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Saturday, 22 November 2014

Welcome romance author, Susan Buchanan...

Christmas is coming, but not everyone is looking forward to it.
Rebecca has just been dumped and the prospect of spending the holiday period with her parents is less than appealing.
Eighty- two year old Stanley lost his beloved wife, Edie, to cancer. How will he cope with his first Christmas without her?
Jacob’s university degree hasn’t helped him get a job, and it looks like he’ll still be signing on come New Year.
Workaholic Meredith would rather spend December 25th at home alone with a ready meal and a DVD box set. Can anything make her embrace the spirit of the season?
The enigmatic Natalie Hope takes over the reins at the Sugar and Spice bakery and café in an attempt to spread some festive cheer and restore Christmas spirit, but will she succeed?

Susan Buchanan has written three novels in the chicklit and contemporary fiction genres: Sign of the Times, The Dating Game and The Christmas Spirit. She lives in Central Scotland with her partner, Tony, and their baby daughter. She is currently working on her fourth and fifth novels, What If and another Christmas themed book, both due to be released in 2015.
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The Christmas Spirit - (UK) & (US)
Sign of the Times - (UK) (US)
The Dating Game - (UK) (US)
2 Ecopies of Susan’s book THE DATING GAME


Thursday, 20 November 2014

Welcome Secret Cravings author, Carolyn Wren...

Ghosts of Grace Cottage
by Carolyn Wren



Eloisa Waters is creating a new life for herself.  After travelling for twelve months, she comes home at Christmas, purchasing a small country cottage in a sleepy English village, despite the fact its previous owner was a recluse, the original owner was supposedly a witch, and it’s now rumored to be haunted!

On the first night in her new home, sensual erotic dreams surprise and delight her.  Only these aren’t dreams.  The rumors are true.  Two handsome Regency ghosts inhabit the cottage, becoming corporeal at night, trapped by a curse, compelled to satisfy every desire of the new owner.

Elly begins to fall in love with Anton and Phillipe, her charming ghostly lovers.  But is there more? Can the curse be broken? Or does Elly risk her own soul. As Christmas approaches, and memories surface, how will Elly choose?  How can she possibly leave behind the Ghosts of Grace Cottage? 


“You can’t avoid bringing up the subject of Christmas with me. It’s everywhere I look.” She gestured to the fairy lights in the trees and the snowman in the garden next door. “Just because I’m not up to all the festivities this year doesn’t mean everyone else has to suffer.”

“I don’t know why you don’t buy a lovely new place with the life insurance money.”

“My folks always wanted a country cottage. Maybe in some ways I’m fulfilling their dream.”

Sally yanked the collar of her coat higher as a chill breeze flew along the quiet country lane. “You know she died there,” she whispered. “The previous owner, I mean.”

“Miss Hardy was ninety-two years old. She had to die somewhere.”

“Doesn’t it freak you out?”

“Nope, from what I hear she had a long and happy life.”

“Really?” Sally shivered. “I don’t know where you get that idea. She was a recluse who wouldn’t let anyone inside the house to do repairs and renovations.  That’s why it’s so cheap. Did you hear the rumors? Some people say she used to talk to herself, and strange noises came from inside late at night.” Her voice dropped back to a whisper. “Maybe it’s haunted. I heard another rumor too.  They say a witch might have lived here a couple of hundred years ago.”

Elly laughed. “Sal, honey, I think you need to go back to realtor school. Your selling method leaves a lot to be desired.” Her eyes turned once again to the faded beauty of the old home, and her voice was determined. “I want it.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I was born in England. My parents loved to travel as my dad spent many years in the navy. By the time I reached the age of 12 we had traveled pretty much around the world on cruise ships.

This sounds fun and exciting unless like me you can get sea sick sitting in a bathtub. Lets just say boats do not feature highly in my books.

I still love to travel, but I use planes. All of my life I have written stories in my head. I would rewrite and add characters to TV shows, edit and change novels I was reading, invent scenarios and scenes to amuse myself on long journeys. But strangely I never wrote any of them down. About three years ago I woke up with a scene so clear in my head I knew I had to put it down on paper. Now, what should I do with this one page of prose? I know, I will email it to some friends. The friends approved, in fact they asked what book it was from. I shyly admitted it was my own work and the reaction was immediate...please write the next bit! I did and I have not stopped writing since.

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Welcome Amish romance author, Naomi King...

 Welcome to my blog, Naomi - I am happy to be a part of your ongoing tour! Look forward to learning more about you and your work…let's get started with the questions :)

1—Do you ever wish you were someone else? Who?
My first reaction to this question was really? I’ve never given that a thought. But I suppose there are folks whose lives haven’t turned out the way they’d hoped, so I’m thrilled to be me.
 I have a wonderful husband, we live in a beautiful home with Ramona, our border collie, and writing these stories keeps me busy doing what I love to do. I often tell friends that when I die I want to come back as Ramona—because she seems to live an even more pampered, wonderful life than I do! But for right now, my life is a good and perfect gift and I’m grateful to God for that.

2—What did you do for your last birthday?
For my most recent birthday, I was delighted to celebrate by going to a performance of Garrison Keillor’s radio show, A Prairie Home Companion. When he and his show are in the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul, we’re only minutes away—and while it might not sound too exciting to watch a live radio performance, what you see on the stage is a lot more exciting and interesting than what you hear when you listen at home! We try to make a show every time A Prairie Home Companion is in town.
For the big birthday before that, we cruised to Hawaii! What a wonderful trip—two weeks aboard a ship with nine days at sea and some really interesting visits on the various islands. I believe birthdays are meant to be celebrated, so my husband and I make a point of getting out to do something special as each year rolls by.

3—What are you working on right now?
As you read this, I will be writing THE CHRISTMAS CRADLE, which is #6 in my Seasons of the Heart Amish series, which I write as Charlotte Hubbard (my real name). I love writing Christmas stories, and in this one, Miriam and Ben Hooley welcome their first child—as well as an unmarried young couple who are having a baby, much like Mary and Joseph did in Bethlehem. This will be the final book in that series, and I’m currently noodling on ideas for a spin-off series called Simple Gifts, which is also set in Willow Ridge.

If you could be any character, from any literary work, who would you choose to be?

Tinker Bell! Before Disney brought her to life on the screen she was in J.M. Barrie’s original play about Peter Pan, way back in 1904 (so that makes her a literary character, not just a cartoon).

I love Tink. She flits around looking fabulous in that short, strapless dress—no wardrobe malfunctions—and she gets to sprinkle pixie dust on people and situations to make them turn out happier. She has her own special glow and wants everything to turn out for the best . . . although she gets a little feisty at times. I resemble that remark!

And Tinker Bell can enable people to fly! While I can’t wave a wand that will allow people to soar through the air physically, I like to think that my stories do indeed transport readers to the Amish communities and homes I’m writing about these days. It’s a special kind of magic to be an author, creating whole worlds that readers often tell me feel real to them, peopled with characters they want to meet in person (or feel like they already know). So in my way, I’m a lot more like Tinker Bell than you might think!

What are four things you can’t live without?

I had to think about this one for a while. I’ve always considered myself rather independent and somewhat self-sufficient, but when push comes to shove, I really would not be who I am today without my husband Neal. He’s my total fan and supporter . . . has never once told me to get out and get a real job, even when my writing wasn’t earning me any money. I live the nice life I do because he’s taken it upon himself to be the breadwinner and has allowed me to work from home, keep him fed and clothed, etc. It’s a plus that he feels he couldn’t get by without me, either!

And, much as I hate to admit the need for electronics, I could not be the writer I am now without my Mac. Back in the day, I was writing confessions stories and my early book manuscripts on a portable electric typewriter, but these days I’d be hard-pressed to stay published without the ability to email editors and my agent—because now, instead of having to mail in a big bulky finished manuscript (about the size of a ream of paper) I can hit the Send button. I’m also expected to maintain a website, engage in social media, and do other forms of online promotion. So I have to keep up with all that tech stuff even though a lot of it baffles me. The things I can’t do myself (such as designing and updating my website) I pay someone to do.

I also realized several years ago that without a two-year purse calendar, I’d be a lost soul. I know, I know—most people keep their calendars on their phones nowadays. I still prefer to have paper pages to write my appointments and trips on, both for my purse and on the wall in my kitchen and my office.

And without a sense of optimism? Might as well hang it up. I’m blessed that I’m wired to be mostly a happy person, a can-do person with many creative and problem-solving abilities. Without that creativity thing, how could I concoct my series or write even one story? And if I didn’t believe I could write two different series under two different names for two different publishers, I’d have fallen out of this Amish genre a long time ago.

Emma Blooms at Last
by Naomi King



Romance is in the air during the fall wedding season in the Amish community of Cedar Creek. But while one loving couple prepares to tie the knot, Amanda and Wyman Brubaker’s large family faces a threat from outside their happy circle…and must learn to pull together.

Recently wed Amanda and Wyman Brubaker are thrilled that their children from previous marriages have blended together to form a strong family. But when the construction of Wyman’s new grain elevator is delayed, making the project more expensive than anticipated, Amanda’s determination to rally the kids into taking on work to improve the family’s finances comes into conflict with Wyman’s sense of responsibility as head of the household….

Meanwhile, as James Graber and Abby Lambright prepare for their long-awaited nuptials, folks gather from far and wide. Amanda’s nephew Jerome has long been smitten with James’s sister Emma and wants to seize this chance to woo her. But Emma’s been burned once and is twice shy of trusting the fun-loving, never-serious Jerome. As Emma and Jerome struggle to understand each other, and find the courage to make a leap of faith, the Brubakers face a bigger challenge than they first anticipated and begin to discover just what it means to fight…the Amish way.



“Shall we get some lunch?” Jerome asked when they were seated in the rig. “There’s a vintage-style diner just down the road—”
“Or we could go back to Cedar Creek,” Emma remarked in a hopeful tone. “Between what Mamm and I fixed and what Amanda brought, there’s plenty enough for us to join them.”
Jerome smiled. “But you’ve spent your morning with me and saved me from making a lot of mistakes,” he said gently. “I’d like to treat you to a meal you didn’t have to cook yourself. Will that be all right?”
Emma smiled as the color rose in her cheeks. “Well, since you put it that way . . .”
He was thankful that once they were seated in a red leatherette booth with a chrome-edged table between them and a miniature jukebox on the wall, Emma took off her black coat and bonnet. In her honey-gold cape dress and a cream-colored apron that fastened behind her neck, she looked much more attractive and . . . inviting.
Jerome was pleased when she ordered a patty melt with fries and a side of tomato soup. At least she wasn’t going to be finicky about her food, like some girls were. After he ordered the blue-plate special, which was meat loaf, he tapped on the wall-mounted juke box. “Pick a song, Emma. We can listen while we wait for our lunch.”
As she flipped through the selections, Jerome fished out a quarter and put it in the slot. “F six,” she murmured.
In a few moments, “See You Later, Alligator,” filled the small diner. As Emma tapped her fingers on the tabletop, keeping time to the old rock-and-roll song, she looked as happy as Jerome had ever seen her. At last, he’d found something they both enjoyed, even if the church didn’t allow them to play such music at home.
“Dat took James and Abby and me to a horse auction once, when we were around ten or eleven,” she recounted. “We ate lunch at a place similar to this one, and Dat played this record on the jukebox—and it’s stuck with us ever since. Even on days when he can’t recall what he ate for breakfast, he knows every word to this song.”
“It’s a snappy tune,” Jerome agreed, tapping his toes. Just for fun, he wanted to catch Emma’s feet between his and give them a quick squeeze, but he thought better of it. “It’s nice to have that memory from when your dat was younger and stronger. My mamm and dat died when our house burned to the ground, when I was just ten.”
Emma’s eyes widened. “And how was it that you didn’t—I mean—”
The concern on her face coaxed Jerome to grasp her hand. “I was staying overnight at a cousin’s house,” he replied. “The firemen said the old furnace exploded, and because the house was built of very dry wood they’d saved from a barn they’d torn down, my folks were gone before they knew what hit them. That’s when Aunt Amanda and Uncle Atlee took me in—and probably why I get such a kick out of your dat.”
“You didn’t lose any brothers or sisters, I hope?” Emma murmured. “If something happened to James, I’m not sure I could bear it.”
Jerome felt comforted by her concern, even if the accident happened more than half his lifetime ago. “No, it seems they broke the mold when they made me,” he said with a chuckle.
For a moment, Emma’s gaze lingered on his. Such an unusual shade of brown her eyes were, similar to a mixture of honey and cinnamon. Too soon, she eased her hand away. “I’m sorry,” she murmured. “That was a horrible thing to endure when you were so young.”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Drawing upon her experiences in Jamesport, the largest Old Order Amish community west of the Mississippi, longtime Missourian Naomi King writes of simpler times and a faith-based lifestyle in her Home at Cedar Creek/One Big Happy Family series. Like her series heroine, Abby Lambright, Naomi considers it her personal mission to be a listener—to heal broken hearts and wounded souls—and to share her hearth and home. Faith and family, farming and frugality are hallmarks of her lifestyle: like Abby, she made her wedding dress and the one her mom wore, too! She’s a deacon, a dedicated church musician and choir member, and when she’s not writing, Naomi loves to travel, try new recipes, crochet, and sew. Naomi, whose real name is Charlotte Hubbard, now lives in Minnesota with her husband and their border collie, Ramona.

One Big Happy Family, Book 2
NAL Trade (November 4, 2014)
ISBN-13: 9780451417886 •• ISBN-10: 0451417887

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Sunday, 16 November 2014

Welcome prolific romance author, Melissa Foster...


Elisabeth Nash has spent years dreaming of returning to the small town of Trusty, Colorado, where she spent summers with her favorite aunt. When she inherits her aunt's farmette, she closes her Los Angeles pet bakery and pampering business, sure that life in Trusty will be as peaceful and as welcoming as she remembers. But being an outsider in the close-knit town proves to be very different from the happy summers she remembers from her childhood--and falling for Trusty's hot, wealthy, and sinfully irresistible veterinarian, Ross Braden, sends the rumor mill into a frenzy.
Ross Braden learned long ago that gossip spreads faster than weeds in his small hometown, and Ross loves nothing more than his privacy. For that reason, he doesn't date women who live in Trusty. But that was before blond, beautiful, and refreshingly honest Elisabeth Nash flew into his vet clinic seeking help for her panicked piglet and turned his comfortable life--and his heart--inside out.
Despite rumors about Elisabeth's motives toward her aunt's property, passion brews between Elisabeth and Ross. Every steamy kiss and every sensual touch brings the pair closer together, and when Ross helps Elisabeth try to fit into the town he adores, it makes their bond even stronger. But even Elisabeth's efforts toward reaching the community, and the love she and Ross so desperately believe in, might not be enough for the protective small town to offer them a future..

3 ecopies of Romancing my love


Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the  World Literary Café and Fostering Success. When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine. 
Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on social media. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.

Friday, 14 November 2014

Promo: Romance author, J B Glazer...

1)   What is the best and worse thing you have learned from an editor/agent?

I must confess that I entered into the publishing process with an optimistic naivety. I thought my manuscript was in excellent shape and wasn’t expecting many comments from my editor. To my surprise, every page came back red-lined. I realized I had forgotten some basic rules of grammar. And apparently I like to use run-on sentences, so she added semi-colons. A lot of them. I’m not a fan of semi-colons but I trusted her judgment, so these pesky punctuation marks are as much a part of the book as the characters I so painstakingly created. Aside from a grammar refresher, the best thing I learned is that I can’t assume my readers know what I know. Working in the advertising industry there is some lingo that is second nature to me, but I ended up having to explain what it meant. Also, just because I introduced Rachelle’s character on page 59 doesn’t mean my reader will remember her when she reemerges on page 115. I’m so close to these characters that I take for granted readers will know who they are.

As for the worst (or possibly best) advice that I received was when my editor commented on one of my love scenes.  To quote verbatim: "It’s not recommended for people to keep condoms in their wallets, as they can get broken or weaken in wallets, so you might want to rephrase this." If that is what my readers are thinking about during that scene then clearly I haven't done my job!

2)   What is your typical day?

I work part-time, so my typical day depends on if I’m in work or mom mode. On my work days I wake up at the crack of dawn, get myself ready, and then wake the kids and get them ready. I make a mad dash for the train because I live in the burbs and work in the city. My day involves a lot of meetings, which means I don’t start actual work until the end of the day. Around 6:00 I make another mad dash for the train. Once I’m home I scarf down dinner and then help the kids with homework, baths, and bedtime. Around 9:00 I clean up (aka putting unopened mail and such in an ever-growing pile), pack lunches, and shower. If I’m lucky I’ll sneak in some time to write before I get in bed at 11:00, which is way too late so I wake up exhausted.

Scenario 2: I “sleep in” until 7:00 am. I get dressed (in much more comfortable clothing) and then get the kids ready. We seem to be on schedule, but inevitably time slips away and I end up rushing to get my daughter to school. Then I bring my son on an errand, usually a Target run, before we need to be at one of his activities. We come home, have lunch, play, and then it’s time to pick up my daughter from the bus stop. Then we’re off to our next activity. By the time we get home I need to prepare dinner and I still haven’t gotten a chance to straighten up or do laundry. So these wait until the kids are in bed, by which time I’m too tired.

Perhaps my days aren’t that different after all. They both involve me rushing around like a mad woman and feeling like I never have time to tackle all of the things on my to do list. Either I’m a mess or my house is a mess. But I wouldn’t have it any other way because I like being busy. It keeps things interesting!

3)   What do you read while in the midst of a project? Or don’t you?

I do read even when I’m in the midst of a project. I love reading because it provides a great escape and can serve as inspiration, sometimes in unexpected ways. I read a variety of genres, but Romance is my favorite. The only problem with reading while I’m writing is that I start comparing my style to that author’s. Doubt sometimes creeps in and I get the urge to scrap what I’ve written. But I tell myself that every writer has a unique voice so I must stay true to mine.

4)    What do you do with a paperback once you’ve read it?

Like my protagonist, Lexi, I prefer paperbacks vs. eBooks because I like holding onto something tangible. I tend to get immersed in what I’m reading, so it’s helpful to flip ahead and see how many more pages are left until the next chapter. I’m guilty of the “just one more” page approach, which inevitably turns into many. Likely another reason I stay up way too late.

Once I’ve finished a book I loan it out to my friends. Books are meant to be shared and enjoyed, not collecting dust on a shelf.

5)    Are you nervous about friends reading your book?
Yes, but more so my coworkers and family members. I’m not worried that they won’t like the material, I’m worried about how they will think of me once they read the material. Let’s just say I wrote the book after finishing the Fifty Shades series, so I felt compelled to take my intimate scenes up a notch, or two. It’s mortifying knowing people are reading sex scenes that I imagined and described in detail. While I felt it was important to show this development of my characters, people think it’s inspired by my love life. It’s not, for the record, though my husband would like me to say otherwise. J

6)    What things inspire you to write? Location, music, film or even in a book?
I must admit, I'm an eavesdropper. People reveal the most interesting things in elevators, on the train, and around the office. I'm like a sponge, absorbing these snippets of conversation. I use them to inspire my writing. For example, I overhead a girl telling her friend about a recent date where the guy got so drunk he forgot about her and left—not only the bar but the bill as well. That guy will be making an appearance in book #2!

7)    What’s next for you?

I’m in the midst of a follow up to my debut novel, Out in the Open. While it’s not a series, per se, I will weave in some of my favorite characters. Titled I Should Have Said Yes, the book follows Tara Winters, Lexi's younger sister, on her journey to finding "the one." It’s a candid and entertaining look at a singleton’s dating journey when she must say yes to any guy who asks her out because of a pact. Bonus: readers will learn about Jake and Lexi's fate along the way.

Finish with details of where readers can find you – website, Facebook, Twitter etc

Want to learn more? I’m in all of the usual places. Visit my website at, follow me on Twitter @JBGlazer, or connect with me on Facebook at

Out in the Open
by J.B. Glazer



Advertising executive Lexi Winters had a plan, but leaving her cheating fiancé, her beloved New York, and a successful career weren’t on her agenda. At twenty-seven she faces the harsh reality of starting over again. She returns to her hometown of Chicago and lands a new job, where she meets Jake Hartman, the agency founder’s captivating nephew. Their chemistry is undeniable, but Lexi is protective of her fragile heart and isn’t ready to date again. Jake is on the fast track to leading the company and has vowed to his uncle never to let anything—or anyone—get in his way. What begins as harmless flirtation soon crosses a line that threatens to destroy Lexi and Jake’s promising careers. In a relationship plagued by secrets, will they risk everything to be out in the open?



“I like your dress,” Jake says, lightly touching the fabric on my shoulder. He slides his hand down the length of my dress, grazing my breast, and rests it on my knee. I raise my eyebrows at him.
“You don’t mind, do you?” he asks in a low voice.
“No,” I say, meeting his gaze.
He stands up, and I stand up too, thinking we’re leaving. “Wait here,” he says, then closes the curtains to our seating area, giving us complete privacy. He makes his way back toward me wearing a determined expression that makes my heart beat wildly in my chest. Is he going to kiss me here, in the middle of the bar? He looms over me and takes the drink out of my hand. I feel the color rise in my face, and my breathing becomes ragged. Jake tilts my chin so I meet his gaze and leans in close when suddenly the curtains part and Brad walks in. “Sorry, dude,” he says to Jake, “but Maurice just informed me there’s a girl here looking for you. She says you work together, and she’s on her way down.”

Jake’s demeanor immediately changes. He fully opens the curtains and moves to the other side of the couch, putting some distance between us. I look at him questioningly, but his flirty smile is gone, replaced with a cool stare. Then I see a brunette talking to the bouncer, and I’m guessing she’s looking for Jake. She makes eye contact, and he motions her over.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

J B Glazer developed a love of writing at a young age. She followed that passion to the University of Illinois, where she graduated with a degree from the College of Communications. She pursued a career in advertising, a field that provided an outlet to express her creativity. She has fifteen years of experience at the renowned Leo Burnett advertising agency in Chicago, which served as inspiration for her novel. She’s also a wife, mom, marketer, referee, short-order cook, maid, chocoholic, shopaholic, and multitasker extraordinaire. Visit her website at, follow her on Twitter @JBGlazer, or connect with her on Facebook at

Out in the Open is available at national retailers including Amazon and


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