Release Day & Giveaway for Safe With Me (With Me in Seattle # 5)

The With Me in Seattle series looks like a collection of great romantic reads.  I especially am interested in reading Safe With Me  based on the book description and have added it to my future reading list.

Congratulations to Kristen on her new release!

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Safe With Me by Kristen Proby

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SAFE WITH ME Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17201110-safe-with-me?ac=1

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Keeping others safe is what Caleb Montgomery does. He’s never had a problem taking on an assignment, whether it was during his dangerous SEAL days or his most recent job of training war mercenaries. But being assigned to keep Brynna Vincent and her adorable daughters, Maddie and Josie, safe from an unknown threat has thrown Caleb off his axis. Hot for the tall brunette since she came back to town more than a year ago, being close to her day in and day out is cracking Caleb’s resolve to keep his hands off her gorgeous body and his head in the mission.

Brynna is sick and tired of being afraid. All she wants is a normal, quiet life for her and her precious girls. Just as she’s settling into her new home in Seattle and feeling safe again, Caleb shows up on her doorstep insisting the danger is as high as ever. But whether she needs to be sheltered from the threat in her past, or from the intense emotions she feels for the sexy, protective man sleeping in her home, remains to be seen. What will happen if Brynna and her girls fall in love with a man so broken he may not be able to protect them from the danger that threatens, much less himself?”

SAFE WITH ME is the fifth book in the With Me In Seattle series, and continues to follow this tight-knit, loving family through life’s trials and tribulations with humor, passion and everlasting love.

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Kristen Proby

Kristen is the author of the Amazon and USA Today bestselling With Me In Seattle series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong characters who love humor and have a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type; fiercely protective and a bit bossy, and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves.

Kristen spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys coffee, chocolate and sunshine. And naps.

Links:

Website: http://www.kristenproby.com/

Twitter: @handbagjunkie

Facebook: www.facebook.com/booksbykristenproby

Author Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/kristenproby

 

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Review of Hell or High Water (Lost and Found, Inc. #1)

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Hell or High Water (Lost and Found, Inc. #1) by Jerrie Alexander

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A woman in danger. A man she loves but can’t trust.

When ex-SEAL Nate Wolfe learns a woman from his past is in danger, nothing will stop him from protecting her. Not even her.

Dallas Child Protection Services Investigator Kay Taylor doesn’t want or need Nate in her life. But he doesn’t seem to understand the word no. He seems to also have forgotten the brand he left on her heart.

When Kay is taken and sold to a monster, the devil himself couldn’t stop Nate from doing whatever it takes to find her…but will he be in time?

Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains adult sexual situations and/or adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.

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“Nate,” she whispered into his neck. “You saved me.” Her flesh heated when his large hands flexed against the small of her back and drew her closer.”

“Come hell or high water,” he whispered, his warm breath sending heat streaks across her skin.”

Hell or High Water is a great start to a romantic suspense series involving a close-knit college group called Wolfe’s Pack who reunite ten years later, when one of their beloved members, Kaycie (Kay) Tayor becomes the target of a human trafficking operation.

Alexander has established a solid framework for the series by starting out with plot that is well-written and creating dynamic characters that make you want to get to know them better. I like that the author gradually introduces you to the main characters who will play an integral role in the series without overwhelming you with too much information. She establishes the relationships among the characters, provides just enough exposition about their individual situations as a set up future storylines, and gives them enough personality for you to connect with and emotionally begin to invest in their well-being and futures.

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The story launches right into the middle of a dramatic situation with Kay, an investigator for Dallas Child Protective Services, trying to escape her kidnappers. The lead-in creates interest and excitement; after all, it’s hard to put down a book when the character is in immediate danger! For me this first intense scene was over much faster than I expected, and it was a bit anticlimactic. However, Alexander more than makes up for any disappointment I may have had with this initial scene in the latter part of the book when she ratchets up the stakes heightening and prolonging the intense, suspenseful situations to the point I became edgy – as in biting my nails, holding my breath, wondering how much more I can take until the story’s resolution.

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And I loved every minute of the heart pounding action that takes place.

Kay is an amazingly strong heroine, and, even with her law enforcement training, I still admired how she kept herself together in the bleakest of situations.  I can say the exact same thing for Kay’s best friend, Holly. Both of them are fighters, both emotionally and physically against those who mean them harm.  Not only is Kay in physical danger, but her heart is as well when her former college love, Nate Wolfe, enters the picture determined to protect her no matter how much she protests.

Nate has recently returned to Dallas as a PI and is building a company specializing in providing security.  He’s knows he broke Kay’s heart ten years ago, and he doesn’t have any intention of trying to reenter Kay’s life until their mutual friend, Tyrell, calls to warn him about Kay’s situation. Kay is very angry and bitter toward Nate, and I wanted to know exactly what happened that tore them apart because it becomes clear early on they had so much more than a casual fling. The details of their past are gradually revealed as they struggle with their unresolved feelings for one another.  The chemistry, the sexual tension is definitely still between them.

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The major question is whether they can overcome the hurt from mistakes made long ago.

At first, I thought Kay was over-reacting once the reason for going their separate ways is revealed,

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but after I learned about about Kay’s personal family pain and suffering, I began to understand why she thinks Nate betrayed her. She immediately lets Nate know how she feels when he surprises her at home: “Get over yourself.” Her tone matched the hate in her eyes. “You really think I care enough about you to shoot you?”

Fortunately, Nate refuses to let Kay’s behavior deter him,  and he lets her know he won’t be cast aside so easily: “I want you. More than I want to breathe. Just know I won’t stop trying.”  

He’s changed over the years, and he’s no longer afraid of love.  I really appreciate Nate’s persistence and his willingness to take any opening Kay’s will provide: “He leaned down and grazed her lips with his. It was brief and she didn’t kiss him back, but then she didn’t bite him. All in all, he figured that was a good sign.” 

Although both Kay and Nate want to be together, both of them are reluctant to express their feelings so directly, and there were so many times when I just wanted to say to them:

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In so many books, the bad guys are exactly as they are meant to be portrayed. Bad. Guys. Yet, I was drawn to Johnny Darling, one of the central antagonists who’s part of the vile human trafficking operation that Kay stumbles upon. Johnny is not a nice man, and he can be counted upon to follow his boss’s orders without question. His loyalty to this man who took him off the streets and gave him a job outweighs any moral hang-ups he may have about performing his duties.  Yet, Johnny’s POV reveals a complicated man with a conscience, who seems to believe that the young women he helps to kidnap are sold for purposes other than sex, at least that’s what he tells himself, anyway. I just find it hard to believe that someone with his intellect and who is closely involved in the operation can really be this naive. Let me just say there is much more to Johnny than the one dimensional flat character you might expect, and he has the potential for redemption.

Overall, this is a great read from start to finish. The plot is engaging, the central characters are well-rounded, and the romance sizzles! If you enjoy romantic suspense, then I encourage you to check out this series. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!

I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

Rating 4.5 shining suns

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T. Graham Brown “Hell & High Water”

When Kay appears wearing a faded George Strait T-Shirt –I definitely knew she was my kind of gal!

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Virtual Book Tour for Pro Resumes Made Easy

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How To/Non Fiction/Career 
Date Published: 9/30/2012

Pro Resumes Made Easy by Andrea Drew

Written by a professional resume writer of 15 years, this book takes you through the step by step process to write your resume and cover letter like the Professionals do it – at a tenth of the cost!

Contains samples and examples to assist you along the way, along with a free resume critique with every book sale. 

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Chapter 1 – Some basics

What is the purpose of a resume?  If you ask most people, they will tell you it is “to get a job interview.”  Yes, that’s right it is designed to get you a job interview.  But a resume is also designed to sell you, or generate enough interest in you to make the reader make contact and schedule a meeting time.  Your resume has had enough impact, that out of the hundreds of resumes a recruiter receives in their email inbox daily, yours has stood out.

If you’ve heard the saying that recruiter’s look at most resumes for between 5 and 20 seconds, it’s true.  Add to that equation the fact that resumes are now received via email inbox, and you need to consider the fact that this means that the top third of your first page will be the first thing the recruiter sees when they click open the attachment.

I’ll be running you through the step by step process I use when writing a resume.

My resumes are written in a way that they;

a)    Catch the recruiters eye immediately

b)    Give them a reason to keep on reading

c)     Stand out by writing them in a way that only 5% of all job applicants use effectively; and

d)    Works with scanning software sometimes used by recruiters

e)    Makes the reader want to meet with you!

About the Author

andrea drew resume writer resizesAndrea started her professional resume writing career in 1998, forming a professional resume writing service online for all professions.
In April 2011, she successfully transitioned the business over to new management, in order to focus on her specialty niche, IT professionals, Executives and Managers.
Why?
Well, in Andrea’s words “Executives and Managers are accustomed to collaborating to produce cutting edge results, and so are professional in their dealings enabling a unique and top class result and enabling me to write even better career marketing documents.”
 
This doesn’t mean that if you are not an executive or Manager she can’t help you.  It simply means that unless you understand this is an investment and will involve some work on your part (providing the information needed) then it’s probably best you look elsewhere that’s all.  
 
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 Guest Post from Andrea

How to Write and Get Published 

 

So for many writers, finishing the book can seem like a huge relief – I know it was for me.  Then came the editing, reviewing, editing, proofing and cover design etc.  Once all of that was done, I decided once I uploaded it to Kindle/Amazon all I had to do was sit back and wait for the money to roll in right? Wrong.

Yeah, sure I got some sales.  But nothing like what I imagined I would make after such a herculean effort.  I’m currently selling about 50 a month, but then it’s taken a year to get to this point.

Then I read about an indie author who made $40K in royalties on a book about….bees.  yes, that’s right a spiritual allegory about bees.

His name is John Penberthy and he made this money in less than a year selling foreign rights.  So I figured, if he can do it, then so can I!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve gone down the whole contacting literary agents road with very little success.  I’m based in Australia, and down under there are only a total of between 15-20 literary agents for a population of 23 million.  My response was generally “thanks but no thanks.”  Ditto for US agents.  This is despite writing a book about resume writing, and having been a professional with what I thought was a pretty good platform established over 16 years as a pro resume writer.

For me, foreign rights is the best way to get around this.

So, what did I do?  Well I followed John’s tips and advice.  Firstly he suggests having a video trailer made about the book which agents can look at very quickly.  So I hopped onto fiverr and got one of these made for 5 dollars.

I then bought a list of all foreign rights and literary agents from this website (it cost $6) http://www.bookmarket.com/authors.htm

I then prepared a short(ish) email and sent it out to all relevant agents.  That’s right I highlighted the relevant part.  Once you read the list you will see that not all agents necessarily are interested in your work.  So this list  purchased for $6 can save you a lot of time and help you target the right agents.

Yes I received quite a few rejections.  Many didn’t respond at all.  Then, two weeks later I received an acceptance from an agent!  It seems my book has good possibilities in Asia, where they love “How to” books.  Who would have known?

So while I haven’t yet landed a “traditional” publishing deal – I do now have an agent for foreign rights.  From here, my plan is to reinitiate contact with US and Australian based agents once my book makes some sales overseas.

Here’s to your success!

 

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