Welcome to the Celebrate Romance Giveaway Blog Hop!

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Who’s my Favorite Romance Character, you ask?  Rhett Butler!!!

Think about it, Rhett has it all, good looks, charm, charisma, and money. I think he could woo the panties off any red-blooded female. Who am I kidding? I bet he could woo the panties off any female whether she’s human, alien, dead, undead, you name it; he could have it. After all, he did woo the corset and panties off the toughest southern bell known to man, the ever famous Scarlet O’Hara. Though she was tough-as-nails, she still wasn’t able to fight off the master-charmer.

Here’s a link to one of my favorite scene’s from Gone With the Wind. What I’d give to be Scarlet in this scene…and have Rhett follow through.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nACj50uq6_s

Here’s a little something go get you motivated.  I picture Nick Spinelli, the main character from my romance mystery series, and my modern-day Rhett Butler, looking a little something like this.

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Now, for a chance to win an ebook copy of Covert Exposure, a Nick Spinelli Mystery, comment below and let us know your favorite romance character. Winner will be picked by random.org following the close of the blog hop.

For a chance to win other great prizes visit the other participating blog hosts. You can find them by clicking on the “click here” link below.

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A Bit O’ Irish Mini Blog Hop

And the winners are:

Gift cards: Deb F, Stephanie G, Tina M, Laurel L.

Ebooks: Paul M, Susan S, Stephanie G, Raeline P, Cathy C, Amy B, Jay I, Tammy O’, Janice C.

Join us for some Blarney and bits and pieces of the Emerald Isle.

Sign up now through March 17, 2014

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Welcome to the Bit O’ Irish mini blog hop.

Rules: bloggers must post something Irish, even if it is vacation pics taken while on the Isle. Participants may join in any day before St. Patrick’s Day. Please make sure to visit fellow hoppers. If you would like to add something to the  main giveaway, please notify me with a comment. All participants are welcome to add their own giveaways on their site. Erin Go Bragh!

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 We love to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Sturgeon Bay.  No matter the temperature, whether it’s 70 degrees or 17 degrees, we head downtown to watch the parade and have a few green beers.

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We will be spotlighting Jill Bisker’s inspirational story Within Reach and giving away a variety of ebooks and two $5 and one $10 Amazon gift card.

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Within Reach is the story of Emma, a woman coming to terms with her mother’s increasing dementia and the everyday challenges associated with it.  Inexplicably, she finds herself ‘re-living’ specific events from her past.  She soon wonders if her own sanity is slipping, and only her mother can help find the key.

About The Author

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 Jill Bisker lives in Stillwater, MN with her husband and a calico cat named Senora, and a grown son who is in college. She believes in empowering women to be strong enough to protect themselves, while still soft enough to be loving and compassionate. Her work includes paranormal mystery, traditional high fantasy, as well as contemporary and humorous fantasy and an everyday living blog. Once a dedicated stay at home Mom, Jill now writes full-time.

Connect with Jill:

Facebook Page:     https://www.facebook.com/authorjillbisker

Pinterest Page:  http://www.pinterest.com/jillbisker/

Website/Blog: www.jillbisker.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JillBisker

Google +:  https://plus.google.com/u/0/102225571446174386202

Email: jkatbisker@gmail.com

Join in the Blarney. Click on the Pot of Gold below for a chance to win cash prizes great reads.

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 Choose from the following ebooks:

      Within Reach

      By Jill Bisker

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Merry Christmas, Henry

By Aubrey Wynne

Contemporary Romance

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Craving Vengeance and Covert Exposure

By Valerie Clarizio

Romantic Suspense

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By Mary Kate Brogan  (Romance set in 1950′s Ireland)

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Note: When you add your link, you can copy and paste the thumbnails to your page and the links will be all done for you. Less work and more time for green beer and corned beef with cabbage.

The Writing Process: What is the Secret?

My Writing Process

This particular blog hop is all about authors offering others a glimpse into their work, their work schedules, and perhaps their innermost thoughts. Some of us are quite opposite our real life personas.

So who subjected you to this arduous journey through the innermost working of my mind?  The very talented romance author, Aubrey Wynne.  Though Aubrey’s story, featured below, is a holiday story its uniqueness makes it a great read for any time of the year.

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Click here to find out how she does it!

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Q. What am I working on?

I am currently finishing up the third book in the Nick Spinelli Mystery series, Crazed Reckoning which is scheduled for release by Melange Books in early 2015. Each book in the series revolves around a holiday.  The first book in the series, Covert Exposure, a Nick Spinelli Mystery is set during Christmas and Detective Spinelli is forced to go undercover as Santa Claus to catch a killer.  The second book in the series, Craving Vengeance, a Nick Spinelli Mystery takes place on Valentine’s Day and poor Detective Spinelli finds himself playing the role as a singing cupid as he hunts down a killer.  This brings me back to the third book in the series.  I know by now you know which holiday is next on the docket.  Hint:  Think green!

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Additionally, I have two releases scheduled for this spring so I’m in the midst of edits for Taken by Surprise, a contemporary romance novel with suspense elements, and Unforeseen Obsessions, a romantic suspense novel.  Both of these novels will be released by Whiskey Creek Press.

Q. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Though the Nick Spinelli series has the suspense components to keep you guessing and on the edge about what is going to happen next, I’ve inserted some quirkiness and humor to keep things realistic in regard to everyday life and human behavior.

                       

Q. Why do I write what I do?

At some point, during my adult life I began reading for pleasure, and the two types of books I couldn’t seem to put down were quirky, humorous romances, and thrillers, but not the real gory ones.  Anyhow, I thought it would be fun to mix the aforementioned together to see what kind of peculiar little fictional world I could create.  Once I started writing, I realized just how therapeutic writing was for me.  After a long eight hours at the day job, I can’t wait to get home and start pecking away on the keyboard, and relax and enjoy the little fantasy world my characters whisk me away to for the evening.

Q. How does your writing process work?

I start with a lot of thinking, then some more thinking, and when that turns up nothing, I pay my local Police Department a visit to find out what kind of crazy stuff has gone on in our little City recently (my day job is at City Hall).  I get a few ideas from the PD but because our City is safe and secure – Thank goodness – I’ve had to learn to embellish quite a bit on our drab little hometown events.  Fast speed ahead, once I get the main plot worked out in my head I start typing, and before I know it my characters are telling me how it’s going to be.  Though they usually let me pick the beginning and the end of the story, the middle is theirs.

Q. Who will we meet next week?

First I’d like to recognize author Mary Hughes.  Mary is a lovely lady who I met early in my publishing life.  She writes RED HOT paranormal books that you just can’t put down.  Mary is celebrating a new release week this week for the book pictured below.  Downbeat is the 7th book in her Biting Love Series.

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Next I’d like to recognize Tory Richards.  Not all that long ago I stumbled across Tory’s books.  Just take a look at her sassy sexy covers.  If you like Romance with an Attitude, you’ll want to check these out!  Happy Birthday Baby is scheduled for release in March.  Tory Richards is a multi-published author whose books have received some awesome reviews.

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Buy Links: Clicking on any of the above covers will bring you directly to the buy links.

Nick Spinelli’s Favorite Movies

A while back, a blogger asked my fictional hero, Nick Spinelli, to disclose his top five movie list.  After some consideration, Nick came up with the following list:

1.  Dirty Harry

2.  Lethal Weapon

3.  Tombstone

4.  Die Hard

5. The Holiday – Okay, maybe this movie is his Sweetheart’s favorite movie but Spinelli watches it over and over with her just to make her happy.

Due to the unpleasant weather today, Nick is considering staying indoors with his Honey for a fun-filled movie afternoon…and who knows what else may transpire ***wink wink***.  He’s perusing his movie library as we speak.

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If Spinelli hadn’t given consideration to his Sweetheart’s favorite movie, what movie do you think he would have included on his list of top five movies?  Any particular reason why you chose that movie?

Winter Nights Scavenger Hunt

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Don’t let the winter blues get you down, rather, get up, go outside and embrace the season! Do some snowshoeing, sledding, perhaps some ice fishing, and maybe even some snowmobiling. I prefer the latter, gearing up and hitting the trails with the hubby and friends. Nothing wakes a person up more than the refreshing ten degree air seeping up into ones helmet.

When your nose is froze and your fingers start to tingle from the cold, go in doors, make yourself a mug of hot chocolate, enter a couple of internet scavenger hunts to win some awesome prizes, settle in for the night, and curl those now thawing fingers around a good book.

So here’s how the Scavenge works…

  1. Below are the 5 items. Those photos are placed on 5 random blogs that have taken part in this event.
  2. Click on the blogs listed below and see if one of the 5 images is in that blog’s post.
  3. If you find an image, write down the name of the blog because you will need it for the grand prize.
  4. Find all 5 items and go back to the Grand Prize giveaway rafflecopter (found here Gliterary Girl), enter the names of the blogs where the pictures were posted and get 10 extra entries.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.

Good luck and thanks so much for participating!

Along with the GRAND PRIZE GIVEAWAY that Gliterary Girl is giving away, I am also holding a giveaway of my own!  Leave a comment below letting me know your favorite winter activity and you will be entered into a drawing to win an ecopy of Craving Vengeance, a Nick Spinelli Mystery.  The winner will be chosen via random.org.

This is the link to the main giveaway:

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Scavenger Items

◦                             Cute White Puppy in a Cup

◦                             Leaves with the word LOVE cut into them

◦                             Dish of Colorful Candies

◦                             A Pencil with a note that says “You Make My Heart Glow

◦                             Heart shaped pocket watch hanging in the trees.

TO SEE PHOTOS OF WHAT THESE IMAGES LOOK LIKE, GO TO THE MAIN PAGE FOUND HERE:

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Click on the blue smiley face below to find the links to the participating blogs where you will find the scavenger items!

My version of Sneak Peek Sunday – The Romantic Life of a Romance Writer

I am often asked…

What is the typical day for a romance writer?

Well, my typical day varies depending on the day of the week.  Since it is Sunday, I’ll tell you about my typical Sunday.  I woke up at 7:30, yep, I slept in.  I spent the first hour or so of my day working on revisions to my next Nick Spinelli novella, Crazed Reckoning, which has been contracted by Melange Books, LLC, and schedule for release in early 2015.  I was just getting into the meat of things when my dear husband and cat decided to roll out of bed.  At this point, the background noise started to serve as a distraction.  Sammie Cat demanded to be fed and she made it clear that I was to be the one to feed her.

Once I got the cat squared away the hubby required some attention.  He started talking to me about things husbands talk about.  At this point I stopped working on the edits and moved to working on my social media tasks.  I figured I could multitask and catch up on Facebook and Twitter as I was talking with the hubby.  It seemed to work for a while.  Shortly thereafter, we ate breakfast.  Every Sunday Rick makes his famous pancake breakfast.  He adds a secret ingredient to his Bisquick mix.  **Val laughs** I know what the secret ingredient is but I let him think I don’t know, and nope, you will not get it out of me, but it’s AWESOME.

Social media took a bit longer today but it was worth the fun.  Following social media came a quick three hour jaunt on the snowmobiles….have to keep the hubby happy.  The trails were great today in Door County.

Once the playing around is done, a typical Sunday usually means a trip to the grocery store and maybe Walmart.  I despise grocery shopping and refuse to do it more than once a week.  We’d better not forget anything because if we do we simply have to live without it for the week.  Once home from the grocery store it takes about 45 minutes to put everything away and process all the vegetables needed for our daily lunches.  Yep, we pack our lunches for work, and yes, you heard correctly, due to Rick’s high fiber, low fat diet, we eat vegetables every day for lunch – bins filled with carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, and green pepper slices.  Lunch is supplemented with grapefruit on Monday and Tuesday, and bananas on Wednesday and Thursday.  Hubby works a four day workweek.  I shake things up a bit on Fridays and order out with my co-workers.  It’s what I call “Friday Free Day,” free from the boring low fat diet.  Once the lunch making is done I move onto making dinner and cleaning up the mess.

Sunday evening is spent on miscellaneous things such as working on this post or watching TV or cleaning something.  For tonight’s miscellaneous item my husband asked me to wax his bow.  Okay, get your minds out of the gutter.  I’m talking about his Parker compound hunting bow….I waxed his drawstring and rubbed the wax in really good just as I was instructed, while held it in position for me to do my thing.

There you have it…the details of a romantic day of a romance writer…remember, you asked.  Have I bored you to death?  I’m guessing you won’t ask again. LOL – But wait, there’s more….stay tuned, there are six more eventful days for me share in the future!

Here’s proof I waxed Rick’s bow.  Aren’t his drawstrings nice?

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RomCon Visit

An excerpt of Craving Vengeance, a Nick Spinelli Mystery, is up on RomCon! Stop by and comment for a chance to win an ebook.

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