Her Hometown Redemption Blog Tour

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Her Hometown Redemption - it's here!!



I am so thrilled to announce the official release of my new Harlequin Templeton Cove novel, HER HOMETOWN REDEMPTION!

This is book 5 in my ongoing series set in the fictional UK seaside town of Templeton Cove and long may it continue - my editor has proposals for books 6 & 7 on her desk as I type. A mix of mainstream romance and romantic suspense, all the books can be read as stand-alone stories and I'm just thrilled with the number of fans and readers who have read one book and then gone on to buy the others.

Her Hometown Redemption is Tanya Todd and Liam Browne's story - two secondary characters who appeared in book 3, WHAT BELONGS TO HER - the couple are thrown together in a search for the man who hurt Tanya's sister years before. Here's the blurb & buy links!

She's back to right her wrongs 

When Tanya Todd returns to Templeton Cove, she knows better than to expect a warm welcome. She burned a few bridges on her way out of town, and making amends won't be easy. First on her list is the man whose heart she carelessly shattered, Liam Browne. 

Seeing the successful criminal lawyer after all these years, Tanya is interested in more than just Liam's forgiveness. As they work together to bring the man who hurt her sister to justice, the attraction between them sizzles. Suddenly Tanya's second chance could include a future with Liam…if she can prove she's changed.





Happy Reading!

Love, Rachel x

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Introducing The House At The End Of The Street by Jennie Jones...



THE HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET
by Jennie Jones

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BLURB:

Gemma Munroe loves hard, laughs hard and plays hard. Or at least she did before today. Her dream is finally within her grasp – owning the toy shop in Swallow’s Fall. Only one person has the power to get in her way: Josh Rutherford – the love of her life who kissed her and left her ten years ago is coming home.

Josh will be in town for five days. He’ll finally sever the ties to a youth filled with poverty by selling the properties that are now his. He’s returning healthy, wealthy and emotionally stable, and then he’ll leave forever. It’s all in the plan. Everything…except for Gem. He never forgot her, but he definitely forgot the effect she has on him. Now she’s got problems, and he can’t seem to leave without trying to help her solve them.

(Author note: every book in the Swallow’s Fall series can be read as a stand-alone story.)

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EXCERPTS:

‘What do you know about Grandy’s place?’ he asked.

Gem’s eyebrows shot up. ‘The lonely homestead?’

‘Why d’you call it that?’

She shrugged. ‘It’s been empty since he died. Most people just call it the house at the end of the street. What’s it to you anyway?’

‘This and that.’

Gem’s exasperation bubbled, overwhelming the original idea of coming out here to calmly persuade him to leave town. ‘Is that all you’ve got? Why don’t you want anyone to know what you’ve been doing?’

The way he bowed his head and studied the ground, his broad shoulders slumped in some kind of despair, caused Gem some remorse.

‘Are you in trouble, Josh?’ she asked in a whisper. Maybe that’s why he was so evasive. Maybe he’d made a big mistake. Maybe he’d been in prison. No, wait—he had a tan.

He smiled at her, the skin creasing around his eyes. A little more depth to the crinkles now, suggesting that he’d done a lot of smiling over the years. That he’d enjoyed himself.

‘No. I’m not in trouble.’ He seemed to come out of his reverie. He lifted a hand and swept it through her hair, brushing it back from her forehead. ‘Not the way you’re thinking.’

Gem stilled. The gesture was one she remembered from their best-friend days of long ago, but there had been nothing more than friendship in it then—this touch spoke of everything undealt with and unsaid between them since their moment this afternoon.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Born and brought up in Wales, Jennie Jones loved anything with a romantic element from an early age. At eighteen, she went to drama school in London then spent a number of years performing in British theatres, becoming someone else two hours, eight performances a week.

Jennie wrote her first romance story at the age of twenty five while ‘resting’ (a theatrical term for ‘out of work’). She wrote a western. But nobody wanted it! Before she got discouraged a musical theatre job came up and Jennie put writing to one side.

She now lives in Western Australia, a five minute walk to the beach that she loves to look at but hardly ever goes to - too much sand.

Jennie returned to writing four years ago. She says writing keeps her artistic nature dancing and her imagination bubbling. Like acting, she can’t envisage a day when it will ever get boring.

All of Jennie’s bestselling Swallow’s Fall series books can be read as stand-alone stories.

Where to find Jennie Jones:



Twitter @JennieJRomance https://twitter.com/JennieJRomance



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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Introducing Happily Never After by Bess George...


HAPPILY NEVER AFTER
by Bess George

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BLURB:

Dallas ADA Kelsey Brackston survives a brutal attack but struggles with PTSD. When someone begins to stalk her, she relocates hoping for a new start. A person can’t be hurt if they can’t be found. Her logic seems flawed when someone tries to kill her—again.

This could be Bode Taggert’s last chance at being a cop after crawling out of a bottle. Focused on the job, he avoids personal commitments. Something within him resonates with the lady ADA. Maybe it’s her desire to move forward after a life altering event. Or not being able to move forward no matter how hard you try.

Despite his good intentions, Bode falls for the sexy lawyer. While he and the police concentrate on arresting her stalker, Kelsey vanishes. With his career—and heart—on the line, Bode will stop at nothing to find her. But will their newfound faith in one another be enough to save the day? Or will their inner demons destroy them both?

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EXCERPT

The corners of her mouth twitched. “Okay, I’m impressed. What else do you do besides being super cop and community activist?”

A devilish smile made a shiver run down her back. “Well, lately I’ve been chasing a stubborn little gal who won’t let me catch her.”

She grunted. “You haven’t been chasing very hard.”

His eyes twinkled. “Are you complaining?”

“Hardly. I’m just stating the facts.”

“Well, the fact is, after our last meeting I got the idea you needed a little space from me trying to woo you.”

She choked on a swallow of wine. “Woo, me? What is that even supposed to mean?”

His hand patted her back making sure she could breathe. “You know, date you. I seem to have a knack for making you mad, so I decided to back off and give you some time to miss me. Did you?”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Debut author Bess George lives in Texas with her hubby. Her novel, Happily Never After will be released by Soul Mate Publishing September 2, 2015. In 2014, she won third place in the Pages From the Heart Contest with this manuscript.

Even though Bess crunches numbers for a living, she’s managed to work in some unusual places over the years. The oil business, a gun range, and a golf course are a few jobs where she met all types of characters. She loves to hear stories about people finding the unexpected hero inside each of us.






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Thursday, 27 August 2015

Introducing Driving Her Crazy by Kira Archer...



1.)          What is your favourite thing about yourself? I’m pretty optimistic, stubbornly so maybe lol I try to look at the bright side no matter what’s going on.
2.)          What do you wish you’d known before you started writing? I’m not sure...there’s nothing I can think of that would have made me change my mind about wanting to be a writer. But I suppose it would have helped to be a little more prepared for certain things. Like how much time really goes into getting a book publishable. Or how even once you’ve “made it” and have those books hitting the shelf, there is still a lot of waiting and angsting and worrying...only on a much higher and more stressful level since deadlines and sales ranks and reader reviews are looming LOL But really, the things I didn’t know beforehand I started I’ve learned as I’ve gone along. I don’t know that I would have been ready to accept or comprehend a lot that goes along with being a full time writer had I known it beforehand. Which is just really a long-winded of way of saying – nothing that I can think of LOL :)
3.)          Share a romantic moment in your life. My husband got me this really cool pad of paper that you can use in the shower (AquaNotes). I’m always getting ideas and working out plot problems in there so it was a great gift. I got in the shower one day and noticed that he had drawn me a picture. The next day he left me a little love note. Every day he left me a drawing or small note :) We lost the special pencil but the notepad is still hanging in there so I can look at it every day :)
4.)          Is there one subject you’d never write about as an author? What is it? I don’t think so. There are some subjects that would be much harder for me to write about than others, even some things I might not enjoy writing (I’m not a huge horror fan just because I freak myself out so easily lol) but never say never ;)
5.)          Do you have any suggestions to help someone become a better writer? If so, what are they? Be open to constructive criticism. We should be attached to our work and try and go with our gut, but we can learn so much from those who read our work, be they editors, other writers, or readers. Be attached, but be open to learning from criticism.
6.)          If you could be the original author for any book, what would it be? Why? I think it would be pretty fun to have written the Harry Potter series. It’s so incredibly imaginative, just a truly wonderful world. Some of my favorite books. Or the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, another of my all time favorite series. I’ve been in love with the worlds and characters of these books for fifteen years – to be able to write characters people literally love for a lifetime would be amazing. And not going to lie, having those kinds of sales would seriously rock :D
7.)          What did you do growing up that got you into trouble? LOL a few things ;) but I probably got in trouble the most for staying up past my bedtime to read. I’d sneak a flashlight under the covers and stay up all night.
8.)          If I came to your house for dinner what would you prepare for me? Why? Honestly, my husband would be cooking LOL He’s an amazing cook. We often have our neighbours over for a taco night – he makes three different types of meat (reg burger for the kids, shredded pork and spicy chicken), homemade chips with two or three types of guacamole, spicy Spanish rice. Sooo good. And for my birthday he always makes my favorite chicken souvlaki, lemon rice, hummus and flatbread. Yum! However, I’m an awesome baker so I’d be in charge of dessert and I can make a mean cinnamon roll. Or a really delicious cake. I think I’m hungry now lol




Book Title: Driving Her Crazy
Author: Kira Archer
Release Date: Aug 17, 2015
Genre: romantic comedy

Book Synopsis: Cher Debusshere hates being the black sheep of her posh, well-to-do family almost as much as she hates driving—which is exactly what she’s forced to do when her flight home for her perfect sister’s wedding is grounded. Fan-freakin'-tastic. Then a hot guy offers to share both the car rental and the driving duties...only to drive her crazy by assuming she's just some spoiled little rich girl.

Mechanic Nathaniel “Oz” Oserkowski is about as blue-collar as they come. There's never been a time he hasn't worked his ass off, and he's determined to prove it to the gorgeous princess in the passenger seat.  As the miles pass, they bait and needle each other...until their lust and longing gets so hot it nearly overheats the engine.

They have nothing in common. Hell, they can barely stand each other. But sometimes it takes a journey to change the destination...


Author Bio: Kira Archer resides in Pennsylvania with her husband, two kiddos, and far too many animals in the house. She tends to laugh at inappropriate moments, break all the rules she gives her kids (but only when they aren't looking), and would rather be reading a book than doing almost anything else. She has odd, eclectic tastes in just about everything and often lets her imagination run away with her. She loves a variety of genres and along with contemporary romances, she writes historicals as Michelle McLean.



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Excerpts from Driving Her Crazy by Kira Archer (Please choose one.)
She’d meant only to kiss him quickly, just enough to show him she could be crazy and unpredictable. But the second her lips touched his, something short-wired in her brain. Nothing mattered but getting more of him. Her lips parted beneath his, inviting him in. He groaned and pressed her closer, his tongue dancing with hers until her head swam. His hand trailed up her side, the plastic of her poncho crinkling as his thumb just brushed the side of her breast.
She threw her head back, the touch setting her on fire. He kissed her exposed throat, nipping at the tender flesh beneath her ear. She arched against him, wanting more, wanting everything. And he seemed more than willing to accommodate.
Oh God, oh God, oh God, oh God. I’m kissing him. I’m not just kissing him, I am trying to suck his tonsils out and praying to God he’ll do the same to me.
Nathaniel’s hand gripped the back of Cherice’s neck, angling her face better so his tongue could delve deep into her mouth, exploring every inch.
Oh, yeah. Just like that. Oh God.
What the hell am I doing? This is so wrong. Although. I’m single. He’s single. He can do whatever he wants. So can I. But do I want this? I don’t even know him. Oh God, I am making out with a guy I don’t even know. Does that make me a slut? What if he thinks I’m a slut?
He leaned farther back against the door, pulling her on top of him. His hand roamed over her butt, squeezing the trembling flesh, pressing it tighter against the hot, hard length of him.
Holy shit, I don’t even care. He can think whatever he wants as long as he does that again.
“Cher.”
Hmm?”
His lips trailed their way up her neck.
“You’re thinking too hard.”
His teeth grazed her chin. Pulled her earlobe into his mouth for a quick nip. She sucked in her breath, nearly sobbing at the sensation that shot straight to her groin.
“Am I?”
“Yes. You are. So tell yourself to shut up and just kiss me.”
“I can do that.”
“Good.”



Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Welcome Lyrical Press author, Heather Hiestand...


Wedding Matilda
by Heather Hiestand

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BLURB:

Sugared violets, buttercream…but he craves her kiss most of all…

Orphaned as a boy, Ewan Hales is proud to make his living as secretary to the manager at Redcake’s Tea Shop. But the startling news that he’s heir to the Earl of Fitzwalter changes everything. While tendering his resignation to lovely Matilda Redcake, however, Ewan is struck by her spirit, the luscious bow of her lips—and a realization. Matilda might not marry a working man—but will she wed a future nobleman?

Ewan’s unruly hair and roguish kisses are tempting, but Matilda has far too many problems to consider romance. With sabotage at a cake factory threatening the family empire, she must focus her considerable willpower on keeping Redcake’s from ruin—until she learns that her young son has been kidnapped. Together, she and Ewan must uncover the truth before they can savor the sweet freedom of love…

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EXCERPT

Matilda saw the fingers of Ewan’s left hand were stained with ink and about to touch his trousers.

“Don’t do that!” She rushed forward without thinking and took his arm by the wrist. With her free hand she whipped a handkerchief from her coat pocket and wrapped it around his inky fingers.

He stared at her, his eyes widening, but the tilt of his lips had turned into a full grin. “Miss Redcake?”

She looked at his face, then at the wrist she held. Her cheeks warmed. “My goodness, I am so sorry.”

He squinted at her until she released his hand, so he could wipe away the ink as best he could. “Motherly instinct?”

She laced her fingers together behind her back in order to remind herself not to touch him. “I am afraid so. Jacob is fascinated by pens, and we have had some spectacular accidents. Please forgive me.”

He shook his head. “Not at all. It was an endearing impulse.”

His smile entranced her: a little crooked, a lot rakish. She felt like some trembling waitress, hoping to be courted by the great Ewan Hales, rather than his business superior. How charismatic he was when he showed his true self. Neither of them spoke until he gave a little shake of his head.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Heather Hiestand was born in Illinois, but her family migrated west before she started school. Since then she has claimed Washington State as home, except for a few years in California. She wrote her first story at age seven and went on to major in creative writing at the University of Washington. Her first published fiction was a mystery short story, but since then it has been all about the many flavors of romance. Heather’s first published romance short story was set in the Victorian period, and she continues to return, fascinated by the rapid changes of the nineteenth century. The author of many novels, novellas, and short stories, she has achieved best-seller status at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. With her husband and son, she makes her home in a small town and supposedly works out of her tiny office, though she mostly writes in her easy chair in the living room.

For more information, visit Heather’s website at www.heatherhiestand.com. Heather loves to hear from readers! Her email is heather@heatherhiestand.com.

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Thursday, 20 August 2015

What A Woman Desires On Sale Through August!!

Just to let all my lovely followers and visitors know...and to make sure you don't miss out...my third Victorian romance with eKensington/Lyrical is on sale at Amazon & Barnes & Noble throughout August!

Grab one of my favorite books now!

With a hero inspired by Tom Hardy in Lawless, how can you not enjoy this one??


Here's the blurb & links:

From country girl to actress of the stage, one woman dares to live her dreams—but is she brave enough to open her heart…?

Monica Danes always wanted more than the village of Biddestone had to offer. After a failed courtship to a man of her parents’ choosing, she fled for the city of Bath and never looked back. Today, Monica is the undisputed queen of the theater—a wealthy, independent woman. But when she is called home in the wake of tragedy, Monica returns—intending to leave again as soon as possible.

Thomas Ashby has been a groom at the Danes estate since he was a boy—and has been enamored with Monica for almost as long. He knows he isn’t a suitable match for his master’s daughter, despite the special bond he and Monica have always shared—and their undeniable attraction. But now that she’s returned, Thomas has one last chance to prove himself worthy—and to show Monica a life, and a love, she won’t want to give up...





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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Introducing Deadly Trouble by Entangled author, J. L. Hammer...





Book Title: Deadly Trouble
Author: J.L Hammer
Release Date: August 17, 2015
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Book Synopsis:

Las Vegas embalmer Lily Sanborn’s vacation at the remote retreat in Belize should have been heaven...if her idea of heaven was a gazillion degrees, humidity, and enough mosquitos to require daily transfusions. Just as she decides to make the best of her tropical destination, she stumbles upon a murder, witnesses a kidnapping and meets the most attractive man she’s ever seen.

Dr. Cooper Deforest is seriously attracted to this stunning woman with a razor-sharp tongue. In fact, he is having the damnedest time trying to keep his hands off Lily. But when murder, kidnapping, a drug cartel and police corruption intrude on his peaceful jungle world, Cooper wonders just what sort of person Lily is.

Even though their chemistry sizzles, Lily’s trust issues get in the way. As much as Cooper wants this woman, he can’t get over the fact that wherever Lily goes, death seems to follow...


Author Bio:  J.L. Hammer is a California girl and enjoys living in her small mountain town with her husband and two children. She loves to write fast-paced novels filled with suspense, romantic tension, and gripping action. She is a member of the International Thriller Writers and the Romance Writers of America. When she isn't writing or lost in the pages of a good book, she loves traveling, listening to country music, or just enjoying a nice glass of wine. Visit J.L. online to discover her other exciting novels.




Giveaway Info:   $20 Amazon gift card. International entrants welcome.


Deadly Trouble excerpt 
#1( 332 words)


She started to relax just as a pair of parrots began to squabble. Green and red feathers flew, and their high-pitched screeches caught everyone’s and everything’s attention. Why couldn’t Frankie have booked a lodge on a quiet, white, sandy beach? With a huff, Lily snatched a palm-sized piece of pineapple from her plate and pitched it at the obnoxious birds. All the birds scattered.
“You know,” a deep voice—unmistakably American—said from behind her. “The clay-colored robins will stay and sing you a pretty song if you feed them the fruit rather than pelting them on the head.” A devilishly handsome man, skin darkened from the sun and clad in a white-linen shirt and khaki shorts, approached.
“I was aiming for the parrots. Anyway, who said I wanted them to sing?” She kept her expression blank as she peered up into his hooded, blue eyes. Instantly attraction sizzled through her. Without a doubt, her body betrayed her effort to be indifferent as her breathing grew rapid and her traitorous tongue moistened her lips.
“I take it you’re not a birder.” Amusement laced his words.
She struggled to focus on the conversation, growing more annoyed with herself by each passing second. “No. The only bird I like is one roasted on my dinner plate.”
He unleashed a million-dollar smile.
Inwardly, Lily groaned—he even had perfectly straight, white teeth and dimples. This guy oozed sexy and had “flirt” stamped on his tan, wide forehead. Then and there she decided he was probably a little more than she wanted to deal with. It would be like going fishing and catching a marlin. You’re going to want to keep it, polish it with oil, stare at it constantly, unable to believe your good luck, and place it on the trailer wall to show off to all your friends, but in retrospect, you’re going to realize you really just needed a Red Snapper: something less time consuming and pretty good in the fish tacos department. 
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