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Calling all Readers – LitRING Promo – Fun Quiz – Awesome BOOKS – $1,500 in Prizes

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Calling all Readers!

Are you interested in finding new authors you’ll absolutely LOVE and can relate to?  Are you interested in a chance to win some awesome prizes?  Look no further as this LitRING Fun Quiz can help you on your quest!  The event is home to many genres: Romance, Thrillers, Speculative, Christian, Young Adult, etc.

Just click on the happy honey bear here to get started!

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What are these prizes we speak of?
  • 1 $500 gift card
  • 4 $100 gift cards
  • 1 Kindle Fire
  • 1 Nook Color
  • 1 iPad Mini
  • 1 Kobo Aura

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I’m a proud sponsor of this event along with hundreds of other authors!

The book I’m featuring during the event is TAKEN BY SURPRISE.  This book is set in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in a quaint little town full of small town mischief.

Who’s hot? Police Chief Jack Ricco that’s who!

Blurb:

Everyone is shocked when Clare Ulster leaves her rich and handsome fiancé, chucks her well-to-do Milwaukee city life, and moves into her grandparents’ old homestead in the remote Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The quiet small town of Iron City is just what she needs to get her life in order and learn to stand on her own. No men needed!

Unfortunately, disaster follows her. Unable to let her go, her abusive, cheating ex- fiancé finds his way to the U.P. and sets out to make Clare’s life more of a living hell then he’d done in the past. Additionally, Clare’s alleged involvement with the Fire Chief, aka, town player, lands her in a world of trouble with his ring of female admirers, sending her on a dangerously chaotic adventure including murder and kidnapping. With Clare’s life in danger, irresistible Police Chief Jack Ricco will do whatever it takes to keep their newest resident safe.

Will Clare and Jack be able to survive the deceptively peaceful Iron City?

Buy link: Amazon

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It’s time to grab your cup of tea, glass of wine, bottle of beer – whatever trips your trigger and check out this fun event to get you started on your way to discovering new authors and their awesome books.

Click on the cup below to get started!

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Have fun!

Re-Release – Taken by Surprise

Since receiving the rights back for TAKEN BY SURPRISE, I’ve been working on having the book re-edited and re-covered.  Finally, after months of work, TAKEN BY SURPRISE is once again on the market!

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Blurb:

Everyone is shocked when Clare Ulster leaves her rich and handsome fiancé, chucks her well-to-do Milwaukee city life, and moves into her grandparents’ old homestead in the remote Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The quiet small town of Iron City is just what she needs to get her life in order and learn to stand on her own.  No men needed! 

Unfortunately, disaster follows her.  Unable to let her go, her abusive, cheating ex- fiancé finds his way to the U.P. and sets out to make Clare’s life more of a living hell then he’d done in the past.  Additionally, Clare’s alleged involvement with the Fire Chief, aka, town player, lands her in a world of trouble with his ring of female admirers, sending her on a dangerously chaotic adventure including murder and kidnapping.  With Clare’s life in danger, irresistible Police Chief Jack Ricco will do whatever it takes to keep their newest resident safe.

Will Clare and Jack be able to survive the deceptively peaceful Iron City?

Get your copy now!

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

iTunes

Kobo

Createspace – Paperback coming soon

Thank you for your support!

 

 

Just when I needed it most – A lovely 5 Star Review of Taken by Surprise

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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers’ Favorite

Taken by Surprise by Valerie J Clarizio is full of suspense, mystery and romance. Clare Ulster is engaged to high-flyer Sean, but when she finds him in bed with two other women, it’s the last straw. Leaving her fiancé and her job as a probation officer behind, she moves to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, into her grandparents’ old house in a bid to start again. Iron City is peaceful and quiet, just what she needs to get herself together and get her life back on track. Unfortunately, she isn’t going to get her wish. Sean has followed her and insists on making trouble for her, more than he ever did before. Her relationship with Matt, fire chief and town player, lands her in hot water with all of his admirers and leads to a whirlwind of trouble, including murder and kidnapping. Will Clare survive to tell the tale? Can Police Chief Jack save her from the trouble that has followed her?

Taken by Surprise by Valerie J Clarizio was a great read. It was all action, right from the word go, with no let up throughout the whole book. You have to feel sorry for Clare – she seems to find herself in trouble, no matter where she turns, and it seems that the snakes she tosses out of her garage are tame compared to the human snakes that enter her life. I thought the plot was very well written, it ran naturally and there were plenty of twists and turns to keep me interested. The characters were exceptionally well suited to the plot and written in such a way that the reader will get to know them intimately. The lives of the characters were brought into the story gradually, keeping them alive, and giving more meaning to the story. Excellent book, and I hope to read more from Ms. Clarizio.

Thank you so much Anne-Marie!
I’ve recently received the rights back to this book and am working diligently to get it ready for re-publication!  Look out Amazon, B&N, and other outlets, it’s coming your way soon!

What comes first, plot or characters?

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I’m often asked what comes first, plot or characters – My answer tends to vary. When it came to Nick Spinelli, Covert Exposure and Craving Vengeance, I had a very clear picture of Spinelli both physically and emotionally. He was too good looking and too together, so I felt the need to mess up his life a bit, only I hadn’t a clue as to how to make that happen until my fingers hit the keyboard.

When it came to Alex Polecheck and Peter DeBaker, Unforeseen Obsessions, their story was pretty much plotted all the way through.

As for Jack Ricco and Clare Ulster, Taken by Surprise, I knew where I wanted to start the story and finish it, but the middle was a mystery to me each and every day.

Now, for the new series I recently started, I dreamt up Dylan, seriously, I dreamt about him, and I’m not quite sure what I’m going to do with him yet, but I do know it will involve a lot of chaos for a while. He’s going to have to work for anything he wants.

There you have it!

 

Taken by Surprise – Facebook Release Party – July 3rd

I received a surprise notice from my publisher, Whiskey Creek Press, that Taken by Surprise will be released on July 1st, rather than in August.  In celebration of the release I will be throwing a Facebook party on July 3rd from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. CST and you’re all invited.

What can you expect at this party?  Great fun, author visits, and a chance to win some prizes, including 2 $5 Amazon gift cards.

Facebook link:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1434991190109852/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

As authors confirm their timeslots and prizes I will update both this page and the Facebook party page so you all know what’s happening:)

Author and Prize List:
 Valerie J. Clarizio – Two $5 Amazon Gift Cards, e-copy of Taken by Surprise, and an e-copy of Unforeseen Obsessions
Aubrey Wynne – 2 short stories (e-copy) – PETE’S MIGHTY PURTY PRIVIES and TO CAST A CLICHE
Valerie Twombly – Signed copy of ETERNAL FLAME
Maria Cox – Novelette (e-copy) – JUNGLE FEVER
Leigh Morgan – Authors of Main Street Box Set (e-copy): WEDDINGS ON MAIN STREET & and an e-copy of SECOND CHANCE WEDDING
Dawn Montgomery – USA Today Bestselling Author – An ebook from her backlist (excluding those out of print), e-copy of SILVER TONGUED DEVILS, and a PDF ARC OF DEVILS’ DUE, and an e-copy of Taken by Surprise,
Paige Tyler – USA Today Bestselling Author – An e-book from her backlist (Not including her new release, Her Perfect Mate, or any boxed sets)
Mary Hughes -Two ebooks, choice of Mary’s red-hot BITING LOVE, red-hot JINNI or fun romantic comedies
JoAnne Myers – TBD

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Blurb:

Everyone is shocked when Clare Ulster leaves her rich and handsome fiancé, and chucks her well-to-do Milwaukee city life and moves into her grandparents’ old homestead in a remote area of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  The quiet small town of Iron City is just what she needs to get her life in order and learn to stand on her own.  No men needed! 

Unfortunately, disaster follows her.  Unable to let her go, her abusive, cheating, ex- fiancé finds his way to the U.P. and sets out to make Clare’s life more of a living hell then he’d done in the past.  Additionally, Clare’s involvement with the Fire Chief, aka, town player, lands her in a world of trouble with his ring of female admirers, sending her on a dangerously chaotic adventure including murder and kidnapping.  Will Clare be able to survive the deceptively peaceful Iron City?

http://www.amazon.com/Taken-Surprise-Valerie-J-Clarizio-ebook/dp/B00LGIE790/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1404384055&sr=8-5&keywords=valerie+clarizio