Month: July 2017

Summer on Firefly Lake_Blog Tour: Excerpt

Divorced mom, Mia Gibbs’ family is her life, but her world is turned upside down when she falls for her one-time teenage crush Nick McGuire, a workaholic lawyer who isn’t a family man. Fans of Susan Wiggs’ The Lakeshore Chronicles will love this heartwarming friends to lovers story releasing this summer from Grand Central – Forever.

GIVEAWAY!

Jen is offering one (1) lucky Grand Prize winner a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a paperback copy of both The Cottage at Firefly Lake (the first book in the series) and Summer on Firefly Lake. Five (5) runner-up winners will receive a paperback copy of Summer on Firefly Lake! This giveaway is open internationally. To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter below:

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Title: Summer on Firefly Lake

 (Firefly Lake #2)

Author: Jen Gilroy

Genre: Contemporary Romance / Women’s Fiction

Release Date: July 25, 2017

Publisher: Forever – Grand Central Publishing

Series: Firefly Lake

ISBN: 9781455569601

BLURB

Sometimes love is better the second time around.

Mia Gibbs spent her marriage putting her husband’s needs before her own. And now, after a painful divorce, she’s building a new life for herself and her two daughters back home at Firefly Lake. The last thing she needs is a man to complicate things. But former bad boy turned friend Nick McGuire has turned everything upside down.
Attorney Nick McGuire wasn’t meant to be a family man. His career has always been his focus, and after taking time out to help his mother, he’s ready to get back to the city…until Mia and her daughters arrive at Firefly Lake. Mia is beautiful and intriguing, and it doesn’t take long to realize being “just friends” will never be enough. As the summer nights turn colder, Nick will have to choose between the life he’s always wanted…and the woman he can’t live without.
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Praise for Summer on Firefly Lake:
“Has charm to spare…The delightful supporting cast…and expertly plotted story add depth and richness to this tale, leaving readers eager for another visit to Firefly Lake.” – Publishers Weekly

“Gilroy’s second Firefly Lake novel encapsulates the quaint, busybody small-town feel and the slippery slope of friends becoming lovers quite well…Engaging…(a) fast paced page turner.” – RT Book Reviews

EXCERPT

“I want this.” Mia lifted her face to his as a cloud scudded across the moon. “I want you.”
Even if it could only be for tonight, she was Mia, not a mom, not a sister, and not a wife who’d been tossed aside for someone younger and curvier. For this one moment, she didn’t have any responsibilities except what she wanted and needed.

I want you, too.” Nick took her hand and led her toward the car. “A part of me has wanted you since I was fifteen and you hung out at the town beach in that green bikini with the white flowers.”

Her heart lurched. He’d noticed her enough to remember the bikini she’d hidden from her mom. The one she’d bought because she’d heard Nick say he liked green. “You were always with the guys by the life guard station.” Everything about him was a lot sexy and a little bit dangerous.

“I wanted to see you.” His smile was forced, like the admission cost him more than he wanted her to know.

Mia curved her cold hand into his warm one. She’d guessed she’d hurt him the one time they’d gone out, but until tonight she hadn’t understood how much. She couldn’t regret the past, and she couldn’t predict the future, but she could do something about the present. “I want to be with you. Even though we’re not teenagers anymore and I don’t have that green bikini.

Nick’s gaze skimmed her body from head to toe and lingered at her breasts. Then he gave her a grin that was pure bad boy. “I was always a lot more interested in what was underneath that bikini anyway.”

He opened the passenger door for her to slide in.

She looked at him from under her lashes and flirted like she’d wanted to do all those years ago but had been too shy. “You were, were you?”

“Oh yeah.” He shut the car door and, in the sudden silence, panic rolled over her again. Except, there was excitement too…

Copyright © Summer on Firefly Lake 2017 by Jen Gilroy

Other Books in the Firefly Lake Series:

Title: The Cottage at Firefly Lake
Author: Jen Gilroy

Publisher: Forever – Grand Central Publishing

Series: Firefly Lake #1

Date Released: January 31, 2017

Genre: Contemporary Romance / Women’s Fiction

ISBN: 9781455569595

BLURB

Some mistakes can never be fixed and some secrets never forgiven … but some loves can never be forgotten.

Charlotte Gibbs wants nothing more than to put the past behind her, once and for all. Yet now that she’s back at Firefly Lake to sell her mother’s cottage, the overwhelming flood of memories reminds her of what she’s been missing. Sun-drenched days. Late-night kisses that still shake her to the core. The gentle breeze off the lake, the scent of pine in the air, and the promise of Sean’s touch on her skin…True, she got her dream job traveling the world. But at what cost?

Sean Carmichael still doesn’t know why Charlie disappeared that summer, but after eighteen years, a divorce, and a teenage son he loves more than anything in the world, he’s still not over her. All this time and her body still fits against his like a glove. She walked away once when he needed her the most. How can he convince her to stay now?

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Praise for The Cottage at Firefly Lake:
“Gilroy’s debut contemporary is packed with potent emotions…[the] protagonists tug at the heartstrings from the beginning of the story and don’t let go. Long on charm, this story invites readers to come in and stay a while.” – Publishers Weekly

“Memories, regrets and second chances are front and center in Gilroy’s fantastic debut.” – RT Book Reviews

ABOUT JEN GILROY:



Jen Gilroy lives in a small town in eastern Ontario, Canada where her Irish ancestors settled in the nineteenth century. She’s worked in higher education and international marketing but, after spending too much time in airports and away from her family, traded the 9-5 to write romantic women’s fiction to bring readers’ hearts home.
Jen likes ice cream, diners, vintage style and all things country. Her husband is her real-life romance hero, and her teen daughter teaches her to cherish the blessings in the everyday.
The Cottage at Firefly Lake, the first book in her Firefly Lake series, was a finalist for Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® award in 2015. It was also shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Joan Hessayon Award 2017.

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The Secrets Between Us: Cover Reveal


THE SECRETS BETWEEN US

By Jennifer Ann

Genre: Contemporary Military Romance

Release Date: August 21, 2017

BLURB: 

Some people keep secrets because the truth is too painful.

He keeps secrets to avoid losing her.

She keeps secrets to deliver revenge.

Seven years have passed since Cameron Quinn and Lincoln Farrington were high school sweethearts.

Seven years since she last saw him as the cops were taking him away.
Seven years since he left her to become a Navy SEAL.

When he suddenly comes back into her life, she’s forced to choose between following her heart, or sticking to a plan that would almost certainly destroy him.

His secrets brought them together. Her secrets will tear them apart.

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GIVEAWAY!

Follow the reveal and enter to #win an amazing Jennifer Ann prize pack – winner will be announced live the evening of release day!

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ABOUT JENNIFER ANN:

Jennifer Ann is the author of ten contemporary romance novels with complex love stories. Like her characters, she’s in love with the city of New York, trips on airplanes or the back of her husband’s Harley, and everything rock and roll. Sometimes you can catch her driving a tractor alongside her husband in southern Minnesota while trying to keep up with the madness of their four active children.
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In this Breeze: Cover Reveal

In This Breeze

Lakeshore University #1

By Kathleen Maree

Genre: NA Romance

Release Date: August 24, 2017

A nerd. A quiet art student. A nobody.

Or perhaps, just some girl.

These are the non-spoken titles I was known as since I started at Lake

Shore Uni almost two years ago now. When given the chance to leave my

horrific childhood behind – I didn’t hesitate. In fact, I was

ecstatic to have the door hit me on the ass on my way out of town;

because the only two things I actually loved in my traumatic life…

Were coming with me.

And whilst the three of us shared the same beat-up truck when we moved

here – that’s where the similarities unfortunately end.

Ethan ‘The Mule’ Jones, is kind of a super star on campus. Everywhere

he goes he seems to draw attention. I guess that’s what happens

when you’re headlining papers as the star basketballer for the LS

Eagles. But to me, he’s just Eth. A boy who still spends his Friday

nights snuggled up watching movies with me, and who walks me to

classes just to make sure I get there okay. He is my best friend in

every way, and I can’t imagine my life without him in it.

And then there’s Jase.

The truth is I knew from the moment I met Jase at the local skate park,

when he was smoking a cigarette and teasing Eth for his poor skating

ability, of how fiercely protective he was about those he cared for.

From the time he blew his warm breath over my injured knee, to when

he thankfully intervened on the most horrific day of my life. A day,

that still haunts me when I am alone in the dark.

He saved me.

But Jase has his own demons too. Even if he doesn’t go looking for it,

trouble always seems to find him. Which is why he has been absent

from our lives for the past two years.

Sometimes I wonder what he’s doing.

Quite often I worry if he’s okay.

And I always, always, think about him.

Even though I shouldn’t.

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From the earliest age I was a born storyteller.

Ask my parents and they will tell you I had a gift for making a simple

event seem like an elaborate one. Purposely? No. Innocently? Yes. It

was my imaginary world that initially led me to believe I wanted to

be an actor. All of that role playing and living in fantasy… it was

an obvious direction for me. However, becoming quite uncomfortable

with the limelight quickly saw that dream diminish.

Over the years I turned my world of fantasy into stories, and eventually

began writing them down. Before I knew it, ‘Cut’ had been completed.

When I am not busy writing my next story, I am a working mum, housewife

and sometimes hockey wag 🙂 In other words, probably some kind of

circus act who specialises in juggling 😉

I hope you enjoy my blog, where I will be posting thoughts, other books

I am currently reading and even sneak peeks of my novels. I encourage

any feedback, comments or direct messages via my contact page should

anyone wish to get in touch.

I am so thrilled to be sharing my journey and hope you enjoy my stories

as much as I enjoy writing them.

Dream often. Believe always.

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The Hunting Grounds_Release Week Blitz: Book Review

Release Week Celebration for THE HUNTING GROUNDS by NYT Bestselling Author, Katee Robert!

THE HUNTING GROUNDS
By Katee Robert

Series: Hidden Sins #2
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: July 25, 2017
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Print Length: 318 pages
Format: Digital and Paperback
ISBN: 978-1503946705

SYNOPSIS

For two FBI agents with a past, love becomes a matter of life and death in the new Hidden Sins novel from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katee Robert.

Maggie Gaines used to be an FBI agent—top of her class and one of the bright, up-and-coming stars—until she spectacularly fell apart during her first high-profile case. That was eight years ago. Now she’s a ranger at Glacier National Park, and she’s found some measure of peace. But when the body of a murdered woman is discovered, she must finally put the past behind her and work with the one man she thought she’d never see again.

For months, Vic Sutherland has been hunting a killer who’s been targeting unsuspecting hikers in national parks—and now the predator has come to Glacier. Vic knows the case will bring him face-to-face with his former partner, yet nothing can prepare him for seeing Maggie again after all these years, or for the memories of passion it stirs in both of them.

As the investigation brings them closer together—and closer to the killer—Maggie and Vic fear they have only each other to trust. But even that might not be enough to make it out of Glacier alive.

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REVIEW

The Hunting Grounds is filled with suspense and the plot pulls you into the story right from the beginning.

The Hunting Grounds is told through three point of views that is Vic, Maggie and Madison.  Maggie is a strong, brave and determined park ranger who doesn’t fear risking her life to save someone. Her character was my favourite character from this book. It was a very well built character. And then the next person I would like to talk about is Vic, his character was also good. Like Maggie he is also brave and strong. Along with that he has an awesome ability to remain calm in most situations and he is somewhat a control freak too, but not in a bad way though. Madison’s part was short, and mostly told to convey the past and what might have caused the crime. 

The romance between Maggie and Vic made up only a small part of the plot but still it was beautiful and it was just the perfect dose of romance that this novel needed.

This novel was filled with suspense and lot of unpredictable twists and turns. The plot kept me at the edge of my sit until the criminal got caught. The mystery was so gripping that it was very difficult to stop reading the book.

I loved The Hunting Grounds and I guess it is my best mystery read of this year till date. I would definitely like to recommend this book to all the suspense lovers.

LIFE AT 17 RATING

🎐🎐🎐🎐🎐

(5 stars out of 5)

EXCERPT

Copyright © 2017 Katee Robert

Vic’s gaze fell on his phone. Maggie’s number was now in the contacts folder. It would be easy to dial it, just to check on her.

Except it was late, and she hadn’t asked for him to babysit her.

He’d gone years without seeing her, and now that they were in the same general area, it was like they were two magnets that could barely resist the pull. He wanted to hear her voice, to sit her down and share a meal that wasn’t military issue, to actually talk.

His phone rang, which startled him so much he almost dropped it. Vic stared at the screen for several precious seconds, wondering if he was more tired than he’d thought, because it sure as fuck looked like Maggie was calling him. “Sutherland.” 

“It’s me.”

He sat on the edge of the bed, suddenly painfully aware that he wore only a towel. It shouldn’t matter. She couldn’t see him, didn’t know what he was or wasn’t wearing, but it did matter. “Hey, Maggie.”

“I have to apologize.” He could almost feel her soft sigh. “You were right, and I was acting like a stubborn kid. This whole thing—the murders in the park and having to deal with my past and you—has got me all twisted up.”

Maybe it was the events of the last two days, but he was so goddamn tired of doing the noble thing. He never put himself or his personal shit before a case. Not once.

He’d never wanted to before.

“I twist you up?”

“As if you didn’t know. I had something of a crush on you when we were partners—which I’m sure you knew after I threw myself at you—and apparently I didn’t outgrow it as much as I thought.”

The dimness of the room evoked an intimacy he didn’t deserve. Was Maggie sitting in her bedroom in low light, too? He liked the picture that made. “You have nothing to apologize for.” 

“I’ve been making an ass of myself since you stepped off that helicopter.” She shifted, the sound painfully loud in the near silence. “And I’m doing it again, apparently. My whole point was that I’m sorry and I’ll be professional from now on. You don’t have to worry about any breakdowns or hissy fits.”

If he was smart, he’d take her apology for what it was and allow it to move them back to solid ground. There were lives on the line and a condensed timeline that was only going to get more condensed with each body that popped up.

But when Vic spoke, he didn’t move them back to firm ground. He threw them right over the edge of the cliff. “Fuck being professional. I want you, Maggie. Not the former FBI agent. Not the park ranger. I want you.”

Praise for The Hidden Sins Series

…a captivating read, made all the more rewarding when good triumphs.” —Washington Post

Robert shows off her impressive versatility in this fast-paced and inventive new Hidden Sins series. The small-town setting is a masterful blend of quaint and oppressive, which ratchets the menace and thrill factor. The protagonists carry the full weight of their pasts with them, making their growing relationship as compelling as the mystery element in The Devil’s Daughter. With plenty of twists and betrayals, this is a book that is sure to earn Robert a wealth of new fans.” —RT Book Reviews


Katee Robert has definitely picked up the romantic suspense genre and made it her bitch. I can’t wait to see what we get next. Given some of the books I see she’s been using for research, I know it’s going to be frightening and amazing at the same time.”—Goodreads Review


Other Books in the Hidden Sin Series

THE DEVIL’S DAUGHTER

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About The Author

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. Her 2015 title, The Marriage Contract, was a RITA finalist, and RT Book Reviews named it ‘a compulsively readable book with just the right amount of suspense and tension.” When not writing sexy contemporary and romantic suspense, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her children, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.

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Still stuck to my face

You are a dream that got shattered,
But a dream that always mattered.
You are a man, 
Whose fingers found her face, 
But left behind my visage.
You are a desire, 
Keeping me awake,
And your thoughts a addiction,
That I can never delete,
This power of the one sided love,
So strong, so intense,
Burning me inside,
But this mask that you are no one,
Still stuck to my face.

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Above poem is in response to:

https://scvincent.com/2017/07/20/thursday-photo-prompt-mask-writephoto/

Famous: Book Review

FAMOUS

By Jenny Holiday

Publication Date: July 11, 2017

Genres: 
Adult, Contemporary, Romance

SYNOPSIS

Everyone knows her face. He knows her heart.

Emerson Quinn is famous. Girls want to be her. Boys want to date her. Each record outsells the last. All that remains is to continue transitioning her brand from its teenage fan base to a more mature, diverse audience. So she’s under strict orders to play nice with her army of assigned co-songwriters and to knock off the serial dating that keeps landing her in the tabloids. If she follows instructions, she can look forward to an indefinite run at the top of the celebrity ecosystem. There’s only one problem with this plan: Emerson is miserable. 

So she runs away, impulsively fleeing her L.A. life and heading for a small Iowa college town where a guy she once knew lives. He’s the only person in the world she can think of who might be enough of a nerd to not know about Emerson Quinn the brand. Who might be willing to provide a haven where she can lay low and write her new album by herself, on her own terms.

Art history professor Evan Winslow knows a thing or two about leaving your past behind. He’s worked hard to establish himself far from the spotlight of his infamous father. He’s up for tenure soon, which will mean job security for life. All he has to do to lock down his hard-won, blessedly quiet existence is keep his head down.

Too bad the most famous pop star in the world—who also happens to be his long-lost muse—has just shown up on his doorstep. 

REVIEW

I love these stories where the author writes about a famous person and we get to have peek into their lives and realise how much they are like us. And Emmy’s (Emerson Quinn)  story was no different, I totally loved it. 

“Then she looked right at him. Well, she looked right at the camera, but he knew she was looking at him.”

Emmy is famous singer. She is filled with talent, has a golden heart and wants to live her life the way she wants to. She is sassy and a free spirited girl. I liked the way she named her overthinking self Maudie who always fills her mind with worst case scenarios. On the other hand Evan is a professor who had been a painter but left painting after his father got arrested. He is totally cut off from the music industry and he didn’t even know who Emerson Quinn was until she showed up on her doorstep and she had to google her name. He is caring, handsome and everything that a woman would love to have in her boyfriend.

Emmy and Evan were like jigsaw puzzle they only complete each other when they are together. The compliment each other and actually help each other to be who they are. For Emmy Evan was a muse and for Evan she was. Their love story was very beautiful.

Among the secondary characters, the most important were Mrs Johansen and Tony. Both of them were awesome character. Tony was Emmy’s assistant who stood like steel beside her both before and after she became famous. And Mrs Johansen is a 79 year old lady who lives her full on. She is actually the coolest old lady I have ever met.  

I would definitely Famous to all romance lovers.

LIFE AT 17 RATING

🎐🎐🎐🎐🔸

(4.5 stars out of 5)

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