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Monday, January 17, 2022

Pelagia: Between the Stars and the Abyss by Steve Holloway - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Steve Holloway and his new book, “Pelagia: Between the Stars and the Abyss,” here on FAB!!  For other stops on his 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 $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Steve and to increase your chances of winning!!

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

Pelagia:

Between the Stars and the Abyss

by Steve Holloway

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GENRE: Science Fiction

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BLURB:

Former special forces agent turned particle physicist Ben Holden is on the run.

The New Caliphate will stop at nothing to get their hands on his wife’s scientific research, which is believed to hold the key to unleashing chaos in the West and advancing their cause.

But in reality it’s Ben’s biometrics that have the potential to unlock the information they so desperately need. Within the oceanic world of Pelagia, in the year 2066, Ben finds sanctuary among the sea settlers of the South Pacific Pelagic Territory, but his respite is short-lived.

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EXCERPT ONE:

Ben’s Escape

He lifted the hatch and placed it onto the deck, then pulled himself up and lay flat near the bow. The coolness of the storm awakened his senses. Rolling onto his back, he paused under the deluge and allowed the rain to stream into his mouth, gulping down the water.

Thirst barely slaked, he slithered to the edge of the boat. The wind now lashed his wet body. He shivered, staring into the night, allowing his eyes to adjust. He spotted the island, a dark fleeting promise glimpsed through a break in the squall.

Looking back, he saw a silhouette climb out onto the side of the boat. Adrenaline shot through him. The man was just a few metres away, clinging to a rail as the boat rolled under them, but still looking towards the stern. Ben inched closer to the edge of the bow, willing himself to be a shadow.

Holding the safety rail, Ben swung himself over the side with the roll of the boat. He hung for a moment, suspended above the sea. Large, deep breaths. Each time the boat tipped his feet dipped beneath the waves. On the third tip, he released his grip, slipping below the surface noiselessly.

As he surfaced, he heard the man on deck shouting into the water in Arabic, “Cut the rope!” There was an answering shout from the water that was lost in the roar of rain.

Ben kept to the shadow of the bow rocking above him. After a minute, that seemed like an eternity, the man climbed back into the stern cockpit. Ben slipped below the water.

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GUEST POST:

Where Do You Find Inspiration?

I am a very curious person. I love to explore new things.

I am fascinated by ideas, particularly in science, and can spend hours on the internet researching random ‘rabbit holes’.

My family and I have explored many countries and have tried to see the world through the eyes of people of other cultures. I enjoy engaging with people, especially those with another world view, learning their stories, hearing about what shaped them to be who they are today.

I also believe we are surrounded by an invisible spiritual world, and it touches us and others in many ways; that we are not only body and mind, but also soul and spirit. Because of this I’ve listened to many narratives of faith through the years.

All of these explorations have contributed to the story of Pelagia.

Science and innovation have inspired me. Years ago I learned about seasteading: people settling on the surface of the open ocean. Many are thinking about this. My realisation was that there was nothing holding humanity back from the last blue frontier of our planet – the seas. The community establishing themselves on the South Pacific Pelagic Territory in my book has emerged from my exploration of the possibilities.

Might some sea steaders be nomadic? After investigating a new approach to designing boats, called SWATH, I created a vessel in my book which serves as a family home for nomads on the open seas. Much of the living space is underwater like a submarine; attached by a column, there are a deck and control room above water. The cover of my book shows one artist’s conception of this type of vessel design, the home of the Battuta family, who herd tuna schools around the South Pacific Ocean.

Several global scientists are investigating low energy nuclear reactors. In the near-future world of Pelagia, there has been a breakthrough in this area, allowing ‘alchemist’ reactors to supply the world with energy produced through the energy released by transforming copper into nickel.

My years of experience working as a marine biologist inform many scenes in Pelagia, as my characters pioneer settling on the sea, rather than just travelling across it. I find the ocean world beautiful and fascinating, and tried to capture this wonder in my writing.

People and their struggles inspire me. A relative of mine runs a rehabilitation ranch, helping alcoholics and other addicts to become free from their destructive dependencies. In Pelagia, my protagonist Ben struggles to step free from his addiction. In telling Ben’s story, I drew from stories I've listened to of others who have faced and fought similar challenges.

Spiritual narratives inspire me as well. For example, what if you chose to follow a faith narrative which is so different from your home community that they felt compelled to force you to change your mind, by force if necessary? I have known people who live in this type of circumstance and have faced it with nobility, grace, goodness, endurance, and wisdom.

So then, Pelagia is a distillation of some of my life experiences, wrapped up in adventure and beauty. I hope you enjoy it.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Steve Holloway grew up on the beach cities of Los Angeles and has always loved the sea. This passion led him to gain a degree in Aquatic Biology from the University of California Santa Barbara; a background which opened many opportunities for him in researching, developing, and engaging with mariculture activities around the world.

Steve and his wife have lived and travelled in many countries over their forty years of marriage, successfully raising three kids in exotic locations in the process. They have always engaged with the people and cultures they live among.

Currently Steve lives in England and consults for a Christian charity in areas of research, leadership development, adapting to new cultures, social enterprises, and mariculture projects. Currently he is consulting for a Indo-Pacific mariculture project – a social enterprise – growing sea cucumbers, a delicacy for the Chinese market.

Steve has always loved books and writing. The story of Pelagia reflects three of his passions: science, the sea and the narratives of faith. The background, in his words:

“I have for many years believed that settling the open sea was within our grasp, and even more accessible than space as our ‘next frontier’. So through the last ten years or so I have been thinking just how this might happen, what would be needed, where people would settle, what kind of livelihoods they might have on the open sea, beyond the EEZs of terrestrial countries. My son Adam told me about what would become a key component of Pelagia, Biorock or seacrete, because of his experiments with it. Many discussions with other scientists, engineers and others helped to begin to fill in the gaps and the concept of the Pelagic Territories, similar to the unincorporated territories of the early US, and what geopolitical contexts they would find themselves in.”

Steve finds any excuse to get into the ocean: sailing, diving, swimming, or just poking around tide pools.

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CONNECT WITH STEVE:

Website:

https://www.Pelagia.net

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/PelagiaHolloway

Goodreads Author Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21511343.Steve_Holloway

Goodreads Book Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57956916-pelagia

Amazon Author Page:

https://amzn.to/3n3C4x9

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BOOK BUY LINKS:

Amazon US Kindle eBook:

https://amzn.to/32Tm5uN

Amazon US Paperback:

https://amzn.to/32TNmNK

Amazon CA Kindle eBook:

https://www.amazon.ca/Pelagia-Between-Stars-Steve-Holloway-ebook/dp/B08ZJRXVFC

Amazon CA Paperback:

https://www.amazon.ca/Pelagia-Between-Stars-Steve-Holloway/dp/1782643397

Barnes and Noble NOOK eBook:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/pelagia-steve-holloway/1139076028?ean=9781782643586

Barnes and Noble Paperback:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/pelagia-steve-holloway/1139076028?ean=9781782643395

The Book Depository Paperback:

https://www.bookdepository.com/Pelagia-Steve-Holloway/9781782643395

BAM! Books-A-Million Paperback:

https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Pelagia/Steve-Holloway/9781782643395

Kobo US eBook:

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/pelagia-1

Kobo CA eBook:

https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/pelagia-1

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Steve will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

**This post contains affiliate links and if clicked and a purchase is 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 fabulous community outreach projects and 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, January 14, 2022

Courting Mayhem by Gail Koger - Blurb Blitz - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hey, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Gail Koger and her new book, “Courting Mayhem,” here on FAB!!  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 Gail and to increase your chances of winning!!

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

Courting Mayhem

by Gail Koger

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GENRE: Sci-Fi Romance Comedy

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BLURB:

When she was barely eight, Mayhem’s berserker powers surfaced and wherever she went, pandemonium soon followed. To teach her control, and keep her from destroying the known universe, her fathers started a training program tailored to Mayhem’s unique talents. Now she is a formidable bounty hunter.

On her twenty-first birthday, her fathers gift her with her dream vacation, which quickly turns into an unmitigated nightmare.  First, she butts heads with a cranky Coletti War Commander.  To complete the fiasco, the Shebu, a stone of unfathomable power, is stolen.  Now Zarek, the Coletti Overlord, demands she work with the cranky Coletti to retrieve it, or her fathers will be imprisoned on a penal colony. Can her Berserker skills save the galaxy?  Can she avoid falling in love with the smokin’ hot War Commander?

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EXCERPT ONE:

The glittering blue transporter light engulfed us. It felt like my molecules were being taken apart. My molecules abruptly stopped whizzing about. The light faded and we were standing on an authorized Central Command transporter platform. My berserker senses went on high alert. My gaze locked on the heavily armed soldier scanning us for weapons. A definite threat. He was as big as Papi Sten. His battle suit fit him like a glove, emphasizing every bulging muscle. Two daggers protruded from his knee-high armored boots and on his left arm he wore a bronze warrior’s bracelet. I wondered if there was any way to get him to retract his helmet. I really wanted to know if his face matched his smoking hot body. What the hell, I’d give it a try. I clapped my hands and in Galactic Basic giggled, “Look Father. It’s the villain Count Zuckass!”

Poppa Jacob shot me a narrow sidelong glance. “No child, he’s a security guard.”

“A guard?” I peered at him for a moment and let my shoulders droop. “He is small for a warrior.”

In a deep, slightly raspy voice, the soldier said, “You are cleared to enter the theme park.”

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AUTHOR BIO:

I was a 9-1-1 dispatcher for the Glendale Police Department and to keep from going totally bonkers – I mean people have no idea what a real emergency is. Take this for example: I answered, “9-1-1 emergency, what’s your emergency?” And this hysterical woman yelled, “My bird is in a tree.” Sometimes I really couldn’t help myself, so I said, “Birds have a tendency to do that, ma’am.” The woman screeched, “No! You don’t understand. My pet parakeet is in the tree. I’ve just got to get him down.” Like I said, not a clue. “I’m sorry ma’am but we don’t get birds out of trees.” The woman then cried, “But… What about my husband? He’s up there, too.” See what I had to deal with? To keep from hitting myself repeatedly in the head with my phone I took up writing.

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CONNECT WITH GAIL:

Website:

https://www.gailkoger.com

Email:

gkoger58@q.com

Facebook Personal Page:

https://www.facebook.com/gail.koger.3

Facebook Fan Page:

https://www.facebook.com/Colettiwarlordbooks

Twitter:

https://www.twitter.com/Askole

BookBub Author Page:

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/gail-koger

BookBub Book Page:

https://www.bookbub.com/books/arresting-the-warlord-coletti-warlord-series-book-12-by-gail-koger

Goodreads Author Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1598719.Gail_Koger

Goodreads Book Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/59706677-courting-mayhem

Amazon Author Page:

http://amzn.to/2tpb5SP

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BOOK BUY LINKS:

Amazon US Kindle eBook:

https://amzn.to/3HBQRad

Amazon CA Kindle eBook:

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B09MMKSSXJ

Barnes and Noble NOOK eBook:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/courting-mayhem-gail-koger/1140575537

Kobo US eBook:

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/courting-mayhem

Kobo CA eBook:

https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/courting-mayhem

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Gail will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card (Winner's Choice!!!) to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

**This post contains affiliate links and if clicked and a purchase is 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 fabulous community outreach projects and 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.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Seduction of a Duke by J R Salisbury - Book Tour - TWO Guest Posts!! - Giveaway - Enter Daily!!

Hi, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host J R Salisbury and her new book, “Seduction of a Duke,” here on FAB!!  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 $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with J R Salisbury and to increase your chances of winning!!

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

Seduction of a Duke

by J R Salisbury

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GENRE:  Historical Romance (Victorian)

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BLURB:

You never know when cupids arrow is going to strike…

Lady Cora Keats, the only daughter of the Duke of Dover is not only beautiful, she’s confident, self-assured and sometimes a wee bit outspoken. She knows one day she’ll have to marry and settle down – her father constantly reminds her. Cora has other plans - she doesn’t want to marry…at least not now. She’s grown into an independent woman with an occupation few women dare pursue. She cannot…no she will not give up a successful business for a man. Not even if he’s an obscenely handsome duke who shares her interests.

Sebastian Steele, Duke of Hightower was sought after by all the eligible young women. Tall, muscular and stunningly good-looking, the former rake has quietly begun his search for a wife. Drawn by Lady Cora’s uniqueness and confidence he realizes through all their bickering there is something more lying beneath the surface.

Can these two opposites put aside their differences and work together for the greater good or will pride and stubbornness rule?

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EXCERPT ONE:

"Move your arse! Move your bloody arse!"

Sebastian Steele, Duke of Hightower watched in fascination at the young woman standing at the rail yelling and making a fool of herself. Fascinated because he'd never seen a woman get so animated about a horserace. It was undignified and certainly unbecoming of a lady. Where was her husband?

Though women did attend horse races with their husbands, they never behaved like this. She appeared to be a peer, well dressed and mannered, except for this outburst. Could it be her husband’s horse she was carrying on about?

She continued watching the race, cheering them on. In the sun red hues sparkled off her mahogany hair. She wore dark green dress with charcoal piping along with a peplum jacket and skirt. The collar hugged her chin and was trimmed with black lace. The jacket closed with small black buttons on the front.

He turned his attention from the dark-haired woman to the race, which was winding down. The horses were headed into the homestretch, and his own entry, Apollo's Gold was proving once again to be a disappointment, holding at a good distance behind the winner. The stallion had shown great promise up until the last two races. Something was missing. He needed to send Apollo to someone who could salvage this horse's future before he ruined it.

"Better luck next time," Crispin Allgood, Earl of Yorkshire said, clasping him on the shoulder.

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GUEST POST #1:

Fierce Female Lead Characters: How to Create Strong Role Models in Books

A meaningful character growth arc. Even a strong woman character needs room to grow within a story arc. Don’t skimp on her emotional development. What does she learn? How does she change? And what does it mean when she does?

A worthy goal. Big, memorable characters have big, memorable goals. The bigger the goal, the stronger your strong female character will have to be to achieve it. But don’t think that her goal necessarily has to be noble and righteous! A strong woman character can be saving the world from an alien plague, strong-arming her kids into the Ivy Leagues, or robbing a bank just to thumb her nose at the cops.

Realistic physical features. There are lots of different ways to be beautiful; let your strong female character stand out by giving her physical attributes that mirror the real world.

Some imperfections. Strong women don’t have to be paragons of virtue and beauty in order to make a meaningful impression. Strong woman characters will earn readers’ empathy when she has a full complement of human emotions, problems, and challenges.

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GUEST POST #2:

How to Hold Yourself Accountable

First off I keep lists – several of them. I keep a planner devoted to nothing but my writing. I keep track of where a book is within the planner. Writing/how many words I wrote on a particular day and which books I worked on. Next I keep track of when a book is scheduled to go to the editor or proofreader, etc. I also have a spreadsheet I make for each book, series, who the publisher is me or my publisher, the day I started the book, the day it’s due to the editor and finally the release date. I color coordinate everything. The spreadsheet is kept on a board directly in front of me, and also on a whiteboard. Beyond the planner I have a monthly calendar I use for everything and put book related stuff in red.

It's not hard to get organized and get focused with a little work. I devote a block of time, several hours, usually in the morning to writing.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Amazon bestselling author J R Salisbury divides her time between the U.S. and U.K. with her aging Yorkie, Rocco.

When in the U.K. she finds herself shrouded in history, making an author's imagination come alive.

J R writes Victorian era and Scottish historical romance with perfectly imperfect heroes and strong, sassy heroines.

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CONNECT WITH J R SALISBURY:

Website:

https://www.jamiesalisbury.com

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/JRSalisburyHistoricalRomance

Twitter:

https://www.twitter.com/JRSalisbury1

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/AuthorJamieSalisbury

BookBub Author Page:

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/jr-salisbury

Goodreads Author Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15231052.J_R_Salisbury

Goodreads Book Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/59660615-seduction-of-a-duke

Amazon Author Page:

https://amzn.to/334JRDS

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AMAZON BOOK BUY LINKS:

Amazon US Kindle eBook:

https://amzn.to/3JFwJFR

Amazon US Paperback:

https://amzn.to/3FSO7EJ

Amazon US Kindle eBook:

https://www.amazon.ca/Seduction-Duke-Love-Devotion-Book-ebook/dp/B09LD9NT1W

Amazon CA Paperback:

https://www.amazon.ca/Seduction-Duke-Salisbury-Jr/dp/1648391613

Amazon UK Kindle eBook:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Seduction-Duke-Love-Devotion-Book-ebook/dp/B09LD9NT1W

Amazon UK Paperback:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Seduction-Duke-Salisbury-Jr/dp/1648391613

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

J R Salisbury will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card (Winner’s Choice!!!) to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

**This post contains affiliate links and if clicked and a purchase is 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 fabulous community outreach projects and 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.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Semper Fitz by Aurora Russell - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Aurora Russell and her new book, “Semper Fitz,” here on FAB!!  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 Aurora and to increase your chances of winning!!

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

Semper Fitz

by Aurora Russell

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GENRE: Romance

(Billionaire, Men in Uniform, Contemporary)

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BLURB:

He’s always strong, always faithful…but will he be always hers?

Pregnant, alone and temporarily staying at her family’s cabin in northern Minnesota, Clara Olafson is determined to overcome the hurt of her recent past and build a good life for herself and her child. The last thing she expects to find on her morning walk through the state forest nearby is an unconscious and injured former Marine.

Colin ‘Fitz’ Fitzhugh might have initially joined the Corps to prove that he was more than just a wealthy playboy, but he grew to love the brotherhood and purpose he found there—until his last mission in Afghanistan cost the life of one of his men and left him badly scarred in body and mind. Hoping to shed some of his pain and guilt alone in the wilderness, instead he finds a feisty, pregnant angel.

Sparks fly as sassy Clara nurses the gruff and mysterious Fitz back to health, but the happiness and peace they both begin to find in the little cabin is shattered when Clara faces a health emergency. When Fitz reluctantly chooses to return to the wealth and privilege of his family in order to save her and the baby, he plunges them all into a glittering society that Clara doesn’t know if she likes. But Fitz might just prove to her that, whether he’s being a billionaire philanthropist or a sudden stand-in dad, he’s always hers.

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EXCERPT ONE:

“I know it’s not my place, and maybe I’m old-fashioned, but I believe a man ought to be there for his woman, not just stop by because he’s so busy.” Fitz heard his voice deepening and roughening as he spoke, but he was really pissed.

Clara looked confused at first, but then understanding crept into her eyes. “You’re right that it isn’t any of your business, but I’ll explain anyway. Lars is my brother. He’s excited to be an uncle but worried about his baby sister. I’m lucky he can make time every day to see me, since there are only two doctors in this half of the county.”

And doesn’t that just put me in my place? Fitz thought wryly.

“Before you ask, Major Nosy-pants, I’m on my own—no husband or boyfriend waiting to meet his son or daughter. No wife or girlfriend either, for that matter.” Clara’s eyes dared him to question her, but even as her expression challenged him, he could hear a deep hurt in her voice, well-hidden. He recognized it because he was intimately familiar with burying pain.

He wouldn’t hurt her by asking. Still, “Major Nosy-pants?” he asked, unable to keep the shocked laughter out of his voice.

“Oh, is it General Nosy-pants?” she challenged, and he was glad to hear some of the raw hurt had receded.

“I’m guessing that you don’t know much about the Corps, ma’am,” he drawled, surprised to find that he wanted to flirt with her.

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GUEST POST:

North Atlantic Beach Sunset

PC: Aurora Russell

Romance Novel Fan to Romance Novel Writer: How a Passion Turned into a Career

First of all, thank you so very much to Fabulous and Brunette for having me!

In order to tell you how I went from lifelong romance novel fan and reader to professional writer, I have to set the scene. It was a beautiful summer day on Cape Cod about a decade ago and I was attending a (very swanky!) wedding with my now-ex-boyfriend. We were seated at the…let’s just call it the Fun Table. In fact, we realized about halfway through the salad course that our table companions were mostly the couple’s swinger and BDSM club friends, which was unexpected since the wedding was quite a restrained affair. Our tablemates were fun, chatty, and just lovely, and we soon became very friendly (not that kind of friendly…get your minds out of the gutter!).

Under the Cape Cod sunshine, sipping on champagne, with the scent of blooming flowers mixed with the ocean all around us, I confessed to the woman next to me that I had been writing a—and my voice dropped low to say it—romance novel. Instead of being shocked or appalled, she was enthusiastic. Even more, she had recently heard about a contest for new romance novelists, and she thought I should finish up my book and enter.

I don’t remember her name, and I didn’t win the contest (although I did make to the second round!), but I will be forever grateful to her for being just the push I needed to finish my first novel. I had always written stories, and had ideas for novels, but having the deadline of the contest gave me the impetus to write something over 60,000 words. Then, once I knew I could do it, I did it again and again…I can’t stop, in fact. Romance novels are the potato chips of writing projects – nobody can write just one. LOL!

I won’t say that it has been easy, and I received lots of rejection letters before starting out with my first publisher. Nevertheless, it has been an amazing learning experience, and allowed me to build my professional confidence so that now I am the author of two separate series (both still in progress) and a stand-alone novel with Totally Bound Publishing, with no end in sight. So, if you’re a reader who is considering writing, DO IT! Write your heart out and never look back!

My latest book, out this week, Semper Fitz, is the first in my Minne-sorta Falling in Love series, and Guarded by a Hero, the third book in my Anywhere and Always series is scheduled to come out in August.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Aurora is originally from the frozen tundra of the upper-Midwest (ok, not frozen all the time!) but now loves living in New England with her real-life hero/husband, two wonderfully silly sons, and one of the most extraordinary cats she has ever had the pleasure to meet. But she still goes back to the Midwest to visit, just never in January. She doesn't remember a time that she didn't love to read, and has been writing stories since she learned how to hold a pencil. She has always liked the romantic scenes best in every book, story, and movie, so one day she decided to try her hand at writing her own romantic fiction, which changed her life in all the best ways.

Find out more about Aurora, upcoming releases, and news at the links below!

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CONNECT WITH AURORA:

Website:

https://aurorarussellauthor.wordpress.com

Email:

aurorarussellauthor@gmail.com

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/arussellromance

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/arussellromance

BookBub Author Page:

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/aurora-russell

BookBub Book Page:

https://www.bookbub.com/books/semper-fitz-by-aurora-russell

Goodreads Author Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14316582.Aurora_Russell

Goodreads Book Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/59646435-semper-fitz

Amazon Author Page:

https://amzn.to/37PD93Z

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BOOK BUY LINKS:

Amazon US Kindle eBook:

https://amzn.to/3G6XTDn

Amazon US Paperback:

https://amzn.to/3JZtJ7A

Amazon CA Kindle eBook:

https://www.amazon.ca/Semper-Fitz-Billionaire-Romance-Minne-sorta-ebook/dp/B09LVH89TG

Amazon CA Paperback:

https://www.amazon.ca/Semper-Fitz-Aurora-Russell/dp/1839437669

Apple Books eBook:

https://books.apple.com/us/book/semper-fitz/id1598007911

Barnes and Noble NOOK eBook:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/semper-fitz-aurora-russell/1140570733?ean=9781839435645

Barnes and Noble Paperback:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/semper-fitz-aurora-russell/1140570733?ean=9781839437663

The Book Depository Paperback:

https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Au-Pair-and-the-Beast-Aurora-Russell/9781839439490

BAM! Books-A-Million Paperback:

https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Au-Pair-Beast/Aurora-Russell/9781839439490

First for Romance eBook:

https://www.firstforromance.com/book/semper-fitz

First for Romance Paperback:

https://www.firstforromance.com/book/semper-fitz-print

Google Play eBook:

https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Aurora_Russell_Semper_Fitz?id=-P9REAAAQBAJ

Kobo US eBook:

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/semper-fitz-1

Kobo CA eBook:

https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/semper-fitz-1

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