Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Aloha to Paula Quinn and THE SCANDALOUS SECRET OF ABIGAIL MACGREGOR


Just in time for the return of Outlander to Starz ... Paula Quinn delights with the THE SCANDALOUS SECRET OF ABIGAIL MACGREGOR!

A LADY'S MISSION . . .
Known for her beauty and boldness, Abigail MacGregor must preserve her clan's dangerous secret: that her mother is the true heir to the English Crown. If the wrong people find out, it will mean war for her beloved Scotland. To keep peace, she embarks for London, unprepared for the treachery that awaits-especially from her wickedly handsome escort. He is the enemy, but his slow, sensuous kisses entice her beyond reason . . . 

A WARRIOR'S TEMPTATION
General Daniel Marlow, loyal knight and the kingdom's most desirable hero, would rather be on the battlefield than transporting a spoiled Highland lass. But Abby MacGregor is unlike any woman he's ever met, in a ballroom or in his bedroom. Captivated by her daring spirit and seduced by her lovely innocence, Daniel must choose between betraying his queen or giving up the woman who would steal his country-and his traitorous heart.



New York Times bestselling author Paula Quinn lives in New York with her three beautiful children, three over-protective chihuahuas, and a loud umbrella cockatoo. She loves to read romance and science fiction and has been writing since she was eleven. She loves all things medieval, but it is her love for Scotland that pulls at her heartstrings.


Paula offers an excerpt from THE SCANDALOUS SECRET OF ABIGAIL MACGREGOR:

“Aye, ye did say that,” she murmured. “Well, since we’re both awake, we might as well spend the night together again.”

The innocence in her voice struck him in the guts. She wanted nothing more from him than someone to be with outside in the night.

He, on the other hand, was not innocent at all. Her choice of words sent a little spark of heat to his groin. The way she turned on the pads of her feet and ended up pressed against his side and tucked neatly under his shoulder tilted him on his axis a little.

“I’m cold,” she whispered, her teeth chattering.

He put up no fight when she lifted his arm around her shoulder, then covered them both with her plaid. The desire to protect her overwhelmed him and sent tremors through his muscles. He knew little of her. Was she an innocent daughter of a Jacobite chief, or part of some secret scheme Anne was devising.

Hell. Anne didn’t devise schemes.

“I wasn’t certain if you were ever going to speak to me again,” he said, when what he should have said was, You should go sleep somewhere, lady, and not on me.

“I was verra’ angry with ye. But I’ve forgiven ye.” He heard the smile in her voice and made a mental note of how well it pleased him that she was no longer angry. He would decide what to do about his unwanted concerns for her tomorrow. Right now, he only wanted to sit with her just like this, with her beneath his arm and pressed snuggly into his side. Warmth swept over him like fine wine until he felt drunk on it.

How was it that she fit so neatly into him, now and earlier when she slept in his lap, like she belonged there, close to him?

Close to his heart.

Hell, it scared him, and after fighting for over a decade, not much scared him anymore.

“D’ye have a wife, General Marlow?” Came her sweet voice against his chest.

“No, lady.”

“Are ye betrothed?”

“I am not.”

“Is there a lass somewhere who has yer heart?”

“No.”

“Well,” she laughed softly, “are all the ladies in England fools?”

“They’re the opposite,” he told her. “They’re wise to set their interests in another direction.”

She shook her head then tilted her face up to his. In the filtered light of the moon, he could make her out enough to fall victim to the alluring curves of her mouth, her soft, sweet breath against his chin. “Nae, they are fools not to try to win yer affections.”

He knew every reason there was to stop what he was thinking, what he was feeling, and what he was about to do. But reason was a puny opponent compared to desire.

Slipping one hand behind her nape and the other to her throat, he tilted her chin another half-inch then covered her mouth with his. The instant after he did it, he regretted it, but then she coiled her arms around his neck and drew him closer, and he couldn’t stop. He never wanted to. She didn’t resist him, in fact, she melted in his arms. She groaned softly when he drew his tongue across the seam of her mouth. She bit his lip and ignited his blood to liquid fire. He swept his tongue in and out of her, holding her close to him while they kissed, wanting nothing more from her than what she gave him now. Making love to her could be dangerous if Charlotte found out. He’d have to make sure she didn’t find out, at least until he had proof of other crimes and could arrest her. If she hurt Abigail before that he’d hang her himself.

He wondered, as he held her in his arms and kissed her long into the night, how he could be so content with one he was supposed to hate.

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April's Fools fall in love with Romance


4/1: State of Romance - Rhode Island (CPO George Bradley)
plus Paula Quinn's THE SCANDALOUS SECRET OF ABIGAIL MACGREGOR
4/2: Cara Elliott's SCANDALOUSLY YOURS
4/3: Amanda Scott's DEVIL'S MOON
4/4: Celebrate Little Victories
4/5: Weekly Winners
4/6: Lauren Christopher's TEN GOOD REASONS
4/7: Jeanette Murray's BELOW THE BELT
4/8: State of Romance - South Carolina
4/9: Gina Conkle's THE LADY MEETS HER MATCH
4/10: Maggie Mae Gallagher's ASCENDED
4/11: Celebrate Little Victories
4/12: Weekly Winners
4/13: Susanna Ellis
4/14: Reserved
4/15: State of Romance - Iowa (Bob Feller no hitter on 4/16)
plus Heather Ashby
4/16: Reserved
4/17: Reserved
4/18: Celebrate Little Victories
4/19: Weekly Winners
4/20: Collette Cameron
4/21: Open
4/22: State of Romance - Wisconsin (Barbara Vey)
4/23: St. George's Day
4/24: Open
4/25: Celebrate Little Victories
4/26: Weekly Winners
4/27: Cara Elliott's SINFULLY YOURS
4/28: Kelley Bowen's A GOOD ROGUE IS HARD TO FIND
4/29: State of Romance - London
4/30: Anna Campbell's A SCOUNDREL BY MOONLIGHT
plus Jade Lee's 50 Ways to Ruin a Rake

5/1: May is Armed Forces Appreciation Month with Leah Marie Brown's FAKING IT
5/2: RT Spotlight - Kimberly Rocha
5/3: 
RT Spotlight - Chanel Cleeton
5/4: RT Spotlight - Heather Ashby
5/5: RT Spotlight - Elle James and Delilah Devlin
5/6: RT Spotlight - Paige Tyler
plus State of Romance - New Mexico
5/7: RT Spotlight - Beth Ciotta and Elle J. Rossi
5/8: RT Spotlight - Lindsay McKenna
5/9: RT Spotllight - Kennedy Layne
5/10: Weekly Winners
5/11: RT Spotlight - Cat Johnson
5/12: RT Spotlight - Sharon Hamilton
5/13: RT Spotlight - Julie Ann Walker
plus State of Romance - Nebraska
5/14: RT Spotlight - Merline Lovelace
5/15: RT Spotlight - Angel Payne
5/16: RT Spotlight - Lea Griffith
5/17: Weekly Winners
5/18: RT Spotlight - Sabrina Jeffries
5/19: RT Spotlight - Sally MacKenzie
5/20: State of Romance - Idaho
plus RT Spotlight - Elizabeth Essex
5/21: RT Spotlight - Elizabeth Boyle
5/22: RT Spotlight - Ella Quinn
5/23: RT Spotlight - Crista McHugh
5/24: Weekly Winners
5/25: RT Spotlight - Susan Stoker
5/26: RT Spotlight - Ophelia London
5/27: RT Spotlight - Emmy Curtis
State of Romance - North and South Dakotas
5/28: RT Spotlight - Catherine Mann
5/29: RT Spotlight - Julie Rowe
5/30: RT Spotlight - Megan Bamford
5/31: Weekly Winners

6/1: Jessica James' MEANT TO BE
6/2: L.A. Kornetsky's CLAWED
6/3: State of Romance - Colorado
6/4: Open
6/5: Open
6/6: Celebrate Little Victories
6/7: Weekly Winners
6/8: Open
6/9: Open
6/10: State of Romance - Maine
6/11: King Kamehameha Day
6/12: Open
6/13: Trooping of the Colors
6/14: Weekly Winners
6/15: Debra Holt's HIS COUNTRY BRIDE
6/16: Open
6/17: State of Romance - Puerto Rico
6/18: Open
6/19: Open
6/20: Celebrate Little Victories
6/21: Weekly Winners
6/22: Open
6/23: Open
6/24: State of Romance - Scotland
6/25: Open
6/26: Open
6/27: Celebrate Little Victories
6/28: Weekly Winners
6/29: Open
6/30: Open

7/6: Adrienne Giordano's THE DETECTIVE


Aloha to Jodi Thomas and ONE TRUE HEART

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Texas sweetheart, Jodi Thomas, joins us today to celebrate the release of ONE TRUE HEART, Book 8 in the Harmony series, available April 7, 2015, from Berkley Romance ...

ONE TRUE HEART is a book I’ve been waiting to write for several years. Sometimes characters sat around the kitchen in my mind waiting for their story to be pulled off the back burner and come to life. For those of you who have followed me through Harmony you’re going to see one of my favorite couples Beau and Trouble. And of those who are new, you’ll meet new characters that I think you’ll fall in love with.

I think I’ve wanted to write this story since I wrote TWISTED CREEK. After all, someone had to move into Luke’s cabin after he moved out and what better than a broken hero.

When you step into ONE TRUE HEART you’ll step into Harmony where the lives of the people in the town blend together. You’ll meet Millanie McAllen and Drew Cunningham. Both hiding out from life for different reasons. In their love story the gentle, loving man wins out. As they face the truth about real love they also must both face their fears.

Drew, who is always organized and calm has, what he believes, is the craziest sister on the planet. She dances in the moonlight and tells fortunes. In her first session with Johnny Wheeler, he’s arrested for killing his ex-wife. Kare knows Johnny didn’t do it. She didn’t see murder in his lifeline. Johnny thinks she’s nuts, but she’s determined to help him even if she has to draft her big brother to help.

Another story threads its way through the book. Beau Yates comes back to town for a few days. He’s a successful singer in Nashville, but deep down knows that all his love songs are about one girl. He doesn’t even know her name, he simply calls her Trouble. She used to pick him up after work. She’d every dream he’s ever had about love.

This story has people who will come to life as you read. You’ll fall in love with a first love and fall in love for the last time with a forever love. I hope my characters will walk off the pages for you as they have for me.

Now and then I get a letter or e-mail asking me where Harmony, Texas is. It’s in my mind. It always has been. It’s the small town where people care about each other. It is as alive as any town I’ve ever lived in and I hope it will come alive for you also.

Happy reading,

Jodi Thomas

Jodi Thomas

Jodi Thomas is the NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of 41 novels and 13 short story collections. A five-time RITA winner, Jodi currently serves as the Writer in Residence at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. 

ONE TRUE HEART

Jodi Thomas takes us back to Harmony, Texas—a small town where love blooms and secrets of the past threaten to alter the future… 


Millanie McAllen is always logical. But after returning to her childhood home, she learns that some things are beyond explanation—like her undeniable passion for Drew Cunningham… After finding success as a singer on the road, Beau Yates returns to Harmony to make peace with his dying father— only to find the woman he’s been dreaming of for years. But the secrets they discover might be too much for him to bear… 

When Johnny Wheeler is charged with his wife’s murder, he turns to the only person who believes he’s innocent. Fortune teller Kare Cunningham’s life has always danced around reality—but Johnny is able to ground her like no other… As their paths cross in new, captivating directions, the townspeople of Harmony need to learn to love and let go in order to live together in their little slice of heaven. 

“Filled with amazing people..”—Romance Reviews Today

Pre-order from jodithomas.com.

Jodi (center) with her RITA award in 2011.

I am giving away "heart" swag to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  What brings harmony to your life?

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, April 5, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, April 6.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Aloha to Stacy Henrie and A HOPE REMEMBERED


The final book in Stacy Henrie's sweeping Of Love and War trilogy brings to life the drama of battle torn Europe with emotion, faith, and of course, romance.


As the war ends, love begins . . .

Nora Lewis just wants an escape after losing her fiancĂ© in the Great War. When she inherits property in England, she boldly packs up and leaves America for a fresh start. But if not for her dashing new neighbor, Colin Ashby, she'd be lost. Even as their friendship deepens, Nora knows a British aristocrat would never be free to love an American orphan, no matter how much the war has changed the world . . . 

After his brother's death in the war and his own experiences as a pilot at the front, Colin returns home broken, only to discover his family's estate is also in ruin. The pressure is now on him to save his home and the Ashbys' place in society with a well-bred match to a wealthy heiress. Too bad he finds more of a kindred spirit in Nora, the beautiful American next door. She, too, has faced the rigors of war and survived. Now the ex-soldier will have one more battle to fight-this time for love.

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Stacy Henrie has always had an avid appetite for history, fiction and chocolate. She earned her B.A. in public relations and worked in communications before turning her attentions to raising a family and writing inspirational historical romances. Wife of an entrepreneur husband and a stay-at-home mom to three, Stacy loves the chance to live out history through her fictional characters, while enjoying the modern conveniences of life in the 21st century. In addition to author, she is a reader, a road trip enthusiast and a novice interior decorator. Her first novel, Lady Outlaw, released from Harlequin Love Inspired Historical in 2012. 

Aloha to Jessica Scott and IT'S ALWAYS BEEN YOU - Release Week Blitz


She plays by the rules . . . 
Captain Ben Teague is many things: a tough soldier, a loyal friend, and a bona fide smart-ass. He doesn't have much tolerance for BS, which is why he's mad as hell when a trusted colleague and mentor is brought up on charges that can't possibly be true. He's even more frustrated with by-the-book lawyer Major Olivia Hale. But there's something simmering beneath her icy reserve--and Ben just can't resist turning up the heat . . .

. . . and he's determined to break them
The only thing riskier than mixing business with pleasure is enjoying it . . . and Olivia can't resist locking horns--and lips--with Ben. He's got more compassion in his little finger than any commander she's ever met, a fact that makes him a better leader than he realizes. But when the case that brought them together awakens demons from Olivia's past, she will have to choose between following orders--or her heart . . .


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USA Today bestselling author Jessica Scott is a career army officer; mother of two daughters, three cats and three dogs; wife to a career NCO and wrangler of all things stuffed and fluffy. She is a terrible cook and even worse housekeeper, but she's a pretty good shot with her assigned weapon and someone liked some of the stuff she wrote. Somehow, her children are pretty well-adjusted and her husband still loves her, despite burned water and a messy house. She's written for the New York Times At War Blog, PBS Point of View: Regarding War Blog, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. She deployed to Iraq in 2009 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom/New Dawn and has served as a company commander at Fort Hood, Texas. She's pursuing a PhD in Sociology in her spare time and most recently, she's been featured as one of Esquire Magazine's Americans of the Year for 2012.

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Forever is hosting a giveaway at this link ... and offers and an excerpt from IT'S ALWAYS BEEN YOU:

“You don’t like being in command, do you, Ben?” she whispered. The air was thick between them, heavy with unsaid things.

He shook his head. “It’s too much responsibility for other people’s problems. I’m not qualified to judge someone else’s screw ups,” he said.

He shifted so he could face her, his body angled toward hers. A shadow partially concealed his face, casting it in hard lines and a dozen shades of grey.

“You’re not supposed to be perfect to be a leader,” she whispered. Her voice cracked, hung on the tension in her neck from sitting a little too close.

Silence filled the space between them. Heavy and warm and crackling with latent energy.

He licked his bottom lip, his gaze locked with hers. “I don’t want to be either,” he said. His voice was a husky whisper filled with need.

Her breath caught in her throat. A hesitant movement. A breath closer. This was monumentally stupid. Infinitely so.

And yet she parted her lips, her entire body trembling in anticipation of the faintest touch of his. He was there, just there. A breath separated them. Nothing more.

It was a hesitant kiss. A light, teasing brush of his top lip against hers. Her breath mingled with his, threading between them and urging her closer. She met his eyes, waiting. Wanting. Needing more of this deeply sensual man who made her feel so many writhing, hungry things.

It was forever before either of them moved. Her breath was locked in her throat. Then she felt it. His palm slid over her cheek, his fingers rough on her skin. Warmth penetrated her, wound its way over the surface to slide beneath her skin and stroke something long dormant to life.

Need. It was need that made her lean toward him. Need that made her part her lips and trace his mouth with her tongue. Need that made her nip his bottom lip and thread her fingers in the short hair on the back of his neck.

Need that made her gasp in pleasure as his tongue slid against hers, twining in that sensuous dance that brought her blood to life. Heat pounded between her thighs, an aching, pulsing want that scorched her like nothing she’d ever felt.

She gave herself over to the sensation, to the pleasure of his touch. Knowing it was a mistake and far past caring as her breath finally released, mixing with the heated strokes of his tongue.

She eased back after a moment, before she did something monumentally stupid, like crawling into his lap in broad daylight.

“We really should talk about those legal packets,” she said against his mouth.

His smile was unexpected. “Wow, you are hell on a man’s ego,” he said.

The laugh caught her off guard and she rested her forehead against his as she struggled to regain her composure. Something opened against her heart, something unexpected and warm.

Something complicated.

For a brief moment, it was tempting to throw caution to the curb, to nuzzle his mouth with hers, to absorb his taste andwarmth.

And then reality kicked in.

“We really should head back. We’ve got that meeting in two hours,” she said.

He smiled. “Always responsible and focused.”

He brushed his thumb over her lip as he said it. This was something nice.

Unexpected.

It was going to be an interesting legal briefing, that was for damn sure.



Sunday, March 29, 2015

Aloha to Kim Amos and A KISS TO BUILD A DREAM ON - Release Week Blitz


Twelve years ago, beautiful, blond, wealthy Willa Masterson left White Pine, tires squealing, for New York City, without looking back. Since then, she's enjoyed everything New York has to offer a girl with unlimited resources. But the recent discovery that her boyfriend has squandered her inheritance in a Ponzi scheme sends Willa back to White Pine, to the only asset she has left: her childhood home, which she plans to turn into a high-end B&B. 

Enter Burk Olmstead, the best contractor in town-and Willa's high school boyfriend, whom she left high and dry when she moved away. Hard-working, hard-bodied Burk, who has been taking care of Willa's childhood home for years, also has plans for the beautiful old house-plans that conflict with Willa's B&B. When these two argue, sparks fly and reignite the fire that's always been between them...but it may take the whole town of White Pine to get these two lovers back together for good.


A Midwesterner whose roots run deep, Kim Amos is a writer living in Michigan with her husband and three furry animals.


Forever is hosting a giveaway at this link.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Weekly Winners

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I injured myself this past week, forcing me to spend time in an easy chair.  At least I've seen two great movies on cable -  THE PRINCESS BRIDE and A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN.

We have winners at SOS Aloha:

Liberty States Fiction Writers' Create Something Magical Conference
- Karen T. wins a book choice from my convention stash.



Susan Stoker's PROTECTING SUMMER
- Chelsea B. wins a book choice from my convention stash.


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From my travel blog, featuring Historical Authors scheduled to appear at the RT Booklovers' Convention
- Marjory wins a book choice from my convention stash.


Winners, please claim your prize by sending your mailing address to sos.aloha@yahoo.com.

Mahalo,

Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

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