tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-88147872764653768022018-05-27T20:59:06.178-04:00Fab Fantasy FictionFab Fantasy Fiction reviews contemporary &amp; historical, paranormal, romance; romantic suspense, urban fantasy, &amp; mysteries. Author interviews, spotlights, book excerpts, giveaways, &amp; the popular Feeding Your eReader Friday are regular features.Emsy Van Wyck, editorhttps://plus.google.com/101468577200025059080noreply@blogger.comBlogger282125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814787276465376802.post-10652072491657391502014-12-17T15:41:00.002-05:002014-12-17T16:24:35.534-05:00Kindleholic or not, cancel cable and grab yourself Fire TVI'm a reader, truly I am. That's why when I moved out here to the sticks several years ago and my former satellite company couldn't find a clear signal, I ditched traditional viewing and set up streaming options. (Yes, this was seven plus years ago, before streaming to television became common and easy.) <br /><br />I bought a cheapish hard drive and set it up with my "big" and I mean old-fashioned big tv (the ones they don't sell anymore). Then I was seduced a year or two later by a super sale on a 24 inch HDTV at Sam's Club (I know, in the grand scheme of things that's small - but to me, it's still big). Between my Roku box (yes, the original Roku) and my tiny hard drive, I was able to watch all that I wanted. <br /><br />But then I stopped watching. Between the demands of my job (I practically lived there) and other things, television and movies were a luxury I lost track of. This was highly ironic as part of my job was working on behalf of a theatre company that featured - yes, you guessed it - television actors and writers. <br /><br />I was clueless about who they were and what their shows were, so I became an expert listening real well to water cooler conversations about what was hot. I was always glad that there were meet &amp; greets at the beginning of the rehearsal process as I never recognize anyone. Really. I. Don't. It's highly embarrassing. Although, in some ways it worked in my favor as everyone was "just folks" to me. I'd see their bios, but it took "meeting them" to really get me to IMDB and YouTube them, and I'd find the person I had been casually joking with had just received an Emmy, or had had a Tony nod. It probably was better I hadn't put those pieces together first or I would have been super intimidated - 'cause I truly am a simple country girl.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CX5P8FC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00CX5P8FC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=JDWBFFICRIYU5Y45"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B00CX5P8FC&amp;Format=_SL250_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a></div>Now that I no longer am in that world - and have more time on my hands - I decided (after turning on the television for the first time in years and finding the Roku box had expired) to add to my Amazon Kindle family of devices and purchase an&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CX5P8FC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00CX5P8FC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=DTRSZHA4JMQLCI6W">Amazon Fire TV</a>. <br /><br /><a name='more'></a><br />It was just after Thanksgiving and there wasn't a sale, so I decided to go with a refurbished box (more expensive than the Fire TV stick, but it came with the remote that offered voice commands). When it arrived the following Monday, it was a super easy set-up process, but low and behold I found that the same "new" Fire TV box was offered for $10 less than the refurbished on on a Cyber Monday deal. I called Amazon and the extra nice customer service rep offered to send me a return slip if I went ahead and purchased the sale box. I did.<br /><br />When I received the new new Fire TV box I was in heaven. Soon I'd have all those Amazon Prime shows available, plus the other apps (BBC, PBS, Documentary, and Indie films) at my fingertips. But there was something wrong. Nothing streamed correctly and the box keep disconnecting from my internet connection. After a few days of this, I called Amazon and a few calls later, finally reached the tech services department where it seemed it was either my broadband router connection (which I doubted) or it was a glitch in the actual Fire TV box. <br /><br />Now, this is why I buy from Amazon and did not even consider another Roku device. The Amazon tech rep immediately processed a replacement box for me and expedited it for one day delivery. <br /><br />Now was third time the charm? Oh my goodness, YES!<br /><br />There were no problems streaming or loading apps. Everything worked seamlessly. I particularly love the fact that with Miracast I could view any videos that were on my Fire HDX tab on the screen - and they looked great. I no longer would need to used the hard drive to stream most online video as I could now do so with the little old HDX. Sweet!<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GDQ0RMG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00GDQ0RMG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=VHFOFQA4K7ODN54H"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B00GDQ0RMG&amp;Format=_SL110_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a>+<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BWYRF7E/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BWYRF7E&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=ACX5337WJM5VZ6OC"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B00BWYRF7E&amp;Format=_SL160_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a>&nbsp;</div><div style="text-align: left;">The professional in me realized this would also be a fabulous tool for presentations. With the tiny Amazon <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GDQ0RMG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00GDQ0RMG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=3MMC5BHV446XYADN">Fire TV Stick</a>, the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BWYRF7E/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BWYRF7E&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=MHZCEYS36A2K6V6Z">Fire HDX tab</a>, and any HDTV easy presentations would be a thing of beauty. </div><br />So would I recommend the Fire TV?<br /><br />Absolutely, particularly if you are an Amazon Prime member. One of the reasons I deliberately hadn't bought it when it was first offered was in the early reviews, there apparently wasn't any easy way to see what was a free Prime offering and what was paid; now there is. <br /><br />Oh my, did I indulge myself! I watched some Masterpiece theater (Miracast as the shows weren't available on the PBS app, but on my local station). If you have a chance, do check out PD James' take on Elizabeth and Darcy in Death Comes to Pemberly. <br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002NWPP30/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002NWPP30&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=CWJWPCUY3FPEMEIO"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B002NWPP30&amp;Format=_SL160_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003VXTR7A/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003VXTR7A&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=VT4Z4IOFR75I4GGQ"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B003VXTR7A&amp;Format=_SL160_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a></div><br />That led me to several free British imports available via Prime, including <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002NWPP30/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B002NWPP30&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=WACHXRTUI65JPP6J">Benedict Cumberbatch in The Last Enemy </a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003VXTR7A/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003VXTR7A&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=LOGDUEJTOGZKN6YP">Rupert Penry-Jones in Whitechapel (seasons 1, 2, 3)</a>. <br /><br />One of the things I love and hate about Amazon are its suggestions. Sometimes they're right on target, but most of the time I wonder why in the world the algorithms would encourage me to read or watch something so out of my taste range. When I saw one television series pop up again and again after my British fest, I was laughing as it seemed so out of that mold. Ummm, a throwback lawman in a series set in the south? What? Why?<br /><br />As I explained I cut traditional television off in 2007, and I tended to, surprise, immerse myself in British television, when I did stream series. While I knew about the FX network through someone who worked on American Horror Story, I didn't pay too much attention. So this show, well, I decided to watch it on a whim. I thought it might be funny and hey, it was free and the streaming was great.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003AZCYCE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003AZCYCE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=SQJ45BN4VH3WV2BK"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B003AZCYCE&amp;Format=_SL160_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a></div>For anyone who hasn't guessed, I then went on a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003AZCYCE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003AZCYCE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=VQLQXANW23B3XADE">Justified (seasons 1, 2, 3, 4)</a> marathon. I couldn't stop watching this show finding myself pulling an all-nighter to finish out season two. This series ROCKS.<br /><br />I had to know more (now for all you Justified fans out there, you're laughing at me, I know), but this was just the most witty, irreverent, and fabulously well cast and well acted television drama I had seen - ever. <br /><br />Of course it didn't hurt that the story was inspired by Elmore Leonard, but it was clear that while Leonard is a draw it was the ensemble team that made this show work. I had to know more and soon my rusty skills in tracking down details about the cast and crew were dusted off for an orgy of web searching. Along the way, I discovered that the Brits love this show as much as I do (check out&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/tvandradioblog/2014/jan/15/justified-over-sad-news-fans-season-six">The Guardian</a>).<br /><br />So, I'm just tuning in on Justified as it's about to tune out with season six (beginning 20 Jan 2015). In some ways, I guess I'm happy about discovering it late in the game. Like reading series books, I have a terrible time waiting for the next installment. Tuning in late? Well, there's really no waiting to be done. And I'd really like to tip the proverbial hat for a creative decision to wrap it up before it went stale. Probably one of the reasons I tuned in to British series that are seemingly more finite than American ones. . . It's really not all about money, but if you're really invested in a work about looking yourself in the mirror. I'll probably shed a tear or two at the conclusion, but at the same time will be searching out the next projects that these folks will lead. Win win for all.<br /><br />Plus, Justified has made me a huge fan of the FX network. Granted, I'm someone who's pretty squeamish about onscreen violence (I either fast forward or close my eyes), so some of the shows may be a bit much for me. But I've already begun watching <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B8PCLTY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00B8PCLTY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=VVIR3URB7LIJG6R5">The Americans Season 1 </a>. I love the 80s flashback and once again I think I'm hooked.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00B8PCLTY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00B8PCLTY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=7YLRSR3K63HP6UUR"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B00B8PCLTY&amp;Format=_SL160_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a></div><br />Oh, I had mentioned that I thought the ensemble acting rocked on Justified. Having now seen four seasons (and probably going to spring for season 5 too), I have to say that season two (featuring Margo Martindale as a clan matriarch) is my favorite to date. I now will watch anything that show runner Graham Yost is a part of. Yes, The Americans, Band of Brothers, and The Pacific are all in my Amazon queue. <br /><br />On IMDB, I began going through the cast bios one by one and was really curious about what awards the show received. Color me stupefied that the only "show" award seemed to be a Peabody (nothing to sneeze at), but where was the Emmy nod for best drama? It was great to see that both Martindale and Jeremy Davies received an Emmy for their work in season two, but I was amazed that neither Timothy Olyphant or Walton Goggins took home a statuette that night as well. Plus, where was Joelle Carter's nod? <br /><br />Man, I just adore the back and forth bromance between Olyphant and Goggins. IMHO, their onscreen dynamic actually tends to eclipse their romantic liaisons (my apologies ladies). Plus when Goggins spins out the dialogue, sometimes I feel like Shakespeare arrived in the Kentucky hills. <br /><br />So, I'm just going to pass along my deepest appreciation to Amazon for turning me on to this and other amazing television and films. If you are considering a streaming device, you should check out the Fire TV stick or box too. (The box is reduced today, so it might be a good time to get that holiday gift.)<br /><br />Now, I'm going to go back to reading before treating myself to another episode of The Americans. Plus, I'd love your suggestions about some other shows to check into. Emsy Van Wyck, editorhttps://plus.google.com/101468577200025059080noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814787276465376802.post-67122738883838083502014-12-03T17:40:00.001-05:002014-12-04T00:27:16.202-05:00First Impressions: Amazon's Fire Phone - unlocked and on saleIt seems like Christmas came a bit early to my house with the post-Thanksgiving select sales by Amazon. What did I fall for? (Oh, excuse me...) What was I tempted by? The amazing deal on the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OC0USA6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00OC0USA6&linkCode=as2&tag=fabfanfic-20&linkId=SKLPYZ4LAUQE7RU2">Amazon Fire Phone, 32GB (Unlocked GSM)</a><img src="http://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=fabfanfic-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B00OC0USA6" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" /> (and the Fire TV - more on that later). Yep, I've just added two new Amazon devices to my household, much like I used to do with Apple.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">How about them apples? This devoted Mac girl hasn't used her iPad in ages - instead using the 8.7 Kindle HDX that was my splurge from last year. But I wan't about to plunk down beaucoup bucks to purchase the Fire Phone ($650 without contract or $0-$199 with contract from AT&amp;T), but I paid attention to it. Sort of lusted for it with the camera specs and the size (think eReader on the go) - and it would be linked to all that I have already in Amazon's cloud. But I wasn't going to purchase a phone that locked me into a pricey contract - no way, now how.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">So what did Amazon do but put that darn Fire Phone on a special sale last week (through 3 December 2014). Yes, the Fire Phone, plus one year of Amazon Prime (value $99) is just $199. Since I have to renew my Prime membership at the end of December, I looked on the price of the Fire Phone as $100. A bit of a splurge, but not a huge one. So one of my concerns (the pricey part) was addressed.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"></div><a name='more'></a><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-d5aXnbPvl4w/VH-DaFsNhYI/AAAAAAAAC8k/h3AKqRjPrHY/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-12-03%2Bat%2B4.49.26%2BPM.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-d5aXnbPvl4w/VH-DaFsNhYI/AAAAAAAAC8k/h3AKqRjPrHY/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-12-03%2Bat%2B4.49.26%2BPM.png" height="232" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Now, to the part about the contract. Since this is an unlocked phone, I wouldn't have to sign up for two years of blood, sweat, and tears with AT&amp;T - really important since I work from home and my cell service is sporadic here - a monthly contract just does not make sense. (I know this well, having had AT&amp;T for my iPhone and canceling it when my phone went off contract, quickly signing up with the pay-as-you go Tracfone instead.)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">So what were my options with Amazon's Fire unlocked? As I went through each of the indicated providers, it became evident that even the non-contract options required that you choose a monthly plan. Granted these were all under $50/month, but they still required monthly payment - which I didn't want. The only one I found that didn't was H2O Wireless. I'm still waiting on my Nano Sim card (more about that later), but for a total of $24.99 (plus shipping), my new Fire Phone should be activated and be a truly affordable pay-as-you-go phone. WOOT!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MwjpCc3Dcbc/VH-DJjB5tXI/AAAAAAAAC8c/FiRKiTiG7Zc/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-12-03%2Bat%2B4.48.20%2BPM.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MwjpCc3Dcbc/VH-DJjB5tXI/AAAAAAAAC8c/FiRKiTiG7Zc/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-12-03%2Bat%2B4.48.20%2BPM.png" height="140" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">As both the price (for this purpose I'm discounting the $99 for the free year of Prime) and the service met my requirements, I decided to one-click the Fire Phone on Friday. As I'm highly neurotic about all my electronics I also made sure to order a screen protector as well as one of the Amazon phone cases (I chose the Cayenne leather one - also discounted).&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">That brings us to today - Tuesday - and the delivery of my Fire Phone. I did a little dance as everything - the phone, case, and screen protector - were delivered today. I wish I had taken a video of the opening of the Fire Phone as the packaging is so beautiful. Yes, like Apple, Amazon designs the packaging for it's electronics in a way that conveys respect and a design aesthetic that is amazing. (I think origami as I unfold and unwrap the components.)</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">The first thing I did was put the screen protector on, the second place the phone in the case (it fits well and will - hopefully - be protective. It's quite thin and light, but it is a sturdy shell wrapped in a finer leather than on either my Kindle Paperwhite or HDX cases. Then I connected the phone to the charger and waited patiently for the battery to hit a 100% charge. (When it arrived it was a bit under 60%.) After about two hours it hit 100% and I began to play.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">So, what do I think. I'm enjoying it. The navigation is pretty easy for this Kindleholic. I actually like the carousel feature on the phone and it's easy to see the installed apps in a list by just swiping up - if you prefer to access them that way.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Settings are easy to navigate, but I will say the phone does draw the battery down - quickly. As I hadn't received the nano sim card from H2O Wireless, the phone was just on my wifi system. Within about six hours it had drawn the battery from 100% to 28%. That was downloading apps, checking out settings, taking a couple of photos, and reading a book. Today, I decided to see how it would function in airplane mode - and the battery is holding up much better. But is that really practical for a phone? We'll see.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I received my nano sim card via FedEx today (H2O Wireless, Rocks) - and with the help of the Mayday feature was walked through the installation of it by an Amazon customer service rep. Not hard, but if you're doing this yourself make sure to press firmly with the tool provided. Eventually the sim card tray will pop out and then it's easy to pop in the nano card. With one call to H2O Wireless, the card was activated and I received a new phone number. Simple as could be. For $14.99, my phone is live and with a $10 pay-as-you-go airtime card, I'll have 200 minutes of calls or text to use in 90 days. (Minutes roll over as long as airtime is purchased before the end of the 90 days.) No pricey contract, no huge expenditure. Yes, this makes fiscal sense!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">The reason I want a pay-as-you-go plans is because the I don't have cell service at home - and this network is no exception. Darn. So, until I make a bit of a trip into the nearest city, I won't be able to report on call clarity, etc. But for "at home" calls, I can use Skype over wifi. Not perfect, but hey, it works.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Now, apart from the initial high cost, contract lock-in with AT&amp;T, the other complaint I've seen most often is the lack of apps. I know there aren't as many apps available as in either the Apple store or GooglePlay, but considering the fact that I only used a small percentage of the apps I "had to have" on my iPhone and iPad, for the most part what is available through the Amazon app store is fine. I'm hoping as more people use these devices that programmers will update their apps for Amazon, but right now, what's available works.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Well, there is one app I really wanted that hasn't been available in the app store for Kindle Fire tabs, so I didn't have a lot of hope it would be available for the Fire Phone. BUT. IT. WAS! What app did I desperately want? Instagram! Another app I'd love to see Fire Phone add is the new Washington Post one that my Fire tabs have with the free six-month subscription. This has now become my favorite newspaper to read every morning - and every evening. Yes, two editions daily and the app design rocks! Okay, Amazon, can you make this available for Fire Phone users too?</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">So, am I happy with Amazon's first smartphone? Yes, I am. I've been using Kindle tabs since their introduction, so this is an environment I've grown increasingly comfortable with. When I use my iPhone or iPad now, I find them slightly clunky. If you're not familiar with the Kindle environment, you'll probably need an adjustment time. But I think it may be well worth the effort.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">As I use this, I'll continue to update my impressions. Thanks Amazon for providing a smart smartphone for me at price that I can afford.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /><iframe style="width:120px;height:240px;" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" src="//ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ss&ref=ss_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=fabfanfic-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B00OC0USA6&asins=B00OC0USA6&linkId=25KCRDYUUCMI7ETF&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true"><br /></iframe><br /><br /></div><br />Emsy Van Wyck, editorhttps://plus.google.com/101468577200025059080noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814787276465376802.post-68854045776814943992014-11-23T19:31:00.000-05:002014-11-23T19:36:20.438-05:00Thanksgiving Giveaway: Win Rick Rodgers' & Hearst's T-day cookbooks. Entry open through 11/25.<h2 style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="color: #7f6000;">Thanksgiving Giveaway</span></b></h2><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EbNDqh-5Z8Y/VHJ621sxnWI/AAAAAAAAC7o/kCXJ0RDkrZc/s1600/cover.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EbNDqh-5Z8Y/VHJ621sxnWI/AAAAAAAAC7o/kCXJ0RDkrZc/s1600/cover.jpg" height="320" width="255" /></a><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3kmetaBHdRQ/VHJ6Yy2kaSI/AAAAAAAAC7Y/rJfvI_4TyxA/s1600/cover.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-3kmetaBHdRQ/VHJ6Yy2kaSI/AAAAAAAAC7Y/rJfvI_4TyxA/s1600/cover.jpg" height="320" width="207" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #7f6000;"><i><b>Looking for inspiration for the holiday table?</b></i></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Here's your chance to win not one, but two <b>fabulous </b>holiday cookbooks. Yes, if you enter now through 25 November at 1:00pm EST, you could receive a Kindle edition of <b><span style="color: #7f6000;">Rick Rodgers' Thanksgiving 101</span></b> and <span style="color: #7f6000;"><b>Hearst's Let's Talk Turkey ... and all the trimmings.</b></span>&nbsp;</div><a name='more'></a><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><i><b>How to enter?&nbsp;</b></i></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Fill out the Giveaway Tools form and remember to add in your Thanksgiving comment below.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">THANK YOU for being a FFF reader and best wishes for the holiday!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="pgtContainpgt" id="pgt57227679808pgt"><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://giveawaytools2.com/giveaway.php?sk=57227679808" rel="nofollow" target="_BLANK2">Entry</a><script src="//giveawaytools2.com/wid/embed.php?sk=57227679808" type="text/javascript"></script><a href="https://giveawaytools2.com/giveaway.php?sk=57227679808" rel="nofollow" target="_BLANK2">-Form</a></div></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>Emsy Van Wyck, editorhttps://plus.google.com/101468577200025059080noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814787276465376802.post-27177862928046450152014-11-23T15:25:00.000-05:002014-11-23T15:28:12.759-05:00Black Friday Celebration at Harlequin.com! Save 40% storewide on all titles, 28 November!!!<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Who3iyBfkX4/VHJCKmrc6XI/AAAAAAAAC7I/TFnMgovOG_Y/s1600/image002.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Who3iyBfkX4/VHJCKmrc6XI/AAAAAAAAC7I/TFnMgovOG_Y/s1600/image002.jpg" /></a></div><br />If you love romance, you must love Harlequin. I know I do.<br /><br />Yes, I admit to having a vintage Harlequin collection of books scoured from book sales, auctions lots, and used book stores as a teen. All given away . . . but my Harlequin library is growing digitally between all the new offerings and the reissues of favorite titles (including many that I gave away).<br /><br />When Lisa Wray emailed information about a special Black Friday sale, I knew I'd be looking for more titles to add to my collection - and though you might want to as well. Here's the information on the different sale offerings.<br /><br />Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Reading!!!!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-IQ0L6k9mCDI/VHI-3ms3LSI/AAAAAAAAC7A/0NTsDahRquI/s1600/Harlequin%2Bsite-wide%2BBlack%2BFriday%2Bsale.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-IQ0L6k9mCDI/VHI-3ms3LSI/AAAAAAAAC7A/0NTsDahRquI/s1600/Harlequin%2Bsite-wide%2BBlack%2BFriday%2Bsale.jpg" height="238" width="640" /></a></div><a name='more'></a><br /><a href="http://www.harlequin.com/store.html?cid=2684" target="_blank"><b>EARLY BLACK FRIDAY SALE</b></a><br /><i><b>Save 50% now through 27 November on 30 select titles (print &amp; ebook)</b></i><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;"><span style="color: #1f497d;">Go to:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.harlequin.com/store.html?cid=2684" style="color: purple;" target="_blank">http://www.harlequin.com/store.html?cid=2684</a></span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in;"><span style="font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 7pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span>Includes recent releases such as&nbsp;<i>No Limits</i>&nbsp;by Lori Foster and&nbsp;<i>Looking for Trouble</i>&nbsp;by Victoria Dahl</div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in;"><span style="font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 7pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span>Number of titles on-sale: 30</div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in;"><br /></div><b><a href="http://www.harlequin.com/" target="_blank">BLACK FRIDAY SALE</a></b><br /><i><b>November 28 ONLY from 12am ET - 11:59pm ET</b></i><br /><div><i><b>Site-wide, 40% off (list price) on ALL titles (print and ebook)</b></i><br /><div>Go to:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.harlequin.com/" style="color: purple; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 15px;" target="_blank">www.Harlequin.com</a></div><div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in;"><span style="font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 7pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span>Use coupon code <b>BF2014</b> at Checkout</div><b><br /></b><b><a href="http://www.harlequin.com/store.html?cid=622774" target="_blank">HARLEQUIN BLACK FRIDAY AT AMAZON, B&amp;N, AND OTHER VENDORS</a></b><br /><b>November 28 to December 1</b><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt;">Go to: <span style="color: #1f497d; font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt;"><a href="http://www.harlequin.com/store.html?cid=622774" style="color: purple;" target="_blank">http://www.harlequin.com/store.html?cid=622774</a><o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoListParagraph" style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; font-size: 11pt; margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in;"><br /></div><br /></div></div>Emsy Van Wyck, editorhttps://plus.google.com/101468577200025059080noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814787276465376802.post-18594026467180584712014-11-23T15:02:00.000-05:002014-11-23T15:28:32.062-05:00Happy Thanksgiving Week!<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5SI6-DK1oaI/VHI56QoLwUI/AAAAAAAAC6s/FdlVl7MjLvg/s1600/retro-thanksgiving-clip-art-happy-thanksgiving-2012-pictures-1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5SI6-DK1oaI/VHI56QoLwUI/AAAAAAAAC6s/FdlVl7MjLvg/s1600/retro-thanksgiving-clip-art-happy-thanksgiving-2012-pictures-1.jpg" height="403" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">HAPPY THANKSGIVING WEEK!!!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Yes, this is my favorite holiday. Why? It provides a chance to reflect on all the blessings that we are given throughout the preceding year or years and to take stock on where we are in life.&nbsp;</div><a name='more'></a><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">No, it's not all about turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce, but about the bounty of friendship, kindness, and generosity that is shared amongst all of you.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">It would be impossible to express just how much your friendship means to me, but I do so appreciate it.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">While I've been a bit quiet the past two months, I've been doing a lot of reading, reflecting, and writing.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Right now I'm in a bit of reader heaven as I read through Mariah Stewart's oeuvre. Yes, I'm reading all of her books in chronological order and I am just loving each and every one. First of all, I can't believe I hadn't read any of her books before being given a review copy of At the River's Edge in January 2014. I made a point of reading all her Chesapeake Diaries series at that time as well as her Last series, but never had the chance to go further back. But now I am. . .</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Oh my, yes, this has been a time of absolute splendor. I've read authors and series I hadn't ever had the chance to and have enjoyed most all of them. I branched out a bit from the genres I had focused on to some others and have discovered reader gold.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I'll be sharing those impressions as well as catching up with a very backlogged blog - little by little. My apologies to all if during this time I neglected to post a promised share, spotlight, or interview. I promise I will still share it ... so do check back.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I won't go into detail about the "why" I was offline, but there were a myriad of reasons.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">So, most of all, I'm thankful your still reading Fab Fantasy Fiction. And I look forward to hearing from you either here or on Facebook.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Cheers!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Emsy</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><br />Emsy Van Wyck, editorhttps://plus.google.com/101468577200025059080noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814787276465376802.post-50021132741210404032014-09-08T05:30:00.000-04:002014-09-08T05:30:02.120-04:00Guest Post, Book Excerpts, Giveaway: Claudia Connor, author of Worth the Fall, discusses a writer's mind<i><span style="color: #7f6000;">Today Fab Fantasy Fiction welcome author <b>Claudia Connor </b>who'll be discussing the mind of a writer. In addition, there's some information about WORTH THE FALL, her new book (releasing tomorrow, 9/9), some excepts, a giveaway, and other fun stuff. </span></i><br /><i><span style="color: #7f6000;"><br /></span></i> <i><span style="color: #7f6000;">The publisher has asked for reviews not to be posted until the release day, but I will let you all know this is a fabulous love story. Matt McKinney is a hero to swoon over and Abby, plus her four engaging children, steal your heart too. I pulled out my Kleenex box with this story and want to tell all of you to get your one-click fingers ready to add it to your library!</span></i><br /><i><span style="color: #7f6000;"><br /></span></i> <i><span style="color: #7f6000;">So, welcome Claudia and congratulations on WORTH THE FALL!</span></i><br /><a name='more'></a><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ocJ9lMRKsQY/VAz7LK4DDOI/AAAAAAAAC4U/4I6XwFr0cic/s1600/Worth-The-Fall-Claudia-Connor.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ocJ9lMRKsQY/VAz7LK4DDOI/AAAAAAAAC4U/4I6XwFr0cic/s1600/Worth-The-Fall-Claudia-Connor.jpg" height="236" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="color: #7f6000;">Guest Post by Claudia Connor</span></b></div><h3 style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="color: #7f6000;">A Writer’s Mind~Are you sure you want to know?</span></b></h3>Since Worth the Fall is my first book, just about everyone I know has asked me, Have you always wanted to be a writer? No one knew this about me. Not my best friends, not my mom, not even my husband. Why didn’t they know this deep dark secret? Because there was no secret. I never even considered being a writer. <br /><br />I didn't particular enjoy writing in school, though I was okay I suppose. I pulled too many excruciating all nighters in college writing papers on Early Childhood Development for my masters degree. So no, I was never thinking writer.<br /><br />But, I’ve always been a reader, gobbled up romance since my first Sweet Valley High, AND, I’ve ALWAYS seen stories in my head. Like vivid full color movies with all five senses. This is about the time I get the head tilt and the smile that says, Uh, okay. I have no idea what you’re talking about but good for you. Gotta go. <br /><br />Lucky for them, I don’t continue with I often catch myself staring into space, smiling, sometimes even crying. Which is particularly embarrassing when I’m getting my oil changed. And I don’t tell them I see a line of gorgeous men waiting not so patiently outside my closet door. <br /><br />— Yes, that’s where I work. My closet fetish could be its own post.— <br /><br />Anyway, outside the closet there’s a lot of, <i>I was here first</i> and <i>she likes me better</i>. And I’m like, <i>Shh! I’m working</i>! <br /><br />And when they’re really becoming a distraction I turn around in a huff and say something like, <i>You</i>. I point at the 6’ 4” 250 pound man crowding me. <i>I already said, you were next, go find something to do. </i><br /><br />Hmm...<i>you’re cute but way too young.</i><br /><br />And <i>you, super hot, interesting face, but you don't have any real problems. Come back to me when something terrible happens to you. </i><br /><br />Last guy. <i>Ahh...you’re new. Why don't you hang around until I’m done and we’ll talk.</i> *<i>wink</i>* He gives the others a smug, <i>Told you she liked me</i>, and I go back to work. <br /><br />In a complete lapse of judgement, I recently shared this with one of my teen daughters. Note to self: Do not give your children any additional reason to think you’re insane.<br /><br />So that’s what happened with Worth the Fall. I saw Abby and Matt and the kids ALL the time. I watched them, listened to them, cried with them. It was just as much an escape as watching a full length movie. In fact, it’s like my favorite movie that never ends. I love them. I could spend forever with them. <br /><br />And that’s a glimpse into the mind of writer, or maybe just mine. Strange, but hey, at least I’m never lonely!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5QjxJtuDf3Q/VAz8DOLTqfI/AAAAAAAAC4g/D1qT2Wp1DXQ/s1600/Cover.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5QjxJtuDf3Q/VAz8DOLTqfI/AAAAAAAAC4g/D1qT2Wp1DXQ/s1600/Cover.jpg" height="640" width="480" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">
The McKinney Brothers, Book 1</div><h3 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #7f6000;">Worth The Fall by Claudia Connor </span></h3><div style="text-align: center;">Publication Date: September 9th, 2014</div><div style="text-align: center;">Loveswept </div><br />Prepare to be swept away by a talented debut author with a passionate, powerful story to tell.<br />They meet on a beach. . . . Abby Davis isn’t wearing a skimpy bikini or sipping umbrella drinks, not when she’s busy chasing around four little ones. And Matt McKinney isn’t looking for fun—he’s a Navy SEAL, a grown man with a long list of missions . . . and fallen brothers.<br /><br />They only have a week. . . . Abby has brought her children to this beach to start over, to give them the enjoyable memories they deserve. Matt’s been sidelined by a combat injury, and haunted by the best friend he lost and the promise he made: to remain a SEAL—focused and dedicated. This leaves no time for what he’s always wanted: a family.<br /><br />But a week is all it takes. . . . Matt opens her heart while Abby soothes his soul. And though they plan to say good-bye when the week is over, something magical happens on that beach, something neither can forget. Something utterly, completely worth falling for.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><div><b><span style="color: #7f6000;">One-Click WORTH THE FALL</span></b></div><div><span style="color: #7f6000;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Worth-Fall-McKinney-Claudia-Connor-ebook/dp/B00J1IQX4E/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1407203839&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=Worth+the+Fall"><span style="color: #7f6000;">Amazon</span></a>&nbsp;⎜&nbsp;<a href="http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/worth-the-fall-claudia-connor/1120019663?ean=9780553390919"><span style="color: #7f6000;">B&amp;N</span></a>&nbsp;⎜&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/worth-the-fall/id841778887?mt=11"><span style="color: #7f6000;">iTunes</span></a></span></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21469653-worth-the-fall" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4X4xdK4OMJY/VA0C-7ceZLI/AAAAAAAAC5M/5azGNYogHAo/s1600/badge-addtogoodreads.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div></div><br /><span style="color: #7f6000;"><b>EXCERPT ONE FROM WORTH THE FALL</b></span><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">The morning sun reflected off the meandering, free-form pool. Ornamental grasses and tropical flora offered intermittent patches of shade.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Mommy, can we get in?” Gracie asked.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Sunscreen first.” Abby dug in her beach bag for lotion, then started at Annie’s shoulders and worked her way down. The others sat waiting, feet dangling in the water.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">She glanced around for Wicked Witch of the White Pants, not really expecting to find her at the family pool. Her mind strayed to the tall man with horrible taste in women. But wow. He had looked good in that shirt. Stark white dress shirt against his dark complexion, cuffs rolled up, his hands so big that one had covered Charlie’s entire back. And he hadn’t been at all concerned with clinging chocolate fingers.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Hey.”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Abby froze, then peered up at the man blocking out the sun with his big body. He stood close enough she had to crane her neck to see his face. And he continued to stand there, not saying another word. Oh. Yeah. Probably waiting on her.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Hi,” she finally choked out.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Mind if I sit?”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Um, sure.” But he was already halfway down, not waiting for her mumbled response.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">He wore dark blue swim trunks and a gray T-shirt with the word “Navy” stretched tightly across his chest. A huge presence in a small space. The lounge chairs were packed so closely together their knees practically touched. He smelled nice—not a heavy cologne smell but a more subtle man-product scent, like aftershave. The kind of smell that woke up more than your nose.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Hey!” Jack joined them, all smiles to see his football-throwing friend.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">She finished Annie and went for Jack. “Sunscreen,” she told him, pulling him closer.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">True to his honest and forthright nature, Jack blurted the first thing that came to mind. “Your girlfriend is mean.”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Jackson Moore!” Abby admonished.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Well, she is,” he insisted, trying his best to dodge her efforts to lotion his crinkled nose. “Is she your friend? Because you don’t have to be friends with people that are mean, but you can’t hit them. Right, Mom?”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Right.” Abby held the back of Jack’s head to keep him still. She really needed to teach her son not to voice every thought.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“No, she’s not my friend,” he said.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Abby gave him a quick skeptical glance.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Jack smiled. “That’s good. I don’t like girls either. What’s your name?”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Matt, and you’re right. She is mean. But some girls are nice.” He said the last part looking right at her.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Good grief. He must catch a million unsuspecting girls with that movie-star handsome face.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Gracie climbed up beside Matt, clamping a small, wet hand onto his shoulder. She leaned around so they were nose-to-nose. As if hearing her wasn’t going to be enough, she had to make sure he saw her too. “Hi.”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Abby gave Jack’s back a pat. “Okay, you’re free.”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Are you going to tell me your name?”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Matt’s deep, smooth voice matched his soft brown eyes, and she couldn’t help wondering why he was here. With her.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Gracie wobbled on the uneven slats of the lounge chair, then steadied herself by grabbing on to the sunglasses strap hanging around his neck. “Her name’s Mom.”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Matt laughed and caught his glasses. “Hi, Mom.”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">She pulled her daughter off the chair and stood her between them. Okay, she was a nice enough person, her looks didn’t repel people in general, but this was a man who definitely had more options than a pregnant woman and the preschool crowd.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">All thought evaporated with the intense sensation of dropping off the highest point of a roller coaster.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Brain scramble. Had he asked a question? Yes. Name.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Abby. It’s Abby. My name.”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">His smile widened and she fumbled with the bottle of sunscreen, inwardly groaning at how stupid she sounded. She had little experience with men and zero with flirting. Not that she was trying to. Which was good, since saying her name was obviously more than she could handle.</span><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="color: #7f6000;">ENTER THE GIVEAWAY</span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><i>$25 Gift Card to eRetailer of Choice and Digital copy of WORTH THE FALL</i></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/235babe7102/" id="rc-235babe7102" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /><script src="//widget.rafflecopter.com/load.js"></script><br /></div><br /><b><span style="color: #7f6000;">EXCERPT TWO FROM WORTH THE FALL</span></b><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">The morning sun hung like a bright yellow ball, already heating the sand under Abby’s feet. It would heat up the North Carolina coast to near a hundred degrees before it finished. The kids raced past her to the water as far as they were allowed.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">She’d needed to get away from him yesterday, away from his slow, sexy smile and knowing eyes. The intense way he held her gaze and her hand. However unwanted, her attraction had evidently multiplied overnight. But there was no mistaking Matt’s tall form striding toward her before she dropped her bags on the sand.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">He waved and smiled, and she waved back, then turned to raise her umbrella. His deep voice vibrated through and around her as he greeted the children. That alone caused a flutter in her stomach.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Settle down. He’s only a man.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Using the upper body strength she’d honed at the gym, she strained to crank the stubborn umbrella. She could do it. She’d done it yesterday. For God’s sake. Don’t look completely incompetent.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Need some help?”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“No, I’ve got it.”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">He moved in behind her until he stood so close she felt the loose strands of her hair catching on his chest. Abby inhaled hot skin and male deodorant—a heady, masculine combination that had her struggling to focus.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Let me help you.”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“I can do it.” She tried to sound forceful and confident, but it came out breathy and—</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“I know you can, but I can help.” His words whispered against her cheek. His arms came around her and he easily raised the umbrella, his body brushing hers with each turn of the crank. Then his arms were gone, leaving a strange void.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">She turned to face him. He was so close. Nothing between them but the warm breeze. His sunglasses hung around his neck, revealing chocolate-brown eyes. Beyond beautiful, deep and rich, fringed with black lashes. A strong man with soft eyes. Eyes that could talk a girl into anything.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">It was unnerving, being this close to him, especially wearing nothing but a bathing suit. Trying to imagine what he saw, she fought the urge to tug her top higher. Breasts on the small side—barely a C-cup when she was pregnant. Her straight dark hair hung in its usual ponytail, rebel pieces already flying free. A bit of tinted sunscreen was all the attention her face had received. Not what he was used to.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Needing a reprieve from his hot gaze, she looked straight ahead. Big mistake. Fine black hairs feathered across sculpted pecs, swirling around dark nipples.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Lord, she needed water. To drink or splash on her burning face, she wasn’t sure. She forced her gaze up and found him watching her intently.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">He raised his hand slowly toward her face. “Sand,” he said, brushing his thumb lightly across her temple.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Her lips parted and she stood blinking up at him like a complete ninny, his smoldering brown eyes melting her into a puddle.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Hey, Matt. Where’s our castle? I brought my football. Can we throw in the water?” Jack shot off his questions, oblivious to the fact the two adults in front of him stood like frozen statues.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Matt’s eyes held her captive another long second before he turned his attention to her son and she let herself breathe.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Yeah, sure. One sec.” He walked the few feet to where he’d left his beach chair and came back with two. “There.” He set up the chairs under her umbrella. “You’ll like it better with a chair.”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Thank you. If you tell me how much, I’ll—”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“You’re welcome.”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Matt—” She reached for her beach bag, but he stopped her with a hand on her arm.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Abby.”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Her mind went blank at the feeling of his hot hand on her skin and the sensation he was touching her everywhere.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Matt!” Jack was about to burst a blood vessel he was so excited.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Coming.”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Abby tried unsuccessfully to unglue her eyes as he walked down to the water. Matt’s sleek body dove through the waves as he played with Jack, and each time she held her breath, waiting for him to resurface. When he did, he burst through the water looking like a Greek god, chiseled out of smooth stone and coming to life right before her.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">But the way he smiled at her son and gave him high fives made him even more beautiful. And the way she’d felt standing between his arms . . . Ridiculous, but still the word “safe” came to mind.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Abby?”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">He stood in front of her, drops of water clinging to his arms and chest, dripping down the ridges of his stomach.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Jack ran up beside him. “We’re swim buddies. Right, Matt? Matt says you should always swim with a buddy.”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Matt’s raised eyebrows and the smirk he was fighting told her she’d been busted for gawking. “Do you want to come out? The water’s great.”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Um, no. No, thanks. I’m not a strong swimmer. I mean I can swim, I just—”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“I’ll be your swim buddy.” He grinned and she caught a hint of dimples.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Oh, Lord.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“The ocean still hasn’t grown on you, huh?”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">She swallowed hard. “It’s growing.”</span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Qx0T9_o3hik/VAz813I9gzI/AAAAAAAAC4s/o0F44mjRJMo/s1600/Claudia%2BConnor%2BAuthor%2BPhoto.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Qx0T9_o3hik/VAz813I9gzI/AAAAAAAAC4s/o0F44mjRJMo/s1600/Claudia%2BConnor%2BAuthor%2BPhoto.jpg" height="200" width="190" /></a></div><b style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #7f6000;">ABOUT CLAUDIA CONNOR</span></b><br /><br /><b><span style="color: #7f6000;">Claudia Connor</span></b> attended Auburn University, where she received her undergraduate and masters degrees in early childhood education, and completed her studies in Sawbridgeworth, England. Always a lover of happy endings, she enjoys movies, reading, and spending her days putting on paper the stories in her head. She lives near Memphis, Tennessee, with her husband and three daughters.

<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #7f6000;">Keep in touch with Claudia</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/claudia.connor.18">Facebook</a> ⎜ <a href="https://twitter.com/Claudia__Connor">Twitter</a> ⎜ <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8058866.Claudia_Connor">Goodreads</a> </div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><b><span style="color: #7f6000;">EXCERPT THREE FROM WORTH THE FALL</span></b><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">What? Wanted to know about her, he meant. Out of curiosity. Like you might want to know about your waiter or your mailman. But you didn’t want to know them.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Good grief,” Matt said, then softened his exasperation with a smile. “What’s your favorite color?”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Really? Abby’s heart was pounding, so intensely aware of his nearness, and he was talking colors? “You’re serious?”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Yes.” He sat back, closed his eyes. “And that’s an easy question.”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">She bit at her nails. Okay, she could do this. She could be relaxed, or pretend to be, sitting inches from the most amazing man she’d ever met. She cleared her throat. “Blue.”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“When’s your birthday?”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“March third.” Not a day she celebrated. “If we’re playing twenty questions, we can at least take turns.”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Fair enough.”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Okay. Dogs or cats?” she asked.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Dogs. Real tree or fake?”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Real.” And one of her very favorite things about Christmas. “Doughnuts or cookies?”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Mmm, that’s a hard one. Are we talking homemade cookies?”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">She smiled at the question. “Yes, homemade.”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Then I’m going with cookies. Han Solo or Luke Skywalker?”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Neither,” she said sweetly. “I’d be Princess Leia, of course. Which one did you want to be?”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Solo,” Matt said with a sexy grin. “He got the girl.”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Like I bet you do.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Not a pleasant thought, Matt getting the girl. She imagined he left a string of heartbroken women in his wake. “Did you have the costume and everything?”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“I did, but my older brother, Tony, always got to be Han, and our next door neighbor, also older than me, was Luke. I had to be Chewie. I’m pretty good, though. Want to hear it?”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">He did such an impressive impersonation of Chewbacca, she laughed until tears squeezed out of the corners of her eyes. She waved off Jack when he came over to see what was so funny, then she sat back, getting her breath, with a hand on her belly and a smile on her face. He was cute. Not a word you’d think applied to him at first glance, but . . .</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Okay, now that you’ve gotten the hang of talking about yourself, tell me something no one else knows.”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Would it sound too pathetic, she wondered, to say no one knew any of what she’d just told him?</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">He leaned in close. “And make it good.”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">He’d meant it to be funny, but he didn’t understand how hard this was. In the world of foster care, you either tried to get noticed or you tried desperately to disappear. She’d gone with the latter.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Come on.” Matt gave her a playful shoulder bump.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“I’m not that interesting.”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">He rolled his head against the back of the lounger and shot her a get real look.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Okay,” she huffed and pursed her lips trying to think of what to tell him. His attentiveness when he listened to the kids was endearing. Not so much when directed at her.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“There’s a time limit.”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“All right. Jeez.” She took a deep breath and let it out. “I hide Lucky Charms in my closet. And I eat them,” she added. “In the closet.”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“You,” Matt began, pulling his sunglasses down enough for her to see his brown eyes twinkling with laughter, “should not tell people that.”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Her answer was automatic. “I don’t.”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“You told me.”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Abby blinked, absorbing his words. Why had she told him?</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Their eyes locked in a grade-school staring contest. He was too big, too intense, too . . . She didn’t know, but something cut below the surface of wherever they’d been just minutes before. She caved first and looked away. “It wasn’t that interesting.”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Wrong.” His voice was so definitive she looked up. “Everything about you interests me.”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">She sat, pinned like a butterfly, weighed down under his intense gaze. Had she ever been the object of anyone’s undivided attention? And Matt wasn’t just anyone.</span><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ocJ9lMRKsQY/VAz7LK4DDOI/AAAAAAAAC4U/4I6XwFr0cic/s1600/Worth-The-Fall-Claudia-Connor.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ocJ9lMRKsQY/VAz7LK4DDOI/AAAAAAAAC4U/4I6XwFr0cic/s1600/Worth-The-Fall-Claudia-Connor.jpg" height="72" width="200" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.tastybooktours.com/2014/07/worth-fall-mckinney-brothers-1-by.html"><span style="color: #7f6000;">Follow the WORTH THE FALL Tour</span></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div>Emsy Van Wyck, editorhttps://plus.google.com/101468577200025059080noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814787276465376802.post-39528468114802794642014-09-03T05:30:00.000-04:002014-09-07T21:00:35.491-04:00Wicked Wednesday Cover Reveal: Holding Out for a Superhero!<div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #7f6000;">If you love your romance with super SUPER alpha heroes - you'll want to add this collection - HOLDING OUT FOR A SUPERHERO - to your must-read list!</span></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="holdingout-joni" class="aligncenter wp-image-1373" src="http://www.authorshq.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/holdingout-joni.jpg" height="711" width="500" /></div><h2 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #7f6000;">Superheroes do it better.</span></h2><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #7f6000;">From <em>USA Today</em> Bestselling Authors, Nana Malone and V.J. Chambers, and Bestselling Authors June Gray and Joni Hahn, four scintillating full-length romance novels featuring sexy superheroes and the strong women that prove to be their weakness.</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #7f6000;"><br /></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #7f6000;"><b>Protector by Nana Malone<br />Vigil by V.J. Chambers<br />The Origin by June Gray<br />Agent M4: Riordan by Joni Hahn</b></span></div><br /><h2 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #7f6000;">Release Date: September 15, 2014</span></h2><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23120629-holding-out-for-a-superhero-a-multi-author-box-set?from_search=true"><img alt="badge-addtogoodreads" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-402" src="http://www.authorshq.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/badge-addtogoodreads.png" height="41" width="130" /></a><br /><a name='more'></a></div><h2 style="text-align: center;"></h2><h2 style="text-align: center;"><img alt="synopsis" class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-400" src="http://www.authorshq.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/synopsis-300x97.png" height="97" width="300" /></h2><br /><div style="height: 350px; overflow: auto;"><h2 style="text-align: left;">Protector by Nana Malone</h2>The enemy of her enemy is her friend.<br /><br />Almost one year after escaping Gentech Facilities, Symone Jackson lives in the shadows with her nightmares. Thanks to horrible genetics experiments at the hand of Peter Reeser, her mere touch is lethal. It may be safer to stay in the darkness, but despite the monster she has become, she wants to be the heroÖand only one man can help her.<br /><br />Garrett Hunter thought he was one of the good guys, but on routine surveillance of a suspected terrorist, he discovers the awful truthÖheís not the only super human around. When Peter Reeser gave him the opportunity to beat a debilitating illness he jumped at the chance. But his decision to save the enemyóSymone Jacksonówill endanger the only family he has.<br /><br />The way to salvation is with Garrettís help. Can Symone overcome her mistrust and stop living in the shadows? Or will her nightmares become reality?<br /><h2 style="text-align: left;">Vigil by V.J. Chambers</h2>Super rich. Super damaged. Super sexy.<br /><br />A Billionaire Superhero Romance<br /><br />When newspaper intern Cecily Kane kisses a masked vigilante, she doesn't realize she's plunging headlong into a relationship with two separate identities.<br /><br />As Vigil, he is dark, sensuous, and irresistible. His touch skyrockets her to heights of pleasure. As Callum Rutherford, he is a billionaire playboy--arrogant, cold, and untouchable. She looks good on his arm, but without his mask, he holds her at arm's length.<br /><br />Sex with a masked man. Dinner with a rich sophisticate. A fractured relationship with a complicated man.<br /><br />Deep down, he is broken, twisted in some dark, hidden way. Some way he won't reveal to her. She only knows that it is somehow connected to his obsession with The Phantom, the costumed villain whose murder spree has rocked the city.<br /><br />She must unravel Vigil's secrets. To make him whole. And to stop The Phantom.<br /><h2 style="text-align: left;">The Origin by June Gray</h2>He may have super powers, but his is no hero's story...<br /><br />For someone who has no idea how he acquired his special abilities, all Daniel wants is to live a simple, emotionally detached life. He has a quiet day job, a solo night job and no social life to speak of, and that's just the way he likes it.<br /><br />That is until Olivia King, a woman from a past he'd rather leave behind, talks her way back into his life and he discovers that he is neither strong nor fast enough to fight off the attraction. Just as he finally accepts that she could be a permanent fixture in his life, Olivia disappears and he upends New York City to try and save the day.<br /><br />But when being honorable doesnít get him results, Daniel yields to the dark pull of his powers, committing unspeakable acts in order to rescue the only person heís trusted with his secrets. And just when his life could not possibly get more complicated, a psychic delivers some damning news that will pit his own happiness against the safety of those around him.<br /><br />Daniel has never considered himself a hero, but in the end, as he looks at the blood on his hands, he wonders if he isnít the villain of the story after all.<br /><h2 style="text-align: left;">Agent M4: Riordan by Joni Hahn</h2>Agent M4: Riordan St. James<br /><br />Credentials:<br /><br />∑ Former D.I.R.E. Enemy Agent<br /><br />∑ Mongolian Prison Survivor<br /><br />Enhancement:<br /><br />∑ Magnetism<br /><br />Sent to a Mongolian prison against his will, former enemy agent Riordan St. James is suddenly back in civilization. With his hands crushed, and littered with scars, he trusts no one. When he accepts D.I.R.E.ís prosthetic hands to operate a future, super power enhancement, Riordan knows their offer comes with a price - he just isnít sure he wants to pay.<br /><br />After an affair with a client turns deadly, psychologist and senatorís daughter Natalie Meeks, doesnít trust her own judgment. When sheís hired to help Riordan adjust to civilization again, she finds herself in familiar, forbidden territory ñ battling a fiery attraction to her client.<br /><br />One heated encounter with the elegant Dr. Meeks convinces Riordan to abide by D.I.R.E.ís bargain. However, when new evidence about his disappearance uncovers shocking secrets, he questions not only his decision, but the people around him ñ including his sexy-as-hell doctor.<br /><br />While their lives become more entangled, yet pulled apart, a madman turns up the heat on his plans for Natalie. And the only person she can trust is the one man that doesnít trust herÖ<br /><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><img alt="about author" class="aligncenter wp-image-404 size-medium" src="http://www.authorshq.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/about-author-300x97.png" height="97" width="300" /></div><br /><div style="height: 350px; overflow: auto;"><h2 style="text-align: left;">Nana Malone</h2>USA Today Best Seller and iTunes Breakout Books author, Nana Malone's love of all things romance and adventure started with a tattered romantic suspense she borrowed from her cousin.<br /><br />It was a sultry summer afternoon in Ghana, and Nana was a precocious thirteen. She's been in love with kick butt heroines ever since. With her overactive imagination, and channeling her inner Buffy, it was only a matter a time before she started creating her own characters.<br /><br />While she waits for her chance at a job as a ninja assassin, in the meantime Nana works out her drama, passion and sass with fictional characters every bit as sassy and kick butt as she thinks she is.<br /><br />Nana also writes sizzling erotic novellas as Q. Malone.<br /><h2 style="text-align: left;">V.J. Chambers</h2>V. J. Chambers writes about being inexplicably attracted to the dangerously alluring. Her works span mundane settings and fantastic ones. She writes about serial killers, cult leaders, werewolves, witches, for-hire assassins, zombies, space pirates, and regular everyday people.<br /><br />Her book Slow Burn is one of ten books in the USA Today Bestselling anthology Red Hot Obsessions.<br /><br />She lives in Shepherdstown, WV, with her boyfriend Aaron and their cat Isis.<br /><h2 style="text-align: left;">June Gray</h2>June Gray is a daydreamer who, at the age of ten, penned a short story inspired by a Judy Blume novel and has been unable to stop writing since. She loves to tell stories that titillate and enrage, that break the readerís heart and put it back together again.<br /><br />Her fairy-tale life has been lived on four different continentsómost recently, in a two-hundred-forty-year-old castle in rural Germany owned by a Graf. She was born in the Philippines, raised in Australia, and now calls the United States home, and she can currently be found enjoying the shores of Miami with her husband, two daughters, and a miniature schnauzer.<br /><h2 style="text-align: left;">Joni Hahn</h2>By day, Joni Hahn keeps her secret decoder ring hidden while she works as a mild-mannered HR manager and accounting generalist. She believes the world can never have too many superheroes, and anxiously waits for the call when one will need help saving the worldÖ or getting into his costume. Joni was born with a hopelessly tender heart and believes there is nothing on earth more exhilarating than falling in love (Other than the rear shot of Chris Evans in The Avengers - that was pretty darn exhilarating). A native Texan, she thinks cowboys are the epitome of masculinity, and that country music is the other soul music.<br /><br />Joni's four-book superhero romance series, The D.I.R.E. Agency, is available now. Look for Book 5, Agent S5: Jaydan, coming in late 2014, with more agents arriving in 2015.<br /><br /></div>Emsy Van Wyck, editorhttps://plus.google.com/101468577200025059080noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814787276465376802.post-16700023458597369102014-09-02T22:42:00.002-04:002014-09-02T23:30:02.504-04:00Tasty Tuesday Review: Brassicas by Laura B. Russell<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PB6eY-wXF1E/VAZykLXGsuI/AAAAAAAAC3k/oYL6eTCmvs0/s1600/cover.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-PB6eY-wXF1E/VAZykLXGsuI/AAAAAAAAC3k/oYL6eTCmvs0/s1600/cover.jpg" height="400" width="333" /></a></div>It's hard to think of leafy greens as sexy or romantic and broccoli and cauliflower - forget it! But you'll quickly change your opinion of these vegetables when you begin to read <b>Laura B. Russell</b>'s amazing cookbook, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FUZR08K/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00FUZR08K&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=WEPLQUB2LMJC6FOQ" target="_blank"><b>Brassicas</b></a>. Now, I cheated a bit with that statement as how could le petit chou - or Brussels Sprouts not seem a bit sexy when given its French name (also an affectionate appellation). But in truth, this family of vegetables, the Brassicas, has had a bum rap. Jokes are made about Presidents who don't like broccoli, smelly cabbage, and, in truth, when these vegetables are not prepared well, they can be less than appealing.<br /><br />However the subtitle of Russell's book, "Cooking the world's healthiest vegetables," says it all. Yes. there is nothing sexier or more romantic than preparing foods for your loved ones that help fight cancer. Yes, they're "rich in phytochemicals that act as anticarcinogenics, anti-inflammitories, and promote liver detoxification." (<i>p. vii,&nbsp;from the foreward by Rebecca Katz</i>.)<br /><a name='more'></a><br />Russell has carefully selected recipes and ingredients that, for the most part, can be found at your grocery store. However if you have a farmers' market you love to attend, so much the better. But if you don't, there's no worry as these greens are usually uniformly available.<br /><br />I'll admit like many other Americans I've been seduced by kale over the past few years. This was a vegetable my mother grew forever, but I never enjoyed very much. Well, until I had the kale salad at an Italian eatery in Rhinebeck. I fell in love with this vegetable and soon made weekly trips to this "in spot," braving crowds that included Uma Thurman among other Hudson Valley celebs, in order to have this simple salad with of kale, currants, shaved parmesan, and toasted pignola. Putting Google to work, I was able to find a recipe to recreate this recipe at home (no more crowds and a budget savings, which is always positive). And kale quickly became one of my fave go-to vegetables. I didn't have any idea of the health benefits, but just loved the taste and texture of this formerly undervalued green.<br /><br />Now, however, I've become much more aware of the health benefits &nbsp;of including this vegetable family in my diet, so was quite happy to have the chance to review Russell's&nbsp;<b><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FUZR08K/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00FUZR08K&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=WEPLQUB2LMJC6FOQ" target="_blank">Brassicas</a>. </b>Of course the first recipes I checked for were the ones for kale and I can't wait to make the Lemony Kale Shreds with Salty Cheese salad - that not only looks delicious by incredibly easy to prepare with lemon juice, salt, pepper, olive oil, mustard, and feta. I'm also planning to make up some of the kale pesto and the roasted kale chips. I've made both before, but these recipes offer slightly different preparation instructions. The Kale and Sweet Potato Sauté&nbsp;sounds like a dish that will be on my fall and winter menu for years to come - and could not be a healthier combination of foods. The soup and stew recipes also are enticing and seem perfect hearty fare for a winters day.<br /><br />The one vegetable in this family that I personally avoid is cauliflower. My mother could only entice me to eat it when she covered it with bread crumbs and baked it with a touch of butter. (I was a very strange child). Otherwise, I usually avoid eating it. But this cookbook is tempting me to once again try this odd vegetable that Russell notes is under appreciated. I can't wait to prepare the Creamy Cauliflower Gratin (from the photo it looks like a very healthy alternative to mac and cheese). The Indian Potato and Cauliflower Curry offers the only other example of a cauliflower dish I actually have enjoyed and I am super delighted to be able to recreate it at home now with this recipe. I'll also try Russell's Cauliflower Rice, a low-carb simple alternative to rice.<br /><br />As you could guess, Brussels Sprouts are one of my all time favorite vegetables that I usually prepare with lemon juice, maple syrup, walnut oil, and walnuts. A super simple and usually pretty tasty side dish. My repertoire will increase this fall with the assorted recipes included here. I can't wait to taste the Roasted Brussels Sprouts with the Parmesan Crust and Charred Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Fig Glaze (finally finding a use for the fig jam I was gifted!), among others. The other chou, cabbage, is well represented as well and the photo of the Five-Spice Red Cabbage Salad has put that recipe at the top of the list to try now. Russell asks if you're looking for a ridiculously easy side dish - and who isn't? Her Roasted Cabbage Wedges with Lemon-Thyme Vinaigrette hits the mark and is a way of preparing cabbage I've never tried before.<br /><br />Unlike the former President, I've always liked broccoli. One of my mother's favorite cookbooks was the Enchanted Broccoli Forest and, in truth, I've always imagined broccoli as little trees. Which makes me wonder if when I was a toddler I was encouraged to eat "trees," but as I don't recall, I'll just smile at the possibility. I always, always feel guilty throwing out the broccoli stalk, that's why the Kohlrabi and Broccoli Stalk Slaw is on now on my recipe list for this week. The Broccoli and Pepper Jack Frittata looks like the perfect addition for a brunch dish.<br /><br />Well, I could just go on and on as this cookbook features recipe sections for leafy brassicas, Asian brassicas, and root brassicas and kohlrabi. Suffice it to say these are equally compelling to consider and will find their way to my table soon. At the conclusion of the book there is a brief health warning about consuming large quantities of raw brassicas if you have thyroid issues as they may interfere with thyroid hormone levels. However the physician, Samantha Brody, notes that cooked brassicas are not a problem, so if this is a consideration, there is also an easy solution.<br /><br />I've already thinking of a gift list for this cookbook as I know several friends who'll probably enjoy it - not only for health reasons, but because they love to cook. So it's quite easy to see that I rate it quite highly and do encourage you to add it to your cookbook shelf.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ya7zKHmSI_k/U_vLf_LYC-I/AAAAAAAACzU/mYrbl-yd7C0/s1600/red5.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ya7zKHmSI_k/U_vLf_LYC-I/AAAAAAAACzU/mYrbl-yd7C0/s1600/red5.png" /></a></div><blockquote style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #882222; border: 3px ridge rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: Arimo; font-variant: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 22px; orphans: auto; padding: 8px; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FUZR08K/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00FUZR08K&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=WEPLQUB2LMJC6FOQ" style="clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B00FUZR08K&amp;Format=_SL250_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><i style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #ffe599; font-size: x-small;"></span></i></div></blockquote><h3><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FUZR08K/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00FUZR08K&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=WEPLQUB2LMJC6FOQ"><span style="color: #7f6000;">Brassicas: Cooking the World's Healthiest Vegetables: Kale, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts and More by Laura B. Russell</span></a></h3><span style="color: #7f6000; font-size: x-small;">Ten Speed Press (Random House) ⎜ 9781607745716 ⎜ $23.00 ⎜ Apr 8, 2014</span><br /><blockquote style="-webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #882222; border: 3px ridge rgb(102, 102, 102); font-family: Arimo; font-variant: normal; letter-spacing: normal; line-height: 22px; orphans: auto; padding: 8px; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px;"><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #f6b26b; font-size: x-small;">&nbsp; &nbsp;A cookbook showcasing 80 recipes for the most popular of the world's healthiest vegetables--kale, cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, leafy greens, and more--tailored to accommodate special diets such as gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian, and vegan.</span><br /><span style="color: #f6b26b; font-size: x-small;">&nbsp; &nbsp;The eighty inventive, flavorful recipes presented in Brassicas play to each vegetable’s strengths, favoring techniques that celebrate their intrinsic flavors instead of masking them by blanketing under layers of cheese or boiling. Think of the inherent sweetness that can be coaxed from perfectly roasted Brussels sprouts, or the bright, peppery punch of a watercress and arugula salad.</span><br /><span style="color: #f6b26b; font-size: x-small;">&nbsp; &nbsp;Straightforward cooking methods like roasting, sautéing, pickling, and wilting transform brassicas into satisfying dishes, such as Cauliflower Hummus, Spicy Kale Fried Rice, Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Parmesan Crust, and Broccoli and Pepper Jack Frittata. These recipes also maintain the vegetables’ stellar nutritional properties. High in vitamins and minerals, fiber, phytochemicals, and glucosinolates, brassicas have been shown to act as antioxidants, anticarcinogenics, anti-inflammatories, and liver detoxifiers, and have many other health benefits.</span><br /><span style="color: #f6b26b; font-size: x-small;">&nbsp; &nbsp;The beauty of these “superfoods” is on full display in Brassicas; exquisite photographs of brassica varieties in their raw forms—roots, stems, leaves, flowers, and buds—can be found throughout, helping you identify Lacinato kale from curly kale or mustard greens from collard greens at the farmers’ market or grocery store.</span><br /><span style="color: #f6b26b; font-size: x-small;">&nbsp; &nbsp;For those who observe certain dietary restrictions, author Laura B. Russell provides alternatives and tips to accommodate gluten-free, soy-free, vegetarian, and vegan diets. Equipped with complete selection, storage, washing, and prepping instructions, you can enjoy more of these nutritional powerhouses—from the commonplace kale to the more adventurous bok choy or mizuna—in your everyday meals.&nbsp;</span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FUZR08K/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00FUZR08K&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=WEPLQUB2LMJC6FOQ" style="font-weight: bold;"><span style="color: #f9cb9c;">Amazon</span></a><b style="color: #f6b26b;"> | </b><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18209511-brassicas?from_search=true"><b><span style="color: #f9cb9c;">Goodreads</span></b></a></div></blockquote><br /><br /><div style="text-align: right;"><i><span style="font-size: x-small;">I received this book from Blogging for Books and NetGalley&nbsp;for this review.</span></i></div>Emsy Van Wyck, editorhttps://plus.google.com/101468577200025059080noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814787276465376802.post-78591239836624735042014-08-28T19:55:00.000-04:002014-08-28T19:55:34.663-04:00Throwback Thursday: ISO Mary Stewart - again<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-p2wgyG022dc/U_-_xONg10I/AAAAAAAAC3U/-5x4JeJzFMU/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-08-28%2Bat%2B7.48.09%2BPM.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-p2wgyG022dc/U_-_xONg10I/AAAAAAAAC3U/-5x4JeJzFMU/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-08-28%2Bat%2B7.48.09%2BPM.png" height="400" width="235" /></a></div>Reading Susan Elizabeth Phillips'&nbsp;<b><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H7LT5II/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00H7LT5II&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=5HQ3XFVCGJ7UT7R4">Heroes Are My Weakness</a>&nbsp;</b>I'm jonesing to read some classic Mary Stewart gothic romances. Yes, she's a weakness of mine. One of my all time fave authors - ever. I wrote about searching for digital versions of her titles in one of my first Throwback Thursday posts (see: <a href="/2014/01/throwback-thursday-iso-some-old.html">/2014/01/throwback-thursday-iso-some-old.html</a>) and wanted to double check now to see if any of her titles had become available in the six-plus months since that post appeared. They haven't - at least on <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1409269917&amp;rh=n%3A283155%2Cp_82%3AB000AP6YNC&amp;sort=date-desc-rank&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=RHJ7DO5TMJYFA4ZB" target="_blank">Amazon</a> in the United States.<br /><br />What? Yes, this is one of those times that I'm tempted to purchase a round-trip (or maybe a one-way) ticket to the UK. Go in search of that perfect North Wales cottage and hunker down and write - and read Mary Stewart books on my Kindle that I could then purchase from the <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=la_B000AP6YNC_st?bbn=266239&amp;qid=1409269818&amp;rh=n%3A266239%2Cp_82%3AB000AP6YNC%2Cp_n_binding_browse-bin%3A368165031&amp;sort=price-asc-rank" target="_blank">Amazon UK website</a>.<br /><br />Forget the Hachette Amazon squabble, I want to know why digital books aren't available in every country. I've seen authors post about this - apologizing to readers for delayed publication dates - but I never thought we'd have an entire author's work embargoed. Really. I. Didn't.<br /><br /><a name='more'></a><br />I first encountered the non-US availability of a title in one of the Harlequin Medical Romance titles. I really liked the author, liked the series, and was looking to complete my collection. I searched and searched for a non-print version and found that they were available - freely for sale - in both the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. Believe me I searched Harlequin websites - everywhere - booksellers in all those countries - and the only way I could purchase this title is if I were not a US citizen, but resided in one of those countries. Totally unfair.<br /><br />I'd be saying the same thing if I were living in one of those countries and prohibited from purchasing US titles as well. With digitization, reading ebooks is more universal than ever.<br /><br />So this Throwback Thursday post is throwing out the idea that what's available in the UK should be available in the US - and vice versa.<br /><br />Let me know your thoughts and here's hoping that Mary Stewart's digitized titles will soon be available in they United States. Until then, I'll visit <a href="https://openlibrary.org/authors/OL216503A/Mary_Stewart" target="_blank">OpenLibrary.org</a> to borrow her books. See you there!Emsy Van Wyck, editorhttps://plus.google.com/101468577200025059080noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814787276465376802.post-27174534552705641752014-08-28T19:13:00.001-04:002014-08-28T19:34:18.966-04:00Review: Susan Elizabeth Phillips' HEROES ARE MY WEAKNESS is a must-read, modern day gothic page turner!<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4ocfuGIAMQU/U_-1AO_aNmI/AAAAAAAAC3E/qtxHzZcZcz4/s1600/cover.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-4ocfuGIAMQU/U_-1AO_aNmI/AAAAAAAAC3E/qtxHzZcZcz4/s1600/cover.jpg" height="400" width="263" /></a></div>I've really enjoyed <b>Susan Elizabeth Phillips</b>' novels for a long time. My favorite of her books are in her Chicago Stars series (also the first series of hers that I read). To be absolutely honest, I haven't *loved* every book she's written, but most of them. She's one of those writers that even if I find some of the storyline hard going, that I'll continue reading the title.<br /><br />To say I was intrigued by her most recent book, <b><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H7LT5II/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00H7LT5II&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=5HQ3XFVCGJ7UT7R4">Heroes Are My Weakness</a>,</b> is an understatement. My first glance at the cover, a jean clad, red parka wearing view of a woman, I thought it would be another humorous contemporary. Instead, I found myself swept away by this updated gothic romance set on a remote island off the Maine Coast, that harkens back to my favorite authors growing up - Mary Stewart, Victoria Holt, Phyllis Whitney, Daphne DuMaurier, and Charlotte Bronte. I can be that specific, because Phillips dedicated this novel to them.<br /><br />Believe me when I say that she nailed this novel, using their stories as inspiration, and these authors would only be proud and honored by her work. It's a keep-you-up-all-night, page turner, complete with brooding villain or hero (quite hard to tell), and a heroine who's a bit too curious sometimes for her own health.<br /><a name='more'></a><br />If you didn't grow up scouring book sales and used books stores for these gothic authors' titles as I did, you might not understand what a successful tribute <b><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H7LT5II/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00H7LT5II&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=5HQ3XFVCGJ7UT7R4">Heroes Are My Weakness</a>&nbsp;</b>is. The isolated location, the dark scary mansion, the threatening son of the owner - who may either ride you down or shoot you with pistol in hand. I felt like I was twelve again discovering the world of brooding romantic heroes, mysteries, and romance. This is a book I look forward to passing along to friends' daughters to introduce them to the genre - much like my neighbors' big sister did with me.<br /><br />I admit from the moment Phillips revealed that her heroine Annie was a ventriloquist, I was totally creeped out. I'm ashamed to admit it, but those ventriloquist dummy puppets scare me. I've never felt comfortable around them and used to cry when my parents would take me to shows that included ventriloquist acts. When I read William Goldman's Magic, I never looked at a dummy again without shivering. That said, Phillips made me enjoy Annie's dummies. I loved the differing personalities, voices, and humor and no longer saw them as threatening or something from my nightmares, but as entertainment. Kudos for helping me overcome a lifetime phobia!<br /><br />While Theo, the son of the house, would in most stories automatically be the default hero, it's clear that his history with Annie - and possible attempts on her life - have him clearly in the villain category. But is that fair? What about the housekeeper with the mute daughter who was the tag along friend to Theo, his twin, and Annie? Is she threatening Annie because of her long-time crush on Theo?<br /><br />Yes, who's threatening Annie? From shots fired, to dummies hanging in a noose, to graffitied walls who wants Annie to move from the cottage her mother left her - really her only discernible legacy? Is it Theo? Does he really need his writerly solitude so much or is he really the psychopath that Annie fears from long ago? And what of their feelings and attraction for one another? Oh my goodness, this is a page turner for sure! <br /><br />What I most enjoyed about <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H7LT5II/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00H7LT5II&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=5HQ3XFVCGJ7UT7R4"><b>Heroes Are My Weakness</b></a> is how in saluting the gothic novel style, Phillips also turned it on its head. I'm not going to give out any spoilers, but the surprising answer to the who and why is a fabulously different solution than the traditional one.<br /><br />If I could change only one thing, it would be the cover. I'd love to see one of the brooding gothic style homes on a sea cliff with the heroine in a red cloak and an iPad or laptop in hand (yes, just as she was described in the book). Apart from that it's a fabulous read and it's going on the forever shelf along with my copies of books by its inspirations - Stewart, duMaurier, Whitney, Holt, Bronte. <br /><br />Susan Elizabeth Phillips <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H7LT5II/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00H7LT5II&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=5HQ3XFVCGJ7UT7R4"><b>Heroes Are My Weakness</b></a> is a must-read, cannot-put-it-down, modern day gothic for romance lovers of every age.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ba9IdC4Wa0U/UtV9RIOfQYI/AAAAAAAABa8/VB-f8GVTSto/s1600/red5.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ba9IdC4Wa0U/UtV9RIOfQYI/AAAAAAAABa8/VB-f8GVTSto/s1600/red5.png" /></a></div><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H7LT5II/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00H7LT5II&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=5HQ3XFVCGJ7UT7R4" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B00H7LT5II&amp;Format=_SL250_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a><b>From the Publisher</b><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H7LT5II/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00H7LT5II&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=5HQ3XFVCGJ7UT7R4"><b>Heroes Are My Weakness: A Novel by Susan Elizabeth Phillips</b></a>William Morrow (HarperCollins) ⎜ 9780062106070 ⎜ $26.99 ⎜ Aug 26, 2014&nbsp;</blockquote><blockquote class="tr_bq">Deepest winter.<br />An isolated island off the coast of Maine.<br />A man. A woman.<br />Puppets. (Yes, puppets . . .)<br />And . . .&nbsp;</blockquote><blockquote class="tr_bq">A mysterious house looming over the sea . . .<br />He's a reclusive writer whose imagination creates chilling horror novels. She's a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids' puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill his characters with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill an audience with laughs. But she's not laughing now.&nbsp;</blockquote><blockquote class="tr_bq">Annie Hewitt has arrived on Peregrine Island in the middle of a snowstorm and at the end of her resources. She's broke, dispirited, but not quite ready to give up. Her red suitcases hold the puppets she uses to make her living: sensible Dilly, spunky Scamp, and Leo, the baddest of bad guys. Her puppets, the romantic novels she loves, and a little bit of courage are all she has left.&nbsp;</blockquote><blockquote class="tr_bq">Annie couldn't be more ill prepared for what she finds when she reaches Moonraker Cottage or for the man who dwells in Harp House, the mysterious mansion that hovers above the cottage. When she was a teenager, he betrayed her in a way she can never forget or forgive. Now they're trapped together on a frozen island along with a lonely widow, a mute little girl, and townspeople who don't know how to mind their own business.&nbsp;</blockquote><blockquote class="tr_bq">Is he the villain she remembers, or has he changed? Her head says no. Her heart says yes.&nbsp;</blockquote><blockquote class="tr_bq">It's going to be a long, hot winter.</blockquote><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H7LT5II/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00H7LT5II&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=5HQ3XFVCGJ7UT7R4"></a><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20306789-heroes-are-my-weakness" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DHJXCrduJb0/U9a7GaUNI5I/AAAAAAAAChM/XXjiOzDx1e0/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-07-28%2Bat%2B5.07.28%2BPM.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H7LT5II/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00H7LT5II&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=5HQ3XFVCGJ7UT7R4" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MZwdzVN8ZKA/U9a4fAXAgLI/AAAAAAAAChA/9ajPje-EioA/s1600/buy6._V192207736_.gif" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><br /><br />Emsy Van Wyck, editorhttps://plus.google.com/101468577200025059080noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814787276465376802.post-31899548784639681102014-08-28T15:10:00.000-04:002014-08-28T15:15:36.150-04:00Labor Day Giveaway - Win three books that give back<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ppqSyNpeaao/U_96OniTiEI/AAAAAAAAC2o/_kHuKnIWVOU/s1600/-BooksThatGiveBackGiveaway.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ppqSyNpeaao/U_96OniTiEI/AAAAAAAAC2o/_kHuKnIWVOU/s1600/-BooksThatGiveBackGiveaway.jpg" height="400" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><i></i></div><a name='more'></a><i>Here's your chance to win three titles that give back.&nbsp;</i><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><i>How?&nbsp;</i></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><i>Read this post to find out more about the books&nbsp;</i></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><i>&amp; the charities that are supported by the sale proceeds.</i></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/2014/08/wicked-wednesday-salutes-authors.html" target="_blank"><b>Authors &amp; Publishers that are Wickedly Good</b></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Enter to win one copy of&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><b>Laura Kaye's HARD TO HOLD ON TO</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Tule Publishing's SUMMER ESCAPES</b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><b>Kate Pearce&nbsp;+ 39 other authors' LOVE IS...</b></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div>Just fill out the entry form and answer the question in the comments below. That's all you have to do for your chance to be reading these fabulous titles on Labor Day.</div><div><br /></div><div><div class="pgtContainpgt" id="pgt24059810676pgt"><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://giveawaytools2.com/giveaway.php?sk=24059810676" rel="nofollow" target="_BLANK2">Entry</a><script src="//giveawaytools2.com/wid/embed.php?sk=24059810676" type="text/javascript"></script><a href="https://giveawaytools2.com/giveaway.php?sk=24059810676" rel="nofollow" target="_BLANK2">-Form</a></div></div></div><div><br /></div><div><i>If you don't want to wait to see if you win - then go to your favorite eRetailer and purchase them now. Laura Kaye will be donating all proceeds through September 1 of HARD TO HOLD ON TO to the Wounded Warrior Project, while Tule Publishing's SUMMER ESPCAPES is only on sale through that same date. So one-click to purchase these titles now - and if you win - then gift a friend with the gift certificates. Yes, books that give back and continue to give :)</i></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>Emsy Van Wyck, editorhttps://plus.google.com/101468577200025059080noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814787276465376802.post-71243689990328840232014-08-27T18:14:00.003-04:002014-08-27T18:27:41.161-04:00Wicked Wednesday Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Lynn Raye Harris' HOT ICE<i><span style="color: #7f6000;">I really, really love <b>Lynn Raye Harris' Hostile Operations Team (HOT) series</b>. Yes, these are HOT military men (and women) who really rock. The stories are suspenseful and sexy and if you're a fan of military romance, you're going to love these.&nbsp;</span></i><br /><i><span style="color: #7f6000;"><br /></span></i> <i><span style="color: #7f6000;">So, I'm absolutely SQUEEING here with this cover reveal for her sixth HOT title, <b>HOT ICE</b>. It's gorgeous!&nbsp;</span></i><br /><i><span style="color: #7f6000;"><br /></span></i> <i><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22886642-hot-ice" target="_blank"><span style="color: #7f6000;">Make sure to add HOT ICE to your Goodreads shelf. It will be released on December 29, 2014</span></a></i><br /><i><span style="color: #7f6000;"><br /></span></i> <i><span style="color: #7f6000;">So without further ado, here's a preview of <b>HOT ICE</b>.</span></i><br /><a name='more'></a><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yyOgSucuqE0/U_5U9FcxeuI/AAAAAAAAC2I/0Q0-oJoFe3g/s1600/HotIceLynnRayeHarris.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yyOgSucuqE0/U_5U9FcxeuI/AAAAAAAAC2I/0Q0-oJoFe3g/s640/HotIceLynnRayeHarris.jpg" /></a></div><h3><center><span style="color: #7f6000;">Hot Ice by Lynn Raye Harris</span></center></h3><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22886642-hot-ice"></a><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DHJXCrduJb0/U9a7GaUNI5I/AAAAAAAAChM/XXjiOzDx1e0/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-07-28%2Bat%2B5.07.28%2BPM.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DHJXCrduJb0/U9a7GaUNI5I/AAAAAAAAChM/XXjiOzDx1e0/s320/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-07-28%2Bat%2B5.07.28%2BPM.png" /></a></div><br /><br /><i><b>When fire and ice collide, you get steam…</b></i><br /><br />Grace Campbell leads a privileged life. The daughter of a United States senator, she moves within the social circles of the rich and famous. But Grace is also a scientist, and when someone learns she possesses the knowledge necessary to create a new super virus capable of destroying entire nations, she becomes a target for terror groups and foreign governments alike.<br /><br />Garrett “Iceman” Spencer didn’t join the Army’s elite Hostile Operations Team to babysit a spoiled rich girl, but when his superiors insist on assigning him to a senator’s daughter as her security detail, he has no choice but to comply. <br /><br />It’s a shock to find that beneath the glasses and serious scowl, Grace Campbell burns hot. And Garrett, who’s been burned before, suddenly wants to immerse himself in the flames. <br /><br />Keeping Grace alive—and keeping his hands off her—is a full-time job for this HOT soldier. Failure is not an option…<br /><br /><center><i><span style="color: #7f6000;">OH MY GOODNESS! Lynn Raye Harris and the HOT team ROCK!<br />I can't wait to read this story. Okay, counting the days till December 29!</span></i></center><br /><br /><h3><center><span style="color: #7f6000;">Enter the Giveaway</span></center></h3><center>This is an amazing giveaway from Lynn Raye Harris. Enter to win a print copy of each of the Hostile Operations Team titles. Good luck!</center><center><a class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/07c2363f27/" id="rc-07c2363f27" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a><br /><script src="//widget.rafflecopter.com/load.js"></script></center><h3 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #7f6000;">About Lynn Raye Harris</span></h3><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ZSRkObFooKI/U_5WzhtFMhI/AAAAAAAAC2U/9bup12t7DtU/s1600/819372_10200281571472664_1408090963_o.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ZSRkObFooKI/U_5WzhtFMhI/AAAAAAAAC2U/9bup12t7DtU/s400/819372_10200281571472664_1408090963_o.jpg" height="320" width="320" /></a></div>USA Today bestselling author <b>Lynn Raye Harris</b> burst onto the scene when she won a writing contest held by Harlequin. A former finalist for the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart Award and the National Readers Choice Award, Lynn lives in Alabama with her handsome former military husband and two crazy cats. Lynn writes about hot military heroes, sizzling international billionaires, and the women who dare to tame them. Her books have been called "exceptional and emotional," "intense," and "sizzling." To date, Lynn's books have sold over 2 million copies worldwide.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="color: #7f6000;">Keep in touch with Lynn</span></b></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://lynnrayeharris.com/">Website</a> ⎜ <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2973925.Lynn_Raye_Harris">Goodreads</a> ⎜ <a href="http://www.facebook.com/AuthorLynnRayeHarris">Facebook</a> ⎜ <a href="https://twitter.com/LynnRayeHarris">Twitter</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="/2014/08/wicked-wednesday-reviews-five-hot-and_6.html" target="_blank"><i><span style="color: #7f6000;">Read my reviews of books four and five in Lynn's HOT series.</span></i></a></div>Emsy Van Wyck, editorhttps://plus.google.com/101468577200025059080noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814787276465376802.post-31851172127666363102014-08-26T16:25:00.003-04:002014-08-26T17:34:25.756-04:00Tasty Tuesday Review: Donald Link Down South with Paula Disbrowe<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fSz_UhjhbPU/U_zcG8Hd0jI/AAAAAAAAC1c/ruEiBQGOwuo/s1600/cover.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fSz_UhjhbPU/U_zcG8Hd0jI/AAAAAAAAC1c/ruEiBQGOwuo/s1600/cover.jpg" height="400" width="338" /></a></div>If I were a gulf shrimp, I'd want to wind up in <b>Donald Link</b>'s kitchen. The mouth-watering Southern recipes he shares in <b><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0770433189/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0770433189&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=BMFTG7GOCQJERCLW">Down South: Bourbon, Pork, Gulf Shrimp &amp; Second Helpings of Everything</a></b>&nbsp;are just too enticing. The photographs by Chris Granger are gorgeous. But it's recipes like his Blue Crab Beignets that make me wish I could click my heals to New Orleans to visit one of his restaurants. But they're not impossible to replicate at home - that's truly the magic that Link and his collaborator Paula Disbrowe have achieved in this cookbook. <br /><br />Yes, I loaded the Kings of Leon onto my Amazon Cloud Player and rocked out reading Link's seductive text. Why do I call it seductive? I'll share the first paragraph of his introduction, so you'll understand:<br /><br /><i>"'I'm going back down South now.' It's a line from my favorite band, the Kings of Leon. For me the lyrics, especially cued to a guitar, stir up strong feelings, a yearning for a very specific place and our way of life here. My life in the South - the birthplace of Elvis, the blues, jazz, rock and roll, and country music - is cued to a soundtrack that includes everything from "Freebird," the anthem at our high school parties (where we'd meet up in the country and drink beer), to the song "Whipping Post," the background music for shooting pool and wearing my favorite cowboy boots at the Gator Bar (a classic backwoods dive) in Baton Rouge. There aren't words to describe what it's like staring out at the stars from the back of a pickup, on a warm summer night, while "Seven Bridges Road" by the eagles pals on the radio."</i> (page 9)<br /><a name='more'></a><br />See why I'm hooked. This is a cookbook that's not just about great food by sharing a piece of the heart. Food at its best isn't just about taste and texture, but about the love, care, and memories that each bite conveys. Donald Link's <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0770433189/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0770433189&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=BMFTG7GOCQJERCLW">Down South</a> is about sharing those Southern memories and hospitality. I can't imagine a better guide than this James Beard Award-winning chef who's traveled and sampled food throughout the South. <br /><br />Starting with cocktails then cocktail party fare, this cookbook is a celebration of a culture where, according to Link, <i>"Most Southern men feel as at home in a grungy hunting camp as they do at a black-tie gala...There's always a tipping point, a graceful exit of formality before the booze kicks in and leads to long conversations where you make lasting connections with the other guests."</i> (page 35)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dmgqt8ANztw/U_zsCdlsW_I/AAAAAAAAC1s/KO178g-SVPk/s1600/41igeoDF9yL.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dmgqt8ANztw/U_zsCdlsW_I/AAAAAAAAC1s/KO178g-SVPk/s1600/41igeoDF9yL.jpg" height="376" width="640" /></a></div><br />Some of the cocktail party recipes I know will become my own, in addition to the Blue Crab Beignets, are the Fancy Spiced Pecans, Sweet and Sour Onion Jam, Spicy Cheddar Crackers, and Parmesan Bacon Gougeres. Now I just need the occasion!<br /><br />My trip through the South with Link continued to the most Southern of delicacies - the barbecue. Yes, I began to scent the aroma of hot coals and slow grilling meats. Being a Northerner with a Southern heart, I loved Link's description of what sets barbecue apart in each region. <br /><br /><i>"The sauce issue is where the divide begins in the South. Texas is smoke and salt and beef brisket; sauce is an afterthought. Memphis sauce is sweet, and the Carolinas prefer a vinegar sauce. It all comes down to personal preference; everybody should eat what he or she likes. I like them all, depending on where I am and what I'm eating. It would be a boring world if all food tasted the same, so I embrace the differences."</i> (page 66)<br /><br />Now who's ready to take a road trip with me to sample all the various forms of barbecue? Well, if you can't get a way now, you can recreate many the sense of the Southern barbecue thanks to Link's recipes. <br /><br />The seafood section is the one I'll be returning to again and again. Yes, this girl would love to transplant herself to a Gulf Coast town, but if that's not in the cards, I'll be making Watermelon Gazpacho with Crab Meat, Beach House Ceviche, Shrimp and Crab Spaghetti, Scallops with Green Garlic Butter (oh, this brings back memories of shucking oysters for a similar dish in a French Alpine hotel). <br /><br />The variety of shell fish recipes is outstanding. In addition, Link explains the different types of shrimp - the Gulf shrimp he grew up with, Royal Red shrimp form the Florida-Alabama border. I've never been brave enough to try making Soft-Shell Crabs at home, but may well do so once they're back in season with Link's recipe and careful instructions.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-brM9TBZ1Zmg/U_zsLDtF_PI/AAAAAAAAC10/pI-mpfxiJEg/s1600/51LE8kSX-uL.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-brM9TBZ1Zmg/U_zsLDtF_PI/AAAAAAAAC10/pI-mpfxiJEg/s1600/51LE8kSX-uL.jpg" height="376" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br />What meal is complete without fabulous side dishes. I'm already plotting out carrot-raisin salads, Cajun macaroni salad, among several others.<br /><br />Finally, the desserts in <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0770433189/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0770433189&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=BMFTG7GOCQJERCLW" target="_blank"><b>Down South</b></a> rock! I'm ingesting calories just reading the recipes, but each one will be worth it. Salted Caramel Peanut Brittle Ice Cream, White Chocolate Macadamia Blondies, Hath Bar Brownies with Fudgy Chocolate Icing, Spiced Apple Pecan Bread, Aunt Sally's Coconut Pie ... Oh my goodness, that's just a partial selection of the amazing sweet treats that Link shares.<br /><br />Now, which books would I pair this cookbook with? Quite simply any Southern title, but having just read Sandra Hill's <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H25FI6M/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00H25FI6M&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=MSQXIBG4CJZB7QDN" target="_blank">Snow on the Bayou</a> that would get my vote. I'm planning on comparing recipes for the Monday Red Rice and Beans in each book and coming up with one that will be my own. <br /><br />If you love good food, great conversation, and the South, Donald Link's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0770433189/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0770433189&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=BMFTG7GOCQJERCLW" target="_blank"><b>Down South</b></a>&nbsp;is a must-read for your cookbook shelf. Even if you don't cook, this is a book that you'll enjoy reading. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ya7zKHmSI_k/U_vLf_LYC-I/AAAAAAAACzU/mYrbl-yd7C0/s1600/red5.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ya7zKHmSI_k/U_vLf_LYC-I/AAAAAAAACzU/mYrbl-yd7C0/s1600/red5.png" /></a></div><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><b>From the Publisher</b><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0770433189/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0770433189&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=QFSR7FPCUEAB46MV" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=0770433189&amp;Format=_SL250_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" />&nbsp;</a><br /><b><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0770433189/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0770433189&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=QFSR7FPCUEAB46MV">Donald Link Down South with Paula Disbrowe</a></b><br /><i>Bourbon, Pork, Gulf Shrimp &amp; Second Helpings of Everything</i><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">Clarkson Potter ⎜ 9780770433185 ⎜ $35.00 ⎜ Feb 25, 2014</span><br /><br />Perhaps best known as the James Beard Award-winning chef behind some of New Orleans’s most beloved restaurants, including Cochon and Herbsaint, Donald Link also has a knack for sniffing out a backyard barbecue wherever he travels and scoring an invitation to sample some of the best food around. In Down South he combines his talents to unearth true down home Southern cooking so everyone can pull up a seat at the table and sample some of the region’s finest flavors.&nbsp;</blockquote><blockquote class="tr_bq">Link rejoices in the slow-cooked pork barbecue of Memphis, fresh seafood all along the Gulf coast, peas and shell beans from the farmlands in Mississippi and Alabama, Kentucky single barrel bourbon, and other regional standouts in 110 recipes and 100 color photographs. Along the way, he introduces all sorts of characters and places, including pitmaster Nick Pihakis of Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ, Louisiana goat farmer Bill Ryal, beloved Southern writer Julia Reed, a true Tupelo honey apiary in Florida, and a Texas lamb ranch with a llama named Fritz.<br /><br />Join Link Down South, where tall tales are told, drinks are slung back, great food is made to be shared, and too many desserts, it turns out, is just the right amount.</blockquote><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18404602-down-south" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-PtY4RKhe-j0/U-BabLZxQgI/AAAAAAAACn4/UUOzSJbjmIs/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-07-28%2Bat%2B5.07.28%2BPM.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0770433189/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0770433189&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=QFSR7FPCUEAB46MV" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MZwdzVN8ZKA/U9a4fAXAgLI/AAAAAAAAChA/9ajPje-EioA/s1600/buy6._V192207736_.gif" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: right;"><span style="font-size: x-small;">I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.</span></div><br />Emsy Van Wyck, editorhttps://plus.google.com/101468577200025059080noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814787276465376802.post-56105663506116961602014-08-26T14:49:00.005-04:002014-08-26T16:44:43.990-04:00Review: Donna Kauffman's Sandpiper Island is a must-read romance of the heart and spirit<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-38SyywH_vP0/U_zMt6V6iBI/AAAAAAAAC1M/t3GXKQ2b3cE/s1600/cover.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-38SyywH_vP0/U_zMt6V6iBI/AAAAAAAAC1M/t3GXKQ2b3cE/s1600/cover.jpg" height="400" width="270" /></a></div>Don't be surprised to hear that I'm moving to Maine. Once again <b>Donna Kauffman</b> has written a siren song about a small coastal Maine town that has me jonesing not just for a vacation, but a life-changing move.<br /><br />If you're looking to lose yourself in a romance for a few hours, pick up the third book in <b>Donna Kauffman's The Bachelors of Blueberry Cove series, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IUPCKP0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00IUPCKP0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=PIX4PTWXKKBSFJS7">Sandpiper Island</a></b>. The only problem with this book is that after the last page is turned, I don't want to leave Blueberry Cove. I. Don't. My one wish is that <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/142013745X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=142013745X&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=O2WP5ILDMYYNS6AC" target="_blank">Sea Glass Sunrise</a>, the first book in Kauffman's new Brides of Blueberry Cove would be published before June 2015!<br /><br />Oh, does that sound like I love Sandpiper Island? If that was a resounding yes, you're right. I've been longing for the story of the reclusive Ford Maddox and hoped for some happiness in diner owner&nbsp;Delia O'Reilly's life.<br /><br />From hints in the previous two titles, I had guessed that Ford and Delia had a history that might extend a bit beyond friendship. Well, it does. And this is one sexy read.<br /><a name='more'></a><br />But this isn't really a book about hot bedroom scenes (though it does have some), but it's truly about love in all its many guises. Ford's love for his sister, his love of the migrating birds, his care for Delia, and love of his hometown of Blueberry Cove. Ford rides to the rescue when Delia's diner - the town center in many ways - is threatened with closure. But will he be able to save it and does Delia want it saved?<br /><br />I could not put this book down and found myself in tears several times. Don't worry, there is also plenty of humor laced through the story, but this is really one of the more serious Kauffman titles. The ghosts that haunt Ford and the fear of love that Delia face seem almost insurmountable. Their relationship with one another is so fragile that at times I found it almost painful - in the way when people share their innermost secrets - painful. Yes, this is a book that grabs your heart and won't let go.<br /><br />I don't want to share any spoilers, but a puffin stole my heart. Plus I found the blueprint for a home of my dreams. I'd love to live in Ford's self-sustaining treehouse on <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IUPCKP0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00IUPCKP0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=PIX4PTWXKKBSFJS7">Sandpiper Island</a>. If you've ever dreamed of the perfect place to live, this ranks right up there. Truly magical!<br /><br />If you haven't read the other two titles in the Bachelors of Blueberry Cove series, don't worry. <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IUPCKP0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00IUPCKP0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=PIX4PTWXKKBSFJS7"><b>Sandpiper Island</b></a> is a stand-alone story. But be warned, you'll be hooked and an will WANT to read <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MOMRHPI/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00MOMRHPI&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=GE44KTAHDF2PSOSY">Pelican Point</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00G9ABXBA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00G9ABXBA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=FN7GDKVE4KHEBUPG">Half Moon Harbor </a> - and you should!<br /><br />Bachelors of Blueberry Cove is just a wonderful small-town romance series that feels as authentic and unique as the coastal Maine towns that inspired it. That's one of the main attractions of Maine, the flat-out generosity and authenticity of its full-time residents. Donna Kauffman's books capture these qualities perfectly.<br /><br /><b>Donna Kauffman's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IUPCKP0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00IUPCKP0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=PIX4PTWXKKBSFJS7">Sandpiper Island</a></b> is a must-read for me and I hope for you too. It's a romance of the heart and spirit that I'll be rereading for years-to-come.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ba9IdC4Wa0U/UtV9RIOfQYI/AAAAAAAABa8/VB-f8GVTSto/s1600/red5.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ba9IdC4Wa0U/UtV9RIOfQYI/AAAAAAAABa8/VB-f8GVTSto/s1600/red5.png" /></a></div><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><b>From the Publisher</b><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IUPCKP0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00IUPCKP0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=PIX4PTWXKKBSFJS7" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B00IUPCKP0&amp;Format=_SL250_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a><br /><br />The Bachelors of Blueberry Cove Book 3<br /><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IUPCKP0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00IUPCKP0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=PIX4PTWXKKBSFJS7" target="_blank"><b>Sandpiper Island by Donna Kauffman</b></a><br /><span style="font-size: xx-small;">Kensington ⎜ 9780758292810 ⎜ $12.60 ⎜ Aug 26, 2014</span><br />Ford Maddox was running from his past when he came back to Blueberry Cove, Maine, where he'd tasted both heartache and comfort. With feisty Delia O'Reilly there to cheer him on, he couldn't have picked a better place to start over--even if he's determined to do it alone in his island tree house, working to save endangered seabirds...and himself. But when he finds Delia fighting to hold on to her local diner, and all that's best about their little seaside town, Ford has to lend a hand. Suddenly two fiercely independent people are building something sweeter than they ever imagined. . .together.<br /><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19083218-sandpiper-island" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DHJXCrduJb0/U9a7GaUNI5I/AAAAAAAAChM/XXjiOzDx1e0/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-07-28%2Bat%2B5.07.28%2BPM.png" /></a>&nbsp;</div></blockquote><blockquote class="tr_bq"><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19083218-sandpiper-island" target="_blank"></a><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IUPCKP0/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00IUPCKP0&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=PIX4PTWXKKBSFJS7" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MZwdzVN8ZKA/U9a4fAXAgLI/AAAAAAAAChA/9ajPje-EioA/s1600/buy6._V192207736_.gif" /></a></div></blockquote><br />Emsy Van Wyck, editorhttps://plus.google.com/101468577200025059080noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814787276465376802.post-28614548886426131612014-08-26T12:57:00.002-04:002014-08-26T12:57:52.122-04:00Review: Sandra Hill's Snow on the Bayou is a HOT, fun, and fabulous read!<div class="separator tr_bq" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-m9JE3U5ZBnk/U_y0h_WTOfI/AAAAAAAAC08/yB2L8IQBKQY/s1600/cover.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-m9JE3U5ZBnk/U_y0h_WTOfI/AAAAAAAAC08/yB2L8IQBKQY/s1600/cover.jpg" height="400" width="247" /></a></div>Tante Lulu is back and with St. Jude's help is looking to do some more matchmaking - Cajun style. Who's the lucky girl and guy? If you're a <b>Sandra Hill</b> fan like I am, you've been waiting for the lightning bolt of love to hit Justin "Cage" LeBlanc for a very long time. Yes, the lothario of the Navy SEAL team may finally be experiencing true love. (Yes, he's the SEAL that's probably had the most notches on his belt - not from kills, but from bed time wrestling.)<br /><br />Who's the girl who's won his heart? Well, perhaps it's not his heart that's engaged. You'll see when you read <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H25FI6M/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00H25FI6M&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=PTSIITTBDOKWVGPE"><b>Snow on the Bayou</b></a> - a second-chance at love story. Yes, with the prodding of Tante Lulu, Justin returns to the Bayou after an almost twenty year absence. His maw maw (grandmother) has terminal lung cancer and needs him. One of the first people he meets on his return is his first love, Emelie Guadet, who creates museum-quality Carnival masks.<br /><br />But it's certainly not smooth sailing as each of them harbors deep resentment and hurt. Justin was driven out of town by Emelie's father, but she didn't know that at first. Just that he left and never contacted her again. Yes, they're a pair of star-crossed lovers who might never find their happily-ever-after ending - at least until the snow flies on the Bayou.<br /><a name='more'></a>Mix in a bit of intrigue with a possible al-Qaeda cell that brings the Navy SEALS to the bayou (and to stay with Tante Lulu), hidden secrets that just won't stay hidden, heartbreak, forgiveness, and two fabulous women who are hoping for a match between Em and Justin. Well, this is a recipe for an amazing romance that's as enticing as the simmering pot of red beans and rice that's Justin's favorite Monday treat.<br /><br />You may remember at the beginning of the summer that I had a binge read of Sandra Hill's books (see: <a href="/2014/06/lets-go-viking-with-sandra-hill-kiss-of.html">/2014/06/lets-go-viking-with-sandra-hill-kiss-of.html</a>). I really recommend reading ALL her books in order because her characters pop in and out like BFFs at the kitchen door. Yes, these Navy SEALS, Vikings out-of-time and Vangals, raging Cajuns and Creoles are like an extended family that just keeps growing.<br /><br />With Sandra Hill you'll be laughing out-loud at one moment and crying the next. But most of all you'll be smiling as her books just wrap themselves around your heart. Yes, these stories are like taking happy pills and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H25FI6M/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00H25FI6M&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=PTSIITTBDOKWVGPE"><b>Snow on the Bayou</b></a>&nbsp;is one of the sweetest medicines around. Knowing a bit more about Justin made me like him all the more and Emelie's steadfastness and sweetness radiates throughout the story.<br /><br />Oh, the story. Well it's a familiar trope with a twist - Tante Lulu. She's one of those characters that you just wish you could meet in person. A 90-year-old Cajun folk healer with a direct line to St. Jude and a passion for Richard Simmons. It's wonderful to know that there will a few more Tante Lulu adventures to come, but in the meantime I may just have to begin rereading Sandra Hill's various series. Yes, these are books that I'll pull out on gray days as they'll bring sunlight with them.<br /><br />Do pick up Sandra Hill's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H25FI6M/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00H25FI6M&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=PTSIITTBDOKWVGPE"><b>Snow on the Bayou</b></a>&nbsp;and enjoy give your eReader a real fais do do.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ba9IdC4Wa0U/UtV9RIOfQYI/AAAAAAAABa8/VB-f8GVTSto/s1600/red5.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ba9IdC4Wa0U/UtV9RIOfQYI/AAAAAAAABa8/VB-f8GVTSto/s1600/red5.png" /></a></div><blockquote><b>From the Publisher</b><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H25FI6M/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00H25FI6M&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=PTSIITTBDOKWVGPE" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B00H25FI6M&amp;Format=_SL250_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H25FI6M/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00H25FI6M&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=PTSIITTBDOKWVGPE"><b>Snow on the Bayou: A Tante Lulu Adventure by Sandra Hill</b></a>Forever (Grand Central Publishing) ⎜ 9780446535762 ⎜ $8.00 ⎜ Aug 26, 2014<br />THE BAYOU'S BADDEST BAD BOY IS BACK!<br />Joining the Navy was the second best thing that ever happened to Justin "Cage" LeBlanc, the rebel son of a no-account convict. The first was Emelie Gaudet, the love of his life . . . until he was forced to leave town and swore there would be snow on the bayou before he ever returned. Now, only his mortally ill grandma can bring the injured Navy SEAL back to Terrebone Parrish, where he must face his past-and Emelie, who's even more beautiful than she was all those years ago.&nbsp;</blockquote><blockquote>Bourbon Street blues singer Emelie is once bitten, twice shy. When she learns that Justin is back in town, she wants nothing to do with the once wild Cajun teenager who fled with the law on his tail-and broke her heart. But she can't deny the red-hot attraction between them . . . or his efforts to prove he's finally changed his hell-raising ways. Can she trust that this time the bad boy of the bayou will be the best man for her?</blockquote><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19161998-snow-on-the-bayou" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DHJXCrduJb0/U9a7GaUNI5I/AAAAAAAAChM/XXjiOzDx1e0/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-07-28%2Bat%2B5.07.28%2BPM.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H25FI6M/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00H25FI6M&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=TEXFB6TB3DTQ2P4F" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MZwdzVN8ZKA/U9a4fAXAgLI/AAAAAAAAChA/9ajPje-EioA/s1600/buy6._V192207736_.gif" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>Emsy Van Wyck, editorhttps://plus.google.com/101468577200025059080noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814787276465376802.post-42571526668736432642014-08-26T08:00:00.000-04:002014-08-26T08:00:08.695-04:00Release Day Interview: Mimi Jean Pamfiloff discusses her Accidentally Yours series and what's next<center><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BHHHQMU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BHHHQMU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=7X4QV5CADHG7RMSI"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B00BHHHQMU&amp;Format=_SL160_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BHHHQN4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BHHHQN4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=Q2VTW6G5HJCFQPEE"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B00BHHHQN4&amp;Format=_SL160_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BHHHQNE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BHHHQNE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=FHBEO4SDUDMK3HY3"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B00BHHHQNE&amp;Format=_SL160_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BOTU4AW/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BOTU4AW&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=LVXBZ7WMX4BCBILK"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B00BOTU4AW&amp;Format=_SL160_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a></center><center><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BOTU4A2/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00BOTU4A2&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=EIYFFL67X4M6CIZG"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B00BOTU4A2&amp;Format=_SL160_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CO7GGNM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00CO7GGNM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=7GCAZWSBAEKTWDCI"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B00CO7GGNM&amp;Format=_SL160_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ENTBNUA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00ENTBNUA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=CAOLKUFMLFNVR5XE"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B00ENTBNUA&amp;Format=_SL160_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a></center><span style="color: #7f6000;"><i>Mimi Jean Pamfiloff is swinging by the blog today to help celebrate the release of her fifth - and final - Accidentally Yours title, Accidentally ... Over? </i></span><br /><span style="color: #7f6000;"><i><br /></i></span> <span style="color: #7f6000;"><i>OMG I can't believe this is the final title in the fun and fantabulous paranormal series that has more hot gods and vampires than any girl could dream of. If you haven't read it yet, this is the perfect time as you'll be able to read all the titles - without having to wait for publication dates. Happy dance!!! If, like me, you've been reading these from the beginning, today's a bit bittersweet. But I think, perhaps, we haven't seen the last of the gods and goddesses - just sayin'. </i></span><br /><span style="color: #7f6000;"><i><br /></i></span> <span style="color: #7f6000;"><i>So without further ado, let's give a warm Fab Fantasy Fiction welcome to Mimi Jean Pamfiloff!</i></span><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><br /><a name='more'></a></div>EVW - <i>I can't believe it's over. Is there any chance, like say New Coke, that there would ever be the chance for Accidentally Yours the second generation? </i><br />MJP - <span style="color: #7f6000;">Absolutely not. (Wink.)

</span><br /><br />EVW - <i>Out of all the books and characters, which ones are your personal faves? </i> <br />MJP - <span style="color: #7f6000;">Cimil is probably my favorite because she cracks me up. I NEVER really know what she will do or say until my fingers start typing. She has almost no manners and embraces her insanity. You just can’t find a better character than her. 

</span><br /><br />EVW - <i>What's next for Mimi Jean?</i><br />MJP - <span style="color: #7f6000;">Lots of fun stuff! The 3rd book of my King Trilogy is coming out in a few months. (A story of a young woman who gets caught up with a mysterious, evil, sexy billionaire who she swears is the devil.) </span><br /><span style="color: #7f6000;"><br /></span> <span style="color: #7f6000;">I’m also going to write the sequel to my FATE BOOK novel. (A young woman’s FAKE boyfriend comes to life!) </span><br /><span style="color: #7f6000;"><br /></span> <span style="color: #7f6000;">And then I’ll be kicking off another new series, THE IMMORTAL MATCHMAKERS, INC. Think of the show Millionaire Matchmaker but for immortals. It’s going to be hysterical. (I hope!)</span><br /><br />EVW - <i>For any of your fans going through withdrawal at the thought of this series ending, what would you suggest the read? This could be something of yours, another author... You know, so they don't go all Cimil on you for taking away their fix.</i><br />MJP - LOL. <span style="color: #7f6000;">Well, of course, they can grab my KING TRILOGY, HAPPY PANTS CAFÉ, or FATE BOOK (plug, plug) if they haven’t already. But as for other authors….well, I’m rereading the Outlander Series! I just love it! Now that the series has been made into an awesome show, I thought it would be fun to refresh my memory. And if folks haven’t read it, they should. Time travel, sexy men in kilts…say no more.</span><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ynpDV14ZfKM/U_v_lSLduGI/AAAAAAAAC0I/xo5_-WiH3R8/s1600/cover.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ynpDV14ZfKM/U_v_lSLduGI/AAAAAAAAC0I/xo5_-WiH3R8/s640/cover.jpg" /></a></div><br /><h3 style="text-align: center;"><b><span style="color: #7f6000;">ACCIDENTALLY…OVER? by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff </span></b></h3><div style="text-align: center;">(August 26, 2014; Forever Mass Market; $8.00)</div><br />When it comes to Máax, the God of Truth who refuses to follow the rules, there's more to him than meets the eye. Literally. Because Maáx is invisible! Which is probably why, after seventy-thousand years, he's still unable to find a mate.<br /><br />Ashli Rosewood was never meant to die. In fact, her death might be the very reason the gods are now faced with stopping that pesky doomsday right around the corner. If only there was a way to undo the past. Cue Máax. Seven feet of divine masculinity and the unruly god charged with saving Ashli. With a little help from an ancient Mayan tablet, Máax will travel back in time and set things right.<br /><br />Easy, right? Wrong. Because Máax has one teensy challenge. He's invisible. And every time this impatient, powerful deity gets anywhere near Ashli, he spooks her right into harm's way. Meaning...she dies, and he has to start all over again.<br /><br />Cliff, banana peel, runaway storage container filled with Belgian chocolates, bee sting, the list goes on and on. Does the Universe have it out for this girl? Sure seems that way. But why? And what will Máax do when he begins to suspect that not only is Ashli the key to stopping the apocalypse, but she may be "the one" he's been waiting seventy-thousand years for. How will he save the one woman the Universe insists on killing and who wants nothing to do with him?<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><i><span style="color: #7f6000;">One-click Accidentally ... Over? today</span></i></div><div style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #7f6000; font-size: large;"><a href="http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/accidentallyover-mimi-jean-pamfiloff/1119847067?ean=9781455547012" target="_blank">B&amp;N</a>&nbsp;⎜ <a href="http://www.booksamillion.com/p/AccidentallyOver/Mimi-Jean-Pamfiloff/9781455547012?id=5918874153434" target="_blank">BAM!</a>&nbsp;⎜&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/accidentally...over/id690188468?mt=11" target="_blank">iBooks</a>&nbsp; ⎜&nbsp;<a href="http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781455547012" target="_blank">Indieb</a><a href="http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781455547012" target="_blank">ound</a>&nbsp;⎜&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Accidentally-Over-Yours-Series-Book-ebook/dp/B00ENTBNUA" target="_blank">Amazon</a></span><br /><br /><i><a href="/2014/08/review-mimi-jean-pamfiloffs.html" target="_blank">Read my review</a></i></div><h3 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #7f6000;">EXCERPT ONE FROM ACCIDENTALLY ... OVER?</span></h3><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Death is trying to seduce me. </span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">I always suspected he would come for me after I survived the accident, and now there’s no doubt. And death isn’t some ominous creature that carries a bloody scythe, his face obscured by a black cloak, his spindly fingers protruding from the cuff of his dripping sleeve as he enters your dinner party, points to your plates, and declares in a gravelly voice, “You’re all dead. It was the canned salmon.” Oh no. This is no snarky Brit skit, and he’s no monster.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Death is a sex god. </span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">He’s tall, built from indestructible solid bricks of muscle. His cheek bones are chiseled works of art, and his full, sensual lips are meant for doing anything but killing. Like I said, sex god. </span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">How do I know this? He’s been watching me, whispering in my ear while I sleep, quietly hiding in the shadows while I eat, while I work, while I shower. </span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">So for once, I’m turning the tables. </span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">I follow the sound of his footsteps through my beach cottage, out my back porch, and then pick up his large footprints in the sand. I crouch behind the tall, dry grass blanketing the massive sand dune. The crashing waves mask the sound of my thumping heart and heavy, frantic breaths. I’m sweating like mad as the tropical morning sun beats down on my back, and I spot my stalker splashing in the waves. </span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">He stands, and I can barely breathe when I look at him. </span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Though he’s nearly transparent, the outline of his naked body glistens with drops of ocean water reflected by the sun. I’ve never seen a more beautiful man. Shoulders that span the width of two normal-sized men, powerful arms and legs that make me wonder if he’s not actually carved from rock or molded from steel, and incredibly sculpted…jeez, everything. There’s not an inch on this beast—not a neck, an ab, not a pec or a thigh—that isn’t constructed from potent, lethal looking muscle. Well, except his hair. Though I can’t see the color, it’s beautifully thick and falls to his shoulders. I imagine it’s a warm shade of brown, streaked with reds and gold. Because he’s utterly beautiful, and that’s the kind of hair a beautiful man would have. Yes, he’s a god, not the bringer of death. And I can’t help but wonder why he’s made that way. Is it so that when he comes for me, there’ll be some sort of consolation—getting to see his face? I don’t know, but I’m not ready to see it, yet. I want to live. I want to grow old. I want to fall in love. Just once before my time is up.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Yet, somehow, I want him, too. Why? That’s gotta mean I’m loca, right? </span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">My eyes study every poetic detail of this “man,” hoping to find answers. But there’s nothing. Nothing that will help save me from him. </span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Suddenly, I see his chin lift and his head turn in my direction.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Can he see me? Oh my god. He’s coming right for me.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">I bolt from my hiding place and make a run for it. I know if I make it to my house I’ll manage to lock the doors, but that won’t stop him. There is nowhere to hide from death, but I run, anyway.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">I make it to my back porch and reach for the door, but I slip on something. Shit. Really? A banana peel? </span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">My body crashes to the hard cement. My head cracks on the sharp edge of the porch’s step, and I can’t move. All I feel is my beating heart and heaving lungs, burning with fear.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Dammit, woman. Why the hell do you always run from me?” His deep, melodic voice washes over me, and I love how it soothes my soul. </span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">I look up and try to focus my eyes, but he’s difficult to make out. His dripping hair catches only a few rays of morning sunlight. </span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“You’re so beautiful,” I croak. “But I changed my mind; I don’t want to die. Please don’t take me away.”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">I feel his warm hand brush against my cheek. “I am trying to save you, Ashli. Why won’t you let me?”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Why does he say that? Why is he lying to me? It doesn’t matter now, because I’m already dying. The darkness begins to swallow me. </span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Shit!” I roll from my bed and fall to the floor with a thump. </span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Sonofabitch! Why do I keep having these dreams?</span><br /><h3 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #7f6000;">ENTER THE GIVEAWAY</span></h3><div style="text-align: center;"><a class="rafl" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/26635ce288/" id="rc-26635ce288" rel="nofollow">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a></div><script src="//widget.rafflecopter.com/load.js"></script><br /><h3 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #7f6000;">EXCERPT TWO FROM ACCIDENTALLY ... OVER?</span></h3><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Máax stared down at the hysterical, screaming woman. He was about to offer a few calming words, such as “Shut the hell up,” but then something peculiar happened.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">What the fuu . . . ? He stumbled to the side but caught himself. He’d never experienced anything so unusual, so potent. But what was it? It didn’t hurt. No, quite the opposite. It felt like a sack of fucking wonderful dropped on his head.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Máax looked at the woman once more, and it hit him again.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Click.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">He gasped. She was doing this to him? How? There was no logical explanation, other than . . .</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">He lost his train of thought. Gods, she is magnificent.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Holy Christ! He stepped back and stared at Ashli. Is that . . . Am I . . . ? He was drooling! Like a hungry dog!</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">The odd, euphoric sensation hit him again, nearly tumbling him over. Nothing in his seventy thousand years of existence could help him articulate the sensation. It was as if the damned woman had jumped inside his body, soldered herself to every molecule of his light, and then sucked away any rational thought. The hollow pit in his chest, one he hadn’t known existed, felt instantly placated. That spot now felt warm and mushy. The center of gravity shifted from beneath his feet toward the direction of the woman and began pulling him to her like a shooting star.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Oh, shit. She’s my mate? He took two more steps back. No. No. Hell no! But how? And why now? He’d never asked the Universe for a mate. He didn’t want this. He didn’t want to be tethered to some . . . some weak mortal woman, or any woman for that matter. Where was the godsdamned logic in that? For fuck sake, he was a lone wolf—answered to no one and nothing. And he was invisible,</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">went where he liked when he liked. (For the time being, anyway.) After he went on trial for his recent multitude of offenses, he’d be entombed for a very, very, very . . . yes, very fucking long time! And now this, this . . . woman had messed it all up! Filii canis! Now he was truly going to suffer. He’d have something to miss!</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Then another truth dawned on him. Cimil set me up! Again! He was going to kill her. And, gods fucking dammit, did the woman—this, this, Ashli—have to be so godsdamned hot?</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Infernum. Her beauty was beyond that of any deity. Dark golden-brown skin, hair like black-licorice ribbons wild about her face and trailing down her back, and exotic eyes, turning up in the corners like a feline’s. And her lips . . . Her lips were plump and full, just the sort a man longs to feel sliding over every inch of his—</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Get a hold of yourself, man! But holy saints she was hot. What was he going to do?</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Why don’t you start by saving her, asshole?</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Right. First things first, though; he had to get her to stop screaming. “Ashli, I command you to stop screaming.”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Her beautiful hazel eyes widened, and she bolted toward the dusty, narrow road that ran along the beachfront.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Sanguine ad infernum! She’s running away? “Ashli, I command you to stop. I won’t hurt—”</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">A large silver bus came out of nowhere. “No!”</span><br /><h3 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #7f6000;">ABOUT MIMI JEAN PAMFILOFF</span></h3><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kmOZtjSpWKs/U_wPpWhdoPI/AAAAAAAAC0c/DiCv-lwKMBA/s1600/PamfiloffACCIDENTAL%2321FF801.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kmOZtjSpWKs/U_wPpWhdoPI/AAAAAAAAC0c/DiCv-lwKMBA/s320/PamfiloffACCIDENTAL%2321FF801.jpg" /></a></div>Before taking up a permanent residence in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mimi spent time living near NYC (became a shopaholic), in Mexico City (developed a taste for very spicy food), and Arizona (now hates jumping chollas, but pines for sherbet sunsets). Her love of pre-Hispanic culture, big cities, and romance inspires her to write when she's not busy with kids, hubby, work, and life...or getting sucked into a juicy novel. <br /><br />She hopes that someday leather pants for men will make a big comeback and that her writing might make you laugh when you need it most. <br /><br /><b><span style="color: #7f6000;">Keep in touch with Mimi Jean</span></b><br /><div style="font-family: Calibri, sans-serif;"><span style="color: #7f6000;"><a href="http://www.mimijean.net/" target="_blank">Website</a>&nbsp;⎜ &nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/MimiJeanPamfiloff" target="_blank">Facebook</a>&nbsp; ⎜ &nbsp;<a href="http://www.twitter.com/MimiJeanRomance" target="_blank">Twitter</a>&nbsp; ⎜ &nbsp;<a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5618190.Mimi_Jean_Pamfiloff" target="_blank">Goodreads</a></span></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><h3 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #7f6000;">EXCERPT THREE FROM ACCIDENTALLY ... OVER?</span></h3><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Bloody deity infernum! Máax’s head throbbed with a pain so severe it reminded him of the time he’d accidentally been stepped on by Cimil’s unicorn. Giant fucking thing thought it was some sort of lapdog but weighed the same as an elephant.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">So what had that bloody woman hit him with? A garbage truck? No way was that a simple shovel.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">In any case, it knocked a few of his marbles loose because he didn’t recall freeing himself or making his way inside her house. But he had. In fact, he’d made it to her bed, and now Ashli lay beside him, sound asleep. How long had he been out, and how the hell had she fallen asleep without noticing a very large man in her bed?</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Because you’re invisible and were lucky enough to pass out on the side of the bed she doesn’t use.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Carefully, he edged off the bed, trying not to disturb her. Ashli rolled over and flung her arm over his chest. Deorum inferorum. Máax sucked in a deep breath.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“You smell so good,” she mumbled.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">She talks in her sleep? For some reason he found that adorable.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“What cologne is that?” she added.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">His natural scent. All gods produced a pleasing aromatic cocktail of pheromones. He supposed it was nature’s subtle way of disarming humans, making it less likely for them to freak out and realize they were in the presence of something not quite human.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Ironically, he felt like the one being lulled by Ashli’s scent. He’d never smelled a more enticing fragrance: tropical flowers mixed with a slight hint of those roasted chili peppers from her kitchen and fresh ocean air. Gods, the scent was just as exotic as the woman. Add to that, Ashli seemed to enjoy the ocean, his passion, as much as he did. If he could live his entire existence on the beach, he would. The air, the tropical breeze, the soft sand . . . there was nothing better than swimming in the waves or surfing when the opportunity arose, though it had been a very long time. Isn’t such a smart idea to surf when you’re invisible. A lone surfboard, carving a wave on its own, looks a bit strange. Nor was it smart to lay next to Ashli, enjoy the warmth of her touch while sniffing her hair, or allow himself to grow extremely aroused. Which he had.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Idiot. What was the point? So he could remind himself what he was missing out on? Once this was all over, which it would be because he never failed, they’d both move on. Him to some cold, dark tomb probably buried somewhere in a remote swamp where no one would find him for a million years. And Ashli—she would find some nice human to spend her mortal days with.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Or perhaps one of your brothers. After all, Cimil prophesied that twenty years from now, Ashli would broker peace between his brethren. That meant she’d meet them all. And Ashli was a catch, not to mention the one person on the planet destined to save them all. How? He had no clue. Yes, clearly the woman had her attributes—sexy as hell attributes—but aside from that, she seemed quite normal. Nevertheless, being savior of the planet would grant her instant celebrity status and boatloads of attention. She’d have men lining up around the block.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">He balled his fists, then let go. All for the best. Because he didn’t want her. Much. And he certainly didn’t need the distractions; this was one mission he couldn’t afford to fail.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">He sighed and Ashli flinched. Máax lifted his head, ready to make a mad dash from the room if she woke up, but found himself entranced. Her plump lips and golden skin; her dark lashes, fanning along the crease of her catlike eyes; her hair a wild mass of thick black curls. He had no idea of her heritage, but never had there been a more seductive female in existence.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">His eyes swept down the length of her small athletic frame covered only in a flimsy white sundress. Next to his large body, Ashli appeared more petite than she really was.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">An urge to dominate her, to take her right there, sparked.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Or perhaps you’d enjoy the opposite. Yes, he’d enjoy the feel of her lithe, lean figure straddling him, riding his cock.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Hell, man. That’s enough, you horny bastard.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">“Fuck this,” he hissed and slipped quickly from the bed before he did something he regretted. Like kiss her.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">Or motorboat her.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">You randy bastard.</span><br /><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;">He needed to go for a swim. Yes, the ocean water would cool him down. The ocean always made him feel better, like being home.</span><br /><div><span style="font-family: Courier New, Courier, monospace;"><br /></span></div><br />Emsy Van Wyck, editorhttps://plus.google.com/101468577200025059080noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814787276465376802.post-12738145190877818742014-08-26T00:13:00.000-04:002014-08-26T01:03:30.241-04:00Review: Mimi Jean Pamfiloff's Accidentally ... Over? is a fun romp<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ynpDV14ZfKM/U_v_lSLduGI/AAAAAAAAC0E/WjvxINMPbc4/s1600/cover.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ynpDV14ZfKM/U_v_lSLduGI/AAAAAAAAC0E/WjvxINMPbc4/s1600/cover.jpg" height="400" width="247" /></a></div>I won't say I've been counting the days for the release of <b>Mimi Jean Pamfiloff's <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ENTBNUA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00ENTBNUA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=SKYCTXSA23QPHSSZ" target="_blank">ACCIDENTALLY ... OVER?</a>, </b>because that might mean I was looking forward to the final book in her <b>Accidentally Yours</b> series.<br /><br />However, I was really looking forward to Máax's story. Yes, I really dig the idea of an invisible Mayan god of truth. I. Do. Especially when he's seven feet tall and built. Proportional in all things. Really.<br /><br />If you're not familiar with this series, it's about Mayan gods, vampires, and assorted otherworldly beings who tend to stave off wars and famines and help out humanity - and seemingly bicker endlessly among themselves. They also have a tendency to fall in love with humans - finding their soul mates. There's one or two wicked (or wickedly good) deities. Topping the list is Cimil (see <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CO7GGNM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00CO7GGNM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=ZLBJDEKKYDVPKNIM" target="_blank">Accidentally Cimil</a> for hers and Roberto's story).<br /><br />Máax was well worth the wait. The other gods think of him as the bad boy as he's constantly breaking the rules. Hopping back and forth in time - no Tardis needed. It seems like he may have good reason for coloring outside the lines, but he's still being punished by not being visible. Now that isn't quite the handicap you might think as when I read his words I kept imagining the most amazingly sexy deep voice speaking. Yep, a voice is sometimes all you need for chills and thrills.<br /><a name='more'></a><br />In order to save the planet and the gods from destruction, Máax has been sent back twenty years to make sure Ashli Rosewood doesn't die. A seemingly easy task that's complicated by Máax's unusual attraction for Ashli as well as her unheralded attraction for death. Yes, Ashli seems fated to die and if she does the world will end. How do we know? Cimil said so.<br /><br />I really found the story for the most part fun - and one hundred percent crazy (well the Cimil percent). My only hesitance in absolutely loving this book is the heroine Ashli. She got on my nerves, well her whining did. <br /><br />I know, it's not fun to the be object of the grim reaper's desire, but Ashli almost made me want the grim reaper to succeed so Máax could find someone a little less caught up with herself. Sure, her parents both died and she's living in their house and running their cafe/coffeeshop, so I should emphasize right? But I was actually looking for the proverbial ear plugs half the time when I was reading her dialogue and just couldn't understand Máax's attraction to her. Why? Because a little Ashli went a very long way. It never got to the point where I stopped reading, but I did stop really digging the story and kept reading more to find out what happened than because I was really caught up with the Máax and Ashli romance.<br /><br />Yes, this is a wild and crazy book and Cimil is front and center in a lot of that over-the-top slapstick. And a lot of it is funny. But there are quite a few story threads that I never quite understood, including the animosity/jealousy of one of Ashli's bodyguards. <br /><br />So, would I recommend <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ENTBNUA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00ENTBNUA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=GNXDZF5JVNV64ZJJ"><b>ACCIDENTALLY...OVER?</b></a>&nbsp;Definitely for fans of the Accidentally Yours series. You cannot not read this. But it's definitely not a stand-alone title and it's not my favorite of the series. Even though Máax is uber hot, his hotness is tempered by Ashli's whines. Although by the end I finally understood her a bit more, it was too little and too late for this reader. So, for me, Accidentally Yours wrapped up not with fireworks, but with sparklers. Still enjoyable in many ways, but just not the big bang I was anticipating.<br /><br />The good news for Accidentally Yours fans is that it's clear at the end that although this series might be over that Mimi Jean Pamfiloff will be continuing to spin out the meeting of Mayan gods and humans for little while in her new series, Immortal Matchmaker. I'm looking forward to reading those. So maybe it's not over - over after all.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-wSgNKwfJtHM/UttRIyYlJKI/AAAAAAAABjI/Wl2tDZFny0A/s1600/red4.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-wSgNKwfJtHM/UttRIyYlJKI/AAAAAAAABjI/Wl2tDZFny0A/s1600/red4.png" /></a></div><blockquote class="tr_bq"><b>From the Publisher</b><br /><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ENTBNUA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00ENTBNUA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=GNXDZF5JVNV64ZJJ" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B00ENTBNUA&amp;Format=_SL250_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a>Accidentally Yours Book 5<br /><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ENTBNUA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00ENTBNUA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=GNXDZF5JVNV64ZJJ"><b>ACCIDENTALLY...OVER? BY MIMI JEAN PAMFILOFF</b></a></blockquote><span style="font-size: x-small;">Forever (Grand Central Publishing) ⎜ 9781455547012 ⎜ $8.00 ⎜ Aug 26, 2014</span><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq">When it comes to Máax, the God of Truth who refuses to follow the rules, there's more to him than meets the eye. Literally. Because Maáx is invisible! Which is probably why, after seventy-thousand years, he's still unable to find a mate.<br />Ashli Rosewood was never meant to die. In fact, her death might be the very reason the gods are now faced with stopping that pesky doomsday right around the corner. If only there was a way to undo the past.<br /><br />Cue Máax. Seven feet of divine masculinity and the unruly god charged with saving Ashli. With a little help from an ancient Mayan tablet, Máax will travel back in time and set things right.<br />Easy, right?<br />Wrong.<br />Because Máax has one teensy challenge. He's invisible. And every time this impatient, powerful deity gets anywhere near Ashli, he spooks her right into harm's way. Meaning...she dies, and he has to start all over again.<br />Cliff, banana peel, runaway storage container filled with Belgian chocolates, bee sting, the list goes on and on. Does the Universe have it out for this girl? Sure seems that way. But why? And what will Máax do when he begins to suspect that not only is Ashli the key to stopping the apocalypse, but she may be "the one" he's been waiting seventy-thousand years for.<br />How will he save the one woman the Universe insists on killing and who wants nothing to do with him?</blockquote><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18360171-accidentally-over" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DHJXCrduJb0/U9a7GaUNI5I/AAAAAAAAChM/XXjiOzDx1e0/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-07-28%2Bat%2B5.07.28%2BPM.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ENTBNUA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00ENTBNUA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=GNXDZF5JVNV64ZJJ" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MZwdzVN8ZKA/U9a4fAXAgLI/AAAAAAAAChA/9ajPje-EioA/s1600/buy6._V192207736_.gif" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><br />Emsy Van Wyck, editorhttps://plus.google.com/101468577200025059080noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814787276465376802.post-46394837115183072392014-08-26T00:00:00.000-04:002014-08-26T01:30:58.918-04:00Launch Day Blitz: Celebrating the release of Jill Shalvis' 10th Lucky Harbor title, It's In His Kiss<h3 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #7f6000;">Join the release day celebration of Jill Shalvis' TENTH Lucky Harbor title,&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H25FJ0C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00H25FJ0C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=6N24AW5DZ66B7EO7">IT'S IN HIS KISS</a><span style="color: #7f6000;">.&nbsp;</span></h3><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #7f6000;">Read or listen to an excerpt from the first chapter.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #7f6000;">Warning it's addictive, so get your one-click finger ready to party!&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #7f6000;">Enter the giveaway for the first Lucky Harbor book, Simply Irresistible.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #7f6000;">Learn a little more about Jill.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="/2014/08/review-jill-shalvis-its-in-his-kiss-is.html" target="_blank"><span style="color: #7f6000;">Read my review (yes, I LOVED it!)</span></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #7f6000;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #7f6000;">Have fun! It's always a celebration day when we can visit Lucky Harbor!!!</span></div><a name='more'></a><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-yURUQNHOg2g/U_vJt8ozvaI/AAAAAAAACzE/MwzjUVEyYhc/s1600/cover.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-yURUQNHOg2g/U_vJt8ozvaI/AAAAAAAACzE/MwzjUVEyYhc/s1600/cover.jpg" height="640" width="395" /></a></div><br /><h3 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #7f6000;">READ AND LISTEN TO AN EXCERPT OF&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H25FJ0C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00H25FJ0C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=6N24AW5DZ66B7EO7" style="text-align: center;">IT'S IN HIS KISS</a></span></h3><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxhYO_i9eOo6VVdOdS1aUHVUaEU/edit?usp=sharing" target="_blank">Read the first 15 pages of IT'S IN HIS KISS (PDF)</a><br /><iframe height="480" src="https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BxhYO_i9eOo6VVdOdS1aUHVUaEU/preview" width="640"></iframe><br /><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">Listen to an excerpt from the first chapter of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H25FJ0C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00H25FJ0C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=6N24AW5DZ66B7EO7">IT'S IN HIS KISS</a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/163869158&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><h3 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #7f6000;">ENTER THE GIVEAWAY</span></h3><div class="pgtContainpgt" id="pgt78565669852pgt"><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="https://giveawaytools2.com/giveaway.php?sk=78565669852" rel="nofollow" target="_BLANK2">Entry</a><script src="//giveawaytools2.com/wid/embed.php?sk=78565669852" type="text/javascript"></script><a href="https://giveawaytools2.com/giveaway.php?sk=78565669852" rel="nofollow" target="_BLANK2">-Form</a></div></div><br /><h3 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #7f6000;">ABOUT THE BOOK</span></h3><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H25FJ0C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00H25FJ0C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=6N24AW5DZ66B7EO7" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B00H25FJ0C&amp;Format=_SL250_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><h3><b><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H25FJ0C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00H25FJ0C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=6N24AW5DZ66B7EO7"><span style="color: #7f6000;">IT'S IN HIS KISS BY JILL SHALVIS</span></a></b></h3></div><div style="text-align: center;">Forever (Grand Central Publishing) ⎜ 9781455529520 ⎜ $8.00 ⎜ Aug 26, 2014</div><br /><b>ONE KISS CAN LAST FOREVER</b><br /><br />Becca Thorpe has uprooted her life and escaped to the beach. Now's her chance to get away from city living, throw caution to the ocean winds, and live in the moment. Especially if the moment includes the deliciously sexy surfer she meets shortly after arriving in Lucky Harbor. Something about the dark intensity of Sam's eyes and the thrill she gets at his touch convinces her to stay awhile.<br /><br />Boatbuilder and investment genius Sam Brody is a self-made man who knows how dangerous it can be to mix business and pleasure. But he can't resist offering Becca a job just to hear her laugh and have her near. Yet when her brother comes to town asking for help, will he tempt her back to her glamorous life in the city? Or do Sam and little Lucky Harbor have a chance to win Becca's heart? <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19162717-it-s-in-his-kiss" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DHJXCrduJb0/U9a7GaUNI5I/AAAAAAAAChM/XXjiOzDx1e0/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-07-28%2Bat%2B5.07.28%2BPM.png" /></a></div><h3><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H25FJ0C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00H25FJ0C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=6N24AW5DZ66B7EO7" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MZwdzVN8ZKA/U9a4fAXAgLI/AAAAAAAAChA/9ajPje-EioA/s1600/buy6._V192207736_.gif" /></a></div><span style="color: #7f6000;"><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">ABOUT JILL SHALVIS</div></span></h3><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IqBSXG-ksBU/U_vc7hYuW0I/AAAAAAAACzk/I8X6qaaTDls/s1600/Jill%2BShalvis%2Bauthor%2Bphoto_longer%2Blength.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-IqBSXG-ksBU/U_vc7hYuW0I/AAAAAAAACzk/I8X6qaaTDls/s1600/Jill%2BShalvis%2Bauthor%2Bphoto_longer%2Blength.JPG" height="200" width="160" /></a></div>New York Times bestselling author <b>Jill Shalvis</b> lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill's bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.<br /><br /><span style="color: #7f6000;"><b>Keep in touch with Jill</b></span><br /><a href="http://www.jillshalvis.com/">Website</a> ⎜ <a href="http://twitter.com/jillshalvis">Twitter</a> ⎜ <a href="http://www.facebook.com/jillshalvis">Facebook</a> ⎜ <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/22370.Jill_Shalvis" target="_blank">Goodreads</a>Emsy Van Wyck, editorhttps://plus.google.com/101468577200025059080noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814787276465376802.post-17107975108690411742014-08-25T19:53:00.000-04:002014-08-25T20:06:20.963-04:00Review: Jill Shalvis' It's In His Kiss is the perfect read. Really. It. Is.<a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-yURUQNHOg2g/U_vJt8ozvaI/AAAAAAAACzE/MwzjUVEyYhc/s1600/cover.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-yURUQNHOg2g/U_vJt8ozvaI/AAAAAAAACzE/MwzjUVEyYhc/s1600/cover.jpg" height="400" width="247" /></a>I know if I tell you that there are some authors that just resonate with me you'll know what I'm talking about, because you have the same experience. That's why we love to read. Confession time. I'd never read a <b>Jill Shalvis</b> book till a year ago. I know. I must have been living in a cave. <br /><br />Knowing that I love to read romance, have a slightly quirky (strange) sense of humor, and love books set on the coast - any coast - a friend recommended a series to me last summer that they thought I'd love. The series? <b>Jill Shalvis' Lucky Harbor</b> and from her first book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003YFIVK4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003YFIVK4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=ALQFFAUUF57KCSRF">Simply Irresistible </a> to the then just released <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009CKS2ZE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B009CKS2ZE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=ETIACJWP5ODCEJFH">It Had to Be You</a>, I just went on a reading binge. I was tempted to pack my bags and search out the closest thing to Lucky Harbor that I could find in Washington State. Don't laugh. I really was tempted. Who wouldn't be with an elder stateswoman/social media maven like Lucille. And how about the Lucky Harbor hunkathon (I made that up, but OMG talk about alpha heroes to love). Yes, Lucky Harbor has my vote as the place I want to live in my next incarnation.<br /><br />So, when I had word that Jill would be winding up the Lucky Harbor series this year I had a bit of a cry. I. Did. But I put all sadness away when I began receiving galleys from the publisher of the yet-to-be-published titles. Yes, this fall we have three new Lucky Harbor books to look forward to. So, I decided not to be sad, but to celebrate because a fabulous author is continuing to share her quirky and fun vision of a small town with all of us. <br /><br />The first of the three new books is released tomorrow, 26 August, and let me say: ONE-CLICK <b><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H25FJ0C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00H25FJ0C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=SOAOK3PEB55N4LN7" target="_blank">IT'S IN HIS KISS</a> </b>NOW. Yes, the tenth <b>Lucky Harbor</b> book is a must-read for me and all other fans of contemporary romance. So, just stop reading and click. Okay? K!<br /><a name='more'></a><br />Now that you have your copy winging it's way to your eReader, I'm going to tell you why I loved this story. First of all, my new fave book boyfriend stars in it. How on earth could you not fall a bit in love with boat builder and surfer Sam Brody. He's just too cool, too handsome, and, even with his growl, just darn nice.<br /><span style="text-align: center;"><br /></span> <span style="text-align: center;">Then there's the story. Yes, Becca Thorpe is escaping to Lucky Harbor and learning how to live on her own. We're not sure what or who she's running from, but are pretty secure in the knowledge that the quirky inhabitants of Lucky Harbor will adopt her. Plus, who's the very first person she encounters? Sam in full-out surfer mode. Yes, we're all assured that this will be a very combustible relationship from the moment their eyes meet - no matter how out of sync they seem.</span><br /><br />Along the way we get to fan girl on Sam's two hunky partners - Cole and Tanner - who are equally hot - and have fun reconnecting with Lucky Harbor denizens, including Lucille who's been banned from Facebook. But don't relax. She's taking over Pinterest and has a "Sexy Guys" page. Oh my. I think I might be searching for that board as soon as I post this review.<br /><br />Did I mention that Sam and Becca are a bit like star-crossed lovers? First of all they're both resistant to a relationship. Then there's the fact that once Becca goes to work for him, she's off the list for Sam. Well, kind of. Plus each of them has a lot of issues to overcome. But it's Lucky Harbor so I never give up hope.<br /><br />Prepare yourself to laugh yourself silly, cry a bit, and think about relationships, friendship, and family when you read<b> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H25FJ0C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00H25FJ0C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=SOAOK3PEB55N4LN7" target="_blank">IT'S IN HIS KISS</a></b>. Once again, Jill Shalvis touches our hearts and our funny bones in a hot and sexy, cannot-put-it-down romance. <br /><br />Now, I'm jonesing for book eleven, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1455529494/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1455529494&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=BUB4MMI3MEQ5ZDEE" target="_blank">HE'S SO FINE (30 Sept)</a>, that features vintage clothes maven Olivia Bentley and one of Sam's partners, Cole Donovan. The twelfth and final book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/One-Million-Lucky-Harbor-12-ebook/dp/B00JZVKT60/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1409009523&amp;sr=1-1-spell&amp;keywords=jill+shelves+one+in+a+million" target="_blank">ONE IN A MILLION (14 Oct)</a>, will feature Sam's other partner, ex-Navy SEAL Tanner, and returning hometown girl Callie. <br /><br />Lucky Harbor fans, don't be sad, instead let's all just celebrate having three great new titles to read - and reread - and reread some more. Yes, Jill Shalvis' Lucky Harbor series will be one of the most well-thumbed on my bookshelf - and I'm guessing on yours too. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ya7zKHmSI_k/U_vLf_LYC-I/AAAAAAAACzQ/_TqR6lGyTPI/s1600/red5.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ya7zKHmSI_k/U_vLf_LYC-I/AAAAAAAACzQ/_TqR6lGyTPI/s1600/red5.png" /></a></div><blockquote class="tr_bq"><b>From the Publisher</b><br /><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H25FJ0C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00H25FJ0C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=FZIGFRNOGANWA62U" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B00H25FJ0C&amp;Format=_SL250_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a>Lucky Harbor Book 10<br /><b><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H25FJ0C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00H25FJ0C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=FZIGFRNOGANWA62U" target="_blank">IT'S IN HIS KISS BY JILL SHALVIS</a></b><br />Forever (Grand Central Publishing) ⎜ 9781455529520 ⎜ $8.00 ⎜ Aug 26, 2014<br /><i><b>ONE KISS CAN LAST FOREVER</b></i><br />Becca Thorpe has uprooted her life and escaped to the beach. Now's her chance to get away from city living, throw caution to the ocean winds, and live in the moment. Especially if the moment includes the deliciously sexy surfer she meets shortly after arriving in Lucky Harbor. Something about the dark intensity of Sam's eyes and the thrill she gets at his touch convinces her to stay awhile.&nbsp;</blockquote><blockquote class="tr_bq">Boatbuilder and investment genius Sam Brody is a self-made man who knows how dangerous it can be to mix business and pleasure. But he can't resist offering Becca a job just to hear her laugh and have her near. Yet when her brother comes to town asking for help, will he tempt her back to her glamorous life in the city? Or do Sam and little Lucky Harbor have a chance to win Becca's heart?</blockquote><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DHJXCrduJb0/U9a7GaUNI5I/AAAAAAAAChM/XXjiOzDx1e0/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-07-28%2Bat%2B5.07.28%2BPM.png" /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H25FJ0C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00H25FJ0C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=FZIGFRNOGANWA62U" target="_blank"><img alt="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00H25FJ0C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00H25FJ0C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=FZIGFRNOGANWA62U" border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MZwdzVN8ZKA/U9a4fAXAgLI/AAAAAAAAChA/9ajPje-EioA/s1600/buy6._V192207736_.gif" /></a></span></div><br /><br /><br />Emsy Van Wyck, editorhttps://plus.google.com/101468577200025059080noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814787276465376802.post-53918242909170806212014-08-25T15:43:00.003-04:002014-08-25T15:51:06.530-04:00Feeding Your eReader with GREAT FREE & almost free ($0.99) eBooks<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9L1dFdvx8cE/U9u7A-vpxkI/AAAAAAAACk8/OlCpDilcT_o/s1600/--SummerReadingatFFF.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9L1dFdvx8cE/U9u7A-vpxkI/AAAAAAAACk8/OlCpDilcT_o/s1600/--SummerReadingatFFF.jpg" height="265" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #7f6000;"><i>Looking for some great reads for the last week in August? Check out these FREE &amp; almost free ($0.99) eBooks. I'll vouch for these titles as I've read most of them and loved them. So, get ready to stuff your eReader with some bargains today. One-click it away!</i></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #7f6000;"><i><br /></i></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #7f6000;"><i>Please leave a rating and/or review on the book's page at Amazon &amp; Goodreads. Not only will you be helping out the author, but fellow book buyers too. Yes, we look at these reviews and your opinions help us decide what to one-click.</i></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #7f6000;"><i><br /></i></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><i><span style="color: #7f6000;">If you'd like to visit the archives and see previous week's selections or access this post directly, go to:&nbsp;<a href="/p/feeding-your-ereader-fridays.html"><span style="color: #7f6000;">/p/feeding-your-ereader-fridays.html</span></a></span></i></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #7f6000;"><i><br /></i></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #7f6000;"><a href="/2014/08/wicked-wednesday-salutes-authors.html" style="font-style: italic;" target="_blank"><span style="color: #7f6000;">Read for Good. Don't forget to add books that care to your Kindle. Check out these books that&nbsp;authors and publishers&nbsp;will donate the proceeds or&nbsp;portions of to various charities.&nbsp;</span></a><i>Go to:&nbsp;</i><a href="/2014/08/wicked-wednesday-salutes-authors.html"><i><span style="color: #7f6000;">/2014/08/wicked-wednesday-salutes-authors.html</span></i></a></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #7f6000;"><i><br /></i></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #7f6000;"><i>Happy Reading!</i></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #7f6000;"><i>__________________</i></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="color: #7f6000;"><i></i></span></div><a name='more'></a><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-TgsWjIoej8Q/U8mXXL_MJpI/AAAAAAAACZ4/kSYal7edGS0/s1600/_Free-Books.gif" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-TgsWjIoej8Q/U8mXXL_MJpI/AAAAAAAACZ4/kSYal7edGS0/s1600/_Free-Books.gif" height="123" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EGJE43K/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00EGJE43K&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=CLWUJ2MUSSA2L2GE" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B00EGJE43K&amp;Format=_SL250_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a><span style="color: #7f6000;"><i> I really love putting these posts together. Why? Because I discover books like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EGJE43K/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00EGJE43K&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=CLWUJ2MUSSA2L2GE">Secrets and Sins: Malachim by Naima Simone</a>, which is one HOT and suspenseful read. I was hooked from the first chapter and couldn't put this book down. It's the second title in Naima Simone's fascinating, dark, suspenseful, and sizzling Secrets and Sins series about four men who are closer than brothers. Born days spart in the same hospital, their mothers bonded together like sisters and name them for four angels. This series unravels a secret they all share and threats to their love interests. Naima Simone rocks and I'm now adding her to my must-read author list. Like Shiloh Walker, she serves up HOT and addictive suspense. Check this title out. It's free. But be warned, you'll be one-clicking the other the other three books too!</i></span></div><blockquote class="tr_bq"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EGJE43K/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00EGJE43K&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=CLWUJ2MUSSA2L2GE"><b>Secrets and Sins: Malachim (A Secrets and Sins Novel) (Entangled Ignite) by Naima Simone</b></a><i>Looking like sin and smelling like trouble…</i>Boston attorney Malachim Jerrod doesn’t trust anyone. His father and his ex-fiancé taught him that hard lesson. So when a beautiful stranger arrives on his doorstep his first reaction is to back away—far away. Danielle Warren wants a job, but his law business is falling apart, and her credentials are bare-bones at best. Still, there’s something about her that, try as he might, he’s unable to resist. The vulnerability in her soft voice? The way she flinches when he gets too close? The yearning he sees mirrored in her eyes when she looks at him?<br /><i>She’s the last thing he needs…</i>Two years ago, Danielle barely escaped alive from her powerful and abusive ex-husband. Now her ex is out of prison, and he’s coming for her. She knows she must leave her new job and run. Disappear—to keep herself and those she loves safe. Including her sexy boss, who has sparked feelings in her heart she never thought she’d feel again. Yet, she can’t help but wonder...should she let down her guard and trust Malachim with the truth?<br /><i>But the only one he desires.</i>Working together brings them closer than ever—but reveals secrets and sins best left buried in the past. Their lives and their passionate love at stake, Danielle and Malachim must fight to survive to grasp the future of their dreams.</blockquote><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EGJE43K/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00EGJE43K&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=CLWUJ2MUSSA2L2GE" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MZwdzVN8ZKA/U9a4fAXAgLI/AAAAAAAAChA/9ajPje-EioA/s1600/buy6._V192207736_.gif" /></a></div><br /><br /><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EYMXM2I/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00EYMXM2I&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=MIUGARTWXYGYGJJI" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B00EYMXM2I&amp;Format=_SL250_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a><span style="color: #7f6000;"><i> I really like Robyn Peterman. I'd never read her books before, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KRT5O3C/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00KRT5O3C&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=NR2QVJGQC6YJPBSV">Three Southern Beaches: A Summer Beach Read Box Set</a>, her summer thee-book anthology (written with Kathleen Brooks and Christie Craig). But I really loved her irreverent humor in her paranormal romance. If you'd like to sample her laugh-out-loud hot romance style, one-click now for <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EYMXM2I/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00EYMXM2I&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=MIUGARTWXYGYGJJI">Fashionably Dead (Hot Damned Series Book 1) by Robyn Peterman</a>, the first book in her Hot Damned series.</i></span><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EYMXM2I/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00EYMXM2I&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=MIUGARTWXYGYGJJI"><b>Fashionably Dead (Hot Damned Series Book 1) by Robyn Peterman</b></a>Vampyres don’t exist. They absolutely do not exist.<br /><br />At least I didn’t think they did ‘til I tried to quit smoking and ended up Undead. Who in the hell did I screw over in a former life that my getting healthy equates with dead?<br /><br />Now I’m a Vampyre. Yes, we exist whether we want to or not. However, I have to admit, the perks aren’t bad. My girls no longer jiggle, my ass is higher than a kite and the latest Prada keeps finding its way to my wardrobe. On the downside, I’m stuck with an obscenely profane Guardian Angel who looks like Oprah and a Fairy Fighting Coach who’s teaching me to annihilate like the Terminator.<br /><br />To complicate matters, my libido has increased to Vampyric proportions and my attraction to a hotter than Satan’s underpants killer rogue Vampyre is not only dangerous . . . it’s possibly deadly. For real dead. Permanent death isn’t on my agenda. Avoiding him is my only option. Of course, since he thinks I’m his, it’s easier said than done. Like THAT’S not enough to deal with, all the other Vampyres think I’m some sort of Chosen One.<br /><br />Holy Hell, if I’m in charge of saving an entire race of blood suckers, the Undead are in for one hell of a ride.</blockquote><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EYMXM2I/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00EYMXM2I&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=MIUGARTWXYGYGJJI" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MZwdzVN8ZKA/U9a4fAXAgLI/AAAAAAAAChA/9ajPje-EioA/s1600/buy6._V192207736_.gif" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007YJA49W/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007YJA49W&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=ZQQNAMQCEPZMWL3C" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B007YJA49W&amp;Format=_SL250_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a><br /><span style="color: #7f6000;"><i>One of my favorite publishers, Bell Bridge Books, is offering a few first in series titles for free right now. Margaret Nava's&nbsp;<b><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007YJA49W/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007YJA49W&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=ZQQNAMQCEPZMWL3C">Egret Cove</a></b> caught my interest as it's a bit different from a standard romance, but who says love or dreams have to stop at 35? Check it out and one-click to add a little bit of verve to your eReader.</i></span><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007YJA49W/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007YJA49W&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=ZQQNAMQCEPZMWL3C"><b>Egret Cove (The Angela Dunn Series) by Margaret Nava</b></a>At sixty-something years old Angela Dunn has given up on finding much excitement in her life. She's got her half-blind dog, Gizmo, a crummy retail job, a tiny house, and no close friends or family to call on in her Kokomo, Indiana hometown. But when her brother, Tony, calls from Florida with a house-sitting offer, Angela has to gear up all her courage to accept. What about the bugs? The alligators? Her fear of hurricanes? Not knowing what else to do, she sells her few belongings, loads the dog into her SUV, and soon, there she is: living in a cute-as-a-bug house trailer, being romanced by a handsome, gray-haired Italian, making friends with wild women, and trying very hard to let go of the past and find the joy in life once more.</blockquote><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007YJA49W/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B007YJA49W&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=ZQQNAMQCEPZMWL3C" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MZwdzVN8ZKA/U9a4fAXAgLI/AAAAAAAAChA/9ajPje-EioA/s1600/buy6._V192207736_.gif" /></a></div><br /><br /><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004P5O6OM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004P5O6OM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=ICV7CRWDFYI4BCUR" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B004P5O6OM&amp;Format=_SL250_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a><i><span style="color: #7f6000;"> Elizabeth Sinclair's <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004P5O6OM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004P5O6OM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=ICV7CRWDFYI4BCUR">Hawks Mountain</a> is another free title from Bell Bridge Books that looks too good to resist. Why resist anyway. One-click now and add this Southern romance to your eReader today. </span></i><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><b><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004P5O6OM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004P5O6OM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=ICV7CRWDFYI4BCUR">Hawks Mountain (The Hawks Mountain Series) by Elizabeth Sinclair</a></b>Rebecca Hawks has come home to remember who she was before the lure of life as a social worker in a big city nearly destroyed her-and might, still. She's moved back to her family's namesake mountain in West Virginia, where Granny Jo Hawks can help her forget the horrors she'd seen and been unable to prevent. Ex-Navy Corpsman, Nicholas Hart, has moved to Hawks Mountain in hope that its timeless Appalachian serenity will help him overcome his painful war memories. Now Rebecca and Nicholas must find each other-and their chances of a life together after putting the past to rest-on Hawks Mountain. Elizabeth Sinclair is the award-winning, bestselling author of numerous romance novels and two acclaimed instructional books for writers. Her novels have been translated into seven languages and are sold in seventeen countries. She lives in St. Augustine, Florida, with her husband and two dogs.</blockquote><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004P5O6OM/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B004P5O6OM&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=ICV7CRWDFYI4BCUR" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MZwdzVN8ZKA/U9a4fAXAgLI/AAAAAAAAChA/9ajPje-EioA/s1600/buy6._V192207736_.gif" /></a></div><br /><br /><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00L2XGC1A/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00L2XGC1A&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=JMQWUZNERX567V75" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B00L2XGC1A&amp;Format=_SL250_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a><span style="color: #7f6000;"><i> I really enjoy Mimi Jean Pamfiloff's snarky humor in her Accidentally Yours series and was delighted to see this new Indie title. Confession time. Yes, I fed it to my eReader at the beginning of the summer, but have yet to read it. But I'm going to. Now you can feed it to your hungry Kindle - for FREE! One-click it away.</i></span><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><b><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00L2XGC1A/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00L2XGC1A&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=JMQWUZNERX567V75">Happy Pants Cafe (The Happy Pants series Book 1) by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff</a></b>The Happy Pants Café has no public information—no website, no address, no phone number—and it doesn’t show up on any map, either. Yet, there’s a line of single women around the block, waiting to get inside. And when they come out, their smiling faces don’t look like coffee buzzes. (Or afterglows.)<br /><i>So what could they possibly be doing inside?<br /> </i>Harper Branton thinks she knows their dirty little secret, and it’s just the story to save her mess of a journalistic career. There’s just one problem: her competition. He’s sexy, he’s arrogant, and he’s about turn Harper’s life upside down with a few secrets of his own. </blockquote><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00L2XGC1A/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00L2XGC1A&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=JMQWUZNERX567V75" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MZwdzVN8ZKA/U9a4fAXAgLI/AAAAAAAAChA/9ajPje-EioA/s1600/buy6._V192207736_.gif" /></a></div><br /><br /><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IA8LXZK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00IA8LXZK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=5NBYE4DYJ6S4YVTY" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B00IA8LXZK&amp;Format=_SL250_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a><span style="color: #7f6000;"> OMG I love Juliana Stone. I. DO. She's one of those authors I discovered when putting together a free post a few months ago. After I read first one of her series, then the next, I realized she's one of those writers that just "gets the characters." Not all of them are admirable at first, but they grow on you - and mature in themselves. I really, really liked this book when I read it back in February. Now it's free. Don't resist, one-click it away!</span><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IA8LXZK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00IA8LXZK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=5NBYE4DYJ6S4YVTY"><span style="color: black;"><b>Tucker (The Family Simon Book 1) by Juliana Stone</b></span></a><i>When all hope is gone, can love still will find a way?</i><br /><br />Tucker Simon has given up on love. After a tragedy, it’s just not in the cards for him, and he wishes his family would get off his back. He’s fine—or at least he thought he was--until a family wedding forces him to address a few things, namely his date, Abby Mathews. She's been put in the ‘friend’ category, mostly because she deserves so much more than what he can give. But the more time that he spends with her, Tucker begins to think that maybe there is a chance for love after all...<br /><br />Abby Mathews has been in love with Tucker Simon since he walked into her family’s bar nearly a year ago. But he’s got baggage and heartache a plenty. His one-night-stands isn’t going to lessen that no matter what he thinks. Tucker needs a friend, but Abby wants to give him more, and as they navigate their way through a weekend in Florida, their attraction can’t be ignored. Abby has to make a choice. Does she cherish their friendship and take what she can get? Or does she go after what she really wants, which is Tucker’s heart…</blockquote><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IA8LXZK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00IA8LXZK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=5NBYE4DYJ6S4YVTY" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MZwdzVN8ZKA/U9a4fAXAgLI/AAAAAAAAChA/9ajPje-EioA/s1600/buy6._V192207736_.gif" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KF29D8I/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00KF29D8I&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=3C4P3OF6AU3PSWCZ" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B00KF29D8I&amp;Format=_SL250_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a><span style="color: #7f6000;"><i>Looking for a steamy read this last sultry week of August? What does a HOT firefighter and one wild weekend = a SCORCHING FREE read! One-click now to add some sizzle to your eReader.</i></span><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KF29D8I/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00KF29D8I&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=3C4P3OF6AU3PSWCZ"><b>Burn for Me (a Fighting Fire novella) (Entangled Brazen) by Lauren Blakely</b></a><i>She's the one fire he can't put out...<br /> </i><br />Jamie Lansing has had it bad for firefighter Smith Grayson for as long as they've been friends. Yes, he's ridiculously charming and she might stare a little too long at his abs, but his dirty-talking, rough-around-the-edges ways aren't for her. Plus, she knows that as a serial dater, Smith isn't the type to settle down. But then a terrible, fantastic, mind-blowing mistake leaves her body craving more than one night.<br /><br />Smith Grayson has only ever had eyes for one woman in town--his best friend Jamie. But convincing her a relationship between them will work is next to impossible with her refusing to see beyond his past. But when she asks for a week of no-strings-attached sex to get him out of her system, Smith knows this is his one chance to prove he's not just the man she needs in her bed, but the man she needs in her life.</blockquote><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KF29D8I/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00KF29D8I&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=3C4P3OF6AU3PSWCZ" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MZwdzVN8ZKA/U9a4fAXAgLI/AAAAAAAAChA/9ajPje-EioA/s1600/buy6._V192207736_.gif" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HCSOLWQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00HCSOLWQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=74VS2JNLSWHIGYZG" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B00HCSOLWQ&amp;Format=_SL250_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a><i><span style="color: #7f6000;"> I really LOVE Joni Hahn's paranormal / scifi romance series, The D.I.R.E Agency. Some HOT former military officers get something extra added to their abilities to become super soldiers - and save the world - and their romance interests in all sorts of interesting ways. This is a Geek Girl's dream romance series where Einstein and the Philadelphia Project play a leading role. Get hooked too as you can add the first series title to your eReader for FREE right now. One-click now and you'll have some HOT D.I.R.E. agents coming home with you for a long weekend. </span></i><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HCSOLWQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00HCSOLWQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=74VS2JNLSWHIGYZG"><b>Agent I1: Tristan (The DIRE Agency Book #1) by Joni Hahn</b></a>Agent I1: Tristan Jacobs<br /><br />Credentials:<br />• Second generation Former Navy SEAL<br />• DIRE’s top agent<br />Enhancements:<br />• Teleportation<br />• Invisibility<br /><br />Raised in the art of warfare, Former Navy SEAL, Tristan Jacobs, has always been a force to reckon with. Now that D.I.R.E. has successfully implemented his scientific enhancements, he’s a walking weapon. Unstoppable, as long as he stays focused. No relationships.<br /><br />When ex-BUD/S teammate, Aidan Monroe, interrupts his long-awaited sabbatical to call in a favor, Tristan reluctantly fills the simple request: take out his sister’s fiancé.<br /><br />One problem: Rachel Monroe - smokin’ hot, kind-hearted, and in desperate need of a protector. After the best sex of his life, Tristan’s afraid unstoppable is just a memory. Knowing Aidan’s temper, Tristan could be, too.<br /><br />Rachel Monroe had a plan to help her mother. Her brother ruined everything when his gorgeous, super-agent friend teleported her to some forsaken island - and his bed. She’s drawn to him despite the fact he’s a professional agent, much like the people suspected of killing her father.<br /><br />Now, his enemies have come to her small town, looking for vengeance. Have they found more than they bargained for? Or, does the past have its own retribution in mind? </blockquote><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HCSOLWQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00HCSOLWQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=74VS2JNLSWHIGYZG" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MZwdzVN8ZKA/U9a4fAXAgLI/AAAAAAAAChA/9ajPje-EioA/s1600/buy6._V192207736_.gif" /></a></div><br /><br /><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0028N6D94/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0028N6D94&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=MEHGYD3QNLADFFSD" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B0028N6D94&amp;Format=_SL250_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a><span style="color: #7f6000;"><i> In the mood for a Southern historical? Check out Jacquelyn Cook's <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0028N6D94/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0028N6D94&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=MEHGYD3QNLADFFSD">The Gates Of Trevalyan</a>, another FREE title from Bell Bridge Books.</i></span><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0028N6D94/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0028N6D94&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=MEHGYD3QNLADFFSD"><b>The Gates Of Trevalyan by Jacquelyn Cook</b></a>Family. Faith. Love. War. The Gates of Trevalyan brings the turbulent years before, during and after the Civil War to vivid and passionate life. Trevalyan, the beautiful central-Georgia plantation where idealistic young Jenny Mobley and aristocratic Charles King marry and build a life together, becomes a symbol of the heartache and division brought by the nation's bitter wounds.<br /><br />Author Jacquelyn Cook weaves the King family's story into a tapestry featuring the most compelling figures of the time--from charismatic statesman Alexander Stephens and his doomed love for Elizabeth Craig to Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis and many others. Richly detailed and intensely researched, THE GATES OF TREVALYAN breathes the spirit of great storytelling into a fascinating historical era.</blockquote><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0028N6D94/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0028N6D94&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=MEHGYD3QNLADFFSD" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MZwdzVN8ZKA/U9a4fAXAgLI/AAAAAAAAChA/9ajPje-EioA/s1600/buy6._V192207736_.gif" /></a></div><br /><i><span style="color: #7f6000;"><br /></span></i><i><span style="color: #7f6000;">I'll be honest, I haven't read this collection yet. BUT I do quite enjoy author Andrea Cooper's books. So this will be my wild-card pick of the week. One-click it today and we'll check it out together.</span></i><br /><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MYGGUJ8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00MYGGUJ8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=WGQEIBJPZUPC6F3A"><b>Five Shades of Romance: Spice Box by Andrea R. Cooper, Lee Moore, Kerry Taylor, Zania Summers , Jamie Campbell</b></a><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq">Don't miss out on this steamy collection of five romance stories by some of today's most popular authors!<br /><br /><i>You will relate to Anne's world in ways you've never dreamed. At times you will be laughing, crying, weeping for joy and sitting on the edge of your seat. These stories will fulfill your wildest fantasies and leave you wanting more! One boxed-set transports you into Anne's life through comedy, contemporary fiction, chic-lit, erotic, paranormal and historical romance.<br /> </i><br /><b>The Guardian by Andrea R. Cooper</b>Anne has been burned by love. Will she release her past and embrace her future when love returns?<br /><br /><b>Just Friends by Lee Moore</b>A freak storm blows more than ice back into Andy's life.<br /><br /><b>She Said: He Said by Kerry Taylor</b>A short romantic comedy questioning if Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus. <br /><b>Seduced By Chance by Zania Summers<br /> </b>Aria goes house-hunting and gets her intimate awakening through naughty indulgences and passionate encounters.<br /><b><br /></b><b>Being Annie by Jamie Campbell<br /> </b>Annie is returning home, ten years after she fled from the only man she ever loved.</blockquote><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MYGGUJ8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00MYGGUJ8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=WGQEIBJPZUPC6F3A" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MZwdzVN8ZKA/U9a4fAXAgLI/AAAAAAAAChA/9ajPje-EioA/s1600/buy6._V192207736_.gif" /></a></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Q0ScM5nGSlo/Ur25-l5o4hI/AAAAAAAAA7E/tYBozbXxvu8/s1600/_0.99-Books.gif" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Q0ScM5nGSlo/Ur25-l5o4hI/AAAAAAAAA7E/tYBozbXxvu8/s320/_0.99-Books.gif" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DSX0OY8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DSX0OY8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=WOUZ4PIUIDZ7N5SI" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B00DSX0OY8&amp;Format=_SL250_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a><i><span style="color: #7f6000;"> Sarah Morgan's <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DSX0OY8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DSX0OY8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=WOUZ4PIUIDZ7N5SI">Sleigh Bells in the Snow</a> was one of my favorite titles of 2013. I LOVED this romance about a city sophisticate finding romance in Vermont. Sarah Morgan hit all the right notes and the O'Neal Brothers are a must-read series for me. If you haven't already added this title to your eReader, one-click now for an almost free bargain.</span></i><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DSX0OY8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DSX0OY8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=WOUZ4PIUIDZ7N5SI"><b>Sleigh Bells in the Snow (O'Neil Brothers series Book 1) by Sarah Morgan</b></a>USA TODAY bestselling author Sarah Morgan heats up the season with the O'Neil brothers in a brand-new holiday series!<br /><br />Once upon a time, Christmas was Kayla Green's favorite time of year. Now all the workaholic wants for Christmas is for it to be over—as fast as possible! So when duty calls her to snowy Vermont to close a deal with a new client, Kayla is grateful for an excuse to avoid the holidays for another year.<br /><br />Jackson O'Neil left a thriving business behind to return home and salvage his family's resort—it's in his blood, and he can't let it fail. Now that he's got marketing whiz Kayla Green working with him to put Snow Crystal on the map, success is on the horizon. The fact they strike enough sparks off each other to power all the Christmas lights in Vermont is just an added bonus.<br /><br />Kayla might be an expert at her job, but she's out of her depth with Jackson—he makes her crave the happy-ever-after she once dreamed of, and it's terrifying. As the snowflakes continue to swirl, will the woman who doesn't believe in the magic of Christmas finally fall under its spell?</blockquote><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DSX0OY8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DSX0OY8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=WOUZ4PIUIDZ7N5SI" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MZwdzVN8ZKA/U9a4fAXAgLI/AAAAAAAAChA/9ajPje-EioA/s1600/buy6._V192207736_.gif" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008IU9SSE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008IU9SSE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=N4NXXH5TXXFKAIL6" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B008IU9SSE&amp;Format=_SL250_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a><i><span style="color: #7f6000;"> Jessica Scott's military romance Coming Home series is on my must-read, must-buy list. It should be on yours too. Scott is an author who KNOWS what she's writing about and her military men and women are authentic. When I read her books my heart breaks a bit. I laugh a lot. And I cry. Why? Because these characters are real in so many ways. These aren't comic book military heroes, but men and women who have bled for us and pay the price of their service. Right now you can add the second book in her series to your eReader for under a dollar. That's a steal. One-click it away.</span></i><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008IU9SSE/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008IU9SSE&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=N4NXXH5TXXFKAIL6"><b>Until There Was You (Coming Home Book 2) by Jessica Scott</b></a>From the author of Because of You comes an all-new contemporary eBook romance. He plays by the rules, she's not afraid to break them. Now these two strong-willed Army captains will prove that opposites attract . . .<br />A by-the-book captain with a West Point background, Captain Evan Loehr refuses to mix business with pleasure--except for an unguarded instance years ago when he succumbed to the deep sensuality of redheaded beauty Claire Montoya. From that moment on, though, Evan has been at odds with her, through two deployments to Iraq and back again. But when he is asked to train a team prepping for combat alongside Claire, battle-worn Evan is in for the fight of his life.<br />Strong, gutsy, and loyal, Captain Claire Montoya has worked hard to earn the rank on her chest. In Evan, Claire sees a rigid officer who puts the rules before everything else--including his people. When the mission forces them together, Claire soon discovers that there is more to Evan than meets the eye. He's more than the rank on his chest; he's a man with dark secrets and deep longings. For all their differences, Evan and Claire share two crucial passions: their country and each other.</blockquote><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B008IU9SSE&amp;Format=_SL250_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MZwdzVN8ZKA/U9a4fAXAgLI/AAAAAAAAChA/9ajPje-EioA/s1600/buy6._V192207736_.gif" /></a></div><br /><br /><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GNQWYOK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00GNQWYOK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=CSOOY6TAJSHYZ7PD" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B00GNQWYOK&amp;Format=_SL250_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a><span style="color: #7f6000;"><i> These free &amp; almost free books are dangerous. Why? Well, they can lead a bookaholic to one-click all the titles in a series after reading the bargain titles. Actually that's not dangerous - that's a delectable treat! Case in point is Dana Marton's Broslin Creek three-book set. I've been holding off on reading this series until I had added more titles to my eReader, now I had no more excuses. I started reading this set yesterday and couldn't put it down. Yes, the romantic suspense junkie had the perfect fix with Marton's Broslin Creek. Loved the small town setting, the law enforcement heroes and heroines with heart (in the case of Deathtrap, book three, someone else's heart). A fascinating new-to-me series by an author I love. What could make a bookaholic happier. One-click now to add Deathwatch, Deathscape, and Deathtrap to your eReader for just $0.99. Now, I'm on the lookout for the rest of the series. Yep, I'm a proud Broslin Creek junkie!</i></span><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GNQWYOK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00GNQWYOK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=CSOOY6TAJSHYZ7PD"><b>Broslin Creek Boxed Set (Books 1-3) by Dana Marton</b></a><b>Book 1: Deathwatch<br /> </b>The only person who can identify the most notorious hit man in the country, Kate Bridges is running for her life. Murphy Dolan is in the Army Reserves, returning from his 2nd tour of duty, only to find a stranger hiding in his house. She's scared spitless. He's completely burned-out on violence. Neither of them has any trust left to give.<br /><br /><b>Book 2: Deathscape<br /> </b>After a near-death experience, artist Ashley Price is compelled to paint visions of the dead, and fears she's gone crazy. Then she paints a man buried alive and, recognizing the surroundings, she rushes to save him.<br />Instead of being grateful to her for rescuing him, Detective Jack Sullivan accuses her of being in league with a serial killer. He swears he will put her behind bars. Except, the more time he spends with her, the more he falls under her spell. Can he trust her, or is he walking into another deadly trap?<br /><br /><b>Book 3: Deathtrap<br /> </b>She'd been "the sick girl" for most of her life. She refused to go straight to "the weird girl". Heart-transplant recipient Sophie Curtis has been in her own antiseptic bubble for so long, she just might not be able to venture out into the real world again. Her spooky body memories are scary enough, but then she finds herself in the cross hairs of a killer.<br /><br />"Love was blind, people said. But lust was blind, deaf and reckless." Ethan Bing hadn't been a great romantic before he became a cop. Whatever shred of optimism he had left after becoming Broslin Chief of Police had been seared out of him by the unsolved murder of his wife two years before. A new case brings the killer within reach just as Sophie pops into his life. She gets through his defenses like no other before, but soon it becomes clear that she's been selected as the killer's next victim. </blockquote><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GNQWYOK/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00GNQWYOK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=CSOOY6TAJSHYZ7PD" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MZwdzVN8ZKA/U9a4fAXAgLI/AAAAAAAAChA/9ajPje-EioA/s1600/buy6._V192207736_.gif" /></a></div><br /><br /><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MU9YZB4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00MU9YZB4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=4TGUR4UMRNFNKT5G" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B00MU9YZB4&amp;Format=_SL250_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a><i><span style="color: #7f6000;"> I really love "classic" Carly Phillips books and am so happy this collection includes one. In addition, there are romance titles by four other fabulous writers, including one by Roxanne St. Claire I haven't read yet. Happy dance time. Only available for a limited time, one-click now to add this five-book collection to your eReader.</span></i><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MU9YZB4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00MU9YZB4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=4TGUR4UMRNFNKT5G"><b>Heroes &amp; Heartbreakers (Boxed Set) by Barbara Freethy, Carly Phillips, Christie Ridgeway, Barbara Samuel, Roxanne St. Clair</b></a>Meet five sexy, irresistible heroes and heartbreakers in these full-length contemporary romance novels by NYT and USA Today Bestselling Authors: Barbara Freethy, Carly Phillips, Christie Ridgway, Barbara Samuel and Roxanne St. Claire. *This special boxed set will be available for a limited time. Join the fun now!<br /><br /><b>Ryan's Return by Barbara Freethy</b>Famous photojournalist Ryan Hunter has come back to a family torn apart by mistrust -- to the father who disowned him, to the brother who betrayed him, to the little boy who shares his features. Ryan, the charismatic "bad boy" stirs up conflicts like a whirlwind...throwing Kara Delaney's fragile, passionate heart into turmoil. Kara has built a new life for herself and her little girl, but Ryan's return and nature's impending fury threatens to expose long-buried secrets. Kara and Ryan must work together to save their families.... and to explore a dangerous, irresistible love as mighty and enduring as the onrushing river.<br /><br /><b>Perfect Partners by Carly Phillips<br /> </b>No sooner had lawyers Chelsie Russell and Griffin Stuart lost their siblings in a car crash than they find themselves fighting for custody of their two year old niece. Griff wins but finds he still needs Chelsie. As they slowly bond over the little girl, the desire between them grows. But lingering mistrust threatens their relationship. What will it take for these two unexpected lovers to believe they can be perfect partners after all?<br /><br /><b>First Comes Love by Christie Ridgway</b><br />Kitty Wilder longed for a little respectability, so eight years ago she finagled an "I do" out of local hero Dylan Matthews. The ceremony was only supposed to be a tourist attraction sham, but a loophole made it legal ... a little fact she'd "conveniently" neglected to share until Dylan comes storming back into her life ready to have it out with his unexpected wife.<br /><b><br /></b><b>Breaking The Rules by Barbara Samuel<br /> </b>Mattie O’Neal was on the run. She’d stolen a car, cut off her hair, changed her name and was slinging hash in a small Arizona town. She thought she was safe – until Zeke Shephard walked through the door.<br /><br /><b>Space In His Heart by Roxanne St. Claire<br /> </b>Commander Deke Stockard, a Navy fighter pilot turned astronaut, has one thing on his mind: a mission to space. Until PR superstar Jessica Marlowe shows up and announces Deke’s going to become “the face of NASA” to make America fall in love with the space program again. Consumed with the safety of the upcoming shuttle launch, Deke has zero interest in being part of a lame media blitz, but orders can't be ignored. He also can’t ignore the way Jessica's sexy smile and single-minded determination throw his well-ordered life into a tailspin....and ignite an undeniable attraction. But when the next launch becomes a ticking time bomb, Deke and Jessica will have to work together to uncover sabotage and secrets before they can find the space in their hearts for love. </blockquote><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MU9YZB4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00MU9YZB4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=4TGUR4UMRNFNKT5G" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MZwdzVN8ZKA/U9a4fAXAgLI/AAAAAAAAChA/9ajPje-EioA/s1600/buy6._V192207736_.gif" /></a></div><br /><br /><br /><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LX9GK6U/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00LX9GK6U&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=WTHZ4DMVNV3MZE6N" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B00LX9GK6U&amp;Format=_SL250_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a><i><span style="color: #7f6000;">Crimson Romance has put together some fabulous bundles this summer. They've packaged contemporary, historical, HOT, and paranormal titles (all featured in previous Feeding editions). So, what's left? Romantic suspense, my fave genre. Check out ten romantic suspense books by up-and-coming authors for less than a dollar. Yep, another almost free bargain read to stuff your eReader. One-click it away!</span></i><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><b><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LX9GK6U/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00LX9GK6U&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=WTHZ4DMVNV3MZE6N">Racing Hearts: 10 thrilling suspense novels by Nancy C. Weeks, Shay Lacy, Angela Smith, Kay Rogal, Elke Feuer, Rionna Morgan, Lynn Crandall, Daco, Shelley K. Wall, Winter Austin</a></b><i>The thrills - both in and out of the bedroom - never stop coming between these pages. Crank up your adrenaline while running from danger, standing strong in the face of evil, and staying one step ahead of the bad guys in these 10 fast-paced suspense stories by rising stars:</i><br /><ul><li><b>In the Shadow of Greed - Nancy C. Weeks</b></li><li><b>Touchpoint - Shay Lacy</b></li><li><b>Burn on the Western Slope - Angela Smith</b></li><li><b>Sweet Revenge - Kay Rogal</b></li><li><b>For the Love of Jazz - Elke Feuer</b></li><li><b>The Wanting Heart - Rionna Morgan</b></li><li><b>Dancing with Detective Danger - Lynn Crandall</b></li><li><b>The Libra Affair - Daco</b></li><li><b>Numbers Never Lie - Shelley K. Wall</b></li><li><b>Relentless - Winter Austin</b></li></ul></blockquote><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LX9GK6U/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00LX9GK6U&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=WTHZ4DMVNV3MZE6N" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MZwdzVN8ZKA/U9a4fAXAgLI/AAAAAAAAChA/9ajPje-EioA/s1600/buy6._V192207736_.gif" /></a></div><br /><br /><h3><span style="color: #7f6000;">PREORDER TODAY</span></h3><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MSDGZZG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00MSDGZZG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=PPO3O73ZSWWBRDXC" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B00MSDGZZG&amp;Format=_SL250_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a><i><span style="color: #7f6000;"> This is a must-read, must-buy collection from some of my favorite authors including Katie Reus, Pamela Claire, Carolyn Crane, Kaylea Cross, Dianna Love, and others that are new-to-me too! Preorder it today to lock in the almost free price of $0.99. That's right, you can have ten HOT and suspenseful titles delivered to your Kindle for under a buck. One-click now!</span></i><br /><blockquote class="tr_bq"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MSDGZZG/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00MSDGZZG&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=PPO3O73ZSWWBRDXC"><b>Danger and Desire: Ten Full-Length Steamy Romantic Suspense Novels by Pamela Clare, Katie Reus, Amber Lin, Carolyn Crane, Kaylea Cross, Dianna Love, Norah Wilson, Dee J. Adams, VK Sykes, Misty Evans</b></a>Hold on tight for ten full-length books of intrigue and passion from New York Times Bestselling and award-winning authors. Men in uniform, sexy spies and pulse-pounding action fill over 750,000 words of this limited edition boxed set.<br /><ul><li><b>New York Times Bestseller Katie Reus - Sensual Surrender&nbsp;</b></li></ul><ul><li><b>RITA Award Winning Author Carolyn Crane - Against the Dark&nbsp;</b></li></ul><ul><li><b>USA Today Bestseller Pamela Clare - Skin Deep&nbsp;</b></li></ul><ul><li><b>New York Times Bestseller Dianna Love –Deceptive Treasures&nbsp;</b></li></ul><ul><li><b>Dee J. Adams - Against the Wall&nbsp;</b></li></ul><ul><li><b>USA Today Bestseller Norah Wilson – Guarding Suzannah&nbsp;</b></li></ul><ul><li><b>USA Today Bestseller VK Sykes - Lethal Confessions&nbsp;</b></li></ul><ul><li><b>Amber Lin – Giving It Up&nbsp;</b></li></ul><ul><li><b>USA Today Bestseller Misty Evans – Deadly Pursuit&nbsp;</b></li></ul><ul><li><b>New York Times Bestseller Kaylea Cross - Singed</b></li></ul>The individual novels cost over $35 in total and have more than 2,000 5-star reviews on Goodreads. 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I got hooked on these books a while ago and did a crazy happy dance in June when the last of these titles was reissued digitally by Harlequin. I'll be rereading the series soon - this time entirely on my Kindle - but first I needed to catch up with some of her new titles.<br /><div><br /></div><div>I received a galley copy of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KF49U16/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00KF49U16&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=UJ6YECFZIPPBAK4E" target="_blank"><b>Invincible</b></a> from the publisher and read it a week ago. But, I'll be frank, even though this is a stand-alone title there were so many references to what happened in a previous title - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DSX0L1Y/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DSX0L1Y&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=F2CWN6EN6TQHJUQJ" target="_blank">Wyoming Bold</a> - that it only made sense to read that one as well (actually all three of her Wyoming Men titles - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005JSRCUY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B005JSRCUY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=JVZSNQWQOOSC7I3R" target="_blank">Wyoming Tough</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008X47FH6/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B008X47FH6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=RJ6OBYSXZQ3IADCT" target="_blank">Wyoming Fierce</a>, and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DSX0L1Y/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DSX0L1Y&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=F2CWN6EN6TQHJUQJ" target="_blank"><b>Wyoming Bold</b></a>).&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>One of the reasons I really enjoy this series is that Diana Palmer threads well-known and loved characters throughout her stories. Going by a list from a fan on her website, in the world of Long, Tall Texans, Invincible is about book 85. Yes, I'm beginning to feel the need of a flow chart to keep track of who's who, but since most of her characters imprint on my memory, I haven't pulled the whiteboard out yet.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Now, does this mean that you too need to read each and every book?<br /><br />No, but they're fun, although in this age of 50 Shades of Gray quite old fashioned, that's actually why I enjoy them. Her heroes tend to be tough on the outside, harsh, sometimes with comments that are downright cruel, but they always turn out to be pretty marshmallow soft inside. That's if you resist slamming the cover closed over some of their actions. (I never toss an eReader, but the magnetic cover does give nice click.) As to her heroines, they tend to be quite moral, upright, usually virginal if single, or quite innocent even if widowed. How do these heroes and heroines interact? It's usually like worlds colliding and that's where the cruelty - as self-protection - usually comes in.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>So, what about her two most recent books?<br /><a name='more'></a></div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-9cKtbMgzm0g/U_oPNljRaUI/AAAAAAAACyA/E_nBHFaXYds/s1600/cover.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-9cKtbMgzm0g/U_oPNljRaUI/AAAAAAAACyA/E_nBHFaXYds/s1600/cover.jpg" height="400" width="252" /></a></div><div><span style="color: #7f6000;"><i>A fast and furious suspense-filled read</i></span><br /><b><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DSX0L1Y/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DSX0L1Y&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=F2CWN6EN6TQHJUQJ" target="_blank"><span style="color: #7f6000;">WYOMING BOLD</span></a></b></div><span style="font-size: x-small;">Harlequin HQN ⎜ 9780373777242 ⎜ $7.99 ⎜ Oct 29, 2013</span><br /><div><br /></div><div>I'll admit that the hero of Wyoming Bold, Dalton "Tank" Kirk, is the exception to the standard Palmer type. Yes, he's a tough, no nonsense, rancher, who almost died after a drug cartel border ambush, and whose nickname comes from taking out a tank in Iraq, but he is one of her heroes who doesn't seem to run from the idea of love.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Merissa Baker, the heroine, and her mother Clara, are considered to be witches and live in a cottage close to the Kirk ranch. When she arrives on Dalton's doorstep in the midst of a snowstorm to warn him of danger she's seen in a vision - he's definitely skeptical. But soon Dalton's a believer and very quickly for Palmer accepts his attraction to her.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>I really like the character of Merissa and only wish there was more of her in this story. Like other Palmer heroes and heroines she has that something extra and can "see" the future. Unlike Cash Grier's Celtic wife, she and her mother trace this spiritual connection to their Native American ancestors.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Unlike the previous two Wyoming Men titles, Wyoming Bold has strong links to Jacobsville as South African mercenary Rourke and Native American Carson join Dalton to protect the Kirks as well as Merissa and her mother. In fact, Dalton goes to Jacobsville to visit Cash Grier and stays with Cy Parks, as the threat against him is entwined with a story line from previous Long, Tall Texan books. (See why I mentioned the whiteboard earlier.)</div><div><br /></div><div>This was a fast and furious read for me as I wanted to know what happened. How all the threads connect and what the outcome for Dalton and Merissa would be. The story is definitely driven by the search for the unknown assassin as well as to discovering why he's targeted Cash Grier, Dalton Kirk, and Carlie, Cash Grier's secretary. But along with all the action there is also a very gentle and genuine romance that flowers between Merissa and Dalton.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>If you haven't already picked this title up, do. It's a fun, fast, and quite interesting read. If you're a Diana Palmer fan like I am, it's also quite intrinsic to her current story arc.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-wSgNKwfJtHM/UttRIyYlJKI/AAAAAAAABjI/Wl2tDZFny0A/s1600/red4.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-wSgNKwfJtHM/UttRIyYlJKI/AAAAAAAABjI/Wl2tDZFny0A/s320/red4.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17738239-wyoming-bold" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-PtY4RKhe-j0/U-BabLZxQgI/AAAAAAAACn4/UUOzSJbjmIs/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-07-28%2Bat%2B5.07.28%2BPM.png" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DSX0L1Y/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DSX0L1Y&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=DQMST5DKO3WQMKZD" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MZwdzVN8ZKA/U9a4fAXAgLI/AAAAAAAAChA/9ajPje-EioA/s1600/buy6._V192207736_.gif" /></a></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bwPrMpqkXkg/U_oPE7a6IDI/AAAAAAAACx8/hPio0169wtw/s1600/cover.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bwPrMpqkXkg/U_oPE7a6IDI/AAAAAAAACx8/hPio0169wtw/s400/cover.jpg" /></a></div><span style="color: #7f6000;"><i>Carson is not my hero of choice, but Invincible is a must-read for Diana Palmer fans</i></span><br /><b><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KF49U16/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00KF49U16&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=HZ6FDLY63PDYSUNJ" target="_blank"><span style="color: #7f6000;">INVINCIBLE</span></a></b><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;">Harlequin HQN ⎜ 9780373778805 ⎜ $21.99 ⎜ July 29, 2014</span><br /><span style="font-size: x-small;"><br /></span> The action of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KF49U16/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00KF49U16&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=HZ6FDLY63PDYSUNJ" target="_blank"><b>Invincible</b></a>&nbsp;picks up where Wyoming Bold left off, with the threat to Cash Grier's secretary Carlie, and takes us back to Jacobsville, the familiar Long, Tall Texan stomping ground.<br /><br />Yes, minister's daughter and proud virgin Carlie is the heroine of this story. Out-of-step with her contemporaries, Carlie devotes herself to her job, her father, and her World of Warcraft gaming and on the surface seems happy. However, it's clear from the outset that she has a thing for Carson, the mercenary who works for Cy Parks. While Carson seems to only drip scorn upon her.<br /><br />I'll be frank, I didn't like Carson when I first read this book. I didn't like him at all. I found Carlie far more interesting with her photographic memory, her quick wit, and her abiding faith. At times, I almost wanted the story to arc a different way and perhaps Carlie would find a South African merc attractive. But as I'm guessing Rourke's story already has a different heroine plotted out, I knew that wouldn't be possible.<br /><br />Frankly, Carson is one of the Palmer heroes I really couldn't warm up to for most of the book. I kept reading, believe me I really wanted to know what happened in this story arc of the narco-gang and crooked politician, but at times I found it hard going as I just got so angry with his actions and his words. By the time his backstory was revealed, it was almost too late for me to even care. But that was on the first read.<br /><br />Yes, this was the book that made me go back and finally read the three Wyoming Men titles and once I did, especially Wyoming Bold, I had a bit more sympathy for him with the foreshadowing that Merissa provided in her vision. In addition, I finally understood the all the allusions to what happened in Wyoming that popped up throughout the book. Yes, this could be a stand-alone title, but there really is so much back story to understand that I would think it might be confusing for a reader going in cold.<br /><br />When I reread this book today, I still had quite a few issues with Carson, but I understood him a bit more. I still find the ending somehow truncated. I understand Palmer's intent, but feel that somehow we - as readers - were shortchanged. As I don't want to provide spoilers here, I'm not going to go into details, except to say that sometimes three month skips in action work - and sometimes they just don't. I really wish that there had been an extra chapter that provided the reader with information about what Carson and Carlie were each really doing. Yes, I can fill in the blanks, but in this case, I really feel that it would have been better if Palmer had done so.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div><div>At the conclusion of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KF49U16/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00KF49U16&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=HZ6FDLY63PDYSUNJ" target="_blank"><b>Invincible</b></a>&nbsp;it seems like this narco-gang / politician story arc that has spanned quite a few titles is finally wrapped up. It will be interesting to see what's up next for Jacobsville and the Long, Tall Texan stories. The next Long, Tall Texan book is <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JZFS09E/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00JZFS09E&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=XIMSMSENHLPWOABB">Texas Born (Oct 1, 2014)</a> and focuses on Carlie's good friend Michelle Godrey and Gabriel Brandon, while the next Wyoming Men title, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00K9ZWGZ8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00K9ZWGZ8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=O2URPBS7CWWV3RSE">Wyoming Strong (Nov 1, 2014)</a>, focuses on Wolf Patterson and Sara Brandon.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ls9PHSHeQdE/U72KlSVDr-I/AAAAAAAACQo/1OBa1gqCFns/s1600/three-and-a-half-stars.gif" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ls9PHSHeQdE/U72KlSVDr-I/AAAAAAAACQo/1OBa1gqCFns/s320/three-and-a-half-stars.gif" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DHJXCrduJb0/U9a7GaUNI5I/AAAAAAAAChM/XXjiOzDx1e0/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-07-28%2Bat%2B5.07.28%2BPM.png"><img border="0" src="https://images-blogger-opensocial.googleusercontent.com/gadgets/proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F2.bp.blogspot.com%2F-DHJXCrduJb0%2FU9a7GaUNI5I%2FAAAAAAAAChM%2FXXjiOzDx1e0%2Fs320%2FScreen%252BShot%252B2014-07-28%252Bat%252B5.07.28%252BPM.png&amp;container=blogger&amp;gadget=a&amp;rewriteMime=image%2F*" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MZwdzVN8ZKA/U9a4fAXAgLI/AAAAAAAAChA/9ajPje-EioA/s1600/buy6._V192207736_.gif"><img border="0" src="https://images-blogger-opensocial.googleusercontent.com/gadgets/proxy?url=http%3A%2F%2F4.bp.blogspot.com%2F-MZwdzVN8ZKA%2FU9a4fAXAgLI%2FAAAAAAAAChA%2F9ajPje-EioA%2Fs320%2Fbuy6._V192207736_.gif&amp;container=blogger&amp;gadget=a&amp;rewriteMime=image%2F*" /></a></div></div><div><br /></div></div><div><br /></div>Emsy Van Wyck, editorhttps://plus.google.com/101468577200025059080noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814787276465376802.post-8672639509491701422014-08-23T15:06:00.000-04:002014-08-23T15:26:37.305-04:00Book Spotlight: Ashlyn Macnamara's WHAT A LADY CRAVES<span style="color: #7f6000;"><i>I need to make a horrible confession. This post was supposed to appear on 14 August, but I had it marked as "information to come" - and never made it live. My apologies to the wonderful author, Ashlyn Macnamara, and to the great Loveswept team. Mea culpa. </i></span><br /><span style="color: #7f6000;"><i><br /></i></span><span style="color: #7f6000;"><i>As the giveaway sponsored by Loveswept is already closed, I've purchased an AmazonKindle Gift Certificate for one lucky person to win their own copy of WHAT A lADY CRAVES. You can enter through midnight on Monday, August 23. Just follow the instructions below.</i></span><br /><span style="color: #7f6000;"><i><br /></i></span> <span style="color: #7f6000;"><i><b>So without further ado, here's the information on a HOT and fascinating new historical that you all should be adding to your To Be Read pile.</b></i></span><br /><a name='more'></a><br /><div style="text-align: center;">--------<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bOTIJUPo_zw/U_jf8EVIaxI/AAAAAAAACw0/j2MuRvuREps/s1600/What%2Ba%2BLady%2BCraves.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-bOTIJUPo_zw/U_jf8EVIaxI/AAAAAAAACw0/j2MuRvuREps/s400/What%2Ba%2BLady%2BCraves.jpg" height="400" width="300" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><b><span style="color: #7f6000;">Written by Ashlyn Macnamara</span></b><br /><span style="color: #7f6000;">Published by Loveswept</span><br /><span style="color: #7f6000;">August 19, 2014</span><br /><span style="color: #7f6000;">ISBN: 978-0-553-39253-1</span><br /><a href="http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21915684-what-a-lady-craves"><span style="color: #7f6000;">WHAT A LADY CRAVES on Goodreads</span></a></div><br />Ashlyn Macnamara weaves a delicious tale of two souls torn apart by circumstance and reunited by fate—perfect for fans of Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Sabrina Jeffries.<br /><br />Henrietta Upperton is about to marry Alexander Sanford when he rushes off to India to salvage his family’s fortune. Then comes the devastating news that he has wed another. Eight agonizing years later, a storm washes Alexander ashore—injured, widowed, and hunted—and one glimpse of his ruggedly handsome face reawakens the desire Henrietta thought she had buried deep inside. Her body still yearns for his touch, but she’s determined not let him wound her again . . . not this time.<br /><br />For Alexander, honor always comes first. But only now does he realize that when given the choice between two virtuous deeds, he picked the wrong one. On the run with his life in tatters and a pair of daughters in tow, Alexander burns for Henrietta. He knows he does not deserve forgiveness. And yet he longs to wrap his arms around her warm body once again. 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She lives in the wilds of suburbia outside of Montreal with her husband and two teenage daughters. When not writing, she looks for other excuses to neglect the housework, among them knitting, reading, and wasting time on the Internet in the guise of doing research.<br /><br /><b><span style="color: #7f6000;">Connect with Ashlyn</span></b><br /><span style="color: #7f6000;"><a href="http://ashlynmacnamara.net/">Website</a> | <a href="https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAshlynMacnamara">Facebook</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/ashlyn_mac" target="_blank">Twitter</a></span><br /><span style="color: #7f6000;"><br /></span><b><span style="color: #7f6000;">Connect with Loveswept </span></b><br /><span style="color: #7f6000;"><a href="http://readloveswept.com/">Website</a> | <a href="http://facebook.com/readloveswept">Facebook</a> | <a href="http://twitter.com/readloveswept">Twitter</a></span>Emsy Van Wyck, editorhttps://plus.google.com/101468577200025059080noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814787276465376802.post-63903406876455633572014-08-21T18:20:00.003-04:002014-08-23T15:27:15.356-04:00Throwback Thursday: ISO Harlequin authors Violet Winspear, Mary Wibberley, Katrina Britt, and Rebecca Stratton<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nxyj9yQaQkA/Us7OTM99tZI/AAAAAAAABNc/p36MXmc1LXk/s1600/Throwback-Thursdays.gif" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nxyj9yQaQkA/Us7OTM99tZI/AAAAAAAABNc/p36MXmc1LXk/s1600/Throwback-Thursdays.gif" height="148" width="200" /></a></div>I'll admit that reading old Harlequin romances was one of my favorite pastimes as a tween. Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, and Cherry Ames books still captured my interest, but, oh my goodness, those old Harlequins I'd find at yard sales, book sales, and even auctions were like magical carpet rides to the exotic. I'll confess that I probably was as interested in their settings as in the romance. (Though I quickly did get hooked on the romance aspect too.)<br /><br />These weren't books I'd purchase new, but rather well-thumbed and loved paperbacks. The covers were a draw too with their painterly impressions of the hero and heroine of the story. Among the authors I'd search out (in addition to Mary Burchell) were <b>Violet Winspear, Mary Wibberley, Katrina Britt, and Rebecca Stratton</b>. Sometimes these would be Harlequin Presents titles, but for the most part they were from the romance line.<br /><a name='more'></a><br />It was a rare day that I wasn't curled up reading one of these authors after at the end of a day of school, play, and homework. After lights-out, my flashlight (usually hidden by the sheet) would illuminate the words.<br /><br />As I was still considered too young by my parents to stay home alone, they'd usually encourage me to take a few books along when I'd be dropped off at a relative's house when they went out for the evening. My nana loved the fact that I read these stories, but she did have a slight prejudice against paperbacks. The first time she agreed to read one herself, I think I did a happy dance. Soon we were sharing them back and forth and chatting about which glamorous location was our favorite.<br /><br />Now, of course, I have the light of my Kindle Paperwhite to read by - no flashlights necessary, but unfortunately none of these author's titles have been reissued yet. Well, except for three Violet Winspear books - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JGL9YDS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00JGL9YDS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=WYFDNDWOCRYB7QUL">Lucifer's Angel</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JO0ECCO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00JO0ECCO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=Q7LZVSAJKOWOZU3L">The Passionate Sinner</a>, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0052HXPK8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0052HXPK8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=FEHECHYC4ORB2YOU">Pilgrim's Castle </a> - that have been rereleased under the Harlequin Comics imprint.<br /><center><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JGL9YDS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00JGL9YDS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=WYFDNDWOCRYB7QUL"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B00JGL9YDS&amp;Format=_SL160_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JO0ECCO/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00JO0ECCO&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=Q7LZVSAJKOWOZU3L"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B00JO0ECCO&amp;Format=_SL160_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0052HXPK8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0052HXPK8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=FEHECHYC4ORB2YOU"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B0052HXPK8&amp;Format=_SL160_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a><br /></center><br />But all is not lost as OpenLibrary.org does have several titles by each author available to borrow. While these scans are not in any way perfect, I am just happy to be able to access these titles digitally.<br /><br />If, like me, you're interested in knowing more about these authors, OpenLibrary.org also features a brief biographical page. Reading <a href="https://openlibrary.org/authors/OL883651A/Violet_Winspear" target="_blank"><b>Violet Winspear</b></a>'s just now, I'm surprised and a bit shocked by a comment from her about her heroes that: Most of my heroes, well all of them really, are like that. They frighten but fascinate. They must be the sort of men who are capable of rape: men it's dangerous to be alone in the room with."<br /><br />Hmmm, now I'm curious to reread these titles as I don't recall the heroes so much as the settings in Turkey, Greece, Britain. I admit to skipping over some of the more romantic clinches (well, I was pretty young), but truly, this is more than a bit disturbing to me. Yep, I love bad boys, but one of the major negative triggers in books is violence against women by a "hero" - whether rape, a beating, or other abuse. Yes, I'll pretty much close the book and take that author off my list when that occurs.<br /><br />I'm guessing that some of these Violet Winspear stories fall under the sophisticated older man and virginal heroine trope - where the first marital bedding comes about after an argument. Not my favorite story at any age, but I have a feeling I was a bit more lenient as a child. I may just borrow one or two of the <a href="https://openlibrary.org/search?q=violet+winspear&amp;has_fulltext=true" target="_blank">Violet Winspear's titles at OpenLibrary.org</a>.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-WH1hHOEzRYU/U_Zo9Th92bI/AAAAAAAACv4/e67Bn_6Yg-Q/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-08-21%2Bat%2B5.47.15%2BPM.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-WH1hHOEzRYU/U_Zo9Th92bI/AAAAAAAACv4/e67Bn_6Yg-Q/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-08-21%2Bat%2B5.47.15%2BPM.png" /></a></div>My recollection of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Wibberley" target="_blank"><b>Mary Wibberley</b></a>'s books is a bit different. She was one of the first writers I recall with modern Scottish Highland settings. Yes, I fell in love with the kilt and brogue at a very young age. I think the first Mary Wibberly book I read was Beloved Enemy, but will have to go in search of that physical title to make sure. The cover looks right though.<br /><br />Looking over the titles by Wibberley, I realize that I had collected most of her books. I haven't read one in years, but just may borrow a few - or all - of the six available through <a href="https://openlibrary.org/search?q=mary+wibberley&amp;has_fulltext=true" target="_blank">OpenLibrary.org</a>. I do hope that these will at some point be reissued, as I recall that Wibberley was an author who had strong heroines as well as some interesting alpha heroes.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WBk7XP5x-h0/U_ZpG6Z_-OI/AAAAAAAACwA/L6tZ7A_FdfI/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-08-21%2Bat%2B5.46.29%2BPM.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WBk7XP5x-h0/U_ZpG6Z_-OI/AAAAAAAACwA/L6tZ7A_FdfI/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-08-21%2Bat%2B5.46.29%2BPM.png" height="200" width="122" /></a></div>Growing up, one of my best friends was a Swiss American and as I was at her house as much as my own sometimes, I began to feel like I knew Zurich, Geneva, and some of the Alpine communities as well as the Hudson Valley. We studied German together and I remember dinners at her house where we all chattered away in Schweizerdeutsch.<br /><br />So, how could I resist the lure of<a href="http://www.romancewiki.com/Katrina_Britt" target="_blank"> <b>Katrina Britt</b></a>'s A Spray of Edelweiss. I couldn't of course. And went on to collect other stories by this author - particularly the ones set in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland. <a href="https://openlibrary.org/search?q=katrina+britt&amp;has_fulltext=true" target="_blank">OpenLibrary.org</a> has ten digital titles to borrow. Some of which I don't think I've read before. It will be fun to check them out at some point.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Czg3xXQAL6o/U_ZwImX6b0I/AAAAAAAACwY/J-8l5HjEwxI/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-08-21%2Bat%2B6.16.04%2BPM.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Czg3xXQAL6o/U_ZwImX6b0I/AAAAAAAACwY/J-8l5HjEwxI/s200/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-08-21%2Bat%2B6.16.04%2BPM.png" /></a></div><a href="http://www.romancewiki.com/Rebecca_Stratton"><b>Rebecca Stratton</b></a> (aka Lucy Gillen) was another favorite author whose books took me on virtual journeys around the world. I remember some set in Paris, others in Istanbul, a few in the Greek Islands - magical locations all. <br /><br />Once again, the stories don't stand out in my memory as much as the sense of the exotic and unknown. I have a feeling her heroes were much like Violet Winspear's, but without rereading these titles, my memory is pretty hazy. <a href="http://www.romancewiki.com/Rebecca_Stratton" target="_blank">OpenLibrary.org</a> has fifteen digital titles to borrow, including one in French. Not however, the one I think I recall reading first - Firebird. <br /><br />I've enjoyed this trip down memory lane and recalling some of the Harlequin Romance authors that I most loved as a child. I'm hoping that it will be possible at some point for Harlequin to reissue these titles in a digital format. But if not, I'll continue to hoard my original paper copies and borrow digital scans through OpenLibrary.org.<br /><br />Did you love Harlequin Romances and collect them like I did? If so, what are some of your favorite authors.Emsy Van Wyck, editorhttps://plus.google.com/101468577200025059080noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814787276465376802.post-67472370642439693652014-08-20T18:33:00.000-04:002014-08-20T20:33:42.443-04:00Wicked Wednesday: Salutes Authors & Publishers that are Wickedly Good and help your purchase do more!One-click purchases are no-brainers for most of us. We see an author we admire, new book in a genre we follow, or are drawn in by a cover that is enticing - and we click and buy. Our eReaders are happy - and we're doing a good thing, right. Supporting authors and publishers who in turn share books with us that we love to read.<br /><br />Recently I've been noticing a growing trend that makes that one-click happen at the speed of light. What's that? Well, some favorite authors and publishers have been donating percentages and even total proceeds of book sales to selected charities. Perhaps for an initial week or two of sales - or for the span of the book. Plus, I'm not even wet and shivering after I join in for this donation, though I may be reading one of these books while watching Misha Collins' &amp; Anthony Carbajal's ALS Ice Bucket challenge. Just saying that there are many fun ways that we all can join in to donate to worthy causes.<br /><a name='more'></a><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/FUkKxPXB-Eg" width="560"></iframe><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;">And the ice bucket challenge video that reduces me to tears by illustrating why everyone is wet &amp; cold.<br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/h07OT8p8Oik" width="560"></iframe><br /><i>Go to ALS to make show your support: <a href="http://alsa.org/">http://alsa.org</a></i></div><br />So, today on Wicked Wednesday, I'm going to give a shout out to some of these fabulous authors, publishers, and eRetailers who make it easy to support some worthy causes. Feel free to add others in the comments and let's all try to support them by getting our one-click on.<br /><br /><b>Books to LOVE&nbsp;that keep on GIVING</b><br /><br /><b>One-click through August 31</b><br /><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MAYWYE4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00MAYWYE4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=NKT4XWDEKMEOB5HL" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B00MAYWYE4&amp;Format=_SL250_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a><br /><b><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MAYWYE4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00MAYWYE4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=NKT4XWDEKMEOB5HL">Summer Escape</a></b>, a 12-book bundle from Tule Publishing, supports the family of Heather Ferhuson, a single mom from Bozeman, MT, who died tragically this spring in a car accident. From the publisher: "This August only box set is in memory of Heather Ferguson, a Montana mom, educator and reader. Every dollar from the Summer Escape will go into a college fund for Heather's children." Kudos to the twelve authors - Jane Porter, Sarah Mayberry, Megan Crane, Katherine Garbera, Joanne Walsh, Anne McAllister, Nancy Robards Thompson, Debra Salonen, Kim Boykin, Kaira Rouda, Carol Marinelli, Ally Blake - and to Tule Publishing for the generosity! To purchase, go to <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MAYWYE4/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00MAYWYE4&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=NKT4XWDEKMEOB5HL">Amazon</a> or the eRetailer of your choice.<br /><br /><b>One-click through September 1</b><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0i8wiu9IAp4/U_UfjpYKsjI/AAAAAAAACvg/RuplO_UZdwM/s1600/---HTHOT%2BWW%2BSplash.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0i8wiu9IAp4/U_UfjpYKsjI/AAAAAAAACvg/RuplO_UZdwM/s1600/---HTHOT%2BWW%2BSplash.jpg" height="221" width="320" /></a></div><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IMHS6EU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00IMHS6EU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=YC4V2DIVAEMHUKEZ" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B00IMHS6EU&amp;Format=_SL250_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" height="200" width="123" /></a><br />Author <b>Laura Kaye</b> will be donating the proceeds of the first two weeks of sales of her new title, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IMHS6EU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00IMHS6EU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=YC4V2DIVAEMHUKEZ"><b>Hard to Hold On To: A Hard Ink Novella</b></a>, to an non-profit organization that helps returning veterans - <a href="http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/" target="_blank">The Wounded Warrior Project</a>. Not only will you be helping support a worthy cause, but you'll be getting a fabulous read too. For more about Laura's donation, go to her <a href="http://laurakayeauthor.com/dc-area-author-donates-proceeds-to-the-wounded-warrior-project/">website</a>. If you love stories that grab you, gut you, and make you believe - this is a book for you! (<a href="/2014/08/review-laura-kayes-hard-to-hold-on-to.html" target="_blank">See my review.</a>) To get your one-click on, go to <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IMHS6EU/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00IMHS6EU&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=YC4V2DIVAEMHUKEZ">Amazon</a> (or the eRetailer of your choice).<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/HHMLfeCrCrE" width="560"></iframe><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><b>HarperCollins</b> is offering a <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/books"><b>Humble Bookperk Bundle</b></a> where you can choose how much to pay for ten books - and that payment will go to the charities you designate from the choices they provide. The novels include: <b>The Curse of Chalion (Lois McMaster Bujold), American Gods (Neil Gaiman), Busting Vegas (Ben Mezrich), Twinmaker (Sean Williams), Map of Bones with an excerpt from The Sixth Extinction (James Rollins), Angel's Ink (Jocelyn Drake), The Wasteland Saga (Nick Cole), By the Blood of Heroes (Joseph Nasisse), </b><b>The Witch of Portobello (Paulo Coelho)</b>&nbsp;as well as <b>Dead Witch Walking</b>, the first book in <b>Kim Harrison's The Hollows series</b>, along with <b>Trouble on Reserve</b>, an unpublished "Hollows" short available exclusively from Humble Bundle. To access all the books, you'll need to spend a bit more money, but you're able to choose how much to spend and how many titles you want (normally these books would sell for more than $100). You'll choose how your money is divided - to the authors, selected charities (<a href="http://www.firstbook.org/" target="_blank">First Book</a>, <a href="http://www.sfwa.org/about/benevolent-funds/emergency-medical-fund/" target="_blank">Science Fiction &amp; Fantasy Writers of America Emergency Medical Fund</a>, and the <a href="http://cbldf.org/" target="_blank">Comic Book Legal Defense Fund</a>), or split between them. Kudos HarperCollins for an innovative way for booklovers to get books they love and help out others. Go to, <a href="https://www.humblebundle.com/books">https://www.humblebundle.com/books</a>.</div><br /><br /><b>One-click through October 7</b><br /><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KF49TUS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00KF49TUS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=LWJGCLWD4MYX3ZJB" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B00KF49TUS&amp;Format=_SL250_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a><br /><b>Kristan Higgins</b> is one of my favorite authors. Why? Well, she's a fabulous writer, but she's also an incredibly generous human being. Not only is she passing it forward, by featuring newer authors on her blog, but she also regularly donates a portion of preorders and sales to non-profits. From her <a href="https://www.facebook.com/KristanHigginsBooks/photos/a.165742633455904.41076.159724117391089/892805024082991/?type=1">Facebook page</a>: "As has been true for my last three books, a portion of pre-orders and first week sales of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KF49TUS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00KF49TUS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=LWJGCLWD4MYX3ZJB"><b>IN YOUR DREAMS</b></a> will benefit <b><a href="https://www.fisherhouse.org/" target="_blank">Fisher House Foundation</a></b>, which gives military families a place to stay while a loved one is hospitalized." In your dreams will be published on October 1, but you can preorder it now. Yes, you'll get to read another wonderful Blue Heron title and help out military families. KUDOS, Kristan! <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KF49TUS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00KF49TUS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=LWJGCLWD4MYX3ZJB">Go to Amazon</a> (or the eRetailer of your choice), to purchase your copy today!<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><b>One-click through ? (no end date indicated)</b><br /><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MDL8G4Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00MDL8G4Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=LVL3ZKKDUXQTHRP5" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B00MDL8G4Q&amp;Format=_SL250_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a><br />If you're a romance lover, you'll definitely want to scoop up <b><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MDL8G4Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00MDL8G4Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=LVL3ZKKDUXQTHRP5">LOVE IS ...</a>, </b>an amazing collection of 40 multi-genre short stories - at all heat levels. When you do, you'll be supporting <b><a href="http://reachoutandread.org/" target="_blank">Reach Out and Read</a></b>, an evidence-based nonprofit organization of medical providers who promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud. So, grab this great collection now that includes stories by: S.M. Butler, Kate Pearce, Marie Hall, Zoe York, Kat Cantrell, Sidney Bristol, Cassandra Curtis, Keri Ford, Sadie Haller, Crystal Jordan, Jennifer Lewis, Molly McLain, Mima, Natasha Moore, A. Catherine Noon &amp; Rachel Wilder, Elle Rush, Jessica Stone, Holley Trent, A.J. Vale, Elle Wylder, Clarice Wynter, Sabrina Darby, Bonnie Dee, Jennifer Haymore, Vivienne Westlake, Elianne Adams, Melisse Aires, Mahlee Ashwynne, Sophie Avett, Jennifer Blackstream, Sela Carsen, Cate Dean, Grace Draven, Hailey Edwards, Dayna Hart, Elise Logan, Lyra Marlowe, Tina Moss &amp; Yelena Casale, Cate Rowan, and Faye Hunter. Thanks to all of you for your generosity in sharing the joy of reading with the next generation! Go to <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00MDL8G4Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00MDL8G4Q&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=LVL3ZKKDUXQTHRP5">Amazon</a> (or the eRetailer of your choice), to purchase your copy today!<br /><br /><b><i>Changing the way you shop to benefit your charities</i></b><br /><br /><b>Make all your online purchases count</b><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-w5571QGVVbM/U_Ub1icVYSI/AAAAAAAACvQ/jdeHdcEnsks/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-08-20%2Bat%2B6.02.35%2BPM.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-w5571QGVVbM/U_Ub1icVYSI/AAAAAAAACvQ/jdeHdcEnsks/s320/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-08-20%2Bat%2B6.02.35%2BPM.png" /></a></div>If you don't know about <b><a href="http://smile.amazon.com/" target="_blank">AmazonSmile</a></b>, you're missing out on sharing a small percentage of your Amazon purchases with the charity of your choice. Yes, Amazon will give your charity 0.5% of your purchases. Interested? Go to, <a href="http://smile.amazon.com/">smile.amazon.com</a>.<br /><br /><br /><b><br /></b> <b><br /></b> <b><br /></b> <b><br /></b> <b><br /></b> <b>Support your local library through Overdrive WIN purchase links</b><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-XkbOd3keH-A/U_Ucp528JGI/AAAAAAAACvY/NlayQqultKI/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-08-20%2Bat%2B6.08.52%2BPM.png" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-XkbOd3keH-A/U_Ucp528JGI/AAAAAAAACvY/NlayQqultKI/s320/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-08-20%2Bat%2B6.08.52%2BPM.png" /></a></div>If your library has <a href="https://www.overdrive.com/" target="_blank"><b>Overdrive</b></a>, they most probably are in the WIN program, where a portion of your purchase of digital content or other items from WIN Affiliated Retailers, is credited back to your library. Check out your individual library's Overdrive collection or ask your library. You'll need to use the “Buy it Now” link from your library’s website to make your purchase count.Emsy Van Wyck, editorhttps://plus.google.com/101468577200025059080noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-8814787276465376802.post-13695705197678446002014-08-19T18:53:00.001-04:002014-08-19T18:56:33.892-04:00Review: Melissa Cutler's Risky Business is a must-read!<div class="separator tr_bq" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-gDSf-_eu9Ak/U_PMGUuu75I/AAAAAAAACvA/pdxBWG_9ULU/s1600/cover.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-gDSf-_eu9Ak/U_PMGUuu75I/AAAAAAAACvA/pdxBWG_9ULU/s1600/cover.jpg" height="400" width="247" /></a></div>Confession time from this reviewer. I was so blown away by <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DMCV5XY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DMCV5XY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=Y5EY3OP7MT3ZBRQZ" target="_blank"><b>Melissa Cutler's Risky Business</b></a>, the first book in her new Bomb Squad series, that I read her backlist. Yes, this book wowed me to the extent that Melissa Cutler is now on my must-read list. Why? Because she writes about people that we all can relate to. They're not uber wealthy, but they're our neighbors and friends who are trying the best they can to hold things together. <br /><br />In the first scene of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DMCV5XY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DMCV5XY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=Y5EY3OP7MT3ZBRQZ" target="_blank"><b>Risky Business</b></a>, Allison Whitely is about to deliver her child while her soon-to-be-ex-husband is taken in handcuffs from a strip joint. To complicate things even further, she was there to warn him about picketers led by her sister's church. What's a girl to do? Particularly when there doesn't seem to be any property or income after his sentence. <br /><br />Well, if she's Allison, she'll pack up and move to Destiny Falls where her husband had a tour boat operation. But all is not as she expected as her husband was actually visiting a mistress there and the person who ran the business, alpha hunk Theo Lacroix, expected that the business would be his. <br /><br /><a name='more'></a><br />If this sounds like a familiar set-up, single mom and a slightly irascible alpha hero, it is to some extent. But what makes this book so special is how Melissa Cutler fleshes them out. Allison's phobia about water; Theo's sense of isolation and being let down; Theo's teammates from The Bomb Squad, a local hockey team made up of war veterans; the small town setting in Western New York State and the women business owners - all combine to make this a unique read. <br /><br />In addition, The Bomb Squad is being considered to represent the US in a Wounded Warrior Foundation match-up against the Russian Hockey team. Who's the team's star? Self-effacing Theo, of course. There are plenty of subplots and if I've already taken a slight boo hiss stance against one of the players (in hockey and in revolving-door women), well that's just understandable. Why? Because these characters are quite real for me as page after page flips by.<br /><br />Cutler explores quite a few hot button issues - family, faith, fidelity, trust, self-worth - in a generous and thoughtful manner. She's a writer to watch closely and I'm marking my calendar for the release of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DMCV6IS/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DMCV6IS&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=MMHHPFEBCOIE2Y36" target="_blank">Undefeated (Book 2 on 18 Nov 2014)</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DMCV5ZC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DMCV5ZC&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=UT67IKWAUNPRBHRH" target="_blank">Game Changer (Book 3 on 19 May 2015)</a>. <br /><br /><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DMCV5XY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DMCV5XY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=Y5EY3OP7MT3ZBRQZ" target="_blank"><b>Melissa Cutler's Risky Business</b></a> is a must-read for anyone who loves alpha heroes and heroines who never give up. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ba9IdC4Wa0U/UtV9RIOfQYI/AAAAAAAABa8/VB-f8GVTSto/s1600/red5.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ba9IdC4Wa0U/UtV9RIOfQYI/AAAAAAAABa8/VB-f8GVTSto/s1600/red5.png" /></a></div><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DMCV5XY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DMCV5XY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=Y5EY3OP7MT3ZBRQZ" style="clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;ASIN=B00DMCV5XY&amp;Format=_SL250_&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20" /></a><b>From the Publisher</b><br /><blockquote><i>A Bomb Squad Novel, Book 1</i>&nbsp;</blockquote><blockquote><b><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DMCV5XY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DMCV5XY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=Y5EY3OP7MT3ZBRQZ" target="_blank">Risky Business by Melissa Cutler</a></b>&nbsp;</blockquote><span style="font-size: x-small;">Penguin Group (USA) LLC ⎜ 9780698151888 ⎜ $4.99 ⎜ Aug 19, 2014</span><br /><blockquote>Welcome to Destiny Falls, New York, home of Bomb Squad--an ice hockey team full of rugged military heroes. But the season's biggest match-up isn't on the ice as one of their own prepares to go head to head with his new boss...&nbsp;</blockquote><blockquote>Allison Whitely's ex left her with a mountain of debt and Cloud Nine, a struggling boat rental business. With zero job skills, her only hope of getting back in the black lies in a brooding ex-soldier who has her seeing red...&nbsp;</blockquote><blockquote>Theo Lacroix's teammates are counting on their star player to help them win an upcoming high profile hockey game. But when a sexy tornado of a woman sweeps into Destiny Falls and expects him to help her with Cloud Nine, Theo is tempted to skate away from it all.&nbsp;</blockquote><blockquote>Theo vowed never again to be someone's knight in shining armor, but his feelings--and desire--for Allison are becoming harder to ignore. He longs to save her, but to win Allison's love, he'll have to throw out his old playbook and take the ultimate risk...playing from the heart.<br /><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18340693-risky-business" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DHJXCrduJb0/U9a7GaUNI5I/AAAAAAAAChM/XXjiOzDx1e0/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2014-07-28%2Bat%2B5.07.28%2BPM.png" /></a><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DMCV5XY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B00DMCV5XY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=fabfanfic-20&amp;linkId=Y5EY3OP7MT3ZBRQZ" target="_blank"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MZwdzVN8ZKA/U9a4fAXAgLI/AAAAAAAAChA/9ajPje-EioA/s1600/buy6._V192207736_.gif" /></a></blockquote><br /><br />Emsy Van Wyck, editorhttps://plus.google.com/101468577200025059080noreply@blogger.com0