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Book Blast–Blog This by Cami Checketts

11 Oct

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I’m A Reader Not A Writer TOURS presents:

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Blog This by Cami Checketts

Will protecting children throughout the world cost Natasha her own family?
Devastated by the loss of her brother, Natasha Senecot works to expose the dangers of Matthew Chrysler’s violent video games, succeeding in bankrupting and humiliating him.
Chrysler retaliates and sends a hit man after her. Natasha is forced to fake her own death to protect her children. But after witnessing another tragedy, Natasha must come out of hiding.
In a race against time, Natasha must expose Matthew Chrysler before his assassin shatters her world and those she loves.

Praise for Blog This

From the very first chapter, Blog This grabs your gut and your heart with surprising action and touching moments. Cami Checketts blends suspense, humor, and good clean romance into a story that will stick with you.
~Daniel Coleman, Author of Gifts and Consequences

LOVED it. LOVED it. LOVED it. Have read all of Cami’s books but Blog This is on the top of my list. Read it twice and enjoyed it just as much as the first time I read it. Just when you think you know what is going to happen you’re led into a different direction. Had a hard time putting the book down and was anxious to see how it was going to end.
~Elsa Akinason

 

Author Cami Checketts

Cami Checketts is married and the proud mother of four future WWF champions. Sometimes between being a human horse, cleaning up magic potions, and reading Bernstein Bears, she gets the chance to write fiction.

Cami graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Exercise Science. Cami teaches strength training classes at her local rec and shares healthy living tips on her fitness blog: http://fitnessformom.blogspot.com.

Cami and her family live in the beautiful Cache Valley of Northern Utah. During the two months of the year it isn’t snowing, she enjoys swimming, biking, running, and water-skiing.

 

In the Spotlight!

27 Sep

Since beginning of September two incredible and talented authors–Rosie Amber and Stephanie Hurt have created a bridge between the UK and US by promoting each day one author from across the globe. I’ve followed ROMANCING SEPTEMBER ACROSS THE WORLD TOUR on a daily basis, interested in learning about other writers, their craft, novels and writing journeys. And each day I learned something new, added books to my TBR list and chose to follow and befriend quite a large number of these authors.

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Today is my turn to be their guest and I thank them both for giving me the opportunity to meet their readers. @ Rosie’s I talk about myself and my novels. Want to know how a born and raised Romanian made it to the US and when writing became my second skin? Stop by at Rosie’s blog and find out. @ Stephanie’s we talk about the challenges of writing romance in todays’ society. Curious how I face those challenges? Stop by at Stephanie’s blog and find out more.

PROMO BLAST–FULL THROTTLE by T. C. Archer

13 Sep

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Full Throttle

by T. C. Archer

Contemporary Romantic Suspense

Categories: Mystery/Thriller, Sports-Themed

Publisher: Etopia Press

Release Date: July 6, 2013

Heat Level: Sensual

Word Count: 95,000

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Available at:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Full-Throttle-ebook/dp/B0087PJ8YY/

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/full-throttle-t-c-archer/1111325318

ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-fullthrottle-814094-149.html

Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Full-Throttle/book-CI2fbRdumEO_IkDrQ90rLQ/page1.html?s=eU-nHH1xQU6BFmi6TRG9iA&r=5

Description:

Fast cars and a smokin’ hot passion…

Rex intends to own and drive his own car, but that will cost him millions up front. Last season was a disaster, thanks to a nasty break up, but it taught him a lesson and helped sharpen his focus on what he needed to do: Win every race. And stay away from pretty girls. The last thing he needed was to learn that his new head mechanic, Jimmy James, was the gorgeous redhead pin-up walking around his pit like it was some kind of dance floor.

Gail “Jimmy” James is the first female NASCAR mechanic. As if competing in a man’s world isn’t tough enough, her bombshell figure bellies her genius IQ, and the pit is no place for either. Nothing Jimmy knew about Rex Henderson the driver prepared her for Rex Henderson the man. But Jimmy has no time to dwell on her feelings as strange mechanical problems curse Rex’s car. Whether sabotage or her own mistakes, Jimmy must stay one step ahead of trouble if she’s going to keep her job, and keep her driver alive…

Excerpt

“Having a problem?” Rex said.

Jimmy whirled. Rex stood nose to nose with her and she leaped back. Her elbow caught the edge of the workbench and she cried out, dropping the keys.

“Whoa!” Rex grabbed her arm and yanked her into his arms.

She clutched at the front of his powder blue racing suit. Her gaze latched onto his as she shrieked and shoved away from him, barely stopping her backward free fall against the workbench.

She glared at him, breathing hard. “You shouldn’t sneak up on a person!”

He didn’t so much as twitch, but stood there in his new racing suit looking at her through those deep blue eyes. Six feet of lean driving muscle. Her stomach did a flip and her legs felt like motor control was about to give way. Rex grinned as if he knew she’d just melted like butter on a hot ear of corn. What she knew of Rex Henderson the driver hadn’t prepared her for the man.

“I still haven’t recovered from yesterday’s encounter,” she snapped. “I need at least twenty-four hours between assaults.”

From the corner of her eye, she glimpsed the men. They had stopped working and were staring at her—not Rex—her! A snicker came from the far end of the workbenches. She snapped her head around in time to see Alex duck his head. His hunched shoulders trembled, and she realized he was stifling laughter.

“What’s going on?” Rex demanded.

Jimmy squatted and scooped up a loose key and the broken key chain lying at her feet. She didn’t see the other key. Damned cheap chain broke and the other key had taken off like a Mexican jumping bean. She scanned the floor, then nearly froze when she saw her duffle bag. If Rex moved the bag and heard the plates rattle, her second week with Howard Motors would be her last. She swallowed and looked under the workbench. Sure enough, the key lay against the wall. Jimmy knelt and stretched an arm under the bench but couldn’t reach the key. She dropped her head between her arms. This wasn’t going well at all.

“What are you doing?” Rex asked.

He wasn’t getting the best of her this time! “Looking for my key,” she replied calmly, and scooted closer to the bench.

One fingertip touched the key. She flicked it closer, grabbed it, and got to her feet. She inserted the first key into the lower lock. The key still didn’t turn. What had happened to the lock? The key had slid in, but not with the same oil-slick ease she remembered yesterday. In her enthusiasm to feel the tools in her hands, she hadn’t noticed the difference.

The last time something like this happened was when her second oldest brother Justin cut off the padlock on her snowmobile trailer and replaced it with an identical model. Understanding struck. The crew had changed the locks on her tool chest. No wonder they beat her to the garage. She straightened, slowly swung her gaze around the room, and fixed on the men who were doing everything possible to keep from looking at her. Bastards.

Jimmy met Rex’s gaze. “Did you need something, Rex? I’m busy at the moment.”

“You want to tell me what’s going on?”

“Nothing is going on.”

He eyed her. “It’s not nice to lie to your boss.”

“Boss—” Jimmy bit her lip. Winston Howard signed her checks, not Rex.

He raised a brow and said with an exaggeration of his Alabama drawl, “All right. I want to get some more runs on the dyno before we load it on the hauler tonight for the trip to Daytona.”

Jimmy nodded. “Give me a minute.” She shot a glare at Alex and Red. “I need my analyzer. Go on ahead. I’ll be right there.”

“I’ll wait.”

Warmth spread across her face. Damn him. No car hood to hide under this time. Her freckled complexion had to be blazing. She fumbled with the keys, then stilled.

“All right.” She twisted to look at him over her shoulder. He stood, arms crossed. “I can’t open my toolbox. Satisfied?”

Confusion flickered in his eyes, but was immediately replaced by a smoldering fire. He flicked a glare at the men, one by one. “Give her the keys.”

Nobody said anything. No one moved.

“You’ve had your fun. Cough up the keys,” he ordered. “Now.

George fished in the pocket of his coveralls and pulled out a wire loop with two keys. He tossed them, avoiding her glare in the process.

Jimmy snatched the keys from the air. Quiet, agreeable George was the last person she’d expected to pull such a stunt. Maybe he’d been coerced. Or maybe he was angry because she’d taken the job she’d heard he’d been in line for. Her heart fell. Looked like she had a ready-made enemy.

“Grow up, boys,” Rex said. “We have work to do.” He turned back to her. “I’ll meet you in building two.”

She nodded and watched him stride toward the door. As Rex reached the door, he angled his head toward George. George dropped his gaze. Rex grabbed the doorknob, swung the door wide, and stepped outside. Sunlight flashed off his suit an instant before the door slammed shut.

Jimmy stared at the closed door. What just happened? Her stomach did another flip. She knew that feeling. Nights at Derrek Cole’s cabin in the Rockies, flying to New York to meet between hectic work schedules, picnics on Lake Erie. Derrek was the love of her life—until the day he told her it was racing or him. Five years, and she still remembered the feeling.

Her heartbeat pounded in her ears. Good Lord. Rex was No. 14’s driver—the man she was going to work side-by-side with for a very long time. It wasn’t possible that she was attracted to him.

About the Author:

T. C. Archer is comprised of award winning authors Evan Trevane and Shawn M. Casey. They live in the Northeast. Evan has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering, and Shawn is a small business owner. Their collaboration began on a lark with the post WWII film noir story The Pickle My Little Friend, and has evolved into over a dozen works, which includes their new series The Phenom League, and Daphne Du Maurier winner the romantic thriller For His Eyes Only.

Connect with T.C. Archer

Website: http://www.tcarcher.com

Blog: http://tcarcher.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TCArcherRomanceAuthors

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/TCArcher

To Write or Not To Write– Guest Post by Sherry Gammon

4 Sep

In preparation for the upcoming virtual book tour for THE EXPERIMENT (come back tomorrow 09/05 for more details about it) by Cindy C Bennett, Sherry Gammon and Jeffery Moore I invited Sherry to stop by with a guest post. She graciously accepted picking a very interesting subject to talk about: To Write Or Not To Write.

Interested in finding out how an author began writing? Then have a seat, maybe a cup off coffee and enjoy!

To Write or not To Write-Guest Post by Sherry Gammon

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Okay, maybe it is not the question, but it may be one you wrestle with. I know I did. I began writing when I was in sixth grade. My family had just survived a traumatic event, and my twelve-year-old mind was struggling to comprehend it. I couldn’t understand why it had happen, and why the people involved even allowed it to happen. It took me years to finally figure that one out, by the way.

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I still remember to this day what inspired me to write the poem that came out of that mess. Highlights (for kids), remember that fun little magazines from your childhood? I was skimming through the magazine, reading my favorite sections—probably Goofus and Gallant ;} when I came upon a selection of poems written by kids; I was mesmerized. I
pulled out a pencil and began writing. I probably wrote a few Roses are Red type poems first knowing me, I’m not sure, but I do remember writing the poem that started it all. I wrote my feelings about what had happened, not going into detail, but more or less summarizing it in general terms like Love, and Pain and Confusion. It gave me great comfort to just write it all down. I showed it to my mom, she didn’t believe I’d written it. My mother has never been big on compliments, mind you, so her surprised at how well the poem had turned out gave me encouragement.

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Next, I wrote a few poems for a seventh grade English class that were well received by my peers. In college, I graduated to writing a short story about a young boy who’d committed suicide. His death troubled me so deeply I couldn’t get it off my mind.  I wrote about his struggles, adding some of my own details since I didn’t know everything that contributed to his ultimate surrender to death. My teacher raved about the story and encouraged me to publish.

For me, writing became a way to deal with things that weighed heavy on my mind. To this day if something bothers me, I write about it. Most of the time my writings do not enlighten me with any big revelations, or life-altering tidbits, but writing my thoughts down helps me sort through it and come to peace with whatever it is.

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So my advice: Write! If not for others, write for yourself, at least at first.  You may begin writing and before you know it, a novel is born! There just may be a Les Misérables inside of you begging to be published…then they’ll make a Broadway play out of your book… then a movie starring Liam Neeson…

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You never know until you try!

For more about Sherry and her books visit her at http://www.wordpaintingsunlimited.com/

September Is For Sequels Giveaway Hop

2 Sep
September is for Sequels Giveaway Hop
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September 2nd to 9th
The general rule for this fun hop (with over 100 bloggers signed up) is that the book must be a sequel in a series, can’t be the first one, but it can be any number from 2 on.
As it happens, a few months ago I released book # 2  in my historical romance series Dacian Legends titled BORN IN SIN, a perfect match for this giveaway. Over 600 people added the book to their TBR list on GoodReads since its release, gaining on average 4.11stars ratings on the same site. So excited about its success.
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For your chance to win one e-copy all you have to do is add BORN IN SIN to your TBR list on GoodReads. In the comments section leave a link to your TBR and your answer to the question: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SERIES?
I have way too many series that I absolutely love, but lately I’ve been in a historical-romance-crave so I’d say Mary Baloghs series about the Bedwyn’s siblings is my favorite. 
Don’t forget to hop over to the other bloggers. Everyone has amazing giveaways!

VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR–Miracle at Sycamore Grove by Bobbie Shafer

23 Aug

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Miracle at Sycamore Grove (Secrets of Eagle Creek #3)

by Bobbie Shafer

Historical Romantic Suspense

Publisher: Dancing With Bear Publisher

Release Date: July 9, 2013

Heat Level: Sweet

Length: 243 pages

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Available at:

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Miracle-Sycamore-Grove-Secrets-Eagle/dp/0615842976/

Description:

Virginia Cash is a young mother of two small children and lives in a small apartment above a New York diner where she works as a waitress on the midnight shift. Virginia has just been informed that her husband, Wylie, is missing in action during a medical rescue north of the 38th parallel line in Korea.

When Clayton Wilkens and his wife stop in for a burger during a traffic jam on their way to Puerto Rico where they plan to retire, they realize that Virginia is the perfect candidate to take over Eagle Creek Manor and raise her children.

Ginny, as she’s known to her friends, asks Edna Taylor, her best friend and babysitter, to move with her to the manor to help the relocation for her and the children, 6 year old Donny and 5 year old Anna Marie.

Once they arrive and are greeted by Peter Clark, the local banker and member of Eagle Creek Management, unusual events take place. Ginny is offered a job at the Chase Hotel by Michael Chase, great grandson of Aimee McKay, builder of Eagle Creek Manor. When someone breaks into Eagle Creek Manor, the family dog digs up a human bone and a young girl goes missing in Sycamore Grove, Ginny begins to wonder if the move to Eagle Creek was a smart one.

When Rosa, the housekeeper, informs Ginny and Edna that young girls have disappeared from the area for quite some time, the new occupants of Eagle Creek Manor, set out to solve the mystery and bring peace of mind to the residents of Sycamore Grove and Eagle Creek.

Ginny and her best friend discover there are several popular residents with shady and questionable pasts. When Edna and Ginny start putting the pieces of the puzzle together, they are shocked at the results.

A demanding and obsessive mother has warped her son’s mind and when his father commits suicide, the man tumbles over the edge of sanity. Now Ginny and Edna are in his sights. The fear of discovery snaps what’s left of his mind, and he sets out to remove those responsible for his concern — Virginia and Edna.

Can a New York waitress and young mother, along with a middle-aged, retired librarian survive the madness of a warped mind, or will the move to Eagle Creek destroy Ginny’s world and take Edna’s life?

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About the Author:

Bobbie Shafer is the author of three adult novels and two YA novels, as well as having over 300 articles published in various magazines. She is a member of the East Texas Writers’ Guild and The Writing Warriors critique group. Bobbie is also a valued member of the Dancing With Bear Publishing team, where she is the acquisitions editor, editor, and CEO.

Besides writing, Bobbie enjoys raising miniature horses, donkeys, goats, rabbits, and chickens, and all the while keeping her house and husband happy. She lives just outside of Troup, Texas, with her husband, Gordon. She has four children, Connie Congleton, Kim Fields, Cary Waterhouse, and Kelly Waterhouse. She also has three grandchildren, Kandice and Josh Fields, and Nellie Waterhouse; and one great-granddaughter, Falon.

Connect with Bobbie Shafer

Website – http://www.bobbieshafer.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/bobbie.shafer.3

Twitter – https://twitter.com/BobbieShafer

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Totally random

24 Jul

Sometimes I crave music. Music that inspires/ touches/ moves/ reaches the very cords of my soul. Music that takes me places higher then the most distant galaxy and deeper than the earth’s center. Music that makes me stop and stare at the beauty around me: the blue sky, the green trees, the chirping bird, the workaholic ant.

What this type of music also allows me is write another sentence, plot another scene, discover another hero. I love it when I’m so inspired and words come to life one page after another. And since this music feeds my muse I thought–totally random–I’ll share with you my top three songs right this moment. Feel free to share yours!

3. Just Give Me A Reason-P!nk ft. Nate Ruess

2. People Like Us —Kelly Clarkson

1. Beneath Your Beautiful–Labrinth feat. Emeli Sande