Wednesday, November 26, 2014

TVBT: HER WINNING FORMULA by Shannyn Schroeder (Hot & Nerdy #3) #MeettheHero #Giveaway @KensingtonBooks


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Spring break was supposed to be a last blast of fun for three friends before the reality of adulthood set in. But for the trio’s science whiz, it’s an education in instant attraction…

Chemistry major Felicity Stone can tell you everything about the way chemicals interact, but when it comes to social interaction, she needs schooling. Abandoned by her friends, Felicity is faced with spending spring break alone—unless she accepts a gorgeous stranger’s invitation to pose as his girlfriend at a family wedding. Not one to turn down a research opportunity, Felicity never expected it to produce such breathtaking results…

Teacher and baseball coach Lucas Tanner is fascinated by Felicity’s potent mix of spirit and scientist, not to mention her delicious curves. When Felicity asks him to return the favor by teaching her how to pick up guys, he can’t refuse—but he’s not at all happy with the idea of her using a formula for flirting on anyone but him. Can he convince her that together they have the perfect chemistry?

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Her Winning Formula – Meet the Hero 

By: Shannyn Schroeder 

The hero of Her Winning Formula is Lucas Tanner. Lucas is a special ed teacher and baseball coach who is giving up his spring break to go to his brother’s wedding in South Padre Island in Texas. In the airport, he meets Felicity. He thinks she’s cute and tries talking to her, but she seems uninterested.

Lucas doesn’t give up easily though. Felicity helps him get through take off and landing (he’s afraid to fly) and he decides she could solve all his problems. He’s on a moratorium from dating, so he doesn’t have a girlfriend to bring to the wedding. Normally, that wouldn’t be an issue, but his ex is the maid of honor and rumor has it that she’s looking for a reconciliation. He doesn’t, so he hopes Felicity will pretend to be his girlfriend.

After a snafu at the rental counter, Lucas, being the good guy that he is, gives Felicity his rental car, leaving himself stranded until she offers to drive him. This is the first example of the kind of guy Lucas is. He’s a fixer. He does everything in his power to help people. For the most part, it’s a good thing, but when it comes to dating, he tends to be attracted to women who have issues. He tends to treat them like projects, something to fix before moving on, hence the moratorium on dating.

When Felicity agrees to be his date, he’s thrilled and he offers to help her get through the night with minimal effort. The more time they spend together, the more attracted he is to Felicity. He doesn’t want her to spend the remainder of her spring break picking up other guys, but he is true to his word and teaches Felicity how to flirt. It about kills him when she finds success while flirting.

Lucas was interesting to write. From the outside, he seems like the perfect guy. And in many ways, he is. He understands people—what they need, how they feel. But part of his need to fix things means he likes to be in charge. He wants to handle everything. When it comes to his family, they almost expect this and he ends up being in charge of many wedding details and problems. When it comes to women, he doesn’t quite know what to do with them once they are “fixed.”

Things are different with Felicity because he doesn’t really think she needs fixing. He falls for her exactly as she is. Of course, then he needs to convince her of this.





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Shannyn Schroeder is the author of the O’Leary series, contemporary romances centered around a large Irish-American family in Chicago and the new Hot & Nerdy series about 3 nerdy friends and their last spring break. When she’s not wrangling her three kids or writing, she watches a ton of TV and loves to bake cookies.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

New Release: SUGAR'S TWICE AS SWEET by Marina Adair (A Sugar, Georgia Novel) @ForeverRomance #Review #Giveaway


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Sugar's Twice As Sweet
Sugar, Georgia #2
Marina Adair
Released November 25th, 2014
Forever Romance


He's trouble she doesn't need . . .

Thanks to a cheating fiancé, Josephina Harrington's perfect life just crashed and burned. Moving in with her overbearing parents is definitelynot an option. No, she needs to prove she can make it on her own. And she will-by turning her great-aunt's old plantation house into a destination getaway. She's just not expecting her contractor to be so hands-on-and so totally irresistible.

. . . but everything she wants

Bad-boy golf champion Brett McGraw figured his hometown of Sugar, Georgia was the perfect place to lay low and get his life back up to par. The leggy blonde with a pint-sized pup is the kind of sweet 'n sassy trouble he never saw coming. She doesn't know a nut from a bolt and before long, he's renovating her house . . . as she steals his heart. Can he convince Josephina that his womanizing ways are in the past and he's ready for forever?







Welcome to the Big Leagues Marina, SUGAR'S TWICE AS SWEET is a Home Run!

As a long time fan of Adair's Contemporary Romances, such as the Helena Vineyard Series, I have come to appreciate the lovable characters and laugh-out-loud moments that I can expect each time I open one of her books, but SUGAR'S TWICE AS SWEET, was just a step above.  I can explain exactly what it was, maybe the Spark that ignited the moment that Brett see's Joie for the first time,walking down a stretch of highway, or the first time they truly make love underneath the stars...I was engaged from the first page, and from laughing one moment, to sighing, then my heart breaking...well...let's just say Adair put me through the ringer.

I loved the setting of the story, Sugar, Georgia, with a cast of characters that just made the book for me, starting with Brett's two brothers, Jace (Yum...can we say Tattooed) and Cal (Double Yum..He's a DILF), and yes they are BOTH getting a book (Happy Dance).  But for fans of Jill Shalvis' Lucky Harbor Series and Candis Terry's Sweet, Texas Series, you will appreciate the "Old Lady' love, with Hattie and her crazy crew...who manage to make things a bit difficult for Joie, and had me laughing in the meantime!

I thought the build up between Brett and Joie was perfect!  I enjoyed the scene's where they spent time together, and I was there for the ride, into first kiss and losing their hearts to each other.   Yes, my heart broke a bit, but Brett was all around a Great Guy and I so was crossing my toes that he would come out on top!

If you haven't read anything from Marina Adair, I sincerely suggest starting with SUGAR'S TWICE AS SWEET, released TODAY with Forever Romance, and then move on to the rest of her Contemporary Releases!!  You can always expect A Bumpy but Exciting Ride!!


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Marina Adair is a #1 National best-selling author of romance novels. Along with the St. Helena Vineyard series, she is also the author of the upcoming Sugar, Georgia series and Tucker’s Crossing, part of the Sweet Plains series. She currently lives with her husband, daughter, and two neurotic cats in Northern California.

As a writer, Marina is devoted to giving her readers contemporary romance where the towns are small, the personalities large, and the romance explosive. She also loves to interact with readers and you can catch her on Twitter or visit her on Facebook.


Twelve Days of Sweet: SWEET COWBOY CHRISTMAS by Candis Terry @Avonbooks #Recipe #Review #Holiday #Romance #Giveaway


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Sweet Cowboy Christmas 
Sweet, Texas # 3.5
By: Candis Terry
Releasing November 25th, 2014
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Mistletoe, holly, and cowboys, oh my! Christmas in Texas has never been sweeter.

Years ago, Chase Morgan traded in his dusty cowboy boots for the shimmering lights of New York City and a fast track up the corporate ladder. But when his shiny life is turned on end just in time for Christmas, Chase knows he needs to reevaluate even if that means going home to Texas to endure his least favorite holiday.

When Mr. Tall, Dark, and Smoking Hot walks through her door at the Magic Box Guest Ranch, Faith Walker sees just another handsome, rich exec looking to play cowboy for a week-at her expense. She’s sure the grumpy, but sexy as hell Scrooge will put a crimp in her holly jolly plans. Until a sizzling kiss has her seeing him in a new light.

Chase is haunted by secrets, and even though it goes entirely against her “hands off the guests” rule Faith is tempted to help him leave the past behind. As the magic of the season swirls around them, she is determined to succeed because now she is certain one sweet, cowboy Christmas will never be enough




SWEET COWBOY CHRISTMAS is a feel-good Holiday Romance that warms the heart.

Oh Candis, how you continue to write these Sexy as Sin heroes who make my heart race, and leave me wanting MORE? Chase Morgan is a cowboy in sheeps clothing...or an Armani Suit, who is in need of a little R&R, after suffering a heath scare. Thinking he is headed to Sweet, Texas to figure out where his life is headed, he finds himself going head to head with Faith Walker, the stubborn owner of the Magic Box Ranch...who isn't all too fond of the "Loafer Wearing, Richie Rich types".

Let me just say, these two had me cracking up...and the sexual tension was on HIGH SIZZLE from the moment their eyes met!

With Candis Terry's trademark humor, and a bit of Christmas magic, SWEET COWBOY CHRISTMAS is not to be missed!





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Welcome Paige Walker Marshall (heroine from Home Sweet Home/For Love and Honor Anthology)

"The holidays can be so stressful. Since my hot hubby, Aiden Marshall, and I own and operate an apple orchard and the Honey Hill Bed and Breakfast, we are always busy. Okay, I’ll admit some of that time (maybe a lot) is spent heating up the sheets. So I like to keep (other) things fast and simple. 

Here’s an easy recipe that not only tastes great, it’s also a wonderful gift for party attendees, co-workers, or the lady who grooms your dog. And everybody knows chocolate is an aphrodisiac, right? I suggest you indulge with a glass of bubbly and that special someone. Enjoy!"

Cookie Cutter Fudge



Here's a sweet gift for someone with everything. Place cookie cutters and fudge into cellophane gift bags, and tie with ribbons. Thank you Betty Crocker!

Prep Time: 20 min

Total Time: 2 hr 20 min

Servings: 6


Ingredients

1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1 cup peanut butter chips

1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla

Betty Crocker™ white or red decorator icing (in 4.25-ounce tube), if desired

Candies, if desired



Directions

· Place each of six 3x1/2-inch mitten-shaped cookie cutters, or other cookie cutters in a simple shape, on 5-inch square of foil. Seal foil tightly around outside of each cookie cutter. Place on cookie sheet. Lightly spray cookie cutters with cooking spray.

· In 4-cup microwavable measuring cup, mix chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, milk and butter. Microwave uncovered on High 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until chips are almost melted. Stir in vanilla.

· Pour mixture into cookie cutter molds, filling to tops of molds. Refrigerate uncovered about 2 hours or until firm. Decorate with icing and candies.

· Carefully remove foil. Gently press fudge out of molds to serve.



Candis Terry was born and raised near the sunny beaches of Southern California and now makes her home on an Idaho farm. She’s experienced life in such diverse ways as working in a Hollywood recording studio to chasing down wayward steers. Only one thing has remained the same: her passion for writing stories about relationships, the push and pull in the search for love, and the security one finds in their own happily ever after.





Friday, November 21, 2014

Release Day: FATE ACCOMPLI by M.M. Jaye (Aegean Lovers #1) #Promo #Giveaway #NewRelease #Fantasy @Tastybooktours


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Aegean Lovers # 1
By: M.M. Jaye
Releasing November 21st, 2014 





Monica Mitchell flies all the way from Boston to Athens, Greece, not to get a tan but a very specific job. Because besides an MBA, this twenty-four-year old has a mission: to prove to Alex Argiros, the gorgeous Greek magnate, that she has now grown out of the habit of flashing her underwear and looking like a zombie flick castoff … in the presence of hundreds.

The catch? She has to hide who she is. Thankfully, not having seen him since her early teens helps, and soon she gets all she wants and so much more. Not only does Alex not connect his highly qualified new assistant to the disaster magnate of his distant past, but apart from his admiration, he also offers her his heart.

Now, Monica has a new mission: to keep it forever. But first she has to come clean before he finds out her connection to the bane of his existence. Because if he does, he’ll rightfully assume she plays the part of the Trojan Horse, and then he’ll shed the sleek businessman exterior, letting his hot-blooded Greek nature take over.

She knows he could destroy her.

She knows, yet she needs just a little longer to savor his searing kisses…



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Spicy





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MM Jaye’s mother claims that she spoke her first word at the age of six. Months. As a kid she would record fairytales in her own voice, play them back and then re-record adjusting the pitch and tempo. Later, she used her voice to inspire young adults and teach them the art of translation. But there came a time when life took a turn for the worse, and her voice temporarily died out. That’s when she turned to writing. Fate Accompli is the first book in her Aegean Lovers series, set on the Greek island where her husband proposed. MM Jaye lives in Athens, Greece, with her husband, daughter and Kindle. Yes, it’s that important.


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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

TVBT: A COWBOY'S CHRISTMAS PROMISE by Maggie McGinnis #GuestFeature #QuietOnes @loveswept #Giveaway


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In a captivating novel spiced with holiday magic—perfect for fans of Rachel Gibson, Susan Mallery, and Molly O’Keefe—a rugged Montana man mends a Northeast girl’s jaded heart.

Boston veterinarian Hayley Scampini tends the city’s pampered pets but dreams of the rural life of a country vet. She’s single and determined to stay that way, convinced that love isn’t permanent enough to trust. Then a vacation to the Whisper Creek dude ranch introduces her to Daniel McKee, a sexy single dad who runs the kind of veterinary practice she aspires to—and rattles her conviction to keep men at a distance.

Managing a thriving practice, coping with the loss of his wife, and fighting a custody battle with his in-laws over his twin daughters, Daniel couldn’t be more overwhelmed. Hayley is a godsend, accompanying him in the field and winning over his girls. It doesn’t take Daniel long to realize he’s falling for this woman, hard and fast. So before Hayley returns to Boston, he extracts a promise: that she will return to Whisper Creek for Christmas. It’s the perfect time and place to show Hayley that the promise of a beautiful life together is something she can believe in.


Praise for Maggie McGinnis

“Maggie McGinnis writes the kind of characters that keep you smiling long after you turn the page.”—USA Today bestselling author Katie Lane

“A writer with a talent for both humor and emotion.”—New York Times bestselling author Lori Handeland, aka Lori Austin

“McGinnis comes out of the chute with force, grabs your emotions, and gets a death hold on your attention to the last page, where you sigh and wish there was one more chapter.”—New York Times bestselling author Carolyn Brown

“Heartwarming and sweet, Maggie McGinnis is definitely an author to watch!”—USA Today bestselling author Tina Leonard




It’s Always the Quiet Ones
by: Maggie McGinnis

Thanks so much for hosting me today! I’m so excited to celebrate the release of A Cowboy’s Christmas Promise with you!

Hi there. My name is Maggie, and I’m an introvert. Certified, identified and typed, I’m that girl who’ll be your best friend for life, but please, please don’t bring me to a party full of strangers.

Years ago, the school I worked for had us all do the official Myers-Briggs test, then gathered us together to deliver the results. I turned out to be an INFJ—one of those freaky super-feelers of the universe. We’re introverted, sensitive, empathetic creatures who pretty much just want to be left alone, please.

Now, while there are certainly social drawbacks to being an INFJ, I’d argue that we make the best BFFs in the world. Here are just a few reasons why:

1. We’re loyal—like, peekapoo-loyal. It might take us a while to warm up to you, but once we do, we’ll bite the ankles of anybody who dares to hurt you.

2. We make others look good. We’re happy to take the reins (and please, just let us, because before the project starts, we’ve already investigated all possible angles and know exactly what needs to be done), but we’re just as happy to let you do the presentation and get the glory. Just don’t make us serve on a committee. We HATE committees.

3. We are creative. This might be because we spend more time talking to ourselves than to other humans, but in the end, we need an outlet … preferably a quiet one.

4. We are crazy-observant. Picture a browser with 150 tabs open at the same time, and that is an INFJ. We can’t help it. We don’t even LIKE it, a lot of times. On the positive side, though, we make great armchair therapists.

5. We are often said to have supernormal intuitive abilities. In English, that means we can often tell what people are thinking before they know it themselves, but not in a spooky ESP-ish sort of way. We’re just scary-good at reading body language and facial expressions. Believe me, sometimes we wish we weren’t so good at it. However, as your BFF, we can totally help clue YOU in to what somebody else is thinking … or, y’know, maybe even you.


I never chose to be an INFJ, and given the option, I think I would have sprinkled a hefty dose of extroversion in my pot just to balance things out a bit. Since it’s the hand I was dealt, though, I look at the bright side: an INFJ will probably never be your bright, sparkly wing-gal at a party, but she is most definitely the one you want as your rock-steady, ankle-biting BFF for life. Guaranteed.

How about you? Have an introvert in your life? What’s his/her best quality?

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Maggie McGinnis is the author of Accidental Cowgirl and Driving Without a License, which was a finalist for Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award. A former high school English teacher, an accomplished musician, and a certified black belt, she lives in New England with her family.

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