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July/August 2014 Issue of BTS emag Available

Posted by Susan Frances on July 8, 2014 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The July/August issue of BTS emag is available for free here:  http://e.issuu.com/embed.html#5491198/8466809





May/June 2014 issue of BTS Book Reviews Available

Posted by Susan Frances on May 16, 2014 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

You can download the May/June 2014 issue of BTS Book Reviews for free here:  http://issuu.com/btsemag/docs/may-june2014



Hearts on Fire Valentine?s Hop (February 10 -14, 2014)

Posted by Susan Frances on February 9, 2014 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (2)

This blog hop is officially over.  All winners have been contacted.  Congratulations to them all!!


Welcome Hearts on Fire Blog Hopper! Thanks to Eve Langlais, Kym Grosso, Victoria Dannan, Close Encounters of the Night Kind, and Read Between the Lines for hosting the Hearts on Fire Valentine's Hop.


From the hosteses of this hop are their top ten:

TOP TEN FAV VALENTINES/ROMANTIC MOVIES!!


1. The Princess Bride – Eve (because I love a giggle with my romantic fairy tales)


2. Pretty Woman – Eve (gotta love a poor girl/rich guy flick)


3. Warm Bodies – Eve (Zombies can be sexy, lol)


4. Sabrina – Kym


5. The Proposal – Kym


6. Forgetting Sarah Marshall – Kym


7. A Walk in the Clouds – Victoria


8. The Notebook – Victoria


9. Made in Heaven – Victoria


10. _______________________ What’s yours?


TOP TEN FAV “PICK UP” LINES!!


1.Eve’s Corny p/u lines: Did you sit in a puddle of maple syrup? Because you have a swe-e-e-t ass.


2. Eve: Do you live in a corn field? Because I’m stalking you.


3. Eve: Your lips look so lonely. Would they like to meet mine?Note from Eve: Funny how most pickup lines are from guys to girls, and have to do with sex. lol. Then again, can you imagine a woman going up to a guy and saying “Hey gorgeous, I brought along my ten inch ruler because I’ve got a feeling you’ll measure up.” Hehehe.


4. Kym’s Corny p/u lines from movies: “Do you wash your pants in Windex? Because I can see myself in them.” ~Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery,


5. Kym: “You know, it’s dangerous for you to be here in the frozen food section… Because you could melt all this stuff.” ~My Blue Heaven


6. Kym: “I couldn’t help but notice that you look a lot like my next girlfriend.” ~Hitch


7. Victoria’s fav lines that actually worked on me: (The lifeguard.) “You all might as well go home because this storm isn’t going away. (looks at me) Except you. You stay and we’ll go swimming.”


8. Victoria: “Have you seen Jeff?” “Who’s Jeff?” “Who cares? What’s your name?”


9. Victoria: “You’re my pick for student body president. Run and I’ll make sure you get elected.”


10. ___________________ What’s yours?


To have a chance to win the grand prize, a 20-carat heart pendant with 14k gold chain PLUS one signed paperback copy from authors Eve Langlais, Kym Grosso, and Victoria Dannan, enter the Rafflecopter here: a Rafflecopter giveaway or on Eve Langlais's website here:  http://evelanglais.com/wordpress/archives/1945

 

 





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The legend of St. Valentinus, a Christian martyr in Ancient Rome during the third century, tells of him healing his jailer’s daughter and falling in love with her.  He is believed to have inspired the concept of Valentine’s Day which evolved into courtly love during the High Middle Ages (1001 to 1300), a time depicted by such extraordinary romantic heroes as Robin Hood, Ivanhoe, Beowulf, and El Cid.  Today, Valentine’s Day has substituted romantic heroes with Cupid, the son of the love goddess Venus.  The cherub with the bow and arrow slung on his back is the worldwide symbol of Valentine’s Day, and each year, we hope he remembers to shoot that arrow at the love we have in our sights.


I have found a few stories that celebrate Cupid’s arrival on February 14th, which I’ve provided below:


From the anthology Love, Valentine Style is Hotel Amore by Pamela Fryer


After being jilted at the altar by her fiancé, Virginia Montgomery quit her job and moved a thousand miles away to manage Hotel Amore on Little West Cay, hoping she'd never see that no-good coward Thomas Bennet again. But Fate and Mother Nature conspire and whip up a little Valentine's Day magic to bring Virginia and Thomas back together.



Vintage Valentine by Mindy Hardwick


On Valentine's Day, Hailey returns home to the Elmheart Hotel with her ten-year-old daughter. After years away, Hailey is happy to celebrate her grandparent's golden wedding anniversary. But, when Hailey finds former, high school boyfriend, Patrick, working as the hotel's chef, she will have to find a way to tell Patrick the secret she has kept for ten years. Vintage Valentine is a sweet, contemporary romance short story and the first in the Elmheart Series.



From Confessions of a Secret Admirer Anthology


Waiting for You by Jennifer Ryan

Rancher Grant Devane has waited for Taylor Larson’s return to Fallbrook for more than ten years. Now that the fearless beauty has come home on her terms, he’ll do anything and everything necessary to win back her heart.


Sweet Fortune by Candis Terry

Sarah Randall is tired of being invisible to the opposite sex. So when a leap of faith sends her to Sweet, Texas, and into the path of ridiculously hot Deputy Brady Bennett, she’s determined to catch his eye … even if it means staying hidden just a little bit longer.


Major League Crush by Jennifer Seasons

Professional baseball player Drake Paulson can’t help wanting to know more about his cute, shy neighbor. But when he discovers her deepest secret and she flees, it’ll be up to him to win her trust—and her love—one gift at a time.



Do you have a storybook couple that Cupid’s arrow has worked its magic on and would like to share?  Post your comment and one commenter will win a PDF copy of Rose Wars by Amy Corwin for posting on my blog.




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AReCAFE Celebrates HEA in February 2014

Posted by Susan Frances on February 2, 2014 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)



Join me at AReCafe on February 4, 2014, when I will be discussing the evolution of HEA (happily ever after reads) found here:  http://www.arecafe.com/cafe-news/susan-frances-evolution-hea/


You can see my article in the Café News section (https://www.arecafe.com/category/cafe-news/) or access the article from the home page of the site (https://www.arecafe.com/)


AReCafe is also celebrating Valentine’s Day all month long in February.  With each purchase you make at All Romance Ebooks, you will receive a free prize in the form of ebooks, swags, AReCafe gift bucks, or gift cards.  To read the rules of the sweepstakes, go to:

https://www.allromanceebooks.com/contest.html


You can also enter the sweepstakes without making a purchase by filling out the form here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1GMrVZU0TNuN52nbby6dXFTeQ6tsGeIF5F-8N8XJJhbc/viewform?edit_requested=true


Entries limited to one per person.

Good Luck!!

February 2014 Issue of BTS Emag

Posted by Susan Frances on February 2, 2014 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The February 2014 issue of the BTS Book Reviews emag is available for free here:  http://issuu.com/btsemag/docs/february2014



Marketing for Romance Writers Book Hooks Hop

Posted by Susan Frances on January 20, 2014 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)


Welcome to Marketing for Romance Writers Book Hooks Hop.  During the hop, you’ll find 6-8 line excerpts and blurbs from the latest books by contemporary writers.  Below is an excerpt and blurb from my latest release The King Maker available from Champagne Books.



Something came over him. His right hand cupped the back of her head and he pressed her face up towards his. They were so close he could feel her breath brush across his cheeks. His mouth slanted over hers with the impact of a rushing tide. She closed her eyes as he kissed her, seething with the passion of a man who is about to meet his maker, desiring one last taste of carnal delight. His tongue fondled her lips with an eagerness he refused to contain. Her mouth opened giving him license to slip inside her warm cove, licking the walls of her mouth.  Her scent filled his nostrils as he basked in her softness.


“That was a sample of what I imagine doing to you,” he confided. “Now, stay here until I return.”


Blurb:

Cullen Danes, an investigator for the British Aviation Ministry, never believed in love at sight, but he when meets Nina Holt who eclipses the phantom women in his dreams, he surrenders to the emotional currents that consume him.  Nina is concerned about finding a job in her chosen field of public relations and can’t afford to be distracted by the stranger with the piercing blue eyes.  Yet, when Cullen’s life is in danger, she is compelled to save him from suffering the same fate as his friend, the American pilot Steve McKenna whose involvement with an international crime ring results in his death. 


Together, Nina and Cullen uncover a web of illicit activities that include government officials, diplomats, and global industrialists. Though the perilous circumstances test their mettle, Nina and Cullen's true test comes when he asks her to take a giant leap of faith. Torn between jumping into the unknown and remaining in a static position, Nina has to decide whether to take the biggest risk of her life or remain stagnate.  That is, if the King Maker does not have them killed first. 


Buy Link:  http://www.amazon.com/The-King-Maker-ebook/dp/B0064XDKLS/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1342238844&sr=8-16&keywords=the+king+maker

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January 2014 Issue of BTS Emag

Posted by Susan Frances on January 2, 2014 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

 

The January 2014 issue of the BTS Book Reviews emag is available for free here: http://joom.ag/KAvX


Best of 2013 (December 11-18, 2013)

Posted by Susan Frances on December 9, 2013 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (7)

This Giveaway has ended and all winners have been contacted.  Thank you for participating in the Best of 2013 Giveaway Hop.  Please check out my Events Present page for more blog hops.


Welcome to the Best of 2013 Giveaway Hop which will be going on from December 11 - 18, 2013.  Thanks to the websites IamAreaderNotaWriter and Bookhounds for hosting this hop.




At most blogs you visit along this hop, people will likely tell you about their top 10 list of books for 2013.   This year, it was hard for me to come up with 10 books from 2013 that really impressed me, so here is my top 8 of 2013.  Please don’t forget to post a comment at the end to have a chance to win my prize -- a free ebook copy of Not Exactly Strangers by Roni Adams.


1)  Norse Jewel by Gina Conkle, Entangled Publishing

A brawny but oh-so-gentle Viking purchases a Frankish slave girl in the marketplace.  Conkle spins their employee-indentured servant relationship into a loving and sensual romance that puts Vikings in the running for the most desirable alpha males.


2)  The Reprobate by Dorothy Bell, Freya’s Bower Publishing

A self-proclaimed reprobate is transformed into a chivalrous romantic hero when his heart craves for a lovely and physically impaired damsel whose overly protective father stands in his way.  Bell crafts a well-defined cast of characters whose lives are turned upside and then right-side up with the help of each other.


3)  The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen, Scholastic Press

This book continues where Nielsen’s The False Prince left off with audiences learning that the teenage orphan Jaron is really the rightful King of Carthya.  It’s a young adult read with elements of piracy, duplicity and unwavering loyalty woven throughout the story.  A very exciting ride.


4)  Shadow on the Crown by Patricia Bracewell, Viking Adult

The Dark Ages of 1002 are visited in this tale about Emma, the Maid of Normandy who is sent to London to marry the Saxon king, Athelred of England.  Bracewell gives audiences a vivid image of this time period in a world fraught with war, treachery, deceit, and scheming courtesans.  Truth or fiction, this is a story that could be viewed as a biopic about Queen Emma.


5)  Vintage Valentine by Mindy Hardwick, Books To Go Now

A sweet, contemporary romance set in the countryside, Hardwick’s story bursts with surprises and a love match that had been a long time coming to fruition.  This story is for anyone who missed their chance with a first love or a high school sweetheart and dream of another go at it.


6)  Valentine Special Delivery by Sharon Kleve, Books To Go Now

The knight in shining armor in this story is a FedEx delivery man who comes to the rescue of a fair divorcee whose ex-husband has left her with nothing more than his debts.  This feel-good-romance is a prescription for anyone suffering from feeling jilted.


7)  Elizabeth of York by Alison Weir, Ballantine Books

A War of the Roses/Tudor historian, Weir gives audiences a glimpse into the life and times of Henry VIII’s mother, Elizabeth of York.  The Queen of England during the late 1400’s is exposed in this read as Weir reveals the agony which royal children had to endure during the fight for the Crown as the War of the Roses (York vs. Lancaster) forged through England.  An insightful book.


8) The Power of Style by Bobbie Thomas, HarperOne

A self-help book, Thomas educates men and women on how to look their best, organize their belongings, and embrace their own style of living and looking.  Designed to give readers a sense of self-awareness, clarity, and confidence, The Power of Style is aimed at anyone who wishes to develop their own identity and hone their self-expression.


What was your favorite book this year.  Post your comment and enter to win a free ebook copy of Not Exactly Strangers by Roni Adams.  Please include your email in the comment using [at] and [dot] in the address.


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December 2013 Issue of BTS Emag

Posted by Susan Frances on December 4, 2013 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

The December 2013 issue of Books and Trailers Showcase Emag is available for free here:  http://issuu.com/btsemag/docs/december2013



November 2013 Issue of Books Trailer Showcase Emag

Posted by Susan Frances on November 1, 2013 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

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