Family Forever – New Release Giveaway Winners Announced

Thank you to everyone who helped make the release of FAMILY FOREVER a wonderful success!

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As you are aware, a RAFFLECOPTER GIVEWAY was included with the release tour.

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Yay!

The winners of the RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAYS are:
Robbie Bauldree – $10 Amazon GC
Diane Elizabeth – $5 Amazon GC
Lori A Powell Byrd – Ebook Copy of TAKEN BY SURPRISE

Winners – be sure to check your email to claim your prizes!

Check out the NEW Michaela McPherson Mystery Series by Judith Lucci!

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BLURB:

Retired homicide detective Michaela McPherson and the aging Countess Dorothy Borghase team up again—this time to match wits with two serial killers stalking children, women and the elderly. When Dottie Borghase’s friend Camilla Rothrock collapses at a lunch gathering of old friends, the countess’s only concern is to dial 911 for help. But Camilla’s subsequent death has authorities buzzing about international safety and retaliation, because her son is decorated U.S. Army General Stuart Rothrock.

 As other restaurant patrons in Richmond meet similar fates, Michaela and Dottie join forces with the Richmond Police and the FBI to track down the pair of heinous murderers. But in order to catch the killers, they will put their own lives and the lives of others in in serious jeopardy.

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Bio:

Dr. Judith Lucci is an Amazon bestselling author who writes what she knows. She is the author of the Alex Destephano Medical Thriller Series and the soon to be released Michaela McPherson, Private Eye, a series centered on a retired homicide detective from Richmond, Virginia who really can’t retire.

“Before I wrote fiction, I was an academic writer who published research, theoretical works, text books and just about anything a nurse or college professor needed to publish to survive. The differences in academic writing and writing fiction are dramatic. Writing what I know propels me to pull from my clinical experiences, some good, some not and use popular fiction as a means to teach and advocate for others. My books have three purposes, to engage the reader, to entertain them and to educate about healthcare and perhaps, the darker side of hospital life.   Dr. Lucci is a nurse who holds graduate and doctoral degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia. I have always been a reader and a writer and I love it. I am a member of the Virginia Writers Club, The Shenandoah Valley Writers and Sisters in Crime.

When I’m not writing I am probably teaching, paining on silk as I am a multi-media artist or playing with my many dogs.  Please feel free to contact me at judithlucciwrites@gmail.com.  I am excited about meeting you!

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New Release by Aubrey Wynne!

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Title:  Paper Love

Author Name:  Aubrey Wynne

Series Name:  A Chicago Christmas

Genre Contemporary Holiday Romance

Release Date Oct 18

Blurb Growing up in a Papua New Guinea mission, Joss Palmateer is a gentle soul with a unique view of life. Still adjusting to a new home in the U.S and the sudden loss of her mother, love is the last thing on her mind. Sexy physical therapist, Ben Montgomery, meets his sister’s friend and the sparks fly. He takes it as a challenge when she ignores his advances, but it’s her extraordinary inner beauty that captures his heart. With the help of a stray homing pigeon and an old origami legend, Ben sets an unwavering course of romance to win her love.

Buy Links:

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 Author Bio Bestselling and award-winning author Aubrey Wynne resides in the Midwest with her husband, dogs, horses, mule and barn cats. She is an elementary teacher by trade, champion of children and animals by conscience, and author by night. Obsessions include history, travel, trailriding and all things Christmas.

Her short stories, Merry Christmas, Henry and Pete’s Mighty Purty Privies have won Readers Choice Awards and Dante’s Gift received the 2016 Golden Quill and Heart of Excellence award, as well as being a Maggie and Aspen Gold finalist.

Besides her Chicago Christmas novellas, Aubrey will release “A Vintage Romance” series inspired by tales of her stepfather, who served for the British Air Force in WWII. The stories will be set in the 40s & 50s. Her medieval fantasy series will launch in 2017 with Rolf’s Quest.

Author Social Links

Website: http://aubreywynne.com/

Facebook: http://facebook.com/magnificentvalor

Twitter: http://twitter.com/aubreywynne51

Instagram: http://instagram.com/Aubreywynne51

Subscribe to Aubrey’s newsletter for new releases and exclusive excerpts and free stories:

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A place of handsome knights, dashing gentlemen, beautiful, sassy women, and romance from the past to the present. You’ll also have some opportunities to help promote Aubrey with her upcoming releases if you feel so inclined. There is fun to be had, prizes to be given, and heroes and heroines to fall in love with. Come join us. https://www.facebook.com/groups/AubreyWynnesEverAfters/

Excerpt:

“No, I categorize, I don’t judge. We’re all different. We all have a role in life.” He mirrored her pose. “So you’re argumentative.”

“Not usually, but you bring out the best in me.”

His laugh was so loud that it drew the attention of the others in the room. Joss’ face turned red. “And intelligent and beautiful.” His bright green eyes pinned hers and turned a smoky jade. “Go out with me. You won’t regret it.”

“Said the lion to the mouse.” But she couldn’t keep the smile from her face. He was arrogant but witty. Her mind craved the challenge he would provide if her body didn’t betray her first. Step away from the charming, to-die-for handsomeness of this man.

A brunette came up behind the couch, put her head between them and said in a breathy tone, “Don’t forget about the rest of your guests. You promised us a dance.”

“Indeed I did.” He stood up and held out a hand to Joss. “Would you care to dance?”

Joss shook her head. “No, I don’t dance.”
“Never?”
“Never.”
“The gauntlet has been thrown. I’ll ask again,” he said and turned to the

blonde. “C’mon Jackie. Let’s swing.”
Ben grabbed the girl’s hand and moved through the crowd. A whistle

pierced the air. “Swing time,” someone yelled and bodies started moving toward the large porch.

“Easy Breezy,” Becky called out as she swept past Joss. Interest piqued, she stood and moved toward the back of the house. An old tune, sounding like something from the thirties or forties filled the house. Four couples were on the dance floor, including Becky. She recognized two more of the Montgomery siblings, and then it was a blur of movement.

The crowd started to clap and sing along as if this was an expected part of the evening’s entertainment. Joss watched the couples twist, turn, shoot out in spins, and come back together. They bent and stretched, flapped their hands yet never stopped smiling. The pure delight on Becky’s face was contagious, and Joss began clapping along with the rest of the audience.

And then her eyes landed on Ben. His tall, muscular frame moved as gracefully as a cat but with the power of a bull. She couldn’t take her eyes from him. He spun the girl out and pulled her into his side, bent and moved forward, their feet pivoting back and forth in unison as they moved across the room. After another twirl, he pulled her into his chest, her face looking up at him with a huge expectant smile. His shirtsleeves strained against his muscled arms as he swung her up like a rag doll and tossed her against his hip, down against him for a brief moment as their eyes met, and back up on his other side.

When the song ended, she was as breathless as the dancers. He turned and searched the guests. His gaze latched onto her, traveling from her face to her heaving chest and back up to her eyes. That smile, those full lips, sent heat through her and dared her to come closer. The girl tugged at his arm, caught his attention for just a moment, and the spell was broken.

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New Release & Giveaway – Family Forever!

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The death of Dylan’s parents leave his five younger brothers and the family dairy farm in his care.

Neighbor Marissa, raised by an alcoholic father, seeks a way out. Desperate for help, Dylan offers her a live-in nanny/housekeeper position. She jumps at the opportunity. The chaotic household, full of love, feeds her maternal instincts. She falls for Dylan and the boys.

When Dylan finds himself desiring Marissa, he pulls back. His heart has been broken in the past by women resistant to a large, ready-made family. But if she walks away, she’d not only break his heart but those of his brothers, too.

Will Dylan ever believe in Marissa’s devotion to his family, risk his heart, and those of his brothers, for the woman he loves?

RAFFLECOPTER:  https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/4a6d45a613/

Buy Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M9FZAPR/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1477524718&sr=8-2&keywords=valerie+j.+clarizio

New Release: Christmas Pets & Kisses 2

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Warm your hearts this holiday season with twelve all-new sweet romances from best-selling authors. If you enjoyed Christmas Pets and Kisses you’ll love following some old friends and meeting some new ones. This delightful collection of pets, from paws and hooves to wings and fins, deliver another round of Christmas magic and true love.
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Release Date: October 11,  2016.

Amazon: http://lrd.to/christmas-pets-and-kisses-2
Apple: http://apple.co/29TKHaW
Kobo: http://bit.ly/29Tcbx3
B&N: http://bit.ly/29WdW9F

Became One With Nature Today:)

glidden-161009It was a beautiful October day here in Door County, WI.  The bright sunshine and 55 degree temperature motivated the hubby and I to take a walk in the conservancy.  Except for the loan woodpecker, the woods was unbelievably quiet – peaceful.

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Couch to 5K – Week 7-9

It’s been a while since I posted about my Couch to 5K progress.  Well, I progressed to the end.  There were some good times and bad times during these weeks that had me running anywhere from 2.5 miles to 3.1 miles, or looking at it another way, 25 minutes to 39 minutes – all in one shot!  According to my app, I should be running 10 minute miles but I’m more comfortable in the 12-13 minute mile range.  Truth be told, there were a couple of sessions during theses weeks where I had to walk a bit during the runs (about one song worth – not bad) BUT there were also times I ran 3.1 miles without stopping.

The big race I trained for is coming up this Sunday.  It’s the Fire Department’s 911 run: http://www.9-11funrun.com/home.html  I haven’t decided yet on whether or not I’ll run the run or walk the run.  I’ll decide on Sunday at ‘start time.’  We’ll see how brave I am that day about running in a crowd.  But in any case, I completed to program and I’m prepared if need be:)

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A view from a hike on Kodiak Island.

 

 

Unforeseen Obsessions is Back! Pre-Order is up! Re-release date is 9/1/16!

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After months of waiting impatiently, Unforeseen Obsessions is back on the market.  It is currently up for pre-order at all major outlets and scheduled for re-release on September 1st.

To celebrate the re-release, I am participating in a blog hop which includes a GIVEAWAY!  Please visit the blogs below where you’ll find character interviews, excerpts, and of course the RAFFLECOPTER!

8/22 – Sensuous Promos
 
8/23 – Nicki Day
 
8/24 – Nicole Morgan
 
8/25 – Darkest Cravings
 
8/26 – Get Cozy
 
8/27 – The Book Pub
 
8/28 – All my Book Finds
 
8/29 – Nikki Noffsinger
 
8/30 – Bound by Passion
 
8/31 – Michelle Roth
 
9/1 – Andrew Jericho
 
9/2 – Alison Mello

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?

Buy Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Unforeseen-Obsessions-Valerie-J-Clarizio-ebook/dp/B01JERSCOU/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8#navbar

Barnes & Noble:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/unforeseen-obsessions-valerie-j-clarizio/1124233452;jsessionid=D88F2868D4395083CE3665B0E57B214F.prodny_store02-atgap05?ean=2940153412115

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/unforeseen-obsessions

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1139610450

24Symbols: https://www.24symbols.com/book/x/x/x?id=1582875

 RAFFLECOPTER: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/4a6d45a611/

 

Couch to 5K – Week 6

Couch to 5K week 6 is complete.  Yep, I’m a little ahead of schedule on this one but I’m away at a conference and wasn’t sure that I could get day three done tomorrow so I did it today. So yes, I worked out two days in a row.  It will be interesting to see how my weary old legs feel later today. Plus, though I’m completing the required running minutes of these longer runs, I’m not completing them as fast the C25K App is telling me I’m supposed to.  That said, I figured I better accelerate the program days so that I can get more practice runs in before the ‘big event’-the 5K run I’m technically training for which is to be held on 9/11/16.  At this point, I’m still unsure that I’ll be able to run over 3 miles without stopping, or within a decent time frame, so even with all this training, I may just sign up for the walk.  I’ll play it by ear for now.

Anyhow, this week’s regiment had me rotating five and eight minute runs, with short walks between, on day one, two 10 minute runs on day two with a short walk between them, and a 22 minute run on day three. Yes, 22 minutes in a row.  According to the C25K App I should have run 2.25 miles in that time but I only got about 2 miles in.

During my cool down walk I snapped these photos.  It was a pretty run this morning on the river walk by my conference hotel.

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Couch to 5K – Week 5

Couch to 5K Week 5 is history!  I’m over half way through the 9 week program.  I found this week’s regiment interesting.  It wasn’t like the other weeks where I repeated the workouts each day.  During week five, day one rotated five and three minute runs and walks, day two jumped up to eight minute runs and five minute walks, and here’s the kicker, day three had me running 20 minutes – in one shot.  How does it make sense to go from eight minutes to twenty?  Though it didn’t make sense to me, I did it.  Likely, a bit slower than I should have but I jogged all twenty of those long minutes:)  Who would have thought? Certainly not me.

Here’s a picture from a hike we took in 2009.

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Juneau, AK