|Posted by Susan Frances on February 9, 2014 at 8:20 PM||comments (2)|
This blog hop is officially over. All winners have been contacted. Congratulations to them all!!
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?
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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:
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.
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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|Posted by Susan Frances on February 2, 2014 at 9:20 PM||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/
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:
You can also enter the sweepstakes without making a purchase by filling out the form here:
Entries limited to one per person.
|Posted by Susan Frances on February 2, 2014 at 1:00 AM||comments (0)|
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|Posted by Susan Frances on January 20, 2014 at 8:35 PM||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.”
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.
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|Posted by Susan Frances on January 2, 2014 at 5:40 PM||comments (0)|
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|Posted by Susan Frances on December 9, 2013 at 12:40 AM||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.
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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|Posted by Susan Frances on December 4, 2013 at 12:05 AM||comments (0)|
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|Posted by Susan Frances on October 26, 2013 at 2:05 AM||comments (0)|
Welcome to the Sneak Peek Sunday Blog Hop which will be going on all day Sunday, October 27, 2013. Join the hop and go through blogs from romance authors who will be providing excerpts from their latest release or works in progress. So take out your reading glasses and let romance take you away.
First, a short blurb about my latest novel The King Maker:
When American pilot Steve McKenna is murdered, he takes with him secrets about an international crime ring. Secrets that he only reveals to his friend Cullen Danes, an investigator for the British Aviation Ministry. Cullen is determined to find his friend's killer, but his life is put in danger when the crime ring's operatives learn he knows secrets that can expose them. When Cullen meets Nina Holt, a hostess at the International Aviation Convention, he finds himself in the vulnerable position of needing her to save his life in more ways than one.
Together, they uncover a labyrinth of illicit activities that involves government officials, financial institutions and global industrialists. The danger tests Cullen’s and Nina's mettle, but the true test comes when they must take a giant leap of faith. Torn between jumping into the unknown or remaining static, Nina has to decide whether to take the biggest risk of her life or let this once in a lifetime chance go by, that is if the King Maker does not have her and Cullen killed.
Here is an excerrpt from my Champagne Books release The King Maker found at Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/The-King-Maker-Susan-Frances-ebook/dp/B0064XDKLS/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1382768408&sr=8-3&keywords=the+king+maker
Cullen urged Nina to precede him as he held open the glass doors to his hotel. Escorting her to the elevator banks, he instructed her, “While I’m packing, you can call your roommate and let her know that you won’t be coming home tonight.”
Her mouth gaped open. “What do you mean?”
“If you go back to your apartment tonight, you might be putting her life as well as your own in danger. It would be best if these guys believed you left town, and preferably that they go in the opposite direction from where we are actually going.”
“Why am I going with you?”
“I can’t leave you here.”
“What excuse do I give her?” Throwing her arms up in the air she shouted, “Oh by the way Maureen, two guys are after me. I will be home when I can, bye.”
“Of course not, silly,” he laughed. “Tell her you were offered a job with Anthony Butler at the FAA. You met him at the conference and you had to leave for Washington, D.C. tonight. I can get Anthony to vouch for you.”
“Without any of my belongings or my passport?” she shrieked.
“In case you didn’t know, Americans are recommended to always travel with their passports even when traveling across the country.”
“Relax. Don’t give her too many details. You can tell her that it is another temp job, and you will be back within a week.”
“Will I be back in a week?”
“Within a week either these guys will be caught or you and I will be dead.”
“You really know how to encourage positive thinking, don’t you?”
“Hang out with me and you’ll find out just how positive I can be,” he winked.
Thanks for stopping by my blog during the hop. Post a comment about what is your favorite romantic suspense story. One commenter will win a PDF copy of my novel The King Maker. You can move along the hop here: http://sneak-peek-sunday.blogspot.com/
|Posted by Susan Frances on October 19, 2013 at 12:45 AM||comments (0)|
Check out the Romance Reviews October 2013 emagazine available free here: http://www.theromancereviews.com/ezines/102013.pdf