Happy Fall To All Our Friends, New and Old
My very good friend Winnie The Pooh once said: As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was going to happen.
So join us for some fun and frolicking as we hop from blog to blog for a chance to win some big cash and wonderful prizes.
Win one of my short ebooks by commenting on this blog. Tell me your favorite character from Winnie the Pooh. Mine is Eeyore. His cup is always half full and his tail half on.
25 fabulous bloggers, authors and publishers have joined to offer you one fabulous prize.
1 lucky winner will win $250 in Paypal cash!
I Am A Reader
Author A.B. Whelan
Barefoot by the Sea
Author Kimber Leigh Wheaton
YA Author Fabio Bueno
Hearts On Sleeves Book Blog
Hope To Read
Jennifer Faye, Romance Author
Julie Coulter Bellon
Kate Tilton, Connecting Authors & Readers
Owl Always Be Reading
Pauline Creeden, Author
Aubrey Wynne: Romance Through The Ages
Award-winning Author Kim Cresswell
Krysten Lindsay Hager, Author
Rockin’ Book Reviews
Taking Time for Mommy – Books and Movies
This giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader. To sponsor the next giveaway please sign up here: http://www.iamareader.com/category/giveaway-sponsor-sign-ups
$250 Paypal Cash
Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via Paypal. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author, bloggers and publishers on the sponsor list. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
Burst Into Flame
by Lyssa Layne
“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”
For Dr. Katy Garrity, life is a whirlwind, and the New York Fire Department is the heart of the storm. After claiming so many people she loved, including her own husband, Katy is left adrift, trying to keep up with a busy career, a baby son, and her loving extended family.
Her only anchor is Jesse O’Neil, her late husband’s best friend. The charming former playboy has put his entire life on hold to care for Katy and her son. It’s inevitable that sparks will flare between them, but all of life seems to be conspiring to keep them apart. Especially Katy’s own heart, which shies away from trusting another firefighter.
Will the flames of passion burst into a lifetime of love? Or will secrets burn away their connection, causing Dr. Garrity to be burned again?
Don’t forget to add Love is a Fire to your bookshelf on Goodreads!
About the Author
Lyssa Layne is first, and foremost, the proud momma to her precious daughter, AR. In addition to working full-time and being a mommy to AR, she is also an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan, a runner, blogger, and an infertility survivor.
Having watched one too many medical dramas and being inspired by author Rachelle Ayala, who introduced her to the world of indie writing, Lyssa decided to try her hand at writing a romance story. Her attempt turned into the Burning Lovesick series. You can find Lyssa’s own interests throughout her stories although all stories are fictional.
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/lyssa-layne
October 13 Rosie’s Book Heaven 6PM-8PM CT
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1 e-book of Love is a Fire by Lyssa Layne
1 e-book of Burst Into Flame by Lyssa Layne
1 e-book of Unhurt by K.S. Thomas
1 e-book of Love & Deception by Chantel Rhondeau
1 e-book of Art of Love by Michele Shriver
1 e-book of A Masterpiece of Our Love by Nikki Barrett
2 pieces of jewelry from Rosey Johnny
AND the coolest prize of all, naming rights of one of the characters in the third book of the Burning Lovesick series.
Love is a Fire: Book #1
“Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your heart or burn your house down, you can never tell.” -Joan Crawford
Dr. Katy Malone has sworn off love after losing those she loves most in her life including her father, a member of the FDNY. She has decided to spend her time focusing on her medical research. Her ex-fiancée, and fellow doctor, isn’t ready to give up on loving her though.
Firefighter Nick Garrity is on a search for the future Mrs. Garrity. As he pushes thirty, with no prospects in sight, he’s afraid he’ll never find her. A devoted member of FDNY, he loves the thrill of his job and the satisfaction it brings him. He strives to teach the proby firefighter, Patrick Doyle, the ropes and pass on his passion to him.
When Doyle tries to impress the guys on the crew, he ends up in the care of Dr. Katy Malone. One look at Dr. Malone and Nick knows he’s found his future wife but can he convince her to love again?
Fall has arrived. Leaves are changing color and the holidays are approaching. With food one of the main ingredients for any get-together, let’s swap some recipes. What’s more romantic than a perfect meal or beautiful dessert with a some love ‘mixed in’.
And just because it’s my birthday, I will give away one of my short stories. (See first three in sidebar) Just leave a comment below with your email address and format preference.
Here’s a fun recipe for Thanksgiving weekend when the crowd gets together for the football game. Bunt some romance into your next party.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 5 min./batch MAKES: 80 servings
2 cups biscuit/baking mix
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup beer or nonalcoholic beer
2 tablespoons butter, melted
Sesame and/or poppy seeds
1 package (8 ounces) process cheese (Velveeta), cubed
1/2 cup refried beans
2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup salsa
My Savings Add to Grocery List
1 triangle with 1 teaspoon sauce equals 31 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 4 mg cholesterol, 88 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.
Preheat oven to 450°. Combine biscuit mix and cheese in a large bowl. Stir in beer until a soft dough forms. Turn onto a floured surface; knead 5 times. Roll into a 16×10-in. rectangle. Cut into 2-in. squares; cut each square in half diagonally.
Place 1 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Brush with butter; sprinkle with seeds. Bake 6-8 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
For sauce, combine remaining ingredients in a small saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until cheese is melted. Serve immediately with triangles. Yield: 80 appetizers (1-3/4 cups sauce).
Editor’s Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Originally published as Beer-Cheese Appetizers in Simple & Delicious February/March 2013, p52
This recipe pairs well with a sweet red wine.
Read more: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/beer-cheese-appetizers#ixzz3F1nOE9fc
Click on the rafflecopter link below for a chance at the KitchenAid Miser
(or $100 gift card if international winner)
Visit the rest of great sites for more fun and prizes:
Lea Barrymire (INT)
Sara Anderson blog
Nicole Morgan – Bringing Passion to Life
Michelle Roth’s Blog
She Likes It Verbal – Author Sarah Bella
Emma Anderson’s Blog
Out of My Mind
Bound By Passion
Morticia Knight – M/M Erotic Romance Author
Nic Starr – m/m romance
Leah Blake’s Blog
Draven St. James
Elyzabeth M. VaLey
The Shameless Penmonkey
The Jean Journal
elodie parkes erotic romance
Sean Michael Blogs
The Romance Journey
Cait Jarrod, Romance on the edge
Aubrey Wynne: Romance Through The Ages
Eargasms Audiobook Reviews
Anya Breton’s Blog
Sara Anderson blog
To celebrate the release of Jessica Bell’s latest novel, WHITE LADY, she is giving away an e-copy (mobi, ePub, or PDF) to the first person to correctly guess the one true statement in the three statements below. To clarify, two statements are lies, and one is true:
The following is a chapter title from the book:
a. Feta on spinach and ricotta ravioli is the best.
b. Chairs will be chairs, but they don’t always have four legs.
c. It was the back porch that changed everything.
What do you think? Which one is true? Write your guess in the comments, along with your email address. Comments will close in 48 hours. If no-one guesses correctly within in 48 hours, comments will stay open until someone does.
Want more chances to win? You have until October 31 to visit all the blogs where Jessica will share a different set of true and false statements on each one. Remember, each blog is open to comments for 48 hours only from the time of posting.
If you win, you will be notified by email with instructions on how to download the book.
Click HERE to see the list of blogs.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
*This novel contains coarse language, violence, and sexual themes.
Sonia yearns for sharp objects and blood. But now that she’s rehabilitating herself as a “normal” mother and mathematics teacher, it’s time to stop dreaming about slicing people’s throats.
While being the wife of Melbourne’s leading drug lord and simultaneously dating his best mate is not ideal, she’s determined to make it work.
It does work. Until Mia, her lover’s daughter, starts exchanging saliva with her son, Mick. They plan to commit a crime behind Sonia’s back. It isn’t long before she finds out and gets involved to protect them.
But is protecting the kids really Sonia’s motive?
Click HERE to view the book trailer.
Click HERE for purchase links.
Jessica Bell, a thirty-something Australian-native contemporary fiction author, poet and singer/songwriter/guitarist, is the Publishing Editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal and the director of the Homeric Writers’ Retreat & Workshop on the Greek island of Ithaca. She makes a living as a writer/editor for English Language Teaching Publishers worldwide, such as Pearson Education, HarperCollins, MacMillan Education, Education First and Cengage Learning.
Twitter/Facebook Blast $229 Giveaway
A fabulous group of bloggers & authors have joined together to offer you 1 fabulous prize valued at $229.
The winner of this giveaway will receive their choice of a $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 Paypal Cash!
For all those who hate the long rafflecopters you should appreciate the fact that this one is much shorter.
Just liking on facebook, following on twitter, a free entry and 2 options to share the giveaway make this much faster to enter.
Win a Kindle Fire HDX, Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash ($229 value)
Or $229 Amazon.com Gift Card (International)
Or $229 in Paypal Cash (International)
Each of these bloggers/authors/publishers paid to help sponsor this giveaway.
I Am A Reader
Feed Your Reader
A Leisure Moment
A & E KIRK, YA Paranormal Authors
Megan Thomason, author of the daynight series
A Book Lover’s Retreat
Author Christie Anderson
Glistering: Bs Blog
Lori’s Reading Corner
Bound 4 Escape
My Nook, Books & More
MyLadyWeb: Women’s History & Women Authors
Aubrey Wynne: Romance Through The Ages
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Sign up to sponsor the next Group Giveaway here:
1 winner will receive their choice of an all new Kindle Fire 7″ HDX (US Only – $229 value), $229 Amazon Gift Card or $229 in Paypal Cash (International).
Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the participating authors & bloggers. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
In addition, I will be giving your choice of short stories from my website (see sidebar) to random commenters throughout the month. Tell me your favorite Halloween story, movie, book or costume.
Genre classification: Historical Romance
Book Length: 306 pages
Michael West swore he would never fall in love again. So when the beautiful and wily Charlotte steps off the train looking for a new life he jumps at the business opportunity she presents. Engaged forty-five minutes after meeting, married the next day, Michael thinks he’s found everything a respectable man should have. Except that Michael is as far from respectable as they come. They agreed not to ask questions about each other’s pasts, but when the past seeps into their present Michael suspects his passionate new wife is not who she says she is. Too bad he’s already fallen in love with her.
Charlotte Baldwin has a secret. She fled Philadelphia to escape the sins of her past but someone is following her. What better way to hide than by marrying Michael West, Cold Springs, Montana’s enigmatic shopkeeper? A new name, a new life, and a passionate husband is exactly what she needs to leave her sins behind. But when it comes to keeping secrets Charlotte may have met her match in Michael. When a connection neither of them expects catches up with them, the shocking revelation means Charlotte may have run right into the arms of her enemy.
No sin stays a secret forever…
About Merry Farmer
Merry Farmer is an award-winning author of Historical Romance and what she likes to call “Sci-Fi for Women.” She lives in suburban Philadelphia with her two cats and enough story ideas to keep her writing until she’s 132. Her second novel, The Faithful Heart, was a 2102 RONE Award finalist and her unpublished futuristic novel A Man’s World won first place in the Novel: Character category at the 2013 Philadelphia Writer’s Conference. She is out to prove that you can make a living as a self-published author and to help others to do the same.
Other books by Merry Farmer :
Title: The Castle Blues Quake
Series: The Ghost Whisperer #1
Author: Linda Covella
Publication Date: July 20, 2014
Genre: Middle Grade Paranormal
12-year-old Pepper Connelly leaves her best friend, Chrissie, behind when her family moves from New York City to Santa Cruz, CA. Pepper discovers a boy, Corey, hiding in her backyard shed. Unknown to Pepper, Corey is a ghost trying to contact his grandfather, Boppie, before he crosses over. He tells Pepper he must locate Boppie before Social Services finds him. Pepper agrees to help.
While Pepper’s communication with Chrissie dwindles, her friendship with Corey grows. She tells Corey about her passion for writing songs, and throughout the story, she composes a song about Corey. Corey teaches Pepper to play the harmonica. Soon, she’s torn between finding Boppie and knowing when she does, Corey will certainly go back on the road with his traveling-musician grandfather.
Other characters help her on her quest: new classmate Ally Cressman, who dresses in an odd-ball, non-mall style; Sawtooth Sam, the mysterious saw-playing street musician; and Madame Mchumba, who performs her psychic readings at the Boardwalk amusement park. Earthquakes, haunted house rides, poltergeists, and crystal ball readings propel Pepper toward the shocking conclusion of her search.
I am so pleased to host Linda Covella on my blog. I have been following her journey as she goes through the publishing process. It has been quite a ride. As a teacher, it is refreshing to see good novels come out for children.
Today, I asked Linda to sharing her Top Ten favorite ghost-themed books and movies. As a young girl, I remember watching the old black and white film, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. It was a delightful spooky romance with Rex Harrison playing a dead sea captain. I fantasized about ghostly heroes for months afterward. See if you agree with Linda’s choices:
- The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, an old movie and TV show
- Caspar, a cartoon and movie
- The Ghosts of Past, Present, Future from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
- Nearly Headless Nick from Harry Potter
- The Headless Horseman from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
- Patrick Swayze in the movie Ghost
- Mr. and Mrs. Owens from The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
- Sissy from Deep and Dark and Dangerous by Mary Downing Hahn (all her books are deliciously creepy!)
- Clint and other ghosts from The Crossroads by Chris Grabenstein
- Inez from The Ghost Belonged to Me by Richard Peck (this book is laced with humor)
Linda Covella’s varied job experience and education (associate degrees in art, business and mechanical drafting & design, a BS degree in Manufacturing Management) have led her down many paths and enriched her life experiences. But one thing she never strayed from is her love of writing.
A writer for over 30 years, her first publication was a restaurant review column, and as a freelance writer, she continued to publish numerous articles in a variety of publications. But when she published articles for children’s magazines (“Games and Toys in Ancient Rome” and “Traveling the Tokaido in 17th Century Japan,” in Learning Through History magazine, and “Barry’s Very Grown Up Day” in Zootles magazine), she realized she’d found her niche: writing for children. She wants to share with kids and teens her love of books: the worlds they open, the things they teach, the feelings they express.
The Castle Blues Quake, a middle grade paranormal, and Yakimali’s Gift, a historical novel for young adults, are her first novels.
She’s a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
No matter what new paths she may travel down, she sees her writing as a lifelong joy and commitment.
$15 Amazon/B&N Giftcard or a Book Depository shopping spree of the same value –OR– a swag pack from the author.
There will be two winners. Open Internationally. Ends 9/26. Void where prohibited.