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Monday, October 23, 2017

Seductive Suspect by Thea Landen - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hey lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Thea Landen and her new book, “Seductive Suspect”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Thea and to increase your chances of winning! 

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!


Seductive Suspect
by Thea Landen

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GENRE: Erotic Romance, Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, Contemporary Romance

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BLURB:

A murder mystery weekend goes awry when the guests start dying for real. Veronica is desperate to survive and escape, but can’t deny her growing attraction to Adam, the handsome man staying in the room next door. Can she trust his intentions, or has she wound up in the arms of a cold-blooded killer?

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EXCERPT TWO:

The crisp mountain air no longer felt so cold. Heat spread over my body. His head ducked down, and he captured my mouth in a gentle kiss. Soft lips pressed against mine. I melted farther into his embrace. His tongue slid forward, and I welcomed it, reveling in his sweet taste.

I ran my hands over his shoulders and laced my fingers behind his neck. Lost in his kiss, I pretended we were two normal people surrounded by beautiful scenery, doing nothing more than succumbing to a mutual attraction in one exhilarating moment. Even if something terrible happened to me later on, I could say I chose happiness over fear.

Our kiss grew more fervent, and his grip on me tightened. I let out a small whimper when he pulled away, but he beamed at me.

“Stay with me tonight,” he said.

The edge in his voice sent a shiver through me, although my cheeks burned hot.

“Since we don’t know what tomorrow will bring, let’s be together now.”

A tremble shook my knees, and I was glad his strength supported me. Several tiny wisps of doubt flitted through the back of my mind, yet my desire for him overpowered them.

“Okay,” I said, the single word all I managed to get out.

Adam took me by the hand and led me toward his room. I floated across the balcony behind him in a dreamy haze. Once he opened the door, though, all semblances of tenderness disappeared.

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GUEST POST:

The Character I Identify Most With

I’ve written a lot of fun characters over the years. Fearless heroes and heroines, sensitive lovers, brave adventurers, and everything in between. Every so often I’m asked “Is [Character] based on you? She is, right? Come on, you can tell me!” I think just about every author will tell you they put a little bit of themselves into the characters they create. After all, it would be hard not to! But I can definitively say I’ve never based a character on myself.

While Veronica, the main character in Seductive Suspect, may not be based on me, out of everyone I’ve ever written, I identify with her the most. While I’d love to say I see myself in my badass space captains or dragon shapeshifters, let’s be honest: I don’t have a whole lot of experience flying spaceships or changing into a dragon. (Unfortunately!) As Seductive Suspect is a contemporary story, it’s a little bit easier to picture myself in Veronica’s role.

Having experience with the right time and place is significant, but that’s not why I identify so strongly with her. For many of my other characters, they’re willing to face danger head on. Whether they’re fighting their way across unknown galaxies or plotting infiltration missions into enemy territory, they do so courageously and never back down.

When things get tough, Veronica…hides in the bathroom. And sometimes cries while she’s in there. Hey, you can’t say that’s not realistic! In a similar situation, I’ll freely admit that would be me. I’d like to think I’d put on a brave face and head out to confront whatever’s threatening me…but nope, I’d most likely be hiding somewhere. Sad, but true.

In addition to the hiding and crying, Veronica is also a fan of sarcasm, is a bit of a homebody, likes to fill out crossword puzzles, and has to use the restroom at inopportune times. Yep, that’s a pretty accurate description of me, too. Despite all of this, however, she’s more perceptive than she gives herself credit for, and her inner strength comes through at various points throughout the book. In a perfect world, I hope that would also describe me!

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AUTHOR BIO:


Thea Landen lives in New York with her husband and two children. She strives to encourage creativity and passion in all those around her, and uses writing to help inspire. Though she reads and writes in nearly all genres, she has a special fondness for science fiction, fantasy, and adventure and anything that pushes the imagination beyond its usual limits. When she’s not writing, or thinking about writing, her hands and mind are occupied by either yarn crafts or role-playing games.

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Thea will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


**This post contains affiliate links and if clicked and a purchase made I may receive a small commission to help support this blog.  This does not cost you anything, it just helps pay for all those awesome giveaways on here.**

This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Need You Now by Dei Araujo - Blurb Blitz - Book Sale - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hi lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Dei Araujo and her new book, “Need You Now”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Dei and to increase your chances of winning! 

This book is on SALE during the tour for ONLY $0.99!!!  See below for more details.

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!


Need You Now
by Dei Araujo

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GENRE: Romantic Suspense

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BLURB:

Nothing compared to the horror Amaranth Wallace felt upon discovering her babysitter beaten and her autistic son missing. To get him back, she must put all her faith in her ex-lover, the very man she vowed to avoid forever.

One steamy and mind-blowing night with Amaranth and Nicholas was hooked. But when she chose his half-brother over him, Nicholas turned his back on her and love. Now fate has brought them back together, and Nicholas must revisit old wounds that run deep with the woman who broke his heart.

Can Amaranth and Nicholas put their torrid history aside to find her son and get a chance at love?

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EXCERPT TWO:

“Why are you here?” she asked, ignoring the little jump of her heart at the sight of him.

“Really, Am? We’re going to do this? Me, out in the hallway as if I was some vampire begging to come in just so I can bite that delicate little neck of yours?”

“Sorry, I prefer werewolves,” she replied with a smirk before attempting to close the door in his face. Irritated, she looked down and saw he used his foot as a stopper.

“Cute. Have it your way.” He stood his ground. Amaranth wanted to let him stay right out in the hallway, but he was right. She didn’t want anyone privy to their conversation, so she stepped away to let him enter.

“Come in,” she relented and inhaled his clean scent as he walked past her to the center of the room. His presence filled the tiny space as he looked around, turned and laid those gorgeous hazel eyes on her. God, would she ever stop feeling as if the very sight of him was like a vacuum sucking the air from her body? She willed her pulse to slow its rapid hammering. He was still devastatingly handsome with his ink black wavy hair and eyes that couldn’t decide whether they wanted to be amber or green. They regarded her even now with some sort of emotion that bordered on anxious and apologetic.

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AUTHOR BIO:


Dei Araujo knew she wanted to be a writer at the age of 11 after writing a short story that drew a raucous response from her dad. Her love for romance came through her mother who encouraged Dei’s voracious appetite for reading. She went on to win writing awards in high school to include a first-place award for poetry in honor of her father who served during the first Gulf War.

After graduating from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in Journalism/News Editorial, Dei was commissioned in the Air Force as a public affairs officer where she utilized her skill as a writer to tell the Air Force story. Her military career took her all over the world and exposed her different cultures and people.

While serving as an Air Force reservist, Dei completed her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction at Seton Hill University and rediscovered her voice as a romance writer. She’s living out her real-life love story in beautiful Miami, Florida, with her soulmate, and their four rambunctious boys.

Need You Now, a romantic suspense, is her first novel and the first in the Love’s Paradise series.

Dei is a member of Romance Writers of America.

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BOOK BUY LINKS & BOOK SALE INFO:

**Need You Now is on SALE during the tour for ONLY $0.99!!!  Please note that this special sale offer ends on the final date of the tour, 11/10.**

Amazon Kindle:

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Dei will be awarding a $10 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

At Last in Laguna by Claire Marti - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hi lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Claire Marti and her new book, “At Last in Laguna”! 

When I saw this tour, I knew I had to be part of it!  As I am the main character in this book – haha jk!  Okay, I’m not the main character, but it is quite rare to find my birth name, Alyssa, featured in a book and even spelled correctly lol.  So, I was very excited to check out this book and feature it on my blog!!

For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Claire and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!


At Last in Laguna
by Claire Marti

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GENRE: Contemporary Romance

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BLURB:

Alyssa Morgan has secretly been in love with her older brother Nick’s best friend, Brandt Dempsey, since she was an awkward, lonely teenager. When she catches the bouquet at Nick’s wedding, she throws caution to the wind and propositions Brandt to a two-week fling. He’s tried to ignore how Alyssa has blossomed into a strong, talented, gorgeous woman because as his best friend’s baby sister, she’s off limits.

After they share a mind-blowing kiss, Brandt struggles to fight their undeniable chemistry. His tragic childhood scarred him, but he pushes it deep inside, only allowing the world to see a wealthy, carefree entrepreneur. Forced to work together on Brandt’s latest charitable venture, Brandt and Alyssa’s passion cannot be denied. Alyssa knows he’s the one. Can she convince him they belong together?

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EXCERPT TWO:

Alyssa Morgan gripped her champagne flute in her left hand and glued her right arm to her side, fingers curled into a fist. How in the world had she been recruited for the traditional wedding bouquet toss? The last place she wanted to be was among the pack of women vying to snag a bunch of flowers.

In fact, she’d hidden in the restroom with her champagne, certain she could escape the single ladies’ ordeal. Unfortunately, Sophie Morgan, née Barnes, refused to begin the archaic ritual until her new sister- in-law could be included. The other bridesmaids hunted her down and corralled her back to the dance floor.

Fine. So here she was, squeezed into the middle of the group. She’d pretend to participate. Nothing short of a cattle prod to the back could induce her to jump up and try to obtain the unwanted prize for herself.

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GUEST POST:

Always Continue Studying, Learning, and Honing Your Writing Craft

On the eve of the release of my second novel, At Last in Laguna, I’m filled with anticipation and excitement because I’m proud of this book. Don’t get me wrong, I am proud of my debut, Second Chance in Laguna, but I feel like this second book reflects all I’ve learned about the craft of writing over the last few years.

When I wrote Second Chance in Laguna, I’d studied several books on the craft of writing, devoured articles on the importance of goal, motivation, and conflict, read advice about proper pacing and what actually makes a book a page-turning pleasure. Because I’ve always been an avid bookworm and my love for reading fuels my writing, I’m intuitive with the rhythm and flow of words on the page. Wouldn’t this be enough to create a wonderful story?

After I began submitting queries to agents and editors, I realized the answer was no. On the recommendation of other writers I met at a local RWA chapter meeting, I began entering my manuscript into contests. Some of the scores and comments stung and I learned quickly that in one contest with three judges, you can receive two “A’s” and one “F.” I ended up winning one contest and placing third in another, which bolstered my confidence, as well as helped me fix flaws in my manuscript. This feedback enabled me to polish the story and receive a contract for my Finding Forever in Laguna series.

Four primary new habits and activities help me continue to improve my writing. Hopefully, one or all of them will resonate.

1. Find critique partners and beta readers who aren’t afraid to give you true constructive criticism. Another pair of eyes on your manuscript will give you the objective viewpoint you require to produce your best work. In a perfect world, your critique partner will suggest edits and/or help you brainstorm new ideas.

2.  Attend workshops and conferences as much as your budget allows. Workshops are invaluable to acquire new tips and techniques and are also the chance to connect with like-minded writers. I’m always motivated after a conference and energized to return to my writing cave. I attended my first RWA annual conference back in 2015 when I had barely finished Second Chance in Laguna. I was a newbie, eager for knowledge and inspiration and felt like I’d found my tribe. Smaller local conferences are another excellent way to stay motivated.

3. Listen to your editor or if you don’t have one, hire a great one.
My editor at The Wild Rose Press, Roseann Armstrong, is fabulous. At times I’d pull my hair out at the attention to detail she insisted upon with each round of revisions. But, incorporating her feedback from book one into the writing and self-editing of books two and three transformed my prose.

4. Read books and follow newsletters and blogs containing tips and advice. I regularly buy or borrow books on writing to stay fresh and informed, even if I glean only one helpful tip. For instance, I now make a poster board and write all my scenes on different colored sticky notes to visualize the big picture of the flow of my story. It’s simple to rearrange scenes when you can see them laid out.

In sum, never stop learning and improving your craft.

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AUTHOR BIO:


Claire Marti started writing stories as soon as she was old enough to pick up pencil and paper. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a BA in English Literature, Claire was sidetracked by other careers, including practicing law, selling software for legal publishers, and managing a non-profit animal rescue for a Hollywood actress.

Finally, Claire followed her heart and now focuses on two of her true passions: writing romance and teaching yoga. At Last in Laguna is the second book in her Finding Forever in Laguna series from The Wild Rose Press.

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Claire will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


**This post contains affiliate links and if clicked and a purchase made I may receive a small commission to help support this blog.  This does not cost you anything, it just helps pay for all those awesome giveaways on here.**

This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.

Hide and Seek by Desiree Holt - Book Blast - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Hi lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Desiree Holt and her new book, “Hide and Seek”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win an Amazon Kindle Fire 7 with Alexa!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Desiree and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!


Hide and Seek
by Desiree Holt

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GENRE: Romantic Suspense

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Anything can happen when you let your guard down…

After receiving a violent threat on the heels of her father’s disappearance from the town of Arrowhead Bay, Devon Cole fears for her life—until Vigilance, a local private security agency, steps in to shield her from danger. Although she isn’t usually quick to surrender her freedom, she has no problem stripping her defenses for her new sexy bodyguard…

Tortured by the painful memory of lost love, Logan Malik is determined not to fall for a client again. So when he’s tasked with watching over Devon day and night, he’s focused on doing his job. Day is no problem, but as tensions rise at night, nothing can protect them from giving in to unbridled passion…

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EXCERPT TWO:

He wasn’t as much shocked by his physical reaction as by the fact that it happened at all. For a long time now, he’d managed to keep a clamp on his sex drive and take it out only when required, like taking aspirin for a headache.

“You’re a smart woman,” he congratulated her. “I didn’t know if you’d play along with me.”

She inhaled an unsteady breath and blew it out. “I took a chance. You could have been worse than they were.”

“Still, that shows brains and quick thinking. Good for you.” He studied the interior of her car. “Wow. They did a number with that window. Don’t move. There’s chunks and pebbles everywhere.”

She stared at him, studying his face. “You promise you aren’t the second wave? You know, like good cop, bad cop? The bad guys threaten me and you come along and win my confidence by helping me?”

“Nope. Scout’s honor.”

“I, uh, saw that you have a gun.”

“So did those jackasses. I wanted them to see it.” He smiled at her. “But I only use it as part of my job.”

She caught her lower lip in her teeth. “They just came at me out of nowhere and ran me off the road. Then they boxed me in and smashed the window.”

“Later I’ll want all the details. Right now let’s get you out of here.”

“Do you know who they are? Those men?”

“No.” His voice hardened. “But I know other garbage like them.”

She swallowed. “So who are you, anyway?”

“Oh. Sorry.” He winked at her, and the tension in her body visibly eased. “Logan Malik. Savior of women in danger.”

“Devon Cole.” She dug up a smile. “Woman in danger who needed saving.”

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AUTHOR BIO:


Desiree Holt is the world’s oldest living published author of erotic and spicy romance. A graduate of the University of Michigan with double majors in English and History, her earlier careers include agent and manager in the music industry, public television, associate vice president of university advancement, public relations, and economic development.

She is three times a finalist for an EPIC E-Book Award (and a winner in 2014), a nominee for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, winner of the first 5 Heart Sweetheart of the Year Award at The Romance Studio as well as twice a CAPA Award winner for best BDSM book of the year, a USA Today Bestselling author and winner of the Holt Medallion for Excellence in Romance Literature.

She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The Village Voice, The Daily Beast, USA Today, The (London) Daily Mail, The New Delhi Times, The Huffington Post and numerous other national and international publications. She is also the Authors After Dark 2014 Author of the Year.

“Desiree Holt is the most amazing erotica author of our time and each story is more fulfilling then the last.” (Romance Junkies)

Learn more about her and read her novels at the links below.

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Desiree will be awarding a Kindle Fire 7 with Alexa to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


**This post contains affiliate links and if clicked and a purchase made I may receive a small commission to help support this blog.  This does not cost you anything, it just helps pay for all those awesome giveaways on here.**

This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.