Friday, November 27, 2015

HOW TO LOSE A BACHELOR by Anna Banks Join The Tour and Read an Excerpt!

Anna Banks
Releasing Nov 9th, 2015
Entangled: Bliss

When Rochelle Ransom auditioned for the dating show Luring Love, she had big plans for winning the prize money to help her favorite charity–and if she won the hot bachelor's heart, even better. But at the last minute she finds out the hot bachelor is her ex-boyfriend, Grant Drake. Desperate to keep her distance from him, she'll do anything–and everything–to get voted off.

Years ago, Rochelle broke Grant’s heart, and he's out for revenge. There's no way he'll vote her off.  After all, vengeance is a dish best served red-hot...and on live television.

When her hilarious antics to get kicked off the show escalate, Grant’s reminded why he fell in love with her the first time. Now he isn't sure which might be more fun... Seeing how far Rochelle is willing to go to get away or how far he will to keep her forever.


Grant crossed his arms. “Really? Because I asked around too, and several of our lovely contestants said the ‘wardrobe malfunction’ was that she refused to put on any dress chosen for her. You realize why she wore a FSU shirt, don’t you, Richie. I hate that team. And as for ratings, I don’t give a rat’s—”
            “Please, lower your voice. This isn’t as bad as it seems.”
            “What did you say to her to make her stay? Don’t give me anymore BS about loopholes in contracts, either.”
            Richie pressed his fingertips together thoughtfully. “You say this woman was the love of your life, yet you don’t even realize what she’s doing. I find that difficult to believe.”
            “You said she was the love of my life. I told you to let her go.”
            “Not going to happen, Grant. Besides, I thought you’d be happy about this turn of events. About what it means for you.”
            Grant scowled. “Are you incapable of being direct?”
            “Isn’t it obvious, Grant? She’s making what I would call a tremendous effort for you to vote her off. Which means she still has feelings for you.”
“You have a warped sense of reasoning.” She might have feelings for him, but they sure as hell weren’t romantic in any way. What, she was trying to woo him with a sweatshirt that smelled like hot dumpster trash? Richie was crazy.
“She can’t stand to be around you because of all the feelings your presence dredges up. Is that so hard to understand?”
Grant blinked. It actually wasn’t; he could relate. He wished he could turn off the memories her presence provoked in him. “You can’t let her run wild on the set, Richie. She’s making a joke out of your show. Don’t you care about that?”
Richie laughed. “She’s doing exactly what I’d hoped she’d do. The question is, are you going to let her beat you at this game?”
            Grant took the seat behind him and leaned on Richie’s desk with his forearms. Of course, she was trying to get voted off the show. She hated his guts, and had an entire decade to let this medley of hatred and anger simmer. This was her loophole. Her way of getting out of the contract.  “You don’t know Chelle. She won’t give up. These tantrums will only get worse.”
            “Look,” Richie said with a sympathetic sigh that barely hid his delight. “There’s a fine line between love and hate. Haven’t you ever heard that? She obviously has strong feelings toward you. It’s up to you to change the nature of those feelings.”
            Grant wiped a hand down his face. Changing Rochelle’s mind about anything had always been a challenge. But changing her heart? Was that even possible?
            “You handled yourself quite well last night,” Richie continued. “Very composed for the situation.”
            “Am I just supposed to ignore her behavior? That’s not fair to the other women.”
            Richie smirked. “Do you even remember the names of any of the other women?”


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Thursday, November 26, 2015

BCT: Playing CATCH UP With Author Jayne Ann Krentz

Hi Readers! Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for joining us for this weeks BCT. My fellow BCT bloggers and I get to read and promote many authors. So sometimes, we fall behind on our own favorite authors that we read just for pleasure. So this week, we are playing CATCH UP here and we each are choosing a fave author we have fallen behind on. For me, I am choosing Amanda Quick aka Jayne Ann Krentz's historical alter ego.

About The Book:

Miss Amity Doncaster, world traveler, is accustomed to adventure and risk. Benedict Stanbridge, a man of science and a spy for the Crown, has faced danger in the darker corners of foreign lands. But they are about to face a threat that is shockingly close to home . . .

One does not expect to be kidnapped on a London street in broad daylight. But Amity Doncaster barely escapes with her life after she is trapped in a carriage with a blade-wielding man in a black silk mask who whispers the most vile taunts and threats into her ear. Her quick thinking, and her secret weapon, save her . . . for now.

But the monster known in the press as the Bridegroom, who has left a trail of female victims in his wake, has survived the wounds she inflicts and will soon be on his feet again. He is unwholesomely obsessed by her scandalous connection to Benedict Stanbridge—gossip about their hours alone in a ship’s stateroom seems to have crossed the Atlantic faster than any sailing vessel could. Benedict refuses to let this resourceful, daring woman suffer for her romantic link to him—as tenuous as it may be.

For a man and woman so skilled at disappearing, so at home in the exotic reaches of the globe, escape is always an option. But each intends to end the Bridegroom’s reign of terror in London, and will join forces to do so. And as they prepare to confront an unbalanced criminal in the heart of the city they love, they must also face feelings that neither of them can run away from. . . 

Jayne Ann Krentz is one of my comfort reads no matter what genre she is writing. I was thrilled when OTHERWISE ENGAGED came out as a stand alone read. And this story reminds me her earlier writing style. The era has changed, but not her warm and friendly story telling.
     This story takes place in later Victorian times when modern inventions were popping up everywhere, travel was quicker, and women were starting to break free from the roles that society thrust upon them. Amanda Quick blends her likeable romanctic style with a suspense thread.
      Amity saves Benedict Standbridge at the docks as she is about to leave for a voyage. She and Benedict become friends on the trip while he heals and an attraction forms, but he has some business to attend to first. When she returns home to London, she is kidnapped during the day but manages to escape. Gossip about her time at sea has come the attention of society and others. Not much later, Benedict returns and together they try to solve the mystery of the crazed killer dubbed The Bridegroom.
      The light suspense is enjoyable, but I loved the interaction between Amity and Benedict more. Ms Quick's heroines are always smart, independent, and charmingly quirky. Benedict is  handsome and comes from a wealthy family, but he isn't spoiled and arrogant like others of high society. He's wired differently and has a scientific mind and is an engineer. Both of them are happiest on the fringes of society rather than deep in it and its shallowness. With the help of Amity's sister and a detective, they race time trying to find The Bridegroom before he kills again.
     This was a fun and well paced romance. I love that Amity has a brain and knows how to use it. She and the Benedict are a perfect match and they were meant to be together. Even if this is standard Quick, she will always be a favorite comfort read for me.

     Thank you for joining us this week. Let us know who you want to "catch up" on. Don't forget to visit the other BCT Bloggers. Next week, December 4th, we are having a theme "I Want That"! I hope you will stop by and join us again.
      Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Christmas 1815.

Upstairs and downstairs, Holbourne Abbey is abuzz with preparations for a grand ball to celebrate the year’s most festive—and romantic—holiday. For at the top of each guest’s wish list is a last chance to find true love before the New Year…

A chance meeting beneath the mistletoe, a stolen glance across the dance floor—amid the sumptuous delicacies, glittering decorations, and swell of the orchestra, every duchess and debutante, lord and lackey has a hopeful heart. There’s the headstrong heiress who must win back her beloved by midnight—or be wed to another….the spinster whose fateful choice to relinquish love may hold one more surprise for her…a widow yearning to glimpse her long-lost love for even one sweet, fleeting interlude …a charming rake who finds far more than he bargained for. And many other dazzling, romantic tales in this star-studded collection that will fill your heart and spice up your holidays…

My Review:

This is an enjoyable holiday anthology by some popular superstars of historical romance. I have read many of these authors before, but a couple are new to me. Jo Beverly's prologue sets up the premise for THE LAST CHANCE BALL. Then each author offers a short story about their couples chance to find happiness at the ball at the most special time of the year. Each story flowed seamlessly into the next with some wonderful characters. Some are second chance lovers and others are about finding the one and only love unexpectedly. This is a cozy read which will warm you on a winter's night. Enjoy!

Excerpt #3
From OLD FLAMES DANCE by Cara Elliott
            A man was sitting in a leather armchair, his long legs propped up on the brass fender surrounding the flames dancing up from the logs in the marble hearth. His head was bent over the book in his lap, the planes of his profile sharply defined by red-gold flames, even though tangled strands of silky black hair had fallen across his cheek.
            Lily tried to breathe, but the hammering of her heart against her ribs seemed to thump all the air from her lungs.
            His face was more austere. Time had chiseled away the softness of youth. There was a new firmness to his features—the cant of his eyes, the slant of his cheekbone, the shape of his nose. . . .
            Oh, but the shape of his mouth still possessed a fullness that belied the serious expression tugging at its corners.
            Seeming to sense the scrutiny, he slowly looked up from the open pages.
            The slight movement broke the spell that held her in thrall. Lifting her skirts, she hurried to catch up with her escort, the agitated swoosh-swoosh of wool and lace skirling around her legs.
            “Your quarters are here, madam.” Munton opened the paneled portal and stepped aside for her to enter. Her maid had already lit the oil lamps and stirred the banked fire to a cheery blaze. “You have only to ring if you require anything.”
            “Thank you,” replied Lily, her breath still feeling a little ragged.
            He bowed, and the door closed with a discreet click.
            “I’ve laid out your night rail and wrapper, Mrs. T.” Her maid, Colleen, an Irish girl from County Kerry who had been with her for the last five years, came around the large four-poster bed chafing her arms. “Cor, I had forgotten how cold winter can be here. I never thought I’d say it, but I almost miss the sweltering heat of Bombay.”
            “It will take a little time to readjust.”
            “Aye, lots of things to get used to again,” agreed Colleen. An even-tempered girl who had proved unflappable through any adventure, she had become a friend as well as a companion. “The weather, the peace and quiet, the food—though I won’t miss that hot-as-hellfire curry.”
            Lily smiled and they continued chatting as her maid helped her to undress and ready herself for retiring. The supper tray arrived, the hot tea and still-warm meat pie helping to calm her jumpy stomach. She then dismissed Colleen for the night, wishing to be alone with her thoughts.
            Not that they proved to be very good company.
            Edward. She had thought that time—how many hours were in a decade?—had rubbed off all the sharp edges of longing. Her godmother’s invitation to the ball had offered a chance to see him one last time before retiring to the snug little cottage she had leased on the coast—and she had told herself it was merely a mixture of curiosity and nostalgia that had compelled her to accept. A dispassionate glimpse back at her youth before heading to the future of living out her widowhood in comfortable peace and quiet.
            Liar! In her heart, she should have known her feelings, however carefully locked away in the darkest depth of her being, had not withered away for lack of air or light. One glimpse—one fleeting glance at his face—and love had burst into bloom, its tender vines shooting out to curl around her consciousness. . . .
            “Yes, it was a mistake to come here,” she whispered.


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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

THE IDEA OF YOU by Darcy Burke. Excerpt & Giveaway For Book #4 in The Ribbon Ridge Series

Ribbon Ridge #4
Darcy Burke
Releasing November 17th, 2015
Avon Books

Evan Archer has always preferred peace and solitude to the loud antics of his large, hard-to-navigate family. But when Archer Enterprises needs a new creative director, Evan jumps at the chance to claim the job he’s always wanted. Moving home is easier than he expected, but Evan isn’t prepared for the stunning A-list celebrity hiding out in his family’s garage apartment.

Following a major tabloid scandal, movie star Alaina Pierce escapes to Ribbon Ridge. She’s immediately drawn to the quiet, picturesque town and the incredibly sexy—if a little quirky—Evan. He may be built like a Greek god, but he’s honest and straightforward… so different from the Hollywood types she normally dates.

Their attraction is undeniable, but Alaina can’t elude the paparazzi forever, and Evan has no interest in being in the limelight. When the secret she’s been keeping is exposed, the idea of Evan—of real love and a family like the Archers—could vanish in an instant.

My Review:

     I don't know where to start with this new addition to a phenomenal series. Darcy Burke grabs her readers  by the heart with another emotional story about the amazing Archer family.
      Alaina Pierce is a movie actress ready to explode because the paparazzi has again jumped to conclusions about something personal going on in her life. She is able to escape to the Archer family's property to relax and really think about her career and future. Here, she meets the sexy one of a kind man, Evan Archer. A former reality television star himself, he is home for nearly the same thing, a change in his career goals and how his family sees him.
      Alaina is fascinated by Evan, a man who doesn't fawn all over the actress, but sees her as a normal, albeit beautiful, woman.  Evan has a sensory disorder and is wired differently than other people. He is smart, sexy, and a bit of a loner. He is also quite honest and direct and takes everything very literally. Together they click as they come to know each other and encourage each other in changes of their future pursuits. Unfortunately, there is a bump in the road that could end their relationship before its really started.
      This story is warm-hearted with some tender moments. It's all about love and family. There are also plenty of humorous moments as Alaina discovers with her quirky new love. Together, they bring out something new and wonderful in each other. Every time I finish a book in this series, I can't wait for the next. The Archer family has suffered a great loss, but with each other and their new loves, they are healing and becoming stronger than ever. Do yourself a favor and discover The Ribbon Ridge series.

Excerpt #3
“I didn’t sign up to have my life scrutinized and invaded.” Her tone had risen again. He tried to decide if that meant she was agitated, excited, or something else. Sometimes talking to strangers was like speaking in tongues. Sometimes? Always.
“Do you need any help with this?”
“No, I’ve got it handled. Thanks. But should you leave that battery out? What if there’s an actual fire?”
“Are you planning on making more bacon?”
She shuddered, and a lock of her dark blonde, wavy hair fell against her face. “God no. I’ll find something else to eat.”
He ought to invite her to the main house for dinner, but he was probably going to heat up a frozen burrito or make nachos. She wrapped her arms around herself, and for the first time, he registered the chill coming from the open windows.
He went and closed the window. “The smoke’s mostly gone.”
“I’ll go shut the one in the bedroom.”
“I’ll get it.” He turned and went into the single bedroom. The light was on, and he saw an array of clothing spread out over the bed. His gaze lingered on a lacy bra and a matching pair of panties. She’d look amazing in those.
He quickly spun around and closed the window.
“Thanks,” she said as he moved back through the living room toward the kitchen. “What about the battery?”
“Right.” He’d meant to put it back, but her underwear had totally distracted him. He retrieved the chair and replaced the battery in the alarm. “All set.”
“Thank you for rushing to my aid. Maybe I’ll see you . . . tomorrow. Or something.”
“How long are you staying?” It probably wasn’t his business, but the question was out of his mouth before he could censor it.
“Until my life gets back to normal.” She laughed. He recognized that laugh from her movies. It was full and sexy and utterly distinctive. “What a joke. My life will never be normal.”
“Why don’t you quit, then? If you hate the fame and you want a normal life, just walk away. I’m guessing you have plenty of money.”
“Yes, but I also love my job. Could you walk away from something you loved?”
Something he loved . . . What was that exactly? His family. His cat. His job? Not yet. But the potential was there. Finally. Yeah, he’d walked away from something he loved. After grad school, he’d moved away from home, from his family, whom he loved—to prove that he could. “Yeah, I could walk away. Maybe all the negatives associated with your job are telling you to leave. Sometimes you have to realize it’s time to move on.”
That had been one of the hardest lessons of all, in both big and small ways. It had taken him years to learn to walk away from an incomplete school assignment and accept he could finish it later. Or let go of a specific rule or idea.
“Thanks for the unsolicited advice,” she said.
More sarcasm? Probably. “I wasn’t trying to give you advice.” He walked toward the door but paused at the threshold. “If you want some beer, come over to the house and I can pull you a growler or whatever you want. You know my dad’s a brewer, right?”
She shook her head. “That was a bit of a non sequitur, wasn’t it?”
He was the king of non sequiturs, and as a result, he had learned a few defense mechanisms for when people noticed the oddity. “It’s part of my allure.”
She took the towel from her shoulder and laid it over the back of one of the barstools. “Sean told me you own a bunch of brewpubs.”
“Not me. My dad. Technically, Archer Enterprises, and he’s the CEO. My adoptive brother, Derek, is the CFO, and my brother Kyle is acting COO while my younger brother, Hayden, is in France learning to make wine.”
She crossed her arms over her chest, and her lips did that almost-smile thing again. “Also an encyclopedia, I see.”
He had a canned comeback for that, too. “The better to charm you with. Seriously, if you want the beer, just come over.”

“Thanks. I’ll keep that in mind.”

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A native Oregonian, Darcy lives on the edge of wine country with her guitar-strumming husband, their two hilarious kids-who each seem to have inherited the writing gene in some form-and two Bengal cats. In her "spare" time Darcy is a serial volunteer enrolled in a 12-step program where one learns to say "no," but she keeps having to start over. Her happy places are Disneyland and Labor Day weekend at the Gorge.

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