This is my stop during the book blitz for Let It Be Me by Laura Chapman. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 21 till 27 October. See the tour schedule here.
Let It Be Me (Amarillo Sour #2)
By Laura Chapman
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Age category: Adult
Release Date: September 30, 2019
You can find Let It Be Me on Goodreads
You can buy Let It Be Me here:
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- Google Play
Check out book 1 in this series: Counting on You
Is love worth the risk?
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About the Author:
Laura Chapman is the award-winning and Amazon best-selling author of sweet and sexy romantic comedies. A born and raised Nebraska girl, she loves watching football, traveling, crafting, and baking. When she isn’t writing her next story, she is probably working at a museum by day and binge-watching Netflix with her cats Jane and Bingley at night. So, basically, she’s living large.
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Excerpt - Let It Be Me
James Mitchell didn’t need a PhD to figure out why he’d been called into the department chair’s office. Unzipping his leather jacket, he slouched into the chair usually reserved for harried professors and students pleading for extra credit. Today, he was neither.
Still nursing a bit of a hangover from the previous evening, he didn’t bother to cover his mouth as he yawned and made himself comfortable.
He figured they might be in there a while.
Dr. Ferguson—chair of the history department and, more importantly, his boss—didn’t waste time on salutations.
It’s come to my attention that you failed to have your ‘War in the Middle Ages’ class on Monday.” Her ice-cold stare met his from across the desk, threatening to give him frostbite. “Again.”
That simply wasn’t true. James was more than willing—eager, even—to accept blame for any and all of his missteps. But he wasn’t about to let people spread lies about him.
“Actually, we held class.”
“But you didn’t lecture, did you?”
On that point, he could agree. Partially. “I provided an alternative educational experience.”
Her eyes narrowed into slits. “You showed a movie.”
“A movie set during the Middle Ages.”
He’d even selected one about the Crusades, which even Dr. Ferguson—a post-Enlightenment scholar—had to know was period appropriate.
“You played Robin Hood.”
A movie set, in part, in a medieval battle zone. It was on topic.
He studied the cuff of his leather fencing jacket. “It illustrates domestic issues and conflicts of the time shown through a mythical story.”
Granted, the Robin Hood in this particular adaptation didn’t have a British accent. So it wasn’t accurate, strictly speaking. Still, if he—a displaced Brit—could tolerate Kevin Costner and Christian Slater, his boss should too.
If possible, her scowl grew even more ferocious. There was no accounting for some people’s taste, he supposed.
She shook her head. “I could look past the movie if you hadn’t called in sick on Tuesday.”
“Yes, I . . . came down with something.”
“It would seem you ‘came down’ with soccer tickets.”
He flinched inwardly at her word choice. Before he could explain that everyone else in the world called it football, Fergie flipped her computer monitor around. There, in full color, was the Manchester United exhibition match held in Kansas City earlier that week. And there, in the middle of the photo, he stood with his face painted in red and white.
“That could be anyone,” he lied.
“Manchester United has quite a following, even over here.”
Wordlessly, she clicked over to the next photo. In it, a pretty brunette held up a sign that boldly said, “HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAMES!” with an arrow pointing right at him.
Based on the set of Dr. Ferguson’s jaw, he gathered she wouldn’t care that the woman was just a friend. The bartender at his favorite pub no less. She also probably wouldn’t care that the tickets had been a present from Sidney and Ford, the bar’s owner.
He lifted a shoulder. “They’re my team. It was my first chance to see them play live since I moved here.”
As a lifelong fan, it had been a miserable two years.
“You also have a job to do here,” she reminded him. “One that your status in this country depends on.”
He knew that, of course, but he was glad she was well aware of that fact too.
“I covered the class,” he said.
“You had your teaching assistant give a repeat showing of Robin Hood.”
“It was ‘Introduction to the Middle Ages.’ They hadn’t seen it yet.”
She muttered under her breath. He wasn’t certain, but she might have been counting to ten. In Old French.
After taking a moment to recover her patience, she slid on a pair of glasses and read from a notebook. “You slept through your office hours on Wednesday morning.”
The drive back from Kansas City had taken longer than expected. He’d been tired.
“You told Dr. Anderson to ‘sod off’ when he asked you to peer review his paper.”
Dr. Anderson should have known better than to ask. He specialized in the American Gilded Age. Their areas of expertise weren’t remotely close in geography or time.
“You skipped the planning meeting for our upcoming Renaissance fair.”
Again, not his area of study. Even if it was, he wouldn’t be caught dead at such a mockery of an event. The inaccuracies would drive him mad. While he could forgive Hollywood for its anachronisms, scholars should be held to a higher standard.
“And you missed your deadline with the press.” She frowned. “The first draft of your new book was due last night.”
“Actually, it was due in January.” At least according to his copy of the contract with the university’s press. “This was the extension.”
“It was your extension’s extension.” She dropped the notepad and ripped off her glasses. “Your editor tells me you won’t even answer her calls.”
“Do let her know I received the fruit basket she sent over. The kumquats and persimmons were a particularly nice touch.”
If possible, her scowl grew even more ferocious. “This is simply unacceptable.”
He certainly hoped so. “Understood.”
“You do realize what this means?”
He did. He was in breach of contract. Combined with his increasingly erratic behavior and his failure to complete his duties, there was no way she could let him get away with it any longer.
Thank God for that. James was running out of ideas on ways to get fired.
II'm the queen of the earworm. I was just singing one of my regulars and my husband said "you haven't had that one in a while". Some people have recurring dreams (Me as well) and I have recurring earworms.
Here's the song in question - I'm pretty sure he wanted to leave me the week I watched the movie Dumplin' on Netflix. I'm not known for singing the whole song of even getting the words right. Let's be honest - I annoy myself. Anyway, you're welcome my friends.
I don't know that I would describe myself as an optimist but I sure do try and get up in the morning and find the joy in my day. Right now I'm feeling good about my book like. I'm part of a box set - Romancing the Holidays - that comes out Nov 1 but you can pre-order it now and it's doing pretty well. I also have a new cinnamon bay novella out for Christams - A Christmas Arrangement - and it's also on pre-order so I'm on track for my 2019 goal of releasing 12 books this year.
Meanwhile, just like everyone I have things going on in my real life that give me pause. That of course influences my "musical stylings". Who are we kidding I have no musical style. I like what I like and that's that.
I'm known for my ability to cry in any situation and I just had a cry to this song. I don't know if music helps or hinders my ability to cope some days but music definitely touches us in ways nothing else does. I just heard this one and had a good cry.
Still I'd rather have a happy ear worm than a sad one. i haven't got the time or the enrgy to be cryng all the time. Cryings is nothing if not exhausting so I'll leave you with my happy earmworm that stays with me if I hear it on the radio. Fun fact I'm not a bihg Justin Beiber fan but I love everything he does with Ed Sheeran.
Here are some fun new releases to get you reading this weekend!
Moonlight, Magnolias, and Magic (More in Heaven and Earth Book 4) Kindle Edition
A cursed ring. A forgotten grave. A magical enemy. Can Annabella escape her family's fate?
Annabella has done her best to put behind her all memories of her childhood being raised as an unwanted ward in the gothic family mansion. As the secretary to the flamboyant Errol, Duke of Winchester, she's seen the world and avoided her family's clutches.
But now she must return to that elegantly-decayed, antebellum house on the historic Battery in Charleston, South Carolina, where the "moonlight and magnolias" atmosphere hides some deadly family secrets. Returning for the wake of her aged relative, Henrietta, who hasn't left her South of Broad showplace for decades, Annabella walks into the chilly embrace of her Cousin Beatrix and the woman's much-too-attractive new assistant, Armand, whose words of encouragement and warning keep arriving inexplicably in her mind.
In just a few hours, the house reclaims her. She finds herself waking up in her deceased relative's bed and clothes, Henrietta's ring on an unremovable chain around her neck. And, even as she begins to realize that magic is real and her friends and Armand hope to save her with it, it's starting to look as though the terrifying mansion and its demonic secrets may never let her leave.
Katherine Gilbert, author of the quirky urban fantasies Protecting the Dead and Unearthly Remains, shows a more serious side in this chilling Southern Gothic tale (but not without a bit of quirk!). On a Gilbert wackiness scale of 1-to-10 sarcastic talking cats*, this one is about a 3.
*Warning: Not all stories contain talking cats. Wackiness may take other forms.
The More in Heaven and Earth series is all set in the same magical universe filled with angels, witches, werewolves, demons, vampires, ghosts, and many other supernatural creatures. They can be read either in order or as stand-alones and will introduce you to a variety of fascinating characters, as they take you to various parts of this unusual earth. Get it here
King & Queen of the Poker Game (King & Queen series Book 4)
Tess is fearless, from her fiery red hair—complete with tiara—all the way down to her rainbow-striped knee socks. She’s on the hunt for a unicorn. Who knew it would be so hard to find a man who could keep up with her, let alone pass her rigorous second date test? But when Oliver draws a royal straight, all hearts, she’s the one who’s running scared.
Oliver used to think love was the safe bet. After witnessing his parents’ marriage tumble like a house of cards, he tries to break his habit of clinging to love. But old habits die hard.
When Oliver goes all in, Tess folds. They up the ante by changing the rules only to face unforeseen challenges. Will they discover that life—and love—don’t require tests and schemes, and is this the secret to drawing the winning hand?
Place your bets on love with the King & Queen romantic comedy series. Get it here
Christmas at the Chateau: Marsh Saga Series Novella
Following on from Millie, the first book in The Marsh Sagas series, now comes a holiday novella, Christmas at the Chateau!
Join the family again as they spend Christmas with Millie and Jeremy at Chateau Dumont.
It’s a time of coming together, yet sisters Prue and Cece have very different ideas about how to celebrate the holiday and their clash of personalities also causes damage to their hearts.
All Millie wants is a happy home, yet her warring sisters try her patience and she’s stuck in the middle! Not only that, but her husband Jeremy is dealing with his own problems regarding his parentage, her mother is acting strangely, and her grandmother is as opinionated as always!
Will Christmas at the Chateau bring the family together or tear them apart?
This novella is an accompaniment and should be read after Millie.
Get it here
Snowflakes and Sparks: A Small-Town Christmas Romance (Old Pine Cove Book 1)
One small town. One swoon-worthy neighbor. One second chance at love.
Old Pine Cove is the one place on earth Suzie swore she’d never return to, but then her boss asks her to manage one of their bookstores there. Since it’s only temporary, she agrees. Besides, what could possibly go wrong?
Gosh, how naïve of her.
Alex Denverton opening the door with that smoldering look of his, that’s what could go wrong. It’s been ten years since she broke his car and his heart. How is she supposed to focus on work knowing he’s right next door? And why did she even agree to organize the annual Winter Walk with him?
One thing is certain, though. If Suzie wants to have a magical Christmas, she can’t ask Santa to make it happen. It’s up to her to decide: go big or go home.
Snowflakes and Sparks is a small-town Christmas romance in the Old Pine Cove series, full of humor and heart.
Get it here.
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New Release friday is back
Happy reading. I haven't done new release Friday in a while - life got crazy - but I have several author friends, some who I know online, some whom I've worked with in series and others I just like to read to share with you this week.
Rissa's Rebel Heart (The Sweethearts of Country Music Book 1)
When six musicians come together to form an all-girl country band, The Sweethearts of Country Music are born. But can they balance their musical worlds with their personal lives?
Rissa Walker dreams of making it big in country music, but after seven years in Music City—and with very little success to show for it—she’s beginning to lose hope. When she’s offered the chance to join an all-girl country band, Rissa finds herself surrounded by five of the most talented musicians in Nashville, a tough-talking manager with a heart of gold, and her manager's son. A son who happens to be a handsome single father whose kiss leaves her weak in the knees.
Jake McCann grew up in the business, so he knows a thing or two about country music. When he hears Rissa perform at a wedding reception, he thinks she’d be the perfect addition to the all-girl country band his mom hopes to bring to Nashville. What he doesn’t know is just how hard he’ll fall for the beautiful songwriter. And he really doesn’t know how he’s going to live without her when she and the band go on tour.
With a hectic tour schedule, and hundreds of miles of highway between them, can Rissa and Jake’s relationship stay in tune? Or, will Rissa have to choose between her music and her heart?
The Sweethearts of Country Music series includes six books by six different authors. Each novel features a member of the band as she struggles to balance music and love. get it here
Happily Ever Hers: A fake relationship/movie star/ex-military hero romantic comedy! (Movie Stars in Maryland Book 2
Juliet Manchester is America’s best-loved movie starlet. But when a nasty divorce and a sex-tape scandal threaten to tarnish her spotless good-girl reputation, she turns to co-star Ryan McDonnell to help distract the media with a passionate (and completely fake) new romance. The only problem? They’re both in love with other people.
Going home for Gran’s 90th in Maryland was something I normally would’ve been looking forward to. But the timing is terrible. My ex is dragging me through a media scandal (even though he’s the one who cheated. Spectacularly. On the kitchen island. With my personal chef), and if I had my way, I’d stay out of the spotlight entirely.
But America’s Sweetheart has to be okay, and my agent is positive the best way to convince America that I’m not in the midst of a breakdown is to date my latest co-star.
He’s hot. He’s sweet. And he’s willing.
But he’s not the man I’m in love with.
The former Marine bodyguard who’s been stationed inside my house by the private security firm I employ is nothing like a movie star. He’s rough around the edges, from the wrong side of the tracks… and one-hundred percent exactly my type.
But the two of us together? Could cost us both our jobs.
I just need to remember that Jace Morgan is here to protect me. Not to love me.
But when he comes along to Maryland? Lines get crossed, and I’m not talking about the Mason-Dixon, y’all.
Happily Ever Hers is a full-length laugh-out-loud romcom with narcoleptic pugs, cursing Grans who drink too many Manhattans, and a stoic ex-military hero who just might break your heart. (Standalone and no cliffhanger!) Get it here
Love in Charge: Powerful Women, Powerful Love Kindle Edition
When this woman steps into a room, heads turn and people listen. Whether she’s commanding a new business venture, coaching a collegiate football team, or diagnosing and healing people, she’s focused, influential, and passionate, and she’s not about to apologize for it.
But there is loneliness and fears that she can’t ignore, and questions soon follow. Is a second chance meant to be when the first was a disaster? Is her distrust of all men warranted when only one has truly ever hurt her? Can she set aside an age difference to find love?
Most of all… when a man who is everything she’s never realized she wanted is right in front of her, will she be ready for the biggest undertaking of her life?
Lose yourself in these three novellas of powerful women learning that sometimes love is the one in charge.
**All earnings from this anthology will be donated to the GLSEN Omaha chapter. GLSEN Omaha's mission is to "ensure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression." get it here
No More Bad Dates: A romantic comedy of love, friendship... and tea (High Tea Book 1) (Cozy Cottage Café 5)
Three friends form the No More Bad Dates Pact: stop dating the wrong guys and start dating the right ones - weirdos and jerks need not apply.
Twenty-five-year-old Sophie McCarthy's career is virtually nonexistent, her family expects her to "do something important" with her life, and she's totally sick of dating the wrong guys: the self-absorbed, the arrogant, the borderline criminally insane.
After she's unceremoniously dumped during the vows at her boss's wedding, she and her two equally disappointed-in-love best friends agree to help each other find decent guys to date. Together, they form the No More Bad Dates Pact: stop dating the wrong guys and start dating the right ones--weirdos and jerks need not apply.
When Sophie's roommate Jason Christie--a.k.a. doctor-in-training and serial nurse-dater--joins the pact, he vows to weed out the bad ones for her. But with his rejection of every guy Sophie meets, she begins to wonder if he's got an ulterior motive. And anyway, why does she always have so much more fun with Jason than with the guys she's actually trying to date?
While desperately seeking her "happy for now," could Sophie stumble into her "happily ever after?"
High Tea is a spin-off of Kate O'Keeffe's bestselling Cozy Cottage Café series. Escape to New Zealand in this fun, feel-good chick lit series! Get it here
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et's meet Jacqui Greig the editor of the new magazine BLUSH, designed just for romance readers.
I was recently at the Romance Writers of Australia Conference in Melbourne where I met Jacqui at a cocktail party. She and her husband looked like glamorous super-models. I had a terrible cold and looked like death warmed up. Still lovely soul that she is we got chatting about all things romance , books and the media. It turns out we did the same degree at the same university - although I was more than a few years ahead of her.
Naturally I started following Blush on social media and reached out to ask her about the magazine for this blog. What could be more on theme for Writers on Wednesday than writing a blog about someone who writes about writers.
So here we go:
1. What made you decide to start a magazine in general?
My background is in journalism and I've worked on several different magazines - I actually published my own print women's lifestyle magazine for a couple of years! I was aware of some amazing platforms that allow you to host a digital magazine (no overheads!) and I'd always thought that if there were a magazine for romance readers, I would definitely read it! Plus, I kept reading romance novels and getting to The End and wanting MORE! I wanted to know about the author and their inspiration and their thoughts and, basically, what they had for breakfast. Blush gives me an opportunity to fangirl over authors without getting slapped with a restraining order. With so many amazing blogs already dedicated to the genre, I thought a digital magazine could be fun and different.
2. Why romance novels? What is it about them that excites you?
I pretty much exclusively read romance. Okay, I definitely exclusively read romance. There is no other genre of book that I could imagine dedicating a whole magazine to. 12 times a year. Nope. But romance? Where do I start?! There is so. much. to. talk. about. I adore the community of romance readers and writers and just want to revel in their awesomeness, which Blush allows me to do!
3. Who is Blush Magazine for?
Blush Magazine is for those many, many readers of romance who want more than ‘The End’.It is a digital magazine taking readers beyond the pages of their favourite books - to meet their favourite authors. This the first editorial-based magazine focused solely on the romance novel industry - interviewing authors, following trends, delving into tropes and the many intricacies specific to the romance genre.
Blush Magazine provides insightful, thought-provoking, and fun editorial content on a monthly basis. The September issue just released...and guess whose book happens to get a mention?!
You can learn more about Blush Magazine here.
And look here's Jacqui doing her editorial thing for the magazine and you can see Shut Up and Dance With Me right there!
Happy release day to me!
It's release day for Shut Up and Dance With Me, Oceanic Dreams Book 7 and I'm super excited to be sharing this sweet, fun read with you.
All the books take place during the same week on a cruise ship - it's a singles cruise but my characters are there for a wedding. Sandy and Danny are standing up for their friends who are remarrying and neither of them is exactly pleased to be there or to be seeing each other again.
This is an enemies to lovers story which isn't my usual jam but as this is my 25th book under my own name it was nice to shake things up. Speaking of shaking - there are lots of cocktails shaken and stirred just like the emotions in this book.
Blurb: Shut Up And Dance With Me
As they set sail for madness and mayhem aboard Oceanic Aphrodite as Sandy and Danny stand up as witnesses to their friends second marriage. The maid of honor and best man can only agree on two things - this wedding is a bad idea and they can't stand each other. A week on a cruise ship is a long time and hard though they try to avoid each other, the universe has other ideas. All aboard for a fun opposites-attract romance for lovers of cocktails, second chances and happily ever afters.
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Happy release day to Kirsty McManus author of I Thought It Was You, the latest release in the Oceanic Dreams series.
Every book in the series is named after a song title. Why did you choose this song for your book?
I actually started out by googling songs that were about mistaken identity, and I Thought It Was You by Herbie Hancock came up. I’d never heard it before, but instantly loved it. It seemed like it would suit a cheesy cruise, but it is also a very cool song for its time. I’ve heard people say Daft Punk must have used him for inspiration.
What song(s) are you currently listening to/loving and why?
I hardly get a chance to listen to my own music lately, because my boys hog Spotify at home and in the car. Thankfully, I don’t mind their taste. My eldest finds a lot of great experimental dance music (because he wants to be a DJ when he’s older) and my youngest loves rock and acoustic stuff (because he wants to be a rock star when he’s older!). One of my favourite songs at the moment is The Comedown by Ocean Alley. We all just saw them at Bluesfest in Byron Bay this year, and I love that a part of that song reminds me of the soundtrack in Labyrinth (my favourite movie as a kid).
Do you have a go to karaoke song?
Haha – yes! I lived in Japan for a year and went out to karaoke all the time with the English teachers I worked with. I always choose Just Lose It by Eminem. I’m not good at it, but it’s fun to pretend I can rap. For something a little more melodic, I sometimes choose All That She Wants by Ace of Base, or I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor.
If you had to choose your theme song what would it be?
Emotional Rescue by The Rolling Stones. I don’t know about the lyrics, but it is a very cool song to strut around to!
Circle in the Sand is out now - download your copy today and don't forget to read the whole Oceanic Dreams series!
1. Every book in the series is named after a song title. Why did you choose this song for your book?
My book didn’t have a title. I hadn’t even considered one yet. One day while making dinner I had my Google Mini playing me an 80s playlist. “Circle in the Sand” by Belinda Carlisle came on. I had her cassette tape (yes, cassette tape) and loved that song. It just felt like the perfect title for my Oceanic Dreams book.
2. What song(s) are you currently listening to/loving and why?
I am always listening to James Arthur. I love his song “Say You Won’t Let Go” and his newest, “Falling Like the Stars” is like a follow up to it. I am also obsessed with “Dynasty” by MIIA and most songs by NF. I don’t usually listen to Ariana Grande but I really like her new one “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored.”
3. Do you have a go to karaoke song?
Um, no. I don’t do karaoke. Well, I shouldn't say that. I would do karaoke in my parent’s basement with only a few people around. They have a big karaoke collection. I don’t have a specific song I sing, though.
4. If you had to choose your theme song what would it be?
Right now I would have to say “High Hopes” by Panic! At the Disco. I honestly have heard the song so much that I tend to change the channel now when it comes on. But I love the message and it’s very relatable.