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Guest Post and Giveaway: Three Hearts by Grace R Duncan

Thanks so much to It’s About the Book for hosting me today! I’ve brought along an excerpt, and I hope you enjoy!

 

 

I was convinced Mason was trying to embarrass me to death. We walked together back to my office, hand in hand. Most of the desks were empty, though a few folks were still working and raised eyebrows when we passed. Mason made a point of kissing my hand—still clasped in his—when we passed someone. It was a little embarrassing, since I was sure everyone thought I was single up until that point, but at the same time, it felt good that he was so open about us. Continue reading Guest Post and Giveaway: Three Hearts by Grace R Duncan

Don’t Speak (Modern Fairytales #5)

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Don’t Speak by Katy Regnery is now LIVE and FREE with #KindleUnlimited!

“Swoon. Sigh. Beautiful, gorgeous love story. You renew my faith in true love, Katy Regnery. And a brilliant take off on the little mermaid. People are going to love this one.” –Mia Sheridan, New York Times bestselling author of Archer’s Voice

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Blurb:

From New York Times bestselling author Katy Regnery comes a new twist on a beloved fairytale.

In this modern retelling of The Little Mermaid, a fisherman’s daughter from an Outer Banks island untouched by time, meets the son of the North Carolina governor at a fancy party where she is working.

Laire, who wants more from life than her little island can offer, is swept away by wealthy, sophisticated Erik, who is, in turn, entranced by her naiveté and charm. The two spend a whirlwind summer together that ends on the knife-point of heartbreak and forces them to go their separate ways.

Years later, when fate finds them together once again, they will discover the terrifying depth of the secrets they kept from each other, and learn that shattered hearts can only be healed by a love that willfully refuses to die.

All novels Katy Regnery’s ~a modern fairytale~ collection are written as fundraisers. 10% of the e-book sales for in March and April 2017 will be donated.

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Review:

In this beautiful allegory about the tension between the land and the sea, the past and the future, and choosing whether to fit in or stand out, Katy’s modern day Ariel is beyond brave. Laire desperately wants to defy the tide and leave Corey, the small island her family has lived on for ten generations. The first step? A job on a larger island where she’ll make some real money. Her father would never approve, though, so it’ll have to be a secret, which Laire hates.

Then she meets Erik. He’s from an entirely different world–almost another planet. He’s handsome and smart and she’s completely enchanted with him. Will trying to have a secret relationship with Erik and hiding her new job be too much for this island girl?

Losing either at this point would shatter all of her dreams.

Erik has been indulged and spoiled his entire life. His life reads like a modern day fairy tale, but inside, he isn’t happy. He feels forced to follow in his father’s footsteps, first by getting a law degree and then running for public office. Erik isn’t interested in either, really. When he meets a beautiful island girl, his heart is immediately taken.

In order to be able to see each other, Laire and Erik have both lied to each other and to their families. When the end of summer grows near and it’s almost time for Erik to return to college, these lies have an ominous impact on their relationship. What was once a dream come true becomes a nightmare, leaving them both reeling in abject misery.

Erik closes his heart and chooses never to trust again. Claire has to leave the island and the only life she’s always known for a new one on an uncertain path.

Luckily, in the romance world, the opportunity for a second chance happens even for the faint of heart.

What can I say about this book that I haven’t said before about one of this author’s books? A lot, actually. Even though I’m a huge fan of Katy’s, I’m also watching her writing style grow through each new book. The modern fairytale series is my favorite, and this story had all the thrills and chills I expected, but it also had more. An unexpected hero who chose to do the right thing at the right time. Who wasn’t a jerk. Who believed in their love almost more than the heroine did at times. I was truly thrilled that Erik got his happily ever after, too.

Read it for the unusual setting, the gorgeous depth of the characters, and the heartfelt writing. You’ll fall in love with the story and the characters just like I did. Thanks, Katy!

Watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/G-dQC9j_Zas

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Don’t Speak is part of the ~a modern fairytale~ collection, which includes six standalone, completely unrelated novels inspired by beloved fairy tales:

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The Vixen and the Vet (Beauty & the Beast) – available now
Never Let You Go (Hansel & Gretel) – available now
Ginger’s Heart (Little Red Riding Hood) – available now
Dark Sexy Knight (Camelot) – available now
Don’t Speak (The Little Mermaid) – new release!
Swan Song (The Ugly Duckling) – available late-2017

About the Author:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.

Twenty-five books later, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled, New York Times and USA Today Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other standalone novels and novellas.

Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1-4, became a New York Times E-book bestseller.

In 2016, Katy signed a print-only agreement with Spencerhill Press. As a result, her Blueberry Lane paperback books will now be distributed to brick and mortar bookstores all over the United States.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

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Author Links:

Website/Newsletter Signup: http://katyregnery.com/
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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KatyRegnery
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KatyRegnery
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/katharineregner/

 

Release Blitz: It’s You Book 2 by Katy Regnery as K.P. Kelly

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The entire It’s You DUET by Katy Regnery writing as KP Kelly is NOW LIVE!

“Simply amazing! It’s You is everything we wished for Jacob and Bella except better. The love between two characters has never been felt so strongly through the pages as it has with Jack and Darcy. An absolute must read for any fan of true love, soulmates and men with sexy beards.” – New York Times bestselling author, Heidi McLaughlin

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On the Line (Hometown Players #5)

Author: Victoria Denault 

Publisher: Forever

Rating: 4.5 stars

Buy Links: Amazon 

Type: Novel in Series 

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Blurb: He had total control of his game–until she changed all the rules . . . As one of the best players in the NHL and the “golden boy” of the league, Avery Westwood knows he has to keep his cool–on and off the ice. His whole life is a carefully constructed image of perfection for the media and his brand sponsors. Of course, that means he can never let his true feelings show. But when it comes to the sexy sister of his former teammate, Avery might be willing to make an exception . . . even if it means breaking all his own rules. 

As far as Stephanie Deveau is concerned, having a thing for Avery is the equivalent of psychological napalm. Très bad idea. Then he moves in next door, all sexy smiles and a deliciously hot body that she can’t resist. Something’s happening between them–it’s intense, a little (a lot) out of control, and real. Only Avery doesn’t know everything about Stephanie’s past. And the one exception to his rule might just be the one girl who could destroy his career. 

MORE IN THE HOMETOWN PLAYERS SERIES: One More Shot Making a Play The Final Move Winning It All  Continue reading On the Line (Hometown Players #5)

Guest Post: “Of Christmas Past: Not Always Merry” by Teryn Day

I think a lot about happy endings, ghosts, and our relationships with the past.

When I first started thinking about Of Christmas Past, and what kind of Christmas story I wanted to tell, I kept coming back to the baggage. A lot of LGBTQIA folks don’t always have 100% good memories surrounding family holidays. I’m not saying all of us have Issues, but most of us who have had to be closeted around our extended family, or who made the choice not to be closeted around our extended family, or for those of us who lost formerly close bonds when we came out—well, the holiday season can be a little trying. LGBTQIA folks aren’t usually born into families that are like us, and it can create significant tension. In writing my Christmas story, I wanted to acknowledge that. I love its counterpart—the perfectly happy queer holiday story. They’re some of my favorites! And fear not, because Of Christmas Past still has plenty of holiday cheer, even if I want people to feel okay for not always feeling upbeat this time of year. Continue reading Guest Post: “Of Christmas Past: Not Always Merry” by Teryn Day

Guest Post and Giveaway: Hanging The Stars by Rhys Ford

Thank you for following the Hanging The Stars blog tour! I was very excited to return to Half Moon Bay and well, deliver West Harris his comeuppance. For this tour, I wanted to share a bit about the relationships the characters have with one another and just a bit of every day stuff as they prepare for their Christmas holiday.

As I am sure many of you are preparing for your holidays.

I’m going to keep this short and sweet because well… there’s a bit of story beneath this. But I do hope you stop by Half Moon Bay and catch up with West as a bit of his past returns in the form of Angel Daniels…the one man who broke his heart and took the pieces with him.

And be sure to enter this blog’s Hanging The Stars giveaway! The winner gets a $25 dollar gift certificate to the online vendor of their choice!gift_certificate

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“Why are we chopping down our own tree again?” Deacon tried stamping some warmth back into his feet but all he did was jar his knees. “Jesus, I think I broke my nipples off. It’s that damned cold.”

He wasn’t sure where he was. Or rather where Lang drove them. All he knew he was bundled up that morning like he was going to climb Mount Everest and possibly arm-wrestle a Yeti. They’d driven for what felt like for hours and somehow ended up in what looked like a bit of Sherwood Forest tucked into the folds of a California hillside. The bit of snow on the ground promised a chilly morning, despite the clear sky and bright sun and that promise was delivered as soon as Deacon got out of Lang’s new Rover.

Deacon was pretty sure he was going to have to shake his balls back down once they got back to Half Moon Bay because they’d retreated from the crisp wind.

“Because it’s a family tradition,” Lang repeated patiently for what Deacon probably guessed for the hundredth time. “Or at least it was one when I lived with my grandmother. Just be glad we’re only doing one tree. Grandmother used to put up six…sometimes seven.”

“Why the hell would you need seven damned Christmas trees?” he muttered, working through the rows of trees behind Lang as his husband moved slowly through the field. “And what the heck would you put on them?”

“We’ve got a lot of ornaments. My great-grandfather had an import business, remember? The attic is full of stuff. I’ve spent weeks up there as a kid and I don’t think I’ve opened up every trunk.” Lang’s eyes grew misty, his face softened with the brush of fond memories. “Grandmother just liked Christmas trees. And food. For her, Christmas was about food and family.”

“And trees.” Deacon sidestepped a suspicious brown mound on the ground. “Tell me you didn’t have presents under all the trees or we’re going to have to have a talk with Princess Zig and expectations.”

“Only the big tree had presents under it. The one in the living room.” Lang stopped at a fragrant, tall evergreen, its needles a rich blue-grey. “It’s got to fill the front window. I like spruces. What do you like?”

“Babe, where I’m from, the trees are plastic and lopsided because they were dug out of a dumpster.” He hated the flash of pity in Lang’s glance and Deacon bit his lip, wishing he could take back his words. “It wasn’t that bad. We had Christmases. Just not… seven tree kinds.”

“To be fair, love, no one needs seven Christmas trees.” His husband reached for him, sliding a slightly chilled hand around Deacon’s waist. “We just need the one and I think I just found it.”

The tree Lang stood in front of had to be at least eight feet tall and about as wide as Deacon’s arms stretched out. It looked…expensive, something he’d see at a shopping mall or in front of a church where people arranged Nativity scenes nearby and drank spiced apple cider out of pewter mugs. It was the kind of tree that had a presence, strong enough to bear generations of ornaments and too regal for anything as crass as fake aluminum garland.

Lang looked at it like he’d just fallen in love.

“We just need to chop it down now and then they’ll come and put it in that net sleeve thing they use.” Lang eyed the ax, a dubious gleam in his eye. “Okay, I’ve never chopped down a tree in my life. You?”

“Sweetheart, until a few months ago, I’d never built an actual fire in a fireplace and I’ve just learned how to split a log. Kind of. Mostly,” Deacon reminded him. “Didn’t the guy down the hill say they’d chop it down for an extra twenty or is the bringing-the-tree-down a part of the whole tradition your grandmother started business?”

“My grandmother never chopped a tree down in her life either. Hell, she barely gardened. Mostly I think she just liked wearing big straw hats with veils on them and puttering about with white gloves on,” he frowned, scratching his cheek. “Come to think of it, the last few times we came to get the trees, I held them up while Angel hacked at the bottoms until they landed on me. Gran just pointed out the ones she wanted then headed back to sit in the car with the heaters going full blast.”

“Yeah, right.” Deacon nodded. “Want to stay here and ward off any poachers while I go get somebody to chop this thing down? Or do you want to us to take a whack at it.”

A burst of cold air struck them and Lang shivered despite Deacon taking the brunt of it. Pressing his lips together, Lang removed his steamed up glasses and gave Deacon a slow, owlish blink. The temperature seemed to drop around them as Deacon’s heartbeat skipped a little when Lang unconsciously leaned into him, seeking out Deacon’s heat.

“Here, hold onto this.” Lang handed Deacon the ax. “I’ve got a twenty in my wallet and the Rover’s got a damned good heater.”

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Hanging the Stars (Half Moon Bay #2) by Rhys Ford
Angel Daniels grew up hard, one step ahead of the law and always looking over his shoulder. A grifter’s son, he’d learned every con and trick in the book but ached for a normal life. Once out on his own, Angel returns to Half Moon Bay where he once found…and then lost…love.

Now, Angel’s life is a frantic mess of schedules and chaos. Between running his bakery and raising his troubled eleven-year-old half-brother, Roman, Angel has a hectic but happy life. Then West Harris returns to Half Moon Bay and threatens to break Angel all over again by taking away the only home he and Rome ever had.

When they were young, Angel taught West how to love and laugh but when Angel moved on, West locked his heart up and threw away the key. Older and hardened, West returns to Half Moon and finds himself face-to-face with the man he’d lost. Now, West is torn between killing Angel or holding him tight.

But rekindling their passionate relationship is jeopardized as someone wants one or both of them dead, and as the terrifying danger mounts, neither man knows if the menace will bring them together or forever tear them apart.

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Hanging the Stars Blog Tour Stops

Nov 30: It’s About the Book (https://itsaboutthebook.com/)
Dec 1: Boy Meets Boy (http://www.boymeetsboyreviews.com)
Dec 2: Love Bytes (http://lovebytesreviews.com/)
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Dec 7: Joyfully Jay (http://joyfullyjay.com/)

About Rhys Ford
headshot_Rhys FordRhys Ford is an award-winning author with several long-running LGBT+ mystery, thriller, paranormal, and urban fantasy series and was a 2016 LAMBDA finalist with her novel, Murder and Mayhem. She is published by Dreamspinner Press and DSP Publications.

She’s also quite skeptical about bios without a dash of something personal and really, who doesn’t mention their cats, dog and cars in a bio? She shares the house with Yoshi, a grumpy tuxedo cat and Tam, a diabetic black pygmy panther, as well as a ginger cairn terrorist named Gus. Rhys is also enslaved to the upkeep a 1979 Pontiac Firebird and enjoys murdering make-believe people

Rhys’ Blog: http://www.rhysford.com

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Rhys Ford’s books can found at Dreamspinner Press (http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com), DSP Publications (https://www.dsppublications.com/) and all major online book stores.

Guest Post and Giveaway: Bonfire by Irene Preston and Liv Rancourt

A Hindu for Christmas

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By Irene Preston & Liv Rancourt

Release Date: November 15, 2016

 

I’m so happy to be here today to talk about Bonfire.

Honestly, Liv doesn’t coax me out of my hermit cave to do these posts very often. Y’all will have to bear with me if I’m a little rusty.

So, yeah. This is a post about our fun Christmas novella with the vampire, the scary swamp lights, and the Hindu main character.

Or it was supposed to be.

As I write this, America has just elected to the presidency a man who has actively stoked bigotry and xenophobia in this country. I just finish watching Hasan Minhaj, one of my inspirations for Sara, explain that his mother, a U.S. citizen, is worried about being allowed back into the country. (Go ahead and click, y’all. It’s a comedy sketch. Really!) Continue reading Guest Post and Giveaway: Bonfire by Irene Preston and Liv Rancourt