Friday, April 29, 2016

Freebie Friday

Today's Freebie Friday is an awesome new mystery by Liz Adair, called The McCarran Collection! Ms. Adair is one of my favorite writers and this is her brand new release, so you definitely want to grab it while it's free!

Here's the back copy:

Bridget Olasfson, a beautiful archivist with a painful secret, comes to Utah's brilliant red rock country to catalog the McCarran Collection. She finds herself caught up in a dangerous intrigue involving a lost boy, a drug cartel, and possibly murder. What will she do when the only way to save the boy is to give up the man she loves?

Download your free Kindle copy here

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Writing For Charity Benefit Auction for Refugees

There is an amazing benefit auction going on right now that you don't want to miss! So many generous people have donated incredible items to bid on---once in a lifetime type items like getting a character named after you, or a skype visit, a hike with an author, a critique by amazing agents, you name it!---and every penny will go to Lifting Hands International, the charity that gets life-saving supplies directly into the refugee camps.

Go here to get some great prizes and help out the refugees who so desperately need us. At least go and see all the items to bid on. There are some very unique ones!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I Have Two Things To Tell You . . .

I have two exciting things to tell you!

The first thing is:

My novel, THE CAPTIVE, is up for a RONE Award for Best Suspense! It's made it to the fan round where fans can vote (you don't have to have read it) and if I get enough votes, it will go to the final judges' round.

So, this is me, asking you to take a moment to vote for THE CAPTIVE! (You have to be registered to vote, but it's easy and free.) Could you click here to cast your vote for me? Thank you so much!

The second thing is:

I will be signing books at the 
Saratoga Springs Library (in Utah)
tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. 
and I'd love to see you! 

There will be a drawing for a Book Lover's Basket and all my bestsellers will be on sale for $10 so you can get your Mother's Day shopping done for all the women in your life that love suspense. Don't miss it!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Win My Book! And A Mini-Castle Recap

I got a great review of The Captive from Kindle and Me! Here's part of what they said:
"I feel like I just got off the longest rollercoaster ever! There were so many turns and twists and my stomach rolled a few times. It was exhilarating! I want to go on it again! I’m glad this is a start to a series!"
They are offering a chance to win your own ecopy of The Captive and you can enter the contest as well as see what else they said about my novel here

I watched Castle last night, but after finding out that Stana Katic and Tamala Jones won't be coming back next season, it just took the shine off for me. I hate that the show is ending on a very sad note when it didn't have to be that way.

It started off with a guy named Alan on hold waiting for his cable company to pick up. While he's waiting he takes some pills and gets poisoned by the water.  Cut to the loft where Castle is creepily watching Beckett sleep and tells her he takes pictures of her while she's sleeping. Um. Not cute at all. They talk about leaving it all behind, but Beckett's phone rings and she reminds him they have responsibilities.

They head to the crime scene where Lanie is giving them the run down on the victim, when suddenly he's behind them asking why everyone is in his apartment. They take him to the hospital and Lanie is flabbergasted that she declared someone dead and was going to stick a thermometer in his liver when he was still alive. Castle is in the guy's room telling him he has super powers and should take advantage of his second lease on life.The team starts digging into who hates Alan because he's a safety inspector. They investigate his partner who was taking bribes, but he had an alibi.

Alan is accompanied back to his apartment by Castle and an officer. Castle is hounding the man about living life to the fullest and the guy just wants Castle to stop. As soon as he closes the door, though, Alan lays down on his bed and is electrocuted. Lanie says he's really dead this time, but Alan pops back up again! Castle really thinks he's a superhero and they are thinking of names for him, (Captain Cool?) but nothing good comes to mind. They think of a company that could have a grudge against Alan because they had a spill and begged Alan not to fine them, but he did anyway. The president of that company also has an alibi, but Alan is infatuated with Gwen from marketing and Castle finds out she thinks he's funny. The president guy says that he saw someone waiting for Alan in the parking lot and security footage help them track him down. It's the guy who played Bud in JAG! I miss that show. He tells them about a mob front who probably wanted to get rid of Alan.

Castle takes Alan back to his loft and is still beating the dead horse that Alan is a superhero. He convinces him to call Gwen and he gets a date with her in thirty minutes. The date goes awkwardly with Alan yammering on to Gwen that he's a superhero. The boys call Castle to tell him not to leave the loft because of the mob guy after Alan. They send a picture and lo and behold the mob guy comes to sit down next to Alan. Castle rushes over to the table. (He does get called Alan's sidekick and looked so affronted it was funny.) The mob guy doesn't want to kill him, he wants to offer Alan protection in exchange for looking the other way on inspections. Alan says no and Gwen has had enough and leaves.

Castle remembers the little case that the mob guy had at the table full of ginkgo tablets and Castle and Alan go in undercover as safety inspectors to the little Chinese herb store (also a Triad front) that sells them. The team confiscates a couple of suitcases full of synthetic heroin and realize that the company with the lab spill is the one trying to kill Alan. (One of the ingredients of synthetic heroin were being produced at that lab.) Alan goes there alone to save Gwen, but she's the mastermind and shoots him in the head. The team rushes in and they think he's really dead this time, but he pops up again. Like daisies! (Name that movie) Lanie and Alan actually bond over his not so near-death experiences. Maybe Alan really is a superhero. It certainly takes a lot to kill the guy!

They also had some forward movement in the LokSat storyline. Vikram finally gets evidence that Caleb Brown is involved with LokSat. They start investigating his alias and he comes to the precinct to tell Beckett to back off and threatens her. She tells him she knows he used to fight for what was right and was a good guy. She gives him a deadline to come to her by tomorrow night with all his LokSat info. He ends up doing that and giving her a phone with his LokSat instructions. Beckett is that much closer to figuring out the LokSat mess. She also mentions to Castle that maybe they should just get away. Too bad we all know that won't happen now.

It just makes me a little sad to watch it now. I don't want them to kill Beckett off, or give her some other ridiculous excuse for leaving Castle. Sigh. It's not looking good, though.

Did you watch? What did you think?

Monday, April 25, 2016

Book Review: Spring in Hyde Park

I have been reading the new Timeless Romance Anthology Spring in Hyde Park. There were only three in this one and they were longer, which I really liked. The stories were fleshed out and fun to read!

The first one was by one of my favorite authors, Jennifer Moore, called A Happy Accident. Jonathan is trying to be a gentleman of honor and help a lady in a rainstorm, but ends up being forced to marry her! There might be a chance for them to find true happiness together, but misunderstandings keep getting in the way. A sweet and heartfelt romance.

The second one was by another favorite author, GG Vandagriff called The Disdainful Duke. GG's style of writing takes you right into the Regency period and the characters were cleverly written. I enjoyed seeing the Duke's eyes opened to Sophronia's true beauty within even though she challenged him at every turn. There were sparks flying everywhere! It was a fun journey to love.

The third one is by an author that I hadn't read before, Nichole Van, called An Invisible Heiress. I liked how she kept me on my toes with the way she wrote this love story. Miss Heartstone is a woman who has everything, except a husband. In her attempts to find one, she gets something much deeper. The blossoming love between these two was so engaging and kept me turning pages long after bedtime.

Here's the back copy:

From the publisher of the #1 Amazon bestselling A Timeless Romance Anthology series in Clean Romance.

Join three bestselling Regency Romance authors, Jennifer Moore, G.G. Vandagriff, and Nichole Van, for three new novellas in SPRING IN HYDE PARK:

A HAPPY ACCIDENT by Jennifer Moore. Jonathan Burles father has just died, making him the new Marquess of Spencer and the most sought after bachelor in London. An unfortunate accident leads to a forced marriage to Maryann Croft, a young woman who possesses no title, and an unexpected secret. With the unstable beginning to their marriage, finding love together seems impossible.

THE DISDAINFUL DUKE by G. G. Vandagriff. Lady Saphronia Huffington has always thought of herself as plain next to the beauty of her sister, Lady Lavinia. So when her sister becomes engaged to Lord Gilbert Caldwell and Saphronia is paired for wedding events with his brother, the granite-faced Duke of Mayfield, who is known to prefer beauties, she sharpens her wit. Thus begins a lengthy sparring contest during which the Duke realizes Saphronia is anything but plain.

AN INVISIBLE HEIRESS by Nichole Van. Miss Belle Heartstone has everything money can buy—houses, servants, carriages, clothing, jewels. A husband, however, is proving much harder to, ehr . . . purchase. Colin Radcliffe, the newly minted Marquess of Blake, is in desperate need of funds—preferably of the wife-free variety. When circumstances draw the two together, Blake might be the only man able to see beyond the Belle’s outer fa├žade, and fall in love with the woman inside.

You can buy your Kindle copy here 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Freebie Friday

Today's Freebie Friday is a heartfelt romance called A Portrait for Toni by Annette Lyon. I think it's the perfect weekend read!

Here's the back copy:

Toni has no idea what she’d do without her best friend, Carter. Who else would she be able to vent to about her parents, her job at the dance studio, or her latest relationship woes? When Toni’s father lands in the hospital, Carter, as always, is there for her.

That is, until he starts questioning Toni, saying he thinks she has an eating disorder. Then she starts dating Clint, the hot new guy at the studio, and somehow that puts a deeper wedge between her and Carter. When she’s hospitalized after an on-stage collapse, and Carter stupidly starts in with advice about food and weight, she sends him away—then instantly regrets it.

Toni tries to mend the hurt between them, but instead of finding Carter, she stumbles onto proof that he has feelings for her that go way beyond those of a friend. Toni is left with the very real prospect of losing Carter forever, unless somehow she can return his feelings—but that’s impossible.

Isn’t it?

You can download your free Kindle copy here 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

What I'm Reading Wednesday On Thursday & A Giveaway!

After a marathon editing session, I was ready for some reading and relaxing today. The book I've been reading is Royal Brides by Traci Hunter Abramson and I was happy to be part of her book tour!

This is the continuation of the Royals series, Royal Target and Royal Secret. Each book involves the royalty of the fictional country of Meridia and their ties to the CIA. In this one, someone is out to destroy the royal family, but Noelle Saldera is pulled in to help keep them safe when she alerts the security team to a bomb at the royal wedding. Everyone is determined to tighten security around the family for the next royal wedding, but the clues are hard to find. Jeremy, a newbie CIA officer and brother to the bride, is called in to help in an undercover way, but soon finds himself as enmeshed in the events as Noelle is---not that he minds. She's caught his eye, but can they stop the bomber before any of their loved ones get hurt?

I was reading this book while waiting for my daughter's dance class to get out and the lady next to me was so excited to see that Traci Abramson had a new book out. She'd listened to the other two on audiobook with her husband and really enjoyed them. As we talked a bit about the new one, she was disappointed to find out during our discussion that Meridia is not a real country. I felt so bad that I burst her bubble! From Traci Abramson's descriptions, it does feel real. I did tell her that it was fun to see Prince Stefano and Prince Garrett put the final touches on their love stories from the previous books. My only problem was, it's been five years since the first one came out and I honestly couldn't really remember the storyline or that of the second one. Both Alora and Janessa's stories are referenced quite a bit in Royal Brides and I was lost in some parts because I hadn't re-read the first two books before I read this one. So, if you want the full effect, start at the beginning again! (And they are all books worth re-reading anyway, so win/win for everyone.)

Other than that, I thought the plot line was well-done, the villain surprising, and the buildup to the love story was touching. (I did notice a major grammatical error in the back copy, though. They have the phrase "diffusing the bomb" instead of "defusing the bomb." Oops.)  But I think readers will definitely enjoy this clean romantic suspense.

Be sure to scroll all the way down and enter the giveaway!

You can buy your Kindle copy here

Here's the back copy:

In this eagerly anticipated companion novel to Royal Target and Royal Secrets, readers are invited back to the shimmering Mediterranean paradise of Meridia, where two royal weddings in a year are more than stressful—they’re deadly . . .

Lovely Meridian native Noelle Saldera yearns for adventure, but as the daughter of palace servants, working at Prince Stefano’s royal wedding may be as exciting as her life will get. But her options change drastically when she finds herself in the unlikely position of diffusing a bomb at the ceremony and being enlisted as the newest member of Meridian Intelligence. And with another wedding in the works, there can be no more close calls when Prince Stefano’s brother, Garrett, walks down the aisle.

The bombing attempt at the first royal wedding leaves few clues as to the assailant’s identity. Desperate for answers, Meridian officials enlist CIA agent Jeremy Rogers to prevent a repeat occurrence at the upcoming nuptials. The beauty of the plan: the bride is Jeremy’s sister, so his cover is foolproof. What no one could anticipate is the instant connection between Jeremy and Noelle. Now, with their hearts on the line, the pair must work together to stop a seemingly unstoppable enemy before time runs out.

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