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Read an excerpt of THE LAIRD TAKES A BRIDE by @LisaBerne + eBook #Giveaway | @GoddessFish Presents #HistoricalRomance

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Blurb Blitz Tour for THE LAIRD TAKES A BRIDE by Lisa Berne, a historical romance available now from HarperCollins.


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THE LAIRD TAKES A BRIDE
by Lisa Berne

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GENRE:  Historical Romance

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BLURB:

Alasdair Penhallow, laird of his clan and master of Castle Tadgh, is forced to end his carefree bachelorhood, thanks to an ancient decree that requires him to marry. But Alasdair’s search for a biddable wife comes to a screeching halt when Fate serves up Fiona Douglass. Prickly as a thistle, Fiona challenges him at every turn, rendering herself surprisingly irresistible. Her love would be a prize indeed . . . if Alasdair could accept it.
Fiona gave her heart once, and doesn’t plan to repeat that folly. Yet she finds herself drawn to Alasdair’s intelligence and strength, and the passion he incites goes well beyond her expectations for what’s only a marriage of expedience. Despite herself, she’s falling in love with her husband.

But there’s a high wall between them—and Fiona’s not sure it can ever be torn down.

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EXCERPT:

Wondering where his shoes had gone, Alasdair looked down to see his wolfhound Cuilean at his feet. Intelligent dark eyes were looking up at him inquiringly, shaggy ears were pricked: a hint, Alasdair knew, that breakfast was long overdue. He reached down a hand to caress that rough head, and as he did so Cuilean sharply turned it, toward an archway leading off toward the kitchens.

Fervently did Alasdair hope it was a servant, bearing a refreshing tankard of ale (or even a silver pot filled to the brim with blisteringly hot coffee), but no, it was Dame Margery, quite possibly the oldest member of the clan, hunched over her gnarled stick and stumping into the Hall. Trailing behind was her little granddaughter Sheila, who viewed the dissolute scene before her with blasé indifference, her expression, distinguished by eyes which seemed to gaze in two different directions at once, seeming more focused on something immaterial and inward — and for that Alasdair could only be thankful, as uneasily he wondered if a seven-year-old really ought to be in the Great Hall at this particular moment.

As Dame Margery drew near, she noisily banged her stick on the marble floor, causing people nearby to stir, moan, rouse. She passed by Uncle Duff, insensate, draped sideways on a chair and his long beard dangling perpendicularly, and muttered audibly, “Ach, the old wastrel!” before turning her piercing and unblinking stare to Alasdair. Finally she stopped before the dais on which the two great chairs — one for the laird, one (long unoccupied) for his lady — stood. Her silence, Alasdair noticed, had a heavy, expectant, rather ominous sort of quality, and he groaned under his breath. He wasn’t in the mood for drama. Still, he was the laird, and one must be polite, so he cleared his throat and said:

“Good day to you, madam.”

“And to you, laird,” she answered with an awful, punctilious politeness. “May I tender my congratulations to you on your birthday.”

“I thank you.”

“I believe I am correct, laird, that as of yesterday you turned thirty-five?”

“Aye, madam.”

“Not thirty-four, laird?”

“Nay, thirty-five, madam.”

“Not married, are you, laird?”

Alasdair looked narrowly at Dame Margery. Had she gone soft in her aged head? Everyone knew he was unmarried and, in fact, happily so. But courteously he replied: “Nay, madam, I’m not.”

“Well then, laird, perhaps you are not aware of the ancient clan decree which dictates that any chieftain of Castle Tadgh who remains unmarried by his thirty-fifth birthday must immediately invite the eligible highborn maidens of the Eight Clans of Killaly to stay within the castle, and within thirty-five days choose one to be his bride?”

Dame Margery issued this disconcerting pronouncement in stentorian tones and with a single breath, leaving her gasping a little by the end. She breathed in deeply, then added sternly:

“The wedding to follow within thirty-five days.”

A sufficient number of people had woken up by now to create a stunned, openmouthed audience for Dame Margery, who seemed well satisfied by the effect of her words. Alasdair sat upright, jostling the black-haired lass who let out a choked snore but remained blissfully asleep. He stared balefully at her and then at Dame Margery as the unpleasant import of her proclamation sank in.

“And if I don’t obey?” he said, losing a little of his earlier politeness.

“Death to you, I fear,” the old crone replied with annoying promptitude. “Hanged and quartered, laird, and your head displayed in the courtyard as a warning to all who leave off their sacred duty to the clan.”


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Lisa Berne read her first Georgette Heyer book at fourteen, and was instantly captivated. Later, she was a graduate student, a grantwriter, and an investment banker, but is thrilled to be returning to her roots and writing her own historical-romance novels! She lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest.

Publisher Website: https://www.harpercollins.com
Author Website: http://lisaberne.com/  

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GIVEAWAY 

Three digital copies of the book will be awarded to three randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.

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TOUR PARTIPANTS
September 18: Laurie's Thoughts and Reviews

September 19: Buried Under Romance - review
September 20: Christine Young September 20: Readeropolis September 21: Danita Minnis September 21: It's Raining Books September 22: Independent Authors September 25: Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess September 26: The Avid Reader September 27: Sapphyria's Book Reviews September 28: Up 'Til Dawn Book Blog September 29: Long and Short Reviews

BEHIND THE DOOR | Author Q&A ft @a_gavazzoni + $25 GC #Giveaway | @GoddessFish Presents #Erotic #Thriller

Goddess Fish Promotions has organizing a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for BEHIND THE DOOR by A. Gavazzoni, a psychological and erotic thriller available now from Create Space.

A. Gavazzoni will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found at the bottom of the post.


Behind The Door
by A. Gavazzoni

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GENRE:   Psychological and erotic thriller

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BLURB:

When Lara dies at the hands of a Manhattan lawyer during a sex game, his defense attorney, Carl, hires Simone, a psychiatrist, professor and author of books on sexual behavior to help him buttress his argument that Lara’s death was accidental. To help his defense, Carl’s client has written a detailed account of his steamy, year-long relationship with Lara. Carl gives the text to Simone for analysis. While evaluating the presumed killer’s writing, Simone continues to receive psychiatric patients with sexual disorders and unusual fantasies, and to research strange sexual behavior for her next book. Meanwhile, Simone’s clinical partner, friend and research colleague, Edward, is working with the police to capture a serial killer who is torturing and killing women. From hot and unusual sex and interesting psychiatric patients, to the swing houses of New York and Paris, this fast-paced page-turner is a blend of mystery, suspense, humor, romance and erotica.


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AUTHOR INTERVIEW:

What was the hardest part of writing this book?

I believe the hardest part of writing all my books is containing my anxiety to get everything that’s in my head down on paper. I have to restrain myself to not run over the story to empty my mind.


What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

I love the research process that allows me to learn a lot about many different subjects, and I love the creation part, when my mind get full of ideas, regardless of where I might be at the time or what else I might be doing.


What inspires you?

People and the human soul inspire me. I love to try to understand their motives and their beliefs.


Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work?

Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights – it is so tragic, all about revenge and hate; she taught me about writing about deep feelings.

Colleen McCullough’s Thorn Birds – a sad love story with all the right ingredients to make you cry a river. An author who showed me how important it is to stir emotions in your readers.

The Devil’s Advocate, by Andrew Neiderman – a book to make you think where vanity can take you. It’s a potent and surprising book. I love surprises, and I always try to add one to my novels.

John Grisham’s The Firm – power, money, or freedom? A hard choice for a young lawyer. Choices are going to lead your life. I always make my characters face hard choices.

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell – this book is pure poetry! It inspired me to show beauty in my work; even when the situation is tragic, I try to include pretty settings. Beauty must exist, in spite of bad circumstances.


What do your plans for future projects include?

I intend to finish the third book in Hidden Motives Trilogy, and I’m going to publish Behind the Door in Portuguese this year.


Do you ever get writer’s block? Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?

No, I never have. I try to write a little bit at least every day. Some days, I’m more inspired than others, but I try to write anyway, even if I don’t like what I’m putting down in words, I know I can discard them or edit them later if I like, so that’s okay. The important thing is keep your mind producing, and you will find the formula.


Have you ever had one character you wanted to go one way with but after the book was done the character was totally different?

Yes, many times. My characters decide their own destiny inside my mind; it is a whole party in there!


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EXCERPT:

“Does that mean you’d like me to stop bothering you?”

“No. It means I don’t have answers to the questions I know you have.”

Aha. So she knew I had questions, I thought ironically. “And what questions do I have?”

“Why won’t she do it in bed? Why won’t she answer the phone? Why does she disappear? Why can’t we spend more time together? Why did she sneak out of my bed? Why was she mean to her mother?”

How nice. The lady possessed awareness of her own behavior.

“And what…possibly…might the answers be?”

“I don’t have any. I just live, Mark. I don’t plan. You, on the contrary, seem to do nothing but plan. But maybe I’m wrong. We hardly know each other.”

“And you don’t want to know more.”

“But I do… No, I don’t… I don’t have an answer for that either. I get all mixed up around you. There’s a sweetness about you that disconcerts me. I’m used to rough stuff…to people jumping all over each other. You’re kind. You’re nice. You’re polite. I don’t know what to do with you.”

“But you know what to do with the guy you were with yesterday.” I thought she’d claim he was just a friend, or rather, they were only good friends.

“Yes. With him, I know. We want the same thing. To have fun and that’s that. You want more. I feel that in you.”

“Then give me more!”

There it went. There went my pride down the drain. I did want more. I didn’t want any more fucking games!

“I can’t do that. It’s not in me. But I like being with you. I always come back for more. I just can’t handle getting close.”

“Then learn. You’re a very intelligent woman.”

“I am.” She laughed sadly “But I’m too rational. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not cold. It’s just way too much for me. When I get emotional things get out of control.”

“And you like to have control.”

“I need it for my sanity. Mark, I’m thirty-five years old. They haven’t been thirty-five years of roses.”

“I’ll never hurt you,” I said.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Gavazzoni is a Brazilian author. She just won The Golden Book Award 2017- Readers Choice for her first novel Behind The Door and also an honorable mention at Paris Book Festival 2017

Adriana is a lawyer, a former professor of law and a writer of novels and legal books, but she is also a voracious reader.

She speaks four languages: English, French, Portuguese and Spanish. When she is not practicing law or writing, she enjoys many interests and is a very active person. She loves to dance (Tango) and workout.

She loves to travel, loves good wine, and has been studying astrology for fifteen years. She paints and loves to cook.

She has two poodles -Gaia and Juno -and loves all animals. She is an aunt of four nieces who enjoy to paint and cook alongside their aunt. She lives in Brazil and is in the process of writing her next novel.

LINKS SITE

BLOG

TWITTER
@a_gavazzoni

INSTAGRAN
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FACEBOOK

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GIVEAWAY

A. Gavazzoni will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS
August 21: Fabulous and Brunette August 28: Christine Young September 4: Romance Novel Giveaways September 11: Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews September 18: Readeropolis September 25: Book Lover Promo October 2: The Reading Addict October 9: T's Stuff - review
October 9: Lock That Door! October 16: Books, Dreams,Life October 16: Carpe_Diem October 23: Liz's Reading Life October 23: Natural Bri - review only
October 30: Full Moon Bites November 6: Long and Short Reviews

HAIR BRAINED by @nancyjcohen + #Giveaway | GREAT ESCAPES TOURS Presents #Mystery

HAIR BRAINED (The Bad Hair Day Mysteries, #14) by Nancy J. Cohen is on book tour with Great Escape Virtual Book Tours and stops at Readeropolis today.

Hair Brained (The Bad Hair Day Mysteries) 

by Nancy J. Cohen

Cozy Mystery 14th in Series 
Orange Grove Press (September 12, 2017) 
Print Length: 342 pages 
E-Book ASIN: B072XVHPPH

Was the car crash an accident or a deliberate attempt to run Marla's friends off the road?

When hairstylist Marla Vail's best friend is hurt in a suspicious car accident, Marla assumes guardianship of her infant son. No sooner does Marla say, "Baby want a bottle?" than she's embroiled in another murder investigation. Her husband, Detective Dalton Vail, determines the crash may not have been an accident after all. But then, who would want Tally--or Ken in the car with her--out of the way? As Marla digs deeper into her friends' lives, she realizes she didn't know them as well as she'd thought. Nonetheless, it's her duty as their son's guardian to ensure his safety, even if it means putting her own life at risk. Can she protect the baby and find the culprit before someone else ends up as roadkill?

About The Author

Nancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Vail. Titles in this series have made the IMBA bestseller list and been selected by Suspense Magazine as best cozy mystery. Nancy has also written the instructional guide, Writing the Cozy Mystery. Her imaginative romances, including the Drift Lords series, have proven popular with fans as well. A featured speaker at libraries, conferences, and community events, Nancy is listed in Contemporary Authors, Poets & Writers, and Who's Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, & Poets. When not busy writing, she enjoys fine dining, cruising, visiting Disney World, and shopping.

Author Links:
  Website: http://nancyjcohen.com
  Blog: http://nancyjcohen.wordpress.com
  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NancyJCohenAuthor
  Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/nancyjcohen
  Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/91508.Nancy_J_Cohen
  Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/njcohen/
  Linked In: http://www.linkedin.com/in/nancyjcohen
  Booklover’s Bench: http://bookloversbench.com
  Newsletter Sign-Up: http://nancyjcohen.com/newsletter/

  Purchase Links: Amazon | B&N | kobo | iBook | Google Play 

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TOUR PARTICIPANTS
  September 12 – Laura's Interests – REVIEW
  September 12 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf - INTERVIEW
  September 13 – Socrates' Book Reviews - REVIEW
  September 13 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT
  September 14 – Community Bookstop - REVIEW
  September 14 – Island Confidential - CHARACTER INTERVIEW
  September 15 – Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book - REVIEW
  September 15 – Back Porchervations – REVIEW
  September 16 – Brooke Blogs - CHARACTER GUEST POST
  September 17 – A Holland Reads - GUEST POST
  September 18 – Deal Sharing Aunt - INTERVIEW
  September 18 – Readeropolis – SPOTLIGHT
  September 19 – Cozy Up With Kathy - GUEST POST
  September 19 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW
  September 20 – StoreyBook Reviews - GUEST POST
  September 20 – Celticlady's Reviews - SPOTLIGHT


         

The MAGIC OF SOLENDREA Book Tour & #Giveaway | @mfhengst & @SDSXXTours Epic #Fantasy

The MAGIC OF SOLENDREA Series by Martin F. Hengst is on virtual book tour and stops here today!


Don't forget to enter for a chance to win the giveaway and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

The Last Swordmage
Magic of Solendrea Book 1
by Martin F. Hengst
Genre: Epic Fantasy

After being sold into slavery by her father and accused of a murder she didn’t commit, Tiadaria finds herself facing the executioner's axe. The only thing standing in the way is the village Constable.


After thirty years of loyal service to the Imperium, Royce retired to King’s Reach as the village’s Constable. He thought it would be the perfect place to rest, relax, and die in peace. He was wrong. In an unexpected complication, the slave with her neck on the block seems to possess the same magic Royce has hidden all his life.



Paying off Tiadaria’s bond, Royce takes possession the slave. Now he must teach her to trust him, teach her to fight, and teach her about her unique abilities before they both run out of time. An ancient menace, the Xarundi, have returned. They are the most dangerous enemy humanity has ever faced, and they have a thousand years of bloodthirsty vengeance to exact.




The Darkest Hour
Magic of Solendrea Book 2

When an agent from the Imperium Intelligence Service shows up on Tiadaria’s doorstep, he leaves her with unwelcome news. Recovering from their brutal defeat at Dragonfell, the Xarundi are seeking out an ancient and incredibly powerful relic buried in the snow and ice of the Frozen Frontier.

Tiadaria travels to the city of Ethergate to seek out an apprentice skilled in magical research. Even with his reluctant help, unearthing information on the relic proves to be almost impossible until a savage turn of events puts them on the right path.
Now it’s a race against time through some of the most unforgiving territory on Solendrea to beat the Xarundi to the relic and stop them from unleashing its devastating power on the unsuspecting masses.



The Pegasus's Lament
Magic of Solendrea Book 3

A desecrated tomb, a missing relic, and cold-blooded murder. The streets of Dragonfell are awash in blood and the King has called on Tiadaria, the last swordmage, and Wynn, her quintessentialist companion, to uncover the nature of the darkness.

What they find is more dangerous than they could ever imagine and from a source they’d have never expected. Now Tiadaria must defeat an enemy that knows her almost as well as she knows herself.
The survival of the Human Imperium is on the line and time is running out for the last swordmage and everyone she holds dear.



Volinette's Song
Magic of Solendrea Book 4

Volinette Terris has everything most girls could want: a famous family, plenty of money, and a career as a talented musician. No one would expect her to risk losing it all to try and become a mage, but when the School of Sorcery opens for the Trial of Admission, that’s exactly what she does.

If only she’d known that winning a place in the Academy of Arcane Arts and Sciences would be the least of her problems. Now she finds herself accused of murder, tormented by her fellow students, and implicated in the theft of a mystical artifact that could bring about the end of the world.
And that’s just the first semester!



Quintessential Tales
Magic of Solendrea Book 5

Four Quintessential Novelettes Featuring the Heroes and Villains of Solendrea
Quintessential Tales, a Magic of Solendrea Anthology, brings together four new novelettes featuring the heroes and villains of Solendrea. Also included is the Adventurer's Guide to Solendrea, which includes background information on famous faces and places, as well as some mythology and folklore.

Included in Quintessential Tales:

  • Warhorse - Being shipwrecked on a strange island is just the start of the dangers facing Royce and Torus.
  • If Wishes Were Horses - Twins stumble across an ancient temple in the middle of the wildlands that may not be what it seems.
  • Troubled Waters - Faxon and Gunter face off against new enemies and a treacherous old foe.
  • All Souls - Tiadaria and Adamon travel to Havenhedge to investigate a mysterious occurrence.
  • Adventurer's Guide to Solendrea (Bonus) - Background information on famous faces and interesting places.

˃˃˃ Note from the Author <<<

Please be aware that All Souls contains spoilers if you haven’t read the Swordmage Trilogy, particularly The Pegasus’s Lament. If you haven’t, I highly recommend that you read the original trilogy before reading All Souls.




Pirates of the Siren's Sea
Magic of Solendrea Book 6

What do you do when the people you trust the most betray you?

Tiadaria, the last Swordmage, was once one of the King's most trusted advisers. Now she's fallen out of favour and has been cast out of the realm she helped save from demons and dragons. When pirates start sinking ships off the coast of Dragonfell, Tiadaria offers her services to the realm, but the pride of Kings is not easily put aside.
Unwilling to let the Imperium fall, Tiadaria approaches the King's only daughter, a reclusive Princess unseen by the people for almost two decades. What happens next is a race against time as Tiadaria and her allies commit an act of treason to stop a corrupt sorceress from endangering the fate of the world.
Only a Swordmage can turn an act of sedition into salvation for the Imperium in this rousing fantasy tale of swords and sorcery.





Martin F. Hengst is an American science-fiction and fantasy author. His bestselling Magic of Solendrea series has delighted more than a quarter of a million readers worldwide.

He writes the same type of books he loves to read: tales of science fiction and fantasy where anything can, and frequently does, happen. There’s nothing better than a rollicking good adventure and his number one priority as a writer is to be an amazing travelling companion for those intrepid explorers who pick up any of his books.

He lives in South Central Pennsylvania with his wife and two children. When he's not working on the next book or story, he enjoys music, reading, and playing games.

He really like hearing from people who have enjoyed his books. Please don’t hesitate to connect with him on Twitter or Facebook.


For the latest news and information about Martin and his books, check out his website at: http://martinfhengst.com.




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