Monthly Archives: May 2014

New Release & Giveaway – Unforeseen Obsessions – Cheers to the Winners of the Blog Tour Prizes

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And the winners of the blog tour prizes are:

Erin Elliott – $10 Amazon GC

Stephanie Grant – Ebook copy of Unforeseen Obsessions

Brandi Dagwan – Ebook copy of Unforeseen Obsessions

Thank you to everyone who participated in the blog tour!

Title: Unforeseen Obsessions

Author: Valerie J. Clarizio

Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press

Release Date: May 15, 2014

Blog Tour:  Tour runs from May 15th through June 4th – See the ‘Blog Tour’ tab for tour host information.  Please be sure to visit all the tour sites for information about Unforeseen Obsessions and its characters.  You’ll find excerpts leading up to the entire reveal of chapter one, character interviews, top ‘favorite’ lists, and other interesting information.

Buy Links:

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Unforeseen-Obsessions-Valerie-J-Clarizio-ebook/dp/B00KCZLY9Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1400201248&sr=8-1&keywords=valerie+j+Clarizio

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Rafflecopter Giveaway Prizes include a $10 Amazon Gift Card and 2 ebooks of Unforeseen Obsessions – Click Here to enter 

Blurb:

After Alex Polecheck’s police officer husband, Sam, is stabbed in cold blood, she vows to see the murderer brought to justice.  Peter, Sam’s best friend, and fellow police officer, seems to be the only member of the Police Department interested in catching the killer.

Peter sets out on a perilous hunt for the killer, while trying to protect Alex, who appears to be next on the murderer’s list.

The mystery begins to unravel when Peter finds a connection between the murder of Sam and two other law enforcement officers, who were all part of an internet crime taskforce. Peter and Alex find themselves alone in the battle for justice and truth when they discover members of the local police department cannot be trusted.  Will Peter piece together the puzzle before Alex is silenced?  While battling to protect Alex, will he be able to continue to conceal his love for her?

What did NY Times bestselling author Stacey Joy Netzel have to say about Unforeseen Obsessions: 

“Kept me turning the pages to solve the mystery, all the while hoping Alex would get her second Happily Ever After.” ~ NY Times bestselling author,  Stacey Joy Netzel

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Welcome to Love’s Sorrow Blog Tour & Giveaway!

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Title: Love’s Sorrow (Means of Mercy #1)

Author: Terri Rochenski

Publisher: Roane Publishing

Release Date: April 21, 2014

Blurb:

Hired as a nanny for her cousin’s children, Anne Tearle finds security and a loving family. The children are a dream, but London society is a world of its own, one where a displaced farm girl has no business being. But, wealthy rake, Gavin MacKay, helps her to see associating with the upper class might not be as horrid as she first assumed.

Like all things worthwhile, love comes at a price, and the cost soon bestows more anguish than joy. Lost, but not undone, Anne must find the courage to begin life anew, or succumb to sorrow’s unrelenting waves of grief.

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The dining room lay across the hall, its walls a bright blue and green pattern, with matching rugs. A large mahogany table sat in the centre of the space, surrounded by more than a dozen chairs. Next, she led me beyond the morning room to the doors farther along the hall.

“This is where we do our entertaining after dinner,” Joanna said, stepping to the side.

The space was even more elaborate than the dining room. Diamond trellis designs in blues wove through the plush carpet, while floral paper and floor-length curtains of dark blue velvet framed the windows. A white marble fireplace stood against the back wall, and a large upright piano with an hourglass stool sat against the opposite wall. Soft furniture dressed in colourful, striped silk was scattered around the room, and embroidered footstools squatted at the ready, should one care to put up their feet.

Longing rolled over me, and an ache settled within my breast. A lady needed more befitting attire than my dress to spend an evening visiting in the room—silks and slippers like Johanna’s were a necessity, items I would never enjoy.

With a sigh, I followed my cousin across the hall into the kitchen.

She introduced the cook, Mrs. Newman, who was wide as she was tall. Also toiling in the scullery was the other housemaid, Eliza. A hawkish nose overlooked thin lips, dominating her petite face, but she did have large doe-like eyes. Muscular, bare arms revealed her work included more strenuous jobs, such as carrying coal, and—like mine—her hands appeared calloused and red.

As I followed Joanna from the kitchen, I examined my own hands. Slender and long, my fingers were red and cracked, the creases filled with the blackening I used to polish Aunt Martha’s grates.

I expected Joanna planned on me helping Eliza until the boys grew older, because the maid who served our tea did no such drudgery. She was much too tidy and clean, and a house that size certainly needed more than one maid-of-all-work. Whatever Joanna’s plans for me, I would submit my will and be content. Anything was better than living under a tyrannical witch and her snobbish children.

We made our way up the elegant staircase, and Joanna showed me the three guest rooms. Heavy antique furniture decorated with hand-carved vines and flowers filled the third room. Deep crimson draped the bed and windows, and red blossoms speckled the off-white wallpaper. Frilled muslin edged in red silk lined the dressing table, and cut-glass bottles with toilet water and hand cream sat awaiting use. Even the washstand was elaborate—a jug and basin of rose-patterned china sat upon its white marble top.

“It’s so beautiful,” I whispered.

“This is my favourite room, as well. Samuel’s father hand-carved the furniture years ago. It was his hobby, and you’ll find it represented on every piece of woodwork in this room. This is to be your chamber, if you like?”

My head whipped in her direction. Mine? I opened my mouth to tell her I expected nothing more than a simple pallet, the same as the other servants, but she swished back into the hallway. One quick glance around the elegant space, taking in all the delicate knickknacks I would surely break, and I exited the room, shutting the door behind me.

A real room…and a real bed—doubtless filled with feathers instead of straw.

Giddiness tickled, and I bit my tongue to keep the giggles from escaping. The room was much more fitting for a rich guest, but she had offered it to me. Why not accept? When might I ever get the chance to sleep beneath such a coverlet again?

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Bio:

Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with storytelling.

Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her three young children allow. When not playing toys, picking them back up, or kissing boo-boos, she can be found sprawled on the couch with a book or pencil in hand, and toothpicks propping her eyelids open.

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Ms. Rochenski’s Links:

Website Blog Facebook Twitter Goodreads

Link for Love’s Sorrow on Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21455386-love-s-sorrow

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New Release – Bait Shop Blues – Nancy Pirri

Release and Giveaway:

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Prizes:

2-$15 Amazon Gift Cards

2-Ebook Copies of Bait Shop Blues

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Bait Shop Blues by Nancy Pirri

Finding love shouldn’t be so hard…

What does a successful businesswoman born and bred in Chicago want with half-ownership of a quaint bait shop in northern Minnesota, willed to her by her grandfather? And how will the reclusive half-owner of the shop convince the woman to sell out her half to him? For Cassandra Thompson, a Marilyn Monroe look-alike who’s recently been dumped by her second fiancé in two years, it could mean a well-needed change in life. For Leif Halverson, a handsome man of Ojibwa extraction, and co-owner of the shop, it could mean disaster—like falling in love. Leif is far from happy about this city woman invading his territory so he challenges her to a wilderness survival contest where the winner takes all.

Buy Links:

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/432153

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00K5KS4I0

Satin Romance: http://www.satinromance.com/authors/nancypirri/bsb.html

 Excerpt:

“You know, I was surprised to hear Roy had a granddaughter. He’d told me often during the past fifteen years he had no family.” He raised his brow. “Makes me wonder why you suddenly appeared out of nowhere.”

Cassandra frowned. “The private investigator he’d hired had learned about the car accident that had taken my parents’ lives. After that he managed to track me down. Didn’t Grandpa tell you he’d been searching for us?”

“Yeah, he did.” He gave a short irritable laugh. “About two days before he died.”

“Oh! I’m sorry. You must have been surprised,” she murmured. She tried to imagine how she’d feel if someone had butted into her business, Pretty Woman Cosmetics. She’d be furious.

“Not just surprised, but stunned. Roy then told me he’d had a falling out with his only son years ago.”

“Unfortunately, that’s true. I was three years old at the time.”

“Roy was real torn up when he heard about your father’s death.”

She sighed. “I imagine he was, seeing as my grandfather and father hadn’t spoken to each other in years. He said it was the saddest day of his life, and he’d forever regret they hadn’t mended their fences. I wish I’d had the opportunity to see Grandfather before he passed away. I was so young when my parents took me away from here that I’ve no memories of him.”

As she peered out the window, the beauty of the vivid green treetops caught her interest, but then she shuddered at the grayish-colored water. After awhile she sank back in her seat and grimaced, identifying the pungent odors in the plane. Leather, gasoline and the distinct odor of fish blended together, yet each scent was distinct.

She was uncomfortably conscious of his maleness. Virile and confident, but without being macho and overbearing would aptly describe him—the little she knew of him. Yet, her awareness of him as a very attractive man was starting to bother her. He was just another handsome man. She’d dated plenty of good-looking guys and had learned her lesson well. She bit her lip thoughtfully, gauging her attraction to him and decided, in the end, she must be experiencing some sort of chemical imbalance.

 

About the Author

Nancy Schumacher is the owner-publisher of Melange Books, LLC, writing under the pseudonyms, Nancy Pirri and Natasha Perry. Nancy started writing eighteen years ago while raising four children. She is a member of Romance Writers of America. She is also one of the founders of the Minnesota RWA chapter, Northern Lights Writers (NLW).

Nancy’s debut historical romance, THE MACAULAY BRIDE, set in late 19th century Scotland, was published in 2003. The debut book received several contest wins and received a TOP PICK award from Romantic Times Book Club publication in Oct. 2004. BAIT SHOP BLUES is her second full-length novel. She has written five full-length novels, and many stories included in anthologies with Melange Books, LLC.

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Get in Touch With Nancy:

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Congrats, Nancy, on your new release!

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