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#TeamUnicorn vs. #TeamDragon Facebook Hop

Whether you breathe fire or poop rainbows… we all have our special talents. But there’s one really important thing I bet we all have in common:  WE LOVE BOOKS!

And you know what?

Winning prizes rocks too.

Welcome to LitRing’s Unicorns Vs. Dragons Giveaway! We’ve assembled a team of 80 authors, brave enough to take a stance on such a divisive issue. What’s more, by picking sides and entering our giveaway, you could win prizes for yourself AND a pretty awesome promo pack for your fave author too!

TO WIN A KINDLE OR A $200 READER SUBSCRIPTION BOX, CLICK HERE!

I'm #TeamUnicorn.

On my Facebook page as part of the Hop, I'm giving away a unicorn-themed prize pack that includes:

  • $5 Starbucks gfit card
  • Stuffed animal
  • 3 pairs of anklets
  • Puzzle
  • Solar flying unicorn thingy
  • Lollipop bouquet
  • Two packages of stickers

Be sure to comment on the post on my page so you're entered.

 

Beach Brides Spotlight and Giveaway: Julie Jarnagin’s Meg

Today is the launch of Beach Brides, a series of twelve heartwarming, sweet novellas by NYT and USA Today Bestselling authors linked by a unifying theme. The stories are standalone. Each Tuesday from now until August 8th, a new title will be released. I'll have a beachy giveaway with a tote, thermal, or cinch to celebrate each story's book birthday, so be sure to check back or subscribe to blog posts so you don't miss out.

First up is Julie Jarnagin's MEG, book #1 in the Beach Brides series. MEG is a very sweet story. I had the privilege of getting a sneak peek read a couple of weeks ago!

About the book…

Twelve friends from the online group, Romantic Hearts Book Club, decide to finally meet in person during a destination Caribbean vacation to beautiful Enchanted Island. While of different ages and stages in life, these ladies have two things in common: 1) they are diehard romantics, and 2) they've been let down by love. As a wildly silly dare during her last night on the island, each heroine decides to stuff a note in a bottle addressed to her “dream hero” and cast it out to sea!

Three weeks later, Meg Mullen's community theater is on the verge of closing if she can't raise the money to save it, but she's running out of time and needs a miracle. Television producer, Elliot Campbell, finds a message in a bottle from the perfect female contestant for his reality dating show. All he has to do is talk Meg into taking the job, convince her to choose one of the contenders, and figure out how to keep from falling in love with her himself.

Available at Amazon for $2.99 or read for free with Kindle Unlimited

To find out more info about the other books in the series available at Amazon, click here.

Giveaway…

Meg's message in a bottle ends up in the hands of a reality TV producer. Do you watch reality TV? If so, what's your favorite reality show? Tell me in the comment section to be entered to win a Thirty-One Straw Tote, a fun beach sign, three seashell-shaped bath fizzies, and a wind chime.

I’ll pick the winner from the comment section using random.org and announce the name next Monday morning (May 29th) here on this post and on my Facebook page, so be sure to check back! The winner must contact me by June 5th to claim their prize.

Rules: No purchase necessary. Open to entries from 5/23 to 5/29 at 6:00 am PDT. Must be 18 or older to enter. Odds of winning are determined by the number of entries. Not responsible for loss or damage during shipping. Unclaimed prizes will be given away at a later date either here on the blog or on Facebook. Void where prohibited by law.

You're invited…

If you'd like to be a part of the Beach Brides Reader Group on Facebook, click here. There's also a Facebook launch party on Thursday, May 25th. Click here to join us!

 

Series Spotlight and Giveaway: Indigo Bay

 Six of my sweet romance author friends have teamed up to bring you a fabulous new heartwarming series set in a small beach town called Indigo Bay in South Carolina! The first book is being released today, but the other five are on pre-order. Each book in the series can be read in any order so jump in at any time.

Sweet Dreams by Stacy Claflin

Ever since her twin became a singing sensation, Sky Hampton has struggled to be appreciated for who she is—apart from her sister. She wards off Aspen’s fans, who beg for autographs and selfies everywhere Sky goes. She can’t even find a guy who likes her for her. Sky flees to the small coastal town of Indigo Bay in hopes of blending in and building her blossoming career.

Jace Fisher is the textbook definition of the strong silent type—nobody can break through his tough exterior. He has suffered more than his fair share of tragedies, and to protect his shattered heart, he pushes everyone away. Jace spends his days fixing the Indigo Bay cottages, and his nights… nobody really knows. He keeps to himself.

When Jace shows up to fix Sky’s AC, he barely notices her and she’s distracted with settling in. It takes an emergency situation to get them talking, and when they do, the two find they have more in common than first appeared. As their attraction grows, defenses soar. Will they be able to risk love when they’ve both been burned in the past?

Amazon/NOOK/iBooks/Kobo/Google Play

Sweet Matchmaker by Jean Oram

Ginger McGinty hates liars. And she just married a spy.

Bridal shop owner Ginger McGinty excels at matchmaking unless it’s for herself. That is, until she meets the dreamy Aussie who helps her get into an event meant for engaged couples. Logan Ston
e is sweet, caring, thoughtful and fun—everything she desires in a man. But it turns out, her new fake fiancé could use a bit more than just a pretend engagement to get him into parties—he needs a quick marriage keep him in the country so he can be with his adopted special needs daughter.

With a marriage of convenience pro-con list longer than the average wedding veil, Ginger puts her faith in romance and offers Logan her hand in return for one thing—no lies.

But little does she know, almost everything she knows about her new husband is based on a lie.

Everything except his kisses and the way he accidentally spills his soul whenever they meet. And that’s quickly becoming a problem for Logan Stone who depends on distance and deceit to keep civilians such as Ginger safe from his enemy’s clutches.

Will the two find love in their marriage of convenience, or will everything break apart when the truth rises to the surface, shattering everything, including their trust

Amazon/NOOK/iBooks/Kobo/GooglePlay

Sweet Sunrise by Kay Correll

Sometimes life has a way of teaching lessons whether you’re ready to learn them or not…

The last place on earth Will Layton wants to be is Indigo Bay, but his younger sister needs him and he’s never been able to say no to her. But she left out a few details… like their father staying with her and the girl who dumped him years ago is living right next door.

The last person Dr. Ashley Harden thought she’d see in Indigo Bay is Will Layton, but he’s back in town and just as irresistible as when they were young. Seeing Will again is a complication that isn’t on her carefully mapped out life plan.

In spite of Ashley’s best intentions, she starts falling for Will again, but nothing has changed. She’s still focused on getting the townspeople to accept her and see her as more than the girl from the wrong side of town, while Will is determined to guard his heart at any cost.

Not the easiest road to true love… especially when secrets from the past are revealed and history threatens to repeat itself.

Amazon/NOOK/iBooks/Kobo/GogglePlay

Sweet Illusions by Jeanette Lewis

Eva Malone was very young when her mother forced the family to join a violent doomsday cult, but she remembers a little about how normal life used to be. As a young woman, she escapes the cult and relocates to Indigo Bay, South Carolina to pursue her dream of peaceful anonymity.

After several tumultuous years as a policeman in Atlanta, Ben Andrews has had enough. He returns home and joins the Indigo Bay PD, where the most exciting part of the job is getting a kitten out of a tree or rescuing tourists who lose their keys at the beach.

Eva and Ben are immediately drawn to each other. But as the prophesied date of the apocalypse draws near and the cult steps up its efforts to find her, Eva realizes she can’t maintain her sweet illusion forever.

Amazon/NOOK/iBooks/Kobo/GooglePlay

Sweet Regrets by Jennifer Peel

Melanie Dixon never thought she would find herself divorced, pregnant, and living back with her parents in Indigo Bay. Not one to let misfortune get the best of her, she picks up the broken pieces of her life and bit by bit puts them back together. She’s determined to go it alone, but her loving and equally determined family and friends have another idea.

Enter Declan Shaw, the boy next door from long ago. The boy she wasn’t quite ready to commit forever to at eighteen. Back in Indigo Bay due to a recent job promotion, Declan sees this as a second chance to reunite with the girl who has owned his heart since the day they met in their junior year of high school. But Melanie is a tougher sell on the idea than he thought she would be. Now it’s up to him to prove to Melanie that she can trust him with her heart and that he’s the man she and her baby deserve.

Will the regret and hurt of the past win out? Or will love prevail?

Amazon/NOOK/iBooks/Kobo/GooglePlay

Sweet Rendezvous by Danielle Stewart

On her last tank of gas Elaine Mathews drives South. Spontaneity had never been her strength, but there was something about being publicly fired that had a way of changing things. An empty bank account, broken heart, and enough humiliation to last a life time was all Elaine could claim as her own. Her car choked to a stop in the quiet beach town of Indigo Bay and all she could do was sit on the curb and wait for the sun to set on her misery.

Davis Mills has a routine. Wake. Work. Eat. Sleep. Repeat. It hadn't always been that way. He'd left indigo bay once and returned a broken man. Now he kept his dreams small and his schedule tight. If there was no room in his life for anything new then he'd never repeat his mistakes.

When fate has them, quite literally colliding Elaine and Davis are faced with an important question. Can you live a full life if you never take a risk? Or is life made up of every mistake, miracle and chance that comes with being in love?

Amazon/NOOK/iBooks/Kobo/GooglePlay

Giveaway!

I love visiting the Oregon coast. That's as beachy as I get these days, and I can't wait to read these books. I love the covers, too!

Tell me your favorite beach town or beach you like to visit, and you'll be entered to win a $10 gift card (winner's choice from Amazon, BN.com, or iTunes)! I’ll pick one winner from the comment section using random.org and announce the name next Monday morning (May 22nd) here on this post and on my Facebook page, so be sure to check back! The winner must contact me by Monday, May 29, to claim their prize so please check back to see if you won.

*** The winner of the $10 gift card is Jess D.! Please see comment section on how to claim your prize. ***

Rules: No purchase necessary. Open to entries from May 16th until May 22nd at 6:00 am PT. Must be 18 or older to enter. Odds of winning are determined by the number of entries. Not responsible for loss or damage during shipping. Unclaimed prizes/items will be given away at a later date either here on blog or my Facebook page. Void where prohibited by law.

Authors with Heart: 2017 Tote Bag Reader Giveaway

If you read my Facebook page, you've seen my posts about the Fisher House Mother's Day tote bags I organize each May. Fisher House provides military families with a place to stay while a loved one is receiving medical treatment plus offer many other wonderful programs. These Mother Day goodie bags started as a solo endeavor five years ago when I answered a request from care package group I belonged to. The second year authors and friends helped me by sponsoring thermal totes and donating books/swag. In 2015, 2016, and this year, authors did all the sponsoring and donating. I'm so touched by their generosity and call them #authorswithheart!

This year, thirty Thirty-One Gifts thermal tote bags were filled (so full they couldn't be zipped). Inside recipients received 6-7 romance novels, a goodie bag filled with author swag (a variety of items from bookmarks, pens, stickers, tattoos, nail files, recipe cards, etc.), a goodie bag filled with pampering items (mini shower gel set, shower puffy, tissue, hair band, comb, footie socks, and manicure set), a small bag of Hershey's Kisses, and a cone of flavored popcorn!

Here are a few pics from this year's project!

2017 Authors with Heart

Special thanks to the authors who participated by sponsoring totes and/or donating books and/or donating swag. Some did all three:

Barbara Freethy Joanne Rock
Christine Rimmer Lenora Worth
Cindy Kirk Linda Goodnight
Deborah Blake Mary Jo Putney
Denise Stout Melanie D. Snitker
Donna Alward Melissa McClone
Elizabeth Boyle Melissa Storm
Jane Porter Michelle Major
Jean C. Gordon Susan Mallery
Jeannie Moon Scarlet Wilson
Jennifer Faye Tracy Solheim
Jennifer Snow Terri Reed

I'll be featuring books from these Authors With Heart here on the blog between now and April 2018. There will also be a prize pack up for grabs so I hope you'll check out the posts.

Tote Bag Reader Giveaway!

Now it's your turn to win a tote bag! This year we are giving away four Thirty-One Gifts Thermal Totes—the same kind donated to the two Fisher Houses. These totes are filled with books, swag, and other goodies!

To enter, use this widget (or if that doesn't work for you click here):

Tote Bag Reader Giveaway

The four winners will be announced here on this blog post as well as on my Facebook page. Good luck!

Authors with Heart Spotlight: Christine Rimmer’s The Lawman’s Convenient Bride

This is the first “authors with heart” spotlight and prize pack from our 2017 project! I'll be doing these posts until spring of 2018, plus catching up with a few authors from 2016. I'm still a little behind. In these features, you get to hear about a book and have a chance to win a prize! Each featured author helped with the 2017 Mother's Day thermal bags that were donated to two Washington state Fisher Houses—VA Puget Sound Healthcare System in Seattle and Madigan Army Medical Center at JBLM.

Christine Rimmer has a new release out this month called THE LAWMAN'S CONVENIENT BRIDE. The book is part of Christine's The Bravos of Justice Creek series from Harlequin Special Edition. Check out this review:

“…the emotions run deep in this story and had me really worried that this couple might not make it. But, the ending was absolutely the most charming and romantic conclusion you could hope for!! I really enjoyed Jody and Seth's story and appreciate the depth and feeling of the characters. The plot is well balanced with sexy time, and serious, heavy drama mixed with lighthearted moments to make this a very well rounded and satisfying romance! I highly recommend this one to all romance readers!!” —Julie Whiteley, The Book Review, 5 stars

Here's the blurb for THE LAWMAN'S CONVENIENT BRIDE:

FIRST COMES MARRIAGE

Feisty, fearless Jody Bravo's set to do everything for her baby. She doesn't need anything from anyone—especially the stepbrother of her baby's late father. But lawman Seth Yancy won't leave her to face parenthood alone, no matter how prepared she is. And even though Jody resists, soon she's taken in completely by his charms—and agrees to be his wife… 

THEN COMES LOVE?

Hunky Sheriff Yancy's not without his fair share of admirers in Justice Creek. After a terrible tragedy years before, though, he's faced life alone. Now the real-life woman of his dreams just happens to be his bride—and pregnant with the child of his heart, if not his reality. So “father” is a role that will come naturally to Seth. And will “husband” really be that far behind?

Available at:

Amazon Kindle/Amazon Print/BN NOOK/BN Print/Kobo/iBooks/Google Play

Christine's Bravos series is excellent! I haven't read The Lawman's Convenient Bride yet, but it looks great. Gotta love a man who wants to do the right thing! Seth Yancy is a sheriff. What is your favorite first responder profession for a hero?

Comment to be entered to win a prize pack that includes all you see in the picture (Ghirardelli chocolate bar, pink socks, bath set, journal and bookmark, page flags, note pad, note cards, key chain, lip gloss, can/drink koozie, tissue, rubber bracelet, magnet, and bookmarks)! I'll pick the winner from the comment section using random.org and announce the name next Thursday (May 18th) here on this post and on my Facebook page, so be sure to check back! The winner must contact me by Thursday, May 25th to claim their prize.

*** Giveaway Closed! The winner is Linda Stults!!! Please see comment section on how to claim your prize! ***

Rules: No purchase necessary. Open to entries from Friday, May 12th, at 9:00 am PDT to May 18th at 6 am PDT. Must be 18 or older to enter. Winner is chosen using random.org. Odds of winning are determined by the number of entries. Not responsible for loss or damage during shipping. Unclaimed prizes will be given away at a later date, either here on the website or on my Facebook page. Void where prohibited.

A special thanks to Christine for sponsoring a tote bag and donating books and swag for the Seattle/JBLM Fisher House moms on Mother's Day. She's been a part of this effort for a few years now and I really appreciate her support!