Christmas At The Cove Tour

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Welcome romantic suspense author, Tamsen Schultz...

The Frailty of Things
by Tamsen Schultz



Independence. Kit Forrester is a woman who wears her independence like armor. Despite keeping secrets and hiding her past, she’s built a life she loves and is accountable to no one. Until, that is, one of the world’s most wanted war criminals sets his sights on her and she must weigh the risk to one against the chance of justice and closure for many—a decision Kit couldn't make on her own even if she wanted to.

Certainty. As a man who makes his living in the shadows of governments and wars, certainty isn’t a part of Garret Cantona’s vocabulary, and he’s just fine with that. But when Kit walks into his life, he realizes he’s never before been so sure about anything or anyone. Suddenly, he finds he’s looking at the world, his world, in a different light. And now that he is, he’s determined to protect it, and her, in whatever ways he can.

Frailty. No one knows better than Kit and Garret that an appreciation for what is, or what was, or what might be, can be born from the uncertainty and fragility of life. But when a hunt for a killer leaves Garret no choice but to throw Kit back into her broken and damaged past, even his unshakable faith in what they have together might not be enough to keep it from shattering into a million pieces.



“Tell me,” Kit said. “And you have five minutes to decide because after that, I’m going to bed. And after that, you’ll be leaving.”

Doubt flickered across Caleb’s face. He didn’t believe her. Fine.

She rose from her seat and headed toward the sink.

“You don’t want to know, Kit,” Caleb said.

She turned back and didn’t bother to bite back the harsh laugh that escaped her. “I don’t want to know? How could you possibly know what I want or don’t want, Caleb? Do you have any idea what my life was like after you left? Do you have any idea what I know and what I’ve seen? Oh, I know you think you have the corner on life’s horrors, Caleb, but you need to get over that. Now, either tell me why you want to know or get out and leave me alone.”

She saw doubt flicker across his face and mentally she started counting down from ten. If he didn’t speak by the time she reached zero, she was done.

“It’s about Dad,” he said. Finally.

If he had expected to shock her, he fell far short. She let out another not-so-nice laugh. “Dad?” she said.

He gave a hesitant nod.

“Just what is it you think you can’t tell me about our father, Caleb?”

She paused and spared a glance at Garret who was standing, arms crossed, watching them.

“Do you honestly think anything you have to tell me about our father is going to shock me?”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Tamsen Schultz is the author of several romantic suspense novels and American Kin (a short story published in Line Zero Magazine). In addition to being a writer, she has a background in the field of international conflict resolution, has co-founded a non-profit, and currently works in corporate America. Like most lawyers, she spends a disproportionate amount of time thinking (and writing) about what it might be like to do something else. She lives in Northern California in a house full of males including her husband, two sons, four cats, a dog, and a gender-neutral, but well-stocked, wine rack.

Author Twitter: @tamsenschultz
Author Website:


Tamsen Schultz will be awarding a $30 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

PROMO: Exposed by Karyn Good...

by Karyn Good


GENRE: Romantic Suspense



Kate Logan needs a safe haven, a place to start over after her modeling career disintegrates in scandal. But her hometown of Aspen Lake isn’t the sanctuary she hoped. Her vow of a low-key life is disrupted by a break-in and other strange happenings at her boutique. As the chair of Aspen Lake’s Gothic Revival Festival, she’s also drawn the ire of a religious fanatic. Kate is up to her stilettos in drama and intrigue including one sexy carpenter who’s determined to get in her way.

New to town, Seth Stone is seeking inspiration and solitude to concentrate on his art. Short on funds, he agrees to take on a second job restoring the damage to Kate’s Closet. Trouble erupts along with the desire to get to know Kate better. When he’s used as a pawn in a smear campaign against his gorgeous boss Seth fights back. But now the whole town is watching. Including the man determined to further his own agenda. Time is running out with nowhere to hide.



Seth shook his head. “I moved here with the intention of concentrating on my art. I can’t afford to get involved with anyone right now. No matter how beautiful or appealing. You don’t seem like the sex and forget it type. And that’s all I have in me right now.”

Wasn’t that the story of her life? Men wanting to have sex with her but not interested in getting to know the real her? All they saw was the face.

She knew how to deal with men like that. She froze them out. “Well, thank you for being honest with me.”

Really, it was for the best. Did she want him to get to know the neurotic, insecure woman she’d become in the last six years? Did she want this beautiful man to see the real her? She should back away. Put more than two feet of distance between them.

“Tell me I’m wrong.” His Adam’s apple bobbed. “Then ask me to stay and I will.”

“No, you’re not wrong.” She looked away. Too tempted by far to risk being carefree enough to sleep with him. To kiss him goodbye afterwards. To work with him the next day like nothing had happened. Wished she didn’t believe in consequences. Or guilt.

“I should go.” He ran a hand over the stumble forming along his jawline before retrieving his shirt. At the door, with his back to her, he said, “I’ll see you tomorrow.”She nodded, but he didn’t see it. He was out the door. His boot treads fading as he jogged down the stairs.

Then silence.

The kind that stretched to fill the four corners of a room. A quiet that left little doubt you were utterly and completely alone.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I grew up on a farm in the middle of Canada's breadbasket. Under the canopy of crisp blue prairie skies I read books. Lots and lots of books. One day the inevitable happened and I knew without question the time was right. What to write was never the issue - romance and the gut wrenching journey towards forever.

Twitter: @karyngood!/karyngood


Karyn Good will be awarding a $50 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn host.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Shopping For A Julia Kent

Happy Release Day! Shopping for a CEO (Shopping for a Billionaire series Book 7) by Julia Kent now available


I’m thrilled to be the maid of honor in my friend’s wedding, but the best man, Andrew McCormick, is a chauvinistic pig with a God complex.

And I can’t stop kissing him in closets.

(Don’t ask.)

He’s the brother of the groom and the CEO of my biggest mystery shopping account, but suddenly he’s refusing to be in the wedding. He won’t talk about it. Won’t see reason.

He’s such a man.

And he still won’t stop kissing me in random closets.

(Thank goodness.)

I’m a fixer. That’s what I do. I can fix anything if given the chance. But when the game is fixed there’s only so much I can do.

The ball’s in his court now.

Game on.

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Shopping for a CEO is the 7th book in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Shopping series. When CEO Andrew McCormick and mystery shopper Amanda Warrick find themselves in the unlikely position as maid of honor and best man in the Boston society wedding of the year, an undeniable attraction and dual stubborn streaks add fuel to the fire in this romantic comedy from Julia Kent.

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Marie waves another cookie at me. “Earth to Amanda!” She points to the dining table. “Declan was just telling me that he loves the idea of a wedding cake in the shape of bagpipes.” On the table I see schematics of wedding cakes so complex they look like an architecture firm has designed blueprints for them, complete with pulleys and fire sprinkler systems.
Shannon gives me a look that says anything but. “No, Mom, he was saying the opposite.”
Marie inhales, the air whistling past her back teeth. “No, he didn’t! He said he’d love a cake made in the shape of bagpipes as much as he loves me.” She gives Shannon a doe-eyed look. “There’s only one way to interpret that comment.”
Shannon and I exchange a look and say, in unison, “Right.”

Author bio and web/social media links

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Julia Kent writes romantic comedy with an edge, and new adult books that push contemporary boundaries. From billionaires to BBWs to rock stars, Julia finds a sensual, goofy joy in every book she writes, but unlike Trevor from Random Acts of Crazy, she has never kissed a chicken.

She loves to hear from her readers by email at, on Twitter @jkentauthor, and on Facebook at . Visit her website at


Thursday, 1 October 2015

Please welcome Harper Impulse author, Rowena WIseman...

     Great to have you here, Rowena! Looking forward to learning more about you and         your work. Wishing you lots of success and sales :)

    Hi there. I’ve honestly really enjoyed answering your questions. They’ve been great fun! Thanks for     the opportunity to be featured on your blog, I really appreciate it. Please stay in touch!     

    Best wishes

1    What was your first job? Did you like or dislike it? Why?

My first job, I hate to say it, was working at McDonald’s. In my first week I failed a secret shopper visit. Apparently I didn’t smile or upsell. And so set the tone of my career at McDonald’s; oil burns on my arms from the chip fryer, smelly armpits, oily pimples from wearing a hat. It was in the days before they had salads at McDonald’s, where men would order a Big Mac and a cheeseburger and customers would abuse you if you forgot to put a serviette in their takeaway bag. The only upside of working at McDonald’s was the training I got, I’ve never had such thorough training ever since. They taught me to multitask – take the order, get the tray out, put the cup under the drinks pourer, grab the burger, grab the chips, drink now poured, grab the drink … there was a process for everything.

     Do you have a pet peeve? If so what is it?

The most popular girl in school storyline. I hate my daughter reading or watching a film about the so called ‘nerd’ rising to the summit of popularity. I want our kids to celebrate diversity and to know that being different can be the coolest thing of all.

     Would you describe your style as shabby chic, timeless elegance, eclectic, country or ___­­­_?

Mid-century modern. Our house is filled with mid-century Australian designed furniture. Our latest acquisition was a blue fibreglass rhino head to hang over our fireplace to match our aqua blue dining chairs. I love how people used colour so much more in the 1950s-70s; bright oranges, blues, greens. It feels like everything is so beige these days.

 Tell me about your book The Replacement Wife and where you got your inspiration for it?

The Replacement Wife is about Luisa who has fallen in love with another man, so she tries to find a wife for her husband. Luisa has an 8-year-old son and she wants to make sure he doesn’t end up with a wicked stepmother part of the time. I knew a woman some years ago who had begun a relationship with a man who had a daughter and she wasn’t getting along with the daughter. She would say some pretty unfair things, I thought, about the daughter. It was tough for this woman, because she’d never had children of her own. I guess I started thinking about the daughter and her real mother and then the idea came, what would happen if a relationship was failing but someone wanted a say in who would play a part in their child’s life?

         Who is your role model? Why?

Amanda Palmer – she wears her heart on her sleeve, she makes seriously good music and she’s married to Neil Gaiman. Listen to ‘In my mind’ and be happy to be the person you are.

       How much of your book is realistic?

I draw from aspects of my life in all my stories. For example, Luisa loves mid-century furniture too (see above!).

          What are your ambitions for your writing career?

To keep on developing myself as a writer. I want to keep on challenging myself and writing different kinds of stories. I want to write something really courageous.

        Share one fact about yourself that would surprise people.

I worked at a children’s camp at Lake Baikal, in Siberia, for a month when I was 19.

Replacement Wife
by Rowena Wiseman



Luisa has fallen madly in love with sculptor Jarvis, so she comes up with a plan to find a new wife for her husband Luke so she can exit stage left. She wants to screen potential stepmothers for her 8-year-old son Max and has strict criteria: the woman must be a single mother; have no more than two children; she can't be authoritarian; she must be creative, nurturing and not much prettier than Luisa.
After a few carefully orchestrated meetings with different women that fail to raise a spark, Luke finally connects with a potential replacement wife. However, Luisa isn't prepared for the fact that Luke's interest in the other woman makes him a better man and a more attractive husband. After suffering for years in a half-dead marriage, Luisa starts to remember what it was about Luke that she originally fell in love with. But is it too late?


It was my brother Chris’s fortieth birthday party, and I was in the kitchen helping my sister-in-law prepare salads. I was chopping spring onions when I saw Jarvis walk through the back gate. He’d grown a beard, so at first I wasn’t sure it was him. I asked Melissa, ‘Is that Jarvis?’

‘Yeah. He’s finally coming along to something,’ she responded. I watched through the window as Jarvis greeted my brother with a hefty handshake and a six-pack of ciders. It must have been at least a dozen years since I’d seen him, but it appeared now that my long-ago crush had left a tiny cavity in my heart. Distracted, I turned my attention to grating carrots for the Ottolenghi sweetcorn slaw, but ended up grazing my knuckle.

An hour later, after we’d eaten, I was sitting on the back deck. My best friend, Hattie, had just left when Jarvis walked up and sat beside me.

‘Hey there,’ he said, cautiously.


Greetings dealt with, an awkward silence fell.

‘I always wondered what had happened to you,’ I said at last. ‘I haven’t seen you for years.’ My voice felt trapped in my throat.

‘I’ve been around. It seems I prefer my own company to most people. I was curious about you, though. Your brother said you’re married now.’

I pointed out my husband, Luke, and my son, Max, who were over by the shed. Luke was standing with his arms crossed, watching Max hurl water balloons at his cousin Thomas.

‘I always took you as a free spirit,’ Jarvis said, smoothing a crease in his pants. ‘I thought it would’ve been hard for you to settle down.’

Gathering words seemed to be like catching fairy dust in the air. ‘What’s that Coelho quote? “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It is lethal.”’ I had a strange urge to show him that I wasn’t living in domestic bliss, that my window was open to the fragrance of adventure.

He smiled, his mouth betraying his serious, thoughtful eyes. His plain blue shirt was buttoned all the way up to his neck, his beard was obsessively neat, and his chunky black-framed glasses reminded me that he read more than the sports section of the newspaper. With my nerves expanding in my chest, making breathing difficult, I cursed myself for being a mouth-breather. My words came out as though they were colliding with a road train. ‘What are you doing now?’ I finally managed.

‘I’m a sculptor. Well, working at an abattoir pays the bills. But sculpting’s my thing. I’m working on a major piece to enter in the McClelland Sculpture Award. Fourth time lucky, perhaps. I’m thinking maybe it’s my artist’s statement that’s letting me down: I can get carried away with my writing sometimes.’

‘I could help you, if you like,’ I said, skidding over my own enthusiasm. ‘I’m an editor. Words are my thing.’

‘Really? That would be great.’

‘You can email it to me.’ I reached into my handbag to get out my purse, but pulled out Max’s cricket box instead. ‘Oh, this is Max’s . . . He played cricket this morning; I don’t always carry dick-protectors in my bag. Joys of being a mother — you end up with all sorts of crap in your handbag. It used to be sultanas or Matchbox cars—Ah, now I’m rambling . . .’ Jarvis’s laugh was as confident as steel.

Eventually, I found my purse and took out my business card. My hands were trembling just slightly as I handed Jarvis my card.

‘Luisa, let’s go. Max is all wet,’ I looked up to see Luke’s face staring down at me impatiently.

‘It’s only water, he’ll dry off,’ I said, my neck feeling flushed.

‘He’s soaked,’ Luke said. Then he leaned in and said, ‘Thomas is a bully. Let’s go, he’s not being nice to Max.’ I knew the real reason Luke wanted to go was that he expired at social functions somewhere between two and three hours. He’d make any excuse to get back to the comfort of his own home; to a TV programme he liked, his feet on the coffee table, and four squares of Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate at hand.

‘I’ll email you,’ Jarvis said, half waiting to be introduced. But Luke was in a hurry, and didn’t care to meet whomever I was talking to. No doubt he was already imagining his feet up on the coffee table.

‘Nice to see you,’ I said to Jarvis, gathering my handbag up off the ground before trailing after my husband pathetically. I left the party forgetting my salad bowl, but carrying a new seed of pleasure in my otherwise routine life.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Rowena Wiseman writes contemporary fiction, young adult and children's stories. She was recently named as one of the 30 most influential writers on Wattpad.

Rowena's blog Out of Print Writing, about writing and publishing in the digital revolution, has been selected for the National Library of Australia's archive program PANDORA

She works in the visual arts sector and lives on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria.


Rowena will be awarding an eCopy of Replacement Wife to 3 randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Thrilled to welcome fellow RNA member, Georgina Troy...

       Hi Georgina! So great to have you here today and to be a part of your ongoing tour - I'm looking forward to learning more about you and your ongoing series with Accent Press! Let's get started with my questions...

1.    What do you wish men understood about women?
That when we say something like, ‘Would you take the bins out?’ we’re not actually asking a question but reminding them that it needs doing.

2.    Do you only work on one book at a time?
I try to, so that I can really connect with the characters in my work in progress and not be distracted by other characters.

3.    Who is your favorite fictional couple?
I suppose it has to be Margaret Hale and John Thornton from Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South.

4.    Do you have a favorite quote that sums up how you feel about life?
‘This too will pass.’ It reminds me to make the most of a happy situation and not to fret about a difficult one that’s worrying me.

5.    Do you set daily writing goals? Word count? Number of chapters? Do you get a chance to write every day? 
When I’m working on the first draft of a book I try to write at least 1,000 words a day and when I’m deeply into the story I can write up to 5,000, but usually it’s around 1,500 words each day. On the days that I’m not working on a first draft the writing will be less because I’m either editing, or playing around with ideas.

6.  What do you like better, Twitter or Facebook? Why?
I prefer Facebook because I don’t have to stick to 140 characters. I’m a bit of a chatterbox.

7.    What are you working on now?
I’m working on the fourth book in my Jersey Scene series, A Jersey Bombshell. The book has been written but now I’m waiting for my editor to read it so I can work on the edits, and then the fun will begin.

8.    Tell us about your latest release and where we can find it.

My latest book is the third book in my Jersey Scene series and is called A Jersey Dreamboat. It can be found on Amazon and in bookshops and is about two friends who are event planners. Izzy and Jess have been badly let down when a Jersey socialite hires them for the busiest weeks of the season and then cancels at the last minute, leaving them with no bookings and no money.

Feeling despondent, they try a night out to cheer themselves up, and meet the Ed, who invites the two on a luxury yacht cruise to Nice. Romance builds through heady days of blue skies and warm seas, but when a last-minute wedding booking is offered, the girls must return to Jersey, and real life has to begin again … or has it?

The third instalment of the captivating Jersey Scene series. Izzy and her best friend Jess are badly let down when a Jersey socialite, who has agreed to hire their entire vintage party stock for her upcoming wedding, decides to elope instead - leaving the girls with no bookings and no money. Feeling despondent, the girls try a night out to cheer themselves up, and meet the captivating and aristocratic Ed, who invites the girls on a cruise to Nice on his yacht, together with his two brothers. Romance builds on the luxury trip, but when a last-minute wedding booking is offered, the girls must return to Jersey, and real life has to begin again ...or has it?

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Georgina Troy lives on the island of Jersey and when it’s dark she can see the lights in France from her bedroom window. This isn't surprising as Jersey is only fifteen miles off the French coast. She's an impossible romantic and likes nothing more than creating gorgeous heroes. Her books are published by Accent Press.
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