Friday, January 13, 2017

#FridayFeatures Celebrating Southern Magic Authors #Romance #MakingMagic

Author: Carol Burnside

Title: His Small Town Princess (A Sweetwater Springs Novel)

Released: September 16, 2016


J. T. Baxter is having a very bad year. As if adjusting to widower status and caring for two sons, weren't enough, he has a landscaping business to keep afloat with a loan coming due. The last thing he needs is the town princess waltzing into his life with a business proposal he can't afford to refuse.

Cassandra Bing feels adrift after her father's death, a nasty broken engagement and enduring a job she loathes. She's searching for her niche, something that would've made her dad proud and will bring her fulfillment. But gardening is a hot, dirty business, and soon she's wishing she'd made a different sort of proposition to the sexy dad.

As attraction escalates between J. T. and Cass, tensions grow in a house where secrets fester. Can her presence begin to heal the Baxter household, or will their tender feelings become a casualty of the impending emotional storm?

Waring: This book contains some plant abuse, a sexy, bare-chested landscaper, sensual use of ice cubes and steamy adult situations in a greenhouse.  Readers may suddenly wish to hug motherless kids, experience a rise in pulse rate and may feel the need for a cooling fan.

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Friday, January 06, 2017

#FridayFeatures Celebrating Southern Magic Authors #Romance #Making Magic

Author: Katherine Bone

Title: The Pirate's Debt (The Regent's Revenge Series Book 2)

Released: September 13, 2016


He thought he lost his honor... then she teaches him what it means to be a hero.

Lady Chloe Walsingham is an enthusiastic gothic romance reader and hopeless romantic focused solely on finding her perfect hero. She also happens to have a penchant for getting into trouble. So when the man she loves disappears after a scandalous duel, she decides to follow him to the ends of the Earth. To do so, however, Chloe must evade her brother, an infamous revenue man, and board a ship bound for Penzance. And nothing in her beloved books can prepare her for the harsh realities of wreckers who ply the coast.

After his father destroys the lives of countless innocent people, Basil Halford, Earl of Markwick is willing to do anything to earn back his honor. Betrayed by his blood and his reputation ruined, Markwick answers the request of a well-heeled duke and dons the Black Regent's mask to repay the debt. His task? Rescuing a young woman who is chasing down a ghost of a man.

But a pirate has plenty of enemies, and Markwick isn't any different. No matter how diligent a captain he may be, sailing to Lady Chloe's rescue involves risking the Regent's legacy but the last he can afford to lose... his heart.

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Friday, December 30, 2016

#FridayFeatures Celebrating Southern Magic Authors #Romance #Making Magic

Author: Nancee Cain

Title: Tempting Jo

Released: September 9, 2016


Forbidden love is hell...

Confident and quirky, Jo Sanford thinks her boss is God's gift to women--and she couldn't be further from the truth.  Devilishly handsome, Luc DeVille will stop at nothing to lure his administrative assistant right into his arms--and bed.

Over Rafe Goodman's dead body...

Rafe, Jo's best friend, refuses to sit by and watch as Luc tries to win the heart of the woman he's always protected.  After all, Rafe is her guardian angel. Suddenly, Jo's caught in the middle of a battle between good and evil. But the closer she gets to the fire, the hotter it burns. Now, Jo's going to learn that when love battles lust, Heaven and Hell collide.

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Monday, December 26, 2016

So What Are You Reading?

I've been reading since before I started kindergarten. I even remember the first book I ever read. It was Dr. Seuss's "One Fish Two Fish, Red Fish Blue Fish."

I recall the exact moment when I sounded out each word and realized that I knew the meaning of every one, that I could follow the narrative. It was the beginning of my love affair with books.

People read for a variety of reasons:

  • Mental stimulation is one. Reading has been shown to slow the onset of certain types of dementia and even Alzheimer's.
  • Reading is a great place to pick up knowledge and learning. There's a good reason we all had "school books".
  • Reading is also good for stress reduction, an easy escape from your life and into one where the problems are the protagonist's and not yours.
  • Some researchers even think reading can aide in focus and concentration. After all, it takes time and deliberation to finish a book. A reader needs to immerse themselves in the world of the story, blocking out mundane distractions.
  • And most of all, reading engenders empathy. That's something sorely lacking in the world today. Bombarded with rhetoric that fosters an "us versus them" mentality, it's almost a relief to be able to turn the page of a book and actually be one of "them", step into their shoes for a time and ultimately realize that we're not all that dissimilar. Reading allows us to experience a world outside our own selfish sphere. It stops the mad rush of life and makes us ponder questions and status quo. Reading lets us experience a story from another side, intimately, internally, with hope and fears interwoven with tough decisions and seemingly insurmountable situations. 

Because books are magic. 

And reading will save the world. 

Friday, December 23, 2016

#FridayFeatures Celebrating Southern Magic Authors #Romance #MakingMagic

Author: Bambi Lynn

Title: Solid as a Rock

Released: September 1, 2016


With nowhere left to run, she must turn to her first love to deal with a powerful evil.  Except he's not the boy she remembers, and he's not exactly happy to see her.

Ellie King's life has never been easy--raised by a mother who went from one abusive relationship to the next.  Her only love and stability came from her grandmother.  But now Ellie's mother is dead and her gran's in a coma, both from causes doctors can't explain ... and Ellie may be next.  Her only hope of staying alive? The boy she once left without a word of goodbye, now a man--a devastatingly attractive man with a stony composure she can't read.

Michael Munro turned his back on the past to make a new life.  He's not happy at being pulled again into Ellie's sphere.  She's still impossible to resist, but now she's in deep trouble, and the cause may be a fragment of rock she found in her mother's effects.  An artifact that saps his powers of precognition, and even those of other paranormals like his uncle and mentor, Lucan. Can Michael stand strong against her pull and that of the ancient stone?

A powerful evil is on the trail of their find--in the demon Cael. Can Michael and Ellie resist the attraction burning between them long enough to find the missing piece of the artifact and get it to safety? If they don't, all hell will break loose ... literally.

She's in trouble beyond human understanding.  Good thing he's more than human ...

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