Wednesday, February 7, 2018

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY

Congratulations to the last WORDLESS WEDNESDAY 
winner: Mary!

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I liked her caption entitled:

APP OR APATHY?

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Due to illness, Wordless Wednesday will be closed until further notice.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

ROMANCE IS IN THE AIR--SHOWCASING AUTHOR TAYLOR DEAN

   


   

 

 


I'm With You by Taylor Dean

Can three little words irrevocably change your life?

When the doctors inform Chloe Brennan that her pregnancy is “incompatible with life,” her subsequent choices will change her path forever.

She becomes one of the quiet, unsung heroes of this world, incredibly strong, yet somehow wrongly looked upon as damaged.

Three people will pierce Chloe’s existence: her husband, a stranger, and a precious baby.

One will say goodbye, one will say hello, and one will say both at the same time.

I’m With You is a novel about selfless love and the sacredness of life.  


Please note: While this book is a romance novel, it also deals with the sensitive issue of baby loss grief. The emotions are real, and sometimes dark. If you are sensitive to this issue, this may not be the book for you.


 


   
 

 



 

  

“I’m With You” is a beautiful story that centers on one woman's tragic, heart-wrenching loss and the healing brought by unselfish love, giving love, in-sickness-and-in-health-love. It is sweeter, nobler, stronger — and even more passionate than the beginnings of love we so often see. Forever love.
-Julie in Portland, Oregon, Amazon Reviewer

This book knocked my socks off. It was amazing and I will definitely read it again and again. It is "that" good.
-Amazon Reviewer

This book. Oh my gosh. I could NOT put it down. I sobbed like a baby through most of it and felt my heart breaking for my own loved ones who have suffered such a loss. It was written beautifully with great sensitivity and I LOVED it.
-Amazon Reviewer



 


Excerpt from I'm With You:


“I’m sorry for what I said to you,” he reiterated.

“No big deal.”

“I think it was.”

She shrugged, trying not to show that she hurt so much she could barely breathe. No one noticed inner pain. A broken leg, a broken arm, yes. Outward signs of pain were obvious. Inner turmoil, not so much. And she was broken, just like a leg or an arm, only worse. She was bleeding, gushing from a huge, nasty, open gaping wound.
But no one knew it.

With his unwavering gazehowever, the husband seemed to sense it, maybe even see it. And it made her uncomfortable.

“I-I thought maybe we could have breakfast together or something and, I don’t know, commiserate. Misery loves company and all that. What do ya say? Can I take you out to breakfast? Let me make up for my rash words.”

Goodness sake, the only one unable to forgive him for his impetuous words was himself. The last thing Chloe wanted to do was spend time alone with Mr. Volcano. He’d obviously lost his temper on that fateful day their spouses had run off with each other, and had come looking for a fight. That meant he was probably easily agitated, maybe even volatile. Unstable. When the signs are there, you can’t ignore them. Right?

Yet, somehow, she didn’t feel as though he was a threat. As a matter of fact, he seemed quite courteous.

She simply had no way of knowing if he was sincere or a loon. Her uncertainty concerning him made her respond accordingly as she stammered, “Oh. Thank you, but no. I have so much to do today. So, so much. I’m not even sure I can get it all done in one day. Errands and more errands.” She paused. “Lots of errands.” She sounded like a bumbling idiot and a liar—the lady doth protest too much. She waved in the general direction of her car as she slowly backed away from him. “So much to do. I’m swamped. I have to go.”

    “Your country's 500th anniversary to plan, your wedding to arrange, your wife to murder and Guilder to frame for it. You are swamped,” he mumbled.

 “Excuse me?”

“Nothing. Sorry.”

“Did you just quote The Princess Bride?”

“Oh, you know it?” he said with surprise. “Yep. Sorry. It’s a nasty habit of mine.”

“Quoting The Princess Bride?”

“No, movie quotes in general.”

“Oh.”

For a moment, she studied him curiously, her interest piqued. Any man who quoted The Princess Bride couldn’t be that bad. Chloe felt herself warm up to him, but he was a total stranger to her and she wasn’t about to jump in his jeep and go for a ride with him just because he knew about true love.

“Thanks for apologizing. I appreciate it,” she said. He’d gone to great lengths to make up for his unkind words and she was impressed with his tenacity. He felt badly, that much was obvious. It was, perhaps, indicative of his true nature. However, she didn’t need to dig any deeper and learn more about this man’s apparent compassionate side. It was enough already. “I have to go,” she blurted.

“All right,” he answered amiably, a hint of both disappointment and acceptance in his tone.

She turned to unlock her door, dropped her keys with shaking hands, and bent to pick them up. Chloe took a deep cleansing breath, trying to calm herself down. By the way she was acting you’d think a handsome stranger had never once tried to speak to her in her entire life, for heaven’s sake. It wasn’t as if he was trying to pick up on her, he was simply extending a hand of friendship. That’s all.

She needed a friend. Desperately. This man was offering. It would be nice to talk with someone. He’d understand. He was experiencing similar emotions. What the heck? She had nothing to lose. Absolutely nothing.

But he was a stranger, she argued with herself. It’s not safe. Maybe he was some kind of psycho or pervert.

I have nothing to lose.

Chloe turned just in time to see the husband taking his seat in his jeep. Not exactly the behavior of someone out to commit nefarious activities.

“Wait!” she yelled.

Surprised at her outburst, he slowly stood, one hand resting on the door of the jeep. He looked like he could be in a commercial promoting outdoor life. Yet, his expression was slightly intense as he looked upon her.

“I don’t really have anything to do. As a matter of fact, I have nothing to do and nowhere to go.”

He nodded, politely not commenting on her lack of a life. “How about breakfast?”

“I’d like that.”

A smile spread across his face, revealing perfect, white teeth. Even if he was a psycho, at least he’d be easy on the eyes.

So was Ted Bundy.

Chloe ignored her inner voice.

“I’ll drive. Hop in,” he invited.

Chloe took a few steps toward him.

“So what were you going to do today? If you don’t mind my asking,” he queried.

It was time for payback. “Go buy a wrench.”

“Why? Is something broken?” he asked, seemingly concerned. Would he consider it his responsibility to help her?

“No. Just because we don’t have one.”

The husband threw his head back and laughed out loud, surprising her. “I know that one. Beaches.”

Surprising. “How do you know that? I mean, these aren’t exactly guy movies.”

“I have four sisters. I’m the baby. No X-Men for me.”

“Say no more. That explains everything.”

He extended his hand. “I’m Jack. Jack Alexander, by the way. Guess it’s time we introduce ourselves.”

Chloe grasped his hand, his grip firm and strong. “I’m Chloe Brennan.”

“Chloe,” he repeated. “I like it. It’s an unusual name.”

“Alexander seems like an unusual last name.”

He shrugged. “Had it all my life.”

“Good answer.”

Jack smiled broadly and her worries washed away.

“Shall we go?” he said, his hand motioning toward his jeep as if it were a grand carriage.


It rather felt like a portal into a new world. 


   

 

 

 

  

 
 


 

   

  Author Taylor Dean 


 Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children. Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding she had a passion for writing, specifically romance. Whether it’s paranormal, contemporary, or suspense—you’ll find all sub-genres of clean romance in her line-up.

    


 


 

      

  Giveaway Details

$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway 


Ends 2/28/18 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER

Congratulations to the last WORDLESS WEDNESDAY 
winner: Rita!

I rarely choose the same winner two weeks in a row, but I loved this caption so much! 


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I liked her caption entitled:

SOMETIMES I WONDER WHERE OUR RELATIONSHIP IS HEADED


To view, go here.


LET'S ADD SOME WORDS TO WEDNESDAY.

Your caption can be romantic, funny, inspirational, or sarcastic. Your choice!


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 CAPTION THIS IMAGE.

I'll start: Him: "To phub or not to phub."
Her: Later tonight. "To snub or not to snub."

Did you know that phubbing is a real term?
I had to google it.

Phubbing is a term coined as part of a campaign by Macquarie Dictionary to describe the habit of snubbing someone in favour of a mobile phone.


My favorite caption wins a $5.00 Amazon gift card.

   
Don't forget to leave your email or I will be unable to name you as winner!
You may leave multiple answers to increase your chances of winning.

Contest is closed by Thursday at midnight and the winner will be contacted. Winner will be announced the following Wordless Wednesday.

Open only to those who can legally enter. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be emailed. If email is incorrect, a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is sponsored by Taylor Dean Books. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

ROMANCE IS IN THE AIR--$100.00 KICK OFF GIVEAWAY


– Romance is in the Air –

A Month-Long Celebration of Clean Romance

– February 2018 –




Starting February 1st and running through the entire month of February, I am a Reader will be hosting a showcase of 14 fabulous authors. There will be 15 different giveaways, free ebooks and lots of great deals on books.

And guess what? I get to be included as one of the showcased authors!!! I'm so excited!
We’re starting off with a $100 Kick-Off Giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a $100 Amazon Gift Code or $100 in Paypal Cash.
Check out the great list of authors that will be spotlighted.







Kimberley Montpetit



Be sure to stop by each week during February to learn about these amazing authors. You definitely don’t want to miss out on all the giveaways! To be sure you never miss a post, subscribe to I Am A Reader’s Mailing List.













Giveaway Details


$100 in Paypal Cash or a $100 Amazon.com eGift Card

Ends 2/28/18

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via PayPal or gift codes via Amazon.com. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. This giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the participating authors. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER

Congratulations to the last WORDLESS WEDNESDAY 
winner: Rita!

Image courtesy of [thanunkorn] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I liked her caption entitled:


CAN YOU SEE HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU?


To view, go here.


LET'S ADD SOME WORDS TO WEDNESDAY.

Your caption can be romantic, funny, inspirational, or sarcastic. Your choice!


Image courtesy of [imagerymajestic] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net


 CAPTION THIS IMAGE.

I'll start: "Wait . . . do you hear a . . . lawnmower???"



My favorite caption wins a $5.00 Amazon gift card.

   
Don't forget to leave your email or I will be unable to name you as winner!
You may leave multiple answers to increase your chances of winning.

Contest is closed by Thursday at midnight and the winner will be contacted. Winner will be announced the following Wordless Wednesday.

Open only to those who can legally enter. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be emailed. If email is incorrect, a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is sponsored by Taylor Dean Books. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Please vote for your favorites at The Swoony Awards!




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Hey all,

If you feel so inclined, I would LOVE it if you would vote for Jailbird and Hothouse Flower, which have been reader nominated for The Swoony Awards on Goodreads! (Stone Silence was on there too, but had to be removed because it doesn't qualify for the correct publication dates. But how cool that a reader nominated it as well!)

Click HERE for the link!

How you rank the books you vote for is very important. For example, if you vote for ten books, the book you mark as your #1 vote will get a much higher score than voting for a book and ranking it as your #10 favorite.

Here are the guidelines for the Swoony Awards.

2018 Swoony Awards

The Swoony Awards are a reader’s choice award recognizing excellence in clean secular, wholesome romance. We wanted a way to show our appreciation to these awesome authors who write the kind of books that we love. It’s also a great way to find new books and a good go-to when looking for something fun to read. 

Eligibility

-ONLY books PUBLISHED December 1, 2017 – November 30, 2018 are eligible
-Intimacy: G-PG13 (closed door or fade to black) 
-Language: None/mild (No F words or other explicit language) nothing overly crude
-Violence: Mild/low 
-Page Count: 100 pages or higher, anthologies are okay
-Age: NO Children’s or Middle Grade
-Religious: No Christian fiction, some *very mild* religious elements may be allowed

You can vote for up to 100 books on the list, books will be added throughout the year so be sure to check back often and nominate whenever you finish and love a book. Voting ends December 31, 2018. 

A huge thank you to all who head on over and vote. Even if you don't vote for my books, thanks for your participation!

And . . . you just might find your next great read from the fabulous list of books!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY WITH WINNER


Congratulations to the last WORDLESS WEDNESDAY 
winner: Laney!

I liked her caption entitled:


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WAIT TILL WE HIT THE DANCE FLOOR!

To view, go here.


LET'S ADD SOME WORDS TO WEDNESDAY.

Your caption can be romantic, funny, inspirational, or sarcastic. Your choice!


Image courtesy of [thanunkorn] / FreeDigitalPhotos.net


 CAPTION THIS IMAGE.

I'll start: "So, tell me, Doc, do you see any love in there?"



My favorite caption wins a $5.00 Amazon gift card.

   
Don't forget to leave your email or I will be unable to name you as winner!
You may leave multiple answers to increase your chances of winning.

Contest is closed by Thursday at midnight and the winner will be contacted. Winner will be announced the following Wordless Wednesday.

Open only to those who can legally enter. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be emailed. If email is incorrect, a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is sponsored by Taylor Dean Books. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Dreaming of Books Giveaway!

Dreaming of Books $250 Giveaway

January 15th to 31st

Here is your chance to win $250 in Paypal Cash or a $250 Amazon Gift Card!!

Please support this amazing group of Sponsors who made this giveaway possible!


   

Giveaway Details

$250 in Paypal Cash or a $250 Amazon.com eGift Card Ends 1/31/18 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use money sent via Paypal or gift codes via Amazon.com. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the authors, bloggers and publishers on the sponsor list. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Friday, January 12, 2018

A NEW RELEASE BY CHARISSA STASTNY!

If you enjoy clean contemporary romance, you will love Charissa's books!

Check them out!


Package Deal (Ruled Out Romances Book 2) by [Stastny, Charissa]


Angels come in different packages. 

Single mom Spring has no desire to date again, so she's pleasantly surprised at her best friend’s wedding when a handsome man’s flirtations charm, instead of annoy her. But when her toddler runs up and calls her Mommy, she can tell by his disgruntled reaction that her daughter is a deal-breaker. He can’t escape fast enough. 

Hudson Sandel is proud of his bachelor status even as he attends his little brother’s wedding as best man. Too bad the only woman who tempts him has a daughter that rules her out. Instant fatherhood isn’t on his agenda. But when the kid throws a tantrum, he swoops in to help keep her from ruining the special night. When he leaves though, he can’t stop thinking about the gorgeous blonde’s expression when he played hero to her child. It made him feel uncomfortably good. 

As fate, grocery shopping, and toddler tantrums keep throwing the angelic duo into Hudson's path, will he risk his heart and dreams on the package deal, or stick to the sure road leading to corporate success and glory?

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In this new series of stand-alone romances, star-crossed lovers meet, but rule each other out. Yet life, with its quirky twists and tangled turns, brings each of the unlikely duos together until they discover their unique happily-ever-afters.

Ruled Out Romances (Do not have to read in order)
1 - Game Changer
2 - Package Deal
3 - Collateral Hearts (Coming in 2018)
4 - Corporate Crush (Coming in 2018)

MY REVIEW

FIVE STARS!!!

The littlest member of the package deal steals the show in this charming romance about finding out that three is not always a crowd—and that our hearts can always make room for one more person to love. Seriously, I loved Spring and eventually Hudson. (He's really a softie. You just don't know it at first.) I loved their slow-growing romance. But, little Emma really wrapped herself around my little finger. Don't get me wrong, this is totally a romance novel--but the scenes with the sweet little daughter will warm your heart. An excellent addition to the Ruled Out Romances series.



Catch the first book in the series too!

Game Changer (Ruled Out Romances Book 1) by [Stastny, Charissa]


Meridee Mansford wants nothing to do with the popular crowd. She’s comfortable being invisible. But that doesn’t stop her from dreaming about the hunky football player who visits the campus ice cream shop where she works. Still, she’s smart enough to know he’d never notice a girl like her, and she’d never want him even if he did. Too much unwelcome attention. 

Parker Harrington basks in the glory that’s been his since the game-changing passes he caught pre-season that pushed his team into the national spotlight. Sticky Fingers is his media moniker now, and the cheerleaders who used to ignore him when he sat the bench have become his most devoted fans. But when he accidentally crashes into a quiet coed in the student union building, it throws off his offensive game.

As fate, ice cream, and orange chicken throw the opposites together, will Parker continue keeping company with women he knows are only using him for his fame, or will he change up the game and risk his heart on a genuine girl who despises the attention he craves?

MY REVIEW

FIVE STARS!!!

Opposites attract when the overlooked sweet girl lands herself the popular football star in this quasi Cinderella story. It’s the perfect read to keep you up way past your bedtime—and leave a smile on your face when your head finally hits the pillow.

Parker Harrington quite literally runs into Meridee Mansford, creating quite the aftermath. He can’t forget his run-in with the unassuming beauty—even though his life trajectory is already headed straight toward perfection with a promising sports career and the attention of the girl he has always desired. So, why can’t he shake his wandering thoughts? Why is he drawn to a princess when he has the queen? The answer challenges Parker as he discovers that skin deep magnificence can never compare with the true beauty that lies deep within a soul. Game Changer will entertain the reader with witty dialogue and a fast paced plot. But the reader will also walk away knowing that true love wins every time. This is a well-written, feel-good book that will stick with you for days on end. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the journey!