Authors with Heart Spotlight and Giveaway: Teri Wilson’s The Accidental Beauty Queen

The is the last”authors with heart” spotlight and giveaway for the year from our 2018 project! I'll be back in 2019 with more. In these features, you get to hear about a book and have a chance to win a prize! Each featured author helped with the 2018 Mother's Day thermal bags that were donated to three Washington state Fisher Houses—VA Puget Sound Healthcare System in Seattle, Madigan Army Medical Center at JBLM, and VA Portland Health Care System in Vancouver.

In this week's spotlight is Teri Wilson‘s new release THE ACCIDENTAL BEAUTY QUEEN. The book is part of the Royals series. Here's what a reviewer had to say about Teri's book:

“[A] touching story about women supporting women…Wilson’s engaging novel weaves a forbidden romance around Charlotte and Ginny’s authentic camaraderie, making for an affecting tale of sisterly love.” —Publishers Weekly

Here's the blurb for THE ACCIDENTAL BEAUTY QUEEN:

Charlotte Gorman loves her job as an elementary school librarian, and is content to experience life through the pages of her books. Which couldn’t be more opposite from her identical twin sister. Ginny, an Instagram-famous beauty pageant contestant, has been chasing a crown since she was old enough to enunciate the words world peace, and she’s not giving up until she gets the title of Miss American Treasure. And Ginny’s refusing to do it alone this time.

She drags Charlotte to the pageant as a good luck charm, but the winning plan quickly goes awry when Ginny has a terrible, face-altering allergic reaction the night before the pageant, and Charlotte suddenly finds herself in a switcheroo the twins haven’t successfully pulled off in decades.

Woefully unprepared for the glittery world of hair extensions, false eyelashes, and push-up bras, Charlotte is mortified at every unstable step in her sky-high stilettos. But as she discovers there’s more to her fellow contestants than just wanting a sparkly crown, Charlotte realizes she has a whole new motivation for winning.

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I love Teri's stories. This one sounds so fun! I can't wait to read what happens to poor Charlotte. I worked in a library for four years in college, and I would be woefully unprepared for any of those things too. What do you think?

Tell me in the comment section to be entered to win a $5 Amazon gift card (sent via email). If the winner would rather have a Starbucks e-card, that's okay, too! I'll pick the winner from the comment section using random.org and announce the name next Monday morning (December 24th) here on this post and on my Facebook page, so be sure to check back! The winner must contact me by Monday, December 31st to claim their prize so please check back to see if you won. I do not contact winners.

Rules: No purchase necessary. Open to entries from Tuesday 18th to Monday, December 24th at 6 am PDT. Must be 18 or older to enter. Winner is chosen using random.org and must claim their prize by 12/31/18. 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 Teri for her sponsorship of a tote bag and donating books for the Seattle/JBLM/OR VA Fisher House moms on Mother's Day.

Authors with Heart Spotlight and Giveaway: Donna Alward’s Best Man for the Wedding Planner

Here's another “authors with heart” spotlight and giveaway from our 2018 project! In these features, you get to hear about a book and have a chance to win a prize! Each featured author helped with the 2018 Mother's Day thermal bags that were donated to three Washington state Fisher Houses—VA Puget Sound Healthcare System in Seattle, Madigan Army Medical Center at JBLM, and VA Portland Health Care System in Vancouver.

This week, Donna Alward‘s new release BEST MAN FOR THE WEDDING is in this week's spotlight. The book is the first in her new Marrying a Millionaire series. Here's what a reviewer had to say about Donna's book:

“The people we’ll meet in Best Man for the Wedding Planner will break your heart and mend it again, perhaps even better than before. I won’t even call them characters for this story has such a realistic, believable feel to it that I certainly was invested in Adele and Dan’s lives and future.”—Marsha @ Keeper Bookshelf

Here's the blurb for BEST MAN FOR THE WEDDING PLANNER:

The first rule of wedding planning…

Be prepared for anything!

Wedding planner Adele Hawthorne is prepared for wedding hitches…but not for the best man to be Dan — her ex! Thrown together at every turn, Adele can’t escape their chemistry or the fact that her heart-breaking reason for leaving him all those years ago hasn’t changed. With just days before Dan leaves their winter wonderland, can he convince Adele they still have something worth fighting for?

To buy your copy, click here!

Oh, I love books with wedding planners. This one has a second chance romance, too. Sounds really good, and I'm partial to Harlequin Romances since I used to write for the line! What do you think?

Tell me in the comment section to be entered to win a $5 Amazon gift card (sent via email). If the winner would rather have a Starbucks e-card, that's okay, too! I'll pick the winner from the comment section using random.org and announce the name next Monday morning (December 17th) here on this post and on my Facebook page, so be sure to check back! The winner must contact me by Monday, December 24th to claim their prize so please check back to see if you won. I do not contact winners.

*** The winner is Toni Sprouse. Please see comments on how to claim prize! ***

Rules: No purchase necessary. Open to entries from Thursday, December 7th to Monday, December 17th at 6 am PDT. Must be 18 or older to enter. Winner is chosen using random.org and must claim their prize by 12/24/18. 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 Donna for her sponsorship of several tote bags and donating books for the Seattle/JBLM/OR VA Fisher House moms on Mother's Day.

Spirit

On Friday evening, December seventh, my twenty-one year old cat, Spirit, crossed the Rainbow Bridge. She was actually twenty-one and  nearly eight months old. Yes, I always counted because each day with her was a gift. I love all my cats, past and present. That includes the senior fosters who have come through our door. But there was something special about Spirit. She was the cat of my heart, and right now, my heart has been completely shattered. My head hurts from the tears that won't stop and the lack of sleep. When I started my writing day, she would always be there. She shared my pillow—okay, she got most of it and I took a small corner—and rested a paw or her head on mine. Not having that contact is…hard.

But whatever grief I'm going through was more than worth the love and joy she brought over the years.

We were so blessed to have her as long as we did. I was just hoping we'd have her a little longer.

Spirit was a pound and a half when I first held her in the palm of my hand. I was planning only to get one kitten, her brother Rocket, who was three and a half pounds at the time, but I couldn't leave this scrawny, itty-bitty, trembling gray thing. So I ended up with two cats. One of my best decisions ever.

She had a good life.

Like many cats, she wasn't fond of dogs, her harness and leash, other cats besides Rocket and Beauty though she was tolerating Yoda more, being alone, being brushed, having her nails clipped, going to the vet, being given her sub-Q fluids, or taking medication.

She loved being rubbed, getting treats, chasing the laser pointer (recently though that meant pawing at it), being next to me, any kind of turkey food (RadCat, Stella & Chewy's, Gerber Baby Food), her Christmas stocking, drinking from my water glass, and certain human food (chicken, salmon, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, milk from my cereal bowl, frosting from Safeway cupcakes.)

When she was hungry for a snack, she went to the left corner of the bed. When she wanted attention, she cried. She had stairs to get up and down our bed. When those were getting harder for her to negotiate, hubby added another step and covered then to make it easier.

She seemed to like when I was sleeping or writing or working on my planner—me, my MacBook Pro, and my Happy Planner/books were her favorite cushions. She also had her special spots like my pillow and her rocking chair.

Spirit was never the healthiest of cats, but she outlived her brother Rocket, Smalls,  Miss Mousie, and Thoth, all who lived into the high teens in years. She ate things she shouldn't have and more than once ended up at the vet or animal hospital. The first time she was only eight months old. She needed the radioactive iodine (I-131) treatment when she was diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism around nine years old and had a reaction to the Methimazole drug they'd prescribed. She had more imaging than imaginable due to trying to figure out digestive issues. She was also diagnosed with chronic renal failure and was once resuscitated at an emergency vet hospital while they were doing a procedure to check her throat. That led one of my kiddos to call her “Reanimator Kitty.” We only found this out through a report they'd sent to the vet, though before we left they'd suggested not using an anesthetic with her again.

More than a few times over the years, we were told to prepare ourselves for her passing. The reasons varied, but she always pulled through. So when I received a call on Tuesday from Spirit's vet (hubby had taken her in for a recheck due to an ear infection so I could finish a book that's due) I must admit I was blindsided because her ears were better and her kidney values from the latest blood tests had improved. I prayed for yet another miracle. Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be. She is profoundly missed.

I will cherish the memories of years with Spirit and hold her love in my heart.

I love you and always will, my sweet Spirit.

 

 

12 Days Of Clean Romance Giveaway: The Christmas Wish

 

His Christmas Wish by Melissa McClone

Carly Bishop loved Christmas…until tragedy struck.

Distraught and grief-stricken over the deaths of her fiancé and brother, she left Hood Hamlet and her Christmas spirit behind, to start over somewhere new. But now, six years later, her family needs her. Carly returns home to face her past and give her niece and nephew the best Christmas ever.

Burdened with guilt, Jake Porter believes he could have saved his two friends on that fateful day and kept Carly from experiencing such a heart-wrenching loss. When she arrives in town, Jake wants to make amends so they can both finally move forward with their lives.

As Jake helps Carly experience the magic of Christmas so she'll embrace the holiday again, will he also be able to open her heart to something else she’d given up on…love?

Jake forced himself not to stare. Drool. He reached for a knife.

She looked good. Okay, hot. Better than he remembered.

The cold temperature outside brought a natural color to her cheeks. Thick lashes, ones she’d had since she was younger, framed expressive hazel eyes that no longer held the optimistic promise of tomorrow, but hinted at new depths he hadn’t seen before. Those pink full lips smiling at him made him think about kisses. And the one time he should have kissed her, but instead he’d hesitated and lost her. Not that he needed kisses now. A taste of those glossed lips, simply a nibble, was all he wanted, but that wouldn’t be a smart move.

Kissing her would be downright stupid.

As he sliced the apple, the knife slammed against the cutting board.

“Be careful.” Carly neatly placed cheese and crackers on a plate. “You don’t want to lose a finger.”

Right now, he was more worried about losing his heart.

Insane.

His heart was off-limits, especially to a woman who was the only person aside from his father to call him Jacob and who’d left town six years ago never to return until now. Okay, not exactly true. She hadn’t been gone six years. Five years, seven months, and twenty-eight days, if he wanted to be exact. Not that he’d been counting.

Granted, she’d had her reasons. Good ones. But that hadn’t made her leaving any easier. Which reminded him. She wasn’t here to stay. Hannah had mentioned Carly was staying a little over two weeks. Long enough to turn everyone’s life upside down, including his. He wanted no part of it. No part of her.

Jake cut another piece of apple. This time, he didn’t put as much pressure on the knife.

 

 

“A wonderful debut of the Mountain Rescue Romance series with relatable characters with whom I could share emotions as I laughed, cried and loved every minute of this heartwarming and at times heartrending contemporary holiday romance.”—Amazon Reviewer

“His Christmas Wish is one of the the best holiday books I’ve read, hands down. With a hero and heroine to root for, 2 adorable kids, the winter wonderland backdrop of small town Hood Hamlet and a heartwarming storyline, this may well be my favorite Melissa McClone romance yet.”—Amazon Reviewer

“I truly enjoyed this book! It was an extremely well written romance book perfect in time for the holidays! A very refreshing sweet romance novel, I couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend it!”—Amazon reviewer

 

 

 


Author Melissa McClone

USA Today bestselling author, Melissa McClone has published over forty novels with Harlequin and Tule Publishing Group and been nominated for Romance Writers of America's RITA® award. With a degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, Melissa worked for a major airline where she traveled the globe and met her husband. But analyzing jet engine performance couldn't compete with her love of writing happily ever afters. Her first full-time writing endeavor was her first sale when she was pregnant with her first child! When she isn't writing, you can usually find her driving her minivan to/from her children's swim practices and other activities. Melissa lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three children, two spoiled Norwegian Elkhounds, and cats who think they rule the house. They do!

 

 

 

 

 

Giveaway Details

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Ends 1/1/19

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner may be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, BookBub, Instagram, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. This giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader & Clean Wholesome Romance and is sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

 

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Authors with Heart Spotlight and Giveaway: Jane Porter’s Not Christmas Without You

Here's another “authors with heart” spotlight and giveaway from our 2018 project! In these features, you get to hear about a book and have a chance to win a prize! Each featured author helped with the 2018 Mother's Day thermal bags that were donated to three Washington state Fisher Houses—VA Puget Sound Healthcare System in Seattle, Madigan Army Medical Center at JBLM, and VA Portland Health Care System in Vancouver.

Jane Porter‘s new release NOT CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU is in this week's spotlight. This is the fourth book in her Love on Chance Avenue Series. Here's what a reviewer had to say about Jane's book:

“A heart-warming story with past characters from the series and new ones that pull you in.  A great plot from beginning to end.  Sure to get you in the holiday spirit.”—Goodreads Reviewer

Here's the blurb for NOT CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU:

She’s swearing off men, but the rules don’t apply to him

Charity Wright has a history of picking the wrong guys and has decided to swear off men for the month of December–no dates, no kisses, no holiday romance–a decision made all that much harder when she meets the man that could be her Mr. Right, Marietta native and professional baseball player, Quinn Douglas.

Just out of a long term relationship, Quinn Douglas isn’t looking for love at the Little Teton Resort, and he certainly isn’t interested in a girl from home, but now that he’s met Charity, he can’t get her out of his mind. Charity even has him rethinking his career and life on the road. Is Charity the missing piece he’s been looking for?

To buy your copy, click here!

Jane writes wonderful novels, but I especially love her Christmas stories. This sounds so good—love a baseball hero—and I can't wait to dig into it. What do you think of the blurb?

Tell me in the comment section to be entered to win a $5 Amazon gift card (sent via email). If the winner would rather have a Starbucks e-card, that's okay, too! I'll pick the winner from the comment section using random.org and announce the name next Monday morning (December 10th) here on this post and on my Facebook page, so be sure to check back! The winner must contact me by Monday, December 17th to claim their prize so please check back to see if you won. I do not contact winners.

*** The winner is Jen Donelow. Please see comments on how to claim your prize! ***

Rules: No purchase necessary. Open to entries from Thursday, December 5th to Monday, December 10th at 6 am PDT. Must be 18 or older to enter. Winner is chosen using random.org and must claim their prize by 12/17/18. 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 Jane for her sponsorship of several tote bags and donating many books and items of swag for the Seattle/JBLM/OR VA Fisher House moms on Mother's Day.