Friday, May 18, 2018

#FREEBIE #FRIDAY Excerpt from One Snowy Day by Charlotte Snead #Romance #Anthology


Today's excerpt is from One Snowy Day by Charlotte Snead, part of the One Snowy Night Anthology.
We hope you enjoy today's tease!

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A former boss drops by to see Evvie, who has resigned to care for her niece.

“Before he comes, I’d liked to ask you to join me at the Kennedy Center Friday night. You can get away, can’t you?”

. ... She didn’t answer, so he prodded her.

“Can you?”

“I, uh, well we got married a few weeks ago—to be a team to raise Molly.”

Andy’s eyebrows shot up, and he turned her hand to see the ring. “Do you love him?”

“He was married to my sister. I’ve known him for years.”

“Does he love you?”

“It isn’t like that. It’s for Molly.”

“That’s weird, Evvie, even for someone as giving as you. What’s in it for you? Are you sharing his bed?” When she told him no, he shook his head.

At the jangle of the bell on the door, they both turned. Andy still held her hand from looking at her wedding band.

Phil saw them and strode to the table, leaning to kiss Evvie’s cheek. Her eyes widened, but she smiled and invited him to sit, making the introductions. After shaking hands, Andy explained he’d been in the area on business and decided to check in with Evvie.

“We’ve missed her around the office. She’s a remarkable person.”

Phil picked up Evvie’s hand. “She is. Molly and I are beyond grateful she’s agreed to stay with us.”

Evvie was shocked at the way Phil acted as though they had a real marriage. Her eyes flitted between the two men.

Andy stood. “I was surprised to learn you two are married.”

“About two weeks ago, but we’ve known each other for eight years, right, Evvie?”

She agreed.

“No honeymoon?”

“My daughter is in school.”

“Well, I wanted to catch up.” Andy turned to Evvie. “Keep in touch and let me know if you need anything.”

“I’m applying for jobs, so I might need a reference.”

“You got it.” Waving his hand, he moved to the door.

Phil leaned his head into his hands. “I messed up, didn’t I?”

“What do you mean?”

“He asked you out, didn’t he?”

“I told him we were married.”

Phil groaned. “I promised I’d let you go if you had someone interested.”

“Phillip, we worked together. He stopped by to catch up. We never dated.”

“He couldn’t very well date an employee, but now you’re free.”

Evvie looked down at the table, pushing the cup of her now-cold latte. “I made a commitment to you, and Molly.” She felt his eyes studying her intently.

“Have you eaten? Shall we get some lunch?”

“Have you got time?”

“Always, for my wife.” He signaled the waiter, who followed them to the outside seating. After they ordered, he admired her outfit, noting the sweater brought out the green in her eyes. “You look lovely, and, yes, I was jealous, but I had no right to be. It wasn’t in the bargain.”
“The bargain is working out okay for me.” she assured him.

Friday, May 11, 2018

#FREEBIE #FRIDAY Excerpt from It's Complicated by Joyce Holmes #Contemporary #Romance


Today's excerpt is from It's Complicated by Joyce M. Holmes.
We hope you enjoy today's tease!

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She threw a hand up. “Look, maybe I’m interfering and you didn’t ask for help, but,” she hurried on, gaining speed as she went, “I spoke to this man with the best of intentions. You have lawyer fees and counseling fees, and heaven only knows what else with this court case. They can start to add up—”

“Okay, just stop. You’re making my head hurt.” He folded his arms across his chest. He had no intention of discussing the precariousness of his financial situation with Maggie. “This conversation is over.”

Her eyes sparkled with the love of combat. “Not if I keep talking, it isn’t.”

He glared at her, making it clear he didn’t appreciate her interference. She met his accusing gaze without flinching.

“Know what your problem is?” she asked, after an uncomfortably long stare-down.

“I only have one?”

She reached out and clutched at his hand, those long slender, talon-tipped fingers curling themselves around his, distracting him with their touch. Then she started yapping again, effectively killing the moment.

“You put on a good show, and sometimes I think you even believe it yourself, but you’re not invincible. You can use a helping hand once in a while.”

He shook his hand free and swung away from her, pacing off his frustration. “Contrary to what you believe, I’m not a charity case requiring someone to rescue me. I’ve always maintained if you’re looking for a helping hand, check the end of your own wrist first. I don’t need your pity.”

She moved in front of him, forcing him to stop, returning his impatient glare with an impressively irate one of her own. “It’s not pity, damn it. And it’s not charity. It’s a practical solution to your financial situation. Excuse me for caring.” Both arms flew into the air. “Excuse me for trying to help you out. For going out of my way to come up with some creative ideas to increase your income. This is a winning proposition for you, one that can pay dividends for years to come. Why are you so stubbornly against it?”

Her logic was infuriating, and it fueled his temper that he didn’t have a reasonable comeback. “Please, just shut up already.”

“Come on. We both know I can’t do that.”

He threw his head back and laughed, more out of exasperation than amusement. “You really can’t, can you?”

“I was only trying to help.” Her tone contained a pout, but her expression remained fierce.

“I don’t want your help. I didn’t ask for your help. Anyone ever tell you how maddening you can be, Maggie Lapage?”

The force of his words didn’t make her retreat. She stood her ground in front of him and poked a finger into his chest. “And you’re the most pig-headed man I’ve ever met.”

He smiled. “Thank you.”

“That was not a compliment.”

“Sure it was.” Even though he was still pissed off, it wasn’t hard to let the smile stretch into a smirk. She looked so damn exasperated, and for some perverse reason he found it amusing.

“You’re infuriating!” she yelled and wheeled away from him, flailing her arms in the air again. “Why can’t you see my intentions were good?”

He let his smile twist cynically. “Have you heard about the road to hell?”

“I…give…up.” She emphasized the words by drawing them out slowly.

“Wish I could believe that.”

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Guest Post: The Inspiration behind TRUST ME by G.P. Gadbois


Trust Me, A Moment in Time Novel 

by G.P. Gadbois



When choosing a title, my goal is to select something meaningful. Here’s what inspired me for Trust Me.

I believe honesty, communication, respect, trust and love are essential to build a healthy and lasting relationship. In this novel, I concentrate on trust because it fits Suzanne and Bill’s story best. They dated, broke up and now, one year later, decide to give each other a second chance.

Although the attraction and desire between the two is stronger than ever, they both need to deal with the past and forgive one another. Sounds simple enough, but once you’ve been hurt or deceived, doubt lingers. With Bill’s streak of bad luck, he feels the risk of failure is great. The age gap between him and Suzanne still exists, and he has no control over his daughter’s feelings. Then, Suzanne, a strong-willed woman, struggles with insecurities. To overcome them, she must accept that Bill is not like her unfaithful ex-boyfriend. This is especially difficult to achieve as Bill’s malicious ex-girlfriend is still in the picture and threatens Suzanne every opportunity she has. Suzanne dislikes her so much, she even suspects the dreadful woman is the one responsible for all the troubles occurring at the garage.

Once the couple starts tackling the barriers together, with openness, their relationship blooms. Where there is trust, there is happiness and by the end of the novel, Suzanne and Bill are happy.

I chose ‘A Moment in Time’ for the name of the series because of the ripple effects caused by one trip. In Caught Between Worlds, the first book of the series, Gabrielle, Suzanne, Wendy and Julie set out on a trip they had talked about for years. Unfortunately they end in a town where paranormal activity is a problem. If you don’t believe in the saying, ‘everything happens for a reason’, this series might not be for you; however, by the forth book, hopefully you will agree - the trip does impact Gabrielle, Suzanne, Wendy and Julie’s lives.

In ‘A Moment in Time’ series, you’ll come across wonderful young ladies, hot loyal men, vengeful characters, killers, paranormal activities, angels, horses, dogs, passion, suspense, and much more. Sometimes you’ll laugh and on occasion you’ll feel sad or scared, but there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel.

In book one, once the dare-devil Gabrielle encounters a ghost, danger lurks. The hot deputy in town has his work cut out, but he intends to keep her safe and close.

As mentioned above, in book two, after being apart over one year Suzanne and Bill come together.

In book three and four I will concentrate on Wendy’s separation and Julie’s journey as a single parent; hardships many face. Not the life the two girls dreamed of, but with the positive support of their girlfriends Gabrielle and Suzanne, they stay optimistic and eventually settle down with men who show them tenderness and treat them like goddesses.

Since I’m a sucker for Happy Ever After stories, I will continue to write them. Lasting relationships are becoming rare, but I hope my novels will bring people hope. When you meet the right person happy endings are possible - Trust Me. 

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​G.P. Gadbois is a wife and mother of three. In her last year of high school, she enjoyed writing a weekly column published in the French newspaper in her home town, Cornwall, Ontario. Writing then took a back seat for years, and now that her children are grown it’s become her favourite hobby. She is the author of Caught Between Worlds – a novel, and Melissa’s Sweetheart – a short story, both published by Roane Publishing.

Currently, she is busy writing her third novel and also writes ‘Memory Lane’, a short family story she posts on a monthly basis on her Facebook Author page. Entertaining others is like breathing – it is part of who she is.



Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Cover Reveal: TRUTH by Avery Woods #NA #Romance


Truth
Life of Secrets 2
by Avery Woods
Release Date: September 3, 2018

Keywords: Romance, contemporary, new adult, secrets, friendship

Sometimes you shouldn't ask questions you aren't prepared to hear the answers to...

Cori Winters life seems to be going according to the plan. While completing her PhD in Chemistry, Cori is offered a Research Fellowship, by one of the most accomplished Chemists in the Country. In addition, Cori has finally agreed to marry her long term boyfriend, Erik.

Abandoned at a young age, Cori has been told growing up that her biological mother has been MIA due to a severe illness. After a visit with her father, Cori discovers her dad sending a large amount of cash to an unknown woman. Cori decides to take matters into her own hands where she finally seek answers regarding her mother. However, sometimes secrets are better kept hidden...

After a childhood incident ruined any shot of Jesse having a relationship with his parents, he is finally glad to be living on his own, where he isn't constantly reminded of what happened. That is, until his seventeen-year old step sister, Bethany, confides in him that she's pregnant. Jesse vows to help Bethany, but what is the right choice to make when she wants to keep her pregnancy a secret? The truth is bound to come out....

Cori and Jesse grow closer, when Cori's fiancée attends a wedding in Italy. Cori and Jesse relate to one another, when each confides secrets of their own. However, when each reveal their secrets, will the other be able to handle the truth?

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Monday, May 7, 2018

New Release: TRUST ME by G.P. Gadbois #Contemporary #Romance #SecondChances


HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO G.P. GADBOIS AND TRUST ME!



Trust Me
A Moment in Time Novel
by G.P. Gadbois
Release Date: May 7, 2018
Publisher: Roane Publishing

Keywords: Contemporary, Romance, Second Chance, Cowgirl, Jealousy


The attraction Suzanne feels towards Bill is intense when their paths cross again. Because he is seeing someone else, she keeps her feelings bottled up and leaves. To heal from the heartache, she turns to family, her girlfriends, and her horse.

Bill knows he’ll never settle for another, but trusting Suzanne has its risks. He listens to his heart, breaks up with his current girlfriend, and takes a trip to Canada to woo Suzanne.

Bill must return home. Unable to deal with the separation and a long distance relationship, Suzanne makes a life changing decision and moves to Bill’s home town.

Will the nasty graffiti, the threatening notes, the interference of Bill’s ex-girlfriend, and the tragic break-in impact Suzanne’s decision and send her back home for good?




Excerpt:


The sky grew dark, the wind picked up, and it started to drizzle. Bill hurried, bought a burger, fries, a drink and returned to his bench at the top of the bleachers. On fairgrounds the further away he was from the horses, the better, he felt. He pulled his jean jacket on, put on a baseball cap, and kept his head down. He munched on the greasy food, and watched the Flag Races.

Suzanne’s turn came up once again. Her skill, speed and accuracy to pick up and drop off the flag into the barrel in 9.352 seconds got her the fourth place. Bill found her results amazing since this class had a larger number of participants, both male and female.

It poured rain during the Keyhole race. The spectators thinned, only the die-hard stayed to watch. Bill kept his eyes on the gorgeous cowgirl waiting near the gate. He kept his head down as Suzanne scanned the bleachers often. I’m a sitting duck here. To his relief, her name was called. She patted her horse’s neck and readied herself. She raced between the four barrels. Cinderella turned sharply, slipped and bumped into a barrel that wobbled but didn’t tip over. Bill stood holding his breath until he realized Suzanne was safe and the race was over.

Only a couple races left before I surprise her. Bill wiped his sweaty hands on his damp jeans. To calm his nerves and stretch, he left his seat. I should have brought flowers. The muddy path leading to the carnival area didn’t have one single wild flower, not even a dandelion. I’ll get her a teddy bear instead.

“Everyone wins.” The girl at the dart booth shouted, waving her arm. “Come here, give it a try. You can’t miss.” She convinced him.

He handed her five dollars and she gave him three dull darts. He burst two out of three balloons and walked away with a plastic mini-dinosaur. If this doesn’t win Sue over, nothing will. He shoved his prize into his coat pocket and returned to the bleachers.

The rain stopped, but the sky remained grey. In the arena, the Pole Bending races were taking place. Bill decided this race was his favorite. Cinderella and Suzanne raced to the far end of the poles, maneuvered around each pole with skill and grace once, then again in the opposite direction and raced back to the finish line at a high speed. Suzanne hugged Cinderella when she stood in the ring with her second-place ribbon.

The Dash Race was the last game of the day. Speed being the main objective, Bill thought it breath-taking. Cowboy hats flew off as riders and horses sped from one end of the ring to the other. All-in-all he found this race demonstrated the strength and speed of the horses more than the skill of the riders. Suzanne and Cinderella were good, Serge and Alexander the Magnificent were better in this race, finishing three seconds sooner.

Games are over, it’s show time. Bill followed Mr. Martin’s instructions and found Suzanne in between trailers, brushing Cinderella. Although the horses appeared to be tied safely to the trailer, Bill froze; too many horses in the small, confined area. You came this far, don’t let this stop you. Bill’s pep talk was interrupted.

“Sue, are you hungry?” A voice boomed from behind him.

“Only if you’re buying.” Suzanne replied without looking up.

“Come on, you won more than I did.” The man squeezed past Bill and stopped beside Suzanne.

Bill envied and hated the guy all at once. He’d moseyed in and stolen his moment.

“Brian, stop whining…” Suzanne said as she stood and turned to face the intruder. She closed, and then opened her eyes. “Bill!”

Brian followed Suzanne’s gaze and his eyes narrowed as he examined Bill.

“Is it really you?” Suzanne moved around Brian. “How long have you been here?”

“All day. Please come closer?” Bill ignored the intruder, and sprung his declaration for all to hear. “I’d like to take you up on that second chance offer.”

Her eyebrows rose for a split second before she smiled, and ran into his open arms.

“God I’ve missed you, Sue.” He lifted her off the ground.

“Sue, will this reunion be long?” Brian barked.

“I hope so,” Suzanne replied without looking at the guy.

Bill set Suzanne down and pulled her against him. She was finally where he wanted her.

“Fine, I’ll see you around.” The intruder took his leave.

Suzanne ran her hands up and down Bill’s back. “I’m so glad to see you, but I can’t believe you’re here.”

He’d waited so long for this moment, and didn’t want to waste it with explanations. There would be plenty of time later. He tilted her chin up and kissed her. She tensed, but didn’t fight it. A hint of peppermint lingered on her soft responsive lips and the combination excited his senses. Horses neighed and Bill’s head shot up. He closed his eyes and took a deep breath when he saw no one around. His promise to Mr. Martin would be hard to keep.

“Bill, are you okay?”

He nodded. “Let’s go grab a bite to eat. I’ll buy.”


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About the Author:

G.P. Gadbois is a wife and mother of three. In her last year of high school, she enjoyed writing a weekly column published in the French newspaper in her home town, Cornwall, Ontario. Writing then took a back seat for years, and now that her children are grown it’s become her favourite hobby. She is the author of Caught Between Worlds – a novel, and Melissa’s Sweetheart – a short story, both published by Roane Publishing.

Currently, she is busy writing her third novel and also writes ‘Memory Lane’, a short family story she posts on a monthly basis on her Facebook Author page. Entertaining others is like breathing – it is part of who she is.

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Roane Publishing contracts Natalie sloane and MR. JANUARY #Erotic #Romance

Roane Publishing is pleased to announce that we've contracted a new author, and we are privileged to be able to bring you a new erotic romance novella, MR. JANUARY by Natalie Sloane. The novella is slated for release in January 2019.

More information regarding the release, including the Release Blitz will be made available shortly. If you are a book blogger or reviewer interested in participating in the marketing events surrounding the release of MR. JANUARY, please take a moment to join our Blogger Reviewer team by visiting our website and completing the interest form.

~The Roane Publishing Team

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Guest Post: When You Come From FanFic... by Theresa Kemble #WritersLife

 When you come from FanFic…

by Theresa Kemble


Hello there! My name is Theresa Kemble and it’s very nice to meet you! I have the honor and privilege to write for Roane Publishing. To be honest, it’s been a daunting transition from writing fanfiction to having my first novella debuted with a wonderful publishing company.

While I’ve always loved writing fanfiction from the hip-- experimenting with different writing styles and creating fantasy based stories about a favorite actor, or in my case, a favorite singer-- it truly doesn’t prepare you for the challenges of becoming a published author. There’s so much to learn and yes, I’m still learning! So with that in mind, I’d like to discuss my transition on this blog in the hopes of helping other aspiring writers like me!

When you come from fanfiction there’s no deadline. You post stories at your leisure, on a particular thread/online fan site, and then watch and wait for the readers responses. Sometimes it’s good and sometimes, it’s bad. However, the immediate feedback has always been an invaluable service to help me improve my craft, and many people who’ve read and loved my stories began encouraging me to pursue my dreams of becoming a published author.

In the beginning of my journey, I didn’t know where to start. I worked diligently on my first manuscript and gave it to a well-known publishing house whose feedback was a true eye opener. They told me to develop a deeper POV and have more of an active voice. Of course, my naivetĂ© was apparent. As a result of their constructive comments, I took a number of excellent online writing courses, and I joined a very supportive writers group to help me critique my work, polish and ultimately improve upon my developing skills.

I love to write! It always brings a smile to my face when new characters come in to tell their stories, and I lovingly jot down every single emotion they’re feeling. Another thing I want to say about writing concerns dedication and discipline. Patience is a virtue when writing because sometimes it can be a little overwhelming. Especially, when you’re trying to keep track of your characters motivations and interactions. Take your time, it’s your story. Whether you create an outline or you’re an organic writer (like me) who writes spontaneously, have fun doing it! Your voice as a writer is a very important one.

What is it that you want to say to your readers? What do you want them to feel as they read your words for the first time? Is it Love, Happiness, Humor? It could even be Anger, Betrayal, Envy and yes, a little bit of Lust thrown in too! It’s all up to you!

For me, as an avid reader of contemporary romance, the storylines were sometimes frustrating. Why? Because I’m a woman with curves, and quite frankly, there’s not much out there to reflect that beautiful part of our population.

So with that in mind, I hope you enjoy my romantic stories for women with curves and the hot alpha males that fall desperately in love with them. And once again, I’m so grateful to Roane Publishing for taking a chance on an aspiring writer to bring her stories to the page and letting her imagination fly!

In closing, for those hopeful writers who are honing in on their craft, I want to give these words of encouragement. Never lose hope! Dream it and write it! It can truly happen!

With warm wishes,

Theresa Kemble

About the Author:

Theresa lives on the east coast with her husband, Bob. Both are avid sport fans.  During the day, Theresa works in the medical field. At night when she gets home from work, that’s when her imagination starts and she lets her fingers fly over the keys telling stories about women with curves, realizing their loves, hopes and dreams. Theresa also loves the city she was born and raised in and a little bit of that city goes into her stories as well. Besides writing, Theresa enjoys going to the movies, listening to music and of course, reading contemporary romances.

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