The #BookQW of the week is VOICE

#BookQW is a twitter meme

Writers post quotes from their work–published or not–that use the word of the week.

Anyone is welcome to join in.

Each week, Mindy Klasky will choose a word for people to use on Twitter, in quotes from their books, using the hashtag #bookqw. If you’d like a weekly email reminder of the #bookqw, you can sign up at:

#bookqw word of the week

Some people just post a short quote as a tweet. Others make graphics. Whatever you want to do. Just use #bookqw as part of the tweet, and then anybody who follows the meme will see yours, too!

I post mine on Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest and Twitter. Once it’s made, why not? If you join in, tag me and let me know!

This week the word is VOICE.

 

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Cross-posted at The Fury Triad.
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Score Big with Eight Great Football Romances

Hey, even if you don’t read sports romances, maybe your friends do, so share, why don’t ya? Thanks!

Score Big with Football Romance

I’ve got the best news: this week is the official kick-off of football season in the US–and with college football back, too, we’ve all got lots of chances to catch our favorite teams playing our favorite game.

So what makes this even better? We have EIGHT football romances for you to huddle with right here, each of which is a touchdown (and the extra point, too!).

Check out each one–and as a bonus, each author is giving you her own favorite sports romance recommendation.

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Some Enchanted Season by Patricia Burroughs ON SALE for .99 at Amazon

Find Patricia on Facebook, Twitter and her website. And sign up for her newsletter!

Patricia recommends . . . Sosie Frost‘s Happily Ever All-Star, A Secret Daddy Romance. “She hooked me with the sizzlin’ guy on the cover, reeled me in with “Secret Daddy,” and totally delivered with laugh-out-loud funny and heart-tugging sweetness.”

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A Tempting Dare by Cathryn Fox only $1.99 at Amazon

You can find Cathryn on Facebook, Twitter . . . follow her on Amazon and BookBub, check out her website (for a free book!)

And sign up for her newsletter

If you’re interested in joining Cathryn’s Street Team, they’d LOVE to have you. They have a lot of fun over there, and lots of special prizes and contests for her lovely FOXY ladies!

Cathryn recommends . . .Dare to Love by Carly Phillips: “A hot, heartwarming story about family, love and trust. Oh, and did I mention it’s HOT and FREE right now??”

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Game Changer by Ann Jacobs

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Ann recommends . . . “Jaci Burton’s Play-by-Play series won’t disappoint you, no matter which pro sport you fancy! As a football fan and steamy romance lover, I have The Perfect Play high up on my keeper shelves—but there’s not a loser in the 12 hot novels and novellas. Check out Jaci’s website and get in the game!”

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When We Were Us by Tawdra Kandle is FREE on iBooks/Barnes and Noble/Kobo/Google and Amazon/–if they get their act together! If you have problems, let me know in comments and I’ll make sure you get the book.

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Tawdra recommends . . . “Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen. She’s my favorite hockey writer, and this book has it all: sizzling romance, hunky guy, sassy chick and all the right moves!”

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Bold by Nicola Marsh

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Nicola recommends . . . “Nobody’s Baby But Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, part of her Chicago Stars series. Cal Bonner is a seriously hot hero and this book got me hooked on SEP. It’s on my keeper shelf!”

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Playing for Keeps by Liz Matis FREE on Amazon/iBooks/Barnes and Noble/Kobo

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Liz recommends . . . “Blindsided by Jami Davenport, the first book in Jami’s Seattle Steelheads subseries. So much hot fun with these hunky football players . . . and some old favorites from the hockey books, too!”

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Play by Holly S. Roberts is FREE on Amazon/iBooks/Barnes and Noble/Kobo

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Holly recommends . . . “Diva in the Dugout by Arlene Hittle. Arlene is a riot to be around, and her stories are romantic comedy. Add baseball to the mix, and you’ll understand why I love this woman and her books.”

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Under the Autumn Sky by Liz Talley is available on Amazon/Barnes and Noble/Kobo

Get to know Liz on Facebook, Twitter and her website

Liz recommends . . . “The Deal by Elle Kennedy, the first book in Elle’s sizzling and wickedly funny Off-Campus series: football players, snarky women and the bumpy road that leads to true love . . . eventually.”

 

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My Football Romance’s Awesome Twin!

So when I was looking for a wonderful and muscular cover photo for Some Enchanted Season’s update, I went through many, many stock photos of guys with muscles bared who were holding footballs, wearing football gear, something.

One thing that was noticeable–very much so–is that they all have very short hair. Which isn’t actually the norm for professional football players in the US. And yet, it is what is trendy fashion and what the models have. So even though Rusty Rivers doesn’t have short hair, I wasn’t showing his hair anyway so… I made do.

Until I found The Guy. Various poses of The Guy. Everything about The Guy was awesome, and I immediately knew he was The Guy.  I figured out which pose I wanted.

And then immediately had to change to another. Why? Because Sosie Frost had already used the same pose on her book.

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I love everything about this cover. I love the colors. I love The Guy. I love his hair. I love the fonts used. I love the tattoo that the cover artist added to the photo.

I love everything.

And guess what–I ended up buying that darned book because its subtitle is, A Secret Daddy Romance. And that made me go, huh? And I read the blurb, and it was kind of catnippy for me, two people in forced proximity who are not supposed to fall in love. I’ve written that before. Maybe more than once. 😉

Veteran running back Jude Owens is one of the best and most respected players in the league. A brutal concussion nearly ended his career, but Jude refuses to retire without earning the ultimate honor—a championship.

But first, he needs me to clear him to play. As the Ironfield Rivets’ neurologist, I usually treat bad boy quarterbacks and beastly linebackers. I can’t be impartial when my lifelong crush hops onto the exam table. Not only is Jude gorgeous and a gentleman, he’s my brother’s best friend…and the father of my unborn baby.

Or so everyone thinks.

Jude offers to pose as my boyfriend and the baby’s father to save my reputation. In return, he needs my help to stay on the field. The pretend romance keeps me close enough to take care of him, but I can’t protect my heart. Our stolen kisses and nightly indiscretions have transformed this fake relationship into something so very real.

I can’t complicate our arrangement by falling in love, especially as Jude’s obsession with football blinds him to everything but the game. When his symptoms worsen, the only way I can protect him may be to sit him on the sidelines. But ending his career will ruin our Once Upon A Time.

It’s up to me to save my prince charming…

Even if it means I lose my happily-ever-after.


Happily Ever All-Star is a sexy, flirty standalone romantic comedy with no cheating and a guaranteed happily ever after. For a limited time, Bad Boy’s Baby, Beauty and the Blitz, and Once Upon A Half-Time are included with this file!

I bought the darned thing–even though I haven’t bought or read a contemporary romance in years. And didn’t even notice that [see above] right now you get three other books from this series as part of the download!

I read it. And it’s terrific. Which is why I’m telling you about it now. Because seriously, check it out. This may very well be a book you find adorable and funny and sweet and even angsty, too.

Oh, and since they are twins, we’ll check them out side by side.

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Aren’t they adorable? Now, with her books you get four books for the price of one. With mine, you get one book for .99. That’s a couple of bargains any way you look at it!

And watch this space. Tomorrow I am bringing you more football romance goodness, along with a contest!

Smooch!

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An old favorite with a new cover!

Football season is starting, folks, and here at PlanetPooks I decided it was time to update the cover on my football romance.

Dare I admit it?

Okay, I’ll admit it.

I dragged my feet on this one. I didn’t want a bare-torso on my covers.

But hey, the readers have spoken. Since I changed the cover at Amazon and let my newsletter subscribers know about it, sales have quadrupled!  And I guess honestly? This is the cover that sexy and surly Rusty Rivers has deserved for a long time.

Brace yourselves. Grab a fan and your smelling salts. Ready?

 

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Some Enchanted Season: A Football Romance is waiting for your reading pleasure at Amazon, and available for KU subscribers.

What Readers Are Saying

The most appealing aspect of the story to me is the physical, sexual chemistry between the two that is evident, if not at first sight, certainly at first (incidental) touch. I love reading well-written descriptions of physical love scenes, and this author delivers on that with skill and a fluidity of words that completely loops the reader into the story. If you enjoy reading romance, I strongly recommend this book.
Subversa, 5 Star Amazon review
I really like the characters in this story. Kevyn is a real woman, not perfect but fighting her own failings and insecurities while making a name for herself. Rusty is outwardly arrogant and self-assured, but inside he’s looking to find something that will fill the void that the impending end of his sports career will bring. Together, they learn that love, despite the pain and struggles, is worth the risk. It’s a quick read but really gets you thinking that we don’t have to be perfect to have success or deserve happiness.
Tammie, 5 Star Amazon review

Don’t forget to tell your friends!

~oOo~

 

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Happy Independence Day!

This is my least favorite ‘big’ holiday if you’re talking classic activities. I can’t tolerate heat, and I live in Texas. Unless they’re part of another activity, fireworks are okay but generally not worth the trouble of going to see them.

1776

History you never knew or understood before, complete with laughter and with tears and the very human people who made it happen.

And yet I love the Fourth of July, Independence Day, if you’re talking about what it represents. And my favorite way to celebrate?

He's a what? He's a what? He's a what? He's a Music Man! [And the Beatles cover of "Til There Was You" was on "Meet the Beatles" in 1964.

He’s a what? He’s a what? He’s a what? He’s a Music Man! Americana at its finest! But it HAS to be Robert Preston. Sorry Matthew Broderick. But no. [And the Beatles cover of “Til There Was You” was on “Meet the Beatles” in 1964.

Movies. Air conditioning. Wallowing in the feel-good warm-and-fuzzy patriotic feels I get from watching my favorite movies for the day. History, Americana, and a rousing bit of patriotic rah-rah-BOOM! Fireworks of a different kind.

AKA "the day ham radio saved the world!"

AKA “the day ham radio saved the world!”

Oh. And of course, all the food that goes with it!

What about you? How do you celebrate your national holiday?

 

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WWW Wednesday – June 29, 2016 [Shameless Self-Promotion Edition]

 

What I’m reading right now: Clockwork Souls, A Steampunk Anthology, edited by Phyllis Irene Radford & Brenda W. Clough.

And I have a short story in it!

I knew the collection would be wonderful because I’ve read the previous two. I am thrilled to be part of it because at this point in this world’s progression, we join the American Civil War, and not only is there a fight to free slaves, but also to free enslaved souls that have been used in the creation of automatons.

I’m very proud of my story, which was originally intended to be a bit playful, until my character revealed things to me I hadn’t known before, and there ya go. Some things can’t be playful, or at least, she wouldn’t allow it to be.

My story is, “A Need for Expanded Abilities of a Discreet Nature.”

 

What are these ‘discreet abilities?’ Oh dear, I really couldn’t say. [Fluttering fan, reaching for smelling salts, swooning.]

 

Right now the ebook is available at Book View Café for only $3.99, or at Amazon at the same price. You can download a mobi version for Kindle, or an epub version for all other devices and apps. It’s safe and easy, and if you decide to do that and don’t know how to get it onto your device, let me know and I will talk you through it, or put you with someone who can. [Which makes it sound hard. It’s not. But anything can be daunting if you’ve never done it before, and so many of us just his ‘buy’ and have it show up automagically on our machines so have never had to do this little maneuver before!]

Or, you can buy the print version  or the kindle version from Amazon.

Let me know if you buy the print.

I’ll send you an autographed book plate for it!

What did I just finish reading? What am I also reading right now? [Hey, there are no rules any more and if two of my Ws in WWW are ‘reading right now,’ who cares?

Sometimes I choose an audiobook simply because of the voice in my ear. Well, I wouldn’t download just anything, but if it’s already something on my radar…

half badThat is true of Half Bad. Yes, it was kind of on my radar already, mainly because I’d seen the cover a lot. But since I prefer historical settings, I hadn’t paid it a lot of mind. But then–then I clicked on the audible sample and… this voice. This accent. It just pulled me in. These aren’t the plummy tones of a Hugh Grant or Colin Firth. This is more regional, but I am not sure which region. I’m guessing industrial midlands or north? I honestly have no clue.

UPDATE: And I have been told reliably that it is Yorkshire, perhaps Hull with shadings of Sheffield! Yay!

It has been compared to Hunger Games, and yes, I see that. Dark YA, life and death.

But there is personality and character here, like a real guy is telling me his story, and I no longer care that it isn’t historical. It’s this guy, this character, and I must hear more.

And yes, I’m listening now, and it is set in modern day England, I think [Wales is a two hour train ride away] yet with white witches and black witches and a young guy who will probably be put to death when he’s seventeen, or so it seems right now. The story, the world, the characters–and of course the voice [both the voice Sally Green gave Nathan, and the voice of the reader, Carl Prekopp who I see is from Sheffield so maybe I’m write about the accent or maybe he’s using some other accent] has sucked me in. What a wonderful reading/listening experience.

In digging around, I found out that, “On March 3, 2014, it set the Guinness World Record as the ‘Most Translated Book by a Debut Author, Pre-publication’, having sold in 45 languages prior to its UK publication by Penguin books.[2]”

Pretty darned amazing.

First in a trilogy. A trilogy that is already written and available.

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And what will I read next? 

Last week I said I’d read Changing the Guard by James Farner next.

I lied.

I didn’t intend to. I downloaded it, wrote about it, and then forgot about it. Ooo[s.

What will I choose this week, and then not read?

Inkheart has been on my list forever. I hope this time I really do read it.

The cover is delicious. The idea even moreso:

One cruel night, Meggie’s father reads aloud from a book called INKHEART— and an evil ruler escapes the boundaries of fiction and lands in their living room. Suddenly, Meggie is smack in the middle of the kind of adventure she has only read about in books. Meggie must learn to harness the magic that has conjured this nightmare. For only she can change the course of the story that has changed her life forever. This is INKHEART–a timeless tale about books, about imagination, about life. Dare to read it aloud.

How have I not already read this???

Oh, hi. It’s all about me, because, well, that’s me. But now, how about you?

What are you reading right now?

What would you read if you had time to read?

~oOo~

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WWW Wednesday, Long Time No See! June 15, 2016

The host site for WWW Wednesdays disappeared, so I let the meme go. But today I decided I wanted to share what I’ve been reading.

after the war is overWhat I’m reading right now: After the War is Over, by Jennifer Robson. I’m actually listening to it as an audiobook. Post World War I with elements of women’s rights and class in a Liverpool setting. It appears to be heading for a love triangle and at this point I’m pretty sure who I think she’ll end up with.

Will I be right?

Only time will tell. But the characters are well-drawn, even the secondary ones, which helps make a rich world to sink into. Have you read it? What did you think?

What did I just finish reading? A short story anthology by my publisher, Story Spring Publishing. This is their second short story immanenceanthology and I make it a point to read all of them for two reasons. One, they are good. Two, I am putting out a short story anthology later this year with SSP and I love seeing the beautiful job they do with their publishing crew.

Immanence is the second of their anthologies edited by JL Aldis that I have read, and I will go ahead and say it. The first one was good. This one is terrific.

What happens when humanity and deity meet?

So many fabulous stories and writers, so many fabulous deities and locations, and it’s hard to isolate any single story. Certainly you should go read the first story which is free when you read the sample on Amazon or elsewhere. Antioch Grey’s British wit is saber-edged, and I finished it ready to dive in and read more. If you like short stories with supernatural elements, this one is one you really need to check out.

changing the guardAnd what will I read next? Changing the Guard by James Farner is free today and I picked it up without looking closely.

But it is British, a mystery/thriller, and in a historical setting.

Three of my favorite things. The reviews are VERY mixed on it, but again, free, so why not give it a shot? Birmingham, England–another industrial setting. Early Victorian times. If I like it, I’ll try to remember to let you know.

And again, what have you been reading.

What are you reading right now?

What would you read if you had time to read?

~oOo~

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