Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Spotlight Review:

BROWN-EYED GIRL – Lisa Kleypas 
The Travis Series , Book 4 
St. Martin's Press (Hardcover) 
ISBN: 978-0-312-60537-7 
August 11, 2015 
Contemporary Romance 

Houston, Texas 

Wedding planner Avery Crosslin first meets Joe Travis when he saves her from a scorpion near the pool as she's overseeing the preparations for today's wedding ceremony and celebration. Judging by his camera and casual clothes, she takes him for one of the photographers…a completely drool worthy one. Avery tries to ignore the attraction.With her past experiences, she has no place in her life for men. She is happy in the business she runs with her newly-found half-sister, Sofia…one of many siblings out there somewhere that her faithless father apparently begat on various women, some to whom he was even married. Later, when she seesthe man again in formal attire, she realizes he's a guest; in fact he is Joe Travis, one of three sons ofa well-known, wealthy Texas family. Joe flirts with her and gets a reaction, and she knows she's in trouble. No way will she get her heart broken again! 

Joe isn't the idle playboy Avery believes him to be. He's seriously attracted to her beauty and brains, but he's going to have to fight against her low self-esteem. She was closely connected to the fashion business during her time in New York and thinks her luscious curves make her fat. You'll love Joe and empathize with Avery, and you'll enjoy meeting Avery's staff and Joe's extended family. Also adding to the interest are some of Avery and Sofia's prominent clients and a behind the scenes look at the event planning business. 

Lisa Kleypas is a popular author for good reasons. BROWN-EYED GIRL is rich in plot and characters, a tale that will both entertain and stir upfeelings. It brings back the Travis family from books published a few years ago, SUGAR DADDY, BLUE-EYED DEVIL, and SMOOTH TALKING STRANGER, but it easily stands alone as a great read. 

Jane Bowers.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Spotlight: Using Pinterest to Promote



Hi there,
My name is Domino and I am part of the team over at The Book Mistress, an online tour and promotions company. Part of what I do is online promotion and guest blogging.  Today I wanted to talk to you about the value of having a Pinterest account as an author.
Some of you may already have a Pinterest account in your personal capacity, and I’m sure you’ve already discovered how valuable it is to be able to collect boards of inspiration for your stories. This is of course a wonderful example of how visual input can help us in what is – by its very nature - a very wordy profession, but have you considered how you could use that same Pinterest account to attract readers and potential buyers?
One of the things that I love as a reader is being able to get inside the head of my favourite authors and I do that by following their Facebook pages or their Twitter accounts and getting to see “behind the scenes” as it were.  Pinterest offers me the same opportunity but in a far more interesting way. I’ve been keeping an eye on several of my favourite authors and how they make use of their Pinterest boards to hook me and this is what I would suggest as a great starting point.
·         Using it to promote sales

Visit the sites where you books are available for sale and “pin” the covers from that site. This will create a direct link back to the sales page from your Pinterest board.  You can either create a board for each book or you can set up a board for each sales outlet… For example “My Books – Amazon” or “My Books – iTunes”.  Alternatively, you would have “Book Title – Sales Links”.  If you use one board, make sure to label that it’s for sales links so that you can have another board with inspiration.

·         Using it to do pre-publicity for upcoming releases

When you have a book release coming up, you can set up a page with links to promotions, blog posts if you’re on tour, etc.  This will enable your fans and readers to be able to click on links and find this information easily.

·         Enticing readers

While you’re working on your book, you may find images that inspire your lead characters or their environment. Perhaps you’re inspired to pin clothes that you can picture them wearing or your hero’s dream car. Maybe your heroine likes to cook or sew and you’re pinning things that flesh her out for you.  If you create boards like “Book Title – Characters” or “Book Title – Scenery and weapons” or “Book Title – Home” etc, then you enable your fans to witness you building the world for your next book.  They get the chance to see inside your mind and “behind the scenes” of the next book … a book which hopefully they’ll buy!
Naturally, the way you use Pinterest will change and evolve and this is just an idea for where to start.  I would suggest playing around with it and see what works best for you.
I hope that you have a lot of fun with it!
Love,
Domino xx

Monday, August 31, 2015

Promo Spotlight on IF YOU ONLY KNEW by Kristan Higgins

IF YOU ONLY KNEW - Kristan Higgins
Harlequin Books
ISBN: 978-0373784974
August 2015
Women’s Fiction

Present Day New York

Perhaps attending her former husband's new wife's baby shower was not the best idea, but Jenny Tate somehow still feels connected to her ex-husband. She would be the first to admit that the connection is not super healthy. And attending the shower reinforces that fact, especially when Jenny ends up delivering the baby! Really? Jenny knows that her decision to leave Manhattan and move her business to her hometown of Cambry-on-Hudson (just a short hour away) is the right one. Jenny is moving closer to her loving sister Rachel, the unflappable and perfect mother of triplet daughters, to continue her already successful career as a wedding dress designer. Jenny still has the white-picket fence dream and fantasizes (sometimes a little too much) of meeting that dream man any day, anywhere—so why not back home, while she rents a darling place and sets up her new storefront, BLISS? The problem is that Jenny can't seem to find anyone who can compare to her ex, who is still somehow the best man she has ever known. What does Jenny really want? The seemingly perfect and ideal man, or a flawed, complicated and unpredictable man like Leo, her neighbor and building supervisor?

Meanwhile, Rachel, the slightly older but no less beautiful sister is living the life she always dreamed of: a happy marriage to a successful and devoted husband and father, a wonderful home and, best of all, a fulfilling life as mother to three beautiful little miracles. Just as Jenny moves back, Rachel is shocked to discover that maybe her life is not quite as idyllic as she actually believed, and now Rachel has to contend with her husband's shocking infidelity. Rachel had always been so clear in her mind as to what she would do if the unthinkable happened—just leave. Now that the unthinkable has reared its ugly head, Rachel is facing a dilemma that may ultimately shake the very foundation of what she has always believed in. Should she go and move on, or should she stay and try to pick up the pieces of a relationship which has lost its luster, for the sake of herself and her children?

Kristan Higgins's foray into women's fiction is perfect. She approaches the often used topics in a refreshing, witty manner, which left me laughing during one page and tearing up on the next. Her characters are so easy to relate to—they are warm, engaging and…human, if perhaps a little more clever than most of us. Jenny and Leo's developing friendship is fun and fresh, because they are both likeable and real. Higgins really does a masterful job of keeping the reader absolutely captivated. The topics may seem familiar, but the approach and the character development is fresh and unpredictable enough to keep one reading and reading and reading, as in all night long. Rachel is also a delight—she is so obviously a fantastic mother, but she is much more than that. With a few deft strokes of the writer's metaphorical pen, we realize that Rachel is really a shy woman, whose ambitions in life are partly shaped by her (somewhat mistaken) view of her own parents' marriage. Thus her shock at discovering that her husband could actually be unfaithful is mind boggling and overwhelming for a variety of reasons that are difficult to articulate but which all women can relate to.

And that's what IF YOU ONLY KNEW really is, after all. This is the ultimate in women's fiction, told in a light hearted way, but with a lot of layers and angst. It's not just about romance and the happy ending; it's about the process that we women go through in everyday life when we are forced to uncover and discover what we really want and need to be happy. Read and enjoy IF YOU ONLY KNEW—this one will stay on your mind and in your heart for quite a while.

Astrid Kinn

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Promo Spotlight: YOU'RE IT by Shari J. Ryan





Our little family has been together for four years, and life has been good, considering my track record. But In the blink of an eye, my ease was suddenly gone when I heard his terrifying words. I knew from the look on Tango’s face and the way he avoided my gaze—all hell was about to break loose. Now it seems like the dangers I spent years desperately avoiding are starting to threaten my happily ever after.

Maybe it’s because I let my guard down. Or maybe it’s because I was starting to trust again. But I can’t even trust the people closest to me, and now I remember why.

Screw with me, that’s one thing. Screw with my family, and we’ve got a problem…





Shari J. Ryan is an Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author, a Barnes & Noble Top 10 Bestselling author, and an iBookstore #1 Bestselling author. She hails from Central Massachusetts where she lives with her husband and two lively little boys. Shari has always had an active imagination and enjoys losing herself in the fictional worlds she creates.

When Shari isn’t writing, she can usually be found cleaning toys up off the floor.

To learn more, visit her at, www.sharijryan.com.

Promo Spotlight on BULLET by Jade C. Jamison

Epic Re-Release of Bullet, Jade C. Jamison’s first book in the Bullet Series. Limited Time Only
Bullet special:

                           


The story you love–now bigger and better than ever!

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An Epic Rock Star Novel

What if you discover the man you want is toxic?

She tasted a little bit of heaven with him, and now they’ve gone through hell and back, but can their relationship take anymore?

Valerie Quinn is a naïve college freshman when she meets on-the-rise rock star Ethan Richards. He’s an idealistic, handsome, reckless young man, but he’s captured her heart. She doesn’t give up on him and eventually his walls crumble down. By the time Valerie has given herself to him completely, she discovers he’s damaged and may be beyond help. Can she save Ethan and their relationship before he implodes, or will he self-destruct and take her with him?
                                             


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First and foremost, if you are reading this, you need to know that this edition of Bullet will be on sale for a limited time only.  I will be selling it for three months and then it will be gone forever, so if you want your copy, snatch it up now!

The first fifty orders will get a limited edition FULLY AUTOMATIC guitar pick with their book!

Here’s what you get in this special edition:
•Updated cover
•373 pages of awesomeness! �� (These are the BIG pages like the original paperback!)
•Bonus chapter (new last chapter with scenes that occur after the original Bullet and in the timeline between Rock Bottom and Feverish)
•Lots of additional material having to do with the Bullet universe (alternate POV scenes, additional scenes, and a deleted scene)
•First glance at Zane’s book (Bullet #6)

When summer’s over…say bye-bye to this special edition.  It will never be available in any other format and it will never be available again.

I will also sign every copy and will even personalize upon request.  Want to check it out already?

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Friday, August 28, 2015

A Perfect 10: PLAYING WITH TROUBLE by Chanel Cleeton!

PLAYING WITH TROUBLE – Chanel Cleeton 
A Perfect 10 
Capital Confessions, 
 Book 2 
Penguin/InterMix 
ISBN-13:  978-0-698-19364-2 
July 2015 
Contemporary Romance 

 





Washington, D.C. – Present Day 

The first day Blair Reynolds entered Graydon Canter's class in Hannover School of Law changed her life.  Hannover wasn't the most prestigious law school, but after finding her groom-to-be with another man the day of their wedding and stopping the wedding had her struggling to decide what to do.  Her father is prominent Senator Edward Reynolds and on the Senate Intelligence Committee.  Gossip about Blair leaving the wedding appeared on the  Capital Confessions Blog,  and while used to being in the political spotlight all her life, law school was just a last ditch effort to decide what to do with her life.  Although any gossip shouldn't be blamed on her; when her father revealed he had an illegitimate daughter, Jackie, the family has also had to deal with that scandal.  But, she soon realizes law school might not be for her, especially when she is being called on every week by Professor Canter to present briefs. 

Graydon Canter noticed Blair the first day of class and was immediately attracted to her.  Unfortunately, Gray isn't a regular professor, he's only there because the school had an emergency and needed a teacher.  Gray had a spectacular career in a medical malpractice law firm in Chicago with the fast track to the top.  Gray stated drinking, doing drugs, womanizing that caused a divorce, and was asked by his firm to go into rehab and then let go.  He knows he eggs Blair on, but he can't help himself.  As Blair and Gray start to get to know each other, Gray strives to keep it from getting too serious.  Dating one of his own students could cause trouble for both of them, trouble he doesn't need after what happened to him.  But  Capital Confessions  keeps writing about Blair and bringing him into it.  Neither one of them needs gossip about their relationship going public. 

Blair also has a younger sister, Kate, who is obsessed with her dead fiancé.  He died in some sort of secret mission in Afghanistan three years ago, and she's sure her father knows the details and it had something to do with the Senate Intelligence Committee.  Jackie, as the illegitimate sister, is not included in the family; Kate has separated herself from the family, and so it is Blair who is the good one who goes to political events and dinners and endures her mother's opinions of her clothes, refuses to marry her ex-fiancé, and generally doesn't help with the election.  Blair feels powerless under the control of her parents' opinions, law school that she cannot understand no matter how hard she studies, and Gray who goes hot and cold in their relationship. 

This is my first time reading Chanel Cleeton and I absolutely loved the story.  Written and divided into sections written by Blair and Gray, they are trying to hide their growing bond.  Her writing is fun and entertaining, but the deep down message will grab at your heart.  When Blair finally confronts her mother regarding the way she is living her life for everyone else, the emotions and passions she has kept tamped down will grab your heart and have you agreeing with everything she says. 

Secondary characters are perfect.  Jackie is the sister she is just getting to know, also engaged to a politician, who survived a scandal of their own.  Blair's sister Kate is dead inside and cannot give up her quest to find out what happened to Matt, her fiancé, and her quest for vengeance almost destroys Blair. 

PLAYING WITH TROUBLE is an outstanding example of a romance story with a deeper message that leaves you satisfied and content.  Capital Confessions started with FLIRTING WITH SCANDAL (May 2015) about Blair's sister Jackie.  FALLING FOR DANGER (September 2015) is Kate's story, and already looks to have constant surprises.  PLAYING WITH TROUBLE is certainly deserving of my seldom given Perfect 10.  Look for PLAYING WITH TROUBLE this month, a deeply satisfying and outstanding story! 

Carolyn Crisher

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Perfect 10:

NAKED – Eliza Redgold 
A Novel of Lady Godiva  A Perfect 10 
St. Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 978-1-25006-615-2
July 2015
Historical Romance

Coventry – 1023

Godiva, beloved daughter and only child of Saxon Lord Radulf and Lady Morwen, rulers of the Middle Lands, is left in Coventry when her parents attend the Witan, a council of lords. She has been raised to be not only a dutiful daughter, but her father has trained her as a warrior too. She is confident, independent, and thinks she's in love with her bodyguard, Edmund, with whom she's grown up since her parents took him in as a child. Godiva's world comes crashing down, however, when Edmund rides in with terrible news. The Danes, led by the vicious Thurkill the Tall, have ambushed Godiva's parents and their retinue, and only Edmund returns. Knowing that Thurkill is heading towards Coventry, it is up to Godiva to defend her lands.

Shortly after hearing the horrifying news about her parents, Godiva is surprised when the Saxon earl from Mercia rides into Coventry with his men. Despite her voicing her feelings that she and her people can defend against the Danes, Leofric remains and eventually when Thurkill's army arrives, the Saxons are able to deflect the invasion. But the danger is not over, and Godiva is well aware of that. Despite her independent talk, she knows that marrying Leofric and combining their two lands may be the only way to keep her people safe. It isn't until Thurkill threatens again, that Godiva is convinced that wedding the Mercian earl is the best decision. But she will only agree to marriage if Leofric guarantees that she, and she alone, will rule her own lands.

After the wedding, Godiva yearns to learn more about her enigmatic husband. He doesn't talk about his family, or his life in Mercia. In fact, he rarely shares anything with her about his past. Stubborn, Godiva also withholds her feelings for the man who shares her bed, despite how well they seem to be matched there. Godiva's loyalty to her people will eventually come between them.

The tale of Lady Godiva is well known in legend and poetry, but many questions remained about just how her husband could demand she ride naked through the streets of Coventry. NAKED makes a credible and realistic explanation through excellent research and brilliant writing. Godiva and Leofric lived in harsh times, and this story presents an interesting interpretation to a long ago time.

Jani Brooks