Not a Regency Chick

I have a confession to make.  Never got into Jane Austin or any of those Regency chicks, despite my love of history.  Sorry.

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Unless Emma Thompson was involved.  Ah, but who cares how you came to the Romance genre, right?  So long as you’re here. 😉

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I grew up on Star Trek, so I got into the Romance genre with the likes of Linnea Sinclair.  Now, there’s some hero material in those books.   http://linneasinclair.com/index.html

This one’s my favorite with my favorite hero.

Book Blitz: BEHIND THE LENS by Cassandra Giovanni

This is my stop during the book blitz for Behind the Lens by Cassandra Giovanni. This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 14 till 20 March. You can see the complete blitz schedule here: http://www.lolasblogtours.net/book-blitz-behind-the-lens-by-cassandra-giovanni

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Behind the Lens (Boys of Fallout #2)

By Cassandra Giovanni

Genre: Coming of Age

Age category: Young Adult/ New Adult

Release Date: 14 March, 2017

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Blurb:

Natalie Scott’s life is simple with no strings attached. As a band photographer, she’s made metal music her life, and life on tour means no relationships.

At least not ones that last and that’s the way she likes it.

She only has one rule.

Don’t date or otherwise screw around with the client.

But she never said anything about love.

Brent Andrews knows Natalie’s rules.

And he’s about to make sure he’s an exception to them.

All of them.

Even ones she doesn’t know she has.

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You can find Behind the Lens on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23393232-behind-the-lens

You can buy Behind the Lens on Amazon: http://bit.ly/BuyBTL

Get book 1 in this series!

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Book one in this series Out of Beat is available now! You can buy a copy on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Out-Beat-Boys-Fallout-Book-ebook/dp/B01M8LIR8F/

 

About the Author:

Cassandra doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then Cassandra has written more novels than she can count and put just as many in the circular bin. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character’s stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. Besides being a writer, Cassandra is a professional photographer known for her automotive, nature and architectural shots. She is happily married to the man of her dreams, and they live in the rolling hills of New England with their daughter, Hope and dogs, Bubski and Kanga. For regular updates visit Cassandra’s website http://www.cgiovanniauthor.com and sign up for her newsletter.

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You can find and contact Cassandra here:

– Website: https://cgiovanniauthor.com/

– Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CassieGiovanni

– Twitter: https://twitter.com/cgiovanniauthor

– Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6094287.Cassandra_Giovanni

– Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cgiovanniauthor/

– Newsletter: http://cgiovanniauthor.us3.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=203d8dfc40f8c412687d68ac1&id=7ae3e3dac3&orig-lang=1

Giveaway

There is a cover reveal wide giveaway for the book blitz of Behind the Lens. One winner will win a paperback copy of both Out of Beat and Behind the Lens by Cassandra Giovanni (US Only). And another winner will win an e-copy of both Out of Beat and Behind the Lens by Cassandra Giovanni (International).

Click on the Rafflecopter Link to Enter-    https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/1000e4f1213/

 

Review: THE COOK’S SECRET INGREDIENT by Meg Maxwell

*Sorry about the late posting.  The migraine’s almost gone now.  I sure hate that monster.*

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http://megmaxwell.com/

So, anyway, today I’m reviewing this Contemporary Romance by Meg Maxwell.  It has a single dad with a toddler son, which is just great.  I knew this author totally got the single parent thing, because I’ve read her books before.

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The greatest challenge for any single parent searching for a new partner is finding someone who also connects with his or her child.  How can you share parenting your most precious person with someone who doesn’t have a clue and couldn’t care less?  Dating as a single parent is lightyears away from dating as a non-parent.  It’s so hard.  Some single parents read these books searching for hope of finally find their real Happily Ever After.  My own mom did, in fact.

Ms. Maxwell does a great job with single parents.  I dearly hope she will be encouraged to do even more in the future.

Okay, so Olivia is this super-awesome cook who starts working out of a food truck.  She’s always had this gift for passing on good feelings to other people through her food.  One cannoli from her can turn a cranky old tramp into a sweetie-pie just like that.

Runs in the family.  Her mother used to tell people’s fortunes out of the back of her house.  Madame Miranda, they called her.  It was partly gift, partly human compassion.  But, everybody loved her and trusted her.

Except Carson.  But, he doesn’t trust anybody.  And with good reason.  He fell in love and fathered a son with a chick whose maternal instinct ended when the umbilical cord was cut.  Now he’s on his own with Danny and frankly flabberghasted that his own father is at all interested in being a grandfather after not being there hardly at all when he was growing up.

His dad, Edmund’s an awesome grandpa though.  Before she died, Madame Miranda told him that his second great love in life was a hairstylist named Sarah.

Carson’s not buying that.  His personal life, plus his private investigator career, has taught him some hard lessons in life.  He seeks out Olivia wanting to de-bunk what her mother said.  Trouble is her mother is dead now and Edmund’s dream woman bears a striking resemblance to her estranged aunt.

Carson figures Olivia has the same goal, to find Sarah, even though they have different motivations.  So they might as well work together.  But, no way is he going to do something stupid, like fall in love with her.  That’d be too hard on Danny.

But, hey, this is Harlequin, so you know he does anyway.

So, while all this is going on, Olivia is helping her friend figure out why she’s not actually in love with her fiancé and Carson’s trying to help a boy find his deadbeat dad.  Both side stories help them figure out their own romance.

Carson and Olivia search and find so many possible Sarahs.  Edmund just will not give up on the possibility of finding his second true love in life, no matter how cynical Carson is about it.

The world-building and secondary characters in this story are very well done and it was easy getting caught up in it.

I loved that Olivia wasn’t a kick-butt heroine born with a sword in one hand and a blaster in the other.  Despite no experience, her maternal instincts rang true and she bonded well with Danny.

The scar tissue on Carson’s heart was believable for a single dad in his situation, though I really didn’t find his personality appealing.  It was just a ‘not my cup of tea’ kind of thing.  You know me, I’m more of a George of the Jungle kind of girl.  Although, I found the hero of Ms. Maxwell’s other book, The Detective’s 8 lb, 10 oz Surprise, very appealing and he didn’t swing through the trees in a loincloth.

Anyway…

Like I said, I’ve read another one of Meg Maxwell’s books.  I can tell you she’s a reliable author if you’re looking for Contemporary Romance, especially novels with single parents in them.  She has about six of them now, looks like.

Happy reading!

http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=68995

 

Promo Research, Being a Newbie, and Blogging Book Reviewers

I’m told Promo sends newbie authors running and screaming into the night.  If you’re one of those, my best piece of advice is to start your own Book Review Blog.  That is what I did years ago at http://enduringromance.blogspot.com/

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Among the many benefits of doing so, like free ARCs and sharpening your writing skills by reading those of the best, you learn all about Promo and it will no longer scare you.  That is the path I took, other authors find other ways.

So, I finished and polished a novel and its off in Queryland somewhere.  I turn my attention to writing two more, because I’ve learned I do best when I have two going at once.  But, I also turn my attention to Promo just in case the one in Queryland snags a publisher.  This kind of research must be done regularly, because Promo opportunities change fast.  I was out of it for family and physical problems for, like, four years, I come back and Holy Cow!  There are blog tour companies doing everything I used to do all by my little self!

Very cool.

So, I suggest, after you start your book review blog, sign up for as a Blog Host.  It’s a great way to get into the groove fast.  😉

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http://www.lolasblogtours.net/

I’m with two right now, Lola and Prism.

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http://prismbooktours.blogspot.com/

Here are a couple more great ones-

Tasty Book Tours-   http://tastybooktours.com/home

Xpresso Book Tours- http://xpressobooktours.com/

There are a bunch more.  I suggest choosing one or two which promotes the kind of books you enjoy reading as well as ones similar to what you write.

Throughout your adventures in the Blogosphere, you will encounter many wonderful book review blogs.  I’m still friends with several and they’re authors now too.  Make a list of these wonderful people and swap advice and encouragement.

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https://tianevitt.com/

There are also big book review blogs, like these ones-

http://harlequinjunkie.com/

http://www.theromancereviews.com/

http://allaboutromance.com/

You can’t do everything, or you’ll fry your poor hands on the keyboard and you need them for writing novels.  Personally, I’ve found the most traction on Twitter and Goodreads, but I think all writers should have a Facebook Page and personal site too.  This blog doubles as my personal site, which is why I have a domain name.  Buy your domain and get an email address that reflects it.  At this point, I’m still just with regular service.  Once I pub again, I’ll get an email addy which teams with my domain.

Anyway, get out there.  It’s really not that hard, if you keep plugging away.  One of the many things I learned as a blogging book reviewer is that the best authors never stopped trying to improve their skills.