January 27, 2014

Giveaway - Please Give A Warm Welcome to Mary Gillgannon

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Welcome to Cheryl’s place! I’m thrilled to have you here.
Please tell us a little about yourself.

I’ve been writing historical romance for almost twenty years. My first books were set in the dark age and medieval eras but later I was drawn to the Regency time period. I enjoy writing about not only the elegant realm of the lords and ladies of the ton, but the gritty London underworld that existed at the same time. Both aspects of this world play a part in my romance Saint Sin.

What is your favorite pastime, other than writing?

It’s a tie between gardening and travel. If I had the money, I’d travel so much I probably wouldn’t have time to garden! There’s so many places I’d love to see, plus I never get enough of visiting Ireland, Wales and England. (Haven’t been to Scotland yet.)

When did you first get the writing bug?

As a child growing up in the country with few playmates (my sisters were older), I spent hours telling myself stories. I’ve also been a voracious reader since age five. But as an adult I read mostly literary fiction, which I knew I couldn’t write, so it wasn’t until I started working at a library and discovered historical romance that I dared to start my first book. Historical romance beautifully combines my passion for history with my interest in relationships and their profound impact on our lives.

Any advice for new writers just starting out?

Write what you love. Everyone says that, but it’s true. Writing is a lot of work and takes persistence and motivation. And you have to love your characters and story, otherwise readers won’t.

What genre or genres do you write?

In addition to historical romance, I’ve written mainstream historical fiction, fantasy and time travel.

Tell us about your latest release(s)?

Saint Sin is a sexy historical romance set in the glittering ballrooms, sinister gambling hells and sordid back alleyways of Regency England.

When decadent earl Michael St. Cyr, Saint Sin, discovers Ariella Lyndgate in his bedchamber, he assumes she’s a fashionable impure sent to entertain him. Ariella is really there to steal a diamond so she can pay off her brother’s debts and save him from prison… or worse. Although she has no choice but to go along with the earl’s scandalous suggestions, she discovers she quite enjoys their sexplay. She ends up entangled in an erotic web of deception, and soon comes to the horrifying realization that to save her brother, she must betray the man she’s falling in love with.

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Please share an excerpt of your book!

Ariella watched him breathlessly. From the looks he’d given her, she’d thought he meant to grab her and kiss her. She hadn’t expected him to start with questions.
“Come, now.” His voice rang out, sharp with impatience. “You’ll have to learn to think on your feet if you’re going to succeed at this game.”
“Game, My Lord?” Ariella asked as she thought frantically of what to say next.
He drew near to her, his expression cynical. “Dear me, I forgot. You’re a proper young woman from Derbyshire. Only been in London for a few months. Someone like you couldn’t possibly be up to anything deceitful.”

Please visit me at http://marygillgannon.com

January 17, 2014

Freebie Friday Giveaway Contest - eBook of My New Release - Shielding Her Heart

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After a brutal beating nearly killed her, Sheila Williams’ emotional recovery is at risk when she feels someone is watching her.
The woman Rick Smyth desires shut him out of her life after being attacked in her home.

But when Sheila feels threatened by a stalker, she turns to him for protection.

This time, not only does he vow to keep her safe, he’s determined to win her heart as well. 

January 15, 2014

$25 Amazon Gift Certificate and eBook Giveaway, Author EmelleGamble

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An anthology
 From five compelling authors, five original novellas which will make you laugh and cry, and believe in a love that once found will last forever. Meet a duke, a psychic, a bodyguard and a professor…and one "guardian fairy" in absorbing stories ranging from regency and contemporary romance to paranormal and women's fiction.
Once and Forever is now available on Amazon!    http://amzn.to/1h9fZWv

SoulMate author Emelle Gamble has belonged to her current critique group for over twenty years. Four of us are long-time published authors. Two members of The Lifesavers  are original member, the other two have been part of the group for over a decade.  Evie Owens is the newest member this past year. We talked for a long time about publishing something together and this novella collection, Once and Forever,  featuring a buffet of our individual styles and genres, seemed the perfect vehicle. In it we’re thrilled to feature Evie Owens’ first published work, the novella The Psychic Detective.
And now we’d like to take turns introducing each other to your readers…
Three Things about Mary Blayney by Evie Owens
My instructions were to list 3 things about my beloved critique partner, Mary Blayney, that will amuse, enlighten, or scare the heck out of readers... Guess which of those reactions I zeroed in on? Yes, Mary is one of the most generous and giving people I've ever had the privilege of knowing, both as a critique partner and as a human being. And yes, she's one of the best storytellers I know. I love her honorable heroes and heroines and she writes the best secondary characters. William Bendasbrook,  Marquis Destry in "One More Kiss" is my all time favorite. And yes, she amuses and enlightens me every time I see her. But what you need to know is how scary this woman is...
First, it is thanks to Mary that I now know you're supposed to apply your eyeliner to the inside. The inside! Did you know that? I certainly never did. But it works like a charm. Even though it's a little scary the first 20 or 30 times you try it.
Second, she can move an entire household of four in to a new place and have it unpacked and set up in 3 hours. Internationally. Okay. That might be a bit of an exaggeration, but not much. For someone like me, who moved just myself across town last year and still has stacks of boxes to undo, that's fricking terrifying.
Third, she has a grizzly bear skin on her wall. And that's all I can say about that. Seriously. In fact, I may already have said too much...
Three things about Elaine Fox by Mary Blayney
Elaine likes to sit and read (and watch oh-so-boring tennis), but in fact, she is one of the most active people I know. She loves  tennis, kayaking and mountain biking and is a qualified yoga instructor.
Her ability to read with speed and appreciation is amazing, making her arguably the best read member of our writing group. Her book collection ranges from the nonfiction classic GODS GRAVES AND SCHOLARS to ME BEOFRE YOU with hundreds of titles in between. She will keep a book on her to-be-read pile for years until the moment is right to read it.
As a painter, jewelry maker and needlework artist Elaine’s creativity is not limited to writing. Lucky for us she is always drawn back to words which she assembles into books with humor and insight and, oh, yes, romance.  My two favorites besides The “Princess in the Pinot” in ONCE AND FOREVER are IMPOSTOR and BEDTIME FOR BONSAI. Both go beyond the genre to explore the human condition in amusing and insightful ways. The love scenes are great too!
Three Things About Emelle Gamble by Elaine Fox
First, I pity people who try to convince Emelle that her political views are misguided. I really do. It’s like trying to convince an avalanche it’s going the wrong direction – if you stand your ground too long you’re going to be covered in evidence to the contrary.
It’s not that she won’t let you talk or listen attentively to your side. She’s curious and open – but she’s a brain! A top-notch debater with a lawyer’s mind and a writer’s articulateness.
Second, she is also one of the most astute judges of character I’ve ever known. For much of the time I’ve known her I’ve been single, and for a while it got to the point that I could not feel completely comfortable about my latest date until he got the okay from Emelle! (Not quite as neurotically dependent as it sounds – she’s just that good. And fortunately she likes the man I’ve chosen!)
But seriously, when you meet her she’s lovely and courteous and engaging, but she’ll pick up more about you than meets the average eyes and ears. And she manages to do it without being critical! It’s no wonder she writes characters so rich and nuanced you could read about them for years and still be interested.
Which brings me to the third thing: she is a Real Writer. By that I mean she plots and plans and develops and polishes and examines and tests and reworks and knows her stories inside out. She can look at them globally, minutely, from a thematic, character or plot perspective. And she does not quit until she has the story exactly right.
And that makes for a literary ride readers will never forget. Write on, Emelle! J
Three totally true and unbiased things about Lavinia Kent by Emelle Gamble. 
1-She cannot remember to bring things home with her from critique group. I mean, she just can’t do it. She lives at the very edge of the present with one foot in the future. So if, during the course of our dinner party and jam session we call critique group,  we give her presents, flowers, leftovers, books to read, clothes to try on, or dessert to share with her lovely family, most of the four of us first have to form a human blockade at the door and frisk her bodily or she’ll leave for home without them. She’s left her phone. Her computer. One time her car keys, but aha! She had to come back!
2-She writes the hottest, most interesting, romantically sophisticated,  and Never, ever, ever gratuitous sex scenes a person can write and get published. I mean, I’m not much of an erotica or hot romance reader, and even I can’t stop once I start on a Lavinia Kent scene!  And then I’m exhausted and need a smoke. And I don’t smoke.
3-She’s fearless. She’ll walk in secluded areas and run into creatures that would ground a lesser woman forever (see Facebook post re: terrifying red orb spider).  She eats snails. I’ve seen her. She’ll eat anything on any menu in any great restaurant because she has an open and curious mind and not nearly enough taboos. (Possibly informing #2 above).
She’s also drop dead gorgeous (women notice this as much as men), and is a willing and generous audience for anyone who wants to tell a story. And she’s not perfect (see #1 above), but damn close to it.
Three Things about Evie Owens by Lavinia Kent
1. Evie Owens is grandmother.  Evie Owens is a grandmother.  I have to repeat it to myself sometimes because it’s so unbelievable.  When I first met Evie I thought she was at least ten years younger than me.  And I don’t just mean across a crowded room or even just on our first meeting, or even our tenth.  It wasn’t until she started showing pictures of the cutest little bundle of blond curls ever that I had any clue.  And even then I was doubtful – or convinced that Evie had her first child at the age of seven.
Now that we’ve been critique partners I’ve gotten to know that Evie has wisdom that only comes with maturity and I look forward to every little picture of the young miss.  (PS – if  anyone wants to send me baby pictures I never complain.)
2. Evie helps keep me hip – at least in my teenagers’ eyes.  This may be related to my inability to see her as a grandmother.  She is both young and knowing at the same time.  And has the greatest taste in indie music. 
 My seventeen year-old daughter always delights in Evie’s recommendations – even if it does mean I have to hear them sung around the house for days.  Not so bad when the song in question is A Girl, A Boy and A Graveyard by Jeremy Messersmith. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2XdgMFffZU
3. If any of my friends could see ghosts, it would be Evie.  I don’t just say this because of her fabulous story, They Psychic Detective, with its ghost-seeing detective.  And no, it’s not just the skull rings and tarot cards, either – okay, maybe the tarot cards a little.  Evie just looks at the world and sometimes adds those few words that imply that she’s seeing  something the rest of us don’t. 
4. Evie really needs a new cat – so if you know of any strays . . .  Just joking, but I really do think it would be a good idea. 
Playing for Keeps by Mary Blayney
Actress Kendall Marshall is determined to get an autograph for her sick sister from famous TV personality Mike O’Hara, the Oprah Winfrey of sports. In the process she meets his brother, security consultant Steve O’Hara, lands a job on O’Hara’s show and gets in the way of a man set on causing big trouble. As the stalkers attacks escalate, Steve and Kendall are thrown together and find it impossible to ignore the chemistry between them.
The Princess & the Pinot by Elaine Fox
When a beautiful woman shows up at the Vineyard Inn, wine manager Kim is certain she’s been sent by fate for the inn’s owner, Cooper. Self-effacing to a fault, Kim knows she can’t hold a candle to Principessa Bella, who also seems to know even more about wine than Kim herself, but her heart has belonged to Cooper since they shared one kiss as teenagers.
While Prin sweeps easily into the job of sommelier at the renowned inn, Kim is afraid Prin will sweep just as surely into Cooper’s arms if she doesn’t do something about it. Can she tell Cooper how she feels without losing even his friendship?
Kim is willing to try except for one problem: she’s almost certainly losing her mind. Or is that belching, swearing, smoking, farting fairy – who claims to be trying to help her – real?
Duets by Emelle Gamble
Duets offers alternating looks into the lives of two women who would seem to have little or nothing in common.
Screen star Molly Harper is on the verge of marrying a man who has swept her off her feet, thought perhaps hasn’t swept all her feelings for her first love away. Anne Sullivan, happily married for twenty-five years, is fighting to hold onto the man she loves, and hold off a confrontation that could shatter her family’s image of what they are.
Duets confronts a past secret that ties these two women’s lives together, just as chance events turn Molly and Anne’s worlds upside down. 
Never and Forever by Lavinia Kent
Never and Forever is the beginning of the love story of two people who shouldn’t belong together.  Molly, Miss Wilkes, runs an employment agency helping women of quality find positions perfected suited to their characters.  Although her father held the title of Earl for just over a week before his death, Molly has never wanted to be a lady.  She knows her place in this world – and it is not at the center of society.
The Duke of Radford also knows his place in this world – and it’s above everybody else’s.  He cannot imagine a world without all the privilege and power that comes from being Radford.  He’s had foreign princesses and heiresses dangled before him for years.  Why would he ever have interest in a simple woman who doesn’t even understand that she should want to be a duchess?
Can these two overcome the obstacles of their own beliefs and realize that love can make all things possible?
Never and forever are both a very long time.  Where will their love fit?
The Psychic Detective by Evie Owens
Psychic Martin Sterling doesn't trust cops--and the feeling is mutual. Detective Erin Healy needs more than a ghost story to save her job and reputation. Her partner is dead, a million dollars in drugs and money is missing, and all the evidence points to her.
Can a sexy psychic and a by the book cop, trapped between the living and the dead, unearth the truth? Or will a cold-blooded killer get away with it all...
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Bio: Emelle Gamble
Emelle Gamble was a writer at an early age, bursting with the requisite childhood stories of introspection. These evolved into bad teen poetry and worse short stories. She took her first stab at full length fiction in an adult education writing class when her kids were in bed.  As M.L. Gamble, she published several romantic suspense novels with Harlequin. She has contracted with Soul Mate Publishing for Secret Sister, published in the summer of 2013, and Dating Cary Grant, a Spring 2014 release.
Once and Forever, an anthology which includes Emelle’s novella, Duets, came out on November 1st. Molly Harper, a full length novel starring the characters from Duets 3 years later will be released by Posh Publishing in December, 2013.
Emelle lives in suburban Washington D.C. with her husband, ‘Phil-the-fist’, her hero of thirty years, and two orange cats, Lucy and Bella. These girls, like all good villains, have their reasons for misbehaving. Her daughter, Olivia, and son, Allen, are happily launched on their own and contributing great things to society, their mother’s fondest wish.

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Twitter: @EmelleGamble
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7123746.Emelle_Gamble 
Secret Sister  http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Sister-ebook/dp/B00DUL4LQA         

January 13, 2014

Liza O'Connor Blog - Giveaway

I'm hanging out with Liza!

I want to thank Liza for having me visit her blog today. She is always a gracious, although slightly quirky, host.

Enter below for a chance to win an eBook of Shielding Her Heart. And thank you for stopping in to play.

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January 3, 2014

Freebie Friday - Win Copies of Protecting Rose - Book Trio & $25 Amazon Gift Certificate


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Trio of Books!

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My Release Date of January 8th


Protecting Rose (winner 2012 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence)       

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my New Release 


After a brutal beating nearly killed her, Sheila Williams’ emotional recovery is at risk when she feels someone is watching her.
The woman Rick Smyth desires shut him out of her life after being attacked in her home. 

But when Sheila feels threatened by a stalker, she turns to him for protection.

This time, not only does he vow to keep her safe, he’s determined to win her heart as well. 

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