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Valentine Countdown Blitz: Day 14

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Strike a Match by Lindzee Armstrong

 
sam-ebookWhen Kate’s abusive husband dies in a house fire, she only feels relief. Eighteen months later, she’s ready to sweep up the fragments of her past and venture back into dating—but this time with the help of a professional matchmaking company. Surely Toujour can succeed where Kate has always failed and find her the perfect man.

Taylor is a firefighter who’s tired of dousing infernos in his personal life. Exhausted from a string of dysfunctional relationships, he turns to Toujour at the prodding of a friend, hoping for an easier path to love. The last thing he expects is to be matched with Kate, the intriguing widow he met on the night her house burned. The problem is, she’s determined to leave behind any connection to that awful night—and Taylor is a very overwhelming connection.

Past relationship fears and old habits threaten to tear them apart before they’ve even begun. Can the ashes of their pasts hold their happily ever after?

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The Author:

img_6103Lindzee Armstrong is the #1 bestselling author of the No Match for Love series and Sunset Plains Romance series. She’s always had a soft spot for love stories. In third grade, she started secretly reading romance novels, hiding the covers so no one would know (because hello, embarrassing!), and dreaming of her own Prince Charming.

She finally met her true love while at college, where she studied history education. They are now happily married and raising twin boys in the Rocky Mountains.

Like any true romantic, Lindzee loves chick flicks, ice cream, and chocolate. She believes in sigh-worthy kisses and happily ever afters, and loves expressing that through her writing.

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Jan’s Top Ten List:

1. I graduated from college five months before I graduated from high school.

2. I’ve only ever kissed my husband. 🙂

3. I was convinced my twin boys were going to be twin girls, and even had the nursery done in pink before I ever got pregnant. (There’s a long story there.)

4. After my husband and I had dated for about three weeks, I said, “So do you see us potentially getting married, or is this just for fun? Because I’m pretty busy and don’t date casually.” Guess it didn’t freak him out too badly because a month later we were engaged, and we’ve been together nine years.

5. I was an only child for thirteen years, then we adopted my sister who is a year younger than me.

6. I wrote my first romance novel when I was about ten. The incredibly beautiful and wealthy couple got married and had fourteen kids, including three sets of twins and two sets of triplets.

7. I love to travel! I’ve visited eleven different countries and about 35 states.

8. When I’m avoiding edits, I shop online. But I’m really cheap, so I rarely buy anything.

9. I strongly dislike nature. Dirt, bugs, unpredictable weather—pass. But I like looking at it from behind a picture window. 🙂 Urban settings I love.

10. Rory Gilmore at Chilton was basically me in high school.

 

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Valentine Countdown Blitz: Day 12

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Becoming Bryn by Angela Carling

 
becoming-bryn-v4For months, Jesse has been envious of her twin sister Bryn and even has a crush on Bryn’s gorgeous, popular boyfriend, Quinton. When Jesse awakens from a coma to learn that everyone thinks she IS Bryn, the option of actually taking over her sister’s life is beyond tempting, but there’s a downside. She’d have to give up her relationship with Ethan, her best friend and the only person she trusts. Could she actually live as Bryn for the rest of her life? And if her family and friends found out, would they ever forgive her?

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The Author:

1109_carling_headshots_resizeAngela Carling was raised in Palm Springs California, but lives Arizona with her husband, three kids and five felines. She loves reading and writing for the young adult genre and has published Unbreakable Love, Shackled, Becoming Bryn and the first three books of the Secret Keeper series. In 2012 Shackled won the silver IPGA award and has since been optioned as a screenplay. She always eats the frosting off her cake and leaves the rest, and can be caught singing in public bathrooms. When she’s not creating stories, she’s mentoring teen writers, making pizza with her family or dreaming of taking a nap, not necessarily in that order.

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Angela’s Top Ten List:

1.    Angela’s been a desert rat most of her life, first being raised in Palm Springs California and now living the last fifteen years in Arizona.

2.    Angela and her older sister were raised mostly by her Dad. Her home life was a real live Full House without the help of an Uncle Jesse and Joey. Unfortunately, the humor was just as corny.

3.    She has a munchkin cat(special breed, small legs) that the family named Frodo Baggins.

4.    Angela spent most of high school and college performing in choirs and small ensembles and loves to sing in different languages. Her favorite, Silent Night in German.

5.    When Angela arrived to start her honeymoon in Maui, Hawaii, she and her new hubby were informed that a hurricane was just about to hit. 

6.    Angela’s favorite childhood book is A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle and last Christmas her son gave her a signed copy for her library!

7.    Some of Angela’s book covers (Becoming Bryn, Shackled, Belakane, and Under The Broken Sky) are made by her talented twenty year old son Kaelen Carling.

8.    Angela likes to use animals in her writing, especially kitties. In two of the books, Belakane and Unbreakable Love a cat is actually a supporting character.

9.    Once a month Angela’s family does an appetizer Friday cooking a huge spread of appetizers, no vegetables allowed!

10.   When Angela is not writing she can be most often found in her garden where she defies Mother Nature by growing tropical in a desert. 

 

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Valentine Countdown Blitz: Day 11

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Returned by Kimberley Griffiths Little

 

returnedhc-cAfter tragedy strikes on the day they were to wed, Jayden must support Kadesh as he ascends the throne and becomes king of Sariba. But with the dark priestess Aliyah conspiring to control the crown, and the arrival of Horeb, Jayden’s former betrothed, Kadesh’s kingdom, as well as his status as king, is at stake.

Jayden knows that the time to be merciful has come and gone, and that some enemies can only be halted by death. Now she and Kadesh must prepare to fight not only for their love, but also for their kingdom.

Perfect for fans of Cleopatra’s Moon and the adult bestseller The Red Tent, this is the final book in the epic trilogy that began with Forbidden and Banished.”

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The Author:

SONY DSCKimberley once stayed in the haunted tower room at Borthwick Castle in Scotland and didn’t sleep a wink, sailed the Seine in Paris, rode a camel in the ancient world wonder of Petra, shopped the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, and spent the night in an old Communist hotel in Bulgaria. She adores anything old and musty with a secret story to tell.

The author of 10 award-winning middle-grade and Young Adult novels with Scholastic and Harpercollins, Kimberley makes way too many cookies when she’s writing – and the best book trailers in the universe.

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Awards: Southwest Book Award, Whitney Award for Best Youth Novel, Whitney Award Finalist, Association of Mormon Letters of Art Award, Bank Street College Best Books of 2011, 2013, and 2015, Crystal Kite Finalist, New Mexico Book Award Finalist, and Arizona/New Mexico Young Adult Book Award Winner.

Kimberley’s Top Ten List:

Things I love & fun facts:

1. I adore chocolate frosted cinnamon roll donuts

2. Snuggling with my kiddos and a stack of books

3. My Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) blanket that my daughter made me for Christmas

4. I love to belly dancing—and even performed a couple of times! It’s great exercise and so beautiful and earthy.

5. I’m a purple girl! And I’m lucky because my birthstone is amethyst

6. The black & white original TV show, I Love Lucy still makes me laugh—even though I only ever saw it in re-runs, of course!  

7. Since I was five-years-old, my grandpa would give me a heart-shaped box of chocolates on my birthday—which is also Valentine’s Day. When I got married, my husband got instructions from my family to continue the tradition, including baking me a heart-shaped cake with the cake pans my mother gifted to him.

8. Two days after my 11th birthday, I fell off a broken clothes hamper, gashed up my leg, and was rushed to the hospital to get 60 stitches.

9. Three years ago I rode a camel in the ancient world wonder of Petra, Jordan.

10. I have a wall carving in my house of King Tut and his Queen Ankhesenamen that’s a replica of his actual Pharaoh’s Throne found in his tomb.

 

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Valentine Countdown Blitz: Day 10

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Lady A by Cassie M Shiels

 
a-priincess-tale-1Lady A is in terrible danger, an annoying side effect of her brother’s latest scheme. Forced to run for her life from a madman she must return to the one place she vowed never to go again or die. After a failed attempt on her life leaves her without a name and her memories. Lady A must fight to regain them in order to help the handsome prince defeat the madman, who is threatening their kingdom. But will she remember in time? Or will she lose everyone and everything she loves? Excerpt: He slowly raised his eyes to mine; the look I saw there caused a shiver to run down my arms, prickling my skin. I pulled my arms tight to my chest, attempting to stop the cold feeling from spreading. “You have to get out of here, now!” he gasped. “Dan, what happened?” He shook his head and looked at the floor. “Tell me!” “There is no time, they are coming for you.”

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The Author:

12309628_913134398756934_4496139655819886583_oCassie has loved stories since she was little. Her love of writing started even before she could write words. She was one to be found, reading late into the night (wait, she still does that!), on the school bus or before she did her homework. In middle school she determined that she liked creating her own stories as much as she liked reading them; so she decided she wanted to be an author and keeps working on making that dream come true with every story idea that bounds into her head.

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Cassie’s Top Ten List:

1. I stared writing my first book in 7th grade. I did finish it but it will never see the light of day.

2. I have never dyed my strawberry blond hair and have been told countless times never to do so.

3. I don’t read books I devour them. 

4. I love romance in books as long as it is clean yet makes me breathless

5. I have 4 kids age 5 and under.

6. I love mystery and suspense as much as I like romance. If a book has all three its gotta be good! Add a bit of magic and I am sold, though I do love books with out magic as well. 😀

7.I am a certified childbirth educator and I love to talk and teach about childbirth

8. I sometimes secretly wish I could still be in college because I really do love to learn.

9. If I could have a magic power it would be teleportation. Seriously! I so wish I could just snap my fingers and appear somewhere else.

10. I really do wish I had a pet dragon.

 

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Valentine Countdown Blitz: Day 9

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Cursed by the Fountain of Youth by Holly Kelly

 
curse-by-the-fountain-of-youth-final-cover-correct-and-smallerFor centuries, countless adventurers have searched for the Fountain of Youth. Those who found it thought they would gain eternal life. Instead, they find themselves murdered by its guardians. There was, however, one, lone survivor—Fae Miller. As an infant, she not only survived the Fountain, she took its power. 

Twenty-two years later, Fae is hiding in plain sight at a local college. She’s is determined to leave the past behind her and live a normal life. But for one dying man, the search for the Fountain of Youth continues, and he is leaving a trail of blood and mutilated bodies in his wake. Unfortunately, that trail leads directly to Fae. Her only hope is a young, new college professor, also known as Special Agent Nick Chase of the FBI. Nick is determined to do two things: keep Fae alive, and keep his relationship with his student professional. Both of these jobs prove difficult—especially when love and magic get involved.

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The Author:

holly-kelly-picHolly Kelly is a mom who writes books in her spare time: translation–she hides in the bathroom with her laptop and locks the door while the kids destroy the house and smear peanut butter on the walls. She was born in Utah but moved around a bit, living in Kansas, Texas, and Hawaii where she studied marine biology. She’s now back in Utah–“happy valley”. She’s married to a wonderful husband, James, and they are currently raising 6 rambunctious children. Her interests are reading, writing (or course), martial arts, visual arts, creating Halloween props, and spending time with family.

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Holly’s Top Ten List:

1) I come from a family of 10.

2) I have a second-degree black belt in Kenpo Karate.

3) I actually married my karate teacher. 

4) I spent two of my four years of college working toward becoming a marine biologist.

5) I started my writing career on a whim.

6) I love Twilight and am not ashamed to admit it! (Go Team Edward!!)

7) I’ve personally had several ghostly experiences. (Whether or not I’m crazy is still up in the air).

8) I have six kids (five of which are rambunctious boys and one head-strong girl).

9) I work on building Halloween props six to nine months out of the year (depending on how ambitious I feel).

10) One day I hope to move to Fiji and spend the rest of my days writing books and relaxing on the beach.

 

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Valentine Countdown Blitz: Day 8

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Duchess by Nikki Wilson

 
duchesscoverfinal-11-200x300Katie Murphy is the manager of overnight pop sensation, Duchess, whose biggest gimmick is that no one knows her true identity. Katie’s job is to keep this secret no matter the cost. When Duchess agrees to perform in a benefit concert for wounded veterans, Katie gets more than she bargained for when she meets Chase.

Carter Chase went from being a soldier in the Army to volunteering at Veterans’ Aid. The charity helped him through a dark time and he would do anything for them, including help plan a benefit concert. But when he finds out the main act is Duchess, the British pop diva who makes fun of America, he is ready to bail out—until he meets Duchess’s manager, Katie Murphy.

As they work together, Chase soon becomes a risk to Duchess’s true identity . . . and also to Katie’s heart.

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The Author:

author-photoNikki Wilson writes whatever strikes her fancy: Contemporary Romance, YA fantasy, Picture Books, Non-Fiction, blog posts and anything else that requires pen and paper. She works at an elementary school as a reading tutor teaching children to love reading as much as she does. She’s married to a wonderful man and her four greatest accomplishments expect her to cook them dinner and tuck them in at night.

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Nikki’s Top Ten List:

1. I am the oldest of 12 children.

2. My youngest sibling is 11 years old.

3. My two youngest siblings are both younger than my youngest child. (My youngest child is 13 and my younger sister is 12 and my younger brother is 11.)

4. I have 5 children.

5. One of my children is someone that we unofficially adopted when she left home to join the army and needed a family to call home. We are proud of her service and am glad to have her living with us (after serving 4 yrs in the military) as she goes to college using her GI bill.

6. Another daughter is serving a mission for our church in Chile. She gets home in June and I’m ecstatic!

7. I worked at a school for 7 years as an instructional assistant giving children at a Title I school extra help learning to read. I also helped non-English speaking students learn how to speak English.

8. I now work as a secretary at a school district.

9. I love to take vacations with my family…it really doesn’t matter where as long as we are together.

10. I have the most awesome (handsome) husband ever, and the most supportive children any writer could ask for!!

 

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Valentine Countdown Blitz: Day 7

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Little Thief by Bonnie Valach Frazier

 
file-page1When Judge Carter gives Emma Greenwood one more chance by assigning community service, she thinks it’s just one more card against her, cards like abandonment, foster care, and the thief trap she’s in. Little does she know that there is more to her assignment that meets the eye, more like the mysterious old lady, Rose, who acts senile in front of her looming caregiver, but cleverly sane to Emma. As Rose’s secrets unfold, so do Emma’s. And now with friendship, love, and life on the line, Emma must decide if she is willing to be that Little Thief again.

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The Author:

bonnie-pic-2Bonnie Valach Frazier was born in McDowell County, West Virginia. She completed her B.S. English Education 5-12 at Concord College (now University), and her M.Ed. TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Grand Canyon University. She also studied at Radford University and Virginia Tech. She has taught Kindergarten through college, and loves working with young people. Bonnie is the mother of eight, grandmother of three. She lives with her husband and five children in Virginia.

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Bonnie’s Top Ten List:

1. I met my husband of 15 years on the internet. 

2. I knew I was going to marry my husband by our second letter.

3. Technology was less than it is today, so I fell in love with my husband before I ever saw his picture.  Fortunately, he is very handsome.

4. I have alopecia and am bald.  I have a story about that coming out soon.

5. My main character in my upcoming novel sees my family while we are on vacation.

6. I currently teach in the same town my main character in Little Thief is from.

7. I love trees, so you will see them often in my books.

8. Anne of Green Gables is my kindred spirit.

9. I used to be red head before I lost my hair, but I’m still in the 2%, so that’s ok.

10. One day, I discovered my 5th great-grandfather was born at sea.  One night I was thinking about him and how cool that was, and I heard “There’s more to that story,” in my mind.  I immediately began researching and am currently writing his and my great-grandmother’s love story as historical fiction, or at least my interpretation of it. 

 

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