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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Cover Reveal: Heart Strings by Donna Hatch


We are so excited to have Author Donna Hatch with us once again to feature her newest book! For those who haven't yet met Donna, let's get to know her:


Donna Hatch is the author of the best-selling “Rogue Hearts Series,” and a winner of writing awards such as The Golden Quill and the International Digital Award. A hopeless romantic and adventurer at heart, she discovered her writing passion at the tender age of 8 and has been listening to those voices ever since. She has become a sought-after workshop presenter, and also juggles freelance editing, multiple volunteer positions, and most of all, her six children (seven, counting her husband). A native of Arizona who recently transplanted to the Pacific Northwest, she and her husband of over twenty years are living proof that there really is a happily ever after.Determined to help her father with his political career, Jocelyn sets aside dreams of love until she meets a mysterious gentleman with dangerous secrets. Working undercover, Grant’s only suspect for a murder conspiracy is the father of a lady who is getting increasingly hard to ignore. They must work together to find the assassins. England’s future hangs in the balance…and so does their love.

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And now, let's check out her fantastic new book!

Synopsis: Gently bred young ladies don’t run away from home to find employment, but when forced to choose between marrying a brutish oaf or becoming another man’s mistress, Susanna makes an unconventional decision. Following her passion for music, she flees to London with dreams of securing a position as a harpist. Becoming entangled with a handsome violinist who calls himself Kit, but who seems too aristocratic for a working-class musician, may be more problematic than sleeping in the streets.
Kit's attention is captured by Susanna’s breath-taking talent, admirable grace, and winsome smiles…until a lawman exposes the new harpist as a runaway bride and a thief. With peril lurking in the shadows, Susanna’s imminent danger not only forces Kit to choose between his better judgment and his heart, but he must also embrace the life to which he swore he would never return.

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Detours in Our Destinations







DETOURS IN OUR DESTINATIONS
Nominated for Best Anthology of 2016 in the Summer Indie Awards! Reaching #23 on Amazon’s Best-seller List for Literature & Fiction Mashups during preorders! This beautiful anthology is the brain child of Author Jennifer L. Roche https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJenniferLRoche CEO of Rainbows of Happiness LLC http://www.facebook.com/rainbowsofhappiness2013 who wished to create an anthology that would serve as a living legacy not only for the three babies she had lost, but for all those mothers who had lost a child regardless of the age.
Jennifer asked Author Terrie Meerschaert owner of Indie Editing Services to join on as her partner in this venture after learning of Terrie’s loss of her own son.  Together they began to form the anthology group of authors known simply as the #DetoursCrew today.
Hope & healing are integral emotions required to allow an individual to overcome extreme circumstances allowing the human body to reset itself back on its path in life. We may have a life plan laid out ahead of time in our minds, but sometimes unexpected changes occur causing our paths to take a Detour In Our Destinations.
   When we follow these new routes down life’s road, the experiences we encounter turn out to be rewarding, and meaningful.  Slowly our bodies adjust to change, allowing us to heal from our emotional turmoil and find a sense of hope.




 Detours In Our Destinations Anthology is a collection of inspirational short stories & original poetry created by 13 Indie Authors know as the #DetoursCrew who seek to inspire hope & healing in families affected by #childloss through stories touching on real-life issues.  Each short story in the #DetoursInOurDestinationsAnthony shows the #strength and #perseverance of individuals when confronted with emotionally poignant issues such as child loss, loss of a parent or spouse, infertility, dealing with rare health issues, or dealing with issues of inferiority & lack of self- confidence.  Proceeds  from the sale of this anthology will be donated to the non-profit organization 3Hopeful Hearts  www.3hopefulhearts.com

Authors participating in this anthology are dedicated to helping make a positive impact in the lives of others. The short stories & poetry in Detours In Our Destinations are all written to be inspirational, emotionally poignant pieces of literature.  This anthology will have you feeling the emotional struggles each character overcomes, while simultaneously reaching for your tissues to dry your tears.  The purpose behind creating Detours In  Our Destinations is to display stories about people that positively impact the lives of others despite dealing with personal setbacks. Many of the authors choose to use stories taken from their own personal lives helping readers realize  dreams are possible to achieve despite the obstacles you encounter in life.  One should never give up hope. Continue to defy odds by staying true to themselves & believing they can accomplish their dreams!



The Detours Crew Members
 I believe sharing heartfelt stories such as these is what helps set Detours In Our Destinations apart from most anthologies.  It allows the readers to see the vulnerability of authors and view them as “real” people.  In this sense Detours In Our Destinations is an anthology that creates optimism, inciting a spark of hope in the hearts ofthose who need something to help them in their journey of life!  This is a feel-good anthology rich with emotion. Are you ready to join us in an amazing journey? We’re waiting for you!
Detours Co- creators:      Author Jennifer L. Roche – CEO Rainbows of Happiness LLC http://www.facebook.com/rainbowsofhappiness2013 Author Terrie Meerschaet -Indie Editing Services
Contributors to Detours  In Our Destinations:       Author Jennifer L. Roche, Author Terrie Meerschaet, Author Carmen Alicea,    Author Alicea Cole, Author Debbie Dickinson, Author Mary Anne Edwards, Author Andrew Hess, Author Cathy Jackson, Author Terra James, Author Bella Jeanisse, Author Tessa McFionn,     Author D.A. Roach, Author Aimee Shayee   
We are throwing a fabulous #threedaynewbookreleaseextravaganzablowout party on Aug 19-Aug 21 on Facebook, to launch Detours In Our Destinations into the world! We would love to have as many #friends, #family, and #supporters at our #event as possible! https://www.facebook.com/events/560882220746482/
 We have a wonderful #authorlineup for the three days along with fabulous #giveaways including #paperbacks #swag #ebooks, #Amazongiftcards , and more! Don’t forget about our #Rafflecopterof28Harlequinpaperbacks for one One lucky winner!

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Feel free to contact us and visit our website on Facebook we are close to reaching 1k followers in less than 6 months! Get your hands on a copy soon this anthology will only be available for sale for a limited time!



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#Amazon ebook link:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HZXQI9Q
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**Remember Proceeds from the sale of our anthology go to the non-profit organization 3Hopeful Hearts to aid in helping families affected by child loss!

















Friday, August 19, 2016

Book Blitz: A Chaotic Courtship by Bethany Swafford




For as long as she can remember, Bethany Swafford has loved reading books. That love of words extended to writing as she grew older and when it became more difficult to find a ‘clean’ book, she determined to write her own. Among her favorite authors is Jane Austen, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Georgette Heyer.


When she doesn’t have pen to paper (or fingertips to laptop keyboard), she can generally be found with a book in hand. In her spare time, Bethany reviews books for a book site called More Than A Review.




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Twenty year old Diana Forester, a country bred young woman fears that her inexperience and uncertainties has driven Mr. John Richfield away. On arriving back home from London, she learns that he is already there, ready to continue their acquaintance. If Diana thought that it was difficult in London, courting takes on a whole new aspect when Diana's younger siblings become involved. She finds herself dealing with her own feelings, her sister, her younger brother, jealous members of a house party, a jilted suitor, and a highwayman as she falls in love with the charming Mr. Richfield.




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“I thought you’d never get here!” Sarah said, ignoring my question completely as she spun to face me. I frowned at her as I put my outside garments away. She seemed highly agitated, a state which I had seldom seen her in. “Diana, I must speak with you!”
“About what?” I asked calmly.
Sarah took up pacing, and for a moment I believed she wasn’t going to continue with whatever she wanted to say. “You must listen to me for once in your life!” she finally said, as
though I had been disagreeable.
Sinking onto our bed, I tried to hide a smile. “Then come out and tell me what has you in such a state.”
“I think Mr. Richfield is the highwayman!”
My smile faded instantly as I stared at her. How had she come up with this ridiculous idea? “You what?” I asked in astonishment.
“There, I’ve said it!” Sarah collapsed into the chair at the dressing table. “I’ve considered the matter carefully, Diana, and as your sister, I could not let you become attached to such a black-hearted criminal!”
I couldn’t help but laugh in response to that absurd notion. “Blackhearted criminal? You cannot be serious, Sarah. I have never heard anything so outlandish. Have you been reading my novels?”
“Diana, I am being completely serious! Stop laughing!”
“How can I take you seriously when everything you say is utter nonsense? Why would you possibly think Mr. Richfield, a true gentleman if I’ve ever met one, is a common criminal?”
Sarah leaned forward, her eyes wide. “Don’t you remember what Aunt Forester said at dinner yesterday?” she asked, lowering her voice for some reason. She acted like she was about to disclose some deep secret to me, and I found myself leaning closer. “About the highwayman being around the Bath area?”
Thinking back, I did in fact remember the conversation and our aunt’s comment. “Yes, of course I remember. What about it?”
“Mr. Richfield was there!”
I failed to follow her line of reasoning. “I’m sure a great many people were in Bath at the same time, Sarah. Aunt and Uncle Forester, for example, were there for two months, I believe.”
Shaking her head, Sarah groaned. “Don’t be obtuse, Diana! You have to see the connection here. Mr. Richfield was in Bath when a highwayman terrorized innocent people. And now, he’s here, where a highwayman has mysteriously appeared to threaten our peaceful home!”




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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Cover Reveal: Murmur by Anne Conley



Exclusive blurb from Murmur, Book 5 in Anne's Pierce Securities Series:  


Valerie Dunaway is a former socialite who has hidden from the public eye for years, due to a horrific attack that left her scarred—physically and emotionally. 

When a strange masked man makes himself at home with her, she’s unable to run. She calls the cops, but the agoraphobic won’t go into protective custody, so Detective Hollerman calls the only people he trusts: Pierce Securities.


Quinten Pierce is a Renaissance man—artist, lawyer, fighter—but his latest assignment has him losing his ever-present control. He’s got one fight left in his career, and although he can’t wait for it to be over, his opponent seems to have ties to Valerie, thus forcing him to hold on until he finds out exactly who he’s working with.


With the help of the Pierce team, the scarred princess and the gentle giant must silence the murmurs of the past that threaten their future.



Unedited Excerpt from Murmur:

The more Quinten learned about the reason for Valerie Dunaway’s agoraphobia, the less he liked it.
Quinten looked over Evan’s shoulder at the three massive monitors. 

“She doesn’t appear to have left her house in three years, dude.  She shops online, doesn’t have a car registered to her, nothing.”

Quinten rubbed his jaw in thought.  “Who comes in and out?”

“A therapist comes once a week.  She pays a house keeper and a man who does gardening and errand-running type stuff.  But it looks like that’s about it.  She cut all ties with friends and family after the incident.  Maybe they took sides?”  Evan’s eyes pored over the screens in front of him, faster than Quinten could process what the man was reading.

“What exactly did her husband do to her?  You said sliced and diced?”  Evan’s choice of words churned in his stomach.  Quinten peered at the screens, desperate to find the one that made sense.

“She was a model when they met.  She came from old money.  The Dunaways?  They married into the Stadlers and created a dynasty.”  Quinten nodded. That’s why she sounded familiar.  He was pretty sure some of his parents’ dinner parties had involved the Dunaways and Stadlers.  “Well, she was their face.  Apparently, when she married Argyle Ford, he wanted her to stop being her family’s face piece, and when she wouldn’t, he tied her to their marital bed and sliced her face up with a straight razor.”

Quinten’s stomach churned at the prospect of a man doing something like that to the woman he vowed to honor and cherish.  “When you say, ‘sliced her face up,’ what exactly, do you mean?”

“Put her in the hospital for two weeks.  There were other injuries, mostly from the restraints he used.  Her lawyer wouldn’t let her do any reconstructive surgery except the bare minimum until after the trial.”

Evan’s fingers flew over keys and he pointed at one of the monitors.  There, displayed larger than life, was the most beautiful creature he’d ever seen, on the arm of some guy, in a newspaper article.

Quinten sat back in his chair.  So she’d put the man who’d sworn to love her in prison after he’d taken away her identity as a woman in the worst possible way. She was a model, at least for her family’s enterprises—her mother’s clothing company, and her father’s golf club.  Quinten had been there with his dad.  She also was a spokesperson for numerous charities.  She used her beauty for good, it seemed.  And it had pissed off her husband?  Was she hogging all his attention?  Quinten shook his head, unable to understand it.

 At least she’d taken a stand against her attacker.  That should have been a step toward recovery.  What would be so bad that a woman who lived in the limelight would suddenly disappear from it? 

“Tell me if the bastard’s still in jail,” Quinten murmured as he leaned forward to try to make sense of Evan’s screens again.  The computer wiz was clicking through them so fast, even Quinten couldn’t keep up.
“Well, I’ll be damned…” Evan mused, his fingers clicking on keys.

“What?” Quinten growled.
“Looks like he got out last month.”  Another couple of clicks and something whirred to the left of Quinten.  “I’m printing out his address for you.  It seems he’s living with an uncle on the other side of the lake from Ms. Dunaway.”

That news didn’t make Quinten happy at all.

“I’m going to her house.  See what you can get as far as backgrounds on friends and family, especially his.  Find me some trial transcripts.  And we’ll go from there.”

Evan nodded, still absorbed in the data on his monitors.  “Will do.”




Read other stand-alone novels in the Pierce Securities Series: 
Redemption for Misty (Book 4.5)-Available only on Amazon
Murmur pre-order links coming soon!



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