March 29, 2016

novel spotlight: the secret life of charlotte dodd' by holly kerr

Today I'm pleased to share some information about The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd by Holly Kerr, which is now on tour with Chick Lit Plus. Be sure to check out the other stops (click here) for more on this book. And psst... don't forget to check out the Rafflecopter below on how to enter to win a fabulous prize.


Chick lit meets spy thriller!

Charlotte Dodd is having a bad day.

After taking an experimental drug to erase her memories of saving the world (or at least the country - several times) Charlotte is given a new life - a quiet, unassuming job, a second chance at love with Luke, and no one trying to kill her.

Two years later and with no recollection of saving the world, she steps in to help a random stranger and is amazed at the ease in which she dispatches her opponents using a rolled-up magazine. But how is that possible? She has Buffy-like fight moves, fires a gun with deadly accuracy and can use the air from car tires to keep breathing underwater.

When she meets Ham - why is he so familiar? The flashes, the déjà vu, the dreams - they’re not really dreams? Blowing up a building in Mexico, being buried alive - those things really happened to her? And what is her brother doing flying a plane? Turns out those two years of quiet with Luke was really an undercover mission to help bring down a secret organization targeting her family.

Charlotte needs to remember her secret life if she wants to save the world again and the only man she’s ever loved.


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About the Author
Holly Kerr writes chick-lit with a twist. No broody men, no obsessions with shoes, just fun stories about strong women going after what they want.

Her books include Coming Home, Unexpecting and Absinthe Doesn't Make the Heart Grow Fonder and her latest, The Secret Life of Charlotte Dodd.

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March 21, 2016

girl scouts & chick lit

If you've been following my social channels the past week, you've probably noticed my books featured with a certain delicious treat.


I'm a proud former Girl Scout. I participated in Brownies and Juniors—and they were some of my favorite years growing up. As I mentioned on my Instagram and Facebook channels:
"Being in Girl Scouts was an important part of my childhood, though I didn't realize it at the time. It encouraged me to set goals, be creative and independent, learn to work with others, and have confidence. The cookies were just a bonus."
This weekend my friends and I had a wine and Girl Scout cookies tasting. While I was getting into the spirit of things, and reminiscing, I thought, why not pair the cookies with my stories for a little fun? I mean, I'm fairly confident none of these stories would have come to fruition if I didn't have those skills and traits that being a Girl Scout instilled in me.

Here's what I came up with...


Hard Hats and Doormats
Pairs well with Caramel deLites/ Samoas

With Lexi Burke making a life for herself on the Gulf Coast, which includes girls' night outs complete with margaritas, we needed a sassy yet classic cookie. Look no further than the Carmel Delite or Somoa. With a crispy wafer coated in caramel, coconut and chocolate, I can't think of a cookie that tastes more like a hot, subtropical night.


"Twelve Drummers Drumming" in Merry & Bright and "Oh Baby" in A Kind of Mad Courage
Pairs well with Shortbread/ Trefoils

Shortbread is one of my favorite Christmas treats, which makes it perfect for "Twelve Drummers Drumming." And considering that Autumn is expecting in "Oh Baby," well, it seems like something that would go well under those circumstances.


The Marrying Type
Pairs well with Lemonades

Set in Charleston, South Carolina during wedding season--which coincides with the heat of summer--I can't think of a better way to read this story than to sit on a porch sipping lemonade. It's March in Nebraska, so curling up with a lemon cookie seems like a happy alternative in Nebraska.


Making Christmas in All I Want For Christmas
Pairs well with Thanks-A-Lots

Thanks-A-Lots seem like a great cookie to enjoy with a cup of coffee. And there's a lot of coffee-having in Making Christmas. Plus, shouldn't we all give plenty of thanks for all of our blessings during the holiday season?

The Cranberry Citrus Crisps would also pair well with this story--they're so festive.



First & Goal
Pairs well with Peanut Butter Patties/ Tagalongs

Harper is an accomplished baker who has probably never met a Pinterest recipe she didn't like. And Peanut Butter Patties seem like the kind of cookie you'd find a Pinterest aficionado's "to-bake" list. You'd start with some sort of crispy cookie, cover it in peanut butter, dip it in chocolate and presto. At least that's how I assume it works. I was too lazy to look up a recipe. Plus, I'm happy with how I imagined it.


What Happens at Midnight in All I Want For Christmas
Pairs well with Thin Mints

Natalie, the junk food enthusiast is What Happens at Midnight, is a sucker for mint chip ice cream. And since Thin Mints are basically mint chip in cookie form, this seems like the perfect pair to this story. Plus, there's just something about minty flavors that makes me think of the holiday seasons.


Going for Two
Pairs well with Peanut Butter Sandwiches/ Do-si-dos

Coach Brook isn't big on sweets, but if he had a favorite cookie, I'm pretty sure he'd go for the Peanut Butter Sandwich. And with more Coach Brook in Going for Two, it's a match made in book/cookie heaven.

And in case you're curious about how we paired our Girl Scout cookies with wine, here's a rundown:
Thin Mints with Pinot Noir
Caramel deLites with Malbec
Peanut Butter Patties with Old Vine Zinfandel
Peanut Butter Sandwiches with Merlot
Thanks-a-lots with Rieseling
Shortbread with Chardonnay
Lemonades with Moscato
Cranberry Citrus Crisps with Sparkling Wine


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March 14, 2016

now available from rosa temple

Meet Your New Book Boyfriend - Gabriel Miller

By Rosa Temple

It's great being a writer. I get to create a world of fictional characters playing out their roles in situations I put them into, in a story that once took place in my head. But don't get me wrong. You're not reading the psychiatric notes of a dictator in the making; I just like to explore the “What If's” of life and put them in a story.

Even more exciting is when I share my story with complete strangers and have them tell me they really enjoyed it! So imagine my delight when the bunch of beta readers I sent copies of Natalie's Getting Married to, loved the book and a lot of them were totally taken with my main male character – Gabriel Miller.

One great comment from a reader regarding Gabriel was that he lit up the scenes he was in and that she missed him when he wasn't around. Two beta readers openly said they fell in love with him. And, I have to admit, I had a major crush on him myself – and I'm a married woman.

We first meet Gabriel at the start of Natalie's story. She's a fresher at university and he's a second year student who introduces himself as, “Gabriel, like the Angel but without the wings.” To let you in on a little secret, I did choose the name Gabriel because I knew that he would at some stage or other have to save Natalie from certain situations and, more importantly, from herself.

Gabriel was largely created from a combination of all the great guys I've known. From each of them I picked out their best qualities, mashed them all together, and voila! Gabriel was born. But, don't get me wrong, Gabriel isn't perfect by any stretch of the imagination. Who is?

I think what I like about his character is he does have his vulnerabilities. He's even insecure at times, despite the fact that he's a super talented writer who goes on to make quite a name for himself.
Physically, Gabriel is this tall, fair haired guy with hazel eyes and messy clothes. In all honesty he has no idea how good looking or how charming he is and that for me is a positive in people in general. If he was cast in a film I would say he'd look like a twenty-something, Alex O'Loughlin (from The Back Up Plan).

In most romantic comedies or chick lit novels, the main male character is usually the boyfriend and has a certain role to play. The boyfriend helps secure the 'happy ever after' ending we all crave. He's always the hero and we always know when we meet him that he will be 'the one.' But Gabriel is not Natalie's boyfriend. He is, actually, her best friend. He's the one she turns to when things go dramatically wrong with her boyfriend. He's the one who helps her in all her decision making, even giving her advice when her wedding dress ends up several sizes too big because she gets stressed about her wedding. And he's the one she turns to when she is broken hearted. In fact she can talk to him about anything. The only times Natalie didn't go running to Gabriel for advice was when he was dating.

You might be wondering, with so many readers of Natalie's Getting Married becoming infatuated with Gabriel, why Natalie would not fall for him too and why he isn't her boyfriend. But there are many dimensions to their relationship that come into play and I'm never one to give spoilers.
To find out if you think Gabriel really is boyfriend material – you'll have to judge for yourself.


About Natalie's Getting Married
Career minded, Natalie Spencer, had never been in love. She could never understand what all the fuss was about. But when she met Jackson Humphries during Fresher’s Week at University, that all changed.

Utterly infatuated, Natalie quickly discovers the meaning of love and, before she knows it, she's heading up the aisle – for the first time, that is.

This is a tale about four wedding dresses, a runaway groom and a girl who got so carried away, she couldn’t see true love staring her right in the face.

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About Rosa
Rosa Temple began writing romantic comedies and chick lit because of her passion for what she calls the 'early chick lit films', like: Sabrina, Barefoot In the Park and Breakfast at Tiffany's. She honed her skills as a ghost writer, gaining experience writing romantic novellas, both sweet and on the slightly steamy side. In her notebooks, she constantly jotted down story ideas of her own and she eventually completed her first novella Sleeping With Your Best Friend and now, the full length novel, Natalie's Getting Married.

Rosa Temple is a Londoner and is married with two sons. She is a reluctant keep fit fanatic and doer of housework and insists that writing keeps her away from such strenuous tasks. She spends her days creating characters and story lines while drinking herbal tea and eating chocolate biscuits.
To find out more about Rosa and to catch up on all her musings please join her here on Rosa Temple Writes...


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happy release day to 'wife for the weekend'


We are thrilled to celebrate the release of Wife for the Weekend by Ophelia London! Be sure to check out all the book info, fun posts, and giveaway!


Title: Wife for the Weekend (Sugar City #3) by Ophelia London
Age group: Adult
Genre: Sweet Romance
Publisher: Entangled Bliss
Scheduled to release: March 14, 2016
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When bad weather closes the airport, free-spirited Jules Bloom finds herself stuck with the admittedly hot but total suit Dexter Elliott. One night and one large pitcher of “Vegas Sunrise” later, Jules wakes up in a hotel bed with a vicious hangover…wearing nothing but a wedding ring.

Determined not to ruin his brother's wedding, Dexter strikes a deal with the frustratingly gorgeous Jules to continue their quickie marriage through the weekend. Only she keeps getting under his skin in unexpected ways.

Jules has her own reasons for staying married to Dex but they seem less important with each exaggerated touch and staged kiss. But one marriage, one major secret, and two complete opposites don’t add up to a happily ever after…


Book 3 in the Sugar City series, can be read as a stand alone.



Excerpt

“What have you been telling people?” Dexter asked as soon as they were behind the rosebushes.
“Can you be more specific?” Jules said.
“Things about me…what we do.”
“Oh. That.” She bit her lip. “I was doing what you said, making our story embarrassing to an audience.”
He crossed his arms. “By telling my mother you threw yourself at me.”
“It makes a more interesting story. Everyone’s tired of hearing how you’re a big bad lady-killer. I thought you’d be grateful.”
“I’m not. No wife of mine should be throwing herself at anyone.”
“Not even her husband?”
He frowned and pursed his lips, looking deep in thought. “I don’t like it. You doing a pole dance while covered in strategically placed Hershey’s Kisses?”
“Hey, I did not add that detail.” She toyed with her bracelets. “But I like it. And I was trying to be inappropriately personal.”
“Well, stop,” he growled, but then dipped his chin and laughed.


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USA Today bestselling author Ophelia London was born and raised among the redwood trees in beautiful northern California. Once she was fully educated, she decided to settle in Florida, but her car broke down in Texas and she’s lived in Dallas ever since. A cupcake and treadmill aficionado (obviously those things are connected), she spends her time watching arthouse movies and impossibly trashy TV, while living vicariously through the characters she writes. Ophelia is the author of the Sugar City series, including WIFE FOR THE WEEKEND and KISSING HER CRUSH; AIMEE & THE HEARTTHROB; CHALK LINES & LIPSTICK; DEFINITELY, MAYBE IN LOVE; the Abby Road series; and the Perfect Kisses series. Visit her at ophelialondon.com. But don’t call when The Vampire Diaries (or Dawson’s Creek) is on.




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March 3, 2016

now available... 'let's be friends'

Happy Release Week to my buddy, Brea Brown. She's releasing her millionth (OK, thirteenth, but still THIRTEENTH, can you believe it?) book, Let's Be Friends, which is the final installment of her Nurse Nate trio.


Here's what you need to know...

Nate and Betty’s long-distance relocation has shrunk their pesky problems like specks in a rearview mirror… or so they think. But small-town life in sultry South Carolina includes its own challenges, and the Binghams soon discover their northern hometown doesn’t have the monopoly on frustrating co-workers and dysfunctional families. Add in a bit of culture shock, and the result is a thick, hilarious pot of outsider gumbo. Plus, some people—and decisions—can follow you anywhere you go, for the rest of your life.

You can find the book online now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, iTunes and her website.

Congrats, Brea!


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