Sunday, July 27, 2014

PASSIONATE KISSES



Giveaway Alert!

PASSIONATE KISSES - New Release Sale Price: $0.99 for a limited time. Purchased individually, the books in this set would cost $28.90. You save $27.91! 



Escape to a world filled with passionate kisses. Brazen billionaires. Hot cops. Small town hotties. Hunky Scotsmen. Big city playboys. All are ready to put everything on the line for the women who stir their hearts. Passionate Kisses: Ten full-length sizzling contemporary romance novels by some of today's hottest authors that will sweep you away and leave you yearning for your very own knee-buckling, heart-melting kiss. 

STORM DAMAGES by Magda Alexander 
After clawing her way out of a dirt-poor background, Elizabeth Watson's dream of an associate position at her law firm is within reach. As long as she keeps up her grades, makes law review. And stays out of trouble. But then British billionaire Gabriel Storm walks into her life. And trouble is his middle name. 

CONFESSIONS by Wendy Ely 
When Chelsea Montgomery vanished eleven years ago, her hometown thought she’d been abducted. In truth, she'd given up the daughter she'd secretly had with Jordan Case. Now he confronts her to help find the child. With a little girl's fate hanging in the balance, will the uneasy partnership -- stained by the past -- transform into something else? 

RECKLESS by Jessi Gage 
Cami is in a coma. While her body recovers in the hospital, she visits the dreams of the man who acted in anger on the freeway and caused her accident. Can she learn the meaning of forgiveness or will she let a single mistake drive her dream man away forever? 

AGAINST HER RULES by Victoria Barbour 
Elsie Walsh has one rule—no sleeping with the guests at her luxury inn on the rugged coast of Newfoundland—but Scottish playboy Campbell Scott is determined to show her that he belongs not only in her bed, but by her side at the Heart’s Ease Inn. 

SHAMELESS by Rebecca J. Clark 
It'll take more than a shameless proposal to overcome their tragic past, but with a little luck and forgiveness, anything is possible. 

GOOD COP by Liz Kelly 
When two best friends enlist a pony-tailed firecracker to help shake up their good cop/bad cop images, fireworks ignite. One steamy romance plus a very funny bromance equals lots of laughs and a helluva love triangle. 

BABY STETSON by Nikki Lynn Barrett 
Her past is full of holes, but new strangers in town are about to bring secrets, truths, and a chance at love. 

AWAKENING by Sydney Holmes 
Once you step over the edge there’s no turning back. 
Nora Young, restless and adrift, dreams of passion, purpose and adventure. In walks mysterious and sexy Ryan Cole who seems to offer her everything she is looking for. Will they survive the fire they ignite? 

BEACON OF LOVE by Allie Boniface 
When travel journalist Sophie Smithwaite comes to Lindsey Point to investigate a haunted lighthouse, hunky local handyman Lucas Oakes is torn between protecting the town's secrets and giving in to the first passion he’s felt in years. Is preserving tradition worth sacrificing a chance at true love? 

THE OPPOSITE OF WILD by Kylie Gilmore 
The last thing Liz Garner expects in her new job as an elder care provider is Ryan O'Hare for a boss. The insensitive, arrogant, horribly…hot man she's avoided for years. When his Gran walks on the wild side, Liz joins her, risking both his ire and his passion.

Passionate Kisses Boxed Set is available at all leading etailers, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Kobo.

Giveaway:
One lucky winner will win a $10 gift card to her favorite etailer plus a copy of STORM RAVAGED and STORM REDEMPTION, the other two books in the STORM DAMAGES trilogy.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST July 27th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@JustContemporaryRomance.com with a subject title of JCR GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.



Saturday, July 26, 2014

STORM DAMAGES


Giveaway Alert!

First of all, I want to thank Maureen for inviting me to her blog. Here’s the blurb for STORM DAMAGES, my debut novel and a sizzling contemporary romance:

Promising law student Elizabeth Watson struggled throughout her entire life to claw out of her dirt poor background. And now the brass ring is within her grasp—an associate position at the law firm where she works. As long as she keeps up her grades, makes law review, and stays out of trouble. But trouble is just what walks in the door one scorching hot summer day.
When Gabriel Storm walks into Elizabeth’s life she wants nothing to do with him. After all, he’s on the opposing side of a business deal her law firm represents.  If she’s seen with him, she can kiss her career goodbye. But after one sizzling encounter in his limo, she can’t stay away from the billionaire who put the “B” in bad boy, and soon she’s embroiled in an affair hot enough to incinerate her doubts. She should walk away, hell, she should run away, but she can’t. Because all she cares about is his kiss, his touch, and the fires he lights when she’s in his arms.



Excerpt:
An urgent heat flares in Gabriel Storm’s eyes. "Are you attached, Elizabeth?" he asks in a gravelly voice, barely loud enough for me to hear.

My legs turn to rubber. My breath hitches. "Attached?"

His thumb scrapes the inside of my wrist, setting off a wild pulse within. "Do you have a partner, a significant other, a boyfriend?"

"No." I blurt out before I can think about the appropriateness of his question. Or my response.

"Good." The hold on my wrist relaxes. It’s only then I realize how tense he’d been. As if my answer mattered to him. "Are you free tonight?"

What the—? Yeah, we shared a moment in the elevator and when I entered the conference room. But he’s on the opposing side of a half billion dollar deal. I can’t go out with him.
Not wishing to appear rude, though, I sidestep the question. "Chances are I'll be working late."

"Surely Carrey won't keep you. He'll want you to be fresh tomorrow morning for the negotiations. Meet me for drinks at my hotel. I'm staying at The Four Seasons. Around seven?" 

I try to say something. But stunned by the turn of events, I can’t.

He palms a card from his jacket. "My mobile number. Call me when you leave the office so I know when to expect you." He strokes the card against my cheek.

His touch sets off something within, a trembling I can’t control.

As he slips the card into my hand, his eyes turn the color of a savage storm. "You're very responsive, Elizabeth. I like that." And with that, he strolls away, all liquid movement and languid grace.

What the hell just happened? I didn’t say yes. You didn't say no. Elizabeth. His panty-melting voice whispers inside my head.

STORM DAMAGES is now available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks and Kobo 

About Magda Alexander:
Magda loves piña coladas and walks in the rain. Okay, enough of that. Rewind.

Magda loves reading steamy romances which she's been doing since she was ten. Ummm, that's not quite true. Steamy romances did not exist when she was ten, and if they had, she's pretty sure her mother would not have allowed her to read them. She did read the hand-holding, longing- glances kind, along with her catechism, which got her into trouble more than once. Let’s just say, Mother Superior was not amused.

As soon as sexy romances came into existence, she's been lapping them up. So when it came time to write one, guess what she wrote. A no-brainer, right?

Magda, a lifelong learner, attended the University of Maryland where she majored in Business Administration (because her family had to eat) and minored in English (because she needed to dream). She's lived in Maryland most of her life and now resides close to the Catoctin Mountains in a city whose history dates back to colonial times.

If you wish to find out more about Magda, please check out the links below:

Visit Magda Alexander website at: http://magdaalexander.com
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Giveaway:
One lucky winner will win a $10 gift card to her favorite etailer plus a copy of STORM RAVAGED and STORM REDEMPTION, the other two books in the STORM DAMAGES trilogy.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST July 27th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@JustContemporaryRomance.com with a subject title of JCR GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Q&A with SUSAN MALLERY New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of UNTIL WE TOUCH


1. In what ways do you think every woman can relate to Larissa Owens?

Larissa is a sweetie. She’s not rich; she’s working as a personal assistant and personal masseuse for Jack. She gets to go to work in yoga pants and touch sexy guys all over. (Dream job!) UNTIL WE TOUCH is my nod to the boss/secretary story, one of my favorite kinds of romance.

Larissa has a pure heart, and when she sees someone hurting, she doesn’t just think about helping. She does help, with whatever resources are available to her. Fortunately for her, since she’s been working for Jack, he has allowed her to use his wealth and connections in service to her causes. In fact, he likes it. With Larissa using his money to try to save the world, he can feel like a part of something without actually putting himself out there. It’s a very comfortable arrangement for them both… until Larissa’s mom tells Jack that Larissa is in love with him, and everything changes.

2. What about Jack McGarry makes him like no leading man we’ve ever seen before in Fool’s Gold?

I think what makes people relatable—both in fiction and in life—are our imperfections and our vulnerabilities. From the outside, Jack’s life appears perfect. He’s rich, handsome, famous. He was a pro quarterback who retired on top and is now experiencing the same phenomenal success in the private sector with Score, the PR firm he co-owns.

But Jack has a secret pain that makes him protect himself from feeling too deeply, from caring too much. He lost someone dear to him when he was young, and he felt responsible. The lesson he took from that loss was that it’s safer on the surface.

Larissa works for him, so she knows he’s not a good bet when it comes to relationships. She has watched a string of temporary girlfriends come and go. She even bought the parting gifts. Despite that, despite her better judgment, she likes the man. He’s a good guy, a great friend, and he’s the sexiest man she’s ever met.

3. If UNTIL WE TOUCH were made into a movie, who would you envision playing Jack and Larissa?

I’m going to go with Chris Pine with black hair and Amy Adams as a blonde. (We must keep the Hollywood hairstylists employed!) Both could handle the funny scenes and the moments of honest emotion.

Of course, one of the funniest scenes in the book would probably have to be cut in order to keep the R rating. No spoilers, but I will say that Larissa is a massage therapist, and as their feelings for each other change, new situations—ahem—arise.

4. Larissa keeps her romantic attraction to Jack a secret at first, before her mother spills the beans. Do you think you should ever keep that secret from a friend you’re falling for, or is it better to confess your love?

In the case of Larissa, she didn’t realize she was keeping a secret… she kept her feelings a secret even from herself. Until her mother’s assertion, Larissa didn’t think she was in love with Jack. Just by saying those words, Larissa’s mom changed everything. These two friends and colleagues are suddenly thinking of each other in a whole new way. Which is inconvenient, to say the least.

As for whether someone in real life should keep her feelings for a friend secret or confess all, I’d have to say it really depends on the situation. Friendship is the best foundation for lifelong love, but not all friends-to-lovers stories end happily. I think you’d need to examine your heart and ask yourself, honestly, what is the best action for you to take.

5. You have written well over 100 books. How do you keep developing such unique storylines and characters that keep your fans coming back for more?

It’s a challenge! The truth is, every love story is unique. We all know dozens of couples who met, fell in love, and married. The framework may be similar—first glance, first kiss, deepening feelings, declaration of love—but the nuances are different. Which means that as a writer, I need to start with the nuances and build from there. What makes these two individuals unique and uniquely suited for each other? What events in their past color their actions and emotions today? As I develop their characters, I look for aspects that put them in conflict with each other, but also for aspects that will make them a couple you can believe will make it for the long haul. The conflict has to last nearly the length of the book, but the things they have in common have to take them through the rest of their lives.

6. What do you think is the recipe for a perfect romance novel?

A perfect romance should carry you away from your everyday world and fill you with emotions as you read. When you put down the book before you’re finished, it should call to you. Chores can wait, dinner can wait. It should be a challenge for you to turn off the light to go to sleep, even when it’s way past your bedtime. You should want to read just one more chapter, and then just one more after that, and then just one more until you’re done because you can’t bear to put it down until you know the characters are happy and in love. And when you do finish this perfect romance, you should feel happy, with a renewed feeling of faith in the power of love to overcome all obstacles.

7. What’s next for Fool’s Gold?

Next up, Kenny and Bailey will fall in love in YOURS FOR CHRISTMAS. Readers are in love with Kenny already, started asking for his story right away. He was introduced in WHEN WE MET, and readers could immediately sense that there are hidden depths beneath his happy-go-lucky façade. Kenny is one of Jack’s partners at Score PR. What he wants more than anything is a family, but he was burned badly by an ex. The one thing he won’t do, no matter what, is fall in love with a single mom. And then he meets Bailey…
YOURS FOR CHRISTMAS was originally slated to be an ebook exclusive novella. However, Harlequin has decided to release it simultaneously in print on October 28. It will be printed at the back of the mass market paperback reissue of CHRISTMAS ON 4TH STREET. Both YOURS FOR CHRISTMAS (ebook) and CHRISTMAS ON 4TH STREET combined with YOURS FOR CHRISTMAS (print and ebook) are available for pre-order now.

8. Any fun summer plans?

I’m going to soak in as much of this rare and precious Seattle sunshine as I can before the rainclouds descend again! Seattle in the summertime has to be one of the most beautiful places on the planet. I swear, there are a million shades of green, and every single one of them is on display as we walk the dog around the city.

Praise for USA Today and New York Times Bestselling Author Susan Mallery

“Mallery’s prose is luscious and provocative.” 
—Publishers Weekly

“Romance novels don’t get much better than Mallery’s expert blend of emotional nuance, humor and superb storytelling.” 
—Booklist

“Susan Mallery is one of my favorites.”

—#1 New York Times bestselling author 
Debbie Macomber

“Both smile and tear inducing. Mallery is one of a kind.” 
—RT Book Reviews

“Susan Mallery’s small town of Fool’s Gold always offers romance and fun.”
—BookPage

By Susan Mallery
NEW YORK TIMES and USA Today bestselling author

After a family tragedy, former football hero Jack McGarry keeps the world at arm’s length— a challenge now that his PR firm has moved to neighborly Fool’s Gold, California.  Larissa Owens knows where she stands—Jack sees her as just another one of the guys. No matter what her heart  wishes, Jack’s her boss, not her boyfriend. But then Larissa’s big secret is revealed—by her mother!

When Jack discovers the truth about Larissa’s feelings, her touch suddenly becomes tantalizing, and he’s not sure he wants to resist. But if he gives in to desire, heartache is sure to follow. Friendship or true love—will Jack go for the ultimate play?

SUSAN MALLERY is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has entertained millions of readers with her witty and emotional stories about women and the relationships that define their lives.  She has published more than 100 romance and women’s fiction novels beginning with two books the same month when she was just out of college. Susan has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and went on to get a master’s in writing popular fiction and has extensively studied story structure in screenwriting courses.  Her goal, always, is to give readers a story that will move them, populated with characters who feel like real people. Born and raised in California, Susan now lives with her family in Seattle, where she survives the dreary days of winter with the help of a “happy lamp” and plenty of coffee.  

A FOOL’S GOLD ROMANCE
By Susan Mallery
Harlequin MIRA, July 2014
384 pages; $8.99 U.S./$9.99 CAN.
ISBN-13:978-0-373-77893-5

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Three Swoon-Inducing Heroes


Giveaway Alert!

This month, Crimson Romance released Modern Love, a contemporary romance book-bundle that includes top-selling romance authors and is currently on sale for $0.99.  

To celebrate, I’ve brought over three swoon-inducing heroes to answer some fun questions: Evan Burke from Falling for You by Heather Thurmeier; Carter Phlynn from On The Fly by Katie Kenyhercz and Luke Cannon from Destination Wedding by me!

Okay fellas, tell us about your first kiss in the book. When did it happen?

Evan:  My first kiss with Cassy was a covert-ops situation. See Cassy was on this silly dating reality TV show and I was there to film her. But, let’s just say there’s only so long a man like me can watch a girl like Cassy walk around in her hot pink bikini, making sexy eyes at me—No matter how hard she denies it!—before I had to give into temptation. Luckily, we happened to be in a spot where the overhead, wall-mounted cameras couldn’t catch us. Good thing too, because that kiss was way too hot for prime time TV.

Carter: The first kiss...it was so fast, I'm not even sure it counts, but she'd just held a press conference denying that we were involved. It was the best move at the time for both our sakes, and it went really well. I went to her office to thank her, and when I saw her, I guess I got carried away and just kissed her. I think the real first kiss was on Halloween night. A lot of firsts happened then, but I'll let you read about that.

Luke: I’ve got you two beat because I kissed Kate in Chapter One. Of course I only did it to calm her down on our rather turbulent flight from New York City to Hawaii, and there was the little issue that I was pretending to be my identical twin brother when I did it.


When did you know your heroine was the one?


Evan:  From the moment I opened the door to the adjoining room and found Cassy standing on the other side, I was done for. I mean, I wouldn’t have admitted that at the time, of course, but there was something about that long mahogany hair and those jade green eyes that took root inside of me. But the moment that put me over the edge was when douche bag Bachelor Brad started making the moves on my girl. I don’t care if Brad was the guy she was “technically” on the show The One to date or not, the second what I had with her was threatened, I knew she was my one and that’s all I could focus on.  

Carter: It was Halloween. We'd just survived a disaster of a night out, and she was worried about her brother even with all of the trouble he'd given her. She said if he needed her, she'd be there. It's just who she was. That's when I knew I needed her too. I've never met anyone as selfless and giving, but she stands up for herself. How could I ever settle for anyone else?

Luke: I was smitten with Kate from the moment we met. How could I not fall in love with a klutzy wedding planner wearing her tomato juice all over her white suit; empty vodka bottles on her tray and chanting her calming mantra "I do. I do,” while not taking her eyes off of the fasten seatbelt sign. (sighs) She was a bit of a mess, albeit an adorable mess. 

The time we spent alone in Maui confirmed my feelings. I wanted to know anything and everything about the beautiful woman I’d kissed silly while pretending I was my brother.


You three are known for being super romantic. Describe your perfect date?

Evan: My perfect date with Cassy would be a hike into the Colorado Rockies to this remote lookout spot I love near the cabin. There’s a small lake up there and a view that makes you feel like you’re looking at a slice of heaven. Of course, I’d have a blanket up there and a picnic basket full of delicious snacks. But the best part of all would be having Cassy all to myself—no other contestants flaunting and flirting, no competitions getting in the way, and no cameras. Just Cassy, nature, and privacy. Heaven.

Carter: Jacey and I like to go ice skating. It holds special meaning for us, and we like to show off for each other. End the night with pizza, beer, and a movie at home. Perfect.

Luke: Now that Kate’s relocated to New York City, we enjoy going to the theater, taking in a concert, picnics in Central Park. Sometimes the best nights are sitting on my balcony with a tropical drink in hand reminiscing about our time in Hawaii. Although Kate’s assistant, Miles, and my brother’s ex-fiancée, Lauren, recently moved here and have been coming over quite a bit.

You can learn more about Evan, Carter, and Luke and how each reaches his Happily Ever After in the Modern Love bundle. Purchase Now for $0.99!

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Giveaway:
Robyn is giving away an advance electronic copy of my upcoming romagic comedy, Batter Up.

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST July 24th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@JustContemporaryRomance.com with a subject title of JCR GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Second Chance Romances - Part Two

By: Barbara Phinney

Giveaway Alert!

When I tell people I am a writer, the question most frequently asked is "Where do you get your story ideas?" The answer is not always the same, but most often, my stories come from a place first. Yes, a setting usually sparks my ideas.


In Cape of Secrets, the story I have in Romance Super Bundle II: Second Chances, it was indeed the setting. Consider this: A cape on the upper edge of a bay, jutting out into water that perpetually churns and froths, water called The Dory Rips, for they will chop up a small boat by force alone.  Consider a cape so often shrouded in fog, a foghorn must sit beside the lighthouse. This is Cap D'Or in Nova Scotia. The day we visited there was beautiful, clear as a bell, and warm. The driveway down to it was steep, a danger, no doubt, in the fog. This sparked my interest. What if someone accidentally walked off the cliff? Or worse still, was pushed?


So Cape of Secrets is started. It's fun to develop a story from an area, asking questions about who would live there and why. And what would happen if...

My heroine comes to the cape, but in this modern gothic, she's not an innocent, victim-like heroine in a filmy, flowing nightgown. Marika is a street smart acerbic woman who refuses to put herself in danger, or bow to her body's desires. She won't be told what to do. It's her life she's living and her rules she's living by. Things, though, have a way of twisting around. And Marika finds herself exactly where she fought so hard to avoid. 

And this smart city gal soon faces secrets as dangerous as The Dory Rips themselves. 

So, for those writers and budding writers out there, what entices you to want to write a story? A situation? An emotion? A quirky character, perhaps? Tell us. We'd love to hear it.

Barbara Phinney

Giveaway:
Today I’m going to gift a copy of the FIRST Romance Super Bundle (RSB) to someone who’s willing to share a second chance that made a difference in their life.

Comment to win the first RSB, then grab your copy of the Romance Super Bundle II: Second Chances for the great price of just $0.99 to get your second chance with the authors!


LINKS FOR RSBII: Second Chances

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Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST July 22nd. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@JustContemporaryRomance.com with a subject title of JCR GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Second Chance Romances


Congratulations to "Laney4", the winner in Stacey's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Everyone deserves a second chance, right? Well...maybe not everyone (serial killers, come to mind), but in our romances, definitely the hero and heroine do. I love books that offer the people we fall in love with a chance at redemption as they fall in love.

In the Romance Super Bundle II: Second Chances, you’ll get eleven books with the second chance theme. We’ve got a lonesome cowboy, a spurned bride-to-be, a heartbroken widower and an unexpected pregnancy, along with a tasty smattering of intrigue, murder and suspense. Almost half a million words and two thousand pages of strong heroes and daring heroines who’ll do anything for a second chance at love.

My book in the bundle is The Heart of the Matter, book 6 of the Welcome to Redemption series I write with Donna Marie Rogers.


Allie Daniels wants a family of her own, but she can’t have children. She hides her desolation from everyone—especially the town veterinarian, whose three-year-old son is a painful reminder. Rick Wilde liked Allie back in high school, but life took them in different directions. Now a single parent, his interest in Allie is renewed despite the fact her shoulder is colder than the bitter winter wind. Brought together by an orphaned kitten, Allie is helpless to resist Lukas’ impish innocence and Rick’s charm. Does she risk her heart on an impossible dream, or will Rick’s desire for more kids devastate their future?

EXCERPT: (Allie is not yet open to giving Rick a second chance...)

Allie folded her arms across her chest and lifted her chin while staring straight out the windshield. “There’s a lot you don’t know about me.”

Direct hit. He grimaced and put the truck back in drive so he could turn down her street. Despite it feeling like ninety-degrees in the truck with the heat blasting, her tone threatened to give him frostbite. And now they were at her house. He couldn’t let the night end like this, but she was already out of the truck and slammed the door before he shifted into park.

Man up!

Opening his door, he called, “Allie, wait.”

House keys in hand, she whirled on her front porch as he approached, looking smaller than ever against the large columns supporting the overhead roof. “Don’t expect me to thank you for ruining my evening, Rick, because it’s not going to happen. Now go away.”

He ruined her evening? A defensive reply formed on his tongue until he remembered he still needed to apologize for his unintended insult. Before he could come up with those more difficult words, he saw her shiver again. So he said the first thing he could think of to get both of them inside her house.

“I was going to ask if I could use your bathroom.”

She turned to insert the key into the lock and spoke over her shoulder. “Use a tree.”

He let out a disbelieving laugh. “Oh, come on. I’m not Bennie.”

She opened the door and stepped inside. She wasn’t really going to leave him outside like the Bassett hound she dog-sat every week, was she? He cocked a brow and offered a hopeful smile to counter her glare.

Her shoulders dropped, and she huffed out an annoyed breath. “Fine. Come in.”

Boy, did he have his work cut out for him.
~~~

You’ll get laughs, love, heartbreak, and the promised second chance in The Heart of the Matter. (Pretty much all the books in the WTR series offer second chances.)

In my own life, I count my growing career as an author my favorite second chance. After 20 years as a travel agent, almost two years ago, I was very happy to ‘start over’ doing something I love. I had been writing for over 10 years by then, but finally was able to quit my job to write full-time. The last day at my old job I felt like I’d won the lottery.

Now here’s your chance to win!

Giveaway:
Today I’m going to gift a copy of the FIRST Romance Super Bundle (RSB) to someone who’s willing to share a second chance that made a difference in their life.

Comment to win the first RSB, then grab your copy of the Romance Super Bundle II: Second Chances for the great price of just $0.99 to get your second chance with the authors!



LINKS FOR RSBII: Second Chances

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Thank you so much for stopping by, and come back tomorrow for more on the RSBII as well as for your second chance to win the first bundle.

~ Stacey Joy Netzel

Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST July 22nd. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@JustContemporaryRomance.com with a subject title of JCR GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Dreams of Perfection


Congratulations to "Marcy S." the winner in Rebecca's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Ever had one of those girlfriends who went on one date after another only to find something wrong with every guy she went out with? One of those women who’s looking for Mr. Perfect, instead of Mr. Right? Well, that’s my latest heroine, Darcy Butler, in Dreams of Perfection (Book #1 in the Dreams Come True Series). 

See, Darcy’s a best-selling romance writer whose endless round of dates never live up to the guys she creates from her own juicy little imagination. She’s had her heart stomped on for sure, but her defense mechanism is to her standards a tad too high. 

Admittedly, some of her blind dates were, well, a little creepy. Like this one, where she’s meeting a guy at a coffee shop on the recommendation of her accountant.

“Now, let me tell you about myself.” He opened his briefcase and pulled out three files, laying them carefully on the table. “I’m looking for a mate, not a date. I don’t have a lot of time to waste dating, and I understand neither do you, if you want to become pregnant before you’re too old.”

He glanced up, clearly mistaking her expression for awed speechlessness rather than horrified incredulity. He patted her hand. “Oh, don’t worry, I am not opposed to children. I have a strong sex drive, so children are inevitable, but I don’t believe in premarital sex, so marriage is mandatory and soon.” 

Aghast, Darcy looked around the coffee shop, expecting her family and friends to storm the table, laughing and teasing, certain this must be a joke. 

He gestured to each file in turn. “This is my resume.”

Resume? He did realize this wasn’t a job interview, right?

“These”—he pointed at portrait size photos of happy, smiling, neatly dressed children—“are my three children, Kempton the Third, Angela, and my youngest, Thornton. 

Children! 

“And these”—he picked up a stack of paper— “are letters of recommendation.”

Flabbergasted, and not a little intrigued, Darcy waited for him to continue. After all, she enjoyed a good joke, even if it was on her.

He placed his resume in front of her, which she noted included his salary and net worth. Seven figures—impressive. Next came a description of his home on Long Island and his country club privileges. 

Darcy suppressed a giggle, still waiting for the punch line. Let everyone think they’d pulled a good one over on her. 
***
I had so much fun writing Darcy’s story. She’s a little ditzy, a lot adorable, and I just wanted her to find the happily-ever-after (HEA) she writes about—after I finished torturing her, of course. Darcy learns many things on her journey to HEA, like not to take people for granted, and that when you love someone, you love them warts and all. 

She learned some of these lessons while visiting her Aunt Rosie and her Uncle Al, who were celebrating their sixty-third wedding anniversary. I modeled Rosie and Al’s relationship after cousins of mine whose long, happy marriage I admired. 

To spend time with my cousins, let’s call them Mary and Bob, was to see first-hand what two people still in love after all those years looked like. The little gestures of affection, the flirtations, the sparkle in their eyes when they looked at each other, and the deep respect they had for one another, made you hope for that very thing when you reached those same milestones in your own life. Bob never hesitated to tell you that he’d married his best friend and the love of his life.

Mary and Bob had been married sixty-three years when he passed away, and along with their daughters, they can boast four grandchildren, and fourteen great grandchildren. Quite a legacy.

As a romance author I write stories with happily-ever-after endings—modern-day fairytales. But my stories can’t compete with Mary and Bob’s. They lived the fairytale. 

Darcy makes a mess of things trying to figure everything out, and it takes her aunt and uncle’s anniversary party for the light bulb to finally come on:

It suddenly occurred to Darcy that fairytales weren’t found in books. They were found in real life—everyday life, with both its triumphs and its tribulations. And her aunt lived that real-life fairytale every day, while she had been wishing for the wrong fairytale all along.

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Giveaway:
I’m giving away a free Amazon eBook of Dreams of Perfection to one lucky commenter. 


DREAMS OF PERFECTION

What if perfection isn’t truly perfect?

Best-selling romance writer, Darcy Butler, is holding out for perfection in the form of her own carefully-crafted heroes. Once blissfully engaged to be married, Darcy’s post-traumatic commitment phobia is depriving her of the very thing she wants most: her very own happily-ever-after. Now, here she is just six months shy of her thirtieth birthday, and not a Prince Charming in sight.

Successful lawyer, Josh Ryan, is the boy-next-door with a soft spot for the less fortunate, and Darcy’s best friend without benefits. Darcy often comes to him lamenting her love-life, or the lack thereof, whereupon Josh patiently doles out his sage advice. Problem is Josh is in love with Darcy.

But when Darcy finds herself looking into the handsome face of the man who graces the cover of her soon-to-be-released novel, she’s convinced her dreams of perfection have come true. Or have they?

Bio
Rebecca Heflin is an award-winning author who has dreamed of writing romantic fiction since she was fifteen and her older sister snuck a copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss' Shanna to her and told her to read it. Rebecca writes women's fiction and contemporary romance. When not passionately pursuing her dream, Rebecca is busy with her day-job as a practicing attorney.
Rebecca is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Florida Romance Writers, RWA Contemporary Romance, and Florida Writers Association. She and her mountain-climbing husband live at sea level in sunny Florida.
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