Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Running Scared by Cheryl Wright--BWL Blurbathon



Running Scared by Cheryl Wright

Emma Larkin is running for her life – nowhere is safe.  
Stalked by her husband's killers, and desperate to protect her young daughter, Emma must find what the killers are looking for before she becomes their next victim.
When undercover cop, Gary Bedford, planned a relaxing break, he hadn’t counted on bumping into Emma. Now he can't resist the temptation to discover all her secrets.
But should Emma trust her life and heart to Gary Bedford?
Can they solve the mystery surrounding her husband’s death – and uncover his deadly secret?  
…. 
"Oh wow. Could not stop reading this. Was on pins and needles through the entire book . Wonderful story and very well written. Looking forward to more books by this fantastic writer!" ~ D. Gilman
“A great fast paced light suspense romance captivating the reader in a plot of many twists and turns. You will not want to put this book down until the end when all is revealed.” ~ Claudia R.
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Buy Running Scared at:
Learn more about Cheryl’s characters and her books at:  http://www.cheryl-wright.com
And do check back to learn all about Sheila Claydon’s books on February 1st!


Sunday, January 27, 2013

My Mozart by Juliet Waldron, BWL Blurbathon

In Honor of Mozart's Birthday, January 27th, the BWL Blurbathon brings you:

My Mozart by Juliet Waldron, from Books We Love Publishing




Mozart was her teacher, her mentor, her rescuer--and, finally, fatally, her lover. ..
 
At dawn, in the marble palace of a Prince, a nine-year-old sings for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, then at the peak of his career. Always delighted by musical children, he accepts Nanina as a pupil. Gifted, intense and imaginative, she sees the great "Kapellmeister Mozart" as an avatar of Orpheus and her own, personal divinity.

His lessons are irregular and playful, but the teacher/pupil bond grows strong. Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro premieres, and Nanina, now twelve, is given a solo part. For her, this is the beginning of a long stage career. For Mozart, it marks the start of his ruin. His greatest works will be composed in poverty and obscurity.

During the composer's last summer, his wife has left him. Chronically in debt and suffering the emotional isolation of genius, he takes refuge with his disreputable Volksoper friends, who want him to write a "peasant opera" for their audience. Nanina, now grown, and still in love with Mozart, is among their number. As he seeks solace among the women of the Volksoper, the charms of his young fan become increasingly alluring. No one, least of all the composer, understands the depth of her obsession or how a brief affair will permanently alter her life.

"This really knocked my socks off, and so you don't have to know the opera or Mozart's music to love this book." Kay Cochran

"The brilliance of the plot is that it is timeless ... Teenage fan falls in love, has a brief love affair with her idol...The characters are as real as today, once again underscoring the fact that people, after all, never change in motives or behavior, only in time." Patricia A. Martin
 
Buy My Mozart at: 
 
Juliet Waldron, Award Winning romantic Historicals
 
Learn more Juliet's characters and about their life and times at:  http://www.julietwaldron.com
 
And do check back to learn all about BWL author Cheryl Wright's marvelous books on January 29th! 
 
 

Friday, January 25, 2013

Savage Possession by Margaret Tanner



Welcome to the Books We Love Blurbathon.

SAVAGE POSSESSION BY MARGARET TANNER
A
sweeping tale of love's triumph over tragedy and treachery in frontier Australia .
A
mistaken identity opens the door for Martin Mulvaney to take his revenge on the
granddaughter of his mortal enemy.
An
old Scottish feud, a love that should never have happened, and a series of
extraordinary coincidences traps two lovers in a family vendetta that threatens
to destroy their love, if not their lives. 
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008EL0FTI
 

Juliet Waldron's blurb will appear on Sunday 27th January. We hope you will come back and check it out.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Another e-book from Montlake Romance!


Happy New Year, everyone!  In a previous blog, I wrote about Amazon having taken over Avalon Publishing, the publisher that printed many of my hard-bound books.  Well, the romance branch of Amazon, Montlake Romance, has now released the second of my two tiles, and I'm very excited about this!  Here's the scoop:   

Blurb:  Rachel Dillion treasures living in the small town where she raises her young son Michael and owns a bed and breakfast. She feels content knowing that the B&B is a wonderful way to give back to her community and that small-town life affords Michael some much needed security. Because of Rachel's divorce from his father, Michael has suffered emotionally and is failing in school.
Chad Merrick, Rachel's old boyfriend, returns home to help his mother sell her property. Once again, Rachel is powerfully attracted to Chad, yet she is also cautious. Chad is a renowned international wildlife photographer who loves wide open spaces. She can't imagine that he would ever settle for the humdrum small-town life. She's convinced, as Chad is, that his visit is temporary.
Chad begins tutoring Michael and soon fills in as his dad for a community Boy Scout project. While Rachel is grateful for Chad's help, her caution meters skyrocket. Before she knows it, Michael has become too attached to Chad. Can Rachel protect her son from further hurt and abandonment? And most of all, can she allow herself to fall in love with Chad--this time forever?

http://www.amazon.com/Unlikely-Dad-ebook/dp/B00AF9DWEW

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Trading Faces by Ann Herrick

Happy New Year, everyone!  I hope your year is getting off to a great start. 

Today I'd like to introduce YA author Ann Herrick and one of her latest books for young adults, Trading Faces. I've read several of Ann's books, and I heartily recommend them.  Ann really understands the heart and mind of a teenager, and she excels in getting these sentiments down on paper (or digital format).  To learn more about Trading Faces, please read on!



Blurb:

What if you went to sleep plain and woke up beautiful--or vice versa?

 An "Ugly Betty" and a Popular Beauty wind up trading faces—and lives—and the situation is not what either one expected.

When 15-year-old Darcy Doane wakes up as Cybil Sheffield, she is thrilled. Cybil is everything Darcy has ever wanted to be. Pretty. Popular. Only… all the attention isn’t exactly what Darcy expected. Especially when her own brother, Joey, is crushing on her. Gross.  But then there's Devon, the real Cybil's boyfriend ....
Cybil is shocked when she looks in the mirror and sees a face she totally doesn’t recognize. She thought not always being the center of attention might be a good thing, but being invisible is hardly bearable. Even her boyfriend, Devon, looks right through her! How can she survive when the only people (except a family of strangers) who even know she's alive are three dipsticks she can't remember ever seeing before? And why hasn't she ever noticed her new "brother," Joey, before?

With the school play, potential boyfriends and an A-List party coming up, Darcy and Cybil have a lot to work out. There’s a learning curve for both of them, especially after they are caught fighting at school and forced by the principal to help her at a Return-to-Work project for displaced women.

Trouble is, how do they get their own lives back? And who ends up with what guy?


Excerpt:


[DARCY]

Brrrr. It's cold in here. I must've left a window open. Uuuuh. I hate to get out from under the covers. One, two, three, fling.
My teeth chatter as I hunt for my slippers. Where’s the carpet? It feels like … like wood under my feet. Maybe I'm still dreaming that I'm in Silas Marner's cottage. I pinch myself.
Ouch!
What's going on? Why is it so dark in here, anyway? Did the hall nightlight burn out or something? Where's the lamp?
Where's the nightstand?
What's this? The wall? Okay, I follow the wall and find the light switch. Ack! I've run out of wall. Did I leave my bedroom door open?
Where am I?
There’s a nightlight here reflecting off a mirror. Somehow, I find myself in a strange bathroom with a granite floor. I flick the light switch on and see myself in the big, full wall mirror. I take a good look.
Cybil Sheffield?
            I lean in close and blink. Cybil blinks. I smile. Cybil smiles. Her smile is dazzling.
            I nod. Cybil nods. I touch my nose. Cybil touches her nose.
            Wait a minute. I can feel my nose, and it is cute and round and small enough to fit under a dime! I've morphed into Cybil! Wow! Is this for real? Maybe I should pinch myself again. Ow!
I take another look. Yes! I am Cybil. Even in the morning, without makeup, she looks beautiful. Her hair's barely even messed up.
            I look at my hands. Instead of large hands with thick fingers and clipped fingernails, I've got little hands and oval fingernails painted with Cybil's trademark Pink Opal Glaze nail polish. Hey, my toenails are painted Pink Opal Glaze, too. Who knew?
            Upon further examination I also detect a pair of pointy, perky breasts, way bigger than mine even when I'm bloated, peering through the semi sheer nightgown I'm wearing instead of my over sized T-shirt. Wow, I'm not even sure what to do with these babies. I'll have to learn to use them wisely.
            What am I thinking? Okay, for some reason, I look like Cybil, and I’ve been transported to some bedroom that must be hers. But how? Why? And, anyway, even if I look like Cybil, can I possibly pull off being Cybil? I don’t know how to act popular. I don’t even know to talk to most people. It’s not as if I grew up looking beautiful and wearing great clothes, which must make everything much easier.
Clothes! Maybe I should get dressed. Maybe I could think better with clothes on. I certainly can’t run around in this … this nightie all day.
What day is this, anyway? Friday? Yikes! I've got an algebra test—
No, wait. Darcy has an algebra test. Wait, a few days ago Cybil was moved into the class. Does she study? Huh? Why am I even thinking about algebra?
What am I going to do? What about Mom and Dad and Joey? Do they think I'm missing? Am I missing? Are they frantically searching the house and the woods for me? Or am "I" still home? Maybe "I'm" sitting at the breakfast table eating Grape Nuts, as usual. Maybe "I" have turned into an android.
            Or. Maybe Cybil has been turned into me?

[CYBIL]
            I peer into the mirror over the dresser. The light is not great in here, so everything looks a little blurry. Ack! I slap my head with both hands. I went to bed great looking and woke up … yuck! Total nerd! Dull, stringy hair—definitely not my color—close set eyes … and this nose. I run my fingers over the bridge of it. Where's my perfect little nose?
Where did this wide one come from? Did I bump into the bedpost in my sleep or something?
What happened? Whose face is this? Maybe someone from school? Why is it suddenly my face? I try to think. Is this a nightmare? Well, of course, looking like this is a nightmare, but, I mean, am I really awake? If I’m asking myself that question, I must be! Wait. Maybe I’m just … just not completely awake yet. I close my eyes, count to ten, yawn, stretch, open my eyes and look in the mirror again. Eeew! That face is still there.
           And my room. What's with the log cabin walls, braided rugs and country kitch d├ęcor?
I run around the room. Where's my four poster queen sized bed? I open doors. Where's my walk in closet? Where's my bathroom?
            Okay, calm down. Think! Maybe I can look this up on the internet. Ack! Where’s my computer? I sit on the edge of the bed. Hmm, a quilt bedspread. How department store. Wait a sec. This looks like a genuine hand made quilt—
            I take a deep breath. Maybe … maybe Mother worked her decorating witchcraft in here. I mean, she is a "Consulting Interior Designer; Residential; Designing Space for Your Lifestyle; Over Twenty Years Experience; Evening Appointments Available; Member ASID."
            She put herself through design school with the piles of beauty pageant scholarships she won. Everything from Miss Grass Seed Queen all the way up to Fourth Runner­ Up in the Miss Most Beautiful Teen of America pageant where she also won the Talent Contest with her piano rendition of Footloose. So she also knows makeup. Maybe she gave me and my room some kind of reverse makeover in my sleep.
            But why would Mother do such a sick, cruel thing? There's only one way to find out.
I find the closet. Ack, what a dinky closet, and the clothes—yipe, what a mess! I grab a robe to cover the graying T shirt draped over my—eek! Where are my boobs? I've got to find some answers before things get any worse.
            I peek out into the hall and find the same cabin look out there. This is so not good. I tiptoe down the hall and creep down the stairs. I see light spilling through a doorway to my left. Maybe that's the kitchen?
            It is.
            Problem. There are three people sitting around a scrub top kitchen table. I have zero clue who they are and no idea where I am.

Author Bio:  
 

Ann Herrick is the award-winning author of several books and short stories for kids and teens. Included in the awards her books have won are the ALA Recommended Book for Reluctant Readers, IRA/CBC Children’s Choice and EPIC Best YA Novel Finalist. 

Ann grew up in Connecticut, where she graduated from The Morgan School and Quinnipiac University.  She now lives in Oregon with her husband, who was her high-school sweetheart.  Their wonderful daughter is grown, married and gainfully employed, and has given Ann her only grand-dog, Puff, a bloodhound-rottweiller-beagle mix and six grand-kitties.  While she misses the East Coast, especially houses built before 1900, she enjoys the green valleys, fresh air and low humidity in the Willamette Valley of Oregon.  

Ann loves cats, walking, the Oregon Ducks and working in her back yard.  In addition to stories and books for children and young adults, Ann also writes copy for humorous and conventional greeting cards. She loves to hear from her readers and can be contacted through her web site:  http://annherrickauthor.com

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