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Thursday, August 27, 2015

Book Fun Friday Welcomes Ryan Jo Summers

Book Fun Friday Welcomes Ryan Jo Summers!

Bio: I came from a family of wordsmiths. My dad’s a songwriter and his aunt wrote poetry. I always wanted to be a veterinarian and an author. After years of working in the animal care world, I now live in a 1920 mountain cottage with a houseful of rescued animals and write fiction and non-fiction. My next books slated to be out
are November 2015 shape shifting mystery. Part suspense, part ghost story, part treasure hunt, all romance. Also I am included in Soul Mate Publishing’s 2015 Christmas Anthology. For early 2016 a sweet novella romance is being released in e-book.

Book Title:  WHEN CLOUDS GATHER (Romantic suspense)

Log Line:  One woman, a murder in her home. One man, hired to indict her.

Book Tag Line: Darby’s world is falling apart after a murder in her home. She needs a friend. Sam is hired to send her to prison. Instead they fall in love. Once strange things happen, Sam has to rethink his position with Darby. And tell her the truth, driving them apart. When a sinister threat rises, Darby has to decide if she can trust Sam one more time.

Book Blurb:

          Darby Adams has a full life between her teen-age son and running a Bed & Breakfast. One morning she discovers the body of a murdered guest upstairs and suddenly her home and business is turned into a crime scene. Now she is the sheriff’s number one suspect. With her life spinning out of control, she desperately needs a friend.
          The surviving family wants to make sure Darby fully pays for her crime. So they hire new-in-town Private Investigator Sam Golden to get all the goods on her. He begins his case in the guise of being Darby’s new friend. Between dodging disasters and riding out calamities, Darby begins to see a future with Sam and herself. And Sam has to rethink his opinions of her guilt or innocence. Then the fateful day comes that he must confesses his dual role to her, tearing her heart out and destroying any chance at their developing romance.
          When a larger, more serious danger threatens to destroy them all, Darby knows she has to trust his police instincts once more. However, she isn’t so sure she can trust him with her heart again.


Book Excerpt:

Darby fought off the rising panic and flood of tears, forcing herself to take stock of what seemed to be a hopeless situation. Two flat tires and a cart of melting groceries. Okay there had to be a solution in here somewhere.
The roar of a powerful engine slowing down drew her attention. A big green and tan truck carefully pulled up next to her, the driver immediately noticing her situation. Though he wore dark aviator sunglasses, she could see how he quickly studied her dismantled car and swung to the loaded grocery cart, his expression blank.
Suspicion made her stand tall, sucking back the tears. Arms hanging at her sides, fists balled tight, she watched as he jumped down from the truck.  He pushed the truck door shut and leaned against it, hooking his thumbs in the belt loops of his jean.
“Morning, ma’am. It looks like you're in a bit of a jamb.”
His smile was almost lethal, stealing her tangled thoughts away for one split moment before she forced up the resistance to it.
“Yes, it appears I am.”
He pushed away from the vehicle in a single fluid motion, going seamlessly to kneeling down and surveying her car tires. Her head spun a little at his smooth shift in position.
“Do you have a spare? Tire that is,” he asked, glancing up at her.
Darby bit back a gasp as he slowly pulled his dark sunglasses off, revealing the most startling eyes. They almost took her breath away. Sinful, deep, dark brown like his hair. Like twin pools of sweet chocolate. Like hot fudge.
“Only one,” she admitted.
“Well, that would be one too short, wouldn't it?”
          Never mind he was right, she found herself lost in the husky strands of his voice. Like soft mournful jazzy blues, long and low that sent shivers crawling along the spine.
Pushing aside the provocative imagery and slithering chills his voice caused, she drew herself up straight and tight, shoulders set.
“Yes, I suppose so,” she agreed stoutly.
* * *
Sam could tell she did not trust him. Suspicion could not be clearer on her face if she wrote it in permanent marker.  He looked around for the band of hoodlums. Ironically, they had vanished. They usually did. Okay, in for a penny, in for a pound, he decided. Wasn't that how that saying went? He thought about slipping his shades back on, but decided she might prefer it if he kept his eyes where she could see them. It offered a bit more trust.
“Well, ma'am, it also appears your groceries are spoiling out here in this sunshine. Would you like for me to give you a lift somewhere? Maybe then we can figure out what to do about this?” He waved a hand toward the car.
She narrowed her eyes, crossing her arms. “You mean you're not scared to be alone with me?” she demanded. “The town murderer?”
He lazily tilted an eyebrow at her angry outburst, deciding he liked the green lights flashing in her eyes the best. Returning to lean against the truck, he crossed one leg in front of the other and folded his arms over his chest, quietly regarding her.
“Are you?” he asked finally. “A murderer, I mean.”
“Then I guess I'm not scared.”

Question for YOU Dear Reader:

If you could win a trip to stay in a Bed and Breakfast inn, where would you want to go? Quiet seaside village, little rural town, tourist locale or big and bustling city? In America or abroad? Would you stay in a gigantic Victorian Bed & Breakfast on the edge of an oceanside cliff if you knew a gristly murder happened there? Even if it were a free stay?

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Giveaway for one lucky comentor:   One pdf copy. Paperback still isn’t available yet.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Book Fun Friday Welcome Christina Kirby

 Book Fun Friday Welcomes Christina Kirby this week with her contemporary romance!

Your Bio: Christina Kirby holds a degree in Public Relations from Auburn University. She worked in banking before deciding to become a stay at home mom to her two
sons. Moving every couple of years because of her husband’s job, Christina has had the opportunity to live in many different states. Fortunately, writing is something she can take with her no matter where she lives.
Book Title: Running Home: Book 2 in the Warm Springs Trilogy

Book Tag Line: The last time realtor Jenny Fillmore saw her first love Adam Hamilton, he’d left town to play major league baseball, leaving her and their plans in the dust. Now he’s back, and from the way he looks at Jenny, he has more on his mind than houses and land.

Book Blurb: Small town beauty queen, Jenny Fillmore, is a survivor. In the wake of having been kidnapped by a madman, she’s managed to put her life back together, complete with a successful career and a serious boyfriend. But, when her first love returns and hires her as his real estate agent, old wounds are
torn open, making Jenny question whether or not she has the life she wants. It turns out broken hearts don’t heal so easily and old desires don’t always fade with time.
Professional baseball player, Adam Hamilton, didn’t expect a career ending shoulder injury. Thrown a curveball in his prime, he returns home to Warm Springs and the one woman whose heart he broke to pursue his sports dream. But, earning Jenny’s forgiveness won’t be easy. What he and Jenny once shared was real, but she’s moved on. With the new man in her life, time isn’t on Adam’s side.
Book Excerpt:

Jenny smoothed a hand over her navy skirt and tucked a loose hair behind her ear as she waited to meet her new client. After speaking with his assistant several times to setup a schedule that would work for everyone, it was finally time to meet the man himself.
She glanced around her office where they’d be meeting before she took him out in her freshly washed Lexus SUV. Everything was in place. There were no loose papers strewn around or files left open on the back counter.
A partially open drawer caught her attention at the bottom of one of her filing cabinets. She moved to close it and found it was stuck. She knelt down on the carpet and tried to push it again, but it still wouldn’t budge. “Close, you stupid--”
“That’s my Jennifer. Still talking to herself after all these years.”
Jenny’s hand froze at the same time a flush of heat surged through her body. A fire she hadn’t felt since the last time she’d been with him, the owner of the deep voice. A voice she’d know anywhere. Adam.
“Here,” he knelt beside her, “let me give you a hand.”
“I don’t need your help,” she shook her head, but he didn’t seem to care. He lifted the drawer and pushed, and it closed like the traitor it was. Damn drawer.
Adam took a step back from her, but it did nothing to dissipate his scent. His aftershave hung in the air and with it a flood of memories of the two of them, together, crashed down around her. Memories it had taken her years to repress because forgetting was impossible.

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Book Fun Friday Welcomes Susabelle Kelmer

Welcome and Happy Friday. Today we have a special author appearance who shares her contemporary romance for all lovers especially those of the Renaissance!
Message From Susabelle:

Happy Friday, and Huzzah!!  I’m so happy to be here on Celia’s blog so I can tell you about my new release, Fairest of the Faire.  Set in a Renaissance Faire in the Midwest, the story takes a lot from my experiences visiting RenFairs all over the country, and talking with the people who work them.  My brother, who does blacksmithing for a hobby, spends half his summers at the St. Louis RenFaire.  The fairs are always full of good-looking men in kilts, armor, and period garb.  The women look amazing, too.  The lusty looks and excitement of the scenes of the fair provided the perfect backdrop for the blooming romance in Fairest of the Faire.  


Susabelle Kelmer is a wife and mother living at the base of the Rocky Mountains in northern Colorado. She believes in romance, second chances, and the magic of moonlight. When she isn't writing, she works with students with disabilities in the c
ollege environment.

Book Title: Fairest of the Faire (contemporary romance)

Book Tag Line:

The renaissance fair is filled with characters and romance, but will it end in storybook love?

Book Blurb:
Schoolteacher Connie Meyers is suddenly a young widow, her husband killed in a horrific car accident. Heartbroken to find out he had gambled away everything they had, she moves to her sister-in-law's Midwest home to rebuild her life. A trip to the local Renaissance Faire with her nieces leads to a summer job as a costumed storyteller.
Avowed bad boy and fair performer Gage Younglood is infatuated with Connie at first sight. Despite his deliberately commitment-free life, and Connie's don't-touch-me attitude, he soon has her in his arms, realizing quickly she is also in his heart.
When she is threatened by her late husband's bookie, he steps into the role of protector, his fate forever sealed with hers.

Book Excerpt:

“Who said anything about a relationship?” he said, standing up so he could tower over her again. “I’m just trying to have a little fun. You know, fun?”
If he’d been an animal, she was sure he’d have had hair raised on the back of his neck, he seemed so angry, and it struck her painfully. She hadn’t wanted to anger him or hurt him. She turned away from him and closed her eyes to tamp down the tears she knew would come if she let them. She crossed her arms over her chest, to hold in the pain. Being tired made her much too vulnerable.
“Yes,” she finally said. “I know about fun. Life isn’t always fun, though.”
“Princess.” His voice was soft, tender. “I won’t hurt you. It’s not in my plan.”
Despite herself, she felt the shivers of desire race down from her shoulders, down her arms and legs, and back up to that secret, soft place at her core. She bowed her head and gritted her teeth, hoping for the feeling to go away.
“And what is your plan, Gage?”
“It’s a simple plan. I want you to feel good. I want to feel good, too.”

Question for YOU Dear Reader:

My question to you, lovely reader (leave you answer in the comments below):

Have you been to a RenFaire, and who was the most memorable character you met?
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