Thursday, February 4, 2016

Valentine's Day Count down blitz: Day 4: Just Over the Horizon by Susan Rush

 

DAY 4
 

     

Is it possible for a traveling hospice nurse to find romance in a small southern town? After all, she is only passing through and needs to focus on her job--a job that requires compassion and dedication. She can't afford to have any distractions.
Since her grandmother's death, Sarah has been alone. No family. No friends. No distractions. Just the way she likes it. Traveling from town to town is an adventure, meeting new people, exploring new places, but could her solitary life be growing lonely?
Much to her surprise, two vastly differing men compete for her attention in the quaint, historic town of Camden, South Carolina. Nate, the adopted son of one of Sarah's patients, is a true Southerner with a sarcastic wit and genuine warmth. On the other hand, Dr. Joseph Thornton is a caring oncologist who is known as the best catch in the state. Who could say no to his Hollywood smile and emerald eyes?
No distractions. This is her goal as a hospice nurse. But distractions is exactly what she gets. Will she be tempted to put down roots in the small town?
It's a good thing Sarah's eccentric Nana left her a mysterious box. Nana's gift provides the guidance and comfort Sarah desperately needs as she faces heart-wrenching trials. Not only does she have the stress of caring for the dying, she has to visit patients in the ghetto. What dangers await a beautiful young nurse making home visits at night?
Enduring sadness and trauma, Sarah's childhood faith is shattered. She tries desperately to hold onto Nana's godly legacy, but it is slipping away. When a bizarre stranger appears at her door with devastating news about Nana's past, can her cherished box continue to provide answers and deepen her faith or will Sarah realize her life has been based on nothing but lies? 


       





Susan grew up in Charlotte, NC and has a psychology degree from Furman University and masters in social work from the University of South Carolina. She jokes that God didn't lead her to a career in hospice; He took her kicking and screaming the whole way. Now passionate about end-of-life care, she loves providing care and counseling for those who are writing the final chapters of their life story. She presently serves as a hospice director in Columbia, SC where she lives with her adorable hubby and three phenomenal children. Her family of five are all fluent in sarcasm and on any given day, you can find them bantering away.

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10 Favorite Things
Movie: The Hunger Games (all three of them!)
Book: The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
Song: Oceans by Hillsong United
Color: Teal
Dessert: Chocolate truffle cheese cake
Food: Pollo fundido
Restaurant: Outback Steakhouse
Game: In a Pickle
Vacation Spot: Charleston, SC
Past ­time: Spending the day on the lake with my family.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Valentine's Day Count Down Blitz: Day 3: Becky's Kiss by Nicholas Fisher



DAY 3





Nicholas Fisher is a college professor and a sports enthusiast. He writes adult horror under another name, but thought of the idea for Becky’s Kiss while coaching his son’s baseball team. Since the story involved high school drama he decided to write his first young adult piece. When not writing or teaching, Nicholas Fisher enjoys pizza, reality television, and playing the banjo. He lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and his son goes to Arizona State University.


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-->Synopsis:
Becky Michigan meets the boy of her dreams on her first day of ninth grade, a gorgeous blonde baseball player named Danny with crystal blue eyes, but no one else in the school ever heard of him. To make matters worse, Becky starts having dreams that she is the greatest pitcher on the planet, and when she throws an orange in the cafeteria at more than 90 miles per hour, she has some questions for the boy who keeps disappearing.

The stronger Becky’s feelings grow for Danny the faster she throws, and the faster she throws the less he shows up! Suddenly she is offered the opportunity to try out for the varsity baseball team, a shot at being popular for once, but does this mean she has to give up the hope of ever finding true love? All answers come to light out behind the high school at midnight, on an old overgrown ball field in the woods behind the real one, fifty feet off the third baseline. It is a magic field. One of dreams. Or possibly nightmares.



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Snippet Time! 


Excerpt from Becky’s Kiss. The boy of Becky’s dreams keeps disappearing and no one at school even knows he exists. Becky sees him while walking home from school and chases him until she catches up. He seems to know more about her than she knows herself, and then he makes a strange request.

“Hi,” he said when she finally made it to the top of the hill, panting.  She bent over, hands on her knees, and put up her index finger.
“One second.”
“You run kind of fast,” he said.
“Thanks.”  She pushed up, wiped her forehead, and then wiped her hands on her pants.  Too late, now, to be polite.  She looked at him, and the sun was behind his head, making him look like a silhouette, like an angel.  She put up a salute hand to her forehead to shade her eyes.
“Are you a pitcher?” she said.  Yeah, it was awkward, but she had to start somewhere.
“That’s funny.”
“Is it?”
He smiled softly.
“You’re really pretty.”
“Am I?”
His smile widened.
“Well, you’re a lot prettier than you think, anyway.”
“What’s that supposed to mean?”
“I don’t know.  What’s anything mean?”
Becky shrugged, disgusted with herself over the gesture.  She’d been doing it a lot lately, and she wanted to remove it from her repertoire, like yesterday.  She gazed at him then, full stare, and for a second she really did feel kind of pretty.
“The Principal wants me to go to this fall ball baseball practice—“
“I know.”
“Are you going to be there?”
Something flashed in his eyes, and Becky couldn’t tell if it was humor or pain.
“I wouldn’t miss it,” he said slowly.  “But you’re going to have to do me a favor.”
“What?”
“Run,” he said.  “Every day, home from school like you did today.  Up and down the hills with equal speed, total burn, until you can run the whole length of King Avenue without wheezing.”
“Why?”
He moved closer and looked at her deeply, as if it was the most important promise she’d ever make.
“Because pitching is all stamina, all legs, all push and follow-through.”
Becky felt her lips working into a smile.
“Then you want me to make the team?  You really do?”
He backed off a step and tilted his head.
“The Tigers?  Yeah, for exercise, I suppose.”
“What’s that mean?”
“What’s anything mean?”  He started to walk away toward Stonybrook Road, then stopped and turned.
“You’ll build up fast,” he said.  “Faster than you’d ever believe.  One day of running will be like half a month, trust me.”
“Why am I not surprised?” she said out the side of her mouth.  His grin made a half moon as well.
“You’ve seen a lot of weird stuff lately, haven’t you?”
“Oh yeah,” she said.
“Well, it’s only gonna get weirder.”
“Promise?”
“Oh yeah.”
They both laughed.
“Don’t go,” Becky said.  He gave his own shrug.
“Have to.  I’m on a timer.”
“Tough parents?”
“Something like that.”
Becky crossed her arms along her stomach and a leaf blew against her ear.  She shook it out and moved a strand of hair off her lip.
“Will I see you after the baseball practice?”  She looked down at the street.  “Like, only if you want to, I mean.”
“Sure.”
“Like when?”
She looked up and he had moved off a few feet, standing there at the corner of King and Stonybrook.  He had turned the baseball cap around backward now, and the way it framed his face and his neck made him look even more gorgeous than ever, if that was at all possible.
“Run the avenue,” he said.  “Every day, both ways.  Add two more textbooks and a couple of bricks to your backpack.  Really hoof it.”
“Do I have to?”
“Yes.”
“Why?”
“Because you’re throwing hard, but not hard enough.  Because great ones do the work.  Because I’ve waited…”
He looked away down Stonybrook Road, and blinked like he was going to cry.
“Because I love you.”
He said it with a hitch in his voice and then ran down the street, out of sight past some high bushes. By the time Becky reached the corner and turned the hard left he was gone.


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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Valentine's Day Count Down Blitz: Day 2: The Suspect's Daughter by Donna Hatch


 
I am proud to say that I have read and reviewed this book, 
and it is AWESOME!!! 
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DAY 2


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.                                                                                                                                                                                       

 
        



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.

Facts About the Author

1.      Readers would be surprised to know ... how awesome I am at playing arcade games like Terminator Salvation--my children certainly were. 


2.      I have always wanted to ... dance ballet.

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Top Ten List:
10 facts you might not know about me:
1. I like cats--kittens are even more fun.
2. I am a harpist and I teach harp lessons.
3. Every morning after I get the children off to school, I go for a walk. (At least, that's always the goal)
4. I hate spiders. HATE. With a passion.
5. Due to moves in my childhood, I attended 9 different schools. Being the new kid isn't all it's cracked up to be.
6. I love cheesecake just as much as I love chocolate--chocolate cheesecake is even better. Caramel is a close second. Caramel-chocolate cheesecake, anyone?
7. Currently I'm juggling: a YA dystopian aka speculative fiction, a YA historical paranormal, book 4 of my Rogue Hearts Regency series, and a new Regency trilogy.
8. I am majorly claustrophobic, which is exactly why, when I had to give my super-warrior weapons master, Kai Darkwood in my fantasy Queen in Exile, some flaw or fear, I chose claustrophobia for his--I understand it.
9. I love to ballroom dance. LOVE.
10. I also love bodies of water of any kind--ocean, river, lake, stream, waterfall, backyard garden pond. It just does something for my soul. This is partly why we recently moved from the desert to Washington State. I even love water when it's falling from the sky. Mermaid, anyone?

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Book Tour: Kingdom by the Sea by Anna del C Dye





A secret passage holds more than spider webs


When a ship's captain is forced to enslave island natives to please his fiancĂ©e, Princess Serena, he takes refuge in the company of a beautiful slave girl. The princess is devastated by his betrayal, and the lives of all the slaves in her realm are now at risk. The heart-broken princess has acquired great power at her father’s death, could she use it to force the captain’s fulfillment of his promise to her? Or will the affectionate stable-hand, despite his own secrets, have his chance at her heart after all?

In the romantic style of master writers like Anita Stanfield, Anna del C. Dye has skillfully entwined these relationships into a captivating, edge-of-your-seat medieval romance that will have readers guessing until the final page. Young adults everywhere-A Kingdom by the Sea is the book you MUST read!



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Anna was born in the extreme South along some famous beaches. She grew up with four other siblings, being placed in the middle.
Anna moved to the USA to marry her husband, Rodney, and has resided in Utah since then. Her husband, a native of Idaho, met her in her hometown. They fell in love and she came to Utah on Christmas Eve to be married two weeks later. They are the parents of three princes and a princess.
Early on in her life she showed an affinity for sewing and took classes that rewarded her with the opportunities of doing costuming for the cast of four musicals, and for Utah’s own Fantasy Con, which she enjoyed immensely. She is fluent in both English and Spanish. Anna lives in Taylorsville Utah.

Some of Anna’s writing recognitions:
She received the Editor’s Choice Award from the International Library of Poetry and had her article entitled A New American Mother published by Desert Saints Magazine. Her short story entitled Amerine—Fairy Princess won an award in the Oquirrh chapter contest and was published by Kalkion Magazine. (Now it is published as an e-book.) Other articles about family and relationship have been published frequently in the MOMS CLUB® of Salt Lake Valley-West. She has published 7 books on her Elf series. One won a bronze seal, another first page second place and yet another Honorable mention. Her love story was published by Deseret book in the anthology entitled Angels Round About compiled by July C. Olsen. Another of her articles was included in the book Mother’s Message in a Bottle, edited by Tyler Hayden and published by Ninbus Publishing. Her new series A Royal Romance was published in Feb 2015 with the first book being “Once Upon Two Kingdoms, which won a first page award. “A Kingdom by the Sea.” Second book in A Royal Romance, was published Feb. 2016.

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The author's Top 10 facts about herself:
1) I am funny
2) I love Il Divo
3) I want to be an elf
4) I love the color green
5) I love snow but I don’t ski
6) I like fish, especially salmon
7) I like old houses
8) I prefer caramel to chocolate
9) I don’t read horror or erotica
10) I am a Christian

A little info about the main characters:

Captain Axel: promised to Serena. He is lonesome, bearing too much on his young shoulders. Like a good man, he never asks, but tries to figure things out in his head and usually he is wrong. He will be sorry before the end of the book.

The King
: never wanted to share his life with a wife let alone a child. He blames Serena for her mother’s death and the reason he doesn’t have her mother’s kingdom in his pocket. He is selfish, greedy and Rasptane’s puppet.

Chancellor Raptane:
Axel’s strange father. He is too busy for his son, but never too busy to gain more power or money. He is selfish and evil.

Elazar: the stable man who is in love with the princess. Torn between his feelings for her and his self-appointed task, he can’t either leave nor stay in her kingdom. He knows he will loose her if she finds out his secrets and if she does...her father will sent him to death.


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Monday, February 1, 2016

Valentine's Day count down Blitz: Day 1: Cross Examination by Denise Moncrief



DAY 1


-->Denise is a Southern girl who has lived in Louisiana all her life, and yes, she has a drawl. She has a wonderful husband and two incredible children, who not only endure her writing moods, but also encourage her to indulge her writing passion. Besides writing romantic suspense, she enjoys traveling, reading, and scrapbooking.

Accounting is a skill she has learned to earn a little money to support her writing habit. She wrote her first story when she was a teen, seventeen handwritten pages on school-ruled paper and an obvious rip-off of the last romance novel she had read. She's been writing off and on ever since, and with more than a few full-length manuscripts already completed, she has no desire to slow down.



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-->No longer able to tolerate her husband Scott’s abuse, Tamara Slay packs up her daughter, Gabby, and moves to Louisiana, hoping a new life and a new identity will give her a fresh start. An unexpected phone call from a Sheriff’s deputy in Florida shatters her sense of security. Scott hides a much darker secret than abusing his wife. Above all else, she must protect Gabby from Scott.

Lt. Martin Beck of the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Department has been investigating the death of Brandy Fuller for years. Sidetracked for a while by his wife’s murder, Beck finally reopens the cold Fuller case and discovers a thin lead. The new evidence takes him to Louisiana to meet the estranged wife of his primary suspect. Together, Beck and Tamara conclude that Scott not only murdered Brandy Fuller, but seven other women on the Florida Gulf coast.

As Beck dives deeper into the investigation, he draws closer to Tamara. Passions ignite as the one woman who wants Scott dead the most allies with the one man who wants Scott dead the most. Can Beck protect Tamara and Gabby from Scott and stop a serial killer from killing again?




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Ten of my Favorite Things (Not Necessarily in Order Of Preference)

Writing
Tex Mex Food
Coffee
Snuggling with my children
Snuggling with my husband
Sleeping Late on A Cold Morning
Reading a Book On the Sofa Under a Warm Blanet
Shopping With My Daughter
Playing Mario Kart 8 With My Son
Laughing with Family and/or Friends




Six Questions
Readers would be surprised to know ... that I have a distinctive southern drawl.
I have always wanted to ... sing in front of a large audience and receive a standing ovation.
I will never forget ... how it feels to struggle toward a dream and experience rejection because every rejection brought me closer to living the dream. I never want to take my dream for granted.
The Best thing about writing is ... building new characters and watching them grow throughout the book. By the end of writing a book, if I’ve written my character well, the character becomes very real to me.
When I am not writing, I like to .... hang around with my family. My husband and children mean more to me than anything else in the world.
I am working on ... the sixth book in my Haunted Hearts series. The first in a new five book set in the series set in south Louisiana.


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