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12 Steps to Mr Right by Cindi Madsen

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12 Steps to Mr. Right

by Cindi Madsen
Publication Date: September 26, 2016
Genres: Adult, Entangled: Contemporary Select, Romance

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Synopsis: 12 steps to finding Mr. Right, composed by dating coach extraordinaire Savannah Gamble1: Admit to being powerless over your attraction to the wrong type of guy. (Like Lincoln Wells, who broke your heart after an unforgettable one-night stand.)
2: Believe Mr. Right is out there.
3: Take inventory of past mistakes. (See step #1.)
4: Make a list of qualities you want in a man. (Avoid charming baseball players/reason you made these rules in the first place)
5: Take charge of your own life.
6: Learn to love yourself.
7: Sort the hookup guys from the relationship guys. (Avoid a painful brushoff after an amazing night together.)
8: Never, ever settle. (Even if the chemistry is off-the-charts.)
9: Don’t believe you can change a guy. (Once a commitment-phobe, always a commitment-phobe)
10: Communicate your needs.
11: Open your heart & love fully. (Still working on this one…)
12: Don’t ever, ever stray from the steps.goodreads-badge-add-38px

ABOUT CINDI MADSEN

Cindi Madsen

Cindi Madsen is a USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.

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September 29, 2016 Posted by | Blog Guest | , | Comments Off on 12 Steps to Mr Right by Cindi Madsen

Secret Places Revealed by Paulette Harper

Hi All!
Please join author Paulette Harper as she tours the blogosphere with Write Now Literary Book Tours and her new release Secret Places Revealed, on September 27, 2016.

Publication Date: September 16, 2016
Paperback: 342 pages
Genre: Inspirational Romance

ISBN-10: 0989969150
ISBN-13: 978-0989969154

ASIN: B01M0GXCGB

In celebration of Paulette’s upcoming release, Secret Places Revealed, she’s giving away one (1) autographed copy of Secret Places Revealed.

This contest is open for US only through October, 7, 2016

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A broken man, a woman on the run, a love that won’t be denied.

Single—and very content—real estate developer Aaron Blackman is determined not to become involved in another relationship. He’s experienced enough drama to last a lifetime. The only thing garnering his attention now is his growing business. And he plans to keep it that way. Then Simone Herron waltzes into his life, beautiful and confident. Fighting to keep his promise to himself—to remain single—he soon discovers that when it comes to love, some promises must be broken.

After losing her fiancé in an untimely death, Simone Herron relocates. She desperately needs to put the past behind her and start a new chapter in her life. While love is the farthest thing from her mind, she experiences an attraction to the handsome Aaron Blackman that frightens her. She’s built a wall around her heart, but can she find the strength and courage she needs to welcome love again? To do so, she must conquer her fears and allow God to put all of her broken pieces back together.

In addition to being an award winning author of Completely Whole, Paulette is an inspirational speaker, as well as a writing workshop instructor. She has a passion to coach aspiring authors and speaks into the lives of women from every walk of life. Her literary works have been spotlighted in a growing number of publications, including CBN, Real Life Real Faith Magazine, and Black Pearls Magazine. She has also appeared on numerous local and online radio shows.

Paulette resides in Northern California.

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September 27, 2016 Posted by | Blog Guest | , | 2 Comments

Empowering Women to Succeed

Hi All,

It is with great pleasure that I host my dear friend Carmen Ray on my blog today! Carmen is a contributing author in the newly released – EMPOWERING WOMEN TO SUCCEED: TURNING TRAGEDY INTO TRIUMPH. Here’s a sneak peek:

 

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Empowering Women to Succeed: Turning Tragedy into Triumph, is a book full of amazing stories of powerful personal transformation in the face of life-altering events of 18 women.  It is powerful, engaging, and inspirational.  It reveals how successful women have faced huge, life-changing transitions in the area of health, divorce, loss of loved ones and more.  The book encourages and inspires women to have faith in starting over and overcoming tragedy by turning it into triumph.  Every woman deserves a second chance to live her best life. No matter what her past has been. It is time to face the future as a victor rather than victim. The stories will inspire you to step out of toxic relationships, avoid abuse and start living a joyous life.

The key message is about how a woman’s mindset determines her outcome in life, business and relationships.

EXCERPT:

January 27, 2014 my plan was to take a break from Wisconsin, my birth place and home for my whole life.  I needed a break from the heaviness of Wisconsin winters and from the harsh reality of my current circumstances.  Yes, I thought let me just get a little of that Arizona Sun that I’ve seen from watching “Waiting to Exhale” every few years. I along with many women were mesmerized at the thought of hanging with our sister circles and the beautiful Arizona mountains and sunset displayed on the big screen. Whitney Houston, Angel Bassett, Loretta Devine and Lela Rochon all carried a little of our story during that movie.

During my planned 4-day vacation in Arizona, I decided to reinvent my life. I need to heal from the burden of supporting 5 immediate family members who were faced with incarceration. I needed a break from being a care-giver for my father as he struggled to recover from 2 strokes. I needed a break from managing the self-sufficiency department from the largest domestic violence agency in the state of Wisconsin.  It was all way too much to navigate all while working out the details of my 2nd divorce and bankruptcy.

Stay with me now.  Remember I was coming to Arizona just for a 4-day visit and all I had with me was 2 pieces of luggage, one was a small bag for my personal care items and $200. Please note the $200 wasn’t just for the 4-day vacation, the $200 was all I had to my name.  Having only $200 alone at 52 was a bitter pill to swallow considering I came from years of a six-figure household income. “How did I get here?” I asked internally.

Read more of Carmen’s story.

Get Your Copy Todayhttp://www.carmenray-bewell.com/bewellawards2017-938934.html

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About the contributing author – Carmen C. Ray

I began my career in the field of human services.  For over 25 years, I worked both in direct services and administration.  Among my proudest achievements includes work in helping to establish grassroots childcare centers, facilitating rehabilitation education for men charged with domestic violence, and creating innovative nurturing programs for women who experienced domestic violence.  During my journey as a human services professional, I dared greatly to become a social entrepreneur by providing national consulting and professional development training in parental nurturing, domestic violence prevention, and women’s empowerment.  These years of experience deeply inspired me to make the work of women and family empowerment my life’s work.

Currently, I’m devoting much of my time to the support the growth and programming of the Sisterhood Extravaganza, a non-profit organization committed to helping women and girls succeed. Check out The Sisterhood Extravaganza’s website www.sisterhoodextravaganza.org

My background includes 8 years experience as an Executive Marketing Director of Soul Purpose, a self-care and wellness company founded by Nadine A. Thompson.   My Be Well Network/Soul Purpose Network of over 400 members includes both business associates and customers.  Be Well Network provides one-on-one coaching, mastermind groups, facilitator training and special retreats.

Participants in our programs and events find growth in their self-awareness, existing assets, encouragement, creativity coaching and overall well-being.  I hope to see you at one of our  rapidly expanding projects, the Be Well Networking and Empowerment Events and Sisterhood Extravaganza Sister Circle. All events are designed for us all to Be Well Connected, Informed and Inspired.

In addition to my professional responsibilities, I’m also a dedicated mother, grandmother, daughter and family enthusiast, committed to the on-going growing and evolution of myself, my family and my community.

September 26, 2016 Posted by | Blog Guest | , | Comments Off on Empowering Women to Succeed

A Passionate Kiss – Paperback and Giveaway

Hi All,

A PASSIONATE KISS is now in paperback! And don’t forget The Bennett Triplets $75 Scavenger Hunt Giveaway that ends September 24, 2016! See below for details.

 

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Retired Marine, Mason Bennett, has two goals: adjust to civilian life and keep drama out of it. His focus is on his role as part-owner, along with his siblings, of Atlanta’s hottest nightclub. However, his attention shifts when the woman he has loved like a sister reenters his life and thoughts of a passionate kiss they shared hijacks his mind. Their connection is explosive. Feelings he’s tried to deny come to the forefront, and he’s tempted to do something he thought he would never do—cross that line from friends to lovers.

TV news anchor, London Alexander, is back home in Atlanta and ready to start a new chapter in her life. This time she hopes her future includes Mason, the man she has loved forever. She’s ready to step over the forbidden line that he’s drawn in their relationship.

Will taking a chance on love lead to a happily-ever-after? Or will risking their friendship leave them both with broken hearts?

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What readers are saying:

“This story flowed smoothly from beginning to end. I truly enjoyed London and Mason’s story. Their chemistry was on point from their first scene together.” Dst4T

“Fabulous read…Hope there will be more about Mason’s business associates in his new company….Thank you Ms Cooper for a wonderful story.” SGRho soror

“Wonderful story and I really enjoyed the series.” Sherika Williams

Get your copies today!

ebook: Amazon  |  Amazon UK  |  Barnes & Noble |  Smashwords  |  ARe  | Kobo  |  iTunes 

paperback:  CreateSpace  |  Amazon

Be sure to get the other books in the series:

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A PASSIONATE NIGHT – Candace Shaw

A PASSIONATE LOVE – Delaney Diamond

NOTE: Books in this series can be read in any order.

 

About the Giveaway: Bennett Triplets $75 Scavenger Hunt Giveaway!

PRIZE 1: One entrant will win:
– $75 in gift cards
– an autographed copy of For the Love of You by Candace Shaw, book 1 of the Precious Moments series
– an autographed copy of Blue Roses by Sharon C. Cooper, book 1 of the Reunited series
– an autographed copy of Unforgettable by Delaney Diamond, book 1 of the Johnson Family series

PRIZE 2: The authors will each select one winner from the scavenger hunt participants to receive an autographed copy of one of their books.

HOW TO ENTER: Click here to enter.
DEADLINE TO ENTER: 11:59 pm EST on September 24, 2016.
ELIGIBILITY: Open to U.S. entrants only.

Good luck!

September 23, 2016 Posted by | The Bennett Triplets | , , , , | 1 Comment

Places in My Heart and Giveaway!

It’s always a pleasure having my author friends on my blog and today is no different! Author Sheryl Lister is on a blog tour with Write Now Literary Book Tours introducing her pre-release of PLACES IN MY HEART. Sheryl is currently doing a Pre-order Blitz and Contest that starts today! But more about the contest later. First, check out a sneak peek of PLACES IN MY HEART.

About The Book

Omar Drummond is a pro football superstar with a body that’s a pure work of art. But Morgan Gray is forbidden to act on their chemistry, or repeat their impulsive kiss. Proving her worth as a sports agent means securing the notorious celebrity as a client, not a lover. Yet between flowers, sweet notes and heady hotel interludes, Omar is shamelessly seducing her…

Other agents—and exes—have tried using Omar as a meal ticket, and he’s closed himself off from emotional entanglements. With Morgan, it’s a whole new playbook. Smart and tough, she can negotiate a contract and turn him on all in one go, and he craves more. But in matters of trust, he’s just fumbled badly. To win her he has to show her the man he can be away from the field and the limelight, and hope that this time they’re both playing for keeps.

Excerpt

Omar knew he had taken a risk showing up at Morgan’s office, but he was desperate. It had taken a lot to persuade Malcolm to share his sister’s information, especially since Omar had declined to say what had happened between them. He toyed with calling first, but changed his mind because he didn’t want to chance her refusing to see him. The woman seated outside Morgan’s office, whom he assumed was the assistant, greeted him with a wide smile and an exaggerated sway of her hips as she led him to the office. Omar ignored the not-so-subtle brush of her breasts against his arm when she turned to leave. In his peripheral vision, he noticed the slight rise in Morgan’s eyebrow and knew she’d seen it, too. He waited until the woman closed the door before turning to face Morgan.

Morgan folded her arms. “What are you doing here?”

“Hello to you, too,” he said.

An embarrassed expression crossed her face. “Sorry. Have a seat.”

Omar took the chair opposite her desk. “I apologize for stopping by without calling, but I figured you wouldn’t see me otherwise.”

“You were probably right. How do you know I won’t call security to throw you out now?”

“I don’t, but I’m counting on your love of football to work in my favor.” They engaged in a stare-down for several seconds until she looked away first.

“How did you know where I worked?”

“Malcolm.” She frowned and he added, “If it’s any consolation, he adamantly refused to divulge your home address.”

“Well, maybe I won’t kill him, after all.”

He chuckled.

“Since you went through all this trouble, I guess I can spare you five minutes.”

Omar knew the mention of football would rouse her curiosity. “I’d like to talk to you about a business proposition.”

“What does that have to do with football?”

“My contract is up for renewal in six weeks and—”

“Don’t you have an agent? If memory serves me correctly, you have one of the best agents around.”

“Things aren’t always as they seem.”

She sat up straight. “What are you saying?”

“I’m saying it’s time for a change, and I’d like you to negotiate my upcoming contract. You’re an attorney and, according to your brother, you know football like you’ve played it all your life.”

Her eyes lit up and her mouth fell open. “Are you serious? Wait a minute.” She sat back again and angled her head. “What about your current agent? Did he dump you or something?”

Omar sighed. “No.” There was more to it, but he would only tell her if she agreed to represent him.

Morgan narrowed her eyes. “There are dozens of sports agents out there, and I’m certain any one of them would be happy to take you on, especially with your numbers from last year. Yet you’re in my office.”

He smiled. “You checked my stats? So, you’re admitting I’ve got game?”

A rush of color darkened her face. “Why me?” she asked, ignoring his questions.

“You want to be an agent, and I need one.” He leaned forward and whispered, “And I know you passed the sport’s agent certification test. It’s a win-win situation for both of us.”

“On second thought, I am going to kill Malcolm,” she muttered.

“I need your help, Morgan. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t.”

“I have to think about this.” She turned slightly in her chair and stared out the window, and then back at him. “You realize I already have a job. And I’m working on a case.”

Omar nodded. “I understand, and I have no problems working around your schedule.”

“Even on weekends or late evenings.”

“Anytime.”

“I see.” She went back to staring out the window.

He could almost hear the wheels turning in her head. She bit down on her lip, drawing his attention and reminding him how much he enjoyed kissing her.

Finally she angled her head his direction. “I’ll agree on one condition.”

“What’s that?”

“You keep your hands and lips to yourself. No more kisses.”

Omar groaned inwardly. There was no way he could go without kissing her. In fact, it had been the first thing on his mind from the moment he saw her today. “Morgan—”

“No. More. Kisses,” she repeated.

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Trailer: https://youtu.be/DqdxKL-YkMo

CONTEST INSTRUCTIONS

In celebration of Sheryl’s upcoming release, Places In My Heart, she’s giving away (5) five prizes: (4) four mini-swag packs and (1) one Grand Prize of a Reader Lovers Basket, including a Kindle Fire and $25 Amazon gift card. 

Pre-order your copy of PLACES IN MY HEART and enter for your chance to win! Once you’ve ordered, enter the contest here: http://sheryllister.com/contest

Don’t forget to order your copy first!

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1OSFA3h

B&N: http://bit.ly/2ae25BQ

iTunes: http://apple.co/2bcYF5q

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2aYeslG

This contest is open to US only through September 30, 2016. 

Publication (release) Date:  Oct 1, 2016

Genre: Contemporary Romance

ISBN-10: 0373864701

ISBN-13: 978-0373864706

 About The Author

 Sheryl Lister has enjoyed reading and writing for as long as she can remember. She writes contemporary and inspirational romance and romantic suspense. She been nominated for an Emma Award and RT Reviewer’s Choice Award and named BRAB’s 2015 Best New Author. When she’s not reading, writing or playing chauffeur, Sheryl can be found on a date with her husband or in the kitchen creating appetizers and bite-sized desserts. Sheryl resides in California and is a wife, mother of three daughters and a son-in-love, and grandmother to two very special little boys.

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Website: http://sheryllister.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sheryllisterauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/1Slynne

Goodread: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7855222.Sheryl_Lister

Tour hosted by WNL Book Tours
 

September 15, 2016 Posted by | Blog Guest, Blog Hop | , , , | 4 Comments