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18 07, 2016

Giveaway: My Million Dollar Donkey by Ginny East

By | July 18th, 2016|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |4 Comments

my million dollar monkey book coverI have 3 copies of My Million Dollar Donkey: The Price I Paid to Live Simply by Ginny East to give away! Open to U.S. residents only

About the book 

With the slightly startling realization that their lives were worth more if someone else owned them, Ginny and her husband Mark decided to cash in their life and reinvent their world. Packing up their three kids and a dog, they said goodbye to a thriving dance studio business, and moved to 50 acres of land in northwest Georgia.

Life, however, seldom offers smooth and simple paths. As they traded in sequins for overalls—and stability for a stab at self-sustainability—their million-dollar quest to set up a modest life became a scramble to figure out how to navigate the complicated world of simple living without losing the very thing they wanted most.

17 07, 2016

Giveaway: Two Drifters by Roger Newman

By | July 17th, 2016|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |6 Comments

two drifters book coverI have 3 copies of Two Drifters by Roger Newman to give away! Open to U.S. residents only

About the book 

Two Drifters is a sequel to Newman’s first novel, Occam’s Razor, and continues the story of Dr. Declan Murphy–literature’s only obstetrical action hero.

Two Drifters begins with Dr. Declan Murphy struggling to recover from the tragic death of his wife Helene. He has returned to work as an attending Obstetrician-Gynecologist at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Declan and Helene had come together in Occam’s Razor when he rescued her from involvement with the Operation Jackpot drug smugglers, a Federal sting operation and her abusive father who just happened to be the ambitious state governor. Unfortunately, there are some sins for which you’re never forgiven.

Helene’s death has left Declan angry, apathetic and lonely. He’s lost his commitment to medicine and his clinical performance has deteriorated.

13 07, 2016

Giveaway: Montmartre Stairs by Douglas Warren

By | July 13th, 2016|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |3 Comments

montmartre stairs book coverI have 5 digital (PDF, mobi or ePub) copies of Montmartre Stairs: A Paris Love Story by Douglas Warren to give away! Open worldwide

About the book 

This enchanting and inspiring love story begins in the romantic Montmartre neighborhood of Paris. As Michelle, a young and spirited Parisian woman, struggles with her crutches down the treacherous Abbesses stairs she loses her balance and begins to fall just as John passes by. Thanks to his quick actions she is saved from a potentially fatal fall down the long and winding stairway. Looking into her beautiful and hypnotic eyes, asking if she is all right, he immediately falls in love. The feeling is mutual and an epic romance begins.

13 07, 2016

Giveaway: The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

By | July 13th, 2016|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |4 Comments

summer that melted everything book coverEnter to win a copy of The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel! Open to U.S. residents only

About the book 

Fielding Bliss has never forgotten the summer of 1984: the year a heat wave scorched Breathed, Ohio. The year he became friends with the devil.

Sal seems to appear out of nowhere – a bruised and tattered thirteen-year-old boy claiming to be the devil himself answering an invitation. Fielding Bliss, the son of a local prosecutor, brings him home where he’s welcomed into the Bliss family, assuming he’s a runaway from a nearby farm town.

12 07, 2016

Giveaway: A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

By | July 12th, 2016|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |10 Comments

a curious beginning book coverEnter to win a copy of A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn! Open to U.S. residents only

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More about the book

Veronica Speedwell is not your typical Victorian-era woman. Scoffing at the notion of marriage, she is a lepidopterist by training and has traveled the world searching for rare specimens of butterflies, leading to several series of adventures around the world. However, mere hours after burying the second of the two spinster aunts who raised her, she comes home to find her cottage being ransacked and is saved by the kind, yet mysterious Baron von Stauffenbach, who warns her of impending danger. Thus begins the aptly named A Curious Beginning, now available in trade paperback.

11 07, 2016

Giveaway: Baby Doll by Hollie Overton

By | July 11th, 2016|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |15 Comments

baby doll book coverI have a hardcover copy of Baby Doll by Hollie Overton to give away! Open to U.S. residents only

About the book

“What a compulsive read! A brilliant first novel that kept me transfixed and entertained until the very last page.” — Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of Die Again 

Escape was just the beginning.

Held captive for eight years, Lily has grown from a teenager to an adult in a small basement prison. Her daughter Sky has been a captive her whole life. But one day their captor leaves the deadbolt unlocked.

8 07, 2016

Giveaway: The Riven Chronicles by Amalie Howard

By | July 8th, 2016|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |2 Comments

the almost girl book coverI have digital copies of The Almost Girl and The Fallen Prince (The Riven Chronicles) by Amalie Howard to give away! Open worldwide

A bit about Amalie

Having landed publishing deals with three presses in just a span of one month, Howard is a sought-after novelist with her finger on the pulse of young adult readers. After the release of her first book Bloodspell, she earned a stellar reputation as an engaging writer with a sixth sense for what young readers are really looking for in literature. Howard as been honored by the Royal Commonwealth Society and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrates.

6 07, 2016

Giveaway: The Tulip Factory by Kacie Davis Idol

By | July 6th, 2016|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |7 Comments

the tulip factory book coverI have 3 copies of The Tulip Factory by Kacie Davis Idol to give away! Open to U.S. residents only

About the book

Before they exchange even a single word, Corrine knows that James will change everything. And sure enough, their serendipitous meeting in a North Carolina coffee shop sets off a whirlwind of desire and possibilities for the two.

Timing, however, isn’t on the couple’s side. After their relationship ends, Corrine finds that years of putting her career and passions on hold for love have led to a stalled life. She once saw her receptionist job as temporary but got too comfortable and, before she knew it, lost sight of her dream of becoming a writer.

Now, as Corrine makes her way into her late twenties, she’s on a quest to find herself.

5 07, 2016

Giveaway: Enchanted August by Brenda Bowen

By | July 5th, 2016|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |5 Comments

enchanted august book coverI have a copy of Enchanted August by Brenda Bowen to give away! Open to U.S. residents only

A Conversation with Brenda Bowen

Q:  How did the idea for Enchanted August develop?

In 1991, I saw the movie Enchanted April, which transported me to Italy, a place I love, and made me feel as if life could be very magical indeed, if only for a short while. It wasn’t till the credits rolled on the movie that I realized it had been based on a book, The Enchanted April, by Elizabeth von Arnim. I read the book, fell in love with it; saw the movie again (and again), and loved it more each time. And every time I saw the film or read the story, I felt: “This could be happening now.”

For many years as an editor and publisher and agent, I’ve given authors and artists ideas for books. Usually the ideas are very vague, and the author then takes the idea and makes it into a bona fide story. I was thinking about giving the idea of an updated Enchanted April to an author, so I started roughing out a story to see if it could work. Then I kept going. And gong. And now…it’s a book under my own name, which is thrilling indeed.

27 06, 2016

Giveaway: At the Edge of Summer by Jessica Brockmole

By | June 27th, 2016|Categories: Giveaways|Tags: |9 Comments

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at the edge of summer book coverI have a copy of At the Edge of Summer by Jessica Brockmole to give away! Open to U.S. residents only

About the book

Luc Crépet is accustomed to his mother’s bringing wounded creatures to their idyllic château in the French countryside, where healing comes naturally amid the lush wildflowers and crumbling stone walls. Yet his maman’s newest project is the most surprising: a fifteen-year-old Scottish girl grieving over her parents’ fate. A curious child with an artistic soul, Clare Ross finds solace in her connection to Luc, and she in turn inspires him in ways he never thought possible. Then, just as suddenly as Clare arrives, she is gone, whisked away by her grandfather to the farthest reaches of the globe. Devastated by her departure, Luc begins to write letters to Clare—and, even as she moves from Portugal to Africa and beyond, the memory of the summer they shared keeps her grounded.

Years later, in the wake of World War I, Clare, now an artist, returns to France to help create facial prostheses for wounded soldiers.