Friday, December 8, 2017

Love's Wall by Karen Deen Teaser & Giveaway




Title: Love's Wall
A Time for Love Series Standalone
Author: Karen Deen
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: December 4, 2017



Blurb

Falling in love can be so easy - but is it always the right thing to happen in your life? Everyone has a history but, for some, that history makes them believe they aren’t worthy of love.

Zach

Life sends us the right person at the right time. You just have to be ready to accept them.
When his last relationship ended and shattered his dreams for the future, Zach moved forward carving out a life on his farm. He built a wall around his heart so he’d never be hurt again.
Family is everything for him. Working in the family-owned building company, life was simple and happy. Yet something - or someone - was missing from that life. Zach didn’t know it, but things were about to change. His wall was about to be tested and love was going to challenge everything he has strived to protect. Will it crumble enough for him to accept his one?

Emily

Just when you least expect it, there is that one moment that changes everything.
Being a single Mom, every day is a challenge for Emily. Her life has become a series of relentless hurdles. She decided a long time ago that love was on hold until her children were old enough to support themselves.
Life has toughened Emily. She’s created a wall around her little family to protect them - and her heart. Never again would she allow it to be taken and abused by someone else. Pushing hard to survive the latest blow, Zach walks into her life and turns it upside down. Seeing Emily at her lowest, Zach wants to rescue her. Can she let her pride slip enough to allow her wall to crumble and open up to him? If she finally shares her world, will Zach still look at her the same? Should she put it all aside so she doesn’t miss her one?

Can love erase the history that has made their walls so thick and high? Even if they both know they’ve found the one, can they demolish their walls enough to make the leap? 







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Author Bio

Karen Deen has been a lover of romance novels and happily-ever-after stories for as long as she can remember. Reaching a point in her life where she wanted to explore her own dreams, Karen decided now was the time to finally write some of her own stories. For years, all of her characters have been forming story lines in her head, just waiting for the right time to bust free.

In 2016, Karen put pen to paper for the first time, with Zach and Emily being the first characters fighting to have their story written.  From that first word, she hasnt been able to stop. Publishing Loves Wall (her first novel in the Time to Love Series) in 2017 has ignited her passion to continue writing and bring more of her characters to life.

Karen is married to her loving husband and high school sweetheart. Together, they live the crazy life of parents to three children. She is balancing her life between a career as an accountant by day and writer of romance novels by night. Living in the beautiful coastal town of Kiama, Australia, Karen loves to enjoy time with her family and friends in her beautiful surroundings.



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The Happiness Pact by Liz Flaherty Interview & Giveaway

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The Happiness Pact
by Liz Flaherty
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
December 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

The fine line between BFF and happily-ever-after…

Tucker Llewellyn and Libby Worth—strictly platonic!—realize they’re each at a crossroads. Tucker is successful, but he wants a wife and kids: the whole package. Libby knows that small-town life has her set in her ways; the tearoom owner needs to get out more.

So they form a pact: Libby will play matchmaker and Tucker will lead her on the adventure she desperately needs. But the electricity Libby feels when they shake on it should be a warning sign. Soon the matchmaking mishaps pile up, and a personal crisis tests Libby’s limits. Will Tucker be there for her as a best friend…or something more?


About the Author


Liz Flaherty was a little nervous about retiring from her day job, but making quilts, more family time, traveling at the mere mention of “why don’t we go...” and becoming a Harlequin Heartwarming author have made the past years more fun and exciting than she could ever have imagined.

Interview:

1.   What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
I’m not sure if they qualify as pilgrimages, but every trip I’m on that involves staying overnight becomes literary for the simple reason that there is something about working in a hotel dining room that makes me productive. I’ve done hours’ worth of edits, become unblocked (yay!), and written countless blog posts while under the influence of a bottomless coffeepot and the friendly conversation of strangers.

On a more planned note, my friend Nan Reinhardt and I go on at least one writing retreat a year. We write, go to restaurants our husbands would hate, wear comfortable clothes, drink wine, write...

2.   Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Well...yes. Today, for instance, I was writing a scene that had absolutely everything in it I love. Humor, angst, the turn of a corner—everything! I wrote until the words were blurring in front of my eyes and after dinner I went out to my office and tried to write some more. (Didn’t work, but I tried.) It was the most energizing writing day I’ve had in a while, and I am totally exhausted by it. I’m sitting here whining about taking a shower because I’m so tired. And happy. So happy.

3.   Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book.
Although The Happiness Pact is the third book from LakeMiniagua, and I insert the occasional name from previous books into every new one, I’m not interested in creating a long series. I think they’re wonderful, but I don’t have the focus required to keep all the continuity ducks in a row. All too soon I’d be giving someone the wrong eye color or middle name.

My “body of work” is as eclectic as my taste in music, and I like it that way. I might have had a more successful career if I’d stayed in Taft or Peacock or any the other settings I wrote about, but I don’t think I’d have had as much fun.

4.   If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?
Actually, I retired from the post office after 30 years in 2011 and I loved that job. Then, a year and a half or so ago, a friend at the local library said the director was looking for part-time help. I filled out an application, stating in a separate note that I didn’t want to work very much and I didn’t know how long I’d want to work. She hired me either because of or despite my limitations and I love this job, too.

The serious answer to that question, though, is that I’ve always written, since years and years before I was published. Quitting that has never been an option. Still isn’t. I’m just one of the lucky ones who liked her other jobs, too.

5.   What is the first book that made you cry? When Beth died in Little Women, I lay in bed and cried for...well, I don’t know how many nights. Looking back, it seems like a lot, but I was nine, so it’s hard to be sure. Although Jo March was the one I wanted to be, I loved Beth. I grieved for her as much as I would have for a close friend or even a family member...

     ...which segues neatly into Question 6. What is your favorite childhood book? I read voraciously as a kid (even more so than now) and had a new favorite every week. Since I didn’t go to college and specialized writing courses weren’t offered in my high school, the books of my childhood and adolescence were my training manuals. I think I learned something from each of them, but Little Womenwas my syllabus. If I could only take one book to a desert island, it would be the one.





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His Baby Dilemma by Catherine Lanigan Giveaway, Review & Interview

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His Baby Dilemma (Shores of Indian Lake #9) Catherine Lanigan Adult Contemporary Romance Paperback & ebook, 384 pages December 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming
  Must they always be continents apart? Nobody expects Paris fashion designer Grace Railton to settle down in her Indiana town, least of all Mica Barzonni. Fifteen months ago, he turned to her for comfort and compassion following a farming accident that left him permanently injured. Then she returned to France and went silent on him. Until, suddenly, Grace shows up on his doorstep with life-altering news. Mica, a father? He’s barely learned to navigate his postaccident life. But this could be his chance to become the man he’s always wanted to be—the husband and father Grace and their baby son need. Now Mica just has to convince her to stay.
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About the Author
Catherine Lanigan is the international bestselling and award-winning author of forty published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile, as well as over half a dozen anthologies, including “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living your Dream”, “Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul”, and more. Ms. Lanigan’s novels have been translated into dozens of languages including German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese. Ms. Lanigan’s novels are also available in E-books on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com, Apple Store, Mobi and Kobo. Several of her titles have been chosen for The Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Clubs. Her Vietnam war-based novel, The Christmas Star, won the Gold Medal Award Top Pick from Romantic Times Magazine and has also won Book of the Year Romance Gold Award from ForeWord Magazine as well as Book of the Year Romance from Reader’s Preference. Lanigan is the author of a trilogy of non- fiction books regarding angelic intervention in human life: Angel Watch, Divine Nudges and Angel Tales published by HCI and Cedar Fort. Skyhorse published Lanigan’s “how-to” book on writing: Writing the Great American Romance Novel. Lanigan was tasked by the NotMYkid Foundation to write a non-fiction book addressing teen addictions. Ms. Lanigan’s first Young Adult adventure novel, The Adventures of Lillie and Zane: The Golden Flute, was published by Cedar Fort. Currently, she has published eight novels in the Shores of Indian Lake series for Harlequin Heartwarming: Love ShadowsHeart’s DesireA Fine Year for LoveKatia’s Promise, Fear of Falling, Sophie’s Path and Protecting the Single Mom. Family of His Own pubs July, 2016. She has recently contracted for one more in the series: His Baby Dilemma. As a cancer survivor, Ms. Lanigan is a frequent speaker at literary functions and book conventions as well as inspiring audiences with her real stories of angelic intervention from her Angel Tales series of books. She is an outspoken advocate for domestic violence and abuse and was honored by The National Domestic Violence Hotline in Washington, D.C. (THE EVOLVING WOMAN). She has been a guest on numerous radio programs including “Coast to Coast” and on television interview and talk show programs as well as blogs, podcasts and online radio interview programs.

Interview:

1.      What Literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
A.    If you are talking about an actual pilgrimage, I went to England and visited Matthew Arnold’s house, William Makepeace Thackeray and Shakespeare’s house. I’d read their books, studied a lot of Shakespeare during high school and college and read more during the trip. It’s an interesting thing to do, read someone’s work and then visit the place where the real action took place. Naively, I expected to get some great “vibe” in all the places, but didn’t. In Paris, I went everywhere Hemingway and Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein and others were said to have “hung out”, frequented and lived. Still, no jolt of inspiration came to me. The connection was always in the written word. Those books and so many, many others hold magic for me. Then and now.
2.      Does writing energize you or exhaust you?
A.    Both. Most of the time, when I’m “in it” I have no idea the time, day or where I am. Today I’m in Houston, at my son’s house, but had to work on a synopsis. I got up early this morning and hit the computer right off the bat. Before I knew it the family was all in the kitchen fixing food. It was lunch time. Five hours had passes and I barely knew it.  Now, a few hours later, my back hurts. I’m not in my comfy, lumbar supported chair. Just a hard seated, wooden chair. Time to exercise, get my back straight and move on to the next project.
3.      Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of workwith connections between each book?
A.    This is a good question, because my SHORES OF INDIAN LAKE SERIES is interconnected. Yet, each story does stand alone and they can be read out of order. My purpose when I started the series was to write 26 books in this series. HIS BABY DILEMMA is #9.  Still a ways to go. All the stories are romances, of course, but the anchor in the small town is Mrs. Beabots. Some of the other “characters” have interesting idiosyncrasies that are charming and memorable. This town is what we all imagine a small town to be with the closeness of friends who are like family. Though everyone has “issues” they are dealt with together and with love.
4.      What is your favorite under-appreciated novel?
A.    Hands down, it’s WINGS OF DESTINY. This was my epic saga spanning 140 years, but is basically the story of the founding of San Francisco. I spent 15 years writing, researching and trying to sell the book to a publisher. The original ,manuscript was 1000 pages plus. I’m sure when I’m dead, people will clamor for it. Things like that always seem to happen, you know. The story begins in Jamaica in the late 1700’s with a young slave girl, Yuala, who is gifted with “future vision” or psychic abilities. She sees the future and in it is her great granddaughter, a white woman whose destiny is to reveal evil in the Golden City of the future. The book came out in hardback, but the publisher “pulled the plug” on the promotional tour and advertising that was promised and it never got off the ground. Back then, there was no social media to pick up the slack, so the numbers were not what the publisher expected. Ironically, these days,  most of us would kill for those kinds of sales. But that was then, and this is now.
5.      What did you edit OUT of this book?
A.    In the original version, I had an entire story line that followed my research about traditional Italian families. When Mica discovers that he has a son, I wanted Mica to be nearly obsessed with giving the baby his name.  Mica’s father is dead and the Barzonni name is important to all the Barzonni brothers. They honor the hard work their father did to create the successful farm. Mica would have gone to great lengths to legally have the baby’s name changed. Not to mention the tension it would create between Grace, the baby’s mother, and  Mica.  I did a lot of research on how one went about changing the name of a child born in France to an American Mother and Father. However, all that got cut, for reasons I won’t go into. I thought it was an excellent line of thinking and action for my aloof, hard-nosed hero.
6.      Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
A.    I most certainly do. Most of them deal with Mrs. Beabots. The last book in the series, hopefully #26, will be entitled MRS. BEABOTS’S SECRETS.  In each book leading up to that one is a “dropped line” that gives a clue as to her past. Also, she has a walk-in closet that holds a treasure of vintage Paris designs from past designers who made history. Dior, Chanel, etc. Mrs. Beabots makes references to the fact that she knows how to handle and shoot guns, she worked for Coco Chanel when she was alive and often she talks about Europe and the places she knows first-hand. But not until that book will the REAL story of Emma Beabots come out.

Thank you, everyone for stopping by Deal Sharing Aunt and reading my interview.  A Merry Christmas to all and Happy New Year! 
Tour Schedule
  November 27th:
Launch Busy Bumble Bee Book Reviews underneath the covers 
Thoughts of a Blonde 
November 28th: 
Mello & June, It's a Book Thang! 
Remembrancy 
November 29th: 
Hearts & Scribbles 
November 30th: 
Reading Is My SuperPower 
Wishful Endings 
December 1st: 
It's all About the Romance 
Cafinated Reads 
December 4th: 
Heidi Reads... 
Janices Book Reviews 
December 5th: 
Deal Sharing Aunt
Inside the Mind of an Avid Reader 
December 6th: 
I Am A Reader 
Jorie Loves A Story 
December 7th: 
Book Lover in Florida 
Rockin' Book Reviews 
Harlie's Books
December 8th:
Colorimetry 
Nicole's Book Musings 
December 9th: 
Grand Finale

My Review:
This is a great Christmas story! What was Mica to do? His life was in shambles. He was injured and not really in a good place, never mind able to take care of a baby. However a little Christmas spirit is all that he needs to realize that he loves her. Will he be able to convince Grace to stay with his son? Is Grace willing to Leave Paris? I liked the characters and can not wait for other books by this author! I am giving this book a 4/5. All opinions are my own. 

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

This Piece of Our Being by Robyn M. Ryan Excerpt, Teaser & Giveaway

Title: This Piece of Our Being (Clearing the Ice Book Three) Author: Robyn M. Ryan Genre: Sports Romance Release Date: December 5, 2017 Cover Designer: K. Fouts Designs Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.

From the author of This Piece of My Heart and This Piece of My Soul,
the conclusion to Andrew and Caryn’s journey, and to the Clearing the Ice trilogy. She no longer believes that love conquers all. He questions his convictions. Alone, each faces an uncertain future. However, Fate has other ideas. Just as Fate placed their lives on a collision course five years ago, Andrew and Caryn Chadwick’s paths cross once again in Toronto after a four-month separation. Despite Andrew’s assurances that he wants to repair their marriage, Caryn is wary, not certain she can trust him, and struggles with doubts and questions about his relationship with a member of his Rehab Team. Wracked with guilt, Andrew questions his determination to return to the Tampa Suns hockey team, and he seeks to convince Caryn their marriage will survive. Fate intervenes with a gift at the worst possible moment. Caryn can hide this secret for only a short time, but is Andrew capable of pushing his needs aside when he discovers the truth? Can she risk her heart and soul once again? This Piece of Our Being follows Andrew’s and Caryn’s journeys through a fragile reconciliation. Both vow to place honesty at the center of their future. But, will the secrets revealed heal their marriage or drive them further apart? The conclusion to the Clearing the Ice trilogy, This Piece of Our Being delivers Andrew and Caryn’s Happily Ever After, but the path to reconciliation is rocky and missteps prove costly.
**Please note: For your best enjoyment please be sure to read THIS OF MY HEART and THIS PIECE OF MY SOUL before this book. Check your favorite ebook site for special offers on the first two books in the series during THIS PIECE OF OUR BEING’s preorder period.** PRE-ORDER SPECIAL—Just .99 through December 9 release week
“Have you seen your brother lately?” Caryn asked as she and Andrew enjoyed lunch in the Rehab Center’s courtyard. Andrew nodded as he took a long drink of water. “Just for a few minutes. He looks like sh*t.” “I’d say sleep-walking. He arrived just as I was leaving. How do they manage those long shifts?” “No idea, Caryn.” He reached for a second sandwich. “He’ll revive if you saved some of this chicken salad. I guess doctors get used to long shifts. It’s worse for new residents, from what Tom says. Second and third-year residents get first chance at the on-call beds. Seniority rules, even if you’re napping.” Caryn made a face. “Poor Tom.” “He signed on for this. He’s tough…had experience with long shifts when he was an intern. Now, he’s expected to make decisions for patients he sees. I think that adrenaline spike will keep him focused when needed.” Caryn set her sandwich on the paper plate. “Did Tom mention counseling as a way for us to start working things out?” “Yeah, he did. What do you think about it?” Caryn met his eyes, she couldn’t read his thoughts. “It might help us in the beginning. I’m not sure where to start.” “I can make a list of all the shitty things I’ve done to push you away. But, that would take longer than I hope to be separated from you.” Now his eyes betrayed his thoughts, and Caryn felt herself grow wary. “I have my own list of things I’d change if we had a do-over.” She averted her eyes and tore off a small piece of her sandwich to eat. “We could try a counselor.” His voice lacked conviction. “If you think it’ll help.” Caryn’s temper flared. “Unless you have a better idea? Exchange our lists and take turns choosing topics?” “I have no idea. I want what we had yesterday…” “Just pretend nothing happened? Forget the last four months? I wish we could, Drew. I truly do.” His eyes met hers and she saw the resignation in his expression before he sighed. “I know we can’t. Maybe Tom’s right. A neutral counselor could start the conversation. I can get a recommendation and set up an appointment.” Caryn nodded, a lump suddenly forming in her throat. Talking about all this will bring up the feelings I’ve tried to bury. It will hurt as much as it did at that time. Andrew reached across the table and brushed a tear aside. “It’s hard for me to think about discussing everything with a stranger,” he admitted. “But easy to tell Kristen everything?” Caryn blurted the accusation before she could think, sarcasm lacing her words. Andrew didn’t respond, his eyes holding hers steadily. “She made sure I knew you ‘shared everything’ with her—even personal stuff between you and me. She got it right, so you don’t need to deny it.” “I’m not,” Andrew said quietly. “We talked during therapy, especially when I was in a shitty mood. She was a good listener.” “I’m sure.” Caryn crossed her arms over her chest and nodded for him to continue. “You want to talk about this here? Right now?” Andrew glanced at his watch. “We don’t have much time.” Caryn didn’t respond for a moment, her mind flashing back to Kristen’s comments and innuendoes, and of course, the subject of Andrew’s return to hockey. Should I tell him? How she wanted me to prepare him for a career that did not include hockey. Once again, a flicker of guilt pricked her conscience. Finally, she spoke quietly. “She isn’t your friend, Andrew. She was never your friend.” “Caryn, we had a professional relationship until that massage I told you about. We were friendly, but I never counted her as one of my friends.” Caryn nodded slowly. How can we ever discuss this, even with a counselor? What explanation can he offer? If he’s truthful and tells me about that kiss? Andrew’s eyes pierced hers with intensity. “Are you trying to tell me something, Cary?” She hesitated just a beat. “You’re right, Andrew. We don’t have time for this right now. And I don’t want to unravel everything that happened without someone to guide us. I don’t want to take the chance we slip back into the…abyss…I can’t go through that again.”

 
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By the time she was an eight-year-old tomboy growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Robyn M. Ryan definitely knew what she wanted to do when she grew up—play major league baseball or write. She wrote throughout elementary and high school, first composing novels featuring favorite TV and music personalities, and then venturing into sports writing.

Attending UGA’s journalism school launched her career in public relations, which included an internship with the Atlanta Flames NHL hockey team. This Piece of My Heart, a hockey romance and the first book in Robyn’s hockey trilogy Clearing the Ice was published May 2016. The second book in the series, This Piece of My Soul, was published January, 2017, and the final book, This Piece of Our Soul concludes the trilogy with a December, 2017 release.

Besides writing, Robyn’s passions include following the New York Rangers, NASCAR, and the Atlanta Braves; splitting time between homes in Atlanta and Palm Coast, and visiting Paris as often as possible. Two brilliant Westies rule both homes.
As do many writers, Robyn chooses to write using a pseudonym—hers is a combination of her sons’ names, a contribution from her youngest nephew.
She wasn’t looking for love. Struggling to live up to the high expectations of overprotective parents and a hefty family name, Caryn Stevens only wants one Summer of Fun before focusing on finishing her college degree. She knows her destiny: to follow her dad as CEO of his multi-million dollar business. But that plan changes forever one day when she runs into—literally—sexy and single professional hockey player, Andrew Chadwick. But love came looking for her. Sparks instantly fly between the two, and Caryn can’t resist his charms as she discovers that Andrew has a reputation of winning – both on and off the ice. One of the most eligible singles in Toronto Andrew could have any woman he wants, and he’s got Caryn in sights. But, when Caryn’s parents disapprove of the match and threaten to disinherit her and his hockey team trades him to a new city, it make take more than love for the couple to survive this penalty play
They believe love conquers all… Pro hockey’s golden couple, Andrew and Caryn Chadwick bask in their love, and the limelight reserved for elite professional athlete. An opportunity leads them to a new team in a new city. Neither foresees an event that challenges their love and threatens their marriage. Until it doesn’t... A life-threatening accident rocks their very core. Shattered by the incident, paralyzed with fear, Caryn can’t provide the support Andrew needs. Distrust, fears, and secrets construct walls. Each makes choices that take them further apart. This Piece of My Soul follows the joint and separate paths the couple navigate as each hopes to rediscover the love that can conquer all.