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Fight Card Romance: Ladies Night Gets Her Makeover

Think Rocky meets the Untouchables…

Yep, I can’t believe that’s it’s been five years since I launched my contribution to the Fight Card series of books written in the old pulp-fiction style.

I’ve given Ladies Night a much-needed make over from the size of the book to the interior. I’ve given the story a close look-see and played hatched man on some first-published author’s issues. What’s left is a clean, lean, and mean—the best version of Ladies Night.

Fight Card Romance: Ladies Night is set to re-launch on October 15, 2018. Be one of the first to get your new copy of my 4- and 5- Star Rated book, and jump in the ring with a winner.

Jimmy and Lindy Doherty are thrilled to tell their story of love, boxing, and murder set in the hoppin’ ’50s..

Los Angeles, 1954 … Gangsters, crime, boxing—and romance …

Jimmy Doherty, hard-luck orphan from the south side of Chicago, was mentored in the Sweet Science by Father Tim Brophy, the Battling Priest of St. Vincent’s Asylum for Boys. Jimmy’s fists were good enough to take him to LA where he’s rising up the local fight-cards. He plans to be a contender and even bigger plans for Lindy—his trainer’s only daughter, who’s sweeter than apple pie and harder to resist.

When Lindy is arrested for killing a boxer, Jimmy is forced to join forces with the arresting detective—who would like to do much more with Lindy than put her in handcuffs—in a desperate search for the real killer.

Love can be murder—in the ring and out…

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On October 15, you’ll be able to grab your copy and see if Jimmy and Lindy can fight their way out from behind the eight ball and not end up face-first on the canvas.



 

 

 

Indie Romance Authors Christmas Kindle Giveaway

Let’s face itChristmasBlogTour1WebsiteMeme, there’s just something magical about a Christmas romance. All that chilly weather cuddling, blazing fireplaces kisses, and cozy couch hugs. They can’t help but make the blood heat on a cold winter’s night.

Who wouldn’t want an exciting and passionate Christmas fling to go along with their fudge and egg nog? I sure would. (Listening, Timmy Dear?)

And who wouldn’t want to read a sweet or spicy Christmas romance on a frosty evening by the fireplace?

I am pleased to be one among twenty fantastic Indie romance authors have combined their collective talents and blessed readers of Christmas romance with the opportunity to win twenty tales of Christmas love and romance guaranteed to deliver an enchanted Happily Ever Christmas today and forever.

What will I win?

We all love Christmas giveaways and this one is extra special because we’re giving away a Kindle Paperwhite AND a FREE book from each of the twenty authors on the list.

Even Santa would say, “What a haul!”

To see this talent group of authors and learn what books they’re giving away for a terrific Christmas romantic read, go to Indie Romance Authors Christmas Kindle Giveaway  and answer the fun questions about each of the entries.

How To Enter:

Click HERE to find the link provided by each participating author to find the answer to the web hunt questions about each book. Submit your answers through our Google Docs form. The contest is open from December 1st until midnight on Tuesday, December 15, 2015. The winner will be randomly chosen from entrants who correctly answer all questions, and notified on December 16th.

Be sure and enter the contest so you can be the first kid on your block with a special Kindle Paperwhite loaded with spirited Christmas romances.

Good luck and Merry Christmas!

Warmth and Comfort for Christmas with the Fourteenth Quilt

Welcome my friend, Robyn Echols to my blog as she announces her newest book, The Fourteenth Quilt.

Annie, Ce14Quiltlia and Lynn are all that are left of the Relief Society quilting class, but they are still determined to make baby quilts for the new mothers at church. Annie, who is just south of eighty years old, calls the quiltsters (short for quilting sisters) together to ask for more. She wants to make lap quilts to give to some of the “forgotten” oldsters she sings to each week at the nursing home—something to wrap them in love at Christmastime. It’s a good idea, but the trio discovers that life and making quilts don’t always go as planned.

The quiltsters discuss recipes and quilting ideas including a crocheted cat mat to use up their fabric selvage and trim scraps, all of which they share in the book.

Sarah and Brian meet at the university. Their first date is after Sarah’s First Saturday Block of the Month class she attends with her mom at the local quilt shop. Their romance grows, and they plan their future together—a plan that will require them to be separated for six months before their wedding. But, can they bear to be apart that long?

What wraps together this Christmas tale? The Fourteenth Quilt.

Excerpt #3:      (Learning Curve)

Lynn had no sooner reached the middle of the next row than she ran out of bobbin thread. With a sigh, she lifted the unquilted fabric and stuck her head underneath as if she were an old-timey photographer focusing her shot. She opened the bobbin compartment and removed the spent bobbin.

This is ridiculous! I can’t see a thing under here.

Lynn unfastened the side tension clips and threw the fabric up over the top of the sewing machine while she exchanged the empty bobbin for a full one. As she refastened the fabric in place, she decided next time she would clip the top thread and slide the machine to the end of the quilt. Surely it would be easier to deal with threading needles and changing bobbins in the full light and without also fighting the fabric.

Once Lynn replaced the bobbin and rotated the needle to catch the bobbin thread, she slid the foot pedal over several inches, grabbed the handles to the sewing machine tray, grit her teeth and started stitching.

“I am going to learn how to do this right,” Lynn said. In an increasingly louder voice, she continued, “because I want my quilts to turn out looking nice and I don’t want to have to quilt on a tabletop where I have to fight pushing the fabric through the machine. And I paid a lot of money for this sewing machine and quilt frame and it is my present for my next birthday, anniversary and Christmas and I AM GOING TO LOVE IT!”

0014QuilterBut, I’m not there yet.

The door swung open and slammed against the doorstop with a thud. Startled, Lynn lifted her foot to stop the machine and stared at her husband.

“Did you need anything?” asked Del. “It sounded like you were arguing with someone.”

“Uh, no. We’re doing just fine in here. But thank you for checking.”

Del shook his head as he pulled the door closed.

Lynn looked down at the frame and froze at the sight of the gold and white long-hair cat stretched out across the section of quilt secured between the two upper poles.

“No you don’t, Archie, this is not your personal kitty hammock,” Lynn scooped up the cat in frustration. She carried Archie to the door and gently tossed him down the hallway as she called out to her husband. “Del, I don’t mind if you come in my sewing room, but please be sure you don’t let Archie in. I don’t want kitty fur all over my projects.”

With a huff, Lynn once again approached the quilt frame.

“I mean it,” Lynn leaned over and whispered with a determined voice to the sewing machine. “Just as soon as I brush some of this cat fur off this quilt, you and I are going to learn to work together. We are going to become real good friends. So you just get that in your motor casing.”

To see more photos that go with the chapter from which this excerpt was taken, please click HERE.

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0014QuiltRobynAbout Robyn Echols:

Robyn Echols has been writing since she was in junior high school. By choice, she spent most of her evening hours in her “dungeon”, as her mother called her downstairs bedroom, writing stories, only joining her family in front of the television upstairs when her favorite programs were playing. She has spent hours learning and teaching family history topics, and focuses on history from a genealogist’s perspective of seeking out the details of everyday life in the past.

Now Robyn resides with her husband in California near the “Gateway to Yosemite” and has fun researching and writing the books that she hopes will interest and entertain her readers. She writes Young Adult/New Adult and contemporary fiction under Robyn Echols and adult historical romance under her pen name, Zina Abbott.

The author is a member of Women Writing the West, American Night Writers Association, and Modesto Writers Meet Up. She currently lives with her husband in California near the “Gateway to Yosemite.” She enjoys any kind of history including family history. When she is not piecing together novel plots, she pieces together quilt blocks.

Author Links:

Website  |  Blog  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Pinterest

Goodreads  |  Amazon Author Page

Quilt Gateway blog (See posts for September 2015)

The Fourteenth Quilt Facebook Page

The Fourteenth Quilt Pinterest Board

Purchase Links:

Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble

 

 

Summer Hearts Blog Tour – Day 5 – Kathy Bosman

Hello! 
Today we are going to focus on the first book in the compilation. 
Check it out!

 

Shark Boss – Book blurb:

When Tara takes up a job at the local aquarium, her colleagues warn her about their harsh boss, Mr. Carter Jones. She soon discovers how impatient he can be, but she also can’t deny her fascination and attraction to him. Carter can’t stop watching Tara as she works but holds back from her because of his secrets. If she knew what he was, she would never want him. Could the reason for Carter’s moods be related to something more troubling than what’s on the surface? Tara soon discovers Carter’s secret, and it only bonds them closer. But the curse starts to take over Carter’s life, and he won’t give his heart to a beautiful woman when he can only cause her pain.

Now about the fabulous lady behind this book!

 

Kathy Bosman Author Bio:

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Kathy Bosman, Author

 

Kathy loves reading and writing even more. She homeschools her three kids, so in between unsuccessfully explaining the difference between subject and predicate or how to divide fractions, she enters an imaginary world of troubled and passionate characters whose stories take over the page. Kathy lives in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa, where the summers are hot, the winters cool, and bugs thrive. Her first published novel, Wedding Gown Girl, came out in 2012 with Astraea Press. She belongs to the Romance Writers of South Africa Group (ROSA) which has been her greatest support and inspiration the last few years.

 

You can get in touch with Debby at any of the following places:

 

BONUS INFO

SNIPPET #1

A granola bar gulped down while half-running, half-walking gave her instant heartburn. The ache in her throat intensified when the first person she encountered as she stepped into the tank area was Carter. He wore a black suit again with a red tie, perfectly pressed and contrasting against his mahogany brown hair tinged with a few gray streaks by the ears. He scowled at her and looked at his watch. Her breath disappeared. Why did he have to be so handsome? No way would she be duped by an attractive older guy again, like before, and get thoroughly burned.

“Two minutes late.”

“I’m sorry. I’ll make up for it by working a bit extra.”

A sheen of perspiration beaded his upper lip, and she could swear his hair looked a bit wet that morning. Had he also rushed out the shower? So why couldn’t he understand her being a few minutes late?

“You’re not to work overtime. Ever.” He narrowed his eyes at her. “You understand that?”

“Oh. Why ever not?” Grrh? Why do I always speak my mind without thinking?

“Because I lock up at five o’ clock on the dot every evening. Without fail.”

“Sure. Whatever.” She rolled her eyes at him and huffed.

He moved his face right up to her, a sneer mixed with a smile making his sexy mouth turn narrow. His hand brushed hers, whether on purpose she couldn’t be sure. “Are you back-chatting me, Tara?”

 

SNIPPET #2

A desperate need to kiss him forced any words she might speak in her defense to flee.

“Behave yourself, kid. You’re at least ten years younger than me.” He laughed and then pulled back in a hurry.

“I’m sure I’m not. I look a lot younger than I really am.” Did she say that?

“Oh really? The tropical fish need feeding. You should know the drill by now.”

She could swear Carter tried to look angry but he didn’t succeed. He marched off with such purpose making her wonder why a man like him didn’t own the whole of South Africa, not just a small aquarium in Umhlanga Rocks.

 

SNIPPET #3

Carter stood on the balcony of his home, a gentle breeze blowing his long bangs against his forehead. He watched her, the shock taking a while to wear off. How come he hadn’t noticed her swimming so close to his home before? That curly mop on her head formed a silhouette against the moonlight and the small sliver of sunlight rising up above the sea.

She’d danced down to the ocean like a fawn in the field—gentle, sweet, free. And then she’d stood there, a lone figure stirring a hunger in him so ferocious, it took his breath away. He wanted her. Like no other woman he’d ever known.

In fact, he’d never been much into women. Been too consumed by his own demons. But now he understood the world’s frantic obsession with romance and love. Love songs abounded, romance movies, friends in relationships and getting married, family members making subtle hints it was time for him to settle down—it all made sense to him now.

 

SNIPPET #4

A tingle ran up his spine, and cold showers prickled the top of his head. He held his temples in his hands, groaning and swaying with the breeze, surprised he didn’t fall down the two stories to the paving stones below.

The tingling in his back became an ache. His breath became labored.

“No, not now. I’m not ready.”

Usually they came in the dead of night. Never at breaking dawn.

But things had accelerated lately. He should have been prepared.

Somehow, the fun he’d had teaching Tara how to feed the sharks yesterday afternoon had distracted him, made him forget to stay alert. Guarded. He’d momentarily stopped dreading, had ignored the swirling in his gut, the tension eating away at his every step.

 

 Interview with Tara the main character in Shark Boss

  1. What is your favorite food?
    A good breakfast with eggs, bacons, mushrooms, toast, the works. I don’t get it often as I spend most mornings body-boarding and then grab and go to get to work on time. If I have a good breakfast, it’s a real treat.
  2. What is your favorite past time, or hobby?
    Body-boarding, although it’s more my life than just a hobby.
  3. What is your favorite book?
    I love the Chalet Girls series by Lorraine Wilson. I’m a beach babe, but it’s such fun learning about women who live in the snow and ski. Skiing is similar to body-boarding in a strange way, if you know what I mean. Plus, the books are so romantic and fun to read.
  4. Who would you consider is your least favorite person, and why?
    It should be my new boss, Carter Jones, as he keeps on shouting at me for nothing, but it isn’t. He’s too handsome and mysterious to hate.
  5. What is your biggest pet-peeve?
    Perfectionism – harping on the smaller issues. And cruelty to animals.
  6. What is your dream vacation?
    Mauritius or anywhere where the waves are good.
  7. Did you struggle to tell your author anything?
    Yes, I struggled to mention my affair with my high school teacher. I felt really ashamed for falling for that jerk.
  8. What is your favorite part of your story?
    When Carter tells me the truth.
  9. What inspired the title of your story?
    My writer kept on thinking of shark bait. But Carter is a boss and he was a shark in the business world, plus, well, I can’t tell you anymore as it will give away the story.
  10. Do you think that there is a specific message to your story, that you’d like your readers to learn?
    That love wins in the end. That meeting and loving the right person can set you free of some of your “curses.” That simply loving a person is one of the greatest gifts you can give to the world. That love surpasses duty.
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Tara, of Shark Boss

Main character casting:

Tara has blonde curly hair, is well-tanned and has a muscular build (although still petite) as she likes body-boarding every morning. She has freckles and green eyes.

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Carter, the Shark Boss

Carter is tall, dark and handsome with an imposing appearance. He normally wears black and white suits and is usually cleanly shaven and impeccable looking. He has haunted, dark eyes.

 

 

Summer Hearts – Book Buy Links:

 

Visit each and every blog on our tour EVERY DAY and enter to win our fabulous beach-summer-themed prizes and Amazon gift cards!

Don’t forget to enter your name into our GIVEAWAY!!! 

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Book Tour Schedule:
(You can check out posts that have been made during this tour here:
Don’t
forget! Each author in this tour will be featured once during the tour,
and on her special day there will be all kinds of fun facts to check
out about her and her book!
 
June 6th: 
Featuring Dreaming in California by Debbie Lee
 
June 7th: 
Featuring A Summer of Stars by Lisa Watson
June 8th: Featuring
Drowning Sandy by Sarah Daley
June 9th: Featuring Summer Holiday by Carol Malone
June 10th: Featuring Shark Boss by Kathy Bosman
June 11th: Featuring The Best Place to Meet a Man by Robyn Echols
June 12th: Featuring the entire compilation

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Summer Hearts, a sweet summer read for your holiday on the beach! Enjoy!

 

Every Summer Has a Love Story!

Hello! 
Today we are going to focus on the first book in the compilation. 
Check it out!

 

Dreaming in California:

In the summer of 1967, Hollywood actress, Lucinda Baker, appears to have  it all–fame, money, and an all too doting fiancé. Dark traits begin to emerge from the man she’s pledged to marry, and he threatens her. Lucinda must now lean on her best friend, celebrity photographer, George Creston to escape the clutches of the dangerous relationship. Together they are forced to summon courage, and trust each other in desperate circumstances. Will they find love in the process or lose everything they hold dear, including their lives.

Now about the fabulous lady behind this book!

 Debby Lee Author Bio:

Debby Lee was raised in the cozy little town of Toledo, Washington. She has been writing since she was a small child and has written several novels, but never forgets home.

The Northwest Christian Writers Association and Romance Writers of America are two organizations Debby enjoys being a part of. Publications, thus far, include a series of short stories titled The Butterfly Fairytales Collection, and a novella with Barbour Publishing.

As a self-professed nature lover, and an avid listener to 1960s folk music, Debby can’t help but feel like a hippie child who wasn’t born soon enough to attend Woodstock. She wishes she could run barefoot all year long, but often does anyway in grass and on beaches in her hamlet that is the cold and rainy southwest Washington.

During the football season, Debby cheers on the Seattle Seahawks along with legions of other devoted fans. She’s also filled with wanderlust and dreams of visiting Denmark, Italy, and Morocco some day. 

              You can get in touch with Debby at any of the following places:

 BONUS INFO

SNIPPET #1

Lucinda Baker aimed her sassiest smile at the camera even though her heart churned like the waves of the nearby Pacific Ocean. The photo shoot for her latest movie should have wrapped two days ago, and then she would have been off to New York to see her fiancé, Anzario. Delay after delay had pushed the end of the session back by more than a week, leaving a painful knot in her gut. She missed Anzario. His strong arms made her feel so safe . . . at least they used to.

SNIPPET #2

Lucinda bolted to her car and dropped into the seat of her new Fiat. It was a quick little car, and had been an engagement gift from Anzario, courtesy of his Italian connections. She loved zipping around town in it. As she sped do on Sunset Boulevard, her thoughts raced as well.

SNIPPET #3

“Look, I’ve tried to be nice about this, but I’m out of time. I’m in a bind and I can’t afford to get on my father’s bad side. He breathes down my neck as it is. He says if we don’t get married, he’s cutting me out of the will without a cent. You best believe we’re getting married, even if I have to drag you down the aisle to do it. Trust me, I’m not bluffing. Father has friends who’d marry us, even without you being fully coherent, so don’t test me . . .” Lucinda’s stomach dropped. She trembled. This was a side to Anzario she hadn’t seen before, or had she merely chosen not to see it?

Main character casting  (Feel free to pic your own pictures of the actors selected, or you are also welcome to use the ones I’ve grabbed.)

For a bit of flash back, Author Debby Lee has decided to go with people who actually lived back in 1967, the time of her book!DebbyLee1

DebbyLee2Raquel Welch for the part of Lucinda Baker, Hollywood actress, the main character

Troy Donahue for the part of George Creston, handsome celebrity photographer, Lucinda’s best friend, the one who comes to her rescue when Anzario’s creepy colors are shown.

Author Interview 

1. What is your favorite past time, or hobby?

I love to read. Some of my favorite authors are John Grisham, Ann Rule, and John Jakes. I love historical fiction, especially historical Inspirational romance, but if I’m desperate or something to read I’ll reach for a road atlas or a telephone book. At least if I peruse a phone book I can come up with character names.

2. Do prefer to plan things, or be spontaneous?

I like to plan things, to a certain extent, but I like to leave room for spontaneity, as well. I’ve been called impulsive or more than one occasion.

3. Who is your hero/heroine?

Martin Luther King Jr., Maya Angelou, and Corrie ten Boom are just a few people I admire.

4. What is your dream vacation?

A three-month trip around the world, beginning in Charleston South Carolina, then up to New York City, then across the Atlantic to Ireland, over to Copenhagen Denmark, south to Nice France and then over to Florence Italy. From there I’d head to Morocco, over to Tahiti and then onto sunny Los Angeles, where I’d walk along the white sandy beaches under the moonlight with the man I love … Oh I’m getting off track here. Back to the blog.

5. What inspired the title of your story?

I love the song California Dreaming by The Mama’s and the Papa’s. It was popular in 1967, when my story took place. I couldn’t use the exact title, so I put a spin on it and came up with Dreaming in California. I thought it would work as a temporary title, but it stuck.

Book Buy Links:

Don’t forget to get your name into our GIVEAWAY!!!

Enter to win great prizes during out Summer Hearts Blog Tour:

Amazon gift cards, Beach Boys’ music, beach mat with strap, special hand-made beach tote, summer toys, graceful scarf and hand-made jewelry – PLUS FREE eBOOK COPIES OF SUMMER HEARTS!

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Book Tour Schedule:

(You can check out posts that have been made during this tour here:
Don’t  forget!
Each author in this tour will be featured once during the tour,
and on her special day there will be all kinds of fun facts to check
out about her and her book!
 
June 6th: 
Featuring Dreaming in California by Debbie Lee
 
June 7th: 
Featuring A Summer of Stars by Lisa Watson
June 8th: Featuring
Drowning Sandy by Sarah Daley
June 9th: Featuring Summer Holiday by Carol Malone
June 10th: Featuring Shark Boss by Kathy Bosman
June 11th: Featuring The Best Place to Meet a Man by Robyn Echols
June 12th: Featuring the entire compilation

 

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