Friday Finds

Welcome to Friday Finds! We would love your input for discounted books, free books, book recommendations or new releases and book contests (where books are the prize). Feel free to submit through our Friday Finds Submission Form. The cut-off is Wednesday for that Friday’s post, and please make sure that the offers you are submitting will be running that Friday. Please check the deals mentioned in this post before buying, as some may have expired. Thanks!


picturePicture Imperfect: A Sassy Suspense

by Cindy Procter-King

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Photographer Ursula Scott discovers her sexy apprentice is an ex-cop investigating threats at his uncle’s studio…but is she a target or a suspect?

Just when she thought she had her life on autofocus…

Photographer Ursula Scott is six short months from buying her boss’s studio and helping her family knock down a massive debt. She can put up with his hairball antics for that long, right?


But, oh, he makes life difficult. She can barely restrain herself when he hogs credit for her assignments, and now half-naked weirdos are responding to his ad for her first magazine photo spread. On top of that, someone is sabotaging the studio. Worse, she discovers her sexy apprentice is a former cop practicing his newbie PI skills on the case—and she’s a suspect!

Suddenly, Ursula’s dreams and hard work seem about to go up in smoke. In more ways than one.

Well, not on her watch.

When Gabe McKenzie moves home following the shooting that kyboshed his career, he doesn’t expect to get sucked into finding the culprit wreaking havoc at his uncle’s photography studio. He certainly doesn’t expect to fall for Ursula Scott, a long-legged brunette with a definite motive and a desire to play Nancy Drew. Even as he clears her, the sabotage escalates into a bizarre stalking, placing Ursula…and Gabe’s hopes for their future…in danger.

If only he can convince her to stop snooping around and let him do his job as a PI, before an unknown menace threatens not only her dreams—but her life.

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Book recommendations

adamAdam Frankenstein: A Collection of Short Stories

by Sheila English

What if the Frankenstein creature didn’t die in a fire,a crumbling castle or on a glacier? What if he never died at all?

Adam Frankenstein, a product of science and magic. A creature of horror, come-to-life. In this re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s famous creature, Adam is still alive and his stories are that of legend. A lonely and reluctant hero looking for redemption and salvation through the ages.

Four stories, through the years, follow Adam as he struggles to understand his place in a world of men who would reject him, kill him. He looks to create humanity in himself while questioning those who were born with it.

Mary Shelley’s League of Supernatural Hunters: Origins of Adam

Mary Shelley learns of supernatural creatures and real meaning of the word monster as she encounters a man unlike any other. A creature not born of woman, but created from the body of a circus strongman killed while trying to save a lion tamer. She must decide who to trust, the vampire, the witch, the mad scientist or the creature. Either way, Mary’s seen enough to know she will need an army to fight those things not easily killed.

Frankenstein’s Companion

19th century England, friendless and alone in the world, Adam Frankenstein, the creation of a mad scientist and his witch lover, becomes an assassin for hire. When a powerful mage hires him to find his kidnapped daughter and kill the man who took her, Adam strikes a bargain of his own. The mage has an immortal dog and Adam will do anything to own it.

The Therapist and the Dead

Brooklyn, New York in the 1980’s was a place where monsters could blend in. Life has been long and cruel, so Adam keeps his appointment with Dr. Stein, the most expensive and sought after psychologist in the city, to talk of immortality and murder.

Adam Frankenstein, U.S. Marshal

Adam joins the 21st Century, and takes up residence in Houston, Texas. While waiting for his next mission from the League of Supernatural Hunters, he becomes Adam Frank, U.S. Marshal. His new partner is Marshal Rebecca Hughes, a by-the-book woman with a non-nonsense approach to life, with no idea who he really is, but that’s all about to change. When he wakes up dead and learns someone has stolen his dog, Texas may not be big enough to hold his wrath.

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unexUnexpectedly Mine (Birch Crossing Book 1)

Stephanie Rowe

Praised as “contemporary romance at its best,” New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Rowe launches a heartwarming contemporary romance series set in a charming Maine town, where two single parents are offered a second chance at love.

The moment his ex-wife walked out with his daughter, Griffin Friesé lost everything that mattered to him. After two years of agonizing failure to reconnect with his daughter, he’s heading to Birch Crossing to find her. Unfortunately for Griffin, he arrives to find the town has rallied against him to protect their own from an outsider. His only ally is a single mom whose warmth and determination just might break through the protective walls around his heart.

Since the day she became an eighteen-year-old widow with an infant, Clare Griffin’s only goal has been to provide for her daughter. She has worked so hard to be strong, and the last thing she can afford is to open her heart to a man who will soon be leaving town, no matter how much he awakens the long-extinguished light inside her. But when Griffin helps rescue her daughter in a fierce storm, an unbreakable connection is formed between Clare and the tormented business mogul, a bond that threatens the fragile foundations of their lives.

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everyEvery Little Kiss (Kissed by the Bay Book 1)

by Susan Hatler

When Wendy Watts left Blue Moon Bay, she vowed never to return to the small coastal town where her parents had abandoned her and her brother. Now she’s a successful Realtor, and a workaholic who stays away from complicated emotions—until her grandmother dies, leaving Wendy the Inn at Blue Moon Bay and mandating that Wendy sell the inn, and put it on the market herself “in person.”

As soon as Wendy arrives in Blue Moon Bay, bad memories, the inn’s poor condition, and her brother’s pleas to save the inn overwhelm her. Then she meets a sexy laid-back stranger on the beach, and Wendy does something she never does . . . she opens up and confides her problems to him. Since Max Huntington’s only in town for one night, Wendy spontaneously kisses him, hoping to be distracted from her troubles for just one evening.

But when Wendy begins the painstaking process of fixing up the inn in order to sell it, Max tells her he’s staying on longer. He’s enchanted by the charming inn and even more with the kisses they shared on the beach. He wants to help her with the repairs, and she reluctantly accepts his offer.

Although she’s determined to remain detached from the allure of her inn, Blue Moon Bay and Max, every repair, every stroll on the beach, and every moment spent with Max, draws her in and reminds her of the local legend she’d believed as a child: that being kissed by the bay under a blue moon will lead to love that lasts forever.

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Pulling You In

I recently read the first chapter of a friend’s book that she was uncertain about. I loved her characters and her phrasing, but the biggest problem I found was that for the first five pages, the main character was describing the characters and the place she was in – and that was it. I have a favorite author whose books have a lot of introspection. But the difference is that in her introspection, things either happened or have happened–or you have a sense that they will happen.

unraveledI also have favorite authors who start off with action right away – like Jennifer Estep does. Here’s the first line from Unraveled: Elemental Assassin Book #15:

It was the perfect night to kill someone.

How could you resist reading more after that line? She does go on to add two paragraphs of great description to set the scene – and then she goes back to the killing someone angle, which always goes well with her Elemental Assassin books. 🙂

Dark Minds 250 hHere’s the first line from Michelle Diener’s Dark Minds.

The change in mood onboard the runner slowly forced Imogen Peters to come back to herself. The small crew’s tension wound around her like a choking vine, tightening until she couldn’t ignore it anymore.

The foreshadowing gives the reader chills. After reading these two lines, the reader has to go on to see what happens next.

cinMary Hughes writes books with wickedly fun humor, romance, and paranormal/fantasy/suspense. In Cinn Wikked: April Fools for Love eBook, the story actually starts in the Dedication, then continues on to the Prologue, then to Chapter One. Here’s a sample:

Cinn Wikkid was beating her head against advanced tax accounting when when she heard her stepsister’s tread on the attic stairs. She quickly hid her textbook–

It’s just so fun and witty, and the reader definitely knows something is happening.

celDale Mayer’s books have a lot of action and plot – and sometimes humor. She writes in many genres, and her readers know that something is always going to happen soon. Here’s the first lines from Celeste (Glory Book 3):

Celeste Chandler couldn’t go much farther. Her leg was throbbing with pain. She should have returned before this, not wait until the last minute.

Already the action has started and the heroine is in trouble.

redemMy latest book, Christmas Redemption (Love & Murder Book 5), starts off with a radio announcer saying:

Warning to any Michiganders who might be listening. First, you had to watch out for the water. Now, you have to watch out for a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde. Yep. You heard me right. They change their hair color. They change their cars. They change their names. And you know what else they do, peeps?”

The next three paragraphs are in the heroine’s thoughts as she and the hero drive to her family’s bed and breakfast. Every sentence tells the reader who they are and of danger they’ve previously overcome. At the end of the heroine’s introspection, the heroine thinks: 

This Christmas would be tamer than the last, she was sure, and glad for it.

Of course, by this time, the reader guesses it won’t be tamer. And the reader will be right! She’ll also know this will be a Christmas-themed book and a romantic suspense with a bit of mystery.

All these books have one thing in common. Action pretty soon in the book, and the reader knows very soon that something will be going to happen. If the reader wants to find out what that is, she/he has to keep turning the pages.

What author can you think of who pulls you in early in the book?

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Friday Finds

Welcome to Friday Finds! We would love your input for discounted books, free books, book recommendations or new releases and book contests (where books are the prize). Feel free to submit through our Friday Finds Submission Form. The cut-off is Wednesday for that Friday’s post, and please make sure that the offers you are submitting will be running that Friday. Please check the deals mentioned in this post before buying, as some may have expired. Thanks!


ensEnslaved (The Druid Chronicles #3)

by Christina Phillips

Book blurb: When a Druid priestess falls for her Roman captor she’s torn between her duty to her goddess and her love for the enemy…

When Druid priestess Nimue is injured and enslaved by the hated Roman Legion she’s determined to escape and complete her covert mission for her beloved goddess, to eradicate the invaders from her land.

But the tough warrior who captures her is far from the brutal barbarian she expects. Instead, Tacitus turns all her prejudices inside out, and it’s hard to remember he’s her enemy when she craves his touch more than her next breath. Her first loyalty is to her goddess, and she can’t afford to forget it.

Tacitus is enchanted by the fiery beauty who shows no fear and challenges him at every turn. Though enslaving her goes against his heart, it’s the only way he can protect her. As a fragile trust grows between them, he believes they can have a future together. But when he discovers the depth of her betrayal, his loyalties are torn between his heritage and a woman who could destroy everything he’s ever believed in.

Previously published as BETRAYED in 2013

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51stxdtf8elLady of the Star Wind by Veronica Scott

Book blurb: Are they merely luckless lovers … or a legend come back to life?

Mark Denaltieri, ex-Sector Special Forces, has been hired by the Outlier Empress to rescue her granddaughter, Princess Alessandra, from kidnappers. Since the Empress once had him tortured and banished, she’s the last person Mark wants to work for. But he takes the job. He’ll save Alessandra, his first love, and discover why she didn’t speak for him when he desperately needed her. Then he’ll be on his way, finally free of his past.

Alessandra would rather her rescuer was anyone but Mark–after all, he let her believe he was dead all this time. But when the couple are forced to flee her captors by Traveling via a strange crystal globe, they find themselves in a lovely Oasis on a desert planet, the old attraction sizzling between them again.

They soon discover they are far from alone. The Oasis holds the entrance to another world, one in which the inhabitants are convinced Sandy and Mark are the Lady of the Star Wind and her Warrior, come to free them from an evil queen.

Mark and Sandy must work together to unearth an ancient mirror, and crown the true king of this land. Can they fulfill the prophecy of the Lady and her Warrior…and this time, will their love survive the test?



51sai-oggylBreak the Rules by Claire Boston

Book blurb: Bridget Flanagan knows how to assess risks, but are the consequences of exposing her heart too dangerous?

Bridget has a passion for safety and in the world of oil refineries that makes her great at her job. So when her big promotion goes to someone else, she heads out on the town to forget her troubles. Jack Gibbs seems like the perfect man to distract her.

At least until Monday morning when she discovers Jack is her new boss. There’s no way she’s going to keep seeing him, no matter the connection between them. She’s been burned before.

Jack can’t understand why Bridget’s so against their relationship. They positively sizzled during their one night together. He knows he has to be careful now she reports to him, but she tempts him in every way.

Can Jack convince Bridget to give him a chance, or is the risk too high?


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51nwz6ls0olPortals: Volume 3

Book blurb: Welcome! You have arrived at a portal to the galaxy.

Enter, and you’ll be introduced by award-winning authors to worlds beyond imagining, with heroes & heroines who dare to take it to the edge and beyond. Count on these adventurers to take their best shot … at their enemies and at romance!

Contains 10 first chapters, with links to purchase any or all of the complete books, should you wish.


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I’m just a big cat

The internet is a source of amazing information. Apparently, according to one study (, my son’s cats think I’m just another big (and slightly stupid) cat.

I believe this. It would explain why they cuddle and take the pets sometimes and not others. Why they steal my chair. And why they lay on papers…specifically, bills and manuscripts. They’re saying “Life’s too short to work all the time. Come play with me!”

Although, with all respect to the researcher, there’s another explanation.

Cats think they’re human! I have pictures to prove it.


Carpet Layer Cats: “Nap break!”


Editor Cat: “I’m sorry, these thirty pages have to go.”


Fashion Cat: “Tie one more thing on me, and you’ll see how good my pedicure is.”


Princess Cat: “Bring me my tuna!”


What about you? Do your cats think they’re human, or do they think you’re a cat?

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A Mix of Holidays!

Today is Thanksgiving in Canada – yay me! 🙂 So in-between turkey, stuffing, Brussel sprouts, mashed potatoes, yams and gravy, I put apple and pumpkin pies in the oven to have with coffee and enjoyed dinner with my family, including kids and parents.

However – Tuesday (Tomorrow!!!) is the release of Mason’s Wish – a Christmas novella – yes it’s being released in October. lol. This is a continuation of the first book in the SEALs of Honor series so involves Mason and Tesla.

masons-wishThis is a Christmas Novella continuing the story between Mason and Tesla!

Mason loves his life with Tesla, but living together isn’t enough. He wants more. He wants it all. He wants forever.

All set to make this a memorable Christmas for the two of them, he calls her at home and hears her cry out as she fights off an attacker. Racing to her rescue, he finds her missing – again.

Determined to put the horrific memories behind her, Tesla is looking forward to a bright and happy future. But someone nursing a grudge has decided it’s payback time.

Their lives change in a flash as Mason races to save Tesla before they lose their future – and each other.

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BUT… if that was enough with two holidays mingling together this month – I have a third one happening as well. This time for Halloween! Releasing on October 25th, is Vampire in Charge. This is book 10 and the long awaited end to the Family Blood Ties series a vampire versus vampire saga where human’s are casualties… and also friends.


vid10-r0-0She thought she had it all solved.

Tessa’s had a hell of a time tracking down the blood farm bosses. And it’s not over yet. Just when she thinks she has it solved, it unravels all over again.

She should be taking the last of the enemy captive and tying up the final ends. Instead, it appears there’s one more secret to uncover – and when she does, it’s a doozy.

Cody is desperate to have this mess over with and have Tessa all to himself. But as the secrets start to unravel, the craziness gets worse.

Can they trust anyone? Or does everyone have something to hide?

Watch the stunning conclusion unfold as Tessa, Cody, and the whole gang finally get to the bottom of the blood farms.

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Friday Finds

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luredLured In

by Laura Drewry

The O’Donnell brothers continue to cast their lines and find love at the Buoys—their magnificent Pacific Northwest fishing haven—in this alluring romance from the bestselling author of Off the Hook.

Seasick. That’s how Jessie Todd feels when her best friend and boss, Finn O’Donnell, tells her that the Buoys will be featured on a popular fishing program—which just so happens to be hosted by a guy she used to date. She’s still friendly with her ex, but her new feelings for Finn are making things . . . complicated. His life is out on the sea, and though Jessie works at the resort, her paralyzing phobia of water keeps her on land, where she’s safe. To take a shot with Finn, she’ll need to face her fears—and her innermost desires—head-on.

Finn has been nursing a crush on Jess for a long time, so when she suddenly asks for swimming lessons, he dives right in. Holding her shaking hand as she steps into the ocean makes his heart swell—despite the sinking feeling that she’s just doing it to impress that smarmy TV host. Finn doesn’t trust anyone with his bruised and battered heart, but he’ll be forced to lay it all on the line to keep Jess from being the one that got away.

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julieAnswers For Julie: Book Nine In The Bodyguards Of L.A. County Series

by Cate Beauman

Julie Keller relishes the simple things: hot chocolate on winter nights, good friends she calls her family, and her laid-back career as a massage therapist and yoga instructor. Julie is content with her life until Chase Rider returns to Bakersfield.

Bodyguard Chase Rider isn’t thrilled to be back in the town where he spent his childhood summers. His beloved grandmother passed away, leaving him a house in need of major repairs. With a three-week timetable and a lot to do, he doesn’t have time for distractions. Then he bumps into Julie, the one woman he hoped never to see again. Chase tries to pretend Julie doesn’t exist, but ten years hasn’t diminished his attraction to the hazel-eyed stunner.

When a stranger grabs Julie’s arm at the grocery store—a woman who insists Julie’s life isn’t what it seems, Chase can’t help but get involved. Julie and Chase dig into a twenty-five-year-old mystery, unearthing more questions than answers. But the past is closer than they realize, and the consequences of the truth have the potential to be deadly.

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goAnd Never Let Her Go: A Town of Destiny Model

by Nancy Glynn

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Eight years ago, Erin Donahue had it all–her own city apartment, a career in photography, and a man who’d do anything for her. But things change. Fate steps in. Now, living in the small town of Destiny, IL, Erin embraces her new life, free of hurting anyone else. She’s all alone, and she likes it like that. Independent, strong…and broken. Until a handsome, divorced rancher drives up her lane and drags her back into a past she wants to forget.

A forbidden crush born long ago…

In Afghanistan, Slade Callahan tucks Erin into his dreams and his heart. Guilt plagues him for wanting her when she isn’t his to want. She belongs to his older brother. But when Erin breaks his brother’s heart, she never realizes she’s breaking two. Honor keeps him from going after her. Discharged from the Marines, Slade moves on with his life and lets her go. Until tragedy strikes. His brother is dead.Found in his car with two letters…one to his wife–and one to Erin.

A letter full of hope and secrets…

Erin and Slade come together, fighting a love that won’t let go. Tormented by guilt, shame, anger, and the need to forgive, walls slowly crumble. Setting off a firestorm of buried passions, they embrace the truth in the stars. But their journey is only beginning when the letter is read. Decisions must be made. Is Erin strong enough to accept herself and trust in this beautiful love, or will she repeat history with another Callahan man?

And Never Say Goodbye released October 3, 2016!

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fortuneFortune’s Flower (Passport to Romance Book 1)

by Anthea Lawson

From USA Today, RITA-nominated author Anthea Lawson comes this *SPICY* full-length Victorian romantic adventure full of wit, adventure, and plenty of passion!

Miss Lily Strathmore has made a desperate bargain. One last adventure abroad with her botanist uncle and his family, and then she will do as her parents bid and wed the proper (and boring) viscount her mother has selected as Lily’s ideal husband.

James Huntington is on a mission. Retrieve his grandfather’s lost journals from the wilds of Tunisia, and win the estate and fortune he so desperately needs. This quest will be the making of him–or his ruin.

Thrown together on a botanical expedition, James and Lily’s attraction is immediate, and impossible. Despite every reason to keep their distance, the two find themselves inexorably drawn together as they race to reach a hidden valley before their enemies can bring all their dreams crashing down.

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Guest Blog: Laura Drewry

Welcome to Magical Musings, Laura. Thanks for being here!

Hi everyone – and thanks, Zoe, for inviting me here today! I’m pretty excited to share my latest release, LURED IN, with all of you because these O’Donnell brothers have been so much fun to write! LURED IN is book 2 in my Fishing for Trouble series and it’s all about Finn, the youngest O’Donnell brother, and Jessie, the woman who’s known Finn long enough that she’d never do something stupid like fall in love with him. 🙂

coverJessie’s strength and courage are put to the test every time she gets near water – and since she’s been living and working at the Buoys fishing lodge for most of her adult life, those tests happen on a daily basis. It’s long past time for her to grab her courage by the horns and do something about her fear; to face the cause of it and find a way to finally wake up from the nightmares that plague her.
Finn knows what it means to be buried under the weight of guilt. He knows it’s his fault his mom left so many years ago, and he knows that if she couldn’t bring herself to love him, he sure as hell can’t expect anyone else to do it. And until now, that was fine because he’d taught himself how to live without love, how to get by without trusting anyone and how to walk away before anyone makes the mistake of trusting him. Besides, Jess is the only woman he truly wants to trust but she’s seen and knows too much; she’d be crazy to put her trust in a schmuck like him.
So what the hell is she doing trusting him with not only her nightmares, but her heart? She knows Finn won’t want to hurt her or that he’d never do it on purpose, but she also knows it’s inevitable. It’s who Finn is.
Wrong. It’s who Finn was. Hearing Jess say she loves him makes Finn believe he can be the guy she deserves, the guy he wants to be for her. And he sets a course to make that happen, a course that gets blown right out of the water when her ex shows up and makes her an offer she can’t refuse.

To wrap things up, I’d love to give away a digital copy of book 1 in the series, OFF THE HOOK. To enter, all you need to do is tell me the title of one of your all-time favourite books and tomorrow morning I’ll choose one person (at random) to send the prize to.
Thanks again for having me here, Zoe! xo

USA Today bestselling author Laura Drewry writes fun and sexy contemporary romances filled with heartfelt emotion and characters readers can relate to. When she’s not writing, she likes reading, watching Marvel movies with her boys, Pinning recipes she’ll never make, and cheering for the Yankees. Laura lives in southwest British Columbia with her husband, three sons, two dogs, a turtle, a handful of chicken and about 30,000 bees.

You can find her online at or stop by her Facebook ( or Twitter page ( to say hi.

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The last few pages

I am very close to finishing my next book. It is a new audience for me which makes it very difficult to finish. As long as I am in the writing phase I have my own little world and it is lovely to be a writer. The hard part is the potential rejection after the writing is done. Easy answer is, don’t finish.

Oh, just a minute, I think I will build a fire.

Much better. I love the crackle of life a fire brings. Where was I? The final mile. I like to keep going back to the beginning of the book and read for enjoyment. Is that odd? I enjoy my own writing like a person who loves their own cooking. They are very similar actually. My daughter will be home in half an hour. I should bake cookies like I did when she was young. She is in her last year of high school and soon I will have to mail her cookies to her, if I feel inclined to bake.

I took up figure skating at lunch time today. All I could muster was twenty minutes of circling the rink. A few hours earlier I became convinced that I have been sitting and writing for so long that my head was disconnecting from my body. I was afraid I would lose the ability to write with passion, so I set the stove timer, and headed out the door at noon, skates in hand, like a robot.

Turns out figure skating is not like riding a bike. I used to skate as a kid, so it wasn’t a complete red herring to strap on my skates today. I saw it more as a turning back of the clock. In reality it was a turning on of the cold shower of realization of just how far that clock has ticktocked.

Since I went skating I better not bake. I’ll write.

I wonder what Justin Bieber is doing these days? Maybe I’ll do a little research before I really get into the writing.

Is it just me, or is the stuff we do when the writing is tough absolutely hilarious?

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Friday Finds

Welcome to Friday Finds! We would love your input for discounted books, free books, book recommendations or new releases and book contests (where books are the prize). Feel free to submit through our Friday Finds Submission Form. The cut-off is Wednesday for that Friday’s post, and please make sure that the offers you are submitting will be running that Friday. Please check the deals mentioned in this post before buying, as some may have expired. Thanks!


spotSweet Spot

by Amy Knupp

Former marketing whiz Kennedy Lowell knows bartending isn’t her destiny. After derailing her life to epic proportions in one fell swoop, though, she’s content with the easy refuge of pouring drinks and keeping to herself. But the arrival of her sexy new boss and two wannabe friends who won’t take no for an answer throws Kennedy into a tailspin. Add the temptation of a homey new bakery desperately in need of a marketing genius and Kennedy begins to wonder if easy is all it’s cracked up to be.

Easy is Hunter Clayborne’s middle name. Uncomplicated is what he expects when he moves home to Nashville to take over the family business. What he finds, though, is the polar opposite of easy—a bar losing money, a family entrenched in doing things the old-fashioned way, and an irresistible redheaded bartender who keeps him at a cool distance in spite of their sizzling mutual attraction.

There’s nothing simple about the chemistry between Kennedy and Hunter. But sometimes, if you can work your way out of your comfort zone, that’s when you just might find your sweet spot.

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afterIt’s Love She’s After

by Bettye Griffin

From author Bettye Griffin comes a new “Romance in the Real World” love story about redemption and second chances…

After a scandal of her own making nearly blew up her career, TV reporter Wendy Ward’s career is back on track, albeit in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a much lower ranked market than her previous Chicago. Her love life has picked up as well, with a promising new romance with Jermaine Thomas, whose success at writing, producing, and directing has made him a hot Hollywood property. Wendy is determined not to repeat the mistakes she’s made in the past, and when Jermaine asks her to be at his side during a difficult time in his personal life she feels she’s getting closer to the lasting relationship she craves…

Her notoriety has boosted the ratings, and she is assigned to work closely with news producer Terone Copeland on a series of special reports. What Wendy doesn’t know is that Terone has had a crush on her for years…and when, suddenly and without warning her relationship with Jermaine cools, she finds herself wondering if there’s still a chance for her to find the love she’s been chasing for so long…

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crisisIdentity Crisis

by Eliza Daly

When Olivia Doyle’s father dies under suspicious circumstances, rather than inheriting a family fortune, she inherits a new identity. She learns they were placed in the Federal Witness Security Program when she was five years old. Her father was involved in an art forgery ring and testified against the mob. Brought up not to trust anyone, Olivia has a difficult time relying on U.S. Marshal Ethan Ryder to protect her, and to keep her secret. She fears her father may have continued his life of crime through her art gallery. She has little choice but to depend on Ethan when she realizes someone is now after her. Olivia’s search for the truth leads her and Ethan across country to a family and past she doesn’t remember.

At the age of ten, Ethan witnessed a brutal murder. He vowed when he grew up, he’d protect people in danger. Protecting Olivia is difficult when she won’t trust him. He soon realizes his desire to protect her goes beyond doing his job, but if his judgment becomes clouded by emotions, her safety could be jeopardized.

Can Ethan and Olivia learn to trust each other when they uncover secrets that will change their lives forever?

This is a new release of a previously published edition.

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smokeA Lady in the Smoke: A Victorian Mystery

by Karen Odden

Featuring all the suspense and historical atmosphere of Anne Perry’s Victorian mysteries, Karen Odden’s enthralling debut plunges a headstrong young Englishwoman into a conspiracy that reaches the highest corridors of power.

Following a humiliating fourth Season in London, Lady Elizabeth Fraser is on her way back to her ancestral country estate when her train careens off the rails and bursts into flames. Though she is injured, she manages to drag herself and her unconscious mother out of the wreckage, and amid the chaos that ensues, a brilliant young railway surgeon saves her mother’s life. Elizabeth feels an immediate connection with Paul Wilcox—though society would never deem a medical man eligible for the daughter of an earl.

After Paul reveals that the train wreck was no accident, and the inspector who tried to prevent it dies under mysterious circumstances, Elizabeth undertakes a dangerous investigation of her own that leads back to her family’s buried secrets. Not only are her dowry and her reputation at stake; Paul’s very life hangs in the balance when he is arrested for manslaughter. Now Elizabeth must risk everything for the man who has found a place in her heart. As the trial draws near, and Parliament prepares for a vote that will change the course of the nation, she uncovers a conspiracy that has been years in the making. Buttime is running out to see justice done.

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An Afternoon with NYT Bestselling Author Eileen Dreyer

Welcome to Magical Musings, Eileen, it’s great to have you visit us today.

Thanks so much for the invitation.

 How did you get started writing?

There’s a great quote by Moliere. “Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for fun. Then you do it for a few close friends. Finally you do it for money.” That’s a pretty good outline of my own journey. I actually remember the moment I began to write. I was a Nancy Drew fanatic. Loved me my girl sleuth and her red roadster.

Then the day came when I realized I had read every Nancy in the library. And the librarian informed me that (sob) there wouldn’t be another out for a year. Well, one of the truths about me is that I do not wait well. I was devastated. And then, just like in the movies, I had this sudden idea. “Wait. I can write my own. And I can make them turn out the way I want them to.” I was ten.

The next phase started in seventh grade when I realized that an easy way to make friends was to put classmates into stories of adventure and romance with famous heartthrobs. Every morning there was somebody waiting for me to find out what happened the night before. Pretty heady stuff.

I stayed that route for quite a few years, although I retreated to having most of the adventures myself. It wasn’t until I was married, a mother, and had been working as an ER nurse for ten years before I hit the next stage. I was standing out in the hospital parking lot with a friend saying something like, “There’s got to be something better than this.” She was as big a reader as I was. She loved to write. She said, “I think we need to publish books.” And after about five years of slogging through the boggy land of publishing, I saw my first book published.

What genre(s) do you write in and why?

If I had enough time (and focus. I’m the queen of ADD) I would write in most genres, because I read most genres, and you tend to write what you read. What has ended up happening, though, is that I’ve focused on romance and suspense I think it’s because both genres reinforce messages I like, romance the message of hope and suspense of justice.

The truth is that I began writing romance without actually understanding it completely. What I did know, however, was that the heroines were strong women who always won in the end. And that in the end, no matter what had happened during the course of the book, everything would be okay. When I started trying to get published, I was working as a trauma nurse. Kind of stressful. I realized much later that all the while I worked ER, I only wrote romances. I think it was because there were days that it was the only way I could make good things happen to good people.

After I retired I included suspense(amazingly enough, all set in medicine). I could go someplace darker then, and tell some truths about the world of medicine I couldn’t before. And I could reinforce again and again, at least for me, that there was justice in the world. That the people I took care of who did terrible things would be punished and the innocent rewarded. As I said, the world I worked in was, at best, uncertain. This helped me believe that the world could remain rightside up.

The best of both worlds, of course, is when I can have romance and suspense. I get to enjoy a mix of both.

 Has your muse always known what genre you would write and be published in?

Ya know, I guess I didn’t realize this before now, but actually, yes. The funny thing is that I never read romance growing up. Not Heyer or Cartland, and I thought most Harlequins were silly. I came up what I call the mystery/suspense pathway. Nancy Drew, Mary Stuart, Helen McInnes, Alistair Maclean, Robert Ludlum. I’ve always said that it was my friend Katie who gave me the idea to write romance. After all, she was an avid reader. I insisted I wanted to write suspense, history, fantasy.

What I never paid attention to is that all along what I wrote for myself was actually what I’d label romantic adventure. Couples in terrible danger. Sexual tension(although I didn’t actually call it that when I was young). Happy endings. (Although I was much more a serial writer. Maybe I should have been a soaps writer). But yes, in the end, I’ve actually been focused in this direction since I was ten.      

What is your favorite part of writing?

Ooh, several things. That first inspiration. The moment you see something, or read something or hear something, and suddenly your brain goes, “What if….?” and sometimes within minutes characters and places and ideas are whirling around in your head. At that moment the book is almost a tangible thing you can hold in your hand.

Being caught up in the story, where the world you’ve created becomes the one that surrounds you. Dishes disappear and bills and that spat you had with your husband the night before. You’re actually running through Europe with a European prince trying to save the heir to the throne. You’re not in sweats, but an elegant gown as you stroll through the formal gardens of a castle, or breaking and entering attire as you sneak through a house. I admit it. Pretending for a living is a lot of fun.

What is your least favorite part of writing? 

The long, hard, frustrating days when it seems the story is holding itself just out of your reach, when your characters won’t tell you why they’re really doing what they’re doing, when the plot just won’t come together(I have most problem with that. You’d think somebody who wanted to be a suspense writer would love plot. Nah.). I actually have an old ratty robe just for days like that so my family knows the book isn’t going well and that they should extend the safety perimeter.

Give us an elevator pitch of your book.

Everybody knows Jake Kendall. Jake is a success story. Orphaned early, he did such a good job turning around a failing Wyoming horse ranch, he put his three siblings through school and gained a nationwide reputation.

Amanda Marlow is the epitome of an east coast author: bright, funny, curious. When she shows up at a cabin on Jake’s land to research a book, she threatens Jake’s entire world. She represents everything he longs for: freedom, exploration, learning. But Jake has a secret that could bring his entire life tumbling down. And if he lets Amanda close, she could expose it.

Excerpt from JAKE’S WAY (The Wounded Hero Collection)

“This is private property,” Jake taunted, knowing damn well that his voice was too harsh. He couldn’t help it. His hands shook. His belly was on fire. He wanted her so badly that if he weren’t careful, he’d take her right there in the doorway.

She smiled, and he was lost. “I know,” she answered. “I figured I’d negotiate with the owner to stay just a little while longer.”


Amanda stepped forward. “Yes,” she answered, her voice slowing, thickening like warm honey. “I thought we could talk a little, and maybe share something to drink.”

Jake managed to raise an eyebrow. “Are you talking bribes here, woman?”

Her smile widened, and her eyes darkened. “If that’s what you want to call it.”


eileendreyer_jakesway_200pxJake’s Way

Everybody knows Jake Kendall. Jake is a success story. Orphaned early, he did such a good job turning around a failing Wyoming horse ranch, he put his three siblings through school and gained a nationwide reputation.

Amanda Marlow is the epitome of an east coast author: bright, funny, curious. When she shows up at a cabin on Jake’s land to research a book, she threatens Jake’s entire world. She represents everything he longs for: freedom, exploration, learning. But Jake has a secret that could bring his entire life tumbling down. And if he lets Amanda close, she could expose it.

“A beautifully compelling story of love”  Rendezvous

Available for Pre-Order on Amazon now, available 10/6/16!

edreyerbvbook-copyAbout Eileen Dreyer

New York Times Bestselling, award-winning author Eileen Dreyer has published 40 novels and 10 short stories under her name and that of her evil twin, Kathleen Korbel in contemporary romance, paranormal romance, historical romance, romantic suspense, mystery and medical forensic suspense. A proud member of RWA’s Hall of FAME, she also has numerous awards from RT BookLovers and an Anthony nomination for mystery. She is now focusing on what she calls historic romantic adventure in her DRAKE’S RAKES series. A native of St. Louis, she still lives there with her family. She has animals but refuses to subject them to the limelight.

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