Friday, 18 July 2014

Melissa Schroeder's 10th Anniversary Blog Hop


Welcome to the blog hop! Melissa is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Harmless series and a ton of bloggers have joined together to help her celebrate! We're sharing snippets and all sorts of fun stuff. Be sure to check out the other blogs by clicking the little froggy at the bottom and enter the rafflecopter below. 

Also anyone who leaves a comment with their email will win any of my backlist titles!

So to stick with the theme of  celebrating I thought I'd take a look at some awesome book themed cakes! Tell me which is your fave and if there's one you think someone really has to make.

Alice In Wonderland

You'd be mad not to try it... 

Harry Potter


This cake is sure to cast its spell on you...

Lord of the Rings


One cake to bind them all...?

Pride and Prejudice


Mr Darcy thinks this is a fine cake indeed... but he won't show it.

Fifty Shades of Grey


Mr Grey might let you have a bit if you're a very good girl...

The Hunger Games


You won't be hungry after this...


So which is your fave? Let me know!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Blog Tour Stop: Project Lexi by Lisa Survillas

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Title – Project Lexi Series – The Lexi Series Author – Lisa Survillas Genre – NA/Contemporary Romance Publication Date – June 19, 2014 Publisher – Lisa Survillas Cover Artist – Cover design by Kimberly Knight Photographs for cover - Geanette Trumbull of www.TLCbyG.com

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Book Blurb/Synopsis

Lexi Crandall’s, world is turned upside down junior year of high school. Her confession tears her family apart and leaves them broken. Looking for escape, she heads out of town for college. Wracked with guilt and shame, she keeps to herself, befriending only her roommate, Paige.

Derek Fressen experiences one tragedy after another. After learning to cope with being raised by a single mom, he and his sister, Tiffany, become closer than ever. When Tiffany escapes Seattle for college, Derek takes the opportunity to leave his past behind as well.

San Francisco State University is where Lexi and Derek find themselves junior year, thrown into the most uncomfortable situation possible, a group project that requires each to open up about their past. Their grade depends upon the ability to prove to the professor through a class presentation that they truly learned about one another.

Painful memories and terrifying tests of courage propel Lexi to learn how to take baby steps in the healing process and give her hope of one day feeling normal. Although he feels he’s pretty well healed from the horrible events of his past, Derek is lonely and longing for a life of more. Will they be able to share enough of their lives with each other to pass this class? How much will Lexi let Derek help her in the process? Are their tragic pasts too much to overcome, or will love be in their future?

BUY & TBR LINKS

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EXCERPT

I can’t get her to look at me, I think she’s ashamed that she has no experience to go with. When I’m finally begging, she looks up and I can’t help it. She looks so lost, so sad. I know that she just needs the courage, but how will she ever find it if she doesn’t know what the reward is like? So I lean over, I place my hand on her cheek, and my lips on hers. She doesn’t freak out, so I use my tongue to entice her. I run it along her lower lip. I feel her breathing pick up and I’m nervous she’ll push me away, but when she doesn’t I try to coax her lips apart so I can really kiss her. When she opens them, her tongue meets mine and I have to keep repeating to myself, “Slow, slow, slow,” or my body might take over and try to push her past her limits. She’s not ready for more than this.

I don’t let myself linger too long. I would love to kiss her all night, but she needs baby steps. I need to give her that or this won’t work. “I’m sorry. I couldn’t help myself, but I should’ve made sure it was okay first.” I say it knowing that she needed the surprise of it or it would’ve never happened.

Her response takes me by surprise, “Don’t. Be. Sorry.” She is breathing hard and can’t form a sentence. I love it. That means she loved it. When she brings her hand up to touch her lips, I know I can make this better for her. I stop her hand with mine and leaving the other on her cheek, I lean back in for a deeper kiss. She responds immediately. I make this one longer, but not much. This time when I pull back, we are both panting for air.

“Wow.” A simple statement from her confirming that she liked it.

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AUTHOR BIO

I'm Lisa. I live in sunny southern California with my wonderful husband and two teenage children. Hubbyis a high school PE teacher and is the coach of three different high school sports. With two kids in high school and involved in activities both inside and outside of school, I have a lot to juggle. When home, I lock myself inside the office to write. I've always loved to write, but life always seemed to be too busy. When inspiration finally hit, I made the most of the time hubby and kids were busy and published my first book in February 2014. It's a teen/young adult book and the first in a series. I'm currently working on a New Adult/Contemporary Romance series with the first book due out end of June 2014. Be on the look-out for more.

STALKER LINKS

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GIVEAWAY PRIZES

$5.00 amazon gift card e-book keychain postcard – signed bookmark - signed

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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Cover Reveal Sign up and Giveaway

I am revealing the cover for my contemporary romance on August 16th and I need your help! You don't have to be a blogger. I want my readers involved. All I am asking is that on that day you post my cover to Facebook and anywhere else you fancy with the blurb and Goodreads link.

If you'd like to sign up to join in, please enter the giveaway below as you'll get 10 entries PLUS everyone who posts will be in with a chance of winning 1 of 50 copies of the book on release day. If you can't sign up, you can still gain entries by helping spread the word. Sign up HERE.

Bloggers, there will be an official cover reveal to sign up to shortly and I'll be giving away 2 x $5 GCs for bloggers only. Please keep an eye out for the sign up on my Facebook page as I'd love to have you involved.

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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Kilt it Up For Cancer Giveaway


I need your help! I have some amazing limited edition t-shirts I'd like you to buy. Here's the catch... a) you must love kilts or at least the men in them and b) you must hate cancer.

Yes to both? Then please consider purchasing one of these cute tees from Teespring for $8.99. To get the great price I have to shift 100 so I also need help spreading the word. ALL profits will be going to cancer charities in the UK and US.

I have three cancer survivors in my family and I'm grateful they're alive but I pray and hope that in my lifetime people won't have to feel lucky that they survived. I hope that one day cancer won't automatically make us think of death. Cancer touches everyone, no one is unscathed and if I can do even the smallest part to help push towards a cure, then I will. There's so many people asking for help these days it can be hard to decide where to put our money but cancer doesn't care if you're rich or poor, young or old, and there is an end in sight.

I hope you'll consider buying one of these t-shirts. Not only will you look awesome but you'll be supporting a great cause. In the meantime, enter my giveaway to win a little treat for yourself and help spread the word.


Thank you, my lovelies!

Samantha


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Monday, 7 July 2014

Book Spotlight: Seizing Heaven by Nicole Hurley-Moore

I'm thrilled to welcome Nicole to my blog today to share her new release, Seizing Heaven. This is a standalone read but involves the same family from one of my fave reads of hers, Capturing Bliss. We're lucky enough to be spoiled with snippets from both books! Yay!


Seizing Heaven


Can the Reynard family betrothal ring really choose his true bride? Lord Savaric Reynard is about to find out.


Lord Savaric Reynard is intent on marrying the widow of Blackstone Manor, that is, until fate and the Reynard betrothal ring get in the way. On his way to meet the widow, Savaric is waylaid by Rosamund, a travelling artist.
He doesn’t believe in magic or the old family legend that the Reynard betrothal ring has the power to choose the right and true bride. Savaric soon discovers he can try and run from Fate, but one way or another it just might catch up with him.


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Snippet


The girl straightened and her eyes narrowed when she addressed him. “Sir, I do not want your coin.”
“Then what do you want? Come, you came to Foxwoods with a purpose.”
“I want nothing from you, Lord Reynard. I was honour bound to return the ring and I need no money for that.” Her voice was even but he saw a spark of indignation spark in her eyes.
“And what do you know of honour?” The words slipped out of Savaric’s mouth before he could stop them.
“Savaric!” Aunt Amice gasped.
“More than you, I wager,” Rosamund said as her hands fisted by her sides. “I have returned your possession and yet you choose to insult me. You may be a fine lord, but I have found better manners and more kindness from the woodcutter I passed on the road.”
She stepped away from the hearth and dropped into curtsy before Amice. “May God grant you blessings, Lady. I thank you for your sweet words but I should leave. ‘Tis better that way.”
“Nay, I will not have it. I will not allow you to go back into the tempest. I insist that you accept our hospitality. You will have dry clothes, a warm bed and food. We are in your debt, child and once Savaric recovers his manners he will be in agreement.” Aunt Amice stood up and took the girl’s hand. “Now, I shall not hear another word about it.”
Savaric saw the hurt in Rosamund’s eyes and another wisp of guilt fanned over him. She made him react and it confused him beyond reason.
“Forgive my words. My Aunt is correct, Rosamund. You are welcome and safe a Foxwoods,” he said before he turned on his heels and strode to the door. He would avoid the girl as best he could. In the morning she would leave and everything would fall back into place.

Capturing Bliss
To save her sister, Lady Blissot de Woodville exchanges places and marries a handsome stranger. But lies born from love have the power to destroy...

Snippet

Woodville Manor, England - 1139 AD.


“Nay Bliss, it cannot work!”
Lady Blissot de Woodville turned from the casement and regarded her beautiful younger sister. “Aye, it will work.” She said with growing determination in her voice. “It will work and I will see you safe and happy.”
“I cannot stand by and let you sacrifice yourself for my sake.” Ivetta announced with a shake of her golden head. “I will do as our uncle and King wish and marry this so deemed hero from the north, and thereby proving our family’s allegiance to King Stephen and his claim to the crown.”
“Ivetta, do you love Lord Adelard Bernier?”
“More than life.” The words slipped out of Ivetta’s mouth before she could restrain them. She took a steadying breath before she continued. “Tis true, I love him; he makes my heart beat faster when he is near. I long to be with him - I long to be his wife. Yet I will not let these feelings outweigh my love for you and I will not sit by whilst you ruin your life.”
Bliss walked across the cool stone floor and sat down on the bed next to her sister; she placed her arm around her shoulders and gave her a squeeze. “I am not ruining my life nor am I sacrificing myself. If I take your place and marry Lord William Reynard, I will be securing both our futures. This could be our chance at happiness.”


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BIO
Nicole has always been a lover of fairy tales, history and romance. She grew up in Melbourne and has travelled extensively, whilst living her life through the romance of books.
Her first passion in life has always been her family, but after studying and achieving her BA Honours in Medieval Literature, she devoted her time to writing historic romance.
She is a full time writer who lives in the Central Highlands of Victoria, Australia with her family, where they live in the peaceful surrounds of a semi-rural town.

Friday, 4 July 2014

My Sexy Saturday

Welcome to another installment of My Sexy Saturday. Every Saturday a great set of authors share 7 words, paragraphs or lines from one of their books or WIPs. Be sure to check out the other posts on offer below:


So this week we're sharing our strong, lovable, quirky heroines--the ones who kick-ass and take names but still have a soft side longing for love. Alana from To Steal a Highlander's Heart is one of these. She's feisty and determined. After all, she's just been captured by her childhood friend and she's not willing to go easily. Alana can be impetuous and--for Morgann--a pain in the backside! But she's fiercely loyal and determined to do the right thing. Check out this little snippet from one of Morgann and Alana's earlier moments together. I love how completely confused by her he is!

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As if to torture him further, her lips tickled over his neck and he stiffened, trying to hold her at bay.
“What’s wrong, Morgann? Dinnae ye want me?” she whispered against his skin.
“I dinnae want a lass who’s had several knocks to the head. Yer brain is addled. Ye dinnae know what ye want.”
“Are ye, the brave Highland warrior, afeared of a harmless lass?”
Harmless? He could hardly believe sweet Alana was carefully threading her leg between his and pressing her juncture against his thigh. Her knee brushed against his arousal—aye, he was insanely aroused—and he held back a groan.

Moray, Scotland, 1230 

Alana sets eyes on Morgann for the first time in several years and what does he do? He captures her! But Alana refuses to go meekly with the sexy Highland warrior. Her kidnapping will reignite the rift that’s existed between the two clans since her father accused Morgann of theft and she doesn’t want to see her father harmed in the inevitable war that will ensue. 

Unfortunately for Alana, the faeries seek to interfere with her plans to escape. The sidhe have a debt to repay and Tèile, the green faery, is determined to mend the rift between the clans for good. And that means ensuring Alana and Morgann marry. 


Morgann has his own reasons for taking Alana and they are nothing to do with marriage or war. He wants to use her to reveal a secret from the past--the one that had him accused of theft. If only he didn’t find his childhood friend so attractive. When circumstances force them together, Alana’s life is threatened and war is imminent. Can Morgann reveal the truth without losing Alana? And will the faery’s meddling help or hinder his cause? 

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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

July Giveaway

This month I've teamed up with three other authors to bring you a great giveaway! We've got jewelry and gift cards to give away from Em Taylor, Em Petrova and Rhonda Lee Carver. Enter below.




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