Incarnate Josh Stolberg Emily Bestler // Alloy Entertainment //  Atria Books // Simon & Schuster An ambitious and sharp-witted clinic...

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Incarnate
Josh Stolberg
Emily Bestler // Alloy Entertainment // Atria Books // Simon & Schuster

An ambitious and sharp-witted clinical psychiatrist turns detective when one of her patients comes under investigation for a series of brutal murders�is she a psychopath or a victim herself?

Brilliant psychiatric resident Dr. Kim Patterson has one major flaw: she is too committed to her patients. Her willingness to break the rules and use unconventional methods to help her patients heal has already gotten her thrown out of several hospitals. And when Scarlett Hascall is brought into the psychiatric ward, Kim can�t resist getting involved, even if it means breaking protocol�because Kim can see what the other doctors cannot. Scarlett is suffering from a rare condition: Dissociative Identity Disorder, otherwise known as Multiple Personalities.

But even Kim is at a loss when she realizes that some of Scarlett�s alternate identities are claiming to be people who have gone missing from their town. And when Scarlett�s alter identity �Izzi� knows way too much about the whereabouts of the missing Isabel Wilcox, the police begin to suspect that Scarlett may have been involved with Isabel�s disappearance. Only Kim defends Scarlett, certain of the girl�s innocence. But her new theory is a radical one, one she can hardly believe herself: What if Kim is channeling the troubled souls of these victims?

With the help of local police officer Zack Trainor, Kim digs further into Isabel�s case, trying to find proof that Scarlett wasn�t involved. The more they discover, the more it becomes apparent that something strange and frightening is going on with Scarlett. Is it possible she is truly harboring lost souls? Or is Scarlett playing a twisted game with her doctors and the police?

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Sweetbriar Cottage Denise Hunter from Thomas Nelson // HarperCollins When Noah and Josephine discover their divorce was never actually fina...

The Story Behind Sweetbriar Cottage by Denise Hunter + Giveaway (US/Can)

Sweetbriar Cottage
Denise Hunter
from Thomas Nelson // HarperCollins

When Noah and Josephine discover their divorce was never actually finalized, their lives are turned upside down.

Following his divorce, Noah gave up his dream job and settled at a remote horse ranch in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia, putting much-needed distance between himself and the former love of his life. But then Noah gets a letter from the IRS claiming he and Josephine are still married. When he confronts Josephine, they discover that she missed the final step in filing the paperwork and they are, in fact, still married.

Josephine is no happier about the news than Noah. Maybe the failed marriage�and botched divorce�was her fault, but her heart was shattered right alongside his, more than he would ever believe. The sooner they put this marriage behind them, the better for both of their sakes.

But when Josephine delivers the final paperwork to his ranch, the two become stranded in his cottage during the worst spring snowstorm in a decade. Being trapped with Josephine is a test of Noah�s endurance. He wrestles with resentment and an unmistakable pull to his wife�still beautiful, still brave, and still more intriguing than any woman he�s ever known.

As they find themselves confronted with each other and their shared past, old wounds surface and tempers flare. But when they are forced out into the storm, they must rely on each other in a way they never have before. Josephine finally opens up about her tragic past, and Noah realizes she�s never been loved unconditionally by anyone�including him. Will Noah accept the challenge to pursue Josephine�s heart? And can she finally find the courage to trust Noah?

Sweetbriar Cottage: The Story Behind the Story


Sweetbriar Cottage was initially conceived during a workshop at a writer�s conference. Over the next few days the ideas just kept flowing. The characters arrived on the scene fully fleshed, scene ideas poured out, and dialogue came as fast as I could jot it down. This is my 30th book and, I assure you, that is not normally the case for me!

But by the time I was heading home from the conference I was starting to waffle about writing this story. I realized it would have to be a stand-alone novel. With the exception of one book, I had only written series for my current publisher, and I doubted they wanted to change that anytime soon.

Also, part of me was nervous about this particular story. I worried I wouldn�t be able to quite pull it off the way I saw it in my head. The plot centered around a couple who finds out their divorced was never finalized. They end up stranded during a snowstorm, fighting for their very survival. Josephine had a pretty dark past and, though I already loved her and felt compassion for her, I worried about making her likable for readers. Self-doubt crept in (boy, did it), and I shoved the story on the back burner without telling a soul.

Months passed, and my publisher asked me for a four-book proposal. I was expecting this and had three stories already in mind for a series; I only needed one more. It occurred to me that I could water down my stand-alone idea and pitch it as the first story of the series. After all, I already had thirteen single-spaced pages of notes! The story I proposed to them was basically the couples� back story. Their meeting at her barbershop, their courtship, and (ta-da!) their happily ever after. No divorce. No darkness. No reconciliation. All the hard parts were gone now. Clever me.

Fast forward a couple months. I was eagerly waiting to hear from my editor how the publishing team felt about my series proposal. I was especially anxious because I needed to start the first novel very soon in order to meet my deadline. And then I got the email I�d been waiting for. They loved the series idea. But...

�Could you possibly write a stand-alone book before you start the series?�

I was shocked. They had their reasons�good ones�but inside I was panicking. Every story I had in my arsenal was already in my proposal. And since stories typically �brew� inside my head for months before I ever start writing . . . what on earth was I going to write? I needed an idea and quick!

I�m sorry to say it took two full days of panic to even remember my initial idea for Sweetbriar Cottage. And once I did, I knew it was the book I was supposed to write. It seemed Someone wanted me to write this story the way it had been given to me. It seemed Someone had vetoed my idea of watering it down. And Someone had told my publisher I needed to write something else.

I immediately scheduled a call with my publisher. My throat tightened with tears as I explained all that had happened �behind the scenes�. It was obvious that this story already had me by the heart, and I hadn�t even written a word of it. They agreed I needed to write it as a stand-alone.

I�d like to say the fear disappeared after I started the story. But to tell the truth, every day I sat down to write this book was an act of faith. And yet each time I placed my fingers on the keyboard, the words seemed to pour straight from my heart in a way they never had before.

I hope I did the story justice. I hope Josephine and Noah become as real to the reader as they are to me. I hope their struggles and pain change hearts in some little way as they did mine. I�m so grateful I got the chance to tell the story, just as it was meant to be told. And I�m grateful for all the readers that choose to come along on the journey with me.

About the Author


Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than twenty-five books, including A December Bride and The Convenient Groom, which have been adapted into original Hallmark Channel movies. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader�s Choice Award, The Carol Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist.

When Denise isn�t orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking green tea, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are rapidly approaching an empty nest.


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Sweetbriar Cottage is a contemporary story set on a horse farm in the Blue Ridge mountains. If you were going to write a novel, when and where would you set it?
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Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
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Before the Dawn   ( Killer Instinct #2) Cynthia Eden The Killer Instinct series from New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden contin...

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Before the Dawn (Killer Instinct #2)
Cynthia Eden

The Killer Instinct series from New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden continues as an FBI profiler tracks a case that resurrects ghosts from his past

Ex-SEAL Tucker Frost knows that the world is full of evil. He saw it in the face of his own brother, Jason Frost, a cold, methodical, sadistic killer. A killer Tucker put down with his own hands in order to save Jason�s final victim�Dawn Alexander, the only girl who got away from the infamous �Iceman.�

It�s Tucker�s up close and personal experience with evil that�s made him perfect for Samantha Dark�s experimental profiling division in the FBI. And when women start turning up murdered with the same MO used by the Iceman, Tucker is sent back to Louisiana to investigate.

Ten full years have passed since the night that Tucker faced down his brother... and since he last saw Dawn, his one-time lover. But as Tucker and Dawn grapple with a desire that never died, they must also face the shared shadow from their pasts. Both have the same question�has Jason Frost come back from the dead to hunt again? And this time, will he succeed in killing the victim who got away?


Tucker Frost parked his car and jumped out of the vehicle. A thousand stars glittered overhead as he approached the old cabin, a place that he damn well hated.

Jason should hate the place, too. He had no idea why his brother wanted to meet him there. The cabin held only bad memories. Memories Tucker wished that he could forget. He�d gone halfway around the world in an effort to banish that hell from his mind.

Insects chirped all around him. Frogs croaked, and down near the water he could hear the deep growl of a gator. Swamps weren�t quiet�most folks had that wrong. Swamps were loud and busy, all the time. Especially at night.

And he hated this one swamp in particular. It was too full of dark secrets.

�About time you got here!

His gaze lifted at his brother�s voice, and he saw Jason bound out of the cabin. �I�ve been waiting over an hour for you to show up.� Tucker rolled back his shoulders. �I stopped by Dawn�s dorm. I needed to talk to her.� Because he�d gotten orders to ship out. A new mission. He wouldn�t be back for a few months and he�d wanted to tell her the news face-to-face. Hell, he hated the idea of leaving her. Little Dawn Alexander. Who would have thought that she�d come to mean so much to him, so fast? He cleared his throat. �But she wasn�t there.�

Jason glanced back toward the cabin. �You don�t say..."

Tucker yanked a hand through his hair. He and his brother stood at a similar height, and their bodies were built along the same rough and ready lines. �Why did you want me to come out here?� Before his brother could answer, Tucker gave a bitter laugh. �Unless we�re out here to torch this place, I don�t really want��

�We�re not torching it.� Anger crackled in Jason�s voice, surprising him. �I don�t like fire.�

Tucker�s brows flew up. �And I don�t like this place.� Too many bad memories. �You shouldn�t, either.� Not after the hell that had happened to them there.

Jason rocked back on his heels. �Family comes first.�

That was a phrase that seemed to echo in Tucker�s mind. It was a phrase his father had used too many times.

Jason cocked his head and studied Tucker. �You believe that, don�t you?�

He didn�t speak. Tension snaked up his spine. This scene was wrong. �Why are we out here?�

Jason glanced back toward the cabin. �I fixed it up while you were out saving the world. Looks good, doesn�t it?�

It would never look good to Tucker. We should have destroyed it long ago.

�When you came back, I knew things would be different.� Jason focused on him once again. �I have a surprise for you.� He nodded once. �Inside the cabin.�

The tension Tucker felt grew even worse. �I don�t like surprises.�

But his brother just laughed. �You�ll like this one.� Then he came forward and slung his arm around Tucker�s shoulders. Tucker forced himself to relax. This was Jason, the guy who�d always had his back. The guy had been looking out for Tucker his whole life. When he�d been a kid, Jason had made sure no bullies were ever dumb enough to tease Tucker about his worn clothes or the fact that his lunch box was empty most days. Jason had always been there to take care of him.

He�s my blood. The only blood that matters.

Tucker blew out a long breath. If Jason wanted him to go into the cabin, then he would. Hell, he�d do just about anything for his older brother. With Jason�s arm still slung around his shoulders, they headed up the rickety stairs and toward the door. Jason was talking and laughing, and the guy seemed happier than Tucker had seen him in years.

Jason opened the door with a flourish. �After you, bro.�

Tucker headed inside. The old floorboards creaked beneath his feet, the way they�d done years ago. But the place didn�t reek of the stale scent of old beer. Instead...

What is that scent?

�Open the door on the right.� Jason�s voice had hitched up. �Your surprise is in there.�

Okay, he�d play along. For the moment. Then he needed to tell Jason about his new orders. His brother wasn�t going to like that he had to leave again. Jason hadn�t understood when Tucker had enlisted. But Jason didn�t get it. If Tucker didn�t let the dark energy swirling inside him have an outlet, then trouble would come.

Tucker grabbed for the doorknob. He pushed it open and�

Terror.

For an instant, Tucker just stood there. He stared into Dawn�s beautiful green eyes�eyes that were glassy with terror. Blood and tears trickled down her cheeks and she was yanking at the rope around her left ankle. Her shirt was covered in blood. Her body marked by bruises.

And she looked at him as if he were the devil himself.

Tucker shook his head. No, this was wrong. This was wrong. �Dawn?�

Jason slapped his hand down on Tucker�s shoulder. �Surprise! Had her waiting for you.�

A gag was in Dawn�s mouth. A purple bruise along her delicate jaw.

Tucker whirled on his brother, knocking that hand aside. �You did this to her?� A dull ringing was in his ears and rage burned in his veins. �You hurt her?�

Jason�s eyes widened. �Easy, bro.� The words were low and warning. �You know you have to watch that temper of yours. Control, right? It�s key?� But his lips were curving. �You lose it and you become just like our old man.�

Screw that. Tucker shoved his brother back, hard, slamming him against the wooden wall then pinning him there. �What the hell did you do?�

About the Author


Cynthia Eden is a New York Times, USA Today, Digital Book World, and IndieReader best-seller.

Cynthia writes dark tales of romantic suspense and sexy paranormal romance novels. She is a three-time finalist for the RITA� award (she was a finalist both in the romantic suspense category and in the paranormal romance category). Since she began writing full-time in 2005, Cynthia has written over seventy novels and novellas.

Cynthia lives along the Alabama Gulf Coast. She loves romance novels, horror movies, and chocolate. Her favorite hobbies include hiking in the mountains (searching for waterfalls) and spelunking.


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What is your favorite activity to do with your friends?
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This is pretty typical, but I love discovering new food with friends. It can be a little intimidating (and expensive!) to be adventurous with food by myself, but bonding over meals and interesting new restaurants is a great experience.

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Maggie's Kitchen Caroline Beecham Ebury Publishing // Penguin Random House UK Amid the heartbreak and danger of London in the Blitz of ...

How Much Research Went Into Maggie�s Kitchen by Caroline Beecham + Giveaway (Open Internationally!)

Maggie's Kitchen
Caroline Beecham
Ebury Publishing // Penguin Random House UK

Amid the heartbreak and danger of London in the Blitz of WWII, Maggie Johnson finds her courage in friendship and food.

Family secrets, poignancy, humour, and a love story. When the British Ministry of Food urgently calls for the opening of restaurants to feed tired and hungry Londoners during WWII, Maggie Johnson seems close to realising a long-held dream.

Navigating a continuous tangle of government red-tape, Maggie's Kitchen finally opens its doors to the public and Maggie finds that she has a most unexpected problem.She simply can't find enough food to keep up with demand for meals.

Then Maggie takes twelve-year-old Robbie, a street urchin, under her wing and through him is introduced to a dashing Polish refugee, digging for victory on London's allotments. Between them they will have to break the rules in order to put food on the table...
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Researching Maggie's Kitchen�and Knowing When to Stop!


The idea for the novel was sparked when I came across British Restaurants during a library search; I had never heard about them before and was intrigued so decided to investigate further. I have read historical fiction set during the Second World War era so that gave me a sense of the setting I needed to aim for but the serious research came from three primary sources: The National Archives in the UK, which provided the Ministry of Food material and the War Cookery Leaflets that I�ve included. I also used the Times Digital Archive and other newspapers to reveal news of the day, domestic issues and background detail for painting a picture of how they lived on the home front, as well as what was going on during that stage of the war. There were a number of books too, fiction and non-fiction for background reading and recipe books to learn about food from the era.

Physical research such as visiting Islington, which is where the novel is set, and doing a Blitz tour and taking lots of photographs was also very important. I lived in Islington for a while so knew the area well but the Blitz tour introduced history and facts that I didn�t know about. It took me to actual buildings and places that were damaged or destroyed, so that many of those included in the book are actually real. For example, Islington had three dairies before the war so these helped inform the characters of Mrs Evans and the dairy workers. Walking the streets, getting the atmosphere and experiencing the place for myself was key; seeing church railings that were missing, taken away to be melted down for munitions, gives detail that helps colour the story. It also provides the sensory information you absorb that helps you write through the senses to build character as well as setting.

The material from the National archives was also really fascinating because it showed how these British Restaurants evolved during the Second World War because of food shortages and the need to feed a hungry population. Maggie�s character evolved really quickly after that; I knew she would be a nurturing character who wanted to help her community through the restorative power of food. At first I didn�t think I could write the story�it seemed paradoxical: how could you write about a character nurturing people though food when there was such a problem getting it?�until I realised that was part of the drama.

Part of the inspiration for Maggie�s character also came from discovering the courageousness of women on the home front and learning about the social history of the time and the changing role of women. They took on roles they had never had before: women moved from domestic roles into the workforce and British society changed forever. They not only looked after the home front: rationing, recycling and war work in the auxiliary services, but they took over work in the factories producing munitions, transport and food. There are lots of stories about active male heroes fighting courageous battles but I felt there were relatively few about women who were making a difference, so the novel really is about fighting battles at home.

Apart from the information in the archives on establishing and running these restaurants, it was useful to see how people communicated with each other at the time, which is so much more formal than today. The letter that Churchill wrote to Lord Woolton, Minister of Food, for example: �I hope the term �Communal Feeding Centres� is not going to be adopted. It is an odious expression, suggestive of Communism and the workhouse. I suggest you call them �British Restaurants�. Everybody associates the word �restaurant� with a good meal, and they may as well have the name if they cannot get anything else.� The tone of the letter helped inform the character of Mr Boyle and the bureaucracy that Maggie had to contend with at the Ministry of Food. Posters and photographs available on line and in archives such as the Imperial War Museum gave a visual account that helped with what people wore, the condition of London after the attacks, and how Londoners lived, that all helped create the sense of place.

It feels like a real privilege being able to spend time discovering the past and being inspired by ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances but it�s important not to become too obsessed with research and wanting to include everything. Writing Maggie�s Kitchen taught me how to use small details to create setting and make the era authentic, but also remember that it�s a fictional world that needs to be real for the characters. The process of writing the novel showed me when to stop researching and just write freely, knowing that I could go back and check facts and details later; the most important thing after all is the story and the characters.

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Creating memorable characters is the most important consideration for a novelist; who is your most memorable character from a novel and why?
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A Name Unknown   ( Shadows Over England #1) Roseanna M. White from Bethany House // Baker Publishing She's out to steal his name. Will...

Top 5 Ways to Introduce a Thief by Roseanna M. White, Author of A Name Unknown + Giveaway (US/Can)

A Name Unknown (Shadows Over England #1)
Roseanna M. White
from Bethany House // Baker Publishing

She's out to steal his name. Will he steal her heart instead?

Rosemary Gresham has no family beyond the band of former urchins who helped her survive as a girl in the mean streets of London. Grown now, they are no longer pickpockets�instead they focus on high value items and have learned how to blend into upper-class society. Rosemary is beginning to question whether she can continue in this life when she's offered the challenge of a lifetime�determine whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany. After all how does one steal a family's history, their very name?

As Europe moves ever closer to World War I, rumors swirl around Peter Holstein. Awkward and solitary, but with access to the king, many fear his influence. But Peter can't help his German last name and wants to prove his loyalty to the Crown�so he can go back to anonymously writing a series of popular adventure novels. When Rosemary arrives on his doorstep pretending to be a well-credentialed historian, Peter believes she's the right person to help him dig through his family's past.

When danger and suspicion continue to mount, both realize they're in a race against time to discover the truth�about Peter's past and about the undeniable attraction kindling between them.

Ways I Introduced Rosemary as a Thief in A Name Unknown


Rosemary Gresham may have been a thief, but she was a thief who preferred to work in broad daylight.
I�ve written a lot of characters before, but I have to say, A Name Unknown is my first book with an outright criminal for a heroine. That, however, is part of what defines Rosemary�she�s a thief from the mean streets of London, and she�s about to have her world turned upside down when she accepts a strange job from the mysterious Mr. V. So how, as a writer, do I pull the readers into her life, into her world, without scaring them away?
  1. Show the Fear. Rosemary is afraid of the dark�kind of odd for a thief, right? We get a hint of it in that first sentence, and more a couple sentences down, as she�s moving from streetlight to streetlight. Perhaps it was that she knew all too well what could hide in the darkness. Perhaps it was because she had spent too many nights overwhelmed by it as a child, huddling in a dark alley and praying to a deaf God that her parents would live again. Rosemary needs to steal to survive, but she doesn�t want to do it in shadows. She knows how to use them, but she prefers the light�something that will haunt her thoughts and her heart throughout the rest of the book.
  2. Show the History. In that sentence above, we get a bit of her history too. Why is Rosemary Gresham a thief? Because her parents died when she was a child, and she was left to fend for herself in a world where the orphanage system wasn�t exactly fair and just. Rosemary took to the streets because she saw no other choice. She stole food to survive. And other things to fence so she could buy food. In her eyes, this is just what�s necessary. Is it a choice we as readers would make? Hopefully not, but I daresay it�s one we can understand when put on so basic a level: steal or starve.
  3. Show the Exception. We see within the first few pages of A Name Unknown that Rosemary isn�t your ordinary pickpocket anymore. She and the fellow thieves she calls family have taught themselves how to get along in society�Rosemary is a whiz with a needle and has stitched them clothes that blend in with what their �society marks� wear. They�ve taught themselves to speak properly. And more importantly, they have a code: they only steal from those who are well off, never from the poor (an oddity among street thieves for sure). They weren�t exactly Robin Hoods, she muses later in the book, but they were closer to Robin Hood than to a crook.
  4. Show the Love. Rosemary isn�t alone in the world�she�s part of a family that I adore writing about. When she was a child, within months of finding herself on the street, she made her way to the rubbish bin of a pub, and the owner, Pauly, fed her and took her in as best he could. He also introduced her to a few other children in like circumstances. They decided to stick together. And then, a few years later, they decided to adopt a few more down-and-out children into their family. And more, and more, until at the point that the book opens, Rosemary is one of twelve. She�s one of the oldest, so views the little ones as offspring or siblings for whom she�s responsible. Though none of them share a drop of blood, there�s very real, selfless love among this family. They�ll do anything for each other, and that�s a truth clearly evident within the first chapter. They may be thieves�but they understand love.
  5. Show the Fun. The first chapter closes with a fun tradition of my family of thieves�they challenge each other to steal odd, often ridiculous things to prove who�s the best at their chosen field. As the series progresses, the challenges become less physical�by book three, the hero is charged with stealing an hour from Big Ben�s clock�but in this book, Rosemary received a challenge to steal a manor house. Not exactly easy for a pickpocket, but she accepts. And so, when she heads to Cornwall on a job given to her by a rather mysterious employer with whom she�s meeting in that opening scene, she�s thinking all the time about how to take from the hero his rather nice home... and what she might change if ever she were mistress of a place like Kensey Manor.
Unfortunately for her, she has no idea what getting to know her mark is going to do to her ideals, her goal, and her very soul. Or perhaps fortunately. Because though Rosemary doesn�t realize at the start that she needs to change, she soon sees that it isn�t just the night that holds darkness... and it isn�t just the sun that gives light. It�s the Son, and He shines through those who love Him.

So how do you introduce a criminal as a heroine? As someone you can root for, and who you hope will change not because you want her to get her comeuppance, but because you want her to find that greatest score of all: redemption. Something none of us deserve, but which our God gives us freely, with love.

About the Author


Roseanna M. White pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her.

When not writing fiction, she�s homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself.

Roseanna�s fiction ranges from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her new British series. She lives with her family in West Virginia.


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Books � la Mode is giving away one print copy of A Name Unknown�yay!!

To enter, all you have to do is answer Roseanna's question in the comments below:
Did you have a big fear in childhood? How did you overcome it, or does it still plague you?
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Call to Engage   ( Team Poseidon #2) Tawny Weber from HQN Books // Harlequin The Poseidon team are hard-bodied, fiercely competitive Navy ...

The First Line of Call to Engage by Tawny Weber + Giveaway (US/Can)

Call to Engage (Team Poseidon #2)
Tawny Weber
from HQN Books // Harlequin

The Poseidon team are hard-bodied, fiercely competitive Navy SEALs. But when a sensitive mission goes disastrously wrong, three of the team�s finest will have to trust their hearts and instincts to uncover the truth...

Lieutenant Elijah Prescott should be spending his precious leave somewhere with sun, surf and scantily clad women. Instead, he�s heading home with two goals in mind. Figure out exactly how his last assignment went to hell and almost killed him�and reconnect with the woman who might offer salvation.

Ava Monroe has streamlined her life, eliminating every source of pain�including a marriage touched by tragedy. One glimpse of her ex and those good intentions turn to bad-girl desires. Her strategy: get over Elijah by getting under him again, sating herself until she can finally let go. But as betrayal within the rank of the SEALs turns deadly, there�s no denying that her heart and her life are on the line. Elijah is the only man who can protect both...

The First Sentences of Call to Engage


I love the beginning of a story. It�s like an introduction to a new friend. One I�ll be hanging out with for hours, if not days, while getting to know their every intimate secret. Sometimes those introductions are sexy, sometimes they are sweet. There are edgy intros and the ones that tug the emotions. Whatever the intro, I think it gives a great idea of what�s to come.

For instance, my latest story, Call to Engage, opens with this paragraph:
The shadows were closing in. Dark and silent, they smothered the light. Sucked up every ounce of air, ripping it from the very atoms of his body.
A little intense, a little emotional. Know, granted, I wrote the story so my opinion is probably biased, but I felt that opening in a big way. My heart ached for the hero, knowing he was dealing with such intense PTSD. I wanted to get across the pain he faced, even in sleep, as he and his teammates faced down treason, betrayal, and heartache. I hope the opening did just that!

About the Author


Tawny Weber is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than forty books. She writes sexy, emotional romances with a dash of humor and is known for her heroes, most notably her popular Navy SEALs series. The recipient of numerous writing awards, Tawny has also hit number one on the Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestseller lists.

She lives with her family in Northern California.


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Books � la Mode is giving away one print copy of Call to Engage�yay!!

To enter, all you have to do is answer Tawny's question in the comments below:
What do you think about the opening to Call to Engage? Would it make you want to hang out with the story for a while?
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Giveaway ends July 31st at 11.59 PM (your time).
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Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
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At Wave's End Patricia Perry Donovan Lake Union  // Amazon After a childhood as unpredictable as the flip of a coin, Faith Sterling has ...

At Wave's End by Patricia Perry Donovan Giveaway (US/Can)

At Wave's End
Patricia Perry Donovan
Lake Union // Amazon

After a childhood as unpredictable as the flip of a coin, Faith Sterling has finally found her comfort zone in the kitchen of an upscale Manhattan restaurant. A workaholic chef, at least there she�s in control. So when her free-spirited and often-gullible mother, Connie, calls to announce that she�s won a bed-and-breakfast on the Jersey Shore, Faith�s patience boils over. Convinced the contest is a scam, she rushes to Wave�s End to stop Connie from trading her steady job for an uncertain future.

When a hurricane ravages the coast, Faith is torn between supporting the shore rescue and bailing out her beleaguered boss. But the storm dredges up deceptions and emotional debris that threaten to destroy the inn�s future and her fragile bonds with her mother.

As the women struggle to salvage both the inn and their relationship, Faith begins to see herself and Connie in a new light�and to realize that some moments are better left to chance

Giveaway!


Books � la Mode is giving away one print copy of At Wave's End�that's three winners total. Yay!

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What is the one thing you would want to save in a hurricane?
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The Innkeeper's Sister   ( Honey Ridge #3) Linda Goodnight Welcome to Honey Ridge, Tennessee, where Southern hospitality and sweet peac...

Exclusive Sneak Peek: The Innkeeper's Sister by Linda Goodnight + Giveaway (US/Can)

The Innkeeper's Sister (Honey Ridge #3)
Linda Goodnight

Welcome to Honey Ridge, Tennessee, where Southern hospitality and sweet peach tea beckon, and where long-buried secrets lead to some startling realizations...

Grayson Blake always has a purpose�and never a moment to lose. He�s come home to Honey Ridge to convert a historic gristmill into a restaurant, but his plans crumble like Tennessee clay when the excavation of a skeleton unearths a Civil War mystery... and leads him back to a beautiful and familiar stranger.

Once a ballet dancer, now co-owner of the Peach Orchard Inn, Valery Carter harbors pain as deep as the secrets buried beneath the mill. A bright facade can�t erase her regrets any more than a glass of bourbon can restore what she�s lost. But spending time with Grayson offers Valery a chance to let go of her past and imagine a happier future. And with the discovery of hidden messages in aged sheet music, both their hearts begin to open. Bound by attraction, and compelled to resolve an old crime that links the inn and the mill, Grayson and Valery encounter a song of hurt, truth... and hope


The large open space was mostly empty, whatever milling equipment once used here gone except for a rusted conglom�eration of overheard pulleys. On the floor in one corner near the dirt-caked window was a well-used sleeping bag, a hub�cap of water, and an assortment of empty plastic containers.

�Squatters?�

�Maybe kids camping out for the scare effect,� Grayson said. �We did that once, remember?�

�No, we didn�t. I wanted to, but you wussed out. You had a crush on some girl and thought you�d see her if you hung around the Dairy Queen.�

Grayson wagged his head. �That was you, Romeo.�

�No, no. I remember well. It was the summer before�� Devlin stopped, grimaced ��you know.�

�Yeah.� Dev knew he didn�t like to talk about that time or the difficult year to follow when Devlin had returned to Honey Ridge without him.

�Anyway, I was only eleven and couldn�t care less about girls.� Devlin smacked his forehead with the heel of his hand. �What was wrong with me!�

Grayson laughed. �When the love hormones finally struck� around thirteen if I remember correctly�you never looked back.�

�True. Nothing so wonderful on this planet as the female gender. God knew what He was doing.�

�None of which relates to this obvious sleeping place. I tend to think someone has been camping here. Notice how the space has been cleared, as if someone moved things out and swept up?�

�I see what you mean. This room is mostly empty.�

�A construction zone is no place for trespassers, kid or otherwise. We�ll need signs.�

Devlin�s face lit up. �So you�re on board for the new proj�ect?�

�I want to push some numbers first and look at cost ver�sus return.�

Devlin shifted on his feet, stuck his hands in his pockets and then took them out. Finally, he went to the filthy window. �Take a look at the view. We can rebuild this upper level as a special venue, cater for parties, rehearsal dinners and such. Maybe a wall of windows here.�

The view below encompassed the water wheel and the small falls tumbling into the clear, rocky creek. Woods and nature stretched as far as the eye could see. �The view does have po�tential. People will want to walk down there.�

�I like the natural feel, but we�ll do some landscaping, add romantic benches and mini gardens.�

�We�ll have to clear an area for parking.�

Grayson started to turn away, eager now to push a pencil on the project and see if a new restaurant on the site was fea�sible. Something in the brush caught his eye. He squinted. �What�s that?�

�Where?�

He put a fingertip against the window. �There in the tan�gle of kudzu above the creek.�

Devlin frowned, peering closely. �I don�t see��

�It�s gone now.� Grayson pivoted away, his head already filled with schedules and numbers and contractor contacts.

�What was it?�

�Probably a wild animal. A coyote maybe. Or a bear.�

�Or our squatter?�

�Possibly.� The squatter was the least of Grayson�s con�cerns. Whoever it was would have to find another place to play. He looked at his watch. �Our check-in time is four. We should go.�

�The Peach Orchard Inn is across the road, Grayson. We aren�t going to be late.�

�I don�t like to keep people waiting.�

Devlin rolled his eyes upward and shook his head. �If you weren�t such a genius with your schedules and spreadsheets��

�Admitting my genius, are you?� Suspicion sprouted in Grayson and grew faster than kudzu. He paused at the top of the stairs to squint at his younger brother. �You only do that when you want something. What gives?�

Devlin stacked his hands on his hips, suit jacket pushed back on the sides. �So what do you think? Won�t this make a great Blake Brothers Restaurant?�

�Maybe. After we check in at the B and B, I�ll give the owner a call and talk numbers.�

�Uh. Grayson. I sort of already did that.�

Grayson�s eyebrows rose high. �You did?�

�Yeah, yeah, I know, negotiations are your thing, but I got wind of a possible competitor. And I�m sentimental about any�thing connected to Grandma and Pappy. I want this place. I couldn�t let it get away.�

Grayson was sentimental about Honey Ridge, too, but busi�ness was business. �I don�t like the sound of this.�

�I knew you�d want the mill eventually. But you sweat the small stuff too much. The early bird gets the worm and all that.�

Incredulous, foreknowledge tingling along his nerve end�ings like electricity, Grayson stared at his brother. �What did you do?�

�We. What we did.� Devlin grimaced. �We bought it.�

About the Author


NY Times and USA Bestseller, Linda Goodnight writes novels to touch the heart as well as to entertain. Her emotional stories of hope have won the RITA, the Carol, the Reviewer�s Choice, and numerous other industry awards.

A small town girl, Linda remains close to her roots, making her home in rural Oklahoma. She and her husband have a blended family of eight, including two teenagers recently adopted from Ukraine. Many of her books are about family and children and rightly so, as she draws her deeply emotional stories from her surroundings, her great love of family, and from personal experiences as a nurse and teacher.


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Books � la Mode is giving away one print copy of The Innkeeper's Sister�yay!

To enter, all you have to do is tell me in the comments below:
What and where is your favorite hotel or B&B? Whether it's a chain or a standalone inn, I'd love to know!
Please make your comment MEANINGFUL. Comments solely consisting of stock responses or irrelevant fluff like "Thanks for the giveaway!" will not be considered for entry. Linda and I really want to hear from you guys! :)

I've only been to one "official" bed & breakfast in Monterey, the Centrella Inn, so I don't have much to compare it to. With the advent of Airbnb though, I've visited some really cute resort-type residences in Santa Cruz and Tahoe, and would recommend them wholeheartedly!

Don't forget the entry eligibility terms and conditions!
Sponsored wholly by the tour publicist and publisher�a huge thank you to TLC Book Tours and HQN Books!
Giveaway ends July 28th at 11.59 PM (your time).
Open to US and Canada readers only�sorry, everyone else! Please check my sidebar for the list of currently running giveaways that are open worldwide. There are plenty to choose from!
Void where prohibited.
Winners have 48 hours to claim their prize once they are chosen, or else their winnings will be forfeited.
Although I do randomly select winners, I am in no way responsible for prizes, nor for shipping and handling.
As a reminder, you do not have to follow my blog to enter, though it is always very much appreciated ?
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