Thursday, October 19, 2017

A Shot at Love by Peggy Jaeger - Virtual Tour and Giveaway


A Shot At Love
by Peggy Jaeger

Be sure to read where Peggy goes for inspiration.

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GENRE:   Contemporary Romance

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Nothing’s impossible when love is on the menu. In Peggy Jaeger’s luscious series, the only thing more tempting than a delicious meal is a truly delectable romance . . .
Look for exclusive recipes in each book!

Photographer Gemma Laine is looking for arresting faces on the streets of Manhattan when her camera captures something shocking—a triple murder. In that moment, she becomes a target for the mob—and a top priority for a very determined, breathtakingly handsome, FBI special agent. With deadlines to meet and photo shoots on her calendar, Gemma chafes at the idea of protection, but every moment she spends under his watchful eye is a temptation to lose herself in his muscular arms . . .

With two of his men and one crucial witness dead, Special Agent Kyros Pappandreos can’t afford to be distracted. But Gemma is dazzling—and her connection to Kandy Laine’s high-profile cooking empire makes her an especially easy mark for some very bad people. Keeping her safe is much more pleasure than business, but as the heat between them starts to sizzle, Ky is set to investigate whether they have a shot at love . . .


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Where are five places you might visit for inspiration for your books?

Food is a universal…thing. All cultures around the globe cook their special brands of cuisine. Since I write a romantic cooking series, WILL COOK FOR LOVE, I need a pretty broad view of culinary tastes from which to cull recipes and story lines. In my books, food is love, so, in that vain, I might just need to jet off to these following places SOON to grab some local color and boost my recipe file.

My first stop is going to be TUSCANY. Ever since I read Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes, I have wanted to take a month long sabbatical to Tuscany, tour the countryside and take cooking lessons from old world master chefs. The vibrant, fresh taste of tomatoes picked from the vine right before cooking; the home made pasta using eggs lain in, and gathered from, the backyard chicken coup; learning how to make the traditional Lampredotto sandwich to perfection. You know, maybe a month isn’t enough. Let’s increase it to eight weeks, or even 12!

A train ride later and I’ll be in ROME.  I can roll a pretty tasty meatball, but I want to learn from the best, so it’s off to an authentic Roma restaurante, where the chef d’cuisine will show me how it’s done. The finest of meats, the softest of cheeses, and everything else that goes into making the perfect polpetta.

After basking in the wealth of Italian tastes, it’s off to the GREEK ISLES. I want to learn how to make Baklava that will make grown men cry when they taste it. I want to perfect my Tzatziki recipe and learn the nuances of the perfectly layered Moussaka. And I really want to swim in the Mediterranean sea!

A quick flight later and I’ll be in IRELAND, home of my ancestors. I make a pretty kick-ass Guinness stew if I do say so. But eating a true lamb stew made by a native of Eire would be a delight to the taste buds! My Irish Soda bread is mouthwatering (again, if I do say so myself!) but having a slice made from fresh buttermilk and stone ground flour – and learning how to roll the dough just right – would be something I’d invest time, effort, and a great deal of taste testing in!

An over night flight will bring me to the HAWAIIAN ISLANDS where a plethora of mixed island foods prevails. Purple Yams, sweet potatoes, Poki just to name a few. Spices that can bite the tongue and sooth the palette.


By the time I get home I’ll probably be 15 pounds heavier and have a cookbook of recipes in my head. Now I just have to surround those recipes with romantic storylines……

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EXCERPT

A woman stood next to the vehicle, a cell phone at her ear, her back to him. Tall, maybe as tall as him, and slender, her back tapered down to a miniscule waist, her legs clad in tight, faded jeans. When she turned Ky almost stopped midstride, the questions he intended to grill her with jumping out of his head. His breath caught as he simply stared at the loveliest woman he’d ever seen.
           
Hair the color of midnight, straight as a board, fell to just below her shoulders, blowing back from her face in the gentle afternoon breeze. Blunt, chopped bangs, fringed a pair of large, bright blue eyes. Plump, coral colored lips moved as she spoke into the phone and for a brief, hot second, Ky wondered if they’d taste as delicious as they looked.
           
Her gaze stayed on him as she spoke.
           
“I’ve gotta go,” she said into the phone. “Yeah. I’ll call when I’m done. Love you, too.”
           
“Miss Laine?”

She tucked the phone into her back pocket.

“I’m Special Agent Pappandreos. I need to speak with you about what you saw.”

“Special Agent?” Those delicate brows furrowed under her bangs. “Like, FBI?”

Jesus, where does a woman get a voice like that? Whiskey laced with honey and rolled into one smooth pitch.
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance writer who writes about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them.


Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal…or two…or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, Peggy brings all topics of daily life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she has created the families she wanted as that lonely child.


Tying into her love of families, her children's book, THE KINDNESS TALES, was illustrated by her artist mother-in-law.


Peggy holds a master's degree in Nursing Administration and first found publication with several articles she authored on Alzheimer's Disease during her time running an Alzheimer's in-patient care unit during the 1990s.
In 2013, she placed first in two categories in the Dixie Kane Memorial Contest: Single Title Contemporary Romance and Short/Long Contemporary Romance.


In 2017 she came in 3rd in the New England Reader's Choice contest for A KISS UNDER THE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS and is a finalist in the 2017 STILETTO contest for the same title.

A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer, she is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.



Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00T8E5LN0




Instagram: https://instagram.com/mmj122687/

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:

Peggy Jaeger will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Be Sure to Visit the Other Blogs On The Tour

September 25Christine Young
September 26Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews
September 27Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews
September 28The Reading Addict
September 29Romance Novel Giveaways
September 29Inside The Mind of an Avid Reader - review only
October 2Danita Minnis
October 3Up 'Til Dawn Book Blog
October 4Hearts and Scribbles - promo
October 4Nickie's Views and Interviews
October 5Notes From a Romantic's Heart
October 6Fabulous and Brunette
October 6Two Ends of the Pen
October 9Independent Authors
October 10K.T. Castle
October 11It's Raining Books
October 12Read Your Writes Book Reviews
October 12Rachel Brimble Romance
October 13T's Stuff
October 16Queen of All She Reads
October 17Readeropolis
October 18The Pen and Muse Book Reviews
October 19Mixed Book Bag
October 20Long and Short Reviews

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Shadow of a Thief by Norman Green - Virtual Tour and Giveaway


Shadow of a Thief
by Norman Green

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GENRE: Fiction/Mystery & Detective

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Combining his pitch perfect voice for the characters who live in New York's underbelly with a compelling new protagonist, Norm Green’s Shadow of a Thief grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go

In a previous life, Saul Fowler was a thief-for-hire with an impressive client list, including the US government. When he seeks shelter from his addictions up on the coast of Maine, his past come back to haunt him in the form of his estranged stepfather, Reverend McClendon. “Someone killed my daughter,” says the rev. “Find out who did it Saul, I know you can help me. Please?” None of this would be Saul's problem, except that the girl might be his half-sister.

Back in NYC, a place he never thought he’d see again, Saul delves deep under the surface of the dead girl’s life. Before long he finds himself contending with gangs, pimps, prostitutes, the NYPD, and just maybe, the fifth fundamental universal force. Finding the truth will either change his life forever, or end it.

Gritty and unputdownable, this is perfect for fans of James Lee Burke and Robert Crais.

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EXCERPT

The safest time to walk lower Manhattan’s Avenue D, in Corey Jackson’s opinion, was early in the morning.  Early in the morning, chances were, the ghouls who ruled the projects at night would be passed out somewhere, not roaming around looking for entertainment the way they were now.  Half an hour to midnight, Avenue D, a white kid from South Carolina with his African girlfriend, even the cops would tell you that you were asking for it, and for no good reason.  But at the tender age of twenty-three Corey already knew enough about women to know that there were some arguments you weren’t gonna win.  “Babe,” he said.  “Babe, where the hell are we going?”

“This way,” she said, and she kept on walking.

Corey could not wait to get back to Batesburg. 

Two more semesters, that’s what he kept telling himself, two more semesters and he would be a real teacher, with the degree to prove it, and that would allow him to move out of the purgatory otherwise known as New York City.  A degree would give him a leg up, a toehold in the middle class, a degree and a job teaching high school science and he just might be the first of the Batesburg Jacksons not to live in a trailer since the damn things were invented...  It sounded like a good plan, it had always sounded good and sometimes you had to take a shot, but you never knew when you were gonna hit a pothole somewhere.  You never knew when you were gonna wind up walking down a sidewalk in a neighborhood where you and everybody else knew you didn’t belong.
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Norman Green reports this about himself: "I have always been careful, as Mark Twain advised, not to let schooling interfere with my education. Too careful, maybe. I have been, at various times, a truck driver, a construction worker, a project engineer, a factory rep, and a plant engineer, but never, until now, a writer." He lives in Emerson, New Jersey, with his wife, and is hard at work on his second novel.

Author Website:
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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION a

Norman Green will be awarding an e-copy of Sick Like That & The Last Gig by Norman Green to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Visit the other blogs on the tour:

October 9Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews
October 10The Avid Reader
October 11Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews
October 12Sharing Links and Wisdom
October 13It's Raining Books
October 16Angels With Attitude Book Reviews
October 17Long and Short Reviews
October 18Mixed Book Bag
October 19Straight From the Library
October 20Readeropolis

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Hide and Seek by Desiree Holt - Book Blast and Giveaway






Hide and Seek
by Desiree Holt

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GENRE: Romantic Suspense

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Anything can happen when you let your guard down . . .

After receiving a violent threat on the heels of her father’s disappearance from the town of Arrowhead Bay, Devon Cole fears for her life—until Vigilance, a local private security agency, steps in to shield her from danger. Although she isn’t usually quick to surrender her freedom, she has no problem stripping her defenses for her new sexy bodyguard . . .

Tortured by the painful memory of lost love, Logan Malik is determined not to fall for a client again. So when he’s tasked with watching over Devon day and night, he’s focused on doing his job. Day is no problem, but as tensions rise at night, nothing can protect them from giving in to unbridled passion . . .

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EXCERPT

“Your father is missing.”

Devon Cole tightened her grip on her cell phone and tried to make sense of what Sheridan March had just told her, as fear swept through her. Maybe she hadn’t heard right.

“What do you mean, missing?”

“The Coast Guard found the Princess Devon drifting five miles off shore early this morning,” the Arrowhead Bay Chief of Police explained. “But there’s no sign of him anywhere. And no clue to anything in the house. We went through every inch of it. The alarm was fried, probably needs to be replaced, but otherwise the place was clean as a whistle.”

Devon clutched the phone. “Was there anything on the boat? Something he might have had with him that could give us a clue?”

“Nada.”

“Where’s the boat now. Would the Coast Guard hold onto it?”

“In its slip at the Bayside Marina. After the Guard went over every inch of it they had one of the men on the cutter bring it back in and berth it. I have the keys.”

Devon swallowed to ease the tightness in her throat. “When was the last time anyone saw him?”

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Desiree Holt is the world’s oldest living published author of erotic and spicy romance. A graduate of the University of Michigan with double majors in English and History, her earlier careers include agent and manager in the music industry, public television, associate vice president of university advancement, public relations, and economic development.
She is three times a finalist for an EPIC E-Book Award (and a winner in 2014), a nominee for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, winner of the first 5 Heart Sweetheart of the Year Award at The Romance Studio as well as twice a CAPA Award winner for best BDSM book of the year, a USA Today Bestselling author and winner of the Holt Medallion for Excellence in Romance Literature.

She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The Village Voice, The Daily Beast,
USA Today, The (London) Daily Mail, The New Delhi Times, The Huffington Post and numerous other national and international publications. She is also the Authors After Dark 2014 Author of the Year.

“Desiree Holt is the most amazing erotica author of our time and each story is more fulfilling then the last.” (Romance Junkies)

Learn more about her and read her novels here:

Twitter @desireeholt
Pinterest: desiree02holt

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION 

Desiree will be awarding a Kindle Fire 7 with Alexa to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.



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SMP Romance Holiday Blitz Featuring Deck the Halls by Donna Alward


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Deck the Halls 
by
Donna Alward


Contemporary Romance

Blurb:  

With shades of It’s a Wonderful Life, one man must face his past to find his future this Christmas.

In the last year, George's life has drastically changed. The formerly homeless veteran now has a job he likes, a family in the residents of Darling, VT, and for the first time in years, a home. But while his present is good, he's still haunted by the past, a past that appears shortly before Christmas when the older sister of his brother-in-arms hunts him down and finds him in Darling, working at the Ladybug Garden Center.

Amy’s looking for closure for her family after her brother's death in the Middle East, but the serious man she finds working in Vermont doesn’t resemble the soldier she remembers from years before. This man is hardened and yet somehow fragile, too, and in her desire to find out what really happened to her brother, she learns more about George than she ever expected.

With a little Christmas magic and the whole town supporting them, can these two bruised hearts make a future together?

Review:

I want to give three cheers to Donna Alward for telling George's story. He is older, was homeless, and has never forgiven himself for the death of his best friend in Iraq. He has been a side character in the first Darling, VT stories and started on the road to recovery when he takes a job sweeping up and watering plants at the Ladybug Garden Center. Now he is full time, has an apartment and even owns a truck. He is thrown back in time when Amy, the older sister of his brother-in-arms, finds him just before Christmas. She wants to know about her brother's last days but realizes that she must take it easy and give George the space he needs before he can tell his story. George is not your usual main characters and his story does not follow the usual path to an HEA. Instead George finds a path to accepting that he was not the cause of his friends death and he and Amy are looking forward not back. Both decide to see what happens as they celebrate Christmas with Amy's family.


Author Bio:

A busy wife and mother of three (two daughters plus the family dog), Donna Alward believes hers is the best job in the world: a combination of stay-at-home mom and romance novelist. Donna loves being back on the East Coast of Canada after nearly twelve years in Alberta where her romance career began, writing about cowboys and the west. She is the author of Somebody Like You, Somebody's Baby, and Someone to Love.

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