Tuesday, April 22, 2014

April Showers Blog Tour The Weather Girl with Author Amy Vastine

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Welcome to my stop for the April Showers Book Tour for
The Weather Girl
by Amy Vastine

The Weather Girl
The Weather Girl
by Amy Vastine
Clean Adult Contemporary Romance
January 1st 2014 by Harlequin

Turbulence is in their forecast.

Summer Raines knows when it's going to rain. She can feel it. That's why the local weather girl's so good at her job. Too bad she couldn't have foreseen the tumultuous arrival of Travis Lockwood, everybody's favorite star NFL quarterback. Make that former star NFL quarterback. Sidelined back to Texas after an injury, the golden boy is trying to steal her precious on-air time. Summer is reduced to reporting from…football games. It's enough to make her quit and become a storm-chaser like her parents. She's stuck with a career that's going nowhere and a man who delights in her refusal to be charmed. Falling in love isn't nearly as easy as predicting the weather.

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Our Author Interview

What would you have done differently if you were the main character of your book?

Well, I have to say I love football, so I probably would have been one of those people who were fawning all over Travis in the beginning. In the book, Summer is also into lots of extreme sports. She bungee jumps out of a hot-air balloon. I can tell you I would never in a million years jump out of a perfectly good hot-air balloon if I didn't have to. I hate the feeling that comes with free falling!

What was your inspiration behind this book?

I have a friend who loves all those storm chasing shows on television. She also does funny things like follow her weather man on Twitter and get excited when he replies to her tweets. Her telling me about that planted the seeds for Summer, a woman who loves everything about the weather and would give anything to chase storms (well almost anything).

If you could date any character from any book, who would it be and why?

I love Travis. If I could steal him away from Summer, I would! Travis is that sweet guy with those good, southern manners. He's gorgeous and athletic. He treats his mom right and isn't full of himself. I even like it that he's a little bit naive. *sigh* He's an excellent catch.

Why did you become a writer?

I love it. I love being creative and coming up with these stories in my head. I've always been a daydreamer. It's so exciting to find out that by writing them down, my daydreams are just as interesting to others as they are to me!

Do you have a favorite author or authors?

I read a wide variety of books from different genres. I used to love books about FBI agents, switched over to John Grisham's lawyers, then moved on to sappy Nicholas Sparks, fell in love with Harry Potter, got bit by the Twilight bug, and have read several of the booming YA dystopian book series. I love Jodi Picoult, too.

Do you like to write your books in a continuing series?

Well, I only have one book published and it's a stand alone. I've just started writing a series about three sisters. The first one is titled THE BETTER MAN and comes out this September. I like writing a series, but it's kind of stressful. You have to be sure of what you're writing because once that book comes out, you can't change things about the characters in the later books. I've really had to think about the characters who get introduced and how much to give away about them before they get their own book. It's a challenge to keep it all straight!

What kinds of books do you like to read in your spare time?

I wish I had more time to read right now, but I'm on a constant writing deadline until these three books are finished. I've been trying to read some of the other Harlequin Heartwarming books. So far, I've loved every one I've read. It makes me feel really proud to be a part of such an excellent group of writers! I love a little romance in whatever I read. I like some thrills and action, but the relationships are always the most intriguing part for me.

Amy VastineAmy Vastine has been plotting stories in her head for as long as she can remember. An eternal optimist, she studied social work, hoping to teach others how to find their silver lining. Now, she enjoys creating happily ever afters for all to read.

In September of 2012, she saw a tweet about Harlequin's So You Think You Can Write contest. She entered, hoping for nothing more than a little feedback from some people in the business. Amazingly, The Weather Girl made it into the semi-finals, thanks to the many wonderful voters out there! The manuscript didn't make it to the finals, but the editors over Harlequin were still interested. A few revisions later and The Weather Girl was contacted for publication with Harlequin Heartwarming - a dream come true!

Amy lives outside Chicago with her high school sweetheart-turned-husband, three fun-loving children, and their sweet but mischievous puppy dog.

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- Grand Prize: $25 Amazon gift card, red umbrella, signed copy of THE WEATHER GIRL, umbrella bookmark, and decorative box (US Only)
- 5 ebooks of The Weather Girl (INT)
- April 21 - May 11

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Blog Tour for Heated Desire by Author Wendi Hulsey

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After Kylie narrowly escaped her abusive boyfriend, she moved to Florida to seek comfort in the arms of her first love, the sexy racecar driver Cameron. Their feelings for one another were quickly rekindled and their relationship fueled by desire, as things heated up and she fell right back in love with him.
However, it was not long before her past caught up with her, which leaves Kylie lying on a gurney in the back on an ambulance, fighting for her life. Cameron feels powerless as he watches the love of his life slipping away from him. Cameron blames himself and is overcome with guilt for failing to keep his promise to protect her.
Kylie’s love for Cameron gives her newfound strength to survive making her more determined than ever to defy the bastard that put her in this situation, but most of all she wants to start over with the man she loves. Will she survive and seek justice, finally being able to put her past behind her? Or will her past keep catching up to haunt her?
“I would give anything just to have Kylie open her eyes for a second so she knows we are here for her and I can tell her that I love her.”~~Cameron
I can hear Cameron and Courtney’s voices over the machines as they talk, but as hard as I try I still cannot open my eyes. I feel like I am in the twilight zone, my limbs are still too heavy to move but my mind is aware of what people are saying. ~~Kylie
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I put my phone in my purse just as we’re pulling into the parking garage. Thoughts of the hot sex we had in this very parking garage go through my head and I don’t know if I’m going to make it upstairs. I want this man now. I give Cameron what must be a lusty look because he warns me, “No, Kylie! Don’t even start here. I want you upstairs and in my bed where I have room to move and explore that body of yours.”
“What? I wasn’t thinking anything.”
“You are such a terrible liar. I saw you looking over this car and me, and I know what you were thinking.”
“Oh shut up! Come on let’s go, that long elevator ride is going to be unbearably long.”
Cameron smiles, “I can make it more fun.”
Unfortunately, I don’t think Cameron will be able to make the elevator ride fun because as soon as we get on so does half the building. It seems like everyone picked the same moment as us to get on. We’re smashed against the back of the elevator. I’m standing in front of him and he’s torturing me by running his fingers up the back of my thigh to the edge of my shorts. I try to still his hand, but he shoves my arm away. He has his other arm wrapped around my stomach and he looks like he’s just holding me close to him making room for everyone else. He runs his fingers up again to the back edge of my shorts and I feel his finger pull my shorts and underwear aside. Oh my god Cameron! Seriously with all these people! He whispers, “Spread those legs for me a little, babe.”
My body reacts to his commands before my brain can formulate what he intends to do in an elevator full of people. I can only pray these people get off soon. I feel his finger slide through my wetness as my body wants to react to his actions. I start to move a little with his finger but he tightens his grip on my stomach to stop me, “Don’t move, baby,” he whispers.
The elevator stops and a couple of people get off. During the shuffle of bodies, he inserts one finger, and my body bucks a bit. He slowly fingers me as my wetness increases, and I have to bite my bottom lip to muffle the moan that’s trying to escape. The elevator stops at the twentieth floor and three more people get off. One person is left, an elderly woman that looks at me and smiles. God, I hope she doesn’t know what Cameron is doing to me. Cameron increases the speed of his finger and I think I’m going to die trying to hold back an orgasm. Thankfully, the elevator stops again on the twenty-third floor and the little old woman exits with a little wave. As the doors of the elevator close, Cameron’s hand on my stomach dips into the front of my shorts and finds my clit while he fingers me roughly from behind. My head falls back on his shoulder and my palms flatten against the sides of the elevator as an orgasm rips through my body with such intensity that I scream. He continues to circle my clit bringing me slowly down from that earth-shattering climax. The elevator dings indicating that we have arrived on our floor. “See that ride didn’t take that long,” he says, with a smug smile.
“Are you fucking kidding? I was trying to hold back an orgasm for about ten floors. You’re such an ass!”
A loud laugh escapes him, “Baby, I didn’t see you trying to stop me, and that scream was fucking hot. My dick is so hard right now it hurts.”
I stomp past him out of the elevator towards our condo door. He quickly grabs me and spins me around to face him, pinning my arms above my head. He plants soft kisses on my neck and down my collarbone to the swell of my breasts. “Baby, don’t try to act like you’re mad when I know you enjoyed every minute of that ride.”
My name is Wendi Hulsey. I was born and raised in Racine, Wisconsin, just south of Milwaukee. After several vacations to the sunshine state, my husband and I fell in love with the warm weather and decided to have a house built in Florida. I miss my family and friends up north; however, I will never regret not having to shovel snow again. I have been a registered nurse for about ten years. I currently work on a medical/surgical unit, preferring to work the night shift.
My husband and I have been married for sixteen years, and I appreciate his support during this endeavor. I have one son who is a hard working grown man now living on his own. He has blessed me with the most precious grandson and a wonderful future daughter in law. My daughter is a beautiful and smart teenager who excels at just about anything she tries. She enjoys playing soccer and we have spent numerous hours on various soccer fields. I am blessed to have my mother, a retired cook, living with me and she is a great help with cooking, cleaning, and chauffeuring the teenager. Other members of our family include; one dog, one cat, two turtles and several fish.
My love for reading began at the age of twelve on a stormy day. With nothing to do I was bugging my mother, she said, “Go read a book.” I have never stopped. As a teenager, I preferred horror books, mainly Stephen King. As I age, my reading tastes change and I currently read mysteries, romance, or erotica. It has always been my dream to write a book. Although writing is a hobby for me, I hope to produce a book to the best of my abilities and hope you have enjoyed what you read. Thank you for your support.
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Cover Reveal for Fragile Bonds by Sloan Johnson

“Without trust, we have nothing.”
These are the words which have haunted Melanie Erickson for six years. When she walked out of the house Xavier Ross bought as their forever home, she thought she was closing that door permanently, but fate had other plans.
Xavier Ross tried to keep everyone at a distance until Melanie came into his life. The more he tried to fight his feelings for her, the more he fell in love. One rash decision fractured the trust that was essential to their relationship.
Six years later, she is the last person he expects to see walk through his front door. Will Xavier and Mel be able to learn to trust one another again so they can fulfill a dying woman’s wish?
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Sloan is a Midwestern mom who began writing nearly seven years ago as a way to make money while staying home with her daughter. Now, with two kids in tow and having written more articles on how to assemble various pieces of furniture than she can count, she is reaching to make her dreams come true.
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Book Review for Devil of the Highlands (Devil of the Highlands #1) by Lynsay Sands

A Devil of the Highlands
Devil of The Highlands Book #1

By: Lybsay Sands


Reviewed by:Angels
Published: Avon
Source: Purchased Copy Gene:Historical Romance 

Book Blurb/Synopsis-

The "New York Times"-bestselling author of the Argeneau Vampire series delivers a sexy blend of love, laughter, and mayhem in the wilds of the Scottish Highlands.

They call him the Devil . . .

He is the most notorious laird of Scotland: fierce, cold, deadly . . . and maybe even worse. Yet Evelinde has just agreed to wed him. Anything, she thinks, is better than her cruel stepmother. Though Evelinde should be wary of the rumors, she can't help but be drawn to this warrior . . . for the Devil of the Highlands inspires a heat within her that is unlike anything she has ever known.

They may call him whatever they wish, but Cullen, Laird of Donnachaidh, cares only for the future of his clan. He must find a wife, a woman to bear him sons and heed his commands. He has no need for beauty or grace, but one taste of his lovely bride's sweet lips and the sultry feel of her skin arouse an untamed passion. Perhaps there's more to marriage than he thought . . .

Our Review

I thought this was a delightful read.Evelinde is currently living with her wicked step mother.Her step mother contracts a marriage for her with the Laird they called the Devil of the Highlands.The wicked step mother thinks that she is giving her to a man who is cruel and uncaring and is going to make her step daughter life more miserable then it already is .Upon the Laird meeting his bride her see's a women on a horse running back and forth with her dress in the air, turns out the lass stumble and fell into the river.They meet and have a slight accident and Cullen is slightly hurt and the lass comes to his aid forgetting about her own injuries and more worried about his.The sparks fly and the two share a kiss but, knowing she is promised to another vows to take that kiss to her marriage bed with the Devil himself.

Cullen informs the lass that he is the Duncan and she is not getting why he is trying to say he's the man she is to marry.Duncan seeing how his bride is treated by her stepmother he marries her at once.The marriage ceremony was quite funny due to some mixed up events.LOL

The rest of the story is just a genuine love story.Two people getting to know one another and learning to trust.Cullen being laird  is not used to being told what to do but, by taking advice from his friend he is looking to create and Happy home and a Happy wife.I admired that in this hardened Highland Cullen was such a likable character you could not help but fall in love with him to.He truly came to love and care for Evelinde which so many of that time period would not have even tried to please there wife as the were really just property and there to beget and heir.

Evelinde just loved her.She had so much sadness and unhappiness in her life she never seemed to get her down she always seemed pretty happy for the most part.With the the things going on around her she kept trying to explain them away even though she did not want to believe someone was out to hurt her.She looked like nothing but a accident prone women would could not take care of her self.Evelinde's accidents did not start happening until she started poking her nose into all the mysterious deaths going on around the Castle.

The pair learn to love and laugh along there way of trying to find out who is trying to kill his spirited wife while creating a bond between them which will last a life time.

A Recommended Read