Book Tour, Author Guest Post, & Giveaway for An Incurable Insanity

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Join the #Talk daily on Simi’s Facebook 
as she walks us through the beautiful backdrop to her amazing book… 

In Rao’s debut novel an arranged marriage sets the stage for an intimate look at the exasperating madness of love….An often intoxicating…will-they-won’t-they tale.”- KIRKUS REVIEWS
An Incurable InsanityAn Incurable Insanity by Simi K Rao

Paperback, eBook, 376 pages

Published October 8, 2013 by Tate Publishing

Her heart fluttered when she heard the sound of the key turn in the lock. She quickly adjusted her maroon silk sari with the yellow border, the one that had caught his eye, and waited eagerly for his footsteps.

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven… Yes, exactly seven steps before he stopped, hesitated for a few moments, then removed his shoes one by one and arranged them neatly side by side on the shoe rack.

She smiled. He had been mindful of taking his shoes off every day now. “I am not used to it, but I will if you want me to. It’s probably a good thing to do anyway.”

As he settled down, he would pick up the TV remote and, without looking at her, would say in his smooth baritone, “So how did you spend your day, anything interesting?”

Shaan Ahuja found himself bowing to tradition and agreeing to an arranged marriage to the beautiful Ruhi Sharma. He went through the motions but had no intention of carrying through on his vows. His last foray into matters of the heart with an American girl had left him scarred and unwilling to try again. Thoroughly disillusioned and disgruntled he wasted no time in making his intentions clear to Ruhi on their wedding night. But, he was completely unprepared for what his new wife had in mind.

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Spotlight, Giveaway & Discussion for Cassie’s Cowboy Crave

 

$100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Cold Hot Cocoa & One Hot Kiss

Recipe and Excerpt By Author Kimberly Krey

 
 
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Welcome to… The Kissin’ Tour!
 
 

Cassie's Cowboy Crave (Sweet Montana Bride, #1)Cassie’s Cowboy Crave

Sweet Montana Bride Series

by Kimberly Krey

Published July 12, 2013

Twenty-four-year-old Cassie Lovell has a great job, good friends, and an apartment with a killer view. That is, until life is turned upside down. Without the chance to say goodbye, Cassie is forced into a witness protection program on Emerson Ranch. Just when she fears life is doomed, Cassie meets Shane Emerson, the stunningly handsome cowboy who’ll be posing as her newlywed groom. 

Shane Emerson is determined not to fall for the woman he’s agreed to harbor. Especially since the whole thing was his family’s way of trying to get him hitched. So why is it when he takes Cassie into his home, Shane wants nothing more than to turn their make-believe marriage into more than just a sham? 

In a moment of weakness, Shane steals a kiss. 

In return, Cassie steals his heart. 

Yet before they confess their undying love, 

a hidden danger threatens to tear them apart.

*Although this novel is considered clean romance, it does contain passionate kissing and a few mild curse words.

 
 
*****
 

Excerpt & Recipe

This excerpt from Cassie’s Cowboy Crave takes place shortly after Shane and Cassie agree to pose as husband and wife, in order to hide/protect her for a period of time. Cassie had whipped up two cups of her special ‘gas station hot chocolate’, but it was hours before they actually drank them. Hence, the reason for the Frozen Hot Chocolate recipe to go along with it. Hope you enjoy them both!

Those sweet-looking lips were just a breath away, a breath he inhaled as he moved in. When their eyes met, Shane tilted his head, asking for permission with the lift of his brow. She nodded slightly – a silent response – yet the best thing he’d heard in weeks – Yes.

He pressed his mouth against hers, taunted by the silky warmth of her timid kiss. He wanted more. Wanted to taste the sweet chocolate on her tongue, inhale the flavor on her breath. At last her lips parted, just slightly, as she released a soft noise of pleasure. And though he was certain her cup of cocoa had been as cool as his, all he could taste was the heat.  

 

Frozen Hot ChocolateRevisedFrozen Hot Chocolate

Yield: 2 to 3 large servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

3 ounces chocolate (milk, semisweet or dark), finely chopped
4½ teaspoons granulated sugar
2 teaspoons Ovaltine
1½ cups milk, divided
3 cups ice

Directions:

1. Place the chocolate in a medium bowl set over a saucepan with about 1 inch of barely simmering water (keep the heat on low). Stir the chocolate occasionally, until it is completely melted and smooth. Add the sugar and Ovaltine and whisk to combine completely. Remove from the heat and slowly whisk in ½ cup of the milk until smooth. Allow to cool to room temperature.

2. In a blender, place the remaining 1 cup of milk, the chocolate mixture and the ice. Blend on high speed until smooth and slushy. Pour into servings glasses and top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

This recipe is from The Brown Eyed Baker @ http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2012/07/24/frozen-hot-chocolate-recipe/

 
Writing Romance That’s Clean Without Losing the Steam!

Kimberly Krey

I’m a writer of contemporary clean romance, a lover of home, family, & friends, & the ultimate hater of laundry.

A few of my favorite things: Diet Coke, Cafe Rio, and novels by Marcia Lynn McClure.

I do not go anywhere without: SoftLips Chapstick and Altoids Smalls. 

 
The Kissin’ TourThe delights of Romantic Tension!
 
Sept. 16 – Launch
–          Pieces of Whimsy 
–          Rose & Beps Blog 
–          Proud Book Nerd
20 – Mommasez…
–          Mel’s Shelves 
–          Sun Mountain Reviews 
–          Christy’s Cozy Corner
–          Tressa’s Wishful Endings 
26     – What’s Beyond Forks?
Sept. 27-30  Grand Finale
 
 
 
 

Giveaway:

$100 Amazon Gift Card + Signed Paperback + Recipes!  (Int’l.)

Sept 16 – Oct 11

Must be 18 to enter, able to receive winnings. See other applicable restrictions on Rafflecopter.

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Round Table Discussion

Discussion 3

For Discussion

Romance is one of my favorite genres,  and I’d love to hear your thoughts about the romances you read. Some questions for consideration:

What types of romances do you most enjoy reading?  (Historical, Paranormal, Sci-fi, Romantic Suspense, Western, NA, YA,  Contemporary,  etc)  

My thoughts: Currently,  I’m really drawn to romantic suspense novels, especially with heroes and heroines who have military or security roles and the romance unfolds in a plot centered around mystery and danger.

Romance books have been around so long that you have probably encountered almost every plot device that’s been used to set up a love story.  Do you have any favorites? Least favorites? Click here to see a list of popular romance plots   (Forbidden love (ex. Best Friend/Little Sister); Love Triangles, Arranged marriages (historical romance); Beauty and the Beast,  Cinderella or rags to riches; the chosen one/ soul mates);  the reappearing ex or old lover; opposites attract, etc) 

My thoughts: I like “new love” romances where two people meet for the first time and over the course of the story fall in love.  I like the flirty bantering, the sexual tension, the first kisses, and all the wonderful feelings we have when we think we’ve found the “right one for me.”  I tend to avoid love triangles because I don’t like getting caught up in all the angst, as the protagonist agonizes over which person to choose.

How much romantic heat do you like in your books,  and how important is this element when you decide whether to  read a book?  – Clean and Sweet/ sensual/ steamy/ or get the fire extinguisher out -this fire’s a blazin’

My thoughts: Heat level isn’t all that important to me. I just want an authentic love story with characters whose emotions and feelings are believable, (I shy away from “instalove”), and I begin to really care about and cheer for the couple finding their HEA!

Anything else? 

Blog Tour Grand Finale & Giveaway for In Shadows of Magic

Did you miss any of this tour?  See it all at-a-glance and catch up on anything you missed!! Plus… enter to WIN every day!  It’s the GRAND FINALE!!!
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In Shadows of Magic

by Alison F Prince

Published July 11, 2013 by Astraea Press

Mandy McKinney lives the charmed life. She is beautiful, athletic, popular, dating the hottest jock in school, and certainly doesn’t have any time for her loser twin sister. But Mandy also has a secret. When the truth is unveiled, her world is twisted upside down, and her very life is at stake.

Mandy’s twin sister, Brianna, has never had any success in the dating department. When Brianna finally meets the guy of her dreams, it turns out that he has secrets of his own. Dangerous secrets. Just her luck.

The twins are about to be swept away into a world of beauty and power beyond their wildest imaginations where nothing is what is seems, danger is lurking in the shadows, and their only chance of survival is finding themselves, and each other, once again.

Image of Alison Prince

Alison F. Prince lives in Hoboken, NJ where she works as a school psychologist (M.A. Marist College), author, and jeweler. She is the author of In Shadows of Magic, a new YA novel out from Astraea Press (2013). 

In Shadows of Magic Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/InShadowsofMagic
The Bea-YOU-tiful Tour
7-8 Multi-blog LAUNCH – Breaking News!!
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9 –  Mortal Moments  – Set Goals, Work Hard & Be Proud of Your Accomplishments
10 – All That’s Written – Don’t Let Others Bring You Downplus… an Interview!

“My original title was “Imbalance of Power” which I loved…”

11 – Rose & Beps – Develop Your Own Style


– Intriguing Reads – Date Who You Want 

12- Mel’s Shelves – Admit to Your Mistakes

          Moon Shine Art Spot – Don’t Compare Yourself to Others

13 – Kindle and Me – Review

I love that the girls figure out that magic doesn’t necessarily make life any better. You don’t know if people like you because of magic or for who you are.
 
15 –
Mythical Books – Choose True Friends 


16 – One a Day YA – Be Brave

17 – Sun Mountain Reviews – Have Your Own Interests

 
Twenty-Something Year Old Girl  – Review

I think the title is a great pick for this book.  Magic is the reason all these problems began, and magic could possibly be what saves them all.

19 –
Tiffyfit’s Reading Corner – Review

This book was a fun, quick read that sets the stage for future novels exploring more of Supertopia, vampires, shifters, etc. Oh, and that last line? Oooooooh.

20 –
Tressa’s Wishful Endings – Be a Genuine Friend



21 – Grand
Finale

Tour-Wide Giveaway

$50 Amazon Gift Card from Alison

10 eCopies of In Shadows of Magic by Alison F Prince from Astaea Press.

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Book Blitz & Giveaway for Dragonwitch

Tour Grand Finale
Paperback, 432 pages
Published July 1, 2013 by Bethany House Publishers


Dragonwitch (Tales of Goldstone Wood #5)
by
 

Pull up a chair and a cup of tea… Anne Elisabeth visited every blog on the tour!

 
July 

1 – Book Release!

Kelly P’s BlogAnnouncing the new release next spring!

2 –  The Writer’s Window – “Agape” Fan Art!

This epic tale unfolds before our eyes an impossible love story. (Original fan art!)

3 – The Other World

I loved learning that Anne Elisabeth was a pet person, and reading about her cats and dog on Minerva Louise’s blog (www.minervawritesherthoughts.blogspot.com) always brings a smile to my face. 

4 – Mel’sShelves

I’ve heard good things about this series and wanted to read it so what better way than to jump in on book 5? I see why people rave about these books

5 – JL Mbewe

I loved how the story kept us guessing as who was the “bad guy”. I love being able to gather the clues and make guesses about the plot or characters, whether I’m right or proven wrong in the end. And even better when it has such a beautiful ending to wrap it all up nicely. It is a book to be read again and again

8 – GettingYour Read On

 Each character seemed to have a journey both of self discovery and of knowledge. 


Christy’s Cozy Corner

“Notice the thorns reaching out to her from the bottom of the page. Those of you who have read Dragonwitch might be able to guess from where those thorns are coming . . .”

9 – BookwormLisaThe artwork on the cover…
CTF Devourer

 The heroes of this story are weak, pathetic, pitiful characters. They aren’t the strong powerful champions. But it is in their weakness, their knowing that they can not do this on their own, that the strength comes.

10 – Jojo’sCorner

…as mesmerizing as it is mysterious.

11 – LDS& Lovin’ It

Just when I think I know where the story is going, she throws in the unexpected and yet it all manages to make sense.

“I think part of the love I feel for Dragonwitch is due to the struggle this novel was to write. This was the hardest novel I have ever produced…”

14 – Mommasez…

I would give this series ten out of five stars, lol, because of the creativity, tight plot, action, action, action, and amazing characters. 

15 – Dee’sReads

The “evil” characters weren’t truly evil, they were just responding to heartbreak and disappointment. The imagery was amazing.

16 – That Girl Reads

If Dragonwitch was turned into a movie what actors would you like to see play the main characters?

1.) 2.)
3.) 4.)
5.) 6.)

17 – Living a Goddess Life

I would recommend Dragonwitch to anyone who has read any of her other novels, fans of medieval-esque fantasy, fans of the ‘good’ vs ‘evil’ grey areas, and those who enjoy cats. Because, truly, Eanrin is FABULOUS.

18 – Cu’sEbook Giveaways I’ve had a few funny misprints in manuscripts-in-progress…
 – Shannon’s Blog

The prose  is tremendous – beautiful and evocative; the story twisted unexpectedly, and the characters made good – or, in some cases, at least interesting – company

Final day… Sneak peak at a novella coming this fall!

19 – Grand
Finale Blast!

Tour-wide Giveaway:
USA, Candada & UK print copy of series

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The Tales of Goldstone Woods Series:
DragonwitchNext…Shadow HandComing Spring 2014
Bethany House

Read where it all began… 

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The Series – on sale!

From $1.99 to $2.99 on Amazon & Barnes & Noble