Friday, December 2, 2016

It's Friday! New Releases FREE & Bargain Books Link-up with @BeckValleyBooks


Sharing the Love of Books
Enjoy our selection of New Releases / Free & Bargain Books this week

Authors please feel free to add your own books
Readers please free to add your own finds
(any genre except erotica welcome)

This weekly link up is hosted by Beck Valley Books & these awesome book loving blogs...
Monday
 Leels Loves Books | IrishdaisylovesRomance | Book Babble
Tuesday
It's My Side of Life | Celticlady's Reviews | First Time Mommy Adventures 
Wednesday
Beck Valley BooksCinnamon Hollow Reviews
Thursday
Miki's Hope | Nicki's Nook
Friday
Ebook Addicts | I Love Romance |
Colorimetry
Saturday
Totally Addicted to Reading | 3 Partners in Shopping | Angie's Angle I Create Purty Thangs | Wishful Endings | The Brown Bibliophile

Sunday
Lynchburg Mama | LibriAmoriMieiAli - The Dragon Slayer | Wondermom WannabeDeal Sharing Aunt

For Pre-orders post - PRE-ORDER / genre / title /author
For New Releases post - NEW / genre / title / author
For Free Books post - FREE / genre / title / author / end date 
For Bargain Books post - SALE / price / genre / title / author / end date
(Strictly no Erotica please.  Steamy romance is fine but watch those covers people, incase any underage child is viewing it!)

Here is this weeks awesome selection!

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Come back and check out the new selection every week x



Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Grand Finale: HEALING OF THE HEART by @LoreeLoughAutho w/ @PrismBookTours

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Grand Finale for
Healing of the Heart
By Loree Lough

Can hearts hardened by dark secrets find redemption in the shadows of the fierce beauty of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains? If you missed any of the tour stops, go back and check them out now...

Launch - Intro & Endorsements

Lies, secrets, and fear of the past take the characters in Loree Lough’s “Secrets on Sterling Street” series on heartrending and treacherous personal journeys. Their mettle—and their faith—is put to the test as they seek freedom, redemption, and love.

Katie's Clean Book Collection - Five Ways to Love Your Enemy

THINK about him. Reject any anger that might surface. Don’t focus on the words or deeds that created the gap between you. Close your eyes and chant “I’m bigger than this. I’m better than this. Holding on to these memories is only hurting me.” InHealing of the Heart, Ruby McCoy is having a tough time with this. Her father was a murdering outlaw. The shame of his crimes—and what they forced her to do—has impacted every area of her life, so really, who can blame her!




"This book is totally adorable! Once I started it, I didn’t want to stop and stayed up way past my bedtime to finish it! . . . I love the setting of this book. You really get immersed in it as well as in the plot. You’re going to love it!"

Brooke Blogs - Five Books that Center around Secrets and Lies

Rebecca: Imagine waking up to your new husband and a rich new life only to find nothing is as it appeared to be before you said “I do.”


"Oh I do love a good clean romance novel. I was hooked from the beginning.

I liked the setting, the plot and the characters. I was able to feel their emotions and felt like the characters were very well developed. I could easily picture myself there."



Jessica and Gracie's Tree - Five Movies that Feature Forgiveness

Desperate to provide for you motherless children, a former bounty hunter and hired killer is forced to return to his old ways in Unforgiven.

Heidi Reads... - Excerpt

An idea began to form in Rex’s mind.

If he joined the police force, and learned the things this officer already knew, he could put the knowledge to use…

…hunting down the animal who had killed his pa.

Wishful Endings - Excerpt

As she handed him a small plate, his fingers grazed hers. It lasted all of a second, yet it sent eddies of warmth all the way down to his toes. She was close enough that he could inhale the scent of lilacs, floating from her dark hair…and noticed for the first time a sprinkling of tiny freckles dotting her cheeks.



Mel's Shelves - Review

"I enjoyed getting to know these characters and felt like part of their community. This is a story I enjoyed reading and loved the role that faith, love and forgiveness played in helping two hearts heal!"


"This is a heartwarming story that will capture the emotion of readers and keep them captivated until the very end. I would recommend this excellent story to readers that enjoy historical romance."

Bookworm Lisa - Review

"The book caught my attention and kept it throughout the story. I wanted to find out if Rex and Ruby could find healing and a future with each other. There are two adorable orphans who pulled at my heart strings. There are family secrets and mysteries revealed. There are a great many things to recommend this book to readers."

And don't forget to enter the giveaway below if you haven't already...

Healing Of The Heart (Secrets of Sterling Street)Healing of the Heart
(Secrets of Sterling Stree #3)
by Loree Lough
Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 272 pages
November 1st 2016 by Whitaker House

Ruby McCoy is haunted by her father's sins....

When Ruby McCoy arrives in Fairplay, her ornate carriage is followed by an entourage who heft steamer trunks, hatboxes, and traveling bags into the hotel…where she has booked the entire second floor. Upon her notorious gangster father's death, the now-wealthy Ruby, hiding under her mother's maiden name, set out to right her father's wrongs. Ruby is determined to spend every penny of her inherited "blood money" on those who paid the price for her father's crimes.

Sheriff Rex Truett doesn't trust Ruby and doesn't care who knows it. The keeper of Fairplay's law and order makes it his business to find out why a stranger, especially a beautiful, spoiled, rich, female stranger, would set up businesses, donate to schools, hire workmen to rebuild houses, and provide access to the best medical care. But when a typhoid epidemic sweeps through the city, he is forced to reconsider.

Will Rex blame Ruby for her father's sins? Or will he accept the possibility that she is trying to create and feel the peace her father stole?


Praise for the Book

Healing of the Heart, book three of Secrets on Sterling Street, makes for a brilliant conclusion to the series. Lough’s descriptive narrative and delightful, often comical, dialogue pull us into the story. Sparks fly between Rex, the hard-shelled sheriff, and Ruby, the gutsy, gorgeous heroine. This fast-paced, absorbing read will have you flipping those pages into the wee morning hours. Don’t miss it!”
Sharlene MacLaren
Author, Tennessee Dreams series and Summer on Sunset Ridge

“Loree Lough has once again brought the emotional intensity and passion of the West to life in her riveting historical romance, Healing of the Heart. With themes of forgiveness, righting wrongs done by others, and love that can wipe away the sins the past, this book explores all of that in the midst of the fierce and deadly beauty of Colorado in in the late 1800s. A story to treasure more than once.”
Susan M. Baganz
Author, Pesto & PotholesSalsa & SpeedbumpsFeta & Freeways, and Fragile Blessings

“Loree Lough does it again with Healing of the Heart. Another moving and uplifting story with characters so real they feel like family, a plot that keeps you turning pages, and a setting so quaint it makes you want to move to Fairplay, Colorado.”
Joya Fields
Award-winning author, Beneath the Surface

“This just might be my favorite story by Loree Lough. Her characters, driven by noble motives, endure hardships that can’t crush their budding emotions. Healing of the Heart is romance, faith, and mystery in one page-turning story.”
Robin Bayne
Author, The Gardner’s Gazebo series

Currency of the Heart
(Secrets on Sterling Street, #1)
by Loree Lough
Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 256 pages
January 1st 2015 by Whitaker House

Young widow Shaina Sterling hates living a lie. Desperate to keep bill collectors from the door, she secretly sells valuable possessions piece by piece, and hopes Denver’s elite never discover that his lavish lifestyle left her a near pauper.

She’s unaware that as her husband lay dying, successful rancher Sloan Remington made him a promise. And Sloan guards her secrets
as carefully as he looks after her safety.

When fire devours Sterling Hall, leaving her homeless and penniless, he brings her to Remington Ranch to manage his household. His kindness makes Shaina beholden to him … and threatens to expose the secret that could destroy him.

Will trials and tragedies bring Sloan and Shaina together?
Or will secrets—and the cost of exposing them—drive them apart forever?

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Guardians of the Heart
(Secrets on Sterling Street, #2)
by Loree Lough
Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 272 pages
August 3rd 2015 by Whitaker House

Nell Holstrom wanted no part of her grandfather's barren gold mine that had taken the lives of her mother, father, and younger brother; even if there may still be hidden wealth inside. Instead, she went to Denver and took a job as housekeeper at the old Stone Hill Inn.

Asa Stone was barely more than a boy when his father dragged him and his brothers to fight with Colonel John Chivington. But Asa refused to participate in the raid on the peaceful Cheyenne and Arapahoe; and when the smoke cleared, his father and brother lay among the slaughtered. Besieged by guilt, Asa wandered the West for years before returning to Denver to rebuild the old inn he'd inherited. 

Together, Nell and Asa work hard to restore Stone Hill. But when disaster hits the inn, Asa retreats into despair and Nell is forced to return to her family's mine. Asa faces the hard fact: He'll never be the man Nell deserves. Can he overcome the dark secrets of his past? And will Nell still love him when she learns the truth?

Check out the tour for Guardians of the Heart here.


At last count, best-selling author Loree Lough had 104 award-winning books (nearly 5,000,000 copies in circulation and 5 titles that earned book-to-movie options), 68 short stories, and 2,500+ articles in print.

An oft-invited guest of writers' organizations, colleges and universities, corporate and government agencies in the U.S. and abroad, Loree loves sharing learned-the-hard-way lessons about the craft and the industry.

Once upon a time, Loree (literally) sang for her supper, performing alone and "opening" for the likes of Tom Jones, Dottie West, The Gatlin Brothers, and more. Though she refuses to share the actual year when she traded her Yamaha 6-string for a wedding ring, she IS willing to admit that, every now and then, she blows the dust off her six-string to croon a tune or two. But mostly, she just writes (and writes).

Loree and her husband split their time between a home in the Baltimore suburbs and a cabin in the Allegheny Mountains, where she continues to hone her "identify the critter tracks" skills. Her favorite passtime? Spending long, leisurely hours with her grandchildren...all seven of them!

She loves hearing from her readers, and answers every letter, personally. You can write her @ http://www.loreelough.com.

Tour Giveaway

2 winners will win a print copy of HEALING OF THE HEART (US only)
2 winners will win a Kindle/Nook copy of HEALING OF THE HEART (open internationally)
1 winner will win a $20 Amazon eGift Card (open internationally)
Ends November 25th

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Grand Finale: MY FATHER'S HOUSE by Rose Chandler Johnson @rechanjo w/ @PrismBookTours

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Grand Finale for
My Father's House
By Rose Chandler Johnson

Suspense and romance mix in this inspiring story. We hope you enjoyed the tour!
If you missed any of the stops, go back and check them out now...

Launch - The Inspiration for My Father's House

The setting needed to play a critical part in the story as well. So, with my roots firmly planted in Georgia, I modeled my fictional town after so many small Southern towns, and I set in some of my love of nature. Being a Southerner, I had definite ideas about elements I needed for this story to come alive. Besides fascinating characters and a distinctive setting, there had to be a little crazy, eccentric, and some downright meanness, mixed with suspense, romance, and lots of southern charm. And if the story makes you long for dirt roads and blackberry picking, shade trees and front porch visiting, then I’ve done my job.

The Silver Dagger Scriptorium - A Sketch of Lily Rose’s Father, Michael Cates

Lily Rose’s relationship with her father sets the stage for her life and the story, My Father’s House. Although the reader gets only glimpses of her “Daddy”, they are telling glimpses which reveal who he is. Michael Cates takes the dominant role in his daughter’s early life and development. In that brief first chapter, the reader learns he takes particular pride and joy in his wife and daughter.



Wishful Endings - Excerpt

I followed him out onto the porch and watched him walk to the truck, stop, and turn. He fixed his gaze on me, and I knew he didn’t want to leave. I smiled then, and he nodded before getting in and backing down the driveway. He waved, and something about his smile and the gentle blue of the sky strengthened my heart. I watched him disappear down the street before I turned and walked back inside.

Falling Leaves - Excerpt

Something about his presence excited me. Maybe it was the way he lingered beside me and caressed me with his eyes. It was hard for me not to stare at his smooth olive hands as they moved back and forth around our table.

I suppose I got caught up in the moment because without thinking, I asked, “Would you take our picture?” I held the camera out at arm’s length to the dreamy eyed waiter. I smiled before saying “please” as sweet as pie.



Rockin' Book Reviews - Review

"What an excellent story! I really enjoyed reading it. . . . It was a good clean story with lots of action and suspense. I would recommend this book to all readers."

Tell Tale Book Reviews - Character Sketch of Lily Rose Cates

This dark-haired, green-eyed, slip of a girl is the protagonist of My Father’s House and the emotional heart of the story. The reader is drawn into her story that pulses with life, and can’t help feeling her joys, fears, and hopes. The development of Lily Rose’s character is central to the novel. As a child, she was nurtured and sheltered from the harsher realities of life. Innocent, good-hearted, with no experience with the evils of the world, the reader watches her struggle with her own naiveté and illusions of love.


Jessica and Gracie's Tree - The Antagonist and His Foil in My Father’s House

Sam is a foil to Manuel. Whereas Manny is controlling and harsh, Sam is soft spoken, easy-going and kind. Lily associates Manuel with cars, work, and high powered city living; whereas she constantly associates Sam with the animals, the outdoors, and community.

Don't forget to enter the giveaway below...

My Father's House
My Father's House
by Rose Chandler Johnson
Inspirational Romantic Suspense
Paperback & ebook, 314 pages
March 13th 2016

Growing up, life is idyllic for Lily Rose Cates due to her one constant – her father’s love. But in her sixteenth summer, all that changes without warning with her father’s sudden death. There begins Lily’s struggle to find herself and a life she thinks is gone forever.

Marriage to her prince charming promises fulfillment, but their happily-ever-after barely survives the honeymoon. Beneath the sophisticated façade lies a brooding man who hides dark secrets. When all Lily’s illusions of happiness shatter, she must make hard choices – abandon her husband or risk losing much more than her marriage. She flees their home in Detroit and sets out on a fearful journey to a house in Georgia that her husband knows nothing about.

In spite of heartbreak and regrets, will she find the strength to survive whatever comes? Or will her husband find her and shatter all her hopes . . . again. This is one woman’s compelling tale of love and survival as she finds her way back home to faith and who she’s meant to be . . . in her father’s house.



My Father’s House is Rose’s first novel. Her devotional journal, God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea: Experiencing God in the Midst of Everyday Moments won the Georgia Author of the Year Finalist Award in 2014. It was also awarded the Selah Finalist Award in the same year. Rose enjoys writing for her blog, Write Moments with God and engaging with her readers. A native Georgian, Rose has lived in a suburb of Augusta for the last thirty years. Before retiring from Georgia’s public school system, Rose taught English, French, and ESOL. She is currently an adjunct English instructor at a community college. In addition to reading and writing, Rose enjoys cooking, sewing, gardening, and spending time with her six children and their growing families. And yes, sweet iced tea is her beverage of choice.

Tour Giveaway

Copy of MY FATHER'S HOUSE (signed print if US, ebook if outside the US) and a $20 Amazon eGift Card
Ends November 26th
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Monday, November 14, 2016

Grand Finale: HEIR OF THUNDER by @KarissaLaurel w/ @PrismBookTours

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Grand Finale for
Heir of Thunder
By Karissa Laurel

An epic fantasy about a girl who must face losing all to gain what is hers. We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops, go back and check them out now...

Launch - Author Interview

1. What is your motivation behind HEIR OF THUNDER? Why did you want to write it?

Quite a few years ago (2008 to be precise) Cold Play released 'Viva La Vida', and I fell in love with that song, particularly the opening lines:

I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Now in the morning I sleep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own

Listening to that song, I got a pretty instant vision of a character who was powerful, but lost her kingdom somehow. That idea evolved into HEIR OF THUNDER. Evie was never really the ruler of her kingdom, but she had always supposed that she would be. That possibility is ripped away from her before she gets the chance to find out what kind of queen she could be.

Katie's Clean Book Collection - Excerpt

A rumble of thunder woke me. I shifted under my quilts, turned towards my window, and searched the sky for clouds. Storms always made me smile; made me feel a little less lonely.

Wishful Endings - Excerpt

My bedroom door flew open, and Gerda rushed in still wearing her rumpled nightgown. The braid she wore for sleeping had slackened during the night, and stiff rust-colored curls sprang around her face. Fear and worry crackled from her like static from a wool blanket. “Evie, my dear, you’ve got to get dressed.” She pulled me to my feet and yanked my sleeping gown over my head.

Rockin' Book Reviews - Excerpt

Gerda backed out of my wardrobe, wide rump first, and turned to face me. A stern expression hardened her face as she clamped her hands to her hips, and in a sharp tone said, “You are our main concern, Evie. Let’s get you safely away, and then I’ll worry about myself.”

Live Laugh & Love Books - Excerpt

Another explosion rocked the floor, and Gerda stumbled against the wardrobe. She leaned on the heavy piece of furniture until she regained her footing. The house shook and groaned as something structural gave way. Yells and shouts carried up from the lower floors.

Beck Valley Books - Excerpt

I hugged her again and dashed out the door.
In the hallway, several of the house’s other occupants hurried past me in various states of dress. Tolick, the all-purpose houseboy, ran toward the stairwell. He had managed to button on his trousers but had neglected to remove his nightcap.

The Silver Dagger Scriptorium - Excerpt

Would we return before the ivy took over? Would the house survive long enough for it to matter?
I ran past the garden’s iron gates and my breath puffed in thin, vaporous spurts. Spring had arrived less than two weeks ago, and the mornings still lingered in the recent days of winter. I pulled up my hood and wrapped my cloak tighter around me as a shield against the cold.

Falling Leaves - Excerpt

“Evie, what are you doing?” Gideon’s unmistakable bellow interrupted my thoughts. My father’s young horse master waited at the gate of the small paddock beside the stables, clutching two reins in his fist. One leather line led to his giant black stallion, Gespenst—a Dreutchish name meaning specter, or ghost. The other tether led to my horse, Nonnie, a gray-coated mare with a dappled rump.

Christy's Cozy Corners - Excerpt

“Gideon, what’s happening?” I jogged toward him. Something exploded behind me, and the aftershock sent me stumbling, but Gideon’s free hand shot out and latched around my elbow. I locked eyes on his stoic face and refused to look back.


Don't forget to enter the fabulous giveaway below...

Heir of Thunder (Stormbourne Chronicles, #1)
Heir of Thunder
(Stormbourne Chronicles #1)
by Karissa Laurel
YA Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 288 pages
October 14th 2016 by Evolved Publishing

The Lord of Thunder’s sudden death leaves his daughter, Evelyn Stormbourne, unprepared to rule Inselgrau in his place. Weeks before Evie’s ascension to the throne, revolutionaries attack and destroy her home. She conceals her identity and escapes under the protection of her father’s young horse master, Gideon Faust. Together they flee Inselgrau and set sail for the Continent, but they’re separated when a brutal storm washes Evie overboard.

In her efforts to reunite with her protector and reach allies on the Continent, Evie befriends a band of nomads who roam the world in airships fueled by lightning. She also confronts a cabal of dark Magicians plotting to use her powers to create a new divine being, and she clashes with an ancient family who insists her birthright belongs to them.

If she’s to prevail and defeat her enemies, Evie must claim her heritage, embrace her dominion over the sky, and define what it means to be Heir of Thunder.



Karissa Laurel lives in North Carolina with her kid, her husband, the occasional in-law, and a very hairy husky. Some of her favorite things are coffee, chocolate, and super heroes. She can quote Princess Brideverbatim. She loves to read and has a sweet tooth for fantasy, sci-fi, and anything in between.

Sometimes her husband convinces her to put down the books and take the motorcycles out for a spin. When it snows, you’ll find her on the slopes.

Karissa also crafts, paints, draws, and harbors a grand delusion that she might create a graphic novel someday.

Midnight Burning (The Norse Chronicles, #1) Arctic Dawn (The Norse Chronicles, #2)

Tour Giveaway

2 winners will receive a signed copy of HEIR OF THUNDER (US only)
1 winner will receive a $20 Amazon eGift Card (open internationally)
Ends November 19th
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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Now on Tour! HEIR OF THUNDER by @KarissaLaurel #Giveaway w/ @PrismBookTours

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Launch for
Heir of Thunder
By Karissa Laurel

An epic fantasy about a girl who must face losing all to gain what is hers.
We hope you enjoy learning more from the excerpts and reviews on the tour...

Tour Schedule
November 8th: Katie's Clean Book Collection & Wishful Endings
November 9th: Rockin' Book Reviews & Live Laugh & Love Books
November 10th: Beck Valley Books & The Silver Dagger Scriptorium
November 11th: Falling Leaves
November 13th: Christy's Cozy Corners & Book It
November 14th: Grand Finale

Author Interview

1. What is your motivation behind HEIR OF THUNDER? Why did you want to write it?

Quite a few years ago (2008 to be precise) Cold Play released 'Viva La Vida', and I fell in love with that song, particularly the opening lines:
I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Now in the morning I sleep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own
Listening to that song, I got a pretty instant vision of a character who was powerful, but lost her kingdom somehow. That idea evolved into HEIR OF THUNDER. Evie was never really the ruler of her kingdom, but she had always supposed that she would be. That possibility is ripped away from her before she gets the chance to find out what kind of queen she could be.

2. What do you hope readers take with them after they’ve read it?

I usually write my main characters as strong women, or women with the potential for great strength. Evie starts out rather young and naive, but gains confidence and independence as she faces challenges throughout the book. I want readers to be able to see themselves, or the women in their lives, as this kind of character: someone who can be strong, independent, and capable, whether they have super powers or not. I also want the reader to take away a sense of wonder and fun. The true purpose of Heir of Thunder is to entertain and give readers a place to escape for a little while. I hope they enjoy the world and characters so much that they want to come back and spend more time with them.

3. Do you have a favorite scene that you can share with us?

My favorite secondary characters in the book are the Fantazikes, a band of nomads who roam the world in airships fueled by lightning. I really enjoy the parts of the book where Evie gets to know the Fantazikes and spend time with them aboard their airships. 

4. If you could sum the book up in one sentence, what would you say?

Heir of Thunder is about a naive girl who doesn’t know herself or her strengths, but by surviving series of adventures and challenges, she becomes the kind of young woman who has the potential to be a mighty queen.

5. Share something about you that is unique - maybe about how/where you write... or favorite snack foods?

My bio says I like to ride motorcycles with my family. But “like” is probably not the right word. I hold on, grit my teeth, and try not to crash, and if I succeed, then riding can be fun. Anyway, I’m not sure people believe that about me sometimes, so here’s pictorial evidence (you’ll have to take my word that it’s me under the helmet).


— Karissa

Heir of Thunder (Stormbourne Chronicles, #1)
Heir of Thunder
(Stormbourne Chronicles #1)
by Karissa Laurel
YA Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 288 pages
October 14th 2016 by Evolved Publishing

The Lord of Thunder’s sudden death leaves his daughter, Evelyn Stormbourne, unprepared to rule Inselgrau in his place. Weeks before Evie’s ascension to the throne, revolutionaries attack and destroy her home. She conceals her identity and escapes under the protection of her father’s young horse master, Gideon Faust. Together they flee Inselgrau and set sail for the Continent, but they’re separated when a brutal storm washes Evie overboard.

In her efforts to reunite with her protector and reach allies on the Continent, Evie befriends a band of nomads who roam the world in airships fueled by lightning. She also confronts a cabal of dark Magicians plotting to use her powers to create a new divine being, and she clashes with an ancient family who insists her birthright belongs to them.

If she’s to prevail and defeat her enemies, Evie must claim her heritage, embrace her dominion over the sky, and define what it means to be Heir of Thunder.



Karissa Laurel lives in North Carolina with her kid, her husband, the occasional in-law, and a very hairy husky. Some of her favorite things are coffee, chocolate, and super heroes. She can quote Princess Brideverbatim. She loves to read and has a sweet tooth for fantasy, sci-fi, and anything in between.

Sometimes her husband convinces her to put down the books and take the motorcycles out for a spin. When it snows, you’ll find her on the slopes.

Karissa also crafts, paints, draws, and harbors a grand delusion that she might create a graphic novel someday.

Midnight Burning (The Norse Chronicles, #1) Arctic Dawn (The Norse Chronicles, #2)

Tour Giveaway

2 winners will receive a signed copy of HEIR OF THUNDER (US only)
1 winner will receive a $20 Amazon eGift Card (open internationally)
Ends November 19th
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Monday, November 7, 2016

Now on Tour! A CONVENIENT CHRISTMAS WEDDING by Regina Scott #Giveaway w/ @PrismBookTours

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Launch for
A Convenient Christmas Wedding
By Regina Scott

Ready for a little early holiday spirit? How about a sweet romance? Find both in this newest release and enjoy the reviews, excerpts and guest posts from the tour...

Tour Schedule
November 7th:
Backing Books
I Am A Reader
Christy's Cozy Corners
November 8th:
Getting Your Read On
Rockin' Book Reviews
Falling Leaves
i blog 4 books
November 9th:
Mel's Shelves
Katie's Clean Book Collection
Reading Is My SuperPower
Wishful Endings
November 10th:
Bookworm Lisa
Bookworm Nation
Heidi Reads...
The Power of Words
November 11th:
Singing Librarian Books
Christian Chick's Thoughts
Tell Tale Book Reviews
November 13th: Grand Finale



Tour Welcome

Ah, the romance of Christmas. There’s something sparkling in the air, be it snowflakes on fir trees or sugar sprinkles on cookies. Some of us dream of presents tied with big red bows, and others yearn to return to a place called home. For me it’s all about family and friends, gathered close, sharing good food and good stories.

My latest release, A Convenient Christmas Wedding, is about sharing Christmas with family and friends as well. I hope you’ll enjoy it and share it with those you love.

May the joy and love of Christmas be ever in your hearts.

—Regina Scott

A Convenient Christmas Wedding (Frontier Bachelors)
A Convenient Christmas Wedding
(Frontier Bachelors #5)
by Regina Scott
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 288 pages
November 8th 2016 by Love Inspired

The Marriage Agreement

Proposing a marriage of convenience to a rugged logger is the boldest move of Nora Underhill's sheltered life. In return for Simon Wallin's protection from her overbearing family, the unassuming seamstress offers prime frontier farmland. But their paper marriage changes when Nora's greedy brother tries to draw her back into a life of drudgery. Her only option: move to Simon's farm, and into the center of his loving, unruly family.

Years of shouldering responsibility have left Simon cynical and reserved. But little by little, Nora's warmth opens his shuttered heart to joy. With their marriage claim under threat, can this practical arrangement blossom over the holidays…and become a love for all seasons?

Fifth book in the Frontier Bachelors series, following The Bride Ship, Would-Be Wilderness Wife, Frontier Engagement, and Instant Frontier Family. Frontier Bachelors: Bold, rugged, and bound to be grooms.

"FIVE STARS! . . . I cannot recommend this novel highly enough." — Huntress Book Reviews

"This is a sweet marriage-of-convenience tale and Scott’s love of history is apparent. Along with the fully fleshed out storyline and characters, the vivid descriptions and balance between the hero and heroine make this an engaging and truly enjoyable read. The drama will keep the reader turning the pages until the end, which comes all too soon." — Leslie L. McKee from RT Book Reviews

Other Books in the Series

The Bride Ship (Frontier Bachelors, #1)
The Bride Ship
(Frontier Bachelors #1)
by Regina Scott
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 288 pages
November 1st 2014 by Love Inspired
SWEETHEART REUNION

What was his brother's widow–his first love–doing on a ship full of prospective brides headed out West? Clay Howard had been tasked with escorting the Boston belle home, but he didn't anticipate Allegra being so strong-willed–or that he'd wind up traveling with her just to keep her from leaving without him!

Allegra Banks Howard isn't going to let Clay interfere with her plans for a new life with her daughter on the frontier. True, Allegra needs his wilderness savvy, but if Clay thinks he can rekindle what they once shared, he had better think again. Because risking her heart for a second chance at being his bride isn't something she'll undertake lightly...

Frontier Bachelors: Bold, rugged–and bound to be grooms


Would-Be Wilderness Wife (Frontier Bachelors, #2)
Would-Be Wilderness Wife
(Frontier Bachelors #2)
by Regina Scott
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 288 pages
March 1st 2015 by Love Inspired

The Kidnapped Bride

Drew Wallin's youngest brother is determined to see him married—so he kidnaps Drew a prospective bride. Not only is Catherine Stanway beautiful, but she's a nurse who can help their ailing mother. Drew doesn't have time for distractions—he's too busy watching over his fatherless siblings. Yet he's drawn to this woman who carries loss and pain equal to his own.

Catherine has traveled West to use her nursing skills to save lives, not to find a husband. She knows if she gives in to Drew's matchmaking family, she'll be risking her already bruised heart. But maybe it's time she takes the ultimate risk to win the groom she didn't know she wanted!

Frontier Bachelors: Bold, rugged—and bound to be grooms

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Frontier Engagement (Frontier Bachelors, #3)
Frontier Engagement
(Frontier Bachelors #3)
by Regina Scott
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 288 pages
August 1st 2015 by Love Inspired

School Bells and Wedding Bells 

James Wallin's family is depending on him to find a schoolteacher for their frontier town. Alexandrina Fosgrave seems to be exactly what he needs to help fulfill his father's dream of building a new community. If only James could convince her to accept the position. 

Alexandrina has traveled west to seek a fresh start, not to find a groom. But after she's stranded in the wilderness with James, he offers her his hand in marriage to protect her reputation. Both are afraid to fall in love, but maybe an engagement of convenience could make them reconsider… 

Frontier Bachelors: Bold, rugged—and bound to be grooms.

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Instant Frontier Family (Frontier Bachelors #4)
Instant Frontier Family
(Frontier Bachelors #4)
by Regina Scott
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 288 pages
January 5th 2016 by Love Inspired

LITTLE MATCHMAKERS 

Maddie O'Rourke's orphaned half brother and half sister have arrived safely in Seattle—with a man they hope she'll wed! Though Michael Haggerty's not the escort she planned for, Maddie allows him to work off his passage by assisting in her bakery…and helping care for her siblings. But she'll never risk her newfound independence by marrying the strapping Irishman—or anyone else. 

In New York, Michael ran afoul of a notorious gang. Traveling west was a necessity, not a choice. The longshoreman grew fond of his young charges, and now he's quickly becoming partial to their beautiful sister, too. So when danger follows him, threatening Maddie and the children, he'll do anything to protect them—and the future he hopes to build.

Frontier Bachelors: Bold, rugged–and bound to be grooms


Regina Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn't actually sell her first novel until she had learned a bit more about writing such as vocabulary, sentence structure, and plot. After numerous short stories and articles in magazines and trade journals, she got serious about her novel writing. The Unflappable Miss Fairchild was her first novel to be published (March 1998).

Besides her novels, Regina Scott has had published three Regency novellas ("The June Bride Conspiracy" in His Blushing Bride, "Sweeter Than Candy" in A Match for Mother, and "A Place by the Fire" in Mistletoe Kittens). Two of her novels, A Dangerous Dalliance and The Twelve Days of Christmas, have been translated into German. A Dangerous Dalliance and The Incomparable Miss Compton have been translated into Italian. Starstruck and Perfection have been translated into Dutch.

Regina Scott and her husband are the parents of two sons. They reside in the Tri-Cities of southeast Washington State and are members of the Church of the Nazarene. Born in 1959 and raised in the Seattle area, Regina Scott is a graduate of the University of Washington. She comes by her writing talent naturally--both her parents are excellent writers in their vocations as teacher and electrical technician. Her mother envisioned the plot for "Sweeter Than Candy," the novella which was written as a tribute to her. 

Regina Scott is a devout Christian and a decent fencer; owns a historical, fantasy, and science fiction costume collection that currently takes up over a third of her large closet; and has been known to impersonate an independent consultant specializing in risk communication.


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Grand Finale: THE ORDER OF THE ETERNAL SUN by @JessLeake #Giveaway w/ @PrismBookTours

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Book Tour Grand Finale for
The Order of the Eternal Sun
By Jessica Leake

There's something magical about mixing Edwardian England and magic, and even more so when the heroine is a debutante who is not only coming out, but also figuring out who she must hide her magic from. We hope you enjoyed this tour! If you missed any of the stops, go back and check them out... 

Launch - Welcome from the Author

Lucy’s story, The Order of the Eternal Sun, is a little heavier on the fantasy, which I had so much fun writing. With travels to Bath, England, visits to another realm, and threats from a dangerous enemy, I hope The Order of the Eternal Sun will satisfy both the old fan of Arcana and the new reader of the whole series. I’m excited to share it with all of you!



Rockin' Book Reviews - Review

"From that point on the intrigue, mystery, action, and romance propells. . . . it was captivating and the characters the characters all “came to life ” and the scenes were easily visualized."

Mel's Shelves - Excerpt

“You needn’t leave on my account,” a voice calls out softly, and I stop. And stare.

Frozen, I can do nothing but stare as the beautiful man from my vision of my court presentation walks out of the shadows.



Letters from Annie (Douglass) Lima - Interview

Brief description of the world or location you created for this series:

Sylvania is a realm outside of our own where its inhabitants practice an ancient magic called arcana. Their power is supplied by spirit animals—everything from the tiny ferrets to soaring phoenixes—and the Sylvani and animal form an unbreakable bond. When a Sylvani chooses to live in our realm, though, their spirit animal cannot follow, and they must seek out an alternate source of power—like our sun.

Christy's Cozy Corners - Review

Sylvania is an amazing world and the author totally immerses you in this book! . . . If you are a fan of fantasy with awesome world building and strong, believable characters, you are going to love The Order of the Eternal Sun!

Katie's Clean Book Collection - Lucy's Fashion in 1908



One of the fun parts about writing The Order of the Eternal Sun was doing research on the fashion in 1908. The Edwardian Era was sort of the last hurrah for the aristocracy as far as opulence and decadence went, and I think the fashion reflected that. While there were still gorgeous gowns and day dresses, simpler clothing items like blouses and skirts were making their appearance. The fashion was still very much modeled after the Gibson Girl, who was admired for not only her beauty but also her sportiness, competiveness, and freedom in look and dress—funny that she wasn’t even real! She was created by artist Charles Dana Gibson.

Wishful Endings - Review

"...a story that pulls the reader into Edwardian England with a unique fantasy element and characters who come alive. There is a strong feel of family and friendship, some definite swoon-worthy romance, along with an ever-growing feel of danger. Recommended to those who enjoy historical fantasy with a strong heroine and plenty of romance."



Falling Leaves - Excerpt

The night is clear and dark as Alexander Radcliffe enters his motorcar, bound for his father’s—now Alexander’s—townhouse. He settles on to the buttery soft leather seat. Outwardly, he is perfectly calm and still as deep water. Inwardly, though, his thoughts and emotions are violently at war with each other. And all because of that girl.

Nicole's Book Musings - Surprising Technological Advances in 1908



So by 1908, there were planes, trains, and automobiles! Electricity was wide spread in households that could afford it, and messages were being sent across the ocean via the telegraph. With so many advances in technology happening so rapidly, I doubt the Edwardians would even be surprised by computers and smart phones were we to travel back in time.

Adventures Thru Wonderland - Review

"This second book can also be read as a stand alone. I am so glad a read both though, because I love Leake's writing style! This was another exciting read, and equally enjoyable!"

The Silver Dagger Scriptorium - The Sylvani Series and Sisters



In Arcana, the main character was Katherine, a headstrong and passionate girl who reluctantly makes her debut into London society, all the while trying to guard her heart and her abilities from potential suitors she meets along the way.

Her sister, Lucy, is the focus of The Order of the Eternal Sun, and she’s quite different from Katherine in many ways. For one, she has always looked forward to her debut—also called a lady’s “coming out” in Edwardian society.

Jessica and Gracie's Tree - Excerpt

Lucy, a voice calls, and I stiffen. It’s not a familiar voice, and yet…

Lucy, it says again, and I slowly turn.

A snow-white fox watches me, its eyes the most beautiful shade of aquamarine, the tips of its fur shimmering silver. It’s the color of the Himalayas, but one glance at the ethereal creature and I know it’s from another world altogether.

Zerina Blossom's Books - Arcana in The Order of the Eternal Sun



In the Sylvan world, ancient magic is known by the name arcana. As half-mortals, Lucy and her sister Katherine derive their power from the sun, but as they both learn, in their mother’s realm of Sylvania, their power and arcana is derived from their spirit animals.

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The Order of the Eternal Sun: A Novel of the Sylvani
The Order of the Eternal Sun
(A Novel of the Sylvani #2)
by Jessica Leake
Adult Historical Fantasy
Hardcover & ebook, 308 pages
August 23rd 2016 by Talos

Lucy Sinclair’s debut will be a parade of everything opulent Edwardian London society has to offer. Most importantly, it will be nothing like her older sister’s dangerous experience—especially if her overprotective brother-in-law, Lord Thornewood, has his way. As if screening her dance partners isn’t enough, Thornewood insists that his brother, James, train Lucy in self-defense. She wouldn’t mind so much if her treacherous mind didn’t continue to replay the kiss they once shared.

But awkward defense lessons are the least of her problems. Her arcana, a magical talent that allows her to mentally enter any scene that she draws, grows stronger by the day. Again and again Lucy is compelled to draw a portal to her mother’s realm of Sylvania—and with each stroke of her pen, she risks attracting the attention of the Order of the Eternal Sun, the sinister brotherhood that steals the power of Sylvani blood for their own dark ends.

When a bold new suitor arrives from India, Lucy can’t help but be intrigued—though her family questions his mysterious past. But as Lucy’s own suspicions grow, and the threat of the Order looms larger, Lucy will have to learn to harness her unpredictable power or risk falling under the Order’s shadow forever.


Other Books in the Series

Arcana
Arcana
(A Novel of the Sylvani #1)
by Jessica Leake
Adult Historical Fantasy
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook 288 pages
November 18th 2014 by Talos

Amid the sumptuous backdrop of the London season in 1905, headstrong Katherine Sinclair must join the ranks of debutantes vying for suitors. Unfortunately for Katherine, she cannot imagine anything more loathsome—or dangerous. To help ease her entrance into society, Katherine’s family has elicited the assistance of the Earl of Thornewood, a friend and London’s most eligible bachelor, to be her constant companion at the endless fetes and balls. But upon her arrival in London, Katherine realizes there will be more to this season than just white gowns and husband hunting.

Through her late mother’s enchanted diary, Katherine receives warning to keep hidden her otherworldly ability to perform arcana, a magic fueled by the power of the sun. Any misstep could mean ruin—and not just for her family name. The Order of the Eternal Sun is everywhere—hunting for those like her, able to feed on arcana with only a touch of the hand.

But society intrigue can be just as perilous as the Order. The machinations of the fashionable elite are a constant threat, and those who covet Katherine’s arcana, seeking the power of her birthright, could be hiding behind the facade of every suitor—even the darkly handsome Earl of Thornewood.

With so much danger and suspicion, can she give her heart to the one who captivates her, or is he just another after her power?



Jessica Leake has been in love with historical England ever since her first literary crush: Mr. Darcy. After embarking on a quest to bring her own intriguing and headstrong characters to life, she decided to quit her day job as a clinical therapist and spend her time weaving arcana with words. She lives in Greenville, SC with her brilliant husband, four painfully cute children, and two mischievous dogs.

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