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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Falling in Love featuring Rachael Anderson

EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
My Sister’s Intended
(Serendipity Book 1)
by Rachael Anderson

My Sister’s Intended (Serendipity Book 1) by Rachael Anderson

During the month of September, we will be featuring 20 fabulous authors who write clean romance. Today we feature Rachael Anderson with My Sister’s Intended, the first book in the Serendipity series. Coming soon: My Brother’s Bride.

My Brother’s Bride by Rachael Anderson

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


Description
For as long as Prudence can remember, it has been understood that her sister will one day wed the eldest son of their nearest neighbor. Such an alliance will benefit both families and bring a great deal of joy to all parents involved.
Unfortunately, Prudence has never been able to feel as joyful. She believes her sister is mad to consider marrying a man she hardly knows, even if he will one day make her a countess. Titles and wealth shouldn’t factor into matters of the heart, and as an aspiring romance novelist, Prudence cannot fathom how anyone could even think of settling for less than love. She certainly wouldn’t, and she doesn’t want her sister to either.
Unable to stand by and do nothing, Prudence sets out to help the awkward couple discover the best in each other with the hope that they will eventually find love. What she neglected to foresee, however, was the possibility that she might fall in love with Lord Knave herself.

Excerpt
When Prudence lifted her eyes to his again, they sparkled with a challenge. “I was going to save this question until later so as not to shock you from the get-go, but I really do need to know . . . What does it feel like to kiss a woman?”
A large lump formed in Brand’s throat, and his mouth went dry. What the deuce? She had promised not to ask questions that would make him uncomfortable, but already he wanted to flee like a frightened kitten. How could he possibly explain how it felt to kiss a woman?
Brand searched his mind for a way to avoid answering until he heard a snicker escape her lips. She was laughing at him. Him! Hildebrand Ethan Cannon, Viscount Knave—a man at least eight years her senior and a great deal higher in social standing.
Unbelievable.
“You are teasing me,” he said, hoping it was true. If she’d posed the question to make him squirm—and perhaps make him more inclined to answer her other questions—then she wouldn’t be expecting an answer.
She shook her head, still smiling. “I’m afraid not, my lord, although I did find the look of terror on your face vastly amusing.”
“I’m glad I could entertain you.”
“I hope you will be equally glad to instruct me on a few things as well. The first scene in my book will include a kiss, and I have no idea how to describe the experience. Do a woman’s lips feel warm or soft or even moist? Would your pulse quicken? Aside from touch, what other senses are engaged? How would it make you feel and what would you notice when you held a woman in your arms?”
If she thought he’d appeared terror-stricken before, there would be no word for how he looked now. Did she earnestly expect him to answer such questions? Surely even she knew how inappropriate it would be to discuss such things, her being an innocent.
“I cannot say,” he finally muttered.
Her brow puckered in confusion. “Have you never kissed a woman, my lord?”
Brand was sorely tempted to lie and say he had not, but he couldn’t bring himself to do so. Any man of six-and-twenty who had never experienced a kiss would be laughed out of his manhood. Women were expected to remain innocent until married. Men were not.
“Yes, I have kissed a woman,” he finally admitted, “but I have no intention of discussing any of the details with you.”
“Why not?” she asked, her large brown eyes blinking at him curiously. “Would you rather I invent the information?”
“Yes.”
She obviously didn’t appreciate his retort because she scowled. “Can you not tell me at least a little?”
“No.”
“Why?”
“Because a kiss could never be described with any sort of accuracy, at least not by me. It involves too many feelings and sensations and complexities of thought. If you wish to know what a kiss feels like, you’ll have to experience it for yourself.”
Too late, Brand realized his mistake. Her expression became contemplative, as though she was actually considering doing just that. Good gads, had he really just encouraged an innocent young woman to go hunting for a kiss? Who would she ask? A groom? Stablehand? The next peddler that came to town?
“I think you are right,” she said at last. “I really must experience a kiss for myself if I am to describe it with any sort of accuracy.” She blinked up at him with that innocent expression again. “Will you kiss me Lord Knave? No, how silly of me. You are to marry my sister, so that would never do.” She pursed her lips for a moment before musing, “Perhaps one of the footmen would be kind enough to show me how it’s done.”
Kind enough? Brand could think of a great many reasons a footman would comply with such a request, and kindness did not factor into any of them. Brand would kiss her himself before he allowed a footman near her.
He rubbed the bridge of his nose, feeling a headache coming on. “Perhaps I can try to explain what it feels like after all.” Better that than having her chase after a footman.
“But you only just said you couldn’t do it justice,” she pointed out. “I realize I sound dreadfully forward, but I really must know, and experience is the best teacher, is it not?”
“No, it isn’t,” he lied. “And you are not going to kiss a footman.”
“Then who? Felix or Lionel, perhaps? I’m fairly certain I can convince one of them to do it, if given the opportunity. The question is how to go about it?”
It was plain to see by the firm set of her jaw that she would not rest until she had experienced a kiss of her own. She didn’t seem to care who did the deed, only that the man did a thorough job of it. A quick peck on the lips wouldn’t satisfy her curiosities.
“Perhaps I could send a note to Felix and ask him to call on me,” she continued to muse. “We could take a stroll through the maze in the gardens. There is a hidden alcove on the south side, which could be quite perfect. We would have to evade Ruth, obviously, but—”
“Devil take it,” Brand growled as he pulled her to him. Her quick intake of breath was the only sound she made before his mouth covered hers. 
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Praise for the Book
“I got seriously hooked on this book right from the first glance. Everything in this story is so beautiful and done so perfectly. The cover is stunning, the blurb intriguing and the story flow expertly done.” ~ NjKinny’s World of Books & Stuff
“The moment I set eyes on this cover page, I knew I am going to love this cute love story. Delightfully crafted with endearing characters this is an ongoing tale of fun, love and some hard decisions.” ~ Finitha J., Know Your Books Blog
My Sister’s Intended is my FAVORITE kind of book to read. It is the kind of story I will save in my Kindle forever so I can re-read again and again. What makes this story so good? Everything! This book is pure perfection.” ~ Nicole, Christian Fiction Girl Blog
“WOW. I reserve five stars for books that blow me away, and this has become my newest addition! What a delight to discover a gem like this.” ~ Mary, Goodreads.com

About the Author
Rachael Anderson
A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.




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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, September 17, 2018

"Nice Try, Afton" by Brent Jones

REVIEW and EXCERPT
Nice Try, Afton
(Afton Morrison Book 3)
by Brent Jones

Nice Try, Afton (Afton Morrison Book 3) by Brent Jones

Author Brent Jones stops by today to share an excerpt from his latest book, Nice Try, Afton. You can also read my review. This is the thirdd book in his Afton Morrison serial thriller. Also available: Go Home, Afton (read my blog post) and See You Soon, Afton (read my blog post). Available for pre-order: Time’s Up, Afton and The Afton Morrison Series (Books 1-4).


For more books by this author, please check out my blog post on The Fifteenth of June and my blog post on Fender.

Description
Is evil a matter of choice, or are we born that way?
After a string of brazen arsons overwhelms Wakefield’s first responders, the town is placed on lockdown, rendering Afton and her companions vulnerable to attack.
In a last-ditch effort to protect her inner circle, Afton attempts to establish an improbable truce with her archnemesis, leading her into a deadly trap more than a decade in the making. Survival will mean choosing to embrace her dark side, once and for all.
Nice Try, Afton is the third of four parts in a new serial thriller by author Brent Jones. Packed with grit and action, the Afton Morrison series delves into a world of moral ambiguity, delivering audiences an unlikely heroine in the form of a disturbed vigilante murderess.

Excerpt
Drizzle pelted my face, aided by whipping winds, the tail end of a massive downpour. The rain had helped to steal some of the mugginess from the hot summer eve. But it had drenched my glasses, too, hampering my vision, and had soaked me to the bone, making stealth a challenge.
Dressed in dark athletic attire—a half-zip pullover in charcoal and navy leggings—I kept my pace slow and even, with knees bent and hips close to the ground. Puddles made it difficult to move without generating noise, as I maneuvered between houses and trees. From farther up the street came a familiar rumble. A military Humvee, headed in my direction. I pressed my back to the side of the nearest bungalow, taking cover behind wet cedar shrubs, submerging my sneakers in mud up to the ankles.
A Humvee the color of sand rolled past, occupied by two uniformed men in the front. I stuck my head out from the side of the house and scanned in all directions, not that I expected to see much. Somewhere not far from me, however, sirens pierced the night. There was shouting, too. Several men, loud but indistinct, and fast interrupted by a popping sound. No, taking the main road beneath all its ample streetlight would be far too risky. The cops would come through soon, and their reds and blues would dissolve all the places I had left to hide.
I raced through the nearest backyard, leaping over the shabby picket fence, and scrambled up a hill just behind Wakefield Public Library. My mud-caked feet slipped and struggled on the slick grass, causing me to topple, and I broke the fall with my damaged hand. Waves of pain, originating from two fractured fingers, traveled up my arm, and exited my mouth in a high-pitched expletive.
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]


Praise for the Book
“This is fast-paced, action packed, and full of surprises. Less than 200 pages, it's a fast read.. one you won't want to put down. Suspense builds from the first page and just doesn't let up.” ~ Linda Strong
“Wow! Afton takes us on a wild ride in this installment. […] Like the first two installments in this series, Nice Try, Afton is an easy 5 stars and I can’t recommend this series enough.” ~ Reads & Reels
“Jones delivers his unlikely protagonist in intense and raw dialogue, adult situations, and language. It is a novella of nail-biting hard-core suspense and you won't get to breathe until Book 4 is done and won. These characters pit each other in good vs evil and we've yet to see their true colors.” ~ Stanley McShane
“Oh my stars, Afton!! I’m still buzzing after reading this third book in the series!! This one was the most anxiety provoking, nail biting, I didn’t know if my kindle and I were going to get through it!! […] Once again I’m not at all let down by this series. It only gets better and better. I can’t wait to get into book four and find out how Afton gets out of this next jam she’s in!! I’m rooting for you Afton!!!” ~ Donna

My Review
I received this book in return for an honest review.


By Lynda Dickson
In this installment, we jump straight into the action, continuing from where the previous book left off. The town is in lockdown and Afton is sought by the police. She and her new friends are caught in a game of cat and mouse with her new enemies, and Afton learns what she is capable of.
The action is non-stop, and you never know what is going to happen next. One this is sure, no one is safe.
Edge-of-your-seat stuff.
Be warned, this is a serial novel, and you will have to read the rest of the series to get the complete story. I can’t wait to find out how everything is resolved.
Warnings: coarse language, graphic violence, sexual references, sex scenes.

About the Author
Brent Jones
From bad checks to bathroom graffiti, Brent Jones has always been drawn to writing. He won a national creative writing competition at the age of fourteen, although he can’t recall what the story was about. Seventeen years later, he gave up his career to pursue creative writing full-time.
Jones writes from his home in Fort Erie, Canada. He’s happily married, a bearded cyclist, a mediocre guitarist, and the proud owner of two dogs with a God complex.


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Falling in Love featuring Kimberley Montpetit

EXCERPT and GIVEAWAY
The Owner’s Secret
(A Secret Billionaire Romance Book 4)
by Kimberley Montpetit

The Owner’s Secret (A Secret Billionaire Romance Book 4) by Kimberley Montpetit

During the month of September, we will be featuring 20 fabulous authors who write clean romance. Today we feature Kimberley Montpetit with The Owner’s Secret, ON SALE for $0.99 today (17 September) only.


Also available in the Secret Billionaire Romance series: The Neighbor’s Secret (FREE on 17 September), The Executive’s Secret, and The Mafia’s Secret.


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


Description
A brutal storm. A cryptic message. A life changed ... forever.
Melody de Lyon’s cozy New Orleans bookstore is her pride and joy – until a violent hurricane sweeps it all away. Forced to flee the storm by boat with her ailing grandmother, she wonders how she will ever pick up the pieces of this disaster.
Then, in a fevered state, her grandmother utters a cryptic message that sets Melody on the quest of a lifetime: “Go to White Castle.”
With nothing left to lose, Melody seeks out the old mansion – a beautiful Southern relic haunted by secrets. Once there, she finds Britt Mandeville, the handsome and charming White Castle caretaker.
Fireworks erupt between them and Melody’s attraction to Britt is stronger than she’s ever experienced with a man before, but any hopes of a relationship between them are dashed when she discovers that Britt is already engaged to another woman.
When Melody stumbles across a strange 60-year-old photograph in the house, she is determined to find answers – and the shocking revelations and strange twists of fate lead her right back to Britt.
Can she put all the pieces of the puzzle together, or will family secrets and true love be lost to her forever?

Excerpt
Knocking with her fist, Melody called out, “Mr. Mandeville, can you help me open the door?”
She shoved against the heavy doors one more time in case he didn’t hear her—at the same moment the massive front door popped open and she fell across the threshold, tumbling against the tall, solid caretaker. Literally falling into his arms.
“Oh!” she cried out, her face growing hot when Britt Mandeville threw his arms around her so she didn’t end up flat on her face. “I’m sorry. I couldn’t get the door open. I didn’t mean to—” she stopped, his face close—too close.
A rush of sensations came over her. Melody tried not to think about the man’s hard muscles underneath the soft flannel shirt he was wearing, or his sandpaper jaw, or the pair of amazing lips so close to hers—when she had practically knocked her face into his at the moment they collided.
“You’re fine now,” Britt said, sliding his hands along her arms as he bent to look into her face. “You okay?”
“Yep. I’m fine. Perfectly fine.” Except for her racing heart and a pounding in her ears, she was calm as a summer’s morning.
[Want more? Click below to read a longer excerpt.]


Praise for the Book
The Owner’s Secret had me hooked from the very beginning. Britt Mandeville is a character who is hard to forget. […] I loved the mystery, the history of the southern plantation, the fun literary references, but especially the friendship and swoony romance between Britt and Melody. I didn’t want to set the book down, even after I had finished the last page. Clean and swoony romance readers alike, this is one book you’ll not want to miss!” ~ Julie C
“I could not put this book down. It is so well written - great, realistic characters, terrific dialogue, some drama with the hurricane, an intriguing mystery about why Melody was sent to the antebellum mansion known as White Castle, and great chemistry between Britt and Melody. Be prepared to be enchanted.” ~ Bernadette Cinkoske
“I loved this book! The characters were well developed and there was a little mystery along with the romance. The twist being that Britt’s ex (or fiancé) was Melody’s sister. I really didn’t expect that. A fun read that kept me interested until the end.” ~ K.M.
“This story has great characters, great location and setting, and great love story. It was a sweet story that pulled into their lives.” ~ Joyeli3
“Love this plot and characters. A must read for this author in this genre.” ~ mima48

About the Author
Kimberley Montpetit
When she was in Paris, Kimberley Montpetit spent most of her souvenir money at the La Patisserie shops with their beautiful and delicious pastries. She grew up in the fabulous city of San Francisco, loves all things chocolate, and now lives in a small town along the Rio Grande with her engineer husband and three sons.
She once stayed in the haunted tower room at Borthwick Castle in Scotland and didn’t sleep a wink, sailed the Seine in Paris, rode a camel in the ancient world wonder of Petra, shopped the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, and spent the night in an old Communist hotel in Bulgaria.
Kimberley also writes Award-winning Middle-Grade novels with Scholastic and epic Young Adult novels with HarperCollins, under the name Kimberley Griffiths Little.

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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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