Friday, August 21, 2015

Excerpt #3 on the Guardians of the Heart by Loree Lough @PrismBookTours

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Guardians of the Heart
(Secrets on Sterling Street, #2)
by Loree Lough
Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 272 pages
August 3rd 2015 by Whitaker House

Nell Holstrom wanted no part of her grandfather's barren gold mine that had taken the lives of her mother, father, and younger brother; even if there may still be hidden wealth inside. Instead, she went to Denver and took a job as housekeeper at the old Stone Hill Inn.

Asa Stone was barely more than a boy when his father dragged him and his brothers to fight with Colonel John Chivington. But Asa refused to participate in the raid on the peaceful Cheyenne and Arapahoe; and when the smoke cleared, his father and brother lay among the slaughtered. Besieged by guilt, Asa wandered the West for years before returning to Denver to rebuild the old inn he'd inherited. 

Together, Nell and Asa work hard to restore Stone Hill. But when disaster hits the inn, Asa retreats into despair and Nell is forced to return to her family's mine. Asa faces the hard fact: He'll never be the man Nell deserves. Can he overcome the dark secrets of his past? And will Nell still love him when she learns the truth?




Excerpt #3:


They carried their bowls to a nearby bench and sat down to enjoy the treat, and Asa realized immediately that they were facing the wrong direction. Fifty yards due north, he had a direct line of sight to where Gus and Nell sat, munching fried chicken, corn bread, and apple slices. Oughta be you sitting there, he thought. Distracted by the scene, he took a too-big bite of ice cream, and sudden pain shot across his forehead.

“Why don’t you like Mr. Anderson?”

“What makes you think I don’t like him?”

“You look angry, that’s why.”

Asa pressed a fingertip to the space between his eyebrows. “Took too big a bite of ice cream,” he said, “and ‘bout froze my brain.”

She nodded, but it was clear by the look on her face that his explanation hadn’t satisfied her.

“You know what I think?”

He took another bite, a smaller one this time.

“I think you’re sweet on Nell.” She shrugged. “That could be you over there, if you hadn’t quit bidding.”

She couldn’t be more than six or seven years old. From the mouths of babes? Asa thought.

“I like Gus just fine. I like Nell, too, because she’s a hard worker and earns every dollar I pay her, same as you and your brothers.”

Sophia tilted her head and studied his face, and Asa braced himself for the next line of her inquisition.

“It’s very good ice cream, don’t you think?”

As she scraped the last of the treat from her bowl, Asa decided this girl would go far, because she’d already learned one of life’s hardest lessons: Knowing when to change the subject.

“Oh look,” she said, pointing with her flat, wooden spoon. “Nell and Mr. Anderson are cleaning up.” She got to her feet and held out one hand. “Will you join us for Nell’s story?”

“I ought to get back, unlock the inn, in case one of the guests wants to get in.” One look at her disappointed face was all it took for him to change his mind. “But I don’t suppose it’ll hurt ‘em to wait a few minutes more.”

He let her lead him toward the bench where Nell and Gus had shared the box lunch.

“Asa,” Nell said, “it’s good to see you.”

As she left the house earlier, Nell had asked if he planned to attend any of the festivities. He’d given a noncommittal answer, so no wonder she seemed surprised to see him.

“Having a good day?” he asked.

“A wonderful day. And you?”

He tousled Sophia’s hair. “Better now that my little friend is with me.”

“Don’t tell Joey and Dom,” the girl whispered, “but Mr. Stone just bought me some ice cream.”

Nell met his eyes. “Oh, he did, did he?”

“Chocolate and vanilla, but if the boys find out, they’ll want some, too.”

Nell’s lips parted, no doubt to gently take the girl to task for the comment, but the boys’ approach prevented it.

“Listen to you,” Nell said, laughing. “You’re so out of breath, you can barely talk!”

“Did we miss the story?” Dom asked as Joe Jr. said “We’re not too late, are we?”

“You’re right on time,” Nell said, sitting in the middle of the bench.

The boys sat to her right, Sophia to her left.

“Where will Mr. Stone sit?” the girl asked.

Nell looked up at him. “You want to hear the story?”

Asa scooped Sophia into his arms and sat down with her in his lap. “We’re ready when you are.”

“All right then,” she said, and cleared her throat. “This story is called ‘The Astrologer,’ and it goes like this. There was an old man who believed he could read the future, written on the stars, and one night as he walked along, he saw that the whole village had gathered, and everyone was looking up at the sky. ’Oh my,’ he said, ‘it must be the end of the world!’”

The kids laughed at her rendition of the man’s voice.

“He was so busy looking up that he didn’t see the big hole in the road, and he fell right in. When he got to his feet, he saw that he was covered in mud, all the way up to his ears!”

“Was he hurt?” Sophia asked, snuggling closer to Asa.

“No,” Nell said, “but he was frightened, because the hole was slippery, and he couldn’t climb out.”

“What did he do?” Dom wanted to know.

Joe Jr. did his best to put on a brave face. “Bet he started caterwaulin’ like a bull moose. ‘Help! Help!’”

“You’re a funny boy, Joey,” Nell said, laughing softly, “and you’re also perceptive.”

“Perceptive,” Sophia echoed. “What does that mean?”

“It means your big brother understood what was going on, and had a pretty good hunch what might happen next.”

“Hush, little brat,” Joey said, “and let her finish, so we can find out if the old man got out of the hole or not.”

“I’m not a—”

“Pay him no mind,” Asa whispered near her hear. “I had big brothers, too, and learned the value of ignoring them.”

Sophia cuddled closer still.

“So as Joey pointed out,” Nell continued, “the old man called and called, and finally, the people in the town heard him. They went to the edge of the hole and looked in. ‘You pretend that you can predict the future,’ one man said. ‘Because I can!’ the old man argued. ‘Then why didn’t you know this hole was here, so you could avoid falling in to it!’”

“Those people were very perspective!” Sophia observed.

“Perceptive,” Joey corrected.

“Remember what I told you,” Asa said before the girl had a chance to retort.

Nell smiled at him, and he felt his pulse quicken as she went back to telling the story.

“’Maybe you’ll learn to pay attention to what’s right in front of you,’” the people said, “’instead of looking to the sky to predict the future!’”

Asa found himself nodding in agreement, just as the children were.

Nell reached into her apron pocket and withdrew a napkin-wrapped treat. “Sugar cookies,” she said, “for anyone who can tell me the moral of the story.”

One by one, the children licked their lips, then made their guesses.

“Watch where you’re going,” Sophia said, “and you won’t fall down!”

Dom blurted out, “Don’t expect to find answers written on the sky!”

And Joe Jr. piped up with “If you take care of the things that are important, and the things that aren’t important will take care of themselves.”

“I’m impressed!” Nell said, handing out sugar cookies.

They gathered close, accepting their treats, giggling and chattering like monkeys as they basked in the glow of her fondness for them.

Asa was impressed, too, and not just with the perceptive DiMaggio children. It seemed a shame that a woman with as much love to give as Nell hadn’t married, that she didn’t have half a dozen of her own young’uns. Seemed to him that what Denver needed was a whole mess of mothers like Nell, who’d raise children that grew into productive, respectful citizens with open hearts…and perceptive minds.

He was so engrossed in their playful banter that he didn’t notice the stranger, watching them from behind the shaggy trunk of a Buckley oak.


The First Book in the Series

Currency of the Heart
(Secrets on Sterling Street, #1)
by Loree Lough
Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 256 pages
January 1st 2015 by Whitaker House

Young widow Shaina Sterling hates living a lie. Desperate to keep bill collectors from the door, she secretly sells valuable possessions piece by piece, and hopes Denver’s elite never discover that his lavish lifestyle left her a near pauper.

She’s unaware that as her husband lay dying, successful rancher Sloan Remington made him a promise. And Sloan guards her secrets
as carefully as he looks after her safety.

When fire devours Sterling Hall, leaving her homeless and penniless, he brings her to Remington Ranch to manage his household. His kindness makes Shaina beholden to him … and threatens to expose the secret that could destroy him.

Will trials and tragedies bring Sloan and Shaina together?
Or will secrets—and the cost of exposing them—drive them apart forever?


With 105 books (5,000,000+ copies in circulation!), best-selling author Loree Lough's stories have been compared to those by Nicholas Sparks, and she has been dubbed by readers and reviewers as “a gifted writer whose stories touch hearts and change lives.”

With a long list of industry awards, it isn't likely this prolific author will ever retire...not even to her cozy li'l cabin in the Allegheny Mountains. She loves to hear from her readers and personally answers every letter sent tohttp://www.loreelough.com/.

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Launching: Guardians of the Heart by Loree Lough @PrismBookTours

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We're launching the Book Tour for
Guardians of the Heart
By Loree Lough

Nell and Asa have guarded their hearts, but to let love in, they'll have to let go.
We hope you enjoy finding out more about their story...

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8/17
8/18
8/19
8/20
8/21
8/22 - Grand Finale

Interview with Author Loree Lough

Loree, how many genres do you write in?

Most of what I’ve written falls into the romance genre. Some are historical, others contemporary, and every story has a thread (or two) of suspense and adventure woven into it. I’ve also written historical fiction and non-fiction for kids.

And how do you develop your deep POV?

I love living in the heads of my characters, and accomplish it (and avoid ‘head hopping’) by writing each scene from a specific character’s point of view. It’s almost as though I take up residence in their brains (like a parasite! LOL). When I’m thinking their thoughts, reacting to what other characters do and say, deep POV is a lot easier.

I understand you once wrote articles for a living. Did your non-fiction background help you with researching your novels?

Having more than 2,500 articles under my byline was definitely a big help! Whether fiction or non-fiction, when I come up with an idea for a story, I build everything around a theme. Take “The Turning Points” series, for example, based on an actual Baltimore news story: Halloween prank (presumably by teens) who dressed a dummy like a man and tossed it onto railroad tracks. The engineer, thinking he’d run over a vagrant, called in a report that sparked a full-fledged search: Helicopters, dogs, SAR personnel that cost taxpayers thousands of dollars. I couldn’t help but wonder about the psychological after-effects on the kids. Did it inspire more of the same behavior, or a life change?

No need to research time period and setting (I live in Baltimore! <g>), but it was necessary to find out the order of events of such a search. And how the event impacted each boy. The actual news story didn’t state how many or what age, so I fabricated the information and decided there were three, fifteen year old boys involved in the prank. Meaning, chats with child psychologists were required to determine how big an impact something like that might have on an impressionable kid—now, and in the future.

Although no one was injured in the actual news report, the engineer in my story was having a heart attack even before he spotted the dummy on the tracks. But my boys didn’t know that. Young and impressionable, they jumped to conclusions: The engineer must have been so shocked at the thought of running over a man that he went into cardiac arrest.

All this in chapter one, as seen from the POV of one of the boys; chapter two opens fifteen years later, as he’s living his new life…one as a cardiac surgeon, one as a firefighter, one who, despite a successful career in real estate, didn’t find his way until well into his book. Which required research into each career choice.

And then there were the heroines…!

Do you have routines that move your writing process along?

I start each day by editing the work I did the day before. This is crucial, since I often work on more than one book at a time, sometimes in different time periods. The edits serve two purposes: 1.) I can clean up any messes I’ve left behind, and 2.) I’m right back in the characters’ heads.

What about marketing? Do you have a personal program or strategy?

I pretty much stick with social networking, some ‘signage’ (postcards, bookmarks, magnets, calendars, etc.), and occasionally, an ad in a newspaper/magazine. 

Do you have an agent, and if so, how did you find him/her?

My agent is one of the most well-respected in the industry. I sent him an email and asked if he was interested in working with me. We had a long discussion about my work history, my career goals, and his recommendations to help me reach them. It’s been a satisfying, mutually rewarding partnership.

Is it difficult to distinguish your hero and heroin’s voices from other characters’?

Well, as I said earlier, I pretty much get inside the characters’ heads and write from one POV per scene. I have a pretty good idea what sort of person each character is. I know their flaws. Their positive traits. Their likes and dislikes. Their backgrounds. All of that plays into each character’s voice.

I’ve read 5-star reviews and rave endorsements that say your dialog is wonderful and unique. How do you accomplish that?

With POV and character plusses and minuses in mind, dialog pretty much takes care of itself. A guy from Texas and a guy from New York have completely different ways of expressing the same sentiments. Same is true for a woman from Mississippi v. a woman from LA. It’s hard to go wrong, once you’re deeply imbedded in their heads!

Is a backstory important?

Yes, but to be honest, very little of it ends up in the story, except in the ways it has molded and shaped who the character is when the story opens. I develop backstory by asking myself how this character must behave—outwardly, and in the privacy of his mind. Also, I ask myself how his background will influence the way he reacts to things over which he has no control. We are all a product of our backgrounds. The question is…what will it take to get us out of our comfort zones, to cause character growth…?

How is the industry changed since you started writing novels?

The major change is that there are a whole lot more authors, and only a handful of traditional publishers. Competition is, as they say, stiff. I see that as a good thing, because every time I submit a proposal for a new contract, it will be compared to the thousands (literally!) of other submissions an editor is considering.

The romance genre, itself, is more challenging, because readers are far more demanding. They’re no longer satisfied with a sweet little tale about a settler’s wife adapting to life on the plains. The economy is tough, and they’re not willing to spend hard-earned dollars on two-dimensional stories. They want to be thoroughly entertained by a believable tale that features realistic characters, solving believable problems. I receive dozens of letters each week from readers who share how they identified with a character, a situation, or a solution. If I hope to keep receiving mail like that, I have to continue pushing the envelope.

How many drafts of a novel do you write?

I edit the first draft, which becomes the second draft, which becomes the final version. So the original is always there, layered by countless additions and deletions.

Are you a ‘pantser’ or a ‘plotter’?

I believe strongly in plotting, and use an outline for every novel. (See next question for more details.)

How do you develop your plots?

My ‘timeline’ is a combination of dozens of outline techniques found in dozens of how-to books. It resembles a big-block calendar, each box representing a scene. It’s old-fashioned, I know, but it has worked very well for me, for each of the 105 books on the shelves. I use paper and pencil, so that I can make changes as I go along, and I love that I can refer to it without having a bunch of distracting tabs open on my computer screen.

How do you ‘show’ rather than ‘tell’ a story?

Wow. That’s a tough one. I guess the easiest way to answer that one is…keep the story active. Not too much thinking about what happened in the past. If an event is something another character needs to know, for example, I often provide the information through a conversation, face to face or overheard, with another character.

Do you have a specific technique for producing a successful novel?

There’s an old writers’ adage that goes something like, open a vein and bleed on the page. It isn’t quite that dramatic, of course, but authors really do have to be willing to sacrifice: Sleep, family time, laundry, yard work (sometimes, even showering takes second place to the story). But mostly, sleep.

Guardians of the Heart
(Secrets on Sterling Street, #2)
by Loree Lough
Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 272 pages
August 3rd 2015 by Whitaker House

Nell Holstrom wanted no part of her grandfather's barren gold mine that had taken the lives of her mother, father, and younger brother; even if there may still be hidden wealth inside. Instead, she went to Denver and took a job as housekeeper at the old Stone Hill Inn.

Asa Stone was barely more than a boy when his father dragged him and his brothers to fight with Colonel John Chivington. But Asa refused to participate in the raid on the peaceful Cheyenne and Arapahoe; and when the smoke cleared, his father and brother lay among the slaughtered. Besieged by guilt, Asa wandered the West for years before returning to Denver to rebuild the old inn he'd inherited. 

Together, Nell and Asa work hard to restore Stone Hill. But when disaster hits the inn, Asa retreats into despair and Nell is forced to return to her family's mine. Asa faces the hard fact: He'll never be the man Nell deserves. Can he overcome the dark secrets of his past? And will Nell still love him when she learns the truth?

The First Book in the Series

Currency of the Heart
(Secrets on Sterling Street, #1)
by Loree Lough
Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 256 pages
January 1st 2015 by Whitaker House

Young widow Shaina Sterling hates living a lie. Desperate to keep bill collectors from the door, she secretly sells valuable possessions piece by piece, and hopes Denver’s elite never discover that his lavish lifestyle left her a near pauper.

She’s unaware that as her husband lay dying, successful rancher Sloan Remington made him a promise. And Sloan guards her secrets
as carefully as he looks after her safety.

When fire devours Sterling Hall, leaving her homeless and penniless, he brings her to Remington Ranch to manage his household. His kindness makes Shaina beholden to him … and threatens to expose the secret that could destroy him.

Will trials and tragedies bring Sloan and Shaina together?
Or will secrets—and the cost of exposing them—drive them apart forever?


Yes, it's true: Once upon a time, best-selling author Loree Lough (literally) sang for her supper, performing before packed audiences throughout the U.S. Now and then, she blows the dust from her 6-string to croon a tune or two for the "grandorables," but mostly, she just writes. (And writes.) Over the years, her stories have earned nearly 100 industry and "Readers' Choice" awards, 7 movie options, and over 80 4- and 5-star reviews.

There are more than 5,000,000 (yes, that's FIVE MILLION) copies of Loree's books in circulation, and in September of 2015, she'll have 108 books (fiction and non-fiction for kids and adults) 72 short stories, 2,500+ articles in print. To date, she has received 50,000+ letters from fans (a carton of books goes to Meredith P. in Joliet, IL -- which she has elected to donate to her local library --for writing the 50,000th letter)!

Loree loves sharing learned-the-hard-way lessons about the craft and the industry, and her comedic approach makes her a favorite (and frequent) guest of writers' organizations, book clubs, private and government institutions, college and high school writing programs both here and abroad.

A writer who believes in "giving back," Loree dedicates a portion of her income to Soldiers' Angels, Special Operations Warrior Foundation, and other worthwhile organizations.

She splits her time between her home in the Baltimore suburbs and a cabin in the Allegheny Mountains, and shares both with her real-life hero Larry, who rarely complains, even when she adds yet another item to her vast collection of lighthouses, wind chimes, and "wolf stuff."


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Friday, August 14, 2015

I 3> Dark Horse by Michelle Diener @PrismBookTours

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Welcome to the Book Blitz for
Dark Horse
By Michelle Diener

Stepping into the Unknown
Intro to Dark Horse

I'm a writer, but I've also always been a reader. I've read voraciously my whole life in almost every genre. I've always written, even as a child, and when I finally started to write seriously, with the intent of publication, it was honestly a struggle to decide what kind of stories to write. I had so many ideas. 

I wrote fantasy, I wrote a time travel, and I wrote historical fiction. The book that got me my agent and a publishing contract with Simon & Schuster's Gallery Books was a historical, and given how much I love history and reading historicals, that was a very happy place for me. 

But part of my love of story has always been fairy tales, myth and legend. The original blueprints for all stories. There is something so fundamental and archetypal about fairy tales, and I found myself writing fantasies based on fairy tales between my historicals, which helped to keep me fresh in both genres. 

And then, I found the stories that were coming to me, and speaking to me the most, were science fiction story ideas. 

I have always loved Star Wars and Star Trek. I loved Battlestar Gallactica (both the old and the new) and movies like Serenity and the new Star Trek movies. I was very selective with the science fiction I read, but I loved Iain M. Banks and Linnea Sinclair. 

I got the idea for Dark Horse while I was writing a new historical, and it came to me so strongly, I decided to write a few chapters of it, and then put it aside. 

That never happened. 

I found I couldn't put it aside, but at the same time, it wasn't an easy process. This wasn't a book that wrote itself. (I don't think I've ever experienced that phenomenon, sometimes referred to by other writers, although I wait patiently with hope in my heart for the day I do!) I wrote, and re-wrote. I second guessed myself. I tore at my hair. 

The problem was I had such a clear idea of what I wanted to come across, and I refused to compromise on making that happen. 

When it was done, I was happy that I had stayed true to my original idea of the book, but I assumed, because science fiction is a world away from historical fiction, that Dark Horse would find a happy place among readers but not be any kind of record breaker. That I'd be very lucky if a few of my historical readers gave it a try, although I had some hopes my fantasy readers would be more willing to take a chance on it. 

I told myself I was stepping into a new genre and that I just shouldn't expect that much. 

I'm really happy to have been so wrong :). 

The reception Dark Horse has gotten has really been overwhelming. It is already my most successful book and certainly the best received by readers. I am so thrilled they love the world I created in Dark Horse as much as I do. And I'm happy to say that I am writing another book set in that world right now. 

Stepping into the unknown can be scary, but it can be exhilarating, too.

— Michelle Diener

Dark HorseDark Horse
by Michelle Diener
Adult Sci-Fi
Paperback & ebook, 381 Pages
June 15th 2015

Some secrets carry the weight of the world.

Rose McKenzie may be far from Earth with no way back, but she's made a powerful ally--a fellow prisoner with whom she's formed a strong bond. Sazo's an artificial intelligence. He's saved her from captivity and torture, but he's also put her in the middle of a conflict, leaving Rose with her loyalties divided.

Captain Dav Jallan doesn't know why he and his crew have stumbled across an almost legendary Class 5 battleship, but he's not going to complain. The only problem is, all its crew are dead, all except for one strange, new alien being.

She calls herself Rose. She seems small and harmless, but less and less about her story is adding up, and Dav has a bad feeling his crew, and maybe even the four planets, are in jeopardy. The Class 5's owners, the Tecran, look set to start a war to get it back and Dav suspects Rose isn't the only alien being who survived what happened on the Class 5. And whatever else is out there is playing its own games.

In this race for the truth, he's going to have to go against his leaders and trust the dark horse.


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Michelle Diener writes historical fiction, fantasy and science fiction. Having worked in publishing and IT, she’s now very happy crafting new worlds and interesting characters and wondering which part of the world she can travel to next.

Michelle was born in London, grew up in South Africa and currently lives in Australia with her husband and two children.

When she’s not writing, or driving her kids from activity to activity, you can find her blogging at Magical Musings. or online at Twitter, at Google+ and Facebook.


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Thursday, July 30, 2015

The House at the End of the Street by Jennie Jones @PrismBookTour #Blitz

 
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Fall in love in Swallow’s Fall with
The House at the End of the Street
by bestselling Australian romance author Jennie Jones!

Introduction and Exclusive Excerpt
By Author Jennie Jones

The House at the End of the Street follows the adventures of the heart for Gemma Munroe (blond, sporty, home-loving artist and would-be toy shop owner) and the love of her life – Josh Rutherford (tall, tanned, skilled with horses and carpentry and reticent to say where he’s been for the last ten years). Now he’s back for a week and sparks are flying. Josh owns the toy shop and Gem wants to buy it. But there’s more trouble at Gem’s back than she’d thought, and Josh can’t bring himself to leave town without knowing she’ll be safe.

The House at the End of the Street is book #5 in the bestselling Swallow’s Fall series. But each book in the series can be read alone and frequently are – Jennie’s had plenty of readers buy book #4 and then go back for books #1, #2 and #3. 

Jennie’s fictional town of Swallow’s Fall is set in a remote country area in the Australian Snowy Mountains and boasts 100 residents. Lots of them falling in love, some of them longing for dreams to come true, some of them scheming or creating mayhem with their matchmaking plans – but all of them leaving a mark on this small country town.

Jennie has a great rapport with her readers all over the world and recently asked them if they’d read a new series: Daughters of Swallow’s Fall – and the resounding answer was – Yes!

Read on for the excerpt...

“What do you know about Grandy’s place?" he asked.

Gem’s eyebrows shot up. "The lonely homestead?"

"Why d’you call it that?"

She shrugged. "It’s been empty since he died. Most people just call it the house at the end of the street. What’s it to you anyway?"

"This and that." 

Gem’s exasperation bubbled, overwhelming the original idea of coming out here to calmly persuade him to leave town. ‘This and that,’ she parroted. "Is that all you’ve got? Why don’t you want anyone to know what you’ve been doing?"

The way he bowed his head and studied the ground, his broad shoulders slumped in some kind of despair, caused Gem some remorse.

"Are you in trouble, Josh?" she asked in a whisper. Maybe that’s why he was so evasive. Maybe he’d made a big mistake in life. Maybe he’d been in prison. No, wait—he had a tan.

He smiled at her, the skin creasing around his eyes. A little more depth to the crinkles now, suggesting that he’d done a lot of smiling over the years. That he’d enjoyed himself.

"No. I’m not in trouble." He seemed to come out of his reverie. He lifted a hand and swept it through her hair, brushing it back from her forehead. "Not the way you’re thinking." 

Gem stilled. The gesture was one she remembered from their best-friend days of long ago, but there had been nothing more than friendship in it then—this touch spoke of everything undealt with and unsaid between them since their moment this afternoon.

The House at the End of the Street
(Swallows Fall, #5)
by Jennie Jones
Adult Contemporary Romance
Ebook
August 1st 2015 by Harlequin MIRA

Bestselling Australian author Jennie Jones takes us back to Swallow’s Fall for one more story: Gemma has a burning need to stay and make a home. All Josh has ever wanted is to get out. Now he has the chance, and all he needs to do is tie up a few loose ends…

Gemma Munroe loves hard, laughs hard and plays hard. Or at least she did before today. Her dream is finally within her grasp – owning the toy shop in Swallow’s Fall and establishing herself permanently. Only one person has the power to get in her way: Josh Rutherford – the love of her life who kissed her and left her ten years ago is coming home.

Josh will be in town for five days. Only five days. He’ll finally sever the ties to a youth filled with poverty by selling the properties that are now his. He’s returning healthy, wealthy and emotionally stable, and then he’ll leave forever. It’s all in the plan. Everything…except for Gem. He never forgot her, but he definitely forgot the effect she has on him. Now she’s got problems, and he can’t seem to leave without trying to help her solve them.

The town itself also has its own plans: Gemma and Josh are thrown together in Speed-Date fiascos, kissing experiments, bar fights and an issue with the North Star – Josh’s compass and the road to his next adventure. Seven weeks later Josh is still in town. Gem has to get through her best friends’ wedding and Josh has to get over Gem. Because he’s not staying. Is he?


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Bestselling author Jennie Jones loves writing rich, warm-hearted and refreshing stories of adventures of the heart. She’s a self-confessed would-be small town country girl and longs for the day when she and her family can set up home in a cute country cottage in the middle of a huge field. Until then, Jennie is enjoying life a five minute walk from the beach. She can hear the ocean as she types her stories.


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Monday, July 13, 2015

Grand Finale: The Friendship Tour by Tara Taylor Quinn; The Friendship Pact & Once Upon a Friendship


On Tour with Prism Book Tours.
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We're blitzing The Friendship Tour Grand Finale for:
The Friendship Pact
&
Once Upon a Friendship
By Tara Taylor Quinn

We hope you've enjoyed getting to know more about Author Tara Taylor Quinn and the friendships in these two stories throughout the tour. If you missed any of the stops, go back and check them out...

Launch - Introductions
Intro to The Friendship Pact
I’ve written a lot of books. From thriller/suspense to romance, I’ve given you many kinds of stories. This one isn’t like any of them. It’s a story of heart. Of soul-searching. Of tough questions with no easy answers. It’s a story of relationships. Of friendship. It’s the story of two very different women who, as children, make a pact to travel life’s journey together.
Intro to Once Upon a Friendship
On the surface, Once Upon a Friendship was kind of ordinary when I started writing. . . . But as I’ve come to accept over the years, the book wasn’t really mine. The story belongs to Liam and Gabi and Marie. And the things that happened to them are not mine to change.

Christian Chick's Thoughts - Once Upon a Friendship Review
"I definitely felt the chemistry between Gabi and Liam, and I pulled for their happy ending. I also enjoyed a couple other non-romantic relationships that Liam developed throughout the novel. The touch of mystery also added to my enjoyment of the novel. And now I'm very curious about where Marie's story will go."


underneath the covers - TTQ Signature
Both books celebrate friendship. Both come straight from my heart and soul to yours. I can promise you that, if you read them, you’ll take an emotional journey. You’ll be made to question a thing or two that matters to you. And you’ll find something to take with you, too.

deal sharing aunt - Elderly Couple
In Once Upon A Friendship, three friends buy an old apartment building to prevent the elderly people who’ve been living there all their lives from being put out on the street. They had no idea what a bounty their investment would be to them in terms of the gifts they’d get in return from the residents they’d saved. But I knew. And I had a great time showing them what I knew.

The Friendship Pact: "As I started getting into the story, I really couldn’t put it down, had to finish it all, but of course there is life, work and dinner to be cooked. But this story really touched my heart, and even a lesson in this story. Each person in this story had something to give and take, and the emotions were raw and real."
Once Upon a Friendship: "I just love the way Tara Taylor Quinn writes, you can feel the emotion in her stories, the people seem real, and I love to read stories that seem real."

beck valley books - 70th Book
The release of Once Upon A Friendship this month marks my seventieth published novel with the Harlequin/MIRA/Harper Collins team. When the publisher sent me the list of my titles recently, telling me that I was at number 70 – a number they consider a milestone – I took a quick glance. I knew I’d written close to seventy books. But then a title caught my eye. Not because of the particular title. Or because of the particular book. But because I’d written the book years ago, saw the name, and got that rush feeling in my stomach that you get on Facebook when you see that an old friend has found you.

Mel's Shelves - Once Upon a Friendship Review
"I love a good romance, especially when there's a secondary storyline and this book delivered! I wasn't expecting the mystery so that was a pleasant surprise. I had a pretty good idea of who was behind the scheme early on but there were still some twists and turns along the way that I didn't see coming."

Words for the Journey - Once Upon a Friendship Review
"True to Harlequin Heartwarming’s style, Once Upon a Friendship is a clean story centered around traditional values of family, friendship, and personal growth. These are so rare nowadays, it’s always a joy to find one!"

Wishful Endings - Once Upon a Friendship Excerpt
Liam didn’t remember getting back to his car. He knew he’d done so on his own. Without escort. He climbed behind the wheel, starting the car with a calm he’d probably feel if he felt anything at all.

Christy's Cozy Corners - Once Upon a Friendship Review
"If you like sweet romance stories with endearing characters, you will love Once Upon a Friendship by Tara Taylor Quinn. It is filled with emotion and it will keep your attention throughout!"

Getting Your Read On - Once Upon a Friendship Review
"I did enjoy the cast of characters here. It was easy to feel their camaraderie and loyalty to each other. Friendship is the best base for a romantic relationship, I think. Well, friendship and attraction. :) This was an easy going book. It was gentle in nature and never really got my heart pounding but it was solid and had a good flow to it."

Life as Leels - Once Upon a Friendship Review
"I will say, the big twist in the mix really through me for a loop though. It wasn’t what I expected and left me turning the pages to see what was all going to come of the entire situation. While it wasn’t my usual type of read, I did enjoy it and recommend that if you are looking for a good, clean read; this is it!"

Colorimetry - My Best Friend
I learned the value of friendship at a very young age. I was five when I met my best friend. Not a best friend in the moment. Or a bestie. Not one of several. Just…the one. She was four at the time. I don’t know why she was different from every other person I would meet in life. No clue why she was the one.

And this is the message I hope you get from The Friendship Pact and Once Upon A Friendship. Cherish your friends. Tend to them. Let the little things go. Work through the big ones. Because they are the ones who will always be there to catch you when you fall. To hold you up. And help put you back together again.

The Friendship Pact: "The story was in a way like riding a roller coaster, because it would be so sweet in one moment and so heartbreaking the next, but strangely enough I liked that. For the most part it felt extremely realistic and I just couldn't put it down."
Once Upon a Friendship: "I enjoyed that this wasn't just a romance, but a story about a father and son and their relationship with each other. I didn't see the ending coming, the part without the romance, and that's always nice. If you enjoy these type of books I recommend you give it a read."



Just as the social sharing contest Tara is running through all her tour events this summer (details here) she's also hosting a giveaway for those who share quotes from her about friendship. There are three different choices all provided below to share. Share one or all just once or every day this week!

QUOTE #1

QUOTE #2

QUOTE #3 

Prizes include:
US PRIZE: Girlfriend note cards, mini-book full of quotes, "friends" picture frame, friends wall plaque, and ebooks of The Friendship Pact and Once Upon a Friendship.
INT PRIZE: Two (2) winners will receive ebook copies of The Friendship Pact and Once Upon a Friendship.

*Share must be public to be eligible. Can share once each day. Ends July 17th. Enter via the Rafflecopter link below.


The Friendship PactThe Friendship Pact
by Tara Taylor Quinn
Adult Romance, Women's Fiction
Paperback & ebook, 245 pages
June 1st 2014 by MIRA

This is a story for every woman who has a best friend...

Bailey Watters and Koralynn Mitchell consider themselves "sisters of the soul." Their circumstances growing up couldn't have been more different; Kora came from a wealthy, privileged family, while Bailey's home life was hard. They'd do anything for each other. "I'd give you a kidney," they always say. There are no secrets between them--until there's one secret Bailey can't share.

This is a story for every woman who's been in love.

Danny Brown is the only man Kora's ever wanted, ever loved, and her marriage seems as flawless as everything else in her life. Bailey, however, doesn't want a husband. She does want a baby--but only by IVF. And the perfect donor, the perfect biological father, would be a man like...Danny.

What happens when love and friendship collide?

Kora might be willing to give Bailey a kidney. But what about a baby?


Once Upon a Friendship
(The Historic Arapahoe #1)
by Tara Taylor Quinn
Adult Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
July 1st 2015 by Harlequin Heartwarming

They’re a team...not a couple!

Falling for Liam was unthinkable. He and Gabi had been best friends since college, nothing more. And crucially, now Liam was her client and needed her to be focused on his case. Gabi could never risk their friendship — or Liam’s freedom — over these feelings. They could never be a couple, anyway. He was Liam Connelly, the handsome and privileged son of a billionaire. She was Gabrielle Miller, the girl who’d fought her way out of poverty and put herself through law school. They were unlikely friends to begin with. Anything more was impossible. Unless...he felt it, too.


The author of more than 70 original novels, in twenty languages, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestseller with over six million copies sold. She is known for delivering deeply emotional and psychologically astute novels of suspense and romance. Tara is a recipient of the Reader’s Choice Award, a five time finalist for the RWA Rita Award, the Reviewer’s Choice Award, the Bookseller’s Best Award and appears frequently on bestseller lists, including #1 placement on Amazon lists. Tara is the past-president of Romance Writers of America and served eight years on that board of directors. She has appeared on national and local TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning and is a frequent guest speaker. In her spare time Tara likes to travel, climb Arizona mountains, and inline skate.

Tara is a supporter of the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you or someone you know might be a victim of domestic violence in the United States, please contact 1-800-799-7233. 


Tour Giveaways

$10 VISA Gift Card & ebooks of The Friendship Pact and Once Upon a Friendship (US only)
Print copy of Once Upon a Friendship & a Spend the Summer with TTQ T-shirt (US only)
ebooks of The Friendship Pact and Once Upon a Friendship  (INT)
Ends July 17th

(All to one winner - US only.)
$10 VISA Gift Card
Copies of all five books on Tara's Summer Tour
Spend the Summer with TTQ T-Shirt
Ends July 16th