Sunday, 20 May 2018

Little bit in love with Versailles...


My lovely Mr B and I took a three-night break to Versailles a couple of weeks ago and, I have to say, if you haven't been yet, you must! The town itself is beautiful, the people just lovely and the food and wine...gorgeous!

As much as I would've spent every day watching the world go by outside one of the many bistros and coffee houses, it was the palace that really blew us away. The scale of the house and the entirely over-the-top exterior and interior gives visitors an insight into the mind of Louis XIV but, for me, it was the mammoth palace gardens and Marie Antoinette's Petit Trianon and gardens that really capture my imagination.

It is hard to describe Marie Antoinette's secret village...it is made up of tiny houses, a water mill and other outbuildings where she escaped the claustrophobia of the royal court. A small brook runs through this miniature village creating a peaceful, romantic ambience that is truly breathtaking.

My pictures are a small taste of this amazing place but I urge you to mark a visit in your calendars - you won't regret it!

Friday, 18 May 2018

Introducing the Charleston Harbor Romances...*GIVEAWAY*






Sweet
Indulgence

A
Charleston Harbor Novel Book 1

by
Debbie White


Genre:
Sweet Romance


Real
Men Eat Cupcakes

Annie
McPherson has had it with all the blind dates her grandmother and
auntie set her up with. She just wants to be left alone to run the
Sweet Indulgence cupcake bakery – even if it means she’ll remain
single forever.


Jack’s
just been through a gut-wrenching break-up, and women are the last
thing on his mind. Now he’s on a mission to pick up cupcakes for
his niece’s birthday party—not a mission to fall in love. Pulled
in by Annie’s good looks and witty charm, though, temptation proves
too sweet.


But
will Annie’s pesky grandmother and auntie welcome Jack as Annie’s
choice or will they have him jumping through hoops to prove he’s
the one?


Fans
of Debbie Macomber, Sherryl Woods, and Susan Wiggs are sure to love
Sweet Indulgence, the first sweet romance novel in the Charleston
Harbor series.


This
book is too sweet to pass up!

**Only
.99 cents!!**


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Sweet
Magnolia


A Charleston Harbor
Novel Book 2




What
doesn't divide us makes us stronger. 
While
on their honeymoon, Annie and Jack are called back to Charleston,
cutting their trip short. But no matter what the disaster, nothing
can deter this dynamic duo from moving forward with their plans to
build their dream home, Sweet Magnolia on Kiawah Island.


This
is book two of the Charleston Harbor Novels set in historic
Charleston, South Carolina where sweet tea and love for family
prevail and is the balm that soothes the heart. Follow along in the
series as the Powells and McPhersons live life to the fullest while
overcoming many hardships, making them stronger, and bringing them
closer than ever.
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Sweet
Carolina

A Charleston Harbor
Novel Book 3





When
a hurricane threatens to wreak havoc on the South Carolina coast,
Annie prepares Sweet Magnolia for what she thinks will be a day or
two without electricity while Jack checks on Lady Powell down at the
dock. But when Jack doesn’t return promptly, Annie becomes
concerned.


Mary makes an announcement
that makes her the center of attention, but Annie has a bit of news
causing them to share the limelight. 


Annie
is having second thoughts about running the Sweet Indulgence. Is she
just feeling the pressure of motherhood or could this be the end of
the cupcakery she started from the ground up?


Sweet
Carolina, the final installment of the Charleston Harbor Novels
promises to be an uplifting clean and sweet contemporary women’s
fiction laced with a romantic thread, where honor, family, love, and
hope always prevail.

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Debbie
is a USA Today Bestselling Author. She currently lives in northern
California where the hills are dotted with vineyards and the jagged
coastline is nearby. Many of her books describe the beautiful area
she calls home. She avidly supports animal rescue by donating a
percentage of all book sales to rescue groups nationwide! Now here
are a few more interesting tidbits of information about her!


1.
Her spouse served in the U.S. Air Force for over 20 years. She uses
some of her experiences as a military wife in some of her
stories.


2.
She has two granddaughters and a grandson.


3.
She received her degree in Sociology in 2011 and graduated Magna Cum
Laude.


4.
She hasn't always dreamed of writing, but she's always loved reading
and decided she'd give it a try. Her fans love her so much, she's
still putting out books three years later.


5.
Her very first book, The Salty Dog was an Amazon Best-seller. 


6.
You can follow all the latest news about releases, book signings and
more on her website
http://www.authordebbiewhite.com







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Thursday, 17 May 2018

Introducing Unbreakable Bond by Jess Bryant... *GIVEAWAY*





This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Jess will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.




Sometimes fate gets it all wrong.

Zoey Kent has lived with that fact ever since she turned eighteen and learned that the man she loved could never be hers. He’s a born shifter, a wolf, and she’s a mere human. Fate doesn’t care if on paper they’re a perfect pair. She isn’t his fated mate and she’s resigned herself to the knowledge that someday, she’ll have to watch Michael mate with another. It’s never crossed her mind that there might be someone else out there for her, that she would be the one to mate another, to choose another over everything she’s ever known or wanted.

Sometimes fate gets it all right.

Rafe Hudson left his pack behind years ago. Physically and mentally scarred from an attack that left his parents and twin dead, he walked away from his responsibilities as Alpha. He never intended to return but lone wolf or not, he can’t leave Michael open to an attack he’s learned is coming for his only brother. What he didn’t know was that going home would mean scenting his mate, the one person in the world that could make him whole again, that could give him everything he thought he’d lost. His pack, his home and his family.

But fate always has a plan.

There’s no way Michael’s brother is her future, is there? Just like there’s no way that the girl his brother has loved since they were kids, was always meant to be his, right?

Only fate knows why they were brought together but there is one thing for sure, the sparks between Zoey and Rafe are undeniable. The bond between them is unbreakable. And together… they’ll change the face of the pack forever.


Read an Excerpt:

Ignoring the bite of pain, he reached through the bars and wound a hand in her hair. He tilted her face up and pressed his lips to hers. The silver burned his cheek where he couldn’t avoid the bars of his cell but it didn’t matter. Nothing did. Not when he finally, finally had the taste of his mate on his lips.


Sweet, so sweet. Her taste seeped inside of him and started a riot in his bloodstream. Her lips were soft and sweet and when they met his, it felt like a piece of the puzzle he’d always been missing slid into place.


How had he lived without this? All this time? All these years? And his mate had been right here, waiting for him.


About the Author:


Jess Bryant is an avid indoorswoman. A city girl trapped in a country girl's life, her heart resides in Dallas but her soul and roots are in small town Oklahoma. She enjoys manicures, the color pink, and her completely impractical for country life stilettos. She believes that hair color is a legitimate form of therapy, as is reading and writing romance. She started writing as a little girl but her life changed forever when she stole a book from her aunt's Harlequin collection and she's been creating love stories with happily ever afters ever since.

Jess holds a degree in Public Relations from the University of Oklahoma and is a lifetime supporter of her school and athletic teams. And why not? They have a ton of National Championships! She may be a girlie girl but she knows her sports stats and isn't afraid to tell you that your school isn't as cool as hers... or that your sports romance got it all wrong.

For more information on Jess and upcoming releases, contact her at JessBryantBooks@gmail.com or follow her on her many social media accounts for news and shenanigans.



Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Introducing Belleza and the Brute by Jane Matisse... *GIVEAWAY*





Author: Jane Matisse


Title: Belleza and the Brute


Release Date: April 28, 2018


Publisher: Hot Tree Publishing


Cover Designer: Soxsational Cover Art


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 Available now! 




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When two lost souls are brought together in an unlikely circumstance, it’ll take more to scare this feisty beauty away from a domineering beast. A story of love, loss, and learning to accept when life gives you a second chance.


Elena Salazar has taken care of her gambling-addicted brother since her parents’ death. When he calls her late one night asking for help, she’s thrown into Tristan Mercier’s life and is at his mercy. Unable to pay her brother’s debt, a contract is signed: she will live and work for Tristan for six months while her brother is sent to rehab. 


Tristan Mercier is scarred, both physically and emotionally. He lost his happily ever after five years earlier in a fire that nearly took his life. He’s broken and bitter, but with Elena’s arrival, things are changing, and the feelings he thought long buried begin to resurface.


Can this brute open his heart to give his belleza a chance?




Something about the way her plump lips stayed open in wonder held him mesmerized. He cleared his throat. “Yes, it is. You know John William Waterhouse’s work?”


Elena answered without taking her eyes off the painting. “Not really. It’s just his rendition of La Belle Dame Sans Merci is my favorite.”


“So, you’re an art aficionado?”


“No, I just like to read. A lot. Keats is my favorite poet, and La Belle is my favorite poem of his. The paintings are just a plus.”


Tristan nodded. If he thought he was a little curious about Elena before, now he wanted to know her life story. Clearing his throat, he pushed a packet before her.


The contract.


“This contract pretty much states that while your brother is off in rehab, you will be living and working with me. Now, this is only temporary, but if after the time frame you would like to continue to work for me, it could be arranged. Six months is the initial requirement. This work doesn’t in any way, shape, or form signify… sexual services.” Heat rose to his face. Why he felt like a green boy, he didn’t know. It wasn’t like he was a monk for Christ’s sake. When he was in the mood, there was always a woman available for his pleasure. Did he feel empty afterward? Yes, but that didn’t stop him. He was a red-blooded man after all.


“This says a period of six months,” Elena replied, her face slightly flushed.


“Yes. Six months, granted that your brother recuperates within that time frame.”


“That seems a bit long doesn’t it?”


“It gives both you and Adam time to get your life on track.”


There was a silence long enough that Tristan began to think she would reject the offer. And there was a little part of him that wished she wouldn’t. “I accept.”


Tristan handed her a pen, and she tentatively reached for it, her hand brushing against his in the process. He found himself marveling at the electric current running through his veins in response to the touch. She signed her name on the dotted line. “Very well, then. We are in agreement. Now, you may go get yourself comfortable in your new bedroom. Paola will show you,” he said, standing from his chair and walking toward the door.


“When will I start working?” Elena asked as she followed him.


“Monday. In the meantime, get settled in, take a couple days to familiarize yourself with the house. You will be here for six months.”


Tristan waited next to the entrance as Elena took her leave. He caught the scent of lavender as she passed him, and it took all his willpower not to plant his nose in her hair and inhale her scent.


He swallowed a few times before speaking. “Breakfast will be served in the dining room within the hour if you care to eat,” he said gruffly. “If you need anything from me, I’ll be here in the office.”


“You’re not eating?” she asked, turning to look at him.


He shook his head. “Too much work I need to take care of. You enjoy.”


Elena nodded and left without another word.


Tristan watched her as she climbed up the steps with Paola
following right behind. Her beautiful long brown hair swayed with each step she took. He was planted in one spot, unable to tear his eyes away. Then Paola turned to look at him and winked!







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Jane Matisse is a professional introvert who began reading romance novels at the age of thirteen. She graduated with a BA in English Literature in 2014 and has been working hard ever since to put her degree to good use. Although it took her two years to finally finish her very first rough draft, she is thrilled to be releasing her debut The Blogger and the Hunk soon. 


Matisse loves all things Jane Austen, will choose tea over coffee any day, is a Phantom of the Opera aficionado, and has been an avid book blogger since 2013. She currently lives in SoCal with her family and three fur babies: Max, Thumper, and Percy. 











Saturday, 12 May 2018

A Stranger In The Cove....GIVEAWAY!!


It's been far too long since I've hosted a weekend giveaway so I decided to rectify the situation this morning!

For a chance to WIN a copy of A Stranger In The Cove, tell me your preferred sub-genre of romance - this can be anything from contemporary to suspense to paranormal or any other of the many sub-genres...the choice is yours!

I will draw a random commenter as the winner on Monday - good luck!

Here's the blurb & buy links:


Mac Orman is on a mission. When he discovers his recently deceased father had been searching for his birth mother, Mac aims to finish the job by finding the grandmother he never knew. His quest leads him to Templeton Cove—and a firecracker of a woman who instantly jump-starts his tortured heart.  
For Mac, Kate Harrington is the most tempting kind of distraction. But their sizzling connection comes with a side of suspicion for Kate, who doesn’t trust this brooding stranger in her town. Mac arrived with no plans to stay, but as he falls for Kate, he wonders how he could ever possibly leave.


Thursday, 10 May 2018

Introducing California Can Wait by Marci Boudreaux... *GIVEAWAY*


How did you come up with the idea for your book?

That is the one question authors seem to get all the time and one that isn’t always easy to answer. Characters and plots tend to evolve over time and don’t always have a clear starting point.
That’s not the case with California Can Wait.
I know exactly where this book came from. At the risk of sounding too much like an E.L. James rip off, this book used to be fanfiction. Not for Twilight however. There were never any sparkling vampires here.
My fanfiction habit was based on the now defunct soap opera One Life To Live and that is where this particular story got it’s origin. So many of the readers who struggled through my bad grammar back then are still reading my stories—luckily, I have better grammar now!
If you are a fanfiction writer or reader, you know how passionate we fans can be when the shows don’t do the characters justice. In this case, the writers were really trashing my favorite character Viki Lord (played by the amazing Erika Slezak). After hitting what seemed like rock bottom, she disappeared off-screen for several months for a bit of a character reboot.
In the meantime, I whipped up this fanfiction story that the readers just loved. Years and years later, I am still asked if I can take this story or that story and make them into novels. That’s actually a bit more challenging that it seems because fanfiction already has a world and established characters, but this particular story was a bit easier. Since I was introducing new characters in a new town where our heroine had gone while not on-screen, I was able to eliminate any potential copyrighted material fairly easily to add to a for-sale product.

The characters in California Can Wait have grown quite a bit from where that story was, but the readers who were with me back then are going to recognize a lot of elements from the original. And new readers…without this confession, you never would have known!




California
Can Wait


by
Marci Boudreaux


Genre:
Contemporary Romance









Reporter
Andrea Davidson isn't running from her mistakes. There's no escaping
the career-ending mess she fell into back home. But she is moving
forward, and is halfway to a new life in California when someone
breaks into her motel room. She's lost her computer and her dignity,
but that's only the beginning of her newest problem: local news
editor Graham Bradley.


Graham Bradley doesn't know a thing about the newspaper business. A widow
with a promise to keep, he's got more than just his own personal
welfare riding on this small-town paper. The last thing he needs is a
pushy woman with a secret in her past and a vicious red pen throwing
all his mistakes and insecurities front and center on his desk. Faced
with an impossible choice, Graham hires Andi, but hopes she's not
just the last-and maybe worst-in a long line of bad decisions. Saving
the small-town Gazette is the second chance both Andi and Graham
need.


But with bill collectors calling, Andi's past catching up fast, and the
chemistry between them making work next to impossible, will Andi and
Graham get the second chance they both desperately need? Or will
their demise be the next big headline?


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As a teen, Marci Boudreaux skipped over
young adult books and jumped right into the world of romance novels.
She’s never left. Marci lives with her husband, two kiddos, and
their numerous pets. She is a freelance writer appearing monthly in a
variety of local magazines as well as a content editor. 


Romance is her preferred reading and writing genre because nothing feels
better than falling in love with someone new and her husband doesn't
like when she does that in real life.


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