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.

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

The Dragons of Alsace Farm Blog Tour

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Everyone has their secrets and Tayte, Agnes, and Noah are no exception. In Agnes’s home, though, those secrets—or dragons—might just tear them all apart. Part of the Kindle Scout competition, The Dragons of Alsace Farm, was hot and trending for four weeks before its launch. Find out why during this blog tour!

About the Book

Cover jpeg front onlyIn need of his own redemption, Noah Carter finally confronts his childhood hero, the once-beloved uncle who betrayed him. Instead of vengeance, he offers forgiveness, also granting Uncle John a most curious request—for Noah to work on the ramshackle farm of Agnes Deveraux Keller, a French WWII survivor with dementia.

Despite all Agnes has lost, she still has much to teach Noah. But the pair’s unique friendship is threatened when Tayte, Agnes’s estranged granddaughter, arrives to claim a woman whose circumstances and abilities are far different from those of the grandmother she once knew.

Items hidden in Agnes’s attic raise painful questions about Tayte’s dead parents, steeling Tayte’s determination to save Agnes, even if it requires her to betray the very woman she came to save, and the secret her proud grandmother has guarded for seventy years.

The issue strains the fragile trust between Tayte and Noah, who now realizes Tayte is fighting her own secrets, her own dragons. Weighed down by past guilt and failures, he feels ill-equipped to help either woman, until he remembers Agnes’s lessons about courage and love. In order to save Agnes, the student must now become the teacher, helping Tayte heal—for Agnes’s sake, and for his.

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L.C. Lewis (Laurie) was born and raised in rural Maryland, surrounded by history-rich Philadelphia, Washington, and Baltimore. She and her husband Tom reside in Carroll County, Maryland, where they raised their four children.

The Dragons of Alsace Farm, Laurie’s eighth published novel, was inspired by a loved one’s struggle with the dragon of dementia. Her women’s fiction novels include Unspoken (2004) and Awakening Avery (2010), written as Laurie Lewis. Using the pen name L.C. Lewis, she wrote the five volumes of her award-winning FREE MEN and DREAMERS historical fiction series, set against the backdrop of the War of 1812, America’s nearly forgotten second war of independence: Dark Sky at Dawn (2007), Twilight’s Last Gleaming (2008), Dawn’s Early Light (2009), Oh, Say Can You See? (2010), and In God is Our Trust, (2011).

Dark Sky at Dawn and Twilight’s Last Gleaming were finalists in the 2008 USA Best Books competition. Oh, Say Can You See? was a 2010 Whitney Award finalist.

Three new books are in progress. Please watch for her remake of Awakening Avery, a political suspense novel titled The Shell Game, both of which are slated for later in 2016, and a March 2017 novella, Laurie’s contribution to the multi-author “Destination Billionaire Romance” series.

Laurie loves hearing from her readers and may be contacted through her website: www.laurielclewis.com. You can also follow her on Twitter @laurielclewis or on her blog at www.laurielclewis.blogspot.com. She also enjoys interacting with book clubs. Contact her to arrange a video chat with your group.

Book Club

The back of the book contains some thought-provoking book club questions. Laurie would love for you to schedule a video conference with her if their book club chooses The Dragons of Alsace Farm as one of their selections in the next six months. You can email her at: laurielclewis@laurielclewis.com.

Giveaway

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First and foremost, The Dragons of Alsace Farm is a love story, about the power of tested love, the promise of new love, and the strength of family love. Here’s a love basket, with a fun date night, Agnes’s favorite breakfast for the morning, and an autographed copy of the book to read on a lazy afternoon. Always remember love.

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Goodreads Giveaway

Enter here for the chance to win a paperback of The Dragons of Alsace Farm.

Excerpt

Agnes’s face softened into a palette of sorrow. “Angeline’s dead. My baby girl is dead.”

Tayte felt Tyler’s arm tighten around her shoulder. It was all too much to take in, and she surrendered to the hurt, releasing silent tears. “I know. I’m sad too.”

A gentle, wrinkled hand reached up to wipe Tayte’s tears. “There, there,” said Agnes, opening her arms wide, offering comfort to the crying girl.

Tayte left Tyler’s side and stepped into that waiting embrace. Gone were the smells of fresh bread and jam. The essence of familiar French cologne Agnes had undoubtedly dabbed on at the mention of company was marred by traces of some foul scent that lingered in her clothes. Tayte pulled back momentarily, but unable and unwilling to resist the offer to be loved, she laid her head on her grandmother’s shoulder and hugged her right back.

She hadn’t even realized how deeply she ached to experience the osmosis of love exchanged when maternal arms wrapped around her, but now that she was within that circle, she felt comfort and love soak into her, filling the void and renewing parts of her that had felt stone cold. Her aversion to dirt and to her grandmother’s tainted scent dissipated the longer they embraced, dispelled by the logic that with enough soap and water, all could be made right.

Tayte didn’t want the moment to end, but when Agnes pushed her back and framed her face in work-worn hands, those aged eyes gazed into Tayte’s with so much love that her young heart burned more fiercely.

“Oh, my sweet girl. Do not cry. I am very happy to meet you. I am Agnes Devereaux Keller. Now, who might you be, and tell me, what has made you so sad, ma chérie?

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Tour Schedule

July 31
Bookish Orchestrations-Tour Introduction
Laurie L.C. Lewis: A View From the Other Side of the Hill-Excerpt
Writing in the Light-Excerpt
Charity’s Writing Journey-Excerpt

August 1
Ruth’s Real Life-Excerpt
The Overactive Imagination-Author Interview
Author Franky A Brown-Excerpt

August 2
Rachel Rossano’s Words-Excerpt
Rebekah Lyn Books-Excerpt

August 3
Frances Hoelsema-Excerpt
Kandi J Wyatt, author: Where Fantasy and Reality Meet-Interview with Noah
Zerina Blossom’s Books-Excerpt

August 4
Letters from Annie Douglass Lima-Excerpt
Laurel’s Leaves-Author Interview

August 5
Perpetual Gardener, Writer, and Mormon-Excerpt
Good & Clean Reviews-Excerpt
Phrey Press-Author Interview

August 6
Bookish Orchestrations-Tour Conclusion and Giveaway Announcement

Pre-order Emma’s Match

Emma’s Match is set for release on October 1, 2016. Pre-order the Kindle version here. We first meet Emma in None But You, but you don’t have to have read that one to enjoy this one.

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.