I tuck her hair back, behind her ears and ignore the low growl of warning it earns me. "If I promise to tell you when we reach my apartment. Will you trust me a little bit longer, sweetheart?" Her eyes narrow. "Last time we got to your apartment, you and I didn't do much in the way of talking." I grin at that. Because. Fair point.   bgteser1_2 ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  

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Nazarea Andrews (N to almost everyone) is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. Which means she writes everything from zombies and dystopia to contemporary love stories. When not writing, she can most often be found driving her kids to practice and burning dinner while she reads, or binging watching TV shows on Netflix. N loves chocolate, wine, and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, spoiled cat and overgrown dog. She is the author of World Without End series, Neverland Found, Edge of the Falls, and The University of Branton Series. Stop by her twitter (@NazareaAndrews) and tell her what fantastic book she should read next.

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Book Blast w/Giveaway: Pure of Heart by Auria Jourdain


Pure of Heart
by Auria Jourdain
GENRE: Historical Romance

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A ghost child left to die in a French forest, Contesse Blanchefort seeks her long-buried past after her adoptive father dies at the Bastille. Embarking on a quest across England with a pagan woman and a rogue Gypsy, Contesse falls ill in London, and her companions are forced to seek help. With overwhelming compassion, physician’s apprentice Eric McEwan nurses Contesse back to health, but discovers that her exotic accent and pale features set his heart ablaze...her mere touch brands his soul. Passion blooms as the two discover their love for one another—with disastrous consequences.

Upon his expulsion from Cambridge, Eric must battle his domineering grandfather’s wrath. When family tragedy strikes, he must return to his provincial home and confront his abusive past. Carrying on with her quest, Contesse struggles to free herself from her childhood as sinister details are revealed. Without Eric, she’s lost. But love is strong...can they conquer their demons to find one another again?

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Eric wished the Earth would swallow him whole. He’d spent his entire life under the control of his father, and when he moved to London, he set out to finally be his own man. But here he was…still living under someone else's reign, always a disappointment and never able to please. His grandfather had the money and power to sabotage his entire future. And what did I do...a grown man? I stood there and let him berate me! Eric hated his grandfather—but most of all, he despised himself.

Ripping the cravat from his neck, he jerked his overcoat and vest from his person and threw them to the hay-covered floor. Bellowing in fury, he picked up a stray horseshoe from the dirty straw, hurling it through a window with savage force. He sank to the floor and buried his head in his hands, anguish piercing his heart.

A few moments later, Contesse opened the barn door. Eric looked up at her, staring at her intently. Tears whispered at her lashes, and he chastised himself. Here he was, sitting on the dirty ground, feeling sorry for himself. She didn’t deserve a man as cowardly as him. Realizing he said the words out loud, he scowled.

With her head held high, Contesse padded over to him in her bare stockings and sat on her haunches, grabbing his hands. “You are more than worthy of me, Eric. Edouard Blanchefort would be proud I’ve chosen a good man with a pure heart.”

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History buff, Francophile, and hopeless romantic that demands an HEA—it’s the perfect mixture for writing romance! With fond childhood memories of reading on quiet afternoons, I loved the "happily ever after" sweet teen romances, but I quickly plunged into the world of historical romance—my get-away-from-real-life transporter. Add in a degree in Political Studies with six years of French, and twenty years later, I’m living my dream. With three published novels, 7 finished, and several more in my head, I have years of work ahead of me!

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