I’m afraid I’ve gotten a bit over my head with this upcoming blog hop. I just did a count and 17 titles are up for grabs, plus a reader’s choice. Wow! The quick and dirty on this blog hop.
Romancing Christmas Giveaway Hop (Dec 10-16)
The Romancing Christmas Giveaway Hop is a hop where each participating blog hosts their own giveaway and then all hosts are linked up so our followers hop between one blog to another! Sponsored by Reading Romances.
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Her motto: I am who I am by the graceof God
An avid reader, D.S. White is the former proprietor of an online African-American bookstore and wholesale dealership. Unfortunately, she didn’t have a back up plan for 9/11/01.
She is the divorced mother of a fabulous 21-year-old who is in her senior year at the University of Pennsylvania. D.S. White loves traveling but most of it to date has been done within the pages of a book. While planning that mother/daughter trip in the distant future, she’s tried her hand at acting, singing, dancing, modeling, cosmetology and sales.
A budding wordsmith, she has few credits to date which opened her eyes to the need for a place where writers of color could congregate, a Water Cooler, if you will. There writers of all levels of experience can find awards, contests, markets, scholarships and more, specifically geared to writers of color.
Aware of the need for reading material which accurately reflects the look and mindset of the person of color, she decided to do her part to facilitate the same. If you remember nothing else from her bio, remember that she loves God and is always happy to share what He’s done in and for her life.
MEET DIVINE: female, thirty-seven, slaphappy, young at heart, self-employed; an online newbie, living in New York. She is fresh out of a long-term relationship and has completed the two-year mandatory wound-licking I-hate-men mourning period. Unfortunately for Divine, someone neglected to inform her that dating has been upgraded to new millennium level. But maybe she shouldn’t worry…hemlines aren’t the only things that have gone up.Thirty-somethings are premium dating material now…at least for the twenty-year-olds…Divine’s experiences are the basis for the serial memoir I call”Age Is Just a Number,” a lens through which to view the world of online dating.
Tristram La Roche was born in London and spent much of his childhood in Europe. His career has included tourism and yacht charter, as well as a brief period working as a freelance journalist. His interests include travel, art, theatre, cinema, books, cars and current affairs, and he is passionate about the rights of the GLBT community.
Always an avid reader, Tristram turned his hand to writing relatively recently. As someone who grew up in less liberal times, he wants to help break down the barriers that still exist for GLBT citizens. His vehicle, very subtly, is his fiction.
Tristram lives between London and the North of England with his civil partner. He is always happy to hear from his readers – his email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Surviving on alcohol and antidepressants, Mark staggers through his unhappy marriage and watches his London architectural business head for the rocks. When another nasty argument with his wife sends him to the gym to blow off steam, a tall, dark stranger enflames a part of him he’s denied all these years, trying to convince himself he’s not “weird.” But Mark’s not weird, he’s gay. And after a taste of Attila’s lips, nothing can put that genie back in the bottle…
Pick up On My Knees at: Barnes & Nobles
And!!! Lorenzo il Magnifico
When Luke visits Florence he hopes it will be the start of a new chapter in his life. A chance meeting with a tall, handsome waiter and that chapter starts far sooner than he could ever have imagined.
Lorenzo is everything Luke has been looking for. Hot, sexy and uninhibited, he pushes buttons Luke never knew existed. But Luke lives in England, Lorenzo in Florence, and the time soon comes for them to part…
Can this holiday fling become more than just sex? Can it, in fact, turn into a magnificent romance?
A spin of the wheel can change everything…
Mike had it all. A business in the south of France, money, and a handsome boyfriend. But when the world’s economies nose-dived, he lost the lot—including Kurt. With nothing left, he finds himself back home in the north of England, living in a broken-down rented flat, alone.
When the boiler breaks down, the repairman turns out to be an old acquaintance—one who was never Mike’s social equal. Now Pete’s the one with money and security, his own thriving company and a collection of classic cars. Pete’s joie de vivre is impossible to resist, but how can Mike face being a kept man?
Pick up Fixed at: Barnes & Nobles
Lenore grew up in Montana, and Alaska, and currently lives in central US. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, holds a BA in Sociology, from the University of Northern Colorado, with a minor in writing and is a student of the Shaman path
Amanda Kane has always had visions of the man she’s destined to marry–a cowboy who will help her save her ranch. But Hawk is no ordinary cowboy. He carries a powerful secret. A secret that leads to betrayed.
Elizabeth J Kolodziej, a young fiction writer originally from Torrance California, is a smart and original thinker who has researched the origins of vampires, werewolves, and witches for many years. She writes her books from the knowledge she has gained while trying to be as original and inspiring as possible. Her books encompass both true folklore facts along with innovative ideas motivated by the great writers around her. This book is her first, but not her last, in a new series entitled Vampyre Kisses.
Vampyre Kisses is an enthralling story about a young woman named Faith, who seems content with her life, but deep down craves more excitement. Then a mysterious man named Trent enters her world and everything changes. Surprising to Faith, Trent is a green-eyed vampire from Ireland. She is even more amazed to find out that she is a witch, and the last of her kind.
Faith learns that she is destined to restore her witch line and becomes more powerful as she gains confidence and knowledge, but danger lurks everywhere — especially when unknown assailants steal the most important gems from the vampire master and werewolf royalty.
Now surrounded by a world filled with mystifying vampires and werewolves, can Faith gain enough power to help her friends and rescue the stolen gems?
All it took was the encouragement of a student teacher in a ninth grade writing class and Kristy K. James was off and running. She has been writing for more years than she’ll ever admit to, and loves every aspect of it. From creating characters who are so real that they sometimes take over the writing when they don’t like where she’s taking a story, to adding as many twists and mysteries to her plots as she can get away with.
She is the author of Reluctant Guardian, A Fine Mess, and The Stranger in my Head.
Kristy currently lives in Michigan with her family, too many pets and the occasional spider. She spends her time living in her make-believe worlds, cooking and baking up a storm, and doing her best to learn to say ‘no’ when stray animals wander into her large country yard.
Reading is one of her favorite pastimes, as is traveling around the state, especially to coastal beaches to enjoy the sound of the waves crashing on the shore and gulls screeching overhead.
Ms. James is offering her latest release, Reluctant Guardian
Except for her brother, Devon O’Leary has lost everything in the world that matters to her. When the opportunity to start over arises, they travel a great distance, hoping for a better life, only to discover that all is not what it seems.
Everything Tristan Montgomery has ever wanted is finally within reach. As long as he agrees to the terms of his enemy’s will. If he declines, the prize will be lost forever. Is a dream fulfilled worth the misery it will bring?
When Annie Blake discovers a terrible secret, she must decide how far she is willing to go to protect those she loves. Surprisingly, Ian McCann proves to be more help than she ever imagined, but complicates her life even more so than it already is. What will happen when the two forge a marriage of convenience? One that defies every Christian belief that Annie holds dear?
Pick up A Fine Mess at: Smashwords
Talking about myself is much harder than writing a book. You’d think a wordmistress wouldn’t have such a problem, but I do. Let me rework a flat scene any day. Simple background: I’m married, have lots of pets, still work full time, and grew up in Las Vegas. But there’s so much more to a person than that. Writing is more than just words on paper to me. It’s a passion, an incessant need, a deep-seated drive to be a storyteller. I knew I wanted to be an author as far back as high school. Writing may have taken a backseat a few times, but I finally made it. My stories have bite because I’m a little different, and like slightly different things. No shock horror here, or cheap gimmicks meant to offend, or pandering to the latest trend. My vampires love human blood, my dragons hunt people, and my elves are magical and arrogant. Romance and darkness will always go together for me. Love really can get you through anything, as I know from personal experience. My characters will always have that glimmer of new love, that bond with a soulmate, and will do anything to be with their one and only. When I’m not busy having things killed. Being deeply romantic doesn’t mean I’m not also a violent or twisted writer. Fight scenes, bloodshed, dark magic, and triumphant villains all have their places in my tales. I’ll never apologize for who I am. Sometimes abrasive and uncouth, full of contradictions and juxtaposition, I am merely who I am. And what I am is a storyteller wanting to craft new entertainments for you.
Crawling from unknown depths, these collected stories await your discovery. Fantasy, and horror, and paranormal. Vampires, and elves, and monsters. Tales of darkness and lust. Unexpected turns, rousing battles, and undying love.These tales are for those wishing to sample the other side.Also included: Keila and Varick’s first date.
Pick up Stories with Fang at: Smashwords
Vanya, misunderstood and alone, is one of the few necromancers in a world sundered by chaos. Superpowers have crumbled, genetic experiments have gone wild, and people have fallen back on old ways. Few can stand against the wilderness, but she teams with a mercenary group capable of doing just that. However, members of The Last Hope don’t know her darkest secret: Vanya must find a vampire to open her to death or go insane. Prophetic dreams promise relief, and have lead her to the path of Alexander. He is everything Vanya needs and more, and she finally knows where he makes his lair; the ruins of Louisville. She just needs to cross the Deadlands to get there; hostile territory east of St Louis overrun by feral animals, genetic monstrosities, and the dreaded neospawn ghouls. Certainly not the kind of place an addicted necro wants to be alone while suffering withdrawals. Meaning she must enlist the aid of the mercenaries who are as wary of her death powers as everyone else. Can determination and The Last Hope see Vanya to her dream vampire’s arms?
I’m Steena Holmes. A wife. A mother of three daughters and I live in Calgary, Alberta.
I’m a chocoholic and author. I love to read, bake, create cover designs, read and write.
I have a secret to share … I write steamy romances as Anya Winter.
Need to get a hold of me? I’d love to chat! Email me at email@example.com
Follow me on twitter – @SteenaHolmes or @AnyaWinter
Not many women would be able to look on the bright side of things when they are left at standing at the front of a church, alone, in a white dress, with everyone blaming her for the groom’s cold feet. Yet that’s exactly what Wynne does. When the only comfort she could find was in the form of chocolate, Wynne decided to open her own shop, called Chocolate Blessings.
With a not-so-secret passion for chocolate, Wynne focuses all her energy on making her passion a success. Which really isn’t all that hard, think about it – what woman doesn’t like chocolate? But, despite all this, Wynne can’t ignore those sweet and utterly delectable dreams of love that refuse to go away. In her dreams, Wynne is dancing in the arms of a very strong and handsome man. But which man? Is it the one she turned away from years before out of fear, or the one who left her standing at the altar? Wynne has no sweet clue.
To the surprise of her best friends, Wynne finds herself knee-deep in planning her ex-fiancé’s engagement party. In the whirlwind that occurs, Wynne must decide which man she is still in love with – the one who walked away or the one in her dreams. Before she can let her heart trust in love again, Wynne finds herself having to face deep heart issues in regards to trusting God first.
Pick up Chocolate Reality at: Smashwords, The Book Depository, and Barnes & Nobles
A semi-naked photo, taken almost ten years, almost ruins everything for Madison Pearce. With a glass of champagne in hand, Madison is about to call her recent job a success, until she is pulled her into a private room and a secret, one from her past, resurfaces.
Along with the lover, she never expected to see again…
Pick up The Master at: Amazon
Samantha thought she had the afternoon free. After a busy morning in court, her body sizzled at the idea of an afternoon of submissive sex to her Master.
Ordered to wear a blindfold, Samantha surrenders to the passionate teaching of the man who can make her body sing. Until her blindfold comes off and she’s forced to bear her punishment.
Nothing else matter to her, until an insistent knocking on the door alerts her that they aren’t as alone as she thought they were.
In addition!!! Ms. Holmes is sponsoring books by her fellow authors buddies…
After giving up fame, Joss Jones wants a normal life. Maybe she’ll find it in Bandit Creek. Or…maybe not. From the moment she moves into the old mansion she inherited, she’s stalked by a ghost who torments her before dragging her back in time to Bandit Creek, 1899. Has she gone crazy or is this old mining town, full of saloons, gambling, whoring and fortune seekers her new reality? It feels real enough as does the ghost who brought her here. His name is Morgan Hawes and he is very much alive. Is Morgan the key to Joss finding her way home or is Joss stuck for the rest of her life as the Siren of Bandit Creek?
Charlotte Fraser is running away, broken-hearted. She is the new teacher in a one-room school house in Bandit Creek, Montana. The year is 1911 and she has arrived just in time to stage the annual Thanksgiving pageant but . . . when she gets there, she learns that the old school teacher, Eileen McArthur is missing. Could Charlotte be in danger too?
The young sheriff, Alec Forrest, is searching for Eileen McArthur. He gets nothing but grief from the young women in Bandit Creek, but it seems that Charlotte will be more trouble than any of the rest. And will he ever find out what happened to Eileen McArthur?
Pick up Death at Bandit Creek at: Smashwords
Last but not least, my buddy
Benjamin Jones was born in Greeneville, TN but currently resides in Little Elm, TX with his wife, two daughters, two dogs, and one cat. Benjamin has been writing for close to 15 years while working various 9-5 jobs but, all the while, finding time to keep the writing the main priority and always trying to hone his craft.
Raised off of horror movies and seeing the recent glut of vampire books/movies/TV shows, inspired Benjamin Jones, along with illustrator Justin Taylor, to come up with the idea for H.U.B. – Humanity’s Ultimate Battle to take vampires back to the time when they weren’t focused so much towards the teen audience and instead to the time when they were feared and only wanted blood. H.U.B. Volume 1 and Volume 2: Blowback are currently available right now with H.U.B. Volume 3: The Tipping Point due to be released on 9.10.11.
Benjamin is available for convention visits/speaking engagements, print, radio and web interviews as well as guest blog postings. To schedule an interview or speaking engagement you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
When that which you’ve struggled so hard to get is taken from you, how far would you go to get it back? How much would you sacrifice for love?
Head Above Water, the new romance novel from Benjamin Jones, tells the story of Leena and Darryl, two people destined to be apert but determined to be reunited no matter the cost.
Stay tuned for buy links: Smashwords, The Book Depository, and Barnes & Nobles
Here’s your chance to get involved. In addition to the sponsors’ offerings, you’re going to help me choose what other books to offer. This is what I want from you. Head to this blog post. In the comments leave the title and author of a romance book you absolutely loved and would like others to read also. Additionally leave the title and author of a romance book you’re DYING to own. So you’re naming two books here, peeps!
When it’s time for the giveaway, only sponsored prizes and books suggested by the commentators will be a part of the giveaway. 🙂