Jill Shalvis Launch Day Blitz!

Shalvis_HesSoFine_MMBOOK BLURB: For Olivia Bentley, Lucky Harbor is more than the town where she runs her new vintage shop. It’s the place where folks are friendly to strangers-and nobody knows her real name. Olivia does a good job of keeping her past buried, not getting too cozy with anyone . . . until she sees a man drowning. Suddenly she’s rushing into the surf, getting up close and personal with the hottest guy she’s ever laid hands on.

Charter boat captain Cole Donovan has no problem with a gorgeous woman throwing her arms around his neck in an effort to “save” him. In fact, he’d like to spend a lot more time skin-to-skin with Olivia. He’s just not expecting that real trouble is about to come her way. Will it bring her deeper into Cole’s heart, or will it be the end of Olivia’s days in little Lucky Harbor? 
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Jill Shalvis author photo_longer lengthAUTHOR BIO: New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis lives in a small town in the Sierras full of quirky characters. Any resemblance to the quirky characters in her books is, um, mostly coincidental. Look for Jill’s bestselling, award-winning books wherever romances are sold and visit her website for a complete book list and daily blog detailing her city-girl-living-in-the-mountains adventures.

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Fan2Author Interview with Julie Johnstone!

b2bConnie: Julie, before I start with the questions, how about you tell us a bit about your writing career?


Julie Johnstone: Picture a college graduate who is fresh off a breakup with her boyfriend of five years and headed out-of-town via the New Orléans Airport after spending the weekend mingling with her ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend because the ex boyfriend’s sister was getting married and had asked me to be in the wedding.

There I was standing in the airport thinking love was possibly overrated when I decided I needed something to read on the airplane for my short trip to Houston, Texas. I had never read a romance up to this point and I was twenty-five. Oh, wait, I did read Sweet Valley High Growing up so I do need to count that! But I had never read a grown up romance! I skimmed through the books bypassing what I would usually read and the cover of Ransom by Julie Garwood caught my eye. I flipped that baby over and was instantly captivated. It was exactly what I needed in that  moment in my life to remind me true love, the kind that wraps around you and lifts you up, does exist. I spend the rest of the weekend reading at the lake instead of skiing! I knew after that weekend that someday I wanted to write books that made people happy and gave them hope when they needed it the most. 

b2bC: How have your characters and their stories come to you and which one/s whispered the loudest for their story to be told?

JJ: I’ll tell you a secret, they come to me in the shower most the time! I think it’s because it is the only time I am ever alone and it’s quiet. I have two rambunctious boys! Sometimes, though, stories will hit me right in the middle of conversations with people or when they are telling me something about their life. Now as to who whispered to me the most, I’d have to say it was Madelaine from What A Rogue Wants. That book had so many rewrites I lost count, but she never kept pestering me to get her story right!

b2bC: What was your favorite book as a child?

JJ: Are You There God It’s Me Margaret.

b2bC: Is there a book you’re never tired of reading over and over?

JJ: This is an easy one – Ransom by Julie Garwood!

b2bC: Do you like reading classics and is there one that you’re embarrassed to say you’ve never read?

JJ: Oh, I love classics!!! I’ve never read Mansfield Park by Jane Austen and considering what I do for a living and what I write I am totally embarrassed that I haven’t’ read that one yet!

b2bC: Is there a book that you recently read that you wish you had written?

JJ: The Last Letter From Your Lover by Jojo Moyes. I stayed up until two in the morning to finish this book and it left me breathless with anticipation and burning with the desire to go write!!

b2bC: What’s a movie adaptation of a book that you loved or that you wish it is made?

JJ: I loved The Notebook!

b2bC: Which book we might be surprised to learn that you loved?

JJ: I love fantasy! I devoured all of The Lord of the Rings books.

b2bC: If you were given only one genre to read for the rest of your life, what would it be?

JJ: That’s so hard! I read outside of what I write all the time and love it, but I’m going to have to say romance. In the end, romance is my true love and can always lift me when I need it.

b2bC: What was the last book that made you laugh out loud, and what was the last one that made you cry?

JJ: A Duke of Her Own by Eloisa James has so many hilarious lines that I found myself laughing out loud quiet a bit. The Last Letter from Your Lover made me cry!

b2bC: Do you read your books post-publication?

JJ: Parts of them sometimes, but really I don’t like to because I’m so critical of what I have written.

b2bC: During a thunderstorm – stay inside or sit on porch watching the show?

JJ: Definitely, sit on the porch watching the show!

b2bC: Flannels or Silk?

JJ: Silk in the summer and flannel in the winter!

b2bC: Sports car or SUV?

JJ: SUV! Two kids, remember.

b2bC: Cats or Dogs?

JJ: Both! I have a cat named Cupcake and a dog named Iris.

b2bC: Champagne or Beer?

JJ: Champagne. I detest beer.

b2bC: Movies or TV?

JJ: Movies.

b2bC: What’s your favorite TV show or movie?

JJ: My favorite TV show right now is Outlander. My favorite move is the Last of the Mohicans.

b2bC: Julie, thanks so much for stopping by b2b and we wish you great success with your novels.

jjAUTHOR BIO: Julie first fell in love with romance fifteen years ago when she picked up her first romance novel in an airport gift shop on the way to Conroe, Texas for a family reunion and spent her whole weekend reading rather than water skiing, which up until then was one of her favorite things to do.

Julie is staying up way too late and typing furiously on her keyboard to finish her next book or blog with her fellow authors at Ladyscribes. Julie is married to an amazing lawyer and when she is not running her two precocious children to one activity or another she is trying to eek out some time to stay in shape and see her dearest friends.

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jj mfdBOOK BLURB: After years of playing the rake to hide a dark family secret, the Duke of Aversley feels tainted beyond redemption and cynical beyond repair. Never does he imagine hope will come in the form of a quirky, quick-witted lady determined to win the heart of another gentleman.

Thanks to a painfully awkward past, Lady Amelia De Vere long ago relinquished the notion she was a flower that had yet to blossom. But when her family faces financial ruin and the man she has always loved is on the verge of marrying another, she’ll try anything to transform herself to capture her childhood love and save her family―including agreeing to participate in a bet between her brother and the notorious, dangerously handsome Duke Of Aversley.

Bound by the bet, Amelia and Aversley discover unexpected understanding and passion beyond their wildest dreams, if only they can let go of their pride, put trust in each other and chance losing their hearts.


‘My Fair Duchess’ by Julie Johnstone

jj mfdSTORY: After years of playing the rake to hide a dark family secret, the Duke of Aversley feels tainted beyond redemption and cynical beyond repair. Never does he imagine hope will come in the form of a quirky, quick-witted lady determined to win the heart of another gentleman.

Thanks to a painfully awkward past, Lady Amelia De Vere long ago relinquished the notion she was a flower that had yet to blossom. But when her family faces financial ruin and the man she has always loved is on the verge of marrying another, she’ll try anything to transform herself to capture her childhood love and save her family―including agreeing to participate in a bet between her brother and the notorious, dangerously handsome Duke Of Aversley.

Bound by the bet, Amelia and Aversley discover unexpected understanding and passion beyond their wildest dreams, if only they can let go of their pride, put trust in each other and chance losing their hearts.

REVIEW: In 1795 when Colin Sinclair, Marquess of Nortingham, was born, he and his mother, Camilla, almost died during the birth.  His father, the Duke of Aversley, does not want his wife to go through another pregnancy so he decides to stay away from her to avoid another pregnancy.  Hurt and angry at her husband, Alexander, Camilla chooses to ignore her son Colin and begins having blatant affairs with other men.

In 1812 when he turns 17, Colin and his best friend, Philip de Vere, Viscount Rhetford, are students at Cambridge.  As they are young and carefree, Colin vows that he will be a rake when he grows up.

London, 1820 finds Colin, now age 25 and the new Duke of Aversley.  His father had passed away a year earlier.  When Colin decides to visit his old friend, Philip de Vere, he finds that the family has become quite impoverished since Philip’s father died. Philip’s sister, 22-year-old Amelia is a tall young woman striving to keep the family together and help her mother through her grief.

Amelia fancies herself in love with Charles Stanhope, Baron Worthington.  However, Charles is looking for a woman with a large dowry to supplement his small income. When Colin sees Amelia foolishly throwing herself at Charles, he becomes angry on her behalf for Colin has gotten to know the real Amelia and all that she has to offer.

Colin strives to help Amelia become a lady and coaches her to prepare her for a London season, including providing funds to dress her.  In addition, Amelia is invited to stay with Colin’s aunt, Lady Langley, while in London.

Will Amelia continue her pursuit of Charles Stanhope?  How will she take in her London season?  But most of all, will Colin be able to resist his attraction to Amelia?

This is a sweet story with some humorous parts.  The characters are all well-developed and believable.

Connie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the author


jc rBOOK BLURB: James Whren is brilliant, beautiful, rich, and taken—with himself, or more precisely, his genius for creating music. Desired by many, committing to no one but his muse, on the eve of his brother’s funeral, his father inadvertently turns his life into a living nightmare, and James is left abandoned in hell with no one real to save him.

His odyssey to freedom takes him beyond the looking glass, to the reflection of friends and lovers. Humbled and alone, James escapes to the Greek island of Corfu. But instead of finding solace there, loneliness almost consumes him.

Until Elisabeth, and her son, Cameron.

Reverb is a love story, a psychological thriller paced with romantic suspense. Spun from The Magus, also about a man who learns to love someone other than himself, and way beyond 50 Shades of Gray, Reverb is told like Crime and Punishment–modern, clean, edgy verging on sharp. Like nothing you’ve read, guaranteed…

REVIEW: here
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‘An American Duchess’ by Sharon Page

sp aadSTORY: Set on a crumbling English manor estate during the height of the Roaring Twenties, an American duchess must decide how much she’s willing to risk for the life she truly desires…

It’s 1922, and New York heiress Zoe Gifford longs for the freedoms promised by the Jazz Age. Headstrong and brazen, but bound by her father’s will to marry before she can access his fortune, Zoe arranges for a brief marriage to Sebastian Hazelton, whose aristocratic British family sorely needs a benefactor.

Once in England, her foolproof plan to wed, inherit and divorce proves more complicated than Zoe had anticipated. Nigel Hazelton, Duke of Langford and Sebastian’s older brother, is as austere and imposing as the family’s ancestral estate. Still reeling from the Great War, Nigel is now staging a one-man battle against a rapidly changing world—and the outspoken Zoe represents everything he’s fighting against.

When circumstances compel Zoe to marry Nigel rather than Sebastian, their heated quarrelling begets passion of another sort. But with Nigel unwilling to change with the times, will Zoe be forced to choose between her husband and her dreams?

REVIEW: It is 1920 and wealthy Zoe Gifford has arrived in England with her mother in search of a husband.  In order to collect her inheritance, she has been directed to marry.  As she is young, vibrant, intelligent and having fun as a single woman, she is not anxious to get married.  Zoe had met Sebastian Hazelton, the younger brother of Nigel Hazelton, Duke and cash-strapped heir to the estate of Brideswell Abbey in Hertfordshire.  Together, Sebastian and Zoe concoct a plan to marry so Zoe can gain her money, then divorce, with Sebastian receiving a fee, and then both can go on with their lives.

The straight-laced members of the Hazelton family are shocked at Zoe.  She wears short skirts, sports a bobbed haircut, drives a motorcar, flies an aeroplane and even smokes! Scandalous!
When Zoe meets Nigel, she finds a cold man who is scarred and remains haunted by his experiences in the war.  His feelings of guilt keep him in a somber mood.  Zoe’s exuberant personality and Nigel’s depressed personality make for some clashes that only intrigue Zoe more to find out about his past.
After spending some time at Brideswell planning her wedding to Sebastian, Zoe learns something quite unsavory about Sebastian that causes her to break off their planned wedding.  However, not all is lost because Zoe and Nigel have begun to spend time together which sparks a fiery passion.
Where will this lead?  Is there hope for happiness and contentment in Nigel’s life and will Zoe settle into the English way of life?
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel and have waited for quite awhile to do so.  It was everything I hoped it would be.  This is a novel that is beautiful, touching, informative and fun.  I know I shall remember this plot for sometime to come.
“An American Duchess” is due for publication on September 30, 2014.
I have tried to give some teasers about this wonderful story without releasing any spoilers.
Connie for b2b
Complementary copy provided by the publisher

‘One Plus One’ by JoJo Moyes

jm opoSTORY: One single mom. One chaotic family. One quirky stranger. One irresistible love story from the New York Times bestselling author of Me Before You

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied and your math whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can’t afford to pay for. That’s Jess’s life in a nutshell—until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess’s knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages . . . maybe ever.

REVIEW: Jess is a young, married woman with two children under her care.  Her husband did a disappearing act when his depression got the better of him and he decided to go live with his mother for a little while until he got back on his feet.  Two years later, he’s still gone and has not even been back to see Jess or his children.  Nicky is her husband’s son and is into the Goth World.  This means that his black clothes, mascara and crazy haircut earn him lots of bullying from other kids.  Prime enemies are the Fisher family down the block.  No parental control results in out of control kids.  Then we have Tanzie, short for Constanza.  She is a math whiz who can figure out anything.

Jess is a cleaner.  One of her clients is Ed Nicholls, a wealthy computer tech guy who owns his own company.  But Ed is in big trouble.  He inadvertently gave a stock tip to a girlfriend to get rid of her and ended up being charged with insider trading.  He may be looking at prison time.
When Tanzie gets a chance to participate in a Math Olympiad and Jess cannot afford for her to travel all the way to Scotland, Ed steps up and offers to drive them.  When I say “them,” I mean Ed, Jess, Tanzie, Nicky and last, but not least, Norman, the big, drooling, farting dog.  If you think that the movie, National Lampoon’s “Vacation” was funny, come along for the road trip from hell!
This was such a good book!  Not only did it keep me laughing, it also tugged at my heart-strings.  You cannot help but fall in love with all the characters and their unique personalities.
I don’t want to give away any spoilers but you must grab a copy of this book and sit back for a read you won’t forget.
Connie for b2b

‘The Fortune Hunter’ by Daisy Goodwin

dg tfhSTORY: In 1875, Sisi, the Empress of Austria is the woman that every man desires and every woman envies.

Beautiful, athletic and intelligent, Sisi has everything – except happiness. Bored with the stultifying etiquette of the Hapsburg Court and her dutiful but unexciting husband, Franz Joseph, Sisi comes to England to hunt. She comes looking for excitement and she finds it in the dashing form of Captain Bay Middleton, the only man in Europe who can outride her. Ten years younger than her and engaged to the rich and devoted Charlotte, Bay has everything to lose by falling for a woman who can never be his. But Bay and the Empress are as reckless as each other, and their mutual attraction is a force that cannot be denied.

Full of passion and drama, THE FORTUNE HUNTER tells the true story of a nineteenth century Queen of Hearts and a cavalry captain, and the struggle between love and duty.

REVIEW: Charlotte Baird is a young heiress with an interest in photography.  She is currently living with her older brother, Fred, who does not have her future income but is comfortable.  Fred is engaged to Augusta, a woman who has seen several seasons and never “took” until Fred came along.  Jealous of the wealth that Charlotte will soon enjoy, Augusta never misses a chance to make a snide remark to Charlotte.  Charlotte is an intelligent person with a calm personality, but also has a tendency to speak her mind. Charlotte lost her mother some years ago from a horse riding accident and, thus, Charlotte does not ride.

With her wealth, Charlotte could almost have her pick of husbands but she is attracted to Captain Bay Middleton.  He is very handsome and an excellent horseman.  He has worked with his horse, Tipsy, with the dream of participating in the Grand National race. Bay is also attracted to Charlotte and they enjoy one another’s company.

Empress Elizabeth of Austria, known as Sisi, is an extremely beautiful but vain woman. She is known for her magnificent hair that reaches to her ankles.  As she loves to ride and hunt, she has traveled to England to stay at the home of the very wealthy Earl Spencer and spend some months hunting.  As Bay is so well known for his horsemanship, he is summoned to be Sisi’s pilot and ride with her.  Although Bay did not want to be away from Charlotte, he knew that it would not be good to turn down this opportunity to show his abilities.

Sisi is constantly dieting and doing everything possible to slow down her aging.  While she is  grandmother at the age of 37, she is still a beautiful woman with a trim figure. Soon, she is physically attracted to Bay and they become lovers.  

But what about Charlotte?  While she misses Bay, she remains involved in taking her photographs and displaying them publicly.  One photograph is mistakenly put into a show where Queen Victoria is a viewer and it becomes a scandal.  When Charlotte realizes the attraction between Sisi and Bay, she plans a drastic move.

I absolutely loved this book!  After reading Daisy’s first book, “The American Heiress,” I literally counted the days until “The Fortune Hunter” was published.  It has been worth the wait.  The perfectly developed characters blended with real historical figures is completely delightful!  I couldn’t have asked for more.  Oh wait!  Yes I can.  I will now ask Daisy how long it will be before her next novel!!  

Connie for b2b