Blog Tour & Giveaway: Rising by Sonya Weiss

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RISING

by Sonya Weiss
Genre: Young Adult, SciFi Supernatural Romance
Pub Date: May 9, 2017
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When sparks fly between a human and a Supernatural, the entire planet
could be at stake.
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It’s been ten years since the Great Extinction, when Supernaturals
threatened to destroy humanity. Now, in the sleepy town of Wayside,
Nevada, seventeen-year-old Cassie Grant’s life couldn’t be more
ordinary. Determined to get into an Ivy League college, her focus is
squarely on her studies. But suddenly everything changes when she
witnesses Jason Taylor, a cute and quiet loner, mysteriously save a
young boy from falling to his death.
Although the Supernaturals ultimately retreated to their planet, three
families were left behind—including Jason’s. So far, they’ve
been successfully hiding in plain sight. But Jason knows that if
Cassie exposes him, all their lives will be in peril—especially
since Cassie’s father is the head of the Alien Eradication and
Defense Department. At first, befriending Cassie is Jason’s
survival tactic. But as they spend more time together, they begin to
fall in love. With the authorities closing in and a hidden threat
that could tear the very Earth apart, can Cassie and Jason keep each
other safe—or will their star-crossed romance start another
war?…
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CASSIE

I wiped off the mess I’d made of my makeup for the second time, and stared at the pallor of my skin in the mirror. The scar high on my cheekbone wasn’t as bad as the ones on my back, but it was a visible reminder of the attack that gave me nightmares. Each time I’d jerk myself out of sleep, I’d fallen right back into the disturbing images again. No high IQ needed to guess why. At dinner Dad had talked in detail about the destructive nature of aliens. As if I needed to be told.

His stories and warnings alone weren’t the reason I didn’t like aliens. I knew firsthand that they killed, that they left humans scarred. I didn’t blame my father for my injuries, but my mother did. I pushed away the memory of what happened during that awful camping trip in New Mexico. That night had forever changed all of us and made me look at aliens differently.

Aliens were mysterious, powerful beings who were hunted by the government but more often than not, we humans were the prey. While there were a lot of pro-alien groups around that spouted on websites and to anyone who’d listen that we had nothing to fear from these “visiting creatures,” the scars on my body were living proof that was a lie.

A strange premonition swept over me and I shivered, then tried again to reapply my makeup fast so I wouldn’t be late for school. One more year, and then I was through.

I couldn’t wait to get out of Wayside, Nevada, far away from my father, and his job as lead agent at the Alien Eradication and Defense Department. I didn’t want to live with the reminder of aliens at every conversation. I needed a clean slate, a place where I could build good memories. I wished we could go back to our lives before the Great Extinction.

That war between the humans and aliens sucked the laughter out of our family like a tornado had spun through. Aliens had killed my uncle during one of the battles. My father hadn’t been the same since his brother’s death but he’d tried hard to keep himself together. But then after me nearly dying during that camping trip because of an alien attack, my father had unraveled in ways that baffled and sometimes even scared me.

I finished applying my makeup, checked my arms and back in the mirror to make sure my scars were hidden, and gave my face one final glance. Good enough. Grabbing my backpack, I made my way down the stairs to the living room where Mom lay curled on the sofa beneath a blanket. She had the same shoulder-length black hair and brown eyes I did, but where she was cover-model confident, not even photoshopping could erase my self-consciousness. I was a little on the nerdy side so I’d never been that confident, but after I was scarred, it had only gotten worse. I didn’t wear sleeveless shirts anymore and I wouldn’t dream of ever wearing a bikini again.

With a frustrated sigh, Mom sat up and muted the television, silencing the anchor mid-report on the frequent earthquakes striking our area. I stood behind the sofa and lip-read the closed captioning for a few seconds.

“Anything new, or are they rehashing yesterday’s news?” Continue reading

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Eight Days in the Sun by MK Schiller

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EIGHT DAYS IN THE SUN
by MK Schiller
Pub. Date: 5/2/2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Love needs only one chance to shine . . .
He followed in his family’s footsteps and just graduated Marine boot camp. Now
Mason Cutler’s personal mission is to get plenty of sun, surf, and
no-strings romance in his favorite laid-back Florida beach town
before shipping out. But a chance encounter with reserved Kiran
Shenoy becomes a golden day of conversation, connection—and an
intense attraction Mason can’t walk away from. They make an
agreement—eight sensuous days together without regrets or promises.
Yet soon Mason is longing to convince the spirited woman behind
Kiran’s sad beautiful eyes to take a chance on even more . . .
All Kiran dared hope for was a chance to heal after a tragic accident and a
devastating loss. Mason’s freewheeling energy and head-on courage
warms her scarred body and soul—and ignites her heart. But with
their lives going in different directions, the only commitment they
can make is a pact to meet again. Can what they feel survive Mason’s
military duty, and Kiran’s second chance to restart her life? And
can a desire sparked one summer night be enough for forever?
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MK Schiller is a hopeless romantic in a hopelessly pragmatic world. In the dark of
night, she sits by the warm glow of her computer monitor, reading or
writing, usually with some tasty Italian…the food that is! She
started imagining stories in her head at a very young age. In fact,
she got so good at it that friends asked her to create plots
featuring them as the heroine and the object of their affection as
the hero. She hopes you enjoy her stories and find The Happily Ever
After in every endeavor. M.K. Schiller loves hearing from readers.
 
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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Three Seconds to Legend by J.B. Garner

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The Opening Bell
Three Seconds to Legend Book 1
by J.B. Garner
Genre: Sports/Wrestling Romance, Adventure
WHEN THE OPENING BELL RINGS, A NEW RING LEGEND BEGINS!
Leilana Ito always knew her family had a long history in the wrestling world
but she never knew how much had been kept secret from her. Wanting to
continue her family’s legacy in the ring, she was shocked when her
father adamantly refused to let her proceed. Unable to deny the
fighting spirit in her heart, Leilana did the unthinkable and defied
her father’s wishes, having no idea what terrible series of events
she had begun.
Dana Harding was in the twilight of her wrestling career, striving for one
last chance at glory in the regional circuit. Despite juggling two
children as a single mother and the hard life of the road, Dana had
one last chance to win championship gold and thought she would do
anything to attain that. Every dirty trick in the book was on the
table, as long as it took place in the squared circle.
Now, in the heart of Oklahoma, the rookie with an unknown past hunting her
and the veteran heel with nothing to lose are about to meet in the
ring. Their clash will bind them and wrap them up in corporate
machinations, family rivalries, and secrets of the past coming back
to life to threaten both women and everything they hold dear.
In the midst of it all, will Leilana succumb to her family’s past or
find the strength to follow her dreams? Will Dana stay the infamous
heel or discover something in her heart she didn’t even know she had?
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The Tale of the Tape
Three Seconds to Legend Book 2
LOST LOVES AND DEADLY LABORS, ALL ARE TOLD BY THE TALE OF THE TAPE!
Nothing remains constant in the tumultuous world of pro wrestling! On the eve
of their victory over the most powerful family in the wrestling
world, Leilana Ito and Dana Harding look forward to a bright future
but that perfect ending is snatched away when Leilana disappears.
Desperate to find her, Dana starts a country-wide search, spurred on
by both friendship and something stronger: love!
Meanwhile, Leilana faces a gauntlet of rigged matches, hidden spies, and
psychological torture as a ‘guest’ of the Von Richters in Los Vegas.
Trapped in a city where anything goes, money talks, and no one asks
questions, Leilana puts it all on the line in a ring where each match
could be her last.
The clock is ticking. Can Dana find the woman she loves before it’s too
late? Can Leilana endure each deadly labor long enough to be saved?
Even if they find each other, will Dana find her love to be
reciprocated or unrequited?
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The Twelfth Labor
Three Seconds to Legend Book 3
At the end of the championship quest, there lies the final match: The
Twelfth Labor!
Hardened by a gauntlet of challenges, wrestler Leilana Ito is a rookie no
longer as she nears her ultimate goal: completing her labors and
winning freedom from the Von Richter sisters, mistresses of the
wrestling world.
However, the storm is fiercest before the calm and Leilana’s most dangerous
challenges lie ahead. Fearsome opponents, devious traps, and lies
from all sides threaten to put an end not only Leilana but her
friends and family. Joined by fellow wrestler and newfound love, Dana
Harding, and a motley alliance of allies, Leilana struggles on
towards her greatest fight, the final duel, the Twelfth Labor!
The Twelfth Labor is the no-holds-barred conclusion to the pro-wrestling
action/adventure drama of Three Seconds to Legend!
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J. B. Garner was born in Baltimore, MD on December 1, 1976, the youngest
of three children. While still young, the family moved to Peachtree
City, GA. His parents always encouraged his creative side and J. B.
began writing and drawing from an early age. Though considered
talented by his teachers, he never fully applied himself and bounced
through high school and into college at the Georgia Institute of
Technology. During his freshman year, his father died suddenly.
Grief and lack of purpose caused J. B. to drop out of school. If not for a
few close friends, he might have dropped out of life as well. Taken
in by his friends and given a second chance, J. B. matured, applied
himself, and finally, after over a decade of hard work, is now back
to doing what he loves the most: writing.
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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Waves of Murder by C.S. McDonald

Join Fiona and the gang for a hot whodunit on the sandy beaches of Presque Isle, Pennsylvania!

Book Title: Waves of Murder: A Fiona Quinn Mystery
Author: C.S. McDonald
Category: YA Fiction, 190 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: McWriter Books
Release date: April 11, 2017
Tour dates: May 15 to 26, 2017
Content Rating: G (The Fiona Quinn Mysteries are for everyone–adults love the books and they are appropriate for teens and tweens too!)

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Book Description

School’s out for the summer!

Kindergarten teacher, Fiona Quinn is looking forward to spending some quality time in her yard and with her boyfriend, Detective Nathan Landry. However, Fiona’s plans get squelched when her mother volunteers her to edit a manuscript for famous romance author, Wyla Parkes.

What’s so bad about that? The author insists Fiona must work on the manuscript at her beach cottage on Presque Isle–three hours away from her yard and Nathan. Spending six weeks in an adorable cottage on a private beach doesn’t really seem all that bad until people start turning up dead—beginning with the author! Fiona’s summer of sun and sand is instantly transformed into a murder investigation. Can Fiona and Nathan crack the case or will the murderer get away on a wave of deceit?

Join Fiona and the gang for a hot whodunit on the sandy beaches of Presque Isle, Pennsylvania!

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Meet the Author 

 

For twenty-six years C.S. McDonald’s life whirled around a song and a dance. She was a professional dancer and choreographer. During that time she choreographed many musicals and an opera for the Pittsburgh Savoyards. In 2011 she retired from her dance career to write. Under her real name, Cindy McDonald, she writes murder-suspense and romantic suspense novels. In 2014 she added the pen name, C.S. McDonald, to write children’s books for her grandchildren. Now she adds the Fiona Quinn Mysteries to that expansion. She decided to write the cozy mystery series for her young granddaughters, and has found that so many adults love them too.Ms. McDonald resides on her Thoroughbred farm known as Fly by Night Stables near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband, Bill, and her poorly behaved Cocker Spaniel, Allister.Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Blood Phoenix: Imprinted by Alisha Costanzo

 

Urban Fantasy with satirical, horror, and romantic elements

Date Published: May 9, 2017

Publisher: Transmundane Press, LLC

With an old war raging between vampires and shifters, Ria must learn to refocus her life if she’s going to survive.

Her renegade fight was just the beginning. The queen is recruiting new soldiers. Ria’s going on vicious missions with her battle buddy. And her explosive abilities are malfunctioning at inopportune moments.

So now, Ria must forgo her selfish desires to compartmentalize her life, but what’s she to do when she can’t save everyone she wants to? One girl may not be capable of taking down an empire. Good thing Ria’s got help.

Purchase Links 

Amazon * Barnes & Noble * Kobo

Transmundane Press

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Excerpt

 

From Chapter Nineteen:

We played party games. Ari and I taught the boys, even Mark, how to play Drug Dealer, a social card game where each player drew a card and a role: the drug dealer, the cop, and the buyers. The dealer had to wink at the buyers and sell to them all before the cop caught him. Wink at the wrong person or the wrong time, and the cop would bust you. Ari and I loved to play it at parties with the girls and even some of the guys. Although when we played with guys, people got distracted quickly, which meant it fell apart.

Surprisingly, Mark played a good cop and Brad a good dealer. Even more surprising, Mindless sucked at the game. Maybe he’d gotten too high for it.

After our seventh run at the game with an average of twenty minutes a round, I threw down my jack—making me the dealer—when Mark busted me. “I need more cake.”

All of the other food disappeared long ago, most of it gone directly after Mark emerged from his room. I ate my fourth slice as the boys dealt another round, and Ari sauntered my way, her touch lingering across her wolf’s shoulders.

“I’ve got something special for you, but I didn’t want to give it to you in front of the boys.” A small envelope slipped into my hands, and curiosity dug her tiny nails into my nerves. I tore it open and pulled out a pale green card.

The front read ástin mín.

My fingers shook as I flipped the card.

On the back she’d printed my love.

Ari translated Boden’s nickname for me: something so simple, yet she did this to me every time.

I grabbed hold of her, hugging her a bit harder than I should have, but she didn’t tap out. “Happy un-birthday, baby doll.”

“Is it gift time?” Oliver joined us, bottle of wine in hand. As many as he had, he didn’t show it. Handsome as always, he wore thick-rimmed glasses today, accentuating his prominent Greek nose. Were they just for show or did he normally wear contacts?

“I didn’t want to make anyone else feel bad if they didn’t get her anything. You know how kind and selfless I am.” Ari kept her face straight for another few seconds before her smile broke.

“Well, Chris and I have a gift for our vampire friend. Something we’ve had for a long time but didn’t know what to do with.” He presented me a long, flat, blue box wrapped in a wide, white ribbon.

My pulse jumped. I didn’t expect anything, even after Ari announced the un-birthday party in my honor. I slid the ribbon off the corner and pooled it on the small table. The top came off with a silent puff, opening to white tissue paper and a glittery, iridescent feather the length of my forearm. Tuffs bloomed around the bottom, silver and gold, gradually darkening as the feathers reached for the tip of the vane, which was a saturated royal red. My fingers brushed the hollow shaft, and energy zapped me.

“I suppose we were merely keeping it until its rightful owner showed up.”

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About the Author

Alisha Costanzo is from a Syracuse suburb. She earned her MFA in creative writing from the University of Central Oklahoma, where she currently teaches English. She’s the author of BLOOD PHOENIX: REBIRTH, BLOOD PHOENIX: CLAIMED, BLOOD PHOENIX: IMPRINTED, and LOVING RED, and co-editor of DISTORTED. UNDERWATER, and AFTER THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER. She’s currently editing her new 2017 fire-themed anthology, writing about Ria’s father, and crafting her new YA novel for its 2018 release. In the meantime, she will continue to corrupt young minds, rant about the government, and daydream about her all around nasty creatures.

 Contact Information

Website: www.alishacostanzo.weebly.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/brokenworldauthor

Twitter: twitter.com/AlishaCostanzo 

Blog: www.alishamcostanzo.wordpress.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4618491.Alisha_Costanzo

Author Central: http://www.amazon.com/Alisha-Costanzo/e/B00H2R9W9E/

Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/alishacostanzo/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/alishacostanzo/

Other- www.transmundanepress.com

 

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Romance Rock Stars Giveaway

 

RomanceRockStars.com is hosting this giveaway. Winners must be 18 or older. United States and Canada only to ship the Kindle Fire. Otherwise, we can send the money for the kindle fire by amazon giftcard anywhere in the world. We will not sell or distribute your email address or any other information to any other company. Your information is for our blog only, to notify winners, and send prizes.
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Spotlight: The Sator Square by Geoff Cook

A terrorist is on the loose in the UK – his target – a member of the Royal Family.

In France, a killer stalks the ranks of the paparazzi as he prepares to commit a series of ritual murders.

When compromising pictures of the Prince are published in a French tabloid, Broadhurst, the Palace’s head of security is drawn into a murky world of fundamentalist fever, brutal revenge and sinister international conspiracy.

Across the Channel, Marchal, a widowed detective on the verge of retirement, is trying to investigate a series of suspicious deaths, but being thwarted at every turn.

Tying the two conspiracies together is the enigmatic Sator Square – an ancient code with a deadly new resonance.

 

About the Author

A bio of the author is available via the link www.geoff-cook.com or via the Amazon Author’s page.

 

Excerpt  

 “Ram had literally walked out of Number Ten when he was invited by the King to a private meeting at Windsor.”

“I recall the occasion,” Broadhurst intervened. “He was going to look at the last phase of the rebuilding work.”

Speir raised his eyebrows. “The King chose to confide in Ram and three months later, he was back with a plan that would not only ultimately help to create a groundswell of public sympathy for the monarchy, provide a solution for the Prince, but also give the PM the means to achieve the government’s objective and mobilise the armed forces.”

Broadhurst took in a gasp of air. “This whole business is a put up job?”

“Far from it. It is a very daring and risky operation to create a terrorist attack on British soil that would succeed in assassinating the Prince. This afternoon, a second video recorded by a dedicated suicide bomber has been broadcast around the world claiming responsibility for the Jihadist movement, cursing the West and promising many more such hostilities in the future. Tomorrow, Parliament will be recalled to debate a motion to mobilise the armed forces and prepare a strategy for a ground offensive in Iraq and Syria.”

 

 

Amazon Review

 4.0 out of 5 stars… book to be entertaining and fast moving with a good range of characters

By Amazon Customer on 15 April 2017

I found the book to be entertaining and fast moving with a good range of characters. Recommended”

 

 

“The Sator Square” by Geoff Cook is available in hardback, paperback, and e-book from Amazon UK.

It is also available in hardcover, paperback, and e-book from Amazon US.

 

 

Press/Media Contact Details:

 New Generation Publishing
Tel. 01234 712 064
E-mail: info@newgeneration-publishing.com

 

 

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Spotlight: Falling Away by Jeremy Orlando

“Falling Away” is the story of Terrance Carver; Poet, coward and lost child of the Universe. Terrance is on a quest, a quest to right wrongs? A quest to alter the past? Or is it merely a quest of self-preservation? The night of the bungled armed robbery all those years ago still hangs over him. The night that saw his youngest brother arrested and, the night Terrance Carver was disowned by his eldest brother and most importantly, this was the last night he ever saw Lucinda.

Now finally after years of hiding in a dank city refuge, The Liar’s Den, he summons the courage to return home to the scene of his (almost) crime. Terrence Carver will have to confront his siblings; one imprisoned, the other in marital turmoil, street corner gangsters, a wise cracking priest, runaway children and car thieves waiting to get caught, before he can beg for the forgiveness of Lucinda.

 

“Falling Away” is not only an acknowledgment of the shades of grey that define us all, but it poses the question what does it mean to be good? And why are some people better at it than others?

 

 

About the Author

 Jeremy Orlando (1973- now) is the author of five published works of fiction; the merits of which may be debatable. What is not debatable is that none of these books are critically acclaimed, have won any major awards or will be developed into Hollywood summer blockbusters. Jeremy often likes to refer to himself in the third person as he imagines this to be funny, Dostoyevsky is not funny, yet merely saying this name aloud makes him smile, Jeremy I mean, and not Dostoyevsky. Jeremy does not consider himself a writer in a classical sense, and instead would most likely imagine himself as a conveyor of ideas and ‘what ifs’, and will argue long and hard that there is merit to be found in this, you just have to look really hard.

 

 

“Falling Away” by Jeremy Orlando is available in paperback and e-book from Amazon UK.

It is also available in paperback and e-book from Amazon US.

 

Press/Media Contact Details:

 Darin Jewell
Managing Director
The Inspira Group Literary Agency
Tel. 0208 292 5163
E-mail: darin@theinspiragroup.com

 

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Motherhood, Martyrdom, and Costco Runs by Whitney Dineen

 

Parenting/Humor/Memoir

Date Published: May 15, 2017

Publisher: 33 Partners Publishing

 

 Join bestselling romantic comedy author, Whitney Dineen, as she discovers the three Es of parenting:

·         Exhilarating—when you first discover you’re pregnant.

·         Exhausting—when you realize you’ll most likely never sleep again–like EVER.

·         Explosive—OMG these kids spew from both ends!

And that’s just the beginning. Whitney shares the ridiculous highs and excruciating lows of her catapult into motherhood. Enjoy the ride as this new mom vows to give up profanity while falling in love with… you guessed it, Costco. Be careful, because if you’re anything like Whitney, you may just pee a little. 

Motherhood Martyrdom & Costco Runs takes the reader on a roller coaster of emotions as Whitney plummets into postpartum depression, desperately tries to get her kids to stop yodeling in public restrooms, and comes to terms with the fact she’ll never quite be queen of her own kingdom. Get ready to laugh, cry, cheer, and pat yourself on the back for the sake of mommies everywhere. And while you’re at it, stop by Costco for a case of toilet paper and a Very Berry Sundae. You won’t regret it!  

Purchase Link: Amazon

 

Early Reviews:

  •  Dineen writes in the vein of Erma Bombeck and David Sedaris, with a life-is-funnier-than-fiction humor. Her prose is short and punchy, making you wince along with her when her girls (ahem) say the darndest things in the checkout line and nod with understanding over her aversion to snow days. While many of the stories are humorous, Dineen doesn’t shy away from the tough stuff, such as her struggles with post-partum depression. As far as parenting essays go, this is one of the best out there. Dineen is self-deprecating and relatable, as well as vulnerable, letting it all hang out in a style that is reassuring in a girlfriend-y way, seeming to say “Hey, we’re all in this together, let’s eat some soft pretzels and chat.”  5/5-stars, San Francisco Book Review
  • “Erma [Bombeck] would probably get the biggest charge out of Motherhood Martyrdom & Costco Runs. It’s beautifully written and a joy to read, even the parts that are embarrassing for some Victorian  throwbacks like the author’s husband. While the title and even the dedication seem to imply a specific subsection of the public may want to read this, I’ll beg to differ and recommend it to everyone, breeders, non-breeders, even those whose sense of humor is somewhat challenged, as mine is. Dineen works a bit of magic here in this authentic, inspiring and very human collection of humorist writing. MotherhoodMartyrdom & Costco Runs is most highly recommended.” -Readers’ Favorite, 5/5-stars
  • “Whitney’s book, her voice, and experience share [are] hilarious but also raw, honest, and beautiful. If taken to heart and mind, this book can help drive you to do good in the world and in your own personal life both as a mother and as a person.” –Portland Book Review
  • “Whitney Dineen serves up an honest and hilarious portrayal of motherhood. Motherhood is tough and you’re going to laugh or cry; you should always choose to laugh.”-Jen Mann, NYT Bestselling Author of My Lame Life
  • “With Motherhood Martyrdom and Costco Runs, Whitney Dineen has given us a beautiful, comical, and often poignant look into what raising children is really like. I found myself laughing and shedding a tear or two as I devoured the pages of this fantastic book. I absolutely adored it. And now I’m off to renew my membership to Costco!” -Bestselling Author, Jennifer Peel
  • “Laugh-out-loud funny, endearing, and so spot-on!” Bestselling Author, Becky Monson     

 

About the Author

While attending the University of Illinois in Chicago, Whitney Dineen was discovered by a local modeling agent and began an unexpected career as a plus-size Ford model. She modeled in New York City before moving to Los Angeles with her husband.

During “The Hollywood Years,” Whitney was bitten by the writing bug and started creating characters that are inspired by strong women with a great sense of humor. Her first romantic comedy, She Sins at Midnight, won a silver medal in the 2015 Reader’s Favorite awards. Her second, The Reinvention of Mimi Finnegan, is a finalist in the 2016 RONE Awards, won a silver medal at the 2016 Reader’s Favorite Awards and won Honorable Mention at the London Book Festival. Her third chick-lit book, Mimi Plus Two, is causing all kinds of controversy and who the heck knows where it will land. Although, it was a finalist in the Reader’s Favorite Awards and a Runner-Up at the London Book Festival.

In addition to her love of chick-lit, Whitney has also written a series of adventure books for middle readers. The first two books in her series, Wilhelmina and the Willamette Wig Factory and Who the Heck is Harvey Stingle? are both available now. Book three, Beware of the Basement, is due to be released in the spring of 2017.

Whitney and her husband, Jimmy, have relocated to the beautiful Pacific Northwest to raise their children, chickens, and organic vegetables.

  

Contact Information

Website: https://whitneydineen.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Whitney-Dineen-11687019412/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WhitneyDineen

Blog: https://whitneydineen.com/category/musings/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8145525.Whitney_Dineen

 

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Every Breath by Teri Yorek

 

Romance

Date Published: December 1, 2016

Publisher: Dark Hollows

Brianna ran with her daughter from Arizona all the way to Minnesota to escape her blackmailing sister, Kathy. Melinda belonged to Brianna now, not Kathy, who gave her up for adoption to Brianna, and now Kathy suddenly has a desire to be a mother? Ha! There’s money out there for single moms and cold hard cash is the only thing Kathy understands. Besides, Minnesota has something Brianna finds she is very interested in – Hockey.
Okay, maybe not hockey, but one specific hockey player by the name of Devon Saint Martin. Big, gorgeous and wealthy, Devon has it all. Including a long string of stunning ex-girlfriends. So Brianna knows he would have no interest in her plain-Jane looks.
Except, the first time they meet, it was up close and personal and they were both naked.
Devon made it perfectly clear he was not only interested, he wants Brianna AND her daughter. But the man is famous for his “never gonna get married” attitude and there’s no way Brianna is going to fall victim to the devastating “Devon charm” and be yet another notch on the man’s hockey stick.
When some troubling incidents begin to take place, both Devon and Brianna question who could be behind the attempts to harm Brianna, and jeopardize their fledgling romance.
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Acknowledgement

Teri had beautiful hands. Something I always noticed. Not that she had manicures all the time or used a special lotion, she just had naturally beautiful hands. She also had beautiful handwriting. You could always tell if she wrote a particular note or actually signed the birthday card, because her handwriting was unique. At least it was to me. She got it from our mother who was, and is, meticulous about certain things, and her own handwriting was just one of many she took pride in. That wasn’t the only thing Teri got from our mother. She got our mother’s beauty, perfect skin, amazing energy, and keen eye for detail. She also got our mother’s solid common sense and, along with my other two sisters and my brother, brilliance. Well – maybe she got some of that from our dad as well. Sadly, I didn’t get any of it, the hands, the beauty, the common sense or the brilliance. And the handwriting? Some would say “Good grief, no”. But the one thing Teri and I did have in common was reading. Oh yes. A passion for both of us and Teri had hundreds and hundreds of romance paperbacks, all of which, she read. Every single one.

Unfortunately, at the young age of 23, Teri was diagnosed with cancer, and after battling it for three long years, the cancer took her life. A number of weeks after her death, when going through her things, the family discovered a file folder of notebooks and loose papers, all filled with her handwritten romance stories. Who knew? None were complete, but it was obvious we also shared one other thing. She, like me, had, at one point, dreams of becoming an author. But, along with so many of her dreams, she was never able to make it happen. So I gathered up that file and stored it away, vowing that someday I would make at least that denied dream come true. Then a few years ago I became a published author with, now, over twenty books under my author name.

I was finally ready.

Which was a good thing. I had a bout with breast cancer last year and my mom was recently diagnosed with colon cancer. It put things back into perspective for me. I wanted that book done. So here it is. Complete.

This book is a combination of all those beautifully handwritten notes, stories and out-lines, found in that old, and now very tattered, file folder. It is also a combination of our writing styles, something I think Teri would appreciate, respect, and, I dare to believe, like. I see her adding this paperback to her enormous collection and moving right on to the next dream, this one finally fulfilled.

And my mom? She may or may not read it. I hope she does. Otherwise, it will still have a special place on her book shelf that she designated a long time ago for this very book.

Thank you Eden Connors, Michelle Williams and the awesome Shannon West, all true heroes, for believing in me enough to pull this off and committing to publishing this book even before I finished it. Thank you to my family of crazy people who allowed me to take this file of Teri’s writings so many years ago and for believing that I could possibly make it what it is today, a little contribution to the paperback romance world. And thank you, Teri, for letting us find your treasure in the first place so I, along with so many awesome others, could complete this dream for you, for our family and, hopefully, for many happy readers who will now be able to see not only what your beautiful hands created but a tiny piece of your heart.

 

Contact Information

Website: http://teri-yorek.webs.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32947000-every-breath?ac=1&from_search=true

Publisher Site: http://www.paintedheartspublishing.com/everybreath

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