Thursday, February 23, 2017

Virtual Tour ~ To Covet A Lady's Heart - The Landon Sisters by Ingrid Hahn


One good blackmail deserves another.



TO COVET A LADY'S HEART
The Landon Sisters #2
Ingrid Hahn
Releasing Feb 20, 2017
Entangled Scandalous



One
good blackmail deserves another.




After a lifetime of
rakish behavior, Lord Maxfeld must pretend he’s reformed and find a fake wife.
And, with the perfect blend of family scandal and tenuous acceptance in
Society, there is nobody more suitable than Lady Phoebe. Trouble is, Phoebe
will not agree to a false engagement, forcing Max to blackmail her into his
scheme.

Phoebe will go to great lengths to avoid anything
remotely dishonorable. Unwilling to bear the scandal of a broken engagement,
she blackmails Max right back—directly to the altar.

Once married, though, Phoebe wants much more than Max’s
ring. She wants his heart. But he will never give it. For better or worse may
just be words but Phoebe cannot stay with Max if he thinks love is the worst
thing that can happen.




“When I sent you to Lady Delamore’s the other evening, my dear, it was not to make a spectacle of yourself. You might be new to Society, but I brought you up far better than that.”
Phoebe, seated at her dressing table where Albina was arranging her hair, looked up from the note she’d been reading—sentiments of congratulations from Isabel. The room was filled with late morning light containing the promise of a beautiful spring day. Her mother, wearing a dove gray muslin, crossed the bedchamber.
Spectacle of herself? “My playing was better than that, I assure you, Mama—on my honor.”
“I’m not talking about music, my dear.” Lady Bennington’s color was high. “The spectacle you made of yourself with Lord Maxfeld.”
What? Phoebe searched her memory. She shook her head, folding the thick sheet of paper and slipping it into a drawer. “You’ve been misinformed. The earl and I didn’t exchange more than six words the whole of the evening through. We were kept quite occupied by other people.”
“Some things don’t need words, my girl.”
What is that supposed to mean?
“I don’t know what you’re talking about. The night of the Huntsford ball, you seemed lighthearted on the subject of my entertaining myself with Lord Maxfeld.”
“But not conspicuously, my dear.”
“Conspicuously? I did nothing conspicuous last night. Except play. And that was at Lady Delamore’s request.” Phoebe twisted in her chair. She refused to believe there were groundless rumors circulating about her and Lord Maxfeld at half eleven the next morning. “On whose authority have you received such intelligence as would lead you to believe that I behaved like anything less than the perfect lady?”
Finished setting every ironed curl just so, Albina quietly retreated to the other side of the room.
“I met Lady Selby in the street, and she told me there were looks between the two of you the like of which she’d never before witnessed in all her years.”
Looks? Well, that was the sort of story a two-penny press would want, surely.
Phoebe’s gaze dropped to the surface of the dressing table where she fiddled with a stray hairpin. To be denounced for nothing more than a few stray glances the gossips decided to willfully misinterpret was a new and not entirely comfortable experience.

Scowling, she sniffed. “Well, those hundred and ten years Lady Selby has lived must have been awfully dull.”






Ingrid Hahn is a
failed administrative assistant with a B.A. in Art History. Her love of reading
has turned her mortgage payment into a book storage fee, which makes her the
friend who you never want to ask you for help moving. Though originally from
Seattle, she now lives in the metropolitan DC area with her ship-nerd husband,
small son, and four opinionated cats. When she’s not reading or writing, she
loves knitting, theater, nature walks, travel, history, and is a hopelessly
devoted fan of Jane Austen. She loves to connect with her readers


Q&A with Ingrid Hahn

Q: Name one thing you won’t leave home without.

Definitely my head. Thankfully, I’m not a screw top, so I can always remember it. Everything else is fair game.

Q: If you could trade places with anyone for just one day, who would you be?

I can’t decide between two choices. Either Cleopatra right after she met Mark Antony, but I won’t tell you why. Or some chick inside a perfume commercial. You get to be gorgeous, perfectly made up, and there is usually a not-too-hard-on-the-eyes guy around. (That goes for perfume lady—Cleopatra wasn’t the gorgeous siren she’s depicted as being in popular myth.) The perfume lady has the bonus of either getting to wear a big fancy dress or lazing around a private beach.

Q: What types of scenes are your most favorite to write?

The naughty ones.

Q: Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

I put a tiny, tiny bit of myself into each heroine in a superfluous way. My first heroine, Grace, loved chocolate and has less-than-perfect hair (far less, I’m afraid). My second, Phoebe, is a big reader and loves tea. My third, Eliza—her book is coming in June—hates cherries. However, unlike Eliza, I came by my dislike honestly. I just plain don’t like them. I won’t spoil it for you, but Eliza came by her dislike by way of an abhorrent association. 

Q: Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

Let go of your ego, never stop learning, work hard to nail good conflict, learn to encapsulate your entire story in one pithy statement that makes strangers’ eyes bulge and beg you to write the book immediately (I’m still working on this one!). Don’t self-publish too early. Give yourself permission to turn into a seething green jealousy monster even for writer friends you love dearly when they achieve something you covet, but cap your time in The Great and Terrible Land of Envy to about ten or twenty minutes, then go back to being happy for them and focusing your energy on your own work.

Release Tour & Giveaway ~ When Jack Trumps Ace by Debbie De Louise


When
Jack Trumps Ace
by
Debbie De Louise
Genre:
A Romantic Comedy Jewel Heist Novella


Jackie
Riordan's in trouble . . .
When
her jewel-thief father is caught in the middle of a heist, Jackie
makes her getaway to his ex-jail pal’s apartment. a man called Ace,
who lives in an upscale neighborhood of Chicago. What she doesn't
count on is falling in love with him and becoming his partner in
crime. She also doesn't expect to compete with Ace’s old flame or
deal with his cat Roxie who causes her allergy attacks.
All
bets are off . . .
After
Jackie discovers clues left by her father which lead her to a
treasure that Ace may have stolen, she contemplates her next move.
Should she trust Ace and believe her father gave him the money, or
head home to her mother, a religious hypocrite who would have no
qualms about ratting out her own daughter to the cops?
Things
that sparkle aren't always Diamonds . . .
Before
Jackie can decide who the good guys really are, she finds herself
atop the Willis Tower carrying her father's ashes in her pocket and
aiding Ace in the largest jewelry heist of his life. Things go
terribly wrong, and Jackie's only choice seems to be to walk away
from Ace or face imprisonment. 



Debbie
De Louise is an award-winning author and a reference librarian at a
public library on Long Island. She is a member of Sisters-in-Crime,
International Thriller Writers, and the Cat Writer’s Association.
She has a BA in English and an MLS in Library Science from Long
Island University. Her three published novels include Cloudy Rainbow,
A Stone's Throw, and Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Solstice
Publishing, 2016) that has been on the Amazon bestseller list for
cozy mysteries. Debbie has also written articles and short stories
for several anthologies of various genres. She is currently working
on the third Cobble Cove mystery and a psychological thriller. She
lives on Long Island with her husband, daughter, and two cats.







Release Day Blitz ~ Ayanna - The Fae Realm Series: Book Three by Cathlin Shahriary

Author: Cathlin Shahriary
Title: Ayanna
Series: The Fae Realm #3
Genre: YA Fantasy/Romance
Release Date: Feb 23, 2017
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Trying to adjust to life in the small town where her aunt lives, Ayanna stumbles across a handsome young man by a pond in the nearby woods. Tall, with a winning smile, Corydon isn't just any guy, he's exactly the type her aunt had warned her to avoid at all costs...a Fae. Even knowing that he isn't human, she can't seem to resist him. Ayanna is about to learn becoming involved with a Fae always has its price, and this one may be more than she can afford to pay.

 



Ayanna noticed that her arms were starting to turn a light shade of pink. Damn, she must have forgotten to put on sunblock before she left. As much as she didn’t want to leave him, she probably should head home to avoid further sunburn, because a little pink now will definitely deepen by this evening without the help of anymore exposure. “Unfortunately, I should probably go before I turn extra crispy.”

He placed his hand on her pink forearm. “I had no idea you could burn so quickly.”

“Must be the curse of the pale,” she joked. He removed his hand, but the heat from his skin remained.

“It’s been entertaining getting to know you, Ayanna. Do you think we could meet up again? I’d love to spend some more time with you.”

“I’d like that too,” she met his eyes and stared into them seeing nothing but sincere interest and perhaps that start of a friendship.

“I don’t think I can get away tomorrow, what about three days from now? Same place, around noon?”

“It’s a date…I mean…I’ll see you then,” she stammered unsure if he would take her words the wrong way. She hopped off the rock and turned to face him straight on. She took a moment to study his sharp features until her eyes halted on his left ear where his silvery blond hair was tucked. Her breath caught in her throat. She had only seen ears like his on Star Trek, and while they were definitely pointy, on him they seemed to fit. Like a bullet, her aunt’s description of Fae hit her, and she staggered back a few steps.

“Are you okay?”

She was sure her eyes had widened. “I…um…just remembered something…I have to go,” she called leaving the pond at a sprint.

“Ayanna, wait!” His voice echoed off the trees around her, but she was afraid of what she would do if he caught up with her. She pushed herself to run as quickly as she could without tripping over rocks or tree roots. She glanced back, and much to her relief he wasn’t following her. Could Aunt Grace have been right after all? Could Corydon be Fae? And if he was, how would she ever face him again?


Cathlin Shahriary lives in North Texas with her husband, cats (two of which she calls her own) and an 80 pound pitbull puppy named Erwin. By day she is an elementary teacher, sculpting future book nerds and writers. By night (weekends and summer) she is an avid reader, cat foster, and writer. You can also find her fangirling over books, authors, and TV shows (Supernatural, Dr. Who, and the Walking Dead to name a few). She still believes in the existence of magic and the power of love.
 

Release Day Blitz ~ The Running Experiment - The Rise of the Recliner: Book 4 by Kristann Monaghan

Author: Kristann Monaghan
Title: The Running Experiment : Rise of the Recliner
Genre: Blogmoire/Humor
Release Date: Feb 23, 2017
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Whether it is your first or fourth journey into The Running Experiment, join The Fat Girl Running and her motley crew of BFF, Bubby, Pocket Fiance and more as they venture into book signings, Comicon, family memories, the search for Mount Doom and of course Disneyland.

It’s a journey filled with laughter, randomness and lots of food peppered with recipes, playlists and tips for life as only The Fat Girl can bring you. Go ahead…step inside her world and prepare to laugh your flass off. One thing is for certain. You won’t have to run. Ever.

 



Secretly a Disney villain, Kristann began writing her blog (www.thefatgirlrunning.com) as a way to chronicle her weight loss journey. She never dreamed she would soon have over 1K followers on both the blog and on social media. When not avoiding deadlines and stalkers, Kristann can be found in the mountains of Arizona either doing activities that do not require pants or working as a Pediatric Intensive Care nurse by night. She is currently hoarding Skittles and books in preparation for the apocalypse. Join her and BFF as they plot to take over the world…
 

Release Day Blitz ~ Rhys by D.B. James

Author: D.B. James
Title: Rhys
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: Feb 23, 2017
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He has everything planned… except her.

Rhys lives a life of solitude — one he’s perfectly content with. That is until his friend Vinny is found murdered. There are secrets and half-truths at every corner, but he’s determined to find out what happened.

Averill is exactly where she wants to be in life after years of running. She’s opened her own boutique and can finally breathe again. She thought she was safe… until her world collides with the dark shadows of Rhys’.

When he unknowingly puts her in the path of a serial killer, will he be able to protect her? Even if it means becoming the killer he’s trained to be?

  



D.B. James is an indie author of New Adult Romance. Seventeen Days is her debut novel. In her spare time, she’s an avid reader. Colleen Hoover, Tarryn Fisher, Teagan Hunter, KA Tucker, Linda Kage, Renee Carlino, and Abbi Glines are a few of her obsessions. She is a mother to one spoiled rotten fur-baby named Frasier. He’s a bi-colored Persian cat, who thinks he’s royalty and can’t be told otherwise. She’s a Michigan girl through and through but currently resides in sunny Florida. Sarcasm, Supernatural (team Sam!), Harry Potter and coffee are among her favorite things.