Friday, February 24, 2017

#FREEBIE #FRIDAY! Excerpt from SANTA BEBE by Lily Carlyle #Romance


FREEBIE FRIDAY EXCERPT!




Today's excerpt is from Santa Bebe by Lily Carlyle. This short story was part of the Winter's Sweet Kiss Anthology.

We hope you enjoy today's tease!


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My car tires kicked up small pebbles as I drove up the gravel driveway to the trailer. I turned off the car and took a deep breath, steeling myself for the visit. Reminding myself to be patient and understanding, I slung my purse over my shoulder and walked along the rutted driveway to the front door.

The annuals that had beautified the dreary residence over the summer were now just frost-killed black stalks sticking out of the frozen ground. A battered wreath I remembered buying at Walmart when I was in elementary school was the only indication of the upcoming holiday.

My brief knock was only a courtesy, and I called out as I opened the door. “Mom? It’s Bebe.”

A cloud of cigarette smoke preceded my mother into the hallway. Without thinking, I waved my hand in front of my face, a standard activity when in my mom’s presence. I suppressed a cough. “Mom, I thought you quit?”

“Oh, sweetie, you know I’ve tried and tried. I can’t stick with it. Come into the kitchen. I just made a fresh pot of coffee.”

I followed her through the tiny living room, dominated by a huge television. I noticed she looked scrawnier than she had at Thanksgiving last month, her hair more brittle and blonde than ever. My hand rose to my own blonde tresses, and I wondered if maybe James was right. Perhaps it was time to rediscover my own natural color.

I sat down in the vinyl-covered, patterned dinette chair, putting my purse on the floor next to me. Mom’s kitchen was the same as always—a time warp back to the 70s, dismal and dated, but spotless. 

Mom poured me a cup of coffee and moved a store-bought coffee cake from the orange Formica counter to the center of the table. She pushed the cup and a plate in front of me. 

The cellophane crackled as I opened the box to cut a piece. “Aren’t you going to have any?” I thought of her skinny butt, but Mom placed a hand on her stomach.

“I can’t. I’m trying to lose weight.”

“You’re too skinny as it is.”

She patted her abdomen again. “I’m trying to get rid of this belly.”

I bit my tongue, avoiding the urge to point out cutting back on her drinking, not her eating, would be the best, and most healthy way to lose weight. Grabbing an ashtray off the counter, Mom finally settled opposite me with her cup of coffee.

I took a deep breath. “So, I’ve been thinking about Christmas. I have to work on Christmas Eve and early on the twenty-sixth for the after holiday sales, so I thought maybe you could come to my apartment for Christmas? There’s so much more to do in the city. We could go to Christmas Eve services, maybe drive around and look at the lights—”

“I’m not going to be able to spend Christmas with you this year.”

I drew back, shocked by her announcement.

“What? Is something wrong? Oh my goodness, are you sick?” Mom’s skinniness and the dark circles under her eyes seemed ominous. What if she were really ill?

“No, sweetie, everything’s great. I’m seeing someone new and he wants to take me on a cruise over the holidays.”

The air left my lungs in a whoosh as I felt sudden tears well in my eyes. 


There went my dreams for a storybook Christmas in the city in my apartment with decorations worthy of a magazine spread. I’d imagined me and Mom managing to get along this year with no weird boyfriend of hers introducing added tension to our already fraught holiday. But, it seemed Mom had chosen to take me out of the picture rather than her boyfriend. How could she do that to me? All my life, I’d tried to cobble together festive holidays with my limited resources—my thoughts went to the cheap Walmart wreath I’d saved up for in grade school—but something always went wrong. For a while, I said nothing, knowing I couldn’t voice my thoughts, or Mom and I would have a huge fight. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

New Release: Sweet Inspiration by Linda Carroll-Bradd #Romance #Giveaway #NovellaNiblets


This week's new Novella Niblets release...



Sweet Inspiration
Contemporary Romance
By Linda Carroll-Bradd
Release Date: February 22, 2017


Dependable Cadence Wills yearns for excitement. The owner of a yarn business, she is pulled in every direction by her demanding family. Haunting dulcimer notes draw her to a practice for the musical festival, and she spies an intriguing stranger.

Musician Rafe Frasco is a rover, bouncing from one competition to the next. Interest ignites at his first glance at the woman who is enthralled by his music. He is drawn to Cadence whose heart seems big enough to encompass everyone within her reach.

A fantastic opportunity for Rafe presents Cadence with a major problem—is she strong enough to negotiate the business deal that will take him away…maybe forever?

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EXCERPT:

Unmarried and approaching thirty in a small town branded her as ready and willing to meet every unattached man who set foot inside the city limits. A sigh escaped. Like last week when Espe called Trent Sullivan over to their table at El Tres Amigos and then suddenly remembered an important errand, leaving them together. What Espe hadn’t known was Cadence and Trent already had been set up on blind dates—twice—by other well-meaning friends.

Nothing had clicked on those occasions either. Cadence craved someone with a mysterious past like in her beloved romantic suspense novels. A dark, shadowy figure who knew how to excite a woman with a molten look or a lingering touch. A man who fought to hide his pain and almost succeeded. Not someone like Trent—a guy whose high-school accomplishments she could probably recite.

Sweet plaintive notes of a stringed instrument floated on the breeze. Cadence stopped, straining to recognize the tune. A person didn’t grow up surrounded by folk music without knowing just about every ballad that could be plucked.

But this one eluded her. The twanging strings cried with a soulful sadness that grabbed her by the throat. Her thoughts were washed in loneliness, and she turned toward the sound, past the Heritage Herb Garden. A part of Cadence that couldn’t resist helping others had to see who was expressing such need.

She lifted the hem of her long skirt and hurried toward the haunting sound, as if the notes pulled her feet along the path. The compulsion to know who played added speed to her steps. Abreast of the groundhog pottery kiln, she slowed and peered toward the outdoor stage.

On the platform, several musicians were gathered—some unpacking instruments, others adjusting microphones. Off to one side, a dark-haired man sat in a straight-backed chair, one foot braced on a scratched case. He leaned forward and strummed a dulcimer, the light wood instrument cradled on denim-covered thighs.

Cadence stood a dozen feet away and studied the talented player. His too-long hair was tied back, his shoulders were broad inside his western-cut shirt, and his legs were long and lean. Scuffed boots, faded jeans and a worn Harley-Davidson tee-shirt composed his attire. Definitely more attractive than her own outfit. Even from this distance, she spotted a posture that meant the man had an attitude…or was mysterious. A thrill ran over her skin.

Who was this guy? He’d definitely swagger when he walked. Yummy. At the thought, she stepped closer, wanting nothing between her and the performance.

Long fingers picked the strings in a heated crescendo—note on teasing note, twang on shivery twang, strum on driving strum. He ended the song with a flourish, right hand arcing upward as the last note hung on the early morning air.

How did he know exactly how she felt on nights when everyone in Mountain View either had a date or was home curled next to a spouse? The isolation of being solo at the drive-in or enduring the knowing smile of a sympathetic waitress. His song wrapped all those feelings tight around her heart and squeezed. She inhaled, and the backs of her eyes stung.
Hadn’t she learned her lesson about musicians from the way Dale deserted her when his band got the chance to go on the road? Three years running, and he hadn’t yet steered the tour bus through his hometown.

The stranger laid a hand over the strings, rolled his shoulders, and lifted his head. Piercing brown eyes scanned the area, surveying the other musicians, and his gaze locked with hers. For a suspended moment, his gaze roved along her length, widened, and then returned to her face.

Under his scrutiny, she shifted her feet and tugged at the sides of her skirt. Her period costume didn’t exactly show off her figure to its best. Not that the fact should matter, but she couldn’t look away and chose to ignore the warning bells ringing in her head.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

As a child, Linda was often found lying on her bed reading about characters having exciting adventures in places far away. As an adult, she discovered romance books and read them at every spare moment. Upon reaching a landmark birthday, she decided to write one of those romances she loved so much. Easier said than done. Perseverance paid out and twelve years later, she received her first call from a publisher and a confession story was published. Now, Linda writes heartwarming contemporary and historical stories with a touch of humor and a bit of sass, and many have a tie to her previous home of Texas.

With interests as widespread as baking, crocheting, watching dog agility matches, and reading thrillers by Swedish authors, Linda is the mother to 4 adult children and grandmother to 2 granddaughters. She currently lives in the southern California mountains with her husband of 35 years.


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GIVEAWAY!

$25 Roane Publishing Gift Card, Bracelet with charm from Sweet Inspiration, Hot cocoa mixes and mug from The Crimson Curse





Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use a RoanePublishing.com Gift Code.  No purchase necessary, but you must be 18 or older to enter. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter, and announced on the widget. Winner well be notified by emailed and have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. This giveaway was organized by Roane Publishing's marketing department.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Cover Reveal: Finding Fulfillment by Lynn Burke #Erotic #BDSM #FoundByFate


Finding Fulfillment
Found by Fate 3
Erotic Romance
By Lynn Burke
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: May 22, 2017

Keywords: Erotic, Romance, BDSM, Novella, Series

Jade Matthews may be young, but she knows what she wants in a man--someone mature and kinky, a man who shares her deepest desires to have her pregnant and barefoot in the kitchen and submissively compliant in the bedroom.
 
Archer Brennan aches to unleash his dark side on the too-young grocery bagger, with her pert pony tail and glossy lips that makes him yearn for a taste. With an ex-wife and a messy divorce threatening to destroy his pursuit of happiness, he binds himself to one rule -- hands-off Jade's tight body until his divorce settlement is final.
 
A submissive must obey her Dom, but some rules were meant to be broken, and when one misstep threatens the dominant lawyer's life, will Jade defy Archer's hands-off decree or lose the only man capable of fulfilling all of her dreams?

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Press Release: Roane Publishing contracts Jaye Raymee and his #paranormal #romance novella, THE WOLF PRINCE

Roane Publishing is pleased to announce that the ink is dry on the contract, and we are privileged to be able to bring you a new paranormal romance novella, THE WOLF PRINCE , by Jaye Raymee. The novella is slated for release in June 2017.

More information regarding the release, including the Cover Reveal and Release Blitz will be made available shortly. If you are a book blogger or reviewer interested in participating in the marketing events surrounding the release of THE WOLF PRINCE, please take a moment to join our Blogger Reviewer team by visiting our website and completing the interest form.

~The Roane Publishing Team

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

New Release: Winter Fairy Tale #Romance #NovellaNiblets #Giveaway



This week's new Novella Niblets Release:


Winter Fairy Tale
Contemporary Romance
By: Laura Lamoreaux and T.L. French
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: February 15, 2017
Keywords: Contemporary, Romance, Sweet, Novella, Wedding, Valentine's Day

Sometimes, to remember all that is best and bright about love, you must go home.

After being dumped by her boyfriend of two years, there is nothing that Sarah Jepsom dreads more than going back home to her marriage-obsessed mother.  To make matters worse, it’s for her little sister’s fairytale wedding on none other than Valentine's Day.  The only positive note is it will also be a chance to see her dear friend Mark for the first time in a year.
Sarah's Bridezilla sister Valerie takes it upon herself to invite Sarah’s old high school boyfriend to be her date for the wedding. Nathan is set on renewing their relationship, but old feelings remind Sarah why it didn't work the first time. When Mark confesses his long-held feelings for her, Sarah is angry and convinced that romance is not for her. Then, her father reminds her of all that is best and bright about love, that can often be found right under our noses.

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PURCHASE LINKS

Roane Publishing: http://www.roanepublishing.com/product-p/wft-01.htm
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06VVYC9RP
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06VVYC9RP
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/704091


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About the authors:

LAURA LAMOREAUX

Laura Lamoreaux is a licensed clinical psychologist, and drew from her work in therapy to show what living with a mental illness is really like. Her writing partner, T.L. French is a Junior High English teacher, and provided all of the teaching details included in the story.

LINKS:
Twitter - @laura_lamoreaux


T.L. FRENCH

Laura Lamoreaux is a licensed clinical psychologist, and drew from her work in therapy to show what living with a mental illness is really like. Her writing partner, T.L. French is a Junior High English teacher, and provided all of the teaching details included in the story.

LINKS:
Twitter - @ticilsmith

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GIVEAWAY!

$25 Roane Publishing Gift Card, Bracelet with charm from Sweet Inspiration, Hot cocoa mixes and mug from The Crimson Curse






Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use a RoanePublishing.com Gift Code.  No purchase necessary, but you must be 18 or older to enter. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter, and announced on the widget. Winner well be notified by emailed and have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. The number of entries received determines the odds of winning. This giveaway was organized by Roane Publishing's marketing department.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Cover Reveal: Battle for Love by Valerie Bowes #Historical #Regency #Romance


Battle for Love
Historical Romance Novel
By Valerie Bowes
Publisher: Roane Publishing
Release Date: May 8, 2017


It’s not easy, being an unmarried woman in the England of 1814. But Nancy Worth will not marry where there is no love, and every man in her small Sussex village is either too old, too young, or has a face like a fish. Except for the handsome Bartholomew Boult, and he has his own reasons for pursuing her.

 When, against all the odds,  Nancy does find love, both her family and his are determined to put a stop to it.  He is gentry, and she a farmer’s daughter. With lies and gossip flying, as well as the unexpected resumption of war, it seems everyone is trying to separate her from Will Carlton.

Even Napoleon Bonaparte.



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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

New Release: The Crimson Curse by Melissa J. Crispin #Romance #Fantasy #NovellaNiblets


This week's new Novella Niblets release...



The Crimson Curse
Romance / Fantasy
By Melissa J. Crispin
Release Date: Feb 7, 2017
Keywords: Romance, Fantasy, Sweet, Novella, Beauty and the Beast, Fairy Tale

Cursed and disfigured, Calliope must find true love before the final leaf falls from the Enchanted Tree. Being bound to her mansion on the outskirts of town leaves her with little hope.

Abandoned by his wife for a wealthy man, Bastian only needs one female in his life, his five-year-old daughter, Yareena. When she goes missing during a raging fire, fate brings him to a strange place where he encounters a woman wearing a golden mask.

An attack by rogues puts Bastian in Calliope’s care. As he struggles against pride and prejudice, Bastian can't ignore his growing attraction to the kind soul behind the mask.

Yareena and the mansion staff do their best at matchmaking, but Calliope can't reveal her darkest secret. Will Bastian discover her true beauty before it’s too late?

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EXCERPT:


Calliope returned her attention to Bastian, grasping his shoulder with a gentle hand and giving him a small shake. When he didn’t stir, she considered how she could clean the wound without undressing him as he slept. She had never taken off a man’s clothing before, and she hardly wanted her first time to be when he wasn’t even aware of her actions. But, no other options seemed available. She started at the bottom button of his shirt, working her way up with trembling fingers, and spreading the fabric apart when the last of the buttons slipped free.

Her eyes roamed his upper body. While she was supposed to be assessing the extent of his injuries, she couldn’t deny the flash of heat that blasted through her at the sight of his bare skin.

She dipped a washcloth in the basin that Mrs. Widdleworth left on the night table, wringing out the excess water. As she dabbed at the gash near his naval, his vulnerability in that moment struck her in a way she had not expected. After their first encounter, she would have predicted his ego to get in the way, choosing to bleed to death in the cold rather than accept anything from her.

Although he suffered a serious injury, his daughter seemed to remain his utmost concern. Could his earlier ill-temper have been an unusual display? A behavior born out of fear for his daughter’s safety?

Maybe she had been wrong about him.

She pressed her lips together, allowing the notion to sink in as she dropped the bloody fabric off to the side, and proceeded to stitch the wound with shaky fingers. When the task was complete, she picked up a fresh cloth to use as a dressing. Relief washed over her as she inspected the area before covering it up. The slice in his flesh went deep, but not nearly as deep as she initially feared. She positioned the bandage and fixed it in place, her gaze catching a thin trail of hair that started under the center of his chest, following the way it continued lower down his body, and even further yet where it dipped beneath his trousers.

“It’s been a long time since a woman has laid her hands on me,” Bastian said, his voice rough.

Calliope jumped, heat infusing her cheeks. “My apologies if this offends. Marcus doesn’t fare well with blood. I had to care for your injury myself.” Her eyes met his, and to her surprise, no anger seemed to stir there.

“I was only teasing.” He swallowed hard, appearing to bite back the immense discomfort he had to be feeling. “Thank you.”

She inclined her head. “You’re welcome.”

“I shouldn’t have been so terse with you earlier. Yareena is my life, and when I couldn’t find her, well…” He reached for his face, pressing the heel of his hand against his jaw. “I lost my sense for a short while. I apologize.”


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Melissa J. Crispin lives in Connecticut with her husband, two kids, and an adorable Siberian Husky. She spends her days in the corporate world, and pursues her passion for writing in the late nights and early mornings.

From micro-fiction to novels, Melissa loves to write stories in varying lengths. But, no matter the story, it's almost always about the romance.

LINKS:


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$25 Roane Publishing Gift Card, Bracelet with charm from Sweet Inspiration, Hot cocoa mixes and mug from The Crimson Curse



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