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Book Review – LOVE YOU S’MORE (The Campfire Series) by Beth Merlin

 

LOVE YOU S’MORE (Campfire Series #3) by Beth Merlin

LOVE YOU S’MORE (The Campfire Series #3) by Beth Merlin

5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
Having successfully designed the wedding gown of the century, Gigi Goldstein is on top of the world – that is until it all suddenly comes crashing down around her. When the paparazzi captures her and Perry Gillman in a compromising moment the night of the royal wedding, she finds herself entangled in a scandal of global proportion. Convinced her carelessness has ruined every relationship in her life, she’s surprised and moved by her boyfriend, Gideon’s, sudden proposal of marriage and accepts it without a second thought.

Four months later, Gigi’s living at Badgley Hall contemplating an entirely new kind of life, while guilt, regret, and obligation keep calling her back to her old one. Will Gigi stay in South Gloucestershire, marry Gideon, and become the Countess of Harronsby?

Or, will unfinished opportunities and an old flame bring her back across the pond to confront her past and reclaim her future?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My Review
This is the final book in The Campfire Series, and it wraps up Gigi and Perry’s story with a heartfelt bow. Author Beth Merlin brings her dynamic characters back for a final performance, and it’s well worth the wait. After the royal wedding blew up in spectacular fashion, Gigi has retreated to Badgley Hall with Gideon to escape the limelight and regroup. But she soon realizes she doesn’t really fit in Gideon’s world either. As tabloid fodder, she doesn’t feel at home in English society and Gideon’s friends aren’t making things any easier. The longer she practices to be the future Countess of Harronsby, the more she misses designing. It’s in her blood, after all. Gigi has some tough choices to make once again, and this time, it’ll be harder than ever.

Plot
The plot moves along at the perfect pace, with plenty of unexpected twists. Because this is Perry and Gigi’s story, I might have known loosely how it would end, but not how it would get us there, and that was the most fun of all. Once again, the author does a masterful job of providing detailed descriptions, bringing her world to full, colorful life.

Characters
All of our favorites return, but the addition of some fun, new characters only adds to the vivacity of the cast. Merlin is a master at creating fully fleshed out characters that are people you’d love to hang out with. Even though they inhabit a world none of us could ever hope to be a part of, they remain down-to-earth and relatable in the best possible ways.

What I Loved About LOVE YOU S’MORE
1. Fashion.
Once again, we’re deep in the fashion world with vivid descriptions that make the couture jump off the pages.

2. Jamie and Thom. Now the dads to twins, these two got their HEA, and it’s so satisfying.

3. Gigi. She’s more poised now than ever before. She knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go after it.

4. Perry. He’s the same McDreamy-esque guy both Gigi and I fell in love with way back at Camp Chinooka.

5. Ending. A perfect wrap up to one of the best escape-read series I’ve enjoyed in a long time.

Bottom Line
A perfect ending to the series!

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About the Book
Title: LOVE YOU S’MORE
Series: The Campfire Series #3
Authors: Beth Merlin
Publisher: Firefly Hill Press
Release Date: September 25, 2018
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance/Women’s Fiction
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR | Barnes & Noble | iBooksKobo

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Author Beth Merlin

Author Beth Merlin

About the Author
Beth Merlin has a BA from The George Washington University where she minored in Creative Writing and a JD from New York Law School. She’s a native New Yorker who loves anything Broadway, rom-coms, her daughter Hadley, and a good maxi dress. She was introduced to her husband through a friend she met at sleepaway camp and considers the eight summers she spent there to be some of the most formative of her life. One S’more Summer is Beth’s debut novel.

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Where to find Beth Merlin
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Book Blitz – Excerpt – ACCIDENTALLY WORKING CLASS by Karly Lane

 

Welcome to the book blitz for ACCIDENTALLY WORKING CLASS, a standalone adult chick lit/women's fiction, by Karly Lane

Welcome to the book blitz for ACCIDENTALLY WORKING CLASS, a standalone adult chick lit/women’s fiction, by Karly Lane. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR.

ACCIDENTALLY WORKING CLASS, a standalone adult chick lit/women's fiction, by Karly Lane

ACCIDENTALLY WORKING CLASS by Karly Lane

About the Book
Title: ACCIDENTALLY WORKING CLASS
Author: Karly Lane
Release Date: July 1, 2022
Genre:
Adult Chick Lit/Women’s Fiction
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Synopsis
Socialite Quinn Appleton knows how to live life—at full speed and with no limits. She has the perfect life, an amazing boyfriend, friends by the bucketload and an eye for fashion. Life is good.

The Appletons are a household name, their eponymous biscuit empire having been in the family for over one hundred and fifty years, making them one of the country’s richest families. They are no strangers to controversy either, constantly gracing the covers of gossip magazines, caught in compromising positions at outrageous parties.

But CEO and matriarch Lady Elizabeth Appleton has had enough. Tired of her children and grandchildren not pulling their weight and dragging the once respectable Appleton name through the mud, she decides to cut them all off financially.

With her life in ruins, Quinn is just one Jimmy Choo heel away from living in a cardboard box when Gran gives her an ultimatum: take a job at the company for six months and her trust fund will be reinstated. The catch? She must do it under a false identity and work her way up—no one can know she’s an Appleton.

Surely it can’t be that hard to hold down a lousy job? After all, millions of other people seem to do it. But Quinn is about to learn just how different the world is when you find yourself suddenly working class..

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Excerpt #2
After yet another seemingly endless long day, Quinn kicked off her heels and sank to her bed, massaging her aching feet one at a time. She was desperate for a bath, but an image of the scum rings around the tub at the end of the hall sent a shudder through her. ‘Looks like a hot shower it’ll be,’ she muttered despondently, dragging herself back upright to find her comfiest lounging clothes before heading to the bathroom.

She opened the bathroom door and a wave of steam poured out to greet her. As it cleared, she found herself staring open-mouthed at a man who was shaving, standing naked except for a fluffy white towel wrapped around his hips.

She did a double-take—her fluffy white towel!

‘Hi,’ he said, far more calmly than the situation warranted.

‘That’s my towel!’ she shrieked.

He slowly looked down at the towel in question, which was tucked, somewhat haphazardly, around his lean hips, before glancing back up at her.

‘Yeah, sorry. I forgot to grab mine.’

‘Well, take it off!’

He kinked a lazy eyebrow and gave a slow smile that momentarily distracted her outrage.

‘Well, okay, if that’s what you want,’ he shrugged, putting down the razor and moving his fingers to the corner of the towel, holding it gingerly across his hips.

‘What the hell are you doing?’ she gasped, coming to her senses.

‘Giving your towel back.’

‘Oh my God. You’re naked. I don’t want to see you naked!’ she snapped, then swallowed nervously. I mean, it wouldn’t be the absolute worst view in town, a little voice inside reasoned, before she shook her head swiftly to dislodge the wayward thought. ‘What’s wrong with you?’

‘Just trying to keep you happy.’

She stared at this man before her, half his face freshly shaved, the other half still covered in shaving cream, watching her through slightly amused dark-blue eyes, and found herself close to tears. It really was too much. All she’d wanted was to take a hot shower to try and wash away the frustration of another day working in a stupid job she hated, and now she was standing here, being laughed at by some half-naked stranger wearing her Abyss and Habidecor one hundred percent Egyptian cotton towel!

‘Hey, I’m sorry,’ the stranger said, his demeanour changing instantly. ‘Seriously, I jumped in the shower and forgot my towel. I saw this one and figured I’d be able to duck back to my room and get dressed and replace it before anyone knew it was missing.’

‘Are you freaking crazy? You were going to use my towel—a complete stranger—and then just put it back?’ It was beyond gross.

‘I was planning on washing it first,’ he said, sounding insulted she’d even consider him doing anything less.

‘Oh, well, that’s big of you,’ she snapped, wiping her eyes before sniffing and searching for the box of tissues she’d put in here that morning.

‘We were out of toilet paper,’ he said sheepishly, looking across the room where the tissues sat on the floor beside the toilet.

Quinn’s shoulders slumped in defeat. Just when she figured this day couldn’t get any worse, it just kept proving her wrong.

Without a word, she turned on her heel and walked out of the bathroom.

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Teaser from ACCIDENTALLY WORKING CLASS, a standalone adult chick lit/women's fiction, by Karly Lane

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Author Karly Lane

Author Karly Lane

About the Author
Karly Lane lives on the beautiful Mid North Coast of NSW in Australia. A certified small town girl, she is most happy in a little town where everyone knows who your grand parents were. She writes women’s fiction – everything from romantic suspense to family sagas and life in rural Australia. She has romantic suspense titles published under Karlene Blakemore-Mowle and her latest release, Third Time Lucky is available now.

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Where to find Karly Lane
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – DARK BLUE WAVES by Kimberly Sullivan

 

Welcome to the book blitz for DARK BLUE WAVES, a standalone adult historical time travel romance by Kimberly Sullivan

Welcome to the book blitz for DARK BLUE WAVES, a standalone adult historical time travel romance by Kimberly Sullivan. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway. For a limited time, you can pick up the eBook for just $0.99.

DARK BLUE WAVES, a standalone adult historical time travel romance by Kimberly Sullivan

DARK BLUE WAVES by Kimberly Sullivan

About the Book
Title: DARK BLUE WAVES
Author: Kimberly Sullivan
Release Date: May 27, 2022
Genre:
Adult Historical Time Travel Romance/Women’s Fiction
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Synopsis
When you wake up in Bath, England two hundred years in the past, how far can a love of Jane Austen get you?

Janet Roberts dreams of an academic career in literature, so she can hardly believe her good fortune when she’s accepted into a Jane Austen graduate seminar in Bath, England. Settled in Georgian splendor among her seminar colleagues, Janet and her classmates live, eat and breathe Jane Austen.

An accident interrupts this idyll when Janet regains consciousness in her own room—back in Regency England. For a scholar of nineteenth-century literature, this should be a dream come true.

But Janet quickly learns there’s a world of difference between scholarly knowledge of the written page and maneuvering real life as a reluctant time traveler.

Her burgeoning friendship with Emma Huntington eases her entrée into nineteenth-century society. However, Emma’s brother, the handsome, proud and frustratingly magnetic Sir Edward, is far less welcoming.

While desperately attempting to make sense of her dilemma, Janet treads a thin line between trying to blend into her new world and not being unmasked as the imposter she is. Can she discover the way to return to her twenty-first century life? After working so hard to create a rewarding nineteenth-century life for herself and opening her hart to friendship and love, does she even want to?

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Teaser from DARK BLUE WAVES, a standalone adult historical time travel romance by Kimberly Sullivan

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Excerpt #2
In her room, Janet sat at the window seat, watching the people wandering the narrow streets of Bath. She read a few pages of her book before giving in to her exhaustion and crawling into bed. After setting the alarm, she drifted off to a troubled sleep.

A piano played in the distance. Mozart. Voi che sapete. Janet struggled to breathe. Something constricted her chest and waist, yet her feet still carried her forward at a brisk pace, through candle-filled hallways she didn’t recognize. Full-length portraits lined the walls. Thick velvet brushed against her legs as she walked.

An inexplicable sense of relief washed over her when she reached a room. Her hand clasped the doorknob and turned. She slipped inside, closing the door behind her.

Darkness enveloped her. Her heartbeat slowed as she looked up to something familiar. Individual, disjointed images captured her gaze. A billowing pink cloth. An alabaster face, slightly turned. Arms reaching up to the sky. A splattering of green. These flashes seemed to calm her, but she struggled in vain to see the single parts in their entirety.

A movement under the soothing images caught her attention. A chair was positioned before a fireplace. Someone stood. A man, his back toward her. He was tall, dressed in fine, old-fashioned clothes. There was something so familiar about him. Now he was turning and taking long strides across the room to where she stood. Her heart beat faster.

Janet tried in vain to make out his features but quickly gave up. It was as if she were glimpsing him through a fog. She longed to retreat, but her feet remained firmly rooted in place as his confident gait narrowed the distance between them.

Although he was mere inches from her, she could still not distinguish the features of his face. Only the depths of his blue eyes were distinct. As she gazed into them, she felt an unfamiliar fluttering in her stomach. The man slipped a book into her hand. She opened to see shadow words scrawled in thick, black ink. Squinting did not help bring them into focus. He began to speak. She watched his lips move. She heard his voice as if she were under water, not comprehending the individual words. Oddly soothing, but indecipherable.

He reached up and stroked her face before enveloping her in an embrace. Who was this stranger who was overly familiar with her? She knew she should scream and flee, but her thoughts did not control her body. Her legs made no attempt to move from this unknown man.

Inexplicably, she felt safe in his arms, with his heart beating solidly beside hers. Now he was pulling back, stroking her hair, searching her face.

Janet still only saw the shadow version of him, soft and out of focus. She gave up trying to reconstruct his face. His gaze mesmerized her. It seemed so familiar, made her knees feel weak. Those piercing blue eyes kept coming closer and closer to her own face until firm lips brushed against her own. A warmth spread throughout her body. High-pitched yells rang out. Her knees buckled.

A burst of pain exploded at her temple, and she woke with a panicked start. Her eyes flickered around the room in confusion. Deep breaths.

It was nothing. Her hotel room in Bath. A dream. Only a dream.

As her heartbeat slowed and her breathing calmed, she realized it was most likely the jet lag or all the silly talk of romantic literature. Her head throbbed. Willing the pain to stop, she closed her eyes and drifted back to sleep.

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Teaser from DARK BLUE WAVES, a standalone adult historical time travel romance by Kimberly Sullivan

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Author Kimberly Sullivan

Author Kimberly Sullivan

About the Author
Kimberly grew up in the suburbs of Boston and in Saratoga Springs, New York, although she now calls the Harlem neighborhood of New York City home when she’s back in the US. She studied political science and history at Cornell University and earned her MBA, with a concentration in strategy and marketing, from Bocconi University in Milan.

Afflicted with a severe case of Wanderlust, she worked in journalism and government in the US, Czech Republic and Austria, before settling down in Rome, where she works in international development, and writes fiction any chance she gets.

She is a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) and The Historical Novel Society and has published several short stories and two novels: Three Coins and Dark Blue Waves.

After years spent living in Italy with her Italian husband and sons, she’s fluent in speaking with her hands, and she loves setting her stories in her beautiful, adoptive country.

Where to find Kimberly Sullivan
Goodreads | Website │ Twitter | Instagram | BookBub

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Cover Reveal – EIGHT GOODBYES by Anna Gomez

 

Rosewind Books and author Anna Gomez are revealing the cover to EIGHT GOODBYES, a standalone adult contemporary romance/women's fiction, releasing January 31, 2023.

Rosewind Books and author Anna Gomez are revealing the cover to EIGHT GOODBYES, a standalone adult contemporary romance/women’s fiction, releasing January 31, 2023. See below for the cover, information on the book, preorder links, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR.

EIGHT GOODBYES, a standalone adult contemporary romance/women's fiction, by Anna Gomez

EIGHT GOODBYES by Anna Gomez

About the Book
Title: EIGHT GOODBYES
Author:
Anna Gomez
Publisher:
Rosewind Books
Release Date: January 31, 2023
Genre: 
Adult Contemporary Romance/Women’s Fiction
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR

Synopsis
“A heart-wrenching tale of two people destined to be together. Simon and Tessa are fantastically portrayed as star-crossed lovers whose lives are worlds apart. Even those who are not fans of romance will enjoy the relationships, scenery, and beautiful prose of this book. Five stars!” ~San Francisco Book Review

One universe, nine planets, 204 countries, 809 islands and 7 seas, and I had the privilege of meeting you.” –Unknown

When Tessa Talman first meets Simon Fremont, not only is she attracted to him, she’s intrigued by how different their lives are. He’s a dedicated scientist, practical, pragmatic, and grounded. She’s a head-in-the-clouds romance author. As their relationship grows, they meet in places around the world, while continuing to live in different countries.

Though their feelings for each other deepen, their priorities remain the same. Simon is in a hurry to be financially sound and settle down, but Tessa is enjoying her freedom and newfound success. Neither is willing to give in, but as each goodbye gets harder, Tessa begins to wonder whether fame is the path to happiness, or if she has everything she needs in Simon.

Just as Tessa finds the courage to go after her own happily ever after, the unthinkable happens, separating them in ways she never imagined.

To move forward, she must let go of the past and determine once and for all if love is truly more powerful than the pain of goodbye.

“A beautiful story of a woman’s quest to open her heart and let love in. It made me want to travel and fall in love all over again.” ~Willow Aster, USA Today Bestselling Author

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EIGHT GOODBYES, a standalone adult contemporary romance/women's fiction, by Anna Gomez

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Author Anna Gomez

Author Anna Gomez

About the Author
Anna Gomez was born in the city of Makati, Philippines and educated abroad. She met and married her best friend who whisked her away to Chicago over twenty years ago. She is Global Chief Financial Officer for Mischief and No Fixed Address, a consolidated group of advertising agencies. Gomez was recently selected for the 2020 HERoes Women Role Model Executives list, which celebrates 100 women who are leading by example and driving change to increase gender diversity in the workplace. Gomez has championed various ERGs for Black and API colleagues as well as resources essential to address challenges of ageism. She has sat on several boards, most recently serving as treasurer for Breathe for Justice and The Jensen Project, both focused on socio-economic issues, particularly violence against women and human trafficking.

Most recently, her novel MOMENTS LIKE THIS, co-authored with Kristoffer Polaha, was optioned for Film/TV. www.AnnaGomezBooks.com

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Where to Find Anna Gomez
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – DEAR ISOBEL by Jinny Alexander

 

Welcome to the book blitz for DEAR ISOBEL, a standalone adult contemporary novel by Jinny Alexander

Welcome to the book blitz for DEAR ISOBEL, a standalone adult contemporary women’s fiction by Jinny Alexander. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

DEAR ISOBEL, a standalone adult contemporary novel by Jinny Alexander

DEAR ISOBEL by Jinny Alexander

About the Book
Title: DEAR ISOBEL
Author: Jinny Alexander
Publisher: Creative James Media
Release Date: March 15, 2022
Genre: Adult Contemporary Women’s Fiction
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Synopsis
Two marriages, a bucket full of dreams and a pile of broken hearts.

She’s not sharing her name. She’s been judged enough.

Once, she had it all: a supportive husband, lovely children, and a prestigious career revitalising failing businesses in the wake of Ireland’s recession.

When her friend Isobel suggested she take on a new job in their tiny rural community, she didn’t expect to fall in love.

Now she has become the other woman, the marriage wrecker, the cheat, and the betrayer.

When the illicit relationship ends, she’s stuck between the ruined affair and a crumbling marriage. Jobless and bereft, she must try to salvage what remains.

Will talking to Isobel help pick up the pieces or shatter their lives forever?

 

 

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Excerpt #2
My tears anger her, she does not understand them. Nonetheless, it still catches me unawares, almost an entire week later, when I am the recipient of the emotional outburst bleeping into my inbox to inform me that my own emotional outbursts are unwelcome.

Dear Isobel,
Thank you for your emotional outburst to ask me not to have any emotional outbursts. It is good of you, as always, to tell me not to reply, just in case we begin an everlasting text conversation reminding each other not to have emotional outbursts.

Among the many things I cannot comprehend, I cannot comprehend her lack of understanding that this is an emotional time for me, as well as for her. How can she not understand I have lost the family I’ve known for the last four years and that her family have lost me? How can she not understand that for me to leave everything I ever wanted behind me, with the tears I shed on her doorstep, will undoubtedly make me cry and cry and cry? I know I am the cheater and not the cheated, but, at times like this, it still feels as if we have lost the same things, Isobel and me. I can still put myself in her shoes, so why can she no longer fit into mine? Her text is emotional, with misspellings and anger, and I can tell she has been drinking.

Dear Isobel,
You should hide your phone before you open wine.

There is an element of hypocrisy I must admit to, as I send this text with the uncomfortable knowledge that I, too, should hide my own wine, along with my phone.

Dear Isobel,
It is good of you to keep up this regular contact, approximately once weekly, I believe so far, to remind me not to have any contact with you. I appreciate it.

She clearly doesn’t realise I will think of her weekly even without her reminding me not to think of her. Daily, even. Hourly, in fact. I wonder will there ever come a time when she and Charles do not fill my thoughts in all my waking hours?

Dear Isobel,
Why don’t you realise that each time you contact me, it triggers a thousand memories, and I then spend far longer thinking of your husband than I was before your message came through?

Although I was pleased to have seen him, and to have spoken to him, while the girls had their lesson on that dark night, and to have remained calm and civil, I then go to bed thinking of him, and wishing it was not like this. I lie against my own husband—I drape my arms and legs around and across and over him—but it is not him I am thinking of as I fall asleep.

Dear Isobel,
Which of us is Charles thinking of as he lies next to you and falls asleep?

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DEAR ISOBEL, a standalone adult contemporary novel by Jinny Alexander is out now!

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Author Jinny Alexander

Author Jinny Alexander

About the Author
Jinny was first published in Horse and Pony magazine at the age of ten. She’s striving to achieve equal accolade now she’s (allegedly) a grown up. She secured a publishing deal in December 2020 and her first two novels will be released by Creative James Media in 2022.

Jinny teaches English as a foreign language to people all over the world, which gives her an endless source of new inspiration for stories. Her home for now is in rural Ireland, which she shares with her husband and far too many animals. Her two children have grown up and flown the nest – mostly. She quite likes to shut the door on them all and write.

 

Where to Find Jinny Alexander
Goodreads | WebsiteFacebook | TwitterInstagram | Amazon

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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – THREE COINS by Kimberly Sullivan

 

Welcome to the book blitz for THREE COINS, a standalone adult contemporary women's fiction, by Kimberly Sullivan

Welcome to the book blitz for THREE COINS, a standalone adult contemporary women’s fiction, by Kimberly SullivanSee below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

THREE COINS, a standalone adult contemporary women's fiction, by Kimberly Sullivan

THREE COINS by Kimberly Sullivan

About the Book
Title: THREE COINS
Author: Kimberly Sullivan
Release Date: October 22, 2020
Genre:
Adult Contemporary Women’s Fiction
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Synopsis
One Eternal City. Three women. Three wishes. Three coins.

Emma, an American expat living in Rome for twenty years, can’t count on her ex-husband to help out with the kids when things get tough. Dario Rinaldi, famed plastic surgeon to the stars, is too busy gallivanting around Europe with young women to take an interest in his family.

Beautiful Tiffany, born and bred in Iowa, is desperate to get a spot as a dancer on an Italian television show. But is she willing to do whatever it takes to make her dreams of TV stardom come true?

Annarita, from an Italian-American family in Yonkers, teaches English to over-privileged Italians and regularly has her heart trampled by boyfriends all wrong for her. As her mother is always quick to point out, nothing has gone right for her since she moved to Italy. And she isn’t getting any younger, either.

Emma, Tiffany and Annarita all meet up by chance at a 1950s movie night while on a restorative holiday at a beach resort off-season. The triumphs and hardships of these three very different women become intertwined as they form an unlikely friendship and work to better their messy lives.

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Teaser from THREE COINS, a standalone adult contemporary women's fiction, by Kimberly Sullivan

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Excerpt #2
The doorbell rang. Gently, Tiffany placed the shoes down and made her way to the door. After peering through the peephole, she smiled and flung open the door.

“Ciao bello. Come stai oggi?”

Simone’s eyes examined her from head to toe. Grasping her by the shoulder, he spun her gently around. “Wow, much better after seeing you. Good thing I never have students like you in my classes. Too distracting.”

She tapped him on the chest. “You’re such a tease. You didn’t even see me in my heels. I’ll knock before I go out.”

There was a spark in his hazel eyes. “Where are you going, dressed to kill? Out to break more hearts?”

She sighed. “I wish. I’m going to a party. The producer of a show I’m auditioning for will be there. I have to make a good impression.”

Simone raised an eyebrow. “Dressed like that, how could you not?” He reached for her hand. “It sounds to me like you need a good, home-cooked meal to strengthen you before the attack.”

Tiffany groaned. “Not again. I had to hold my breath to squeeze into this dress. Your cooking will bust the seams.”

“There’s nothing to you, Tiffany. I may not watch those shows, but I am an Italian male. I don’t think skeletal frames are any man’s ideal. Just a little. I promise not to force-feed you.” He smiled, setting off the crinkles around his eyes.

Tiffany could never resist Simone. He was like a big puppy dog. And since they’d been neighbors, he was more like a brother to her than her own brother had ever been. “Okay, you win. Lead the way.”

She allowed herself to be nudged next door. She’d been so many times to this apartment, a mirror image of her own, but so much more grown up. Good quality furniture, overflowing floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, a fully equipped kitchen that Simone actually used on a daily basis. When Simone returned from the high school biology classes he taught, he went for a jog, then got to work in the kitchen. Heavenly aromas wafted from under his door every evening when she returned, while Tiffany wondered if she had enough lettuce left over in the fridge for a salad.

“I still haven’t gotten used to cooking for one.” He pulled a hot bakery tray from the oven.

Tiffany waited until he’d turned. “How’s Ramona? Have you spoken to her?” She knew Simone didn’t want to talk about it, while still wanting desperately to talk about it.

He turned his back to her again, placing bread slowly onto a plate. “She likes Chicago. She prefers e-mailing to calling or Skyping, says the sound of my voice makes her nostalgic. Makes her weaken her resolve about our deal.” His shoulders slouched.

Tiffany held back rather than slipping comforting arms around him.

“I hate how she calls it ‘our’ deal, when she’s the one who wanted to go to Chicago, free from all ties. I was willing to wait for her.”

Tiffany heard a sigh, but when Simone turned around he was smiling. She suspected his acting skills were far more developed than her own.

He placed the serving plate on the table with a flourish. “Crusty, homemade French bread, with melted gorgonzola and hazelnuts.”

“You’re freaking kidding me. You even bake your own bread?”

“Ah, ah, ah.” He slapped her hand playfully. “No profanity at this dinner table, Signorina Walker.”

“Oh, please.” Tiffany held up a steaming piece of baguette, smelling the melted gorgonzola. “Your English is so damned perfect and precise. You need to shake it up a bit, make it a bit more colorful.” She grinned. “That’s where I come in.”

“So you see? I lucked out with my choice of neighbor.”

“Ha!” Tiffany swallowed a bite. “Luck’s got nothing to do with it. Where else could we afford to live on two teacher’s salaries? A penthouse on Piazza di Spagna?”

Simone’s face clouded over. “Ramona’s company pays for some luxurious condo.”

He made a face and the word, on his lips, sounded vulgar.

“It overlooks Lake Michigan and the skyline. It has a gym and a twenty-four hour doorman.” He allowed his voice to grow soft. “She’s not coming back.”

Tiffany sighed and placed her hand over Simone’s. His hazel eyes looked so vulnerable. A lock of his thick, dark hair fell over his eyes, and she longed to brush it away. “No, she isn’t, Simone.”

“Yeah, I know.”

His voice sounded heartbreakingly sad. For the second time, Tiffany fought the urge to embrace him. “You need to get over her. There must be some gorgeous colleague at work. Cook her dinner and she’ll swoon.” She stroked his arm. “I can’t think of a better boyfriend than you.”

His gaze met hers. “Ramona didn’t think so. She couldn’t sprint away fast enough.”

“Ramona doesn’t know what she’s missing.”

One side of his mouth twitched up. “Then why aren’t you jumping me when you have the chance? I’m lonely and vulnerable.”

“I would, but I’m vain and shallow. I need a man in show business, with a fancy car and a yacht. Someone who’ll have the contacts to get me on TV.” She shrugged. “A high school biology teacher—no matter how sexy and adept in the kitchen he is—just won’t cut it.”

Simone laughed. “Fair enough. You’re more honest than my girlfriend. I mean, my ex.” He poured wine into her glass. The oven timer went off. “The lasagna is ready.”

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Teaser from THREE COINS, a standalone adult contemporary women's fiction, by Kimberly Sullivan

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Author Kimberly Sullivan

Author Kimberly Sullivan

About the Author
I write the women’s fiction stories I love to read, both contemporary and historic tales of women and the rich lives they lead along their journeys of self-discovery. A lifetime admirer and longtime resident of Italy, I’m often guilty of sneaking the bel paese into my stories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to find Kimberly Sullivan
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Blog Tour – Excerpt – BABY BLUE (Corrington Brothers Series) by Leesa Wright

 

Welcome to the blog tour for BABY BLUE, the second standalone book in the the historical romance series, Corrington Brothers, by Leesa Wright

Welcome to the blog tour for BABY BLUE, the second standalone book in the the historical romance series, Corrington Brothers, by Leesa Wright. See below for information on the book and series, preorder links, an exclusive excerpt, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR.

BABY BLUE, the second standalone book in her adult historical romance series, Corrington Brothers, by Leesa Wright

BABY BLUE (Corrington Brothers Series #2) by Leesa Wright

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: BABY BLUE
Series: Corrington Brothers Series, #2
Author: Leesa Wright
Release Date: August 1y, 2021
Genre:
Adult Historical Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR

Synopsis
The saga of the Corrington brothers continues from the heart of San Francisco to Woodstock. Baby Blue takes the reader from the hippy movement through the post-war trials of returning Vietnam veterans.

Captain Donall Corrington: A Naval fighter pilot recovering from the physical and mental wounds from his time as a prisoner of war. Sitting on the dock of the bay, Donall meets Anablue Baker: A quirky flower child, alone and lost in the world. The Daughter of a vengeful admiral who has no problem using her for his gain. Anablue grieves for her twin brother lost to the horrors of war. Torn from the arms of the man she loves, terrified for her life, and to save her lover, Anablue flees to face her future on the run.

Captivated by her sky-blue eyes, nothing will stop Donall from righting the wrong of forbidden love. Returning to his arms the one woman he’s waited a lifetime to find.

Leesa Wright has again brought her love of history to life in this new 20th Century Historical Fiction Romance. Baby Blue is available now.

Come and be swept up in this romantic saga set amidst the tumultuous sixties. When a nation at war cries for peace and star-crossed lovers go on the adventure of a lifetime.

 

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Excerpt
“L Ü’â get out of here. That’s the second time some strange guy walking by has sneered at me,” Elijah said.

“You’ve got military written all over you. We both know they are not nice to our returning troops,” Elyse said, a shimmer of tears in her eyes.

“Yeah,” Elijah gruffly replied. “Any little piss-ant that spits at me will find himself pounded into a puddle.”

Concern in her eyes, “Elijah. Please. They have no clue what our troops go through.”

Elijah nodded his head. “Lets’ go before Bunker falls asleep.”

“Yes, I need to get to class,” Elyse replied.

“Be careful driving home afterward, brat. It’s a long drive.” “I’m sorry you have to adjust your schedule and drive down here so often,” Elyse said.

“Don’t be silly. This is what we both wanted,” Elijah replied.

Kissing his wife goodbye, Elijah watched the swing of Elyse’s hips as she walked down the sidewalk toward the dance studio a few blocks away. Looking at Bunker. “Let’s go pick up your hot mama’s birthday present, then go get some sheet music.”

A plain young woman named Kim was at the cash register as Elijah went into the bookstore. He asked for his French poetry book on order. She called down an aisle to a co-worker, asking where the copy had been placed. Another youthful- sounding woman called back; it was under the register. Paying for his book, he left and headed up the street to the music store.

Once inside the store, Elijah headed for the sheet music section. Flipping through the composers, not looking for anything in particular. An aroma drifted up, and he looked down at Bunker. “Oh no, not here, buddy.” Pulling back the diaper so he could peek inside. Coughing and gagging, he looked around for the head. He didn’t see it, so he went up front. A hippy worked the register, his shoulder-length long brown hair swinging back and forth as he moved his arms to clear the air.

“Dude, your kid stinks,” the hippy said. “Where’s the head?” Elijah asked.

Confused. “What’s a head?” the hippy asked. “The men’s room,” Elijah growled.

“Oh, go through those double doors in the back, the last door on the left.”

Elijah pushed the stroller into the head. Lifting Bunker out of the stroller, holding the baby up. “Next time, save it for mama. And that’s an order.” The baby gurgled and laughed, flopping his chubby little arms while kicking his feet.

“Just so you know. A full diaper is considered insubordination,” Elijah said, smiling as he looked into his son’s amethyst- colored eyes. Looking at the black curls covering Bunkers head.

“You need a haircut soon. But first, let’s figure out how to clean you up.”

He stripped the baby’s cloth diaper and plastic pants off, throwing them both in the trash.

He miraculously cleaned and diapered the tiny tot, lathering him with diaper cream. Holding the baby up. “I have had hundreds of troops under my command. Crawled through mud and swill, I’ve been waist-deep in a leech-filled swamp and lived through the worst possible conditions. And none of those experiences come in any way close to the mess you just made.” The baby gave him a sweet half-smile, and Elijah’s heart melted as it had a thousand times before. “You have your mama’s guilty as charged smile.”

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BABY BLUE, the second standalone book in her adult historical romance series, Corrington Brothers, by Leesa Wright out now!

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Book 1: OPERATION AMETHYST
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Author Leesa Wright

Author Leesa Wright

About the Author
Leesa makes her home in the Twin Cities metro area with her husband and her two dogs Rosie and Jax.

When she isn’t writing she enjoys gardening, painting, and reading romance novels. She and her husband also enjoy movies, traveling, and entertaining their two grown children along with several beautiful grandchildren.

Leesa’s favorite romance authors are Kathleen Woodwiss, Christine Feehan, and Johanna Lindsey.

The book’s inspiration came one night from a dream about the characters, a song, and the story around them.

 

 

 

 

Where to find Leesa Wright
Goodreads Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Release Day – BABY BLUE (Corrington Brothers Series) by Leesa Wright

 

Today is release day for BABY BLUE, the second standalone book in her the historical romance series, Corrington Brothers, by Leesa Wright

Today is release day for BABY BLUE, the second standalone book in her the historical romance series, Corrington Brothers, by Leesa Wright. See below for information on the book and series, preorder links, an exclusive excerpt, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR.

BABY BLUE, the second standalone book in her adult historical romance series, Corrington Brothers, by Leesa Wright

BABY BLUE (Corrington Brothers Series #2) by Leesa Wright

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: BABY BLUE
Series: Corrington Brothers Series, #2
Author: Leesa Wright
Release Date: August 1y, 2021
Genre:
Adult Historical Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR

Synopsis
The saga of the Corrington brothers continues from the heart of San Francisco to Woodstock. Baby Blue takes the reader from the hippy movement through the post-war trials of returning Vietnam veterans.

Captain Donall Corrington: A Naval fighter pilot recovering from the physical and mental wounds from his time as a prisoner of war. Sitting on the dock of the bay, Donall meets Anablue Baker: A quirky flower child, alone and lost in the world. The Daughter of a vengeful admiral who has no problem using her for his gain. Anablue grieves for her twin brother lost to the horrors of war. Torn from the arms of the man she loves, terrified for her life, and to save her lover, Anablue flees to face her future on the run.

Captivated by her sky-blue eyes, nothing will stop Donall from righting the wrong of forbidden love. Returning to his arms the one woman he’s waited a lifetime to find.

Leesa Wright has again brought her love of history to life in this new 20th Century Historical Fiction Romance. Baby Blue is available now.

Come and be swept up in this romantic saga set amidst the tumultuous sixties. When a nation at war cries for peace and star-crossed lovers go on the adventure of a lifetime.

 

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Excerpt
“Where’s the kid?”

“What kid?”

“The little shitty one.” The hippy said.

“I don’t have a kid, shitty or otherwise,” Donall replied. The hippy looked at him, then leaned over the counter to look at the floor.

“Same blue shirt, no kid,” he mumbled. “You’re sure?”

“Yeah, I’m sure,” Donall replied as he picked up a bottle of strawberry oil, opened it, and sniffed the fragrance.

The hippy, a little wild-eyed now. “And the patchouli oil for your old lady?”

“She’s not old, and trust me, she doesn’t need it,” Donall replied.

The hippy scratched his head and gave him a strange look. “That’s exactly what you said before.”

“You okay, man?” Looking at his name tag. “You been sniffing glue on break, Mike?” Donall asked.

“Wow, this is far out, man. Maybe I dropped too much acid last night,” Mike replied.

Donall nodded his head, “Yeah. You might want to consider saving some brain cells, dude.” and he turned to leave.

“Peace out, man, power to the people,” Mike said as he raised his hand and gave him the peace sign.

“Yeah, peace,” Donall replied. Donall noted the red Camaro was gone. He climbed on his bike, revving the engine. He pulled away from the curb. Maybe I should take Anablue on a bike ride this weekend. We’ll see how tomorrow goes.

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BABY BLUE, the second standalone book in her adult historical romance series, Corrington Brothers, by Leesa Wright out now!

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Get Caught Up on the Series

Book 1: OPERATION AMETHYST
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Author Leesa Wright

Author Leesa Wright

About the Author
Leesa makes her home in the Twin Cities metro area with her husband and her two dogs Rosie and Jax.

When she isn’t writing she enjoys gardening, painting, and reading romance novels. She and her husband also enjoy movies, traveling, and entertaining their two grown children along with several beautiful grandchildren.

Leesa’s favorite romance authors are Kathleen Woodwiss, Christine Feehan, and Johanna Lindsey.

The book’s inspiration came one night from a dream about the characters, a song, and the story around them.

 

 

 

 

Where to find Leesa Wright
Goodreads Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Blog Tour – Excerpt + Giveaway – BETTER BELIEVE IT by Fern Ronay

 

Welcome to the blog tour for BETTER BELIEVE IT, a standalone adult contemporary women's fiction, by Fern Ronay

Welcome to the blog tour for BETTER BELIEVE IT, a standalone adult contemporary women’s fiction, by Fern Ronay. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

BETTER BELIEVE IT, a standalone adult contemporary women's fiction, by Fern Ronay

BETTER BELIEVE IT by Fern Ronay

About the Book
Title:
BETTER BELIEVE IT
Author: Fern Ronay
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing, LLC
Release Date: December 3, 2019
Genre: Adult Contemporary/Women’s Fiction
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play

Synopsis
Jada Marlone’s life appears to be perfect on social media. She has a loving husband, a beautiful child, and a successful career. What she doesn’t post about is the disconnect she feels in her marriage, the difficulties of motherhood, and her strained relationship with her mother.

Resigned to never being truly happy, Jada runs into an ex-boyfriend. While trying to decide whether the coincidence is her second chance at happiness, Jada begins having dreams that feature her dead cousin Gina.

With Gina’s help, Jada starts to uncover the real reasons behind her life decisions. As Jada tries to figure out her future, uncontrollable events threaten her resolve. Will she be able to draw from all she learned from Gina, or will she risk making the same mistakes twice?

 

 

 

 

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Excerpt #2
I hate my husband.

Mark was a hard-working, successful intellectual-property attorney and a good father to our three-year-old son, Ethan. But every time he opened his mouth, I cringed.

I watched him push Ethan on the swing as I sat on a bench a few yards away. Every time he pulled the swing back, he would say in a high pitch, “Up, up, up.” And when he let go, he would say in a low baritone, “Down, down, downnntown.”

I surveyed my surroundings. All I had access to at the moment was a large, heavy stroller piled high with a bag of supplies, most of which were never used, like the first aid kit, emergency change of clothes, emergency change of underwear, and boxes of juice.

Can I stab myself in the neck with a juice straw? Will it kill me? Will it end this misery?

I assumed I felt that way because I was wasn’t grateful enough. I had only myself to blame. I had to get better at gratitude. My friend Veronica Buccino Blackman was always rattling off all the things she was grateful for, and I could only ever come up with “I’m grateful for chocolate.” Dark. At least 70 percent cacao. The higher, the better. And I was grateful for quiet people on the train. People who talked on their cell phones on the train—or worse, people who tried to make conversation on the train—were the worst people in the world. Quiet people were so underappreciated.

The sun was directly overhead, pulsing hot rays through my skull. I scanned the park for another bench in the shade, but the one to my left was occupied by the mom of twin girls around Ethan’s age and their schnauzer, Popcorn. Popcorn was a park regular. He was cute but a notorious toe licker. Disgusting. My sandaled toes curled in repulsion. The bench to my right was empty, but it didn’t provide all that much shade. Still, I reached for Ethan’s stroller, and as I struggled to move it, his Buddy the Bulldozer remote control fell. Ugh. We were already on our third replacement. Luckily, Ethan didn’t see that as he was going “downnnntown.” I recoiled.

As I pushed the stroller toward the other bench, still in sight line with Mark’s broad shoulders pulling back the swing, he called for me. “Hey, Jada. Jay. Jay!”

I shielded my eyes from the sun. “What?”

“Can you bring over a juice?”

I stepped down on the stroller brake, popped a straw in a juice box, and walked over to the swings.

Ethan took one sip and declared, “No. I want applesauce.”

I walked back to the stroller, retrieved an applesauce, twisted off the cap, and walked back over to the swings.

Ethan took one mouthful and declared, “No. I want to get pushed.”

So I went back to my bench, but not before I got them to smile for a picture. I posted it with the caption, “Another perfect day in the park with my boys!” and a heart emoji. I plopped down on the bench and wondered what wrong turn I’d taken in life to get to this point.

Is this it? Is this happiness? Sitting in a park on a Saturday in the summer, watching kids drip their snot all over the slides and monkey bars? Serving up juice and applesauce? Hating your husband?

“Popcorn!” The frantic scream came from behind me. Popcorn ran as fast as he could right toward me. I wondered what he was gunning so hard for all of a sudden. The nearly full juicebox? Then he ran right past me. The exit?

I stood, stretching my neck toward the wrought iron gates of the park so my eyes could follow Popcorn’s path. Run, Popcorn! Run! I found myself cheering inside. Go, Popcorn! Go! Freedom awaits!

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Author Fern Ronay

Author Fern Ronay

About the Author
Fern Ronay has lived in NYC, Chicago, and now sunny Los Angeles with her husband, but she will always consider herself a Jersey girl. She is the author of two novels, Better in the Morning and Better Believe It, and is the host of the podcast Signs from the Other Side, as well as a host at the AfterBuzzTV network. Follow Fern on Instagram @FernRonay and check out her free ebook at FernRonay.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Where to Find Fern Ronay
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Cover Reveal – BABY BLUE (Corrington Brothers Series) by Leesa Wright

 

Author Lessa Wright is revealing the cover to BABY BLUE, the second standalone book in her adult historical romance series, Corrington Brothers, releasing August 17, 2021. See below for the cover, information on the book and series, preorder links, an exclusive excerpt, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR.

BABY BLUE, the second standalone book in her adult historical romance series, Corrington Brothers, by Leesa Wright

BABY BLUE (Corrington Brothers Series #2) by Leesa Wright

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: BABY BLUE
Series: Corrington Brothers Series, #2
Author: Leesa Wright
Release Date: August 1y, 2021
Genre:
Adult Historical Romance
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR

Synopsis
The saga of the Corrington brothers continues from the heart of San Francisco to Woodstock. Baby Blue takes the reader from the hippy movement through the post-war trials of returning Vietnam veterans.

Captain Donall Corrington: A Naval fighter pilot recovering from the physical and mental wounds from his time as a prisoner of war. Sitting on the dock of the bay, Donall meets Anablue Baker: A quirky flower child, alone and lost in the world. The Daughter of a vengeful admiral who has no problem using her for his gain. Anablue grieves for her twin brother lost to the horrors of war. Torn from the arms of the man she loves, terrified for her life, and to save her lover, Anablue flees to face her future on the run.

Captivated by her sky-blue eyes, nothing will stop Donall from righting the wrong of forbidden love. Returning to his arms the one woman he’s waited a lifetime to find.

Leesa Wright has again brought her love of history to life in this new 20th Century Historical Fiction Romance. Baby Blue is available now.

Come and be swept up in this romantic saga set amidst the tumultuous sixties. When a nation at war cries for peace and star-crossed lovers go on the adventure of a lifetime.

 

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Excerpt
Anablue stood on the dock next to Donall’s sailboat. The string of profanity coming from inside the cabin burnt her ears. A cloud of choking, acrid, diesel exhaust poured from the galley as Donall made an exit coughing, choking while waving his arms to clear the air. He stopped, his loud and descriptive curse dying on his lips.

Her eyes wide and a half-smile on her face. She bit her lip. “Hmmm. Engine trouble?” she ventured. Donall’s frustration was apparent as he snarled, pointing inside the cabin. “That beast. That beast should be taken out, shot, burnt, and sunk to the bottom of the bay.”

“Well. Let me look at it first,” she said.

“You? You want to take a shot at it? A girl.”

“You doubt me?” she asked.

Nodding his head, regarding her with amused skepticism. “Okay Baby blue. Take your best shot.”

Anablue set her things down. Buttoning up her pink painting shirt, she climbed down onto the deck of the boat.

Pulling her hair back and tying it into a messy bun. Taking the wrench from his hand, she walked into the cabin with a sassy “just watch me” swing to her hips.

The engine was tucked under the floorboards of the cabin. Lying next to him on her tummy on the floor, she worked while he handed her the various tools she needed.

“I didn’t know sailboats had engines,” she said. “Kind of odd, don’t you think?”

“I think the previous owner added it. You need one if you end up adrift somewhere. I would hate to have to paddle back to port,” Donall said.

“Oh yeah. That would not be fun.”

“So, tell me how a girl like you knows how to fix an engine?” Donall asked.

“It goes back a while. First, it’s time for a secret.”

Donall chuckled. “Tell away.”

“I’m afraid of horses,” she said. “They’re big and intimidating. Mind you, I lived on a ranch. I never quite mastered the art of horseback riding like my brother and just about everyone else did. For me, just getting on the horse was like a clown show, let alone getting the horse to go where I wanted it to go.

“Your secret is safe with me,” Donall said.

“Anyhow, when I was fourteen I was always tinkering on my Gram’s old tractor, along with old engines in the pole barn. I used it as an excuse not to ride. I was too busy. Eventually, I talked the old mechanic, Bud, into hiring me to work at the gas station in town.”

A wide grin split his face. “A mechanic, you’re a mechanic.”

“Don’t laugh. I started out pumping gas and changing oil. Bud finally let me help him work on cars and trucks. He was getting old, so he retired and sold the gas station. The new owner didn’t want a girl working for him. I lost my job. So, you see I’ve been dealing with sexism for a very long time.”

Donall nodded. “You’re right. I was out of line. I am sorry.”

She nodded her head. “It hurt at the time, but then I was off to “see the world” with a new job.

After a couple of years, Gram got sick and I couldn’t leave her alone, so I had to go home. Even after she died, I never went back. Being a woman mechanic, they didn’t want me back. I was a bit of an embarrassment for them. I am, however, a certified mechanic.”

“How did you manage that?”

“In high school, I took night classes. I stuffed my hair up into a hat and wore my brother’s baggy clothes. They thought I was a boy.”

“They had to be blind. Even covered in grease I can see you’re a girl.”

“My dream when I was growing up was to own that little gas station.”

“And now?” Donall asked.

“I don’t know right now. The funny thing is, dreams change,” Anablue replied.

Donall reached over and ran his finger down her cheekbone to her neck. Snuggling into her, he placed soft kisses on her neck.

“No canoodling the mechanic,” she said, with a shiver.

Donall’s muffled laughter as he nuzzled her neck sent desire coursing through her body. She dropped the wrench and turned to him. He pulled her into his arms as his lips found hers. Tasting, exploring, he plundered her mouth and her neck, moving to the hint of cleavage at the V of her shirt. His hands roamed her body. From the curve of her back to her waist, and up to cup her breasts. She returned his fervent kisses, lost in his touch, an unknown need grew inside of her.

“Eight bells, Anablue.” Capt. Jack’s call brought her out of her passion-filled trance. Sitting up, she traced his lips with her finger leaving a trail of grease.

“You’re a dangerous man, Donall with two L’s.” She rose to her feet and left the cabin.

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BABY BLUE, the second standalone book in her adult historical romance series, Corrington Brothers, by Leesa Wright release on August 17

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Get Caught Up on the Series

Book 1: OPERATION AMETHYST
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Author Leesa Wright

Author Leesa Wright

About the Author
Leesa makes her home in the Twin Cities metro area with her husband and her two dogs Rosie and Jax.

When she isn’t writing she enjoys gardening, painting, and reading romance novels. She and her husband also enjoy movies, traveling, and entertaining their two grown children along with several beautiful grandchildren.

Leesa’s favorite romance authors are Kathleen Woodwiss, Christine Feehan, and Johanna Lindsey.

The book’s inspiration came one night from a dream about the characters, a song, and the story around them.

 

 

 

 

Where to find Leesa Wright
Goodreads Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Cover Reveal – THE LIGHT IN THE WOUND (The Light in the Wound Series) by Christine Brae

 

Author Christine Brae is revealing the cover to THE LIGHT IN THE WOUND, the first book in the adult contemporary romance/women's fiction series, The Light in the Wound, releasing September 1, 2021

Author Christine Brae is revealing the cover to THE LIGHT IN THE WOUND, the first book in the adult contemporary romance/women’s fiction series, The Light in the Wound, releasing September 1, 2021. See below for the cover, information on the book, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR.

THE LIGHT IN THE WOUND, the first book in the adult contemporary romance/women's fiction series, The Light in the Wound, by Christine Brae

THE LIGHT IN THE WOUND (The Light in the Wound Series #1) by Christine Brae

About the Book
Title: THE LIGHT IN THE WOUND
Author: 
Christine Brae
Publisher: 
Vesuvian Books
Release Date:
September 1, 2021
Genre: 
Adult Contemporary Romance/Women’s Fiction
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
“The wound is the place where the light enters you.” ~Rumi

Affected by her parents’ highly publicized divorce, Isabel Amarra grows up isolated and alone, vowing to never repeat their mistakes. But when Jesse Cain enters her life, Isabel falls hopelessly in love with him. Every sadness she’s ever felt is washed away by his intensity and passion.

As time goes by and Isabel leaves her teenage years behind, her needs and perspectives change. Then she meets Alex Ailey, who shows her a love that is selfless and freeing.

Despite everything, Isabel fights to stay with Jesse, determined to hold on to what they once had—until she can no longer deny her true feelings.

But if Isabel lets go, can a second love ever be enough to make her forget her first.

 

 

 

 

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Teaser from THE LIGHT IN THE WOUND, the first book in the adult contemporary romance/women's fiction series, The Light in the Wound, by Christine Brae

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Author Christine Brae

Author Christine Brae

About the Author
Christine Brae is a full time career woman who thought she could write a book about her life and then run away as far as possible from it. She never imagined that her words would touch the hearts of so many women with the same story to tell. Her second book, His Wounded Light was released in December, 2013.

Christine’s third book, Insipid, is a standalone that was released in June, 2014, and her fourth book, In This Life, released in January 2016.

When not listening to the voices in her head or spending late nights at the office, Christine can be seen shopping for shoes and purses, running a half marathon or spending time with her husband and three children in Chicago.

Christine is represented by Italia Gandolfo of Gandolfo Helin Literary Management.

 

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Where to Find Christine Brae
Goodreads | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Amazon

Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – THE RESTARTING POINT (Chammont Point Series) by Marci Bolden

`Welcome to the book blitz for THE RESTARTING POINT, the first book in the women's fiction series, Chammont Point, by Marci Bolden, releasing April 27, 2021.

Welcome to the book blitz for THE RESTARTING POINT, the first book in the women’s fiction series, Chammont Point, by Marci Bolden, releasing April 27, 2021. See below for information on the book, preorder links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

THE RESTARTING POINT, the first book in the women's fiction series, Chammont Point, by Marci Bolden

THE RESTARTING POINT (Chammont Point Series #1) by Marci Bolden

About the Book
Title:
THE RESTARTING POINT
Series: Chammont Point Series #1
Author:
Marci Bolden
Release Date: April 27, 2021
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR | Barnes & NobleiBooks | Kobo | GooglePlay

Synopsis
Marketing executive and mother of two, Jade Kelly can now add cancer survivor to her list of successes. But while her life looks good on paper, four months out of treatment, Jade realizes she hardly knows her college-age children and she and her husband Nick are little more than housemates.

Determined to start over, Jade schedules a family vacation to a lakefront cabin. When her kids bail and Nick stays home to handle a last minute work crisis, Jade heads to Chammont Point alone, determined to dust herself off and figure out what to do with the rest of her life.

While she’s away, the life she thought she had unravels. Secrets, lies, and old wounds drive Jade into new adventures and new relationships. With the help of family and new found friends, Jade learns starting over sometimes means finding a brand new restarting point.

 

 

 

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Teaser from THE RESTARTING POINT, the first book in the women's fiction series, Chammont Point, by Marci Bolden

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Excerpt
Jade was thinking anything would be a welcomed distraction when the door swung open.

“Knock, knock,” Darby sang as she poked her head in without actually knocking. Nor did she wait for Jade to invite her in before entering. She held out a plastic container from the grocery store and lifted a bottle of wine. “I thought you might need these. I hope you like mint brownies and red wine.”

Jade had always adored both. However, she’d completely altered her diet after her diagnosis. She’d never been a heavy drinker, but as soon as she’d read that alcohol and junk food increased the risks for the type of cancer she’d had, she’d cut those indulgences from her life. She hadn’t had either in over a year. “You didn’t have to do that.”

After easing her offerings onto the table, Darby faced Jade. “Yes, I did. I am really glad your ankle didn’t get hurt worse. That’s definitely worth brownies and a moderately priced bottle of Malbec.” She grinned. “And…” She opened the door again, reached out, and then spun dramatically. “Look at these.” Darby beamed as she held up two gold-painted crutches covered in gems of varying size, shape, and color. “I dug them out of my closet for you to use as long as needed.”

Jade widened her eyes as she stared in shock. Gaudy was an understatement. The display before Jade was atrocious.

“Wow,” Jade said for lack of any other words. “Thanks.”

“I, too, sprained my ankle once.” Darby set the crutches against the coffee table and within Jade’s reach. “You should never do cartwheels on a stage. While wearing vinyl platform boots. And drinking heavily.”

“Yeah,” Jade said, drawing the word out a bit. She didn’t have to think too hard to see the image Darby had created. “That sounds like it would be a bad idea.”

“Speaking of drinking, let’s get to that wine.” Darby turned toward the table where she’d left the bottle.

“Oh, thanks, but I don’t drink,” Jade said.

Darby stopped, frozen in time for a few beats, and then spun around and cupped her ear as if she hadn’t heard. “I’m sorry, what?”

“I don’t drink. I had… It’s bad for my health. I’ll take a glass of water, though.” Jade could almost see the gears in the other woman’s brain spinning as she processed the information. Jade had almost slipped in the bit about her cancer, but sometimes the words still stuck deep in her chest like a fist not ready to release its hold. The ability to share her struggles as freely as she’d heard others with major illnesses do was not something she’d mastered. She suspected she’d get there, but that was a skill she had to work on.

“You don’t drink? How do you get through the day?”

Jade giggled as Darby stared with obvious confusion. “Slowly.”

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Preorder THE RESTARTING POINT, the first book in the women's fiction series, Chammont Point, by Marci Bolden now!

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Author Marci Bolden

Author Marci Bolden

About the Author

As a teen, Marci Bolden skipped over young adult books and jumped right into reading women’s fiction and romance novels.

Marci lives in the Midwest with her husband, two kiddos, and numerous rescue pets. If she had an ounce of will power, Marci would embrace healthy living but until cupcakes and wine are no longer available at the local grocery store, she’ll put that ambition on hold and appease her guilt by reading self-help books and promising to join a gym “soon.”

 

 

Where to find Marci Bolden
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Cover Reveal – UNWOVEN by Bethany Lopez

 

USA Today bestselling author, Bethany Lopez, is unveiling the cover to UNWOVEN, a standalone adult contemporary/women’s fiction, releasing January 25, 2021. See below for the cover, information on the book pre-order links, and a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR.

UNWOVEN, a standalone adult contemporary/women's fiction, by USA Today bestselling author, Bethany Lopez

UNWOVEN by Bethany Lopez

About the Book
Title: UNWOVEN
Author: Bethany Lopez
Release Date: January 25, 2021
Genre: Adult Contemporary/Women’s Fiction
Links: Goodreads | AmazonAmazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
USA Today USA Today Bestselling Author Bethany Lopez brings you a gripping emotional tale of how a family’s ties are tested when the unthinkable happens.

It only took an instant. A terrible accident. A life-altering explosion.

That fateful rainy night will forever change the Talbot family. The choices they make in the aftermath will force them to reevaluate their relationships, the paths of their lives, and even themselves.

In the face of so much uncertainty, can they rediscover the family they used to be, or will their ties continue to remain unwoven?

 

 

 

 

 

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UNWOVEN, a standalone adult contemporary/women's fiction, by USA Today bestselling author, Bethany Lopez

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Author Bethany Lopez

Author Bethany Lopez

About the Author
Bethany Lopez is a USA Today Bestselling author of more than thirty books and has been published since 2011. She’s a lover of all things romance, which she incorporates into the books she writes, no matter the genre.

When she isn’t reading or writing, she loves spending time with family and traveling whenever possible.

Bethany can usually be found with a cup of coffee or glass of wine at hand, and will never turn down a cupcake!.

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Where to Find Bethany Lopez
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Book Review – A HEART LIFE by Patricia Yager Delagrange

 

A HEART LIFE, a contemporary women's fiction, by Patricia Yager Delagrange

A HEART LIFE by Patricia Yager Delagrange

3 out of 5 stars

Synopsis
Leena Coughlin is simply eye-candy to her husband Steven’s sky-rocketing career. Steven may be a brilliant cardiac surgeon, but the self-absorbed man is more focused on other people’s hearts—and his own pleasure—than on the emotional heart of his family. He’s a God-like man, after all, saving lives every day. And a man like him has needs. More than Leena can provide.

To fend off the growing loneliness of her marriage, Leena strikes up a relationship with a stranger, Michael Casspi, through a letters-to-prisoners program. Michael was also once a cardiac surgeon. He claimed that assisting his dying wife with suicide was an act of mercy. The state called it murder. Can a man imprisoned behind bars fill Leena’s emotional void?

Focused on their own strained relationship, neither Steven nor Leena has noticed the deteriorating mental health of their college-aged daughter, Joy.

Two men. One woman. And a fragile girl teetering on the knife-edge of depression. But when Michael is unexpectedly released from prison, the precarious balance of all their lives will be dramatically altered forever.

 

 

 

 

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My Review
The story is told in four first-person points of view: Leena, Steven, Michael, and Joy. Leena and Steven’s marriage is far from perfect, which is obvious right away from both POVs. The fact that Leena is writing to Michael out of loneliness as he languishes in prison is not a surprise. The opening chapter is Michael’s and it starts with a bang, hooking me almost instantly. As the story unfolds, we find out more about Steven’s extramarital behavior. He seems to love his wife and daughter, though he never has time for them. At least he sees his wife in bed most nights, where he grabs a quickie before going to sleep. But he barely sees his daughter and hasn’t for years. Steven is a famous cardio-thoracic surgeon, in high demand. He believes the material things he provides for his family should be enough. It’s not enough for him, though, because he has a rather active sex life with women who are not his wife. He claims it’s because he needs to blow of steam and doesn’t want to bring his hospital life home, which he views as a safe harbor. But in reality, he likes to do what he considers dirty and depraved things he believes his wife is too good for.

Leena is the long-suffering wife who we all know deserves better. She clearly loves her husband and adores her daughter, yet she’s completely oblivious to everything going on around her. She has no idea her daughter is suffering form mental illness that pushes her to the brink of suicide, nor that her husband has been unfaithful for probably most of their marriage. Shea assumes because he comes home to bang in her in the night, he’s clearly not getting anything on the side.

So much of the story I found problematic, but the author kept me turning the pages, proving she’s an outstanding storyteller. The book could have been a stronger story for me if the author had gotten certain details correct. For instance, Steven, a renowned surgeon, and even Michael for that matter, keep referring to conjoined twins as Siamese twins. That’s not a medical term at all and is actually quite offensive. I cringed every time it was mentioned, which was a lot. There was also a continuity error that yanked me out of the story when Leena is driving her beloved Karmann Ghia through the streets of San Francisco, only to end up in her black Mercedes, which blends in, without ever going home and swapping out cars. There is nothing about a Karmann Ghia that blends in, so this was jarring. And finally, the biggest problem I had was Joy’s mental illness. Throughout the book, everyone, including Joy, blames her father’s lack of presence in her life as the cause of her depression. But this does a disservice to anyone who suffers from mental illness. It is not caused by someone else. The blame game is very dangerous and hurtful, especially to anyone who has lost a loved one to suicide. The thought that if they’d only done more, been more present, etc., they could have prevented it, is a terrible message to send.

Plot
The plot centers around Michael’s release from prison, his future beyond his time behind bars, and the relationships between all four main characters. There’s a lot of drama and even more at stake, and the author does a good job of keeping the pacing spot on. As I said, I was riveted to the story and wanted, or rather needed, to find out what happened next, regardless of my issues.

The Characters
The characters were all well-developed and deeply flawed. We get deep into each of their points of view, even Steven’s. While it was good to understand what drives a man who has everything to throw it all away for cheap thrills, it didn’t really do much to make me like him, but I think that was never the point. it was an interesting twist I wasn’t expecting, though.

Top Five Things I Enjoyed About A HEART LIFE
1. San Francisco. I loved that my favorite city in the world was the backdrop for these characters. The story is as much a love letter to the City by the Bay as it is anything else.

2. Joy. She was my favorite character. Maybe because I have a daughter the same age or maybe because I could see a lot of my nineteen-year-old sister in her, but she was probably the only truly innocent person in the story.

3. Cliffhangers. Each chapter ended strongly, forcing me to read on. I love when an author can do that.

4. Twists. There were only a few twists that really caught me by surprise, but those are always a treat and I enjoyed them immensely.

5. Storytelling. The author knows how to weave a tale that kept me turning the pages.

Bottom Line
A fun, fast read with deeply drawn characters.

Disclaimer
I was provided by a copy of the book by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title:
A HEART LIFE
Author:
Patricia Yager Delagrange
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Release Date:
November 26, 2020
Pages: 293
Rating:
4 out of 5 Stars
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR

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Author Patricia Yager Delagrange

Author Patricia Yager Delagrange

About the Author
Fascinated by broken-hearted couples and atypical families, Patricia writes women’s fiction, weaving engaging tales of men and women who create cohesive families where love reigns supreme. She sprinkles her books with intriguing characters who struggle to find balance in life. Whether an unwed teenager, desperate widow, abandoned father, disconnected sisters, or a troubled couple, her characters form relationships impacted by their desire to create a family.

Patricia lives with her husband and two children on the island of Alameda, across the bay from San Francisco, along with three chocolate labs and a rescue terrier mix. When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, Patricia enjoys riding her Friesian horse Maximus, who lives in the Oakland hills with a million dollar view.

 

Where to find Patricia Yager Delagrange
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Book Blitz – Excerpt + Giveaway – THE PEOPLE WE MEET ALONG THE WAY by Beth Rinyu

 

Welcome to the book blitz for THE PEOPLE WE MEET ALONG THE WAY, a stand-alone women's fiction novel, by Beth Rinyu

Welcome to the book blitz for THE PEOPLE WE MEET ALONG THE WAY, a stand-alone women’s fiction novel, by Beth Rinyu. See below for information on the book, buy links, an exclusive excerpt, and details on her giveaway.

Cover to THE PEOPLE WE MEET ALONG THE WAY, a stand-alone women's fiction novel, by Beth Rinyu, releasing September 17, 2020

THE PEOPLE WE MEET ALONG THE WAY by Beth Rinyu

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: THE PEOPLE WE MEET ALONG THE WAY
Author: Beth Rinyu
Release Date: September 17, 2020
Genre:
Women’s Fiction
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon IT | Amazon DE | Amazon FR

Synopsis
Would you be able to grant the same forgiveness that you’re so desperately seeking yourself?

Jillian O’Rourke’s marriage died long before her husband’s tragic accident. Years of battling with infertility and demanding careers melted their once solid relationship. Bearing the burden of guilt over his death, Jillian gets lost in despair and a series of “what-ifs”. But one chance encounter with a stranger, changes everything. Now being faced with newfound knowledge and a painful decision, Jillian must push past her anger, learn to forgive and open her heart in ways she never could’ve imagined. As she comes to grips with the devastation of her past, she learns to embrace the possibility of a future she never thought possible. A bittersweet story of love, forgiveness, and the unexpected destiny that is sometimes handed to us in life from the people we meet along the way.

 

 

 

 

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THE PEOPLE WE MEET ALONG THE WAY, a stand-alone women's fiction novel, by Beth Rinyu

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Excerpt #2
“I just wish you didn’t hate me so much.” I concentrated on the coffee in my cup as I swirled the wooden stirrer round and round.

“I don’t hate you,” I said, focusing my attention back to him. “I hate what we did. I hate that I let it define who I was for so long, and I hate that I hurt someone I cared about so much because of it. But I don’t hate you—you were just one of the many cracks in my life.”

He creased his forehead. “I don’t understand.”

I gazed at him long and hard, finally fearless of the shame the man staring back at me conjured up inside of me. He held no control over me, and he never had. I stood up and pushed my chair in as he sat there waiting for an explanation. “And I wouldn’t have expected you to. Goodbye, Jonathan.”

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THE PEOPLE WE MEET ALONG THE WAY, a stand-alone women's fiction novel, by Beth Rinyu

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Author Beth Rinyu

Author Beth Rinyu

About the Author
Ever since I can remember, I have always enjoyed Creative Writing. There was always something about being able to travel to a different place or become a different person with just the stroke of a pen – or in today’s world a touch of the keyboard.

My life is not as interesting as my books or the characters in them, but then again whose life is? I’m a mom of twin teenage boys,a crazy Border Collie and a cat with an identity crisis! I guess you can say writing is my form of Calgon!

Thanks for taking the time to learn about my books and me! If you decide to read them (and I hope you do!) please be sure to go on and review it for me – yes, even if you don’t like it!

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Where to Find Beth Rinyu
Goodreads | Website | BlogFacebook | Twitter | Instagram | BookBub

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Blog Tour – Excerpt – CELEBRATING NAKED by Lindsey Issow Averill

 

Welcome to the blog tour for CELEBRATING NAKED , a stand-alone women's fiction, by Lindsey Issow Averill

Welcome to the blog tour for CELEBRATING NAKED , a stand-alone women’s fiction, by Lindsey Issow Averill. See below for information on the book, buy links, and an exclusive teaser excerpt.

CELEBRATING NAKED , a stand-alone women's fiction, by Lindsey Issow Averill

CELEBRATING NAKED by Lindsey Issow Averill

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: CELEBRATING NAKED
Author: Lindsey Issow Averill
Release Date: August 20, 2020
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR

Synopsis
How do you break a death bed promise to your best friend?

When Sissy came to visit Liz and Cliff Gordon, they weren’t expecting her to stay. But she was pregnant and newly widowed, and more importantly, the Gordons loved her. Together, they and their children formed a family—non-traditional, but extraordinary.

Eighteen years later, cancer takes Sissy, and she leaves behind a legacy so vibrant the family’s grief threatens to break them.

Liz makes a promise: she’ll celebrate Sissy, not mourn her. She won’t let her sorrow show. But her husband, Cliff clings to a secret that brings him both joy and pain. Their son, Michael is lost in his guilt. Their daughter, Clara grapples with coming-of-age without her “second mother.” And Sissy’s son, Artie discovers a love that could cause him to lose everything. They’ve all celebrated Sissy’s life… but can they go on without accepting her death?

Told from six perspectives and set is sun-drenched Santa Fe, New Mexico, Celebrating Naked explores motherly love, romantic love and the love of true friendship. This tale of a family’s heartbreak—reminds us that grief is a byproduct of love.

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CELEBRATING NAKED , a stand-alone women's fiction, by Lindsey Issow Averill

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CELEBRATING NAKED , a stand-alone women's fiction, by Lindsey Issow Averill

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Author Lindsey Issow Averill

Author Lindsey Issow Averill

About the Author
Growing up in both conservative, Greenwich, CT and whimsical, Santa Fe, NM, Lindsey is the daughter of a gypsy Queen and a gynecologist.  Her childhood was filled with rainbows and cotton candy and she believes that if all children had parents like hers then world peace would be right around the corner. 

A woman of many hearts, Lindsey is a filmmaker, an academic, a writer, an activist, a novelist, a sake and sushi lover, a notorious trashy television watcher, an odd beauty secret keeper, an amazing dancer… really, the list is endless. She’s married to a dreamer who calls her pumpkin poop and makes her feel like burping hearts, and she has a son who she fondly calls potato. 

In her spare time, Lindsey writes stuff for lots of cool media outlets, like CNN, xojane, Time.com, The Huffington Post, Alternet, Refinery29, and Bustle. 

 

 

Where to Find Lindsey Issow Averill
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Release Day – CELEBRATING NAKED by Lindsey Issow Averill

 

Today is release day for CELEBRATING NAKED , a stand-alone women's fiction, by Lindsey Issow Averill

Today is release day for CELEBRATING NAKED , a stand-alone women’s fiction, by Lindsey Issow Averill. See below for information on the book, buy links, and an exclusive teaser excerpt.

CELEBRATING NAKED , a stand-alone women's fiction, by Lindsey Issow Averill

CELEBRATING NAKED by Lindsey Issow Averill

About the Book – Read for Free with Kindle Unlimited
Title: CELEBRATING NAKED
Author: Lindsey Issow Averill
Release Date: August 20, 2020
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR

Synopsis
How do you break a death bed promise to your best friend?

When Sissy came to visit Liz and Cliff Gordon, they weren’t expecting her to stay. But she was pregnant and newly widowed, and more importantly, the Gordons loved her. Together, they and their children formed a family—non-traditional, but extraordinary.

Eighteen years later, cancer takes Sissy, and she leaves behind a legacy so vibrant the family’s grief threatens to break them.

Liz makes a promise: she’ll celebrate Sissy, not mourn her. She won’t let her sorrow show. But her husband, Cliff clings to a secret that brings him both joy and pain. Their son, Michael is lost in his guilt. Their daughter, Clara grapples with coming-of-age without her “second mother.” And Sissy’s son, Artie discovers a love that could cause him to lose everything. They’ve all celebrated Sissy’s life… but can they go on without accepting her death?

Told from six perspectives and set is sun-drenched Santa Fe, New Mexico, Celebrating Naked explores motherly love, romantic love and the love of true friendship. This tale of a family’s heartbreak—reminds us that grief is a byproduct of love.

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CELEBRATING NAKED , a stand-alone women's fiction, by Lindsey Issow Averill

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Author Lindsey Issow Averill

Author Lindsey Issow Averill

About the Author
Growing up in both conservative, Greenwich, CT and whimsical, Santa Fe, NM, Lindsey is the daughter of a gypsy Queen and a gynecologist.  Her childhood was filled with rainbows and cotton candy and she believes that if all children had parents like hers then world peace would be right around the corner. 

A woman of many hearts, Lindsey is a filmmaker, an academic, a writer, an activist, a novelist, a sake and sushi lover, a notorious trashy television watcher, an odd beauty secret keeper, an amazing dancer… really, the list is endless. She’s married to a dreamer who calls her pumpkin poop and makes her feel like burping hearts, and she has a son who she fondly calls potato. 

In her spare time, Lindsey writes stuff for lots of cool media outlets, like CNN, xojane, Time.com, The Huffington Post, Alternet, Refinery29, and Bustle. 

 

 

Where to Find Lindsey Issow Averill
Goodreads | Website  | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

 

Cover Reveal + Giveaway – THE PEOPLE WE MEET ALONG THE WAY by Beth Rinyu

Author Beth Rinyu is revealing the cover to THE PEOPLE WE MEET ALONG THE WAY, a stand-alone women's fiction novel, releasing September 17, 2020

Author Beth Rinyu is revealing the cover to THE PEOPLE WE MEET ALONG THE WAY, a stand-alone women’s fiction novel, releasing September 17, 2020. See below for the cover, information on the book, a link to add it to your Goodreads TBR, and details on her giveaway.

Cover to THE PEOPLE WE MEET ALONG THE WAY, a stand-alone women's fiction novel, by Beth Rinyu, releasing September 17, 2020

THE PEOPLE WE MEET ALONG THE WAY by Beth Rinyu

About the Book
Title: THE PEOPLE WE MEET ALONG THE WAY
Author: Beth Rinyu
Release Date: September 17, 2020
Genre:
Women’s Fiction
Cover Designer: Amy Queau at QDesign
Links: Goodreads

Synopsis
Would you be able to grant the same forgiveness that you’re so desperately seeking yourself?

Jillian O’Rourke’s marriage died long before her husband’s tragic accident. Years of battling with infertility and demanding careers melted their once solid relationship. Bearing the burden of guilt over his death, Jillian gets lost in despair and a series of “what-ifs”. But one chance encounter with a stranger, changes everything. Now being faced with newfound knowledge and a painful decision, Jillian must push past her anger, learn to forgive and open her heart in ways she never could’ve imagined. As she comes to grips with the devastation of her past, she learns to embrace the possibility of a future she never thought possible. A bittersweet story of love, forgiveness, and the unexpected destiny that is sometimes handed to us in life from the people we meet along the way.

 

 

 

 

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Author Beth Rinyu

Author Beth Rinyu

About the Author
Ever since I can remember, I have always enjoyed Creative Writing. There was always something about being able to travel to a different place or become a different person with just the stroke of a pen – or in today’s world a touch of the keyboard.

My life is not as interesting as my books or the characters in them, but then again whose life is? I’m a mom of twin teenage boys,a crazy Border Collie and a cat with an identity crisis! I guess you can say writing is my form of Calgon!

Thanks for taking the time to learn about my books and me! If you decide to read them (and I hope you do!) please be sure to go on and review it for me – yes, even if you don’t like it!

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Where to Find Beth Rinyu
Goodreads | Website | BlogFacebook | Twitter | Instagram | BookBub

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Blog Tour – Interview + Giveaway – KEEP FOREVER by Alexa Kingaard

Welcome to the blog tour for KEEP FOREVER, a standalone adult historical romance/women's fiction, by award-winning author, Alexa Kingaard

Welcome to the blog tour for KEEP FOREVER, a standalone adult historical romance/women’s fiction, by award-winning author, Alexa Kingaard. See below for information on the book, buy links, my exclusive interview with the author, and details on her giveaway.

KEEP FOREVER by Alexa Kingaard

KEEP FOREVER by Alexa Kingaard

About the Book
Title: KEEP FOREVER
Author: Alexa Kingaard
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Release Date: April 30, 2020
Genre: Adult Historical Romance/Women’s Fiction
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | Amazon UK | Amazon CA | Amazon AU | Amazon DE | Amazon IT | Amazon FR | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo

Synopsis
“Unlike some war stories that focus on intense, harsh and graphic depictions of post-combat trauma, this tale unfolds gently, like an Edna Ferber novel, spread across many decades, detailing the impact this soldier’s illness has on an entire family, including children and grandchildren. KEEP FOREVER is a wonderful, emotionally satisfying read that I highly recommend. ”
GARY SEIGEL, author of “Haskell Himself”

Paul O’Brien’s idyllic childhood in Southern California comes to a halt when his mother dies in the summer before his senior year of high school and a very different persona of his father emerges – isolating himself inside the house, turning to alcohol for comfort, and barely noticing his only child. Simultaneously, the war in Vietnam is sending shock waves around the world and young men from one coast to the other are being called upon to serve. Paul enlists in the Marines before receiving his draft notice.

Elizabeth Sutton is eager to gain some independence from her father’s old fashioned notions and looking forward to her first year in high school.  At fifteen years old, tragedy strikes with the loss of both parents in an auto accident, turning her childhood into one of responsibility and worry overnight.  The four siblings are scattered when her nine-year-old twin sisters are sent to live with their Aunt and Uncle on Nantucket Island, and Elizabeth is left behind in Boston with their grandmother.  Her older brother, Sam, enlists in the Marines, eager to join the conflict a world away as opposed to dealing with the one unfolding at home.

A bond develops between Paul and Sam in Vietnam, and both are injured in a bloody battle that costs Sam his right hand and sets the stage for a lifetime of nightmares and sleepless nights for Paul.  Matched by similar tragedies at a young age, Elizabeth and Paul’s first introduction by Sam upon their return from Vietnam is the beginning of friendship and love that survives five decades.

After marrying, welcoming their first child, and inheriting a small beach house, the couple adapts to their new surroundings, but distant memories of Vietnam continue to haunt Paul.  In an era when veterans refuse to speak of their pain and the government denies that thousands of soldiers are coming home irreparably damaged, he is left to deal with the challenge of caring for his loved ones amidst his his erratic flashback episodes and moods. As their lives unravel from the lingering effects of PTSD,  Elizabeth learns to accept the burden that Paul brought home, and together they make their own memories to keep forever.

Inspired
By
A True Story

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Interview
Q: I see that KEEP FOREVER is inspired by a true story. Can you tell us a little more about that?

A: Anyone who was a teenager in the 60s’ and 70s’ has Vietnam firmly embedded in their history. It’s the story of my generation, and many of my girlfriends married veterans either right out of high school or when the men returned. Women were a part of this war, mostly as nurses and unsung heroines, but it was mostly a war fought by middle and lower class males, those who were not college bound or who were unable to get a deferment. As with every conflict, combat veterans bring home mental and physical burdens, but none were vilified like the young men and women who fought in Vietnam. 

It stained their psyches, and many passed it down to their children – the second generation suffering the effects of this conflict. Wives were kept in the dark, the VA was not established until the late 80s’, and PTSD didn’t have a name. Aftercare was minimal, and many kept their unseen wounds bottled up for decades. I fell in love with a Vietnam veteran in 1969, nine months after he came home. This guy, and many like him, were just kids. Surfing and attending community college one day, picking up a machine gun and participating in a bloody fight for their lives the next. We married almost a decade later, had two children, and divorced after eleven years. But there was always that link that never faded, and a lot of guilt that I carried because I didn’t have the insight to deal with or understand PTSD at the time.

Q: What inspired you to tell this story now? 

A: September 27, 2011, my veteran and I had become close again and spent almost all our free time together. His health was failing, he suffered from depression, but not lately, and on this day, he was on the top of his game. We were returning from a coffee date in the Village about a mile away from  home. I was the driver – I always drove – and as I waited at the bottom of the hill to make a left turn a half a block away from the house, we were rear-ended by a large vehicle, twice as heavy as mine, going 50 miles an hour. Physically, we were not hurt. My car sustained $6,000 worth of damage, and the impact and collision triggered a PTSD episode in my veteran. Seventeen days later, October 13th, he committed suicide.

Q: What kind of research did you have to do to get all the historical details right?

A: I lived through most of it. People who know me recognize what is true, and what is embellished, but when I sat down to write, I didn’t have to think very hard. It was effortless, even though the first edition may not have been very polished. I was 68 years old and never published, never thought about writing a novel – ever. But shortly after my veteran died, I joined a Veteran’s Writing Group that welcomed me as the collateral damage that was never discussed. Most were Vietnam veterans, and I was a fly on the wall for five years. I was also a mess, but little by little, the story evolved in my head. Every month I listened to stories these men shared, never with their wives and families, and sometimes it felt like they forgot I was even there. Their memories were raw and gut-wrenching, fifty years after they returned. I was compelled, I had to tell this story. It is my mea culpa and tribute to my veteran, and every other service member who fought and was affected for a lifetime by this war.

Q: How do you think this story differs from one that would be told about PTSD today?

A: Thanks to the Vietnam veterans who fought for decades for better care, the younger veterans have a more stream-lined manner in which to apply for benefits. Even though they may need to wait 12-18 months for approval of an application, Vietnam veterans are literally falling apart, and are still getting denied in record numbers. I am grateful that as of five years ago, the Vietnam veteran now has their own day set aside for them, March 29th. But it took fifty years. Today, we also have wonderful non-profits, like the Gary Sinise Foundation, who have brought the struggles of our returning military into the light. But PTSD is the same in every war, just different settings and conflict. It is still a struggle for families and loved ones to watch and understand what their veteran is going through on a daily basis.

Q: What is the most important thing that you want readers to take away from KEEP FOREVER?

A: That the burden brought home is shared by everyone, from family members to government entities. Even if a veteran physically survives, it alters their entire life once they have seen combat. I can’t even imagine, even though I am closer than most to the reality that accompanies a veteran home.

Q: If you had to pick a theme song for the book, what would it be?

A: That was an easy one.. ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’  by Paul McCartney.

Q: What are you working on now? And what stage are you in?

A: I write a newsletter every month for my website subscribers, but throughout the quarantine, I have been keeping a journal. The situation and my thoughts change daily, sometimes hourly, and some of my friends suggested I share my unique experience with my readers. I tend to think that we are all in the middle of our own unique experiences, but I started to publish my thoughts every week, blog-style, on my website.

I have also written the first twelve chapters of my third novel, MIRACLE. Don’t hold me to the title, it could change. I’m not sure where these little nuggets of inspiration come from, but after KEEP FOREVER and MY NAME IS ROSE, I noticed that I like writing about nostalgia. I also write about characters that are normal and ordinary, faced with difficult and extraordinary circumstances. It’s the human condition that moves my stories forward.

Q: Switching gears, how are you coping with being quarantined? I see from your Instagram account that you are not riding it out at home. Has that impacted your ability to write?

A: Thank you for noticing! What had started as an extended visit to Oahu to assist my niece and her family with their relocation from the East Coast, has turned into lock-down situation from the first week. Schools were closed almost immediately, resorts and tourist attractions were shuttered, coffee shops and restaurants closed, and all the tourists were sent home. Flights in and out are being closing monitored and if an individual does not have a place to stay when they arrive, either with family or friends, perhaps an Air B&B, they are being given a free, one-way ticket back to where they came from. These strict measures are keeping the number of confirmed cases fairly manageable, but I have now been in total quarantine for over four weeks with my niece, her husband, their daughter , and a German Shepherd. Nothing but walks, but I can’t complain about the weather. 

It’s not been easy keeping a kindergartener entertained, but overall, I think my family unit has risen to the occasion and we are doing our part to remain healthy. My stay has been extended to whenever, and I’m anxious to get home to Southern California, but my circumstances are far better than many. As far as writing, I’m more determined than ever to complete the first draft of MIRACLE, whether I decide to publish it or not. I can write almost anywhere, alone or in the midst of others – but I need to be productive. I need to have something tangible to show for my weeks of no excuses that I didn’t have enough time to write or be creative. I’m limping along on a refurbished iPad and my phone, sometimes long-hand, but I’m moving quickly.  The whole story is in my head, just have to get it typed out on paper.

Q: Have you seen the meme about picking a house to live in during quarantine? A lot of them are going around, but I’m going to give you a unique one. Pick a house from the list below and tell us why you chose it.

House 1:
JK Rowling
Ruth Bader Ginsberg
Kanye West
Jon Stewart

House 2:
Stephen King
George W. Bush
Britney Spears
Samantha Bee

House 3:
Janet Evanovich
Michelle Obama
Tom Cruise
Jimmy Fallon

House 4:
Paulo Coelho
Colin Powell
Miley Cyrus
Ellen DeGeneres

Of course, there are one or two in every house that don’t make my short list of people to socialize with, but the most well-rounded one to me would be House #1. The wisdom of Ruth, the sharp and intelligent humor of Jon, and the persistent, never-give-up attitude of JK would make for an interesting household.

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Author Alexa Kingaard

Author Alexa Kingaard

About the Author
ALEXA KINGAARD, a California native, currently resides in Carlsbad and is the mother of a son and daughter who continue to be her biggest fans and cheerleaders.

October 13, 2011, was the day that changed her life forever when her ex-husband, a Vietnam veteran, took his life during a PTSD flashback episode. Inspired to share this tragedy that continues to rob husbands and wives of their spouses, children of their parents, mothers of their children, brothers and sisters of their siblings, and comrades of their friends, Kingaard relied on her own experiences to shed light on this crisis. The burden brought home is not partial to Vietnam, but is an insidious aftershock endured by combat veterans of all conflicts.

Kingaard continues to pursue her literary career, writing about nostalgia and the human condition, the common denominator of our lives.

 

Where to Find Alexa Kingaard
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Blog Tour – Excerpt – ATTRACTION by Ruby Porter

Welcome to the blog tour for ATTRACTION, a stand-alone women's fiction/suspense/adult psychological thriller by award-winning debut author, Ruby Porter

Welcome to the blog tour for ATTRACTION, a stand-alone women’s fiction/suspense/psychological thriller by award-winning debut author, Ruby Porter. See below for information on the book, buy links, and an exclusive excerpt.

Cover for ATTRACTION, a stand-alone women's fiction/suspense/adult psychological thriller by award-winning debut author, Ruby Porter

ATTRACTION by Ruby Porter

About the Book
Title: ATTRACTION
Author: Ruby Porter
Publisher: Text Publishing
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Suspense/Psychological Thriller
Release Date: May 7, 2019
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Synopsis
The present reckons with the past in Attraction, Ruby Porter’s atmospheric debut novel.

Three women are on a road trip, navigating the motorways of the North Island, their relationships with one another and New Zealand’s colonial history. Our narrator doesn’t know where she stands with Ilana, her not-quite girlfriend. She has a complex history with her best friend, Ashi. She’s haunted by the memory of her emotionally abusive ex-boyfriend. And her period’s now weeks late.

Attraction is a meditative novel of connection, inheritance and the stories we tell ourselves. In lyrical fragments, Porter explores what it means to be and to belong, to create and to destroy.

‘[Porter’s] writing has the intensity of Sally Rooney, the rawness of Andrew McGahan’s Praise and 1988 but is also distinctly original…[A]n utterly amazing debut.’ Jon Page

 

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Excerpt #3
That kind of drowning feeling. The air is all around your face, if you could only breathe it. Ilana said, —The first breath you take again always hurts.

She is an experienced drowner and I am just starting out.

—This wave, she says. Yelling, —Come, no, here by me.

She gets it right. Knows exactly where to stand for the wave to pick her up and throw her. Carry her. She can surf some right back to the shallows. I keep getting hurled below. See the Gisborne sun rippling through all that green. And I’m not sure whether I’ve opened my eyes underwater, or if I never had a chance to shut them.

Ilana grabs my arm but I duck when the wave comes.

Then she tells me about the first time, when she was seven.

Her mum’s dinghy capsized and whenever she came up for breath she hit the hull instead. She says the sea was holding her down, not ready to let her go. And then it turned and it pushed her up, shot her face first, full of air. She’s the one who keeps pulling me up today.

When I look at her, I think: the ocean will never again be so in place. It shudders and slurps and turns—no two molecules will be together for long. No two molecules will find each other again. Or at least, it’s unlikely.

Then Ashi joins us.

Ashi doesn’t catch as many waves as Ilana, but she catches some. I keep surfacing to see them tumbling into the spray together. Sometimes, Ilana puts her hand on Ashi’s arm as they wade back out deep.

—What is it? Ilana says to me.

Water is furling itself on the horizon, creeping forward.

—Stay here, she says. —It’s a big one.

I’m sucked in before it’s even broken. This time I can hardly see. The ocean floor has been tossed into the wave—I blend with the sand and the seaweed and the dappled sun. Then I feel the break, and know I’m being pushed deeper.

For me it isn’t slowed down, like Ilana said, but sped up. A flash of light, greeny brown, something above the surface. The whir. The spin. The sea gasping, in and out, one giant lung that expands and compresses. When you’re beneath it, the ocean is the only thing that breathes.

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Debut Award-Winning Author, Ruby Porter

Author Ruby Porter

About the Author
Ruby Porter is a prose-writer, poet and artist. She tutors creative writing at universities and high schools. Ruby was the winner of the Wallace Foundation Short Fiction Award in 2017, and the inaugural winner of the Michael Gifkins Prize in 2018, with her debut novel Attraction. Attraction was written during her Masters of Creative Writing at the University of Auckland under supervisor Paula Morris, and published in May by Melbourne-based Text Publishing. It is distributed throughout Australia and New Zealand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to find Ruby Porter
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