Book Blitz: On Paradise Key by Sandra

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The Goth Girl Reads, in conjunction with The Killion Group, is proud to present the release day book blitz for On Paradise Key by Sandra Madden. Read on for exclusive content & a giveaway!

About the Book

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Title: On Paradise Key 
Author: Sandra Madden
Genre:
Humorous Romantic Suspense
Release Date: January 13th, 2016
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Print Length: 311 pages
Format: Paperback and Digital
Paperback ISBN: 9781509204953
Digital ISBN: 9781509204960

Synopsis:

Boston babe Kathleen Cassidy is down on her luck when she arrives in the Florida Keys. She’s lost everything but her inheritance, a go-fast boat, and a battered old bar on Paradise Key.

Joe Scipio promised to protect Kathleen and while doing his best, he’s losing his heart to the Boston beauty. The hot fishing guide needs Cassidy’s land and is determined to send her back to Boston where she belongs. But he risks breaking a sacred vow and falling hook, line, and sinker in love with Cassidy, the absolutely wrong woman for him. And then, just who will protect the headstrong redhead from him?

A series of events threaten both her life and livelihood, forcing Kathleen to question the circumstances of her dad’s death. Soon she’s searching for treasure under the watchful eyes of a rugged undercover ICE agent, a hot marine archeologist and perhaps…a killer.

Excerpt of On Paradise Key

Joe’s gentle whisper of a kiss started my body to tingle. At the moment I parted my lips his arms wrapped around me and the kiss grew warmer, deeper. Crushed in steel, feeling deliciously wanton, I savored the feeling – a longing, a desire more intense than any I’d never experienced before. Scipio had just shared his dream with me, something I knew he didn’t do lightly. I also knew that this strong, sexy man had protected me since I first stepped foot on Paradise Key. He’d teased and flirted with me and burrowed his way into my heart. This is what I had come to the Mico for, I’d come for Joe Scipio. I’d never been kissed the way he kissed me. And his were the only kisses that I wanted.

Gloriously lightheaded, I circled my arms around his neck.

“Cassidy.”

“Scipio.”

He carried me into his bed.

And dear reader, my Boston upbringing forbids me to share the details. Whatever you are imagining, take it one step further.

Available NOW: Amazon | Wild Rose Press

About the Author

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Sandra Madden is a former broadcast writer. She has had 12 historical novels published traditionally and two contemporary romances. She and her late husband, Dave Madden self-published his memoir “Reuben Kincaid Remembered” proceeds benefiting the MDS foundation. Sandra is a member of NINC, inc., The Florida Romance Writers, and The First Coast Romance Writers. Sandra’s family is her first priority and when she’s not writing she loves to travel– preferably on a cruise ship!

Connect with Sandra: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

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Blog Tour: Warrior Kids by Michael J Bowler

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Review

I have to say, I really enjoyed this book – more than I originally thought I would. I’m not much for middle grade fiction, although I do occasionally read it.

The story makes for great reading and is very interesting. I did find myself wishing I’d been able to read the actual Children of the Knight series before reading this book, because things from the series were mentioned in this standalone novel that confused me a bit.

This book is meant to be a kind of boost to kids to show that kids can have an impact and that kids can get things done when it comes to things like protecting the environment. It also teaches that it is better to be self-less than to be selfish. Which is a very good thing, because I see all too much of that “me” attitude in kids today.

There are even tips in the back for how kids can start helping to save the environment. However, I would caution both parents and children that it is most likely not possible to do all fifty of the tips—even for adults—so do not be disappointed if you are unable to do all of them, very few people would be able to.

All in all, the book is a wonderful book with a great story behind it and a great message.

About The Author

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Michael J. Bowler is an award-winning author of eight novels––A Boy and His Dragon, A Matter of Time (Silver Medalist from Reader’s Favorite), and The Knight Cycle, comprised of five books: Children of the Knight (Gold Award Winner in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards), Running Through A Dark Place, There Is No Fear, And The Children Shall Lead, Once Upon A Time In America, and Spinner.

He grew up in San Rafael, California, and majored in English and Theatre at Santa Clara University. He went on to earn a master’s in film production from Loyola Marymount University, a teaching credential in English from LMU, and another master’s in Special Education from Cal State University Dominguez Hills.

He has also been a volunteer Big Brother to eight different boys with the Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters program and a thirty-year volunteer within the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles.

He has been honored as Probation Volunteer of the Year, YMCA Volunteer of the Year, California Big Brother of the Year, and 2000 National Big Brother of the Year. The “National” honor allowed him and three of his Little Brothers to visit the White House and meet the president in the Oval Office.

He is currently working on a sequel to Spinner. His goal as a YA author is for teens to experience empowerment and hope; to see themselves in his diverse characters; to read about kids who face real-life challenges; and to see how kids like them can remain decent people in an indecent world.

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Book Blitz: Hickville Confessions by Mary Karlik

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The Goth Girl Reads, in conjunction with The Killion Group, is proud to present the Book Blitz for Hickville Confessions by Mary Karlik. Please read on for exclusive content, a guest post from Mary Karlik, and a giveaway!

About Hickville Confessions

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Title: Hickville Confessions
Author: Mary Karlik
Series: Hickville High
Genre: YA Romance
Release Date: December 3rd 2015
Publisher: Indie Published
Print Length: 357 pages
Format: Paperback and Digital
Print ISBN: 978-0996155632
Digital ISBN: 978-0-9961556-2-5

Synopsis:

New town. New look. New beginning. High school junior Ryan Quinn has a past. She will do just about anything to keep it hidden, even if means joining the ultra-conservative, no fun allowed, Purity Club. But secrets are hard to keep in a small town and when the Purity Club girls discover the truth, they viciously attack Ryan.

Senior, Justin Hayes is a good guy wrapped in a bad-boy reputation. He may have been kicked out of the Homecoming Dance for fighting, but it was his dead sister’s reputation he was defending. He did stay out all night with super hot Ryan Quinn, but it was after he’d rescued her from the Purity Club and all they did was talk. He lost his heart to her that night. But with his home life a complete hot mess, there is no way he could have a relationship with her. The trouble is, he can’t stay away from her.

Justin is the kind of guy who can make Ryan forget her vow to change. He’s the kind of guy she should avoid at all costs. But he knows her soul secrets. He understands her and it is torture when she is away from him. But as she deals with the outward scars on her face and the inward shame of her past and Justin’s home life continues to spiral out of control, their relationship becomes as convoluted as their home life. Will they find the courage to open their hearts to each other in spite of their family drama?

 

Excerpt from Hickville Confessions

Justin Hayes didn’t care that he’d been kicked out of the Homecoming dance, but he was pissed as hell that they treated Eric like a victim. When Coach Graves escorted Justin out, he lectured him about his anger and how he needed to get control of it before he wound up in trouble with the law.

Jesus. How had he become the bad guy?

When they got to Justin’s truck, Coach Graves put his hand on Justin’s shoulder, all fatherly, and said, “Son, think about what I said. You have to learn to let things go.”

Justin opened the door and turned to Coach. He wanted to tell him he’d gotten it all wrong. But Justin had thrown the first punch and that was all that really mattered. He choked back all the things he wanted to say and closed the door.

His hands gripped the steering wheel as he fought the urge to slam down the accelerator. He didn’t need more trouble. He needed to wrap his brain around the truth that had been revealed tonight. One more thing to add to his big, stinking shithole of a life.

He made a right by the courthouse, where girls in their Homecoming gowns frolicked in the fountain. He pulled up alongside the curb and put it in Park. They’d soaped the fountain. At least someone was having fun tonight.

As he watched the scene unfold, uneasiness filled him. Those girls weren’t dancing in the bubbles. They looked like they were trying to drown someone.

Holy shit! They’re going to kill her.

He jumped from his truck. A deep growl erupted as he ran toward them. The girls screamed and scrambled like rats from a sinking ship. Macey Brown stared at him as she stepped over the rim of the fountain, hatred blazing in her eyes. She wasn’t scared like the other girls. She was mad that he’d interrupted.

He pushed past her. Ryan Quinn sat up and splashed water in her face. Her skin was raw and bleeding. He scooped her out of the water. She wasn’t crying—she was beyond that. She leaned her face into his chest and her body trembled in his arms. He opened the truck’s passenger door and slid her onto the seat.

Macey stood in front of the hood with a pair of shoes in her hand. “You can have the whore. Jesus doesn’t want her and neither do we.” She chucked the shoes at him.

He caught one. The other thunked onto the windshield. He grabbed the shoe and climbed behind the wheel.

Macey stood on the sidewalk with her hands on her hips. Her prom dress clung to her body and pieces of her hair had come unpinned, making her look even crazier than she was. Katie tried to pull her away, but she wasn’t budging. As he drove away, Justin took a last look in the rearview. Macey remained on the sidewalk with her middle finger pointed toward heaven.

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About The Author

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Following a career as a nursing instructor, award-winning author, Mary Karlik earned an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania. A native Texan, Mary loves horses, dogs, cats, country music, and small town diners. Although she has recently relocated in northern New Mexico, her heart remains in the Lone Star state.

Connect with Mary: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon

Guest Post from Mary Karlik

A Glimpse in to My Writing Process

In the writing world it seems that you’re either a plotter or a pantser. I’m more of a Plantser or maybe it’s a plotzer. I don’t really plot and I don’t really write by the seat of my pants. I do both and neither.

Typically, I have a plot session with critique partners. I love the wealth of ideas that a session like that generates. A story begins to germinate in my imagination and I pull out my trusted copy of Christopher Vogler’s A Writer’s Journey. I have read that book so many times the pages are practically falling out. I use the Writer’s Journey worksheet and go through each of the stages for both my hero and heroine. I don’t start with much of a character chart because I usually only know my hero and heroine. When all of those steps are done, I write.

I fast draft, meaning I write as fast as I can without looking back. Somewhere along the way I freak out and look at my Vogler worksheet. Usually, I’m way off of my original idea. So I rework the sheet. And I go back to writing.

As I go along, I begin to formulate my character chart. I learn more about my characters and I’m able to get into their heads and under their skin.

After the first draft, I look for areas to add description and emotion. Before it’s all said and done, I usually write around ten to twelve drafts.

With the first version of Hickville Confessions, the attack at the fountain was the dark moment. I spent more time on Ryan’s high school classes and her getting to know the purity club girls. There were some great scenes but the story didn’t have deep emotion. My then agent suggested I start with the fountain scene. It was excruciating to rewrite the whole thing. But in the end, I loved that book. I love the characters, their growth, and how even though as individuals they are strong, together they are stronger. Of all the books I’ve written, Justin is my favorite hero.

So that’s my process in a nutshell. I write Monday through Friday from 4:30 am to 6:30 am and on Saturday’s and Sundays usually from around 8:00 – 10:00 am. If I have a quiet weekend, or I’m on deadline, I write all day on the weekends.

I am looking forward to the day I can quit the day job and write all day Monday through Friday.

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12/7/2015

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Book Blitz: The Greatest Gift by Roxy Boroughs

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The Goth Girl Reads, in conjunction with The Killion Group, are proud to present to you The Book Blitz tour for The Greatest Gift by Roxy Boroughs. Read on for exclusive content and a giveaway!

About The Greatest Gift


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Author: Roxy Boroughs
Series: Frost Family & Friends
Genre: Contemporary Holiday Romance
Release Date: December 1st 2015
Publisher: Indie Published
Print Length: 154 pages
Format: Paperback and Digital
Print ISBN: 978-0-9921271-2-1
Digital ISBN: 978-0-9921271-3-8

 

 

Synopsis:

Welcome back to Carol Falls, Vermont, with this fifth book from the Frost Family Christmas/Frost Family & Friends series.

Heather Connolly has done some questionable things in the past. But it was all to regain custody of her six-year-old daughter, Charlotte. Finally together, Heather is now planning the perfect Christmas for her little girl.

Until police officers show up at the door and arrest Heather for robbery and arson.

Only one man can help prove her innocence. It’s Zack Jones, a volunteer firefighter…and the man she ran out on after their first and only night together.

Can he give her The Greatest Gift this Christmas, and once again unite Heather with her daughter? Or will Heather’s past keep her from Charlotte forever?

This story is a stand-alone sweet romance/cozy mystery. Series readers will enjoy catching up with town news and the latest happenings of the Frost Family…including a wedding.

Excerpt

Zack Jones jumped off the running board of Fire Truck 1, before the vehicle came to a full stop. His heart sank as black smoke drifted from the building, and flames spiked—bright and orange as a second sunset against the late November sky.

At best, Carol Falls’ favorite drinking hole would need repairs. At worse, it would end up in ashes, along with a couple of his fellow volunteer firefighters.

Zack masked-up, secured his helmet and readied the thirty-pound hose, carrying it on his shoulder as he scanned the upper level. Mrs. Trivett lived in a small apartment above the bar. Not the most suitable spot for an elderly lady, but the rent was cheap due to the loud music. Which didn’t bother Mrs. Trivett, once she removed her hearing aids.

He spied movement at the door to the fire escape, and handed off the hose to another member of his team.

Zack sprinted to the stairs—his hundred-pound protective gear weighing him down, adrenaline lifting him up. As he hit the bottom step, he saw Mrs. Trivett above him, the wind whipping her nightgown against her bare legs.

She eyed the drop to the ground below and froze.

Zack pounded up the stairs, reaching her as a window on the lower level shattered from the heat inside.

“I’ve got you,” Zack yelled through his mask.

He lifted Mrs. Trivett in his arms and carried her to the ground, where members of the Ladies’ Auxiliary comforted her with blankets and a hot beverage. That left Zack free to sidle up to the fire chief, Ian King, and hear their next move.

“Can’t see in the building,” Ian reported. “Smoke aside, there’s plastic Christmas wreaths in every window, blocking visibility.” His green eyes locked on Zack. “You work here—know the layout. You lead.”

Zack nodded and crouched low as he made his way through the entrance, his buddies clinging to the hose as they followed. The water they used to douse the structure bubbled to a boil at their feet.

Blinded by smoke and dripping with perspiration, Zack relied on memory and instinct to maneuver his way through the maze of tables and chairs. The heat and noise from the inferno grew as he approached the fire’s source, his breathing apparatus making him sound like Darth Vader.

One more step and flames appeared, rolling up to the ceiling. He couldn’t see the main counter for smoke. Couldn’t see the wall in front of him. Or the photograph he knew hung there, of the smiling owner, his staff and…one waitress in particular. A certain blonde, with the saddest smile Zack had ever come across.

He aimed the hose and made a pact with himself. He’d fight to save the bar and reclaim that photo, no matter the odds. The building provided a home to Mrs. Trivett and much-needed jobs in the town.

And the picture was the only shot he had of the one, unforgettable woman from his past.

 Available Now: Amazon | Kobo | iBooks

About The Author

NB1_9677-EditBefore turning her attention to writing, Roxy tread the boards as an actress, appearing on stage, film and TV.

Look for her romantic comedy CRAZY FOR COWBOY, and her suspense titles, the award winning A STRANGER’S TOUCH, and the follow-up novella A STRANGER’S KISS, as well as the popular FROST FAMILY CHRISTMAS/FROST FAMILY & FRIENDS series, which combines the holidays, sweet romance and cozy mystery.

 

 

Connect with Roxy: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon

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12/7/2015

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Crystal’s Chaotic Confessions
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 12/8/2015

 Pretty Sassy Cool
T&L Book Reviews
Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!
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 12/9/2015

 A British Bookworm’s Blog
The Goth Girl Reads
Yah Gotta Read This

 12/10/2015

 Harts Romance Pulse
Blogging by Liza
Romancing the Readers
Jen’s Reading Obsession
Naughty Book Eden
Nicole’s Book Musings
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 12/11/2015

 Miss Riki
United Indie Book Blog
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Blog Tour, Review, & Giveaway: Hargrove House by Allie Harrison

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The Goth Girl Reads is proud to present the blog tour for Allie Harrison’s Hargrove House. Please continue reading for exclusive content, a giveaway, and my review of Hargrove House!

My Review

Hargrove House is a great page turner! It starts off a bit slow and honestly, when it first started, I wondered where it was going. But then…. WOW.

I am with Torrie. I wouldn’t want to go back in that house after an experience like that either. But yet I would want to go back in the house for the right person. Even if that person is a bit odd. I started suspecting something was a bit off with William Dalton right away – but it still took a while for me to fully understand what was going on, which was good, because I really don’t like it when a book gives everything away at the beginning. 😉

When the book first starts, it seems like Allie’s writing style is a bit juvenile. But then I realized that the story is being told in the first person, so obviously, it’s going to sound juvenile since the book first starts with Torrie at 11 years old. After 11 year old Torrie’s part is done, the story goes to a regular cadence of normal “adult” writing and honestly, I think that’s brilliant. So many authors tell stories in the first person, but keep the same type of perspective throughout.

I honestly have to recommend this book to anyone who loves paranormal suspense novels. You’ll be kept on your toes!

Excerpt

“Ms. Reynolds?”

Torrie nearly jumped from her seat behind her desk.

A man stood in the doorway to her office. He was tall and broad shouldered. His sandy, brown hair was cut just above the collar of the crisp white shirt he wore. Complete with his black slacks and a dark coat, he made a striking figure. Caught in the memory of sneaking into the Hargrove House, Torrie hadn’t heard the bells over the door with his arrival. On any other day, her assistant, Jane, would announce any potential clients, but Jane was off today because Torrie could no longer pay her for a full week.

“Can I help you?” Torrie asked, working to keep her voice steady. His sudden presence still had her heart pounding. And for a long moment, he openly studied her. She fought the urge to look down and make certain she still wore clothes.

“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to startle you. I’m William Dalton. I recently bought the Hargrove House. I need it refurbished and decorated to its original grandeur, and your artistic abilities come highly recommended.”

His words—the very idea of what he wanted—left her feeling slightly dizzy, and it took several seconds before she could form a coherent sentence to reply. “Funny, I was just thinking about that place. You don’t beat around the bush, do you?” she said. Most people came to her with something close to an idea or a picture of what they wanted done, and they looked for her advice.

He smiled. “No, never.”

She was drawn to his smile. In fact, she was drawn to every aspect of him, from the relaxed way he stood to his deep, summer evening sky blue eyes. Slowly she stood. “Have we met before?” she asked.

He tilted his head slightly, and Torrie was intrigued with his movement. She thought he might move like that just seconds before he kissed her, if he ever was to kiss her.

She wanted him to kiss her.

She shook her head slightly to clear the cobwebs that suddenly filled it. What was wrong with her? She had never reacted to a man this way, especially not a potential client.

“Perhaps,” he said.

“But you don’t remember? And neither do I,” Torrie put in. She forced a smile. “I’m sure it will come to me about two o’clock in the morning,” she said, trying to lighten the conversation as she worked to hide her instant, weird reaction to this man. “Why don’t you have a seat, and we can talk about it.”

He paused, still staring at her closely until Torrie thought perhaps her blouse might be unbuttoned or something. “Is something wrong?”

“No,” he replied hesitantly. “Not at all. Everything is perfect, as a matter of fact.” Again he smiled, and Torrie couldn’t help but smile back as he sat down in the chair opposite her.

“So you bought the Hargrove House? Really?”

He nodded slightly. “Yes, and at a very reasonable price, I might add.”

“No doubt. I’ll bet it was almost free.”

About Allie Harrison

 

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Allie Harrison lives with her husband in Southern Illinois. By day, Allie works in the medical field, but when she clocks out, she hits the keyboard, crafting stories readers will love. When she isn’t enjoying fun family time, games with friends, reading, crafts, music, camping, biking, and hiking, she’s working to build fictional worlds and unforgettable characters.
Connect with Allie: Website | Facebook | Goodreads | Amazon

 

 

 

Tour Schedule

11/16/2015

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11/17/2015

The Goth Girl Reads – You are here!
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11/18/2015

Hart’s Romance Pulse
Fresh Fiction

 

11/19/2015

Mama Reads Hazel Sleeps
Crystal’s Chaotic Confessions
Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!

 

11/20/2015

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