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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Blog Tour, Giveaway & Guest Post: Taming a Jackaroo by Sidney Valentine


Title: Taming a Jackaroo
Genre: Aussie Cowboy Romance
Release Date: June 10, 2017
Cover Designer: Claire Smith

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City girl and serial non-dater, Affrica Clarke travels to Boulia, Australia, to investigate the environmental impacts of the local mining company. Unless she proves herself and wins that promotion, she’ll lose so much more than a pay rise. Yet everything goes wrong the moment she lands in the outback. With no research equipment, only skimpy clothes packed by her best friend to help her score a date, and a tight deadline to submit her report, she’s screwed. So when a sexy cowboy offers to play chauffeur, she’s all over it. But she’s there to shut down the mining activities, not fawn over the guy who’s supporting them, no matter how sizzling the attraction between them.

Billionaire jackaroo, Sam Preston tempts fate as an adrenaline junkie, living each day as if it were his last. Angry and wounded, he’s in town to sell his cattle ranch to the local mining company and be done with his past—until he meets hapless city-chick Affrica, who has no clue about surviving in the desert. Sam doesn’t know how to stop being a daredevil even though Affrica reminds him of the happiness he once had.

Can Sam let go of the past before he loses the one person who's finally breathed new life into him, or is it not possible to truly tame a jackaroo?



Bet You Didn’t Know This About The Australian Outback!
by Sidney Valentine

I’m a huge research buff and learned a great deal about the Aussie outback when I wrote my novel, Taming A Jackaroo. The story is based in rural Queensland in a very remote town called, Boulia. This place is renowned for the mysterious Min Min light. It is said to be a small glowing orb that follows you in the outback.

So today, I’m sharing some amazing details I discovered about this phenomenon in Boulia, Australia.

The Min Min light is named after the small settlement of Min Min, located in outback Queensland close to Boulia – an Aussie town also renowned for camel racing and on last count (2011) had a population of only 230 residents.

Numerous accounts from 1838 have described a light that follows travelers. They are said to be fuzzy, disc-shaped lights that are often white or change colour from white, red and green. Some have been described as dim, while others were bright enough to cast shadows on objects nearby. One account even described Min Min lights keeping up with a moving car!

Aboriginal myths that pre-date European settlement have also described these lights. According to some Aboriginal Australians, these sightings of Min Min lights have increased due to the growing presence of Europeans in the outback. Many believe that the lights are the spirits of their ancestors who cannot rest because they were murdered by European settlers. According to folklore, if a person chases the light and manages to catch it they will never be seen again.

There are a number of theories to explain the Min Min light phenomenon. Bioluminescence; optical illusion and gas have all been put forward to explain the lights. Yet there is still no clear explanation for their existence. 

Glowing orbs have also been described in other countries, such as the will-o’-the-wisp ghost lights found in Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales. In Mexico, there are glowing orbs known as brujas, believed to the souls witches.

Did you know? Thirty-six sightings had occurred between 1950 and 1959.

References
http://www.historicmysteries.com/min-min-lights/

https://www.creativespirits.info/resources/movies/the-min-min

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Publiversary Sale: Mica by MariaLisa deMora


The man could hold his own in a fight... but would he fight for Mica, and help bury her demons?

Title: Mica
Author: MariaLisa deMora
Series: Rebel Wayfarers MC, book 1
Genre: MC Romance


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When Mica Scott moved into a quiet Chicago suburb, she wasn’t ready for what she found. Her new neighbor is bossy, kinda scary, and defines hotness. Sure, he’s a hunky alpha male, the kind most women secretly long for, but the man oozes danger. And Mica isn’t most women. After a chance encounter brings a new man to her door, Mica struggles to find a path between what she wants, and what she needs.


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Raised in the south, MariaLisa learned about the magic of books at an early age. Every summer, with the help of a gracious librarian who did not believe in age-restricted stacks, she would spend hours in the local library, devouring books of every genre. Self-described as a book-a-holic, she says “I always loved to read, then I discovered writing, and I adored that, too. For reading … if nothing else is available, I’ve been known to read the back of the cereal box.” She still reads voraciously, and always has a few books going in paperback, hardback, or on devices.


Saturday, 24 June 2017

New Release & Giveaway: Escape Clause by Mary Billiter


Title: Escape Clause
Author: Mary Billiter
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Release Date: June 24, 2017
Publisher: Hot Tree Publisher
Cover Designer: Claire Smith
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Sometimes to escape a bad situation, you have to grit your teeth and bare your clause. 

When competing hotel owners, the Carlyles, attempt a takeover of the former Brubaker hotel, now The Point Resort and also Kelsey Donigan’s second home, the front desk manager discovers long buried secrets between the two families. Better yet, she uncovers an escape clause that not only prevents a takeover, but may also overtake generations of animosity between the two families.

Kelsey finds an ally in the most unlikely of locals. Hotel heir Oliver Carlyle’s devotion and determination to honor his mother’s final wishes places him in direct opposition with his powerful family.

Can the star-crossed couple save the historic, beachfront hotel or will they lose each other in the process?

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Saturday, 17 June 2017

New Release & Giveaway: Trade Me Vol. 1


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Gen Ryan ~ Randi Perrin ~ Laura N. Andrews

Title: Trade Me, Volume 1-3
Genre: Gay Romance
Release Date: June 17, 2017
Cover Designer: Soxsational Cover Art



What happens when red-hot mechanics find the men of their dreams? 

With strong happily ever afters, meet three couples in Fix You, Wreck You, and Forever You as these gorgeous men embark on their relationship, and sometime personal, journeys of self-discovery and love. 

600 pages of escapism wrapped up in so many delicious sexy words.


🔧Fix You by Gen Ryan
Maxwell Craver pretends his entire life to be someone he’s not. It used to be easier to lie to himself and to everyone who cared for him until Jason Lewis comes along and changes everything. For the first time, Maxwell thinks that maybe he can finally be his true self.

Jason Lewis has always been open about his sexuality. When he hires Maxwell to restore his new car, their connection and heat are instant. By agreeing to help him overcome his fears, Jason vows to fix him, even if it means breaking his own heart.

🛠Wreck You by Randi Perrin
Mechanic for Hard and Fast, Mike Davis has an intense crush on the parts delivery driver, Blake. For the sake of the business, he keeps his distance, not acting on his wanton desires. What Mike doesn’t realize is Blake is crushing equally as hard on him.

Just as love and life appear to take shape for Mike, his old demons take hold and drag him under, leaving him spiraling out of control.

Will Blake push Mike further into the abyss or will he be the one to finally pull him free?

🔩Forever You by Laura N. Andrews
Matthew Price travels across the country to join his twin sister in Brooklyn. As an openly gay man who appreciates casual flings, the last thing he expects is to meet the man of his dreams.

Benjamin Stokes has always considered himself straight. When he hires Matthew to work at his garage and finds himself captivated, his sexuality comes into question.

From the moment they meet, their sexual desires grow fierce. Will they discover a deeper connection than just the physical? 

Friday, 16 June 2017

Cover Reveal & Preorder: Breaking Away by Megan Lowe


Author: Megan Lowe
Title: Breaking Away
Series: Rocking Racers, Book 3
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Release Date: August 5, 2017
Cover Designer: Claire Smith

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To the outside world, Mav Ryan is living the dream. With a high profile and successful FMX career, it’s something Mav knows a million guys would kill to have. But not him. He yearns for something different, something more.

Aubrey James has had enough of bad boys to last a lifetime. When her brother, Josh, brings home the heavily tattooed definition of a bad boy, Mav, she wants nothing to do with him. It's not until a shadow from Aubrey’s past threatens her future, that to her surprise, Mav steps in.

But can he fight her demons as well as his own? Or will Mav realise that sometimes breaking away can lead to finding your home?


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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

New Release & Giveaway: By the Book by Maria Vickers

Class is back in session.
Author: Maria Vickers
Title: By the Book
Genre: Gay Romance
Release Date: June 14th
Cover Designer: T.E. Black Designs
Editor: Shana Vanterpool
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Joshua Dayton met the man of his dreams as a sophomore in high school—his mentor and biology teacher, Mr. Cayden. Fearing his love would be considered forbidden and rejected, he ran away to college, determined to move on and forget. Three years later, he is summoned home and comes face to face with the man he tried to leave in the past. The same man he never stopped loving.

Samuel Cayden was looking for a fresh start and an escape. What he was not expecting was to develop feelings for his student, Joshua. Yet when the boy returns home a man, Samuel can no longer pretend the pull between them doesn’t exist.

Will the student become the teacher, showing Samuel how to open his heart? Will Samuel be able to prove to Joshua that things are not always what they appear? Or will the spark fizzle before it has a chance to ignite?

It’s time they got a lesson in love and temptation.
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Maria Vickers currently lives in St. Louis, MO with her pug, Spencer Tracy. She has always had a passion for writing, and after she became disabled, she decided to use writing as her escape. 

She has learned a lot about life and herself after becoming sick. One of the things she has learned and lives by is, life is about what you make of it. You have to live it to the fullest no matter the circumstances. 
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I’ve always loved books. Not only creating stories but reading them as well. Books transport me, and when I was younger, I would run into walls because I refused to put my books down even for a second. Take not, walking while reading is not advised. LOL. 

With my books, I dream of sharing my stories with the world. I want others to be transported or to feel the emotions my characters feel. That is my goal. If I can do that for one person, I succeeded. 

Getting sick changed me and my life, but it also opened doors that I thought were closed. Today, even though I may not be able to do as much as I once could, I still have my mind, and I can write. 
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