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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Unforgettable Love featuring Laurie Lewis

EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
Sweet Water
by Laurie Lewis

Sweet Water by Laurie Lewis

During the month of June, we will be featuring 14 fabulous authors who write clean romance. Today we feature Laurie Lewis with Sweet Water, which is currently FREE.


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


Description
College life could not heal the wounds an unstable home life inflicted upon programmer Olivia Morgan, until scholar Hudson Bauer welcomed her, introducing her to his friend, Jeff McAllister, with whom he was developing a college business.
Olivia joined the project, and while she and Hudson dreamed of using their success to improve the world, Jeff set his sights on fortunes and on Olivia. On the most important night of Hudson’s life, Olivia and Jeff eloped, and upon hearing the news, Hudson leaves town, along with the company’s first big contract and Olivia and Jeff’s dreams.
Olivia McAllister now holds billionaire entrepreneur Hudson Bauer responsible for all her losses, including her anemic marriage and the tragic accident that leaves her body battered, and her dreams of a family shattered. In desperate straits, she is forced to accept Hudson’s offer to recuperate at his parents’ empty house on Oregon’s Cannon Beach, but her return to the place where the three friends once summered casts new light on her hasty marriage, and on the enemy she once called friend.
When Hudson offers Olivia a job doing humanitarian work, hope reawakens in her, along with memories of what she and Hudson almost had. But guilt over Jeff’s death leaves Olivia stuck between grief and the possibility of new love, forcing her to decide if she can embrace a future with a man she’s learned to hate, before Hudson walks away for the final time.

Excerpt
He stood and tucked the blanket roll under one arm while extending the other to Olivia. She accepted his offer, fitting into his support as if it was meant for her all along. She leaned on Hudson more heavily the further they went until he was bearing the majority of her weight by the time they reached the ancient cave. Two surfers in wetsuits were exiting the cavern and gathering up their boards as Hudson and Olivia arrived. They, too, had their eyes on the darkening sky, but they shifted their attention to the couple and down to Olivia’s legs.
“Sprain?” the taller of the two asked.
“More likely just muscle strain,” replied Hudson when Olivia failed to reply.
“After we get our boards loaded, we can head back down and help carry her out.”
Olivia stiffened at the thought of being hauled out by strangers like a sack of potatoes. Hudson made brief eye contact with her, evidently catching her mortification, and replied to their offer. “Thanks, but we’ve got it.”
The shorter surfer glanced back at the dark cave and offered Hudson a knowing chuckle. “Gotcha.”
In reply, Hudson shot him a look that ended his smirk, following up with a pseudo salute, effectually sending the dudes on their way.
Alone now on the beach, Hudson led Olivia to the cave, which bore the signs of frequent use. The sandy floor was clean and cleared of debris, except for the pile of rounded rocks in the rear, smoothed and carried in by the tides. Kindling and small branches were stacked near the cave’s mouth, a few feet from where the remnants of someone’s fire still sat in a charred circle.
Hudson untied the bedroll and several items fell onto the sand. Another good snap, and the blanket spread across the cave’s entrance. Hudson lowered her gently to the soft fabric. Relief filled her, and she leaned back and nestled into the soft sand. Her sigh brought the hint of a smile to Hudson’s beard-framed lips. It was short-lived. His face slackened as his dark, penetrating eyes fixed on her. His breathing seemed to stop, as did hers. Heat rose deep within her torso, spreading like fire through her face and neck from the intensity of his stare. A sheen of sweat broke out on her skin, and yet she shivered. She touched her face, expecting to feel the fire radiating there, but the motion seemed to break the moment. Without a word, Hudson took her empty water bottle and left, leaving her shaky and confused.
As he departed, she shifted to watch him pick his way through the primitive beauty of the area, around scrub brush, through the teeming tidal pools, to a glorious waterfall spilling from the rock wall.
Robinson Crusoe-esque with his rumpled clothes, his beard, and wild mop of tangled hair, Olivia was unable to tear her eyes from him. Gone was the shyness and gangly motions of his youth. The business titan who could buy or sell his own barrier reef or string of creature-filled islands now moved with confidence and care, as protective of a single mollusk or anemone as he had been as a beach-combing science student a decade ago. She wondered what made him that way. Clearly, the young man who had been everything to her back then was an even more splendid person now.
The all-too-frequent burn of tears hit her again. Pepper had been on the money. Olivia had loved Hudson in college. If only he had been the one to propose instead of… Guilt tore at her over the thought.
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Praise for the Book
“I am totally stunned at how much I loved this book. I pondered over the story for days–which I don’t often do with this genre, and immediately started over to make sure I didn’t miss anything and to enjoy the amazingly honorable Hudson. (Are there REALLY men like Hudson out there? One hopes, but …)” ~ GMALR
“It is so refreshing to find a swoon-worthy clean romance! The mystery and characters gripped me from the very first page and held me captive till I devoured the book in one day. There were many levels of happy reading it! This is not the first book that I’ve read from this author (also known as L.C. Lewis), and let me say, she is a master at delivering powerful messages and pulling on the heart strings! Everything I’ve read of hers is AMAZING!”
Sweet Water touched me on so many levels, I really hope you’ll give it a read soon. I would not hesitate to recommend this story to any Romance reader. It’s deep, it’s touching and in many ways it’s real life.”

About the Author
Laurie Lewis
Laurie (L. C.) Lewis is Marylander - a weather-whining lover of crabs, American history, and the sea. Her women’s fiction novels, written as Laurie Lewis, include Unspoken (2004), The Dragons of Alsace Farm (2016) and Sweet Water (2017), books one and two in her Second Chance Romance series, and Love on a Limb (2017), book one in her new Great Expectations Love Stories series.
Using the pen name L. C. Lewis, she wrote the five volumes of her award-winning FREE MEN and DREAMERS historical fiction series: Dark Sky at Dawn (2007), Twilight’s Last Gleaming (2008), Dawn’s Early Light (2009), Oh, Say Can You See? (2010), and In God is Our Trust (2011).
Please watch for her upcoming release, a remake of Awakening Avery, scheduled for a July 2018 release.

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Giveaway
Enter the blast-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash.


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Monday, June 4, 2018

Unforgettable Love featuring Brooke St. James

EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
JFK to London
(Shower & Shelter Artist Collective Book 1)
by Brooke St. James

JFK to London (Shower & Shelter Artist Collective Book 1)  by Brooke St. James

During the month of June, we will be featuring 14 fabulous authors who write clean romance. Today we feature Brooke St. James with JFK to London, the first book in the Shower & Shelter Artist Collective series, which will be FREE on 4 June.


This book blast and giveaway is brought to you by I Am A Reader.


Description
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Sarah Spicer took this saying to heart, at least where love was concerned. She had given up any hope in ever finding a decent man. She was convinced they had only one thing on their minds and were untrustworthy and unfit for relationships. This was exactly why she had a strict no-dating policy.
That was before she met Collin Ross. He was handsome, successful, and possessed a refined confidence that any woman would have adored. Well, any woman except for Sarah. Her indifference toward his charms made gaining her affection difficult. But patience is a virtue, and Collin was determined to prove that if there was a man worthy of winning her heart, he was the one.

Excerpt
“What are you thinking when you look at Sarah here?” Macy asked, obviously talking to the guy.
I glanced at her with a terrified expression, even though I had no idea where she was headed with the question. She had asked it loudly enough that we all turned to look at her, and she stared straight at the ruggedly handsome bus boy who was now holding our used dishes. He smiled curiously at her, and she reached out to pat my back, causing him to glance at me.
“This is Sarah,” she said, horrifying me. “Would you mind telling us what you were thinking just now when you were staring at her?”
“Macy!” I whispered.
She smiled at me and gestured toward the guy. “I just wanted to know what he had on his mind when you two were looking at each other.” She turned to face him. “I was trying to see if she was right about guys, that’s all.”
“Oh, my goodness, you need to leave that poor man alone, Macy.” I shook my head as I lowered my gaze, putting my fingertips and thumb on my eyebrows and waiting for him to walk away.
He did not do as I hoped. Instead, he stood there. “I don’t mind telling you what I was thinking, but if something’s awkward…” He trailed off, and I knew he was looking at me. I could feel it.
“Nothing’s awkward,” Macy assured him. She nudged me with her elbow, and I glanced up to smile at the guy, feeling red-faced and horrified.
He wore a curious half-smile as he stared at me, letting his light eyes roam all over my face. I blinked and stared down shyly. “I was thinking she looked like sunshine, actually.”
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Praise for the Book
“I’ve read a lot of Brooke St. James’s books and am delighted to say that this series is my favorite. Unlike some of her other series, the continuity here is provided by a common interest more than blood family ties, but we see this group turn into family. I love the art, the philanthropy, the fun banter and humor, and of course the clean romance. In this one, I love Sarah’s standards, her realization about forgiveness, and her trust. Collin’s respect for her is also wonderful, even standing up to her parents. Highly recommend.”
“Ms St James has some very good insight on forgiveness. An easy book to read with a fairytale ending.”
“What a terrific story! I was hooked from the moment I began the first few sentences ...working in New York, I completely related with Sarah and the amount of people crossing the street at the same time.”
The story was just so lovely … I also married my husband after knowing him for a few days … and still going strong 26 years later”

About the Author
Brooke St. James
Brooke St. James is an author of contemporary romance novels with Christian and inspirational themes and happy endings. She was born and raised in south Louisiana but has had the opportunity to travel and live throughout the U.S. An avid reader, writer, audio book addict, and fan of all things artistic, Brooke constantly has her hands in some creative activity. She’s currently back home in Louisiana enjoying life with her husband, children, and two lazy dogs.

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Giveaway
Enter the blast-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash.


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Monday, April 23, 2018

Love in Bloom featuring Brooke St. James


EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
Summer of ‘65
(Bishop Family Book 1)
by Brooke St. James

Summer of ‘65 (Bishop Family Book 1) by Brooke St. James

Throughout the month of April, we will be featuring 10 fabulous authors who write clean romance. Today we feature Brooke St. James with Summer of ‘65, the first book in the Bishop Family series, which will be FREE on 23 and 24 April.


This book blast and giveaway is brought to you by I Am A Reader.


Description
Ivy Lewis went home to Memphis in the summer of 1965 unaware of the adventure that awaited her. She was content to go through the motions of her predictable routines back home while safeguarding a few little secrets about her life in Nashville. In her mind, the two worlds weren’t meant to intersect.
Then Michael Bishop entered the picture. He had just moved to Memphis from Detroit in hopes of expanding his motorcycle company. He appeared to be nothing more than an outlaw and a menace to the community. Any type of relationship between them was sure to be met with resistance from Ivy’s family and friends.
But Michael Bishop was too great of a temptation for Ivy.
The summer of 1965 would be one of first impressions, first dances, and forbidden love.

Excerpt
I glanced at Alice who gave me a wide-eyed smile. I heard the noise of shifting gravel, and I looked up to find that Michael was getting off of his motorcycle.
“Ivy Lewis,” he said, closing the distance between us.
“Michael Bishop,” I returned.
“You came back to look for a hairpin,” he said as more of a statement than a question.
The other waiters came closer to help me look, which caused their shadows to block the light. “I think it was over here,” Alice said, redirecting them. She had, thank goodness, caught on to the fact that I might want to say a couple of words to Michael and was helping me out.
“I really liked that song,” he said.
He must have known I wasn’t really there to look for a hairpin, because he didn’t even bother looking down.
“When can I hear you play again?”
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Praise for the Book
“Just like her other books, you get everything a good book provides. It has a beautiful love story, nostalgia and a bit of mystery without repeating things over and over. Love it and will read it again I’m sure.” ~ Deb R
“I’m always anxious to see what Brooke writes and this book didn’t disappoint. Michael and Ivy experienced typical 1965 prejudices and problems but the fun and flirty dialogue is still there. Motorcycles and the preacher’s kid, misunderstood music and parental expectations … this story had it all. Can’t wait for the next generation!” ~ Barbara
“What an amazing new book by an incredible author! The story was sincere and well-paced with adorable dialogue, poignant moments and surprises along the way. I can’t get enough of these charming and realistic main characters and eagerly await the next book in this series.” ~ C. Marshall
“Wow! This was my first time reading this author. What a sweet romance and the beginning of a family of characters that I already love. I highly recommend this captivating story.” ~ T Cramer
“Love this series, couldn't put them down once I got started. Good wholesome family with a Christian romance tied to each one of the books in the series.” ~ LSanders

About the Author
Brooke St. James
Brooke St. James is an author of contemporary romance novels with Christian and inspirational themes and happy endings. She was born and raised in south Louisiana but has had the opportunity to travel and live throughout the U.S. An avid reader, writer, audio book addict, and fan of all things artistic, Brooke constantly has her hands in some creative activity. She’s currently back home in Louisiana enjoying life with her husband, children, and two lazy dogs.

Also by the author:

Giveaway
Enter the blast-wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card or PayPal cash.


Links


Monday, March 12, 2018

Book Review Banzai Webinar presented by Jason B. Ladd


WEBINAR REGISTRATION
Book Review Banzai
presented by Jason B. Ladd

Book Review Banzai Webinar presented by Jason B. Ladd

By now, you’ve probably read your free copy of Book Review Banzai: The Unknown Author’s Ultimate Guide to Getting Amazon Reviews (see my previous blog post). Now, Jason B. Ladd is giving a full report of what he's learned in a FREE live webinar, coming soon!

Description
Have you heard the story of the author who waited patiently for book reviews and was rewarded with a flood of them finally coming in? Me neither. That's because it's complete fiction. When you're a new author, that doesn't happen. Like ever.
When you see an author with a 100-person street team and 101 reviews during launch week, there has been a lot of extremely intentional work going on behind the scenes. This is where Jason B. Ladd wants to take you in his upcoming webinar - behind the scenes of a coordinated book review campaign.
Register here.
And he's not plugging any shady practices like paying for reviews. He's talking about time-tested, tried and true principles used by successful indie authors and major publishing houses. And he's spilling the beans on all the techniques he uses to get his books over 100 reviews during his targeted campaigns. And the webinar is 100% free.
Not only are you going to learn the secret behind his Book Review Banzai technique, but you'll be getting his back story too. And who doesn't love a good backstory?
And just for signing up for the webinar, he's going to send you the complete Book Review Banzai audiobook for free!
So, register here to watch the webinar free and download the audiobook free right now!


About the Author
Jason B. Ladd
Jason B. Ladd is an author, apologist, and entrepreneur. Ladd served on active duty with the Marines for fourteen years and has flown as an instructor pilot in both the F/A-18 and the F-16. He is the founder of Boone Shepherd and creator of Indielisters, the largest live online database of book promotions results built by authors. He and his wife, Karry, are the parents of seven children.
His book One of the Few was awarded as Finalist in the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and was optioned for film. He is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency.

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