Thursday, January 31, 2013

Killer Cupid by Maeve Christopher Free Until February 2, 2013

What happens when an assassin falls for a woman who is trying to kill herself?
The saga begins with an assassin in crisis...

David Lambrecht, aka Cupid, works for an international covert agency. He has a life of adventure, mystery, and accountability to only the most powerful in this world.

Unfortunately his past is catching up with him. His sanity -- and his life -- are at stake. In the midst of personal crisis, he must deal with a traitor who is selling government secrets and profiting from the international drug trade.

An unlikely "angel"...

Debbie Aldridge, a young artist, struggles in the isolation of an eating disorder amidst the extravagance of Beverly Hills. Her efforts to stand on her own, to succeed with her art, and to reach out to friends, are trampled by overbearing parents and by her addiction.

When her weak heart gives out, Debbie has a near death experience, a glimpse of heaven, and life changing words from her grandmother. She returns to life with a purpose. But she must find a woman called Cat.

And a prophet...

David's cousin Cat has visions of his peril -- and a white-haired girl with her hand on his heart. What will it take to save their lives?


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Today's Feature and Giveaway: Holding Off For A Hero

Beautiful, vivacious Emma Prescott has a love-'em-and-leave-'em reputation. Fact is, Emma's holding off for a hero. When she moves to a cabin at wilderness Loon Lake and meets her one neighbor biology professor Frasier MacKenzie, he's still just another guy, even with his killer blue eyes and body that just won't quit...until he rescues her and her Pug from one danger after another. Then he definitely falls into hero territory. But the professor has no intention of filling the role of white knight in Emma's life. All he wants is to be rid of her and her annoying little dog so he can get on with his research. In fact, he's ordered to get rid of them whether he wants to or not. Looks like Emma may have to go on holding off for a hero

Excerpt from Holding Off For A Hero
The unmistakable screech made his breath clog in his throat. His body froze in midstride. The Panther! Dear God! Emma! Pulling his gun, he plunged into the darkening bush.

“Emma!” he yelled.


Her cry sent him charging forward. He rounded a small thicket to see her huddled
against the trunk of a pine, the Pug clutched in her arms. Stalking toward her, bird-dog fashion, its belly dragging on the snow, was the Panther.

He raised the gun. His hand shuddered. No, please, God, not now! Taking aim, he fired. The report rocked the silence of the forest. The big cat screamed as the bullet whizzed inches over its head. Roaring, it whirled and vanished into the shadowy bush. The silence of the winter twilight returned. The hand holding the smoking gun dropped to his side, every ounce of strength drained.

“Thank God you missed.” Emma recovered her speech. “It would have been awful to have killed him.”

“Damn it, Emma…!”

“Well, if he hadn’t run away from that warning shot, you would have got him with the next one, right?”

“Right.” Her absolute confidence made him choke out the word. Still clutching the Pug, she suddenly sank down on her haunches in the snow.

“Frasier, I was so scared,” she hiccupped.

Want To Read More?  Holding Off For A Hero is Available at:
Amazon ebooks
The Wild Rose Press
Amazon for paperback

Meet The Author

Gail MacMillan is a three-time Maxwell Award Winning writer and author of 26 published books. A graduate of Queen's University, she lives in New Brunswick Canada with her husband and two dogs, Fancy a Little River Duck Dog and Bruiser the cover guy and hero of Holding Off For a Hero.

Gail's web site is

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Featured Book of The Day and Giveaway: Under Her Spell

When a series of failed relationships and business ventures have Monica Jackson doubting her self-worth, she turns to spell casting to attract positive energy and the opportunities needed to achieve her goals. But can Monica’s belief in spells restore her belief in herself?

Monica creates a spell to find her soul mate, and one to ensure the success of her new romantic event planning company, Enhance Your Romance. Monica is confident she has found her niche until divorce lawyer Reed Walker opens a practice next door to her office. The anti-marriage slogan plastered on his office window, and his down-on-love clients, quickly prove detrimental to Monica’s business. When his arrival appears to trigger a string of bad luck, Monica fears one of her spells sent negative energy into the universe and it has returned to her threefold. Although Reed is beyond sexy, and she admires his self-confidence, she’ll do whatever it takes to get the universe back on her side, and Reed out of her life. No way is she losing another business.

Reed finds himself attracted to Monica’s beauty and her optimism. His job and his parents’ divorce have made him a pessimist, especially when it comes to love. However, he soon finds that Monica’s pro-love attitude is rubbing off on him, causing him to lose his edge. If Reed doesn’t distance himself from Monica, he’ll likely destroy his reputation as a pit bull divorce lawyer.

Can Monica and Reed look past what they might be losing to realize the love they have found?
Prologue From Under Her Spell

“A spell … ” Hope mused, then her face lit up. “If there’s a spell to attract a man to a woman, there must be one to repel women from a man. Right?”

“Spells shouldn’t involve negative energy. Sending out negative energy can cause it to return threefold. They aren’t intended to harm someone or make them do something against their will.” Jordan had drilled this into her head.

“I wouldn’t be making Kyle do anything against his will. I’d be warning women to stay away from him.”

Sounded borderline.

“Please,” Hope whined, picking a clump of batter from her long, wavy hair.

Monica let out a defeated groan. “All right.” Hope would never actually cast the spell anyway. When they were young, Hope refused to wear a Casper costume for Halloween because she didn’t believe in ghosts. She was closed-minded when it came to paranormal or New Age beliefs. And you had to truly believe in a spell for it to work.

Monica set down the bowl of salt and grabbed a pencil and pad of paper off her desk and handed them to Hope. “Write this down. It’s called,” she tapped a hot pink nail against her lip, “the dirtbag spell. Take one of Kyle’s socks, fill it with dirt, and add a photo of him. It’s critical you aren’t in the photo.” Monica paced, tightening the sash on her lavender silk robe. “Include something of his like … ”

“His new Rolex?”

Personally, Monica would list the watch on eBay and pray for a bidding war. But Hope, no matter how ticked off, was too timid to sell Kyle’s precious watch, and too frugal to risk damaging it by mixing it with dirt.

“That’s fine. Sew up the sock and bury it in your front yard. It’ll warn all women he’s a dirtbag.”

Hope poised the pencil against her lower lip, reviewing the spell. “Don’t I have to say something when I bury it, like a chant?”

What happened to being spell ignorant?

“Bury it in the moonlight while saying … ” Monica scrambled for a few rhyming lines, “moonlight, glowing bright, warn all women in your sight, the man who lives in this house, is a dirtbag and a total louse.”

“Perfect.” Hope sprang from the bed, looking inspired. “Kyle’s at work. I’m going over to the house right now to bury that sock.” She turned and marched out, a woman on a mission.

Monica nibbled nervously on her fingernail. Hope wouldn’t seriously go through with casting the spell, would she? A big part of spell casting was psychological, focusing all your energy on making something happen. Monica had never seen Hope look so determined, or vindictive. Hopefully, if she did cast the spell the negative energy didn’t return threefold.

What was the worst that could happen?

Want to read more?  Under Her Spell is available at:
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Meet The Author

Eliza Daly’s first attempt at creative writing was in fourth grade. She and her friends were huge Charlie’s Angels fans and she would sit in her bedroom at night writing scripts for them to act out at recess the following day. She was Kelly Garrett. Fast forward to the present, she’s still writing stories about beautiful women who always get their men. The journey from fourth grade script writer to published author wasn’t an easy one, but it was always an adventure and the final destination was well worth it.

When Eliza isn’t traveling for her job as an event planner, or tracing her ancestry roots through Ireland, she’s at home in Milwaukee working on her next novel, bouncing ideas off her husband Mark, and her cats Quigley and Frankie.

You can find Eliza on the web at





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Friday, January 18, 2013

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: Book Reviews Part 2

When I Leave A Review
I consider myself not only a writer but also an avid reader, although as of late I do not have as much time to read as I once did.  Regardless, I still manage about about 2 books a month or so depending on the length of the book.  However, I rarely leave book reviews anywhere.  When I do leave a review it is only for a book that I loved, not just liked, and I never leave a bad review.  That is actually one of the reasons I rarely accept requests to review books on my blog.  When I do post a review on my blog it is almost always for a book I discovered myself, purchased, read and loved.
Now, some of you may say that is silly and wonder why I don't leave bad reviews.  Well there are 2 main reasons.  The first is simple, just because I didn't like a book doesn't mean someone else will not and I'd rather not influence their decision and not have them buy a book that they may love.  For example my husband used to love Tom Clancy books.  He had them all in hardcover version.  I tried one several years ago and thought it was the worst thing I had ever read.  Obviously, enough people love his work considering his success.  Therefore rather then right a bad review I would rather just not ever buy something from that author again. 
My second reason is because I do not want to hurt anyone feelings.  I know authors should not take negative reviews personally, but I know I have a hard time with that so I assume other authors do as well. According to my husband, my habit of leaving only reviews for books I loved and no review for books I disliked makes me a bad reviewer.  Maybe it does, but I need to do what I am comfortable with.
What about all of you.  Do you always leave a review regardless of whether you enjoyed a book or not?  I would love to know.
Coming Soon Part 3 How Important Are Reviews When You Purchase A Book?

Monday, January 14, 2013

Marie Astor's Newest Release & Jewelry Giveaway

Maggie Robin has been dating the irresistibly good-looking, successful Jeffrey Preston for two years. But when Jeffrey proposes marriage a week after Maggie’s college graduation, she is no longer sure if she wants to marry a workaholic TV producer.
Maggie’s doubts culminate when during a ski trip to British Columbia, she meets Taylor Denton, a handsome, free-spirited big mountain skier who is the complete opposite of Jeffrey. It does not take Maggie long to realize that she has fallen in love with Taylor and she decides to break off her engagement with Jeffrey. But just when she thinks she has found the love of her life, an ill-fated misunderstanding tears Maggie and Taylor apart.
A week later, Maggie is told that Taylor has died in a tragic ski accident; yet, her heart refuses to believe in Taylor’s death. When Maggie returns to Taylor’s native town, she learns that Taylor is indeed alive, but has been seriously injured. Resolved to bring her lover back to life Maggie stands by Taylor’s side, convincing him to embrace life again.
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Exclusive Excerpt
“Come on Maggie, you’re going to be late!”
“I’ll be there in a minute, Mom!” Maggie feverishly surged through her room, making sure she had not forgotten anything. It felt strange being back in her parents’ house after having her own place for almost four years.
“Jeffrey is on his way up, honey.” Janet Robin poked her head through the crack in the door. “Maggie! You haven’t even zipped up your suitcase! Come on - help me close this thing up! You know how Jeffrey gets about being late.”
“I know, Mom.” Maggie sighed, remembering Jeffrey’s zeal for punctuality.
“Now, what are you sighing about, young lady?” Mrs. Robin placed her hands on her hips. “You’ve just graduated college a semester early with honors, your boyfriend proposed to you with a splendid ring, and he is taking you on the ski vacation of a lifetime!”
At her mother’s mention of her engagement, Maggie self-consciously twisted the huge diamond ring on her finger – the ring was too big, and she constantly worried about its slipping off.
“Let me see that sparkler again!” Mrs. Robin gushed, grasping Maggie’s hand. “Magnificent! You are one lucky girl – I always knew that Jeffrey was the one. I am so happy for you, honey. Promise me that you won’t sulk.”
“I promise. Now, let’s get this suitcase zipped up.” Maggie was in no mood for one of her mother’s speeches. And yet, she could not help admitting that her mother did have a point. Maggie had been dating Jeffrey for almost two years, and she was pretty sure that she loved him, so marrying him seemed like the next logical step, but no matter how hard she tried to convince herself of this fact, she could not shake off a feeling of uneasiness ever since Jeffrey had proposed, a week ago.
A Little About The Author
Marie Astor is the author of contemporary romance novels This Tangled Thing Called Love, Lucky Charm, Smitten At First Sight, romantic suspense, To Catch a Bad Guy, and a short story collection, A Dress in a Window. Marie is also the author of young adult fantasy adventure novel, Over the Mountain and Back.
If you would like to learn more about Marie’s writing, please stop by her website or visit her on facebook.

As part of her blog tour Marie will be awarding to five randomly drawn commenters at the end of the tour, one of the following five custom-designed jewelry prizes:  All you need to do is leave a comment for Marie.  To increase your chances of winning, visit each of her blog stops and enter at each one. 
Prize 1: Blue quartz three strand necklace with sterling silver clasp
Prize 2: Jade and prehnite necklace
Prize 3:Green aventurine sterling silver earrings
Prize 4: Smoky quartz sterling silver earrings

Prize 5: Rose quartz sterling silver earrings

Virtual Book Tour for Marie Astor

Other Books By Marie Astor
This Tangled Thing Called Love – a contemporary romance about overcoming one’s inhibitions, learning to tango, and finding one’s true love match.
Lucky Charm – a humorous contemporary romance about love, luck and friendship
A Dress in a Window – a collection of short stories about love, coincidences, and fate.
Over the Mountain and Back – young adult fantasy adventure novel about a boy who takes his snowboard for a ride and finds himself in a magical, hidden world he never knew existed.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Warm Winter Reads Blog Hop and Giveaway

Giveaway Prizes
Grand Prize $50 Best Buy gift card along with a $25 gift card of the winner's choice (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or iTunes). That's a $75 prize!

Second Prize is a $25 gift card from Amazon.

For many of us the days are shorter and the temperatures are much colder and that means only one thing: Winter has set in.  But don't let that get you down.  Instead find a good book, curl up under the covers and get lost somewhere else for awhile. 
We all have our favorite genres.  For me I love a good romance, especially a romance book that is part of a series. Two of my all time favorite romance authors with books in a series are Julia Quinn and Johanna Lindsey .  To be honest I have always loved books that were part of a series.  Perhaps this is why I created my series called The Sherbrookes of Newport.    Currently, the first two books in the series are out.  The 1st book The Teacher's Billionaire is Free for almost all ereaders.  The second book The Billionaire Playboy is available for all ereaders.

Callie Taylor's life is turned upside down when she learns the truth about her birth following the death of her mother. Not only is her father alive, but he's none other than presidential candidate Senator Warren Sherbrooke.

Billionaire and confirmed bachelor, Dylan Talbot, is devoted to his family. When his stepfather Warren Sherbrooke receives a letter from a past love telling him they have a daughter together, Dylan is instantly suspicious. In order to keep the media vultures away and protect Warren's political aspirations, Dylan convinces Warren to let him handle the situation.

As Callie and Dylan spend time together, they can't resist the feelings that blossom between them. However, when Callie learns the real reason he has been spending time with her their fledgling romance is put in jeopardy and only complete honesty can save it.

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She's spent her life avoiding love   Captain Charlotte “Charlie” O'Brien, a doctor in the United States Navy, returns to her home in North Salem, Massachusetts to visit her family and make an important decision about her future. Mother Nature has other plans when a hurricane strikes, flooding the town and throwing Jake Sherbrooke in Charlie's path. Initially she believes Jake is nothing more than a rich playboy, but quickly, she learns that he is so much more.
The media calls him Prince Charming   Jake Sherbrooke has never been one to follow the path laid out by his parents. That is why he started the Falmouth Foundation, a non-profit disaster relief organization rather than enter politics. When he learns of the destruction in North Salem, he immediately travels there to offer aid and meets Charlie O'Brien. Charlie is unlike any woman he has ever meet and he can not help but be drawn to her. Soon neither can ignore the incredible chemistry between them. But will his reputation as a billionaire playboy damage their budding romance?
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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Book Feature of The Day With Giveaway: Eternity By Kim Carmichael

Therin Athan faces a choice…eternal salvation or eternal damnation.
After centuries of pining away for a love never realized, Therin's last assignment as a Cupid depends on helping the lonely, shy Lucy Carlton. The mission's success or failure will determine where he is transferred. He can study the heavens or be condemned to hell.

Lucy Carlton spent her life searching the stars for answers, but finds them in the form of a gorgeous man who comes in her dreams. Therin shows her the joys of physical pleasure and encourages her to try to find love. She wakes with a new found confidence, but soon her timid nature takes over and she retreats back to the comfort of her home…alone.
With only a week to decide his fate, Therin breaks every rule. What starts as a job to save himself, becomes a love that can never be…except maybe in eternity.
"Why stars?" He retrieved the bottle and poured her some more, staying quiet hoping she would continue to reveal bits of herself.

"Stars are endless, they are sort of like looking at hope."

He stared at her profile.

She let out another laugh, this one heartier than the first. "Right there." She motioned up at the night sky.

"Where?" He leaned over.

"Right there." She put out her finger and leaned toward him as if to show him her perspective.

He moved the basket to the side and slid over, sighing when he finally focused on what she pointed out. "Pisces." The two fish represented Aphrodite and Eros. A few wisps of her hair tickled his face but he didn't move them away.

"Is she your mother? Are the stories true?"

"Nothing is ever exactly as it seems." He repeated his words from earlier, but appreciated the way she was fluent not only in the stars but the mythology. "Just like Pegasus, there is more than one Cupid. He was the just the most famous."

"Are you a God?" She kept her eyes on the night sky.

"I am what they call an immortal. I work for the Gods." He lowered his voice as to not scare her.

She finished off her wine. "Why is this your last assignment? Did I break you or something?"

He put his hand over hers. "I was broken way before you were even born."
What broke you?"

"Every being has wants and needs." He paused. "Sometimes when they go unfulfilled it's hard to keep going."

She looked at her lap. "What happens after you deal with me?"

"It depends on how successful I am." He balled his other hand in a fist. This was not something to put on a human.

"Do you mean how successful I am?"

From one day in her apartment he knew she was not only intelligent, but also insightful. "Something like that."

"What happens if I don't end up with him?" She stared into the empty glass.

"There are things only Gods know. I need to guide you."

She shook her head. "I don't want to think of you down in Hades."

He almost smiled. "Something like that."

"Must be frightening for you," she whispered.

"What do you mean?"

"If you are immortal then you are never really know how or when it will end." She turned her hand over. "Infinite can be as terrifying as finite."
About The Author
Kim Carmichael began writing eight years ago when her need for graphic sex scenes and love of happy endings inspired her to create her own. She has a weakness for bad boys and techno geeks, and married her own computer whiz after he proved he could keep her all her gadgets running. When not writing, she can usually be found slathered in sunscreen trolling Los Angeles and helping top doctors build their practices.
You Can Contact Kim Carmichael at:
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Kim will be awarding a variety of prizes to randomly drawn commenters during the tour and this contest is open internationally.

There are necklaces and e-books of Hands on Me, a Kim Carmichael Tote Bag, a set of vintage Harlequin romance books, as well as three pieces of Kim Carmichael Skin Care. Also, autographed cover flats will be awarded at every stop.
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Sunday, January 6, 2013

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: Book Reviews Part 1

Handling Reviews
Book reviews, they are a part of every authors' life whether they like it or not.  I admit I do often check the reviews my two books have received on the web, although as of late I've tried not to do it as often.  Like most authors, I have gotten reviews that make me ecstatic, and leave me literally floating on air.  At the same  time, I have gotten reviews that make me want to put away my computer and never write another sentence again.  Naturally, there have also been those that fall somewhere in the middle. 

Since I started getting reviews ,I have had to learn ways to deal with those negative reviews that make me think twice about my abilities as a writer.  Normally, what happens is I sulk for a little bit after reading a bad review.  Sometimes it even kills my ability to write anything else that day.  Then I look at the good reviews I have gotten from other readers.  Finally, and this may sound terrible,  I look up authors I enjoy that have made the NY Times and USA Bestseller lists multiple times and read their 1 and 2 Star reviews.  They way I see it, if fabulous authors that I love receive negative reviews from time to time, anyone can.  Once I have gone through these 3 steps, I feel better and I am able to get back to work.

One thing I NEVER do is confront the reader who left the negative review.  Sometimes the idea of doing so is really tempting.  For example, I received a negative review by someone because they said it was not a Christian Romance and should not be in that category.  I wanted to write back and tell them that it is NOT in the Christian Romance category so I don't know where the reader ever got the idea it was.  However, as tempting as it was to reply I did not.  I ignored the remark and carried on.

What about the rest of you?  How do you handle negative reviews?  I'd love to hear your strategies.

Soon to come Part 2: When/Why I leave a review and Part 3 How important are reviews to you when it comes to buying a book.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year's Blog Hop and Giveaway


The mark of the New Year means different things to individuals.  To some it is a time to go out and have a party with friends.  Others like to attend First Night celebrations like the one in Boston which includes music and fireworks.  Still others consider it a time to make New Year's resolutions regarding everything from obtaining a better job to loosing weight. 

I myself I always keep my New Year's low key and stay in the warmth and comfort of my own home. To be honest some years I fall asleep before the clock even hits midnight.  And as for New Year's resolutions, I don't always make them.  This year ,though, I am setting what I am referring to as my New Year's Writing Goals.  And what are my goals? 

First I want to complete the next two books in my romance series The Sherbrookes of Newport.  Currently the first two are out The Teacher's Billionaire which is free and The Billionaire Playboy. I just finished the first draft for the third book.  My second writing goal is to decide if I want to continue with this series or move onto something else when it is finished.  I keep going back and forth with this one.

What about you?  What are your goals for the new year?  Leave a comment below with your email address and be entered to win 1 of 3 Grand Prizes.  In addition to these prizes, I will be awarding an Amazon Gift card to one commenter. 

Don't forget that you can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!  To see what other blogs are participating visit

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $300 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!