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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!

Cover Reveal: The Beach Brides Series

The Beach Brides Series

Coming May through August 2017!

Grab your beach hat and a towel and prepare for a brand new series brought to you by twelve New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors…

Beach Brides! Fun in the summer sun!

Twelve heartwarming, sweet novellas linked by a unifying theme. You’ll want to read each one!

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! Sending a message in a bottle can’t be any crazier than online or cell phone dating, or posting personal ads! And, who knows? One of these mysterious missives might actually lead to love…

This is Jenny‘s story: When a soldier responds to an author’s message in a bottle, she can’t resist replying, but their online friendship takes a surprising turn when she receives a call that he’s been injured and wants to see her.

Join Meg, Tara, Nina, Clair, Jenny, Lisa, Hope, Kim, Rose, Lily, Faith and Amy, as they embark on the challenge of a lifetime: risking their hearts to accomplish their dreams!

MEG (Julie Jarnagin) – May 23, 2017
TARA (Ginny Baird) – May 30, 2017
NINA (Stacey Joy Netzel) – June 6, 2017
CLAIR (Grace Greene) – June 13, 2017
JENNY (Melissa McClone) – June 20, 2017
LISA (Denise Devine) – June 27, 2017
HOPE (Aileen Fish) – July 4, 2017
KIM (Magdalena Scott) – July 11, 2017
ROSE (Shanna Hatfield) – July 18, 2017
LILY (Ciara Knight) – July 25, 2017
FAITH (Helen Scott Taylor) – August 1, 2017
AMY (Raine English) – August 8, 2017

** $2.99 on Kindle, FREE in Kindle Unlimited **

Here's the cover for my story Jenny which will be released on June 20th. I had so much fun writing this story. I can't wait to share it with you!

You're invited to join us at our Facebook Beach Brides Launch Party on Thursday, May 25th! To join the event, please click here!

We also have a special Beach Brides Reader Group on Facebook. If you'd like to join us there, click here!

New Release: The Chocolate Touch


THE CHOCOLATE TOUCH is now available! This is Book #8 in the twelve book Love at the Chocolate Shop series. The other authors in the series are C.J. Carmichael, Debra Salonen, Roxanne Snopek, Steena Holmes, and Marin Thomas. It's my third and final installment in the series after also writing Book #2 and Book #5!

This sweet romance features a former air force captain, who is the older brother of the heroines from the two earlier books I wrote in the series. Don't worry if you haven't read those books. The story is still stand-alone. Some secondary characters just reappear.

About the book…

Chocolate expert Chantelle Cummings arrives in Marietta, Montana with two goals—sign copies of her new book and research a quaint local chocolate shop. When she meets a gorgeous guy passing out chocolate samples, her visit turns sweeter than she ever imagined. The man melts her heart, but her dream of working in France with her family makes her hesitant to pursue a romance.

Former Air Force captain York Parker has one month before embarking upon a consulting career. He never expected to be selling chocolates, but he’s happy to help his sister and her boss. He also likes spending time with sassy, pretty Chantelle. His new coworker may have the chocolate touch, but he’d rather taste her decadent kisses… until he learns the real reason she’s in town.

Will the truth harden his heart, or will love pave the way to a sweet future?

Available at:

Giveaway…

What is the first thing you think of when you hear the word CHOCOLATE? Tell me in the comment section and you'll be entered to win this Chocolate themed prize pack that includes:

 

  • $25 Sees Candy Gift Card
  • $5 Starbucks Gift Card
  • Fannie May Chocolates
  • Print copy of A THANKFUL HEART
  • Socks
  • Scarf
  • Lollipop Bouquet
  • 3 Flavored Hot Cocoas
  • 4 Love at the Chocolate Shop recipe cards
The giveaway runs from Thursday, May 4th until Monday, May 8th at 6 am PDT, One winner will be selected using random.org. The winner's name will be posted in the comment section and on my Facebook page, so be sure to check back to see if you won. The winner will have until May 15th to contact me to claim the prize.
*** The winner is Donna Hepburn. Donna, see the comment section on how to claim your prize! ***

No purchase necessary. Open to entries from May 4th to May 8that 6 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. If the prize is unclaimed, items will be given away at a later date either here or on my Facebook page. Void where prohibited by law.