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spotlight: lily and the duke

 

 

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Synopsis: Lily and the Duke. Sex and the Season One. Wiltshire, England 1845. Lady Lily Jameson is thrilled to attend a house party given by Daniel Farnsworth, the Duke of Lybrook, but not because he’s the most eligible bachelor in the peerage. Her only interest is his famous art collection, which reputedly includes a painting by her favorite artist, Jan Vermeer. Daniel, duke only by virtue of the untimely deaths of his father and older brother, wants nothing to do with his new duties. He’d rather continue his rakish ways. When he finds the lovely Lily sneaking around the property in search of his art collection, sparks fly. Despite her father’s wishes, Lily has no intention of marrying. She wants to travel the world to gain real life inspiration for her painting and writing. And what could be better worldly experience than a passionate affair with the notorious Duke of Lybrook? But circumstances may change the game and the players…and danger lurks, as well.

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Author Bio: Helen Hardt is an attorney and stay-at-home mom turned award-winning author. She’s been writing stories since the first grade, when her aspiring writer father encouraged her and gave her a small metal file cabinet with “Helen’s Story Box” written on it in permanent marker. She began her first novel, a young adult romance, in the eighth grade. Although it will never see the light of day, she still has the manuscript that she typed on the old IBM Selectric. She stopped writing to attend college and law school. She met her real-life hero in law school, and they live in Colorado with her two teenage sons. Helen writes contemporary, historical, paranormal, and erotic romance. Her non-writing interest include Harley rides with her husband, attending her sons’ sports and music performances, traveling, and Taekwondo (she’s a blackbelt.)

Find Helen: FacebookTwitter | Goodreads

Buy the book: Amazon | Amazon UK | Barnes and Noble | Smashwords

Click here to win a copy of Lily and the Duke

Disclaimer: I participated in this spotlight with Bare Naked Words. I was given all the materials for the post but no other compensation was provided.

spotlight: scorned

elegant sensual young woman in red dress on recamier indoor shotSynopsis: We shared a love that regulated every heartbeat and every breath we took. It was all encompassing. I thought our love could withstand time and anything thrown our way. I was wrong. So wrong. I used to be happy. I used to be Juliette Weston when Dylan Somers filled my life with promises of love and a happy ever after. But when he took my heart and broke it into a million pieces, I became someone else entirely. In one afternoon, I lost my soul mate. I lost everything I knew myself to be. Three years later, the man who destroyed me is back. To assuage his guilt? To finish the job? It doesn’t matter… I won’t let him this time. I’m stronger. I’ve moved on. He won’t affect me. This is a story of love and betrayal. Pain and loss. Happiness and fate. It’s about finding your true destiny. This is our story. And it’s not for the faint of heart.

Buy Scorned: Amazon

Find S.L. Scott: Goodreads | Facebook

Disclaimer: I participated in this spotlight with Inkslinger PR. I was given all the materials but no other compensation was provided.

birthday wishes

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Phone case in black plastic for iPhone 5 via The Sugar Loaf Boutique (here)

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With Brave Wings She Flies Necklace via Abe Design (here)

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Writer’s Digest via Amazon (here)

Anything from my Amazon Wish List (here)

 

interview: brett garcia rose

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Brianna Soloski: Tell us about your new book.

Brett Garcia Rose: My current release is called Noise, a thriller/mystery centering on a deaf character’s search for his missing sister. It’s short, violent, but ultimately it’s about love.

Brianna: Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

Brett: Definitely Leon. I like his loneliness, and how that makes him strong. I also think his deafness leaves a hole in his life, a vacuum, and his search for Lily fills the void and he becomes very destructive, both to himself and those around him.

Brianna: What is your favorite scene in the book and why?

Brett: The hammer scene with The Bear in the walk-in meat freezer. I like the writing itself there; it flows nicely. It’s also the beginning of the book’s climax, the character’s transformation. Originally, I had started the book with that scene and was working backward, sort of a discovery mode, but it turned out to be too violent to begin a book with. So I went with a more traditional structure.

Brianna: Give us an interesting fun fact about your book.

Brett: I wrote the entire book sitting outside my building in South Beach, surrounded by noise and wearing earplugs. People were wildly curious, since I never went out anywhere. I moved away a few weeks before the book came out, which is fitting, I suppose.

Brianna: Tell us a bit about yourself.

Brett: I’m a writer and software developer, currently living in Florida but I move at least once a year, so by the time this gets out, I’ll be somewhere else.

Brianna: What’s next? What can we expect from you in the future?

Brett: I am working on a third-person thriller called Ren. It’s a bit more complex than Noise, but just as fun. A little terrorism, more guns, lots of bodies. Also, the main character is both the hunter and the hunted, so there are multiple points of view. But also, it’s about love. That pretty much sums up both books. Love, and a lot of bodies.

Brianna: What book are you reading now?

Brett: An advanced book on Java. Until I sell a few books, I’m keeping my day job.

Find Brett: Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Website

Buy the Book: Amazon

Disclaimer: I participated in this interview with Book Publicity Services. I was given all the materials but no other compensation was provided.

cover reveal: lily and the duke

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Synopsis: Wiltshire, England 1845. Lady Lily Jameson is thrilled to attend a house party given by Daniel Farnsworth, the Duke of  Lybrook, but not because he’s the most eligible bachelor in the peerage. Her only interest is his famous art collection, which reputedly includes a painting by her favorite artist, Jan Vermeer. Daniel, duke only by virtue of the untimely deaths of his father and older brother, wants nothing to do with his new duties. He’d rather continue his rakish ways. When he finds the lovely Lily sneaking  around the property in search of his art collection, sparks fly. Despite her father’s wishes, Lily has no intention of marrying. She wants to travel the world to gain real life inspiration for her painting and writing. And what could be better worldly experience than a passionate affair with the notorious Duke of Lybrook? But circumstances may change the game and the players…and danger lurks, as well.

Find Helen: Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Author Bio: Helen Hardt is an attorney and stay-at-home mom turned award-winning author. She’s been writing stories since the first grade, when her aspiring writer father encouraged her and gave her a small metal file cabinet with “Helen’s Story Box” written on it in permanent marker. She began her first novel, a young adult romance, in the eighth grade. Although it will never see the light of day, she still has the manuscript that she typed on the old IBM Selectric. She stopped writing to attend college and law school. She met her real-life hero in law school, and they live in Colorado with her two teenage sons. Helen writes contemporary, historical, paranormal, and erotic romance. Her non-writing interest include Harley rides with her husband, attending her sons’ sports and music performances, traveling, and Taekwondo (she’s a black belt.)

Win a copy of Lily and the Duke here.

Disclaimer: I participated in this cover reveal with Bare Naked Words. I was given all the materials but no other compensation was provided.

spotlight: deceptive beauty

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Synopsis: Rebecca is a beautiful ATF agent sent undercover to bring down an outlaw biker gang. Unfortunately for her, Gavin makes it almost impossible to think about anything but his dreamy body. Rebecca solves the case and accidentally falls in love with the Outlaw biker president and goes on another scary adventure. Will Rebecca survive the new mission, or will this be her last?

Disclaimer: I participated in this spotlight with Dawn White. I was given all the materials but no other compensation was provided.

 

 

guest: jamie raintree

Keep Writing Even When Your Schedule Changes…Again
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The other afternoon, my oldest daughter–4 years old–came up to me in the bathroom after I’d just finished washing off the hour I’d spent on the cardio machines at the gym. She had her iPad in hand with the timer running and she held it up to me and said, “There, Mom. Now your minutes won’t fly by anymore.”
Ah, kids. They see right to the truth of things, don’t they?
Yes, since the day my first daughter was born, my schedule has been in disarray, with never enough time to do everything. First, with the middle of the night feedings, there wasn’t much of a schedule at all. There were two nap times, then there was one. Then came another baby, which started it all over again. And even now, both girls wake up at a different hour based on the season. The most recent schedule change was my fault when I joined the gym and have had to figure out the most optimal time to fit it in around meal times and nap times and the times loosely titled, “this is roughly when mommy needs a break or she’ll need to schedule a meltdown.” Except today, they have runny noses so we can’t go to the gym at all. Just when I think I’ve got my writing time figured out, something changes again.
Jobs, family commitments, school, change in seasons. It’s always something threatening to push writing time aside.
I like schedules. I like waking up knowing when I’m going to get the time I need to make progress on my story. I also understand that part of having a schedule is allowing for flexibility. Life changes all the time and unexpectedly and in an instant and if we allow those surprises to derail us, pretty soon days and weeks and months pass and the writing doesn’t happen. People ask me all the time how I manage to write with two kids under 5 and the answer is complex and yet simple: I just do. It doesn’t happen every day but it is a big priority in my life, so I adapt. I have to.
I know a lot of parents are about to shift their schedules again as their kids (or they themselves) return to school. Here are a few ideas for making writing part of your everyday life, no matter what pops up:
1) Make an “ideal” schedule. If you had 100% control over your day, while also taking into account all of your commitments, how would you fit everything in? Get creative with it. Once you have it, stick to it as best you can, knowing it won’t always work. The great part about the ideal schedule is that when you inevitably get lost along the way, you have something to come back to, to center you.
2) Don’t be inflexible. I’ve wasted a lot of time making that mistake. I often get so frustrated on the days I wake up early to write only to have the girls, for the first time ever in their lives, wake up even earlier than that. It’s easy to allow the writing not to happen because it wasn’t how I planned it, but the only one who loses from because of my irritation is me…and my work-in-progress.
3) Reassess often. Whenever a more “permanent” shift in your schedule happens, pull out your “ideal schedule” again and take that into account. Or, if you ever reach a point where you’re not being as productive as you wish you were, you may need to change things up just to keep your creative mind on its toes.
4) Stay in control. I think the hardest, scariest, most frustrating part is feeling like you aren’t in control of you own schedule and by extension, you life. Don’t fall into that way of thinking. Remember that no matter who counts on you or what your days entail, you are the one who decides how you allocate your time. It isn’t always easy to say no or to sacrifice, but just as your days may sometimes shift to become harder, one day soon they will shift to become easier too.
As much as I wish my daughter could do some fancy trick on an iPad to make time move slower or add more hours to my day, the reality is my only choices are to put my work on the back burner until a long expanse of easy days open at my feet, or I have to make the most of the time I have. For now, I can live with busy days and a certain amount of chaos. What I can’t live with is allowing my minutes to fly by without using them to get one step closer to my dreams.
“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time. A schedule is a mock-up of reason and order—willed, faked, and so brought into being; it is a peace and a haven set into the wreck of time; it is a lifeboat on which you find yourself, decades later, still living. Each day is the same, so you remember the series afterward as a blurred and powerful pattern.” – Annie Dillard
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Jamie Raintree writes Women’s Fiction about women searching for truth in life and love. She is currently working on revisions of her first novel in preparation for submission to publishers. In the meantime, she blogs about her journey toward a well-balanced life and a career in publishing–her struggles and successes along the way. She lives in Northern Colorado with her husband and two young daughters and is a Workshop Coordinator for the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. She is represented by Claire Anderson-Wheeler of Regal Literary.

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