Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Guest Author Day with Shawna Delacorte : Changing the Past

 

I have a new release (Wednesday, May 22, 2024) I'd like to share with you—CHANGING THE PAST by USA Today Bestselling author Shawna Delacorte, a contemporary romance published by The Wild Rose Press available in both ebook and print.


CHANGING THE PAST is a journey through shattered emotions, trying to rebuild anew from the past. It's about Meg Wainright's deep pain from the betrayal of her love, her broken heart, and her shattered trust over a relationship she thought would last a lifetime. It's about Blaine Reeves and his major regret over a horrible decision he made ten years ago, a decision made out of fear, one that has lived inside him every day since then. The story of whether two people can overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles to change the past and find a second chance at happiness for the future.

 

It's also the story of Crista Franklin, Blaine's older sister, and Dennis Mallory, managing editor at Blaine's publishing company—two people who have been platonic friends for several years. Crista's recent divorce after 25 years of marriage suddenly opens the door to a new level of their friendship, one that draws them closer but also leaves each of them frightened about where it seems to be going and the emotional impact.

 

The story is about overcoming the past to discover a future that will last a lifetime—undoing the old in order to embrace the new, where true love can overcome devastating obstacles.

 

Synopsis:

Prologue (in Los Angeles, California):  Meg Wainwright was head over heels in love with Blaine Reeves and thought he felt the same. She was devastated when he suddenly walked out of her life without any warning.

 

Story (in London, England):  Ten years later, successful photographer-writer Meg arrives in London to photograph and write the first in a series of travel book for a British publishing company. She meets with Dennis Mallory, the Managing Editor. He's handsome and charming, and makes no effort to hide his lusty desires towards Meg.

 

The next day she discovers the publishing company is owned by Blaine who manipulated circumstances to get her to London. He tells her he has missed her and wants her back in his life. He offers his explanation of what happened ten years ago, why he really walked out on her.

 

Hearing the truth is as shocking and hurtful as the original breakup. All the old wounds are ripped open. Meg angrily tells Blaine she wants nothing to do with him but knows she is legally bound to the contract she signed to do the travel book. She reluctantly admits to herself that she never stopped loving him but knows she'll never be able to trust him again.

 

His plans to win Meg back are complicated by Dennis who has no knowledge of the history between Meg and Blaine and is seriously pursuing her. Blaine tries to warn Meg about Dennis, but this only adds to Meg's anger as she attributes Blaine's warning to jealousy and possessiveness. She informs him that he has no right to tell her who she can and cannot see. He forfeited that privilege ten years ago when he walked out on her.

 

Blaine needs someone he can trust to help protect Meg from Dennis' very successful track record with women. He calls Crista, his sister who is eight years older, and asks her to come to London right away, telling her a change of scenery will help her adjust following her recent divorce from her husband of twenty-five years. Blaine explains to Crista about Dennis wanting to add Meg to his collection of women. Crista is surprised to hear of the way Blaine has manipulated the circumstances that brought Meg to London.

 

Crista and Dennis have been good friends for eight years [a subplot], ever since Dennis came to work for Blaine. A close platonic friendship with a woman is a situation totally out of character for Dennis. At the age of forty-four, Dennis has been doing a little bit of soul searching about his lifestyle. The little twinges of dissatisfaction are brought to the forefront by his meeting Meg. She has class, intelligence and style, quite unlike the long string of shallow women who usually  occupy his time and bed.

 

Meg has a couple of dinner dates with Dennis and finds him charming and witty, a pleasant diversion from the tension filled days spent with Blaine. One night Dennis finds Meg in a vulnerable moment from her most recent confrontation with Blaine and becomes too aggressive. She slaps his face and tells him to leave. Dennis is shocked at the realization of his own actions and distraught by how he has unintentionally treated Meg. He has two rules—he doesn't sleep with married women and both parties are totally willing or it doesn't happen.

 

Crista arrives in London. She tells Blaine he hurt Meg very deeply and totally betrayed her trust. He might have to accept making love to her knowing she will never allow any more than that. He will never be able to win back the trust he destroyed.

 

He also tells Crista about his belief that Dennis has seduced Meg. If it had been anyone other than Dennis he would have punched him out and fired him on the spot. Dennis is the best Managing Editor in the business. He came to work for Blaine's company in the early days of start-up at a greatly reduced salary, never takes advantage of his expense account and is a very important factor in Blaine's company becoming so successful so quickly. He knows he owes Dennis a great deal, a situation that leaves Blaine with difficult conflicting emotions.

 

Crista and Dennis have dinner, as they always do when Crista is in town, only this time it is not the same. With Crista's divorce removing the obstacle of her being a married woman, she and Dennis find there is much more between them than the platonic friendship they have always enjoyed. Crista is exactly the type of woman Dennis has always wanted. Crista finds Dennis to be the perfect person to help restore her sense of self-worth and help her feel like a desirable woman—things that marital discord and a philandering husband have stolen from her.

 

Dennis and Crista go away together for the weekend, a situation that leaves Blaine very unhappy. Dennis is not the smooth, devil-may-care type of person everyone thinks he is. Crista has always suspected this and is the first to see through his fa├žade.

 

Their weekend together is a time in which even Dennis is experiencing nervous apprehension over the change in his relationship with Crista. He tells her he does not want to make any mistakes with her, does not want to destroy the eight years of friendship they have enjoyed. He opens up to her, voicing his own insecurities and fears of the future. For her part, Crista is nervous about making love with Dennis. She fears that someone of his experience and reputation will find her woefully inadequate. Each find their fears and concerns quickly disappear as they get to know each on a new, intimate level that for Dennis is an emergence into the world of caring and closeness rather than sex for its own sake. Crista feels alive and desirable for the first time in many years.

 

Crista pointedly asks Dennis about whether he and Meg have made love. Dennis is reluctant to talk about what happened, still ashamed of his own actions. He finally tells her the truth and she persuades him to Blaine. Dennis and Blaine talk about Dennis' new relationship with Crista and he puts Blaine's mind at ease about Meg.

 

Blaine wants to make a commitment to Meg but doesn't know what she wants. She is afraid of where this renewed situation will lead. He hasn't offered her a commitment for the future and she is still afraid to again trust him with her emotions.

 

Crista is the catalyst that prompts Meg to finally put her fears aside, accept Blaine's sincere words of love and tell him how she feels. Blaine is ecstatic and asks Meg to marry him.



Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Changing-Past-Shawna-Delacorte-ebook/dp/B0CTHSZFST

Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/changing-the-past-shawna-delacorte/1145014722?ean=9781509254798

 

Blurb:

Successful freelance photojournalist Meg Wainwright is offered the assignment of her dreams—photographing and writing a new line of travel books for a publisher in the UK. But when she arrives, she learns she’ll be working for the man who walked out on her ten years ago without an explanation and left her heartbroken.

 

Blaine Reeves regrets leaving the only woman he ever loved. Luring her to London without revealing his involvement might not be his best plan. He can only hope it’s not too late to change the past.

 

Shawna Delacorte Biography:


USA TODAY Best Selling Author Shawna Delacorte lived most of her life in Los Angeles and worked in television production. She combined her avocation of photography and interest in writing to do magazine articles featuring her photographs. Her friends said she should utilize her television contacts and write scripts. She enrolled in a screen writing class at UCLA.  By the close of class, she knew screen writing was not for her but she did want to try writing a novel. Her first sale was to Harlequin followed by 20 more Harlequin novels for their Desire and Intrigue lines.

www.shawnadelacorte.com     https://shawnadelacorte.blogspot.com

 




Tuesday, May 14, 2024

New Book Review: The Best Life Book Club by Sheila Roberts

 


The Best Life Book Club
Sheila Roberts
Mira Books
Release date: May 7th, 2024
Available at Amazon
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My Rating for The Best Life Book Club: 4 Stars

When Karissa Newcomb and her adorable  nine year old daughter move to Gig Harbor for a new start after a difficult divorce, Karissa is determined to not make friends or be as superficial as possible as friendships hurt and can betray you. What she finds is neighbors who are friendly, take her and her daughter under their wings and Karissa finds that friendship can mean more than she ever imagined as her heart heals and she finds the promise of something better on the horizon...if she trusts herself to grab it with both hands.

My Book Review:

Sheila Roberts newest women's fiction book is centered around Karissa Newcomb and her daughter who moved to a new town to start over after a particular devastating divorce and Karissa struggles to let her guard down after she was betrayed so horribly by her husband. A fresh start, a new job and soon new friends as her neighbors make her and her daughter feel at home in their new home and city. I love this author's past books and found her newest book, THE BEST LIFE BOOK CLUB, to be full of heart, friendship and more within the pages. It started out slow for me to get into the book but by midway, I was thouroughly enjoying the characters immensely and found myself rooting for everyone to get their own happy ever after. The writing is swift and entertaining, filled with some intriguing though at times predictable moments but that didn't lessen my enjoyment of the story of Karissa and her new friends adventures.

The reader meets Karissa, her daughter, Macy, with her neighbors, Alice, Margot and Alice's sister, Josie, soon all become close friends and when they start a book club the fun begins even as each character finds their own issues coming unpacked and learn how to jump start their lives in a  way that brings them happiness...if they are brave enough to grab a hold of it. I got to admit, I loved Josie the most. She had a caustic wit about her that hid a tender heart and had me snickering several times throughout the book. Margot and Alice are really fun and interesting women that befriends Karissa and her daughter. What I loved the most about these characters are how they built up one another whenever the other was beaten down with insecurity and doubts. That tribe of friends was a perfect for me to rally behind as they learned to find joy and purpose again as their lives moved in ways that left them wondering what was going on. The books they read and discussed became part of their story individually and collectively which made me eager to see within the story if these characters took heart to what they learned from them even as they scoffed over it all in private. The author does an amazing job in keeping each character unique and so different from one another that I never felt like they were just 'dialing it in' so to speak. The characters were wildly entertaining and kept my attention through out the book. 

THE BEST LIFE BOOK CLUB is more than a story about friendships but about each person's journey in life as it tosses curveballs that can make those weaker curl up and whimper. Ms. Roberts delivers a powerful story about the magic of friendship, family love and more as each of the main characters finds their true purpose in life and a friendship that delivers more than a superficial moment of emotion but a richer and much deeper love between all four of them that makes the reader keep reading till the very end. This is such an uplifting story that I was sad to see it end. I can't wait to see what else the author has in store for her readers as we discover Gig Harbor and the residents there that make me long to visit. If your looking for a perfect spring book club book or read, then I highly recommend THE BEST LIFE BOOK CLUB that delivers, laughs, promises, friendship and more within its pages. 


New Release Spotlight: The Best Life Book Club by Sheila Roberts

 


It started as a book club. It became a way to build a better life together.

Title: The Best Life Book Club

Author: Sheila Roberts

Publication Date: May 7, 2024

Pages: 368

Genre: Women's Fiction/Romantic Comedy/Contemporary Romance

Karissa Newcomb is ready for a new start in a new neighborhood, as far away as she can get from Seattle, where her husband cheated on her with the neighbor who was supposed to be her best friend. She and her nine-year-old daughter are moving on to the city of Gig Harbor on the bay in Puget Sound. She even has a new job as an assistant at a small publishing company right in Gig Harbor. Her new boss seems like a bit of a curmudgeon, but a job is a job, she loves to read, and the idea of possibly meeting writers sounds fabulous.

Soon she finds she’s not the only one in need of a refresh. Her new neighbors, Alice and Margot, are dealing with their own crises. Alice is still grieving her late husband and hasn’t been able to get behind the wheel of a car since a close call after his death. Margot is floundering after getting divorced and laid off in quick succession. They could all use a distraction, and a book club seems like just the ticket. Together, the three women, along with Alice’s grumpy older sister, Josie, embark on a literary journey that just might be the kick-start they need to begin building their best lives yet.

Buy Links:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | HarperCollins

 

Book Excerpt:


Landing butt first in mud. How symbolic of Karissa Newcomb’s life. The old life. Not the new one, please, God.

She shouldn’t have crossed that corner of the lawn where the grass was sparse and slick in the pouring Northwest rain. Now here she was, wet and caked in mud. Like the cardboard box she’d dropped. At least the towels were still safely inside it. Something to be thankful for.

“See? There’s always a bright side somewhere,” her mother would say.

What was the bright side to Karissa’s marriage ending? There had to be one. It would be nice if she could find it before she turned thirty-five. It felt like a landmark birthday of sorts, but that was only a few months away though, so she wasn’t holding her breath.

Gig Harbor, Washington, a small maritime city, was a good place to start—close enough to Seattle for the obligatory bi-weekly child hand-off with the ex-husband, but far enough away that she wasn’t constantly having to look at the scene of the crime. Out of sight, out of mind. Someday, hopefully. Meanwhile, she needed to get up and get focused.

Brush the mud off your rear and get it in gear. That should be a bumper sticker.

She picked up her soggy box of towels and followed her brother Ethan and his friend Ike, who were making their way up her driveway, carrying her couch. Her eight-year-old daughter Macy was sitting on it, giggling.

The excitement of the new house had temporarily distracted Macy from the fact that she’d left behind her best friend. Who happened to be the daughter of Karissa’s former best friend. Like Karissa, Macy was going to have to find a new bestie.

Moving in the middle of February, in the middle of the school year, swimming through a deluge of icy rain wasn’t ideal, but that was how events had played out. The house in Seattle on which Karissa had lavished so much care had finally sold and now she had this house—a blue, two-story, Victorian-inspired one with three small bedrooms and a front porch. And a need for paint. The price had been right. Motivated sellers, the real estate agent had said. Karissa knew what that meant. She’d been a motivated seller, herself. Divorce had a way of motivating you. The house didn’t come with a water view like she’d originally dreamed of—water views were far outside her price point—but the neighborhood was pretty, and the street seemed quiet. She could hole up in her almost Victorian home and rebuild her life, the new start people expected you to make after your world collapsed.

“This is adorable,” her mother had gushed when she and Dad had made the trip to check out the house with Karissa and her Realtor.

Her parents were as enamored of Gig Harbor and its waterfront downtown as Karissa was. “I think Gig Harbor will be a perfect place to write the next chapter of your life,” Mom had told her.

“I hope I do a better job of writing this time around,” Karissa had muttered.

“It wasn’t you who messed up,” her dad had growled.

But maybe it was.

She jerked her mind away from that thought. She had a new house and a new job waiting for her. Between that and the spousal and child support her ex was paying she’d be okay financially. Certainly not rich, but okay. And she had free moving help. Look at all the good things she could focus on.

Inside the house, she followed one of the butcher-paper paths she’d made and set the box on the guest bathroom counter. Then she went back for the one with her clothes, brought that into the primary bedroom, which would be hers, and dug out a fresh pair of pants and panties. Think of this as peeling off all the bad parts from your past, she told herself as she ducked into the bathroom and stepped out of her pants.

It was hard peeling off the bad though. It stuck to you like dog poop on a shoe. There was always some little stinky bit that hung on. Like the memory of Mark walking out the door for the last time.

Dog poop, mud. She needed a new image to focus on. Rain. Rain washing away past sadness, bringing a rainbow and a promise of something better. Yes, that was a good image.

Her butt hurt.

Her cell phone rang, and she fished it out of her jacket pocket. “Hi, Mom,” she said, trying to sound the way a hopeful woman making a new start should sound.

“How’s it going?” Mom wanted to know.

“The guys are moving the furniture in now.”

“What’s the weather like there? It’s partly sunny up here.”

“It’s raining like crazy. I should have rented an ark instead of a moving van. I spent a fortune on plastic covering.”

“At least it’s not snow,” Mom said. “And the rain is what keeps everything so green.”

The Pacific Northwest was famous for its perpetual state of green and Seattle had been dubbed the Emerald City. Like Dorothy, Karissa had loved living in the Emerald City.

Until the witch showed up.

 




About the Author

USA Today and Publishers Weekly best-selling author Sheila Roberts has written over fifty books under various names, ranging from romance and relationship fiction to self-improvement. Over three million of her novels have been sold and that number continues to climb. Her humor and heart have won her a legion of fans and her novels have been turned into movies for the Lifetime, Hallmark, and Great American Family channels. Sheila is also a popular speaker, and has been featured at women’s retreats, writers’ conferences, and banquets. When she’s not out dancing with her husband or hanging out with friends, she can be found writing about those things near and dear to women’s hearts: family, friends and chocolate.

Author Links  

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Monday, May 13, 2024

New Release from Carrie Ann Ryan: A Wilder Wedding #WilderBrothersSeries

 


A WILDER WEDDING - May 13th
A Wilder Wedding is a bonus romance between two fan favorites and a long awaited HEA.



The Wilders know their weddings and this time it’s for one of their own.

Naomi and Amos have been the secret backbone to the Wilder Brothers’ Retreat and Winery for years.

They’ve also loved and hated each other along the way.

Their on and off again relationship has always worked for them, but now it’s getting in the way of the next Wilder Wedding.

If they don’t figure out what they want, one of them will have to do what they feared: leave the Wilders.

But if they take that leap, they might just break.

Or finally have what they’ve always wanted.

Each other.


Tropes: 

Enemies to Lovers

Grumpy/Sunshine

Workplace Romance

Age Gap

One last chance


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Friday, May 10, 2024

Tour Stop/Giveaway: Legacy of the Witch

 


Discover the newest book by author Kirsten Weiss, Legacy of the Witch, today and make sure to enter the tour wide giveaway as the author is giving away a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner. The tour is sponsored by Goddess Fish Promotions and check out all the tour stops HERE.

Interview with Kirsten Weiss


Q: How did you decide where your book was going to take place?

A: I have family from Penn Dutch country, and I love the rolling farm land, the barns with their hex signs, and the spooky forests. The region has some wonderful legends too, and of course their own folk magic, braucherei.

 

Q: What’s the “elevator pitch” for your new book, Legacy of the Witch?

A: Legacy of the Witch is a metaphysical mystery for readers who love a good page-turner as well as spiritual growth and development

 

Q: Do you edit as you draft or wait until you are totally done?

A: I’ll wait until after I’m done. I’ll usually set the manuscript aside at least six weeks before starting to edit, so I can see it with fresh eyes.

 

Q: Describe your writing space/office!

A: In the winter, I sit at my upstairs dining table where it’s warmer and I have a view of the trees. In the summer, I retreat to my walk-out basement office, which is cooler. I’m going to have to make my move downstairs soon!

 

Q: What’s your favorite foodie indulgence?

A: Cheesecake. The gooier the better.

 

Q: What’s your favorite genre to read?

A: Mystery—either cozy or paranormal.

 

Q: What’s a recent tv show/movie/book/podcast you highly recommend?

A: I love Lodge 49 for the metaphysical elements and for the theme of the invisible connections which bind us all. It only got two seasons, but the last episode tied things up perfectly. Still, I wish it would have gotten more.

 

Q: What do you do when you have free time?

A: Read, watch podcasts, and lately I’ve been cleaning up my yard to get it ready for the all-too-brief Colorado summer.

 

Q: What are three words that describe your Main Characters?

A: Determined, hopeful, brave.

 

Q: What can readers expect from you next?

A: I’m working on the sequel, Shadow of the Witch, which explores the themes of luck and fate.

 


LEGACY OF THE WITCH

Kirsten Weiss

GENRE:  paranormal women's fiction mystery

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Seeker: As societies grow increasingly fragmented, hopelessness, nihilism, and division are on the rise. But there is another way—a way of mystery and magic, of wholeness and transformation. Do you dare take the first step? Our path is not for the faint-hearted, but for seekers of ancient truths...

 

All April wants is to start over after her husband’s sudden death. She’s conjuring a new path—finally getting her degree and planning her new business in bucolic Pennsylvania Dutch country. Joining an online mystery school seems like harmless fun.

 

But when a murdered man leaves her a cryptic message, she catches glimpses of another reality she’s unwilling to acknowledge. A reality where bygone enchantments cast cryptic shadows, and the present brims with unanswered questions.

 

As April works to unearth the mystery, every step brings her closer to a truth she’s been evading. And to a conspiracy of hexes that may end in her demise.

 

Legacy of the Witch is a spellbinding, interactive tale of a woman’s midlife quest to understand the complexities of her own heart. A paranormal women’s fiction murder mystery for anyone who’s wondered if there might be more to their own life than meets the eye…

 

Book 1 in the new Mystery School Series featuring the UnTarot, a deck of cards for meaning making. Start reading now!

UnTarot deck app included!

 

 

Excerpt Three:

 

And there was someone inside the yellow coat. A silver-haired man.

 

For a moment I thought it was a bad joke, he wasn’t real. Then, heart banging, I hopped over the stone ledge.

 

Heedless of the brambles tugging at my clothes, of the muck squelching beneath my shoes, I stumbled to the supine man. He lay staring with one broad hand pressed to his chest. Blood stained his neck and pooled in the hollows around him.

 

“Oh my God,” I breathed, fumbling for the phone in my jacket pocket.

 

His head turned toward me, and I yelped.

 

I dropped to my knees beside him. “You’re alive. It’s okay. I’m calling for help now.” What had happened to him? Had he tripped and fallen? But what had he been doing in the circle?

 

“Can you put pressure on the wound?” I asked. If he couldn’t, I’d need to. I’d need a cloth, something to staunch the flow.

 

But first, help. Hands shaking, I called 9-1-1.

 

He lifted a hand and pointed toward the trees. “Look beneath,” he whispered. “The brotherhood.”

 

“It’s okay,” I said. “I’m calling now.” I pressed the phone to my ear. “I’m calling...” My voice faded.

 

His blue eyes grew as cold and impersonal as the Atlantic, and he stared without seeing at the sky. A thick dullness fogged my chest. I was too late. He was dead. 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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AUTHOR Bio and Links: 

I believe in free-will, and that we all can make a difference. I believe that beauty blossoms in the conscious life, particularly with friends, family, and strangers. I believe that genre fiction has become generic, and it doesn’t have to be. 

My current focus is my new Mystery School series, starting with Legacy of the Witch. Traditionally, women’s fiction refers to fiction where a woman—usually in her midlife—is going through some sort of dramatic change. A lot of us do go through big transitions in midlife. We get divorced or remarried. The kids leave the nest. Our bodies change. The midlife crisis is real—though it manifests in different ways—as we look back on where we’ve been, where we’re going, and the time we have left. 

Now in my mid-fifties, I’ve spent more time thinking about the big “meaning of life” issues. It seemed like approaching those issues through witch fiction, and through a fictional mystery school, would be a fun and a useful way for me to work out some of these ideas in my own head—about change and letting go, faith and fear, and love and longing. 

After growing up on a diet of Nancy Drew, Sherlock Holmes, and Agatha Christie, I’ve published over 60 mysteries—from cozies to supernatural suspense, as well as an experimental fiction book on Tarot. Spending over 20 years working overseas in international development, I learned that perception is not reality, and things are often not what they seem—for better or worse. 

There isn’t a winter holiday or a type of chocolate I don’t love, and some of my best friends are fictional.

 

http://www.kirstenweiss.com

https://www.facebook.com/metaphysicaldetective/

http://www.twitter.com/kirstenweiss

 


Guest Author Day with Shawna Delacorte : Changing the Past

  I have a new release (Wednesday, May 22, 2024) I'd like to share with you—CHANGING THE PAST by USA Today Bestselling author Shawna Del...