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Tea with Melanie Mason

harbalteaToday I’m having tea with Melanie Mason as part of Loving the book’s Book tour for her new release, The Ring of Remaliha.
Before we join the tour, let’s see her answers to my questions:

 

Questions:

A. Quickies
1. Tea or wine?

Herbal Tea, but usually only when I’m sick, like Echinacea or Peppermint

2. Read or jog?

Read, though it might help my clothes fit better if I started jogging. I do however read while I walk on the treadmill. Does that count?

3. Cats or dogs?

I love cats, but unfortunately I’m allergic. I, however, own two adorable dogs.

4. Heels or flats? Heels

5. Boxers or briefs? Boxers

6. Milk, dark or white chocolate? Milk Chocolate is the way to go.

7. Sweet or savoury? Sweet

8. Sea or mountains? Sea. Though in Oregon I can get a little of both in the same place.

B. Five likes and five dislikes

Likes: 1. Homemade raspberry cheesecake. 2. Italian food. 3. Cuddling up with a good book and my dogs. 4. Playing the piano. 5. Music, like Christmas or Broadway or musicals.

Dislikes: 1. People who don’t signal when they turn. 2. Snow that never goes away. 3. Any type of cooked oatmeal. 4. A dirty house. 5. Traffic.

C. Three things on your bucket list

  • To visit Europe and Asia and South America and Austrailia
  • To be married and have a family
  • To make it on the New York Times Best Seller list. (a girl can always dream)

D. What triggered this specific story?

This story was born back when I was in 8th or 9th grade. I used to ride the school bus for 45 minutes to my stop and I had lots of younger kids who would listen to me tell stories to pass the time. This story came about from a crazy dangly earring (think 80s fashion) I used as the premise of the story. Of course the story has dramatically changed since then, but my main character remained true to the original.

 

When Egyptologist April Tanner is asked to translate the hieroglyphs on an ancient ring, she is unwittingly drawn into a world of danger and intrigue. Her colleague, Dr. Peter Scherril, believes the glyphs will lead to a treasure hidden nearly two thousand years ago by an Egyptian named Remaliha. The problem is the glyphs don’t make sense.

A week after Peter is killed in a suspicious car crash, the ring shows up in April’s mail. She vows to decipher the artifact’s code and figure out why someone wanted Peter dead. Her inquisitions put her in the path of dashing archaeologist Nathan Hayes and his mysterious friend James Reddingham. Nathan invites April to join his expedition near Luxor.

Once she arrives in Egypt, April aggressively pursues her investigation of the ring. But soon she suspects the motives of both Nathan and James and finds herself dodging thieves and assassins at every turn. In the end, uncovering the secrets of the ring could lead to Remaliha’s treasure . . . or April’s own tomb.

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Melanie Mason ANWA imageMelanie is an author, designer, and flight attendent all rolled into one. She graduated from Utah State University with a degree in communications

Melanie has told stories all her life and finds her passion in sharing the plots that spin through her head. She hopes to be on an airplane one day and see someone reading one of her books.

Melanie now lives in Portland, Oregon—with her two dachshund Chihuahua dogs—where the beauty of the Pacific Northwest feeds her imagination and the rainy winter evenings encourage her to curl up with hot chocolate and a good book.

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Thanks for having tea with me, Melanie – all the best with this one!

Touched to the depths – 4th and final story of the Cavallo brothers

TouchedToTheDepths-ByElsaWinckler-453x680And finally the last story about the Cavallo brothers has been released! Touched to the depths, Darryn and Hannah’s story is now available.

 

 

 

 

 

Blurb:

He was the photographer, she the model and on a sunny beach on Mahé, she stole his heart. But Darryn isn’t ready for the powerful feelings Hannah elicits, so when another photographer implies he’s also slept with Hannah, Darryn uses it as the perfect excuse to walk away.

But when they meet again, he can’t ignore his instincts—Hannah is in danger. Lies and threats make targets of them both, and faced with a situation of pure terror, Darryn is forced to realize he’ll do anything to protect her. And to keep her with him, always…

Excerpt:

She couldn’t help it, she had to do it. The photographer was late, she had her makeup on, her hair was ready, so she could indulge before she had to work.

Lifting her face up to the sun, drinking in the fragrance that was the Seychelles, Hannah lifted the layers of pink tulle of the skirt she was wearing and twirled. The make-up artist and the hair stylist laughed.

“I was wondering when you’d do that,” Sandy, the make-up artist said.

Looking over her shoulder, Sandy grinned. “Looks like our photographer caught you in the act.”

Hannah looked up into a pair of dark brown eyes that were watching her over the lens of a camera. This had to be Darryn Cavallo. The rumors were true—he was drop-dead gorgeous. Tall, muscled, with tousled, ink-black hair. Wow.

She didn’t wait to be introduced to him, didn’t wait to listen to his instructions. With her eyes locked on him, she slid into a pose. He stared at her for another minute before he lifted the camera.

And then her body started moving to a beat only audible to her and the photographer. Without any conscious thought, she posed and turned, instinctively knowing exactly what he wanted her to do.

The air around her stopped moving, breathing became difficult, any minute now she was going to go up in flames. Every cell in her body was reacting to him.

Buy links:

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Touched-Depths-Elsa-Winckler-ebook/dp/B018WRITHI/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1449202677&sr=8-10&keywords=elsa+winckler

Amazon.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Touched-Depths-Elsa-Winckler-ebook/dp/B018WRITHI/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1449202765&sr=1-1&keywords=elsa+winckler

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/touched-to-the-depths

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/touched-to-the-depths-elsa-winckler/1123091337?ean=2940157817787

All Romance eBooks: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-touchedtothedepths-1939988-149.html

Etopia Press: http://www.etopiapress.com/touched-to-the-depths/

Tea with author Nicholas Fisher – Loving the book launch party

 

 

 

Today as part of his Loving the book launch party, I’m having tea with Nicholas Fisher, author of the YA Paranormal romance, Becky’s kiss. Don’t you love the title? It instantly took me back many years ago 🙂

But before we talk about his book, le’ts find out more about him 🙂

Questions:
A. Quickies
1. Tea or wine?
Tea
2. Read or jog?
Jog
3. Cats or dogs?
Dogs
4. Heels or flats?
Ha
5. Boxers or briefs?
Boxers
6. Milk, dark or white chocolate
Dark
7. Sweet or savoury
Savoury
8. Sea or mountains
Sea

B. Five likes and five dislikes
Likes: Baseball, Pizza, Scary Movies, Heavy Metal, Halloween
Dislikes: Bullies, Cheaters, Feta Cheese, Too much exposition, The Dallas Cowboys

C. Three things on your bucket list
Go to France, Tour the USA and see a game at every baseball stadium, Meet the members of Kiss

D. What triggered this specific story?
I was co-coaching a baseball game and the other coach told me a story about a boy who was hit in the chest when he was at bat. He was ok, but my imagination ran away with it. What if he died there at the plate? What if he was supposed to be the greatest hitter of all time and break every record? I formed a story around a spirit getting a second chance, and falling in love with a girl his age who gets wrapped up in the current circumstance. Of course, both will have to make a choice, love or baseball…or maybe both??

Mmmm, Nicholas, ‘ha’ is not an answer 🙂

 

“It could not be worse for ninth grader Becky Michigan on her first day at a new school, sitting in beet juice and staining her white jeans in a classroom about to fill up with students. In the nick of time, a gorgeous blonde boy named Danny comes in and offers his over-sized baseball jersey so she can cover up, get to the office, and change. By the time she pulls the shirt over her head, however, he has mysteriously disappeared.

 

Becky scours the school in search of her dream-athlete and wonders why after contact with him she has magically gained the ability to throw a fastball ninety miles per hour! Instead of finding the answer, however, Becky’s new skill pits her against the school bully and the entire varsity baseball team.
That night, after her exciting showdown in front of the entire school, Danny shows up at her bedroom window. If she will agree to meet him behind Rutledge High at midnight on the ball field at the edge of the woods, he promises to reveal a secret meant to alter the past and change her life forever.”
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Nicholas Fisher is a college professor and
a sports enthusiast. He writes adult horror under another name, but thought of
the idea for Becky’s Kiss while
coaching his son’s baseball team. Since the story involved high school drama he
decided to write his first young adult piece. When not writing or teaching,
Nicholas Fisher enjoys pizza, reality television, and playing the banjo. He
lives in Pennsylvania with his wife and his son goes to Arizona State
University.

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Book Blitz for Suzanne Jefferies’s The Joy of Comfort Eating

Today I have the pleasure of being part of fellow South African author Suzanne Jefferies’s Book Blitz tour for her latest release The Joy of Comfort Eating.

 

Title: The Joy of Comfort Eating
Author: Suzanne Jefferies
Series: Standalone
Genre: Chick Lit/Romance/Erotica
Publisher: Fire Quill Publishing
Release Date: Nov 17
Edition/Formats: eBook & Print
Blurb/Rating:

It’s the worst day of Charlie Everson’s life. Not only can she no longer fit into her clothes—disaster for any public relations director—but also her first love, the sexy super-successful Brian Tendai, is her new CEO, the last person she ever expected to run into. Seeing him again tumbles Charlie back into her past. There are still so many unanswered questions: he’s convinced she left him, she’s convinced he left her. Charlie minimizes the ‘ex’ factor. Tell that to her emotions that are running wild.
But Brian’s not there to rekindle their romance. He’s overseeing Queenswood Communications’ recent merger after a hostile takeover. Guess whose name is at the top of the list?
They agree to one night together, just the one, then it’s back to business as normal. Or is it?

The Joy of Comfort Eating is a contemporary romance novel set in cosmopolitan Johannesburg.

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A glass of Pino Noir with Author Ally Shields

La-Vierge-Noir-2012-510x790Today I’m having a glas of wine with Ally Shields and we’re talking about her latest release, Cross Keys: Revelation, an Elvenrude novel, Book 2, a dark elf urban fantasy.

She prefers a Pino Noir and I’ve picked a bottle from La Vierge, a wine farm in the Hemel and Aarde Valley (Heaven and Earth) in South Africa. This vintage expresses the typical earthy and savoury aroma of this fine Burgundy variety and is backed by a red fruit character.

Before we talk about her book, let’s find out more about Ally 🙂

Questions:

A. Quickies

  1. Tea or wine? wine (pinot noir)
  1. Read or jog? read
  1. Cats or dogs? I love them both.
  1. Heels or flats? sneakers and sandals
  1. Boxers or briefs? boxers
  1. Milk, dark or white chocolate: Yes!
  1. Sweet or savoury: Yum, savoury.
  1. Sea or mountains: mountains

B. Five likes and five dislikes

love spring, summer, fall; hate winter

love broccoli; hate brussel sprouts

love pierced earrings; don’t like other body piercings

love horses; not so crazy about pigs (they’re too smelly)

love to visit the zoo; avoid the reptile building, especially the snakes

C. Three things on your bucket list

Return to Egypt one more time (not likely under the current unrest).

Find a winter home some place warm.

See the cherry blossoms in DC in the spring

D. What triggered this specific story?

Cross Keys: Revelation is a continuation of the trilogy begun with Cross Keys (An Elvenrude Novel). For a long time I wasn’t sure the original book would have a sequel, but over time I realized Kam and Seth’s story wasn’t finished, nor was her sister’s. Revelation and the final book, Unity (I just submitted it to the publisher), tie up those loose ends and resolve the major conflicts. That’s the fun with fiction…you get to make it come out right in the end. 🙂

Revelation-ByAllyShields-453x680Blurb (Cross Keys: Revelation):

If everyone keeps secrets, no one will survive…

Six months after the nightmare in Cross Keys, Kam Ryndel is enjoying her freedom in New Orleans and doesn’t miss the constraints of Elven society. She’s immersed herself in working missions for the CIA, even if it means less time to spend with her boyfriend, Seth. Seth’s not so happy about that. Having shouldered the responsibility of his family’s obligations, he’s losing patience with Kam’s lack of commitment to her own—and to him.

Then a guild worker is attacked by an invisible assailant, and everyone suspects another portal breach by rogues from Elvenrude. As Kam and Seth look for answers, a gang-related CIA mission interrupts the investigation, and Kam is taken to a place she never knew existed—beyond the Louisiana bayou.

Angered by Kam’s new mission, Seth enlists the help of his cousin Rhyden to solve the mysterious guild-worker attack. Instead of an assailant, they discover reports of ghost sightings all over town. Not that unusual for New Orleans, but these seem…different. In a mission complicated by gangsters, feuds, failing magic, and old enemies—and the uncertain loyalty of the Elven king—Seth learns something even worse. Kam is missing. And he isn’t sure if she’s alive or dead…

Book Trailers:

Cross Keys: http://youtu.be/cGyK6n-f8F4

Cross Keys: Revelation: http://youtu.be/F00BOGU125g

 Social media links:

Website: http://allyshields.com

Blog:     http://allyshields.com/blog.html

Twitter: http://twitter.com/ShieldsAlly

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6527209.Ally_Shields

Amazon Author Page:   http://www.amazon.com/Ally-Shields/e/B009AKNDZU

Google+:   https://plus.google.com/u/0/100652807699295011703/posts

Newsletter: http://paper.li/ShieldsAlly/1353941420

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GooglePlay

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Thanks for having a glass of wine with me, Ally – your bucket list is inspiring 🙂

 

Snippet from Touched to the soul – answer for TRR Year-end party

TRR Year end splash partyI’m so thrilled to be a apart of The Romance Reviews Year End Splash Party in November again.

Touched to the soul is the 2nd story in the Touched series about the four sexy hotel tycoon brothers. This is Dale and Zoe’s story.

 

 

 

 

Enjoy the snippet below – you’ll also find the answer to the question in the TRR’s Year Splash Eng Party in here 🙂

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‘Zoe closed her eyes and wished the floor would swallow her up. She loved her romance-writing mother dearly, but at times like this she could cheerfully throttle her. She was forever trying to find husbands for her daughters. Zoe hoped now that Caitlin was married, her mother would back off, but obviously she had no such plans.

Smiling, her mother waved at them and moved away. The music changed again, and the next minute Dale stood in front of her, holding out his hand for a dance. Zoe glanced toward Hannah and Dana, but the other two Cavallo’s held out their hands toward her sister and their friend as well.

There was no way she could refuse this dance—her mother would never forgive her. OK, she’d do this and then nobody could accuse her of not behaving properly.

This was such a bad idea, but short of causing a scene, she couldn’t say no. She took a deep breath and, without looking at Dale, put her hand in his—her last rational act.

The next minute Dale had her on her feet and spun her around. Then he pulled her in and kept her close to his body as he danced around the floor with her. Her feet followed his as if she’d done this a million times before, as if they’d always been dancing together. His movements were flawless, graceful, intoxicating.

This close to him, his scent filled her nostrils, seeped through her skin into her bloodstream from where it filled every cell in her body. His powerful muscles flexed under her hands, his breath caressed her check, and his big, warm hand stroked her sensuously up and down her bare back, leaving every centimeter of her flesh craving for more. Their bodies were fused together. She closed her eyes and let the music and the man take over.

This would end in a few minutes; she would probably not see Dale again very soon, if ever, but for the moment she was tired of denying herself this sensation.’

Buy links:

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Touched-Soul-Elsa-Winckler-ebook/dp/B013JEGPFM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1439013041&sr=8-1&keywords=touched+to+the+soul+elsa+winckler

Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Touched-Soul-Elsa-Winckler-ebook/dp/B013JEGPFM/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1439013182&sr=8-3&keywords=elsa+winckler

Amazon.com.au: http://www.amazon.com.au/Touched-Soul-Elsa-Winckler-ebook/dp/B013JEGPFM/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1439015617&sr=8-12&keywords=elsa+winckler

All Romance: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-touchedtothesoul-1868797-149.html

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/touched-to-the-soul

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/touched-to-the-soul/id1028202782?mt=11

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/touched-to-the-soul-elsa-winckler/1122475881?ean=2940150972094

 

 

 

 

Green tea with author James Pinard

 

I’m so thrilled to be a part of Loving the Book’s Blitz tour for author James Pinard. We’re having tea and we’re talking about his lates release Land of the living.

James PinardTea with Elsa green teaHe prefers green tea, so that’s what we’re having (although I do have my eye on a bottle of Baraville Chardonnay Piemonte 🙂 for when we’re done :))

Questions:

A. Quickies

  1. Tea or wine? I love green tea, Both are healthy but definitely tea.
  2. Read or jog? Read for sure when it’s a good story that draws you in and won’t let you go.
  3. Cats or dogs? dogs
  4. Heels or flats? High heels on a woman are so sexy
  5. Boxers or briefs? Boxers. They’re more comfortable and much cooler.
  6. Milk, dark or white chocolate? You know I love all chocolate but I gotta go with dark chocolate.
  7. Sweet or savoury? Sweet.
  8. Sea or mountains? Oh wow. Sea but to look at the sun setting on the horizon.

B. Five likes and five dislikes

Likes

A good story told by a good story teller

People who are genuine

A long walk on a beautiful sunny day

Ice cream

A good conversation about something philosophical

Dislikes

Fake People

Cold weather

Broccoli

Bad news

Being sick

C. Three things on your bucket list

Going to Italy and finding the town where my grandparents came from

Traveling through Europe on a train

Making a movie

D. What triggered this specific story?

Well it started off as a story about going back to the 1980’s which is my favorite decade. I thought no one has really done much with that subject in a time travel movie, almost like a Back to the Future for our generation now that we’ve gotten older. I lost both my parents and my sister over the years and I thought how cool would it be to go back. We were all together and so happy back then and maybe I could correct the mistakes I’ve made in the past, and who knows maybe even change their fates. So it really just grew and evolved from that into a story that is so much more than just a going back to the eighties story.

The main character, who is very loosely based on myself, gets to not only gets to go back to the 1980’s and see his family again. He also gets to experience being 20 years old again, and I don’t want to give too much away, but he’s getting chased by bad guy time travelers who can move from one body to another. There’s so much at stake for not only his future but everyone’s future so it’s a fun ride.

James Pinard is a writer of books, screenplays, graphic novels and poetry. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, he currently resides in Orlando, FL where he works as a Computer Programmer for an insurance company. He has two beautiful, awesome children Michael and Ariel who inspired characters in his latest creation, “LAND OF THE LIVING.”

His past works include the short story “CREED” which was published in the PULP EMPIRE Collection Vol 1 and “DEARBORNE” in PULP EMPIRE Vol 2 by METAHUMAN PRESS available on Amazon. He is also a Writer and Creator of the Comic series “LUCID WORLD” Issues 1 and 2 published by TRAGIC ENTERTAINMENT.

“LAND OF THE LIVING” began as a labor of love on a subject matter that is close to his heart. One of his favorite subjects is time travel and his favorite decade is the eighties. After having lost both his parents and his sister to cancer, he decided to come up with a story about traveling to the 1980’s to see them again. The story just grew from there and the rest as we say is history.

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Land of the living James PinardWHEN JAMES CREED WAKES UP IN HIS PARENTS’ HOUSE IN THE YEAR 1985, HE’S GREETED BY FAMILIAR PEOPLE AND SETTINGS.

THE PROBLEM IS HE REMEMBERS BEING A 50 YEAR OLD MAN IN THE YEAR 2015.

Memory told him both of his parents and the woman he loved were gone, but he slowly realizes that he’s traveled back in time to an alternate version of the eighties. President Kennedy is still alive, and the head of a secret time travel program, and perhaps the strangest thing of all – his loved ones are still alive.

He faces a challenge for which he’s not prepared, but he doesn’t have to fight his battle alone. To his amazement, his son, Michael, travels back from the year 2035 to help him discover the true reason he was sent back.

But another mysterious time traveler hunts him from the shadows, and James’ journey becomes a race to save his future existence in the Land Of The Living…

 Grab your copy of the book: http://www.amazon.com/Land-Living-James-Pinard-ebook/dp/B0161Y8DMA/ 

Let’s get a fun look at this book!

Unique aspects and overall coolness of “Land of the Living”

The 1980’s– Set in 1985 it portrays how different things were back then – technology – style – the music and just the overall coolness of the decade. Also a few famous people from that time period make appearances.

JFK – Anytime the assassination of President Kennedy is explored in a story it’s interesting but believe it or not LOTL adds some new twists – the biggest of which is that he is still alive in 1985 and the main character gets to meet him.

Time Travel – Time travel is always cool but in LOTL time travel is not of the body but of the mind. Time travelers can travel back using their mind and take over their own body or the body of someone else who has recently died in the past. Also, the main character is able to bounce back between the past and future. This is unique and really cool.

Cheating death – The main character gets to go back and see his parents, his sister and the girl he loved all of whom are dead in his version of the future. Not only is that a mind bender but it also is an emotional rollercoaster.

The Villains – The bad guys are able to travel through time at will and take over the body of another person even while they are still alive and make them bend to their will. Also, there is a wild card called the Red Headed Woman who is a mysterious ghost-like figure who appears throughout the story. Is she a villain or an ally? You be the judge.      

  

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Thanks for having tea with me, James – all the best with this one!

Bernadette Marie’s second book in the Walker Family Series – Startgazing

I’m a huge Bernadette Marie fan and so thrilled to be a part of Loving The Book’s Book Blitz for her new release, Stargazing

 

Stargaze is the second book in The Walker Family Series

Bestselling Author Bernadette Marie is known for building
families readers want to be part of. Her series The Keller
Family has graced bestseller charts since its release in
2011, along with her other series and single title books.
The married mother of five sons promises Happily Ever
After always…and says she can write it, because she lives
it.
When not writing, Bernadette Marie is shuffling her sons
to their many events—mostly hockey—and enjoying the
beautiful views of the Colorado Rocky Mountains from her front step. She is
also an accomplished martial artist with a second degree black belt in Tang Soo
Do.
A chronic entrepreneur, Bernadette Marie opened her own publishing house in
2011, 5 Prince Publishing, so that she could publish the books she liked to
write and help make the dreams of other aspiring authors come true too.
Bernadette Marie is also the CEO of Illumination Author Events.

Where you can find Bernadette Marie
www.BernadetteMarie.com
http://www.5princebooks.com/bernadettemarie.html
www.facebook.com/authorbernadettemarie
www.twitter.com/writesromance
info@bernadettemarie.com

 

 A mother’s secrets threaten a daughter’s future…

Bethany Waterbury left Hollywood and the shadow of
her mother’s death to give herself a fresh start. Her
main intention—to connect with the family she’d never
really had the chance to know.

Author Kent Black is enjoying his chart topping
success and living freely wherever his travels take him.
But when he meets the illustrious Bethany Waterbury
his wanderlust subsides and the thought of a steady
future begins to take over.

Kent believes in happily ever after, but the burden of
Bethany’s past might be too much for him to embrace
—unless true love is more powerful than a Hollywood tragedy.

AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/Stargazing-Walker-Family-Book-2-ebook/dp/B014K23122
iTUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/stargazing/id1034602607?mt=11
KOBO: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/stargazing-5

 Ready for a snippet!?!

“Bethany?” he called as if they were old friends.
      She felt the blood drain from her head.
She didn’t know him did she?
He moved quickly around Mrs. Talbot and straight to her.
“Hi, sorry, had to get away from her. I’m Kent. I know you’re Bethany. I’m a big fan. Not a stalker kind of person at all, just a big fan. I’m thankful for the water. That is for me right?”
She nodded and handed him the glass. “Thanks,” he said as he took the
glass and began drinking.
“She’s weird, that woman,” he whispered. “Thanks for saving me.”
      “Do I know you?” she asked softly.
       Kent took her arm and led her to the table at the front of the room. It was obviously a tactic to keep people from coming up to him, by keeping her close.
      “No. Sorry.” He set his water on the table and held his hand out to shake
hers. “Formal intro now. Kent Black.”
      “Bethany Waterbury.”
      “I really like your work. I saw you the other day. I didn’t know it was you, but I saw you.”
      She narrowed her eyes on him. “You saw me?”
      “You were having coffee with some man. I think he was your brother.”
      “How do you know that?”
      His cheeks flushed and he wiped his handover his forehead. “Oh, well, the coffee shop was full. I saw you looking for a table. I was going to invite you to sit with me. You sat with some man and then when you left, you smiled at me, and then said something to him about having lunch with Dad.”

     God, he was a crazy mess too, this man who kept her up all night.

 

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Three New comedy Releases to check out this September

The all-consuming romance novel is a guilty pleasure that we all have, where we find ourselves envious of the female protagonist who is entangled in an elaborate love story that makes us wonder whether she will ever end up with her soul mate. But all that melodrama can be a bit too much at times, so whenever you feel like lightening the mood, try reading a romantic comedy for a change.

Laughter and romance have always had this metaphorical symbiotic relationship, striking a perfect balance that What’s Trending Now say can be loved by all ages. So, forget all those romantic stories, as there are more ways to captivate readers than just with an intense, dramatic plotline. Yes, the inner monologues of Fifty Shades of Grey—the book that Adam & Eve like to call a steamy and romantic sensation—were laughable, but they’re probably nowhere near as comedic and entertaining as these rom-coms. Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of new romance novels in bookstores today.

Hollywood Dirt coverHollywood Dirt by Alessandra Torre
They say that the best relationships start off as friendships, but what about the ones that begin as enemies? Here, best-selling author Alessandra Torre changes things up with the contemporary romance Hollywood Dirt to show the humorous side of love. After his superstar wife leaves him, Cole Masten goes from being Hollywood’s perfect husband to Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor. Soon he discovers and is intrigued by a small town in Georgia, and after he makes the big move there, he meets Summer Jenkins, a girl who is from a completely different world from the one he knows. Opposites tend to attract, but for these two they can’t seem to tell whether they want to jump in bed together, or rip each other’s heads off.

About that fling coverAbout That Fling by Tawna Fenske
One night stands are hardly a way to start a romantic relationship, and in the latest work of humorous fiction writer Tawna Fenske, she shows just how disastrous a fling can be. About That Fling tells the tale of Jenna McArthur, an intelligent and gorgeous PR agent who is at the top of her firm. But everything goes wrong when her Aunt Gertie convinces her to embrace her wild side, to which Jenna finds herself in bed with Adam Thomas. In the aftermath of it all, she discovers how completely hands-off he is—in the workplace and in her personal life.

 

Blurred lines coverBlurred Lines by Lauren Layne
Is there such thing as a platonic relationship between a man and woman? This is the question that Lauren Layne explores in Blurred Lines with a story of Parker Blanton and Ben Olsen, best friends since college and are now living together in an apartment in Portland. After a sudden breakup with her boyfriend, Parker decides to try out Ben’s “no strings attached” approach to relationships by hooking up with him. Things work out well until her ex reveals that he wants her back, making the best friends question whether things were ever casual between the two of them.

Fruit tea and a glass of Merlot with Hannah Fielding

Drinking teaI’m chatting today to author Hannah Fielding Merlot Vrede and Rustabouther latest release, Masquerade – a story about love, mystery and desire under the scorching Spanish sun. The two of us share a love for tea and wine so we’re starting with a cup of  orange and lemon tea. For the glass of wine we’ll have later, I’ve picked out a South African Merlot from a wine farm just outside Stellenbosch called Rust en Vrede (translation: rest and peace)

 

 

Portrait of Hannah Fielding and photos of where she writes.
Portrait of Hannah Fielding and photos of where she writes

Questions:

A. Quickies

  1. Tea or wine?

Tea most of the time; especially fruit tea. But wine, preferably red, Merlot or Bourgogne, on an evening spent with friends and family.

  1. Read or jog?

Read, preferably romance or travel books. For exercise, I prefer swimming – both my homes have pools, and in the summer in France it’s an essential activity for cooling off

  1. Cats or dogs?

Dogs. They are so loyal. I have had some amazing dogs that I miss terribly still. They loved to run about in the woods near my home in Kent, and on the beaches there.

  1. Heels or flats?

Heels, even if sometimes I have to suffer – they are so much more elegant and they make me taller. I love the look of the starlets in the Golden Era of Hollywood; you’d never catch them in flats!

  1. Boxers or briefs?

Briefs are sexier, I think!

  1. Milk, dark or white chocolate?

Dark chocolate – good for me, and I like the bitterness. I prefer the really fine chocolate; then a little goes a long way.

  1. Sweet or savoury?

Definitely savoury – cheese, any cheese is my péché migon – a real indulgence, especially when I’m in France.

  1. Sea or mountains?

Definitely sea – with mountains I feel hemmed in, but the sea is endless, stretching to infinity, and it has made me dream my whole life. I have always lived near the ocean; the water is as essential to me as air.

B. Five likes and five dislikes:

Like: Writing romance; cooking for guests; travelling to new places; listening to my library of three thousand songs collected from all over the world; rummaging in antique shops.

Dislike: Queuing at airports; bad restaurants; extreme weather (either hot or cold); being rushed; unconstructive criticism.

C. Three things on your bucket list

  1. Write more romance novels.
  2. Write more romance novels.
  3. Write more romance novels!

D. What triggered this specific story?

The hero Leandro was a face in a crowd of gypsies on a beach in France that triggered my imagination and was the muse for this story. He was in my mind throughout the writing; if only he knew how he had haunted and inspired me!

Hannah Fielding coverBlurb:

Love, mystery and desire under the scorching Spanish sun… A young writer becomes entangled in an illicit gypsy love affair, pulling her into a world of secrets, deception and dark desire.

Summer, 1976. Luz de Rueda returns to her beloved Spain and takes a job as the biographer of a famous artist. On her first day back in Cádiz, she encounters a bewitching, passionate young gypsy, Leandro, who immediately captures her heart, even though relationships with his kind are taboo. Haunted by this forbidden love, she meets her new employer, the sophisticated Andrés de Calderón. Reserved yet darkly compelling, he is totally different to Leandro but almost the gypsy’s double. Both men stir unfamiliar and exciting feelings in Luz, although mystery and danger surround them in ways she has still to discover.

Luz must decide what she truly desires as glistening Cádiz, with its enigmatic moon and whispering turquoise shores, seeps back into her blood. Why is she so drawn to the wild and magical sea gypsies? What is behind the old fortune-teller’s sinister warnings about ‘Gemini’? Through this maze of secrets and lies, will Luz finally find her happiness… or her ruin?

Masquerade is a story of forbidden love, truth and trust. Are appearances always deceptive?

Social media links:

Website: www.hannahfielding.net
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/fieldinghannah
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/fieldinghannah
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5333898.Hannah_Fielding

Buy links:

Amazon. com: http://www.amazon.com/Masquerade-mystery-scorching-Spanish-Andalucian-ebook/dp/B00VGCV99C/

Amazon uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Masquerade-mystery-scorching-Spanish-Andalucian/dp/0992994365/

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/masquerade-hannah-fielding/1121690908

Thanks for having tea and a glass of wine with me, Hannah – all the best with this one!