Tag Archives: guest post

Last Princess Blog Tour, Rachel A James

An Inspirational Medieval Romance

**About the Book** 

 
A captivating tale of love and duty as the last princess of Meigen searches for her true purpose amidst conflict and betrayal. 
 
It is 626AD, and the ancient Kingdom of Meigen is left vulnerable to neighboring Saxons. To unite the kingdoms and bring peace, Princess Alena must enter into a royal marital
alliance. But when the handsome physician, Sherwin, befalls her, matters become
complicated. Torn between obligations to her young son and country, she faces a
difficult decision. Will Alena obey the king’s orders, or choose to follow her
heart? 


 


**Book Teaser**
 
 


 

**Excerpt**

 

 **About the Author**

Born and raised in England, Rachel writes inspirational historical romance, she is also married to a pastor, and has three beautiful little princesses. She minored in creative writing at university and strives to entertain, inspire and encourage others through her writing. Rachel absolutely loves romantic tales… combine it with a little history and a hot cup of tea, and she’s smitten! 



**Giveaway**

 





Connect with Rachel

Leave a comment

Filed under Guest post

Guest Post, Accept This Dandelion by Brooke Williams

Guest post: Why I write and how

 

Writing has come in and out of my life many times over the years. I started as a young child, cutting pictures from magazines and pasting them to blank paper. I’d then write stories around them and sell them to my parents. A writer in the making!

 

Once I graduated from college, I no longer had a writing outlet. In school, there were always papers! I went into radio and made a career as an announcer and producer. I wrote dozens of scripts, but they were short and not enough for me. And I had an idea bugging me… So I wrote “Someone Always Loved You.”

 

A decade passed. Honestly, I gave up on writing. I didn’t think I would ever get anywhere in that world so why try. I had a career in radio and that was enough. Then, in 2009 my first daughter came along. Before anything else, I was now a mom. I said goodbye to my career and stayed home with her. I spent all day every day tending to her every need. And I found I lost some of myself in that.

 

I wanted to do something from home to earn a little money and to build upon later when I had more time. I thought it only seemed fitting to go with something writing related since I loved it so much. I began to seek out freelance writing jobs…and get them! At first, they were small and low paying and time consuming, but everyone has to start somewhere and it’s usually at the bottom!

 

My freelance writing career has flourished and I feel like writing has given me something that’s all mine. Though I spend my days caring for two little girls who I love more than anything in the world, I also have something that reminds me who I am at my core.

 

Freelance writing is a lot of fun and I learn things on a different topic every day because of it. But fiction writing is my true passion. I like to create people and worlds and put them in situations and then get them out of it. It’s great fun!

 

How I create the stories depends on the story itself. But I never start a novel unless I am so inspired to do so that I simply can’t NOT write it. The story or the characters bother me endlessly until I relent, sit down, and write it out! I draw a lot from my own personal experiences. For example, in “Accept this Dandelion” the main character is in radio, doing a job I did for over a decade. She goes on a local TV show, which I was able to describe pretty well from my short stint in TV news. She doesn’t care about hair, doesn’t wear makeup, and doesn’t pay much attention to clothes. Sounds very familiar as I look into the mirror…

 

I don’t usually do much research for books, though sometimes I pose questions to readers. In fact, my upcoming romantic comedy “Mamarazzi” includes characters that were ALL named by readers. Character naming is something I struggle with so it made sense to ask someone to make suggestions and do that part for me!

 

I don’t outline. I just sit and write. What I write one day is different from what I’d write the next day so whenever I’m in the middle of a story, I have to hope I hit the right parts on the right days so it all turns out for the best!

 

Aspiring authors ask for advice and my best piece is to do what you love because you love it. Not because you succeed in it. I began writing again because I needed something in my life. Writing met that need. I continue it because on the days when I don’t write, I don’t feel as much like me. I am blessed to have made a career out of something I love.

Accept This Dandelion

By Brooke Williams

Release Date: February 4, 2015 from Prism Book Group

Genre: Romance/Comedy

ASIN: B00R54MUXY

 photo f94130b4-df4a-4a6d-83bc-dc31b0dc4bba_zpsb7a05843.jpg

Order digital and paperback copies HERE

 

Renee Lockhart has her eye on a lofty goal…to fill the open position of morning radio show host at the radio station where she works.  When her co-workers sign her up for a local TV version of “the Bachelor,” Renee goes along with it in order to raise her public profile.  Ben McConnell, the most eligible bachelor in town, insists that Renee be placed on the show, despite her bumbling audition.  Ben gets much more than he expected in Renee.  He gets a girl who doesn’t bow to his every whim…and a girl who opens his eyes to true, unexpected love. When nothing goes right on the local program called “Accept this Dandelion”…hilarity ensues. Imagine your worst possible dates happening…on TV!

 

 

Add “Accept this Dandelion” to your Goodreads list HERE

 

 

About the Author

 

 photo af04ff45-571c-4445-a2cf-10a420f1580d_zps5c6e8e10.jpg

 

Brooke Williams writes in a sleep-deprived state while her daughters nap. Her romantic comedy is best read in the same state. Brooke has twelve years of radio in her background, both behind the scenes and on the air. She was also a television traffic reporter for a short time despite the fact that she could care less about hair and make-up. Today, Brooke stays at home with her daughters and works as a freelance writer for a variety of companies. When she isn’t working for paying clients, she makes things up, which results in books like “Accept this Dandelion.”  Brooke is also the author of “Wrong Place, Right Time,” “Someone Always Loved You,” and “Beyond the Bars.” And she looks forward to the upcoming released of “Mamarazzi” and “Baby Sheep Gets a Haircut.” Brooke and her husband Sean have been married since 2002 and have two beautiful daughters, Kaelyn (5) and Sadie (nearly 2).

 

Connect with Brooke:

Facebook

Website

Blog


Praise for Accept this Dandelion

“This book is adorable. I had to sneak away from my desk to read the rest of it once I started. It had my smiling and laughing the whole way through.”

-Sarah, Advanced Reader Copy Review

 

What could possibly evolve from such a strange attraction? That’s the meat of Accept this Dandelion, purportedly a romance, but in essence so much more. Acceptance is, indeed, at the heart of Accept this Dandelion: acceptance of self, others, and the paths life offers up, whether for good or bad.

-D. Donovan, eBook Reviewer, MBR

 photo atd3_zps485e25a5.jpg

EXCERPT:

 

Renee leaned way over in her chair, throwing her arm up beside her for dramatic effect. She had the perfect line to close her short ad, but instead of delivering it, she flung one of the flickering candles to the floor with a loud crash.

 

“Fire!” she screamed as she realized the flame had not extinguished, but rather had transferred itself to the hem of her dress.

Before Renee could stop drop and roll, Ben leapt from his chair and threw himself across the small space separating them. The pressure of his body against her leg put out the fire instantly, but it also toppled her chair over, leaving them in a heap on the concrete.

Renee found herself on her side with Ben’s breath on her cheek. She slowly turned her head, though what she really wanted to do was push him away and run out of the studio as fast as possible.

“That was quite a commercial.” Ben didn’t make a move to rise. “Are you okay?”

Renee wasn’t sure how the dress looked, but there were no burning sensations on her leg. There was a twinge in the pit of her stomach. She nodded. “I’m okay.” She met his eyes and allowed herself a few beats to study him closely. He was handsome. And now, he was even a hero. Though he wouldn’t have had to save her from burning flames had she not set herself on fire.

Ben deftly got to his feet and pulled Renee from her chair as the producer rushed over and the camera operators stood by, panning down to capture Renee’s smoldering dress.

“Hey, Renee,” Ben whispered into her ear, “next time there’s fire between us, I’m not going to put it out.”

1 Comment

Filed under Guest post

Book Trailer! RUE Toulouse by Debby Grahl

Check Out This Hot and Sexy Book Trailer!
RUE Toulouse
by Debby Grahl
Sex, Love and Danger in The Big Easy!
Coming January 15, 2015!
Available for PreOrder from 
TWCS and Amazon

 The next novel by Debby Grahl
Release Date: January 15 , 2014
SUMMARY

It’s Mardi Gras time in New Orleans. Attending a masquerade ball, wealthy fashion designer Caterine Doucette, dressed as a shimmering ice princess, has her cool façade shattered when she encounters Bayou-born ex-cop Remi Michaud, disguised as the darkly handsome pirate Jean Lafitte. Their true identities hidden, the princess and the pirate come together in an explosion of passion and desire. But when fantasy turns to cold reality, Caterine panics and disappears into the night, unaware this man will soon be sent to rescue her from a killer and will capture her heart.

Orphaned at a young age, Caterine grew up in the home of her beloved grandmother, Miss Dauphine Doucette. Despised by her Doucette relatives for the devotion she received from her grandmère, Caterine suffered years of envy and disdain. The young Caterine learned quickly how easily the love she had to give could be thrown back in her face.

After Miss Dauphine turns over ownership of the century-old fashion house, Ma Chérie, to Caterine, an attempt is made on her life, for there are those in the Doucette family who will stop at nothing to possess what they feel is their rightful inheritance.

Not knowing whom to trust, Caterine goes into hiding. Miss Dauphine, convinced someone in her own family is behind the attack, hires Remi, now working for a private security company, to track her down and unmask her would-be assassin.

Learning that the affluent Caterine Doucette is the beautiful princess he held in his arms at the ball, Remi is torn between his growing desire for her and painful memories of another rich socialite’s betrayal. Caterine finds herself falling in love with Remi, but old embedded pain leaves her afraid to open her heart.

Down in the Big Easy, Caterine and Remi must learn to trust one another if they are to survive in a world of family greed and ruthless revenge.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Debby_002
Debby Grahl lives on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, with her husband, David, and their cat, Tigger. When she’s not writing, she enjoys biking, walking on the beach, and having a glass of wine at sunset. Her favorite places to visit are the Cotswolds of England, Captiva Island in Florida, New Orleans, New York City, and her home state of Michigan. She is a history buff who also enjoys reading murder mysteries, time travel, and of course, romance. Visually impaired since childhood by Retinitis pigmentosa (RP), she uses screen-reading software to research and write her books. Debby belongs to Romance Writers of America, Florida Romance Writers, Hearts Across History, and Lowcountry Romance Writers. Her first novel, The Silver Crescent, was released January 2014.

CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR

1 Comment

Filed under Guest post

Promo: Wrong Place, Right Time by Brooke Williams

 

Wrong Place, Right Time
by Brooke Williams
A Novella
 
Wrong-Place-Right-Time-Hi-Res-Cover


Release Date: December 9 , 2014
Genre: Fiction: Romance/General
ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-289-1
Available from: Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and TWCS PH
~~SUMMARY~~

Wrong-Place-Right-TimePaperback-eBook

Wrong Place, Right Time is a humorous, light romance about TV traffic reporter, Kate Covington.  After admitting she is in love with her best friend, Brian, Kate barges into a Las Vegas wedding chapel to stop him from getting married.  When the bride storms out, Kate sees that she interrupted the wrong wedding.  The groom, Chad Leida, who needs to marry before turning 30 in order to inherit his family fortune, has an intriguing offer for Kate.  Marry him and spend a year as his wife for a million dollars. 
Kate, who is greatly in debt and believes her friend has already married, considers the offer.
Once Kate makes her spontaneous decision, her life is on the fast track and the real adventure begins.  Caught between two men, she begins to realize that though she turned up in the Wrong Place, she might have arrived just at the Right Time.


 
~~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~~

Brooke Williams is an award-winning author and freelance writer. She has written hundreds of articles as well as several novels, including Someone Always Loved You and Beyond the Bars. Brooke has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morningside College, with a double major in Mass Communications and Religious Studies. She has twelve years of experience in radio broadcasting, both behind the scenes and on-air. She was also a television traffic reporter for a brief time. Brooke and her husband Sean married in 2002 and have two daughters, Kaelyn and Sadie.   




~~CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR~~
Praise for Wrong Place, Right Time
“Really really fantastic book! I had a very hard time putting my kindle down when my work breaks were over. Loved everything..the plot, the characters, the romance. Definitely recommend.This won’t be the only Brooke Williams book I read.” – Carrie Goodreads Review
978db-2twcs-blog-tour-banner

2 Comments

Filed under Michelle Birbeck

Guest post: Black Rose by Kris Thompson

Today’s guest post is by Kris Thompson:

If you were kidnapped like Lillian, how would you survive it?

 

When I wrote Lillian I developed her character with me in mind in a lot of ways. I feel most authors find themselves in their lead character’s shoes many times. So I would have to say I would probably survive by keeping my mind steady and not letting go of hope. Hope is a very strong belief, and if you maintain that I feel you can survive just about anything.

 

For more information on the book, please see below!

Black Rose
by Kris Thompson
It’s better to die on your feet than beg on your knees.
 
Black-Rose-Hi-Res-Cover

Release Date: November 13 , 2014

Genre: Fiction/Romance/Suspense/Thrillers/
ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-247-1
Available from: Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and TWCS PH

 

~~SUMMARY~~

Black-Rose-3D-Paperback-eReader Lillian Locke had the perfect life in Boulder, Colorado. She had the boyfriend of her dreams, a wonderful family, awesome friends, and a spot on the track team at a great college. There wasn’t anything life could throw at her that she couldn’t get through . . . until he found her. Lillian never could have imagined being abducted and chained up in the dark. Worse yet, being just one of many girls kidnapped and held captive by a madman. All she can do now is hope that she survives the brutality of their captor long enough to find a way to free herself and her new captive friends. When Richard Haines’ girlfriend goes missing, he makes it his personal mission to find the woman he loves and bring her home to the safety of their loved ones. Seeking the help of friends and family, Richard abandons everything except for his pursuit of Lillian. But when someone else close to Richard goes missing, and the bodies of the abducted girls start showing up in the hills outside Boulder, the only thing he can do is hope that he finds her before it is too late.

 

~~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~~
kthompson Kris Thompson is a veteran of the US Navy and single mother of three. When she’s not knitting scarves, chasing her children around or baking, you’ll find her enjoying a good book or writing down notes for her own upcoming stories. Writing has been a passion for Kris for many years, and seeing those stories printed on paper is a dream come true.

~~CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR~~
~~Praise for Black Rose~~
“There are just not enough words to describe how great I thought this book was! I completed it in one sitting, refused sleep till I was finished. 

A psychotic killer is abducting women, holding them hostage for days and days while raping and torturing and killing in a most horrendous way. Except you know this by reading the back of the book. What you dont know is the story inside…there is so much more.”
978db-2twcs-blog-tour-banner

Leave a comment

Filed under Guest post

Guest post by Amber L. Johnson

Today on the blog I have Amber L. Johnson talking a little about why humour is so important in life. For more information on her newly released book, please see below.

Why is humour so important in life?

 

Why is humor so important in life? I feel like humor is one of those things that you just assume people like. It’s like asking someone, ‘Do you like music?’ I’ve never met one person who said they don’t like music, which is why I tilt my head whenever I see someone post or comment that they love music. Everyone loves music. And as far as I know, everyone loves to laugh.

 

I’ve known times in my life where it was hard to find humor in anything. But that one instance where something broke through and I laughed, it felt like that happiness made everything okay. Even if it was just for a moment in time.

 

One of my greatest joys in life is making people laugh. Through a witty comment, snarky response or just flat out falling on my butt in public (not ever intentional) it makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something. I want to be remembered for bringing a smile to your face.

 

Happiness makes the world a better place, right?

 

Eight Days a Week
by Amber L. Johnson
A “manny” should always mind his own business. And he definitely shouldn’t fall in love with his boss.  
 
Release Date: November 6 , 2014
Genre: Romance / Contemporary
ISBN e-book: 978-1-61213-329-4
Available from: Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and TWCS PH

 

~~SUMMARY~~

Eight-Days-a-Week-3D-Bookstack-2

Gwen Stone has secrets she’s not ready to reveal. After a recent promotion at work, she needs a caretaker for her children. She’s frenzied and in a lurch and pretty much ready to hire the first person who comes along. So she does.

Andrew Lyons needs to get out of his sister’s apartment, and a Craigslist posting may be the answer to his prayers. But what he thought was an ad for a room rental turns into a job offer he can’t refuse. Accepting the nanny position could change his life, if only he had a clue how to be a grownup.

A working mother, a shirtless “manny” who looks good in a towel, two children who need more than a babysitter, and hours of kids’ TV can only spell disaster for everyone involved. Because a manny should always mind his own business. And he definitely shouldn’t fall in love with his boss.

 

AuthPhot

~~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~~

Amber is a full-time mom and a full-time wife who is employed full time and writes when she can. She believes in Happily Ever Afters that occur every day—despite the obstacles real life serves up on a regular basis. Or perhaps they’re sweeter simply because of them. She always has two rubber bands on her wrist, a song in her head, and too much creamer in her coffee cup that reads ‘Cocoa,’ because she’s a rebel.If she’s not at her desk, with her boys, or behind the computer, she’s supporting live music with her arms raised above her head and her eyes closed, waiting for the drop.

 
 

~~CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR~~

 

Praise for Eight Days a Week
“Laugh-out-loud story about a guy who goes to look at a room to rent and discovers it comes with a job – that of live-in nanny to two damaged kids. So Andrew Lyons accidentally becomes the “manny”. Written in his POV, this book chronicles his hilarious escapades as he looks after and grows to love Bree and Brady, and his employer, Gwen. His pranks and spot-on observations about kids’ TV shows had me giggling, but there were a few serious moments worthy of a sniffle as well. The star of the show may be Don, though – you’ll just have to read this book to find out about him! Highly recommended.” 
 – Andrea Goodreads Review

1 Comment

Filed under Guest post

The Forgotten Princess of Elmetia – Guest Blog Post by Rachel A James

I gave up on my writing dream shortly after the birth of my first child. It was too hard, and I was no good.

I have always loved history, and as a young girl, I often visited castles and medieval sites around Britain with my family. I also have a vivid imagination, and used to make up stories about the princesses and knights that might have lived their once. As I grew older, my love for storytelling did not leave me. But, my teachers at school advised that writing was not a valid career choice, and I should choose a more vocational option. I did not cast the idea of writing aside, merely put it on hold.

When I had a career break to have my first baby, I decided then was the time to write that novel. I had so many ideas, and a multitude of possibilities. But where did one start? I began with researching medieval history at my local library, and then dove into my first ever novel. After the first 50 pages, I read the manuscript back to myself, and sighed. What a load of rubbish. Who was I kidding? This writing lark was a lot harder than I’d imagined. I’d poured my heart and soul into those words, but they did not read anything like a book I’d buy from a bookstore.

Relinquishing my dream of writing, I went back to work as an administrator, and then started my own business. I decided to pursue a more viable career path, and so began a distance learning business degree, it would take me six years to complete at home, but it meant I could study while working and raising my now two young children.

After the second year of my degree, and nearly tearing my hair out trying to get my head around the complexities of financial accounting, I’d had enough. I wanted to study something just for fun. My brain simply wasn’t wired to understand mathematics. So, I had 60 credits of free choice available. I’d do creative writing. It had always been my favourite subject at school.

Two weeks into the course, and I was hooked. Why had I never thought to study writing before? I soon realised, that it wasn’t that I couldn’t write, I had simply never learned how to. I’d no idea about point of view, scene structure, character arcs or plot skeletons. The concept of tight writing or ways to evoke emotion had never entered my head. Studying creative writing gave me a newfound confidence and desire to start novel writing again. I read more books about the craft, and changed my degree subject from business to open, so that I could choose modules that would enhance my writing. I studied psychology, and advanced creative writing, English language, history and much more. Then, I possessed both the ideas, and the tools to write well.

One year later, ‘The Forgotten Princess of Elmetia’ was born.

 

About Rachel

 Rachel A James

 

Born and bred in England, Rachel writes adventure driven historical romance, and has three beautiful little princesses. She minored in creative writing at university and strives to entertain, inspire and encourage others through her work. She’s also captivated by romantic tales… combine it with a little history and a hot cup of tea, and she’s smitten! Find her at www.rachelajames.com for more information.

 


About the Book (Medieval Romance)

It is 616AD, and one fatal night the ancient Kingdom of Elmetia falls. Saxons kill the Elmetian King, and capture Princess Teagen. Teagen poses as a slave girl and works for the Saxons in the Kingdom of Deira, until she discovers her brother is alive. She finds a way to escape, and her path crosses with Ryce the Warrior.

Struggling with his past, and angry against the tyrant Saxon king, Ryce helps the princess in pursuit of her brother. But just as the connection between them intensifies, obstacles get in their way. The Saxon king now wants vengeance, and will stop at nothing to get it.

2D Ebook Cover Image (Medium)Links & Embed codes

 

Book Trailer

 

(Embed code for website)

 

Connect with Rachel:

Website   Facebook   Amazon Author   Twitter   Google+    Goodreads    Youtube

 

Buy on Amazon

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Guest post