Emma’s Book Blast

emmas-match-chick-litEmma is on tour today for a book blast! You can check out the other blogs involved for excerpts and guest posts. Many thanks to Hello Chick Lit for setting this up.

Here’s an excerpt from Chapter One:

Is someone there? My bedroom is too dark. Who was that guy on TV that said a person needs to sleep in total darkness? If that person hears a noise in the middle of the night, it’s only that much creepier.

There it is again. My body goes cold as my hands grip my pillow in front of me.

Maybe something fell in the other room. That’s it. Or perhaps it’s that calico cat I found outside the building yesterday. It was chilly outside in the fall weather and I adopted him right away. He’s likely wandering around out there in the living room making strange noises.

Swinging over the side of the bed, my feet touch something furry before a loud “Meeebaooow!” makes me jump.

“Oh, sorry,” I whisper. Yikes. It’s not the cat making the sound out there. Where is my phone?

That sound again. I drop to the floor, shaking, too afraid to turn on the light. I crawl over to my dresser and feel around for my phone. Where is it? If I turn on the light, I could alert a crook that a single woman is here all alone. Weaponless and alone.

What am I doing? Is Emma Wallace a victim? Absolutely not. I am turning on the light and taking control.

The light comes on and that banging sound sends more chills up my spine. Slapping my hands over my mouth and nose, I look down at my sweatshirt and polka dot pajama pants and realize there is no way I look like a threat to anyone trying to rob me.

There’s my phone! My instinct to call 911 takes a back seat when I think about how someone could possibly murder me and rob me blind in the time it may take for the police to arrive.

I switch the light back off, though it’s probably too late.

Will. He has a gun. Plus he sure looks threatening when awakened at two in the morning. Yeah, I’ve done that before.

I ring his number, crouching next to my dresser in the dark. The noise grows louder and I leap into the closet and shut the door. Closets should have locking doors. I really should work that into the design for my next client.

Far too many rings later, Will’s groggy voice moans something unintelligible.

“Will? Will!” I whisper fiercely. “There’s someone in my apartment.”

“What?” His voice sounds more alert as fabric rustles in the background. “Where are you?”

“Hiding in my closet. Hurry!”

Scratching outside the closet door causes goose bumps up my arms till another “meow” lets me know it’s only my new cat.

I snatch him inside the dark closet as my front door slams open against the wall. Good heavens, did he break the doorstop?

“Who’s in here?” Will’s voice is the best sound in the world right now. The banging is still there as I hear the opening and slamming of doors.

Doesn’t he see the source of the banging? Is the crook closer to me than I realize?

What if he’s in my room? My heart slams in my chest and might fly out at any moment. Will I be shot dead in my own bedroom? Maybe even in this fabulously remodeled walk-in closet? My eyes water as I cling to my cat.

“I’m only twenty-six,” I whisper to the cat. “And you don’t even have a name yet.”

Where’s Will? The only thing I can hear is the muffled pounding in the other room. Did the intruder take him out?

“Emma?” The closet door opens and I scream. The cat leaps out, hair standing up straight.

“It’s me, Emma.” Will darts out of the path of the angry cat and then stands in front of me with concern all over his face. “Didn’t you hear me come in?”

He flips the safety on his gun and slips it into a holster clipped to his shorts.

“Oh my gosh.” Without another thought, I fly into his arms and squeeze him till he groans something about not being able to breathe. “The noise was still there and I didn’t hear your voice again. I thought this was it.”

The banging noise returns and I freeze. “You didn’t find the killer?”

“Come here.” He pulls back and takes my hand. I let go and hold on to his arm like a life preserver as he leads me out to the living room.

 

Emma Wallace has a plan up her sleeve to save her struggling design business, but not a clue what Emma's Match Blog picdo to about the man who has her heart.

Stealing a kiss from Will Knight years ago ended in an embarrassment she didn’t want to repeat. But when a popular new designer in town starts taking her clients and has eyes on Will, too, Emma decides it’s time to fight for what she wants. The perfectly irritating designer she wants to shove into a hole isn’t the only one who can be down-to-earth and likeable. After all, Emma’s never failed at anything…except walking the line between friendship and love. Crossing it again could mean losing Will’s friendship for good.

Mixing it Up Release and Giveaway

traciebanister-mixingitup-newreleaseFellow chick lit author, Tracie Banister has a fun new release called Mixing It Up. To celebrate, she’s running a giveaway. Check it out.

mixingitupfinalBorn with a silver spoon in her mouth, Manhattan upper-cruster Cecily Sinclair now uses that pricey utensil to dish up fancy French fare on her cooking show, Serving Romance. When there’s an executive shake-up at the network, she’s not worried. Not much anyway. Her show’s a hit after all. Why would the new CEO want to mess with success?

The driving force behind several buzzed-about networks, Devlin Hayes is considered to be a wunderkind in the television industry. Although his plans to rebrand CuisineTV and make Serving Romance more Millennial-friendly don’t thrill Cecily, her charming, blue-eyed boss is a hard man to say “no” to and she really wants to keep her job—even if that means sharing screen time with a loathsome blast from her past.

Mercurial Italian chef Dante Marchetti a.k.a. “Il Duce” was once Cecily’s boss, and she has the PTSD to prove it. Now the owner of one of the hottest restaurants in town, Dante’s egomania knows no bounds and his constant attempts to provoke and upstage Cecily make her want to conk him on the head with a sautééé pan. She thinks they’re toxic together, but viewers love their chemistry and clamor for more.

As Cecily battles to maintain the integrity of her show, she finds herself scheming and manipulating right along with Dante and Devlin. Is she fighting a lost cause? Does she really belong on TV, or would her culinary talent be better served elsewhere? And could one of the men who makes Cecily’s blood boil ignite a passion in her for something other than food?

traciebanister-mixingitup-giveawayfinalRELEASE WEEK GIVEAWAY

Purchase a copy of Mixing It Up between October 19th, 2016 and October 25th, 2016 and you could win this fantastic prize pack inspired by the book’s heroine and her love of French food!

This prize pack includes:

Garnier-Thiebaut Oh, La La, Chéri French-themed 4-piece Kitchen Linens Set

(Apron, kitchen towel, pot holder, and oven mitt.)

 Kate Spade Deco Dot Recipe Box with 8 tabbed dividers and 40 recipe cards

 The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook by Mireille Guiliano

To enter this giveaway, simply e-mail the author at traciebanister@gmail.com with your proof of purchase. Entries will be accepted until midnight on October 26th, 2016 when a winner will be selected via random drawing. This is an international giveaway, so anyone who buys Mixing It Up within the allotted time frame is eligible to win. Good luck!

About the Author

rsz_smauthorheadshotAn avid reader and writer, Tracie Banister has been scribbling stories since she was a child, most of them featuring feisty heroines with complicated love lives like her favorite fictional protagonist Scarlett O’Hara. Her work was first seen on the stage of her elementary school, where her 4th grade class performed an original holiday play she penned. (Like all good divas-in-the-making, she also starred in and tried to direct the production.)

Tracie’s dreams of authorial success were put on the backburner when she reached adulthood and discovered that she needed a “real” job in order to pay her bills. Her career as personal assistant to a local entrepreneur lasted for 12 years. When it ended, she decided to follow her bliss and dedicate herself to writing full-time. Mixing It Up is her fourth Chick Lit release, and in it Tracie finally got to live out her fantasy of being a Cordon Bleu-trained chef.

 

CONNECT WITH TRACIE

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Reversal Zone Blog Tour and Giveaway

reversal-zone-blog-tourJ. Grace Pennington has published four science fiction novels. They each have a unique bent to them, but this one is very different. Each book is a standalone, but as with any series, you get more of the story if you read them all in order. In Reversal Zone, the main character, Andi Lloyd, becomes the only one who can save the ship and crew. Can she do it in time?

About the Book

Nothing is as it should be.
After weeks of boredom, Andi is excited when the Surveyor is called upon to rescue a freighter that mysteriously vanished in uncharted space. Excitement quickly turns to unease when the ship encounters an unknown phenomenon—a cloud that appears not to exist. But with the freighter’s crew in danger, the Surveyor has no choice but to venture into unknown territory.
As soon as they enter the cloud, its unstable effects wreak havoc on the ship. They’re flying blind. Every piece of equipment is malfunctioning. And every member of the crew is unable to think straight or act like themselves—except Andi.
Now she’s expected to guide them through the predicament with no previous command experience and no one to turn to for support. And with each passing hour, it becomes clear that if they don’t escape the cloud soon—they won’t escape it at all.

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LZV1ILB

About the Author

Grace Pennington has been telling stories since she could talk, and writing them down since age five. Now she lives in the great state of Texas, where she writes as much as adult life permits. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading good books, playing movie soundtracks on the piano, and looking up at the stars.

 

You can find out more about her writing at www.jgracepennington.com.

Excerpt

When I reached the bridge, the whiteness of the windows startled me.  There wasn’t a cloudy quality to it anymore—other than a couple of faint bright spots, it was just pure, milky white.

I was also surprised to find the Captain slouching back in his chair.  I’d never seen him sit like that before, except in total defeat.

“Second medical officer on the bridge.”

The Captain sat up and turned around.  “Need something?”

I stared at him for a moment.  As with Crash, his posture was odd and so was his tone.  But I went on.

“There’s something I need to tell you.”

“All right, tell me.”  He sat back again.

I looked around at the other bridge officers, who were all staring at me.

“Do you… want to go to your lounge or something?”

“No, go ahead, tell me.”

I hesitated.  I didn’t love the idea of talking about the radialloy in front of people I wasn’t close with.  But an order was an order—and they all knew about it, anyway.

“Tell me, tell me,” he insisted, waving his hand as if brushing away a speck of dust.

“Well… you remember the radialloy, sir…”

“You might need to speak up a little.”

I cleared my throat and went on.  “The… the radialloy, sir.  You remember that?”

“The… oh, right.  Yes, of course.”

This wasn’t right.  I stared into his eyes and they looked—dull.  Flat.  Not alert and intent as they usually were on a mission.

“I… well, my knee started hurting a little when we entered the cloud.”

“Oh, I’m sorry.”

The silence around us was so thick that every system beep or blip seemed to slice it.  I sucked in a deep breath.  He was sorry?  That was all?

“I thought… the Doctor thought… the cloud might be making it hurt.  I thought you might be able to figure something out about it… I…”  I stopped, feeling a little queasy from the attention and awkwardness.  All seven pairs of eyes were fixed on me.

“Harrison!  Can’t you see the girl’s trying to help?  Why don’t you sit up and pay some attention?”

I froze.  That could not be who it sounded like.

It sounded like Guilders.

Guilders never raised his voice, he never called the Captain “Harrison” on the bridge, and he had never, ever called me “the girl.”

“Mr. Guilders, I realize that Andi is trying to help.  I’m listening to her.  That should satisfy you.”  The words were calm, slow, and casual.

“Captain!”  I took half a step forward, willing him to understand.

He blinked, looked at me, and sat up a bit straighter.  “Hold on… wait…”  He held up both hands, fingers stiffly separated.  “Wait now.  Something’s wrong.”

He looked over at Guilders, who lowered his bushy eyebrows and relaxed his shoulders slightly.

“Something… something isn’t right.”  He stared at me again.  “Andi.  The cloud is making your knee hurt?”  His eyes were alert now, but confusion furrowed his eyebrows.

“Yes sir.”

“I… I think that…”  He pressed a hand to his forehead.  “Ugh.  I think… that’s helpful.  Thank…”  He stood up and stumbled to one side a step.

“Captain?”  Guilders jumped up but he also stumbled.

The Captain kept a hand pressed to his head.  “I… Guilders, what’s…”  He shook his head, hard, several times.  “I can’t think, I don’t…”

The lights dimmed, then brightened, then dimmed again.  I backed towards the door, watching as the Captain blinked and tapped his head with the palm of his hand.

“I… can’t… I don’t…”

The lights flickered again, and I looked around.  Ralston and Yanendale both had their hands pressed against their heads, and August had gone even paler than usual.  Whales and Mr. Orstin had both slumped back in their chairs and their eyelids were drooping.

“I…” the Captain said one last time, then he wavered and dropped to the floor.

“Captain!” I cried.

Guilders dropped next, falling into his chair and hitting his head on the console in front of him.  I winced, and watched in shock as August collapsed, rolling out of his chair onto the floor.  Yanendale slumped over his console, motionless, Ralston went limp and fell against the wall, and Whales and Orstin’s arms dropped and their eyes closed.

The lights dimmed, then flickered off, then red blinking lights illuminated everything, alarms sounded, and I was left on the bridge, alone, with seven unconscious men.

GIVEAWAY

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Grace is generously offering three prizes. A signed copy of each of her three previous novels in the series. They are each standalone stories, but they are also connected. If you would like to read more about them, you can read about them here: Radialloy, In His Image, Machiavellian.

To enter the giveaway, please fill out this form.

Tour Schedule

Friday, October 7
Bookish Orchestrations-Tour Introduction
Fathers and Sons-Sports and Life-Guest Post
The Destiny of One-Guest Post
Perpetual Gardener, Writer, and Mormon-Excerpt
Rebekah Lyn Books-Author Interview
Saturday, October 8
Shout outs-Guest Post
Author Franky A Brown-Excerpt
Shire Reviews-Book Review
Sunday, October 9
Letters from Annie Douglass Lima-Excerpt
Zerina Blossom’s Books-Excerpt
Monday, October 10
Rachel Rossano’s Words-Excerpt and Guest Post
In the Bookcase-Excerpt and Book Review
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections-Book Review
Tuesday, October 11
The Abrahamic Adventures-Book Review
The Overactive Imagination-Excerpt and Guest Post
Morgan Elizabeth Huneke-Book Review
Lisa Swinton Queen of Random-Excerpt
Wednesday, October 12
Bookish Orchestrations-Giveaway Winner
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Emma’s Match Blog Tour

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Franky A. Brown started writing her Jane Austen retellings in May 2015. She started with Pride and Butterflies, then None But You. Now she’s published Emma’s Match a retelling of Emma by Jane Austen. In Franky’s retelling, Emma is a designer who’s business is struggling, but she’s never failed at anything and she doesn’t plan to fail here either. Can she walk the line between friendship and love or will she lose the only man she has ever loved?

About the Book

emmas-match_kindle-for-blogEmma Wallace has a plan up her sleeve to save her struggling design business, but not a clue what do to about the man who has her heart.

Stealing a kiss from Will Knight years ago ended in an embarrassment she didn’t want to repeat. But when a popular new designer in town starts taking her clients and has eyes on Will, too, Emma decides it’s time to fight for what she wants. The perfectly irritating designer she wants to shove into a hole isn’t the only one who can be down-to-earth and likeable. After all, Emma’s never failed at anything…except walking the line between friendship and love. Crossing it again could mean losing Will’s friendship for good.

Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IJL1XK2/

About the Author

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Franky A. Brown has always called the South home and loves to write about it. She holds an English degree from the University of South Carolina and can’t seem to stop reading. She is the author of women’s fiction and chick lit about life, love, and Southern women.

Excerpt

“Emma, you’re a genuine, generous person with a mean talent for home design. That’s what people who really know you see.”

I could get lost in Will’s captivating eyes. How did I get so lucky to have a friend like him? My smile turns into a short laugh and my insides warm. He takes my hand and squeezes it. The tingling in my fingers may never stop.

For a moment we simply stare at each other.

He’s still holding my hand…

I look away before all my control is lost. And before I grab his face and kiss him till he falls off the bench. That sure wouldn’t go over well. I learned that lesson already. Why is it even coming to mind?

Giveaway

Franky has generously offered a paperback of Emma’s Match! Use the Rafflecopter to enter. The giveaway will be closed at midnight on October 5th and the winner will be announced around 6AM on the Bookish Orchestration blog on October 6th.
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Tour Schedule

Saturday, October 1
Bookish Orchestrations-Tour Introduction
Rachel Rossano’s Words– Excerpt and Character Interview
Perpetual Gardener, Writer, and Mormon-Excerpt

Sunday, October 2
Melanie D. Snitker, Author– Excerpt
Author Franky A Brown-Excerpt

Monday, October 3
Crystal Walton– Excerpt and Book Review
Laurel’s Leaves-Guest Post

Tuesday, October 4
Ramblings– Guest Post
Once Upon an Ordinary-Author Interview

Wednesday, October 5
Rachel John Reviews– Book Review

Thursday, October 6
Bookish Orchestrations-Giveaway Winner

Emma’s Match is here!

austen-inspirations-graphicIt’s release day for the third Austen Inspiration, Emma’s Match, and I’ll be sharing some sneak peeks. You don’t have to have read any of the others in this series to enjoy this one. From today through October 5th, Emma is on a blog tour, featuring excerpts, reviews, interviews, and giveaways. Check out the schedule below and be sure to join in the fun.

Emma's Match Blog picEmma Wallace has a plan up her sleeve to save her struggling design business, but not a clue what do to about the man who has her heart.

Stealing a kiss from Will Knight years ago ended in an embarrassment she didn’t want to repeat. But when a popular new designer in town starts taking her clients and has eyes on Will, too, Emma decides it’s time to fight for what she wants. The perfectly irritating designer she wants to shove into a hole isn’t the only one who can be down-to-earth and likeable. After all, Emma’s never failed at anything…except walking the line between friendship and love. Crossing it again could mean losing Will’s friendship for good.

The Kindle version and paperback are available on my Amazon page today, or you can order the paperback through Barnes and Noble shortly.

Emma’s Blog Tour Schedule

Saturday, October 1

Bookish Orchestrations-Tour Introduction

Rachel Rossano’s Words– Excerpt and Character Interview

Perpetual Gardener, Writer, and Mormon-Excerpt

 

Sunday, October 2

Melanie D. Snitker, Author– Excerpt

Author Franky A Brown-Excerpt

 

Monday, October 3

Crystal Walton– Excerpt and Book Review

Laurel’s Leaves-Excerpt

Once Upon an Ordinary-Author Interview

 

Tuesday, October 4

Ramblings– Guest Post

 

Wednesday, October 5

Rachel John Reviews– Book Review

 

Thursday, October 6

Bookish Orchestrations-Giveaway Winner