Monday, July 24, 2017

Boys of Summer Promo & Giveaway

Welcome to the BOYS OF SUMMER promotion.

Here is opportunity to win a digital copy of one my books, Aaron's Annulment Bride, plus nineteen other e-books from these great authors:

Just complete the Rafflecopter to enter for chances to win. One lucky entrant will win a copy of all the e-books.


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Aaron's Annulment Bride, the book I'm giving away, is book #3 and the first of my books in the Sweethearts of Jubilee Springs series. You may CLICK HERE if you wish to purchase Aaron's Annulment Bride or read it with Kindle Unlimited. 

I also have Cat's Meow published and Bargain Bessie is on preorder and will be published next Tuesday. To find the links to those two books, visit the Sweethearts of Jubilee Springs page on Amazon and sign up to follow us by CLICKING HERE.
 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Book Tour: NOT MY IDEA by Bethany Swafford


"Lucas, you must return home."

Twenty two year old Lucas Bywood abandons his Grand Tour in response to those words from his father. Everything is not well at home and he finds himself in a bit of a fix. A little warning that his father had made tentative arrangements for his marriage would have been nice but Luke really wishes it had been anyone other than the young lady chosen. After all, Phoebe Ramsey had always been an annoyance and any time they had spent together had resulted in physical injuries for one of them. 

Just when Luke thinks he's escaped that particular future, he finds himself courting a young woman he doesn’t want, a furious best friend who wants a duel to satisfy honor, and the responsibility of finding who and why someone had caused an accident for his mother. 





I loved poor Lucas. This book was written in first person. This second son was ordered home, and once he arrived it seemed like everyone was against him. No matter what he did, it was never right in the eyes of most of his family. Notice I said most. There was some family dynamics that got me to wondering if there was a conspiracy not only against Lucas, or Luke, but also against his strongest ally, his mother. There was his fiance he abhorred, his friend that left me wondering about him and his sister-in-law I would have loved to strangle--right along with her husband, Luke's brother. 

The characters were well-written, and I felt as if I was Lucas. I empathized with him from beginning to end. The story moved at a fast pace with Lucas being hit with something new to deal with every time he turned around. There was a sweet romantic interest that was not really resolved, which left me wondering if there is a sequel in the works, another romance that was (thankfully!), but the story was almost more of a who-done-it than a suspenseful romance.

This was an enjoyable book to read, one I didn’t want to put down until I reached the end. I recommend it to anyone who loves a good regency story, especially one that is full of action and character-driven.



For as long as she can remember, Bethany Swafford has loved reading books. That love of words extended to writing as she grew older and when it became more difficult to find a ‘clean’ book, she determined to write her own. Among her favorite authors is Jane Austen, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Georgette Heyer.

When she doesn’t have pen to paper (or fingertips to laptop keyboard), she can generally be found with a book in hand. In her spare time, Bethany reviews books for a book site called More Than A Review.


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Friday, July 7, 2017

Cover Reveal: BARGAIN BESSIE


Here is the newest cover for my third book and Book 8 in the Sweethearts of Jubilee Springs series:

Bargain Bessie
 

 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Indies for Independence Day

Celebrate Independence Day, July 4th, with an opportunity to win a free ebook from all of the following independently published authors:


 Here is the Rafflecopter that will allow you to sign up for chances to win:

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Enjoy a wonderful 4th of July. Read books!  

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Now on Preorder: CAT'S MEOW




This has been a busy week. What I was thinking when I scheduled two books two weeks apart?

All right, I know what my unrealistic brain was thinking.

  •  The books are expected to be short novellas—20K to 25K words each. Easy peasy. (Didn’t happen. Aaron’s Annulment Bride came in at 36K words and Cat’s Meow at 28K words.)
  •  I can finish up the first book WEEKS before it has to be uploaded on Amazon, and have half of the second book written before the first one is published. (Didn’t happen. I was working down to the wire on the first book—past the wire, as it turned out, since I missed the TIME of the upload deadline which has caused my readers who bought my first book on preorder all kinds of problems. Fortunately, that has all been fixed. I didn’t start the second book until two weeks ago.)
  • For Aaron’sAnnulment Bride to work, Andrea needed a friend to help her get away from a bad situation. Catherine in Cat’s Meow was that friend. They traveled together, went to a few of the same events after they arrived in Jubilee Springs, but their stories are entirely different.

Now that worked!

Anyway, I put my life on hold, much to the chagrin of my husband and a few others, and finished Cat’s Meow, plus got it edited and uploaded on Amazon with three and a half hours to spare.

Whew!

Victorian Patriotic Postcard
Cat’s Meow was such a fun story to write. I don’t want to give too much away, but let’s just say there was something in the air around where I live that forced me to empathize with one of the characters. 

Like Aaron’s Annulment Bride, Catherine’s story takes place the same long Independence Day weekend in 1881. In that year, July 4th fell on a Monday. A lot took place from Friday, July 1st when several women showed up in Jubilee Springs until that Monday.




Here is the Book Description for 

     Catherine “Cat” Everett has lost everything. She finds and adopts an abandoned, half-grown kitten. Unbeknownst to Harold Calloway, the man she has been writing to in Jubilee Springs with the intent of marriage, and enduring the disapproval of the railroads who do not allow pets to travel in the passenger areas, she decides to bring the kitten with her.
     When she arrives in Jubilee Springs, Catherine immediately falls in love with tall, lanky miner, Harold. She wants to marry him, but there is one “meowly” little problem.

Enjoy!

To purchase Cat's Meow at its $.99 preorder sale price through Tuesday, July 4, 2017, CLICK HERE. After that, it will resume its regular price of $1.99. 

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