Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Book Feature & #Giveaway ~ My Girl (Gambling Hearts, Book 3) by Jacquie Biggar ~ Contemporary Romance ~ @JacqBiggar


My Girl 
Gambling Hearts Book 3 
Jacquie Biggar 


Genre: Contemporary Romance


Sometimes, the right decision isn't the easiest one to make

Trish Sylvester knows her family and when they accept a week long stay at a rustic dude ranch, she is concerned- especially since it's at her ex's home.

Aaron is overjoyed at the opening of his family's guest ranch, until he learns their first guest is his ex-girlfriend, her parents--and a fiancé.

And that isn't the only surprise. 

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JACQUIE BIGGAR is a USA Today bestselling author of Romantic Suspense who loves to write about tough, alpha males and strong, contemporary women willing to show their men that true power comes from love. She is the author of the popular Wounded Hearts series and has a new series in paranormal suspense, Mended Souls. She's been blessed with a long, happy marriage and enjoys writing romance novels that end with happily-ever-afters. 

Jacquie lives in paradise along the west coast of Canada with her family and loves reading, writing, and flower gardening. She swears she can't function without coffee, preferably at the beach with her sweetheart. :) Free reads, excerpts, author news, and contests can be found on her website below! 

Jacquie lives on Vancouver Island with her husband and loves to hear from readers all over the world! You can also join her street team on Facebook called Biggar's Book Buddies. 



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Q&A with Karina Halle, Author of Disarm ~ #Giveaway #Romance #MontlakeRomance @MetalBlonde


Please welcome Karina Halle to the blog today!

Q&A: Author Karina Halle

1. To start off, can you tell us a little about your main characters from Disarm. Seraphine and Blaise have quite a history (not to mention they share the same last name!)

Seraphine and Blaise Dumont are (gasp) cousins. But not to worry, they aren't blood-related. Seraphine is actually from India and was adopted by Ludovic Dumont when she was a young girl. Even though she was brought into the "nice" side of the family, she has always had trouble fitting in. Her looks, her accent, the fact that she was born poor and discarded like trash, gives her a very different perspective to life than her affluent family. This POV has colored her into the very outspoken, vibrant and feisty woman she is today - she is definitely one of my favorite female characters I've written.

Blaise, of course, belongs to the bad side of the family, though there were hints in the first book, Discretion, that he's not as bad as you would think. In fact, he's a lot like Seraphine, a bit of an outcast and the black sheep of his family. As we read Disarm, we also discover the history that Blaise and Seraphine have together which sets up for the angst, tension and hate for each other that they have in the present day, especially as Seraphine thinks Blaise has something to do with her father's death.

2. They live in a world of privilege that most of us cannot fathom. What are the biggest pluses and some minuses of living with fabulous wealth?

The biggest plus is the material things: houses, cars, clothes, jets, vacations. You name it, they have it. You would also think a great deal of freedom comes with money too and it does but with that sort of wealth, it makes you go to great lengths to keep it. So that freedom still ties you to the wealth, in maintaining it and getting more of it. Of course, it breeds some pretty out of touch and unscrupulous characters, too, and you can never know who to trust when your world (and family) revolves around money instead of love.

3. What about Blaise makes him totally unique and different from all other book boyfriends?

The torch he has carried for Seraphine for so many years. This man is the epitome of yearning and pining for someone you can't have, more so than most book boyfriends you've come across (and I won't spoil exactly how but you'll find out in the book just how secretly devoted to his cousin he is). He's also an anti-hero, a man who has done some crooked stuff but still tries to do the right thing, even if it comes at the expense of his own family.

4. Seraphine has faced many difficulties during her life, but one of her toughest challenges is thinking Blaise abandoned her. How does she deal with this heartbreak?

She deals with it the way that Seraphine deals with any hardship—she tucks it away deep down inside and rises above it. She'll force herself to be strong - her pride is very powerful - and she'll trick herself into thinking she never cared about him to begin with. It's much easier to paint Blaise with a villainous brush, that way it doesn't hurt so much.

5. Extreme events are said to bring out a person's true character. What harrowing situations do Seraphine and Blaise get entangled in and what does this say about them?

There isn't anything more extreme than fighting for your life, and the two of them have had to do that in this book. Literally. But they willingly walked into those situations as a way to put an end to the tangled web they've been caught in. It says they would rather face it and fight than flee. This is especially true for Blaise, who, at the end of the book, choses to confront his loved ones face to face, even if it potentially means making some difficult choices.

6. What scene from the book do you think readers will enjoy the most and why?

Personally, I love the scene at the end, a nail-biting showdown between Blaise and his brother Pascal (and his father, too). That was a blast to write and read, I basically just watched it all unfold in my head and it had my heart pumping as if I was watching a movie. It's DELICIOUS. Romance-wise, I think the flashbacks are pretty special, particularly their first kiss in Italy. There was something about that scene that felt so real.

7. It is often said that writing is re-writing. What were some things that didn’t make it into the book that you were hoping to add?

Nothing. It's all in there, baby! If anything, scenes were added during edits.

8. What did you learn about yourself while writing this book?

I learned a lot about Muay Thai fighting moves haha.

9. What do you want readers to take away from reading this book?

That family isn't just through blood, and that sometimes in order to do the right thing and be your own person, you musn't be afraid to stand up to your family, even if it means tension or separation down the line.

10. Who is the next Dumont on your list to receive their own story?

The infamous Pascal. And believe me when I say, this villain's story will both wow and win people over. His book is even more thrilling and dramatic than Disarm and I can't wait for everyone to read it!



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Read an Excerpt from Disarm:

“We can never be together, Blaise,” Seraphine says, like frustration is rolling through her. “I know you understand that.”

“But it doesn’t mean we can’t try.”

“No,” she says and suddenly gets up to her feet, walking out of the room. “No. I can’t do this. I can’t handle this,” I hear her cry out as she heads down the hall.

I get up and run after her, grabbing her by the arm and pulling her right up against me, and she opens her mouth to protest and then my mouth is on hers, swallowing her words.

I kiss her with everything I have, every bit of anger and frustration and the years of lust and pining and wanting. I should be more gentle after the night she’s had, but I can’t help myself; in fact, I think I’m seconds from turning into an animal as I hold the back of her head and press my hand at the small of her waist, keeping her pressed as close to me as possible.

Her tongue slides across mine, hot and fevered and—

She pulls back, gasping for breath, and slaps me across the face.

Whack.

That hurt.

“What the hell is wrong with you?” she says. “What are you doing? What am I doing?”

Her face is red with anger, perhaps even shame. I mean, my cheek is stinging from her powerful wallop, but even so, I expected it. She’s always been the type of woman to put you in your place. But I didn’t expect her to slide so easily back into hating me.

“Don’t pretend you haven’t been dreaming about that,” I tell her, trying to control myself. “Don’t pretend that you haven’t wanted that, wanted me, all these years.”

“The only thing I’ve been dreaming about, Blaise, is getting justice for my father. That’s it. That’s all that matters. And as far as I’m concerned, you’re no better than the rest of them.”

Anger pokes at me, building up inside. “Hey,” I say, my inflection razor sharp. “I risked my neck tonight for you. I saved you from a bad situation. And more than that, I let you know the truth. I chose you over my family.”

“And I’m choosing not to trust you,” she says. “You’ve given me no sign over the years that I mean anything to you at all. Why should I believe you now? Why do that when it might derail everything I’m working on?” Something comes over her, a flash in her eyes, as she’s realizing something. “This is all a setup, isn’t it? This is just something that Pascal is having you do, just like you followed me. You’re supposed to tell me all this nonsense about wanting me and staying celibate like some joke and waiting for me, and it’s all a lie to get my guard down. If you’re telling me I’m in danger, it’s because you’re putting me there.”

I knew she’d go this route at some point, but even so, it stings. “That’s not it at all. Seraphine, please, I’m serious.”

“You just want me to back off because I’m close to the truth,” she says, shaking her head wildly as the idea takes over. “For all I know, every single thing this evening that’s come out of your mouth has been a complete lie, all to throw me off.”

I run my hands down my face, trying to squash my frustration. I knew this was coming, and yet that tiny coal of hope was always burning inside. “That’s not true,” I mutter into my hands, but I know when she gets like this that there’s no changing her mind.

“Get out,” she says.

I look up to see her opening the door and gesturing for me to hurry up.

“You’re making a big mistake by not trusting me,” I tell her.

“And I don’t take threats very well. Get out, and if I see you around me again . . .”

I almost laugh. “You will see me again. At work tomorrow.”

“Right. I almost forgot that you’re taking over my job.” She runs her fingers under her eyes and sighs so defeatedly that leaving her feels like a crime.

“It’s not like that,” I tell her.

“Just go,” she says quietly, holding open the door and looking away, like she can’t be bothered to face me.

“You know where to reach me, if anything happens,” I tell her as I walk past and out into the hall.

“If anything happens, you’ll be the first one I’ll blame,” she says to me.

Before I can say anything in response, she closes the door in my face.

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Book Details:

Title: Disarm
Author: Karina Halle
Release Date: November 19, 2019
Publisher: Montlake 
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About The Book:

Seraphine Dumont seems to have it all: she’s gorgeous, brilliant, and part of one of France’s most illustrious dynasties. But underneath the facade, Seraphine struggles to hold it all together. Besides grieving her adoptive father’s suspicious and sudden death, she also shares a tenuous role in the family business with Blaise, her in-name-only cousin. As tumultuous as their history is, he may be the only member of the deceptive Dumont family she can trust.

Seraphine is a temptation Blaise can’t resist. The torch he’s carried for years still burns. It’s his secret—a quiet obsession just out of reach. Until his brother demands that he spy on the increasingly cagey Seraphine, whom their father considers a dispensable Dumont outlier. But the more Blaise watches her and the closer he gets, the more he sees Seraphine may have every right to be suspicious. And she could be the next one in danger—from his own family.

As blood runs hot and hearts give in, Seraphine and Blaise have only each other. But can their love survive the secrets they’re about to uncover?

Meet the Author:


Karina Halle, a former travel writer and music journalist, is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of The Pact, A Nordic King, and Sins & Needles, as well as fifty other wild and romantic reads. She, her husband, and their adopted pit bull live in a rain forest on an island off British Columbia, where they operate a B&B that’s perfect for writers’ retreats. In the winter, you can often find them in California or on their beloved island of Kauai, soaking up as much sun (and getting as much inspiration) as possible. For more information, visit www.authorkarinahalle.com/books.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Book Anthology Feature & #Giveaway ~ Love Defines Us ~ Winning at Love- Series 1 ~ A Contemporary Romance Anthology


Love Defines Us 

Winning at Love - Series 1 

A Contemporary Romance Anthology


Includes Stories by:

Kelly Collins, Angela Stevens, Bonnie Edwards, Jude Ouvrard, 

Michele Shriver, Chantel Rhondeau, Kimmie Easley, Stacy Eaton 


Eight award-winning, bestselling authors and/or USA Today Bestselling Authors have joined forces to create this collection of contemporary romances to get your blood pumping. Each author included in this boxed set lives and breathes romance and loves the joy of falling in love and crafting a swoon-worthy story to make hearts flutter and bring joy.

Feel the tingle of a stolen moment, the passion of a first kiss, and the joy of winning at love. From eight award-winning and bestselling authors this collection of contemporary romances is sure to get your blood pumping and your heart racing. From first glance to second chance, follow these couples on their journey to love. Take a chance on love and settle in for eight wonderful romances that all lead to happy endings.

Meet Me in the Middle
by Kelly Collins

Everyone knows sinfully sexy Miles Stevenson’s face. He’s the most famous movie star in the world… and every woman’s dream. When he unexpectedly pulls perfect stranger and grade schoolteacher Rachel Parks in for a passion-filled kiss, he ends up doing more than fooling the press.

Rachel is used to the opposite sex throwing themselves at her. What she isn’t used to are handsome strangers pulling her aside and covering her mouth with burning hot lips. But she decides to play along with Miles’s little game. 

Incompatibility screams at every turn, but passion paves the way. Sometimes the road to each other is far too long, but the path is shorter if you meet in the middle. Will Miles’s worldwide fame get in the way of Rachel’s under-the-radar life, or will they find what they didn’t know they were looking for… each other? 

Catching Nate
by Angela Stevens

Only one woman ever stole Nate Chase’s heart– it’s just a shame she is off limits.

Biker and owner of Hard Core Hogs, Nate Chase, can take women or leave them–and he usually does both. But then there is a reason that Nate has never committed to any woman and that reason is his business partner’s sister, Maxine Gordon.

But here lies the problem... 

With a shady past and an intimidating reputation, Jack Gordon has vowed to protect his sister from all men–and he certainly isn’t going to make an exception for Nate Chase. 

Catching Nate is a forbidden lover contemporary romance, written for readers who love emotional romantic fiction with a side of suspense. Known for her heart-warming, and heart-wrenching, romance series, Angela Steven’s third standalone story in the Thrill of the Chase Series will have you anticipating the next book before you finish this one! 

So, get your fix, buy Catching Nate and binge-read your way to a happy ever after. 

Like An Angel
by Bonnie Edwards

A runaway New York heiress lands in the middle of a Canadian prairie…it might as well be OZ…

Andi Morrison needs to unplug and unwind, but this farm is not where she wants to hide out. Being forced to stay and pretend she’s a foster mom is way out of her comfort zone. 

But sexy foster dad Brice Logan needs a woman bad and even though Andi is a rebel in high heels, she’s the only woman he’s got. He has to make her stay long enough to be able to keep his foster family together.

The children are sweet, their foster dad is sexy but Andi has never been needed a day in her life. How can she cope with all the things they need? She’s not a cook, not a mommy, and certainly not the saving grace they seem to think she is.

But soon, Brice sees he needs more than Andi’s help. He needs her everything.

Caught in a sweet, sexy romance neither of them expected Brice and Andi learn that opposites attract. For Andi, being polar opposites makes love hard and staying in the Great White North even harder. 

Cheaters
by Jude Ouvrard

Willow believes in true love so much that it blinds her. Set to marry in a month, her suspicions about her soon to be husband, Justin, are driving her wild with anxiety and self doubts. 

Leaving on a business trip with fears that her man falls in the arms of a bombshell, her best friend promises to keep an eye on him.

Hours away from home, Willow is as lonely as can be. She tries to keep her mind busy and have a true Las Vegas experience when she meets Travis. A divorced and flirty man from the other side of the country. Temptations have never been stronger but will it be enough to make her break her promise to the man she loves?

Strike Zone
by Michele Shriver

Big league pitcher Killian Moss wants a family. What he needs is a steadfast woman who can handle long separations during the season. The kind of woman who will always be there for him and their children. 

Movie actress Lorna Richards is an independent, publicity-shy, single mom who hides in Texas whenever she’s not on a shoot. Home and family is everything to Lorna and when she meets Killian, it seems that they want all the same things. 

The passion between them flares bright and hot, but when Lorna decides to pay back a favor for a man who saved her career – a life-altering favor – then Killian may have to cry foul and back away. Everything between them hangs in the balance as Lorna must choose between giving a new life to her best friend or losing her dream of love and a happy ending with Killian.

Blissful Contracts – Opal
by Chantel Rhondeau

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OLIVIA

I’d saved myself for true love. I nearly had it before an accident irrevocably changed everything. A marriage broker is my only hope of survival. The man wanting to marry me, Byron Laserata, is intense, but I’m out of options. If I refuse his offer, I’ll be on the streets tomorrow. I can do this, right?


BYRON

Father insists I marry and produce two heirs before inheriting the family business. Even though I’ve been running it for years, there’s no chance he’ll budge on this demand. Without a proper wife and kids, I’ll find myself outed in favor of my cousin. Olivia’s sweet and incredibly innocent. She’ll be perfect—easy to control and no chance she’ll demand things I can’t give. It’s the perfect solution. All I have to do is keep myself from developing feelings for my new bride. I can’t afford it. The business demands my full attention. However, there’s just something about her…

Content Warning: The Blissful Contracts Series is about overcoming past adversities and finding true love through those trials. Sensitive readers may be triggered by discussion of past traumas including mental or physical abuse, rape, or mental illness. Reader discretion is advised.

Almost Home
by Kimmie Easley

When you know you’re in love with the right person, and you know why, and you know it’s for all the right reasons, and you know they’re all good…

Well, you just know. 

Or at least you think you do.

That’s not me.

I don’t recognize good. It’s too few and far between. It’s been that way my whole, entire life. 

And, unfortunately for him, it’s also become Avette’s new version of normal, thanks to his unyielding love for me. My husband’s blinded to all of the yuck and disgust that fucks me up from the inside out. 

It’s a talent or a gift. Maybe a curse. Whatever it is, it’s not one I possess. 

But the worst part is I see what he wants. 

He wants me to feel the same. To see him in the same light. But that’s not how my heart was created. I can’t feel or love the same way that he does. 

Life doesn’t mean the same to me as it does to him. 

No, not until my entire world changed. 

Hi, I’m Trini Baker, and I’m an addict.

Sometimes You Win 
by Stacy Eaton, USA Today Bestselling Author

Haley Rosewood’s life has never been easy, especially not with a class-A jerk for a boss and a marketing job that barely pays enough to provide a roof over her daughter’s head and food for the table. Every day is a struggle, and the thought of being romantically involved with anyone is a dream she doesn’t dare indulge.

Devon Carrington is the type of man to give the shirt off his back to anyone in need, and when he finds Haley struggling through a bad day, he does everything he can. In return, he asks that she help him pick out lottery numbers and tells her that if he wins, she gets half.

When the winning numbers are drawn and Devon and Haley learn that they have won, can the two of them put their one-night stand behind them and build something for the future? Find out in Sometimes You Win. 

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