Friday, September 28, 2012

Big Follower Giveaway! #2

Good Morning!!!
Who's in a decent mood today??

I am!  I've FINALLY got together the Rafflecopter 
for the final of the BIG FOLLOWER GIVEAWAY!!!
And guess what??  WE HIT 200!  
SO, feeling generous & thankful  to you.......
I threw in a few more prizes!!!!  
All you have to do is be a GFC FOLLOWER THAT'S a MUST
and fill in the rafflecopter below.

Thank you so much for spreading the word and I hope you enjoy this giveaway!!!!

BUNCHES of LOVE!
~Tobi~
  
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Thursday, September 27, 2012

New Releases!!!

Check Out These AMAZING NEW Books

Y'all know I'm all about supporting authors pubbed and Indie so here are some more new releases for you to check out!!!  Click the picture and it will take you to the book's Kindle page!


It's fall in the pumpkin patch, and Little Pumpkin desperately wants to join a family for Halloween. He discovers that he is not the biggest, tallest, or roundest of pumpkins and frets over the thought of not being chosen because he is too small. Join Little Pumpkin as he learns the valuable lesson that when you give of yourself to others, you'll discover deep inside of you what matters most.

Also included in this book are fun pumpkin facts, recipes, and activities to extend the pumpkin fun at home or in a classroom.

Author Jen Tucker has been a teacher and educator for many years. She shares her home with her husband and three children in West Lafayette, Indiana. They also dwell with their golden retrievers, Jack and Henry, who adore pumpkin pie. 

Illustrator Jordan Ward is known for his comedic caricatures of nationally syndicated morning radio personalities from The Bob & Tom Show. Jordan lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife and two sons. In his spare time, Jordan loves to do absolutely nothing.

A Match Made in Hell

Rylie Cruz loves playing matchmaker. She even does it full-time at her matchmaking service, Get a Mate. Since she’s a werewolf, she feels that gives her expertise when dealing with the paranormal crowd. 

When Rylie’s best friend, Jennifer Matthews, asks her to set her up on a date, Rylie is hesitant. Jennifer hasn’t had luck in the dating department lately. 

But when a good-lucking man shows up looking for a date, Rylie thinks Jennifer might be his perfect match. The date turns to hell though when Jennifer displays outrageous mood swings and a new shocking fashion sense. 

When Jennifer disappears, Rylie fears the worst. Things get even stranger when a mysterious demon hunter shows up looking for Jennifer. He claims he wants to help Rylie find her friend. Rylie’s boyfriend, Jack Chandler, is trying to save Rylie from the demon hunter, but she isn’t sure she needs to be saved.

Rylie has to find her friend before it’s too late and Jennifer’s swooped off for a staycation in forever damnation.


Newly single Cassidy Quinn is thrilled to be a contestant on the new reality dating show The One. But her excitement turns to horror when the gorgeous bachelor turns out to be her ex-boyfriend. Seeing Brad again makes Cassidy realize she might not be as “over him” as she thought—and then she meets hunky cameraman Evan Burke.
After watching his brother lose his wife in a tragic accident, Evan vows never to fall in love. But following Cassidy around as her personal cameraman makes him question his decision, and resisting her gets harder with every sunbathing, bikini-wearing day.
Cassidy and Evan begin a forbidden affair while her ex-boyfriend tries to win her heart back one groping, awkward moment at a time. If Cassidy can manage to stop falling off horses (literally), stop falling onto her ex-boyfriend, the bachelor (yes, literally), and stop falling in love with backstage playboy Evan, she might still make it through the show without becoming a tabloid sensation.
But soon Cassidy must choose between the ex who broke her heart and the cameraman who might never love her back. For Cassidy, this reality show just got real.
Sensuality Level: Sensual

Jane Frank is ready to fall in love.
It's been a year since her long term relationship ended and far too long since the last time she was kissed. With the LSAT coming up she needs to find a long term boyfriend (or husband) before acing law school and becoming a partner at her father's law firm.

There's just one problem: All the guys in New York are flakes. They seemingly drop off the face of the earth with no warning and no explanation.

Should she join her best friend Marissa in singlehood, making cupcakes and watching True Blood? Or should she follow her co-worker Andrew's advice and turn the game back on those who've scorned her? As Jane attempts to juggle her own responsibilities and put up with the problems of everyone around her, she starts to realize that the dating life isn't as easy as she originally thought.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Blog Tour: Twilight Saing by Jessica Penot

Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy / Dystopian
Title: The Twilight Saint
Author - Jessica Penot


Date Published: July 13, 2012


Synopsis:

It has been thousands of years since the fall of the great nations and the
tribes that remain in the ashes of the fallen must fight to survive in the
shadows. In this desperate landscape, Ailive has spent her entire life
fighting for the honor of her tribe and she has grown weary of war. When Ailive
sees a chance to escape her fate, she flees into a chaotic landscape where death
and darkness lurk behind every friendly face until she finds refuge in the
peaceful city at the center of her world. In this city, Ailive finds
everything she’s ever dreamt of, but news of a strange prophet from the South
brings whispers of war to Ailive’s peaceful home. Now Ailive alone can
stop the genocide of an entire tribe of people. Ailive alone holds the key
to bringing peace to the world and destroying the monstrous man whom she once
loved, if she can only gain the courage to pick up her sword again and make
herself fulfill the destiny she’s fought her entire life

My Review

First  thoughts after……
An interesting story but wouldn’t read again.
How Distracted Did I Get………
The Twilight Saint is a good story that’s well written.  The main character, Ailive, grows progressively though out the story.  With ups and downs no one should have to go through.  The Twilight Saint was a bit too violent for me, but otherwise a good book.  I did get to cook a soup but those stew over time!  I give Twilight Saint………
3 Baskets!!!!

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Author Bio: 
I am a therapist and writer who lives in Alabama with my three corgis, children, husband, and other strange creatures. My short stories have been published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies including CSM, Summer Gothic, Bound By Blood, and Outer Darkness. I have ghost story columns in theValley Planet and White Cat Magazine where I share my love for ghost stories that send shivers down your spine and keep you up at night. I also share my passion for all things ghostly and haunted at my blog, ghost stories and haunted places.

I am currently working on my next Haunted America Book for History Press, Haunted South Alabama. Follow me at my blog to learn about the ghost stories I am chasing and collecting for this fascinating addition to Haunted America. I'm also workng on the next book in my Circe series. The demon is awake and waiting for my new heroine in the swamps of Southern Alabama. Click Here to Follow My Blog!
You can contact me at jessica.penot@gmail.com


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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Review:Carpe Bead'em by Tonya Kappes

Kindle
Nook
Orphaned at a young age, Hallie Mediate was raised by her (slightly) crazy Great Aunt Grace on the wrong side of the tracks in Cincinnati. Hallie dreamed of escaping her hometown and never looking back. After putting herself through college, landing her dream job in Chicago, and starting a romance with her handsome running partner Bo Pompillio, life is finally exactly as she wants it.

That is, until she’s transferred back to the hometown. Not wanting her past to cross paths with her future, Hallie puts her relationship with Bo on hold.

When she arrives in town, Hallie finds crazy Aunt Grace rummaging through a dumpster looking for the “perfect” welcome home gift for her niece. That’s just the beginning. After that, Aunt Grace stays busy by dying her stolen poodle’s hair pink and leaving the dog on her apartment roof to pee, throwing bricks out the window at passing neighbors, and climbing every flag pole to kiss the ornamental eagle.

Hallie finds some sanity at a local jewelry-making class where she uncovers a hidden talent for beading. When her talent is discovered by a major department store jewelry buyer, Hallie realizes that what she had in Chicago might not have been her dream life after all.

When faced with the choice of moving back to Chicago and Bo or taking a leap of faith to start her own jewelry company (with Aunt Grace in tow), Hallie has to make a decision. Will she let her past and her future collide, or will she or keep searching for the happiness she may already have found?


First Thoughts after……

Carpe Bead’em is a sweet feel good book that I didn’t want to end.

My Summary

Hillarie is a store manager for Gucci in Chicago.  She loves her job, Gucci and Bo…….  Bo has no clue she has any feelings for him.  They run together that is all.  Then her regional manager ships her off to Cincinnati to start the boutique in Saks. 

As if life couldn’t get much worse…… she has to face the past she disliked and a city she never intended to return to.  Will the chance encounter with beading turn her life around? 

How Distracted Did I Get?

Tonya delivers a great book again!  Hillary goes through so much.  Reminds me I don’t miss the single life.  But it’s true to how things are in the dating world.  Hillary is strong and sensitive the perfect blend for a heroine in a book!  I literally laughed and cried!  This is a perfect escape book.  Just what I needed! No laundry done oh well, the kids can wear the same clothes 2 days in a row right? I give Carpe Bead’em………..



5 Baskets!!!!!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sophie's Turn Blog Tour:Review/Interview/Giveaway!



Goodreads Synopsis
Slapper. Slut. Adulteress. These are hardly words that Sophie Penhalligan would normally use to describe herself. Yet this is exactly how she is behaving, all things considered, even if she isn’t quite married to Tim yet. And it’s all happening because her past is coming to tempt her! Nine years ago, she met her teenage idol and rock star extraordinaire, Dan, up close and personal. Well, almost. Now Dan has crash-landed back in her life.
Sophie is happily embroiled in a relationship with Tim, her boyfriend of two years. Until recently, she was confident Tim would eventually propose—probably as soon as he could get his act together. But just as Tim’s persistent inaction is beginning to cast a cloud over their relationship, Dan’s sudden reappearance turns Sophie’s world upside down.
One fine day in Paris, Sophie suddenly finds herself engaged to Dan while her erstwhile fiancé Tim is…well, doing whatever it is Tim does back in London. What is she to do now? Who wouldn’t give anything to meet their favorite star, let alone marry him?
Find out how Sophie gets into this impossible situation, and how she turns it around, in Sophie’s Turn, the honest, funny and sometimes bittersweet story of one woman’s entanglement with a rock star.

Interview

Hey Nicky!  Thanks so much for doing an interview!!!
We can start with the more serious then move to the fun shortly.
What inspired you to start writing?
Oh, Tobi, where to start? I’ve been writing ‘stuff’ for as long as I can remember. To begin with, I wrote stories when I couldn’t get to sleep when I was very young, maybe seven or eight? I could just barely write then, but was full of ideas. I used to sit on the window sill with a little pad and a green biro and scribble away after lights out. I suppose that’s how it all started!
Writing in earnest started when I gave up my job, prepared for arrival of baby number one, and decided to write that book that I’d always said I would write. The idea was born, and I got completely carried away with my little project. The end result, a few years later, is what you have on your Kindle today: Sophie’s Turn.

Who are the authors who inspired you?
There are so many, where to start? I think my original love for the written word came from reading children’s authors like Astrid Lindgren and Enid Blyton. I was completely insatiable and ransacked the local library for new books every week!
In terms of romance, the authors who capture my imagination are folks like Catherine Alliott (first chick lit novel I ever read, love it to bits to this day), Jane Green and Jill Mansell. In terms of writing, I actually get inspired by crime writers like Jeffrey Deaver and Lee Child; I find myself trying to emulate their pace and rhythm to get that page-turner result!
What led you to the idea of the Sophie’s Turn? 
My husband, LOL. Yup, I blame him. You have to know that I have a serious soft spot for all things male with long hair and deep voices. No idea why, but there it is. My OH is quite tolerant of this foible. One night, while I was pregnant and off work and all that, we were watching TV and some long-haired gravelly-voiced celebrity appeared. I can’t remember who it was now, but it doesn’t matter. What matters is that I made highly appreciative noises, and my husband laughed and said it was a good job I was already married to him. It got me thinking: what if? And the idea was born. I started planning the very next day.

ON TO THE FUN! <3
If your passport could have 3 stamps what would they be?
Canada. New Zealand. Iceland.
If your books were to become movies who would star?
OOOOH great question! Here goes:
Meet:  The Dream Cast for Sophie’s Turn
Featuring…

Dan the Rock Star…. Played by Ewan McGregor!
Sophie… Played by Keira Knightley!
Rachel … Played by Emma Watson!
Tim… Played by Jude Law!
I can totally see them in these roles!  Awesome!

What office supply can’t you resist buying even though you have plenty?
Post it notes. I’m forever picking them up even though I’ve got stacks. They’re in little piles in almost every room in the house. I use them to write down things I must do, things I must not forget, and ideas for books. I also use them extensively for plotting and planning, so I couldn’t live without and live in terminal fear of running out. I’ve probably got a lifetime’s supply stashed here now, but still I buy more.
Post it’s are my weakness too! 
What’s your fave?
Cleaning tip?
Microfibre cloths. Seriously, they’re magic. No more streaky windows or greasy ovens, just use water and one microfiber cloth to scrub, another to wipe dry. Don’t forget to run them through the washer occasionally, and your life will be transformed. Cleaning windows and mirrors is no longer a chore, but something that can be easily accomplished while chatting to your best friend on the telephone. (Not that I’d do such a thing, but you know what I mean!)
Place for Vacay?
Cornwall, without the shadow of a doubt. Not very adventurous of me, I know, but it is heart-breakingly beautiful down there.
Food?
Hahaha, you’ve got to ask Sophie, she’s got the inside scoop here. She’s a little me-clone! Pizza, and any kind of shellfish (you know, prawns, scallops, lobsters, I’m not fussy but I appear to have expensive tastes!).
Beverage?
Cranberry and fizzy water, mixed one part on five. I got addicted to this no-alcohol ‘cocktail’ when I was pregnant and I haven’t been able to shed the addiction. For extra refreshment, add a dash of lemon juice. Divine.
Thing to do in amusement park?
Roller coaster! And eating cotton candy….
Coffee or tea?
Tea. Earl Grey, if possible. With lemon first thing in the morning (and two sugars); but with milk (and two sugars) any other time of the day.




First Thoughts After…..
Fun read and ready for the next in February……Killing me!!!!  And yes I’ve informed Nicky of the fact that I AM dying here…..
My Synopsis
Sophie is content in her life.  She’s been dating Tim for 2 years and she has a decent job!  There is nothing more a girl could want right?  Nothing except a Rock Star Sophie's been in love with since she was in her teens and almost had a thing with…….
Sophie ends up on tour with Tuscq covering their comeback tour by the band’s request……
Will Sophie be content to go back to her day to day life or will she want to continue the jet set life?
How Distracted Did I Get?
Sophie’s Turn is a fun book that has you guessing from one moment to the next.  I totally DID NOT want to put it down at all!  Sophie is a sweet down to earth girl that most ladies out there can relate to.  I loved the ups and downs and the moments when I was pulling out my hair! I totally avoided dishes and cooking for a day!   I give Sophie’s Turn……….


5 Baskets!!!!


Author's Bio


Rock On! Nicky Wells writes fun and glamorous contemporary romance featuring a rock star and the girl next door. Nicky loves rock music, dancing, and eating lobsters. When she’s not writing, Nicky is a wife, mother, and occasional teaching assistant.
Originally born in Germany, Nicky moved to the United Kingdom in 1993, and currently lives in Lincoln with her husband and their two boys. In a previous professional life, Nicky worked as a researcher and project manager for an international Human Resources research firm based in London and Washington, D.C.
Nicky is a featured author on the innovative reader/author project,loveahappyending.com and has also joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association.


Sophie’s Turn is available in Kindle edition from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk and many other Amazon sites. The paperback edition is also available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. In addition, you can obtain Sophie’s Turn from Barnes & Noble.


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Saturday, September 22, 2012

New Releases

New Releases!
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A Charming Cure by Tonya Kappes
Bubble. . .Bubble. . .
Psychic June Heal's homeopathic cure shop, A Charming Cure, is the most popular shop in the unusual little town of Whispering Falls, Kentucky. 
Cures and Trouble. . .
June is about to learn she has more than psychic abilities when she attends Hidden Hall A Spiritualist University, leaving her shop in the hands of handsome sheriff Oscar Park.
Hidden Hall has an internal war between the Good-Siders and the Dark-Siders, putting June in the middle.
Magic Stirs. . .
Hidden Hall is riddled with every type of spiritualist. Magic is lurking around every corner, even black-magic.
Unfortunately, the Ultimate Spell gets into the wrong hands. But it is only discovered after a few spiritualist go missing or end up poisoned to death.
And Trouble Doubles. . .
Madam Torres, June's crystal ball, reveals that A Charming Cure is in shambles along with the rest of Whistpering Falls.
Will June figure out who has the Ultimate Spell and stop them before they destroy the entire spiritualist community?
Deadly Relations by Alexa Grace
In Deadly Relations, a serial killer of young women hides in plain sight in a quiet county in the Midwest. He hides behind a friendly face that inspires trust, a personality that is charming and persuasive — and has a rage to kill he can't control.

Detective Jennifer Brennan, still haunted by her abduction five years before, devotes her life to serve and protect others. So when three young women go missing and are found murdered on her watch, she vows to find the killer — or die trying.

A personal relationship with her partner, Detective Blake Stone, would be violating the strictest of the department's unspoken rules and career suicide, especially since she is the sheriff's daughter. But the connection Jennifer has with her partner, Blake Stone, is nothing short of electric. Working with him daily and denying her attraction is hard. But when he moves in to protect her, it becomes unbearable.

As they fight temptation, two detectives race against time to find the killer before he strikes again. It is the most important case of their careers. It could be their last.
The Bastard Takes a Wife by LA Dale

At last... the hilarious sequel to The Taming of the Bastard!
Yes, Sam and Millie are back, along with all their friends from the first book and a few new ones. And this time, they're planning a wedding.

Sam has popped the question and Millie has agreed.... well, in theory. All she wants is a sunset ceremony in Kings Park with a tasteful reception afterwards. It doesn't take her long, however, to realise that there are expectations surrounding these nuptials and none of them are hers. Sam's money might be able to buy Millie anything she wants but she never pictured herself as a minor celebrity. 
From small and elegant, Millie watches as her wedding spirals into out of control tacky. Hideous invitations, Cinderella coaches and a fifteen thousand dollar wedding cake are enough to stress Millie to the tip of her glitter sandals. No one seems to care. Not even Sam. 
There's also the added stress of Sam's mother and sister, who see her as unsuitable and will do almost anything to get rid of her.
A wedding on the beach in Bali would have been so much easier.

I have already bought each of these!  Please Join in and support some amazing authors!!!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Author Spotlight Cooking Up Trouble by Louisa Mack




She is an award-winning chef and he is the unnervingly attractive lawyer who represented her ex in the break-up of their business.
When Ally French inherits Chaffey’s Island, she’s working and saving to replace the café she lost in a failed romance. She doesn't need or want another romance. But when Chaffey’s Island turns out to be a pub in the Australian outback she’s prepared to do just about anything to keep it. Even when the lawyer handling her godfather’s estate is Edward McGrogan, the same yummy lawyer who took her café away. The problem with her last business was not having a lawyer so at least this time she will have one. Even if it means risking her heart.
Of course there are a few complicating factors such as someone trying to frighten her into selling cheap; her godfather’s sly grog shed out the back; and the growing sizzle between her and her lawyer. When attraction boils over into love and when accusations arise of grievous bodily harm, not to mention dope in the dinner, Ally knows she’s really cooked up some trouble this time and she’ll need a darned good lawyer no matter what she has to do to keep him.

Author's Bio

Louisa Mack lives in Brisbane in northern Australia. She studied Creative Writing at Queensland University of Technology and later did a Masters by Research in Romance Writing.

But she's been inventing stories all her life and will admit that she was often the starring character when she was a child, sometimes involving a big shiny sword or some other desirable accessory. A wand maybe.

Lately she's been happy to let her characters take the starring roles. Heck, she's even happy to let them have the exciting accessories. In Cooking Up Trouble she not only gave Ally a pub in the outback, but also a very delectable man to love and a ride in a sixteen wheeler.

Cooking Up Trouble is the third novel Louisa's written but the first to be published. There will be more.

Cooking Up Trouble is available through Smashwords and the Amazon kindle store.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Review: Beneath the Surface by Joya Fields

Good Reads Synopsis
She’s fighting to stay independent—he’s determined to protect her no matter what…

Brooke Richards survived the earthquake that took her parents and most of her leg, but she needs time to regroup. A trip to Florida for a state-of-the-art prosthesis and to visit her best friend Linda seems ideal. But the trip turns traumatic when Brooke witnesses Linda’s boat disintegrating in a fiery explosion.

Police officer Garrett Ciavello believes the blast was intentionally set to hide something Linda found on a dive. When Brooke offers her expertise in underwater archeology, Garrett accepts her help with the investigation. But since his fiancée’s death years ago, Garrett has become overprotective, and as they are drawn to each other, Garrett realizes he will risk anything to keep Brooke safe.

Brooke is fiercely independent. Garrett is fiercely protective. Will they heal each other’s wound and find a killer…before it’s too late?

First thoughts after……

Beneath the Surface is a great mystery/romance that is worth diving into

My Summary

Brooke is an earthquake survivor with a prosthesis leg.  She’s an underwater archaeologist on vacation.  Her friends unwittingly discover a mysterious box that could mean all of their lives….  An explosion rocks their boat as Brooke is on her way to meet a prosthesis doctor about a new leg that appears real.

Garrett has lost loved ones in his life he couldn’t save, but as Brooke helps him find the box he develops feelings for her.  He has a fierce need to protect her even though she is extremely independent, not wanting help.

Will Garrett and Brooke be able to solve the who dunnit before the killer gets them?

How Distracted Did I Get?

Beneath the Surface is a smart mystery that was difficult to put down.  With twists, turns and romance it’s the wonderful blend of book!  I give Beneath the Surface……..




4 Baskets