Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Promo post for "Renegades" by Sara Mason

Title: Renegades
Author Name: Sara Mason

Author Bio:

Sara Atherton Mason was raised in Somerville, Massachusetts, with an amazing immediate and extended family. She attended Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, graduating with highest honors in Chemistry. She then graduated from the Florida State University College of Law with high honors. She lives in the Florida with her toy poodle, Melvin, and clerks for a United States District Court Judge. She enjoys coffee, wine, sports, and science fiction television shows.

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Book Genre: Science fiction
Publisher: Self-Published
Release Date: October 31, 2013

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Book Description:

Elora Pertin spent her life trying to please her father, an esteemed General for the Empire.

When he convinced her to leave her quiet life as a scientist to advance a secret project for the Emperor, she had no idea what she was getting into. The seemingly innocent projects she engineered were actually being used to develop a genocidal weapon. After uncovering the Emperor’s plot, Elora had no choice but to act.

Elora finds herself fighting for her life against the Empire she once served, abandoning everything with only a handful of friends and an unlikely ally—the Emperor’s deadliest assassin. Will he prove himself true as her protector, a loyal servant of the Empire, or a romantic distraction? With the law and assassins searching the star system for them, Elora and her team are determined to accomplish their mission . . . or die trying.


Back in her room, Elora tried to come up with another plan. If her father couldn’t—or wouldn’t—help, she had to find someone else. Just finishing and going home was not an option. She tried to focus on the weapon, but was preoccupied with thoughts of her father. What was he involved with? How could he involve her in the development of an illegal weapon? He had been her rock and best friend since her mom died when she was so young. If she couldn’t trust her dad, whom could she trust?
She had just closed her eyes to practice the meditative techniques she learned on Naruta when she was suddenly pulled out of bed to her feet. She felt the strong arms of a man on either side of her head. Instinctively, she tried to jerk his arms away because she was sure he was about to break her neck. Her head was pulled so far to one side she could feel the muscles in her neck tearing apart. Then he stopped.

Elora could barely see the mirror in her peripheral. The man’s black monochromatic attire made him hard to see in the dark room, but she could make him out against her body. He was tall with shaggy dark hair, slightly curly on the ends. He had a strong jaw, and as she moved up his face, she saw he was looking at her in the mirror. His eyes were dark—almost as black as his clothes. Just as suddenly as he pulled her out of bed, he released her.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Special interview with contemporary romance author Tamra Lassiter

Today features an interview with contemporary romance author Tamra Lassiter, and an excerpt from her new novel, Something to Lose.

Tamra will be awarding a $50 Amazon gift card to one lucky commenter. To be entered for a chance to win, leave a comment below. To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit other tour stops and leave comments there, too.

Blurb about Something to Lose:
Everyone has something to lose.

Camden Piotrowski is justifiably upset to find her boyfriend in the arms of another woman. But it’s not the end of her world and definitely not something that a bubble bath, good wine, and cookie dough won’t help. Her pity party is interrupted when handsome Seth Vendetti bursts into her bathroom. She soon discovers that her world and those in it are not as they seem. Can she trust Seth’s version of the truth and make him realize that even he has something to lose?

Excerpt from Something to Lose:
I finish and place my plate and fork on the coffee table and turn to face Joey. He’s totally into me, or seems to be, but is it enough for him to want to go for the full gusto? He leans towards me and lightly kisses me just below my right ear. The motion does absolutely nothing for me other than make me feel a little nauseous. It’s not like when Seth’s lips touch me. Thoughts of Seth make my cheeks flush. Joey must take that as a good sign because he goes for my lips next. I fight the urge to flee and try to fake enjoyment. Does it work? Can he tell?

Joey’s hands move around my neck. He pulls me closer. I pull away and look to him shyly.

“You feel it, don’t you?” he asks, a creepy smile on his face.

I smile, as if I’m embarrassed. I know my cheeks are still flushed, mostly with worry for what I’m about to do. I nod my head towards Comb-Over and Crooked Nose, who have just taken seats at the table. “Can they go somewhere?” I ask as innocently as possible. I even bat my eyelashes a couple times just for effect. Joey smiles again, this time triumphant, a knowing smile and then snaps his fingers. The men exit my apartment without saying a word.

What are four things you can’t live without?
My family, my dogs, my computer, a good book.

What is your favorite television show?
Big Bang Theory. I’ve loved it since the very beginning. I was afraid early on that it would be cancelled because shows that I love usually meet a quick and painful death.

What is something you’ve lied about?
I don’t lie much, but it does happen occasionally. The only ones that I can think of are when I faked illness to get out of something that I couldn’t easily just say ‘no’ to.

Who is the last person you hugged?
My daughter, Natalie. She’s always been my snuggle bug.

Do you like kissing in public?

I think a quick peck is okay, but anything more than that is uncomfortable for everyone around you. My daughter usually makes an “ewwww” noise for any kiss she sees.

Author bio and links:
Tamra Lassiter lives in Northern Virginia with her supportive husband, two lovely daughters, elegant Great Dane and not-so-elegant, but very sweet, English Bulldog. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading and of course, writing.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Interview with Christian author Cathy Morenzie

Christian author and personal fitness trainer Cathy Morenzie is here today talking about Healthy by Design: Weight Loss, God’s Way. This book is a 21-day weight loss and devotional guide that will teach you how to trust in God to help you reach your weight loss goals. It provides you with 21 stories from the Bible related to health and fitness, 21 action steps, and 21 principles that will help you lose weight. 

There's a special announcement at the end of this post if you're interested in purchasing the book.

Cathy Morenzie was born in Trinidad and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She attended McMaster University where she developed a passion for understanding the physical, physiological, psychological and spiritual aspects of weight loss. She graduated to become one of the first black personal fitness trainers in the country. Nearly thirty years later, Cathy is now a sought after personal trainer, author, blogger and presenter and has been a leader in the faith/fitness industry since 2008. Her impact has influenced thousands of people over the years to help them lose weight and develop positive attitudes about their bodies and about fitness.

She is happily married with one son and two step-children.

Welcome, Cathy. What inspired you to write this book?
As a personal fitness trainer, I had a passion for health and fitness and as a Christian, I have a passion for God yet I found that for me and most other people of a fitness journey, there seemed to be a disconnect between their faith and their health.

Americans spend $40 billion a year on weight-loss programs and products. You probably have spent hundreds if not thousands yourself on products or programs promising you fast results.

You need a solution for how to release the weight without falling for sales gimmicks and unhealthy diets. What if I told you that you never had to spend another penny on a weight loss gimmick again? This book was written to help you achieve the best health of your life, as well as to draw closer to God. God does not want you going around the same mountain, time and time again. He wants you free. 2 Cor. 3:17 says, “Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty,” and beloved, I want you to experience that liberty.

For more than half of my life, I tried to change just about everything about myself.

I felt I was too fat, too hippy, too loud, too soft-spoken, too ugly, too conservative, too black, too easy, too afraid, too lazy, too worldly, too Godly, and most of all, too undisciplined to make any of these changes stick. Talk about bondage!

Not until I cried out like Paul in Romans 7:24 to be delivered from this body of death did I begin to receive God’s healing, peace and rest from all the stories I was telling myself. It’s an incredible feeling of rest to be able to do less and receive more. My prayer is that you will receive the same.

The process of God gently changing me continues day by day, bit by bit. I want to share with you what God has taught me to so far. I pray that you receive it and allow it to SHAPE you into the precious miracle that God has created you to be.

What exciting book are you working on next?
I’ve recently finished a collection of stories loosely based on my real life clients with each story showing what challenges they had to overcome to reach (and stay at) their target weight and how they achieved it. 12 Secret Fitness Tips You Need to Know will be available on Amazon soon.

My next project will be My Life as a Lab Rat a fun guide/look at what it’s like to do those medical studies you see advertised (at least in urban areas) and the interesting people who make them a regular part of their daily lives.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I only considered myself a writer after getting all the positive feedback from people who read my book and told me how much it has impacted their life.

Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
No, I am a personal fitness trainer. I’m an avid exerciser so I enjoy running, going to the gym and spending time with my family. I write ideas when they come to me and then go hard for a few month to put it all together.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I snack as I write which does not help my waistline especially since I usually write about health and fitness.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be a telephone operator. You used to have to call the operator every time we had to make a long distance call and I loved how they had to patch you through.

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
One thing I really want people to understand is that Weight Loss, God’s Way is not just a book about weight loss. It is a fundamental life style change based on the idea that we are created ‘Healthy by Design.’

For example, we don’t address the symptoms of being overweight (the weight itself), but rather tackle the underlying causes (your habits, your fears and what’s driving the behaviors that lead to being overweight in the first place).

Secondly, we give a ton of great bonus content FREE with each book, including a meal plan, a workout video (for beginners), 30 days of devotions and more.

Lastly, Healthy by Design is a way of life. We have a great Facebook group that shares and supports each other throughout this process (under my guidance/support) and have other additional programs and tools that we continually add to help you to learn how to truly partner with God, allowing Him to restore your perfect health from the inside out. 

Thanks, Cathy!

Readers: The book is on sale for $.99 until the end of the month. Use this link: Healthy by Design: Weight Loss, God's Way

Friday, April 18, 2014

Interview with mystery author Joseph M. Rinaldo

Author Joseph M. Rinaldo is here today! He’s telling us a bit about his newest novel, the romantic thriller, Valerie’s Retreat.

Welcome, Joe. Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I live in Nashville, Tennessee with my wife and daughter. We like to go boating as a family, and I jog to stay fit. My daughter has Down syndrome and competes in Special Olympics powerlifting, bowling, and basketball. I'm an assistant basketball coach and helper "coach" for powerlifting. My arms are so tiny they make Barney Fife look strong.

Please tell us about your current release, Valerie’s Retreat.
The reason you’ll enjoy this book is relate-ability – Valerie’s a very likeable woman. The reader will be on her side. However, as Valerie makes more choices, the reader will have to decide the strength of their allegiance. Gone Girl also encouraged readers to reevaluate their allegiances to the characters.  Gone Girl and Valerie’s Retreat keep the reader on edge by bringing in surprises just as the reader thinks they have the story figured out. Gone Girl’s remaining plot seems so obvious in one chapter, only to be completely turned upside down in the next. Valerie’s Retreat follows this recipe to keep the reader guessing.

Valerie's Retreat puts Valerie's crisis management skills on display. You'll get to know her pretty average life. Her job as the head teller at a bank, her one bedroom apartment, and her exceptionally lazy cat give the impression that she could be anyone you meet in your daily life. However, when things start to get rough, her first reaction is to run. An abusive childhood you learn about as the story proceeds left her with shaky decision-making skills. Franco, her boyfriend, doesn't know what the right answer is either. Between them they commit a little felony and leave the country.

What inspired you to write this book?
My background has a teeny influence on Valerie's Retreat. Valerie meets a man sixteen years her junior at a local church dance. My wife and I have the same age difference and met at the same kind of place. We still smile at each other when we drive by that dance hall/community center even after fourteen years of marriage. Dang, we're cute! Seriously, like my wife, Valerie is NOT a cougar on the prowl. We met long before anyone heard that term. Valerie wasn't searching for any kind of specific man, she just happened to find Franco. He happened to be younger, and neither of them cared.

Valerie’s Retreat Excerpt:
Valerie walked into her modest, nicely kept, one-bedroom apartment; a ten-minute drive from where she worked. Caesar immediately greeted her just inside the door.  She hoisted him up. "You’re the fattest kitty in the whole world." The tiger striped tabby cat came from the Animal Shelter and resembled anything but a kitten. "You’re also the best kitty in the whole world."
She began to change her clothes and pulled her cell phone out of her purse. The blinking red light indicated a message.
"Hey, Val! It’s Janet. You promised to come to the singles dance at Saint John the Baptist tonight. I’ll be by to pick you up at six-thirty unless you want to get a bite to eat before we go? I get home a little after five, so call me at home after five-fifteen or call me at work before five or on my cell phone between five and five-fif-" Valerie smiled, wondering when Janet would learn that the voicemail would, in fact, cut her off, regardless of the topic. Janet Knead pulled double-duty as Valerie’s best friend and Social Director.
She deleted the first message, and the second one played. "That cranky little mailbox of yours cut me off! I think you probably got the message of when and where to call me, so I’m going to hang up before your mailbox cuts me off again, and I have to call back to show that little spoiled piece of electronic whodads just who’s boss. Call me."
Valerie looked at Caesar, who had laid across her right foot while she listened to the messages.  "I’d rather stay home with you, but I promised I’d go." She reached down to rub his head.  As her fingertips approached, he rolled onto his back and stretched, exposing his belly.  "That’s my cute cuddly fat kitty."
Still only halfway out of the dress she wore to work, she grabbed the phone and went to her bedroom. She hit speed dial as she unzipped the back of the dress.  Janet answered on the first ring.
They exchanged greetings, and then Valerie asked, "Would you be disappointed if I didn’t go to that dance with you tonight?"
"I definitely would be disappointed! You need to get out of the apartment and do something fun," Janet chided.
"I know, but I had a really bad day at work, and I just don’t feel like it."
"What time is it?" Janet asked rhetorically, checking the digital clock on her office phone.
"Four twenty, you sure do keep banker’s hours."
Valerie laughed. "Yeah, working from ten till eight almost every day, including Saturdays, I might add, not to mention working one to five most Sundays, those are great hours.  Seriously, this working at an in-store branch is getting old."
"It’s great for the customers though. I get my banking and grocery shopping done all in one stop. Maybe I should write commercials for Community First National Bank!?" In her best radio voice Janet said, "Community First, where service and convenience aren’t in our name, but they’re in our heart."
"Wow! You should keep your day job," Valerie suggested.
"I will," Janet sighed. "Being an administrative assistant is my life. Well, anyway, I’ll pick you up for dinner, and we can discuss whether we’ll go to the dance or not."
Valerie laughed again. "If you’re driving, I know where we’ll end up."
"I’ll be there at five-thirty or six or abo-"
"Or whenever you get here," Valerie interjected for her unpunctual friend.
"Be dressed appropriately."
"Tight jeans with a shape-showing top?"
"That’s my plan!"
"Janet, that’s what you wear to work, to dance, to workout-"
"Yeah, yeah, yeah, just be ready when I get there."

What exciting story are you working on next?
Life After Life; right now I love that title but it might change. This is about man who thinks he's crazy because he knows he's reincarnated. In his previous life he served as man-servant to Alexander the First, the Tsar of Russia. The Tsar's death is surrounded by mystery and suspicion. This man knows the truth.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?
The actual impetus for me to begin writing came while I was reading Three Weeks With My Brother by Nicholas Sparks. When I got to the part where he received a million-dollar advance, I thought, “Holy cow! He’s a good writer, but I know I can do this, too.” I’ve been writing since that day in 2004.

Do you write full-time? If so, what's your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?
I work full-time as Financial Manager of an air conditioning distributor, so finding time to write is very hard. I mainly write on rainy weekends when I can’t get outside. At the time I wrote Valerie’s Retreat, I worked part-time and my wife was the major bread winner. Back then I wrote a book in about four months.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I really haven’t experienced writer’s block. Oh, I may write something that I realize later doesn’t work. That’s why God gave us the delete key. Normally I sit down and start typing without any real hiccups until I reread it.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A financial counselor helping people manage their money. As I grew up I realized two things: one, poor people who need help managing money doesn’t have any to pay the counselor; two, rich people only trust other rich people to handle their empires. I didn’t think either avenue was a fit for me.

Anything additional you want to share with the readers?
I understand people are hesitant to give independent authors a chance. If any of the books I've mentioned interest you, please go to the free "Click to Look Inside" spot on Amazon and sample the first chapter. If a book grabs you that quick, you'll probably be glad you got it. Also, if you are in a book club that reads one of my books. I'd be honored to join your discussion. Feel free to contact me.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Book excerpt for How Sweet the Sound by Vanessa Miller

Vanessa is offering 2 ARCs of How Sweet It Is (#HSTS). Enter via the form below. (Open to US only.)

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Book Title: How Sweet the Sound
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Abingdon Press (March 4, 2014)
ISBN-10: 1426749287
ISBN-13: 978-1426749285
Genre: Historical Gospel Fiction

About The Book

Shar Gracey wants nothing more than to sing the Lord’s praises, so she jumps at the chance to join a traveling choir led by the father of black gospel music, Thomas A. Dorsey. Better yet, the opportunity will give her money to pay for her ailing mother’s medical care.

While on tour she falls under the tutelage of gospel great Mahalia Jackson—and falls for the handsome but not-so-great Nicoli James, whose desires for Shar are fueled by his own greed. Shar would do anything for Nicoli—and he knows it—so when his life is threatened after a night of gambling, Shar agrees to help pay Nicoli’s debt, only to have her faith and dreams shattered.

Reeling from the betrayal, Shar loses her voice and she believes that she will never sing again. She has no place to run except back home to her seriously ill mother—and the man she left behind, who would move heaven and earth to make Shar’s pain go away. Even if it means he has to let her go . . . again.

About The Author

Vanessa Miller of Dayton, Ohio, is a best-selling author, playwright, and motivational speaker. Her stage productions include: Get You Some Business, Don’t Turn Your Back on God, and Can’t You Hear Them Crying. Vanessa is currently in the process of turning the novels in the Rain Series into stage productions.

Vanessa has been writing since she was a young child. When she wasn’t writing poetry, short stories, stage plays and novels, reading great books consumed her free time. However, it wasn’t until she committed her life to the Lord in 1994 that she realized all gifts and anointing come from God. She then set out to write redemption stories that glorify God.

To date, Vanessa has completed the Rain and Storm Series. She is currently working on the Forsaken series, Second Chance at Love series and a single title, Long Time Coming. Vanessa believes that each book will touch readers across the country in a special way. It is, after all, her God-given destiny to write and produce plays and novels that bring deliverance to God’s people. These books have received rave reviews, winning Best Christian Fiction Awards and topping numerous Bestseller’s lists.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Special interview with mystery author P.M. Carlson

Today's feature is with mystery author P.M. Carlson. We're featuring Audition for Murder: Maggie Ryan, 1967, but also talking about a few other books.

P.M. is going to be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card (winner's choice) to a lucky commenter. To be entered for a chance to win, use the form below. To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit other tour stops and enter there, too.

Blurb for Audition for Murder (Maggie Ryan, 1967):
Actors Nick and Lisette O’Connor need a change. They leave New York City for a semester as artists-in-residence at a college upstate, where they take on the roles of Claudius and Ophelia, two of the professional leads in a campus production of Hamlet. Threats and accidents begin to follow Lisette, and Nick worries it might be more than just petty jealousy. Maggie Ryan, a student running lights for the show, helps investigate a mystery steeped in the turmoil of 1967 America
About Audition for Murder:
"It's a triple pleasure, a sophisticated theatre story, a knowing campus tale and a topnotch suspenseful mystery, with excellent characterizations and honest plotting." -- Judith Crist
"An extremely well-written tale, with a plotline that offers a jolt per page." -- CF, Booklist
"Very literate, sprinkled with surprises and offering that rarity of rarities -- fully fleshed out characters." -- Bob Ellison, Los Angeles Daily News

Excerpt from Audition for Murder:
New York City, late 1960s. Actress Lisette O’Connor suggests to actor husband Nick O’Connor that getting out of the city will help her fight her depression and drug addiction:
Nick asked, “Will you want me to go with you?”
“Yes. Oh, yes!” Her glance was frightened.
It was awkward. His role in this musical was the best he’d had yet. He wouldn’t get reviewed, of course, this late in the run, but people in the business would hear about it. And it was obviously going to keep on running for quite a while, with a small but steady income. Money. Just like being a real person. Most importantly, of course, it was stage work. Nick did TV spots eagerly for the money-- hell, he waited tables for the money-- but TV had very little to do with his reasons for being an actor. Every night now, though, as he stepped through the little curtain made of streamers and began the opening song, he felt that intense communion with the audience, a sense almost of priesthood, as his voice and body communicated the fleeting yet eternal emotions of the play. Nick the witch doctor. Quitting when he had this fulfillment was unthinkable.
But Lisette knew all that. She would not ask him to give it up lightly.
“I had sort of an idea,” she said.
“God, my head hurts.”
They sat down on their mismatched flea-market chairs and she ate a bite or two, the fine skin between her brows furrowed. Nick squeezed lemon juice onto his fish and waited.
“It’s something George was talking about yesterday,” she said. “There’s this college upstate. They’re doing some sort of special Hamlet and they’re hiring professional leads.”
What have you got coming soon for us to look out for?
Three more Maggie Ryan mysteries are planned for release soon. Murder in the Dog Days examines the stateside aftermath of the Vietnam war, Murder Misread takes Maggie back to her alma mater to solve the murder of a popular professor, and Bad Blood finds her at home in her Brooklyn brownstone helping a troubled teenaged girl and her mischievous cat.

Which Star Trek or Star Wars character are you most like?
I’m old enough to identify with Obi-Wan Kenobi, someone who’s long been fighting for a better civilization. His battles were more dramatic, maybe, than my work in the struggle for voting rights for minorities, reproductive rights for women, a free press, help for victims of domestic violence or child abuse, support for veterans of our wars, equal pay for equal work. Obi-Wan and I know that we won some battles but that counterforces are trying to undo our hard work, and we’re ready to fight again if needed. Maybe someday I too will find a Luke Skywalker and a Princess Leia to help in the next round of the struggle.
Fun fact: the first Star Wars release is important in one of the Maggie Ryan books (1977).
What other countries have you lived in? Are any of them reflected in the Maggie books?
Until I was ten, I lived in Guatemala, and I remain fascinated with that small, beautiful country and the indigenous Maya people who make up most of its population. In the Maggie Ryan series, my interest came out most clearly in Murder Is Academic, where a major character has recently returned from doing linguistic field work there and yearns to return.
Later, when my boys were small, we spent a year in Paris. I enjoyed the city, the food, the history, and learning to cope with family life in a different country with a language I was still learning. When I thought about the experiences my detective Maggie Ryan might have had, a year as an exchange student in France seemed like something she would have chosen, and her experience there helped form her character.
The Maggie books take place about forty years ago. How was the situation different for a woman like Maggie?
Maggie and I were in grad school when feminism was taking up causes like equality in the workplace and reproductive control. We were realizing that our parent’s view that women should be nurses (but not doctors), grade school teachers (but not professors), artists (but not scientists), housecleaners (but not cops), etc. was way too narrow for the range of abilities women have. We were realizing that to compete in business or in the professions or in service jobs, we needed to be treated equally by employers and by banks who gave loans for housing and businesses. Child care was an issue because, although men were expected to get someone else to take care of their children so they could focus on their careers; women were blamed if someone else took care of their kids. These problems are far from solved, but at least now some universities are succeeding in educating women surgeons and engineers and astrophysicists, some men are stepping up to be more involved in raising their daughters and sons, and there are some anti-discrimination laws in place.

Can you tell us something new about Rehearsal for Murder?
In order to write a mystery about a new play, I had to write the damn play! A tough job, I find–– eventually I got my husband to help with the rhymes. But it was fun to take Queen Victoria’s entire life and serve it up in short song lyrics.

Author Information:
P.M. Carlson taught psychology and statistics at Cornell University before deciding that mystery writing was more fun. She has published twelve mystery novels and over a dozen short stories. Her novels have been nominated for an Edgar Award, a Macavity Award, and twice for Anthony Awards. Two short stories were finalists for Agatha Awards. She edited the Mystery Writers Annual for Mystery Writers of America for several years, and served as president of Sisters in Crime.

2-minute video chat (Audition for Murder):(Personal comments on the background of Audition for Murder)

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Book excerpt for Almost a Bride by Sarah Mayberry

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Sarah will be awarding a digital copy of Almost a Bride to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour. Remember, the more you comment, the better your chances to win.

Tara Buck has always been the good sister, level-headed by comparison to Scarlett, her flaky, impulsive twin. But when Tara learns her fiancĂ© has been cheating on her with one of his school students, the orderly world she’s created for herself suddenly feels as if it’s falling apart. For years she chose the safe option, but from now on she’s going to live a little, stretch her wings…be a little daring. And if that means acting on the long-suppressed feelings she’s always had for Reid Dalton, then so be it!

Reid has wanted Tara from the moment he met her, but she’s always been out of bounds. Not only is she his patrol partner at the Bozeman PD, she’s also engaged. But then her relationship blows up, and Reid finds himself battling his own instinct to stake his claim with the finest, hottest woman he’s ever known.

Even if anything did happen between them, it would only ever be temporary - Reid’s a born wanderer, while Tara’s roots run deep in Marietta. So even if things are good between them, it seems their romance is destined to be short and sweet...

Tara’s twin sister, Scarlett, also has a Spring Brides story: look out for Second Chance Bride by Trish Morey. Details from

Now enjoy an excerpt:

Reid Dalton pumped gas into his GMC pickup, one ear tuned to the conversation going on between his friends inside the truck. Grant was giving Brett a hard time for missing an easy layup during the basketball game they’d just finished, and Brett was serving it straight back at him with both barrels.

Reid grinned to himself, feeling pleasantly tired after an hour of charging up and down the court, trouncing the Bozeman Fire Department team. The informal competition between the police department and the firefighters had become a regular thing over the past few months. Reid wasn’t sure which part of their weekly matchups he enjoyed the most—the rapid-fire pace of the game itself, or the inevitable shit giving and taking that occurred afterward.

“You want to know my opinion?” he asked as the pump clicked off, signaling the tank was full.

“Not particularly,” Brett said, which earned him a guffaw from Grant.

“You both need to lift your games. Drink less beer, run a few more miles,” Reid said.

Grant made a rude noise, while Brett gave him a one-fingered salute. Reid was still laughing as he headed into the gas station to pay the cashier.

Then he saw the couple exiting the motel next door to the Gas-And-Go Mart and his step faltered.

The girl he didn’t recognize, but she was young and blonde and clinging to her man as though her very life depended on it. Reid watched as Simon Garfield said something before kissing her in a way that left no doubt whatsoever as to the nature of their relationship.


Just... damn.

Tara would be devastated.

For a moment he was frozen as he absorbed all the implications of what he’d just witnessed. Tara had been planning the wedding for the past few months and as her patrol partner, there was precious little Reid wasn’t privy to. Like the fact that Tara and Simon planned on having the reception at Le Petit Chateau in Bozeman, and that Tara was limiting her attendants to just her twin, Scarlett, and that today she had an appointment at Marietta’s one and only bridal salon to pick out her wedding dress...

Belatedly he glanced back at the car, hoping the other guys hadn’t seen, but they were both frowning, staring out the windshield at the sordid little drama unfolding in the parking lot next door. There wasn’t a doubt in Reid’s mind that they recognized Tara’s fiancĂ©. They’d all attended the engagement party Tara and Simon held back in February.

Reid mouthed a four-letter word.

What a nightmare.

Sarah Mayberry is the award-winning, best selling author of more than 30 novels. She was born in Melbourne, Australia, and is the middle of three children. Sarah picked up a love of romance novels from both her grandmothers and has always wanted to be a writer. In line with this ambition, she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Writing and Literature. It took her ten years and multiple attempts before her first book was accepted. During that time, Sarah worked in magazine publishing and the television industry, contributing to the internationally known Australian serial drama “Neighbours” and co-creating teen drama series “Karaoke High”. Sarah currently splits her time between writing for television and writing novels.

She lives in Melbourne by the bay with her husband and a small, furry Cavoodle called Max. When she isn’t writing, she loves reading, cooking, going to the movies and buying shoes.

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