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It’s Release Day! Happy book birthday to Missing the Crown Jewels!

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Thank you so much PJ Fiala and Stephany Tullis for inviting me to write in the Chandler County world! I had so much fun writing Storm and Peyton’s story.

Blurb:

After a devastating divorce, Peyton Crown is finally surfacing from a dark hole of despair. She finds herself hoping for a new life with Mason ‘Storm’ Starr, her brother’s best friend.

Storm’s intent is simple: hide in the quiet confines of his best friend’s family horse ranch in Kentucky. The perfect place to sort out his life after walking away from the Army, and fight his internal demons. His solitude is interrupted by his buddy’s little sister. The chemistry between them is off the charts, and he willing surrenders the battle.

The Crown family begins receiving threats, just weeks before the Kentucky Derby. The overprotective men in Peyton’s life vow to keep 24/7 tabs on her and the family’s prize horse—Prince Bourbonville—a hopeful for the next Triple Crown. Circumstances arise that threaten to keep Peyton and Prince away from the derby, but Storm and her brother Coach are determined they’ll attend, no matter the sacrifice.

Tag line:

Sometimes it takes a bit of chaos to sort out one’s life.

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Buy Links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06WRN6N8Y/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_x_xzqPybF0DYAPD

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/missing-the-crown-jewels-valerie-j-clarizio/1125729459?ean=2940154203811

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/missing-the-crown-jewels-a-chandler-county-novel

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1229371643

GIVEAWAY!

Missing the Crown Jewels is the fifth book to release in the Chandler County world.  In celebration, the authors of Chandler County are offering this GIVEAWAY! Click here for a chance to win: $200 GC to one lucky winner; $50 to three lucky winners; $30 to six lucky winners.

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FAMILY FOREVER – Winner of the LASR Book of the Month Poll!

Here’s my nifty badge for FAMILY FOREVER, the winner of the Long and Short Reviews book of the month poll.  FAMILY FOREVER scored an awesome 5 STAR review!

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LASR Review:

Family is so important in a person’s life. Family does not always have to be blood.

Dylan has always been a responsible, careful and meticulous person. Even more so since his parents passed away. He had no idea that when he first invited Marissa to his house be a housekeeper that his brothers would love her and that he would eventually fall in love with her, too.

Marissa never thought when she started working as a housekeeper in Dylan’s house that she would find the family she craved or that she would fall in love with someone who is so protective of his damaged heart that he might not be able to love her back.

I loved the pace of the story. Not too fast or slow. With Dylan’s brothers and the rest of the characters that came into play, I think the author did a great job of not only pulling me in but she made me feel. Overall a great book with a romance and a climax that will either make you smile or cry happy tears. An easy recommend.

Here’s the link to the review: http://www.longandshortreviews.com/book-reviews/family-forever-by-valerie-j-clarizio/

 

Chandler County Book Cover Reveal!

The clock is ticking and the first slew of awesome Chandler County books will be released beginning in May!

Chandler County is a fictional world located between Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky. A dozen or so authors are penning stories revolving around the Kentucky Derby and the Chandler County Birthday Bash. Each author has their own unique characters and share some with each other as well.

There will be two Chandler County releases each year, the first in April/May of 2017 and the second in November/December of 2017. We’re excited about this Chandler County project and hope you will be too. There’s something for everyone in Chandler County.

Here is the schedule of release dates:

April 11, 2017 – Missing Pieces by Stephany Tullis
April 18, 2017 – Missing the Point by PJ Fiala
April 25, 2017 – Missing: The Lady Said No by Jacquie Biggar
May 2, 2017 – Missing Destiny by Traci Wooden-Carlisle
May 9, 2017- Missing the Crown Jewels by Valerie Clarizio
May 16, 2017 – The Missing Ingredient by Debbie White

Check out these lovely covers designed by Dana Leah!

Click on any cover below for the link to the Pre-Order!

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We’ve got lots of exciting stuff happening on our Facebook Page starting with a scavenger hunt with PRIZES! Check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/ChandlerCounty/

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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

Get Started!

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!

New Release – Make a Wish by E.D. Parr – Christmas Romance

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Make a Wish E.D.Parr Erotic, romantic, a Christmas MMromance to make you tingle

It’s the day before Christmas Eve and gorgeous, happy, Nick Kringle is making deliveries on the main street of the city when a car breaks down at the intersection.

Amid the seasonal crowds and inclement weather, Dylan West gets out of his car and tries to push it to the side of the road.

Nick rushes to help him and comes face to face with the most delicious man he’s ever seen.

Dylan’s down on his luck, but Nick believes in magic.

Can wishes come true? You bet—especially if Nick Kringle has anything to do with it.

Who is Nick Kringle?

With a name like that you might think he’s the jolly old elf in red, but Nick is a gorgeous guy who just happens to have a touch of the supernatural about him. He drives a red SUV, he delivers goods, and sometimes they’re straight from somewhere special—a place of magic and kindness.

Nick is gorgeous, kind, generous, loving just the kind of man that down on his luck Dylan West needs to run into. Could it be fate that makes his car break down unexpectedly almost next to Nick on the busy main street full of hectic Christmas shoppers and travelers? Maybe…

Read an excerpt:

The city street glistened with rivers of red, green, bright pink, and white light thrown there by the stores and cafés decked out for the holiday season. Rain fell in drifting sheets as a chill wind ravaged the shoppers rushing from one place to another, some laden with parcels, others hunched against the weather in their winter coats.

Nick parked his SUV in the first available space, opened the trunk with the interior lever, and leaped out. He didn’t feel the cold unless snow lay knee deep on the ground and even then, he enjoyed the beauty, and the way a new white fall would change the light, way too much to complain about the chill.

As he ran around to the back of his vehicle, the squeal of tires braking hard and the clamor of honking horns made him spin around. In the junction behind him, standing motionless, was a stalled car. Other drivers surged around the stationary vehicle, making everything worse by taking space in the oncoming lanes so that everyone crammed dangerously together.

The driver of the offending vehicle edged out of his open car door, narrowly missed by a small car that chanced overtaking just as the lights turned red.

Nick cast a keen gaze over the man, registering his muscled body beneath an inexpensive suit and his thick dark hair, pushed back from his forehead so that the front spiked up. Nick watched the man lean into the open driver’s side door and attempt to shove the heavy vehicle to the side of the road. The man’s pants stretched over his hard ass and a sigh of appreciation escaped Nick. With one hand on the wheel, and the other lodged in the gap between open door and car, the man clearly needed help. Nick clicked the trunk of his SUV closed and jogged over to help.

“Hi, I’ll lend a hand,” he called to the stranded driver. The man straightened to answer and Nick was face to face with one of the most gorgeous men he’d ever seen. Nick never hid his emotions. They shone from his ice-blue eyes and exuded from his well-toned body. He smiled at the man in a way he knew and didn’t care broadcast attraction, desire—pure sex.

Apparently unaffected by Nick’s charisma, the man gave a grateful nod. “Thanks.” He leaned into the task of pushing the car out of the way, as the traffic lined up behind him, and the sky opened with a fresh punishing downpour.

Copyright E.D. Parr Evernight Publishing 2016

Buy the book

On launch special at Evernight http://www.evernightpublishing.com/make-a-wish-by-e-d-parr/

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MZ03N7K

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01MZ03N7K

Add to your TBR list

 

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New Release – Race to Redemption by Shari Elder – Shari Shares About Writing Sexy, Loveable Aliens!

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Writing Sexy, Lovable Aliens

When I hitch a ride on a space ship or walk through that dimensional gate, I expect to be transported to exotic new lands, drenched in colors and odors that have me weeping in awe or gagging in disgust. I want to drown myself in these new sights and sounds and learn everything about these new “people.” Are they blue or bejeweled? How many limbs do they have? Will their body odor switch on a human libido or send it comatose with its toxicity? How do they love?

In my newest release, the science fiction romance, Race to Redemption (Green Rising, Book #1), I introduce a new species Karamites. What is unique about them is they look like their observer. A blonde haired, blue eyed, stocky human would see a blonde-haired, blue eyed, stocky human. A six armed, green skinned Martian would see a six armed, green skinned Martian. This novel anatomy allows me to do two fun things. On one hand, I can Karamites as the ultimate spies, because no two people would see the same thing, making them virtually impossible to identify. On the other hand, they reveal a lot about romance and how we choose and see our partners.

Thank about it for a second. A Karamite looks unique to you. I believe we see the people we love through unique eyes. As we grow to love them, we tend to really focus on the distinct aspects—physical and emotional—that make them, them. So, when talking about our partners and spouses, it’s those little things that make them so sexy and special. The idea of Karamites allows me to take that idea, and push it a further.

Moreover, I also believe to love others we have to love ourselves first. And aliens that look like us is that little reminder of that.

Finally, when looking for a partner, I also believe we do look for something of ourselves in those we love. Maybe not physically, but we do look.

I must confess that in Race to Redemption I only introduce the Karamites, so they remain secondary to the main story. But in the Green Rising series, I do have a love story planned for Xan (Race’s resident Karamite).

Intrigued? Here’s a little more on Race to Redemption.

Race to Redemption Blurb

A woman who lost everything.

Intergalactic storm racing champion Elaina Carteret had it all – fame, wealth, men – until a horrific accident took it away. To get it back, she agrees to pose as Lainie Carter, medical transport pilot and corporate spy. Her risk-taking attitude infuriates Dr. Erik Johansen, who runs the outpost with an iron hand, a permanent scowl and the tightest bod on the planet.

A man desperate for redemption.

Unable to forgive himself for a past tragedy, Erik works himself into an early grave. He has no patience for the insubordinate Lainie Carter, who can’t take an order, disrupts routine and flames his body to ash.

A planet at risk.

When the outpost is attached, they’re thrown together in a race across the desert to stop a deadly biogenetic weapon As a fragile trust blossoms between two damaged hearts, their pasts resurface and threaten their growing bond.

Be warned: anal sex, bondage, menage sex, gender neutral characters.

Buy Links

Evernight: http://www.evernightpublishing.com/race-to-redemption-by-shari-elder/

Amazon: ww.amazon.com/Race-Redemption-Green-Rising-Book-ebook/dp/B01MYSULFR/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1480375075&sr=8-2&keywords=Shari+Elder

All Romance: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-racetoredemption-2179954-146.html

About Shari Elder

Hello, I’m Shari. By day, I crawl out of bed, mainline coffee, walk the dog, get my kid off to school, hop on the metro, and save cities within the four walls of my office. Usually by email.

At night, the other Shari emerges.  I take off the suit, curl up on the couch and let my imagination play, with words and images until stories take shape (while periodically checking on my teen-ager, hiding out in the bedroom and plotting world domination).  As my alter ego, I save cities in a cape and spangled tights, wander space and time on a surfboard, fly over the Himalayas on feathered wings, make six-toed footprints in indigo talc snow on the sixth planet in the Andromeda galaxy or eavesdrop on Olympian gods while pretending to whip up a bowl of ambrosia.

In all these wondrous worlds, romance and passion blossom. I can’t resist a happy ending. And I am particularly prone to writing happy endings for those who have given up on ever getting one. That gives me immense satisfaction.

Join me on my journey. The best ideas emerge from team work.

Find Shari

Facebook:        https://www.facebook.com/Shari-Elder-Stories

Twitter:           @ShariElderBooks

Web/Blog:      www.sharielder.com

Pinterest:         https://www.pinterest.com/ShariElderBooks/

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Evernight Publishing Fourth Annual Readers’ Choice Awards & Giveaway – $50 Gift Certificate

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My new release, FAMILY FOREVER, is a finalist in the Evernight Publishing Fourth Annual Readers’ Choice Awards!  I’d love it if you could take a few minutes and vote for your favorites here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QM3S9TR

Giveaway – Participating voters will be entered into a contest for a $50 Evernight gift certificate!  You’ll find the entry form at the end of the voting survey.

FAMILY FOREVER is listed in the New Adult category (category #23) and the Western category (category #28).

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As always, THANK YOU for your support.

 

 

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

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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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