Tour and Review: Work of Art by Ruth Clampett

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In a life driven by passion, famed artist Maxfield Caswell lives in a world of brilliant color and drama, pushing his art and affairs to his emotional edge. He’s stunning, charismatic and celebrated in the art world, but are the trappings of fame also destroying him?
For years intelligent and bright-eyed Ava Jacobs has worked diligently toward a career in the art world. Ava is swept off her feet when she meets the passionate artist. She soon realizes, however, that he’s on a destructive path—one she doesn’t intend to join him on.
In the decadent world of patrons, art groupies, and predators, feisty and beautiful Ava knocks Max off his pedestal. A stunned Max sees something special in Ava and offers her an opportunity she can’t refuse. As their lives and passions collide, will he realize that she alone has the power to heal him? Can their hearts come together to create their own work of art?

 

MY REVIEW:

I’m not sure how I’m going to make it through two months without reading the next instalment of this story. Ruth Clampett is a world-builder. I was just minding my own business, reading along, getting to know the characters, yada yada, and then Boom! Completely sucked in. And I’m actually a little grumpy because I have to emerge from Ava’s world to post this review.

Being an artist herself, Ruth knows the business, the art methodology and the personalities intimately. Being a consummate writer, she knows how to convey such things to the reader in just the right doses. I love art. I wish I could portray things on canvas the way I’d like to, but the execution always feels awkward to me. But I do know some stuff about it, so I enjoyed every instant of my immersion in Ava and Max’s world. For instance, when printing a seriograph turns into an intimate experience, I was right there. Right there, in Ava’s place.

Ava is a young woman who’s just getting her feet wet in the art world when she stumbles across Maxfield Caswell, a celebrated but tortured, volatile painter. She practically grew up in the business side of the art world and knows exactly what it takes for an artist to make it. And along comes this talented guy who has everything going for him but seemingly shoots himself in the foot at every opportunity. For some reason, Ava takes it upon herself to slap some sense into him. She’s perhaps the only person who’s ever told him ‘no’. And although he is maddeningly moody, naughty and wild, Max begins to respond to this woman who sees that he’s more than the stereotype. To her, he’s a person, not an artist. But he isn’t going to act on his infatuation because he wants a friend. So he shows her his softer side, the guy who likes cheap burger joints, walks in the park and offers a shoulder to lean on.

Every character in this book has layers and layers of paint. Flaws are subtle and impressions of people can change over time. It’s authentic. It fascinates.

Ava’s boss, Jonathan, would very much like to move things beyond the professional with her. He’s smooth. He’s also extremely good at his job, intelligent, attractive and experienced. Ava is tempted to take up with him despite the risk to her career, but there’s more than professionalism holding her back: there’s Max.

Marilyn Monroe once said, “The real lover is the man who can thrill you by kissing your forehead or smiling into your eyes or just staring into space.” While Jonathan might prove a generous lover and stable companion, Ava’s gaze always turns to Max. Max knows it, too. Will he get his life in order so he can love this woman in a constructive way, or will he crash and burn?

The next book can’t come fast enough for me. Five stars.

 

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He takes a step back and pushes his sleeves up his sculpted arms.
My eyes wander up from his bare feet, over his worn jeans, his broad
shoulders and handsome face. He’s over six feet of masculine perfection and distracting in every way. A breeze from the ocean hits him, and he turns his face sideways. The sinking sun backlights his perfect silhouette.
This view of him engulfs me. I feel doused in flames and what I want at this very moment has nothing to do with writing. I’m burning for him. I desperately desire to be up on that deck wrapped around Max with the ocean breeze at my back. I don’t want to be his savior nor his biographer, I just want to consume him, and I hate myself…knowing that doesn’t make me any better than his art groupies.
“Okay, I’ll go to the bookstore!” I say, exasperated.
Max smiles happily and offers a wave as he backs away from the car.
He thinks he’s won, but this game hasn’t even begun.
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Ruth ClampettRuth Clampett, daughter of legendary animation director, Bob Clampett, has spent a lifetime surrounded by art and animation. A graduate of Art Center College of Design, her careers have included graphic design, photography, VP of Design for WB Stores and teaching photography at UCLA. She now runs her own studio as the fine art publisher for Warner Bros. where she’s had the opportunity to know and work with many of the greatest artists in the world of animation and comics.
The Work of Art Trilogy is Ruth’s third publishing endeavor, following Animate Me and Mr. 365. She lives in Los Angeles and is heavily supervised by her teenage daughter, lovingly referred to as Snarky, who loves art and visiting museums as much as her mom.

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Tour, Review and Giveaway: Saving Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia

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Beckett Taylor’s quest to be a better man has brought Eve Hartt back into his
life, but sometimes it feels like they’re bound together with barbed
wire. Though he longs to love her without causing pain, the wreckage of
their past continues to crash down around them.

Yet with the help of this brothers—and for his brothers—Beckett won’t stop trying.
He’s determined to make them all a family, to make a life they want to
live, and to make Poughkeepsie a place that’s safe to live it.

He can feel their futures balanced precariously on his shoulders: Blake
and Livia and their children, Cole and Kyle and the new baby they’ve
just brought home, and Eve…always Eve. He wants their dreams to be real.
But murderers don’t just get Happily Ever After handed to them. They
have to wrench it away from Satan himself.

Good thing Beckett is prepared to do just that. After all, saving Poughkeepsie is the only way his story ends.

Prepare your heart and your head for a wild ride in this final installment of
the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood series. Debra Anastasia does not disappoint
as she weaves the last chapter of a story that blends true love,
turbulent emotions, and life’s harsh realities into an uplifting tale
that calls to the good in each of us.

EXCERPT:

“Come with me.” He led her to the beach again, but during dinner a few people had
been busy. It was now lined with an aisle of candles, and a man stood close to
the breaking surf, hands crossed, waiting. Someone had used the surrounding
sand as a canvas, creating a swirling pattern. Their names were part of the art.

What? She asked without a sound.

“I want you to marry me. Here. Now.”

Beckett let go of her hand and strode away. When he turned around, close to the water
at the end of the aisle, he hoped to hell she wasn’t running in the other direction.

MY REVIEW:

This is one of my favourite trilogies. There’s so much story jam-packed into it that I’m hard-pressed to tell you about it without saying, “But that will spoil it!”

Beckett Taylor was once a foster kid who probably would have been better off on the streets. He took two other boys under his wing –Blake and Cole- and ensured that both of them would be protected even if Beckett had to turn to crime to accomplish that.

So, in this particular book, we find Blake and Cole (now family men) living in what Beckett sees as domestic heaven. Both his brothers have bloomed into fine men who are married to good women. And Beckett wants that, too. His lady, Eve, is badly scarred from past trauma and all Beckett wants to do is give her the white house, the picket fence, the dog, the kids and all the trappings, if only she’ll let him. But even if Eve agrees to try to go straight, Beckett’s part of a crime syndicate that won’t recognize he’s retired, and Eve’s an assassin with plenty of enemies. Beckett’s dream looks pretty much impossible to achieve. Can they save Poughkeepsie from mobsters? Can they live happily ever after?

When I read this, I found myself constantly surprised by unexpected twists. Besides, the story includes a battle for control of Poughkeepsie, good cops who turn a blind eye to the doings of a criminal because his heart’s in the right place, and enough blood-spattered mayhem to make me think my husband (who doesn’t read anything but newspapers) might just become a big fan should this become a movie someday. The story builds to a crescendo that detonates like a bomb.

What a fantastic conclusion to the trilogy! Five stars, and my congrats to Debra for sending the brothers off in style. I can’t wait to read this again.

 

 

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Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: The Truest of Words by Georgina Guthrie

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With the end of term finally behind them, Aubrey and Daniel look forward to building a life together. A painful realization that they can’t truly embrace the future until they’ve come to terms with the past leads them to discover the healing potential of forgiveness and the power of unconditional love.

Like the first two books in the series, The Truest of Words is a romantic tale that blends witty banter with passion and drama

 

REVIEW

What can I say about the conclusion to this trilogy?

I will miss it –the characters, the setting (which is almost a character in itself) and the sonnets. I only opened this book on Monday and I’ve already reread it twice. It’s the strongest book in the trilogy and ties up every loose end. Georgina Guthrie is a wordsmith with a deep understanding of Shakespeare: the titles in the Word Trilogy are therefore apt.

Daniel and Aubrey are educated characters and as a couple they become more than the sum of their parts. It’s nice to see a pair of young people in a book who aren’t constantly behaving immaturely. They have fun and do cheeky things, but they aren’t going to have a lot of regrets. The passion is real, the conversation (and banter) is stimulating, but the effort put into growth as a couple… the little notes, the texts, the thoughtful outings… are the best thing you’ll take away from this book. It’s blatantly obvious that Daniel and Aubrey are going to be one of those couples in their eighties that you see walking around the park, best friends after fifty or sixty years. And I found myself wanting to apply certain of their habits to my own life.

I’m looking forward to see what GG has in store for us next. Five stars.

 

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Georgina Guthrie is a self-professed book hugger and compulsive diarist. Though GG now resides in Canada, she was born across the pond and still considers herself a Brit through and through, which may explain her frequent visits to her favourite local British import shop.

GG is often happiest when reading and writing, but she’s just as likely to be found hanging out with friends and family, almost certainly with a glass of red wine in one hand a bag of cheese and onion crisps in the other.

 

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: Black Rose by Kris Thompson

 

Black Rose
by Kris Thompson
It’s better to die on your feet than beg on your knees.
 
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Release Date: November 13 , 2014

Genre: Fiction/Romance/Suspense/Thrillers/
ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-247-1
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Black-Rose-3D-Paperback-eReader Lillian Locke had the perfect life in Boulder, Colorado. She had the boyfriend of her dreams, a wonderful family, awesome friends, and a spot on the track team at a great college. There wasn’t anything life could throw at her that she couldn’t get through . . . until he found her. Lillian never could have imagined being abducted and chained up in the dark. Worse yet, being just one of many girls kidnapped and held captive by a madman. All she can do now is hope that she survives the brutality of their captor long enough to find a way to free herself and her new captive friends. When Richard Haines’ girlfriend goes missing, he makes it his personal mission to find the woman he loves and bring her home to the safety of their loved ones. Seeking the help of friends and family, Richard abandons everything except for his pursuit of Lillian. But when someone else close to Richard goes missing, and the bodies of the abducted girls start showing up in the hills outside Boulder, the only thing he can do is hope that he finds her before it is too late.

REVIEW:

 

I’ve loved this thriller since Kris first put it out there. Due to the subject matter (which is traumatic) it’s a tough read and people with P.T.S.D might want to avoid it. The pace is fast and the facts of the crime are served up as they might be to a jury. There’s no unnecessary embellishment, but bad things happen in this book. Often, they happen because people make mistakes.

Mistakes empower the creepiest villain I’ve read in a while. He’s a veritable psycho who’s smarmy with his victims even though he’s quick enough to turn on them. A life can be over like snap. I shuddered my way through his scenes.

Lillian is one of the strongest female leads I’ve come across, despite the fact that she’s victimized. Her tenacity empowers the other victims. She reminds them about who they were before they were captured. She helps them to remember the good men –husbands, fathers, brothers and boyfriends- who loved them, still love them and haven’t forgotten them, and will be there to love them again. Effectively, while the psycho’s every action is intended to demoralize and dehumanize these girls, Lillian keeps them sane by encouraging them to recount personal stories and share their interests.

One of the best things about this book is seeing the families of the girls actively search for them, never giving up. Pain, determination and sheer stubbornness are their allies. Lillian’s family is uniquely situated to make inroads into the case; they are able to do things that most victims’ families would not, but the premise is highly plausible.

Watching the male lead, Richard, learn how to sensitively cope with the aftermath was gratifying. He has to endure his own brand of suffering but always puts Lillian first. He’s careful with her, but doesn’t treat her like she’s going to fall to pieces at any minute. Faithful and steadfast, he’s the kind of man I hope my daughters find someday. I’d have liked to spend more time with Richard and Lillian post-trauma, just to watch them navigate those waters.

Not everyone might understand this book, but it might just help a few people who need to know that horrific experiences don’t have to erase a victim. Four stars.

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kthompson Kris Thompson is a veteran of the US Navy and single mother of three. When she’s not knitting scarves, chasing her children around or baking, you’ll find her enjoying a good book or writing down notes for her own upcoming stories. Writing has been a passion for Kris for many years, and seeing those stories printed on paper is a dream come true.

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“There are just not enough words to describe how great I thought this book was! I completed it in one sitting, refused sleep till I was finished. 

A psychotic killer is abducting women, holding them hostage for days and days while raping and torturing and killing in a most horrendous way. Except you know this by reading the back of the book. What you don’t know is the story inside…there is so much more.”
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Cover Reveal: Maybe by Amber L. Johnson

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Release Date: February 12 , 2015

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Emily Portman loves her job. A writer for Breakout! Magazine, she shadows and showcases up-and-coming bands. When her next assignment takes her to Austin, Texas, she can’t wait to add the city to her map of places she’s visited. Places she’s left without looking back. Her plan is to keep moving on, and the last thing she needs is a man holding her back. She’s not going down that road again.

Tyler Macy is stuck in a rut. Despite his exceptional talent as a musician, he has chosen to take a backseat with his music and let others grab the limelight. Wounded and mistrustful, he doesn’t appreciate his friends’ efforts to bring him back to center stage. Emily comes onto the scene and sees his full potential, but he fights to stay in the shadows, shutting her out before she can add to the scars another woman gave him.

For Tyler to find his music again, he needs to accept the help that Emily and their friends offer. When he discovers that his muse lies underneath Emily’s skin, it is still not enough to keep her from walking away. Neither will admit what they really want until it is too late.

Emily is once again thrown in Tyler’s path when she is assigned to join them on tour. Despite the pain in his past, Tyler sees that she is worth it, even if she’s stolen both his heart and peace of mind. In order for them to be together, they both must discover whether the music and their passion are enough to overcome the obstacles that separate them.

Maybe finding love is worth the risk.

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Amber Johnson has authored several romance novels that focus on music and the way it can touch people’s hearts. She believes that Happily Ever Afters occur every day—despite the obstacles that real life serves up on a regular basis. Always with two rubber bands on her wrist and a song in her head, Amber is a rebel who puts too much creamer in her coffee, which she drinks out of a cup that reads ‘Cocoa.’ A full-time wife and mother with a day job, she writes whenever she can. If she’s not at her desk, with her boys, or behind the computer, she’s supporting live music with her arms raised above her head and eyes closed, waiting for the drop.

 

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New Release: Work of Art by Ruth Clampett

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In a life driven by passion, famed artist Maxfield Caswell lives in a world of brilliant color and drama, pushing his art and affairs to his emotional edge. He’s stunning, charismatic and celebrated in the art world, but are the trappings of fame also destroying him?
For years intelligent and bright-eyed Ava Jacobs has worked diligently toward a career in the art world. Ava is swept off her feet when she meets the passionate artist. She soon realizes, however, that he’s on a destructive path—one she doesn’t intend to join him on.
In the decadent world of patrons, art groupies, and predators, feisty and beautiful Ava knocks Max off his pedestal. A stunned Max sees something special in Ava and offers her an opportunity she can’t refuse. As their lives and passions collide, will he realize that she alone has the power to heal him? Can their hearts come together to create their own work of art?

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He takes a step back and pushes his sleeves up his sculpted arms.
My eyes wander up from his bare feet, over his worn jeans, his broad
shoulders and handsome face. He’s over six feet of masculine perfection and distracting in every way. A breeze from the ocean hits him, and he turns his face sideways. The sinking sun backlights his perfect silhouette.
This view of him engulfs me. I feel doused in flames and what I want at this very moment has nothing to do with writing. I’m burning for him. I desperately desire to be up on that deck wrapped around Max with the ocean breeze at my back. I don’t want to be his savior nor his biographer, I just want to consume him, and I hate myself…knowing that doesn’t make me any better than his art groupies.
“Okay, I’ll go to the bookstore!” I say, exasperated.
Max smiles happily and offers a wave as he backs away from the car.
He thinks he’s won, but this game hasn’t even begun.

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We’re a wall of passion, and all the longing and unfulfilled desire now burns brightly between us. It’s overwhelming and stronger than I could’ve imagined…
From this moment on, I’ll never trust my instincts because I completely
Underestimated this man’s attraction to me. I’ve never felt so desirable, so beautiful…so completely wanted in a man’s eyes.
I moan as the room spins, and I try to make sense of what’s happening as I come undone. The room is hazy with the softest highlights and shadows. I wonder if this is a dream. There’s only one way to know for sure. I take a deep breath, take a step to the side, straighten my shirt and slowly turn to face him…

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Ruth Clampett, daughter of legendary animation director, Bob Clampett, has spent a lifetime surrounded by art and animation. A graduate of Art Center College of Design, her careers have included graphic design, photography, VP of Design for WB Stores and teaching photography at UCLA. She now runs her own studio as the fine art publisher for Warner Bros. where she’s had the opportunity to know and work with many of the greatest artists in the world of animation and comics.
The Work of Art Trilogy is Ruth’s third publishing endeavor, following Animate Me and Mr. 365. She lives in Los Angeles and is heavily supervised by her teenage daughter, lovingly referred to as Snarky, who loves art and visiting museums as much as her mom.

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Blog Tour: Review of Blocked by Jennifer Lane

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College freshman Lucia Ramirez has a secret crush on Dane Monroe. He’s a tall drink of water — blond, brash, and one hell of a volleyball player. ¡Híjole! Lucia hopes her volleyball scholarship to his school will make him notice her.

Too bad what’s noticeable is Dane’s obvious hatred for Lucia. Her family’s politics contradict everything he stands for. And politics are front and center in both their families. Dane’s mother is about to face Lucia’s father in the race for US President.

When Secret Service throws them together, Dane can’t deny his frustrating attraction to Lucia’s athletic curves and sweet faith in the world. Amid the intense pressure of college athletics and presidential politics, can opposites not just attract, but overcome overwhelming odds to be together? Or do their differences block their match from the start?

 

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Name: Dane Monroe

Nickname: GD (Great Dane)

Age: 19

Birthday: October 24 (Scorpio)

Year in School: Sophomore at Highbanks University on a full athletic scholarship

Major: Psychology (his mother is a psychologist)

Height: 6’8”

Weight: 229

Volleyball position: Setter

Religion: Spiritual, not ascribing to one particular religion

Politics: Liberal (Democrat)

 

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Name: Lucia Ramirez

Nicknames: Lucy, Rez, and Luz (Dane’s nickname for her)

Age: 18

Birthday: September 27 (Virgo)

Year in School: Freshman at Highbanks University on a full athletic scholarship

Major: Undecided, possibly Business

Height: 6’2”

Weight: No way she’ll tell you that! She’s fit, muscular, and curvy, with a sizable booty and strong legs that help her jump high to block and spike

Volleyball position: Outside hitter

Religion: Catholic

Politics: Conservative (Republican)

 

My Review:

 

This story presents quite the dilemma: Lucia and Dane are the children of opposing presidential candidates and, for safety reasons, the Secret Service arranges for them to live at the same house. There is no privacy for either of them; paparazzi lurk everywhere and agents of protection are always present. Neither of the young people can make a misstep: no drinking, no youthful shenanigans and no poor grades will be tolerated. The pressure is enormous.

Lucia has a secret crush on Dane that began when she discovered he also played volleyball. Dane initially despises her for her family’s politics, but comes to notice that she has appealing qualities.

A lot of important issues with no easy solutions are raised in the book. Lucia is insecure and Dane, an unconventional thinker, becomes a great support. I liked him for appreciating the tall, voluptuous girl’s beauty while others did not. I also liked it that he knew how to help her cope with her anxiety and could reframe unhappy experiences in a positive light.

Both leads are very likeable. Plenty of chemistry exists from the instant they meet, although there was a lovely, gradual development of their romance. We see them playing euchre, watching TV and cooking together. Friendship develops first.

I initially disliked the presidential candidates as they were so stuck in their dogma, but as the relationships between the characters evolved, each became more tolerant and respectful of his or her opponent and I came to like them. The politically-opposed families have more in common than they thought.

Lucia and Dane find common ground despite having very different backgrounds and political platforms. Similar values and interests trump everything.

Side note: I love Lucia’s mom. I’d like to borrow her for a bit, especially if she’d make me enchiladas. Four stars.

 

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Get psyched for romance with psychologist/author (psycho author) Jennifer Lane! By day she witnesses tremendous growth in her psychotherapy clients, and by night she wrangles misbehaving fictional characters as she writes sports romance and romantic suspense with a psychological twist. She can’t decide which is more fun.

A swimmer and volleyball player in college, Jen wove some of her own experiences into Streamline — a military mystery about swimmers. Dani at Refracted Light Reviews called Streamline “an emotionally complex story about the ones we love, the ones we hurt, the mistakes that break the human heart, and the love that puts the pieces back together.” But you don’t have to take her word for it. Readers can dip their toes into Jen’s world of swimming romance by sampling her free New Adult novella Swim Recruit.

College volleyball romance Blocked is Jen’s newest release, launching 10-21-14. Peek inside big-time college sports and even bigger national politics when the offspring of two presidential candidates find out whether opposites really do attract, or their match is blocked from the start.

Stories of redemption interest Jen the most, especially the healing power of love. She is also the author of The Conduct Series, a romantic suspense trilogy that includes With Good Behavior, Bad Behavior, and On Best Behavior. “In a story of betrayal, responsibility, treachery, and honor, Lane does an excellent job portraying the intricate intersection of two lives connected by love…and lies,” said reviewer Susan Swiderski.

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Character Interview & Giveaway, 8 Days a Week by Amber L Johnson

 

Eight Days a Week
by Amber L. Johnson
A “manny” should always mind his own business. And he definitely shouldn’t fall in love with his boss.  
 
Release Date: November 6 , 2014
Genre: Romance / Contemporary
ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-329-4
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Gwen Stone has secrets she’s not ready to reveal. After a recent promotion at work, she needs a caretaker for her children. She’s frenzied and in a lurch and pretty much ready to hire the first person who comes along. So she does.

Andrew Lyons needs to get out of his sister’s apartment, and a Craigslist posting may be the answer to his prayers. But what he thought was an ad for a room rental turns into a job offer he can’t refuse. Accepting the nanny position could change his life, if only he had a clue how to be a grownup.

A working mother, a shirtless “manny” who looks good in a towel, two children who need more than a babysitter, and hours of kids’ TV can only spell disaster for everyone involved. Because a manny should always mind his own business. And he definitely shouldn’t fall in love with his boss.

 

Character Interview: Gwen Stone

Hi, Gwen! Good to meet you.

You too! Thanks so much for having me today.

You have two kids. What are they like?

Id say theyre polar opposites, but theyre more alike than I think they like to admit. Brady has grown exponentially over the last year. Hes much more open and vocal than he used to be. Hes a little joker now. Takes after Andrew in that way, I guess.

Bree, on the other hand, is serious and way too mature for her age. But were working on it.

You have a lot on your plate. Tell us about your average day.

I dont know if theres such a thing as an average day anymore. Im up early to get out the door and go to work where I am slammed all day. But my mind never wanders too far from my family at home. Andrews schedule doesnt allow us to see one another during the day, and he brings the kids home to do homework and chores. I try to be home as early as possible now because I dont want to miss out on anything.

Hiring a nanny for your kids must have been a difficult decision and process.

Truthfully, it was a decision that I knew I would have to make. The promotion and our need for stability was the driving force behind the decision. I was unprepared for the process and I think thats why I decided to hire Drew.

So. Andrew Lyons. What was your first impression of him?

Before I knew he was Ceces brother? I remember thinking that he was really confident. Like he knew he already had the job. Apparently Im really bad at reading people.

It seems like as soon as you knew he was your co-worker’s brother, he was a shoe-in for the job. Were Cece’s stories about him that amusing?

Oh my god. She used to tell me all these stories about the stuff he would do to her when they were younger. I think my favorite story was when she had a sleep over and he snuck into the living room to put a glob of jelly on her face. She woke up and smeared it everywhere. It was probably that level of fun that led me to believe hed be good with Bree and Brady.

And is Andrew everything you’d hoped he’d be?

Hes more than I could have asked for. Had I hired another person wed probably just be going about our days the same as theyd always been. Quiet. Tip toeing around each other.

Is there something a little special about him?

It would be cliché to say everything about him is special, right? He has this way about him that brings out the best in us. Maybe not his sister, though

LOL! I’m glad things are going well for you. Thanks for chatting with us today.

Thank you!

 

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Amber is a full-time mom and a full-time wife who is employed full time and writes when she can. She believes in Happily Ever Afters that occur every day—despite the obstacles real life serves up on a regular basis. Or perhaps they’re sweeter simply because of them. She always has two rubber bands on her wrist, a song in her head, and too much creamer in her coffee cup that reads ‘Cocoa,’ because she’s a rebel.If she’s not at her desk, with her boys, or behind the computer, she’s supporting live music with her arms raised above her head and her eyes closed, waiting for the drop. 

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Praise for Eight Days a Week
“Laugh-out-loud story about a guy who goes to look at a room to rent and discovers it comes with a job – that of live-in nanny to two damaged kids. So Andrew Lyons accidentally becomes the “manny”. Written in his POV, this book chronicles his hilarious escapades as he looks after and grows to love Bree and Brady, and his employer, Gwen. His pranks and spot-on observations about kids’ TV shows had me giggling, but there were a few serious moments worthy of a sniffle as well. The star of the show may be Don, though – you’ll just have to read this book to find out about him! Highly recommended.” 
 – Andrea Goodreads Review
 

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Frequent Flyers – NOW AVAILABLE!

Romance flies the friendly skies in this diverse collection of short stories from a talented group of best-selling and up-and-coming authors.

There’s something for everyone in this mile-high compilation – from a love story born in a blizzard to a steamy encounter spawned by a series of crazy events. For supernatural fiction fans, how about the tale of an airport that’s also a portal to another world… or a scheduled flight that takes a detour into an alternate reality?

From an unexpected trip that reignites a twenty year old flame, to a quirky liaison between a ticketing agent and an adorable doctor, Frequent Flyers takes you on a journey that will touch your heart and leave you flying high!

 

Eye of the storm Eye of the Storm by Beth Bolden – Commercial pilot Captain Grant Montgomery III lives for the rules; flight attendant Tess O’Brien loves to break them. The storm brewing between them might be even wilder than the record-breaking blizzard outside. “I loved Tess. She reminded me of so many people in my large Irish family, and I saw some aspects of myself in her too.” – Goodreads Reviewer
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Fly Me To The Moon by Bev Elle – Ticketing agent Jessamy Taylor has been in a dating slump that was exacerbated when she moved her sickly mother in. Truth is, she’s never gotten over the quirky Dr. Griffin Sanderson whose OCD drives her crazy, despite his excellent bedside manner.

“I love stories about people finding each other again, and this is just what you got with this story.

Beware, you WILL hum the Sinatra song throughout, and beyond, reading this story.” – Goodreads Reviewer

Unscheduled Departure Unscheduled Departure by T.M. Franklin – Rowan Elliott is devastated when her boyfriend, Finn, tells her he’s moving across the country to take over the family business, and thrilled when he changes his mind at the last minute and gets off the plane. But then things get . . . weird. And Ro’s left wondering if her boyfriend’s really who she thinks he is.“The entire thing kept me turning pages. I NEEDED to know what was happening.Sucked in right from the beginning, pace was perfect.” – Goodreads Reviewer
A Midsummer Flight's Dream A Midsummer Flight’s Dream by Kira A. Gold – Twenty years ago, he promised to catch her if she fell. Contains young lust, old books, and wild strawberries.“This story about past love and coming together again later was lovely.” – Goodreads Reviewer
Forced Landing Forced Landing by Angel Lawson – Nadya discovers her tiny hometown airport is the portal to a world she never knew existed, one with an ancient history buried deep within her bloodline.“I loved the paranormal elements…easily could be continued into a series.” – Goodreads Reviewer
The Friendly Skies  The Friendly Skies by Amanda Weaver – An unruly drunk, a misbehaving volcano and a re-routed flight lead to one steamy night for two strangers who meet on a plane.“The relationship between Simon and Cassie was paced perfectly. I half expected it to feel rushed considering the majority of the story takes place in a matter of hours, but it never did. The pacing was perfect.” – Goodreads Reviewer

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About the Authors

Beth BoldenBeth Bolden lives in Portland,Oregon with one cat and one fiance. She wholly believes in Keeping Portland Weird, but wishes she didn’t have to make the yearly pilgrimage up to Seattle to watch her Boston Red Sox play baseball. After graduating from university with a degree in English, Beth unsurprisingly had no idea what to do with her life, and spent the next few years working for a medical equipment supplier, a technology company, and an accounting firm. Now Beth runs her own business as a Girl Friday for small business owners, assisting them with administration, bookkeeping and their general sanity.

Beth has been writing practically since she learned the alphabet. Unfortunately, her first foray into novel writing, titled Big Bear with Sparkly Earrings, wasn’t a bestseller, but hope springs eternal. Her first novel, The Lucky Charm, was published in May 2014 and its sequel, Getting Lucky will be available December 1, 2014.

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Angel Lawson

Angel Lawson lives with her family in Atlanta and has a lifelong obsession with creating fiction from reality, either with paint or words. On a typical day you can find her writing, reading, plotting her escape from the zombie apocalypse and trying to get the glitter out from under her nails.

She is the author of five books, including the Wraith Series, Serial Summer, FanGirl, and Vigilant. She is the co-author of the New Adult Paranormal book, Odin’s Murder with Kira Gold.

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T.M. FranklinT.M. Franklin started out her career writing nonfiction in a television newsroom. Graduating with a B.A. in Communications specializing in broadcast journalism and production, she worked for nine years as a major market television news producer, and garnered two regional Emmy Awards, before she resigned to be a full-time mom and part-time freelance writer. Her first published novel, MORE, was born out of a challenge to write a novel in thirty days issued during National Novel Writing month. MORE was well received, selected as a finalist in the 2013 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Awards, and won the Suspense/Thriller division of the Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Awards.

In addition to MORE and its sequels, The Guardians and TWELVE, Franklin has penned the Amazon best-selling short stories, Window and A Piece of Cake. Her Amazon best-selling YA romance, How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with You, is Franklin’s first love story without traditionally recognized paranormal or fantasy elements. Although . . . T. M. is the first to argue that love is the best kind of magic.

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Kira Gold

Kira A. Gold is a textile artist living in Lexington, Kentucky. She has four accidental cats and an intentional collection of vintage marionettes. After midnight, she writes strange things in a blue bathrobe.
Her first book, ODIN’S MURDER, with Angel Lawson, is a New Adult paranormal twist on Norse mythology. Her solo debut, THE SCENT OF FLAMES, is a Young Adult take on Hamlet, set in Vermont. Look for her next play on Shakespeare, a seductive and speculative MacBeth, early next year.
Like her author page here: https://www.facebook.com/kiraagoldauthor for book info and odd thoughts or follow her inappropriate insanity on twitter: @kiraagold
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Bev ElleBev Elle is the author of sweet and spicy contemporary romance, women’s fiction and historical paranormal romance. A love of books–many already written, and those she harbors in her very active imagination. Writing is a passion she’s had for many years, but was unable to act upon. Bev Elle is the mother of three human children and two canines. She is also the lover of one husband. When Bev isn’t writing in her spare time after work, she is thinking of doing so.

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Amanda Weaver

Like many writers, Amanda Weaver spent her childhood telling stories. College steered her in a different direction and into a successful career as a designer. Several years ago, she picked up writing again as a hobby, to blow off some creative steam. One thing led to another, National Novel Writing Month happened, and here we are.

Amanda Weaver grew up in Florida and now lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband, daughter and two crazy cats.

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