Title: Something of a Spark
Author: Monique McDonell
Series: A Jewel Sisters Romance #1
Release Date: October 31, 2017
Genres: Chick Lit
Publisher: Redfish Publishing
About Something of a Spark
Sometimes keeping a secret is more trouble than it’s worth.
Growing up as one of the Jewel Sisters of Caudal Bay has never been easy for Sapphire Smith. As far as her friend’s and family are concerned she’s now a struggling radio DJ living in Sydney and working part-time as a PA for her best friend country music star Ryan Storm.
But that’s only part of the story.
When an accident in her home town brings real-life hero and firefighter Campbell into her world their relationship starts with a smoulder and slowly begins to spark. Campbell has given up his career as a corporate lawyer for a quieter, more rewarding life. He loves his new town and the welcoming atmosphere as much as Saffy loves the anonymity of the city.
As their relationship begins to heat up one thing is clear – Cam is all about honesty while Saffy has something to hide: her work partnership with Ryan involves more than social media and if the truth comes out it could be a disaster for them both.
Will Saffy come clean before their secret gets out? Or will her desire to keep people at arm’s length see her relationship with Ryan fizzle out before it has a chance to catch fire.
Where to Find Something of a Spark
Meet Monique McDonell
I am an Australian author who writes contemporary women's fiction including chick lit and romance.
I have written all my life especially as a child when I loved to write short stories and poetry. At University I studied Creative Writing as part of my Communication degree. Afterwards I was busy working in public relations I didn't write for pleasure for quite a few years although I wrote many media releases, brochures and newsletters. (And I still do in my day-job!)
When I began to write again I noticed a trend - writing dark unhappy stories made me unhappy. So I made a decision to write a novel with a happy ending and I have been writing happy stories ever since. I am the author of five stand alone novels including Mr. Right and Other Mongrels and Hearts Afire and the popular Upper Crust Series. Many of my novels focus on an Australian characters meeting and visiting US characters. I have been a member of the writing group The Writer’s Dozen for ten years. Our anthology Better Than Chocolate raised over $10,000 for the charity Room to Read and helped build a library in South East Asia. I am also a member of the Romance Writers of Australia. In 2015 had a piece on writing chick lit featured in the successful Australian non-fiction book Copyfight. I live on Sydney's Northern Beaches with my husband and daughter.
To learn more about my writing, my caffeine obsession and my upcoming books please visit www.moniquemcdonell.com.au.
Where to Find Monique
Amazon Author: https://www.amazon.com/Monique-McDonell/e/B0086R9S2U/
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1. What was the inspiration for your novel?
Deciding to participate in NaNoWriMo again, I just knew I had to start writing, and as a panster, there was no direction in mind. Having my USWeekly Magazine next to me, that had Khole Kardashian-Odom and Lamar on the cover (I loved them together), was great inspiration. With the desire to have always wanted to own a flower shop, I combined the two.
2. When did you take up writing?
I've always loved to write. As a young girl, I would create scenes using characters from soap operas, (I love "The Young & the Restless" and "The Bold and the Beautiful").
3. How important is setting/place in your writing?
Each book is different, but I try to bring scenery and atmosphere into my books.
4. Do you have a favourite character (s) in your current novel?
While I love all my characters, Connie Albright is my favorite! I know some might not like her, but with all her negativity, she has a heart, and desires love more than anything. (I might even write a novella to check-in on her, so stay tuned!)
5. What’s the best piece of writing advice you were ever given?
Try the Pomodoro Technique! I swear, after I tried this it's changed my life as an author.
6. Do you have a schedule for writing?
No, and I'm not an early riser, so I see that I write best when it's between 3:00-5:00.
7. Are you a plotter or someone who tends to wing it?
Both! It just depends on which current WIP I'm working on.
8. Can you name three of four of your current favourite books?
"Defining Her" by Samantha March, "Peri in Progress" by Cat Lavoie, and "Dangled Carat" by Hilary Grossman.
9. Can you tell me a little bit about what you are working on now?
Yes! The novella I'm working on it about a woman who is an assistant to a celebrity who is in need of a stand-in date for her appearances. What the actress doesn't know is the assistant hires the man who tortured her in high school. What will happen when everything is exposed, including that the man didn't mean to torture her, that it was his way of liking her?
10. What advice would you give to a fledgling writer to assist them on their journey?
Use the Pomodoro Technique! Try to complete five to six sessions, and you will see how much this works!
About Kards from Khloe's Flower Shop
As the owner of a successful florist shop, Khloe Harper trusts her instincts. She has a strong bond with her family and friends, but after being betrayed by her last love, she's kept herself at arms’ length from romance. When dashing entertainment attorney Derek Thomas walks into her store, Khloe’s interest is piqued. What at first seems like a business relationship quickly turns into romance, and Derek slowly plucks away the petals she’s been hiding behind. Just as Khloe lets down her guard, she discovers that Derek may not be worthy of her love after all.
Frumpy Connie Albright has a faux fascination with an imaginary man named Walt, thinking that by sending herself flowers from him she’ll feel less out-of-place with the “mean girls” she works with. When she comes face to face with her possible prince charming and thinking she might have a happy ending, when a truth is revealed, she wonders if she’ll ever have a Cinderella story.
A recently widowed senior, Gabby Lewis, isn't ready to give up on love—which means releasing herself from survivor's guilt and taking a chance on finding happiness and companionship again. After signing up for an online dating site for senior citizens, much to her surprise, she’s matched with Harry, an energetic and loving man, who quickly eases himself into her heart. Will Gabby take the leap of falling in love again, knowing it’s possible to have two loves of her life?
As each woman’s story develops through flowers and cards sent from Khloe's shop during the Fall months, they begin to learn that love can only truly blossom when you trust your heart.
Where to Find Kards from Khloe's Flower Shop
Meet Isabella Louise Anderson
Isabella grew up with a book in her hand, and to this day nothing has changed. She focuses her time on featuring other writers on her blog, Chick Lit Goddess, along with organizing Goddess Book Tours, and is a member of the Romance Writers of America.
She lives in Dallas with her husband, enjoys spicy Mexican food, margaritas, gin on the rocks (with a splash of lime). She loves spending time with family and friends and cheering on the Texas Rangers. Not only is Isabella an author, she’s also a Scentsy consultant and hoarder.
Isabella is the author of The Right Design and Cards From Khloe’s Flower Shop. Her short story, “Meet Me Under the Mistletoe,” was featured in Simon & Fig’s Christmas anthology, Merry & Bright. She’s currently working on another book.
Where to Find Isabella Louise Anderson
Chick Lit Goddess: https://chicklitgoddess.com
Amazon Author: https://www.amazon.com/Isabella-Louise-Anderson/e/B00IWCNQFO/
Enter the Giveaway
Way back in 2012 I did a series of blog posts about how to best prepare for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).
NaNoWriMo, if you don't know, is global online challenge where people commit to writing a 50,000 word novel in a month. According to their website I've succesded 5 out of the last 6 years so I guess I've learned a thing of two along the way.
You can look at the tips I shared back then. I divided them up into weekly topics and I just reread them all and I stand by the advice I gave so take a look.(Heck I even created a meal plan for you!)
Part 1 - Plan Your Writing
Part 2 - Plan Your Life for NaNoWriMo
Part 3 - Plan the month of Writing - or tips to
Part 4 - Plan to Care for your Body ( A Guest post from physiotherapist & author Terri Green)
All these years later I know the key tips for my own success are:
1. Get a lot of words down on day one - this year I launching a book, hosting an online book party, going to my writing group and lunch for a writing friend (I think we can all agree if I get my 2,000 words down I should be happy).
2. Try and do at least 2,000 words a day so that you're never behind and you have some words in the bank. I know for me Christmas celebrations seem to start in November so my social life gets nutty as the month moves along - it helps to be ahead.
3. Let people know so then when you turn them down for something you can say "Remember I have a 50,000 word novel to write" and also I like to be accountable. I'm not a fan of public failure.
4. Don't fly blind - I'm not much of a plotter but even a few notes help. Write down even five or six scenes you think you want to include..and add to the list as you go. Cross one off and add one.
5. Sprint. A writing sprint is where you set a timer for a set amount of time , for example 30 minutes, and you write. I find 30 minute 45 minute and 1 hour sprints work for me. With a couple of sprints I can make my daily word count.
6. Don't reinvent the wheel - this may not be true for others but the years I failed I switched to a cozy mystery and a women's fiction novel. The slightly different styles of books were harder for me than chicklit and romance and I struggled.
I know some people think this is a ridiculous exercise and no one can write a decent novel in a month. What I say to that is - who knows what someone else can achieve in a month? Who knows what they might create or what joy it might bring them? Who knows what they'll learn about themselves, about their writing style or the lessons they'll learn that they can take with them into 2018?
It may not be for everyone but I love the challenge, the sense of achievement and the annual lesson on how much time I waste the rest of the year.
My final advice is to have fun. Seriously - if it's not fun you'll quit. If you're not enjoying it that will come through in your writing and that's no good either.
Have fun, get writing and let me know how you go.
Kiss Me In Wescott Springs
by Holly Cortelyou
Escape with two enticing tales of love. Sometimes opposites do attract and just need a second chance love... courtesy of a raspberry puff pastry and an unexpected discovery. And then again, maybe all it takes is a little wine, truffles and a remodel to turn enemies into lovers!
Welcome back to Wescott Springs where it’s always a sweet and sexy romp to love!
KISS ME AT LAST
One tempting kiss will rock his world…
What's better than wine, chocolate and a little renovation magic? A sweet and sexy matchup between a handsome, hammer-swinging contractor, Sean McMallory, and a flirty and stubborn champagne bar owner, Melinda York, who's in a remodel pickle! Sometimes trusting your enemy is the sweetest victory of all.
KISS ME, TROUBLE
Why gamble on a second chance at love?
Six years ago, Cole McCaffrey shattered Alix Porter’s heart into a million scattered shards. But one lucky encounter with flying artwork lands Alix right back into Cole’s lap. With seven short vacation days, can Cole spark their sizzling chemistry and convince Alix of his love, despite the lie that tore them apart?
Available on Amazon!
(99 pennies from 10/16 trough 10/23)
TEASER #1 from Kiss Me at Last
With a smile lurking at the corners of his mouth, Sean had been waiting for an eruption for the last ten minutes.
It was day three of construction, and Melinda had looked far from chipper as she'd schlepped into the wine bar at eight in a slouchy gray sweater, faded jeans, and nondescript running shoes. Her eyes were bleary, and she cradled her coffee concoction like it was the crown jewel in the queen's tiara. She'd winced every time his hammer drove home a nail.
Sean grinned. Hangover, he supposed, and he pounded a few extra nails for good measure as she scuttled into her office. That ought to fix her little red wagon, Miss High and Mighty and her sexy British accent. Not that he'd noticed.
He glanced toward her office door, and there was Melinda, staring at him with a stony gaze through half-slitted eyes.
"Good morning, Ms. York," Sean said in his perkiest voice. "Sun's shining, and it's beautiful out." He fiddled with the chuck on the drill and idly revved it a few times for some bonus noise.
"Is there anything quiet you can do for a while?" Melinda said, her tone was pained.
"Not feeling well?"
"I'm fine. I have some phone calls to make to wine distributors and a little peace and quiet would be divine."
"Go back to your coffee shop for those calls. Unless you want me to take a break already? That will slow me down."
Melinda glared. "I'm trying to get some work done, too."
"Well, ma'am. This is a construction zone, so there's going to be noise. We're not slapping on some paint and hanging a few light fixtures. We're adding beams, ripping out floors. What exactly were you expecting? Should I bring a bowl of potpourri or something?"
"That might help." Her tone was drenched in syrup. "Or do you have a silencer for that drill?"
TEASER #2 from Kiss Me, Trouble
As they walked side by side out of the restaurant, a noisy group of women jostled by them. Alix scooted to one side to avoid a passerby whose nose was buried in her phone. She staggered into a towering potted palm.
The palm fronds swayed ominously, and Alix’s arms flailed.
“Easy there. Don’t take out that tree.” Cole twined an arm around her waist and pulled her close. A herd of butterflies stampeded through her belly. His touch was familiar, but it dazzled her senses as if it was the first time they’d touched.
“I’m not usually so wobbly on my feet.” Alix smiled up at Cole and didn’t move.
Cole blinked and broke into a lopsided grin. “You were pushed.”
“Like Humpty Dumpty? Did she fall or was she pushed?” Alix wrinkled her nose.
“It was a conspiracy.” Cole squeezed her waist and winked.
“Did you pay them to bump me into your arms?” She inched one hip closer to his body.
“That would have been well played.” Cole’s voice lowered, but she could have heard him whisper, for the rest of the world had grown distant. There were no glasses clinking nor bar patrons buzzing with laughter.
“And risky.” Alix let her hands creep up his chest until she could feel the solid thud of his heart. It was strong. It was beating as fast as hers. Staccato.
“I work the angles and the gray areas.”
“But, I’m the straight arrow.”
“Opposites still attract?” Cole’s mouth inched closer, and his scent filled her senses. He was exotic like sandalwood but grounded like cedar. He was heaven.
About Holly Cortelyou
Holly Cortelyou pens sweet and spicy small town, contemporary romances that just may have a kiss of magic or a twist mystery.
On any given day, she’s likely sipping coffee and procrastinating on Facebook or organizing a closet. Holly’s living her own Happily Ever After with an uber-handy, broad-shouldered and delicious husband, a sweet silver lab and a fluffball kitty in sun-kissed Southern Oregon.
She has hazel eyes, a goofy sense of humor and all the rest is subject to change without notice.
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Title: Kindred Spirits
Author: Whitney Dineen
Series: A Mimi Finnegan Spinoff
Release Date: October 10, 2017
Genres: Romantic Comedy
Publisher: 33 Partners Publishing
About Kindred Spirits
Dashing and successful, Richard Bingham has been voted one of the top ten bachelors in New York City. After unwittingly offending a reporter from Manhattan Life magazine, he finds himself on the receiving end of an article that makes his quest of finding the perfect mate nearly impossible.
After one dating disaster too many, Richard decides it’s time to seek professional help, so he signs up for the matchmaking services of the East Side Yenta.
Philippa Fielding is single and searching for love in London, but her accidental profession of “Message Deliverer from the Great Beyond” puts most men right off.
Will Pip’s new "Spirit Helper," Bertram, be able to set her on the course for true love with a message for Richard?
Matchmaking, misunderstandings, and mayhem abound in this fast-paced romantic comedy about love, life, and the afterlife!
Kindred Spirits is a stand-alone spinoff on the Award-winning Mimi Finnegan books.
The Reinvention of Mimi Finnegan won a silver medal in the 2015 Readers' Favorite Awards, was a finalist at the RONE Awards, and won Honorable Mention at the London Book Festival.
Mimi Plus two was a finalist at the 2016 Readers' Favorite Awards and Runner Up at the London Book Festival.
Where to Find Kindred Spirits
Universal Buy Link: https://books2read.com/WDKS
Meet Whitney Dineen
While attending the University of Illinois in Chicago, Whitney Dineen was discovered by a local modeling agent and began an unexpected career as a plus-size Ford model. She modeled in New York City before moving to Los Angeles with her husband.
During “The Hollywood Years,” Whitney was bitten by the writing bug and started creating characters that are inspired by strong women with a great sense of humor. Her first romantic comedy, She Sins at Midnight, won a silver medal in the 2015 Reader’s Favorite awards. Her second, The Reinvention of Mimi Finnegan, is a finalist in the 2016 RONE Awards, won a silver medal at the 2016 Reader’s Favorite Awards and won Honorable Mention at the London Book Festival. Her third chick-lit book, Mimi Plus Two, is causing all kinds of controversy and who the heck knows where it will land. Although, it was a finalist in the Reader’s Favorite Awards and a Runner-Up at the London Book Festival.
In addition to her love of chick-lit, Whitney has also written a series of adventure books for middle readers. The first two books in her series, Wilhelmina and the Willamette Wig Factory and Who the Heck is Harvey Stingle?, are both available now. Book three, Beware of the Basement, is due to be released in the winter of 2017.
Whitney and her husband, Jimmy, have relocated to the beautiful Pacific Northwest to raise their children, chickens, and organic vegetables.
Where to Find Whitney Dineen
Amazon Author: https://www.amazon.com/Whitney-Dineen/e/B00N8LK2OW/
Newsletter Signup: https://whitneydineen.com/newsletter/
This is my stop during the book blitz for Ugly Beautiful Girl by Tracy Krimmer. This book blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 27 September till 3 October. See the tour schedule here: http://www.lolasblogtours.net/book-blitz-ugly-beautiful-girl-by-tracy-krimmer/
Nerd. Weird. Ugly. That's me. And I don't want it to be anymore.
Now is my time to make my mark on the world. My college roommate doesn't make it easy. Neither does her brother, Jesse, but for completely different reasons. He makes me feel things I've never felt before.
Wanted. Important. Beautiful.
But we can't be together because it isn't real. Someone like him could never fall for someone like me. We aren't meant to fit together.
Even if I fall apart without him.
You can find Ugly Beautiful Girl on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35652017-ugly-beautiful-girl
You can buy Ugly Beautiful Girl here on Amazon http://amzn.to/2trSJfT
Ugly Beautiful Girl is available on Kindle Unlimited
About the Author
Tracy's love of writing began at nine years old. She wrote stories about aliens at school, machines that did homework for you, and penguins. Now she pens books and short stories about romance. She loves to read a great book, whether it be romance or science fiction, or any genre in between, or pop popcorn and catch up on her favorite TV shows or movies. She's been known to crush a candy or two as well. Her loves include fitness, reading, coffee, dogs, and naps (not in that order), and her dislikes are blue cheese, cold weather, and burpees.
You can find and contact Tracy here:
- Website: http://www.tracykrimmer.com/
- Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/tkrimms
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KrimmerAuthor
- Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7153703.Tracy_Krimmer
- Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Tracy-Krimmer/e/B00J1S52SM/
- Bookbub: https://bookbub.com/authors/tracy-krimmer
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tracykrimmer
- Newsletter: http://www.tracykrimmer.com/newsletter/
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