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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

iPad Air Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hey lovelies!  Come check out this fabulous giveaway my blogger friends and I are having!  Enter below for your chance to win an iPad Air!  Also be sure to come back daily to increase your chance of winning - there are multiple daily entry options!  Good luck!

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Plant a FREE Tree with Paul Mitchell #GreenTakeover

Green never goes out of style!!

Want to help make a huge difference?

Want to plant a tree without having to do the physical labor of actually planting that tree?

Paul Mitchell is on a mission to plant 500,000 trees by the end of 2016!  They have teamed up with Reforest Action and need your help!  Paul Mitchell is offering everyone a chance to plant a FREE tree to help them reach this goal!  All you have to do is go HERE, choose a country, and click select to plant the tree.  Then you must validate your entry either via Facebook or by creating a FREE account.  Basically it just wants to make sure you are a new user that hasn’t already planted a tree.  There are no fees or charges to participate.  All that is asked is to create a user name and provide your email address.  There are two options at the bottom to select to receive updates from Reforest Action and/or Paul Mitchell.  Neither is required or necessary to plant the FREE tree.  A confirmation email will be sent to the email address you provide, but nothing needs to be clicked on to validate plant.

Right now 113,000 trees have been planted in the United States and 23,000 trees have been planted in Guatemala – both countries have reached their goal and are now closed.  But your help is still needed!  Haiti and Peru have not reached their goal.

Here's how your participation makes a difference:

• Rainforest conservation
• Better health and nutrition
• Soil protection
• 0.3 tons of CO2 sequestered over 30 years per tree
• Additional revenues from year 7 of approximately $3,000/ha. In year 15, revenues will be approximately $7,000/ha and will be more than $15,000/ha 5 years later

Currently Paul Mitchell has planted 340,995 trees.  Please help them reach their 500,000 tree goal!

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Wanderlust by Bernadette Marie - Book Blast & Giveaway - Enter Daily!


by Bernadette Marie


GENRE: Contemporary Romance



Gia Gallow has traveled the world. Her wanderlust landed her in Georgia where she has created a life for herself away from the petty differences of relatives and domineering ex-lovers. Having settled in America, she has a successful business and dear friends—and the attention of both Dane and Russell Walker. Due to her own family's dramas over dueling hearts, she might have to forget about her feelings for Dane to keep peace within the Walker family, but sometimes even running thousands of miles away can't keep a heart from going after what the heart wants.  And Gia's heart wants Dane.



Dane wasn't sure why his coffee suddenly tasted so bitter. It might have been the way his brother was looking at Gia when they walked through the door, and she was laughing at what he'd said. 

Perhaps it was because his attitude had been affected by it and there had been no reason for it.

The way Russ had referred to her as a goddess still burned his ears.

Dane's mother orchestrated everyone through the kitchen, and they all managed to have full plates of food when they were done. She'd managed to set enough chairs and tables, strung together, to house all the guests. He'd seen her do that at Thanksgiving too. He could hardly find enough room on his little table in his apartment to eat his microwave dinner.

"Eric and Susan, you sit there," his mother pointed to chairs.

 "Russ, you there. Gia you there. Dane you there," she said pointing to three chairs near the end of the table which flowed into the living room.

"Let me take that for you," Russell smiled at Gia and took her plate.

"Oh, thank you. You seem to come to my rescue for everything."

"What can I say? I'm raised right."

Dane let out a grunt, which had both of them turning to look at him. He simply forced a smile

and took his seat—after Russ pulled Gia's seat out for her.

At least the food was excellent. Dane t listened to Pearl and Tyson tell stories about their wedding on the beach at sunset and their honeymoon filled with snorkeling and hiking near the waterfalls.

It wasn't that he didn't like hearing the stories or the awws that came from every female in the room, but watching his brother lean into Gia, and her laughing at everything he said, seemed to be raking on his last nerve.

He took his plate into the kitchen for another helping of ham. He was a sucker for ham and tiny bagels. It was something he couldn't explain.

"Does your family do this often?" Gia slid up next to him as he tried to delicately pull two pieces of ham apart.

Dane looked at her then at the table of family members who laughed and talked over one another. He shrugged. "Yeah, I guess. Mom's always putting together a brunch or a dinner."  Gia eased her hip against the counter. "You seem uncomfortable around them all."

"Nah, just all the gushy wedding stuff I guess." She pursed her lips. "You are not a romantic?" Was that a loaded question? "Sure. I mean I can be romantic. I just…"

She laughed and rested her hand on his arm. "I am sure you are the kind of man who could sweep any woman off her feet."

Dane cleared his throat, only because he'd choked on the air he sucked in when she'd said that. "I'm not too sure I'm very smooth with the ladies. My mind has been elsewhere for the past few months."

She nodded and picked up the serving spoon to ladle more fruit on to her plate.  "I understand. I still have some friends back home who will not speak to me because I moved away. I will admit before I left, I might have pushed them away."


She shrugged. "So I would not be hurt by leaving."

Maybe she did understand. "I get that. I think…"

"Did Susan make those little bacon wraps with dates?" Russ pushed in between them. "I didn't see them, but dad has one on his plate."

"Steal his then," Dane said through gritted teeth.

"Lighten up." Russ gave him a jab as he reached in front of Gia and grabbed the bacon on a toothpick. "Looks like I just missed them the first time." Russ ate the first one and then reached for another.

"Did you try these?" he asked Gia, holding it up to her mouth.

"Not yet," she said as he clamped the bacon wrapped date in her teeth and pulled it from the toothpick.

Dane was sure he heard both himself and his brother sigh.

She gave them a collective wink and carried her plate to the table, now occupying a seat left vacant by Pearl's father who seemed to have disappeared.

"Could you be any more of a pig?" Dane finally took both pieces of ham and dropped them on his plate.

"Are you talking to me or the meat?"

"You," he whispered gruffly. "You're throwing yourself at her. It's annoying."  "And you're not, so I don't see the problem," Russ argued as he returned to the table.

Dane stood there a moment trying to collect his thoughts. How had it happened that he'd moved away, and the world went on without him? He was finding out, very quickly, he didn't like it.



Bernadette Marie has been an avid writer since the early age of 13, when she’d fill notebook after notebook with stories that she’d share with her friends. Her journey into novel writing started the summer before eighth grade when her father gave her an old typewriter. At all times of the day and night you would find her on the back porch penning her first work, which she would continue to write for the next 22 years.

In 2007 – after marriage, filling her chronic entrepreneurial needs, and having five children – Bernadette began to write seriously with the goal of being published. That year she wrote 12 books. In 2009 she was contracted for her first trilogy and the published author was born. In 2011 she (being the entrepreneur that she is) opened her own publishing house, 5 Prince Publishing, and has released contemporary titles and has begun the process of taking on other authors in other genres.

Bernadette spends most of her free time driving her kids to their many events. She is also an accomplished martial artist, working her way to her second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do.

An avid reader she loves to meet readers who enjoy reading contemporary romances and she always promises Happily Ever After.





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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Demand by Lisa Renee Jones - Careless Whispers Book Series - Book #2 - Book Spotlight & HUGE Giveaway - Enter Daily!


by Lisa Renee Jones

Book Series: Careless Whispers

Book #2



Book two in the CARELESS WHISPERS series. This is a standalone spin-off of the INSIDE OUT series that follows Ella Ferguson, Sara McMillan’s best friend.

***Book one, DENIAL, must be read before book two.

Ella Ferguson awakes alone in Italy, unsure of who she is, and a gorgeous man has claimed her as his own. He’s tall, dark, and sexy, with money and power, the kind of man who makes a girl want to be possessed. And he does possess her, whispering wicked wonderful promises to her, stealing her trust and her heart. Soon though, the past finds her, yanking her from a cocoon of passion and safety. Everything is not how it seems. The truth will shatter her world, but it can set her free, if it doesn’t destroy her first.



The sexy, breathtaking mystery continues in New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones's stunning second novel in the suspenseful Careless Whispers series--where shocking revelations will reveal themselves and nothing, and no one, will ever be the same.

Still struggling with amnesia, Ella questions everything she's known about Kayden Wilkens--the alluring stranger who claims to have found her unconscious in an alleyway. But was he truly a stranger--or did Kayden know her before his supposed rescue? Tormented by the potential betrayal he denies, with fleeting memories of a bombshell in her recent past, Ella must face a hard reality. Every action has consequences . . . and trusting Kayden, the one thing she most desires, might result in the direst consequences of all.

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones, whose searing novels generate "enough heat . . . to start a fire" (RT Book Reviews), dares you to fall in love with her irresistibly surprising and sexy new series.



BOOK ONE – DENIAL – is on SALE for $1.99!! Be sure to grab it while you can before the price goes back up to $7.99!

DENIAL is book one in the Careless Whispers series and available now in all platforms! SURRENDER is book three in the series and will be available on October 17, 2016, but is available for pre-order in most places.




New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones is the author of the highly acclaimed INSIDE OUT series, which is now in development for a television show to be produced by Suzanne Todd of Team Todd (Alice in Wonderland). Suzanne Todd on the INSIDE OUT series: Lisa has created a beautiful, complicated, and sensual world that is filled with intrigue and suspense. Sara's character is strong, flawed, complex, and sexy - a modern girl we all can identify with. I'm thrilled to develop a television show that will tell Sara's whole story - her life, her work, her friends, and her sexuality.

In addition to the success of Lisa's INSIDE OUT series, Lisa has published many successful titles. The TALL, DARK AND DEADLY series and THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN series, both spent several months on a combination of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists. Lisa is presently working on a dark, edgy new series, Dirty Money, for St. Martin's Press.

Prior to publishing Lisa owned multi-state staffing agency that was recognized many times by The Austin Business Journal and also praised by the Dallas Women's Magazine. In 1998 Lisa was listed as the #7 growing women owned business in Entrepreneur Magazine.

Lisa loves to hear from her readers. You can reach her at www.lisareneejones.com and she is active on Twitter and Facebook daily.



Twitter: @LisaReneeJones
Facebook: Facebook.com/AuthorLisaReneeJones
Blog: LisaReneeJones.com



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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Simply the Best by Various Authors - Book Blast & Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Simply the Best: A Collection of International Digital

Award Winning Romances

by L.A. Sartor, Laurel O’Donnell, Kathy L Wheeler, Dale Mayer,

Charity Tahmaseb, Cynthia A Clement


GENRE:  Multi-genre



This collection of multi-genre romances features winning novels from the International Digital Awards, including historical, suspense/thriller, short historical, contemporary, paranormal, and young adult. Simply the Best of all worlds!

Haunted by Death ~ Dale Mayer

Death haunts anthropologist Meg Pearce…  In her last summer before college, an innocent camping trip ended in a friend’s disappearance…and destroyed her life.

Angel’s Assassin ~ Laurel O’Donnell

When Damien enters Aurora’s life, tempting her with promises of dark passion and forbidden lust, he threatens to tear her peaceful world apart with shadowy secrets of his own.

Be Mine This Christmas Night ~ L. A. Sartor

At Christmas, finding love and a family seems even more possible…unless you’re keeping a secret.

A Hunter 4 Rescue ~ Cynthia Clement

Worlds Apart. Joined by Love A unit of elite alien warriors, known as Hunters, crash lands on earth and their leader is torn between getting his men to safety or protecting the human woman he has bonded with.

The Fine Art of Keeping Quiet ~ Charity Tahmaseb

Sometimes staying silent is the biggest lie of all.  No one expects the girl who has mastered the art of keeping quiet to join the speech team. But Jolia does. When a crush-worthy rival offers to coach her in secret, she can't say no. But secrets have a price, and this one might cost Jolia everything.

The Mapmaker’s Wife ~ Kathy L Wheeler

In the midst of his worn-torn country, love posed the greater danger.  A flippant proposal and an attack on her person finds one young woman married to the mapmaker who only needs someone to take control of his ungovernable child. Feelings quickly shift into something less platonic and when the enemy gains vital secrets, her suspicions land her in jail.

Excerpt Two:

From The Mapmaker’s Wife ~ Kathy L Wheeler:

A soft smile played over her lips to a distracting degree. Exactly one of the reasons he worked himself to exhaustion. “I suspect that’s precisely the reason she does it.”

He frowned. “Because I tell her not to?”

“No. She’s created a bond of sorts. She’s realized you won’t leave her unattended. It’s easy to see she craves your attention.”

A swift shock of anger hit him in the chest. “That’s ridiculous.”

“Is it?” She snipped the thread and tucked her project in a basket at her feet.

Her mouth firmed and it occurred to him, he spent way too much time contemplating her lips.

“It doesn’t matter; we shall be spending more time at the chapel.”

“The—” He stopped. Went over to Trudy and lifted her gently. He gazed down at the child God saw fit to leave in his keeping. Firelight danced over pure features, so innocent in sleep.

Perhaps Elizabeth was right. With Anne gone, he was all Trudy had. God’s own miracle in his arms.

An angel. Ha! Dark angel, more like. “Yes, well. It certainly can’t hurt.” He carried Trudy to the door and turned back to Elizabeth from beneath the arch. “You’ve more than earned your way today. Go to bed.”


Dale Mayer is a USA Today bestselling author known for her page turning plotlines and heartwarming characters. A prolific writer, she specializes in Romantic Suspense, but also writes thrillers, comedy, and contemporary romances.

Award winning author Kathy L Wheeler loves travel, fantasy football, NBA and musical theatre.  As an avid reader of romance and patron of the theatre, her main sources of inspiration come mostly from an over-active imagination. Kathy writes contemporary and historical romance, from sweet to spicy.

L.A. Sartor is a bestselling, award-winning author. She began telling stories around the age of 4 when her mother, at L.A.’s insistence, wrote them down and L.A. illustrated them. As an adult, she writes suspense and action-adventure novels with a dash of romance, and screenplays—she's had a contracted adaptation!  She lives in Colorado with her husband whom she met on a blind date.  L.A. loves to travel and thinks life is an adventure and we should embrace the journey. 

Facebook Author Page: http://on.fb.me/MUU9HK

Laurel O'Donnell is a best selling author and has won numerous awards for her medieval romances, including the International Digital Award and the Holt Medallion Award.

Charity Tahmaseb has slung corn on the cob for Green Giant and jumped out of airplanes (but not at the same time). She’s worn both Girl Scout and Army green. These days, she writes fiction (short and long) and works as a technical writer.

Cynthia Clement is an award winning author who began writing when she was a teenager. Her novels reflect her love of romance, strong honorable heroes, and suspense intertwined with the intriguing and unexplained.


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Monday, May 16, 2016

Take Me to the Willow by Shelly Brimley - Book Tour & Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Take Me to the Willow
by Shelly Brimley


GENRE: Historical Fiction



In defending his life-long friendship with Charlie, Will may have inadvertently had a hand in the growing chaos that leads to the horrifying night when his familiar world is shattered. When Will Wright, the eighteen year old son of a small-town Arkansas sheep herder in 1905, begins reading his mother’s journal, he is inspired by its startling content to start putting his own experiences to paper for posterity. An unsophisticated but principled young man, Will is becoming increasingly aware of the hatred that exists in the world. When he begins his own journal, Will can’t know what events are to take place in the next five years – from his mother’s battle with a life threatening illness, to his embarrassments of learning how to be in love for the first time, to witnessing Charlie’s fate at the hands of the bigoted townspeople. While part of him wishes the pain in those pages didn’t exist, he knows that the original purpose for keeping the journal has been realized - to show his kin how he became the man he is. He will probably never go back through and read again the pages he’s written, but someday, someone will, and they will see that along with the hurt, Will’s life had been one that knew true joy, absolute love, and undying friendship.



"Stop playin’ games, Maryanne!" I shouted.

Maryanne startled, and she got a real serious look on her face. A few people inside must have heard me yell, and watched us through the window for a minute or two.

"So you called me out here to yell at me?" Maryanne said with a face as pouty as an old dried up raisin. "I never took you for such a bully, Will!"

"You are unbelievable!" I shouted. "You trick me into bringin’ Hannah here by tellin’ me that you’ve got good intentions—then you send me away so you can tell her lies about me. And for what? What did you think was gonna happen, Maryanne?—that Hannah would leave me because of it, and I’d come runnin’ to you? Well let me tell you that you are…"

"I’m what?" yelled Maryanne.

I paused and took a deep breath. I played out the conversation in my mind the way my anger was wantin’ it to go, and I… I decided against it. I remembered Hannah tellin’ me not to be mean. 'Don’t be mean,' I told myself. Just say what needs to be said and don’t be mean. So I held my tongue; didn’t know I had that in me.

Finally gettin' myself under control, I said calmly, "You know what, Maryanne? Hannah’s right. It isn’t worth it."

Maryanne took to cryin’, and I think I actually saw real tears for once. I turned and started to leave.

"Will, I love you," she said imploringly.

I stopped and looked at her with a new kind of sadness… maybe even pity.

"You don’t love me, Maryanne," I said. "You just want me because I’m the only one who doesn’t want you."



Shelly Brimley was born in Flagstaff, AZ, where she lived most of her life until moving to Mexico to study abroad. After graduation, Shelly did some volunteer work in Africa and completed her graduate degree while working in an adolescent drug treatment center. After acquiring her Master’s degree, she worked as a counselor at a residential shelter for children who had been smuggled and trafficked into the USA from different countries around the world. She also taught English to adult refugees before resigning to raise her children. Shelly wanted to use her experience working with others as a source of inspiration in her writing, offering a voice for those who are not typically heard or considered.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

No Reason To Hide by P.H. Turner - Book Blast & Giveaway - Enter Daily!

No Reason to Hide

by P.H. Turner


GENRE:  Romance Mystery



Evil knows your name, Navajo cop Jessica Akee finds the body of a young male sprawled in the weeds behind a convenience store on the Reservation. What at first looks like just another gang killing is a far more disturbing murder. On loan from the Phoenix PD, top cop Charlie Stone partners with Jessica to find the killer. She harbors a dark secret, but Charlie isn't going to let her keep it...  he extends his hand, Jessica's younger brother runs with a Native gang, dabbles in rituals best left alone, and ignores Jessica's pleas for him to turn away from the razor's edge between good and evil and charms you into the abyss.  When her brother lifts the veil between the two worlds, the Shadow Warrior slips in seeking revenge. All that is human of Ricky is stripped away, and Jessica believes the last card has been played, but the Shadow Warrior turns his vengeance on her. Can Charlie save her before the demon claims Jessica as his own and returns to the bottom of the abyss?



At 6:30 a.m., I received a routine disturbance call out on the Navajo Nation. The manager of the Tuba City 7­Eleven on South Indian Route 101 called in a complaint of kids messing around his propane tank again. He hadn't gone out into the gloom to investigate. That was my job. The lights from the storefront didn't penetrate into the deep shadows around the tank. Had the tank not gleamed white in the weak dawn light, I would have walked past it for the thick brush and brambles surrounding it.

The aromatic scrub released its tang when I pushed it aside. I held fast to my gun with one hand and a heavy Mag­Lite with the other. The body was behind the propane tank in a clump of knee­high weeds smashed down by heavy foot traffic.

The sun was just coloring the horizon a thin crescent of smudged yellow, casting long shanks of light into the dark. I approached the body cautiously, not knowing who might be watching from the scrubland between the 7­Eleven and the few houses scattered across a field to the west.

The Mag­Lite shone obscenely bright on the body.

Tiny skitters of fear prickled my neck. I sensed a watcher. The light desert breeze teased tendrils of my hair from the knot at my neck. Something foul licked at the edges of the wind, and a guttural, harsh, whisper, "Hey­ya, hey­ya, hey­ya" swirled menacingly around me.

No one moved in the brush, but I felt a presence. Though his chant no longer rode on the wind, goosebumps rose on my arms and fear banded my chest. I touched the microphone button on my body com unit and called for backup from my fellow officers with the Navajo police.

Fewer than two hundred of us patrolled the largest Indian Reservation in the United States, and I was a young female officer desperate to make my bones. I wanted backup, but I also wanted to be the lead on the murder case.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

P.H. Turner

I call Austin, Texas home now after working on the East and West coasts, the Rocky Mountains, and an island in the Gulf of Mexico. I've come full circle to live and work close to the farm my family settled in the 1850's.

Truth is stranger than fiction, and years in the news business provided lots of peculiar characters  and stories to write about. My books are set in my favorite places, the desert canyons and high mountains of the American West.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/pht97  @pht97


Kindle Scout Program:

The end of the voting period is May 22.

Amazon's Kindle Scout program has accepted my latest mystery, No Reason to Hide.

Kindle Scout is reader ­powered publishing for new, never­ before ­published books. 

It’s a place where readers help decide if a book gets published by Kindle Press. 

Please click my link https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/3J7NFQQ1E13CJ and vote for my novel by clicking the Nominate Me button. 

My book stays in the Kindle Scout program until May 22. You're not committing to purchase the book.  As a thank you from Amazon and me, you will receive a free ecopy of No Reason to Hide, if the book is accepted for publication. 

Please share with friends and thank you!



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