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What a Wallflower Wants Excerpt

Published September 28, 2014 by francesothomas

Another wallflower takes center stage in what is bound to be a charming tale

.http://www.harpercollins.com/9780062231284/what-a-wallflower-wants

Mini excerpt from What a Wallflower Wants

By Maya Rodale

Miss Prudence Merryweather and Viscount Castleton find themselves stranded at a country inn…with secrets. There is only one thing to do: he asks her to dance.

“Just one dance…that is all,” Castleton said. “I promise I won’t get any ideas.”

Prudence gazed up at him. Too bad she couldn’t explain why she was so hesitant. She was wasting her life, letting this fear hold her back. There was a handsome man before her, who had shown her nothing but kindness, and all he wanted was a dance. The truth was: she yearned in her heart of hearts to dance with him.

“All right,” she said softly.

The last time she placed her hand in another man’s it was the beginning of the end.

They began to dance.

She did not, as she feared, forget the steps. Hours and hours of her life spent practicing them so when this moment came—waltzing in the arms of a handsome man—she could move in time to the music without counting to three and so she could look into smoldering gaze instead of at her feet.

Prue forced her breath to be even. In. Out. In. Out. She willed her heart to beat in a steady rhythm as she tried to reclaim power over her emotions and fears.

Castleton’s gaze settled on her face. She peered up at him. This time she really looked at him focusing on his mouth, which was firm, sensual and smiling encouragingly.

“Are you having fun yet?” Castleton asked her affectionately.

Her gaze flew up to his. Ah, those eyes. Knowing. Dark.

Caught in the Act release

Published September 16, 2014 by francesothomas

Today is the release of the second book in the “Independence Falls” series from contemporary romance writer Sara Jane Stone, Caught in the Act.

Here’s the blurb I got from Avon Impulse:

Falling for his rival’s little sister could cost him everything …

No one writes about passionate and forbidden love quite like Sara Jane Stone. Readers that loved the series’ first installment, Full Exposure, will not be able to resist this sexy follow up. The Independence Falls gang is back in Caught in the Act, and the romantic and sexual tension is higher than ever. This time, the book focuses on Liam Trulane, brother of Georgia Trulane, the first book’s female lead.

For Liam, failure is not an option. He is determined to win a place in Katie Summers’ life before she leaves Independence Falls for good. But first, he needs to make amends for the last time they got down and dirty.

Only problem? His professional success hinges on striking a deal to buy Katie’s family business. And after Liam’s relationship with their Katie went south years ago, the Summers brothers are more enemy than friend. If both parties agree to set the past aside, they can close the deal. But when Katie welcomes him back into her bed, Liam risks everything to make Katie his.

After Liam betrayed her trust, Katie Summers will do anything to keep him from walking away with the family business. She decides to seduce Liam, knowing that when her brothers find out, they will back off from the deal. And she’ll finally have her revenge. But when her plan spirals out of control, Katie learns that payback might come at too high a price…

About the Author:

After several years on the other side of the publishing industry, Sara Jane Stone bid goodbye to her sales career to pursue her dream—writing romance novels. Sara Jane currently resides in Brooklyn, New York with her very supportive real-life hero, two lively young children and a lazy Burmese cat. Visit her online at http://www.sarajanestone.com or find her on Facebook at Sara Jane Stone.

Perception

Published September 13, 2014 by francesothomas

To make up for my boo boo yesterday, I hurriedly read this anthology of short stories today. The publisher is billing it as New Adult. Technically, I guess it does fit into the definition. Most of the protagonists are in that age group. But if these stories are an accurate reflection of what it means to be a New Adult, I’m glad I’m an Old Adult.

Don’t get me wrong. All of the stories are well-written; however, the plots are dark.The characters are vividly drawn but nobody I’d want to know.

That said, readers who gobble up gritty reality will certainly find it here.

Perception is everything, they say. It’s true.

Here’s where you can purchase Perception
Rafflecopter direct link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/5525191a3/

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22930219-perception?ac=1

Amazon US link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MWQ15D6

Amazon UK link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00MWQ15D6?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/perception-nealy-gihan/1120262838

Smashwords link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/466159

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/perception-new-adult-anthology/id913089321?mt=11

Perception release

Published September 12, 2014 by francesothomas

My life is just a teensy bit out of control right now. I completely missed posting a promised review of Elephantine’s newest release, Perception. This is a New Adult anthology featuring works by Linda Davis, Scott Davis, Nealy Gihan, and Mary Laufer. Mea culpa, but I promise I’ll review this book at a later date.

In the meantime, here’s the cover.

Perception_Promo_Graphic_1

One Plus One

Published September 12, 2014 by francesothomas

One Plus One gets off to a slow start as JoJo Moyes lays out the backstory. I almost gave up, but a friend had recommended this book so I plowed ahead. I’m glad.

Jess, one of the two main characters, has a life so horrible that it hurts to read about it. While working two jobs to support her daughter and step-son, she steadfastly covers for their missing father who is giving no financial or other support.
Her counterpoint Ed, on the other hand, certainly doesn’t gain our sympathy. He’s betrayed his oldest friend and engaged in insider trading.
Their paths cross when she throws her characteristic caution out the window and he uncharacteristically tries to help her. Throw in a teenage boy with a predilection for eyeliner, a girl who is a math genius, and a smelly dog, and a memorable road trip/quest ensues.
Honesty pays.

The Agincourt Bride

Published September 2, 2014 by francesothomas

Reading The Agincourt Bride by Joanna Hickson made me really, really glad I didn’t live in the 15th Century. The conditions, even for a princess, were abysmal.
Hickson has done a masterful job of researching the time period. History unfolds through the eyes of a humble nursemaid who becomes the trusted companion of Catherine of Valois. Catherine was the daughter of King Charles VI and Queen Isabeau of France.
Catherine becomes a pawn in the chess game to rule France. In addition to her parents, the novel introduces us to various royal personages, none of whom are sympathetic figures. Catherine’s life revolves around one question. Will she be married off to King Henry V of England or won’t she?
The book is a long one, and some parts are not pleasant to read, but it is well worth the time.