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Monday, August 14, 2017

Ethan’s Temporary Fling by Monique DeVere #Sale

Book Details
Title: Ethan’s Temporary Fling
Series Title: Sexiest Eye Candy
Book Number: #1
Publisher: Crystal Swan Publications
SubGenre(s): Contemporary, Romantic Comedy
Length: Novel
Rating: Spicy
Language: Clean
Page Count: 216
Word Count: 67,000
Digital Price: $2.99 (on sale: 99 cents thru August 31)
Release Date: June 2, 2017
ISBN:  9781310945373

Back Cover Copy

He’s so sexy he has the title to prove it!

Super-hunky, weight-loss celebrity Ethan Stone brings out Dr. Karis Van de Burke’s inner bad-girl. To prove it, when Ethan accepts the challenge to persuade the sassy, love-rejected cosmetic surgeon to appear as a guest on his show, she ends up inviting him into her bed for one night of guilty pleasure instead.

Used to women throwing themselves at him boobs first, Ethan knows his way around every female erogenous zone, but the sizzling chemistry he has with Karis blindsides him. Soon he’s convincing her to extend their one-night to another ... and another ... and...

Karis can’t resist! Yet, if Ethan discovers her secret, he’ll ditch her as fast as her ex-fiancé had – but really, what could go wrong in a one-week tangle-free affair?

Copyright © Monique DeVere 2014
Crystal Swan Publications
All Rights Reserved

Ethan Stone.
The reason his name seemed familiar was that his producers had been hounding her to agree to appear on a segment on his health and weight loss show. They claimed to want the sisters to try to mend their relationship so Andie could have closure.
Karis knew better than to put herself within arm’s reach of her sister.
The doorbell rang.
Karis puffed out a delicious sigh of relief and binned the carton. At eight p.m., it could only mean one thing.
“Thank the Lord—dinner.”
“What did you order?” Her mum’s chastising tone filtered into her ear. “Nothing unhealthy, I hope.”
“It’s usually a surprise. A few times a week my friend from the deli drops by with food. She knows I hardly have time to shop and takes pity on me.”
Karis practically bounded to the front door. She was star-ving. She yanked open the door, ready to devour whatever mouth-watering yumminess was on the other side and nearly dropped the phone.
Her mouth fell open. She blinked, unable to believe her eyes. For sure, something yummy stood before her, but not hers to devour—not that she wouldn’t have equally welcomed dinner in this form. She let her gaze roam down then back up again.
Ethan Stone—he of the title Sexiest Eye Candy To Lust After—towered outside her door. He was tall, far taller than she imagined from his magazine photo. At five-foot-eight—eleven in heels—she looked most men in the eye, but to do the same with Ethan Stone she had to tip her chin six inches.
She must have conjured some kind of freaky fantasy after snagging her own copy of the gossip magazine. Because there was no way Ethan Stone would be standing outside her door at eight-o-five at night in a dinner suit holding a single white rose as he unleashed that incredible smile. Karis glanced behind her to where she’d left the magazine, then back at him.
“Karis Van de Burke?” His deep intonation did something strange to her solar plexus. Made it quiver.
“Darling? Are you still there?” Her mum’s voice was an unwelcome intrusion.
“I’ll call you back, Mum.” She cut the call without taking her eyes off the man in front of her. He was striking, with a straight-edged aquiline nose, chiselled features so even and appealing she couldn’t stop staring. His hair was a lighter brown than his photo depicted, but his eyes ... those eyes were just as remarkable. Dark-blue rings surrounded the vivid blue irises, creating a contrast, which added a mysterious air that surely made him stand out in a crowd.
“Yes, I’m Karis Van de Burke.” She cleared her throat. What was up with her voice?
“I’m Ethan Stone.”
“I know who you are.” She tucked the phone behind her back so he wouldn’t notice her slight nervous tremor. “Why are you here?”
He offered her the rose. “I came to proposition you.”
She blinked. The evening sun was still bright and framed him in golden light, making him appear almost dreamlike.
He smiled. Someone should outlaw such a lethal smile. “I’m hoping you’ll let me take you out to dinner, ask you to reconsider my producers’ offer.”
Karis released her grip on the door and took the rose. “I’m sorry to inform you, you’re wasting your time, Mr Stone. As I’ve told your producer—Rob, was it—?”
“Ray ... I’m not interested in becoming a circus act.”
“He relayed your thoughts on the matter. However, I was hoping you’d give me one hour of your time so I can—”
“Try to convince me to let you make a fool of me on national television?” She handed back the rose. “Thanks, but no thank you.”
His fascinating blue eyes flicked to her outstretched hand. He left her hanging.
Choosing that moment, her stomach growled a ravenous reminder.
“You’re hungry, and I’m offering to take you to dinner.” He sniffed the air. “Since I don’t detect the aroma of food, I think I can safely presume you haven’t eaten yet.”
“I was just on my way to pick up something.”
His smile told her he knew she was fibbing. “In that case, will you allow me to join you?”
Arm tiring from its outstretched position, Karis drew the rose back and placed it, along with the phone, onto the side table next to the door.
“So you can talk me into appearing on your show?”
“Because I’m hungry too, and I’d like an opportunity to share my ideas for your sister’s follow-up episode, in the hopes you might consider rethinking your position.”
She couldn’t hold back the wicked smile tugging the corners of her lips, so she bit down on her bottom lip. Any position involving Ethan Stone did deserve some consideration.

QUOTE: “If you love your romance with a dose of humor, this is the book for you. Monique DeVere is a master at tugging at your heartstrings and your funny bone, all at the same time. Highly recommend!” ~ Alicia Dean

Author Bio
Monique DeVere is a full-time author of Sweet 'n' Spicy Romantic Comedy and Contemporary Romance. She also writes Christian Supernatural Suspense movie scripts. She was born on the beautiful island of Barbados, where she grew up on a large plantation with enough wide-open space to let the imagination run free. She moved to the UK as a teen and shortly after met and fell instantly, and irrevocably, in love with her very own strong-silent-type hero. When Monique isn’t writing or spending quality time with her family, she likes to armchair travel to distant and exciting parts of the world and considers herself to have the best job on earth.
You can visit her at moniquedevere.com where she invites you to join her exclusive Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Readers Club packed full of goodies for her members. Monique loves to hear from her readers, do contact her at monique@moniquedevere.com.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

#WeWriWa - THE PROTECTOR: Will They Get The Kids Out In Time? #sfr

Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors where authors share an 8 - 10 sentence snippet. Be sure to visit the other authors. You can find them here.

Thanks to everyone who visited last week. I always enjoy your comments. Here's where we are. A stranger confronted Rissa in the spaceport as she and her friends are trying to rescue kids from traffickers. We pick up where we left off last week.

“What can I do to help?” The man from the Volpian Caravel must have followed her to the cargo ramp. At least, he’d had the good sense to hide his blaster. The kids were scared enough.
“Go back to your space yacht and forget you saw this. Or us.” She raced inside the dark hold. By the Matriarch, the place stunk. How long had these children been locked up without proper sanitation? She shook off that thought and worried about getting them out before she and the others were caught. Who knew when the dock master might come by?

Who knew rescuing two girls from traffickers would bring down a world of hurt?

After tavern owner Rissa Dix rescues two girls from a slave ship, she must rally the townsfolk to prevent traffickers from returning. Mining heir Dillan Rusteran has loved her for years. Little do they know that by rescuing more children they're tangling with a galactic trafficking ring.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Cowboys, Castles, and Cradles by Loralee Lillibridge Tour & Review @LLillibridge

Cowboys, Castles and Cradles
By Loralee Lillibridge
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Genre: Contemporary Western Romance
Published by: Tell-Tale Publishing Group, LLC
Release Date: February 21, 2017
Length: 306 Pages

When GRACIE CASTLE agreed to be a surrogate mother to twins, she never expected to become their full-time mom. Thankfully, that’s when she discovers she inherited a large Texas ranch from a grandmother she’s never met. Clueless but desperate, she’s managing to hold her own until the babies decide to make an unexpected appearance.

Enter WHITMAN LOVETT, III a wealthy businessman who needs to lease three thousand acres of the Castle Ranch. He expects an easy deal, with the Castle Ranch in financial straits. He isn’t expecting to deliver a baby calf in a rainstorm or Gracie’s twins at the ranch. But Gracie and the babies manage to get under Whit’s skin and into his heart. The very thing he doesn’t want.

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About Loralee Lillibridge

Writing romance and cozy mysteries with a Texas twang and a touch of humor, Loralee Lillibridge (aka Lora Lee), loves to tell stories with believable characters, small towns where everybody knows your business and quirky, but lovable, neighbors.

A native Texan, Loralee has called West Michigan home since her marriage, but still misses seeing the bluebonnets in the Spring. Her love of travel took her to Ireland to celebrate her 80th birthday. As a child with a vivid imagination, her library card was a treasured possession. Although encouraged by her high school English teacher to put her imagination into stories, Loralee’s first published novel, Accidental Hero for Harlequin, didn’t debut until after marriage and raising a family. Since then, she’s had a cozy mystery published by Bell Bridge Books and three romance novels published by Tell-Tale Publishing. Her greatest love, however, will always be her family.

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Diane's Review:
5 Stars
I love Loralee Lillibridge's books. They're full of downhome Texas charm, strong heroines, and hunky heroes. She does it again in Cowboys, Castles, and Cradles. As Gracie takes control of her family ranch, she recognizes her shortcomings. She's just as ignorant of ranching as she is of child raising. Yet, she doesn't shrink away from her responsibilities. She's determined to learn. Originally, Whit just wants her signature on an oil & gas lease, then he'll go his own way, far away from his money-driven family. Delivering twins, volunteering to be a ranch hand, and falling for Gracie puts a crimp in his plans. Everything he wants is right in front of him. Yet . . .

Gracie & Whit dance around each other, neither totally trusting the other with their secrets. I didn't understand his reluctance to talk to her about the lease. It wasn't like he was taking away her land. In fact, he would be helping her financially. That aside, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As always, I look forward to Ms. Lillibridge's next book.

Saturday, August 5, 2017


 Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors where authors share an 8 - 10 sentence snippet. Be sure to visit the other authors. You can find them here.

Thanks to everyone who visited last week. I love your comments as you try to figure out where the story is going. Last week, Dillan confronted Rissa in the dark spaceport, assuming she and her cohorts are robbing the ship next to his.

Rissa never had to look up to most men, other than Kiran. Her size used to bother her, but since she began running a tavern on the Frontier, she was grateful for her height and strength, yet this man made her feel small. When she looked up, her hood and mask slipped so much she couldn’t see him very well. His overlong hair hung down to blend in with a heavy beard, and his broad shoulders and chest made her think twice about taking him down—that and the blaster in his hand.
“Am I interrupting something?” he asked with fake casualness.
“Nah,” she said, trying to disguise her voice and waved her hand, equally casual, “just a little surprise party for the pilot.”
“Stealing a man’s cargo is hardly worthy of a party,” he said, his tone no longer casual but harsh, “what the—”
Rissa looked over her shoulder at Pela, a child attached to both of her hands, as she led a parade of children to the open back door of the spaceport where Kiran waved her forward.
“Is that a slave ship?” the man behind her demanded.
After leaving the children with Kiran, Pela rushed to Rissa, crying, “The kids are really scared, the pilot told them slavers might try to take them away.”

Apologies for the creative punctuation, which was done to keep within the sentence limit.

Who knew rescuing two girls from traffickers would bring down a world of hurt?

After tavern owner Rissa Dix rescues two girls from a slave ship, she must rally the townsfolk to prevent traffickers from returning. Mining heir Dillan Rusteran has loved her for years. Little do they know that by rescuing more children they're tangling with a galactic trafficking ring.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

A Jonathon Stone Mystery Short Story Summer by James Moushon @jimhbs

You all know I love mysteries. (I'd better since I write them. lol) James Moushon is not only a mystery writer, but he's super helpful promoting authors. So I'm happy to help James let everyone know about his mystery short story summer. Operation Asian Tiger looks so good I had to pick it up. I mean, 99 cents is quite a deal. Check out this series.

JUST RELEASED for only 99 cents: Buy From Amazon
Operation Asian Tiger - A Jonathon Stone Mystery Short Story

Chuck Chun joins Jonathon Stone in a mundane assignment in Singapore. The dull surveillance op quickly turns from boring to the search for terrorists and the solution of an international tragedy. The Royal Malaysian Police are going in the wrong direction as Jonathon uses the vast resources of the CIA to zero in on the truth.


James Moushon is a Mystery writer and a published writer in the electronic document field.
Starting over 15 years ago, he helped lead the startup of the electronic forms industry in the creation, conversion and usage of electronic forms by supplying that industry with a continuing source of published literature, software products and training seminars.
In 2003, Moushon changed his focus to ebooks and their development.
He is the author of the Jonathon Stone Mystery Novels. He has published three books: Black Mountain Secrets, Game of Fire, The Cajun Ghost, a collection of short stories called: Operation Alpha Dog all featuring Jonathon Stone.
A Jonathon Stone Mystery Short Story Summer is being released as we speak:
Operation No Sanctuary (June 2017), Operation Camp Navajo (July 2017), and Operation Asian Tiger (August 2017). All featuring CIA Agent Jonathon Stone.
He has spent the majority of his adult life developing computer systems and thinking about writing mysteries.


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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Guest @PatriciaKiyono and The Road to Escape

My guest today is long-time friend and frequent carpooler, Patricia Kiyono. Patty writes delightful, heartwarming stories. She's here to tell us about being part of a multi-author project. I finished this book late last night. My review is at the end.

The Road to Escape by Patricia Kiyono
Book One in The Escape Reunion Series, a multi-author project

Sometimes it takes a village… to write a book!

Writing is often described as a lonely profession. An author spends a lot of time working alone, other than the characters in his or her mind. But I’ve found that the end result is much better when other eyes, ears, and minds are part of the project.

In the case of The Road to Escape, I presented the idea of a patriarch who’s been estranged from his children. He receives a medical diagnosis that causes him swallow his pride and invite the children all home for a reunion. I suggested that I could write the patriarch’s story and asked if anyone would be willing to write stories for his children. Several other authors in my publishing house liked the idea, and came on board. Together, we brainstormed online and came up with names, locations, professions, and conflicts between their characters and their father.

But the collaborations didn’t end there. As we began writing, we knew we had to include scenes or memories of the other characters, so we shared bits and pieces with each other to be sure our visions of the characters matched what others thought. Thank goodness for emails, texts, and Facebook Messenger!

Face-to-face brainstorming sessions really helped. My brainstorming buddies from MMRWA were helpful in helping me work out how I could make different scenarios work. Sometimes I just needed ideas, and wherever a group of creative people gathers, ideas abound. My daughter and niece always provide valuable feedback on how younger characters would look, speak, and react in various situations. My character has a teenage granddaughter who comes to stay with him, so I needed ideas on how she would be dressed, so I asked them, as well as my own granddaughters.

Last, but not least, I enlisted the help of people in the professions of my characters. Tom Cooper is a part-time attorney who owns and runs an alpaca farm. Laurie Matthews is a former nurse who runs a diner. I met and/or chatted with people in all those professions to make sure my descriptions of the things Tom and Laurie did were realistic and accurate.

 So while the actual writing is done alone, it takes a wide circle of contributors to make a book come to life.

Author Bio:
Patricia Kiyono was born in Japan and raised in southwest Michigan, where she lives with her very tolerant husband, near their five children, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Her first career was teaching, which she still does part-time at a local university. In addition to writing, she likes to sew and scrapbook. She also loves to travel, always on the lookout for special locations and historical details for her books.

Patricia Kiyono can be found on Amazon and at her  website, blogFacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+Pinterest

Tom Cooper left his high-pressure law practice in Indianapolis for life on an alpaca farm in the tiny northwest Indiana town of Escape. Though he continued to practice law, the farm provided a good life for him, his wife, and their four children. But when his wife died, grief consumed him and the children all left. He’s resigned to doing things alone, but a disturbing medical diagnosis could change things.

Laurie Matthews left her nursing job in shame. The town of Escape has welcomed her, and she now owns the local diner. She’s attracted to the handsome widower who comes in for coffee and a hot meal, but keeps her distance, because everyone she’s ever loved has died – her grandparents, her parents, her husband, and one other.

A romantic relationship isn’t on the agenda for either of them, but when the diner falls on hard times, Tom steps in to help, paving the way for them both to escape the loneliness in their lives.

He was no stranger to big city fashion, but the girl standing in his doorway was unlike anyone he’d ever seen in Indy or Chicago — or any other place. From her unkempt multi-colored hair down to the tips of her worn sneakers she oozed rebellion. What was she doing here so far away from a city? His gaze went back up to her face and he prepared to ask if she was lost, but her first words shocked the thought from his mind.

“So. You must be Gramps.”

His mouth hung open and she shifted a bit. But the uncertainty disappeared under a mask of bravado. 

“You gonna make me stand out here? It’s not all that warm, you know.”

He started to step back, but caution reared its head. “Wait. I don’t know who you are. How do you know me?”

She did an eye-roll. “I just called you Gramps. Doesn’t that tell you anything? Do I need to spell it out for you?”

“I don’t have any grandchildren.”

“Yeah, you do. Me.” She struck a confident posture and held out a hand. “Nickie Jones.”

He shook the hand briefly. “So one of my kids had a child umpteen years ago and never told me?”

“That sums it up.”

“Which one?”

“Michael, I guess.”

“Now I know you’re lying. Michael’s dead.”

“Right. He died before I was born. I didn’t know much about him — or you — until yesterday.”

Pain gripped his gut as it did every time he thought about his second son. Of all his children, Tom had had the highest hopes for Michael. He’d been bright, curious, and ambitious. He’d been accepted into some top colleges. But he’d been in love with Regan—

He studied the girl again. Almond-shaped brown eyes stared back at him. That gaze that bore into him, as if reading his mind. “You’re Regan’s girl.”

The Road to Escape can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, and Kobo.

Diane's Review:

A touching story about second chances on life and love. Patricia Kiyono brings ordinary characters to life in an unforgettable way. An alpaca farmer and the diner owner have loved and lost. Maybe this time they'll have their happy-ever-after. This book is the first in a series. I'm looking forward to reading the others.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

#IWSG Pet Peeves

It's the 1st Wednesday. Happy Insecure Writers Support Group Day. IWSG is the brainchild Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh.

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Thanks, Alex, for starting this group and keeping it going. And thanks to this month's awesome hosts: Christine Rains, Dolarah @ Book Lover, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Yvonne Ventresca, and LG Keltner!

Pet Peeves

Sorry for leaving such an abrupt note (no post) last month, but I didn’t want you all to think I forgot. July was even crazier than I expected. (If you missed my note, our Arizona family moved in with us until they can find a house here in West Michigan. Son, daughter-in-law, two-year-old Toddler Girl, a Great Dane, and a Labrador Retriever.) After a couple of weeks, our household settled into a form of normalcy. Son went off to work and has regular days off. DIL works out of my office downstairs, Toddler Girl has a part-time sitter, giving Hubs and I time to ourselves. She also takes three-hour naps, during which time I usually take a nap, too. LOL

That little girl makes us laugh all the time. Besides her antics, her expressions are so darn cute. “Thank you, welcome” came from her parents trying to teach her manners. Or “my help you . . . peez” translates to “help me, please.” Her vocabulary increases in leaps and bounds. Her favorite words, right now, are “phone” and “iPad” because her over-indulgent grandmother (moi?) downloaded a couple of games on both. If I hear Elmo singing the ABCs one more time, I’ll go crazy. I’ve learned to say the phone and iPad are taking a nap.

On the home front this month, we have good news and bad news. The good news is they’ve found a house nearby. The bad news is they will move at the end of this month. I know I should be happy that everyone will have their own space, and we’ll be back to our own normal. Having a two-year-old crawl up on my lap and snuggle in is the best feeling in the world. I loved it when the other two grandkiddies did it, and I missed it until TG came along. I’m sure her twin brothers (who come in November) will do it, too. When they all move, I’ll miss those moments, even if I should enjoy the peace and quiet.

On the writing front . . . Let’s say I’m storing up ideas by reading. I did do some writing on a YA space adventure thanks to an 8-hour road trip picking up the older grandkids from camp. (I wrote about it on the Paranormal Romantics blog.) Other than that, I’m barely keeping up with blog obligations, though I gave up trying to do my Monday Morning Musing. I will get back to writing on my two projects: the sci-fi romance THE SPY and the spin-off from my Alex O’Hara mysteries JAILBIRDS AND WEDDING BELLS.

Meanwhile, as I mentioned above, I’ve been reading. Since this month’s question asks about our pet peeves, I can easily respond. Poor editing drives me nuts. A common misconception is that these would be self-published books. Au contraire. Many are from publishers. Those of us who self-publish pay for good editing, at least I do. And I read and reread my edited manuscripts so I don’t miss any mistakes. After all, my name is on the book. I want to be proud of my work. But what in heaven’s name is wrong with publishers (companies or self) that put out books with frequent misuse of punctuation or wrong use of homonyms or spelling errors? I can understand one or two mistakes. (Despite all the work done by my freelance editor and myself, a reader contacted me about spelling errors in my latest book. Yikes! You can bet I fixed those promptly.) But repeated grammar/spelling errors indicates sloppy editing. My solution? Close the book and don’t finish. Why should I bother to read it if the author/publisher/editor didn’t care enough to make sure it’s error-free?

How about you? What pet peeves do you have about books?

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