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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Falling in Love featuring Daniel Banner

The Honest Warrior
(Navy SEALs Romances 2.0)
by Daniel Banner

The Honest Warrior (Navy SEALs Romances 2.0) by Daniel Banner

During the month of September, we will be featuring 20 fabulous authors who write clean romance. Today we feature Daniel Banner with The Honest Warrior, ON SALE for $0.99 today (20 September) only.

This book blast and giveaway is hosted by I Am A Reader and Clean Wholesome Romance.

Baron Luzader, former Navy SEAL, never liked to talk … until he was forced to do it as part of his post-service therapy. Now, he finds his free tongue gets him in trouble more often than not, especially when he’s assigned to work a surveillance mission with a brilliant, beautiful woman. Eight years in Special Ops didn’t prepare him for Nessa.
Nessa Dimmick finally has a chance to prove herself in her field of Information Management. The biggest perk of the new job turns out to be her hunky partner, a former Navy SEAL with a great smile and no filter on what he says. Baron is different than anyone she’s ever worked with and his constant stream-of-consciousness compliments keep her blushing. She’s new to this whole partner thing, however, and they both have to figure out that trust goes both ways.
When their surveillance takes them across the Mexico border, Nessa wants to prove herself in the unfamiliar environment and gets in over her head. If she can’t learn to trust Baron, her actions could put the two of them and their relationship in danger.

For the next while, Baron looked forward to being alone, and if he wasn’t alone, then he’d be spending time with his former SEAL brothers. With them he’d be back where life was comfortable.
Sutton pushed a button on the earpiece and said, “Early as well. Show her in.” Speaking to Baron, he said, “Looks as if you won’t have to wait long.”
“What? Huh? You didn’t say anything about—” He cut himself off and took a breath. Maybe Her had to do with the briefing for the mission. Or maybe Her would be his contact point. Or maybe—best case scenario—Her had nothing to do with Baron whatsoever.
Two sets of footsteps grew louder as Baron sweated over whatever was coming. He’d been in worse situations. Once he had a chance to gather all the applicable intell, he’d process it, and proceed from there. Adapt and overcome.
Whatever, or whoever walked through that door couldn’t be as horrible as …
A gorgeous brunette stepped into the room. Her intelligent eyes were wide behind cat-eye glasses as she ogled all of the computer equipment. That must have been how Baron had looked, just not so dang … pretty. Wow. No makeup, which she didn’t need. No fancy hairdo, just a simple ponytail. And plain clothes, farm professional just like Sutton had told Baron to wear.
“Hold on a sec,” said Baron, looking down at his own Carhartt pants and nice plaid button-up shirt. “Why are we dressed the same? I was planning on working alone, not with a civvy. This is starting to feel like a bad cop show.” He hoped he was overreacting and that the sweat beading on his brow turned out to be a false alarm. If this woman was from the produce importer who Baron would be doing surveillance on, it made sense that he had been told to dress in a manner to mimic what people in the industry would wear. Maybe they didn’t have to work closely together and were just being brought together for a consult.
Under other circumstances, Baron wouldn’t mind spending time with her. He had a weakness for smart women, and somehow he could tell this one was brilliant. Brains and beauty in one package. If he wasn’t still trying to fit into the real world after eight years as a SEAL, he might try to work up the courage to ask her out.
“Please, have a seat.” Sutton motioned to both chairs.
Baron looked around, realizing he’d stood when the woman had entered. Her eyes were no longer on the room, but on him, and she was definitely wary. Her smile was faint now, and the way her head was pulled ever so slightly away from him, let him know she might have taken his comment as an attack.
Once they were both seated, Sutton said, “Nessa, meet Baron Luzader. Baron, Nessa Dimmick.”
“Baron?” she asked. “No wonder you can’t be bothered to work with a commoner. Do I need to call you Highness or something like that?”
“Dang,” he said. “You are feeling attacked.” That hadn’t been his intent at all. For his own mental health, he didn’t plan on changing his habit of talking too much anytime soon, but working with a beautiful woman, he might have to steer his comments in ways that wouldn’t be taken wrong. “Baron’s my name,” he said, adding a grin. “However, if you prefer formal, the proper address for a baron is ‘Lord’”.
She relaxed and smiled back at him.
“I suggest familiar, rather than formal,” said Sutton. “Since you lot will be spending every day together for the foreseeable future.”
“What? No!” Baron shot from his chair again. “Being alone with a beautiful woman was not what I signed up for.”
“What you signed up for?” asked Sutton, this time not hiding his amusement.
Nessa’s mouth was hanging open until she spoke. “You don’t want a cheesy cop show job, yet you’re sticking to the ‘I work alone’ role? Talk about cliché.”
“It’s not that,” said Baron, settling into his seat.
“Let me guess,” she said. He noticed her nostrils were slightly flared and her face had a red tinge. It didn’t hurt her good looks in the slightest. “You didn’t sign up to work with a woman. Navy SEALs don’t have women in their ranks, so every woman must be below your superior standards.”
She knew more about him than he did about her, and that made him tentative. With less intell than the enemy, he was at a disadvantage and had to proceed cautiously. “That’s … not what I meant either. For the past six months I’ve been the linchpin between a dozen different entities dividing and transferring a family business. Before that I was a soldier, always taking orders, always working with a team. Is it wrong to crave one solo mission at some point in my life?”
“It’s not wrong,” said Nessa, “but you might want to try filtering your thoughts once in a while before vomiting them out into the world.”
Sutton was enjoying himself far too much, leaning back in his chair and observing the verbal tennis match. It occurred to Baron that he’d been kept in the dark about Nessa on purpose. This was a test. Sutton wanted to know how well Baron would roll with a change in plans, to find out if he would adapt and overcome. It would take more than some pretty, exasperating partner to ruin this opportunity for him.
Pulling the curtain down on his face over his emotions, Baron said, “What’s the mission, boss?”
Sutton became all business as well. “Miss Dimmick is one of the brightest new stars in the field of information management.”
“Oh, Miss Dimmick is it?” asked Baron, trying to get past the confrontation to a fun banter. “So we’re back to formal.”
“Actually, Lord Luzader, since we’re being formal, it’s Doctor Dimmick.” She winked at him. “But unlike your title, I actually earned mine.”
She had him there. Of all the frustrating situations Baron had imagined in Sutton Smith’s Warrior Project, Doctor Nessa Dimmick had not been anywhere on his radar.
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]

Praise for the Book
“This book is great! The chemistry between the two main characters jumps off the page. You will love laughing with them and falling in love with them. There is also some suspense in this sweet romance.” ~ Sue Stinnett
“This is a refreshing and heartwarming romance with charming and unique characters that draw you in from the very beginning.” ~ Kindle Customer 3
“Good clean book.” ~ Amazon Customer
“The romance was fabulous, and the suspense was very believable.” ~ happypimy
“Well written with some really laugh out loud parts. Second of this series, but a stand alone novel.” ~ Kindle Customer

About the Author
Daniel Banner
Daniel Banner, a 15-year fireman and paramedic, collects experiences by day and makes up stories by nights, and sometimes vice versa. For Daniel, writing is an escape from the traumatic days, and a celebration of the triumphant days.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

"Love Spell" by Mia Kerick

Love Spell
by Mia Kerick

Love Spell by Mia Kerick

Love Spell by Mia Kerick is currently on tour with YA Bound Book Tours. The tour stops here today for a guest post by the author, an excerpt, and a giveaway. Please be sure to visit the other tour stops as well.

For more books by this author, please check out my blog post on The Weekend Bucket List and my blog post on My Crunchy Life.

Chance César is fabulously gay, but his gender identity - or, as he phrases it, “being stuck in the gray area between girl and boy” - remains confusing. Nonetheless, he struts his stuff on the catwalk in black patent leather pumps and a snug-in-all-the-right (wrong)-places orange tuxedo as the winner of this year’s Miss (ter) Harvest Moon Festival. He rules supreme at the local Beans and Greens Farm’s annual fall celebration, serenaded by the enthusiastic catcalls of his BFF, Emily Benson.
Although he refuses to visually fade into the background of his rural New Hampshire town, Chance is socially invisible - except when being tormented by familiar bullies. But sparks fly when Chance, Pumpkin Pageant Queen, meets Jasper (Jazz) Donahue, winner of the Pumpkin Carving King contest. Chance wants to be noticed and admired and romantically embraced by Jazz, in all of his neon-orange-haired glory.
And so, at a sleepover, Chance and Emily conduct intense, late-night research, and find an online article: “Ten Scientifically Proven Ways to Make a Man Fall in Love With You.” Along with a bonus love spell thrown in for good measure, it becomes the basis of their strategy to capture Jazz’s heart.
But will this “no-fail” plan work? Can Chance and Jazz fall under the fickle spell of love?

“This carousel pumpkin,” nodding at the elegant pumpkin in front of us, I admit the truth before thinking it through, “…may be the best one here.”
This is when Jazz smiles broadly, and I decide his smile is the most honest smile I’ve ever seen. “I carved this pumpkin, Chance. I made it for my little sister.”
I gasp, as I hadn’t expected burly Jazzy to be the Michelangelo of pumpkin carving. “Well, your sister is a very lucky girl.” I smile at him, although I’m confident he’s the guy who is going to take the title of Beans and Greens Pumpkin Carving King away from me.
He grins again, and I fight the urge to pinch his adorbs cheek. I find it a difficult urge to battle. But I admit I have lost nothing this evening. Tonight is a win-win for Chance César. Cuz I met Jazz.
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]

Praise for the Book
“If you enjoy YA, overly dramatic, sarcastic and sassy, gender-confused and charming … or the quiet and shy, simple boy … Give this one a chance.” ~ Jenny Is My Name
“Chance's willingness to accept his faults and grow into the man that Jazz needed was incredible. The book reminded the reader to always be yourself and never give up hope that things will work out in the end.” ~ Teresa
“Chance is a funny and adorable character who I wish was my best friend in high school. Jazz is cute and sweet and the type of guy I'd totally fall for. Together they are great.” ~ Kathryn M
“This was amazing. It had so many complex and intriguing things going on for these characters. It made me smile. And made me sad. It was all around an amazing story and I loved it so much.” ~ Starwarslover

Guest Post by the Author

The language used in Love Spell is colorful. Which puts it mildly.
Chance calls his BFF Emily the Ms. Merriam-Webster of Improvised Language. In other words, well, she makes up words. After she creates words she uses them constantly and expects Chance to do the same. And he does. Believe me, he does!
And so, for today’s vocabulary lesson, let us focus on three of Emily’s finest words:
Let’s start with POOPATUDE. You know when you’re just not your cheerful self - you’re feeling mean and pissed-off, and maybe slightly sarcastic. Well, that’s because you’re displaying classic poopatude, a nasty attitude.
In a sentence: I’ve had enough of your poopatude, dude - do I have to tickle you to get you to smile? (I even added a rhyme for you.)
Next, let’s look at FRET-LIBERATO. Chance makes a guess at this new Emily-word when she introduces it to him, and he gets close but isn’t right on the nose. Fret-liberato is simply a creative term for relieved.
You’d like to hear it used in a sentence?
I can’t explain to you my fret-liberato when Mrs. Mansfield decided against giving us the pop quiz … I was so not prepared for it!
And finally, STUPI-BOGGLED. Chance finds himself feeling this way quite regularly. Stupi-boggled is a combination word - stupified combined with mind-boggled.
Kate was stupi-boggled to learn that her BFF was her Secret Santa - she’d never expected it!
Thanks for paying such close attention to today’s vocabulary lesson. I hope you’ll check out my re-release of this funny, crazy, sentimental story, Love Spell. You will laugh. You probably won’t cry, but there is remote chance of it. And you’ll be stupi-boggled by the lengths to which Chance goes to capture the heart of the boy of his dreams.

About the Author
Mia Kerick
Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children - a daughter in law school, another a professional dancer, a third studying at Mia’s alma mater, Boston College, and her lone son off to Syracuse. She writes LGBTQ romance when not editing National Honor Society essays, offering opinions on college and law school applications, helping to create dance bios, and reviewing English papers. Her husband of twenty-four years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about this, as it is a sensitive subject.
Mia focuses her stories on emotional growth in turbulent relationships. As she has a great affinity for the tortured hero, there is, at minimum, one in each book. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with tales of said tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to her wonderful publishers for providing alternate places to stash her stories.
Her books have won a Best YA Lesbian Rainbow Award, a Reader Views’ Book by Book Publicity Literary Award, the Jack Eadon Award for Best Book in Contemporary Drama, an Indie Fab Award, and a Royal Dragonfly First Place Award for Cultural Diversity, a Story Monsters Purple Dragonfly First Place Award for YA Fiction, among others.
Mia is a Progressive, a little bit too obsessed by politics, and cheers for each and every victory in the name of human rights. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.

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Falling in Love featuring Mylissa Demeyere

The Songs of You and Me
(The Songs Series Book 1)
by Mylissa Demeyere

The Songs of You and Me (The Songs Series Book 1) by Mylissa Demeyere

During the month of September, we will be featuring 20 fabulous authors who write clean romance. Today we feature Mylissa Demeyere with The Songs of You and Me, the first book in The Songs Series. Also available for pre-order: The Songs that Brought Me Back.

The Songs that Brought Me Back by Melissa Demeyere

This book blast and giveaway is hosted by I Am A Reader and Clean Wholesome Romance.

Jane Hartford fell head over heels for Jackson at the tender age of fifteen. She spent most of high school pining for him, until she realized he wasn’t going to see her as anything more than his baby sister’s best friend. Now she finds herself single with a daughter, a broken heart, and songs that remind her of a long lost love.
Jackson Wright is a man living with regret. His biggest one, never acting on his feelings for Jane. When he returns to Bellebrook, the town they grew up in, he literally runs into her and his world gets tossed upside down and sideways.
This time, Jackson isn’t willing to give up. With a meddling sister eager to push both of them together, he believes things might actually work out. That is, if they can overcome the heavy baggage they both carry. Follow Jackson and Jane as they revisit their past, figuring out what went wrong so long ago.
Will they learn they have the power to make things right in the present?

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18 year-old Jackson
“So, Evan, huh?” I blurted out, when I found her in the kitchen, snacking on chips.
“Don’t even start. I don’t know what your sister was thinking.”
“You both looked awful cozy in there.” I winced, noting the jealous tone. Jane wasn’t mine, and I hadn’t done anything to change that.
“Real cozy.” Jane’s sarcasm lifted my spirits. “I love Sarah, but sometimes she makes it hard for me to remember that.”
“Yeah, she can be a handful.” I wasn’t happy with this setup, either, but if it gave me time with Jane now, I wasn’t going to complain.
”If Evan puts his arm around me once more, I might punch him.” That mental image plastered a smile on my face.
“So why did you agree to this ‘date’ if you don’t like the punk?” Must be a loaded question, because Jane turned a cute shade of pink as she fidgeted with her sleeve.
“I don’t really know. Sarah thought it would be a good idea, and then she made me read a magazine article on how to make him like me. I don’t even want him to like me.”
That sounded like Sarah, all right.
“So, what are you supposed to be doing to get him to like you?” I couldn’t help myself. Her fidgeting and blushing were too tempting to leave it alone.
“I’m supposed to flirt. But I think he’s doing enough of that for the both of us.” She huffed and averted her gaze.
“Does it make you uncomfortable when a guy flirts with you?” I closed the distance between us and leaned into her personal space. The nearness forced her gaze up. She looked confused, like she was trying to figure me out.
“No, just incensed.” Her voice came out breathless.
“Incensed?” I raised my brows. Her choice of word had me smiling, but not backing off.
“You know what it means.” She caught on to what I was doing.
“Am I annoying you now?” I raised my hand and rested it on the cabinet, right next to her head. She gulped but didn’t move to push me back. Her eyes dipped down to my lips. “Are you irritated, Jane?” I whispered, so close I felt her breath fanning my face. Her hand came up to rest on my chest, my muscles tightening under her touch.
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]

Praise for the Book
“A debut author can be hit or miss for me and let me just say, I didn’t want to put this one down – I couldn’t read it fast enough. There is so much tangible emotion involved in this story. It takes talent to engage a reader, give the characters a second chance, and talk about hard subjects without the book being a downer. I’m already looking forward to Book 2!” ~ Katie’s Clean Book Collection
“As Demeyere peppers the past in with the present, readers are given the best kind of peek into the history between Jackson and Jane. The longing, the doubt, the pain, the shattered hope. I was so drawn into Jane and Jackson’s story, I flew through this book, rooting for these two characters to find what they’d missed the first time around. The Songs of You and Me is the playlist of the journey they take to their happily ever after—a journey that shouldn’t be missed.” ~ Remembrancy, Inspirational and clean reads to remember and see
The Songs of You and Me was a wonderful read … I was so impressed with this new author. I can guarantee that I will be reading anything else she writes. I was happy with the ending of the story and I hated that it was the end. When I get that attached to characters I know that the novel is a winner. This is another book I’m recommending for your Summer Reading. It’s truly earned its place to be read far and wide with its captivating story and characters. I also loved the playlist with songs to listen to as you read each chapter!” ~ Why Not? Because I Said So Book Reviews

About the Author
Mylissa Demeyere
Mylissa Demeyere was born in Belgium and resides in the beautiful city of Ghent. She lives in a somewhat organized home with her four beautiful children and the love of her life. If she isn’t working, she’s writing, running, reading, or enjoying time with her kids, who are growing up way too fast.
The Songs of You and Me is her debut novel. The Songs That Brought Me Back is her second novel in The Songs Series, with a third book releasing in the middle of 2019.

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