Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Waking Up With A Billionaire {+ Giveaway}


I’m delighted to be participating in the Release Day Blitz for WAKING UP WITH A BILLIONAIRE by Katie Lane.

As part of the blitz, Katie is sharing an excerpt from her book and hosting a tour-wide giveaway. You have the chance to win one of 10 mass market paperbacks of WAKING UP WITH A BILLIONAIRE being given away. Please see the end of the post for more details.

◊ Title: WAKING UP WITH A BILLIONAIRE
◊ Author: Katie Lane
◊ Series: The Overnight Billionaires, Book #3
◊ Format: Mass Market & eBook
◊ Publisher: Forever
◊ On Sale: July 26, 2016
◊ Price: $6.99 USD

He can have anything he wants...except her
          Famed artist Grayson Beaumont is the most elusive of the billionaire Beaumont brothers. He has a reputation for seducing any woman with only a look, word, or sensual stroke of his brush. But now Grayson has lost all his desire to paint . . . unless he can find a muse to unlock his creative-and erotic-imagination.
          Chloe knew she might have to shed her clothes when she agreed to pose for the celebrated artist, but she wasn't expecting to shed all her inhibitions as well. Under his intense scrutiny, there's nothing she can hide...including a secret from her past that, once exposed, will change how he looks at her forever.

THE OVERNIGHT BILLIONAIRE SERIES

A Billionaire Between The Sheets, #1
A Billionaire After Dark, #2
Waking Up With A Billionaire, #3


WAKING UP WITH A BILLIONAIRE is available at the following sites:

Here’s an excerpt from WAKING UP WITH A BILLIONAIRE for your reading pleasure.

“Stay right where you are . . .”
          Stretched out on the floor in front of Grayson, Chloe just felt sexy. The feeling only intensified as he took a seat and started to draw.
The way he painted was twice as sensuous as the way he drew. The brush was like an extension of his hand and the canvas her body. Wherever his hot gaze landed, she felt the stroke of his brush. Her feet. Her legs. Her breasts. Her warm center.
He made her feel beautiful. Breathtaking. And wicked.
She now understood what being “captured on canvas” meant. Right now she was Grayson’s. For all eternity, she wanted to be . . .
“Grayson’s.”
She didn’t realize she had spoken until his hand halted in mid-brushstroke. His gaze found hers, and he dropped the brush and slowly rose from the stool and looked down at her with hungry eyes. She remained perfectly still.
          A willing sacrifice on the altar of Grayson . . .
          “Who told you that I’ve bedded hundreds of women?”
          “No one had to tell me. If you make the other women you paint feel the way I do, it just makes sense.”
Grayson lifted his head, and his eyes drilled right through her. “How do I make you feel, Chloe?”
It was past sexual attraction. Past anything she had ever felt with another man. But she couldn’t tell him that. Not when she was leaving. So instead of answering, she leaned in and kissed him. She kissed him with everything she had.
Without breaking the kiss, he stood and pulled her up with him. The warmth of his body spooned around her made her feel warm and secure, and she closed her eyes and drifted. She was in that place between wakefulness and dreamland when he whispered.
“You’re wrong, Chloe. You’re the only woman I can’t resist . . .”

Author Katie Lane, Credit: Dry Heat Photography
Katie Lane is the USA Today bestselling author of the Deep in the Heart of Texas, Hunk for the Holidays, and Overnight Billionaires series. 

Katie lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and when she isn't writing, enjoys reading, going to the gym, golfing, traveling, or just snuggling next to her high school sweetheart and cairn terrier Roo.

For more on Katie and her writing, visit her website and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Goodreads.

For more on FOREVER, visit their website and connect with them online at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.


This tour-wide giveaway is for your chance to win one of ten (10) mass market copies of WAKING UP WITH A BILLIONAIRE by Katie Lane.

To enter just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient.

Thanks so much for stopping by today during Katie’s visit. Which do you think would attract you first, the fact that Grayson is a billionaire, an artist or just a handsome hunk? Okay in fairness to the guys, which would you want women to find appealing about you first – if you were a billionaire, an artist or devilishly handsome?

Monday, July 25, 2016

Love Blooms on Main Street {+ Giveaway}


It’s fun to be participating in the Release Week Blitz for LOVE BLOOMS ON MAIN STREET by author Olivia Miles.

LOVE BLOOMS ON MAIN STREET is the four installment in Olivia’s Briar Creek Series. As part of the celebration, Olivia is sharing and excerpt from the book and her “Top Five Things a Florist Doesn't Want to Receive as a Gift.” In addition, there’s a tour-wide giveaway for your chance to win a mass market copy of LOVE BLOOMS ON MAIN STREET. Please see the end of the post for more details.

◊ Title: LOVE BLOOMS ON MAIN STREET
◊ Author: Olivia Miles
◊ Series: The Briar Creek Series, #4
◊ On Sale: July 26, 2016
◊ Publisher: Forever
◊ Format: Mass Market & eBook
◊ Price: $5.99 USD (MM) & $4.99 USD (eBook)

Love is always in season . . .
          Florist Ivy Birch fantasizes about the day a man will surprise her with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Especially if that man happens to be Brett Hastings. One stolen kiss at her best friend's wedding and Ivy can't get the sexy ER doctor out of her head.
          In the small town of Briar Creek, you can't avoid anyone for very long. Not that Brett has been trying to avoid Ivy. He just can't afford to let anything distract him from his work-not again. So when a hospital fundraiser throws them together, love is the last thing on his mind. But with her quick wit and sweet laugh, soon the one woman he's tried to keep at arm's length is capturing his heart...

The “Top Five Things a Florist Doesn't Want to Receive as a Gift

This is tricky, but I can imagine the following items would be less than appreciated…

     1.  A flower arrangement that doesn’t top what she is selling in the shop.
     2.  A boring vase
     3.  Gardening 101 book
    4.   An Idiots Guide to Flowers book
     5.  Yet another trinket with flowers on it

Now an excerpt from LOVE BLOOMS ON MAIN STREET for your reading pleasure.


          
          A small gasp escaped from her but was quickly silenced by the firm press of Brett’s mouth on hers. Unlike their last kiss, which had felt so tender, this time Brett was leaving no room for confusion about his intentions. She stiffened against his touch, trying to resist him, but pleasure pooled warm in her stomach and the space between her legs began to ache as he wrapped two arms around her waist and pulled her to his chest. 
          Oh, God. She wanted to fight this. The feeling he was stirring within her. The need for more. She opened her mouth to him, letting him in. He kissed her deeply, not giving her a chance to break away, and she wasn’t so sure she could, even if she wanted to. Her hands, which had been pushed off her hips by the strength of his arms, hung loosely at her sides, as if determined to stay out of this drama she was creating for herself, but, like her mouth, they lost the fight. She slid her hands up onto Brett’s arms, taking in every curve of his hard muscles, and up onto his shoulders as she leaned into him. His breath was heavy as he kissed her harder, and she parted her legs to let his slide between and press against the tightness that was building within her. 
          “What are we doing?” she asked when they finally came apart. She blinked up at him and resisted the urge to flatten his disheveled locks. I did that, she realized with a flutter. 
          “I don’t really know.” Brett’s voice was low and coarse. “But I like it.” 
          She firmed her mouth and smoothed her dress. Not good enough. 
          Turning to stare at the folding table, she felt her spirits begin to sag. She’d let him in again. Let him take her to places she’d wanted, to dream dreams that should have stayed in her unconscious. And nothing had changed. Men don’t change, Ivy. That’s what her mother had always said. When would she learn? 
          “Well, it can’t happen again,” she insisted. 
          “Oh no?” 
          She glanced back to see that slow, sexy smile. “No.” But even as she said it, her body was saying yes.


THE BRIAR CREEK SERIES

Mistletoe On Main Street, #1
A Match Made On Main Street, #2
Hope Springs On Main Street, #3
Love Blooms On Main Street, #4
Christmas Comes To Main Street, #5


LOVE BLOOMS ON MAIN STREET is available to purchase at the following sites:

Author Olivia Miles
Olivia Miles is a Chicago-based romance writer. Having grown up in New England, Olivia attended McGill University in Montreal, Quebec before settling in Chicago where she lives with her husband, their daughter, and two ridiculously pampered pups.

When she is not chasing after her little ones, she is hard at work creating feisty heroines and alpha heroes with a heart. A city girl with a fondness for small-town charm, Olivia enjoys highlighting both ways of life in her stories.

For more on Olivia and her writing, visit her website and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

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This is a tour-wide giveaway for ten (10) mass market copies of LOVE BLOOMS ON MAIN STREET by Olivia Miles. For your chance to win a copy just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient.

Thanks for stopping by today during Olivia’s blitz. Have you ever operated a florist or considered operating one? What do you think would be the most enjoyable part of operating a florist?

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Colorful Calendar … Killer Look


Creativity sometimes takes a back seat when it comes to getting organized and keeping track of the events of your day.

That doesn’t have to be the case if you get organized with an UNDATEDCOLORING ACADEMIC AGENDA from Action Publishing Inc. While this calendar is designed for students, it can be easily adapted to work for anyone in all walks of life. They also offer a selection of day planners too.

Having just launched my own book tour service for authors, I’ve been looking for a calendar that would help keep me super organized. I needed a way to look at a month at a glance, as well as have space for day to day activities. When I saw the COLORING ACADEMIC AGENDA, I knew it would work perfectly for me. It also offers me a way to be a bit creative while going over my activities.

With the adult coloring book phase popping up everywhere, the good folks at Action Publishing have incorporated a touch of whimsy into their calendars. There’s a full page to color opposite the month-at-a-glance page, as well as small coloring opportunities throughout the daily pages.

The bonus to me is the huge amount of space you have for the week’s events. There’s also a space to track a task; a goals/notes section; my time space; and a spot you can use to sketch, jot a note or keep a journal. In addition, there’s a vocabulary word of the week, useful tips and tools section, and a weekly activity to help strengthen your life skills. I won’t even go into all the neat information listed in the back of the calendar.

The calendar comes undated so you can begin using it anytime of the year. Spiral bound makes the calendar easy to layout flat to use or fold over as you would a composition book. The 8 ½-inch by 11-inch size makes keeping track of daily events much easier providing lots of writing space.

The pages of the calendar aren’t glossy making it easy to write on. I added sticky notes over the weekdays on my monthly calendar. This allows me to move things around without having to erase if an activity changes. When the activity is done, I then write it on the month page with any extra notes I have.

I’m just getting my calendar set up, but I can see it’s going to be an invaluable tool. Not only can I keep track of my daily schedule and look at what’s set for the month, but I can also dabble with a bit of coloring to help de-stress the day.

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this calendar was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

KILLER LOOK by Linda Fairstein

KILLER LOOK by Linda Fairstein
◊ Series: An Alexandra Cooper Novel (Book #18)
◊ Narrator: Barbara Rosenblat
Audible Audio Edition
◊ Listening Length: 10 hours and 29 minutes
◊ Program Type: Audiobook
◊ Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
◊ Version: Unabridged
◊ Publisher: Penguin Audio
◊ Scheduled Audible.com Release Date: July 26, 2016
◊ Language: English
◊ ASIN: BO1FWJYUBS

SYNOPSIS:

New York Times best-selling author Linda Fairstein delivers a heart-pounding thriller that explores the dark secrets of Manhattan's iconic fashion scene in her latest Alexandra Cooper novel.

New York City is one of the fashion capitals of the world, well known for its glamour and style. Nowhere is this more apparent than on the runway, where American haute couture continually astounds with its creativity, daring, and innovation in the name of beauty. Yet high fashion means high stakes, as Alex Cooper quickly discovers when businessman and designer Wolf Savage is found dead in an apparent suicide, mere days before the biggest show of his career. When the man's daughter insists Savage's death was murder, the case becomes more than a media sensation: It is a race to find a killer in a world created entirely out of fantasy and illusion.
With her own job at the DA's office in jeopardy and the temptation to self-medicate her PTSD with alcohol almost too strong to resist, Alex is not anyone's first choice for help. But she is determined to uncover the grime - and the possible homicide - beneath the glitz. Along with detectives Mike Chapman and Mercer Wallace, Alex must penetrate the twisted roots and mixed motives among the high-profile players in the Garment District. The investigation takes the trio from the missing money in Wolf Savage's international fashion house to his own recovery from addiction; from the role of Louisiana voodoo in his life to his excessive womanizing; and to the family secrets he kept so well hidden, even from those closest to him - just as things are about to get deadly on the catwalk.

Linda Fairstein was chief of the Sex Crimes Unit of the district attorney's office in Manhattan for more than two decades and is America's foremost legal expert on sexual assault and domestic violence. Her Alexandra Cooper novels are international best sellers and have been translated into more than a dozen languages. She lives in Manhattan and on Martha's Vineyard.

MY THOUGHTS:

With a Linda Fairstein novel you not only get a tantalizing murder mystery, but you also get tidbits of history and a tour of interesting spots throughout New York City. Fairstein’s latest mystery combines murder with the glitz and glamour of the New York fashion district.

Narrator Barbara Rosenblat does an excellent job giving distinct voices to the various characters. Her unique vocals and manners are spot on when highlighting the ups and downs of the characters’ emotions. Her cadence enhances the story.

Fairstein has created realistic characters that are well-developed and likable. The interaction between the characters adds depth to the story. The secondary characters are colorful and add a bit of drama.

The New York setting adds intrigue and is virtually a character in its self. Through Fairstein’s vivid descriptions the garment district comes to life throughout the novel. With an eye for detail, Fairstein pulls readers/listeners into the story with touches of clothing history and New York’s place in all things fashion.

The story has enough twists and turns to have you changing your mind about the killer’s identity as fast as super models change for the runway. Fairstein combines her protagonist’s anxiety from a previous story with current events to show her development. New readers won’t be left in the dark about the problems causing Alexandra’s condition as Fairstein fills in the blanks enough to make this a stand-alone read.

KILLER LOOK is a fast-pace thriller filled with suspense and a shocking surprise ending you won’t see coming.

Killer Look by Linda Fairstein, An Alexandra Cooper Novel (Book #18), Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat, Penguin, @2016, ASIN: BO1FWJYUBS, Unabridged, Digital Download, Run Time: 10 Hours and 29 Minutes

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this audio book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

Thanks for stopping by today. Do you have a favorite calendar that you couldn’t do without? Do you enjoy books that include bits of history throughout the story?

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Gone Too Deep {+ Giveaway}


It’s my pleasure to welcome author Katie Ruggle to Thoughts in Progress today to talk about her recent release, GONE TOO DEEP, the third installment in her Search and Rescue series.

As part of Katie’s visit, thanks to the lovely Beth and the wonderful folks at Sourcebooks Casablanca, I have one print copy of the first book in her series, HOLD YOUR BREATH. The giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada. Please see the end of the post for more details. Now here’s a brief synopsis of GONE TOO DEEP.

In the remote Rocky Mountains, lives depend on the Search & Rescue brotherhood. But in a place this far off the map, trust is hard to come by and secrets can be murder…
          George Holloway has spent his life alone, exploring the treacherous beauty of the Colorado Rockies. He’s the best survival expert Search and Rescue has, which makes him the obvious choice to lead Ellie Price through deadly terrain to find her missing father. There’s just one problem—Ellie’s everything George isn’t. She’s a city girl, charming, gregarious, delicate, small. And when she looks up at him with those big, dark eyes, he swears he would tear the world apart to keep her safe.
          With a killer on the loose, he may have no choice.
          Ellie’s determined to find her father no matter the cost. But as she and her gorgeous mountain of a guide fight their way through an unforgiving wilderness, they find themselves in the crosshairs of a dangerous man in search of revenge. And they are now his prey…

Please join me in giving Katie a warm welcome as she answers some questions for me. Welcome, Katie.

What type of research do you do for this series?

Katie:
Most of my research for this series was done long before I started to write it. My jobs and education and hobbies all played a part in teaching me what I needed to know to build the Search and Rescue universe. About five years ago, I received my law enforcement degree while working for a police department. My favorite part of the job was collecting and analyzing forensic evidence (yes, I admit that I’m a total forensics nerd). A few years later, while doing volunteer work with a fire department in Colorado, I was certified in cold-water rescue.

For GONE TOO DEEP, one of the things I had to research was cold-weather camping. I’m not a camper. Although I love doing all sorts of outside things—hiking, biking, fly fishing, target shooting, horseback riding, four-wheeling—when I’m done, all I want is a soft bed and indoor plumbing. The wilderness is wonderful, but civilization has its perks, too.

What do you hope readers come away with after reading this book?

Katie:
Honestly, I just want people to be entertained. If my Search and Rescue series gives readers a few hours of happy escapism, then I’ve done my part as an author.

What surprised you the most as you wrote GONE TOO DEEP?

Katie:
I was surprised to find that a great number of people (ahem…my editor, for example) do not think that moose are scary. As George says, and I paraphrase, since I’m too lazy to find the exact quote, “I’d rather have a close encounter with a bear than a moose.” George is smart (and I don’t say that just because I created him). Moose are freaky.

What type of books would George and Ellie read?

Katie:
Hmm… I think that George would read non-fiction (maybe historical?) and possibly a Western or two. He’s kind of an old-fashioned guy. Ellie’s definitely a romance reader.

What can readers look forward to next from you?

Katie:
IN SAFE HANDS, the fourth book in my Search and Rescue series and the one that ties up all the loose ends into a (semi-) tidy knot, will be out in October. Also, I just finished the first book in my new Rocky Mountain K9 series (out in 2017). There are women on the run, hot cops, brave dogs, lots of explosions—what more could you want from a book?

Katie, thanks for joining us today. I’m in the crowd that think moose are scary. They’re big animals so I’m going to be extra cautious around them.


Author Katie Ruggle
When she’s not writing, Katie Ruggle rides horses, shoots guns, and travels to warm places where she can scuba dive. A graduate of the police academy, Katie received her ice-rescue certification and can attest that the reservoirs in the Colorado mountains really are that cold.

While she still misses her off-grid, solar-and wind-powered house in the Rocky Mountains, she now lives in Rochester, Minnesota, near her family.

GONE TOO DEEP is available at the following sites: Amazon, Barnesand Noble, iBooks, and Kobo.

This giveaway is for one print copy of HOLD YOUR BREATH by Katie Ruggle. The giveaway is open to residents of US and Canada only and will end at 12 a.m. (EST) on Sunday, July 31.

To enter the giveaway, just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient. A winner will be selected by the Rafflecopter widget and I’ll send an email with the subject line “Thoughts in Progress Giveaway.” The winner will have 72 hours to reply to the email or another winner will be selected. PLEASE be sure to check your spam folder from time to time after the giveaway ends to make sure the notification email doesn’t end up there. If you win and you’ve already won the book somewhere else or you just decided for whatever reason you don’t want to win (which is fine), once again PLEASE let me know.

Thanks for dropping by today during Katie’s visit. Are you or someone you know involved in search and rescue? Have you ever wanted to be a part of a search and rescue operation?


Friday, July 22, 2016

Planted: The Penningtons Investigate {+ Giveaway}


I’m happy today to be participating in the Great Escape Virtual Book Tours Book Blast for PLANTED: The Penningtons Investigate by C. T. Collier.

As part of the Book Blast you can enter to win a Kindle copy of PLANTED. Please see the end of the post for more details.

PLANTED: The Penningtons Investigate by C.T. Collier
◊ Series: The Penningtons Investigate
◊ Paperback: 309 pages
◊ Genre: Cozy, Mystery, Thriller
◊ Publisher: Asdee Press (July 22, 2016)
◊ Language: English
◊ ASIN: B01FOVMCPK

Synopsis:

PLANTED is book one of the new mystery series, The Penningtons Investigate, from award-winning author C. T. Collier. The Penningtons, Lyssa and Kyle, are both PhD’s, and when their clever minds start asking questions, clever killers can’t hide.
          It’s Monday of spring break when Professor Lyssa Pennington’s backyard garden project unearths a loaded revolver. With no record of violence at their address and no related cold case, the Tompkins Falls police have no interest. But the Penningtons and a friend with the State Police believe there a body somewhere. Whose? Where? And who pulled the trigger?
          The Penningtons’ canvass of their quiet neighborhood turns up disturbing secrets about the family who lived in their house for decades and another ill-fated family a few doors away. No one seems to know how to contact the only sons of either family. The few facts they have about them don't add up and, since the gun was buried about the time both young men disappeared from Tompkins Falls, the Penningtons feel compelled to find them and make sure all is well.
          Lyssa follows the money story and finds twenty million dollars, a neighbor who’s not what he seems, and a long-buried rivalry. Kyle goes after homicide data in six states and finds a body. Their next surprise is a murderer who will go to any length to conceal the crime.

Author C.T. Collier

C. T. Collier grew up in Seneca Falls, NY, left the area for college and jobs, and always wanted to return to the Finger Lakes. Today she lives in a beautiful small city on one of the prettiest of the Finger Lakes, not unlike fictional Tompkins Falls on lovely Chestnut Lake.

Most days you’ll find her writing in her tiny office looking out on a woods populated with fox, deer, wild turkeys, and songbirds. In her career as a tech-savvy college professor she has been endlessly fascinated with campus intrigue. Entirely fictional, Tompkins College is no college and every college.

For more on C.T. and her writing, visit her website and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

PLANTED can be found on Amazon.


For more on PLANTED visit the following blogs participating in the Book Blast:

Sleuth Cafe – Review
 
The tour-wide giveaway is for one Kindle copy of PLANTED. To enter just click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the instructions. The widget may take a few seconds to load so please be patient.

Thanks for stopping by today during C.T.’s Book Blast. What would you do if you discovered a gun buried in your backyard?