Sunday, September 30, 2012

MEMORIES Book Blog Tour & Giveaway - Day Five!

Hi all,

I am on day five of my MEMORIES Book Blog Tour & Giveaway and I have been having a great time visiting with all the book bloggers. Today my host is Chick Lit Plus where they are doing a Novel Spotlight for Memories. I hope you get a chance to hop over there and visit. And don't forget about the giveaways!

GIVEAWAYS!

Not only is it fun to share excerpts and reviews with you on my novel MEMORIES but the best part of a blog tour is being able to give away prizes! Here are the ways you can win prizes on the MEMORIES Book Blog Tour!

 
GIVEAWAY #1 - Hosted by Chick Lit Plus: Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

This starts right now! **Purchase a copy of Memories in any format (Kindle or Paperback) before October 8th and send your receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus (dot) com and you will earn five entries in a drawing to win a $50 Amazon gift card!!** Or visit this link to CLP Blog Tours to leave a comment and earn one entry.




 


GIVEAWAY #2 - Hosted by ME!

 
This starts September 24th and ends October 8th

Prizes: 2 - $10 Amazon Gift Cards

How to enter: You will be entering to win one of the 2 prizes listed. Do one or more of the following actions AND leave a comment on this page to let me know which of these things you did so I can enter your name in the drawing:

· Leave a comment on one of the above tour sites

· Follow me on Twitter

· "Like" me on Facebook

· Sign up for my Newsletter

Once you do one or more of these actions, leave a comment below telling me which one you've done (all 4 hopefully!) and I will enter your name in the drawing for each action that you did. So if you do all four - you will have four entries. Please be sure to include your email address so I can contact you if you win.

 
Cheers,
Deanna

Saturday, September 29, 2012

MEMORIES Book Blog Tour & Giveaway - Day Four!

Hi all,

We are on day four of of my MEMORIES Book Blog Tour and so far I've had a wonderful time. All of the blogs have been so generous hosting my book with reviews, interviews and excerpts. I hope you've had a chance to visit all the sites so far (if not, see the list here).

Today I am visiting with Morgan at Nothing Better Than A Book where she is sharing a review of Memories with her readers. I hope you will stop by and read her thoughts about my novel. And don't forget about the giveaways!



GIVEAWAYS!

Not only is it fun to share excerpts and reviews with you on my novel MEMORIES but the best part of a blog tour is being able to give away prizes! Here are the ways you can win prizes on the MEMORIES Book Blog Tour!

 
GIVEAWAY #1 - Hosted by Chick Lit Plus: Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

 
This starts right now! **Purchase a copy of Memories in any format (Kindle or Paperback) before October 8th and send your receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus (dot) com and you will earn five entries in a drawing to win a $50 Amazon gift card!!** Or visit this link to CLP Blog Tours to leave a comment and earn one entry.

 
Memories on Amazon Kindle $2.99



 
GIVEAWAY #2 - Hosted by ME!

 
This starts September 24th and ends October 8th

Prizes: 2 - $10 Amazon Gift Cards

 
How to enter: You will be entering to win one of the 2 prizes listed. Do one or more of the following actions AND leave a comment on this page to let me know which of these things you did so I can enter your name in the drawing:

· Leave a comment on one of the above tour sites

· Follow me on Twitter

· "Like" me on Facebook

· Sign up for my Newsletter

Once you do one or more of these actions, leave a comment below telling me which one you've done (all 4 hopefully!) and I will enter your name in the drawing for each action that you did. So if you do all four - you will have four entries. Please be sure to include your email address so I can contact you if you win.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheers,
Deanna
 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

MEMORIES Book Blog Tour & Giveaway - Day Three

Hi all,

I am on day three of my MEMORIES Book Blog Tour and so far it has been a wonderful couple of days. I visited with Samantha at Chick Lit Plus the first day and Kathleen at Jersey Girl Book Reviews the second day. They were so wonderful to share reviews of Memories with their readers.

Today I am visiting with Samantha March who is sharing an author interview and an excerpt from Memories. I hope you will stop by and join us. And don't forget about the Giveaways!


GIVEAWAYS!

Not only is it fun to share excerpts and reviews with you on my novel MEMORIES but the best part of a blog tour is being able to give away prizes! Here are the ways you can win prizes on the MEMORIES Book Blog Tour!

GIVEAWAY #1 - Hosted by Chick Lit Plus: Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

This starts right now! **Purchase a copy of Memoriesin any format (Kindle or Paperback) before October 8th and send your receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus (dot) com and you will earn five entries in a drawing to win a $50 Amazon gift card!!** Or visit this link to CLP Blog Tours to leave a comment and earn one entry.

Memories on Amazon Kindle $2.99




GIVEAWAY #2 - Hosted by ME!

This starts September 24th and ends October 8th

Prizes: 2 - $10 Amazon Gift Cards

How to enter: You will be entering to win one of the 2 prizes listed. Do one or more of the following actions AND leave a comment on this page to let me know which of these things you did so I can enter your name in the drawing:

· Leave a comment on one of the above tour sites

· Follow me on Twitter

· "Like" me on Facebook

· Sign up for my Newsletter

Once you do one or more of these actions, leave a comment below telling me which one you've done (all 4 hopefully!) and I will enter your name in the drawing for each action that you did. So if you do all four - you will have four entries. Please be sure to include your email address so I can contact you if you win.

Cheers,
Deanna

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

MEMORIES Book Blog Tour & Giveaway - Day Two!


Hi all,

Welcome to day two of my MEMORIES Book Blog Tour & Giveaway. Today we will be visiting with Kathleen at Jersey Girl Book Reviews  where she will share an author interview, review and book excerpt from my romance novel MEMORIES. I hope you will stop by and say "hi". And don't forget about the giveaways!

GIVEAWAYS!

Not only is it fun to share excerpts and reviews with you on my novel MEMORIES but the best part of a blog tour is being able to give away prizes! Here are the ways you can win prizes on the MEMORIES Book Blog Tour!

GIVEAWAY #1 - Hosted by Chick Lit Plus: Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

This starts right now! **Purchase a copy of Memories in any format (Kindle or Paperback) before October 8th and send your receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus (dot) com and you will earn five entries in a drawing to win a $50 Amazon gift card!!** Or visit this link to CLP Blog Tours to leave a comment and earn one entry.

 
Memories on Amazon Kindle $2.99



 

GIVEAWAY #2 - Hosted by ME!

This starts September 24th and ends October 8th

Prizes: 2 - $10 Amazon Gift Cards

How to enter: You will be entering to win one of the 2 prizes listed. Do one or more of the following actions AND leave a comment on this page to let me know which of these things you did so I can enter your name in the drawing:

· Leave a comment on one of the above tour sites

· Follow me on Twitter

· "Like" me on Facebook

· Sign up for my Newsletter

Once you do one or more of these actions, leave a comment below telling me which one you've done (all 4 hopefully!) and I will enter your name in the drawing for each action that you did. So if you do all four - you will have four entries. Please be sure to include your email address so I can contact you if you win.

 
Thanks for stopping by.

 
Cheers,

Deanna

Monday, September 24, 2012

MEMORIES Book Blog Tour & Giveaway – Day One!


Hi all,

Welcome to day one of my MEMORIES Book Blog Tour & Giveaway. I'm excited to be sharing information about my romance novel MEMORIES with my fellow bloggers and their readers as well as with all of you. There will be interviews, book excerpts and reviews of MEMORIES, so be sure to follow along throughout the next two weeks.

Today I will be visiting Chick Lit Plus.  Be sure to stop by, leave a comment and check out the giveaways!

 
GIVEAWAYS!

Not only is it fun to share excerpts and reviews with you on my novel MEMORIES but the best part of a blog tour is being able to give away prizes! Here are the ways you can win prizes on the MEMORIES Book Blog Tour!

GIVEAWAY #1 - Hosted by Chick Lit Plus: Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

This starts right now! **Purchase a copy of Memories in any format (Kindle or Paperback) before October 8th and send your receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus (dot) com and you will earn five entries in a drawing to win a $50 Amazon gift card!!** Or visit this link to CLP Blog Tours to leave a comment and earn one entry.


Memories on Amazon Kindle $2.99


 
GIVEAWAY #2 - Hosted by ME!

 
This starts September 24th and ends October 8th

Prizes: 2 - $10 Amazon Gift Cards

 
How to enter: You will be entering to win one of the 2 prizes listed. Do one or more of the following actions AND leave a comment on this page to let me know which of these things you did so I can enter your name in the drawing:

· Leave a comment on one of the above tour sites

· Follow me on Twitter

· "Like" me on Facebook

· Sign up for my Newsletter

Once you do one or more of these actions, leave a comment below telling me which one you've done (all 4 hopefully!) and I will enter your name in the drawing for each action that you did. So if you do all four - you will have four entries. Please be sure to include your email address so I can contact you if you win.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
Cheers,
Deanna

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Book Review: Brief Interludes by Susan Griscom


Hi all,

I have to begin this by saying that I am not usually drawn to reading short stories. I enjoy short stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald and by Stephen King, and that's about it. Yes, I know that is a weird combination. So, I was surprised to fine I thoroughly enjoyed author Susan Griscom's collection of very short stories in Brief Interludes. Also included in Brief Interludes are excerpts from Ms. Griscom's novel Whisper Cape and book two in the Whisper Cape series, her upcoming novel Reflections.

Here is a description of the stories in Brief Interludes and my five star review:

 

Brief Interludes
Susan Griscom

 
Book Description:

A collection of six short-shorts—perfect for those quick-read moments. Most with twist endings that are sure to surprise you.

Lover’s Leap
Young love and a life ended too soon. It’s always the ones left behind who suffer.

Everlasting Love
Unloved, undesired, brokenhearted ... Cole Murphy is about to end it all until the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen walks into his life. Cole’s dreams and hopes of love are renewed—but not quite the way he’s imagined.

The Water of Leith

Held captive for years, Naomi is given a promise of release if she can only turn an old brown rag into a beautiful white cloth. Can she do? Does she really believe?

Unbridled Love
Two hundred years ago, monstrous storms pummeled the earth destroying almost everything. Some humans survived, stronger, different, changed by the storms. A genetic disorder passed down from generation to generation, creating a new race. A race with … special gifts. Feared and forced into hiding, Solange and Roland must fight to survive when their talents are discovered.

Stuck
Angela returns home from an exhausting business trip and wants nothing more than to relax. Her thoughts of relaxing turn to sheer panic as she walks in to find her entire house redecorated and she’d only been gone a week. Her husband Jack confesses how it all happened, but she has a difficult time believing it’s not all a joke when he tells her he didn’t win the lottery or inherit a huge amount of money from long lost relative. Jack manages to reassure her everything is okay. But is it?

Sweet Innocence
The headline plastered across the newspaper claimed they identified the body of a young woman. Jenna recognized the name instantly. Her friend Beth’s body had gone unidentified ever since its discovery in an alley near a 24-hour diner on a Saturday night in January of 1955. Today’s date was August 7, 2012.

 

My 5 Star Review:

Brief Interludes is a collection of six short stories that will entertain and delight you. Author Susan Griscom showcases her excellent writing ability in these stories to such an extreme that you will not want to put this book down. Even though the stories are very short, they are so brilliantly written that each one draws you in immediately and the endings are delightful surprises. Writing a short story is a unique talent that not all authors who write full-length novels can achieve, but Susan Griscom has definitely conquered it. You will be enthralled by each of these stories and will definitely want to read more by this talented author after reading Brief Interludes.

 


Buy Whisper Cape on Amazon $2.99

Reflections by Susan Griscom (writing as Regan Walsh) will be released in November 2012

Learn more about Author Susan Griscom:

Blog 

Twitter  


Goodreads  

I hope you'll try this wonderful collection of short stories. They are sure to entertain you.

 
Cheers,

Deanna

MEMORIES Book Blog Tour & Giveaway September 24th-October 8th

Hi all,

MEMORIES is going on tour and I invite all of you to follow along. Not only will there be reviews, interviews and excerpts from my romance novel MEMORIES for you to enjoy, but there are prizes too! First - here are all the wonderful blogs I will be visiting on my tour:
 
 
September 24- Chick Lit Plus – Review

September 26- Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review, Q&A & Excerpt

September 27- Samantha March – Q&A & Excerpt

September 29- Nothing Better Than a Book – Review

September 30 – Chick Lit Plus - Novel Spotlight

October 1- The Book Bag – Review & Excerpt

October 3- I Talk Books – Review

October 5- Mrs. Mommy Booknerd’s Book Reviews – Q&A & Excerpt

October 6- Whoopeeyoo – Review

October 8 – Storm Goddess Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt
 
I hope you will stop by on the scheduled dates and leave a comment. The bloggers love to hear that you've dropped by.
 
GIVEAWAYS!
 
Not only is it fun to share excerpts and reviews with you on my novel MEMORIES but the best part of a blog tour is being able to give away prizes! Here are the ways you can win prizes on the MEMORIES Book Blog Tour!

GIVEAWAY #1 - Hosted by Chick Lit Plus: Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

This starts right now! **Purchase a copy of Memories in any format (Nook or Paperback) before October 8th and send your receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus (dot) com and you will earn five entries in a drawing to win a $50 Amazon gift card!!** Or visit this link to CLP Blog Tours to leave a comment and earn one entry.



Memories on Amazon Kindle $2.99

Memories on Amazon Paperback $8.99



GIVEAWAY #2 - Hosted by ME!  (Winners Posted Below)

This starts September 24th and ends October 8th

Prizes: 2 - $10 Amazon Gift Cards

How to enter: You will be entering to win one of the 2 prizes listed. Do one or more of the following actions AND leave a comment on this page to let me know which of these things you did so I can enter your name in the drawing:

Once you do one or more of these actions, leave a comment below telling me which one you've done (all 4 hopefully!) and I will enter your name in the drawing for each action that you did. So if you do all four - you will have four entries. Please be sure to include your email address so I can contact you if you win.

I hope you will join me on my book blog tour for MEMORIES! It should be a fun time!

Cheers,
Deanna

The Givaway has ended and I just want to let you know that the winners of the two $10 Amazon Gift Cards were Shannon and Heather. Thanks so much to everyone who entered and followed along on my book tour.


 
















 
 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Book Review: Whoever You Are by Donna Marie Lanheady

Hi all,
 
A few months ago I read Donna Marie Lanheady's novel Where Secrets Lie. It was one of the first indie-author books that I'd read and I enjoyed it very much. Much to my delight, Ms. Lanheady contacted me about her new novel, Whoever You Are, and sent me a complimentary copy. I was happy to get a chance to read her latest novel. Here is a description of her novel and my 5 star review.

 
Book Description:

Are you defined by your family, your career, your accomplishments? What happens when something you think defines you changes?

Emily McGinn, a recurring character from Where Secrets Lie, believes she knows exactly who she is and where she belongs in the world, until she receives an inheritance from an unknown benefactor. Uncovering the source of the inheritance leads Emily to discover buried truths undermining what she thought was a straightforward life. As the truths alter Emily's perception of the people closest to her, her perception of herself shifts as well.

Set in the unique foothills community of Boulder, Colorado and its environs, Whoever You Are questions not only how we define ourselves, but also how we define family and whether we bear any responsibility for the actions of those who came before us.


 
My 5 Star Review:

When Emily McGinn is contacted about an inheritance from an unknown person, she starts to dig into the truth about the person leaving her money and her connection to her. Soon, secrets are uncovered that make her question who she really is and if her life has been a lie. The answers she finds just lead her to more questions as she begins a journey of discovering a past she had never known belonged to her.

 
Ms. Lanheady writes well thought-out stories with realistic, interesting characters. These are people you could live next door to. Whoever You Are is a unique story with some thought-provoking ideas that make you wonder, what would you do if you found out tomorrow you aren't who you think you are? A wonderful family drama novel that will keep you intrigued from the first page to the last.

 
Buy Whoever You Are on Amazon 


 

Visit Donna Marie Lanheady at:

Goodreads  


Twitter  

 
I hope you will pick up one of Donna's books for your weekend read!
 
Cheers,

Deanna

 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Author Interview: T.R. Heinan

Hi all,

Today I'm talking with T.R. Heinan, author of the novel L'Immortalité: Madame Lalaurie and the Voodoo Queen which will be published in October 2012. This interesting fiction novel is based on true events and is Mr. Heinan's debut novel. Mr. Heinan is also a fellow Minnesotan who has traveled extensively and has given of himself and his time for many worthwhile causes. I hope you enjoy this interview with T.R. Heinan and the excerpt from his upcoming novel.

 

Buy on Amazon

T.R. Heinan, Author

Please tell us a little about yourself

I was born and raised in the picturesque, frostbitten town on Duluth, Minnesota before moving to Milwaukee to attend Marquette University.  From there I moved to the Boston area where I worked for a few years as a journalist before beginning a long career in investment banking.  I specialized in financing the distribution of Hollywood motion pictures and discovered that I had some talent when it came to selecting scripts.  Since retiring from finance, I work full-time supporting an orphanage that I helped to found in Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico. My love for writing keeps me busy crafting manuscripts late at night and on weekends.  I am an avid traveler and have been honored with two European knighthoods.  I now reside in sunny Tucson, Arizona with my wife and two cats.

You have a debut novel coming out in October 2012. Please share a brief description of it.
By turns comedic and macabre, L'Immortalité: Madame Lalaurie and the Voodoo Queen is an irreverent horror story drenched in the excess of its nineteenth century southern Louisiana landscape. It is based on the real life events of New Orleans' Lalaurie Mansion, involving an elite society woman, and the barbaric treatment of her slaves. This novelization begins in the city's St. Louis Cathedral where lay sacristan Philippe Bertrand has become a recluse after the loss of his mother and wife. When a mysterious force upends his life and leads him to the shadowy mansion of Delphine Lalaurie, he meets Elise, a slave girl who has been brutalized by Delphine.

After the mansion matriarch demands that the Voodoo Queen Maris Laveau giver her eternal fame, everything goes haywire.  A child slave dies under questionable circumstances, spurring Elise to escape the mansion. Philippe and his extended family head to the gator-filled bayou where they hide Elise at Maris Laveau's cabin and secretly teach her to read and write.

When Marie reveals a new spin on the meaning of zombies, the once reluctant sacristan is determined to find out what really goes on at the Lalaurie Mansion. To his horror, he will discover that Delphine and her physician husband carry out repugnant medical experiments on their slaves, even as they put on a refined social façade during their well-attended society balls.  Their monstrous private world may be exposed when a slave cook sets herself on fire, along with the mansion. Philippe must break the chains of his own conflicted spirituality as well as those that bind the slaves in the attic if he is to rescue the Lalauries' victims.

As the novel reaches its stunning climax, Philippe will come to understand the different paths people take in search of immortality.  A comedic meditation on what humans do to persist beyond their mortal lives, L'Immortalité is an inventive horror story that vividly brings to life the torrid landscape of New Orleans.

Your novel is based on a true story.  What inspired you to write about this story?

I discovered the Lalaurie Mansion on a walking "ghost tour" while visiting New Orleans.  What caught my attention was that one could see four or five tour groups at a time competing for sidewalk space just to view the exterior of  the Lalaurie Mansion, "New Orleans' most haunted house".  People from all over the planet visit the place night after night.  Actor Nicholas Cage owned the house for a while.  I was surprised that Hollywood hadn't been all over this story, but as far as I can tell, Delphine Lalaurie is only referenced briefly at the beginning of one film, The St. Francisville Experiment. As for my supporting character, Marie Laveau, it is reported that her grave is the second most visited gravesite in America.  I was, therefore, amazed to discover how little of the legend of Madame Lalaurie has appeared in novels or motion pictures.  Since I began writing my book, two non-fiction history texts have been published about Delphine Lalaurie and twelve years ago, Barbara Hambly involved some parts of the legend in her wonderful novel, Fever Season. Apart from that, the Lalaurie legend is all but absent in literature after the 19th Century, except for a chapter in an out-of-print book from 1946 and a ten pages in Troy Taylor's Haunted New Orleans. Still, a myriad of web-sites, a popular exhibit at New Orleans' Conti Historical Wax Museum and the success of several tour companies indicate a continued interest in the story of Madame Lalaurie, so I decided to write a piece of historical fiction devoted entirely to the tale of her haunted house on Royal Street.

Have you always been fascinated with hauntings and the paranormal?
I do believe in life after death.  That is the theme I explore in my book from the very first sentence and I try to examine the many ways people pursue the goal of immortality.  I am not actively involved in ghost hunting, but have experienced some difficult to explain phenomena while accompany some friends who are paranormal investigators.

How long did it take you to write this novel?
It took two years and two months to write, with at least half of that spent in historical research.  While trying to keep the best parts of the "legend" alive, I wanted to remain as faithful as I could to the history of the period and discover the physical changes that have occurred to the locations mentioned in the book.

Have you always wanted to write a novel?
Yes, although I always thought my first book would be about something else.  I am fascinated with the history of medieval Portugal and still want to pursue a book in that setting.

Are you self-publishing your novel or going through a publisher?
I grew up when at a time when three networks monopolized everything that was available on television.  Now we have an almost endless number of choices on cable and on-line.  I believe book publishing is undergoing the same sort of sea change and started my own Indie publishing company, Nonius, LLC.  I am a strong supporter of Indie writers (and Indie bookstores).

Would you share with us a little about your work with orphaned and homeless children in the Mexican orphanage you helped establish?

I have been very blessed throughout my life with family, faith, freedom, friends, health and fortune. Like the protagonist in my book, I have come to believe that we are all called, not merely to "do no harm", but to take some risks and make some sacrifices to positively do some good.  Part of my effort to that end was to establish a non-profit organization to support orphaned and abandoned children.  This effort led to building and operating a modern orphanage in Sonora, Mexico, which, hopefully, will benefit from the sale of my book.

Now available in Paperback format on Amazon for $14.99



Where can readers find out more about you and your book?
I am especially proud of my trailer
Book Trailer for L'Immortalité: Madame Lalaurie and the Voodoo Queen  

Website 

Blog  

Facebook  

Twitter 

 
Excerpt from L'Immortalité: Madame Lalaurie and the Voodoo Queen

Here's a little scene in which Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau encounters my protagonist, Philippe Bertrand, in New Orleans' Congo Square and explains her blending of Voodoo with Catholicism:

Philippe watched as a heavyset man approached Marie.

          “Madame Laveau,” the man pleaded, “I need your help.”

            Marie cupped the man’s hands in her own. “It’s about your wife, isn’t it?” she asked.

            “Why, yes. Yes, it is,” said the man, who now appeared to be convinced that everything he had heard about the voodoo queen must be true.

            “I’m afraid your suspicions are correct. She is being unfaithful. It’s that Spanish cobbler who lives down the street.”

            “I’ll kill him!” the man shouted before noticing Sheriff Dubois was standing less than thirty meters from him.

            “No,” Marie advised in a calming tone. “Take no revenge. Instead, I want you to do this…” She whispered something in the man’s ear.

            He blushed and grinned. “Oh, Madame Laveau!”

            “Of course, it works better if you place this under your mattress,” said Marie as she held out a red gris-gris bag. “Powerful gris-gris,” she said, “and hard to come by.”

            The man handed Marie five silver dollars, took the little red bag, and walked away smiling.

            Philippe walked over to Marie wagging his finger at her. “Is that your voodoo?” he asked. “Just a cheap Gypsy trick I used to see in France.”

            “M’sieu Bertrand!” said Marie with sudden indignation.

            “I’m sure a hairdresser hears more confessions than the priests at the cathedral. Plus, half these slaves tell you whatever they overhear in their masters’ homes. Nothing supernatural about that.”

            “The power of the spirits is very real,” insisted Marie. “Perhaps I help them along, but it’s real.”

            Philippe knew that voodoo was an ancient religion, sacred to those from the islands and from Africa who practiced it. He also knew that Marie was beginning to modify the cult by introducing new elements, such as veneration of the Virgin Mary. What bothered him was her use of a network of spies to convince others that she had supernatural powers.

            “Do you claim you are contacting some loa?” asked Philippe.

            “Does it matter if a person prays to Saint Patrick as patron of the enslaved or kneels before the same statue and calls him by another name?”

            “Is that what you do?” asked Philippe.

            “No, I believe that only a priest reaches to the Good Maker, but the loas hear every invocation. Dr. Lalaurie doesn’t believe it, but even the rituals at his lodge are heard by certain spirits and can affect the things around us.”

 ****
Thank you to T.R. Heinan for sharing his new novel with us. I will be sure to add links where you can buy his book when it is available for sale.

Cheers,
Deanna
 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Three Days With Molly by Jan Romes

Hi all,

I just love novels by Jan Romes. They are fun, witty, quirky and entertaining. Jan knows how to pace a love story and blend romance and wit perfectly. Jan's latest novel is Three Days With Molly. I can't wait to read this story and will definitely share my review of it in a future post. Until then, here is a description of the novel and an excerpt for you to enjoy. If you love a fun romance - you will love novels by Jan Romes.


Cover by Tugboat Design
Three Days With Molly
Jan Romes

Book Description:

Finn Riley is a hard-working country-rock star whose less-than-meager upbringing turned him into a guarded, self-proclaimed heartless bastard. He's about to embark on a summer concert tour and is in need of a personal assistant.

Molly Williams is a stressed-out, over-worked aide to a divorce lawyer. She's dealt with people suffering from heartache and irreconcilable differences for so long that she thinks all relationships are doomed. When her boss takes a sudden leave of absence, she's gifted with three-months to do whatever she wants. A friend talks her into stumping as Finn's assistant.

Can two work-aholics with trust issues lighten up long enough to follow their hearts? Or will they kill each other before the tour is over?
Where to buy:
 

 



Read my reviews of two of Jan's other novels:

Stay Close, Novac!

  
Author Bio:

Jan Romes grew up in a small town in Ohio with eight siblings who remain a constant source of love and entertainment. Married to her high school sweetheart for more years than seems possible, she’s also a proud mom, mother-in-law, grandmother, and owner to a loveable mix-breed dog and the world’s most independent cat. Jan loves to read all genres but she enjoys writing witty romance.



An Excerpt from Three Days With Molly





Finn tossed and turned, punched his pillow for the hundredth time, and tried to block out the day that had been a calamity of errors. Molly was upsetting the rhythm of his life and stretching the trial basis so tight it was about to snap in two. She was a major disruption. He did a minute by minute accounting of the things that had gone wrong since her arrival. The woman stood out in the pouring rain, for crying out loud. He took a soul-cleansing breath, and made a firm decision – if tomorrow went the way today did, she was out of there.

Giving his fans the best of him for three months required one-hundred percent focus…and sleep.   

He closed his eyes again and tried to clear his mind.

Fifteen minutes later he rolled to his side to stare at the clock on the nightstand. He’d been trying to shut down for hours. It was now four-thirty in the morning. He crawled out of bed and headed to the kitchen. On the way, he noticed a small light shining above Molly’s bunk. It appeared someone else couldn’t doze off.     

Finn tiptoed to the fridge, poured a glass of milk, and perched himself lengthwise on the couch. He took his first sip, and Molly was suddenly there looking bedraggled but beautiful. 

“I couldn’t sleep either.” She yawned and parked herself at the kitchen table.

“Join me.” Finn threw his legs off the couch to make room for her.

“Finn, I’m sorry for being a pain.” She blinked with dewy lashes.

Had she been crying? Finn’s heart clenched. “Shh,” he said. “Let’s not rehash the day. We need to relax and wipe the slate clean. Get a fresh start tomorrow.”

Their gazes connected.

“Thank you.” 

For half an hour, they made small talk about the unusually hot summer, how the lack of rain – until earlier today – had put the Midwest in one of the worst droughts ever, and how the temperature had teetered close to a hundred degrees for the past week.

Molly pointed to the leather bands tied at his wrist. “Those are unique.”

Finn removed one and handed it to her. “I made them.”

“Seriously?” Molly inspected the band, turning it over, running her fingers over the soft leather. “This is really great.”

An odd emotion made him shift like he couldn’t get comfortable.  

“I love how you used a guitar pick as decoration.”

Damn it all to hell, he was embarrassed. For the life of him he couldn’t figure out why. “Thanks.”

Molly handed it back.

Finn shook his head. “You can have it.”  

Oh, no, I can’t accept this.”

“Sure you can. I want you to have it.” Finn tied the leather band around Molly’s wrist. “There.” He turned her wrist to show the band from every angle. “Looks pretty good.”

“It does,” she said softly. “Thank you so much.”

“My pleasure.” Finn detailed how easy it was to make the wristband – some leather cord, a few knots, and a guitar pick. He made her laugh when he shared that he broke well over a hundred picks before he got it right.

Finn loved when Molly laughed; her whole body shook.

Molly lifted an impish brow. “How’d you get it right?”

“I finally wised up and took a dozen to the jewelry store. They drilled tiny holes on each end of the pick, big enough for me to fish the leather cord through.

“You’re a complex man, Finn. There’s so much to you that it would take a lifetime to discover.” Molly scrunched her face like she couldn’t believe she said such a thing. 

“Not true. I’m a simple man.” He laughed. “I just have a lot of hang-ups that make me seem complex.”

Molly touched his arm. “Tell me about the real Finn Riley, not the version that makes headlines. I’d like to get to know the guy who makes wristbands and writes songs.” 

Finn slanted Molly a deprecating smile. “I did tell you about the real Finn Riley. Heartless bastard, remember?”

Molly’s eyes sparkled. Damn it. They sparkled.
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