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Release Blitz: ‘Going for the Hole’ by L.P. Dover

Title: Going for the Hole
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Author: L.P. Dover
Genre: Sports Romance/Romantic Comedy
Release Date: June 25, 2018

 

Blurb

Grip it softly.

Stroke it smooth.

And you’ll sink right into the hole. That’s my motto both on and off the golf course. The women come in full supply everywhere I go and there are no complaints. Maybe it’s the size of my driver that gets them going.

I’m Lucas “Ace” Montgomery, professional golfer and world record holder for the longest drive in golf history. The PGA Tour has been my life, but it’s time for a break. A few relaxing weeks of drinking and golf with friends in Myrtle Beach is what I need. However, when a bright pink ball knocks me out on the course, and a blonde beauty comes to my aid, I expect to see a gallery girl, a.k.a a member of the Party Groupie Association. Trust me, those girls know how to have fun. Although, to my surprise, it’s not what I get at all.

Dr. Ashley Locke is beautiful and everything I’d want if I was ever to get serious about someone. Unfortunately, she has no interest in me whatsoever which only makes me want her more. All she wants is to get through her friend’s bachelorette weekend and go back to her life, but after injuring me on the course, I’m not letting her run away so easily. When I want something, I get it.

I’m not competing for money this time. All I want is to win her heart.

 

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Excerpt

“When can I see you again?”

I shook my head. “I don’t think that’s a good idea.”

“I took a needle in the ass for you. Surely, that deserves more of your attention?”

Why did he always have to give me that devilish smile of his? As much as I wanted to hate it, I couldn’t.

“Why are you doing this? Can’t you find someone else?”

“Of course I can, but I want you. We can have secret meetings in here if you’re still embarrassed to be seen in public with me.”

I rolled my eyes. “I’m not embarrassed. You’re you, and I’m a respectable member of society.”

He burst out laughing. “Okay, I see how it is.”

“I just don’t want the publicity,” I added. “You can understand that, right? You of all people should know what it’s like not to have privacy.”

His smile faded. “You’re right, I do, but it’s my life. I can’t change who I am.” My body shivered with the intensity of his stare. “For once, I thought I’d found someone who wanted me for me and not my money or fame.”

Guilt racked my body and I sighed. “Okay, I give in. I can see you tomorrow, after I get out of the spa. Maybe we can order in room service.”

Eyes twinkling, he went over to the door and opened it. “Now that’s a plan I can get behind.”

Before I could walk out, he stood in my way, body close to mine. “I’m going to break through that ice wall of yours, sunshine. One way or another.”

I batted my eyelashes in an innocent matter. “Good luck with that.”

 

 

Author Bio

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author L. P. Dover is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she began her literary journey she worked in periodontics, enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.

She loves to write, but she also loves to play golf, go on mountain hikes and white water rafting, and has a passion for singing. Her two youngest fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime, usually Christmas carols.

Dover has written countless novels, including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off series, the Armed & Dangerous series, the Royal Shifters series, the Society X series, the Circle of Justice series, and her standalone novels It Must’ve Been the Mistletoe and Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense, but if she got to choose a setting in which to live, it would be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.

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Release Blitz: ‘Save the Date’ by Carrie Aarons

Title: Save the Date
Author: Carrie Aarons
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: June 24, 2018
Blurb

You know that pact you make with your childhood best friend of the opposite sex? The one where, if you’re both still single, lonely and hopeless at thirty, you’ll marry each other?

This is the story about what happens when you hit the big three-oh and have to make good on that pinky promise.

Personally, I think love, romance and all of that nonsense is a crock of, well, you know. And Reese Collins, the boy who used to put worms in my hair at backyard barbecues, knows that better than anyone.

But when he moves to the same city I’ve happily, and singly, inhabited for years, memories of oaths past resurface. Reese is like a dog with a bone; a really hot dog and that bone just happens to be me.

He won’t stop hounding me, and the crazy thing is, my frigid, traitorous heart is starting to cave. For my best friend.

It seems so far off, when you’re a kid playing Monopoly in your treehouse. But when that clock strikes midnight on your thirtieth birthday, and you’re standing alone in front of a grocery store-bought cupcake, a childhood deal to walk down the aisle doesn’t seem so silly anymore.

 

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Author of romance novels such as Red Card and Privileged, Carrie Aarons writes sexy, swoony and sarcastic characters who won’t get out of her head until she puts them down on a page.

Carrie has wanted to be an author since the first time she opened a book, and still can’t fathom that she gets to live her dream each and every day.

When she isn’t in a writing coma, Carrie spends time Netflix-binging with her husband, snuggling her infant daughter, and chasing her black Lab through the dog parks of New Jersey.

 

 

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Release Blitz: ‘Digging a Hole’ by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

Title: Digging A Hole
Series: OHellNO #3
Author: Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: June 19, 2018

 

Blurb

From New York Times Bestseller, Mimi Jean Pamfiloff, comes a new Romantic Comedy.

He’s the meanest boss ever.

She’s the sweet shy intern.

They’re about to wreck each other crazy.

My name is Sydney Lucas. I am smart, deathly shy, and one hundred percent determined to make my own way in the world. Which is why I jumped at the chance to intern for Mr. Nick Brooks despite his reputation. After ten failed interviews at other companies, he was the only one offering. Plus, everyone says he knows his stuff, and surely a man as stunningly handsome as him can’t be “the devil incarnate,” right? Wrong.

Oh…that man. That freakin’ man has got to go! I’ve been on the job one week, and he’s insulted my mother, wardrobe shamed me, and managed to make me cry. Twice. Underneath that stone-cold, beautiful face is the evilest human being ever.

But I’m not going to quit. Oh no. For once in my life, I’ve got to make a stand. Only, every time I open my mouth, I can’t quite seem to muster the courage. Perhaps my revenge needs to come in another form: destroying him quietly.

Because I’ve got a secret. I’m not really just an intern, and Sydney Lucas isn’t my real name.

 

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MIMI JEAN PAMFILOFF is a USA Today and New York Times bestselling romance author with over a million books sold worldwide. Although she obtained her MBA and worked for more than fifteen years in the corporate world, she believes that it’s never too late to come out of the romance closet and follow your dream. Mimi lives with her Latin Lover hubby, two pirates-in-training (their boys), and the rat terrier duo, Snowflake and Mini Me, in Arizona. She hopes to make you laugh when you need it most and continues to pray daily that leather pants will make a big comeback for men.

 

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Author Interview: ‘In-Laws and Outlaws’ by Kate Fulford

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She knows what’s best for her son, and it’s not you.

Eve has an idiosyncratic relationship with the truth, is a borderline psychopath (according to her psychologist friend Claire), and has a rather colourful past. But her heart is in the right place. Having recently met Gideon everything seems, at last, to be working out rather well for her. Then he introduces her to his mother. Marjorie clearly believes that she knows what’s best for her son, and it’s definitely not Eve.

Over the next few months Eve struggles as Marjorie seems hell-bent on undermining her relationship with Gideon at every opportunity. Then, a chance meeting with someone very close to Marjorie confirms Eve’s worst fears – there are literally no lengths to which Marjorie will not go to get Eve out of her son’s life. Using her own ingenuity, and with help from some very unexpected quarters, Eve finds herself caught up in a very high stakes game indeed, in which there can be only one winner.

 

What people are saying:

“So many secrets, so many characters involved, and Eve was playing them like marionettes! Great read.”
Scarlett Readz and Runz (Reviewer)

“There is so much going on in this book to keep the reader engaged. The characters are great. It is funny, fun, and just made me smile. I really enjoyed this book.”
Karen Whittard (Reviewer)

“This book was a nice surprise.”
Claire Sherman (Librarian)

“A hysterical read… Eve’s narrative digressions are pure enjoyment… will keep you in stitches. In-laws and Outlaws is the perfect diversion.”
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“This was a fun read… there were many twists and turns.”
Winding Words

“Do yourself a favor and read this funny book.”
Goodreads

“A clever and well written book that I would highly receommend.”
Rachel Kennedy (Reviewer)

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I live in London, a city I love with a passion and can’t imagine ever wanting to leave. I have been a freelancer for many years, first of all in brand development and then as a copywriter. I really enjoyed freelancing as it gave me time to focus on writing in between contracts.

I’ve always loved writing. I realised I might have some skill when at primary school my stories were turned into ‘books’ by Mrs Greenhalgh, while a tutor at university told me that my writing skills were instrumental in getting me a degree, as I could make it appear that I knew much more about a subject than was often the case.

Then I met an Australian and for six months we lived on opposite sides of the world. Every week I wrote this Australian a letter. I loved writing these letters and the Australian loved reading them. When we were finally reunited* I realised that I wanted to keep writing, so I started writing fiction.

Now I write fiction full time, except on Mondays when I volunteer at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. If you call them on a Monday to make a donation it might be me you speak to.

*Reader, I married him.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I try to write to treat writing like a job, and so I aim to begin at around ten, break for lunch at one and then write again from two until about five. That makes it sound as if I’m very self disciplined, which is not true. Whoever said that the pram in the hallway was the enemy of art had clearly never come across the internet.

Where I write depends on the weather. On sunny days I follow the sun from room to room, and when it’s cold I sit by the fire. I don’t have a desk (it feels too ‘worky’) but sit in an armchair with my PC on my lap. I’ve never written in a cafe. They are too noisy, offer too many distractions, and the coffee is cheaper at home.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

Anywhere and everywhere. Sometimes an idea might develop from something that’s happened to me, but then I take that and bend and twist into a narrative that I hope will engage people, as real life stories don’t tend to offer up perfectly formed story arcs without quite a lot of help.

Other times an idea might come out of a more abstract conceptual or philosophical idea that grabs my interest. I’m currently finishing a book inspired by the idea of the multiverse. This posits that there are infinite universes out there in which infinite versions of each of us exist. What might happen, I wondered, if you could visit these other universes?

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I usually have an overarching idea of the whole story. I will know a few of the key points on the way that I need to get my characters to, and I generally know how the story will end. From there a story will unfold, often in ways that are a complete surprise to me. Our heads are stuffed full of experiences, ideas, and connections that we aren’t consciously aware of. The process of writing, or doing anything creative, brings things into awareness that we didn’t even realise were there. It’s an amazing process.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

I’m not sure I fall into a specific genre, although the best way to describe my writing might be contemporary women’s fiction. That doesn’t mean, though, that I write specifically for women. I hope that everyone can enjoy my stories. It is true though that my central characters, the ones that drive the story forward, are primarily women.

My heroines are intelligent, capable, resourceful women who solve their own problems. Romance might play a part in their stories, but it’s not the main driver. Women have an awful lot more other than romance and family concerns in their lives, and I don’t think enough stories reflect this. And funny, I can’t write serious novels, just can’t do it.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

In-laws and Outlaws is written from the perspective of Eve, and as I wrote I kept hearing her speaking in Katherine Parkinson’s voice. She was in the IT Crowd on C4 and the first series of a comedy called Stop/Start on BBC R4. I think she is a brilliant comic actress. That’s as far as I got with casting I’m afraid!

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I read all the time, but not always fiction. I love popular science books, and I’m fascinated by history. I’m never happier than when I learn something that gives me a new perspective on the world, but I like it when these books teach me things through people’s stories rather than by simply relating facts.

My first love is, however, fiction. To open a book and be immediately thrust into another, living breathing world, that seems as real as your own is as close to magic as it gets. I don’t have a favourite author, only books that have had a huge impact on me because they were so transformative and so immersive.

Some that come to mind include Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights trilogy, Sarah Waters’ The Little Stranger, Wild Swans by Jung Chang, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, and Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susannah Clarke. In some cases it was the story that principally grabbed me, in others the writing, and in the very best it’s both. Where I read also has an impact on my feelings about a book. I can recall the experience of reading each of the books I listed almost as vividly as the book itself.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I recently went to Amsterdam and I’m now reading Amsterdam by Russell Shorto, an American ex pat who lives there. It’s a social and political history of the city in which Shorto uses a mixture of historical fact and vivid personal stories to describe the history of the city and how it became the liberal capital of the western world. Fascinating.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Without a doubt it’s Pride and Prejudice. A feisty, opinionated heroine, a plot that works like a dream, and it’s funny! A masterclass in writing and one of the few books I can read over and over again and still be delighted by.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

First, write. I heard a composer say that the magic only happens when he is sitting at his piano, and I think that the same applies to writing. You simply have to sit down and get on with it. And don’t fill your head with other writers’ ideas about how you should work. Where, when and how you write is unique to you, there is no magic formula.

Second, edit. No one writes beautifully or totally coherently straight out of the blocks. Think of a book as Michelangelo thought of the marble that became David. You have to start somewhere, and you have to chip away at it for a good long time. A lot of what you write will be lost by the final edit, but if it isn’t there to edit, you’ve got nothing!

Third, take advice. I learnt as a copywriter not to be precious about my work. Everyone benefits from getting help, so long as it’s constructive and comes from people whose judgement you have reason to trust, just take it and use it to make the work better.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

To read a few pages of my book and to buy it visit – www.tinyurl.com/inlaws2018

To learn a little more about me and my writing visit www.facebook.com/KateFulfordAuthor or Twitter on @kate_author

 

About the Author:

Kate has had a varied career that has encompassed working in sales and marketing in the software industry, for brand and marketing agencies, several years as a freelance copywriter, and some time as a foster carer. She gained her first degree from the University of Warwick in the late eighties, but an interest in psychology led her to return to study many years later, when she obtained a Masters Degree from Goldsmiths, University of London. She did this with the idea that it might lead her in a new direction, which it did, just not in the way she had envisaged. At the back of her mind had always been the idea that she wanted to write fiction and so, having given up work to study and therefore having learned to get by on a lot less money, the time seemed right to turn what had only ever been a hobby into a full time endeavour. She has a distinctive authorial voice that refuses to take anything too seriously, not because she doesn’t think life is a serious matter but because she believes that it is almost always better when leavened with humour.

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Book Review: ‘Once Upon a Kiss’ by Claire Delacroix

Title: Once Upon a Kiss

Published: 16th November 2014

Author: Claire Delacroix pseudonym for Deborah Cooke

Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorClaireDelacroix

Twitter: @cooke_delacroix

 

Synopsis:

For over a thousand years – so legend has it – the brambles have grown wild over the ruins of Dunhelm Castle. Many believed that the thorns were a sign that the castle was cursed, so no one dared to trespass, and the secrets that they protected and concealed have remained hidden – until now…

Armed with a pair of gardening shears, Baird Beauforte is determined to clear away the brambles that hinder the development of his resort, and he won’t let local superstition deter him. Dunhelm Castle is supposed to be the latest jewel in the Beauforte Resort chain, but the renovations can’t be finished if the workmen are frightened of a so-called curse. To dispel any lingering fears, Baird decides to vanquish the briars himself. What he never expects is to find a mysterious slumbering beauty…

Aurelia is like no one he has ever met before. Upon awakening, she demands to know his identity and why he is in her father’s castle! Bemused by her claim of being a king’s daughter, he is certain he has never met this “princess” before, although something about her rouses a haunting sense of familiarity. Soon, dreams plague this by-the-book businessman…dreams that feel more like memories. And Baird begins to wonder if he can claim his heart’s princess – now and forever – with a kiss…

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book that has a castle in it. One that has a very interesting tale attached to it. Time and fate will always bring the souls of the past back to where they began so they can truly end happily ever after in this present day look on the tale of Sleeping Beauty.

Dunhelm castle A.D. 800 is where our princess Aurelia falls into a slumber only to awaken 1200 years later with true loves kiss. Her father Hekod’s castle is under siege by the evil Bard, son or Erc. The man who killed her brother and now wishes to claim her and the castle. Aurelia wants to help her father and knows her skills are the best with a bow. But on a second shot she pricks her finger and soon feels herself being pulled away and under into a deep sleep. It seems the stories and curse she never took much faith in were true. Now she just has to wait to see how the story ends.

Baird is at the location of the new holiday development for his company. Something drew him to purchase Dunhelm castle and calls to him to stay. The renovations are under way but there is one area the builders are reluctant to go near. A place full of vines in a dark shadowed area that appears to have superstitions and curses attached to it. With a pair of shears and a lot of determination he manages to uncover a set of stairs leading down to a chamber. This is when Julian, his lawyer and friend, makes an appearance, comically complaining as he goes, just wanting them to hurry up and get back to the States. He might not want to be there but seems was needed as he finds a release to open a door to reveal a hidden crypt. One that just so happens to have a beautiful women sleeping in the centre of on a stone bed. Baird feels compelled to get closer to her and almost loses control with his need and desire to wake her up. A kiss comes to mind and when her head slowly turns towards him he knows there is no holding back. A kiss to wake and connect with a stranger, one that has some very strange ideas on what’s going on and who everyone might really be.

Waking up Aurelia doesn’t think any time has passed at all. Or if it has, well then maybe a few days or week at most to start with. The last thing she remembers is the castle being under siege and her father being in danger. When the stranger in front of her – handsome one mind you – says his name is Baird she just automatically thinks he is Bard, son of Erc. Means she has an automatic dislike to him, well tries to anyway. She never met the real Bard so has nothing to go on. Just that the castle belongs to her father so is dismayed when Baird says he owns it now. She just thinks that he must have staked a claim to it and now fears for the lives of her people. She doesn’t think she can trust Baird at all but has a strange pull towards him. Same goes with his friend Julian who, because of his lack of hair, she thinks is a monk, one that uses a lot of powerful magic. Seems neither of them really took much notice when she first spoke as they didn’t have a clue what she was saying but after hearing them speak she managed to pick up their language in no time. She was gifted with the use of tongues so can speak any language needed. You would think that the moment she gets outside and sees the changes to the castle she would know a lot of time had passed but she just keeps putting this down to magic. She just wants to find her father and figure out what happened to her home. Something Baird feels compelled to help her with.

Baird can’t believe his luck with how he feels about Aurelia from the moment she woke up. Shame he now thinks she has lost a few marbles as she thinks she is a Viking princess and that her father owns the castle. He just thinks that something bad must have happened to her or her father to make her regress into a fantasy world to protect memories she isn’t ready to remember. Little does he know that she speaks the truth and that danger could fall upon them all if they do not remember their past lives that are about the effect their present ones.

I found it a bit amusing that Aurelia thought that Julian’s power of magic was so advanced that she wrote off seeing a car, helicopter and then electricity as nothing short of magical. The part where her and Baird butt heads about her having a bath and not understanding how the taps worked made me laugh a lot. Also laughed with how Aurelia sees Baird’s interior designer Marissa. The way she sees things are from a Viking perspective so for someone to dress as Marissa does and act around Baird that she must be a mistress who has his ear. Now Marissa in general was just a right pain throughout, so annoying with most of the things she says. For some reason, maybe something to do with the past, she thinks that her and Baird and meant to be. She gets a reality shock when it becomes clear that the only woman for him is Aurelia. Well if they can all figure out what is really happening around them that is. They might have a connection building between them but neither can be sure what the other is really thinking. They need to believe in each other and the past to be able to see their future.

Superstitions hold truths and if they want to be able to close the past and finally live they need to look back and finish what they started. Seems Ursilla might have a little helping hand to do with this, or more like talking riddles with a twinkle in her eye and a tale to tell. One they all need to listen to if they want to get their happily ever after. Fun read with lots of laughs along the way and an interesting look at how the story could be told in a present day setting.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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