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Bestselling and award-winning author Aubrey Wynne resides in the Midwest with her husband, dogs, horses, mule and barn cats. She is an elementary teacher by trade, champion of children and animals by conscience, and author by night. Obsessions include history, travel, trail riding and all things Christmas. Her short stories Merry Christmas, Henry and Pete’s Mighty Purty Privies won the Preditors & Editors Reader’s Choice in 2013 and 2014. Dante’s Gift, a holiday novella received the 2016 Golden Quill award and was a 2016 Maggie finalist. Her upcoming series “A Vintage Romance” was inspired by tales of her stepfather, who served for the British Air Force in WWII. Wynne’s medieval fantasy series “Medieval Encounters” will launch in 2017 with Rolf’s Quest.

How To Lose a Highlander by Michelle McLean

Even feuding clans can’t keep their passions at bay.

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The MacGregor Lairds #1
Michelle McLean
Releasing May 15th, 2017
Entangled Scandalous
Forced into
marriage by their king in order to stop years of inter-clan feuding, Sorcha
Campbell and Malcolm MacGregor are each determined to drive the other away.
 
Malcolm
knows he can never trust his new shrewish wife, despite the fact that
everything he observes seems to prove that she’s not only trustworthy, but
utterly perfect for him.
 
Sorcha
knows she can never let her guard down around the man she believes betrayed her
father, yet the longer she’s with him, the more she discovers he is nothing
like she was led to believe.
 
They’ll
have to fight their way through past prejudices and their own determination to
destroy their union in order to gain their perfect HEA in this Taming of the Shrew meets How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days tale.

 

Michelle McLean is a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl who is addicted to chocolate and Goldfish crackers and spent most of her formative years with her nose in a book. She has a B.S. in History, a M.A. in English, loves history and romance and enjoys spending her time combining the two in her novels.

When Michelle’s not editing, reading or chasing her kids around, she can usually be found in a quiet corner working on her next book. She resides in PA with her husband and two children, an insanely hyper dog, and three very spoiled cats.

 

Mother’s Day Kindle Fire Giveaway!

2017 Mother’s Day Kindle Fire Giveaway ($250 Value)

The price of a Kindle Fire has come way down in the past few years but this giveaway is still valued at $250. That’s plenty of cash to buy a Kindle Fire AND load it full of book. The winner will have their choice of a $250 Amazon.com Gift Card or $250 in Paypal Cash!

A Little Mother’s Day History

Mother’s Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed in different forms throughout the world. The American incarnation of Mother’s Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Jarvis would later denounce the holiday’s commercialization and spent the latter part of her life trying to remove it from the calendar. While dates and celebrations vary, Mother’s Day most commonly falls on the second Sunday in May and traditionally involves presenting mothers with flowers, cards and other gifts.

For all the history and trivia buffs:  History Channel’s video on the ancient beginnings of our tributes to mothers. 

 

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Spring Into Cash $250 Giveaway!

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Authors in Bloom: 10 Days of Daily Giveaways!

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GRAND PRIZE: We are giving away an ereader ($200 value). Only those visitors who visit EACH and EVERY stop are eligible for the grand prize. So, keep hopping and comment at every stop. 

 

In honor of Spring, here are some of my favorite gardening tips: 

1. To remove the salt deposits that form on clay pots, combine equal parts white vinegar, rubbing alcohol and water in a spray bottle. Apply the mixture to the pot and scrub with a plastic brush. Let the pot dry before you plant anything in it.

2. To prevent accumulating dirt under your fingernails while you work in the garden, draw your fingernails across a bar of soap and you’ll effectively seal the undersides of your nails so dirt can’t collect beneath them. Then, after you’ve finished in the garden, use a nailbrush to remove the soap and your nails will be sparkling clean.

3. To prevent the line on your string trimmer from jamming or breaking, treat with a spray vegetable oil before installing it in the trimmer.

4. Turn a long-handled tool into a measuring stick! Lay a long-handled garden tool on the ground, and next to it place a tape measure. Using a permanent marker, write inch and foot marks on the handle. When you need to space plants a certain distance apart (from just an inch to several feet) you’ll already have a measuring device in your hand.

I am also giving away a $5 Amazon gift card and a digital copy of Pete’s Mighty Purty Privies. Follow me on Amazon by clicking the outhouse below! Then leave a comment letting me know one book you saw on that page!

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Luck of the Irish $250 Cash Giveaway & More

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March 17th to 31st

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So what images come to mind when you think of Ireland? I have visited twice and cannot wait for my next trip. It has become my favorite destination: breathtaking scenery, mystical legends, friendly and warm people and awesome drinks and food.

For a chance to win an ebook copy of “Celtic Tales: Fairy Tales and Stories of Enchantment from Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, and Wales” please leave a comment and tell us what Irish images come to mind when you think of the Emerald Isle.

 

The traditional stories of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, and Wales transport us to the fantastical world of Celtic folklore. Translated and transcribed by folklorists in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the 16 stories in this compilation conjure forgotten realms and rare magical creatures in vivid prose. These timeless tales brim with wit and magic, and each one is brought to life with elegant silhouette art by Kate Forrester in this special illustrated edition.

Here are a few photos from my last trip that make me think of Ireland! First off: A Guinness tour and a typical Irish pub meal.

  

The villages (this one is Malahide, just outside Dublin) and the lively pub sessions and discussions!

  

Kilmainham Gaol (& politics), stone walls and sheep!

  

Castles and Cong ( the village of the Quiet Man). Yes, we had a Guinness at the pub where they took a break during the day-long fist fight between Sean (John Wayne) and Mary Kate’s brother. 

  

And of course Galway Bay and the Burren. The bay was our morning coffee scenery. This is a pic from our patio in 2015.

   

May I leave you with two of my favorite Irish tunes. The first is Galway Bay, the second is Little Bit O’ Heaven, telling how the faeries and angels made Ireland. Enjoy the scenery and the brogue!

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Release Week for Love’s Promise by Melissa Storm

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She’s waiting for her prince to come but was he right beside her all the time?

Kristina Rose Maher wants to know why fairytales never happen for fat girls. Certain that diner cook Jeff, handsome and fit, will never want her as more than a friend, she stuffs down her attraction to him. But when she finds herself facing a life-altering weight loss surgery, she discovers she’s willing to do whatever it takes to embrace life—and love—to the fullest.

Jeffrey Berkley can’t bear the thought of losing the friend he’s only just beginning to realize matters so much to him… no matter what size she is. But he is also terrified that helping her reach for her dreams will also mean finally reaching for his own—and letting down his family’s legacy in the process.

Both Kristina Rose and Jeffrey must learn to love themselves before they can find a way to make a promise to each other. Will they finally be able to lay their heavy burdens at the Lord’s feet, and trust him to bring the happily-ever-after they both crave?

Don’t miss this sweet tale of faith, love, and gastric bypass–get your copy of Love’s Promise today!

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Love’s Promise: Excerpt

An hour and a half later, they pulled up to a tiny wooden cabin seemingly in the middle of nowhere. Along the way, they’d chatted about the same types of things they’d also discussed with one another. The only thing that made it feel like a date was that they’d chosen to call it one and that Jeffrey occasionally reached over to hold her hand when the road in front of them was smooth and traffic sparse.

“Where are we?” she asked, stepping out into the cleanest air she’d ever tasted. Large hills rose up from the green earth, and a small lake shimmered nearby. “It’s so beautiful.”

“It’s my grandpa’s cabin,” Jeffrey explained as he opened the rear car door and allowed Toto to run free through the open landscape. “I look in on it every once in a while, ever since he and my grandma moved out to Colorado.” His eyes grew glossy with memories as he spoke.

“We used to spend a couple weeks out here every summer. I loved it, all that time with nature. No school work, no worrying. Just fresh air and family. You know…” He laughed and shook his head. “This is where I first learned to cook so many years ago. It’s like this place is where I could most be myself, where I would find myself whenever I started to feel lost. And lately I’ve felt that way a lot.”

She nodded along, understanding completely. She only wished she had a place like this to call her own. And the fact that Jeffrey had chosen to share his with her touched her deeply. She chewed the inside of her cheek, wondering how she could ever make an equally important gesture to Jeffrey when she had so little to offer.

Misreading her internal thoughts, Jeffrey blushed and hurried to explain himself. “Don’t worry, I promise to have you back by midnight. It’s why we left so early.”

“I love it,” she said on a sharp inhale. I love you, she almost felt herself adding, but it was far too soon for that. “Thank you for sharing it with me.”

“I want to share a lot of things with you, Kristina Rose. Mabel got me thinking when she talked about the small life she’d made for herself and how she loves it even though so many people strive for more out of theirs.”

Kristina Rose nodded. “Me too.”

“I realized something the other day while I was out walking Toto. Life doesn’t slow down, not ever, not unless you let it.” His handsome features twisted and grew dark. “My dad wants me to take over the pharmacy.”

“Is that what you want?” she asked, drawing nearer to comfort him.

Jeffrey shook his head and looked out at the lake. He grabbed Kristina’s hand and pulled her toward the gentle waters. “Everything I want…” he answered when they reached the shore. “Well, I already have it.”

Does that include me, too? Am I yours? She waited for him to say more.

“I’ve always wanted to be a cook. I’ve just never admitted it out loud. Who thinks that the after school job you get in tenth grade could one day end up their profession? And there’s something else I’ve known for a long time too but never had the courage to admit…”

Is this the moment I’ve been waiting for? Is this it? Kristina Rose pushed the anxious stream of thoughts aside and allowed herself to focus on the man pouring his heart out before her, the man who was a friend and also so much more than a friend.

“What is it?” she whispered as Jeffrey turned toward her and grabbed her other hand. They stood face to face, hands entwined.

He took a deep breath, and as he let it out, his smile grew and grew. “You.”

Kristina felt so happy in that moment that all her thoughts quieted. Finally, she allowed herself just to feel, to enjoy the present moment, to enjoy her dreams finally coming true.

His eyes glistened as he spoke, but they never turned away from her face. “Kristina Rose Maher, I’m crazy about you. And you know what I would like most in the whole entire world?”

She chewed the inside of her cheek and tried to hold back tears of bliss. “Yeah?”

“To kiss you again. To do it right this time.”

He brought his face in close to hers and when their lips were hardly an inch apart, he whispered, “May I?” His breath tickled, and it was all she could do to stop herself from leaping into his arms and stealing that kiss herself.

Instead, she said, “Yes, please.”

This time, neither pulled away until a very wet, very tired, and apparently very jealous Toto clobbered Jeffrey with a slobbery kiss of his own.

And this time Kristina Rose didn’t worry, didn’t wonder whether there would be more between her and Jeffrey. Because this time she trusted in God, trusted in him, and trusted in herself, too.

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About the Author

Melissa Storm is a mother first, and everything else second. Her fiction is highly personal and often based on true stories. Writing is Melissa’s way of showing her daughter just how beautiful life can be, when you pay attention to the everyday wonders that surround us.

Melissa loves books so much, she married fellow author Falcon Storm. Between the two of them, there are always plenty of imaginative, awe-inspiring stories to share. When she’s not reading, writing, or child-rearing, Melissa spends time relaxing at home in the company of her four dogs, four parrots, and rescue cat. She never misses an episode of The Bachelor or her nightly lavender-infused soak in the tub. Because priorities.

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Dreaming of Cash $250 Giveaway

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January 16th to 30th

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The winter may be a long one.

Some people love a snowy afternoon in front of the fire. Others may enjoy seasonal sports. Or do you dream about the upcoming summer? Tell us what’s on your mind during this hibernation cycle. A random commenter will win their choice of a $5 gift card from one of the retailers below!

       

 

Congratulations to Natalie S. who won the Kurt Adler icicles in the Christmas cash giveaway. 

If you are looking for something to read this winter, check out this awesome historical and timetravel boxset for only 99 cents. 

Enter the world of yesterday… Ten full-length historical and time travel romances by bestselling authors will take you from Ancient Egypt to the British Regency to the American West and more.

Sexy, stubborn heroes and beautiful, daring heroines follow their hearts to prove love does indeed transcend time. Explore another century and find your timeless happily ever after.

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Happy New Year Hop!

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Welcome to the Happy New Year Facebook Hop,

hosted by Love Kissed Book Bargains!

With tons of prizes from over 150 authors and bloggers, including Amazon gift cards, it’s a great way to spend your New Year’s Weekend!

Don’t miss out! Visit one, or all to participate. Easy entries.

Meet some new authors! Discover some awesome blogs.

Most of all…have fun!

 

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Today I’m giving away a  digital copy of Paper Love and a matching bookmark and paper crane. Please read the instructions below carefully so you’re not disqualified!!!

  

  1. Go to my page, give it some love. 

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Love Across Time: Historical Romance and Time Travel

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Happy Holidays! I love everything about this season: the reason, the music, the happiness that seems to flow even from my grumpy friends and relatives. It brings me back to my childhood and the wonderful Christmas shows and musicals that we watched on our little black and white television. Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, and Charlie Brown. The list goes on.

So what or who is your favorite Christmas character? A random commenter will win a set of 4 Kurt Adler icicles. 

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Here is Bing Crosby playing Jim in Holiday Inn. It is the first time the public heard White Christmas. I watch this movie every year.  Click the picture and enjoy!

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