Friday, June 23, 2017

Read, Write, Love at Seaside by Addison Cole & Dreaming at Seaside by Addison Cole with a GIVEAWAY


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Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers features a group of fun, flirty, and emotional friends who gather each summer at their Cape Cod cottages. They're sassy, flawed, and so easy to relate to, you'll be begging to enter their circle of friends! All books can be read as stand-alone novels.

Read, Write, Love at Seaside by Addison Cole is the sweet edition of New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster's steamy romance novel Read, Write, Love. The stories and characters remain the same, and convey all of the passion you expect between two people in love, without any explicit scenes or harsh language.

In Read, Write, Love at Seaside...
Bestselling author Kurt Remington lives to write. He spends twelve hours a day in front of his computer, rarely leaving the seclusion of his beach-front property, where he’s come to finish his latest thriller — that is, until free-spirited Leanna Bray nearly drowns in the ocean trying to save her dog. Kurt’s best-laid plans are shot to hell when he comes to their rescue. Kurt’s as irritated as he is intrigued by the sexy, hot mess of a woman who lives life on a whim, forgets everything, and doesn’t even know the definition of the word organized.

Leanna’s come to the Cape hoping to find a fulfilling career in the jam-making business, and until she figures out her own life, a man is not on the menu. But Leanna can’t get the six-two, deliciously muscled and tragically neat Kurt out of her mind. She tells herself she’s just stopping by to say thank you, but the heart-warming afternoon sparks an emotional and unexpectedly sweet ride as Kurt and Leanna test the powers of Chemistry 101: Opposites Attract.

MY THOUGHTS...

Oh My Gosh.... Addison Cole has written the sweetest, most loving, and amazing story. 

Kurt is lost in his own book world and not interested in anything but his family and writing when Leanna stumbles into his life and turns it upside down.     I love how opposite these two are.   Kurt is organized, serious, and focused.   Leanna is flirty, klutzy, and rolls with whatever is happening.    Together they are perfect.     They balance each other out perfectly. 

I believe Kurt is almost perfect, only almost because perfect isn't any fun.    He not only accepts Leanna's unorganized life but he integrates himself into that life without making it  big deal.   At no point does he make her feel bad about how different they are.   He accepts her as she is without questioning or pushing her to change.     Leanna also accepts Kurt as he is.   She understands when he has to go into his own world and write instead of hanging out with her and doesn't pressure him to do what she wants.     

This is listed as Sweet with Heat for a reason.      The sweet part is found on every page, whether in Kurt and Leanna's relationship or in the friendships of the Seaside Summer Girls.   The heat is hinted at numerous times yet Addison Cole leaves the true heat to the reader’s imagination.  

This is the perfect read for a cold night cuddled by a fire or a day at the beach in the hot sun.    The Sweet with Heat:  Seaside Summers series is sure to become a favorite. 


I received this book through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own


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Dreaming at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 2)
Bella Abbascia has returned to Seaside Cottages in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, as she does every summer. Only this year, Bella has more on her mind than sunbathing and skinny-dipping with her girlfriends. She’s quit her job, put her house on the market, and sworn off relationships while she builds a new life in her favorite place on earth. That is, until good-time Bella’s prank takes a bad turn and a handsome police officer appears on the scene.

Single father and police officer Caden Grant left Boston with his fourteen-year-old son, Evan, after his partner was killed in the line of duty. He hopes to find a safer life in the small resort town of Wellfleet, and when he meets Bella during a night patrol shift, he realizes he’s found the one thing he’d never allowed himself to hope for—or even realized he was missing.

After fourteen years of focusing solely on his son, Caden cannot resist the intense attraction he feels toward beautiful Bella, and Bella’s powerless to fight the heat of their budding romance. But starting over proves more difficult than either of them imagined, and when Evan gets mixed up with the wrong kids, Caden’s loyalty is put to the test. Will he give up everything to protect his son—even Bella?

Dreaming at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Dreams by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

My Thoughts…
Have you ever read a book that is part of a series and wonder what will happen to the secondary characters?     That is what happen when I read  Read, Write, Love.  I wanted to know if the rest of the Seaside Girls would find their happy endings just like Leanna did with Kurt.     Dreaming at Seaside is Bella’s story.   Well, Bella and Caden’s story. 

Wild, crazy, trickster Bella is swearing off relationships until she gets her life in order.    Then one night of being found outside by new local police officer Caden Grant brings sparks to her life.    Even swearing off relationships cannot detour the feelings that are between her and Caden.     My favorite part is how Caden is just accepted into the folds of the Seaside girls.    Instantly Caden is included in their plans, welcome into their lives, and expected to put up with the shenanigans these ladies led by Bella pull. 

I loved how with every thought Evan, Caden’s son, is included into Bella’s world.   She includes him in their date times, their quiet times, and their fun times.     Not every woman would be welcome to a teenage boy coming into her life and not only does she accept Evan but she loves him and wants him in her life.   

Addison Cole has written a fun, sexy, sweet, and a tad of heat story that cannot be put down.    I recommend picking up your own copy asap and reading this entire series.


 I received this book through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own



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Hearts at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 3)
Jenna Ward is vivacious, spontaneous, and confident—except when she’s around the man who stole her heart years earlier, strikingly handsome, quiet, and reliable Pete Lacroux. After years of trying to get his attention and overwhelmed from dealing with her mother’s new cougar lifestyle, Jenna’s giving up on Peter—and is ready to explore other men. 

As the eldest of five siblings, with an alcoholic father to care for, boat craftsman Pete Lacroux always does the right thing and has no time for a real relationship. He’s looking forward to seeing his friend Jenna, a welcome distraction who’s so sexy and painfully shy that she equally entertains and confuses him. 

When Jenna picks up a hard-bodied construction worker, jealousy ignites Pete’s true feelings, and he’s unable to ignore the desires for Jenna he never realized he had. But Pete’s not the quiet guy he appears to be, and his life is anything but conducive to a relationship. Can Jenna handle the real Pete Lacroux—the most alpha male she’s ever seen—or will she crack under pressure? And can Pete reclaim the life he once had without tearing apart his family? 

Hearts at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Hearts by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

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Sunsets at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 4)
Jessica Ayers has lived a sheltered life with little more than cello lessons and practices taking up her day. Now a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, she escapes the prim and proper symphony to vacation in the Seaside community in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, to determine if she is living life to the fullest or missing it altogether.

For the first time since developing the second largest search engine in the world, billionaire Jamie Reed is taking the summer off. He plans to work from the Cape and spend time with his elderly grandmother—and falling in love is not in his plans.

From the moment Jamie and Jessica meet, the attraction is white-hot. Once-overly-focused Jamie can think of little else than sweet, smart, and alluring Jessica, and Jessica discovers a side of herself she never knew existed. But when Jamie’s business encounters trouble and his attorney and best friend intervenes, he proves that the brown-haired beauty is too distracting for Jamie. To make matters worse, it appears that Jessica might not be who she says she is, turning Jamie’s life—and his heart—upside down. In a world where personal information is always one click away, Jamie must decide if he should trust his heart or watch the woman he loves walk away. 

Sunsets at Seaside is the sweet edition of the steamy romance novel Seaside Sunsets by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Foster.

Releasing August 23rd
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Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers 
Coming Soon!
Secrets at Seaside (releasing October 11th)
Nights at Seaside (releasing December 6th)
Seized by Love at Seaside 
Embraced at Seaside 
Lovers at Seaside 
Whispers at Seaside


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Addison Cole is the sweet alter ego of New York Times and USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Melissa Foster. She writes humorous and emotional sweet contemporary romance. Her books do not include explicit sex scenes or harsh language. Addison spends her summers on Cape Cod, where she dreams up wonderful love stories in her house overlooking Cape Cod Bay.

Addison enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups and welcomes an invitation to your event.

Addison’s books are available in paperback, digital, and audio formats.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

IN THE COWBOY’S ARMS By Vicki Lewis Thompson


Matt Forrest was born to be an actor, but grew up at Thunder Mountain Ranch as a cowboy. So when things go haywire after shooting his first Hollywood movie, he retreats to his childhood home where he knows his parents and foster brothers can help him figure out what he really wants out of life.

But PR agent, Geena Lysander, isn’t about to lose one of her best new clients—so she follows him. And things get complicated because she’s attracted to Matt, and not just for his handsome, movie-star good looks. As she gets to know the man behind the cowboy, their professional relationship becomes passionately personal. Could Matt’s next big role be as Geena’s leading man?




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1)      What is your favorite part about writing In the Cowboy’s Arms?
·         Hollywood newcomer Matt Forrest is falsely accused of behaving dishonorably. I loved writing the scenes where his foster family stands behind him because they all know he would never do such a thing. Warms my heart.

2)      Is there anyone who you based Matt and Geena off of, or who you drew your inspiration from?
·         Matt is a little like my son, who’s the nicest guy in the world, and he sometimes blunders into a dicey situation because he sees the best in everyone.

3)      When did you first realize that you wanted to be writer?
·         I’ve been writing since I was eight, but I didn’t realize I could make money at it until I was in my thirties.

4)      What is your favorite thing about writing contemporary romance?
·         I get to play with modern-day slang! It’s tricky because some words stick and others fade. The word “cool” is one of the few that’s survived over several generations.
5)      How many books have you written? Is there one that you would consider your favorite?
·         About 150. That would be like picking a favorite child! But if I had to choose a recent one, it would be CLAIMED!, the third book in my Sons of Chance series. I heart Jack Chance.

6)      What future projects are you working on?
·         More cowboy stories! I love writing them.

7)      Do you have any advice for new writers?
·         Don’t be intimidated by the success of others. Everyone starts at zero so leap into the current and swim like hell. It’s not an easy way to make a living, but it’s incredibly rewarding.





VICKI LEWIS THOMPSON is a New York Times bestselling author who worked as a journalist and a high school English teacher before deciding to become a romance novelist. She was the recipient of Romance Writers of America’s Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award, and has published more than 100 books.



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Just an Illusion by D. Kelly RELEASE BLITZ & GIVEAWAY




Title: Just an Illusion - EP
Series: The Illusion #3
Author: D. Kelly
Genre: Contemporary/New Adult Romance
Release Date: June 21, 2017


Blurb

Lives are turned upside down …

Everything was perfect before life came to a screeching halt.

When devastating loss flips Amelia’s world on its axis, she loses her spirit. Mel isn’t the only one hurting, though; the members of BAD are also struggling to find their way after that tragic night.

Life goes on …

Amelia’s friends move heaven and earth to help ease her sadness. Knowing she’s on a dangerous precipice, they fight through their own pain to bring her safely to the other side of her grief.

Love can conquer …

Amelia knows bottling up her feelings isn’t helping anything. With love at her fingertips, all she has to do is reach for it. Mel’s loved ones desperately hope she can once again find her way to happiness.

Can Amelia overcome her fears to let love in again, or will she let the weight of that night continue to drown her in sorrow?

Just an Illusion – EP is book three in The Illusion Series








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D. Kelly, author of The Acceptance Series, The Illusion Series, and standalone companion novels Chasing Cassidy and Sharing Rylee, was born and raised in Southern California. She’s a wife, mom, dog lover, taxi, problem fixer, and extreme multi-tasker. She married her high school sweetheart and is her kids’ biggest fan.

Kelly has been writing since she was young and took joy in spinning stories to her childhood friends. Margaritas and sarcasm make her smile, she loves the beach but hates the sand, and she believes Starbucks makes any day better.

A contemporary romance writer, D. Kelly’s stories revolve around friendship and the bond it creates, strengthening the love of the people who share it. For all things D. Kelly, you can visit her website: http://www.dkellyauthor.com


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Serenity Harbor by RaeAnne Thayne

Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: June 27th 2017 by Harlequin Books

In New York Times and USA Today bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne’s newest book in her wildly popular Haven Point series, SERENITY HARBOR (HQN Books; on-sale July 2017), one kiss might be enough to change the course of three people’s lives.

Tech millionaire Bowie Callahan is about the last person that schoolteacher Katrina Bailey wants to work for. She’s only back in charming Haven Point for one month, just to see her sister get married, and then she’s heading back to Colombia where her teaching job, and someone special, are waiting. Not to mention, as far as Kat can see, Bowie is arrogant, entitled and not up to the task of caring for his young half brother, Milo. Milo, who is on the autism spectrum, may have just been dropped in Bo’s lap and sure, Bo is trying to do right by him, but it’s obvious that Bo’s job takes top priority. Or at least that’s what Kat thinks. So when Bo convinces her to take a temporary, three week nanny position with Milo, Kat is really doing it for the cash, and because Milo is pretty darn sweet. Kat is desperately trying to save enough to help adopt an orphaned little girl back in Colombia and if this short-term job can get her there, then she’s willing to do pretty much anything. But as her kindness and patience work wonders with Milo, she realizes there's more to sexy, wary Bo than she'd ever realized.

Bo never imagined he'd be tasked with caring for a sibling he didn't know existed. Then again, he never pictured himself impulsively kissing vibrant, compassionate Katrina in the moonlight, especially when he can’t afford to lose her. She’s the only thing keeping him and Milo together until the new, permanent nanny shows up. But after that kiss, Bo realizes that he might be the one to make Kat’s dream of family come true…and he’s hoping there's room in it for him, and Milo, too.

My Thoughts…

Serenity Harbor is pure sweetness and heart shared in an amazingly loving story.    The location is perfect for the story of Bowie, Milo, and Katrina.      There is so much need, love, hurt, and fear within the relationship of these three.    Each character, even little Milo, have their own history to work through.    Bowie and Milo have to deal with the loss of their mother and the rough starts on life she gave each of them.  Katrina is dealing with her bad boyfriend choices and the hopes of adopting her daughter. 

Katrina is my hero.   She takes it upon herself to reach out to a little boy who is obviously struggling with life and make his life so much better.   She has the patience and understanding to know what Milo needs and how to reach out to him.    Katrina could take a breakdown and turn it around with just a few words.   The best part of the story for me is seeing Milo come out of his shell and become more involved in life.  

Serenity Harbor is an easy book to read.   I fell into the story and didn’t want to come back out.   I could feel the love of the town, the townspeople, the families, and Bowie and Katrina.     I recommend picking up your own copy.  

Thank you Katie Olsen at Little Bird Publicity for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.  

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“Entertaining, heart-wrenching, and totally involving, this multi-threaded story overflows with characters readers will adore.” —Library Journal on Evergreen Springs (starred review)

"Romance, vivid characters and a wonderful story; really who could ask for more?" —Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"This quirky, funny, warmhearted romance will draw readers in and keep them enthralled to the last romantic page." —Library Journal on Christmas in Snowflake Canyon

"RaeAnne Thayne is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors... Once you start reading, you aren't going to be able to stop." —Fresh Fiction


New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne loves words. Her love affair started as soon as she learned to read, when she used to devour anything she could get her hands on: cereal boxes, encyclopedias, the phone book, you name it! She loves the way words sound, the way they look on the page and the amazing way they can be jumbled together in so many combinations to tell a story.

Her love of reading and writing those words led her to a fifteen-year career in journalism as a newspaper reporter and editor.

Through it all, she dreamed of writing the kind of stories she loved best. She sold her first book in 1995 and since then she’s published more than 40 titles. Her books have won many honors, including three RITA® Award nominations from the Romance Writers of America and a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews.

RaeAnne finds inspiration in the rugged northern Utah mountains where she lives with her hero of a husband and their children. She loves to hear from readers and can be reached through her website at www.raeannethayne.com



Tuesday, June 20, 2017

WANTED: TEXAS DADDY By Cathy Gillen Thacker



All small towns have their secrets. No one in Laramie, Texas knows about Sage Lockhart’s friends-with-benefits relationship with the handsome cowboy, Nick Monroe. However, Sage wants something more from Nick—something that could change the very nature of their arrangement. She wants to have his baby.

Nick has always wanted to take things with Sage to the next level. Having a child wasn’t exactly what he had in mind, but it’s an adventure he can’t refuse. Of course, neither of them realized just how complicated things could get.

Now, with a baby on the way and all of their careful plans unraveling, Sage and Nick must face the one secret they’ve been hiding from themselves…and from each other.


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Bon Appetit and a Book: 

·         Chipotle Chicken Roll-Ups
o   Spread flour tortillas with thin layer of chipotle mayonnaise.  Sprinkle on shredded Monterey jack, and Cheddar cheese.  Add shredded roast chicken, thinly sliced tomato, red onion, avocado, and cilantro.  Roll up, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate until ready to eat.   (Available for a quick lunch at Sage’s bistro, The Cowgirl Chef cafĂ©.)

Song Playlist:
·         Someone Like You by Dina Carroll
·         Just The Way We Do It by Chely Wright
·         Take Your Time by Sam Hunt
·         Give A Little Bit by the Goo Goo Dolls
·         Humble And Kind by Tim McGraw
·         Good Time To Cry by Jennifer Nettles
·         Make You Miss Me by Sam Hunt
·         Breathe You In by Dierks Bentley
·         Want You Back by Tim McGraw
·         Let Love In by the Goo Goo Dolls


How-to Tips for Aspiring Writers: Tips for those looking to get their work published/break into the industry.

1.       Finish the book.  You can learn a lot from writing the whole story, and you won’t learn enough if you only write proposals—aka first three chapters and an outline.  Plus, if you are unpublished, you need to present a full manuscript.

2.      Once you have finished the first book, send it out and then begin another completely new story.  The more novels you have out there, the more likely you are to make a sale.

3.      Read everything you can on perfecting your craft.  I am still studying books and articles on plot, characterization, pacing, conflict, and so on.  And I am still learning.

4.      Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was a publishing career.   Persistence and dedication to craft pays off.  It took me seven full manuscripts, in three different categories, written over five years before I sold my first book.  But what I learned during that time was invaluable.  Which is why, 35 years later, I am still able to earn a living, writing.  When success came, I was ready for it.

5.        Believe in yourself.  Only you can write your stories, your way.  That’s your voice.  It’s unique to you. 

6.      Listen to your editors.  They are your friends, and have a perspective you will never have when it comes to your stories.   If they tell you something needs work, fix it, don’t argue.  Trust in their judgment will pay dividends.  Remember, if you don’t succeed, they don’t succeed, so they have every reason to want you to put your best work out there.

7.        Pay attention to quality.  Although it is important to get enough books out there, to develop name recognition, it’s also important to make each and every book better than the last.  So make sure each new project has a fresh spin that makes it seem new and exciting.



Meet the Author...



CATHY GILLEN THACKER is a full-time wife, mother and author who began writing stories during “nap time” when her children were toddlers. She wrote seven books as she taught herself how to be an author, and her eighth attempt was published in 1982. Since then she has written and published more than 70 novels.