Till Life Do Us Part by Carmen Stefanescu #RomanticIdea

“Part murder mystery, part romance, and part supernatural journey, TILL LIFE DO US PART is a book filled with multiple twists, turns, and surprising revelations.”

These are the words of an Amazon reviewer of Till Life Do Us Part, Carmen Stefanescu’s latest release, which I’m delighted to present today. Read on for all the book details and purchase links as well as an awesome #RomanticIdea by the author.

Till Life Do Us Part

by Carmen Stefanescu

Publication Date: June 9, 2016
Genres: Paranormal Mystery Romance, Reincarnation
Publisher: Solstice Publishing
Purchase Links: Solstice Publishing ~ Amazon – Barnes & Noble

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Blurb

Barbara Heyer can hear voices of dead people. They whisper of their deaths, seek comfort for those left behind, and occasionally even warn her about future events. But when Barbara’s brother, Colin, is accused of murder, it will take more than her gift to prove his innocence.

Becoming smitten with the handsome investigator, Detective Patrick Fischer, is a serious complication given his assignment to her brother’s case. Barbara senses there is something far deeper—and perhaps much older—than the surface attraction between them. Could that be why she’s visited by a mysterious woman named Emma in her dreams? Could past life regression tie all the seemingly unconnected events together?

Barbara and Patrick must overcome heartache to find the truth to save Colin, and perhaps themselves.

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About the Author

 

Carmen (2)Carmen Stefanescu resides in Romania, the native country of the infamous vampire Count Dracula, but where, for about 50 years of communist dictatorship, just speaking about God, faith, reincarnation or paranormal phenomena could have led someone to great trouble – the psychiatric hospital if not to prison.

Teacher of English and German in her native country, and mother of two daughters, Carmen Stefanescu survived the grim years of oppression, by escaping in a parallel world that of the books.

Several of her poems were successfully published in a collection of Contemporary English Poems, Muse Whispers vol.1 and Muse Whispers vol.2 by Midnight Edition Publication, in 2001 and 2002.

Her first novel, Shadows of the Past, was released in 2012 by Wild Child Publishing, USA.

Carmen joined the volunteer staff at Marketing For Romance Writers Author blog and is the coordinator of #Thursday13 posts.

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Romantic Idea

Learn a romantic foreign language.

Take an intro-class together for a language that neither of you speak –  French, Italian, Spanish or Romanian  simply sound romantic –  and practice whispering sweet nothings into each other’s ears, in that new language!

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Visit The House at the Edge – my Gothic mystery romance novella, available for purchase on Amazon for 99 cents, FREE with Kindle Unlimited.

MM Jaye

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Cowboy in Charge by Barbara White Daille #RomanticIdea

After a Christmas nod with my previous post, today let’s give the hot US Southwest its dues. Cowboy in Charge is a Harlequin Western romance, featuring a gorgeous cowboy who finally sets his goals straight. This post is part of the #RomanticIdea author exchange where authors present their latest releases and also give out, well, romantic ideas. Here’s what Barbara advises:

Readers, thanks for stopping in, and MM, a big thank you for hosting me today.

Here’s my take on a romantic idea for you to enjoy this summer:

When is the last time you and your significant other had a night alone together, without the kids, the checkbook, chauffeur duties, or the to-do list competing for your attention?

I suggest you pick a night, send the kids (if you have them) to a sitter, and turn off all electronics except the television…and okay, in case the sitter calls with an emergency, maybe have one cell phone on but out of reach in the next room.

Then snuggle up on the couch with your significant other to watch television. Popcorn is optional, and I strongly recommend kisses during the commercials!

Thank you, Barbara! Now, read on for all the book details and a tantalizing excerpt.

Cowboy in Charge

by Barbara White Daille

Publication Date: July 5, 2016 (available for pre-order)
Genre: Western Romance
Publisher: Harlequin
Purchase Links: Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble ~ Books-A-Million ~ Harlequin ~ IndieBound ~ Kobo

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Blurb

From the cover of Cowboy in Charge, July 2016

TIMING IS EVERYTHING

Single mom Layne Slater thought she’d seen the last of Jason McAndry when he chose the rodeo over her and their unborn son. Now Jason’s back in Cowboy Creek and just as handsome as ever. But Layne can’t give in to those feelings again. She has to protect her children…and her heart.

Jason wants to try to make up for the pain he caused when he left. The least he can do is help Layne while he’s home. Before long, Jason realizes he’s finally ready to be the husband, father and man his family deserves. But can Jason prove to Layne that this time, their love is forever?

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With a young child and a new baby, single-mom Layne never has free time on her hands. Her life is hectic enough even before her ex-husband returns to town and claims her young son’s attention. Things only get worse when Jed Garland, the elderly local matchmaker, drops by for a visit:

“Jason’s been watching out for you all,” Jed told her. “Sounds like a step in the right direction.”

“A step too little, too late.” Even as she said the words, she flushed, thinking of all Jason had done for her in the past few days. And all they had both said in their argument at the Big Dipper.

“If that’s what you’ve set your mind to, that’s what you’ll tend to believe. It doesn’t mean it’s the truth. But my point is, you can’t handle everything on your own, especially when you’re recovering from the flu. Whether or not he’s laid out his thoughts about the future, he’s proven his good intentions for now, hasn’t he?”

She stared down at her mug.

“Layne,” he said gently, “whatever happened between you two, whatever might be going to happen, he is your boy’s father, after all.”

For all the contact you’ve had with him, you could have been a sperm donor.

She winced at the memory of what she had told Jason. “On paper, Jed, but not the way it counts.”

“No. Not legally, since you two never went that route. But morally, now that’s a different story.”

She heard the heavy footsteps out in the hallway then a knock at the door.

Scott scrambled to his feet. To her dismay he had learned to recognize that quick-tap, too. “Jason’s home!” he yelled.

She almost choked on the lump in her throat. What would happen when Jason left “home” again…for good?

About the Author

Barbara White DailleBarbara White Daille lives with her husband in the sunny Southwest. Though they love the warm winters and the lizards in their front yard, they haven’t gotten used to the scorpions in the bathroom.

A larger print reissue of A Rancher’s Pride, book one in Barbara’s popular Flagman’s Folly series, is now available exclusively from Harlequin, while the e-book version is available everywhere. Cowboy in Charge, the next book in The Hitching Post Hotel series (July), is now available for pre-order, with other books in the series to follow. At the end of 2016, she begins a new sweet romance series for Entangled Bliss.

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The Christmas Lights by Rachael Kosinski #RomanticIdea

SummerRI-buttonSummer is hitting us hard here in Greece, but if you want to go against the flow, why not cool off a bit with a … Christmas story? The Christmas Lights by Rachael Elizabeth Kosinski is a historical romance novella, ideal for a sweet summer swoon. Read on for all the book details, an excerpt and Rachael’s own suggestion for setting up the perfect romantic mood.

This post is part of the #RomanticIdea author exchange.

The Christmas Lights

by Rachael Elizabeth Kosinski
Purchase Links: Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |   Kobo   |   MuseIt Publishing  |  Smashwords

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Blurb

“Where do Christmas lights come from?”

Those tiny bulbs of color that burn on a Christmas tree,

Or outside a house to shine in the night.

Does anyone really know where they originate?

What if someone told you

They weren’t intended for Christmas at all,

But really for a miracle?

That they were for love, a desperate idea, to light a boy’s way home?

In that case, you must have some questions. What boy? What love?

Have a seat. Allow me to tell you a story.

 

Excerpt

“Because your father requires…a dowry, of sorts. A guarantee you’ll be well taken care of.”

Emmy’s hand turned sweaty. “Oh, Louis. What does that mean?”

I swallowed the sour taste at the back of my mouth, nerves trembling in my fingers. “Our engagement lasts until December twenty-fifth. If by that time I’ve not returned—”

“Returned?” Emmy’s gaze burned me. “Louis, where are you going? Won’t my father give you a job?”

I didn’t move and barely opened my mouth to let the words escape. “He’s got me a job.”

“What?”

I loosened my shoulders and shrugged. “Marks Brothers pays their floor workers very well.”

“Who?”

“I’d stack inventory outside, in the clean air, and I’d work with a few fellows who’d watch out for me…” “Louis!”

“…I hear factories in London are much safer than here.”

“London! Louis, Louis, what are you talking about?” Emmy grabbed my face.

I squinted at two sparkling brown orbs. Was she crying?

“No.” Emmy covered her mouth with a hand. “No, you aren’t going to London. How could you? No one loves you there. No one knows you there…”

Your father seems to think it is my home country.

“Emmy. Emmy Emmy Emmy.” I held her close, stroking her hair. “I don’t plan to work there.”

She sat back. “What?”

“I’ve heard Mr. Godfrey talk about them. A London factory is the last place I should work. Your father means well, but I can’t do that. They wouldn’t take a blind boy.”

“Wh-where will you go, then? How on earth will you make money?”

“I have family in Paris. Mother says they have wine vineyards. I’ll work for them.”

“That…” Emmy’s fingers traced the veins on the back of my hand. “That’s much safer.” She was silent for the longest time. “You’ll be safe? And come home quickly?”

I pulled her hands away and stood, playing with the ring on her finger. “I will. I love you.”

“Louis…”

“Emmy. I don’t have a choice. You want to marry me, don’t you?”

“Of course I do. But, Louis…”

“Yes, love?”

“How long will you be gone?” How long? How long to board a ship, to find a place I’d only heard about, to earn and save an impossible amount of money? How long, indeed.

I set my expression. “I’ll be home by Christmas.”

About the Author

When she was little, Rachael Kosinski wanted to be a paleontologist, an astronaut, a nature photographer, a writer for National Geographic, an Egyptologist, and the next Jane Goodall. Instead of being a new link between man and chimp, or discovering a planet suitable for sustained human life, or maybe even winning renowned fame by stumbling across an undiscovered dinosaur, Rachael finally decided that, if she never became a writer, she would simply die. Nine years later, she now possesses a quirky knowledge of world mythology, an addiction to coffee, and a penchant for making over-expressive faces at her laptop.

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9856335.Rachael_Kosinski

Tumblr: http://the-girl-who-draws-with-words.tumblr.com

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Rachael-Kosinski/e/B0151WRFMC

Romantic Idea to Enjoy this Summer

I find anything lake-oriented can be really, very cute. Walk along the shore, go swimming, have a lakeside picnic—go jet skiing, or boating or both! I live right next to a lake, and on weekends my family will explore this little town that everyone flocks to during the summer; it’s the perfect place to grab some ice cream and just wander as the sun sets. Have you ever seen the sun set across a lake, dappling the surface? Pretty romantic, if you ask me. It’s a thing you can watch for a long time. Then you can just hold hands and meander around all the little shops, or plunge off into the foliage if your lake of choice has parkland right next to it like mine does. Nothing feels more adventurous than anchoring the boat and swimming to shore, then wandering the quiet forest down a worn dirt path until you dry off. I’ve never actually done this date-wise, but it’s on my list!

 

 

 

Talon (The Uncompromising Series, Book 1)

Talon (The Uncompromising Series, Book 1)

by Sybil Bartel
Purchase Link: Amazon

 

I’ve been expecting Talon‘s book since Impossible Promise, where his “nothin’ doin'” drawl and surfer good looks completely at odds with his precision military-style moves captivated me. I wasn’t disappointed. Sybil Bartel‘s choice to write a full-length novel solely from the male protagonist’s point of view was risky but it paid off. Talon has a multi-layered personality, he can be tough as nails, sugar sensitive, sexy as hell. Here he surprises himself with his crippling need to also be protective and keep a woman by his side. And not just any woman. Nicole is tangled in such a complex web of sins and crimes, the last thing she’d expect was for a hit-and-run lover like Talon to take her under his wing. But he’s not alone. He’s got his team of hardcore ex-military men, who’d put their life on the line for him come hell or high water. Talon would take high water any time of the day, but it’s pure hell for him and Nicole. Yet, he’s the only man who can show her what heaven feels like.

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Non-stop high octane action, tough love but also heart-rending emotion that literally had me in tears at one point. I didn’t want this book to end, and I can’t wait for Neil’s story.

About the Author

Sybil grew up in Northern California with her head in a book and her feet in the sand. She used to dream of becoming a painter but the heady scent of libraries with their shelves full of books about wistful summer days and first loves drew her into the world of storytelling. Her true literary love is the New Adult genre but really, any story about a love so desperately wrong and impossibly beautiful, makes her swoon.

Sybil now resides in Southern Florida and while she doesn’t get to read as much as she likes, she still buries her toes in the sand. If she’s not writing or fighting to contain the banana plantation in her backyard, you can find her spending time with her handsomely tattooed husband, her brilliantly practical son and a mischievous miniature boxer who stole her heart.

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CFO Affair by Tina Gayle #RomanticIdea

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A group of romance authors will cross-post about, well, awesome romance reads and also suggest a romantic idea for the summer.

Tina Gayle’s CFO Affair is a second-chance in love story about a wounded woman whose heart is besieged by an irresistible man. Read on for all the book’s details and an enticing except. Here’s Tina’s romantic idea:

 

Young or old, we all enjoy a night out.

Instead of going to the same old place, try some place new. Maybe a place with music for dancing or a winery for a tasting.

There are all sorts of new things to try. Do it with your lover and make a new memory.

CFO’s Affair

by Tina Gayle
Purchase Link: Amazon

 

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Blurb

Sylvia Donovan is emotionally wounded from the unexpected death of her husband and still haunted by their last conversation: his request for a divorce and his confession of love for another woman.  Her husband gone, her only daughter off to college, Sylvia faces the challenges of learning to live alone and move on with her life.

Vince Wilshire, enchanted with Sylvia, is more than willing to do what it takes to capture the heart of the hurting and untrusting Sylvia.

Can he help her forget the past and make her believe in love again?

Excerpt

A knock sounded on the window beside her and she jumped. Her head swiveled around and she stared at the man looking at her through the window.

Vince Wilshire’s handsome face could make any woman melt with desire. With it so close to hers—the glass being the only thing separating them—a rush of adrenaline swept into her system. She leaned sideways in her seat and knocked her hand against the steering wheel. The horn beeped and she muttered, “Damn it, Knox, why did you…”

The sound of his laughter sent anger flooding through her, the muscles in her arms tightening with the need to strike out. She lowered the phone and clicked the disconnect button in retaliation to his attempt to manipulate her.

Vince opened the driver’s side door and cold air rushed into the car. “Hey, beautiful, are you heading inside?”

“What is this? Are you guys ganging up on me?” Sylvia ignored the man beside her and glanced in the rear view mirror, checking to make sure her tears hadn’t caused any lasting effect.

A warm hand landed on her shoulder and Vince toyed with her hair. “Not at all, I like the idea of entering the building with a gorgeous woman on my arm.”

“Right,” she protested and stuffed her phone into her purse before turning to stare into his bedroom-brown eyes. The spark in their depths had her reevaluating her impression of the man. Yes, he had the face and body to rival every other Casanova in the world, but he also had a sense of humor. That alone sent a shiver of awareness through her.

She fought the desire gathering in her stomach and waved her hand at him so he’d move out of the way, letting her exit the car. “Did Knox make you wait out here in the parking lot to make sure I would come inside?”

Vince grinned and held her door open while she stepped onto the asphalt. His gaze fell to her legs.

She stared at her new, high-heel, red pumps and silently prayed she wouldn’t land face first in the dirt when she tried to walk across the pitted parking lot in them.

A low whistled sounded beside her. “Man, are you ever hot.”

She ignored the comment and didn’t turn until she heard the car door slamming closed. “And there’s not a woman you’ve ever met you haven’t wanted.”

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If you wish to read the entire first chapter of CFO’s Affair, click here

About the Author

Tina Gayle grew up a dreamer and loved to escape into the world of books.
After years of working in the business world doing a variety of jobs, she decided to try her hand at writing. Her books touch the heart and show the true joy of being a woman.

Connect with the Author

Find Tina Gayle everywhere

 

Home – www.tinagayle.net

Blog – www.tinagayle.blogspot.com

Twitter – https://twitter.com/#!/AuthorTinaGayle

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/tina.gayle

Amazon Author Page http://www.amazon.com/Tina-Gayle/e/B002BM9GR8

Google + – https://plus.google.com

Linkedin – http://www.linkedin.com/pub/tina-gayle/11/689/759

 

 

Swoon-worthy quote: Tapping the Billionaire

“Be angry,” I told her. “But, please, for the love of God, do it while you’re touching me.”

Tapping the Billionaire: Bad Boy Billionaires Book 1
by Max Monroe
Release Date: April 24, 2016
Purchase link: Amazon US / Amazon UK

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The aim of this book is two-fold: to be the most swoon-worthy and funny romance you’ve read. And it succeeds! The writing is fresh, the hero any girl’s dream man (actually, the only “bad” thing about him is his mouth, and that’s good), the heroine sassy and smart, and the story quite entertaining. I’d have liked a more intense conflict as the reason Kline and Georgia break up is kind of silly, but it’s such a l-o-v-e overload, I won’t harp about it.

So, go ahead and give this first book in the Bad Boy Billionaires series a try. You’ll find yourself laughing out loud. The mysterious duo, Max Monroe, will follow up with more bad boys.

 

 

When’s the film coming out? The Butterfly Code by Sue Whyshynski

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A must-read book that any reader who enjoys mystery and action will definitely devour is today’s suggestion. The Butterfly Code by Sue Whyshynski is a high-octane action story with a strong romance streak and awesome writing. Read on for my 5-star review and details on how to enter a giveaway to win a Butterfly Code tote bag. This tour was brought to you by Xpresso Book Tours.

The Butterfly Code
by Sue Whyshynski

Genres: New Adult, Thriller, Mystery, Science Fiction
Release Date: October 12, 2015
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Official Synopsis

My friends say Hunter Cayman’s dangerous.
They say he’s a threat to everyone in town.
I’m not so sure.
As he stands before me in this crowded club with the lights shining around us, I catch something good under Hunter’s dark facade. Something decent and profound.
I don’t know who or what to believe.
But I will find out the truth.

Aeris Thorne is expecting a restful vacation in the remote town of Deep Cove. But on a stormy night, she meets the alluring and mysterious Hunter Cayman, and her life takes an exhilarating turn.

Aeris is both drawn to him and determined to find out what he’s hiding. It’s clear Hunter has found success with the high-security lab on his vast estate. But what Aeris doesn’t know is that he’s tormented by a secret: the truth behind his research.

As he and Aeris are drawn together, the walls he’s built to protect himself threaten to crumble. At the same time, she begins to wonder if she’s found the key to unraveling her own tragic past. When Aeris’s life is threatened, Hunter is forced to make an impossible decision about her future—one that could change everything.

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My Review

Hollywood? Hello? Studios should be scrambling to get the rights for this one. Have you read an author and thought they were perfect? Never faltering in any type of scene? Well, Sue Whyshynski is one of those authors. Words just flow, creating super evocative scenes that you can actually experience with your senses. From mind-numbing terror to bone-melting attraction, Sue’s got you. Exciting chase scenes, sizzling tension, darkness and mystery in vibrating settings. It never goes wrong.

The story has a strong sci-fi theme with sprawling tentacles, encapsulating such genres as thriller, urban fantasy and romance. My one grievance (not even that) is that a story that’s explicit in dark scenes and violence should not shy away from love scenes especially when the attraction between the hero and the heroine sizzles from Page 1.

The Butterfly Code is a book that made the Top 3 of my 2015 Best Reads list. I highly recommend it to readers of any genre.

I was offered this book in exchange for an honest review but also bought my own copy. I always do that when I truly enjoy a book.

Enter here for a chance to win a Butterfly Code two-tone, book/shopping bag (US/Canada only)

 

About the Author

Sue Wyshynski author photoSue Wyshynski is a small town Canadian girl who moved to the United States to pursue the American dream. Sue grew up in the same place as musician Justin Bieber. Her last name is pronounced wish-in-ski.

Sue’s style has been described as immersive, emotional, and action-packed.

According to Sue, “Writers must do more than write; they must try to speak to the hearts of the world.”

The Butterfly Code, coming this fall, is Sue’s first New Adult romantic suspense.

Connect with the Author

Site: http://www.suewyshynski.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3234239.Sue_Wyshynski

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorsuewyshynski?_rdr=p

Twitter: https://twitter.com/suewyshynski

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