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Cover Reveal: The Fall of Lord Dryson

Coming soon from USA Today Bestselling Author Rachael Anderson

The Fall of Lord Drayson

Who is he really? A high and mighty Lord, or a lowly servant?

When Colin Cavendish, the new earl of Drayson, informs Lucy Beresford that she and her mother have two months to vacate the house they’ve called home for the past two years, Lucy is fit to be tied.They have no money, no relations they can turn to for help, and nowhere to go. How dare the earl break the promise his father had made to the Beresfords without so much as a twinge of conscience?

Mere hours later, Lucy discovers the earl unconscious and injured in the middle of the road. Grudgingly, she takes him into her home to tend to his wounds, but when he awakens with no recollection of who he is, Lucy seizes the opportunity to teach a much-needed lesson in humility. Pushing her own twinge of conscience aside, she informs the earl of Drayson that he is nothing more than a mere servant. Her servant, in fact.

And thus begins the charming tale of a pompous lord and an impetuous young woman, caught together in a web so tangled that it begs the question: Will they ever get out?

The Fall of Lord Drayson

Coming late-summer 2016

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RachaelAuthor Rachael Anderson

A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can’t sing, doesn’t dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.

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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

 

 

The Royal Spy book blitz: July 6th!

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Author, Cassie M. Shiels

Author Bio: Cassie M. Shiels was born in Idaho, but moved around the Pacific Northwest while growing up. She has always enjoyed books and was one to be found, reading late into the night, on the school bus or before she did her homework. In middle school she determined that she liked creating her own stories as much as she liked reading them; so she decided she wanted to be a writer and keeps working on making that dream come true with every story idea that bounds into her head. She is also a certified childbirth educator and loves teaching new prospective parents about childbirth.CassieShielsCover copy

Mini book blurb: Even though Katie is a royal princess, all she knows is how to be a spy. She constantly goes from mission to mission, never getting the chance to understand her birthright. This all changes when her father sends her on a mission to Floric with the cover of being a princess who is trying to win the prince’s heart. This mission proves to be very different from the others with a shadowy figure to chase, secret passages to explore, secrets to keep and the problem of betrayal that she is about to discover.

How can you find Cassie?    Website    Blog    Twitter    Amazon Author Page

Two small snippets from The Royal Spy:

• I pushed myself up and nearly stopped breathing again. The man who I had just knocked to the ground was none other then Prince Jarin. Definitely not the shadow, I thought.

“That’s it, you—” the prince began as he pushed himself up and raised his fist.

“Stop!” I guarded my face with both hands.

“Katie?”

“Ah…hello, fancy meeting you here,” I stammered.

• “Oh, then I guess the real secret is that you really are Merlin’s apprentice, hiding in the form of a king.” I smiled. His glare softened and a hint of smile reached his eyes, so I quickly added, “You, King of Floric, might have won the first battle, but I am going to win this war!”

My top 10 favorite deserts just for fun! 1. Ice cream 2: Brownies 3: Shift cake 4. Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies 5. No bake chocolate cookies 6. Shaved Ice 7. Cake with frosting 8. Snicker doodles 9. Smoothies 10. Fun breads.

Main character casting: Who I would cast to play the parts of my main characters if my book were to be made into a movie

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Isla Fisher a.k.s. Princess Katie Courtesy of fanshare.com

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Brandon Routh a.k.a. Prince Jarin Couresy of fanshare.com

 

Princess Katie: Isla Fisher

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              Prince Jarin: Brandon Routh

 

 

Queen Elna: Helena Bonham Carter

Queen Emmalin: Maya Rudolph

King Zaccory: Jim Broadbent

King David: Graham McTavish

Martin: Timothy Spall

Captain Barlin: Stephen Hunter

There will be an amazon gift card give away,

and a book give away.

The Facebook link to the book blitz: CLICK HERE!

 

Summer Hearts – Blog Tour – Final Day

Book Synopsis:

Every Summer Has a Love Story…Six Summer Tales of Sweet Romance that bring you the very best in Historical, Contemporary and Fantasy Romance. Sarah Daley, Carol Malone, Kathy Bosman, Debby Lee, Robyn Echols, and Lisa Watson weave stories of long days, sultry nights, sun-kissed beaches and sweet romance

Dreaming in California by Debby Lee:

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.

A Summer of Stars by Lisa Watson:

McKinley Graham has escaped to her summer getaway to regain her perspective and her health. Zane Davidson has taken refuge in the lovely seaside community, welcoming the healing balm of the salty sea air and his childhood home to mend his wounds. They aren’t looking for love, but their attraction is too explosive to ignore.  Against the backdrop of starry nights and sultry kisses, they come to realize that even love may not be enough to save them from the angry storm of his past that threatens to destroy their dreams!

Drowning Sandy by Sarah Daley:

The water is calling…
and Sandy can no longer resist the urge to unleash her mermaid form. But a simple swim in Lake Ontario ends when she discovers the truth of her own banishment. When long time crush, Alardo, seems to shift in a direction she never dreamed possible, Sandy must make a choice — mermaid or human? Once she chooses, she can never go back.


Summer Holiday by Carol Malone:


In the summer of 1905, Lizzy Gordon’s father dismisses her desire to be a doctor, demanding she become a teacher—a profession which does not allow women to marry. Determined to be free to choose her destiny, Lizzy defies her father and falls for her grandma’s handsome neighbor—literally.Teacher Brent Pierce is dedicated to expanding young minds, but circumstances are forcing him to take over the family farm. Sweet complications arise when feisty Lizzy Golden drops into his arms.Before the summer is over Lizzy and Brent will be forced to make tough decisions. Can they find the courage to each fight for their independence, pursue their dreams, and still be together?


Shark Boss by Kathy Bosman:


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.


The Best Place to Meet a Man by Robyn Echols:


Jeff goes to the beach to run and clear his head. Meredith goes to the beach intent on burying her nose in her book. In this contemporary romantic comedy, these two collide when Meredith’s two young nephews come up with other plans.

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About the authors:

 

Debby Lee

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.



Lisa Watson

A native of Washington D.C., Lisa Watson writes multicultural novels with engaging storylines, strong, fun characters with universal appeal. Lisa’s Match Broker series, introduced readers to Love Contract, and matchmaking guru, Norma Jean Anderson, aka The Love Broker. Book two in the series, Her Heart’s Desire, was a #1 on Amazon’s Bestseller list, and was listed as one of 2014’s Top 25 Books of the Summer, and Top 50 Best Reads. Book three, Love by Design was #2 on the Amazon Bestseller list.

Her latest story is a Sweet Romance. A Summer of Stars, is one of the novellas in the Summer Hearts Compilation. This exciting new collection featuring five additional authors, and their sweet, beach-themed romances, will be released May 2015.

Lisa works at a technology consulting firm, is the co-publicist for RT BookReview Magazine’s annual RT Booklovers Conventions, and host for Reader’s Entertainment Radio show.

Married for nineteen years, with two teenagers, and a Maltipoo, Brinkley, Lisa lives outside Raleigh, NC and is avidly working on a Sweet Romance, and her next series.  

 

Sarah Daley

 

Sarah lives in Arizona with her best friend and husband, Chris, their adorable monster child, and neurotic dog.

At the age of six, she became a reading machine. Devouring everything she could possibly get her hands on. In high school she almost failed English three times because of her detest for writing book reports. Today, Sarah writes whatever stories haunt her dreams, and struggles to focus on one idea at a time. When she isn’t enjoying time with her family, or writing, you will find her nose stuck in a book, or out walking and enjoying the sunshine.

Drowning Sandy is her debut novella!
Links to find out what is coming next:

Facebook page         Twitter         Blog             Pintrest           Goodreads                Google+                  Amazon

 

Carol Malone

Award-winning author Carol Malone has successfully combined her three passions – romance, sports, and writing in her two highly-rated books, Fight Card Romance: Ladies Night, and Ladies Night Christmas sequel. She was the first woman to write a romance for the all-male dominated genre. Carol invites her readers to scramble into a front row seat for a thrill-ride of suspense, sports, and romance. If not hammering out new tales, Carol’s loves reading, sports, and hanging with her author husband on the coast of California.

Website    Facebook    Twitter    Amazon   Pinterest   Goodreads    Google +

Kathy Bosman

 

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Author, Kathy Bosman

Kathy loves reading and writing even more. She home-schools 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.

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. Several of her family history articles have been published in genealogy magazines.

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.

When Robyn isn’t busy piecing together novel plots, she stays busy piecing together quilt blocks.
 
 Compiled by R M Alexander

RM Alexander is an author of clean romances that are sometimes contemporary, sometimes paranormal or suspense, but are always ruled by the heart of true romance.

With characters who look for love in the wrong places and are victims or the worse kinds of betrayal while fighting for what they want and believe in, RM’s novels promise a good read with unexpected twists and turns.

When she’s not writing, RM is spending time with her husband and two small children in Michigan. She loves to travel, especially to Walt Disney World, and can often be found on Twitter or Facebook chatting with other authors and readers.

 

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Check out our new book launch video. It’ll make you long for the beach!

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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Summer Compilation Giveways Prizes Which one will be yours?

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

 

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

 

Summer Hearts – Blog Tour – Day 6 – Robyn Echols

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


The Best Place to Meet a Man:

Jeff goes to the beach to run and clear his head. Meredith goes to the beach intent on burying her nose in her book. In this contemporary romantic comedy, these two collide when Meredith’s two young nephews come up with other plans.

Now about the super talented lady behind this book!
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. Several of her family history articles have been published in genealogy magazines.
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.

When Robyn isn’t busy piecing together novel plots, she stays busy piecing together quilt blocks.

 Where to find Robyn Echols:

BONUS INFO

 

SNIPPET #1

I can’t begin to tell you how tired I get of people trying to tell me where I should go to meet a man. Oh, I know they mean well. But for crying out loud, if I really wanted to meet men with the hope and expectation one would fall down at my feet and beg me to go out on a date with him, don’t you think I would have figured it out by now? I already know where to look for the kind of man in which I would be interested.

And, yes, I’m well aware the beach is not the place.

SNIPPET #2

Which explains why I got into a snit and decided to go to the beach anyway. I mean, why should I have to give up doing what I want to do on my Saturday—again? Why should I be stuck in the house—again? Nope, I’d head for the beach.

I’d just take the boys to the beach with me. I had it all planned out. I would take my biggest blanket, find a spot where there weren’t as many people, in sight of the water but not too close, and get the boys settled under the shade of the umbrella. I’d slather them with sunscreen and let them play until lunchtime. Then I’d feed them, and allow them to fall asleep for their afternoon naps while listening to the soothing sounds of water lapping against the shore. After all, if I played with Xander in the morning before I left, took plenty of snacks and toys for Xander and enough bottles and some applesauce for Calend, plus plenty of diapers and pull-ups for the two, they should be fine, right? Once they zonked out under the shade of the umbrella with a lightweight blanket over them if the breeze off the water should kick up, they should sleep for hours, right? I’d have lots of time full of peace and quiet to read. I should be able to get well into my story before they woke up and it was time to go home.

What could go wrong?

Interview with Meredith the main character in The Best Place to Meet a Man

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

Oh, I love to read. I mean, you have no idea how much I looked forward to going to the beach and burying my nose into my latest romantic suspense novel.

  1. What is your favorite book?

You honestly expect me to narrow it down to one book? Really? How can people do that? I would be hard-pressed to narrow it down to ten favorites. Or maybe twenty. I do like romances, however. And mysteries. And suspense novels. And combinations of the above.

  1. Do you prefer to plan things, or be spontaneous?

Oh, I definitely prefer to plan things. After all, I am a fourth-grade schoolteacher. If I didn’t put together my lesson plans well ahead of time, I can’t begin to imagine what kind of pandemonium would erupt in my classroom. Then again, at home living in the same house with my sister Marion and her two year-old Xander and her new baby—well, fairly new, he’s four months old, now—who can plan? Especially when Marion’s regular sitter asks to take off for a month of vacation, and guess what?  Just because I’m off work for the summer, and, without even telling me until after it is a done deal, my dear darling sister commits me to babysit her boys through the week while this lady’s gone.

  1. Who would you consider is your least favorite person, and why?

Oh, I don’t have any least favorite persons. Well sometimes my principle at the school gets on my nerves. And my brother-in-law Eddie can run a close second. I mean, Eddie is the boys’ father, but sometimes he conveniently likes to ignore that fact.

  1. What one thing do you wish you could tell your past self?

You know, it’s great that Mom and Dad willed their house in Seaside to my sister and me. But, as much as I love Marion and her family, I think I would tell my past self to think really hard about agreeing to share the house with my younger sister. I mean, just because she is a mother doesn’t make her my mother.

  1. What is your biggest pet-peeve?

That little Xander. I mean, I’m not even his mommy. I’m just his Auntie Meredith. But, do you think that stops him from pounding on my bedroom door anytime he thinks I might want to be alone and enjoy some peace and quiet? No. If he can’t rouse Marion when she locks herself in the hall bath for a few minutes of privacy, he comes and tries my door.

  1. Do you think that there is a specific message to your story, that you’d like your readers to learn?

Well, you know, from the time we were young, Marion and I were taught to be very careful about meeting strangers at public places. You know, like the beach? I mean, with everything that happens these days, a person can never be so careful. That’s why Jeff went to the beach to run and I went to read—both of us carefully minding our own business. But, guess what can happen to caution when you add an adventurous two year-old into the mix?

 

Book Buy Links:

 

Check out our new book launch video. It’ll make you long for the beach!

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!!! 

SummerCompilationGiveaways

Summer Compilation Giveways Prizes Which one will be yours?

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Book Tour Schedule:
(You can check out posts that have been made during this tour here:
Don’t forget!
ach 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

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

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