Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Giveaway and Review of MOONLIGHT ON MY MIND by New York Times Bestselling Author Jennifer McQuiston

1.      Jennifer is combining science with romance—her day job as a veterinarian and infectious diseases specialist for the Atlanta CDC makes her description of 1800’s veterinary science absolutely fascinating, and lends a great touch of realism and fact to Moonlight on my Mind.

2.      There’s something for everyone in Moonlight on my Mind—it’s more than just a sweeping love story! Witty dialogue & complex characters for the Jane Austen fan in everyone, an ever-present sense of time & place for fans of historical fiction, and an engrossing, unsolved crime for fans of murder mysteries.
3.      Jennifer writes “Different. Historical. Romance.” (That’s her catchphrase, in fact). The heroes are complex, the heroines have actual flaws, and the story is offset by a fantastically rich depiction of the rural, Regency-era country setting.

About Moonlight on my Mind:
To ruin a man's life once takes a regrettable mistake. To do so twice takes a woman like Julianne Baxter.

Julianne Baxter has something of a reputation: a vain, London beauty, with red hair and a witty retort for everything. But as the city girl finds herself growing bored at a dull, Brighton house party, there is only one spot of brightness and excitement: Patrick Channing, younger brother to the next Earl of Haversham, and erstwhile veterinarian. He does not seem to fall victim to Julianne’s charms, but he does make her heart race…and that’s without even mentioning what his kisses do to her.

Fast forward eleven months: Patrick is laying low in a wild, Scottish village, hiding away from the law, and passing the time by doctoring wayward dogs and colic-afflicted farm animals—all because Julianne wrongly accused him of murdering his brother. Impetuous and not overly inclined to
think before she acts, Julianne tracks him down, determined to help him save his family from a ruin that she may have inadvertently caused with her impetuous accusation. Unmarried, un-chaperoned, and entirely beyond her depth, Julianne and Patrick soon realize that a clandestine wedding may be the only way to save her reputation—and his neck from the hangman's noose.

Privately, Julianne has no objection to the match; in fact, the effect that Patrick has on her is fairly troubling. However, even more troubling is that the more Julianne is convinced of Patrick's innocence, the more it becomes glaringly obvious that Patrick was framed…and that the murderer may not be quite through with their killing spree. If Patrick and Julianne can come to an understanding, it may turn out that a marriage made in haste could bring about the most extraordinary pleasure. But bridging the gap between Julianne’s fiery personality and Patrick’s eminently logical “scientist” mind may prove as much of a challenge for them as merely staying alive and un-masking a killer.

About Jennifer McQuiston:
A veterinarian and infectious disease researcher by training, Jennifer McQuiston has always preferred reading romance to scientific textbooks. She works at the Centers for Disease Control and resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, their two girls, and an odd assortment of pets, including the pony she promised her children if mommy ever got a book deal. Jennifer can be reached via her website at www.jenmcquiston.com or followed on Twitter @jenmcqwrites.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Book Blast & Giveaway: Mandy Harbin's BLUE BALLS And PUSH-UP BRAS

Abstinence makes the heart grow fonder...

Sex would be nice. But after giving birth, Sophie is a little self-conscious about her body, and her husband, Sawyer, hasn’t even tried coming on to her. What’s a girl to do? Don’t blab to your friends, that’s what! Their reaction is a mix of shock and pity, but they unite under one common goal: to get her laid. In one week, she’s going to show Sawyer just what he’s been neglecting. At her reluctance, the girls all agree to break out their push-up bras for a night of showing off their assets in support of her mission.

But Sophie wants it now. The talk with her friends sparks her to be the initiator, but when she tries turning on the charm, Sawyer still doesn’t give up the goods. Now the only big O she’s getting is offended.

So she hatches a little plan of her own...

Mandy Harbin is the author of several books across multiple romance genres that range from contemporary to paranormal erotic romance. Her books include the award winning Darkest Sin, an erotic romantic suspense and first in the new Darkest series. Mandy also continues to work on her Possession series, which explores BDSM elements with Digital Possession being the series starter, and the ever popular Woods Family series, which began with the best seller Surrounded by Woods.

She lives in a small Arkansas town with her family and can be reached via:


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Sunday, March 16, 2014

USA Today Bestselling Author B.J. Daniels' ATONEMENT Interview and Giveaway

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780373778461
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 2/25/2014
  • Series: HQN Books Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 384


Just how far are people willing to go to keep their secrets?
Protecting the citizens of Beartooth, Montana, is never an easy job. It's been one year, and Sheriff Dillon Lawson still feels guilty that he couldn't save his twin brother, Ethan. But the biggest test of his bravery comes when Tessa Winters arrives, claiming to be pregnant…with Ethan's baby. At first, Dillon can't decide if this beautiful woman is a con artist or a victim. If Ethan didn't die in that car crash, then where is he—and why is he hiding?
Now, Dillon is prepared to do anything to uncover the truth—anything except admit his growing feelings for Tessa. But with violence threatening, Tessa and Dillon must trust in each other to save not only themselves…but also Tessa's unborn child.

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From the middle of the corral, Dillon Lawson tugged gently on the halter rope, urging the filly in a circle. She was a beauty and he couldn't help feeling a sense of pride in her. The filly was smart, too. He'd known that the moment he'd looked into her eyes after she was born.
He'd named her Bright Beauty, struck dumb by the miracle of birth and the courage he'd seen in the foal as she'd stumbled to her feet for the first time.
Now as she trotted the tight circle around him, he could feel her gaze on him. The breeze lifted her red mane and she seemed to prance as if wanting to please him.
His heart swelled. His father wouldn't have approved of the way he'd gentled her. Burt Lawson "broke" his horses, the same way he'd tried to break his sons. The thought brought with it fresh pain. For whatever reason, their father had always been meaner to Ethan. It was why Dillon had spent years trying to protect his brother-only to fail him in the end.
Not even this beautiful Montana spring day or the filly he'd nurtured since birth could keep his mind off his brother-and the upcoming one-year anniversary of Ethan's death. Dillon wasn't sure what was worse, the guilt that he'd let his brother down or the grief of having lost the last member of his family.
With his mind on his brother, Dillon thought he'd only imagined the voice. He looked over, surprised to see a woman he didn't recognize at the corral fence. He lived so far out of town he seldom had strangers come in off the highway. Nor had he heard anyone drive up. He did a quick glance to the yard. No vehicle. Where had she come from?
His gaze returned to the woman. She'd climbed up the corral fence and now clung to the top rail. A mass of curly dark hair floated around a face dominated by huge blue eyes. That was all he was able to take in before she spoke again.
"Ethan." She said the name like a curse. He'd thought he must have heard her wrong the first time she'd said his brother's name. This time he heard anger in that one painful word. Anger and disappointment.
A chill ran the length of his spine.
She thought he was his brother.
That realization came like a kick to his gut. He slowed the filly to a stop and pushed back his Western straw hat. A warm sun slipped toward the west, making the breeze that blew down from the Crazy Mountains suddenly feel cold. The snow-fed breeze was a reminder that this was Montana in the spring and, like life, it could change at a moment's notice.
Dropping the halter rope, he took off his hat and, stepping toward her, tried to clear his throat. A lump had lodged there. If this woman had mistaken him for Ethan, then she must not know about his death.
As he drew closer, the woman's eyes narrowed. Her anger confused him. But then again, who knew what his brother had been up to before he died? Ethan had always attracted trouble like a magnet to metal, and Dillon had known little about his brother's life the past few years. That was the way Ethan had wanted it.
He was within a few feet of her when he saw her eyes fill with tears, then all the color suddenly bled from her face. She teetered on the corral railing for a moment before starting to slump backward in a faint.
Dillon took two long strides, bounded over the corral fence and managed to catch her before she hit the ground. Holding her in his arms, he looked down at her and felt his eyes widen.
The woman was pregnant. Very pregnant.
Her thick lashes fluttered. Those big blue eyes opened and zeroed in on him.
The roundhouse slap she gave him was hard and did more than surprise him.
"You bastard."'
"You've made a mistake," Dillon said. "The mistake was ever falling for you."
He shook his head sadly. "I'm not who you think
I am."
"You 're telling me? Put me down."
Dillon did as she'd ordered and watched her struggle to get her feet under herself. Seeing him had been a shock for her, that much was clear. And yet she'd come here looking for him, as if..
He frowned as he tried to make sense of this. Ethan had been dead a year tomorrow. Why would she think he was Ethan? Not to mention… He stared at her swollen belly. The woman looked as if she might deliver that baby at any moment.
"You knew my brother?" he asked suspiciously.
She had dropped her large shoulder bag. She now bent to pick it up from the dirt before turning to glare at him. "I just want my money," she said as she slung the bag over her right shoulder.
"Your money? Are you talking about the insurance money?" The check had come only a few days ago. Apparently his brother had taken out a halfmillion-dollar policy on himself and made Dillon the beneficiary. Ethan had always been full of surprises. This woman was apparently another one.
"Insurance? Is that what you call it? Just give me what's mine and I'm out of your hair for good," she said, and glanced toward the mountains as if she couldn't bear looking at him any longer.
Sweetgrass County was rimmed with snowcapped mountain peaks, making some people think it was paradise. Dillon was one of those people. The moment he'd seen the Crazy Mountains, he'd known this was where he wanted to settle-rather than the logging town in western Montana where they'd grown up. His brother, Ethan, had hightailed it the moment he turned eighteen and apparently had never looked back.
When her gaze returned to his, Dillon saw that she hadn't been admiring the breathtaking Montana scenery. She'd apparently been trying to tamp down her anger-and failing.
"Why don't we go into the house?" he suggested. "I think we can settle this easy enough. Just let me get the halter rope off my horse-"
"If you think you can sweet-talk me, you're dead wrong. And you sure as the devil aren't seducing me. Not again." Her hand went to her stomach and he felt his heart drop.
She wasn't really going to try to convince him that she was carrying Ethan's baby, was she? He'd never been the brightest kid in school, but this one was a math no-brainer. Even if the woman did look as if she could give birth any moment, his brother had been gone twelve months tomorrow.
"Look, I'm not sure what your story is, but that baby you're carrying? It isn't-"
"If you dare say it isn't yours…" Her right hand dipped into her shoulder bag. An instant later he was staring down the barrel of a .45.

           Author Q&A for B.J. Daniels Atonement
A New York Times and USA Today bestseller, B.J. Daniels writes for both Harlequin Intrigue and HQN. We asked her a few questions about her latest release, Atonement, and in the process, we learned much more about this Montana native. BookTrib welcomes B.J. Daniels Monday afternoon, 4 PM ET for a Live Chat!

Tell us a little bit about your upcoming release, Atonement.

I wanted to write about Dillon Lawson, undersheriff in my Beartooth, Montana series. I’m also fascinated by twins – especially the identical ones who have taken different paths in life. With all my heroes the hard part is finding them a woman who is equal to them. Dillon deserved a strong, capable woman as a partner. A year ago, he buried his twin who he feels he failed, so he has his own demons when Tessa Winters comes into his life. Nothing is easy for Dillon so it should come as no surprise that Tessa is pregnant – and claims it is his brother’s child.

You moved to Montana at a very young age and many of your stories take place there. How do you think living in Montana has shaped you as a person and as a writer?

Life in Montana from the age of five has had a huge impact on me and the stories. I first lived in a cabin my father built from logs in the Gallatin Valley. My brother and I had the run of the mountains with all its rocks and trees and creeks and river as well as wildlife. We often had black bear, moose and deer in the yard. My brother and I even had pet squirrels.
Later I lived on Hebgen Lake. We didn’t have electricity or a phone, but we waterskied for hours, played in the woods and had grizzly bears on the patio. I still live in a wild isolated place three hours from the closest Target store. Today, I am pretty much snowed in as a blizzard just blew through and all the roads out of town will be icy and snow packed. But this is what I love writing about, my experiences growing up in the state I love.

What book is on your Wish List?

I can’t wait for Lisa Gardner’s next one. Actually, I can’t wait to get to a bookstore. That is the hardest part of living in the boonies. I miss walking around a bookstore and touching and smelling books. I order a lot of books online  but I still love the feel of them.

What do you snack on when you’re writing?

Coke Zero. I made a rule about eating at my computer. When you’re writing you lose track of time – and anything you might be eating. I have a friend who had a bowl of dried bananas next to her computer. One minute it was full, the next…she realized she’d just eaten 18 bananas. That’s what I would do if I had snacks while I was writing.

Where do you do most of your writing?

I love taking the pickup and driving out into the wilds. I have written many scenes sitting on the tailgate staring out at the country. I have an office three blocks from my house, but if I am stuck on a book – I’m a seat-of-the-pants writer, so I never know what will happen next in a book – I hit the road. For some reason, the story really comes once I leave town. Where I now live there is something like .03 people per square mile so there is a lot of space to create in without seeing another soul.

Are you for or against books being turned into movies?

I would love for one of my books to be turned into a movie. But we all know that the book is always better than the movie.

You’re an avid quilter. Tell us a bit more about that creative process and how is it different from the writing process.

Actually, quilting is a lot like writing. You start with nothing but a vague idea. (At least that’s the way I write – and quilt.) I often buy fabric without any clue what I am going to make with it then let my imagination run wild.What I love is that a bunch of quilters can take the same fabric and yet make something so entirely different. It’s the same with a book. Give a group of writers the same basic plot and you will get completely different books. With quilting and all the different fabrics and pattern ideas, you can get as crazy creative as you want.Also quilters are as creative and fun as writers, so I love that.

Who is your favorite author and why?

I really could not pick one favorite author. I love Lisa Gardner, Elizabeth George, Dennis Lehane, T. Jefferson Parker, Stephen King, Gillian Flynn…
One of the problems of being a writer is that I often see the puppeteer behind the curtain. I hate that. I love authors who fool me. I get very excited when I’m reading a book and really have no idea how the author is going to finish the book.

How did you find the courage to pursue your dream of writing?

I come from a family of storytellers. When I was a child my family camped a lot. I used to lie in the tent at night and listen to the adults sitting around the campfire telling stories. It made me want to be a writer. My father always told me I could be anything I wanted to be. I believed him. He also taught me that if I wanted something, I had to work to get it. So I went at being a writer by learning as much as I could, writing a whole lot and not giving up.

Do you have any special techniques for writing effective suspense plots?

I love to scare myself. If I am on the edge of my seat while I am writing a scene, I figure my readers will be too. I’m the kind of person who always looks in the back seat of my car at night to make sure there is no one back there.  

Recently I was working on my next Harlequin and I realized I was breathing hard – and it wasn’t the love scene. I was anxious, afraid my heroine wasn’t going to get away. That is why I love writing so much.

What is your favorite fairy tale?

Cinderella. I think we all want to have that kind of magic in our lives – not to mention love and a handsome prince. I lucked out and got mine, but it took kissing a couple of frogs. Cinderella is also about justice. The stepmother and stepsisters got what they deserved at the end. That appeals to me because I write mysteries where the bad guy is going to get his.
With more than 40 short stories and 70 books published, how do you come up with new and compelling stories that capture your readers’ attention?
It’s funny, but the ideas are always there. I’ve been fortunate that way. As I’ve mentioned, I’m a seat-of-the-pants writer. I start with a blank page and just begin typing. I never know what is going to happen – and I love that. I couldn’t write a book where I knew the ending. I would feel as if I’d already read it. So mostly I write books that I want to read. I think that keeps me from writing the same book over and over.

Any character crushes?

 Right now it is Dillon Lawson from Atonement. He’s the kind of man we know we can depend on. You just want to curl up in his arms and ride out the winter.
I love strong men, men who would fight for their woman. Montana cowboys live by a Code of the West and Dillon is no different. There are lines he won’t cross, so he fights his growing feelings for his brother’s woman.

What is the first book you remember reading as a child?

I wasn’t much of a reader when I was very young. Then I got hooked on Trixie Beldon mysteries. Then I read Frank Yerby’s adventure books before stumbling onto Kathleen Woodiwiss and Stephen King and James Michener. As you can see, I was all over the map. I still am.

What are you reading right now?

The Obituary Writer by Ann Wood. I love the way two separate stories come together from different decades. Before that I was reading nonfiction books on serial killers for my upcoming Harlequin, titled Mercy coming out in September. I’m also listening to Elizabeth George’s new book, Just One Evil Act, on CD in my car. I always have a couple of books going at the same time.

What trends are you noticing in romance and romantic suspense these days?

 I don’t read a lot of romantic suspense because I write it. But I feel that we all take a different approach to it. Some are more romantic. Most of mine are more suspense, I think. They’re hard to write because you need a balance between the two. But I think that is what a lot of readers really like. They love suspense and romance; kind of like chocolate and peanut butter.  
 In pagan religions, a spirit or totem animal is meant to be a representation of the skills and traits that you are supposed to learn or have. What is your spirit animal?
The bear. I wear a silver one on a chain for luck. The bear for me is a symbol of strength.

What advice would you give to a struggling writer?

Don’t quit. Read everything you can get your hands on. Never stop learning. And remember, it is all about the story. Tell a good story. One of my favorite writing books is Stephen King’s On Writing. So much about succeeding is putting in the hours at the computer writing.
I think the hardest thing for most writers is staying off the Internet. If you write a lot of emails, you feel as if you wrote that day and yet your book never seems to get finished. I know how that works.
I put together all my suggestions for aspiring writers after being asked this question. The book, Write Your Damn Book, is available only digitally online.

What is your favorite line or phrase from Atonement?
It’s the first time my hero and my pregnant heroine meet:
“Look, I’m not sure what your story is, but that baby you’re carrying? It isn’t—.”
“If you dare say it isn’t yours…” Her right hand dipped into her shoulder bag. An instant later he was staring down the barrel of a .45.
 What are you working on next?

I just finished my next novel, Mercy. It was the hardest book I have ever written but now that it is done, I love it. I wanted to do a different take on serial killers. I am fascinated by how two people can grow up in the same house, same genes, etc. and turn out so differently. I find it interesting also that the same horrible childhood that makes a serial killer can do just the opposite to someone else.

I also love seeing what happens to the continuing characters in the series. While each book stands alone, I like characters I can check back in with and see how their lives are going.

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