Wednesday, October 5, 2016

EskieMama Reads Midweek Spotlight w/Giveaway: Sins That Haunt by Lucy Farago


Welcome to EskieMama Reads Midweek Spotlight!
Today we are spotlighting Lucy Farago's 
Sins That Haunt

Enter to win 1 or 2 ecopies of Sin on the Strip & 1 winner of the novella Sin and the Millionaire from Lucy Farago.


Third novel in the Women of Vegas series
Sins That Haunt!


Civil attorney Shannon Joyce walks the line of law and order, but she learned from day one how to put up a good front—thanks to her con man father. Thirteen years ago, she left the east coast and her life of crime behind. Her high school sweetheart, Noah, was collateral damage, but some things can’t be helped. But now there’s no escape when her past comes roaring down the Strip—in the oh-so-tempting form of the man she left behind...

Special Agent Noah Monroe has Shannon exactly where he wants her—in the back of his car in handcuffs. Her grifter father has been murdered, and the FBI needs Shannon to keep one of his scams in play to bag the big bad guy who was financing him. Once again a pawn in someone’s else game, Shannon will have to trust her instincts to survive both the peril threatening her—and the passion Noah reignites… 

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"Lucy Farago has an eye for detail, a heart for romance, and a voice as layered as her plot and characters!"--Roxanne St. Claire, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author.





Q & A with Lucy Farago about Sins That Haunt!



Tell us about Sins that Haunt
This is the third full novel in the Women of Vegas series. It follows Shannon, a savvy civil attorney whose past comes back to haunt her. In the first book, Sin on the Strip, we learn Shannon ran away from a bad childhood. But even her best friend, Maggie, doesn’t know Shannon’s father used her to pull cons, the last one having deadly consequences.

Noah, her childhood sweetheart, has never really gotten over her and when his case starts to unravel, he manipulates Shannon’s need for redemption by convincing her to help the feds. Shannon swore off her old ways but to survive she’ll need to remember every trick her father taught her or risk not only crashing Noah’s case, but more importantly, her life.

What initially inspired you to write Sins That Haunt?
I liked Shannon and always knew she’d get her own book. She’s super smart, sassy and fiercely protective of her friends. I thought writing her as an ex-grifter would be fun and it fit her personality.

Tell us little about the characters in this book.
Well, you know Shannon. She uses what she learned from her father in the courtroom. She’s tenacious and knows how to read people. Seeing Noah again reminds her of everything she thought she’d left behind, good and bad. She’s never gotten over what she did and it haunts her.

Noah is a hometown boy at heart. When Shannon took off without a word, he was heartbroken and very confused. While he thinks he’s over her, when he joined the agency, part of him did it for her. He’s a fraud expert. And even though they’ve both changed, he’s determined to make her believe in happy endings, one with him in it.

What was the hardest part of writing this book?
When you write romantic suspense, you’re basically writing two plots, the love story and the suspense. The two must be intertwined. The romance for me is the easiest part but I had to do a lot of research on the FBI and fraud cases. I wanted some truth to make it believe.

What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
Chapter One. Chapter one is always the best part for me. It begins the journey and that’s exciting.

What are your future project(s)?
I’m working on the men from ICU. (Investigative Collection Unit). Cowboy’s (from Sin on the Run) story is next. Then most likely Monty and of course Ryan, their boss. These are all characters from the Women of Vegas series.


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“Are you all crazy?” she screeched. “You can’t make me do this.”
They couldn’t, but without JJ their case was heading for the crapper, and in his heart he believed Shannon wanted to make amends for the shit she’d helped JJ with. He could have just asked for her assistance, but that would have taken some finessing and they didn’t have that much time. Plus, he hadn’t seen . . . spoken to her in thirteen years.
She’d abandoned him. Everything they’d felt for each other, like JJ’s scams, had all been bullshit. Then again, one look at Noah and she could’ve run the other way. He’d prepared for that reaction. What he hadn’t expected was the one she’d given him. She’d been surprised but genuinely happy to see him—until he’d handcuffed her. He’d played it wrong but had no choice but to proceed with his assignment.
“Try to keep an open mind.” Lame, but he had to try.
“The FBI is blackmailing me. Open mind?”
“Is this about not wanting to help? Or not wanting to return ho . . . to Tweedsmuir?”
“Both.” Folding her arms, she glared at her suitcase. “I worked hard for that condo. How the hell do I explain the feds to security? You had no right.” Then she leveled her evil stare on him.
He had to admit when he’d been fourteen it’d scared the hell out of him. “Actually, my name was on your pass list.”
“No, it wasn’t.”
“Maggie put me on,” he said, resisting the urge to take a step back, out of arm’s length.
“She wouldn’t blindside me like that.” She wasn’t convinced. He had to wonder why.
“I told her I wanted to see you and was afraid you wouldn’t agree to it.” Maggie’s capitulation had been easy; too easy. While the two of them had always gotten along, Maggie’s loyalties were to Shan- non. But she claimed Shannon needed closure and seeing him would do her good. He hadn’t known how to take it.
“That woman is too soft.”
Yes, and it was why it had been even more shocking to learn she and Shannon had left Tweedsmuir. He wouldn’t have put a stunt like that past Shannon, but Maggie. . . . What had really surprised him was that they’d left him out of it. “She seemed to think it would do you good to see me,” he said, hoping she’d elaborate.
“Buy me that coffee and maybe, maybe I won’t be arrested for killing someone for real.” She started to walk away then stopped, glancing back at the car with a puzzled expression.
“Something wrong?” He looked between her and the rental car. “What isn’t wrong?” she said and resumed walking.
He peeked at his watch, debating whether to tell her their flight left in two hours. He’d figured slapping cuffs on her in front of her staff wouldn’t win him brownie points. So he’d waited. Luckily, he’d been able to snag two seats on the late-night flight back to the East Coast. Perhaps a stiff drink was a better idea. 



Having written her first and yet unpublished, paranormal historical ten years ago, Lucy Farago still has a hard time believing her dream of becoming a writer came true. Even though she didn't start out as a romantic suspense writer, she can’t see herself in another genre. 
Don’t be surprised to find her people watching, figuring out how to fit them into a book. Hero, heroine, victim or villain, she believes truth is sometimes, while not necessarily better than fiction, much better if drawn from reality.
Lucy Farago is currently working on her fifth book for in her new series, The Men Of ICU.

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Release Day Launch w/Giveaway: Refused to Reign by Constance Phillips

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  About Refused to Reign: After his father’s death, Reider relinquished reign of the wolf pack to his brother Geoff, leaving everything—including Sable—behind, but refused to let go of the one thing his father ever gave him: the amulet that symbolized leadership. Six months later, Geoff is missing and the Conclave has called him to the Hotel Paranormal. They want him to take control of the Great Basin pack or hand over the amulet reserved for the alpha of the Great Basin Pack. Reider quickly learns the amulet is coveted by many. Can Reider unravel the mystery and find his brother or will he submit to Sable and the Conclave and reclaim his reign.   Get your copy today! Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Refused-Reign-Paranormal-Constance-Phillips-ebook/dp/B01LIB95W8/ref=sr_1_1?s=apparel&ie=UTF8&qid=1475596332&sr=8-1&keywords=refused+to+reign Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/refused-to-reign-constance-phillips/1124621954?ean=2940153515717 Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/refused-to-reign ARE: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-refusedtoreign-2115820-140.html r2r_teaser1 About Constance Phillips: me Constance Phillips lives in Ohio with her husband, daughter, and four canine kids where she writes contemporary romance novels and paranormal romance novels. ​ When not writing stories of finding and rediscovering love, Constance and her husband spend the hours planning a cross-country motorcycle trip for the not-so-distant future…if they can find a sidecar big enough for the pups. Connect with Constance: Website: http://www.constancephillips.com Blog: http://www.blog.constancephillips.com Facebook (Author Page): https://www.facebook.com/ConstancePhillipsRomanceAuthor/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cmphillips1967/?hl=en Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/CPhillips Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/phillipsconnie/ Tumblr: http://constancephillips.tumblr.com/ Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6470282.Constance_Phillips Newsletter sign up: http://eepurl.com/o_c6f   Enter Constance’s Giveaway: a Rafflecopter giveaway      

Release Day Blitz w/Giveaway: Our Options have Changed by Julia Kent & Elisa Reed

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The first book in a brand new series from NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author Julia Kent and Elisa Reed is available now! Make sure you get your hands on OUR OPTIONS HAVE CHANGED, a hilarious and sexy contemporary romance. Read a sneak peek below and enter to win a Kindle Fire!

 

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About OUR OPTIONS HAVE CHANGED

Having it all is a fantasy, right?
Chloe Browne knows all about fantasy. Fantasy is her job.
And she’s very, very good at what she does.
As director of design for the O Spa chain, a sophisticated women’s club that is trending its way into being the Next Big Thing, Chloe’s ready to take on the world.
One baby at a time.
Her home study’s done, and she’s about to adopt, a thirty-something single mother by choice. Who needs to put her life on hold for the right guy when the right baby is waiting for her?
Besides, talk about fantasy.
The right guy?
Pfft. Right.
And then in walks Nick Grafton, with those commanding sapphire eyes and wavy blonde hair and a sophisticated mouth that only smiles for her.
He’s perfect.
But the last thing Nick wants is to start fresh with a new baby as his college-age kids fly the coop. A single father for more than fifteen years after his wife walked out on her family, Nick finally tastes freedom.
But he likes the taste of Chloe more.
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Our Options Have Changed is a full-length standalone contemporary romance, the first in the On Hold series by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julia Kent and journalist-turned-fiction-writer Elisa Reed. It is a loose spinoff from Julia Kent’s Shopping for a Billionaire series, with cameo appearances from favorite characters.
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Through the next ten slides, Chloe shows us exactly how brilliant she is, while I struggle to grasp the landscape of the meeting. She walked in here with a fringe idea and a slim chance of convincing Andrew McCormick to invest on the scale she wants. And now they’re talking New Orleans, San Francisco, and— “Rio would be a great target for 2018,” Chloe says, sitting down across from Andrew, tapping the end of a pen against the front of her teeth. “What about Tokyo for 2020?” “The Olympics!” Andrew and Amanda say at the same time, then laugh. “We’re getting ahead of ourselves,” I declare. “You’re not convinced I’m worth taking a chance?” Chloe asks, her nose twitching with amusement, that curled lip driving me mad. “You’ve convinced me,” Andrew says, standing and finally looking at his phone. “Nick, make it happen.” “What?” “Give Chloe whatever she needs.” “Whatever she needs?” I choke out in surprise. Quickly, I recover, face showing no emotion, even if my pulse and half the blood in my body has migrated below my belt and I can’t stop wondering what’s under that corset. One peek of a nipple is like being given a single sip of Hennessy cognac. It’s great, but you want the whole thing in your mouth eventually. God help me, her eyes meet mine and her smile widens. Best. Job. Ever. “Right. Chloe, why don’t you go back to your office for an hour or so, while Nick and Amanda and I hash out some details in the conference room. We’ll call you,” Andrew says, standing and reaching for her hand. The only hint of emotion in Chloe’s face comes from the micro-movements in her eyes. She is pleased. I want to please her. And not just with Anterdec’s money. In this business setting, she should be pleased. Sharp and perceptive, she’s turned the meeting around. A green light from Andrew McCormick isn’t easy to obtain, and she marched right in here in secret dominatrix lingerie and she did it. I am intrigued and a little spellbound. Maybe I’m just lightheaded from the lack of blood flow to the brain. She unmoors me, turning back decades, making me feel like an awkward, uncoordinated teen. But with a man’s appreciation for all that goes into making her her. “Nick?” Andrew’s clipped tone makes me realize I’m in my own head. Chloe’s standing before me, her nose twitching with amusement, the rest of her face revealing nothing. “Great presentation,” I say, shaking her hand. My eyes float down to her rack. “It’s an eyeful, isn’t it?” she jokes. “Certainly impressive,” I confirm. “The graphs.” I need to dial this down. Andrew’s giving me looks that could peel paint. “You give great data.” “I aim to be Good, Giving, and Game.” “Isn’t that what Dan Savage says about sex?” “It applies to business, too.” “A universal set of tools.” She shrugs. “Everyone can have the same tools, Nick. Tool acquisition? Anyone can do that. The real skill is in implementation.” With that, Chloe Browne leaves me speechless, hard as a rock, and the object of my boss’s ire. One hell of a hat trick.  

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About Julia Kent

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Julia Kent writes romantic comedy with an edge, and new adult books that push contemporary boundaries. From billionaires to BBWs to rock stars, Julia finds a sensual, goofy joy in every book she writes, but unlike Trevor from Random Acts of Crazy, she has never kissed a chicken.

About Elisa Reed

New England native Elisa Reed now lives, writes, and plays in New Orleans and along the sugar sands of the Gulf Coast.

Book Blast w/Giveaway: Brooklyn Heat by D. James Eldon


Brooklyn Heat
by D. James Eldon
GENRE: Crime Fiction

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BLURB:

When a little girl is found brutally murdered, veteran NYPD homicide detectives Hiro Masimoto and Ryan Sullivan are determined, against all odds, to solve the case.

In the midst of the worst heat wave in New York City’s history and with personal and professional pressures mounting, the detectives pursue the mother’s ex-boyfriend and former criminal, Nick DeSantis.

But DeSantis, a two-time felon, has skipped town and the detectives struggle to collect enough hard evidence to extradite him before he slips completely out of their grasp.

With a cast of outlaw characters and more twists and turns than a coiled spring, Brooklyn Heat delivers a taut thriller of the highest caliber.

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The new paperback version of Brooklyn Heat is available at the CreateSpace eStore
Use the coupon code - 9NYHU7HL at checkout they can get 20% off the retail price (the paperback through CreateSpace retails for $15.99, the discount is $3.20, so the final price is $12.79). The discount will remain in effect through October.

The ebook retails for $4.99 and remains unchanged.

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Excerpt:

Detective Hiro Masimoto makes his way through the gaggle of spectators, approaches the yellow police tape stretched loosely between the railings at the foot of the brownstone steps. He runs an absent hand through his cropped, jet-black hair, then bends his lanky six-foot-two-inch frame under the tape. Despite the heat, he wears an immaculately pressed dark-blue suit, crisp white shirt, and geometrically patterned blue and white tie. A gold shield hangs from his breast pocket.

“Hey, Maxi,” the uniform standing at the top of the stairs says, taking a pull on his cigarette as the detective walks up to meet him.

“Hey, Ralphie. What’s the deal?” Masimoto asks in his patient way, as if passing the time, waiting for a train.

“Don’t know really, but I think it’s murder,” Ralphie chuckles darkly, blowing smoke. When Masimoto doesn’t respond, Ralphie frowns. “I wasn’t first on the scene. McNally and Dugan were. Dugan said to wait here for the Dicks.”

“OK, well, I’m here now. Medical Examiner on the way?”

“Don’t know.”

“Right, so, what do you know?” Masimoto asks.

“It’s been three weeks without a drop of rain, and today’s gonna be another scorcher. Weatherman says hazy, hot, and humid. There’s a bit of a panic over the temperature as no one can recall it ever being this hot this early in the year. It’s been so hot for so long, the murder rate has dropped to its lowest since the city’s been keeping track. People are just too hot to bother,” Ralphie says with a wink, a nod, and a puff of his cigarette.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

D. James Eldon is a poet, novelist, and short-story writer from New York City. His work has been published online and in print, in the US, Canada, and Europe, in both English and French.

His debut novel, All The Way Gone, the first of the Brooklyn Homicide Investigations, is available as an ebook and paperback in English as well as paperback in French (under the title Sur Le Fil). 

The latest Brooklyn Homicide Investigation, Brooklyn Heat, is available now in both ebook and paperback.

And, in 2017, look for the third Brooklyn Homicide Investigation, The Pope’s Guard.

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Virtual Book Tour w/Giveaway: Emma G. Loves Boyz by Taro Meyer



Emma G. Loves Boyz: A True Love Journal
by Taro Meyer
GENRE: YA/Middle Grade

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Emma G. is CRAZY about Aaron, lead singer of Boyz3000. Of course, she doesn’t actually know him, but so what? Feelings are feelings. That is until Josh appears… and he’s soooooo CUTE. Navigating her two crushes and her middle school life, especially with eighth-grade hater Renee around, is a challenge. And oh yeah, she’s got to earn money for an AWESOME trip to the Bahamas to see the band of her dreams. Hello???? How much can one thirteen-year-old take???

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“Boyz3000 will be where?”

“AT THE HOTEL IN THE BAHAMAS WHERE I AM GOING!!!!” she screamed into my ear. “THEY’RE DOING A CONCERT!!”

“OH MY GOD!!!” I screamed back. I nearly fell off my chair. “That is so awesome!”

“I know, but wait! My parents said I could take a friend, and I want to take you!”

“Me?” I gasped. “You want to take me? To see Boyz3000 in their concert?”

“Yes, because we both love them and you’re my best friend and…”

Jenny kept talking, but I was so excited I didn’t hear anything else until she said, “We are leaving next Saturday for the weekend.”

“THIS SATURDAY???”

“No! Next Saturday! The one after this weekend! My parents will pay for the hotel and all. You’ll share my room. You just need to pay for your plane ticket.”

“Uh-oh,” I said. “How much does that cost?”

“It’s on a special deal; it’s a hundred and fifty dollars.”

“Oh. That’s a lot of money. I don’t know if they’ll pay that.”

“I know it’s a lot, but they have to.”

“But what if they don’t?”

Jenny thought for a minute. “Tell them you’ll die if you don’t go.”

“That kind of thing doesn’t work with my parents.”

“Well, think of something! ANYTHING!!!” she shrieked. “My dad is trying to get us backstage passes for the Meet and Greet!!!”

“WHAT?” I gasped. “THE MEET AND GREET???”

“Yes!!!” Jenny squealed. “We’ll be able to meet them IN PERSON, and probably talk to them too because my dad works in TV and…”

She was still talking but I didn’t hear anything else. Oh my God!!! Oh my God!!! My heart totally stopped beating at that very moment…

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Q & A with Taro Meyer

Tell us something you hate doing. Why?

I hate to cook. I can put a pot on the stove or dish in the oven, and I’ll get bored. So I walk out of the kitchen and start reading or writing and pretty soon there’s a burning smell, and an alarm goes off.

Share a funny incident in your life.

I used to be an actress. My daughter was about five, and she’d watch me get all made up and dressed for auditions. One time, when I didn’t book a commercial, she asked why. I said, “Well, they said want someone who isn’t pretty and they thought I was a little bit pretty.”
“Oh, mommy,” she said. “You should let them see you in the morning before you put on your makeup. Then they won’t think you’re pretty, and you can get the job.”

What's your pet peeve?

Bullying. I don’t like it on T.V., in schools, online, in government, anywhere.

When you are in writer mode, music or no music? If music, do you have a playlist?
Since I also write music for kids, I can’t listen at the same time. And when I’m writing or editing, I like to have a stillness, or maybe just the sound of the ocean. It creates a quiet space in which the story takes shape, so it’s not helpful for me to have a different vibe going at the same time. But if I’m focusing on a specific musical idea, then I’ll listen to appropriate music.
I listened to a lot of the music that Emma likes while writing for her but not while I was actually writing.

Who was your favorite hero/heroine?
My mom was one. (I was lucky because I also had a great dad too.)
As a kid I was annoyed by my mother’s constant watchfulness, what I thought was overbearing. But her constant faith in me and my sister gave us a strong foundation. She worked hard so that her children could have a better world than she had. And Gloria Steinem is a heroine of mine. She was so instrumental in expanding the possibilities of what women could achieve and helped moved our culture towards greater equality of opportunity. I think that’s a gift to all of us, men and women.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Taro Meyer is a Grammy, Parents’ Choice, and Audie Award winning Audio Producer who has been producing and directing YA audiobooks for over 20 years, including The Princess Diaries Series starring Anne Hathaway, the All American Girl Series starring Ari Meyers, The Inheritance Cycle (Eragon, Eldest, Brisngr) and Judy Blume’s The Pain and the Great OneHere’s to You Rachel Robinson and Tiger Eyes among others.  

She co-produced two touring companies of Trans-Siberian Orchestra's smash rock show Christmas Eve and Other Stories and their TV special The Ghosts of Christmas Eve, receiving Gold and Platinum Albums for her work with the team. She was associate producer of the award winning anti-bullying movie, “The Contest,” and co-produced the premier showcase of off-Broadway’s Little Willie. 
As an actress and singer, she starred on Broadway in the musical Zorba, in numerous regional and off-Broadway shows, and on TV’s All My Children, Another World (for which she also composed music) and the mini-series Memories of Midnight, amongst others. 

Meyer wrote and produced the upcoming children’s album: Mighty Musical Fairy Tales, starring international artist Patti Austin; an updated, joyous musical version of Classic Fairy tales, accompanied by an illustrated book, The Ugly Duckling.


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