Please join me in welcoming bestselling author, Linda Barrett to Conversations today! Linda is here to talk about Sea View House, her new series set in the coastal town of Pilgrim Cove, and the first two books are available right now! So be sure and check out the covers and blurbsbelow, and grab your copies today!
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SEA VIEW HOUSE
Some say it's magic; some say it's love. Others credit the sea, sun and sand as the healing power behind Sea view House. Does the truth really matter for the temporary residents of this special place? In the coastal town of Pilgrim Cove, strangers are welcomed and everyone takes a front row seat as a love story unfolds.
Her Long Walk Home
Sea View House Book 1
Rebecca Hart has her life together--great job, great friends and ready to run the Boston Marathon. Then her life turns in an instant when she'd injured in the bombing.
Single dad and veterinarian, Adam Fielding, intends to remain a bachelor after being "abandoned" twice. Once by the love of his life and once by a second-best girlfriend.
When Rebecca arrives at Sea View House to recover, neither she nor Adam is prepared to let the magic of the place affect them.
Will these two open their hearts and run toward a new finish line together?
Kindergarten teacher Joy MacKenzie trusts everyone and loves her life in Pilgrim Cove. Hidden beneath her outgoing veneer, however, Joy knows true happiness will never be hers. She is unable to have children of her own. Her dreams of marriage and a family are over.
Once a foster child, photojournalist Logan Nash is back in the states after embedding with U.S. troops. A loner by choice, he trusts no one, not even himself, as he tries to become a dad to his newly adopted war dog, Ajax. Need a place with privacy, Logan rents the big house on the beach. Except he want' expecting an upstairs neighbor.
Logan is left with little choice but to deal with exuberant Joy who creates havoc in his carefully ordered world. Joy will do almost anything to unlock Logan's secrets and reveal the caring person behind the solitary man.
The magic of Sea View House draws them together, but only by letting go of the past can they truly find a new beginning.
Read an excerpt from Her Picture-Perfect FamilyHERE.
Linda Barrett grew up on New York City, earning a B.A. and M.S. at Hunter College. In her teaching career, she first worked with children and then with adults, preparing them to take the GED exam. To keep herself from getting bored during long New England winters, Linda began writing romance fiction. Her emotional stories have earned many industry awards through Romance Writers of America including the Holt Medallion, the Award of Excellence, the Write Touch Readers' Award among others. Linda and her husband live in Florida. They have three grown sons.
Please join me in welcoming the USA Today bestselling author, Pamela Aares to Conversations today! Pamela is here to talk about Love Bats Last, her FREE sizzling romance to spice up your springtime nights. So be sure and check out the cover and blurbbelow, and download your FREE copy of Love Bats Last today!
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LOVE BATS LAST
All-Star first baseman Alex Tavonesi has his hands full: he inherits the family vineyard and is fighting to win one of baseball’s most coveted honors, the Triple Crown. But when he meets veterinarian Jackie Brandon by chance in a midnight storm and helps her rescue a stranded whale, the passion she fires derails his careful practices and plans. But Jackie has no time for rich jocks. Will she discover that Alex's rock-hard body hides a big heart? And what will Alex sacrifice to save the woman he loves when he find out that loving her may cost them their lives? Get this captivating suspense-filled romance for FREE today at any vendor:
Pamela Aares is USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary and historical romance novels and also writes about fictional romance in sports with her new Tavonesi Series. Get ready for Alpha male All-Stars and the strong women they come to love!
Her first book, Jane Austen and the Archangel was released in 2012. Midnight Becomes You, the second in the Angels Come to Earth series will release in 2015 as will the celebrated historical romance novel, The Lady and the Patriot.
Her popularity as a romance writer continues to grow with each new book release, so much so, that the Bay area author has drawn comparisons by readers and reviewers to Nora Roberts.
Before becoming a romance author, Aares wrote and produced award-winning films including Your Water, Your Life, featuring actress Susan Sarandon and NPR series New Voices, The Powers of the Universe and The Earth’s Imagination. She holds a Master’s degree from Harvard and currently resides in the wine country of Northern California with her husband, a former MLB All-Star and two curious cats.
If not behind her computer, you can probably find her reading a romance novel, hiking the beach or savoring life with friends. You can visit Pamela on the web at http://www.PamelaAares.com
Please join me in welcoming author Lakisha Johnson
to Conversations today! Lakisha is here to talk about her new novel, Ms. Nice Nasty! So, check out the cover and blurb below.And don't forget to check out her interview too, and get to know Lakisha Johnson!
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Ms. Nice Nasty
Camille Holden-Shannon has always been who she says she is, a woman who can command a courtroom and bedroom without opening her mouth! She’s sexy, confident and not afraid; her credentials speak for themselves. She loves her family and her career but she cannot deny the fact that she loves sex and lots of it. She doesn’t break up homes; she simply gets what she needs and she’s gone!
Her career suddenly takes a turn in the right direction and she is thrown into the public’s eye and all hell breaks loose! A secret adds more fuel to the fire already burning inside her chaotic home and to make matters worse she finds herself being tormented by a ghost from her past! Can she hold it all together or will she break under the pressure? Will Ms. Nice Nasty hang up her stilettos or can she come out on top like she’s known to do.
Interview with Lakisha Johnson Who is Lakisha, the author?
Lakisha the author is just this regular girl from Memphis, TN who has been given a gift of writing. I don't limit myself to a specific genre to write because if I have an idea and it flows, it works. I am who you see. If you don't know me, get to know me. Don't take the word of someone else, their opinion of me may be based on their feelings. Get to know Lakisha the author and Lakisha the person, you'll find they are one in the same.
You have a new book out, tell us about it.
My new book, Ms. Nice Nasty, is actually about one of the characters from my previous series, A Secret Worth Keeping. It's about Camille or Cam and it takes you deeper into her personal and career life and how they both become intertwined when her sexual desires begin to cause hell in her home and then when someone from her past come back to haunt her present. Cam has never been shy about her love for sex but when it begins to affect her life, personally and career wise; she has to decide what's more important.
How has the success of A Secret Worth Keeping series affected your career?
It has affected it in a positive way. Becoming a published author has being mind blowing and eye opening. It has taken me places I've never been, I've met people I would have never met and I've done things that I would have never done such as book club meetings and book signings. The success of A Secret Worth Keeping has been major and I could not have done it without the people who support me.
What's next for you?
I keep writing! I'm working on part 2 of Ms. Nice Nasty as well as a special project with my sister and who knows what's next. All I know is I will keep writing. My plan is to revamp my devotional books and possibly write another devotional in the near future. Who knows... There's no limit!
If you could offer any advice to aspiring authors, what would it be?
To never allow the ink to run dry in your pen! Many times we give up when the book sales are down, when we get a bad review, when we don't get published or simply when things don't go the way we think they should but never give up! Being an author isn't easy whether it's self published or published or whether it's with a big publishing company or a small one... It's hard work and no one will work harder for you than you! Don't ever give up on your dreams, no matter what they are!
Lakisha Johnson was born on May 2, 1977 in Memphis, TN. I am a Christian who wasn't always saved and who still, sometimes, make mistakes because I am human. I am the daughter of 1 strong woman, granddaughter of another strong woman, wife of 1 husband, mother of 2 children, sister to 3 brothers and 3 sisters, cousin to many, niece to 7 uncles and 2 aunts, an aunt to 5 nephews and 8 nieces, best friend to 6 wonderful women and friend to all those who show themselves friendly! I am one whom God chooses to bless everyday he allows my eyes to open. I am a college graduate with 2 Associate Degrees in Information Technology. I am a writer of Daily Devotionals and I try my best to be an encourager to all those who look to me for encouragement.
I am not perfect but I am a work in progress, so pray for me. I won't claim to be a bible scholar but I have been given a gift of writing, so writing I shall do!
Please join me in welcoming the USA Today bestselling author, Judith Arnold to Conversations today! Judith is here to talk about book 4 of TheMagic Jukebox series, Heat Wave. So be sure and check out Judith's commentary, and the cover and blurbbelow!
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Judith Arnold on Heat Wave, Her Newest Magic Jukebox Romance
Remember when every booth in a diner was equipped with its own individual jukebox? As a child, I loved flipping through the pages of those booth jukeboxes and deciding which song from each page I would choose to play, if only I had tons of money (and my parents weren’t there, griping about that awful rock-and-roll.) When I was older, my friends and I would gather around a free-standing jukebox, arguing over which three songs to play on our quarter, making our choices, hoping we didn’t press the wrong buttons and get stuck listening to a song we hated. I especially liked jukeboxes with clear glass windshields that allowed me to see the armature slide up and down the row of 45’s, finally plucking one and transferring it to the turntable.
It all seemed magical. And the music had its own magic. Some songs made me dance. Some made me sing. Some made me sigh, or cry. They all cast spells on me.
So I guess it’s only natural that I’d write a series of romances about a magic jukebox. A beautiful antique jukebox that could cast a spell on listeners with the music it played? This seemed perfectly logical to me.
I created the picturesque seaside town of Brogan’s Point, north of Boston, and planted the Magic Jukebox inside an unpretentious pub called the Faulk Street Tavern, run by a no-nonsense six-foot-tall woman named Gus Naukonen. Gus has never been bewitched by the jukebox herself, and her boyfriend, police detective Ed Nolan, thinks the whole mythology surrounding the jukebox is a bunch of hokum. But Gus has seen its effect on her customers.
In Changes, the first book in the series, wealthy Bostonian Diana Simms is in town with her fiancé to look at wedding venues, but when the jukebox plays the David Bowie song “Changes,” it creates a connection between her and Nick Fiore, a local boy with a troubled past who now tries to help other troubled youths. In True Colors, the Cyndi Lauper song “True Colors” transforms the relationship between artist Emma Glendon and high-tech mogul Max Tarloff, who happens to be her landlord. In Wild Thing, the Troggs song “Wild Thing” plays, and Emma’s best friend, Monica Reinhart, discovers the wildness inside herself when bad boy Ty Cronin sails into town.
It took a few months to get Heat Wave written and ready, but now the newest Magic Jukebox book is available. You may be familiar with the Martha and the Vandellas version of “Heat Wave,” which I use in the book, or the Linda Ronstadt version. Both are loud, bouncy and infectious. In Heat Wave, Caleb Solomon, the lawyer who defends Ty when he gets himself into serious hot water in Wild Thing, is suffering from a broken air conditioner in the midst of a hot, humid stretch of weather. He’s in the Faulk Street Tavern, cooling off, when high school teacher Meredith Benoit encounters him. Meredith has been the victim of a prank which might cost her her job, and she needs a lawyer. They both also need some relief from the heat wave enveloping the town—and the heated wave of passion that sweeps through them when the jukebox captivates them with its magic.
I hope you’ll give Heat Wave—and all the Magic Jukebox books—a try. If you love music, and if you love romance novels with just a touch of magic in them, you’ll love this series.
HEAT WAVE The Magic Jukebox sits in the Faulk Street Tavern in the quiet seaside town of Brogan’s Point, Massachusetts. No one knows what classic rock songs will come out of the jukebox when a coin is inserted, but every now and then, the jukebox will play a song that casts a spell on two bar patrons—a song that will change their lives and open their hearts to love.
Caleb Solomon’s office air conditioner is on the fritz. Although not his choice, he winds up meeting with a difficult but profitable client in the pleasant chill of the air-conditioned Faulk Street Tavern. It’s there that high school teacher Meredith Benoit finds him. Due to a silly prank, her job and her reputation are in jeopardy. She needs a lawyer, fast. But the Magic Jukebox starts playing “Heat Wave,” and a hot wave of passion crashes over Caleb and Meredith, catching them in its undertow and carrying them off.
USA Today bestselling author Judith Arnold has written nearly 100 published novels. She’s received four Reviewers Choice awards from RT Book Reviews, and she's been a multiple finalist for Romance Writers of America's RITA Award. Her novel Love In Bloom's was named one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly, and her novel Barefoot in the Grass has appeared on recommended reading lists at hospitals and breast cancer support centers. Married and a mother of two, Judith lives near Boston in a house with four guitars, three pianos, a violin, an electronic keyboard, a balalaika and a set of bongo drums. Visit her website to learn more about her, and sign up for her newsletter for updates and news.
Please join me in welcoming the award-winning author, Leigh Court to Conversations today! Leigh is here to talk about her new contemporary romance, Fear Of Flying. So be sure and check out Leigh's commentary, and the cover, blurb and excerpt from Fear Of Flying!
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Many thanks for letting me blog today, Lisa!
Confession: I’ve pretty much always been afraid to fly. It started at age 18, with a rough plane ride on my first flight to Europe. Since then I’ve tried not to let my fear of flying control my life, but every time I board a plane, I can’t help but get a little nervous. Ironically, I’ve had a fortune teller assure me I’ll never die in a plane crash and an astrologer friend tell me I will live to a nice old age. I think of those two women every time I buckle my seatbelt!!
But now I’ve found a way to turn my fear of flying into a positive thing.
I’m the author of nine books, and the advice always given to writers is “write what you know.” So for my latest story, aptly titled Fear Of Flying, I decided to get semi-autobiographical. I gave my heroine, Jessie Jordan, a fear of flying and wrote her story based on many of the real-life experiences I’ve had.
A job as a book publicist? Check. On a nationwide book tour with a travel writer? Check. Winter de-icing of plane wings and bouts of white-knuckle clear air turbulence? Check!
Everyone probably has stories of scary plane flights, me just more than most people. And I included them all in this book! Pretty much everything in it is true, except for the ex-military travel writer hero of the story, Regan Quade, whose lust for Jessie helped make this a very hot contemporary romance!
FEAR OF FLYING
“You’re never going to die in a plane crash…”
Book publicist Jessie Jordan is deathly afraid of flying, which prompts travel writer Regan Quade to come up with a highly imaginative (and very intimate!) way to calm her anxiety. When they’re thrown together on a two-week cross-country book tour, the result just might be a bestseller!
This romance is definitely one wild ride! I’ve gotten some great reviews and some wonderful feedback from readers. Here are some buy links if this sounds like a fun read to you…
Excerpt from Fear Of Flying by Leigh Court “You’re never going to die in a plane crash.” Jessie Jordan stared into the piercing blue eyes of the old fortune teller, her mouth going suddenly dry. She didn’t believe in fortune tellers, or psychics, or any paranormal stuff, but one of her girlfriends had given her this “reading” as a birthday present, and Jessie’s curiosity had gotten the better of her. She’d expected the gray-haired woman to spout some generic drivel, like ‘you will meet a handsome stranger’ or ‘you will come into some unexpected money.’ Not to predict something that would hit so close to home. “How… How could you possibly know I’m afraid of flying?” “This.” The woman opened her palm, where Jessie’s pearl ring was nestled. “It vibrates your fear.” The fortune teller had requested a personal item that she’d claimed would help her see Jessie’s future. So Jessie had handed over the simple pearl ring she always wore – the one her parents had given her for her eighteenth birthday a decade ago, and which had been on her finger a month later, when her parents had taken her to Italy for a two-week vacation. Her first airplane ride. And the most traumatic experience of her life. Nervous as Jessie had been about stepping onto the huge plane in New York that summer, the overnight flight had been fine until the aircraft had started its descent into Leonardo da Vinci airport the next morning. The 747, as Jessie later learned, did a common ‘step landing,’ which entailed descending a few thousand feet, gliding, then descending a few more thousand feet on its approach to landing. Trouble was, every time the plane sank on its glide path, Jessie had been convinced they were going to crash. She’d never been very good with roller coasters, and the wavy motion of the plane had made her sick to her stomach. The minute she’d felt a sour taste in her mouth, she’d known she was in trouble. The flight attendants had ordered everyone to buckle their seatbelts for landing, but Jessie had shakily unhooked hers and scrambled into the aisle, making a mad dash for the bathroom in case she was going to throw up. She’d never made it. A flight attendant at the back of the plane had blocked Jessie’s desperate beeline down the aisle and literally shoved her into an empty seat in one of the last rows, ordering her to buckle up for the landing. That’s where a guardian angel had come to her rescue. A young man in military uniform in the next seat had urged her to put her head between her knees and just breathe. As Jessie had bent over, shaking with her effort not to get sick, she’d felt his hand gently stroking her back, trying to calm her. With his other hand, he’d slipped an air sickness bag between her knees, just in case. But it turned out she hadn’t needed it. His advice worked. The plane landed without her making a scene. Jessie gazed at the fortune teller in front of her, her mind lingering on that old memory. Odd, but she hadn’t thought about that guy in ten years. She’d never even found out his name, although she could still remember the brilliant smile of approval he’d given her when the plane landed. To this day, she was still a nervous wreck whenever she had to fly, but she’d tried hard during the last decade not to let that fear dictate her life. In fact, she’d taken a job three years ago as a book publicist, which entailed flying around the country with authors promoting new book releases. Jessie believed in facing her fears. “Here.” The fortune teller handed back Jessie’s pearl ring with a knowing look. “You didn’t believe in my ability when you sat down at my table. Do you believe now?” She cleared her throat. “Actually, I expected you to tell me I’m going to meet a tall, dark stranger. I mean, there’s no wedding ring on my finger. That would have been the obvious thing to say.” The fortune teller laughed. “Oh, that will happen, too, my dear. In fact, the two things are fatefully intertwined. But it seemed more important to reassure you about your fear of flying.” Oh, brother. Jessie rolled her eyes. She was going to meet a tall, dark stranger? Okay. Time to get out of here. The old woman tilted her head and gave Jessie a perceptive, all-knowing look. “Just remember what I told you. There’s no escaping fate.”
Award-winning multi-published author Leigh Court has been writing since age eleven, starting with wild adventure stories for her elementary school newsletter, growing up to be a television news journalist whose assignments took her on real life adventures.
After traveling most of the world, she segued into the more normal job of public relations, but she's never stopped writing. Having seen what she has of life's struggles, Leigh now writes romantic fiction because she wants her readers to be able to escape into a story guaranteed to have a happy ending!
The last thing Luke McKinnon wanted in life was to work at the family oil business. He'd done a good job steering clear of that by setting up a successful law practice in Sioux Falls. But when the patriarch of the family falls sick, Luke steps in. He's only trading his crisp white dress shirt for a t-shirt and hardhat until his father is back on his feet. He doesn't plan on sticking around. That is...until he meets Tessa.
Single mother, Tessa Rock isn't afraid of hard work. She can hold her own with the ranch hands on her daddy's ranch and on an oil rig. She doesn't have time for a man to mess up her fragile life...until Luke McKinnon shows up on her rig. The handsome lawyer is probably used to having beautiful women draped on his arm. But at the end of the day, it's a miracle if she can get all the dirt and grime out from under her fingernails. The two of them couldn't be more different. But none of that matters. She quickly learns what a fool she'd been to think of Luke as just a lawyer who can help her get what she wants. One night in his warm embrace, and seeing the heart and soul of a man who loves so deeply, Tessa realizes she wants the man...for the rest of her life.
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