Guest Post: KG Fletcher

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Reigning Hearts ~ Book Three

A billionaire heiress walks into a bar…

When Fiona Merrill finds herself without a date on New Year’s Eve, the frustrated New York socialite takes matters into her own hands. After way too many glasses of champagne, she propositions the familiar bartender with an offer he can’t refuse. But the handsome, Brooklyn-born drink-slinger turns out to be a lot more than she bargained for.

Chris Ballard lives with his mother, biding his time until he can save enough money to completely renovate his crumbling farmhouse in upstate New York. An opportunity for some quick cash is a no-brainer, and with the amount of money Fiona offers him, he is eager to agree to her scheme.

In a world of have and have nots, posing as the next Manhattan power couple is the easy part. Things become challenging when Chris dares Fiona to go deeper than what her pampered life style offers. Is it possible for the heiress to change her ways and discover a bigger purpose? Or will the poor little rich girl continue her selfish ways with only her money to keep her warm?

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About the author: Dubbed, “The Singing Author,” KG Fletcher lives in Atlanta, GA withKelly fletcher her husband Ladd and three sons. She is an active member of RWA and Georgia Romance Writers. Her Amazon Bestseller, GEORGIA PINE was a FINALIST for the 2019 Maggie Award of Excellence.  KG is a hopeless romantic continuing her work on her original cabaret act called, “The Novel Romantic – an unexpected evening of sweet & spicy love” to help promote her romance novels. She is also a conference speaker and shares how music can enhance a writer’s experience.

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Sweet & Sassy Holiday

You can find details on this holiday-themed boxed set under my “holiday” reviews. But basically: Like most boxed sets or anthologies, there were books in here that I absolutely loved (Mischievous Christmas Angel) and others that were okay, but didn’t draw me in. Still, that being said, I definitely recommend this set. The stories are really good and all have a HEA that satisfies. Buy the set, sit back with your favorite beverage, and enjoy.

Guest Author: Parker Foye

HartOfWinter_FBbanner_DSPFor this stop on my blog tour, I wanted to share an exclusive excerpt from one of my favourite scenes in Hart of Winter. Luc Marling is a shapeshifter, cursed to change into a stag every sunset if not for his magical cuffs. However—and more importantly—Luc is an absolute goof of a man, and he is smitten with Rob Lentowicz, who is newly arrived in town.

In this scene, they’ve arranged to meet at a bar called L’Arbre. Luc has no idea if it’s a date. He wants it to be. He hopes it is. He’s been thinking about it a lot. So much, that he goes on autopilot when greeting Rob.

… Did I mention Luc’s family is French?

I hope you enjoy this scene!

Excerpt:

Warm air brushed over Luc’s skin when L’Arbre’s door opened and closed, laughter and music spilling outside. Luc stamped his feet and wished he’d worn different boots. He ducked his nose under his scarf again and got distracted by blowing plumes of steamy breath through the folds, so when Rob tugged his sleeve for attention, he jumped.

“Shit!”

“Same to you, Prince Charming,” Rob said, though his grin took away the bite of his words.

Luc shoved his hands deeper into his pockets so he didn’t cover his face in embarrassment. At least his cheeks were already flushed with cold. No one would be able to tell the difference.

Rob wore a slim-fitting leather jacket over a flannel shirt and dark-wash jeans with cute ankle boots. Like Luc, Rob’s—freckled!—cheeks were bright with cold, and though his red beanie was pulled low, it didn’t hide the redness of his ears. Despite the brisk air, Luc felt warm. Not only from embarrassment: Rob hadn’t dressed for the weather either.

Buoyed by confidence, Luc was halfway toward the second cheek kiss when his actions registered in his brain. Rob’s aftershave was the clue, something woodsy and delicious and not at all like what Eloise or Amandine wore. He froze.

“Balls.” Would it be more awkward not to complete them? Date or not date. Would Rob even know enough about French cheek-kissing etiquette to register the difference? Unlikely. His French had been dreadful.

Noise from L’Arbre made Luc start, and the blast of warmth made him impatient. They could be indoors right now with beers in hand. His stomach twisted nervously, but he finished the second kiss—he decided against a third—and stepped back. He yanked out the tie holding his hair in a stubby tail at his nape, scrubbed his hand through it, and retied the tail, all the while looking anywhere but Rob.

Hair in place, Luc cleared his throat and finally slid his gaze to Rob, who hadn’t moved during the whole process. Indeed, he watched Luc with an odd expression, like he found Luc’s awkwardness charming.

Luc cleared his throat again. “Sorry. About the unasked-for kissing and the swearing and this general”—he gestured at himself—”sort of disaster area. Hello. Lovely to see you again. I like your interpretation of the carnation.” He pointed at Rob’s hat. “Anyway, shall we get a drink so I can start repressing all this for my subconscious to torture me with later?”

For a moment Rob continued to watch Luc in silence. Then a grin broke onto his face like he’d landed his first box jump. His eyes crinkled at the corners, and Luc saw one of his front teeth was slightly crooked, and his laugh. Rob laughed like he couldn’t get enough breath, like he wanted the world to know how funny he found Luc’s awkwardness.

Luc resisted getting defensive; there was nothing malicious about Rob’s laughter. Luc snorted and waved his hand in a little bow, as was his due. When he finally wheezed and straightened up, Rob clapped Luc on the back and somehow turned the move into a slide of his arm over Luc’s shoulders, pulling him close until Rob’s body half cradled him.

Luc could get used to the arrangement. Even if laughter was the price.

“Come on, mate. Let’s get that drink. After that performance, you deserve it,” Rob said.

Luc let himself smirk. “Sure you want to?”

“Well, no one can say I don’t know what I’m getting into now, can they? And anyway, it’s not like I minded the kissing.”

With that, Rob pulled open the door and ushered Luc ahead of him, both of them startling slightly at the wash of hot air and noise. Rob nudged Luc over to a table people were just leaving, and Luc slid onto a stool. He watched Rob gather the empty glasses together and shed his jacket at the same time, impressed by the multitasking. Luc would’ve smashed at least three glasses if he tried to do that.

Especially if he was still thinking about kissing Rob. Which he absolutely was.

Definitely a date.

Hart of Winter

Magic-using winter sports enthusiasts find love on the slopes.

Luc Marling is cursed to transform into a stag from sunset to sunrise, making him vulnerable to black-hearted collectors. Thanks to a family heirloom, Luc can contain the change—but the magic is starting to fade. Luc intends to live fast while he can and doesn’t care who he hurts along the way… until he meets Rob.

Rob Lentowicz accidentally broke the curse on a famous singer and became a magical reality-TV star. Tired of having to lie to protect his bank balance, and unwilling to destroy his family reputation with the truth, Rob runs away to France—and straight into Luc.

They navigate slopes, secrets, and each other. But are the feelings between them real—or just magic?

Parker FoyeParker Foye writes speculative-flavoured romance under the QUILTBAG umbrella and believes in happily ever after, although sometimes their characters make achieving this difficult.

An education in Classics nurtured a love of heroes, swords, monsters, and beautiful people doing stupid things while wearing only scraps of leather. You’ll find those things in various guises in Parker’s stories, along with kissing (very important) and explosions (very messy). And more shifters than you can shake a stick at.

Parker lives in the UK but travels regularly via planes, trains, and an ever-growing library.

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Guest Author: Gretchen Jeannette

This Day is OursLove is like war: easy to begin, but very hard to end.

Blurb: The American Colonies, 1776.  As the flames of revolution spread across a divided land, a shadowy figure prowls the city of Philadelphia.  Known only as Jack Flash, rebel highwayman, he preys on wealthy aristocrats loyal to the British Crown.  The unpredictable outlaw always manages to stay one step ahead of his foes.  Until the night he targets a Loyalist lady whose fiery spirit could spell his doom.

Alexandra Pennington believes she has her future well planned when a chance encounter turns her world upside down.  Betrothed to a dashing king’s man suited to her in every way, the young widow becomes entangled with an unrefined rebel fiercely opposed to British rule.  Against all reason, she finds common ground with an enemy of the Crown.  The sensible course for her is clear, but her bond with the notorious rogue will test her loyalty not only to her king but also to the man she vowed to marry.

Author Gretchen Jeannette lives and works in Chester County, Pennsylvania, an area rich in Revolutionary War and Colonial American history. Her enduring interest in 18th Century America began at a young age, inspired by the novels of Dale Van Every and Allan Eckert, whose timeless tales of adventure, romance, and action capture the essence of early American lore. Eager to read more such stories, to her disappointment, she had trouble finding them in bookstores, so she decided to write one of her own. Thus began a journey fueled by her passion for breathing life into history through believable characters, authentic historical details, and plots woven with adventure, romance, and suspense.

A lifelong student of the American War of Independence, Gretchen has published three novels set during the revolutionary era: The Devil Take Tomorrow, This Day is Ours, and A Devil of a Time.

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Guest Post: Sweet & Sassy Holiday!

sweetandsassyholidayCapture the magic of the holiday season with this collection of ELEVEN CHRISTMAS ROMANCES from New York Times & USA Today bestselling, award winning authors.

During Christmas, an angel comes to the rescue, the hardest decisions are made, assignments turn deadly, choices are made, lovers realize they are meant to be together, dreams come true, true love comes from distracting romances, and old loves show up in the nick of time.

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Mischievous Christmas Angel (new): Mimi Barbour, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author: He couldn’t cope with life or love without the help of his special angel.

My Girl (new): Jacquie Biggar, USA Today bestselling author: Sometimes, the right decision isn’t the easiest one to make.

Two Hearts’ Christmas Promise (new): Tamara Ferguson, USA Today bestselling author: Can an Air Force pilot convince his fiancé that beauty is only skin deep, when her news assignment turns deadly?

Carnations & Hot Toddy Kisses (new): Stacy Eaton, USA Today bestselling author: Is it destiny or fate that brings the past and present together?

Burning for the Nanny (new): Suzanne Jenkins, USA Today bestselling author: When Firefighter Leon Saint gets a surprise visit from a one night stand, a beautiful neighbor with a reputation comes to the rescue.

Because You Said So (new): Dani Haviland, USA Today bestselling author: Sometimes that’s all it takes.

Holiday Love: Natalie Ann, USA Today bestselling author: Can the magic of the holiday make these coworkers realize they are finally meant to be together?

Once Upon a Christmas: Denise Devine, USA Today bestselling author: When old friends reunite, will a new enemy keep them apart?

The Right Kiss: Mona Risk, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author: What’s a girl to do when she dreams about another man while in her fiancé’s arms?

Her Christmas Secret: Alicia Street, USA Today bestselling author: Lila courts a cold-hearted investor for her handmade toys, but finds herself instead drawn to a handsome maintenance man. With her sister’s family on the line, a distracting romance is the last thing she needs.

Right Man/Wrong Groom: Patrice Wilton, New York Times & USA Today bestselling author: When an old love shows up for the wedding, Nadine has to make that final choice.

 

Guest Author: Bru Baker

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Hi, everyone! I’m Bru Baker. Thanks to Vicky for having me on the blog today as I continue my release tour for Downward Facing Dreamboat.

This slow-burn novella is about a distance runner whose perspective on his life changes when an injury sidelines him from his marathon training. Kincaid has always loved running, but he didn’t realize how much of his life Bru Baker headshotwas tied up in the sport until he couldn’t run anymore.

The reality check is a harsh one. Kincaid was used to spending all his waking hours outside of work running and training for races. Even hanging out with his friends involved running–and when he can’t, it becomes apparent that he doesn’t have much else in common with them and they drift apart.

His loneliness–and a dose of tough love from his sister–encourages him to stick his neck out a bit and take some chances, both with his hobbies and his love life. Yoga is a daunting prospect for him, but he tackles it because his doctor tells him it will help him heal faster and get him back on the marathon circuit.

But when his doctor sends him to a studio that happens to employee a yoga instructor he’s been panting over in secret for months, he has to choose between keeping his attraction a secret or doing something about his loneliness even if it means risking his heart.

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Love is trying to catch up to two lonely men. Can they stop long enough to let it?

Running defines Kincaid’s life. It’s not until he loses it that he realizes how isolated he’s become. But even if an injury hadn’t forced him to slow down, the hottie in the yoga studio would have given him pause. In fact, admiring the man each morning is the only thing keeping the spring in his step when it feels like he’s lost everything.

Owen’s busy life as a yoga instructor doesn’t leave him much time to meet guys, let alone date. He’s convinced his passion for helping people is worth the sacrifice, but he’s willing to spare a few moments for the cutie who walks past the studio every morning.

When their lives intersect and romance is set in motion, they stumble off the starting block. But no matter the obstacles in their path, this race won’t be over until they reach the finish… together.

Excerpt:

“Do you have other evening commitments we need to plan around?”

Sadly, Kincaid didn’t.

“I spend most of my free time training for races, so since I can’t run I don’t have a lot going on. I have a group of friends I travel around the country with for marathons, and we usually run together after work and on weekends. I’m hoping I can get over this injury and back into running shape without having to sacrifice the Maui marathon we do every other year.”

Kincaid hadn’t realized how much of his life revolved around running until he couldn’t do it. He’d watched more Netflix in the past three weeks than he had in three years before that.

“Ooh, I can see why you wouldn’t want to miss that,” Owen said. “I’m here Monday and Wednesday evenings. I’d like to plan to do a few private lessons before we transition you to a class. That way I can help you modify poses that would put too much stress on your ankle. You can stop in or call when your PT gives you the okay to get started. If I’m not here, tell them I told them to give you my first available evening, okay? I’d rather not enable your procrastination.”

Kincaid laughed. “I promise.”

Owen’s grin lit up his face. He had laugh lines around his eyes, and they crinkled up endearingly when he smiled. “Great. I’m looking forward to it.”

Kincaid stood cautiously, but luckily the throbbing pain in his ankle had subsided.

Owen nodded approvingly.

“We’ll be taking things slow, which I know will be frustrating for you. You need to focus on your actual physical therapy more at first because you need to address the issues the stress fracture has caused before we can start preventing future damage with the yoga.”

“Yoga will help make sure this doesn’t happen again?”

Owen nodded. “It’s not a guarantee, but it will definitely help. Do you cross-train?”

Not as much as he should. Kincaid swam and lifted weights when it was too cold or wet to run outside, since he didn’t like treadmills. But mostly he ran.

“Not really, no.”

“Well, yoga will help strengthen your core and get you to stretch out those quads and hamstrings. Loosening up your legs will help your form, which can help avoid repetitive stress injuries like this one.”

He tapped the card in Kincaid’s hand.

“Be sure to call once you’re given the okay. I can tell you’re anxious to get back out there, and I swear this will help.”

“I see Dr. Chester again today for another X-ray. He told me if this one looks good, he’ll release me to physical therapy.”

“Even then, no running. Your PT will probably have you hold off on weight-bearing cardio for another week or two. Sometimes bones heal in that month off, sometimes they take longer. We won’t know till he sees your X-rays. Swimming, biking, and some faster walking will probably be the PT’s recommendation. And I’ll do my part to get your heart rate up, I promise.”

Kincaid swallowed at Owen’s unintentionally suggestive words. That wouldn’t be a problem. He’d recovered from his initial nerves, but even now Kincaid’s heart was racing from being so close to Owen. How was he going to survive having Owen guide him into yoga positions without embarrassing himself?

Owen seemed to read Kincaid’s discomfort, and he tilted his head to the side for a moment, his cheeks coloring lightly. “Ah. I didn’t mean it like that.” He looked flustered, which was adorable. “It’s just that most athletic guys figure yoga is a walk in the park, but it’s actually as easy or as difficult as you make it. If you put effort into your practice, you’ll find that it’s very satisfying.”

Kincaid’s lips twitched at Owen’s choice of words, which caused Owen to close his eyes and chuckle. “I mean, you’ll find it’s a satisfying workout. Wow. I apologize. My mind must be somewhere else today.”

“I’m looking forward to you getting my heart rate up.” Flirting openly wasn’t something Kincaid usually did, but he couldn’t help himself. Maybe he did have some game after all.

Owen coughed and looked away, but Kincaid was almost positive it was to hide a smile.

“Okay, getting us back on track. You’re obviously an avid runner. How about other sports? Any yoga before, Kincaid?”

Kincaid grinned. Owen was changing the subject, and he definitely had a faint blush to his cheeks. Kincaid was usually horrible at gauging interest from other people, but he would bet good money that Owen was enjoying their banter. He hoped there would be time to explore that later.

“Once. My sister is into it, and she dragged me to a class a few years ago. All I remember is it being ridiculously hot and not understanding most of what the instructor said for the whole hour and a half.”

“Sounds like Bikram. They heat the room to about 105 degrees Fahrenheit to help practitioners sweat out their toxins and loosen their muscles.”

“I felt like I was trying to sweat out my spleen.”

“So no Bikram yoga for you. Got it. Do you remember any of the positions? Were there any you particularly liked?”

“The only pose I remember was Natalie doing something on her belly with her feet arched up to almost touch her head. I didn’t even try that one. It seemed like there was a high risk of accidental castration.”

Owen barked out a laugh. “Probably purna salabhasana.”

“Bless you?”

“So you’re funny as well as handsome and athletic?” Owen teased, and Kincaid preened internally at the compliments. “In English it’s called full locust pose, but I always find the Sanskrit words more fun to say.”

Before Kincaid could respond, Owen held his hand up and shook his head. “Don’t worry. I don’t break out into Sanskrit until at least the fifth class.”

Kincaid was sure he still looked horrified, if the way Owen laughed was any indication. “Kidding. I always call out poses in English, and I’m right there modeling the pose for the class. Obviously while we’re doing the one-on-one sessions I’ll be there guiding you into position. Don’t worry. I won’t get you in over your head.”

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Bru Baker writes sophisticated gay romantic fiction with strong characters, real-world problems, and plenty of humor.

Bru spent fifteen years writing for newspapers before making the jump to fiction. Whether it’s creating her own characters or getting caught up in someone else’s, there’s no denying that Bru is happiest when she’s engrossed in a story. She and her husband have two children, which means a lot of her books get written from the sidelines of various sports practices.

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