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Blog Tour of Where the river bends with Goddess Fish Promotions 10-14 September

 

 

Please join us next week while we take Where the river bends (Tule Publishing) on a virtual book tour!

Here are the dates and blogs where we’ll be chatting – please stop by and say hi!

September 10: Rogue’s Angels
September 10: The Tired Buyer
September 11: Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews
September 11: Romance Novel Giveaways
September 12: Long and Short Reviews
September 12: Hearts and Scribbles – promo
September 13: Fabulous and Brunette
September 13: Readeropolis
September 14: Bookaholic
September 14: Read Your Writes Book Reviews

Thanks to all the lovely bloggers who are willing to share their blogs and time to help us spread the word!

 

 

English Breakfast tea with Kadie Scott, author of Resisting the rancher (Tule Publishing)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today I’m having a nice hot cup of English Breakfast tea with cream and sugar with fellow Tule Publishing author, the gorgeous Kadie Scott. And a little bit later, we’ll have a glass of Pinto Gris, her favourite white wine. But before we talk about her latest release, let’s find out more about her.

There is a lovely excerpt below, so don’t stop reading!

A. Quickies

  1. Tea or wine? (what brand/type/cultivar)

Toss up. I LOVE hot tea—English breakfast style—with cream and sugar. But I’ve also become a big white wine fan. Pinto Gris is my fav!

  1. Read or jog?

Read. Definitely read. I’m a regular jogger, but I have to force myself to do that. Lol.

  1. Cats or dogs?

Dogs. I grew up with cats, but now dogs. Check out my two fur babies—Rex (the white one, whippet/chihuahua mix) & T-Bone (the black one, terrier/chihuahua mix).

  1. Heels or flats?

Flats in reality, because my feet can handle them. Heels in my head, because they’re so pretty.

  1. Boxers or briefs?

Boxers all the way. So sexy.

  1. Milk, dark or white chocolate

Darker the better, but any chocolate is fabulous.

  1. Sweet or savoury

Both. Even better if I get them together. Like sea salt caramel. Drooling just thinking of it.

  1. Sea or mountains

Mountains. Estes Park, CO is my favorite place on the planet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

[I had to Google Estes Park, Kadie, it looks fabulous!]

B. Five likes and dislikes

Five Likes:

  • Chocolate
  • Laughing with my kids
  • Laughing with my husband
  • Finishing a manuscript
  • A sigh-worthy romance

Five Dislikes:

  • Intolerant people
  • Slow drivers
  • Whining – total nails on a chalkboard
  • Crowds
  • Heights

C. Three things on your bucket list

  • Visit every state in the US (33 down, 17 to go). Mostly middle states.
  • Get my kids through childhood so they can handle adulthood without falling apart. (Every parent’s dream right?) [You’re so right, but you’ve got this!]
  • Keep setting goals as an author, and keep reaching them.

D. What triggered this specific story?

I grew up in the Texas Hill Country where I set the Hills of Texasseries, and have also loved the romance of a ranching family (though I know the reality is much rougher).

While this story absolutely stands on its own, it’s the second book in the series. Will was such a steady, unflappable character in book 1 (Saving the Sheriff), I just had to find him a woman that might make him lose it. Just a little. Lol. Rusty definitely makes Will crazy—in more than one way, and all of them fun!

Blurb:

First comes marriage, then comes…

Rusty Walker has spent her entire life trying to earn her tough, ranching father’s respect and approval by learning the business inside and out. But now her uncompromising parent has decreed she must marry if she wants to inherit. Worse, her husband has to be someone who can help her run the business. As if she needs it!

Williams Hill kissed Rusty in a bar in an act of temporary insanity, and lost his heart to her on the spot. Despite the complications to his own rodeo stock business, he agrees to marry the feisty red-head, hoping to woo her once they’re hitched. But she only views him with suspicion and resentment.

Can this soft-spoken Texas cowboy convince his proud wife, who’s never known unconditional love, that she is everything he wants?

Buy links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D3GR4WM

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/1128700582

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/resisting-the-rancher/id1385219912?mt=11

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/resisting-the-rancher-2

Google: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Kadie_Scott_Resisting_the_Rancher?id=KMNaDwAAQBAJ

Praise for The Hills of Texas Series:

2016 RWA Emily Award Winner – Short Contemporary Romance  – Saving the Sheriff

✭✭✭✭✭A warm, sweet read but with a couple of interesting twists that come out of the author’s vivid imagination but could be realistic happenings in today’s world…. A well written, entertaining romance with some wickedly woven intrigue mixed in. ~Fresh Fiction

✭✭✭✭.5 “I said it before and I’ll say it again. Kadie is brilliant. You need to read her books. The Wrong Kind of Compatible, The Attraction Equation, and Saving the Sheriff should be your next 3 reads if you haven’t read them already. I’m serious.” ~Remarkably Lisa

 ✭✭✭✭✭“This is one of those feel good books that you can’t put down because you want to see what is going to happen next … so you keep reading because the book is just that good. This is a great start to a series and I can’t wait to see what happens to the rest of the Hill clan.” ~Sarah, Goodreads Reader

✭✭✭✭✭Cozy on up and grab your wine, because you are in for a treat with this book.  You will not regret your decision to read it.  I promise. A Hallmark worthy moment. Kadie keeps it up she will have a bright bright future in the book world. ~Moonshine’s Corner

Author Bio:

Award-winning contemporary romance author, Kadie Scott, grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. She attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.

No matter the genre, she loves to write witty, feisty heroines, sexy heroes who deserve them, and a cast of lovable characters to surround them (and maybe get their own stories). She currently resides in Austin, Texas, with her own personal hero, her husband, and their two children, who are growing up way too fast.

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Excerpt from Resisting the rancher:

The announcer came on almost immediately. “And she does it, folks. Rusty’s time is 17.40, moving her into first place. That was the winning time last year. The other riders are going to have to stretch it to beat her.”

The crowd clapped and cheered. With a grin, Rusty waved to them, acknowledging their support for what had been a masterful ride. Holly had made a fantastic choice when she’d picked this woman to ride her horse. No question Rusty Walker knew exactly what she was doing.

She trotted Mischief back through the gate. Will hopped down from the fence and headed her way. Before he caught up to her, she dismounted and lead Mischief back the way she’d come earlier, right toward him.

“Nice ride, Rusty,” another dark-haired girl getting ready to make her own run called just as Rusty was drawing up to where Will waited.

She turned and waved. “Thanks, Maggie. Go get ’em.”

Rusty was smiling when she turned back around, a genuine smile, and Will could see a pair of deep-set dimples that were downright sexy. Again, that distinct stirring of interest ignited inside him.

“Ma’am?” he called.

Mischief turned his head at the sound of a familiar voice only to be turned back forward by a light tug on the reins.

“Excuse me, ma’am?” Will tried again as he got closer.

Deep brown eyes snapped to his and widened in surprised recognition, at least, he thought that might be recognition. Then the surprise was replaced by a blank wall of cold indifference. The smile vanished, replaced by lips closed tight. She kept walking.

Strangely amused by her attitude toward a total stranger, Will ignored the chill in the summer air, fell in step with her, and held out a hand. “I figured I should introduce myself. I’m—”

“Someone I have absolutely no interest in knowing.” She glanced at the hand he still held out, but didn’t take it, and didn’t stop walking.

Will dropped his arm to his side. “I don’t think you understand. I’m—”

“Not getting it. I’m not interested. Quit while you still have some pride, buddy.”

Wow. He couldn’t remember the last time he’d been shut down that harshly, and he wasn’t even asking her out. All he’d wanted to do was share his relationship to Holly since Rusty was riding her horse.

He held up his hands in surrender. “All right. Great run. Enjoy the rest of the rodeo.”

He tipped his hat and stopped walking, letting her move on alone, Mischief following along like the lamb he was, though the horse turned his head to peer at Will a few times in a confused horse kind of way.

Will ignored the animal, his gaze pulled to Rusty’s retreating figure and the sway of her hips. Despite her total rejection, desire tightened in his gut, which brought on a frown.

What was wrong with him? What kind of guy found a woman attractive who’d effectively slammed the door in his face before she was even asked? Besides, it wasn’t like him to respond so immediately to a pretty woman. Usually, the personality was what attracted him.

A low chuckle had him turning to find Chase not far away. Will raised his eyebrows in question.

“You’re not the only one to receive that treatment,” Chase commented.

“Yeah?”

They both gazed after Rusty’s retreating form.

 

Thanks for having tea with me, Kadie. I also enjoyed the glass of wine😊

Release day – Where the river bends (Tule Publishing)

Where the river bends (Tule Publishing)

It’s finally publication day! I cannot thank the Tule Publishing team enough for all their wonderful help with this whole process.

I hope you enjoy Kalinda and Zach’s story and of course also Suzie’s story!

Don’t stop reading – there is a short blurb below 😊

It would be lovely to hear from you!

 

 

Blurb

Kalinda Evans works for the Anglo-Boer war foundation in Canada. She’s sent to South Africa to make sure everyone who lost their lives in the war will be remembered. On her drive to the guest farm in Kimberley, South Africa, Kalinda picks up a female hitchhiker and is startled when just moments later, the woman vanishes. Kalinda would be convinced she was dreaming…except there’s still a white lace handkerchief on the passenger seat.

Extreme sports enthusiast and computer game designer Zack Carter is always after the next big challenge. He’s far too busy for romance and adheres to a three-date rule, until he meets his parents’ latest guest. When she relays the story of her mysterious experience, Zack’s family shares the local ghost story. Kalinda and Zack work together to solve the puzzle of the ghost and how it all ties in with the war and the work Kalinda is doing.

As their attraction grows, Zack realizes he no longer feels the need to prove anything to himself. He only needs to prove to Kalinda that he’s more than a good time.

A short blurb:

Relieved, Kalinda nodded. Her insides were still shivering from the shock. She wanted to get to the little museum as quickly as possible and start on her assignment. She didn’t want to stay one minute longer than necessary. At the moment Toronto sounded much more normal.

She glanced up. Zach was staring at her. Again there was the strange shift inside of her. How did the song put it? Easy on the eye, hard on the heart. Yep, that was Zach Carter. She didn’t have to guess whether he was a flirt – the damn dimple seemed to appear just too readily. Dimples? Seriously?

“A last comment about Suzie,” Luke said.

Kalinda swallowed a groan. Enough of the ghost stories, already.

“Apparently she only appears to people who are getting married soon.”

“Well, that cannot be true, because getting married is definitely not on my agenda,” Kalinda said firmly.

Madeline giggled. “Well, my dear. It was also the last thing on my mind. And then I met Zacharias.”

Kalinda smiled vaguely, but didn’t react to Madeline’s words. She focused on her plate, fervently hoping all talk of ghosts and weddings was finished.

“I still don’t understand how you ended up on your hands and knees on the road,” Zach interrupted her thoughts.

Kalinda frowned, trying to remember exactly what had happened. “I fell, I think.”

“But why?” Zach insisted. “You were driving …”

“I got out of the car to look for her. She was walking towards me when I heard the car behind me. When I turned around, the car was nearly on top of me. And then—” She inhaled sharply. “She pushed me out of harm’s way,” she finished softly.

“Otherwise our car could have hit you.” Madeline had also turned pale.

For a few minutes it was quiet around the table. Then Zacharias cleared his throat.

“Tell us how you ended up living and working in Canada,” he asked Kalinda, clearly trying to change the topic.

“Erica, a cousin of mine, moved there about five years ago. We grew up together. Her parents took me in when mine died in a motorcar accident. So, two years ago I followed her. We’re very close and I missed her.”

“So what happened two years ago?” Zach asked.

“Zach,” Madeline scolded, but he ignored his mother.

Kalinda shrugged. “I got divorced.”

Buy links

Amazon UK
Amazon USA
Amazon Australia
Kobo
iTunes

Thanks for stopping by!

A glass of red wine with Debbie White

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Today I’m having a glass of  red wine with Debbie White about her latest release Sweet Indulgence. Before we talk about her book, let’s see what she likes!
      Questions: A. Quickies

  1. Tea or wine? (what brand/type/cultivar)

Wine, red. A good pinot or zin preferably from the Dry Creek region of northern California.Read or jog?

  1. Cats or dogs?

Dogs

  1. Heels or flats?

I wear both!

  1. Boxers or briefs?

Depends on the model

  1. Milk, dark or white chocolate

Milk

  1. Sweet or savoury

My mouth waters for both!

  1. Sea or mountains

Oh man! Love them both. I’m very fortunate to have both nearby here in northern California B. Three things on your bucket lis Travel, trtavel, travel (most of my bucket list involves visiting different places). C. What triggered this specific story? I wanted to write about a family, think the Waltons, but in modern times. I’m also a huge Debbie Macomber and Sherryl Woods fan and follow their television series.

Thanks for having tea with me, Debbie – love your answer to the briefs or boxers 🙂

USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR

Debbie currently lives in northern California where the beautiful landscapes are often the settings in her books. The jagged coastline, the rolling hills with vineyards and the redwood forest make wonderful sceneries for her romance novellas.
 
When Debbie isn’t writing or traveling to a book signing, she’s visiting her family on the east coast, traveling to other places on her bucket list, enjoying her backyard, hiking with her husband and riding on the back of their motorcycle.
As an avid animal lover and parent to two rescue dogs, Debbie donates a portion of her proceeds to animal rescue organizations. When you purchase one of her books, you’re also helping a furry pet with shelter, food and ultimately a new home!
Connect with the Author here: 
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Real Men Eat Cupcakes
Annie McPherson has had it with all the blind dates her grandmother and auntie set her up with. She just wants to be left alone to run the Sweet Indulgence cupcake bakery – even if it means she’ll remain single forever.
 
Jack’s just been through a gut-wrenching break-up, and women are the last thing on his mind. Now he’s on a mission to pick up cupcakes for his niece’s birthday party—not a mission to fall in love. Pulled in by Annie’s good looks and witty charm, though, temptation proves too sweet.
 
But will Annie’s pesky grandmother and auntie welcome Jack as Annie’s choice or will they have him jumping through hoops to prove he’s the one?
 
Fans of Debbie Macomber, Sherryl Woods, and Susan Wiggs are sure to love Sweet Indulgence, the first sweet romance novel in the Charleston Harbor series.
 
This book is too sweet to pass up! Scroll down to the buy links below and begin your indulgence today!

 

 

 

Snippet:
Annie retrieved two bottles of ice cold water. She handed Jack one. “Why is the boat in between names?” She took a sip of the water. It felt great on her parched lips, and the cool water quenched her dry throat.
 
“That’s a long story.” He peered out into the water before them.
 
She took another gulp of water. It really tasted good. He was right. The heat could really sneak up on you when you’re riding in a boat.
 
“Well, we have time for long stories, don’t we?” She batted her lashes. She wasn’t letting him off the hook that easy.
 
“I had a girlfriend.”
 
“You named your boat after a girlfriend?” Annie frowned.
 
“She was more than a girlfriend. We were engaged to be married.” His eyes never left the water.
 
“A fiancée, we call people we are engaged to be married to fiancés.” She giggled.
He turned quickly with furrowed brows then he resumed with eyes steady on the water.
 
“I’m kidding.” She touched his arm and withdrew it quickly. “Anyway, you named the boat after your fiancée and now you two are no longer a couple, so the boat is nameless,” Annie spoke freely.
 
“That’s about the size of it.”
 
“How about you give the boat a name that means something to you that would never change?”
 
Jack looked back over his shoulder and then turned back around toward the front of the boat. All of a sudden, he cut the engine and they began to drift. He turned and sat down, bringing his bottle of water to his lips and drew in a drink. “I thought about that. But I’m terrible at naming things.”
 
“Let’s see. I named my dog Buffy because of her color.” Annie searched the boat with her eyes for clues. “How about Lady Luck?”
 
“I’ve seen a few named that. I want something more original.”
 
Annie lowered her gaze and stared at her bright pink toe polish. She raised her head quickly. “I know. How about Lady Powell?”
 
 
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The Call

I’ve been writing romances since 2008, mostly in Afrikaans. I received a lot of help when writing the first few, but lately the procees usually goes like this: I send the manuscript to the publisher, I get an email thanking me for my story, a possible publishing date is set and we’re ready to go. But I’ve been reading love stories for as long as I can remember and usually in English, so I had this dream to publish a romance in English.

So I sat down and wrote a story about a romance writer and a science fiction writer who meet in a lift. And then I found a list of publishers and very confidently sent my manuscript off, hoping to hear from them soon.

It was right about that time I heard about the custom where a publisher phones a writer when they want to publish your story. A phone call? An acual person talking to one? Wow, I couldn’t wait for this to happen.

It took months before the first rejection email arrive. And then the next, and the next – you get the drift. I was crushed. My lovely story, why didn’t anyone want to publish it? I was determined to get it published, though and began a second round of sending off emails.

I won’t bore you with the whole story about My Year of Waiting Patiently but eventually I received an email – there was an actualy publisher out there who was willing to publish the story. No phone call, though, all done by email.

But within a few months the company closed its virtual doors and I had to start from scratch. Which I did. And I found a wonderful publisher in Australia who published that first story and a second one. Each time I received and email. I was happy and so pleased and I thought maybe publishers don’t call anymore, so I stopped thinking about it.

I wrote three more stories I found another publisher for each and each time the whole process was finalised by email, all very civilised.

And then I pitched to HarperImpulse during our ROSA 2015 conference. I was asked to send the rest of the story. And I waited. And waited. Forgot about it. And waited. And then I received an email with the wonderful news – I was going the get The Call!

I don’t think I heard a word of what the lovely Charlotte Ledger said when she phoned, I was way too excited, but an actual person was talking to me on the phone, saying she loved the story! It was such a surreal experience, for the first time I understood why authors talk about The Call in capital letters.

And today The Whisperer will be released and will be available on Amazon.

Thanks to all the readers out there who love the stories I write, to my husband who reads my words regularly although he is not a romance reader, to our kids who don’t read my stories but who support me and a huge thanks to Charlotte Ledger for The Call! Working with the team at HarperImpulse is such a wonderful experience, I’m so happy they liked the story.

I hope you enjoy the story!

Lipton tea with Gail Ward Olmsted

 

Drinking teaGail photoToday I’m having tea with the gorgeous Gail Olmsted and we’re talking about her brand new release, Driving on the left. But before we talk about her book, let’s find out more about her!

 

 

 

 

Questions:

A. Quickies

  1. Tea or wine? (what brand/cultivar?)

Tea- plain old Lipton, but would much prefer coffee!!

  1. Read or jog?

Read, read, read!! What is this jogging of which you speak??

  1. Cats or dogs?

I have three cats (Hope, Chloe & Ricky), but I love dogs too.

  1. Heels or flats?

Flats, preferably flip flops

  1. Boxers or briefs?

Boxers, on my hub that is!!

  1. Milk, dark or white chocolate

I have always loved milk chocolate, but am slowly learning to appreciate dark chocolate. Very satisfying and you don’t need to eat so much of it!!

  1. Sweet or savoury

Sweet, although ‘salted caramel’ anything is a current favorite. Can I have both??

  1. Sea or mountains

These are very difficult questions Elsa!! Can I be in the mountain with a view of the sea? My favorite place is the world is Dingle Bay in Ireland. The Conor Pass is definitely in the mountains and that bay is stunning!!

(Sounds perfect, Gail)

 B. Five likes and five dislikes

5 likes- people who are kind for no reason, boating, reading, my family (love) and hot coffee

5 dislikes: people who are mean for no reason, clowns, mimes, liver and cold coffee

 C. Three things on your bucket list

  • Spend a summer in Ireland with my husband
  •  Learn to sail or operate one of our boats- we just moved to a house on a lake and it would be very convenient for me to know how to get around on water
  •  See any one of my books: JEEP TOUR, Guessing at Normal, Driving on the Left- turned into a movie. I already have the cast all picked out!!

 D. What triggered this specific story?

My daughter and I took a trip to Ireland two years ago. It was her first time! We had a terrific vacation and met a super-cute tour guide named Sean. I had just released JEEP TOUR (about a woman who meets a hunky tour guide in Sedona, AZ) and Sean joked that I should write a sequel based in Ireland. So I did!!

 DrivingEbookBlurb from Driving on the left:

Like Mother, Like Daughter?

A summer fling changed the entire course of Jackie Sullivan’s life. Back then, she trusted her instincts and took a chance on love. Now she’s at a crossroads and has a big decision to make. How much is she willing to sacrifice for the man she loves? Her daughter Becca’s got her own problem- a secret that could threaten her carefully planned-out future. Romance is the last thing on her mind this summer.

Jackie and Becca planned to explore the beautiful Irish countryside during a relaxing vacation, but when Becca falls for tour guide Sean, she wants to explore much more. Will Becca resist temptation or follow in her mother’s footsteps? Sean may be just too good to pass up.

This book is for anyone who believes in the power of love and its ability to make you all sorts of crazy. Written as a sequel to JEEP TOUR, it can be enjoyed as a standalone read as well.

Social media links:

Twitter: @gwolmsted

E-mail: gail@gailolmsted.com

Website: www.gailolmsted.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/gailolmstedauthor

Amazon author page: www.amazon.com/author/gailolmsted

Buy links:

Long and short

http://tinyurl.com/gv6vd8a

http://tinyurl.com/zpnvddo

Kindle

https://www.amazon.com/Driving-Left-Gail-Ward-Olmsted-ebook/dp/B01IUGGWPC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1469232648&sr=8-1&keywords=driving+on+the+left

Print

https://www.amazon.com/Driving-Left-Gail-Ward-Olmsted/dp/0692714871/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1469232648&sr=8-3&keywords=driving+on+the+left

Author Bio:

My first visit to Sedona, AZ prompted me to start writing JEEP TOUR, my first novel. I fell in love with the red rocks and blue skies. My second novel is Guessing at Normal, a rock and roll love story. I recently released Driving on the Left, a romantic sequel of sorts to JEEP TOUR, based in Ireland. A hopeless romantic, I am married to the love of my life. I am mom to two young adults and three cats, and I enjoy reading, music and travel.

I am a professor in the School of Business & Information Technology at Springfield Technical Community College in Springfield, MA. I was the recipient of the Deliso Endowed Chair Award and was recently recognized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’s Department of Higher Education as one of “29 Who Shine”.

Review of Driving on the left 5*

I’ve enjoyed Gail Olmsted’s Jeep Tour and I always worry that a follow-up story will not be as good but this one didn’t disappoint! Mother and daughter are touring Ireland, there’s a sexy tour guide with an Irish accent – I was hooked. Writing from a first person perspective, the author gives us glimpses into the thoughts of both mother and daughter, their fears and pain, their joys and love for each other. Jackie is worried her daughter is making the same mistake she made all those years ago and Becca has a secret – the way they resolve both worry and secret makes for a great read.

And have I mentioned the sexy, Irish tour guide?

I was given a copy by the author for a honest review.

All the best with this one, Gail!

 

A cup of herbal tea with author Miki Bennett

 

Tea with Elsa green teaAs part of Loving Book’s Book Blitz today, I’m having a cup of herbal tea with author Miki Bennett and we’re talking about her latest release, Run Away to the Keys. But first, let’s find out more about her!

 

A. Quickies
1. Tea or wine?

Herbal Tea

2. Read or jog?

Read, of course!

3. Cats or dogs?

Dogs. I have my own little dog, Emma.

4. Heels or flats?

Flats, especially flip flops.

5. Boxers or briefs?

Briefs! Definitely!

6. Milk, dark or white chocolate

Dark Chocolate – yummy!

7. Sweet or savoury

Sweet! But I can’t eat much sugar.

8. Sea or mountains

This is an easy one – the sea. I love, love, love the beach!

B. Five likes and five dislikes

Five Likes:

  1. The beach
  2. Crocheting
  3. All kinds of music
  4. Like trying all arts & crafts
  5. Bright tropical colors

Five Dislikes:

    1. Smoking
    2. Really cold weather
    3. Mean people
    4. Jelly Beans (Ugh!)
    5. Horror movies

Three things on your bucket list

1. Go zip lining

2. Go parasailing

3. Spend a year traveling all around the United States and Canada

D. What triggered this specific story?

“Run Away to the Keys” comes from a character that was in my previous book “Forever in the Keys” – Garrett Homes, a marine biologist. When I wrote my first book “The Keys to Love”, it seemed as I finished the story, a “character” wanted their own story to be told. As I finished my second book, it was as if Garrett wanted his story to be written next. I love the storyline of the older man, younger girl; wealthy versus middle class. But it is the romance that triggers the story every time!

 

Miki Bennett is a stay at home wife who has an intense love for the beach. Her passions include art and various crafts where she has won numerous awards over the years. She also calls herself the resident family tech geek, always checking out the latest gadget that comes out on the market. Most of all, she loves visiting the beach as much as possible, trying to fit all family vacations close to an island or beach if possible.
Miki began working for her parent’s family business when she was just eight years old and continued until they sold the company in 2007. At this time, she wasn’t sure of her next step in life and started learning as much as she could about the things that interested her the most: website building, painting with acrylic paints, new crochet techniques, photography, and many other venues trying to find out her next stage in life. This lead to her newest pursuit: writing.
She lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, Jeff and their little dog Emma. They are a blended family with three grown children thus consider themselves empty nesters. Miki graduated from high school and went on to the College of Charleston but her interests were so varied that she couldn’t decide on a particular degree so she decided to learn on her own. Her life long pursuit of knowledge has lead her in many directions.
Miki is also a cancer survivor after having treatment in 2002 for Uterine Cancer. In 2013, she was diagnosed with Mastocytosis, a rare, incurable disorder in which patients can have life threatening allergic type reactions to the simplest things even though they are not truly allergic to the item: food, water, sun, heat, cold, sound, etc. Miki had lived with symptoms since she was a teenager but was given one diagnosis after another ending up with twelve different ones before she found the true cause. And since she looked fine on the outside, many didn’t believe she truly was ill. Once receiving the correct diagnosis, she is now on a mission to help others who deal with “invisible diseases” since these can be so hard on the patients. To the outside world patients look perfectly healthy though inside they deal with symptoms both physically and mentally.

Connect with the Author here: 
A handsome marine biologist comes to Key Largo and meets a beautiful and vivacious boat captain. Sounds perfect, right?
Unfortunately for Garrett Holmes and Skylar Cartwright, meeting and falling in love isn’t all smooth sailing into the Florida sunset.
Despite their mutual attraction and growing feelings for one another, Skylar’s rocky relationship with her wealthy parents and Garrett’s jealous research assistant, Casey, make life plenty hectic for the new couple.
When Skylar’s ex-boyfriend, Andrew, appears on the scene, things get really complicated, forcing Garrett and Skylar to question if love is enough to sustain them through the social storms.
An engaging and spirited romance story set against the luscious backdrop of the Florida Keys, Miki Bennett’s third novel will sweep you away to a world of warm sun and emerald waters.

 

 

Snippet:
“You could have your pick of any guy of means, if you would stick to your own kind of people. I mean, you chose a marine biologist. And then you are doing boat charters. You are a Cartwright. If you played your cards right, you wouldn’t want for anything for the rest of your life. That is, if your parents could get their act together too.” Skylar stood there, dumb- founded by Andrew’s remark.
“Why, Dad? Why would you talk to him of all people?” she said, pointing to Andrew.
“I was only doing what I thought was best. Garrett, I’m sorry, but you aren’t right for our daughter. She has such a bright future; plus, you are much older than she is,” Mr. Cartwright said forcibly, looking Garrett in the eye.
“So you want to destroy my life like you are destroying yours and Mom’s.” Skylar said it before she thought. She was so hurt, but she never intended to air private information about her family. She suddenly looked around, and the whole ball- room was eerily quiet. People were speaking in hushed tones. She knew all eyes were on her.
“Personally, Mr. Cartwright, I think that if it weren’t for Garrett, Skylar would have already been back here, where she belongs,” Andrew said smugly. The next sound that traveled across the room was of the slap of Skylar’s hand across his cheek.
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Thanks for having tea with me, Miki – all the best with this one!

Kathy Bosman’s latest release – Love finds a way and a giveaway!

Love Finds A Way Cover 11KathyBosmanI’m so pleased to share fellow South African author, Kathy Bosman’s latest contemporary fantasy romance with you. Love finds a way is the second story in her The album #series. There a lovely give-away – do scroll down!

 

Blurb:

When Ella hands over The Album to Pauline, the young food blogger is about to embark on an adventure of a lifetime—she’s been chosen as a contestant in The Culinary Dream, a TV cooking competition. Pauline takes The Album with her to Italy where the filming is to take place and meets food photographer, Xaden, the brother of the man who ripped out her heart and put her off relationships for a long time.

To her dismay, she gets eliminated from the competition on the first round. Humiliated and determined not to be pitied by her friends and family, she decides to stay behind in Italy for a holiday as well as blog about her restaurant experiences in the exotic European country.

Xaden won’t leave her alone and proves to be a friend in a time of need but when he kisses her, she pushes him away, afraid he’ll hurt her like his brother did. The TV series offers her a job as the editor of the food magazine and she is to work alongside the very man she wishes to avoid. Forced to be with the man she can’t resist but whom her instincts tell her she can’t trust, Pauline is in for an emotional roller-coaster ride with The Album as her companion and guide.

Short Excerpt

Pauline nodded and zipped her bag closed, then lifted her chin. Why had she become a quivering mess? No more time for fear. Time to go get that prize. If she wanted it. Did she really want to live in Italy for a year? Oh, crumbs, what was she thinking when she pressed send on the online application?

Her mother tapped Pauline’s watch.

“Time to go.” She gave her daughter a light kiss on the forehead. “I’m going to miss you, but this is going to be the best year of your life. You’ll see, girl.”

Her mother gave her such an assured nod, some of Pauline’s doubt faded. Not all, though. On jelly legs, she made her way through customs and to hand in her luggage. As she picked up her suitcase, a tingle ran up her arm. The Album lay in the centre, padded with all her clothing. She’d signed her name on it the night before. A sense of strength trickled into her bones. Could The Album actually speak to her? She almost felt it tell her it would be with her and help her. It assured her she’d walk the right way and have success.

Okay, I think I can handle this flight now.

I’m ready. Italy, here I come.

Excerpt 1

Five taxis awaited them outside. She bit her lip, certain the crew would take their own taxi, but Caren ferried them to disperse and “get to know one another.”

Much to her distress, Xaden followed her and plonked himself right next to her in the taxi. Once the vehicle chugged out the airport, he placed his camera down at his side, took her hand, shook it roughly, and grinned. “Xaden Zander. And you?”

Zander.

Her mind frantically tried to place the very familiar surname while he stared at her, his face only a foot from hers, so smooth, so confident, and so easy-going. Tingles ran up her arm and she didn’t hold her suitcase with The Album. No magic this time. Pure, breath-robbing attraction.

“Zander. Um…Zander. Are you? You can’t be…?” Icy showers cascaded over her in one heart-rending second. Roan’s brother did have an unusual name. He’d mentioned him at times.

Xaden is Roan’s brother?

“I’m…?” Once again, he seemed amused at her expense.

“You’re Roan’s brother, aren’t you?”

He narrowed his eyes at her, the first sign of any emotion except for upbeat and exuberant. “I prefer not to be judged through the eyes of any woman who’s come into contact with Roan.”

Oh, so he was aware of his brother’s sins?

“It’s hard not to…” His dark eyes became black holes. “…well, you do resemble him, come to think of it.”

Could explain the immediate attraction. Why couldn’t she get away from Roan and the memories he’d branded on her brain? Other women had many partners and got over them all. She’d slept with one guy who messed her around and she still drowned in the raging waters of his indiscretions.

Xaden gave off such a big presence. It filled the taxi, making the driver and the other contestant seated in front seem like an insipid spice that didn’t change anything about the taste of the meal. Xaden, instead, was the garlic, the onions, the bacon, or the rosemary.

But no, he measured up to ghost pepper in danger and heat level. Anyone only vaguely related to Roan should never touch her, even her knee or her back, but never, ever, her heart. She remained way too vulnerable for the likes of them.

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Love-Finds-Way-Paulines-Story-ebook/dp/B01BNMW1B4

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/614697

Kobo Books: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/love-finds-a-way-2

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/love-finds-a-way-kathy-bosman/1123406511?ean=2940152623901

Online Links for Kathy:

Website and blog: http://www.kathybosman.com/

Facebook author page: http://www.facebook.com/KathleenBosman

Twitter: https://twitter.com/KathleenLBosman

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5257900.Kathy_Bosman

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/gracewalk17

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ouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxifimh0X62uZLvKkon8tDQ

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Authorgraph: https://www.authorgraph.com/authors/KathleenLBosman

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A glass of Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blank with author Annie Seaton

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I’m having a glass of white wine with Australian author Annie Seaton and we’re talking about her latest release Kakadu Sunset. Annie prefers a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, so I’ve chosen one from Cloudy Bay cellars in New Zealand. (More info about them here: http://www.cloudybay.co.nz)

But before we talk about the book, let’s find out more about Annie Seaton:

Questions:

A. Quickies

  1. Tea or wine? (what brand/cultivar?)

Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.

  1. Read or jog?

LOL… you really have to ask that? Read!

  1. Cats or dogs?

Both… hard to choose.

  1. Heels or flats?

Bare feet most of the day

  1. Boxers or briefs?

Briefs

  1. Milk, dark or white chocolate

All of the above

  1. Sweet or savoury

Sweet!

  1. Sea or mountains

Sea, sea, sea.

B. Five likes and five dislikes

Likes: Cuddling my grand babies, havinga day to swing in my hammock and read, walking the beach, my garden, spending time with my author buddies

Dislikes: Having to rush to get everything done, being disorganized (refer point one), ironing, being stuck in a story when a new one wants to be written, Facebook time suck- an evil necessity

C. Three things on your bucket list

  1. Switzerland
  2. New York
  3. Live on a tropical island

Kakadu sunsetD. What triggered this specific story?

Kakadu National Park is one of Australia’s special places—World Heritage listed for both its environment and its living Aboriginal culture. Two years ago on the way to the Northern Territory, we crossed the vast outback through three states, travelling through ancient landscapes and many of those landscapes had been scarred by various types of mining.

Visiting Kakadu and experiencing the spirituality of the land made me wonder what would happen if mining occurred in that pristine environment. The idea for Kakadu Sunset was born. I guess you could call it Crocodile Dundee meets Erin Brockovich! I love including places that I have travelled to in my writing to share the experiences, and the beautiful landscapes, with readers who cannot travel to them.

Blurb:

Helicopter pilot Ellie Porter loves her job. Soaring above the glorious Kakadu National Park, she feels freed from the heavy losses of her beloved family farm and the questions around her father’s suicide. But when a search-and-rescue mission on the boundary of the older property reveals unusual excavation works, Ellie vows to investigate.

The last thing she needs is her bad-tempered co-pilot, Kane McLaren, interfering. The son of the current owners of the farm, her attraction to him is a distraction she can’t afford, especially when someone threatens to put a stop to her inquiries – by any means necessary.

Ellie will have to trust Kane if she is to have any hope of uncovering the truth of what is really going on. Between Ellie’s damage and Kane’s secrets, can they find a way to open up to each other before the shadowy forces shut her up… for good?

Social media links:

https://www.facebook.com/AnnieSeatonAuthor/

https://twitter.com/annieseaton26

http://www.annieseatonromance.com/

http://annieseaton.blogspot.com.au/

Buy links:

http://www.annieseatonromance.com/kakadu-sunset.html

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Thanks for having a glass of wine with me Annie and all the best with your book! Love your bucket list, I nodded when reading about all three 🙂

Tea with Bernadette Marie about her latest release, Walker Bride

 

Drinking teaToday I’m having tea with author Bernadette Marie and we’re talking about book 3 in her Walker Bride series, Walker Bride. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a huge fan of her writing and enjoyed getting to know more about her!

A. Quickies

1. Tea or wine? Tea

2. Read or jog? Read (but I listen to books while I Jog, does that count?)

3. Cats or dogs? Dogs

4. Heels or flats? Flats

5. Boxers or briefs? hmmmm, I’ve been married too long to have an opinion I think J

6. Milk, dark or white chocolate Milk!

7. Sweet or savoury Sweet

8. Sea or mountains Mountains

B. Five likes and five dislikes

Likes:

  1. The sound my family makes in the house (even if it’s loud.)
  2. Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate
  3. The feeling of being happy
  4. Being held close by the person you love most
  5. my job

Dislikes

  1. Dishonest people
  2. closed minded people
  3. big crowds (you know…stadium or concert venues)
  4. Homework deadlines with crabby, hungry kiddos
  5. being sick

C. Three things on your bucket list

  1. To live somewhere else for 1-3 months (only)
  2. NYT Bestseller list
  3. Run a ½ marathon

D. What triggered this specific story?

This story is the 3rd in the Walker Family series. We met Pearl and Tyson in book one and they seemed to be uniquely fitting for one another. Each of them are a little lost in their own right and I think their story was a nice transition to the others to come.

Always the bridal consultant, never the bride. That was former bad girl gone business professional, Pearl Walker‘s life until she put her hands on Tyson Morgan while measuring him for a tux.
Tyson was happy being a miserable man, taking care of his family’s land, and not involved with a woman. However, even he can’t resist the pull of attraction to the beautiful, and off limits, Pearl?
The feud between the Walkers and the Morgans had torn apart friends and families for generations. What might happen when Pearl Walker and Tyson Morgan become business partners—and more?
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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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Thanks for having tea with me, Bernadette – all the best with the Walker series! I love your ‘likes’ 🙂