Thursday, September 29, 2016

On Conversations: #bestselling #author Edie Claire

Please join me in welcoming the USA Today bestselling author Edie Claire to Conversations today! Edie is here to talk about book one of her Pacific Horizons series, Alaskan Dawn and it's on sale for only 99¢! So be sure and check out the cover and blurb below. As an added bonus, Edie has a wonderful blog post to share with us titled Vacation Dreaming with Pacific Horizons. And don't forget to check out her bio too and get to know Edie Claire!

Lisa ~
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ALASKAN DAWN

Haley knew that carrying her twin sister's baby would be a sacrifice.

She just didn't know how great.


Overachieving attorney Haley Olson has always done the responsible thing. So when her twin sister Micah needs a surrogate mother, Haley willingly volunteers. Like most feats the capable workaholic attempts, her pregnancy goes perfectly… until the results of prenatal testing threaten to tear Micah's marriage apart.

Pregnant, overworked, and driven to the end of her rope by the neediness of the sister and widowed mother who depend on her, Haley seeks refuge with a week's vacation on the Alaskan coast. As she soaks up the serenity of the unexpectedly vast and beautiful wilderness, Haley finds something else she doesn't expect -- deep feelings for the wildlife-loving boat captain who reminds her how to laugh.

With her unborn niece or nephew on the way and thousands of miles of ocean between their lives and careers, Haley and Ben settle for a friendship. But back home in California, the emptiness in her heart refuses to heal, and when her pregnancy takes a frightening turn Haley must examine what really matters -- and rediscover the childhood dream she never realized she had lost.


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VACATION DREAMING WITH PACIFIC HORIZONS by Edie Claire

Have you ever gone to new place, a new area of the country, and suddenly felt like you were home? Have you ever fallen so deeply in love with a vacation spot that no matter how much dirty laundry you had piling up in your suitcase, when it was time to leave you felt like kicking and screaming? Well, that happened to me in Hawaii. And Alaska. And pretty much anywhere I’ve ever been on the Pacific Coast where the beaches were wild and untamed, the breeze was brisk, and the landscape was awash in soothing blues and greens. Despite the kicking and screaming, I did always have to leave, at least physically. But being a novelist has its perks. And writing books set in the places I want to be, letting my imagination live there for months at a time, is one of the best perks ever!

The idea for this series was born a few summers ago as I rode on a whale-watching boat through the frigid waters of Resurrection Bay near Seward, Alaska on a relatively warm, sunny day in August. We had just been treated to an amazing show of bald eagles, Steller sea lions, sea otters, harbor seals, puffins, orcas, and several humpback whales, and someone asked the naturalist on board if he lived in Alaska year round. “Oh, no,” he answered. “I spend my winters on Maui. I follow the whales.”

Um… friggin’ YEAH! What he said! The whales have it right. I began to imagine such a life – summers in Alaska and winters in Hawaii, and the character of my whale-watching boat captain, Ben Parker, came alive. This video, which is made up almost entirely of my family’s own footage that we shot on vacation with iPhones, was designed to “capture the mood” of the series, particularly the first book, Alaskan Dawn. Each book has its own central characters and can stand alone, but we also get to revisit old friends as the actors move between the Hawaiian Islands and Alaska, with the drama of their lives unfolding against an ever-changing backdrop of natural splendor.

In terms of genre, the Pacific Horizons series is what I call “Romantic Women’s Fiction,” where falling in love is only a part of the heroine’s story. In Alaskan Dawn, we meet a woman struggling with unexpected challenges after she agrees to serve as a surrogate for her twin sister’s baby. In Leaving Lana’i, a woman who was taken away from that tiny island abruptly as a child finally makes her way back – for better or worse. And in Maui Winds, a biracial adoptee from a Soviet orphanage arrives on Maui for a marine biology internship and uncovers a biological link to the islands. All of these women face complex journeys that testify to the healing power of love.

I’m pretty sure the next book will take place back up in Alaska. It’s hot at my desk right now, so the thought of those snow-capped mountains really appeals. (I’d love to write a story set in Australia or New Zealand someday, but that will have to wait until my youngest is in college.) The beauty of the series is… I really don’t know where my characters will turn up in the future. I’ll just close my eyes here in my landlocked middle-American state, imagine a humpback whale silently gliding through the deep blue water… and see where my imagination takes me. I hope you’ll come along for the ride!






I have lived in various states in the South and Midwest and have worked at more jobs (paid and unpaid) than I can count, including veterinarian, childbirth educator, medical/technical writer, corporate communications writer, freelance copyeditor, camp counselor, CASA (court-appointed special advocate for abused/neglected children), church administrative council leader, community theater diva, birthparent mentor, hospital volunteer, mother of three, wife, laundress, housekeeper (although I stink at that one), pet collector, coordinator of child sponsorship for a Christian mission in Kenya, choir member (I was pretty marginal at that, too), and last but not least--I once spent an entire summer cleaning toilets at a ranch in New Mexico. I am also pretty much obsessed with professional surfing (See at left. This is bliss. Really.)

When I'm not doing the above, I write novels and plays. And I really hope that you enjoy them!



Tuesday, September 27, 2016

New Release: Rising Storm Season 2

A new season…a new storm - get caught!
All 8 episodes of Rising Storm Season 2 out NOW!




BRAVE THE STORM
(Rising Storm Season 2, Book 3 by Lisa Mondello)

Secrets, Sex and Scandals …

Welcome to Storm, Texas, where passion runs hot, desire runs deep, and secrets have the power to destroy… Get ready. The storm is coming.

As Senator Rush’s poll numbers free fall, Marylee tries to drive a wedge between Brittany and Marcus. Across town, Anna Mae and Chase dance toward reconciliation. Ginny longs for Logan, while he fights against Sebastian’s maneuvering. And Hector, newly freed from prison, heads back to Storm… 







 
RISING STORM SEASON TWO

Welcome to Storm, Texas…
 
A town nestled among rolling hills and painted with vibrant wildflowers, where everything seems like perfection.

But there are secrets beneath the facade.

Dark and powerful secrets. The kind that can destroy lives and tear families apart. That can cut through a town like a tempest, leaving jealousy and destruction in its wake, along with shattered hopes and broken dreams.

Rising Storm is an ongoing drama. A powerful series conceived by Julie Kenner and Dee Davis, full of scandal, deceit, romance, passion, and secrets.

…get caught in the storm!


Against the Wind (Episode 1) by Rebecca Zanetti

Storm Warning (Episode 2) by Larissa Ione

Brave the Storm (Episode 3) by Lisa Mondello

Lightning Strikes (Episode 4) by Lexi Blake

Fire and Rain (Episode 5) by R.K. Lilley

Quiet Storm (Episode 6) by Julie Kenner

Blinding Rain (Episode 7) by Elisabeth Naughton

Blue Skies (Episode 8) by Dee Davis



www.risingstormbooks.com


 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

HUGE SALE!

I wanted to share a very special promotion with you — a HUGE sale on the Rising Storm: Season One Bundle!!!!



This special limited edition bundle of the entire first season of Rising Storm (over a $23 value!!) is being offered at the reduced price of only 99¢ for a very limited time, so you'll want to grab it fast!



Rising Storm: Season One Bundle

Storm, Texas.

Where passion runs hot, desire runs deep, and secrets have the power to destroy…

Nestled among rolling hills and painted with vibrant wildflowers, the bucolic town of Storm, Texas, seems like nothing short of perfection.

But there are secrets beneath the facade. Dark secrets. Powerful secrets. The kind that can destroy lives and tear families apart. The kind that can cut through a town like a tempest, leaving jealousy and destruction in its wake, along with shattered hopes and broken dreams. All it takes is one little thing to shatter that polish.

This bundle contains episodes 1-8:
TEMPEST RISING by Julie Kenner
WHITE LIGHTNING by Lexi Blake
CROSSWINDS by Elisabeth Naughton
DANCE IN THE WIND by Jennifer Probst
CALM BEFORE THE STORM by Larissa Ione
TAKE THE STORM by Rebecca Zanetti
WEATHER THE STORM by Lisa Mondello
THUNDER ROLLS by Dee Davis


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On Conversations: #AAMBC #author Mona

Please join me in welcoming author Mona to Conversations today! Mona is here to talk about her novel, A Thug and A Gentleman! So be sure and check out the cover, blurb and excerpt below! And don't forget to check out her interview too and get to know Mona.

Lisa ~

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A THUG AND A GENTLEMAN
Misa's Story

“Sometimes the most dangerous things are the most beautiful.” – Misa

Like the old saying goes: two wrongs don’t make a right. But for Misa, who’s unhappy in her marriage to Jason, two wrongs make for a happy life. Jason works tirelessly to give his wife everything her heart desires, but all she wants is his heart. While engaging in a little retail therapy, she runs across Thomas, an up and coming kingpin with a degree from Georgia Tech. They start a friendship that quickly turns into something more, and Thomas gives Misa everything she misses at home. But when her deception begins to hit too close to home, she takes off to Chicago to clear her head.

Thomas sees women as stallions; the freakier they are in bed, the better. He needs someone who understands his stamina and can go along for the ride as long as she knows her place in his life: temporary. Misa ignited a fire in him that he thought died a long time ago with his daughter’s mother Brielle, who left him and Atlanta with his friend Ricky after dropping their daughter off at his mother’s house.  When Brielle suddenly reappears out of the blue and wants her family back, Thomas has a choice to make between the woman who bore his child and the woman who holds his heart.

Brielle has a few secrets of her own. Once she touches back down in the A, she finds the family she thought she had moved on without her, and Thomas’ time occupied by a mystery woman. Using a little conniving mixed with a lot of feminine tricks, she discovers who stole her family and sets out on a path to destroy her enemy. But will her plan work, or does it backfire on her in the worst way?

Misa meets a stranger in Chicago who consoles her in the most perfect way while reminding her of what’s important. When a few weeks in the Windy City turn into a few months, the perfect affair morphs into the perfect storm. Will Misa weather the storm with her husband, or her side piece? Follow along as she finds out the hard way to love the one you’re with and Misa’s side pieces tell the age old tale of ‘When Loving You Is Wrong, I Don’t Wanna Be Right’.




Excerpt from A Thug and A Gentleman

It all started a year and a half ago when I stopped off at Lenox Mall for a little retail therapy. I’d just left the Louis Vuitton store and was on my way to Nordstrom’s when I collided with a chocolate Adonis. Standing six feet even, he was everything I loved in my husband without being Jason. Broad chest, firm upper arms, perfect lips; not too big, but not too small and the waves in his low Caesar cut would make you seasick. The only difference between him and my husband was that where Jason was bare faced, this man had a goatee that looked like it was painted on. I had to stop myself from reaching up to touch his face and confirm whether or not my suspicions were correct.

“Excuse me miss lady, you aight?” he asked as I steadied myself.

“Yes, yes I’m fine,” I stuttered. “I’m sorry, I didn’t see you standing there.”

“You good,” he replied as he licked his lips. “Yea, you real good,” he said as he continued to stare me up and down. Something about the look in his eyes made me want to know more about him. Who was I kidding? I had a great man at home…right? Well, I had a great man that put me in a beautiful home who spoiled me. Whether he was there or not remained to be seen. “You need some help with those bags?” I saw his lips form a question as I found myself caught up in his looks.

“Huh? Oh, no, no I’m fine,” I answered as he gently took my bags from my hands.

“Don’t worry about it miss lady, I got it. My parents raised me right,” he smiled as we walked through the mall together. “By the way, my name is Thomas, but the streets call me Tremor.”

“Tremor? Why would anyone call you Tremor?”

He flashed me a panty-dropping smile, and I almost handed mine over, right in the middle of Lenox Mall. “I’ll tell you about that later. What’s your name, love?”

“Monique,” I replied with no shame.

“Monique, huh. Where we on our way to, Monique?”

“Nordstrom’s. I gotta go grab something for my…” I stopped. Did I want to tell him I was married? I mean, I guess he could’ve figured it out from a glance at the five carats on my right hand.

“Something for your what? Your man?”

I shook my head furiously. “No, something for my mother. Her birthday is tomorrow,” I lied. My mother’s birthday was last month.

He stopped and grinned in my direction. “So you mean to tell me a fine woman such as yourself don’t have a man? I don’t believe that.”

“Well, I just got out of a relationship,” I was starting to not recognize myself with all of these lies. “I moved down here to start fresh, you know?”

“Yea, I know what you mean. My girl, well my ex, seemed to feel the same way. She dropped my daughter off at my momma house and said she needed a fresh start too. That was about three years ago now.”

I was shocked. How could a woman just up and leave her daughter like that? But there are two sides to every story, and I wasn’t exactly the perfect woman. At least she left her baby with her father. “Wow, sorry to hear that,” I replied as we reached Nordstrom’s. “Well, here’s my destination. Thank you Thomas for carrying my things.”

“I’ll shop with you. You definitely need the help, especially since you’re just going to add to your bag count,” he smirked.

“Well, don’t you have your own shopping to do?”

“That can wait, I’m not in any rush. Plus, I hate to see a woman in distress,” he flashed his pearly whites at me again. I gotta get used to this Southern hospitality.

He tagged along as I walked through the store. I picked up a few things for my mom, and stopped to grab some sexy lingerie for what I hoped would be my lucky night with my husband.

“Mmm, not that one,” he said as I picked up a white lace teddy with matching garter belt. “That’s too uppity. Get that one,” he pointed at a silk green bra and panty set. “That’ll look good on you. Brings out your eyes. And I’ll have fun taking it off of you too,” he whispered as his face grazed my ear.

I subconsciously reached for the set he suggested, then stopped. “What makes you think I’m getting this for your viewing pleasure?” I asked coyly.

“Who else would you be getting it for?” he answered my question with a question. The slight demand in his tone secretly made me hot.

“Not you!” I replied playfully. “As a matter of fact, why are you over here telling me what I should and shouldn’t get? Are you in the habit of telling strangers what kind of panties to wear?”

“Not all strangers. Only the ones that I have plans to be my wife,” he replied confidently as he picked up the panties and walked to the cash register. “Go ahead and finish shopping, I’ll grab this for you to have when you ready to stop playing and come home.”

As I watched him walk to the register, I was intrigued by his overall swagger. I figured there wouldn’t be any harm in exchanging contact information with him, Thomas seemed like he would be a lot of fun to have around. I completely ignored the small voice in my head that said this man would be trouble.



Interview with Mona aka Freida

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

My inspiration comes from growing up in the inner city of Chicago. I also get ideas from what is current in the news on any given day.

When did you first start writing?

Honestly, I started writing at the age of seven. My teachers recognized my skill early, and I was always the unanimous choice when it came to picking a student to send to composition competitions at the city level. I saw it as a day out of school with no consequences. I read a lot, and by the age of nine I started writing short stories.

Do you like to create books for adults?

I love writing fiction books! My books are mainly urban fiction, but I’ve also penned an urban erotica read with one in the works.

How many books have you written and which is your favorite?

Currently I have ten books and co-authored three anthology series published. My eleventh book will be available this month, and I have a few projects that I’m working on with some great authors.

If you could spend a day with one of your characters, who would it be and why?

That’s a tough one, because most of my main characters are women who are strong in their own right. If I absolutely had to choose, it would be Athena from my Chi Town’s Queen series. Not your typical queen pin from the hood, there were two sides to her: the ruthless queen of the criminal underworld, but she also was very loving and caring when it came to those close to her.

What do you think makes a good story?

A good story is something different from the typical. We as urban fiction writers are always compared to one another by the readers, so my objective is to give the readers something different. Urban America is more than just kingpins and drug dealers, my stories tell the tales of strong women who do more than club and shop.

Any advice for aspiring authors?

Throw away any preconceived notions that you might have about the industry, not every authors reality will necessarily be yours. Develop a thick skin, because readers can be vicious in their reviews. Meditate, pray and meditate some more. Then turn on your laptop and create your best work.



Tuesday, September 20, 2016

New Release: SHOPPING FOR AN HEIR by Julia Kent

The Inheritance Book 8 is available now!


SHOPPING FOR AN HEIR
(The Shopping Series Book 10)

Gerald Wright works for billionaires. He never imagined he’d become one.

The former Navy Seal is a chauffeur by day, artist by night, so when hotter-than-ever ex-fiancĂ©e Suzanne Dayton interrupts his nude model sculpting class to serve him with inheritance paperwork from a man he’s never heard of, he assumes it’s a joke.

Turns out the joke’s on him. There’s just one catch. A big one.

And it might be Suzanne — in more ways than he ever dreamed.

 
Read an Excerpt




  THE INHERITANCE SERIES

A billionaire’s bequest changes everything…
 
Billionaire Harold Hopewell traveled the world, encountering people and letting their stories touch him. In death, he is giving back, leaving an unusual will filled with life-altering bequests to the people he met along the way. Read the Inheritance Series, and let their stories touch you.


March 8
A BURNING PASSION (Hidden Cove Firefighters Book 8) by Kathryn Shay
The Inheritance Book 1

March 15
TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME (The Magic Jukebox Book 6) by Judith Arnold
The Inheritance Book 2


April 19
WHERE LOVE LIVES (Wyoming Wildflowers Book 6) by Patricia McLinn
The Inheritance Book 3

 
May 17
THE WEDDING DRESS (Texas Hearts Book 7) by Lisa Mondello
The Inheritance Book 4

June 21
TEXAS SWEET (Texas Heroes Book 18) by Jean Brashear
The Inheritance Book 5

July 19
DEADLY LEGACY (Strong Women, Extraordinary Situations Book 7) by Margaret Daley
The Inheritance Book 6

August 16
ABBY'S COWBOY (The Texas Two-Step Series Book 6) by Kathy Carmichael
The Inheritance Book 7

September 20
SHOPPING FOR AN HEIR (Shopping for a Billionaire series) by Julia Kent
The Inheritance Book 8

October 18
BOUND BY BETRAYAL (Bound by Book 4) by Trish McCallan
The Inheritance Book 9

November 15
ENTRUSTED TO THE SEAL (The McRaes Series Book 6) by Teresa Hill
The Inheritance Book 10

December 20
SHELTERED BY THE SEAL (HERO Force) by Amy Gamet
The Inheritance Book 11




On Converstions: #bestselling #author Adele Downs

Please join me in welcoming the award-winning and bestselling author Adele Downs to Conversations today! Adele is here to talk about her new release, Luxury Model Wife. So be sure and check out the cover, blurb, and excerpt below. And don't forget to check out her bio too and get to know Adele Downs!

Lisa ~
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LUXURY MODEL WIFE

Antiques expert Steve Carlson must face the mistakes of his past to discover a treasure he never imagined: the heart of a vulnerable yet determined widow.

TRUE RICHES

Twenty-eight-year-old Victoria Van Orr just lost everything. With the death of her billionaire husband went his mature patience and warm encouragement; and the veneer of acceptance from everyone else. His friends and colleagues now ignore Victoria, and if his son succeeds she just might be forced back to the streets upon which she was raised. But money was never her goal. All she wants is love. Real love.

Antiques expert Steve Carlson knows the value of everything. Pain and betrayal? Those he gave away--and now they're coming back. His worst mistakes were all with one man: an old friend, the son of a father figure, now the stepchild of a beautiful young widow who wants Steve to help her auction off the family estate. To help Victoria, Steve must face his past and become a better man. To find true love, he will discover her surprisingly pure heart, vulnerable yet determined. And beyond price.


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Excerpt from with LUXURY MODEL WIFE

Steve tilted his head, his bright blue eyes sizing her up. “Sorry, but I gotta’ ask. Do you always talk like that?”

Victoria felt her cheeks warm. “Whatever do you mean?”

“There.” He studied her again with not-so-subtle curiosity. “You sounded like your late husband James just now. Funny, you don’t seem like the snooty type to me. More like a regular girl.”

His comment touched a nerve like hot wires to stripped cable. Victoria bit back a retort while blood rushed through her ears. She closed her eyes against the sound to clear her head. Twenty-eight was hardly a girl, and she was damn tired of defending her right to be a Van Orr.

For five years she’d tried and failed to fit into the privileged world of her older husband—learning couture, keeping her posture as straight as a modeling school graduate, rounding her O’s when she spoke —apparently fooling no one on either side of the social spectrum in the process.

Defeat swept over her and her shoulders sagged beneath five-thousand dollars’ worth of silk and linen. No matter how hard she tried, she’d forever be exposed as the abandoned kid who’d grown-up in shelters.

Strange though… when she opened her eyes and returned them to Steve Carlson’s handsome face, she sensed his remark was meant as a compliment, and not a reminder that she lacked James’s pedigree. It was like he saw her.

Her. Not James’s luxury-model second wife.

Still, his manners were disgusting. Even store-owner-janitors should know how to behave. Snooty type. Who was he to say that to her? She was a potential client for heaven’s sake.

Victoria stood to leave. She was sick and tired of people voicing their opinions about her and her late husband’s disparate lineage. She’d been bullied and belittled since the day she’d become engaged. “You don’t know me well enough to analyze me, Mr. Carlson.” She kept the annoyance out of her reprimand. The rich had taught her that cool distain wounded more deeply than anger.

Steve grimaced, rubbed his jaw, and then stood to face her, his expression sheepish. He waved her back to her seat. “Please. I’m sorry I offended you. I’m a friend. Really. We’ve gotten off on the wrong foot.”

He ran a hand through his hair and his bicep bulged with the movement. Victoria’s gaze followed the lines and curves of sinew and muscle and took in the military tattoo peeking from the hem of his tee shirt.

She resisted the images that teased her dormant libido, and brought her eyes back to his face. Damn. That didn’t help. Why did this annoying man have to be so good-looking? Her attraction to him only made her feel guilty, like she’d betrayed James’s memory.

Widowhood came with a unique set of baggage.



Adele Downs is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than 20 romance titles, including those written under another pen name, and a former journalist with hundreds of articles to her credit. When not writing in her home office in rural Pennsylvania, she can be found reading a book on the nearest beach, taking photographs, or riding in her convertible.






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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

On Converstions: #bestselling #author Margaret Daley

Please join me in welcoming the USA Today bestselling author Margaret Daley to Conversations today! Margaret is here to talk about book 3 in her Strong Women, Extraordinary Situations series, Deadly Holiday. So be sure and check out the cover and blurb below. And it's on sale for a limited time for only 99¢! So grab it at this low, low price while you can! Don't forget to check out her bio too and get to know Margaret Daley.

Lisa ~
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DEADLY HOLIDAY
Strong Women, Extraordinary Situations
Book 3

Tory Caldwell witnesses a hit-and-run, but when the dead victim disappears from the scene, police doubt a crime has been committed. Tory is threatened when she keeps insisting she saw a man killed and the only one who believes her is her neighbor, Jordan Steele. Together, can they solve the mystery of the disappearing body and stay alive?

Read an excerpt HERE

Purchase DEADLY HOLIDAY for only 99¢ now!



USA Today Bestselling author, Margaret Daley, is multi-published with over 100 titles and 5 million books sold worldwide. She had written for Harlequin, Abingdon, Kensington, Dell, and Simon and Schuster. She has won multiple awards, including the prestigious Carol Award, Holt Medallion and Inspirational Readers' Choice Contest.

She has been married for over forty-five years and is enjoying being a grandma. When she isn't traveling, she's writing love stories, often with a suspense thread and corralling her three cats that think they rule her household. To find out more about Margaret visit her website at www.margaretdaley.com.

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