Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Book Buzz: Maggie's Montana by Linda Bradley

About the Book

Maggie Abernathy, best friend Judy, and Judy’s two young sons travel cross country to visit John McIntyre and daughter Chloe at their Montana ranch. Maggie’s convinced herself that she’s only making the trip to fulfill her promise to visit Chloe, but once there she can’t help but fall in love with the horses, the land, the ranch, and the Montana ways of life. With Chloe’s loving antics, Winston’s gift, and a handful of wranglers showing her the ropes, will Maggie have the heart to say goodbye?

Tour Schedule

November 7 – Chick Lit Plus – Excerpt
November 8 – Love Chick Lit – Q&A & Excerpt
November 9 – Silver Dagger Scriptorium – Excerpt
November 9 – Joanne Guidoccio – Excerpt
November 11 – Writer’s Treasure Chest – Excerpt
November 17 – Authors and Readers Book Corner – Excerpt
November 17 – Book Lover in Florida – Review & Excerpt
November 17 – Coffeeholic Bookworm – Excerpt
November 18 – Granny Loves to Read – Review
November 21 – Ryan Jo Summers – Q&A










Author Bio


Linda’s inspiration comes from her favorite authors and life itself. Her women’s fiction highlights characters that peel away outer layers of life to discover the heart of their dreams with some unexpected twists and turns along the way. Her writing integrates humor found in everyday situations, as well as touching moments, thus creating avenues for readers to connect with her characters.

Linda has an Associates Degree in Interior Design and a Master’s Degree in Reading and Language Arts with undergraduate work in Elementary Education and Fine Arts. She wrote and illustrated a children’s book titled, The Hunter for her Master’s Degree. Linda is a member of RWA, as well as the Greater Detroit Chapter of RWA.


Linda has two grown sons, lives with her husband, and rescue dog in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Excerpt

Maggie’s Montana
Excerpt from Chapter 20
I squeezed my eyes tight as chills ran down my spine. A gentle hand rested on the nape of my neck. The touch grounded me and for a split second, I thought maybe it was my father. Tears welled and I pressed the palms of my hands into my eyes, trying to stop the longing I felt for my dad who’d left me years ago. I saw Chloe perched on John’s hip with her arms around his neck in my mind. It seemed like eons since I was that little girl in my own father’s arms.
Through the tears, I stared at my dusty boots. John ran his fingers up my neck and into my hair. I squeezed my eyes tighter, hoping this wasn’t a dream.
John knelt beside me, his hand on my knee, and his finger under my chin. “Saw you leave. Wondered if you were all right?”
I shrugged. Cocoa ran past, and then nestled in the straw at my feet and stretched out, letting her kittens suckle. “No, guess not,” I said.
“Anything I can do to help?”
I scooted over on the bench and John sat beside me. “I don’t think so.” I tucked my hair behind my ears.
“Well I think there is, but I’m going to let you solve your own dilemma.”
I wiped the corners of my eyes and watched the kittens nuzzle up to their momma’s belly, safe from the world around them until she went out to hunt. “Probably best.” Locking my elbows, I rested my hands on my knees. I liked the feel of worn blue jeans, inside, and out.
“Dinner is almost ready,” John said.
Our gazes met. My stomach wasn’t the only thing growling. “I don’t know if I want dinner. I kind of like it out here.” The barn truly was a sanctuary.
“Well, you’ve got to eat, darlin’.” John wrapped his arm around my shoulder and drew me close, his green eyes trying to hide his own disappointments.
I couldn’t help but think I was one of them.
“A girl your age can’t live on s’mores and beer, ’cause that’s what we’re having later.”
“I beg to differ.”
John’s breath brushed up against my neck. His lips followed. Tension oozed from my shoulders like dripping wax, my guard giving way to the heat. He whispered in my ear, “Let me love you.”
I swallowed the temptation, but it stuck in my throat and lingered at the back of my tongue like bitter sweetness. “I don’t know how.”
Afraid, I prayed again. From under my lashes, I saw a man earnest and true, his eyes fixed on me yet not demanding, something I wasn’t used to. Flecks of passion danced in his irises.
“How the hell do you know what you want?” I asked.
“Because I know,” he said. His strong hands held my face. His thumbs stroked my cheeks like he was settling a skittish filly. “Let me ask you this, neighbor lady . . .”
“Why do you keep calling that?”
“Does there have to be a reason?” he asked.
“Isn’t there a reason for everything?”
“No. Sometimes things just feel right.” John kissed me as I took in his words, his breath in sync with mine. My stomach rolled over and I let myself kiss him back as if it were the very first time.

Links:
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Maggie's Way at Schuler Books: http://bit.ly/2etN7iC
Maggie's Fork in the Road at Schuler Books: http://bit.ly/2esL2Sq





Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Book Buzz: Driving on the Left and Author Interview with Gail Olmsted

Today I'm interviewing author Gail Ward Olmsted. We're talking about her new release, Driving on the Left.


Driving on the Left, by Gail Ward Olmsted


Like Mother, Like Daughter?

A summer fling changed the entire course of Jackie Sullivan’s life. Back then, she trusted her instincts and took a chance on love. Now she’s at a crossroads and has a big decision to make. How much is she willing to sacrifice for the man she loves?

Her daughter Becca’s got her own problem- a secret that could threaten her carefully planned-out future. Romance is the last thing on her mind this summer.

Jackie and Becca planned to explore the beautiful Irish countryside during a relaxing vacation, but when Becca falls for tour guide Sean, she wants to explore much more. Will Becca resist temptation or follow in her mother’s footsteps? Sean may be just too good to pass up.

This book is for anyone who believes in the power of love and its ability to make you all sorts of crazy. Written as a sequel to JEEP TOUR, it can be enjoyed as a standalone read as well.




Author Q&A 

1) DRIVING ON THE LEFT is the sequel to JEEP TOUR. How did you come up with your ideas for it?

My daughter and I were on vacation in Ireland in May of 2014. JEEP TOUR, my first novel, had just been published.We took a guided tour and the subject of my writing came up. Our incredibly handsome and charming tour guide Sean jokingly suggested that I write a sequel based in Ireland. We laughed about it, but I started realizing how fun it would be. I was halfway through writing Guessing at Normal, my second novel, but I kept scribbling notes for an Irish Jeep Tour. Sean read a review of Driving online and messaged me last week. I sure hope he likes what I did with his namesake!!

2) What was your favorite scene to write?

Sean (tour guide) and Becca (American tourist) have been flirting all week, but ever the professional, Sean has been keeping his distance. One night in a pub after an evening of drinking and dancing, Sean and Becca end up slow dancing and the attraction between them becomes very apparent. I love sexual tension and complications, so that was very enjoyable for me!

3) Describe DRIVING ON THE LEFT in five words.

Wow- this one’s tough. Let’s go with: Romantic, Light-hearted, Passionate, Charming, Irish


4) What types of books do you enjoy reading?

I absolutely love to read and as far as what I enjoy, I’m all over the place. My go-to is contemporary romance and chick lit, but I enjoy a good mystery and some historical fiction as well. My favorite authors are Dennis Lehane, Claire Cook and Stephen King.

5) How else do you like spending your free time?

My hub and I just downsized and bought a house on a lake. it’s more of a commute during the school year (I’m a college professor by day) but it’s so worth it!! I enjoy kayaking, tubing, sailing and cruising the lake. I also plan to get my butt up on a waterski this summer as I used to be pretty good!!

6) What new projects are you working on?

I am 15k words into my 4th manuscript. I’m working on a sequel to Guessing at Normal, working title is Second Guessing. Jill is now a single mom and successful songwriter with a new, younger love interest. I felt like she had more of a story to tell and I love being back in her head. Or is she in mine? I am also scribbling notes for, what will be for me, a real departure into biographical fiction set in the late 1800’s.

Buy Links

Amazon
Paperback

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Beach Reads 2016

Happy Summer!

I've been busy with baby #2 and haven't had much time for reading this summer, let alone blogging.  I'm finally getting around to posting some of my beach reads for this summer! Hopefully I'll get a chance to read at least one of them this year.  And if not, my pile of books to read will just be that much larger.

First Comes Love, by Emily Giffin




A new release from one of my favorites? Sounds perfect for summer!



A pair of sisters find themselves at a crossroads in this dazzling new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed, Where We Belong, and The One & Only. First Comes Love is a story about family, friendship, and the courage to follow your own heart—wherever that may lead.

Growing up, Josie and Meredith Garland shared a loving, if sometimes contentious, relationship. Josie was impulsive, spirited, and outgoing, Meredith hardworking, thoughtful, and reserved. When tragedy strikes, their delicate bond splinters.

Fifteen years later, Josie and Meredith are in their late thirties, following very different paths. Josie, a first grade teacher, is single—and this close to swearing off dating for good. What she wants more than the right guy, however, is to become a mother—a feeling that is heightened when her ex-boyfriend’s daughter is assigned to her class. Determined to have the future she’s always wanted, Josie decides to take matters into her own hands.

On the outside, Meredith is the model daughter with the perfect life. A successful attorney, she’s married to a wonderful man, and together they’re raising a beautiful four-year-old daughter. Yet lately Meredith feels dissatisfied and restless, secretly wondering if she chose the life that was expected of her rather than the one she truly desired.

As the anniversary of their tragedy looms, and painful secrets from the past begin to surface, Josie and Meredith must not only confront the issues that divide them but also come to terms with their own choices. In their journey toward understanding and forgiveness, both sisters discover that they need each other more than they knew—and that in the search for true happiness, love always comes first.


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The Singles Game, by Lauren Weisberger





Lauren Weisberger's books have been hit or miss for me. This one sounds good!

The new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada and Revenge Wears Prada—a dishy tell-all about a beautiful tennis prodigy who, after changing coaches, suddenly makes headlines on and off the court.

How far would you go to reach the top?

When America’s sweetheart, Charlotte “Charlie” Silver, makes a pact with the devil—the infamously brutal tennis coach Todd Feltner—she finds herself catapulted into a world of celebrity stylists, private parties, charity matches aboard mega-yachts, and secret dates with Hollywood royalty.

Under Todd’s new ruthless regime, Charlie the good girl is out. Todd wants “Warrior Princess” Charlie all the way. After all, no one ever wins big by playing nice.

Celebrity mags and gossip blogs go wild for Charlie as she jets around the globe chasing Grand Slam titles and Page Six headlines. But as the Warrior Princess’s star rises on and off the court, it comes at a cost. In a world obsessed with good looks and hot shots, is Charlie Silver willing to lose herself to win it all?

Sweeping from Wimbledon to the Caribbean, from the US Open to the Mediterranean, The Singles Game is a sexy and wickedly entertaining romp through a world where the stakes are high—and no one plays by the rules.

Buy on Amazon

What's on your reading list this summer?

Monday, May 2, 2016

Farewell Booktrope

We received the disappointing news on Friday evening that Booktrope is shutting down effective May 31.  This is sad news for all the authors, editors, designers, etc. who have invested time in multiple projects.  I republished my own novel First Sight via Booktrope and will look back into self-publishing or other avenues later this summer.

I've been fortunate enough to have met and worked with a number of talented authors as an editor for Booktrope.  Hopefully many of those connections will continue.  I still offer freelance editing and proofreading services.  Projects that I'm able to accept will be limited this summer, however, as baby #2 is coming and I'll be taking maternity leave.

More information on Booktrope closing its doors can be found here.

I wish I had a chance to work with them longer. It's been a fun ride, but I'm looking forward to exploring new opportunities in the future.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Book Review: The Churning



In Justin Edison’s second novel, Persian-American soccer star Arman Hessabi wakes in chains in a house of enemies. Driven in part by an abusive older brother, the hero feels his life is complete with the glory, women and riches afforded by a Premier League striker’s lifestyle. But he meets his match in Fat Man, Captain, Huck and Kay—men who hold him in thrall somewhere in Europe. Through trials, Hessabi comes to question his own ego and position in life. But is it too late for a soccer star with no apparent power over his own fate?

Review 

The Churning was a great suspenseful thriller that draws you in right from the start. On the very first pages, the reader is introduced to a U.S. soccer player who’s been kidnapped, tied to a chair, and is about to be killed. The hero doesn't remember how he ended up there, and you'll want to keep reading through all the twists and turns to find out what happens. A great read for all fans of suspense!
 

About the Author 

Justin A. Edison has been writing for twenty-odd years and is a graduate of the Hamline and Evansville writing programs. Booktrope published his 'revamped' soccer-themed suspense novel, "The Churning" in 2015. His first novel, "Watching the World Fall," was published (after much labor) in 2010. Edison continues work on "Endgame," a war novel and other works.
He divides his time among website work, soccer coaching, playing (poorly), being Dad (a little better) writing, cooking and inventing (occasionally realistic) products. He lives in Seattle with his wife, two kids and a vocal cat.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Book Buzz: Waking Amy

Waking Amy
by Julieann Dove
Publication date: February 23, 2016

Purchase: Amazon
Synopsis: Amy Whitfield is blindsided when she comes home and finds a note on the fridge from her husband, Wesley, stating that after four years of marriage, he’s leaving her. Amy was in the midst of trying to spice things up, to bring life back to their boring marriage. It seems now that she was too late.

As Amy sits with her head between her knees, trying to figure out what to do next, a call comes from Mercer General Hospital. The ER nurse is telling Amy’s answering machine that Wesley has been in a car accident.

When Amy arrives at the hospital, she finds her husband in a coma. The doctors say there is no sign of brain damage, and Wesley will eventually wake up. Relieved, Amy sees this as her second chance: the chance to get it right this time. To channel the girl Wesley won’t leave when he regains consciousness… She just needs some help to pull it off. After all, she was voted girl most likely to die a virgin in high school.

Amy would never figure on getting that help from Mark Reilly…Wesley’s doctor! He’s a non-committer, too-cute-for-his-own-good bachelor, and completely the guy Amy begins falling for. It’s a race against time to see who wakes up first—Amy or her husband.

Participating Blogs

Chick Lit Goddess
Jersey Girl Book Reviews
Brooke Blogs
Love Chick Lit
The Phantom Paragrapher
I'm a Book Shark
Around the World in Books
Ai Love Books
Sweet N Sassy Bookaholics
Chick Lit Plus



About the Author:
Julieann lives in Virginia, yet longs to live everywhere else. It doesn’t come as a surprise that along with her gypsy soul, comes an active imagination. That’s why she loves to write and invent worlds and people, so that she can formulate their happily ever after. Hobbies include cooking new recipes, sewing, and spending time with her cute boyfriend/husband and five fabulous children. Vacations happen in Nantucket or the Carolina beaches—anywhere there is inspiration for her next book. One day she hopes to travel to Italy, drive one of those little cars around the countryside, and speak the language fluently!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Book Buzz: Going for Two




Today I'm welcoming Laura Chapman to the blog, and she's talking about GOING FOR TWO. Here's what Laura has to say about her newest release:

In honor of Going for Two’s release, I’m sharing some fun facts about the book and Queen of the League series.

A couple of my favorite characters in the Queen of the League series are Scott and Christopher, Harper’s brothers. Like Harper, I have two brothers—though she’s the middle child between them and mine are both older than me. And like Harper, I lived with my brothers when I began my fantasy football adventure. But that’s where the similarities stopped. My brothers have both always been super helpful to me when it comes to football. My brother Mike is the one who taught me about different plays and penalties while we watched together. And Shawn basically drafted one of my teams for me this year, because I was so busy working on details for First & Goal’s launch. But we’re both the same in how much we love our dear brothers.


I hope you will check out the other facts—view a complete listing of locations and dates on my website, www.laurachapmanbooks.com—and the series.

Thank you, Laura (best name ever, btdubs), for featuring Going for Two—and me—today. Enjoy!


About the Book
Harper Duquaine is back for another season of fantasy football! This time she’s a year wiser and prepared to dominate the league. But while she finally seems to have her fantasy life in order, reality proves more challenging.

Her plans to peacefully play house with her boyfriend come to a halt when the high school suddenly names Brook its head football coach. The promotion comes with more responsibility on the field and less time at home. It also unexpectedly means more work for Harper, who already has her hands full helping a friend pull off the perfect proposal (while dodging questions about when she and Brook are going to get hitched already). Plus, a new development at work could leave her—and half of the fantasy league—jobless.

With the complications of her career and being “Mrs. Coach” adding up, Harper wonders if she’s committed to the life she’s already building or if there is something else out there.

Find the Book
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B019BQXMSA
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/going-for-two
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28174616-going-for-two

And from January 20-29 you can get First & Goal, book one in the Queen of the League series, for only 99 cents.
Amazon: http://amzn.com/B0151ZBL0G
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/first-goal-laura-chapman/1122624183?ean=2940151152693


Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/first-goal-1


About the Author
Laura Chapman is the author of Going for Two, First & Goal, The Marrying Type, and Hard Hats and Doormats. Her work also appears in Merry & Bright, A Kind of Mad Courage, and the holiday collection All I Want For Christmas from Marching Ink. She loves Huskers and Packers football, Netflix marathons, and her cats, Jane and Bingley. Laura makes her home in Nebraska, where she is penning her next novel.

Connect with Laura
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Blog - http://www.change-the-word.com/
Website - http://laurachapmanbooks.com/