Friday, March 24, 2017

Cover Reveal & Giveaway - The Banker (Modern Love #3) by Piper Rayne

The Banker
Modern Love #3
Author: Piper Rayne
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Cover Design: Djordje Grbic
Release Date: April 5, 2017


Who knew my brother’s friend could be Mr. Right, and not just Mr. Right Now? 

My brother refused to introduce me, so I blame him. If he’d just caved, and introduced me to Jasper, I wouldn’t be in this mess. I mean, really, what’s the big deal? I’m not interested in the guy’s looks. 

Oh no, I want his cold hard cash. (Be honest, you were expecting that other four letter ‘c’ word weren’t you?) 

Now, before you go getting all judgy, I’m not a gold digger. I have a legitimate business opportunity for Jasper to invest in. The problem is that my stick-up-his-ass brother is embarrassed that his twin sister invents kick ass sex toys. His problem, not mine. 

So, I took matters into my own hands. Defeat isn’t a word in Lennon Hart’s dictionary. 

Using my stealthy P.I. moves, I narrowed my search to a time and place where I knew I could find him. It was completely innocent. A chance meeting that would give me the opportunity to pitch my business. 

It wasn’t until I sat down across from the gorgeous panty soaking man in front of me, that I realized I wanted so much more than just his money. I could very well want his heart if I wasn’t careful. 

Apparently my P.I. skills aren’t as stellar as I thought because Jasper had his own secret—and it changed EVERYTHING. 

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Guest Post & Giveaway - Growing Pains by Cass Lennox

The hype about Grandma’s scrambled eggs

For this post, I wanted to share some of the food and drink that's featured in Growing Pains. None of these are important to the story - but then again, even if it's not important to the story, food is important, point blank. Right? Right. These recipes are aggregated from the Internet and personal experience, and I take no responsibility for how they taste – but I’m telling you right now, eggs like the below are sublime.

Gigi's Grandma's Scrambled Eggs

Gigi's very conscious about the food he eats – dancers tend to be. In the novel, he refuses to eat a bunch of things, but his grandmother's famous eggs loom large on the no-go list. It's totally the wrong decision, as you're about to find out, but hey, athletes amirite?

6 eggs (you're feeding family)
salt and black pepper to taste
2 pinches ground nutmeg
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp crème fraiche OR 1 handful grated cheese (cheddar is especially good)
2 tbsp chopped parsley or chives

Break the eggs into a bowl. Add the salt, pepper and nutmeg, and whisk together with a fork until light and frothy.

Melt the butter over low heat in a frying pan. Wait until it's frothy and completely melted, covering the entire pan. Add the eggs to the pan, leave for ten seconds, then stir. Repeat until they begin to set, then stir continuously until they're almost done.

Once they're on the verge of being finished, take the pan off the heat and stir in the crème fraîche/cheese and the parsley. Serve with buttered toast.

Extra ideas:
Dice a clove of garlic and brown that in the butter before adding the eggs.
Stir cooked chopped bacon bits into the egg mixture before adding to the pan.
Serve with slivers of smoked salmon for extra decadence.

Brock's Grandma's Screwdrivers

Brock's grandma gets one shout-out, and it's with this drink in hand.

1 part vodka
2 parts orange juice

Mix in a highball glass over ice (whatever glasses you have will probably be fine). Garnish with orange peel if you're feeling fancy. Sit down and enjoy with family and/or a cigarette. [Author note: please do not smoke, it isn't good for your health. Also, Brock and Gigi's grandmothers would probably enjoy being brunch buddies.]

Sophie's Wedding Kombucha Delights

Kombucha is a fancy-ass fermented tea that’s making the rounds as a recent health thing to drink. Confession time: when I included kombucha cocktails in this novel for Gigi’s sister’s wedding, I did it as a joke. The joke's on me - they're real things *deep sigh* And they're probably delicious to boot. Damn you, hipsters of the world! I don't think you're supposed to drink kombucha with alcohol, but eh *shrug* Here are two recipes, one alcoholic and one non-alcoholic.

2 oz spiced rum
pinch cayenne pepper
3/4 oz lime juice
3/4 oz ginger simple syrup
kombucha to top off

Shake the rum, pepper, lime juice and syrup together with ice. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Top off with kombucha.

2 large mint leaves
3/4 oz apple juice
1 lime wheel
1/2 oz ginger simple syrup
kombucha to top off

Muddle the mint, apple juice, lime wheel and syrup together in a highball glass. Add ice and pour kombucha to fill the glass. Sprig of mint to garnish.


About Growing Pains:

Gigi Rosenberg is living his best life: performances in the big city, side gigs at a dance company, a successful drag act, and the boy of his childhood dreams who now adores him. Even if the boyfriend part isn’t the sparkly ride of passion he expected it to be, life is sweet. So when his sister’s wedding calls him back to his hometown, he sees an opportunity to show the hicks from his past how wrong they were about him. Only, his boyfriend isn’t quite on board.

Brock Stubbs left their hometown and his parents behind for a reason, and the prospect of facing them again is terrifying. He swore he’d never go back, but Gigi has made it clear refusal isn’t an option, and Brock will do nearly anything for him. There’s just one deal-breaker of a problem: Brock promised Gigi he was out to everyone, including his parents. He lied.

It’s magical to run into the sunset together, but staying the course takes work. For Gigi and Brock, going home feels like the finale of a long, disappointing year. Sometimes love isn’t all you need.

Available from Riptide Publishing and Amazon

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Blurb Blitz & Giveaway - A Bend In The Willow by Susan Clayton-Goldner

A Bend In The Willow

by Susan Clayton-Goldner

GENRE:   Women's Fiction


Willowood, Kentucky 1965 - Robin Lee Carter sets a fire that kills her rapist, then disappears. She reinvents herself and is living a respectable life as Catherine Henry, married to a medical school dean in Tucson, Arizona. In 1985, when their 5-year-old son, Michael, is diagnosed with a chemotherapy-resistant leukemia, Catherine must return to Willowood, face her family and the 19-year-old son, a product of her rape, she gave up for adoption. She knows her return will lead to a murder charge, but Michael needs a bone marrow transplant. Will she find forgiveness, and is she willing to lose everything, including her life, to save her dying son?


Book Blast - The Make It Happen Blueprint by Michelle McCullough

The Make It Happen Blueprint

Despite living in a world of abundance, many people still feel unhappy, over scheduled, tired, and unsuccessful. Yet there seems to be an group of people who “get it.” They catch all the breaks, accomplish more in a day, make more money in their business ventures, bounce back from trials faster, and always have their lives in order. Are they just lucky, or is there some sort of secret most of us are missing?

Michelle McCullough has spent thousands of hours studying, listening to, and learning from success experts including Stephen Covey, Jack Canfield, Brendon Burchard, Jim Rohn, Brian Tracy, Ken Blanchard, Darren Hardy, and more. Applying key principles (and learning a few things on her own) she’s built three successful businesses and while still maintaining a meaningful personal life. Everyone has the ability to be a high performer. All it takes is the right mindset, the right tools, and a willingness to work. As she shares eighteen practices for high performance, you too can learn how to take your business and personal life to the next level. Success is possible, happiness is achievable, so stop dreaming about it and get out and MAKE IT HAPPEN!

Excerpt & Giveaway - Sealed Up (The Course of Fate, Book 1) by Steve Dunn Hanson

Hot off the press!
SEALED UP: THE COURSE OF FATE: BOOK ONE by Steve Dunn Hanson is available now!
Steve will be on a virtual book tour January 3 - March 31 and will be giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card PLUS an autographed copy of his book! 
Follow his tour, leave comments and share this page in social networks for extra entries!

Sealed Up
Author: Steve Dunn Hanson
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 402
Genre: Action/Adventure/Suspense 

The Da Vinci Code unsettles. SEALED UP shakes to the core!

UCLA anthropologist Nathan Hill, in a funk since his young wife’s death, learns of staggering millennia-old chronicles sealed up somewhere in a Mesoamerica cliff. This bombshell rocks him out of his gloom, and he leads a clandestine expedition to uncover them. What are they? Who put them there? No one knows. But, self-absorbed televangelist Brother Luke, who funds the expedition, thinks he does. If he’s right, his power-hunger will have off-the-charts gratification.

Striking Audra Chang joins Nathan in his pursuit and brings her own shocking secret. As they struggle through a literal jungle of puzzles and dead ends, she finds herself falling in love with Nathan. Her secret, though, may make that a non-starter.

When a shaman with a thirst for human sacrifice, and a murderous Mexican drug lord with a mysterious connection to Brother Luke emerge, the expedition appears doomed. Yet Nathan is convinced that fate—or something—demands these inscrutable chronicles be unearthed.
And if they are . . . what shattering disruption will they unleash?

Intricately layered and remarkably researched, this enthralling suspense-driven and thought provoking tour de force begs a startling question: Could it happen?



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Excerpt & Giveaway - Beautiful Mess by Kasey Lane

Beautiful Mess
By Kasey Lane

When attorney Jami Dillon strides into the conference room to meet her new client, she’s stopped in her tracks by an all-too familiar figure. Jackson Paige. He’s her tall, tattooed, and sexy as hell hook up from law school—who also broke her heart.  

Hell’s bells.

Jackson Paige was, in fact, Jax Pain, the drummer of Manix Curse.

That thing in Jami’s chest tightened, making it hard to breathe. 

Jackson Paige, aka Jax Pain, has worked hard to put that unfor-frickin-gettable fling behind him and the nasty secret that made him leave her. Truth is, life as the playboy drummer of Portland’s hottest metal band hasn’t helped him to forget the fiery, sexy woman who stole his heart. Lucky for him, Jami was just hired as his band’s new attorney. But when he sees the look on her face when she realizes who her new client is, Jax wonders if maybe being this close to her again isn’t such a great idea. The explosive chemistry is there, but so are the dark secrets…


Spotlight & Giveaway - Unsevered by Traci Sanders

by Traci Sanders
Genre: Romance, Supernatural

"Five stars have never made me feel like this. Where are my Kleenex?" Allaina Daniels 

A gripping story of love found, lost, and rediscovered in a magical way.

Jewel has met the man of her dreams … the one person with whom she’s meant to spend eternity. Harley is charming, charismatic, and although he can’t carry a tune in a bucket, he’s the most gorgeous man she has ever laid eyes upon—especially in his U.S. Air Force uniform.

Just days after the couple returns from their honeymoon, Harley is called to active duty in the Middle East. Jewel is heartbroken but determined to adapt to her new life as a military spouse and support her husband. Her plan is short-lived when Harley is killed in action just days after his deployment.
Unable to cope, Jewel withdraws from her family, friends, and the world around her, until Harley visits her with a message from the beyond.

Will Jewel surrender to the dark side to be with her true love, or will she discover that sometimes people are put in our paths for reasons beyond our understanding?