Wine, Martinis, Men and Me…

The title of this post makes it sound so much more exciting than it is! (Titles are great like that…)

I know that I’ve fallen a bit into the over-promotion pit lately here on the blog. I just get really excited about cover reveals for some reason, and a lot of the other authors I know all seem to have books planned this fall! I love the supportive network that we share, and its impossible to say no when someone asks if you’ll help promote their next book. I’m always so ridiculously grateful when other authors are willing to talk to people about my work, so I really want to return the favor when I can. And so…all the cover reveals. I also have a thing for covers.

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You probably know that I re-covered the first book in the Wine Country Romance series recently… and I’m planning a cover reveal of my own right now, for the second book in the series, Redemption Red. In FACT, if you’re a blogger and you might like to help with the cover reveal, you can sign up to do that here. Keep your eyes peeled for news of that cover reveal… because there’s a giveaway involved! Of course you can win a copy of the ebook, but you can also win

pinotsmallthis amazing bracelet made from recycled wine bottles and this 10 oz jar of Oregon Pinot Noir chocolate sauce (yum!!) just for entering!

REDEMPTION RED is slated to publish on October 15th! I’m getting jazzed about sharing it!

In other news, MEN & MARTINIS is coming out in time for Christmas from Swoon Romance, and I cannot wait for that one. It’s been a busy year!

Cover Reveal: Villere House by Leslie Fear & C.D. Hussey

 

“Villere House” by Leslie Fear & C.D. Hussey
 
Coming Early Fall, 2013
 
 
Blurb:
The last thing college senior Lottie Boyd expected while on spring break in New Orleans was having strange, yet vivid dreams of a 19th century young widow, desperately trying to save her dying little girl. When doctors are unable to do more, the beautiful woman in Lottie’s dreams is forced to go beyond her beliefs for one last attempt. Compelled to find answers, Lottie is drawn toward the historic Villere House of Voodoo, where she meets the owner, Xavier Villere. She is attracted to his intriguing creole good looks, but his skepticism of his family’s century-old link to Voodoo and the occult keep pushing her away. It isn’t until Xavier begins experiencing unexplainable events from his own past that he begins to understand why he must help Lottie with hers.

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Cover Reveal: The Long Game by J.L. Fynn

This is the week for cover reveals! I’m especially excited about this one, mostly because I had the honor of reading a review copy of this book last week, and it’s unique and fresh and intriguing… New Adult without being too in-your-face sexy (not that I mind some steam, of course!). Here are the details!

TLGCoverBook Name: The Long Game

Book Genre: NA Contemporary

Book release date: October 7, 2013

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About the book:

Smooth talking. Ambitious. Loyal. Twenty-year-old Shay Reilly has proven himself to his Irish-American Gypsy clan on small-scale cons, but now the clan leader has a bigger mission for him: playing the long game.

To rake in the big score he’s after, he needs to con co-ed Spencer into falling in love with him. He knows he should see Spencer as a mere means to an end, but that’s easier said than done when there’s a witty, attractive girl in your arms.

Now the only thing that can keep them apart is the thing that brought them together: Shay’s plans of revenge against someone who wronged his clan and family years before—Spencer’s father.

About the author J.L. Fynn: J.L. Fynn is the public face of a private identity. She enjoys making up stories about iniquitous heroes, providing Delphic answers to unasked questions, and obfuscating the truth just for laughs. But then, what’s an author but a professional liar? If you send her an email she might let you in on her little secret—assuming she likes your moxie.

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Cover Reveal: Found in You

I’m excited to host another cover reveal today for a friend whose first book had an incredible debut! Here’s the smexy cover for the next book from Laurelin Paige: Found in You!

 

Title: Found in You (Fixed, #2)Found in You Cover

Author: Laurelin Paige

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age Group: Adult

Cover designed by: Sophia Bleu

Expected release date: Oct. 1, 2013

Alayna Withers has only had one kind of relationship: the kind that makes her obsessive and stalker-crazy. Now that Hudson Pierce has let her into his heart, she’s determined to break down the remaining walls between them so they can build a foundation that’s based on more than just amazing sex. Except Hudson’s not the only one with secrets.

With their pasts pulling them into a web of unfounded mistrust, Alayna turns to the one person who knows Hudson the best—Celia, the woman he almost married. Hoping for insight from someone who understands all sides of the story, Alayna forms a bond with Celia that goes too far—revealing things about Hudson that could end their love for good.

This is the first relationship where Alayna hasn’t spiraled out of control. And she might lose Hudson anyway…
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About the Author

Laurelin Paige is a sucker for a good romance and gets giddy anytime there’s kissing, much to the embarrassment of her three daughters. Her husband doesn’t seem to complain, however. When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s probably singing, watching Mad Men and the Walking Dead, or dreaming of Adam Levine. She is represented by the wonderful Bob Diforio of D4EO Literary Agency.

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Cover Reveal – SPEAK LOW by Melanie Harlow

Book 1 - Speak EasyI think I’ve talked about the book SPEAK EASY before. It’s a fantastic New Adult book with a “Boardwalk Empire meets Gastby” flavor – set during Prohibition and beautifully written by author Melanie Harlow. I, for one am super excited because there is about to be a sequel — SPEAK LOW. And NOW would be a great time to pick up SPEAK EASY – since it’s only 99 cents this week!

The Synopsis:

We always want what we can’t have.

Tiny O’Mara is tired of living in a world where men make all the rules. After bootlegging enough whiskey to free her father from the DiFiore crime family, twenty-year old Tiny is determined to gain her independence.

But it’s going to cost her.

Her alliance with sultry Enzo DiFiore is based more on their explosive chemistry than loyalty or trust. But she’s promised him some information that will help him take revenge on The River Gang, and when he offers her a job, an apartment, and the prospect of nights spent together where anything goes, she can’t refuse—which only puts her further in his debt.

She needs gorgeous childhood pal Joey Lupo to help her again—when they’re not at each other’s throats, they make a good team, and her attraction for him is becoming impossible to deny. But after she rejects his offer to leave town together, he’s tempted to let her fend for herself.

As Enzo’s need for possession and power escalate and her feelings for Joey deepen, Tiny realizes her mistakes. She just hopes she gets the chance to fix them before it’s too late.

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Melanie Harlow likes her martinis dry, her lipstick red, and her history with the naughty bits left in. SPEAK EASY was inspired by her cocktail-culture obsession, her affection for good gin, and the view from the end of her street. She lifts her glass to NA readers and writers from her home near Detroit, MI.

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Melanie is hosting a giveaway this week – A $25.00 Amazon gift card! Click the rafflecopter link below to enter…

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And now, without further delay, check out the cover for the sequel below!
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Meet the NAturals!

UntitledThe authors of the NAturals are hosting an event with giveaways AND have written a juicy story just for you! To kick things off we have the beginning of the story below. The remaining story will unfold over the next several days on the NAturals site. Don’t forget to check back to their site each day for a new installment and other surprises!

Who are the NAturals? Lucy Stark, Melanie Harlow, Sophia Bleu, Tamara Mataya, Laurelin Paige, and Sierra Simone!

The Boy Next Door

by the NAturals

When your Friday afternoon plans involve being crammed in a half-squat between hanging shirts and pants while stark-freaking-naked, it’s time to reevaluate your life.  And I was going to do just that as soon as Derek rescued me from the closet.  It had occurred to me before that dating a guy who still lived at home was going to be a problem, but it was hard to be choosy when nearly every guy my age had already taken off to college.  I was on the delayed-start plan myself, trying to save up enough money by working temporary and part-time jobs to go away next year.  That’s how I’d met Derek and wound up naked in his closet.  I had a knack for situations like this.

“Make sure you water the rhododendrons every afternoon or they’ll die, and do it today, please.”  His mother had been listing all the chores she needed done when she left on her Alaskan cruise in the morning.  So far she’d been here for what felt to be an hour.  I didn’t actually have a watch.  Hello, naked.  But I had a cramp in my thigh that was getting worse by the minute, and it felt like I’d achieved a level sixty in discomfort.

“And no overnight visitors,” she finished.

“Of course, Mom,” Derek said.

“Especially not that Natalie girl.  I don’t think she’s a good influence.”

To continue the story and for even more chances to win great prizes, visit us at our blog: The NAturals http://thenaturalauthors.blogspot.com

Event is August 19th-26th.

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Travel and Perspective

So it turns out that traveling with two small boys alone for a month through the entire state of California was a little more stressful than anticipated.

That said, I came home with a new perspective. I spent more time with my boys in the last month than I think I ever have. More real time together, just hanging out. By the end, they were my little traveling buddies and I really felt like it was just us against the world. In the face of so much expectation from others (to be in a certain place, to make sure the boys behave a certain way, for me to be a certain version of myself), we really turned to each other. I kind of fell in love with my kids, and it made me sad to realize that I’ve spent so much time just managing them, but not really knowing them. In the midst of constantly evolving schedules and activities, I always feel that I’m rushing them from one thing to the next, that I’m always saying, “put your shoes on!” “get in the car!” and not much “What’s going on? How are you today?”

This trip made me realize that these guys are two tiny, but fully realized, people — with their own lives and struggles. Further, I realized that they were not sent here to make it harder for me to get things done. I invited them into my life. I brought them here. And I need to remember it every single day when they’re struggling with becoming well-behaved people and frustrating the hell out of me. I need to remember it when I’m trying to complete a manuscript that has been taking WAY too long to get done and they’re wandering through my office and dropping LEGOs on my desk.

And I need to remember that I made some other choices, too…to love my husband, to communicate with him, and to support him… I don’t know how I’ve managed to take all the things that are so important to me completely for granted. But the long travels made me realize it and motivated me to stop it. I’m going to try to LIVE every day, not just get through it. And to cherish the people I’ve chosen to spend my life with.

And I am also going to try to get this doggone book finished so that I can share it! Cover reveals coming soon! (Redemption Red, book two in the Wine Country Romance series! I can’t wait until you meet Tyson Dawes… so hot!)