Saturday, October 21, 2017

Secrets Hidden in the Glass by Cate Beauman (guest post, excerpt, review, and GIVEAWAY)



I am delighted to have a guest post from author Cate Beauman...

The Inspiration Behind Secrets Hidden In The Glass

by Cate Beauman

I always find the process of writing fascinating—imagining words and thoughts into subsistence that had once only existed in my head. Oftentimes, the undertaking is daunting. Months of research, careful plotting, planning, character development, and revising go into every page. There are many moments of doubt and worry. On occasion, there’s even a triumph or two. But finally, you type The End and you realize you’ve created a miracle of sorts—a story to share with your eager readers who are always waiting for what’s next. 


I had such fun telling Nate and Callie’s adventure. There was something extra enjoyable about bringing Sanderson, Massachusetts to life—the fictitious, tiny town on the equally made-up Carter Island. Imagine dreaming up a beachy setting that gets to be exactly what you want it to be. Add a group of intriguing (and on occasion quirky) characters. Throw plenty of steamy romance and several sprinkles of mystery and suspense into the mix and you’ve got yourself one heck of a good time.

I hope you’ll enjoy Secrets Hidden In The Glass as much as I enjoyed telling it.



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Bestselling author Cate Beauman is back with her 12th full length novel and her first stand-alone title: Secrets Hidden In the Glass.

Her multi award-winning Bodyguards of L.A. County series has over 500,000 copies sold and a 4.4 rating with 8000+ reviews.

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Blurb: Stained glass artist Callie Davis is in desperate need of a vacation. Burnt out and on the edge of a nervous breakdown, she’s fleeing the pressures of her career and is taking refuge on Massachusetts’ tiny Carter Island. Callie yearns for long, lazy days and pretty walks on the beach—blessed solitude and an escape from the complications of her life. Then she bumps into gorgeous Nate Carter and everything changes.

Sheriff Nathan Carter couldn’t be happier now that the height of the summer season has finally come and gone. After four endless months, tourists have packed their bags and headed for the mainland. The quiet days of autumn are about to befall the town—the way Nate and his fellow Sandersonians like it best.

But nothing ends up quite the way Nate expects when he meets the beautiful blonde with the big blue eyes. Callie’s pretty smiles hide secrets—deep, dark mysteries that could cost them both their lives if they continue digging into the past and cross a killer’s path.





Read an excerpt from Secrets Hidden In The Glass:



She shuddered as she thought of the city and glanced over her shoulder, constantly on guard against the sense of unease she hadn’t been able to shake for months—the need to run. Three weeks away in Europe promoting her latest work was supposed to have helped. When that didn’t go as planned, she’d been certain the four-week gallery tour she’d been contracted to attend would have fixed everything, but nothing seemed to shake the restless, edgy energy that kept her up most nights.


Facing forward again, she stared down at her white-knuckled grip on the bold blue railing and commanded herself to relax, even as her heartbeat began thrumming a frantic rhythm. She clutched the cool metal tighter and closed her eyes, bracing for anxiety’s cruel surges of adrenaline that often left her a pathetic, trembling mess. “Everything’s all right,” she reassured herself, then let her head hang as she heard the lack of conviction in her own voice, certain she was teetering on the perilous edge of a nervous breakdown. For surely that’s what this had to be. She was officially cracking—caving to the never-ending demands of her career and her sudden inability to create.


“Folks, take a moment and look straight ahead,” the boat’s captain boomed through the speakers, startling Callie out of her thoughts. “You’ll see Point West Lighthouse coming into view.”


Callie opened her eyes and blinked, staring at the bright beam of light far in the gloomy distance.

“Point West Lighthouse has been a beacon of hope, welcoming sailors home to Carter Island for nearly four hundred years,” the captain continued in his strong Massachusetts accent.


Callie wiped her cheeks, finding comfort in the idea as she studied the black-and-white stripes of the mighty island tower. What must it have been like to battle raging storms and contend with months of endless seas, then finally see the light? To have weathered the worst of it all and found hope waiting on the other side? She longed to have an answer—and perhaps someday she would. According to Captain Bob, the boat was due to dock in fifteen minutes and her vacation would officially begin. She needed quiet—a few weeks to pull herself together. Then maybe she could start to figure out when it was that her life had started falling apart.


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Cate's Unofficial Secrets Hidden In The Glass Soundtrack

I love music! I can’t imagine a world without catchy tunes playing, especially when I’m writing. Music is inspiration. Melodies, beats, and the mood of each song help me portray emotions and feelings as I tell a story. It’s a rare day when I don’t have my headphones in place, bopping my head, while my fingers race across the keyboard. You can listen to the “soundtrack” for each book on my website.

The soundtrack, of sorts, for Secrets Hidden In The Glass:

·      And Then You by Greg Laswell
·      Still Falling For You by Ellie Goulding
·      Beautiful Soul by Jesse McCartney
·      Cold Water by Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber
·      Starving by Hailee Steinfeld ft. Zedd
·      Close by Nick Jonas ft. Tove Lo
·      Magic by Colbie Caillat
·      Until the Last Falling Star by Matthew Perryman Jones
·      I Can’t Breathe by Bea Miller
·      I won’t Let You Go by James Morrison




About the author:

International bestselling author Cate Beauman is known for her full-length, action-packed romantic suspense series, The Bodyguards of L.A. County. Her novels have been nominated for the National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, National Indie Excellence Award, Golden Quill Award, Writers Touch Award, Aspen Gold Award, Heart of Excellence Award, and have been named Readers Favorite Five Star books. In 2017 FINDING LYLA was chosen as the Booksellers Best Award Winner, the Maggie Award For Excellence, and received the Holt Medallion Award. REAGAN'S REDEMPTION and ANSWERS FOR JULIE were selected as rare co-winners of the Aspen Gold Award in 2016. JUSTICE FOR ABBY received the 2015 Readers' Favorite International Book Award Gold Medal, while SAVING SOPHIE took the Silver Medal. SAVING SOPHIE was also selected as the 2015 Readers Crown Award winner for Romantic Suspense and FALLING FOR SARAH received the silver medal for the 2014 Readers' Favorite Awards.

Cate makes her home in North Carolina with her husband, two boys, and their St. Bernards, Bear and Jack.



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Friday, October 20, 2017

At Last in Laguna by Claire Marti (VBT, guest post, excerpt, and GIVEAWAY) GFT



I have the pleasure of sharing this guest post by author Claire Marti (and kudos to her)




Cancer Made Me Do It: How I finished my first novel

By Claire Marti

Like many authors, I’m one of those people who always said they’d write a novel. Who dreamed of creating a romantic story that would transport readers from the challenges of their daily lives into another world where hope exists, love wins, and dreams are fulfilled.

Like many authors, this straightforward plan took a long winding path to fruition. Establishing a writing schedule around a full-time job, family responsibilities, and a busy life isn’t for the faint of heart. Oh, I procrastinated. If I could just retreat to a cabin in the mountains for a few weeks, I’m sure I could whip out a romance novel, how hard could it be?

I’ve had several careers, but psychiatrist wasn’t one of them. But, I know the answer. Fear. Fear of failure. So, I procrastinated. I never made the time or space. Writing was part of my career as an attorney and I free-lanced magazine articles about my other passions like health and wellness and animal welfare. In 2009, I made the move from the corporate world to teach yoga and Pilates and write. I had more time, but I didn’t take the leap.

Then, on January 2, 2010, I found a lump in my breast. Unleash the most unwelcome rollercoaster ride I’d ever experienced. Denial: how could this happen to me? I’m healthy. I’m too young. Anger: how could this happen to me? Why me? Acceptance: This disease is happening to me. How do I navigate two surgeries, six rounds of aggressive chemotherapy, and daily radiation for almost two months?

I began blogging. Stuck inside the house for more time than I care to recall, I wrote. I shared the good, the bad, and the ugly—cue the music from one of Clint Eastwood’s best westerns. I experimented and benefitted from many alternative therapies like yoga, acupuncture, meditation, juicing, and Reiki.

I found my voice. People connected to my brand of truth around the disease and the battle that is often pink-washed. Once, someone actually told me I was lucky to “just have breast cancer.” Mind you, this was on a day when I’d just lost a friend from the disease. She was thirty-three years old. I was compelled to speak up.

Sharing my journey helped me cope and I’m told from people who followed my journey, helped them cope and also helped them understand what a loved one was experiencing a little bit better. Encouraged to learn I could help others in this manner, I compiled and refined the blog entries into a memoir, Come Ride with Me Along the Big C.

It took me facing my own mortality to finally find my voice. I determined that one thing I would do, especially if my remaining time on the planet were cut short, was to write the damn romance novel. The Finding Forever in Laguna series was born. I began.

Resistance erupted from unlikely places. During my time with cancer, I began teaching yoga for cancer patients, created a DVD, and also co-created the largest yoga fundraiser in Southern California called Yoga for Hope, to raise awareness and funds for City of Hope, a national cancer center. I spoke at conferences and cancer events. How could I be so frivolous to scale back my volunteering and time to write a romance? Didn’t I have more serious work to do?

Well, as I explained to a dear friend, I consider writing romance novels serious work. Important work. When I traverse tough times, reading is my solace. My escape. Heck, reading is one of my greatest pleasures, period. If I can live within the pages of a beautiful story that transports me to a place where love wins despite great odds, my heart is strengthened.

My intention and greatest wish is that my stories will provide the same comfort and escape for readers. Currently, I love writing stories that are fun, sexy, light-hearted with underlying important themes like releasing the past. Come visit Laguna with me.




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by Claire Marti

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GENRE:   Contemporary Romance

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Alyssa Morgan has secretly been in love with her older brother Nick’s best friend, Brandt Dempsey, since she was an awkward, lonely teenager. When she catches the bouquet at Nick’s wedding, she throws caution to the wind and propositions Brandt to a two-week fling. He’s tried to ignore how Alyssa has blossomed into a strong, talented, gorgeous woman because as his best friend’s baby sister, she’s off limits. 

After they share a mind-blowing kiss, Brandt struggles to fight their undeniable chemistry. His tragic childhood scarred him, but he pushes it deep inside, only allowing the world to see a wealthy, carefree entrepreneur. Forced to work together on Brandt’s latest charitable venture, Brandt and Alyssa’s passion cannot be denied. Alyssa knows he’s the one. Can she convince him they belong together?



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EXCERPT

She'd give him the cold shoulder if it killed her.

And it just might.

He’d rejected her, so why was he opening doors, hovering, and acting like a pest? Practically breathing down her neck. She could swear he’d sniffed her. Sniffed her. He couldn’t conceal his awareness. If he were so attracted to her, he would’ve agreed to her proposition, right? Since he’d shot her down in flames, he could at least have the decency to ignore her today. Rude, infuriating man.

Inhaling a deep cleansing breath, she forced herself to concentrate on the center. Sunlight streamed through the abundance of windows and along with the high ceilings imparted a feeling of freedom and space, perfect for the planned occupants. Because they’d decided to wait to obtain her input for the more specific room layout, the building’s interior remained a shell. She’d add to her brother’s amazing design and ensure Tearmann House’s beauty and serenity.

Serenity. What a concept. Ha.


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Claire Marti started writing stories as soon as she was old enough to pick up pencil and paper. After graduating from the University of Virginia with a BA in English Literature, Claire was sidetracked by other careers, including practicing law, selling software for legal publishers, and managing a non-profit animal rescue for a Hollywood actress.

Finally, Claire followed her heart and now focuses on two of her true passions: writing romance and teaching yoga. At Last in Laguna is the second book in her Finding Forever in Laguna series from The Wild Rose Press.


Twitter:  @clairepmarti


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Thursday, October 19, 2017

A Simple Wish by Charlotte Hubbard (VBB, excerpt, and GIVEAWAY) GFT




by Charlotte Hubbard

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GENRE:   Amish/Inspirational Romance

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Making rugs for the Simple Gifts store has taught Loretta Riehl that an unassuming pattern can reveal surprising depth. People, too, have a way of defying first impressions. Drew Detweiler came to Willow Ridge under a cloud, but the  handsome craftsman has gained the community's respect for his upholstery skills and commitment to making amends for his mistakes. As her new brother-in-law's twin, he's joining the family for dinners and Sunday visits, and Loretta can't deny enjoying his attentions.

If only  her dat were willing to let a little joy into his life. Cornelius Riehl grows sterner with each day, and Drew suspects there's more to his moods than missing Loretta's late mamm. Hoping to fulfill Loretta's wish to live in a  peaceful, happy home again, Drew sets out to learn the truth. It's a journey that will bring to light painful realities—but also the chance to forge a new, honest, and loving future together...


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EXCERPT

When Loretta looked across the road, she noticed that one of the Detweiler brothers was coming out of the stable in an open buggy pulled by a tall black Percheron. Asa and Drew, identical twins, owned matching horses, so it was impossible to tell which one of them was heading down the long lane toward the road.

She held her breath. Was it her imagination, or was the driver of that buggy looking right at her?

“I—I’ve never forgiven myself for turning my back on the love we shared, Loretta,” Will said again. He stopped the swing so suddenly that Loretta’s long, loose strips of rug fabric fluttered to the porch floor. “We both knew we had a love that would see us through a lifetime together. I was so upset about your Dad splitting us up that I didn’t realize Molly was coming on to me too fast, too soon,” he lamented, gazing at her with the soft brown eyes of a begging dog. “I am so sorry, Loretta.”

Loretta was feeling more unsettled by the second, because Will’s soul baring was leading her down a path she no longer wanted to follow. How could she tell him she wasn’t interested in rekindling their relationship? It would break his heart and depress him further while he still mourned the death of his wife and their misguided marriage.

Sighing, she chose her words carefully. “God has a reason for everything He does—every stumbling block He places in our paths—”


“But I see the world so clearly now!” Will blurted out. “I’ve prayed over these things night and day since Molly died and left me with her six-month-old twins. And while I never wished such a horrible death from cancer would take her, it gave me hope that you and I could—”

Loretta stood up, dropping her unfinished rug onto the swing between them. As the Detweiler buggy approached the road, coming toward her, she realized that Drew surely must be driving because Asa and Edith were inseparable—they went everywhere together and took the twins with them, in their baskets. Her pulse quickened. Drew was gazing right at her, pulling out of the Detweilers’ lane and stopping the buggy on the roadside in front of her.

“Loretta, I’ve got a gut steady job now, farming for Luke and Ira Hooley,” Will was saying, oblivious to the buggy. “Soon I’ll be planting a vineyard for them—can you imagine that? And I’ll be asking the Brenneman brothers to build us a house—”

“Hey there, Miss Loretta!” Drew called out from the buggy. “I have an errand to run. Want to come along?”

For a moment, Loretta felt lower than a worm, but she couldn’t allow Will to believe he could take up where they’d left off. He hadn’t heard a word she’d said as she’d gently countered his suggestions. Loretta nipped her lip, glancing apologetically at the handsome young man who’d gone through such an ordeal these past several months. Without a word, she hurried down the porch steps and across the front yard toward Drew Detweiler.




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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Charlotte Hubbard is the acclaimed author of Amish romance and fiction that evokes simpler times and draws upon her experiences in Jamesport, the largest Old Order Amish community west of the Mississippi. Faith and family, farming, and food preservation are hallmarks of her lifestyle—and the foundation of all her novels. A deacon, dedicated church musician and choir member, she loves to travel, read, try new recipes, and crochet. A longtime Missourian, Charlotte now lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her husband and their border collie, Vera.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Accident by Glen Ebisch (VBB, excerpt, and GIVEAWAY) GFT





by Glen Ebisch

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GENRE:   Mystery

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Karen Walker is an ex-homicide detective slowly recovering from the trauma of an automobile accident in which she was injured and her husband was killed when a drunk driver struck the car she was operating. After a year of surgeries and attempts to come to terms with her feelings of guilt, she finds herself living the narrow life of a semi-recluse.

Her seclusion comes to an end when an old friend from college, Clarissa Hammett, asks Karen to help in the search for her missing sister, Justine.  Karen agrees, and she goes to live alone in the family’s summer home on the coast of southern Maine, which Justine was occupying at the time of her disappearance.  Karen even goes one step further and takes on Justine’s job as hostess in a local restaurant, hoping to learn more about the missing woman’s life from her co-workers.

Conversations with the sister’s estranged husband, her present boyfriend, and a mentally disturbed young girl on the beach, lead Karen to believe that Justine’s disappearance was not voluntary and that, if still alive, she may desperately need help.


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EXCERPT


I heard the intruder walk around the foot of my bed. I lay there breathing deeply but softly. I was reassured when I saw a dark shape go between one window and myself. Having one sense reinforced by another increased my confidence that I wasn’t imagining someone being there. The figure was now in the dark corner between the two windows. I had to convince myself of that. When the time came, my swing couldn’t be tentative or uncertain. It takes a certain leap of faith to swing full force at what could be an empty space, so in my mind, I filled it with a living, breathing person. In one smooth motion I hopped from the bed, took a step forward, and turned on the light.

Frozen in the glow of the light was a man dressed in black wearing in a ski mask holding a knife in his right hand.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


I have been a professor of philosophy for over thirty years. Most recently I retired from teaching at a small university in western Massachusetts.  For much of that time I have also written mystery and suspense fiction, starting with books for young adults and moving on to writing for adults.  I have had twenty-eight books published, fifteen of them in the last fifteen years as time has allowed me to write more. All are cozy in nature and suitable for any reader.
I live in western Massachusetts with my wife.  My hobbies include reading (of course) and going to the gym.  We also look forward to traveling to Maine and Cape May, New Jersey for our needed dose of the beach.
 



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